Au Bon Climat
Why We Carry It:
Au Bon Climat has been making balanced, food friendly Chardonnays since 1982. Even in the early 2000s when ripe, oaky Chardonnays were all the rage, Au Bon Climat stuck to a more subtle and refined style, with minerality and intensity. The wine is intense, but light on its feet and is built to compliment food, not over power food.
This is a wonderfully flexible Chardonnay that will be a great crowd-pleaser on your Thanksgiving table. The aromas of apples, pears, and citrus give way to a touch of clove and nutmeg on the finish.
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More Technical Info:
The grapes from each vineyard are handpicked, and sorted in the vineyard. After harvesting, the grapes are whole cluster pressed, and juice is quickly settled, chilled, and put to barrel. Barrel fermentation and malo-lactic fermentation are completed. The following summer the lots are blended and wine bottled after sur lie barrel aging in somewhat neutral François Frères barrels for 10 months.