2014 Vieilles Vignes La Verchère Domaine Daniel Barraud
Fuller buttery, toasty oak nose, with peach and fig fruit, cracking acidity drives the fruit through the palate, citrus, then toasty almost nutty oak, lovely weight and concentration, great length. L&S (Nov 2015)
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Bright, pale yellow with a faint green tinge. Knockout nose melds lime and lemon zest and crushed stone, with the wine's oak element perfectly integrated. Thick, lemony and highly concentrated but quite stylish and weightless. Wonderfully juicy and minerally, conveying outstanding clarity and finesse. The long, salty finish features terrific lemony lift. These 60-year-old vines produced 55 hectoliters per hectare in 2014, according to Julian Barraud. Impeccably balanced from the start. Drinking range: 2018 - 2024 Rating: 92 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Oct 2016)
Smoky top note on light apple caramel flavours. Then on the palate masses of tension. No obvious oak or savour but the build of this wine is every bit as fine as many a Côte d’Or white. Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2016)
The 2014 Pouilly-Fuissé La Verchere offers one of the most engaging aromatics from Barraud this year, very complex with white flowers, smoke and orange blossom, an underlying mineralité ready to be exposed with bottle age. The palate is extremely well balanced with superb tension--an animated, energetic Pouilly-Fuissé with the salinity to encourage you back for another sip. This will give so much pleasure over the next decade. Drinking range: 2017 - 2030 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jan 2016)
(from 60-year-old vines on deep, water-retentive marne and calcaire soil with clay): Bright, light yellow. Ripe stone fruits and pineapple on the nose, complicated by mellow flinty minerality and a touch of menthol. In a very rich, pliant style; silky and open-knit in texture. Nicely sappy but less dusty than the Chatagnières. This very smooth, deep wine will give early pleasure but should also age well. Finishes with an energetic citrus element. Rating: 89-91 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Dec 2015)
(from 70+ year old vines located in Vergisson). While the nose is not reduced there is enough leesy character present to push the ripe apple and pear nuances to the background. This also possesses a relatively fine mouth feel as the overt mineral streak adds a sense of lift to the broad-shouldered and concentrated flavors that deliver fine depth and even better length. This should also benefit from mid-term cellaring yet be approachable young too if desired. 2020+ Rating: 90-92 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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