2018 Les Châtaigniers Domaine Daniel Barraud
Tank sample still with a little CO2 in evidence. But this does not hide the fact that it is looking super. So bright and mouth-watering on the attack. A firmish, greenish line here that peps up the palate - but for now makes it hard to define the flavours. But I like the freshness and the energetic flow very much. Yellow fruits and sleek feel in middle. L&S (Nov 2019)
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Offering up an expressive bouquet of peach, green pear, freshly baked bread and nutmeg, the 2018 Pouilly-Fuissé Les Chataigniers Vieilles Vignes is medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with an ample core of fruit, ripe but racy acids and an expansive finish. This high-altitude, east-facing site has turned in another fine performance this year. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 92 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jun 2020)
Here the nose is still carrying residual secondary fermentation influences that presently dominate the nose. Otherwise there is a lovely intensity to the punch and well-detailed medium weight flavors that are shaped by an overtly lemon-tinged acid spine on the clean and very dry finale. This will need to add depth to merit the upper end of my projected range. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 89-91 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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