2018 En Crèches Domaine Daniel Barraud
This vineyard's fantastic position up high and facing south east, as well as its rock-laden soil really show the class of this site in warm vintages. The vines here are now 37 years old and the 2018 is a total triumph. Fresh floral citrus spray to the nose and then in the mouth a delicious lift of mineral brightness kicks into some firm hard white fleshed fruit - some lime, some chalky bite. Delicious, clean and fresh Saint Véran. L&S (Nov 2019)
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Notes of honeysuckle, Anjou pear and lemon oil introduce the 2018 Saint-Véran En Crèches, a medium to full-bodied, bright and racy wine with a pretty core of fruit, lively acids and a nicely defined finish. Given that this is a warm, southeast-exposed site, Barraud appears to have judged the harvest date very well, as it's one of the more tensile wines in this year's portfolio. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 92 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Jun 2020)
(from vines in Davayé). A background application of wood sets off ripe, fresh and petrol-inflected liqueur-like aromas of various white-fleshed fruit. The succulent, round and caressing medium weight flavors possess good punch on the slightly firmer, more complex and persistent finish. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 87-90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Jan 2020)
Bottled. Sweet and broad. Immediate pleasure plus an agreeable slug of acidity and texture, but definitely Mâconnais. GV Drinking range: 2021 - 2027 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.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, 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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