Hyde de Villaine: A Familial Collaboration
Friday July 27, 2018
As they say, nothing is constant in this world but change. With so many developments across the world – some with a direct effect on how wines are made – it is not surprising to hear stories about two or more producers working together in order to create a win befitting today’s oenophiles.
Today’s feature explores this story. However, this is not just another random tie-up between winemakers who want to test out the waters. Instead, this is a long-standing collaboration which started from familial affinity and heart-mindedness towards a specific goal which is considered as a mandate: to have the family craft wines truly that is a reflection its [terroir] essence.
When two families join forces and collaborate in achieving something beautiful in each bottle, it is only a must to savour the taste of their wines.
The Two Families
Aubert de Villaine is one of the most recognised men in Burgundy. He was the first man from Burgundy to be named Decanter’s Man of the Year, and all for the right reasons. From the start, ‘belief in terroir’ has what propelled Aubert de Villaine to have a successful campaign and led to the to the declaration of Burgundy’s unique actual single-vineyard site (or climat in French) as one of UNESCO’s world cultural treasure.
As one of the co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Aubert de Villaine has been in the business of winemaking for more than four (4) decades. His family has had the domaine ever since 1911. One can infer how dedication, hard work, and over-all love for wines of the de Villaine family has for them to successfully manage the winery.
Stemming from his own desires to make great wines, Aubert de Villaine expresses that making Burgundy wines is something he sees as an environmental effort (in terms of agriculture). It can be noted that he said of [Burgundy] winemaking as something alluding to a magical experience. And this, perhaps, even evolved into something bigger when he started working with the Hyde family.
Since the late 17th century, the Hyde family has been living in California and is known to be one of the oldest farming families in the country. The founder of the winery, Larry Hyde, began the brand aptly named Hyde Vineyards in 1979.
Recognised for his unyielding passion and forward-thinking ways on how to further develop how wines are made, Larry Hyde continued to pass on the tradition to the rest of the family. Call it fate or destiny, when Aubert de Villaine married Pamela Fairbanks, thus led to the birth of Hyde de Villaine wines in 2000.
The Hyde and de Villaine Effect
As the winery claims, “From inception, Hyde de Villaine has had one mandate, create wines that capture the true essence of the vineyard and deliver it to the glass… no exceptions”. And one can say that theirs are more refined Californian wines. Perhaps because of the touch of Burgundian style in how the vines are treated.
To believe is to taste, so why not browse and buy these lovely Hyde de Villaine wines:
“Very dense and layered with so much ripe apple and lemon rind character. Full body, round and layered holding together the depth and intensity of fruit. Solid as a rock. Drink or hold.” – James Suckling, 95 points
"So elegant and complex with so much perfume and rose petal character. Dark fruit. Strawberry. Cedar. Full body, yet bright and focused. Refined and beautiful. Layers. Stone and cement undertones. Drink or hold. Love." - James Suckling, 97 points
“Our Ygnacia Pinot Noir is 100% Hyde Vineyard fruit and is a thrilling expression of Carneros Pinot Noir. Our third release from the vineyard, the 2015 Ygnacia is rich in color and aroma with black cherry, red raspberry and violet notes. Balanced and textured with silky tannins, this wine is built to a multi-dimensional palate of ripe berries, cocoa nib, savory spice and crushed stone.” – Official website
We have other Hyde de Villaine wines available. Just visit our Buy Now store for more lovely selections.