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.
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