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The Evolution of the Au Bon Climat Style


One of the lions of the wine industry, Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat since 1982, was essential, early on, in elevating Burgundian varietals on California’s Central Coast, and continues to be a driving force. He has cultivated an international reputation for balanced, classically styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, sourcing grapes from several highly regarded vineyards including Clendenen’s own Le Bon Climat Vineyard, and estate plantings at the legendary Bien Nacido Vineyard – both in the Santa Maria Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County.

Among Jim’s accolades he has been named Winemaker of the Year by Food & Wine Magazine; one of the Fifty Most Influential Winemakers by Wine & Spirits Magazine; one of the Fifty World Wide Creators of Modern Classic Wine by Oz Clark; inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who; and deemed One of the Best Wineries in the World by Robert Parker.

Wine Samples:

2018 Au Bon Climat Pinot Gris – Pinot Blanc, Santa Barbara County, USA
2016 Au Bon Climat, Bien Nacido Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, USA
2016 Au Bon Climat Hildegard White, Santa Maria Valley, USA
2018 Au Bon Climat, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, USA
2017 Au Bon Climat, Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, USA
2016 Au Bon Climat, Pinot Noir La Bauge Au-dessus. Santa Maria Valley, USA

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