Misc. France

Belluard 2018 Vin de Savoie Grandes Jorasses

The Grandes Jorasses comes from 100% Altesse, produced by Dominique Belluard. The grapes are grown with southern exposure, on soil of clay and limestone. The average vine age is 10 years. The Altesse is hand harvested before a long, 4 month fermentation with natural yeasts. Malo occurs spontaneously afterwards. 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $55.99

Belluard 2018 Vin de Savoie Les Alpes

Dominique Belluard's Les Alpes is 100% Gringet. It comes from soils of yellow marl and scree. Grapes are hand harvested and softly pressed at the winery. Alcoholic fermentation and malo happen naturally. Most of the wine is aged in cement vats for six months. This is then blended with wine aged in stainless steel tanks before bottling with a small amount of SO2.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $51.99

Blard & Fils 'Micraster' 2019 Vin de Savoie Abymes

Nose is a restrained display of grass, spring water, sea shells, lemon pith, and a floral, yellow cherry. The palate has a foundation of pleasant apricot, salt, green herbs and stems. Lovely acidity, a touch of tannin under the tongue. Extremely drinkable, but don't let that fool you. Like the best Savoie whites, if you engage with this bottle, you'll find a lot going on under its cloak of endearing simplicity. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.27

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $29.99

Curtet, Marie & Florian 2018 Savoie Autrement Rouge

Vin de Savoie of Gamay, Pinot Noir, and Mondeuse, farmed organically by Marie & Florian Curtet. The 36 year old vines are planted to Mossiac limestone and have an exposure that ranges from west to southwest. In 2018, whole bunch fermentation was done for 4-5 weeks before pressing. Afterwards, the wine was aged on the lees in concrete tanks for 11 months, then lightly filtered before bottling. Only a touch of SO2 is added.  The wine has a black core with light magenta edges. The first night open, the nose was full of tart blueberries and red cherries, and the palate echoed those aromas, but with a salty edge. Structurally, it was sparky and vibrant, with very little tannin, instead relying on a beam of acidity for definition. On the second night, the nose has become floral, with dark roses, crushed raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry. The palate expresses obvious pomegranate, raspberry, and black cherry flavors, followed up by a lingering hint of graphite. On the second night, there is more tannin, on the gums and on the back of the tongue. The acidity has softened. Two different sides to a wine - both delicious. Marie and Florien definitely know what they're doing. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Da Ros, Elian 2016 Côtes du Marmandais Chante Coucou

Chante-Coucou is the emblematic cuvée of the domain, and the one I would open to any Bordeaux lover in order to convince them of Elian's talent. More opulent and juicy due to its dominant Merlot, it still retains the unique personality of its terroir and its vigneron. Supplemented with Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Syrah from clay-gravelly soils on gray and blue marly sedimentary conglomerates (called “molasse” in French) the different terroirs allow Elian to play with the different tannic expressions of these four grape varieties. He vinifies them separately: Syrah and Malbec are macerated whole-clustered in open foudres, the Merlot and the Cabernet Sauvignon are de-stemmed. Macerations last two to three weeks. Aged 20 months in used barrels the wines are blended together en masse 6 months before bottling. 2016 is a fine and elegant vintage, allowing Chante Coucou to retain its profile of elderberry, fresh tobacco, violet and oolong tea. The tannins are remarkable and silky, the whole cluster bringing notes of herbal tea that stretch the finish. Enjoy the wine decanted for an hour or so with Provencal herb rubbed lamb shoulder with vine shoots or a pan-fried foie gras with cranberry and spring carrot. 50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 10% Syrah. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Adrien Berlioz 2017 Vin de Savoie Cuvee Raipoumpou

From the Chignin Bergeron appellation, the Raipoumpou is an 100% Roussane produced by Adrien Berlioz of Cellier des Cray. Young vines, averaging 10 years in age, are planted to clay/limestone soils and cared for under certified organic methods. Hand harvested, whole cluster grapes are pressed, and juice is fermented with natural yeasts. Malo also occurs naturally. The wine is aged in stainless tanks for 9 months on the lees. The result is a golden Roussane, with a beautiful nose and palate. Aromas of crushed stones, aged apples, bitter herbs, smoke and yellow cherry are powerfully expressed. Flavors of lemon, lime, and spicy orange mix with smoke, salt and stone. The wine has a good vein of acidity, keeping this complex wine stunningly drinkable. This bottle is unique, having tasted nothing like it before, but it is just as approachable as it is fascinating. Drink up - it's delicious. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Adrien Berlioz 2019 Vin de Savoie Les Gueux Blanc

Some of the most exciting Vin de Savoie that I've tasted recently come from Adrien Berlioz at Domaine du Cellier des Cray. The Cuvée des Gueux Blanc '18 is a blend of 60% Jacquère and 40% Altesse from Chignan, with vine age averaging 50 years. Exposure of the silty clay and limestone soils is to the south. The estate is certified organic. Grapes are hand picked and whole clusters are pressed. Juice is racked after 48 hours and fermentation and malo are left to occur naturally. The wine is aged for 6 months in stainless tanks and on the lees. The color here is a light, fresh lemon. After getting some air, the nose is fantastic - bold aromas of herbs, toasted bread, dry grass, salt, and white flowers. On the palate, the wine is zesty, with flavors of mint and tangy yellow apple. Structurally, there is a hint of tannin and a medium level of acidity. A lot is packed into this bottle. Drink now. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $142.99

  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $32.99

Domaine des Mathouans 2018 Vin de France Vinception (Grenache Noir)

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

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Mathouans 2019 Vin de France Macaline (Macabeo)

"MacAline" is Aline Hock's wine of Macabeu grown biodynamically on the black schist terroirs of the Agly Valley associated with Roussillon's Maury region. Yields were 25 hl/ha in 2019, alcohol is 13.5%.  Aromatically rich and pungent (as fuller-bodied and higher alcohol Macabeu tends to be), it shows generous ripe citrus, honey and dried apricot on the nose. Given the fruit-driven intensity of the aromatics, its full-bodied palate is surprisingly nutty and savory, with notes of almond intermingled with dried apricot, finishing with iodine and sea salt. Drink with crab, shrimp and grits, cheddar cheeses, or bacon-wrapped dates.  Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Mathouans 2019 Vin de France Mine de Rien

This wine from Aline Hock in the Agly Valley of Roussillon is produced from the Muscat Petit Grains grown biodynamically on schist soils. Vinified semi-carbonic on the skins for about 20 days, it pours a hazy yellow in the glass. On the nose it bursts with classic Muscat aromas: orange blossom, fresh grapes, honeydew melon and chamomile. "Mine de Rien" is full-bodied and shows bright mandarin orange, minerality and a gentle herbal note on the palate and finishes dry and saline. The wine has an exciting tension between density and bright citrus and salinity, complemented by its exuberantly fruit and flower driven aromatic character. Drink now with lighter Mediterranean food or warmly spiced chicken dishes: think olives and feta, tagines, or even jerk chicken. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

Finot, Thomas 2018 Vin de France (Isère) "Cugnète" Macération

Thomas Finot makes his "Vin de Macération Cugnète" from purchased fruit grown in Isère and on the Isère/Savoie border, thus Vin de France. The three month skin contact gives the wine a pale bronze color. The aromas are light and pretty - dried flowers, brown spice, citrus peel and peach. The palate shows creamy dried pear, mineral, brown spice, almond and citrus notes, quite subtle and with a clean, long finish without harsh skin tannins. This is a fascinating wine that will accompany shellfish, ceviche of many kinds, sushi, goat cheeses and much more.  12.9% alcohol.  Lovely wine!  David Lillie       Extra facts: Thomas says that Cugnète is an ancient type of Jacquère.  Aging was in big used barrels from 2005 and 2006. My guess is the maceration was more of a soaking, with little or no punch down or extraction, as the wine appears more like a white than an 'orange,' and only has a delicate and subtle amount of tannin in the back of the palate.   -Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ilarria 2017 Irouléguy Blanc (Arrives 1/25)

From organically certified vineyards, 1 ha dedicated to Petit Manseng and 1 ha to Petit Courbu, permaculture-pioneer Peio Espil offers a very unique interpretation of Irouléguy Blanc as he is one of the few growing grapes on Trias limestone, a soil so hard he had to use dynamite to plant the vines. No tilling, use of ewes to graze the spontaneous vegetation and compost the soils leads to balanced yields of very concentrated grapes. Harvested almost at the same time despite the fact Petit Courbu is usually an earlier ripening grape than Petit Manseng (Petit Courbu has usually dense cluster and thinner skin berries, but not at Ilarria thanks to the farming), both see some skin maceration (6 hours or so for the Petit Courbu, 12-14 hours for the Petit Manseng) in order to extract aromatic compounds and structure, the musts are blended right away, and fermented spontaneously, with malolactic always occurring, something very rare for the region! Long fermentations are preferred for texture. A little bit of sulfites are used after the fermentation when the wine needs to be racked from inox to demi-muids from tonnellerie de l’Adour. Then the wine stays untouched on its fine lees with racking if needed. The wine is aged up to 18 months, and doesn’t need to be filtered before bottling. Sulfites are adjusted at this time for a total round 45ppm. Peio likes the 2017 as the wine is balanced with a density he likes. At 13% of alcohol, it has a surprising density with so many layers: a very complex nose of passion fruit, chamomile, yellow plum and smoked salt, the palate is very savory with a saline quality, and more dried hawthorne and thai basil leaves. It is a salivating wine with so much to give, that you want to sip on it little by little. Enjoy it today in large Burgundy glass or keep it for 10 years. For pairing, a rabbit agnolotti with dried sage or a cauliflower panna cotta with crab meat flesh and grapefruit segment. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2014 IGP Côtes Catalanes Oxy (5 years sous voile)

Eric has once again made a small quantity of "Oxy" - his extraordinary Grenache Blanc that spends five years sous-voile. The current vintage is 2014 - for any lover of Vin Jaune, or anyone making chicken with vin jaune and morels, this is a must buy! The wine shows lovely herbal, stone, citrus peel and strong oxidative aromas. The oxidation is less apparent on the palate which is extremely elegant and of course shows an intense minerality, with flavors of lemon zest, stone and dried pear, finishing with terrific length. Only 36 bottles are available - don't delay!

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Lapuyade 2015 Jurançon Cuvée Marie-Louise

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

  • white sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2017 Jurançon Petit Manseng

Clos Marie-Louise/Château Lapuyade is a beautiful biodynamic estate deep in the hills of Jurançon, south of Pau. Their wines are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in old barrels purchased from Yquem and Haut-Brion. Their 2017 Petit Manseng is a gorgeous wine and a sensational value. The wine needs a bit of air to open up, then shows deep floral honeyed apricot, candied citrus, stone, spice and caramel aromas with sweet fruit on the palate—lemon oil, exotic fruit and brown spice lifted by very  firm acidity. Terrific length. With a few days open, more exotic fruit, pineapple and lychee emerge and the wine softens into something wonderful. An outstanding Jurançon moelleux that will accompany fois gras, patés, cheeses, fruit desserts and is fabulous on its own.

  • white medium-sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2019 Côtes de Provence Impulsion Rosé Sans Soufre

After hearing us complain about other estates in Provence that use excessive amounts of sulfur-dioxide in their wines, Christelle and Jacques at Les Fouques have gone all the way and produced a zero sulfur special cuvée in 2019. Called "L'Impulsion" (the impulse), the wine is made with 2/3 Cinsault and 1/3 Syrah from their Biodynamic vineyards - tasted in January the unfinished wine showed subtle aromas of raspberry, citrus and rose with a light, dry and delicate palate of citrus, peach and berry fruits. We look forward to tasting it on arrival, July 1st.

  • rosé
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $10.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Lulu Vigneron (Chais du Vieux Bourg) 2010 Côtes du Jura Vin Jaune

From Lulu Bindernagel, one of our favorite producers in the Jura right now. This is 100% Savignin from Les Vernois in the Côtes du Jura AOC. The grapes are hand harvested from a slope with southern exposure. Soil is calcareous marl. This is small production, with only 900 bottles having been released. Fermentation is natural, with no sulfur added, and the wine lives 8 years (2 years more than the required 6 years for Vin Jaune) under the layer of yeast called "voile."

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $99.99

Marie & Florian Curtet 2018 Savoie Frissons des Cimes (Mondeuse)

The 2018 Frissons des Cimes is a Vin de Sovoie made from 100% Mondeuse by Marie & Florian Curtet. Organically farmed 50 year old vines planted to sandstone, with a western to southwestern exposure. In the cellar, whole cluster fermentation, without pump overs or push downs, lasts 4-5 weeks before pressing. The wine is aged in concrete tanks for 11 weeks, filtered lightly, and bottled with just a small dose of SO2. This is a dark wine - with shades of black purple and red in the glass. Starting off with the pungent smells of manure and mulched forest floor, these hearty, heady nose drifts into a calmer character, with very pleasant aromas of black plum, blue berries, pine, kalamata olives, olives, and roasted meat. The palate is full of crunchy, zippy graphite, with additional flavors deep red cherry and salt. If you're a Syrah drinker, this is a must-try. With very solid tannins, that fall mostly on the gums, and medium acidity, boasts fantastic structure. Drink now, or enjoy between now and '26 - though it seems to have the fruit and body to last even longer. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Marie & Florien Curtet 2018 Savoie Tonnerre des Gres

The 2018 Tonnerre Des Gres from Marie & Florian Curtet is a Vin de Savoie from  Jacquère and Altesse. Organically farmed vines, 28 years in age, were planted to Mollassic limestone soils with a west/southwest exposure. The grapes are pressed, and fermentation/aging is done in concrete tanks over 9 months on the lees. The wine is bottled after a light filtration and a small dose of SO2. Brilliant lemon hue in the glass. Aromas do not pounce out, but float - sliced, tart yellow apple and pear, lavender, and bitter, unripe nectarine. There is flinty smoke. As the glass warms, smells of almonds and faint licorice appear. The wine has a wonderful palate, with yellow apples, clementine zest, bitter herbs, and a stony, mineral zing. The fruit on the finish gives way to a lingering saltiness, stiffened by a focused core of acidity. There is a softness in the mouthfeel though. A touch of flesh that is hard to describe. There is something so ethereal about this wine - a ghostly quality, in texture more than anything, that reminds me of a superb Chablis. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) 2011 Cotes du Jura Vin Jaune

The Savagnin vines that make the fruit for this bottle were planted almost 70 years ago. After a direct pressing, the wine goes into neutral barrique, in a special cellar for Marnes Blanches' "sous voile" bottlings. The wine will age for for at least 6 years before release. The barrels begin at the top level of the cellar, where conditions (heat and humidity) help the flor (layeer of dead yeast cells) grow quickly. As the wine ages, it is moved lower and lower into the cellar.

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $86.99

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) 2019 Cotes du Jura Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir goes through whole cluster fermentation in stainless steel for close to a week. After the wine is pressed, it is racked to neutral oak, where it will age for a year. The wine is bottled with any added SO2.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) NV VDF Bulle Ton Body

This is a fun, refreshing traditional method sparkler from winemaker/farmer Geraud Fromont in the Jura. 100% Chardonnay, with most of the blend from the 2018 harvest, is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks and left on the lees for 15 months before bottling with no dosage and no SO2. On the nose is firm golden apple and crushed white rock, and on the palate is apple, fresh grass, a bit of sea-salt, and  a touch of bitter herbs, with very soft bubbles. A solid choice for aperitif, that's meant to be fun and not overly complex.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Pauline & Geraud Fromont) 2019 Cotes du Jura Chardonnay Les Molates

From Chardonnay vines planted in the 1980s, to marl with limestone topsoil. The grapes are picked by hand. Direct press into neutral barrique where the wine ages for about a year before being bottled.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $41.99

Marnes Blanches 2018 Cotes du Jura Savagnin Aux Bois

This Savagnin is from a parcel of heavy limestone, with the addition of dense fossil concentration. The vines were planted in 2012.  Fruit is picked by hand. The grapes are pressed into neutral barrique, where they age for about 2 years. The tasting note from our supplier describes the Savagnin Aux Bois as a "pristine, powerful wine with a strong mineral core supported by tropical fruits and citrus." There is no added SO2 to this bottling from Marnes Blanches. The wine is a pretty lemon on the nose. Half an hour into opening, the wine is bitter lemon, herbs, and unripe yellow apples on the palate. The nose is lemon meringue and salt. In the end, the palate fattens up. I've realized, the whites of this producer are obviously good... and the reds are mysteriously good. Drink them both, one for real joy, and the other for an intriguing, satisfying puzzle. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $51.99

Mas des Chimères 2018 Terrasses du Larzac Caminarem

"Caminarèm," from winemaker Guilhem Dardé, is a blend of equal parts Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Carignan from the Terrasses du Larzac AOC. The vines range in age from 20 to 100 years old and are planted in basalt soils. The grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed, fermented with native yeasts, then assembled and matured in various sized barrels for a year before bottling. The wine's color is a dark red. On the nose there are blackberries and plums, an accent of roasted meat and cedar. The palate has similar dark fruits, along with a touch of peppery spice. There is good acidity, paired with a healthy dash of tannin and a plush, soft core.  The wine has a long, herbaceous finish. 

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Mas des Chimères 2018 VdP des Terrasses de Larzac Nuits Graves

Guilhelm Dardé's Mas des Chimères received organic certification in 2008. The estate is tucked away in the Coteaux-du-Languedoc by the Lac du Salagou, the vines grow on a variety of terroir: clay, schist and granite soils form terraces on the arid, red slopes of basaltic slate colored by iron. Due to the austere dryness in both soil and climate, the yields in this area are low and the wines are typically concentrated. The cuvée Nuit Grave is a blend of 45% Syrah, 17% Mourvèdre, 38% Grenache. The vines are around 40 years in age, planted on iron-rich, red clay soils full of black basalt stones.  This is a gorgeous wine of complexity and structure. A dark black/red robe in the glass, followed by a nose of brown spice, blackberry, ripe plum and cassis with citrus and floral notes.  On the palate, the wine has a velvet roundness backed with grainy notes of terroir, with cinnamon, black cherry, blackberry and savory spice. An outstanding pairing with rack of lamb, tagine, cassoulet or standing rib roast.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

Mathieu Apffel 2018 Vin de Savoie Apremont "Avant la Tempete"

100% Jacquère , labeled Vin de Savoie, from the outstanding young producer, Mathieu Apffel . Vines were planted in 1956 to soils of clay, limestone, schist, and quartz, with southeastern exposure. Fields are farmed organically. In the cellar, after a direct pressing, the juice goes through alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel before resting on the lees in barrique. The wine is bottled without fining or filtering, and zero SO2 is added. On the first night, the wine is clean, with a soft purity in texture, and cut by a crisp edge of assertive acid and a real stoniness. It was a very good wine. The second night, however, the wine was exceptional. Without losing any of its stern, well-focused zing, it took on savory flavors of dried lemon peel, orange zest, yellow apple and sea salt. It even developed a little more flesh on the palate, a great contrast to a previously simple, high-toned mouthfeel.  This is the bottle that convinced me to  always revisit Alpine whites after a night open. So much is revealed if you do. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Mathieu Apffel 2018 Vin de Savoie Terroir de Saint Alban

This is a blend of 50% Jacquère and 50% Altesse from Saint-Alban made by the exciting  young producer, Mathieu Apffel. The Jacquère vines were planted in the 1950s and the Altesse vines were planted some 40 years later in the 1990s - both to limestone soil of southern facing exposure.  Vines are tended organically.  After a direct pressing, the juice ferments and ages in 2/3 stainless and 1/3 barrique. Aging is done on the lees. The wine is unfined and unfiltered, bottled without added SO2. This white, when compared to Apffel's 100% Jacquère, Avant la Tempete, shows more yellow citrus upon opening, with more floral characteristics. The nose also delivers aromas of salt and healthy green grass. The palate offers lemon and white pepper, with a clean structure lead by dash of crushed limestone.  The Terrior de Saint-Alban transforms if tried again the day after opening, just like the Jacquère. The drinker discovers green herbs, darker spice, and more savory citrus on the nose and palate. Such an engaging and thoughtful wine if treated with patience. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

Navarre 2019 Saint-Chinian Cuvée Olivier (March 9)

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

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Saint-Chinian Le Laouzil

Thierry Navarre's touchstone "Laouzil" is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from old vines planted on brown schist ("Laouzil" in the local dialect) soils in the rugged mountains of Roquebrun (Saint-Chinian). The grapes are de-stemmed and aged in neutral barrel before bottling with minimal sulfur. The robe is a lovely red/black in the glass. The wine shows seductive aromas of spiced plums, dried rosemary, and deeper notes of coffee and dry earth. The rich palate is bursting with black fruit flavors, peppercorn, and savory herbs with a structured texture of dense minerals and bright acidity on the long, persistent finish. This is a fascinating wine of terroir that Thierry says will be perfect in 5 years (though it is delicious now).

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Vin de France Terret Cépage Oublié

Thierry Navarre, and his father before him, have preserved old varieties native to the Languedoc in their hillside vineyards above Rocquebrun in Saint-Chinian. The 2019 Terret Gris shows a slightly amber, gold color with notes of fresh apple and pear, with dried herbs and minerals in a slightly oxidative style. Serve as an aperitif, with mountain cheeses and with fish or chicken in sauce. This is a unique and delicious natural wine that is highly recommended.

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pajot, Domaine de 2019 VDP des Côtes de Gascogne Les Quatre Cépages

This is a beloved staple at Chambers Street! Domaine de Pajot is located in Southwest France overlooking the capital of Armagnac, a region more well known for their brandy than table wines. The entire estate is certified organic, grown over rolling hills of mostly sand and fine silt soils, vines interspersed with hazelnut trees. 'Les Quatre Cépages' is a blend of 35% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Colombard, 20% Ugni-Blanc, 10% Gros-Manseng . Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this wine is dry, crisp, and well balanced. Pajot is our go-to pick for delicious wine that you can be both happy to cook with and have a glass on the side. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 41 in stock
  • $9.99

  • Organic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $35.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

Puech Redon (Eric Texier/Cyril Cuche) 2019 VdF Pour de Vrai Vin Petillant Artisanal et Nat

A collaboration between our good friend Eric Texier, and a biodynamic farmer named Cyril Cuche. Cyril’s family owns a massive chunk of land, which he has been working organically and biodynamically for over a decade. The estate has always practiced polyculture with wild forest, grains, vines, and more, all contributing to the biodiversity. Without any winemaking experience, Cyril turned to Eric Texier to help produce a wine with wild yeast fermentation and no added SO2. This is a frothy and refreshing rosé Pet-Nat that is unfiltered and quite delicate on the palate. A great choice for a thirst quenching afternoon bottle and a must try for fans of ancestral style Pet Nats.  -Eben

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2018 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale

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

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 23 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

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

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2016 Jurançon Cuvée Speciale

The 2016 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée Spéciale  is 100%  Petit  Manseng grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard in Lasseube, certified organic since 1964.  He farms barely 1 ha of this magical grape on heavy clay soil with veins of lavasse, the local name for sandstone. Harvested usually in late-October, sometimes November by hand, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, settled 24-36 hours than vinified in epoxy tank until harvest. Serge is only using sulfur dioxide and not potassium metabisulfite, usually at press, racking and bottling. 2016 was a great vintage for Serge, with a perfect season leading to a peaceful harvest with beautiful grapes. A deep gold with light pink-orange hue, the wine shows the concentration reached by slowly overripe Petit Manseng berries. Decanting Serge Hondet's wines is always recommended, even the sweet version of Jurançon to really express their complex bouquet and their length. When open, it is a complex bouquet of orange marmelade, alphonso mango, elderflower, caraway seed. On the palate, despite its concentration ( 76 RS), there is no weight but just vibrating acidity: think membrillo paste or passion fruit puree. As always there is a nice herbal bitterness in the finish. This is a great dessert wine of course and will pair very well with a quince tarte tatin and salted butter caramel, a pineapple soufflé but also with savoury dishes like sticky honey-glazed duck with stir-fry Chinese cabbage, and of course blue cheese. 100% Petit Manseng. Pascaline Lepeltier

  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2017 Jurançon Cuvée Speciale

The 2017 Tinou Cuvée Speciale is a magnificent, perfectly balanced Jurançon made from 100% Petit Manseng with approximately 70 grams of RS per liter. The wine shows elegant aromas of pineapple, salty lemon, stone, honeysuckle and brown spice. The palate is dense and complex with lemon, pineapple, lime-flower and stone framed in firm acidity and mineral flavors with white fruits, citrus and earth in the very long finish. This is an outstanding Jurançon to sip by itself or to serve with foie gras, terrines, full-flavored cheeses, chicken in cream, Asian foods and more. Delicous now, this should age beautifully for 20 years or longer. (After two days open the wine really sings!) Thanks to Serge Hondet and his father for 53 years of organic farming!

  • white medium-sweet
  • 13 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2018 Jurançon Cuvee Tradition

The Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée Tradition is made from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard near Lasseube, certified organic since 1964. The soils are essentially sandy clays with stones and gravels from the Pyrenees, over the local limestone, "Calcaire de Lasseube." The wine shows lovely pale gold color, vivid aromas of lemon, pineapple, honeysuckle, stone and brown spice, elegant and subtle. Creamy lemon, pear and stone flavors on the palate, balanced by citrusy acids. Around 50 grams of RS per liter, but seems dryer. Lovely finish of lemon, exotic fruit and minerals. Serve this lovely wine with foie gras, patés, full-flavored cheeses and lemony desserts or just sip by itself. Highly recommended.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2019 Jurançon Sec

 Domaine Tinou's Jurançon Sec will please wine lovers who enjoy bone dry Riesling from the Rheinhessen or the Wachau. Same tension, same weight, just a little variation on the aromatics.  Made from 85% Gros Manseng and 15% "Lauzet," a rare variety with only a few hectares still in production. The wine shows a very pale gold color with subtle aromas of pear and apple with more exotic fruits emerging and hints of hay, stone and white pepper. The palate is fairly dense and sapid with spiced pear and mineral flavors, raw almond, citrus and hay. It seems delicate and powerful at the same time, with nice length and firm acidity. Serve with full-flavored fish and shellfish dishes, chicken, pork and mountain cheeses. Lovely wine.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $31.99

Traginer 2018 Banyuls Rimage 500ml

The Traginer Banyuls Rimage (Vin Doux Naturel) at 16% alcohol is an insanely delicious wine as an apéritif or with deserts of chocolate or fruit (figs especially) and goat cheeses. The 2018 shows a bright black/red color and vivid aromas of ripe blackberry, prune,  licorice, violets, and earth, a bit lighter and more floral than usual. The palate is ripe and lush with blackberry, prune, citrus and cocoa, but very bright and refreshing as well, just delicious. It finishes with citrusy acids and black fruits that linger on the palate - serve cool and enjoy! (Keep this fortified wine for weeks in the fridge, re-corked) DL

  • red sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2018 Collioure Blanc

An outstanding and unusual white made by Jean-François Deu at the organic/Biodynamic estate, Domaine du Traginer (Mule-driver) in Banyuls and Collioure. Made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Vermentino grown on low-yielding vines, on steep slopes above the Mediterranean. The 2018 is a superb and complex wine of the south that shows a bright pale gold color and aromas of almond, pear and peach, lime-flower and preserved lemon. The palate is ripe and dense with citrus, almond, peach and stone flavors backed by firm acidity, finishing with mineral flavors citrus and white fruits. Serve this unique wine with a ceviche of scallops or fluke, fish soup or fish in sauce, white meats and goat cheeses. Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2016 Arbois Tradition Blanc

The 2016 Tradition Blanc is 70% Chardonnay sous voile, and 30% Savagnin sous voile during 30 months!  This is a must for any fan of oxidative whites, and a perfect bottle to use for Coq au Vin Jaune on a budget. Of course, use a bit for the recipe, and drink most of it with dinner!  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic