Au Bon Climat

Au Bon Climat

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 from a trip to Burgundy in the mid-1970s when he studied 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 that suits the vineyards’ coastal position, with its benevolent Pacific fog and cooling breeze. Making the most of these conditions, ABC buy clones from Burgundy. This contributes to creating wines that emulate Europe’s restraint and finesse but with a magic touch of New World flair.

The vineyards ABC source their grapes from read as a ‘who’s who’ of Central Coast vineyards. Bien Nacido and Jim’s “Le Bon Climat” are the most significant contributors. The influence of the Pacific can be felt standing in the canyon of Bien Nacido, where the warm days and cool nights characterise this superb terroir. Le Bon Climat, in contrast, consists of mainly hilltop vineyards which were certified organic in 2003.

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2016 Au Bon Climat, Knox Alexander, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA
Red
2016
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13.5% Alcohol
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2016 Au Bon Climat, Isabelle, Pinot Noir, California, USA
Red
2016
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13.5% Alcohol
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2013 Au Bon Climat, Bien Nacido Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA
White
2013
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13.5% Alcohol
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2013 Au Bon Climat, Rincon, Talley Vineyard Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grande Valley, California, USA
Red
2013
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14.0% Alcohol
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2015 Au Bon Climat, Isabelle, Pinot Noir, California, USA
Red
2015
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Full Bodied
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13.5% Alcohol
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2013 Au Bon Climat, Knox Alexander, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA
Red
2013
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Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2015 Au Bon Climat, Knox Alexander, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA
Red
2015
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13.5% Alcohol
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2017 Au Bon Climat, Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir, Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA
Red
2017
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13.5% Alcohol
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2016 Au Bon Climat, Nuits-Blanches au Bouge, Chardonnay, Santa MariaValley, California, USA
White
2016
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Medium Bodied
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13.5% Alcohol
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2014 Au Bon Climat, Bien Nacido Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA
Red
2014
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13.5% Alcohol
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2018 Au Bon Climat, Knox Alexander, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA
Red
2018
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2019 Au Bon Climat, Isabelle, Pinot Noir, California, USA
Red
2019
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13.5% Alcohol
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2017 Au Bon Climat, Larmes de Grappe, Sanford & Benedict Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, California, USA
Red
2017
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13.5% Alcohol
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2019 Au Bon Climat, Hildegard, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA
White
2019
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13.5% Alcohol
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2018 Au Bon Climat, Isabelle, Pinot Noir, California, USA
Red
2018
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2018 Au Bon Climat, Nuits-Blanches au Bouge, Chardonnay, Santa MariaValley, California, USA
White
2018
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2021 Au Bon Climat, Hildegard, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA
White
2021
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Full Bodied
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13.5% Alcohol
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2021 Au Bon Climat, Nuits-Blanches au Bouge, Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA
White
2021
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Medium Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2020 Au Bon Climat, La Bauge Au-dessus Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA
Red
2020
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Medium Bodied
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13.5% Alcohol
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2021 Au Bon Climat, Isabelle, Pinot Noir, California, USA
Red
2021
Lay down
Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2020 Au Bon Climat, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA
Red
2020
Drink, at peak
Medium Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2019 Au Bon Climat, Knox Alexander, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA
Red
2019
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2017 Au Bon Climat, Knox Alexander, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, California, USA
Red
2017
Drink, youthful
Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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