Francois has really been working on highlighting the elegance it is possible to get out of the Veleys vineyard and he is very successful with this great effort. Long pure and beautifully 'just ripe' fruit.
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Like the old vines cuvée the nose is presently composed by notes of wood and reduction that would again make 30 minutes of aeration advisable if you’re tempted to try a bottle upon release. Otherwise the very fresh middle weight flavors possess terrific punch and definition before culminating in a long, serious and moderately austere finale. Les Veleys routinely produces age-worthy wines and the 2013 version is no exception so some patience will be required. 2020+
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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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