2014 La Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud
Toastier, touch creamier, aniseed, fig & peach, palate again has great intensity and drive, creamy buttery palate around ripe peach, with some rich oak building the finish, delicious. L&S (Nov 2015)
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Smoky reductive nose. Bright fruit and bold but with some fine etching. Quite open but not luscious. Drinking range: 2016 - 2018 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2016)
The 2014 Mâcon Vergisson La Roche has a crisp, chalky bouquet with traces of lime blossom evolving nicely in the glass. The palate is well balanced with good weight on the entry, a hint of sour lemon nearly complemented by quite spicy, nutmeg notes, leading to a focused and composed, quite phenolic finish. Very fine. Drinking range: 2016 - 2026 Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jan 2016)
(from south/southeast-facing vines planted at 350 meters, above the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation on white calcaire; aged entirely in fûts, 15% new): Pale, bright lemon-yellow color. Aromas of lemon and dusty stone lifted by white flowers. Juicy and fruity on the palate, showing more texture and depth than the Mâcon-Fuissé, with brisk (4.57 g/l liter) acidity framing the lemon and white peach flavors. Less screechy than the Mâcon-Fuissé due to its greater stuffing, but finishes with excellent acid cut Rating: 88 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Dec 2015)
(this vineyard abuts the Pouilly-Fuissé vineyard of La Roche, reviewed below). This had only recently finished its malo and not surprisingly the nose was both leesy and reduced. Once again there is good volume to the nicely delineated, rich and mineral-inflected flavors that are shaped by citrus-tinged acidity on the balanced and saline-inflected finale. This is really quite good in the context of the appellation and worth considering. 2018+ Rating: 88-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Oct 2015)
Domaine Daniel Barraud
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.
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