Au Bon Climat Clendenen Family ''The Pip" Chardonnay 2018


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California, United States


Jim Clendenen often dreamed of having a small winery where commerce was not the driving force. Instead, the dream was to have the luxury to keep wines long in a barrel should they need it (5 years for the Nebbiolo!); to explore offbeat varietals and idiosyncratic styles because they are interesting. Created in 2000, the Clendenen Family brand is a project of passion. There is no doubt quality is here along with the ABC signature of balance, finesse, and longevity.

The 'Pip' Chardonnay is made with the same 'hand-crafted' approach as all our Clendenen Family Wines. All the grapes are handpicked and sorted in the vineyard. The grapes are gently whole cluster pressed, and the juice is chilled and settled and put into a barrel. Both the yeast and malo-lactic fermentations take place in the barrel. The 'Pip' Chardonnay was aged in barrel surlie for a full year prior to bottling. We lightly fine and filter the 'Pip' Chardonnay so the wine will be ready to drink upon release. Pip was the best dog in the world. There might be many other dogs in contention but if you met Pip you would agree. She chased the ball and the Frisbee for hours, all while hiding between throws. In her imagination, she was herdin’ something, a classic border collie. Pip was at the winery most days. It was hard to get visitors to pay attention to wine tasting when Pip was chasing everyone that wanted to throw the ball for her. "Big Miguel” would kick the soccer ball a mile and Pip would find it, Bob Lindquist and his Dodger “rubber arm” would throw the tennis ball a few feet, seldom in the strike zone, and Pip would shrug.

We could not name just one wine after this dog. We memorialize her with an entire line-up of wines. The “Pip” wines are early releases from either our estate Le Bon Climat or Bien Nacido vineyards. An important attribute of “Pip” wines is a shorter barrel program with less new wood, so the fruit is emphasized. These wines are delicious upon release, so drink up.


Serving Temp.
11-12 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2026
Food pairing
Risottos and cream-enhanced soups, sauces and pasta

Tasting Profile

Aging this wine for two or three years would reward anyone with patience. The wine is complex, full-bodied, and enjoyable today, so no need to wait. The citrus/apple notes in the aromas mesh nicely with the stone fruit and tropical flavours that are underscored by minerality. The fruit notes in the aromas and flavours will evolve into more spices and nuts.

Au Bon Climat Clendenen Family ''The Pip" Chardonnay 2018

Au Bon Climat Clendenen Family ''The Pip" Chardonnay 2018
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