Didier Barrouillet, Clos Roche Blanche (photo E. Lillie)

New Arrivals: CRB Rosé and Gamay; Pinon Brut Rosé; Germany, Spain, Italy and Spirits, too! !

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We hope you will take a minute to peruse this particularly exciting group of wines, featuring great new arrivals from Italy, Germany, the Languedoc, Rhône Valley, Loire Valley and spirits, too. It's been 20 years since we met Catherine Roussel and Didier Barouillet of Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine, as they were converting their estate  to organic agriculture. We've learned a lot from them over the years and we take great pleasure in presenting another vintage of their delicious Gamay and Pineau D'Aunis Rosé. (Follow this link for a great interview with Didier). Our friend in Vouvray, Francois Pinon, has sent us more of his lovely Touraine Brut Rosé, made with Cot and Grolleau, which will dramatically improve your summer. Burgundy is represented also, with the elegant, somewhat old-fashioned wines of Henri Prudhon, and we even have a late-harvest Grenache from the gregarious Thierry Navarre in St. Chinian, as well as two other unique aperitifs from France. There's really something for everyone in this intriguing group of wines! (Quantities of Clos Roche Blanche are limited, 6 bottle maximum, please)

 

Navarre NV Vin de France Grenache Rosé Demi-Sec

This is a delicious vin doux naturel from Thierry Navarre made from very late-harvested Grenache. We imagine that it's a wine made the way wine used to be made all over the Languedoc before temperature control was an option. A bit sweet and somewhat sherry-like, the aromas are of prune and ripe cherry, with licorice and brown spice. Very long and nutty on the palate, perhaps the best way to imagine this wine is to think of an Oloroso sherry... then extrapolate! Absolutely delicious and a great accompaniment to chocolate, fruit tarts, dried fruits or simply by itself as an apéritif. Thanks to Thierry for finally making a label and shipping us some of this unique local specialty.

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Byrrh, Violet Frères Grand Quinquina 375ml

Pronounced 'Beer', this is a unique tonic with roots in the Languedoc region of south-west France. Local red wine is infused with 10 botanicals, most apparent of which is the bitter quinine bark. Fans of vintage advertising should seach for Byrrh posters and they will be rewarded with over 100 years of signage, including rich Art Nouveau images.  The beverage itself should be enjoyed chilled, on its own or with soda water and a twist; it could also make a good addition to a Negroni or other classic coctails. JR

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Clos Roche Blanche 2011 Touraine Gamay

The Clos Roche Gamay is one of our favorite wines, year in and year out. In fact, in crummy vintages it's almost more interesting, as Didier and Catherine's work has created one of the most healthy ecosystems in any vineyard, and the nature of the vintage is tasted directly in the wine each year. It's always an interesting and stimulating wine. The 2011 is light and lovely at 12% alcohol, with pretty high-toned, slightly peppery aromas. Maybe some critic will give it 87 points! Please go to louisdressner.com to read a great interview with Didier. Six bottle maximum order, please.

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Pinon, François NV Touraine Brut Rose (Malbec/Grolleau)

For years we kept seeing small piles of sparkling rosé lining the walls of Francois' cellar. Finally we asked — is there enough for a small shipment to NY? And so this unpretentiously delicious blend of Malbec and Grolleau finally reached Chambers Street. The 2009 has lovely berry aromas with a well-structured palate and good acidity. Really a lovely sparkling rosé that will drink well this summer and will improve over the next five years or more. Don't hesitate to grab some before it disappears... Thank-you, Francois Pinon!

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Clos Roche Blanche 2011 Touraine Pineau d'Aunis Rose

Is Pineau d'Aunis an ancestor of Chenin Blanc? Whatever it is , it makes a sensational dry, distinctive rosé, with subtle peppery red currant and cranberry fruit and refreshing bright acidity. Another great "wine of nature" from Catherine and Didier! Six-bottle maximum, please.

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Vins Contes (Lemasson) 2011 Vin de Table Poivre et Sel

Can't get enough Pineau D'Aunis? The Lemasson (Les Vins Contés) 2011 is a lovely example with pretty medium bodied fruit, bright raspberry/cranberry with the usual touch of white pepper, and a nice, clean finish. 90% Pineau D'Aunis from 60 year-old vines, 10% Gamay.

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Dauny 2011 Sancerre Clos du Roy

We're happy to have the long-time organic producer, Domaine Dauny, finally represented in New York. This is an honest Sancerre with subtle earthy fruit, hints of herb, citrus and melon and good acidity and density on the palate bringing a mineral note that will make the wine quite food-friendly. Reasonably priced for a Sancerre of this quality, give it a try!

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Prudhon 2009 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes

Less well exposed Burgundy appellations did well in the warm vintage of 2009. Prudhon's Saint-Aubin Les Frionnes is bigger than usual but in no way over-ripe. Nice cherry/blackberry fruit with good earthy acidity, this will drink well young but hold nicely for 5 to 8 years.

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Prudhon 2009 Bourgogne Les Charmeaux

Prudhon's reds are always balanced and elegant and the 2009 is no exception. It shows very little of the jamminess and heavy structure one sometimes gets with 2009. The nose has some sweeter toned fruit consistent with the vintage: ripe raspberry, strawberry, cherry with a fair lacing of Burgundy earth to go with. The palate is balanced with the sweet fruits carrying through but balanced with nice, bright, tangy acidity. There is no alcoholic heat at all, no woodiness, and some slightly rustic, earthy tannins on the finish. It's a good buy, for sure. The bottle will improve with an hour or two of air and is best served with a light chill. -msb
 

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Prudhon 2007 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly

We're big fans of the subtle old-school Burgundies of  Henri Prudhon. Here's Burghound's assessment of the 2007 En Remilly "This impressively elegant nose also features ample citrus influence as well as pure white flower aromas that are followed by gorgeously precise, mineral-inflected middle weight flavors of evident class and breed. This is so beautifully well balanced that it should be capable of 4 to 6 years of improvement and last for a similar period. This should also be high on your shopping list for a high quality effort at a reasonable price. Outstanding, Top Value."

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Prudhon 2007 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru La Chatenière

Henri Prudhon's 2007 whites have just arrived, here's Burghound on the Chateniere "A complex and layered nose blends together notes of citrus peel, white flowers and ground stone plus nuances of clove and anise that are reflected by the almost painfully intense middle weight flavors that possess superb underlying tension, all wrapped in an explosive and palate staining finish. This is a wine of energy and personality that possesses truly impressive length." It seems he likes it...

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Maréchal, Catherine et Claude 2010 Pommard La Chaniere

A beautiful Pommard from Catherine and Claude Maréchal. La Chanière, just above the premier cru of the same name, is a south-facing slope in the valley above Les Arvelets. This showed beautifully in our tasting with Claude last winter—complex high-toned red fruit aromas, dense palate without fat, well-structured and with terrific length. This will need a few years in the cellar, peak drinking perhaps five to fifteen years from now. Highly recommended.

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Navarre 2010 Vin de Table Français Terret Cépage Oublié

Terret was a widely planted grape in the Languedoc as late as the 1980s, but it has been almost entirely replaced by more widely known varieties. Thierry Navarre and a few others still produce wines from this unusual grape (Terret Gris, not Terret Blanc) and we're happy to have it at CSW. The color is pale gold, the aromas are of pear, green apple and Provençal herbs, very slightly oxidative, with a strong steely and honeyed caramel note. The acidity is quite high, giving the wine an intense finish despite the low 11% alcohol. A nice apéritif and a good accompaniment to cheeses, seafood stews, fried fish, melon and prosciutto...

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Navarre 2011 Vin de Table de France Vin d'Oeillades Rosé

We met Thierry Navarre at a natural wine show in France and were struck by the purity and freshness of his wines. This full-bodied rosé is made from Oeillades, an old variety of the Languedoc related to Cinsault, and has gorgeous, spicy red currant fruit, tart cherry and blood orange with good acidity and low alcohol. Navarre farms organically and ferments with wild yeasts. This wine has a lot of character and is an amazing value — this will drink well this winter with a fish soup, tuna or roast chicken...

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Saladin 2011 Cotes du Rhone Tralala Rose

Domaine Saladin is an organic estate in the southern part of the Cotes du Rhône, and proudly states that their soils and vines have never been treated with herbicides or pesticides. Vinifications are with wild yeasts and minimal SO2 is used. The Tralala Rose is a lovely wine with superb, pure red fruit aromas of raspberry and strawberry. The palate is round but balanced with good acidity and the finish is long with pretty red fruits continuing at the end. A really well-made rose that drinks beautifully now and should improve over the next 12 months.

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Haut Lavigne 2010 Cotes de Duras Blanc

This fresh yet full-textured white wine from the Cotes de Duras in south western France is a perfect choice for summer. Certified organic as of 2010, the wine is a blend of equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Peachy and fresh, the wine offers lots of complexity for the price and is a fabulous match for sauteed flounder and roast fennel. -msb

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Desvignes 2010 Morgon Cote de Py

2010 is a great vintage for the Desvignes. The Cote de Py has superb raspberry/blackberry aromas, the palate is structured and elegant, medium-bodied with excellent length. This will benefit from 3 to 5 years of cellaring and will drink well for many more years. The Desvignes practice an interesting combination of carbonic and "normal" vinification giving their wines more structure and ability to age than most Beaujolais. Limited availability.

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Ehrhard, Geschwister 1989 Rheingau Rüdesheimer Berg Rottland Ries Aus 500ml

Yes, that's 20+ year Auslese, straight from the cellar and in perfect condition. Incredibly complex aromatically with herbaceous notes of apricot, mint and fresh fennel. Great weight on the palate with creamy texture and phenomenal depth and length. Drink, hold, give as a gift, and just enjoy this chance to drink mature Riesling for a song. -jfr

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Becker 2007 Pfalz Riesling "Laisser Faire"

This is, without a doubt, the most interesting wine in F. Becker's vast portfolio. Made with Riesling fruit that straddles the border between the lower Pfalz and Alsace (yes, there are some French grapes in this wine), the name of the wine refers to Becker's non-interventionist handling in the cellar. It ferments spontaneously in a large doppelstück (a traditional Pfalz oak barrell that holds 2400 liters) and fermentation is allowed to continue until the yeasts are through. The resulting wine could be called Feinherb or halbtrocken, and is just off-dry. This is a great expression of honest Riesling from an region that is too often dominated by cultured yeasts, hyper-controlled fermentations and over-sulfuring. Classic but restrained Pfalz aromas and flavors of melon, apple and peach, and very juicy and refreshing on the palate. Let's hope Becker's experiments start to catch on.... -jfr

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Dönnhoff 2011 Nahe Riesling Estate

The 2010 vintage of this wine was good, but we think it may have suffered a bit from acid adjustments in the cellar. The 2011, however, is a return to form, and we couldn't be more happy. Across the board, the 2011 German vintage seems to be a thrilling one for drinking right out of the gate. Fresh orchard fruit, great balancing acidity, ever so slightly sweet and just delicious. -jfr

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Ambrositsch, Jutta 2011 Wien Rosa Ambrositsch Zweigelt Rosé

Fresh and crisp, but with an interestingly intense texture. This is one of the few zweigelt rosés out there that has been fermented with native yeasts. The result is beautifully refreshing with a streak of deep minerals on the finish that add surprising complexity to this otherwise fun and simple category. Plus, it's practicing biodynamic to boot. -jfr

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Ambrositsch, Jutta NV Wien Ein Liter

Jutta Ambrositsch, our favorite new biodynamic grower in Vienna, is back with a stellar collection of 2011s. This wine's a bit of a quirky one: it's a full liter and her hommage to the workhorse Grüner Veltliner liters that get us through the summer months but it's so much more interesting. Due to the small size of the 2010 harvest she didn't have enough gemischter satz to bottle on its own. Her solution was to hold it back in thank for a year and blend with the 2011, along with some additional parcels of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner from around the city. The result is terrific, with aromas of purple flowers, anise and loads of dark-toned minerals. Vividly intense and citrus-leaning on the palate, this will have you re-thinking the whole concept of Austrian liters. Just a tiny drop came into the US, so grab it while you can. -jfr

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Ott, Bernhard 2010 Feuersbrunn Wagram Grüner Veltliner Der Ott

Similar the Ott's "Fass 4" and "Am Berg," "Der Ott" is a blend consisting of fruits from various sites in and around Feuersbrunn, yet this comes from their most favored vineyards. There's quite an up-step in both concentration and savory flavors from the Fass 4, and the wine is just fascinating. Notes of lentils, peach-skin, and Riesling-like petrol abound. This is a 2010 as well, so the increased concentration is happily off-set by electric acidity. The loess-y soil comes across in the unique, somewhat oily texture of the wine. We've been going crazy over Ott's wines recently and this is an exciting new pleasure to add to the list. -jfr

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Tintero 2010 Rosso

We immediately fell in love with this wine because it’s just so… pretty. Light-bodied, delicately fruity, with some nice earthy depth, organically farmed; a blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, and a little Cabernet Franc, which may add to the crisp dry character of the wine. Anyway, we love it, and it’s fantastically well-priced.

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Marsetti 2008 Valtellina Superiore Grumello

In the Valtellina, the pendulum of modern v. traditional has swung way to the modern side, and aside from Ar.Pe.Pe, the only other really serious trad producer there — or at least the only one we can find, so far — is Alberto Marsetti.

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Valdibella 2010 Sicilia Acamante Perricone

Valdibella is a very interesting place — an agricultural coop of just a few members, who make very good wine, along with a wide range of small farm products - olive oil, cheese, preserves, etc.

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De Bartoli 2010 IGT Pietranera Zibibbo

Zibbibo is the local (Sicilian) name for Muscat of Alexandria; here it comes from the small island of Pantelleria, which lies between Sicily and Tunisia, and which is famous for the intense, sweet passito wines made from Zibbibo. This is a dry version; labeled at 11.5 degrees alcohol, it is actually quite richly textured, with good acidity, and aromas of peach, citrus, flowers, and deep minerality. There’s some color, density, and structure from skin-contact. Altogether a fascinating wine.

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Sanguineto I & II 2010 Bianco

Really fresh scallops don't need much of anything to be delicious.  I like to pat them dry (without washing them) and pan fry them with only a bit of salt and pepper.  The secret is to get your pan super hot to create a char texture on the outside of the scallop which contrast the juicy plump interior.  Getting the pan really hot means that I use mostly oil, but if you can get a bit of butter in there without browning the flavor is amazing.  About two minutes on each side should be sufficient to cook, but not overcook the scallops.  I then let them rest and pour the leftover oil over them with a squirt of lemon for acidity to contrast the fish's sweetness.  Just about any white wine would be a brilliant pairing.  I like wines that have a fair amount of texture like Sanguineto's brilliant Toscano Bianco.  Another great  Tuscan choice is the creamy but fresh Vernaccia di San Gigmano from Montenidoli.  Of course a long lees aged Muscadet works wonders in a pinch. -John Rankin

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Castello di Verduno 2010 Vino da Tavola Bellis Perennis

A true rarity — Pelaverga vinified white — this is fascinating wine — dry, quite rich but medium-bodied, with good acidity balanced by fairly creamy texture. It shows the classic and distinctive white pepper of Pelaverga, along with peach and apricot; smoky-savory tones, and plenty of finesse.

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Mendall (Laureano Serres) 2010 Finca Espartal BP

Laureano Serres is the spearhead of Spain's natural wine movement with his organization Productores de Vinos Naturales.  His red wines have increasingly gotten better and better.  This is one of the finest examples yet.  From 100% Garnacha, locally called Bernatx in Terra Alta,  this is almost rosé in color giving the impression that this is a wine of delicacy.  It shows zesty and lifted aromas of herbs, citrus, and red fruits with just a touch of funk.  The alcohol here is 13.5%, giving a palate that is balanced and juicy with a goodly amount of mid-palate depth and a zesty finish.  I am impressed by the varietal character and the vivid Mediterranean flavors of this wine — a brilliant effort by the most hardcore of no SO2 natural winemakers in Spain. cb

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Viñátigo 2010 Ycoden Daute Isora Tinto Joven

A new wine from the Canaries!  From the coolest, most western part of the island of Tenerife, at elevations as high as 3,000 feet, this is pure and expressive Listan Negro.  With notes of red fruits, herbs, spice, and roses, the palate is balanced, elegant and silky with a nice amount of finishing grip.  Absolutely delicious!  cb

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El Brozal (Bodegas Indiano) 2009 Rioja Tinto

This cuvée, comprised of 80% Tempranillo with equal parts Graciano and Garnacha, is from a single vineyard called El Brozal located in the Rioja Alavesa subzone.  It was planted in the 1930's, sits at 600 meter altitude and is currently being farmed bio-dynamically by up and coming vigneron David Sampredro. The 2009 is Rioja by way of Northern Rhône showing a lot of whole cluster character with wild savory flavors of olives, spice, and balsamic herbs, that is complemented by a toasty richness from newish barrels.  The palate is meaty, full-ish, and dry with excellent length.  A powerful and intense wine of terroir. David Sampedro is the man to watch in Rioja.  Bravo! cb

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El Brozal (Bodegas Indiano) 2009 Rioja Blanco

From a single bio-dynamically farmed 80 year old vineyard in Rioja Alavesa, this is a field blend of Viura, Garnacha Blanca, Moscatel, Jaen and Malvasia.  Fermented with skin contact in 400 liter barrels and then aged in a combination of new 2nd year barrels, this is a rich oxidative wine with flavors of chalky minerals, lemon meringue, orange peel, hazelnuts and white flowers.  The oak here does not bother me at all; the wine shows richness but also maintains delicacy and finesse.  A beautiful wine to pair with richer seafood.

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Muradella, Quinta de 2008 Monterrei Alanda Tinto

Quinta da Muradella, led by vigneron Jose Luis Mateo, has been certified organic longer than any other estate in Galicia.  The Alanda, meaning to walk, is the entry-level wine here.  All of Jose's fruit comes from varying parcels of old vines on steep slate, granite, sand and clay hillsides.  This cuvee is comprised of mostly Mencia with Bastardo and Tinta Fina.  It is a lovely wine — beautifully aromatic with rich and sweet black cherry fruit, herbs and flowers. The palate is broad, well-structured, and elegant, showing that this wine has some time ahead of it and will evolve nicely in the middle term.  If you want to experience some of the best wines made in Galicia, this would be a great start.  Pair with game birds and meats that like sweet fruited wines. cb

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La Clarine Farms 2012 Sierra Foothills Rosé

We just received La Clarine Farms' first rosé release.  We haven't had the chance to taste it yet, but we wanted to give those on our mail list first crack.  Here are Hank Beckmeyer's notes:

"This wine was made from grapes (2/3 syrah and 1/3 mourvèdre) specifically set aside for making this wine.  Picked at sugar and acid levels appropriate for a white wine, the grapes were foot crushed and pressed some 12 hours later. Fermentation was in tank and a few old barrels using ambient yeasts.  Malolactic fermentation occurred spontaneously, and lends a rounder, richer feeling to the wine.  Acid levels are just about perfect in my opinion.  Alcohol ended up at 12.7%.  It is dry, light in feeling, but substantial enough to work well with many foods..."

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Terres Rouges Salers Apéritf La Bounoux 750ml

Salers is a fascinating elixir from the Massif Centrale. The bark of yellow gentian is steeped in alcohol with a secret recipe of other herbs to create an earthy beverage with tons of local character. Yellow gentian grows best at high elevation on volcanic soils, as is the case for gentian grown around the Auvergne and used here. Locally, Salers in enjoyed with ice as an apéritif, but there are many modern cocktail recipes that call for it as well. JR

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