Puligny Montrachet, Chassagne Montrachet, Corton Charlemagne – the sexy chardonnay villages of Burgundy. Most wine enthusiasts recognize these historic names and understand what to expect when those names adorn labels of some of the more popular producers. And if you were to take a drive on the major route through Burgundy, the A6, as you travel south you’ll happen upon “La Roche de Vergisson” It’s about halfway between the city of Beaune and Lyon and it is hard to miss. “La Roche” is a massive rock plateau that stands above the village of Vergisson. Lying in its shadow is the great Domain Barraud whose holdings are the best and oldest chardonnay vineyards in the region. The wines crafted at Domain Barraud are a master’s study in world-class chardonnay. This domain is the epicenter of intense, mineral driven French chardonnay.
The history of Domaine Barraud dates to 1905 when Jean-Marie Barraud negotiated a sharecropping position in the region of Vergisson. With thoughtful savings and planning, he purchased his first vineyard parcels in 1912. A decade later, Joseph and Marguerite Barraud would expand the domaine’s vineyard holdings. By the end of the 1930’s, the first wines were being bottled at the estate and Joseph was selling the wines to restaurants and cafés. In 1947, the estate’s first cuvee, “Les Crays”, was bottled. Henri Barraud and his wife Monique (a native of Fuissé) began working the domaine in 1959. Henri is the author of the domaine’s motto, “working well saves times”. He expanded the family’s parcel holdings to Saint Veran after the AOC was created in 1971. Daniel Barraud, the fourth generation at Domaine Barraud was installed in 1979 with his wife Martine. With the same willpower and modernity as his grandfather, Daniel and his wife Martine developed the domaine and began commercializing bottles of Macon Vergisson and Saint Véran “En crèches”. It was in 1990 that we first saw the initials “DB” on the labels of Domaine Barraud. Today, the estate is managed by Julien Barraud, the fifth generation of Barraud to manage the domaine, assisted by his father Daniel. After studying in Beaune, and several apprenticeships, Julien brought his artisanal cultivation styles to the domaine. Using organic farming methods, Julien perpetuates the tradition and respect for terroir while pursuing the evolution of the domaine.
Fossil-rich soils and plenty of sun produce a supple wine with ripe fruit and a bracing, chalky edge. more
in mixed case $29.45
This dry and round wine offers a lively start, carried by mineral notes. Structure is fresh and harmonious. The wine is fruity and pleasant, with white flower aromas. more
in mixed case $24.70
Produced from old-vines Chardonnay, and blended to Michael and Harmon's exacting specifications, "Les Pierres" sees only minimal handling to achieve clarity and brilliance, and a soft bottling process guarantees maximum expression of flavor and aroma. ... more
in mixed case $20.90