Loire

Autran, Michel 2017 Vouvray Ciel Rouge

Michel Autran's brilliant 2017 "Ciel Rouge" is from average 80 year-old vines in red clay over limestone, a superb Vouvray terroir. The wine shows a pale bright gold color, with subtle, very elegant high-toned aromas of poire william, green apple, grapefruit, fines herbes, wet stone and honey with a hint of oak. The palate is a rather intense blend of white fruits,  minerals, grapefruit pith, firm chalky acidity and bright citrus flavors that will need a few years to integrate. Showing a bit more weight than the "Enfers Tranquilles" the wine is nevertheless equally crystalline and intensely mineral.  Give this a long decant if drinking now, preferably cellar five to eight years, then enjoy for many years to come. This is a unique and potentially great Vouvray and is highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2017 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Le Clos Guillot is a beautiful south-east facing vineyard, just east of the town of Chinon, above the Clos de l'Olive and adjacent to Le Chêne Vert. The upper slope of the parcel is clay over limestone (the lower part has sand and gravel over the rock, which permitted a tiny separate production from franc de pied vines, now mostly deceased) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. Fermentation in wooden cuves, 12 months of aging in two to five year-old barriques, 9 additional months in unlined cement vats. We have been buying this wine since it's first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons. In 2017, the Baudrys produced lovely, very old fashioned Chinons with perfect balance and lovely, pure fruit. Their precise vinifications, matched to each different terroir, with no new oak, minimal sulfur, and elevage of the right length and in the right barrel, foudre or vat, gave elegant and delicous results. The 2017 Clos Guillot shows super pretty aromas of raspberry and red currant (rather than the black fruits more present in 2018) quite floral and earthy with a bit of pepper. The palate is silky and bright with earthy raspberry/strawberry fruit and a long, elegant finish of chalky minerals and red fruits. Delicious now and over the next 20-plus years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2018 Chinon Blanc

The 2018 Baudry Blanc "Domaine" is from 5 to 15 year-old vines in several parcels on the clay/limestone slopes in and around Cravant. The grapes are hand-harvested of course and ferment with wild yeasts in 500 liter oak barrels. This is the best vintage we have tasted of the "Domaine" blanc, showing a bright pale gold/bronze color, with floral, chalky aromas of almond and pear. The chalk returns on the palate with bright citrus and white fruits, a supple, silky texture and good length. Lovely wne.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2018 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

The Baudry "Cuvee Domaine" is near and dear to my heart, and not just because of the modest price. 75% of the blend is from a parcel in Saint-Louans, a spot where the thin clay/limestone soils give earthy well-structured wines, and which has been the source of some of my favorite Chinons, such as the legendary Clos du Parc de Saint-Louans of Louis Farou. 25%  of the blend is from gravel soils near Cravant, giving supple fruit and freshness. This is a great combination, making the wine enjoyable to drink young but with the structure and minerality of the more "serious" terroir. The 2017, for example is delicious to drink now, the 2010 is really singing and the 1989... if you can find one, let me know. The 2018 Domaine is a bit unusual in that the fermentation finished with 1.7 gr/liter of residual sugar, still a dry wine but forcing them to filter, which the Baudrys never do. At any rate, the wine is sensational - floral and elegant with aromas of black raspberry liqueur; the palate shows high-toned ripe black fruits, with violet and stone and a very long ripe finish. Enjoy in its exuberant youth or hold for ten years and more as the terroir shines through.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2018 Chinon La Croix Boissée Blanc

The 2018 Baudry "La Croix Boissée" Blanc is a superb glass of Chenin Banc! From 15 - 25 year-old vines at the top of the south-facing  vineyard where the eroded limestone is barely covered with silica. The 2018 took one year to finsh fermentation in 500 liter barrels, the malo was done. The wine shows elegant, complex armas of chalk, citrus, quince, and stone; the palate is silky and cristalline with citrus, quince, pear, white peach and saline mineral flavors, finishing with terrific length and lingering hints of citrus, almond and stone. This belongs with the top dry Vouvrays and Anjou Secs - it's a unique and delicous expression of Chenin!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2019 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. In the 2019 vintage, as with the 2018,  the wine is a sheer delight! Tasted at the domain in January 2020, the wine showed a deep black color  with bright purple rim with vibrant, lush aromas of cassis, blackberry and a bit of pepper, violet and cocoa. The palate is dense with deep sweet blackberry and raspberry fruit on the palate, with a hint of bitter chocolate, surprisingly bright and balanced given the extra ripeness of the vintage. This is a delicious Chinon to drink a bit cool over the next five to eight years - there should be a good quantity available but don't delay in trying this very special "basic" wine!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bertin-Delatte 2016 Vin de France Vingt-Neuf

From vines planted in 1929, aged in new 500 liter barrels, then in steel tanks for 6 months. 170 cases.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $34.00

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $33.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Vin de France Le Telquel

This "poil dur" is wagging its tail again in 2019, showing the extra ripeness of this great vintage in the Loire Valley, with juicy aromas of blackberry, rose, spice and citrus. It's Gamay with a bit of Cabernet Franc in this vintage, with an extra layer of ripeness, and nice density of bright blackberry fruit, a bit floral and spicy. Quite refreshing, even with the increased density in 2019, 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) 2019 Côtes du Forez Mémoires de Madone VV

The 2019 Gilles Bonnefoy "Memoire de Madone" is made from old vines of a local Gamay grown on volcanic soils (basalt) in the Côtes de Forez (upper Loire east and a bit south of Lyon). The grapes are harvested by hand, partially de-stemmed and undergo a 15-day fermentation with wild yeasts. The wine shows a bright black/purple color with deep aromas of blackberry and black currant with hints of violet, stone and citrus. The palate is dense but light on its feet with a firm backbone of mineral flavors and earthy acidity under the blackberry and black raspberry fruit, with herbal and citrus notes. This is the most dense and structured of Bonnefoy's Gamays, and will benefit from decanting or a few hours aeration, serve with grilled pork, coq au vin, full-flavored cheeses. David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 Côtes du Forez Rosé Gamay sur Volcan

The delicious 2019 Gilles Bonnefoy Rosé is made from Gamay grown in both volcanic and clay/granit soils in the Côtes du Forez  (upper Loire, east and a bit south of Lyon).  The grapes are hand-harvested and ferment with wild yeasts, half is rosé de saigné, half is direct press. The wine shows a bright pink color and pretty aromas of raspberry, strawberry and red currant, with hints of citrus and white peach. The palate is light and crisp but with nice density and saline minerals under the red fruits, finishing with good length of stone, citrus and berry fruits. Serve as a refreshing aperitif or with salads, grilled meats, seafood and goat cheeses. This should open up nicely over the summer and drink well through 2021.  (Some in stock, more inventory arrives 6/30) David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 24 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 IGP Urfé Gamay's Mi-Noir Mi-Bouze

Gilles Bonnefoy's "Gamay's Mi-Noir, Mi-Bouze" is a pure and beautiful wine made with no added sulfites, from Gamay Noir and Gamay de Bouze grown on volcanic soils. A bit similar to Christian Ducroux's "Exspectatia," the wine shows a lovely black/red color and lush aromas of black raspberry, plum, stone and violet. The palate is ripe and pure with velvety black fruits, very fresh and bright, finishing with lovely purity and  good length. This is a very pretty natural wine that should be served cool - perfect with grilled foods this summer. David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 IGP Urfé Les Rougeots du Clos

Gilles Bonnefoy's vibrant "Les Rougeots du Clos" is from young vines of three Gamays: Gamay de Bouze, Gamay de Chaudenay and Gamaret (a cross between Gamay and Reichensteiner, resistant to grey rot, with bright black fruit flavors). The vines grow at 1,800 ft in a single parcel on granit soils with mica and clay. Tasted with Gilles in February, the wine showed a bright red/black color with very floral, complex, earthy aromas of blackberry and black raspberry with gorgeous fruit on the ripe supple palate, with terrific length of earth, minerals and deep black fruits. Really a fascinating and very "gouleyant" wine to serve cool with grilled foods this summer, fresh goat cheeses and even chocolate desserts!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 IGP Urfé Roussanne de Madone

The beautiful Roussanne from Gilles Bonnefoy is from 18 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) ad 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. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 IGP Urfé Sauvignons Gris/Blanc Volcan

The Bonnefoy 2019 "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. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 Vin Mousseaux Aromatique Bulle Rosé Demi-Sec

This lovely Pet Nat from Gilles Bonnefoy in the Côtes du Forez is made from Gamay Noir à  Jus Blanc in the Methode Ancestrale, as is the Bulles Rouge, finishing as a demi-sec at 9% alcohol. For fans of the legendary Renedart Fache Cerdon de Bugey (or any other good Cerdons), this will be right up your alley. On the palate it's all sun-kissed crushed rasberries, strawberry soda, and a delicate mousse. The residual sugar is balanced with ample acidity, lending it some thirst quenching qualities along with the delightful sweetness. If you're fond of Bugey-Cerdon, need something that would suit a fruity dessert, or just want a wine that is effortlessly sweet and incredibly fun to drink, this is a lovely option at a great price. (Some in stock, more inventory arrives 6/30)

  • rosé sparkling off-dry
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 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. This shows quite dry on the palate, with lots of juicy red berry fruit and some minerality. A fun and approachable sparkling red wine.

  • rosé sparkling off-dry
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 60 in stock
  • $44.99

Boudignon 2019 Rosé de Loire

Since his arrival in Anjou Noir in 2008, Thibaud Boudignon became a reference for hyper-detailed farming and very refined, sleek interpretations of Chenin on the different metamorphic terroirs of the region. After couple of terrible vintages where he lost almost all his crop, he started a little négoce, allowing him to produce a little bit of rosé. Of course, the wine is made with the same dedication that leads whatever Thibaud is doing. It is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Grolleau organically farmed in Faye d'Anjou (one of the crus of the Coteaux du Layon)  by a producer Thibaud has built a strong relationship with.  The grapes are grown on schists and volcanic rhyolites. They are direct pressed, fermented with wild yeast in stainless steel tank. Malo is blocked to preserve freshness. 

In 2019, Thibaud's rosé is a tense, refreshing and salty as usual, with a little more nerve than the 2018. It tastes closer to a white, with just a little pick up of tannins and white raspberry at the end of the palate. It is a very versatile wine, with very good length, would pair well with tomato and watermelon gazpacho, or a grilled sea bass with hemp & quinoa salad and chimichuri. 80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Grolleau. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Brégeon, Michel 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

Fred Lallier is now in charge at Domaine Bregeon and is doing great work at this important estate - one of the leaders in the return to quality in Muscadet. Certified organic, the 2018 Muscadet is from average 40 year-old vines in Gabbro terroirs in and around Gorges - it shows distinctive aromas associated with this terroir - pear, stone, petrol, anise and mushroom, with lovely white fruits in this ripe vintage with hints of lemon confit and wet stone. The palate is round and ripe, framed in firm acidity and mineral flavors, with stone fruits, earth, almond, anise and citrus that continue in the long finish. This is a lovely Muscadet in a riper style that is quite delicious now and should open up nicely over the next five years. Please decant or open an hour in advance.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Bregeonnette (Stéphane Orieux) 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

Stéphane Orieux's father Joseph converted the estate to organic agriculture back in 1967, and Stéphane has continued (now certified by Ecocert) the great vineyard work of his father. The grapes are hand-harvested, fermentations are with wild yeasts and minimal sulfur is used. The 2018 Bregeonnette is from vines on both schist and granite soils and is a beautiful example of a young, vibrant Muscadet from organic farming.

  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2017 Bourgueil Diptyque (Arrives 6/11)

Diptyque is located on 1 to 2 meters deep sand, gravel intermixed with clay soils on an old alluvial terrace closer 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 domaine. Maceration is short, aging is usually short (4-5 months) and only in tanks. The first vintage of this cuvée was in 2003. 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 (except iodine and oily fish) 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! The 2017, a little tight last year, is now a pure delight after a quick decanting or using large stems. Quite purple in the glass, the nose if full of wild strawberry, crushed raspberry and hint of black berry. You pick up some iris root, Thai basil and forest floor too. In the palate, it is ultra fresh, with great, black raspberry like acidity, more herbal and floral. Tannins are really gentle yet present, with a liquorice 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. And as David Lillie said "Serve with charcuterie, pork chops or roast chicken and be happy!" 100% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chidaine 2018 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

Coulaine 2016 Chinon Les Picasses

This is another superb "les Picasses" from Jean, Etienne and Pascale de Bonnaventure at Chateau de Coulaine, who have been practising organic and biodynamic agriculture since taking charge in 1988, certified since 1997. The parcel is at the top of the "Picasses" vineyard with southern exposure, on the classic clay/limestone "tuffeau" in Beaumont-en-Veron. This quite dense and powerful Chinon is aged in one-third new barrels and barrels of one and two wines.The wine shows a dark red/black color with bright aromas of ripe strawberry and black-raspberry with earth, citrus and spice, really deep and pretty. The palate is quite dense and a bit more tannic than the 2015, with ripe black raspberry and red currant fruit. The fruit is elegant and deep and the wine finishes with black fruits, earth, firm acidity and elegant tannins. This is a "serious" Chinon of terroir that will benefit from decanting if drinking young and will age beautifully, best 2025 to 2045.   

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2018 Chinon Bonaventure

Chateau de Coulaine is one of the very best estates in Chinon, with a long history dating back to 1300! The domain has been certified organic since 1997 and is now run by the young and very capable Jean de Bonaventure. Coming from 30-year old organically farmed Cabernet Franc vines planted on yellow limestone and sandstone, with sandy clay soils, the 2018 "Bonaventure" is a superb Chinon to drink now and over the next 5 to 8 years. In this great vintage for Loire reds, the wine shows lush blackberry, plum, earth and spice aromas with a dense, supple palate of black fruits, earth and saline minerals. Meant to be drunk young, the wine shows surprising depth and elegance with the refreshing brightness one finds in good Chinon. Serve cool with grilled foods this summer, roast chicken and charcuterie.

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2018 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

2018 is an excellent vintage for the Coulaine "Domaine" cuveé - the wine is an oustanding value in Chinon for current drinking. The estate is certified organic since 1997.  The vines average 25 years-old and come from a variety of parcels around the estate on clay/limestone and on sand/gravel soils, vinified to accentuate the fruit and youthful enjoyment. There is a cold maceration in concrete vats with minimal extraction, fermentation with wild yeasts and aging in both conrete vats and old barrels. Minimal SO2 is used. The wine shows a deep red/black color and lovely aromas of black raspberry and cassis. The palate is supple and ripe with deep red and black fruit flavors with earth and minerals and with terrific length. Serve this lovely wine cool with white meats, grilled pork and lamb, green vegetables, charcuterie and fresh goat chesses, drink within 2-3 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Courault, Benoît 2018 Anjou Gilbourg (Chenin Blanc)

Gilbourg is one of two “grands vins” made by Benoît Courault, who I consider one of the masters of Chenin on schistes. Made from a blend of different plots on the Coteau des Mailles in Faye d’Anjou, the heart is the vineyard of Le Prieuré de Gastines. This is a superb terroir on the top of the hill, less than 2 miles away from Bonnezeaux. Benoit started to farm that vineyard in 2009, and it took him almost 5 years of work to recreate topsoils and have a decent yield. But he knew the wine from that terroir could be exceptional: these shallow lighter silts with veins of phtanites (a silica-rich sedimentary rock) over altered schistes are fantastic for deep, powerful yet refined Chenin. The grapes are hand-harvested, pressed whole in a vertical pneumatic, settled overnight. Fermentation starts in tanks then finishes in Grenier foudre. As they lasted longer than usual (the summer drought decreased the amount of nitrogen available for the yeast to function quickly) so Benoit had to monitor very carefully. The wine was bottled by Christian Brault in October 2019.  With its pale gold color, you know you are going to enjoy a deep wine. On the nose, you pick up a lot of quince, white peach, kumquat, candle wax with a hint of fenugreek, pepper and Bourbon vanilla. The nose is quite fascinating and evolves a lot with air without losing its complexity. On the palate, you understand you are dealing with a great terroir: with its tense, nervy acidity, the structure is dense, powerful but not heavy at all, the ripeness counterpointed by some discreet tannins, saltiness and an elegant salivating bitterness. There is a lot going on already, but you can cellar this wine with no problem for at least a decade - the wine will gain even more complexity. The flavors are fresher than on the nose, with a lot of tamarin, pink grapefruit, gardenia and white pepper. The finish is really long, and typical of the schist with earl-grey notes. A terrific wine! Serve it in a large glass, not too cold, and decant if possible (especially if you open it in a couple of years). It would be perfect with a Turbot on the bone with a beurre blanc, a fried heirloom breed chicken or some bay scallops served with chestnut and celery. 100% Chenin. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Courault, Benoît 2018 Anjou Gilbourg (Magnum)

Gilbourg is one of two “grands vins” made by Benoît Courault, who I consider one of the masters of Chenin on schistes. Made from a blend of different plots on the Coteau des Mailles in Faye d’Anjou, the heart is the vineyard of Le Prieuré de Gastines. This is a superb terroir on the top of the hill, less than 2 miles away from Bonnezeaux. Benoit started to farm that vineyard in 2009, and it took him almost 5 years of work to recreate topsoils and have a decent yield. But he knew the wine from that terroir could be exceptional: these shallow lighter silts with veins of phtanites (a silica-rich sedimentary rock) over altered schistes are fantastic for deep, powerful yet refined Chenin. The grapes are hand-harvested, pressed whole in a vertical pneumatic, settled overnight. Fermentation starts in tanks then finishes in Grenier foudre. As they lasted longer than usual (the summer drought decreased the amount of nitrogen available for the yeast to function quickly) so Benoit had to monitor very carefully. The wine was bottled by Christian Brault in October 2019.  With its pale gold color, you know you are going to enjoy a deep wine. On the nose, you pick up a lot of quince, white peach, kumquat, candle wax with a hint of fenugreek, pepper and Bourbon vanilla. The nose is quite fascinating and evolves a lot with air without losing its complexity. On the palate, you understand you are dealing with a great terroir: with its tense, nervy acidity, the structure is dense, powerful but not heavy at all, the ripeness counterpointed by some discreet tannins, saltiness and an elegant salivating bitterness. There is a lot going on already, but you can cellar this wine with no problem for at least a decade - the wine will gain even more complexity. The flavors are fresher than on the nose, with a lot of tamarin, pink grapefruit, gardenia and white pepper. The finish is really long, and typical of the schist with earl-grey notes. A terrific wine! Serve it in a large glass, not too cold, and decant if possible (especially if you open it in a couple of years). It would be perfect with a Turbot on the bone with a beurre blanc, a fried heirloom breed chicken or some bay scallops served with chestnut and celery. 100% Chenin. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Courault, Benoît 2018 Vin de France La Coulée (Grolleau)

We love Grolleau! This underrated grape unique to the Loire Valley does not have the recognition it deserves, as it was for a long time used for off-dry rosé made from clones selected for their yield. But with high quality vines, great terroir and care, Grolleau can make really good wines! Imagine a mix between a Gamay from Saint-Amour, a Pineau d’Aunis from the Coteaux du Loir and a Pinot from Sancerre: this is what the best Grolleau can taste like, which means Benoît Courault’s "La Coulée." Made from 40+ year-old vines growing on the Coteau des Mailles in Faye d’Anjou, the silty clay soil over altered schists give a remarkable structure to the wine. In this vintage because of the heat, Ben added a little bit of Pineau d’Aunis and a touch of Chenin. The grapes are hand-harvested, co-vinified whole-cluster in semi-carbonic maceration with some pigeage at the end of the 12 days maceration. Press and free-run are blended, then the wine is aged in used Burgundy barrels. It was bottled unfined, unfiltered by Christian Brault in October 2019, with just a little sulfur added at racking. Give the wine a quick decant to reveal a hedonistic nose of wild rose, pink peppercorn, fennel, forest floor. Blind, you would have a hard time guessing this wine: the attack has the delicacy of Pinot from the Southern Côte-de-Beaune, the mid-palate and the flesh of a cru Beaujolais, and the finish the spiciness of Pineau d’Aunis. It may be simple on the first sip, but the more you taste it, the longer and more complex it shows with notes of rosemary, iris, black pepper and humus. This is a very serious wine, and indeed one of the very best Grolleaux. Benoit, usually very humble, is quite happy about it, which means a lot! Serve it today decanted or in a Burgundy glass, or keep it 10 years. It can handle a little chill. Pair it with a smoked trout served with a Basque stew, or some charcuterie like fennel soppressata or pata negra. 80% Grolleau, 15% Pineau d’Aunis, 5% Chenin. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Courault, Benoît 2018 Vin de France La Coulée (Grolleau) 1.5 L

We love Grolleau! This underrated grape unique to the Loire Valley does not have the recognition it deserved, as it was for a long time used for off-dry rosé made from clones selected for their yield. But with high quality vines, great terroir and care, Grolleau can make really good wines! Imagine a mix between a Gamay from Saint-Amour, a Pineau d’Aunis from the Coteaux du Loir and a Pinot from Sancerre: this is what the best Grolleau can taste like, which means Benoît Courault’s La Coulée. Made from 40+ year old vines growing on the Coteau des Mailles in Faye d’Anjou, the silty clay soil over altered schists give a remarkable structure to the wine. In this vintage because of the heat, Ben added a little bit of Pineau d’Aunis and a touch of Chenin. The grapes are hand-harvested, co-vinified whole-cluster in semi-carbonic maceration with some pigeage at the end of the 12 days maceration. Press and free-run are blended, then the wine is aged in used Burgundy barrels. It is bottled unfined unfiltered by Christian Brault in October 2019, with just a little sulfur added at racking. Give the wine a quick decant to reveal a hedonistic nose of wild rose, pink peppercorn, fennel, forest floor. Blind, you would have a hard time guessing this wine : the attack has the delicacy of Pinot from the Southern Côte-de-Beaune, the mid-palate the flesh of a cru Beaujolais, and the finish the spiciness of Pineau d’Aunis. It may be simple on the first sip, but the more you taste it, the longer and more complex it shows with notes of rosemary, iris, black pepper and humus. This is a very serious wine, and indeed one of the very best Grolleaux. Benoit, usually very humble, is quite happy about it, which means a lot! Serve it today decanted or in a Burgundy glass, or keep it 10 years. It can handle a little chill. Pair it with a smoked trout served with a Basque stew, or some charcuterie like fennel soppressata or pata negra. 80% Grolleau, 15% Pineau d’Aunis, 5% Chenin. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Courault, Benoît 2018 Vin de France Les Guinechiens

Les Guinechiens is one of two “grands vins” made by Benoît Courault, who I consider one of the masters of Chenin on schistes. It is a 0.62 ha single vineyard located in Le Plessis, a little hamlet between Faye d’Anjou and Montbenault. The vines are at least 40 years old. The terroir is quite different from Gilbourg’s: there is more clay and more diversity of schists (green, red, blue). The wine is always more austere and strict, with less mid palate flesh but with a comparable length. The grapes are hand-harvested, pressed whole in a vertical pneumatic, settled overnight. Fermentation starts in tanks then finishes in Grenier foudre. As they lasted longer than usual (the summer drought decreased the amount of nitrogen available for the yeast to function quickly)  Benoit had to monitor very carefully. The wine was bottled by Christian Brault in October 2019.  The nose is more subtle and discreet than Gilbourg, showing discreet notes of acacia, apple blossom, lemon verbena, hay and smoked salt. On the palate the wine is admirably delicate yet asserting its origin with its spine of ripe acidity, its phenolic bitterness and its saltiness coming from the schist. With air, it takes even more volume without losing its touch. Some lemon zest, rhubarb and honeydew appear, as well as a lot of iodine notes. The finish is remarkably long. Still a baby, this bottle would benefit from some cellaring, and for sure would be admirable in 10 years or so. If you serve it today use a large glass, not too cold, decant if possible. A Maine-lobster roll with melted butter would be amazing with this wine, but you could pair it also with a black cod, sea urchin bouillon and seaweed or a summer pea risotto with fig oil. 100% Chenin. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Courault, Benoît 2018 Vin de France Les Guinechiens 1.5 L

Les Guinechiens is one of two “grands vins” made by Benoît Courault, who I consider one of the masters of Chenin on schistes. It is a 0.62 ha single vineyard located in Le Plessis, a little hamlet between Faye d’Anjou and Montbenault. The vines are at least 40 years old. The terroir is quite different from Gilbourg’s : there is more clay and more diversity of schists (green, red, blue). The wine is always more austere and strict, with less mid palate flesh but with a comparable length. The grapes are hand-harvested, pressed whole in a vertical pneumatic, settled overnight. Fermentation starts in tanks then finishes in Grenier foudre. As they lasted longer than usual (the summer drought decreased the amount of nitrogen available for the yeast to function quickly) so Benoit had to monitor very carefully. The wine was bottled by Christian Brault in October 2019.  The nose is more subtle and discreet than Gilbourg, showing discreet notes of acacia, apple blossom, lemon verbena, hay and smoked salt. On the palate the wine is admirably delicate yet asserting its origin with its spine of ripe acidity, its phenolic bitterness and its saltiness coming from the schist. With air, it takes even more volume without losing its touch. Some lemon zest, rhubarb and honeydew appear, as well as a lot of iodine notes. The finish is remarkably long. Still a baby, this bottle would benefit from some cellaring, and for sure would be admirable in 10 years or so. If you serve it today use a large glass, not too cold, decant if possible.  A Maine-lobster roll with melted butter would be amazing with this wine, but you could pair it also with a black cod, sea urchin bouillon and seaweed or a summer pea risotto with fig oil. 100% Chenin. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 19 in stock
  • $28.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $25.99

Dauny 2019 Sancerre Clos du Roy

Domaine Dauny in Crézancy has been organic since 1964 - Nicole and Christian are the twelveth generation at the estate!  The Dauny Clos du Roy is from 40 year-old vines in this famous limestone vineyard. The 2019 has a pale, lemon yellow robe. On the nose it shows ripe stone fruit and golden apple aromas with notes of greengage and Meyer Lemon zest. The mid-weight palate is supple and balanced framed by a salty sense of minerality, with fresh, mouthwatering acidity on a medium long, succulent, slightly herbaceous finish. This was a fine pairing with squash crudo with pistachios, olive oil, and mint and better still with pan roasted chicken breast stuffed with herbed goat cheese and chard. Though for those who are looking for a fresh summer aperitif, not to worry--the 2019 holds plenty of charm. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 63 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Domaine de Reuilly 2018 Reuilly Les Pièrres Plates

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

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine de Reuilly 2019 Reuilly Pinot Gris Rosé

The wines of Denis Jamain at the Domaine de Reuilly are getting better and better - his 2019 Rosé of Pinot Gris is from vines in  organic and biodynamic farming, fermented with wild yeasts. Tasted with Denis in Angers last February, the wine showed beautifully - the color is a lovely pale onion skin, the aromas are floral and pretty with gooseberry, peach, dried apricot and citrus peel, really lovely. Light berry, peach, green tea and stone flavors on the palate are dense and creamy but framed in firm acidity. With good ripeness, but subtle and balanced, this unique rosé will accompany a wide variety of foods, from oysters with vinaigrette, fish, grilled pork and chicken and Asian foods, and it's lovely to sip by itself!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gilbert, Philippe 2019 Menetou-Salon Rosé (Arrives 6/29)

From a parcel of Pinot Noir in the commune of Morogues, in biodynamic farming since 2006. Very pale pink color. Subtle, lovely aromas of floral-tinged raspberry with citrus and peach. The palate is very light but with good concentration of pure berry fruits and a bit of exta ripeness in 2019,  with mineral flavors that are lifted by crisp acidity. The finish is long and elegant. This is a superb rosé for those seeking subtlety and balance, highly recommended!

  • rosé
  • 45 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Girard 2018 Sancerre La Garenne

Upon visiting Fernand Girard back in the early 90s we were happy to find someone who harvested by hand and fermented with wild yeasts - a rarity in Sancerre at the time and still sadly in the minority today. More than 20 years later we are still happy to feature the Sancerre produced by Fernand and Alain Girard, coming from their 2.5 hectare plot on a steep slope in Chaddoux on stony clay over limestone soils.  This is a classic Sancerre in a more mineral style that will accompany a wide variety of seafoods, chicken dishes and white meats, and it's a good value as well.

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $25.99

Grandes Vignes 2016 Anjou Varenne de Combre

A lovely Chenin Blanc from the certified Biodynamic and organic estate of Domaine Les Grandes VIgnes in Anjou. As with all of their dry wines, the Varenne du Combre is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without the adition of sulfites.

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 4 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Grandes Vignes 2017 Anjou Varenne du Poirier

A lovely Chenin Blanc from the certified Biodynamic and organic estate of Domaine Les Grandes VIgnes in Anjou. As with all of their dry wines, the Varenne du Poirier is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without the adition of sulfites.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grange aux Belles 2018 Vin de France Roche de Murs

This is a spectacular new 100% Chenin Blanc  cuvée from our friends at La Grange aux Belles! Since the creation of the estate, Marc Houtin (the founder, joined after by Julien Bresteau and Gérald "Jesse" Peau) was longing for a beautiful terroir to make a single vineyard chenin - he knew the plots farmed by La Grange aux Belles could make really good but not great wines, they were too rich. One day, passing by the congress center of the small town of  Mûrs-Érigné he discovered at the end of the road a plot of 3 ha uncultivated land, overlooking the Louet, a little affluent of the Loire. Before the 50s, there was a vineyard here on these blue schists He knew he had found the perfect spot! After years of talks with the mayor (luckily he was part of the green party), they finally got the right to rent 1.2 ha. Immediately they cleaned it, let it fallow and in 2013 replanted it with multiple massale selection from top producers - Lise & Bertrand Jousset, Philippe Foreau, Benoit Courault, etc., adapting the rootstocks and the pruning to the very poor soil. 2018 is the third vintage of this Roche de Mûrs named after the local name of the plot - and featuring on the label a  historic monument about the Vendée wars. But already with the  first release in 2016 you could tell it was going to be a special one. The terroir could be tasted, even from these young plantation! With this 2018, a concentrated vintage, if on the nose the aromas are quite subtle, more floral and fruit than savory (orange blossom, lemongrass, honeydew), the palate is so intense and vibrant with a powerful backbone of schiste combined with a bracing yet ripe acidity. Aged in 600 l Stockinger barrel, the lees help to round on the structure, and bring an attractive reduction. Bottled without fining, filtration nor sulfites, it is a model of natural wine. Bravo to La Grange aux Belles for this wine and revealing a beautiful terroir forgotten by history. A bottle worth aging, you will also enjoy it decanted and served in large glass, paired with roasted guinea hen served with a purée of ratte potato and black garlic or crayfish in cream. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Grange Tiphaine 2019 Vin de France Sparkling Rosa, Rose, Rosam

“Rosa Rose Rosam” is one of the best pet nats in the world. Period. The name comes from a famous song by Jacques Brel called Rosa, a nostalgic song about being a kid learning latin and falling in love. For Damien and Coralie, this is pure pleasure, swimming-pool wine, yet it is made with the uttermost seriousness. This is the only way to make it so good year in and year out. This wine comes from a 80 year-old complanted plot of Cabernet Franc, Grolleau, Côt and multiple types of Gamay including some teinturiers (red flesh) grown on the clay and silex soil of Amboise. The vineyard is biodynamically certified. Hand-harvested mid-September, the grapes are sorted then directly pressed whole-cluster to preserve their aromatics. A short, cold-temperature alcoholic fermentation starts, then half-way through the wine is bottled, to gain the natural carbonation. The wine is on tirage for 6 to 8 months before being disgorged. 

2019 is one of the best examples of the cuvées, with a great combination of ripeness and freshness. A beautiful fuschia color, the nose bursts with notes of pomegranate, roses, pink peppercorn and grapefruit zest. Bubbles are soft and gentle, the acidity energetic and sapid, balancing the very subtle hint of residual sugars. The attack is a grenadine for grown-ups, and the finish reminds you of a paloma. 

You should drink it this summer, but don’t worry if you keep it for a couple of years! Enjoy it by itself, or with any crudos-barbecue-tapas food you may wish! Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Grolleau, Côt field-blend. Pascaline Lepeltier. 



The appearance of this beloved little Pet-Nat means that it is officially summer. "Rosa, Rose, Rosam" is a blend of Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Grolleau, and Côt from the talented Damien Delecheneau in Touraine. The vines are around 80 years old and were planted in the clay and limestone soils by Damien's great grandfather. The 2019 has the roundness and ripeness of this excellent vintage in the Loire, but the exquisite lacy minerals and delicately balanced flavors of  wild strawberry, sour cherry, and plump raspberry are as charming as ever.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 58 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2014 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.  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
  • 21 in stock
  • $28.99

  • 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

From 15 to 40 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils in Bourgueil, in organic agriculture since 1965. This is always one of the best values in the store and the 2018 happily rivals the 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015 vintages for absolute awesomeness, even at the Trump Tariff price of $15.49! Beautiful red/black color. Lovely deep pure red currant and blackberry aromas with violets, pepper, earth, bitter chocolate, licorice and leafy notes. The palate is round and supple with deep berry fruits framed in firm chalky acids, earth flavors, cocoa and saline minerals. Terrific length - this is just a superb young Bourgueil! At 13% alcohol it's beautifully structured and delicious to drink now, and will be even better in 5 to 10 years. Thanks to the Guion family for two generations of organic farming and great wines at modest prices! Serve cool with chicken, pork, charcuterie and full-flavored fish dishes as well...

  • red
  • 38 in stock
  • $15.49

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

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  (Some in stock, more arrives 6/30)

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Huet 2005 Vouvray Cuvée Constance 500ml

Forward and open which is unusual for Constance. Beautifully knit palate and very long with exceptional purity and at least 50 years ahead of it. DL

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2018 Montlouis-sur-Loire Premier Rendez-Vous

This is a Chenin Blanc that makes me picture spring meadows. Lise and Bertrand Jousset have created this wine from two organically farmed terroirs in Montlouis sur Loire - 40 year-old vines on sand and silex soils over limestone and 70 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils. "Premier Rendez-vous," which translates to 'the first encounter', is all about freshness and vibrancy. The nose shows notes of ripe cantaloupe, yellow peach, and budding flowers, and the palate has a beautiful texture and acidity brought on by the limestone and silex soils. The Joussets prefer to use as little sulfur as possible and have aged this wine in 2 to 8 year-old large barrels, giving this energetic wine slightly softened edges. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2018 Vin de France Y a rien qui presse...

A light red from the Loire is a great choice for Thanksgiving... The  2018 "Y a rien qui presse" is 50% Gamay and 50% Grolleau from the Jousset's one hectare of red grapes in and around Montlouis. In English the name says "there's nothing pressing" and the label indicates "Vin de Table - de Chevet" meaning table wine, but bed-table wine. We have to ask the Joussets what that's all about...at any rate the wine is delicious! The superb 2018 vintage in the Loire Valley has brought us some very lush, delicious "glou-glou" wines for immediate enjoyment and the Y rien qui presse is one of the best, showing a bright garnet color and lovely aromas of ripe black raspberry, red currant and cherry with hints of violet, spice and mint. The palate is silky and refreshing with darker black cherry and red currant fruit backed by meaty earth and mineral flavors, with a finish that is fresh, sappy and long. This is simply delightful and will accompany charcuterie, of course, and any mild chicken or white meat dish and cow cheeses. Highly recommended - only 60 btls available.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2015 Chinon L'Ame d'Antan

This beautiful Chinon is from 65 to 70-year-old vines in sandy clay soils over limestone in Sonnay, near Cravant. The wine ages for 18 months in old barrels, less than 200 cases are made. The 2015 Ame D'Antan shows a deep black/garnet color with elegant aromas of ripe black raspberry and red currant with hints of violet, prune, citrus and crushed stone. The palate is dense but bright, with a silky texture, showing earthy, ripe strawberry confit with black raspberry and licorice with firm mineral acidity and a bit less tannin than the 2014. Good length with lingering berry and mineral flavors. Delicious now, it will age beautifully, probably best 2023 to 2035+ David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $14.99

Lambert, Patrick 2019 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 2019 is just delightful, showing a very light pale pink color and  lovely aromas of wild strawberry, red currant, raspberry, citrus and rose; the palate is ripe and pretty with raspberry, citrus and stone flavors with nice density and texture, a bit dryer and lighter than the 2018, with juicy acids, berry flavors and minerals in the finish. This is drinking beautifully now and will open up nicely through the spring and summer and will keep well into 2021. This is a fabulous value and highly recommended!  (Some in stock, more arrives 6/30)  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 32 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Landron, Jo NV Vin Mousseux de Qualité Brut Atmosphères

 Gros Plant (Folle Blanche) and Pinot Noir, 2 years of aging, quite dry—about 5 grams of sugar per liter. A delicious and fun Champagne-method apéritif, with tart citrus and red fruit flavors and fine bubbles, grab some before it disappears.

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

  • Organic

Le Briseau 2018 Vin de France Patapon Rouge

A very lovely Pineau D'Aunis with deep, round spicy red fruits and hints of white pepper. Serve cool!

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Liv Vincendeau 2016 Anjou Le Raguenet (Chenin Blanc)

Located just outside the town of Rochefort-sur-Loire, the vineyards of Liv Vincendeau overlook the river to Savennières. 'Le Raguenet' comes from Chenin Blanc vines ranging from 10-80 years old grown on mostly schist, which adds to its complexity and mineral character.

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Luneau-Papin 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

There's plenty to contemplate about this classic, but expressive Muscadet. This is the flagship wine for Domaine Luneau-Papin from their parcels of 45+ year old vines based on granite in the village of Vallet. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel and spends 9-11 months on the lees to enhance its weight and texture. Whether it's the effect of extended lees aging, or the way the Loire pulls ocean air across the vineyards, the aroma of sea spray and taste of salinity definitely carries through and lingers on your tongue. Notes of freshly cut herbs and juicy, green pear mingle with Meyer lemon zest and crushed river rocks. The acidity is a driving force, but it is by no means a sharp or thin wine.  There's still enough density and body to carry it.  Of course this would be an excellent pairing for white fish or oysters, but I also found it perfectly matched with a lemony risotto with spring peas and proscuitto! Michelle DeWyngaert             

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Luneau-Papin 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Terre de Pierre

This fascinating wine is from a new parcel of 45 year-old vines, La Butte de la Roche, high on a dome of igneous rock with quartz stones and serpentine minerals overlooking the marshes of Goulaine. The young Pierre-Marie Luneau is in charge here and is doing great organic vineyard work, reclaiming this wonderful site with vines planted in 1974. The serpentine rock creates a very poor soil, giving wines that are normally somewhat austere and marked by intense minerality, enhanced by aging of 17 months on the lees. The 2018 is a superb wine showing ethereal aromas of stone, citrus and white fruits, with a dense stony palate showing subtle white fruits with hints of anise and mint. This will be delicious now with grilled fish, and should age beautifully for 15 to 20 years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.95

  • Organic
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $29.99

Mosse 2018 Vin de France Le Gros (Grolleau) Mag 1.5L

 For the 2018 vintage 'Le Gros' is a blend of  50% Grolleau noir, 20% Gamay with ten days of carbonic maceration, and  30% Grolleau Gris. The Mosse vineyards are organically grown and their wines are made in a low-interventionist style with nothing added to the wine except a minimum of sulfites at bottling.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mosse 2018 Vin de France Le Rouchefer

The Mosse family is making superb natural wines in Anjou, and the 2018 Vin de France Rouchefer is a classic example. From a 1.6 ha parcel of 50 year-old massale selection vines in soils of clay and quartz over schistes, the wine is produced with minimal SO2 (total 20mg/l) and is aged in barrel. The  wine shows beautiful floral aromas of quince, pear, citrus, almond and stone. The palate is quite ripe, expressive and elegant without being heavy, and the lovely fruit is backed by firm acidity, herbal and mineral flavors, with terrific length  - a real Chenin of terroir that will accompany a wide range of seafood and chicken dishes and mild cheeses. Serve cool, but not too cold, over the next ten to fifteen years. David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Mosse, Agnes et Rene 2019 Vin de France Magic of Ju-Ju

The Ju-Ju is back! Named after Archie Shepp's record from 1968 (which David Lillie bought on release!), this years iteration is 40% Chenin Blanc, 30% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Muscadelle. Tropical notes of guava and lychee abound, and the Chenin provides nice density in the mid-palate. I have a feeling that an ice bucket and a bottle of this should make your day a lot smoother. That's the Magic of the Ju-Ju.    -EL

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mosse, Joseph & Sylvestre 2019 VDF Le Bisou

The 2019 "Le Bisou" frm the Mosse famly is an blend of Grolleau Noir, Pineau d'Aunis, Cot, Gamay, Grolleau Gris and Cabernet Franc, vinified in carbonic maceration.  It'a very light-bodied red - or a dark rosé - showing lovely aromas of raspberry and red currant with floral notes. The palate is bright, light and refreshing with a lovely melange of red fruits leading to a clean, lively finish. Serve quite cool as an aperitif or with any light meals and charcuterie this summer.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Orieux, Stéphane 2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Cru Vallet

The 2016 Stephane Orieux (Bregeonnette) "Vallet" is from 40-year-old vines on mica schist soils. Hand harvested, then direct press into underground, glass-lined cement tanks where it fermented naturally with wild yeasts. 30 month sur-lie aging.  This is a beautiful Muscadet that has benefitted from the 30 months on the lees, showing classic aromas of lemon verbena, almond, anise, pear, white peach and stone, really lovely. The palate is round and supple but framed in the firm acidity normally present in 2016s, with vibrant citrus and mineral flavors underlying round white fruits, continuing in the long crisp and saline finish. This is lovely now served with sole, cod and haddock, but will accompany fuller flavored fish as well. Drink until 2030 and please serve in a large Bordeaux or Burgundy glass. David Lillie

  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Briords Vieilles Vignes

(Note: Pre-Arrival sales by the case only, please!) 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. 2018 was  a vintage of sunshine despite rains and mildew in the spring that lowered yields. The 2018 "Briords" shows vivid aromas of dried pear, bitter lemon, anise and herbs with surprising hints of exotic fruit backed with earth and mineral notes. The aromatic ripeness is more restrained on the palate which shows beautifully supple and dense  pear and ripe apple fruit with quite firm acidity and finishing with nice grip and mineral flavors that linger on the palate. This is a beautiful "Briords," reminding me of 2009 - irresistible now but with enough acidity and structure to be a fabulous mature wine in 2029. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

  "The 2019 "La Pépie" comes mainly from the central 10-hectare vineyard of the estate on sandy "Granite de Château Thébaud" soils, with a small amount of purchased fruit from neighbors on granit and gneiss.  Harvesting is by hand, as for all of the estate vines. The fruit is direct-pressed and the juice settled naturally for 12 hours. It is then fermented in stainless steel tanks with natural yeasts; the wine is aged on its lees in large, underground vats until bottling without fining or filtering. Use of sulfur is moderate to very little. For the Sur Lie bottling, Pépière bottles and releases it in several stages, so the first tranche sees about 4 months on the lees before release, increasing up to 6-8 months for the last tranche." (David Bowler Wines) The 2019 "La Pépie" shows a very pale gold color and ripe floral aromas of dried pear, quince, fines herbes, grapefruit and stone. The palate is round  and refreshing, with a bit more depth than usual, with wet stone, pear, tart citrus, almond and mineral flavors. The finish is long and clean with citrus, a hint of anise and saline minerals. This is a bright and refreshing Muscadet, with a bit more weight and density due to the warm, dry conditions in 2019, that will be perfect with oysters, grilled fish, roast chicken, Asian foods and mild goat cheeses. Thanks to Marc, Gwénaëlle and Rémi for another delicious "Pépie!"

  • white
  • 43 in stock
  • $16.99

Pépière 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Ch.Thébaud "Morines"

The Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines" comes from old vines on a beautiful vineyard with great terroir sloping down towards the river Maine. The granite here (Granit 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 2015 here were among the best of the vintage in Muscadet and the 2014 will stand out as perhaps the finest yet due to the perfect combination of great density and minerality with the very firm acidity of this superb year for Muscadet - those of you lucky enough to have the 2014 Pépière Clisson in your cellar understand just what a special vintage this is. From Remi Branger at Pépière: "As the wine aged we performed three bâtonnages and after three and a half years sur lie, in April 2018, we decided to bottle it. We then decided to leave it  another year in bottle before offering it for sale. For us, the 2014 Château Thébaud is a wine with a great potential for cellaring. In its youth, the wine was very austere but the prolonged élevage sur lie allowed it to develop well and it benefited further from the additional year in bottle. Recent tastings of the wine confirm to us that we made the right choice for the aging, because it has the balance we hoped for with a finish of power and tension."

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Gorges

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

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson

The 2017 "Clisson" reminds us of the superb 2014 - subtle, fine and elegant, and at the same time dense and powerful, yet with only 12.5 % alcohol. The wine shows a very pale bronze color lovely aromas of lemon zest, fresh herbs, stone, almond and dried pear and apple, very elegant, with hints of pineapple, anise and brown spice. The palate shows nice ripeness, density and weight but remains delicate and fresh with pear, citrus zest and intense mineral flavors with a finish that is very long and lemony and slightly astringent with food-friendly minerality. The 2017 Clisson is a delightful wine - serve as often as possible with oysters, little-necks, grilled seafood and roast chicken. Put some in the cellar to enjoy over its  20+ year evolution while enjoying with fish in sauce and shellfish. Thank you Marc, Remi and Gwenaëlle for another beautiful wine!

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Gras Moutons

This lovely wine clearly illustrates the difference between the granite and gneiss terroirs in Muscadet. Gras Moutons is a great parcel on gneiss, in layers that permit a deep penetration by the vines, with sandy clay and amphibolite stones. The vines are at the top of a hill and on the south-facing slope overlooking the Maine. (The name, by the way, does not refer to fat sheep, but rather in local dialect, to the hilltop vineyard site.) This terroir produces lovely, classic Muscadet to drink over the next 5 to 8 years, it has a more herbal and floral bouquet than the granite-based wines and the palate, although refreshing and bright, is softer and more open. The 2018 Gras Moutons is a sensational Muscadet showing a pale bronze color and beautiful aromas of ripe pear and quince with hints of anise, stone and almond; The palate is very dense and mineral with ripe pear and white peach, quite supple and ripe but framed in firm acidity. The finish is long and dense with white fruits, citrus and an almost bitter mineral aspect - this will pair beautifully with a full-flavored fish or chicken dish. Five to eight years of aging will bring out the complexity of this lovely wine. Highly recommended and a great value!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $21.99

  • 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, with approximately 20 grams of RS per liter. 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
  • 20 in stock
  • $31.49

  • Organic

Pinon, François 2015 Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé

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

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Plouzeau (Ch. de la Bonneliere) 2019 Chinon Rive Gauche Rosé

This large organic estate in Chinon produces a light and lovely rosé from Cabernet Franc vines grown on gravel and sandy soils in the "Rive Gauche" and "La Vienne" parcels. The 2019 shows a pale pink/salmon color and bright, slightly spicy and floral raspberry/strawberry aromas. The palate is very crisp and dry, but showing the ripeness of the vintage in the round, sappy fruit, with raspberry, melon and citrus peel flavors. It's light and refreshing and goes down easy - perfect for a hot summer day, and it's a great value!

  • rosé
  • 81 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Raffault, Olga 2014 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. 2014 was an excellent vintage for Loire reds, which generally showed vibrant fruit, fresh acidity and moderate alcohol. Not a "big" vintage but one of very pretty, well-balanced wines. The 2014 Raffault Picasses shows a bright, red/black color with aromas of morello cherry, red currant, blackberry and prune with hints of licorice, earth and black pepper. The palate shows silky tannins and sappy red and black fruits with chalky minerals and firm acidity. Earthy prune, plum and cherry fruits linger in the long finish. Please decant two to three hours in advance if drinking now, then serve a bit cool with roast chicken, pork or lamb. This will sing a different song after 6 to 8 years of aging, best perhaps 2026 - 2040. DL

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Raffault, Olga 2018 Chinon Les Barnabés

Domaine Olga Raffault produces this lovely Chinon from alluvial and gravel soils along the Loire and the Vienne - it's a beautifully fruited wine meant to be served cool and enjoyed with white meats and grilled foods. The 2018 "Barnabés" is a bit more supple and ripe than usual, really a delightful wine. The aromas are complex and ripe showing cassis, raspberry and red currant with hints of violet, citrus and black pepper. The palate is deep and supple with complex red and black fruits that continue in the smooth, refreshing finish. This is a beautiful "drink young" Chinon.

  • red
  • 40 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Roche Bleue 2017 Jasnières Le Clos des Molières

From 25 to 30  year-old Chenin Blanc vines in a mid-slope parcel of thin clay and silex soils on limestone, yields of 25 hl/ha, certified organic with biodynamic methods as well, fermented and aged in 4 to 6 year-old barriques. Sébastien Cornille has quickly become one of the finest producers of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc on his 7 hectare estate in the Coteaux du Loir and Jasnières. The 2017 Jasnières "Clos des Molières" is a beautiful dry Chenin showing a bright pale gold color and subtle aromas of pear, dried herbs, almond, citrus and white pepper. The palate is dense but crystalline and somewhat austere -  intensely mineral with white fruits, almond, citrus and stone flavors that continue in the scintillating finish. Serve now with an elegant shellfish or fish preparation or hold for ten to fifteen years and serve with fish or chicken in sauce. Beautiful wine!   David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2018 Coteaux du Loir La Belle D'Aunis

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

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $28.99

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

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2019 Vin de France BB Rose

Benoit Blet of Domaine des Terres Blanches, near Chinon, has created another subtle and delicious rosé in 2019, from organic Gamay grown on a unique terroir of sandstone. It's a "direct-press" rosé, fermented slowly with wild yeasts, showing delicate, complex aromas of raspberry and strawberry, with orange peel, stone and spice. The palate is bone dry with earth and stone flavors underlying lovely raspberry and cranberry fruit, with hints of peach and rose as it opens. The finish is silky and refreshing and quite long with berry fruits and mineral flavors. Lovers of the Baudry rosé will appreciate this delicate and delicious wine. "Accompagne les crudités, les viandes blanches et les charcuteries, ou tout simplement pour le plaisir de partager un verre entre amis" says Benoit - Serve with crudités, white meats and charcuterie or very simply for the pleasure of sharing a glass with friends."  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 13 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

Thibault, Marie 2018 Vin de France La Roue Qui Tourne

Marie Thibault, is a relative newcomer in the Loire, having purchased her 3.5hectare domaine in Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau in 2011, but she is already making her presence known. She immediately converted the contiguous vineyard to organic farming and has been certified since 2014. "La Roue Qui Tourne Rosé" is a dry pet-nat (methode ancestrale) of  100% old vine Gamay grown on white clay and silex.

  • rosé
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $42.99

  • rosé
  • 24 in stock
  • $23.99

Tue-Boeuf 2018 Cheverny "Frileuse"

1/3 each Sauvignon Blanc/Fié Gris/Chardonnay. The name of the site, Frileuse, roughly translates as "little cold one", a nod to the flat, frost-prone nature of this vineyard. These three varieties are co-planted in one 3.8-hectare estate site, Fié Gris being the historical name for Sauvigon Gris, itself an old variation of Sauvignon Blanc originating in Bordeaux (it tends to be fuller-bodied, softer, richer and more melon-mango in flavor vs. the better-known Blanc). The vines are planted on flinty clay soils, range from 4 to 47 years old and are organically farmed and hand-harvested. The wine is fermented with natural yeasts and aged on its lees with bâtonnage for 8 months in used demi-muids and Burgundy barrels; bottled unfiltered and with a minute amount of sulfur. Because Frileuse lies within the original Clos, the home estate of Tue-Boeuf in Cheverny, the full estate name features prominently at the top of the label; the wine is classified as Cheverny AOC.

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2018 Touraine Le Brin de Chèvre

The unique and vibrantly delicious 2018 "Brin de Chèvre"is 100% Menu Pineau grown on clay soils with silex and gravel, 70% 65-80 year-old and 30% young vines, aged for 12 months in demi-muid and Burgundy barrels, 15mg/L SO2.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2018 Vin de France Romorantin "Frileuse"

The rare and superb 2018 Romorantin "Frileuse" from Tue-Boeuf is 1/3 from 110 year-old vines and 2/3 from 40 year-old vines on clay/silex soils, ages 12 months in Burgundy barrels, 15 mg/l SO2.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2019 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 turt 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 2019, this is 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
  • 31 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vacheron 2018 Sancerre

Domaine Vacheron is one of the few organic and Biodynamic estates in Sancerre. The 2018 is from 30 to 50 year-old vines on both chalk and silex hillside parcels. The grapes are hand-harvested, the fermentation is wth wild yeasts and the wine is aged in tank. The wine shows a pale bronze color and subtle armoas of pear, quince, lime-flower  and stone with a bit more ripeness than 2015 or 2016 due to the sunny condions and low rainfall in 2018. The palate is silky and crisp, showing stone and mineral flavors that underly ripe white fruits, citrus peel, almond and mineral flavors, leading to a very clean, long and refreshing finish. Light enough to pair well with oysters, this will accompany any mild flavored fish or chicken dish and goat cheeses.

  • white
  • 48 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Villalin 2018 Quincy Les Grandes Vignes

Sauvignon Blanc has been grown in Quincy at least since the 15th century and produces a particularly distinctive wine on the gravel and silex soils of the Domaine de Villalin's vineyard "Les Grands Vignes." The estate is clearly the finest in Quincy, farming with organic methods, plowing (sometimes with horses), harvesting by hand and fermenting with wild yeasts.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Villemade, Herve 2018 Cheverny Blanc

Hervé Villemade's 2018 Cheverny Blanc is a lovely and versatile wine, made from 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Chardonnay grown on flinty sand and clay soils. The wine shows pretty aromas of pear, citrus, almond and stone with hints of boxwood and white flowers. The palate is supple with white and yellow fruits,  ripe citrus, a bit of anise and herbal flavors and is nicely balanced with firm acidity. This is a delicious and refreshing everyday white that will accompany most seafood dishes, chicken, white meats and goat cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 38 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Hervé 2018 Cheverny Les Ardilles

Our friend Hervé Villemade made another gorgeous "Les Ardilles" in 2018. 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. Thee wine is particularly ripe and expressive in the excellent 2018 vintage, showing very pretty intriguing aromas of wild strawberry and plum puree, orange peel, white pepper, violet, licorice and rose. The palate is light but dense with plum and blackberry fruit, quite meaty and mineral with citrus and spice notes. Black fruits, licorice and spice linger in the long finish. This is a unique and delicious natural wine - bravo Hervé!

  • red
  • 39 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2019 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. Yields of 25 hl/ha, 14.5% alc in 2019.)  "The Gamay brings its freshness and red fruits, the Pinot Noir its silky texture and licorice notes with sometimes a touche 'fumé. Together, the two varieties design a red quite delicioius and precise, nuanced of prune and black cherry, a bit spicy depending on the vintage, always refreshing." (Villemade.net) This has become one of favorite values from the Loire Valley, always full of character and lovely bright fruits. Tasted last January, we found the 2019 to be beautifully perfumed and complex, with deep dark fruits and terrific length. Enjoy, serve a bit cool with just about anythng.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2019 Vin de France Bovin (Liter)

"1 Litre à boire d'une traite" - A bottle 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!" Tasted with Hervé last January, our notes contained one word: "Perfect!" EL

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $21.99

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

Villemade, Herve 2019 Vin de France Rosé

The incredibly delicioius  2019 Rosé from Hervé Villemade is made from Grolleau, Gamay and  Cot (with maybe some Pineau d'Aunis?) It's a bit darker and riper than usual in this extraordinary vintage, but don't let that scare you away - the wine is fantastic, or as our colleague Michelle would say "freakin' yummy!" I plan to consume quite a few of these over the summer...  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vins Contés (Lemasson) 2019 Vin de France Poivre et Sel

In 2019 the "Poivre et Sel" is 80% Pineau d'Aunis and 20% Gamay and sees no added sulfur. Full of dark fruit on the nose and palate but, like the other reds from Olivier Lemasson, its strength is in its lean, though expressive, vivacity. Aromatically, the wine delivers layers of fruit like black cherry, blackberry, and ripe plum, with tender forest shrubs and leaves. On the tongue, there is a unique note of bitter spice, like barely steeped black tea, that seems to work hand-in-hand with the wine's soft touch of tannin. Clove and cracked pepper add to the fruit of plush dark cherry. Medium acidity. A dynamic mix of flavors wrapped into a very drinkable Loire red, highlighting the exciting style of Vins Contés. One of my favorites of Olivier's 2019s. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Vins Contés (Lemasson) 2019 Vin de France R 19

The 2019 version of Les Vins Contés  R is a blend of 40% Grolleau and 60% Cabernet Franc which undergoes a 7-day co-fermentation. It sees no added sulfur during production. Out of all the reds from Olivier Lemasson this vintage, I found it to be packed with the most youthful exuberance. Pronounced red fruits on the nose, like sliced strawberries and cherries, created the base for more delicate aromas of cinnamon and mint.  The flavor profile was a medley of black and red forest fruit, tart beach plums, and menthol. Definitely a wine I'd suggest enjoying now for its lovely drinkability. I'd also suggest giving it a slight chill. Makes me think of summer in a shaded garden by the ocean. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Vins Contés (Lemasson) 2019 Vin de Table Cheville de Fer

100% Côt (aka Malbec). The fruit from these 70-year-old Vins Contés vines is vinified just like all of the other reds: whole clusters, carbonic maceration, natural-yeast fermentation, no sulfur, no filtration. But like the Gama Sutra bottling, it is aged for 6 months in used barrels and bottled later in the spring following the harvest. Of all of the Vins Contés wines, this is the most structured and the least vin de soif in style. The nose is full of plums and flowers, accented with spicy black pepper and loamy earth. The palate is similar in fruit, with flavors of deep purple stone fruits and berries. There are subtleties of forest shrubs, warm green herbs, milled raw coffee, and a thread of dark minerality. A wine with both strength and finesse, I think it'll find its true balance over the next year, and will continue to mature for the next decade. A wonderfully pronounced wine from our friend Olivier Lemasson. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Vins Contés (Lemasson) 2019 Vin de Table Gama-Sutra (Gamay VV)

The 2019 Gama-Sutra is from Olivier Lemasson's oldest Gamay vines at 80-100 years old, on clay-silex soils and many on their  own roots (aka ungrafted or franc de pied). Carbonic maceration, natural yeasts, no sulfur, no filtration.  A deliciously bold Gamay, delivering a glass full of wild fruits and earth - both refreshing and substantial in flavor and mouthfeel. The tertiary nose hinted towards herbs and soil, with freshly stripped bark, red and black licorice, and a whiff of healthy moss. More tannic than I'd expected, the structure offered a satisfying chew, with flavors of crushed red cherry, blackberry, savory baking spice, and birch. A faint  but sappy finish showing a faint herbaceous/digestif character was kept lifted by a satisfying level of medium acidity. Enjoy today, but should develop beautifully over the next 5-10 years. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Vins Contés (O. Lemasson) 2019 Vin de France P'tit Rouquin (Gamay)

100% Gamay. From Olivier’s “young”, which means 40-year-old, vines. Whole clusters, short carbonic maceration, natural yeasts, no sulfur and no filtration. This is a happy wine, young though, and I think it will be better even with a few more months in the bottle. At the moment, there is very pleasant red fruit and some red apple skin structure, but generally not a tannic wine.The finish is not particularly complex or long, but the material is there and it should be a really together bottle of red later this summer. Drink with a chill with all your summer BBQ fare.  -Eben

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Vins Jardinés 2018 Vin de France Folle Blanche Toujours Dimanch

 "C'est Tous les Jours Dimanche" is a beautiful Folle Blanche (aka Gros Plant) from the young and very capable Yoann Gillot, grown on his new 3.5 ha estate in Monnières on slopes above the river Sèvre. Yoann is doing great vineyard work using organic and biodynamic methods and is using minimal (1 mg/L) SO2, added one month before botling, which bings a great purity to his delicate and very terroir-expressive wines. The 2018 Folle Blanche (his first vintage) is from 51 year-old vines on Gabbro soils in organic farming since 2000. The wine shows subtle aromas of stone, citrus, melon, almond and anise. The palate is bright and refreshing, with a very slight petillance, with citrus, herbal and mineral flavors, pure and delicate, finising wih stone, citrus and white fruits. Serve this delightful wine as an aperitif or with light meals of salads or quiche, goat cheeses and fried or broiled fish. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur