2015 sur la Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Mâconnais
Village Pouilly Fuissé
Vineyard sur la Roche

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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Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2018)

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 MW - 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, now joined by their son Julien, 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, 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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