2019 Pierres Polies Domaine Daniel Barraud
Bottled in July 2020, this was already showing well when we tasted in October - obviously fully ripe, as you'd expect here - attractively fat and mouthfilling with a subtle oak influence merely adding to the impression of a thoroughly gourmand wine. Good acidity for a fresh finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2023 L&S (Oct 2020)
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Recently bottled. The name refers to the large granite rounded and polished stones to be found in the vineyard. All in foudre this year after frost reduced the crop. (This wine is normally made half in foudre and half in tank.) Pale colour, a restrained nose, quite a volume of fruit with a little sucrosity, a slightly warm finish reflecting the sunshine summer. Rating: 86 Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy (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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