Beaujolais

Coquelet 2019 Chiroubles Arrives 1/25

(Wine arrives Jan 25, please allow 3 to 5 days before pick-up or shipping) The step-son of Georges Descombes, Damien has worked alongside him since early childhood. L earning everything from Descombes in the vines and shared cellar has instilled the same values in Damien's work ethic: organic viticulture, hand harvesting, native yeasts, zero intervention in the cellar and little if any sulfur at bottling.The 2019 Chiroubles is a particularly pretty, old fashioned Beaujolais, showing  gorgeous aromas of raspberry and rose with spice and citrus notes. The palate shows sappy raspberry fruit, really lovely, ripe and persistent but light and balanced with refreshing acidity. There is nice length of earthy berry fruit in the long finish. Serve cool with chicken and white meats, and anything grilled... Lovely wine!

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $23.95

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Coquelet 2019 Morgon Côte de Py Arrives 1/25

(Wine arrives Jan 25, please allow 3 to 5 days before pick-up or shipping) Damien Coquelet, working in the same stlye as his step-father Georges Descombes, has once again created some beautifully old-fashioned Beaujolais in 2019. The Morgon Cote de Py shows lovely aromas of raspberry, strawberry, citrus and rose, very pretty and bright. The palate shows a bit more stucture and darker fruit than the Damien's Chiroubles and is particularly sapid in the ripe 2019 vintage, with deep strawberry fruit, a bit of citrus and a more earthy character. The finish is refreshing and long with juicy berry fruit and firm acidity. Serve quite cool with chicken and white meats, grilled foods and charcuterie. Lovely wine.

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2019 Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes

As much as I love Burgundy, there are times that the occasion calls for a beautiful Beaujolais. And a sticky night in June is just such an occasion. And with a magret of duck from the Greenmarket and sautéed tatsoi, the newly-arrived Georges Descombes 2019 Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes beckons. The robe is a marvelous mulberry purple. The nose is perfumed, with pretty notes of black raspberry, wild cherry, graphite, and spice. The ripe (but lithe) palate balances a juicy freshness of red berry and plum character with a fine-grained, earthy undercurrent of structure. But at the moment the ebullient fruit is singing with grilled duck breast (though I wouldn’t hesitate to pair with salmon, roasted zucchini and carrots with salsa verde, or saucisson) and playing off the bitterness of the mustard greens on the plate. This is a cracking bottle of Chiroubles that welcomes a light chill and seemingly banishes humidity. This should be a pleasure to taste over the next couple nights and warrants socking away a few bottles for a more mature drinking experience. This is sensational and but for a little granitic spice, this rivals the magical 2014 Regnié VV for sheer joy. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2019 Regnié Vieilles Vignes

The Georges Descombes Regnié VV is a big, beautiful Gamay in this vintage known for ripe, full-bodied wines. The wine shows a deep red/black color and very floral aromas of ripe blackberry and red currant with hints of black cherry, earth and chocolate. The palate is deep and silky with surprisingly bright red currant and black cherry fruit liqueur, meaty and earthy, with a nice mineral kick in the long, lush finish.  Serve this delicious Regnié with a steak or grilled meats and put a few in the basement for five to ten years.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Desvignes 2020 Morgon Côte de Py

The Desvignes' parcels on the Côte du Py sit near the top of the famed hill. Now in the 8th generation of this family of winemakers, siblings Claude-Emmanuelle and Louis-Benoît work their parcels organically and hand harvest their 11 hectares in Morgon, looking for peak ripeness and healthy fruit to make elegant and structural, age-worthy wines. Grapes for this cuvée come from vines averaging around 70 years in age, planted on manganese-rich schist soils. Semi-carbonic fermentation and further aging on fine lees is in concrete tank. The 2020 Cote de Py shows lovely aromas of ripe blackberry with hints of violet, dark chocolate and earth. The palate is velvety and ripe with blackberry and black currant fruit with a nice chewy, earthy texture. There is nice balancing acidity and earthy mineral flavors to balance the copious fruit -  serve cool and enjoy now or hold 5 - 8 years.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Chasselay 2020 Beaujolais Beaujolais Is Not Dead

A welcome discovery and great new addition to the shelves here at CSW, the Chasselay "Beaujolais Is Not Dead" is utterly classic and joyous Beaujolais villages. The Chasselay family has thirteen hectares spread across eight appellations and have been certified organic since 2006. BIND comes from a single parcel of forty-five year old vines planted in clay and limestone, fermented carbonically and aged entirely in concrete, with no sulfur added until bottling. It is full of lovely concentrated red fruit, strawberry and raspberry, with beautiful spice and floral notes and no shortage of freshness. On the Chasselay website, they describe the wine as digeste, which is a word I have always loved - it implies a lack of heaviness, that the wine will not take up space as one keeps drinking. So buy two of these (or three or four), as you definitely want another. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $109.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $41.99

Lapalu 2020 Brouilly La Croix des Rameaux

The Lapalu "La Croix des Rameaux" is from numerous parcels on decomposed granite soils, averaging 60 years of age with the oldest being 90 years-old, south-west exposure. Three week semi-carbonic fermentation, aged in old barrels, not fined or filtered, only 10 mg/l of SO2, production about 200 cases. The 2020 La Croix des Rameaux has dark ruby, verging on purple, robe. High toned, pretty armomas of dried violets, pastilles, blackberry seed, pomegranate, and loam swirl on the nose. The palate is concentrated and supple, with black cherry, cherry stone, black tea and brambly wild berry flavors over a punchy mineral core, with just a hint of wild herbs bringing up the long, lingering finish. There‘s still some structure here to resolve, but this should shine with another year or so in bottle as the structural elements knit. This is a lovely expression of Brouilly and not to be missed. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lapierre 2020 Morgon

Matthieu and Camille Lapierre continue the beautiful work of their father, producing an elegant Morgon in the difficult, hot and dry 2020 vintage, saved by late season rains. The wine shows lovely deep aromas of blackberry liqueur and earth lifted by hints of citrus, violet and mint. The palate is ripe and supple with plum, blackberry, earth, spice  and citrus. The finish is ripe, soft and lovely. We would recommend drinking this juicy Morgon, served quite cool, over the next five years, but longer term aging might be possible as well.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2019 Côte de Brouilly

Jean-Paul Brun's Côte de Brouilly, from Domaine des Terres Dorées, is always a lovely wine, showing unique and very pretty aromas in a medium-bodied style. In the very ripe vintage of 2019, the wine shows elegant red currant, tart cherry and blackberry aromas with hints of earth, meat, citrus and pepper. Blackberry and black cherry fruit continue on the very earthy and mineral palate. Jean-Paul's Burgundy vinification seems to have suited the vintage, as the wine is well balanced, though certainly darker and more structured than usual. Serve cool with a steak or grilled pork and lamb, or cellar for three to five years as the wine will definitely benefit from aging.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $23.99

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2020 Beaujolais Chardonnay

Jean-Paul Brun's Chardonnay comes from 35 year-old vines grown on sandy clay and limestone soils in the southern Beaujolais  and is raised in stainless steel (no oak).  Bright aromas of peach, apricot, lemon zest, and thyme lead to flavors of pure white fruits, juicy lime, crisp orange blossom, subtle herbal undertones, and a long chalky finish. Paired with salad, seafood,chicken, goat milk cheeses, or nothing at all, this is a beautiful choice and great value in white Burgundy!

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $18.99