2019 1er Cru Les Naugues Domaine François Raquillet
Naugues is not far from François' cellar, on a south facing slope running up to the tree-line, with little depth of soil over the rock. Unsurprisingly it's a mineral style, a compact and concentrated ripe fruit in a frame that's all class and lifted definition. Terrific wine but do try to give it three years and try from 2023 Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 L&S (Oct 2020)
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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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