White Burgundy & Champagne

2016 Daniel Barraud Pouilly Fuissé Alliance

The noblest expression of Chardonnay on Earth is found in Burgundy. Farmed for over a thousand years by monks, their diligent attentiveness allowed them to intuit the subtleties of individual plots of land. It is their map, essentially, that is still used today for the classification hierarchy. The most celebrated villages: Meursault, Chassagne Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet, St Aubin, Aloxe Corton, Chablis, and Pouilly Fuisse.

Price: $26.00

From a blend of sites in Vergisson that present a vision of "the whole being greater than the sum of the parts", this wine is a perennial super star value play in Pouilly Fuissé, i'd reckon among the finest two or three entry level wines in the appellation. This year's is arrestingly good, to my taste, as complete of a rendition as one could hope for. My note: "We have indeed arrived to a markedly refined register with the Pouilly Fuissés. Very complete in silky and pure concentration, floral intensity, and mineral underpinnings. Could be a little exhibit A for Pouilly Fuissé in general. This is plain terrific." A little * awarded here. (looks like Steve felt the same as I did)

"(one-third done in cuve but also got a bit of new oak; this bottling is made from four parcels in Vergisson, one of them lost to hail in 2016): Bright medium yellow. Musky, complex scents of peach, nectarine and citrus fruits show enticing lift. An attractive glyceral midweight with fine-grained lemon and saline flavors complicated by a touch of exotic fruits and lifted by a floral nuance. Quite dry and classic--and nicely balanced from the outset. Finishes with good saline grip and length and a light touch. Classic Pouilly-Fuissé." 89-91 Steve Tanzer

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From a blend of sites in Vergisson that present a vision of “the whole being greater than the sum of the parts”, this wine is a perennial super star value play in Pouilly Fuissé, i’d reckon among the finest two or three entry level wines in the appellation. This year’s is arrestingly good, to my taste, as complete of a rendition as one could hope for. My note: “We have indeed arrived to a markedly refined register with the Pouilly Fuissés. Very complete in silky and pure concentration, floral intensity, and mineral underpinnings. Could be a little exhibit A for Pouilly Fuissé in general. This is plain terrific.” A little * awarded here. (looks like Steve felt the same as I did)

“(one-third done in cuve but also got a bit of new oak; this bottling is made from four parcels in Vergisson, one of them lost to hail in 2016): Bright medium yellow. Musky, complex scents of peach, nectarine and citrus fruits show enticing lift. An attractive glyceral midweight with fine-grained lemon and saline flavors complicated by a touch of exotic fruits and lifted by a floral nuance. Quite dry and classic–and nicely balanced from the outset. Finishes with good saline grip and length and a light touch. Classic Pouilly-Fuissé.” 89-91 Steve Tanzer