Domaine Daniel et Julien Barraud

Vergisson | Mâconnais | Burgundy

 

Domaine Daniel et Julien Barraud Maconnais North Berkeley ImportsDomaine Daniel et Julien Barraud is not only the source of Vergisson’s finest organic wines but also sets the standard for world-class white Burgundy from the Mâconnais.

The petit hamlet of Vergisson, with its limestone soils and high-altitude vineyards, is where the region’s finest wines are made. Here, families like the Barrauds have for generations preserved their craft in its most honest form, making wine by hand from well-tended organic vineyards and aging their wines in small, old-fashioned cellars. Theirs are wines that without fail can stand tall next to comparable bottles from the Côte d’Or, yet still offer extraordinary value.

In the Barraud family cellars, you’ll find collected a pile of seashells and other fossils that Daniel and his son, Julien, have found in their vineyards. (The enormous twin cliffs, the Roche de Vergisson and the Roche du Solutré, are basically ancient coral reefs.) Barraud wines still retain the pristine, mineral influence of this prehistoric ocean, expressed as a touch of sea salt on the finish.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

Surrounded by the imposing cliffs of Solutré and Vergisson, the family estate is located in the limestone-rich valley of Vergisson. Soils here are a mix of limestone scree, fossilized limestone and colored clays, each terroir offering a particular character to each wine; the Barrauds take particular care to ensure each separate terroir is expressed clearly in each wine. Vines are cared for according to organic principles, and the estate is certified.

Harvest is done by hand in multiple passes to ensure grapes are perfectly ripe. Fruit is delicately pressed in cluster via pneumatic press. Juice is placed in temperature-controlled tanks to settle overnight, and is then transferred via gravity to barrels where both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation takes place naturally. After 11 to 14 months, depending on the cuvée, the wines are racked and placed in tank before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

WHITE WINES

Mâcon-Fuissé

Fossil-rich soils and plenty of sun produce a supple wine with ripe fruit and a bracing, chalky edge.

 

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Mâcon-Chaintré

Fruity and smooth, younger vines grown on clay-sandstone soils give a white Burgundy full of juicy pear, apricot and candied lemon flavors.

 

Mâcon-Vergisson 'La Roche'

The go-to wine in the Mâconnais for value and quality. This plot borders Pouilly-Fuissé ‘La Roche,’ the region’s finest high-altitude vineyard.

 

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St.-Véran 'Les Pommards'

This high-altitude vineyard borders Pouilly-Fuissé and sits above an ancient quarry. Pure limestone soils give the wine its precision; the style is rich and long.

 

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St.-Véran 'En Creches'

Delicately perfumed yet powerfully flavored, “En Creches’ sits in a warm, protected basin where grapes are pushed to perfect ripeness.

 

Pouilly-Fuissé 'Alliance V.'

The “V” stands for Vergisson, the ‘alliance’ a combination of regional vineyards with representative terroirs: limestone scree, fossilized limestone and colored clay.

 

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Pouilly-Fuissé 'La Verchère' Vieilles Vignes

A walled vineyard not far from the Barraud family cellars, ‘Verchère’ boasts very old vines and a classic profile of ripe, almost creamy white fruits with a pronounced mineral core.

 

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Pouilly-Fuissé 'La Roche'

The Mâconnais’ ‘grand cru,’ its highest vineyard and most noble terroir; plush, racy and savory at once.

 

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Pouilly-Fuissé 'En France'

Always a seductive wine, ‘En France’ offers bold white and yellow fruit flavors with abundant aromas of exotic fruits and light spice.

 

Pouilly-Fuissé 'Les Crays'

Sautéed white fruits, apricots, and fresh herbs; full south-facing vineyard means broader, bolder flavors.

 

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Pouilly-Fuissé 'En Buland' Vieilles Vignes

Impeccable balance and poise. Like ‘Verchère,’ very old vines offer a wine of extraordinary depth and complexity.

 

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Established: 1905
Winemaker: Daniel, Martine and Julien (son) Barraud
Region: France • Burgundy • Mâconnais  • Vergisson
Vineyard size: 27 acres

ORGANIC WINERY


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…this man almost never misses.

—Burghound