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  • Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay 2019

    £36.75

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  • Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay 2020

    £42.95

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  • Cakebread Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2018

    £74.95

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  • Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2021

    £31.49

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  • DuMOL Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

    £67.95

    “The sole Napa Chardonnay in this range, the 2018 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is ample and broad in feel. Apricot, tangerine oil, spice, vanillin and tropical fruit all show the richer, more extroverted side of Chardonnay to great effect. The Hyde is more power than finesse, and there is plenty of the former. Drinking window: 2022-2028. 93 points

    My tastings at DuMOL are usually pretty epic, as I sample two vintages of pretty much the entire range. The pandemic made a visit this year impossible, so this report focuses on the bottled 2018s. The wines are brilliant across the board, just as they were from barrel. Winemaker Andy Smith describes 2018 as a year with moderate temperatures, especially at harvest time, which allowed for picking tiny sections of vineyards in small, separate passes. From top to bottom, this is an impressive lineup.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)

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  • HDV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

    £69.99

    “The 2016 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard is a very pretty wine. Gentle apricot, tangerine, spice, dried flowers and mint are all woven together. Although quite subtle, the 2016 has plenty of structure, it is just expressed in an understated manner. There is so much to admire in this pristine Chardonnay from Hyde De Villaine. Silky and polished, the 2016 will drink well upon release. Drinking window: 2018-2024. 92 points”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (12/18)

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  • HDV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

    £73.25

    “The 2017 Chardonnay opens with pure notes of poached pears, white peach, quince and apple pie plus notions of citrus blossoms, smoke, toast and honeyed hints in the undercurrent—what a superb perfume! The palate is still youthfully wound, offering energetic citrus and mineral-laced fruits, tangy, vibrant and bright and finishing very long and nuanced. Drink: 2020-2026. 94 points”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (06/20)

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  • HDV Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2018

    £73.25

    “The 2018 Chardonnay is powerful and hedonistic, with a touch less aromatic purity than its excellent 2019 counterpart. It opens with flinty aromas that segue to white peaches, baked apples, beeswax, roasted almonds and baking spices. The medium-bodied palate is textural and concentrated with flinty accents and rounded acidity, finishing with lots of savory layers and a compelling hint of dried sage. This deserves another 3-5 years in bottle. Drink: 2023-2033. 95 points

    I visited Hyde de Villaine in the spring of 2022 to taste with winemaker Guillaume Boudet and general manager James Eyer. Hyde de Villaine produced stunning lineups in 2018 and 2019, with exceptional elegance and balanced structures. 2020 was challenging, with both wildfires and extreme temperatures. “We made as much as we could in 2020, but the real issue was heat,” Boudet explained. “The fires started in August, and there’s really nothing you can do. The heat shut down vines, like in 2017. The heat and dehydration affected us more than the actual smoke.” The constant breezes at Hyde kept the air relatively clear, although there were some ashes on the vines. “We blew the grapes in the vineyard with a fan on a tractor to clean them and rinsed off all the berries with water, going super slow on the sorting table so the water could run off. Overall, we did our due diligence with the reds. But it is also about preserving relationships with growers. We test, we talk about price, we figure it out instead of dropping contracts just before harvest. COVID-19, frost, fire, ash—it was everything in 2020. It was really important to us to respect their overall work throughout 2020. It took courage and guts and risk for wineries to make wines in 2020. It may not be the greatest vintage ever, but the fact that it has the merits to exist—to me that is everything.””

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (07/22)

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