Best Chardonnay Wines

Best Chardonnay Wines

Top Chardonnay Wines from Around the World

Popularity can ruin a good thing. It’s probably fair to say it was the demise of Chardonnay. However, the distaste for the poorly crafted Chardonnays that flooded the market in recent years didn’t stop great winemakers from bottling this noble grape.

As a result, now that Chardonnay is returning to favor, there are an incredible number of great wines from which to choose. Here’s our guide to finding the best Chardonnay wines from around the world.


1. 2016 William Fèvre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru



2016 William Fèvre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru
Origin: Chablis, Burgundy, France
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $110
ABV: 13%

Burgundy is the clear king of Chardonnay-producing regions, and this Chablis would easily make anyone’s list of the most opulent and unforgettable wines from this land of Chardonnay royalty. Best of all, 2016 was an excellent year for this Clos and the resulting wine offers remarkable intensity and complexity.

On the nose it offers orange blossom and orchid with candied citrus and a hint of spice. A beautifully balanced wine, it offers faint salinity with sweet-tart citrus acidity, hints of stone fruit and good length.

For more information, visit the William Fèvre official website.


2. 2016 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay



2016 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay
Origin: Carneros, California, U.S.A.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $55
ABV: 14.9%

You really can’t set out to write about the best Chardonnay wines without thinking of Shafer Red Shoulder. This is an American classic. It’s one of the most reliable wines coming out of Napa and 2016 is no exception. If one word could describe it, that would be big.

It is a full-bodied Chardonnay with a sensuous texture, achieved without malolactic fermentation. Tropical and peach notes dominate but with citrus cutting through for freshness. A touch of minerality makes the mouth water for more. (If you’re interested in exploring more Napa Valley Chardonnays, be sure to check out the one from Peter Michael in our list of the Best Gift Wines.)

For more information, visit the Shafer official website.


3. 2015 Catena Alta Chardonnay, Argentina

2015 Catena Alta Chardonnay, Argentina
Origin: Mendoza, Argentina
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $35
ABV: 13%



When thinking about New World Chardonnay, Argentina is not the first country that jumps to mind. However, this wine will make you think it should! A full-bodied wine, its flavors unfold in layers. There’s crisp apple, apricot and tingling citrus acidity to give it freshness. Best of all, it finishes with an austere minerality that will make you think of Burgundy, not South America. It’s truly a remarkable wine for the price.

For more information, visit the Catena official website.


4. 2015 Ramey Woolsey Rd. Vineyard Chardonnay

2015 Ramey Woolsey Rd. Vineyard Chardonnay
Origin: Russian River Valley, California, U.S.A.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $65
ABV: 14.5%

If you don’t know Russian River Valley Chardonnay, this wine will make a stellar introduction. It makes our list of the best Chardonnay wines for its beautiful structure and complexity.



The wine offers layers of pear, green apple and breakfast pastry aromas. In the mouth, its texture can be described as nothing short of plush. Baked apple and hints of walnut are balanced by bright lime acidity, giving the wine a full spectrum of Chardonnay flavors.

For more information, visit the Ramey official website.


5. 2012 Domaine de Montbourgeau L’Étoile Cuvée Spéciale

2012 Domaine de Montbourgeau L'Etoile Cuvée Spéciale
Origin: Jura, France
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $39
ABV: 13%

If you’re looking for a new tasting experience, this wine may be just what your palate craves. What makes this wine unique is the technique by which it is made. The wine ages for five years in barrel without ever being topped off.



The result is a wine that slowly concentrates, offering intense flavors and great complexity. Slightly chalky on the palate, it is a voluptuous wine with floral and fruit as well as savory, slightly earthy flavors. If you’re ready for a new taste experience, try this wine.

For more information, visit the Domaine de Montbourgeau official website.


    • Fruity and easy to drink, Chardonnays can be paired with just about any dish involving eggs, fish or fowl. This popular white wine generally comes in two styles: showing either a steely, fruitlike and crisp character or barrel-fermented, rounder and buttery flavors.

6. 2017 Cattleya Call to Adventure Chardonnay

2017 Cattleya Call to Adventure Chardonnay
Origin: Russian River Valley, California, U.S.A.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $70
ABV: 14.3%

Vintner Bibiana González Rave is considered one of California’s hottest winemakers, and for good reason. The Call to Adventure is not her only outstanding Chardonnay, but this wine makes our list of the best Chardonnay wines because of its reflection of Russian River terroir.

On the nose, the wine is both floral and herbaceous, pretty and strong. Its flavors offer a medley of citrus mingled with ripe, yellow peaches. The wine’s strongest characteristic is its sensuous mouthfeel that makes the drinker feel like they’re indulging in something special.

For more information, visit the Cattleya Wines official website.


7. 2015 Garden Creek Chardonnay, Clonal Selection

2015 Garden Creek Chardonnay, Clonal Selection
Origin: Alexander Valley, California, U.S.A.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $60
ABV: 13.9%

This under-the-radar Chardonnay was a new find for us and we’re very pleased to have discovered this hidden gem from Alexander Valley.

A gentle rendition of California Chardonnay, its stone fruit and lemongrass aromas are fairly subtle and quite pretty. Once the wine hits the palate, it comes to life with surprising complexity. Apricot and peach dominate the fruit flavors but a smoky note and savory element reminiscent of celery creep in toward the back of the palate. The wine lingers with an attractively persistent finish.

For more information, visit the Garden Creek Vineyards official website.


8. 2014 Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay

2014 Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay
Origin: Willamette Valley, Oregon, U.S.A.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $40
ABV: 13.9%

Lovers of Oregon wine are probably familiar with the Ponzi name, but as a Pinot Noir producer. Although the winery is best known for classic Willamette reds, they also make noteworthy Chardonnays.

This Reserve Chardonnay is a wine to remember with its notes of citrus zest and tropical flowers on the nose. Its flavors don’t disappoint, offering a lush, oily mouthfeel and layers of Meyer lemon, apple and hints of spice and vanilla.

For more information, visit the Ponzi Vineyards official website.


9. 2016 Gehricke Chardonnay

2016 Gehricke Chardonnay
Origin: Russian River Valley, California, U.S.A.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $28
ABV: 14.1%

This wine makes our list of the best Chardonnay wines not only for its flavor, but also for its remarkable price. This is one of the most affordable American Chardonnays you could hope to find.

Its aromas are a gorgeous blend of tropical pineapple and banana with a whiff of toasted marshmallow. Tropical notes carry through to the flavor along with a slightly biting note of citrus peel.

For more information, visit the Gehricke Wines official website.


10. 2015 Alois Lageder Löwengang Chardonnay

2015 Alois Lageder Löwengang Chardonnay
Origin: Alto-Adige, Italy
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $45
ABV: 13.5%

This wine from cool-climate northern Italy makes our list of the best Chardonnay wines for its subtlety and sophistication. Its intensely floral aromas make your mouth long to taste the wine.

The palate is rich with pear flavor and bright lemon acidity, rounded out by minerality. A medium-bodied wine, its finish lingers for a satisfying length. If you’re looking for a white wine experience that is elegant and food-friendly, this wine is always a solid choice.

For more information, visit the Alois Lageder official website.


11. 2015 Fall Creek Vineyards Terroir Reflections Series Chardonnay, Certenberg Vineyards

2015 Fall Creek Vineyards Terroir Reflections Series Chardonnay, Certenberg Vineyards
Origin: Texas Hill Country, Texas U.S.A.
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $50
ABV: 13.5%

As you might expect from Texas, this is one big Chardonnay. If you like your wines with lush tropical fruit and the influence of malolactic fermentation, this bottling is for you.

Aromas of pineapple, banana and butterscotch are voluptuous. The tropical theme continues on the palate with bright pineapple and Meyer lemon, a touch of vanilla and a pleasant minerality. The malolactic fermentation gives the wine an undeniably soft, almost plush texture.

For more information, visit the Fall Creek Vineyards official website.


12. 2015 Xanadu Estate Chardonnay, Margaret River

2015 Xanadu Estate Chardonnay, Margaret River
Origin: Margaret River, Western Australia
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $25
ABV: 13%

A lesser-known Chardonnay from Australia’s popular Margaret River region, this is one you’re going to want to discover. It’s a surprisingly elegant wine. A medium-bodied Chardonnay, it has faintly floral aromas with stone fruits coming through.

The palate is a balance of peaches and minerality with a jolt of grapefruit acidity. It’s a lovely choice for a party or brunch. You really can’t beat it for the price.

For more information, visit the Xanadu Wines official website.