Our Store & Staff



Chambers Street Wines opened in June 2001, the product of David Lillie's and Jamie Wolff's idea that New York might support a shop that indulged their love for naturally made wines from artisanal small producers. There are very, very few brand names here. We choose wines that express their origins, the talent and commitment of the growers and winemakers, and the inherent quality of the vintage. Every wine we stock is tasted, retasted, debated.... this is a shop where everyone who works here actually loves wine, drinks wine with food, and knows at least a little bit about what we're selling. Particular strengths here are the Loire Valley, Burgundy and the Rhone, Piedmont, Austria and Germany; we are always working to improve our selection, and your suggestions—especially for the New World—are appreciated.



Slow Food NYC Snail of Approval. Chambers Street Wines has been selected as one of the first recipients of the Slow Food NYC Snail of Approval, for our contributions to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of the food we eat and the beverages we drink in the city of New York.





David Lillie Partner

David received his wine education schlepping cases for 15 years at Garnet Wines, one of NY’s leading discount shops on the Upper East Side. As a buyer and manager he was able to develop his interest in French wines, especially those of the Loire, Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon. His two previous careers, growing apples in Vermont for 4 years and with a jazz orchestra for 15 years, left him with a fanatical dedication to good, inexpensive wine. His heroes in the wine business are Mark Ollivier, Catherine Roussel and François Pinon, to name just a few. David's wife first introduced him to Loire Valley wines back in 1977, and they have three quite grown children, Georgia, Eben and Julia. He would like to thank Eben, who was part of Chambers Street in the beginning and whose hard work and good cheer helped us through the months after 9/11.

David Lillie's Reccommendations
Baudry 2010 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Baudry 2010 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Le Clos Guillot is a beautiful south-east facing vineyard, just east of the town of Chinon, above the Clos de l'Olive and adjacent to Le Chene Vert. The upper slope of the parcel is clay over limestone (the lower part has sand over the rock, permitting a tiny separate production from franc de pied vines) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. We have been buying this wine since it's first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons and in the 2010 vintage it has reached a level of quality putting it among the very finest reds of the Loire. Bernard and Matthieu Baudry are skilled, intelligent winemakers whose vineyard work and harvesting are exemplary, and whose careful vinifications seem to perfectly express the quite different terroirs of Chinon. The 2010 vintage in Chinon gave wines with a bit less alcohol and density than the excellent 2009s, but they have perfect acidity, great purity of fruit and a bit more terroir presence – in other words an excellent vintage, especially chez Baudry. The 2010 Clos Guillot is a deep red/purple color with astonishingly bright, pure and complex floral red fruit aromas. The palate is bright, pure and very long with slightly peppery red and black fruits. The Baudrys did a longer élevage for this vintage, 15 months in 3 to 7 year-old Burgundy barrels. (Case price $25.19 per bottle)

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99
Guion 2009 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

Guion 2009 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

From 40 to 80 year-old vines on clay-limestone slopes in Bourgueil, certified organic since 1965. Tasted from barrel in February, 2011: "Complex red fruit, spice and floral aromas, full palate of black fruits, cassis and strawberry liqueur. Stays fresh and light on it's feet with good acidity and a very earthy finish." The bottling has tightened up the wine considerably — the aromas are more restrained with earthy strawberry, brown spice, game and licorice. The palate is tight with high acidity and chalky berry fruit, with the richness of this vintage waiting to open. This is an outstanding Bourgueil that will need long decanting (or opening three days before) for current enjoyment. Best after five to ten years, this wine should age beautifully with peak drinking being between 10 and 30 years of age. At $13.99 ($12.59 on a case) this is certainly one of the greatest values in the store!

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $13.99
Navarre NV Vin de France Grenache Rosé Demi-Sec

Navarre NV Vin de France Grenache Rosé Demi-Sec

This is a delicious vin doux naturel from Thierry Navarre made from very late-harvested Grenache. We imagine that it's a wine made the way wine used to be made all over the Languedoc before temperature control was an option. A bit sweet and somewhat sherry-like, the aromas are of prune and ripe cherry, with licorice and brown spice. Very long and nutty on the palate, perhaps the best way to imagine this wine is to think of an Oloroso sherry... then extrapolate! Absolutely delicious and a great accompaniment to chocolate, fruit tarts, dried fruits or simply by itself as an apéritif. Thanks to Thierry for finally making a label and shipping us some of this unique local specialty.

  • rosé off-dry
  • 6 in stock
  • Organic
  • $15.99
Magnien, Stephane 2010 Morey Saint-Denis

Magnien, Stephane 2010 Morey Saint-Denis

From four parcels in Morey, below the village, with vines averaging about 50 years of age. Lovely transparent red color, fresh wild strawberry and tart cherry fruit with earthy herbal hints. Real grip on the palate which is medium to light-bodied but with great intensity of meaty red fruits, herbs and spice with zingy chalky citrusy acids, really perfectly balanced. 2010 seems to be a superb vintage for the Magniens — there is no lack of fruit but it's contained in a relatively lean frame with good acidity. Great length and persistence of fruit in the finish. A beautiful wine that can certainly be enjoyed young but will age very well.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99
Jamie Wolff Partner

I grew up drinking French wine, but had a real epiphany with a bottle of Robert Chevillon's 1985 Nuits Chaignots. Eight years of owning a house in the central Loire Valley (in Touraine, near Cheverny), gave me a chance to get to know both the region and the feeling of living with wine, and also gave me the confidence to propose forming a partnership with M. Loire himself, David Lillie. Before meeting David, I spent five years in the salt mines of Christie's Wine Department - a somewhat thankless job made fabulous by the incredible range of mature wine, mostly Bordeaux, that I tasted on the job. My subsequent discovery of the natural affinity between Burgundy and Piedmont has produced a serious Nebbiolo problem, though Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, and Chablis will usually make me sit up and take notice. There's so much good wine in this store that it's getting hard to choose.

Jamie Wolff's Reccommendations
Amanda Bowman

Ariana Rolich Sales/Spanish Buyer

Candela M. Prol Sales

After working as a chef and then a baker in Rhode Island, she joined the Pier House Hotel as Sommeliere and then became the manager of the Cafe at Louie's Backyard, both in Key West, Florida. She has represented the Lenz, Palmer and Paumanok wineries in North Fork, Long Island. In 1997, she received the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Diploma from the International Wine Center where she has also taught the class "Aromas of Wine". She is currently teaching the Wine & Spirit Education Trust: Intermediate, Advanced Certificates and Diploma classes. Candela is also the Professor of Wine Instruction for the Hospitality Department at the New York School of Technology. She is a Certified Wine Educator from Society of Wine Educators, Washington, DC. In Key West, Florida she is the Wine Educator for Louie's Backyard Restaurant, she teaches wine classes at the Restaurant Store, and writes a seasonal wine column for Solares Hil. At Chambers Street Wines she selects the Spanish and Portuguese wines and she is available to conduct corporate, public and private wine events.

Eben Lillie Sales

Stephanie Wallace Tech

Following lengthy stints in academic libraries and freelance web development, Stephanie’s culinary inclinations rose to the fore after chance exposure to single-estate chocolate in Cambridge, MA. She subsequently spent several years working as a chocolate buyer in Chapel Hill, NC while honing her tempering and emulsifying chops; though her tempestuous affair with chocolate eventually led to separation, her unwillingness to sever ties with terroir led to a natural transition into the wine industry. She worked at Astor Wines & Spirits for two years as Rare & Artisanal Wine Consultant. She currently helps to source old vintages for Chamber Street Wines and has become the wizard behind everything tech. She continues to experiment with macarons and confiserie in her Brooklyn kitchen.

Stephanie Wallace's Reccommendations