2015 1er Cru Les Naugues Domaine François Raquillet
Touch more perfumed cherries and mulberry, sappier fruit skins, sweeter, rich tannins, dense fruit weight, cherries, plum grip and then some complexing oak notes. L&S (Nov 2016)
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Mid to deep crimson. Relatively light nose and very correct but a little more stolid than the Vasées 2015. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
Subtle but well-formed nose, showing the perfume and purity of Pinot. Lovely herbal notes on the palate, fibrous tannic feel on the finish, very slight medicinal hints on the finish. Very enjoyable, reflects the quality of the vintage and GV. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 17 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 2017)
Domaine François Raquillet
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. 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.
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