François Raquillet is an 11th generation winemaker who began working the vineyard with his father in 1984. When he took over with his wife Emmanuelle in 1990 they quickly implemented certain changes such as decreasing yields and upgrading to premium barrels. The domaine operates ten hectares of vineyards and has a diverse range of red and white wines. Mercurey is a village appellation from the Côte Chalonnaise that produces very fine Burgundy wines that often have an excellent value for the price. It is one of the most important wine appellations in Burgundy with 670 hectares of vines. Domaine François Raquillet is now a leader in this vast appellation thanks to high quality terroirs and two decades of hard work and effort.
Vineyard work at Domaine François Raquillet is meticulous. Key elements are pruning and a significant de-budding, as well as soil maintenance to favour a balanced ecosystem. The soil has long been farmed by alternating cultivation with plant cover. Because the domaine does not use any insecticide, a challenge in a humid continental climate, pruning and maintenance of the vines are crucial to prevent rot on the fragile pinot noir grapes. The harvest is manual and a team of six people at the sorting table scrutinize each grape to select only the top ones.
Héritiers de dix générations de vignerons, François et Emmanuelle Raquillet sont à la tête du domaine familial (10 ha) depuis 1990 et signent avec constance des cuvées de belle facture. Guide Hachette 2016 - 1 étoile
The Côte Chalonnaise is like an extension of the Côte de Beaune but since the vineyards are at a much higher altitude the grapes often ripen later than in Côte de Beaune. As such the wines develop their own distinct expression. The Côte Chalonnaise produces both white and red wines and their character is a result of the particular soils and microclimates of the appellation. In the north the soils are calcareous and yield soft and elegant wines while in the south, parcels consist primarily of marl clay covered with sand that give more firmer and more structured wines.
Historically the Côte Chalonnaise was known for its Crémant de Bourgogne, but today its elegant still wines are just as renowned. The wines from this region are easy to drink and have a good level of acidity since it is a bit more difficult to reach full phenolic maturity than in Côte de Beaune. Because of their attention to detail and exemplary rigorous viticulture principles, the wine growers with whom we work deliver wines that offer a value for the money that is hard to beat for Burgundy.