Au Bon Climat Sanford & Benedict Chardonnay 2010

Chardonnay from Central Coast, California

Item No. 127838
  • white wine
  • RP92
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Winemaker's Notes

After hand-picking, whole cluster pressing, and complete primary malo-lactic fermentation in the barrel (which are 50% new French), the wine was aged sur-lie for 12 months. The final product is a wine of balance and restraint with underlying power. You can smell and taste the flinty soil. After bottle aging for a year the limey, lemony flavors and aromas are starting to become more apparent.

Critical Acclaim

"Beautiful, with less noticeable oak, the 2010 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard offers beautiful typicity with ripe apple, mineral, toasted nut and hints of flowers to go with a fresh, lively and awesomely pure and detailed palate. Clean, elegant and with building richness, it has a layered, multi-dimensional palate feel, great acidity and a focused finish. Classy all the way, it’s a great Chardonnay! Enjoy it over the coming 4-5 years, although it will probably evolve gracefully after that as well."
92 Points

Learn About Au Bon Climat Map ItMap It

Au Bon Climat was created to produce high quality handcrafted wine from the traditional Burgundian varietals. They are one of the few California wineries to explore the gamut of these varieties: Aligote, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The winery is located within the Bien Nacido Vineyard, the source of the majority of their fruit.

Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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