2016 Pierres Polies Domaine Daniel Barraud
This is more serious than the Macon Villages. Fuller weight, yet remains bright and clear. Some pretty yellow fruit, less grip at the outset, but this does grow. Nice firm citrus notes and some harder pear and apple notes, nicely ripe flesh here too. L&S (Oct 2017)
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The 2016 Mâcon-Chaintré Les Pierres Polies offers up attractive notes of almond paste, ripe citrus and yellow orchard fruit. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with notable concentration and chewy extract, concluding with a clean, pure finish. Matured two-thirds in foudre and one-third in stainless steel, this is an attractively textural, expressive wine that's already drinking well. Drinking range: 2018 - 2023 Rating: 88 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Aug 2018)
(aged in two-thirds foudre and the remainder in stainless). Reduction currently flattens the underlying fruit though there is good vibrancy to the succulent, round and delicious flavors that possess a lush mouth feel while offering reasonably good depth and length. This should drink well shortly after release. Drinking range: 2018 - Rating: 86-89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2018)
Nutty aromas with ripe apple, preserved lemon and a nice saline quality. Pleasing complexity for an inexpensive white burgundy. Drinking range: 2017 - 2020 Rating: 16 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2018)
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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