2018 BOURGOGNE Pinot Noir Domaine François Raquillet

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte Chalonnaise
Village Bourgogne Rouge

This is aged half in barrels, half in steel cuves and will be bottled in January 2020. You are immediately struck by a very flattering hit of supple fruit. quite rich and joyous. It is quite full on but there is some grip too, some gentle shades of structure. On the black fruit side, good and dark and rich. Black cherry flesh and sweet dark currants. Grip and structure build on the finish- this will be good once its had a moment in bottle. L&S (Nov 2019)

*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.

While the world strives to make accurate, affordable, well-balanced Pinot Noir, with varying degrees of success, it is always encouraging to know that Pinot’s home in Burgundy can still manage to pull a rabbit out of the hat every so often. While prices climb inexorably, elite Bourgogne Rouge from less famous estates occasionally dip under £20 and I love Raquillet’s Mercureys and his Bourgogne Rouge manages to step up in ripe vintages and this 2018 is insanely delicious. Finely balanced, blackberry and beetroot-tinged with lip-smacking freshness, this is an amazingly rewarding wine.Matthew Jukes, Moneyweek(Jul 2020)

Good fruit but quite drying at the moment. A vibrant fruit core and should drink very early. Drinking range: 2021 - 2025 Rating: 15 Alistair Cooper MW - 2020)

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.

BURGUNDY - the Côte de Beaune | Mixed Case

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BURGUNDY selection | Mixed Case

Just when you think Burgundy is getting a tad expensive, some other upward pressures are applied to prices - small yields and a weak Sterling are the current factors. Luckily for you, there are merchants out there (or here, to be precise) with the nouse to seek out good value even in a region where good value can feel hard to come by. Here's a fine selection of our Very Good Value red and whites - not necessarily cheap enough to tempt the less discerning away from the discount supermarket but it does mean that us ordinary mortals can still afford to drink Burgundy.


For many a wine drinker, wine is largely a French endeavor. Certainly many of the world's best known and most highly regarded wines come from France. Here's a selection from across the country, drawing on the classic regions, for all round dependable delicious drinking.

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