From one of the best slopes in Davayé. All that the Arpège cuvee has and more. Supple and floating, no lack of concentration, but mineral with a glassy/crystalline clarity so that it feels like bottled light, and never a hint of harshness. Finishes like juicy pear. L&S (Jan 2014)
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We would defy even the most discerning Master of Wine to be able to taste the difference beteeen Pouilly Fuissé and this finely wrought white Burgundy from Daniel Barraud who brings a complex winemaking bag of tricks with the nutty flavours of the stirred lees to a fine clarity of Chardonnay flavour and deliciously dry and refreshing balance. Rating: 90-90 The Wine Gang - www.thewinegang.com(Oct 2014)
From active limestone soils and raised entirely in wooden barrels, the 2012 St Veran En Creches offers touches of nougat and nutmeg on the vibrant nose. The palate is well-balanced with crisp acidity. There are touches of lime cordial and quince on the entry, a welcome touch of bitter lemon and a nicely poised finish. This is very refined. Drinking range: 2014 - 2018 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Oct 2014)
Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2014)
(from vines in Davayé). Here the nose is completely dominated by fermentation aromas and is thus unreadable. There is fine concentration to the extract-rich and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that possess good length. 2015+ Rating: 88-90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Oct 2013)
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 waning 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).
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