This lovely Chardonnay celebrates Au Bon Climat's 30th anniversary in the wine business!
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.
Crack open a bottle and partake in the merriment!
Stephen Tanzer (ST): 92
"Pale gold. Ripe pear, orange, creme brulee and ginger on the fragrant nose, with notes of vanilla bean and smoky lees adding complexity. Pliant but sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors gain depth with air, picking up a deeper marzipan nuance. The pear and leesy notes carry through on the very focused finish. This chardonnay has the depth to repay at least five years of patience."
Wine Spectator (WS): 90
"Dried pears, apricots, flowers and spices flesh out beautifully in Au Bon Climat’s 2010 Chardonnay XXX Anniversary Nuits-Blanches au Bouge, a relatively large-scaled wine from Jim Clendenen. It boasts serious intensity and power in its rich, deep layers of fruit. At the same time, there is good underlying minerality...."