Serious feel here - smart sleek and polished nose. Loaded with dark, brambling, sweeter fruit. But with a sophisticated smart Burgundian Pinot feel. Palate has lift and energy. Delightful textured and with really good flow. The energy here sucks you in and there is a delicious chiselled feel to the fruit. Really pretty Pinot, with much more tension and balance than the nose might suggest. Vasées is a sunny site Francois reminds us - and this adds that extra dimension of charm. (40% new wood, as on all François's 1er Crus.) L&S (Nov 2019)
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The 2018 Mercurey 1er Cru Les Vasées is quite reserved after its recent bottling, offering up aromas of cassis, wild plums and spicy new oak, followed by a medium to full-bodied, bright and lively palate that's very nicely balanced but also a little introverted right now. It will reward two or three years in the cellar. Drinking range: 2022 - 2035 Rating: 90+/100 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jun 2020)
Bright mid crimson. Earthier than the Vieilles Vignes, and probably more complex. Real bite and sophistication here. Quite marked acidity and no shortage of tannin. Quite a crunchy wine with real bite on the finish. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jan 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.
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