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Balazu des Vaussières 2012 Vin de France Millepertuis

The 2012 “Cuvée Millepertuis” from Christian and Nadia Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussieres is made from Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan, which undergoes an approximately two month carbonic maceration, followed by pressing and 3 years in vat (no wood).  The wine shows a deep black/red color and complex earthy aromas of black cherry and blackberry from old-vine Grenache, with a cool, fresh aspect, a real product of living soils. The palate is complex and beautiful with dense black cherry, blackberry, earth, citrus, rose, cocoa and licorice with a long tart, earth and mineral finish. Anyone who appreciates natural wines should try this! Our thanks to Christian and Nadia for their beautiful work...  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balthazar 2016 Cornas Casimir

One of the few "natural" winemakers in the northern Rhône, Frank Balthazar is certified organic and vinifies with wild yeasts and minimal sulfur, even producing a cuvée of Cornas without SO2. The Cuvée Casimir Balthazar is from 25% old vines in "Les Mazards" and younger vines in "La Légre." Balthazar's Cornas are aromatically beautiful with silky, pure fruit and terrific length and are never heavy or over-extracted. The 2016 Casimir shows a dense red/black color, with very fragrant blackberry, cassis aromas with violet and stone and hints of spice, quite exuberant and open for a 2016. The palate is supple, ripe and ready, lush and medium-bodied, with soft tannins surrounding lovely pure black fruits with a core of minerals, earth and berry fruits. This is extremely delicious now - drink over the next eight to ten years. DL

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Banneret 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

From vines averaging 80 years-old. The 2015 Banneret Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a translucent ruby robe. The nose offers an array of raspberry, plum, spice, and Provençal herb aromas, with hints of game. On the supple palate flavors of red fruits mingle with notes of black tea, spice, and anise. This has fine concentration and balances its ripe fruit with a savory mineral core on a long expansive finish. There's beautiful balance here and this should age effortlessly. An elegant and suave Châteauneuf and a tremendous value, highly recommended! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $52.99

Banneret 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1.5 L

From vines averaging 80 years-old. The 2015 Banneret Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a translucent ruby robe. The nose offers an array of raspberry, plum, spice, and Provençal herb aromas, with hints of game. On the supple palate flavors of red fruits mingle with notes of black tea, spice, and anise. This has fine concentration and balances its ripe fruit with a savory mineral core on a long expansive finish. There's beautiful balance here and this should age effortlessly. An elegant and suave Châteauneuf and a tremendous value, highly recommended! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $114.99

Banneret 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Le Secret

2015 is the inaugural release of the the Vidal family's Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Le Secret. Made up of40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Clairette, 10% Picardan, 5% Roussanne, 5% Bourboulenc, from vines planted in the 1970s. Fermented in stainless steel and  15% oak cask. Bright yellow green robe. The nose has an attractive perfume of white flowers (honeysuckle, orange blossom) with notes of white peaches apricots, and pear skin and spice. The mid-weight palate offers a fine balance of concentration, richness, and freshness with ripe pear and green almond flavors giving way to an overt--nearly salty--minerality on the long, textured, detailed finish. Delicious now, but this should gain in complexity with age. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $54.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $49.99

Bosquet des Papes 2009 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Tradition (Magnum)

(75% Grenache with Mourvedre, Syrah, Vaccarese, Counoise, Cinsault. De-stemmed, aged in large barrel, 550 liter casks and vat.) The "regular" cuvee from Bosquet des Papes is a consistently great value in a traditional style, and soft enough to drink young. "Quite dark, bright and full red. Welcoming, shapely red fruit aroma — immediate appeal, comes with a little smokiness, ash. Really good palate, tasty start, runs with a consisitent flow, strawberry jam in the flavor. Fresh and clear at the end, very faithful to it's place a wine of terroir, good balance. Drink from spring 2012 to 2023-2025." JLL

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

Bosquet des Papes 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Chante le Merle VV

From Drink Rhône  "...quite a dark red robe, has a purple hue as well, shows legs. The bouquet is full and gracious, the cooked red fruit gleaming with wellbeing. There is a musky, perfumed hover. The palate is stylish, runs with attractive, scented plum fruits and produces some ripe tannins towards the finish, a slow build from them. This is genuine, interesting, and will give a really authentic STGT (wine of terroir) glass of Châteauneuf. It has excellent, sustained length, and is a true Child of the South and the garrigue lands."

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

Chapelle St. Theodoric 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Grand Pin

 Chapelle Saint-Theodoric is a joint venture between the Grangeon family of Domaine de Cristia and their USA importer Peter Weygandt. Le Grand Pin is all Grenache from the Pignan vineyard on sandy soils. Whole-cluster fermentation in concrete vat with wild yeasts, minimal extraction, aged in 4 to 10 year-old large casks. This is a beautiful old-fashioned Chateauneuf that is all finesse and beauty, very Burgundian in style and absoulutely delicious. The wine shows elegant aromas of black cherry, raspberry, violet, roast meat, graphite, citrus and Provencal garrigue, quite complex. There is intense sappy fruit on the palate with elegant cherry, raspberry, dark chocolate and earth. Very long, dense and ripe but balanced and bright, not at all heavy or over-extracted. The finish is lovely with sappy fruit and mineral flavors lingering on the palate. Delicious as a young wine, this should cellar beautifully, best perhaps 2023 - 2030. DL

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chapelle St. Theodoric 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Grand Pin

The 2015 "Le Grand Pin" is one of the great Chateauneufs of the vintage! Every now and then we like to share John Livingstone-Learmonth's reviews in DrinkRhone, very British and always accurate..."bright, clear red, very Grenache. This has an über perfumed, Pinot-esque aroma – it has a real child of the sands purity, is arresting. There is great definition in its red fruit, raspberry. This is exciting: it’s a complete symphony on its own. The palate bears stylish red fruits with a silken bearing. This is ACE. It has a most beguiling nature – back I go to the 1960s Châteauneufs of my youth. It has a most belle spherical harmony, beautiful detail, and wholesome, fine juice – way to go wine, where Châteauneuf should be once more after the lost years. Pinot meets Grenache here; it is exceptional, has a total harmony." This will cellar beautifully, perhaps best 2025 to 2035+

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Charvin 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Our quick drop of the Charvin 2016 at the importers tasting left us convinced that this is a superb, elegant, old-school Chateauneuf that is worth having in your cellar. We quote the reliable, somewhat English notes of our friend John Livingston-Learmonth on his wonderful website, drinkrhone: "deep, dark red colour. The bouquet packs in a variety of upbeat influences – massed herbs including sage, laurel, with cooked Damson plums from the Grenache, spice and oiliness. The palate is extremely coherent, a really good whole, full of heart and genuine, from the vineyard density. The flavour rests on spiced plum fruits for now, with tea, black olives notes towards the wide and long finish. The tannins have spark, a rockiness that gives the wine a leg of momentum as it ends. This is very good. It can become a major Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with definite individuality and complexity."

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Charvin 2016 Cotes-du-Rhone Le Poutet

From drinkrhone: "dark robe – dark red with some black tints. Dusty trails, herbes de Provence mix on the nose, spice and cooked plums – it’s a Grenache-inspired bouquet; raspberry and mulberry feature well also. The palate runs with fluid content, and some iron in the tannins; it’s thorough and persistent, has more structure than most Côtes du Rhône reds. It finishes on a good charge, momentum. Loganberry, dark fruits lie at its heart. The aftertaste is fresh, has good mini-crunch. The cool threads on the palate are most engaging, and I love its genuine length."

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $8.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $699.99

Clos de la Bonnette 2016 Condrieu "Légende Bonnetta"

Clos de la Bonnette is a relatively new estate - their first vintage was 2009 -  but they have great terroir in Condrieu (and a small parcel in Cote-Rotie) and are one of the few truly organic domaines in the AOC. The 2016 "Legende Bonnetta" is a superb Condrieu showing a pale gold/bronze color and subtle aromas of apricot, almond, peach, iris and stone, really quite lovely.  The palate has a saline, mineral introduction, then elegant stone fruits, white flowers, citrus, almond and stone - quite rich but with firm acidity and a very mineral finishwith citrus and white fruits. This is a beautiful Condrieu that is all about the terroir rather than the winemaking or elevage. "It's the only Condrieu I can drink" says Eric Texier. Lovely now, better with 3 to 5 years of aging.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos de la Bonnette 2016 VDP Collines Rhodaniennes Vieilles Vignes Syrah

Clos de la Bonnette is one of the few organic estates in Condrieu and Cote Rôtie. This lovely Syrah is from old vines on granite with clay soils in Tartaras, above Ampuis. A real wine of terroir, the 2016 VV shows very earthy aromas of black raspberry with violet and roast meat with cool mint and stone. The palate also shows a very earthy and mineral character with a lovely mix of black and blueberry fruit with hints of citrus. This junior Cote-Rôtie will be perfect with grilled lamb and pork and is light enough to pair well with roast chicken and vegetarian dishes.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos Des Boutes 2014 Costieres de Nimes Chamboultou 1.5L (Carignan)

This is a special red from Clos des Boutes, made from 100% Carignan. Medium bodied, with bright crushed berry fruit, and a touch of herbs/spice characteristic of Carignan. Served slighlty chilled, this is a lip-smacking and very fun wine to drink!  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos des Brusquières 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The 2016 Clos des Brusqières is an excellent avalue, and a great example of traditional winemaking in CDP. "Grenache-inspired plum red colour. The bouquet is a true southern presence, dried black raisins, dates and figs in the mix, a floral note, a core of sweetness. It will become a pretty classic Châteauneuf nose, with good variety, in time. The palate rumbles along on a smoky, spiced trail, has a good, healthy kick, with unbridled tannins running around its compressed matter. The long, secure aftertaste is peppery for now. This is a good, traditional Châteauneuf, with character, captures the terroir..." DrinkRhone

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $44.99

Clos des Papes 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape 1.5 Liter

"...steady red robe; has a spiced, flinty, fast impact nose, with a strong Mourvèdre influence, shows red fruit in behind – the bouquet is wide and crouched down, complex and varied. The red fruit air is en finesse. Really pretty fruit inside it. There is bustle in its tannins, which drive it along well. Very persistent, long, displays heat on the finish. Very good. 'Good total acidity this year, better than 2010 - it is balanced.'  Vincent Avril." From Drink Rhone (2010)  As of fall 2018, the 2009 Clos des Papes should be opening nicely and will drink beautifully for another ten to fifteen years. DL

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $199.99

Clos des Papes 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

From Drink Rhône "...dark red colour. Has a spiced, ripely fruited nose, blackberry and blueberry together, pockets of mystery, scope, oiliness. The spice is provided by the Mourvèdre. The palate is unctuous, beau, holds very good inside mass, well packed and thorough. There are flecks of flowers, rose hip, sweet touches; it’s rich with spice and sustained length. There is good sève (sap) in this. It’s very long. “What pleases me is the profound nature – it is long and deep,” Vincent Avril. Drink until 2050

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2006 Gigondas 3 bottle max please

What do we have here? Old-fashioned Gigondas? We are seldom fortunate enough to taste these.

Clos du Joncuas farms organically, vinifies whole-cluster in concrete, and does élevage in old large casks. The color of the 2006 is a bright intense ruby. The nose is floral, black-fruited, plummy with savory hints of animale and garrigue. This evolves into spicy and earthy notes without losing any sense of ripe-not overripe-fruit. There is good richness to the palate; the ripe fruit is at the forefront with a significant counter-balance of earth. Black pepper, violets, leather follow on the mostly-resolved, long finish. There is a hint of dryness, perhaps from the old oak, but no sense of austerity. Consider it refined rusticity.

Was lovely paired with grilled lamb and Borlotti beans.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2015 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 2015 Seguret shows a very dark red/black color, with aromas of ripe cherry and strawberry liqueur, prune, earth, stone and provençal spices. The palate is quite dense and supple with black berry, prune and earth with red currant and floral notes backed with firm citrusy acids, very saline and long in the finish. This is a big, solid wine that has opened up nicely over the past year, becoming softer, velvety and complex - just delicious! It will accompany steaks, chops and burgers, a daube niçoise, tagines and full flavored cheeses. It's a fabulous value for drinking over the next five years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2016 Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet

(From 60 to 70 year-old vines in "Le Planis," 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre) The 2016 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 on the nose. Dense purple robe. Plum, cassis, blackberry, black pepper and garrique on the palate. Real sense of the structural elements from the stems and limestone soils. Medium tannins and good poise for a decidedly southern wine. Long finish. 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2016 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 and 40% Mourvedre. 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 2016 Seguret shows a deep red/black color and aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and red currant, with earth, garrigue and cocoa - dark and rich but with good freshness. The palate is dense and round with a supple, grainy texture with ripe blackberry and black plum, 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
  • 46 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Dard & Ribo 2016 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

The Dard & Ribo Crozes Blanc is 50-67% Roussanne (1986), 33-50% Marsanne (1986) from Les Bâties at Larnage.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2016 IGP des Collines Rhodanniennes Detour Blanc

The Detour Blanc is a a beautiful blend of Roussanne, Clairette, and Marsanne from the Collines Rhodaniennes. The nose is fresh and lively with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, nectarine, white peach, honeysuckle and acacia. The palate is soft, round, and plush, with a hint of an herbal character, maybe sage, to compliment the aromatic fruit and floral elements of the wine. A perfect pairing for picnic sandwiches, summer salads, and carefree evenings on the patio. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2016 Saint-Joseph Sphé-érique

We're not sure about the spelling, but Véronique and Philippe Grenier's "Sphé-érique" is a lovely "natural" Saint-Joseph, fermented and aged in a round concrete vat, and bottled with zero added sulfur. The wine shows lovely aromas of cool blackberry and blueberry fruit with violet, mint and citrus aromas, really quite complex and pretty. The palate is balanced and earthy with bright black fruits and firm acidity with stone and berry flavors in the refreshing finish. Aromatically very complex, the palate may need a few years to open up. Serve this light and lovely Saint-Joseph with lamb, pork, guinea hen and of course with caillettes ardechoises. (Like most no-sulfur wines, it is best to consume on the day opened.)

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Dumien Serrette 2015 Cornas Patou Vieilles Vignes

"Patou" is a vineyard in the southern portion of Cornas with vines planted from the 1920s to the 1990s on granite soils. The grapes are mostly de-stemmed, fermentations are with wild yeasts and the wine ages for approximately 2 years in 3 to 7 year-old barrels. While we don't like using other people's notes, we love what our friend John Livingstone-Learmonth wrote about this wine: "dark red robe. The nose is grilled, meaty, has a primal nature, real entrails in the glass, with pine, basil. The palate also gives pine woven into its plump blackcurrant content, and a broad, rounded mass. The tannins are ripe, supple, well entered. This is full-blooded, STGT (wine of terroir) Cornas, big on character, for the aficionados. It goes well long. Stand back: a freight train is coming! 13.5° alc." While it's quite impressive now, best to wait a few years then drink until 2035.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $44.99

Ferme des Sept Lunes 2015 Saint-Joseph Chemin Faisant

Jean Delorbe makes beautiful natural wines in and around Saint-Joseph - The 2015 Chemin Faisant is from massale selection vines planted in 1975 by Jean's father, on decomposed granite soils in the northern sector of Saint-Joseph, above Saint-Desirat. Biodynamic farming, wild yeast fermentations, aging in old barrels, zero added sulfur. The wine shows ripe pure fruit liqueur aromas, blackberry and black raspberry, with hints of earth, stone and licorice. The palate is deep and supple with black fruits that are cool and lifted by bright acidity with a backing of earthy mineral flavors that carry through on the finish.  Northern Rhone syrah can be quite beautiful when vinified without sulfur dioxide and this a lovely example. Lovers of Gonon Saint-Joseph will appreciate the similar style of this natural wine - drink over the next ten years. Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ferme des Sept Lunes 2017 Vin de France Syrah

The delicious 2017 Ferme Sept Lunes Syrah is from high elevation vines, just above the Saint-Joseph appellation on granite soils, with only 10 mg/L of SO2 added befroe bottling. We love the review in "DrinkRhone" so we quote it here: "shiny dark red-purple colour. The bouquet has crunchy airs, smoky black fruits, shiny blackberry fruit. The palate holds fine, tenacious black fruits with good breeze, grip. There are violet notes also, tender pockets. This is hand made, true wine. Small tannins cluster on the close, the length. Good VALUE!" We heartily agree - this is a lovely natural wine to serve cool and enjoy over the next few years.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2015 Côtes du Rhône Blanc 'Austral'

Thomas Julien has been experimenting with different cuvees of white wines over the past few years and the 2015 Austral is a great success! It's basically a press wine of Roussanne and Clairette with more skin contact than his regular white, showing a bright, light gold color and vivid aromas of lemon confit, spiced pear, apricot, honeysuckle and almond. The palate is beautifully round and ripe but with firm citrusy acids underlying the ripe pear, hay, stone, lemon and almond flavors that linger on the long finish. This is a gorgeous Southern Rhone white that desrves your attention - serve with fish stew, Asian foods, goat cheeses and pâtés or just sip happily by itself. Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2016 Côtes du Rhône Blanc 'Carlina'

Guy and Thomas Jullien make a small quantity of fascinating and delicious white Cotes du Rhône on their organic estate in Suzette, on the slopes of the Dentelles near Beaumes-de-Venise. "Carlina" is made from 45% Clairette, 45% Roussanne and 10% Grenache Blanc grown at high altitude on clay/limestone soils, vinified with some skin contact and with minimal SO2. Bright pale gold color, with aromas of spiced pear, anis, lemon peel and almond. The palate is round  and ripe but nicely balanced, really showing the Roussanne with lemon confit, pear, hay and herbal flavors, with stone and mineral notes. This is quite delicious and complex, perfect with fish in sauce, Asian foods, chicken and pork dishes and full-flavored cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferrand 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(90% Grenache averaging 75 years of age, with 10% Syrah, Mourvèdre, Bourboulenc, from sandy and galet stone soils)  "...dark red colour. The nose leads with a stylish aroma of blackberry, mixed in with dried herbes de Provence, a note of rose petal, licorice. It will open and vary well. The fruit swishes around the palate well, has a blueberry-blackberry axis, with good, ripe, live tannins wrapped around it. This is a really genuine Châteauneuf with good heart and serious length, a proper from the ground up wine with some delicate aromatics involved." drinkrhone

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Claude

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 Syrah vines in Larnage on a hillside with granite and limestone subsoils under interesting soils of white clay (kaolin). It's a great terroir, and the Cuvée Claude, homage to Thomas' uncle, is a superb Crozes. The 2015 shows a bright red/black color with lovely, pure aromas of ripe black cherry and blueberry liqueur, quite vivid, with earth, citrus, nutmeg and cocao. The palate is elegant and perfectly balanced with sappy black cherry and blackberry fruit with citrus peel, saline minerals and a touch of oak, finishing with juicy acidity. This unique Crozes-Hermitage should be decanted if drinking now, best to wait a few years then drink until 2030. David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Gripa 2011 Saint-Peray Les Figuiers

This little-known wine from Bernard and Fabrice Gripa is one of the most delicious and fascinating wines of the Northern Rhône. From 50 to 60 yeal-old vines in Saint-Peray, 60% Roussanne and 40% Marsanne. "Fine yellow robe. Aniseed and hazelnut tally well together on the front nose; peach and acacia flowers are present, with a typical Saint-Péray tang of saltiness. The palate offers an intricate mix of fruit and more substantial, nutted flavours. It expands steadily on the later palate, has good length and gives a tickle of late acidity. It needs time to fuse – is not an obvious wine. Has something of a red wine in its make-up and late grounding." Decant if drinking now, this will develop beautifully over the next ten years. Livingston-Learmonth in DrinkRhône  

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic

Gripa 2016 Saint-Peray Les Figuiers

Bernard and Fabrice Gripa make superb whites in Saint-Peray which deserve your attention! The "Les Figuiers" is made from 60% Roussanne and 40% Marsanne, from vines ranging from 50 to 70 years-old. We borrow the note on the 2016 form Drink Rhone "...shiny yellow robe. There is a real good ping of lift on the nose, which is fresh and dancing, with quince and guava present, very good purity and lightness of touch.  The palate is very beau, a fine wine of assured gras, a fine texture towards silk. It’s all very neat and serene, classy; the white fruits resemble pear and nectarine. It will show more over time, expand and lengthen. Drink until 2032-34

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

Gripa 2016 Saint-Peray Les Pins

Domaine Bernard and Fabrice Gripa is one of the top estates in Saint-Joseph and Saint-Peray, with the whites being particularly stylish and well-made. The Saint-Peray Les Pins is from 30 year-old vines on both granite and limestone soils, 75% Marsanne, 25% Roussanne. "...yellow robe. Honey-ginger aroma, nice and instant, notes of dried apricot – it’s a lucid bouquet. The palate comes with charming gras, a neat, fresh line through it. It has quiet grip, is an en finesse wine, with balance. The flavour is on white fruits, nectarine, the finale rounded. It’s a bit hidden, is floral, graceful."  DrinkRhone

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 44 in stock
  • $11.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $269.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

Les Bruyères (David Renaud) 2015 Crôzes-Hermitage Les Croix Vieilles Vignes

David Reynaud's "Domaine les Bruyères" has been certified organic and Biodynamic for many years. "Les Croix" is from a parcel of 6o year-old vines on a sandy clay/limestone terroir, covered in small stones. The grapes are hand harvested into small crates, vinification is in cement vat with wild yeasts, aging is in four and five year-old barrels. The wine shows a bright red/black color with vibrant, cool aromas of morello cherry, blueberry and cassis, with black olive, licorice and floral notes. The palate shows darker black fruits, with licorice, garrigue and mineral flavors. The texture is silky but framed in firm acidity, with grippy black fruits in the earthy finsh. This is a serious Crozes that is quite ripe and delicious for early drinking, but 5 to 8 years in the cellar should really make it sing. Drink until 2030.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

Mas de Boislauzon 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition

Mas de Boislauzon is a lesser-known, over-achieving estate located in the northern sector of Châteauneuf, with parcels in the lieu-dits of Cabrières, Boislauzon, Lagardiole, Palestor and Pignan. The soil types are sandy at Pignan, galets roulés at Boislauzon, with more clay at la Gardiole and Palestor. Organic farming since 2009. Approximately 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvedre. The grapes are de-stemmed and aging is in concrete vats and old barrels. The 2015 is a full-throttle, dark colored wine with deep blackberry liqueur, dark plum, earth and roast meat aromas. The palate is very dense and supple with ripe sweet blackberry and red currant fruit, well structured and lifted by cool acidity and firm tannins. Enjoy in its rather intense youth with a steak or grilled lamb or hold for ten to fifteen years. Terrific wine and a great value!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic

Mas de Boislauzon 2016 Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages

From 50-65% Grenache, 15-20% Syrah, 0-10% Carignan, 5-15% Mourvèdre from stony clay-limestone soils on Bois Lauzon & Coudoulet at Courthézon. The vines are on average 45 years-old. The wine ages in concrete tank and old barrels, and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. This is an outstanding Côtes-du-Rhône Villages that shows very dark red/black color with lovely aromas of lush blackberry and red currant with dark chocolate, citrus and spice. The palate is ripe and dense with round, lush berry fruits, earth and mineral flavors backed with firm citrusy acids.

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Monardiere 2017 Vacqueyras Le Rosé

This rosé from Vacqueyras is a prime candidate for any summer grill and barbecue. Primarily Grenache (with 30% Cinsault), farmed without chemical products in the vineyard, hand harvested, and fermented with indigenous yeasts. Winemakers Martine and Christian Vache vinify half of the wine for their rosé in the saignée (bleeding) method, taking juice from red grapes after about 10 hours of maceration and fermenting this separately. The other half is a direct press of partially de-stemmed grapes. Once fermented, the two wines are blended and aged on the lees for 6 months before bottling. The result is a wine of a beautiful pale hue that provides kick and crispness, brambly fresh berry fruit, and a touch of spice. Super dry, and satisfyingly refreshing, it's perfect with salads and snacks, and has enough body to stand up to richer, tangier flavors and grilled meats.  E.L.

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

Pelaquie 2017 Tavel Rosé

Domaine Pélaquié makes this lovely Tavel rosé from young vines of Cinsault and Grenache. The wine shows a deep pink color with lush aromas of tart cherry, raspberry and red currant with violet, citrus peel and spice. The palate is deep and ripe but nicely balanced with bright acidity, showing black cherry, ripe raspberry, brown spice, citrus and mineral flavors, with a nice supple finish. This will accomany grilled tuna, chicken and burgers this summer as well as salads and cheeses.

  • rosé
  • 16 in stock
  • $13.99

Perret, André 2016 Condrieu

For my money one of the great producers of white wines in the Rhône. Andre Perret makes a trio of beautiful Condrieus: Chery (tense, deeply mineral, gras, ageable), Clos Chanson (ample, exotic, floral, supple), and Condrieu AC (generous, ripe, aromatic, stony and fresh). All are lovely and expressive, and the ‘basic’ bottling offers a beautiful combination of floral and stone fruit aromas, with fine sap on the palate (midweight, ripe, and salty!) and a veritable cornucopia of stone and orchard fruit flavors on a long clinging mineral finish. This has great energy, freshness, detail, and none of the flab associated with many Viogniers. There’s light here, if not heat. A fantastic aperitif and a fine pairing with a salad of favas, spring onions, and fresh pecorino.  Lovely stuff!  John McIlwain

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $82.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $104.99

Pierre Andre 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Jacqueline André made another superb Chatauneuf-du-Pape in 2011,  much more enjoyable as a young wine than the firmer-structured 2010, but the wine will age beautifully as well. The aromas are typically ripe and complex, showing berry liqueur, smoke, garrigue, cassis, earth and stone. The palate shows deep, round black fruits, earth, tobacco, spice and citrus notes with tannins that are soft and round. This is a lovely CDP to drink now, that shows the great farming and traditional winemaking of the André family and is highly recommended.  Hold for ten to fifteen years for a mature experience. (Organic since 1980 (the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992. The red is 90% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Vacarese, Counoise, Muscadin and Picpoul. Some parcels are over 100 years old, with the average vine age around 65 years.)

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pierre Andre 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The 2012 Pierre André is another oustanding Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the capable Jacqueline André, showing earthy blackberry liqueur, garrigue, burnt orange, rose, black olive and stone, for starters. On the palate, there is a silky, grainy texture with  ripe blackberry and bitter cherry, backed with firm acidity, licorice, olive and earthy flavors, finishing with pure cherry and minerals that linger on the palate. Please decant or open 3 to 4 hours in advance if drinking now, or cellar for five to eight years, drink until 2035. David Lillie

  • red
  • 52 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

Roseau, Benoit 2015 Saint-Joseph Cuvee Patagone

This lovely Saint-Joseph from Benoit Roseau is from 20 year-old vines on granite soils, fermented with the stems with wild yeasts and aged in large, old barrels. The aromas are bright and pretty with blackberry, blueberry and violet, with hints of black olive, earth and licorice. The palate shows earthy black fruit liqueur with flavors of roast meat, bitter chocolate, olive and garrigue with a nice mineral kick in the long finish, with firm acidity and lingering black fruits. This is a complex, subtle and well-balanced Saint-Joseph that is drinking beautifully now, and over the next five to eight years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $209.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $99.99

Rousset 2015 Saint-Joseph

From a one-half hectare parcel of 60 year-old vines in "Les Rivoires" on the lower slope in Tournon, a cool, late-ripening terroir with clay, sand and stones over firm granite. Aged 12 months, 30% foudre, 70% 2 to 5 year-old barrels. Although normally overshadowed by the Rousset's superb Crozes "les Picaudieres," the 2015 Saint-Joseph is a great wine of terroir and one of the better Saint-Josephs we've tasted from this vintage. The wine shows a dark black/red color with deep aromas of blackberry and blueberry liqueur with plum, earth and smoke - quite ripe but with nice brightness as well. The palate is quite dense and supple with ripe black fruits and hints of blueberry, dark chocolate, black olive and roast meats  which continue in the long finish with pronounced mineral flavors and firm acidity. The Rousset Saint-Joseph is normally somewhat austere and tightly structured when young, but the 2015 will be quite delicious as a young wine if decanted for a few hours. Despite the more forward aspect, there is plenty of structure here for aging, best perhaps 2020 to 2030.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $23.99

Rousset 2015 Crozes-Hermitage

From hillside vineyards in Erome, Gervans and Crozes, mostly granite with some limestone/clay, average age 45 years, aged 30% in foudre, 70% in one to 7 year-old burgundy barrels. This is no "ordinary" Crozes-Hermitage, but a real wine of terroir from great vineyard sites, all on hillsides. 2015 is an excellent vintage in the northern Rhone with great ripeness balanced by some rain before harvest. The Rousset 2015 Crozes-Hermitage shows a deep black/purple color with deep aromas of blackberry and blueberry liqueur with hints of earth, bitter chocolate and musk. The palate is dense but brightened by firm acidity with black fruits, licorice, earth and mineral flavors. Black olive and red currant emerge with aeration, really lovely. This is a delicious Syrah from great terroir that will accompany grilled foods, stews, tagines and full-flavored cheeses over the next 5 to 8 years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $64.99

Texier 2013 CdR St. Julien en St. Alban Domaine Pergaud Vieille Serine

From 70-year-old Syrah vines located on the west bank of the Rhône on granite soils that had been farmed exclusively by a protestant religious order known as D’Arbistes. There has never been a chemical introduced into this vineyard. The wine shows conplex, earthy aromas of blackberry, rose, black pepper and graphite with animal and smoky notes. The palate is dense and sapid with blackberry, prune, citrus and earth with a long finish with black fruit and mineral flavors. This is a bold and earthy Syrah (?) reflecting the granite terroirs and M. Texier's superb farming and natural vinifications.  "The 30 months of aging in 2500 litre foudres have rendered (this) cuvée surprisingly approachable for such a classic vintage. The aging potential is exceptional." - Eric Texier. Decant or open the nightr before if drinking now, best perhaps 2022 - 2030+. DL

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $13.99

Thomas Jullien 2017 Ventoux Sur le Rose

Thomas Julien of La Ferme Saint-Martin makes this light and lovely rosé from organic Grenache and Cinsault grown near the Mount Ventoux. The wine shows pretty aromas of spiced strawberry, citrus peel and melon with a refreshing palate  of ripe berry fruits with saline minerals. The very low SO2 level enhances the purity and freshness of the wine. Great served well-chilled by itself or with salads, fish, white meats and burgers this fall - and it's a great value at $10.99!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 27 in stock
  • $10.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Usseglio, Raymond 2013 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Impérial

(90-95% Grenache planted in 1901-02, from sandy soils on Les Pialons, La Girardette, 10% Counoise, Cinsault, Terret Noir, Clairette, 40% destemmed, aged in concrete vats) The 2013 Imperiale is a deep and impressive old vine Chateauneuf  - starting with pretty red fruit aromas that segue into plum and black cherry, with licorice, meat and garrigue. The palate is dense and deep, balanced with firm acidity, showing ripe red currant and blackberry liqueur, earth, licorice, olive and spice that continue on the very persistent finish. This really shows the old vines, has great old-fashioned style - drink this now with a steak or daube niçoise, or cellar another ten to fifteen years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Usseglio, Raymond 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Girard

90% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre, 4% Syrah, 2% Cinsault and 2% Counoise, averaging 80 years of age.  "...good shine in the dark red robe. The bouquet is well rounded, has a plump heart of plums, hints of raspberry. It gives a picture of the sunny south, with restraint. The palate is expressive, offers good Grenache plum fruits with savoury tannins that wrap around it very well. There are some delicious moments. The finish is fresh, with a pocket of spice and pebbly feel from the refined tannins. This is genuine, true, STGT (Soil To Glass Transfer i.e. authentic wine of terroir), highly enjoyable Châteauneuf, represents its origins well." drinkrhone

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vernay 2015 Côte Rôtie Blonde du Seigneur

Nose is a bit reserved on opening. Blackberry, dusty stone, pastilles, black olive, Italian plum aromas appear with some air. Palate has good density (and energy for the warmth of the vintage). Black olive, black raspberry, iron and pepper on the palate, with ripe tannins, succulent acidity, beneath the rich dry extract. Lovely stuff and a fine Côte-Rôtie, indeed! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $29.99

Vieux Donjon 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

From Drink Rhône "...dark red, full robe. The nose is extremely wide, bears a sweet, southern nature, with layered, well filled black fruits airs allied to notes of black olives, a local density apparent. The palate is weighted and freighted, expressive, comes with a mass of thick content, southern garrigue herbs woven into it, rosemary and a tang of tilleul/linden, laurel all jostling together. This has a grass roots certainty, is a thoroughly grounded wine for the long haul."  Drink until 2040+

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $63.99