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New Arrivals from Eastern and Southern France!

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As the mercury continues to rise during these dog days of summer, so does the number of new wines filling our shelves. From new producers that are arriving for the first time to new vintages of producers we love working with each year, it is always an exciting couple of months. Of note are the arrivals of Domaine des Marnes Blanches in the Jura, the return of Ploussard (finally!) from Domaine de Tournelle, and the fantastic natural wines of Jean-Francous Coutelou in the Languedoc. We are also thrilled to include the new vintages of Clos Fantine Cuvée Tradition from the Andrieu family in Faugères, the 2011 Mondeuse from the Dupasquiers in southern Savoie, and the 2013 Altesse from Nicolas Gonin in the tucked-away region of Isère. The list below is a small selection of wines that are beginning to trickle in, so stay tuned for more to come! Tim Gagnon

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Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) 2010 Cotes du Jura Savagnin

Pauline and Géraud Fromont work 10 hectares of vines (some of them being around 100 years old!) spread across three towns in the southern part of the Côtes du Jura AOC - Cesancey, Vincelles, and Ste-Agnès – and the vines are planted in a variety of soil types with the majority being white marl over a limestone base. They have been working organically since acquiring their vineyards in 2006 and are now certified by Ecocert. They share all aspects of the winemaking and administrative duties and are truly making themselves known as producing some of the most delicious and terroir-driven wines in the region.

For their sous voile wines they have a separate, three-story cellar that creates an environment conducive to healthy layers of flor. It is dark and humid, with no temperature control, and different levels of humidity on each level influencing the wines in barrel differently. They put the wines in barrel on hot days to assure that the flor develops quickly and they will not be moved again until after a minimum of 3 years. The 2010 Savagnin is classic and precise with an emphasis on balance and freshness. Tropical fruits abound with fenugreek, curry powder, honey-baked walnuts, and saline pears. The palate is sharp and focused with a tangy saltiness and fresh fruit with nuts followed by dried flowers rushing forward on the finish. It is an impressively crafted wine that opens up beautifully at the table and would be perfect with a main course of veal or roasted chicken and also the 12-month-old Comté that will follow! Tim Gagnon

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  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Dupasquier 2013 Savoie Jacquère

The Dupasquiers have done it again! Their 2013 Jacquère is further proof that they are able to take a grape that oftentimes produces insipid wines and use it to make wine that is poised and complex. On the nose it is bright with Meyer lemon, honeydew melon, lychee, blossom, and a slight piquant nuttiness. On the palate it is sharp with a gentle spiciness, a hint of white pepper, and mouth-watering citrus fruits. This is an invigorating wine that would be great with Thai food or would be an interesting match to sushi! Tim Gagnon

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Gonin 2013 Isère - Balmes Dauphinoises Altesse

This is a classic and delicious Altesse from Nicolas Gonin! It is rich, honeyed, and a bit toasty on the nose with aromas of walnuts, flowers, butterscotch, and tropical fruits. The palate is refreshingly crisp with sea salt, minerals, and a delicate peppery kick balanced by luscious tropical fruits and citrus pith. This a serious contender at the dinner table alongside a multitude of poultry dishes or with soft, tangy cheeses. Tim Gagnon

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  • $20.99

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Tournelle 2014 Arbois Ploussard L'Uva Arbosiana

Evelyn and Pascal Clairet craft this cuvée from 20-30-year-old Ploussard vines planted in clay and marl soils. The grapes are then hand-sorted and lightly pressed before undergoing full carbonic maceration in stainless steel tanks. Once this period is over, the juice is racked into neutral oak barrels where it will rest for three to four months before being bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without sulphur. The resulting wine is incredibly light and fresh with enticing aromas of strawberry jam and crushed red flowers. The palate offers more bright red fruits found on the nose, along with minerals and lip-smacking acidity. It is a pure joy to drink slightly chilled before a meal and is great alongside fresh fruit, vegetable dishes, or charcuterie! Tim Gagnon

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  • $25.99

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Tissot 2014 Arbois D.D.

This is a delicious wine from Stéphane Tissot’s Biodynamic estate in Arbois! It is a blend of Poulsard, Trousseau, and Pinot Noir that ferments and ages in 100-year-old, 2,000L foudre. It doesn’t see any SO2 at any time during the fermentation, and at 11% alcohol it is incredibly pure and fresh! Lots of red berry fruits mingle on the nose, and there is ample minerality on the palate accompanied by more berry fruits and a surprising amount of structure. Serve slightly chilled, and pair with summery foods of all kinds! Tim Gagnon

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  • $26.99

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Overnoy-Crinquand 2013 Arbois-Pupillin Ploussard

Domaine Overnoy-Crinquand lies in the center of the village of Pupillin, producing fantastic wines from their 5.5 hectares of organically tended vines planted in limestone and clay soils. Pupillin is recognized as the home of the Ploussard grape, and given the results that Mikael Crinquand is consistently able to obtain, we have to agree. In previous vintages reduction was a bit of an issue, but the 2013 is clean and vibrant upon opening. Beautiful red berry fruit and rose petal aromas on the nose are anchored by a rustic minerality and brambly herbs redolent of sage. Although it’s translucent in the glass, it has a surprising amount of tannic structure and grip along with incredibly pure fruit and spice. Try this with spicy carnitas or roasted poultry! Tim Gagnon

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  • $28.99

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Domaine L'Octavin 2013 Arbois Commendatore

Alice Bouvot and Charles Dagand are at the helm of this small Demeter-certified Biodynamic estate in Arbois. They are known for their very natural, and somewhat atypical, wines that are pure expressions of grape and terroir. They never fine or filter and similarly never use any SO2 during the winemaking process. This cuvee is 100% Trousseu from the Les Corvées vineyard not far from the village of Montigny-lès-Arsures. The grapes are partially destemmed and see seven months of skin maceration during which there is no pigeage or remontage. It is incredibly fresh with strawberries, rose petals, cinnamon, and delicate notes of spicy peppers on the nose. The palate is bright with minerals and lifted fruit, making this wine a perfect companion to fattier foods. Tim Gagnon

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  • $42.99

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Le Raisin et L'Ange 2014 Vin de France Hommage a Robert

After attending winemaking school in Macon in the late 1970s, Gilles Azzoni settled in Saint-Maurice d'Ibie, Ardèche in 1983. He converted fully to organic farming in 1997 and committed to zero sulphur wines beginning in 2000. Over the past decade the wines have achieved quite a following and after drinking them again and again, it’s not hard to see why! Hommage à Robert is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Merlot that is bursting with fresh watermelon, candied red raspberry, melon, and rosewater on the nose and is equally juicy and fresh on the palate. It does maintain quite a bit of grip and a touch of earth as well making it very food-friendly. Tim Gagnon

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  • $11.99

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Clos Fantine 2013 Faugères Cuvée Tradition (No SO2)

A deep, dark and exuberant wine from Faugères! Located just outside of the village Lenthéric, the 28-hectare Clos Fantine estate is run by three siblings Carole, Corinne and Olivier Andrieu. They built their winery in 2000, three years after their father’s passing, and have been making wines the honest way since. All wines are made without any added SO2 and spend 18-20 months in concrete vat, depending on the vintage. The 2013 Cuvee Tradition is made of Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah and, although a bit more dark and dense than the 2012, still has lifted black berry fruits, minerals, and a touch of garrigue. This wine is made to be served with a slight chill alongside all kinds of grilled meats. Tim Gagnon

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Cosse Maisonneuve 2011 Cahors Le Combal

The new vintage of Le Combal from Matthieu Cosse and Catherine Maisonneuve is an outstanding interpretation of the Cahors appellation. The Malbec for this cuvee comes from vines treated in biodynamy that are planted in clay, limestone, and gravelly soils which give a freshness to the finished wine. On the nose it is very pretty with dried roses, bright red raspberries, a hint of smoke, and strawberry compote. Structured, yet supple, with red berry fruits, spice, minerals, and fine-grained tannins, I would venture to say that this is a perfect companion to hanger steak and French fries, but would also accompany roast chicken and vegetables. Tim Gagnon

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  • Biodynamic
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Mas Coutelou 2014 Vin de France 5SO Cinsault Simple

Coutelou’s 5SO cuvée is one of my favorite wines from his estate. Made from 100% Cinsault (a grape well-suited to the Languedoc’s warm, dry climate) grown in red clay and limestone soils, it is light, quaffable, and downright refreshing! It’s simple in the best possible way with loads fruit and a hint of white pepper. This is definitely a party wine. Tim Gagnon

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  • $14.99

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Mas Coutelou 2014 VdF Vin des Amis

Vin de Amis is, in my opinion, one of Coutelou’s most structured and serious wines. Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault provide a sturdy base for bright aromas of blackberry compote, black cherries, sage, citrus, and toasted earth. The palate is supple with cascading earth, spice, and dark berry fruit flavors that coalesce in a firm, lengthy finish. It would be interesting to see how this develops after a year or two in the cellar, though it would be anything but a crime to drink with your next meal. Try it with lamb burgers! Tim Gagnon

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  • $16.99

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