DRC West: Aubert de Villaine’s California Dream
Posted on: 10/5/18 12:01 PM
We don’t need to “sell” HdV. It’s DRC in California. Literally. The venture between the Hyde Family of Napa Valley and the legendary de Villaine Family of Burgundy (of Domaine Romanée-Conti) has always cast a wide net, making California collectors lust and Burgundy enthusiast swoon.
Of course the standard here is very high – this is the family that makes DRC, after all. Thus, the wines, across the board, are excellent – stylish, suave and complex – and, naturally, delicious. But they’re also accessible – both in regards price and quantity. When’s the last time you had DRC Montrachet? Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Treat yourself with to the luxurious experience of the world’s greatest winemakers’ California gambit. They know what they’re doing.
2015 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard
95 pts. “The 2015 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is bright, pure and focused, especially within the context of the year. Winemaker Stephane Vivier did a terrific job in capturing a compelling interplay of freshness and textural richness. Lemon peel, white flowers, white orchard fruit and mint give the wine its lifted personality, but there is plenty of palate weight and depth. This is a classy, super-polished Chardonnay from Hyde de Villaine.” A. Galloni, Vinous
96 pts. “Very dense yet tangy and energetic with beautiful intensity of flavor and brightness, which shows creme caramel. Full-bodied and vivid. Long and layered. Richness with brightness and focus. Drink now, but it’s also one for aging as well.” James Suckling
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