Pinot Noir * 75cl * 13% ABV * Burgundy, France
Francois Raquillet has been tipped as 'one to watch' in the Cote Chalonnaise for a while now... The Raquillet family have made wine in Mercurey since the 1600s and Francois, the 11th generation, took over running the estate from his father in 1990. He has made it his mission to reduce yields and introduce higher quality oak barrels (up to 50% new wood for the top wines) and overall boost the quality of his output. Sophisticated and energetic, presently this is bursting with juicy red fruit - cherries, cranberries and raspberries - spice and typically crunchy acidity. The sort of red we'd turn to with wintry game or wild mushroom dishes.