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Balazu des Vaussières 2014 Vin de France Achillée Millefeuille

The 2014 “Achillée Millefeuille” from Christian and Nadia Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussieres is made from Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, 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 wine shows a deep black/red color with aromas of plum skin, ripe black cherry, spiced strawberry, roast meat, anise and cola. Ripe Morello cherry, earth, citrus peel and black olive on the palate with cool acidity, earth, licorice and spicy berry fruits in the finish, changeable and enticing, a real product of living soils. Anyone who appreciates natural wines should try this! Our thanks to Christian and Nadia for their beautiful work...  David Lillie

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balazu des Vaussières 2016 Vin de France Solaire

The 2016 “Solaire” from Nadia and Christian Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussières is predominantly Grenache Blanc and Clairette with Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Bourboulenc.  A complex and elegant wine of the south, at 14% alcohol, the wine shows a clear pale gold/bronze color with complex aromas of earthy citrus, almond, pear and peach fruit with spiced apricot, really showing the Marsanne when opened. The palate is quite mineral with saline stone flavors, preserved lemon and pear, finishing with anise, white pepper, dusty stone, almond and white fruits. This is a delicious and soulful natural wine from the stony soils of Tavel and Roquemaure - perfect with bouillabaisse with aioli, monkfish in sauce and white meats, or to just sip and contemplate. (On the label of the Blanc and Rosé is the Berber Flag from North Africa (Nadia’s heritage) with the symbol of the free man and three colors representing Berbers who lived by the sea, in the mountains and in the desert.)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balazu des Vaussières 2017 Vin de France Sept Syllabes Rosé

The 2017 “Sept Syllabes,” was made with Grenache Blanc and Noir, Carignan and Cinsault. It’s a direct press rosé with little or no maceration and no added SO2. The wine spent approximately 12 months in vat before bottling. Slightly opaque pink color. The wine shows pretty aromas of creamy raspberry, peach skin, orange peel and earth. The palate is dense and textured with berry fruits, brown spice, citrus and mineral flavors, quite intriguing. There is a bit of funk on the finish, due to the absence of SO2, but the wine remains complex and delicious with terrific length. The color browns slightly with a few days open but the flavors deepen nicely - a few years of aging would be interesting. This is not for everyone, but we find it fascinating and delicious.  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

Banneret 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

With a deeper robe than the limpid 2015—dark ruby, verging on purple. On the nose crushed strawberry, plum, black tea, and cassis aromas, giving way to garrigue, a faint hint of hoisin, and graphite. Warming, but no sense of torrefaction. Clearly southern, but with great flair on the nose. The mid-weight palate exhibits great counterpoint between ripe black fruits, savory Provençal herbs, and sapid, gamy flavors astride fine-grained, firm, supple tannins. There’s great energy here and not a little depth. This is succulent and satisfying and as much as I envision this with a warm, wintry daube, or cassoulet, nearly as much it has me craving grilled lamb and ratatouille on a balmy summer night as the cicadas hum. And while I find myself loving Domaine du Banneret every vintage, the 2016 is especially suave, soulful, and satisfying. While this displays pure fruit pleasure now, this will gain in dimension and sophistication with 7-10 years in the cellar and beyond. This is beautiful Châteauneuf-du-Pape. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $52.99

Banneret 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1.5 L

With a deeper robe than the limpid 2015—dark ruby, verging on purple. On the nose crushed strawberry, plum, black tea, and cassis aromas, giving way to garrigue, a faint hint of hoisin, and graphite. Warming, but no sense of torrefaction. Clearly southern, but with great flair on the nose. The mid-weight palate exhibits great counterpoint between ripe black fruits, savory Provençal herbs, and sapid, gamy flavors astride fine-grained, firm, supple tannins. There’s great energy here and not a little depth. This is succulent and satisfying and as much as I envision this with a warm, wintry daube, or cassoulet, nearly as much it has me craving grilled lamb and ratatouille on a balmy summer night as the cicadas hum. And while I find myself loving Domaine du Banneret every vintage, the 2016 is especially suave, soulful, and satisfying. While this displays pure fruit pleasure now, this will gain in dimension and sophistication with 7-10 years in the cellar and beyond. This is beautiful Châteauneuf-du-Pape. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $69.99

Charvin 2018 Cotes-du-Rhone Rose

A 1.5 ha parcel of about 50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault, sometimes with some Bourboulenc and Mourvèdre that averages just 35hL/ha annually.  Organically farmed and entirely harvested by hand with sorting done in the vineyard. The 2018 rosé shows a pale pink color and lovely aromas of raspberry, wild strawberry, rose and peach skin. The palate is silky and mineral with subtle raspberry and cherry fruit with stone and citrus flavors, quite long and elegant and finishing with refreshing acidity. This should open up nicely over the next few months and will be a great companion to seafood, chicken and grilled meats this summer. Lovely wine!

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 13 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos des Brusquières 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

85% Grenache, some 100+ years-old, 15% Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsault. 70% de-stemmed, aged in vats and large old barrels. Bottled unfined, unfiltered. From our reliable friends at DrinkRhone: "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 a real essence of terroir."

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $44.99

Clos des Grillons 2016 Cotes-du-Rhone Les Terres Blanches V Vignes

Le Clos des Grillons comes from 30-year-old vines of Grenache plus some Syrah and Mourvèdre planted in Nicolas Renaud's biodynamic vineyards in Rochefort-du-Gard. After two weeks of carbonic maceration, the wine is racked into neutral oak for 6 months, then bottled without any sulfur additions. Like his neighbor Eric Pfifferling in Tavel, Nicolas translates the silt and sandy soils of the Southern Rhône into a pure wine with remarkable freshness. The nose offers pleasing grapefruit and floral aromas with deeper notes of cocoa, ground pepper, and sage. The palate offers fine, powdery tannins, and vigorous acidity. The lively notes of citrus and tangy cherry are framed by savory herbs and bitter dark chocolate. A perfect wine for grilled sausages, mushrooms, or burgers this summer. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos du Joncuas 2006 Gigondas 1 btl per person (June 6)

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
  • 5 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2010 Gigondas 1 btl per person (June 6)

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. This is a dense, old-school Gigondas that needs time. Dark purple/black color, deep blackberry aromas with earth, brown spice, prune and licorice. The palate is deep and dense with blackberry, garrigue, earth and mineral flavors framed in firm tannins and acidity  Long finish of earthy minerals and black fruits. (April 2015)  Tasted in January 2017 at the estate, the wine showed fabulous aromas of berry liqueur, earth, mint, garrigue and licorice; the palate was beautifully structured, deep, elegant and balanced with firm acidity and a great finish. Ten years from maturity but beautiful now with a steak if you can't wait... Bravo to the Chastan family for continuing to make wines like this!

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2011 Gigondas

Tasted in January of 2019 in France, the 2011 Clos du Joncuas Gigondas showed beautifully, opening up nicely with flavors  of earthy  cherry, blackberry and garrigue, with licorice and spice in the long finish, really ready to drink, although five more years would bring a softer and more secondary experience. Highly recommended.  Daivd Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2015 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. Although we love this beautifully old-fashioned, organic wine in every vintage, Dany and Carole Chastan have made perhaps their best wine ever in 2015! The wine shows deep aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, prune, garrigue, musk and citrus, quite focused and elegant. The palate is pure, supple and balanced, even at 15% alcohol, with dense blackberry, tart cherry, red currant, spice, earth and minerals, with tart red fruits, minerals and citrus in the very long finish. This is a superb Gigondas that can be enjoyed immensely now with a steak, pork or lamb chops, Morrocan tagines and full-flavored cheeses. Cellar 10 to 15 years for a mature experience. This is a superb wine and a great value - thanks to Carole and Dany for their great farming and traditional winemaking!

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2015 Gigondas Esprit de Grenache VV

This is Gigondas at its finest! 100% Grenache from old vines, fermented in cement, and aged in large oak vats before being bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal added sulphur. 2015 is a great vintage for Dany and Carole Chastan at the Clos du Joncuas, and their 2015 Esprit de Grenache is simply outstanding. Since 1900 the estate has been farmed organically and the winemaking here is completely traditional with whole-cluster fermentations and aging in old foudres. Tasted at the estate in January of 2017, the wine showed dense elegant black fruit aromas with licorice and earth. The palate is pure and long with deep blackberry flavors with olive, earth, citrus and bitter chocolate - just fantastic! As with all the 2015s here, the wine is delicious in its youthful fruit and intensity, but ten to fifteen years of aging will reveal a truly great southern Rhone Grenache. Very highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $34.99

  • 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
  • 12 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

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 blackerry, 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 2032.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2016 Vacqueyras La Font de Papier

From 80% Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre, grown on gravelly limestone terraces, always farmed organically, whole-cluster fermention and aged in concrete vats.  Dany and Carole Chastan have made another superb Vacqueyras in 2016, a bit brighter than the opulent 2015 version, showing dark black/red color and bright aromas of  blackberry, black olive and licorice with plum skin, garrigue, violet and bitter chocolate.  This young wine is showing deep black fruits with firm acidity and terrific length with chalky mineral notes, earth, citrus and olive. This will be fantastic with grilled foods, stews and tagines and will improve over the next few years - drink happily until 2030. Highly recommended and a great value!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

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
  • 13 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2018 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. A bit riper and more expressive than the 2017, and 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
  • 15 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $15.99

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2018 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 2018 shows a very pale onion skin color with floral aromas of raspberry, peach and citrus. The palate is very light and elegant with subtle raspberry fruit with hints of melon and stone, finishing with mineral flavors and refreshing acidity. This is a lovely wine at a great price!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $31.99

Domaine des Amphores 2017 IGP des Collines Rhodanniennes 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. The 2017 "Les Iris" shows off the Grenier's great farming with a fantastic mineral  character underlying the lush fruit. The wine shows very elegant aromas of white flowers, pear, almond, tea and stone. The palate is supple and dense with ripe pear and abricot, peach pit and stone. The finish is very earthy and long with white fruit, almond and stone flavors lingering on the palate with firm saline acidity. This is a superb Viognier - congratulations to young Remi Grenier who is working with his parents, vinifying the estate's white wines.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2016 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, 60-70% destemmed, aged 18 months in 600 liter barrels. The 2016 Les Mesanges is a more elegant and earthy wine of terroir than the fleshier 2015, showing aromas of black raspberry, earth, a bit of blueberry, Italian plum and rose.  The palate has an earthy texture with red currant and black raspberry fruit framed in firm acidity and saline minerals. Not a fruit bomb, but showing the Biodynamic farming in its elegant minerality. Open well in advance or wait 2 - 3 years then drink until 2032.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2017 Condrieu La Côte

Domaine des Amphores has a small, steep hillside parcel on granite soils in Condrieu, organic since 2002 and now certified Biodynamic as well.  Philippe and Veronique Grenier have made a lovely 2017, 100% Viognier of course, showing a pale gold color and aromas of lime-flower, pear and peach, tea,  lemon zest, almond and hay. The palate is dense and sapid, perfectly balanced with a firm center of mineral and stone flavors underlying apricot and pear fruit with almond and citrus. Rather full-bodied for a Condrieu but not in a cloying way, this should open up nicely over the next few years - serve with fish in sauce, Asian foods and white meats or as a superb aperitif with foie gras, pâtés and goat cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2017 IGP des Collines Rhodanniennes Detour Blanc

The Detour Blanc is a beautiful blend of Roussanne, Clairette from 50 year-old vines, and Marsanne from the Collines Rhodaniennes. The nose is fresh, floral and lively with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, nectarine, white peach, honeysuckle and acacia. The palate is ripe and full but with nice saline minerals, with citrus confit, dried fruits, pear, apple and honeysuckle. The finish is long, dense and balanced, making this a lovely apéritif wine and a great combination with appetizers, full-flavored fish dishes, white meats, salads and mild cheeses. Just a delicious wine and a fabulous value! David Lillie

  • white
  • 62 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2017 Saint-Joseph Blanc 'Altitude 300'

Since its inception in 1992, Philippe and Véronique Grenier have practiced organic farming on their tiny estate in Chavanay, in the AOC Saint-Joseph just south of Condrieu. Their 2017 "Altitude 300" is a beautiful white Saint-Joseph made from 80% Roussanne and 20% Marsanne.The wine shows subtle, fresh Roussanne aromas of pear,  almond, hay, bitter lemon, stone and  lime-flower. The palate is refreshing and bright with creamy citrus, pear, apricot, thyme, flint and stone, with nice density and length and firm acidity. Drink now with fish  in sauce, chicken and white meats and cow cheeses. A lovely wine and a great value!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2017 Vin de France Sphé-érique

We're not sure about the spelling, but Véronique and Philippe Grenier's "Sphé-érique" is a lovely "natural" Syrah, 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.  Serve this light and lovely Syrah 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
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 IGP des Collines Rhodanniennes 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 2018 "Les Iris" Syrah shows lush 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 lush 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 - and a lovely preview of the great 2018 vintage in the northern Rhone. David Lillie

  • red
  • 67 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • 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
  • 8 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Gramenon 2017 Cotes du Rhone l'elementaire

The Gramenon "l'élémentaire" is made from a plot of 45 year-old vines, 75% Grenache, 25% Syrah, at 400 metres, very clay soils plus limestone at Valréas. The grapes are partially de-stemmed and ferment with wild yeasts, with only a small dose of SO2 after the malo. The 2017 is a lovely wine that needs a few minutes of aeration to reveal very pretty aromas of raspberry, red currant and violets. The palate has nice grainy, chalky texture with blackberry liqueur, spice, earth, cocoa and cool citrus notes, finishing with bright black fruits and refreshing acidity. Delicious now but will benefit from a few years of aging - serve cool with grilled pork or chicken. David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gramenon 2017 Cotes-du-Rhone Poignée de Raisins

The Gramenon "Poignée de Raisins" is all Grenache from young vines grown on the hillsides and plateau of Gramenon in Montbrison. The terroir is a maritime sandstone/sand and shell soil. The grapes are partially de-stemmed, there is a 15-day maceration and fermentation with wild yeasts with a 6 month aging in vats. Poignée de Raisins (a fistful of grapes) certainly lives up to its nom de boire with its brambly aromas and bright and frank juiciness. The nose is redolent of wild violets, hedge fruits, and wild blackberry. The fresh and racy palate offers fresh flavors of wild berry, hints of black tea, and fine-grained tannins to lend definition to the proceedings. This is on the more joyous rather than contemplative end of the spectrum, but offers great refreshment at a generous tariff. Serve with a chill and a plate of charcuterie, or perhaps a burger or grilled lamb sausages. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $42.99

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Manissy 2018 Tavel Trinité Rosé

50-60% Grenache, 10-30% Clairette, 5-15% Cinsault, 0-10% Bourboulenc, 5-15% Syrah (av age 45 years) from sandy, clay, galet stony soils, cool harvested, 12-24 hour cool maceration. Bright pink/orange color. Aromas of ripe raspberry and strawberry, orange peel, rose petal; the palate is ripe and sapid with lovely raspberry and cherry fruit with hints of citrus and stone, with nice length of refreshing acidity supprting the lush fruit. This is a delicious fairly full-bodied rosé that will accompany a salad Nicoise, grilled tuna and pork, ratatouille and it's a great aperitif or picnic wine as well. Drink over the next two to three years.  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 83 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Mas de Boislauzon 2016 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% Mourvèdre. The grapes are de-stemmed and aging is in concrete vats and old barrels. The 2016 is a superb and age-worthy Châteauneuf-du-Pape that will both drink well young and age gracefully until 2040 or longer. "The wine shows firm red colour. The nose is an enjoyable combo of blackberry and raspberry fruit, has a soft floral hover, and a beguiling sweetness. The fruit has a pure, “glistening” quality. The palate is authentic, comes with southern tones including iodine, black olives, laurel that speckle the dark fruit well. There are dark tannins well embedded, and it ends with momentum, good carry, some gunflint clarity and spicing. This will be a handsome glass in time." DrinkRhone

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $119.99

Pierre-Jean Villa 2016 Côte Rôtie Carmina

From two parcels in brown schistous soils on the northern end of the appellation comprised of organically farmed younger (10-year-old) and older (70-year-old) vines. Fermentation is 50% whole cluster and the wines spend 18 months in a blend of demi-muids and used barrels. The robe is a dark purple to the meniscus. The nose is perfumed with heady aromas of violets, ripe raspberry, and cassis, with hints of tapenade, woody herbs, and subtle notes of black pepper. The mid-weight palate offers ripe berry and stone fruit flavors underlain by a spicy minerality and framed by fresh acidity and fine-grained  tannins. There is good verve and style here on a long mouth-watering finish. This is lovely now, though should gain in sophistication and detail as the the pretty fruit integrates with the structural elements, perhaps after 5-7 years in the cellar. A fine Côte-Rôtie that straddles the line between polish and rusticity deftly. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $219.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

Texier 2014 Brézème Domaine Pergaud Vieille Serine

Made primarily from 80 to 90 year-old vines of Serine, generally regarded as an old version of Syrah (which evolved from Mondeuse Blanc and Dureza) with smaller berries which survived through massale selection, principally in Cote Rotie.  Serine gives a more aromatic and elegant wine that the larger berried modern Syrah. The 2014 shows earthy, complex black and blue fruits, with chalky strawberry amd floral aromas. The palate is intense and earthy with blackberry, red currant, licorice and mineral flavors with pretty red fruits lingering in the long finish. Decant well in advance if drinking now, best to hold ten years or more. "...reunites the potential of 2010 with the amiability of 2012" says Eric.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur