Rhone

Alary, Denis 2017 Cairanne Vieilles Vignes

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. These old vines are about 45 years in age from stone terraces in the region. A blend of mostly Grenache and Syrah, with a small amount of Carignan, the wines are showing classic notes on the nose of menthol, black plum and cassis, fresh herbs and salt. The palate shows brown spice, bitter chocolate, dark berries. A very classic example of Cairanne. JDC

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Alary, Denis 2017 Cotes-du-Rhone "La Gerbaude"

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 vines for "La Gerbaude" come from terraces of scrubland, limestone, and clay soils covered by pebbles. The grapes are hand-harvested, and maceration is done for about 14-18 days. The nose is a rather intense medley of herbs, spice, black fruit, plum and cassis. The palate carries over the black fruit, with a dense texture on the finish. A hearty wine to accompany red meats and stews. JDC

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Balazu des Vaussières 2015 Vin de France Cuvee Fenouil des Vignes

The 2015 "Fenouil des Vignes" from Christian and Nadia Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussieres is made from Mourvedre, Grenache 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 is a bit musty upon opening, then shows a ripe melange of blackberry, plum and black cherry. The palate is round and dense with earthy red and black fruit liqueur, spicey garrigue flavors and hints of anise and licorice. The flavors are changeable and alive and will develop for many days after the bottle is opened, re-corked. I find this wine fascinating and delicious (despite a bit of TCA-like flavor, not from the cork, that comes and goes) and I have enormous respect for the Charmasson's principles of farming and winemaking.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balazu des Vaussières 2017 Vin de France Jasmin

The 2017 “Jasmin” from Nadia and Christian Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussières is made with Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Bourboulenc.  A complex and elegant wine of the south, the wine shows a slightly cloudy gold/bronze color with very complex aromas of candied citrus, almond, pear and peach fruit with spiced apricot, stone and honey, a hayfield in the sun, ripe but bright and really showing the Marsanne and Roussanne. The palate is ripe and dense with stone, citrus, almond, peach and pear - the finish is long and earthy with citrus, almond, mineral and stone fruits that linger on the palate.  This is an extraordinary, delicious and soulful natural wine from the stony soils of Tavel and Roquemaure and a testament to the principles of Nadia and Christian who refuse to use copper sulfate in the vines and to their vinifications with zero additives. It's perfect with bouillabaisse with aioli, fish 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $129.99

Banneret 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The Banneret estate dates back to 1405 and is now run by the Vidal family. Located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a vineyard strewn with 'galets' to warm the vines, many of which are over 80 years old. The blend used is 60% Grenache from their highest parcels (close to the famous Rayas vineyard), 10% Syrah from near Bois de Boursan, and 10% Mourvèdre from near the Rhône River. The remaining 20%  is comprised of the 10 other grapes that are permitted in the appellation adding a unique quality to this classic wine. Everything is co-fermented in concrete tanks and then aged for 18 months in Burgundian oak.

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Barou 2018 Saint-Joseph "Un Autre Monde"

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
  • 18 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Barrot 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

(80% Grenache, 80 years-old, with Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise and Clairette. Whole bunch fermentation, wild yeasts, aged in large barrels.) The style here is quite natural and old-fashioned with less extraction than most domaines, giving wines that age well and are very expressive of terroir. Here are notes for 2016 (An excellent vintage in CDP) from the most trusted Rhone writer, John Livingstone-Learmonth: "quite a dark red robe. Very aromatic, floral-plum nose, curvy appeal. The palate has inner strength, comes with sustained red fruits, is really long, has good heart. There is a dash of raspberry. This is generous, well balanced, very promising. 14.3°." Lovely to drink now, but it will cellar well until 2040.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $139.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $824.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $424.99

Clos du Joncuas 2010 Gigondas

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
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • 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.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 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
  • 2 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic

Domaine des Amphores 2018 Vin de France Sphé-érique

The 2018 Vin de France "Sphé-érique" from the Grenier family in Saint-Joseph is an elegant Syrah from Biodynamic farming that is fantastically delicious! The wine shows very bright pure black raspberry and blueberry fruit aromas, really lovely, which continue on the palate that is fresh, refreshing and pure. There is minimal added SO2 which allows the fragrant, floral aromas and fruit flavors to be fully expressed. Serve this beautiful Syrah cool with charcuterie, grilled lamb and pork, roast chicken and mild cheeses. It's lovely wine and a testament to the great farming and winemaking by Véronique and Philippe Grenier and family. David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine du Jas 2018 Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Prestige

Domaine du Jas has been a family run operation since 1874 and have been committed to organic agriculture, and more recently biodynamic practices, to showcase the terroir of the Côtes du Rhône. The 'Cuvée Prestige' is "calling-card" for the Domaine as they believe it perfectly represents their vineyards and their classic style. The blend if 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah given 30 days of maceration before being pressed and aged for 10 months in tank. This is such a great value for a classic, full-bodied Côtes du Rhône with gentle tannins .

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Fenouillet 2018 Ventoux Biodynamic

Domaine de Fenouillet is a Biodynamic estate in Beaume-de-Venise that makes a variety of Rhône reds and a lovely sweet Beaume-de-Venise that offer superb quality and value. Their 2018 Ventoux Rouge is made from 40 to 60 year-old Grenache, Syrah and Carignan vines, vinified naturally and bottled unfined and unfiltered. This delicious everyday red shows a deep red/black color, with lush spicy aromas of black cherry and blackberry from the Grenache and Carignan,  and cool blueberry fruit from the Syrah. The palate is medium bodied and a bit spicy with pretty red and black fruits, earth and licorice. Serve this  beautiful bargain a bit cool with everything from roast chicken to grilled steaks. David Lillie

  • red
  • 29 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $124.99

Guicharde 2018 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
  • 27 in stock
  • $13.99

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

Jamet, Jean Luc 2016 Côte Rôtie Terrasses

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

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $99.99

Jamet, Jean Luc 2017 VdP Collines Rhoadaniennes Syrah Valine

The other Jamet! The 2017 Jean-Luc Jamet Collines-Rhodaniennes Vaile has a Dark ruby, not quite purple robe. Black-fruited, but just-so on the nose. Despite the torrid 2017 vintage there is no sense of torrefaction, if anything it's a mellow café au lait roast. Black cherry, wild blackberry, blackberry blossom, and brambles on the nose. You remember walking through the woods and the smell of the underbrush, don't you? This is distinctly fresh both on the nose and in the mouth. The palate is ripe, but fresh, nimble rather than plodding with good cut and a fine ratio of savory character to overt fruitiness. It’s quite a feat to pull off in a vintage when so many wines are hard-tannined and roasted, this is deft and supple. There’s sneaky structure, so this has a fine future, though the immediate charms make that prospect hard to imagine. Kudos, Jean-Luc! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $399.99

Lionnet 2017 Cornas Terre Brulée (Arrives 3/12)

A leading producer of traditional Cornas, Domaine Lionnet has modernized only slightly over the last 20 years with the wines losing their former "rustic" character, while retaining complexity and terroir expression, very much in the style of the Gonons in Saint-Joseph. Organic since 2007, whole-bunch fermentation with wild yeasts, aging in both 600 liter and 228 liter two to eight year-old oak casks. From 100 year-old vines on Mazards (a great parcel below Reynards having both granite and limestone/clay soils), 70 year-old vines on Combe, Chaillot and Pied la Vigne. The robe is an inky purple, dark ruby at the meniscus. The nose is a bit backwards on opening—blue fruit, leather, a hint of tobacco, and a touch of black pepper. With air, black fruit and cassis notes emerge with notes of game, violets and black olive. The densely-packed palate offers swirling flavors of blackberry, black tea, cracked pepper, cherry pit, and a touch of anise on the the driving, muscular finish. There’s plenty of structure here with firm—not coarse—tannins and good acidity to buoy the ripe fruit and concentration. Just this side of rustic, but compellingly old school. More country than proudly redneck, think Waylon vs. David Allen Coe, but the ample dry extract makes this a sweet song indeed. A fine pairing with roast duck legs and olives with farro, and should shine with heartier dishes, though I suspect this will shut down in a bit and truly shine with a decade or more in the cellar. This is terrific Cornas that has its roots in tradition and terroir. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • Organic

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
  • 13 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Montirius 2017 Vacqeuyras Garrigues

The 2017 Montirius Vacqueyras "Garrigues" has just arrived - until we taste it, here's a review from our good friend Josh Raynolds in Vinous: Brilliant ruby. Spice-accented red and dark berry preserve, floral and smoky mineral qualities on the expressive nose; a hint of succulent herbs emerges with air. Shows very good depth as well as energy to the sweet black raspberry, cherry and licorice flavors, which deepen steadily through the midpalate. Supple tannins build slowly on a long, spicy finish that leaves cassis and cracked pepper notes behind." Sounds yummy!

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $135.99

Richaud 2017 Cairanne Cuvee Sans Soufre

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

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Richaud 2018 Cotes du Rhone Terres d'Aigles

Terres d'Aigles comes from Marcel Richaud's younger vines of Grenache and Carignan along the Aigues river in Cairanne. Each of the varieties is vinified separately in cement, before blending and aging in old oak casks. Marcel never fines or filters, and only a very small amount of sulfur is added at bottling.  The nose is vibrant and open, with notes of cherry liqueur, cassis, wet stone, and violet. The palate is structured but refined, showing blackberry and raspberry around a savory core of earthiness and stone. There's plenty of refreshing acidity here, with nice smooth tannins that frame the palate. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $19.99

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

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $229.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $57.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $64.99

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
  • 1 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Texier 2017 Côte-Rôtie Vieilles Vignes

Whole-cluster fermentation; aged 20 months in 7-10 year-old barriques. Very low SO2 added. From the Corps de Loup lieu-dit, the soil is a mixture of schist and gneiss; the vines are 80 years old on average.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $86.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Voge, Alain 2016 Cornas Vieilles Vignes 1.5 L

This classic Cornas is from vines averaging 60 years old on granite "gores" in the vineyards of "Combe," "Patou," "La Cote," "les Mazards" and "Chaillots."  The grapes are partially de-stemmed, fermentation is with wild yeasts, aging is 20 months in barrique 15% new. The aromas are elegant and bright with red currant and black raspberry, earth and stone. The palate is dense with ripe black fruits, licorice and earth, with a beautiful, very long finish of black fruits with intense minerality. "Terroir in the glass here, for lovers of The Real Thing" says Drinkrhone and we couldn't agree more. Drink this superb Cornas over the next 15 to 20 years.  David Lillie


  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Voge, Alain 2017 Cornas Vieilles Vignes

This classic Cornas is from vines averaging 60 years old on granite "gores" in the vineyards of "Combe," "Patou," "La Cote," "les Mazards" and "Chaillots" and in 2017 this bottling includes the fruit from Les Vieilles Fontaines.  The grapes are partially de-stemmed, fermentation is with wild yeasts, aging is 20 months in barrique 15% new. The robe is a dark ruby, verging on purple. The nose is effusive with aromas of blackberry, violets, tree bark, black tea and plum skin. The concentrated palate boasts an array of ripe black fruit flavors and notes a grilled meat and earth  girded by firm tannins and focusing acidity. The finish is long and involved with lingering layers of earth, bramble, and black berry liqueur. There's fine nascent complexity here and this should gain in sophistication as the abundant fruit integrates with the underlying structure. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $86.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic