Rich, sweet nose. All in oak - but no new wood. In palate is broad, but has nice shapely edges too. A good piquancy of acidity. Plum skins and some ripe blackberries - then a touch of leafy crunch too. Very satisfying Bourgogne Rouge. Value. L&S (Dec 2017)
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Candied cherry fruit on the nose, pleasingly full body and a vegetal note on the finish. Entirely savoury. The vegetal element is strong but not incongruous to the style. Drinking range: 2018 - 2021 Rating: 16 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)
Straight into a winner with 2016 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Domaine François Raquillet. It is perfectly balanced, perfectly innocent and Pinot-esque to a tee. It is also ten quid a bottle. This makes it more attractive than any other wine on the planet for immediate Pinot Noir gratification. Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jan 2018)
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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