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White Burgundy & The HvD Chardonnay

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White BurgundySean loves White Burgundy, and so should you. Sean King recently returned to our team in Michael’s Wine Cellar. (You may remember Sean, his love of many wines and expert recommendations from his past tenure working in our wine shop several years ago!) We couldn’t be happier to welcome him back to the Michael’s family, and know you’ll appreciate his insight, humor and wine knowledge. Here’s a personal note from Sean about White Burgundy. I love White Burgundy. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! The biggest problem is that it’s so expensive and it’s very difficult to get. When I say “expensive” I mean $100 or more for Puligny Montrachet from a good producer. When I say “very hard to get” I mean we recently secured my own personal three bottle allocation of a Montrachet. I know, I know, but am I telling you this for a reason. So, I decided to open a bottle of the 2013 HdV “Hyde Vineyard” Chardonnay to have with the Pompano at the Michael’s On East Lounge. Before I continue, allow me to tell you that the Hyde Vineyard in Napa is one of the best vineyards in the world for Chardonnay because of the cool climate afternoon breeze that arrives like clockwork from the bay. It allows for the fruit to hang on the vine as much as two weeks longer than the neighboring vineyards just three miles away. Chardonnay is exactly that in more ways than one.  The winemaker is French and previously made wine in Burgundy. In fact, HdV is a venture between the Hyde Family of Napa Valley and the de Villaine Family of Burgundy. The families, related by marriage, share long histories in French and Californian winemaking. At HdV, the oak barrels are from Burgundy and you will appreciate the de Villaine family name, as Aubert de Villaine is the owner of Domaine Romanee Conti. (The DRC Chardonnay sells for about $5,000 a bottle.) Back to this specific HdV wine… This Chardonnay is incredibly fresh with an acidity that is lost on so much of the Chardonnay made today. Rich oak that does what it is supposed to do, properly frame the great Chardonnay fruit! This bottle retails for just under $70 bottle, but I promise that when you drink it you will say “This is what great Chardonnay tastes like!” It is also more affordable than harder to find White Burgundies of similar quality.

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