Patrick Lambert's Cellar in Cravant

New Arrivals from the Loire Valley: Great Chinons from Patrick Lambert; Superb Natural Wines from Lise and Bertrand Jousset; 2015 Muscadets & More!

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Around the corner from Matthieu and Bernard Baudry in Cravant is the small organic estate of Patrick Lambert, whose wines have become instant favorites at Chambers Street. The estate dates back to 1990, but was restructured in 2005, as Patrick "downsized" to 6 hectares of the best terroirs. The soils are plowed or left with grasses, according to the parcels and the estate is certified organic by Ecocert. Vinifications are traditional with wild yeasts and the wines age either in vat or in small old barrels in his cold cellar cut into the limestone hillside. The Lambert Chinons are sensational values and offer a range of styles, similar to the the Baudry wines, according to the different topsoils over the limestone bedrock. In this shipment we're happy to have a small quantitiy of the insanely delicious 2017 Chinon "Gourmandise."  Made from young vines on gravel and sandy soils, this supple, fruity and delicious Chinon should be served cool with just about anything this spring and summer - only 150 cases of this wine are made - don't delay!

We're very happy to announce the arrival of another shipment of gloriously delicious wines from our friends Lise and Bertrand Jousset in Montlouis! Their wines have become enormously popular both for their exceptional value and for their wonderful purity and vivacity, due to the character transmitted by the living soils of their vineyards, and to the Joussets' precise, hand-off vinifications with zero or minmal added sulfur. Primarily working with Chenin Blanc in Montlouis, they also grow Gamay, Grolleau and Chardonnay on parcels in Touraine. The vines are between 30 and 130 years old, with even some franc de pieds!  In 2016 and 2017 the Jousset's vineyards were hit hard by frost and hail forcing them - and many other Loire vignerons - to seek fruit in other regions. Happily for us, the results have been delicious, notably the beautiful 2017 Pet Nat "Mosquito" made from Muscat grown at Domaine Danjou-Banessy in the Roussillon. And for lovers of Chenin Blanc, their Montlouis "Singulier - Clos Aux Renards" is one of the very finest - the superb 2015 is not to be missed!

Loire Valley Sky, Montlouis

We'd like to remind you two unique and delicious Loire reds (that are only available in NY at Chambers Street) from the very talented Benoit Blet at Domaines Des Terres Blanches in Oiron, southwest of Chinon. These superb organic wines are from an interesting terroir of sandstone (grès) under sandy clay topsoils.  The 2015 Anjou "Les Hautes Bruyères" is a beautiful wine that offers a distinctively different and delicious version of Cabernet Franc. And the 2016 "Pot de Vache" Gamay de Bouze is a wonderfully juicy and earthy expression of this seldom seen grape.

And  for those who may be suffering from Muscadet withdrawal symtoms as we wait for the 2017s from Domaine de la Pépière, Domaine de la Louvetrie and others, we'd like to offer 4 lovely Muscadet from the excellent 2015 vintage, both for curent drinking, and, especially for the two wines from Pépière, for long-term cellaring as well. Included in this group is the scintillating "Terroir des Gras Moutons" from Claude and Sébastien Branger. This important estate in Maisdon-sur-Sèvre, near Pépière, has superb vineyard sites and has just received organic certification.

All wines arrive by Thursday May 10th

Lambert, Patrick 2017 Chinon Gourmandises

"Gourmandise" is a beautiful Spring cuvée from Patrick Lambert, made from young Cabernet Franc vines grown on sandy gravel soils near the Vienne. The wine shows a bright black/red color with lush high-toned aromas of crushed strawberry and black raspberry, with hints of citrus and pepper. The palate is supple and bright with luscious black raspberry and red currant fruit, quite lush but light-bodied and refreshing, with bright acidity. Serve this lovely wine quite cool with charcuterie and grilled chicken, pork or burgers, it's a  perfect light summer red!

  • red
  • 45 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2014 Chinon Vieilles Vignes

The delicious Chinon Vieilles Vignes of Patrick Lambert is from 55 year-old vines on sandy clay soils over limestone. Hand harvested and fermented with wild yeasts, as are all of Lambert's wines, the Vieilles Vignes gets 12 months of aging in old barrels. The wine shows a deep red/black color and ripe blackberry and strawberry aromas with pepper, earth and citrus. The palate shows earthy blackberry and strawberry compote with prune and bitter chocolate with firm citrusy acids. This is a complex, old-fashioned Chinon that will accompany roast chicken and anything off the grill, served a bit cool. Age for five to ten years for a mature experience. And at $14.99 it's a fabulous value!

