Misc. France

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $45.99

Bastide Blanche 2016 Bandol Cuvee Estagnol

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

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Bastide Blanche 2020 Bandol Rosé

 A reserved Bandol rosè, primarily Mourvedre with Cinsault, Grenache, Clairette and Ugni Blanc. The Mourvedre is pressed and run off directly, the Cinsault and Grenache undergo 24 hours of skin contact. Certified organic grapes from the Bronzo family vineyard in Le Castellet.  The 2020 has a coppery, salmon-colored robe. The nose, initially backward, offers an array of stone fruit and savoy herb notes, with garrigue and ripe peach aromas vying for attention with aeration. The palate offers peach skin, orange oil, and earthy flavors leading to a long, persistent, sapid finish. This  is newly arrived and will benefit from a decant or some time open - drink now and over the next three to five years.

  • rosé
  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Cellier de la BaraterieParoxysme 2018 Vin de Savoie Paroxysme

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

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $21.99

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

Clos Des Boutes 2020 IGP Gard Les Fagnes (Carignan Blanc)

A biodynamic wine from the Costiere de Nimes appelation. A nose with notes of candied white fruits, Mirabelle plum, and a hint of flowers... Palate: beautiful body and volume, and a long finish with fine bitter notes. A lovely success for this Carignan Blanc! Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

Combel La Serre 2020 Vin de France L'épatant Antidote Rosé

100% Malbec (known in Cahors as Auxerrois). The vines are 40 years old, grown on clay and limestone soils at an elevation of 320m. Fermentation and aging take place in small tanks."The Splendid Antidote to the Heat of the Causse" is the amusing and appropriate name of this refreshing rosé. (The Causse is the high limestone plateau around Cahors, which gets brutally hot in the summer.)  The wine shows a pretty pink/orange color and aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry and cassis with citrus and spice. There are creamy cassis, raspberry and citrus flavors on the palate which shows lovely ripeness and density, with hints of orange peel, earth, smoke and brown spice that continue in the long finish. This is quite delicious and a great value - as are all the wines from Jean-Pierre and Julien Ilbert at Combel-la-Serre. DL

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Da Ros, Elian 2016 Côtes du Marmandais Chante Coucou

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Ardoisieres 2020 Vin des Allobroges Silice Blanc

This is 100% Jacquere from 3 sites in the village of Apremont. Vine age is between 60 and 70 years. Wine is fermented with native yeasts, 1/3 in 2-3 year old barriques, and 2/3 in tank, with zero sulfur during vinification. Aged for 8 months before a light filtration and bottling. No sulfur at bottling. The 2020 Silice Blanc from Domaine des Ardoisières is a light, vibrant lemon color in the glass. On the nose, the wine shows lovely citrus and crisp apricot, along with soft grassy aromas and a dash of minerally smoke. The palate has a plumpness of fruit that is incredibly enticing, offering flavors of yellow cherries and plums, followed by a bounce of refreshing lemon zest that persists into the wine’s finish. A touch of tannin and great Alpine acidity give the wine engaging structure. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Ardoisieres 2020 Vin des Allobroges Silice Rouge

100% whole cluster Mondeuse from the village of Laissaud, near St. Pierre de Soucy. Fermented with native yeasts, 1/3 in 2-3 year old barriques, and 2/3 in tank. Wine is aged 8 months before bottling with minimal sulfur. Domaine des Ardoisières’ 2020 Silice Rouge has a dark red shade, with hints of lighter purple. The nose is woodsy but incredibly clean, filled with aromas of lean wild plums and cherries, with a hint of airy baking spice. On the palate, the wine has a lovely zip, with red currants and beach plums. After the flavors of fresh fruit, a long singular note of tender kirsch adds depth to the wine during a fantastic finish. A moderate structure of leveled tannin and good acid complete this knockout wine. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Mathouans 2019 Vin de France Mine de Rien

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

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

Domaine Lupin 2015 Frangy Cuvee du Pepe

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

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Lupin 2019 Frangy

From organically tended vines of Altesse on the outskirts of Frangy in Savoie, tended by the one-and-only Bruno Lupin. Vines are 25 years of age and planted to clay and limestone soils. Fermented in steel, with 20% going through malo . Like the 2018, the nose of this Altesse is floral and fresh, with lovely aromas of soft almonds, tangy yellow cherries and zesty limestone. Clean orchard fruit, like crisp pear and apple, add weight to flavors of salt and white tea. The most beautiful thing about Bruno Lupin’s Frangy is the way it develops after an hour or so open, as the flavors become more plush, with lovely stone fruit, like nectarines and apricots, wrapped around the crunchy mix of fantastic acidity and minerality. Although there is density to the wine, it has a remarkable weightlessness on the tongue. Drink this today, but it’ll hold up well in the cellar. One of the most elegant expressions of Altesse that exists. Alright, Bruno!! David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Maestracci 2019 Corse Calvi Clos Reginu

Domaine Maestracci makes some of the best value wines in Corsica, a region where increased exposure and tariffs has driven up prices tremendously in recent years. They are located in Calvi, with vines planted in on the foothills of a mountain range that rises 1500 meters above the Mediterranean. The estate is Demeter-certified biodynamic and makes vibrant earthy wines . Clos Reginu is made from their youngest vines and is a lively joyous wine. It's an assemblage of Grenache, Niellucio, Sciaccarellu, Syrah and Mourvedre and marked by red fruit both juicy and dried, a touch of iron and leather and a bright energetic finish. This is terrific for the price and should be bought in quantity. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine Mayoussier 2019 Auberives-en-Royans VDF Culotte de Mayoussier

"This is a dry white wine from a blend of Sauvignon and Roussanne. As much as Roussanne is common in the north Rhone and in Savoie (there under the name of Bergeron), cultivating Sauvignon Blanc is unheard of, hence the name of the wine – le culotté, which means “cheeky”. Antoine told us the many struggles he faced with the administration to be able to grow and produce wine from this variety in this area. Harvested by hand, the wine is unfined and unfiltered, vinified and aged on lees in stainless steel tanks for six months." - Roland Benedetti, owner of Living Wine

The color is a glimmering yellow with flashes of green. The nose is fragrant, with ripe pear and yellow apple supporting softer, loose smells of moss, mountain air, and green tea. The palate is rather spicy, with a zip of green pepper, salt, and milled white pepper, before gaining weight on the finish and showing flavors of roasted orchard fruits. The wine has engaging, crunchy minerality and great acidity.  David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic

Domaine Pierre Richard 2019 Cotes du Jura Poulsard

From the organically farmed (in conversion with Ecocert) vineyards of Domaine Pierre Richard in the Cotes du Jura, this wine is made from 100% estate grown Poulsard. Vine age ranges from 15 to 30 years, planted to clay/limestone soils. Located at 300 meters above sea level with Southwest exposure. Fruit is picked at the end of August and the beginning of September before heading to the cellar. Fermentation is done with ambient yeasts. A month and a half of maceration in stainless steel tanks. Aged 5 months in stainless before being bottled with zero added sulfur. This wine has such a gorgeous color in the glass, showing a clear hue of vibrant mahogany. The nose of this Poulsard is more fragrant and layered than the Trousseau, with a depth of salinity combined with the plush red fruits and healthy, dark roses. On the palate, the wine delivers plummy stone fruit, black cherry, and crushed dark stones. A fine weight on the palate, with medium tannin and medium acidity. A great wine, with supple texture and deep flavors lifted by lean minerality. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Domaine Pierre Richard 2019 Cotes du Jura Trousseau

From 30 year old Trousseau vines planted to soils of clay-limestone with red and gray marl by Domaine Pierre Richard (in conversion with Ecocert). Fruit is hand harvested at the end of Auguest and the beginning of September, from estate vineyards 270 meters above sea level with Southwest exposure. Fermentation is done with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks and maceration on the skins lasts a month. The wine is aged for 5 months in stainless before bottling with zero added sulfur. In the glass it is a wonderfully clear ruby with shades of purple. Those nose is especially savory, with a medley of red berries, fresh red flowers, and a hint of smoky ash. The palate is driven by a clean vein of dark minerality at the core of soft black cherry fruit. Structurally, acid is appropriately high, tannin is light, and drinkability is off the charts. I would definitely not describe this as ‘glou-glou,’ as it is too elegant and warm in flavor, but I would describe it as dangerously easy to consume very, very quickly. Drink up! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Dupasquier 2010 Roussette de Savoie Marestel 1.5 L

2010 is in the zone. Expressively aromatic with wildflower, papaya, toasted hazelnuts, and hints of bergamot. The palate is rich and giving with heady flavors of smoked pineapple, herbs, honeycomb, and citrus. Firm minerality carries the fleshy tropical fruit flavors through an extraordinarily long finish. Powerful and finessed, this bottle deserves a place on your dinner table alongside shellfish, grilled fish with creamy  herb sauce, or a traditional raclette. (Tasted from 750ml) Amanda Bowman 

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $32.99

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $23.99

Fabrice Dodane (Saint Pierre) 2018 Côtes du Jura Dos D'Chat Chardonnay

A 'very Jura' Chardonnay, from Fabrice Dodane, the winemaker at Domaine de Saint Pierre, located outside of Arbois. This is fruit from a friend who works organically. Fermentation is with indigenous yeast, as always, and aging is in large used barrels. Aromas of orchard fruit and a slight oxidative hint.  -EL

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Faillenc Sainte Marie 2019 Corbières

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

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2020 Vin de France Tracteur Rosé (Isère)

In 2007, the energetic and talented Thomas Finot discovered the terroirs of the Coteaux Grésivaudan - a valley with steep mountainsides extending northeast from Grenoble, just north of Savoie, Here he is rescuing local grape varieties such as Verdesse, Persan and Etraire de la Dhuy and also making delicious and affordable vin de soif from other grapes - in this case the Tracteur Rosé. Made from 100% Gamay, with 24 hour skin-contact before pressing. In the bottle, the wine looks to be darker than it appears when poured into a glass. In a glass, it is a faint salmon color. The nose has a rich aroma of pink cherries and light strawberries. The palate has a distinct saltiness that adds an edge to a foundation of red berries. David Hatzopoulos

  • rosé
  • 14 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2020 Vin de Pays Isere Perlant (Jacquere/Chardonnay)

The Perlant is not a Pet Nat! it is a blend of Jacquère and Chardonnay (50/50), in the style of a Vinho Verde with low alcohol (9,5%) and slightly sparkling... The color here is a clear, clear yellow, with flashes of silver. The nose is lovely, with airy, grassy aromas, along with sliced yellow apples and savory green herbs. After some time open, the bouquet becomes more floral, with apricot and yellow cherry. On the tongue, it is full of minerality, with light flavors of crisp stone fruit and a long, zingy saline-laced finished. An awesome wine for one of these sweltering days - and would enhance any meal of grilled veggies or seafood. Drink today! David Hatzopoulos

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2018 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isere) Persan

Thomas Finot produces this wine from Persan, a rare grape variety indigenous to the Isère, from a blend of massale selection old and young vines. The color here is dark, with a black/red core and light red edges. The nose has a vibrant mix of fruit and spices, including cumin, leafy green herbs, black pepper and deep, savory dark cherry. The palate is just as complex, with plum and orange peel, along with refreshing notes of mint and graphite. The minerally finish turns into something lingering and smoky. The wine is rather tannic, with great acidity. If you are fan of the Rhone, you must try Finot's Persan! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • 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
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2019 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 color is a glimmering yellow, with dashes of green. The nose is warm, with a little smoke, grilled yellow apricot, and crumbled Provencal herbs. The palate here is beyond lovely - one where the flavors and the structure of the wine cannot be separated. When the wine hits the tongue, there is a literal second where it is light and simple, but it immediately grows. A rich and tender palate with lemons, orange zest, apricot, and minerals. Long finish, ends with herbs and green tea. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2019 Coteaux Grésivaudan Étraire la Dhuy

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 2019 Finot Étraire de la Dhuy is from a parcel of 70 year-old massale selection vines, only 60 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."

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Pure M Malbec

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

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Racine (arrives 9/28)

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

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc

 Eric Laguerre's "Le Ciste," (named after a flowering bush in and around his vineyards) is certainly one of the most distinctive whites of the Roussillon. Grown in Eric's high-elevation terroir on acidic soils of decomposed granite, the wine is made from Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle (Vermentino), Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu. Yields are about 20 Hl/Ha, harvesting is by hand in small baskets, fermentation (wild yeasts) and aging is in small barrels. Complex aromas of lemon oil, thyme, hay and white fruits—a lovely melange with contributions from each variety and especially showing the Marsanne and Roussanne. The palate is dense, stony and saline with herbal, citrus, almond and white fruit flavors. The finish is long with mineral acids and white fruits that linger on the palate. Complex and distinctive as a young wine, this will accompany grilled fish as well as fish and chicken in sauce and goat cheeses, and should develop nicely with a few years of cellaring. Really a Grand Cru of the Roussillon and a great value! David Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2020 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

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

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2014 IGP Côtes Catalanes Oxy (5 years sous voile)

Eric has once again made a small quantity of "Oxy" - his extraordinary Grenache Blanc that spends five years sous-voile. The current vintage is 2014 - for any lover of Vin Jaune, or anyone making chicken with vin jaune and morels, this is a must buy! The wine shows lovely herbal, stone, citrus peel and strong oxidative aromas. The oxidation is less apparent on the palate which is extremely elegant and of course shows an intense minerality, with flavors of lemon zest, stone and dried pear, finishing with terrific length. Only 36 bottles are available - don't delay!

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • No 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 Grenache, Syrah, 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.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Le Passage

Eric Laguerre's "Le Passage" is from his highest parcel, at about 2,000 feet, on soils of decomposed granite. Organic farming, natural vinification, aged in used barrels. 80% Carignan with Syrah and Grenache. The 2019 is a lovely dark red/black color with deep aromas of blackberry, earth, dark chocolate brightened with violet and pepper. Dense, velvety black fruits on the palate - blackberry, prune and cocoa lifted by bright citrusy acids and finishing with a mineral kick. This is a beautiful expression of Eric's mountainside vineyards and a sensational value - showing the quality of his low-yielding Carignan. Drink now, served cool, with grilled meats, stews, and full-flavored cheeses, or hold a few years for a mature experience. David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2020 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

 Eric Laguerre's "Eos Rouge" is an elegant blend of 80% Grenache from 40-year-old gobelet-trained vines, with some Carignan and Syrah from soils of decomposed granite, gneiss, and some veins of quartz. Like "Le Passage," the grapes are fermented in fiber tanks with native yeasts for about two weeks, then aged in concrete. The beautiful 2020 shows bright aromas of cherry, strawberry and black raspberry with hints of blueberry and musk from the Syrah, quite pretty and pure. The palate shows a potpourri of ripe red and black fruits, with earth, cocoa and spice in a refreshing frame of cool acidity and mineral flavors.  The high altitude and the primarily granite soils give Eric's wines a bright and vibrant character that makes them great pairings with a wide variety of foods - we loved it with a grilled burger from grass-fed beef, but grilled pork and chicken would be great as well.  This is one of the best values in the store - thanks to Eric and Corinne Laguerre for their great organic farming and delicious, affordable wines! David Lillie

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lapuyade 2015 Jurançon Cuvée Marie-Louise

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

  • white sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2017 Jurançon Petit Manseng

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

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

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Cortis 2019 VdF Merune

Produced by Jeremy and Isabelle Decoster, who started Les Cortis in 2016 in Bugey at the foot of the Jura mountains. Consisting of 95% Chardonnay, balanced out with Roussette (Altesse), from organically/biodynamically farmed vines 500 meters above sea level. Soil is limestone and marl above granitic bedrock. The nose on this wine is salty and herbal. Green tea and sea breeze followed by lovely chopped raw almonds on the nose. Fruit is yellow cherry and clementine zest. After half an hour open, smells of sliced ginger and white pepper appear. On the palate, there is minerally smoke and salinity. Fruit is a mix of bitter citrus and white stone fruit. Structure-wise, the wine has a nice texture, substantial enough in the middle with an edge of medium acidity.  I love this wine - delicious and interesting. Drink up! David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Cortis 2019 VdF Naxide

Produced by Jeremy and Isabelle Decoster in the Alpine region of Bugey. From hand-picked, organically farmed Chardonnay and Roussette (Altesse), planted at 500 meters above sea level. From soils of limestone and marl, above a granitic subsoil. Clear, with a very faint yellow hue. The nose has lemons, cucumber, and snap peas. A great floral aroma grows after the wine isopen for an hour. The palate has salt, cured lemons, and crushed, zingy limestone.  Green papaya and clementine, and a long, semi-bitter finish. The palate is medium bodied, balanced by wonderful acidity, and a light hint of tannin. A great, great wine! David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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

 Domaine les Fouques has been certified Biodynamic (Demeter) for 30 years, and also raises sheep, ducks, chickens and guinea-hens on their old-fashioned mixed-use farm. The La Londe "Cuvee L'Estelle" is their best rosé from old vines of Cinsault 51% Grenache 21% Syrah 9% Rolle 15% Ugni blanc 4%. Unlike the majority of Provençal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more subtle expression of fruit and terroir. The 2020 is a subtle and beautiful wine showing a very pale salmon  pink color and aromas of peach skin, orange peel, rose, earth and raspberry. The palate is elegant and silky with stone and saline mineral flavors beneath very subtle red and yellow fruits, wild strawberry, hints of spice and citrus peel. The high percentage of white grapes brings delicacy and freshness. The finish is refreshing and long with nice density. This is a lovely rosé of terroir that will drink beautifully over the next three years. Serve with grilled fish, pork and chicken, salade Niçoise, or just sip by itself.  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 17 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2020 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2020 Côtes de Provence Cuvée l'Aubigue Rosé

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

  • rosé
  • 33 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Granges Paquenesses NV Côtes du Jura Cremant Extra Brut

100% Chardonnay on clay and limestone in Pupillin, vinified for 6 months in large foudres. This is a joyful bottle with a fine mousse bursting with aromas of dry hay, iris, toasted hazelnut, Comté, and baked orchard fruit. The palate has an elegant frame of mineral acidity. Flavors are gently oxidative with floral undertones, ginger, and cherry pit. A delicious bottle to serve with raclette, Peking duck, or on its own! Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 33 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $17.99

Marie & Florien Curtet 2018 Savoie Tonnerre des Gres

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

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mas Daumas Gassac 2016 VdP Haute Vallée du Gassac Rouge

A blend of organically farmed 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Pinot Noir, 2% Malbec, 2% Nebbiolo, 2% Dolcetto planted in red glacial deposits. Vinified in tank, aged in oak barrel for 13-16 months.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Mas des Chimères 2020 VdP Coteaux du Salagou Oeillade

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

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $17.99

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

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

Navarre 2019 Saint-Chinian Cuvée Olivier

2019 is a great vintage for Thierry Navarre's Cuvée Olivier, from his oldest vines of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan grown in his mountainside vineyards in Saint-Chinian. Deep and very complex aromas of black raspberry and blueberry with hints of roast meats, espresso, violets, chocolate and citrus. Lovely palate of ripe red and black fruits, earth and citrus lifted by firm acidity. This is a beautiful Languedoc red — rich, ripe and complex and surprisingly "fresh" with good acidity and fabulous length. Organic farming, minimal sulfur. Highly recommended.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2020 Vin de France Lignieres Blanc

  From a vineyard co-planted with old varieties - Ribeyrenc Blanc, Grenache Gris and Clairette du Languedoc - Thierry Navarre made the 2020 "Lignières." It's a delighful wine with slightly spicy and floral aromas of white peach, almond, pear and honeysuckle,  dry and dense  on the palate though a little riper than usual, with mineral, herbal and dried stone fruit flavors with firm acidity - really lovely, a great aperitif or serve with fish or chicken in sauce, salads, sheep and goat cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Nicolas Gonin 2019 Isère - Balmes Dauphinoises Viognier

From Viognier planted in 2009, on slopes with southern exposure in the Isère. Soils are gravely with pebbles onto of a sandstone subsoil. Fermented and aged in tank to preserve the grape's true flavors. This Viognier shows a full but flashy gold in the glass. Like his Persan, the nose here is powerful in character. Great aromas of apricot, roasted almonds, white tea and fresh pine come first, followed by darker smells of earl grey and smoke. It is just as expressive in flavor, showing papaya, cured lemon, lime zest and salt. A long, minerally finish rides a beam of grand acidity, extending through a generous, supple mouthfeel. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pajot, Domaine de 2020 VDP des Côtes de Gascogne Les Quatre Cépages

A nice, very crisp white from Gascogne. Hand-harvested, certified organic, with subtle tropical and citrus notes.

  • white
  • 103 in stock
  • $9.99

  • Organic

Renardat-Fache 2019 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale

What a rosé! This charming, low-alcohol sparkler hails from the tiny appellation of Bugey (across from the Mont du Chat in Savoie). A touch of residual sugar gives this sparkling some weight, and makes it dangerously easy to pair with food. Last night I made spicy falafel, with extra cayenne, chopped garlic, and cilantro. The bubbles here cut through the fried, oily crunch of the chickpea fritters, and that touch of lovely residual tamed the heat. From organically grown, hand harvested Gamay (70%) and Poulsard (30%) . The nose is complex, with its own unique earthiness. The fruit character of a good tomato, just under-ripe, on the nose, along with classic rose scents like airy,  strawberry mousse, seaside grasses, lemon zest, and limestone. The palate has a fresh, crushed watermelon flavor, ripe red cherry, and a dark mineral core, which extends through the wine's excellent, long finish. The bubbles here start prickly but quickly soften on the tongue, and after a day open, it still has considerable sparkle. Residual sugar supports the layers of this wine, and add a density to the palate that balances the effervescence. Start today, but you'll be drinking this all year round. David Hatzopoulos

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2020 Vin de France Au Commencement

The sensational new Renardat-Fache 2020 "Au Commencement," is made in a very old-fashioned style with less residual sugar and with 100% Poulsard, which the Renardats are proud to have in their vineyards. The wine finished at 11.5% alcohol with 17 grams of residual sugar and is classifed as a Vin de France because the Cerdon AOC does not permit pure Poulsard wines. (The wine has no added SO2 and was not disgorged - being stilll on the lees, be sure to stand the bottle up for a while before opening.) Very little of this beautiful juice was made. Completely different profile not just because of the lack of sweetness clocking in at 11.5 %, but also because of the slight bitter orange note reminiscent of Aperol! Savoury, herbaceous, blood orange, some grippy tannins, bright zippy acidity and a long persistent finish. An excellent food wine, bring on the grill!

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Renardat-Fache NV Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale "Initiale"

The Bugey Cerdon "Initiale" is a new release from our friends Elie and Christelle at Renardat-Fache - made primarily with Gamay, Elie says it reminds him of what the estate was producing 20 years ago: fruity, "glou glou" Cerdon to knock back with abandon. Creamy, round and delicious with aromas of red and black fruits and spice, the wine is sappy and refreshingly sweet with ripe strawberry and raspberry compote in the finish. There is an appealing plumpness to this wine - it doesn't have the structure of the flagship wine but it makes up for it in juiciness. The effect is akin to eating a perfect ripe red plum, with crunchy tart skin and a touch of bitterness as one reaches the pit. Sam Ehrlich

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 21 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Romain Chamiot 2020 Vin de Savoie Apremont Jacquere

Working organically since 2017, Romain Chamiot is located under Mt. Granier in the Savoie region of Apremont. This wine comes from Jacquère planted to this land's famous limestone soils - the best place in the world to grow this grape. Incredibly sparky on the nose, with firm yellow cherry and orange zest, accompanied by spicy anise and white flowers. The palate has a lean flavor of apricot accented by salt and green herbs. Medium acidity with a zippy body leads way to a finish that is soft and relaxed. A wonderful wine, full of energy. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $32.99

Thibaud Capellaro 2020 VdF Le Temps d'une Bise

60% Marsanne / 40% Viognier, from the northern Rhone. Thibaud Capellaro is situated in Condrieu, and sources fruit for his 'Slope' project from vineyards close to home, and in the Ardeche. The label suggests some of what we get here, with white grapes mingling with a chunk of granite. Unmistakably a Northern Rhone white, with medium weight, and some viscosity in the mid-palate. The Viognier doesn't poke out here, so there is no herbaceous or spice driven side to the wine, but the Viognier does lend nice brightness and zip to keep the wine fresh on the palate. Really an impressive white for this young up and coming winemaker. -EL

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tour du Bon 2018 Bandol

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

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $31.99

Traginer 2018 Banyuls Rimage 500ml

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

  • red sweet
  • 14 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Villet, Gerard & Christine NV Vin Mousseaux de qualité Brut

A Cremant du Jura in everything but name, this Vin Mousseaux (a general term that refers to sparkling wines) is 100% Chardonnay. Vinified with indigenous yeast (like all of the Villet wines), this is perfectly refreshing, super 'digestif' and great for an apero or with food. Golden delicious apple notes on the palate, and an ideal level of richness balanced by crisp acidity. Would be great as a start to Thanksgiving feast, or with appetizers before the big meal!  -EL

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic