Au Bon Climat

Au Bon Climat ‘Los Alamos’ Chardonnay

California Santa Barbara United States North America
Tasting Notes
Technical Details

The Los Alamos Chardonnay is the most fruit forward of our Historical Vineyard Chardonnays. This wine has abundant fruit with a slight tropical note backed by judicious oak. The fuller viscosity, that is a signature of this region, is joined by a nice mineral component and firm finish. While this wine seems to show almost infinite age ability, the wine drinks well today.

100% Chardonnay grape blend.
This wine contains allergens, sulfites.
The Estate

The fruit from the Los Alamos Valley region is distinctive, but without an official AVA the wines are labled Santa Barbara County.  The Los Alamos Vineyard is roughly 500 planted acres, most of which is on flat bottomland of the Los Alamos Valley that is sandwiched between the warmer Santa Ynez Valley and cooler Santa Maria Valley appellations.

Wine Making

As part of our Historical Vineyards Collection, this wine receives gets all the TLC it needs. The wine is barrel fermented, completed malolactic fermentation, and aged 15 months on the lees in 33% new French François Frères barrels. The Chardonnay from this vineyard has a slight tropical, coconut/pineapple character and viscous texture that we find intriguing.

Food Suggestions

Pairs well with pork, rich fish such as salmon and tuna, vegetarian and poultry dishes.

• Available Size: 750mL (12 pc)
• Type: Wines
• Sub-type: Wines
• Class: White
• ABV%: 13.5

Wine & Spirits – 92

"From an exceedingly cool vineyard site, this chardonnay is all structure at present, brooding and turned in on itself, driven by floating lees and linear oak, beneath which modest fruit and a teeming citrusy acidity roils. It’s the movement in the wine, independent of unresolved flavors, that assures me of the wine’s potential."

Vinous – 92

"The 2019 Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard Santa Barbara Historic Vineyards Collection is laced with apricot, tangerine oil, mint, butter, tropical fruit and a kiss of new French oak. This is an especially rich, almost opulent wine for Los Alamos, but it all works so well. Bright citrus and saline notes add focus to the creamy, textured finish."

Wine Enthusiast – 92

"A golden hue in the glass, this bottling hits the nose with buttered hazelnut, warm wood and baked orange aromas. A nutty, toasted almond flavor surrounds the palate, with hits of lemon curd and citrus-glazed brioche throughout."
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