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Just Arrived: Superb Values from France for Spring and Summer Enjoyment, Part One!

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We're proud to offer a great selection of new arrivals that will provide enormous enjoyment and superb value for the spring and summer and for short-term aging as well. All these estates practice organic or biodynamic farming, harvest by hand and ferment with wild yeasts, happily proving that delicious, naturally-made wines can be found at very reasonable prices!

Joëlle and Roland Pignard make some of our favorite Beaujolais - their two beautiful 2014 Morgons and the 2015 Beaujolais-Villages and Regnié have just arrived. The Pignards have 4 and 1/2 hectares, with parcels in Beaujolais-Villages, Regnié and Morgon and are certified organic by Ecocert and Biodynamic by Demeter. They plow and till using horse-drawn implements to avoid compacting the soil. Picking is done by a team of twenty, the same people each year, who do a severe selection in the vineyard. Fermentations are with wild yeasts, with a relatively short 6 to 12 day carbonic-maceration.  The Morgon Tradition is aged in old barrels and will cellar nicely for five to eight years, the other wines are aged  in cement cuves. No SO2 is used during fermentation or elevage, with a minimal dose added before bottling giving total SO2 of about 8 - 10 mg/L. The resulting wines have subtle, pure fruit with perfect acidity and a pronounced mineral character with graphite, stone and earthy qualities. These wines will pair beautifully with spring and summer meals and barbeques.

The Laguerre Collection!

Eric and Corinne Laguerre make some of the finest wines in the Roussillon, as was evident to all who tasted with Eric during his recent visit to Chambers Street. The Laguerres' wines come from the highest vineyards in the Roussillon, where 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 Le Ciste that grows throughout the vineyards contributing to biodiversity and wind protection. The 2015 Le Ciste Blanc is a unique blend of Marsanne, Roussanne, Vermentino, Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu, and is one of the most interesting whites of the Languedon-Roussillon. The full range of Eric and Corinne's wines have just arrived - all of which are among the greatest values in the store and we urge you to try them.

Pignard 2015 Régnié

Roland and Joëlle Pignard make a small quantity of Regnié from fifty year-old vines in  a vineyard with clay and stones over granite, always giving a dense and mineral wine. The Pignards made a superb Regnié in 2015, very well balanced, even with the higher ripeness in this sunny vintage. The wine shows deep blackberry, red currant and plum aromas with hints of earth, graphite, violets and citrus peel. There is a lovely melange of black and red fruits on the palate backed by firm acidity and saline mineral flavors, quite full and ripe but nicely balanced at 13 % alcohol. This is a great glass of Beaujolais in the richer style of 2015 - delicious now but should develop nicely over the next five to eight years. And it's a fabulous value at $18.99! DL

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2014 Morgon

2014 proved to be an excellent vintage for many growers in Beaujolais, and we are thrilled to announce the arrival of Joelle and Roland Pignard’s wines! The vines for this cuvée are 60 years old, planted at high altitude on steep hillsides in sandy clay soils over granite in the lieu-dit "les Charmes," just northwest of their home in Villié-Morgon. The nose offers plummy, dusty fruit, with hints of cranberry, raspberry seed, and savory herbs. Over time it plumps up a bit showing lovely wild strawberry and morello cherry aromas along with a hint of graphite and a gamey quality. High-toned red berry fruit comes forward on the palate along with damp earth and red cherries backed by silky tannins and a crunchy minerality. Very pretty served quite cool now, but there is no doubt that this would age well over the next few years. Tim Gagnon (Tasted again in November, 2016, the wine shows deeper, sappy cherry fruit that coats the palate, and is much more supple and forward. Really a lovely Morgon that's beginning to open up - delicious right now, this will soften and develop over the next five to eight years.)

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2014 Morgon Cuvee Tradition

While the “regular” Morgon is aged entirely in concrete vats before release, Tradition has an extended elévage in neutral barriques before release (think Griffe du Marquis from Alain Coudert). This serves to add depth to the wine, while also softening and rounding it, making for a very unique expression of the Pignards’ terroir. Exuberant on the nose with bright red and black cherry fruit, red licorice, brown spice, and strawberry compote rising from the glass. The palate is broad and supple with bright red fruit flavors along with a hint of fresh cream, tangerine peel, ample minerality, and fine-grained tannins. This wine is definitely structured to age, probably best in 5-10 years, but is lovely now in its energetic youth paired with steaks, game birds, or pork. Tim Gagnon

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc

Here's a complex and delicious white from the mountains of the Roussillon that will be great on Thanksgiving and it's one of the best values in the store!

Eric Laguerre's "Le Ciste," (named after a flowering bush in and around his vineyards) is certainly one of the most distinctive whites of the Roussillon. Grown in Eric's high-elevation vineyards on acidic soils of decomposed granite, the wine is made from Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle (Vermentino), Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu. Yields are about 20 Hl/Ha, harvesting is by hand in small baskets, fermentation (wild yeasts) and aging is in small barrels. Complex aromas of lemon oil, thyme, hay and white fruits—a lovely melange with contributions from each variety and especially showing the Marsanne and Roussanne in 2015. The palate is dense, stony and saline with herbal, citrus, almond and white fruit flavors. The finish is long with mineral acids and white fruits that linger on the palate. Complex and distinctive as a young wine, this will accompany grilled fish as well as fish and chicken in sauce and goat cheeses, and should develop nicely with a few years of cellaring. Really a Grand Cru of the Roussillon and a great value! DL 

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

(80% Grenache, 20% Syrah grown in the Roussillon on very high-altitude vineyards of decomposed granite. Hand-harvested in small crates, yields of 20 hl/ha) The 2016 EOS Rouge shows bright aromas of tart cherry and blackberry, with dark chocolate and very floral notes, really bursting with fruit. The palate is supple and bright with cherry and red-currant fruit with acidity that coats the mouth. Very long finish of red fruits and juicy acids, quite elegant with nice tannic structure. This will go very well served cool with grilled meats and will benefit from short-term cellaring. An interesting wine that really shows the influence of the granite soils.  A fabulous value! 

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 15% Mourvèdre, grown in Eric and Corinne Laguerre's organic,  high-altitude vineyards on granite soils in the Roussillon. 2015 is a great vintage for the Le Ciste Rouge, showing aromas of ripe blackberry, blueberry and black cherry, roast meat, dark chocolate and earth.The palate is dense and supple with ripe berry fruits, licorice and spice supported by firm acidity with an elegant finish of earth, minerals and black fruits. This is a beautiful wine - a Chateauneuf-du-Pape of the mountains - and a great value. Serve slightly cool with grilled meats, stews and full-flavored cheeses or cellar five to ten years. Highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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Pignard 2015 Beaujolais-Villages

The Pignards work 4.5 hectares in and around Morgon and Regnié. Biodynamic farming, natural fermentations and minimal SO2. We've walked through their vineyards, which are absolutely beautiful — "wine is made in the vineyard" say the Pignards and it shows in the gorgeous fruit and mineral character in their wines. The 2015 Beaujolais-Villages is from 40 to 60 year-old vines on decomposed granite soils in high-elevation parcels above Morgon. The wine shows very bright aromas of  strawberry and cherry fruit with violet and citrus, quite pure and lovely. The palate is beautifully balanced for a 2015, at 13 % alcohol, with pretty berry fruits backed by saline minerals and firm acidity. This is "gouleyant" - simply delicious and easy-drinking! Serve quite cool with just about anything, and leave a few in the cellar, as this wine has the structure to age for a few years as well.

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

2016 is a great vintage for Eric Laguerre's EOS Blanc! From 30% Grenache Blanc, 40% Maccabeo and 30% Rolle (Vermentino) grown on granite soils in Eric's high-altitude organic vineyards. The increased percentages  of Maccabeo and Rolle have made this lovely wine even more distinctive, showing subtle aromas of dried pear, hay, citrus, herbs and  stone. The palate is refreshing and clean with pear, citrus peel, almond, thyme and stone flavors, very crisp and dry and with nice density and length. This very versatile wine will pair with everything from oysters, to grilled fish to roast chicken, and will be very refreshing by itself on a warm summer day. DL

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2016 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. The 2016 EOS Rosé is a bit lighter and brighter than the 2015 with a lighter pink color and subtle aromas of raspberry, rose, peach and earth. The palate is refreshing and dry with hints of raspberry, strawberry,  watermelon, almond and stone.  Eric's great farming, his natural vinifications and the high-altitude granite terroir produce this lovely, inexpensive rosé. Highly recommended! DL

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  • rosé
  • 0 in stock
  • $11.99

  • 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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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur