Loire

Baudry 2018 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Le Clos Guillot is a beautiful south-east facing vineyard, just east of the town of Chinon, above the Clos de l'Olive and adjacent to Le Chêne Vert. The upper slope of the parcel is clay over limestone (the lower part has sand and gravel over the rock, which permitted a tiny separate production from franc de pied vines, now mostly deceased) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. Fermentation in wooden cuves, 12 months of aging in three to ten year-old barriques, 9 additional months in unlined cement vats. We have been buying this wine since it's first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons. It's become incrreasingly difficult to write superlatives about this wine, as each vintage since 2014 has been superb in it's own way. And now 2018, a vintage the Baudrys describe as "magnificent!" The ripeness of fruit in this vintage diplays a different side of Cabernet Franc with the more traditional light raspberry/strawberry aromatics enhanced by darker fruits: blackberry, black raspberry and boysenberry with violet and earth, that remain vibrant and bright. The color is deep black with a purple rim. The palate shows sensational purity, freshness and elegance with a fabulous dense, silky, calcaire texture and fabulous length of pure black fruits and minerals. While this wine is amazingly delicious now, it should be very interesting with long cellaring as well. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 54 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry, Bernard & Matthieu 2020 Chinon Rosé

The beautiful Baudry Chinon Rosé is 100% Cabernet Franc, usually 50% from clay/silex soils and 50% from gravel soils, as in "les Grézeaux." As always this is one of the most elegant and delicious of all French rosés, a reflection of the superb organic vineyard work and the great terroir possesed by the Baudrys as well as their great skill in vinifications with minimal added SO2. Matthieu Baudry's report on the 2020 Rose: "Rose 2020 looks like his older brothers, but the fermentation was much quicker than the 2018 and 2019. The Rosé 2020 is very dry: 1.2g/L RS versus 2.2 for the 2018 vintage. For me the flavors are more delicate and I prefer the balance of the 2020 over the 2018/19 which were more exotic."  6 bottle maximum, please.

  • rosé
  • 15 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Touraine KO In Cot We Trust

Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme's "In Cot We Trust" is one of the most vibrant, fascinating and delicious Malbecs of the Loire! From  a single parcel called "les Automnes" with 45 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils, 2 week whole-cluster maceration, fermentation and aging for 18 months in 500L demi-muids, zero added SO2. 2019 is another great vintage for this soulful wine! (Please decant or open a few hours in advance) The wine shows an opaque dark red color and complex aromas of ripe blackberry and plum, violet, earth, roast meat, citrus peel and mint, very changeable and bright. The palate is fresh and bright with cool acidity under dense stony black fruits, plum skin and lighter berry fruits, menthol and stone that linger in the long finish. Fascinating now, this should be very interesting in 5 to 10 years. Highly recommended for lovers of natural wine, serve cool.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 15 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Vin de France Vercheny

Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme currently works about ten hectares and  sources some fruit from trusted friends, also working organically. This vintage of the Vercheny (an anagram of Cheverny) is 100% Pinot Noir from 60 year-old vines in the "La Boissiere" vineyard. Grapes are hand-harvested, whole cluster fermentation occurs in vat, and the wine ages for at least six months in used 500L barrels. A spectrum of bright red fruits is present on the nose, with fresh red cherries and raspberries.  The wine is bright with acidity with nice density and a chalky texture with a touch of structure framing juicy red raspberries, strawberies, cherries and tangy red apple skin on the lingering finish. Just delicious!

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $26.99

  • 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 Ormeau Deux Croix Maceration

This is a beautiful almost-orange wine from Chenin Blanc grown on clay/limestone/silex soils in the "Ormeau des Deux Croix Ronne" vineyard near Monthou-sur-Bievre (Cheverny). The grapes undergo a one month maceration in amphora and vat which imparts a pale, slightly cloudy orange/bronze color and a bit of skin tannin in the finish. The 2020 seems a bit brighter than the 2019 with intriguing aromas of orange peel, spiced pear, beeswax, almond...  The palate is finely textured with very firm acidity and flavors of ripe pear and granny smith, with citrus peel and spice in the long scintillating finish. Enjoy by itself or with full-flavored fish and chicken dishes.

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $27.99

  • 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 and be happy!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2020 Côtes du Forez "La Madone"

The Gilles Bonnefoy "Gamay sur Vulcan" is from 15 to 30 year-old vines, 50% on basalt soils, 50% on granit/clay soils on the slopes of an ancient volcano. Hand harvested with low yields, the grapes are de-stemmed and undergo a short fermentation with native yeasts. The wine is lightly filtered and bottled with minimal SO2. The color is a warm purple, with lighter violet edges. Nose is plush red and black berries, a minerally smoke, black tea, with an airy, grassy aroma. Palate has tart cherries and plums, a flash of limestone, and a hint of rich, woodsy earth develops on a long, engaging finish. The wine's structure, crisp but juicy, makes it incredibly drinkable. Complex and fresh, serve with a slight chill, and drink this summer. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • 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
  • 5 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
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Grand Mont

 "Grand Mont" is one of the greatest sites in Benais - a high, south-facing slope on yellow Turonian limestone with shallow sandy clay soils, rich in mica. Wines from this vineyard are built to age and this rare bottling from Domaine de la Chevalerie is a beautiful example. They started to produce it in 2009, and they consider it their grande cuvée. The wine ages in a one-year-old barrel and several older barrels for 7 months, bottled unfined unfiltered. 2014 Loire reds are superb - it was not an easy vintage for the winemakers, but the results were often fabulous, especially at Chevalerie, with a perfect balance of ripe black and red fruits with firm earthy acidity. The 2014 "Grand Mont" shows a very dark black/purple color with elegant aromas of black raspberry and blackberry with violet, earth, dark chocolate, citrus and game.  The palate shows silky tannins and complex red and black fruits - beautifully balanced with bright acidity and mineral flavours. This is really elegant and Burgundian, very long and built to last, really a perfect Bourgueil that will become a profound mature wine in ten to fifteen years - then drink until 2045 and beyond. Open the day before if drinking now, paired with a confit rabbit with cardamon & juniper served with roasted celeriac, or a coq-au-vin. 100% Cabernet Franc. David Lillie / Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2018 Bourgueil Diptyque "Franco de Porc"

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 foothills 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 95 in stock
  • $15.99

Chidaine, François 2018 Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert (Arrives 9/28)

 Francois Chidaine's "Clos Habert" is from a single vineyard of old vines on a high plateau near the winery, on soils of clay, mixed with fine pieces of flint over the white limestone "tuffeau." The fruit is picked late in successive "tries" with the aim of producing a demi-sec which usually has 12 to 20 grams of residual sugar per liter. Fermentation is with wild yeats in 600 liter barrels and can take six months. The 2018 "Clos Habert" is one of the great "sec-tendre" of the Loire, with about 10 gr/L RS. Tasted last winter, the wine showed a brilliant bright gold color and was elegant and closed -  retasted on arrival in NY, the wine shows a wonderful melange of mandarin and lemon peel, ripe green apple and pear,  honeysuckle and white pepper, just beautiful. The palate shows very ripe white and yellow fruits, with citrus confit and very firm flinty, calcaire flavors with anise and spice in the long, silky finish, showing fabulous length and energy. This should develop beautifully over the next 20 - 30 years and is highly recommended. David Lillie

  • white off-dry
  • 17 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chidaine, François 2019 Montlouis Clos du Breuil (Arrives 9/28)

The Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire "Clos du Breuil" is from a great parcel of 60 year-old Chenin Blanc vines, next to the Clos Habert, sloping to the northwest, on soils of clay with silex stones ("perruches") over the white limestone "tuffeau." Always a dry and very crystalline Chenin, equal in quality to the "Les Bournais" but in a more austere, mineral style more typical of Montlouis. The 2019 has just arrived and the wine is quite dense and earthy, very marked by the silex soils. The wine will need a few years to really open up, but is showing subtle aromas of stone, citrus, almond, lemon and ripe pear, with elegant white fruits on the silky, round palate with a slightly bitter, mineral character, with citrus zest and saline, earthy notes in the finish. delicious now with cod, sole or flounder, but this will be interesting in ten to fifteen years,  (Beatifully balanced at 4.4 g/L RS, 13% alc, 4.07 g/l total acidity.)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chidaine, François 2019 Montlouis Sur Loire Les Bournais (Arrives 9/28)

This is usually our favorite wine from François and Manuela Chidaine, long-time champions of organic and biodynamic farming in the Loire Valley. Named after the soil type "Les Bournais," a unique clay topsoil over limestone (tuffeau blanche) also found across the river in Vouvray and without the silex present in most Montlouis terroirs. First made in a sec-tendre style, recent vintages have been dry, with the 2019 showing perfect balance  at 2.6 g/L RS, 13% alc and 4.51 g/L total acidity. The 2019 shows the wine's normal astonishing aromatic complexity with hints of red fruits (raspberry), lime flower, pineapple, lemon zest, stone, white peach and almond. The palate is very elegant and a bit austere in it's youth, showing firm acidity with earth and mineral flavors predominant over white fruits, bitter lemon, almond and stone. Very long and very bright citrus and mineral finish. This is a beautiful Montlouis that will  pair with mildly flavored fish, ceviche and goat cheeses in it's youth, with age serve with lobster, white meats and fish in sauce, Asian foods.... It's delicious now, and should be very interesting after ten to fifteen years in the cellar. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chidaine, François 2019 Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles (Arrives 9/28)

Francois Chidaine has been one of the leading proponents of organic and regenerative agriculture in the Loire valley and has had a profound influence on the resurgence of Montlouis. Les Choisilles is vinified dry, from parcels of 30 to 90 year-old vines on clay and silica soils over limestone "tuffeau." The soils are kept "green," beneficial plants grow in the rows and only organic composts are used. Fermentation of Les Choisilles can last up to six months, with wild yeasts, no malo-lactic, aging on the lees in large barrels.  The 2019 is a very beautiful "Les Choisilles" with ripe aromas of lime-flower, pineapple, lemon and pear. The palate is silky and well-structured with chalk and mineral flavors underlying creamy pear and citrus fruit, finishing dryer than expected with firm minerality in the very long finish.  Though delicious now,  served with grilled fish, fish and chicken in sauce and shellfish, the Les Choisilles will open nicely over the next ten to fifteen years and should be considered for the cellar. 4.7 g/L RS, 13.5% alc, 3.85 g/L total acidity. David Lillie

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chidaine, François 2019 Vin de France (Vouvray) "Baudoin" (Arrives 9/28)

Francois and Manuel Chidaine have led a revival of quality in Montlouis over the last twenty-five years and are now making outstanding Vouvrays from the former Poniatowski vineyards in Vouvray. The Chidaine's vinyeard work is among the finest in France and the disaster they took over from Poniatowski has happily come back to life, being a mix of old vines and new plantings. The Clos Baudoin is certainly one of the greatest sites in Vouvray and the 2019 is a perfectly balanced, extremely elegant wine that will drink well over the next twenty years. (It's bone dry at 1.9 g/L RS, 13% alc and 4.62 g/L total acid.) The aromas are bright and floral with lemon peel, pineapple, quince and stone with herbal, minty hints. The palate is vibrant with firm acidity and chalky minerals with citrus, quince, stone and almond, finishing with citrus and mineral flavors. Refreshing and delicious now, it will really sing in 2031!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Coulaine 2017 Chinon Les Picasses

This is a superb "les Picasses" from Jean de Bonnaventure at Chateau de Coulaine, which has been practising organic and biodynamic agriculture since  1988. The parcel is at the top of the vineyard with southern exposure, on the classic clay/limestone "tuffeau" in Beaumont-en-Veron. This quite dense and powerful Chinon is aged in 15% new barrels and barrels of one and two wines. The 2017 is in a really nice place at the moment. Elegant tannins, pronounced mineral depth, with medium-weight and subtle black fruit and earth. All of the elements are in harmony here. A classic Chinon. 

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Deboutbertin 2017 Vin de France Achillée

Deboutbertin is Stéphanie Debout and Vincent Bertin, with 4 hectares of vines around Faye d'Anjou and Beaulieu. Vineyard work is all done by hand or with their horse, Anatole. Vinifications are with wild yeasts, aging is in 3+ year-old barrels, bottling is without filtration or added sulfur - 100% jus de raisin! Opaque pale bronze color, aromas of dried apple and pear, a bit of brown spice, dried flowers, lemon oil and caramel. Intense earth, citrus, stone and dried pear on the palate with citrusy acids in the long finish.  This is a lovey natural wine - it's a pleasure to drink a Chenin Blanc with no added SO2. Disclaimer - this is most certainly a "natural" natural wine, and is best suited for the adventurous and curious wine-drinker. Though it clearly has the backbone and mineral structure of an Anjou Chenin, it is definitely "different!" Fermentation did not finish by 2018 when Stéphanie and Vincent needed to empty barrels to make space for new wine, so the wine arrived in New York with a crown cap and some residual sugar. We have stored the wines for several years and it seems the yeast slowly did some more work, as the bacterial flaws are gone, and the wine is much drier than it was 3 years ago. Still a bit of residual sugar, but with the acidity and structure from the schist soils in Anjou, it's well balanced. -EL

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Delrieu, Julien 2019 Vin de France Le Jeau Rouge

Julien Delrieu  has a touch for chenin for sure, but also for red. This blend of Grolleau and Cabernet Franc is a pure "gourmandise," which is not a common thing to say when you know the wine is made in Anjou Noir. But the combination of faluns (a mix of limestone and sandy soils full of seashells) and deep gravelly soil and clay don't bring the usual, rustic tannic structure the reds from the region can have, and even more when the organic farming and the care given to the vines make you think more about gardening than viticulture. This cuvée comes from two plots, the main one giving the name to the wine. Grapes are vinified in fiberglass tank, whole bunches for the grolleau, half for the cabernet, with very gentle pigeage, then bottled in the spring with a hint of sulfur. A very joyful wine, explosive with little red wild berries, fenugreek, peony, and a hint of pepper, the palate is just vibrant and delicious, very Loire-like, crunchy with no green whatsoever but a gentle herbal quality enhancing the fruit. A little chill will make it even better.  PL.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Gaudry 2019 Sancerre Vincengétorix (Arrives 7/26)

 This is a gorgeous Sancerre Rouge, Pinot Noir with Pinot Fin,  a product of Vincent Gaudry's wonderful Biodynamic farming. Wild yeast, whole-cluster fermentation, aging 12 months in used barrels. The 2019 shows a brilliant black/red color and vibrant aromas of black cherry liqueur, black raspberry, earth, licorice and violet. The palate is dense, sapid, and chalky with lush, earthy black fruits  framed in firm acidity and mineral flavors with hints of licorice, cherry pit and brown spice. Bravo to Vincent and his team! Delicious in 2021 for its youthful fruit, then wait 3 to 5 years, drink until 2030+  Highly recommended and a bargain at the price...David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $29.99

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

Grandes Vignes 2014 Bonnezeaux Le Malabé

If you love a sweet Chenin (and you really should give it a try if you haven't yet) then this is definitely for you! Bonnezeaux is one of the few sweet Chenin Blanc appellations for the Loire valley so it is a rare treat. The vineyards from Domaine Les Grandes Vignes are all certified organic and biodynamic as the health of their soil and team are extremely important to them, despite being one of the larger estates (around 50 hectares) in the region. You could drink this now, but you might miss out on an incredible evolution if you keep it in the cellar for awhile.

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Guion 2014 Bourgueil Cuvée Deux Monts

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 and 2014 is a particularly good vintage for Loire reds to age.  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.  Tasted in February 2016, the wine was fairly closed and tight, with deep, pure black fruits and perfect balance. This will be a sensational mature wine, best to wait eight to ten years, or more, then drink until 2040. 

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2017 Bourgueil Deux Monts

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

(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
  • 24 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2019 Bourgueil Rosé

(Wine arrives 8/25) Of course we love the great Cabernet Franc rosés from the Loire and a special favorite of ours is the vibrant Bourgueil from Stéphane Guion in Benais. Organic since 1964, the estate produces superb wines on the limestone/clay soils, and this year's rosé is perhaps his best ever! The color is a lovely pale pink and the raspberry and red currant fruit is supple, complex and refreshing, remaining light but with lovely complex fruit, herbal notes and a particularly long and focused finish with firm acidity. It's an amazing value at $13.99, and will drink beautifully over the next three years, case purchases are recommended!

  • rosé
  • 22 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Huet 2020 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux 1er Trie

12.5% alc, 71 g/l RS, 4.25 g/l total acidity, pH 3.25

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2020 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie

12.5% alc, 91 g/l RS, 3.91 g/l total acidity, pH 3.36

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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
  • 7 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2019 Chinon Les Deuzelles

The wines of Patrick Lambert have been a staple in our shop for some time now. His wines are classic, expressive, and made exclusively from his organically farmed estate. The 'Deuzelles' is selected from his ~25 year old  vines planted on gravel, clay with silex, and sandy soils. The juice is fermented in concrete vats for 15-18 days, then aged in old barriques for 3 to 6 months. This is one of the best values I can find for excellent Cabernet Franc. This bottling is denser and more concentrated than the 'Gourmandises' but just as pleasurable and easy-drinking. The nose has notes of blackberry and raspberry bramble, freshly turned soil, and savory herbs, and the on the palate the wine is juicy with supple tannins. This was lovely when I tasted it on day one, and even better on day two, so if you have the time, give this some air before you enjoy! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2020 Chinon Rosé

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

  • rosé
  • 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
  • 20 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Le Briseau 2018 Vin de France Patapon Rouge (9/22)

'Patapon' has a following of die-hard old-school natural wine fans, for good reason. For many of us, it was our introduction to Pineau D'Aunis, obviously along with Robinot, Tue-Bouef, Clos Roche Blanche, and Puzelat-Bonhomme offerings from the early 2000s (to name a few). This wine always has a medium bodied palate, a bit of a surprise for folks who think that Pineau D'Aunis is thin or juicy. Some are, but not the Patapon! Careful with the chill, as the wine becomes tight, tannic and neutral on the nose with too much of a chill. Best would be to serve this at cellar temp and let it warm up. A very lovely Pineau D'Aunis with deep, round spicy red fruits and hints of white pepper.

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Le Briseau 2019 Vin de France Verre des Poetes

The Le Briseau 2019 "Verre des Poetes" from Nathalie Heredia, contains juice from over 100 year-old franc de pied vines. The color is a fairly light red/amber. The aromas are subtle and pretty with black raspberry, wild strawberry, cranberry, plum and violet. The palate is light but quite dense and dark, meaty and earthy with cherry skin and mineral flavors, with a chalky and slightly bitter finish. This will need years in the cellar or a very long decant - an intiguing wine of contemplation that will need time to reveal it's poetry. (Please note - there is no added preservative, consume on the day opened.)

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Sablonnettes 2020 VDF Zeste

This is a new addition to the Sablonnettes lineup, a skin contact (Blanc de Macération) of Chenin Blanc, with subtle peachy hue, and lovely stone fruit on the palate. From the bottle: "Plus aromatique et plus tannique que son p'tit frère (le p'tit blanc), le zeste qui sauve le vigneron!"  Loosely translated: More aromatic and tannic then its little brother (P'tit Blanc), the zest (alternatively, spark) which saves the winemaker! This would be great with marinated and grilled veggies, cheeses, and fish dishes.   -EL

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Mosse, Agnes et Rene 2020 Vin de France Magic of Ju-Ju

This year's version of the "Magic of Juju" is 70% Chenin from the Loire and 30% Loin de l'Oeil from Gaillac. The grapes ferment and age on the lees in old barriques for 6 months with the blend done about 6 weeks before bottling.  The fruit profile is dominated by honeydew melon, crisp yellow apple and green pear, with a tart salty quality in the mid-palate reminiscent of the best Greek yogurt drizzled with honey. There is good weight and a lovely sense of balance here. All in all, this is delicious. Be the first on your block to taste this unique blend!

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

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! 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
  • 33 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Monnières-Saint Fiacre (Oct 1st)

The 2017 Pépière Cru Communal Monnières - Saint-Fiacre is from a parcel of old vines on bedrock of gneiss, rich in minerals such as feldspar, mica and iron, with sandy limestone topsoils. The Cru is in the heart of the Muscadet region, bordered on the north by the Sevre river and to the southeast by the Maine. Notes from Remi Branger: "In 2017 there was frost in some parcels of Château Thebaud and Clisson but almost none in Monnières-Saint-Fiacre. 2017 is a very beautiful vintage where we find great freshness and structure. We harvested the Monnières parcel on September 7th and after two months of fermentation the wine spent 3 years sur-lie, during which time we performed 3 batonnages - we bottled it in November 2020. I don't know if you remember but at the salons (Jan - Feb 2020) the samples showed beautifully and were all in delicacy. The wine remains in that style, very pure and fine with notes of citrus with a bit of iodine and very lightly fumé."  The wine is less dense than "Clisson" and "Château Thebaud" but our notes from 2020 indicate an equally great Muscadet - ethereal, classy, pure and very long. A great wine for drinking over the next ten to fifteen years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Cru Château Thébaud (Oct 1st)

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
  • 66 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Pineau, Julien 2020 Vin de France Sucettes á l'Aunis

From Jullien Pineau, new proprietor of vines at the Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine, comes this earthy and beautiful Pineau d'Aunis, organic farming of course and zero added sulfur. The 2020 shows a bright, slightly opaque red/purple color with lovely aromas of rose petal, spice, plum, ripe raspberry, orange peel and white pepper. The palate is tangy and velvety with ripe plum and crushed berries - the finish is soft and ripe with earth, minerals, red fruits and citrus. This is a delightful natural wine that will accompany a wide variety of lighter meat dishes, served cool. David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 19 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
  • 8 in stock
  • $32.95

  • Organic

Pinon 2018 Vouvray Silex Noir (Arrives 9/28)

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
  • 16 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic

Pinon, François & Julien 2017 Vouvray Brut (Arrives 9/28)

Many of you may instinctively reach for the Pinon Vouvray Non-Dosé, and while that is an excellent and refreshing example of sparkling Chenin Blanc, you should absolutely not dismiss the utter deliciousness of the Brut! The Chenin's of Pinon are some of the best in Vouvray due to their impeccable farming, diversity of clay, limestone, and silex soils, and deliberate, albeit low-intervention, cellar work. The Vouvray Brut comes from ~45 year-old vines that are hand-harvested during the first pass of the season. It is made in the traditional method with two to three years resting on the lees before disgorgement with 10 g r/s. On the nose is a just baked pie with pear and apricot, a bit of honey and dried chamomile, and on the palate are soft, persistent bubbles (it even stayed alive after two days in the fridge!) and a textured mineral-driven finish. Perfectly balanced to be just the slightest bit off-dry owing to the vibrant acidity, it will be delightful as an aperitif or with a selection charcuterie and cheese. Michelle DeWyngaert

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 23 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pinon, François 2012 Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé Arrives 9/28

The re-release of the Pinon 2012 Brut Non-Dosé is drinking beautifully now, after 7-plus years on the lees. Even at my advanced age, I plan on cellaring a case of this very special wine for another ten to twenty years. Here is our original review: François and Julien Pinon make some of the finest sparkling wines in the Loire Valley. The superb Brut Non-Dosé comes from 45 year-old Chenin Blanc vines on Turonien limestone with topsoils of clay with silex. The fermentation lasts 4 to 6 weeks without added yeast or sugar. 2012 is a beautiful year for this wine as the bright fruit and firm acidity of the vintage contribute to the elegance and structure of this cuvée. The wine shows aromas of creamy lemon, pear, brioche, fines herbes and stone, with pear, green apple. mineral, herbal and bitter lemon flavors on the palate. The mousse is fine and refreshing and there is fabulous length of dried herbs, citrus pear and stone flavors on the finish. This very young wine will develop nicely in the glass and will cellar beautifully for twenty years or more - a few years ago we tasted a 1976 that was sensational.  David Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 28 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pinon, François NV Vin de France Petillant Naturel Rosé

 50% Cot and 50% Grolleau, organically farmed in Vouvray by Julien and François Pinon. This is an elegant and very delicious Pet Nat (actually 2019 vintage) that will accompany just about anything and is delightful as an aperitif by itself. The aromas are quite pretty with ripe raspberry, strawberry and red currant with hints of rose and blood orange. The palate is fresh and creamy with raspberry and tart strawberry with a nice mineral kick and sappy fruit in the refreshing finish. Grab this before it's gone...  David Lillie

  • rosé sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Raffault, Olga 2015 Chinon Les Picasses

Les Picasses is one of the greatest vineyards in Chinon - a south-facing slope of clay over porous limestone that retains water and nutrients, nourishing the vines. While the wine is amply fruited and enjoyable young, it has firm acidity and structure for long-term aging, up to 30 years and more depending on the vintage. 2015 was a very successful vintage for Loire reds, which generally showed deep lush fruit, firm acidity and moderate alcohol - a relatively full-bodied vintage with a bit more ripeness and sap, and a bit less acidity, than the 2014 .  The 2015 Raffault "Les Picasses" is a quite full-bodied wine, showing aromas of ripe strawberry and black raspberry with pepper and soil notes, deep and pretty.  The palate is dense with black raspberry confit, prune, citrus, earth,  licorice and cocoa with a core of mineral and earthy flavors and a long fresh finish, quite balanced and elegant. The wine aged mostly in 2,000 liter foudre and inox cuves to preserve the fruit. Ripe and forward enough to drink now with anything from roast chicken to steak, the 2015 should age beautifully, perhaps best 2020 to 2035 and beyond...? David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $33.99

Raffault, Olga 2020 Chinon Rosé

The Olga Raffault Chinon rosé has gotten better and better over the past few years, perhaps it's their move towards organic farming and the fine work of Sylvie Raffault and her husband Eric de la Vigerie. 100% Cabernet Franc, 10-hour maceration and slow wild-yeast fermentation. 2020 is "a sunny Rosé vintage, deep and aromatic, with fine acidity, sparkling with freshness." The wine is round and ripe and simply delicious, quite crisp and refreshing showing lovely bright pink color, hints of raspberry and strawberry fruit, ripe but dry and balanced on the palate with a bit of peach and red berries in the finish with bright saline acidity. "Particulièrement gouleyant" it says on the label and we couldn't agree more!

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Rocher des Violettes 2019 Montlouis-sur-Loire 'Touche-Mitaine'

Chenin Blanc from a single 4 ha organically-farmed (certified) parcel in Montlouis. 35+year-old vines in clay and silex over chalk. Fermented in a combination of used barrels and foudre. There’s no lack of “it’s not-cheap-but…” notes on here. (I’m probably guilty of writing a couple myself.) But this is more of a “don’t-be-put-off-by-the-price” situations. Montlouis. Certified organic. Ripe, but fresh; easygoing, but focused. More stone fruit and green tea than wool and wax, but definitely holding a fine mineral core beneath a facade of agreeable fruit. Pleasing, but substantive; oh-so-delicious. I can’t argue with the sage words of our friend Pascaline: "Chenin, Chenin, Chenin!" what a lovely bottle! Highly recommended. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Sansonnière (Mark Angéli) 2019 Vin de France La Lune

"Geology in our beloved region of Anjou is the most complicated in the world. The soil is different every 20 meters, ranging from - 10 million to - 1 billion B.C. ! That’s why we decided in 1997 to blend many different tiny plots in one cuvée, La Lune. The other bigger plots were kept separated : Les Fouchardes, Les Vieilles Vignes des Blanderies or Coteau du Houet. The name La Lune was chosen by our former worker, Stéphane Bernaudeau (who has since joined the little world of exceptional wine growers), because of the crescent shape of the ranks : they look like the moon! We quickly discovered soon La Lune, compared to the other wines, could be an “immediate drinking” cuvée, not very much affected by the bottling. Of course it could also be kept 30 years and more, like the single-vineyard cuvées. Minerality is maybe just a little less defined - probably because of the soil diversity. However, we consider it a benchmark for the region, showing the taste of the area without overthinking the individuality of all the different plots."  - Mark & Martial Angeli, Bruno Ciofi.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2019 Anjou Anjou Demon (Cab Franc)

Notes from the estate, awkwardly translated: "The 2019 "Anjou Demon" is 100% Cabernet Franc from the Parcelle de la Poulette, at the top of Hautes-Bruyères and Bois Roland. The grapes are harvested at very good maturity, destemmed and infused (macerated) for a month, offering us a concentration of black fruits and blackcurrant. The juice is extracted gently, the touch of the tannins is round and silky. The wine is naturally clarified by racking and bottled in June. Tasting: The color is very very dark purple. The nose is earthy, on blackcurrant, ink, graphite, black pepper, with a hint of game-birds. The palate is focused, firm and deploys a material of an impressive density, while managing to make it sensual, caressing, and very fresh and balanced despite the 14% alcohol which is imperceptible. The finish continues in freshness and balance: it is lively, pleasing, always with a remarkably controlled tannic structure, and a sapid finish of vibrant fruit, reinforced by minty acidity."

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2019 Vin de France Ancestral Brut

Les Terres Blanches Brut Ancestrale is 100% Chenin Blanc from low yielding vines in soils of sandy clay, quartz and limestone. The initial fermentation is in underground cement vats, without SO2, finishing at 22 - 23 gr/liter of sugar. The fermentation in bottle finishes quite dry and there is no dosage at disgorgement. This is  a wonderfully elegant and crystalline Pet Nat showing lovely subtle aromas of pear, peach and grapefruit, with beautiful chalky, stony acidity and terrific length. Just delicious!

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

  • 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
  • 12 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2019 Vin de France Gamay de Bouze

"Gamay de Bouze, semi-teinturier, with slightly rosé juice and black pulp, from the "La Vacherie" plot, composed of clays and silica with some red and ferrous sandstones. Our predecessor planted it in the 1980s to bring some color to his red wines. When we discovered this tiny plot in 2003, a heat wave year, we tasted grapes with notes of pepper and spices, an incredible discovery! Since then, we have always harvested and vinified this forgotten grape variety, wanting to keep all its complexity - Harvested very ripe, we vat 50% of the harvest in whole bunches and de-stem the remaining 50% in tronconic casks (Vicard cooperage).The maceration is semi-carbonic,  one-year aging is done in the cask. The color is very dark garnet, almost opaque. The nose succeeds in being both lush and classy, on candied red and black fruits, cherry stone and fine cocoa-flavored spices. The palate combines fullness and tension, with a dense and velvety enveloping substance of great aromatic freshness. The whole is harmonious, with a distinguished sensuality (the black dress which covers everything but hides nothing). The finish is velvety, freshness and this great distinction, but to a higher degree, underlined by a fine chalky texture, with a persistence on black cherry (and its stone), cocoa." Yum!

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2020 Cheverny La Caillière Pinot Noir

 Pinot Noir. La Caillère is a 1.35-hectare estate plot of 35-to40-year-old Pinot Noir vines planted on very deep clay over limestone. The argilo-silex soils are sandy and rocky and in fact the parcel takes its name from caillasse, meaning "hard rocks."  The Puzelats farm La Caillère organically and harvest it by hand. Vinification begins as semi-carbonic for 10 to 14 days, then finishes traditionally after pressing followed by 10 to 12 months aging in demi-muids and old barriques. The 2020 shows very complex tart cherry, red-currant, violet and earth aromas, quite pretty and with more ripeness than usual in this vintage. The palate is intense but light with fascinating black cherry, blood orange and spice flavors that linger with earthy acidity in the very long finish. This is an unususal and delicious Pinot that should develop well over the next 5 to 8 years. Minimal, or perhaps zero added SO2.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2020 Cheverny La Gravotte Pinot Noir

The 2020 Tue-Boeuf "La Gravotte" is Pinot Noir with a bit of Gamay grown in a 1.2 ha vineyard on clay with flint over limestone of Blois, aged for 8 months in 400L  and Burgunday barrels. This is a beautifully fresh, ripe and delicious natural Pinot, drink now or cellar 5 - 10 years.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2020 Touraine Le P'tit Buisson

100% Sauvignon Blanc. Tue Boeuf has been sourcing from this site known as Petit Buisson on the north bank of the Cher since 2003. It is an organically farmed, hand-harvested, 1.4-hectare parcel of 35-40-year-old vines on flinty clay-limestone soils.Typical of Tue Boeuf whites, Petit Buisson fruit is whole-cluster-pressed and allowed to ferment spontaneously with native yeasts and without sulfur in large oak tanks. The wine ages for around 6 months in used Burgundy barrels, without racking and with occasional stirring of the lees; it is bottled without fining or filtration.  The 2020 is a lovely Sauvignon Blanc with vibrant pear and melon fruit, very supple and ripe but with firm acidity. Most Sancerres are dulled by excess sulfur-dioxide, but this wine is pure, long and delicious with only a tiny addition of SO2 before bottling. Serve with any full-flavored fish dish, white meats and goat cheeses, lovely wine.

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2020 Vin de France Rosé

100% Gamay.  The Puzelats source organically farmed fruit from friends in Touraine as well as in Beaujolais. The bunches are hand-harvesed and direct-pressed into tank, where the wine ferments spontaneously with native yeasts and goes through malo as well. It is aged briefly in tank and bottled without fining or filtering and with very minimal sulfur. The lovely 2020 shows spicy strawberry/cherry aromas, quite floral and ripe; the palate is earthyand saline beneath pretty strawbeery/raspberry fruit with hints of spice and citrus. The finish is long with lingering stone and fruit flavors, fresh and earthy, benefitting from the minimal addition of sulfur - a delicious, natural rosé...

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2020 Vin de France Pineau d'Aunis

The Puzelats source tiny quantities of Pineau d'Aunis, mainly from neighbor vigneronne Valérie Forgues, who organically tends and hand harvests her hundred-plus-year-old vines. 2015 was their first vintage of this bottling. The wine is aged for 6 months in old barrels and was bottled and vinified with zero added sulfur. The aromas are floral with ripe raspberry, blackberry and blood orange, with pepper, brown spice, and animal notes. The palate is lush and bright with plum skin and blackberry fruit, very earthy firm acidity and berry fruits in the finish. Very delicious now, served cool, but probably best after a few years of cellaring -  a superb Pineau D'Aunis for lovers of natural wines. (2 cases available)

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2020 Vin de France Vin Rouge Gamay

100% Gamay. As for their entry-level white Vin Blanc, the Vin Rouge is made with sourced, organically farmed fruit from friends in the Cher Valley (the Puzelats' home turf in the Touraine) as well as in Beaujolais in this vintage. The bunches are kept whole and fermented spontaneously and carbonically with a short maceration and no sulfur. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks and bottled with a maximum of 20 mg/l of SO2. In 2020, this is once again some gorgeous glou-glou, showing lovely round black raspberry and blackberry fruit, supple, sapid and refreshing, really a perfect thirst-quenching Gamay. There is not much of this beautiful juice to go around, so don't delay.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade 2010 Cour-Cheverny Les Acacias

Herve Villemade's 2010 Cour-Cheverny is 100% Romoratin grown in vineyards planted in 1964 and 1988 which is bottled after 2 years of aging in a 500L barrel."A wine with good aging potential" says Hervé and we couldn't agree more, having tasted examples from the 1950s at the Clos Roche Blanche. Truly an impressive, aged wine, and a fantastic example of aged, dry Cour-Cheverny. Notes of butterscotch and herbs. Beautiful, long creamy mid-palate, and a lovely slightly oxidative finish with minerals and fresh cut herb notes. Trying the 2010 and 2018 in one night is a memorable experience!  -

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $62.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Hervé 2018 Cheverny Blanc "La Bodice"

Hervé Villemade's extraordinary Cheverny Blanc "La Bodice" comes from a single vineyard of 40 year-old vines on sandy soils with silex on clay of Sologne, where the 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay reach maximum ripeness and expression. Yield is only about 10 hl/ha. The wine ages on the lees in old barrels for a year or more and is bottled with zero or minimal SO2. The wine shows a pale bronze color and  notes of fresh and candied fruit (pear, quince, apple) nuanced by angelica and fennel, with a dense, even almost "tannic" texture, and quite sapid, nourished by aging on the fine lees. The substance, elegance and length on the palate give this wine a real personality and a great aptitude for pairings with complex fish and white meat dishes or goat cheeses.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2018 Cour-Cheverny Les Acacias

"Romorantin, the official grape of the Cour-Cheverny AOC, appreciates sandy clay/limestone soils where it offers a wine of great character that mixes elegant vegetal and floral notes (cut grass, violets, a touch of mint), often slightly honeyed with notes of ripe fruit (roast pear) lightly marked by the elevage in old barrels. The finish is fresh, tight with saline minerals and bitter anise. A wine with good aging potential." (Villemade.net)  In 2018, the "Les Acacias" is again simply outstanding and very distinctive, offering aromas of ripe peach and pear with spice, floral, caramel and oxidative notes. The palate is very round and ripe with stone, peach, earth and almond flavors, with fabulous length with honeyed lemon, anise and minerals.  Superb wine, to drink now or in 10 to 20 years. David Lillie

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Hervé 2019 Cheverny Les Ardilles

 Our friend Hervé Villemade made another gorgeous "Les Ardilles" in 2019. Made from 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Gamay grown on sandy  clay with silex over limestone in Cheverny with yields of about 25 hl/ha. There was a 20-day maceration with light extraction followed by aging in  old barrels, with no added SO2 during vinificaton. The wine is particularly ripe, elegant and intriquing in the excellent 2019 vintage. The nose is a bit closed, with deep, brambly black cherry/black raspberry fruit with earth and minerals, adding notes of citrus peel, spice and licorice with air. The palate is dense and elegant with deep, sapid black cherry and raspberry, chalky and full with velvety tannins and firm acidity. The finish is clean, elegant and long with beautiful sapid, ripe black fruits, minerals and citrus. Just a great natural wine. Decant if drinking now, best 2023 - 2030.

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2019 Vin de France Sauvignon Blanc

Hervé Villemade's 2019 Sauvignon Blanc hits the spot with lovely aromas of floral white fruits, almond, fig and citrus with invigorating flavors ripe pear, Granny Smith and nectarine. The palate is supple and balanced with a flinty, mineral quality that adds a refreshing tang and texture to this versatile wine. The finish is long and elegant with stone, white fruits and citrus that linger on the palate. Perfect for sipping on a warm day with a variety of foods - how about grilled shrimp garnished with snap peas and summer vegetables...

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2020 Cheverny Rouge

(60% Pinot Noir, 40% Gamay grown on sandy clay and flint soils over limestone in Cellettes, Chitenay and Fougères sur Bièvre, AOC Cheverny; 15-day whole cluster fermentation, aged in old barrels) 2020 is another excellent vintage for this light and lovely Cheverny Rouge from Hervé Villemade;  very pretty aromas of cherry, ripe raspberry, violet, earth and blood orange with rose and white pepper; tart cherry and chalky raspberry/strawberry fruit on the palate, light but chalky,  sappy and long with earthy citrus and berry fruits in the refreshing finish. This is a delightfully natural thirst-quenching red - serve cool with any chicken or pork dish, charcuterie and mild cheeses

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2020 Vin de France Bovin (Liter)

"1 Litre à boire d'une traite" - A liter to drink in one go - We think the message makes things pretty clear: this is a fresh, fun bottle of Gamay that is dangerously easy to drink. Mineral, with spicy red fruits and well worth a light chill. A bovine beverage that's "Vachement Delicieux!" EL  

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur