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Au Bon Climat Hildegard 2016

Au Bon Climat Hildegard is a distinctive white wine blend of Pinot Gris (55%), Pinot Blanc (35%) and Aligoté (10%) grapes. The name Hildegard is a salute to the history of Burgundy and to her husband the King of the Franks, Charlemagne. During his rule in the early 800s the importance of wine and viticulture exploded. The Catholic Church and Charlemagne ruled most of Europe and both were interested in wine and viticulture. The Church needed wine for the Eucharist and under Charlemagne more and more vineyards were planted in Burgundy. Charlemagne brought civilisation and order back after the dark ages. Part of this rebirth was wine production. Hildegard had Pinot Gris (Beurrot) and Blanc planted in a portion of the Corton vineyard along with Aligoté. A wine named after an Empress has to be exquisite and Hildegard is a revival of the original composition of an historic bottling. This distinctive blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Aligoté is barrel fermented and gets extra barrel and bottle time. The barrels for this program are all new Francois Frères French oak. Combining a unique blend with long term barrel ageing made something special. The lovely aroma of vanillin and hazelnuts from the oak and the mouth-coating richness makes for a wine that seems like a top-notch Chardonnay. The fruit profile is more melon like than Chardonnay and the aromas are more flowery than Chardonnay.

Wine File
Au Bon Climat
North America
Sub Region:
Central Coast - USA
White Wine
Primary Grape(s):
Pinot Grigio (Gris)
Bottle Size:
Natural Cork
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The Producer Au Bon Climat | California

Santa Maria Valley Vineyards in Santa Barbara County, California

Founded in 1982, Au Bon Climat (which means "a well-exposed vineyard") produces internationally-recognised Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from grapes grown in California's Santa Barbara County.

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The Region North America | California

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The Primary Grape Wine By Grape Variety | Pinot Grigio (Gris)

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