Touch fleshier darker, scented wood spice, cherry and damson fruit. Nice grip on the palate, tauter, but with a richness to the dark fruit that makes it balanced, good tannic structure, balanced acidity with some oak notes on the ripe finish. L&S (Nov 2015)
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Rating: 92 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Jan 2016)
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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