2014 sur la Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud


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 OBE MW - 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.vinous.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)

Daniel and Martine Barraud, now joined by their son Julien and daughter Anaïs, have vineyards in Vergisson that 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 are consequently later-ripening, and the wines often have a more solid structure - but all of Daniel's wines have their own character, from the Puligny-like directness of the La Roche to the fat richness of the 'en Buland', via the mineral force of the Crays.

All the wines are made keeping close to the tenets of bio-dynamics - not as Daniel says - for the sake of it, but because over the generations experience has taught them these principles really are the best way forward - as such they only ever bottle on a waning moon. The Domaine is working toward organic certification. All the wines see some barrel ageing apart from the Chaintré, which is aged in foudre (2/3) and tank.

As Allen Meadows wrote in 2014 in Burghound 'I have said this before, but I will say it again: no one makes better wine in the Mâconnais than Barraud. There are a few domaines that produce wines that are sometimes just as good, ... but none of them surpasses the quality he consistently produces. If you aren’t familiar with the wines, you owe it to yourself and your pocketbook to check them out.' (www.Burghound.com).


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