Generous fuller nose of ripe melon, toffee, creamy oak, palate is fuller fleshier with melon, fig, peach and citrus. Lovely rich oak adding a creaminess, tad sweeter but wound around by a vibrant acidity that drives the wine in to a smoky oak finish. L&S (Nov 2015)
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Bright, light yellow. Musky aromas of yellow fruits, lemon zest and smoky silex minerality, with a note of redcurrant emerging with air. At once dense and precise, offering outstanding thickness and energy to its citrus fruit and crushed rock flavors. An outstanding, complete Pouilly-Fuissé with a tactile, dusty mouthfeel and a strong impression of soil, this wine left my salivary glands humming. Incidentally, the Barrauds bottle their wines with only 60 to 70 ppm of free sulfur, but Daniel noted that they have not experienced problems with premature oxidation. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 93 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Oct 2016)
Fragrances of roasted nuts lead on to concentrated yellow fruit flavours and plenty of tangy acidity. Rounded, harmonious and very drinkable. Rating: 7.5/10 Susie Barrie MW (Jan 2016)
Discreet nose. Very juicy and dense but without, so far, that much perceptible flavour. Presumably this will develop… Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2016)
The 2014 Pouilly-Fuissé En Bulands Vieilles Vignes has a wonderful bouquet, quite stony and minerally, scents of smoke, lemon peel and a hint of orange blossom, all subtle at first but opening nicely with aeration. The palate is clean and fresh with vibrant citrus fruit, not as powerful as its peers but delivering great tension and spiciness on the long, graceful finish. This is another excellent wine from Barraud. Drinking range: 2016 - 2028 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jan 2016)
(from a 1934 planting, the oldest of the domain, situated on calcaire and marne soil below the rock of Solutré): Pale lemon-yellow. Aromas of pineapple, orange oil, damp rock and spicy oak. Very concentrated and rich, the deepest and sweetest of the Barraud wines I tasted on this visit. The creamy small-berry character gives the wine noteworthy sucrosité but fine-grained, well-integrated acidity provides it with excellent balance. Strong dry extract here but in a very smooth, seamless package. Finishes dry, gripping and long. Rating: 91-93 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Dec 2015)
(65+ year old vines near Solutré that face north east). Here the nose is quite firmly reduced and unreadable at present. As is often if not always the case, this is the best wine in the range with its dense, serious and voluminous flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration as well as a copious amount of dry extract that helps to buffer the firm acidity on the impressively persistent finale. I very much like the balance as well as the evident high quality material and this should age effortlessly. 2021+ Rating: 91-93 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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