2017 Domaine Yannick Amirault Bourgueil «Le Pavillon du Grand Clos»
Region: France, Loire - Bourgueil
Grape Variety: Cabernet Franc
Dry, med-bodied red; intricate, poised | Meatloaf
Only two vintages of this wine have ever been produced. Grapes are selected from vines in the parcel of land known as Le Grand Clos. The site is south-facing, at the top of a limestone hill, and although the vines are divided up between a number of vignerons, they are right outside Yannick's front door. 15 year old vines; 18 months ageing in oak.
In 1947, Eugène Amirault started bottling wine from a parcel of land called Les Malgagnes for small-scale local consumption only. In 1977, his grandson Yannick founded a commercial winery with just over 3ha of vines. In the 1990s, Yannick expanded his vineyard holdings by acquiring vines from established vignerons, including a site called Le Grand Clos. Now, the estate is limited to 20 ha, two-thirds of which are in Bourgueil and the remaining third are in St.-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil. Only Cabernet Franc is grown throughout the estate.
Yannick’s son Benoît is now the fourth generation of the family in charge of the vineyards and winemaking. They were certified organic in 2009, despite following some organic practices from the 1970s.
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