2020 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

34.95 28.88
Type of Wine White
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Central Coast
Winery Au Bon Climat
Year 2020
Grape Chardonnay
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13.5%)
Drink window 2022 - 2030
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This is a chardonnay with an intelligent and perfectly dosed wood aging. Winemaker Jim Clendenen is a prodigious and highly sensitive winemaker who is primarily known worldwide for his work on terroir identification in California, for the planting of pinot noir and chardonnay. The man carried out groundbreaking historical research into Burgundy from the 'pre-chardonnay' era, when white Bourgognes were made from pinot gris, pinot blanc and aligoté. His wines are an ode to minerals, have an exceptional depth and are of an absolute world class.

The Santa Barbara County line of Au Bon Climat are terroir driven wines. The Santa Barbara County has the climate and terroir to make balanced and vibrant wines. This wine continues to evolve from delicious and fresh on release to a richer, more complex wine with age. The Chardonnay grapes are carefully picked by hand and sorted in the vineyard. After harvesting, the grapes are pressed in whole bunches and the juice is quickly settled and cooled to start the barrel fermentation. The wine is dry and completed malo-lactic fermentation and matures for about a year in oak barrel.

Adhering to a more subtle and sophisticated style, with minerality and intensity chardonnay, the Au Bon Climat is not a blockbuster or butter-bomb as has been seen in Napa Valley for a while. The Santa Barbara County Chardonnay is a wonderful example of the Au Bon Climat style. The fiery, stony aromas stand out, while a harsh spicy note from the aged barrel maturation can be heard in the background. There are notes of lime-lime and soft vanilla. At the first taste it is irresistible. At a young age, this wine goes perfectly with shellfish or poultry. It will improve for at least 10 years and as it evolves give this one a try with a risotto funghi and be amazed.

Vineyard for 2020 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Santa Barbara County

The brain behind the Au Bon Climat winery is Jim Clendenen. He was born in Akron, Ohio and graduated in law from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1976. During his studies he had his "junior year abroad" in 1974 in France where he discovered that life was more than just tacos. After graduation, he spent both a month in Burgundy and Champagne, which convinced him to pursue a career in wine rather than pursuing a law degree. During the 1978 harvest, Jim Clendenen was an assistant winemaker at Zaca Mesa Winery. He stayed there for 3 years and gained a great wealth of experience. In 1982 Clendenen, together with Adam Tolmach, decided to establish a winery with only Burgundian varieties of rented plots. In 1990 Adam left again and Jim took the helm solo. Through careful reinvestment from its own production, Au Bon Climat (meaning "a well-exposed vineyard") has grown to over 50,000 crates per year.

Au Bon Climat collects grapes from several vineyards on the California Central Coast, particularly Santa Barbara County, all of which are highly regarded. These include Clendenen's very own Le Bon Climat Vineyard and also grapes from the legendary Bien Nacido vineyard - both in Santa Maria Valley. Also grapes from Sanford & Benedict Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills, Los Alamos Vineyard (Santa Barbara County) and Talley Vineyard in San Luis Obispo County.

The winery has built an international reputation with its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Jim Clendenen, as they call it the "Mind Behind" Au Bon Climat, is recognized worldwide for its classically styled wines. In 1989 and 1990, Au Bon Climat was on Robert Parker's shortlist of Best Wineries in the World and in 1991 was selected by Oz Clark as one of the 50 global creators of Modern Classic Wines. Dan Berger of the Los Angeles Times named Clendenen "Los Angeles Time Winemaker of the Year" in 1992; Food & Wine Magazine named him "Winemaker of the Year" in 2001. Germany's leading wine magazine Wein Gourmet named Clendenen "Winemaker of the World;" and in 2007 Jim was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America." There are many accolades, but Jim does not rest on his laurels. He is constantly looking to refine his profession and therefore leads the pack.

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More Information
Type of Wine White
Country USA
Region Californie
Appellation Central Coast
Winery Au Bon Climat
Grape Chardonnay
Biological certified No
Vegan No
Year 2020
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2030
Alcohol % 13.5
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Tasting Profiles Dry, Fruity, Aged on wood, Round, White fruit
Drink moments Barbecue, Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Voor alledag
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