Domaine Barraud Pouilly Fuissé En France 2019


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Alcohol: 13.5%

Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay

Localization: Pouilly-Fuissé, Burgundy, France

Tasting Notes: The Pouilly-Fuissé En France mingles pear and citrus oil aromas with hints of buttered toast and warm biscuits. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and layered, it's round and gourmand, with a ripe core of fruit and succulent balancing acids.

Food pairing: Chicken and turkey.

The Domain: Domaine Barraud is a wine producer based in the Maconnais region of Burgundy. The estate specializes in producing Chardonnay-based wines from three of the region's key appellations: Pouilly-Fuissé, Mâcon-Villages, and Saint-Véran.

Founder Jean-Marie Barraud acquired his first plots of land in 1912. The Domaine expanded significantly a decade later under the management of Joseph and Marguerite Barraud, and in 1947 Domaine Barraud released its first cuvée, Les Crays. Daniel Barraud inherited Domaine Barraud in 1979 and developed both the estate's vineyard holdings and its portfolio. Julien Barraud later joined the established family business in 2006.

The domain's vineyard parcels are planted on chalk, limestone, and clay soils, overlooked by the rock of Solutré and Vergisson. The Mâcon-Villages vineyards are situated in Mâcon-Chaintré, Mâcon-Fuissé and Mâcon-Vergisson, and were planted between the years of 1982 and 1990. In Saint-Véran, Domaine Barraud cultivates three parcels, producing three wine labels: Arpège, En Crèches and Les Pommards. Les Pommards is made from 40-year-old Chardonnay vines planted on northeast-facing slopes. The Domaine's vines in Pouilly-Fuissé are some of its oldest, with parcels planted as far back as 1934 and the majority more than 60 years old.

In general, the wines made from Domaine Barraud's parcels in Pouilly-Fuissé are aged in barrel for 12 months and, after racking, are aged for a further two to three months in stainless steel tanks. In comparison, the Saint-Véran plots are vinified in varying combinations of barrels and tanks, with 70 percent of the En Crèches aged in barrel and the remainder in 600L wooden casks of 10 percent new oak. This is in contrast to the Mâcon-Chaintré wine, Les Pierres Polies, which is mainly vinified in wooden tuns and a smaller percentage in tanks.