Misc. France

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $29.99

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

Through a network that connects young natural winemakers, biodynamically farmed grapes from the Rhone and Loire Valley meet Jura varieties for Patrice Beguet's side project - called "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.  Though there are several grapes at play here, the wine seems to show the influence of the Melon de Bourgogne over the other varieties. This is to say, it's aromatically fairly neutral, but delivers fresh minerals, stone fruit and fresh acidity. Perhaps the Grenache Blanc and Chardonnay soften it up a bit and provide some roundness. It's a bit cloudy and best consumed within a few hours of opening, as the wine eventually loses energy and freshness the longer it's exposed to oxygen. EL

  • white
  • 11 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
  • 12 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
  • 12 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
  • 20 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bordelet NV Sparkling Pear Cider Poiré Authentique

We love the slightly sweet full-bodied pear flavors in Eric Bordelet's "Authentique" - serve with cheese plates, charcuterie, seared scallops, delicate salads, roasted root vegetables.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chais du Vieux Bourg 2012 Côtes du Jura Blanc "BB1"

Ludwig Bindernagel, a favorite of ours from the Jura, currently works with the newly minted Lulu label. However, when he first came to the region in the early 2000s, he produced wines as Les Chais du Vieux Bourg, the domain he had purchased. ‘BB1,’ though it may sound technical, or even scientific, stands for ‘Baby One,’ as it was the first cuvée Lulu ever created. It is a blend of Chardonnay and Savignin, and produced in a topped-up, or ouille, style. On both the nose and palate, aromas and flavors of roasted apple, spiced pear, dried apricot and pepper boast of the wines warm profile. In contrast, the mouthfeel is clean and refreshing, with a driving mineral tone. This could be your last chance to taste a bottle labeled Les Chais du Vieux Bourg. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $31.99

  • red
  • 48 in stock
  • $23.99

Combel La Serre 2018 Cahors Pur Fruit du Causse

The Combel la Serre "Pur Fruit" is 100% Malbec (aka Auxerrois in local parlance) from seven different sites around their home village of Cournou, which lies on the Causse, a limestone plateau in Cahors at 320m elevation. Planted on clay-limestone soils, the vines are certified organic and average 35 years old. The grapes are hand-harvested and crushed with 20% whole clusters; the juice ferments at cool temperatures with indigenous yeasts in cement tanks with a 10-day skin maceration. The wine is aged on its lees in cement through the winter and bottled in the spring.  The 2018 is a vibrant fruit-bomb showing a deep red/black color with aromas of ripe blackberry liqueur with violet and citrus hints. The palate is supple and sappy with dense blackberry and black raspberry fruit, lifted by bright acidity - quite lush and ripe but at only 12.5% alcohol it's refreshing and balanced. The cool, sappy fruits continue in the bright finish. Perfect with a steak or stew or just gulped by itself  - serve cool and enjoy!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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, smoke 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
  • 103 in stock
  • $11.99

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

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
  • 18 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Dal Canto 2017 IGP Alpilles Venino (No SO2)

(Was $16.99) 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 aromas of blackberry and blueberry - really showing the Syrah - with cassis and black cherry as well, and 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
  • 45 in stock
  • $13.99

  • 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
  • 3 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine de la Touraize 2018 Arbois Ploussard 'La Cabane'

The Morin family has been making wine in Arbois for several hundred years, the majority of which were spent as part of the co-op in the area. In 2009, they sold some of their vineyards and left the co-op behind, creating the Domaine de la Touraize. Farming is organic, with only sulfur and copper used in the vineyards, and no pesticides or herbicides. Fermentation is always with indigenous yeast, and no sulfur is added during fermentation or aging, with only a small amount added at the bottling. This is a textbook Poulsard (Ploussard is a local spelling) - light in body, with floral notes and crushed berries on the nose, and a bit of spice and herbs in the mid-palate. Very approachable, and charming, with bright acidity, and none of the reduction that is often found with Poulsard. Serve with a light chill. Total SO2: 40 mg/l   -EL

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Donneurs du Temps 2015 Arbois Chardonnay "Murphy"

Headed by winemaker Guillaume Gilet, Les Donneurs de Temps started with 1.5 hectares in Arbios in 2012, instantly relying on organic methods of viticulture and cellar work. The name of this delicious Jura white is an ode to Murphy’s Law, as during the vintage a tractor fell over, injuring Guillaume’s father and causing hundreds of bottles to break. The nose offers aromas of dried lemons, raw pear, and basil. On the palate, perched upon a refreshing 11.6% ABV, are flavors of tangy citrus, anise, fresh green herb and grass. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $28.99

Donneurs du Temps 2016 Arbois Chardonnay "Murphy" 1.5 L

Headed by winemaker Guillaume Gilet, Les Donneurs de Temps started with 1.5 hectares in Arbios in 2012, instantly relying on organic methods of viticulture and cellar work. The name of this delicious Jura white is an ode to Murphy’s Law, as during the vintage a tractor fell over, injuring Guillaume’s father and causing hundreds of bottles to break. The nose offers aromas of dried lemons, raw pear, and basil. On the palate, perched upon a refreshing 11.6% ABV, are flavors of tangy citrus, anise, fresh green herb and grass. David Hatzopoulos 

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

Donneurs du Temps 2016 Arbois Marnes Grise Rouge

After a long career of studying and working in organic viticulture and production throughout France, Guillaume Gilet’s winemaking at Les Donneurs de Temps has been described as “super-natural” (in terms of style) by top Jura wine journalist and store friend, Winc Lorch. Marnes Grises refers to the grey marl that vines are grown on in Arbois. Mostly poulsard from Gilet’s La Mailloche parcel and a dash of chardonnay from his Ellott parcel, the wine has a beautiful autumnal color scheme, with hints of brown, red, and orange. The aromas are of hibiscus, red cherry, green stems, and a slight smoke. The palate is similar, but a bit more wintry, with flavors of cranberry and pine, with a clean 11.5% ABV. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $32.99

Donneurs du Temps 2016 Arbois Marnes Grise Rouge 1.5L

After a long career of studying and working in organic viticulture and production throughout France, Guillaume Gilet’s winemaking at Les Donneurs de Temps has been described as “super-natural” (in terms of style) by top Jura wine journalist and store friend, Winc Lorch. Marnes Grises refers to the grey marl that vines are grown on in Arbois. Mostly poulsard from Gilet’s La Mailloche parcel and a dash of chardonnay from his Ellott parcel, the wine has a beautiful autumnal color scheme, with hints of brown, red, and orange. The aromas are of hibiscus, red cherry, green stems, and a slight smoke. The palate is similar, but a bit more wintry, with flavors of cranberry and pine, with a clean 11.5% ABV. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

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
  • 6 in stock
  • $18.99

  • 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
  • 40 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
  • 7 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
  • 17 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
  • 10 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
  • 12 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
  • 12 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
  • 17 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
  • 10 in stock
  • $31.99

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

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Pure T Merlot

The superb 2016 Jonc Blanc Pure T is 100% Merlot grown in a terroir of green clay on powdery limestone and fossilized oyster shells, élevage in 1200 liter Taransaud foudre for two years, bottled with no fining or filtration with zero added SO2. Pure Juice. Fabulous balance between richness, concentration and freshness, with the limestone soil bringing saline flavors. The color is a deep black with very floral aromas of cassis and blackberry. The palate is dense, deep and chocolately but still bright and balanced with terrific length. Beautiful wine! David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2017 Vin de France Fleur

Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris from Franck and Isabelle Pascal in Bergerac, Biodynamic farming, vinification without additives, aging for 18 months on the lees in cuve inox. This is a new addition to our Jonc Blanc lineup, and a really lovely, crisp white. Not too tropical,  offering melon and stone fruit aromas, with lovely ripe pear on the palate with herbal and mineral flavors in the long finish. This is a fantastic value and a wine of great character that's perfect served with fish in sauce, chicken and mild cheeses!  EL

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $16.99

  • 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

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Bulle Rosé

Isabelle and Franck Pascal make outstanding and expressive natural wines from their biodynamically farmed vineyards in Bergerac, and this lively sparkling is a great example of their precise, low-intervention winemaking. The 2018 Bulle Rosé is a return to form from Jonc Blanc, after the 2017 showed quite differently due to frost damage in the vineyards that year. This year this delicate pét-nat is made with mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and a smaller portion of  Sémillon (30%), and shows a lovely pink-orange color in the glass. The mousse is very delicate, and on the nose, ripe apple flesh, rose, and crushed strawberries are evident, while citrus, melon, and strawberry come to the fore on the slightly off-dry palate. The delicate bubbles make this an outstanding candidate for before-dinner drinking, or a fun pairing with appetizers or Chinese cuisine. Ben Fletcher

  • rosé sparkling
  • 16 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $25.99

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
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $25.99

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

(Was $14.99) 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
  • 7 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

"Eos Blanc" is a rewarding discovery for anyone seeking an intriguing wine of terroir at an affordable price.  Eric Laguerre's vineyards are planted at high-altitude in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet, where the acidic soils are composed of gneiss and broken-down granite with some pockets of quartz. This composition forms a sturdy backbone of dense minerality and abundant freshness to this "entry-level" cuvée - a testament to Eric's excellent farming. The 2018 is made from 40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Maccabeo and 20% Rolle (Vermentino). The increased percentages of Maccabeo and Rolle have made this lovely wine even more distinctive, showing subtle aromas of dried pear, almond, hay, citrus, herbs and stone. The palate is refreshing and clean with pear, citrus peel, almond, thyme and stone flavors, round and supple but balanced and dry and with nice density and length. This very versatile wine will pair with everything from oysters, to grilled fish to roast chicken, and is a lovely aperitif by itself. DL

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $14.99

  • 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
  • 46 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

Eric Laguerre's parcels for this cuvée are planted on plateaus fringed with flowering "ciste" bushes and wind swept trees. The Pyrénées loom in the distance and the afternoon sun reflecting off the decomposed granite gives his vineyards a sort of shimmering quality. Eric's bottling of "Le Ciste" is a faithful interpretation of each of these elements plus Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvèdre - which are de-stemmed and fermented on whole-clusters, separately, then aged for a year in barrel before being blended together in fiber tank. The 2017 has all of the bold flavor and texture of grapes that were allowed to fully ripen without any worry about lost acidity. At his altitude and with the help of granitic soils, Eric has little reason to pick early; his wines are vibrant and always have a marvelous backbone of mineral acidity. This is his fullest wine, with rich tannins and brooding flavors of fresh thyme, black pepper, bitter chocolate, and blood orange buoyed by ripe cherry. And while this is a handy and humble "grab n' go" for barbecues, Moroccan-themed dinners, etc., this wine has all of the potential to make us giddy and glad that we saved a few for 2030. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

Eric Laguerre's "Eos Rouge" is an elegant blend of 80% Grenache from 40-year-old gobelet-trained vines, with some Carignan and Syrah from soils of decomposed granite, gneiss, and some veins of quartz. Like "Le Passage," the grapes are fermented in fiber tanks with native yeasts for about two weeks, then aged in concrete. The beautiful 2018 shows bright aromas of cherry, strawberry and black raspberry with hints of blueberry and musk from the Syrah, quite pretty and pure. The palate shows a potpourri of ripe red and black fruits, with earth, cocoa and spice in a refreshing frame of cool acidity and mineral flavors.  The high altitude and the primarily granite soils give Eric's wines a bright and vibrant character that makes them great pairings with a wide variety of foods - we loved it with a grilled burger from grass-fed beef, but grilled pork and chicken would be great as well.  This is one of the best values in the store - thanks to Eric and Corinne Laguerre for their great organic farming and delicious, affordable wines! David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Le Passage

"Le Passage" is a hardy blend of 65% Syrah (de-stemmed) and 35% Carignan from Eric Laguerre's highest parcel (1,700 feet), on soils of decomposed granite. The grapes are pressed into fiber tank for fermentation with native yeasts, then aged in concrete with minimal added SO2. This cuvee is fuller-bodied than his "EOS Rouge," with the high-quality of his low-yielding Carignan on full display. Robust and rustic, with notes of blackberry, brown spice, plum and black currant on the nose which carry over to the palate. The slight citrus tang from the acid is delightful along with some soft tannins. This pairs fantastically with roast lamb, ribeye, and sheep cheeses.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lapuyade 2015 Jurançon 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 improves for weeks, re-corked in the fridge.)

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2016 Jurançon Petit Manseng

Clos Marie-Louise/Château Lapuyade is a beautiful biodynamic estate deep in the hills of Jurançon, south of Pau. Their grapes are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in old barrels purchased from Yquem and Haut-Brion. Their 2016 Petit Manseng is a gorgeous wine and a sensational value. Deep floral honeyed apricot, citrus confit and caramel aromas with sweet fruit on the palate—lemon oil, exotic fruit and brown spice lifted by firm acidity. Terrific length. With a few days open, more exotic fruit, pineapple and lychee emerge and the wine softens into something wonderful. Approximately 70 grams/liter residual sugar. An outstanding Jurançon moelleux that will accompany fois gras, patés, cheeses, fruit desserts and is fabulous on its own. Highly recommended.

  • white medium-sweet
  • 16 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2017 Jurançon Sec

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. Château Lapuyade produces a complex, ripe, exotic style of "Sec" and the lovely 2017 is no exception. Produced from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, the wine shows a bright gold color; ripe aromas of exotic fruit, lemon zest, butterscotch, honeysuckle and hay; the palate is ripe and round with spiced pear,  buttery lemon, earth and mineral flavors; very bright citrusy acidity in the finish with hay and minerals. This will evolve nicely re-corked in your fridge or with five to ten years of cellaring. Not for everyone perhaps, but this is really a unique and intense bottle of Jurancon! Serve with chicken or fish in sauce, full-flavored cheeses, patés and Asian foods. (PS - at 14.5% alcohol this wine escaped the first round of tariffs - enjoy it at $13.99 while you can!)

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2017 Jurançon Sec Cuvée Dentelle

We're very excited about this new cuvée from our biodynamic friends at Chateau Lapuyade in Jurançon. Made from 100% Petit Manseng from 45 year-old vines always tended in organic and biodynamic farming, it's a tiny special production in the best vintages - we're fortunate to get 5 cases.The 2017 shows a bright gold color and beautiful aromas of lemon confit, apricot, almond, exotic fruit and brown spice. The palate is dense and round with dried pear, citrus, apricot, hay and mineral flavors with perhaps a bit of residual sugar. The finish is very long with firm acidity under ripe white fruits, citrus and stone. Lovely wine! Serve with foie gras, fish in sauce, Asian foods, goat chesses and patés. Sensational now and should be very interesting in ten years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $20.99

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

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $21.99

Les Cortis 2016 VdF Brisûre

Isabel Coiffier and Jeremy Decoster started making wines in the Savoie after working with the likes of Alice & Olivier De Moor and Lilian Duplessis in Chablis. Though they didn't settle in Chablis, there is a precision and linear quality to their wines that mirrors the styles of their mentors. 'Brisure' is a blend of Chardonnay, Roussette (Altesse), and direct press Gamay, and has a slightly peachy hue in the glass, but behaves on all accounts like a white wine.  On the nose, there are classic white Savoie notes of stone fruit (white apricot),  and dried herbs. There is a ripe mouthfeel, with a subtle nutty character in the mid-palate, and plenty of minerals and chalkiness in the finish. There is also a touch of structure and very subtle red fruit (cranberry essence) from the Gamay. Considering this is Isabel and Jeremy's first official vintage, we'll surely have many years of good wine to look forward to from Les Cortis!  -EL 

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 19 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
  • 13 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2017 Côtes de Provence La Londe "L'Estelle" Blanc

(Was $17.99) The new "Estelle" Blanc La Londe from Les Fouques is made from old vines of 80% Rolle (Vermentino) with 10% Clairette and 10% Ugni Blanc. It's a more elegant version of the "Cuvée Aubigue," a really delicious, full-flavored provençal white with complex aromas of apple and pear liqueur and hints of dried flowers and herbs. The palate is round and ripe with white and exotic fruits, but with good acidity and a long finish with mineral flavors under the beautiful fruit. A great aperitf or accompaniment to full-flavored fish dishes and asian foods. Certified biodynamic (Demeter)

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $15.99

  • 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
  • 21 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white fortified
  • 6 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $44.99

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
  • 6 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Monts et Merveilles 2018 Vin de France Haiku

(Was $19.99)  "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 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
  • 14 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2017 Saint-Chinian Cuvée Olivier

Thierry Navarre's  Cuvée Olivier is a blend from old vines of Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah in Thierry’s 12-hectare practicing organic estate situated in the AOC of Saint-Chinian, grown in brown schist soils that give density to the finished wine. On the nose it is deep and complex with dusty dark plum, boysenberry, pink peppercorn, sage, lemon oil, and clementine zest.  The palate is poised and structured, leaning towards more smoky and mineral flavors but is balanced by fresh fruit. Blackberries, citrus, and savory herbs come to mind on the finish that lingers on the palate. On day two the palate is beginning to open up with more fruit redolent of pomegranate seeds and  minerals.  Drink now or cellar for 10 to 15 years. Truly a great wine, perfect with grilled meats, tagines and stews and a fantastic value.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2017 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 2017 has a beautiful robe of deep red/black. The nose shows decadent aromas of spiced plums, blackberry patch, sage, and deeper notes of espresso. The palate is creamy with fine powdery tannins. Perhaps a bit softer than the 2016, with less high-toned acidity, but wonderfully balanced and accessible for drinking now. Flavors of black fruits, peppercorn, and savory herbs cling to a core of dense minerals 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). Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2018 Vin de France Lignieres Blanc

 From a vineyard co-planted with old varieties - Ribeyrenc Blanc, Grenache Gris and Clairette du Languedoc - Thierry Navarre made the 2018 "Lignières." It's a delighful wine with slightly spicy and floral aromas of white peach, almond, pear and honeysuckle,  dry and dense  on the palate though a little riper than the 2017, with mineral, herbal and dried stone fruit flavors with firm acidity - really lovely, a great aperitif or serve with fish or chicken in sauce, salads, sheep and goat cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre NV Vin de France Vin de Grenache Demi-Sec

Every few years Thierry Navarre makes a new batch of his late-harvest "Vin de Grenache" - this version is outrageous - it's an oxidative orange wine (!) showing a dark orange color and aromas of dried fruits - apricot and prune - brown spice, walnut, honey and wildflowers with slightly sweet palate of ripe black cherry, dried apricot, brown spice and minerals. Serve with dried fruits and nuts, strong cheeses or just enjoy by itself - only 36 bottles for the US. David Lillie

  • rosé off-dry
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • 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
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low 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
  • 67 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
  • 17 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $399.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

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
  • 12 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
  • 41 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

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

  • rosé sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

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

Tissot 2011 Arbois Vin Jaune La Mailloche

From a vineyard with East exposition on old degraded Lias soil. There's a touch of orange citrus, and a nice balance of rusticity and subtle bitterness, with some cereal character.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot NV Cremant du Jura Rose

The Crémant rosé from Stéphane Tissot’s biodynamic estate in Arbois is fantastically refined, structured, and fully-dry. This is a blend of directly-pressed Pinot Noir, Trousseau, and a bit of Poulsard. The robe shows a vibrant pink hue with orange flecks in the glass. The nose offers aromas of crushed raspberries, delicate quince, orange blossom, and ripe strawberries. The palate is lush and fruit-forward, yet dry with a fine mousse, minerals, and subtle notes of brown spice. We love this sparkler for its ability to strike a perfect balance between complexity and easy enjoyment. This is unequivocally the Champagne of beers of Crémant. Amanda Bowman

  • rosé sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • 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
  • 4 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2014 Collioure Blanc

(Was $29.99) 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
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • 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
  • 15 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2016 Banyuls Blanc 500ml

(Was $25.99 - OK, Americans don't drink Banyuls Blanc - but we should, it's delicious, and we're giving it away!) 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
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • 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
  • 14 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
  • 12 in stock
  • $17.99

  • 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
  • 9 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
  • 10 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
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Turenne 2017 Cotes de Provence Cuve Bastien Rouge

(Was $13.99) 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
  • 2 in stock
  • $11.99

  • 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
  • 16 in stock
  • $17.99

  • 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
  • 25 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Val de Sorne (Jean-François Ryon) 2018 Côtes du Jura Chardonnay

The 2018 harvest, a difficult one in the Jura, left Jean-François Ryon with 15% less production than the previous vintage. What he did produce, however, has remained a prime example of what thoughtful, low intervention processes can achieve. These grapes come from Ryon’s blue marl soils and are fermented and aged in steel. The result is a refreshing Chardonnay, with aromatics of dried lemon, apricot, and mineral water. The palate is dynamic, delivering flavors of stone fruit, apple, a hint of spicy mint. Another awesome bottle we’re happy to share from Ryon. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99