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French and Italian New Arrivals; First Rosés of Spring, plus Magnien, Frick, Gonon, Barou and many More!

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It's 72 degrees in New York this morning, and though this blast of summer may not last, the first 2012 vintage rosés are appearing on our shelves, predicitive of warmer weather, backyard (or fire-escape) barbeques and picnics on the beach. Note particularly our organic favorites from Provence at Domaine Sulauze and Mas de Gourgonnier.

Some of our favorite 2010 Burgundies came from the tiny estate of Stephan Magnien in Morey Saint-Denis. We're very happy to have two premier crus and the superb "village" wine back in stock - they're great wines and great values. The lovely and inexpensive reds and whites from Domaine Barou in Saint-Joseph have also returned - the Marsanne at $11.99 is one of the best values in the store, and the long-awaited wines from their neighbors at Domaine Pierre Gonon are finally here, with a small quantity still available.

Pierre and Chantal Frick in Alsace have been leaders in Biodynamic agriculture since the early 1980s. We've just received a small shipment of fascinating wines from this great estate, three with no added sulfur, including the superb 2010 Crémant Blanc de Noirs at $19.99. Breton, Clos Cibonne, Gonin, Montrieux, Gripa, Cayrou and many more round out this early Spring French/Italian collection...

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Gourgonnier 2012 Les Baux de Provence Rose

This is a consistently lovely Provencal rosé from a long-time organic estate near Les Baux. (www.gourgonnier.com) Perhaps a bit more color and density than in 2011, the 2012 has lovely peach, red fruit and blood orange aromas, the palate is full and supple with citrusy red fruits that carry through on the long finish. Really a refreshing and balanced wine with surprising depth, this will be quite versatile at the table all summer, and lovely to sip by itself. Quantities are down in the 2012 vintage, so don't wait too long....

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Sulauze 2012 Coteaux D'Aix-en-Provence Pomponette Rose

This is a super Rosé from the following classic blend: Grenache, Syrah, Vermentino, Cinsault, Mourvedre. It's pale, salmon colored in the glass, delicate, with citrus and berry notes, racy acidity, and the kind of silken texture one associates with the most delicious southern French Rosés — it's one of the lightest and most delicate of the 2012s. The wine is made by a husband and wife winemaking team who purchased the Domaine in 2004 and began systematically converting it to organic viticulture. We love stories like this! It's a wine I'll be drinking all summer long. -msb

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Vissoux 2012 Beaujolais Rose les Griottes

(Arriving April 10th) One of the most refreshing Rosés, the Vissoux les Griottes is always quite light in body with subtle strawberry/raspberry fruit and brisk acidity. It's a direct-press rosé, from hand-harvested fruit, fermented with wild yeasts with minimal SO2 added. Delicious and thirst-quenching, perfect for the hottest summer days....

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Magnien, Stephane 2010 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnieres

On very stony soil, just below Clos de la Roche. Beautiful red fruits, raspberry, strawberry, red currant. The palate is dense but not heavy, as with all these wines, with fabulous balance. Lovely length of fruit in the finish with bright acidity, highly recommended!

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Magnien, Stephane 2010 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

Les Sentiers is a superb premier cru, just below Bonnes Mares, north of the village. This had just been bottled, before our February visit, and was a bit shut down aromatically. The palate showed the lovely combination of lightness and density in all Magnien's 2010s, very supple and elegant with perfect acidity. Intense cherry/strawberry fruit with a very slight oak presence. This should age beautifully — Stephan pointed out the variety of terroirs in Les Sentiers (and in Bonnes Mares) giving the wines a bit more muscular style than other Chambolles.

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Frick 2010 Cremant d'Alsace Pinot Auxerrois

Made from 100% Pinot Auxerrois (an Alsatian sibling of Chardonnay), this brisk and frothy crémant features creamy, honeyed, oxidative aromas of golden raisins, apricot, wild blueberries, honeysuckle and brioche; the palate is bright, concentrated, dry, yeasty, and mineral with crisp golden apple, tart red currants, orange blossoms and marzipan. Thirst-quenching and fun as an apéritif and an excellent match for washed-rind cheeses, caramelized onions, savory poultry dishes, or a tarte flambée! AR

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Frick 2010 Cremant d'Alsace Blanc de Noirs Sans Soufre

This superb Cremant is a remarkably complex and full-bodied wine; pale gold in color, it has aromas of ripe peach, creamy raspberry, citrus peel and brown spice leading to a round, ripe palate with peach and berry fruit and earthy acidity, with hints of mineral and smoke. Champagne? Nothing special compared to this brilliantly unusual and delicious wine. Serve with a full-flavored fish or pork dish or with ripe cheeses. Bravo to the Fricks for daring to make fascinating no-sulfur wines like this one, and it's a phenomenal value at $18.99! (100% Pinot Noir, with no yeast, sugar or sulfur added. The secondary fermentation consumes the residual sugar left from the primary fermentation, final RS is 2.9 g/l)

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Frick 2008 Alsace Gewurztraminer Classique

Wow, this is superb! Beautiful exotic fruit, floral and spice aromas, silky palate with a long lingering spicy finish. Ripe but not cloying at all, actually quite dry at only 4.6 gr/RS.  A terrific apéritif, great with Asian foods, full-flavored cheeses...

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Frick 2009 Alsace Auxerrois Carriere Sans Soufre

Complex ripe apple and peach aromas with candied citrus and caramel. The palate is round and ripe but with good mineral acids and flavors of apple, red fruits and earth with good length. A complex and delicious Pinot Auxerrois that will accompany fish and white meats in sauce. From vines on the slope below Vorbourg and near the quarries (carrieres) of Rouffach. Two years on the lees, no sulfur added, 7.1 g/l AT, 7.2 g/l RS.

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Barou 2011 Vin de Pays Collines Rhodanien Marsanne

The Barou family family makes delicious wines, and grows cherries and apricots, on their mixed-use organic estate in the hills around Saint-Joseph and Condrieu. Their 2011 Vin de Pays Marsanne is a sensational value! Beautiful aromas of lemon, exotic fruits, butter and hay with a hint of caramel. The palate is rich and ripe but with good acidity, showing apricot, pear and citrus fruits with a bit of smoky minerality in the finish. Really a lovely wine that will complement full-flavored fish and poultry dishes and it's and amazing bargain at $11.99!

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Barou 2011 Vin de Pays Colline Rhodanienn Viognier

A very pretty and typically quite floral Viognier with lemon, tea and white fruit aromas leading to a clean and balanced palate with citrus, spice and exotic fruit flavors. This is a light and lovely junior Condrieu at a great price!

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Barou 2011 Vin de Pays Syrah Cuvèe des Vernes

From 40 year-old vines on plateau and slopes in Charnas. De-stemmed, aged in 4 and 5 year-old barrels. The 2011 is soft and supple and more forward than usual. The aromas are really lovely, black and blueberry fruit with floral and earthy notes. The palate is lush with round red fruits, but is balanced and light on its feet. Beautiful palate coating fruit on the finish, a simply delightful everyday red that's a sensational value – serve cool and enjoy! (The estate is certified organic since 1975!)

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Barou 2011 Saint-Joseph

From 2 hectares of 15 to 40 year-old vines, mostly in Limony on decomposed granite. The Barou Saint-Joseph is lovely again in 2011 a fairly forward style much appreciated for drinking over the next five to ten years. Ripe blackberry and cherry-liqueur aromas with hints of smoky fat; the palate is soft and round with lush fruits that linger, with adequate, if not strong acidity. This is a traditional mixed-use farm, with cherries and apricots on the plateau, all of which are tended organically since 1975. There is fine work in the vineyards here with a special type of light plowing in order to preserve the life of the soil. The wines have an added dimension of fruit and mineral acids, giving them a bit of lift and freshness. The Barous are nice people quietly doing great work, making delicious wines at affordable prices.

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Breton 2010 Bourgueil Clos Senechal

This is frequently our favorite Bourgueil from Pierre and Catherine Breton and in this great vintage for Loire reds, it really sings! Subtle, fresh aromas of chalky strawberry and raspberry, with hints of violets, citrus and earth. On the palate the fruit is in the background, with earth, chalk and pencil lead to the fore with firm but supple acids. Very mineral and saline, with the fruit lingering in the long finish. Can be enjoyed now for it's elegant, earthy character, but this will be a beautiful mature wine, perhaps similar to the 2002 — really subtle and lovely but definitely not a "fruit bomb." Highly recommended.

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Bouvier, René 2010 Bourgogne Le Chapitre

Le Chapitre is a tiny vineyard in Chenove, north of Marsannay, bravely resisting the sprawl of Dijon. A well-known site in the Middle Ages, the soil here is similar to mid-slope in Marsannay and gives a lovely, earthy light-bodied Burgundy. The 2010 is a bit brighter than the 2009, with lovely red-currant and strawberry/cherry aromas. The palate is medium-bodied, very elegant and dense, needs time to open. A day later the fruit has deepened to earthy black cherry with a bit of roasted character in the fruit, very mineral and long. Reminds me of the Roty "Pressonnier," with terrific length, while remaining balanced. A Burgundy with real character at a reasonable price. Hold three to five years for peak drinking.

