Bourgueil ‘Cote 50’


Cote 50 is the entry-level wine from Yannick Amirault coming from 4.75 hectares of vines on gravelly clay and sandy soils in Bourgueil. Grapes are hand harvested in successive passes, destemmed, undergo a 3-4 week maceration and a natural yeast fermentation in oak vats. Aged for 7-12 months in French oak vats and sandstone amphorae.

91 points
"Amirault's 2019 Bourgueil Cote 50 blends the fruit of 35-year-old vines cultivated in four lieux-dits located on the gravel terrace just 50 meters above the Loire. The wine is dark in color and exhibits an intense, wonderfully aromatic yet fine, fresh and elegant bouquet of perfectly ripe dark fruit and even some red berries intertwined with tobacco and graphite notes as well as spicy-stony gravelly tones. Concentrated but fresh, with silky tannins and lovely tart kumquat bitters on the finish, this is an aromatic, fruit-intense and characterful, very elegant and accessible Cabernet Franc for any lunch and dinner based on roasted dark meat. Very charming in its fragrant fruit and ripeness. Tasted in June 2021."
Stephan Reinhardt,
Wine Advocate
91+ points
"The 2019 Bourgueil “Côte 50” bottling from Domaine Amirault is made from a blend of different parcels, with the soil composition ranging from sandy to gravel. The wine is aged in older oak and now a bit of sandstone amphorae. The 2019 version is excellent, coming in at a fairly ripe fourteen percent octane, but displaying impressive purity in its aromatic constellation of sweet dark berries, black cherries, cigar wrapper, a touch of menthol, gravelly soil tones and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and broad-shouldered, with a superb core of fruit, firm, chewy tannins, tangy acids and a long, complex and youthful finish. This is a big boy by the standards of the Amirault family, reflecting the drought conditions of 2019, but it is a very well-made wine that will drink very well indeed, once it has shed a bit of its tannins and starts to drink with generosity. 2029-2065. 91+."
John Gilman,
View from the Cellar
Issue 100

Product Line: 
Cabernet Franc
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