The Amirault family, Yannick now working with his son Benoit, have been certified organic since 2009. Yannick purchased 3.5 hectares of vines from his grandfather in 1977, and now manages a total of 19 hectares between Bourgeuil and St-Nicholas-de-Bourgeuil.
This wine is meant to be enjoyed in the short term, whether that is making Tuesday evening dinner, or celebrating an important event.
The vineyard now encompasses typical sand and gravels soils across 12 hectares in Bourgeuil and 7 hectares in St-Nicholas-de-Bourgeuil. While organic practices have been employed for over 15 years, the vineyard has been certified organic since 2009 and follows the moon calendar for all vineyard and cellar work. Typical vine ages are between 40 and 55 years.
Grapes are hand picked, destemmed and double selected. Natural yeasts are used and fermentations occur dependent on each batch, rather than set lengths of time and occur in wooden vats. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Bourgueil and Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil impose exactly the same production conditions on their respective wines, leaving only the terroir to distinguish between them. They are markedly different from their neighbours and are often grouped together with Chinon on the opposite side of the Loire River. Predominantly made from Cabernet Franc, they vary from light bodied and fruit driven, not dissimilar to good Beaujolais, to silky, mid-bodied wines with complex notes of undergrowth, spice and ripe berry fruit.