Alsace

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white sweet
  • 17 in stock
  • $109.99

  • white sweet
  • 15 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

Frick 2012 Alsace Grand Cru Steinert Riesling

Frick made two versions of the GC Steinert Riesling in 2012, one with filtration and the addition of a small amount of SO2 at bottling, and a second with no filtration and no sulfites added. He took great interest in watching my father and I taste the two, and the anticipation of our response was accompanied by a touch of childlike excitement. I think I remember him being quite pleased that we both preferred the second version. Truth be told, I like them both. The first had a bit of residual sugar, and was very classic, but I ended up preferring the second because it was drier, and had a subtle salinity to it that carried the wine on the palate in a much more interesting way. There's a touch of honey dew melon, lemon, and saffron, and is a bit fleshy on the palate. The Steinert parcel is oriented East, on a terroir of limestone, with relatively dry soil. A great wine to have over the course of many days.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2012 Gewurztraminer Steiner

This Gewurztraminer is technically from the Grand Cru Steinert vineyard, but Pierre simply didn't want to present this wine as a Grand Cru, so he calls it "Steiner." To me, it's a perfect Gewurz; a little sweet (22g residual sugar), fresh, floral and clean, with a touch of mint and herbs. I had a bottle that lasted for about a week, and I really enjoyed tasting it every day. I consider this a classic Gewruztraminer, and a great introduction to the grape and it's characteristics.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Frick 2013 Alsace Sylvaner Bergweingarten

Bergweingarten is a vineyard of brown limestone, with South-East exposition in the middle of a hill. Pierre says there's a touch of sandstone influence, which dons a type of crystalline freshness and structure to the wines from this site. There's some stone fruit here, and a nice level of ripeness, with hints of mandarin orange, almond, and spice. Aged on the lees for 11 months in large 100 year old barrels, with 19g S02 total. I wouldn't call this a completely dry Sylvaner - even though the residual sugar is only 1.4g, it's ripe and flavorful and has some lingering fruit in the finish. A very tasty wine, and quite versatile with a variety of foods.  Eben Lillie

  • white off-dry
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Frick 2014 Alsace Pinot Auxerrois Carriere

Frick's Pinot Auxerrois 'Carriere' is the first Auxerrois I ever tasted, and a wine I always look forward to tasting each year with Pierre. The 2014 is crisp and dry, with 0 grams of residual sugar, and no sulfites added. Carriere is a parcel on limestone with a good amount of sandstone, which Frick says gives the wine a "claquant" character. Truly not an easy word to translate, a wine that is claquant (from claquer- to clap) has a kind of lip smacking freshness and acidity, and is energetic and lively on the palate. Frick also refers to the wine as "tendu," which is the French word for tense, but here I believe expresses how lean and focused the wine is. Apparently the French love this wine with sushi and sashimi, and I can see why. There's very subtle white stone fruit on the palate, but no softness or fruitiness whatsoever, and the finish is clean and mineral. Drink over several hours, as the wine opens up and reveals a bit more texture with some time open.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2015 Alsace Grand Cru Vorbourg Pinot Gris Maceration

Though it seems like a relatively new category, it turns out winemakers in Alsace have been making skin contact wines for some time. The first may have been Bannwarth, who experimented with qvevri (georgian clay anforae). Then, along with the Fricks, JF Rietsch, Patrick Meyer, and Bruno Scheuller. From the Grand Cru Vorbourg vineyard, this is Pinot Gris with 12 days of skin contact with no sulfites added. The color is a deep auburn/ruby in the glass, almost reminiscent of a light red. On the palate, it's balanced and clean, with faint tannin, peach fuzz, and subtle red fruit.     Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2015 Cremant d'Alsace (Pinot Blanc) Sans sulfite ajouté

A tasty Cremant d'Alsace, 100% Pinot Blanc, with no sulfites added. It's bright and fresh, but also marked by straw notes and some yeasty overtones. It's a touch funky on the palate but overall very rejuvenating and complex. Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Geschickt NV Cremant d'Alsace Double Zero (no dosage/no adde

Double zero stands for zero dosage and zero sulfites added. This Cremant d'Alsace is a blend of Riesling and Pinot Blanc, and is typically aged 3 years sur latte before disgorgement. It's dry and refreshing, and has a remarkable rejuvenating effect. Subtle on the nose, but very complex on the palate, with a long, mineral finish.  -Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 20 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

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  • 4 in stock
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  • 3 in stock
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  • 1 in stock
  • $23.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

Beaujolais

Chignard 2014 Fleurie Les Moriers

The Chignard Fleurie "Les Moriers" is consistently one of our favorite Beaujolais, coming from a high-density vineyard of 60+ year-old vines adjacent to Moulin-a-Vent. The wine is always quite elegant, even a bit austere in it's youth, due to the less extractive winemaking of the Chignards. The 2014 is a bit more expressive and full-bodied on opening, showing intriguing aromas of ripe strawberry, blackberry, plum, citrus and earth with hints of white pepper and spice - really lovely. There is fairly dense blackberry fruit on the palate with earth and  mineral notes and firm acidity with berry fruits and mineral notes lingering in the finish. 12.5% alcohol. This is a potentially great mature Fleurie, best perhaps 2019 to 2025. Hats off to Cédric Chignard for his two beautiful 2014s!

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $23.99

Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2016 Fleurie Cuvée Tardive

From eighty year-old vines on clay and granite soil in Alain Coudert's beautiful Clos de la Roliette, just over the border from Moulin-a-Vent. By "Tardive," Alain Coudert implies that one should wait for this wine to mature, in this case probably about 5 to 7 years, although those unable to wait will certainly enjoy drinking it now. The 2016 is cool-toned and finely structured, at 13% it's showing less density than the 2015 and calling to mind the balance and bright minerality of the 2014 vintage. The wine shows deep ruby in the glass, intense aromas of red fruit, violets, fennel, smoke, and black pepper. The palate is creamy and floral on the attack then develops vivid flavors of blueberry and crushed strawberry layered over earthy spice, game, and stone on the grippy mid-palate. The finish is long and mineral and ends on a slightly bitter citrus note. An elegant and age-worthy vintage from Alain. Drinking now, but should develop beautifully with a few years of bottle age. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $27.99

Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2016 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette

Alain Coudert, who took over from his father in the late 80s, produces some of the finest wines in Fleurie. Originally classified as Moulin-a-Vent, the Clos de la Roilette vines produce a somewhat more structured wine with more black fruit aromas than a "normal" Fleurie.  The 2015s here, as in much of Beaujolais were high in alcohol and extremely ripe, a bit awkward in their youth and needing a few years to calm down. The 2016 Clos de la Roilette has returned to form showing a bright red/garnet color and aromas of crushed raspberry, violette and brown spice with hints of blackberry, citrus and earth. The palate retains the floral character with creamy raspberry fruit and hints of spice, leather and greens, with nice sappy length.  Delicious now and quite easy to drink, although it will benefit from decanting. Serve with charcuterie,  roast chicken, pork dishes and mild cheeses.  As always the Coudert Clos de la Roilette will benefit from 3 to 5 years or more  in the bottle as well.

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $22.99

Descombes, Georges 2014 Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes

The Vieilles Vignes bottlings from Georges Descombes are always among our favorite Beaujolais, and we're very happy to finally have the lovely 2014s in the store! A difficult growing season that was saved by good weather at the end of summer, 2014 produced beautifully balanced and very expressive wines in Beaujolais. The Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes shows floral, spiced strawberry and blackberry fruit, with hints of graphite, earth and citrus. Bright plum, strawberry and black fruits on the palate with rose and citrus, textured and mineral with nice length of berry fruits, bright acidity and earth in the finish. This is a lovely, beautifully balanced Chiroubles, at 12.5% alcohol, that is delicious now, best perhaps 2020 - 2025. DL

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2014 Morgon Vieilles Vignes

This is an extremely pretty Morgon, showing subtle high-toned black raspberry and tart cherry aromas with plum, violet, citrus and brown spice, really lovely. The black and red fruits continue on the palate with complex notes of blood orange, earth, mint and spice. The wine is dense and structured but bright and balanced, finishing with refreshing acidity and mineral flavors. Delicious now, this should be superb in three to five years, and should drink well till 2027. DL

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2014 Regnié Vieilles Vignes

The Descombes Regnié Vieilles Vignes is superb in 2014, showing lovely aromas of red currant and strawberry, violet, orange peel, brown spice and soil. There is velvety strawberry and blackberry compote on the palate with rose, pomegranate, earth and citrus. The finish is long with lemony acidity, mineral flavors and pretty red fruits. This is a complex and beautifully balanced Regnié that is delicious now, with aeration, and it should be superb from 2020 to 2026+. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2015 Brouilly

The 2015 Descombes Brouilly shows a deep red/black color, with aromas of ripe blackberry and strawberry liqueur, with violet, black pepper and citrus - quite lush and pretty. Dark and earthy black fruits on the supple, velvety palate, with good length of sappy fruit that is balanced by refreshing acidity in the finish. This is certainly one of the prettiest and most balanced of the 2015s, really quite delicious in the riper style of the vintage. DL

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2015 Morgon

Georges Descombes, one of the finest producers in Beaujolais, captured the lush fruit of the 2015 vintage with moderate alcohol (13%), lovely aromas and silky, supple fruit on the palate. Blackberry, red currant and violet aromas with hints of meat and chocolate; the palate is quite ripe and pretty with nice balancing acidity and freshness - we miss the more delicate, complex fruit of the 2014, but this is a delicious Morgon in a riper style that will drink beautifully over the next five years. Serve with charcuterie, grilled pork and roast chicken, slightly chilled. DL

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.49

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2015 Regnie

This delicious Regnié shows a vivid red/black color and lush aromas of blackberry liqueur with hints of violet, bitter chocolate and citrus. Ripe, supple berry fruits coat the palate, which is quite well-balanced for a 2015, blackberry and black cherry with lovely length of fruit lingering in the finish which is lifted by firm acidity. This is a great success for the vintage and will provide joyful drinking for the next five years! DL

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Dutraive (Domaine de la Grand Cour) 2016 Brouilly Cuvée VV

From a small hillside parcel of 50-plus year-old vines in Brouilly, certified organic. Carbonic maceration with no addition of SO2, followed by foot-pressing, gravity fed into large barrels or foudres for aging. Light Garnet/black color. The 2016, at 12.5% alcohol, is back to the style of the lovey 2014, showing pretty aromas of raspberry and red currant with bright citrus notes and  smells of earth and stone. The palate is light but intense with bright raspberry and tart cherry flavors over firm acidity with citrus and earth. The finish is refreshing with lingering citrus and mineral flavors. Serve with charcuterie, fish in sauce, chicken and pork dishes or hold for 5 to 8 years as this should be a very pretty mature wine.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2014 Beaujolais Leynes Haut de Balmont

Julien Guillot of the Clos des vignes du Maynes makes this beautiful Beaujolais from a small parcel of 90 year-old Gamay vines of various old varieties in Leynes, just south of Pouilly-Fuissé. The parcel is at 1200 ft in altitude, with granite soils, giving a light but remarkably intense wine at 11.5% alcohol. The wine shows aromas of ripe blackberry, violets and earth, with hints of citrus and spice. Blackberry, plum and strawberry on the palate with firm citrusy acids, earth and mineral flavors. This is an outstanding natural Beaujolais - serve cool with charcuterie, chicken and pork dishes and full-flavored cheeses. David Lillie

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2015 Beaujolais Les Pierres Bleues

Julien Guillot's 2015 "Les Pierres Bleues" is a gorgeous Beaujolais combining elegance and structure with beautiful fruit, for current drinking and medium-term cellaring. The vines are  more than 100 years old, located in the commune of Bully  on an ancient volcanic rift. The subsoil is limestone with sandy clay and dark blue metamorphic rocks, giving a strong salinity to the wine. The vineyard is in organic/biodynamic farming and the wine is produced in the Vignes du Maynes carbonic method with  zero sulfur added. Deep red/black color: slight reduction then bright blackberry fruit, violet, graphite, earth, licorice and citrus. The palate shows lush blackberry and raspberry fruit, creamy and sapid but backed with firm acidity, with violet, earth and citrus notes that continue in the long supple finish. Really delicious and nicely balanced for a 2015 at 12.5 % alcohol - drink now or cellar for 5 to 8 years for a mature experience.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2015 Chénas Ultimatum Climat

Julien Guillot makes this Chenas from purchased, organically grown grapes, with a label (which we wish he would change) designed for the Copenhagen climat conference in 2009. Unfiltered, no added sulfite. The 2015 version of the Chenas "Ultimatum Climat" is a deep and profound Beaujolais that is delicious now but should improve over the next five to eight years. The wine shows aromas of  blackberry and red currant liqueur with violet, cocoa and earth lifted by bright acidity. The palate is rich and textured with berry liqueur, earth and citrus, very supple and sappy. The finish is long with earthy black fruits, stone and citrus with firm acidity. This will be perfect with charcuterie, grilled chicken or pork, or cellar for 3 to five years and drink until 2025.

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $33.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

Perraud (Cotes de la Moliere) 2015 Moulin-a-Vent Sans Soufre

Isabelle and Bruno Perraud make lovely natural wines on their small estate, certified organic in 2002, with vines in Moulin-a-Vent at "Au Vieux Bourg" in Chenas on granite soils that are high in manganese. They also make wines from purchased organic grapes from other appellatons. The 2015 Moulin-a-Vent is at 12% alcohol, very low for the vintage, and shows pretty aromas of blackberry and tart cherry, earth and citrus, lifted by bright acidity. The palate shows very earthy and bright flavors of black fruits with a firm mineral component. The volatile acidity seems a bit high, which sometimes happens with a zero sulfur wine, but gives the wine a brightness that will pair well with charcuterie and grilled foods. "Bottled without sulfur, without additives, without filtration or fining, Living wine."

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2015 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 2015, 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. DL

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $14.99

Bordeaux Red

Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 2004 Margaux

A Margaux like no other, more akin to a 19th century claret than to a modern Bordeaux.The 2004 from Jean-Pierre Boyer shows a lovely deep garnet color and smoky red-currant aromas with earth, violet, licorice, spice and citrus peel. The palate is dense and mineral with firm structure, but showing velvety blackberry, cassis and red currant with earth and mineral flavors and a bit of bitter licorice. The finish is long and firm. Suspend your ideas of Bordeaux and enjoy this complex and Burgundian Margaux. Carafe four hours in advance or cellar ten to twenty years.(On day 2 the wine has deepened and softened into a lovely Burgundian Bordeaux)

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Organic

Bellegrave 2010 Pomerol

This is an oustanding Pomerol from Chateau Bellegrave, which was in conversion to organic certification in 2010. While it shows the depth and structure of this excellent vintage in Bordeaux, the wine is surprisingly supple and forward making it a delicious wine for current drinking. The aromas are ripe and rich with black fruits, cassis and blackberry with sous-bois, cocoa, spice and floral notes. The palate is firm but round, deep and elegant with complex fruit flavors backed by earth and mineral notes with good freshness and silky tannins. Decant this lovely wine  a few hours in advance if possible or cellar for five to fifteen years

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic

Cartier 2014 Saint-Emilion

Château Cartier, the second label of Chateau Fonroque, has been certified organic since 2006 and biodynamic since 2008. The grapes are harvested by hand and macerated slowly. After fermentation with indigenous yeasts, the wine is aged in oak (30% new) for 16 months. On the palate, this 100% Merlot wine displays a rich bouquet of dark and red plums, cassis, ripe red currant with violet and chocolate notes. With high mineral notes on the nose and palate, the wine has some blood and iron overtones. The body is full with smooth tannins. This is a luscious wine that will pair fantastically with grilled meats or barbecued chicken.  Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 46 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $37.99

Chateau Maison Blanche 2011 Saint-Emilion

This Saint Emilion estate owns by the Despagnes family has been certified organic since 2008 and biodynamic since 2013. The wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from at least 45-year old vines on clay. Gerard Despagnes wants his wines to represent classic Bordeaux and it shows. With low yields, use of native yeast, a combination of old and new oak, and little addition of sulfur at bottling, this wine has a beautiful structure with bright acidity, superb minerality, and firm tannins. The nose is full of dark berries, cassis, and plum notes with some iron, dark chocolate, tobacco and cloves undertones. On the palate, the wine is serious with a long and beautiful finish. This is a luscious wine that can be cellared for several years (10+ years). Pair it with beef stew, braised beef, spare ribs or lamb. Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 42 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $79.99

  • Organic

Chateau Massereau 2010 Graves

Château Massereau, an estate located in Barsac, has been farming organically since its acquisition by the Chaigneau family in 2000. The estate is  fully committed to natural wine-making and it shows in the quality of the wine. The grapes are hand-harvested, fermented in concrete vats and then aged in neutral barrique for 18 months with minimal addition of sulfur at bottling. Made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, planted in alluvial soils, the wine displays a bouquet of dark berries and plums with dried green herbs, menthol notes and a hint of violet, tobacco leaf and cedar notes. This elegant wine has a beautiful structure with firm acidity and smooth tannins. A great wine at a beautiful price, this wine will pair fantastically with racks of lamb, kebabs, steaks or pork chops, and it would be a crowd-pleasing choice for your holiday parties!  Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

Chateau Micalet 2014 Haut Medoc

This delectable organic Bordeaux from the Fédieu family is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. On the nose, the wine displays notes of dark berries, cassis, menthol, dried rose petals, violet, yellow tobacco, young leather and oriental spices. On the palate, the balance between acidity, tannin and oak is beautiful. With great minerality coming from the gravelly sandy soils, the wine shows some weight with a bright freshness. Complex without being too much, this lively wine strikes the right balance between a table wine and a wine for more special occasions. To drink with many meat recipes such as steak au poivre, ragouts, lamb kebabs, or braised pork. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 50 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Clos du Jaugueyron (Théron) 2007 Margaux

Just entering maturity, the 2007 Clos du Jaugueyron Margaux has a perfumed nose with aromas of violets, cassis, wild blackberry, and cedar. The mid-weight  palate offers good freshness, fine-grained tannins, and flavors of ripe black currants, hedge fruits, and graphite, with notes of cocoa on a velvety, lingering finish. There is beautiful interplay between the sweet, savory, and structural elements. Lovely now with a bright upside over the next 10-15 years. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Clos du Jaugueyron (Théron) 2010 Margaux

The Margaux is always the most serious and age-worthy of the wines in the Clos du Jaugueyron line-up. Sourced from older vines (some even passing the century mark), this cuvée is a true vin de garde. The 2010 vintage offers aromas of black fruits, cassis, ash, dried thyme, graphite on the nose. The dense palate offers layers of dark cherry, blueberry,  and damson plum flavors, with hints of crushed herbs and chocolate. There is good underlying structure and sense of energy with fine-grained, but firm, tannins and fresh acidity framing the long rising finish. Decant 3-5 hours ahead if drinking now or hold 10-15 years and drink from there. This is lovely old school Bordeaux!  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $111.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Couronneau 2015 Bordeaux Superieur

This 100% Merlot wine from Château Couronneau, an estate certified organically and biodynamically since 2009 and 2011 respectively, is a fun full-bodied Bordeaux. With a bouquet of ripe plums, blackberries, dark cherries, violet, and vanilla cream notes, the wine reminds me of summer times in the South of France when I was a child. On the palate, the wine has a beautiful density with good acidity and firm tannin. A great value, this wine will be the perfect companion to any barbecued meat or a classic steak and frites. Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

Grolet 2015 Côtes de Bourg Tête de Cuvée

Our biodynamic friends, the Hubert family, make this lovely Bordeaux with the best juice from Chateau La Grolet, coming from old vines of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. The 2015 shows lovely aromas of ripe cassis and blackberry with cedar, brown spice and earth, really quite pretty. The palate is elegant and well-structured with cassis and red fruits over firm acidity with earth and mineral flavors. This is a real Bordeaux of terroir that is delicious now especially if decanted many hours in advance or opened the night before. Cellaring for ten to fifteen years will create a lovely mature wine. David Lillie Please carafe before serving.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $164.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

Peybonhomme 2014 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Quintessence

Château Peybonhomme-les-Tours is a fantastic organic- and biodynamic-certified estate located in Blaye on slopes of clay over limestone.  The Quintessence is the top cuvée of the domaine and reflects the beautiful philosophy of wine making of the Hubert family. The 2014 wine is a blend of Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), a portion of which is aged in new oak. With a gorgeous bouquet of ripe cassis, dark berries and cherries, vanilla, yellow tobacco, and violet notes, the wine is complex and inviting. On the palate, the wine shows a superb structure with supple tannins, great acidity, and firm minerality with a long finish. A delectable wine at a great price, this beautiful Bordeaux will accompany anything from casual to fancy meals. Bring it to your holiday festivities, it will make a wonderful gift to drink now or cellar it for 5-10 years. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Peybonhomme 2015 Bordeaux Energies (Anfora)

The Peybonhomme-les-Tours "Energies" is a selection of the best grapes, vinified with wild yeasts and aged for 12 months in terra cotta amphorae, 60% Merlot, 30% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine shows a dense red/black color with ripe blackberry and cassis aromas with stone and earth. The palate is supple, sapid and ripe with blackberry liqueur, red currant, bitter chocolate and stone. The finish is long with saline mineral flavors and firm acidity. The "Energies" is an elegant glass of Bordeaux that is lovely now with grilled meats, stews and full-flavored cheeses. Or cellar for ten years as this should age beautifully. Congratulations to the Huberts for this beautiful natural wine!

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $199.99

Bordeaux Sweet

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white sweet
  • 26 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $349.99

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $299.99

Yquem 1981 Sauternes .375 ml

(From half-bottle.) Though not considered a legendary vintage for Yquem, the 1981 has plenty of verve and class to recommend it. The nose shows apricot, orange marmalade, honey and brunt sugar and notes of vanilla. The palate is rich though, perhaps not as unctuous as more lauded vintages, offering flavors of burnt orange, crème brulée, pineapple, and honey. This is mature yet still has plenty of energy and freshness provided by the still lively acidity which carries through on the long and pleasingly bitter finish. John McIlwain

  • white sweet
  • 20 in stock
  • $179.99

Bordeaux White

Couronneau 2016 Bordeaux Blanc Sec

Chateau Couronneau is a certified organic and Biodynamic estate located east of Saint-Emilion and south of Saint-Foy, producing wines in the Bordeaux and Bordeaux-Saint-Foy apellations. Made from 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Sauvignon Gris, the 2016 Bordeaux Blanc shows aromas of pear, fines herbes, citrus and boxwood. The palate is ripe but refreshing with pear, quince, ripe citrus and mineral flavors. This is an outstanding value that shows the organic and Biodynamic vineyard work in the pure fruit and mineral flavors - a delicious and versatile everyday white that will accompany seafood, chicken and pork dishes. DL

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $119.99

Burgundy White

Beaufort (Amaury) 2014 Bourgogne Tonnerre Vaumorillon

Amaury Beaufort, with help from his brothers, is making superb natural wines in Tonnerre on steep hillsides with Kimmeridgian soils near the village of Junay. (Northwest of the city of Tonnerre) Vaumorillon is a hillside vineyard near Junay with white clay ("grise terre") over the limestone. Yields of 22 ha/ha, 11.5% alcohol. The wine shows very complex aromas of dried pear and apple, lemon peel, honey, pine, almond and stone - showing a bit more fruit than the 2015 Côte de Junay. The palate is lean but with dense pear, dried herbs, lemon oil and almond, finishing with intense mineral flavors and firm acidity. Serve with sushi, grilled fish, roast chicken, alpine cheeses. Long-term aging seems possible. For lovers of De Moor Chablis... David Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beaufort (Amaury) 2015 Bourgogne Tonnerre Côte de Junay

Amaury Beaufort, with help from his brothers, is making superb natural wines in Tonnerre on steep hillsides with Kimmeridgian soils near the village of Junay. (Northwest of the city of Tonnerre) Cête de Junay is a steep  parcel requiring all vineyard work by hand. Yields are about 15 hl/ha, at 11.5% in 2015. The wine shows delicate but complex aromas of lime-flower, dried white fruits, almond and stone with hints of chamomile and dried herbs. The palate is crystalline and bone dry with citrus, stone and dried pear - light, but with great density and length and finishing with stone, anise, pear and lemon peel over saline minerals. No added SO2. Congratualtions to the Beauforts for this unique and scintillating wine! Serve with oysters, sushi, fresh goat cheeses, grilled sole or cod.

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $37.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $87.99

Champs de l'Abbaye 2014 Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Nature

From organic Chardonnay grapes grown in the Côte Chalonnaise near Mercurey. This is an excellent Champagne-alternative at a great value. Aromas of freshly baked brioche, zesty citrus, and white flowers lift from the glass. The palate is very dry and densely mineral  with flavors of ripe pear, hints of baking spice, and stony acidity. A delicious, food-friendly bottle for any occasion. Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

Champs de l'Abbaye 2015 Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay

The Hasard’s Bourgogne Blanc is made from hand-harvested and certified organic Chardonnay grown on a limestone/clay parcel in Aluze, next to Mercurey. The native-yeast fermentation lasts 10 months in barrel and only minimal SO2 is added at bottling. The 2015 is more fruit-forward on the nose, with aromas of dried mango, pear followed by ripe yellow fruits and river rocks. The palate is mineral, saline, and layered with notes of dried apricot, fennel, white flowers, and stone on a very generous finish. An excellent value white Burgundy that would pair well with oysters, cheeses, or roast chicken with herbs. Amanda Bowman 

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Chandon de Briailles 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile de Vergeleses Blanc

From 1 HA of vines planted in 1985 by Claude de Nicolay’s mother. In addition to Chardonnay, there are 6 rows of Pinot Blanc. Something of a rarity as Ile des Vergelesses is considered by most to be the finest red wine climat in Pernand Vergelesses, the Blanc from Chandon de Briailles also features  Pinot Blanc adding an extra layer of aromatics to this Pernand blanc. Floral on the nose with aromas of honeysuckle, apple blossom, and bosc pear. The palate is generous with notes of lemon curd, tropical fruit, and stone on the midweight, pretty, energetic, and forward palate. Delicious now and a true rarity! Enjoy with roasted chicken, turkey or guinea hen, broiled swordfish,  or strong cheeses. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

Collet, Romain 2014 Chablis Premier Cru Butteaux

Sea spray, green apple, white flowers, fine stony detail on palate; cool lifted, slightly herbal finish. Plenty of flint in the tank still. Drink and hold. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 40 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $129.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $22.99

Fichet 2015 Meursault

The 2015 Meursault shows a degree of the ripeness of the vintage, though it manifests itself in a layered density, rather than softness or weight. The nose offers aromas of ripe pear, honeysuckle, and orange oil, with just a hint of reduction which blows off with some tine in the glass. The palate is ripe, lush and shows good concentration, framed by a pungent minerality and acidity. Tasting the 2014 and 2015 vintages side by side in the cellar, it was remarkable how much energy was inherent in the wines in each. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $74.99

Fichet 2015 Meursault 375ml

The 2015 Meursault shows a degree of the ripeness of the vintage, though it manifests itself in a layered density, rather than softness or weight. The nose offers aromas of ripe pear, honeysuckle, and orange oil, with just a hint of reduction which blows off with some tine in the glass. The palate is ripe, lush and shows good concentration, framed by a pungent minerality and acidity. Tasting the 2014 and 2015 vintages side by side in the cellar, it was remarkable how much energy was inherent in the wines in each. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

Fichet 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Referts

Though duly famous for his Meursaults, Jean-Philippe Fichet makes one heck of a Puligny-Montrachet. His 2015 Puligny 1er cru Les Referts is just beautiful with a nose redolent of white flowers, lemon blossom, white apricot, lemon, and a cool sweet green note, reminiscent of sugar snap peas. The flavor profile matches ripe white fruits with a clinging stoniness on a lifted, energetic, and long finish. This is fabulous and displays more Puligny class than vintage ripeness. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2015 Bourgogne Blanc En Rimont

Julien Guillot at Vignes du Maynes makes this elegant white Burgundy from an organic parcel on crumbly limestone that has 15% Pinot Gris and 85% Chardonnay. Just delicious in 2015, the "En Rimont" shows aromas of dried pear and apple, almond and stone with hints of spice, citrus and honeysuckle. The palate is quite elegant with earthy white fruits, hay, almond, white pepper and citrus. Quite supple and pure (vinified with minimal SO2) this is a very food-friendly wine that will accompany full-flavored fish and shellfish dishes, chicken and white meats and a wide variety of cheeses. Lovely wine!   David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2015 Pouilly-Fuissé

Julien Guillot of the Clos des Vignes du Maynes produces this beautiful wine from a parcel certified in organic and biodynamic farming in Pouilly-Fuissé. The 2015 shows ripe pear, almond, lemon confit, botrytis, lime flower and herbal aromas, quite complex and lovely. The palate is silky and dense with citrus, almond, pear and mineral flavors that continue on the long finish wrapped in saline acidity.  This is a Pouilly-Fuissé that is full of character and complexity - serve with full-flavored fish dishes, chicken in sauce, white meats and strong cheeses and it should age nicely as well. David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $78.99

Lafouge 2015 Auxey-Duresses Les Hautés Blanc

From a north-facing parcel fairly high on the slope next to Meursault Les Vireuils. Subtle, rather delicate aromas of lime-flower and citrus, with white fruits, stone and honeysuckle. The palate is fresh and bright with mineral flavors predominating, with pear, lemon peel and herbal notes, quite pure and refreshing. The opposite of an oaky fruit-bomb, this is a light and lovely Chardonnay of terroir that will accompany shellfish, sole, flounder, cod and young goat cheeses. 

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $35.99

Lafouge 2015 Meursault Les Meix Chavaux

A full-bodied white Burgundy is a great choice for Thanksgiving and this beautiful Meursault from Jean and Gilles Lafouge will wow  everyone at the table...From eighty year-old vines, in mid-slope on thin well-drained clay/limestone soils, the 2015 Meix Chavaux shows elegant pear, lemon, lime and floral aromas. The palate is rich and ripe with white fruits and exotic citrus covering the chalky core, with firm acidity and mineral flavors in the finish. Serve with full-flavored fish dishes, poultry and white meats, mild cheeses. This is a beautiful young Meursault that is delicious now and over the next ten years. 

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $48.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $139.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $209.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $14.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $114.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $247.99

Rateau 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Les Coucherias

Beaune 1er Cru "Les Coucherias" is high on the slope on the site of an old quarry and much of the sub-soil is limestone tailings, permitting root penetration and drainage, with a topsoil of mixed clay and limestone "marnes blanches." In biodynamic agriculture since 1979, the vineyard is a south-facing semi-circle—a very warm spot giving a full, ripe wine. The 2016 "Coucherias" is an extraordinary wine showing elegant aromas of almond, lemon confit and pear with subtle spice and mineral notes. The palate is deep and concentrated but beautifully balanced by firm acidity, very sapid and pure with a perfect finish of stone, pear, lemon and herbal flavors.  This is a beautiful white Burgundy that is superb now but will be even better after a few years in the cellar, probably best 2021 - 2030. Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2016 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc

Jean-Claude Rateau makes lovely wines in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune in his east-facing vineyard of clay/limestone and marne soils. Quite racy and bright as usual in 2016, the wine shows a very pale bronze color with subtle aromas of pear, almond, thyme, marzipan and citrus.  The palate is crystalline and stony with pear, citrus, roast almond and mineral flavors and terrific length. Serve with oysters, grilled seafoods, roast chicken and mild goat cheeses or cellar for 5 to 8 years. This is a real Chardonnay of terroir and a great value! David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $37.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Vignes du Maynes (Julien Guillot) 2014 Cremant de Bourgogne Extra-Brut Ste. Genevieve

The 2014 Sainte-Geneviève is a superb Champagne method sparkling wine made with 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay grown at the Clos des Vignes du Maynes. The wine shows lovely aromas of white and red fruits, spiced pear and honey. The palate is creamy and full, with pear, a hint of red currant, honey, stone and brown spice with fabulous length. This is a beautiful living wine from soils that have never been treated with herbicides, pesticides or modern fertilizers. Highly recommended. 

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes (Julien Guillot) 2014 Cremant de Bourgogne St. Genevieve 1.5 L (arr.11/28

The 2014 Sainte-Geneviève is a superb Champagne method sparkling wine made with 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay grown at the Clos des Vignes du Maynes. The wine shows lovely aromas of white and red fruits, spiced pear and  blood orange with hints of cinnamon. The palate is creamy and full, with pear, a hint of red currant, honey, stone and brown spice with fabulous length. This is a beautiful living wine from soils that have never been treated with herbicides, pesticides or modern fertilizers. Highly recommended.  

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2015 Mâcon-Cruzille Les Chassagnes 1.5L

This is a superb, subtle and very mineral Chardonnay from a replanted parcel at the very top of the Clos, abandoned since 1896, with thin clay soils rich in iron over limestone. A great terroir, never chemically treated and worked in biodynamic farming by Alain and Julien Guillot.  The 2015 "les Chassagnes" is a beautiful wine, a bit fuller than the 2014 but still quite racy and stony with hints of white fruits, spice and honey. The palate is silky and crystalline - all minerals with subtle citrus and white fruits, very long and elegant. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $81.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $24.99

Champagne

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $129.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

Agrapart 2010 Champagne Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Vénus

Sourced from a small plot withing La Fosse, planted in 1959, Venus is named after the draft horse that plowed the vines. The soils are exceptionally chalky relative to the soils of other parts of Avize which have more clay, per Peter Liem. Aged under cork rather than crown cap and bottled without dosage, Venus is profoundly mineral and a study in chalk, with the old vines' deep roots preserving that sense of terroir even in warmer or 'off'  vintages.

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $199.99

Agrapart 2010 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Minéral

Mineral is a vintage-dated blend of Chardonnay from two particularly chalky lieux dits within the  grand cru villages of Cramant and Avize, with the grapes from Bionnes (Cramant) vinified in demi-muid and Le Champ Bouton (Avize) vinified in tank and blended in equal parts.

  • white sparkling
  • 42 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $219.99

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $269.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $449.99

  • white sparkling
  • 45 in stock
  • no discount
  • $55.99

  • white sparkling
  • 48 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

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
  • 10 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $133.99

  • 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
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $115.99

  • Organic

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
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $76.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Demi-Sec

2002 is a "magnificent vintage for Champagne" says Jancis Robinson and the 2002 Beaufort Policy Demi-Sec (disgorged in June 201) is a beautiful example. The aromas are a lovely melange of honeyed citrus, pear and exotic fruits and floral notes with chalk, caramel and anise. The palate is a treat of sweet white fruits and citrus backed by earth and stone flavors with just enough acidity. The finish has a nice mineral balance and terrific length. Superb now, this will be very interesting in ten years or more, as after forteen years on the lees it seems youthful and firm. (last of stock)  David Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2006 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut

The 2006 Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru shows subtle mature aromas of pear, almond, marzipan and citrus, very earthy with hints of exotic fruit and spice and wet stone. Give this some time to open up.  The palate shows a delicate, creamy mousse with complex earthy white fruits, herbal notes and mineral flavors with nice acidity in the finish. A lovely wine of contemplation.  (Disgorged June 2017)

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $81.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2006 Champagne Polisy Brut

 Subtle aromas of white fruits and creamy lemon with hints of spice and herbs, the palate is round and ripe with pear, citrus, almond, spice, anise...  The finish is long and creamy with complex spice and mineral notes. The mousse is soft and delicate as with most of the Beaufort wines. This is a great White Burgundy that's masquerading as Champagne. (Disgorged March 2017)  DL

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2006 Coteaux Champenois Ambonnay Rouge

Dusty wild blackberry fruit, wild strawberry, violets on the nose. Fine blend of hedge fruit and red fruits on the lighter mid weight palate. Bright acidity, good elemental sweetness with a hint on sous bois on a vibrant lingering, chalky finish.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru

White flowers, orange peel, bergamot, chalk on the nose. Fine bead, bright acid, salted plum, citrus oil, and fine line of stone on the supple and rich palate. Power, tension and suave finish. One heck of an Ambonnay and a fine bottle of Beaufort! (Disgorged June 2017)  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $53.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • $54.99

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Polisy Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature

André Beaufort 2010 Polisy Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature, disgorged October, 2016. This is a youthful and brilliant Blanc de Noir from Amaury Beaufort and family that is sensationally vinous and complex, reflecting the decades of organic farming and low yields at this extraordinary estate. The wine shows aromas of raspberry, peach, lime-flower, citrus, hazelnut and stone. The palate is ripe and firmly structured with citrusy acids enveloping red fruits, thistle and creamy lemon with stone, white fruit, floral and mineral flavors in the long finish. This is a young and beautiful wine that will accompany a meal such as fish in sauce or chicken with morels, and of course delicious as an aperitif. Rich but quite age-worthy, perhaps best 2020 to 2030. DL

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Polisy Rosé Brut

For its striking blood orange/copper color and for its vinous character, Beaufort's 2010 Rosé is one of the most compelling Champagnes on our shelves. 100% Pinot Noir from Beaufort's Polisy vineyards, there are geographic and stylistic similarities to great Rosé des Riceys. Aromas of cherry compote, cinnamon, spearmint, and butterscotch give way to gingerbread and herbal notes. The palate is broad and balanced with a juicy core of cherries, tangerines, and red plums before a lengthy mocha and mulberry finish. One of Beaufort's best rosés to date!  Tasting notes  Jan 2017 "Absolutely super, in the end the wine of the night. Transparent, super light but dense and complex, long and unfolding in waves..." (Current stock disgorged June, 2017)

  • rosé sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 24 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

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
  • 44 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $37.99

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
  • white sparkling
  • 29 in stock
  • no discount
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 23 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bérêche NV (2013 Base) Extra Brut Rose Campania Remensis

Bérêche's Campania Remensis is a consistently fascinating rosé champagne, in a category fraught with uninspiring wines. The 2013 base is 65% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 5% still red wine from Ormes on the western side of the Montagne de Reims. This year the robe is salmon pink, verging on copper. The nose is redolent of wild strawberries, red currant, and pomegranate, with citrus peel and spicy top notes. The mid-weight palate displays a fine tension between ripe red fruit and an agile mineral precision. The balance here is impeccable and the finish textured and nuanced. Every year Bérêche makes a compelling case for rosé champagne and the 2013 base is an especially delicious example. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 37 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael 2009 Champagne 1er Cru Ludes Le Cran

Of Bérêche's single vineyard wines, Le Cran is the richest and most powerful. Sourced from mid-slope parcels in Ludes and comprised of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Le Cran is a convincing argument for the distinctive terroir of the village. The vines are farmed organically, the base wines fermented and aged in wood, and the secondary fermentation done under cork rather than crown cap. The 2009 has a pale golden robe, a soft mousse, and fine bead. The nose is a melange of biscuity, autolytic aromas, with ripe tropical and orchard fruit notes giving way to scents of citrus peel and wet stone. The ample palate offers flavors of fresh golden apple, lemon curd, and mirabelle plum with a spine of salty minerality framing the ripeness. This is a powerful champagne whose richness is perfectly counterbalanced by its underlying structure and should gain nuance with 5-10 years in the cellar. Bravo! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV "L12" Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 12

Based on a perpetual cuvée dating from the 1980's, the wine combines the vivid, nervy fruit of a recent vintage with the burnished, textural and aromatic complexity of the aged wines which make up the 'solera.' The secondary fermentation under cork rather than crown cap adds an additional layer of finesse with a delicate bead and soft mousse. Reflets is 2/3 reserve wine and 1/3 from the 2012 vintage. The current release has a golden yellow robe and a super fine bead. The nose features aromas of shortbread, ripe apple, orange zest and baking spice. The palate is round and broad with an underlying mineral tension and a cool, vibrant, rising finish. Better served in a white wine glass to allow  the aromas to develop. A fine pairing with richer seafood dishes, roast poultry, or enjoy with a fine Comté. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 59 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (2013 Base) Champagne Brut Nature Beaux Regards Chardonnay

Les Beaux Regards is a blend of two parcels of Chardonnay in Ludes on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims planted in 1964 and 1970. The loamy clay soils produce a Champagne more vinous in character, rather than exclusively taut and chalky. The 2013 displays floral and stone fruit aromas with lemon blossom, brioche, and nectarine giving way to citrus peel and green apple. The palate is distinctly chalky and racy, with overtly mineral flavors, cool notes of mint and quinine, and a long tangy, sapid finish.  (Dosage 3g/L) John McIlwain 

  • white sparkling
  • 51 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (2013 Base) Champagne Extra Brut Rive Gauche

100% old-vine Pinot Meunier sourced from the lieu-dit Le Misy, located in Port à Binson on the southern bank of the Marne river. Fermented with native yeasts in barrel and aged under cork, Bérêche's 2013 base edition of Rive Gauche makes a convincing case for champagne made from the oft-underestimated Pinot Meunier grape. The old vines restrict the sometimes overly exuberant quality of the variety, and while the wine shows lovely ripeness, there is a fine, bracing minerality framing the generous fruit. The nose shows lovely aromas of stone fruits and white flowers: white peaches, Rainier cherry, and russet apple, along with notes of honey and orange oil. Similar fruit notes appear on the medium-bodied palate, with a layered mineral complexity lending structure and energy, not to mention a fine sapidity on the lingering zesty finish.  A fine apéritif and with charcuterie, but better still at the table with rare tuna, veal tartare, or for a bit of old school fun, clams casino. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (base 12) Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan 1.5 L

Based on a perpetual cuvée dating from the 1980's, the wine combines the vivid, nervy fruit of a recent vintage with the burnished, textural and aromatic complexity of the aged wines which make up the 'solera.' The secondary fermentation under cork rather than crown cap adds an additional layer of finesse with a delicate bead and soft mousse. Reflets is 2/3 reserve wine and 1/3 from the 2012 vintage. The current release has a golden yellow robe and a super fine bead. The nose features aromas of shortbread, ripe apple, orange zest and baking spice. The palate is round and broad with an underlying mineral tension and a cool, vibrant, rising finish. Better served in a white wine glass to allow  the aromas to develop. A fine pairing with richer seafood dishes, roast poultry, or enjoy with a fine Comté. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $249.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (Base 14/15) Champagne Brut Réserve

Bérêche is one of our favorite growers with a number of smaller terroir specific cuvées and a wonderfully expressive base cuvée. The current disgorgement is a blend of 30% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 35% Pinot Meunier including 30% of wines from a perpetual blending system - aged in demi-muid (600 liters) barrels. Disgorged in July, 2017 with a dosage of 7 grams, the Brut Réserve is classically styled with a fine bead and burnished biscuity notes. Notes of golden delicious apple and red fruit dominate the nose with a palate that is both fresh and rich with a fine line of minerality throughout. This will make for an elegant apéritif, and work beautifully with richer foods such as chicken, poached salmon, or even lobster rolls. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 60 in stock
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  • $41.99

Bérêche, Raphael NV Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 11

For holiday celebrations, Champagne is a must. Not just for the festive association of bubbles, but also because it is truly one of the most versatile wines to grace one's table. The inherent acidity of the wine cuts through the richness of the foods, while the bubbles and moderate alcohol invigorate the palate rather than tire it. One of my favorite Champagnes for the table (not just Thanksgiving or Christmas) is Bérêche's Reflets d'Antan. Based on a perpetual cuvée dating from the 1980's, the wine combines the vivid, nervy fruit of a recent vintage with the burnished, textural and aromatic complexity of the aged wines which make up the 'solera.' The secondary fermentation under cork rather than crown cap adds an additional layer of finesse with a delicate bead and soft mousse. This will pair beautifully with most of the foods on your holiday table (skip the marshmallows, please). Better served in a white wine glass to allow  the aromas to develop.  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $104.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV Champagne Brut Réserve 1.5L (Base 14/15)

Bérêche is one of our favorite growers with a number of smaller terroir specific cuvées and a wonderfully expressive base cuvée. The current disgorgement is a blend of 30% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 35% Pinot Meunier including 30% of wines from a perpetual blending system - aged in demi-muid (600 liters) barrels. Disgorged in July, 2017 with a dosage of 7 grams, the Brut Réserve is classically styled with a fine bead and burnished biscuity notes. Notes of golden delicious apple and red fruit dominate the nose with a palate that is both fresh and rich with a fine line of minerality throughout. This will make for an elegant apéritif, and work beautifully with richer foods such as chicken, poached salmon, or even lobster rolls. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 27 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $374.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bouchard, Cedric 2011 Champagne Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Blanc La Bolorée

In many ways Bolorée is as much an expression of Cedric Bouchard's aesthetic as it is an expression of terroir. It is made in tiny quantities from 50-year-old parcel of Pinot Blanc planted on chalk rather than the typical argilo-calcaire (clay and limestone) of the Aube. And while Pinot Blanc can be a bit vapid in some cases, Bouchard's has a taut, mineral, and nervy architecture beneath the richness of the fruit. John McIlwain  

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $164.99

Brochet, Emmanuel NV (2013 base) Champagne Extra Brut 1er Cru Le Mont Benoit

Emmanuel Brochet, produces Champagnes of particularly mineral character from the clay and limestone soils of a single lieu-dit called Le Mont Benoit located in the northern part of the Montagne de Reims. The vines are date from 1962 and 1984 and have been farmed organically since 2005 and certified since 2008. The current disgorgement of Le Mont Benoit Extra Brut is based on the the 2013 vintage with reserve wine from the 2012 vintage. The cepage is 39% Pinot Noir 37% Pinot Meunier, and 24% Chardonnay fermented in barrel with native yeasts and bottled with a dosage of  4 grams/L. Newly arrived, the wine is a bit aromatically reticent, though with air reveals pear skin and stony notes.  The palate is quite chiseled and vinous, high-lighting a denser rather than chalky minerality or overt fruit.  And while powerful, this is quite elegant, if coiled and shows quite long and dry, though not quite austere. Within this structure are lovely notes of blood orange peel, salt, and apricot with hints of autolyse. This is  quite young, but has great energy within and will reward mid to longer term aging. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 27 in stock
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  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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  • $82.99

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Collin, Ulysse 2011 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Pierrières

Olivier Collin has been producing Champagnes of poise, power, and terroir since 2004. His "Pierrières" bottling derives from a 1.2HA plot of 30+ year old vines in Vert-Toulon southwest of Vertus. The soil here is very thin and comprised of chalk and black silex. The aromatics are spicy and savory while the palate is trim and elegant. If you could call any of Collin's wines precocious, this would be the one. The 2011 edition contains 30% reserve wine from 2010 and is just a touch more forward than previous years.The nose offers a combination of yellow fruit, sea spray, and crushed herbs. The palate, while somewhat sinewy and almost startlingly flinty and chalky, evolves to show layers of complex ripe fruit and spice notes on the long and quite detailed finish. Patience will certainly reward the Champagne lover who squirrels away a bottle of two of this beautiful blanc de blancs. John McIlwain

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Horiot 2012 Rosé des Riceys En Barmont (Still)

Though there are fewer than 20 growers of Rosé des Riceys, we tend to think of the wines as a coming from a single terroir. By vinifying separately two different lieux dits, Olivier Horiot shows the possibilities of expression within the appellation. En Barmont is a warm site, whose southerly exposure and marls interspersed with Kimmeridgian limestone produce a ripe Pinot Noir with a broader character than nearby En Valigrain. The 2012 En Barmont has a darker garnet/copper robe, effusive and floral on the nose with wild cherry, cherry blossom, and Red Delicious apple aromas. On the palate, vivid,  racy acidity, bright red fruits with hints of crushed herbs, and a fine dusty minerality on a broad expansive finish. This is quite pretty with a generous ripeness and exuberance. John McIlwain 

  • red
  • 38 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
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Laherte Frères 2007 Champagne Extra Brut Les Empreintes Disg. 02/12

This wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, with some of the Chardonnay in the blend a rare strain called Chardonnay "Muscaté," which is marked by the exotic flavors of the Muscat grape. These vines of Chardonnay "Muscaté" are very old and massale selected, planted by Aurélian Laherte's grandfather. This wine offers delightful notes of anise, citrus zest, and foxy white flowers on the nose, yet it's a subtle wine with the chalkiness of the soil speaking loudly on the finish, which shows citrus pith and an intriguing note of cherry red fruit. Bottled as an Extra Brut, the wine receives 4 grams dosage. (disgorged 2/12) MSB

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
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  • Organic
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Laherte Frères NV Champagne Brut Ultradition .375 ml

60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay that doesn't go through malolactic fermentation, along with 10% Pinot Noir. There is a delicate red fruit quality — pale plums — but otherwise the high-toned Chardonnay comes through with a delightful lemon tone. Earthy salinity and minerals lead to a dry, mouth-watering finish. A large percentage of Meunier gives this Champagne a broad, rich, earthy character that matches very well with Beau Soleil oysters and Caviar. MSB

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
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  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
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  • Organic
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  • white sparkling
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  • rosé sparkling
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  • Organic
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Léclapart, David NV Champagne Trépail 1er cru L'Apôtre Extra Brut

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $129.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Maison Bérêche 2007 Champagne Côte des Blancs "Côte" disg. 01/16, 4g/l

Sourced from the grand cru village of Cramant in the Côte des Blancs, La Côte Grand Cru 2007 is beginning to display the aged character of Champagne from the famed village, a balance of mineral precision with the burnished fruit character of long aging sur latte. On the nose lemon oil, honeycomb, and brioche aromas overlay hints of seashell, and stone. The palate shows hints of halzelnut, brown butter, Seville orange, salt, and crushed herbs on a creamy, rich, rounded, finish with fine bead and good persistence. (4g/L dosage, disgorged 01/16.) John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
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  • 19 in stock
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  • 7 in stock
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  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $59.99

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Mouzon Leroux NV Champagne Rose de Saignee Verzy L'Incandescent b12

Mouzon-Leroux in the grand cru village of Verzy on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims makes Champagnes of great finesse and precision through  good farming (they've been working biodynamically since 2008) and astute wine-making. Made from 100% Pinot Noir and macerated for 16hours and aged in a combination of tank and barrel. With soft mousse, fine bead,  and pale salmon robe, the 2012 L'Incandescence rosé saignée offers aromas of strawberry, watermelon, Rio Star grapefruit, and sea spray. The broad saline palate shows flavors of wild berries, citrus peel, and red currant on a mid-weight, succulent, persistent finish. There's a subtle background spiciness here, which makes me think this would be a fabulous Champagne for the Thanksgiving table. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $52.99

Piollot NV Extra-Brut Come des Tallants No Dosage

Sourced from less than a hectare parcel of old-vine Pinot Noir, the Come des Tallants is the jewel of Roland's range. Beginning with a crystalline clear and brilliant golden yellow in the glass and very finely beaded mousse, the nose shows aromas of Greengage, lillies, spearmint, toffee, guava, and some musky tones. The palate is finely chiseled with a nervy minerality, buoyed by a weighty concentration and a full aromatic range of wild flowers, which continues through to a finely pointed finish. A fantastic effort and Champagne from Roland Piollot! (Dosage : Zero, Disgorged : 7/2015). This beautiful Champagne is a superb value and a great way to start, or enjoy during your holiday feast!

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
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  • $41.99

  • Organic

Pouillon, R 2008 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Chemin du Bois

An organically-farmed Blanc de Noirs from the eponymous lieu-dit in the premier cru village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The wine is a notable expression of this terroir, as Fabrice Pouillon reveals by vinifying with only the natural sugars from perfectly ripe Pinot Noir, in addition to only utilizing the indigenous yeasts present in the must. He accomplishes this by chilling unsulfured grape must in tank to a temperature low enough to prevent spoilage or fermentation. This must is then used for the secondary fermentation, as well as the dosage after disgorgement, rather than cane sugars or MCR. The resulting wine is layered and supple with a fine bead, displaying red fruits, blood orange peel, and spices, expressing the vinous character of Pinot Noir grown in the clays of the Grande Vallee de la Marne. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 25 in stock
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  • Organic
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Roses de Jeanne (Cedric Bouchard) 2010 Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Béchalin (La Parcelle)

Côte de Béchalin, formerly known as La Parcelle when part of the Inflorescence lineup, comes from a meticulously farmed .73 hectare parcel in Celles-sur-Ource. Where previously Bouchard sold wines made by the former owner, then vinified the wines in those cellars, 2007 was the first vintage where the wines were made completely in Bouchard's cellars. While these champagnes have seemed to have a broader palate with more exotic fruit, they maintain poise with pinpoint acidity. One can certainly enjoy this now, but some time in the cellar to further knit the elements of structure and fruit should pay off handsomely. -John McIlwain  

  • white sparkling
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Roses de Jeanne (Cedric Bouchard) 2013 Champagne Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Noirs Ursules 1.5 L

Les Ursules is a Blanc de Noirs from a single parcel of less than a hectare of the same name in the Côtes des Bars.  As always Cédric Bouchard’s aesthetic is vineyard expression above all. This single vineyard, single vintage Pinot Noir is raised in stainless steel, to avoid any influence of wood  that would mask the character of the terroir. The long, slow secondary fermentation and bottling without dosage produces a vinous, savory champagne that benefits from decanting and serving in a wine glass rather than a flute to better appreciate the concentrated, earthy character of the Pinot Noir grown in this vineyard.  John McIlwain 

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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Roses de Jeanne (Cedric Bouchard) 2015 base Champagne Blanc de Noirs Val de Vilaine

Formerly known as Infloresence, as of 2012, Val de Vilaine, this blanc de noirs comes from a south-facing 1.49ha plot of vines in Polisy planted in 1974 owned by Cédric's father. If there's such a thing as an 'entry level' Champagne in Bouchard's lineup, this is it. Historically more approachable when young than Bouchard's other wines, Val de Vilaine, is now more tightly wound and concentrated as the already small yields were nearly halved to 26hl/ha bringing it in line with the other cuvées of Roses de Jeanne. Here you'll find a classic expression of Polisy terroir. -John McIlwain  

  • white sparkling
  • 35 in stock
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Ruppert-Leroy 2011 Champagne Brut Nature Martin Fontaine (2011)

Located in the hills above Essoyes, Ruppert-Leroy's vines are a study of polyculture, in contrast to most of the vineyards of Champagne. All are adjacent to forest, with dozens of herbs, wildflowers, grasses growing between the rows. In the Spring, there is a riot of color between the vines. Martin-Fontaine is 100% Chardonnay, fermented with native yeasts, bottled without dosage as of the 2013 vintage sees no addition of sulfur. We are lucky to be able to revisit the 2011, which is in a beautiful place at the moment, with a nose redolent of shortbread, lemon curd, and wet stone. The palate is stony, saline, and quite savory  with umami notes vying for attention with pure flavors of ripe white orchard fruits. Quite pretty and detailed, this shows the potential of the terroir in this part of the Aube. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
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  • $69.99

  • Organic
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Ruppert-Leroy 2012 Champagne Brut Nature "Fosse-Grely" Autrement

We have waited all summer for the no sulfur added Fosse-Grely "Autrement" and it's finally here! Sourced from organically and biodynamically grown grapes in the chalky/clay soils of single, north-west facing, amphitheater-shaped parcel, this wine is 100% Pinot Noir and brilliantly golden in color with a finely beaded mousse. The nose offers aromas of Cortland apples, hazelnuts, anise, toffee, and lime blossom. While the palate is alive with a powerful minerality that carries notes of Jonagold and Granny Smith apples, fenugreek, and linden blossom through to a hazelnut finish. Finely balanced and delicious! (Disgorged 4/2015) - David Salinas

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  • Organic
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  • Organic
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Ruppert-Leroy 2013 Champagne Brut Nature Pinot Noir "Les Cognaux"

While today we tend to think of most wines in terms of fruit or mineral descriptors, some transcend those notes with profoundly savory character. Ruppert-Leroy's 100% Pinot Noir Champagne Les Cognaux hits this sweet spot with loads of minerality, pure fruit, and a rich sapid character which makes it a natural for the table. Here's a wine that will stand up to  all manner of savory dishes, while leaving the palate refreshed. A visit to the vines with Bénédicte Ruppert of Ruppert-Leroy is an illuminating experience. There’s a world of difference between the Aube and the Vallée de la Marne. Not only are the soils different, (Kimmeridgean limestone vs. chalk), but the undulating landscape itself is wilder and less manicured. Often the vineyards abut forest rather than village, which in the case of biodynamic growers is especially desirable to insure a biodiversity according to Bénédicte. Between the vines is a riot of vegetation and flowers, as Ruppert-Leroy has 30 different plants and flowers sown in the vineyard.  One such vineyard is the Les Cognaux whose grey marl soils are planted to Pinot Noir and when we visited in the Spring was aglow with yellow flowers. (These flowers are made into a tissane by Bénédicte to treat the vines for mildew.) The wildness of the countryside is reflected in the wines which are energetic, exuberant, and vibrantly mineral. The 2013 Les Cognaux shows red fruit, peach skin, orange peel, and see spray aromas with notes of daishi and fond. The palate balances lush, ripe flavors of apricot, peach, and Rainier cherry with crunchy acidity, compelling umami character and a pungent sense of minerality. The finish is vibrant and luminous. As of 2013 Ruppert-Leroy vinifies and bottles without SO2. John McIlwain

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  • Organic
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  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
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Suenen 2014Base Champagne Oiry Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut

Aurelien Suenen is one of the bright young stars of the Côte des Blancs, whose Champagnes seem to improve with every new release. His 2014 based Oiry Blanc de Blancs is a beauty. Wines from the village are typically sold under the Cramant designation (we haven't been able to find another Champagne with this single village designation, as yet), so this is a fine opportunity to taste Oiry's distinctive, chalky terroir. Aurelien's parcels contain some very old Chardonnay vines which make for some pungently mineral, stony wines. The vins clairs are fermented partially in barrel, spend nine months on the lees, and are bottled with 1 g/l dosage. The 2014 is brisk, briny, and fresh on the nose with aromas of yuzu, Meyer lemon, quinine, and chalk dominating. The palate is chiseled, taut and very dry with racy acidity and an energetic driving finish. Suenen continues to grow with each vintage and this new line up of village designated Champagnes are particularly exciting. The 2014 will make a fine aperitif and shiny brightly with crudo or sashimi.  John McIlwain 

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
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  • $59.99

  • Organic

Suenen 2014Base Champagne Oiry Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut 1.5

Aurelien Suenen is one of the bright young stars of the Côte des Blancs, whose Champagnes seem to improve with every new release. His 2014 based Oiry Blanc de Blancs is a beauty. Wines from the village are typically sold under the Cramant designation (we haven't been able to find another Champagne with this single village designation, as yet), so this is a fine opportunity to taste Oiry's distinctive, chalky terroir. Aurelien's parcels contain some very old Chardonnay vines which make for some pungently mineral, stony wines. The vins clairs are fermented partially in barrel, spend nine months on the lees, and are bottled with 1 g/l dosage. The 2014 is brisk, briny, and fresh on the nose with aromas of yuzu, Meyer lemon, quinine, and chalk dominating. The palate is chiseled, taut and very dry with racy acidity and an energetic driving finish. Suenen continues to grow with each vintage and this new line up of village designated Champagnes are particularly exciting. The 2014 will make a fine aperitif and shiny brightly with crudo or sashimi.  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
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  • $149.99

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Vouette et Sorbée 2005 Champagne Extra Brut Extrait

A new cuvée from Côtes-des Bar sensation Vouette et Sorbée is cause for celebration for lovers of pure, organic Champagnes. Extrait is a late-disgorge bottling from a single vintage, bottled without dosage. The 2005 is 70% Pinot Noir from the Sorbee vineyard by grower Bertrand Gautherot's house and 30% Chardonnay from the Biaunes vineyard where they source Blanc d'Argile. The wine has a pale gold robe and fine bead.  The nose has notes of honey, dried orange peel, fresher red-fruit,  and citrus aromas (tangerine, blood orange). The palate shows great energy, with candied orange peel, red fruit, and pungnet mineral flavors with notes of brioche and crushed herbs. Quite dry, but by no means austere, this has good mid-plate density with a hint of burnished character on the long, persistent, punchy finish. This is linear rather than broad and a makes a convincing case for aging wines from the Aube. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vouette et Sorbée 2006 Champagne Extra Brut Extrait R

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.Extrait is a newly-released late-disgorged cuvée from biodynamic grower Vouette et Sorbée. The 2006 is 60% Pinot Noir 40% Chardonnay.  It has a golden robe, soft mousse, and a fine bead. The nose shows aromas of Seville orange peel, cocoa, mint, with notes of autolyse. The palate offers flavors of honeycomb, orange oil, sous-bois, and stone,  with hints of brine and broth on the broad, verging on muscular finish. This is vinous and comes off richer, perhaps more powerful still than the 2005. The long lees aging adds compelling layers of complexity to an already fascinating expression of Aube terroir. This is a essential drinking for fans of Vouette et Sorbée's Champagne!  Disgorged 5/16 and bottled without dosage. John McIlwain

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  • 1 in stock
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  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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  • Biodynamic
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  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
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  • 2 in stock
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  • 12 in stock
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Cote-de-Beaune

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $44.99

Bize 2014 Savigny-les-Beaune Grands Liards

From vines planted in 1939, 1950, 1979 in the limestone and red clays and gravels beneath les Lavières. The Aux Grands Liards is bit muted upon opening, but with 2 hours in the decanter lovely fruit and pungent soil aromas emerge. Aromatically the wine is perfumed and quite pretty with aromas of wild strawberry, red currant, black tea, and brambles. Fine strawberry and mineral flavors build on the mid-weight palate and carry over on an admirably long finish. This is a fine and satisfying Savigny-Les-Beaune and recommended for mid to long-term cellaring. Decant early or hold 3-5 years to allow elements to integrate. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $59.99

Bize, Simon 2015 Savigny-les-Beaune Aux Grands Liards

Aux Grands Liards is located beneath the Les Lavières premier cru. Its soils are comprised of limestone, ferrous clay, and gravel. Per the Domaine, the vines were planted in 1939, 1950, and 1979. The 2015 Aux Grands Liards is a bit more backwards than Les Bourgeots on opening. With air, the nose expands to reveal pure wild cherry, black currant, pomegranate, and an array of baking spice aromas, with just enough earthy notes to remind you that this is Savigny. The palate—equally circumspect on opening—also gains expressiveness and complexity with air. Lovely flavors of red and black cherry, hedge fruits, and game are counterbalanced by savory mineral and spice notes on a vibrant and velvety finish, with a sneakily racy acidity, and ripe tannins framing the whole affair. You could certainly enjoy this young, but there is fantastic potential here for aging into something special. One heck of a Savigny-Les-Beaune for those with patience! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $62.99

  • Organic

Bize, Simon 2015 Savigny-Les-Beaune Les Bourgeots

The Simon Bize 2015 Savigny Les Bourgeots is higher-toned and more tightly wound than the Bourgogne Perrières. The nose is in a cool register: vine smoke, black cherry skin, wild blackberry cassis, mint, and a hint of brambly wet bark. The palate is tightly wound and nervy, but offers a fine tension between cool ripe fruit and a pungent, sapid mineral character. This needs plenty of air to come together, but the purity of fruit and energy that's implied within the structure is intriguing. Decant now or cellar for 3-5 years to allow the elements to integrate. Should be interesting to follow over the next 7-10 years. Quite enjoyable with pasta and a sausage and mushroom ragu, and should work beautifully with pork in a mustard sauce, or with crispy duck confit and a salad of bitter greens. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $52.99

Chandon de Briailles 2014 Corton Clos du Roi

From .38 HA biodynamically farmed vines averaging over 40 years old, high on the hillside of Corton. Traditionally the most powerful and stern of the stable of red Corton lieu-dits at Chandon de Briailles. 80% whole cluster fermentation. There’s a fair bit of reduction to this initially, but with a long decant this recedes to reveal aromas plummy black fruit, animale funk, black tea, and fresh-turned earth. In the mouth ripe red/black fruit flavors mingle with pungent minerality on the vibrant mid-weight palate. There is good sap and firm, but ripe tannins supporting the fruit on the long, substantial finish. This has real class and should be sensational after 10-15 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $159.99

  • Biodynamic

Chandon de Briailles 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses

While the jewel of the premier crus of Pernand-Vergelesses, like Les Lavières, the Ile de Vergelesses vineyard suffered substantially from the hail of 2013. Another in a series of what Claude de Nicolay refers to as “virtual vintages” only half the normal crop was harvested in the 2014 vintage. In light of the vintage character, fermentation was 40% whole cluster with a somewhat shorter elevage to emphasize the beautifully pure fruit. Here the nose shows a blend of black fruits, wood smoke, baking spices, and faint hints of anise. The mid-weight palate features blackberry, cassis, and blood orange flavors giving way to a pungent, nearly saline minerality, which carries thru on the persistent, sapid finish. This has impeccable balance, if not the power of more blockbuster vintages. This is attractive and has plenty of drive and detail to frame the pure, pretty fruit. John McIlwain

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  • 1 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Biodynamic
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  • 4 in stock
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  • 2 in stock
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Lafarge 2011 Beaune 1er Cru Grèves

The Beaune-Grèves is more powerful than the Aigrots; it is earthier and has darker fruit. There is a lot of mouth-weight and tannin, and that wonderful 2011 acidity that comes out on the finish. Like most of Lafarge's wines, this could age for a long time. A great effort! JBT

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

Lafouge 2014 Auxey-Duresses Rouge

This is one of our favorite, if somewhat unknown, estates in Burgundy. Jean Lafouge and his son Gilles make classic, balanced, beautiful Burgundies at affordable prices and their village level Auxey-Duresses is always lovely and a great value. The 2014 is slightly riper than usual with lovely aromas of strawberry and tart cherry, with violet, rose, citrus and spice. Medium-bodied, with citrusy red fruits on the palate with great balance and refreshing acidity, the wine shows hints of earth and mineral that will develop nicely with time. Lovely now, especially if decanted well in advance, and a great pairing with poultry, white meats and mild cheeses. This has the weight and structure to cellar well, best perhaps in 5 to 8 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $29.99

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  • 15 in stock
  • $24.99

Rapet, Père et Fils 2014 Aloxe-Corton

From old vines on fairly deep iron-rich soils south of the village in three different parcels, Les Boutieres, Les Citernes and Les Combes. Always a ripe, powerful wine, the 2014 Rapet Aloxe-Corton is well-structured for aging and beautifully balanced with firm acidity and the pretty fruit of this vintage that was saved by ample sunshine from mid-August into October. The wine shows elegant aromas of ripe black cherry and blackberry with hints of violet and earth. On the palate there is an intense fusion of mineral flavors with ripe blackberry and red currant fruit, sappy and long,  framed in firm acidity and ample tannin. This is a big, age-worthy Aloxe that will be quite beautiful when mature, best perhaps 2020 - 2030 and beyond. Quite enjoyable now in its intense youth, decant well in advance or open the night before... David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

Rapet, Pere et Fils 2014 Beaune 1er Cru Beaune-Grèves

Upon opening Rapet's Grèves is a bit circumspect: initially showing a lot of hedge fruit, wood smoke, soil notes. Nose and palate open to reveal dark fruits, a bit of bramble, sous-bois, spice, cherry pit, and mineral spice. Some structure here, but with fine poise. There's a lovely sweetness within the tannins which bodes well for some time in the cellar to allow all the elements to knit. Near term patience should be well rewarded. Decant now or cellar for 3-5 years and enjoy over the next 10 years. Made a fine pairing with a salad of frisée, duck confit, toasted pecans, and a sherry vinaigrette. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

Rapet, Père et Fils 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses

Ile des Vergelesses is certainly one of the best premier cru vineyards in Burgundy - a perfectly exposed mid-slope vineyard on limestone and iron-rich soils, steep enough for ideal drainage, producing wines that age beautifully for 15 to 20 years - considered by many to be grand cru quality. The 2014s from Vincent Rapet are lovely, beautifully balanced wines. The 2014 Ile des Vergelesses shows very bright perfume of wild strawberry, black raspberry, rose, pepper and licorice. The palate is very dense with elegant, chalky red fruits that coat the palate. This should develop beautifully - it's perfectly balanced at 13% alcohol with firm acidity - well structured for aging. Fun to taste now, especially if decanted or opened the night before, probably best 2022 - 2035. David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

Rateau 2014 Beaune Les Prevoles

Jean-Claude Rateau's domaine has been Biodynamic since 1979 and produces lovely light-bodied, old fashioned Burgundies. The 2014 Beaune Les Prévoles (a lieu-dit below 1er Cru Chouacheux and les Tuvilains) shows beautiful aromas of cherry and berry fruits with rose, blood orange and brown spice.  The palate is chalky, ripe and sapid while remaining light and fresh with berry fruits and tart citrusy acids. This develops nicely with aeration, becoming more supple and round, and finishes with stone, mineral and ripe fruits. Serve this delicious wine a bit cool with any mild chicken or white meat dish and goat cheeses, morbier, tomme de savoie. This should age nicely, best perhaps 2020 - 2026.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Les Bressandes

Jean-Claude Rateau has a large parcel in the 1er Cru Les Bressandes on a steep slope facing east with pebbly clay/limestone soils, conducted in biodynamic farming since 1979. The soil is warm and well-drained giving ripe, structured wines. There is a 21-day cuvaison with manual cap-punching followed by 18 months in old barrels.Even with the minimal extraction practiced at the estate, the 2015 Bressandes shows a dense red/black color and aromas of black cherry and ripe strawberry, quite deep with sous-bois, violet, graphite and citrus. The palate is dense and chalky with blackberry, earth, cocoa and minerals with terrific length of red currant, earth and juicy acidity. Given the weight and ripeness of the vintage, the wine still seems balanced and frames the copious fruit in ample acidity and tannin. This is a beautiful wine that will give great pleasure in its youth and should be a superb mature wine as well, perhaps until 2032 and beyond.  DL

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Les Reversées

Generous black cherry, boysenberry, notes of cherry pit and anise on nose. Ripe mid-weight palate, ripe black fruits, hints of iodine and iron and other soil beneath supple structure. Succulent acidity and savory mineral notes offset the ripeness and lend energy and drive on a rich, palate-coating finish. This has good punch, even if it's more generous than I associate with very young Rateau. The purity of fruit and earth notes are finely balanced and this is an excellent Burgundy for the mid-term. A fine pairing with braised chicken thighs with mustard, tarragon, and shallots. A great value from the pioneer of biodynamic Burgundy! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2015 Beaune Les Prevoles

Jean-Claude Rateau's domain has been Biodynamic since 1979 and produces lovely light-bodied, old fashioned Burgundies. The 2015 Beaune Les Prévoles (a lieu-dit below 1er Cru Chouacheux and les Tuvilains) shows beautiful ripe aromas of cherry and black raspberry with rose, earth, citrus and brown spice.  The palate is chalky, ripe and sapid, showing the density of the 2015s with lush berry fruits enveloping firm acidity and mineral flavors. Really a lovely wine and quite delicous now, full and ripe enough for grilled meats, as well as chicken and pork dishes and cheeses such as morbier, tomme de savoie. This should benefit from a bit of aging but is quite beautiful as a young wine, best perhaps 2019 - 2026.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $21.99

Rollin 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses

Red/black fruit on the nose. A bit bosky. Bright acid, succulent fruit good balance of bramble and animale on the periphery. Medium tannins. Fresh, punchy attack, lifted mid-palate, good length. There's beautiful poise here between rustic and suave. Good now. Better still in 3-5 years. As always, Rollin remains a solid value in Burgundy and a worthy addition to one's table and cellar. John  McIlwain

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $34.99

Rouges-Queues 2015 Maranges Rouge 1er Cru La Fussière

Bright and high-toned, red-fruited on the nose. Lovely red cherry, ripe raspberry, and wild strawberry flavors on a velvety, lissome palate with a rising, energetic finish. This is a pretty, rather than powerful expression of La Fussière and a delicious natural Burgundy. Tasty now, should make for immensely pleasurable drinking with a few years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $124.99

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  • 12 in stock
  • $114.99

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  • 20 in stock
  • $64.99

Cote-de-Nuit

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $339.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $189.99

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  • 4 in stock
  • $84.99

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  • 7 in stock
  • $84.99

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  • 3 in stock
  • $499.99

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  • 20 in stock
  • $63.99

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  • 9 in stock
  • $84.99

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  • 2 in stock
  • $129.99

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  • 3 in stock
  • $114.99

Chauvenet 2013 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes

From the vines planted in southern portion of Damodes planted in 1949 and 1956. There are 40cm of brown gravely clay over mother rock. Medium dark robe. The nose is offers an array of dark fruit and floral notes with hints of grilled meat. The palate is distinctly mineral, with salty, reminiscent of iodine flavors giving way to wild blackberry fruit and very fine, velvety tannins. With are the structure builds, but the fruit keeps pace on a long, rising finish. This should drink on the earlier side and pair beautifully with magret of duck or grilled ribeye with herb butter. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

Chauvenet 2013 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Poulettes

From a .17 HA plot of 60-year-old vines in above Perrieres, on a natural wall of calcaire, or limestone. The name Les Poulettes derives from the small game birds found in the area. Christophe Drag notes the site is very warm and sees little wind, so is the first to flower and first harvested. The 2013 shows aromas of blackberry blossoms, dark hedge fruit, and cool herbal notes on the nose. The palate is black-fruited, offering wild blackberry and dark cherry flavors framed by a distinctive mineral edge on a bright, lifted finish. There's a fine balance of structure and fruit and this should drink beautifully in the near term, though I'd wager given time to integrate the elements, there is nice upside for midterm cellaring. Enjoy with mushroom dishes and certainly squab or poussin! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $87.99

Chauvenet 2013 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

From a .41 HA parcel of old vines next to Chaboeufs on the north side of Vaucrains. The soils are brown, "fat clays make it hard to work the earth" according to vigneron Christophe Drag, with large oolithic stones are the top of the slope. Always the sternest and most majestic of Chauvenet's crus, the 2013 is aromatically dense with layered dark-fruit, game, and spice aromas giving way to pungent soil notes. The palate is similarly complex with pure black cherry, plum, and earthy flavors underlain with distinctively savory, verging on pungent mineral component on a muscular, driving, persistent finish. There are substantial acidity and ripe tannins girding this masculine, but not coarse Vaucrains, which will benefit with time in the cellar. Decant now,  better still in 7-10 years when this should sing. A beautiful Vaucrains! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 57 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $749.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $374.99

Desaunay-Bissey 2014 Chambolle Musigny Combe d'Orveaux VV

From 90 year-old vines in the village portion of Combe d'Orveau. The 2014 is a classic expression of Chambolle-Musigny with pretty high-toned aromas of red fruit, rose petals, and spice. The mid-weight palate is silken and flavors  of ripe red cherry, wild raspberry, and chalk dance on a long, fresh, precise finish.  This is lovely and a fine value in Chambolle. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $62.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $209.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $499.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $64.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $199.99

Jane et Sylvain 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin

From 45 to 60 year-old vines, certified organic, mostly in En Pallud (below 1er Cru les Corbeaux). The 2014 Gevrey shows a light red/black color, aromas of morello cherry, red currant and raspberry with hints of earth, stone, violets, black pepper and licorice. The palate is dense but light with cherry, red-currant, earth, citrus and mineral flavors with berry fruits and saline minerals lingering in the finish. Ripe but not a fruit-bomb - a red Burgundy of terroir that is delicious now, but should become a beautiful, old-fashioned wine when mature, best perhaps 2021 - 2030. On day two the wine has deepened with very sappy black and red fruits,  quite dense and earthy.  Lovely wine from living soils and quite a different style than modern Burgundies.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Fonteny

Jane et Sylvain have a superb, tiny parcel of Gevrey 1er Cru "Fonteny", high up in the southwest corner, separated from Grand Cru Ruchottes by a dirt track, certified organic. Four barrels of 2014 Fonteny were produced, of which one was new. Tasted last February the wine showed dense, deep strawberry and black chery fruit with round supple tannins and a very long firm, palate coating finish. Re-tasted in November 2016, the round strawberry fruit is framed in chalky minerals, quite dense and palate-coating, balanced with soft tannins - a very young wine that will be delightful to drink now but best to wait five to ten years for the velvety complexity to come, best perhaps 2021 to 2035. David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2015 Côte de Nuits Villages Queue de Hareng

The vines are in the lieu-dit "Queue de Hareng" below an old quarry at the top of the slope in Brochon, next to Fixin 1er Cru "la Perrière," on shallow red/brown soils of mountain silt and limestone pebbles over the limestone bedrock. Organic farming, wild-yeast fermentations with minimal SO2. The 2015 Jane et Sylvain Côte de Nuits-Villages is a superb and unusual Burgundy showing intense aromas of ripe strawberry and cherry with rose leaf, brown spice and herbal notes as well as dusty stone and mineral smells which are typical of this vineyard. With aeration the aromas become more pure and fruit-driven and the palate shows lovely black cherry, strawberry and red currant fruit, quite dense and ripe, with a finish that's extraodiarily long and pure. Decant 4 to 6 hours in advance if drinking now or cellar for 3 to five years and drink till 2027. Highly recommended for those who enjoy some minerals in their Burgundy!

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin

This lovely Gevrey by our organic friends, Jane et Sylvain, is 45 to 60 year-old vines, certified organic, mostly in En Pallud (below 1er Cru les Corbeaux).  The 2015 shows very pretty high-toned ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit with violet, soil, graphite and citrus peel. The palate is dense and balanced, with a mineral aspect missing in most  modern Burgundies, with supple ripe cherry and strawberry fruit with citrus and herbal notes. The finish is very long with red fruits, spice, citrus and saline minerals. This is a lovely old-fashioned Burgundy that is delicious now and should age nicely, best perhaps 2022 - 2030.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $67.99

Lienhardt, Antoine 2014 Côte de Nuits Villages Les Essards

From low-yielding vines located in Comblanchien (probably more famous for its quarries and eponymous limestone than viticulture), planted in the 1960s by Antoine Lienhardt's grandfather. Les Essards is a short distance from another of Antoine's lieux dits, Les Plantes Aux Bois. There is a thin layer of rocky clay topsoil over Comblanchien limestone and the vine rows run from east to west. A bit circumspect upon opening, decanting reveals red plum and ripe cherry aromas with hints of mustard seed and black tea on the nose. The palate is nervy with bright flavors of brambly red fruit, vibrant acidity, and a pungent, verging on saline minerality on a persistent, and detailed finish. Great lift and purity with wonderful interplay between the pure red fruit and distinctly stony elements. Decant if planning to drink now or cellar for 3-7 years to allow the elements to integrate. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Lienhardt, Antoine 2014 Côte de Nuits Villages Les Plantes Aux Bois

A mere 200 meters from Les Essards, Les Plantes Aux Bois has clay top soils overlying the hard limestone mother rock. The nose is generous, perfumed, and dark-fruited with aromas of black raspberry and plum giving way to notes of game and spices. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, and plum dominate on the ripe, mid-weight palate.  There is good freshness, with bright acidity providing lift and drive on a long, lingering, cool-toned finish. Lovely with a quick decant, but plenty of material to justify mid-term cellaring. I love the idea of this with a holiday meal. Light on its feet with good freshness to wake the palate, but enough minerality to whet the appetite of the discerning Burgundy aficionado.  Delicious! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $449.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

Lignier-Michelot 2015 Fixin 1er Cru Les Arvelets

Les Arvelets premier cru is located on the top of the slope on the Marsannay side of Fixin. It shares more of the high-toned coltish character of that village than the Gevrey nature of the premier crus to its south, with soils comprised of small stones and sand over hard limestone.  Planted in the 1950s and 1980s. The 2015 Les Arvelets is black-fruited with ripe aromas of bing cherry and dewberry, brambles, and cinnamon, layered with notes of sousbois, iron, and a kiss of oak. The palate displays a cool edge with a fine bead of minerality offsetting the ripeness of the fruit. There's good balance here and this should blossom beautifully with 3 to 5 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $49.99

Lignier-Michelot 2015 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières

Les Faconnières, planted in 1948, is located beneath Clos St. Denis. 50% whole cluster. This is always the most stylish of Virgile Lignier's premier crus. More floral and denser on the palate than Les Chenevery, with a good deal of the class of the grand crus. The 2015 is effusively perfumed with heady aromas of black and red hedge fruits, wild cherry, and spice. The palate is distinctly mineral, framing lush flavors of sweetly ripe cherry and blackberry, with notes of game and mustard seed on a tense, vibrant finish. As with others of Lignier-Michelot's 2015s, the effusive ripeness in underlain by good structure and bodes well for long-term cellaring. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $114.99

  • Organic

Lignier-Michelot 2015 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières 1.5L

Les Faconnières, planted in 1948, is located beneath Clos St. Denis. 50% whole cluster. This is always the most stylish of Virgile Lignier's premier crus. More floral and denser on the palate than Les Chenevery, with a good deal of the class of the grand crus. The 2015 is effusively perfumed with heady aromas of black and red hedge fruits, wild cherry, and spice. The palate is distinctly mineral, framing lush flavors of sweetly ripe cherry and blackberry, with notes of game and mustard seed on a tense, vibrant finish. As with others of Lignier-Michelot's 2015s, the effusive ripeness is underlain by good structure and bodes well for long-term cellaring. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $264.99

  • Organic

Magnien, Stephane 2014 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

This a wonderful expression of Les Sentiers, aromatically expressive and layered. There are bright aromas of black cherry, raspberry, violets, woody herbs, and game on the nose. The mid-weight palate initially shows brambly black fruits, and pungent soil flavors. With time in the glass notes of dark cherry and cherry pit appear along with a savory ferrous minerality and spice notes. The tension between fruit and earthiness is compelling and will gain in complexity with time in the cellar. More expressive on the second day. If enjoying now, decant for several hours or revisit in 7-10 years and enjoy for the decade following.  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $63.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $115.99

Magnien, Stephane 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants

Situated just above Clos de la Roche, the Magnien's 2014 1er Cru Mont-Luisants shares the grand cru's "inherent lushness" (Clive Coates) in this lovely vintage for Burgundy. The wine shows a deep red-black color with lush aromas of blackberry, plum and ripe strawberry with earth, graphite and citrus. Dense ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit coats the palate with hints of bitter chocolate and soil. Surprisingly round but with nice chalky acidity and a long finish of citrus and pretty berry fruits. Quite delicious now, this lovely wine will offer superb drinking with a little time in the cellar, perhaps best 2020 - 2035. David Lillie

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $63.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $127.99

Magnien, Stephane 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis

The young and very talented Stéphane Magnien is producing delicious, old fashioned Burgundies from his beautifully tended vineyards in and around Morey-Saint-Denis. The estate has never used herbicides and uses a plowing regimen designed to force the roots deeper into the limestone bedrock. The "village" wine is always one of my favorite recommendations in Burgundy due to its elegance, balance, lovely fruit and great value. The 2015 is particularly beautiful, showing a bit more depth and ripeness than the excellent 2014, with aromas of blackberry and strawberry liqueur, violet, brown spice, orange peel, smoke and earth. The palate is dense, but not over-ripe, with earthy black fruits, bitter chocolate, citrus and spice with a core of firm acidity and mineral flavors. Quite delicious as a young wine, this ripe and elegant Morey-Saint-Denis will be at its best from approximately to 2022 to 2030. Those looking for value in a 2015 red Burgundy should consider buying a case of this lovely wine.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $39.99

Magnien, Stephane 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Cuvée "Aux Petites Noix"

From two premier crus, Les Gruenchers and Clos Baulet, mid slope in Morey Saint-Denis, giving a slightly fuller wine than Faconnieres. As with all of Stephane's parcels, there is a high percentage of old vines of "pinot tordu." The wine is more structured due to the deeper clay soils and gets less pigeage. The 2015, tasted in January 2017, was less aromatic than the Faconnières with very deep ripe red and black fruits, with herbal and mineral flavors and terrific length. This will need time in the cellar but should be a superb mature wine. David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $55.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $449.99

Rateau 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin

From two small parcels in "Aux Eletois" (below Grand Cru Griottes)  and "les Epointures" (below 1er Cru Clos Prieur) on the more fine and aromatic side of Gevrey.The 2015 shows a lovely bright red/black color with high-toned aromas of ripe black cherry and strawberry with violet and graphite. The palate is dense and ripe with tart red fruits, very pure and long with hints of licorice and citrus with a chalky mineral backbone. Drink now to enjoy the lush, bright fruit or cellar five to eight years, then drink until 2030. Lovely wine. DL

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Taupenot-Merme 2015 Bourgogne Rouge

Organic since 2001, Taupenot-Merme, located in Morey St. Denis (with substantial holdings in St. Romain) produces classically styled Burgundies. The 2015 Bourgogne Rouge was fermented in tank and raised in older barrels. The nose is effusive and dark fruited, with aromas of black cherry, cherry stone , and violets, with notes of game and earth.  The mid-weight palate similarly displays flavors of bing cherry, damson plum, underbrush and spice with good drive and life on a persistent, bright finish. Enjoy with roasted pork, or braised chicken, and strong cheeses. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $349.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $569.99

Loire

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Batardiere 2015 Anjou Clos des Cocus

Anjou last year, Vin de France this year (the mystery of the Appellation board!), this is Chenin Blanc from Anjou, whether or not it's on the label. Dense, and crystalline, witn mint flower and and cooked apples on the nose, a touch of honeysuckle and vanilla on the palate. Stones, herbs, and a touch of refreshing salinity in the super long finish. This is truly a young wine, and a big expression of Chenin. A fascinating bottle to have over several days. One really gets the sense that this young Thomas Batardiere is getting very comfortable and connected with his vineyards.Drink now with a proper decant or put it away for a while! Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Batardiere 2015 Anjou Clos des Noels

The Batardiere Clos des Noels is a beautiful Cabernet Franc with vibrant red fruit and light body.  Red floral notes are followed by ripe strawberry and cherry with a hint of pine needle on the nose.  The wine is more earthy on the palate with some tannin and bright, fresh acidity.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudouin 2010 Layon Bruandieres

* This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $48.99

Baudry 2014 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 Chêne Vert. The upper slope of the parcel is clay over limestone (the lower part has sand and gravel over the rock, which permitted a tiny separate production from franc de pied vines, now mostly deceased) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. Fermentation in wooden cuves, 12 months of aging in two to five year-old barriques, 9 additional months in unlined cement vats. We have been buying this wine since it's first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons. In 2014, the Baudrys produced superb wines with perfect balance and lovely, pure fruit. Their precise vinifications, matched to each different terroir, with no new oak, minimal sulfur, and elevage of the right length and in the right barrel, foudre or vat, gave elegant and delicous results. The 2014 Clos Guillot is a black/purple color with red rim, showing intense aromas of red currant, boysenberry, blackberry, fines herbs, citrus and stone with hints of dark chocolate and musk. The palate shows bright, lush, sappy red and black fruits with bright acidity lifting the flavors and coating the palate with citrusy red fruits, saline minerals and wet stone.  Beautiful wine! Case quantities are possible, but don't delay. DL

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2015 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

The Baudry Chinon "Domaine" is always one of our favorite reds from the Loire Valley and it's a sensational value as well.   All Cabernet Franc of course, a blend of 75% from a parcel in St. Louans, where the thin clay/limestone soils give earthy well-structured wines, with 25% from gravel soils near Cravant, giving supple fruit and freshness. Organic farming, wild-yeast fermentation, aging in 5 to 10 year-old wooden vats and casks with minimal added SO. The 2014 "Cuvée Domaine" was a sensational wine and really built to age, while the 2015 is a bit more round and forward, and even more delicious for current drinking. The wine shows a deep red/black color and beautiful aromas of ripe red and black fruits with hints of earth, roast meat, black pepper and violet. The palate is dense and sapid with supple strawberry and blackberry liqueur and mineral flavors lifted by bright acidity. The fruit is quite ripe but the wine is well balanced at 12.5% alcohol. This is a superb "Domaine" that is a bit less structured than the 2014 - it's delicious now and will be singing in 2027 as well. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2015 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 Chêne Vert. The upper slope of the parcel is clay over limestone (the lower part has sand and gravel over the rock, which permits a tiny  production from franc de pied vines) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. Fermentation in wooden cuves, 12 months of aging in two to five year-old barrels, 9 additional months in unlined cement vats. We have been buying this wine since it's first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons. The 2015 Le Clos Guillot is absolutely beautiful, showing elegant aromas of blackberry liqueur, violets, stone and roast meat, a bit darker than Les Grézeaux, lovely and ethereal. The palate is dense and silky with blackberry and black raspberry fruit, ripe and sapid, perfectly balanced and bright with a firm mineral core. The finish is long and pure. While this is beautiful now, cellaring of seven to ten years should reveal a profound mature wine, then drink until 2035+  David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2015 Chinon Les Grézeaux

From  60 year-old Cabernet Franc vines on a gravel soil over sandy clay and limestone at the bottom of the hill of Sonnay in Cravant. Aged 12 months in 3 to 5 year-old barrels.  Dark black/purple color with quite floral blackberry and strawberry aromas, with a bit of earth, spice and citrus. Very silky and supple on the palate ("We don't extract anymore" said Matthieu) with stony black fruits, meaty, chalky and long. Good acidity in the finish with graphite and velvety black fruits, quite elegant and closer to the 2014 in style than the other cuvées. This is a lovely "Les Grézeaux" and is highly recommended for early drinking or ten to fifteen years of cellaring.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2016 Chinon Croix Boissée Blanc

From a tiny parcel in La Croix Boissée, with 15 to 25 year-old Chenin vines on thin sandy clay soils over limestone. Slow fermentation in 500 liter tonneaux until "sec" - under 2 grams per liter of residual sugar. The 2016 shows aromas of green pear, citrus, almond, lime-flower and stone, more subtle than the riper 2015. The palate is dry and elegant with almond and white fruit flavors backed with firm acidity and mineral flavors. This is an stylish young Chenin Blanc that will accompany any mild-flavored seafood dish, or cellar ten to fifteen years for a more complex experience.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2016 Chinon Les Granges

From 25 to 30 year-old vines on gravel and sandy soils over clay near the Vienne river. This "basic" cuvée from Bernard and Matthieu Baudy has gotten more and more "serious" as the vines age, giving a wine that is  delightful to drink young, but that shows surprising complexity and mineral character as well.The nose is full of dark cherry, raspberry,  bell pepper, crushed violets, and a touch of graphite. The palate is fresh, yet elegant, with a core of plush dark forest fruit with an underlying layer of herbasciousness and that wonderful Cab Franc  pyrazine quality. A knockout wine to pair with roast chicken. This is drinking very well now, but I wouldn't hesitate holding onto it for a few more years.

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $19.49

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $89.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $39.99

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2011 Bourgueil Les Perrieres

Tasted twice in February 2016 and 2017, the 2011 Les Perrières has impressed both times with it's structure and complexity, showing dense, deep earthy red fruits with meaty and herbal notes. There is ample tannin for aging, but there is good ripeness that opens up nicely with decanting. This superb Bourgueil will accompany grilled pork and beef and full-flavored cheeses. Decant 3 to 4 hours in advance if serving now, or cellar - best perhaps 2020 to 2030. DL

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2011 Chinon Saint-Louans

From 30 to 45 year-old vines on beautiful clay/limestone terroir in Saint-Louans, on slopes above the Vienne. The 2011 Saint-Louans received 30 months of aging in used barrels. This is an elegant wine, very marked by the limestone  and rounded nicely by the extended aging.  The aromas are complex and lovely with slightly spicy red fruit and earth tones. The palate is balanced with delicacy and power, indicating long aging potential. Carafe if drinking now, best perhaps 2025 - ?

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2014 Bourgueil Clos Sénéchal

The Clos Sénéchal is a south-facing mid-slope vineyard, with soils of clay and limstone over the Turonian limeston bedrock. The vines are 35 to 50 years old, replaced slowly by massale selection. The grapes are hand-harvested into 20 kilo crates, there is a three-week alcoholic fermentation with wild yeasts, no added SO2. Two year elevage in Grenier foudres with minimal SO2 added before bottling. The 2014 is a superb example of Clos Sénéchal showing a deep red/black color and aromas of ripe blackberry and cassis with earth, violet, pepper, spiced citrus and animal notes. The palate is deep and ripe with fantastic density of fruit but perfectly balanced with firm acidity at only 12.5% alcohol. There is a fine-grained, intense texture with pure black fruits, earth, graphite and dark chocolate that continue in the long, focused finish. This is a wine of earth and elegance that is enjoyable in its youth, decanting advised - or hold for 5 to 8 years, perhaps best 2025 to 2040 and beyond. Save your money on C*** R******* and put some Clos Sénéchal in your cellar!

  • red
  • 77 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2014 Bourgueil Nuits D'Ivresse (No SO2)

One of our favorite Loire reds, the Breton Nuits D'Ivresse is a selection of old vines on terroirs of clay and limestone. The wine is vinified, aged and bottled without the addition of sulfur, preserving it's lovely fruit aroma. The 2014 Nuits d'Ivresse is simply sensational, showing the depth of fruit, balance and elegance of this great vintage for Loire reds. The wine shows a dark red/black color and gorgeous ripe aromas of strawberry and blackberry liqueur, a bit of musk, damp earth, violet and citrus peel, quite lovely and fresh. The palate is quite dense with meaty ripe berry fruit lifted by bright acidity and herbal notes. The finish is refreshing and long with black fruits, mineral flavors and citrusy acids. Serve cool - absolutely delicious now or cellar five to ten years. Epaulé Jeté!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 52 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2015 Bourgueil Trinch!

This delicious Bourgueil is from young vines on clay and gravel soils over limestone, harvested by hand into small baskets and vinified to extract the primary aromas. Trinch is particularly yummy in 2015, a sunny vintage bringing wines with lush, supple fruit, and a bit less acidity than the norm.  The color is dense red/black with deep aromas of blackberry, violet and bitter chocolate with a hint of roast meat. Intense black fruits on the palate with earthy, saline minerals, musk and citrus, very supple and ripe with a nice bright finish. This is a great thirst-quenching Bourgueil to serve cool with charcuterie, roast chicken, pork and full-flavored cheeses. 

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chaffardon 2011 Coteaux de L'Aubance Confiturine (Chenin Blanc) 375

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

Chevalerie 2012 Bourgueil Chevalerie

We're big fans of the Caslot family at Domane de la Chevalerie, who  make soulful Bourgueils from organic vineyards on their varied terroirs.  The Chevalerie vineyard is on mid-slope Turonian limestone with clay and alluvial sand and gravel topsoils, rich in silex; the vines average about 60 years of age. The lovely 2012 Chevalerie shows vivid aromas of berry liqueurs, bitter chocolate, earth and brown spice. The palate is dense and supple with ripe blackberry, cocoa, earth and mineral flavors balanced by cool acidity. The finish is long and lush with blackberry, prune, citrus and saline minerals. This is a lovely old-school Bourgueil to drink over the next 15 years - delicious now perhaps best from 2020 to 2025.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $14.99

Closel 2015 Savennières Les Caillardières

The Domaine du Closel "Caillardières" is a demi-sec Savennières that we have enjoyed immensely in the past - we're glad to see it back in the US and we can't wait to try it! "The grapes are harvested later ; the berries are golden, producing wines with aromas of baked apple, exotic fruits, raisins and toasted almonds. That terroir gives the wine a very silky texture, characteristic of these sandstone schist parcels. This wine is vinified and aged in barrels (French oak, 12 months) and reveals through natural micro-oxygenation this slightly bitter aftertaste that will give an interesting body to the wine. Rather smooth on the palate this wine has character. It pairs very well with artichokes or asparagus, other vegetables difficult to pair with wine. It is also popular with sweet and savory dishes such as veal stew with orange, monkfish with honey and cider vinegar, roasted pork with pineapple." - from the Domaine du Closel website.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2015 Savennières Clos du Papillon

The 2015 Clos du Papillon has just arrived in NY - it promises to be a great vintage for this wonderful Savennières, certainly one of the top wines of the appellation. We will post a tasting note ASAP, meanwhile here is information from the domain's website: "The Clos du papillon is a small valley at mid slope, beautifully exposed southwest to the light of the Loire. There are schist, rhyolite but also quartz. The topsoil layer is very shallow (60 cm) which provides excellent drainage for rainwater. The vine growing conditions are difficult, forcing it to develop its roots deep in the rock cracks to draw nutrients. The climate in that parcel allows for a level of highly advanced maturity. With grapes that concentrate aromas under the action of Botrytis. The Clos du papillon is harvested in two selections : The first selection during the « Fresh Fruit aroma » period and the second one later with some botrytis during the « cooked fruit, quince and smoked aromas » period. Both selections are put in barrels and assembled 16 months later. The wine then remains a few months in vats. This assemblage of the two styles of grapes results in a full bodied wine, with a citrus finish on very first attack, followed by sensations of ripe and exotic fruit with a very distinguished touch of bitterness or toasted almonds on the finish. The long aging on the lees gives it a nice smoothness. The « brandy » nose is characterized by aromas of evolution. The body and the very long finish make the Clos du Papillon a gastronomic wine to accompany lobster, scallops, smoked fish, Turbots, Saint Peter. It is also interesting with delicate white meats such as veal or capon, along with truffles or mushrooms. Classic mountain cheeses like old Salers, or 5 to 6 years old Comté are equally delicious with this great Savennières."

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2015 Savennières La Jalousie

2015 is a beautiful vintage for the superb Savennières of Domaine du Closel. La Jalousie shows subtle, complex aromas of citrus peel, pear, almond, stone , lime-flower and honeysuckle which follow through on the perfectly balanced palate.  The fruit is lush and ripe but there is great acidity and minerality as well - the wine is elegant and very delicious in its youth, - serve with fish in sauce, scallops, monkfish, chicken in sauce and mild cheeses. Lovely wine! DL

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $32.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $14.99

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

Coulaine 2014 Chinon La Diablesse

The Chateau de Coulaine has been in continuous production since 1300 (AD, that is) and is now directed by Etienne de Bonaventure who took charge in 1988 and quickly converted the domaine to organic and Biodynamic agriculture. Only available in the US at Chambers Street, the 2014 La Diablesse (named after Marie Madeleine de Vassé, Marquise de la Rochebousseau, known for her nasty temper and the murder of her brother-in-law in the time of Louis the Fifteen) is a beautiful old-vine Chinon from clay/limestone and sandy clay soils near "Les Picasses."  The wine shows the beautful fruit and perfect balance of the 2014 Chinons, with a bright red/black color and aromas of ripe raspberry with violet and spice, quite cool and vivid, with hints of earth and musk. The palate is dense and ripe but not at all heavy, at 12.5% alcohol, showing elegant red and black fruits with hints of menthol, graphite and earth; ending with firm acidity and mineral flavors in the long finish. This is a very pretty Chinon showing great depth and balance from the 40 to 80 year-old vines. Decant a few hours if drinking now, and serve a bit cool, best 2022 - 2032. Beautiful wine!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Dauny 2016 Sancerre Rosé Pynoz

The Dauny Family has been farming vineyards in Sancerre since 1683, with Nicole and Christian Dauny being the 12th generation to make wine in this famed appellation. The vineyards were converted to organic agriculture in 1964 and the Daunys strive to work as naturally as possible in the vineyard as well as in the cellar. The rosé Pynoz comes from younger vines of Pinot Noir, and is quite a rich, full-bodied and textured expression of rosé. Dominated by red-fruit, strawberry, and under-ripe raspberry, there is a touch of herbaceousness and an underlying stony minerality that balances the wine. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 44 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Deboutbertin 2015 VdF Baliverne (Grolleau)

This offering from Deboutbertin is 100% Grolleau from a parcel on Schiste and sandstone, from vines that were planted in 1950. The vineyard is tiny, at 25 ares  (a bit more than a half-acre), and yields are quite low, at about 20hl/ha. The 2015 is a bit more elegant than the previous vintage, with really fine tannin and a long finish. There's a hint of "barnyard" on the nose, with plenty of the vibrant fruit on the palate, and though it's relatively dark in the glass, at 10.5% alcohol, it's super easy to drink! Serve with a slight chill.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Didier Dagueneau 1997 Pouilly-Fume Pur Sang

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $179.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

Domaine du Fresche 2015 "Goeland" Sparkling Rosé (Cabernet/Grolleau)

Fresche bubbles! This is a blend of Cab and Grolleau, with no dosage. There's very subtle amount of fruit here, but it betrays it's rosey hue and drinks more like a sparkling white, with more stones and minerality than red fruit. It's totally dry, and refreshing, with a bit of structure in the back palate. All in all, a fantastic sparkling option for only $15!   Eben Lillie

  • rosé sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine du Fresche 2016 Rose de Loire Pinot Noir/Grolleau

"A Rosé Can Bloom in Winter, too" said Eric Asimov in the NY Times (Jan 26, 2011) and the Fresche 2016 Rosé de Loire is the perfect candidate. 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Grolleau, organic farming, wild yeast fermentation. Beautiful aromas of ripe raspberry, peach and rose with a hint of spice. The palate is lush and dense with raspberry and red currant liqueur backed with firm acidity and mineral flavors. The finish is long and lovely with ripe berry fruits and citrusy acids. This full-bodied rosé is insanely delicious and a great value. Serve with pork chops, roast chicken, middle eastern foods, salads and cheeses or just sip by itself.  DL

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ecu (Bossard & Van Herck) 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Granite

Guy Bossard is one of the heroes of French viticulture, having rejected modern chemical farming upon assuming the family estate, becoming certified organic in 1972, then progressing to Biodynamic farming in 1996. And this in a region where there was little recognition or financial reward for his intense work and the higher quality of his wines. Happily, Guy has been an inspiration for many growers in the region and is still producing superb wines, while in semi-retirement, with his new associate Fred Niger Van Herck.  The Domaine de l'Ecu  2015 "Granite" is particularly outstanding. As usual with this cuvée it's a bit musty and closed when first opened — decanting is advised — followed by aromas of lemon peel, dried pear, wet stone and lime-flower with hints of almond and petrol. The palate is dense and very long in this ripe vintage with intense stony flavors, pear, citrus and anis.  A bit more open and accessible than some vintages of Granite but with ample structure and acidity for aging — perhaps best 2020 to 2029. Serve this summer with oysters, cod and sole, then with richer dishes after the wine matures. Bravo to Guy and Fred! 

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $279.99

Foreau (Domaine du Clos Naudin) 2005 Vouvray Demi-Sec

13.9% alcohol with 20 grams of residual sugar. A superbly elegant Vouvray that is drinking beautifully now. Subtle and lovely exotic fruit, citrus and honey aromas with hints of red fruits (reminiscent of the Chidaine "Les Bournais"). The palate is perfectly balanced with great acidity and mineral character holding up the sweet fruit. A great apéritif, or serve with lobster or perhaps with a great mild cheese or lemony desert... Highly recommended.

  • white off-dry
  • 8 in stock
  • $44.99

Foreau (Domaine du Clos Naudin) 2005 Vouvray Moelleux Réserve

11% alcohol and 160 grams of residual sugar. We'll spare you the breathtaking prose, but judging from prior vintages, this should be a sensational and long-lived wine..... This was a stunner. So rich but with killer cut from the acidity. Tropically fruity and ripe with some light minerality. Holding so much in reserve. A toddler of wine that will be hitting .360 one day. LF

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

Fresche (Domaine du) 2014 Anjou Coteaux de la Loire Vieille Seve

A delicious demi-sec Chenin Blanc from Alain and Christine Bore! Honey-tinged and luscious on the nose with baked peaches, mango, pineapple, lime zest, heather, red delicious apple skin, and tangerine. Mellow and round on the palate, but balanced with exotic tropical fruits, lemon meringue, salty pineapple, honey, and Marcona almond. Tropical fruit and grapefruit endure on the finish, along with a sweetness that is never cloying. Pair with all kinds of dessert, but a summery fruit tart would be best! Tim Gagnon  

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Girard 2016 Sancerre La Garenne

Upon visiting Fernand Girard back in the early 90s we were happy to find someone who harvested by hand and fermented with wild yeasts - a rarity in Sancerre at the time and still sadly in the minority today. More than 20 years later we are still happy to feature the Sancerre produced by Fernand and Alain Girard, coming from their 2.5 hectare plot on a steep slope in Chaddoux on stony clay over limestone soils. The 2016 shows a bright pale gold color with aromas or pear and quince with hints of exotic fruit and lime-flower. The palate is a nicely balanced blend of mineral flavors with citrus and white fruits, with good density and firm acidity. This is a classic Sancerre in a more mineral style that will accompany a wide variety of seafoods, chicken dishes and white meats, and it's a good value as well.

  • white
  • 63 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

Grandes Vignes 2013 Bonnezeaux Le Malabé

If you have a sweet tooth, this Chenin is for you! Bonnezeaux is one of a few sweet wine appellations in the Loire Valley, where grapes are required to be over-ripe, and are sometimes affected by noble rot. "Le Malabé" has about 130 grams of residual sugar, but I honestly thought it was about 80g when I first tasted this wine, thanks to the high acidity and the ample minerality that the schiste soils provide. Just bringing the wine to the nose, one is greeted with honey, quince and with some subtle sweet spice aromas that tickle the senses. On the palate, it's dense, ripe and absolutely delicious. Francois from Grandes Vignes mentioned to me that 2013 was OK for reds in the Loire, very good for their dry Chenin Blanc, and exceptional for the sweet wines. Case in point! Drink now if you're craving sometime sweet, or age for decades.   Eben Lillie

  • white sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $20.99

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $14.99

Grandes Vignes NV Vin de France Bulle Nature Rose

This Brut Nature from Domaine les Grandes Vignes is a blend of Gamay and Groslot in Biodynamic farming, naturally vinified with zero sulfur added. Dark pink garnet color; lovely aromas of red currant, candied strawberry and violets. Soft bubbles with ripe red currant and berry fruits - quite rich but dry and balanced, really delicious! Serve as an aperitif or with a meal - perect at a picnic with chicken or veggies. Bravo to the Vaillant family for great farming and natural vinifications.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2014 Bourgueil Deux Monts

From  80 year-old vines in "Petits Monts" and "Grand Monts" towards the top of the slope above Benais, facing roughly south-west, clay over Turonien limestone (tuffeau, craie micacée). This is the terroir giving the most elegant and age-worthy Bourgueils.  18 month elevage ; 40% in cuve inox, 20% in one new 400 liter barrel, 20% in one-year and 20% in two-year old barrels, assembled two months before bottling.  Tasted in February 2016, the wine was fairly closed and tight, with deep, pure black fruits and perfect balance. This will be a sensational mature wine, best to wait eight to ten years, or more, then drink until 2040. 

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

Huet 1996 Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut Lieu

Tasted February, 1997: "50 grams per liter residual sugar, 5.65 gr/l acidity. Big creamy, lemon, herbal, honeyed aromas, full on the palate with great acidity and length, perfect balance, will keep" Subsequent years have confirmed the unique character of 1996, a vintage with good ripeness but with very high acidity giving medium-bodied wines with superb elagance and freshness. While drinking beautifully now, this wine will keep for a long, long time...

  • white medium-sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white sweet
  • 26 in stock
  • $154.99

  • white sweet
  • 21 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $249.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $159.99

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $159.99

Huet 1996 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie

A great vintage for Huet's sweet wines — lacking the high sugars of 1997 but ripe enough and with perfect acidity which will carry them a long way. The Le Mont 1er Trie is just beginning to open up and would be great fun to drink now, but better yet, put it away for another 20 years and find a reason for living! 67 gr/l RS, 5.9 gr/l acid, 12.5 % alc. ("de très longue garde" says the Huet website!)

  • white sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $89.99

  • white sweet
  • 22 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white sweet
  • 21 in stock
  • $44.99

Huet 2005 Vouvray Cuvée Constance 500ml

Forward and open which is unusual for Constance. Beautifully knit palate and very long with exceptional purity and at least 75 years ahead of it. DL

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $149.99

Huet 2005 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie

85 grams/liter RS, 12.8 % Alc 50% Passerillage, 50% Botrytis. A lovely, balanced Moelleux that will age nicely, peak drinking probably 10 to 30 years away. Yummy now if you can't wait, a great wine.

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

Huet 2015 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux

2015 Le Haut Lieu Moelleux: 12.5% alc, 45 gr/l RS. A very graceful wine. Ripe mango, pineapple stalk, candied grapefruit peel, lychee, and a hint of wool rise from the glass. The palate perfectly balances opulent fruit and sweetness with bright acidity and a scintillating texture. Although approachable now, it'd be great in 5-7 years. Tim Gagnon

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $35.99

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2015 Montlouis-sur-Loire L'Appetillant Brut

L'Appetillant is the Joussets' sparkling Montlouis, 100% Chenin Blanc, Champagne method (or should we say "Methode Traditionelle") made with no sulfur and no dosage. All cellar functions by gravity, no pumping, fermentation in one to seven year-old barrels, approximately 12 months on the lees. From 40 year-old vines on sand and silex soils over limestone. This version is absolutely delicious with lovely aromas of pear, lime-flower,  stone and caramel, quite subtle and complex. White fruits, creamy citrus and stone on the palate with nice chalky, lemony length. Drink over the next three years. This is a beautiful wine and is highly recommended! This would be a fabulous beginning to a Thanksgiving meal, and will pair nicely with the main course and desserts as well...

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2016 Vin de France Exile Blanc

Typically made from organic grapes that Lise and Bertrand source from the Loire Valley, this vintage of the Exilé blanc is the result of a literal backpacking/grape harvesting mission that Bertrand went on in 2016, when the vines in the Loire were hit hard by frost and hail in the summer. The blend is Chenin Blanc, Mauzac and Chardonnay, with most of the grapes coming from a little known region called Limoux. There's a density and marked minerality that the Chenin blanc provides, with mid-palate weight of the Chardonnay. Herbal notes, quince, and spice and the subtle oxidative notes come from Mauzac. It's crisp at first, then becomes rounder, with notes of apricot, and citrus. Truly a unique wine!  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2016 Vin de France Exile Brut Rose

Lise and Bertrand Jousset began the "Exilé" project with fruit purchased from nearby friends who share their commitment to organic farming. The "Exilé" rose is a pétillant made from 100% Gamay and it's one of our favorites. The 2016 is decadent with coastal aromas of salty pineapple core, fleshy melon, almond skins, and lilac. At 12% it is almost completely dry with a lacy mineral structure framing rich flavors of bosc pear, creamy pineapple, and subtle hints of white tea and orange peel. The finish is long and fabulously mineral. Serve with salade niçoise, cheese, or as a life-affirming aperó after a long day. Amanda Bowman

  • rosé sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

La Lunotte (Chistophe Foucher) 2015 Vin de France Haut Plessis (Menu Pineau)

Christophe Foucher at La Lunotte makes brilliant natural wines on his tiny estate in Coufy, near our friends at Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine. He practices uncompromising organic work in the vineyard and vinifies without sulfur and bottles by hand.This is a superb Menu Pineau, combining density of fruit with the unusual high-acid character of the grape. From very low-yielding vineyards above the Cher river, near St Aignan.  It's a richer style with more skin contact than those of Puzelat/Tue-Boeuf. Christophe transfers his wines from tank into small barrels as soon as the fermentation is under way, where they stay until bottling by hand without filtration. More of an "orange wine" in 2015, the wine shows complex aromas of citrus peel, pear, peach and almond with dried fruits and brown spice. The palate is ripe and full, with firm acidity, showing candied citrus, hay, ripe pear, apricot and stone with white fruits and minerals in the finish. This is an unusual and delicious natural wine - serve with fish or chicken in sauce, full-flavored sushi, and flavorful cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

La Lunotte (Christophe Foucher) 2015 Vin de France Les Rossignoux (Sauvignon Blan

Warning! This wine is not for everyone, but if you like natural wines that are outrageously delicious, complex and full of character, then you will love the Rossignoux 2015. From vines just east of the Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine. Pale gold color. Intriguing aromas of dried pear, quince, ripe melon, hay, lemon confit and white pepper. The palate is dense and ripe with pear, lemon, caramel and mineral flavors backed with firm acidity. The finish is long with citrus and white fuits. Zero SO2 and 100% delicious - another beautiful natural wine from Christophe Foucher! DL

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2014 Chinon L'Ame d'Antan

This beautiful Chinon is from 65 to 70 year-old vines in sandy clay soils over limestone in Sonnay, near Cravant. The wine ages for 18 months in old barrels, less than 200 cases are made. The 2014 Ame D'Antan shows a deep black/garnet color with elegant aromas of ripe blackberry and strawberry with hints of violet, prune, citrus and crushed stone. The palate is dense but bright, with a silky texture, showing pure blackberry fruit with earth and licorice with firm mineral acidity. Good length with lingering berry and mineral flavors. Delicious now, it will age beautifully, probably best 2020 to 2030+. Highly recommended. DL

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2014 Chinon Vieilles Vignes

The delicious Chinon Vieilles Vignes of Patrick Lambert is from 55 year-old vines on sandy clay soils over limestone. Hand harvested and femented with wild yeasts, as are all of Lambert's wines, the Vieilles Vignes gets 12 months of aging in old barrels. The wine shows a deep red/black color and ripe blackberry and strawberry aromas with pepper, earth and citrus. The palate shows earthy blackberry and strawberry compote with prune and bitter chocolate with firm citrusy acids. This is a complex, old-fashioned Chinon that will acoompany roast chicken and anything off the grill, served a bit cool. Age for five to ten years for a mature experience. And at $14.99 it's a fabulous value!

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2015 Chinon Les Deuzelles

The Chinon "Les Deuzelles" from Patrick Lambert is 100% Cabernet Franc from 20 year-old vines on a mix of gravel, clay and sandy soils over limestone. Fermentation with wild yeasts is followed by 6 to 8 months aging in  cuve, stainless or cement. Despite being from the very warm 2015 vintage, the Lambert "Deuzelles" is a quite earthy old-fashioned Chinon showing aromas of strawberry, red currant, citrus and earth.  The palate is similarly earthy with red fruits, citrus and soil flavors balanced by bright acidity. This is a fabulous value and should be served cool with roast chicken, pork dishes, charcuterie and mild cheeses.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $72.99

Liv Vincendeau 2014 Crémant de Loire

This is Liv's exceptional Cremant de Loire, aged sur latte for 16 months, 100% Chenin Blanc from Schiste soils. It's Extra Brut, but tastes like a Brut Nature...clean and mineral with great density and a long finish. This was a hit when we opened it for an in-store tasting and is a welcome addition to our collection of Loire Valley sparkling wines.  Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Liv Vincendeau 2014 Vin de France Mousseux "Gold" Methode Ancestrale

This fun Vin Mousseaux (the general term for sparkling wine) has gained a following among Liv's neighbors in Rochefort-sur-Loire, for good reason: It's a delicious sparkling Chenin Blanc that is very easy on the wallet. Methode Ancestrale, from mostly younger vines and including grapes from a tiny parcel of old vines (planted in 1950) for extra character. It's dry, with an interesting texture and flavor profile reminiscent of raw honey. For the quality to price, it's pure gold!  Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Liv Vincendeau 2015 Anjou Le Raguenet (Chenin Blanc)

Classic dry Chenin from schist soils up above Rochefort-sur-Loire overlooking  the Loire river with the coulees of Savennieres visible in the distance. Liv combines grapes from her oldest vines (planted in 1940) and and her younger 10 year old vines, with great result. There's very pleasant and inviting fruit up-front, and with some time open, the wine reveals an impressive mineral backbone. For only the second vintage of this cuvée, Liv is doing a great job, and we're looking forward to drinking plenty of the Raguenet in the years to come!  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Liv Vincendeau 2016 Rosé de Loire L'Arpent du Saule Rosé

A blend of Cabernet Franc, Gamay and a touch of Grolleau. It's darker hued than many rosés, but totally dry, with a perfect amount of tannin in the finish - very subtle and not mouth coating, more the type you feel at the back of your tongue. With  some dark berry fruit and the lovely structure, it's an immediate shoe-in for pairing with food, including but not limited to any of your summer barbecues! Eben Lillie

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Louvetrie (Jo Landron) 2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Fiefs du Breil

From a superb hillside vineyard on orthogneiss with clay and quartz stones. A great vintage for Jo's Fief du Breil! Yes, the aromatics are a bit more pronounced than in more austere vintages, and there is more presence of citrus and white fruits on the palate, but the wine retains a superb mineral character and the finish is brisk and very long. Simply a great Muscadet — drinking this alongside the Pepiere Clos des Briords would be a great lesson in the terroirs of the Pays Nantais! Tasted in February 2016, the wine is still youthful although the aromas are opening a bit, with intense minerality on the palate and fabulous length. Delicious now, this will be fabulous in 2025! Brisk enough for oysters and clams, perfect with cod, sole and flounder, complex enough for monkfish and swordfish - hurry down to Blue Moon Fish at the Greenmarket this Saturday!

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Luneau-Papin 2010 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or"

A beautiful L d'Or that shows the remarkable combination of ripeness, balance and great acidity in the 2010 vintage. This wine was surprisingly open and aromatic when tasted in January 2012 but possessed of perfect acidity and loads of saline mineral flavors, reminding us of 2002.

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $33.99

Luneau-Papin 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Vera Cruz

Vera Cruz is a new cuvée from Luneau-Papin, from 40 year-old vines on a terroir of schistes and gneiss "a deux micas" in Vallet, farmed with organic and biodynamic methods. A wine of terroir rather than fruit, even in the ripe 2015 vintage, the wine shows elegant aromas of pear, grilled almond, stone and citrus. The palate is dense and very mineral, showing more flavor of earth than fruit, with a lovely finish of stone, minerals and white fruit that coats the palate. Perfect now with fine oysters, grilled dorade, sole, cod and scallops with lemon. Or cellar - this wine should be very interesting in 5 to 15 years. Label inspired by Mondrian and the varied terroirs of Muscadet. DL

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Mosse 2015 Anjou Blanc Le Rouchefer

Chenin Blanc for Thanksgiving is perfect and René Mosse makes among the best! This showed beautifully when tasted last winter, with complex aromas of pear, lime-flower, mint, citrus and stone, with a dense and very mineral palate and fabulous length. Can't wait to try it again.

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $26.99

Pépière 2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

Domaine de la Pépière lost most of their crop to frost in 2016 but was able to produce this excellent Muscadet using grapes normally reserved for the Clisson, Château Thébaud and Monnières-Saint Fiacre cuvées as well as fruit purchased from neighboring parcels, harvested and selected by Pépière. (This is the only wine from Pépière in 2016 except for a small amount of Clos des Briords and Gras Moutons.) The 2016 La Pépie shows classic Muscadet aromas of pear, citrus peel, almond and stone with a bit of lime-flower. The palate is dense, with nice ripeness, balanced with firm stony acidity, with flavors of dried pear, citrus, stone and white pepper and finishing with good length of citrusy acids and saline minerals. This is a serious Muscadet that echos the characteristics of the estate's top cuvées. The domaine lost almost 85% of the crop in 2016, but the small amount of wine they did produce is lovely.  Our thanks to Marc, Remi and Gwènaëlle for this delicious and well-priced Muscadet.

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Ch.Thébaud "Clos des Morines"

For those who want a dryer style wine on Thanksgiving, this lovely Muscadet is opening up nicely and has the right weight and density to match  the turkey and sides. (And the superb new 2015  Luneau-Papin "Vera Cruz" would be lovely as well)   The Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines" comes from old vines on a beautiful vineyard sloping down towards the river. The granite here is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way. 2009 and 2010 here were among the best of the vintage in Muscadet and the 2012 is outstnding as well from this somewhat difficult low-yielding vintage. More austere than the previous vintages, the 2012 shows subtle aromas of dried pear, herbs, citrus, almond and stone, quite subtle and elegant. The palate has excellent weight and concentration with firm acidity, without the forward fruit of the 2009 - very tight and mineral in style with terrific length. Fabulous served now with oysters, ceviche of cod, flounder and sole, and grilled fish, This should age beautifully for 20 years and more. Highly recommended. Tasted again in December of 2016, this beautiful Muscadet is beginning to open up a bit, with lovely fruit appearing in the aromas and palate, really drinking well, though obviously a wine that will benefit from another five years of aging, best perhaps 2022 - 2030.

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $23.49

  • Organic

Pépière 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Ch.Thébaud 1.5 L

The Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines" comes from old vines on a beautiful vineyard sloping down towards the river. The granite here is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way. 2009 and 2010 here were among the best of the vintage in Muscadet and the 2012 is outstnding as well from this somewhat difficult low-yielding vintage. More austere than the previous vintages, the 2012 shows subtle aromas of dried pear, herbs, citrus, almond and stone, quite subtle and elegant. The palate has excellent weight and concentration with firm acidity, without the forward fruit of the 2009 - very tight and mineral in style with terrific length. Fabulous served now with oysters, ceviche of cod, flounder and sole, and grilled fish, This should age beautifully for 20 years and more. Highly recommended. Tasted again in December of 2016, this beautiful Muscadet is beginning to open up a bit, with lovely fruit appearing in the aromas and palate, really drinking well, though obviously a wine that will benefit from another five years of aging, best perhaps 2022 - 2030.

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clos des Briords

(First produced in 2008, this great Muscadet is made from a three hectare parcel of old massale-selection vines  on a slope above the Maine. The bedrock is Granite de Château Thébaud, a fissured rock that allows the vines to penetrate deeply, with ideal thin topsoils of clay, with sand and gravel allowing good drainage.) In 2016 and 2017, vineyards in the Loire Valley were hit with devastating frosts causing losses of 50% to 90% in some areas. Muscadet was particularly badly hit in 2016 - our old friends at Domaine de la Pépière lost 85% of their crop but salvaged enough fruit to make three cuvées - "la Pépie," "les Gras Moutons" and a small amount of the classic "Clos des Briords." Despite the frost damage in the region, quality has been very good for the wines produced - lacking the consistency of 2014 and 2015 perhaps but with some oustanding wines featuring vibrant fruit and bright acidities. At Pépiére, the cuvée "La Pépie" benefitted from the inclusion of much of the estate's old vine fruit, and the "Clos des Briords" is excellent, with good ripeness and firm acidity, perhaps similar to a vintage like 2005. The aromas show more white fruits than usual with hints of citrus and lime flower, backed with the saline and mineral notes always present in the aromatics of Briords.  The palate is quite ripe and supple with round white fruits, fresh herbs, lemon confit, almond and white pepper - quite elegant with silky density and structured enough for medium-term aging. The finish is long with lingering citrusy fruits and a nice kick of bitter mineral flavors at the end. Congratulations to Marc, Rémi and Gwenaëlle for producing such a lovely wine in such a difficult vintage. Find some Glidden Point oysters, sole or cod and enjoy now, or hold for 10  to 15 years and serve with crab, langoustines and fish in sauce.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Gras Moutons

This lovely wine clearly illustrates the difference between the granite and gneiss terroirs in Muscadet. Gras Moutons, a great parcel on gneiss with clay and amphibolite stones, produces lovely, classic Muscadet. A wine to drink over the next 5 to 8 years, it has a more herbal and floral bouquet than the granite-based wines and the palate, although refreshing and bright, is softer and more open.  In 2016 the majority of the grapes were lost to frost, but the portion that remained made a beautiful wine showing pretty herbal, citrus,  and white fruit aromas.  The palate is elegant and bright with pear, quince, lime-flower and lemon backed by silky lemony acidity and mineral flavors. Perfect with oysters, mild flavored fish and chicken dishes and goat cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $64.99

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $28.99

Pinon 2015 Vouvray Les Trois Argiles

Another outstanding Vouvray from our friends François and Julien Pinon in Vallée de Cousse, the 2015 "Trois Argiles" shows subtle, complex aromas of lemon, pear, earth, lime-flower, wet stone and almond. There is a hint of sweetness on the palate, perfectly balanced with firm acidity, with mineral flavors, white fruits, lemon peel and herbal notes. The finish is very long with citrusy acids and saline minerals. this is a beautiful young Vouvray that is delicious now with fish or chicken in sauce, Asian cuisnes, vegetable patés, asparagus and mild cheeses. This will gain complexity and become dryer with age, drink at least until 2050... David Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.49

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $61.99

Pinon, François 2014 Touraine Brut Rosé (Malbec/Grolleau)

For years we kept seeing small piles of sparkling rosé lining the walls of Francois Pinon's cellar. Finally we asked — is there enough for a small shipment to NY? And so this delicious blend of Malbec and Grolleau - from vines planted by François' grandfather -  finally reached Chambers Street! The 2014 is a very pale orange/pink color with lovely aromas of strawberry, red currant and peach. The red fruits continue on the palate, balanced nicely by earth, citrus and mineral flavors that continue in the refreshing finish. This is a beautiful and crowd-pleasing rosé that's wonderful now and will drink beautifully for many years - a 1990 tasted a few years ago was sensational. Highly recommended. DL

  • rosé sparkling
  • 36 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Pinon, François 2014 Vouvray Brut

From a plot of very old Chenin Blanc vines, François' Brut NV is kept on the lees for 18 months before bottling. It has pretty apple, pear, floral and toasty flavors with good acidity balancing the fruit. The current cuvée is from 2014 and it's one of their best ever - a bit riper than usual with round but well defined fruit—a great alternative to Champagne, it's delicious as an apéritif before the meal or afterwards with apple pie. This is a great choice during the holidays - a real crowd-pleaser at a great price, before, after or during the meal!

  • white sparkling
  • 26 in stock
  • no discount
  • $20.99

  • Organic

Pithon-Paille 2010 Anjou Coteaux des Treilles

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

Pithon-Paille 2010 Coteaux du Layon Belargus de Treilles 375ml

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

Raffault, Olga 2008 Chinon Les Picasses

We love Cabernet Franc on Thanksgiving  and we love the Raffault "Les Picasses!" The Domaine Olga Raffault Chinon "les Picasses" is one of the most famous wines in the region - a wine that is delicious young but that cellars beautifully for ten to twenty years, even longer in a good vintage. Under the direction of Eric de la Vigerie and Sylvie Raffault, quality here has been maintained, and improved, with the adoption of organic farming. The vines averaged about 40 years-old in 2008, a vintage that was cool much of the summer but after a sunny and warm September the grapes were harvested on October 10th with beautiful maturity and concentration, combined with the firm acidity found in this vintage.The wine shows a slightly mature red/black color with aromas of ripe blackberry, strawberry and prune with, orange rind, earth and musk. The palate is supple and deep with ripe blackberry liqueur and hints of pepper, cocoa, licorice, earth and minerals. The finish is long and sappy with firm acidity. This great Chinon in mid-life cries out for a nice steak, coq au vin (or turkey!) or pork ribs. Drink now after decanting or cellar for ten to twenty more years.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Low Sulfur

Raffault, Olga 2009 Chinon Les Picasses

Olga Raffault has always been one of my favorite producers, likely because it was one of the first great Loire reds I stumbled upon early in my wine life.  The 2009 Les Picasses fits into my idea of that first real bottle of Chinon I had all those years ago. The nose leads with red plum and dark cherries followed by classic herbaceous notes, tobacco and just a touch of brettanomyces.  The palate shows elegance with soft tannins and plenty of acidity even though the flavors are bold: red plums, turned earth, and a fresh herbaceous character without being at all funky. A great pairing for roasted chicken and herbed potatoes, seared salmon with salsa verde, or pork sirloin steaks. Open and decant now or age for another few years, then drink until 2030 and beyond, and above all else enjoy.  Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $79.99

Raffault, Olga 2010 Chinon Les Picasses

Since Olga Raffault’s passing, the estate has been run by her granddaughter Sylvie and her husband Eric de la Vigerie. Vineyard work and winemaking practices are very traditional: vineyard maintenance is done by hand, native yeast fermentations, and long, slow élevage in large, neutral oak (sometimes chestnut, a local wood in the region) barrels. Les Picasses is their top vineyard with 50-year-old Cabernet Franc vines planted in hard alluvial clay soils with a chalk limestone base on semi-steep slopes facing south. This is the perfect terroir to showcase classic Chinon aromas of black cherry, currant, cool blueberry fruit, white pepper, and a touch of tangerine. The palate is fresh and vibrant with juicy plum and black cherry fruit dotted with spice. Tannins are quite soft, yet present, and the finish is long and mineral with dark berry fruit. This is an outstanding example of what Cabernet Franc can be! 2010 is a great vintage for this wine, with the depth and structure for long-term aging. Tim Gagnon

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic

Raffault, Olga 2011 Chinon Les Picasses

The 2011 Olga Raffault Les Picasses is a softer "drink-young" version of this wine, although it may be delicious twenty years from now as well. Deep garnet/black color, aromas of earthy strawberry, blackberry, prune and smoked meat, with violet, licorice and cocoa. the palate is fairly soft, with ripe berry-fruit liqueur, citrus and earth. Ripe and supple but with firm acidity. Enjoy now, slightly cool, with roast chicken, pork chops, steak, lapin aux pruneaux...or cellar indefinitely.

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Low Sulfur

Raimbault 2016 Sancerre Les Godons

A full-bodied Sancerre from a single vineyard on a steep amphitheatre-shaped hillside in Sury, now tended with organic methods. The 2016 Les Godons shows pretty kiwi, citrus, lime-flower and pear aromas. The palate shows candied lemon, pear and mineral flavors with melon, citrus and firm acidity in the finish. Serve with full-flavored fish dishes, chicken, pork and goat cheeses. 

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $19.99

Roche Bleue 2015 Coteaux du Loir L'Orée de la Berterie

This is a beautiful Chenin Blanc from Sébastien Cornille at Domaine de la Roche Bleue, from 30 year-old vines on slopes and terraces of clay and silex over limestone, certified organic farming with biodynamic methods. The 2015 L'Orée de la Berterie shows lovely ripe aromas  - peach, pear, and kiwi with almond,  floral and mineral notes. Dried pear, citrus peel, stone and herbal notes on the palate with terrific density and a quite firm citrus and mineral finish. This is an outstanding and mineral young Chenin that will open up over the next five to ten years, and it's a superb value as well. Serve with ceviche of fluke, fish in sauce, roast chicken and mild cheeses.  DL

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2015 Jasnières Le Clos des Molières

From 25 - 30  year-old Chenin Blanc vines in a mid-slope parcel of thin clay and silex soils on limestone, yields of 25 hl/ha, certified organic with biodynamic methods as well, fermented and aged in 4 to 6 year-old barriques. Sébastien Cornille has quickly become one of the finest producers of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc on his 7 hectare estate in the Coteaux du Loir and Jasnières. The 2015 Jasnières "Clos es Molières" is an astonshing dry Chenin showing a bright pale gold color and subtle aromas of pear, dried herbs, almond, citrus and white pepper. The palate is dense but crystalline and intensly mineral with white fruits, almond, citrus and stone flavors that continue in the scintillating finish. Serve now with an elegant shellfish or fish preparation or hold for ten to fifiteen years and serve with fish or chicken in sauce. Beautiful wine!   David Lillie

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2015 Jasnières Sec

100% Chenin Blanc, from 10 - 25 year-old vines on a slope of clay/silex soils on limestone, certified organic. Slow pressing of whole clusters; long fermentations, most in 4 to 6 year-old barriques, the younger vines in cuve inox; elevage in 6 year-old barrels. The Roche Bleue 2015 Jasnières shows pale bronze color with beautiful aromas of pear, lime-flower and peach with hints of stone, anise and citrus peel. The palate reveals almond, pear, stone and chalky minerals that continue in the very long, tart, very mineral finish. This is a crystalline, complex Jasnières that will benefit from decanting and should age well for ten to fifteen years. Serve now with shellfish, grilled fish, roast chicken and goat cheeses. Lovely wine! DL

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $25.99

Roche Bleue 2016 Coteaux du Loir La Guinguette

The new vintage of "La Guinguette" has arrived and it's pure deliciousness. 80% Pineau D'Aunis 20% Gamay. Bright, with red cranberry notes, high acid, and a touch of grip. It's not wildly herbal, but it's obviously an expression of Pineau D'Aunis. Great concentration and a clean, fresh, mineral finish.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Saumon, Frantz 2015 Montlouis-sur-Loire Pintray

"Pintray" is Franz Saumon's 100% Chenin on clay and silex over limestone from his single-vineyard near the Chateau Pintray in Moutlouis. Direct press, then raised in old barriques for about a year before bottling.  Franz allows fermentation to happen naturally, in some vintages "Pintray" ferments dry, but the sunny 2015 was bottled as a true sec tendre with seven grams of residual sugar. For fans of Franz's "Mineral" this bottling also showcases the bracing minerality of Montlouis with a vibrant and powerful core. The hint of sweetness balances the racy, seashell-laden acidity that carries the rich flavors of ripe pear, honeysuckle, ginger, and meyer lemon to a long finish. Drinking beautifully now, but will likely gain complexity over time. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Saumon, Frantz 2016 Montlouis sur Loire Mineral Plus

"Mineral +" is a blend of Chenin Blanc chosen from every parcel Frantz Saumon farms. It is a mix of old and young vines planted in clay, silex, and limestone to create a rich tapestry of Montlouis' famous terroir. Like many growers in central Loire, Frantz struggled with production in 2016 after the late  April frost devastated his budding vines; but in the end, he was able to make just enough to share with us, and we are grateful! The nose offers a panoply of bright citrus fruits, apple blossom, honeysuckle, and sea salt. Flavors of fleshy yellow fruit, orange peel, and bergamot coalesce around a tangy mineral core. The finish is slightly herbal and sanguine. A delicious wine to help you thaw out or to enjoy with a variety of Asian foods. Amanda Bowman 

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Source du Ruault 2010 Saumur-Champigny Le Clos de la Cote

Jean-Noel Millon took over this 13 hectare estate from his father in 1998, the seventh generation at La Source du Ruault. Farming here has been organic since 2007 with biodynamic preparations used in the vineyards as well. 2010 is a great vintage for reds in the Loire Valley and the Clos de la Cote is a gorgeous young Saumur-Champigny. From 50+ year-old vines on a hillside vineyard of clay over turonian limestone. After a long fermentation, the wine is aged in new and one year-old barrels. The wine shows dark red/black color with deep aromas of blackberry, black cherry, violet, chocolate and licorice that are quite fresh and pure. The tannins are already quite integrated into the black fruits, earth and spice flavors backed by the firm acidity typical of 2010. Quite  delicious now, this will age beautifully into a very complex mature wine, peak drinking 2020 to 2030+.... David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Source du Ruault 2011 Saumur-Champigny Le Clos de la Cote 1.5 L

This beautiful Saumur-Champigny is from a walled vineyard of old vines in Varrains, certified organic and worked with biodynamic methods as well. The wine shows a deep black/red color and ripe aromas of red currant and blackberry with earth, roast meat and citrus framed in a bit of oak, quite lovely. The palate shows lush, textured blackberry and black cherry fruit with earth and bitter chocolate backed by firm acidity that continues in the long finish. Delicious now served with a coq au vin, grilled steak or pork stew, this will age gracefully over the next ten to fifteen years.  

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Source du Ruault 2014 Saumur Blanc "La Coulee d' Aunis"

This is a lovely Chenin Blanc from our organic friends at La Source du Ruault. Ripe but subtle aromas of pear, apple, citrus, lime-flower, hay and earth lead to the palate which is very mineral, with ripe lemony white fruits, almond, stone and herbal flavors and a very long intense chalky finish. A beautiful and very young Chenin that is scintillating and delicious now, best after a few days open or ten years in the cellar. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Source du Ruault 2014 Saumur-Champigny Le Champ Fou

Jean-Noêl Millon is making superb wines at his organic estate in Saumur-Champigny, including the delicious "Le Champ Fou" from a "clos" of old Cabernet Franc vines on clay/limestone soils. The wine  receives an approximately 30 month elevage in one to three year barrels and is bottled with minimal sulfur. The 2014 shows very elegant aromas of strawberry and raspberry, rounded by a touch of oak, with hints of blackberry, pepper and earth. The palate is supple and ripe with berry fruits, quite chalky but rounded by the elevage, the finish is ripe and long with supple red fruits lingering on the palate. Decant and serve cool if drinking now, or cellar a few years then drink until 2030 and beyond.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Source du Ruault 2014 Saumur-Champigny Rouge

The 2014 Source du Ruault is a beautiful and very affordable Saumur-Champigny, a product of thoughtful organic farming, and made with no added SO2! The wine shows lovely red/black color and deep aromas of strawberry and red currant liqueur. The palate is balanced and ripe with a lovely melange of red fruits, finishing with lingering fruit, earth and refreshing acidity. Serve cool and enjoy with pork and chicken dishes, charcuterie and mild cheeses. This excellent value is highly recommended!

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $28.99

Tue-Boeuf 2015 Touraine Le Buisson Pouilleux

Thierry and Jean-Marie Puzelat make this outstanding Sauvignon Blanc from a one hectare parcel in Pouillé, with sand and gravel over limestone, giving very low yields. An intense and beautiful wine in 2015, with aromas of lemon peel, pear, dried herbs, lime flower and pine resin. The palate is dense and ripe with dried white fruits, lemon oil and earth backed by firm acidity. Beautifully structured and very long, this is an outstanding and unusual Sauvignon Blanc to serve with fish or chicken in sauce and full-flavored goat cheeses. Delicious now, the wine should be very interesting with 5 to 10 years of cellaring. Highly recommended. (The name literally translated is "squalid bush" but we hope it refers rather to the limestone of Pouillé...?)

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2016 Vin de France Rosé (Gamay/Grolleau)

The 2016 offering of the Vin Rosé from our friends the Puzelat brothers is totally dry, with red raspberry and tart strawberry, and a touch of blood orange. There is a subtle structure on the mid-palate - which makes this a very food friendly wine - and a super mineral finish. A great vintage for the Tue-Boeuf Rosé!  Eben Lillie 

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vacheron 2016 Sancerre

Domaine Vacheron is one of the few organic and Biodynamic estates in Sancerre. The lovely 2016 is from 30 to 50 year-old vines on both chalk and silex hillside parcels. The grapes are hand-harvested, the fermentation is wth wild yeasts and the wine is aged in tank. The wine shows a pale bronze color and subtle armoas of pear, quince, lime-flower  and stone with a bit of honeysuckle. The palate is light and crisp, showing stone and mineral flavors that underly white fruits, citrus peel, almond and mineral flavors, leading to a very clean and refreshing finish. Light enough to pair well with oysters, this will accompany any mild flavored fish or chicken dish and goat cheeses.

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Villalin 2016 Quincy Les Grandes Vignes

This crowd-pleasing Quincy is an economical and delicious Thanksgiving option - at $15.99 it's better than many Sancerres and it will accompany everything on the table.   Sauvignon Blanc has been grown in Quincy at least since the 15th century and produces a particularly distinctive wine on the gravel and silex soils of the Domaine de Villalin's vineyard "Les Grands Vignes." The estate is clearly the finest in Quincy, farming with mostly organic methods, plowing (sometimes with horses), harvesting by hand and fermenting with wild yeasts.  The 2016 is a bright and refreshing Sauvignon, showing subtle fruit aromas of peach and pear with almond, lime-flower and citrus. The palate shows lovely pear, apricot and almond flavors with lemony minerals in the long finish. This is a refreshing, stylish wine to serve quite cool this spring and summer with seafood and poultry dishes, asparagus, crudites and mild cheeses.

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

Villemade, Herve 2015 Cheverny Les Ardilles

Our friend Hervé Villemade made a gorgeous "Les Ardilles" in 2015. Made from 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Gamay grown on clay over limestone in Cheverny with yields of only 15 hl/ha. There was a 20-day maceration with light extraction followed by aging in large old barrels, with no added SO2 during vinificaton. The wine shows a lovely light red/garnet color with aromas of red currant, raspberry and pomegranate, with hints of rose, earth, citrus and spice. The palate is sappy and dense with a beautiful melange of red fruits and cherry liqueur,  brightened by firm citrusy acids, and continuing with saline minerals in the finish. Superb wine - serve cool with charcuterie, chicken and pork dishes and mild cheeses. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2016 Cheverny Blanc

Hervé Villemade's 2016 Cheverny Blanc is a lovely and versatile wine, made from 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Chardonnay grown on flinty sand and clay soils. The wine shows pretty aromas of pear, citrus, almond and stone with hints of boxwood and fine herbes. The palate is supple with white fruits, citrus, a bit of anise and herbal flavors and is nicely balanced with firm acidity. This is a delicious everyday white that will accompany most seafood dishes, chicken, white meats and goat cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Misc. Burgundy

Champs de l'Abbaye 2015 Monthélie Les Sous Roches

From the biodynamically farmed high altitude Les Sous Roches lieu-dit on the northwest slope in Monthélie composed of clay and stones. The robe is a dense ruby in the glass. The aromas are savory and herbal, with vivid notes of anise, sarsaparilla that evolve into layers of plum, blueberry, and smoke. The palate is showing some of the warmth from 2015 with ripe black cherry, and tangy raspberry flavors balanced by firm acidity. There is excellent mid-term aging potential, aerate if drinking now. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Champs de l'Abbaye 2016 Bourgogne Pinot Noir

From 10 to 50 year-old vines grown on limestone soils (Middle Jurassic!) in the commune of Aluze, Cotes Chalonnaise, certified organic since 1999. This is an approachable Pinot Noir, showing lively raspberry fruit, violets, and hints of mint on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with bright wild cherry, spice, tart blackberry and pepper over bracing mineral flavors. Delicious now, best served chilled and with some aeration. Amanda Bowman 

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2016 Bourgogne Les Crays

Julien Guillot's 2016 "les Crays" is 100% Pinot Noir from 40 year-old vines in this very chalky vineyard in the Macon, vinified with zero added sulfur. This is an expression of Pinot Noir that stands out! Darker than expected for a '16, with some reduction at first and gamey black fruit along with a bright mineral streak. Decant without hesitation, and come back to it in a half hour. Though it's a bit animal on the nose,  it's very drinkable and the fruit is pure and elegant on the palate. A funky natural wine in a classic looking bottle. Don't let the label fool you!  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes (Julien Guillot) 2016 Mâcon Rouge Cuvée 910

This special cuvée is a commemoration of eleven hundred years of winemaking, the vineyards in the Clos des Vignes du Maynes having been planted around AD 900 and wine first produced for the Abbey of Cluny around 910. This "medieval" wine is a field blend of Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot Noir, including the old varieties Gamay Petit Grain and Pinot Fin. The grapes were transported in carts pulled by Charolais bulls, then pressed by foot, vinified and aged without sulfur and bottled by hand in the spring. ...  Back to put a smile on your face, the 2016 Cuvee 910 is lively, wild on the nose, and delivers the bright funky fruit that made it such a favorite here at Chambers Street. From my extended experience consuming bottles of 910, I would recommend letting this one sit for a while. It just arrived (12/1/17) and I think it would benefit from a month or two of RE-harmonizing in the bottle before the drinking begins. Not that you won't enjoy it if you open a bottle tonight (or a mag with your holiday feast), but I feel it will show better with some time.   Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2012 Mâcon-Cruzille Manganite

Made from Gamay Petit Grains grown on a parcel high in magnesium, in the Clos des Vignes du Maynes in Cruzille, organic since 1954, now certified biodynamic. The energetic Julien Guillot vinifies his reds without sulfur or additives of any kind, producing complex, mineral, elegant wines that transcend their appellation. 2012 is a great vintage here, giving wines of firm acidity and great purity of fruit, although in tiny quantities. The 2012 Manganite shows slight reduction, then lovely strawberry/raspberry aromas with citrus, brown spice, violet and earth. Intense fruit on the palate, but light-bodied with red and black fruits, blood orange and soil, firm acidity and a long very mineral finish. This is a superb and not typical Gamay — a delicious living wine from living soils. Serve cool.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Biodynamic

Vignes du Maynes 2015 Bourgogne Cuvée Auguste 1.5 L

The Vignes du Maynes "Cuvée Auguste" is a superb Burgundy made from massale selection Pinot Fin planted in 1964. The parcel, high on the slope in Cruzille, is on Bathonian limestone with a great deal of calcium carbonate crystal (aragonite) with thin topsoils of clay and silica. Yields of 20 hl/ha, semi-carbonic fermentation, with zero additives, bottled under nitrogen. 2015 is a superb vintage for the Cuvée Auguste! The wine shows elegant aromas of black raspberry and wild strawberry with hints of blood orange, violet and brown spice - really lovely. The palate shows a beautiful melange of blackberry, strawberry and tart cherry with citrus, earth and minerals, very sappy and dense. Elegant finish of earth, stone and red fruits. This is a gorgeous wine, and quite delicious now, but cellaring of ten to twenty years should be possible. Congratulations to Julien Guillot for this beautiful Pinot! DL

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2015 Mâcon-Cruzille Manganite

 Made from Gamay Petit Grains planted in 1953, grown on a limestone parcel high in magnesium, in the Clos des Vignes du Maynes in Cruzille, organic since 900 AD, now certified biodynamic. The energetic Julien Guillot vinifies his reds without sulfur or additives of any kind, producing complex, mineral, elegant wines that transcend their appellation.  The 2015s here are extraordinary, showing the elegance, purity and balance typical of the estate with the wonderful ripeness of the vintage. The wine shows gorgeous red and black fruit aromas with cranberry, earth, stone and musk and hints of mint, chocolate and spice. The palate is bright and intense with balckberry, citrus, stone and earthy flavors, that continue on the very long mineral finish. Always one of the greatest Gamays produced anywhere, the 2015 Manganite is a young wine that will benefit from decanting or five to fifteen years in the cellar. Highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 39 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $69.99

Misc. France

Ardoisieres 2015 IGP St Pierre de Soucy Argile Blanc

Located on the steep, rocky slopes in the shadow of Mont Blanc, high above the village of Freterive, lies Domaine des Ardoisières 17-hectare estate. With a winemaking history dating back to the Romans, the estate had fallen into disrepair becoming overgrown with forests and remained that way until the late-1990s when the vineyard sites were cleared and ancient terraces rebuilt. The estate is now being overseen by Brice Omont - a Champagne native who took over the estate in 2005 - with biodynamic principles having been employed from the start and native yeasts carrying out all fermentations resulting in truly stunning wines. This cuvee is a blend of Chardonnay, Jacquère, and Mondeuse Blanche which sees elévage in 2/3 stainless steel tank and 1/3 neutral barrique which gives it nuance and balance while maintaining a lifted freshness. Tropical and salty with pear skin and almond notes and giving way to stern minerals and more orchard fruit on the palate, it is an exciting wine for lovers of Savoie whites. Tim Gagnon 

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $28.99

Beauthorey 2013 Languedoc Oree Blanc

This is a white blend, marrying Roussane, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Rolle (Vermentino), and Bourbelenc. It's medium - full bodied for a white, with notes of apple compote and baking spice. A prime candidate for wine drinkers who typically prefer reds, and truly a unique expression of the region's diverse grape varieties.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beauthorey 2013 Languedoc - Pic Saint-Loup Pleine Lune

This is 100% Syrah, from clippings that Christophe took from the Gonon family in St. Joseph. "Textbook" Syrah, with blackberry, roasted meat, and spice notes. Full and rich, with soft acids and plenty of earth. Definitely a wine for fans of full bodied and dark fruited reds, and a prime candidate for grilled meats and other Southern fare.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

Belluard 2013 Vin de Savoie Mont Blanc Brut

Made from Gringet grown at 450m in elevation, this is serious stuff. It spends three years on the lees which results in a rich and textured wine, with delicate aromatics. It is quite powerful, and would give any Champagne a run for the money in terms of complexity. Tim Gagnon

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Belluard 2015 Vin de Savoie Le Feu

Called Le Feu (The Fire) for the bright red, iron-rich clay that litters the incredibly steep vineyards, this is Dominique’s top wine. It is his only single-parcel Gringet cuvée and the vines are situated at 450m in altitude. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Belluard NV Ayse Vin de Savoie Les Perles du Mont Blanc

Les Perles du Mont Blanc is made from the Belluard's biodynamically planted Gringet in the alpine village of Ayse. Fermentation for the base wine is done with indigenous yeast; the second with Champagne yeast and there is no dosage added, making for an exquisitely dry wine with fascinating complexity. The autumnal aromas of  pine forest, baking spice, and toasted hazelnuts give a festive quality to this wine. On the palate it is rich, with creamy flavors of bosc pear, wildflower honey, nutmeg and green apple. The invigorating acidity makes this a very versatile, food-friendly wine to pair with roasted fennel, sausage, or cheese. Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $14.99

Bottes Rouges 2015 Arbois Chardonnay Leon

Jean-Baptiste Menigoz, a former school teacher, started his domaine with 2.4ha of vines in Abergement-le-Petit, west of Arbois, in 2012. Focusing on the classic varietals of the Jura, he makes honest, natural wines in the traditional ways of the region. His Chardonnay is always my personal favorite. Fermented and aged in neutral 600L demi-muid, it showcases the honey-tinged, tropical fruit and citrus that is a hallmark of this wine year after year. On the palate it is a touch nutty with salty, tangy pineapple, and an electric acidity anchored by a piercing mineral core. Perhaps a touch more ripe than past vintages, it maintains focus and precision. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • rosé
  • 21 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $174.99

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $15.99

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $16.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $18.99

Clos Ste Magdeleine 2015 Cassis Blanc

Clos Ste. Magdeleine is located on the slopes of the dramatic Cap Canaille just east of Cassis, where vineyards date back to the ancient Greeks, and the vines grow on stony limestone soils. The current estate was founded in the late 19th century and has been in the same family since 1920 - the estate is certified organic. The Cassis Blanc is made up of 40% Marsanne, 30% Ugni blanc, 25% Clairette and 5% Bourboulenc. The 2015 shows lovely aromas of dried pear, almond and stone with floral and herbal hints, with a bit of candied citrus and exotic fruit. The palate is round and supple and quite elegant with ripe pear, apricot and almond, citrus peel and marzipan. The finish is long and balanced with firm acidity and mineral flavors. (This would be a great option for Thanksgiving dinner, being elegant and dry but with enough weight and fruit to pair well with turkey and all the sides. A crowd pleasing choice...)

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $14.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $17.99

Deux Anes 2015 Corbières Premier Pas

"Premieres Pas' is a blend of organic Carignan and Grenache Noir planted in the maritime plain of the Corbières. The 20-35 year old vines are deeply rooted in red marl scattered with limestone. Magali Terrier  hand picks the Carignan once it reaches full maturity and the Grenache Noir just before full ripeness. The grapes are vinified whole cluster in stainless steel and reach 13% - the lightest wine Magali makes. The robe is dark ruby in the glass and heavily perfumed with umami spices and red fruit aromas. Complex flavors of smoke, a touch of funk and saddle leather mingle with plum, red currants, and anise. A marvelous wine to pair with spicy sausages, grilled meat, or aged goat cheese. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $13.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $31.99

Dupasquier 2007 Roussette de Savoie Marestel (Altesse)

This special and striking Altesse comes from one of the only recognized "crus" in the Savoie: the very steep, south-facing slope of Marestel. A rich, powerful, and oxidative wine, the nose offers ripe apple, caramel, fennel, anise seed, and some sweet aromatics that are reminiscent of Riesling. The palate is broad, honeyed, but well-balanced and long with a firm, dusty mineral finish. Even with a few years of bottle age, this is only the beginning of this wine's life. MSB

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

Dupasquier 2009 Savoie Gamay 1.5 L

We admire Dupasquier's wines for many reasons, but especially for their transparency. His wines have the ability to reflect the classic traditions of the Savoie without compromising the natural expression of the fruit, which he farms meticulously. In short, cracking into any bottle from Dupasquier generally promises to be a cerebral experience. The 2009 Gamay from magnum is no exception. This was a warm vintage even in the relatively cool climate of the Jongieux sub-region of the Savoie, where Dupasquier's south-facing vineyards are a sun trap that add considerable warmth to the red varietals. The wine shows brilliant freshness and restraint, qualities that speak to the extended barrel and bottle aging before release. The bright red fruit aromas are deeply integrated with hints of iodine and heady herbaceous notes of mint and tobacco leaf usually more present on day two of his current release vintages. The palate is firmly structured with flavors of tart blackberry, spiced cherry, dried basil and savory leather notes. The cool mineral finish gives enough buoyancy and energy to make this a good pairing with lamb cooked with herbs, or roasted poultry such as duck or quail. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

Enfants Sauvages 2015 Cotes Catalanes Enfants Sauvages 1.5L

A blend  of 60% Carignan 30% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre. A truly versatile red, in magnum size!  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2016 Vin de France Tracteur Rosé (Isère)

In 2007, the energetic and talented Thomas Finot discovered the terroirs of the Coteaux Grésivaudan - a valley with steep mountainsides extending northeast from Grenoble, just north of Savoie, Here he is rescuing local grape varieties such as Verdesse, Persan and Etraire de la Dhuy and also making delicious and affordable vin de soif from other grapes - in this case the Tracteur Rosé. Made from Gamay, the wine shows a pretty light pink color and aromas of red currant, raspberry, watermelon and rose. The palate is light and lovely at only 11% alcohol with subtle mixed-berry fruits and hints of spice backed by mineral flavors and refreshing acidity. Serve well-chilled all year-round with salads, charcuterie and white meats.                                                        Quick facts: Destemmed, into cuve, kept cold for 24 hours, then to the press... Doing a maceration of about 24 hours gives the rosé more material, and color. It's the way Thomas likes his rosés!   - Eben Lillie                       

  • rosé
  • 12 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2015 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isere) Persan

Thomas Finot has made a beautiful 2015 Persan, from a blend of old vines planted by vigneron Daniel Zegna and young vines planted by the Finots, all massale selection. The warm days and very cool nights in the Coteaux du Grésivaudan, Isère, produced a gorgeous wine with deep black/red color and aromas of blackberry liqueur, graphite and roast meat with hints of rose and pepper. The palate is sapid and dense with meaty blackberry and red currant fruit, with pepper, licorice, mint and herbal notes. The finish is long with elegant texture and ripe, earthy berry fruits that linger on the palate. This would be lovely with a piece of Charolais beef, and aging of ten to fifteen years should be interesting. Bravo to Thomas Finot - for this unique wine and for his project of replanting and resurrecting vineyards in Isère! -David Lillie                                                                                                                                         Extra note: I spoke to Thomas about my favorite Persan, from Nicolas Gonin, and asked what differences he saw. He's also a big fan of Gonin's wines, and explained that the difference most likely comes down to 'elevage' (or ageing.. i.e. how they bring up the wine). Finot chooses a long aging, whereas Gonin's elevage is shorter, so there's less structure and a bit more freshness of fruit. I really enjoy both styles, so I can now officially say I have TWO favorite Persans!  - Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2015 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isère) Pinot Noir

Thomas Finot, who is working with rare local varieties in Isère, also makes this vibrant Pinot Noir from organic grapes in the Coteaux du Grésivaudan northeast of Grenoble. The region is known for very warm days but very cool nights, producing reds that are ripe and sappy but possessing bright acidity and good balance. The 2015 Pinot Noir is a lovely wine showing aromas of ripe black cherry and strawberry with a bit of oak, violet and citrus. The palate is dense and supple with slightly roasty cherry and red currant fruit with brown spice, plum. pepper and citrus. The finish is ripe and long with lingering red fruits and firm acidity. Serve cool with coq au vin, steaks and grilled foods, stews and tagines, cellaring of three to five years should be interesting.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2015 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isère) Verdesse Sur-Mûrie 500ml

According to the hefty Wine Grapes book (Robinson/Harding/Vouillamoz), there were a total of about 2 hectares (5 acres) of Verdesse in the world as of 2008. As of my conversation with Thomas Finot in June, the number is now between 3 and 4 hectares total. Thomas started with an old plantation of about 2 ares (200 square meters, or .05 acres) and now has about 1.5 hectares, mostly of younger vines he planted. Verdesse is a grape that, according to Thomas, is green for a long time, and typically ripens late, gaining a golden and amber color at the "very last moment." From Thomas' experience, Verdesse typically rests with a small amount of sugar, and has a good deal of richness. The grapes were harvested in October and the wine rests at 8 grams residual sugar. Luckily Verdesse has acid for days, so the effect is more of delicate richness and ripe stone fruit, and the sugar is barely perceptible. A fascinating white and a great opportunity to taste a truly obscure and rare variety.   -Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Finot, Thomas 2015 Vin de France (Isère) "Cugnete" (Jacquere)

Thomas Finot makes his "Vin de Maceration Cugnete" (aka Jacquère) from purchased fruit grown in Isère and on the Isère/Savoie border, thus Vin de France. The long skin contact gives the wine a pale bronze color. The aromas are light and pretty - dried flowers, brown spice, citrus peel and white fruits. The palate shows creamy dried pear, mineral, brown spice, almond and citrus notes, quite subtle and with a clean, long finish without harsh skin tannins. This is a fascinating wine that will accompany shellfish, ceviche of many kinds, sushi, goat cheeses and much more.  11% alcohol.  Lovely wine!  David Lillie                                                               Extra facts: Thomas says that Cugnete is an ancient type of Jacquere. Maceration for the 2015 was 2 and a half months, and aging was in big used barrels from 2005 and 2006. My guess is the maceration was more of a soaking, with little or no punch down or extraction, as the wine appears more like a white than an 'orange,' and only has a delicate and subtle amount of tannin in the back of the palette.   -Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

Foulards Rouge 2016 Vin de France Les Glaneurs

"Glaneurs" is made from Jean-François Nicq's plot of 40 year old vines planted in the foothills of the eastern Pyrénées. 100% Grenache on granite, vinified in carbonic maceration for four weeks in three-year old oak barrels, then bottled at the end of spring with no added SO2. The 2016 has aromas that are almost hedonistic, with notes of dried figs, tart cherry, and sun-ripened dates. The palate is lush and mouth coating with flavors of blueberry, plum, fresh strawberries and framed by a nervy minerality. A serious wine with stunning depth that should be given some time to open up. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $31.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $58.99

Gonin 2014 Isère - Balmes Dauphinoises Mondeuse

Straight from the cellar - a lovely back vintage from one of our favorite alpine producers, Nicolas Gonin!  Located between the Rhône and the Savoie in the  department of Isère, this Mondeuse sings with aromas of bright black fruit, sour cherries, savory spices, and a touch of funk. Tangy flavors of tart red fruits give buoyancy to umami notes of clove and black pepper spice. At 10% this is a satisfying aperó that you can serve chilled alongside creamy cheeses, charcuterie, or on its own!

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $32.99

Jonc Blanc 2014 Vin de France Pure "T" Merlot

The Jonc Blanc 2014 PURE T is 100% Merlot grown on a small parcel of "marnes á astrea," a limestone conglomerate with seashells with thin clay topsoil. The wine is made with zero sulfur dioxide or other additives, fermented with wild yeasts and aged for two years in 1200 liter Taransaud foudres. Less than 300 cases are made of this beautiful wine that shows a dark black/red color and deep aromas of blackberry, cassis and bitter chocolate with roast meat and floral hints. There are lush black fruits on the palate, very silky and pure with good freshness, with firm acidity, berries and mineral flavors in the long finish. This is a gorgeous wine that will accompany anything off the grill, pork stew and coq au vin. Franck Pascal and Isabelle Carle are doing beautiful work at Le Jonc Blanc and their wines deserve your attention. DL

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2015 Bergerac Classik

Isabelle and Franck Pascal make this beautiful natural wine from Cabernet and Merlot grown on their Biodynamic estate near Felines, in Bergerac. The wine is aged sur-lie 12 months in barrel, and is bottled without filtration or added sulfur.The 2015 vintage has a dark robe. The nose displays the generosity of the vintage with aromas of ripe blackberries, black currants, and Italian plums with hints of cedar and graphite. The palate is rich, ripe, and deft with a good tension between the beautiful fruit and deep earth notes on a long, persistent, lifted finish. Fabulous with a grilled hanger steak, better still with magret of duck and strong cheeses. This is a tremendous value and should improve over 5-8 years. Delicious! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2015 Vin de France Sens du Fruit Blanc

 This is a lovely Biodynamic white made from Sauvignon, Semillon and Sauvignon Gris by Isabelle and Franck Pascal, whose great vineyard work and natural vinifications are producing outstanding wines on their clay/limestone terroir. The 2015 Sens du Fruit Blanc shows fabulous arom