Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay, 2014

 

Au Bon Climat: Here is the ring.  Will you accept?

 

Words fail to express how enjoyable this wine is.  Was.  In a text it’s a yin yang emoji.  In a court it’s the scales of justice.  In a wine review it’s well over 90 points.  All you need to know is it’s the anti-California Chardonnay, all flavour, no pretense, a sleeper at the back of the wine store.  A perfectly balanced Chard, and I mean perfectly, astonishingly balanced, a marriage of appealing acid with butterscotch velvet, not too much oak, nothing cloying, a lilting floral presence on the tongue that is delectable.  The levels and depth of flavour are simply remarkable.  This is the type of bottle that gets you excited about Chardonnay all over again.

 

Price: $30 USD in Narita duty free.

 

Market Liquidity: Subtlety personified.

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