New Arrivals to Celebrate The End of Winter!

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In a few short weeks the winter of 2013-2014 will be distant memory, right? Or perhaps we'll have two or three more snowstorms? Whatever happens, we hope this selection of recent arrivals will bring a smile and some great wine into your life. There's something here for everyone, including some remakable values that are only available at Chambers Street. Everything is in stock and ready and with any luck we'll have good weather for shipping over the next few months.

Pernot Sapins Liqueur Traditionnelle (40%) 1 Liter

This newly imported electric green liqueur caught us all by surprise. It’s an herbal apéritif with bitter botanical and fresh mint flavors—think Chartreuse with an added pine-y kick—from the Franche-Comté, a region famous for absinthe production. Sapins’ distinctive evergreen quality comes from the addition of young fir buds to the other macerating components. The spirit is delicious as a digestive, but one could add it to seltzer and ice for a refreshing long drink.  JR

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  • $49.99

Vignes du Maynes 2012 Mâcon-Cruzille Manganite

Made from Gamay Petit Grains grown on a parcel high in magnesium, in the Clos des Vignes du Maynes in Cruzille, organic since 1954, now certified biodynamic. The energetic Julien Guillot vinifies his reds without sulfur or additives of any kind, producing complex, mineral, elegant wines that transcend their appellation. 2012 is a great vintage here, giving wines of firm acidity and great purity of fruit, although in tiny quantities. The 2012 Manganite shows slight reduction, then lovely strawberry/raspberry aromas with citrus, brown spice, violet and earth. Intense fruit on the palate, but light-bodied with red and black fruits, blood orange and soil, firm acidity and a long very mineral finish. This is a superb and not typical Gamay — a delicious living wine from living soils. Serve cool.

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  • $35.99

  • Biodynamic
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Weiser-Künstler 2011 Mosel Steffensberg Riesling Sekt

Sekt from Konstantin and Alexandra at Weiser-Künstler?! But of course! Originating in the relatively warmer side-valley vineyard of Steffensberg, the Sekt is drier than Lauer's and a hair rounder and fruitier than Immich-Batterieberg's herbal and tasty Brut Zero. It tastes like a sparkling version of one of their fantastic feinherbs -- barely off-dry with riveting acid and dark, penetrating slate notes. Barely any of this came in to the United States and we feel beyond lucky to have a few bottles to offer. -jfr

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Koehler-Ruprecht 2008 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Kabinett Trocken

This is a fun one: Library Release Kabinett Trocken from K-R, direct from the estate to our cellar and hopefully to yours. We love Kabinett Trocken from cooler vintages at K-R such as this and 2010. Actually, we love pretty much everything the estate did in 2008, a vintage characterized by bright acidity, freshness and floral tones. All old casks and old-fashioned winemaking from our favorite staunchly traditional estate in the Pfalz. A joy to drink with a little age on it as well. -jfr

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Knauss 2012 Württemberg Riesling Trocken 'G'

Our hero in Swabia, young Andi Knauss, continues to produce some of the most exciting and wonderfully easy drinking reds and whites from Southern Germany. His 2011 Riesings (both G and R) were among the most mineral, racy and pure in that exuberantly fruity vintage, so just imagine how well-defined and chiseled his wines are from 2012, a generally cooler and sharper year. Like his Trollinger in the liter bottle, this is one of the best wines for the money from anywhere in Germany. -jfr

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  • $19.99

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Lauer, Peter 2012 Saar Riesling Fass 13 Saarfeilser GG

So our pal Florian Lauer is in the VDP now and this means that two letters have been added to the labels of three of his already excellent dry wines, GG (Grosses Gewächs, or a dry wine from a top-quality vineyard). Saarfeilser is his warmest site with the large, round stones that remind us of the galets that are so prevalent in the Southern Rhône and while it can often be his most opulent wine, it took extremely well to the cool-toned 2012 vintage. This is our favorite Saarfeilser in years and we hope you like it as much as we do. -jfr

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Lauer, Peter 2012 Saar Riesling Kupp GG

