Loire

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $28.99

  • white sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $48.99

Baudry 2015 Chinon Grézeaux 1.5L

 From  60 year-old Cabernet Franc vines on a gravel soil over sandy clay and limestone at the bottom of the hill of Sonnay in Cravant. Aged 12 months in 3 to 10 year-old barrels.  Dark black/purple color with quite floral blackberry and strawberry aromas, with a bit of earth, spice and citrus. Very silky and supple on the palate ("We don't extract anymore" said Matthieu) with stony black fruits, meaty, chalky and long. Good acidity in the finish with graphite and velvety black fruits, quite elegant and closer to the 2014 in style than the other cuvées. This is a lovely "Les Grézeaux" and is highly recommended for early drinking or ten to fifteen years of cellaring.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2016 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 sandy clay over limestone soils give earthy well-structured wines, with 25% from gravel soils near Cravant, giving supple fruit and freshness. Organic farming, 2 week wild-yeast fermentation, aging in 5 to 10 year-old barrels or cement vats, bottled two Springs after harvest, with minimal added SO2, unfiltered. The Baudrys are making elegant, soulful, natural wines from their superb terroirs in Chinon. The 2016 Cuvée Domaine is a beautiful wine, showing a deep black/red color with complex aromas of black raspberry and red currant with musk, earth, violet and black pepper. On the palate the elegant black and red fruits are joined by cocoa, bitter chocolate, plum skin and intense mineral flavors that are framed in firm acidity. The texture is silky, yet earthy and stony with a bracing mineral finish  and the lingering memory of bright red fruits. In other words, it's a delicious Chinon that will benefit from aeration or a few years in the cellar. Hold a few bottles until 2040 for a nice surprise. David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2016 Chinon Les Grézeaux

"Les Grézeaux" is at the bottom of the slope in Sonnay on a plateau of gravel with sandy clay soils above limestone that slopes gently down towards the Vienne, the vines are 60 to 70 years old. The wine is aged in five to ten year-old barrels with no added SO2, with a tiny amount added prior to bottling. Tasted from barrel in January of 2017 and 2018, the wine showed beautifully with very floral black fruit aromas and lovely density on the palate with black raspberry, spice and earth, firm and balanced but not overly tannic, with lush fruit lingering in the very long finish. This is a bit firmer and should cellar better than the more forward 2015 -  it's a beautiful wine but we have about one-third of the normal allocation, so don't delay. Tasted from bottle in November 2018, the aromas seem brighter, crushed raspberry and black raspberry with stone, spice and floral hints. The palate is tighter and sapid with the mineral components firmly backing the dense black fruits, with stone, citrus and blackberries in the finish. Drink the 2015 now and put this away for five years, or give it a long decant if drinking now. Lovely wine.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2017 Chinon Croix Boissée Blanc

This rare and beautiful Chenin Blanc is from the top of the "Croix Boissée" parcel on eroded limestone. The wine ferments very slowly in 500 liter toneaux until dry - less than 2 g/l residual sugar. The 2017 Croix Blanc is superbly elegant with aromas of pear, white peach, almond and lime-flower. The palate is supple, with lovely ripe fruit, but also shows firm acidity and chalky minerals. Delicious now, but ten to fifteen years of aging will be very interesting. Serve with  fish or chicken in sauce and a wide variety of cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $39.99

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

  • white sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $69.99

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  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

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  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $29.99

Boulay, Gérard 2017 Sancerre Chavignol "Comtesse"

From 50-75 year old vines located in the sweet spot of the Mont Dam­nés vineyard (bottom of the slope, near Clos La Neore of Vatan), this is often the most powerful wine from Boulay's lineup.

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $52.99

Bregeonnette (Stéphane Orieux) 2017 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 2017 Bregeonnette is from vines on both schist and granite soils and is a beautiful example of a young, vibrant Muscadet from organic farming.  The aromas are classic Muscadet: pear, green apple, citrus, fresh herbs and wet stone with floral hints. The palate is refreshing with subtle white fruits and citrus with hints of mineral and almond, with firm citrusy acids in the finish. This is a delicious and versatile Muscadet to serve with shellfish and white fish such as cod, haddock and sole and it's a nice aperitif as well.  And it's a crowd-pleasing dry white with enough depth to accompany your Thanksgiving! David Lillie

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Busardiere

"Busardieres" is a great vineyard fairly high on the slope in Bourgueil on Middle Turonian limestone with shallow topsoils of clay with pebbles of limestone with mica, always giving a wine that is a bit austere in its youth, very mineral and built to age. The 2014 is a superb example that showed sensationally when tasted with Stephanie Caslot in February 2018. Re-tasted in September, the wine shows a deep red/black color with aromas of ripe morello cherry, black raspberry and elderberry, quite deep and meaty with hints of menthol, juniper, dark chocolate and black pepper. The palate shows dense, chalky, ripe black raspberry, cherry and black plum liqueur, beautifully balanced and fresh, with hints of cocoa, citrus peel, humus and minerals with a beautiful finish of bright, sappy fruit and stone flavors. This is a beautiful wine - a bit intense for drinking now, but with a long decant it will be lovely. Best after three to five years, drink till 2035 and beyond. Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2012 Bourgueil Grand Mont

A price reduction from the importer enables us to sell the last two cases at a lower price - take advantage!  "Grand Mont" is one of the greatest sites in Bourgueil - a south facing slope on 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. 2012 Loire reds are not big wines, but they have lovely bright fruit and are beautifully balanced with refreshing acidity. The 2012 "Grand Mont" shows elegant aromas of black raspberry and strawberry 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 flavors. This is really elegant and Burgundian, very long and built to last. Open the day before if drinking now, this will be a beautiful mature wine.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Cuvee Chevalerie

We're big fans of the Caslot family at Domane de la Chevalerie, who  make soulful Bourgueils from organic/biodynamic vineyards on their superb terroirs.  The Chevalerie vineyard is on mid-slope Turonian limestone with clay and alluvial sand and gravel topsoils, rich in silex; the vines average about 60 years of age. 2014 is a superb vintage for the Cuvee Chevalerie which shows a lovely deep red color and fresh ripe black raspberry and cassis with black pepper, stone, prune and roast meat. The palate is well-structued and quite concentrated with complex black fruit liqueur, spice, bitter chocolate, licorice and truffle, with a long finish of sappy fruit and mineral flavors. This is a beautiful Bourgueil of terroir that con be enjoyed now with coq-qu-vin, steak au poivre and grilled lamb, best to wait  3 - 5 years, then drink until 2030 and beyond. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Les Galichets (Arrives 12/8)

We're big fans of the Caslot family at Domane de la Chevalerie, who  make soulful Bourgueils from organic vineyards on their varied terroirs.  The Chevalerie vineyard is on mid-slope Turonian limestone with clay and alluvial sand and gravel topsoils, rich in silex; the vines average about 60 years of age. The 2014 vintage in Bourgueil and Chinon is excellent and the 14s at Domaine de la Chevalerie are absolutely superb!  This wine is a fabulous mix of fruit and minerals, perfectly balanced and with terrific length: dense black/red color, with aromas that blend soil, stone and black-raspberry fruit with hints of cocoa and violet. The palate is dense and supple and intensely mineral - a blend of stone  and cool red fruits lifted by firm acidity, with the bright fruit continuing in the long mineral finish. This is a beautiful Bourgueil that can be enjoyed now with roast chicken, pork dishes, even a steak - or hold for ten to fifteen years for a mature experience. It's a faulous value at $19.99 - congratulations to the Caslots! David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2015 Savennières La Jalousie

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

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $32.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $69.99

Courault, Benoît 2017 Vin de France Les Tabeneaux

70% Cabernet Franc / 30% Grolleau. Tabeneaux is a straightforward and cheerful red from Benoit Courault, exhibiting some of the vibrant bright red fruit one might associate with a partial carbonic maceration wine, but with nice weight, ripeness, and subtle tannin. Though I may favor Beni's pure Grolleau wines (I'm convinced he's making some of the best Grolleau in the Loire), this is still a singular wine, showing a side of Cabernet Franc that is unique from the expressions of Chinon/Bourgeuil/Saumur Champigny, or the more classically made Cab Francs from Anjou. Enjoy with a slight chill.  EL

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $299.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

Delmee-Martin 2015 Vin de France Patience (Chenin Blanc)

2015 was a difficult vintage for Chenin Blanc in the Loire, from my experience. Many naturally vinified wines made without temp control (or other shortcuts) didn't finish fermentation. The heat and dryness of the vintage caused challenges compared to milder years with higher acidity and more freshness. There were of course exceptions, and some producers came out of 2015 with some dense and impressive expressions of Chenin Blanc. Philippe Delmee's Patience is one of these exceptions. Just beginning to really sing, it has the potential to age beautifully for many years to come. There is a firm mineral backbone that gives structure and lingers long into the finish. On the palate, it has nice medium weight and density. We recommend letting this Chenin breath for a while. It's worth the patience!Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Domaine Aux Moines 2016 Savennieres Roche Aux Moines

The 2016 Roche aux Moines from Tessa Laroche is a superb Chenin Blanc showing elegant aromas of pear and quince with limeflower and citrus, quite complex and pretty. The superb shist terroir of "Roche aux Moines" is fully captured in this wine which has fabulous depth of white fruit and mineral flavors with very firm acidity and citrus, anise and stone in the long finish. Wonderful now with a full-flavored fish dish, this wine will cellar beatifully for twenty years and more. David Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $94.99

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $59.99

Gaudry 2016 Sancerre Rouge Vincengetorix

This is a gorgeaous Sancerre Rouge, a product of Vincent Gaudry's wonderful biodynamic farming. Wild yeast fermentation, aging 12 months in used barrels. The wine shows lovely aromas of tart cherry, violet and spice, with a vibrant mineral character on the palate from the limestone soils. The fruit is sappy and dense but not heavy, with plum skin, black cherry and earthy flavors. The finish is long with bright chalky red fruits and refreshing acidity. Drink now, served quite cool, with roast chicken, grilled meats, veal tartare and mild cheeses or hold for five to ten years for a mature experience. This is a delicious Pinot Noir from a great terroir in Sancerre and it would be a great choice for Thanksgiving!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gaudry, Vincent 2017 Sancerre Melodie Vieilles Vignes

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

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • rosé off-dry
  • 3 in stock
  • $17.99

Grandes Vignes 2017 Anjou Aubinae

The 2017 Aubinaie from Grandes Vignes shows the silky and generous side of Cabernet Franc, along with it's funky 'barnyard' side. It's probably our favorite vintage of the wine yet, as it's effortlessly drinkable, satisfying, chillable yet still dark with ripe black berry fruit, and with very elegant and integrated tannins.  EL

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Guion 2014 Bourgueil Deux Monts

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

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Guion 2017 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

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

  • red
  • 50 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2017 Bourgueil Rosé

Stéphane Guion's superb Bourgueil Rosé will differ from year to year, even finishing slightly sweet in certain vintages. In 2017, however, the wine is bone dry and tartly refreshing showing subtle and beautiful aromas of wild strawberry, red currant, green apple and rose petal. The palate is light and scintillating but with nice density of raspberry and red currant fruit, with a long finish of stone and citrusy acids.  Serve this refreshing rosé with oysters vinaigrette,  salade Nicoise, fried or grilled fish, roast chicken or turkey and mild cheeses. We don't get very much, so grab some now, and save a few bottles for next spring. Thanksgiving? Absolutely - it will go with everything on the table....David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 45 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $249.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $159.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $159.99

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $44.99

Huet 2005 Vouvray Cuvée Constance 500ml

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

  • white sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand Vin de France Mosquito Pet Nat

"Mosquito" scratches that itch for a sublime bottle of thirst-quenching bubbles. The 2017 is made from Muscat grapes that Domaine Danjou-Banessy (Roussillon) generously gifted to the Jousset's after they lost most of their harvest to hail and frost. This is a pet-nat made by friends to share with friends. At 12% it's just a touch off-dry with aromas of exotic orange citrus, nutmeg, salty peach and honeycomb. There is a touch of Chenin Blanc which lends flavors of juicy  pear and tart acidity. Try it with tangy goat cheeses, salads, or on its own. Amanda Bowman

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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

Lise and Bertrand Jousset began the "Exilé" project with fruit purchased from nearby friends who share their commitment to organic farming. The "Exilé" rose is a pétillant made with 100% Gamay from 40 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils, and it's one of our favorites. The 2016 is decadent with coastal aromas of salty pineapple core, fleshy melon, almond skins, and lilac. At 12% it is almost completely dry with a lacy mineral structure framing rich flavors of bosc pear, creamy pineapple, and subtle hints of white tea and orange peel. The finish is long and fabulously mineral. Serve with salade niçoise, cheese, or as a life-affirming aperó after a long day. Amanda Bowman

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2017 Menetou-Salon Exilé Rouge

The Joussets have made a lovely natural Pinot Noir from Biodynamic fruit grown by Philippe Gilbert in Menetou-Salon - harvested, vinified and bottled by the Joussets. (40 year-old vines on kimmeridgian soils, zero added SO2) The wine shows a bright, clear dark red color, with aromas of ripe strawberry, black raspberry and violet, with a bit of cocoa and white pepper. There is ripe black raspberry and black cherry fruit on the palate, very fresh and bright with chalk and earthy flavors in the finish with lingering ripe fruits. This is a beautifully pure and delicious Pinot that is lovely now - serve cool with charcuterie and grilled chicken or pork. Aging for five to ten years might be very interesting. HIghly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

Lambert, Patrick 2014 Chinon L'Ame d'Antan

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

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Landron, Jo 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Haute Tradition

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

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le Fief du Breil

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

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Houx

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

  • white
  • 53 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $77.99

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $73.99

Luneau-Papin 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Excelsior Clos Noelles (12/11)

Made only in exceptional vintages, the Luneau-Papin "Excelsior - Clos des Noelles" is one of my favorite Muscadets, usually a bit rounder than the granite-soil "L D'Or" but always aromatically complex and with great intensity and length.   The massale-selection vines were planted in 1936 on a terroir of "micaschistes a deux micas," (lieu-dit "La Plecisiere") exposed full south. The grapes are hand-harvested and undergo a slow wild yeast fermentation with 36 months of aging on the lees. The 2015 shows subtle, complex aromas of bitter lemon, lime-flower, melon, pear, mint, almond and stone.  The palate is silky, crystalline and dense with white fruits, lemon zest, almond, smoke and wet stone with fabulous length of pear, minerals and taut acidity.  Please decant if drinking now, serve with any elegant seafood dish. Cellar five to fifteen years and serve with richer fish dishes, white meats, rabbit. Beautiful wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $22.99

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

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $27.99

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

  "The 2017 "La Pépie" comes mainly from the central 10-hectare vineyard of the estate on sandy, granite-based soils, with a small amount of purchased fruit from neighbors due to the very low yields, again, in 2017.  Farming is organic and 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 2017 "La Pépie" shows a very pale gold color and bright aromas of dried pear, quince, fines herbes, grapefruit and stone. The palate is light and refreshing 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 light, bright and refreshing Muscadet 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
  • 2 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson

Beginning in 2005, Domaine de la Pépière has produced this cuvée from a small parcel of 50 to 110 year-old vines within the Pepiere vineyard. Originally called "Granite de Clisson" after the unique bedrock in the vineyard, Marc has changed the name to "Clisson" to agree with the new INAO Cru Communal classification. The granite is covered with gravel and clay with large stones, ensuring good drainage and deep penetration by the roots into the fissures in the bedrock, bringing the mineral elements indispensable to this wine.Tasted in France in January 2018, the wine showed a pale gold color with lovely aromas of dried pear, quince, almond, lemon-confit and stone, ripe but quite fresh. The palate was quite  dense, showing firm acidity and mineral flavors supporting white fruits, citrus, anise and almond, with terrific length. This is an excellent "Clisson" with attractive forward fruit for early drinking as well as firm structure for aging of fifteen to twenty years or more. David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2016 Vouvray "Le 16"

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

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2017 Vouvray Les Déronnières

The grapes for this new cuvee from Francois Pinon 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 it's own.  The soil is clay over Turonian limestone, and the beatiful exposure gives ripe fruit that is normally vinified as a demi-sec. In 2017 the potential alcohol was not too high, so the Pinons vinified it as a dry wine, with  5.6 grams rs/liter. The wine shows elegant aromas of lime-flower, dried pear, lemon zest and stones. The palate is very saline and mineral with roundwhite fruits, citrus and herbal notes with impressive density and length. A great dry 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
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $28.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $52.99

  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

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

Pinon, François 2017 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 that will accompany just about anything and is delightful as an aperitif by itself. The aromas are quite pretty with ripe raspberry 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
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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 differnet song after 6 to 8 years of aging, best perhaps 2026 - 2040.

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

Roche Bleue 2015 Jasnières Le Clos des Molières

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

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2016 Jasnières Sec

100% Chenin Blanc, from 10 - 25 year-old vines on a slope of clay/silex soils on limestone, certified organic. Slow pressing of whole clusters; long fermentations, most in 4 to 6 year-old barriques, the younger vines in cuve inox; elevage in 6 year-old barrels. More austere than the 2015 vintage, the 2016 Jasnières Sec from Sébastien Cornille is now opening up nicely, showing intriguing aromas of dried pear, pineapple, lime-flower, honey and stone. The palate is lean and mineral with citrus, dried apple and pear, wet stone and fines herbes. The finish is bone dry, mineral and long with firm acidity. Serve this scintillating Chenin Blanc with oysters, grilled and fried seafood, white meats and goat cheeses. Cellaring of five to ten years will reval a locely mature wine...  David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2017 Coteaux du Loir La Belle D'Aunis

A good Pineau d'Aunis is a great choice for Thanksgiving and Sebastien Cornille at Domaine de la Roche Bleue has made a beautiful Belle d'Aunis in 2017. 100% Pineau d'Aunis from old vines in clay with silex soils over limestone in the Coteaux du Loir; 15 day semi-carbonic maceration, slow pressing and assembly with the "jus de goutte" followed by aging in 3 - 4 year-old barrels. The wine shows a bright red/garnet color with lovely aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry and rose petal with white pepper and earth. The palate shows chalky, sappy raspberry and tart cherry fruit, light but dense 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
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2017 Coteaux du Loir La Guinguette

Sebastien Cornille's lovely "Guinguette" is made from a blend of 80% Pineau d’Aunis and 20% Gamay sourced from 30+-year-old vines in biodynamic farming. It undergoes semi-carbonic maceration for 20 days in tank before the Pineau d’Aunis is pressed off to be aged in neutral barrique and the Gamay in tank. The 2017 Guinguette is a superb "vin de soif" offering bright aromas of peppery raspberry, cranberry, tart cherry and violets. The palate shows light but sappy raspberry, plum and red currant fruit with hints of grapefruit, clove and wet stone. The finish is tart and refreshing. Serve this lovely wine slightly chilled with charcuterie, of course, grilled pork and lamb, bluefish (?) and mild cow cheeses.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2017 Coteaux du Loir L'Orée de la Berterie

This is a beautiful Chenin Blanc from Sébastien Cornille at Domaine de la Roche Bleue, from 30 year-old vines on slopes and terraces of clay and silex over limestone, certified organic farming with biodynamic methods. The 2017 L'Orée de la Berterie shows lovely ripe aromas  - peach, pear, and kiwi with almond,  honeysuckle, lime-flower and mineral notes. Dried peach and pear, citrus peel, stone and herbal notes on the palate with terrific density and a quite firm citrus and mineral finish. This is an outstanding and mineral young Chenin that will open up over the next three to five years, and might be quite interesting at ten to fifteen years or age -  it's a superb value as well. Serve with ceviche of fluke, fish in sauce, roast chicken and mild cheeses.  DL

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2017 Jasnières Sec

100% Chenin Blanc, from 10 - 25 year-old vines on a slope of clay/silex soils on limestone, certified organic. Slow pressing of whole clusters; long fermentations, most in 4 to 6 year-old barriques, the younger vines in cuve inox; elevage in 6 year-old barrels. The Roche Bleue 2017 Jasnières Sec shows pale bronze color with beautiful aromas of pear, lime-flower, quine and honeysuckle with hints of chalky stone, anise and citrus peel. The palate seems light in body but is quite intense with dried pear, anise , bitter lemon and sline chalky minerals that continue in the long finsh with firm citrusy acids. This is a crystalline, complex dry  Jasnières that will benefit from decanting and should age well for ten to fifteen years. Serve now with shellfish, grilled fish, roast chicken and goat cheeses or age to serve with richer dishes. Lovely wine! DL

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $23.99

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

Sanzay 2015 Saumur-Champigny La Haye Dampierre

Antoine Sanzay is the fifth generation at the family estate in Varrains which includes a large portion of the famous vineyard "les Payeux." The cuvee "La Haye Dampierre" is from a one hectare north-west facing  parcel on sandy clay over limestone tuffeau, certified organic. Fermentation is with wild yeasts in cement vat, aging is in 3 to 6 year-old barrels. The 2015 shows a deep red/black color with fresh  aromas of ripe cassis and blackberry, with earth, musk, black olive and licorice, quite distinctive. The palate shows dense, earthy black fruits, almost bitter, with cocoa, citrus and licorice, the finish is very long with black fruit liqueur, stone and saline minerals. Serve now with a coq au vin, lamb and pork dishes or cellar, perhaps best 2023 to 2030.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2015 Anjou 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 black raspberry and plum with hints of mint, citrus and earth. The palate is ripe and supple with an earthy 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 red, the Hautes Bruyères will accompany a variety of poultry and pork dishes and will be great with grilled foods this summer, served a bit cool.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2016 Vin de France Pot de Vache (Gamay de Bouze)

Gamay de Bouze "the first red-juiced Gamay to be observed, in the village of Bouze, near Beaune, in the nineteenth centrury" says Jancis Robinson. Whatever it is, the resulting wine from Benoit Blet at "Les Terres Blanches" is quite delicious, showing bright aromas of black currant liqueur with dark chocolate and mint and herbs with earthy, slightly gamey bright black fruits on the palate with hints of cocoa. Very refreshing with nice length of bright berry fruits and mineral flavors in the finish. This is a lovely and distinctive Gamay - serve cool with charcuterie, chicken and pork dishes and burgers off the grill. (And it's tied with Donneurs du Temps for label of the year!)

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2015 Cour-Cheverny La Porte Dorée

"La Porte Dorée" is from 40 to 90 year-old  Romorantin vines grown on clay soils with limestone bedrock. The juice undergoes a long, slow alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation, and the wine ages in old foudres and barriques. Minimal SO2 is added before bottling. The 2015 "Porte Dorée" shows  complex aromas of pear, citrus, lime-flower, white pepper, almond and caramel, with a very slight oxidative character. The palate shows ripe pear, quince, citrus, almond and intense stony flavors that coat the mouth and are very dense and long. This is a very young wine that will benefit from decanting or 3 to 10 years of cellaring. Serve now with fish or chicken in a cream sauce and with a wide variety of full-flavored cheeses. Lovely wine! DL

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Thomas-Labaille 2017 Sancerre Chavignol Les Monts Damnées

 Jean-Paul Labaille continues the great work of his father-in-law Claude Thomas, creating one of the finest Sancerres from vines in "les Monts Damnees," an incredibly steep-south facing hillside in Chavignol on Kimmeridgian limestone and red clay which is perhaps the best vineyard site in Sancerre.  The 2017 shows aromas of dried pear, flint, grapefruit skin, lime-flower, almond and stone. The palate shows firm acidity and flavors of grapefruit, pear and almond - refreshing and vibrant, the wine finishes beautifully with crystalline mineral flavors and lemony acids. Pair this with oysters, ceviche of sole, grilled fish and mild goat cheeses. Cellar for five to ten years and serve with fish in sauce, roast chicken with herbs... David Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $30.99

Villalin 2017 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. The 2017 has just arrived (March 1st 2018) and benefits from aeration, then shows subtle aromas of pear and quince with tart citrus and herbal notes. The palate is refreshing and bright with white fruits, gooseberry, fig and citrus flavors framed in firm acidity. If drinking now, open an hour in advance if possible - this should open up nicely by late spring for delicious drinking with a wide variety of fish and chicken dishes, salads and goat cheeses.

  • white
  • 52 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Villemade, Herve (Domaine du Moulin) 2016 Cheverny Les Ardilles

Our friend Hervé Villemade made another gorgeous "Les Ardilles" in 2016. 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 shows intriguing aromas of wild strawberry and plum skin, orange peel, white pepper, violet 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
  • 15 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2017 Cheverny Blanc

Hervé Villemade's 2017 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
  • 22 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2017 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) 2017 is another great vintage for this light and lovely Cheverny Rouge from Hervé Villemade; slight reduction then very pretty aromas of plum, strawberry and blood orange with rose and white pepper; tart cherry and chalky raspberry/strawberry fruit on the palate, light but sappy and long with earthy citrus and berry fruits in the refreshing finish. This is a delightfully natural thirst-quenching red - serve cool with any chicken or pork dish, charcuterie and mild cheeses. DL

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2017 Vin de France Gamay

100% Gamay from Hervé Villemade is as delicious as it should be. Alluring aromas of plum, violets, and spice invite you to take a sip and then another, and another. Light and fresh on the palate, there is a satisfying crunchy texture and beautiful chalky minerality that adds dimension to the brambly fruits, sweet tobacco, and brown spice. Serve with a slight chill and remember to share! Amanda Bowman 

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur