2014 sur la Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud
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Lovely aromatics, white flowers, lemon, fig, mineral then some oak complexity. Palate is taut and fresh, lively acidity, tighter wound fruit, mineral, then buttery toasted oak on the finish, needs time. L&S (Nov 2015)
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Bright medium yellow. Sexy, tangy aromas of preserved lemon, pineapple, crushed rock and menthol. Boasts terrific intensity and energy to its dense, soil-driven flavors of citrus zest and saline minerality. Really dusts the palate and vibrates on the long, weightless back end. A superb Pouilly-Fuissé with serious cut and thrust. Drinking range: 2019 - 2026 Rating: 92+ Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Oct 2016)
Lightly smoky and quite intense nose. Attractive savour and limpidity. Very juicy and gets the palate salivating. No excess sweetness. Really very fine. Drinking range: 2017 - 2023 Rating: 16.5+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2016)
The 2014 Pouilly-Fuissé Sur La Roche has a more reticent bouquet than its siblings this year, and needs more encouragement from the glass before it reveals apple peeling, flint and light sea spray aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a waxy opening, very well balanced and nicely poised, although I hope that it develops a little more complexity towards the spicy finish. Give it a couple of years in bottle. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 91+ Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jan 2016)
(from 30- and 50-year-old vines planted directly on active white calcaire 300 meters above sea level in Vergisson): Bright lemon-yellow. Reticent aromas of ripe peach, nectarine and grapefruit zest complemented by sweet oak spices. The biggest and richest to this point of these 2014s but with lovely integrated acidity giving shape to this mouthfilling wine. There's still a citrus edge to be absorbed on the back end, but this classically dry wine is carrying a moderate four grams of acidity. Rating: 90-92 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Dec 2015)
There is a deft touch of wood setting off the green apple, floral and discreet mineral reduction nuances. The middle weight flavors possess an ultra-fine mouth feel that is enhanced by the ample minerality before concluding in a saline and persistent finish that doesn’t have quite the punch of the Les Crays. Still this is really quite lovely and is also worth considering. 2019+ 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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