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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(aged in two-thirds foudre and the remainder in stainless). There is a whiff of phenolic character to the ripe pear and apple scented nose. The vibrant, succulent, round and delicious flavors possess a lush mouth feel while offering reasonably good depth and length on the mildly warm finish. This supple effort should drink well shortly after release. 2019+ Rating: 87 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Oct 2018)
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, 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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