2018 Vieilles Vignes Domaine Fran莽ois Raquillet

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
Other Practising Organic
District C么te Chalonnaise
Village Mercurey
ABV 13%

The vines are now 65 years old. Good pretty and enticing nose. Pinot with a sense of weight and plush edge. Palate starts fresh and clean. Good mineral edge to the core, then a brightness - a red edge to the fruit. Silky touch. Gets better and better on the palate. Really rather delicious. Some warm spice on finish. L&S (Nov 2020)

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Fran莽ois Raquillet鈥檚 gorgeous tangy yet velvety red plum-packed burgundy 2018 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes.Jane MacQuitty, The Times (Dec 2020)

Offering up aromas of spicy cherries, berries and raw cocoa, framed by a deft touch of oak, Raquillet's 2018 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes is medium to full-bodied, velvety and enveloping, with lively acids, melting tannins and a fleshy core of fruit. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 Rating: 89 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (Jun 2020)

Exciting lift on the nose. Very sleek and elegant. Polished and rather refined. Bitter-cherry finish. GV Drinking range: 2022 - 2028 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - (Jan 2020)

Domaine Fran莽ois Raquillet

Fran莽ois 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, Fran莽ois 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. Fran莽ois 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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