Nicely sleek and broad in feel. Fruit is tense here - deeply flavoured with pineapple - savoury ginger powder. As ever this is a pert and firm and remarkably joyful Macon. A really nice, pretty, bright lift runs through this. L&S (Nov 2019)
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Offering up aromas of peach, apricot and pear, the 2018 Mâcon-Chaintré Les Pierres Polies is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with ripe acids and a generous core of fruit. Open and expressive, it's already drinking well. Drinking range: 2020 - 2024 Rating: 88 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jul 2020)
(aged in two-thirds foudre and the remainder in stainless). A fresh and relatively fruity nose displays a whiff of tropical fruit along with more usual notes of pear and apple. The supple and round flavors possess reasonably good energy on the citrus zest-inflected, clean and dry finish. To enjoy young. Drinking range: 2020 - Rating: 86-88 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2020)
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. The Domaine is working toward organic certification. 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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