Misc. France

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $42.99

Bastide Blanche 2015 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. 

File under under curiosity or perhaps, sometimes you just need a duck wine. Depending on one’s whims, one plans their meals around a particular wine or perhaps in a more balanced life, one plans their wines around a meal (dear reader, I am probably more inclined to the former truth be told). But in this case I had a lovely bunch of baby Japanese turnips and a fine breast of Rohan Duck, so the the meal drove the bus, so to speak.

The 2015 Bastide Blanche Estagnol is just the thing. With a substantial decant, it has all the dark floral aromatics, ground Telicherry peppercorn, blackberry fruit, and yes, a hint of game on the nose. The palate is tightly wound and just this side of severe on opening but with two hours in the decanter, the pure, sweet, plummy fruit emerges with loads of charm, ripeness, and dry extract to buffer the substantial structure beneath. And while the solar 2015 vintage can result in wine that show more power than grace, here it seems like there is there is real poise and potential. This shows ripeness, but no sense of heat or flab. Plenty of black fruits and dusty tannins and sure, oodles of garrigue. But there’s real flair and harmony and each sip has me wondering what a mature bottle will taste like. Excellent with duck and turnips, but I'd love to pair this with lamb and tapenade, or once summer is in full stride, ratatouille. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Bellivière 2017 Vin de France Raisins Migrateurs (9/3)

Raisins Migrateurs started as a one off in 2016 after the terrible frost endured by Domaine de Bellivière where they lost most of their crop. Looking to buy grapes, Eric & Christine discovered a biodynamic property in the higher part of the Ventoux growing old vines Grenache and Carignan on sedimentary soil. They picked the wines and brought it overnight back to the estate. They vinified it like all their other reds, just destemmed in that case, but keeping the long, gentle maceration. As they understood vintages could continue to be devastating, they decided to commit to a long time collaboration with this grower. They now have been producing this cuvée every year, investing in older parcels as well as new vessels to vinify the wine (2020 will see some Aubun in the blend, and some cement egg aging, inspired by Dominique Hauvette's work with Cinsault.)

This 2017 has for sure a different profile than the red we usually know from Bellivière - their Aunis, their Cabernet and Gamay - with this Grenache/Carignan blend from the Southern Rhône, but you will still pick up their touch in the delicacy of the extraction. It is not a shy wine, coming from a sunny vintage : all the Mediterranean aromatics explose on the nose, the crushed red and black berries, the liquorice, the oregano, finishing with some leather notes. In the palate, the wine is dense for sure but without any heat, and the tannins, well ripe and a little chocolaty, hold the finish. A wine for late night summer barbecues, and for sure a treat for this fall when temperature will get cooler. Pour it in large bowls, and enjoy it with a beef tenderloin with braised mushroom, a black bean stew and or a lamb tajine. 95% Grenache, 5% Carignan. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • $28.99

Bordelet NV Sparkling Pear Cider Poiré Authentique

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

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 23 in stock
  • no discount
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Buronfosse, Peggy and Jean-Pascal 2016 Crémant du Jura

A fabulous Crémant made from Chardonnay and Savagnin from Peggy and Jean-Pascal's beautiful organic vineyards in La Combe de Rotalier. True to the style of this limestone-rich part of the Jura, their wine shows much more lean and mineral than oxidative. The nose shows invigorating aromas of tart apple, green tea, and white flowers. The palate is taut with a linear quince spice acidity with savory notes of sea salt, apple, and lemon curd. A delicious, mouth-watering sparkling wine to pair with salty fried foods, cheeses, or as an apéro! Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • $36.27

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Buronfosse, Peggy and Jean-Pascal 2018 Côtes du Jura Les Belemnites

The Belemnites cuvee is a blend of Savagnin and Chardonnay planted in marl soils made in the signature ouillé (topped-up) style of Peggy and Jean-Pascal Buronfosse. Like all of their wines, it is absolutely natural with native yeast fermentation, no fining or filtration, and zero sulfur added. It spends 18 months in neutral oak barrel which, gives it a richness to balance all the tangy, salty minerals at its core. It is lush and tropical yet structured enough that it’s a serious contender for short-term aging, and it is absolutely delicious to drink now.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Buronfosse, Peggy and Jean-Pascal 2018 Vin de France Se Kwa Sa?

Poulsard, Pinot Noir, Trousseau, Gamay, Béclans, Enfariné - a blend of the usual suspect red grapes from Jura along with some of the ancient and illegal varieties like Petit Beclan, and Enfariné. Bright, VERY Jura in character. A fun red for all seasons.  -EL

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Domaine du Cros 2018 Marcillac Sang del Pais

 The Domaine du Cros vines lie at elevations as high as 450 meters on a few different hillsides that surround the village of Clairvaux, in the western Auvergne. Much of the vineyard is terraced and the soil is an iron rich clay known locally as “rougier” with outcroppings of limestone. The 2018 shows a deep red/purple color with vivid aromas of black fruits - cassis, black plum - with pepper, floral and mineral notes. The palate is bursting with fruit, supple and round, but remarkably fresh and bright as well, finishing with a deep and long melange of bright peppery black fruits and minerals. Serve this rather astonishing wine quite cool with grilled pork and lamb, charcuterie and full-flavored cheeses.

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • rosé
  • 24 in stock
  • $19.99

Donneurs du Temps 2016 Arbois Chardonnay "Murphy" 1.5 L

Headed by winemaker Guillaume Gilet, Les Donneurs de Temps started with 1.5 hectares in Arbios in 2012, instantly relying on organic methods of viticulture and cellar work. The name of this delicious Jura white is an ode to Murphy’s Law, as during the vintage both Guillaume's best friend Gerard Villet and his father were fighting cancer, the press fell into a tank, the tractor fell over into a ditch, and hundreds of bottles broke in a cellar accident (not to mention the frost!). Guillaume wrote to us that even with all of this catastrophes, he assumes the "paternité" of the wine, which we happen to love as much as he does. This is an assemblage of Chardonnay from the Mailloche vineyard, and a parcel called "Elliot," with 15% Savagnin from 2015 vintage. The nose offers aromas of dried lemons, raw pear, and basil. On the palate, perched upon a refreshing 11.6% ABV, are flavors of tangy citrus, anise, fresh green herbs and grass. David Hatzopoulos 

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Donneurs du Temps 2016 Arbois Marnes Grise Rouge 1.5L

After a long career of studying and working in organic viticulture and production throughout France, Guillaume Gilet’s winemaking at Les Donneurs de Temps has been described as “super-natural” (in terms of style) by top Jura wine journalist and store friend, Wink Lorch. Marnes Grises refers to the grey marl that vines are grown on in Arbois. Mostly Poulsard from Gilet’s La Mailloche parcel with a small amount (5% in 2016) of white grapes that are mixed in with the Poulsard. The wine has a beautiful autumnal color scheme, with hints of brown, red, and orange. The aromas are of hibiscus, red cherry, green stems, and a slight smoke. The palate is similar, but a bit more wintry, with flavors of cranberry and pine, with a clean 11.5% ABV. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2018 Vin de France Tracteur Rouge (Isère)

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

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2019 Vin de France Tracteur Blanc (Isère)

In 2019, Thomas Finot made this refreshing "tractor white" from 80% Jacquere and 20% Chardonnay  grown in the Coteaux Grésivaudan, northeast of Grenoble. This is a delightful everyday wine, featuring lovely aromas of green apple, quince, almond, hay and brown spice. The palate is ripe but balanced, crystalline, mineral and lively with bright acidity, showing flavors of pear,  almond, citrus and stone, with just a hint of roundness from the Chardonnay. Serve happily by itself or with fish in sauce, roast chicken, salads and mild cheeses. This is a lovely Muscadet of the Mountains! David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot NV IGP Isère Coteaux du Grézivaud "Gallopine" Viognier

This is the first US appearance for Thomas Finot's vibrant "Galopine," (the local name for Viognier) made from organic grapes grown in the alpine valley of the Coteaux du Grézivaudan. Wow, it's quite delicious, showing a bright pale gold color and elegant aromas of lime, apricot, peach, white flower, almond and white pepper. The palate is creamy and ripe but beautifully balanced by lemony acidity from the cool mountain nights. Flavors of almond, peach, citrus and stone  linger in the clean refreshing finish. Bright enough to serve with a delicate ceviche of fluke, ripe enough for shrimp, lobster and white meats. Just a lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2018 Coteaux Grésivaudan Étraire la Dhuy *(2 btl max)

Étraire de la Dhuy is a rare grape from the Vallé du Grésivaudan in the Isère, with only about 6 hectares currently in production. The 2018 Finot Étraire de la Dhuy is from a parcel of 70 year-old massale selection vines, only 24 btls were available for the US.  AKA Étraire de l'Aduï. According to Wine Grapes "DNA parentage analysis suggests a parent-offspring relationship between Étraire de l'Aduï and Persan. Indeed, both varieties belong to the Sérine ampelographic group."  Tasted with Thomas last winter, the 2018 showed meaty red currant fruit with plum skin and earth, densely fruited on the palate but bright, with terrific length. We look forward to tasting again for more complete notes, but 3 - 5 years of cellaring or decanting would be advised, drink over the next ten - fifteen years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2018 Vin de France (Isère) "Cugnète" Macération

Thomas Finot makes his "Vin de Macération Cugnète" from purchased fruit grown in Isère and on the Isère/Savoie border, thus Vin de France. The three month skin contact gives the wine a pale bronze color. The aromas are light and pretty - dried flowers, brown spice, citrus peel and peach. The palate shows creamy dried pear, mineral, brown spice, almond and citrus notes, quite subtle and with a clean, long finish without harsh skin tannins. This is a fascinating wine that will accompany shellfish, ceviche of many kinds, sushi, goat cheeses and much more.  12.9% alcohol.  Lovely wine!  David Lillie       Extra facts: Thomas says that Cugnète is an ancient type of Jacquère.  Aging was in big used barrels from 2005 and 2006. My guess is the maceration was more of a soaking, with little or no punch down or extraction, as the wine appears more like a white than an 'orange,' and only has a delicate and subtle amount of tannin in the back of the palate.   -Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Fond Cypres 2019 VdF Premier Jus Rouge

A fresh and juicy red from Laetitia Ourliac & Rodolphe Gianesini, the team at Fond Cyprés in the Languedoc, France. The name 'Premier Jus' suggests an hommage to Beaujolais Nouveau, and though the wine does drink like a young Gamay, the technique here is a bit different. To arrive at a light bodied and bright wine, the couple soaked whole cluster bunches of Carignan in a vat of fermenting Grenache juice. The result is a wine with great acidity and light body, that is distinctly southern, with a spiciness familiar of Languedoc wines.  -EL

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $26.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $114.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

Gourgonnier 2019 Les Baux de Provence Rosé

This is a consistently lovely Provençal rosé from a wonderful estate near Les Baux, certified organic for more than 30 years. (www.gourgonnier.com) Lovely aromas of berry fruits, peach and citrus. Refreshing, light-bodied palate with raspberry, citrus and mineral flavors finishing with crisp acidity. Showing well already, this should improve throughout the summer and will accompany a salade nicoise, chicken, lighter grilled meats.  

  • rosé
  • 36 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Hors Champs (Cyril Fhal) 2018 VdF Côtes Catalanes Une Vie La Nuit (Syrah)

Our friend Cyril Fhal has teamed up with some friends to make this beautiful Syrah from the Roussillon.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $62.99

Jonc Blanc 2017 Vin de France Racine

The Jonc Blanc "Racine" is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on a unique outcropping of limestone of Castillon with thin clay topsoils at Le Jonc Blanc. The vineyard is certified Biodynamic, cereal grains are grown between the vines, fermentations are with wild yeasts with no addition of SO2. The wine macerates for about 30 days with only manual pigeage, there is no pumping, the wine then ages on its fine lees for 18 months in burgundy barrels and is bottled, unfined, unfiltered and without additives. Tasted in February 2020, the wine showed a dark black/purple color with deep cassis and blackberry aromas. The palate is framed in earth and mineral flavors with blackberry, cassis and black cherry fruit, with licorice and bitter chocolate, elegant and very long. This is a beautifully vibrant natural wine - please decant if drinking now, best 2023 - 2033? David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Fleur

Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris from Franck and Isabelle Pascal in Bergerac, Biodynamic farming on limestone 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Fruit

The 2018 Jonc Blanc "Fruit" is a bland of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on limestone/clay soils. There is a cool pre-fermentation maceration, then fermentation with wild yeasts for 30 days, followed by 18 months in cuve and foudre, with a small addition of SO2 only before bottling. The wine shows lovely aromas of black raspberry, cassis and plum with earth and violet, the palate is full and supple with bright acidity and mineral flavors under the vibrant fruit. This is simply delicious and a great value - serve cool and enjoy over the next three years with charcuterie, burgers, grilled chicken and pork.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2019 Vin de France Bulle Rosé

Isabelle and Franck Pascal make outstanding and expressive natural wines from their biodynamically farmed vineyards in Bergerac, and this lively sparkling rosé is a great example of their precise, low-intervention winemaking.  This delicate pét-nat is made with mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and a smaller portion of  Sémillon (30%), and shows a lovely pink-orange color in the glass. The mousse is very delicate, and on the nose, raspberry, peach, tea, and crushed strawberries are evident, while citrus, melon, and strawberry come to the fore on the slightly off-dry palate. The delicate bubbles make this an outstanding candidate for before-dinner drinking, or a fun pairing with appetizers or Asian cuisines.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc

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

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

Eric Laguerre's EOS Blanc is terrific in 2019! From high-altitude vineyards in the Roussillon, 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 and a great price!

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rosé

We've always loved Eric's rather full-bodied rosé, made from Grenache, Carignan and Syrah, but this year he decided to make a lighter, fresher wine from Grenache Gris and Carignan and it's really delicious! it shows a pretty, pale pink color with subtle aromas of rose and raspberry. The palate is fresh, light and round with lovely red and yellow fruit flavors, quite crisp and long. This is a complex, refreshing and delicious rosé and a sensational value!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 16 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

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

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Le Passage

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

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

Eric Laguerre's "Eos Rouge" is an elegant blend of 90% Grenache from 40-year-old gobelet-trained vines, with 10% 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 2019 is strikingly pure-fruited, with vibrant strawberry and red cherry aromas underpinned by earthy spice, red-currant, and bitter chocolate notes.  Strawberry and cherry continue on the palate with peppery tannins and mineral acidity from the high mountain climat. (Eric says that after 2 years in bottle, you might think it's Pinot Noir). This is a balanced wine that should pair wonderfully with grilled sausages, lentils, or goat cheeses. Open an hour before serving if drinking now, or hold for 3 to 5 years.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Cortis 2016 VdF Gastine Rouge

Isabel Coiffier and Jeremy Decoster started making wines in the Savoie after working with the likes of Alice & Olivier De Moor and Lilian Duplessis in Chablis. Gastine is a blend of Gamay and Chardonnay from their Savoie vineyards. On the nose, it shows a medley of both dark plum and peach, a depth of purple flowers, and a refreshing aroma of mineral stoniness. There is, however, an underlying warmth to the nose - a richness to contrast the brighter notes. Rather beautiful. On the palate, these richer characteristics are more outstanding, with coffee, toffee, roasted shrubby herbs, and dark forest fruits and berries. The wine has good acidity through a soft mouthfeel, a touch of mineral zip and just an just an ounce of tannin, mostly felt above the teeth. I found this wine to be full of great flavors and engaging in structure. David Hatzopuolos

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $25.99

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
  • 12 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Les Fouques 2019 Côtes de Provence La Londe Cuvee L'Estelle

 Domaine les Fouques has been certified Biodynamic (Demeter) for over 20 years, and also raises sheep, ducks, chickens and guinea-hens on their old-fashioned mixed-use farm. The "Cuvee L'Estelle" is their best rosé, from old vines of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle grown on the unique terroir of  "Côtes de Provence - La Londe." Unlike the majority of Provençal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more complex expression of fruit and terroir. The 2019 is a subtle and beautiful wine with a bit more Rolle (Vermentino) than usual in the blend, showing a very pale pink color and aromas of peach skin, orange peel, rose, earth and raspberry. The palate is elegant and silky with stone and saline mineral flavors beneath peach, wild strawberry, brown spice and citrus peel. The finish is refeshing and long with nice density. This is a lovely rosé of terroir that will drink beautifully over the next three years. Serve with grilled fish, pork and chicken, salade Niçoise, or just sip by itself.  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 27 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2018 Côtes de Provence Aubigue Blanc

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

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2019 Côtes de Provence Cuvée l'Aubigue Rosé

"L'Aubigue" is a generously round and fruit-driven rosé made from Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Vermentino grown on soils of clay and schist near Hyères in Provence. Yves Gros and his family have been practicing Biodynamic agriculture at the domaine since 1991, and this meticulous care for their soils shows in the exquisite mineral depth of this cuvée. The 2019 is a beautiful pale salmon color and offers complex aromas of peach skins, raspberry, wild flowers, brown spice, and grapefruit pith. The palate is supple with a dense mineral core. Flavors of peach, strawberry, and nectarine coalesce over cool herbal notes akin to licorice. The finish is long, suave and awash with citrus and stone, hinting at a nascent complexity that should reveal itself after a few years of cellaring. Another fantastic "Aubigue" Rosé that we will happily sip alongside salads, mild cheeses, and ceviche this summer!

  • rosé
  • 33 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

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

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mas Coutelou 2018 Vin de France Le Blanc

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

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mas des Chimères 2018 Terrasses du Larzac Caminarem

"Caminarèm," from winemaker Guilhem Dardé, is a blend of equal parts Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Carignan from the Terrasses du Larzac AOC. The vines range in age from 20 to 100 years old and are planted in basalt soils. The grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed, fermented with native yeasts, then assembled and matured in various sized barrels for a year before bottling. The wine's color is a dark red. On the nose there are blackberries and plums, an accent of roasted meat and cedar. The palate has similar dark fruits, along with a touch of peppery spice. There is good acidity, paired with a healthy dash of tannin and a plush, soft core.  The wine has a long, herbaceous finish. 

  • red
  • 35 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $44.99

Navarre 2017 Saint-Chinian Cuvée Olivier

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

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2018 Saint-Chinian Le Laouzil

Thierry Navarre's touchstone "Laouzil" is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from old vines planted on brown schist ("Laouzil" in the local dialect) soils in the rugged mountains of Roquebrun (Saint-Chinian). The grapes are de-stemmed and aged in neutral barrel before bottling with minimal sulfur. The 2018 has a beautiful robe of bright red/black. The nose shows decadent aromas of red currant, blackberry and black cherry, sage, and deeper notes of espresso. The palate is creamy, but not heavy with fine powdery tannins. Perhaps a bit brighter than the 2017, wonderfully balanced and accessible for drinking now. Flavors of black fruits, peppercorn, and savory herbs cling to a core of dense minerals on the long, persistent finish. Delicious now it will also benefit from 3 - 5 years in the cellar.

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Vin de France Ribeyrenc

An almost extinct grape grown in the Languedoc, in southern France, Ribeyrenc has been preserved mostly due to the work of Thierry Navarre and his father before him, planted on slopes of schist, exposure south-east.  It’s thin-skinned and yields a fresh and vibrant red wine that could easily pass for a dark rosé. The aromas are complex with red fruits, spice, herbs, tobacco, rose petal and tea-leaf. Low-alcohol and  light-bodied and a bit delicate with plum, red currant, spice and smoke on the palate, with a long finish - fresh, floral, and unlike anything else, really a lovely wine ! EL

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Vin de France Rosé Ribeyrenc

Thierry Navarre's new Ribeyrenc Rosé is simply sensational, unique and refreshing! Tasted at La Dive Bouteille last winter, we loved the subtle raspberry and peach fruit of this light and distinctive rosé. At 10.5% alcohol it's a perfect hot weather thirst-quencher! (Ribeyrenc appears to be an ancient grape originating in the Languedoc, possibly related to Cinsault, last grown in the 18th and 19th centuries, and now revived by Thierry and a few other growers). NB: This is the only 2019 Rosé that we have from Thierry Navarre, and the label is somewhat confusing! Despite the fact that it says "Vin d'OEillades" on the front, this is in fact the Rosé of Ribeyrenc. The production of this micro-cuvee was so small that the decision was made to reuse the same purple label.

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Vin 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 2019 has pretty high-toned red-currant, boysenberry, black plum, violet,  spiced citrus and smokey aromas, quite fresh and appealing. The palate has  red currant, blackberry and plum fruit, it's light to medium-bodied, but with lovely ripeness and depth with refreshing acidity and good sappy length. Good intensity of fruit but low alcohol, 12%, which makes it very food-friendly. Serve cool with charcuterie, burgers, grillled chicken and pork and mild cheeses. Highly recommended and a great value!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre NV Vin de France Vin de Grenache Demi-Sec - arr

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

  • rosé off-dry
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pajot, Domaine de 2019 VDP des Côtes de Gascogne Les Quatre Cépages

This is a beloved staple at Chambers Street! Domaine de Pajot is located in Southwest France overlooking the capital of Armagnac, a region more well known for their brandy than table wines. The entire estate is certified organic, grown over rolling hills of mostly sand and fine silt soils, vines interspersed with hazelnut trees. 'Les Quatre Cépages' is a blend of 35% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Colombard, 20% Ugni-Blanc, 10% Gros-Manseng . Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this wine is dry, crisp, and well balanced. Pajot is our go-to pick for delicious wine that you can be both happy to cook with and have a glass on the side. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $9.99

  • Organic

Puech Redon (Eric Texier/Cyril Cuche) 2019 VdF Pour de Vrai Vin Petillant Artisanal et Nat

A collaboration between our good friend Eric Texier, and a biodynamic farmer named Cyril Cuche. Cyril’s family owns a massive chunk of land, which he has been working organically and biodynamically for over a decade. The estate has always practiced polyculture with wild forest, grains, vines, and more, all contributing to the biodiversity. Without any winemaking experience, Cyril turned to Eric Texier to help produce a wine with wild yeast fermentation and no added SO2. This is a frothy and refreshing rosé Pet-Nat that is unfiltered and quite delicate on the palate. A great choice for a thirst quenching afternoon bottle and a must try for fans of ancestral style Pet Nats.  -Eben

  • rosé sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ratapoil (Raphael Monnier) NV Jura Macvin

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

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2018 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale

This charming, low-alcohol sparkler hails from the tiny appellation of Bugey (across from the Mont du Chat in Savoie). At 8% ABV this delicately sweet and exquisitely balanced pét-nat is the breakfast of champions, a companion while you prepare a feast, or the perfect solution to tricky dessert parings. The 2018 is a blend of Gamay and Poulsard. The wine pours a pleasing shade of magenta in the glass and offers up vivid aromas of purple wild flowers, raspberry patch, and mouth-watering grapefruit zest. The palate is light and fresh with flavors of sweet strawberries, raspberries, and crunchy blueberries on the attack then finishes with thirst-quenching mineral acidity. A purely enjoyable bottle at a great value. Serve chilled alongside fruit tarts, dark chocolate, or with tangy cheeses. Amanda Bowman

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

Rimbert 2018 Saint-Chinian Les Travers de Marceau

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

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $19.99

Terrebrune 2019 Bandol Rosé

A little late in the game from a “Rosé Season” standpoint, but I still have a couple of days to wear white pants or white bucs. This year's (2019) model has a pale salmon, sunset robe to the meniscus. Upon opening there is a touch of struck match and mineral smoke, which blows of shortly. The nose is delicately floral and redolent of watermelon agua fresca, wild strawberries, and tangerine peel. The palate is a bit less concentrated than the 2018, but is more lifted and vibrant with plenty of brio on the long, mouthwatering finish. And lest it suffer by comparison to the previous, there is a compelling mineral core here that expresses itself with gusto and will stand up to your tapenade, ratatouille, or on this evening a riff on Madame Peyraud’s thon à La Marseillaise. This certainly offers plenty of charm and refreshment, but there is enough structure and poise to warrant aging for 3-5 years. And who doesn't need a September rosé to wash down the end of the season’s eggplant, courgettes, tomatoes, and maybe a bit of that tapenade? John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 17 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2016 Jurançon Cuvée Speciale

The 2016 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée Spéciale  is 100%  Petit  Manseng grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard in Lasseube, certified organic since 1964.  He farms barely 1 ha of this magical grape on heavy clay soil with veins of lavasse, the local name for sandstone. Harvested usually in late-October, sometimes November by hand, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, settled 24-36 hours than vinified in epoxy tank until harvest. Serge is only using sulfur dioxide and not potassium metabisulfite, usually at press, racking and bottling. 2016 was a great vintage for Serge, with a perfect season leading to a peaceful harvest with beautiful grapes. A deep gold with light pink-orange hue, the wine shows the concentration reached by slowly overripe Petit Manseng berries. Decanting Serge Hondet's wines is always recommended, even the sweet version of Jurançon to really express their complex bouquet and their length. When open, it is a complex bouquet of orange marmelade, alphonso mango, elderflower, caraway seed. On the palate, despite its concentration ( 76 RS), there is no weight but just vibrating acidity: think membrillo paste or passion fruit puree. As always there is a nice herbal bitterness in the finish. This is a great dessert wine of course and will pair very well with a quince tarte tatin and salted butter caramel, a pineapple soufflé but also with savoury dishes like sticky honey-glazed duck with stir-fry Chinese cabbage, and of course blue cheese. 100% Petit Manseng. Pascaline Lepeltier

  • white medium-sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2016 Jurançon Cuvee Tradition

The 2016 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée tradition  is made of equal part Petit and Gros Manseng grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard in Lasseube, certified organic since 1964.  Both are grown quite close one from another on 2 ha of heavy clay soil with veins of lavasse, the local name for sandstone. Harvested usually in mid-October by hand, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, settled 24-36 hours than vinified in epoxy tank until harvest. Serge is only using sulfur dioxide and not potassium metabisulfite, usually at press, racking and bottling. 2016 was a great vintage for Serge, with perfect season leading to a peaceful harvest with beautiful grapes. In the glass, the light gold with green flex is typical for young Jurançon. As for all his wines, it is recommended to decant them, even the sweet : they need air to reveal their perfumes and their length. Once open, the nose is classical example of the Manseng, a combination of crunchy, exotic tropical fruits with some herbal notes, a hint of spice, and a remarkable intuition of fresh concentration. The palate has more orange variations and some earl grey tea notes. As  usual, it is hard to assess the sweetness - here 42g - thanks to the energetic acidity. Enjoy it in a large glass at 8C, and serve it of course with tropical fruit and citrus based deserts, but also with Moroccan spice chicken tajine and other dishes with sweet or sweet and sours seasoning be they veggies, fish or white meat. 50% Petit Manseng, 50% Gros Manseng. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white medium-sweet
  • 13 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2018 Jurançon Sec

The 2018 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Sec is made from 90% Gros Manseng and Lauzet grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard in Lasseube, certified organic since 1964. Serge is one of the few vignerons in the world cultivating the rare Lauzet, an indigenous grape of the area : there are less than 4 ha left in the world! In 2003, he replanted an abandoned vineyard where Lauzet used to produce a great wine, very much enjoyed by his grand-father. A low yielding, fragrant grape, he blends it with old vines Gros Manseng. Both are grown in vineyards quite close one from another on heavy clay soil with veins of lavasse, the local name for sandstone. Harvested usually in mid-October by hand, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, settled 24-36 hours than vinified in epoxy tank until July. Serge is only using sulfur dioxide and not potassium metabisulfite, usually at press, racking and bottling. The 2018 version of the Domaine Tinou's Jurançon Sec will please for sure wine lovers who enjoy bone dry Riesling from the Rheinhessen or the Wachau. Same tension, same weight, just a little variation on the aromatics : no lemongrass, lime zest or smoked salt but mountain sage, pink grapefruit and white pepper. The wine is a little shy, so don't hesitate to decant to express its nose and give the  palate all its length. On the palate, the vibrant tension of the Manseng is here : it is the spine of the structure, and lifts it up as you don't feel at all the 14%. More tropical notes are discreetly popping up here and there. The touch of quinine in the back makes the wine ever more salivating. For the price, it is a bargain! Jurançon Sec in general allows for a lot of pairings, and in this more savoury expression you can go with powerful shellfish, white poultry,  aged ewe milk cheeses. A turbot served with white beans, almonds and girolles would be very nice! 90% Gros Manseng, 10% Lauzet. Pascaline Lepeltier

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Traginer 2010 Banyuls Grand Cru 750ml

Grenache, Grenache Gris and Carignan, aged for six years or more in ancient barrels, bottled without fining or filtration. Jean-François Deu at Domaine du Traginer makes elegant, complex and beautifully balanced Banyuls at his organic and biodynamic estate. The 2010 Banyuls Grand Cru shows fabulous aromas of burnt orange, prune, lemon peel, rose, earth and aged cheese...for starters. Very deep and complex. The palate is ripe and a bit sweet, but refreshing and balanced by bright acidity with prune, red currant, rose and deep berry confit with citrus, brown spice and earth. Beautiful wine - great to sip by itself or serve with fruit desserts and chocolate. Highly recommended. DL

  • red sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2016 Banyuls Blanc 750 ml

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

  • white sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Traginer 2016 Collioure Cuvée Octobre

Cuvée Octobre is made from equal parts Black Grenache, Mourvèdre, Carignan, and Syrah from vines raised on steep slopes above the Mediterranean in the Collioure AOC. The organic vineyards are situated high above Banyuls-sur-Mer and are picked late which adds some warmth and depth to the cool minerality from the schist soils. The nose offers aromas of blackberry, thyme, and black-cherry. After being opened for a few days, the layers of aromatics deepened with notes of dried herbs, spice, and red fruit. The palate is round and supple with layers of blackberry, smoke, and hints of citrus, and rosemary on the lengthy finish. This is a food-friendly wine and would pair nicely with braised lamb or grilled steak.  Complex and highly enjoyable!

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

Traginer 2018 Banyuls Rimage 750ml

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

  • red sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2018 Collioure Blanc

An outstanding and unusual white made by Jean-François Deu at the organic/Biodynamic estate, Domaine du Traginer (Mule-driver) in Banyuls and Collioure. Made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Vermentino grown on low-yielding vines, on steep slopes above the Mediterranean. The 2018 is a superb and complex wine of the south that shows a bright pale gold color and aromas of almond, pear and peach, lime-flower and preserved lemon. The palate is ripe and dense with citrus, almond, peach and stone flavors backed by firm acidity, finishing with mineral flavors citrus and white fruits. Serve this unique wine with a ceviche of scallops or fluke, fish soup or fish in sauce, white meats and goat cheeses. Lovely wine!  David Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2018 Collioure Rouge Vieille Foudre

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

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur