Alsace

Barth 2016 Alsace Riesling Granite

Mostly from the Grand Cru Schlossberg vineyard in Kintzheim, this is an impressive Riesling from granite terroir. Beautiful in 2016, with textbook mineral structure from the granite soils, and a convincingly dry finish for a wine with about 12g residual sugar. Honestly, looking over my notes, I was surprised to see that the RS was even above 2g, let alone more than 10! There is such a persistent minerality and acidity to the wine that the wine, though it has an overall broad and full mouthfeel, still finishes clean and dry. An exceptional Riesling that is just beginning to drink very nicely in it's early age.  -EL

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  • 26 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
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  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

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  • 18 in stock
  • $14.99

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  • 11 in stock
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  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

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  • 9 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $84.99

Geschickt 2017 Vin d'Alsace Riesling

This is a complex dry Riesling, and truly a fantastic wine for the money. There are layers of tropical fruit (guava, mango) on the nose, spice, floral notes, and a bit of texture on the palate. A touch opaque in the glass, with great texture in mouth and a ethereal finish. I shared this with a number of different people, including some "untrained" wine drinkers, and it was a unanimous hit. It's a very special wine posing as a"basic" Riesling.   ~Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $22.99

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  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $31.99

Laurent Barth 2017 Alsace Racines Métisses

Always around 50% Pinot Auxerrois (fermented separately), with Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and a touch of Riesling. The idea here is to make a wine that is easy to drink, says Laurent, and he nails it! There's a subtle touch of spice on the palate, with a crystalline minerality in the finish, thanks to the granite soils. Though dry, there is a roundness and ripeness to the wine, which seems typical of similar "edelzwicker" blends of white grapes in Alsace. This should pair nicely with salads, as an apéro, or with mildly spicy dishes.  -EL

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laurent Barth 2017 Alsace Riesling

A friendly Alsace Riesling from Laurent Barth, this wine is a blend of fruit from several different parcels, including a small amount from the granite Schlossberg vineyard. The residual sugar here is usually hovering around 2-3g, making this a pretty classic dry Riesling from the region. Ripe, orchard fruit on the nose, a touch of structure in the mouth (maybe from the Schlossberg granite), and a pleasant finish. It should be a nice accompaniment to fall-time meals.   -EL

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Pinot Blanc

2017 was a difficult vintage for Bruno with this wine. It is currently showing a very high level of volatile acidity (VA) so we would recommend waiting for 6-12 months before opening. An assemblage from several parcels, mostly on gravel and sandy soil, with some clay and limestone sites as well. Eben

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Pinot Gris Reserve

From a vineyard of pure limestone, this is an elegant and relatively rich style for Pinot Gris. Bruno doesn't like rich Pinot Gris, and often prefers his basic Pinot Gris to the Reserve in the first 3 or 4 years after bottling, but he says in 5-6 years, the Reserve evolves into a really special wine. Spicy tropical fruit on the nose mix with burnt orange and marmalade. The palate is rich but the limestone soils give the wine cut, and the dryness is evident in the finish. A wine for meditation, and considering Bruno's advice, a good one to age for a few years.    EL

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

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Valentin-Zusslin 2014 Alsace Sylvaner Bollenberg

From the south-facing Bollenberg lieu-dit in Orschwir, a hill that stands apart from the foothills of the Vosges. The soils are iron-rich clays. The vines are farmed biodynamically, the grapes undergo extreme selection before fermentation with native yeasts and aging in large Vosges casks. The 2014 Sylvaner Bollenberg offers enticing aromas of apricot, cool crushed herbs, golden apple skin, and apple blossoms. The palate is fresh and lively, with flavors of perfectly ripe stone fruit, faint tropical notes, a bracing herbaceousness, and an incisively savory finish. The 2014 embodies the charm of Sylvaner, while expressing enough stoniness to captivate the most ardent rock fan. A fine pairing with poached chicken with salsa verde and grand with a ripe triple crème cheese, this would enliven lighter fish preparations and make for a splendid apéritif. John McIlwain

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  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

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Beaujolais

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  • 2 in stock
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  • $21.99

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Coquelet 2014 Morgon Côte du Py Vieilles Vignes

The young Damien Coquelet, under the guidance of this step-father Georges Descombes, is making some of the prettiest wines in the Beaujolais. Organic farming, wild yeasts and minimal sulfur. This wine is from old vines formerly part of the Domaine Savoye-Descombes. This needs some time to awaken then shows bright, subtle strawberry fruit, floral and herbal with citrus and spice. The palate is soft with earthy raspberry/strawberry fruit in a light style with bright acidity. At 12% alcohol, it's not a fruuit bomb, but will nicely accompany vegetarian and lighter meat dishes, charcuterie and mild cheeses.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2018 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette

2018 is an excellent vintage for Alain Coudert - reminiscent of the ripeness of 2009 but with firmer structure and brighter fruit. The Clos de  la Roilette shows a deep red/black color, with lush aromas of cassis, black cherry, pomegranate and blackberry - very complex - with hints of blood orange, licorice and spice. The palate is dense and deep showing the Moulin-a-Vent side of Fleurie, with juicy black fruits backed with firm acidity and mineral flavors. The finish is long with sappy fruit liqueur and earthy acidity. It's a big wine but quite balanced and well-structured - open well in advance if drinking now, or cellar for three to five years then drink until 2030. This is a classic Clos de la Roilette and is highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $23.99

Coudert 2018 Fleurie Cuvée Christie

Alain Coudert makes this lovely wine from two small parcels on typical Fleurie terroir of sandy soils over decomposed granite, in contast to the heavier clay/manganese soils at the Clos de la Roilette, which borders Moulin-a-Vent. The 2018 is a bright garnet/red color with vivid aromas of black cherry and ripe strawberry with violet, cocoa, earth and citrus. There is deep, ripe berry fruit on the palate, sappy and long, framed in grainy earth and citrus - showing the granite soils. This delicious full-bodied Fleurie shows the richness of the 2018 vintage but remains fresh and lively - drink this beautiful Beaujolais over the next three to five years, served cool, with just about anything!

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  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99

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  • 12 in stock
  • $16.99

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  • 17 in stock
  • $19.99

Descombes, Georges 2014 Regnié Vieilles Vignes 1.5 L

(Tasting note from September, 2017) 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 2019 to 2026+. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2015 Regnié Vieilles Vignes

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

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2016 Beaujolais Blanc

A relatively new offering from Georges Descombes, made from purchased fruit in organic/biodynamic farming. This is a beautiful Chardonnay showing elegant aromas of lime-flower, ripe pear and exotic fruit with almond and candied citrus. The palate is silky and beautifully balanced with ripe stone fruits, a bit of buttery oak and vibrant citrus and mineral flavors that continue in the long finish. This is a delightful white Burgundy that will accompany fish or chicken in sauce, white meats and cow cheeses - it's a tiny production and well worth trying. David Lillie

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  • 10 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2017 Morgon

George Descombes consistently makes some of our favorite wines in Beaujolais, and the his village wines are some of the best values in the region. George works the vines organically,  ferments using only native yeasts and whole cluster, semi-carbonic maceration and bottles with minimal sulpher, creating expressions of Beaujolias that are fruit-driven, but with beautiful minerality and aging potential. His vines in Morgon are planted on soils of sand/gravel and decomposing granite. The 2017 is a beautiful medley of ripe red fruit: wild raspberries, dark cherry, red currants and pomegranate. It is balanced with floral aromatics of rose and violets, and an underlying earthy leafiness. There is great depth to the fruit, and the wine is carried to a long and satisfying finish by soft, ripe, and very well integrated tannins and good acidity. A hint of crunchy minerality rounds this out perfectly. Oskar Kostecki

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  • 2 in stock
  • $24.99

Descombes, Georges 2017 Regnie

The 2017 Regnié from Geroges Descombes is a finely balanced wine, even in a warmer vintage, Ripe and generous fruit is offset with lively acidity and a vivid intensity on the palate that keeps this wine lifted and fresh. On the nose there are aromas of red and black currant, strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, rose, violets, and licorice. The palate has soft and finely integrated tannins and shows notes of strawberry and raspberry compote, cranberry, blackberry, pomegranate, orange peel, baking spice and a granitic minerality, especially on the complex and satisfying finish. This is a very versatile wine, and I wouldn't hesitate to pair with a wide range of foods, from roast chicken, to burgers or even a pork chop. It was equally at home accompanying the watching of a movie on the couch with just a little, hastily composed cheese plate for backup. A joyful wine for all occasions. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ducroux, Christian 2018 Vin de France Exspectatia

(Tasted from three different barrels, January 2019) Ripe plum and berry fruit aromas, blackberry liqueur, earth,  rose, licorice. The palate is deep, long and elegant with earthy  red current, blackberry fruit, minerals and firm acidity, terrific length of fruit and stone, balanced and bright. This is both a superb natural wine and a great wine of terroir. Probably best 2022 - 2030.  We think Christian practices some of  the best farming we've ever seen - his soils are covered  with  thick growth, even in winter and fruit trees grow between the vines. His tehniques are complex and intelligent, the product of forty years of experience with organic and biodynamic farming. Thank-you, Christian Ducroux!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 56 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic

Lapalu 2018 Brouilly Cuvée des Fous

The "Cuvée des Fous" is sourced from two parcels with an average of 80+ year old vines in warmer areas of Brouilly. Half a hectare is from the oldest vines of the domaine planted in 1900.  Whole cluster semi-carbonic fermentation and a bit more extraction than his other cuvées, aged 6-8 months in neutral barrel, then assembled into tank for 1 month before bottling. No fining or filtration, no SO2 added. The 2018 shows a quite dark red/black color with aromas of strawberry and cherry liqueur, the palate is very deep and ripe with earth and meat underlying the ripe red and black fruits, lifted with nice brightness and firm acidity in the very long and mineral finish. Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Lapalu 2018 Brouilly La Croix des Rameaux

The Lapalu "La Croix des Rameaux" is from numerous parcels on decomposed granite soils, averaging 60 years of age with the oldest being 90 years-old, south-west exposure. Three week semi-carbonic fermentation, aged in old barrels, not fined or filtered, only 10 mg/l of SO2, production about 200 cases.  We always love the "Croix des Rameaux" and the 2018 is outstanding, showing lush, deep aromas of ripe strawberry and black fruits with earth and spice. The palate is very elegant with a firm mineral core, showing strawberry and cherry liqueur with brown spice, plum and citrus, the finish is long and firm. Decant if drinking now, best to wait 3 to 5 years then drink until 2030+ David Lillie

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lapalu 2018 Vin de France Alma Mater

The Lapalu "Alma Mater" is made from multiple parcels on sandy granite soils: carbonic fermentation in concrete vats with whole clusters. Gentle maceration but no punch downs or punch overs to minimize extractions. Pressed with a traditional basket press. The wine is aged 7 months on the skins in amphora, with a permanent exchange with the "terre" (earth) in this vessel. ("Antidote to oxygen, thus eliminating need for sulfur" says the importer.) Pressed to tank and settled for 3 weeks, no fining or filtration, no SO2 added.  The 2018 "Alma Mater" is an intriguing and delicious wine showing complex aromas of bright, pure raspberry fruit, quite earthy and meaty. The palate was a bit closed when tasted in early September, but showing elegant deep red fruits with hints of mint, roast meats and licorice. This needs time but should be a profound mature Beaujolais.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
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  • $54.99

  • Organic
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  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $38.99

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  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Lapierre 2018 Morgon

2018 is a great vintage for the Morgon from Mathieu and Camille Lapierre. The wine shows lovely deep aromas of blackberry liqueur and earth, and there's an underlying complexity to this wine that is perhaps overshadowed by the joyful, smile-inducing fruit that jumps out of the glass. Though a candidate for aging 5 to 8+ years, it's drinking beautifully now and will be perfect with upcoming holiday meals with a light chill.    -EL

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

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

Perraud (Isabelle & Bruno) 2018 Saint-Amour

The 2018 Perraud Saint-Amour is a vibrant and beautiful natural Beaujolais! The wine is from 40 year-old vines in organic farming, soils of sandy granite and small stones, vinified, aged and bottled with zero additives.  The wine shows exuberant, floral aromas of black fruit liqueur with herbal and citrus notes. The palate shows bright, extremely pretty black and red fruits, a bit of cocoa, very mineral, with an almost bitter earthy character adding to the wine's complexity. This is a unique and delicious bottle of Saint-Amour and is highly recommended, especially for lovers of natural wines! David Lillie

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Perraud (Maison B. Perraud) 2018 Morgon "Grand Cras"

The Perraud Morgon "Grand Cras" is an excellent example of the bold quality of fruit and structure that one can expect from 2018 Cru Beaujolais. From 60-year-old vines, the vineyard work is done without pesticides or herbicides. Similarly, fermentation is kicked off by indigenous yeasts and the grapes undergo semi-carbonic maceration. The wine is aged in old oak for 6 months and bottled unfiltered. Very little sulfur is used during the process - the analysis shows 8 mg/l total at bottling.  The nose and palate are a team of dark flowers, fresh earth, and wild dark fruits of cherry and blackberry. There are hints of green, savory herbs and dark stone on the palate as well. The structure is solid, with tannic chewiness and a focused, clean peak of acidity. It is a pleasure to drink now, but has a long life ahead. Dave H

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2017 Côte de Brouilly

Jean-Paul Brun of Domaine des Terres Dorées has 2 parcels of 50 to 60 year-old vines on a steep section of Mont Brouilly with a south-east exposition at about 1,000 ft of altitude. Here the soil is all stones, mostly a blue volcanic rock rather than the granite soils prevalent in the Beaujolais. This is a gorgeous wine! Lovely aromas of ripe blackberry and bright fruits such as boysenberry and red currant, very floral with violets, citrus, cocoa and earth. The palate is ripe  but balanced (at 12.5% alcohol) with very sappy black and red fruit liqueur with mineral salts and citrusy acids that linger in the lush finish. (Note that the vinification for this wine is the classic Burgundy method rather than the usual semi-carbonic practised in the Beaujolais.) A beautiful Beaujolais for current drinking and over the next few years. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2018 Beaujolais l'Ancien V.V.

L'Ancien comes from Jean Paul Brun's home village of Charnay in the southern Beaujolais. The vines range in age from 40 to 60 years old and are planted on slopes sporting the area's signature sandy clay-limestone soils, featuring the particular local "dorée" or "golden" limestone that is laden with iron. These older vines have always been farmed organically and harvested by hand and yield small, thick-skinned Gamay berries. As for all Terres Dorées reds, the vinification is traditional Burgundian rather than the normal carbonic maceration in Beaujolais. The 2018 shows a bright deep red color. The aromas are high-toned and ripe with red currant, raspberry and wild strawberry, quite bright and floral. The palate shows lush, ripe berry fruits backed by citrusy acidity, quite refreshing. The finish is long and sappy with bright red fruits and tart acidity - stock-up on this crowd-pleasing Beaujolais!

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2018 Beaujolais Chardonnay

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

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $17.99

Bordeaux Red

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 1996 Margaux Arrives 11/01/19

The 1996 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre is a completely different style of wine than modern Margaux, especially in this rather cool vintage. On opening the aromas are quite subtle, slightly musty, with bright, sweet red-currant fruit with violet, earth and mineral flavors, a bit austere, but lovely. The palate is deep, firm and earthy with red currant, black cherry and mineral flavors, with brown spice, cedar and licorice.  We would suggest decanting six to eight hours in advance, or cellar for ten to fifteen more years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2009 Margaux Arrivies 11/01/19

The 2009 BAMA shows bright deep red/black color with lovely high-toned red fruit liqueur - strawberry, black currant and cassis, with violet and earth. The palate is dense and ripe with bright acidity - not at all heavy, but with intense black and red fruits backed by flavors of mineral and earth. On day two the bright deep fruits have become more focused and linger on the palate in the long and very mineral finish. This is quite enjoyable as a young wine, especially after a day open, unencumbered by over-extraction and new oak - but beware, this style is for those who like some earth in their Bordeaux! Best to cellar for a very long time...

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $75.99

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2010 Margaux Arrives 11/01/19

The 2010 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre is from very old vines and also from approximately 50 year-old vines planted by M. Boyer at 10,000 plants per hectare. There is a long fermentation without extraction, the juice remains in cuve until spring, then spends 6 months in old barrels followed by two to three years in cement vat. These are wines made in the lighter "claret" style of the 19th century, although the 2010 shows an incredible density of flavor, given the less-extracted style. Upon opening the wine shows subtle aromas of earth, red currant and cherry fruit with licorice and brown spice. The palate is deep and quite expressive with black cherry, strawberry, earth, licorice and mineral flavors, quite Burgundian in texture. The finish is very long with lingering tart cherry, sous-bois and mineral flavors. After two days open (re-corked) the aromas have broadened with  prune, ripe cherry, tobacco, spice and rose and the palate is intense with red and black fruit liqueur, spice box and earth and ending with lingering red fruits and firm acidity. Delicious now with a long decant, this will be an extraordinary mature wine, best perhaps 2035 - 2050. David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bellegrave 2012 Pomerol

75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc coming from hand harvested vineyards (35-60 year old vines) in the revered region of Pomerol. The estate has long dismissed the use of chemicals but has recently transitioned to biodynamic methods. Wine has been aged in French oak, with 1/3 being new, 1/3 being old, and the last 1/3 being from the producer’s previous vintage. It has aromas of spiced black fruit, with a mix of bold herbs, charred meats, and pumpernickel. A palate of grilled beef, dried plums, and black pepper. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $51.99

Bellevue 2008 Lussac-St.-Emilion

 One of the few Bordeaux estates to be certified Organic (since 2002), Château de Bellevue has 12 hectares of Merlot and Cabernet Franc on limestone and clay near Saint-Emilion. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermentations are with wild yeasts and the wine is bottled without fining or filtration. The 2008 has a dark ruby robe with a touch of bricking on the meniscus. A bit circumspect aromatically upon opening, but a quick decant (this has a touch of sediment) offers aromas of black currant, crushed herbs, and cigar box. The palate is dry, punchy, and racy with brambly hedge fruit flavors and a long, savory, mineral finish. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Bellisle Mondotte 2010 Saint-Emilion

This fantastic organically-farmed Saint Emilion is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, fermented in concrete tanks for 25 days and then aged for 22 months in first- and second-use barrels. With a beautiful minerality of clay and limestone, the wine shows the finesse and elegance of a great vintage. The bouquet is complex with dark berry, prune, plum, dry tobacco, cedar, violet and herbal notes and the palate is luscious with supple tannins, good acidity and a lingering finish. A delicious wine at a great value to drink with brisket, roasted lamb and hamburgers. You can also cellar the wine for several years (+7 years) if you would prefer to consume it later. Caroline Coursant   

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $79.99

Chateau Beausejour 2015 St Emilion Cuvee Speciale Puisseguin

The vines of Chateau Beausejour live naturally in the Saint-Emilion satellite region of Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion. Unlike many neighbors, the vineyard has never been exposed to pesticides or herbicides, the wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts, and remains unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulfur. The 2015’s taut structure holds together a generous array of aromas and flavors. A youthful and pronounced set of scents, like sharp dark cocoa, mint, and black cherry come from the glass. Flavors are of espresso, blackberry, plum, and sweet kirsch. Still, there is something very, very refreshing about this Merlot-based red. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chateau Massereau 2011 Graves

Château Massereau, an estate located in Barsac, has been farming organically since its acquisition by the Chaigneau family in 2000. Made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot planted on alluvial soils, the wine ferments in concrete vats and is raised in new barriques for 18 months with minimal addition of sulfur when devatting.  The new oak is "white roasted", leaving no flavors of new oak on the wine. Fresher than its 2010 vintage, the wine displays a bouquet of juicy red plums, dark and red berry, and tart cassis notes with menthol, rose petals and cedar undertones. With a beautiful structure of great acidity, precise minerality and good tannins, the wine is complex and vibrant. A great wine to drink now, this wine will pair fantastically with hamburgers, brisket, beef bourguignon, lamb shanks and hard and blue cheeses.  Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos du Jaugueyron (Théron) 2014 Margaux

The Clos du Jaugueyron Margaux is Michel Théron's top wine and a monument to traditional, old-school winemaking. The blend is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from his parcel of old vines and some Merlot and a bit of Cabernet Franc planted on sand and gravel. All of his parcels are biodynamically farmed and he has never used synthetic treatments of any kind. This unfailing attention to detail in the vineyard carries over to his cellar work, which is precise and masterful. The wine is aged mostly in new wood for up to 18 months before spending another year resting in cuve. The 2014 is built to age but shows wonderfully hedonistic aromas already. Complex notes of sage, violets, and campfire mingle with graphite, coffee, and dark chocolate on the nose. The palate offers powdery, mouth-coating tannins, bright acidity, and cool mineral inflections beneath supple flavors of bitter chocolate, thyme, and plum. Decant 1-2 hours if drinking now or hold for 5-8 years (at least). Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $111.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coutet 2015 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

Never once have herbicides or pesticides touched the vineyards belonging to Chateau Coutet, a certified organic producer located outside the city of Saint Emilion. The property boasts oak trees, fig trees, and orchid meadows as a measure to ensure the land’s health, and thus the quality of its grapes and wines. On the first night open, the 2015 St. Emilion Grand Cru (mostly merlot with small additions of several other Bordeaux varietals) revealed toasted vanilla bean, plum and blackberry, with shades of autumnal earth and leaves. By the second night, it offered expressions of gravel, tobacco, and dark flowers, along with softer black and red fruits. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $94.99

Fonroque 2014 Grand Cru Classe Saint-Emilion

This is a great Bordeaux to bring to your Holiday parties! Château Fonroque is a superb certified biodynamic and organic estate near Saint-Émilion. Owned by the Moueix family since 1931, the estate is a proponent of traditional wine-making techniques with hand harvesting, spontaneous yeasts, and limited use of new oak. An elegant Bordeaux with precise minerality, the wine is a blend of Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Franc (20%) of 35-year-old vines planted on limestone soils with some portions of clay on the hillside of the vineyard. The wine is fermented with native yeast in concrete vats and then aged in oak (with 30% new), keeping the freshness of the vintage. The resulting wine is a Bordeaux with energy and tension, bright calcareous minerality, great acidity and grippy tannin. On the nose, the bouquet is complex and lively with crunchy cranberry and black cherry, tart dark berries, dried tobacco leaves, Moroccan spices, earth, purple flower and savory notes. Drinking beautifully now, pair this wine with classic fare, such a steak, roasted rack of lamb, duck breast and full-flavored cheese, or age it for several years (7 years or more). Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

La Grave 2016 Fronsac

This is a delicious wine from a small biodynamic estate in Fronsac, next to Pomerol and St. Emilion. A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine displays a bouquet of ripe dark plums, crunchy cassis,  tobacco, purple floral, and herbs de provence notes. With bright acidity and grippy tannins, the wine has a good complexity and persistent finish. Drink this wine now with braised duck, lamb shoulder, beef stew, or nutty blue cheese. You may also cellar the wine for several years (+5 years). Caroline Coursant  

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $249.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $749.99

Peybonhomme 2016 Premières Côte de Blaye Cru Bourgeois

Biodynamic farming, native yeasts, wild fermentations, good value –all phrases not typically associated with Bordeaux. Yet, each year the Hubert family provides us with just that in their staple cuvee from the Côte de Blaye. The Cru Bourgeois is a blend of mostly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a bit of Malbec. Generously aromatic  owing to the rich clay soils in which it is grown, there's ripe red fruit, black currant, and spice, with supple tannins and an undercurrent of chalky minerality. This is a great addition to the dinner table alongside grilled meat or sipped on its own. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Peybonhomme 2017 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux L'Atypic

What's atypical about this delicious wine? It's a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc rather than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, giving the wine a more supple palate and quite different fruit character. The 2017 has lovely, deep blackberry and cassis aromas with red currant, cassis and cherry on the supple, lush palate, with hints of earth and smoke. More "forward" than most Bordeaux, this versatile wine will pair beautifully with almost any beef, pork or lamb dish and is a fabulous value!

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $79.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $79.99

Bordeaux Sweet

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $499.99

Bordeaux White

Chateau du Champ des Treilles 2018 Sainte-Foy Bordeaux Vin Passion

This is a unique example of Bordeaux Blanc from one of the first organic and biodynamic properties in the region, located in the lesser-known Sainte-Foy. Corinne and Jean-Michel Comme started to replant these vineyards in 1998 using as little intervention as possible, avoiding pesticides, green harvesting, even tractor plowing, and using neutral oak for aging to allow each vintage to speak for itself. Grown on clay and limestone soils, the Vin de Passion displays a beautiful balance of texture, minerality, and ripe fruits. The blend is 1/3rd Sauvignon Blanc, 1/3rd Semillon, and 1/3rd Muscadelle, which gives the wine a richer, more viscous texture than a typical Bordeaux Blanc, but still maintains a balanced acidity. The nose is full of dried herbs, dried white flowers, and candle wax, and the palate brings green and yellow pear, white grapefruit, and more fresh and dried herbs. Fans of fuller bodied, more textured whites will love this year's 'Vin de Passion'. MD

  • white
  • 39 in stock
  • $15.99

Peybonhomme 2018 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Le Blanc Bonhomme

This is the ninth vintage of the Hubert family's "Blanc Bonhomme"which seems to get better every year. The vines are now 13 years old, 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon,  certified organic and Biodynamic. The grapes are hand-harvested in the early morning, pressed gently, fermented with native yeasts and the wine is aged partly in new oak, mostly in cement vats. Only 650 cases are made. The 2018 shows elegant pear, lemon, herbal and dried flower aromas, with pear, ripe apple, citrus and chalky mineral flavors on the palate. A bit  riper than previous vintages, but this really shows the terroir with crisp acidity, lovely white fruit, a hint of pineapple and oak and stony flavors in the finish. Really a lovely, balanced and food-friendly wine - serve with anything from oysters to grilled fish to roast chicken. David Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $19.99

Chavy, Philippe 2016 Bourgogne Chardonnay

Fresh and cool-toned aromatically, the 2016 Philippe Chavy Bourgogne Blanc balances charm and  energy at a civilized (for white Burgundy) price point. Meyer lemon, white flower and stone fruit aromas dominate the nose. The briskly fresh palate displays citrus peel, white apricot, and stony flavors on a succulent and zesty finish with good mineral detail. A fine aperitif, but with enough depth to grace the table with shellfish, sea bass, and milder cheeses. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 53 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $224.99

Domane de l'Enclos 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy

Here's a rarity, a new organic grower in Chablis. Brothers Romain and Damien Bouchard whose father Pascal is a famed negotiant. In 2015 their father sold the winery and passed on his vines to the sons who've built a new winery and begun the process of organic certification. The wines are fermented with natural yeasts and aged in stainless steel and bottled with minimal sulfur. The 2016 Beauroy 1er cru from the left bank of the Serein river is bright, high-toned and redolent of white flowers and sea spray on the nose. The palate is fresh, vibrant and nervy with punchy flavors of lemon zest, apple peel, and chalk on a galloping finish. This has great tension between the pungent mineral notes and ripe orchard fruit with a compelling, cool savory herbal notes. The Bouchard brothers are vignerons to watch. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domane de l'Enclos 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Mont de Milieu

From .75 hectares of organically farmed vines dating from 1995 high on the hillside on the western end of the climat (per Jasper Morris). Fermented in wood with native yeasts without batonnage and bottled with minimal sulfur. The vibrant 2017 Mont de Milieu is perfumed , yellow-fruited, generous, and pretty on the nose. There's a dynamic interplay between the ripe citrus and stone fruit flavors and the snappy oyster shell saltiness on the brisk, energetic palate with a long, lingering succulent finish. Terrific now,  but certainly a good candidate for mid-term aging. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domane de l'Enclos 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir

From .57 hectares of organically farmed vines dating to 1992. The 2017 Vaudésir Grand Cru has an expressive nose redolent of lemon blossom, citrus peel, white peach skin and wet stone. The supple palate has good concentration and cut with the ripe stone fruit flavors framed by a sapid earthiness and a long, lifted, expansive finish. This has grand cru class and is a delicious Vaudésir. Decant now or cellar for 5-7 years and beyond. Highly recommended. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Duplessis, Gérard 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains

The 2016 Montmains from Duplessis shows great poise and nuance that belies the struggles of the early portion of the vintage, first with calamitous frost and then with two straight months of rain (and attendant disease pressure). Yet what’s in the bottle is generous and vibrant, if not as flamboyant, as Chablis from other growers such as Fevre, Billaud-Simon, or Dauvissat. The robe is a pale greenish yellow to the rim. The nose offers aromas of stone fruit and golden apple, white flowers, and a touch of brine  with some notes of pear skin and mint. The palate is supple on the attack with flavors veering more toward orchard fruits than citrus and a building a sense of minerality on the mid-palate that carries over on the persistent and building finish. This has a rather subtle expression of the left bank of the Serein terroir, that while nuanced becomes more intriguing with each sip. Rather more Chopin than Sousa, but quite agreeable. A fine pairing with pan-roasted scallops, sautéed white corn and braised scallions, and an heirloom tomato salad. Fine texture and breed that would be lovely with crab and pasta or grilled oysters with garlic butter. This should knit beautifully over the next few years in the cellar, but a is sheer joy to drink now. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic

Fichet 2016 Meursault Les Tessons

One of my favorites wines from the vintage and if anyone is thinking of a great gift for the Burgundy lover, this is a fine selection. The 2016 Fichet Meursault Les Tessons has a gold-green robe. Upon opening there’s a fair amount of reduction with aromas of citrus, ripe apple, and stone, which give way after a couple of hours to ripe orchard fruit, hazelnut, wet stones, and lemon curd. The mid-weight palate offers a firm core of minerality with fine density and pure, vibrant ripe fruit that offers a perfect balance of richness to accompany a deeply stony, palate-staining finish. This is a truly beautiful Tessons that should age effortlessly. I love Fichet’s wines, but this is truly beautiful and emotionally satisfying. I’d lay this down for 5-8 years and enjoy for the next 15-20. A truly fantastic Tessons and shows just how adept Jean-Philippe Fichet is in even hugely difficult vintages. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $114.99

Fichet 2017 Meursault 375ml

The robe is a pale lemon yellow with glints of green to the rim. A bit of reduction and gun flint on opening. This blows off quickly to reveal inviting floral aromas of apple blossom and honeysuckle, giving way to pretty notes of orchard fruit, Meyer lemon oil, wet stone, and herbs. The palate is supple and generous, with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavors underpinned by a discriminating core of stony flavors with a long, compelling succulent finish with a nice burst of fresh acidity at the end. This is already revealing nascent complexity, though I’m inclined to believe this will knit beautifully and shows a nice upside. I’ll concede to loving Fichet’s wines and consider him to be one of the great, albeit lesser known vignerons in a village seemingly overrun with fantastic growers. This is really satisfying and a truly lovely Meursault villages.   John McIlwain

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

Fichet 2017 Meursault Gruyaches

From vines dating to 1918 located beneath Meursault Charmes. Always one of Jean-Philippe's most mineral-inflected wines.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $74.99

Lafouge 2016 Auxey-Duresses Les Boutonniers

"Les Boutonniers" is contiguous with Meursault "Meix Chavaux" on shallow soils of clay, high in iron, over the limestone bedrock, usually giving a somewhat lean and very "mineral" white Burgundy, but still with a bit more fat and fruit expression than the Lafouge  "Les Hautés."  The 2016 shows very floral aromas with pear, citrus and stone. The palate is crystalline, supple and dense, with nice weight on the palate, with pretty white fruits leading to a long finish with citrus peel, spice and mineral flavors. This is a lovely, very refreshing Burgundy to enjoy with grilled fish, roast chicken and goat cheeses. It's delicious now and will cellar nicely for eight to ten years. DL

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $37.99

Lafouge 2016 Auxey-Duresses Les Hautés Blanc

From a north-facing parcel fairly high on the slope next to Meursault Les Vireuils. The Lafouge "Les Hautés" is a beautifully dense and well-structured Burgundy in this low-yielding vintage. The wine shows a bright gold color with aromas of spiced pear and apple, melon, honeysuckle, stone, flint and lemon zest. The palate is dense and well structured with ripe white fruits, toasted almond, citrus and flinty mineral flavors - quite ripe but with firm citrusy acids and fabulous length.  Serve now with sole meunier, turbot and cod - this will be a beautiful wine with 5 to 8 years of cellaring. David Lillie

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $37.99

Lafouge 2016 Meursault Les Casses-Têtes

The Meursault  lieu-dit Les Casses Têtes is located on the hillside above the premier cru Les Gouttes d'Or and next to Le Tesson. The soils are thin and rocky producing wines of great energy and lift.Green-gold robe. White flowers, honeysuckle, lemon blossom, faint creaminess on the nose with aromas of wet stone, citrus peel and pith following. This is bright and cool-toned aromatically, and not just a bit reticent on opening. The palate is nervy and electric on the attack with a salty mineral cast, followed by flavors of orchard fruit, lemon curd, and hints of green tea on a lean, albeit concentrated mid-palate with a pleasing bit of bitterness on the succulent, rising finish. This is mouth-watering and has a coiled tension that hints at greater complexity to accompany the vibrant, juicy character at the moment. I like the energy and suspect this will put on weight and benefit from short to mid-term aging and beyond. On day 2 the wine has picked up weight and gras with more stone fruit flavors and still more mineral spice notes and layered complexity. The aromatics have taken on more dimension as well with richer fruit, a touch of toast, and a hint of sea spray. There is far more here than meets the eye, so I'd decant if enjoying now or age for a few years to allow the elements to knit. Perhaps not cut from the same cloth as the excellent 2014, but fantastic energy and surprising depth the longer it's open. Paired with pan-roasted scallops, braised leeks, and Sea Island grits. Would likely be a splendid pairing with sautéed flounder and brown butter or poulet à la creme. For lovers of well-priced, pure Burgundies, Lafouge is always worth investigating. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $54.99

Lafouge 2016 Meursault Les Meix Chavaux

Les Meix Chavaux is located beneath Les Luchets and adjacent to Les Chevalières. Lafouge's vines are 80 years old, planted in calcareous clay producing Meursault with  textbook richness and minerality. "The bouquet is lovely, offering up a deep and youthful blend of pear, apple, hazelnut, a fine base of soil and a touch of lime peel in the upper register. On the palate, the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and complex, with a fine core and very nice focus and grip on the long easy-going finish." John Gilman  "The View from the Cellar."

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $51.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $37.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $113.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $64.99

Rontets 2015 Pouilly-Fuissé Pierrefolle

"The Pouilly-Fuissé cuvée Pierrefolle is made from the only vineyard situated outside the Clos at Rontets: this plot is set only 500 meters south and is warmer because of its plain East exposure and the sheltered position from the North wind. This climat has older geological origins, preceding the Jurassic era: it sits on a granitic bedrock and its soil has no clay or limestone. This is why at the beginning of the 1970s it was planted using the Riparia rootstock, which has low vigor and guarantees limited yields and very good quality grapes. All these characteristics produce wines with lower acid, compared to those produced within our Clos. Although larger and somehow more generous, Pierrefolle is always sustained by a precise mineral expression and citrus aromatic note." In the warm 2015 vintage, the Pierrefolle shows ripe aomas of white and exotic fruits with a bit of spice and earth. The palate, however, remains very mineral with firm saline acidity underlying the pear and citrus fruit. The finish is long with mineral flavors lingering on the palate. This is a beautiful Burgundy and a great food pairing - drinking well now, but five to ten years of aging will be very interesting. Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rontets 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé Clos Varambon

This beautiful Pouilly-Fuissé is from old vines in the Clos on hard limestone with very thin silty clay topsoil. Certified organic farming, long slow fermentations with wild yeasts and aging in large oak barrels, none new.The 2017 shows aromas of ripe pear and apricot, stone, chamomile and lemon confit, quite elegant. The palate is primarily mineral, with firm acidity and subtle white fruits that continue in the long very mineral finish. Delicious now but will age gracefully for 8 to 10 years. Serve this racy Pouilly-Fuissé with an elegant white fish preparation, chicken with morels, mountain cheeses...  David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Sainte Barbe 2017 Viré-Clessé La Perriére

 Jean-Marie Chaland owns two estates in Viré (Macon), Domaine Sainte Barbe and Domaine des Chazelles, both certified organic since 2006. The Sainte Barbe "la Perriere" is made from 35 year-old grapes from a half-hectare parcel near Viré on clay/limestone soils, never treated with herbicides. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified with wild yeasts, the wine ages for 18 months, half in barrel, have in cuve inox. The 2017 shows pretty aromas of pear, apricot, lime flower and stone. There is nice richness on the palate, which is supple and elegant with chalky white fruits, a bit of nectarine, verbena and a hint of oak, with firm acidity, silky fruit and mineral notes in the long finish. This is a stylish white Burgundy that will accompany  any full-flavored fish dish, chicken in sauce and mild cheeses, and it will age nicely for 5 to 8 years.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $1,649.99

Champagne

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

Barbichon NV Champagne Brut Blanc de Noirs

From year to year there seem to be few greater values in Champagne than those of biodynamic grower Thomas Barbichon in Gyé-sur-Seine in the Aube. From his 9 HA domaine he produces wines of purity, elegance, and precision. The current disgorgement of his Blanc de Noirs is Point Noir dominant. The robe has a faint peach hue. The nose offers fine mélange of floral and red fruit aromas, hints of wet stone, orange oil, and toast. The palate is bright and racy, yet ample with crunchy minerality and a brisk, mouthwatering finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 23 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2011) Champagne Grand Cru Rosé Brut Nature (D 07/18)

This bottling of the Beaufort NV Ambonnay Rosé is based on the 2011 vintage and was disgorged in July of 2018. Notes to follow.

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

  • Organic

Bérêche NV (2015 Base) Extra Brut Rose Campania Remensis

Bérêche's Campania Remensis is a consistently fascinating rosé Champagne in a category fraught with uninspiring wines. The 2015 base is comprised of 60% Pinot noir, 30% Chardonnay, 5% Meunier, 5% still red wine. Fermented in barrel, aged under cork for 36+ months. Disgorged March 2019, 3g/l dosage.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 37 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $199.99

Bérêche NV (Base 2017) Champagne Brut Réserve (disgorged July 2019, 7g/l)

The current release of Bérêche's Brut Réserve is based on the 2017 vintage was disgorged in July 2019 and bottled with a dosage of 7g/l. The wine has a pale peach robe and fine bead. The Base 17 has a pretty nose of nectarine skin, orange oil, acacia blossom, and red fruits. The palate is broad—this is Bérêche after all—but agile, with flavors of stone fruit, wild raspberry, graham cracker and a fine undercurrent of minerality to buoy the supple plushness of the fruit. This has classical lines and a suave, stylish finish and should truly shine when the dosage knits. A great gift idea for lovers of grand Champagnes. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 59 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

Bérêche, Raphael NV "L14" Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 14

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 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. Better served in a white wine glass to allow the aromas to develop. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $149.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (2015 Base) Champagne Brut Nature Beaux Regards Chardonnay

es 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 grapes are hand-harvested, fermented and aged in wood, and secondary fermentation is under cork rather than crown cap.

  • white sparkling
  • 39 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (2015 Base) Champagne Extra Brut Rive Gauche

The Rive Gauche bottling from Bérêche is 100% Pinot Meunier from vines planted in 1969 in the north facing parcel Le Misy in Port-á-Binson near Mareuil-le Port in the Marne. The north-facing slopes and old vines keep Meunier's tendency to over-exuberance in check, preserving the mineral expression of the variety.

  • white sparkling
  • 34 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $289.99

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

Contrées (Horiot, Lamoureaux) 2009 Riceys Terroirs 4 pack

Les Contrees is a fascinating study of terroir within the Riceys. Four separate lieux-dits harvested at nearly the same time, vinified the same way and disgorged within days of each other. The expressiveness of each terrior makes this a must for Champagne obsessives. Yes, Virginia, there is terroir in Champagne!

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $299.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

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

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

Filaine (Fabrice Gass) NV Damery Cuvée Speciale Base 16

Filaine is one of our favorite Champagne houses.  And the singular Fabrice Gass is one of our favorite Champagne characters. His wines  are made up of  Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier from the south-facing village of Damery in the Vallée de la Marne. The wines are made in the manner of 100 years ago. Fabrice farms the without chemicals, ferments in wood, and due to the age of his barrels, avoids malolactic fermentation.  This disgorgement is based on the 2016 vintage and balances nicely the classic richness of Damery with undertones of minerality.  Aromatically the wines offer up aromas of baked apple, spices, and soil notes. On the palate flavors of ripe red fruit and a pervasive sense of chalkiness vie with with a creamy texture on the broad, rich finish. This is a perfect wine for the holiday table with its balance of generous fruit and earthy structure. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

Godmé, Hugues 2008 Champagne Brut Premier Cru Les Romaines Pinot Meunier

I have a not-so-secret love for Champagnes made from Pinot Meunier. Godmé's single vineyard expression, Les Romaines 1er cru, is an especially stunning example. The biodynamically farmed vineyard located in Villedommange has calcareous soils which lend a particularly savory minerality to the wine, offsetting the sometimes over-generous nature of the variety. And in 2008 this minerality offers great cut and energy to an already vibrant Champagne. There is impeccable balance here; ripe fruit framed by the nearly pointillistic earthiness, the 2 grams of dosage is barely perceptible. This is classy, harmonious, and long, speaking vividly of place. -John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Godmé, Hugues 2009 Champagne Brut 1er Cru Les Alouettes Saint Bets

Hugues Godmé 2009 Les Alouettes Saint Bets Brut is a single vineyard blanc de blancs from Villers-Marmery near the border with Verzy. The soils of this climat are very chalky with little topsoil. The grapes are farmed biodynamically, vinified in neutral oak with native yeasts, with no malolactic fermentation, and bottled with low sulfur. There is an electric sense of chalky minerality to this Champagne. While there is a degree of richness to the wine that hints at Verzy, and a silken quality on the palate derived from its time in wood, ultimately a cool, deft sense of fruit and chalkiness defines the nose and palate. Still a bit taut, there are floral and citrus oil notes on the nose, followed by Meyer Lemon and a subtle salinity on the palate. The mousse is fine and the finish long, complex, and supple. This should shine brightly with a bit more time in the bottle.  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Godmé, Hugues NV Champagne Brut Verzenay Grand Cru Rosé

Comprised of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay from biodynamically farmed vines in the Grand Cru village of Verzenay on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims. Aged for 5 years on the lees. Disgorged  January 2018, bottled with 4g/l dosage. tge base year is 2013 with approximately 60% reserve wine from the previous four vintages. The wine has pale salmon ink robe and a fine bead. The nose is expressive with pretty aromas of dusty rose petals, sour cherry, plum skin, crushed herbs and a hint of brioche. Distinctly savory on the palate with cool-toned vibrant fruit,  nervy acidity, and impressive mineral depth on a long mouthwatering finish. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guiborat NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Prisme

A new grower for the Chambers Street Champagne section, Guiborat is helmed by Richard Fouquet, who grew up outside Paris and returned to his family's vines as a young man. The 100% Chardonnay 'Prisme' is comprised of grapes from 3 parcels in Cramant and Chouilly, farmed organically, and vinified in tank and neutral barrel, and spend 44 months sur latte, and bottled with 4.5g dosage. Based on the 2013 vintage, the wine has a pale greenish yellow robe, soft mousse, and fine bead. The nose offers aromas of wet stone, green apple, orange oil, and shortbread. The palate is rich, lemony, racy, and deeply chalky, with incisive mineral cut and a bright, briny, mouthwatering finish that lingers. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Horiot 2014 Rosé des Riceys En Valingrain (Still)

If the Rosé des Riceys from En Barmont is generous, verging on sensuous in nature, En Valingrain offers more linear, bordering on cerebral, pleasures (both are fantastic, I hasten to add). The 2014 En Valingrain offers aromas of wild strawberry, rose petals, wild roses, cherry blossoms on the nose. The palate displays achingly pure wild strawberry and sour cherry flavors, wet stone and a surprising, albeit pleasant, electric jolt of minerality negotiating all the supple curves of red fruit. Lightning rod or nothing but flowers. This has the crystalline structure to support the suppleness. A great young bottle of Rosé des Riceys and one of the most convincing arguments that there’s a world of terroir in Riceys. And please recall that Rosé des Riceys ages beautifully. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

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

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

  • rosé sparkling
  • 42 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

Laherte Frères NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature Disgorged (11/18)

A staff favorite, this is the go-to Blanc de Blancs for a lean and food friendly Champagne. The nose is understated with notes of Meyer lemon, sage, and orange blossom. The palate offers a rush of freshness that carries aromas of white peaches, apricots through to a McIntosh apple finish.

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Organic

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
  • 58 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $409.99

Marguet 2014 Champagne Brut Ambonnay Grand Cru Les Crayères

100% Pinot Noir. The lieu-dit of Les Crayères is one of the great parcels in Ambonnay, if not all of Champagne. This sunny, mid-slope vineyard produces Champagne of great energy and cut. While still in its infancy, one senses nascent complexity the nose offers aromas of apple skin and Meyer lemon zest with toasty, biscuity notes. The palate, currently wound up and a bit backward, offers red fruit and deep stone flavors, with good power and tension. Of the 2014 lieux-dits, the nervy Les Crayères will likely need the most time in the cellar to evolve and knit the pure fruit flavors and firm, muscular structure. Bottled without sulfur. Disgorged March  2019. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 38 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2016 Champagne Extra-Brut Shaman Rosé (Disg 12/18)

Though perhaps unusually for a domaine located in Ambonnay (Pinot Noir terroir), vigneron Benoît Marguet prefers a Chardonnay dominant blend for his rosés. In the 2016 edition of his non-vintage Shaman Chardonnay makes up 96% of the blend.The robe is a pale pink. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine mousse offering red fruit strawberry, cherry stone, with a pleasing bitterness on the finish. This has good length, fine mineral detail, and a nice herbal uptick on back end. Delicious now, but this should gain suavity with a year of two in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 35 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2014 Champagne Extra Brut Shaman 1.5L

The Marguet NV Shaman 14 is comprised of 69% Pinot Noir and 31% Chardonnay bottled without added SO2 or dosage. One of our favorite non-vintage Champagnes. The nose is high-toned with aromas of honeysuckle, lemon blossom, and apple skin. The palate offers stone fruit flavors and ample ripeness over a firm mineral core on a long lingering finish. Though bottled without dosage, this is by no means lean or austere and offers great charm. Disgorged March 2018. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2015 Shaman Champagne Extra Brut

67% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, bottled with no dosage. From the warm 2015 vintage the Shaman 15 has a pale, faintly salmon-colored robe and a fine bead. The nose is ripe with notes of cherry skin, white peach, and spice. The palate is broad and expansive, with rich red fruit flavors and a firm, concentrated mineral core. There is plenty of drive and precision here to counter the richness and fine, savory, lifted finish. The spice and stony notes make this an excellent Champagne for dim sum or heartier fare, such as Peking duck, not to mention a cracking autumnal apéritif when the weather cools. Disgorged March 2019. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 16 in stock
  • no discount
  • $71.99

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  • 19 in stock
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  • $72.99

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  • 2 in stock
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  • $72.99

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

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

Perseval, Thomas Base 2013 Chamery 1er cru Tradition (Disgorged 4/18)

While it's always a pleasure to receive a fresh shipment of bubbles, it's especially gratifying to receive new wine from organic vigneron Thomas Perseval. From vines in Chamery, located in northwestern Montagne de Reims, the Perseval Tradition 1er cru Extra Brut is a blend of 43% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, 17% Chardonnay based on the 2013 vintage. Raised 70% in enamel, and 30% in barrel and disgorged in April of 2018. The nose shows white flowers, Meyer lemon peel, red fruit, candied ginger, and sea spray. The palate has a snappy mineral attack followed by layered flavors of wild strawberry, cool crushed herbs, chalk, brioche, and shows considerable drive and power on the medium-long, suave, rising finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 45 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Piollot NV Extra-Brut Come des Tallants No Dosage

Roland Piollot produces some elegantly stunning Champagnes from organically farmed vineyards in the Aube. Come des Tallants is 100% Pinot Noir from a small parcel (less than one hectare), vinified with no dosage for a crisp and fresh mouthfeel. Plenty of acidity and overall a really impressive Champagne, especially at the price.   EL

  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
  • no discount
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

Roses de Jeanne (Cedric Bouchard) 2017 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
  • 28 in stock
  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • $64.99

  • white sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • $62.99

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Zero (2010 base)

A blend of 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, and 1/3 Pinot Meunier fermented in tank with native yeasts,  from the 2010 vintage with reserve wine from 2007, 2008, 2009. Bottled without dosage, this still has a fine sense of energy and depth on the palate due to great farming and long lees-aging. The nose tends towards orchard fruit, citrus peel, and pear skin, with fine biscuity after-aromas. The palate shows a fine bead and with a good balance of concentration, minerality, and a bracing, zesty finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $75.99

Cote-de-Beaune

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $79.99

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $24.99

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Clos du Roi

From .38 hectares of biodynamically farmed vines averaging over 40 years old, high on the hillside of Corton. Traditionally the most powerful and long-lasting of the stable of red Corton lieux-dits at Chandon de Briailles. Plummy black fruit, animale funk, wood smoke, 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 racy fruit on the long, substantial finish. This has real class and should be sensational after 10-15 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $249.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Grand Cru Les Maréchaudes

From a .4 hectare plot, located beneath Corton Bressandes. Ferruginous clay over limestone. Les Maréchaudes was planted between 1974 and 1979 and plowed by horse. Typically the most precocious of the red Corton grand crus at Chandon de Brialles, Les Maréchaudes can be enjoyed after just a few years in bottle, though it will improve over 12-15 years and beyond. The 2017 has a lovely nose offering aromas of crushed strawberry, red plum, black currant, and game. The palate shows a sweet ripeness and expressiveness with pretty flavors of stone fruit, wild raspberry, mustard seed, underlain with a tactile sense of earthiness and Corton spice. The supple fine-grained tannins lend a sense of gravitas and well-integrated acidity offers lift and brightness to the long, lingering finish. A buoyant and vibrant Maréchaudes! John McIlwain *Pre-arrival, wines arrive 5/28*

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $174.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Île des Vergelesses

3.13 hectares of vines dating from 1938, with an average age of 40 years, in limestone clay soils, well exposed to the east. Île des Vergelesses is considered the finest climat in Pernand-Vergelesses, producing elegant wines that age effortlessly for 20+ years, as a recent tasting of the 1990, 1999, and 2002 vintages showed. The 2017 has a dark ruby robe with an exuberant nose offering bright floral and red and black fruit aromas. The deep-pitched palate offers a fine array of juicy red berry and black cherry flavors with notes of crushed herbs and soil notes framed by ripe, fine-grained tannins and brisk acidity, and a bit of the peacock's tail on the vibrant, layered, expansive finish. Decant now or cellar for 7-10 years and beyond to allow the fruit and structural elements to integrate.  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $82.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Pommard Les Vignots

From south-facing vines situated on the right hill of Pommard, on the Beaune side, in a terroir of clay-marl. These 35 year-old vines grow in high elevation, about 330 meters above sea-level. The grapes are hand harvested and undergo a long fermentation in stainless steel tanks, punched-down and vatted for 18-25 days. The wine ages in a cold cellar on lees in barrels, 30% of which are new. The 2017 shows a deep red/garnet color and complex aromas of ripe strawberry, and black raspberry with earth and spice notes. The palate is round, earthy and nicely textured with deep black raspberry, plum and black cherry liqueur, ripe and round and balanced with earthy minerality. The finish is long and sappy, with firm acidity. This is soft enough to drink well young but will come together nicely with a few years in the cellar. Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Volnay

The Chantal Lescure Volnay is from 50+ year-old vines on sandy clay soils over limestone. Fermentation is with wild yeasts in cuve inox followed by 18 months in barrel, approximately 30% new, bottled without fining or filtration.The wine shows a deep red/garnet color with black cherry, blackberry and red currant aromas, quite floral and elegant with complex hints of earth,  brown spice and tea. With aeration, the palate shows a velvety, chalky texture backed by firm acidity with complex black fruits, mint, bitter chocolate and earth that continue in the long, sappy finish. This is a lovely "village" Volnay that is delicious, if a bit intense in it's youth - decant if drinking now, this will really sing in three to five years and until 2030+. David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $67.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

Chevrot 2018 Bourgogne Rose 'Sakura'

This Pinot Noir rosé is a blend of the saignée from villages and 1er cru fruit in Maranges, a straight pressing of Hautes Côtes de Beaune fruit, and pellicular maceration of fruit from Hautes Côtes de Beaune. Pale pink, effusive on the nose with aromas of cherry blossom (of course), wild strawberry, cherry, and chalk. Palate is ripe, racy and juicy. Ripe stone fruit and savory herbal notes lend interest. Lip-smacking finish. This is nearly incandescent with bright fruit and crackling energy. A fabulous rosé for an aperitif  or with dinner outdoors on a warm Summer evening. John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 40 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Comte Armand 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux

In the decidedly difficult 2016 Comte Armand's Clos des Epeneaux is a lovely wine in the making, though with a more lifted and energetic character, rather than a stern one. The nose offers aromas of black and red cherries, with cool herbal aromas and hints of oak and spice. The midweight palate is supple, rather than sinewy with loads of black and red fruits, savory earth notes and a cool, yet pungent sense of minerality on a  deceptively long finish. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $219.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $144.99

De Montille 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles

From 1.35 hectares of organically-farmed vines. The 2015 vintage is 50% whole cluster fermentation aged in 30% new barrels. Pèzerolles is always one of the silkier and suppler expressions of Pommard, with a fine core of stoniness within. In 2015 De Montille has released a beautiful example. The nose is exuberantly perfumed with intriguing aromas of violets, tea roses, and crunchy red berry fruit. The palate is bright and suffused with ripe red and black fruit flavors, notes of black tea, and spices with a discreet framing of some new oak. The vibrant fruit seems to dance over a deeply mineral core that integrates with time in the glass and culminates in a long, succulent, fresh finish. There's none of the roasted character of some of the 2015s, and this is deeply satisfying in its poise, energy, and balance. Bravo! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles 1.5L

From 1.35 hectares of organically-farmed vines. The 2015 vintage is 50% whole cluster fermentation aged in 30% new barrels. Pèzerolles is always one of the silkier and suppler expressions of Pommard, with a fine core of stoniness within. In 2015 De Montille has released a beautiful example. The nose is exuberantly perfumed with intriguing aromas of violets, tea roses, and crunchy red berry fruit. The palate is bright and suffused with ripe red and black fruit flavors, notes of black tea, and spices with a discreet framing of some new oak. The vibrant fruit seems to dance over a deeply mineral core that integrates with time in the glass and culminates in a long, succulent, fresh finish. There's none of the roasted character of some of the 2015s, and this is deeply satisfying in its poise, energy, and balance. Bravo! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $329.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles

From 1.35 hectares of organically-farmed vines. The 2016 vintage is 33% whole cluster fermentation aged in 30% new barrels. Pèzerolles is always one of the silkier and suppler expressions of Pommard (due to the limestone soils) with a fine core of stoniness within. In 2016 de Montille has released a beautiful example with a bright, high-toned nose with pretty aromas of wild strawberries, cherry, wet stone, and brown spice. The palate is lithe, racy, and mineral with pure red fruit and stone fruit flavors underlain by a savory, stony core and zesty acidity on a long, expressive, mouthwatering finish. This will benefit from a few years in the cellar and drink beautifully for a decade beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens-Bas 1.5L

If ever there was an argument for the elevation of Pommard 1er cru Rugiens to grand cru status, de Montille's Rugiens-Bas certainly makes a convincing case. The 2016 is 40% whole cluster with aging in 1/3 new oak. The robe is a dark ruby, nearing purple. Aromatically, this offers a kaleidoscopic array of dark flowers, black fruits, and deeply earthy scents with more seemingly in reserve. The palate is intensely flavored with plummy fruit, good mid-palate density, firm tannins and a firm core on ferrous minerality on a concentrated, long finish. This is offering good nascent complexity, though the impression is of a Rugiens that is coiled and will need time to reveal its potential. Given the better part of a decade in the cellar, this should be sensational as the magnificent fruit integrates with the significant structure and drink beautifully for another 10-15 years and beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $389.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

Domaine Chantal Lescure 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Les Chouacheux

From a 1.5 hectare parcel of 50+ year-old massale selection vines on clay/limestone soils rich in iron, in this excellent 1er cru vineyard at the foot of the slope in Beaune. The 2017 Chouacheux shows very floral aromas of ripe black cherry and plum, with hints of brown spice, citrus zest and earth. There is nicely sappy, chalky fruit on the palate - black cherry, plum, red currant - backed by firm acidity and the ever-present core of minerality found in the Chantal Lescure wines. Decant or open well in advance if drinking now, this beautiful Chouacheux should be best 2024 - 2034.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Parent 2016 Pommard 1er cru Les Epenots

40% whole cluster, from parcels in Grands and Petits Epenots. The 2016 Les Epenots from organic Domaine Parent has a dark ruby robe. The nose is a touch reticent on opening; with air, lovely black fruit and soil aromas emerge with plum, iron, and crushed herbs giving way to game notes. The palate is densely concentrated with flavors of black cherry, plum skin, black tea, and spice over a vibrant and deeply-pitched mineral core, framed by ripe tannins and leading to an admirably long, detailed finish. This has great purity and energy and should age effortlessly. A beautiful Epenots! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $154.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Faiveley 2016 Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru

Ripe, perfumed, and dark-fruited on the nose with a mélange of floral and spice notes and a discreet touch of oak, the 2016 Clos des Cortons has a sensational sense of brightness and complexity. The palate offers a dramatic combination of pure fruit, supple tannins, and vigorous minerality on a layered, harmonious, classy finish. This is lovely and should age effortlessly. Beautiful Corton, indeed. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $269.99

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  • 16 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $149.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $134.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $124.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $74.99

Lafouge 2016 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru Climat du Val

The Lafouge Climat du Val is normally the least forward of the three premier crus, and needs a bit more aging to reach it's peak. The 2016 shows lovely aromas of black raspberry, red currant, black cherry, violet and earth. The palate is medium-bodied and intense with firm acidity and dense, very earthy berry fruits, quite mineral, with deep fruit and with a very long finish of ripe berry and saline minerals. 2016 is a vintage of dense, pure fruit, firm acidity and excellent terroir expression and the Climat du Val is a great example - drink now in it's lovely if austere youth, cellar for five years and drink happily until 2035.

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $38.99

Lafouge 2016 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru La Chapelle

La Chapelle is a "climat" in Auxey-Duresses within Les Breterins and Reugne, on the steep slope of la Montagne de Bourdon, facing south/southeast. The vines are well-placed in mid-slope and are mostly sixty years-old, giving the most "generous" of the three Lafouge premier crus. The soils here are partially "marnes blanches"which seems to contribute to the more supple and elegant style of wines from this site.  In this vintage of low yields and "classic" structure, the "La Chapelle"is a paticularly serious wine, showing a deep garnet/black color and aromas of tart morello cherry, plum and black raspberry with earth, violet and herbal notes, quite elegant. The palate shows a lovely texture of chalky fruit with dense black raspberry and wild strawberry, licorice and earth, finishing with sappy fruit and saline minerals. Please decant or open well in advance if drinking now, best perhaps 2023 - 2030+.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $39.99

Lafouge 2016 Auxey-Duresses Rouge

"the 2016 Auxey Villages is a fine bottle in the making offering up a black fruited nose of cassis, black cherries, woodsmoke, a touch of expresso and a fine base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is round, full-bodied and quite suave on the attack, with a good core, modest tannins and fine length and grip on the complex and classy finish. This will want just a few years in the cellar to blossom, and will drink well from early on in its evolution, but will also age nicely."  John Gilman The View from the Cellar

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $30.99

Lafouge 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Les Chanlins

Les Chanlins, a premier cru bordering Volnay, expresses the prettier side of Pommard. A continuation of Volnay Pitures (formerly known as Volnay Chanlins until 2006), the vineyard is steep with more limestone and pebbles rather than clay, producing wines which are typically more generous than backwards. "The 2016 Lafouge Pommard 1er Cru "Les Chanlins" is going to be outstanding, as the bouquet is complex and very pure in its constellation of black Cherries, a touch of plum, bonfire, exspesso, pigeon, a gorgeous base of soil and a topnote of currant leaf. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodoed and very pure on the attack, with a sappy core, great transparencey and a very long, focused and suavely tannic finish. Great juice."  John Gilman 

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $58.99

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  • $94.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

Morey, Pierre 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots

From 48-year-old biodynamically-farmed vines from the lieu-dit Les Pétures. The grapes are destemmed and fermented with native yeasts. The 2016 has a dark ruby robe. A mélange of red and black fruits, sous-bois, and freshly-turned earth on the nose with a faint hint of spice. The mid-weight and supple palate offers sour cherry, pomegranate, and game flavors, underlain with a deeply mineral core and a long mouthwatering, moderately tannic, expansive finish.  This is beautiful Santenots and should age effortlessly as the elements integrate. Every year this is one of my favorite Santenots and a sure bet for cellaring. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Les Bressandes

Dark forest and hedge fruits on nose, earthy and brooding with game aromas. Taut and mineral, with a core of pungent soil notes of black tea, cherry pit, spice and stone on a dense mid-weight palate. Tightly wound, energetic, on the attack; savory and dark-fruited on the finish. This is a bit reserved at the  moment and benefits from a substantial decant or 5-10 years in the cellar. John McIlwain (June 4, 2019) - What a difference a few months make. This Bressandes has uncoiled to reveal pure wild raspberry and red currant flavors, the nose has become more expressive, exhibiting more floral plum and spice notes. There's a quite a bit more charm here while the underlying balance remains impeccable. Tasted recently alongside another dozen Beaune 1ers, this showed exceptionally well. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2018 Beaune Les Beaux et Bons

Jean-Claude says this wine, sourced from lieux-dits Beaux and Bons on the Pommard side of Beaune, always shows aromas of "cerises noires" (black cherries).  The 2018 has a dark ruby, verging on purple robe. The ripe, lush nose offers plummy dark fruit aromas with notes of violet, cassis, and spice box. The palate also tends towards black fruits (there's that black cherry!), savory herbal notes, and a brooding earthiness beneath the ripe, exuberant fruit. There’s a lot to sort out here, but this has nice flair and concentration, if not delicacy. Give this a bit of time to knit and this should be a satisfying bottle with coq au vin or perhaps braised duck legs. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $114.99

Voillot, Joseph 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans

Dark ruby robe. A mélange of red and black fruit, forest floor and freshly turned earth on the nose with a faint whiff of anise and mustard seed. The midweight and concentrated palate offers sour cherry, pomegranate, and animale flavors, underlain with a deeply mineral core and a long mouthwatering, moderately tannic, expansive finish. This is fabulous Champans and what it may lack in overt polish, it makes up in mineral frankness and lift. This should age effortlessly and is cracking traditional Burgundy! Voillot’s 2016s are not to be missed! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $129.99

Voillot, Joseph 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets

From .61 hectares of vines planted in 1932, 1950, and 1978. The vines are toward the top of the parcel in thin limestone soils. The 2016 Fremiets from Joseph Voillot has a bright ruby robe. The nose is delicate and floral with aromas of red fruits (wild strawberry, red currant, morello cherry), wild roses, rose hips, and exotic spices. The palate is silken, and supple, with red hedge fruit and wild strawberry flavors, and a fine stoniness beneath the dry extract. There’s a fine bright energy here, with a discreet structure framing the charming, succulent fruit. The finish has sneaky length and  articulate mineral detail. This is a Fremiets of finesse rather than power, but compelling nonetheless. Delicious now, though perhaps better in 5-8 years and beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $129.99

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $39.99

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Arlaud 2016 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru

50+ year-old vines from the top of the Mazoyères section of Charmes-Chambertin, beneath Latricières, adjacent to Domaine Leroy's vines. 20% new oak. This is also a step-up from the already excellent 1ers. Effusively aromatic, with scents of perfectly ripe orchard fruit. Pure cherry, red and black plums, spice box, and game notes. The nose is kaleidoscopic, layered, and dazzling for Charmes. The palate is equally impressive, with layer after layer of perfectly ripe Pinot fruit, vying with a profound stoniness for attention. This has a deeply mineral core and has the lift to carry all the stoniness. Finely-grained tannins and succulent acidity run through the finish. This is great Charmes! Needs 10-15+ years, but just electric. Wow! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $214.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $124.99

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $27.99

Bachelet, Denis 2016 Bourgogne Rouge

From two plots planted in 1977 and 1986 in limestone clay soils.  100% destemmed and aged in used barrels. Domaine Bachelet is one of the greatest growers in Burgundy and this Bourgogne  shows all the breed and class of a Gevrey villages. Highly recommended.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $76.99

Bachelet, Denis 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

From 60-70-year-old vines spread across multiple lieux-dits. 100% destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, 20% new oak. Perhaps the most elegant and knit of the Gevrey-Villages. This is at least premier cru quality every vintage and ages effortlessly into deeply satisfying wine. Truly benchmark for the village and a smart choice for cellaring every year. John Mcilwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $164.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $899.99

Burguet, Alain 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux

From 32-year-old vines on shallow stony soils. Champeaux is one of the brightest and most vibrant of the Gervrey 1ers. Burguet's is easily one of my favorites. Bright red fruits and violets dominate the nose, the palate is cool, refined, and has great concentration, exhibiting a finely mineral finish. (Verging on cerebral were it not for the prettiness of the fruit.) John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

Chantal Lescure 2016 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

From 50+ year0old vines in the upper part of the Clos (Lieu-dit "Montiotes.") Terroir pebbly clay/limestone. The 2016 Clos Vougeot has a vividly deep ruby robe. The nose is circumspect via reduction and youth. With air aromas of  blackberry, black currant, and violets emerge. The palate is tightly wound with notes of espresso, mustard seed, cherry stone, Earl Grey, and ripe black fruit.The finish is long expansive and supple with mouthwatering acidity and a savory mineral character. This has structure to resolve, but the ripe intense fruit to knit with time in the cellar. Grand Cru class and a compelling Clos Vougeot for the patient. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $179.99

  • Organic

Chantal Lescure 2016 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes

From the village portion of Les Damodes on the Vosne side of Nuits St. Georges. Dark ruby verging on purple robe. The nose offers aromas of plum, blue fruits, blood orange rind, a touch of iron, with a bit of oak. The mid-weight palate has bright acidity, flavors of black currant, plum skin, cherry stone, and a pungent earthiness on a long, faintly grippy finish. This has good density and punch on the mid-palate with a fine core of soil notes. This is clearly young, but balances mouthwatering acidity, Nuits St. Georges tannins, and beguiling dark, ripe forest fruits. Decant now or allow the elements to knit. This has a lot of flair and should make for a classic expression of Damodes with 5-7 years in the cellar.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2016 Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots

Nestled in between Richebourg and Romanée-Saint-Vivant and Echezeaux, Les Suchots is a premier cru break in the line of grands cru that runs from La Tache to Mazis-Chambertin, this is likely due to the small dip in the hillside that makes the climat cooler. But what a premier cru! The 2016 from Chantal Lescure is begulingly perfumed with aromas of tea roses, exotic spice, wild cherry, and a cool herbal topnote. The palate is lithe and racy with lovely flavors of red fruits and a game, with more of that Vosne spice and a fine grained structure that balances the lush fruit with bright acidity and framing tannins. This is delicious with a quick decanting, but should really shine with a few years in bottle. Gorgeous Beaux-Monts and attractively priced (relative to its neighbors). John McIlwain

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $129.99

  • Organic

Chauvenet 2014 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

From a .41 hectare parcel planted in 1940 and 1984. Les Vaucrains is situated upslope of the premier crus Les St. Georges and Les Cailles in the middle portion of Nuits St. Georges. The soils are a blend of brown clay, limestone, sand, and rock producing vigorous, powerful, and elegant wines of great ageablity. Vigneron Christoph Drag says of the climat, “the fat clays make it hard to work the earth.” Domaine Chauvenet’s 2014 Vaucrains has a darker robe than Les Perrières. The nose is effusive, offering a kaleidoscopic mélange of black fruit aromas, cassis, brown spices, game and iron; over time notes of crushed blackberry, grilled meat, and wet stone emerge. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied and supple, offering flavors of ripe blackberry, Italian plum, iodine, game, and wood smoke on a long, layered, and mouth-watering finish. There is plenty of power and intensity here, without a sense of weight; deft acidity offers a sense of lift and freshness. This is a beautiful and complex Vaucrains and exciting wine in the making, with a sensational interplay of pure, ripe fruit and savory minerality. While one could enjoy this now, it has the structure and balance to age harmoniously for years. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $119.99

De Montille 2016 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

From a .29 hectare plot in the upper third of the Clos. One third whole cluster.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $224.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $64.99

Faiveley 2016 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

The 2016 Faiveley Clos de Bèze already offers a dazzling array of dark and red fruits, wild berries, pure cherry, and turned earth on the nose. The concentrated palate offers spicy cherry and plum flavors with notes of game, mustard seed, and black tea over a layered and dense mineral core of impressive length and complexity giving way to a long, detailed, stony finish. This will take the better part of a decade to integrate all of its elements, but should provide rewarding drinking for the patient. Excellent Clos de Bèze. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $449.99

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $34.99

Fourrier 2015 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Goulots

From vines planted in 1966 by Champeaux and Combe Aux Moines. Fourrier made some truly beautiful wines in 2015 handling the ripeness and power deftly. This should age effortlessly.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $219.99

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $369.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $299.99

Grivot, Jean 2016 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

50+-year-old vines. Grivot's Clos Vougeot is backwards at this time, but has the fruit and the structure to make for old bones. Great energy is implied within structural elements, give it 7-10 years and drink for another 15.John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $354.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $499.99

Jane et Sylvain 2016 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 2016 Jane et Sylvain Côte de Nuits-Villages is a bit denser than the previous vintages from this site -  it's 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 scents 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 firm tannins. Decant 4 to 6 hours in advance if drinking now, or cellar for 3 to 5 years and drink till 2030. Highly recommended for those who enjoy some minerals in their Burgundy!

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

From 45 to 60 year-old vines, certified organic, mostly in En Pallud (below 1er Cru les Corbeaux). The low yields and small berries of 2016 really show in this dense and well-structured Gevrey. The aromas are elegant and deep with chalky black raspberry and black cherry, the palate is dense and concentatrated with fabulous length of black fruits and minerals, Carafe many hours in advance if drinking now, best to cellar five years and drink until 2035+. This will be a superb mature Gevrey and is highly recommended.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2016 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. We have 36 btls of Fonteny for the vintage - given the structure of the "regular" Gevrey from Jane et Sylvain, the Fonteny will benefit from ten years in the cellar and should become a profound wine when mature.  In January of 2014, I tasted the 2002 Fonteny in the cellar with Jane and Sylvain.Their eldest son was born in 2002, so they saved a bunch for him, but were generous enough to share one with my father and me. It was transcendental - what I refer to as my "religious experience" with red Burgundy, and possibly one of the most memorable wines I've ever tasted. Flowers, stones, dried fruit, the subtle touch of tannin...truly a blissful experience. Jane says the wine has "la finesse du Ruchottes," referring to the Grand Cru vineyard that is literally feet away from the edge of their vines.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $78.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2017 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain

Jane and Sylvain have done it again! Another beautiful Passetoutgrain, in 2017 from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay, grown in and around Gevrey-Chambertin, organically farmed and quite delicious! The 2017 shows a deep black/red color and very perfumed aromas of black raspberry and  strawberry liqueur with earth and violets. The palate is ripe and bright with deep morello cherry and blackberry, quite sapid and round. Really a refreshing and delicious wine, perfect for picnics and barbecues, served quite cool. This is a fantastic value and highly recommended.

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2017 Bourgogne Rouge

Jane et Sylvain: A refreshingly unpretentious name for a small organic estate in Gevrey-Chambertin. Their Bourgogne Rouge is from 20 to 30 year-old vines in a parcel that has never been chemically treated and always tended organically. The 2017 Bourgogne Rouge shows a brilliant red/black color with elegant, floral, tart cherry, raspberry, citrus and violet aromas. The palate shows the ripeness of 2017 with chalky strawberry and cherry fruit, earthy and very long, finishing with refreshing citrus, mineral flavors and red fruits. Serve this lovely Pinot Noir quite cool over the next five years - it's a delicious wine and a great value!

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $1,999.99

Lienhardt, Antoine 2017 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
  • 4 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $149.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

Lignier, Hubert 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

From vines in the Epointures and Reniard lieux-dits. Classically Gevrey--gamy, earthy, with black fruits and a firm mineral core.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $87.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $159.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $94.99

Lignier, Hubert 2016 Nuits St Georges Les Poisets

62-year-old vines located beneath 1er cru les Cailles. Dark-fruited, mineral, with a sappy core of plum black fruits and a hint of iron.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $94.99

Lignier-Michelot 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

Like the rest of the lineup, the 2016 Clos de la Roche from Lignier-Michelot is a wine of nearly startling intensity and purity. The nose is redolent of spicy red fruits, violets and roses, and earthy game aromas with layer after layer of soil notes. The perfectly ripe palate is a mélange of sweet, ripe, pure fruit dancing above a deeply-pitched mineral core of fantastically articulate detail. I love the balance of shimmering energy and mineral intensity here that carries through on the long, sophisticated, rising finish. This has great class and will benefit from 10-12 years in the cellar and beyond. A truly beautiful Clos de la Roche! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $344.99

Lignier-Michelot 2016 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 with a good deal of the class of the grand crus. The 2016 is effusively perfumed with aromas of black and red hedge fruits, red plum, cassis, spicebox, and freshly turned soil. The mid-weight, concentrated palate is distinctly stony, with a ferrous minerality under-girding perfectly ripe, supple fruit and proceeding to an impeccably balanced and persistent finish. This is a satisfying, serious, albeit lovely Faconnières, which should reward cellaring for 8-10 years and drinking well beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $134.99

Lignier-Michelot 2017 Bourgogne Rouge

So this is fun! 2017 Bourgogne Rouge from Virgile Lignier. Dark ruby, verging on purple, robe. The nose is deeply pitched with aromas of violets, blackberries, blue fruits, cassis, and loamy earth. The palate is supple and suave with flavors of black cherry and blackberry underlain by plush ripe tannins and a flush of mineral spice on the finish. There’s structure here, but the succulent ripe fruit is so pretty, that I have a hard time imagining myself cellaring for long. Not exactly cheap, but this would certainly make for a nice house red (if not nightly, I’d settle for fortnightly). Darned tasty with crisped duck confit with frisée and walnuts with a mustard vinaigrette. I’ll concede to loving Lignier-Michelot’s wines and this is no different. Drink now for the overt fruit or squirrel away a couple of bottles for 4-7 for the elements to knit. There’s complexity here, though the exuberance of the fruit is dominant at present. I’ve said it before: Lignier-Michelot has been on a roll since 2004 and are always worth a serious look. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

Magnien, Stephane 2017 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

Les Sentiers is located beneath the Bonnes Mares grand cru, north of the village and shares similar soils.  The wines, while layered and elegant, are more muscular and velvety, rather than silken and high-toned. The  Magnien "Sentiers" is from vines ranging from 45 to 90 years old and ages for 12 months in barrel, 10% new, then 2 to 3 months in cuve inox.  The 2017 vintage is effusively perfumed, with aromas of black cherry, wild raspberry,  violets, forest floor, and iron.  Dark cherry, black tea, and blood orange peel on the sappy, yet chalky, mineral palate. As befits the cru's proximity to Bonnes Mares, this is a more masculine expression of Chambolle-Musiginy. There's good concentration of fruit here, in addition to distinct terroir delineation; with still more to be revealed as the structure resolves itself further.  Decant now or better still, hold for 5 to 15 years. Only 12 btls are available.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $73.99

Magnien, Stephane 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes

From vines planted by Stéphane's grandfather in the lieu-dits "Athets"on gravelly soils in 1902-1903, the rare and beautiful Magnien Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes is a lovely combination of delicate fruit and minerals. The 2017 shows vibrant aromas of raspberry, black raspberry and  morello cherry, with hints of violet, rose petal, blood orange and stone, lifted by bright acidity. The palate is light and elegant with tart cherry and raspberry fruit, subtle and sappy, with stone and mineral flavors, finishing with refreshing acidity. This is a delicate and delicious Chambolle that should be decanted if drinking now, or wait 3 to 5 years then enjoy until 2035.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $54.99

Magnien, Stephane 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis "Grains Fins"

The Morey-Saint-Denis "Grains Fins" is another new cuvée from Stephane Magnien, and it's an absolutely delicious wine! It's made from young vines of Pinot Fin, in the vineyards of "Bas-Chenevery" and "Crais-Gillon" on gravelly soils. There is a 12-month elevage in mostly old barrels, followed by 4 months in cuve inox - only 200 cases were made. The 2017 "Grains Fins" is a terrific wine, surprisingly structured and dense for a 2017 - perhaps the smaller grapes of Pinot Fin brought a bit more grip to this generous vintage. The wine shows a bright deep red color, with vibrant aromas of raspberry and tart cherry, very floral, with hints of darker fruit and earth. The palate has nice grip and density with sappy red and black fruits, with a chalky texture, leading to a firm and very mineral finish. Enjoy this delicious wine in its vibrant youth, or wait a few years then drink until 2030-2035  David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $43.99

Magnien, Stephane 2017 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." Stephane Magnien is a longtime Chambers  favorite. The 2017 "Aux Petites Noix" has a dark ruby robe. The nose is a touch reserved at first; with an hour in the glass, aromas of black fruits, Lapsang Suchong, mustard seed, and game emerge, with a pleasing cool herbal note lending lift. The palate is mid-weight and fairly concentrated for the vintage—blackberry syrup, dark loamy soil, game, and iron dance around savory mineral core girded by ripe, though somewhat firm tannins. This has good sap and there’s enough sophistication and supple fruit for this to be a pleasure with air (and it is a pleasure), but there’s enough structure, balance, and nascent complexity to warrant 7-10 years of cellaring so that the elements knit. That said, this is just cracking with braised duck legs and olives over  grits, and mustard greens. This is a lovely bottle for earthy, soulful fare and well worth the tariff. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $66.99

Magnien, Stephane 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières

From a parcel of old vines grown in Les Faconnières, one of the best situated climats in Morey-Saint-Denis, located beneath Clos de la Roche and between the Millandes and Charrières premier crus. The 2017 shows a deep red/black color, with  earthy aromas of black cherry and blackberry, earthy and meaty with violet and a bit of southern "garrigue." The palate is rich and ripe with black fruit liqueur and hints of licorice, lemon zest and earth.  The finish is expansive, mouthwatering, gamey, mineral, and long, with fine persistence. This gorgeous Faconnieres is delicious now, as the complex, ripe fruit wraps around the firm acidity, mineral flavors and elegant tannins. Best to wait 5 to 8 years and enjoy until 2035-2040. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $69.99

Magnien, Stephane 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants

Situated to the west of Grand Cru "Clos de la Roche," this steep and stony parcel has very thin topsoil over the limestone, with vines from 15 to 75 years-old. The 2017 has a dark ruby robe. Aromas of black fruit, spice box, bramble and sauvage grace the nose with notes of forest floor and a touch of oak. The mid-weight palate offers ripe plum and blackberry fruit flavors, with a crosscurrent of brambly herbaceousness. Nice framing mineral saltiness and ripe tannins, good vibrant acidity. This is vivacious and confidently Morey in character with plenty of charm and enough earthy gravitas to keep things honest. This displays the 2017 charm but with plenty of terroir expression. A delicious Les Monts-Luisants with plenty of upside for cellaring in the mid-term. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $72.99

Magnien, Stephane 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes

The Stéphane Magnien Morey-Saint-Denis "Vieilles Vignes,"  is from  45 to 65 year-old vines in "Clos Solon" and "Cognés" on clay/limestone soils. The 2017 shows a deep red/black color and is initially less aromatic than the "Grains Fins," then shows dark black cherry and strawberry confit with hints of spice, roast meat and licorice. The palate is dense and sappy with deep strawberry and black cherry fruit, quite dense and long with hints of mint, stone and bitter chocolate, finishing with firm acidity and saline minerals. This offers superb quality for a "village" Morey-Saint-Denis and will repay 3 to 5 yars of cellaring, then drink until 2035.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $47.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $559.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $27.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $649.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $799.99

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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
  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2016 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Le Clos Guillot is a beautiful southeast-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 (most purchased in Burgundy and untreated with sulfur), 9 additional months in unlined cement vats. We have been buying this wine since its first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons. In the low-yielding 2016 vintage Le Clos Guillot is particularly elegant and age-worthy, showing floral aromas of Italian plum, black cherry and blackberry. The palate is perfectly balanced, dense and deep but not fat with elegant chalky black fruit and mineral flavors that continue in the very long finish. A bottle opened a day before showed more complex, floral aromas, but a tighter palate - of course this wine can be enjoyed young but peak drinking will be 2027 - 2045+.  Given the reasonable price, this belongs in your cellar! (Normal case discounts apply) Another Bravo! to Matthieu and Bernard Baudry... David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2017 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

The lovely 2017 Chinon "Cuvee Domaine" from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry is 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. Tasted from barrel in February of 2019 the wine was quite pretty showing lovely pure red fruit aromas with a supple, ripe palate, very deep and long and framed in perfect earthy acidity. The palate is fresh and balanced with pretty red fruits, earth and citrus notes, really long and lovely. This will be a superb and unique Chinon, both to drink young and for cellaring of fifteen to twenty years. Serve cool with roast chicken, pork dishes, charcuterie, green vegetables and mild cheeses.  Highly recommended. DL

  • red
  • 41 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2018 Chinon Les Granges

From 30 to 35 year-old vines on gravel and sandy soils over clay and limestone near the Vienne river in organic agriculture. Hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts, ages for 8 to 10 months in cement vats, minimal addition of SO2 prior to bottling. This "basic" cuvée from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry 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. In the great 2018 vintage the wine is a sheer delight! 10 to 20% of the crop was lost to mildew, and the remaining berries were small but very ripe. Tasted at the domain in January 2019, the wine showed a deep black purple color with vibrant, lush aromas of cassis, red currant and boysenberry with deep sweet black raspberry and strawberry fruit on the palate, surprisingly bright and balanced given the extra ripeness of the vintage. This is a superb Chinon to drink a bit cool over the next five to eight years - there should be a good quantity available but don't delay in trying this very special "basic" wine!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $20.99

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  • 16 in stock
  • $21.99

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2017 Vin de France Melon de Bourgogne

Pierre-O was able to source some Melon de Bourgogne grapes from Coteaux d'Ancenis (from an up and coming winemaker named Philippe Chevarin). Known for stony and mineral expressions closer to Nantes, where Muscadet is produced, the soils and inland climate of Ancenis provide a bit of a rounder expression of Melon. Still subtle on the nose and mineral from start to finish, there's nice weight in the mouth, expanding the possibilities of pairings well beyond oysters and shellfish!    EL

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2018 Vin de France La Tesniere Pineau D'Aunis

This is a lovely, soft and ripe expression of Pineau d'Aunis from Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme, from vines adjacent to Clos Roche Blanche on clay with silex in organic and biodynamic farming. Aged in old futs and demi-muids, bottled without filtration, minimal SO2. Light red/pink color. The wine shows subtle aromas of wild strawberry and raspberry with rose petal and white pepper, quite elegant and surprisingly delicate in this ripe vintage. The palate is light and pretty with perfect acidity and mineral flavors - this is a beautiful expression of Pineau d'Aunis and a wonderful pairing with any lighter meat dishes and mild chesses. David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2018 Vin de France Le Telquel

This "poil dur" is wagging its tail again in 2018, showing the extra ripeness of this great vintage in the Loire Valley, with juicy aromas of blackberry, rose, spice and citrus. It's Gamay with a bit of Cabernet Franc in this vintage, with an extra layer of ripeness, and nice density of bright blackberry fruit, a bit floral and spicy. Quite refreshing with good length of lush berry fruits and citrusy acids in the finish. Serve a bit cool with charcuterie, chicken and pork - just delicious!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.49

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Brégeon, Michel 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

Fred Lallier is now in charge at Domaine Bregeon and doing great work at this important estate - one of the leaders in the return to quality in Muscadet, now in conversion to organic farming. The 2017 Muscadet is from Gabbro terroirs in and around Gorges - it shows distinctive aromas associated with this terroir - stone, petrol and mushroom, which take a back seat to lovely white fruits in this ripe vintage with pear, apricot and  ripe apple, with hints of lemon confit, wet stone and anise. The palate is round and ripe, framed in firm acidity and mineral flavors, with stone fruits, earth and citrus that continue in the long finish. This is a lovely Muscadet in a riper style that is quite delicious now and should open up nicely over the next five to eight years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Cuvée Chevalerie

We're big fans of the Caslot family at Domane de la Chevalerie, who  make soulful Bourgueils from organic/biodynamic vineyards on their superb terroirs.  The Chevalerie vineyard is on mid-slope Turonian limestone with clay and alluvial sand and gravel topsoil, rich in silex; the vines average about 60 years of age. Slightly deeper and darker than the superb 2014, the 2015 Cuvée Chevalerie  shows a lovely deep red/black color and elegant ripe blackberry and plum skin with black pepper, stone, prune and roast meat. The palate is well-structured, round and quite concentrated with complex black fruit liqueur, spice, bitter chocolate, licorice and truffle, with a long finish of sappy fruit and mineral flavors. This is a beautiful Bourgueil of terroir that con be enjoyed now with coq-qu-vin, steak au poivre and grilled lamb, best to wait  3 - 5 years, then drink until 2035 and beyond. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chidaine 2017 Montlouis Sur Loire Les Bournais

This is usually our favorite wine from François and Manuela Chidaine, long-time champions of organic and biodynamic farming in the Loire Valley. Named after the soil type "Les Bournais," a unique clay topsoil over limestone (tuffeau blanche) also found across the river in Vouvray and without the silex present in most Montlouis terroirs. The 2017 is a beautiful example of this wine with lovely aromas of lemon confit, kiwi, pear, lime-flower, honey and earth, with subtle hints of crushed raspberry as well. The palate is dense and creamy with chalky ripe pear and citrus fruits with a long, lush finish of stone, white fruits, anise and citrus. (Lush but dry at only 2.3 gr RS/L) This is a beautiful Montlouis that will perfectly accompany lobster,  fish or white meats in sauce, Asian foods and goat cheeses. It's delicious now, and should be very interesting after ten to fifteen years in the cellar.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chidaine 2017 Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles

Francois Chidaine has been one of the leading proponents of biodynamic farming in the Loire valley and has had a profound influence on the resurgence of Montlouis. Les Choisilles is vinified dry, from parcels of 30 to 90 year-old vines on clay and silica soils over limestone "tuffeau." The soils are kept covered with beneficial plants growing in the rows and only organic composts are used. Fermentation of Les Choisilles can last up to six months, with wild yeasts, no malo-lactic, aging on the lees in large barrels.  The 2017s at Chidaine are studies in terroir with the young wines showing intense acidity and mineral flavors eclipsing, for now, the elegant white and yellow fruits that coat the palate. Though delicious now,  served with grilled fish, fish and chicken in sauce and shellfish, the Les Choisilles will open nicely over the next ten to fifteen years and should be considered for the cellar. David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chidaine 2018 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

This Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent value from a deeply conscientious producer. Francois Chidaine practices biodynamics in his vineyards and takes the health of his soil and the environment to the next level by rotating cover crops and avoiding plowing. The resulting wine has a rich texture with a distinctly stony finish. The nose is delicate mix of white grapefruit, sage, and fresh white flowers, and the palate is fresh and rounded, only faintly herbal rather than overtly vegetal as some Sauvignon Blanc can be. The wine was aged and fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts, and spent several months on the lees before bottling. Well balanced and a great pairing for sautéed fish or vegetables and certainly with goat cheese. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $399.99

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $37.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic

Closel 2017 Vin de France Chenin Blanc "Belle Dame"

In 2017 Domaine du Closel lost 90% of their fruit to a devastating frost, but were able to purchase organic grapes from an estate on the other side of the Loire, on a great terroir of shale, to make this lovely Chenin. The wine shows ripe quince and pear aromas with floral hints, while the palate is ethereal and quite dry with firm acidity and saline mineral flavors under the subtle fruit. This will pair nicely with oysters and delicate seafood preparations, and should develop well with five to ten years of aging.

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $43.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

Coulaine 2015 Chinon Franc de Pied

Grown on a 1/4 hectare parcel on a slope of clay over limestone where there is enough sand to discourage phylloxera, the vines are now 15 years-old and produce this distinctive wine, quite saline and with intriguing complexity. Drink this lovely Chinon, served cool, over the next five years.

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2016 Touraine Les Pieds Rotis Blanc

Chateau de Coulaine is producing a ripe and vibrant Chenin Blanc from a south-facing slope just across the Vienne from Coulaine (AOC Touraine) with interesting terroir of granitic gravel and fossils over white limestone. The 2016 "Les Pieds Rotis" is a dry but very ripe and full-bodied Chenin, with beautiful white fruit, earth and citrus flavors. The wine went through malolactic fermentation, and finished quite dry at only 1.8 grams RS. Aging is in 2 to 8 year-old 400 liter foudres and minimal SO2 is used.  It's a great apéritif or serve with white meats, Asian food and mild cheeses.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $28.99

Dauny 2018 Sancerre Clos du Roy

Domaine Dauny in Crézancy has been organic since 1964 - Nicole and Christian are the 12th generation at the estate!  The Dauny Clos du Roy is from 40-50 year-old vines in this famous limestone vineyard. The palate is round, ripe and balanced with  white fruit, herbal and mineral flavors backed by crisp acidity. The finish is long with dried pear, stone and anise flavors. This is a lovely Sancerre from an excellent vintage that will accompany almost any seafood dishes, chicken and white meats as well.

  • white
  • 43 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $20.99

Deboutbertin 2017 Vin de France 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. There's a hint of "barnyard" on the nose, with plenty of the vibrant fruit on the palate. Relatively dark in the glass, but super easy to drink! Serve with a slight chill.    Arrived July 2019 / Best if opened after Summer 2019  EL

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Deboutbertin 2017 Vin de France La Noue Blanchard

From a 30 are (think REALLY small) parcel, from old vines of Cabernet Franc in goblet, that yielded about 10-15 hl/ht (think REALLY small yields). Nice material, dark and concentrated with lovely mineral structure from Schiste soils on a plateau in Faye D'Anjou. No SO2 added. 

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $14.99

Domaine de Reuilly 2018 Reuilly Les Pièrres Plates

Minerals for days is the first thing that comes to mind while enjoying this wine. Not only a great alternative to Sancerre, but distinctly of Reuilly, a nearby Loire appellation laden with Kimmeridgian limestone. The Domaine de Reuilly was founded in 1935 alongside an oak forest, which is still used by the Domaine for their barrels. Proprietor Denis Jamain has taken this estate to new levels of quality with organic and biodynamic farming.  The nose is delicate and opens up nicely as it comes up in temperature showing notes of fresh, clean grass, white grapefruit, and peach blossoms. The palate is lean and linear displaying the beautiful stony texture imparted by the calcareous soil. This wine will be a perfect highlight to shellfish and crisp salads, and lovely balance to lighter proteins and creamy goat cheeses. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Ecu (Fred Niger) 2018 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. Guy has been an inspiration for many growers in the region and  the estate continues under the capable and imaginative direction of Fred Niger Van Herck.  The Domaine de l'Ecu  2018 "Granite" is just arriving, so no tasting note as yet - but we imagine it will show a bit more ripeness and weight than the 2017 and as always will remain intensely mineral and age-worthy - give it a try! 

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gaudry 2017 Sancerre Vincengétorix

This Sancerre Rouge from Vincent Gaudry is the perfect introduction to fall. Drinking and breathing in this wine is like a walk through a well-manicured forest. The nose is all dried leaves, dried roses, and tree bark with moss, and the palate brings ripe and dried red fruits. "Vincengétorix" is a beautiful example of what Pinot Noir, and particularly the rarely found Pinot Fin clone, is capable of. The wine is biodynamically farmed, with whole-cluster fermentation, minimal SO2, and aged in used barrels, which allows it to truly display the terroir of Sancerre, more famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, but was historically known for its Pinot Noir. More concentrated and structured than many of today's Sancerre Rouge, it has plush tannins, a softer acidity, and a clean, stony finish. I know this wine will only continue to evolve with years of cellar-aging, but it is a pleasure to enjoy right now. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gaudry, Vincent 2017 Sancerre Melodie Vieilles Vignes

Domaine Vincent Gaudry, located in Sury-en-Vaux, has been organic and Biodynamic certified beginning in 1993. The 2017 "Melodie des Vieilles Vignes" is from 50+ year-old vines on clay/limestone soils, and is fermented naturally with wild yeasts. This is an outstanding Sancerre showing elegant aromas of ripe pear, quince, almond, citrus and lime-flower, really quite lovely. The palate is fresh and lively with dried pear, flint, smoke and herbal flavors, very silky and elegant and happily unlike most modern Sancerres. The stone and subtle fruit flavors continue in the refreshing finish, making this a superb food wine with anything from oysters to grilled fish and fish and chicken in sauce. And Crottin de Chavignol, of course. Highly recommended and a good value! David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Gaudry, Vincent 2018 Sancerre Constellation du Scorpion

The extraordinary "Constellation du Scorpion" is from a small parcel of old massale-selection vines on silex soils over limestone and is fermented and aged in old barrels. The wine shows subtle aromas of dried pear and apple, almond, lemon verbena, wet stone, honeysuckle and white pepper - ripe but very fresh and bright. There is a very mineral attack on the palate with flint and earth flavors, grilled almond, dried pear, lemon peel, anise and apricot with lovely ripeness and a saline, mineral aspect in the finish which is elegant, clean and long with lingering white fruits. This is a young and racy Sancerre that will accompany oysters, shellfish, grilled fish and white meats and should develop beautifully with three to five years of cellaring - it's an outstanding Sancerre and a great value at this price.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Girard 2018 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.  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
  • 54 in stock
  • $24.99

Grange aux Belles 2018 Vin de France "53" Cabernet Franc

From old vines of Cabernet Franc on schist, most planted in 1953, de-stemmed, short fermentation with no extraction, bottled with minimal or zero SO2. The 2018 "53" shows a bright, deep red/purple color with lovely, very pure aromas of cassis and black raspberry with rose and a hint of spice, really lush and pretty. The palate is supple, round and ripe with dense cassis and berry fruit backed by firm acidity. The alcohol is a bit high, at 14%, but there is nice freshness to the wine and the fruit is extraordinarily pretty. Yum, serve cool and enjoy!! David Lillie

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $41.99

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
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2016 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

2016 brings us another great Cuvée Prestige from Stéphane Guion in Bourgueil, whose domaine has been certified organic since the 1960s. From vines averaging 50 to 70 years old on classic soils of clay over limestone. 2016 was a very difficult vintage in the Loire Valley with many growers suffering huge loses to f rost on the 27th of April, followed by periods of intense mildew attacks until early July that further lowered yields.  Weather in the summer and fall, however, was near perfect with dry sunny conditions prevailing and just the right amount of rain in September. Comparisons can be made to the 2002 and 2010 vintages. The 2016 Guion Prestige shows wonderful brightness and balance with lovely high-toned aromas of strawberry compote with floral, herbal and musky notes, with hints of  roast coffee and bitter chocolate. There is intense material on the palate which is elegant and ripe with fine tannins, with bright strawberry and cherry fruits encased in brisk, very earthy acids. A brilliant wine that needs five years or more in the cellar, peak drinking perhaps 2023 to 2040. If drinking now decant well in advance or open/taste/re-cork two or three days beforehand.  1989 and 1990 tasted recently at the domaine were fantastic — given the low price, this is one of the world's great values to cellar. Thank you, Stéphane!

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2017 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

This is another beautiful wine from the shy and affable Stephane Guion who is quietly making some of the best wines in Bourgueil. His 2017 Cuvèe Domaine is from young (15 to 40 year-old) vines on clay/limestone terroir in Benais and is simply delicous, a bit softer and more foward than the vibrant 2016. The wine shows aromas of raspberry and red currant liqueur, violets and citrus - very  ripe but still bright with  earthy hints as well. The palate is medium-bodied and fresh with firm acidity but more supple than usual for the Cuvée Domaine, with chalky, saline mineral flavors framing the ripe red and black fruits, which continue in the long earthy finish. Drink now, served cool, with grilled chicken and pork, charcuterie, green vegetables and mild cheeses, or hold 5 to 8 years for a velvety mature experience. This is a beautiful wine that transcends its price point - Thanks to Stephane Guion!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Rosé

The 2018 Bourgueils of Stephane Guion, tasted in early February 2019, are just extraordinary, with an extra layer of vibrant fruit, beginning with this gorgeous Rosé. 50 years of organic farming and great traditional winemaking give this refreshing wine its perfect balance with beautiful fruit and great earthy expression of the limestone/clay terroir. The wine shows lush strawberry/raspberry aromas with citrus, rose and earth. Raspberry, blood orange, melon and earthy flavors on the ripe but dry palate which is framed in firm acidity and saline minerals. This is a real rosé of terroir, and for lovers of Cabernet Franc it's one of the greatest values around - drinking beautifully now and through 2020, with burgers, roast chicken, grilled pork and charcuterie. David Lillie (Sorry, arrival delayed until 8/1)

  • rosé
  • 15 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $87.99

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 50 years ahead of it. DL

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

Huet 2008 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux

*This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.2008 is a great vintage for moelleux and demi-sec Vouvray as the high acidity of the vintage gives fabulous brightness and balance to the extra sweetness. The Huet 2008 Haut-Lieu is superb now with terrines, foie gras, vegetable soups, mild cheeses and much more - and don't hesitate to age ten more years.

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2018 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux 1er Tri

2018 Clos du Bourg Moelleux 1er Trie: 12.6% alc; 78 g/l RS; 3.8 g/l total acidity; pH 3.41

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2018 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux

2018 Clos du Bourg Moelleux: 12.8% alc; 56 g/l RS; 4.0 g/l total acidity; pH 3.27

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2018 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec

2018 Clos du Bourg Sec: 13.7% alc; 4 g/l RS;  4.4 g/l total acidity; pH 3.16

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2018 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux 1er Trie

2018 Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux 1er Trie: 12.6% alc; 79 g/l RS; 3.8 g/l total acidity; pH 3.37

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2018 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux

2018 Le Mont Moelleux: 12.9% alc; 60 g/l RS; 3.7 g/l total acidity; pH 3.34

  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2018 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie

2018 Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie: 12.5% alc; 95 g/l RS; 3.6 g/l total acidity; pH 3.45

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

La Lunotte (Chistophe Foucher) 2017 Vin de France Haut Plessis (Menu Pineau)

This is a superb Menu Pineau from Christophe Fouche at La Lunotte, 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 in Touraine, it's a richer style than those of Villemade and 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. The 2017 is a bright pale gold/bronze color with beautiful aromas that combine slight oxidation with lemon, pear, almond, anise, and mineral notes; on the palate the wine is rich and sappy backed by the very high acidity with flavors of toasted almond, dried pear, citus, caramel and wildflowers. Serve this unique wine with full-flavored oysters, fish and white meat dishes, or just sip and enjoy!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

La Lunotte (Christophe Foucher) 2017 Vin de France Les Rossignoux (Sauv Blanc)

Christophe Foucher's 2017 "Rossignoux" (Sauvignon Blanc) is an outrageously delicious natural wine showing  a bright gold color and slightly oxidative aromas of ripe pear, citrus, stone, hay and caramel. The palate is dense and creamy with sapid, ripe stone fruits framed in very firm saline minerals and earthy acidity. The finish is dense and long with dried pear, pine, lemon and herbal flavors lingering on the palate. Christophe is making beautiful, artisanal wines that are completely unique - we have 20 cases that will disappear quickly. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2015 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 2015 Ame D'Antan shows a deep black/garnet color with elegant aromas of ripe black raspberry and red currant with hints of violet, prune, citrus and crushed stone. The palate is dense but bright, with a silky texture, showing earthy, ripe strawberry confit with black raspberry and licorice with firm mineral acidity and a bit less tannin than the 2014. Good length with lingering berry and mineral flavors. Delicious now, it will age beautifully, probably best 2023 to 2035+ David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2015 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 fermented 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 is deep and ripe, showing earthy blackberry and strawberry compote with prune and bitter chocolate and firm structure. This is a complex, old-fashioned Chinon that will accompany roast chicken and anything off the grill, served a bit cool. Age for five to ten years for a mature experience. And at $16.99 it's a fabulous value! David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2018 Chinon Gourmandise

"Gourmandise" is a beautiful "drink young" cuvée from Patrick Lambert, made from Cabernet Franc vines grown on sandy gravel soils near the Vienne. The wine shows a bright black/red color with lush high-toned aromas of crushed strawberry and black raspberry, with hints of citrus and pepper. The palate is supple and bright with luscious black raspberry and red currant fruit, quite lush and full-bodied in this superb vintage for the Loire but still with refreshing  acidity. Serve this lovely wine quite cool with charcuterie and grilled chicken, pork or burgers, it's a perfect quaffing Cab Franc to drink over the next  2 - 3 years!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 47 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2018 Chinon Rosé

This delightful Chinon Rosé comes from Patrick Lambert's 6 hectares of organic vines in Cravant, around the corner from his friend and mentor, Bernard Baudry. Hand harvested from 20-year-old Cabernet Franc vines on gravel and sandy clay soils over limestone. The 2018 shows lovely aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, citrus and rose; the palate is ripe and pretty with raspberry, citrus and stone flavors with nice density and texture, a bit more weight and ripeness than the 2017, with juicy acids, berry flavors and minerals in the finish. This is drinking beautifully now and will open up nicely through the spring and summer and will keep well into 2020. This is a fabulous value and highly recommended. DL 

  • rosé
  • 54 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Haute Tradition

La Haute Tradition is a beautiful Muscadet from our friend Jo Landron that is rarely seen in the US. The grapes are from old vines in the "Les Houx" vineyard on iron-rich clay over subsoils of orthogneiss with quartz, giving a dense powerful Muscadet that is aged for about a year in wooden foudres.The wine shows elegant aromas of lemon peel, stone, ripe pear, almond, anise and honeysuckle. While it's similar to Jo's superb Fief du Breil, the palate shows more ripeness -  quite round and full for a Muscadet, with sapid white fruits, citrus, anise and licorice, with terrific density backed by firm acidity. The finish is long and lovely with with bitter lemon, pear, anise and stone. This is a superb Muscadet that should be opened well in advance or decanted if drinking now, or cellar five years then drink until 2035. Serve with fish in sauce, grilled lobster (!), veal, roast chicken and goat or sheep cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Houx

 Jo Landron's Domaine Louvetrie "Les Houx" (formerly labeled "Hermine D'Or") is from a great parcel of 20 to 50 year-old vines on shallow sandy clay soils, rich with silica, quartz and iron, over a bedrock of gneiss and clay - a great terroir for Muscadet that always gives a dense, complex wine which benefits from medium-term aging. The 2017 is a great example and a sensational value. Lovely pale bronze color. A bit closed when first opened, then showing aromas of ripe pear, apple, lemon peel, a field in the sun, a hint of anise. The palate is dense and long with white fruits, stone, almond, iodine and citrus with perfect bracing acidity. Rather full-bodied for a Muscadet, this will accompany crab, lobster and monkfish as well as chicken, pork, Asian foods and goat cheeses. Or hold for a few years and serve with full-flavored fish dishes. Bravo, Jo Landron!

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Luneau-Papin 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

The superb 2017 Luneau-Papin "L d'Or" is from 45 year-old Melon de Bourgogne vines on a parcel of "Granite a deux micas" in Vallet on a south-facing slope. The wine shows a pale gold color and aromas of pear, green apple, almond, lemon confit, lime-flower and wet stone. The palate is dense and crystalline with saline acidity underlying flavors of dried pear, anise, flint and citrus zest with hints of melon and almond. The finish is long with silky pear and earthy citrus fruit and lingering saline acidity. This is very similar to the superb 2014 - it's a breathtaking Muscadet to drink now with oysters, grilled lobster, broiled fish, roast chicken and goat cheeses, it will go through a marvelous evolution over the next twenty years and accompany fish in sauce, chicken with morels and older goat cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $17.99

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Morantin 2018 Touraine Gamay "La Boudinerie"

This is a beautiful Gamay from the talented Noella Morantin, who acquired part of the Clos Roche Blanche vineyard and other parcels above the Cher River in Pouillé, Touraine. The 2018 Boudinerie is vinified in carbonic maceration, and shows lovely aromas of morello cherry, black raspberry and violet, quite ripe and pretty. The palate is lush, lively and bright, with nice density and length showing ripe, sappy red fruits, earth and mineral flavors that continue in the refreshing finish. This is a very pretty and versatile wine that will accompany charcuterie, chicken and pork dishes and mild cheeses. Serve cool and enjoy!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Morantin, Noella 2017 Vin de France L'Effet Mer Aligote

In 2017, with some trouble in the Loire, Noella Morantin - like many winemakers hit with hail or frost - was compelled to make some Vin de France wines from purchased fruit. L'effet mer is direct press Aligoté from a friend in Burgundy. Delicate, a touch floral, with very pleasant ripeness and a hint of salinity.   ~EL

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pabiot, Jonathan 2018 Pouilly-Fumé

One of the very few domaines in Pouilly-Fumé to be certified organic, Jonathan Pabiot is making lovely, balanced wines with subtle fruit, firm acidity and good minerality in the finish. The 2018 is a blend of all three terroirs found at the estate: Kimmeridgian marl, chalky Portlandian, and clay-silex on flint. The vines average 30 years of age, and are planted very densely at 10,000 vines per hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented with indigenous yeasts and minimal SO2 is used. This is a beautiful Pouilly-Fume showing a very pale gold color and subtle aromas of lime-flower, lemon zest, white peach and pear, wet stone and a hint of exotic fruits. The palate shows ripe stone fruits - pear/peach/apricot - with a nice core of minerals. The finish brings firm acidity and strong mineral flavors under ripe stone fruits, and has nice purity partially due to the minimal dose of SO2. A lovely wine that will pair with a full-flavored fish dish, chicken in sauce, vegetable soups and goat cheeses, and it's a beautiful aperitif as well.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Briords Vieilles Vignes

First produced in 1988, this great Muscadet is made from a three hectare parcel of old massale-selection vines (all over 60 years old, with a high percentage much older) on a slope above the Maine. The bedrock is Granit 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. 2018 was  a vintage of sunshine despite rains and mildew in the spring that lowered yields. The 2018 "Briords" shows vivid aromas of dried pear, bitter lemon, anise and herbs with surprising hints of exotic fruit backed with earth and mineral notes. The aromatic ripeness is more restrained on the palate which shows beautifully supple and dense  pear and ripe apple fruit with quite firm acidity and finishing with nice grip and mineral flavors that linger on the palate. This is a beautiful "Briords," reminding me of 2009 - irresistible now but with enough acidity and structure to be a fabulous mature wine in 2029. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

Our first 2018 comes from our friends Rémi, Gwénaëlle and Marc at Domaine de la Pépière - the 2018 "Cuvée Pépie." This first bottling of "Pépie" shows a bit more apple and pear fruit and a softer palate than normal, as 20 - 30% of the juice went through the malo-lactic conversion. It's a delicious Muscadet in a rounder style which will be a great match for any seafood and white meat dishes this spring and summer.

  • white
  • 49 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $57.99

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Gorges

We're exstatic to have this superb new Muscadet from Pépière. The product of an exchange of juice with Fred Lailler at Domaine Bregeon (pressed at Bregeon), the wine undergoes a slow fermentation and is then aged 42 months on the lees. Marc Ollivier considers this his favorite of his bottlings right now, along with the Château-Thébaud. From Bregeon's vines on Gabbro with clay topsoils  (in conversion to organic) the 2015 Gorges is a complex, dense and beautifully structured wine, with unique aromas showing almond, smoke and petrol notes in addition to stone, pear, quince and mushroom. The palate is dense and intensely mineral with ripe pear and quince, earth, almond, anise and citrus notes, with stone, lemon peel and white fruits lingering in the very long finish. Although vibrant and delicious now, we would recommend waiting for eight to ten years before opening for peak enjoyment. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Ch.Thébaud "Morines"

The Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines" comes from old vines in a beautiful vineyard sloping down towards the river Maine. The granite here  (granite de Château-Thébaud) is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way. The grapes are hand harvested, fed into the press by gravity and undergo a one to two month fermentation with wild yeasts. The wine ages "sur-lie" for 30 months with regular battonage, contributing to the complex aromatics and richness of the wine.  The 2015 Chateau Thébaud is a gorgeous wine, showing a bright pale gold color with ripe aromas of candied citrus, melon, pear, honeysuckle, wet stone, almond and licorice. The palate is silky and quite rich for a Muscadet, with white and yellow fruits, citrus and mineral flavors, with hints of anise and licorice emerging, with the firm acidity in the background. This very young wine is delicous now, but please decant or open well in advance. As with "Briords," this reminds me of the 2009, which is drinking beautifully in 2018. Serve with oysters and fish such as sole, cod and halibut, white meats as well, great with goat cheeses. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2017 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 2017 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2018 Vin de Pays du Val de Loire Côt "La Pépie"

100% Cot (Malbec). Only three of Pépière's 43 certifed-organic hectares of vines are planted to black grapes: Côt and Cabernet Franc (known locally as Breton). They are in the 10-hectare "home" vineyard in Clisson, where the rocky, granite-rich soils yield top-tier Melon de Bourgogne; the black grapes are in a section with a gentle slope and southwestern exposure. The grapes are harvested by hand, destemmed and crushed, with only the free-run juice used for the wine. It is fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts, followed by around five months of aging in stainless steel. The 2018 Cot shows lush blackberry aromas with earth and spice; the palate is bright and fresh with deep supple blackberry and red currant fruit that is lifted by bright acidity. The moderate alcohol (12%) contributes to making this a versatile and refreshing red to serve with charcuterie, roast chicken, pork dishes and mild cheeses.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 21 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

Pinon 2016 Vouvray "Le 16"

100% Chenin Blanc. Pinon's only still, white, demi-sec wine in this very difficult and short vintage in which the estate lost 75% of its harvest. The "Le 2016" replaces the usual Trois Argiles, Silex Noir and Les Deronnières bottlings, with fruit from a range of those and other parcels. The vines average 40 years in age, are certified-organic and were hand-harvested from October 10-18. Fermentation took place spontaneously with natural yeasts and lasted 2-3 months in wood vats. The wine was aged 4-5 months on its fine lees in old tonneaux (large oak barrels) and gently filtered before bottling in April 2017 with 22.4 grams/liter of residual sugar (with pH 3.07).  Total production of Le 2016 was 1600 cases (a yield of only 11 hl/ha). The wine shows lovely aromas of lime-flower, honeyed citrus, dried white fruis and earth. Firm lemony acidity and mineral flavors underlie  ripe white fruits and lemon confit. The finish is very long with citrus,honey, pear and stone . Technically a Demi-Sec, the wine is balanced by the bright citrusy acids and will pair well with charcuterie, fish in sauce and white meats. Cellar for twenty to thirty years to create a fabulous mature Vouvray.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2017 Vouvray Les Trois Argiles

The 2017 Trois Argiles has 17 grams of residual sugar, but more than enough acidity to balance that out. Coming from the heavier clay soils, this wine is slightly deeper and broader than the Silex Noir (black flint) with a rounder  palate. Notes of citrus and orchard fruit, with white blossom, honey, and slight hints of candied ginger. A beautiful pairing with poached fish. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

Pinon, François 2015 Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé

François and Julien Pinon make some of the finest sparkling wines in the Loire Valley. The superb Brut Non-Dosé comes from 45 year-old Chenin Blanc vines on Turonien limestone with topsoils of clay with silex. The fermentation lasts 4 to 6 weeks without added yeast or sugar. 2015 is a beautiful year for this wine as the good weight and density of the vintage are balanced by firm acidity, contributing to the elegance and structure of this cuvée. The wine shows aromas of citrus peel, pear, green apple brioche, fines herbes, white flowers and stone, really quite elegant. The palate is creamy and dense, with pear, parsnip(?), stone, anise, mineral, herbal and bitter lemon flavors on the palate. (Sorry for the overwrought description, but the wine is extraodinary!) The mousse is fine and refreshing and there is fabulous length of white fruits and stone flavors lingering in the finish. This very young wine is superb now but is a great candidate for extended aging - for twenty years or more - a few years ago we tasted a 1976  Pinon Brut that was sensational!  This is very highy recommended! David Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $32.99

Roche Bleue 2017 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 2017 L'Orée de la Berterie shows lovely ripe aromas  - peach, pear, and kiwi with almond,  honeysuckle, lime-flower and mineral notes. Dried peach and 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 three to five years, and might be quite interesting at ten to fifteen years or age -  it's a superb value as well. Serve with ceviche of fluke, fish in sauce, roast chicken and mild cheeses.  DL

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2017 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 2017 Jasnières "Clos des Molières" is a beautiful 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 somewhat austere -  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
  • 8 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2017 Jasnières Sec

100% Chenin Blanc, from 10 - 30 year-old vines on slopes 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 2017 Jasnières Sec shows pale bronze color with beautiful aromas of pear, lime-flower, quince and honeysuckle with hints of chalky stone, anise and citrus peel. The palate seems light in body but is quite intense with dried pear, anise , bitter lemon and saline, chalky minerals that continue in the long finish with firm citrusy acids. This is a crystalline, complex dry  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 or age to serve with richer dishes. Lovely wine! DL

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2018 Coteaux du Loir La Belle D'Aunis

The talented Sébastien Cornille is making some of the most beautiful wines in Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir - The 2018 "Belle d'Aunis" is 100% Pineau d'Aunis from old vines in clay with silex soils over limestone in the Coteaux du Loir; 15 day semi-carbonic maceration, slow pressing and assembly with the "jus de goutte" followed by aging in 3 - 4 year-old barrels. The wine shows a bright red/garnet color with eleganr aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, cherry and rose petal with white pepper and earth. The palate shows chalky, sappy raspberry and tart cherry fruit, light but dense, elegant and long with earthy acidity lingering in the finish. Refreshing and delicious now, this should be quite interesting after three to five years in the cellar. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2018 Coteaux du Loir La Guinguette

Sebastien Cornille's lovely 2018 "Guinguette" is made from a blend of 70% Pineau d’Aunis, 20% Gamay and 10 % Cabernet Franc sourced from 30+-year-old vines in biodynamic farming. It undergoes semi-carbonic maceration for 20 days in tank before the Pineau d’Aunis is pressed off to be aged in neutral barrique and the Gamay in tank. The 2018 Guinguette is a superb "vin de soif" offering bright aromas of peppery raspberry, cherry and violets, a bit riper than the 2017. The palate shows light but sappy raspberry, plum and red currant fruit with chalky minerals, spice and citrus. The finish is long and refreshing. Serve this lovely wine slightly chilled with charcuterie, of course, grilled pork and lamb, bluefish (?) and mild cow cheeses.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $23.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

Sablonnettes 2018 Vin de France Le P'tit Blanc

The 2018 Le P’tit Blanc comes from Sablonnettes’ 40 hectares of biodynamically farmed vines in the Cateaux du Layon AOC. The grapes are grown on chemical-free schist soils and hand harvested, then the wine undergoes natural fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Upon the first glass, the wine is a razor-sharp style of Chenin Blanc, with lemon and unripe apricot and an ultra-clean edge of zippy white stones. As the glass warms, the wine relaxes, showing white and yellow flowers, green tea, savory peach and honey profiles. Another unique but excellent offering from a consistently stellar producer. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $15.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Tessier 2018 Cheverny Blanc

The lovely 2018 Tessier Cheverny Blanc is 80% Sauvignon Blanc with 10 % each of Menu Pineau and Chardonnay, farmed organically since 1998 and made with minmal SO2. Aromatically, there are a lot of textbook Sauv Blanc notes, but is still far from the intensely grassy and tropical, lychee-driven aromatics of many a yeasted Sauvignon across the globe. What the Cheverny Blanc also has is a bit of texture. It's refreshing, but also broad in the mouth, evolving quite a bit as it's open. It's a wine that will disappear quickly thanks to it's crisp drinkability, but will also reward those who take a moment to pay attention. 

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2018 Cheverny Rosé (Pinot Noir, Gamay)

Always a treat, this year's iteration of the Tessier rosé is a bit darker than the 2017, which was all Pineau D'Aunis. This time around, it's a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir, with more concentrated fruit than the pale and subtle 2017, but the essential backbone of minerality and fresh acidity is there. Flavors of Ocean Spray Cranberry, and a bit of hibiscus, and wet stones. With fried, grilled and otherwise salty foods, this should be perfect! 

  • rosé
  • 23 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2018 Cheverny Rouge Le Point du Jour

The Tessier Cheverny Rouge "Le Point du Jour" is made from Pinot Noir and Gamay grown on an east-facing slope of clay/limestone soils. The wine shows lovely ripe aromas of black raspberry, blackberry and spice with violet and citrus. There is a lovely melange of black fruits on the palate that is lush and round but still quite fresh with good density and length.  Serve quite cool with charcuterie, grilled meats and mild cheeses - great on a picnic or summer cookout, drink over the next three or four years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2018 Vin de France Chemin Noir (Pineau d'Aunis)

A new offering from the Tessiers, 100% Pineau D'Aunis. The name is a reference to the lesser known name for Pineau D'Aunis, Chenin Noir. Philippe planted the vines 7 years ago and had problems with weather in the first few years of potential production, so this is the first time the red was made. Still young, and showing some volatile acidity (that should be less present with 6 or more months in the bottle) there are darker fruit notes than we usually expect from Pineau D'Aunis. There's not as much bright red fruit here, but nonetheless a very expressive nose, with spice, and notes of crushed violets. We're looking forward to trying this once it's been stateside for a bit. 

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $14.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $24.99

Tue-Boeuf 2018 Touraine Vin Blanc

The Puzelat brothers at the Clos du Tue-Boeuf produced a lovely Sauvignon Blanc in 2018, from organic grapes with almost no SO2 added - it's naturally delicious! The wine shows ripe aromas of pear, fig, almond, lemon confit, fines herbes and stone. The palate is ripe and round but balanced by firm acidity and mineral flavors framing the ripe white fruits. The finish is long and juicy with bright acidity and chalky minerals. This will accompany just about anything this summer from fish to chicken to pork, and great with any mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 53 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Venier 2018 Cheverny "Les Hauts de Madon" Blanc

Christian Venier's Hauts de Madon Blanc is a perfect wine for any fan of natural Loire whites. It's a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Menu Pineau, but for me it's all about the Menu Pineau. This is such a fascinating local grape variety that is rarely seen in percentages this high, let alone on it's own (keep your eyes out for La Lunotte "Haut Plessis" arriving soon!). With a deeply layered nose and an almost Savagnin-like oxidative lean, Menu Pineau lends aromatic and textural complexity that is unique in the Loire. Of course it's all about Chenin, but grapes like Romarantin and Menu Pineau are truly fascinating and of note! This should be a very good candidate for any fall harvest meals, as the viscosity and earthy/herbaceous notes will pair well with pumpkins, spice, and everything nice.  -EL

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Venier 2018 Cheverny "Les Hauts de Madon" Rouge

The Hauts de Madon is a serious Cheverny Rouge, NOT for kicking back and taking lightly. 80% Pinot Noir/20% Gamay, with plenty of trademark Venier spice, almost referencing Languedoc aromatics of thyme and rosemary. 2018 was a year with great material and given that this is the more significant of Venier's cuvées, this will surely benefit from some age. It's kind of an uncharted territory, aging no SO2 added wines, but having recently tried several very impressive 2003 vintage reds that were bottled with no added SO2, and considering that this is a wine with great acidity and ample tannins for aging, I don't think it's that hard to predict something beautiful will happen! Oh, and if you can't age it, just give it a proper decant and only a very slight chill.   -EL 

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Verdier-Logel 2018 Côtes du Forez Cuvée des Gourmets

The Verdier-Logel "les Gourmets" is from the estates oldest Gamay vines, grown on granite terroirs on the slopes of the Massif Centrale, west of Lyon near the upper reaches of the Loire river.  Odile Verdier on 2018: "The very hot and dry month of August posed a real test to achieving proper maturation of the grapes. In the end,  in reward for attentive and hard work in the vineyards, the harvest resulted in very good quality and quantity, Nature gave us a lovely 2018 vintage." Ten-day whole-cluster semi-carbonic vinification. The wine shows a lovely deep red/purple color with ripe aromas of crushed raspberry and red currant, with hints of rose, spice and citrus - ripe but quite bright and fresh. The palate is round and pretty with the berry fruits backed by a nice earthy/mineral character that continues in the refreshing finish. Serve this delicious Gamay a bit cool with roast chicken, grilled meats and mountain cheeses.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $17.49

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villalin 2018 Quincy Les Grandes Vignes

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 organic methods, plowing (sometimes with horses), harvesting by hand and fermenting with wild yeasts.

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Villemade, Herve 2018 Cheverny Blanc

Hervé Villemade is one of several winemakers who are elevating the level of AOC Cheverny wines. Usually when I hear "Cheverny Blanc," I immediately think of Sauvignon Blanc with a dash of Chardonnay, but now I get excited every time I get to taste a new vintage with Hervé, Pierre-O Bonhomme, or Christian Venier (to name a few). The 2018 Cheverny Blanc from Villemade, for example, is a combination of Sauvignon Rose (it's a thing), Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay, which is blended with Menu Pineau and Chenin Blanc aged in old wood. It's fresh and herbaceous, while also being dense and layered on the palate. A welcome far cry from the first Cheverny white I tasted over a decade ago (I think it was Cazin, still a solid producer of "typique" wines), this is something to note, and a very interesting wine to ponder over while enjoying.  -EL

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2018 Cheverny Rose

Herve Villemade's delicious rose is a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay from vines up to 45 years old growing on clay over limestone within Cheverny. The nose, though not "muted" by any stretch of the imagination, is softer than the rather rambunctious palate, and shows notes of nectarine, very ripe grapefruit and a beautiful strawberries and cream. This rose really shines in the mouth with great energy and vivacious fruit, introducing wild forest berries, tart cherry, and juicy watermelon. At 11.5% it is very easy-drinking, and lifted up by very fresh acidity. There is a slight hint of "funkiness" on the finish, and though the producer's website doesn't confirm this I suspect this rose might have been bottled without sulfur. Juicy, yet fresh, we're very happy to be able to offer this delicious rosé for your summer consideration. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2018 Cheverny Rouge

(60% Pinot Noir, 40% Gamay grown on sandy clay and flint soils over limestone in Cellettes, Chitenay and Fougères sur Bièvre, AOC Cheverny; 15-day whole cluster fermentation, aged in old barrels) 2018 is another great vintage for this light and lovely Cheverny Rouge from Hervé Villemade; slight reduction then very pretty aromas of plum, strawberry and blood orange with rose and white pepper; tart cherry and chalky raspberry/strawberry fruit on the palate, light but sappy and long with earthy citrus and berry fruits in the refreshing finish. This is a delightfully natural thirst-quenching red - serve cool with any chicken or pork dish, charcuterie and mild cheeses. DL

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $18.99

Vins Contés (Lemasson) 2018 Vin de Table Cheville de Fer

 Olivier Lemasson makes this beautiful 100% Cot from 70-year-old vines, vinified with whole clusters, carbonic maceration, natural-yeast fermentation, no sulfur, no filtration, aged for 6 months in old barrels. The 2018 "Cheville de Fer" shows floral aromas of plum, black raspberry, rose petal, blood orange and earth. The palate is subtle and earthy with boysenberry, black raspberry, earth, citrus and forest floor, not heavy but sappy and long and very natural in its complexity of flavors. No added SO2, enjoy on the day it's opened with pork stew, farm chicken and charcuterie. David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Misc. Burgundy

  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $27.99

Guillot Broux 2017 Bourgogne Marisa

Marie and Isabel are two young aspiring winemakers from France and the US respectively. They've been working together at Domaine Guillot Broux and this year had the opportunity to make their own special cuvee! 85% Gamay and 15% Pinot Noir, with nice pleasing acidity and fine ripe berry fruit. No oak, just pure varietal and terroir expression! Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $23.99

Vignes du Maynes 2017 Mâcon-Cruzille Manganite

Made from massale-selection Gamay Petit Grains planted in 1953, grown on a limestone/clay 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 2017s here are lovely, 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, raspberry, earth, stone and musk with hints of mint and spice. The palate is bright and sappy,  beautifully balanced with black raspberry, tart strawberry, citrus, stone and earthy flavors, that continue on the very long finish with chalky red fruits and refreshing acidity. Always one of the greatest Gamays produced anywhere, the 2017 Manganite is a young wine that will benefit from decanting or five to fifteen years in the cellar. Highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $46.99

Misc. France

Anders Frederik Steen & Anne Bruun Blauert 2017 VdF Pure Magique Pas des Chimiques

The Pure Magique is mostly Syrah, with 25% Viognier. Some of the Syrah is direct press, and the majority of the grapes are kept intact and soaked in the juice, along with the juice from the Viognier grapes. Nice, clean and fresh! It drinks like a light red, and has a bit of herbaceous/spice character, most likely from the Viognier. Drink lightly chilled.   Eben

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $28.99

  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

Belluard 2015 Vin de Savoie Mont Blanc Brut

'Mont Blanc' is named for the snow-capped mountain 30km away from Dominique's winery. This cuvée is built to age, but that requires personal discipline. 100% Gringet from vines planted at 450m elevation, the 2015 was aged for three years on the lees before disgorgement. The delicate nose offers elegant floral aromas and comes across as quite austere at first. Within an hour the nose blossoms with generous notes of  honeysuckle, orange zest, almond skins and orchard fruits. The palate has exquisite cut with powerful minerals driving fresh pear and apple flavors. An excellent vintage that should shine in 2-3 years. Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Belluard 2017 Vin de Savoie Le Feu

"Le Feu" comes from Dominique's oldest, low-yielding Gringet vines planted on steep, iron-rich slopes at 450m above sea level. The 2017 shows a touch riper than the 2016,  with a greater concentration of aromas and flavors. The nose shows deft notes of wild herbs, verbena, and orange peel. The palate offers fleshy peach interspersed with stone, fresh sage, honey and citrus all buoyed by incredibly well-knit acidity. A powerful vintage that is delicious in its youth but should age gracefully. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Belluard NV Ayse Vin de Savoie Les Perles du Mont Blanc

Les Perles du Mont Blanc is made from biodynamically farmed Gringet and spends two years on the lees before disgorgement. 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.  This bottling is richer than in years past, but still intensely mineral with heady aromas of  pine forest, baking spice, and toasted walnuts. The palate is decadent, with creamy flavors of pear, wildflower honey, nutmeg and bright lemon curd. The invigorating acidity makes this a versatile, food-friendly wine to pair with roasted chicken, oysters, charcuterie, or cheese. Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 31 in stock
  • no discount
  • $32.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Benjamin Taillandier 2018 Minervois Laguzelle

From 30 year-old vines in the Minervois, Benjamin Taillandier’s estate sits between Carcassonne and La Montagne Noire. Unlike the heady, full-bodied reds so commonly found in this appellation, Taillandier is making fresh, lively, lighter-styled wines. The cuvee Laguzelle - a blend of Carignan, Syrah and Cinsault – is a wonderful expression of this lively style. Ideal if you’re looking for a chillable red, Laguzelle blends notes of plum, dried fig, black pepper and olive.  JDC

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 16 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

Carmarans, Nicolas 2018 IGP Aveyron Mauvais Temps

Nicolas (Nico) Carmaran is a whimsical farmer/vigneron who produces fun and fascinating wines in the Aveyron, a small region in southern France. Mauvais Temps is 80% Fer Servadou and 20% Cabernet Franc from Granite terroir. Nico says he finds the 2018 to be a bit fuller than previous vintages, and I definitely agree, though it's still quite graceful and smooth on the palate. Spice and earth, with a long mineral finish.    -EL

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Carmarans, Nicolas 2018 Vin de France Minimus

Minimus is Nico Carmaran's tasty little rosé, made from a direct press of Fer Servadou grapes. Ripe and fruity with berries on the nose, even a touch of strawberries and cream on the palate. The finish is precise and quite mineral, so it lends the wine a clean, crisp finish after the burst of fruit and spice on the attack.  ~EL

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos des Mourres 2018 Vin de France Pompette Rosé

"Pompette" Rosé is made from directly-pressed Caladoc (a hardy cross between Grenache and Cot). This flavorful and fruity rosé shows a fascinating neon pink in the glass. The 2018 is ripe yet wonderfully balanced. The palate is supple with flavors of red cherry and lush raspberry which are buoyed by notes of blood orange and fresh herbs. A characterful rosé for lovers of natural wine! Amanda Bowman

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $18.99

Clos Fornelli Corse Vermentinu Blanc 2018 Corse

On the eastern coast of Corsica, closer to Algeria than France, Josée Vanucci and her husband Fabrice Couloumère are organically farming 45 hectares of farmland (18 of which are vines). Based on a soil of clay and alluvial from deposits of the Bravone River, sitting directly under the massif Castagniccia, the vines are around 25-35 years in age. The proximity to the Tyrrhenian Sea helps the vineyards retain moisture during island droughts. Natural yeast fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The result is a Vermentino with great depth: lively acidity from a Meyer lemon-tang, with notes of quince, leading to a mineral-salt finish. JDC

  • 26 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Clos Marfisi 2017 Corsica Patrimonio Gritole

Under the helm of the fifth generation of the Marfisi family, Julie and Mathieu are making bold, complex and vibrant Corsican wines. That they are both so tied to their homeland and terroir is evident: Mathieu is President of the Patrimonio AOC (the AOC covers 400ha), and his father, Toussaint, has some of the oldest vines on the island. Clos Marfisi’s vines lie on a steep limestone slope rising out of the Mediterranean Sea, where large chunks of limestone cover the coastline. The family has never touched the land with herbicides nor pesticides, and they are moving toward organic certification. Gritole is 100% Niellucciu, with a deeply intense nose, reminiscent of great Southern Rhone wines. The palate features fresh acidity and light minerality, which show beautifully with notes of rose petals, black fruit, smoked meats, and cassis. Truly, Corsica at its best.  

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Combel La Serre 2018 Cahors Pur Fruit du Causse

The Combel la Serre "Pur Fruit" is 100% Malbec (aka Auxerrois in local parlance) from seven different sites around their home village of Cournou, which lies on the Causse, a limestone plateau in Cahors at 320m elevation. Planted on clay-limestone soils, the vines are certified organic and average 35 years old. The grapes are hand-harvested and crushed with 20% whole clusters; the juice ferments at cool temperatures with indigenous yeasts in cement tanks with a 10-day skin maceration. The wine is aged on its lees in cement through the winter and bottled in the spring.  The 2018 is a vibrant fruit-bomb showing a deep red/black color with aromas of ripe blackberry liqueur with violet and citrus hints. The palate is supple and sappy with dense blackberry and black raspberry fruit, lifted by bright acidity - quite lush and ripe but at only 12.5% alcohol it's refreshing and balanced. The cool, sappy fruits continue in the bright finish. Perfect with a steak or stew or just gulped by itself  - serve cool and enjoy!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Combel-la-Serre 2018 Vin de France L'épatant Antidote Rosé

100% Malbec (known in Cahors as Auxerrois). The vines are 40 years old, grown on clay and limestone soils at an elevation of 320m. Fermentation and aging take place in small tanks."The Splendid Antidote to the Heat of the Causse" is the amusing and appropriate name of this refreshing rosé. (The Causse is the high limestone plateau around Cahors, which gets brutally hot in the summer.)  The wine shows a pretty pink/orange color and aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry and cassis with citrus and spice. There are creamy cassis, raspberry and citrus flavors on the palate which shows lovely ripeness and density, with hints of orange peel, earth and brown spice that continue in the long finish. This is quite delicious and a great value - as are all the wines from Jean-Pierre and Julien Ilbert at Combel-la-Serre. DL

  • rosé
  • 51 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $16.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $16.99

  • rosé
  • 38 in stock
  • $16.99

d'Orphee (Stephane Lucas) 2017 IGP des Côtes du Tarn Champ d'Orphee

Tucked away in a tiny plot of land in the Cotes du Tarn (within the Gaillac AOC), Stephane Lucas is committed to working with the local varietal Braucol. From a parcel laden with broken-down limestone soil, the Braucol sees longer maceration time before pressing. Aged in stainless steel, there is also no sulfur added in the winemaking. Stephane produces a delightful natural wine with a nose of brambles, cassis, lavender. The palate is light and soft, with notes of black raspberry, white tea, and red cherry. JDC

  • red
  • 32 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Duchene 2018 Vin de Pays de la Cote Vermeil La Luna

Mostly Grenache with a touch of Carignan from schist soils in Banyuls sur Mer. Whole cluster fermentation, no pump-over, and only occasional punch down. Fermented and aged 2/3 in vat, 1/3 in barrel. This is a joyful bottle of wine, with all the garrigue you'd expect from Roussillon offering, with super fresh acidity and low alcohol. Enjoy with a light chill.  EL  

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $26.99

Dupasquier 2010 Roussette de Savoie Marestel 1.5 L (Last of Stock)

2010 is in the zone. Expressively aromatic with wildflower, papaya, toasted hazelnuts, and hints of bergamot. The palate is rich and giving with heady flavors of smoked pineapple, herbs, honeycomb, and citrus. Firm minerality carries the fleshy tropical fruit flavors through an extraordinarily long finish. Powerful and finessed, this bottle deserves a place on your dinner table alongside shellfish, grilled fish with creamy  herb sauce, or a traditional raclette. (Tasted from 750ml) Amanda Bowman 

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $79.99

Enfants Sauvages 2016 Cotes Catalanes Cool Moon

From 85-year-old vines of Grenache Gris and Grenache Blanc, with a small amount of Maccabeu and Vermentino, from a 75-year-old parcel. Fermented and aged for nine months in Austrian oak vat (12 hl Stockinger) and smaller used barrels. This is a really fascinating white that has been creating quite a little buzz here at Chambers St. Notes of lemon curd, marzipan and herbs, with mineral cut in the finish, and a touch of spice that lingers after each sip. A must for fans of interesting and unique white wines. -EL

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Enfants Sauvages 2016 Cotes Catalanes Noces de Lumière

100% Mourvèdre from a small parcel, aged for a year in 6hl used Stockinger barrels. The 2016 Noces de Lumière has a dark, nearly inky robe, that's blackish purple to the rim. The nose is deep, earthy, and dark-fruited with flavors of blackberry, Italian plum, cassis, and roasted meat. The palate, though densely fruited, is bright and energetic, with fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity running apace with the plush southern ripeness. This has real flair and an intriguing tension between the ferrugious minerality and savory back notes on a persistent finish. A nice pairing with lamb blade chops, piperade, and cranberry beans, though I suspect tapenade would have been a more felicitous accent. Delicious Mourvèdre from the Côtes Catalanes, farmed impeccably and vinified sensibly. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Enfants Sauvages 2017 Cotes Catalanes Enfant Sauvage

The wild child of the bunch, Enfants Sauvages’ self-titled cuvée, is a rather subtle but complex wine. It’s comprised of about 60% Carignan (from 40-year-old vines) and blended with 30% Grenache Noir (from 30-year-old vines) and 10% Mourvèdre (from 20-year-old vines) after malolactic, before aging in concrete tanks for 10 months. Through “goblet” style pruning techniques incorporated by Niko and Carolin, the fruit never loses its ripeness nor its natural acidity. On the nose, there’s a hint of umami and star-anise, while the palate is a fresh medley of ripe cherry, red currant and Damson plums. This is a delightful pairing with roasted game, particularly turkey, but the fresh acidity would partner well with a chicken Madras curry.   -JD

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Enfants Sauvages 2018 Cotes Catalanes Che Chauvio

The Chauvio is back! The process here is unique*, and yields a fresh and very drinkable light-bodied red. First, Syrah is pressed like a rosé, then Cinsault grapes are tossed (whole cluster) into the fermenting juice for 4 - 5 days, without extraction. The wine is then pressed, and kept in stainless steel. My tasting notes provide this information and are then followed by one word: "Yummy." They call it a "wonderful light and fruity wine." Combine the two and you get the idea. This is juicy, fresh and very light bodied. Truly a FUN wine, and one that will benefit from a little chill.   -EL*in fact, I have encountered a few other winemakers who are experimenting a bit with putting whole berries into fermenting juice, notably Anders Frederik Steen in the Ardèche. It's essentially a style of infusion, with varied results, but regardless a very interesting approach!

  • red
  • 50 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2016 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isère) Verdesse Sur-Mûrie 500ml

According to the hefty Wine Grapes book (Robinson/Harding/Vouillamoz), there was a total of about 2 hectares (5 acres) of Verdesse in the world as of 2008.  Thanks in part to our friend Thomas Finot, the number is now between 3 - 4 hectares. 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 of 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Fond Cypres 2017 Languedoc-Roussillon Le Blanc de Garennes

This is Grenache Blanc, fermented in concrete, and aged in barrique. It is full bodied, with some weight, but also very balanced and fresh. Probably worth decanting just to open it up.    EL

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $20.00

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Fond Cypres 2018 Vin de France Cypres de Toi Blanc

Grenache blanc, with nice orchard and stone fruit on the nose. Aged in stainless steel, to preserve freshness. A nice southern French white that will hold up next to grilled veggies and BBQ fare this summer.  EL

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Graine Sauvage (Sybil Baldasarre) 2015 Faugères Rocalhas

Sybil Baldassarre's first vintage of Faugères Blanc "Rocalhas" is 60% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne and 10% Marsanne. Just arrived in the US for the first time, this unique natural wine shows aromas of lemon oil, almond, lime flower and wet stone. The palate is dense and full wtih flavors of ripe pear and apple, candied citrus, almond, stone and caramel, with a long sappy finish of ripe citrus, anise, pear and saline minerals.  Serve with bouillabaisse, grilled shrimp or lobster, grilled vegetables, full flavored cheeses.  Congratulations to Sybil on this delicious natural wine - organic farming, mininal SO2. (And we enjoy the love-making ladybugs on the label)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Graine Sauvage (Sybil Baldasarre) 2016 Faugères Rocalhas

The 2016 Faugères Blanc "Rocalhas" from La Graine Sauvage was made from 70% Grenache Blanc with equal parts Roussanne and Marsanne. The vintage 2016 gave a brighter wine with a bit more acidity and less concentration than the 2015. The aromas are bright and pretty with ripe pear, apricot, lemon confit, fines herbes and wet stone. The palate is dense, supple and mineral but with bright acidity with flavors of dried pear, garrigue, lemon and saline minerals. Nice length of earth and citrus flavors lingers on the palate. Lovely wine and a great food pairing for any complex fish preparation, chicken in sauce, sushi....

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

Ilarria 2015 Irouléguy Rouge

In the French Basque hills, enveloped by Spain, Peio Espil tends his family’s estate with impressive care. Peio, after careers in both Sauternes and Jurancon, returned to Irouleguy to work sustainably, and received complete organic certification in 2008. Here he strictly adheres to a Fukuoka-inspired way of organic farming, stressing biodiversity in the vineyards with the overall health of the soil being his number one concern. The 2015 Rouge is 55% Tannat, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Cabernet Franc. While packing a punch of dark flavors of plummy fruit, cured meats, and green herbs, there is also a signature lifted elegance to the wine. This has been attributed to Peio’s commitment to vineyards of limestone, which is unique in a land known for iron-rich soils. On the table, this red would do well with Mediterranean lamb or pork dishes. 

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $22.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $21.99

Johanna Cecillon 2016 Sevignac Cidre 'Divona'

Delicious, dry Cidre from Normandy!

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Pure M Malbec

The 2016 Pure M is a beautiful natural wine with zero added SO2, 100% Malbec grown on "Calcaires a Asteries" typical of the plateau of Saint-Emilion. Two year elevage in 1200 liter Taransaud foudre without fining, filtration or SO2, 1600 bottles produced.  The wine shows complex, pure, lush aromas of cassis, blackberry and prune with hints of tobacco, spice and earth. The palate is silky and bright with ripe cassis, blackberry and blueberry fruit backed by refreshing acidity. Mineral and ripe berry fruit flavors linger in the long finish.  Serve this cool with any grilled meats, and it's balanced enough for veggies and lighter meat dishes as well. Just delicious and highly recommended! David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Pure M Manseng

Wow, this a superb natural wine - 100% Gros Manseng grown on a clay/limestone terroir (calcaire de Castillon). Elevage in 1800 liter Stockinger foudre for 18 months, 200 cases produced. This is a more northern version of this grape of southwest France with aromas of exotic fruit, pineapple and herbs. The palate is vibrant  with almond, pear and apricot fruit, and finishes with saline minerals. Zero added SO2, 48 btls for the US, enjoy! David Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2017 Vin de France Fleur

Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris from Franck and Isabelle Pascal in Bergerac, Biodynamic farming, vinification without additives, aging for 18 months on the lees in cuve inox. This is a new addition to our Jonc Blanc lineup, and a really lovely, crisp white. Not too tropical,  offering  melon and stone fruit aromas, with lovely ripe pear on the palate with herbal and mineral flavors in the long finish. This is a fantastic value and a wine of great character that's  perfect for the summer, served with fish in sauce, chicken and mild cheeses!  EL

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2017 Vin de France Fruit

The 2017 Jonc Blanc "Fruit" is actually a blend of 2016 reserve Cabernet Sauvignon in foudre with 2017 Malbec and Merlot - a tiny production because of the devastating frost which wiped out most of the 2017 crop. The wine shows ripe cassis aromas with round very pretty berry fruits on the palate. Serve this lovely natural wine a bit cool with cheeses, charcuterie and grilled chicken or pork. Zero added SO2.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Julie Brosselin 2016 Vin de France Mata Hari

Grenache Blanc, over a month of skin contact, yielding a rustic "orange" wine, that we would recommend paired with food. Serve lightly chilled, as too much cold will mute the subtle fruit and intensify the tannins.    Eben

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Julie Brosselin 2016 Vin de France Rue de la Peste

All Syrah with no SO2 added. Vibrant and lifted, with subtle tannin.    Eben

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $17.99

  • No Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2017 Vin de France La Tribu (Grenache)

Geraldine and Meryl Croizier make this lovely 100% Grenache with grapes grown on clay/limestone soils in the Ardeche, hand harvested, 8-day carbonic maceration, fermentation with wild yeasts, aged on the lees for 9 months in vat, bottled unfined, unfiltered, with zero added SO2.

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2017 Vin de France Tous Cousins (Syrah)

The La Vrille et le Papillon "Tous Cousins" is 100% Syrah grown in clay/limestone soils inthe Ardeche near Montelimar. Harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts, aged in vat for 8 months and bottle unfined, unfiltered and with minimal added SO2.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2018 Vin de France Chapeau Melon (Merlot)

We're happy to have another vintage of this delicious Merlot from Meyrl and Géraldine Crozier in the Ardeche - in the hills just west of the Rhône river, near Montelimar. The 2018 Chapeau Melon shows a dense black/garnet color and aromas of ripe blackberry and cassis, with floral and earthy notes. The palate is dense but not heavy with bright blackberry, cherry and cassis fruit backed by firm acidity and with flavors of soil and stone. This is a lovely natural Merlot of terroir that will be a great pairing with grilled foods this summer. Serve cool - it's a great value and is made with no sulfites for those who want to avoid additives in their wine!

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc

"Le Ciste" is named after a flowering bush that grows around the Laguerre's steep, organic vineyards in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet. The 2017 is made from equal parts Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle (Vermentino), Grenache Blanc and a small addition of Macabeu. Each parcel is hand-harvested, the grapes are fermented separately with native yeasts and raised in used demi-muid. This superlative cuvée is a fascinating showcase of the Roussillon's mighty terroir. The acidic soils of decomposed granite give this wine excellent mineral tension that deepens with time in bottle. Aromas are intricately woven with notes of bright lemon oil, verbena, sage, and salty seashells. The palate is supple and round with generous flavors of pear, white flowers, thyme, and almond framed by pure mineral acidity. This is a fantastic wine that is delicious now but will develop a beautiful honeyed texture and rich flavors after 5-10 years in bottle. Eric recommends pairing this with sardines on toast, goat cheeses, and roasted chicken. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

"Eos Blanc" is a rewarding discovery for anyone seeking an intriguing wine of terroir at an affordable price.  Eric Laguerre's vineyards are planted at high-altitude in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet, where the acidic soils are composed of gneiss and broken-down granite with some pockets of quartz. This composition forms a sturdy backbone of dense minerality and abundant freshness to this "entry-level" cuvée - a testament to Eric's excellent farming. The 2018 is made from 40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Maccabeo and 20% Rolle (Vermentino). The increased percentages of Maccabeo and Rolle have made this lovely wine even more distinctive, showing subtle aromas of dried pear, almond, hay, citrus, herbs and stone. The palate is refreshing and clean with pear, citrus peel, almond, thyme and stone flavors, round and supple but balanced and dry and with nice density and length. This very versatile wine will pair with everything from oysters, to grilled fish to roast chicken, and will be very refreshing by itself on a warm summer day. DL

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rosé

Another delicious wine from the affable and talented Eric Laguerre, from organic Syrah, Carignan and Grenache vines grown on granite soils high in the mountains of the Roussillon. The 2018 shows beautiful ripe cherry and red currant fruit with blood orange and spice. The palate is full-bodied, round and ripe with supple red currant and black cherry fruit with citrus, stone and refreshing acidity. Eric's great farming, his natural vinifications and the high-altitude granite terroir produce this lovely, inexpensive rosé.  Serve with grilled tuna, chicken and pork, salad Niçoise or by itself as a lovely apéritif.  Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 37 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

"Le Ciste" is named after a flowering bush that grows around the Laguerre's steep, organic vineyards in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet. The 2016 is a layered blend of de-stemmed and whole cluster Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvèdre from soils of decomposed granite and gneiss. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented separately and aged for 12 months in barrel, then assembled in fiber tank before bottling with minimal added sulfur. This vintage is evocative of the 2014 with softer, finer tannins compared to the robust 2015. The aromas are complex and redolent of savory herbs (thyme, garrigue), game, black peppercorn, blood orange, and dark chocolate. The palate is balanced with mouth-coating, powdery tannins, dried herbs, black pepper, and an energetic, long mineral finish from the granite soils. Best served with a slight chill alongside grilled meat, charcuterie, cheese, or veggies roasted with Moroccan spices. This is drinking well now, but should be even better in 5-8 years.  Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Passage

Every day, Eric rambles up the dramatically inclined and winding dirt passage in his 1977 Toyota Land Cruiser to his highest parcel, at about 2,000 feet in the Roussillon. It's fascinating to watch, if you're not in the back seat! "Le Passage" is a charmingly rustic blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Carignan. The 2017 is a deep red color with effusive aromas of ripe blackberries, violets, and black pepper. This cuvée showcases all of the elegant savoriness of Syrah, plus Carignan's "good" side: earthy, firmly tannic, with notes of cocoa, dried herbs, and tangy acidity. This wine is approachable now and pairs with a variety of food. This was recently enjoyed with strong sheep's milk cheese and lamb kebabs. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

Eric Laguerre's "Eos Rouge" is an elegant blend of 80% Grenache from 40-year-old gobelet-trained vines, with some Carignan and Syrah from soils of decomposed granite, gneiss, and some veins of quartz. Like "Le Passage," the grapes are fermented in fiber tanks with native yeasts for about two weeks, then aged in concrete. The beautiful 2018 shows bright aromas of cherry, strawberry and black raspberry with hints of blueberry and musk from the Syrah, quite pretty and pure. The palate shows a potpourri of ripe red and black fruits, with earth, cocoa and spice in a refreshing frame of cool acidity and mineral flavors.  The high altitude and the primarily granite soils give Eric's wines a bright and vibrant character that makes them great pairings with a wide variety of foods - we loved it with a grilled burger from grass-fed beef, but grilled pork and chicken would be great as well.  This is one of the best values in the store and perfect with summer menus - thanks to Eric and Corinne Laguerre for their great organic farming and delicious, affordable wines! David Lillie

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2015 Jurançon Petit Manseng

Clos Marie-Louise/Château Lapuyade is a beautiful biodynamic estate deep in the hills of Jurançon, south of Pau. Their wines are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in old barrels purchased from Yquem and Haut-Brion. Their 2015 Petit Manseng is a gorgeous wine and a sensational value. The wine needs a bit of air to open up, then shows deep floral honeyed apricot, candied citrus, stone, spice and caramel aromas with sweet fruit on the palate—lemon oil, exotic fruit and brown spice lifted by very  firm acidity. Terrific length. With a few days open, more exotic fruit, pineapple and lychee emerge and the wine softens into something wonderful. An outstanding Jurançon moelleux that will accompany fois gras, patés, cheeses, fruit desserts and is fabulous on its own.

  • white medium-sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white fortified sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

Lavie 2017 Bugey Mondeuse

The 2017 Mondeuse comes from a small, biodynamic estate cradled in the hills of Bugey where Guillaume Lavie worked the western-exposed vines facing the Dent du Chat Mountain in Savoie. The first vintage we tasted from this winery was the 2016 which was as bright and clear as an Alpine lake. His follow-up vintage affirms our initial impression that Lavie just gets it. The 2017 was fermented whole cluster for two weeks then pressed into barrel for aging. A touch riper than the '16, silky tannins coat the palate and bear the lush fruit with marvelous levity. The finish is lengthy with peppery spice and river stone. Serve with a slight chill alongside charcuterie, game birds, or strong, creamy cheeses. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lavie 2017 Bugey Roussette

The 2017 Roussette (Altesse) is wonderfully round and supple with great balance of ripe fruit and crisp acid. The wine spends 11 months (half in barrel and half in cuve) on its lees before bottling with around 20mg/L of added sulfur. The nose is fresh and almost tropical with bright aromas of mountain herbs and tangy citrus. The honeyed palate carries its weight with grace and all the pedigree of the Bugey AOC. There is a satisfying interplay of orchard fruits, white flowers, and savory minerals on the finish, and a nascent flavor of beeswax that we expect will deepen after 3-5 years in the bottle. A lovely example of Roussette that we highly recommend! Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $25.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $25.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $54.99

Les Fouques NV (2015) Vin de France Rosé Extra Brut

From Michéle and Yves Gros at Domaine Les Fouques, this is the new Pétillant Rosé! Pale hued, perfumed and floral on the nose, with peaches and stone fruit on the palate. Méthode Traditionelle, Extra Brut, with great acidity and a refreshing chalky finish.  Eben Lillie

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2018 Côtes de Provence La Londe Cuvee L'Estelle

 Domaine les Fouques has been certified Biodynamic (Demeter) for over 20 years, and also raises sheep, ducks, chickens and guinea-hens on their old-fashioned mixed-use farm. The La Londe "Cuvee L'Estelle" is their best rosé from old vines of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle. Unlike the majority of Provençal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more subtle expression of fruit and terroir. The 2018 is a subtle and beautiful wine showing a very pale pink color and aromas of peach skin, orange peel, rose, earth and raspberry. The palate is elegant and silky with stone and saline mineral flavors beneath peach, wild strawberry, brown spice and citrus peel. The finish is refeshing and long with nice density. This is a lovely rosé of terroir that will drink beautifully over the next three years. Serve with grilled fish, pork and chicken, salade Niçoise, or just sip by itself.  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 25 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2017 Côtes de Provence La Londe "Estelle" Rouge

Domaine Les Fouques may only be a few miles north of the Mediterranean, but it seems like another world. Tucked away in the Vallons des Borels, the estate illustrates biodiversity at its finest: vines, forests of eucalyptus, pines, even wild boars share a spatial harmony on the property. Harmony is key in a wine like the Cuvée L’Estelle, a generous blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache and Carignan. On the nose, there is a lovely mélange of black cherry, pepper and candied ginger. The palate is rich and ripe, with soft tannins and fresh fruit. The finish is the highlight of the wine: a back and forth medley of red fruit, lavender, black currant, smoke and bell pepper. A wonderful accompaniment to a heather-fed lamb as the autumn weather approaches. JDC

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2018 Côtes de Provence Cuvée l'Aubigue Rosé

"L'Aubigue" is a generously round and fruit-driven rosé made from Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Vermentino grown on soils of clay and schist near Hyères in Provence. Yves Gros and his family have been practicing Biodynamic agriculture at the domaine since 1991, and this meticulous care for their soils shows in the exquisite mineral depth of this cuvée. The 2018 is a beautiful salmon color and offers complex aromas of peach skins, wild flowers, brown spice, and grapefruit pith. The palate is supple with a dense mineral core. Flavors of peach, strawberry, and nectarine coalesce over cool herbal notes akin to licorice. The finish is suave and awash with citrus and stone, hinting at a nascent complexity that should reveal itself after a few years of cellaring. Another fantastic vintage that we will happily sip alongside salads, mild cheeses, and ceviche this summer! Amanda Bowman

  • rosé
  • 30 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

L'Ostal (Ostal) 2017 Vin de France Baran 1.5 L

100% Malbec from the South-West of France (the wine is Vin de France, but it's technically Cahors). Charlotte and Louis Perot are off to a great start with their young domaine, L'Ostal. This is an elegant, dark expression, with freshness and honesty. A very pure, natural wine, that should develop nicely with another 5 or so years in the bottle, or over the course of the night if opened soon. Proof that not every natural red is a juicy, light, glou glou wine. It's just as possible to have a dark, savory and supple red, as long as the vineyards are yielding high quality fruit, and the winemakers are careful with maintaining good acidity.   Eben

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Mas des Chimères 2017 Terrasses du Larzac Caminarem

"Caminarèm," from winemaker Guilhem Dardé, is a blend of equal parts Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Carignan from the Terrasses du Larzac AOC. The vines range in age from 20 to 100 years old and are planted in basalt soils. The grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed, fermented with native yeasts, then assembled and matured in various sized barrels for a year before bottling. The 2017 shows a deep ruby color in the glass. The nose is effusive with savory notes of sage, white pepper, blood orange and rosewater. The palate offers the firm, tightly-knit tannins of youth, but with some air (and especially on the second day), shows deep, brooding layers of dusty minerals, snappy red currant, citrus, and salty plum on the long, persistent finish. This is a beautiful wine that has great balance of fruit and acid. Decant if drinking now or save for 2025-2030. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mas des Chimères 2018 VdP Coteaux du Salagou Clin d'Oeil (Oeillades)

Guilhaume Darde at the Mas des Chimeres makes this surprisingly light Languedoc red from Cinsault, and the older local version called Oeillades, hence the name Clin D'Oeil - wink of an eye or Oeillades. In the Coteaux du Salagou, west of Montpellier, the soils are a combination of clay, schist, and granite with veins of basaltic slate.In 2018 this interesting terroir produced  a lovely Cinsault at a whopping 13.5% alcohol that remains relatively light in body and beautifully fragrant, showing ripe raspberry and wild strawberry with rose and orange peel. The palate is sappy and ripe with chalky raspberry fruit and hints of white pepper, spice and citrus. The finish is long, ripe and refreshing - serve cool with a grilled burger, chicken or pork, charcuterie and cow cheeses. Lovely wine! David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $59.99

  • 6 in stock
  • $79.99

Monts et Merveilles 2015 Vin de France En Marge (Syrah No SO2)

"En Marge" is from a high-elevation vineyard of that name on limestone soils in Camplong, in the Haut-Minervois, 100% Syrah. The wine was aged for three years in old barrels and vat and was vinified and bottled with zero SO2. The 2015 shows a deep garnet color in the glass and offers classic aromas of black pepper, funk, and blue fruits with more complex aromas of dusty minerals,  dark chocolate, and fennel. Well-knit tannins give a silken texture to the rich and supple palate while flavors of ripe blue fruit, sarsaparilla, and dried herbs emerge on the finish. A terrific natural wine for the table alongside grilled meats or mildly spiced Indian dishes. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Monts et Merveilles 2017 Vin de France Alchimie

The 2017 "Alchimie" is a direct-press rosé of Syrah grown in a high-altitude parcel with limestone soils in Camplong, above Félines-Minervois. This is a robust, natural rosé that has some structure and serious depth: a tiny amount of residual sugar adds body and versatility with food. "Alchimie" combines notes of ripe red cherry and raspberry with complementary savory earthy character and limestone minerality. Try this wine chilled with spicy Mediterranean and Asian dishes, like Moroccan tagine, chicken or pork shawarma, or even a Thai curry. Ben Fletcher

  • rosé
  • 14 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Monts et Merveilles 2018 Vin de France Acceptation

Laure Boussu and Julien Audard created their Domaine in 2012 and now control 4 hectares of vines in the Haut-Minervois, above La Livinière. Laure and Julien approach winemaking from an agro-ecological and biodynamic standpoint: they practice minimal intervention, and sulfur is rarely added during the vinification process. The cuvée “Acceptation” is a blend of Cinsault and Carignan from purchased fruit in Biodynamic farming, as they lost a large percentage of their crop to mildew. The 2018 vintage is a ripe, intensely aromatic one. Floral perfume and fresh fruit dominate the nose. The palate shows pinpointed acidity along with vibrant blackberry and  cherry fruit. Pair with escargot if you can (the best friend to Cinsault) or a braised lamb dinner.  John David Crosby

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Monts et Merveilles 2018 Vin de France Haiku

"Haiku" is a blend of mostly old vines of Carignan with a small amount of Grenache, grown on limestone soils in  the Haut-Minervois near Cassagnoles. The 2018 deftly condenses all of the ripeness from the warm growing season into a plush offering of succulent red fruit with soft velvet tannins underscored by bright citrus acidity. There is a rustic character to the aromas: worn leather, game, and some funk mingled with earthy spice and hearty mountain herbs. This is a bottle that is charming for its simplicity, but we expect it will gain complexity with 2-3 years in the cellar. Serve cool if drinking now and try pairing with charcuterie, sheep and goat's cheeses, or tagines.  Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pajot, Domaine de 2018 VDP des Côtes de Gascogne Les Quatre Cépages

A nice, very crisp white from Gascogne. Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Columbard and Gros Manseng. Hand-harvested, certified organic, with subtle tropical and citrus notes. 

  • white
  • 54 in stock
  • $8.99

  • Organic

Peillot 2017 Bugey Mondeuse

Though we generally love Mondeuse from each of its provinces, there is something inexpressible about tasting a bottle from the sub-Alpine region of Bugey. The vineyards of Montagnieu are perched high above the Rhône Valley, a fact evident from the distinctly Rhône-esque aromas that rise from the glass. The 2017 is seductively perfumed with tree bark, black pepper, campfire smoke, and violets. The bramble fruit character that we typically find on the nose and palate is a little more reticent, which is surprising for this sunny vintage. Yet the palate is energetic and taught, with crunchy tannins and snappy red currant flavors that grip the palate. An excellent choice for charcuterie, sheep's milk cheese, or roasted chicken. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

Pèira Levada (Alexandre Durand) 2018 Faugères Velvet Underschiste

Alexandre Durand makes this elegant Languedoc red from Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre orgnaically grown  in high altitude parcels on schiste soils in Faugères.  Wild yeast fermentation, with no extraction and no added SO2.  The 2018 Velvet Underschiste is a complex and very pretty wine with intriguing aromas of black cherry and blackberry with a bit of mint and citrus. The palate is ripe and dense, but with cool acidity, showing spicy black cherry and red currant fruit with firm acidity and a lovely earth and mineral core.  Bravo to Alex for this delightful wine....  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

Puech Redon (Eric Texier/Cyril Cuche) 2017 Vin de France (Pays du Gard) Apparente Rouge

A collaboration between our good friend Eric Texier, and a biodynamic farmer named Cyril Cuche, this is a spicy and juicy red from the Gard, in southern France. Cyril’s family owns a massive chunk of land, which he has been working organically and biodynamically for over a decade. The estate has always practiced polyculture with wild forest, grains, vines, and more, all contributing to the biodiversity. Without any winemaking experience, Cyril turned to Eric Texier to help produce a wine with wild yeast fermentation and no added SO2. This is their first vintage working together and the wines are great! Fresh, zingy, and hearty too. Rhone flavors, but with light body and very chillable.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ratapoil (Raphael Monnier) NV Jura Macvin

The Ratapoil Macvin is a blend of Chardonnay and marc, produced in 2010 at 17.5 % alcohol. "A deguster a l'aperitif ou en fin du repas."

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2018 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale

This charming, low-alcohol sparkler hails from the tiny appellation of Bugey (across from the Mont du Chat in Savoie). At 8% ABV this delicately sweet and exquisitely balanced pét-nat is the breakfast of champions, a companion while you prepare a feast, or the perfect solution to tricky dessert parings. The 2018 is a blend of Gamay and Poulsard. The wine pours a pleasing shade of magenta in the glass and offers up vivid aromas of purple wild flowers, raspberry patch, and mouth-watering grapefruit zest. The palate is light and fresh with flavors of sweet strawberries, raspberries, and crunchy blueberries on the attack then finishes with thirst-quenching mineral acidity. A purely enjoyable bottle at a great value. Serve chilled alongside fruit tarts, dark chocolate, or with tangy cheeses. Amanda Bowman

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white off-dry
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $14.99

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2014 Jurançon Cuvee Tradition

The 2014 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée Tradition is made from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard near Lasseube, certified organic since 1964. The soils are essentially sandy clays with stones and gravels from the Pyrenees, over the local limestone, "Calcaire de Lasseube." The wine shows lovely pale gold color, vivid aromas of lemon, pineapple, honeysuckle, stone and brown spice, elegant and subtle. Creamy lemon, pear and stone flavors on the palate, balanced by citrusy acids. 62 grams of RS per liter, but seems dryer. Lovely finish of lemon, exotic fruit and minerals. Serve this lovely wine with foie gras, patés, full-flavored cheeses and lemony desserts or just sip by itself. Highly recommended. Don't worry about the low price - this is a sensational dessert wine that will really please a crowd on Thanksgiving!

  • white medium-sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Tissot 2017 Cotes du Jura Chardonnay Sursis

The vines for the Sursis are found in Chateau Chalon. Tissot purchased this parcel in 2007. "Sursis" means "on parole," and Tissot will keep producing this wine as long as the vines give him grapes. Lias type clay. A shorter elevage than other whites (only 12 months), as Stephane felt that a longer aging would lose tension. Toasty, with pure fruit on palate and a lovely evolution in the mouth. Briny and bright, with lemons and herbs. Orange zest, star anise... Structure and fleshiness.   Eben

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Tissot, Stephane 2016 Cremant du Jura Indigene

The Indigene is a special Crémant that starts in the same way as the basic Cremant, with a blend of 50% Chardonnay / 40% Pinot Noir / 5% Poulsard / 5% Trousseau. The difference here is that 60% of the wine is fermented and aged in barrel, and most notably, that Stephane uses his Vin de Paille* as the liqueur de tirage for the second fermentation. As far as Stephane knows (and he KNOWS Jura), he is the only producer doing this in the region. So, it's zero dosage, but using this special wine that is aging in his attic gives a level of complexity and richness that is not achieved with the entry-level Cremant. A spectacular Cremant, and due to some harvest issues in 2017, probably the only Tissot bubbles we'll get to drink in 2019.   Eben Lillie *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_wine    - for an article explaining vin de paille

  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $23.99

Tournelle 2017 Arbois Trousseau des Corvées

The Clairets' make what we would consider "natural" wine, yet varietal character (and terroir) seem to shine through so vividly. This is classic Trousseau, with dark, velvety, flower petal notes on the nose, sweet, high-toned berry fruits, balanced by a hint of funk, and blackberry fruit and seeds. Les Corvées is high altitude vineyard on terroir of clay and limestone. Decant and serve lightly chilled.  

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Tournelle 2016 Clos du Brey Rouge

"Cul du Brey" is a blend of equal parts Trousseau, Petit Béclan, and Syrah from selection massale vines planted in limestone scree and gray marl. The grapes are de-stemmed by hand and put into vat for semi-carbonic maceration for three weeks. The 2016 shows a pretty raspberry color and offers vivid aromas of violets, white pepper, bergamot, and licorice. The palate has retained some gas, so Pascal suggests against aeration or long decants. Even so, the mid-palate is etched with grippy tannins, flavors of red currant, spice, savory herbs, and cherry. A lovely red for the summer! Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Traginer 2014 Collioure Blanc

An outstanding and unusual white made by Jean-François Deu at the organic/biodynamic estate, Domaine du Traginer (Mule-driver) in Banyuls and Collioure. Made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Malvasia from low-yielding vines, on steep slopes of schistes above the Mediterranean. Tasted in January of 2018, the 2014 Blanc was showing beautifully with aromas of pear, apricot and citrus with hints of white flowers, stone and spice that continue on the palate which is round, dense, very mineral and long with  good acidity, complex and delicious. Serve with a fish stew, fish in sauce, white meats and a wide variety of cheeses.

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2016 Banyuls Blanc 500ml

This is a gorgeous Banyuls Blanc, that is to say a Vin Doux Naturel (at 17% alcohol)  made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Muscat grown in Traginer's organic vineyards above Banyuls. Beautiful aromas of lime flower, apricot, citrus, pear and almond. Very floral. The palate is deep and medium-sweet with candied citrus, apriot and stone flavors and terrific length. Serve not too cool, as an apéritif or with desserts of peach, apricot, pear and melon. Absolutely delicious! David Lillie 

  • white sweet
  • 20 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Turenne 2017 Cotes de Provence Cuve Bastien Rouge

Cécile and Philippe Bénézet produce lovely organic wines on soils of sandstone with clay and limestone pebbles ("gravoches") northeast of Bandol in Provence. The cuvée "Bastien" is made from old vines of Carignan with Mourvedre and Syrah, hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts, semi-carbonic, with minimal addition of SO2. The 2017 "Bastien" shpws aromas of blackberry and black raspberry with pepper, earth and floral notes. The palate is nicely textured with mineral notes below black fruits, citrus, spice, licorice and earth. This is a delicious and versatile Provençal red that will accompany grilled meats, roast chicken, charcuterie and full-flavored cheeses. David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Turenne 2017 Cotes de Provence Gravoches Rosé

Domaine Turenne produces beautiful wines in Provence through many years of organic farming, hand harvesting and wild yeast fermentations. The elegant rosé Cuvée Gravoches is made from 90% Mourvedre with 5% Grenache and 5% Cinsault, similar to the blend in nearby Bandol. The 2017 shows a lovely bight pink/orange color and aromas of ripe raspberry, blood orange, peach, rose petal and brown spice. The palate is supple and dense with mineral flavors underlying ripe berry liqueur and stone fruits - it's quite well-structured and very long, a young wine that will open nicely with aeration or with a few years of aging. A rosé of cuisine, serve with white meats, grilled pork with Provencal herbs, chicken in sauce, bouillabaisse, tagines and goat cheeses. David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Turenne 2018 Cotes de Provence Cuvée Camille Rosé

Domaine Turenne, northeast of Bandol in Provence, produces this lovely rosé from 80% Cinsault, 10% Grenache and 10% Syrah, certified organic. The terroir is a unique bed of limestone and sandstone debris with sand/clay stones called "Gavroches" which bring a pronounced minerality and good drainage to the vines. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and the wine is bottled with minimal SO2. The 2018 "Camille" is a pretty, very pale pink/orange color with aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, rose and citrus, with a hint of stone fruits as well. The palate is light and elegant with subtle berry fruits, a hint of citrus and stone, and has nice density and length. This is a light and lovely rosé for all year enjoyment, sipped by itself or with grilled fish, white meats, salade Niçoise and mild cheeses - and it's a fabulous value!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 56 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Val de Sorne (Jean-François Ryon) 2012 Côtes du Jura Crémant Rosé

Jean-Francois Ryon comes from a family steeped in the methods of organic farming. He started selling his wines from the village of Vernantois, in the far southern reach of the Jura, in 1992. This sparkling is an evenly-split blend of Chardonnay and Poulsard that come from Ryon’s 2.7 hectares of vines. It carries with it a touch of residual sugar, which helps structure the flavors of subtle red fruits and orange rind. Also, the regionally specific blue marl soils give it a spark of smoky flint. Being slightly sweet, it is extremely versatile and would pair well with baked deserts or spicy/well-seasoned vegetarian or meat dishes. David Hatzopoulos 

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Val de Sorne (Jean-François Ryon) 2017 Côtes du Jura Trousseau

Like all of Jean-Francois Ryon’s wines, his 2017 Trousseau was made from his small holdings in the village of Vernantois in the southern limits of the Jura. It was fermented with indigenous yeasts and sees a minuscule amount of added sulfur. The nose is that of dried dark flowers, fresh soil, and forest fruit. There are red and black berries on the tongue, which are assertive and tart. Because of this dynamic of rustic aromas/flavors and mouthwatering structure, a bottle of this Trousseau would lend itself to a drier meal of roasted poultry or pork. As the pairing suggests, this is a perfect wine for the colder days of autumn and winter. David Hatzopoulos 

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Rhone

Balazu des Vaussières 2014 Vin de France Achillée Millefeuille

The 2014 “Achillée Millefeuille” from Christian and Nadia Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussieres is made from Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, which undergoes an approximately two month carbonic maceration, followed by pressing and 3 years in vat (no wood).  (This is perhaps the most "natural" of all Southern Rhône reds, as the Charmassons use no SO2 or other additives in the wine and refuse to use copper sulfate in the vines.) The wine shows a deep black/red color with aromas of plum skin, ripe black cherry, spiced strawberry, roast meat, anise and cola. Ripe Morello cherry, earth, citrus peel and black olive on the palate with cool acidity, earth, licorice and spicy berry fruits in the finish, changeable and enticing, a real product of living soils. Anyone who appreciates natural wines should try this! Our thanks to Christian and Nadia for their beautiful work...  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balazu des Vaussières 2016 Vin de France Solaire

The 2016 “Solaire” from Nadia and Christian Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussières is predominantly Grenache Blanc and Clairette with Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Bourboulenc.  A complex and elegant wine of the south, at 14% alcohol, the wine shows a clear pale gold/bronze color with complex aromas of earthy citrus, almond, pear and peach fruit with spiced apricot, really showing the Marsanne when opened. The palate is quite mineral with saline stone flavors, preserved lemon and pear, finishing with anise, white pepper, dusty stone, almond and white fruits. This is a delicious and soulful natural wine from the stony soils of Tavel and Roquemaure - perfect with bouillabaisse with aioli, monkfish in sauce and white meats, or to just sip and contemplate. (On the label of the Blanc and Rosé is the Berber Flag from North Africa (Nadia’s heritage) with the symbol of the free man and three colors representing Berbers who lived by the sea, in the mountains and in the desert.)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balthazar, Franck 2016 Cornas "Chaillot"

We're very happy to once again have Cornas from Franck Balthazar in the store - organic farming, no nonsense vinifications with low or zero sulfur - some of the best work in the Northern Rhone.  As we haven't gotten to the note, here's it is from our friend JLL at Drinkrhone  "There is sultry promise on the nose, airs of crushed black fruits, roast beef depth, keen lines of cassis-blueberry, a wee note of smoked bacon. There are great shafts of fine sunlight in the bouquet. The palate is coolly fruited, has real wavy elegance, is sumptuous and sustained, This is very belle (rather than beau), super fine, well balanced, comes with some tannic cut and depth, delivered with a velvet glove. The attack is up and live, holds great fruit; it lengthens with brio, has a finely mineral tune in closing, violets on the aftertaste. The mineral comes along by stealth. There is great transparency of terroir in this STGT Cornas. From mid-2020. 2034-36" "...great shafts of sunlight in the bouquet" I'll drink to that! (STGT stands for Soil To Glass Transfer!)

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $69.99

Chapelle St. Theodoric 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Sablons

Chappelle St. Theodoric - a project of winemaker Bapiste Grangeon and Peter Weygant - has quickly become one of our favorite Southern Rhone producers. The domaine is comprised of two parcels of Grenache vines (each ranging in age between 50-100 years): La Guigasse, a soil of pure sand, and Le Grand Pin, a terroir of pure sand at the top of Pignan - and famously neighboring Chateau Rayas. "Les Sablons" is Grenache from both parcels, which sees whole cluster vinification, and aged in demi-muids. The 2016 is a bolder and richer vintage than most: it will still carry the aromatics and floral traits of Chapelle St. Theodoric's wines, yet with beautiful undercurrents of black raspberry, red flowers, fresh red cherry and a long finish of cassis and bright plum. An elegant wine that can be aged for quite some time, or enjoyed now after an hour decant. JDC 

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

Charvin 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Our quick drop of the Charvin 2016 at the importers tasting left us convinced that this is a superb, elegant, old-school Chateauneuf that is worth having in your cellar. We quote the reliable, somewhat English notes of our friend John Livingston-Learmonth on his wonderful website, drinkrhone: "deep, dark red colour. The bouquet packs in a variety of upbeat influences – massed herbs including sage, laurel, with cooked Damson plums from the Grenache, spice and oiliness. The palate is extremely coherent, a really good whole, full of heart and genuine, from the vineyard density. The flavour rests on spiced plum fruits for now, with tea, black olives notes towards the wide and long finish. The tannins have spark, a rockiness that gives the wine a leg of momentum as it ends. This is very good. It can become a major Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with definite individuality and complexity."

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $66.99