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  • Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay

Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict 2017 - Au Bon Climat - - United States

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Cuvee informations :
Color : White
Cuvee's name : Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict
Vintage : 2017
Producer : Au Bon Climat
Appellation : - United States
Grape varieties : 100% Chardonnay
Capacity : 75 cl bottle
Viticulture Biologique


A great chardonnay shaped by a true genius!

Adorned with a bright yellow dress, this wonderfully high chardonnay, opens up to the nose under the finery of the PEAR past crassane, fishing and the mirabelle. Freshness captures the Palace from the attack. Far from the clichés about revitalising chardonnays, we have here a highly pure crystalline wine. The retro to olfaction finds shades of yellow fruits mixed with tones more rolls and smoked.

The field:

Jim Clendenen of the good climate with Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon is one of the most charismatic characters in the California wine industry. A physical "Didier Dagueneau" and a passion for the pursuit of perfection. Jim is not owner of vineyards and purchases grapes primarily in the Santa Maria Valley area south of California where the vineyards of good taste and of Sandford and Benedict, a vineyard of 245 hectares close to the Pacific, and its cooling influence and its morning fogs. For many years, he used an old farm and the studios abandoned the CBS as chai. Since 1988 he has his own winery that looks more like a warehouse than a conventional chai. Anyway, Jim Clendenen wine are recognized by the industry as part of the elite. At Jim, not exuberant, heavy Chardonnay found sometimes in the Napa and Sonoma Valley well that Jim concedes that some "wineries" of the Napa now are Chardonnay in its own way. For him, Chardonnay should be planted in cooler than the Napa regions, which allows you to harvest with a potential of alcohol more baset a high acidity content. There are no sulfur and oxidation is considered to be beneficial. High temperatures of fermentation (26 ° C). Used French barriques are all exclusively from François Frères.
No withdrawals, no sulfur, a complete malolactic fermentation in barrel, an ageing on Lees for at least a year and often 18 months for the reserved wines, no filtration, this is the main characteristics of the vinification of whites of the good Climate.
The entry-level Chardonnay are generally superb right out, Reserves require a bit more time to soften and acquire wealth that perfectly balances the acidity. For the vinification of his Pinot, Jim shows the same disrespect for the technology and conventions. Maceration as long as possible with winding, punching and malolactic in barrel, collage and minimum racking and no filtration. Pinot black of the good climate are a subtle mix of sweet red fruits well centered around a structure firm but with finesse that is not unlike the Volnay. Jim Clendenen also produces white Pinot and the Aligoté wines of remarkable Italian varietals.

Additional Information

Product reference 12071
Type of products Wines
Vintage 2017
Country United States
Region Foreign
Appellation - United States
Cuvee's name Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict
Title supplement No
Speciality No
Stock information No
Producer Au Bon Climat
Capacity 75 cl bottle
Sweetness index No
Main style Complete - Harmonious
Alcohol Percent 13
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Main grape variety Chardonnay
Production limitée No
Box type 6
Box type Cardboard
Organic wines Organic
Color White
Consumption recommendation 2019 - 2027