2012 Vieilles Vignes Domaine François Raquillet

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte Chalonnaise
Village Mercurey
ABV 13%

Settled sweet fruit, appetising and juicy, with all the body and richness one can hope for at this level.

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The 2012 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes has an ebullient ripe blueberry and strawberry-scented nose that is instantly appealing. The palate is well-balanced with ripe blackberry and dark plum fruit, interlaced by fine tannins and a very composed finish that is finely integrated with the wood. This is another lovely wine from Raquillet. Drink now-2019.

A notably ripe but not roasted nose features notes of black cherry, earth and a peppery character. There is a beguiling sense of energy to the concentrated and intense medium weight flavors that possess good detail before culminating in a mildly rustic finish that is shaped by the firm but phenolically mature tannins. Excellent quality for a villages level Mercurey. 2018+


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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