Misc. France

Beauthorey 2013 Languedoc Oree Blanc

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

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beauthorey 2013 Languedoc - Pic Saint-Loup Pleine Lune

This is 100% Syrah, from clippings that Christophe took from the Gonon family in St. Joseph. "Textbook" Syrah, with blackberry, roasted meat, and spice notes. Full and rich, with soft acids and plenty of earth. Definitely a wine for fans of full bodied and dark fruited reds, and a prime candidate for grilled meats and other Southern fare.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $16.99

Belluard 2013 Vin de Savoie Mont Blanc Brut

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

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

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bordelet NV Sparkling Apple Cider Sidre Tendre

The Bordelet pear and apple ciders are a big hit on Thanksgiving, low alcohol too, so the kids get a sip or two. Also arriving on Tuesday: Poire "Granit" and Poiré Authentique. An apple cider from one of Normandy’s best, Tendre combines classic orchard flavors of ripe apples (Kermerien, Douce Moene, Frequin Rouge, Damelot, Marie Menard and 25 more) and a savory/sweet undercurrent of barley and dark honey. Compared to Bordelet’s pear offerings I find this to be more “beer-esque” than “wine-esque” so bring on the brats, or in true Norman fashion blood sausage, tripe, or perhaps for a lighter meal: crêpes. As with all his ciders, the farm is certified biodynamic and fermentation finishes in the bottle for a complex texture filled with small vivacious bubbles. John Rankin

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $10.99

  • Biodynamic

Bottes Rouges 2015 Arbois Chardonnay Leon

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

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $174.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $15.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $16.99

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $18.99

Clos Ste Magdeleine 2015 Cassis Blanc

Clos Ste. Magdeleine is located on the slopes of the dramatic Cap Canaille just east of Cassis, where vineyards date back to the ancient Greeks, and the vines grow on stony limestone soils. The current estate was founded in the late 19th century and has been in the same family since 1920 - the estate is certified organic. The Cassis Blanc is made up of 40% Marsanne, 30% Ugni blanc, 25% Clairette and 5% Bourboulenc. The 2015 shows lovely aromas of dried pear, almond and stone with floral and herbal hints, with a bit of candied citrus and exotic fruit. The palate is round and supple and quite elegant with ripe pear, apricot and almond, citrus peel and marzipan. The finish is long and balanced with firm acidity and mineral flavors. (This would be a great option for Thanksgiving dinner, being elegant and dry but with enough weight and fruit to pair well with turkey and all the sides. A crowd pleasing choice...)

  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Combel La Serre 2016 Cahors Pur Fruit de Causse

A beautiful, pure expression of Malbec by Julien Libert at Combel-la-Serre, this comes from a limestone parcel with 35 year-old vines.  20% of the fruit is  whole cluster and the wine is aged in cement.The 2016 Pur Fruit du Causse is just that, beautiful supple pure fruit - the color is quite dark and coats the glass, showing deep aromas of blackberry liqueur, quite bright and fresh, with hints of stone and earth. The palate is lush with blackberry and black cherry liqueur, lifted by cool acidity, really delicious! The finish is bright and refreshing making this a great match for charcuterie and grilled meats, chicken and mild cheeses -  and lovely to slurp by itself, served quite cool! Bravo to Julien Libert for this juicy, fresh and delightful wine!

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $17.99

Deux Anes 2015 Corbières Premier Pas

"Premieres Pas' is a blend of organic Carignan and Grenache Noir planted in the maritime plain of the Corbières. The 20-35 year old vines are deeply rooted in red marl scattered with limestone. Magali Terrier  hand picks the Carignan once it reaches full maturity and the Grenache Noir just before full ripeness. The grapes are vinified whole cluster in stainless steel and reach 13% - the lightest wine Magali makes. The robe is dark ruby in the glass and heavily perfumed with umami spices and red fruit aromas. Complex flavors of smoke, a touch of funk and saddle leather mingle with plum, red currants, and anise. A marvelous wine to pair with spicy sausages, grilled meat, or aged goat cheese. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $13.99

Enfants Sauvages 2015 Cotes Catalanes Enfants Sauvages 1.5L

A blend  of 60% Carignan 30% Grenache and 10% Mourvedre. A truly versatile red, in magnum size!  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2016 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 Gamay, the wine shows a pretty light pink color and aromas of red currant, raspberry, watermelon and rose. The palate is light and lovely at only 11% alcohol with subtle mixed-berry fruits and hints of spice backed by mineral flavors and refreshing acidity. Serve well-chilled all year-round with salads, charcuterie and white meats.                                                        Quick facts: Destemmed, into cuve, kept cold for 24 hours, then to the press... Doing a maceration of about 24 hours gives the rosé more material, and color. It's the way Thomas likes his rosés!   - Eben Lillie                       

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2015 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isère) Pinot Noir

Thomas Finot, who is working with rare local varieties in Isère, also makes this vibrant Pinot Noir from organic grapes in the Coteaux du Grésivaudan northeast of Grenoble. The region is known for very warm days but very cool nights, producing reds that are ripe and sappy but possessing bright acidity and good balance. The 2015 Pinot Noir is a lovely wine showing aromas of ripe black cherry and strawberry with a bit of oak, violet and citrus. The palate is dense and supple with slightly roasty cherry and red currant fruit with brown spice, plum. pepper and citrus. The finish is ripe and long with lingering red fruits and firm acidity. Serve cool with coq au vin, steaks and grilled foods, stews and tagines, cellaring of three to five years should be interesting.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2015 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isère) Verdesse Sur-Mûrie 500ml

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. As of my conversation with Thomas Finot in June, the number is now between 3 and 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." From Thomas' experience, Verdesse typically rests with a small amount of sugar, and has a good deal of richness. The grapes were harvested in October and the wine rests at 8 grams residual sugar. Luckily Verdesse has acid for days, so the effect is more of delicate richness and ripe stone fruit, and the sugar is barely perceptible. A fascinating white and a great opportunity to taste a truly obscure and rare variety.   -Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Foulards Rouge 2016 Vin de France Les Glaneurs

"Glaneurs" is made from Jean-François Nicq's plot of 40 year old vines planted in the foothills of the eastern Pyrénées. 100% Grenache on granite, vinified in carbonic maceration for four weeks in three-year old oak barrels, then bottled at the end of spring with no added SO2. The 2016 has aromas that are almost hedonistic, with notes of dried figs, tart cherry, and sun-ripened dates. The palate is lush and mouth coating with flavors of blueberry, plum, fresh strawberries and framed by a nervy minerality. A serious wine with stunning depth that should be given some time to open up. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $31.99

Gonin 2014 Isère - Balmes Dauphinoises Mondeuse

Straight from the cellar - a lovely back vintage from one of our favorite alpine producers, Nicolas Gonin!  Located between the Rhône and the Savoie in the  department of Isère, this Mondeuse sings with aromas of bright black fruit, sour cherries, savory spices, and a touch of funk. Tangy flavors of tart red fruits give buoyancy to umami notes of clove and black pepper spice. At 10% this is a satisfying aperó that you can serve chilled alongside creamy cheeses, charcuterie, or on its own! Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

Hughes Beguet 2015 Arbois Orange Color Dress

From a series of cuvées that refer to Charles Mingus tunes (like a savagnin called "Oh Yeah!" and a Chard/Savagnin blend called "Straight No Chaser"), this is Patrice's "orange wine." All Savagnin, with 7 months maceration. There's a great nose, nice structure in the back palate, and a very long finish. It's not tannic, rather a really balanced and elegant white wine that looks cloudy and funky and is remarkably clean, with white stone fruit and a touch of viscosity. A real treat! ....  Eben Lillie...(We have some 2016 also available, but the bottles look identical and I guess we only have room for one vintage of skin contact Savagnin from the Jura at a time... so if you're interested to try both vintages, feel free to reach out and ask!)

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hughes Beguet 2016 Arbois Côte de Feule

Poulsard from the Côte de Feule vineyard in Pupillin. Several other growers we admire have some plots here, such as Granges Paquenesses, Domaine de la Borde, and we're quite certain Houillon and Overnoy as well (it's a pretty well known vineyard site in Pupillin). The hue of this red is still very light, but there's a deeper burgundy shade and a bit more material than the Ploussard bottling from Patrice. Fresh, vibrant, and beguiling.   Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hughes Beguet 2016 Arbois Ploussard

Cheerful, fresh, funky... VERY light, and quite clean and balanced for a no SO2 offering. We're very happy to have this and other wines from Patrice, as a welcome addition to our Jura section. Serve with a slight chill!  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2014 Vin de France Pure "T" Merlot

The Jonc Blanc 2014 PURE T is 100% Merlot grown on a small parcel of "marnes á astrea," a limestone conglomerate with seashells with thin clay topsoil. The wine is made with zero sulfur dioxide or other additives, fermented with wild yeasts and aged for two years in 1200 liter Taransaud foudres. Less than 300 cases are made of this beautiful wine that shows a dark black/red color and deep aromas of blackberry, cassis and bitter chocolate with roast meat and floral hints. There are lush black fruits on the palate, very silky and pure with good freshness, with firm acidity, berries and mineral flavors in the long finish. This is a gorgeous wine that will accompany anything off the grill, pork stew and coq au vin. Franck Pascal and Isabelle Carle are doing beautiful work at Le Jonc Blanc and their wines deserve your attention. DL

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2015 Bergerac Classik

Isabelle and Franck Pascal make this beautiful natural wine from Cabernet and Merlot grown on their Biodynamic estate near Felines, in Bergerac. The wine is aged sur-lie 12 months in barrel, and is bottled without filtration or added sulfur.The 2015 vintage has a dark robe. The nose displays the generosity of the vintage with aromas of ripe blackberries, black currants, and Italian plums with hints of cedar and graphite. The palate is rich, ripe, and deft with a good tension between the beautiful fruit and deep earth notes on a long, persistent, lifted finish. Fabulous with a grilled hanger steak, better still with magret of duck and strong cheeses. This is a tremendous value and should improve over 5-8 years. Delicious! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 70 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2015 Vin de France Sens du Fruit Blanc

 This is a lovely Biodynamic white made from Sauvignon, Semillon and Sauvignon Gris by Isabelle and Franck Pascal, whose great vineyard work and natural vinifications are producing outstanding wines on their clay/limestone terroir. The 2015 Sens du Fruit Blanc shows fabulous aromas of lime-flower, orange peel, ripe pear, melon and spice - really unique and lovely. Very complex ripe fruit on the palate - pear and apple with citrus and mineral flavors backed by firm acidity.  Serve with full-flavored seafood dishes, Asian foods, chicken and pork, patés and mild cheeses. This is a lovely natural wine and a great value!

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2015 Vin de France Sens du Fruit Rouge

We're proud to be working with Isabelle and Franck Pascal, who make beautiful natural wines on their small estate near Félines in Bergerac. The estate is situated on a unique rectangular hill of two different limestones with very thin clay soils - really a great terroir, enhanced by superb Biodynamic farming. The 2015 Sens du Fruit Rouge is an outstanding wine, produced with zero added sulfur, a blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec. The color is dark black/red; the aromas are elegant, high-toned ripe blackberry and red currant with bitter chocolate, prune, spice and violets. The palate is deep and cool with supple black fruits,  dark chocolate, earth, licorice and spice. The finish is long and pure with black fruits and firm acidity. Just delicious, but a bit tight - decant if possible or open a few hours in advance. Serve cool with charcuterie, grilled foods, stews, full-flavored cheeses. $13.99? Our thanks to Isabelle and Franck for their inspiring work. 

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $14.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $14.99

Laguerre 2015 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 vineyards 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 in 2015. 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! DL 

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rosé

Another delicious wine from the affable and talented Eric Laguerre, from organic Syrah, Carignan and Grenache vines grown on granite soils high in the mountains of the Roussillon. The 2016 EOS Rosé is a bit lighter and brighter than the 2015 with a lighter pink color and subtle aromas of raspberry, rose, peach and earth. The palate is refreshing and dry with hints of raspberry, strawberry,  watermelon, almond and stone.  Eric's great farming, his natural vinifications and the high-altitude granite terroir produce this lovely, inexpensive rosé. Highly recommended! DL

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 15% Mourvèdre, grown in Eric and Corinne Laguerre's organic,  high-altitude vineyards on granite soils in the Roussillon. 2015 is a great vintage for the Le Ciste Rouge, showing aromas of ripe blackberry, blueberry and black cherry, roast meat, dark chocolate and earth.The palate is dense and supple with ripe berry fruits, licorice and spice supported by firm acidity with an elegant finish of earth, minerals and black fruits. This is a beautiful wine - a Chateauneuf-du-Pape of the mountains - and a great value. Serve slightly cool with grilled meats, stews and full-flavored cheeses or cellar five to ten years. Highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2015 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 2015 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 - 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 experieince...

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

2016 is a great vintage for Eric Laguerre's EOS Blanc! From 30% Grenache Blanc, 40% Maccabeo and 30% Rolle (Vermentino) grown on granite soils in Eric's high-altitude organic vineyards. The increased percentages  of Maccabeo and Rolle have made this lovely wine even more distinctive, showing subtle aromas of dried pear, hay, citrus, herbs and  stone. The palate is refreshing and clean with pear, citrus peel, almond, thyme and stone flavors, very crisp and dry and with nice density and length. This very versatile wine will pair with everything from oysters, to grilled fish to roast chicken, and will be very refreshing by itself on a warm summer day. DL

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

(80% Grenache, 20% Syrah grown in the Roussillon on very high-altitude vineyards of decomposed granite. Hand-harvested in small crates, yields of 20 hl/ha) The 2016 EOS Rouge shows bright aromas of tart cherry and blackberry, with dark chocolate and very floral notes, really bursting with fruit. The palate is supple and bright with cherry and red-currant fruit with acidity that coats the mouth. Very long finish of red fruits and juicy acids, quite elegant with nice tannic structure. This will go very well served cool with grilled meats and will benefit from short-term cellaring. An interesting wine that really shows the influence of the granite soils.  A fabulous value! 

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lapuyade 2015 Jurançon Sec (Petit & Gros Manseng)

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

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2012 Jurançon Cuvée Marie-Louise

This is a superb Jurançon Moelleux, harvested in late December, about 90 grams/liter of residual sugar. Wonderfully complex aromas of apricot, candied citrus, flowers and exotic fruit with a hint of vanillin. Lemon confit, apricot, brown spice and chalky acids on the palate. A young wine that is gorgeous now but perhaps best in five to ten years. With more acidity than Sauternes, this is a great match for foie gras, lemon tarts and strong cheeses, and for apple and mince pies on Thanksgiving! Absolutely superb! (The wine improves for weeks, re-corked in the fridge.)

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2012 Jurançon Petit Manseng

Clos Marie-Louise/Château Lapuyade is a beautiful biodynamic estate deep in the hills of Jurançon, south of Pau. Their wines are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in old barrels purchased from Yquem and Haut-Brion. Their 2012 Petit Manseng is a gorgeous wine and a sensational value. The wine needs a bit of air to open up, then shows deep floral honeyed apricot, candied citrus, stone, spice and caramel aromas with sweet fruit on the palate—lemon oil, exotic fruit and brown spice lifted by very  firm acidity. Terrific length. With a few days open, more exotic fruit, pineapple and lychee emerge and the wine softens into something wonderful. An outstanding Jurançon moelleux that will accompany fois gras, patés, cheeses, fruit desserts and is fabulous on its own. (72 grams/liter RS)  Highly recommended! David Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $11.99

Lapuyade 2015 Jurançon Sec Cuvée Dentelle

We're very excited about this new cuvée from our biodynamic friends at Chateau Lapuyade in Jurançon. Made from 100% Petit Manseng from 40 year-old vines always tended in organic and biodynamic farming, it's a tiny special production in the best vintages - we're fortunate to get 10 cases for the US allocation.The 2015 shows a bright gold color and beautiful aromas of lemon confit, apricot, almond, exotic fruit and brown spice. The palate is dense and round with dried pear, citrus, apricot, hay and mineral flavors with a bit of residual sugar. The finish is very long with firm acidity under ripe white fruits, citrus and stone. Lovely wine! Serve with foie gras, fish in sauce, Asian foods, goat chesses and patés. Sensational now and should be very interesting in ten years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Le Temps des Cerises (Prufer) 2016 Vin de Table Fou du Roi

"Fou du Roi" (The Jester) is made from Grenache Noir, Cinsault, and Carignan from Axel Prufer's biodynamic vineyards planted high in the Black Mountains of L'Hérault. Axel moved to the Languedoc from East Germany in the late 90's to join the growing natural wine movement and make wines using minimal intervention. He promotes biodiversity in the vines and works only with indigenous yeasts and no added sulphur. This cuveé is made using carbonic maceration for a fresh, early drinking style that is simply joyful. The 2016 is cleaner than the 2015, bursting with juicy red cherry and blackberry fruits. There is vibrant snappy acidity that adds nice structure, this would be delicious with a slight chill.  Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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

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

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $105.99

Les Fouques 2016 Côtes de Provence La Londe

Domaine les Fouques has been 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. La Londe is their best rosé from old vines of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle. Unlike the majority of Provencal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more subtle expression of fruit and terroir. The 2016 Rosé La Londe is a beautiful wine and a real rosé of terroir showing lovely pale pink color with subtle aromas of peach skin, raspberry, orange peel, spice and rose. The palate is light, balanced, dense and long with ripe cherry, peach, citrus, spice and saline mineral flavors. Drinking beautifully now,  especially with a bit of aeration, it will improve over the next year or two and accompany an elegant ceviche, fish or chicken, salads and mild cheeses. Great sipped by itself as well, a delicious and "serious" rosé that is highly recommended!

  • rosé
  • 61 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Fouques 2016 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. (The wine received a well-deserved gold medal at the 2017 Concours des Vignerons Independants)

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Granges Paquenesses 2015 Côtes du Jura Chardonnay "Mamette"

"Mamette" is 100% Chardonnay from 30 year-old organic vines planted in clay and limestone soils in Pupillin. Incredibly mineral and beautifully textured, this is a complex wine at a fantastic value. If drinking now, allow some time for the aromas to open up and you will be rewarded with vibrant notes of lemon pith, salty Comté cheese, hazelnuts and stone. The body is rich with fresh flavors of ripe, yellow fruits, nectarine, and salt on the mid-palate. The finish is intensely mineral and gratifying. A delicious wine to pair with oysters, Thai curry, or by itself. "Mamette" is drinking beautifully now, but should shine in 2-3 years. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Granges Paquenesses 2015 Côtes du Jura Trousseau

The Trousseau was a standout the first time we tried it, alongside the rest of Loreline's cuvées. So much so that we decided to revisit, just to be sure it was as delightful as we remembered. I can confirm that it remains so pure in its Jura-ness that it induces giddiness. From Loreline's organic vineyard of 60 year-old vines on blue and gray marne , the 2015 benefited from the warm, sunny vintage. Upon opening, the aromas are bold with earthy spiciness and a touch of reduction. After an hour of air, aromas of rose petals, spiced raspberries, and alpine herbs emerge to reveal a wine with gravitas. The palate begs for food with dark stone fruit and grippy tannins that sneak up on the mid-palate and finish with a hint of bitter anise. Serve slightly chilled with salty mountain cheeses, charcuterie, or wild mushrooms. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Maillet, Jacques 2015 Savoie Mondeuse des Pauvres 1.5 L

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

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Maillet, Jacques 2015 Savoie Mondeuse Terroir des Pauvres

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

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $28.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $32.99

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

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

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $14.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $15.99

Mayragues 2014 Gaillac Braucol

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

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $11.99

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

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $34.99

Navarre 2015 Saint-Chinian Cuvée Olivier

This beautiful Languedoc red is from very old vines of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah, grown in Thierry Navarre's mountainside vineyards in Saint-Chinian. The 2015 Olivier is a bit lighter and more elegant than previous vintages, showing lovely aromas of morello cherries, red currant and plum with notes of earth, pepper and brown spice. Nice ripeness on the palate with red and black fruits balanced by bright acidity with mineral flavors that continue on the long juicy finish. This is a big Languedoc red that is light on it's feet - nice with a coq au vin as well as heftier stews and grilled meats. Decant well in advance if drinking now or open the night before - or cellar for five to ten years. Thanks to Thierry Navarre for his beautiful natural wines that are great values! DL

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2016 Vin de Table de France Vin d'Oeillades Rosé

Thierry Navarre, based in Saint-Chinian in the Languedoc, is one of the few vignerons growing Oeillades, an obscure and ancient variety native to Mediterranean France. Similar to Cinsault, here it produces a fine, juicy, approachable rosé perfect for these warm summer evenings. Deep salmon in color, the nose is reserved, with soft notes of crushed berries and ripe cantaloupe. On the palate this wine is round and refreshing, with good minerality and delicately etched acidity. Red berry fruit and cherry dance elegantly around a tensile mineral core. Excellent with thinly sliced prosciutto, popcorn, grilled seafood, or assorted mezze. Drew Farquhar

  • rosé
  • 9 in stock
  • $11.99

Navarre NV Vin de France Grenache Rosé Demi-Sec

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

  • rosé off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

Pont de Breux 2015 Côtes du Jura Tradition (Chard/Savagnin)

80% Chardonnay and 20% Savagnin grown near Salins-les-Bains on Kimmeridgian soils, organic since 1992. The 2015s were made by the capable Emilie Gerard who has taken over from Jean-Chalres Maire. 12 month sous-voile elevage in old barrels. Slightly oxidative aromas of lime-flower, dried pear, spiced citrus and almond, quite complex and pretty. The plate shows dried herbs, quince, citrus peel, spice and pear with saline mineral flavors and form acidity. The finish is long with sharp mineral flavors that linger on the palate. Lovely wine - serve with sole almondine, chicken in cream sauce, aged Comté and full-flavored goat cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pont de Breux 2015 Côtes du Jura Tradition Rouge (Pinot/Trousse

80% Pinot Noir and 20% Trousseau grown near Salins-les-Bains on Kimmeridgian soils, organic since 1992. The 2015s were made by the capable Emilie Gerard who has taken over from Jean-Chalres Maire. The 2015 Tradition shows aromas of strawberry liqueur with hints of blackberry, cherry, earth and rose. The palate is quite firm and dense, with saline  mineral flavors and earthy black fruits. This is a unique and delicious Jura red that's lovely now, and should age nicely for 8 to 10 years. DL

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pont de Breux 2015 Vin de France Impoulsif (Poulsard)

From a 1/2 hectare parcel on Kimmeridgian limestone in Marnoz, northeast of Arbois. 11.3% alcohol. Very pale garnet color, really a rosé. Lovely aromas of red-currant, tart cherry, strawberry, earth and beach rose, a hint of spice. The palate is tart and light with red-currant, earth and stone, with nice length and intensity of fruit. This opens up nicely on day 2 and should age well. Congratulations to the capable Emilie Gerard, who has taken over after the untimely passing of Jean-Charles Maire.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $31.99

Rimbert 2015 Saint-Chinian Les Travers de Marceau

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

  • red
  • 35 in stock
  • $15.99

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

Terrebrune 2011 Bandol Rouge Terroir du Trias

Domaine Terrebrune is situated on a unique terroir of fissured Triassic limestone with pebbly brown clay, givng a very structured and elegant Bandol capable of long-term aging. The grapes are harvested by hand and fed into the pressoir by gravity, fermentation is with wild yeasts and elevage is in used 600 liter foudres. The 2011 Bandol Rouge is from 85% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache and 5% Cinsault and shows an opaque black/red color with subtle aromas of blackberry, black cherry and prune with crushed stone, black olive, game and violets. The palate is dense and firm with elegant blackberry and red currant fruit, with bitter chocolate, stone and licorice. The finish is very long with fruit liqueur, mineral flavors and citrusy acids.  This is an oustanding and well-structured Bandol that will age beautifully - decant well in advance if drinking now and serve with grilled red meats or cellar for peak drinking 2025 -  2045!

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $20.99

Thill, Eric et Berengere 2014 Cremant du Jura

100% Chardonnay, "zero zero," as they say in France for bubbles that have no dosage and no sulfites added. The Thill Cremant is toasty and crisp, with bright golden fruit on the nose, subtle texture and a refreshing finish. 21 months on the lees before disgorging give the wine depth and richness. All in all, this is a ridiculous deal for a really complex, pure (and clean) natural Cremant from the Jura. Get some while it lasts!  Eben Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white off-dry
  • 10 in stock
  • $23.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $20.99

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2014 Jurançon Cuvee Tradition

The 2014 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée Tradition is made from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard near Lasseube, certified organic since 1964. The soils are essentially sandy clays with stones and gravels from the Pyrenees, over the local limestone, "Calcaire de Lasseube." The wine shows lovely pale gold color, vivid aromas of lemon, pineapple, honeysuckle, stone and brown spice, elegant and subtle. Creamy lemon, pear and stone flavors on the palate, balanced by citrusy acids. 62 grams of RS per liter, but seems dryer. Lovely finish of lemon, exotic fruit and minerals. Serve this lovely wine with foie gras, patés, full-flavored cheeses and lemony desserts or just sip by itself. Highly recommended.

  • white medium-sweet
  • 14 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2016 Jurançon Sec

Finally we've convinced Serge Hondet to send us a little of his lovely Jurançon Sec, made from 85% Gros Manseng and 15% "Laousset," a rare variety with only a few hectares still in production. The estate is certified organic since 1964! The wine shows a very pale gold color with subtle aromas of pear and apple with more exotic fruits emerging and hints of hay, stone and white pepper. The palate is fairly dense and sapid with spiced pear and mineral flavors, raw almond, citrus and hay. It seems delicate and powerful at the same time, with nice length and firm acidity. Serve with full-flavored fish dishes, chicken, pork and mountain cheeses. Lovely wine.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2016 Vin de Pay Comte Tolosan Rosé

Serge Hondet at Domaine Tinou makes a tiny quantity of lovely dry rosé from Cabernet Franc grown on his 3 hectare organic estate in the southern part of Jurançon. The wine shows a very pale pink color with delicate aromas of raspberry and red currant. The palate is light and bone-dry with subtle flavors of red fruits, citrus and rosewater that continue in the long finish. A bit like the Baudry Chinon Rosé, it will accompany terrines and patés, chicken and pork dishes. And while its delicous now, don't hesitate to put some away for next summer...  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white
  • 39 in stock
  • $28.99

Tissot 2016 Arbois D.D.

From Stéphane Tissot's Biodynamic vineyard in Arbois, named for Stéphane's father, Andre "DD" Tissot.  This is a delicious blend of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir co-fermented in 2000L foudres. 2016 was a difficult and  low-yielding vintage that ended on a warm and sunny note for Stéphane.  Aromas of violets, spice, and wild herbs usher in redolent notes of bramble fruit. At 12% (a degree higher than last vintage) the palate feels light on its feet, with lush flavors of raspberry, bright, ripe cherry and hints of purple flowers and spice. Serve slightly chilled and enjoy with a variety of cheeses, roasted chicken, or on its own! Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $32.99

Tissot NV Crémant du Jura Extra Brut

An abiding staff favorite from Stéphane Tissot's biodynamic estate in Arbois, this crémant is a blend of 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 10% Poulsard and Trousseau. The interplay between the dry, mineral complexity and rich generosity make this an incredible Champagne-alternative. Opulent aromas of raw honey and baked red apple lead to flavors of tangy yellow fruit, crisp apple, toasted almond, and quince on the persistent finish. A versatile wine that keeps getting better every time we open a bottle (which is often). Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $47.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $81.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic

Tournelle 2015 Clos du Brey Rouge

"Clos du Brey Rouge" is a blend of equal parts Trousseau, Syrah, and a varietal I have only come across in Ganevat’s “Y’a Bon the Canon” – petit Béclan, all planted in calcareous, limestone soils. The raspberry robe is cherry-fruited with a touch of funk on the nose. After a few hours heady aromas of blueberry, plum, and peppercorn mingled with bergamot, violets, and juicy red cherry notes. This is a heady and delicious, though somewhat serious blend. The palate is fruit-driven upon opening but evolves to reveal savory herbs, crunchy lip-smacking acidity and rugged tannins. Long decant highly recommended! Amanda Bowman 

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic

Traginer 2014 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, earth and brown spice.  The palate is dense, ripe and supple with blackberry, strawberry compote, earth, licorice, ginger and spice, 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2015 Banyuls Blanc 500ml

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! DL 

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2015 Collioure Blanc

A great and interesting choice for Thanksgiving, the delicious Traginer Collioure has the weight and density to accompany everything on the table! An outstanding and unusual white made by Jean-François Deu at the organic/biodynamic estate, Domaine du Traginer (Mule-driver) in Banyuls and Collioure. Made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Malvasia from low-yielding vines, on steep slopes of schistes above the Mediterranean.  Light gold color. The 2015 is ripe but well-balanced with intense and beautiful aromas of dried white fruits, lime-flower, lemon, stone, almond and pine with hints of spice. Quite complex! The palate is supple and dense with mineral flavors, white and yellow fruits, citrus, pine and brown spice that linger in the very long finish with firm acidity. This is a delicious and versatile wine that will accompany shellfish, grilled fish, chicken in sauce, Asian foods and more. Highly recommended! David Lillie 

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2016 Banyuls Rimage 500ml

The Traginer Banyuls Rimage (Vin Doux Naturel) at 17% alcohol is an insanely delicious wine as an apéritif or with deserts of chocolate or fruit (figs especially) and goat cheeses. The 2016 shows a deep black/red color and vivid aromas of ripe blackberry, prune,  licorice, violets, bitter chocolate and earth. The palate is ripe and lush with blackberry, 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! DL

  • red sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2011 Arbois Tradition

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

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $16.99

Zelige-Caravent 2014 Languedoc Pic-Saint-Loup Joli-couer (Carignan)

Made from 100% Cinsault grown on poor soils composed of gravel and limestone pebbles in the Languedoc Pic St. Loup  AOC. The nose offers lively aromas of blueberry compote, raspberry, and tobacco leaf spice.Luc and Marie go for a very elegant and forward style, with very little tannin, and great acidity. Will be perfect with all of the tangy and savory Thanksgiving flavors, and fresh enough to help get through all of your epic holiday meals!  

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $16.99