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Best Chardonnay Rated 90+ Points For Every Budget

Chardonnay is a fortunate grape in that it is one of the most popular, respected and easily adaptable grapes in the world. For many years it was associated with Napa Valley and some of the top vineyards of Burgundy, but these days you can buy the best Chardonnay rated 90+ points from regions all over the world ranging from Willamette Valley, Oregon to South Africa. (Read More)

Cooler climates like Chablis and New Zealand produce Chardonnay that is crisp, fruity and with nervy acidity, while warmer climates produce wines of more weight and tropical fruit flavors. Regardless of your taste preference, you can browse our selection for the best Chardonnay rated 90+ points and read expert descriptions about each bottle to find the Chardonnay wine that is exactly what you want.

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2013 Failla

  • Chardonnay
  • Hudson Vineyard
  • Napa Valley
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"This is one of the more subtle wines readers will taste from this historic site. Honey, chamomile, apricot pit, peach, spice and butter are laced together in a nuanced Chardonnay built on texture."

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$49
93points

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$49
$59

2014 O'Shaughnessy

  • Chardonnay
  • Napa Valley
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"This is from O'Shaughnessy's estate vineyard in Oakville, is loaded with personality. Rich, ample and structured on the palate, the 2014 possesses superb depth and striking aromatic complexity throughout. Orchard fruit, flowers and white pepper are some of the scents that emerge from the glass, but it is the wine's overall feel that really impresses today."

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$59
94points

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$59
$59

2014 Bachelet-Monnot

  • Chardonnay
  • Montrachet
  • Puligny
  • France
  • White
  • 750 ml

"Bright lemon-yellow color. Lemon and mineral aromas convey a light touch. Silky, suave and fully ripe; a bit sweeter than the village Chassagne but still quite classic. Best today on the building back half, where salty mineral and menthol flavors stain the palate and linger impressively."

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$59
91points

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$59
$65

2014 Forman

  • Chardonnay
  • Napa Valley
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"A real stunner. Possesses superb richness and intensity, but tapered with the vibrant, blocked-malo style that Forman pioneered in Napa Valley. A wine of push and pull that engages all the senses with superb textural balance and tons of nuance. Lemon oil, orchard fruit, almonds and dried flowers open up, but above all else is a wine of feel. The balance here is just unreal."

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$65
95points

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$65
$65

2014 Failla

  • Chardonnay
  • Chuy Vineyard
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"Orange jam, marmalade, smoke, dried flowers and honeyed notes meld together in an oily, viscous Chardonnay loaded with class and personality. Rarely are the wines here anything less than compelling."

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$65
93-95points

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$65
$65

2013 Failla

  • Chardonnay
  • Chuy
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"Petrol, graphite and a host of exotic, Riesling-inflected notes blossom in this effort. Butter, spice and tropical fruit are laced into an oily, viscous finish. This is intense and vivid to the core. It is also a fabulous example of this superb Chardonnay vintage."

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$65
95points

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$65
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2013 Cattleya Wines

  • Chardonnay
  • Pratt Vineyard
  • Russian River Valley
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"It offers a brilliantly defined, crisp and slightly Burgundian bouquet of white fruits, flowers, flinty minerality, honey and hints of toasted nuts. Ultra-pure, clean and crystalline on the palate, with racy acidity that stays nicely integrated, it has plenty of fruit, a balanced, layered texture and a great finish. "

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$70
93points

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$70
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2015 Signorello

  • Chardonnay
  • Hope's Cuvee
  • Napa Valley
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"The best Chardonnay I have ever tasted from Ray Signorello has to be the 2015 Chardonnay Estate Unfiltered Hope's Cuvee. With its tiny yields, old vines and unfiltered style of keeping the wine nine months in barrel (of which half is new French oak and the rest used),this wine is absolutely spectacular. The wine has a Montrachet-like richness with profound concentration from the tiny yields, loads of caramelized citrus, honeysuckle, white peach, melons and a touch of brioche. It is full-bodied, but great acid, purity and length make for an incredible wine from this old vineyard’s clay and loamy soils. Drink over the next 10-12 years as this has every indication of being long-lived."

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98points

WA

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$79

2013 Dumol

  • Chardonnay
  • Isobel
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"Absolutely sensational, the 2013 Chardonnay Isobel comes exclusively from the 32-year-old vines of the Charles Heintz Vineyard. Barrel-fermented and aged 13 months on its lees, then four months in tank, this wine offers up quintessential Chardonnay notes such as white peach, wet stones and hazelnut. It exhibits great acidity, a full-bodied, honeyed texture, superb purity, and a tightly coiled, crisp, zesty finish. It should be even better with another 6-12 months of cellaring and keep for a decade or more."

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$79
94+points

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$79
$79

2014 Paul Hobbs

  • Chardonnay
  • Edward James
  • Russian River
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"Displays white peach, poached pear, caramelized apples and baking spices in a full-bodied, fabulously rich, complex style."

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$79
94-95points

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$79
$79

2014 Paul Hobbs

  • Chardonnay
  • Ross Station Estate
  • Russian River Valley
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"This offers even more minerality than the Ellen Lane, with notes of wet gravel, white currants, peach, honeysuckle and tangerine oil. It’s a beauty."

