2018 Vieilles Vignes Domaine François Raquillet
Tasted from tank, this juice was racked off just 2 weeks previously. 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. Gets better and better on the palate. Really rather delicious. Some warm spice on finish perhaps a touch of mincemeat, very pleasing. Nice weight of fruit - but balanced nicely with fresh lines. L&S (Dec 2019)
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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 - 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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