Definition of Chardonnay in US English:



  • 1A variety of white wine grape used for making champagne and other wines.

    • ‘The common stars of cool-weather climates are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and the Santa Cruz Mountains do them proud.’
    • ‘In 1974, he planted famous varietals like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.’
    • ‘The varieties planted were Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Rhine Riesling.’
    • ‘The area is now home to a range of varietals, from ever-popular Chardonnay and Merlot to less-common grapes like Sangiovese.’
    • ‘Important grapes grown here are Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Muscat, and Sémillon.’
    • ‘The most prominent white varieties grown are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.’
    • ‘It also does well with most of the other familiar grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Riesling.’
    • ‘Today, the Santa Ynez Valley produces a diverse range of superb varietal wines, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah.’
    • ‘Before the Chardonnay boom, Chenin Blanc was the West's most-planted white grape.’
    • ‘Although Rieslings are a consistently good bet, you will also see ice wines made from Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Blanc.’
    • ‘Ever the scientist, Magoon discovered that the soil was perfect for Bordeaux varietals such as Chardonnay and Petite Syrah.’
    • ‘I reckon a quarter of all white wine is made from Chardonnay these days, or says it is on the label.’
    • ‘They are often made from one variety of grapes, such as Cabernet, Merlot, or Chardonnay.’
    • ‘You don't see enough organic wines on restaurant lists, so this Catalan blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay is a real find.’
    • ‘Its fresh, sparkling flavour is distinguished by a unique blend of excellent wines from classic grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin.’
    • ‘They cover all the main grape varieties, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.’
    • ‘Beaune Main town in the southern half of Burgundy, noted for fine white and red wines made, respectively, from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.’
    • ‘The Brights made their name in Portugal by producing top-notch wines from the country's indigenous grapes rather than from the popular Chardonnay and Cabernet.’
    • ‘We learnt that the two were made from the same variety of grapes called Chardonnay.’
    1. 1.1 A wine made from the Chardonnay grape.
      • ‘I regularly taste Chardonnays ten times the price of this wine that aren't anyway near as good.’
      • ‘They also do Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, plus a Champagne style sparkler.’
      • ‘Among the whites, Chardonnay is the big success story.’
      • ‘As the pasta is quite heavy, try one of the more crisp Chardonnays.’
      • ‘As for white wines, they produce big, buttery Chardonnays that have lots of oak.’
      • ‘With its lingering aromas of peach, apricot and delicate floral notes, Viognier seemed primed to lead the revolution against overbearing Chardonnays.’
      • ‘Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays are also held in high regard, and Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris do well.’
      • ‘The latter, closer to the Pacific Ocean, is home to excellent Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.’
      • ‘Other wines include Merlot, Cabernet and a late harvest Chardonnay.’
      • ‘A few years ago, restaurants only had a choice of white or red, Chardonnay or Merlot.’
      • ‘The tiny winery specializes in rich, complex Chardonnays - approximately 11 from different vineyards.’
      • ‘But as more wineries and tasting rooms open here, there's more opportunity to sample locally produced Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Pinot Blancs, and Cabernet Sauvignons.’
      • ‘It's a crisp and fruity wine that, like most affordable Chardonnays, is best served chilled.’
      • ‘Although best known for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, and Pinotage, Stellenbosch produces a host of wine types including port style wines and some excellent Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs.’
      • ‘Among white wines, Chardonnay stands up better to being boxed than most grape varieties.’
      • ‘The most internationally recognized wines from California are however, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.’
      • ‘Those tired of drinking Chardonnay or Merlot should try a tasting to explore other varietals.’
      • ‘There's no doubt the very best Chardonnays come from Burgundy, so it's not surprising that regions like Sonoma, trying to compete, will mimic its fermentation and maturation techniques to try and achieve a similar taste profile.’
      • ‘Among Californian wines there are good Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.’
      • ‘On tour around the country, we had cause to sample Chardonnay, Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from this producer and we enjoyed them all.’