Even more to this than the Veleys, a fresher precision to the fruit, bright and black and shiny. Quite present tannins - fine but definitely structural.
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(from vines planted in 1972 and raised in ~60% new oak). Here too there is a top note of menthol present on the otherwise very fresh and ripe aromas of black cherry liqueur scents that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. This is a very robust and powerful big-bodied wine that possesses excellent richness that helps to buffer the obvious muscularity on the very firm and structured finale. This should not only age well but require it so while this is a wonderful effort it will best please those who have the patience to wait for at least 4 to 5 years before cracking a bottle. 2022+
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Domaine François Raquillet: Full Wine List and Profile
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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