This is the wine formerly known as "Kupp 56" due to the fact that it comes from a mid-slope parcel of vines planted in 1956. Now it's Lauer's one GG that comes from the actual Ayler Kupp (Schonfels and Saarfeilser are both individual sites overlooking the Saar). The Kupp produces exceptional feinherb and sweet wines (see Stirn, Kern, Neuenbersch and the prädikat wines), but this is one of the finest, most mineral dry wines Florian's ever crafted from the slope. We love Lauer! -jfr

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Nikolaihof 2009 Wachau Riesling Steiner Hund Reserve

Steiner Hund is Nikolaihof's top site, a steep, craggy hill overlooking the Danube that lies just outside of the official border of the Wachau. No one in Austria does richer vintages with more of a sense of delicacy and finesse; upon tasting I could have sworn it was an '08 or a '10. Another beautiful wine from Nikolaihof and another keeper for the cellar. Stunning aromatics, depth, richness but lightness — everything Nikolaihof does best is on display. -jfr

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Muster, Sepp 2010 Steiermark Zweigelt

The natural wine movement hits Austria and in a most delicious way! This biodynamic wine is virtually sulfur free, as there's less than half a milligram per liter added at bottling. After a gentle pressing and slow, spontaneous fermentation, the wine rests in large cask for over two years without manipulation of any kind. This is the most pure, earthy, unadulterated Zweigelt we've ever tasted and it's the most exciting red to emerge from Austria in years. It comes from very old vines on limestone marl so while it's more structured than the everyday fruity Zweigelts we love for summer drinking, it's still beautifully balanced with high-toned red fruit notes, gentle spice and a woodsy, leathery bass-note. John Ritchie

Sepp Muster is making some of the most drinkable, exciting Zweigelts in Austria, with biodynamic farming, natural winemaking, and barely measurable levels of sulfur. Unashamedly ripe and red-fruited, but complemented with hints of walnut, sandalwood, and black pepper. A great wine for meats like lamb, where the structure will stand up to the protein and earth and you can enjoy the friendly, warm fruit that is forgivingly moderate in alcohol, and absolutely absent of any spoof. Jonathan Kemp

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  • $26.99

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Lahaye, Benoît NV Champagne Grand Cru Bouzy Brut Nature

This wine is made in a style that we absolutely love. Based on the 2010 vintage, the base wine is aged in barrel, and the ripeness and minerality attained through pristine biodynamic farming shine through. Like many who work without chemicals in the vines, Lahaye believes that balanced Brut Nature Champagne is only possible with this sort of vineyard work. The Brut Nature often has quite a bit of reserve wine in the blend, adding further complexity. Almost entirely Pinot Noir, the nose is flinty, chisesled, earthy, and toasty, showing notes of sweet and tart lemon, and tangy quince. The palate is vinous, ripe, yet totally dry with some barrel influence. Full-textured, creamy, and chalky on the finish, this bottle is an ultra-dry Champagne lovers dream come true. MSB 

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Lahaye, Benoît NV Champagne Brut Naturessence

Equal parts Chardonnay from Tauxières and Voipreux and Pinot Noir from Ambonnay and Bouzy from 45-60 year old vines, vinified in barrels from biodynamic master Benoît Lahaye?!? Yes, please! Sign us up. This is the kind of Champagne that we love: vinous, complex, and deserving of time to open up as well as ample contemplation. This rendition of Naturessence shows both roundness of texture from barrel maturation and intense cut from low dosage and absence of malo-lactic fermentation. At a loss for our own words, we'll add a brief note from Champagne expert Peter Liem: "This is a wine of uncommonly subtle refinement and expression, and also one that is easily overlooked—spend some time with it and allow it to reveal its full potential." We certainly could not have said it better ourselves. (Disgorged 4/2014) MSB

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Lahaye, Benoît NV Champagne Brut Essentiel Grand Cru (Bouzy)

Lahaye is making some of the best — if not the best — wine in the well-known Pinot Noir village of Bouzy. Certified biodynamic since 2010 and organic since 2003, Lahaye has been working without chemicals in the vineyard since the mid '90s. He places great emphasis on biodiversity and now plows two of his 4.8 hectares with a horse and cart. And the wine's long, resonant, mineral finish seems to attest to great vineyard work. The nose offers notes of mandarin orange, yellow cherry, and almond and has an almost sake-like quality. The bead is both fine and energetic. Lahaye uses wood and stainless steel in the cellar and blends malo and non-malo wines in the finished cuvées. It is difficult to adequately express what a fantastic wine this is for the price. Both weighty and nimble, there is a litheness to this wine that sets it apart from other Champagnes from Bouzy. MSB

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Lahaye, Benoît NV Champagne Blanc de Noirs

The first thing I noticed about this wine when I poured it in the glass was how incredibly fine the bubbles are. Certified biodynamic since 2009 and organic since 2007, Lahaye's Champagnes are a testament to what good vineyard work can do for a bottle of bubbly. On the nose, there's an initial burst of tangy yellow fruit such as mirabelle plum. Further nosing reveals a floral, raspberry note. More ethereal than rich, the wine maintains a certain level of vinosity while also being quite airy, lacy, and delicate. Constantly changing in the glass, this wine over-delivers for its price and offers a lot to contemplate. Dosed at 5 grams/liter. MSB

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Barrel Bourbon Batch #004 Cask Strength 58.4 750ml

Barrel Bourbon is a project dedicated to releasing un-manipulated spirits straight from the cask.  This means that the whiskey is not diluted with water or chill-filtered, a process that cools the whiskey to a very low temperature, and then passes it through filters to remove the flavorful esters that may cloud the Bourbon later. The result of *not* chill-filtering this whiskey is an intense toasted corn character and a long, powerful finish of toasted oak.  The alcohol is an imposing 60.8%, but I found the flavors to be harmonious and balanced without any added ice or water.  Highly recommended for fans of the purist “straight from the cask” style Bourbons like Booker’s or George T. Stagg.  JR

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Lafouge 2011 Auxey-Duresses Rouge

The Lafouge "Village" red is really delicious in 2011, a bit rounder and softer than the 2010, showing classic cherry and violet aromas with chalky red and black fruits on the palate. The fruit is deep and earthy with good framing acids—really yummy! Drink now and over the next 5 to 8 years.

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Lafouge 2011 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Les Duresses

The Lafouge vines in Les Duresses are high on the slope in thin soil giving a firm, well-structured wine that is particularly good in 2011. The fruit is dark and pretty—black fruits predominate and the palate shows more earth and mineral flavors than La Chapelle. Lovely black fruits with smoke and saline minerals and terrific length—this is a complex and well-built glass of Burgundy at a great price. Decant if drinking now or cellar 3 to 5 years, should keep well till 2025.

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Lafouge 2011 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru La Chapelle

La Chapelle is a "climat" within Les Breterins and Reugne, on the steep slope of la Montagne de Bourdon, facing south/southeast. The vines are well-placed in mid-slope and are mostly sixty years-old, giving the most "generous" of the three Lafouge premier crus. The 2011 is a great success with pretty ripe strawberry and cherry fruit aromas. The palate is round and balanced with lovely red fruits, earth and spice. Drink this gorgeous wine over the next six to ten years as you wait for the 2010s to mature...

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Prudhon 2009 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Cuvée les Rouges-Gorges

Don't be afraid of the 2009 vintage chez Prudhon! Yes there is a bit more lovely pinot fruit in the nose, floral cherry and strawberry, but the palate retains the delicate, complex fruit and beautiful chalky mineral character with good acidity always present in the Prudhon reds. This is a delicious Burgundy to drink over the next 6 to 10 years and it's a great value!

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Prudhon 2008 Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge "Les Chambres"

A subtle, old-fashioned Burgundy from Prudhon feauturing delicate aromas of wild strawberry and tart cherry with hints of spice and violet. The palate is dense but quite light with earthy red fruits and saline mineral flavors. This is more about soil than fruit. Terrific length and firm acidity in the finish. A lovely wine to drink now, served a bit cool — keep 5 to 8 years for a more complex experience.

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De Moor 2012 Bourgogne Chitry (3 btls max)

2012 is a sensational, but sadly small vintage for the De Moors, as yields were down and quantities available for the US are even smaller than usual. The Bourgogne Chitry is simply great in 2012 — superb balance, dense, mineral and very long. 3 btl maximum order please. De Moor fans, check the website, as there may be a few other bottles available...

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Lunotte 2011 Vin de France Printemps

Is it a light red or a dark rosé? Whatever it is, the 2011 Printemps from Christophe Foucher at La Lunotte is a delicious bottle of Gamay! The aromas are of tart cherry, black currant and cranberry, very pretty and bright. The palate is light and refreshing wth bright cherry and raspberry fruit with crisp acidity and a hint of yeast. Made without SO2, this is a lovely natural wine—serve cool and enjoy.

