au bon climat, hildegard, california 2015
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
92

2015 au bon climat, hildegard, california

Why We're Buying

Au Bon Climat Hildegard pays homage to Burgundian history and Hildegard's husband, Charlemagne. It features a unique complexion that's impossible replicable with a single grape. The pinot gris-dominant blend recently won Best in Class at the Six Nation Wine Challenge.

Critics Scores

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

A lovely wine, the 2015 Hildegard from Au Bon Climat—a blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Aligoté that emulates the pre-phylloxera plantings on Corton-Charlemagne—reveals notes of buttered apples, preserved citrus, toasted macadamia nut, struck match and a framing of toasty new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, textural and bright, with nice depth and a racy finish. As previsions renditions demonstrate, this singular cuvée evolves very attractively in bottle. Considering this wine was matured in 100% new François Frères barrels, it's already remarkably integrated.