Amirault Vignerons, 'Les Quarterons', 2018, Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil AOP, France


This is a really interesting and unique wine, and that deserves to be tried. It's a Loire red, so as expected it's Cabernet Franc, but yet it has a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon to give it a bit of oomph to the blend. Soft, lighter than you would expect, and fruity, with a lovely leafy herbal note to the aroma with good grip. Approachable, versatile, and full of life. It's essentially an 'aromatic red' wine. Delicious with duck, turkey, charcuterie, or veggie stews.

It's from a unique place. St Nicholas de Bourgueil is a subregion of Bourgueil in the Loire, which produces particularly delicate, aromatic wines. It's fairly small in size and production and is not as widely known as things like Chinon, or Sancerre Rouge.

The Amirault family have lived at Le Clos des Quarterons for over 180 years. Certified biodynamic since 2013, the Cabernet Franc vines lie on gentle south-facing slopes, capped to the north by a forest offering shelter from the cold winds. The wines of Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil have protected Designation of Origin status and the entire product area lies within the village of the same name.

Producer: Amirault Vignerons

Country: France

Region: Loire

Grapes: Cabernet Franc 95%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%

Alcohol: 12.0%

Vintage: 2018

Status: Vegan, Organic, Biodynamic, Low Sulpur