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.
Santa Maria Valley produces stunning Chardonnay and this is no exception. A wine of balance with a few years of additional age makes it even more intriguing. This wine was actually made for our market in England and is essentially the same wine as our coveted Nuits-Blanches au Bouge Chardonnay.
This is the richest of the Au Bon Climat Chardonnays. The 2007 has a subtle but regal charm with balanced fruit, acid and texture.
Situated in one of the Central Coast's most coveted appellations, the Sierra Madre Vineyard lies near the western edge of the Santa Maria Valley, in northern Santa Barbara County. 91 points The Wine Spectator.
The ‘09 Sierra Madre shows classic Santa Maria Valley stone fruit character of peaches and apricots along with minerality. Hint of citrus and tropical fruit round out the flavor profile with delicious barrel spice.
Round and supple, time in the bottle have brought together the tropical fruit flavors with the citrus nuances and toasty, delicious barrel spice.
This wine is rich with a concentrated fruit entry, creamy texture, leesy complexity. It has lovely marzipan, oat, cream, pear, and toasted notes with freshness and fabulous, luscious texture. 93 points Wine & Spirits Magazine.
Beautifully constructed. Fresh pear and white peach scents are sharpened by notes of lemon pith and chalky minerality. Juicy, tightly wound orchard fruit flavors start off with a refreshingly bitter quality and pick up weight and sweetness with air. Score: 92 points - Vinous.
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.
An exquisite blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Aligote barrel fermented and aged in all new French oak. Mouth-coating richness with lovely vanillin and hazelnuts nuances. It is the league with our best Chardonnays. Scored 92 points from The Wine Enthusiast Magazine. 93 points Antonio Galloni's Vinuous.
This is a deep, generous wine that keeps on giving. It shows complex cherry/berry fruit, earthy spice, bitter chocolate, and vanillin from aging in high quality French barrels. More than charming.