La Roche de Vergisson is hard to miss when driving south from the Côte d’Or to the hamlet of Vergisson. The massive rock looms over the small town like a massive ship’s prow. On almost all sides are some of the finest Chardonnay vines in France. This is the epicenter for intense, mineral driven French Chardonnay. -- Lying in the shadow of this grand rock is one of the finest estates in all of Burgundy and unquestionably the master of Vergisson, Domaine Daniel et Julien Barraud. With holdings in the best and oldest vineyards in the region, the wines are a PhD level course in world-class Chardonnay. -- The viticultural history of the Barraud family began in 1905, when Jean-Marie Barraud first purchased parcels in Vergisson, the highest point in the Mâconnais. Since that time, Daniel Barraud, along with his son Julien and wife Martine (the master of the vines), have turned his family’s domaine into the benchmark producer of the region and a must-have for all Burgundy lovers. The heights reached by this storied producer mandate that they must now be compared to the best of the Côtes d’Or. This is simply white Burgundy at its finest – and most reasonably priced. -- Skurnik Wines
What The Critics Say
89-91/100 Burghound, Allen Meadows
"A slightly riper yet still agreeably fresh nose combines notes of petrol, soft wood and pear liqueur with those of spice and floral wisps. There is better volume and mid-palate density to the appealingly textured medium-bodied flavors that possess an opulent mouth feel before culminating in a mildly sweet if persistent finish. I suspect that the sweetness will eventually dissipate but it would be fair to say that this isn't one of the drier wines in the range." Drink 2023+
16/20 JancisRobinson.com, Julia Harding
"Cedary citrus without the smokiness of Sur La Roche. More creamy on the palate, rounded out without any loss of freshness. (JH)." Drink 2020 - 2023
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