2016 Vieilles Vignes La Verchère Domaine Daniel Barraud
Tasted from Cask. This is creamy, sour cream and fresh, white berries and some apple blossom on the nose. On the palate there is that house signature of an incredibly lovely, clean flow, good clean lines. Easy, sleek glide then some firmer apple fruit adds some definition. Lovely but not so broad as either the En France or Clos Reyssier. L&S (Oct 2017)
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(from 70+ year old vines located in Vergisson). A distinctly phenolic nose (olive oil characters) and wood are the primary elements dominating the nose at present. There is good verve and detail to the nicely concentrated medium weight flavors that possess fine richness and even good power that carries over to the caressing finish where a hint of bitter lemon adds a bit of lift. This opulent effort will also need a few years to add depth but the underlying material appears to be present such that it should reasonably happen. 2020+ Rating: 90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Oct 2018)
The 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé La Verchère exhibits notes of green apple, Anjou pear and citrus oil, followed by a full-bodied, glossy and gourmand palate, with a powerful core of chewy extract, juicy acids and a pure, saline finish. The soils here are deep, and this parcel never experiences hydric stress, even in the warmest years. Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 91 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Aug 2018)
Butter and cream on the nose, followed by ripe apple and a nice pinch of sea salt to leave a savoury aftertaste. Drinking range: 2018 - 2023 Rating: 16.5 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2018)
(15% new oak, the rest in relatively recent barrels; from 60-year-old vines on calcaire éboulis over marl and clay at 320-330 meters): Bright medium yellow. Mandarin orange, grapefruit, musky menthol and stone on the vibrant nose. A suave, fine-grained midweight with terrific inner-mouth mineral perfume and a tight grain. The tactile, dusty, lightly phenolic finish shows terrific length, but this wine will need a couple more years in bottle to gain in sweetness of fruit. Rating: 91-92 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com(Dec 2017)
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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