Misc. France

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $29.99

Beguet, Patrice 2018 VDF Fresh Impression Blanc (Big Bunch Theory)

This iteration of the Fresh Impression Blanc finds Melon de Bourgogne, Grenache Blanc, Chardonnay, and a touch of Poulsard, playing together in the form of a bright and fresh, unfiltered and off-kilter white. Through a network that connects young natural winemakers, biodynamically farmed grapes from the Rhone and Loire Valley meet Jura varieties for Patrice's side project - called "Big Bunch Theory." A bit wild, and probably best for fans of "funky" natural wines, as it's not exactly a crowd pleaser but will please a particular crowd.  EL

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beguet, Patrice 2018 VDF Fresh Impression Red (Big Bunch Theory)

This year, the Fresh Impression rouge is a blend of 55% direct press Grenache, 35% Gamay, and a split 10% of Trousseau and Poulsard from Patrice's vineyards. When we asked about the source of the Grenache, we discovered that the biodynamic grower in the Ventoux was none other than Pablo Hocht of Domaine Creve Couer, one of our favorite new exclusive Rhone estates here at Chambers Street. Small world! The Gamay, as with previous vintages, is from Benoit Landron in Ancenis, in the Loire Valley. The wine is bright, extremely juicy and fresh, with a bit of an effervescent tickle on the tongue. Tangy and high acid, but with red fruit compote notes in the mid-palate. Very refreshing! Serve with a light chill.  -EL

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beguet, Patrice 2018 VDF Go Together Red (Big Bunch Theory)

Go Together red is a blend of Grenache from the Rhone Valley, and Gamay from the Loire Valley, raised in the Jura and bottled with no added sulfites. Grapes are fermented whole cluster, with long maceration to extract a bit more material. Still a light-bodied wine, there are some dark red fruit notes in the mid-palate and nice weight. A bit "sauvage," or wild, and with a notable, though integrated hint of volatile acidity that should wear off with a bit more time in bottle.  -EL

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beguet, Patrice 2018 Vins de France Go Together Blanc

Go Together white blends Grenache Blanc from Domaine Creve Couer in the Rhone, with Melon de Bourgogne from Benoit Landron in Ancenis. A portion of the grapes see a long maceration on the skins for 6 months in barrel, with a larger portion that is pressed like a normal white, and then kept in a large vat for 3-4 weeks with pigeage and then aged in acacia. Everything is pressed and blended and then bottled within a 24 hour period, as Patrice is very cautious of exposing the wine to oxygen, and prefers to expose it only once. It's a very interesting idea, and one that I haven't heard discussed often, but does make a lot of sense. If these two wines were, for example, pressed and blended after aging, and then put into vat for a few months before bottling, that would be two exposures to oxygen, and more chance for bacterial issues to develop. In the world of no-sulfur winemaking, oxygen exposure can be a risk, so this approach is at least interesting, if not fascinating and perhaps noteworthy. 

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Belluard 2015 Vin de Savoie Mont Blanc Brut

'Mont Blanc' is named for the snow-capped mountain 30km away from Dominique's winery. This cuvée is built to age, but that requires personal discipline. 100% Gringet from vines planted at 450m elevation, the 2015 was aged for three years on the lees before disgorgement. The delicate nose offers elegant floral aromas and comes across as quite austere at first. Within an hour the nose blossoms with generous notes of  honeysuckle, orange zest, almond skins and orchard fruits. The palate has exquisite cut with powerful minerals driving fresh pear and apple flavors. An excellent vintage that should shine in 2-3 years. Amanda Bowman

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

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $9.99

Bordelet NV Sparkling Pear Cider Poiré Authentique

We love the slightly sweet full-bodied pear flavors in Eric Bordelet's "Authentique" - perfect with Thanksgiving pies and desserts!

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Carmarans, Nicolas 2018 IGP Aveyron Mauvais Temps

Nicolas (Nico) Carmaran is a whimsical farmer/vigneron who produces fun and fascinating wines in the Aveyron, a small region in southern France. Mauvais Temps is 80% Fer Servadou and 20% Cabernet Franc from Granite terroir. Nico says he finds the 2018 to be a bit fuller than previous vintages, and I definitely agree, though it's still quite graceful and smooth on the palate. Spice and earth, with a long mineral finish.    -EL

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Carmarans, Nicolas 2018 Vin de France Minimus

Minimus is Nico Carmaran's tasty little rosé, made from a direct press of Fer Servadou grapes. Ripe and fruity with berries on the nose, even a touch of strawberries and cream on the palate. The finish is precise and quite mineral, so it lends the wine a clean, crisp finish after the burst of fruit and spice on the attack.  ~EL

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos des Mourres 2018 Vin de France Pompette Rosé

"Pompette" Rosé is made from directly-pressed Caladoc (a hardy cross between Grenache and Cot). This flavorful and fruity rosé shows a fascinating neon pink in the glass. The 2018 is ripe yet wonderfully balanced. The palate is supple with flavors of red cherry and lush raspberry which are buoyed by notes of blood orange and fresh herbs. A characterful rosé for lovers of natural wine! Amanda Bowman

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $18.99

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $23.99

Clos Fornelli Corse Vermentinu Blanc 2018 Corse

On the eastern coast of Corsica, closer to Algeria than France, Josée Vanucci and her husband Fabrice Couloumère are organically farming 45 hectares of farmland (18 of which are vines). Based on a soil of clay and alluvial from deposits of the Bravone River, sitting directly under the massif Castagniccia, the vines are around 25-35 years in age. The proximity to the Tyrrhenian Sea helps the vineyards retain moisture during island droughts. Natural yeast fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The result is a Vermentino with great depth: lively acidity from a Meyer lemon-tang, with notes of quince, leading to a mineral-salt finish. JDC

  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Combel La Serre 2018 Vin de France L'épatant Antidote Rosé

100% Malbec (known in Cahors as Auxerrois). The vines are 40 years old, grown on clay and limestone soils at an elevation of 320m. Fermentation and aging take place in small tanks."The Splendid Antidote to the Heat of the Causse" is the amusing and appropriate name of this refreshing rosé. (The Causse is the high limestone plateau around Cahors, which gets brutally hot in the summer.)  The wine shows a pretty pink/orange color and aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry and cassis with citrus and spice. There are creamy cassis, raspberry and citrus flavors on the palate which shows lovely ripeness and density, with hints of orange peel, earth and brown spice that continue in the long finish. This is quite delicious and a great value - as are all the wines from Jean-Pierre and Julien Ilbert at Combel-la-Serre. DL

  • rosé
  • 92 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $31.99

Coup de Jus (Marnes Blanches) NV VdF Caribulles Pet Nat

This is a playful and zippy pet-nay from the folks at Domaine Marnes Blanches in the Jura region of France. Due to several years of bad harvests, they started a side project, buying organic grapes from friends who make wine in other regions, and bottling them under the Coup de Jus label. This is Carignan sourced from the south of France, vinified naturally, and unfiltered, which gives the wine a slightly opaque appearance. There is some subtle red berry fruit on the palate, but overall, it’s quite dry, with very little fruitiness. This is a refreshing and crisp sparkler that would be perfect with fried or salty foods.

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Dal Canto 2016 IGP Alpilles Serà Blanc (Roussanne)

From 100% Roussanne, organically-grown by Richard Dal Canto, on clay/limestone soils south of Avignon. The wine shows subtle aromas of peach, abricot and almond with notes of hay, citrus and stone, with a nice mineral attack on the palate folllowed by ripe pear, stone and citrus flavors, with good density and acidity. This is a fascinating version of Roussanne and will accompany full-flavored fish dishes and white meats.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Dal Canto 2017 IGP Alpilles Venino (No SO2)

Richard Dal Canto makes lovely wines in the hills south of Avignon on terroir of clay/limestone, from organic farming and vinified as naturally as possible. Grapes are havested by hand and ferment with wild yeasts. The 2017 "Venino" was made from Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet and Grenache, vinified and bottled without SO2. The shows a very dark red/black color with bright hints, with very ripe armas of blackberry and blueberry - really showing the Syrah - with cassis and black cherry as well, wth hints of citrus and licorice. There is bright acidity and a bit of tannin on the palate beneath dense black cherry and blackberry liqueur, quite sappy and dense with hints of bitter chocolate and cocoa. Enjoy this ripe and supple wine with a lamb stew, steak or tagine, even chocolate desserts. David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Dal Canto 2018 IGP Alpilles Serà Rosé

Thje lovely "Sera" Rosé is made from Syrah, Cabernet and Vermentino organically-grown on clay/limestone soils south of Avignon. The 2018 shows a bright pink/orange color, with aromas of candied raspberry, rose petal and orange peel. There is subtle raspberry/red currant fruit on the palate, elegant and balanced with nice length. This will drink beautifully this fall and winter with pesto, grilled port, roast chicken and more. Who says Rosé is just for summer?  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 35 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

d'Orphee (Stephane Lucas) 2017 IGP des Côtes du Tarn Champ d'Orphee

Tucked away in a tiny plot of land in the Cotes du Tarn (within the Gaillac AOC), Stephane Lucas is committed to working with the local varietal Braucol. From a parcel laden with broken-down limestone soil, the Braucol sees longer maceration time before pressing. Aged in stainless steel, there is also no sulfur added in the winemaking. Stephane produces a delightful natural wine with a nose of brambles, cassis, lavender. The palate is light and soft, with notes of black raspberry, white tea, and red cherry. JDC

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Dupasquier 2010 Roussette de Savoie Marestel 1.5 L (Last of Stock)

2010 is in the zone. Expressively aromatic with wildflower, papaya, toasted hazelnuts, and hints of bergamot. The palate is rich and giving with heady flavors of smoked pineapple, herbs, honeycomb, and citrus. Firm minerality carries the fleshy tropical fruit flavors through an extraordinarily long finish. Powerful and finessed, this bottle deserves a place on your dinner table alongside shellfish, grilled fish with creamy  herb sauce, or a traditional raclette. (Tasted from 750ml) Amanda Bowman 

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

Enfants Sauvages 2016 Cotes Catalanes Cool Moon

From 85-year-old vines of Grenache Gris and Grenache Blanc, with a small amount of Maccabeu and Vermentino, from a 75-year-old parcel. Fermented and aged for nine months in Austrian oak vat (12 hl Stockinger) and smaller used barrels. This is a really fascinating white that has been creating quite a little buzz here at Chambers St. Notes of lemon curd, marzipan and herbs, with mineral cut in the finish, and a touch of spice that lingers after each sip. A must for fans of interesting and unique white wines. -EL

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Enfants Sauvages 2016 Cotes Catalanes Noces de Lumière

100% Mourvèdre from a small parcel, aged for a year in 6hl used Stockinger barrels. The 2016 Noces de Lumière has a dark, nearly inky robe, that's blackish purple to the rim. The nose is deep, earthy, and dark-fruited with flavors of blackberry, Italian plum, cassis, and roasted meat. The palate, though densely fruited, is bright and energetic, with fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity running apace with the plush southern ripeness. This has real flair and an intriguing tension between the ferrugious minerality and savory back notes on a persistent finish. A nice pairing with lamb blade chops, piperade, and cranberry beans, though I suspect tapenade would have been a more felicitous accent. Delicious Mourvèdre from the Côtes Catalanes, farmed impeccably and vinified sensibly. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Enfants Sauvages 2017 Cotes Catalanes Enfant Sauvage

The wild child of the bunch, Enfants Sauvages’ self-titled cuvée, is a rather subtle but complex wine. It’s comprised of about 60% Carignan (from 40-year-old vines) and blended with 30% Grenache Noir (from 30-year-old vines) and 10% Mourvèdre (from 20-year-old vines) after malolactic, before aging in concrete tanks for 10 months. Through “goblet” style pruning techniques incorporated by Niko and Carolin, the fruit never loses its ripeness nor its natural acidity. On the nose, there’s a hint of umami and star-anise, while the palate is a fresh medley of ripe cherry, red currant and Damson plums. This is a delightful pairing with roasted game, particularly turkey, but the fresh acidity would partner well with a chicken Madras curry.   -JD

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Enfants Sauvages 2018 Cotes Catalanes Che Chauvio

The Chauvio is back! The process here is unique*, and yields a fresh and very drinkable light-bodied red. First, Syrah is pressed like a rosé, then Cinsault grapes are tossed (whole cluster) into the fermenting juice for 4 - 5 days, without extraction. The wine is then pressed, and kept in stainless steel. My tasting notes provide this information and are then followed by one word: "Yummy." They call it a "wonderful light and fruity wine." Combine the two and you get the idea. This is juicy, fresh and very light bodied. Truly a FUN wine, and one that will benefit from a little chill.   -EL*in fact, I have encountered a few other winemakers who are experimenting a bit with putting whole berries into fermenting juice, notably Anders Frederik Steen in the Ardèche. It's essentially a style of infusion, with varied results, but regardless a very interesting approach!

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2018 Vin de France Tracteur Blanc (Isère)

Thomas Finot makes this refreshing "tractor white" from Chardonnay, Jacquère and Pinot Gris grown in the Coteaux Grésivaudan, northeast of Grenoble. This is a delightful everyday wine, featuring lovely aromas of pear, quince, almond, hay and brown spice. The palate is ripe but balanced and lively with bright acidity, showing flavors of pear, melon, almond, citrus and stone. Serve happily by itself or with fish in sauce, roast chicken, salads and mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2018 Vin de France Tracteur Rouge (Isère)

Thomas Finot in the Coteaux Grésivaudan made the vibrant 2018 Tracteur Rouge from 35% Gamay, 35% Pinot noir, 20% Persan and 10% Merlot.  The wine shows a lovely bright red color and pretty aromas of strawberry, raspberry and tart cherry with hints of violet, earth and spice. The palate is bright and slightly peppery, a bit more round and full than previous vintages, showing strawberry and red currant fruit with a nice lift of sappy  berry fruits, earth and citrus in the finish. It's lovely, served quite cool, with charcuterie, burgers, chicken and cheeses from Comté to Raclette.   David Lillie 

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2016 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isere) Persan

Thomas Finot produces this wine from Persan, a rare grape variety indigenous to the Isère, from a blend of massale selection old and young vines. Thomas has made his name in celebrating and resurrecting these local rarities. The high altitude, alpine climate lends this wine a beautiful acidic structure, and imbues it with notes of mint and alpine herbs. On the nose this is spicy, with bright red fruits intermingling with pepper and anise. The palate is bright and crunchy, with  notes of cranberry, red currant and red raspberry and structure coming from the bright acidity and the delicate tannins. Underneath the notes of fruit is a beautiful, coolingly mineral core.  This is a wine that I can easily imagine at the holiday table, especially with savory poultry or pork dishes. I would open this bottle about an hour before pouring. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2017 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isère) Pinot Noir

Thomas Finot, who is working with rare local varieties in Isère, also makes this vibrant Pinot Noir from organic grapes in the Coteaux du Grésivaudan northeast of Grenoble. The region is known for very warm days but very cool nights, producing reds that are ripe and sappy but possessing bright acidity and good balance. The 2017 is showing lovely notes on the nose of wild strawberries, cassis, licorice, and some spice. The palate is filled with wild strawberries, violets, crushed tart cherry, red flowers and fruit, and plum. With lovely acidity and good structure, this would go well with coq au vin, hearty soups, boeuf bourgignon or a nice creamy cheese (such as Soumaintrain.). JDC

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2017 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 two-and-a-half month skin contact gives the wine a pale bronze color. The aromas are light and pretty - dried flowers, brown spice, citrus peel and white fruits. 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.  11% alcohol.  Lovely wine!  David Lillie       Extra facts: Thomas says that Cugnète is an ancient type of Jacquère. Maceration for the 2015 was two-and-a-half months, and 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
  • 14 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2018 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isère) Verdesse (Sec)

According to the hefty Wine Grapes book (Robinson/Harding/Vouillamoz), there were a total of about 2 hectares (5 acres) of Verdesse in the world as of 2008. Thomas Finot now says there is about 3-4 hectares total. Thomas started with an old plantation of about 2 ares (200 square meters, or .05 acres) and now has about 1.5 hectares, mostly of younger vines he planted. Verdesse is a grape that, according to Thomas, is green for a long time, and typically ripens late, gaining a golden and amber color at the "very last moment." The 2018 vintage Verdesse is a gorgeous wine of golden color, with a nose of green apple, hay, and ripe pear. I was blown away by the fresh acidity and plumpness on the palate. Driven by notes of pear, quince and almond, the wine develops over the evening into notes of minerals, brioche, dried apricot and spice. Ideally paired with curry, sushi, or shrimp tempura. A sublime wine of intensity and texture. Bravo, Thomas! John David Crosby

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

Graine Sauvage (Sybil Baldasarre) 2015 Faugères Rocalhas

Sybil Baldassarre's first vintage of Faugères Blanc "Rocalhas" is 60% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne and 10% Marsanne. Just arrived in the US for the first time, this unique natural wine shows aromas of lemon oil, almond, lime flower and wet stone. The palate is dense and full wtih flavors of ripe pear and apple, candied citrus, almond, stone and caramel, with a long sappy finish of ripe citrus, anise, pear and saline minerals.  Serve with bouillabaisse, grilled shrimp or lobster, grilled vegetables, full flavored cheeses.  Congratulations to Sybil on this delicious natural wine - organic farming, mininal SO2. (And we enjoy the love-making ladybugs on the label)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Graine Sauvage (Sybil Baldasarre) 2016 Faugères Rocalhas

The 2016 Faugères Blanc "Rocalhas" from La Graine Sauvage was made from 70% Grenache Blanc with equal parts Roussanne and Marsanne. The vintage 2016 gave a brighter wine with a bit more acidity and less concentration than the 2015. The aromas are bright and pretty with ripe pear, apricot, lemon confit, fines herbes and wet stone. The palate is dense, supple and mineral but with bright acidity with flavors of dried pear, garrigue, lemon and saline minerals. Nice length of earth and citrus flavors lingers on the palate. Lovely wine and a great food pairing for any complex fish preparation, chicken in sauce, sushi....

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

Hughes Beguet 2018 Arbois Orange was the Color of her Dress

Of Patrice's small amount of Savagnin vines, he makes a ouillé Savagnin called 'Oh Yeah,' and this skin contact expression called 'Orange was the Color of her Dress,' (both references to Charles Mingus tunes). The grapes* for 'Orange...' see 6 months of skin contact in big barrels. The maceration here is more accurately an infusion, without pumping or pressing, so the wine has an ethereal cloudy white appearance, instead of the typical amber or 'orange' hue that many skin contact wines have. The nose is enchanting and mysterious with floral and melon aromas, and the palate is all white apricots and morning dew.  -EL

*Fun fact: in 2018, of the 35 harvest crates of Savagnin, 2 of them were Trousseau grapes! 

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

Johanna Cecillon 2016 Sevignac Cidre 'Divona'

Delicious, dry Cidre from Normandy!

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

  • Organic

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Pure M Malbec

The 2016 Pure M is a beautiful natural wine with zero added SO2, 100% Malbec grown on "Calcaires a Asteries" typical of the plateau of Saint-Emilion. Two year elevage in 1200 liter Taransaud foudre without fining, filtration or SO2, 1600 bottles produced.  The wine shows complex, pure, lush aromas of cassis, blackberry and prune with hints of tobacco, spice and earth. The palate is silky and bright with ripe cassis, blackberry and blueberry fruit backed by refreshing acidity. Mineral and ripe berry fruit flavors linger in the long finish.  Serve this cool with any grilled meats, and it's balanced enough for veggies and lighter meat dishes as well. Just delicious and highly recommended! David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Pure M Manseng

Wow, this a superb natural wine - 100% Gros Manseng grown on a clay/limestone terroir (calcaire de Castillon). Elevage in 1800 liter Stockinger foudre for 18 months, 200 cases produced. This is a more northern version of this grape of southwest France with aromas of exotic fruit, pineapple and herbs. The palate is vibrant  with almond, pear and apricot fruit, and finishes with saline minerals. Zero added SO2, 48 btls for the US, enjoy! David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2017 Vin de France Fruit

The 2017 Jonc Blanc "Fruit" is actually a blend of 2016 reserve Cabernet Sauvignon in foudre with 2017 Malbec and Merlot - a tiny production because of the devastating frost which wiped out most of the 2017 crop. The wine shows ripe cassis aromas with round very pretty berry fruits on the palate. Serve this lovely natural wine a bit cool with cheeses, charcuterie and grilled chicken or pork. Zero added SO2.

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Julie Brosselin 2016 Vin de France Mata Hari

Grenache Blanc, over a month of skin contact, yielding a rustic "orange" wine, that we would recommend paired with food. Serve lightly chilled, as too much cold will mute the subtle fruit and intensify the tannins.    Eben

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Julie Brosselin 2016 Vin de France Rue de la Peste

All Syrah with no SO2 added. Vibrant and lifted, with subtle tannin.    Eben

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $17.99

  • No Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2017 Vin de France La Tribu (Grenache)

Geraldine and Meryl Croizier make this lovely 100% Grenache with grapes grown on clay/limestone soils in the Ardeche, hand harvested, 8-day carbonic maceration, fermentation with wild yeasts, aged on the lees for 9 months in vat, bottled unfined, unfiltered, with zero added SO2. The nose features brown spices and bright cherry notes. The palate is more tame, with notes of cassis, sour cherry, subtle spice, and black berry. The tannins are soft and light, which add a savory texture to the wine. Light in body, this would go nicely with roasted chicken, cassoulet, or paired with hard cheeses.

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2017 Vin de France Tous Cousins (Syrah)

The La Vrille et le Papillon "Tous Cousins" is 100% Syrah grown in clay/limestone soils inthe Ardeche near Montelimar. Harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts, aged in vat for 8 months and bottle unfined, unfiltered and with minimal added SO2.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2018 Vin de France Chapeau Melon (Merlot)

We're happy to have another vintage of this delicious Merlot from Meyrl and Géraldine Crozier in the Ardeche - in the hills just west of the Rhône river, near Montelimar. The 2018 Chapeau Melon shows a dense black/garnet color and aromas of ripe blackberry and cassis, with floral and earthy notes. The palate is dense but not heavy with bright blackberry, cherry and cassis fruit backed by firm acidity and with flavors of soil and stone. This is a lovely natural Merlot of terroir that will be a great pairing with grilled foods, roast chicken, cow cheeses. Serve cool - it's a great value and is made with no sulfites for those who want to avoid additives in their wine!

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc

"Le Ciste" is named after a flowering bush that grows around the Laguerre's steep, organic vineyards in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet. The 2017 is made from equal parts Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle (Vermentino), Grenache Blanc and a small addition of Macabeu. Each parcel is hand-harvested, the grapes are fermented separately with native yeasts and raised in used demi-muid. This superlative cuvée is a fascinating showcase of the Roussillon's mighty terroir. The acidic soils of decomposed granite give this wine excellent mineral tension that deepens with time in bottle. Aromas are intricately woven with notes of bright lemon oil, verbena, sage, and salty seashells. The palate is supple and round with generous flavors of pear, white flowers, thyme, and almond framed by pure mineral acidity. This is a fantastic wine that is delicious now but will develop a beautiful honeyed texture and rich flavors after 5-10 years in bottle. Eric recommends pairing this with sardines on toast, goat cheeses, and roasted chicken. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rosé

Another delicious wine from the affable and talented Eric Laguerre, from organic Syrah, Carignan and Grenache vines grown on granite soils high in the mountains of the Roussillon. The 2018 shows beautiful ripe cherry and red currant fruit with blood orange and spice. The palate is full-bodied, round and ripe with supple red currant and black cherry fruit with citrus, stone and refreshing acidity. Eric's great farming, his natural vinifications and the high-altitude granite terroir produce this lovely, inexpensive rosé.  Serve with grilled tuna, chicken and pork, salad Niçoise or by itself as a lovely apéritif.  Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 54 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

"Le Ciste" is named after a flowering bush that grows around the Laguerre's steep, organic vineyards in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet. The 2016 is a layered blend of de-stemmed and whole cluster Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvèdre from soils of decomposed granite and gneiss. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented separately and aged for 12 months in barrel, then assembled in fiber tank before bottling with minimal added sulfur. This vintage is evocative of the 2014 with softer, finer tannins compared to the robust 2015. The aromas are complex and redolent of savory herbs (thyme, garrigue), game, black peppercorn, blood orange, and dark chocolate. The palate is balanced with mouth-coating, powdery tannins, dried herbs, black pepper, and an energetic, long mineral finish from the granite soils. Best served with a slight chill alongside grilled meat, charcuterie, cheese, or veggies roasted with Moroccan spices. This is drinking well now, but should be even better in 5-8 years.  Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white fortified sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $25.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $25.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $54.99

Les Fouques NV (2015) Vin de France Rosé Extra Brut

From Michéle and Yves Gros at Domaine Les Fouques, this is the new Pétillant Rosé! Pale hued, perfumed and floral on the nose, with peaches and stone fruit on the palate. Méthode Traditionelle, Extra Brut, with great acidity and a refreshing chalky finish.  Eben Lillie

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2018 Côtes de Provence La Londe Cuvee L'Estelle

 Domaine les Fouques has been certified Biodynamic (Demeter) for over 20 years, and also raises sheep, ducks, chickens and guinea-hens on their old-fashioned mixed-use farm. The La Londe "Cuvee L'Estelle" is their best rosé from old vines of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle. Unlike the majority of Provençal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more subtle expression of fruit and terroir. The 2018 is a subtle and beautiful wine showing a very pale pink color and aromas of peach skin, orange peel, rose, earth and raspberry. The palate is elegant and silky with stone and saline mineral flavors beneath peach, wild strawberry, brown spice and citrus peel. The finish is refeshing and long with nice density. This is a lovely rosé of terroir that will drink beautifully over the next three years. Serve with grilled fish, pork and chicken, salade Niçoise, or just sip by itself.  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 41 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2018 Côtes de Provence Cuvée l'Aubigue Rosé

"L'Aubigue" is a generously round and fruit-driven rosé made from Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Vermentino grown on soils of clay and schist near Hyères in Provence. Yves Gros and his family have been practicing Biodynamic agriculture at the domaine since 1991, and this meticulous care for their soils shows in the exquisite mineral depth of this cuvée. The 2018 is a beautiful salmon color and offers complex aromas of peach skins, wild flowers, brown spice, and grapefruit pith. The palate is supple with a dense mineral core. Flavors of peach, strawberry, and nectarine coalesce over cool herbal notes akin to licorice. The finish is suave and awash with citrus and stone, hinting at a nascent complexity that should reveal itself after a few years of cellaring. Another fantastic vintage that we will happily sip alongside salads, mild cheeses, and ceviche this summer! Amanda Bowman

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

L'Ostal (Ostal) 2017 Vin de France Baran 1.5 L

100% Malbec from the South-West of France (the wine is Vin de France, but it's technically Cahors). Charlotte and Louis Perot are off to a great start with their young domaine, L'Ostal. This is an elegant, dark expression, with freshness and honesty. A very pure, natural wine, that should develop nicely with another 5 or so years in the bottle, or over the course of the night if opened soon. Proof that not every natural red is a juicy, light, glou glou wine. It's just as possible to have a dark, savory and supple red, as long as the vineyards are yielding high quality fruit, and the winemakers are careful with maintaining good acidity.   Eben

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Lulu Vigneron (Chais du Vieux Bourg) 2005 Côtes du Jura Vin Jaune

Lulu's Vin Jaune ages under voile (flor) for 8 years, which is two more years than required by the region's winemaking regulations. It is 100% Savagnin coming from marl and calcareous soils. Only 900 of these bottles were produced.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white fortified
  • 6 in stock
  • $54.99

Mas des Chimères 2016 VdP des Terrasses de Larzac Nuits Graves

Guilhelm Dardé has been running the program at Mas des Chimères since 1993, incorporating new organic practices and philosophies to the estate and overseeing 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, 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Grenache. The vines are around 35 years in age, planted on iron-rich, red clay soils full of black basalt stones. The 2016 vintage sees the first time that biodynamic preparations have been used by the estate. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified separately. They are destemmed and the juice ferments in tank before aging in old barrels for one year. This is a gorgeous wine of complexity and structure. A dark purple robe in the glass, followed by a nose of brown spice, blackberry, ripe plum and cassis. On the palate, the wine is softer, with a velvet roundness and notes of cinnamon, black cherry, savory spice. An outstanding pairing with rack of lamb, tagine, cassoulet or standing rib roast. John David Crosby

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Mas des Chimères 2017 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 2017 shows a deep ruby color in the glass. The nose is effusive with savory notes of sage, white pepper, blood orange and rosewater. The palate offers the firm, tightly-knit tannins of youth, but with some air (and especially on the second day), shows deep, brooding layers of dusty minerals, snappy red currant, citrus, and salty plum on the long, persistent finish. This is a beautiful wine that has great balance of fruit and acid. Decant if drinking now or save for 2025-2030. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mas Jullien 2018 Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé

 Olivier Jullien is one of the brightest lights in the Languedoc. His farming and cellar work are meticulous and his wines express their terroir beautifully. His 2018 rosé, blend of Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvèdre, combines ripe fruit. wild savory notes with an incisive minerality. Dark pink robe and midweight on the palate with aromas of watermelon, raspberry, spice, and garrigue on the nose. Good density and drive with deep ripe watermelon, red fruits, limestone, salt flavors on the palate. More gourmandaise than glou glou, but compelling and an excellent companion to bitter salad greens with salumi and Parmigiano Reggiano. John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $59.99

Monts et Merveilles 2015 Vin de France En Marge (Syrah No SO2)

"En Marge" is from a high-elevation vineyard of that name on limestone soils in Camplong, in the Haut-Minervois, 100% Syrah. The wine was aged for three years in old barrels and vat and was vinified and bottled with zero SO2. The 2015 shows a deep garnet color in the glass and offers classic aromas of black pepper, funk, and blue fruits with more complex aromas of dusty minerals,  dark chocolate, and fennel. Well-knit tannins give a silken texture to the rich and supple palate while flavors of ripe blue fruit, sarsaparilla, and dried herbs emerge on the finish. A terrific natural wine for the table alongside grilled meats or mildly spiced Indian dishes. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Monts et Merveilles 2017 Vin de France Alchimie

The 2017 "Alchimie" is a direct-press rosé of Syrah grown in a high-altitude parcel with limestone soils in Camplong, above Félines-Minervois. This is a robust, natural rosé that has some structure and serious depth: a tiny amount of residual sugar adds body and versatility with food. "Alchimie" combines notes of ripe red cherry and raspberry with complementary savory earthy character and limestone minerality. Try this wine chilled with spicy Mediterranean and Asian dishes, like Moroccan tagine, chicken or pork shawarma, or even a Thai curry. Ben Fletcher

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Monts et Merveilles 2018 Vin de France Acceptation

Laure Boussu and Julien Audard created their Domaine in 2012 and now control 4 hectares of vines in the Haut-Minervois, above La Livinière. Laure and Julien approach winemaking from an agro-ecological and biodynamic standpoint: they practice minimal intervention, and sulfur is rarely added during the vinification process. The cuvée “Acceptation” is a blend of Cinsault and Carignan from purchased fruit in Biodynamic farming, as they lost a large percentage of their crop to mildew. The 2018 vintage is a ripe, intensely aromatic one. Floral perfume and fresh fruit dominate the nose. The palate shows pinpointed acidity along with vibrant blackberry and  cherry fruit. Pair with escargot if you can (the best friend to Cinsault) or a braised lamb dinner.  John David Crosby

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Monts et Merveilles 2018 Vin de France Haiku

"Haiku" is a blend of mostly old vines of Carignan with a small amount of Grenache, grown on limestone soils in  the Haut-Minervois near Cassagnoles. The 2018 deftly condenses all of the ripeness from the warm growing season into a plush offering of succulent red fruit with soft velvet tannins underscored by bright citrus acidity. There is a rustic character to the aromas: worn leather, game, and some funk mingled with earthy spice and hearty mountain herbs. This is a bottle that is charming for its simplicity, but we expect it will gain complexity with 2-3 years in the cellar. Serve cool if drinking now and try pairing with charcuterie, sheep and goat's cheeses, or tagines.  Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Nicolas Mariotti Bindi 2016 Corsica Patrimonio Mursaglia Blanc

This 100% Vementinu is rich and complex after spending 12 months on the lees in tank and then bottled unfiltered with a small amount of added S02. The aromas are effusive with wafts of salty stone, orchard fruit, lime blossom, and thyme rising from the glass. The palate is supple and round with flavors of apricot, fresh herbs, and salt on the finish. This is one of the most unique examples of Corsican Vermentinu we've tasted. The 2016 shows less intense acidity and is wonderfully fruit-driven with a compelling chalky texture.This is a fascinating wine that will stand up to poultry and seafood. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $32.99

No Control 2018 VDF Rockaille Billy

Vincent Marie, otherwise known as simply “Vince,” is a punk-rock natural winemaker who settled in the Auvergne, in the center of France. Here, he mostly works with Gamay d’Auvergne, a specific type of Gamay only found in this area, which grows on volcanic, pink basalt terroir that is unique to the Auvergne. Fermentation is whole cluster, with some foot stomping, and maceration for 3 weeks, before aging in tank and a large 2000L barrel. The profile here is the dark and peppery side of Gamay, with vibrancy and silky tannins, medium body and unmistakable ‘natty’ vibe and aromatics. No SO2 added.

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Pajot, Domaine de 2018 VDP des Côtes de Gascogne Les Quatre Cépages

A nice, very crisp white from Gascogne. Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Columbard and Gros Manseng. Hand-harvested, certified organic, with subtle tropical and citrus notes. 

  • white
  • 96 in stock
  • $8.99

  • Organic

Pèira Levada (Alexandre Durand) 2018 Faugères Velvet Underschiste

Alexandre Durand makes this elegant Languedoc red from Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre orgnaically grown  in high altitude parcels on schiste soils in Faugères.  Wild yeast fermentation, with no extraction and no added SO2.  The 2018 Velvet Underschiste is a complex and very pretty wine with intriguing aromas of black cherry and blackberry with a bit of mint and citrus. The palate is ripe and dense, but with cool acidity, showing spicy black cherry and red currant fruit with firm acidity and a lovely earth and mineral core.  Bravo to Alex for this delightful wine....  David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $46.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

Ratapoil (Raphael Monnier) NV Jura Macvin

The Ratapoil Macvin is a blend of Chardonnay and marc, produced in 2010 at 17.5 % alcohol. "A deguster a l'aperitif ou en fin du repas."

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • 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
  • 26 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $38.99

Saint Pierre NV Arbois Vin de Liqueur Larmes du Paradis

"Larmes du Paradis" is made from Chardonnay with a bit of Trousseau. Alternatively called Macvin in the Jura, this style of wine is made by arresting the primary fermentation with distilled grape spirit while there is still a fair amount of residual sugar in the wine. The result is a wine with deep golden color that shows aromas of warm golden raisin, hay, dried dates, sweet spice and a hint of spearmint that was less present in past bottlings. There is plenty of depth and concentration on the palate with a complex exchange between sweetness and acidity. There are many ways to enjoy this Vin de Liqueur, my favorite is serve chilled as an aperó but it works equally well served after dinner with cheese (Comté, especially). Amanda Bowman

  • white fortified
  • 1 in stock
  • $43.99

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

  • white medium-sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white off-dry
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $14.99

Tissot 2011 Arbois Vin Jaune Les Bruyères

Stephane says the Bruyères is always large. Opulent and classic, open and nutty. In many ways, an archetypal Vin Jaune.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot 2018 Arbois Poulsard Vieilles Vigne

Reds from the Jura are a great choice for Thanksgiving and this is one of the finest! 2018 is a beautiful vintage for Tissot's Poulsard Vieilles Vignes! Sourced from three parcels of 45- to 90-year-old vines planted in clay soils, vinified with only native yeasts, and no SO2 is added at any time! It has all of the high-toned, crunchy mineral purity (without the reduction!) that I love about this grape and the palate carries smoky berries, blood orange, iron, and juicy red plum flavors. It is a bit more structured and tannic than some other wines made with Poulsard (no doubt a characteristic of the old vines) making it a solid choice for charcuterie or heartier meats where you would want some cut.  This is downright excellent.

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $77.99

Tissot, Stephane 2016 Cremant du Jura Indigene

The Indigene is a special Crémant that starts in the same way as the basic Cremant, with a blend of 50% Chardonnay / 40% Pinot Noir / 5% Poulsard / 5% Trousseau. The difference here is that 60% of the wine is fermented and aged in barrel, and most notably, that Stephane uses his Vin de Paille* as the liqueur de tirage for the second fermentation. As far as Stephane knows (and he KNOWS Jura), he is the only producer doing this in the region. So, it's zero dosage, but using this special wine that is aging in his attic gives a level of complexity and richness that is not achieved with the entry-level Cremant. A spectacular Cremant, and due to some harvest issues in 2017, probably the only Tissot bubbles we'll get to drink in 2019.   Eben Lillie *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_wine    - for an article explaining vin de paille

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2008 Banyuls Grand Cru 500ml

Grenache, Grenache Gris and Carignan, aged for six years or more in ancient barrels, bottled without fining or filtration. Jean-François Deu at Domaine du Traginer makes elegant, complex and beautifully balanced Banyuls at his organic and biodynamic estate. The 2008 Banyuls Grand Cru shows fabulous aromas of burnt orange, prune, lemon peel, rose, earth and aged cheese...for starters. Very deep and complex. The palate is ripe and a bit sweet, but refreshing and balanced by bright acidity with prune, red currant, rose and deep berry confit with citrus, brown spice and earth. Beautiful wine - great to sip by itself or serve with fruit desserts and chocolate. Highly recommended. DL

  • red sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2014 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 Malvasia from low-yielding vines, on steep slopes of schistes above the Mediterranean. Tasted in January of 2018, the 2014 Blanc was showing beautifully with aromas of pear, apricot and citrus with hints of white flowers, stone and spice that continue on the palate which is round, dense, very mineral and long with  good acidity, complex and delicious. Serve with a fish stew, fish in sauce, white meats and a wide variety of cheeses.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2015 Collioure Cuvée Octobre

Made from equal parts Grenache, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Syrah from Domaine du Traginer's organic vineyards on the steep slopes high above Banyuls-sur-Mer. A later picking gives a bit more alcohol (14.2) than the "regular" cuvée, and a bit more density and ripeness. Dark red/black color with aromas of ripe blackberry and black-cherry with hints of citrus, rose, earth and licorice. The palate is supple, dense and ripe, elegant and a bit tight, and with a cool quality to the dark fruit due to good balancing acidity. Complex flavors of blackberry,  tart cherry, prune, thyme and licorice linger in the long food-friendly finish. Decant if possible or hold for five years, drink until 2030.  A great glass of wine! Serve with duck, coq au vin, steak, strong cheeses.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2016 Banyuls Blanc 500ml

This is a gorgeous Banyuls Blanc, that is to say a Vin Doux Naturel (at 17% alcohol)  made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Muscat grown in Traginer's organic vineyards above Banyuls. Beautiful aromas of lime flower, apricot, citrus, pear and almond. Very floral. The palate is deep and medium-sweet with candied citrus, apriot and stone flavors and terrific length. Serve not too cool, as an apéritif or with desserts of peach, apricot, pear and melon. Absolutely delicious! David Lillie 

  • white sweet
  • 17 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Traginer 2018 Banyuls Rimage 750ml

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
  • 4 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2018 Collioure Rosé

Despite its origin in Collioure, in the sunny south of France, the 2018 Traginer Rosé is light and refreshing at only 11.5% alcohol. Made from Grenache and Mourvedre that is certified Biodynamic, the wine shows a pretty light pink color with intriguing aromas of raspberry, stone, brown spice and citrus peel. The palate is mineral and earthy with tart berry fruits and floral hints, finishing with thirst-quenching acidity. Delicious now, the Traginer rosés always improve with a few years in the bottle so don't be afraid to hold a few for next spring. David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $22.99

  • 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
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2018 Collioure Rouge Vieille Foudre

Equal parts Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre and Syrah from the steep schist terraces of Banyuls-sur-Mer, this is a pure and concentrated expression of this dramatic coastal stretch of the Roussillon. Dark black red color. Lush aromas of blackberry, black plum, bitter chocolate, licorice, stone and brown spice.  The palate is dense, ripe and supple with blackberry liqueur, earthy morello cherry, red currant and minerals, with cool citrus and red currant in the long finish. This is a beautiful Collioure that will accompany a steak, grilled meats, stews, grilled vegetables and tagines. Highly recommended. DL

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer NV Banyuls Ambre (aged 15 years) 750ml

This superb wine is made from Grenache Gris, Grenache Noir, Grenache Blanc and Muscat, aged for 15 years in small, very old barrels. Complex aromas of citrus, tea, prune, flowers and caramel. The palate is balanced, with a pretty melange of citrus, white fruits, earth and secondary flavors, very long and lifted by nice acidity. A gorgeous vin doux naturel that will accompany aged cheeses, figs and foie gras, and it's sensationally beautiful by itself. Really a unique and delicious wine. DL

  • white sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Turenne 2017 Cotes de Provence Cuve Bastien Rouge

Cécile and Philippe Bénézet produce lovely organic wines on soils of sandstone with clay and limestone pebbles ("gravoches") northeast of Bandol in Provence. The cuvée "Bastien" is made from old vines of Carignan with Mourvedre and Syrah, hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts, semi-carbonic, with minimal addition of SO2. The 2017 "Bastien" shpws aromas of blackberry and black raspberry with pepper, earth and floral notes. The palate is nicely textured with mineral notes below black fruits, citrus, spice, licorice and earth. This is a delicious and versatile Provençal red that will accompany grilled meats, roast chicken, charcuterie and full-flavored cheeses. David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Turenne 2017 Cotes de Provence Gravoches Rosé

Domaine Turenne produces beautiful wines in Provence through many years of organic farming, hand harvesting and wild yeast fermentations. The elegant rosé Cuvée Gravoches is made from 90% Mourvedre with 5% Grenache and 5% Cinsault, similar to the blend in nearby Bandol. The 2017 shows a lovely bight pink/orange color and aromas of ripe raspberry, blood orange, peach, rose petal and brown spice. The palate is supple and dense with mineral flavors underlying ripe berry liqueur and stone fruits - it's quite well-structured and very long, a young wine that will open nicely with aeration or with a few years of aging. A rosé of cuisine, serve with white meats, grilled pork with Provencal herbs, chicken in sauce, bouillabaisse, tagines and goat cheeses. David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Turenne 2018 Cotes de Provence Cuvée Camille Rosé

Domaine Turenne, northeast of Bandol in Provence, produces this lovely rosé from 80% Cinsault, 10% Grenache and 10% Syrah, certified organic. The terroir is a unique bed of limestone and sandstone debris with sand/clay stones called "Gavroches" which bring a pronounced minerality and good drainage to the vines. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and the wine is bottled with minimal SO2. The 2018 "Camille" is a pretty, very pale pink/orange color with aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, rose and citrus, with a hint of stone fruits as well. The palate is light and elegant with subtle berry fruits, a hint of citrus and stone, and has nice density and length. This is a light and lovely rosé for all year enjoyment, sipped by itself or with grilled fish, white meats, salade Niçoise and mild cheeses - and it's a fabulous value!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 36 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur