The Growers > Julien Barraud
In comparison to 2016, when a hailstorm caused heavy damage to vineyards around Fuissé, the Mâconnais had an easy run in 2017. The weather was fine, there was no disease pressure, and the only problem was a shortage of water, which caused springs to dry up little juice to remain in the grapes. The vines were still recovering from the previous year’s battering, so gave few grapes. This meant more rapid ripening, and so great care had to be taken to pick on time, resulting in an early harvest, starting on 30th August.
The wines are similar in style to the 2015s, but with more freshness, and less alcohol. They will be approachable young.
‘I have said this before but I will say it again: no one makes better wine in the Mâconnais than Barraud. There are a few domaines that produce wines that are sometimes just as good…but none of them surpasses the quality he consistently produces.’ Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 64, October 2016.