Alsace

Barth, Laurent 2019 Alsace Racines Métisses

Laurent Barth's 2019 "Racines Metisses" is a delightful blend of many grape  varieties from his tiny organic estate in Bennwihr. 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! The wine shows bright citrus, lime-flower, white fruits and a subtle touch of spice on the palate. The 2019 has ripe orchard and stone fruit on the palate, with citrus and floral notes, and a chiseled, mineral finish, thanks to the granite soils.  Delicious!  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Barth, Laurent 2019 Alsace Pinot D'Alsace

Laurent Barth makes beautifully balanced Alsatian wines from his tiny organic estate in Bennwhir, near Colmar. The 2019 Pinot d'Alsace (Pinot Auxerrois with a bit of Pinot Noir) is a lovely aperitif and a perfect wine for many fish and chicken dishes. Showing pretty aromas of pear, green apple, almond and lime-flower with citrus, pear, almond, honeysuckle and herbal flavors on the palate - really pretty, round and balanced  with minerals and white fruits in the  supple finish - this is a great value and a good introduction to the beautiful wines of Laurent Barth. David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $36.99

  • white off-dry
  • 9 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2014 Alsace Blanc de Noir

This is a special bottling that the Hausherrs made from a difficult 2014 harvest. Mildew had created problems with their tiny plot of Pinot Noir, so they made a Blanc de Noirs from their miniscule 0.3 hectares. They then aged the wine for 4 years in a large barrel. The result is a deep golden, slightly oxidative and remarkably expressive wine, with notes of butterscotch and creme brûlée. -EL

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Beaujolais

Descombes, Georges 2019 Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes

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

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $37.99

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

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2019 Regnié Vieilles Vignes

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

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Desvignes 2020 Morgon Côte de Py

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Chasselay 2020 Beaujolais Beaujolais Is Not Dead

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

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $26.99

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

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $41.99

Lapalu 2020 Brouilly La Croix des Rameaux

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

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $23.99

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2020 Beaujolais Chardonnay

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

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $18.99

Bordeaux Red

Beausejour 2018 Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion Cab Franc No SO2

One of my favorite bottles of Bordeaux. This 100% Cabernet Franc is made using zero sulfur, from vines that are tended under strict organic measures. The Dupuy family have been farming the same land since 1934, and have done an amazing job creating terrior-driven reds from their healthy grapes. This 2018 dark purple in the glass. The nose is beautifully plummy, with smashed raspberries, cherry leaves, graphite, all-spice, and violets. Flavors range from of blackberries, cranberries, pine, mint, and espresso. Graced by a dynamic level of clean acidity and formidable tannin. An absolute must for any lover of Cabernet Franc, especially if they enjoy examples from the Loire Valley. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bellegrave 2015 Pomerol

Château Bellegrave's 2015 Pomerol doesn't tip-toe like the shier, more accented 2010. Yes, it takes the same amount of time as the older vintage to come together, but the concentration and strength of the wine is noticeable the instant the cork is popped. At its prime, it has a fantastic nose of dark cherry, woodsy spice, and a rich smell of birch and cinnamon. The palate is equally as powerful, displaying flavors of plum and blackberry, along with spicy flavors of fennel and caraway seeds.The mouthfeel is tannic, but a wash of clean acidity keeps the wine from being gritty or overly chewy. The most stand out quality of this wine was the smell I took before my last sip, which was a pungent smell of Autumn, intense with the scent of maple. A good pairing with roast chicken, but definitely qualifies for heartier, oilier meats, like lamb. This ripe wine is delicious today, but has many years ahead. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic

Cazebonne 2019 Vin de France Feldspath de Peyron Malbec

"100% Malbec harvested and sorted by hand after destemming, on a small plot of 60 ares, on sand and gravel soils with iron-rich clay with vines over 50 years old. This wine fermented in a small vat for 20 days. It was then aged for 9 months on fine lees in TAVA amphorae, without any added sulfur. Very low dose of volcanic sulfur before bottling." On the nose, this Malbec is breezy, with herbal and floral character. The aromatic profile balances out with a touch of baking spice, dried plums, and dark citrus. The palate is earthy, with more red fruit, with deep cherry. Zippy graphite gives the palate a bright mouthfeel. Good acidity and soft tannin give this Malbec a wonderfully plush texture.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chateau Falfas 2019 Cotes de Bourg Les Demoiselles de Falfas

Dark core in the glass, with light red edges. A great nose, plush with floral tones and fresh red fruits. Hints of ginger and cola, adding a spicy but fresh accent to the wine. On the palate, a mineral center tingles the tongue, with red plums, dark strawberry, graphite, and a finish of sweet tobacco before a bitter kick. Structurally, great acidity and wonderfully placed, medium tannin. High-toned Bordeaux for those looking to drink big but to not stuff yourselves. This note was written on the first night... we'll see how this shows tomorrow! I'm expecting something lovely. David Hatzopoulos 

  • red
  • 32 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Chateau Micalet 2018 Haut Medoc

Chateau Micalet, with a few hectares in the commune of Lamarque was classified "Cru Artisan" by Feret in 1893.  Acquired by the Fedieu family in 1972 the estate was enlarged slightly, never using herbicides, and with a new generation the conversion to organic agriculture was started in 2006. The estate now has 10 hectares on deep beds of gravel, planted at 8,000 pieds/hectare; the normal blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot -  and 5% Petit Verdot, a grape the Fedieus feel is particularly important. The grapes are harvested by hand and undergo a 3 to 4 week fermentation, the wine ages in barrique, 30% new. The nose on the Haut Medoc has a foundation of stone fruit, with warm plum under a fresher accent of apricot. When the wine opens, more nuanced aromas of red flowers, dried coconut, and dark gravel appear. The palate is edgy, showing lean, driven acidity, with black cherries and tart cranberries. Follow this wine over an evening, the structure will gain weight and the acidity will tone down. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Clos Puy Arnaud 2020 VDF (Castillon) La Cuvee Bistrot

Fruit from the limestone plateau of Sainte-Colombe in Castillon, organic/biodynamic farming under the supervision of Thierry Valette. 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, vine age 25 years. Some grapes, which are left uncrushed, go through intrapellicular fermentation, resulting in a process similar to carbonic maceration. Ages on the lees for 5 months in stainless vats. On the nose, the wine has wonderfully fresh forest fruits: blackberry, strawberry, cassis and blueberry. There is something very floral and grassy about it too, with the gentle pop of a wine made in this 'semi-carbonic' fashion. On the palate, it's generous and plummy, full of lovely black fruits, and a hint of freshly milled peppercorns. A real mineral crunch centers a structure of medium acidity and integrated, soft tannin. Full of juice, refreshing zip and texture - to me, this is the definition of a "food wine." Whether you enjoy a bottle at your last summer picnic or you pair one with your Thanksgiving dinner in November, the Cuvee Bistrot will do the trick. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $1,649.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $549.99

Pichon Baron 1990 Pauillac

A great Bordeaux from a great vintage, here's Neal Martin's 2019 review in "Vinous" - "The 1990 Pichon-Baron is a sensational wine that must have had the First Growth rattled when it was released. At 28 years old, it is still reveling in its precocious growing season. The multidimensional bouquet features blackberry, graphite, cedar and mint flanked by iodine and warm gravel on a summer day. Wow! The palate is medium-bodied, delivering a mixture of red and black fruit, a fine mineral undercurrent and a long, precise finish: blackberry, cedar and graphite remain in the mouth for a good 60 seconds. Still a fabulous Pauillac after all these years."

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $459.99

Bordeaux Sweet

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Champs de l'Abbaye 2019 Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay

The Hasard’s Bourgogne Blanc is made from hand-harvested and certified organic Chardonnay grown on a limestone/clay parcel in Aluze, next to Mercurey. The native-yeast fermentation lasts 10 months in barrel and only minimal SO2 is added at bottling. The 2019 is more fruit-forward on the nose, with aromas of dried mango, pear followed by ripe yellow fruits and river rocks. The palate is mineral, saline, and layered with notes of dried apricot, fennel, white flowers, and stone on a very generous finish. An excellent value white Burgundy that would pair well with oysters, cheeses, or roast chicken with herbs.

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Chantal Lescure 2019 Côte de Beaune Clos des Topes Bizot Blanc

"Le Clos des Topes Bizot" is a unique spot, high on the slope in Beaune just above the 1er Cru "L'Ecu," facing east, in a terroir of clay and pebbles over limestone. Harvested by hand into small crates, slow fermentation (4 to 8 months) with wild yeasts, 15 month élevage in barrel without battonage, 10% new. Showing a brilliant gold in the glass, the nose is redolent of baked golden  apples, hay and white oak. The palate offers up apples, lemon curd, white oak and rocks with a hint of white pepper. Fuller bodied yet taut with high acid, structured, underpinned by vein of stony minerality with a long, persistent finish. Extremely elegant and balanced. For lovers of higher priced appellations such as Meursault and Puligny Montrachet for a fraction of the price. Pair with roasted white meats and  shellfish such as scallops or lobster in a beurre blanc sauce. Giselle Hamburg


  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2020 Bourgogne Blanc La Rente Giron

Chantal Lescure, along with De Villaine and a few others, have begun a project to rejuvenate the coteaux around Dijon, known for great quality Burgundies up until the late 19th century. With organic farming, Francois Chaveriat of Chantal Lescure aims to bring the soils back to life to honor these superb marnes blanche terroirs.  On a famous parcel formerly called "Le Bas des Marcs d'Or"  at 340 meters in altitude, the parcel is now called "La Rente Giron" (sorry, don't know why) and  was considered equal to Meursault from the 14th to the 19th centuries. The vines here are quite young and there isn't quite the mineral spine that these wines will have as the site ages, but it is quite delicious, with juicy and exuberant citrus and pear fruit and a bit of spiciness, almost like white pepper. The acidity is ample and adds plenty of  freshness as the wine arrives at a snappy finish. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2019 Meursault

The Chantal Lescure Meursault is from a tiny parcel called "les Pellands" on deep sandy clay soils over limestone  below "Charmes Dessous." The wine is fermented and aged in barrel with no batonnage. This is a nice example of '19 Meursault,  quite buoyant and full with lemon pith, apricot and white peach, and a bit of South Indian spice in the mid-palate. The finish is stony and cool and there is very good length. This is lovely right now and will be even better as it settles into itself in a year or two. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chazelles (Domaine des) 2019 Viré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes

Viré Classé is a privileged location in the Macon that enjoys a fantastic exposure to the sun on a slight slope. This yields wines that have an added weight and complexity compared to your run-of-the-mill Macon-Villages. At Chazelles, organic vines with over 50 years of age broadcast dense flavors of golden apple and stone fruit with an invigorating touch of acid. This is a great Chardonnay with concentration and freshness that could age beautifully for years.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

Dangin, Bruno NV Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc de Noirs

What a difference 2 kilometers makes! Bruno Dangin's Crémant de Bourgogne is made from 100% Pinot Noir from organically farmed vines in Molesme, located just beneath the southern border of Champagne's Aube.The limestone rich soils are the same as those of their pricier neighbor to the north.  Boasting a fine bead and soft mousse and aromas of red fruits and autolyse, one would be hard pressed to spot the difference. The palate offers great depth, pure pinot fruit, and a suave, layered, persistent finish. This is a great value in bubbles and will grace the holiday table nicely. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 38 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 49 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $274.99

Famille Paquet 2020 Bourgogne Chardonnay

The Paquet family is based in the Maconnais. They have nearly thirty hectares across a dozen appellations, all farmed organically and on the way to certification. This is their entry-level Chardonnay and it is delightful, full of lime and green herbs, with clear mineral tones and good freshness. There is no oak influence at all and no funny business. This is just tasty Chardonnay grown in limestone soils, perfect as we emerge from the ice and snow into  Spring.  Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $164.99

Frantz Chagnoleau 2020 Macon-Villages Clos Saint Pancras

Frantz Chagnoleau's wines are store favorites these days. The "Clos Saint Pancras" is a single parcel of vines averaging 30 years, in lightly chalky soils with a lot of small stones. This is juicy and bright, with lime, crisp white peach fruit and white flowers. The back end is distinctly stony and fresh. Aged in a combination of older barrels and tank, this shows no trace of oak. Really, this is so appealing and tasty - a classic bistro wine in the best sense. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $24.99

Guillemot-Michel 2018 Viré-Clessé Une Bulle

The Guillemot-Michel "Une Bulle" comes from a tiny parcel of old vines on limestone with red clay, high in iron. The wine is a Pet-Nat (Methode Ancestrale) that is bottled after a short period of fermentation, leaving enough sugar in the wine for the fermentation to continue and create the desired bubbles. The wine is aged in bottle on the lees for around 18 months, then riddled and disgorged and re-bottled with a bit more "Une Bulle."  The result is a very delicious aged Pet-Nat showing honeyed aromas of pear and white peach with hints of almond, marzipan and brioche. On the palate the mousse is soft and creamy with flavors of peach and quince  with lime-flower and minerals and a long finish of white fruits, citrus peel and firm acidity. This is a delightful wine to sip by itself or pair with mild cheeses, patés and terrines, fruit desserts..  David Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillemot-Michel 2019 Viré-Clessé Retour a la Terre

Created in 2017, this cuvee is issued from grapes in the "Champ-Rond" vineyard, vinified in amphora of 800 liters. The 65 year-old vines are grafted on "Riparia Gloire de Montpellier" an old root-stock obtained in 1880, giving very low yields with magnificent small grapes, of a deep gold color. The Retour a la Terre presents the exotic notes typical of the domaine with an extra dimension of expression due to the respiration of the amphora. The small grapes of "Champ-Rond" ripen beautifully without a high degree of alcohol -  they are picked on the last day of the harvest, and the elevage in amphora gives the wine a great purity.  The wine shows elegant floral, white fruit, apricot, lemon and stone aromas. The palate is round, dense and silky with fabulous length. This is a superb white Burgundy that is delicious now and will cellar beatifully for fifteen to twenty years. Highly recommended!

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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.Subtle, rather delicate aromas of lime-flower and citrus, with white fruits, stone and honeysuckle. The palate is fresh and bright with mineral flavors predominating, with pear, lemon peel and herbal notes, quite pure and refreshing, and beginning to show some notes of maturity. The opposite of an oaky fruit-bomb, this is beautifully showing the terroir and benefits from the years in bottle - it will accompany shellfish, sole, flounder, cod, white meats and young goat cheeses. 

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $39.99

Lafouge 2019 Auxey-Duresses Les Hautés Blanc

The 2019 Lafouge Auxey-Duresses "Les Hautés" is from a north-facing parcel fairly high on the slope next to Meursault Les Vireuils.  Thia is a beautifully structured, firm and balanced  Chardonnay, even though the vintage was makrked by heat and drought. 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.

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

Lafouge 2020 Bourgogne Aligoté

The 2020 Lafouge Aligoté is bright and vibrant with citrus, green apple, quince, floral, herbal and mineral notes, with a racy palate showing white fruits, spice, citrus and a very firm mineral/acid core to the long finish, really refreshing!  Bring on the oysters, sole and cod and keep some for delightful thirst-quenching next summer...

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $22.99

Lafouge 2019 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 2019 Meix Chavaux shows elegant pear, lemon, lime and floral aromas. The palate is rich and ripe with white fruits and exotic citrus covering the chalky core, with firm acidity and mineral flavors in the finish. Serve with full-flavored fish dishes, poultry and white meats, mild cheeses. This is a beautiful young Meursault that is delicious now and over the next ten years. (12 btls only)

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $61.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $89.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

Rateau 2020 Côte de Beaune Grande Chatelaine

About a kilometer or two northwest of the Beaune 1er Crus, La Grande Chatelain is a cooler site with soils comprised of clay over limestone. The 2020 Clos de la Grande Chatelain has fresh cool-toned aromatics of white flowers,  nectarine, rainwater,  and pear skin. The medium-bodied palate is a little warmer toned  offering flavors of nectarine, white peach, and crushed herb with a fairly savory finish.  The 2020 vintage was hot and dry and the harvest was very early, but Rateau's whites retain good acidity and crispness, especially from this  cooler high-altitude climat.  This is generous and makes for a lovely quaffer, as well as a beautiful partner with shellfish or milder cheeses.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2020 Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Blanc Chardonnay

Jean-Claude Rateau makes lovely Biodynamic wines in the Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune in his east-facing vineyard of clay/limestone and marne soils.  In the 2020 vintage,  the wine is quite round and lucious showing floral aromas with almond, ripe pear, apple and spice with hints of citrus. The palate is silky and supple and more ripe than usual, but perfectly balanced with pear, citrus and stone flavors, with terrific length and firm acidity. This food friendly wine will accompany everything from oysters and grilled seafood to roast chicken and mild cheeses. Delicious now or cellar for 5 to 8 years. This is a delightful Burgundy and a great value! 

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roblet-Monnot 2017 Haute-Cotes de Beaune Blanc Nerthus

From a parcel in the Hautes Côtes on the plateau above Maranges. Fermented in barrel for twelve months, then racked to tank for a further six months to tighten it up and preserve freshness. This was bottled with no sulfur at all. I found this wine incredibly appealing, open and expressive on the nose, full of crisp yellow apple and apricot, followed by cracked walnuts on the palate, with little hints of lemon pith and lemon sherbet. There is lovely breadth in the mid-palate (I suspect there is a good amount of clay in the soil here along with the limestone) and a spiciness that lends a Jura-like character. There is good length and the finish is fine and racy. I think this is great fun and terrifically expressive. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Tripoz 2018 Pouilly-Loché 1er Reserve

From vines just outside Pouilly itself, this sees nearly two years in oak. Apparently in 2019, they had to fight to get AOC status for this. The authorities found "oxidative"notes that they felt rendered it unworthy of an appellation designation. After tasting this wine, I am baffled. This is superb, full fruited with tropical and citrus notes and an incredible mineral thread. There is great intensity and beautiful acidity. Honestly, when we at the store tasted this we were all flattened by it. Don't miss out. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tripoz 2019 Macon-Loché Cuvée du Clocher - Sans Soufre

In 2019 Laurent and Celine bottled a portion of their signature still wine without sulfur and we are so glad. The difference is most noticeable in the first hour, as the wine jumps out of the glass with more exotic fruit notes than the sulfured version, as well as intense floral notes. The bright juicy Meyer lemon-stained palate that made the 2018 so enjoyable is on full display here and the acidity is bright and racy. This is excellent. The evening I spent drinking this side by side with its sibling was not just fun but fascinating as the the two bottles drew closer together the longer they sat in the glass. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Champagne

Barbichon NV 16 base Champagne Brut Réserve 4 Cépages 1.5L

4 Cépages by Robert Barbichon is a blend of biodynamically-farmed Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc from the Aube. Thomas Barbichon makes beautiful natural Champagnes that balance the ripe, ample fruit of the Côte des Bar with a firm racy core of Kimmeridgian stoniness. The 2016 base 4 Cépages shows soft stone fruit and orange oil aromas with a savory underlying mineral note on a long, mouthwatering finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Barbichon NV base 17 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 Pinot Noir-dominant. The 2017-base Barbichon Blanc de Noirs is comprised of 93% Pinot Noir and 7% Pinot Meunier. The farming is Demeter certified. The robe has a faint peach hue.  The nose is attractively floral and red-fruited with aromas of wild strawberry, sour cherry, and crushed herbs.The palate is bright and vibrant with flavors of orange oil, a fine line of minerality, with a soft mousse and fine bead.The finish is expansive and tangy with a hint of biscuit on the back end. Lovely Champagne and an excellent value.  John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1998 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut (D 10/21)

The 1998 Ambonnay Brut has long been a staff favorite and this disgorgement does not disappoint. Brillliant, golden yellow in color and showing a finely-beaded mousse, this offers one of the two most expressive aromatic profiles of this current Beaufort lineup. Aromas of Mirabelle plums, toasted hazelnuts, and crème brulée transition to notes of Jonagold apples, cinnamon, and wild flowers. The palate is generous and expansive and carries tones of brazil nuts, greengages, and irises that crescendo to a fine, zippy finish. This is complex and delicious Champagne!  (Disgorged for this order in October, 2021)

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 10/21)

A sensational mature Champagne from André Beaufort from the superb 2002 vintage - the estate converted to organic agriculture in the early 70's and makes brilliant, full-bodied Champagnes that are among the most "vinous" being made today. Medium golden yellow in color and sporting a discrete mousse. The nose is quite floral with tones of cherry blossoms, apple blossoms, and irises before touches of quince and fresh baguette. The palate is concentrated with a spherical yet laser-like focus that offers notes of lemon sorbet, tart lemon custard, and apple pie, underlined by a fine minerality that persists through to a rounded, savory finish. Really a very pretty and lovely wine. This medium-bodied Champagne is made of approximately 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and was disgorged in Oct 2021 after 18+ years of sur-lie aging, illustrating the Beauforts' commitment to releasing mature wines.

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Polisy Brut (D 10/21)

Our new shipment of the 2008 Polisy Brut was disgorged for this order in October 2021. 2008 continues to delight, even 13 years after the harvest. The current disgorgement of the Polisy has a pale yellow robe, fine bead, and soft mousse. The nose is soft and pretty offering aromas of golden apple, acacia, lemon curd and apple blossom. The mid-weight palate is bright and brisk on attack, with flavors of Macintosh apple, bergamot, and green tea giving way to a fine core of minerality lending focus. This has good length and energy on  a lifted and expansive finish. This is very good with vibrant fruit and nascent aged flavors knitting elegantly. A fine effort from the Beauforts!

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2009 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (D 10/21)

This is classic Beaufort: balanced, rounded and finely filigreed with a judicious dosage. In truth, the 2009 Ambonnay Grand Cru tastes very dry for a Brut, closer to an Extra Brut in style. It shows a burnished golden yellow in the glass, adorned by a finely beaded and generous mousse. The nose offers notes of brioche, cardamom, cinnamon, roasted chestnuts, white flowers, and honeysuckle. The palate is powerful and broad, accented with aromas of Cortland apples, apple pie, and nutmeg that lead to a lingering, herbal finish. The 2009 Brut shows the pedigree of its Ambonnay Grand Cru fruit. It's delicious now, but it also has real aging potential. (Lot #09A. Disgorged Oct 2021.)

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $88.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2012 Champagne Polisy Brut Res. (D 6/21)

Having missed our trip to France this year, we decided to bring in two vintages from Beaufort that we have not tasted recently, 2012 and 2014. The 2012 has warranted our attention. The robe is a pale golden yellow. The wine has a fine bead and soft foamy mousse. The nose offers aromas of apple blosom, Seville orange peel, and wet stone. The palate is ripe but chiseled, with savory russet apple peel, crushed herbs, evolving with air to offer  flavors of salted plum and stone. As with other Beaufort Champagnes the character is vinous and mouth-filling and suited for the table. This shows excellent energy and persistence and beckons for pairing with salmon crudo, marinated roasted peppers, or salade Nicoise with perfectly ripe tomatoes. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2014 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (D 10/21)

As with most vineyards from Beaujolais north to Champagne, 2014 was typified by uneven weather and a cool damp summer, but was saved in the end by a warm, dry September, producing bright, well balanced wines of moderate ripeness. The 2014 Ambonnay Brut, disgorged in October of 2021, boasts a super-fine bead and soft frothy mousse. The nose is redolent of dried flowers (chamomile), orange rind, and stone fruit with a briny top note. The palate is firm and  concentrated, with flavors of pear skin, russet apple, and spices, underlain by a firm chalky core. And while this displays the power of the Ambonnay grand cru, this shows fine elegance nuance, with layers of mineral detail. Lovely juice, indeed! John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2019 Coteaux Champenois Polisy Rouge

The 2019 Beaufort Polisy Rouge Coteaux Champenois (stilll wine) is 100% Pinot Noir grown on the Kimmeridgian limestone of Polisy. 2019 is a vintage of beautiful ripeness, but showing only 11% alcohol thanks to the climat in Polisy and the Beaufort's superb organic farming. This is a must for any lover of old-fashioned red Burgundy, we can't wait to try it. 36 bottles available.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Grand Cru Brut Reserve 375ml (D 11/20)

We're fans of the Champagnes of Beaufort for a number of reasons. The farming at this historic Domaine is impeccable and the winemaking is classical and refreshingly old school. The 2015 base Ambonnay Grand Cru in handy half bottle is a pocket-sized example of Beaufort's distinctive character. Disgorged December 2020.

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2019) Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 10/21)

The current release of Beaufort Polisy Reserve Brut Nature NV  is based on the 2019 vintage and was disgorged for this order in October, 2021. All in all, this is a pretty fascinating bottle, juxtaposing quite exotic fruit against a bracing mineral character. The nose and palate are awash with yellow florals, stone fruit and pineapple, while the back end is intensely chalky, with the limestone coolness adding length to the significant acid structure. This is very good and would make a great accompaniment to some crab salad this holiday season. Sam Ehrlich

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bérêche NV (2017 Base) Extra Brut Rose Campania Remensis 1.5L

Bérêche's Campania Remensis is a consistently fascinating rosé Champagne, in a category fraught with uninspiring wines. The 2017 base is 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunir with 5% still red wine from Ormes on the western side of the Montagne de Reims. Fermented in oak. Aged under cork and hand disgorged. The 2017 base boasts a pale salmon peach robe and fine bead.Pomegranate, wild strawberry, currant leaf, and salted plum on the nose. The palate is brisk and fresh with rosehip, wild berry, crushed herbs over a salty core,  and long, chalky finish. This is a touch more svelte than some years, but it more than makes up for this with energy and brio. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $199.99

  • Organic

Calsac, Étienne NV 19b Champagne 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs L'Échappée Belle

The 2019 base l’Échappée Belle reminds us of the beautiful purity and vibrancy of Étienne Calsac’s Champagnes. Though the domaine is located in Avize this wine speaks more to its origins in Grauves (considered Côtes des Blancs, though more aligned in character to Coteaux Sud d’Epernay according to our friend writer Peter Liem) with a just a nod towards the south-facing village of Bisseuil on the lower slope on La Montagne de Reims.

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

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $62.99

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

  • rosé sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

Doquet, Pascal 1999 Champagne 1er Cru Vertus Blanc de Blancs

A beautiful late disgorged bottling of the 1er cru Vertus "Coeur de Terroir" lineup from organic vigneron Pascal Doquet. Aged 18 years sur latte and disgorge in July, 2018. Bottled with 6g/l dosage.

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • Organic

Feneuil, Emilien 2016 Champagne Cuvée Totum

Totum stands for “tout en un, un en tout” (“all in one, one in all”) and it embodies Emilien’s philosophy, trying to marry and blend in one unity an infinity of elements. All his 17 plots and the four grape varieties are used, in roughly the proportion represented in the vineyard : 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, 8% Chardonnay and 2% Petit Meslier. Spontaneous fermentation in barrel, bottled without dosage. Though this could be considered Emelien's base cuvée, the same diligent farming and nuance vinification result in a a Champagne of focus and finesse.This wine is pre-arrival. Arrives 4/12.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

Laherte Frères NV Champagne Chavot Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier

Aurélien Laherte decided to retool his previous Brut Rosé Ultradition Champagne and focus on one exclusively made from Pinot Meunier. This Champagne combines 60% immediately pressed Meunier blended with 30% macerated Meunier and 10% still red Meunier (most rosé Champagnes only opt for one of these methods of production).  This wine has a deep salmon robe with delicate flavors of wild cherry, salty plum, dried tarragon, and a sharp streak of chalky minerality. A Champagne with both finesse and structure, you can serve this as an aperitif or pair this with lighter meats or a rare filet mignon! 

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

  • Organic

Laherte Frères NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature

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
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Laherte Frères NV Champagne Extra Brut Ultradition

Blend of 60% Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, with 40% reserve wines to balance the base vintage. Fermentation is in barrel with partial malo. There is a fine racy component to the wine derived from the Chardonnay, some of which comes from the Cotes des Blancs, as well as a  broadness  stemming from the Meunier grown in the clay-rich soils of the Marne. The wine has a pale golden robe and fine bead. The  nose is redolent of red plum and freshly cut apple, it a hint of sea spray and lemon oil. The palate show fine energy to balance the ample character derived for the Meunier and the barrel aging of the vin clair. Flavors or stone fruit and citrus peel have a saline/ mineral earthiness framing the ripe fruit. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

Lamblot, Alexandre 2016 Vrigny 1er Cru Intuition Brut Nature

From 25-50 year-old vines in Vrigny. Fermented in barrel, the vin clair does not undergo malolactic fermentation.  Aged for 34 months on the lies and bottled without dosage.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lamblot, Alexandre 2017 Champagne Brut Nature Mouvance

Comprised of old vine parcels of organically farmed Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier from Vrigny and Chenay. Fermented with native yeasts and aged in jarres and barrels (per importer) and hand riddled and hand disgorged.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Larmandier-Bernier 2014 Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Chemins D'Avize

100% percent biodynamically farmed Chardonnay from the Chemin de Plivot and Chemin de Flavigny parcels in Avize.  Pressed in a 2000kg press, fermented in neutral barrel and bottled with 2g/l dosage.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $114.99

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  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $114.99

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  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $31.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $179.99

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  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $189.99

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  • $67.99

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

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

Pouillon, R 2014 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Nature Les Blanchiens disg. Winter 20

From an organically farmed, single-vineyard parcel at the top of the slope on the western side of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 50% Pinot Noir fermented in tank, 50% Chardonnay fermented in used barrels. Disgorged in Spring 2016, zero dosage. Though from a premier cru village rather than its grand cru neighbor, Aÿ, the 2014 Les Blanchiens is no less an articulate expression of the calcareous clay soils that make up its terroir.

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

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

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Sapience (Marguet) 2011 Champagne Sapience

Pretty floral aromas of daffodil and cherry blossom, fresh cut melon, and just ripe white peach, dusty sweetness backed up by fresh, cool-toned herbaceous notes—minty. Fine wintergreen, salted lemon peel, and green apple flavors are underlain by an ultra-fine bead of chalk that holds this together with a bit of creaminess that emerges with air. This avoids the pitfalls of 2011, asperity, overt greenness, and though not a bruiser shows a filigreed character and sinuous structure beneath the charming cool-toned fruit. This is really pretty and is quite charming in the glass. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Soreau, Hubert 2010 Champagne Brut Clos de l'Abbé Blanc de Blancs

Hubert Soreau is is a vigneron whose wine exemplifies the dedication of small growers to producing distinctive Champagnes of terroir. Farming just .49 ha near Epernay without chemicals, he produces tiny amounts of wine which ages in wood, sees long lees-aging under cork, and extended time in the cellar before release. The current Release of Le Clos l'Abbé (base 2010 with this bottling) is vinous,  savory, and layered.  The nose offers aromas  of lemon blossom, sea spray, beeswax, and chalk. The palate is rich and layered, with  a subtle, perfectly knit barrel influence  lending textural complexity to the mid-palate. This is a lovely blanc de blancs with pinpoint balance between the ripe fruit, briochey, biscuity nose, and salty chalkiness. Bottled without dosage. Disgorged summer, 2019. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic

Soreau, Hubert 2010 Champagne Brut Clos de l'Abbé Blanc de Blancs 1.5L

Hubert Soreau is is a vigneron whose wine exemplifies the dedication of small growers to producing distinctive Champagnes of terroir. Farming just .49 ha near Epernay without chemicals, he produces tiny amounts of wine which ages in wood, sees long lees-aging under cork, and extended time in the cellar before release. The current Release of Le Clos l'Abbé (base 2010 with this bottling) is vinous,  savory, and layered.  The nose offers aromas  of lemon blossom, sea spray, beeswax, and chalk. The palate is rich and layered, with  a subtle, perfectly knit barrel influence  lending textural complexity to the mid-palate. This is a lovely blanc de blancs with pinpoint balance between the ripe fruit, briochey, biscuity nose, and salty chalkiness. Bottled without dosage. Disgorged summer, 2019. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $259.99

  • Organic

Suenen 2018 Base Champagne Oiry Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut

Wines from the village of Oiry are typically sold under the Cramant designation (we haven't been able to find another Champagne with this single village designation, as yet), so this is a fine opportunity to taste Oiry's distinctive, chalky terroir. Aurelien's parcels contain some very old Chardonnay vines which make for some pungently mineral, stony wines. The vins clairs are fermented partially in barrel, spend nine months on the lees. The 2018 was disgorged in June of 2021 and bottled with 3 g/l dosage.

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

  • Organic

Velut, Jean NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Lumière et Craie

100% organically farmedChardonnay from the flint rich chalks of Montgeux in the Côte de Bars. Fermented in tank and comprised of a perpetual cuvée. Orange oil, apple blossom, with a wisp of smoke on the nose. The palate is ripe, but structured and taut and deeply chalky with some exotic fruit notes and a long, somewhat creamy finish. This is delicious and a great expression of the distinct Montgeux terroir. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

Cote-de-Beaune

Chantal Lescure 2018 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. (Near Pommard and below "Les Vignes Franches" and the "Clos des Mouches") 2018 is a great vintage for the Chantal Lescure "Chouacheux" which  shows very floral aromas of ripe, fresh red and black fruits, with hints of brown spice, citrus zest and earth. There is ripe, sappy, chalky fruit on the palate which is silky and elegant with raspberry, red currant and cherry fruit, really lovely and very long - backed by firm acidity and the ever-present core of minerality found in the Chantal Lescure wines. Quite delicious now, this beautiful Chouacheux is highly recommended and should be best 2024 - 2035+.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2019 Bourgogne Rouge Les Verduns

The Chantal Lescure Bourgogne Rouge "Les Verduns" is from 45 year-old vines on a soil of "marnes blanches"  in this unusual southwest-facing parcel at the top of the slope adjacent to Pommard "Les Vignots." Vinification is 100% with whole-clusters giving a firm structure to this very classy Bourgogne Rouge. No SO2 added during vinification, small amount added before bottling, minimal extraction, aged in old barrels for 14 months. The wine shows elegant high-toned  quite floral aromas of earthy Morello cherry and strawberry with hints of spice, mint and rose petal. The palate is earthy and mineral with saline acidity underlying ripe wild strawberry and red currant fruit. The finish is long and sappy, dominated by mineral and red currant  flavors that linger on the palate. This is not a fruit bomb, but is a very satisfying red Burgundy that will benefit from many hours of aeration or cellaring for 5 to 8  years.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2019 Côte de Beaune Clos des Topes Bizot Rouge

"Le Clos des Topes Bizot" is a unique spot with vines planted in 1960,  high on the slope in Beaune just above the 1er Cru "L'Ecu," facing east, in a terroir of clay and pebbles over limestone. The grapes from this high elevation vineyard are harvested late and undergo a short pre-fermentation maceration, aging is in two and three year-old barrels. This is a wine for tonight if I've ever seen one, tasty and accessible. There is a considerable amount of red fruit here, ripe raspberry and confit cherries and the overall weight of the wine at opening is quite fullish, with the barest touch of wood spice. However the wine firms up a lot with some air - the fruit tapers back and the acid structure becomes much more prominent, with some stoniness poking its head out. This is quite satisfying and while it will likely improve in the bottle, I would find trouble waiting. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2019 Volnay

The Chantal Lescure Volnay is from 50+ year-old vines on sandy clay soils over limestone. There is a long, slow fermentation with wild yeasts in cuve inox followed by 18 months in barrel, approximately 20% of which are new (500L), 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 its youth - decant if drinking now, this will really sing in three to five years and until 2035.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2018 Pommard Les Vignots

From south-facing vines situated on the right hill of Pommard, on the Beaune side, in a terroir of marnes blanches. These 35 year-old vines grow in high elevation, about 330 meters above sea-level. The grapes are hand harvested and undergo a long, slow 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. Medium dark ruby, verging on purple robe. The nose offers attractive aromas of plum skin, violets, loamy earth, and a whisper of cocoa nib. The palate is ripe as befits the solar vintage, but there’s nothing hot or roasted about this—black and blue fruits, a bit of chalk, and spice. The tannins are firm but ripe and there’s fine acidity for the vintage and good succulence to the finish. This has fine brio and length and dodges the torrid nature of the vintage with plenty of energy rather than weight. Pommard of pretty persuasion. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $53.99

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

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  • 3 in stock
  • $104.99

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  • 20 in stock
  • $84.99

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  • 5 in stock
  • $129.99

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  • 8 in stock
  • $99.99

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  • 5 in stock
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  • 5 in stock
  • $229.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $35.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $89.99

Seguin-Manuel 2019 Bourgogne Rouge

Seguin-Manuel has flown under the radar for many years, making really pretty elegant Burgundies in both colors. They farm organically, use a minimum of new oak and produce wines tate spak of their origins. This is an excellent Bourgogne, with understated red and black cherry skin and fruit, a touch of eucalyptus and an intensely chalky, dusty mineral finish, with a little touch of red sherbert.  -SE

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Cote-de-Nuit

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $34.99

Chantal Lescure 2019 Nuits-Saint-Georges

The Chantal Lescure Nuits-Saint-Georges is assembled from three parcels at the foot of the slope near Vosne-Romanée, averaging 30 years old on sandy clay over limestone. This is quite approachable now, with an appealing nose of raspberry and ripe strawberry fruit, accented by smoky and gamey notes - a real meat over an open flame vibe. On the palate there is more red fruit, along with musky sandalwood-y tones and a bit of savory saltiness that is a reminder how close to Vosne these vines are. The finish is mineral-driven, with a river stone bitterness that I like. A very nice village wine and good value. Sam Ehrlich


  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2019 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes

From the village portion of Les Damodes on the Vosne side of Nuits St. Georges, at 320 metres, on a slab of hard pink limestone with shallow clay soils. Long-time organic farming, minimal use of SO2. 30% new barrels by Francis Miquel. Chantal-Lescure is a domaine blessed with a range of crus—all farmed organically, thank you—and imbued with more energy than mass in my experience. And what Burgundy! Les Damodes is a village level lieu-dit that sits astride the 1er Cru of the same name on the Vosne side of Nuits-St-Georges, so things are more perfumed and high-toned than backwards and foreboding. The robe is a dark ruby inching toward purple-hued. The nose is more plummy and boysenberry and violet inflected than red-fruited and crunchy. There are some exotic spicebox and blood orange zest aromas that vie with deep soil notes for attention, as well as a whisper of sweet barrel character. The palate is concentrated—not extracted—and offers a pebbly, firmness that is balanced by the ripe fruit. A young wine, the acidity and still-resolving tannic structure bode well for medium to just-shy-of longer term aging. Lovely with loads of upside for the patient. Dynamite for village wine and pleasurable in current iterations. Well worth seeking out. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2019 Chambolle-Musigny Les Mombies

 The lieu-dit "Les Mombies" has limestone clay soils washed down from higher on the slope, the vines average 40 years of age. The vinification is in tronconic wooden vats, aging is for 18 months in 30% new barrels, the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. On the nose, the wine is dense with rich aromas  of cocoa and ripe black cherry. Hints of healthy earth and black pepper and violets add enticing complexity. Dark flavors of  plum and blackberry are supported by the zing of fresh bitter greens and an  excellent mineral core. Lovely, powerful acidity balance this Pinot's surprisingly concentrated structure. A great wine, brimming with energy, that tastes complete today but will definitely gain layers over the next decade. David Hatzopoulos! 

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $4,999.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $1,399.99

Loire

Baudry 2019 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

 The Baudry Chinon "Domaine" is always one of our favorite reds from the Loire Valley and it's a sensational value as well.   All Cabernet Franc of course, a blend of 75% from a parcel in St. Louans, where the thin clay/limestone soils give earthy well-structured wines, with 25% from gravel soils near Cravant, giving supple fruit and freshness. Organic farming, wild-yeast fermentation, aging in 5 to 10 year-old wooden vats and cement with almost no added SO2. The 2019 Domaine  shows a deep red/black color and beautiful fresh aromas of ripe red and black fruits with hints of earth, roast meat, black pepper and violet. The palate is dense and sapid with supple strawberry and blackberry liqueur, lacking a bit of the sweet, lush character of the 2018, but showing more underlying mineral flavors lifted by bright acidity. The fruit is quite ripe but the wine is beautifully balanced - it's delicious now and will be singing in 2031 as well. Highly recommended.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 45 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $68.99

Baudry 2020 Chinon Les Granges

From 30 to 35 year-old vines on gravel and sandy soils with a bit of clay 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 only 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. The wine shows aromas of ripe raspberry and bluberry with hints of earth, stone, pepper and herbs, really an old school Cab Franc. The palate is quite mineral with firm stony acids underlying lush berry fruits, and is beautifully balanced at 12.5% alcohol. Quite structured for "les Granges," this is delicious now, served cool, with roast chicken, white meats, charcuterie and mild cheeses and will improve with 3 to 5 years of aging.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Vin de France Tesniere Blanc (Menu Pineau)

Menu Pineau, also known as "Arbois" is described in Wine Grapes  (J. Robinson et al.) as "an old variety from the Val de Loire named after its similarity to Gros Pineau (Chenin Blanc)...although it has nothing to do with the village called Arbois in the Franche-Comté." It is an offspring of Gouais Blanc, along with many other European grapes, and is "a little more rustic, but less acid than Chenin Blanc," according to Thierry Puzelat. The 2019 La Tesnière Blanc by Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme is from organically-grown vines, 75% Menu Pineau and 25% Chenin Blanc. The wine shows a bright pale gold color and is slightly petillant when opened. Subtle aromas of grapefruit, dried pear and apple, dried herbs, stone and caramel. The palate is austere and stony, with firm acidity and flavors of hazelnut, citrus, baked apple, earth and brown spice. A really fascinating wine and a great pairing with sushi, grilled fish with fennel, lemon chicken, aged goat cheeses and much more. Highly recommended to lovers of unique natural wines.

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2020 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc Maceration

Pierre-O Bonhomme's 2020 Sauvignon Maceration, from estate fruit, is macerated in vat and aged in barrel giving a wildly complex Sauvignon that's truly delicious. In the glass, the wine is a hazy lemon in color. The nose is smoky, showing pear, yellow apple, and bold grassy aromas. As the wine opens, scents  of orange peel, anise and bitter herbs develop. Flavors of orchard fruit and lemon lead the palate, with undertones of black tea and white pepper. A dose of healthy minerals add a great energy to the wine's mouthfeel, balanced by a touch of faint tannin and a zip of great acid. Wild but approachable, tons of flavor and great structure. Drink up!

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2020 Vin de France La Tesniere Pineau D'Aunis

This is a bold expression of Pineau d'Aunis from Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme, from vines near the Cher river  on clay with silex in organic and biodynamic farming. Aged in old futs and demi-muids, bottled without filtration, minimal SO2. The 2020 shows a pretty light red color with aromas of ripe raspberry and violets, really lovely. The palate is vibrant and bright with raspberry, cranberry and cherry with lip-smacking acidity and a beautifully refreshing finish of minerals and juicy red fruits. This is a delightfully refreshing and forward version of Pineau d'Aunis - serve cool!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2020 Vin de France Le Telquel

This "poil dur" is wagging its tail again in 2020, showing the ripeness and balance of this good 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
  • 42 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2020 IGP Urfé Roussanne de Madone

 The beautiful Roussanne from Gilles Bonnefoy is from 20 year-old vines (partly massale selection from Quenard in Savoie) grown on the steep south face of the volcano of Purchon.  Bonnefoy  farms these young vines carefully, keeping yields  very low to promote concentration and  harvesting late (Roussanne takes a long time to ripen fully) and by hand. Native yeast fermentation takes place in used barrels; the wine ages in the same.  In the glass, the Roussanne  is pale and shows  a very expressive nose of white flowers, green herbs, and a touch of orchard fruits. Given the freshness of the nose, the palate is surprisingly and lusciously dense and complex, with pear, peach, and apple as well as long and broad minerality. A great expression of Roussanne on unique Volcanic terroir.   Only 3000 bottles produced.

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2020 IGP Urfé Sauvignons Gris/Blanc Volcan

 The Bonnefoy 2020 "Sauvignons" is 60% Sauvignon Gris and 40% Sauvignon Blanc (massale selection) grown in basalt soils on the east face of the volcano of Purchon. Farming is certified organic and Biodynamic, all harvests are by hand, and Gilles Bonnefoy has a low-intervention approach in the cellar, where he eschews additives or new oak. The nose shows flinty stone and ripe citrus notes that continue on the palate,  which shows further notes of gooseberries and a slight tropicality. There's nice density and length here, making it a quite serious expression of Sauvignon, distinguished by its long and dense mineral finish. A lovely wine that should definitely not be served too cold: this is Sauvignon with real substance.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2020 Vin Mousseaux de Qualité Bulle Rouge

 The delicious Bulles Rouge de Madone from Gilles Bonnefoy is made from direct presss of Gamay de Bouze and Gamay de Chaudenay (teinturier). There is a low temperature fermentation in tank, then the wine is bottled and continues fermentation with no added SO2 until over 4 bars of pressure, about three months. The wine is then disgorged and re-bottled with a small addition of sulfur. The 2020  Bulles Rouge from Bonnefoy has a lovely dark purple robe. The wine has a medium fine bead with a frothy mousse. The nose offers pretty aromas of wild berries, bramble, and violets. The palate is lightweight and fresh with juicy, dark berry fruit and graphite notes, with a lifted, lip-smacking finish. And while this is delicious (not to mention fun) on its own, there’s enough character here to enjoy with charcuterie, composed salads, or dare we suggest fried chicken. Enjoy this frisky sparkler all summer at the beach at the park or even on your fire escape.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chanson, Ludovic 2019 Montlouis-Sur-Loire Les Cabotines

From certified organic vines planted in clay soils with pebbles and flint on  the Husseau plateau. The wine is fermented in used barriques with native yeast and bottled just off-dry. The 2019 Les Cabotines has a pretty nose of ripe Bosc pear, acacia honey, and melon. The mid-weight palate has a touch of sweetness on the attack with juicy pear nectar and white apricot flavors highlighted but vibrant acidity and just a hint of phenolic bitterness on the finish. This shows great flair and was a joy to drink with duck rillettes and should shine with fish with a beurre blanc. John McIlwain

  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $58.99

Chevalerie 2014 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 topsoils, rich in silex; the vines average about 60 years of age. 2014 is a superb vintage for the Cuvee Chevalerie which shows a lovely deep red color and fresh ripe black raspberry and cassis with black pepper, stone, prune and roast meat. The palate is well-structured 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 can 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
  • 5 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Peu Muleau

Peu Muleau is located on the upper part of the hill, above the Domaine de la Chevalerie and just below the forest of chestnut, acacia, oak, pine and birch, on Cenozoic eolian sands with iron, clay and altered tuffeau. The vines are around 35 years old, and farmed biodynamically. The maceration last less than 20 days. Aging is done in a mix of tank and large used barrels with less and less oak. This is the earliest drinking single-vineyard cuvée, always on the raspberry and wild violet with very supple tannins, but you can keep it up to 10 years without a problem. 2014 Loire reds are really great wines, despite a tricky vintage for the producers. Yet with the best the wines are delicious, in a classic ligérien style. It means the Peu Muleau from the Caslot in just a winner, a terrific value and such a great Bourgueil to enjoy now! The wine has a unique chalky minerality, subtle and earthy on the palate -  the nose explodes with raspberry and cherry blossom, coriander seeds and Sichuan pepper. The ripe, salivating acidity is driving the palate, with supple tannins, and a lingering saltiness. It is ready to drink now, but cellared  for 4-5 years you will gain some nice earthy secondary tones. Pair it with  a beautiful pâté en croûte, duck rillette or a summer porcini risotto. 100% Cabernet Franc. PL/DL

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Bretêche

Bretêche (Domaine de la Chevalerie is  the only estate claiming this vineyard name) is the easternmost vineyard, a rented plot on the border of Ingrandes-de-Touraine. On the southwestern exposed upper part of the mid-slope, the vines are planted on a meter-deep heavier clay with high mica content above the Turonian yellow tuffeau. The vines, biodynamically farmed are between 25 to 55 years old. More powerful than Busardières with broader tannins, the wine maintains a great freshness. Hand-harvested and destemmed, the grapes are macerated for up to 20 days and aged in large used barrels in the magnificent underground cave dug into the yellow tuffeau for roughly 8 to 10 moths. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. 2015 was an easier, more mastered vintage for the Caslot siblings, as the growing season was never extreme, and the harvests were peaceful. A little more concentrated than the 2014, especially in acidity, this a great vintage for the Domaine! Bretêche 15 is still a baby! Purple in the glass, the wine as usual has more freshness, tension and a little austerity. This is even more apparent here. The nose is a little restrained, showing progressively a lot of black and red currant and cranberry, hibiscus tea and black cardamon. In the palate, it is a superbly balanced wine, with some chiseled tannins enhanced by the lingering acidity. There is less flesh than other cuvées, and the texture is sleeker  but absolutely charming and vibrant - and could please any Burgundy lover. You will pick up more herbal notes in the palate : tobacco, beet juice, pink peppercorn. A great bottle to keep 10 years and plus, as it is built to age!  To serve it now, decant it a good hour at least or enjoy it over multiple days - a superb pairing would be with a roasted deboned pigeon stuffed with nettle and foie gras, but a slowly roasted pork loin with black garlic condiment would also be delicious. 100% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier 

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Les Galichets

The Chevalerie "Galichets" 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 - similar to the "Chevalerie" parcel but a bit lower on the slope, giving a wine that is more open and easy for early drinking.  The 2015 vintage is excellent, with a bit more ripeness and lower acidity than 2014, while retaining the core of minerals and acidity aslways found in the Chevalerie wines. The aromas of black raspberry and blackberry fruit are ripe and floral. The palate is dense and silky, very mineral with ripe red and black fruits and a clean vibrant finish. Still quite youthful, I would open this bottle the night before or give it a long decant, best perhaps 2022 - 2035.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2018 Bourgueil Diptyque "Franco de Port"

The Chevalerie Bourgueil Diptyque is from vines located on 1 to 2 meters deep sand and gravel intermixed with clay soils on an old alluvial terrace close to the Loire, at the foot of the coteau. This terroir  gives supple, fruit driven Cabernet without being green or too simple thanks to the Biodynamic farming of the domain. Maceration is short, aging is usually short (4-5 months) and only in tanks. This is the vin de soif du the domaine - hyper quaffable, you can serve it slightly chilled, pop it open to pair with pretty much every type of food and even keep a couple of years!. If you don’t believe cabernet franc can be delicious, juicy, savoury yet fruity, just try this wine!  2018 was a beautifully ripe and well-balanced vintage for Loire reds - The 2018 Diptyque shows a deep black/red color with aromas of forest floor, black cherry liqueur, black raspberry, bitter chocolate and licorice with bright hints of herbs and citrus peel. The palate is bright, sapid and supple wth dense flavors of earth, black fruits , anise, cocoa and chalky minerals. The finish is long, with lingering black fruits, minerals and earth with very firm citrusy acids and cocoa at the end. Wow, just a delicious and beautiful young Cabernet Franc! Tannins are really gentle yet present, with a licorice root feel. Even if it is the vin de soif, you can drink it over a couple of days - it will only get better! Keep it up to 5 years with no problem. Serve with charcuterie, pork chops or roast chicken and be happy! 100% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier/David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chidaine 2020 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.

  • white
  • 46 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2018 Savennières Clos du Papillon

"The Clos du Papillon is a small valley at mid slope, beautifully exposed southwest to the light of the Loire. There are schist, rhyolite but also quartz. The topsoil layer is very shallow (60 cm) which provides excellent drainage for rainwater. The vine growing conditions are difficult, forcing it to develop its roots deep in the rock cracks to draw nutrients. The climate in that parcel allows for a level of highly advanced maturity, with grapes that concentrate aromas under the action of botrytis.  The body and the very long finish make the Clos du Papillon a gastronomic wine to accompany lobster, scallops, smoked fish, Turbots, Saint Peter. It is also interesting with delicate white meats such as veal or capon, along with truffles or mushrooms. Classic mountain cheeses like old Salers, or 5 to 6 years old Comté are equally delicious with this great Savennières." -  Domaine du Closel.    2018 is a great vintage for the Clos du Papillon, combining excellent ripeness with bright acidity and great balance - the wine shows beautiful aromas of ripe pear and quince with honeysuckle, lime-flower and dried herbs with hints of smoke and earth.  The palate is superb, very ripe and dense with white fruits, citrus, almond and stone with very firm lemony acidity and mineral flavors. The finish is very long with bitter lemon and saline minerals. Drinking beautifully now, this should age perfectly, peak drinking perhaps to 2040 and beyond. David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Complémen' Terre 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Champ Geffray (Tribute)

Marion Pescheux and Mau Landron began Complémen'terre in 2013, with help from Manu's father Jo Landron, putting together 7.5 hectare of vines in great sites. Farming is organic, of course, the wines go through the malo-lactic transformation and are bottled with minimal SO2. The 2019 "Champ Geffray" (labeled "Tribute" in France) is a beautiful example of the estates more "natural" style of Muscadet, coming from an unusual vineyard with sandstone soils and 50 year-old vines on a steep southwest facing hill above the river Sevre.  The wine shows a light gold/bronze color with intriguing aromas of dried pear and apricot, grapefruit peel, almond and stone with a bit of mint and spice and a hint of oxidation. The palate is light and crystalline with citrus zest, white fruits, earthy spice and mineral flavors that continue in the finish with very firm acidity and terrific length. Beautiful wine - serve with a cevice of fluke, grilled fish, seared scallops...

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Delrieu, Julien 2020 Vin de France Pont Bourceau

Pont Bourceau is a crystal-like chenin by Julien Delrieu, all in delicacy and gentleness. The brightest grapes come from two vineyards Pont-Bourceau (planted in 1973) and le Jeau (planted in 1955 located next to Les Nourrissons plot), mostly on decomposed schistes - while he uses the ripest ones for Le Jeau blanc. This cuvée used to be called Varennes under the Roches Sèches era. Fermented in fiberglass, the wine is aged in used barrels - some coming from Bernaudeau. There is a just a hint of sulfur at bottling. This one is the most ethereal Chenin on schiste I have tasted recently, more reminiscent of the Chinon/Saumur profile, with maybe a hint more bitterness - which I love, making this type of Chenin perfect for some many vegetable dishes. A real great addition to the already superb expressions of Loire Chenin.  PL.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $22.99

Domaine du Fresche 2019 Cabernet D'Anjou Rosé

(Was $15.99) Cabernet d'Anjou is an appellation wine from Anjou in the Loire Valley, always a rosé made from Cabernet Franc and at times with Cabernet Sauvignon as well, and usually made in a off-dry style. Though we know that off-dry or demi-sec rosés aren't exactly "in," this wine is so delicious we're going to drink it anyhow! Serve with grilled foods, Asian foods, mild cheeses or sip by itself as a yummy aperitif. Mostly Cabernet Franc, it's bursting with lovely red-currant and berry fruit with just enough sweetness to make it go down oh so easy. 

  • rosé off-dry
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $14.99

Fresche (Domaine du) 2019 Anjou Blanc Chenin "Moulin de la Roche"

Alain and Christine Boré produce delicious organic wines on their estate in Anjou that are sensational values for everyday enjoyment. Their Anjou Blanc (100% Chenin Blanc) is superb, with lovely aromas of pear and apple, fresh herbs, lime-flower and honey. Not quite as sharp or acid driven as the previous vintage, it is still a simply delicious dry Chenin that will accompany seafood, grilled or in sauce, chicken, goat cheeses, etc. 

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Fresche (Domaine du) 2019 Cremant de Loire (Chenin/Chardonnay/Pinot Noir)

A ridiculous value from Domaine du Fresche in Anjou, this is a savory and refreshing Cremant de Loire that is sure to please. Fine mousse, subtle yeasty/brioche notes and perfect acidity. Though delicious on its own, our most recent tasting clearly revealed that this would be a great food wine as well.  -EL

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Fresche (Domaine du) 2020 IGP Val de Loire L'Alouette

Alain and Christine Bore, the sixth generation of the family at the Domaine du Fresche, produce beautiful certified organic wines on their estate at La Pomeraye, Anjou. The 2020 IGP Vl de Loire "L'Alouette" is made from Gamay and Grolleau Noir -  it's a fabulous "vin de soif" (easy-drinking, thirst-quenching wine) which shows lovely aromas of ripe cherry and raspberry with floral and earthy hints. There is gorgeous ripeness on the palate, with cherry, raspberry, plum and citrus with floral and mineral notes - ripe and juicy but also light and refreshing. The finish is long with lush berry fruits, citrus and stone. This is a simply delicious Gamay/Grolleau  glou-glou to serve quite cool - lovely by itself or with mild cheeses, vegetables, chicken and pork, and it's a fabulous value at $14.99!

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Fresche (Domaine du) 2020 IGP Val de Loire Rouge Gorge

50% Pinot Noir and 50% Grolleau grown by Alain and Christine Bore, the sixth generation on their organic estate in Anjou. This unusual blend of Pinot Noir and Grolleau is really lovely - it's a bit riper and fuller than previous versions, with lush aromas of blackberry, ripe cherry and plum, really showing both grapes in a lovely amalgam of fruit. The palate is round and supple with cool blackberry, cherry and raspberry fruit - quite ripe but lifted by fresh acidity and finishing with delicious sappy fruit. Serve a bit chilled with chicken, pork, vegetable dishes and mild cheeses. Just a great everyday red and a wonderful value! DL

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Girard 2020 Sancerre La Garenne

Upon visiting Fernand Girard back in the early 90s we were happy to find someone who harvested by hand and fermented with wild yeasts - a rarity in Sancerre at the time and still sadly in the minority today. More than 20 years later we are still happy to feature the Sancerre produced by Fernand and Alain Girard, coming from their 2.5 hectare plot on a steep slope in Chaddoux on stony clay over limestone soils. The 2020 shows a bright pale gold color with aromas or pear and quince with hints of exotic fruit and lime-flower. The palate is a nicely balanced blend of mineral flavors with citrus and white fruits, with good density and firm acidity. This is a classic Sancerre in a more mineral style that will accompany a wide variety of seafoods, chicken dishes and white meats, and it's a good value as well.

  • white
  • 87 in stock
  • $24.99

Girard 2020 Sancerre La Garenne 375ml

Upon visiting Fernand Girard back in the early 90s we were happy to find someone who harvested by hand and fermented with wild yeasts - a rarity in Sancerre at the time and still sadly in the minority today. More than 20 years later we are still happy to feature the Sancerre produced by Fernand and Alain Girard, coming from their 2.5 hectare plot on a steep slope in Chaddoux on stony clay over limestone soils. The 2020 shows a bright pale gold color with aromas or pear and quince with hints of exotic fruit and lime-flower. The palate is a nicely balanced blend of mineral flavors with citrus and white fruits, with good density and firm acidity. This is a classic Sancerre in a more mineral style that will accompany a wide variety of seafoods, chicken dishes and white meats, and it's a good value as well.

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $14.99

Grange aux Belles 2020 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. "53" shows a bright, deep red/purple color and the palate is supple, round and ripe with dense, earthy cassis and berry fruit and stone flavors backed by firm acidity. This needs aeration or a few years in the cellar, and there is nice freshness to the wine - the dark fruit will pair well with grilled meats and charcuterie. Serve cool.

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Grange aux Belles 2020 Vin de France Coup de Latte Pet Nat

100% Chenin Blanc, Super fresh! Like a kick in the face from Chuck Norris, or at least that's what their new label suggests. Very clean, with balanced bubbles, and bright stony fruit.

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2017 Bourgueil Deux Monts (Arrives 1/20)

From  70-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 élevage ; 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. Our first taste of the 2017 "Deux Monts" revealed it to be a superb wine, quite deep and ripe but still light on its feet and with a particularly long and focused finish. Says Stéphane "the weather in 2017 was quite warm in spring and summer with a bit of rain in september - the wine is quite floral with ripe red fruits and mineral flavors on the palate with round, supple tannins and the limestone terroir quite present in the finish."  It's a beautiful wine showing the old vines and great terroir...

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige (1/20)

(Wine arrives 8/25)  2018 brings us another great Cuvée Prestige from Stéphane Guion in Bourgueil, whose domaine has been certified organic since the 1960s. From vines averaging 45 years old on thin topsoils of sandy clay over limestone (tuffau jaune) in Benais, a terroir that produces some of the most elegant and age-worthy Bourgueils. 2018 is a great vintage for Loire reds, despite the very warm and humid spring that brought attacks of mildew. The summer was perfect, warm and dry, without spikes of heat, and the soils retained enough moisture to bring freshness to the very ripe grapes. Tasted with Stéphane in February 2020, the 2018 Prestige showed elegant intensely perfumed aromas of red and black fruit liqueurs. The palate was complex and earthy, very calcaire, dense but not heavy with beautifully supple ripe red and black fruits, with a long finish of saline and mineral flavors quite present below the sappy fruit. We look forward to a more thorough tasting after the wine rests from its voyage, but it's quite clear that this will be delicious to drink as a young wine, and - although it may seem crazy to cellar a $17 wine for 20 to 30 years - those that do will be rewarded with a unique expression of this great terroir. I'm hoping to live to be 100 to have that experience myself!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Rosé (Arrives Jan 20)

(Tasted in August 2021, this beautiful wine has softened considerably and is showing lovely berry fruits -  peak drinking summer of 2022 and beyond.) The 2018 Bourgueils of Stéphane 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 gravel and 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 2022, with burgers, roast chicken, grilled pork and charcuterie. David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2019 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine (1/20)

(Please Note: The Guion 2019 "Domaine" is now in our NY warehouse and will arrive approximately Jan 20th, please allow additional days before  pick-up or shipping)  This is another beautiful wine from the shy and affable Stéphane Guion who is quietly making some of the best wines in Bourgueil. His 2019 Cuvèe Domaine is from not-so-young (15 to 40 year-old) vines, mostly on clay/limestone terroir in Benais and is equal to the superb 2018 with perhaps a bit more brightness to the fruit. The wine shows a vibrant black/red color and lush aromas of raspberry and blackberry confit, dark chocolate and violets - very deep and ripe but still bright with earthy hints as well. The palate is medium-bodied and very fresh with firm acidity and chalky, saline mineral flavors framing the very ripe, chalky red and black fruits, which continue in the long sappy 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 and a sensational value! David Lillie

  • red
  • 69 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2017 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, a bit softer and more forward than the 2016, 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. While this is drinking beautiflly now, aging of  five to ten years will bring an extra dimendion to the wine. David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2020 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  year or two...  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo (Louvetrie) 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Houx

(Last of the 2018 vintage!) Jo Landron's 2018 "Les Houx" (formerly known as "Hermine D'Or") is from a great parcel of thin sandy clay soils, rich with silica, quartz and iron, over a bedrock of gneiss and clay. Kept on the lees for 12 months. Normally one of the most scintillating and mineral of Muscadets, the 2018 is slightly riper and rounder but remains essentially a mouthful of terroir. The wine shows lovely aromas of ripe pear, stone and anise that open nicely with aeration. The palate is round and mineral, framed in firm acidity with ripe white fruits, citrus, stone and licorice and there's a nice mineral kick in the finish. Delicious now, this will develop nicely over the next few years, and will accompany oysters and grilled seafood, from flounder to monkfish, roast chicken and mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le Fief du Breil

 Jo Landron's Fief du Breil is from a beautiful walled vineyard sloping towards the Sèvre, with clay, sand and quartz stones over a bedrock of orthogneiss. The vines average 40 to 50 years of age, the vineyard is certified organic and biodynamic and gives very low yields. In the dense and well-strctured 2017 vintage the wine was aged 30 months sur-lie. This beautiful Muscadet needs aeration or decanting, then shows aromas of grapefruit skin, pear, lime-flower, candied citrus and almond. The palate is perfectly balanced and intensely mineral - showing ripe white fruits, almond, anise and stone flavors with firm acidity and pronounced flavors of stone and saline mineral. This is a bit more forward than the granite-based wines - really superb as a young wine served with shellfish, grilled fish and roast chicken. As usual with great Muscadet it will age beautifully and pair with monkfish, lobster and goat cheeses. Very little was imported, don't miss it!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Capriades 2018 VdF Méthode Ancestrale Menu Pineau Pet Nat

Just arrived in time for New Years 2022! 100% Menu Pineau Petillant Naturel from Les Capriades, sure to be an exhillarating and unique experience to ring in the new year...

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lunotte (Christophe Foucher) 2019 Vin de France Les Rossignoux

Christophe Foucher makes brilliant natural wines on his 5 hectare estate, La Lunotte, in Couffy,  on the southern bank of the Cher River, near St. Aignan, just a short distance from our friends at Clos Roche Blanche. Christophe grows Sauvignon Blanc, Menu Pineau, Cabernet Franc, Cot and Gamay, farmed with strict organic methods and vinified without sulfites or other additives and bottled by hand, unfiltered. The 2019 Roussignoux #2 shows a pale gold color with aromas of dried herbs, pear, candied citrus, mint and wet stone, slightly oxidative in the style of a Jura white, The palate shows a dense mineral core with ripe citrus, pear, dried apple, stone and herbal flavors that continue in the long finish with firm acidity. Serve with a full-flavored ceviche, fish or chicken in sauce, goat cheeses. Pure juice! 

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Lunotte (Christophe Foucher) 2020 Vin de France Les Rossignoux (Sauv Blanc)

The 2020 Rossignoux is all Sauvignon Blanc, per usual, without the oxidative notes that are found in the long-aged 2019 release. Instead we have fresh flowers and tropical fruit on the nose, with sharp acid, and freshly cut grass. The wine was bottled this year and recently arrived (early Nov. 2021), so we'd recommend giving it a few more months in bottle before opening.  -EL

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Pépière 2020 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Briords VV (Arrival Feb 1st)

(The importer now promises 5 more cases arriving Jan 26th!) 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 Granite de Château Thébaud, a fissured rock that allows the vines to penetrate deeply, with ideal thin topsoils of clay, with sand and gravel allowing good drainage. Some notes on the 2020 from Rémi Branger: "The harvest in 2020 was very early as the vintage was quite ahead of schedule. We began the overall harvest on the 24th of August (this year we'll start around Sept 15th) and picked the Briords quite early - we wanted to keep the freshness and acidity as the maturity was advancing rapidly. We bottled Briords in May as usual - we have in 2020 more freshness and tension than in 2018 and 2019 with the slight bitterness that we like a bit more present. "As Rémi says "more freshness and tenson" in this wine which makes it a great candidate for aging and we found that decanting or opening well in advance is called for if enjoying now. Best perhaps 2024 - 2040.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2020 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

This  first bottling of the 2020 Pépière "La Pépie" is a delightful Muscadet and a fantastic value! ($14.39 per bottle on a case!) The wine is produced mostly from the estates  original vineyards on Granite de Chateau Thebaud and Granite de Clisson (certified organic)  with the addition of some purchased fruit from neighboring vineyards in organic conversion.  This first release of "Pépie" is aged sur-lie for about 4 months - the wine shows subtle aromas of pear, almond, citrus, lime-flower and minerals - classic Pépière - with a dense and sapid palate with firm stony acidity. Ripe pear, white peach and citrus flavors continue in the long finish with anise, minerals and refreshing saline acidity. Serve with anything from the sea, chicken and white meats as well.  Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 94 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Cru Château Thébaud

The Domaine de la Pépière Cru Communal Château Thébaud comes from old vines in vineyards with great terroir on hills and slopes overlooking the river Maine. The granite here (Granite de Château Thébaud, oddly enough) is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way.  2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014 here were among the best of the vintage in Muscadet and the 2017 will stand out as well due to the combination of density and minerality with the very firm acidity of this very good vintage year for Muscadet - those of you lucky enough to have the 2014 in your cellar understand just what a special wine  this is. Notes from Remi Branger: "For the Château Thébaud 2017 - we harvested on the 2nd of September and did a longer elevage - 3 and 1/2 years sur lie, and we bottled it in the spring of 2021. We had thought to do a 4 year elevage but we realized that the exchange between the lies and the wine was occuring faster than usual. We have a beautiful Château Thébaud with aromas of white flowers and a touch of white peach; on the palate the density and power arrive in the finish which is less structured than the 2014 but is more structured and brighter than the 2015."  The 2014 Château Thébaud is one of my favorite Muscadet, though it needs 5 more years to really open up, and the 2017 is not far behind - perhaps a bit more precocious, thus beautiful to drink now or to age for 20 years. David Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson Cru Communal

 Beginning in 2005, Domaine de la Pépière has produced this cuvée from a small parcel of 50 to 110 year-old vines within the Pepiere vineyard. Originally called "Granite de Clisson" after the unique bedrock in the vineyard, Marc has changed the name to "Clisson" to agree with the new INAO Cru Communal classification. The granite is covered with gravel and clay with large stones, ensuring good drainage and deep penetration by the roots into the fissures in the bedrock, bringing the mineral elements indispensable to this wine. This note from Gwénaëlle Croix of Pépière: "We bottled the 2019 Clisson in November of 2021, after two years aging on the lies, as we always do. It comes from a hot, sunny vintage, thus the alcohol percentage is relatively high at 13.5%, but one really doesn't sense it. The palate is full and framed in very firm acidity and citrus flavors, with a slight touch of smokiness (un petit côté fumé)." The Pépière Clisson is always one of the most elegant, silky and ethereal of all Muscadet - don't miss it!

  • white
  • 43 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic

Pinard, Vincent 2019 Sancerre Cuvée Florés

Something of a blast from the past. I recall great bottles from years ago as well as a couple of the delicious reds from the Rouge Tomate list, perhaps? The 2019 Cuvée Florés has an effusive nose; jam-packed with pretty aromas white flowers, apple blossom, white peach, and chalk dust. The palate is ripe, a supple, with white fruits and apple skin flavors on the attack, lent definition by fresh acidity and a please hint of stony/phenolic bitterness that serves as punctuation for all the stone fruit and melon flavors. And while this may be shy of the detailed geology lesson in a glass of François Cotat Monts Damnés, this is already revealing great depth and emerging complexity without seeming showy. Really satisfying Sancerre and well worth a look. Smashing with poached halibut and herbed mayonnaise, better still with some nice ripe Coupole cheese from Vermont Creamery and quince jam. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2016 Vouvray "Le 16"

100% Chenin Blanc. Pinon's only white 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 and 5.5 g/L total acid.  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
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2018 Vouvray Les Déronnières

The grapes for this new cuvée from Francois Pinon (first made in 2014)  used to be included in the Silex Noir, but this wonderful vineyard, the Pinon's best parcel on a hill-top directly above their cellar, much deserves to be bottled on its own.  The soil is clay over Turonian limestone, and the beautiful exposure gives ripe fruit that is normally vinified as a demi-sec. In 2018 it's fabulously ripe, dense and complex, and finished dry (for Vouvray) in 2018, with a technically sec level of 8 grams RS and a very firm 4.7 grams acidity. The wine shows elegant aromas of lime-flower, dried pear, lemon zest and stones. The palate is very supple and ripe, saline and mineral with round white fruits, citrus and herbal notes with impressive density and length. A great Vouvray with fantastic minerality  that will age beautifully!  Normally thought of as a fish wine, the flavors and texture of this wine will make it pair beautifully with poultry and white meats as well.  Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $32.95

  • Organic

Pinon 2018 Vouvray Silex Noir

Our friends Francois and Julien Pinon produce sensational Vouvray at their estate in Vallée du Cousse and the 2018 Silex Noir is another superb example. From approximatley 40 year-old vines on soils of clay and flint over limestone in the vineyards of Terné and Batailleries. The wine shows beautiful aromas of white fruits, citrus, wildflowers earth and honey. Chalky white fruits, earth, lemon and stone on the palate with a creamy texture typical of 2018, with nice finishing acidity and mineral flavors. A bit of residual sugar brings out all the best in this lovely Chenin Blanc, delicious now - decant a few hours in advance if possible - or cellar 20 to 30 years. Serve with rillettes and rillons, fish in sauce, lobster, langoustines and scallops, chicken in cream sauce, too. (26 g/L RS, 4.1 g/L total acid.)

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic

Pinon, François & Julien 2017 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, from four parcels; Les Haut de Terne, Les Hauts de Mortiers, Chopet and Les Planches Favettes. The 2017 was hand-harvested at the beginning of October in three passes in order to select the best grapes, with two additional selections - on a "table de tri" and again before the press. Thus the best and ripest grapes are selected, enabling this cuvée with no addition of sugar, as in a Champagne Brut Nature.  (Two to three year elévage sur lies.) The robe is a pale greenish yellow hue. The nose offers an attractive mélange of stone fruit, green tea, pear skin, and flint on the nose.The palate is layered and lithe, with a fine bead, and soft mousse, featuring flavors of stone, orange oil, and quince, culminating in a sapid, mineral finish. This has fine balance and energy with compelling saltiness underlying the pretty fruit; in a word: superb! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $33.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $179.99

Sablonnettes 2020 Vin de France Menard le Rouge

From the label: "Millefeuille de trois cepages rouges de chez nous 'Cab-Gro-Ga.' Auguste Ménard, premier vigneron de la famille était surnommé 'Ménard Le Rouge' pour son côté révolutionnaire et sa moustache rousse"Roughly translated: A millefeuille (layered pastry) of Cabernet Groslot (Grolleau) and Gamay. Auguste Ménard, the first winemaker of the family, was nicknamed "Ménard the Red" for his revolutionary side, and his red mustache. This is a delicious and unique red that started with whole cluster Gamay grapes that were laid in a vat, covered with Groslot grapes about a week later, and finally a portion of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes a week after that. With the newest iteration, Chenin Blanc enters the mix too, though likely in small quantity, as it's still a red by all accounts. It's juicy, with medium body and very subtle silky tannins. Serve with a light chill.  -EL

  • red
  • 42 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Saillard, Laurent 2020 Vin de France Un Ete Partage (Grolleau/Grolleau Gris)

From vines neighboring Laurent, and part of a negociant project that he had to undertake after several years of limited harvests from his own vineyards. This is a blend of Grolleau and Grolleau Gris that is delightful, fresh and thin, almost akin to Pineau D'Aunis in body, without the pronounced peppery notes that Pineau D'Aunis provides. Juicy and well worth a chill, and though it didn't make our Thanksgiving email blast, it would be perfect with a feast, as it's both thirst-quenching and red.  -EL

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2017 Anjou (Cabernet Franc) Les Hautes Bruyères

South of Saumur and west of Chinon (but legally in Anjou) is the sleepy village of Oiron where Benoit Blet at Domaine des Terres Blanches makes superb wines on an interesting terroir of sandstone(grès) under sandy clay topsoils. "Les Hautes Bruyères" is from old vines of Cabernet Franc; the wine undergoes a long slow fermentation with wild yeasts and is then gravity-fed into small 2 to 5 year-old barrriques for 18 months of aging. This is a unique and delicious Cab Franc that shows an opaque black/red color and intriguing aromas of ripe blackberry, cassis and black plum with hints of dark chocolate, expresso and earth. The palate is ripe and supple with a chalky texture, showing pretty blackberry and cassis fruit with bitter chocolate, citrus and mineral flavors that linger on the long finish. A bit different from either an Anjou or Chinon Cab Franc, the Hautes Bruyères will accompany a variety of poultry and pork dishes and will be great with a steak/frites, served a bit cool.  This will age beautifully as well, drink until 2035+.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2019 Vin de France Blet Tendre

The Terres Blanches "Blet Tendre" is a demi-sec Chenin Blanc with about 45 gr/liter RS, from grapes harvested on the 3rd pass through the vines in late Octobre. The soils are sandstone with quartz and silex which bring a lively acidity balancing the sweetness of  the wine. The wine shows bright citrus, pear and white peach aromas with a full silky palate which is beautifully balanced and long. This is a superb demi-sec Chenin that will be a wonderful aperitif and will accompany fruit desserts, patés and full-flavored cheeses. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tessier 2019 Cour-Cheverny La Porte Dorée

"La Porte Dorée" is from 40 to 50 year-old  Romorantin vines grown on clay soils with limestone bedrock, mostly in a parcel of the same name. The juice undergoes a long, slow alcoholic fermentation and malolactic, and the wine ages in old foudres and barriques. Minimal SO2 is added before bottling. The 2019 "Porte Dorée" is very dry, with less than 1 gr/L of RS and shows  complex aromas of pear, citrus, lime-flower, white pepper, almond and caramel. The palate shows ripe pear, quince, citrus, almond and intense mineral flavors that coat the mouth and are very dense and long, backed by firm acidity. This is a very young wine that will benefit from decanting or 3 to 10 years of cellaring. Serve now with fish or chicken in a cream sauce and with a wide variety of full-flavored cheeses. Lovely wine! David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Misc. Burgundy

Chantal Lescure 2018 Bourgogne Passetoutgrains

I'm a sucker for Passetoutgrains and this one is a corker, especially for twenty dollars.  50% destemmed fruit and no sulphur until bottling. According to Virginie at the domaine, the Gamay is especially vibrant in this vintage, adding plenty of freshness. The nose is very pretty, teetering between strawberry and cherry, with a touch of red plum. Despite the warmth of '18, on the palate this wine is lithe, juicy rather than heavy. There is the telltale note of cracked pepper at the back end, emblematic of Gamay on limestone. I drank this with matzoh ball soup but honestly you could have it with anything. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Misc. France

Bastide Blanche 2016 Bandol Cuvee Estagnol

Bastide Blanche, one of the few organic domains in Bandol, produces this beatiful wine from old vines of 92% Mourvedre and 8% Grenache. The wine is hand-harvested in multiple passes, with very low yields, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in old foudres.  . This shows ripeness, but no sense of heat or flab. Plenty of black fruits and dusty tannins. Classic Bandol!

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
  • $28.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $44.99

Clos Des Boutes 2020 IGP Gard Les Fagnes (Carignan Blanc)

A biodynamic wine from the Costiere de Nimes appelation. A nose with notes of candied white fruits, Mirabelle plum, and a hint of flowers... Palate: beautiful body and volume, and a long finish with fine bitter notes. A lovely success for this Carignan Blanc! Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

Combel La Serre 2018 Cahors "Au Cerisier"

100% Malbec. "Au Cerisier" comes from a single 1.2-hectare plot at 350 m. altitude, next door to a cherry orchard for which the Ilberts named this bottling. The certified-organic vines average 40 years old and are planted on red and yellow clay soils over limestone bedrock. This is a quite serious Cahors showing a dark red/black color and beautiful black raspberry and blackberry fruit aromas with hints of dark chocolate and stone. The palate is supple and dense, quite elegant and not tannic, very  full-bodied and really showing the clay/limestone terroir, with a long finish of bright red and black fruits. Drink now with a long decant with a steak or stew, best to cellar five to ten years. We tasted this just after botlling in January 2020 - it's a lovely Cahors and highly recommended! David Lillie

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Costes (Domaine des) 2018 Pécharment Cuvée Tradition

Purchased by the Dournel family in 1992, the Domaine des Costes in Pécharmant has been certified organic since 2007. Pécharmant is a small high-quality AOC within Bergerac, seldom seen in the US,  benefiting from hillside vineyards of gravel over iron-rich clay. The wines are made from Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon -  well-structured with dense fruit, the older vine cuvées age beautifully, and wine from younger vines such as the 2018 "Tradition" are full-bodied and quite delicious for drinking over 5 to 8 years.The 2018 is an earthy red/garnet color, with intriguing aromas of black raspberry, cassis, earth, roast meat and spice.The palate is dense and richly textured with deep red currant and cassis fruit, with tobacco and earth with a very firm mineral presence on the tongue and a very long finish of red currant, minerals and firm acidity. All this for $14.99! Bravo to the Dournel family for this beautiful big little wine... David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Costes (Domaine des) 2019 Bergerac Rosé

A Rosé in winter? Of course says Eric Asimov of the NY Times - and we wholeheartedly agree, especially this delicious Cabernet from Domaine des Costes in Pecharmant/Bergerac. Costes is an old French term for hillsides or slopes, which is very fitting for this hillside vineyard located in Bergerac.  The soil is a favorable combination of stone, sandy clay, and rolled gravel over limestone, that suits the primarily Cabernet Franc vines grown on the Domaine des Costes Estate.  Nicole and Jean-Luc Dournel  took over the estate in 1992, overseeing the vineyard through its organic certification and biodynamic practices.  Made from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this food friendly direct-press rosé is harvested by hand and ferments with wild yeasts. The wine shows fresh red berries on the nose followed by wild strawberries, red currant, and a subtle, peppery finish on the palate.  Serve chilled and enjoy as an aperitif or with lighter meals all year! 

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Ardoisieres 2020 Vin des Allobroges Silice Blanc

This is 100% Jacquere from 3 sites in the village of Apremont. Vine age is between 60 and 70 years. Wine is fermented with native yeasts, 1/3 in 2-3 year old barriques, and 2/3 in tank, with zero sulfur during vinification. Aged for 8 months before a light filtration and bottling. No sulfur at bottling. The 2020 Silice Blanc from Domaine des Ardoisières is a light, vibrant lemon color in the glass. On the nose, the wine shows lovely citrus and crisp apricot, along with soft grassy aromas and a dash of minerally smoke. The palate has a plumpness of fruit that is incredibly enticing, offering flavors of yellow cherries and plums, followed by a bounce of refreshing lemon zest that persists into the wine’s finish. A touch of tannin and great Alpine acidity give the wine engaging structure. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Ardoisieres 2020 Vin des Allobroges Silice Rouge

100% whole cluster Mondeuse from the village of Laissaud, near St. Pierre de Soucy. Fermented with native yeasts, 1/3 in 2-3 year old barriques, and 2/3 in tank. Wine is aged 8 months before bottling with minimal sulfur. Domaine des Ardoisières’ 2020 Silice Rouge has a dark red shade, with hints of lighter purple. The nose is woodsy but incredibly clean, filled with aromas of lean wild plums and cherries, with a hint of airy baking spice. On the palate, the wine has a lovely zip, with red currants and beach plums. After the flavors of fresh fruit, a long singular note of tender kirsch adds depth to the wine during a fantastic finish. A moderate structure of leveled tannin and good acid complete this knockout wine. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Mathouans 2019 Vin de France Lledoner Pelut

The rare and elusive Lledoner Pellut, considered an oddity of the Catalan countryside, due to the fuzzy skin, but in fact it's Grenache in a disguise. Genetically almost identical, there is a sense of earthy flavors and elegance.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Mathouans 2019 Vin de France Vinception (Grenache Noir)

The Mathouans "Vinception" is from 100% Grenache Noir grown on schistes, yields were 25 hl/ha in 2018. The grapes are fermented in large tronconic vats, lightly foot-pressed, then aged for 12 months in 500 liter barrels. The wine shows ripe red fruits with hints of chocolate and a round supple palate balanced with soft tannins.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Mathouans 2020 Vin de France Le Bon Le Brute et le Carignan

"Le Bon, le Brute et le Carignan," (an hommage to Sergio Leone!) is mostly Carignan from 60 year-old vines grown on granitic gneiss soils, with yields of only 15 hl/ha in 2018. Whole-cluster fermentation with a light crushing by foot in tronconic vats, aged 12 months in 400 liter barrels. The wine shows intense dark fruit aromas with notes of wild herbs and a full-bodied palate, well balanced between ripe fruits, acidity and soft tannins. Serve with meats in sauce, duck breast, grilled pork and lamb, full flavored cheeses.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Desire Petit 2018 Arbois Pupillin Poulsard 'La Bidode'

In the glass, the wine is a clear cherry with attractive, bricking edges. On the nose there is smoke, orange rind, light strawberry and cherry. Accents of cinnamon, clove and black pepper add a lofty, freshness to the fruit. On the palate, zesty herbs and crisp cherry come before a smoky finish with a pleasant, bitter snap. Light but some great, delicate tannin down the tongue. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Pierre Richard 2019 Cotes du Jura Trousseau

From 30 year old Trousseau vines planted to soils of clay-limestone with red and gray marl by Domaine Pierre Richard (in conversion with Ecocert). Fruit is hand harvested at the end of Auguest and the beginning of September, from estate vineyards 270 meters above sea level with Southwest exposure. Fermentation is done with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks and maceration on the skins lasts a month. The wine is aged for 5 months in stainless before bottling with zero added sulfur. In the glass it is a wonderfully clear ruby with shades of purple. Those nose is especially savory, with a medley of red berries, fresh red flowers, and a hint of smoky ash. The palate is driven by a clean vein of dark minerality at the core of soft black cherry fruit. Structurally, acid is appropriately high, tannin is light, and drinkability is off the charts. I would definitely not describe this as ‘glou-glou,’ as it is too elegant and warm in flavor, but I would describe it as dangerously easy to consume very, very quickly. Drink up! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Faillenc Sainte Marie 2019 Corbières

This delightful estate uses one-third Syrah, one-third Grenache and one-third Cinsault in their Corbières Rouge, grown on limestone/clay soils in the foothills of Mont Alaric, certified organic since 2007. The wine shows aromas of blackberries, ripe plums, and tiny wild blueberries, as well as notes of balsam wood. Like all the best Languedoc offerings, there's a wild edge here with a bit of funk that is tempered by juicy sleekness. Its excellent balance and wealth of ripe tannins make it a natural at the table - serve with a stew or grilled meats, a coq au vin with farm chicken or guinea hen, and full-flavored cow cheeses.

  • red
  • 42 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2020 Vin de France Tracteur Blanc (Isère)

(Arrives 12/13) In 2020, Thomas Finot made this refreshing "tractor white" from 60% Jacquere, 30% Verdesse and 10% Chardonnay  grown in the Coteaux Grésivaudan, northeast of Grenoble. This is a delightful everyday wine, featuring lovely aromas of green apple, quince, melon, almond, hay and brown spice. The palate is ripe but balanced, crystalline, mineral and lively with bright acidity, showing flavors of pear,  almond, citrus and stone,  with just a hint of roundness from the Chardonnay and finishing with earth and intiguing white fruits, showing the Verdesse.  Serve happily by itself or with fish in sauce, roast chicken, salads and mild cheeses. This is a lovely Muscadet of the Mountains!

  • white
  • 40 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2020 Vin de France Tracteur Rouge (Isère)

 Thomas Finot in the Coteaux Grésivaudan made the vibrant 2020 Tracteur Rouge from 30% Gamay, 30% Pinot noir, 30% Persan and 10% Merlot.  The wine shows a lovely bright red color and pretty aromas of ripe strawberry, cherry and plum skin with hints of violet, earth and spice. The palate is bright, supple and complex,  showing silky, earthy strawberry and red currant fruit with a nice lift of sappy  berry fruits, earth, herbal notes and citrus in the long finish. It's lovely, served quite cool, with charcuterie, burgers, chicken and cheeses from Comté to Raclette. Bravo to Thomas Finot for making such a delicious wine at a great price!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 48 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2020 Vin de Pays Isere Perlant (Jacquere/Chardonnay)

The Perlant is not a Pet Nat! it is a blend of Jacquère and Chardonnay (50/50), in the style of a Vinho Verde with low alcohol (9,5%) and slightly sparkling... The color here is a clear, clear yellow, with flashes of silver. The nose is lovely, with airy, grassy aromas, along with sliced yellow apples and savory green herbs. After some time open, the bouquet becomes more floral, with apricot and yellow cherry. On the tongue, it is full of minerality, with light flavors of crisp stone fruit and a long, zingy saline-laced finished. An awesome wine for one of these sweltering days - and would enhance any meal of grilled veggies or seafood. Drink today! David Hatzopoulos

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2019 Vin de France (Isère) Cugnète/Verdesse Macération

Thomas Finot makes his "Vin de Macération Cugnète" from 70% Jacquere and 30% Verdesse, grown in Isère and on the Isère/Savoie border, thus Vin de France. The three month skin contact gives the wine a pale bronze color. The aromas are light and pretty - dried flowers, brown spice, citrus peel, apricot and peach. The palate shows creamy dried pear, mineral, brown spice, almond and citrus notes, quite subtle and with perfect acidity, a clean, long finish of ripe yellow fruits, minerals and spice, without harsh skin tannins. This is a fascinating wine that will accompany shellfish, ceviche of many kinds, sushi, goat cheeses and much more.  Lovely wine!

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $29.99

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Pure T Merlot

The superb 2018 Jonc Blanc Pure T is 100% Merlot grown in a terroir of green clay on powdery limestone and fossilized oyster shells, élevage in 1200 liter Taransaud foudre for two years, bottled with no fining or filtration with zero added SO2. Pure Juice. Fabulous balance between richness, concentration and freshness, with the limestone soil bringing saline flavors. The color is a deep black with very floral aromas of cassis and blackberry. The palate is dense, deep and chocolately but still bright and balanced with terrific length. Beautiful wine! David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Racine

Isabelle and Franck Pascal make this beautiful natural wine (formerly known as "Classik") from Cabernet and Merlot grown on their Biodynamic estate near Felines, in Bergerac. The wine is aged sur-lie 12 months in barrel, and is bottled without filtration or added sulfur. The color is a dark red/black; the wine shows bright, vivid aromas of ripe cassis and boysenberry liqueur with earth, musk, violet and graphite. The palate is lush, ripe and vibrant with blackberry, cassis, prune, chocolate, earth, stone and licorice lifted by firm, cool acidity that continues in the long, bright and sapid finish. Wow, delicious! Serve with grilled pork or beef, a daube Provençal, strong cheeses and charcuterie or cellar for 5 to 8 years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2019 Vin de France Fruit

The delicious 2019 Jonc Blanc "Fruit" is a bland of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon  and 65% Merlot from a parcel on limestone of Castillon in biodynamic farming with legumes, cereals and pollinators between the vnes. There is a cool pre-fermentation maceration, then fermentation with wild yeasts for 30 days, followed by 18 months in cuve and old foudre, bottled unfined, unfiltered with zero added SO2. Pure Juice!. The wine shows lovely aromas of black raspberry, cassis and plum with earth and violet, the palate is full and supple with bright acidity and mineral flavors under the vibrant fruit. This is simply delicious and a great value - serve cool and enjoy over the next three years with charcuterie, burgers, grilled chicken and pork. David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2019 Vin de France Pure S Semillon

“PURE S” : 100% Semillon. Boulbènes terroir on a limestone base: a mixture of limestone sands and silts with a little clay.
Aging in 18hl Stockinger casks for 2 years. Production : 2400 bottles.
Tasting: the boulbènes on limestone of the plateau of Vélines are illustrated by very marked salty notes and give the wine a great minerality. A white wine that transcends the natural power of Semillon and expresses itself with fantastic length.
To decant imperatively!

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc

 Eric Laguerre's "Le Ciste," (named after a flowering bush in and around his vineyards) is certainly one of the most distinctive whites of the Roussillon. Grown in Eric's high-elevation terroir on acidic soils of decomposed granite, the wine is made from Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle (Vermentino), Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu. Yields are about 20 Hl/Ha, harvesting is by hand in small baskets, fermentation (wild yeasts) and aging is in small barrels. Complex aromas of lemon oil, thyme, hay and white fruits—a lovely melange with contributions from each variety and especially showing the Marsanne and Roussanne. The palate is dense, stony and saline with herbal, citrus, almond and white fruit flavors. The finish is long with mineral acids and white fruits that linger on the palate. Complex and distinctive as a young wine, this will accompany grilled fish as well as fish and chicken in sauce and goat cheeses, and should develop nicely with a few years of cellaring. Really a Grand Cru of the Roussillon and a great value! David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

Eric Laguerre's parcels for this cuvée are planted on plateaus fringed with flowering "ciste" bushes and wind swept trees. The Pyrénées loom in the distance and the afternoon sun reflecting off the decomposed granite gives his vineyards a sort of shimmering quality. Eric's bottling of "Le Ciste" is a faithful interpretation of each of these elements plus Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Mourvèdre - some de-stemmed and some fermented on whole-clusters, separately, then aged for a year in barrel before being blended together in fiber tank. The 2017 has all of the bold flavor and texture of grapes that were allowed to fully ripen without any worry about lost acidity. At his altitude and with the help of granitic soils, Eric has little reason to pick early; his wines are vibrant and always have a marvelous backbone of mineral acidity. This is his fullest wine, with rich tannins and brooding flavors of fresh thyme, black pepper, bitter chocolate, and blood orange buoyed by ripe cherry. And while this is a handy and humble "grab n' go" for barbecues, Moroccan-themed dinners, etc., this wine has all of the potential to make us giddy and glad that we saved a few for 2030.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Le Passage

Eric Laguerre's "Le Passage" is from his highest parcel, at about 2,000 feet, on soils of decomposed granite. Organic farming, natural vinification, aged in used barrels. 80% Carignan with Syrah and Grenache. The 2019 is a lovely dark red/black color with deep aromas of blackberry, earth, dark chocolate brightened with violet and pepper. Dense, velvety black fruits on the palate - blackberry, prune and cocoa lifted by bright citrusy acids and finishing with a mineral kick. This is a beautiful expression of Eric's mountainside vineyards and a sensational value - showing the quality of his low-yielding Carignan. Drink now, served cool, with grilled meats, stews, and full-flavored cheeses, or hold a few years for a mature experience. David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $14.99

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2015 Jurançon Cuvée Marie-Louise

Régine and Jean-Joseph Aurisset of Chateau Lapuyade/Clos Marie-Louise produce sensational dry, moelleux and dessert wines from Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng on their Biodynamic estate deep in the hills of Jurançon, southeast of Pau. The soils are primarily "poudingue," a conglomeration of calcareous stones and gravel deposited during the formation of the Pyrenees, with sandy clay topsoil. The Aurissets prefer a very full-bodied style of Jurançon - all their wines are aged in used barriques which gives amazing complexity  and phenomenal richness to the  100% Petit Manseng Cuvée Marie-Louise. This is a superb Jurançon Moelleux, harvested in late December, about 90 grams/liter of residual sugar. Wonderfully complex aromas of apricot, candied citrus, flowers and exotic fruit with a hint of vanillin. Lemon confit, apricot, brown spice and chalky acids on the palate. A young wine that is gorgeous now but perhaps best in five to ten years. With more acidity than Sauternes, this is a great match for foie gras, lemon tarts and strong cheeses, and for apple and mince pies on Thanksgiving! Absolutely superb! (The wine drinks beautifully for weeks, re-corked in the fridge.) David Lillie

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white fortified sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Cortis 2019 VdF Merune

Produced by Jeremy and Isabelle Decoster, who started Les Cortis in 2016 in Bugey at the foot of the Jura mountains. Consisting of 95% Chardonnay, balanced out with Roussette (Altesse), from organically/biodynamically farmed vines 500 meters above sea level. Soil is limestone and marl above granitic bedrock. The nose on this wine is salty and herbal. Green tea and sea breeze followed by lovely chopped raw almonds on the nose. Fruit is yellow cherry and clementine zest. After half an hour open, smells of sliced ginger and white pepper appear. On the palate, there is minerally smoke and salinity. Fruit is a mix of bitter citrus and white stone fruit. Structure-wise, the wine has a nice texture, substantial enough in the middle with an edge of medium acidity.  I love this wine - delicious and interesting. Drink up! David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Fouques 2020 Côtes de Provence Impulsion Rosé No SO2

Wow, a Provencal Rosé with no SO2 added - this is sort of exciting as some rosés are loaded with sulfur and are will give a headache to those who are sensitive. The Biodynamic folks at Les Fouques have made the "Impulsion" for two years now and this second version is quite delicious. The color is a bit opaque, very pale pink, with delicate aromas of  raspberry and strawberry, a bit of peach, citrus and earth. The palate is round and supple, quite dry with berry fruits, spice, mineral and almond flavors, finishing with firm acidity with earth, mineral and berry fruits. Consume with abandon, no added SO2!

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Les Fouques 2020 Côtes de Provence La Londe "L'Estelle"

 Domaine les Fouques has been certified Biodynamic (Demeter) for 30 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 51% Grenache 21% Syrah 9% Rolle 15% Ugni blanc 4%. Unlike the majority of Provençal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more subtle expression of fruit and terroir. The 2020 is a subtle and beautiful wine showing a very pale salmon  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 very subtle red and yellow fruits, wild strawberry, hints of spice and citrus peel. The high percentage of white grapes brings delicacy and freshness. The finish is refreshing 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
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2020 Côtes de Provence Aubigue Blanc

(In stock, more arrives 12/13)  Wow, what a great wine for $14.99!  The Cuvée Aubigue Blanc from Les Fouques is made from 80% Rolle (Vermentino) with 10% Clairette and 10% Ugni Blanc. It's a delicious, full-flavored Provençal white with complex aromas of apple and pear liqueur and hints of dried flowers, almond and herbs. The palate is round and ripe with white fruits, candied citrus and dense mineral and stone flavors with good acidity. A great aperitf or accompaniment to full-flavored fish dishes and asian foods. Certified Biodynamic (Demeter)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2020 Côtes de Provence Cuvée l'Aubigue Rosé

The Cuvée "L'Aubigue" is a beautifully supple and fruit-driven rosé made from 48% Cinsault, 34% Grenache, 11% Syrah, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Vermentino. The wine shows a beautiful salmon color and offers complex aromas of peach skins, wild flowers, brown spice, and grapefruit pith. The palate is round and refreshing 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. A wonderfully versatile wine, this is lovely to sip by itself and will be a seriously delicious pairing with salads, full-flavored fish dishes, chicken and grilled pork all summer and all year...

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Granges Paquenesses 2017 Côtes du Jura Savagnin "La Pierre"

Hand harvested Savagnin from a lieu-dit called "La Pierre." Located in a cool site 400 meters above sea level and planted to clay, limestone and sandy marl soils. Vine age is 30 years old. This was fantastic over the course of 2 days, showing waxy creaminess, and a long, balanced mineral finish. An exceptional bottle of Savagnin, clearly exhibiting the density and length that Savagnin can attain, less expressive of the oxidative notes that can develop. A fine Ouillé Savagnin, and a perfect introduction to the fabulous whites from Loreline Labord.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lulu Vigneron (Ludwig Bindernagel) 2018 Côtes du Jura Savagnin

A brilliant, clear color of yellow gold. On the nose there are aromas of dried lemon, sherry, white pepper, and limestone, culminating in an almost sweet smell of raw apricot. The palate is intense, with snappy flavors of crisp yellow apple and pear, lemon peel, and salt - all riding a beam of 14.7% ABV (…which definitely warms your belly). Great acid, with a richness at its center, this wine, despite being so high in alcohol, is impressively balanced and very fun to drink. A cheery bottle that I can picture myself drinking often this winter, post meal and with friends. Finishing the bottle in three days is perfectly fine also - it really only gets better. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Saint-Chinian Cuvée Olivier

2019 is a great vintage for Thierry Navarre's Cuvée Olivier, from his oldest vines of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan grown in his mountainside vineyards in Saint-Chinian. Deep and very complex aromas of black raspberry and blueberry with hints of roast meats, espresso, violets, chocolate and citrus. Lovely palate of ripe red and black fruits, earth and citrus lifted by firm acidity. This is a beautiful Languedoc red — rich, ripe and complex and surprisingly "fresh" with good acidity and fabulous length. Organic farming, minimal sulfur. Highly recommended.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2020 Vin de France Lignieres Blanc

  From a vineyard co-planted with old varieties - Ribeyrenc Blanc, Grenache Gris and Clairette du Languedoc - Thierry Navarre made the 2020 "Lignières." It's a delighful wine with slightly spicy and floral aromas of white peach, lemon peel, almond, pear and honeysuckle,  dry and dense  on the palate, but nicely round and ripe, with mineral, herbal and stone fruit flavors with firm acidity - really lovely, a great aperitif or serve with fish or chicken in sauce, salads, sheep and goat cheeses. Three cheers for Thierry Navarre for making such a delicious, distictive and unusual wine from historic varieties. David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2020 Vin de France Ribeyrenc

An almost extinct grape grown in the Languedoc, Ribeyrenc has been preserved mostly due to the work of Thierry Navarre and his father before him, planted on slopes of schist, exposure south-east.  It’s thin-skinned and yields a fresh and vibrant red wine that could easily pass for a dark rosé. The aromas are complex with red fruits, spice, herbs, tobacco, rose petal and tea-leaf. Low-alcohol and  light-bodied and a bit delicate with plum, red currant, spice and smoke on the palate, with a long finish - fresh, floral, and unlike anything else, really a lovely wine ! EL

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Nicolas Gonin 2019 Isère - Balmes Dauphinoises Persan

This Persan from the Isère was produced by the fantastic Nicolas Gonin. Fruit was destemmed before a seventeen day maceration. Bottled without fining or filtration. This Persan has dark violet color. On the nose, it shows a full force of aromas, with black cherry, plum and red apple. Above the fruit are expressive nuances of espresso, mint, and smoke. The palate is absolutely Alpine in character, with a salty, mineral core that drives flavors of cassis and blackberry. On the wine’s finish, orange peel, black pepper, and dark cocoa appear. I found the structure to be incredibly engaging, with an initial edge that softens with air. After a few hours, a full and tender tannic form develops. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pajot, Domaine de 2020 VDP des Côtes de Gascogne Les Quatre Cépages

This is a beloved staple at Chambers Street! Domaine de Pajot is located in Southwest France overlooking the capital of Armagnac, a region more well known for their brandy than table wines. The entire estate is certified organic, grown over rolling hills of mostly sand and fine silt soils, vines interspersed with hazelnut trees. 'Les Quatre Cépages' is a blend of 35% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Colombard, 20% Ugni-Blanc, 10% Gros-Manseng . Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this wine is dry, crisp, and well balanced. Pajot is our go-to pick for your event, pleasing everyone at a moderate price, or for enjoying at home as an aperitif or with fish and chicken dishes.

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $9.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $58.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $78.99

Petite Baigneuse (Philippe Wies) 2018 Maury Sec Grand Largue

Lledoner Pelut is a relatively unknown variety, related to Grenache (and known as Garnacha Peluda in Spain). Philippe Wies farms Lledoner Pelut, Carignan and Grenache Noir in the Catalan hills of France, in a special part of the Languedoc-Roussillon region with soils of decomposed black schist. The 2018 "Grand Largue" is made from Lledoner Pelut and Carignan, and has a huskier profile than its little brother, Les Loustics. Here we have purple fruit, baking spice, and mineral cut. Clearly elegant enough to drink on its own, but would make a nice pairing with winter time stews or root veggie dishes. 

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Petite Baigneuse (Philippe Wies) 2019 Vin de France Juste Ciel (Grenache/Macabeu)

Maccabeu and Grenache Gris from very old vines on black schist soils of Maury, in the Roussillon, bordering Spain and the Pyrenees Mountains. There's great density and body to the wine, balanced by a mineral finish. I'm personally a big fan of Maccabeu and find wines made from this grape have really nice weight and good cut as well.  -EL

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Petite Baigneuse (Philippe Wies) 2019 Vin de France Les Loustics (Grenache)

Grenache from schist soil in Maury, nestled near the Pyrenees mountains. Loustics is from an arid north-facing parcel, and always has a nice freshness to it. The shist soils bring a particular mineral aroma and finish to the wine, blending well with the natural tannins, which are quite soft in the '19 vintage. In the end, it's a delicious, easy drinking, gentle and a bit "sauvage" expression of Grenache. Drink with a slight chill. No SO2 added. 

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Petite Baigneuse (Philippe Wies) 2020 Vin de France "Plait-il" Rosé

The 2020 Petite Baigneuse "Plait-il" is somewhere between an orange wine and a rosé with a fairly dark pink/orange color. Made from Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Oeillade (an old version of Cinsault) the wine shows complex earthy aromas of raspberry, plum skin, tart cherry and orange peel, and a bit of funk, with sappy fruit flavors, citrus  and minerals on the palate. The finish is long, earthy and intriguing with nice length of bright raspberry, tart cherry and citrus.  A bit like the lighter  wines from L'Anglore in Tavel but a bit more natural in style - give this some time open and be pleased. 

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Petite Baigneuse (Philippe Wies) 2020 Vin de France Imposture (Bl de Noir)

Philippe Wies at La Petite Baigneuse made "Imposture" -  a blanc de noir rosé - from Grenache grown on shiste soils. The wine shows a very pale pink/orange color and pretty aromas of strawberry, citrus, earth and rose petal. The palate has nice density and texture, but remains light and fresh, with pure raspberry/strawberry fruit, citrus, earth and a very long finish of sappy bright fruits and refreshing acidity. It's a pleasure to drink a such a flavorful, natural rosé with zero  or minimal SO2.

  • rosé
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pibarnon 2019 Bandol Rosé

A blend of Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Grenache, the wine shows pine needles, a hint of resinous underbrush, wild strawberry, fresh melon on the nose. Medium rich palate with stony core, plum, salty peach skin, garrique, and spice flavors on a long tactile finish with the classic saline and savory character that define classic Bandol rosé. While a fine pairing with bolder foods currently, this has the elements that bode for still more compelling drinking over the next five years and beyond.

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic

Pinelli, Marie-Charlotte 2020 Corsica Vin de France

Marie-Charlotte Pinelli is a Corsican native but her path took her to Paris to learn architecture first. She returned home in 2015 to help her father harvest and vinify a small parcel of Muscat he had purchased. She interned with local star Nicolas Mariotti-Bindi and then set about expanding her own small domaine. She farms organically, with certification and makes wine with no filtration or adjustments except for a little bit of sulfur. This is a blend of Grenache, Niellucci (the Corse name for Sangiovese) and Sciaccarellu grown on limestone and granite soils and aged in old foudres. The profile is all crisp red raspberry and pomegranate but the savory component is the most compelling part of the wine. The nose and palate are both full of crushed black pepper and green herbs and a beautifully fresh delicate texture. The overall effect is like Chianti Classico crossed with Pineau d'Aunis. Terrific wine. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 22 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

Renardat-Fache NV Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale "Initiale"

The Bugey Cerdon "Initiale" is a new release from our friends Elie and Christelle at Renardat-Fache - made primarily with Gamay, Elie says it reminds him of what the estate was producing 20 years ago: fruity, "glou glou" Cerdon to knock back with abandon. Creamy, round and delicious with aromas of red and black fruits and spice, the wine is sappy and refreshingly sweet with ripe strawberry and raspberry compote in the finish. There is an appealing plumpness to this wine - it doesn't have the structure of the flagship wine but it makes up for it in juiciness. The effect is akin to eating a perfect ripe red plum, with crunchy tart skin and a touch of bitterness as one reaches the pit. Sam Ehrlich

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 18 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Romain Chamiot 2020 Vin de Savoie Apremont Jacquère

Working organically since 2017, Romain Chamiot is located under Mt. Granier in the Savoie region of Apremont. This wine comes from Jacquère planted to this land's famous limestone soils - the best place in the world to grow this grape. Incredibly sparky on the nose, with firm yellow cherry and orange zest, accompanied by spicy anise and white flowers. The palate has a lean flavor of apricot accented by salt and green herbs. Medium acidity with a zippy body leads way to a finish that is soft and relaxed. A wonderful wine, full of energy. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2018 Jurançon Cuvee Tradition

(Was $22.99)  The 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. Around 50 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.

  • white medium-sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tour du Bon 2019 Bandol

 Half a mile inland on a hillside near a tiny village called Le Castellet, Domaine de la Tour du Bon is quietly making some of the best wines of Bandol.  The terroir here is a clay-limestone mix with a red subsoil. The 12 hectares of vines form a natural amphitheater overlooking the sea, and with abundant sunshine and very little rain, this is the hottest area in the appellation. On a blustery, raw evening what do we open to accompany a hearty dish of Poulet au Vinaigre? Turns out some young Bandol just crying out for a tasting note is just the thing. And the 2019 Domaine de la Tour du Bon makes a gutsy, rather than overtly polished example. The nose is effusive with aromas of dried violets, road tar, plum skin, and and enough leather to clad Rob Halford. And this is certainly bold, with sweet black and blue fruits framed by firm—though ripe—tannins, brisk acidity and a veritable fistful of garrigue. This has sensational energy and a dynamic core of firm earthiness. Fabulous with the poulet now, but 3-5 years and beyond of cellaring will be amply rewarded. This is a cracking bottle and makes one  contemplate whether six or a dozen are sufficient for cellaring. Highly recommended! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Vignes du Lac (Bruno Lupin) 2020 Vin de France Lac d'Annecy

From vines planted in 2015 to clay-limestone slopes overlooking Lac d'Annecy in France's Haut-Savoie. Vines are tended organically by the talented Bruno Lupin, known for his Altesse from nearby Frangy. Exposure is southwest and plot is 550 meters above sea level. In the glass, the wine is a glimmering yellow. The nose is healthy and lean, with lemon, limestone and zesty apricot skin. The palate is fantastic, with sparky citrus and white minerals balanced above flavors of green apple, cold pear and a woodsy essence of pine. The structure is bright and zingy, with full texture around a saline driven core that pushes a long, herbaceous finish. Fuller than other Altesse, this is a very gratifying wine to sip - and it promises great development over the next few years. Drink up! David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

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Alary, Denis 2018 Cairanne "La Brunote"

Now under the hands of Denis Alary, a vigneron of a old, storied estate (this is the 11th generation), Domaine Alary is producing textured and lovely Southern Rhône wines. The estate lies in the commune of Cairanne, where Denis has a number of Cairanne terroirs. The mix of terroir is important in a cuvée like La Brunote - a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 10% Carignan from 55 year-old vines. The Grenache is harvested on the region’s “terroir garrigues” while the Mourvèdre and Carignan are harvested on a south-facing mountain slope made of clay-limestone soil. The wine is then fermented with natural yeasts for around 25 days. On the nose, the 2019 is a complex medley of lovely floral red fruits and spice: red currant, sour cherry, sweet pepper and plum. On the palate, the wine is sappy and supple  with deep red and black fruits with soft tannins from the Mourvèdre, lovely acidity and depth,  finishing with spice and mineral notes. La Brunote is a wonderfully balanced and complex wine to drink over the next 5 years.

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Alary, Denis 2019 Cairanne Estévenas

65% old-vine Grenache, 35% Syrah (Serine, 1960, cuttings from Ampuis) from south facing clay-limestone slope soils on L’Estévenas, hand harvested, destemmed, The 2019 "Estévenas" is already singing and should drink well for another 10 to 15 years! Glass-staining red/black color with very deep ripe black cherry and raspberry aromas, quite elegant with a cool menthol aspect despite the ripeness. The palate is very round and sappy with red currant, black cherry and blueberry fruit, all in an elegant frame with bright acidity and finishing with terrific length of minty red fruits and mineral flavors. Drink now, slightly cool or hold ten years, lovely wine and highly recommended. David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Aphillanthes 2019 Cotes-du-Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu "Galets"

The 2019 Domaine les Aphillanthes "les Galets" is a very delightful Côtes de Rhône from 60% Grenache (1970s), 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre grown on clay-limestone soils on the Plan de Dieu, a terroir of gravel, rolled stones and clay near Gigondas. The wine shows lovely, bright aromas of black cherry and red currant, floral and quite pretty. The palate is supple and silky with cool red and black fruits, the finish is long with juicy red fruits and hints of spice with good length.  Really a lovely CDR at a great price - serve with Coq au Vin and be happy...

  • red
  • 29 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Balazu des Vaussières 2016 Vin de France Cuvée Camélia

The new release of vin rouge from Balazu des Vaussières, the 2016 "Cuvée Camélia," is a field blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan. The wine spent about 4 years in vat with zero added SO2.  The estate is certified organic and Biodynamic and uses no copper sulfate (the "organic" treatment against mildew) in the vines, nor SO2 in vinification. Pure juice! In the glass, the wine has a dense red core with clear violet edges. The nose is full of character, with dark maraschino cherries and spicy aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and birch. Smells of smoke and orange oil add a lighter dimension. Flavors of black plum and cherry add a base to more herbal hints of fennel seeds and mint. There is a wonderful and healthy earthiness, but in the middle is a flashy center of minerality. Medium acidity and just an ounce of tannin. A stony finish of salt and graphite. This wine is an absolute treat! (Note - the Balazu reds usually evolve nicely for a week or more after opening, re-corked and refrigerated)

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Barou 2020 Saint-Joseph "Un Autre Monde"

Domaine Barou has been organic since the 1970s and also produces cherries, apricots and peaches. The Saint-Joseph vines are in Limony, on thin soils of decomposed granite over the bedrock. Shallow plowing ("griffage") is done in the summer, with rye and clover growing between the rows in winter. The grapes are 80% de-stemmed, fermentations are with wild yeasts, aging is primarily in old barrels. .The 2020 Saint-Joseph shows a deep black/red color and gorgeous aromas of blackberry and blueberry liqueur with violet, spice, citrus and roast meat, very floral and pretty. Ripe black fruits, bitter chocolate, earth, licorice and citrus continue on the very lush, supple palate which is framed in perfect, bright acidity. The finish is soft and sapid and shows bright acidity and mineral flavors. This is absolutely delicious now but has the structure to age nicely for five to ten years. A sensational value and highly recommended!

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Barou 2020 VdP Collines Rhodaniennes Chardonnay "Rebel, Rebel"

Chardonnay (planted in 2000) from granite soils on the plateau, above the Saint-Joseph AOC, destemmed, 24 hour skin maceration, fermented at 20°-21°C, aged in 6-7 year-old 228-litre oak casks for 9-10 months, malo completed,  The nose is subtle and surprisingly elegant with pear, ripe granny smith and floral aromas, with a bit of buttery apricot and nice brightness. The palate has a nice mineral attack from the granite soil, with pear, apricot, citrus and stone flavors that continue in the clean, well-balanced finish. Chardonnay from the Northern Rhone? Yes, it's delicious! David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $64.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $64.99

Château de Manissy 2019 Côtes du Rhône "Oracle"

The very talented Florian André at Chateau de Manissy makes this delicious Côtes d Rhône from Grenache, Carignan and Counoise in organic/Biodynamic farming on sandy, brown clay/limestone soils. "The wine shows a shiny dark red, purple tints; the bouquet charms thanks to its sunny curve of aroma that mixes dried herbs with blackcurrant fruit, all neatly presented. There’s a little smokiness. The fruit purity stands out on the palate, the blueberry fruit with notes of tar-tannin, licorice accompanying it as it runs with calm continuity. This is bang on the money Côtes red, a pleasure to drink with its keen clarity, the length in shape to allow red meats into the dining equation. The freshness contributed by the Counoise is very helpful." (DrinkRhone) This is a superb everyday red at a crazy price!

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Clos Des Boutes 2019 Costieres de Nimes Chamboultou

This is a special red from Clos des Boutes, made from 100% Carignan. Medium bodied, with bright crushed berry fruit, and a touch of herbs/spice characteristic of Carignan. Served slighlty chilled, this is a lip-smacking and very fun wine to drink!  -EL

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos des Brusquières 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

85% Grenache, some 100+ years-old, 15% Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault. 70% de-stemmed, aged in vats and large old barrels. Bottled unfined, unfiltered. From our reliable friends at DrinkRhone:  "Top marks for genuine Châteauneuf-du-Pape red, local style, authentic wines. The 2019 is very dark; the bouquet is inky, on dark fruits, floral airs, it’s a very firm, profound aroma. The palate bears layered gras, develops a real build of intensity as it goes, has a mighty body, contains succulence, with the finish clear, lines of black cherry, the tannins shapely." Drink over the next 20 years...

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $45.99

Ferrand 2018 Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Antique Vieilles Vignes

The Ferrand CDR Cuvee Antiques Vieilles Vignes is 90% Grenache from 80+ year-old vines, 5% Syrah, 2% Cinsault, 2% Mourvèdre, 1% Grenache blanc plus Clairette blanche from 3.5 hectares next to the domaine in the northern zone of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This wine was a big favorite at CSW ten years ago and we're very glad to have it back, as the 2018 is drinking beautifully as a young wine. "The color is dark red; mulberry, mixed black stone fruits, violets show in a confident, appealing aroma. The palate bears fluid gras, with a gradual increase in intensity that moves it towards the South, black olives territory. It holds lots of well struck fruit, has good spring in it, captures 2018 very well. There’s a bit of pebble grain at the end. Gives a good glimpse of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at a much lesser price." Drink this lovely wine until  2029-31.

  • red
  • 29 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jamet, Jean Luc 2016 Côte Rôtie Terrasses

It's always odd when a top flight domaine splits and considering the Jamet family is Côte-Rôtie royalty, this is especially perplexing. Yet the two brothers are both making compelling wine. The robe is an inky purple. The nose offers aromas of saddle leather, Italian plum, black raspberry, licorice, and loam. There’s a hint of what seems like oak, but is more likely stems. The palate is mid-weight, lithe, and energetic, though simultaneously grounded—freshly turned earth and crushed herbs vie for attention. This shows black and blue fruits, not to mention plenty of granitic spice, and has a long, nearly peacock’s tail, expansive finish. There’s plenty to unravel here, but there’s great flair grounded by an sapid mineral core. A fine Côte-Rôtie with plenty of upside for the cellar. This should be immensely satisfying in 7-10 years and beyond.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

Les Pallieres 2019 Gigondas Les Racines

The Les Pallieres "Racines" is 80-85% Grenache (average age 70 years), 5-7.5% Syrah & 5-7.5% Cinsault (co-planted, 1950s-1960s), 5% Clairette blanche (1950s), from vineyards near the cellars at 250 metres, 80% destemmed, gentle crush, 30-35 day concrete, oak vat vinification, 2-3 daily pumping overs, cap punching, large oak vat aged 10 months, then large 60 hl barrel 7-9 months, unfined, unfiltered,  Domaine Les Pallières is undeniably one of the greatest, longest-running properties of the Southern Rhône — outside the village of Gigondas, woven into the foothills of the beautiful and brooding Dentelles de Montmirail. The domaine had been a continuously running farm within the same family since the fifteenth century! From the folks at Kermit Lynch - "The 2019 is Intense in both color and character, the most dense and vinous I can ever remember from this cuvée. If you need proof that density can be elegant and smooth all at once, look no further."

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic

Monardiere 2019 Vacqueyras Les 2 Monardes

The 2019 Vacqueyras  "Les 2 Monardes" shows  a "very dark robe; the bouquet is deep, sustains on appealing black berry fruits, has a coffee side, a little roasting. The palate’s richness is enjoyable, doesn’t hold back, maintains its rolling depth throughout, with smoked, pine needle moments towards the close, a menthol surge on the aftertaste. It evokes a pine tree fringed vineyard, has a natural oiliness that holds it together well. This is high interest, genuine, really grass roots Vacqueyras of terroir, marks for character. 14°. From mid-2023, decant, drink until 2037-39."

  • red
  • 29 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pierre Andre 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

We consider Domaine Pierre André to be one of the greatest estates in Châteuneuf-du-Pape. Organic since 1980 (one of the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992. The red is 90% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscadin and Picpoul. Some parcels are over 100 years old, with the average vine age around 65 years. The 2016 is a beautiful glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showing fresh, complex aromas of ripe blackberry with cherry, spice, rose, earth, tar, smoke and floral notes.  On the palate, the wine is perfectly structured, similar to the 2010, with deep blackberry and black cherry liqueur with spice, garrigue, earth and saline minerals. A great CDP for aging, this is delicious now in its vibrant youth, but will repay waiting for ten years and then enjoy until 2050! Very highly recommended. David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pierre Andre 2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Magnum

We consider Domaine Pierre André to be one of the greatest estates in Châteuneuf-du-Pape. Organic since 1980 (one of the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992. The red is 90% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscadin and Picpoul. Some parcels are over 140 years old, with the average vine age around 70  years. The 2018 shows a deep black/garnet color and aromas of ripe morello cherry, blackberry and blueberry liqueur with hints of violet, orange zest, garrigue and stone. The palate is dense but bright and balanced, supple and sapid with cherry, red currant, black plum and licorice with velvety tannins and a beautiful palate-coating finish of bright red fruits, earth and chalky acids. This is a gorgeous wine, perhaps without the power and and structure of 2016 but with deep, vibrant fruit that will give great pleasure over the next 20 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rousset 2019 Crôzes-Hermitage Marsanne Vieilles Vignes

 This is an oustanding Marsanne from vines planted in  1933 and 1965, aged in 10% new, 90% 1 - 3 year-old 400 liter barrels, 8 months on the lees, no batonnage. The 2019 shows elegant aromas of apricot, peach skin, almond, lime-flower, and flint - the palate is round, dense and quite full-bodied, but well-structured and elegant with firm acidity, showing buttery white fruits, almond, stone, anise and mineral flavors with pear, citrus and mineral notes in the long finish. Pair this beautiful wine with full-flavored fish and chicken dishes and goat cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

Rousset 2020 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc (Marsanne-Roussanne)

From 85% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne grown on powdered granite with clay and gravel - great terroir producing this delightful  wine from the Rousset family.  The Rousset Crozes Blanc is outstanding in 2020 - the third vintage to include the new planting of Roussanne - and is one of the finest white wine values in the store!  The wine shows fresh aromas of white peach, apricot, almond and lime-flower with a bit of white pepper. The palate is supple and dense with ripe pear, mineral and citrus flavors, with wet stone and caramel. The finish is ripe and long with firm lemony acidity. Serve with white meats, a ceviche of fluke, mildly-flavored fish dishes and a wide variety of cheeses. David Lillie 

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $20.99

Sarbèche 2017 Saint-Péray

(Was $32.99) The 2017 Saint-Peray from Cyril Milochevitch at Sarbèche is from 40 year-old Marsanne and Roussanne vines (50% each) in the lieu-dit "Fauterie" on decomposed granite at 400 meters altitude.  18 months of aging in 5 to 10 year-old Burgundy barrels, no soutirage or batonnage, minimal SO2 added. The color is pale gold/bronze with aromas of apricot, baked apple, citrus peel, brown spice, lemon, chamomile, stone and hay. The palate is round and dense with white fruits, almond, peach, spice and stone flavors. Serve with fish in sauce, white meats, mild cheeses. Lovely now but the wine should gain in complexity over the next five to ten years.  This is a lovely and quite "natural" northern Rhone white. David Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $46.99

Texier 2014 CdR St. Julien en St. Alban Domaine Pergaud Vieille Serine

From 70-year-old Syrah/Serine vines located on the west bank of the Rhône on granite soils that had been farmed exclusively by a protestant religious order known as D’Arbistes. There has never been a chemical introduced into this vineyard. "The 2014 St Julien Pergaud is ready to drink" says Eric "enjoy it now for its round tannins, with low alcohol and minimal SO2. My parents love it because it goes well with confit de canard!" The wine shows conplex, earthy aromas of blackberry, rose, black pepper and graphite with animal and smoky notes. The palate is cool and sapid with blackberry, prune, citrus and earth with a long finish with black fruit and mineral flavors. This is a delicious old vine Syrah reflecting the granite terroirs and M. Texier's superb farming and natural vinifications.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Texier 2015 Brézème Domaine Pergaud Vieille Serine

Made primarily from 80 to 90 year-old vines of Serine, grown in a small hillside parcel of limestone marl soil in Brezeme, generally regarded as an old version of Syrah (which evolved from Mondeuse Blanc and Dureza) with smaller berries which survived through massale selection, principally in Cote Rotie.  Serine gives a more aromatic and elegant wine that the larger berried modern Syrah. Eric Texier says "2015 Brezeme Pergaud is a different animal. Very reductive now, it needs decanting or, better, opening 24 hours before pouring. Personally, I will not touch it before 2025. I consider it as one of my best "old school" wines. A bit like 2010 with more depth, riper than 2013 with a similar balance. Not a fruit bomb." The 2015 shows earthy, complex black and blue fruits, with chalky strawberry amd floral aromas. The palate is intense and earthy with blackberry, red currant, licorice and mineral flavors with pretty red fruits lingering in the long finish. Decant well in advance if drinking now, best to hold ten years or more.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Viret, Philippe 2016 VdF Renaissance

This is a full bodied, black-fruited blend from an estate that follows the principles of Cosmoculture, which can be likened to Biodynamics in its respect of lunar patterns and also energy fields and telluric currents. Though it might sound a bit "new-age," it's more accurately a look back to how ancient civilizations observed water sources and planetary movement to inform how, where, and what they would plant. Primarily Grenache, with Syrah, Mourvedre, and Carignan from several plots, the maceration is long (about 45 days) and aging is over 4 years in concrete, with no addition of sulfur. A complex and generous, earthy Southern Rhone red with great length, supple tannins, and nice aging potential.  -EL

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur