About Au Bon Climat
Since it was founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat has been a well respected producer of Burgundian-styled California wines. Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs are mineral, focused and restrained in the early going, and sometimes quite oaky.
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2009 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection Santa Barbara County
Producer: Au Bon Climat
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Region: Central Coast
Appellation: Santa Barbara
91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011
Bright, green-tinged gold. Meyer lemon, pear, honeysuckle and anise on the fragrant nose. Juicy and smooth in texture, with very good energy to its ripe pit and orchard fruit flavors. Sappy and refreshingly bitter on the long, clinging finish, which repeats the lemon and anise notes. I like this wine's power and cut.
90 Points | Wine Spectator
It is remarkable that an industry essentially less than a half-century old could capture the attention of the American wine-buying public to the degree that California has. Powerful consumer interest in California wine is driven by two major factors. The more obvious reason is that California's best wines, which come from grapes grown in...
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The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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