Wine Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Franc
Aging Potential: 5 years
Serving Temperature: 16 °C
Alcohol Level: 12.5%
Region: Loire Valley
Bourgueil is located west of Tours in the western part of the Loire Valley. Bourgueil is situated on the northern side of the Loire, across the river from Chinon, and represents one of the northern-most appellations for growing red grape varieties in France. There are a variety of soil types here with the biggest and most cellar-worthy wines generally coming from the best vineyards on the slopes located further away from the Loire to the north and north-east of the town of Bourgueil. The vineyards on the flat gravelly river soils closer to the Loire yield wines which are usually aromatic, elegant and earlier to mature.
Amirault has about 20 hectares of vineyard holdings in Bourgueil, mostly located on, or just at, the base of these slopes to the north and northeast of the village of Bourgueil. Yannicks son Benoit now runs the estate and like his father he has chosen to work organically in the vineyards and is certified organic (Ecocert). All vinifications are made with indigenous yeasts with minimal SO2 and ageing takes place in a mixture of large tronconic oak vats, larger demi-muid barrels and increasingly in clay amphora
The 2020 Bourgueil Cote 50 is made in a pure, fruit-driven style that's light and flirty but not frivolous, offering an element of tender loving care on the midpalate. An early-drinking style off sand/gravel soils, featuring red berries and the merest hint of spice, and a low level of fine sandy tannins.
- very deep red
- ripe berry fruits and some spice too.
- med body, rounded, v smooth, well integrated tannins, plums and blackberries, med finish, a touch tannic but plenty of plum flavours. A good entry level wine.
- Pork Chop
- Grilled Fish
- Cottage Pie