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 Dick and Marg Denny.
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.
This vineyard has hit its stride producing marvelous Chardonnays year after year. On the palate, classic Chardonnay flavors of apple, citrus and vanilla go on and on. Serve with shellfish, Cornish game hen, or alfredo pasta with lobster. Received a score of 92 points from Ken's Wine Guide.
A nose of apple, acacia, lemon and lime peel, crushed stone with a core of soft white stone fruit. The palate is light to medium-bodied and gives up intense fruits, segueing to honey-nut nuance, with juicy acidity and a long, textured, savory finish. Score 92 points Robert Parker.
Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is one of the great vineyards of the world. The "30th Celebration" vintage was so good, we created a 31st! Differentiating it from our annual Sanford & Benedict bottling, we used specially handcrafted Francois Freres barrels, and gave it extended barrel age to create this remarkable wine. 135 cases produced. Scored 95 points Jeb Dunnuck; 95 points Antonio Galloni's Vinous; 94 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
This is a rich, deep Pinot of substance. Cola and boysenberry aromas are evident and joined by mouth-filling flavors of plum and bitter chocolate on the palate. Match with oak grilled chops.
55% Pinot Gris, 40% Pinot Blanc and 5% Aligote - rich, complex, delicious, and unique. The ’01 Hildegard possesses aromas of violet, marzipan, coconut, lavender, truffle, and licorice. Its flavor profile follows suit exactly with excellent integration.
Beautifully aged. Aromas include apple, vanilla cream, lemon peel, toast, and walnuts. The palate echoes with golden delicious apple, crème anglaise, and lemon meringue. S
Lovely aromas of apricot, lavender and caramel ebb into age-honed flavors of lemon/lime, vanilla, clove and honeydew melon. The richness and texture have increased in the bottle. An aged beauty.
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.