2020 La Roche Domaine Daniel Barraud
Bright and beautifully polished fruit. Good concentration. Bright but ripe middle. Flows really well. Just great White Burgundy! Lemon, apple and some firm white and green melon flesh. Wonderful. L&S (Nov 2021)
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(this vineyard abuts the Pouilly-Fuissé vineyard of La Roche). A deft application of wood is also present on the ripe aromas of poached pear, white flower and discreet anise and petrol hints. The texture of the medium-bodied flavors is finer while offering a refreshing salinity on the lingering finale that is supported by brighter and firmer acidity. This could use a bit better depth but overall, it also possesses very good quality in the context of the appellation. Drinking range: 2023 - 2025 Rating: 89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jan 2023)
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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