2016 Vieilles Vignes Domaine François Raquillet
I like the nose. Enticing and open. Palate is richly textured. Silky, sexy flow. Fruit has a lovely ripeness. Concentrated quite dense. But pretty and crowd-pleasing style. Already bottled. L&S (Dec 2017)
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(from vines that average 65+ years of age). Wisps of menthol and the sauvage are present on the liqueur-like aromas of dark cherry and raspberry along with a background nuance of earth. There is impressive richness to the velvety and concentrated medium-bodied flavors that possess an abundance of sap on the delicious and palate soaking finish. This is an excellent villages that should drink well both young and with half-a-dozen years of age. 2022+ Rating: 89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Oct 2018)
Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Feb 2018)
Attractively savoury nose of wild berries, smoked duck and earthy forest floor notes introduces a supple, silky palate with ripe tannins and a juicy core of fruit. Delicious. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035 Rating: 88 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(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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