St Nicolas de Bourgeuil, La Source, 2009

  Yannick Amirault

St Nicolas de Bourgeuil, La Source

La Source is from 25-year-old vines planted on gravelly soils as opposed to the clay dominated soils of neighbouring Bourgueil. A very intense, ripe La Source, powerful as you would expect from this fine vintage but not a monster. Exquisitely balanced ripe forest berry, currant cedar and herb fruit, hints of black cherry, cool and juicy with a wonderfully vibrant streak running through it.

Contains Sulphites.

About Yannick Amirault

Since inheriting the Estate from his father in 1982, Yannick Amirault has transformed it into Bourgeuil’s most reputed Domaine. His 11 hectares in Bourgueil and 5 hectares in St Nicholas de Bourgueil are planted with vines of varying ages on differing soil types. His respect of the vine and its terroir, sees Yannick restricting yields and keeping chemical usage to the bare minimum. Furthermore, the wines display a harmony and purity that suggest Yannick’s vast experience and knowledge are not restricted to viticulture but winemaking too. La Source is a juicy cuvée made from a plot of young vines in St Nicholas and planted on sandy soil that is aged for a short time in old wood. The old limestone-based Petite Cave produces much deeper, more concentrated wines that require at least a year in partially new wood barriques.

Appellation: St Nicholas de Bourgeuil

A sub-region of Bourgeuil whose wines are somewhat lighter and more delicate that those of straight Bourgeuil designation.

Grape Type: Cabernet Franc

Ripening earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc acts both as great blender with its special herb infused red berry fragrance, and at the same time as a form of insurance policy. On the cooler, clay soils of the Right Bank it adds backbone to many of the Merlot-dominated St Emilions and Pomerols. There are a small number of outstanding Cabernet Franc-based blends on the right bank, the most sought after being Cheval Blanc, Ausone, Le Dôme, Angelus and Vieux Château Certan. Outside of Bordeaux it's the major red grape of the Loire valley, where huge strides in quality have been made over the last decade by producers such as Yannick Amirault, Domaine de la Butte, Charles Joguet and Château de Hureau. Here it is mainly produced as a 100% single varietal wine, highly expressive, pungently scented, vital and silky.