Friday, July 26, 2013

Au Bon Climat 2010 XXX Anniversary Chardonay, Nuits-Blanches au Bouge, Santa Maria Valley

Moon Mt Plus 062413 012This tasty Chardonnay was a feature wine for the International Wine of the Month Club in May. It is the special anniversary cuvee from Au Bon Climat, which has a reputation for producing finely crafted French varieties like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The XXX (wasn’t that a movie starring Vin Diesel?) is a combination of two Au Bon Climat styles of Chardonnay: the fully oaked Nuits Blanches and the more subtle, elegant Le Bouge. The combination hits the mark and results in a “Super Chard.”

In the glass it is pale yellow with medium body and delightful creaminess. The oaking (18 months in new French barrels) is certainly pervasive, but not overbearing. As one who prefers a refined Chablis over a “liquid tree” I found the XXX to be right on target. Flavor notes include subdued lemon, toast and bright melon.

This wine could be ideal for sushi, fish or chicken entrees or even pork. It is a pleasingly complex wine that will appeal to Chardonnay connoisseurs or anyone who appreciates a finely crafted wine.

The wine retails for about $40 and can age comfortably for several years. I can hardly wait for XL!

Full Disclosure: This wine was received as a marketing sample.

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