At one of our memorable Christmas Parties, our wine gurus fought like gladiators for the utterly sumptuous Raquillet Les Veleys 2019.
Domaine François Raquillet, where Mercurey's true essence is unveiled. It's a place where time-honoured traditions, unyielding passion, and distinctive terroir come together to create wines that authentically embody their origins. The Raquillet family's dedication spans generations, a commitment that resonates in every bottle they craft. François Raquillet, the current guardian of the domaine, carries forward this legacy with unwavering devotion.
William Kelley of the Wine Advocate shared his thoughts on the gorgeous wines from Domaine François Raquillet, "Generous, gourmand wines that are succulent and pleasure-bent but also possess levels of complexity and depth that distinguishes them from many of their peers."
François Raquillet's mastery shines through as he tends to his 12 hectares of vineyards, with 8 devoted to red and 4 to white grapes. A pioneer in the region, he has confidently adapted to changing climates, resulting in wines that are both resilient and exceptional. Embracing the warmer, drier weather, the domaine has benefited from reduced yields and heightened concentration, giving rise to wines that are richer, more gourmand, and delicious.
From lively village wines brimming with vitality to intricate Premier Crus, Domaine François Raquillet's portfolio captures the very essence of Mercurey. François' expertise in the cellar ensures wines that gracefully mature, revealing layers of flavours and depths over time. These vines thrive in Mercurey's distinctive soils, with François championing sustainable practices that allow the terroir's character to shine.
The praise for Domaine François Raquillet's exceptional wines continues to reverberate. François' steadfast dedication to his craft and terroir has propelled the domaine's reputation to new heights.
In any case these wines are for real Pinot & Chardonnay enthusiasts, so whilst the reviews are consistently great (up to 93 points from Meadows), if you like drinking exceptional Burgundy at unbelievably good prices then you are unlikely to care much about the scores anyway...