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2017 Au Bon Climat "Nuits-Blanches au Bouge" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1522927 96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chardonnay Nuits-Blanches au Bouge is absolutely stunning. Rich, deep and yet also wonderfully translucent, the 2017 captures the Au Bon Climat style at its very best. Apricot, orange, mint, butter, a touch of new oak and tropical accents are some of the many notes that develop. In the glass, the 2017 is so complex and multidimensional. The Nuits-Blanches au Bouge is a blend of fruit taken from the K Block at Bien Nacido and Au Bon Climate's Le Bon Climat vineyard. What a wine! (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Light aromas of lime tonic, Meyer lemon juice and chalk meet with lightly buttered slices of warm toast and gardenia on the dynamic nose of this bottling. The palate is lean, briny and rocky, with lemon, tangerine and apricot touches, leading into a light coconut finish that clings to the mouth. (MK) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Opening with touches of flint, toast and exotic spices over a core of baked apples and floral perfume, the 2017 Chardonnay Nuits-Blanches au Bouge is medium-bodied and silky. It bursts with savory flavors, enlivened by energetic acidity and mineral touches, and it finishes very long. What a lovely dichotomy of rich aromas and flavors with a bright, lively structure. (EB) 93+ Inner quote mark (10/2020)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2021 | Send Email
The crème de la crème of Chardonnay from the late-great Jim Clendenen. Last month many folks in the wine industry and beyond were crushed by the sudden passing of this iconic vigneron. This bottling is the perfect example of Jim’s pure genius. A best barrel selection from Bien Nacido and Le Bon Climat, this wine shows both the power and precision this region can deliver. Huge intensity of flavor and impact on the palate and yet pin point focus and linear intensity. World-class Chardonnay. RIP, Jim.

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