2015 Vieilles Vignes Les Chataigniers Domaine Daniel Barraud
Almost sweet on the palate - this is flawlessly ripe yet retains enough savoury notes on the finish to be appetising and digestible. Leaves a lifted floral character to finish. Drinking range: 2017 - 2022 Rating: 17+ Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
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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.
Discreet wood sets off a ripe nose of mild reduction and white orchard fruit that marries into very rich medium-bodied and naturally sweet flavors that display real volume before culminating in a slightly bitter and clipped finish that is probably due to the abundant gas. My predicted range offers the benefit of the doubt as Barraud almost never misses with this wine. 2019+ Rating: 89-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Dec 2016)
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