Lovely: ripe and bright with a jewel-like clarity of aroma, a sort of transparency. Can be enjoyed from now.
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Mercurey often isn't the most lovable of red Burgundies. It can be a bit chunky and earthy, but François Raquillet's signature is clarity and precision. Witness this old-vine Mercurey with its red berry and sweet earth flavours, delicate savoury richness and fine tannins.
91 www.thewinegang.com (Apr 2016)
A ripe if somber nose of dark berry fruit liqueur aromas also exhibits soft earth hints. There is a velvety mouth feel to the round and mouth coating medium-bodied flavors that possess fine volume before terminating in a suave finish where a touch of rusticity arises. 2015+
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François took over the running of this estate from his father, Jean, in 1984, and records show that the same family have made wine in Mercurey since the 1600s. With eleven hectares under vine, François has substantially reduced yields, introduced higher quality oak barrels and significantly increased the quality of wines made at this domaine. The 2014 vintage is the first to be made in the newly kitted out cuverie, and it was a pleasure to be one of the first to taste in his new tasting room, which was the family sitting room for our last visit! Francois explains he tries to avoid over-extraction at all costs - his one aim is to deliver the beautifully pure fruit profile he gets out of the old vines - this he does with great success. It is a wonderfully transparent style- combined with good mid-palate weight - and is as evident as ever in these top-notch 2014s although this year there is a pleasing added feeling of flesh, delicious.
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