New Arrivals from Macon, Beaujolais and Burgundy: Feauturing 2012 Vignes du Maynes Cuvée 910!

Share

Our tiny allocation of the delightful Vignes du Maynes Cuvée 910 has finally arrived. It's a field blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Chardonnay made exactly as in 910 AD by the Abbey of Cluny - bravo to Julien Guillot for this insanely delicious, light and lovely wine! New arrivals from Beaujolais include three wines from our natural friend Karim Vionnet, including his outstanding new Moulin-a-Vent, as well as Julie Balagny's "La Carioca" and Lilian Bauchet's "Chemin de Traverses." From Burgundy, we have six new additions, all under $25, that offer superb quality both for current drinking and short-term cellaring. Yes, there are bargains in Burgundy - we hope you try them!

No Longer Available

Vignes du Maynes 2011 Bourgogne Cuvèe Auguste

Produced from old vines of the small-berried Pinot Fin, 2011 Cuvée Auguste is absurdly generous right out of the gate, with notably more extract than the previous vintage. Dense black fruit and subtle maltiness remain balanced by plenty of acidity and a slightly higher-toned nose. Absolutely stupendous on day two—much of its weight has been shed overnight, giving way to unexpected florality, cherry fruit and exceptionally delicate poise. No added sulfites. –sew

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $23.99

Vignes du Maynes 2011 Bourgogne Ste. Geneviève Brut Rosé

2011 Vignes du Maynes Brut Rosé is riper than the past two vintages of this wine. It's a bit deeper in color with more overt cherry and strawberry Pinot fruit. The earthy and iron-y notes on the nose remain; it's an extremely mineral wine with cranberry, cherry cordial, hibiscus, rosehip, tea leaves, and fruit seeds. Mostly Pinot with a touch of Gamay, there's a tiny bit of funk upon first opening, but nothing excessive. The fruits are pure and the wine takes on more irony depth the longer it's open. Terrific length. Easy and delicious, generous and satisfying, but by no means insubstantial. (No added sulfur) -Sophie Barrett

  • Out of Stock
  • rosé
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Biodynamic

Vionnet, Karim 2010 Beaujolais-Villages KV Speciale

A bit of reduction gives way quickly to lovely red raspberry and strawberry fruit. The palate is supple and juicy with medium-bodied red fruits and good acidity. Quite structured and long for a Beaujolais-Villages. This is a lovely, balanced and refreshing wine that will accompany a wide variety of foods, and a great value. Organic work in the vineyard and no added sulfites. "I've always wanted to make wine to resemble myself — natural and unpretentious" says Karim, and he has certainly succeeded.

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

Vionnet 2011 Chiroubles Vin de Kav

This is a juicy and delicious Chiroubles from the affable and talented Karim Vionnet, who worked with Guy Breton for many years. From high density old-vine parcels in Chiroubles, farmed organically, with plowing. Vinified without added yeasts, sugar or sulfur. A small dosage of sulfur (10 mg/L) was added at the bottling for the 2011s. The fruit is lovely and quite complex, floral and ripe,almost a confit of red currant/strawberry/cherry with nice acidity and good length. Juicy, but structured and balanced. Not for long keeping perhaps, but quite enjoyable over the next few years

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vionnet 2011 Moulin-à-Vent

Karim's first vintage from a new 1.5 hectare parcel near Romanèche. Aromatically very complex with a melange of strawberry, plum and cherry fruit, really unusually pretty for a Moulin-à-Vent. The palate is round with plum and cherry continuing on the long finish. A lovely wine, delicious now and over the next five to eight years. Organic vineyard work and minimal sulfur.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $23.99

Balagny 2011 Fleurie Carioca

Julie Balagy's name is often connected in conversation with that of the legendary Yvon Métras in Fleurie. In fact Métras helped her to find her vineyards when she moved from the Languedoc to the Beaujolais and her style certainly resembles his in some ways. Balagny has a tiny Domaine of about three hectares that she works manually. In the cellar she prefers cold carbonic maceration with stems resulting in a dark, fruit-forward Fleurie with the tell-tale purple flower characteristics of Fleurie on the nose and palate. There is some structure to the wine that becomes quite supple with time, opening up to reveal sleek, pretty Gamay fruit. -msb

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $23.99

Bachelards 2011 Vin de France Les Chemins de Traverse

This delightful, crunchy, and high acid Gamay comes from a seven hectare Domaine in Fleurie with some land also in Moulin-a-Vent. The soils are sandy with pink granite and the majority of the vines are between 60 and 120 years old. The vineyards are ploughed by horse and tractor and the farming is done with no chemical intervention. It's a dark, tangy fruited wine with a delicious lift of acidity on the finish that makes it a tasty choice for cured meats and sausages. -msb

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $14.99

Matrot 2011 Bourgogne Pinot Noir

A lovely light-bodied Pinot Noir from the organically-tended vineyards of Thierry and Pascale Matrot. Quite pretty, bright raspberry/cherry aromas; pure berry fuits on the palate with nice chalky acids. Refreshing and delicious, serve cool this summer and with salmon, chicken and lighter meats all year...

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $18.99

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.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $22.99

Pillot 2010 Bourgogne Les Grandes Terres

We loved this wine as a generous and delicious example of 2010 red Burgundy. High-toned and full of ripe, tangy cherry fruit on the nose, the wine maintains all the earthiness we require of red Burgundy on both the nose and the palate, which shows dark, brambly, berry fruit. More known for their white wines than their reds, Pillot is located in the Cote de Beaune and the vines that go into this wine are from south of Chassagne Montrachet. Typically Pillot uses between 10% and 30% new wood in the cellar. The wines are aged for a minimum of a year in barrel before being racked into tank to settle. Lovely in both its expression of earth and fruit, this wine is an excellent value from a superb recent vintage in Burgundy. -msb

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $21.99

Bart 2011 Marsannay Les Echezots

Martin Bart makes some of the best value wines in Burgundy at his small estate in Marsannay. Les Echezots is a upper-slope vineyard in the northern part of Marsannay. The 2011 has bright, earthy, herbal strawberry aromas. The palate has dense but light-bodied citrusy red fruits with nice saline acids and fruit in the finsh. Best in two to three years, perhaps, but lovely now, served cool.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $22.99

Bart 2011 Marsannay Les Champs Salomon

2011 is an excellent vintage for Martin Bart's Champs Solomon, a great mid-slope vineyard always giving full, structured wines. Elegant and earthy strawberry/cherry aromas, the palate is deep with dark fruits, hints of spice and a long earthy finish. A serious Burgundy for twenty-five bucks, best in three to five years, but great now as well served with grilled meats or flavorful cheeses...

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

Rouges-Queues 2011 Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes-de-Beau Blanc

We loved this stony and citrusy white Burgundy for its deliciously high acidity, pretty white flower, herbal, and minty notes on the nose and palate. Bottled with 20-25 milligrams of sulfur, the wine comes from a tiny parcel of 50 year old vines grown on clay, limestone, and sandy soil. This is a lovely new find from Burgundy that certainly represents good value. Aged for one year in used barrels. -msb

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $21.99