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Au Bon Climat


2011 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard

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Rich on the palate with classic Chardonnay flavors of apple, citrus and vanilla that go on and on. This lively Chardonnay will go with a variety of foods. Score: 92 points - VinousWine club members login in to see your special case pricing on this wine.

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The grapes were hand harvested, whole cluster pressed (to minimize tannin extraction from the skins), totally barrel fermented in 100% new Francois Frères barrels, aged for 18 months, then bottled unfiltered. One whiff reveals this is obviously Chardonnay made in an old world style. Sweet barrel spice mixes nicely with a lemon limey note from the fruit.  It is surprising rich on the palate, and the classic Chardonnay flavors of apple, citrus and vanilla go on and on. This  lively wine will go with wide assortment of foods. Lobster Pappardelle with chive butter or fresh corn soufflé with bacon and comté are just a couple of favorites with this Chardonnay.

Review: Score: 92 Points - Vinous

"Light yellow-gold. 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. Shows excellent clarity and power on the finish, which echoes the mineral and pear notes." - Josh Raynolds

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Robert Jordan
(Dec 9, 2018 at 8:23 PM)
Single bottle mail ordered from ABC. Arrived late Nov 2018. Consumed Dec 9 2018. Showing no signs of over-age and fabulously approachable. Nice viscosity and brightness. So much softened greenery and spice. Smells of apple, fern, and buttery basil. Tastes of lemon, tropical oil, salty apple, and ginger. Medium weight. Nice breadth and super length. Wish I could afford twelve more.

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