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2017 Raquillet Mercurey Chamirey

Classic Affordable Red Burgundy
September 2, 2022




"Over several vintages, Francois Racquillet has delivered reliable, superb values in Mercurey. Lovers of good Burgundy at a reasonable price will have good reason to stop here. His wines are always balanced, consistent, and harmonious." Revue du Vin de France

The 2017 Mercurey Les Caraby is no exception.

François Raquillet is one of the top producers in Mercurey, one of the last "affordable" appellations with authentic terroir in Burgundy. While many famous appellations in Burgundy have sky-rocketed in price, Mercurey remains one of the last bastions of the affordable. Racquillet's wines are modern in style and appeal to lovers of both Old and New World Pinot Noirs.

The Vigneron

Francois Raquillet is a 13th-generation vigneron. He and his wife Emmanuelle have run the 10-hectare family estate since 1990. Years of experience have refined his techniques in vineyard and cellar. Leaf-thinning and multiple harvest passes through the vineyards have worked toward softer rice tannins and great purity. Each vineyard shows its distinct character more clearly. The wines, with great verve and typicity, show well early but can be cellared. 

The Vineyard and its Wine

Sixty-year-old vines in clay and limestone. The grapes are all destemmed, then cold soaked for five days before fermentation with the ambient native yeasts in stainless steel Aging and malolactic fermentation are in barrel with no punch-down to preserve freshness. Pressing after 15-20 days

The Notes

"an aroma of raspberry crème, it has good extract while not lacking in freshness, an example of great pinot Noir" Revue du Vin de France

The wine opens with Mercurey's Bordeaux-like structure but gradually reveals a very Pinot sweet spice. Hours later, the open bottle pleased our weekly tasters, and it åstill drank well the next day. It will please those who value burgundy's precision and structure. Decant to drink now or hold for a few years in the cellar.

2017 Racquillet Mercurey Les Caraby 1er Cru; Color: very dark brownish edge; Mouth: juicy light clean fine acid, leanish in the mouth, taut finish, fine acid tannins on the finish; still structured but pure & balanced, classic precision of maturing Pinot; Very Good Plus $35; Case, 335.88 (27.99)


10 cases only, arrives next week


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