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We actually visited the Amiraults on a busy day during the 2018 harvest. Basket after basket of perfect grapes came in and tasting this you can sense that bountiful, beautiful harvest. Benoit Amirault who oversees the winemaking now, with his father Yannick, has an allergy to Sulphur so they use only the bare minimum here in the cellar. Just one reason why you really feel the pert perfection of the fruit in this gorgeous, sleek and deeply inviting Cabernet Franc. Like the Bourgueil ‘Cote 50’, this is bright and juicy, floral on the nose, red fruit and fresh tonic acidity giving a full and lively, slightly peppery palate. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 L&S (Oct 2019)
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Delicious young, juicy yet dusky Loire red, with velvety redcurrant cabernet franc fruit.Jane MacQuitty, The Times (May 2021)
Dark, deep and brooding, this is amazingly intense for a red from the cooler climes of the Loire Valley. It will match game dishes, stews, rich gravies and, most importantly, fine cheeseboards, such is the gravitas and power contained within the sleek, black cherry-soaked wine.Matthew Jukes, The Daily Mail (Dec 2020)
Plump Cabernet Franc and a sleek texture with a convincing dry finish. Good juice in the middle. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 16.5 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2020)
Domaine Yannick Amirault
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 Bourgeuil and 7 in St-Nicholas-de-Bourgeuil. 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 - the new Malgagnes cuvée which ages in their special Jarres are testament to this. 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. Incredible quality here across the range.
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