D Barraud 'Alliance-Vergisson' Pouilly-Fuisse 2012
Item Number: 16280
Not Vintage Specific
Item Number: 16280
Allen Meadows 89-91
"This actually has a similar nose to the Les Pommards with solid concentration and an abundance of dry extract on the seductively textured, lush and fleshy medium weight flavors that possess average depth at present but very fine length. If this can develop more complexity it should merit the upper end of my predicted range."
Daniel Barraud describes 2012 as having a "growing season that was challenging. We faced a troubled flowering, especially at altitude, which is never a good sign for yields or for uniform ripeness levels. The weather was cool and there were storms in May and June yet August was broiling hot. We picked from the 16th to the 28th of September under good conditions so we could take our time, which was a huge help as the maturity levels were different from one parcel to another. Potential alcohols were very good at between 12 and 13% and because of the cool weather up to August, acidity levels were just about ideal. Yields were about the same as we obtained in 2010, which is to say down about 20% though it varied from -10% to as much as -35% in a few parcels. As to the wines they are concentrated and very rich, in fact they remind me of the 2010s stylistically speaking." As to the now in-bottle 2011s, they are excellent and I recommend them to you. I have said this before but I will say it again: no one makes better wine in the Mâconnais than Barraud.
“Daniel Barraud is without question one of the finest growers in all of the Mâconnais, and there is a credible argument to be made that his remarkable consistency vaults him right to the very top of the list.” --Allen Meadows (AKA Burghound)
“For anyone seeking an introduction to the heights of Mâcon, Domaine Barraud would be near the top of my list.” –Wine Advocate August 2013
Daniel Barraud’s wines bring to life like none other the best terroirs of the Maconnais. The combination of richness, precision, and minerality in his wines is consistently remarkable. He works 100% organically ((and only now considering actual certification), harvests all of his parcels by hand, and bottles without fining or filtration. With the exception of the Macon-Chaintré, these wines are all barrel-aged, with varying percentages of new oak depending on the vineyard, but the oak plays a supporting role and is always beautifully integrated. These are truly greater and more interesting than the vast majority of wines from blue-chip Cote d’Or terroirs!
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