2019 Mercurey Blanc, La Brigadiere, Domaine J&F Raquillet

Vintage Description

Allen Meadows, Burghound
François Raquillet directs this 14.5 ha domaine where he also buys in the equivalent of another 1.5 ha in fruit. With respect to the 2019 vintage, he noted that 'the growing season was hot and even drier than 2018, which did cause some problems in terms of hydric stress. By contrast, we largely managed to avoid frost damage and had very little disease pressure so that was a definite plus. The flowering though did not pass especially well and that, plus the constant heat which dehydrated the berries, had a clear effect on yields. For example, in white we realized only 36 hl/ha and even less in red, which is to say about 32 hl/ha. Despite the warmth of the growing season, the wines are remarkably fresh and terroir-driven, and this is true for both colors. I would compare the reds to my 2005s, which is to say that they should age very well.' The 2019s reds were bottled between October 2020 and February 2021 and the whites were bottled in October 2020

Tasting Notes

La Brigadiere is serious white Burgundy at a great price. It has complex aromas of rich fruit and nuts, tempered by citrus. Mineral and fresh on the palate with notes of citrus and fresh apples, complimented by a touch of creaminess.

Allen Meadows, Burghound 89/100
Discreet but not invisible wood sets off slightly reduced aromas of cool lemon zest, pear and a whiff of white peach so I would suggest giving this some air first. The medium-bodied and notably finer flavors possess acceptable vibrancy as well as more evident salinity on the refined finish where a touch of warmth slowly emerges. Drink frpm 2023+

Colour White Origin France
Region Burgundy White ABV 13.00%
Drink From 2021 Drink To 2025
Special occasion, Fine Wine, Wine for the Cellar