Chardonnay is a very popular white wine produced in two distinct ways. One with oak barrel fermentation and the other without the oak. People say they love the ‘buttery’ quality of this varietal when aged in oak. This is due to a secondary malolactic fermentation, that and the presence of lees will sharply alter the quality on the palate. Good and bad wines are produced on each end of the oak spectrum. To each their own and pass me a beer.