2019 En Crèches Domaine Daniel Barraud
Already bottled, this has all the usual character on this excellent cuvée from Davayé, mineral, citrus, concentration and length, all in beautiful balance. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 L&S (Oct 2020)
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The 2019 Saint-Véran En Crèches is a little diffuse on the nose compared to Barraud’s Les Pommards - light, airy apple blossom and dewy meadow scents unfold with time. The palate is well balanced with sour lemon and orange pith on the entry, though it does not quite kick on towards the finish. Drinking range: 2021 - 2023 Rating: 87 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2021)
Sweet and almost sugary on the nose. And then quite marked acidity. Lots of texture and almost hot on the end. Drinking range: 2022 - 2025 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2021)
Recently bottled. Grown on the lower slopes with more clay, and made half in 600 litre demi-muids and half in barrels. Pale lemon colour. Classic nose, a mix of white fruit and something more opulent, so that I was expecting some flesh on the palate. However, the wine is tightly knit, a positive in 2019, and is very well put together, with intense white fruit notes and good length. Rating: 87-90 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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