Mâconnais

The Mâconnais did not escape the frosts, but the damage was certainly more limited than further north. Another great set of wines from Domaine Barraud, where the Mâcon Vergisson seems to have been very badly hit, so thate's not much of that, and the cuvée of Pouilly Fuissé Chataigniers was too small to make a wine, so it is all in the 'cuvée Alliance'. We unfortunately did not get to see Christophe Cordier, but we are looking forward to tasting some of his wines at out tasting on the 8th Jan.


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Domaine Daniel Barraud

Daniel and Martine Barraud, now joined by their son Julien, have vineyards in Vergisson that are mostly high up under the famous rock (Vergisson lies between the two dramatic cliffs of the rocks of Solutré and Vergisson). The vineyards here are significantly higher than those of Fuissé, and are consequently later-ripening, and the wines often have a more solid structure - but all of Daniel's wines have their own character, from the Puligny-like directness of the La Roche to the fat richness of the 'en Buland', via the mineral force of the Crays. All the wines are made keeping close to the tenets of bio-dynamics - not as Daniel says for the sake of it - but because over the generations experience has taught them these principles really are the best way forward - as such they only ever bottle on a descending moon, All the wines see some barrel ageing apart from the Chaintré, which is aged in foudre (2/3) and tank. As Allen Meadows wrote in 2014 in Burghound "I have said this before but I will say it again: no one makes better wine in the Mâconnais than Barraud. There are a few domaines that produce wines that are sometimes just as good, ... but none of them surpasses the quality he consistently produces. If you aren’t familiar with the wines, you owe it to yourself and your pocketbook to check them out." (www.Burghound.com).
2016 MÂCON CHAINTRÉ Pierres Polies Domaine Daniel Barraud

2016 MÂCON CHAINTRÉ Pierres Polies Domaine Daniel Barraud

75cl bottles, case of 12

This is more serious than the Macon Villages. Fuller weight, yet remains bright and clear. Some pretty yellow fruit, less grip at the outset, but this does grow. Nice firm citrus notes and some This is more serious than the Macon Villages. Fuller weight, yet remains bright and clear. Some pretty yellow fruit, less grip at the outset, but this does grow. Nice firm citrus notes and some harder pear and apple notes, nicely ripe flesh here too. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 MÂCON VERGISSON La Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud

2016 MÂCON VERGISSON La Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud

75cl bottles, case of 12

More perfumed, more aromatic and floral on the nose. And then zing on the palate. Clean, crisp bright and focussed. Lovely very slick feel to this. No roughness, great acidity and some tart crunchy More perfumed, more aromatic and floral on the nose. And then zing on the palate. Clean, crisp bright and focussed. Lovely very slick feel to this. No roughness, great acidity and some tart crunchy fruit. This is yummy and just flows so well. There is a tad of weight in the fruit - but really well balanced. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 SAINT VÉRAN En Crèches Domaine Daniel Barraud

2016 SAINT VÉRAN En Crèches Domaine Daniel Barraud

75cl bottles, case of 12

Tasted from Cask. More amplitude here than the Macons. Surprisingly broad and serious. Great mouthfeel. Nice acidity. Ripe Grapefruit and warm pineapples, soft spices - rich middle. But still not Tasted from Cask. More amplitude here than the Macons. Surprisingly broad and serious. Great mouthfeel. Nice acidity. Ripe Grapefruit and warm pineapples, soft spices - rich middle. But still not fat. Oak just gives a dark edge, a shadow of structure. Nicely tamed and balanced. But biggish and solaire. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 POUILLY FUISSÉ Alliance-Vergisson Domaine Daniel Barraud

2016 POUILLY FUISSÉ Alliance-Vergisson Domaine Daniel Barraud

75cl bottles, case of 12

Good clean sweeping attack. This is clean cut yet broad and enveloping. Weighted but bright. Interesting. I really like the spice hit of ginger, the soft 'pain d'epice' note. This does does fan out Good clean sweeping attack. This is clean cut yet broad and enveloping. Weighted but bright. Interesting. I really like the spice hit of ginger, the soft 'pain d'epice' note. This does does fan out on the finish and the fruit weight builds. Definitely Pouilly! L&S (Dec 2017)

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2016 SAINT VÉRAN Les Pommards Domaine Daniel Barraud

2016 SAINT VÉRAN Les Pommards Domaine Daniel Barraud

75cl bottles, case of 12

Tasted from Cask - This tastes riper than the Macon. Gently mulched apples - some sour cream too on the nose. But lively and energetic on the palate. More zing than en Crèches. More bounce. Moving Tasted from Cask - This tastes riper than the Macon. Gently mulched apples - some sour cream too on the nose. But lively and energetic on the palate. More zing than en Crèches. More bounce. Moving faster, but tighter wound with the zipping acidity. Left with a small sensation of more savour, some rubber and stone perhaps. But this is good. A more classic Barraud style returns after 2015. Good weight balanced by good acidity. Interesting, I like. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes La Verchère Domaine Daniel Barraud

2016 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes La Verchère Domaine Daniel Barraud

75cl bottles, case of 12

Tasted from Cask. This is creamy, sour cream and fresh, white berries and some apple blossom on the nose. On the palate there is that house signature of an incredibly lovely, clean flow, good clean Tasted from Cask. This is creamy, sour cream and fresh, white berries and some apple blossom on the nose. On the palate there is that house signature of an incredibly lovely, clean flow, good clean lines. Easy, sleek glide then some firmer apple fruit adds some definition. Lovely but not so broad as either the En France or Clos Reyssier. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 POUILLY FUISSÉ sur la Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud

2016 POUILLY FUISSÉ sur la Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud

75cl bottles, case of 12

Tasted from Cask. Yikes this is on the acid at the start. Perky, zippy super bright. Yet not tart with it. High toned and super feel. So pure. Really delicious middle. Less serious, more welcoming Tasted from Cask. Yikes this is on the acid at the start. Perky, zippy super bright. Yet not tart with it. High toned and super feel. So pure. Really delicious middle. Less serious, more welcoming than the Crays - really good. Bright, yellow agrumes juice. Pure and long. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes Les Crays Domaine Daniel Barraud

2016 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes Les Crays Domaine Daniel Barraud

75cl bottles, case of 12

From Cask. This is immediately more from the earth than the Verchere. A solid feel of hard limestone, underpins the generously weighted fruit. Pure, stony and focused. Nice leaner fruit element. This From Cask. This is immediately more from the earth than the Verchere. A solid feel of hard limestone, underpins the generously weighted fruit. Pure, stony and focused. Nice leaner fruit element. This is firm in contrast, almost austere - but there is so much to admire. Drive, shape, intensity. And a nice layer of softer stuff, some sweet pear flesh to keep it rolling. L&S (Oct 2017)

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2016 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes En Buland Domaine Daniel Barraud

2016 POUILLY FUISSÉ Vieilles Vignes En Buland Domaine Daniel Barraud

75cl bottles, case of 12

From Cask. Tea cakes and toasty notes on the nose some plump raisins. Then electric on palate. Pert, zip to the limey pithy juice. Much less bulk than you might expect. Saline minerality. More From Cask. Tea cakes and toasty notes on the nose some plump raisins. Then electric on palate. Pert, zip to the limey pithy juice. Much less bulk than you might expect. Saline minerality. More concentrated, more power - but all the time nicely taut. Nicely direct and energetic. Impressive stuff. Big and powerful, but done subtly. L&S (Oct 2017)

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Domaine Cordier

We first started working with Christophe 20 years ago and after a short hiatus we are delighted to welcome back these great wines to our list. Christophe has continued to build on the success of his father Roger, and has brought a deft touch to the wine-making, so that the excellent fruit from their well-placed vineyards is translated into fantastic wines. He has also increased the scale of the negociant business and with long-term ties to some great vignerons is making some consistently stylish wines under the Christophe Cordier name, rather than Domaine Cordier. In the late 90s and early 00s, part of the story here was late-picking. Christophe would take some risk in leaving the grapes hanging for as long as possible. Back then this was what we were all after and the full-on, broadly textured wines were a revelation. Christophe has reined this in somewhat and is now producing wines with a lighter touch, a fine purity. Yes, there is texture and ample weight - but there is a new harder line of minerality and slightly more taut style, these are immensely drinkable wines that encourage you to the next glass. They simply represent fantastic value for lovers of White Burgundy and fine Chardonnay. This is the most exciting domaine in Fuissé (it is based at the top of the hill overlooking the village) and the wines are great value and qualitatively comparable with many in the Côte d'Or. Most of the vines are around Fuissé itself, and they ripen earlier than the higher vineyards of Vergisson, making for a slightly different style to Barraud.
2016 MÂCON BLANC Aux Bois d’Allier Domaine Cordier

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2016 MÂCON MILLY LAMARTINE Clos du Four Domaine Cordier

2016 MÂCON MILLY LAMARTINE Clos du Four Domaine Cordier

75cl bottles, case of 12

Christophe and Dominique Lafon share this fabulous vineyard in the heart of the Maconnais. On the nose there is a lovely intensity to the firm, yellow fruit. In the mouth there is less overt power Christophe and Dominique Lafon share this fabulous vineyard in the heart of the Maconnais. On the nose there is a lovely intensity to the firm, yellow fruit. In the mouth there is less overt power and breadth than the super 2015 - but this is better for it. There is a lovely tension - a gentle tautness - balancing some healthy, peppy zip to the citrus juice. and the power and amplitude that we always expect from Christophe's domaine wines. Ripe feel, but not tropical. The richness here is checked the good core of fruit, the creamier peach with amazing line of acidity. L&S (Jan 2018)

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2016 POUILLY LOCHÉ Domaine Cordier

2016 POUILLY LOCHÉ Domaine Cordier

75cl bottles, case of 12

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2016 POUILLY FUISSÉ en Carmentrant Domaine Cordier

2016 POUILLY FUISSÉ en Carmentrant Domaine Cordier

75cl bottles, case of 12

Really impressed by these wines from Christophe, this had real pizzaz, some nice richness, creamy, ripe fig and melon, with citrus fruit underpinning the broad yet well defined palate. Good line and Really impressed by these wines from Christophe, this had real pizzaz, some nice richness, creamy, ripe fig and melon, with citrus fruit underpinning the broad yet well defined palate. Good line and a lovely bright acidity on the finish, giving the wine balance. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 L&S (Jan 2018)

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