2018 La Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud
Very impressive. It hits the palate with a broad swathe of ripeness and sunshine. Yet it is nicely kept in with mouth-watering, juicy acidity. Crisp cox apple cuts through with refreshing zip and just lifts the nice, sappy weight. This is good to go right away - pretty, juicy and delicious. L&S (Nov 2019)
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(this vineyard abuts the Pouilly-Fuissé vineyard of La Roche, reviewed below). This possesses a slightly exotic nose that speaks of pineapple, white peach, citrus and a whiff of melon. There is good volume to the rounded and relatively easy-going medium weight flavors that deliver fine length on the tangy, citrusy and reasonably complex finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This lightly stony effort should drink well young though reward 2 to 3 years of cellaring. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 88 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Oct 2020)
The 2018 Mâcon-Vergisson La Roche is showing well, offering up aromas of ripe lemons, freshly baked bread and green apple. Medium to full-bodied, bright and incisive, this site was clearly nicely adapted to the vintage, as the wine is very nicely balanced. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026 Rating: 90 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jun 2020)
(this vineyard abuts the Pouilly-Fuissé vineyard of La Roche, reviewed below). This possesses a similar nose with perhaps slightly more subtle wood influence. Otherwise there is volume to the rounded and relatively easy-going medium weight flavors that deliver fine length on the slightly drier if less complex finale that is just a bit firmer. This lightly stony effort should also drink well young though reward 2 to 3 years of cellaring. Drinking range: 2021 - Rating: 87-89 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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