Grapes from three different parcels. Average of 60yo vines. Dark & red berry fruits on the nose with a hint of violet. Ripe and quite rich. Sweet spice. Very good acidity. Very fresh finish. Nice grip to the tannins. This should represent very good value. Drinking range: 2023 - 2031 L&S (Dec 2021)
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Cask sample. Rounded, complete, generous wine with intensity on nose and palate. Leafy notes, ripe dark fruit, plenty of Pinot elegance. Likely to be GV. Drinking range: - 2026 Rating: 16 Alex Hunt MW, www.jancisrobinson.com (Jan 2022)
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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