Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine, and with good reason. From its regal perches in Burgundy, where Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards turn out powerful, richly layered wines capable of aging long stretches in the bottle, to the coasts of California, Washington, and Oregon where styles range from cheap and cheerful to pricey and profound—it’s one fascinating grape. But, with such a large spectrum of bottles to choose from, getting familiar with Chardonnay’s many facets can be quite the undertaking. That’s why we rounded up 25 essential Chardonnays from around the world, representing the best of what this ultra-versatile grape has to offer.
Amidst the noise of our daily lives, the simple and classic can refresh us like nothing else. Though it seems like plain common sense to