These two Chardonnays are pretty classic and represents their regions well. They are great for comparison, since both of them are 2007 and cost $29.00
Joseph Drouhin Chablis 2007, Chablis, France $29.00
Chablis is my favorite chardonnay. It's youthfulness can be noticed in its clean fresh aroma and taste. It's intense green apple, lemon and minerals represents Chablis's terroir and climate very well. Dry, medium+ acid, and medium- body.
It would pair well with oysters and scallops
Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay 2007, Russian River Range, Sonoma, California USA $29.00
Placed side by side, this chardonnay has a deep gold color than Chablis, hinting that grapes from this wine probably got more sun. Indeed, it is higher in alcohol, fuller body, not as dry, not as acidic. The aroma is intense and has ripe stone fruit and citrus notes.
I definitely prefer the crispness and freshness of Chablis over the California chardonnay, but they are both very pleasant and are about the same quality.