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2015 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay "Nuits-Blanches au Bouge"

Au Bon Climat 2015 Nuits-Blanches au Bouge Chardonnay

Winery: Au Bon Climat

Vintage: 2015

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Nuits-Blanches au Bouge"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Santa Maria Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $40

Cases produced: 800

KWG Score: 94.1 (based on 6 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: June 8, 2019

Wine Review: This dark yellow colored Chardonnay from Au Bon Climat opens with a pineapple banana cake bouquet with hints of butterscotch and pear. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and crisp, yet slightly viscous and juicy. The flavor profile is a pineapple and tangerine blend with notes of oak, butter and lemon. The finish is dry and its flavors show nice length for a Chard. The Panel suggested pairing this nice wine with quiche Lorraine or pan seared scallops. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Au Bon Climat started making "Nuits-Blanches" in 1996. Jim Clendenen decided to "show off" the exceptional grape quality at Bien Nacido Vineyard. We picked later, sorted more, and kept the wine in barrel longer than any other Chardonnay. The Nuits-Blanches style is richer and oakier than other Au Bon Climat Chardonnays. Our “Nuits-Blanches” is traditionally 90% Bien Nacido Vineyard “K” Block, and 10% from our estate Le Bon Climat Vineyard. The 2015 is a beautifully balanced Chard. Lovely aromas of apricot, lavender and caramel ebb into bright flavors of lemon/lime, and a fresh, spicy finish with vanilla, clove and honeydew melon. The richness and texture are increasing in the bottle.

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