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AU BON CLIMAT CHARDONNAY "NUITS-BLANCHES AU BOUGE", SANTA MARIA VALLEY 2012
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The 2012 Chardonnay Nuits-Blanches au Bouge is mostly Bien Nacido fruit, with a dollop of Le Bon Climat estate fruit, both picked a bit later and given more new oak than is the norm here. Beautifully layered and silky on the palate, the 2012 is all about nuance. Yellow orchard fruit, chamomile, lemon oil and flowers are all nicely shaped by 18 months in French oak. Lightly honeyed notes wrap around the expressive, inviting finish.
Another white brought up in new French oak, the 2012 Chardonnay Nuits Blanches Au Bouge offers classic Chardonnay notes of ripe orchard fruits, honeysuckle, white flowers and toasted bread notes in a medium to full-bodied, balanced and beautifully textured style. It's a gorgeous Chardonnay that has a classic, focused feel and while it was brought up all in new oak, it's perfectly integrated into the wine. Impressive now, this beauty will also age gracefully.
NVWE Notes: Seductively rich and many-layered, this already well-evolved bottling may yet improve for a few years. The aromas are a rich mix of tarte tatin, peach cobbler, preserved lemon, orange blossom and hazelnut nougat. It is tongue-coating, yet still a hint youthfully firm in the mouth, where the flavors are a dense layering of baked apple, white peach, lemon curd, pineapple core, Asian pear, yellow rose, meringue, vanilla wafer, baking-spice and honey. The finish is generous and long, with appropriate zest and a touch of minerality. 807 cases produced.