The rave reviews keep coming in for Hamilton Russell Chardonnay. This is a South African Chardonnay that drinks like a cross between a top notch Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and a fine white Burgundy. Stephen Tanzer, referenced a similarity to Burgundy, saying it “Conveys a powerful impression of intensity without weight, like the best white Burgundies.” He described a previous vintage as “…like a hypothetical blend of Meursault and Chassagne.”
Need more evidence to be convinced? Wine Spectator has rated each of the last twelve vintages of at 90 points or higher! How’s that for consistency? And Hamilton Russell Chardonnay is not just getting attention from the American critics. We held a dinner with Thierry Pillot, winemaker at Domaine Paul Pillot in Chassagne Montrachet, a man who clearly is a white Burgundy / Chardonnay expert. After seeing Hamilton Russell Chardonnay on our shelves, he commented that he thinks it’s outstanding!