2017 Vieilles Vignes La Verchère Domaine Daniel Barraud
Very old (70+) vines have produced a very rich and almost honeyed density. The richness verges on being too much but then resolves into a gourmand juicy, generous and immensely attractive and moreish wine with concentrated flavour on the long finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 L&S (Nov 2018)
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from 70+ year old vines located in Vergisson). This too reflects notes of matchstick character on the very ripe and nicely layered nose of poached white orchard fruit-scanted nose. Once again there is fine richness to the equally generously proportioned, even opulent, flavors that possess excellent intensity and length though there is a hint of warmth. Drinking range: 2025 - Rating: 92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2020)
(from 70+ year old vines located in Vergisson). This too is quite firmly reduced today and essentially aromatically unreadable. Once again there is fine richness to the equally generously proportioned flavors that possess excellent intensity and length though there is a hint of warmth. 2021+ Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Oct 2018)
Domaine Daniel Barraud
Daniel and Martine Barraud, now joined by their son Julien and daughter Anaïs, 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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