Amirault

  • Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, Loire, France

Domaine Amirault was founded in 1977 by Yannick with only 3.9 hectares of vines he inherited from his grandfather, Eugène Amirault. Since that time, he and his son Benoît, who joined the family business in 2003, have expanded their holding to 20 hectares of vineyards in Bourgueil and Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil. An early skeptic of industrial farming practices, Yannick had gradually weaned his vineyards off synthetic inputs, completing this process in 1997. Work in the vineyard and cellar follows the lunar calendar, and the estate received organic certification in 2009. While these practices may seem fashionable, they are simply returning to the way Eugène Amirault made wine for his family.

Now, under Benoît, the existing minimalistic cellar practices have become even more transparent. Harvest has always been done by hand and is initiated by many factors, all guided by Yannick and Benoît’s combined experience. Each parcel is picked at its own optimal ripeness, and in several passes, then the grape clusters are transported to the cellar where they are sorted again and destemmed. Fermentations are indigenous and conducted in large, open-topped, conical oak vats. Macerations are long, lasting up to sixty days with pigeage only at the very beginning of the fermentation and rémontage reserved only for the ripest vintages and cuvées to prevent more rustic tannins in the wines. Only the first press is used and the wines are aged in neutral vessels: amphorae, French oak demi-muids, and well-seasoned oak vats. New wood is added only to replenish their stock of barrels.

This profile and tasting notes were edited from the European Cellars website, along with the pictures used. For more information please visit: European Cellars.

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB3429-19
Organic
DE:93
Amirault Bourgeil Le Grand Clos
2019
Cabernet Franc
• Yannick Amirault first began acquiring plots in the famed Bourgueil lieu-dit of Le Grand Clos in the 1990s and now owns 2 hectares. This... Read More
France

DB3427-19
Organic
Amirault Bourgueil ‘Cote 50’
2019
Cabernet Franc
• Cote 50 is the entry-level wines from Yannick Amirault coming from 4.75 hectares of vines on gravelly clay and sandy soils in Bourgueil... Read More
France

DB3428-19
Organic
Amirault Saint Nicholas de Bourgeil La Mine
2019
Cabernet Franc
• La Mine is sourced from several plots of gravelly clay soils including a parcel called La Mineraie situated at the foot of Malgagnes,... Read More
France