MERCUREY

2017 Vieilles Vignes Domaine François Raquillet

EN PRIMEUR

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)

In Bond

75cl bottles (case of 12)

* This is a pre-shipment/primeur offer. All orders are accepted under the TERMS of this offer which differ from the terms of the rest of the site.

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)

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: 90-90 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Aug 2019)

Light crimson. Red-cherry fruit. Real drive and direction. Beginning, middle and end to this wine. Not heavy but very beautifully constructed. Throbs on the end. VGV Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jan 2019)

The 2017 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes has a harmonious bouquet of red cherry, raspberry and crushed strawberry aromas. The palate is a little more supple than the Champs Martin, displaying a fine bead of acidity, commendable salinity and good persistence on the finish. Excellent. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 91 Neal Martin, vinous.com(Jan 2019)

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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