Domaine Francois Raquillet Mercurey Rouge Vieilles Vignes

Burgundy, France   |  Pinot Noir   |  2019
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Transposing Burgundy to London, one could say that Puligny Montrachet is Belgravia and Chambolle Musigny is St John’s Wood – impressive, heritaged addresses but expensive and can often leave you wondering if you are missing more excitement elsewhere. Judicious buyers perusing Cotes d’Or real estate might consider Haut Cotes de Nuits to the west (Kensal Green), Fixin and Marsannay (Camden and Kentish Town) in the north of Cote de Nuits, and Ladoix and Santenay (Bermondsey and Brixton) in the north and south respectively of the Cote de Beaune as interesting alternatives. There is nowhere east of the D974 of great interest although you could strain the analogy and say Comblonchien could be Clerkenwell in a few years…
I think that leaves me suggesting that the Cote Chalonnais is like Tooting or Streatham – which might diminish the argument for some but the rather laboured point is that up-and-coming pockets away from the centre can often provide real satisfaction for less money. Here, Mercurey is one such area that is definitely fulfilling its promise, and Francois Raquillet one of the most interesting addresses.
Francois has been harvesting his 12ha (8 planted to red and 4 to white) of increasingly old vines, some 70 years+, at the end of August for the last six years so is far less concerned by climate change than many Cote d’Or growers to the north. In fact the Chalonnais has been a beneficiary of the hotter, drier weather as it has helped reduce yields, and increase concentration and ripeness in the grapes, ultimately leading to richer, more gourmand, better wines.
Thinking about it, the Maconnais is definitely Brighton. A little under an hour south, sunny and warm, relaxed, more concerned with pleasure than pretension... bravo indeed on a wonderful set of wines!

"From three plots of low yielding (30hl/ha) sixty year old vines planted in marl over limestone soils. Also already in bottle. Some fresh and bright red cherry and plums but also old vine character of cedar, herbs and spices, tamarind and blood orange. A savoury and sinuous palate but based around succulent red fruits, impressive earthy intensity and richness and decent length. Another cracker from Francois." Tom Harrow, Wine Guru

"The 2019 Mercurey Vieilles Vignes has a punchy but well defined bouquet with ample raspberry, redcurrant and cranberry scents, a touch of loam and fern emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a gorgeous, voluminous entry of red berry fruit, slightly confit in style, hints of white pepper and sage. This has a caressing mouthfeel and real depth towards the finish. Utterly delicious." 91 pts, Neal Martin, Vinous

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  GrowerFrancois Raquillet
  Bottle size750
  Vintage2019
  CountryFrance
  RegionBurgundy
  GrapePinot Noir
  Wine TypeRed wines

Domaine Francois Raquillet

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