2014 Alliance-Vergisson Domaine Daniel Barraud
Tauter citrus, mineral, aniseed nose with some oak, palate is fuller, greater flesh to the peach and fig fruit, acidity still driving pallet but a more generous wine with a butterscotch toasty oak finish. L&S (Nov 2015)
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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.
Bright light-medium yellow. Fresh apricot and peach aromas are complemented by smoky oak. Fruit flavors of lemon and pineapple are enlivened by a mineral touch. Conveys a very fine-grained, old-vines richness without any impression of weight. Finishes firm and long, with repeating minerality and strong lemon zest energy Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 90 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Oct 2016)
The 2014 Pouilly-Fuissé Alliance Vieilles Vignes has impressive intensity on the nose, a little more honeyed than its peers, perhaps a touch more tropically inclined and yet it retains admirable delineation. The palate is very well balanced with crisp green apple, fresh pear and apricot on the entry. Beautifully balanced and complex, it just sashays across the mouth and delivers a wonderfully intense, mineral-driven finish. I would have just liked a little more reserve and mineralité on the nose but let's see how this develops in bottle. Drinking range: 2017 - 2029 Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jan 2016)
(from four parcels between 40 and 60 years of age, three of them in Vergisson and the other in Fuissé): Pale yellow. Aromas of underripe pineapple and crushed stone are complicated by subtle oak tones. Concentrated but quite closed today, showing a touch of sweetness and sexy stony lift to its fine-grained citrus and pineapple flavors. This rather large-scaled but restrained wine will not be immediately drinkable. Rating: 88-90 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Dec 2015)
(from three vineyards located in Vergisson and Fuissé). A restrained and cool nose offers up notes of citrus zest, white orchard fruit and subtle spice nuances. The textured mediumbodied flavors are finer than those of the Les Pommard but at the expense of a bit of overall complexity on the equally persistent finale. This is also quite good but not at the level of the best of the Pouilly-Fuissé range. 2019+ Rating: 89-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Oct 2015)
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