The Critics Agree On This Outstanding Chardonnay
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, known to be a conservative reviewer, rated the 2012 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay at 93 points, and 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 ten vintages of at 90 points or higher, and rated the 2012 Hamilton Russell Chardonnay at 93 points! 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!
Wine Spectator 93 Points
Tightly wound, this exhibits a serious core of glazed pear, fig, apple, plantain and brioche notes, lined with mineraland honeysuckle hints and accented by nicely beaded acidity. This should be a beauty when it unwinds fully. Bestfrom 2014 through 2020. 3,200 cases imported.—JM
International Wine Cellar 93 Points
Good full yellow. Wonderfully complex aromas of pear, wild herbs, sweet butter, smoke and tropical fruits; showed an iodiney minerality with air. Concentrated and harmonious but firm-edged, with brisk lemony acidity framing the very youthful flavors of stone fruits and minerals. Conveys a powerful impression of intensity without weight, like the best white Burgundies. Very young but smooth on the long, peach aftertaste. Outstanding potential here for a chardonnay that is often South Africa's best.-ST