2021 Barraud Macon Chaintre 'Les Pierres Polies'

91 Points John Caro
In stock
A great-value Maconnais Chardonnay from some master winemakers of the region. These vines were planted in 1990 at 250m on the lower slopes of Chaintré, on the southern tip of the Maconnais hills. Here the limestone-influenced soils produce a Chardonnay of generous expression and mineral poise. Organically grown and lovingly made, the Chaintre is a delight!
$36.99 in mixed 6+ or $40.99 per bottle

Grape

Chardonnay

Its Origins

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

Vinous, Neal Martin

"Aged in 75% older barrels, 25% stainless steel. The 2021 Mâcon-Chaintré Pierres Polies has a stoic, stony bouquet, perhaps just a bit withdrawn compared to Barraud's Pouilly-Fuissés. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, fresh and vibrant, Granny Smiths and pear towards its pointed finish. Enjoy over the next 3-5 years." Drink 2023 - 2028

Burghound, Allen Meadows

"Ripe aromas are comprised mainly by a variety of citrus elements and white peach. There is good vibrancy to the delicious middle weight flavors that possess a caressing mouthfeel and sneaky good length on the balanced finish that is supported by lemon-tinged acidity. This easy-to-like effort should drink well early. Aged in two-thirds foudre and the remainder in stainless."

Variety Chardonnay
Region Burgundy
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2023 - 2028

This Wine Goes Well With

with PORK
with SEAFOOD
with SHELLFISH

Taste

3

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