Misc. France

Bastide Blanche 2016 Bandol Cuvee Estagnol

Bastide Blanche, one of the few organic domains in Bandol, produces this beatiful wine from old vines of 92% Mourvedre and 8% Grenache. The wine is hand-harvested in multiple passes, with very low yields, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in old foudres.  . This shows ripeness, but no sense of heat or flab. Plenty of black fruits and dusty tannins. Classic Bandol!

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Benedicte & Stephane Tissot 2018 Pinot Noir En Barberon

"En Barberon" is 10ha of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines planted along Bréry- a bucolic village that connects Arbois and Chateau-Chalon. The heavy marl soils here provide the foil to Stéphane Tissot's fresh and delicate "Graviers" selection based on limestone soils in Curon. The Chardonnay from this site tends to be dense, rich, and broad, and the Pinot Noir shows some reduction and spice, which Stéphane attributes to the clay soils. The Pinot Noir is made using whole-clusters in order to preserve the juice that Stéphane feels the grape loses if he de-stems.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low 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
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

Cellier de la BaraterieParoxysme 2018 Vin de Savoie Paroxysme

45% Pinot Noir, 45% Gamay, and 10% Mondeuse from certified organic vineyards of clay and limestone soil in the Combe de Savoie. The juice is naturally fermented in stainless steel and fiberglass vats. The wine is then aged in stainless.

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $25.99

  • No Sulfur

Da Ros, Elian 2016 Côtes du Marmandais Chante Coucou

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $48.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $48.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $48.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $48.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $48.99

Domaine des Buis (Pauline Broqua) 2020 VdF (Aveyron) Prima Vera

Pauline Broqua has been making wine for several years now in the Aveyron, under the tutelage of our friend Nicolas Carmarans. Though we missed out on the fuller bodied cuvée that she bottles, this lighter red, the 'Prima Vera,' is a perfect choice for the Summer. A blend of Fer Servadou and Cabernet Franc, with short maceration, but enough to provide good material and weight. The fruit profile is more Boysenberry and blackberry, with subtle herbs and floral notes. Partial whole cluster fermentation. -EL

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Mathouans 2019 Vin de France Mine de Rien

(Was $26.99)  This wine from Aline Hock in the Agly Valley of Roussillon is produced from the Muscat Petit Grains grown biodynamically on schist soils. Vinified semi-carbonic on the skins for about 20 days, it pours a hazy yellow in the glass. On the nose it bursts with classic Muscat aromas: orange blossom, fresh grapes, honeydew melon and chamomile. "Mine de Rien" is full-bodied and shows bright mandarin orange, minerality and a gentle herbal note on the palate and finishes dry and saline. The wine has an exciting tension between density and bright citrus and salinity, complemented by its exuberantly fruit and flower driven aromatic character. Drink now with lighter Mediterranean food or warmly spiced chicken dishes: think olives and feta, tagines, or even jerk chicken. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Lupin 2015 Frangy Cuvee du Pepe

The elegance of Domaine Lupin’s 2015 Roussette de Savoie Frangy ‘Cuvée du Pépé’ Vielles Vignes is amazing, flawlessly co-existing with (and fabulously woven around) the wines dramatic beam of minerality and high acidity. From 100% Altesse from the village of Frangy. Vines aging 60+ years, planted by Bruno Lupin's grandfather. The wine goes through full malo, before aging on the fine lees in enameled steel tanks for a year. A fiercely beautiful wine. The nose is not as lean as the younger vine bottling above. It shows less citrus and more stone fruit from the beginning. Aromas of yellow peaches and plums, along with golden apples, give a platform for fainter whiffs of black tea, sea grass, and oyster shells. The wine remains very fragrant hours after opening, losing some of the marine qualities and taking on more spice and floral character. The palate is led by rich flavors of apple and pear, along with lemon zest and freshly milled black pepper. There is a wonderful note of caramel on the finish that enhances based on the amount of time in glass, resulting in a creaminess in texture that is beyond lovely, laying over that boldly focused acidity and stoniness. This bottle should be great for another 10 years, but I obviously think the world of it today. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Lupin 2018 Frangy

Domaine Lupin’s 2018 Roussette de Savoie Frangy is a knock-out at $25. From organically tended vines of Altesse on the outskirts of Frangy in Savoie. Vines are 25 years of age and planted to clay and limestone soils. Fermented in steel, with 20% going through malo . A full nose of almonds, white flowers, lemons, limes, firm yellow cherries and crushed limestone waft from the glass in hearty, saline-laced waves. The palate is pronounced, with flavors of small, crisp yellow and green apples, green tea, lemon grass, and a wonderful bitter kiss that extends well after the fruit disappears. As the wine opens, the aromas and flavors fatten and take on notes of richer, sweeter nectarines, kumquat, and apricot. The ballast of this wine is the zing of glorious acid that relaxes only slightly from the beginning to the end of the bottle. A wine to drink now, but given the amount of energy packed in here, I’d say best drinking will be in three years and last just shy of a decade. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $24.99

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

Domaine Ozil 2020 Ardeche VdF Barry

Thomas and Jean-Daniel are the team at Domaine Ozil. Brothers with a shared interest in producing honest, drinkable Ardèche wines, they have hit quite a stride in recent years.Barry is a perfect example. Grenache and Syrah, this is a joyful, tingly "glou-glou" wine. No sulfites added, it's clean, and ridiculously chug-able. It's fun in a bottle, at a very reasonable price. Drink with a slight chill!   -Eben

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Domaine Yves Duport 2020 Vin de France Celine

Red? Rosé? Who cares - this wine is fantastic! A still wine from Bugey in the French Alps, made from a co-ferment of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Gamay, and 20% Mondeuse. Fruit is harvested in September from biodynamically tended vines (25-30 years of age) planted to calcareous-clay soil. The wine is fermented naturally, spending 3 weeks in stainless steel tanks. The color here is a deep rhubarb. The nose is a pungent display of wild fruits - blackberry, cherry, and blueberry. Crisp minty aromas keep things fresh. On the palate, the wine has flavors of ripe red currants, small plums, and a touch of zingy citrus. A minerally core adds dimension to a fruity, juicy mouthfeel. A steal at this price. For two people, buy four bottles - you'll finish them off in one evening, no doubt. Weighing in at 11.5%, consider this your adult juice box... but your serious, complex Juicy Juice. David Hatzopoulos

  • rosé
  • 41 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Dorbon, Joseph 2018 Arbois Trousseau Vieilles Vignes

Joseph Dorbon’s 2018 Trousseau Vielles Vignes has zero added sulfur. Grapes come from southeastern facing slopes and soils of yellow limestone/clay marl. Fruit is picked by hand in late September. In the cellar, the grapes are destemmed before natural fermentation in stainless steel tanks. After aging in stainless for 12 months, the wine is bottled without fining or filtering. It boasts a clear, glimmering cranberry color. The nose begins with aromas of savory cherry and red flowers. There’s an attractive sweetness. It eventually settles into a lovely bouquet of steeped earl grey, lemon, ginger, and mint. With remarkably clean flavors, the palate is zesty and funk-free. There are evenings that I crave the earthy, spicy, barnyard profile Trousseau so often delivers, but I am equally thrilled by examples like Dorbon’s - pure, lively; clocking in a notch below true tartness. Firm and wild red berries, birch, dark citrus and black pepper fill out a fresh structure of sneaky tannin and mouth watering acidity. I finished my last couple glasses with a blue cheese hamburger - one of my favorite pairings of 2021, so far. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Faillenc Sainte Marie 2019 Corbières

This delightful estate uses one-third Syrah, one-third Grenache and one-third Cinsault in their Corbières Rouge, grown on limestone/clay soils in the foothills of Mont Alaric, certified organic since 2007. The wine shows aromas of blackberries, ripe plums, and tiny wild blueberries, as well as notes of balsam wood. Like all the best Languedoc offerings, there's a wild edge here with a bit of funk that is tempered by juicy sleekness. Its excellent balance and wealth of ripe tannins make it a natural at the table - serve with a stew or grilled meats, a coq au vin with farm chicken or guinea hen, and full-flavored cow cheeses.

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

Ilarria 2020 Irouléguy Rosé

"This is one of my favorite rosés" said Eric Asimov in the NY Times and for good reason, as this  beautiful blend of Cabernet Franc  and Tannat is a vibrant and refreshing  wine that pairs well with salads, seafood, white meats and grilled foods all year round. Domaine Ilarria practices superb organic, no-till farming with the goal of creating living soils that provide needed micro-nutrients and  natural defenses to the vine. This is evident in al the estates wines which have a remarkable brightness and saline mineral character balancing the vibrant fruit.  The 2020 Rosé shows a dark pink/garnet color and ripe, sweet aromas of red currant, black cherry, pomegranate, rose, citrus and earth. There is luscious deep cherry, red currant and raspberry fruit on the palate  which is sapid and round with earth, mineral and citrus flavors that continue in the very long ripe and juicy finish. This full-bodied rosé is  more forward and lush than usual and is drinking beautifully now - it will evolve gracefully for three to five years, but it's insalnely delicious now so why wait?  Only a small quantity reaches the US, be sure to grab some of this rare treat for the summer or for the cellar. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 53 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Fleur

The 2018 Jonc Blanc "Fleur" is a gorgeous and complex wine from 45% old-vine Semillon (70+ years old), Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris from Franck and Isabelle Pascal in Bergerac, Biodynamic farming on limestone with clay and sandy soils,  vinification without additives, aging for 18 months on the lees in cuve inox, bottled with a small addition of SO2, 20mg/l total. The 2018 Fleur is a lovely wine showing floral aromas of ripe citrus, melon and pear; the palate is ripe, supple and refreshing with ripe white fruits, quite generous and backed with firm acidity and saline/mineral flavors in the very long finish. Far from the typical varietal Sauvignon, this is a rich complex white of great character that willl acccompany cheeses and white meats and is a delicious aperitif. David Lillie

  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Pure M Malbec

The 2018 Pure M is a beautiful natural wine with zero added SO2, 100% Malbec from a small parcel in biodynamic farming on "Calcaires a Asteries" typical of the plateau of Saint-Emilion. Two year élevage in 1200 liter Taransaud foudre without fining, filtration or SO2, 1600 bottles produced.  The wine shows complex, pure, lush aromas of cassis, blackberry and prune with hints of tobacco, spice and earth. The palate is silky and bright with ripe cassis, blackberry and blueberry fruit backed by refreshing acidity. Mineral and ripe berry fruit flavors linger in the long finish.  Serve this cool with any grilled meats, and it's balanced enough for veggies and lighter meat dishes as well. Just delicious and highly recommended! David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Pure T Merlot

The superb 2018 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
  • 12 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Racine

Isabelle and Franck Pascal make this beautiful natural wine (formerly known as "Classik") from Cabernet and Merlot grown on their Biodynamic estate near Felines, in Bergerac. The wine is aged sur-lie 12 months in barrel, and is bottled without filtration or added sulfur. The color is a dark red/black; the wine shows bright, vivid aromas of ripe cassis and boysenberry liqueur with earth, musk, violet and graphite. The palate is lush, ripe and vibrant with blackberry, cassis, prune, chocolate, earth, stone and licorice lifted by firm, cool acidity that continues in the long, bright and sapid finish. Wow, delicious! Serve with grilled pork or beef, a daube Provençal, strong cheeses and charcuterie or cellar for 5 to 8 years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

La Bernarde 2020 Côtes de Provence Rosé "Hauts du Luc"

The 2020 La Bernarde Rosé is a delicious and refreshing blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Rolle (Vermentino) and Syrah. Certified organic and fermented with wild yeasts, the grapes are grown in a high-altitude vineyard on limestone with clay and stones. The Cinsault is very present in the pretty aromas of peach and raspberry with citrus and floral hints. The palate is light, with a silky texture and nice mineral flavors underlying the fresh red fruit, peach and citrus flavors. This is a lovely and versatile wine that will be a delicious aperitif or accompaniment to fish, white meats and lighter grilled foods this summer.

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Laguerre 2020 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

Eric Laguerre's EOS Blanc is wonderful again in 2020! From high-altitude vineyards in the Roussillon, on granite soils, approximately 65% Grenache Blanc and 35% Macabeu, harvested by hand into small baskets, with low yields, certified organic by Ecocert. Subtle, floral, pear, stone, citrus and herbal aromas with an elegant, round and balanced palate of citrus, white fruits, hay and stone with crisp acidity. Really an elegant, refreshing and unique wine that is a great aperitif and will accompany a full-flavoerd fish dish, chicken and white meats.  This is a beatifully made, real wine of terroir at an unbeatable price! David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2020 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 2020 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
  • 18 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lapuyade 2015 Jurançon Cuvée Marie-Louise

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

  • white sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2017 Jurançon Petit Manseng

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

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2019 Côtes de Provence Impulsion Rosé Sans Soufre

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

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Les Fouques 2020 Côtes de Provence La Londe Cuvee L'Estelle

 Domaine les Fouques has been certified Biodynamic (Demeter) for 30 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 51% Grenache 21% Syrah 9% Rolle 15% Ugni blanc 4%. Unlike the majority of Provençal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more subtle expression of fruit and terroir. The 2020 is a subtle and beautiful wine showing a very pale salmon  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 very subtle red and yellow fruits, wild strawberry, hints of spice and citrus peel. The high percentage of white grapes brings delicacy and freshness. The finish is refreshing 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
  • 43 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2020 Côtes de Provence Cuvée l'Aubigue Rosé

The Cuvée "L'Aubigue" is a beautifully supple and fruit-driven rosé made from 48% Cinsault, 34% Grenache, 11% Syrah, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Vermentino. The wine shows a beautiful salmon color and offers complex aromas of peach skins, wild flowers, brown spice, and grapefruit pith. The palate is round and refreshing 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. A wonderfully versatile wine, this is lovely to sip by itself and will be a seriously delicious pairing with salads, full-flavored fish dishes, chicken and grilled pork all summer and all year...

  • rosé
  • 37 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

L'Ostal (Ostal) 2018 Vin de France Les Vignals

100% Malbec. I first met Charlotte Perot at a wine fair in France, where she was nestled in a corner, quietly pouring her wines. I was curious to taste the L'Ostal wines, as we rarely see dynamic, natural wines coming out of Cahors. The wines were fascinating... dark and full of flavor, yet vibrant at the same time, with fresh acidity balancing luscious black fruit. Though technically not Cahors (Charlotte and her husband Louis bottle their wines as Vin de France), they spent time learning from Simon Busser, one of our favorite Cahors producers, and the wines speak of the region. A very pure, natural Malbec that should develop nicely with another 5 or so years in the bottle, or over the course of the night if opened soon. For any fan of no-sulfur wines who occasionally prefers a wine with dark fruit and full body, this is a MUST!  -Eben

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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

(Was $39.99)  The 2018 Frissons des Cimes is a Vin de Sovoie made from 100% Mondeuse by Marie & Florian Curtet. Organically farmed 50 year old vines planted to sandstone, with a western to southwestern exposure. In the cellar, whole cluster fermentation, without pump overs or push downs, lasts 4-5 weeks before pressing. The wine is aged in concrete tanks for 11 weeks, filtered lightly, and bottled with just a small dose of SO2. This is a dark wine - with shades of black purple and red in the glass. Starting off with the pungent smells of manure and mulched forest floor, these hearty, heady nose drifts into a calmer character, with very pleasant aromas of black plum, blue berries, pine, kalamata olives, olives, and roasted meat. The palate is full of crunchy, zippy graphite, with additional flavors deep red cherry and salt. If you're a Syrah drinker, this is a must-try. With very solid tannins, that fall mostly on the gums, and medium acidity, boasts fantastic structure. Drink now, or enjoy between now and '26 - though it seems to have the fruit and body to last even longer. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Marie & Florien Curtet 2018 Savoie Tonnerre des Gres

(Was $34.99)  The 2018 Tonnerre Des Gres from Marie & Florian Curtet is a Vin de Savoie from  Jacquère and Altesse. Organically farmed vines, 28 years in age, were planted to Mollassic limestone soils with a west/southwest exposure. The grapes are pressed, and fermentation/aging is done in concrete tanks over 9 months on the lees. The wine is bottled after a light filtration and a small dose of SO2. Brilliant lemon hue in the glass. Aromas do not pounce out, but float - sliced, tart yellow apple and pear, lavender, and bitter, unripe nectarine. There is flinty smoke. As the glass warms, smells of almonds and faint licorice appear. The wine has a wonderful palate, with yellow apples, clementine zest, bitter herbs, and a stony, mineral zing. The fruit on the finish gives way to a lingering saltiness, stiffened by a focused core of acidity. There is a softness in the mouthfeel though. A touch of flesh that is hard to describe. There is something so ethereal about this wine - a ghostly quality, in texture more than anything, that reminds me of a superb Chablis. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.24

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) NV Cotes du Jura Cremant Reserve

100% Chardonnay from vines planted in the 1970s. Tank fermented, elevage in barrel. No dosage and rests on the lees for two years before being disgorged.  A radiant but substantial color of dry, golden grass with a long lasting, frothy crown. The nose has a savory element of baked lemon tart, with an accent of apricot. On the palate, there are flavors of lemon, lime, and a hint of spicy white pepper. The wine crackles on the tongue with strong sparky bubbles, but has some density and texture.  Floats with ease between two contrasting styles, one being rich, the other being zippy. Well placed, right in the middle. David Hatzopoulos

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) NV VDF Bulle Ton Body

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

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Mas des Chimères 2020 Coteaux du Salagou Rosé

The Dardé family makes this unique rosé from Cinsault, Mourvedre, Terret Gris and Merlot, grown in the red soils high in iron and basalt of the Coteaux du Salagou. The wine shows ripe spicy strawberry and raspberry aromas with a supple, full palate that is refreshing as well, with a long finish of vibrant fruit and mineral flavors. This is a great rosé to serve with grilled foods this summer from tuna to grilled chicken and  pork chops - and it's a sensational value!

  • rosé
  • 36 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mas des Chimères 2020 VdP Coteaux du Salagou Oeillade

The Mas des Chimeres "Oeillade" is made from an old variety of Cinsault grown in the Coteaux du Salagou where the soil's deep red color is due to its high content of iron and oxide. Blocks of basalt (black stone) are present from ancient volcanic eruptions.  The wine retains a light and refreshing character, showing lovely plum and blackberry aromas with spice, earth and citrus. The palate is round and supple with ripe berry fruits, but bright and fresh, with nice length of pure sappy fruit. This is quite delicious and a bargain at the price - serve cool with charcuterie, pork and chicken dishes and mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $44.99

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
  • 6 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Vin de France Terret Cépage Oublié

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

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

Pibarnon 2019 Bandol Rosé Nuances

"100% Mourvèdre, from the highest altitude and oldest vines of the estate; 50+ year old vines;  indigenous yeasts;  Fermented and aged in 50% 3000 L Stockinger oak barrels and 50% terracotta amphorae;  Aged for 1 year before release; This is a rare, small production “Grand Rosé” from the highest altitude vineyards in all of Bandol. A complex and serious rosé that will age gracefully for decades." The wine shows a very pale pink/onion-skin color with intriguing aromas of peach, red currant, earth, citrus and stone. The palate is dense and very mineral with hints of stone fruits, red currant, brown spice and citrus, quite complex and elegant. This will benefit from long decanting or a few years in the cellar.

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic

Pibarnon 2020 Bandol Rosé

This wine has a wonderful ability to combine elegance, power, class, and distinction. A blend of Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Grenache, the wine shows peach-y and stone fruit notes on the nose, mingling with the savory earth and iodine character of good Bandol Rosé. The palate offers silky textures, a certain voluptuousness, and a lovely balance of acidity to full ripe fruit. I drank this upon first release with very good results. It's bound to improve over the next few months, not to mention the next few years!

  • rosé
  • 21 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

Rimbert 2019 Saint-Chinian Les Travers de Marceau

 "Les Travers de Marceau" is a blend of 30% Mourvedre, 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 served a bit cool, with saucisson, cassoulet, goat cheeses and summer cook-outs.

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

Sulauze 2019 Vin de France Pomponette Rouge

The Levefre family at Sulauze makes this lush and easy drinking red from the press juice of the rosé - Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre from vines in clay/sandstone soils. It's round and supple with pretty black fruit and earthy flavors - serve cool with just about anything.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Sulauze 2020 Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Pomponette Rosé

 A perennial favorite is back! This is a classic Provençal rosé made from Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Rolle, and Mourvedre in Biodynamic farming. Very pale pink color with aromas of peach, orange blossom, strawberry, and hints of cucumber. The wine is dry and mineral-driven on the palate with delicate peach skin and sweet spice. It’s refreshing and delicious!

  • rosé
  • 26 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2018 Jurançon Cuvee Tradition

(Was $22.99)  The Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée Tradition is made from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard near Lasseube, certified organic since 1964. The soils are essentially sandy clays with stones and gravels from the Pyrenees, over the local limestone, "Calcaire de Lasseube." The wine shows lovely pale gold color, vivid aromas of lemon, pineapple, honeysuckle, stone and brown spice, elegant and subtle. Creamy lemon, pear and stone flavors on the palate, balanced by citrusy acids. Around 50 grams of RS per liter, but seems dryer. Lovely finish of lemon, exotic fruit and minerals. Serve this lovely wine with foie gras, patés, full-flavored cheeses and lemony desserts or just sip by itself. Highly recommended.

  • white medium-sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.24

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2019 Jurançon Sec

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

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tissot 2018 Arbois Chardonnay "La Mailloche"

An exceptional, terroir-driven Chardonnay from the heavy clay soils of Stéphane Tissot's Mailloche vineyard. In 2018 this is close to the "Tour du Curon" in quality.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot 2018 Arbois Chardonnay Les Bruyères

Chardonnay from single vineyard in Arbois. Vines planted to Trias clay soil on south facing slope.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot 2018 Arbois D.D.

From Stéphane Tissot's Biodynamic vineyard in Arbois, named for Stéphane's father, Andre "DD" Tissot. This is a delicious blend of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir co-fermented in 2000L foudres. Serve slightly chilled and enjoy with a variety of cheeses, roasted chicken, or on its own! Tasted with Stepphane last winter this showed beautifully, perhaps the best vintage of DD yet, don't miss it!

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Tissot NV Crémant du Jura (Non Dosé)

An abiding staff favorite from Stéphane Tissot's biodynamic estate in Arbois, this crémant is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 5% Poulsard and Trousseau. The interplay between the dry, mineral complexity and rich generosity make this an incredible Champagne-alternative. Opulent aromas of raw honey and baked red apple lead to flavors of tangy yellow fruit, crisp apple, toasted almond, and quince on the persistent finish.

  • white sparkling
  • 29 in stock
  • no discount
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tour du Bon 2018 Bandol

The Domaine de la Tour du Bon 2018 Bandol is a blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault, and Carignan. Vines are located outside the village of Le Castellet, which is a very warm and sunny part of Bandol that sees little rainfall. Soils are a mix of clay and limestone, with a red-tinted subsoil. The estate is farmed under organic methods, and moving towards some biodynamic field treatments. Fermentation takes place in open cement vats and aged in wood for at least 18 months. The wine shows a fantastic earthy nose, full of smoke and salt, with fruits of red apple and plum. Accents of balsamic and herbs are present, but more delicate. On the palate, flavors of leather, beach plum,  and black cherry set the base for lighter notes of salt and black pepper, and green herbs. The tannins are rather soft, with the exception of a light grip down the tongue. Acidity is balanced, lending a refreshing edge to this savory red. The Tour du Bon will be perfect for your spring lamb and summer steaks or burgers, but definitely has many years of cellaring potential. A fantastic bottle! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $31.99

Traginer 2018 Banyuls Rimage 500ml

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

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2018 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 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
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur