2018 Les Pommards Domaine Daniel Barraud
From vines between 20-55 years old. More savoury than the 'En Crèches' - and a slightly fuller, riper fruit core holds sway. This weight and richness is surprising on the face of it as the cote the vines are on face North East and you'd expect a cooler feel - especially as the soils are poor and ideal for retaining line a nd freshness. However, the vines are in fact in a little dip that holds any heat. This is what gives that depth, power and weight. A great contrast to En Crèches. Deep and full. It will take time, but this impresses. L&S (Nov 2019)
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(from vines situated in Davayé, planted in rocky, high limestone content soil which abuts the Pouilly-Fuissé vineyard of Le Pommard on the edge of Vergisson and Solutré). There is a whiff of petrol present on the layered nose of passion fruit, poached pear and acacia blossom that is also trimmed in a hint of citrus. The juicy and plump middle weight flavors possess good verve as well as more evident minerality on the lengthy and attractively textured finish that offers just a bit more depth. This isn’t quite as dry as the Mâcon-Vergisson but it’s by no means sweet. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 88 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Oct 2020)
Aromas of apricot, peach and golden orchard fruit introduce the 2018 Saint-Véran Les Pommards, a medium to full-bodied, rich and fleshy wine that's ripe, textural and enveloping. This is a bit richer and fatter than it usually is, and while it's as usual impeccably made, readers with more classical palates are likely to gravitate toward its 2017 counterpart. Drinking range: 2020 - 2026 Rating: 89 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jun 2020)
(from vines situated in Davayé, planted in rocky, high limestone content soil which abuts the Pouilly-Fuissé vineyard of Le Pommard on the edge of Vergisson and Solutré). Here too there is a whiff of petrol present on the layered nose of passion fruit, poached pear and acacia blossom. The juicy yet entirely serious middle weight flavors possess very good verve as well as more evident minerality on the lengthy and bone dry finish. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 88-90 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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