2007 Chardonnay Nuits-Blanches au Bouge
This wine comes from our two estate vineyards; Bien Nacido and Le Bon Climat. The wine combines old school Chardonnay from K Block at Bien Nacido and the newer planting at Le Bon Climat. Bien Nacido K block was planted in the early 70s with the UC Davis clone 4. This clone when grown in the cool Santa Maria Valley ripens with bracing acidity. The newer Chardonnay clones planted at Le Bon Climat in 1998 have riper flavors at lower sugars when compared to the UC Davis clones. The Le Bon Climat wine is lower in acid and lower in alcohol. The resulting wine which is 70% Bien Nacido and 30% Le Bon Climat is the richest and roundest of all the Au Bon Climat Chardonnays. Don’t be fooled by the upfront flavors, the finish is bright with palette cleansing acidity.