2017 Vieilles Vignes Domaine François Raquillet

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte Chalonnaise
Village Mercurey
ABV 13%

2017 Mercurey, Vieilles Vignes, is a notch up the ladder from the (Bourgogne Rouge) and it is balanced, full and will age well over the short term. With crunchy tannins and bright red cherry fruit this is a lovely wine. Rating: 17+ L&S (Jan 2019)

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The Vieilles Vignes (and they are over 60 years old), which is aged in 25-30% new wood, offers gorgeous fruit on the nose and lots of bright plush fruit on the palate. There is good flavour and weight to the juice which is kept fresh by the acidity. A hint of minerality emerges near the end. Straightforward in its approach but lots to enjoy. 'Gourmand, friand' says François, and yes, it is. Drinking range: 2019 - L&S(Oct 2018)

(from vines that average 65+ years of age). A ripe and fresh nose combines notes of plum and dark cherry with spice and soft wood nuances. The supple, round and attractively textured medium weight flavors possess reasonably good depth and a velvety mouth feel while offering solid persistence on the ever-so-mildly warm finale. 88/2021+ Drinking range: 2021 - Rating: 88 Allen Meadows, 2020)

Revealing aromas of smoky berry fruit, grilled meats and a subtle framing of new wood, the 2017 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes is medium to full-bodied, fleshy, supple and open-knit, with melting tannins and ripe acids. It's more giving and immediate than the more concentrated wines Raquillet produced in 2015 and 2016, which will lend it even greater near-term charm. Drinking range: 2019 - 2029 Rating: 90 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Aug 2019)

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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