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also char·don·nay  (shär′dn-ā′, shär′dn-ā′)
1. A variety of grape originally grown in the Burgundy region of France that is used to make white wine, including champagne.
2. A dry white wine made from this grape.

[Probably after Chardonnay, village in east-central France.]


n (sometimes not capital)
1. (Brewing) a white grape originally grown in the Burgundy region of France, and now throughout the wine-producing world
2. (Brewing) any of various white wines made from this grape


(ˌʃɑr dnˈeɪ)
1. a white grape used in winemaking.
2. a dry white wine made from this grape.
[< French]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Chardonnay - white wine grape
Pinot Chardonnay, Chardonnay - dry white table wine resembling Chablis but made from Chardonnay grapes
common grape vine, vinifera, vinifera grape, Vitis vinifera - common European grape cultivated in many varieties; chief source of Old World wine and table grapes
2.Chardonnay - dry white table wine resembling Chablis but made from Chardonnay grapes
white wine - pale yellowish wine made from white grapes or red grapes with skins removed before fermentation
Chardonnay, chardonnay grape - white wine grape
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Many tend to make the sweeping generalization that all chardonnays boast the big, buttery and oaky flavors that the California styles of the wine have become known for.
99), from Chile, is a great example of why there are plenty of people around who enjoy juicy and full-flavoured Chardonnays especially, like this one, if they are not overpowered by oak.
This week, I've turned my guns towards Asda's biggest rival, Tesco -and in particular their cut-price chardonnays.
Now that there are plenty of unwooded Chardonnays on the market, though, I've heard many a writer admit, "A little oak in itself is not a bad thing.
For a start, the movement away from the over-oaked chardonnays that drove everyone mad a few years ago by tasting like vanilla and melon is well under way.
It results in a luscious, tropical fruitiness in Edna Valley chardonnays mango, papaya, grapefruit, kiwi, flavors that I haven't tasted in other areas.