Red

2006 Yannick Amirault Bourgueil Les Quartiers

Cabernet Franc

  • France
  • Loire Valley
  • Touraine
  • Bourgueil
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Community Tasting Notes 34

  • dfeiner Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 27, 2019 - Dense red color (and I'm red/green color blind) Nose of cherries, herbs and earth. Medium weight in the mouth. Nice acidity. Bright flavors similar to the nose. Still very lively

  • winchester-xi Likes this wine:

    May 31, 2019 - Lovely, and just as cabfrancophile describes below.

  • Cabfrancophile Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 23, 2018 - Drinking great. Slightly funky forest floor nose, raspberry and tobacco. Pleasantly earthy palate, again tobacco, with nice density of currant fruit. Medium acidity, dusty, mineral finish, mature tannins. For my taste this is probably near peak as the mix of primary secondary and tertiary flavors is great. But seems likely capable of aging 5 or 10 years further for a more tertiary profile.

  • tooch wrote: 89 points

    November 11, 2017 - Showed really nice tobacco and red fruit. Dusty, airy palate was quite enjoyable. A really nice bottle.

  • christyler wrote: 91 points

    November 9, 2016 - At the early stage of its drinking window. Youthful but not too young. The nose is fairly reserved, just a touch of earth and no bell pepper.

    On the palate it's dense and chewy. The flavor profile is very dark - I *think* I can peg this as Cab Franc, but it's kind of like Bourgueil meets Bandol. Curious how this compares to his other cuvees.

    I like it quite a bit, glad I have more.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2009, Issue #23, The Annual Loire Valley Report- Plenty of Fine Wines Abound Amongst Current Releases from the 2008, 2007 and 2006 Vintages

    (Bourgueil “les Quartiers”- Yannick Amirault) Subscribe to see review text.

Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    1/16/2010 (link)

    (YANNICK AMIRAULT Les Quartiers Bourgueil) Bourgueil Dear Friends, Two Loire wines in a row may be a bit much for some (not for me) but this wine is indeed excellent and it deserves a full-bore offer. If you swoon for Cabernet Franc here's your chance to indulge at a very enticing tariff. Compared to the typical, this is anything but...and it should age for a number of years, at least a decade or more. Bourgueil is one of the more mispronounced wine regions of France (say: boor-goy) and it often is confused for a Burgundy appellation of some sort. Mineral-infused, cool-toned and age-worthy Cabernet Franc is king here as it is in Champigny, Chinon and the surrounding regions. Deep in the heart of Bourgueil, Yannick Amirault produces several old-vine cuvees of 100% Franc that are toothy, black as night and intended for the cellar. Awash in the soil, acid and minerality of the region, these are some of the most intense examples of Bourgueil. As a comparison, Amirault's wines are bigger and richer than something like Breton with a rainbow-like, mouth-coating quality that runs the entire spectrum of visible and ultra-violet light. These are the rare Loire reds that can engage many different palates, from Brooklynguy to those that lean toward a modern version of 1974 Mayacamus. The Les Quartiers VV is Amirault's best wine sourced form 45-55 year old vines planted on limestone (this is not his regular Bourgueil or the lesser Coudraye). While I realize this is an 2006, I am including David Schildknecht's review of the 2005 Les Quartiers as it acts as a perfect introduction to the underlying and often mysterious complexity of Amirault's best wines (in my opinion, the 2006 version is even better than the 2005 which is bigger but not necessarily as reliant on its show of terroir): Red wine with this level of detail is not the norm in the wine-world and it typically costs far more - let's just leave it at that. ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price with perfect provenance 2006 Yannick Amirault Bourgueil "Les Quartiers" (Vieilles Vignes) Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Loire3478

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2006
  • Type Red
  • Producer Yannick Amirault
  • Varietal Cabernet Franc
  • Designation Les Quartiers
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Loire Valley
  • SubRegion Touraine
  • Appellation Bourgueil

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  • Pending Delivery 4 (1%)
  • In Cellars 175 (51%)
  • Consumed 162 (48%)

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