Vines at Domaine Eric Laguerre (Photo E. Lillie)

Back in Stock: The Superb Wines and Great Values from Eric Laguerre and Ch. Peybonhomme-les-Tours!

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Although Chambers Street Wines has become known as a great source for properly cellared old and rare wines, we are equally proud to offer organically-farmed, naturally-made artisanal wines that offer superb value for everyday drinking. New shipments have just arrived from two of our favorite, over-achieving French estates, both certified organic or Biodynamic, and we urge you to try them. (All wines will arrrive by Thursday 11/3.) Domaine Eric Laguerre is one of the finest estates in the Roussillon, with high-altitude mountain vineyards producing superb wines of terroir. A visit to Eric in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet requires steep climbs through a mountain pass up to the highest vineyards in the Roussillon. Here the granite soils, cooler climate, very low yields and Eric's superb organic farming produce distinctive, balanced wines with bright fruit and firm acidities. The top wines here are named after a flowering bush called Ciste that grows throughout the vineyards, contributing to biodiversity and wind protection. Le Ciste Blanc, recommended to us by Jean Gonon, is a unique blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, Vermentino, Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu, and is one of the most interesting whites of southern France. The full line of Eric's wines are back in stock, they are unique, distinctive and among the greatest values in the world of wine!

Farming at Peybonhomme-les-Tours

Chateau Peybonhomme-les-Tours and Chateau La Grolet, owned by the Hubert family in Bourg and Blaye, are producing some of the finest value wines in Bordeaux today. They are certified organic (Ecocert) and Biodynamic (Demeter) and their great work in the vineyard is complemented by experienced natural winemaking in the cellar. All six of their wines can be enjoyed in their youth while the La Grolet Tete de Cuvèe will develop beautifully for another five to ten years. We are proud to feature these great wines and make them available to our customers at miraculously low prices! Grab some before they disappear! (The Peybonhomme "Quintessence" was featured in Eric Asimov's recent  "20 under $20" article and is sadly sold-out, returning in mid-December.)

Laguerre 2014 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Carignan and 15% Mourvedre grown in granite soils in Eric Laguerre's high-altitude vineyards in the Roussillon. Normally Eric's most dense and tannic red, the 2014 Le Ciste Rouge is a softer and immediately friendly wine that is delicious now and over the next 5 to 8 years. The aromas are a lovely melange of red fruits; red currant, tart cherry and blackberry with hints of earth, cocoa and spice. The palate is quite pretty and bright with raspberry and red-currant fruit, violets and licorice with soft tannins and refreshing acidity. At 12.5% alcohol it's balanced and versatile, perfect with roast or grilled chicken, grilled pork, charcuterie and mild cheeses, serve cool and enjoy!

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  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

From 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Maccabeu and 30% Rolle (Vermentino) grown on granite soils in Eric's high-altitude organic vineyards. Very pale bronze color. The wine shows intriguing aromas of stone, dried pear, citrus and almond that deepen on the palate. Quite dense and backed with firm acidity and stone flavors, this is a real wine of the mountains, echoing the granite soils of Muscadet. This intriguing young wine will drink well over the next three to five years -  it's an everyday white of great character that will accompany a wide variety of seafood and chicken dishes, goat and sheep cheeses as well. A fabulous value and highly recommended!

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  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rosé

Another delicious wine from the affable and talented Eric Laguerre, from organic Syrah, Carignan and Grenache vines grown on granite soils high in the mountains of the Roussillon. Lovely  pink/garnet color, aromas of raspberry, red currant, blood orange and spice. Beautiful bright red fruits on the palate with citrusy acids in a very firm, mineral frame and good length, really delicious! This is a real rosé of terroir that will gain complexity over the next few months and drink well through 2017. Perfect with a salade niçoise, grilled fish, chicken and pork and great to sip by itself. Highly recommended! 

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  • rosé
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  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

80% Grenache, 20% Syrah from Eric Laguerre's high-altitude vineyards in the Roussillon on granite soils. Deep red/black color, lovely  blackberry and ripe black cherry fruit with hints of citrus, plum and spice. The palate is ripe and supple with bright acidity and ripe berry fruit that lingers in the finish with earthy acidity. At 13% of alcohol it's ripe but balanced and food friendly - just a great everyday red that's best with chicken and pork, grilled meats, charcuterie and full-flavored cheeses.

