François Raquillet, Mercurey Vielles Vignes, 2021


Outstanding Burgundy at a great price.

Old Vines from a Burgundy village should always make you sit up and take notice, but from a celebrated maker such as Raquillet and coming from a village that is enjoying a considerable period in the sunshine (climatically and commercially), then you can understand why we were particularly excited to stumble across it.

It's simply fabulous Pinot Noir! This is a wine that shows the quality of the southern villages in Burgundy and the benefit of using old vines: concentration of flavours, fine-grained tannins and a perfect delivery of palate-weight and acidity. This really is the perfect Burgundy way, but coming from a village of traditionally lesser standing, you also get really excellent value.

Coming from the 2021 vintage, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the freshness would be a more strident feature than normal, however, in these old vines, from the southern reaches of the region, the ripeness levels really are in balance with a bright and mouth-watering palate. Raquillet is widely considered to be the best producer in the region - perhaps that's what does it...

On a personal note, there was a period of ten days when Chris from the Allotment did some seriously hard work. The harvest of 2006 in Burgundy.

The employer was a chap called Roger and his three daughters; they owned some vineyard area of their own, but were principally hired to do the harvest for one of the large Burgundy houses. Based in Primeaux-Prissey, south of Nuits St George, the Allotment turned up for work at 6:45am each day and was bundled into a van with the rest of the workers.

Ten minutes later we were picking grapes.

Day one we were in Savigny-Lès-Beaune and as the mist cleared and the hazy sun rose, happiness descended. It was viciously hard work; back-bending to pick and carry grapes, then swapping to carry the great "panniers", which each carried 85 kilos of grapes on your back, that were carried to the ladders resting against trucks, up the ladders, shoulder down, grapes out. Repeat.

Coffee break was at 9:15am and out of the back of one of the vans appeared, miraculously, three Burco heaters with coffee tea and hot water. They were almost entirely untouched as worker after worker headed for many unlabelled bottles of red, white and rosé. "We want to work the vintage; we drink the vintage" was the attitude of one of the burly chaps who originated, like so many of the pickers, from the north of France, where an enthusiasm for grape picking (seen as a national right) was almost matched by a love for Pastis.

Many of the men were called Patrick, and the Allotment grew to become very fond of them all, and especially of the villages considered to be lower down the pecking order: Savigny-Lès-Beaune, Maranges, Santenay and Mercurey amongst them.

Region: Burgundy

Country: France

Grape(s): Pinot Noir

Style: Silky, Medium, Elegant, Complex

Best food matches: Mature Cheeses, Lamb, Hard Cheeses, Fine Dining, Charcuterie

Alcohol: 13%

Why buy from us?

When you buy wine from The Allotment Wine Co. you're helping a small Irish company that in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers who grow the grapes and make amazing wines. We only work with partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.

Delivery & Returns

You'll get free delivery when you buy 12 x 75cl bottles of wine online from The Allotment, saving you €7.99.

We charge €7.99 per delivery for quantities less than that.

Our hours for processing orders are between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday.

We pack your online wine order along the following timelines:

Wine orders for delivery in Dublin, received before 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected the next working day.

Wine orders for nationwide delivery, received by 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected two working days later.

Customer reviews

Great choice and excellent service. Received my delivery the next day.
Paul H.
Amazing service from the get go!
I emailed Chris looking for wine recommendations for a birthday gift. Got a really speedy, helpful reply and not only that but he hand delivered it on time to the birthday girl wishing her a happy birthday. Absolutely bowled over by the service. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Michelle McM.
Could not recommend The Allotment enough. The selection is fantastic and each wine that I've drank from them has been utterly phenomenal. Delivery was no hassle and I had the wine at my door in 2 days. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Luke B.
Good range of interesting wines. Good personal attention to their orders. Very customer focused. I would be happy to recommend this company to any prospective customer.
Jim D.
A great experience ordering from The Allotment Wine Company. A wide variety of wines to try something new and at good prices with super quick delivery! Really convenient too as opposed to trying to find parking!
N. Dowling
Delicious and interesting range of wines delivered promptly to my door. Not far off that lovely feeling of coming back laden from a good wine store but without any of the traffic or the worry of breaking the wine en route (very impressive travel wrap).
M. Dorman
Chris fields a fine range of excellent, keenly-priced wines. Orders are safely packaged and dispatched efficiently and promptly. Strongly recommended.
David M.
Great selection of wines, hassle free ordering, payment and delivery. Highly recommended.
Patrick H.
Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.