An exploration of wine

850. Xavier & Thierry Amirault, Le Clos des Quarterons St Nicolas de Bourgueil, 2012

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Book 5 Wine 850

€??; 12.5%

Anna brought this round as a random, ready-opened bottle, as we discussed MW year 2 plans. I think my first St Nicolas de Bourgueil, and a very good Cab Franc. Compared with Chinons and Saumurs I’ve had, this was slightly riper, with suppler tannins and slightly moderated acidity. Label said just 12.5% though. Don’t know if it’s the hallmark of the appellation, or a warmer vintage? Mid ruby. Lovely aromatics – classic, ripe fresh black cherry, gravelly mineral, and a slight green leaf note. Light / medium body. Bright, but not firm acidity – lovely balance. Moderate tannic grip, that’s mature now. Savoury cherry fruit, with more gravelly minerality. Freshness and flavours made it a good pizza match!

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