2017 sur la Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud
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After the Crays this also has a shy nose and the same supple, glassy, transparent purity of feel. Again, the mineral power and an extra saline drive - this is yet more savoury. A superb example of this site. Drinking range: 2021 - 2029 L&S (Nov 2018)
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Moderate wood influence still allows the notably floral-inflected aromas of mineral reduction, passion fruit and pear to be easily appreciated. The big-bodied, juicy and extremely rich flavors combine both power and salinity where the latter helps add a bit of lift to the driving finish. This powerful effort would still be aptly described as a wine of grace and finesse. Drinking range: 2027 - Rating: 93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2020)
Intense and rich with structure and length. Pretty smart! Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2019)
The 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé Sur La Roche offers delightful red apple and Conference pear aromas on the nose, plus a subtle mineralité tucked in just underneath. The fresh, vibrant palate is well balanced, delivering a lick of sea salt on the entry and impressive weight on the spicy, stem-ginger-tinged finish. This is a very fine Sur La Roche, though not necessarily the best from Barraud this year. Drinking range: 2020 - 2029 Rating: 90 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com(Jan 2019)
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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