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One of the lions of the wine industry, Jim Clendenen, the “Mind Behind” Au Bon Climat since 1982, was essential, early on, in elevating Burgundian varietals on California’s Central Coast, and continues to be a driving force. He has cultivated an international reputation for balanced, classically styled Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, sourcing grapes from several highly regarded vineyards including Clendenen’s own Le Bon Climat Vineyard, and estate plantings at the legendary Bien Nacido Vineyard – both in the Santa Maria Valley appellation of Santa Barbara County.