2015 Vieilles Vignes En Buland Domaine Daniel Barraud
Quite dense yet weirdly elegant nose, intense peach flesh, citrus and white flowers. On the palate there is a thickness to the fruit, fig and peach, yet an acidity that makes you salivate followed by a creaminess. L&S (Nov 2016)
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The 2015 Pouilly Fuisse en Bulands Vieilles Vignes comes from vines with similar terroir as the Les Crays but with a westerly orientation and older vines, around 83 years in age. It has a very harmonious bouquet, tender at first with white flower, honeysuckle and apricot blossom aromas that reveal their more mineral side with aeration. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, lively and tensile with a captivating sense of salinity on the long finish. This is one of the best 2015s from Barraud and comes highly recommended. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030 Rating: 93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Sep 2017)
(65+ year old vines near Solutré that face north east). Like the Les Crays, here the nose mostly consists of essence of pear and apple aromas where exotic nuances of tea, spice and lychee nut can be found. There is flat out incredible richness to the concentrated and overtly opulent flavors that possess a lush mouth feel yet despite all of the size and weight, the supporting acid spine manages to keep everything in the proper balance on the powerful, persistent and hugely long finale. This is a notably big and imposing but not heavy effort. Impressive and while it will age, it should also drink well young if that’s your preference. 2020+ Rating: 90-93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Dec 2016)
(made from the oldest vines of the domain at 80 years of age; the exposition here is north/northwest, bringing cool nights; 30% new oak): Full medium yellow. Superripe, almost honeyed scents of peach, apricot, pineapple and quince. Highly concentrated and powerful but very tight, conveying strong, mouthfilling salty mineral extract. This is almost too big for the mouth but without any heaviness. An outstanding mineral expression, from a crop level of 45 hectoliters per hectare. Real old-vines intensity here. Rating: 92-94 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Oct 2016)
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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