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New York Wine Exchange USD 29.99 750ml

Au Bon Climat Clendenen Family Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley 2007

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Burgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays - structure and restraint melded with bountiful opulence is another. In the glass, buttery brioche marries with tropical fruits in an irresistible elixir that will leave the bottle drained before you know it. Try it with turbot for a match of delicacy and richness.

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Au Bon Climat:
Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well-exposed vineyard") produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc wine from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. The Au Bon Climat winery is located on the world-famous Bien Nacido Vineyard, and is owned by winemaker Jim Clendenen. Au Bon Climat was listed on Robert Parker's Best ... Read more
Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well-exposed vineyard") produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Blanc wine from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. The Au Bon Climat winery is located on the world-famous Bien Nacido Vineyard, and is owned by winemaker Jim Clendenen. Au Bon Climat was listed on Robert Parker's Best Wineries of the World in both 1989 and 1990, while Jim Clendenen has been named Winemaker of the Year in 1992 by the Los Angeles Times, and Winemaker of the Year in 2001 by Food and Wine Magazine. The winery is not open to the public for either tours or tastings. Members of our wine club and mailing list are invited to our Spring and Fall Open Houses. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Au Bon Climat Clendenen Family Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,073
4.50 5
06/03/2009

Nicely balanced on the nose with apple, soft wood spice, sandy earth and light smoke tones. On the palate this is big and really fruit driven with a bit of butteriness up front but gets tense and lean on the back end with great purity to the apple and almost peachy fruit. Sinewy on the finish. 91pts


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Snooth User: George Parkinson
220047883
3.00 5
07/23/2009

color-yellow gold; nose-butter&stone fruit; mouth-pineapple&toasted cream; finish-long; buy it age it share it.


Snooth User: thewineattic
163357298
5.00 5
06/04/2009

How can anything be bad from this winery. Always the best of the best wine from the best of the best vineyards. This winemaker is internationally known and makes outstanding Central Coast Wines.


Snooth User: stockard
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4.00 5
07/02/2009

Love it


External Reviews for Au Bon Climat Clendenen Family Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley

External Review
Source: Salute! Wine Market
02/28/2009

Santa Barbara


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesBurgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays- Structure and restraint melded with bountiful opulence is another. In the glass, buttery brioche marries with tropical fruits in an irresistible elixir that will leave the bottle drained before you know it. Try it with turbo for a match of delicacy and richness.


External Review
Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

Light bright yellow. Initially shy orange pear honeysuckle and mineral aromas gain strength with aeration. Light-bodied orchard and pit fruit flavors are easygoing but a bit loose-knit with vague bitter/sweet qualities on the back end.


External Review
Source: Melange Wines
10/06/2009

91WS no further case discount


External Review
05/11/2011

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Estate Bottled Santa Maria Valley 2007 750ML


External Review
09/19/2010

The style of this wine combines the richness of a California Chardonnay with the crisp beautiful finish of a white French Burgundy. Fruit from Jim's Le Bon Climat Vineyard. - Winery



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Burgundian in sensibility but with California style is one way of describing Jim Clendenen's Chardonnays - structure and restraint melded with bountiful opulence is another. In the glass, buttery brioche marries with tropical fruits in an irresistible elixir that will leave the bottle drained before you know it. Try it with turbot for a match of delicacy and richness.

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