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The must-try 2010 Yannick Amirault, Les Quartiers, Bourgueil


Yannick Amirault has been tending the family vineyard and making wine since 1977.  Today he is joined by his son Ben and focuses exclusively on Cabernet Franc.   The 2010 Yannick Amirault, Les Quartiers, Bourgueil is produced from the 1.5 ha vineyard known as La terre à Blanc due to the chalk soils.  The 45-year old vines are hand harvested then whole-cluster fermented in wooden vats followed by aging for 30 months in barrel.  These efforts have produced a wine with deep aromas and mouth filling flavors of dense and textured dark fruit.  The long aging in barrel is supportive rather than intrusive for this is a wine that will clearly improve over the next several years yet it is quite enjoyable right now.   Those who stay away from the red wines of the Loire should reevaluate with this bottle.  Thanks to Warren for the recommendation.  This wine was purchased at Weygandt Wines.

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2010 Yannick Amirault, Les Quartiers, Bourgueil – $28
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc that was fermented in wooden vats using indigenous yeasts.  Alcohol 13%.  There were deep aromas of blackberries and fresh pepper.  In the mouth were dense, finely textured flavors that took on notes of plum.  The wine was racy with watering acidity and a drying finish of purple and black fruit.  Though this dense wine is poised for future development it is already mouth-filling with perfumed flavors and a complex aftertaste of bitters. ***(*) Now-2024.

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