Chardonnay is made across the world, and it produces a range of wines you’d hesitate to describe as similar, let alone genetically identical.
For proof, compare a refreshing, citrusy Chablis, a perfectly balanced Meursault, and a richer, creamier chardonnay from down south in the Maconnais. Chardonnay from Burgundy may be crisper than chardonnay from California, since most producers in France use old oak barrels rather than brand-new ones, but it can still be rich, with flavors of roasted nuts, green apples, and notes that are salty and savory.

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