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Posted by Burke Morton On November - 23 - 2009

Au Bon Climat HildegardAu Bon Climat Hildegard
I just yanked a 2002 of this out of my cellar, opened it and wanted to scream for joy, but my kids were asleep, which doesn't happen easily, so I just went outside and whooped around, pretending the Braves had actually won the World Series.

Its flavors were so vivid and potent that I couldn't have been happier (obviously). The aromas alone were unique and heavenly enough to seduce me--almonds and lavender--but it had a bit of fennel emerging when I tasted it, making it seem at once possessed by the freshness of youth and the wisdom of the ages. This blend of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Aligoté (!) from California's Central Coast is a unique wine to be sure, and it comes in the single heaviest bottle I have ever held, but it cried out to be drunk with the Thanksgiving feast! One among many I will be drinking (I have a hard time stopping at one, but I don't suggest that everyone take my approach!).

Run, don't walk, to your local retailer (or call them--if they don't have it they can probably order it in by Thanksgiving) and get the current release, which should be the 2004--an amazing vintage of the wine. It's not inexpensive (in the mid-$30s, as I recall), but it is an extraordinarily special wine. And if you are lucky enough to find an older vintage (it matures beautifully--see below), don't hesitate to grab it!

Indeed It Can Last a Long Time...
A friend brought me the 1999 Hildegard recently and it absolutely made my WEEK! Its original release date was September 11, 2001, but that suddenly seemed a frivolous thing, I am sure, and they forgot eventually about it. It's available now at the winery, and may be available in the marketplace, if enough people ask for it.

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2 Responses

  1. Denise Said,

    Burke, thanks for the great press on the Hildegard! Vanguard does have a little of the 04. This is indeed a rare and extaordinary wine. cheers!

    Posted on November 23rd, 2009 at 10:10 pm

  2. Burke Morton Said,

    Sure thing! I don’t know that this stimulated sales for the wine, but I hope so, as it is one of my long-time favorites.

    Posted on December 7th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

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