2019 Vieilles Vignes En Buland Domaine Daniel Barraud
As usual there is a step up to this cuvée, which has a glossy, sleek feel, not too fat, a ripeness in the sense of bottled sunlight, with mineral brightness and crystalline definition. Very classy, very lovely. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 L&S (Oct 2020)
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The 2019 Pouilly-Fuissé En Buland Vieilles Vignes has a very elegant and poised bouquet with Golden Delicious, honeysuckle and jasmine, touches of white peach in the background. The aromas are beautifully defined. The palate is well balanced with more concentration and weight than the Les Crays. It feels voluminous towards the waxy-textured finish with a long tail of ginger that lingers on the aftertaste. Superb. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 92 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)
Floral nose and then bright, broad fruit with real tension and excitement. Lime-juice element plus broad, well-balanced fruit. Quite long. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2021)
Rating: 92-95 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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