2021 Pierres Polies Domaine Barraud

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Burgundy
District Mâconnais
Village Mâcon Chaintré
ABV 13.5%

Bright and pure. Lovely juicy mineral texture, long and really quite fine. Nice lively back-end. Drinking range: 2023 - 2026 L&S (Oct 2022)

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(aged in two-thirds foudre and the remainder in stainless). Attractively fresh aromas are comprised by notes of Granny Smith apple, lemon and a floral hint. The equally rich, round and nicely concentrated medium-bodied flavors also terminate in a citrusy, very dry and sneaky long finish. This could also use better depth so a year or two of cellar time should help. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 87 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Oct 2023)

The 2021 Mâcon-Chaintré Pierres Polies has a stoic, stony bouquet, perhaps just a bit withdrawn compared to Barraud's Pouilly-Fuissés. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, fresh and vibrant, Granny Smiths and pear towards its pointed finish. Enjoy over the next 3-5 years. Drinking range: 2023 - 2028 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jan 2023)

Cask sample. A finely textured Mâcon with a winning combination of apple fruit, crisp and cool on the palate. No trace of heaviness but good concentration. Plenty of acidity evident – perhaps give it 6 months to settle. Drinking range: 2024 - 2026 Rating: 15 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2023)

Domaine Barraud

We still see Daniel Barraud when we visit but today his children Julien and Anaïs are at the helm here now. They 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 they each have their own distinct characters, 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 for the sake of it - but because over the generations experience has taught them that these principles really are the best way forward - as such they only ever bottle on a waning moon. All the wines see some barrel ageing apart from the Chaintré, which is aged in foudre (2/3) and tank.

As Allen Meadows wrote on www.Burghound.com '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.'

With the 2022 releases this 11 HA domaine is now officially certified organic. Formalising the way they have been working for years.

The Barrauds have four vineyards that have been upgraded to Premier Cru status: 'En France', 'Les Crays', 'Sur la Roche', and la Verchère, although this last one will change its name to 'La Maréchaude' but retaining the parcel name of Verchère too. It's one of those oddities of such classifications that the vineyard which has consistently produced the Barraud's best wine for all the years that we have known them, 'En Buland', is not classified Premier Cru status as it faces north - this is electric in 2022.

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