The majority of the grapes used for this wine come from a parcel that is next to some of the appellation’s best terroir. This vineyard is less than one hectare and the average age of the cordon pruned vines is 25 years. Grass is grown between the vines to control rigor. The harvest is manual with strict grape selection. Fermentation is natural without added yeast. Half of the wine is aged in barrels for two to five years while the other half remains in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fruit. A fun, delicious and versatile pinot noir that should be enjoyed in its youth.
Bright ruby red color. Fruity, light and delicate nose complemented by spicy notes. Structured but flexible on the palate mouth with olfactory hints of cherry, wild strawberry and spices.
Pair it with wild game and wild fowl.
Limestone and clay
Cordon pruned and de-budded vines. The vines are planted with grass to tone done the vigor. Manual harvest with grape selection.
Harvested by hand in small picking boxes. Rigorous sorting and completed- stemming. Five to six days of maceration, less than 15 ° C, followed by a slow, fourteen day fermentation in concrete tanks with two punchings of cap per day.
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.
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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.
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.
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