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Staff Pick

Au Bon Climat "Los Alamos" Chardonnay - 2015

Item # 64124 750mL
$29.96/ Single Bottle
$359.52 $323.57/ Case of 12
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A sophisticated, classically styled California Chardonnay. The buttery, creamy palate has tangy ripe fruits, mineral notes, and elegant balance.

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Staff Pick Notes

This wine is an American classic. It's one of my favorite Chardonnays at this price from anywhere in the world. Created by the brilliant Jim Clendenen, who studied in Burgundy, Au Bon Climat is an elegant Chardonnay which far more closely resembles a Mersault than the much-maligned Cali Chard caricature. This wine goes through full malo, uses 30% new French oak, & spends 12 months on the lees, yielding a full body, rich texture, & a light touch of butter. Yet the richness is balanced by a cleansing acidity, as the vines are planted at the top of windy, infertile slopes (also keeping yields low). A deeply toasty nose of vanilla & ripe apple leads to a bright palate of lemon & pear. This wine has fantastic concentration, balance, and length, and is everything a great Chardonnay should be.

- ES

About the Producer

Santa Barbara County, California, USA Jim Clendenen graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with High Honors in Pre-Law in 1976. He discovered the world of wine suring his junior year abroad in 1974, while turning 21 in France.. After graduation, a one month stay in both Burgundy and Champagne convinced him to attempt a career in wine rather than continue on to law...

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California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking...

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