When it comes to Burgundy, there is arguably no greater family name than that of de Villaine, synonymous with the iconic Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Aubert de Villaine, married to Pamela whose cousin is Larry Hyde, is one of the leading people of wine the world over. The partnership began in 2000 between the cousins, combining the knowledge and expertise from Aubert with Hyde’s intricate understanding of the vineyard and region.
The Ygnacia Pinot Noir is not designed to be merely a caricature of the wines of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. The 1.9 acre plot represents the optimal vineyard location within the property for Pinot Noir, with 7 different clones brought together over a 40 year period by Larry Hyde. The variety of the clones adds nuance and intrigue to the resulting wine, on top of the impact of the clay loam over clay hardpan soil. 2017 is a vintage that will be certainly remembered in California due to fires that scorched Napa and Sonoma in early October, however thankfully well after the Pinot Noir had been harvested. The wine saw around 17 months in French oak, with 15% being new before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
While most would see Napa on a wine label and think of Cabernet Sauvignon, the specificities of Carneros (the winemaking region of both Napa and Sonoma counties) make it ideal for growing Pinot Noir with more moderate temperatures.