2015 Vieilles Vignes Les Crays Domaine Daniel Barraud
Intense lemon verbena, balm, then peach and flowers. Intense, deep and taut, core of ripe citrus, deep creaminess and lifting bright acid giving length. L&S (Nov 2016)
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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.
Juicy green apple fruit, rounded and mouth-filling. Not ostensibly better than their other, less expensive cuvées, though. Drinking range: 2017 - 2024 Rating: 17 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
(from 60+ year old vines located in Vergisson). A cooler and admirably pure nose exhibits notes of essence of pear, acacia blossom and citrus zest. There is ample volume to the extremely rich and full-bodied flavors that possess a succulent mouth feel thanks to the copious amounts of dry extract that also serve to buffer the moderately firm acid spine on the powerful finish where once again a hint of bitter lemon appears. 2019+ Rating: 90-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Dec 2016)
(from very steep, south-facing vines close to the mother rock; the average vine age here is 25 years as the Barrauds pulled up the very old vines in 2005; aged in 20% new oak): Pale, bright yellow. The calcaire-driven aromas are ripe, sexy and inviting--in fact almost exotic--with a strong note of candied orange zest. Silky, thick and sweet, with the soft citrus and brioche flavors framed by perfectly integrated acidity. I could drink this sample right now and pretend it's a finished wine! Delicious already but will gain in nuance. At once thick and bright on the very long finish. A distinctly sunny wine in the style of the vintage but from grapes picked early, with potential alcohol below 14%. Rating: 91-93 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Oct 2016)
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