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2014 La Coudraye Domaine Yannick Amirault

Grapes Cab Franc
Colour Red
Origin France, Loire
Village Bourgueil
ABV 12.5%

Splendid, rose-scented, crunchy cranberry-fruited Loire red that knocks spots off the competition. Made from the dusky, herbaceous, lighter cabernet franc grape, it makes a jolly summer slurp, taking happily to a dip in the ice bucket.
(Jul 2016)

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Cabernet Franc has suddenly moved from also-ran to icon, but in the Loire it's been a hero for generations, producing a distinctive, fresher, crunchier style than in warmer southern hemisphere climates. Yannick Amirault's textbook example has a perfume of violets and blackcurrants and a rounded palate infused with black fruit, subtle spice and a leafy freshness. The tannin is low enough to try it with fish.
89 (Apr 2016)

A sample taken from wooden cuve. Wow, a lovely perfume on the nose, very expressive and elegant. The palate is rich with perfumed fruit, also a polished texture, the weight of a riper vintage here showing well against the 2012s and 2011s just tasted. Polished, some exotic fruit notes here, with wild plum, wild black cherry, and a supple composition, the tannins well buried within the substance of the wine. An impressive showing.
16-17/20 (Feb 2015)

This is made from 25- to 35-year-old vines farmed organically on sandy soil. It has a pretty, rose-scented aroma with cranberry fruit and herbaceous notes. It's a light style with inviting perfumed red fruit and fine tannins. One to enjoy on a summer's day.
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Yannick Amirault took over three and a half hectares of vines from his grandfather 30 years ago, and today works 14 hectares in Bourgeuil and 6 in St-Nicholas-de-Bourgeuil. The vineyards are worked organically and only natural yeasts are used, with fermentations being allowed as long as they need.

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