Wine of the Month: May 2019

We choose our Wine of the Month to highlight some of the great bottles from around the world. No matter what the style, you can be certain that if it's our Wine of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:

Au Bon Climat Wild Boy Chardonnay 2017 – The Whisky Exchange Wine of the Month
Au Bon Climat Wild Boy Chardonnay 2017 – The Whisky Exchange Wine of the Month
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Au Bon Climat
Wild Boy Chardonnay 2017

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Created by the imaginative and charismatic Jim Clendenen, who can be seen sporting flowing gold locks on the front of this bottle, this is a full-bodied Chardonnay with a creamy, fruity character. Made by Au Bon Climat in California, known for its Burgundy-style Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, this 2017-vintage Wild Boy Chardonnay is full of fruity citrus, peaches-and-cream and earthy, mineral notes.

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Tasting Notes

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By Dawn Davies MW

  • From the original Californian wild boy – Jim Clendenen, one of the first producers in California to make Burgundy-style wines. This wine has lovely orchard fruit notes, with a caress of round oak and a hint of toast. A wine to enjoy after a long day in the office or with a delicious roasted chicken for Sunday lunch.

About Au Bon Climat

Au Bon Climat

History

Led by the creative Jim Clendenen, Au Bon Climat produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from grapes grown in California’s Santa Barbra County. Their fruit is sourced from several vineyards in the county, including Clendenen’s own La Bon Climat vineyard, plus the legendary Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley. Initially inspired by the wines of Burgundy, Au Bon Climat first set out to find a harmony between the refined, mineral character of Burgundy and the funky flair of West Coast wines. Over the years, Clendenen has also introduced more styles of wine and different varieties of grapes, including the popular Italian varietal, Nebbiolo.