If you're after Burgundy with plenty of 'juice' then this is the bottle for you. It's full of joyous, fresh fromboise fruit and bright acidity. Far from being one dimensional, there is impressive mid-palate weight and length, born of François's older vines and relatively low yields. This is so far from your average 'entry level' Burgundy. Enjoy it with food or as an immensely drinkable evening tipple. Drinking range: 2017 - 2023 Rating: 89-89 L&S (Aug 2018)
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Scented mulberry and raspberry fruit on the nose, palate is fresh and delivers lovely red fruit core, decent grip of ripe tannins good acidity and length.L&S(Nov 2015)
Not for the first time we've been hugely impressed by Mercurey grower François Raquillet's basic Bourgogne. Far from being basic, it's a Pinot Noir of vibrancy, purity and finesse, with a floral, spicy Pinot nose, flowing sweet raspberry fruit and delicate nuttiness. Rating: 90 The Wine Gang - www.thewinegang.com(Oct 2017)
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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