Yannick Amirault, 2011 Update
This week I’m making another vicariously vinous journey into the world of Bourgueil and St Nicolas de Bourgueil, with a look at the latest releases from Yannick Amirault (pictured below). Last week it was the wines of Frédéric Mabileau that held my attention, although admittedly it was the two recently introduced white cuvées, one a Saumur and the other an Anjou Blanc, that had piqued my interest. With Yannick the portfolio is more firmly red, with a number of different cuvées representing his different terroirs. And, as was the case with Frédéric Mabileau, a recently opened bottle (in this case the 2005 Les Quartiers) has prompted me to drag my notes in to the light of day.
Beyond this experiment – the reds from the 2005 vintage still need a lot more time, so this bottle was opened to satisfy curiosity rather than provide true drinking pleasure – my report once again includes notes from two other encounters with the wines. The most recent was in January this year, and this was a chance for two cuvées from the 2009 vintage to shine, against a backdrop of less seductive wines from 2008.Please log in to continue reading: