2015 Rhônes at Racines NY Tonight! Champagne Beaufort Vertical (2003 - 1979) Tuesday May 9th!

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Just a reminder to join us at Racines tonight beginning at 6pm, as Arnaud and staff will pour a brilliant collection of Rhone wines from the great 2015 vintage. Wines available by the glass will include: Dard & Ribo Saint-Joseph Rouge and Blanc and Crozes "Les Baties;" the rare and delicious Bernard Gripa Saint-Joseph "Le Berceau" Rouge and Blanc and Saint-Peray "les Pins;" the very elegant Franck Balthazar Cornas "Cuvée Casimir;" Domaine Pierre Gonon Saint-Joseph Blanc, Vin de Pays "les Iles Feray" and Chasselas Vieilles Vignes; and the very "gouleyant" Laurent Habrard Crozes-Hermitage! Glass prices will range from $12 to $25 and half-pour flights will be available. Wines available for sale are listed below.

Next Tuesday, May 9th, Racines NY will present an exciting vertical tasting of Champagnes from André Beaufort  - 12 vintages starting with 2003 Polisy Brut Nature, going back to 1979 Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru. This extraordiary tasting will be accompanied by a superb four-course dinner by Executive Chef Frédéric Duca. Only 4 seats are available, $275 all-inclusive. Chambers Street's full inventory of Champagne Beaufort is listed here  - we urge you to try them, certainly among the most vinous and natural of all Champagnes, organic since 1971!

Gripa 2015 Saint-Joseph Le Berceau

The Gripa Saint-Joseph "le Berceau" is from the vineyard called "Saint-Joseph" in Tournon, one of the best sites in the appellation, with the Gripas having a full-south exposure and vines planted mostly in the 1920s. The soils are granite with clay and stones. The fermentation is with 30 to 40% whole clusters, with aging in one to six year-old barrels. This is an outstanding old-vine Saint-Joseph that should ideally be cellared for about 5 years and should drink beautifully for fifteen to twenty years.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Organic

Gripa 2015 Saint-Joseph Le Berceau Blanc

The 2015 Gripa "Le Berceau" Blanc is 100% Marsanne frm 60+ year-old vines in the "Saint-Joseph" vineyard above Tournon. 215 cases made, a rare and beautiful wine. "This imposes, and is a kingly wine with its steady assertion of ripe flavour and near red wine structure." (DrinkRhone) Drink over the next fifteen years.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André NV Champagne Polisy Brut Reserve

This is a new version of the Polisy Brut Reserve, coming from the 2013 vintage and produced with zero added SO2. As with all the Beaufort wines, there is terrific length and concentration due to their many years of organic farming and low yields. The lack of SO2 in the wine also contributes to its purity, and the  Kimmeridgian soil gives a wonderful, crystalline minerality. The Beaufort family planted vines in Polisy in the 1960s and the results we've tasted since our relationship with Beaufort began have been stunning. Great value — and a great food wine as well, serve with fish, white meats and full-flavored cheeses. (2013 vintage, disgorged in June, 2017)

  • white sparkling
  • 24 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature

The Beaufort Champagnes are beautiful accompaniments to a great meal - the superb 2002 Polisy could be served at any point in your Thanksgiving feast! A sensational mature Champagne from André Beaufort - the estate converted to organic agriculture in the early 70's and makes brilliant, full-bodied Champagnes that are among the most "vinous" being made today. Medium golden yellow in color and sporting a discrete mousse. The nose is quite floral with tones of cherry blossoms, apple blossoms, and irises before touches of quince and fresh baguette. The palate is concentrated with a spherical and laser-like focus that offers notes of lemon sorbet, tart lemon custard, and apple pie, underlined by a fine minerality that persists through to a rounded, savory finish. Really a very pretty and lovely wine. This medium bodied Champagne is made of approximately 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and was disgorged in March 2017 after 14 years of sur-lie aging, illustrating the Beauforts' commitment to releasing mature wines.

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $76.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Polisy Brut

Tasted in January 2017 at the estate. Complex aromas of lychee, candied pear, citrus, beautiful palate of yellow fruits, minerals, citrus, caramel with fabulous length. (This shipment disgorged in February 2017)

  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé (Disg 10/16)

This full-bodied and robust Rosé Champagne is expressive of Pinot Noir character as well as natural and chemical-free winemaking, a rare combination, especially in Champagne. The nose offers ripe sour cherry, cherry pit, quinine, almost Burgundian earthiness, and an ever so slight note of bitter herbs reminiscent of amaro. Cherry fruit carries through the mid-palate to the finish, which is downright tannic, in the best possible way. There is some dosage here, giving the wine a compelling balance of acid and sweetness. It's a fairly serious Rosé Champagne, one that could accompany a meal, but it doesn't present itself as austere in any way. Unique within our selection of Rosé Champagnes and well-worth trying. (Lot 11A. Disgorged 10/2016.)

  • rosé sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $57.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut

"Really superb, subtle, long. Quiet nose. Winy. Seems like old school white Burgundy. Very serious, perfect but perhaps less transparent than the 2010 Brut Rosé." Notes from Beaufort dinner, Jan 2017

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1998 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut

(NOTE: This  refers to a 2014 disgorgement - this wine, from the same lot, was disgorged in 2017.) The 1998 Ambonnay Brut has long been a staff favorite and this disgorgement does not disappoint. Brillliant, golden yellow in color and showing a finely-beaded mousse, this offers one of the two most expressive aromatic profiles of this current Beaufort lineup. Aromas of Mirabelle plums, toasted hazelnuts, and crème brüléee transition to notes of Jonagold apples, cinnamon, and wild flowers. The palate is generous and expansive and carries tones of brazil nuts, greengages, and irises that crescendo to a fine, zippy finish. This is complex and delicious Champagne!  David Salinas

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $115.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Demi-Sec

Towards the end of the tasting my notes became minimal, but this wine rated an enthusiastic "Superb!" Forget your prejudice against demi-sec Champagnes, this wine is fantastically complex and delicious. The French wine publication “Le Rouge et le Blanc,” in their review of André Beaufort, offers an explanation of how dosage seems to help the wines develop: “the aromas, timid in their youth, finish by exploding with age and the sugar becomes like a support to the aromas.” Only a few bottles available – we urge you to try it! (Notes from Jan 2017: "Super, rich, no flaws, Nearly sweet, wonderful, rich, complex nose. Totally fresh, or at least not old or even aging...") (new inventory disgorged February 2017)

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $133.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Dinner - Beaufort Vertical Tuesday, May 9th 7:00pm Racines NY 94 Chambers St

André Beaufort Champagnes are primarily available at the finest natural wine shops in France, Italy and Japan and on the wine list at Noma in Copenhagen. We are happy to bring this extraordinary vertical tasting to New York, showing  the intense "vinosity" and complexity  found  in  the Beaufort Champagnes  - products of superb farming, living soils, extended sur-lie  aging  and the commitment of the Beaufort family to create true Champagnes of terroir. All wines  were disgorged in February 2017. Aperitif: 2010 Polisy Brut Rosé; 1979 Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru;  1982 Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru; 1985 Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru;  1989 Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru; 1996 Ambonay Demi-Sec Grand Cru  1996 Polisy Brut;  1998 Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru;  2000 Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru;  2000 Polisy Brut; 2001 Polisy Brut; 2002 Polisy Brut; 2003 Polisy Brut Nature

  • Out of Stock
  • event fee
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $250.00

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Dard & Ribo 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Rouge

The 2015 Dard & Ribo Crozes-Hermitage Rouge is from numerous sites in the villages of Crozes and Larnage, on mostly granite soils. The fermentation is with whole-clusters, the wine ages in  used 600 liter barrels. Organic farming, minimal sulfur. 

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Dard & Ribo 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

The Dard & Ribo 2015 Crozes Blanc is from 30 year-old vines, more Roussanne than Marsanne, in the "Les Baties" vineyard in Larnage with soils of granite with clay. The wine ages for 12 months in a mix of large and small barrels, with a small percentage new, approximately 250 cs made.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Gripa 2015 Saint-Peray Les Pins

Domaine Bernard and Fabrice Gripa is one of the top estates in Saint-Joseph and Saint-Peray, with the whites being particularly stylish and well-made. The Saint-Peray Les Pins is from 30 year-old vines on both granite and limestone soils, 75% Marsanne, 25% Roussanne. Honeyed floral, herbal and citrus aromas, creamy lemon oil, hay and stone.The palate is round and fairly soft with spicy white fruits and lime, but with nice finishing acidity and mineral character. An elegant Rhône white that will drink well over the next 10 years, a great aperitf and a good match with full-flavored fish and pork dishes and mild cheeses.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Gripa 2015 Saint-Peray Les Figuiers

This little-known wine from Bernard and Fabrice Gripa is one of the most delicious and fascinating whites of the Northern Rhône. From 50 to 60 yeal-old vines in Saint-Peray, 60% Roussanne and 40% Marsanne.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic

Gripa 2015 Saint-Joseph Rouge

The Gripa 2015 Saint-Joseph is from fifteen to sixty-five year-old vines in the "Peygros" vineyard,  above "Saint-Joseph," shared by Gonon and Chapoutier, on granite with thin soils.  The grapes are de-stemmed and the wine ages in a mix of small and large casks, new to eight years of age. This is a more forward wine that will drink beautifully over the next five to eight years.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic

Gripa 2015 Saint-Joseph Blanc

The Gripa 2015 Saint-Joseph Blanc is 70% Marsanne and 30% Roussanne from 35 year-old vines. Drink over the next ten years, decanting recommended.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Balthazar 2015 Cornas Casimir

One of the few "natural" winemakers in the northern Rhône, Frank Balthazar is certified organic and vinifies with wild yeasts and minimal sulfur, even producing a cuvée of Cornas without SO2. The Cuvée Casimir Balthazar is from 25% old vines in "Les Mazards" and younger vines in "La Légre." Balthazar's Cornas are aromatically beautiful with silky, pure fruit and terrific length and are never heavy or over-extracted. The 2015 Casimir Balthazar shows a dense red/black color, with elegant pure blackberry, cassis aromas with violet and stone and hints of spice, a bit closed from the recent bottling. The palate is dense and elegant, but not heavy, with firm tannins surrounding lovely pure black fruits with a beautiful core of minerals, earth and berry fruits. The finish is all stone and juicy acids. Beautiful wine - hold 5 to 8 years and drink till 2035. DL (last of stock)

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Habrard, Laurent 2015 Crozes Hermitage

From one of the few organic estates in Crozes Hermitage. The vines are 25 to 75 years old, most in Erome and Gervans  on slopes of decomposed granite, some in Pont d'Isere on sand and gravel. No SO2 during vinification, aged in vat and in 2 - 5 year-old small barrels. The 2015 Habrard is a lovely wine, showing a bright red/black color; lovely aromas of ripe black cherry, blackberry and blueberry with hints of roast meat, mint and dark chocolate, quite pure and elegant. The palate shows dense, supple blackberry fruit with earth, smoke,  black olive and licorice, nicely balanced with citrus and spice and finishing with terrific length of berry fruits, saline minerals and cool acidity. Lovely wine! Delicious now, served cool, or hold for 5 to 8 years. DL

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Polisy Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature

The 2010 Polisy Blanc de Blanc shows a delicate mousse but persistent, typical of wild yeast fermentations, with subtle white fruit aromas. The palate is chalky and long with beautiful lemon, pear, mineral and herbal notes, with a vibrant firm stony finish.  Lovely now and should cellar beautifully. This lot was disgorged in February of 2017 - it's a beautiful, elegant young Champagne and is highly recommended. DL

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beaufort 2003 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature

80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, harvested early at 9% alcohol from NE facing parcels. Elegant white fruit aromas. The palate is very expressive with white fuits, minerals and herbal notes, rich but balanced. (Tasted with 5 grams dosage, our disgorgement is Brut Nature.)

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort 2009 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut Nature

This 2009 is 100% Ambonnay Grand Cru fruit and this really comes across, in the form of stately minerality and structure. It shines a vibrant golden yellow in the glass and sports a finely-beaded mousse. Aromas of spearmint, peppermint, lillies, hazelnuts, and spiced apple custard float up from the glass. The palate is both round, weighty, and alive with minerality with notes of yellow plums and Cortland apples that continue through to an elegant finish.

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur