Misc. France

Ardoisieres 2015 IGP St Pierre de Soucy Argile Blanc

Located on the steep, rocky slopes in the shadow of Mont Blanc, high above the village of Freterive, lies Domaine des Ardoisières 17-hectare estate. With a winemaking history dating back to the Romans, the estate had fallen into disrepair becoming overgrown with forests and remained that way until the late-1990s when the vineyard sites were cleared and ancient terraces rebuilt. The estate is now being overseen by Brice Omont - a Champagne native who took over the estate in 2005 - with biodynamic principles having been employed from the start and native yeasts carrying out all fermentations resulting in truly stunning wines. This cuvee is a blend of Chardonnay, Jacquère, and Mondeuse Blanche which sees elévage in 2/3 stainless steel tank and 1/3 neutral barrique which gives it nuance and balance while maintaining a lifted freshness. Tropical and salty with pear skin and almond notes and giving way to stern minerals and more orchard fruit on the palate, it is an exciting wine for lovers of Savoie whites. Tim Gagnon 

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Ardoisieres 2015 IGP St Pierre de Soucy Argile Rouge

Every year I taste Brice Omont’s wines I find that I like them even more than the last. This year is no exception! His 2015 Argile Rouge is made of 80% Gamay and 20% Persan (grown biodynamically) and is fermented with native yeasts. The wine then spends nine months in three- to five-year-old barrels before bottling. It is a touch smoky on the nose with red raspberry compote, pomegranate seeds, and a hint of rhubarb. On the palate it is lean and mineral driven with a lip-smacking acidity. This wine is incredibly pure and would pair well with all kinds of fatty foods. I’m thinking grilled pork belly at a barbecue! Tim Gagnon 

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $28.99

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $26.99

Beauthorey 2010 Vin de France Bella Parra

Bella Parra is a blend of primarily Cinsault, with some Syrah. There's something about Cinsault that offers bright red fruit, and a spicy, gamey character. I often describe it as "playful," as I find it stands out among many of the heartier and perhaps more heavy handed red varieties in the South. Here, it's given extra backbone through the addition of some Syrah, but the spirit is intact. This is a fun medium-bodied red, and a perfect carry over from the hot days of Summer into the Fall.   Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beauthorey 2013 Languedoc Oree Blanc

This is a white blend, marrying Roussane, Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Rolle (Vermentino), and Bourbelenc. It's medium - full bodied for a white, with notes of apple compote and baking spice. A prime candidate for wine drinkers who typically prefer reds, and truly a unique expression of the region's diverse grape varieties.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $16.99

Belluard 2013 Vin de Savoie Mont Blanc Brut

Made from Gringet grown at 450m in elevation, this is serious stuff. It spends three years on the lees which results in a rich and textured wine, with delicate aromatics. It is quite powerful, and would give any Champagne a run for the money in terms of complexity. Tim Gagnon

  • white sparkling
  • 36 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Belluard 2015 Vin de Savoie Grandes Jorasses

Dominique’s Altesse shows a much more delicate side of this grape than most are familiar with, and I think this is a testament to his careful winemaking process. The vines in this parcel are quite young, and the original vines were sourced from the Dupasquier family in Jongieux, further south in the Savoie. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Belluard 2015 Vin de Savoie Le Feu

Called Le Feu (The Fire) for the bright red, iron-rich clay that litters the incredibly steep vineyards, this is Dominique’s top wine. It is his only single-parcel Gringet cuvée and the vines are situated at 450m in altitude. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Belluard 2015 Vin de Savoie Les Alpes

This cuvée is made with Gringet sourced from two parcels, one being rich in yellow marl and the other with more broken-down limestone. It spends about six months aging in concrete eggs (separated by each different terroir) before being blended together in stainless steel tanks. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Belluard NV Ayse Vin de Savoie Les Perles du Mont Blanc

Les Perles du Mont Blanc is an exciting and esoteric bottle of wine that shows the capabilities of Gringet. Fermentation for the base wine is done with indigenous yeast; the second with Champagne yeast. There is no dosage added, making for an exquisitely dry and very complex wine that is sometimes reminiscent of Christmas spice and nuts, sometimes of apples and honey. On the palate it is rich, honey-tinged with dried white flowers, golden plums, and green apple matched with a bracing acidity. Serious enough for the geeks, but perfect for everyone. Tim Gagnon

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bottes Rouges 2015 Arbois Chardonnay Leon

Jean-Baptiste Menigoz, a former school teacher, started his domaine with 2.4ha of vines in Abergement-le-Petit, west of Arbois, in 2012. Focusing on the classic varietals of the Jura, he makes honest, natural wines in the traditional ways of the region. His Chardonnay is always my personal favorite. Fermented and aged in neutral 600L demi-muid, it showcases the honey-tinged, tropical fruit and citrus that is a hallmark of this wine year after year. On the palate it is a touch nutty with salty, tangy pineapple, and an electric acidity anchored by a piercing mineral core. Perhaps a touch more ripe than past vintages, it maintains focus and precision. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $40.99

Carmarans, Nicolas 2015 IGP Aveyron Mauvais Temps

I always love this wine, and the 2015 is no exception. Made from a blend of Fer Servadou, Negret de Banhars, and Cabernet Franc sourced from vines that average 30 years old. These grapes go through a 15-day-long carbonic maceration – the longest of all the 2015s. Wild and aromatic, it shows aromas of smashed red raspberry, vine tomato, basil, clementine, tobacco leaf, and iron. The palate has the trademark silkiness of all of Nicolas’ reds, with great tension and fruit. Strawberry liqueur comes to mind with herbs, a good touch of funk, and a smoky, meaty side. Pair with gamey meats (blood sausage!) and heartier fare for a real treat. Tim Gagnon

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Carmarans, Nicolas 2015 IGP Aveyron Mauvais Temps 1.5 L

I always love this wine, and the 2015 is no exception. Made from a blend of Fer Servadou, Negret de Banhars, and Cabernet Franc sourced from vines that average 30 years old. These grapes go through a 15-day-long carbonic maceration – the longest of all the 2015s. Wild and aromatic, it shows aromas of smashed red raspberry, vine tomato, basil, clementine, tobacco leaf, and iron. The palate has the trademark silkiness of all of Nicolas’ reds, with great tension and fruit. Strawberry liqueur comes to mind with herbs, a good touch of funk, and a smoky, meaty side. Pair with gamey meats (blood sausage!) and heartier fare for a real treat. Tim Gagnon 

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $61.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $41.99

Clos du Rouge Gorge (Cyril Fhal) 2012 VdP des Côtes Catalanes L'Ubac

"From one of those rare parcels of Cinsault du Roussillon on a correct terroir. This variety, which made the reputation of certain wines of the South before phylloxera, has been neglected or badly planted since. Ubac is a parcel on a 70% slope of gneiss facing due north with 40 year-old vines worked by hand and by horse. It's the Pinot Noir of the South for me! Fine material, very delicate, with length and a strong signature of the terroir. Whole berry maceration of ten days, then foot-tread and put in vat, with stems for the fine tannins they provide. 20 month aging in Austrian demi-muid, bottled by gravity."  (Yields of 15 Hl/Ha, approx 20 mg SO2, 14% alc) 2012 looks to be a great vintage for L'Ubac. Tasted before bottling, the wine showed superb elegance and structure with fabulous length - opened on arrival in NY, the wine shows slight reduction then hints of cool blackberry and red-currant fruit with bitter chocolate and earth, but really quite closed. The palate is quite intense with deep black fruits, very firm acidity and fine tannins with dusty stone in the finish. No gobs here, but a sense of power and elegance to come. This is certainly one of the most interesting and profound reds from the South of France. Not for current drinking, probably best 2020 to 2030. DL

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos du Rouge Gorge (Cyril Fhal) 2015 VdP des Côtes Catalanes Jeunes Vignes

The vineyard work of Cyril  Fhal is among the finest in France - his living soils and delicate vinifications produce brilliant natural wines that are in a class by themselves.The "Jeunes Vignes" is from  30 year-old Grenache vines in a parcel on gneiss subsoil called Mont-Redon. Hand-harvested into small baskets, foot pressing followed by three month vinification in wooden vats, then 8 months aging in stainless steel. 13% alcohol, bottled retaining some of the natural CO2. "An infusion of grapes, allowing an expression of the delicacy of the variety"  Aromas of rose petal, wild strawberry, blackberry and spice, with citrus and animal notes. The palate is supple, fresh  and very earthy with firm acids framing lovely strawberry, plum and spice flavors. This is an unusually pretty and complex Grenache, to be enjoyed over the next 3 to 5 years, serve quite cool.

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $25.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $10.99

Combel La Serre 2015 Cotes-Du-Lot Carbo

Carbonic Malbec! Grown on a mix of limestone, clay, and small galets (pudding stones), the grapes go through a six-day carbonic maceration, and élevage is in cement tank for six months before bottling with a nominal amount of sulfur. The nose is bright with a mix of fresh strawberries, red cherries, and raspberries and just a touch of sweet spice. The palate is lightweight with integrated tannins and juicy red fruit. Would be great served with a slight chill! Cari Bernard 

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 24 in stock
  • $9.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $11.99

Dominique Lucas (Vignes de Paradis) 2014 Terroir du Leman Un Matin Face

Made from Chasselas planted in clay-rich soils and raised in concrete egg, I find this wine to offer more in terms of layers of texture and in density than his other cuvées. It still maintains a ravishing acidity and ample minerality like all of his wines, but seems a bit more open aromatically with hints of crème brülée, almond milk, and zesty lemon meringue. These luscious aromas coalesce once on the palate with more succulent citrus and sea minerals coming forward. This would be fantastic with hearty poultry dishes (Thanksgiving anyone?) that balance savory and sweet, or with seared monkfish with parsnip purée and hazelnuts for the adventurous home cook. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Dominique Lucas (Vignes de Paradis) 2014 Pays d'Allobrogie Chardonnay

A thoroughly elegant wine that truly shows its Savoie roots! This wine is fermented and aged half in concrete egg à la Belluard, his very good friend, and half in used barrel. The result is a much more chiseled and ethereal interpretation of Chardonnay that you don’t get in either the Jura or Burgundy. Think soft aromas of orchard fruit, lemon curd, and mountain wildflower on the nose, yet the palate is much more invigorating and opens up with a bit of lush fruit anchored by laser sharp acidity, a slightly waxy, mouth-coating texture, and tangy minerals. Try this with sushi made from fattier fish. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Dupasquier 2013 Savoie Mondeuse

In my opinion, David Dupasquier’s Mondeuse is his piece de resistance. The sunny clime and wide diurnal range naturally results in healthy vines and perfectly ripe grapes which the Dupasquier family masterfully makes into seriously delicious wines. This wine is deep with a dark purple robe and exhibits spicy blackberry fruit, black peppercorn, dried violet petals, and a touch of meaty funk reminiscent of northern Rhône Valley Syrah. The year spent in large neutral oak helps to soften the tannins and the year spent in bottle before release allows the fruit to integrate well with the spicy and savory flavors present on the palate. Pair this with grilled lamb or cheeseburgers! Tim Gagnon  

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $28.99

Dupasquier 2013 Savoie Pinot Noir

I am always thrilled to have the wines of David Dupasquier in the shop.  He consistently crafts fantastic, terroir-driven wines from his 15 hectare estate in Aimavigne. Here the climate seems more northern Rhone than Savoie with warm, sunny days and cool nights that ultimately benefit the vines. The Dupasquier’s vines are all planted in clay and limestone soils on southern facing slopes which lead to optimal ripening conditions in a region known for lean and mineral-driven wines. This Pinot Noir is fermented with native yeasts and is aged in huge old barrels for one year before being bottled and aged another year in their cellar before release. It shows bright, brambly red berry fruits with an irony edge on the nose and has a juicy acidity along with redder berry fruits on the palate. This is a fantastic, traditional wine! Tim Gagnon 

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $28.99

Enfants Sauvages 2013 Cotes Catalanes Noces de Lumière

100% Mourvedre from a small parcel, aged for a year in 6 hl used Austrian barrels (Stockinger), then kept in bottle. This is the most elegant and finessed Mourvedre I've ever tasted. At 12%, it's not light, but it is really charming, with developed earthy flavors, yet free from any chewy tannins. Really quite velvet-like smoothness, and ample complexity, with a long mineral finish. Certainly wins the award for the most 'beautiful' of the Enfants Sauvages offerings. It's a joy to drink, and a great chance to study the oft-blended Mourvedre grape on it's own.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $14.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $31.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Biodynamic

Gonin 2014 Isère - Balmes Dauphinoises Persan

Although the exact origins of this grape variety are unknown, the earliest mention of Persan was in 1846 in the department of Isère. This is exactly what has brought Nicolas Gonin to work with this variety. Nicolas farms 5.5 hectares in the village of Saint-Chef and spends his time between his own domaine and working in a nursery tracing the lineage of ancient grapes and trying to bring back the lost varieties of his region. Gonin’s Persan is harvested by hand and destemmed before it is fermented with native yeasts in enamel vats. The nose is rife with dark, smoky berries, graphite, pomegranate seeds, and blueberries. There are also even deeper hints of tar, pine resin, tobacco, violet petals, and pepper – almost brooding. The palate takes a different tone with bright, tart fruit and damp earth; pepper and herbs come forward and are backed by bold tannins and high-toned black berries on the finish. Serve slightly chilled alongside grilled lamb, cheeseburgers, or roasted duck breast. Tim Gagnon 

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Gonin 2015 Isère - Balmes Dauphinoises Blanc Classique

The blend for Nicolas’ Blanc Classique cuvée changes every year and this vintage is a lip-smacking and delicious combination of Viognier, Altesse, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris planted in mainly gravel soils. Waxy lemon peel, green herbs, clementine, and anise abound on the nose, while the palate skews bright and mineral laden. Perhaps a bit more ripe than 2014, but perfectly balanced, it is much more mineral and high-acid than fruit-forward; green apple and fresh-squeezed orange pulp come through on the finish. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2014 Bergerac Classik

Isabelle and Franck Pascal make this beautiful natural wine 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 vivid aromas of ripe cassis and boysenberry with earth, musk, brown spice, violet and graphite. The palate is lush, ripe and very complex with cassis, prune, chocolate, earth and spice lifted by cool acidity that continues in the long, citrusy finish. Wow, delicious! Serve with grilled pork or beef, a daube provencal, strong cheeses and charcuterie or cellar for 5 to 8 years.

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2014 Vin de France Pure "M" Malbec

This beautiful wine is made by Isabelle Carles and Franck Pascal at Le Jonc Blanc, an unusual limestone plateau in the Bergerac with shallow clay soils. Natural vinification with wild yeasts, no additives and minimal extraction. Aged in a large foudre, bottled without fining or filtration, no added SO2, certified organic and Biodynamic. The wine shows a very dark red/black color, with lovely fruit and floral aromas - rose, blackberry and raspberry with hints of  dark chocolate and earth. Pretty berry fruits on the palate with cocoa and citrus lifted by refreshing acidity and finishing with a mineral core and citrusy black fruits. This is an extraordinary, pure and delicious wine that should be served slightly cool. Perfect with charcuterie, patés, chicken and pork dishes or just quaffed happily by itself. Highly recommended. DL

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2014 Vin de France Sens du Fruit Blanc

This is a lovely Biodynamic white made from Sauvignon, Semillon and Sauvignon Gris by Isabelle and Franck Pascal, whose great vineyard work and natural vinifications are producing outstanding wines on their clay/limestone terroir. The Sens du Fruit Blanc shows fabulous aromas of lime-flower, orange peel, ripe pear, melon and spice - really unique and lovely. Very complex ripe fruit on the palate - pear and apple with citrus and mineral flavors backed by firm acidity.  Serve with full-flavored seafood dishes, Asian foods, chicken and pork, patés and mild cheeses. This is a lovely natural wine and a great value!

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $10.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $7.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $7.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $15.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $15.99

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

Laguerre 2014 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Carignan and 15% Mourvedre grown in granite soils in Eric Laguerre's high-altitude vineyards in the Roussillon. Normally Eric's most dense and tannic red, the 2014 Le Ciste Rouge is a softer and immediately friendly wine that is delicious now and over the next 5 to 8 years. The aromas are a lovely melange of red fruits; red currant, tart cherry and blackberry with hints of earth, cocoa and spice. The palate is quite pretty and bright with raspberry and red-currant fruit, violets and licorice with soft tannins and refreshing acidity. At 12.5% alcohol it's balanced and versatile, perfect with roast or grilled chicken, grilled pork, charcuterie and mild cheeses, serve cool and enjoy!

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

From 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Maccabeu and 30% Rolle (Vermentino) grown on granite soils in Eric's high-altitude organic vineyards. Very pale bronze color. The wine shows intriguing aromas of stone, dried pear, citrus and almond that deepen on the palate. Quite dense and backed with firm acidity and stone flavors, this is a real wine of the mountains, echoing the granite soils of Muscadet. This intriguing young wine will drink well over the next three to five years -  it's an everyday white of great character that will accompany a wide variety of seafood and chicken dishes, goat and sheep cheeses as well. A fabulous value and highly recommended!

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2015 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. Lovely  pink/garnet color, aromas of raspberry, red currant, blood orange and spice. Beautiful bright red fruits on the palate with citrusy acids in a very firm, mineral frame and good length, really delicious! This is a real rosé of terroir that will gain complexity over the next few months and drink well through 2017. Perfect with a salade niçoise, grilled fish, chicken and pork and great to sip by itself. Highly recommended! 

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lapuyade 2012 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. Absolutely superb! (The wine improves for weeks, re-corked in the fridge.)

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2012 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 2012 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. (72 grams/liter RS)  Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white medium-sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2014 Jurançon Sec (Petit & Gros Manseng)

Clos Marie-Louise/Château Lapuyade is a beautiful Biodynamic estate deep in the hills of Jurançon, south 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. This bottle, based on the two better white grapes of Jurançon, Gros and Petit Manseng, seriously over-delivers in terms of complexity for the price and is particularly great in 2014. You'll find aromas of pineapple, lemon oil, peach and pear, honeysuckle and caramel apple on the nose, along with a light oakiness that would not work for all white wines, but fits perfectly with this one. The palate is essentially dry with firm acidity with dried pear, spice, citrus, stone and mineral flavors, but leaves an enticing sense of sweetness that makes it an excellent choice for cheeses, especially the sheep's milk cheeses of the Pyrenees. The finish is long and elegant - just delicious! Note: Those with the patience to keep this bottle around for a few days, re-corked in the fridge, will be rewarded with an awesome display of rich, complex fruit.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2014 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 40 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 12 cases for the US allocation. This beautiful dry (or almost dry) Jurançon shows a lovely pale gold color with elegant aromas of lemon, lime-flower, almond, stone, honeysuckle and brown spice. There is fabulous density on the palate with dried fruits, citrus, spice, stone and mineral flavors with scintillating, firm acidity. This is a very unusual and outstanding dry Jurançon - serve with fish or chicken in sauce, patés, and a wide variety of cheeses. Put a few in the cellar and re-visit in ten years. David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Dolomies 2015 Cotes du Jura "Arco" Savagnin Ouillé 1.5 L

Céline and Steve Gormally farm their 5 hectares in Passenans, to the southwest of Arbois, with strictly biodynamic methods and consistently make stunning natural wines. Arco is 100% Savagnin from 20-year-old vines planted in rocky soils with a limestone base. Vinified and aged in neutral barrels for 9 months, it is a beautiful example of how much care the Gormallys put into all of their wines. Gorgeous tropical fruit aromas abound with delicate hints of walnut, lime blossom, and wildflower. The palate is gently saline with pure fruit, a piercing minerality, and a wonderful texture that leads into a crystalline finish dotted with hints of tangy pineapple stalk. It is absolutely delicious. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $105.99

Les Fouques 2015 Côtes de Provence La Londe

We always have a bottle or two of good rosé on the Thanksgiving table, and it's funny how they're the first bottles to disappear!  We're very proud of our rosé selection at Chambers Street - all fermented with wild yeasts and organically farmed, giving distinctive wines that pair beautifully with the autumnal flavors of Thanksgiving. We love the Les Fouques, but there are many more and all priced for a holiday crowd - try Ferme St Martin, Laguerre, Peybonhome, Fresche, Madonna Grazie, Romeo del Castello and many more...The 2015 Rosé La Londe is a beautiful wine and a real rosé of terroir! Made from 70% Cinsault and 10% each of Grenache, Syrah and Vermentino, the 2015 La Londe is a lovely pale pink/orange color with subtle aromas of peach skin, citrus, brown spice, raspberry and rose petal. The palate is light, balanced and long with red currant, raspberry and yellow fruits, blood orange, spice with saline mineral flavors and creamy fruit in the long finish. Drinking beautifully now, it will improve over the next year or two and accompany an elegant ceviche, grilled tuna or chicken, salads, mild cheeses and berry desserts. Great sipped by itself as well - really delicious and highly recommended!

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques NV Côtes de Provence Rosé Petillant

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
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2015 Côtes de Provence Aubigue Blanc

This vintage of the Cuvée de l'Aubigue is our favorite to date! A cornucopia of stone fruit and floral aromas. Quince, pear, honeysuckle on the nose, then lemon compote, herbs and mint along with perfect weight on the palate, and a long mineral finish. 80% Rolle (Vermentino), and equal parts Ugni Blanc and Clairette filling out the blend. Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $129.99

Maillet, Jacques 2014 Rousette de Savoie Altesse "Autrement"

We recently opened the 2014 and were pleased to find it's tasting better than ever! Classic white fruit, honeysuckle, and floral notes on the nose, and really nice balance between the acidity and the sun-kissed fruit that is now mellowing out and giving way to a drier and more mineral side of the wine. Maybe a touch softer than the 2015, so perhaps not as worthy of cellaring, but drinking now would be a treat, and I'm sure a few more years will do it well.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Maillet, Jacques 2015 Rousette de Savoie Altesse "Autrement"

This Roussette de Savoie is from a tiny parcel of old Altesse vines. The nose is expressive, with  flowers and white fruits aplenty. On the palate there's ripe orchard fruit, and a pleasant roundness that balances out the fresh acidity. This is a wine that has great versatility. It's great for drinking now with a wide variety of foods, from spicy asian cuisines to local cheeses, and will reward your patience if you decide to put some bottles away. With the minerality, acidity and the ripeness of the fruit in 2015, this surely has a great life ahead of it.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Maillet, Jacques 2015 Savoie Autrement Rouge

This is Maillet's blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Mondeuse (turns out, before the AOC was created for Savoie, reds in the region were often blended like this). The vines are around 50 years old on average, and yields are anywhere from 15 to 35 hl/ha (hecto-liters per hectare). Deep and dark on the nose with sultry blackberry and black licorice notes alongside more delicate aromas of strawberry seeds, pomegranate, and savory herbs. The palate is quite fresh and is a bit more straightforward than in years past, with dark berries, smoked meats, white pepper, and a juicy acidity. The finish leans towards the earthy, savory side, making me think that this would be perfect with gamier foods such as venison or lamb. Serve cool and decant. Tim Gagnon

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Maillet, Jacques 2015 Savoie Mondeuse Terroir des Pauvres

It's almost as if it were meant to be that Maillet left us with this Mondeuse as his last! Typically the most structured and dark of Maillet's red offerings, 2015 provided ideal conditions to fully express the depth and potential of these selection massale vines (many of which are over 100 years old!). In the glass, it looks more like Syrah than anything we typically see from the Savoie. Vibrant wild blackberry aromas on the nose, with black cherry and cola notes on the palate, and a finish with notable tannic structure and mineral length. We'd recommend decanting a bit in advance or holding this wine for up to 10 years.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Maillet, Jacques 2015 Savoie Pinot Noir Chataugne

Jacques Maillet is a "grower" in every sense of the word. In 2003, after suffering from a serious illness connected with conventional farming, he reduced the size of his already tiny domaine in order to stop selling his grapes to the local co-op and to begin farming organically. Years later, his wines seem to get better with every vintage. His 2015 Pinot Noir is simply gorgeous. The nose opens with bright, sappy cherry, strawberry liqueur, rose petal, tangerine, and a hint of underbrush. Lithe and lively on the palate, it offers sweet, juicy red raspberry, citrus, smoke, anchored by an intense mineral core. This is no doubt one of Jacques’ most serious wines; structured, long, a bit crunchy, and very elegant. I have a feeling that this would age well over the next 3-5 years, and it is certainly showing beautifully now. Tim Gagnon

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Maillet, Jacques 2015 Vin de Savoie Chautagne P'tit Canon

A blend of Jacquere and Altesse. I think of this wine as the Muscadet of the Savoie. It's crisp and clean, with acidity that would definitely please fans of Loire Valley whites. Graceful and subtle citrus and white flower aromas, with stone fruit on the palate and a very mineral finish. It might be most suitable in the warmer months of the year, but fans of high-acid whites will surely beg to differ. Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) 2008 Cotes du Jura Vin Jaune

2008 marks the first vintage of Vin Jaune ever produced by Domaine des Marnes Blanches. In short, it is beautiful. The nose is lively, almost ethereal, with aromas of toasted cashew, burnt orange rind, eastern spice, pine, and mango skin. Texturally speaking, it is one of the most interesting Vin Jaunes that I have tasted; it offers exquisite fruit with a touch of smoke on the palate and is lithe, intense, incredibly long, and elegant. Lovers of Vin Jaune, look no further: this is the wine for you. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) 2012 Cotes du Jura Savagnin Empreinte

For their sous voile wines, Geraud and Pauline Fromont have a separate, three-story cellar that creates an environment conducive to healthy layers of flor. It is dark and humid, with no temperature control, and different levels of humidity on each level influencing the wines in barrel differently. They put the wines in barrel (which are never sulfured) on hot days to assure that the flor develops quickly and they will not be moved again until after a minimum of three years. The Savagnin vines for this cuvée are 45 years old. Much like the 2011, the 2012 Savagnin is classic and precise with an emphasis on balance and freshness. Tropical fruits abound with fenugreek, curry powder, honey-baked walnuts, and saline pears. The palate is sharp and focused with a tangy saltiness and fresh fruit with nuts followed by dried flowers rushing forward on the finish. It is an impressively crafted wine that opens up beautifully at the table and would be perfect with a main course of veal or roasted chicken and also the Comté that will follow! Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) 2014 Cotes du Jura Savagnin En Quartre Vis

Although the 2015 vintage of this wine just became available, we wanted to highlight the 2014 as it is drinking beautifully right now. The Savagnin for this cuvée is sourced from a few different parcels, all of them vinified separately in neutral barrique before being blended together in stainless steel tank before bottling. It has all of the classic lusciousness that Savagnin can offer while also displaying wonderful purity and tension. This wine definitely has the structure to age well, as long as you have the will power! Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) 2015 Cotes du Jura Chardonnay Les Molates

From a parcel of 35-year-old Chardonnay vines planted in limestone-rich soils, the 2015 Les Molates is pure joy to drink. All of their ouillé wines are vinified the same way: direct press into neutral barrels of various sizes for both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, and spend eighteen months on the lees before bottling with a touch of SO2. It opens with a luscious nose of orange zest, pineapple, juicy green apple, brown spice, honeysuckle, and butterscotch. Full-bodied but not flabby, it is saline and pure with a bright acidity. This is such a pretty wine, and was a standout at a recent lunch with fried Dungeness crab. Tim Gagnon 

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) 2015 Cotes du Jura Chardonnay Vielles Vignes

Chardonnay sourced from a single parcel of old vines (the same parcel of vines is used to make the Crémant Reserve) in Ste-Agnès planted in white marl. A bit more delicate on the nose than Les Molates, it shows captivating aromas of tropical fruit and a hint of sea breeze. The palate possesses incredible depth and power; more mineral than fruit-forward at first. With time open on the table, it is firing on all cylinders with enticing flavors of lychee, white peach, jasmine, and salty pineapple stalk. Absolutely decant if drinking now, and this will also reward with time in the cellar. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) 2015 Cotes du Jura Savagnin En Jensillard

Made from an interesting local strain called Savagnin Muscaté, this is a wine unlike any other Savagnin I’ve had. The vines that provide the fruit for this cuvée are between 57 and 60 years old. Heady and floral on the nose with hints of ripe apricot, and a touch of spice, this almost could be mistaken for an Alsatian wine if it weren’t for Savagnin’s distinctive tropical fruit aromas. Compared to the 2014, it is incredibly broad and pretty on the palate with touch of white pepper and brown spice. Long, floral, and supple, this is a beguiling wine that deserves your attention. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) NV Cotes du Jura Cremant

Made from 100% Chardonnay grown in the same vineyard as Les Molates and fermented entirely in stainless steel before spending twelve to sixteen months on lees, this is a serious first foray into the sparkling wines from Domaine des Marnes Blanches. All of the base wine is from the 2014 vintage and this is the first year that this has been released without dosage. The nose is bright with honeysuckle, mango, and lime flower. On the palate it has a fine mousse with an almost toothsome texture; it is bone dry with hints of marmalade, exotic fruit, and a fresh, zesty acidity. This is simply the perfect apéritif. Tim Gagnon

  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $15.99

Mayragues 2014 Gaillac Braucol

Organic and Biodynamic since 1999, Chateau de Mayragues produces beautiful wines from local grape varieties, including this delicious red from 100% Braucol, aka Fer Servadou, grown on clay-limestone terroirs above the Tarn river in Gaillac. The wine is a deep red color and shows lovely aromas of ripe plum, red currant, earth, violets and black pepper. Deep earthy berry fruits on the palate that are lifted by fresh acidity. Full-flavored but not at all heavy at just 12% alcohol. This is a unique and delicious "country wine" - bring on the pâtés, rilletes and rillons, pork chops and roast chicken, full-flavored cheeses, too...

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $15.99

Mayragues 2015 Gaillac Blanc Classique Loin de l'Oeil

Biodynamic since 1999, Chateau Mayragues makes beautiful wines from the local grapes, such as this distinctive white from 100% Loin de L'Oeil. Quite ripe in the 2015 vintage, the aromas are of dried pear, almond, honeysuckle and citrus peel.  Nice full white fruits on the palate with ripe pear, apple, anise, white pepper, floral and citrus flavors, really quite lovely. This is a beautiful summer aperitif and will accompany a variety of seafood dishes, terrines, mild cheeses and Asian foods. And it's a fabulous value!

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Mayragues 2015 Gaillac Braucol Rosé

100% Braucol from the Geddes family, who have been working biodynamically since 1999. My father and I tasted this and the dialogue went a bit like this: DL: "mmm.. tart rasberries, red currant, even some cranberry..."  EL: "Jolly Rancher!" DL: "Nope" (but when was the last time he had a watermelon Jolly Rancher?)  DL: "Well we can all agree it tastes and smells like roses." EL (nodding): "That's for sure."       Now I've had the bottle open for several hours and the fruit is opening up a bit, showing even some strawberry notes on the palate. Dry it is, but mostly in the finish, which is particularly mineral and sharp, to me a perfect complement to the intense bright red fruit encountered in the attack. The folks at Mayragues waited on this wine, their 2015, which had a production of only 1,800 bottles, as they wanted it to be harmonious and balanced. We're glad they did. It's a lot of fun and complexity in a bottle for only $13.99!            -Eben Lillie

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $43.99

Montus 2000 Madiran Prestige

2000 Cuvée Prestige. Dark fruit, freshly turned soil, maduro cigar, pretty blackberry and plum notes. Still structured, but certainly open for business. Good freshness, with flavors of game, cassis, black plum, and iron. The oak is beginning to integrate and this is a fine pairing with duck magret, sublime with  cassoulet.  Decant now or hold 5-10+ years. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $44.99

Navarre 2014 Saint-Chinian Cuvée Olivier

This beautiful Languedoc red is from very old vines of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah, grown in Thierry Navarre's mountainside vineyards in Saint-Chinian. A bit softer than usual in 2014 the Cuvée Olivier shows lovely aromas of ripe blackberry, prune, red currant and dark chocolate with Provençal herbs and citrus. The palate is supple, soft and balanced - quite pretty with black and red fruits, earth, smoke and  mineral flavors that continue in the long finish. Delicious now with a daube Niçoise, grilled meats or a Morrocan tagine, or cellar for 5 to 10 years. DL

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2014 Saint-Chinian Le Laouzil

From old-vine Carignan, Grenache and Syrah grown in Thierry Navarre's beautiful mountainside vineyards in Saint-Chinian. The 2014 is particularly lovely, showing  deep ripe aromas of blackberry, plum, coffee and spice. Full, soft palate of spicy red and black fruits, earth and dark chocolate, with good density and supple, palate-coating texture lifted by nice acidity. Perfect for grilled foods  or steaks, stews and strong cheeses all year. A sensational value!

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2015 Vin de Table de France Vin d'Oeillades

Oeillades is an ancient Languedoc variety, probably related to Cinsault. Thierry Navarre, who is proud of his vineyards of "forgotton varieties," produces Terret and Ribeyrenc as well as this lovely light-bodied Oeillades. The 2015 has pretty high-toned red-currant, boysenberry, violet, prune and smokey aromas, quite fresh and appealing. The palate has tart cherry, red currant and plum fruit, it's light to medium-bodied, but with lovely ripeness and depth with refreshing acidity and good length. Good intensity of fruit but low alcohol, 11.5%, which makes it very food-friendly. Serve cool with charcuterie, white meats and cheeses. Highly recommended and a great value!  DL 

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $10.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre NV Vin de France Grenache Rosé Demi-Sec

This is a delicious vin doux naturel from Thierry Navarre made from very late-harvested Grenache. We imagine that it's a wine made the way wine used to be made all over the Languedoc before temperature control was an option. A bit sweet and somewhat sherry-like, the aromas are of prune and ripe cherry, with licorice and brown spice. Very long and nutty on the palate, perhaps the best way to imagine this wine is to think of an Oloroso sherry... then extrapolate! Absolutely delicious and a great accompaniment to chocolate, fruit tarts, dried fruits or simply by itself as an apéritif. Thanks to Thierry for finally making a label and shipping us some of this unique local specialty.

  • rosé off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $11.99

  • Organic

Peillot 2015 Roussette du Bugey Montagnieu Altesse

Tasted first week of February in France - the wine showed more fruit than usual, really lovely white and yellow fruits with floral and citrus notes, with an ample but very mineral palate and a beautiful chalky finish. We look forward to trying this again on March 12th - certainly an excellent vintage for Franck's Altesse!

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $22.49

  • Low Sulfur

Peillot 2015 Bugey Pinot Noir

Franck Peillot gives us a lovely Pinot Noir from the Bugey in 2015 with pretty aromas of red currant and cherry with a it of spice on the palate with juicy berry fruits. Well-structured and balanced and showing earthy fruits, spice and smoke in the finish. This is a lovely everyday Pinot to serve cool with charcuterie, chicken and pork dishes , and mild cheeses.

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $20.99

Peillot NV Bugey Montagnieu Brut

This is a really lovely alternative to Champagne and a great value. Montagnieu is a village south of Cerdon, in the Jura, with premières côtes overlooking the Rhône valley. This wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Altesse and Mondeuse and has complex herbal aromas, nice lemony ripeness on the palate and a long, dry finish. Franck Peillot works well in the vineyard and naturally in the cellar. Well worth a try!

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $20.99

Petit Domaine de Gimios 2015 Vin de Table Muscat Sec des Roumanis

Anne-Marie Lavaysse farms this tiny estate in the Minervois in Biodynamie (certified Demeter) and uses no copper sulfate in the vines and no sulfur-dioxide in vinification. This is a wild and beautiful wine made from Muscat planted on a high plateau with rich limestone soils. Intoxicatingly pretty on the nose with bold floral notes mingling with musky tropical melon, waxy citrus peel, and salty pineapple stalk. Beautifully textured, citrus, white pepper, green herbs, and luscious mango linger on the tongue with ample acidity for balance. This would be the perfect aperitif, or would be great with rich, spicy fish dishes. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Peybonhomme-les-Tours 2015 Bordeaux Rosé

Our Biodynamic friends, the Hubert family at Chateau Peybonhomme-les-Tours, have finally made a dry rosé and it's  quite delicious. Subtle aromas of strqwberry, peach and citrus on the nose that continue on the round but dry and refreshing palate. This gains weight with time (better on the second day) and has surprising length for a rosé. This is a versatile wine to serve as an aperitif or with grilled tuna, melon and prosciutto, grilled chicken or pork and mild cheeses.

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Pont de Breux 2012 Vin de France Trousseau les Marnières

The 2012 Les Marnieres is a lovely Trousseau from the beautiful organic vineyards of Jean-Charles Maire, this parcel, "les Riantes," on scree on the slopes of Mont Poupet, as  opposed to the Kimmeridgian limestone present in his other vineyards. Very pale garnet color. Lovely aromas of prune, rose, red currant, morello cherry and citrus peel. The palate is light but with good length and density, showing red currant, earth, spice and mineral flavors, finishing with tart cherry and saline minerals. Lovely wine! (Will keep a few more years but best consumed the day opened, very easy to do...)

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pont de Breux 2014 Côtes du Jura Poulsard

From a 1/2 hectare parcel on Kimmeridgian limestone in Marnoz, northeast of Arbois. 11% alcohol. Very pale garnet color, really a rosé. Austere nose with subtle aromas of red-currant, strawberry, earth and beach rose. The palate is tart and light with red-currant, earth and stone, very crystalline and long. This is a wine of contemplation and definitely not a fruit-bomb!  DL

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pont de Breux 2014 Côtes du Jura Savagnin

This is a beautiful Savagnin from the organic vineyards of Jean-Charles Maire, on Kimmeridgian limestone near the Mont Poupet, at Marnoz, northeast of Arbois. (Elevage is sous-voile.) Opaque pale gold color. Oxidative aromas of dried pear, lemon zest, dried hebs, beeswax, stone and earth. The palate is full and dense with sharp acidity showing dried fruits, citrus, marzipan and stone flavors, with a long intensely mineral and citrus finish. Serve with fish in sauce, chicken with morels, mountain cheeses. Delicious now but five to ten years of aging seems possible, wonderful after three days open.DL

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pont de Breux 2014 Côtes du Jura Trousseau VV Le Calice

From old vines in "le Calise" on a hillside in Marnoz on a typical Jura "marnes" soil. The wine shows bright garnet/black color with earthy/meaty blackberry and tart cherry aromas with hints of citrus and spice. Bright blackberry fruit on the palate with nice density and firm earthy acidity, with minerals and blackberry/cherry fruit and a bit of tannin in the finish. Lovely now with grilled Charolais, charcuterie, young goat cheeses. Best after three to five years. DL

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2016 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale Rosé

From the tiny appellation of Bugey, due east of Lyon, it is a blend of Gamay and Poulsard. On the nose it is exquisitely vinous with bright aromas of pomegranate seeds, brambly blueberry patch, unripe strawberry, mountain meadow, and tart red raspberry. It is incredibly balanced with an invigorating acidity and lip-smacking red berry fruits with clementine zest and minerals coalescing on the finish. At 8.5% in alcohol with significant sweetness, this would be a perfect brunch companion or as an aperitif! Tim Gagnon 

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $20.99

Saint Pierre 2015 Arbois Chateau Renard

The 2015 Château Renard is a home run. Chardonnay with a bit of Savagnin from parcels planted in clay and limestone soils made in the topped-up, or ouillé, style of winemaking. On the nose it is crisp and clean with delicate aromas of apricot, lime flower, almond skin, and tropical mango. The palate is much more intense with luscious, juicy green apple, cashew, sea salt, and tangy minerals. Long, textured, and a hint nutty on the finish, this would be perfect pairing with many different kinds of foods, especially roasted poultry. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Saint Pierre 2015 Arbois Pinot Noir Les Gaudrettes

Les Gaudrettes is also made from Pinot Noir; however the grapes are vinified using carbonic maceration. The result is an invigorating wine rife with sappy red berries, white pepper, blood orange, cherry pit, and a hint of underbrush on the nose. More pretty red fruits and citrus shine through on the palate with a touch of salty minerals. Meatier tannins offer the wine a fair amount of structure, and more high-toned red fruits abound on the finish. This is an excellent vintage for this cuvee, and it is downright delicious. Tim Gagnon

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2014 Jurançon Cuvee Tradition

The 2014 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. 62 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
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $104.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

Tissot 2014 Arbois D.D. 1.5 L

This is a delicious wine from Stéphane Tissot’s Biodynamic estate in Arbois! It is a blend of Poulsard, Trousseau, and Pinot Noir that ferments and ages in 100-year-old, 2,000L foudre. It doesn’t see any SO2 at any time during the fermentation, and at 11% alcohol it is incredibly pure and fresh! Lots of red berry fruits mingle on the nose, and there is ample minerality on the palate accompanied by more berry fruits and a surprising amount of structure. Serve slightly chilled, and pair with summery foods of all kinds! Tim Gagnon 

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

Tissot 2015 Arbois Poulsard Vieilles Vigne Sans Soufre 1.5 L

Finally! It’s been some time since we’ve had Tissot’s Poulsard on the shelves, and I couldn’t be more excited to have it back. 2015 was an excellent vintage for Stephane (and many other growers in France), and he says this may be his favorite Poulsard he’s made to date. 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. Tim Gagnon 

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $62.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $33.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $39.99

Tournelle 2015 Arbois Ploussard L'Uva Arbosiana

Evelyn and Pascal Clairet craft this cuvée from 20-30-year-old Ploussard vines planted in clay and marl soils. The grapes are then hand-sorted and lightly pressed before undergoing full carbonic maceration in stainless steel tanks. Once this period is over, the juice is racked into neutral oak barrels where it will rest for three to four months before being bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without sulphur. The resulting wine is incredibly light and fresh with enticing aromas of strawberry jam and crushed red flowers. The palate offers more a bit more ripeness than the 2014, with bright red fruits that are also found on the nose, along with minerals and lip-smacking acidity. It is a pure joy to drink slightly chilled before a meal and is great alongside grilled chicken, vegetable dishes, or charcuterie! Tim Gagnon 

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Traginer 2006 Banyuls Grand Cru 500ml

Grenache, Grenache Gris and Carignan, aged for six years in ancient barrels, bottled without collage (fining) or filtration. High-toned red fruits, blood orange, brown spice, tobacco and cocoa aromas, really complex and lovely. Chalky red fruits, earth and cocoa with fresh acidity on the palate. Ripe and deep but fresh and light as well, really balanced and lovely. A wonderful aperitf and of course with fruit desserts and chocolate. Bravo to Domaine Traginer! DL

  • red sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Traginer 2011 Collioure Blanc

(This full-flavored white would be fabulous with a Bouillabaisse made with seafood from Blue Moon Fish - or perhaps monkfish in a wine sauce) 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.  Light gold color. Intense and beautiful aromas of peach, lemon, stone, almond and pine with hints of red fruits and earth. Quite complex! The palate is supple and dense with mineral flavors, white and yellow fruits, citrus, pine and brown spice that linger in the very long finish with firm acidity. This is a delicious and versatile wine that will accompany shellfish, grilled fish, chicken in sauce, Asian foods and more. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $25.99

  • red sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $23.99

Traginer 2014 Collioure Rosé

This is an unusual Collioure Rosé made by Jean-François Deu at the biodynamic Domaine du Traginer from one-third each Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.  Made with minimal sulfites, the wine is reductive and needs decanting or aeration, then shows opaque onion-skin color, aromas of ripe peach, raspberry, earth and ripe  melon with brown spice. The palate is dense with peach, blood orange, stone and dried herbs, intriguing and very long. The wine deepens nicely with time open—really an itriguing natural rosé that will accompany a fish soup, grilled tuna, chicken and pork dishes. Recommended for lovers of natural wines. 

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2009 Arbois Chardonnay

The 2009 Chardonnay from Villet is certainly a contrast to the more straightforward 2011 bottling. Where the 2011 is ready to go, the '09 is a bit more contemplative and needs time to breath. There's a bit of gas, and it is slightly toasty upon opening, but this blows off eventually to reveal aromas of baked apples and spice, with creamy lemon in the mid-palate, and white stone fruit in the finish. This is a richer Chardonnay, one that sits longer in the mouth, and lingers longer in the finish, but it is still marked by a pronounced mineral quality and sharp acidity that are a trademark of the Villet style.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2011 Arbois Chardonnay

From vines that Christine's father planted about 40 years ago, this was an instant hit with our staff and local customers alike. As is typical of the Villet Chardonnay offerings, the wine is not made in a sous-voile style, but vinified traditionally. It's fresh, mineral, and marked by a textural complexity that is compelling and exciting to the palate.   Eben Lillie  

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2011 Arbois Tradition

The Tradition white from the Villets consists of 60% Chard ouillé (topped up) and 40% Savagnin sous voile. The wine is kept for 2 years in large barrels. It's deliciously oxidative with pretty floral aromas, white peach notes, and a graceful finish.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $16.99

Zelige-Caravent 2012 Languedoc Pic-Saint-Loup Fleuve Amour 1.5 L

This is a charming and comforting red from our friends Luc and Marie Michel of Zélige-Caravent, in the Pic-St-Loup appellation of the Languedoc. Primarily old-vines Grenache, with a touch of Syrah and Cinsault, it's full-bodied and silky, with crushed dark berry fruit and subtle grip. This is truly a satisfying red, and the perfect remedy for a cold winter night. Smooth enough to be enjoyed without food, this will shine with roasted meats, stews, spicy foods, or any hearty meal.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $21.99