Bordeaux Red

Chateau Micalet 2019 Haut Medoc Origine

(Arrives 10/5) The Chateau Micalet Haut-Medoc "Origine" is from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot grown on deep beds of gravel in Lamarque. The Fedieu familu created this wine to be a slightly lighter and more ready-to-drink version of their Haut-Medoc, with a shorter cuvaison and without aging in wood. The Origine has a beautiful nose, with ripe blackberries, dried blueberries and an elegant combo of orange peel and clove. On the palate, the wine is full and bold, with black pepper, dark cherry and a zesty accent of cassis and plum peel. Structurally, the wine shows just enough generous texture, a mineral zing, and medium acid. A fantastic buy at under $25! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Grolet 2018 Côtes de Bourg Tête de Cuvée

 This is the special cuvee of old-vines from Chateau La Grolet. Aromatically extremely ripe and complex, it has cassis liqueur, fig, prune and cedary notes that continue on the palate that is ripe but balanced with good acidty and structure. Long-time biodynamic farming has given this young wine an earthy complexity and depth that is sadly lacking from today's cookie-cutter, oaky, over-extracted Bordeaux. The finish is long with mineral and acid notes balancing the ripe red and black fruits, cocoa and smoke. Lovely to drink now, this wine should be fabulous in 5 to 10 years or more. Congratulatons to our friend Jean-Luc Hubert and family for making the lovely organic wines of Chateau Peybonhomme and Chateau la Grolet!

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Grolet 2019 Côtes de Bourg "Origines"

 Chateau La Grolet has been certified organic and Biodynamic since 2000. Double Guyot pruning, spontaneous winter grass cover. Soil tillage during the spring, every other row ploughed. Treatments combining small quantities of Bordeaux mixture with herbal teas such as horsetail or nettle. The blend is 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet-Franc, 5% Malbec.  The Hubert family's great farming creates this sensational value Bordeaux which is truly a subtle, complex and profound wine. When young, it is dominated by red and black fruit aromas, then as the years pass, cocoa and mild tobacco notes combine with hints of spice and earth. Can be drunk young but is also a very good wine for laying down, recommended cellaring time: 5 - 10 years.

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

La Grave Figeac 2016 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

(Arrives 7/29) Château La Grave Figeac converted to organic farming in 2009 under owner/winemaker Laurent Clauzel. Located at the border of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol on sandy clay and gravel soils over the limestone, it's neighbors are Cheval Blanc and Figeac in Saint-Emilion and La Conseillante in Pomerol. The blend here is 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc with an average vine age of 45 years. 2016 is a classic Bordeaux vintage - the wine shows a bit more structure and weight than the lovely 2014. The nose is pungent and earthy when just opened, but quickly transitions to something more elegant. Dark roses, black cherry, blueberries, and a lovely anise aroma. The palate is fantastic - energetic mineral core splashed with flavors of ripe cherry, beach plum, and raisins. There is a distinct, healthy note of spicy black pepper on the tongue. Surprisingly fresh, well integrated tannin and great acidity. Drink now or hold for 5-10 years! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic

Peybonhomme 2019 Premières Côte de Blaye Cru Bourgeois

(Arrives July 9) Biodynamic farming, native yeasts, wild fermentations, good value –all phrases not typically associated with Bordeaux. Yet, each year the Hubert family provides us with just that in their staple cuvee from the Côte de Blaye. The Cru Bourgeois is a blend of mostly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a bit of Malbec. Generously aromatic  owing to the rich clay soils in which it is grown, the 2019 offers crushed violets, cassis, and rhubarb on the nose. The palate shows the warm vintage with finesse. Cascades of ripe red fruit, black currant, and spice, with supple tannins and an undercurrent of chalky minerality. This is a great addition to the dinner table alongside grilled meat or sipped on its own.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Peybonhomme 2019 Vin de France Les 2 C (Syrah/Touriga)

(Arrives July 9) The Hubert family welcomes newborns Camille and Colette with the new cuvée 2 Cs. "Syrah and Touriga Nacional, unusual among us in the Gironde but which, thanks to Biodynamics, wonderfully reveal our terroir." The wine is supple and ripe with soft tannins, a perfect easy-drinking red to serve cool with grilled foods and picnics this summer. The Syrah, resting on limestone, has a nice expression here, and the subtle leathery character from the Touriga Nacional plays well. The aromas are not dominated by Syrah notes, thankfully, and all in all this is a very nice bottle, even more Atypical than "L'Atipyque!"

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Planquette (Didier Michaud) 2019 Vin de France (Médoc) (9/21)

(Arrives 9/21) Didier Michaud works 1.7 hectares in the Medoc with 30 to 100 year-old vines on limestone with thin soils of clay with sand and stones.  He has old vines of Merlot Queue Rouge and massale selection Cabernet Sauvignon, farmed organically with just a little compost and shallow plowing. Vinification with wild yeasts, no extraction and no added sulfur (total SO2 less than 2 mg/L). This is one of the most "natural" and deliciously old-fashioned wines of Bordeaux. In the glass, the '19 is rich and plummy in color. The nose is heady, with awesome smells of mint, fresh garden soil, graphite, and pungent  dark flowers. Flavors steer towards ripe forest fruits, like blueberry, blackberry, and cassis. Anise and herbs, with crunchy minerals, add flare to the wine's fruit. Great density, a velvety texture with engaging tannins and bright acidity. Definitely a bold Bordeaux, clocking in at 15% ABV, but so delicious, well structured and drinkable. Yum! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Bordeaux Sweet

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $449.99

Bordeaux White

La Renouée 2020 Vin de France Les Vieux Semillons

(Arrives 7/29) Winemaker Guillaume Dussans has planted 17 ancient grape varieties formerly grown in Bordeaux on his small domain on a hillside in Cadillac.  He is also making this "Les Vieux Semillons" from vines planted in 1945 - harvested in 3 different times on purpose (not perfectly ripe (to keep acidity), ripe and overripe) and fermentation occurred with and without the skins, then aged in barrels, all this to bring as much complexity as possible. "Our whites are macerated in whole berries to obtain more fat and complexity, it's skin-contact. We work with old tools, without thermoregulation, with a manual wooden press, bronze, brass or copper valves in order to give the tannins a patina during ageing. In short, it's old fashioned!" It is incredibly fascinating in the glass. Golden yellow in color. On the nose, it is fresh and grassy, with cured lemon, sea salt, green tea and an aromatic earthiness - like wet sculpting clay. The plate has great fruit, with lemon and savory apricot. There is a touch of smoke and salt, with a finish of yellow cherry. Zingy in structure, with high acid and great minerality. Highly recommended!  David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Peybonhomme 2019 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Le Blanc Bonhomme

(Wine arrives Jan 25, please allow 3 to 5 days before pick-up or shipping) This is the tenth vintage of the Hubert family's "Blanc Bonhomme"which seems to get better every year. The vines are now 15 years old, 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon,  certified organic and Biodynamic. The grapes are hand-harvested in the early morning, pressed gently, fermented with native yeasts and the wine is aged partly in new oak, mostly in cement vats. Only about 650 cases are made. The 2019 shows elegant pear, lemon, herbal and dried flower aromas, with pear, citrus and chalky mineral flavors on the palate. This shows the ripeness of the 2019 vintage, but with good freshness, and it really shows the terroir with crisp acidity, lovely white fruit, a hint of pineapple and oak and stony flavors in the finish. Really a lovely, balanced and food-friendly wine - serve with anything from oysters to grilled fish to roast chicken.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Peybonhomme 2020 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Le Blanc Bonhomme

(Arrives Oct 5) This is the eleventh vintage of the Hubert family's "Blanc Bonhomme"which seems to get better every year. The vines are now 16 years old, certified organic and Biodynamic. The grapes are hand-harvested in the early morning, pressed gently, fermented with native yeasts and the wine is aged partly in new oak, mostly in cement vats. Only about 650 cases are made. In 2020, Le Blanc is 45% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Semillon, and 10% Columbard, and shows elegant pear, lemon, herbal and dried flower aromas, with pear, citrus and chalky mineral flavors on the palate. This shows good ripeness again in the 2020 vintage, but with better freshness and lower alcohol than the '18 and '19, and it really shows the terroir with crisp acidity, lovely white fruit, a hint of pineapple and oak and stony flavors in the finish. Really a lovely, balanced and food-friendly wine - serve with anything from oysters to grilled fish to roast chicken.

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic