2018 Vieilles Vignes La Verchère Domaine Daniel Barraud
Again a deliciously bright attack - but this has an imposing sense of weight and power in the shadows. Builds nicely - sleekly into quite a big broad polished weight. Gorgeous fruit. Firm white and yellow flesh. Sweet pear and tart peach fruit, nice bright notes. Delivery is impeccable. Big, but so smoothly done. 65 years old vines. L&S (Nov 2019)
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Sensual and enveloping, the 2018 Pouilly-Fuissé La Verchère Vieilles Vignes exhibits an inviting bouquet of orange blossom, peaches and fresh pastry. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and sumptuous, it's a generous, textural wine that's lively and expressive, and it's already drinking well. Drinking range: 2020 - 2027 Rating: 91 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jun 2020)
(from 70+ year old vines located in Vergisson). Moderate wood influence frames the essence of apple and acacia blossom scents. The wood also shows up on the palate of the medium-bodied, succulent and delicious flavors that possess a sleek mouth feel while delivering sneaky good length on the ever-so-slightly warm finish. The wood isn’t subtle today and will likely need a few years to be completely integrated. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 89-92 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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