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Au Bon Climat "La Bauge Au-dessus" Pinot Noir 2016


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California, United States
93 points


The late Jim Clendenen founded Au Bon Climat (ABC) in 1982. He became famous for making pioneering wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on California’s Central Coast. He passed away in 2021 and is remembered as one of the most charismatic and influential people of his vinous generation.

Jim’s passion for wine was born of a trip to Burgundy in the mid-1970s when he was a student studying Law at UC Santa Barbara. During subsequent visits, his enthusiasm for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grew and he became convinced that the Californian hills were capable of something special with these two noble varieties.

Au Bon Climat translates as “a well-exposed vineyard” a name suiting the coastal position of the vineyards, with its benevolent Pacific fog and cooling breeze. Making the most of these conditions ABC buys clones from Burgundy. This contributes to creating wines that emulate the restraint and finesse of Europe but with a magic touch of New World flair.

The fruit comes from the Bien Nacido Vineyard and Le Bon Climat Vineyard, both in the Santa Maria Valley. The wine shows off complex aromatics and layered flavours of cranberry, red berries, rose petals, and spice, signature characteristics of this wine-growing region. The 'La Bauge' Pinot Noir is aged in 50% new French oak barrels made by cooper François Frères in the heart of Burgundy in the small village of St. Romain. The wine was carefully racked in the spring and then aged for another 20 months (24 months total).


93 points
Wine Enthusiast

"Drawn from Bien Nacido and the Clendenen Family vineyards, this wine's smoky black-cherry fruit gets richer with air, lingering on a scent of mulled berries. The flavours remain smoky and dark, with a concentrated but elegant savour, quiet and refined, structured for a long cellar life." —P.J.C.

92 points
Matt Kettmann

"Light in the glass, this bottling—a reference to Burgundian parties—starts with polished aromas of strawberry and bay leaf, yet with tons of dirt and even leather scents as well. The palate shows a touch of aging, with dried cherry and charcuterie flavors, as the structure pops even more on the finish." — Matt Kettmann


Serving Temp.
12-14 °C
Cellar until
Now - 2028
Food pairing
Roast Lamb & roast vegetables, Beef Wellington

Au Bon Climat "La Bauge Au-dessus" Pinot Noir 2016

Au Bon Climat "La Bauge Au-dessus" Pinot Noir 2016
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