Misc. France

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 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
  • 17 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
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Benedicte & Stephane Tissot 2017 Pinot Noir Sous La Tour

It's no secret we have been fans of Stephane Tissot's wine for a long time, and just like any other Jura wine aficionado we look forward to the release of the new vintages with an eager appetite. During a recent tasting, this 2017 Pinot Noir stood out as quite exceptional, no mean feat in an already stellar line-up. A recent bottle paired with roast chicken only confirmed that assessment. The grapes hail from a limestone slope known as "les Corvées Sous la Tour", farmed biodynamically, and harvested by hand. They undergo a 3 week whole-cluster maceration and then mature for a year in Burgundy barrels. Bottled without sulfur or filtration. Stephane felt the 2017 wasn't ready, so he kept it an extra year before release.The nose opens with a wild fruit medley; dark cherry, cherry juice, dark forest blackberries, ripe raspberry, red plums, orange peel and nectarine. There is an undercurrent of baking spice, as well as some earthier notes of forest floor. The palate is incredibly vibrant, carrying all the fruit character and complexity of the nose, with great acidity and very well integrated tannins. A wonderful wine. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $129.99

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
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chahut et Prodiges (Gregory Leclerc) 2018 Vin de France Coup de Canon

Chahut et Prodiges is situated amongst the rolling hills of Amboise in the Loire Valley. The 'Coup de Canon' is 100% Grolleau from ~70 year old, organically farmed vines grown on clay, flint soils. The grapes go through a several week carbonic maceration before aging for 8-10 months in tank, and then bottled without the addition of sulfur or filtration.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 34 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low 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
  • 38 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine de la Pinte 2018 Arbois Pinte Bien

Hailing from the blue marl soils of Arbois, the 'Pinte Bien' is 100% Poulsard (vine age ranging between 20-35 years). Though a larger producer in the region, Domaine de la Pinte has been dedicated to organic practices since 1999, and are now pushing into the world of biodynamics. The grapes are hand harvested and destemmed, then undergo natural fermentation inside old barrels. On the nose, a hint of barnyard recedes to show clean fruit of red cherry and orange peel, all culminating in a lingering accent of smoke. The palate hosts tart red berry, savory, wintry citrus and a soft touch of cured bacon. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $31.99

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 both Guillaume's best friend Gerard Villet and his father were fighting cancer, the press fell into a tank, the tractor fell over into a ditch, and hundreds of bottles broke in a cellar accident (not to mention the frost!). Guillaume wrote to us that even with all of this catastrophes, he assumes the "paternité" of the wine, which we happen to love as much as he does. This is an assemblage of Chardonnay from the Mailloche vineyard, and a parcel called "Elliot," with 15% Savagnin from 2015 vintage. 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 herbs and grass.  - David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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 both Guillaume's best friend Gerard Villet and his father were fighting cancer, the press fell into a tank, the tractor fell over into a ditch, and hundreds of bottles broke in a cellar accident (not to mention the frost!). Guillaume wrote to us that even with all of this catastrophes, he assumes the "paternité" of the wine, which we happen to love as much as he does. This is an assemblage of Chardonnay from the Mailloche vineyard, and a parcel called "Elliot," with 15% Savagnin from 2015 vintage. 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 herbs and grass. David Hatzopoulos 

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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, Wink Lorch. Marnes Grises refers to the grey marl that vines are grown on in Arbois. Mostly Poulsard from Gilet’s La Mailloche parcel with a small amount (5% in 2016) of white grapes that are mixed in with the Poulsard. 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
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

  • 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

  • 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
  • 27 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

Hughes Beguet 2018 Arbois Côte de Feule

Poulsard from the Côte de Feule vineyard in Pupillin. Several other growers we admire have some plots here, such as Granges Paquenesses, Domaine de la Borde, and we're quite certain Houillon and Overnoy as well (it's a pretty well known vineyard site in Pupillin). In 2018, over half of the grapes were fermented whole cluster while the rest saw 6 months of maceration (infusion). Tasting last July with Patrice, the general feeling was that, with an additional 6 months in the bottle, this wine would be in a very nice place. And here we are, 6 months later! Always a fascinating wine, but beware the acidity. This is for die-hard Poulsard fans. -EL

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • 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
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Julie Brosselin 2016 Vin de France Escarpolette Blanc

This is a 14 day skin-contact blend of Terret Gris, Grenache Blanc, and Muscat à Petit grain, aged in large neutral oak barrels. Domaine de l'Escarpolette is based in the warm, arid region of Larzac in the Languedoc, and is now a collaboration between Ivo Ferreira and Julie Brosselin who share a philosophy of low-intervention wine-making.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • No 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $41.99

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

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
  • 4 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
  • 31 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2017 Côtes de Provence Aubigue Blanc

The Cuvée Aubigue Blanc from Les Fouques is made from 80% Rolle (Vermentino) with 10% Clairette and 10% Ugni Blanc. It's a delicious, full-flavored Provençal white with complex aromas of apple and pear liqueur and hints of dried flowers, almond and herbs. The palate is round and ripe with white fruits, candied citrus and dense mineral and stone flavors with good acidity. A great aperitf or accompaniment to full-flavored fish dishes and asian foods. Certified biodynamic (Demeter), wild-yeast fermentation.

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white fortified
  • 3 in stock
  • $54.99

Mas Coutelou 2018 Vin de France Le Blanc

Mas Coutelou was at the forefront of organic viticulture in the Languedoc by becoming one of the first handful of growers to become certified in 1987. They are also commited to biodiversity by surrounding the vineyards with olive, almond, and fig trees! The 'Blanc' is a blend of 50% Macabeu  and 50% Grenache Gris.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mas Coutelou 2018 Vin de France Mourvedre

Mas Coutelou produces beautiful, organic wines from the Languedoc allowing the true terroir to come through each bottle by adding nothing, and taking nothing away. Their soils are predominately clay/limestone with a bit of flint and marl, and many of their vines are over 60 years old. This 100% Mourvedre is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with no sulfur added, a true natural wine!

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 7 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
  • 18 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • 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
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $399.99

  • white
  • 4 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Ratte 2016 Arbois Clos Maire

Co-planted Pinot Noir and Trousseau. Manually harvested and destemmed grapes then go through semi-carbonic maceration. The nose has very plush red fruits (raspberry, cherry) and freshly tilled, dark earth. The palate is engaging, with dusty tannin around a core of fresh berries. Flavors on the tongue are of plum, blackberry, and black cherry. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $42.99

Ratte 2017 Arbois Les Corvées

Ratte describes Les Corvées as being the best site in all of Arbois to plant Trousseau. This grape is also an almost forgotten type, known as Trousseau à la Dame. The grapes are de-stemmed, ferment naturally, and the wine ages in stainless, besides a small portion being aged for a few months in barrel to enhance the wine's texture. On the nose, there are red forest fruits, baking spice, and woodsy hints of maple and birch. Coffee, pepper, and subtle flavors of licorice join red and black cherry fruit on the palate. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $46.99

Ratte 2017 Arbois Ouille Nature

'Nature' is the name for Savagnin from days long gone. The grapes are harvested by hand from vineyards on blue and gray marl soils. Most vines are 20 years of age, but some are over 100 years old. Natural fermentation and bottled unfiltered.  The nose is salty and fresh, with green herbs and lemon. The palate has clean white pepper,  apple, and lemon zest. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $42.99

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
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

Rimbert 2018 Saint-Chinian Les Travers de Marceau

 "Les Travers de Marceau" is a blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Syrah, 25% Carignan, 15% Cinsault planted at the highest elevation in the Saint-Chinian AOC. This appellation is divided by its soil composition - in the north, the soils are rich in schist, in the south there is only heavy limestone and clay soils.  Jean-Marie Rimbert's vineyards are in Berlou, in the north western half of the AOC. This soil composition and high elevation give his much-beloved wines a light, early drinking quality. The nose offers complex, exotic aromas of dried apricot, tree bark, savory spices, and undercurrents of crushed blueberry and pomegranate. The palate is silky and dusted with mineral acidity. Flavors of dense blue fruit and umami spices give way to star-anise and hints of fennel on the finish. This pairs perfectly with saucisson, cassoulet, and goat cheeses.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

  • rosé
  • 33 in stock
  • $19.99

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

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Tissot 2018 Arbois Trousseau Singulier

The 'Singulier' is 100% Trousseau  from biodynamically farmed Arbois vineyards of limestone. The vines are some of the oldest that belong to the estate. The grapes are destemmed and aged in barrel for 12 months before release. Aromas of rugged, woodsy fruit, create a foundation for lighter, fresher accents of small plums and cherry. The palate displays blackberry, raspberry, and cherry, along with a hint of orange peel.

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot, Stephane NV Crémant du Jura Blanc de Noir

This is a stellar 100% Pinot Noir, traditional method sparkler from the Jura. 2017 proved difficult in the Jura, and the other grapes (both red and white) that would have gone into this bottle of bubbly were destroyed before reaching maturity, which left only Pinot for the wine. With most of the base wine matured in barrel, the wine is unfined, unfiltered and contains zero added S02. The grapes are all grown with Demeter-certified practices and the wines are made with very low intervention. The nose is spicy, with apple and pear aromas. The palate is a mix of flavors, ranging from pear to zesty cherry skin. A truly special sparkling from our friends in the Jura.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tournelle 2018 Arbois Trousseau des Corvées

The Clairets make what we would consider "natural" wine, yet varietal character (and terroir) seem to shine through so vividly. This is classic Trousseau, with dark, velvety, flower petal notes on the nose, sweet, high-toned berry fruits, balanced by a hint of funk, and blackberry fruit and seeds. Les Corvées is high altitude vineyard on terroir of clay and limestone. Decant and serve lightly chilled. 

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $104.99

Tournelle 2018 Vin de Table Cul du Brey Rouge

"Cul du Brey" is a blend of equal parts Trousseau, Petit Béclan, and Syrah from selection massale vines planted in limestone scree and gray marl. The grapes are de-stemmed by hand and put into vat for semi-carbonic maceration for three weeks. Pascal suggests against aeration or long decants.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No 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
  • 8 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 7 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
  • 17 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
  • 5 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
  • 15 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
  • 5 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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

At a shockingly-low 12% alcohol, Jean-François Ryon’s Trousseau from 2018 delivers a big punch with a profile that automatically made us think “Syrah?” The nose shows aromas of bacon, warm miso, blackberry, blueberry and plum. The palate is also burly. Flavors of plum, pepper, and anise are coupled with a woodsy greenness. The palate is tannic, but not overly grippy, and deep with fruit and spice. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $44.99