Right on the edge of the Carneros AVA line, sits one of the most famous vineyards in the world, Hyde Vineyard.
The vineyard was planted by Larry Hyde himself, one of America’s greatest wine minds, and provides fruit for many of the region’s elite wineries. Sure, the Chardonnay grown there is some of the most expensive per acre, but David Ramey, Marc Aubert, Steve Kistler, Paul Lato and countless others will tell you, it’s every bit worth the price of admission.
One other winemaker who feels it’s well worth the cost is Aubert de Villaine, President and Winemaker at DRC – so much so that he went all in becoming equal partners with Larry Hyde in their Hyde de Villaine project.
It might just be one of the greatest partnerships the wine world has ever known. Together, both these wine titans have forgotten more about wine than most of us will ever know. Their work with Burgundian varietals is second to none, and together the two have built up allocation waitlists that are a mile long.
If you’ve been reading my emails for any length of time, then you already know that my decades long support for Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and their fleet of the world’s greatest Burgundies has led to a very solid relationship between Aubert de Villaine and myself.
That’s why while just about everybody else is on the outside looking in for this special collaboration, we’ve been able to secure a small allocation of Wine Spectator’s #3 wine in the world for their 2022 Top 100 List. Very lucky to have some precious few bottles to be able to pass around.
96 Points, Wine Spectator (#3 Wine of the Year, 2022’s Top 100 List)
“This stunning version offers a pure beam of white nectarine, mango and ripe Bartlett pear flavors that mingle with notes of pound cake, toasted, salted hazelnut and nutmeg on a supple, rich frame, which draws focus from a bright thread of acidity. Drink now through 2030.”
96 Points, James Suckling
Honeysuckle, oyster-shell and apple-pie aromas. Pears and lime sherbet, too. Flinty. Full-bodied, layered and integrated with fine phenolics. Some matchbox character comes through. Stemmy and spicy at the end from whole-cluster pressing. Wente and Calera clones. Drink or hold.