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Gonin 2011 Isère - Balmes Dauphinoises Persan Mondeuse

Attention lovers of Alpine reds: Here is your next purchase. This wine shows minty and forest floor notes on the nose along with the characteristic dark, brambly, tangy fruit of Mondeuse. Raised in enamel tanks, the wine is sleek, open, and delicious on the palate with the faint saltiness we've noticed in other examples of Persan. Very juicy, fun, and easy to drink while by no means lacking in complexity. -msb

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Clos Cibonne 2012 Cotes de Provence Tibouren Rou Cuvèe Speciale

This old vine Tibouren Rouge is a bit of a surprise because one expects it to be heavy like Mourvèdre since it's from Provence, but in fact the frame is much lighter, lower in alcohol, with less tannin. If anything, it's reminiscent of a some Sicilian wines with ripe, sweet aromas, a warm earthiness and spice on the nose and at the same time a certain brightness on the palate. The aromas are a bit raisin-y and herb-y with dried black currants, and plums, yet the wine is high-toned and earthy at the same time. A beguiling, seamless, geeky, and delicious wine. Decant for best results. -msb

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Montrieux 2011 Vin de France Point G

This is our newest favorite from Emile Héredia of Domaine de Montrieux in the Côteaux du Vendômois. Perhaps most recognized for his Pineau d'Aunis wines, this old vines Gamay (older than 50 years) undergoes a long maceration and about a year in vat before being bottled. There is no sulfur used and the vineyards have been worked organically (and plowed using a horse and mule) since the late 90's. The wine has aromas of red rasberries, a vibrant light red-burgundy hue and a slight cloudiness. Though there is a bit of a natural CO2 tingle, and predictably intense acidity, it reveals a refreshing tannic structure and gradually more complex boquet with some air. The finish is slightly herbaceous, and almost olivey, but most importantly... it makes us want to drink more! You may have reached a point where you can smell a wine and know it's a 'natural,' no sulfur, unfiltered Loire gamay... but it's always nice to try another, especially when it is so pure and quaffable, and free from the imperfections that often plague no-sulfur wines. Serve with a light chill and enjoy! 

 

 

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Gripa 2011 Saint-Peray Les Pins

Domaine Bernard and Fabrice Gripa is one of the top estates in Saint-Joseph and Saint-Peray, with the whites being particularly stylish and well-made. The Saint-Peray Les Pins is from 30 year-old vines on both granite and limestone soils, 75% Marsanne, 25% Roussanne. Honeyed floral, herbal and citrus aromas, creamy lemon oil, hay and stone.The palate is round and fairly soft with spicy white fruits and lime, but with nice finishing acidity and mineral character. An elegant Rhône white that will drink well over the next 10 years, a great aperitf and a good match with full-flavored fish and pork dishes and mild cheeses.  And the distinctive flavors of this lovely Saint-Peray will complement a traditional Thanksgiving meal beautifully.

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Cayrou 2005 Cahors

This Cahors is made mostly from Auxerrois (otherwise known as Malbec) and a small amount of Merlot (about 70% and 30% respectively). 2005 is a vintage that is quite powerful, but with some age, and thanks to the Merlot which adds softness, this wine is drinking beautifully now.There are hints of olive in the nose, mature mellow fruit, and a subtle leathery finish with soft tannins. Cayrou wines are meant to be approachable in style, so decanting is not necessary, but I did drink this wine after giving it about an hour to breathe, and recommend opening it a little beforehand. E.L.

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Mortier 2011 Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Les Graviers

A lovely Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil from an estate doing fabulous organic vineyard work and natural low or no-sulfur vinifications. The 2011 Graviers shows light reduction, which blows off quickly, then very pretty aromas of blackberry, cassis and violets, with a bit of peppery spice. The palate is supple with earthy, citrusy strawberry/blackberry fruit framed in refreshing acidity. Only 12% alcohol and very low SO2, serve cool and enjoy!

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Faverelles 2011 Bourgogne Rouge Le Nez de Muse

Patrick Bringer's red wines have a remarkable Pinot-ness, meaning that they get to the heart of this knee-weakeningly pretty grape variety and seem to bring out all of its charms. This Pinot from Vezelay in northern France, close to Chablis, has an herby, peppery note to the nose that is a nice complement to its sleek, red fruited, and juicy palate. Richer and from older vines than the regular Bourgogne Rouge from Bringer, this wine seriously over delivers for its price. Happy at the table, this bottle is also lovely on its own with a light chill and maybe a little aeration and it's the tiniest bit reduced upon first opening. -msb

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Feudo di Maurizio 2012 Valle d'Aosta Petite Arvine

I've always felt that if Petite Arvine were personified, she'd be a blond, buxom diva or opera singer. From the Italian Alps, this example is no exception. On the nose there's fennel seed, coconut, and other exotic white and yellow fruit aromas as well as telltale powdery, Alpine minerality. In the mouth, the wine is quite full-bodied and creamy but still in balance. There's a sense of sweetness to the wine that makes it easy going while also being extremely complex. Great for Chenin and white Burgundy lovers... -msb

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Feudo di Maurizio 2011 Valle d'Aosta Mayolet

Notes of black cherry, sarsaparilla, and faint, faint Alpine smokiness on the nose. Also an irony note. Forward fruit on the palate and sleek. Black cherry carries through to the palate. Good acidity and barely tannic at all. A very pretty wine yet not without depth. Purple flowers, succulent dark fruits but lithe. Unapologetically giving and delicious. Ripe but with delicacy and good extraction given its ripeness. -msb

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