Wine Advocate (Robert Parker): “From an east-facing, very calcareous terroir and almost 50-year-old vines (on average), the 2014 Bourgueil Les Quartiers offers a deep and still closed bouquet of dark and spicy fruits, pencil lead and leather, indicating a nice purity and freshness. Round and fruity on the palate, with a fleshy texture, great finesse and elegance, this is a beautiful Cabernet Franc that just needs our patience to develop its talents. […] At this price, this is truly a Best Buy and the energy and vitality, as well as the grip and mineral tension, give Les Quartiers an excellent aging potential. This is a great wine with food, especially meat. Highly recommended!” 90/100 pts
Vinous: “This has long been one of my favorite estates of the central Loire. Since inheriting the property from his father, Yannick Amirault has transformed it into one of the most respected producers of cabernet franc in France. The 80,000 bottles that he produces each year from his 18 hectares of vineyards are often sold out before they are bottled.
As he is such a quiet gentleman, I have always wondered why he has a cannon for a logo. Was he once a rebel? That role should now fall to his son, Benoit, but the two work so harmoniously together that it is hard to imagine him driving without a cause like James Dean. Both show great respect for nature, keeping their intervention in both vineyard and cellar to a minimum. Not surprisingly, the wines display a harmony and purity not often found elsewhere. In any given year, their Petite Cave is regularly one of my calls for the best Loire Valley cabernet franc of the vintage. Even the rosé, which is essentially a blanc de noir matured in 600-liter casks, can be first class—like all of the reds here.
When I saw him again after harvest, he was feeling much better. “Two thousand fourteen will be great,” he believes. “However, I still don’t know if it will show the finesse of 1961 or the muscle of 1964.” Either outcome sounds promising.
Anyone serious about cabernet franc should search out these wines. They are currently the benchmarks by which others are measured.”