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2014 Chinon L'Ame d'Antan

This beautiful Chinon is from 65 to 70 year-old vines in sandy clay soils over limestone in Sonnay, near Cravant. The wine ages for 18 months in old barrels, less than 200 cases are made. The 2014 Ame D'Antan shows a deep black/garnet color with elegant aromas of ripe blackberry and strawberry with hints of violet, prune, citrus and crushed stone. The palate is dense but bright, with a silky texture, showing pure blackberry fruit with earth and licorice with firm mineral acidity. Good length with lingering berry and mineral flavors. Delicious now, it will age beautifully, probably best 2020 to 2030+. Highly recommended. DL

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2016 Vin de France Exile Blanc

Typically made from organic grapes that Lise and Bertrand source from the Loire Valley, this vintage of the Exilé blanc is the result of a literal backpacking/grape harvesting mission that Bertrand went on in 2016, when the vines in the Loire were hit hard by frost and hail in the summer. The blend is Chenin Blanc, Mauzac and Chardonnay, with most of the grapes coming from a little known region called Limoux. There's a density and marked minerality that the Chenin blanc provides, with mid-palate weight of the Chardonnay. Herbal notes, quince, and spice and the subtle oxidative notes come from Mauzac. It's crisp at first, then becomes rounder, with notes of apricot, and citrus. Truly a unique wine!  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2017 Vin de France Mosquito Pet Nat

"Mosquito" scratches that itch for a sublime bottle of thirst-quenching bubbles. The 2017 is made from Muscat grapes that Domaine Danjou-Banessy (Roussillon) generously gifted to the Jousset's after they lost most of their harvest to hail and frost. This is a pet-nat made by friends to share with friends. At 12% it's just a touch off-dry with aromas of exotic orange citrus, nutmeg, salty peach and honeycomb. There is a touch of Chenin Blanc which lends flavors of juicy  pear and tart acidity. Try it with tangy goat cheeses, salads, or on its own. Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2016 Vin de France Exile Brut Rose

Lise and Bertrand Jousset began the "Exilé" project with fruit purchased from nearby friends who share their commitment to organic farming. The "Exilé" rose is a pétillant made from 100% Gamay and it's one of our favorites. The 2016 is decadent with coastal aromas of salty pineapple core, fleshy melon, almond skins, and lilac. At 12% it is almost completely dry with a lacy mineral structure framing rich flavors of bosc pear, creamy pineapple, and subtle hints of white tea and orange peel. The finish is long and fabulously mineral. Serve with salade niçoise, cheese, or as a life-affirming aperó after a long day. Amanda Bowman

  • rosé sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2016 Vin de France Rose a Lies

Rose á Lies is a beautiful Petillant Naturel Rosé from Lise and Bertrand Jousset in Montlouis-sur-Loire. Made from 40 year-old organic Gamay and Grolleau vines grown on sand and silex soils over limestone. Fermented in used barriques, the wine is bottled at 15 grams of sugar and finishes at less than 5 grams. The wine has toasty aromas of red currant and raspberry with creamy red fruits on the palate balanced with bracing acidity. The finish is clean, refreshing and long - a perfect Pet Nat for any special or everyday occasion! 

  • rosé sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2015 Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Renards - Singulier

We are very proud to offer the beautiful wines of Lise and Bertrand Jousset, whose goal is to make "living wines" from living soils and healthy vines in a balanced environment. All of their wines share a vivacity and natural complexity making them a joy to drink - due to great farming and careful vinifications with minimal intervention and minimal or zero added sulfur.  The Montlouis "Singulier - Clos aux Renards" is a dry Montlouis made from 60 to 80 year-old Chenin vines on clay soils called "Aubuis" over Turonian limestone. All cellar functions are by gravity without pumping, fermentation is in two and three year-old 400 and 600 liter barrels.  This is a wonderfully elegant Chenin Blanc showing a bright pale-gold color and beautiful aromas of creamy citrus, dried pear, fresh  herbs, stone and smoke. There is an impression of sweetness  but the palate is dry with ripe pear, peach and apricot fruit with stone and mineral flavors, chalky texture and fabulous length.  Beautiful now, it will develop nicely with ten to fifteen years of cellaring.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2016 Vin de France Pot de Vache (Gamay de Bouze)

Gamay de Bouze "the first red-juiced Gamay to be observed, in the village of Bouze, near Beaune, in the nineteenth centrury" says Jancis Robinson. Whatever it is, the resulting wine from Benoit Blet at "Les Terres Blanches" is quite delicious, showing bright aromas of black currant liqueur with dark chocolate and mint and herbs with earthy, slightly gamey bright black fruits on the palate with hints of cocoa. Very refreshing with nice length of bright berry fruits and mineral flavors in the finish. This is a lovely and distinctive Gamay - serve cool with charcuterie, chicken and pork dishes and burgers off the grill. (And it's tied with Donneurs du Temps for label of the year!)

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2015 Anjou Les Hautes Bruyères

South of Saumur and west of Chinon (but legally in Anjou) is the sleepy village of Oiron where Benoit Blet at Domaine des Terres Blanches makes superb wines on an interesting terroir of sandstone(grès) under sandy clay topsoils. "Les Hautes Bruyères" is from old vines of Cabernet Franc; the wine undergoes a long slow fermentation with wild yeasts and is then gravity-fed into small 2 to 5 year-old barrriques for 18 months of aging. This is a unique and delicious Cab Franc that shows an opaque black/red color and intriguing aromas of ripe black raspberry and plum with hints of mint, citrus and earth. The palate is ripe and supple with an earthy texture, showing pretty blackberry and cassis fruit with bitter chocolate, citrus and mineral flavors that linger on the long finish. A bit different from either an Anjou or Chinon red, the Hautes Bruyères will accompany a variety of poultry and pork dishes and will be great with grilled foods this summer, served a bit cool.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Luneau-Papin 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Vera Cruz

Vera Cruz is a new cuvée from Luneau-Papin, from 40 year-old vines on a terroir of schistes and gneiss "a deux micas" in Vallet, farmed with organic and biodynamic methods. A wine of terroir rather than fruit, even in the ripe 2015 vintage, the wine shows elegant aromas of pear, grilled almond, stone and citrus. The palate is dense and very mineral, showing more flavor of earth than fruit, with a lovely finish of stone, minerals and white fruit that coats the palate. Perfect now with fine oysters, grilled dorade, sole, cod and scallops with lemon. Or cellar - this wine should be very interesting in 5 to 15 years. Label inspired by Mondrian and the varied terroirs of Muscadet. DL

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Pepiere 2015 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Monnieres-Saint Fiacre

Domaine de la Pépière has produced this superb Cru Communal, in the new appellation Muscadet Monnières-Saint Fiacre from old vines on gneiss terroir with topsoils of sand and gravel, formerly part of the Cuvée Eden and Gras Moutons. Slow two month fermentation followed by 24 months of aging on the lees. Similar in style, but a bit softer and more aromatic than the lovely 2015 Clisson, the Monnières-Saint Fiacre shows a bit more fruit in the lovely aromas of pear, citrus, herbs and stone. The palate is round and ripe with pretty white fruits, citrus, stone and herbal flavors, and the finish is round and supple with white fruits and minerals. This is a gorgeous Muscadet to drink over the next ten years with everything from oysters to sole, cod and monkfish, even with lobster.

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
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Lambert, Patrick 2017 Chinon Rosé

 This delightful Chinon Rosé comes from Patrick Lambert's 6 hectares of organic vines in Cravant, around the corner from his friend Bernard Baudry. Hand harvested from 20 year-old Cabernet Franc vines on gravel and sandy clay soils over limestone. The 2017 shows lovely aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, citrus and rose; the palate is tart and pretty with raspberry, citrus and stone flavors with nice density and texture, with juicy acids, berry flavors and minerals in the finish. This is drinking beautifully now in a tart and refreshing style but will soften nicely through the spring and summer and will keep well into 2019. Only 120 cases made - it's a fabulous value and highly recommended. DL 

  • Out of Stock
  • rosé
  • 0 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic

Branger 2015 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Li Terroir Les Gras Moutons

The estate of Claude and Sebastien Branger includes some excellent terroir, especially in the Gras Moutons vineyard in Saint Fiacre. No, the name does not refer to fat sheep, rather its a local dialect for high ground which in this case is composed of gneiss and amphibolite bedrock with shallow pebbly, sandy clay topsoils. 2015 is an excellent vintage for Muscadet and this lovely wine shows subtle aromas of citrus peel, pear, almond and stone, a bit muted but qute elegant. The palate has some weight but is beautifully balanced with firm acidity, showing wet stone, citrus and  dried pear with a clean mineral/citrus finish with a hint of anise. Perfect with oysters, grilled fish, fish in sauce, roast chicken and mild goat cheeses.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Pepiere 2015 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clisson

Beginning in 2005, Domaine de la Pépière has produced this cuvée from a small parcel of 50 to 110 year-old vines within the Pepiere vineyard. Originally called "Granite de Clisson" after the unique bedrock in the vineyard, Marc has changed the name to "Clisson" to agree with the new INAO Cru Communal classification. The granite is covered with gravel and clay with large stones, ensuring good drainage and deep penetration by the roots into the fissures in the bedrock, bringing the mineral elements indispensable to this wine.Tasted in France in January 2018, the wine showed a pale gold color with lovely aromas of dried pear, quince, almond, lemon-confit and stone, ripe but quite fresh. The palate was quite  dense, showing firm acidity and mineral flavors supporting white fruits, citrus, anise and almond, with terrific length. This is an excellent "Clisson" with attractive forward fruit for early drinking as well as firm structure for aging of fifteen to twenty years or more. David Lillie

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic