1996 Au Bon Climat "Talley Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Valley Chardonnay MAGNUM

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Jim Clendenen was one of the founding fathers of the Santa Barbara County wine scene. In 1982, Jim and his partner founded Au Bon Climat in Santa Barbara County. The wines have been recognized and adored amongst collectors for decades now, but have rarely gotten the attention of the press of that time. They have always maintained their own identity, and Jim made Burgundian-styled wines while everyone beefed up their Pinot and Chard in the 1990s. “In Burgundy, if you have a tractor, three rows of vines and room for 20 or 30 barrels in your basement, you could be as powerful as anybody in the area,” Mr. Clendenen said in 2013 on the Levi Dalton podcast “I’ll Drink to That.” While I never met Jim, I've heard stories galore of lunches and dinners where he cooked and opened twenty year old bottles of astoundingly intact and gorgeous Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. What's on offer below is very limited (less than six bottles available of each), and it offers a rare glimpse into the life and testament of one of California's pioneers of the Burgundian varieties. These are direct from the winery and guaranteed vinous time capsules. As such, I think the pricing is exceptional. Hope you all enjoy! - BRANDON KERNE, MASTER SOMMELIER

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Houston Orders

After checking out, you will receive a pickup confirmation email when the order has been pulled and packed. You can pickup your wine at our shop at 2301 Portsmouth Street in Upper Kirby, Houston.

San Antonio Orders

Until the new shop opens in San Antonio, we can transfer or ship wine to San Antonio. At checkout, choose Pick Up in Houston, and email us and we will transfer or ship your wine to San Antonio free of charge.

For more information, or if you need your wine more quickly, reach out to us at info@aocselections.com and we will do everything we can to accomodate.


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