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$79
94-96points

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$79
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2014 Paul Hobbs

  • Chardonnay
  • Ellen Lane Estate
  • Russian River Valley
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"Exhibits more gravelly, wet pebble notes and loads of uplifted aromatics, including peach, pineapple, orange rind and lemon blossom. It is again a complex style of Chardonnay made from a cold microclimate."


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$85
95-97points

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$85
$85

2014 Paul Hobbs

  • Chardonnay
  • Richard Dinner Vineyard
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"The two 2014 cuvées from the Richard Dinner Vineyard are both full-throttle Chardonnays, with the Cuvée Agustina just bigger, denser, richer and, to my taste, even superior to the 2013 version. Both should drink well for 7-10 years."

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$85
93-95points

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$85

2014 Paul Hobbs

  • Chardonnay
  • Ulises Valdez Vineyard
  • Russian River Valley
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"Again my probable favorite. Killer tangerine, orange blossom and honeyed citrus notes are present in this full-bodied, beautifully pure Chardonnay that shows very little evidence of oak, as all of these wines do, even though they’re still in barrel."

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$85
96-98points

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$85
$89

2014 Paul Hobbs

  • Chardonnay
  • Ross Station
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"The 2014 Chardonnay Ross Station offers even more minerality than the Ellen Lane, with notes of wet gravel, white currants, peach, honeysuckle and tangerine oil. It’s a beauty."

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$89
94-96points

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$89
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2013 Catena Zapata

  • Chardonnay
  • White Bones
  • Mendoza
  • Adriana Vineyard
  • Argentina
  • White
  • 750 ml

"This superb, elegant and aromatic effort seemed to jump out of the glass with its perfumed personality. It has a spicy, nutty nose with minty freshness and a sensation of wet stones. The oak is perfectly integrated and it has an elegant profile, a wine built around finesse and acidity. It finished with a chalky, mineral finish, definitively salty. Simply stunning!"

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$99
97points

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$99
$139

2015 Aubert

  • Chardonnay
  • Lauren
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"From 17-year-old vines of primarily the Old Wente and Mt. Eden clones (but in the famous Goldridge soils that are so vital in the Russian River Valley), was the slowest to ferment, although it offers great acids, loads of nectarine and tangerine, honeysuckle, white currants, and no evidence of the 100% new oak it was aged in. This is another sensational effort."

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$139
97-100points

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$139
$139

2015 Aubert

  • Chardonnay
  • Ritchie
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"From 43-year-old vines, this offers loads of tangerine and orange tropical fruit notes along with brioche and citrus oil. Production was tiny on these old vines, exaggerated by the poor flowering. This wine also shows wet gravelly minerality, terrific natural acidity from the super-concentrated, tiny berries, and a long, full-bodied finish."

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$139
97-100points

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$139
$139

2015 Aubert

  • Chardonnay
  • CIX
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"This is 100% Montrachet clone and shows notes of liquified stones, quince, honeysuckle, caramelized citrus, and hints of tropical fruits such as pineapple and nectarine. This is a beauty of great intensity, richness and length – another remarkable Chardonnay from Aubert."

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$139
98-100points

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$139
$139

2015 Aubert

  • Chardonnay
  • Eastside
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"Fom a vineyard owned by Ulises Valdez and planted with a suitcase clone from one of the Montrachet holdings in Burgundy, comes across with great ripeness. With loads of orange skin, buttered citrus, smoked hazelnuts and green apples, fabulous concentration and amazing minerality, this is another compelling Chardonnay from the genius of Mark Aubert that should drink well for a decade or more."

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$139
97-100points

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$139
$139

2015 Aubert

  • Chardonnay
  • UV-SL
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"Also an Old Wente clone, and the coldest of all of the Aubert Chardonnay sites, should come close to being a perfect Chardonnay with a few years of age. Plenty of exotic fruits, intense richness, an incredible, fragrant nose of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, caramelized citrus, white peach and a subtle hint of pineapple are all present in this incredibly full-bodied, rich, thick wine buttressed by considerable natural acids."

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$139
97-100points

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$139
$155

2014 Kistler Vineyards

  • Chardonnay
  • Kistler Vineyard
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"This has very pretty white grapefruit, lemon curd and white peach notes over nuances of honeysuckle, allspice and baker’s yeast plus a touch of chalk dust. Full-bodied and packed with finesse, the rich, concentrated citrus and stone fruit flavors are beautifully marked by crisp acidity and it finishes with loads of mineral layers."

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$155
98+points

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$155
$165

2014 Kistler Vineyards

  • Chardonnay
  • Cuvee Cathleen
  • Sonoma
  • California
  • White
  • 750 ml

"This wine is a 20-barrel cuvee selection from the best of that block. This has a youthfully subdued nose of pebbles and wet slate over a core of grapefruit, peach blossoms and mandarin peel, plus the faintest hint of fresh herbs. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is restrained at this early stage, offering tightly wound citrus and mineral notes off-set by refreshing acidity. It finishes long and multi-layered."

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$165
99points

WA

$165
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90 points or higher for all budgets

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