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Mercurey Blanc 'la Brigadiere', Domaine Francois Raquillet, 2022

Mercurey Blanc 'la Brigadiere', Domaine Francois Raquillet, 2022

Domaine François Raquillet | Burgundy, France | 75cl
  • White Still
  • Chardonnay
Regular price £28.50
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Who is the greatest, under-the-radar producer in Burgundy? There are a handful of growers in the Côte-d'Or who might deserve that title, but looking further south to Mercurey, one Domaine that is crafting incredible, thought-provoking wines is Francois Raquillet. With scores that rank alongside a top producer's Côte-d'Or 1er Crus, these are wines that merit a place in any serious Burgundy lover's cellar.

Features as one of the Top 10 Côte Chalonnaise Producers in Tim Atkin's Burgundy 2022 Special Report.

Widely considered the best producer of the village (and among the leaders of the region), 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 Côte 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, and frankly much better wines.

What the critics say:

90/100Christy Canterbury MW, Tim Atkin
87-89/100Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy

"A clay based vineyard on the plateau. A paler yellow than the Vieilles Vignes. The nose is fresher too, while the wood adds some tension. All in white fruit, without the liquorice. A light citrus note behind. I would not want more oak but by the end of the elevage this should all have come together. Drink from 2024-2027. Tasted: May 2023."

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Domaine François Raquillet

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."

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