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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
  • 12 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $119.99

Barou 2018 Saint-Joseph "Un Autre Monde" (12/10)

Domaine Barou has been organic since the 1970s and also produces cherries, apricots and peaches. The Saint-Joseph vines are in Limony, on thin granite soils. Shallow plowing ("griffage") is done in the summer, with rye and clover growing between the rows in winter. The grapes are 80% de-stemmed, fermentations are with wild yeasts, aging is primarily in old barrels. The 2018 "un Autre Monde" is a beautiful fruit-forward Saint-Joseph showing a deep red/black color and superb aromas, lush and complex, of black chery, red currant and blueberry with musk, licorice and dark choclate, quite floral and bright. The palate is supple and ripe with lush black and blueberry fruit, spice and earth. The finish is long and ripe with fruit liqueur lingering on the palate. This is a beautifully balanced fruit bomb of a Saint-Joseph to enjoy over the next five to eight years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Barou 2018 VdP Collines Rhodaniennes Marsanne "Rendez" (12/10)

The Barou family family makes delicious wines, and grows cherries and apricots on their mixed-use organic estate in Charnas, in the northern section of the AOC Saint-Joseph. Their 2018 Vin de Pays Marsanne is a simply superb everyday wine! Light bronze/gold color.  This needs a few minutes to open up, then shows aromas of pear and peach, almond, lime-flower, lemon peel, smoke and hay, really quite pretty. Ripe stone fruits on the palate, primarily peach and dried pear with lemon, spice and saline mineral flavors with good balancing acidity in the long finish. Serve this lovely wine with chicken, full-flavored fish, mild cheeses and Asian foods. This is a unique and delicious wine and an extraordinary value - highly recommended! 

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Barou 2018 Vin de Pays Syrah "Vernes" (12/10)

From 40 year-old Syrah vines in Charnay, just outside the Saint-Joseph AOC, on living soils tended organically for forty years by Marie-Agnès and Emmanuel Barou. Plowing by tractor or weeding by hand on the steep slopes. Hand-harvested, wild-yeast fermentations, aging one year in 4 to 5 year-old barrels. The 2018 Cuvée des Vernes is simply sensational and one of the best values in the store! The wine shows deep black/red color with lush aromas of blackberry liqueur, licorice, blueberry and musk with cool minty notes - really lovely! The palate shows cool dense black fruits with blueberry, earth, and citrus with a beautiful, refreshing finish of minerals and fruit. This is an outstanding Syrah, and simply delicious for current drinking. Serve a bit cool with almost anything from roast chicken to pork, rabbit, charcuterie and lamb, or just enjoy by itself. Case quantities are available. Highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bastide Saint-Dominique 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve

While hunting for value in the excellent 2016 vintage in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, we happened across this organic estate based in Courthezon that is making lovely Châteauneufs from organic parcels in Pignan, Guigasse, Bédines and Chapouin. The vines are 25 to 80 years old, the grapes are destemmed and the wine ages for 18 months in cement vats. The style here is a bit forward, and the wine is undeniably delicious with an intense bouquet of sweet liqueur fruit, kirsh liqueur, blueberry and blackberry fruits, licorice, dark chocolate and spice. The palate shows black fruits with elegant tannins with smooth texture and the freshness of the 2016s. This is a wine that can be enjoyed young and will hold nicely over the next ten to fifteen years - really an excellent value and quite representative of this superb vintage.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $69.99

Chapelle St. Theodoric 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Sablons

(While some might think that Châteaunuef-du-Pape is too heavy for Thanksgiving, this elegant CDP from sandy soils near Rayas has the balance and lighter body that will make it pair beautifully with Turkey and trimmings) Chappelle St. Theodoric - a project of winemaker Bapiste Grangeon and Peter Weygant - has quickly become one of our favorite Southern Rhône producers. The domaine is comprised of two parcels of Grenache vines (each ranging in age between 50-100 years): La Guigasse, a soil of pure sand, and Le Grand Pin, a terroir of pure sand at the top of Pignan - and famously neighboring Chateau Rayas. "Les Sablons" is Grenache from both parcels, which sees whole cluster vinification, and aged in demi-muids. The 2016 is a bolder and richer vintage than most: it will still carry the aromatics and floral traits of Chapelle St. Theodoric's wines, yet with beautiful undercurrents of black raspberry, red flowers, fresh red cherry and a long finish of cassis and bright plum. An elegant wine that can be aged for quite some time, or enjoyed now after an hour decant. JDC 

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • 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 Châteauneuf that is worth having in your cellar. We quote the reliable, somewhat English notes of our friend John Livingstone 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." Although this wine will cellar beautifully for 20 to 25 years, it's also a superb Châteauneuf for drinking now, displaying the perfect balance of 2016 without excessive tannins. David Lillie

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • no discount
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos de la Bonnette 2016 Condrieu "Légende Bonnetta"

The beautiful aromatics and silky, complex palate of this superb Condrieu will make it a real treat on Thanksgiving! 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. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $30.99

Clos des Grillons 2018 Vin de France Grillons Rouge

A few kilometers outside Tavel, in Rouchefort du Gard, Nicholas Renaud is cultivating 18 hectares of vines next to his neighbor, Eric Pfifferling (Domaine de l'Angelore). Philosophically in keep with Pfifferling's wine-making style, Renaud  farms bio-dynamically and organically, and his wines are vibrant, perfumed, and bursting with energy. Les Grillons, mostly Grenache with some Cinsault, is a light and lively cuvée with notes of black cherry, peach, pear and mint. Tangy minerality leads to an herbaceous finish.  A wine of finesse and character, ideally served slightly chilled. JDC

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $25.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $41.99

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2012 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. The 2012 Gigondas is a bit lighter and brighter than the norm at Clos du Joncuas with high-toned black fruit, mineral, spice and licorice aromas. The palate is elegant and fresh showing deep supple black fruits with hints of graphite, garrigue and brown spice. After three days, recorked in the fridge, the wine has deepened impressively with pure blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice aromas, great density on the palate with black fruit liqueur, red currant, earth and anise. A beautiful wine! Serve cool and decant many hours if drinking young, or cellar for five to fifteen years.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $43.99

  • 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
  • 10 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
  • 10 in stock
  • $34.99

  • 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
  • 8 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2018 Gigondas Rosé

We think that a full-bodied rosé can be a great choice for turkey and stuffing, and the superb 2018 from the Chastan sisters is really outstanding! 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2017 Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet

This blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mouvedre comes from old vines in “Le Planis,” planted just after the Second World War in the Southern Rhone. Creve Coeur’s Pablo Hocht created the Domaine in 2010, with a commitment to organic and Biodynamic farming. His recent vintages have been rich and ripe: just what one wants in Southern Rhone red. The wine undergoes a four-week whole-cluster vinification with wild yeasts followed by 12 months in used barrels. An inky delight in the glass, the aromatics are hedonistic and bold, full of black fruit, olive and smoke. The palate opens up to a generous gift of cassis, dried fruit, mint, and black pepper. The tannins provide a good energy to the minerals at play, and it gives a peak into what this wine will look like in a few years’ time. Enjoy with grilled meat, tagines, reblochon or other soft cheeses. John David Crosby

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2018 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. The 2018 shows lovely aromas of ripe black cherry and red currant lifted by floral, citrus and spice notes. The palate is soft and supple with ripe cherry and spicy strawberry fruit, quite delicious, and finishing with refreshing, velvety fruit. This is a real crowd-pleaser and a great value!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Cristia 2016 Châteauneuf du Pape Classique (Arrives 10/24)

Domaine Cristia was established in 1942 with only 2 hectares of vines. Since 1999 the estate has expanded to 20 hectares in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is being run by the third generation - Baptiste and Dominique Grangeon. The two have been farming using only natural methods, gaining organic certification in 2008. All 20 of their hectares are located in the eastern part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with various soil types seeing northeastern exposure. Their Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 15% Mourvèdre, all from clay and sandy marl terroir. The grapes are sorted and fully destemmed after harvest. The Grenache is aged in stainless steel tanks for 16 months, while the Mourvèdre and Syrah are aged in 2 to 3 year-old barrels. The palate is bright and floral, with red fruit abounding, along with notes of sour cherry, ginger, bright spice, blackberries, cassis and plums. The finish is a delightful medley of dark fruit and red flowers. A classic rendition of the old-style Châteauneuf-du-Pape. JDC

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic

Domaine Alary 2016 Cairanne "La Brunote"

Now under the hands of Denis Alary, a vigneron of a old, storied estate (this is the 11th generation), Domaine Alary is producing textured and lovely Southern Rhone wines. Founded in 1692 (under the reign of the Sun King), Domaine Alary lies in the commune of Cairanne, where Denis has a number of Cairanne terroirs. The mix of terroir is important in a cuvee like La Brunote - a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 10% Carignan. The Grenache is harvested on the region’s “terroir garrigues” while the Mourvèdre and Carignan are harvested on a south-facing mountain slope made of clay-limestone soil. The wine is then fermented with natural yeasts for around 25 days. On the nose, the wine is a complex medley of lovely red fruits and spice: red currant, sour cherry, sweet pepper and plum. On the palate, the wine shows notes of pear, herbal tea, Black Krim tomatoes, ripe cherry and dried apricots. With soft tannins from the Mourvèdre, lovely acidity and depth, La Brunote is a wonderfully balanced and complex wine. JDC 

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Domaine des Amphores 2018 IGP des Collines Rhodanniennes Viognier 'Les Iris' (12/10)

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
  • 14 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2017 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, 25% new, 75% 5 to 8 year-old. On the nose, this wine shows complex and concentrated aromas of macerated dark fruits and flowers, sandalwood, baking spices, and savory green herbs. The palate is robust, with deep red and black berries and citrus rind. Balanced structure, with a hefty mouthfeel alleviated by focused acidity. 

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 Condrieu La Côte

The white wines of Philippe and Véronique Grenier at Domaine des Amphores have become particularly successful over the past few years, as their son Remi, now the winemaker at Chateau Grillet,  has been helping out. The vineyards have been farmed organically since their inception and are now certified biodynamic as well. The 2018 Condrieu "La Côte" has a delicate and compelling aroma of fresh pear, apricot skin, soft white flowers like baby's breath, and something that makes me think of moss growing on a wet stone. The palate is incredibly luscious and rounded with a slightly bitter almond skin on the finish. The richness of this full-bodied white will make it an excellent pair for more powerfully flavored dishes, but I also fully enjoyed it complimenting a creamy crab pizza with fresh herbs. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 IGP des Collines Rhodanniennes Detour Blanc (Tues 12/10)

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
  • 8 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low 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
  • 10 in stock
  • $14.99

  • 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • 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
  • 14 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme des Sept Lunes 2016 Saint-Joseph Chemin Faisant

Jean Delorbe makes beautiful natural wines in and around Saint-Joseph - The 2016 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 fermentation, aging in 4 to 10 year-old 600 liter barrels, zero added sulfur. The wine shows ripe pure fruit liqueur aromas, blackberry and black raspberry, quite elegant 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 Rhône 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
  • 3 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ferme des Sept Lunes 2016 Saint-Joseph Pleine Lune (No SO2)

The expressive and gorgeous natural wines of Jean Delorbe are packed with ripe layers of black fruit, none more so than in the Pleine Lune. This cuvée, 100% Syrah sourced from four hillsides in Saint Désirat (on slightly decomposed granite), sees some of the warmest temperatures on the estate. The wine is aged in a combination of neutral demi-muids and old barrels for 12 months, before aging is continued for 3-4 months in tank. Unfined and unfiltered, and without any SO2, Delorbe produces a Saint-Joseph packed with energy. There are notes of fresh blackberries, red currant, plum and sour cherries, with a deep and textured finish. This is Saint-Joseph at its most natural. Bravo to Jean! JDC

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2017 Beaumes-de-Venise Costancia

A blend of Grenache and Syrah, hand harvested, de-stemmed and aged in foudre, with a low addition of sulfur at bottling. 'Costancia' is a great example of a fuller-bodied wine from grapes grown on predominately limestone marl soils at the highest altitude plantation of vines in Beaumes-de-Venise (~500 meters above sea level), which lends the lift and structure to balance the dark, sappy fruit. Blackberries, black pepper, and bloomy rind cheese peak out on the nose while chalky tannins streak through the lush black plum, prune, blueberries, and savory herbs on the palate. Decant to enjoy now with burgers, grilled pork loin, stews, or put down for 5-8 years. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2017 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, and a small percentage of Mourvèdre, Carignan, Counoise. Organically farmed, 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.  Plenty of complexity in this deep Southern Rhône wine to sit and contemplate, and would be excellent with heartier or gamey fare. MD

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2017 Crozes-Hermitage

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 soils of white clay (kaolin). The 2017 Crozes-Hermitage is a delicious Syrah showing pretty of blackberry liqueur, with hints of blueberry, floral and ripe. The palate is elegant with lush, but not over-ripe fruit, and perfectly balanced with red berry fruits and citrus notes in the refreshing finish. This is a stylish Crozes and a great value that will accompany a wide variety of pork and chicken dishes and mild cheeses. Serve cool.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

Gramenon 2018 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. The 2018 vintage shows deep notes of plum, rose hip and cranberry on the nose, along with a more subtle savory side. The palate is a brighter medley of red fruit, which includes notes of ripe cherry, apple, and white flowers. A wine to be enjoyed within 3 years. JDC

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guicharde 2017 Côtes du Rhône Organic

Isabelle and Arnaud Guicharde make this lovely Rhone red. The estate is certified organic since 2008 and Biodynamic since 2013. Made from Grenache and Syrah, their style here is cool stylish fruit on the palate - blackberry with hints of prune, blueberry and Provencal spices. The finish is long with earthy red fruits and spicy acidity. This is a great value in a complex, balanced Rhone red.

  • red
  • 51 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $59.99

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
  • 19 in stock
  • $15.99

  • 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
  • 2 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $119.99

Pierre Andre 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

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, Vacarese, 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. (Note: Pierre André Special Price is $53.99) David Lillie

  • red
  • 48 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $135.99

Pierre Andre 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

The 2017 Pierre André Blanc is an extraordinary Châteauneuf-du-Pape from an extraordinary estate - organic since 1980 (one of the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992.  The blend is now approximately 50-60% Bourboulenc and 40-50% old-vine Clairette (planted in the 1920s) grown on sandy soils in the lieu-dits of "Saint-Georges," "Etang" and "les Bédines," giving a wine that accentuates the beautiful minerality brought by the terroir and the superb farming.The wine shows beautiful aromas of stone fruits, almond, anise, citrus, white flowers and stone. The palate is dense and crystalline with flavors of minerals, licorice, pear and peach skin with fabulous density and length and firm stony acidity. Serve with full-flavored fish dishes, bouillabaisse, white meats, goat cheeses. Beautiful now, this will drink well over the next 15 to 20 years. Bravo to Jaqueline and Vincent André!

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rousset 2017 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 2017 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 red currant liqueur with blueberry, plum, earth, musk and licorice - 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, berry liqueur, citrus and firm acidity. The Rousset Saint-Joseph is normally somewhat austere and tightly structured when young, but the 2017 will be quite delicious as a young wine,  with enough structure  for medium-term aging, best perhaps 2020 to 2030+.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

Rousset 2016 Crozes-Hermitage

100% Syrah from 40 - 50 year-old vines on hillside vineyards in Erôme, Gervans and Crozes, on mostly granite hillsides and clay/limestone soils as well. A true wine of the granite terroirs, the 2016 Rousset is tight and austere when opened but with time reveals a fabulous Hermitage-like blend of red currant and blackberry fruit with stone and mineral flavors. The aromas are of cherry and red currant liqueur with earth, citrus and powdered stone, quite elegant.The palate shows grainy mineral and earth flavors with blackberry and red currant fruit, finishing with a combination of earth and fruit flavors with fabulous length. A beatiful wine that needs a bit of preparation - best if opened the night before and re-corked - or two nights before - or cellar for five to eight years. Bravo to Stéphan Rousset for this unique expression of Syrah!

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

Rousset 2017 Crôzes-Hermitage Blanc Vieilles Vignes (12/10)

This is an oustanding old-vine Marsanne, aged in a 2 year-old barrel, that shows elegant aromas of apricot, peach skin, almond, citrus, and flint - the palate is round and well-structured with buttery white fruits, almond, stone, anise and mineral flavors with pear, citrus and mineral notes in the long finish. Pair this beautiful wine with full-flavored fish and chicken dishes and goat cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $23.99

Rousset 2017 Crôzes-Hermitage Les Picaudières

Les Picaudières is perhaps the best vineyard in Crozes-Hermitage, formerly owned by Raymond Roure and now tended by Stéphane Rousset. It's a steep slope of granite terraces, isolated in an oak forest facing due south and protected from the wind. (In the opinion of Livingston-Learmonth in "Wines of the Northern Rhône" wine from Les Picaudières is "certainly better" than many Hermitage from the eastern part of the hill.) The vines are planted in high-density and range from 20 to 80 years-old. The grapes are hand-harvested and mostly de-stemmed. The wine ages 16 months,  60% in burgundy barrels (5% new) and 40% in cuve inox or resin, 325 cases were made. The 2017 shows a deep red/black color with elegant aromas of blackberry and blueberry, cherry liqueur, licorice, bitter chocolate, black olive, musk and menthol. The palate shows bright berry liqueurs with deeper earthy black fruits , black pepper, cocoa, licorice and mineral flavors, supple and ripe but with firm tannins and a grainy texture. A long saline finish of black fruits and firm acidity. This is a superb northern Rhône Syrah that can be enjoyed young, especially with grilled foods, but best to wait five to ten years and drink until 2035 and beyond. This is the real deal and is highly recommended.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $27.99

Sarbèche 2016 Saint-Joseph

The Sarbèche 2016 Saint-Joseph is from 30 year-old Syrah vines  grown in a steep section of the excellent lieu-dit "les Rivoires" in Tournon. Whole cluster fermentation followed by 2 years in 10 year-old Burgundy barrels, 10 mg/L SO2 added before bottling. The wine shows a deep opaque black/red color with elegant aromas of blackberry, cassis and blueberry, quite deep and meaty with hints of violet and mint. The palate is supple and richly textured with deep blackberry, black raspberry, earth, licorice and spice, with bitter chocolate, sappy black fruits, minerals and firm acidity in the finish. This quite serious Saint-Joseph should be decanted if drinking now and should show beautifully with five to fifteen years of cellaring.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sarbèche 2016 Saint-Péray

The 2016 Saint-Peray from Cyril Milochevitch at Sarbèche is from 40 year-old Marsanne and Roussanne vines (50% each) in the lieu-dit "Fauterie" on decomposed granite at 400 meters altitude.  18 months of aging in 5 to 10 year-old Burgundy barrels, no soutirage or batonnage, minimal SO2 added. The color is pale gold/bronze with aromas of apricot, brown spice, lemon, chamomile, stone and hay. The palate is round and pretty with white fruits, almond, peach and stone flavors. Serve with fish in sauce, white meats, mild cheeses. Lovely now but the wine should gain in complexity over the next five to ten years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sarbèche 2017 Vin de France Syrah (Saint-Peray)

The 2017 Sarbèche "Comme une Lettre a la Poste" is from 100% Syrah grown in the Saint-Peray AOC on granite soils, vinified by carbonic maceration. The wine shows earthy blackberry and blueberry aromas with hints of violet, citrus and spice. The palate has nice texture and ripe black and blue fruits backed by earth and mineral flavors. The wine opens up well with aeration or a day in the fridge, drinking like a Cru Beaujolais made with Syrah! Serve with grilled pork and lamb, charcuterie, cow cheeses.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

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
  • 17 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Texier 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

As usual, Eric Texier's Châteauneuf-du-Pape avoids the top-heavy, concentrated, 100 point-chasing style of much modern CDP in favor of a balanced and well structured wine that will age gracefully. There is density here, but without excess weight and the fruit is complex and earthy with fabulous length. We look forward to drinking a few in about twenty years. The 2015 is 95% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre. The Grenache comes from La Crau, a north-facing vineyard in the NE part of the appellation, where the tannins reach phenolic ripeness slowly but surely and without an overwhelmingly high alcohol level.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $68.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Texier 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes

Eric Texier makes this extraordinary white Chateauneuf-du-Pape from Clairette and Bourbolenc in the "Bois Senechaux" vineyard. Whole cluster, direct press, native yeast fermentation in neutral oak, aging on lees, bottling a year after harvest. The 2016  shows complex aromas of almond, dried pear, wet stone, white flowers and fines herbes. The palate is intense and mineral with fabulous length, showing dried herbs, pear, anise, white pepper and stone flavors. "It's approachable now," says Eric, "but will age remarkably. Native yeasts aged on its lees in old barrels. 30 mg/l of SO2 at bottling -  we made 1140 bottles and 12 magnums. Bourboulenc and Clairette have really found their place in Châteauneuf-du-Pape!"

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $68.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Texier 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

95% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre. The Grenache comes from La Crau, a north-facing vineyard in the NE part of the appellation, where the tannins reach phenolic ripeness slowly but surely and without an overwhelmingly high alcohol level. Many of the vines are 70 years old or more. The Mourvèdre comes from head-pruned vineyard harvested relatively early to contribute acidity to the wine's structure. Whole clusters are fermented with native yeasts and a scant one-week maceration without punchdowns. The wine is aged in old oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Always one of our favorite Châteauneuf-du-Papes, we look forward to tasting it at Racines...

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $96.99

  • white sparkling
  • 21 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

Thomas Jullien 2018 Ventoux Sur le Rose

Thomas Jullien farms vines on and around Mount Ventoux in the Southern Rhône, and produces the Sur La Rose from mostly Grenache with a bit of Syrah. The 2018 vintage shows candied berry fruit, melon, and strawberry aromas, with a hint of citrus and spice. On the palate, the wine is ripe but very well balanced, with pleasing acidity and minerality complementing flavors of pure cherry, ripe strawberry, watermelon, and citrus. The finish is pretty and mineral, with a refreshing, cooling quality. A great end-of-summer wine: perfect for sipping on the patio or the fire escape with or without food. Ben Fletcher

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Voge, Alain 2014 Saint-Péray Les Bulles d'Alain

The delightful Saint-Peray "Bulles d'Alain" Methode Traditionelle Brut Nature is from vines on the lower slope (Grandes Blache) on granite with limestone and on a higher parcel (Perrier) on pure granite soils. All Marsanne, harvested early, aged three years on the lees, very low SO2, 11 mg/L. The 2014 "Bulles" is an elegant pale gold color with aromas of roasted lemon, apricot, fines herbes and marzipan; the palate is beautifully textured with earth and mineral flavors under almond, pear, hay and citrus, really showing the terroir in the long very mineral finish. This is a unique and delicious Champagne alternative, and a versatile food match for a good ceviche, grilled fish and much more.  David Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Voge, Alain 2016 Cornas Les Vieilles Fontaines

The rare and beautiful Cornas "Les Vieilles Fontaines" is from 80 to 90 year-old vines mostly in the lieu-dit of the same name; 30% whole-cluster fermentation, 24 month elevage in barrique, 15-20% new, 25 mg/l total SO2, approximately 300 cs produced. The 2016 shows a lovely deep red/black color with very elegant, deep aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, very floral and lifted by hints of citrus, iodine and black pepper. The palate is round and deep with earthy textured black and blueberry fruit with a bit of oak tannin finishing with earth, cocoa, fruit liqueur and mineral flavors. Wait five years, then enjoy this piece of history until 2045.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $133.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $189.99