Bourgueil, Domaine Yannick Amirault 2019, Loire Valley, France

Yannick Amirault took over three and a half hectares of vines from his grandfather 30 years ago, and today with his son Benoit works 12 hectares in Bourgueil and 7 in St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil. The vineyards have been worked organically for 15 years and have been certified Organic since 2009. The family are seriously talented in the cellar and not shy of trying new things.

Everything is hand harvested and hard work in the vineyards means only the very best fruit is brought in. Only natural yeasts are used, with fermentations being allowed as long as they need. These wines are crisp and bright with a dramatic purity - made as naturally as possible but without having any unsatisfactory 'natural' traits. From one of Bourgueil's most sought after 'terroirs'; Le Grand Clos is a small walled parcel of 50 years old vines grown on the sandy limestone slopes facing the town. The wine spends a year in (50% new) oak and is always the deepest and most structured of the wines. An exhaustive wine in term of both substance and form, with soft mentholated and rosewood marks. The tannic frame is thick and unctuous, with a salivating acidity. This refined mouth feel is a result of a high-class terroir.


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