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 – in Vergisson that means exclusively Pouilly-Fuissé (Mâcon-Vergisson ‘La Roche’ being the only exception.) 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
93/100 Decanter, Tim Atkin MW
"En France sits between the two striking rocks of Vergisson and Solutré and the Barrauds have a 40-year-old parcel that faces south west. Stylishly wooded in 20% new oak, it's less racy and austere than some Vergisson whites, but still has plenty of tangy, refreshing minerality complemented by flavours of grapefruit and lemongrass." Drink 2021 - 2025
89-91/100 Burghound, Allen Meadows
"There is just enough sulfur present to push the mostly floral and ripe white orchard fruit aromas to the background. More interesting are the solidly concentrated and moderately powerful larger-scaled flavors that also possess a plush, even opulent, mouth feel, all wrapped in a robust and long if mildly warm finale." Drink 2024+
89-91/100 Vinous, Stephen Tanzer (2017 vintage)
"(this lieu-dit in the village of Vergisson features a lot of clay, sand and iron oxide but the higher part near the Barraud home has thinner top soil and hard rock): Bright, light yellow. Chablis-like citrus and crushed-stone aromas are complicated by flowers and ginger. Offers similar flavors on the dry, tight palate, which is quite closed in the early going and not revealing much texture. Suggestions of menthol and white pepper contribute verve. This parcel was not affected by hail and the Barrauds made a full crop as the grapes contained a lot of juice. The firm, adamantly dry finish features strong salinity and excellent grip."
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