Pure, balanced and directed, but still quite closed. More minerality and glide than any of the other cuvées, and more long-term potential too. Drink 2014-2020. L&S (Jan 2012)
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Fragrant, slightly leathery, a healthy pinch of tannin. Dry, gastronomic finish with real persistence of fruit. Very good indeed. Delivers as much as you could hope for at the price, and scores all the more for that. (RH) 13% Drink 2013-2023 Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2013)
Rating: 17 Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jan 2012)
Domaine François Raquillet
François took over the running of this estate from his father, Jean, in 1990, with his wife Emmanuelle. Records show that the same family have made wine in Mercurey since the 1600s, and Francois is the eleventh generation.
With eleven hectares under vine, François has substantially reduced yields, introduced higher quality oak barrels (up to 50% new wood for the Premiers Crus) and significantly increased the quality of wines made at this domaine. François 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.
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