SAINT NICOLAS DE BOURGUEIL
2018 Les Malgagnes Domaine Yannick Amirault
|Village||Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil|
We were lucky to be visiting the Amiraults the day they were harvesting this impressive Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil. Amongst the vines Benoit was overseeing a brilliant operation get this organic fruit in at exactly the right time - back at the winery Yannick was in charge of getting all the grapes into the tanks and settling in for the gentle long fermentation. The conditions were perfect and the vintage here has been hailed as one of the very best for more than 50 years. Tasting this it is hard not to agree. Sleekly polished but with great weight and delicate leafy spices. Dark fruit has crunch of blueberry, some violets and a lovely deep juiciness of firm plum. A stunner. Drinking range: 2020 - 2028 L&S (Mar 2020)
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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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