Au Bon Climat, Wild Boy Chardonnay 2018

£25.50

  • Type:

    White

  • Grape:

    Chardonnay

  • Country:

    USA

  • Grape Blend:

    Chardonnay 100%

  • Region:

    California

  • Vegan:

    No

  • Area:

    Santa Barbara

  • Organic:

    No

  • ABV:

    13.5%

  • Winemaker:

    Jim Clenenden

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Tasting Notes

This is the entry level Chardonnay from Santa Barbara winery Au Bon Climat. Once you get past the somewhat novel label this is a lovely wine with clear Burgundian influences. Crisp, fresh and lightly oaked with classic notes of citrus and stone fruit.

  • Production Notes
  • Producer
  • Critics Reviews

Au Bon Climat Chardonnay is fermented and aged for 11 months in French oak barrels from Francois Freres, with a small proportion of new oak. Most of the fruit is picked at optimum ripeness but a little is picked early for natural acidity while some is picked late to add an extra flavour dimension. The Wild Boy version is deliberately made in a more opulent style.

Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat produces internationally-recognized Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County. Located at the foot of one of California's most highly rated vineyards, Bien Nacido in the Santa Maria Valley, one of the finest sites in California, ideal for the production of the refined, Burgundian style of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to which Jim so aspires. ABC, as it is more commonly referred to, has won universal acclaim for its wines thanks to owner & winemaker Jim 'Wild Boy' Clendenen. Jim regards Burgundy as the benchmark to which he should aspire; he purchases clones of Pinot Noir from Burgundy in a bid to replicate as closely as possible the restraint and finesse of the wines from the region. Jim eschewed a career in law for the lure of the vine following a month's stay in Burgundy and Champagne when he was 21. He has never looked back, although he is frequently to be found darkening the doors along the stretch of the Cote d'Or. His wines combine the mineral precision and grace of Burgundy with the flair of the West Coast.

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The Wild Boy is a real beauty