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  • red
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  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Le Passage

Eric Laguerre's "Le Passage" is from his highest parcel, at about 2,000 feet, on soils of decomposed granite. Organic farming, natural vinification, aged in used barrels. 80% Carignan with Syrah and Grenache. The 2015 is a lovely dark red/black color with deep aromas of blackberry, earth, dark chocolate brightened with violet and pepper. Dense, velvety black fruits on the palate - blackberry, prune and cocoa lifted by bright citrusy acids and finishing with a mineral kick. This is a beautiful expression of Eric's mountainside vineyards - showing the quality of his low-yielding Carignan. Drink now, served cool, with grilled meats, stews, and full-flavored cheeses, or hold a few years for a mature experieince...

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  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Grolet 2014 Côtes de Bourg Tête de Cuvée

It's always a pleasure to drink a great Bordeaux such as Château La  Grolet’s Tête de Cuvée, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec; it has complex fruit with deep savory layers not clouded by new oak and is certified biodynamic. The nose is dense with intense notes of strawberries and dark cherries with hints of red currants followed by turned earth and resinous herbs. The palate is soft with smooth tannins and fair acidity, showing more of a floral tone of violets and slight notes of leather.  After some time open the wine begins to reveal itself; dark red fruit with figs, strong herbal character, and more pronounced florals with delicate tannins.  An exciting Bordeaux that could pair well with leaner steak, pork chops on the grill, or savory chicken dishes.  Andy Paynter

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  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Peybonhomme 2014 Premières Côte de Blaye Cru Bourgeois

The Hubert family are owners of Chateau Peybonhomme-les-Tours in Blaye and Chateau La Grolet in Bourg. The farming here is among the best in Bordeaux, certified organic and biodynamic. The vineyards are a fantastic oasis of greenery compared to the rest of Bordeaux, and are located on slopes of clay over limestone giving the wines good concentration and firm minerality. From 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec. Natural, wild yeast fermentations. Extraordinary quality here for the price. The 2014 Cote de Blaye Cru Bourgeois is a bit more forward than usual,  showing deep cassis and red currant aromas, pure and ripe with hints of coffee, prune and spice. The palate is supple and deep with blackberry fruit, chalky minerals and terrific length. Serve slightly cool with anything from roast chicken to steak and full-flavored cheeses.  Did we say this is a great value?  

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  • $13.49

Peybonhomme 2015 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux L'Atypic

What's atypical about this delicious wine? It's a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc rather than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, giving the wine a more supple palate and quite different fruit character. The 2015 has lovely, deep blackberry and cassis aromas with red currant, cassis and cherry on the supple, lush palate, with hints of earth and smoke. More "forward" than most Bordeaux, and showing the ripeness and beautiful fruit of the 2015 vintage, this versatile wine will pair beautifully with almost any beef, pork or lamb dish and is a fabulous value!

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  • red
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  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Grolet 2015 Vin de France Vacances de Monsieur Merlot

This 100% Merlot made from young vines in the Biodynamic vineyards at Chateau La Grolet is a  delicious and versatile wine, showing lovely ripe cassis aromas with a soft palate of  red fruits with plum and spice. Created to drink well young and particularly round and ripe in the 2015 vintage, serve lightly cool with charcuterie, stews, chicken and pork. Produced and bottled with no added sulfites - pure juice!

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  • red
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  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Peybonhomme-les-Tours 2015 Bordeaux Rosé

MORE ARRIVING TUE. 5/23 -  Our Biodynamic friends, the Hubert family at Chateau Peybonhomme-les-Tours, have finally made a dry rosé and it's  quite delicious. Subtle aromas of strawberry, peach and citrus on the nose that continue on the round but dry and refreshing palate. This gains weight with time (better on the second day) and has surprising length for a rosé. This is a versatile wine to serve as an aperitif or with grilled tuna, melon and prosciutto, grilled chicken or pork and mild cheeses.

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  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Peybonhomme 2015 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Le Blanc Bonhomme

 Catherine and Jean-Luc Hubert's  estate on clay and limestone soils in the Côte du Blaye is certified Biodynamic. For Le Blanc Bonhomme, whole-clusters of grapes undergo spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts before being pressed into concrete vats where it will continue on, and ultimately finish, its journey to becoming a beautiful wine. Their white cuvée is an elegant blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Sémillon. Wonderfully aromatic with white peach blossom and slight hints of tangerine rising from the glass. A deep, chalky minerality takes over on the palate and is accompanied by white fruit and a citrus-tinged acidity. It would pair well with numerous dishes and is very generous enjoyed on its own. An excellent value for an outstanding wine. Tim Gagnon

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur