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Au Bon Climat Bien Nacido Chardonnay 2016

13.5% abv

This vineyard has hit its stride producing marvelous Chardonnays year after year. This wine is full of fleshy white-peach, citrus zest, fresh apricot and spice notes. This wine has a generosity of flavour on the palate combined with an energetic and lively acidity that makes this wine perfect as an apéritif or accompanying white meat or fish

“The 2016 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard is bright, focused and wonderfully nuanced. This is such a fabulous expression of Bien Nacido. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and white pepper are all beautifully delineated in a striking, translucent Chardonnay that is in a great spot for current drinking. Bright saline notes add energy throughout. This is such a classy wine.”
94 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous

What can one say about Bien Nacido that has not been said before? This award-winning vineyard is in the center of the Santa Maria Valley AVA and grows high quality grapes of many varieties. Chardonnay was first varieties planted here in the early 1970s. Winemakers saw the quality coming from this vineyard near Santa Maria. These Chardonnay grapes were sought after by wineries, big and small, all over California. Au Bon Climat has a “lifetime” contract for the best block of Chardonnay at Bien Nacido. All the Chardonnay from “K” block has been made into wine at Au Bon Climat since 1989. “K” Block is on slight slope, with more gravel in the soil then the bottom land blocks. The poorer soil keeps the vigor and crop size under control.

Traditional winemaking practices were employed to make this lovely Chardonnay. The grapes were hand harvested, whole cluster pressed (to minimize tannin extraction from the skins), totally barrel fermented in 100% new François Frères barrels, aged for 18 months, bottled unfiltered. Low pH Chardonnay interacts with oak in a very different than flabby Chardonnays from warmer areas. Warmer climate riper Chardonnay makes the wine “buttery”. Lower pH wine shows subtle and well-integrated aromas of orange blossom, anise and lavender. The oak component is evident with charming mix of vanilla and hazelnuts.

£38.00inclusive of Duty and VAT

Limited stock, only 3 remaining

Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County.

Located at the foot of one of California's most highly rated vineyards, Bien Nacido in the Santa Maria Valley, one of the finest sites in California, ideal for the production of the refined, Burgundian style of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to which Jim so aspires. ABC, as it is more commonly referred to, has won universal acclaim for its wines thanks to owner & winemaker Jim 'Wild Boy' Clendenen. Jim regards Burgundy as the benchmark to which he should aspire; he purchases clones of Pinot Noir from Burgundy in a bid to replicate as closely as possible the restraint and finesse of the wines from the region.

Jim eschewed a career in law for the lure of the vine following a month's stay in Burgundy and Champagne when he was 21. He has never looked back, although he is frequently to be found darkening the doors along the stretch of the Côte d'Or. His wines combine the mineral precision and grace of Burgundy with the flair of the West Coast.

Reference #:
12892
Strength
13.5 ABV
Bottles per Case
1 bottles
Grapes
Chardonnay
Organic
No
Biodynamic
No
Vegan
No
Vegetarian
No
Sparkling
No

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