Au Bon Climat Mt. Carmel Vineyard Chardonnay 2001
I picked this up about a year or so ago from Marquis on sale. You don’t often run into California chard with this much age on it in BC, and certainly not at the price I paid. Further, Au Bon Climat is one of the best producers in the Santa Barbara region – all in all hard to pass up. That said, I was somewhat disappointed with this otherwise tasty wine.
The wine poured a dark golden yellow, like gold foil. It was also starting to brown at the edges – a sign of age. Nevertheless, the nose was big and full not suggesting tiredness: pineapple, vanilla marshmallow, kiwi, and creme brulée. The palate had awesome fullness and vitality, especially for 8 years on the bottle. I got plenty of creme brulée and banana cream pie. Although the flavours were rich and full, I found this wine a bit hot and thus imbalanced with respect to alcohol. And, even with the new world creamy goodness, this was not showing the kind of complexity I would expect for great chards after 8 years in the bottle.
~$30 on sale at Marquis