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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

2015 Fêtes des Vins de Bourgueil: 21st March 2015 (3rd post) + preferred 2014s

Benoît Amirault, Domaine Yannick Amirault

Tasting Bourgueil in the rain of Saturday

Nathalie Omasson (above and below) 

Bertrand Nau, Nau Frères

 Domaine les Pins – Pitault-Landry

 Christophe Blot, Domaine de la Taille aux Loups

 Hervé Menard, Domaine Menard 

 I wonder how lomg Guillaume can talk 
without drawing breath?!

 Guillaume Lapaque, Vins de Bourgueil

 Philippe Pitault,  Domaine les Pins – Pitault-Landry  

 Emmanuel Caslot, Domaine de la Chevalerie

2014 Bourgueil
Unfortunately tasting conditions on Saturday were far from ideal – it was cold under 10˚C and it rained for part of the time heavily enough for drips to come through the wooden slats of the huts, so it wasn't a lot of fun tasting cold 2014 Bourgueil with cold hands and feet. However, it had to be done. 

The majority of the Bourgueil producers present (around 40 in total) were showing some of their 2014s, although there were a few producers with just previous vintages. Some of the 2014s are already in bottle but many are samples of unfinished wines. 

My preferred wines from the 2014s I tasted
2014 Domaine de la Petite Mairie 
2014 Petit Mont, Domaine du Petit Bondieu (Thomas Pichet)
2014 Vieilles Vignes, Nathalie Omasson 
2014 Vieilles Vignes, Nau Frères
2014 Jeunes Vignes + Vieilles Vignes, Audebert 
2014 La Vigne aux Alouettes, Domaine Ménard
2014 Chévrette + Cuvée du Grand Clos, Michel, Joëlle, Jérémy Lorieux  
2014 Cuvée les Rochettes + Vieilles Vignes, Pitault-Landry
2014 Pied de la Butte + Haut de la Butte + Mi-Pente, Domaine de la Butte
2014 Jean-Marie Amirault
2014 Clos de l'Abbaye
2014 Cuvée les Chesnaies, Lamé Delisle Boucard
2014 La Perinelle, Domaine des Raguenières 
2014 La Petite Cave, Yannick Amirault
2014 Rouge de Minière, Château de la Minière
2014 Tsoin Tsoin, Laurent Herlin
2014 Sur les Hauts + Closeries, Aurélien Revillot
2014 Cuvée Santenay, Jean-Marc Breton


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