Rhone

  • rosé
  • 8 in stock
  • $14.99

Balazu des Vaussières 2015 Vin de France Cuvée Coquelicot

 The 2015 "Cuvee Coquelicot" from Christian and Nadia Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussieres is made from 100% Grenache which undergoes an approximately two month carbonic maceration, followed by pressing and 3 years in vat (no wood).  This is perhaps the most "natural" of all Southern Rhône reds, as the Charmassons use no SO2 or other additives in the wine and refuse to use copper sulfate in the vines. The living soils at Balazu des Vaussieres produced this extraordinary natural wine in 2015, showing vibrant aromas of ripe black cherry, blackberry and cassis with citrus, violet, mineral and licorice notes. The palate is dense and bright with complex black fruits, earthy mineral and herbal flavors, licorice and firm acidity in the long intense finish. with a few days open, the wine concentrates becoming an essence of earthy black cherry confit, quite extraordinary. This is a beautiful wine and and an essential purchase for any lover of natural wines. Our thanks to Nadia And Christian Charmasson for their committment to living soils and  winemaking with zero additives. David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balazu des Vaussières 2019 Vin de France Sept Syllabes Rosé

Although within the Tavel appellation, Nadia and Christian Charmasson have long rejected the rules of the AOC in favor a "Vin de France" classification. Balazu des Vaussières is a completely natural estate, using zero additives in winemaking and zero chemcials in the vines. Even the organic approved preparation of copper-sulfate is not used against mildew as it is harmful to organisms in the soil - thus living soils that produce vibrant living wines. The 2019 “Sept Syllabes” was made with Mourvedre and Cinsault - it’s a direct press rosé with little or no maceration and no added SO2. The wine spent approximately 7 months in vat before bottling. The wine is rather concentrated in color. The fruit on the nose is deep raspberry and cherry, with hints of green herbs and citrus. The palate is warm and dense with a mix of savory red berries and cherry/plum skins. Just a hint of clove. The structure is full, offering a light tannic touch and a slightly funky earthy, mineral component to the ripe fruit. Give the wine an hour or two open and it's really singing of the stony soils of Tavel and Roquemaure - pure wine and a pure, deep expression of the terroir and the Charmasson's courageous winemaking. DH & DL

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $139.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $57.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

Clos de la Bonnette 2018 Condrieu "Légende Bonnetta"

The Clos de la Bonnette is a young estate, having reclaimed ancient vineyards and producing their first wines in 2009.  This is a beautiful Condrieu from granit soils on the Côte Bonnette, always in organic farming and produced with minimal SO2. The wine showed elegant, complex aromas and a dense, silky palate when tasted last winter - here is Livingstone-Learmonth's assessment: "firm yellow robe; the bouquet is reserved, lying in wait, gives a low-key air of glazed fruits, cooked lemon, apricot, has depth and mystery. The palate is wide, robust, charged with ample matter, centres on cooked pear, a note of apricot, and vanilla pod from the oak. It’s notably substantial on the second half, has a red wine physique. It’s a Condrieu of authority, better with some age under its belt than young, say at five to six years’ old." This young wine should be decanted if possible or cellar 3 - 5 years before drinking.

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos de la Bonnette 2018 VDP Collines Rhodaniennes Vieilles Vignes Syrah

The Clos de la Bonnette VDP Syrah is 2/3 from 40 to 70 year-old vines above Côte-Rôtie "Tartaras" on schist and clay soils over granit, 1/3 from below Côte-Rôtie "Tupin" on alluvial soils. This is an extraordinary Vin de Pays that impressed us enormously when tasted last winter, showing the lush ripeness of the 2018 vintage but retaining the bright subtle fruit of a good Côte-Rôtie. The aromas are floral, with pretty red fruits and earth, the palate is dense but bright with raspberry and cherry fruit with a very mineral core in the long elegant finish. This will drink beautifully over the next five years, only ten cases for the US. David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos de la Bonnette 2019 VDP Cisselande (Syrah)

Clos de la Bonnette makes this lovely 100% Syrah using grapes from a young organic grower in Suzette, near Beaumes-de-Venise. The vines are about 40 years-old, grown on clay/limestone soils, the juice is vinified with light extraction and aged in old barrels. The 2019 Cisselande has a dark purple robe. This is perfumed with effusive aromas of violets, pastilles, cassis, bramble, game on the nose. The palate is black-fruited, concentrated, and displays fine-grained tannins. Fine sappy flavors of blackberry, plum skin, and a dark core of savory minerality. This has fine length and shows an excellent amount of complexity and detail for this level and is enthusiastically recommended.  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $249.99

Clos du Joncuas 2016 Gigondas

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, on Triassic clay/limestone soils, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. The 2016 is another beautiful Gigondas from the Clos du Joncuas, perhaps with less fat and density than the 2015 but quite elegant and more Burgundian in style. The aromas sing of black cherry liqueur, licorice, black olive and garrigue; the palate is dense and focused with blackberry, cherry, black olive, bitter chocolate and earth with nice sappy length with firm acidity. Drinking well now, decant if possible, or hold for five years, then drink until about 2035.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2016 Séguret La Garancière

70% Grenache, with Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre, always farmed organically, hand harvested, whole-cluster wild yeast fermentation, aged in cement vat, un-fined, unfiltered. The 2016 shows a medium garnet/black color with aromas of red currant and blackberry liqueur, plum skin, spice and black pepper. The palate shows nice density of chocolately black fruits with berry liqueur and a sappy, chalky texture, with a bit of tannin in the firm finish. Serve with a pork stew, Morrocan tagine or grilled steak.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos du Joncuas 2018 Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Blanc

50% Clairette (some vines 100 years-old) with Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier, always organically farmed, wild yeast fermentation, aged in enamel vat.  Floral dried pear, apricot, hay, thyme aromas. Ripe pear, stone, caramel, lemon, anise on the palate. A complex, ripe wine with a supple palate but with good acidity that will pair with fish stews, shellfish, pork and chicken dishes as well as full-flavored goat cheeses. This is an outstanding Southern Rhône white and a great value!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2018 Gigondas

Clos du Joncuas, founded in 1920 by Pierre Auguste Chastan, has always farmed with natural methods and has been officially organic since 1980. Currently run by sisters Dany and Carole Chastan, the estate's Gigondas vines are on slopes below the Dentelles de Montmirail on soils of clay with dolomite and gypsum over the limestone of the Dentelles and average 40 to 90 years old. 80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. 2018 was a difficult year in the southern Rhone as warm wet conditions in the spring led to horrible outbreaks of mildew that lowered yields. The late season weather was warm and dry however helping to produce wines with supple fruit, good freshness and a somewhat softer character making the wines lovely to drink young. The 2018 Clos du Joncuas is a bit softer and brighter than the norm  with very deep color and ripe high-toned cherry, red currant, mineral, spice and licorice aromas. The palate is elegant and fresh showing deep supple black fruit liqueur with hints of graphite, garrigue and brown spice. This is delicious now and will be fully ready within a few years, drink until 2030-2035 - a lovely wine!

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2019 Gigondas Rosé

This is a beautiful Gigondas Rosé from our organic friends at Clos du Joncuas. Pretty bright pink/orange color, aromas of raspberry, tart cherry, blood orange, peach skin and rose. Full palate with silky raspberry, peach, citrus  and mineral flavors and firm acidity, beatifully balanced and refreshing. Long finish with tart cherry, peach, earth, and citrusy acids. This gorgeous rosé is still young – it should open up nicely over the next two years. It's elegant and delicious now and very food-friendly – serve with grilled fish and white meats, salade nicoise, vegetarian dishes and Provençal foods. A great rosé to enjoy all year-round!

  • rosé
  • 21 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2018 Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet

(From 60 to 70 year-old vines in "Le Planis," 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre) The 2018 Creve Coeur Sablet has all the elements we love in sothern Rhone wines: organic/biodynamic farming, old school fermentation in foudre and concrete, stem inclusion. Dark-toned, nearly heady aromatically, with black and blue fruits, lavender, blackberry, cherry pit and cocoa on the nose. Dense purple robe. Plum, cherry, blackberry, black pepper and garrique on the palate. Real sense of the structural elements from the stems and limestone soils. Pablo has lightened the extraction so the wine is well structured but with finer tannins than the 2016 and 2017. Good energy for the concentration with a fine core of minerality within. Fabulous with pan-roasted lambchops and sheep's milk cheese. Delicious now, but should gain in complexity with time in the bottle. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2018 Côtes du Rhône Villages Seguret

Pablo Hocht of Domaine de Creve Coeur has 3 hectares of 60+ year-old vines in Seguret on sandy limestone marl soils, 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. As with his lovely Sablet, the Seguret is certified biodynamic, fermented slowly with wild yeasts with the stems included. Aging is partly in one to five year-old barriques, partly in vat. In other words, great farming and old-fashioned winemaking, similar to that of the Gonons in Saint-Joseph. The 2018 Seguret shows a deep red/black color and aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and plum, with earth, garrigue and cocoa - dark and rich but with good freshness. The palate is dense and round with a supple, grainy texture, a bit softer than the Sablet this year, with ripe blackberry and black plum liqueur, quite floral and showing the high percentage of Mourvedre, with hints of chocolate, citrus and provencal herbs. The finish is long with cool acidity and earthy black fruits. Serve this beautiful Seguret a bit cool after a decant of a few hours or cellar five to ten years. Great with stews and tagines, grilled meats and game.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2019 Côtes du Rhône

This beautiful Cotes du Rhone from Pablo Hocht at Creve Coeur is made from 60 to 70 year-old vines of Grenache, with an interesting mix of semi-carbonic and traditional fermentations with whole-cluster and de-stemmed grapes with no pigeage. The 2019 shows a beautiful melange of ripe black cherry, black raspberry and blueberry lifted by floral, citrus and spice notes. The palate is ripe and supple with ripe cherry and spicy blackberry with bitter chocolate and minerals, quite delicious, and with a long finish of refreshing, velvety fruit. This is a real crowd-pleaser and a great value!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 38 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2019 Côtes du Rhône Rosé du Coucou

The Creve Coeur "Coucou" is a beautiful direct-press rosé made with  old vines of 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault. The 2019 shows a very pale onion skin color with floral aromas of raspberry, peach, citrus and stone. The palate is very light, silky and elegant with subtle raspberry fruit with hints of melon and earth, finishing with nice length of mineral flavors and refreshing acidity. This is a very lovely wine at a great price!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 31 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes Viognier 'Les Iris'

We love Condrieu, but Viognier from other regions can often be cloying and uninteresting. This example from the Grenier family in Chavanay, however, is elegant and outstanding. It comes from Viognier vines just south of the Condrieu AOC, always tended organically, certified since 2002, and Biodynamic since 2016. Like stepping into the sunshine, this wine is a bedazzlement of friut and floral tones. Yellow flowers, white blossom, honeysuckle, apricot, peach, canteloupe and underripe pineapple, with slight hints of almond, citrus and lemon peel all playing on the alluring nose of this wine. There is a unctuousness on the palate that is beautifully balanced by a lively acidity. The finish introduces a hint of fresh cut hay and that particular late summer evening light. A lovely Viognier and a great value! Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes Detour Blanc

Domaine des Amphores, a long-time organic and now Biodynamic estate in Chavanay,  just south of Condrieu, produces excellent Saint-Josephs as well as red and white Vin de Pays. "Detour" is made from Roussanne, Clairette and Marsanne - it's a delicious Northern Rhone wine and one of the best values in the store. The 2018 is ripe, round and beautifully balanced with aromas of apricot, almond, lemon, hay and stone - the palate is supple and elegant with stone fruits, anise and mineral flavors, finishing with ripe white fruits and saline minerals.  Delicious by itself or with fish or chicken in sauce and mild cheeses. This great value will open up nicely over the next few years and is highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 Saint-Joseph Blanc 'Altitude 300'

From Veronique, Philippe and Remi Grenier at Domaine des Amphores, certified organic and Biodynamic. 80% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne on granite soils in "Le Monteillet" at 300 metres altitude. Bright gold/bronze color, subtle aromas of hay, apricot, white peach, citrus peel, melon and wet stone. The palate is ripe and elegant with stone fruits and mineral flavors, textured and earthy, finishing with floral white peach and minerals. Serve with a full-flavored ceviche, fish in sauce, white meats, goat cheeses... Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 Saint-Joseph Les Mesanges

"Les Mesanges" is a cuvée of Saint-Joseph made from 40 to 50 year-old organic Syrah vines on biotite granite soils in the vineyards of "Pecher" and "Vauturerie" at Chavanay, 30 - 40% whole cluster, aged 18 months in 600 liter barrels, 25% new, 75% 5 to 8 year-old. This is the most structured and age-worthy of the Domaine des Amphores Saint-Josephs and is a lusher more forward wine than usual in this excellent vintage. The 2018 will benefit from a few years of aging, and needs a bit of time open if drinking now, then shows generous aromas of ripe blueberries, smoked green olive and thyme and is generally brimming with energy and life. As in 2015,  the palate is ripe and supple with black fruit liqueur, menthol, spice, earth and mineral flavors, quite intense but very bright, lifted by firm acidity, really showing the Biodynamic farming.  It has terrific persistence and freshness and was a perfect companion to roast chicken and summer squash. This will drink beautifully over the next 15 years. SE/DL

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 Saint-Joseph Les Sept Lieus

(From young vines, planted in the 90's, always organic, and from parcels of old vines, converted to organic, in Chavanay, below Condrieu) Philippe and Veronique Grenier have always farmed organically and now they are certified Biodynamic as well, bringing the quality even higher at this wonderful small estate. 50% de-stemmed, aged 50% in vat, 50% in 2 to 10 year-old demi-muid and foudre.  The 2018 shows a deep red/black color with elegant floral blackberry, black raspberry and black olive aromas with hints of earth, citrus and coffee. The palate is balanced and well-structured with blackberry and black plum , finishing with black fruits, earth and firm tannins. With aeration the finish broadens with elegant black fruit liqueur, licorice and black olive. This lovely Saint-Joseph will accompany lamb shank, pork stews and grilled meats - decant if drinking now or cellar 5 to 8 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah "Les Iris"

From 100% Syrah in Chavanay, just outside the Saint-Joseph zone, tended organically since planting, in the early 90's, and now  Biodynamic  as well. The 2019 "Les Iris" Syrah  is similar to the exuberant 2018 but perhaps a bit brighter and with a bit more concentration and depth. The wine shows cool aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of stone, mint, smoke and violet, quite fresh and pretty. The palate is dense and elegant, with cool acidity and well-structured blackberry and black raspberry fruit, with a fresh earthy finish with mineral, citrus and ripe red and black fruit flavors. Terrific length and depth for a wine at this price. This is a very versatile wine to serve cool with grilled chicken, pork and full-flavored cheeses or to sip by itself, slightly chilled. It's  an authentic and delicious wine and a great value! David Lillie

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 Vin de France Mornen Noir

And now for something completely different... While tasting at Domaine des Amphores with Philippe and Véronique Grenier last winter we noticed a small barrel with "Mornen Noir" scrawled on the front in chalk. A grape apparently native to the area between the Rhone and Loire rivers south of Lyon, the Greniers and a few other growers in Chavanay are once again making wine from this ancient variety. Possibly related to Chasselas and/or Mondeuse, the grapes yield a bright vibrant wine with black fruit flavors and low alcohol. The 2019 is quite Syrah-like showing vibrant aromas of blackberry and blueberry with violet and stone. The palate is a bit lighter than a Syrah, and very mineral, with bright flavors of blackberry and red currant that blend nicely with earth, licorice and stone flavors in the sapid finish. Beautiful wine!   There are 60 bottles of this rare juice available for the US, guaranteed to stump your Master Somm friends in a blind tasting.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Monier Perreol 2018 Saint-Joseph

(100% Syrah from 5 plots in Brunieux, Saint-Desirat, 80% de-stemmed, aged in 2 to 6 year-old barrels, minimal SO2 after malo, none at bottling.)  The Saint-Josephs from Monier-Perreol are outstanding in 2018 - it's perhaps the best vintage ever for their "Tradition" cuvée which is vibrant and delicious! The wine shows a bright, deep purple/black color with extravagant aromas violets and blackberry liqueur, with black cherry, blueberry and thyme. The palate is densely fruited but bright and light on its feet wih beautiful black plum/cherry/blueberry flavors that are beautifully long and lingering. The palate is lush and supple  over a core of minerality and firm, slightly bitter acidity from the granite soils. Not intended for long-term cellaring, I would drink this wine within 5 to 8 years, but it's so delicious that one could happily consume multiple cases within that time - don't delay there's very little available in the US.  Serve cool, highy recommended. David Lillie

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Monier Perreol 2018 Saint-Joseph Chatelet

This beautiful Saint-Joseph is produced by Domaine Monier Perreol from the "Chatelet" vineyard belonging to Philippe Perreol on the hill above Saint-Desirat. The vines are on decomposed granite with an interesting topsoil of "aerien" limestone - a windblown limestone sand. The ruins of a Roman temple on the site add mystic powers! The vines are about 40 years old, the grapes are 80% de-stemmed and undergo a three to four week vinification, with aging in new to 2 year-old barrels. Tasted with Samuel Monier last January, the wine showed beautiful aromas of blackberry, plum and cherry, very floral and deep. The palate was extremely complex, fresh and long with black cherry and blueberry fruit, bright and beautifully balanced, with an intriguing minerality from the limestone/granite soils. Beautiful now, best 2025 - 2035.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Monier Perreol 2018 Saint-Joseph Terre Blanche

(From 40 - 45 year-old Syrah vines at 300 meters on "Brunieux" in Saint-Desirat (northern zone of Saint-Joseph) on soils of decomposed granite with white clay. Approximately 80% de-stemmed, total SO2 is  20 - 30 mg/L, aged in 228 liter  and 400 liter barrels, some new.) Inky, purple robe to the meniscus. Upon opening the nose is expressive and perfumed, with a mélange of violet, blackberry, blueberry, spice, mineral smoke aromas, with a suspicion of bacon fat and pepper. The palate is concentrated, ripe, and supple, though there’s a “zangy,” electric minerality that dances through the mid-palate. There’s a plenty of sap and certainly ripeness here, but the the stoniness is entrancing and all the structure radiates from core and carries over on the long, rising, lingering finish. And while this offers plenty of earth and savory St. Joseph character underlying the ripe dark fruit, the overall impression is one of profound stoniness. A beautiful bottle with, pan-roasted lamb blade steak and roasted pepper salad, but the tannins are sophisticated enough to warrant pairing with roast duck or a salmis of guinea hen. A true pleasure to drink now, though this has the structure to warrant cellaring for 10-15 years. This is a cracking St. Joseph and well worth a look. Bravo! John Mcilwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $65.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Ecu (Fred Niger) 2018 Vin de France "Aeterno" Syrah (Amphora)

Fred Niger made this gorgeous Syrah with grapes from David Reynaud in Crozes-Hermitage ("les Croix") vinified and bottled with zero additives, aged for 9 months in amphora of 400 and 500 liters, less than 200 cases produced.  Tasted at the end of a very long day, after many great wines and with a tired palate, the 2018 "Aeterno" was still magnificent! Thanks to Fred's notes, much better than mine:  "Intense color, inky black with violet hints.Nose marked by smoky notes of ripe black fruits, of blueberry, violet, white pepper. A supple attack leading to a powerful wine, full palate, opulent and massive, balanced by tannins fine and delicate. The structure of this wine is built around a beautiful northern-Rhône acidity, which brings great freshness. Sensational length."  This is a beautiful wine from a great terroir, really an extraordinary expression of Syrah. Carafe when young, drink over the next ten to fifteen years.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Ferme Saint-Martin 2017 Beaumes-de-Venise Cuvée Saint-Martin

Guy and Thomas Jullien at la Ferme Saint-Martin are making some of the finest wines in the Southern Rhône on their organic estate in Suzette, near Beaumes-de-Venise. One of their best wines, the Cuvée Saint-Martin is made with 85% Grenache from 60 to 105 year-old vines grown on clay over limestone (Triassic) soils. Vinification is with wild yeasts, with no added SO2 until a tiny amount before bottling - this is a "natural" wine of great quality.  The 2017 shows a deep red/black color, with ripe plum, red currant and strawberry aromas, very floral, elegant and lush with hints of licorice, garrigue and earth. The palate is ripe and dense with deep chocolately blackberry and plum liqueur with earth, licorice, mint and spice, finishing with firm acidity and citrusy red fruits. This is an outstanding southern Rhône red and a great value - serve with grilled foods, Moroccan tagines and Provençal stews. David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2018 Beaumes-de-Venise Terres Jaunes

An excellent value from Beaumes-de-Venise, 'Les Terres Jaunes' is a blend of 75% Grenache and 20% Syrah both from 30+ year-old vines grown on a unique terroir of Triassic limestone/clay soils. Organically farmed with vegetation maintained between the rows; fermented naturally with no additives, aged in concrete with very little sulfur added at bottling, this is a truly terroir-focused wine. I love the rich texture with powdery tannins, and after some time decanting, it definitely softened and opened up. Full of ripe black cherry, plum, and preserved raspberries with more savory undertones of olive, oregano, dried tobacco and a touch of dark chocolate.  The wine is dense and long with delicious supple fruit, a bit brighter than the 2017. Plenty of complexity in this deep Southern Rhône wine to sit and contemplate, and would be excellent with heartier or gamey fare. MD

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2019 Ventoux Les Estaillades

At about 900 ft elevation in the Ventoux, the Juliens have Grenache and Counoise in a parcel sheltered from the mistral surrouded by pines and garrigue that yields this delicious, supple wine that's a fabulous pairing with any grilled meat or stews. The sandy clay limestone soils are plowed only around the foot of the vine with vegetation maintained between the rows. The grapes are hand-harvested and ferment naturally with no additives, aging is in concrete vat, minimal SO2 is added before bottling without fining or filtration. The 2019 "Estaillades" is deep and dense with aromas of garrigue and red/black fruits, with blackberry and cherry liqueur and a bit of licorice and menthol on the full, chalky palate. Delicious now and will drink beautifully over the next 3 - 5 years. This serious Rhone red is a great value! David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

Thomas Finot, who is making fascinating wines in the Coteaux Grésivaudan in the Isère, makes a tiny quantity of Crôzes-Hermitage Blanc and Rouge.  This beautiful Crôzes Blanc is from 100% Marsanne grown on the family's 1.8 hectare parcel of old vines in Larnage on a hillside with granite and limestone subsoils under interesting soils of white clay (kaolin). It's a great terroir for Marsanne giving a wine that is ripe and concentrated but with a fabulous underlying stone and smoky character.  The aromas are of apricot, peach, mango and Asian fruits with stone and hay, the palate is dense with earth and mineral flavors below the elegant pear and yellow fruits, finishing with stone,  pear and citrus that linger. A great aperitif, this will pair well with any full-flavored seafood dishes, crab and shrimp, also white meats in sauce, goat cheeses and vegetable terrines.   David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Classique

Thomas Finot, who is resurrecting forgotten vineyards and varieties in the Isère, is also making brilliant wines from his tiny family vineyard in Crozes-Hermitage. He has 1.8 hectare of old vines in Larnage on a hillside with granite and limestone subsoils under interesting topsoils of white clay (kaolin). The 2018 Crozes-Hermitage is a delicious Syrah showing lush aromas of black cherry and black raspberry liqueur, with hints of blueberry and earth. The palate is elegant and dense, but not over-ripe,  perfectly balanced with cherry, black raspberry and red currant fruits with citrus notes in the long well-structured finish. This is a very stylish Crozes and a great value that will accompany a wide variety of pork and chicken dishes and mild cheeses. Decant and serve cool or hold for a few years then drink until 2030.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

Jamet, Jean Luc 2016 Côte Rôtie Terrasses

It's always odd when a top flight domaine splits and considering the Jamet family is Côte-Rôtie royalty, this is especially perplexing. Yet the two brothers are both making compelling wine. The robe is an inky purple. The nose offers aromas of saddle leather, Italian plum, black raspberry, licorice, and loam. There’s a hint of what seems like oak, but is more likely stems. The palate is mid-weight, lithe, and energetic, though simultaneously grounded—freshly turned earth and crushed herbs vie for attention. This shows black and blue fruits, not to mention plenty of granitic spice, and has a long, nearly peacock’s tail, expansive finish. There’s plenty to unravel here, but there’s great flair grounded by an sapid mineral core. A fine Côte-Rôtie with plenty of upside for the cellar. This should be immensely satisfying in 7-10 years and beyond.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $699.99

Manissy 2019 Tavel Cuvée des Lys Rose

Tavel, the warm, Grenache-based rosé famously espoused by AJ Liebling, is perhaps more suited for the table than a light quaff on the patio. A darker pink than your typical salmon-hued wines of Southern France with a palate to match, Tavel, if you'll forgive the idea, is a more "serious" rosé. The organically farmed Manissy 'Cuvée des Lys' is dark-fruited with ripe plum and garrigue on the nose, with the spicy warmth of sun-kissed Grenache on the medium-bodied palate followed by a hint of pleasing tannic bitterness on the finish. Served cool, this savory richness makes it a rosé especially suited for grilled meats, big flavors like tapenade, and sheep's milk cheeses on a late summer night.

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $349.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $249.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $274.99

Pierre Andre 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 1.5 L

(Note: Pierre André 2016 Magnum Special Price is $108.99) We consider Domaine Pierre André to be one of the greatest estates in Châteuneuf-du-Pape. Organic since 1980 (one of the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992. The red is 90% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscadin and Picpoul. Some parcels are over 100 years old, with the average vine age around 65 years. The 2016 is a beautiful glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showing fresh, complex aromas of ripe blackberry with cherry, spice, rose, earth, tar, smoke and floral notes.  On the palate, the wine is perfectly structured, similar to the 2010, with deep blackberry and black cherry liqueur with spice, garrigue, earth and saline minerals. A great CDP for aging, this is delicious now in its vibrant youth, but will repay waiting for ten years and then enjoy until 2050! Very highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $135.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Richaud 2017 Cairanne Cuvée Sans Soufre

 The Richaud 2017 Cairanne is a gorgeous wine made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre,  and this cuvée is made and bottled entirely without SO2. The color is inky black/red with lush aromas of black cherry, blackberry, prune and floral notes with  earth, licorice and dark chocolate. The palate shows lush, bright fruit - a beautiful and intense melange of black and red berries, round and deep, lifted by cool acidity and mineral flavors with fabulous length and purity of fruit.  Bravo to Marcel Richaud! Serve this lovely wine a bit cool with just about anything! Cellaring for ten years would be interesting as well... David Lillie

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Richaud 2018 Côtes du Rhone Terre de Galets

(Marcel Richaud has been making "natural wine" for over 40 years, since taking over from his father in the 1970s. Organic farming, low yields, hand-harvesting for perfect fruit and fermentations with wild yeasts with little or no sulfur.) From Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, Counoise and Mourvedre on gravel, sandy, galet stone covered soils, semi destemmed, 8-10 day vinification - the Carignan in semi carbonic maceration,  traditional fermentation for the rest, aged in concrete vats 6-12 months, unfined, unfiltered. The 2018s from Richaud are simply outstanding!  The Terre de Galets shows lovely aromas of ripe red currant, black cherry and black raspberry with spice and violets. Very supple, fresh palate with black plum, ripe cherry liqueur, citrus and black pepper with smooth tannins and bright acidity. Very long with ripe fruits, bitter chocolate and citrusy acids lingering in the finish. Lovely wine - serve cool with grilled meats, chicken, fulll-flavored cheeses. David Lillie

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Richaud 2019 Vin de France Rosé

Marcel Richaud is one of the great winemakers of the southern Rhône, an early convert to organic farming and a great champion of natural vinifications with minimal SO2.  This is an exciting arrival at Chambers Street as this scrumptious rose is rarely seen in the US.  Made from Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, it's a beautiful,  full-bodied wine that will accompany a wide variety of cuisines, especially grilled meats this summer.  The aromas are complex and pretty showing raspberry, peach and citrus peel with hints of melon and spice. The palate is ripe and supple with creamy wild-strawberry, raspberry, peach skin and citrus - just lovely! The finish is long and refreshing. Serve with a Salade Nicoise, chicken and pork dishes or a burger off the grill.  This is highly recommended for those who like some flavor in their rosé, and will drink beautifully over the next two years!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 38 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $214.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $229.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $57.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $274.99