..superlative wines that equal or surpass the finest offerings of the Cote de Beaune’s grand cru vineyards.
A favourite of Robert Parker and Allen Meadows, Daniel Barraud makes some of the best wine in Maçon, a fact recognised by some of the biggest noses including Robert Parker:
‘Barraud is unquestionably in the very top echelon of producers in Pouilly-Fuissé. [He] is crafting superlative wines that equal or surpass the finest offerings of the Cote de Beaune’s grand cru vineyards.’
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.eRobertParker.com
2013 MÂCON VERGISSON La Roche – Domaine Daniel Barraud
…This vineyard abuts the Pouilly-Fuissé vineyard of La Roche. Here too there is a note of petrol on the pretty nose that is comprised of pear, white peach and softly floral aromas. The solidly well concentrated middle weight flavors exude a fine bead of minerality on the citrusy and slightly longer finish that is markedly dry but not really austere. This is really very good for what it is and would make a good choice for an all-around house white.
Allen Meadows www.burghound.com 2017+
‘Very pure, quite concentrated fig and aniseed with some oatmeal and toast. Palate has lovely ripe peach, fig, citrus fruit, then cream, aniseed and complex oak notes. Fine acidity and length with a good mineral finish’
Grapes: Chardonnay Colour: White
Origin: France,Burgundy Village: Mâcon Vergisson
Vineyard: La Roche
Single bottle price: £16.95 Case Price: £14.95
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Daniel and Martine Barraud’s vineyards have been in the family since 1890 and with their son Julien now helping to run the domaine – they represent the fifth generation of the family to be making wine here. Most of their 8.5 hectares vines are in Vergisson and 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 consequently later-ripening, and the wines often have a more solid structure – but all Daniel’s wines have their own character, from the Puligny-like directness of the La Roche to the fat, almost California-like ‘en Buland’, via the mineral force of the Crays.
You can browse their full wine list here.
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