2015 sur la Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud
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Again tauter tighter, feathery citrus and peach fruitiness, creamy. Palate has a crisp bite to it, peach, fig and lemon fruit, chalky minerality, grip and length. L&S (Nov 2016)
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The 2015 Pouilly Fuisse la Roche comes from calcareous, poor soils. It offers powerful wild honey and honeysuckle aromas on the nose, very seductive, if perhaps not quite as sophisticated as the Les Crays. The palate is very well balanced with light honeyed tones on the entry, just the right amount of spice (lemongrass and fennel), although I would like to see more persistence and complexity develop in bottle, hence my slightly lower score here vis-à-vis others. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 89 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Sep 2017)
Rating: 17+ Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Feb 2017)
Complete, fleshy, balanced and smooth. Finishes with the faintest spice aroma. Well made, with the typical generosity of the Mâconnais. Drinking range: 2017 - 2024 Rating: 17+ Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
There is a lovely mouth feel to the sleek and vibrant flavors that possess a relatively refined mouth feel and a seductive texture to the more evidently mineral-driven and lingering finish. Good stuff and worth considering. 2020+ Rating: 90-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Dec 2016)
(from vines on hard, white calcaire; 20% new oak): Bright medium yellow. Aromas of lemon and peach complemented by rocky, smoky, silex-like minerality. Delivers compelling energy allied to a thick, fine-grained texture and captivating sweetness. This very dense, beautifully balanced, mineral-driven wine will be great in five years. The long, agile finish dusts the palate with stone. This fruit ripened quickly at the end, noted Julien Barraud, who harvested it early, with 14% potential alcohol. Rating: 91-93 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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