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Au Bon Climat 2020 New Release Offer

We have been stocking the wines from the legend that is Jim Clendenen from the beginning of the business. They are outstanding, individual, and have a huge following in the UK. Wines due early 2021.

Au Bon Climat Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay 2018


The 2018 Sanford and Benedict Chardonnay has a fine, fresh lemon-scented nose with a sea-salt top note. The palate is pure, precise and fine with a beautiful balance of citrus fruit with the gentle toast of oak. The freshness of the wine gives it vibrancy whilst the red apple and lemon zest notes give way to a stony, mineral and saline core. The creamy texture draws the palate out towards a long and complex finish with all elements in perfect counterpoint. This is a beautifully harmonious wine which expresses both the excellent terroir of this vineyard and the wine making skill of Jim Clendenen and his team. Drink 2021-2030.

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Buy now Case Qty: 6 Under Bond Case Price: £165.00 (£27.50 per bottle)

Au Bon Climat 'Isabelle' Pinot Noir 2017


One word describes the nose of the 2017 Isabelle Pinot Noir: breathtaking. The sheer weight of the perfume on this wine, the lifted, scented nature of the bouquet just shouts (albeit oh-so-elegantly) PINOT NOIR. It is completely exhilarating with such pure, focused red fruit. Red cherries, redcurrants, and raspberries are allied with an incredible, exotic, musky perfume which is almost like incense, overwhelming the senses. The palate feels light on its feet initially, dancing with bright red fruit: tart redcurrants with a smidge of ripe, sweet raspberries behind. It is scintillating and balletic, full of energy and life, with real Vosne-Romanée poise despite the warmer Californian feel. The tannins are pin-prick and show their presence with a light grip on the palate suggesting that this still needs more time. This is Pinot Noir with that rainwater edge of purity running through its core, yet which moves into a touch of bitter dark, raspberry chocolate on the finish. Au Bon Climat says that the aim of Isabelle (named after Jim’s Clendenen’s daughter), as a blend of the best barrels from the best vineyards, is to ‘achieve a supple, rich, harmonious, and complex wine [sic..] intended to reflect California’s geographic diversity, the exoticity of different clonal possibilities and the preferred style of one of California’s most experienced Pinot Noir makers’. They have certainly achieved that in this 2017 which is a seductive, brilliant expression of Pinot Noir. Drink 2024-2035.

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Buy now Case Qty: 6 Under Bond Case Price: £200.00 (£33.33 per bottle)

Au Bon Climat 'Knox Alexander' Pinot Noir 2017


The style of Knox Alexander, named after Jim Clendenen’s son, is to express a selection of the best vineyard parcels from the 58 acres of estate Pinot Noir fruit that Jim has planted since 1994. The 2017 is a savoury wine with mixed red and black berry fruit mingling with notes of cured meat, toast and bacon. The palate exudes concentrated, dark cherry fruit and a smoky intensity which combine to make this a bold expression of Pinot Noir yet one that is toned and supple. The signature ABC freshness is here and lifts the whole wine yet it is the intensity of the savoury, meaty character that defines it. The leafy tannins are still firm on the palate suggesting that more time should be allowed for these to resolve. The wine is concentrated and powerful with so much complexity all culminating in an intriguing herbal note on the generous and rewarding finish. Drink 2024-2032.

Retail price - Per bottle

Buy now Case Qty: 6 Under Bond Case Price: £200.00 (£33.33 per bottle)

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Winelist last updated: 12/5/2020 1:11:39 PM

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