2015 1er Cru Les Veleys Domaine François Raquillet
Much more on the red fruit spectrum, cherries, raspberry, palate has nice weight, richer tannins, structured with a good balance of acid. L&S (Nov 2016)
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Sawdust and spice trumps fruit on the nose. There's a slightly sour edge to the palate, and the balance isn't quite so complete as their Les Nagues. Still very palatable, in a more austere style. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 Rating: 16 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 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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