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Baudry 2011 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

2011 is a very good vintage for the Baudry Clos Guillot as the well-drained hillside vineyard on "tuffeau jaune" suffered less from the wet conditions in the spring. This is a superbly elegant Chinon, with subtle, cool, minty red and black fruits and refreshing acidity. Lovely to drink now served cool, this will repay five to fifteen years of cellaring—really a lovely Burgundian style! (Last of inventory)

 

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Laguerre 2011 Côtes Catalanes Le Col des Buis (No added SO2)

Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Syrah grown in beautiful organic vineyards high in the Roussillon, and vinified with zero sulfite added. Lovely aromas of black cherry, cassis and garrigue lifted by cool acidity. Round and balanced on the palate with cool black fruits, supple but not heavy—really quite refreshing and delicious. A lovely zero-sulfur wine that's much too easy to drink! Bravo to Eric Laguerre!

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  • $12.99

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Laguerre 2012 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

Eric Laguerre's EOS Blanc is terrific in 2012! From high-altitude vineyards in the Roussillon, 65% Grenache Blanc and 35% Maccabeo, harvested by hand into small baskets, with yields of 22 hl/ha, certified organic by Ecocert. Subtle, floral, pear, citrus and herbal aromas with an elegant, balanced palate of citrus, white fruits and mineral acidity. Really an elegant, refreshing and unique wine and a great price!

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Laguerre 2012 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

Attention: fans of classic Côtes du Rhône! From our friend Eric Laguerre, Eos rouge is Grenache and Syrah from granite slopes high in the mountains of the Roussilllon. This vintage is perhaps a bit fresher than 2011, but with the same pure red fruit and subtle tannins. Balanced, with great acidity and length. On day two the wine showed more fruit, soft tannin and vibrancy. This wine is light enough to work with pork dishes or lighter fare, but still has depth and structure. Great Value!

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Laguerre 2012 Côtes du Roussillon Le Passage

100% Carignan from the Roussillon. Notes of dark cherry, with brambly wild berry character and hints of rosehips and spice. One would almost expect the wine to be juicy and light when simply nosing it, and it does have ample acidity, but it's relatively soft and supple in mouth. Should be great with a variety of grilled foods and snacks, and any situation that can handle a wine with a little tang. Eric Laguerre's vineyard work is fabulous and completely organic and these Carignan vines are at about 2,000 ft altitude with the Mediterranean barely visible in the distance. The wine is really delicious and a great value; thank you Eric!

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Bodega Cauzon 2011 Cortas Y Graena Iradei

In an attempt to beat the extreme southern Spanish heat, Ramon Saavedra planted 5 hectares of vines on north-facing hillsides in Granada's Sierra Nevada mountain range. He farms organically, uses no added sulfites, and works outside of the appellation—all with tremendous results. His wines are big in the wine bars of Spain and we're thrilled to now have them this side of the Atlantic! The 2011 Iradei is a broad and spicy Tempranillo-based blend with sultry aromas of cinnamon sticks, raspberry musk, wild strawberry patch, and clove. The palate is juicy and giving, with rich purple plum, sweet muddled strawberries, rosewater, black tea, spicy nutmeg and cloven earth. Wonderful at your next barbecue and with a diverse cheese plate, served with a light chill! -Ariana Rolich

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  • Organic
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Equipo Navazos NV Jerez Fino En Rama

We are thrilled for this addition to our affordable sherry selection from the excellent team behind La Bota! Chamomile, pea pods, green tea, vanilla bean, and fresh spring rain unite on the nose; citrus zests dominate the palate, with Kaffir lime, lemon balm, crushed black pepper, orange spice, sea salt, and a shake of clove on the finish. Upon learning that this Equipo Navazos bottling is a young Valdespino sherry, we were stumped and inspired. A fresh, pretty, and satisfying apéritif! AR

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Matthiasson 2013 Tendu Californian White Liter

The Matthiasson family pushes American wine forward with Tendu! Priced for casual, everyday drinking, this fresh, quaffable, and delicious liter of Vermentino from the Dunnigan Hills AVA of California's Yolo County offers pithy, herbal lime aromas with racy acidity on the tangy lemon, tangerine, and salt-inflected palate reminiscent of Albariño or Grüner Veltliner. This is a wonderful way to experience one of California's best producers at an affordable price. AR

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Frick 2009 Alsace Gewurztraminer Classique

Pierre Frick's 2009 Gewurztraminer Classique is a wonderfully wintry wine and swoon-worthy companion for fois gras, charcuterie, game meats, and roasted sea bass. Sultry, spicy aromas of pink peppercorns, purple flowers, blue fruits, bananas, and musk, with a broad, dewy and mineral palate of baked apples, golden raisins, peach blossom, apricots, irises, ginger and aloe. The 9.6g of residual sugar is absorbed by the ample 14% alcohol, for a full and balanced dry-tasting Gewurz. Delicious! AR

 

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Frick 2011 Alsace Esprit d'Epices

An unusual and delicious wine, rich and complex, made from Sylvaner, Pinot Gris, and Riesling with a shot of Gewürztraminer (added to the Riesling to help complete its sluggish fermentation). Heady, spiced aromas of apricot, orange rind, brown butter, wild rose, peony, and cinnamon fill the nose; 11 grams of residual sugar provide a nice touch or sweetness, with plenty of acid to lift the full-flavored palate of crunchy yellow apple, fleshy peach, pink raspberry, sweet lychee, citrus zests, sultry clove and peppercorn spice. Long, warm, and lovely with spicy fare and cold nights. AR

 

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Frick 2011 Alsace Pinot Blanc Zero Sulfite

Fascinating, understated, and complex. Bracing acidity and a touch of skin tannin provide precision and backbone to a wine that is driven aromatically by white fruits, dried citrus and saline minerals. JK

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Montecivoli 2010 Morellino di Scansano

We hold dearly to our impression, formed years ago, that Morellino di Scansano should be a pure expression of Sangiovese, a bit lighter and easier-going than good Chianti or wine from Montalcino or Montepulciano, and somehow expressive of Scansano’s relative proximity to the sea. For a long time we’ve been on the hunt for Morellino that we really liked, but with no luck – to our taste the zone has fallen on hard times because of the introduction of all kinds of distressing innovation, most importantly permitting the addition to the wine of any old other grape variety that the producer might choose. The wines might taste like good red wine, but to us they certainly didn’t taste like Morellino. Then we found Montecivoli, where wine was first produced for commercial sale in the early 1990s. The vines are farmed organically and are not irrigated (which is notable because irrigation has become very common in Scansano ). The wine is fermented in stainless steel and then aged for six months in 4-5 year old barriques. No spoofilation is employed in the production of this wine, and SO2 levels are very low. Anyway, we love the wine – it takes us back to our old ideal for Morellino. JW

We love a perfectly cooked prime dry-aged steak. Furthermore, we love the ritual of grilling with our friends and dining al fresco. We do not, however, enjoy high-octane, 'steak' wines after spending all day in the heat. What will wake up the palate and accompany that just-so ribeye? Montecivoli 2010 Morellino di Scansano is tailor-made for the job. Organically farmed, aged in neutral wood, and unencumbered by the addition of other grape varieties, the Montecivoli is a lighter, red-fruited expression of Sangiovese. We love the bright acidity and vibrant fruit as a contrast to the char and fatty richness of grilled beef. This Morellino is truly fluent in barbecue! JCM

 

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COS 2012 Sicilia IGT Frappato

Frappato is Italy’s answer to Cru Beaujolais.  There may not be a more refreshing red for drinking with lighter dishes or even fish. Cos’s organic vineyards produce one of the island’s finest versions that oozes with sappy blood orange fruit and floral notes.  This is always the first bottle I look for when I want to show someone how fresh Sicilian wine can be.  JR

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COS 2012 IGT Sicilia Pithos

Here we have Cerasuolo di Vittoria, a blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato, that has been fermented in buried clay amphora. The result is a fresh wine with spicy cranberry character and shows best with a slight chill. One could certainly point to COS as the first of the Sicily’s new class of high quality organic estates. Although the wines may have been a bit oaky or heavy some years ago, the amphora wines show off the new, more elegant style. Pithos is perhaps the best example of the new direction at COS. JR

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