The story should have seen Yannick taking over his father. But the after war will see the excess of industrial agriculture with its chemical fertilizers in the 70's which brought generational conflit on land philosophy.


Yannick decides to create his own domaine in 1977 with 3,90 Ha that belonged to his grand father in the mythical terroir of Malgagnes. Eugene already put that wine in bottle since 1947.

Yannick takes over in the 90's the vineyards of two retiring wine growers, whom one is an emblem of Bourgueil: Le Grand Clos.

While spraying fertilizer, Yannick once heard in 1975 his grand father say;"don' t put too much of it, don’t put too much of it". He realised he should stop all chemicals on his land, let grass grow between the ranks, practice buds reduction and return to traditional ageing instead of the insipids stainless steal tanks.

Juged anti-conformist 20 years ago, today of being "wise", Yannick stays progressist and pragmatic: " We only have one experience per year and we are always learning our craft, each year is different. We are lucky to make the wine we like, to live from it, without being preocupped by wine fads".

Today the rules have not changed: rigour, authenticity and perfectionism are the laws we abide by in the Amirault family (isn’t that normal for a family with protestant ancestors!) Benoit Amirault, one of the two sons of Yannick arrives on the domaine in 2003.

After 6 years of wine studies, he leaves his job in a reputable vineyard of the Loire Valley to join his father to give heart and life to the heat wave fruits of 2003.

It is our late decision in 2009 to become certified organic, yet the soil and the plants remember the last 20 years of following the lunar calendar which influenced the vines and the wine.

The genesis

A vineyard is an inheritance where nothing is ever acquired, each generation has a knowledge and a duty of transmission.
The story has been lasting for 4 generations when Eugene Amirault, like all peasants from the Touraine, was growing on his farm fruit trees, asparagus, vines and was raising two or three cows.

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