Fly Fishing

 

Nothing much to do with wine, but Fly Fishing is a grapecircus passion. #justsaying

 

The Catch
The Flies
The Patience

Producer

Yannick Amirault crafts cabernet franc that is unparalleled in its consistent quality and its complexity. Despite coming from one of the most northerly red wine appellations in France, Amirault wines are striking for their density and ripeness.

‘La Coudraye’, Bourgueil

Pretty aromas of cherry, mulberry and wild flowers, with a touch of tobacco, herb and mocha. The palate is sleek and succulent, packed with ripe red fruits and wild herbs, and framed by elegant tannins.

La Coudraye comes from four different lieux-dits located close to the river Loire, on a mixture of loamy clay and sandy soils, which contribute aromatics, freshness and approachability. Fermented in a mixture of wooden and stainless steel tanks, and then matured for one year in large, specially-designed wooden casks, La Coudraye combines elegance with the Amirault signature of fully ripe fruit.

quick facts

APPELLATION: Bourgueil AOP
VINTAGE: 2016
STYLE: red
GRAPE: cabernet franc
FARMING: certified organic
FERMENTATION: oak, stainless steel
MATURATION: oak
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 12.5%
CASE SIZE: 6

‘Les Quartiers’, Bourgueil

Displays remarkable purity and elegance. Lifted aromas of pomegranate and cherry with a distinctive mineral edge and a subtle earthiness. On the palate, the firm structure supports fleshy, textured fruit of the forest, smoky minerality and a long, complex finish. Although approachable now, this wine will reward several years of ageing.

The Les Quartiers vineyard is located to the east of the village of Bourgueil, and is composed of pure white, chalky limestone, earning it the nickname ‘La Terre à Blanc’.

quick facts

APPELLATION: Bourgueil AOP
VINTAGE: 2014
STYLE: red
GRAPE: cabernet franc
FARMING: certified organic
FERMENTATION: oak
MATURATION: oak
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 13%
CASE SIZE: 6

‘Les Malgagnes’, St.-Nicolas de Bourgueil

Expressive nose of raspberry, violet and licquorice. Quite expansive on the palate, though very well-defined. After an hour or two in a carafe, the dense core unfurls to reveal plush, velvety forest fruit, tobacco and spice framed by supple tannins.

‘Les Malgagnes’ is a 2ha plot that has been in the Amirault family for generations. The average age of the vines is 50 years, although it was first planted in 1936. The lowest yields of the estate at approximately 30hl/ha. Fermentation takes place over 4 weeks in large oak casks, and the wine is matured for 14 months in barrel.

quick facts

APPELLATION: St.-Nicolas de Bourgueil AOP
VINTAGE: 2015
STYLE: red
GRAPE: cabernet franc
FARMING: certified organic
FERMENTATION: oak
MATURATION: oak
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 13.5%
CASE SIZE: 6

‘Les Malgagnes’ Amphora

‘Les Malgagnes’ is a 2ha plot that has been in the Amirault family for generations. The average age of the vines is 50 years, although it was first planted in 1936. The lowest yields of the estate at approximately 30hl/ha. Fermentation takes place over 4 weeks in large oak casks, and the wine is matured for 14 months in clay amphora.

quick facts

APPELLATION: St.-Nicolas de Bourgueil AOP
VINTAGE: 2015
STYLE: red
GRAPE: cabernet franc
FARMING: certified organic
FERMENTATION: oak
MATURATION: amphora
FILTRATION: unfiltered
ALCOHOL: 13.5%
CASE SIZE: 6

yannick amirault

Yannick Amirault crafts cabernet franc that is unparalleled in its consistent quality and its complexity. Despite coming from one of the most northerly red wine appellations in France, Amirault wines are striking for their density and ripeness.

Yannick inherited a patchwork of 3.5 hectares from his grandfather in 1977, including the famous Les Malgagnes, and today the estate covers 19 hectares divided between Bourgueil and St.-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, primarily on the limestone côtes above the River Loire. By employing leaf-thinning and green harvesting, yields are kept low even in abundant years, averaging 40hl/ha, far lower than the permitted 55hl/ha for Bourgueil and 60hl/ha for St.-Nicolas de Bourgueil. The estate has been certified organic since 2009, although there has been no use of chemicals in the vineyards since 1997.

In 2003, Yannick was joined by his son, Benoît. That year, the decision was taken to return to fermentation in barrel. As only native yeasts are used, the fermentations are allowed to continue for as long as needed. Furthermore, there is never any adjustment for acidity or alcohol, meaning each wine is a genuine reflection of the vintage. All the wines are aged for a minimum of 10 months before bottling to soften the sometimes-rustic tannins found in young cabernet franc. Yannick continues to bottle in the traditional way - without filtration - having tasted old vintages of his grandfather’s that were still youthful and balanced despite being over half a century old. The estate follows the lunar calendar for all vineyard and cellar work.