Library Wines- Au Bon Climat
Since Jim Clendenen's first vintage in 1982, the wines of Au Bon Climat have been the beacon of character, balance and restraint. No high alcohols or overblown fruit. Consequently, the wines age beautifully bringing a different expression to an already classy wine. Jim had the foresight to hold back his wines for future enjoyment. And now these extremely rare wines are available for those that know the difference patience brings. Need a specific vintage? Contact us. The library is expansive but we monitor their availability directly from the winery.
From Jim's Le Bon Climat Vineyard, this Pinot Noir is from a select block defined and named for friends Dick and Marg Denny. It is rich, dark and full bodied with very berry fruit.
Named after Jim Clendenen's daughter. This wine is a selection of the best barrels of single vineyard Pinot Noirs in the Au Bon Climat cellar from that particular vintage. Our premier Pinot. 94 Points Wine Spectator; 92 points Wine & Spirits Magazine, 91 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Named after an Empress, this exquisite blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Aligote is barrel fermented and aged in all new French oak. It emulates the pre-phylloxera plantings on Corton-Charlemagne—reveals notes of buttered apples, preserved citrus, toasted macadamia nut, struck match and a framing of toasty new oak.
From one of our best vineyard sources, this fleshy yet structured wine has a dark fruit character, such as plums and cherries along with the signature spice this location provides.
Wonderfully aromatic and lively but deeply flavored with spicy cherry/raspberry fruit, dried herbs and dusty, earthy notes. A Pinot of power, elegance, and beauty, but most of all, balance. 92 Points Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 90 points Robert Parker, 90 points The Wine Spectator.
Surprisingly rich on the palate, classic Chardonnay flavors of apple, citrus and vanilla go on and on. Beautifully balanced and regal in nature. Scored 95 points-Best Buy-Top 100 Wines of 2016 with Wine & Spirits Magazine. 90 points Robert Parker.
Another gorgeous Pinot from ABC. Beautiful aromas of spice, rose petals, cherry/berry fruit are amplified on the palate. Named after Jim Clendenen's son, this wine is from the best sections of Bien Nacido Vineyard and Le Bon Climat. Score: 92 points - Robert Parker.
Named after Jim Clendenen's daughter. This wine is a CELLAR SELECTION of the best barrels of single vineyard of Pinot Noirs in the Au Bon Climat cellar from that particular vintage. Our premiere Pinot is dark, rich, luscious. 91 points Stephan Tanzer.
How often do you get a chance to enjoy a well aged Chardonnay of this quality - and in magnum? Rich, concentrated fruit entry, creamy texture, leesy complexity, and focused finish. Barrel fermented in 60% new French, François Freres, oak The wine went through 100% malo-lactic fermentation, and was bottled unfiltered. It has lovely marzipan, oat, cream, pear, and toasted notes with freshness and fabulous, creamy texture.
From Jim's Le Bon Climat Vineyard, this Pinot Noir is from a select block defined and named for friends Dick and Marg Denny. The wines is rich and dark and fruit driven.