Alsace

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

Kumpf et Meyer NV Alsace Restons Nature Pet-Nat

This is the first wine from Kumpf et Meyer made using Biodynamic methods. Julien Albertus makes this wine from direct press Pinot Auxerrois and Pinot Gris. The initial pour from "Restons Nature" resembles The Matrix - with columns of uniformed beads racing to the surface, then bursting with aromas of wet stone and tangy citrus. By the second glass, the lees contact creates a thick haze like something from the Swamp Thing. This pet-nat is certainly a double feature. The palate offers juicy orchard fruit packed with acidity then viscous, pulpy citrus fruit and river rocks . For best results, keep the bottle upright and resist the urge to stir the sediment. Serve with fried chicken, cornbread, or on its own! Amanda Bowman  

  • white sparkling
  • 16 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

Australia

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $25.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $22.99

Jasper Hill 2006 Heathcote Shiraz Georgia's Paddock

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $54.99

Austria

Arndorfer 2005 Kamptal Grüner Veltliner Grenzenlos

Grüner Veltliner from vines planted in 1959 on a mix of clay, gravel, and limestone soils, aged in stainless steel for five years before bottling. 

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $54.99

Arndorfer 2012 Roter Veltliner Von den Terrassen 1979

100% Roter Veltliner planted in 1979 near the top of Gaisberg (Zöbing side). Known more for being a top site for growing Riesling than Roter Veltliner, Martin and Anna Arndorfer purchased this vineyard in 2010 (after being warned not to do so by relatives). The primary rock up there (300+ meters, south facing) is predominately Gfohler Gneiss along with Mica-Schist. Both 2012 and 2013 had very similar vinifications: few hours of maceration, aged in a mix of oak and stainless steel, with ten months on the lees and no fining. 2012 was the first vintage of this wine, boasting a beautiful, aromatic nose of brown butter and rich toffee with golden apple and citron. On the palate the wine has an opulent texture, rich and soft, with notes of candied citron, ginger, pear, yellow apple,  and salted caramel. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $61.99

Arndorfer 2013 Roter Veltliner Von den Terrassen 1979

100% Roter Veltliner planted in 1979 near the top of Gaisberg (Zöbing side). Known more for being a top site for growing Riesling than Roter Veltliner, Martin and Anna Arndorfer purchased this vineyard in 2010 (after being warned not to do so by relatives). The primary rock up there (300+ meters, south facing) is predominately Gfohler Gneiss along with Mica-Schist. Both 2012 and 2013 had very similar vinifications: few hours of maceration, aged in a mix of oak and stainless steel, with ten months on the lees and no fining. We are very lucky to have two different vintages to choose from, ultimately showcasing the influence of the vintage. Reflecting some similar development on the nose as the 2012 (salted toffee/brown butter), there is also a brighter note of Seville orange zest, and the palate reveals a higher acidity, with tangy orange/lemon oil, and brighter vegetal tones alongside the pear and apple fruit. Not austere by any means, but the 2013 does come off as stonier and edgier than the 2012. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $60.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $349.99

Hager, Matthias 2016 Kamptal Grüner Veltliner Pet Net

100% Grüner Veltliner, from vines around 40 years in age, grown on a mix of loess and clay soils. Spontaneous fermentation begins in a mix of used oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. Apple blossom and green apples on the nose, this pét-nat boasts a powerful and creamy mousse with notes of lemon zest, white raspberries, peach skin, with just a whisper of residual sugar, and a layered, long finish. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $26.99

Preisinger, Claus 2015 Burgenland Kalkundkiesel White

Claus Preisinger's first vintage was in in early 2000s, after stints working in California as well as with Hans and Anita Nittnaus in Burgenland, where his vineyards are also located. His 19 hectares of vineyards have been certified Biodynamic (Respekt) since 2008. The Kalkundkiesel white is a blend of approximately 50% Weißburgunder, 30% Grüner Veltliner, and 20% Chardonnay, from different vineyards grown on chalk/limestone (kalk) and pebbles (kiesel). The grapes can spend up to eight months on the skins, but for this vintage it was closer to four to six. The wine then spends 14 months in neutral, small barrels (a mix of French and Austrian oak), before being bottled with no added sulfur. Incredibly clean and soft, the palate has complexity, but not the tannic texture one often expects on a white wine with months of skin contact. Savory notes mix with yellow apple and peaches on the nose, the wine has rich flavors of saffron, yellow apple, and fresh green pear with a floral overtone. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Preisinger, Claus 2016 Burgenland Puszta Libre!

Unusually slender for a red wine bottle, the Puszta Libre! bottle shape takes its inspiration from vintage soda bottles, a cheeky nod to how chuggable this wine is; and if that's not enough we are also instructed by the label to "drink cold"! Mostly Zweigelt with Sankt Laurent, fermented in stainless steel and aged in large (600L to 1000L) used oak barrels. An electric purple in the glass, this vintage brings us a bit more mineral cut with notes of black raspberries, raspberry seed, tart red plum, ripe red cherries, and fresh juicy blackberries. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Preisinger, Claus 2016 Burgenland Sankt Laurent Pet Nat

Claus Preisinger has managed to delight us again! Light peach in the glass, this méthode ancestral (read: pét-nat) sparkler is 100% Sankt Laurent, picked early to preserve acidity. Aromatic and fresh, notes of white flowers and green strawberries give way to a lively mousse with vibrant flavors of tart peach yogurt, wild strawberries, and rose petals. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $31.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tinhof, Erwin 2011 Feuersteig Sankt Laurent

Sankt Laurent from the Feiersteig vineyard in Eisenstadt; vines up to 52 years in age, organically grown on calcareous soils, natural yeast fermentation in open tank, aged in small wood barrels for 21 months. Drinking really well right now (5/2017)! Dark and savory, a touch fuller than medium-bodied, with umami-rich notes of soy sauce and roasted tomato, raisin, dates, red and black plum, deep brooding earth, smooth with a long finish and great balancing acidity. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic

Beaujolais

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2015 Brouilly

The 2015 Descombes Brouilly shows a deep red/black color, with aromas of ripe blackberry and strawberry liqueur, with violet, black pepper and citrus - quite lush and pretty. Dark and earthy black fruits on the supple, velvety palate, with good length of sappy fruit that is balanced by refreshing acidity in the finish. This is certainly one of the prettiest and most balanced of the 2015s, really quite delicious in the riper style of the vintage. DL

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2015 Morgon

Georges Descombes, one of the finest producers in Beaujolais, captured the lush fruit of the 2015 vintage with moderate alcohol (13%), lovely aromas and silky, supple fruit on the palate. Blackberry, red currant and violet aromas with hints of meat and chocolate; the palate is quite ripe and pretty with nice balancing acidity and freshness - we miss the more delicate, complex fruit of the 2014, but this is a delicious Morgon in a riper style that will drink beautifully over the next five years. Serve with charcuterie, grilled pork and roast chicken, slightly chilled. DL

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $33.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $14.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

Terres Dorees (Jean-Paul Brun) 2016 Beaujolais Rosé d'Folie

Jean-Paul Brun releases small quantities of this Beaujolais rosé each year, and it's always a treat. Strawberries, bright red fruit, and a tangy side that contributes to its joyful drinkability. The finish is mineral and crisp, with a very subtle tartness that keeps the impression of a flavorful but overall dry rosé. Eben Lillie

  • rosé
  • 27 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Bordeaux Red

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $159.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $224.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

Bordeaux Sweet

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $179.99

  • white sweet
  • 37 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $574.99

  • white sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $299.99

Yquem 1981 Sauternes .375 ml

(From half-bottle.) Though not considered a legendary vintage for Yquem, the 1981 has plenty of verve and class to recommend it. The nose shows apricot, orange marmalade, honey and brunt sugar and notes of vanilla. The palate is rich though, perhaps not as unctuous as more lauded vintages, offering flavors of burnt orange, crème brulée, pineapple, and honey. This is mature yet still has plenty of energy and freshness provided by the still lively acidity which carries through on the long and pleasingly bitter finish. John McIlwain

  • white sweet
  • 21 in stock
  • $179.99

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

Beaufort (Amaury) 2015 Bourgogne Tonnerre Côte de Junay

Amaury Beaufort, with help from his brothers, is making superb natural wines in Tonnerre on steep hillsides with Kimmeridgian soils near the village of Junay. (Northwest of the city of Tonnerre) Cête de Junay is a steep  parcel requiring all vineyard work by hand. Yields are about 15 hl/ha, at 11.5% in 2015. The wine shows delicate but complex aromas of lime-flower, dried white fruits, almond and stone with hints of chamomile and dried herbs. The palate is crystalline and bone dry with citrus, stone and dried pear - light, but with great density and length and finishing with stone, anise, pear and lemon peel over saline minerals. No added SO2. Congratualtions to the Beauforts for this unique and scintillating wine! Serve with oysters, sushi, fresh goat cheeses, grilled sole or cod.

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $87.99

Champs de l'Abbaye 2015 Rully Les Cailloux

The Hasard's have a small parcel of 35 year-old vines in Rully on clay and limestone soils. The 2015 is showing stunning elegance in its youth, with seductive aromas of dried apricots, flint, wild honeysuckle and integrated hints of new oak. The palate is charged with flavors of pear, citrus, and quince with an intense mineral-laden acidity. The finish is long and remarkably stony. Drink now with shell fish, comte cheese, or roast chicken, or hold for 5-10 years for a mature experience.  Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile de Vergeleses Blanc

From 1 HA of vines planted in 1985 by Claude de Nicolay’s mother. In addition to Chardonnay, there are 6 rows of Pinot Blanc. Something of a rarity as Ile des Vergelesses is considered by most to be the finest red wine climat in Pernand Vergelesses, the Blanc from Chandon de Briailles also features  Pinot Blanc adding an extra layer of aromatics to this Pernand blanc. Floral on the nose with aromas of honeysuckle, apple blossom, and bosc pear. The palate is generous with notes of lemon curd, tropical fruit, and stone on the midweight, pretty, energetic, and forward palate. Delicious now and a true rarity! John McIlwain

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Fichet 2014 Meursault

From multiple lieux-dits across Meursault. 10% 15% new oak. The 2014 Meursault villages shows plenty of the verve of the vintage. Aromas of white flowers and orchard fruit dominate the nose, with hints of wet stone and a discreet note of oak adding interest. The palate is vibrant and ripe with warm pear and citrus flavors underlain with a stony, nearly saline minerality. This is a lovely village level wine and should shine with 3-5 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $74.99

Fichet 2014 Meursault 1.5L

From multiple lieux-dits across Meursault. 10% 15% new oak. The 2014 Meursault villages shows plenty of the verve of the vintage. Aromas of white flowers and orchard fruit dominate the nose, with hints of wet stone and a discreet note of oak adding interest. The palate is vibrant and ripe with warm pear and citrus flavors underlain with a stony, nearly saline minerality. This is a lovely village level wine and should shine with 3-5 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $149.99

Fichet 2015 Meursault Le Tesson

Le Tesson is one of the best of what writer Clive Coates has termed the "Deuxième Crus,"  with excellent bottlings also from Roulot, Pierre Morey, and Bouzereau. Fichet's 2015 balances rich ripe fruit with great mineral character. The nose is pretty, honeyed,  and golden fruited. On the palate, there are ripe flavors of stone fruit, orange peel,  and salt on an lingering, expansive, rising finish. Beautiful. John  McIlwain

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $109.99

Fichet 2015 Meursault

The 2015 Meursault shows a degree of the ripeness of the vintage, though it manifests itself in a layered density, rather than softness or weight. The nose offers aromas of ripe pear, honeysuckle, and orange oil, with just a hint of reduction which blows off with some tine in the glass. The palate is ripe, lush and shows good concentration, framed by a pungent minerality and acidity. Tasting the 2014 and 2015 vintages side by side in the cellar, it was remarkable how much energy was inherent in the wines in each. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $74.99

Fichet 2015 Meursault 375ml

The 2015 Meursault shows a degree of the ripeness of the vintage, though it manifests itself in a layered density, rather than softness or weight. The nose offers aromas of ripe pear, honeysuckle, and orange oil, with just a hint of reduction which blows off with some tine in the glass. The palate is ripe, lush and shows good concentration, framed by a pungent minerality and acidity. Tasting the 2014 and 2015 vintages side by side in the cellar, it was remarkable how much energy was inherent in the wines in each. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $42.99

Fichet 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Referts

Though duly famous for his Meursaults, Jean-Philippe Fichet makes one heck of a Puligny-Montrachet. His 2015 Puligny 1er cru Les Referts is just beautiful with a nose redolent of white flowers, lemon blossom, white apricot, lemon, and a cool sweet green note, reminiscent of sugar snap peas. The flavor profile matches ripe white fruits with a clinging stoniness on a lifted, energetic, and long finish. This is fabulous and displays more Puligny class than vintage ripeness. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $38.99

Lafouge 2015 Meursault Les Casses-Têtes

The Meursault  lieu-dit Les Casses Têtes is located on the hillside above the premier cru Les Gouttes d'Or and next to Le Tesson. The soils are thin and rocky producing wines of great energy and lift. The 2015 Lafouge is a very pale gold color with aromas of wet stone, pear, fresh herbs and lemon peel with hints of oak - showing a bit more richness and fruit aroma than usual in this ripe vintage. The palate is crystalline and vibrant with stony acidity and flavors of marcona almonds, bitter lemon, dried pear, anise and saline minerals. This is a beautifully structured Meursault to drink now in its rather intense youth with crab, broiled sole, flounder and cod, or cellar for ten to fifteen years or more. Highly recommended. David Lillie 

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $49.99

Lafouge 2015 Meursault Les Meix Chavaux

From eighty year-old vines, in mid-slope on thin well-drained clay/limestone soils, the 2015 Meix Chavaux shows elegant pear, lemon, lime and floral aromas. The palate is rich and ripe with white fruits and exotic citrus covering the chalky core, with firm acidity and mineral flavors in the finish. Serve with full-flavored fish dishes, poultry and white meats, mild cheeses. This is a beautiful young Meursault that is delicious now and over the next ten years. 

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $48.99

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $79.99

Lignier, Hubert 2014 St. Romain

While there are few bargains remaining in the Côte d'Or, one source of gently priced and vibrant Burgundy is the commune of St. Romain, whose location and soils produce wines of fine minerality and verve.  The vineyards, comprised of limestone, clay, and marls produce Chardonnay, which is bright, vibrant and nervy.  The 2014 vintage is floral, yellow-fruited and a hint leesy on the nose with hints of nectarine and pear skin. On the palate the wine is amalgam of ripe pear, fine acids, zesty acidity, and has a savory sense of minerality. There's great energy here with a pungent core of stoniness beneath the fruit. John McIlwain 

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $15.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $649.99

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $51.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $47.99

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $247.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $53.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $399.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $1,499.99

Rateau 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Les Coucherias Blanc

Beaune 1er Cru "Les Coucherias" is high on the slope on the site of an old quarry and much of the sub-soil is limestone tailings, permitting root penetration and drainage, with a topsoil of mixed clay and limestone "marnes blanches." In biodynamic agriculture since 1979, the vineyard is a south-facing semi-circle—a very warm spot giving a full, ripe wine. Light gold/brass color. Lovely aromas of pear, quince, lime-flower and ripe citrus with a bit of oak. The palate is  elegant and supple, with white fruits, almond, citrus and caramel framed in firm acidity and mineral flavors, showing good ripeness but finishing with firm stony acidity. Lovely wine. Delicious now, this should age gracefully till 2030 and beyond. DL

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $45.99

Vignes du Maynes 2015 Macon-Cruzille Aragonite

Carved from vineyards once owned by the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny and farmed organically by Julien Guillot's family since 1954, Clos Vignes du Maynes is one of the most distinctive growers in Burgundy. Aragonite comes from 40- to 80-year-old vines high on the slope, on thin soils of clay, crystallized limestone, and laced with other minerals. This wine is incredibly aromatic upon opening with aromas of golden pear, green apple, apricot, white grapefruit, honeysuckle, and bergamot; there is a hint of earthy heather honey and butterscotch. On the palate it is quite rich and luscious, and much more tropical and salty than in years past. In fact, if tasted blind, I could see this being mistaken for a great Chardonnay from the Jura as it has fantastic acidity, and is beautifully textured, long, and mineral. On day two the aromas have softened a bit, and the palate has gained an added savory note that contributes to a still stunningly long finish. The 2015 Aragonite is not to be missed. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $21.99

Champagne

Agrapart 2007 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Expérience

"Most Champagne" Agrapart told us "is 95% juice, and 5% other things: water, sugar, sulfur, and yeast." With this wine, the aim is to make a Champagne that is 100% "jus de raisin," which requires a second fermentation using cellar yeast and must from the current vintage rather than the sugar and neutral yeast combination used to create bubbles in virtually every other Champagne under the sun. This is the fifth time Agrapart has made this cuvée, and it's the first time he's been allowed to label it as "Champagne" because in every other edition, the CIVC (Champagne's regulating body) did not deem it Champagne-like enough to earn appellation status. Last year it was Agrapart's Complantée bottling that had us sprinting for our email to make a reservation with the supplier. This year it was Expérience. As memorable a bottle as you'll ever taste, this wine has gorgeous, chalky minerality, impeccable balance despite its lack of dosage, and vivid aromas of sweet, ripe Chardonnay. Not necessarily a Champagne to be cellar-ed, but a Champagne to be reveled in over the course of a meal.

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $259.99

Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Polisy Brut

Tasted in January 2017. Complex aromas of lychee, candied pear, citrus, beautiful palate of yellow fruits, minerals, citrus, caramel with fabulous length.

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Demi-Sec

Towards the end of the tasting my notes became minimal, but this wine rated an enthusiastic "Superb!" Forget your prejudice against demi-sec Champagnes, this wine is fantastically complex and delicious. The French wine publication “Le Rouge et le Blanc,” in their review of André Beaufort, offers an explanation of how dosage seems to help the wines develop: “the aromas, timid in their youth, finish by exploding with age and the sugar becomes like a support to the aromas.” Only a few bottles available – we urge you to try it! (Notes from Jan 2017: "Super, rich, no flaws, Nearly sweet, wonderful, rich, complex nose. Totally fresh, or at least not old or even aging...")

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $133.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 1998 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut

The 1998 Ambonnay Brut has long been a staff favorite and this disgorgement does not disappoint. Brillliant, golden yellow in color and showing a finely-beaded mousse, this offers one of the two most expressive aromatic profiles of this current Beaufort lineup. Aromas of Mirabelle plums, toasted hazelnuts, and crème brüléee transition to notes of Jonagold apples, cinnamon, and wild flowers. The palate is generous and expansive and carries tones of brazil nuts, greengages, and irises that crescendo to a fine, zippy finish. This is complex and delicious Champagne!  David Salinas ((NOTE: This  refers to a 2014 disgorgement, the wine shipping now was disgorged in 11/16 or Jan 2017.) (Notes from Jan 2017: "Super good, strong, precise, pure. Great focused nose, good stong body, good minerality, long weaving forest trail...")

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $115.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature

A sensational mature Champagne from André Beaufort - the estate converted to organic agriculture in the early 70's and makes brilliant, full-bodied Champagnes that are among the most "vinous" being made today. Medium golden yellow in color and sporting a discrete mousse. The nose is quite floral with tones of cherry blossoms, apple blossoms, and irises before touches of quince and fresh baguette. The palate is concentrated with a spherical and laser-like focus that offers notes of lemon sorbet, tart lemon custard, and apple pie, underlined by a fine minerality that persists through to a rounded, savory finish. Really a very pretty and lovely wine. This medium bodied Champagne is made of approximately 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and was disgorged in March 2017 after 14 years of sur-lie aging, illustrating the Beauforts' commitment to releasing mature wines.

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $76.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Demi-Sec

Disgorged in June 2017, notes to follow.

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $76.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut

"Really superb, subtle, long. Quiet nose. Winy. Seems like old school white Burgundy. Very serious, perfect but perhaps less transparent than the 2010 Brut Rosé." Notes from Beaufort dinner, Jan 2017

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $53.99

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Polisy Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature

The 2010 Polisy Blanc de Blanc shows a delicate mousse, typical of wild yeast fermentations, with subtle white fruit aromas. The palate is chalky and long with beautiful lemon, pear and herbal notes - lovely now and should cellar beautifully.

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Polisy Rosé Brut

For its striking blood orange/copper color and for its vinous character, Beaufort's 2010 Rosé is one of the most compelling Champagnes on our shelves. 100% Pinot Noir from Beaufort's Polisy vineyards, there are geographic and stylistic similarities to great Rosé des Riceys. Aromas of cherry compote, cinnamon, spearmint, and butterscotch give way to gingerbread and herbal notes. The palate is broad and balanced with a juicy core of cherries, tangerines, and red plums before a lengthy mocha and mulberry finish. One of Beaufort's best rosés to date! (*Disgorged 10/2016) Tasting notes  Jan 2017 "Absolutely super, in the end the wine of the night. Transparent, super light but dense and complex, long and unfolding in waves..."

  • rosé sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 20 in stock
  • no discount
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic
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Bérêche, Raphael 2006 Champagne 1er Cru Ludes Le Cran

This vintage of Bérèche's "Le Cran" is the best yet (given, there have only been three...). The most powerful of his single vineyard wines, it highlights the terroir of Ludes, where the winery is located. These are the vineyards Bérèche first farmed organically. From midslope parcels and a blend of equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the base wines are aged in old barrels and cork is used rather than capsule for the second fermentation and lees aging. In 2006 the wine is slightly more delicate, less oxidative, and more chiseled than in 2005. The nose offers fleshy orchard fruits, stones, fresh mint, and white flowers. The finish is extremely long and impressive. It's a wine that stands up to food and always reminds this drinker ever-so-slightly of a white wine from the Jura for its intense minerality and high acidity. Three thumbs up! -msb Light golden in color and carried by gently rising beads, Le Cran begins with ripe red currants, dark mint chocolate, toffee, and honeycomb that dovetail into red and black peppercorns, smoked venison, and cinnamon sticks. The palate is dark-toned and delicious with highlights of toffee-covered hazelnuts and black plums before an anise seed, cherry cola finish (Disgorged 1/13, Dosage 3g). -David Salinas

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Bérêche, Raphael 2012 Champagne 1er Cru Les Monts Fournois

A blanc de blancs with luxurious weight and depth from "Les Monts Fournois," a parcel with the premier cru of Ludes in the Montagne de Reims. With an extremely fine bead, there are intensely rich flavors of lemon drop meringue and candied red fruits (strawberry, cherry) that finish with subtle wisps of dried ginger and dried tarragon. Disgorged 11/15. Jonas Mendoza 2012 is the inaugural vintage of Les Monts Fournois from Bérêche. Sourced from a lieu-dit on the northern end of Ludes with particularly thin soils over pure chalk, and a southern exposure planted with massale-selected Chardonnay in 1961. Fermented in barrel with native yeast and aged under cork, Les Monts Fournois deftly combines power and precision in this blanc de blancs. The nose displays citrus peel, white flowers and wet stone, while the old vines, sunny exposure, and chalky soils lend a distinctly mineral core to the wine on the vigorous, verging on sinewy, palate while not sacrificing elegance. For lovers of chalky, powerful Champagnes, Les Monts Fournois is a delight. Bottled with 3g/L dosage. John McIlwain

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Bérêche, Raphael NV (2013 Base) Champagne Extra Brut Rive Gauche

100% old-vine Pinot Meunier sourced from the lieu-dit Le Misy, located in Port à Binson on the southern bank of the Marne river. Fermented with native yeasts in barrel and aged under cork, Bérêche's 2013 base edition of Rive Gauche makes a convincing case for Champagnes made from the oft-underestimated Pinot Meunier grape. The old vines restrict the sometimes overly exuberant quality of the variety, and while the wine shows lovely ripeness, there is a fine, bracing minerality framing the generous fruit. The nose shows lovely aromas of stone fruits and white flowers: white peaches, Rainier cherry, and russet apple, along with notes of honey and orange oil. Similar fruit notes appear on the medium-bodied palate, with a layered mineral complexity lending structure and energy, not to mention a fine sapidity on the lingering zesty finish.  A fine aperitif, but better still at the table with rare tuna, veal tartare, or for a bit of old school fun, clams casino. John McIlwain

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Bérêche, Raphael NV Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 11

For holiday celebrations, Champagne is a must. Not just for the festive association of bubbles, but also because it is truly one of the most versatile wines to grace one's table. The inherent acidity of the wine cuts through the richness of the foods, while the bubbles and moderate alcohol invigorate the palate rather than tire it. One of my favorite Champagnes for the table (not just Thanksgiving or Christmas) is Bérêche's Reflets d'Antan. Based on a perpetual cuvée dating from the 1980's, the wine combines the vivid, nervy fruit of a recent vintage with the burnished, textural and aromatic complexity of the aged wines which make up the 'solera.' The secondary fermentation under cork rather than crown cap adds an additional layer of finesse with a delicate bead and soft mousse. This will pair beautifully with most of the foods on your holiday table (skip the marshmallows, please). Better served in a white wine glass to allow  the aromas to develop.  John McIlwain

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Bouchard, Cedric 2011 Champagne Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Blanc La Bolorée

In many ways Bolorée is as much an expression of Cedric Bouchard's aesthetic as it is an expression of terroir. It is made in tiny quantities from 50-year-old parcel of Pinot Blanc planted on chalk rather than the typical argilo-calcaire (clay and limestone) of the Aube. And while Pinot Blanc can be a bit vapid in some cases, Bouchard's has a taut, mineral, and nervy architecture beneath the richness of the fruit. John McIlwain  

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Clouet, Paul NV Bouzy Brut Rosé

80% Pinot Noir from Bouzy, 20% Chardonnay from Chouilly. (Disgorged 5/15.) The Paul Clout Brut Rosé has a pale salmon hue. The nose is redolent of strawberries and fresh raspberries with secondary notes of toast and chalk. The broad palate offers substantial red fruit and mineral flavors on a rich and persistent finish. John McIlwain

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Laherte Frères NV Champagne Chavot "Les 7" Extra Brut

From the "Les Clos" parcel, this wine contains all seven legal Champagne grapes, field-blended, farmed biodynamically, and vinified in barrel as its own cuvée. The wine has lots of savory notes, hazelnuts, and the edgy rusticity of Pinot Meunier, which comes through in handsome spades. The fruit is rose-hip-red, and the wine finishes with textured, dry minerality. All our eyes got big and wide and happy when we tasted this! WOW. JBT

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Laval, Georges 2009 Champagne Cumières Premier Cru Les Chênes

If ever there were an argument that portions of Cumières merit Grand Cru status, Laval's Les  Chênes makes a convincing case. Made up of 100% organically farmed Chardonnay from the eponymous lieu-dit on the eastern side of the village down by the river where the soils are chalky rather than the clays of other portions of the village, this is particularly powerful blanc de blancs. While the nose offers tropical fruit and citrus aromas, the midweight, sinewy, and broad palate is pungently mineral displaying notes of salt, green tea, and quinine on a driving, powerful, persistent finish. This is certainly delicious now, but tastings of previous vintages of Les Chênes, lead one to believe there is plenty ahead for the patient. John McIlwain

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Maison Bérêche 2007 Champagne Côte des Blancs "Côte" disg. 01/16, 4g/l

Sourced from the grand cru village of Cramant in the Cote des Blancs, La Cote Grand Cru 2007 is beginning to display the aged character of Champagne from the famed village, a balance of mineral precision with the burnished fruit character of long aging sur latte. On the nose lemon oil, honeycomb, and brioche aromas overlay hints of seashell, and stone. The palate shows hints of halzelnut, brown butter, Seville orange, salt, and crushed herbs on a creamy, rich, rounded, finish with fine bead and good persistence. (4g/L dosage, disgorged 01/16.) John McIlwain

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Marguet 2009 Champagne Brut Ambonnay Grand Cru Les Crayères

Someday soon the Ambonnay Grand Cru lieu-dit of Les Crayères will be spoken of in the same reverential tones as Hermitage’s Les Bessards or Alsace’s Clos Sainte Hune.  Similarly, Benoît Marguet will be heralded for having preserved and defended the health of his soils and his vineyard workers. These valuations form a positive feedback loop, where greater care and attention to finely delimited vineyards will help these great terroirs shine. Marguet’s Les Crayères is a blend of 62% Chardonnay and 38% Pinot Noir from an airy, mid-slope vineyard. Light golden in color and starred by a finely beaded mousse, the aromas begin with acacia, ripe raspberries, and honeysuckle before transitioning to Red Delicious and violets. The zero-dosage palate is broad and gripping with notes of dark chocolate, Meyer lemon, and fresh peppermint with a vanilla macaroon and ripe cantaloupe finish. An expressive and uncompromising Champagne of terroir! Disgorged 3/2014. David Salinas

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Marguet 2010 Champagne Extra-Brut Ambonnay Grand Cru Les Bermonts

Benoit Marguet is a true believer in the power of biodynamics to change not only wine but the vineyard and life for the better. He is passionate about the relationship between the vigneron, the vines, and his wines. His vineyards are plowed by horse, fermentations are with native yeasts, his wines see little to no sulfur, and his viticulture shows clearly in the finished wines. While the 2011 vintage was difficult for most producers, Marguet's wines were lovely. Les Bermonts is a blanc de blancs from vines planted in 1952 in  the grand cru Ambonnay, unusual as the village is more notable for Pinot Noir.  Les Bermonts is chalky and mineral, showing the power of Ambonnay, while also showing an incisive minerality, which drives the wines. This shows citrus blossom and chalky on the nose, while the broad palate is saline, textured,  and savory.  This will benefit from time in the cellar and is a compelling expression of the terroir of the Montagne de Reims. John McIlwain

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Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2012 Champagne Extra Brut Shaman Grand Cru (Disg. 2/16)

At least for me, Marguet’s Champagnes have been about power and opulence, which isn’t surprising given winemaker Benoît Marguet has 10 hectares of vines, mainly in the grand crus of Ambonnay and Bouzy. With preserved lemon and powdered ginger notes, the “Shaman” (formerly named “Elements”) finishes with striking flavors of lemon pith and fresh dill. An unwittingly complementary pairing with tzatziki or taramosalata. Disgorged 2/16. Jonas Mendoza

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Marie-Courtin 2011 Champagne Concordance Sans Soufre

There are no two ways about it. This is a natural Champagne made from biodynamically farmed Pinot Noir and then vinified with native yeasts for both the alcoholic fermentation and the prise de mousse. Finally, the Concordance is free of any added sulfur. The Aube's warmer climate and Dominique's great farming have resulted in a Blanc de Noirs that will settle any doubts about the quality of the 2011 base vintage. Pale golden yellow in the glass and sporting a finely beaded mousse, the aromas of the Concordance are strikingly pure and vibrant with notes of ripe Cortland apples, red currants, fresh raspberries and a hint of brioche. The palate is pure with a fine minerality that carries aromas of cranberries and red plums through to a lengthy and savory finish. Beautiful Champagne! (Dosage : Zero, Disgorged : 1/2015). - David Salinas

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Piollot NV Extra-Brut Come des Tallants No Dosage

Sourced from less than a hectare parcel of old-vine Pinot Noir, the Come des Tallants is the jewel of Roland's range. Beginning with a crystalline clear and brilliant golden yellow in the glass and very finely beaded mousse, the nose shows aromas of Greengage, lillies, spearmint, toffee, guava, and some musky tones. The palate is finely chiseled with a nervy minerality, buoyed by a weighty concentration and a full aromatic range of wild flowers, which continues through to a finely pointed finish. A fantastic effort and Champagne from Roland Piollot! (Dosage : Zero, Disgorged : 7/2015). This beautiful Champagne is a superb value and a great way to start, or enjoy during your holiday feast!

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Pouillon, R 2008 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Nature Les Blanchiens

From an organically farmed, single-vineyard parcel at the top of the slope on the western side of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 50% Pinot Noir fermented in tank, 50% Chardonnay fermented in used barrels. Disgorged in Spring 2016, zero dosage. Though from a premier cru village rather than its grand cru neighbor, Aÿ, the 2008 Les Blanchiens is no less an articulate expression of the calcareous clay soils that make up its terroir. The nose offers toasty brioche, dried orange peel, and bergamot aromas. The palate shows ripe dense fruit on the attack, with an incisive minerality dominating a rich and complex mid-palate. This is manifested by pungent soil notes, which give way to distinctly savory, sapid, and powerful finish. Though bottled without dosage, this is by no means austere. John McIlwain

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Ruppert-Leroy 2011 Champagne Brut Nature Martin Fontaine (2011)

Located in the hills above Essoyes, Ruppert-Leroy's vines are a study of polyculture, in contrast to most of the vineyards of Champagne. All are adjacent to forest, with dozens of herbs, wildflowers, grasses growing between the rows. In the Spring, there is a riot of color between the vines. Martin-Fontaine is 100% Chardonnay, fermented with native yeasts, bottled without dosage as of the 2013 vintage sees no addition of sulfur. We are lucky to be able to revisit the 2011, which is in a beautiful place at the moment, with a nose redolent of shortbread, lemon curd, and wet stone. The palate is stony, saline, and quite savory  with umami notes vying for attention with pure flavors of ripe white orchard fruits. Quite pretty and detailed, this shows the potential of the terroir in this part of the Aube. John McIlwain

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Ruppert-Leroy 2013 Champagne Brut Nature Pinot Noir "Les Cognaux"

While today we tend to think of most wines in terms of fruit or mineral descriptors, some transcend those notes with profoundly savory character. Ruppert-Leroy's 100% Pinot Noir Champagne Les Cognaux hits this sweet spot with loads of minerality, pure fruit, and a rich sapid character which makes it a natural for the table. Here's a wine that will stand up to  all manner of savory dishes, while leaving the palate refreshed. A visit to the vines with Bénédicte Ruppert of Ruppert-Leroy is an illuminating experience. There’s a world of difference between the Aube and the Vallée de la Marne. Not only are the soils different, (Kimmeridgean limestone vs. chalk), but the undulating landscape itself is wilder and less manicured. Often the vineyards abut forest rather than village, which in the case of biodynamic growers is especially desirable to insure a biodiversity according to Bénédicte. Between the vines is a riot of vegetation and flowers, as Ruppert-Leroy has 30 different plants and flowers sown in the vineyard.  One such vineyard is the Les Cognaux whose grey marl soils are planted to Pinot Noir and when we visited in the Spring was aglow with yellow flowers. (These flowers are made into a tissane by Bénédicte to treat the vines for mildew.) The wildness of the countryside is reflected in the wines which are energetic, exuberant, and vibrantly mineral. The 2013 Les Cognaux shows red fruit, peach skin, orange peel, and see spray aromas with notes of daishi and fond. The palate balances lush, ripe flavors of apricot, peach, and Rainier cherry with crunchy acidity, compelling umami character and a pungent sense of minerality. The finish is vibrant and luminous. As of 2013 Ruppert-Leroy vinifies and bottles without SO2. John McIlwain

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Suenen 2013 Base Champagne Grand Cru C + C Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut

There's a great deal to admire in the Champagnes and ethic of Aurelien Suenen. His wines combine beautiful fruit with a frank minerality in a graceful way. This results from conscientious farming (Suenen has been in transition to organic certification since 2009), deft work in the cellar (native yeast fermentation, natural malolactic fermentation, moderate use of sulfur, and dosage determined by blind tasting trial). Aurelien's inaugural village releases display his desire to release Champagnes that articulate a sense of place. He notes that in Cramant there is different terroir expression in the wines from the high vineyards and the lower lying vineyards, with the vines planted in the latter proving to be more distinctly mineral. C + C, a blend of wines from Chouilly and Cramant is richer and more briny than the Oiry bottling. The nose offers an intoxicating blend of lemon blossom, sea spray, and apricot aromas, while the palate is incisively chalky, pungently stony, and taut. This is not to say this is austere, rather brisk and punchy with great persistence on the long, sapid finish. John McIlwain

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Suenen 2013 Base Champagne Oiry Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut

The 2013 vintage is the inaugural release of Aurelien Suenen's Grand Cru Oiry Blanc de Blancs. Wines from the village of Oiry are typically sold under the Cramant designation (we haven't been able to find another Champagne with this single village designation, as yet), so this is a fine opportunity to taste Oiry's distinctive, chalky terroir. Aurelien's parcels contain some very old Chardonnay vines which make for some pungently mineral, stony wines. The vins clairs are fermented partially in barrel, spend nine months on the lees, and are bottled with 1 g/l dosage. The 2013 is brisk,  briny, and fresh on the nose with aromas of citrus peel, quinine, and chalk dominating. The palate is chiseled, taut and very dry with racy acidity and an energetic driving finish. Suenen continues to grow with each vintage and this new line up of village designated Champagnes are particularly exciting. The 2013 is especially suited to seafood dishes such as fluke crudo, where the bright acidity sets off the sweetness of the fish, or as a bright foil to pan-roasted monkfish, or skate with brown butter and lemon. John McIlwain

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Suenen NV Champagne Extra Brut MBDA MBDA (10B) Disg 1/14

Aurélien Suenen originally trained in the US to become a professional basketball player, but returned to France to take over the estate in 2009 when his father passed away. "MBDA" is one of his first cuvées; besides a longing tribute to four generations of Suenen (Marcel, Bernard, Daniel, Aurélien) that have farmed in Champagne since 1898, it represents a precocious and stunning effort.  MBDA is a blend of nearly equal parts Pinot Noir (from Montigny-sur-Velse) and Chardonnay (from grand cru sites Cramant, Chouilly, and Oiry). Enticing at first with golden apple, candied ginger, and brioche aromatics, this Champagne fills out the palate with bruised red apple skin, yellow plum, and toast flavors, and then finishes with shaded undertones of dried honey and roasted parsnip. Texturally, the soft mousse floats like a featherweight on the center of the tongue, but then broadly fills out across the palate. Jonas Mendoza

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Vouette et Sorbée 2011 Champagne Blanc d'Argile

Made from low-yielding biodynamically-farmed Chardonnay planted in the Kimmeridgian marls in the west-facing vineyard site of Biaunes, Blanc d'Argile is a blanc de blancs any many ways closer in character to Chablis than the chiseled Champagnes of the Marne. The distinction between the two types of chalky soil is palpable in the pungently mineral Blanc d'Argile. The nose is briny and citrus-inflected, with savory herbal notes. This cool-toned fruitiness (indicative of the 2011 vintage) carries over on the palate with a range of yellow fruit, seashell, and flinty sapidity. Typically, the long ripening period afforded by the vineyard manifests itself in a denser, richer, nearly flamboyant fashion; this vintage shows a leaner cut highlighting the Kimmeridgian pedigree. (Disgorged 5/2014).

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Bize 2014 Savigny les Beaune 1er Cru Grands Liards

From vines planted in 1939, 1950, 1979 in the limestone and red clays and gravels beneath les Lavières. The Aux Grands Liards is bit muted upon opening, but with 2 hours in the decanter lovely fruit and pungent soil aromas emerge. Aromatically the wine is perfumed and quite pretty with aromas of wild strawberry, red currant, black tea, and brambles. Fine strawberry and mineral flavors build on the mid-weight palate and carry over on an admirably long finish. This is a fine and satisfying Savigny-Les-Beaune and recommended for mid-term cellaring. Decant early or hold 3-5 years to allow elements to integrate. 

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Bize, Simon 2014 Bourgogne Les Perrières

Bize 2014 Bourgogne Rouge Les Perrières from vines located above Pernand-Vegelesses planted in 1971 and 1974. Stony, dark fruited, hints of spice, damp earth, bright acidity, savory herb notes, appropriately mineral, good concentration. Still a bit circumspect initially, but maintains a nice balance of structural and fruity elements. Not exactly plush at the moment, but the frank earthiness is compelling. Very pretty after an hour of air. Decant now or hold for 2-5 years when things should blossom. There's plenty here for a Bourgogne and I like the energy and mineral character. John McIlwain

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Chandon de Briailles 2014 Corton Clos du Roi

From .38 HA biodynamically farmed vines averaging over 40 years old, high on the hillside of Corton. Traditionally the most powerful and stern of the stable of red Corton lieu-dits at Chandon de Briailles. 80% whole cluster fermentation. There’s a fair bit of reduction to this initially, but with a long decant this recedes to reveal aromas plummy black fruit, animale funk, black tea, and fresh-turned earth. In the mouth ripe red/black fruit flavors mingle with pungent minerality on the vibrant mid-weight palate. There is good sap and firm, but ripe tannins supporting the fruit on the long, substantial finish. This has real class and should be sensational after 10-15 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

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Chandon de Briailles 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses

While the jewel of the premier crus of Pernand-Vergelesses, like Les Lavières, the Ile de Vergelesses vineyard suffered substantially from the hail of 2013. Another in a series of what Claude de Nicolay refers to as “virtual vintages” only half the normal crop was harvested in the 2014 vintage. In light of the vintage character, fermentation was 40% whole cluster with a somewhat shorter elevage to emphasize the beautifully pure fruit. Here the nose shows a blend of black fruits, wood smoke, baking spices, and faint hints of anise. The mid-weight palate features blackberry, cassis, and blood orange flavors giving way to a pungent, nearly saline minerality, which carries thru on the persistent, sapid finish. This has impeccable balance, if not the power of more blockbuster vintages. This is attractive and has plenty of drive and detail to frame the pure, pretty fruit. John McIlwain

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De Montille 2011 Pommard 1er Cru Grands Epenots

This is ripe and full of red fruit with silky tannins and great acidity and intensity and length. A powerful wine, Grands Epenots is one of the greatest of all Pommard 1er Crus, just a step behind the Rugiens-Bas.This was vinified with 33% whole clusters, a decision made based on the ripeness of the stems. JBT    

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Domaine Des Croix 2011 Beaune 1er Cru Pertuisots 375ml

Strawberry, baking spice, black tea, and a kiss of iodine. Just a hint of bramble on mid weight finish. Young, but immensely enjoyable with a very good burger. Decant now or hold for 4-8 years. John McIlwain

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Lafarge 2011 Beaune 1er Cru Grèves

The Beaune-Grèves is more powerful than the Aigrots; it is earthier and has darker fruit. There is a lot of mouth-weight and tannin, and that wonderful 2011 acidity that comes out on the finish. Like most of Lafarge's wines, this could age for a long time. A great effort! JBT

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  • $99.99

Lafarge 2011 Beaune 1er Cru Les Aigrots

The 1er Cru Les Aigrots is on the mid-to-upper slope on the Pommard side of Beaune, as opposed to the Savigny-les-Beaune side. Aigrots is bordered by Les Clos des Mouches, Les Vignes Franches, Pertuisots, Les Sizies, and Champs Pimont. Domaine Lafarge's vines are about 40 years old and Frederic Lafarge says the vines are very unusual; they are growing in a different way from vine to vine to vine, some are very bushy and some have sparse foliage, which may be because of the great variety of plant material in this vineyard. He said that while some growers removed leaves to promote better air circulation, he likes to leave them on to protect the grapes from the near inevitability of a hailstorm. This wine has great fruit upfront and then tannins and astringency—a big structure and all of the components for a long life. JBT

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

Lafouge 2014 Pommard 1er Cru Les Chanlins

Les Chanlins, a premier cru bordering Volnay, expresses the prettier side of Pommard. A continuation of Volnay Pitures (formerly known as Volnay Chanlins until 2006), the vineyard is steep with more limestone and pebbles rather than clay, producing wines which are typically more generous than backwards.  "Chanlins is one of the most inherently elegant terroirs in Pommards, and the style of the vineyard dovetails with the Lafouge style of winemaking" writes John Gilman. From a small parcel of old vines, the Lafouge 2014 Chanlins shows beautiful aromas of bright red fruits - raspberry, tart cherry and wild strawberry - with earth, citrus, rose, brown spice and game. Lovely tart red fruits on the palate with firm acidity and intense chalky minerality that coats the palate on the long finish. This is a lovely, pure and elegant old-fashioned Burgundy - delicious now with its bright, youthful fruit, best probably 2022 to 2032. DL

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

Lafouge 2015 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru La Chapelle

La Chapelle is a "climat" within Les Breterins and Reugne, on the steep slope of la Montagne de Bourdon, facing south/southeast. The vines are well-placed in mid-slope and are mostly sixty years-old, giving the most "generous" of the three Lafouge premier crus. The soils here are partially "marnes blanches"which seems to contribute to the more supple and elegant style of wines from this site.   David Lillie     ....................    Tasted in January, the Chapelle impressed me with immediate pretty red fruit on the nose, then dried fruit and cassis on the palate, with a lovely long finish. This should age nicely.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $36.99

Lafouge 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Les Chanlins

Black and blue fruits, game, mustard seed, violets on nose. Black tea, plum skin, and a whack of ferrous earth on the dense, verging on brooding palate. Medium tannins and ripe, persistent finish. This is not lightweight, but a firm, strapping Chanlins and quite the wine for lamb, game, or daube. Though rich, this is by no means coarse and shows plenty of class. Good with a decant, better still with 7-10 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $51.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

Rapet, Père et Fils 2014 Aloxe-Corton

From old vines on fairly deep iron-rich soils south of the village in three different parcels, Les Boutieres, Les Citernes and Les Combes. Always a ripe, powerful wine, the 2014 Rapet Aloxe-Corton is well-structured for aging and beautifully balanced with firm acidity and the pretty fruit of this vintage that was saved by ample sunshine from mid-August into October. The wine shows elegant aromas of ripe black cherry and blackberry with hints of violet and earth. On the palate there is an intense fusion of mineral flavors with ripe blackberry and red currant fruit, sappy and long,  framed in firm acidity and ample tannin. This is a big, age-worthy Aloxe that will be quite beautiful when mature, best perhaps 2020 - 2030 and beyond. Quite enjoyable now in its intense youth, decant well in advance or open the night before... David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $31.99

Rapet, Pere et Fils 2014 Beaune 1er Cru Beaune-Grèves

Upon opening Rapet's Grèves is a bit circumspect: initially showing a lot of hedge fruit, wood smoke, soil notes. Nose and palate open to reveal dark fruits, a bit of bramble, sous-bois, spice, cherry pit, and mineral spice. Some structure here, but with fine poise. There's a lovely sweetness within the tannins which bodes well for some time in the cellar to allow all the elements to knit. Near term patience should be well rewarded. Decant now or cellar for 3-5 years and enjoy over the next 10 years. Made a fine pairing with a salad of frisée, duck confit, toasted pecans, and a sherry vinaigrette. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $46.99

Rapet, Père et Fils 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses

Ile des Vergelesses is certainly one of the best premier cru vineyards in Burgundy - a perfectly exposed mid-slope vineyard on limestone and iron-rich soils, steep enough for ideal drainage, producing wines that age beautifully for 15 to 20 years - considered by many to be grand cru quality. The 2014s from Vincent Rapet are lovely, beautifully balanced wines. The 2014 Ile des Vergelesses shows very bright perfume of wild strawberry, black raspberry, rose, pepper and licorice. The palate is very dense with elegant, chalky red fruits that coat the palate. This should develop beautifully - it's perfectly balanced at 13% alcohol with firm acidity - well structured for aging. Fun to taste now, especially if decanted or opened the night before, probably best 2022 - 2035. David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

Rateau 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Les Reversées

Generous black cherry, boysenberry, notes of cherry pit and anise on nose. Ripe mid-weight palate, ripe black fruits, hints of iodine and iron and other soil beneath supple structure. Succulent acidity and savory mineral notes offset the ripeness and lend energy and drive on a rich, palate-coating finish. This has good punch, even if it's more generous than I associate with very young Rateau. The purity of fruit and earth notes are finely balanced and this is an excellent Burgundy for the mid-term. A fine pairing with braised chicken thighs with mustard, tarragon, and shallots. A great value from the pioneer of biodynamic Burgundy! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rollin 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses

Red/black fruit on the nose. A bit bosky. Bright acid, succulent fruit good balance of bramble and animale on the periphery. Medium tannins. Fresh, punchy attack, lifted mid-palate, good length. There's beautiful poise here between rustic and suave. Good now. Better still in 3-5 years. As always, Rollin remains a solid value in Burgundy and a worthy addition to one's table and cellar. John  McIlwain

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $34.99

Rouges-Queues 2015 Maranges Rouge 1er Cru La Fussière

Bright and high-toned, red-fruited on the nose. Lovely red cherry, ripe raspberry, and wild strawberry flavors on a velvety, lissome palate with a rising, energetic finish. This is a pretty, rather than powerful expression of La Fussière and a delicious natural Burgundy. Tasty now, should make for immensely pleasurable drinking with a few years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rouges-Queues 2015 Santenay

From 3 parcels of old vines in clay and limestone soils of the Les Saunières lieu-dit beneath Clos Rousseau. The 2015 Santenay has a medium-dark robe and is densely aromatic, with scents of violets, black fruits, and game. The rich palate is deep and layered offering flavors of blackberry, plum, five-spice, with an underlying mineral character featuring notes of iron and salt on a expressive, lingering finish. This is a sensational Santenay and will pair beautifully with veal scallops and morels, coq au vin, or steak off the grill. If drinking now decant of hold for 7-10 years. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $37.99

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

Voillot, Joseph 2013 Volnay 1er cru Carelle Sous La Chapelle

Located beneath Bousse d'Or and between the Champans and En l'Ormeau climats in the center of the village of Volnay, Carelle Sous la Chapelle (the square beneath the chapel) shares some of the fruity character of Champans with a bit more structure. The 2013 has a lovely melange of wild blackberry, black currant, rose petal, and game aromas on the nose. There's a fine balance of fruit and savory minerality on the palate with sappy blackberry vying with soil notes for prominence on the lingering finish. Perhaps not as structured as some vintages, but this has plenty of drive and should be immensely satisfying with a few years in the bottle. This pairs beautifully with braised duck dumplings and is a prime choice to accompany a chicken fricassee with plenty of mushrooms. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $89.99

Cote-de-Nuit

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $129.99

Bart 2015 Marsannay Au Champ Salomon

When it comes to Marsannay, Domaine Bart's selection of crus is an embarrassment of riches. Au Champ Salomon, one of their best, is located in a prime spot on the mid-slope, producing wines which marry power with elegance and longevity. The grapes from 35-year-old plus vines are hand harvested, fermented with native yeasts, aged for 18 months in barrel, of which approximately 30% are new. The 2015 Champ Salomon shows its relation to Gevrey-Chambertin next door with aromas of ripe black cherry and strawberry with earth and spice. The palate is dense and rich, with ripe cherry and blackberry fruit over earthy, mineral-laden acidity. This young Burgundy will accompany a steak or grilled pork, served cool, best held for three to five years for a mature experience...

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $114.99

Chauvenet 2013 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Perrieres

It's no secret that the Jean Chauvenet's 2012 Nuits St. Georges Les Perrières was one of my favorite red Burgundies of the vintage. The 2013 is another winner for the domaine. Chauvenet's Christope Drag farms a .23 hectare parcel of old vines high on the slope adjacent to Les Poulettes and Les Poirets between the holdings farmed by Henri Gouges and Regis Forey.  The particularly stony soils retain heat and Christophe says this is typically the first vineyard harvested after the Bourgogne. Personally I find it the most effusively perfumed of his wines with his Vaucrains a close second. The bouquet of the 2013 leaps from the glass, with floral aromas, red fruits, and pretty wild berry aromas, giving way to spices and soil notes. The palate is equally fresh, with red berry, strawberry, Morello cherry, and pipe tobacco flavors giving way to a chalky minerality. There is fine energy and cut to this which carries through on a long, lingering, and building finish.  This is certainly a pretty expression of Nuits St. Georges, but has the tannins and acidity to age with grace. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $99.99

Chauvenet 2013 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes

From the vines planted in southern portion of Damodes planted in 1949 and 1956. There are 40cm of brown gravely clay over mother rock. Medium dark robe. The nose is offers an array of dark fruit and floral notes with hints of grilled meat. The palate is distinctly mineral, with salty, reminiscent of iodine flavors giving way to wild blackberry fruit and very fine, velvety tannins. With are the structure builds, but the fruit keeps pace on a long, rising finish. This should drink on the earlier side and pair beautifully with magret of duck or grilled ribeye with herb butter. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $99.99

Chauvenet 2013 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Poulettes

From a .17 HA plot of 60-year-old vines in above Perrieres, on a natural wall of calcaire, or limestone. The name Les Poulettes derives from the small game birds found in the area. Christophe Drag notes the site is very warm and sees little wind, so is the first to flower and first harvested. The 2013 shows aromas of blackberry blossoms, dark hedge fruit, and cool herbal notes on the nose. The palate is black-fruited, offering wild blackberry and dark cherry flavors framed by a distinctive mineral edge on a bright, lifted finish. There's a fine balance of structure and fruit and this should drink beautifully in the near term, though I'd wager given time to integrate the elements, there is nice upside for midterm cellaring. Enjoy with mushroom dishes and certainly squab or poussin! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $87.99

Chauvenet 2013 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

From a .41 HA parcel of old vines next to Chaboeufs on the north side of Vaucrains. The soils are brown, "fat clays make it hard to work the earth" according to vigneron Christophe Drag, with large oolithic stones are the top of the slope. Always the sternest and most majestic of Chauvenet's crus, the 2013 is aromatically dense with layered dark-fruit, game, and spice aromas giving way to pungent soil notes. The palate is similarly complex with pure black cherry, plum, and earthy flavors underlain with distinctively savory, verging on pungent mineral component on a muscular, driving, persistent finish. There are substantial acidity and ripe tannins girding this masculine, but not coarse Vaucrains, which will benefit with time in the cellar. Decant now,  better still in 7-10 years when this should sing. A beautiful Vaucrains! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $149.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $159.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $209.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $104.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $374.99

Desaunay-Bissey 2014 Chambolle Musigny Combe d'Orveaux VV

From 90 year-old vines in the village portion of Combe d'Orveau. The 2014 is a classic expression of Chambolle-Musigny with pretty high-toned aromas of red fruit, rose petals, and spice. The mid-weight palate is silken and flavors  of ripe red cherry, wild raspberry, and chalk dance on a long, fresh, precise finish.  This is lovely and a fine value in Chambolle. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $62.99

Esmonin, Sylvie 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin

From 45+  year-old vines from 4 hectares in many parcels. 30% whole cluster fermentation, aged in 20% new oak.This is a beautiful Gevrey that can be enjoyed in its youth, showing very floral and bright aromas of morello cherry and wild strawberry with spice and earth, really quite pretty. The palate is beautifully balanced and bright with supple cherry and strawberry fruit, showing lovely ripeness with a finish that is long and pure with berry fruits and stony acids. A lovely wine that is delicious now, best 2020 to 2030+.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Gouges 2011 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets .375 L

Medium ruby, hinting at garnet robe. Strawberry, Morello cherry, iron, salt, cinnamon. Still a bit tannic, good acid, but resolving and pretty generous for the grower. This ain't your father's Gouges! Good length and detail. Pretty delicious now, but I'd like to revisit this in five to eight years. (Tasted 8/2017) John McIlwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $249.99

Jane et Sylvain 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Fontenys

Jane et Sylvain have a superb, tiny parcel of Gevrey 1er Cru "Fontenys", high up in the southwest, separated from Grand Cru Ruchottes by a dirt track. They are certified organic and age the wine in old barriques. The 2013 is a bit coiled upon opening, but with an hour or so of air opens to reveal cherry and red berry fruit, wet bark, savory earth, and spice notes on the nose. The palate has good density offering sappy cherry fruit, lively acids, and dark-toned minerality with firm but ripe tannins and a very long, savory finish. This is a classy Gevrey which will need 5-8 years to come together but should drink beautifully for another dozen years after that. John McIlwain    In January of 2014, I tasted the 2002 Gevrey 1er Cru Fontenys in the cellar with Jane and Sylvain.Their eldest son was born in 2002, so they saved a bunch for him, but were generous enough to share one with my father and me. It was transcendental - what I refer to as my "religious experience" with red Burgundy, and possibly one of the most memorable wines I've ever tasted. Flowers, stones, dried fruit, the subtle touch of tannin... truly a blissful experience. Jane says the wine has "la finesse du Ruchottes," referring to the Grand Cru vineyard that is literally feet away from the edge of their vines in the Premier Cru Fonteny.  Unfortunately we don't have any of the 2002 at Chambers, but the 2013 is a great purchase for the cellar - patience will reward you if you can wait for it to develop. Eben Lillie  

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic

Jane et Sylvain 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin

From 45 to 60 year-old vines, certified organic, mostly in En Pallud (below 1er Cru les Corbeaux). The 2014 Gevrey shows a light red/black color, aromas of morello cherry, red currant and raspberry with hints of earth, stone, violets, black pepper and licorice. The palate is dense but light with cherry, red-currant, earth, citrus and mineral flavors with berry fruits and saline minerals lingering in the finish. Ripe but not a fruit-bomb - a red Burgundy of terroir that is delicious now, but should become a beautiful, old-fashioned wine when mature, best perhaps 2021 - 2030. On day two the wine has deepened with very sappy black and red fruits,  quite dense and earthy.  Lovely wine from living soils and quite a different style than modern Burgundies.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Fonteny

Jane et Sylvain have a superb, tiny parcel of Gevrey 1er Cru "Fonteny", high up in the southwest corner, separated from Grand Cru Ruchottes by a dirt track, certified organic. Four barrels of 2014 Fonteny were produced, of which one was new. Tasted last February the wine showed dense, deep strawberry and black chery fruit with round supple tannins and a very long firm, palate coating finish. Re-tasted in November 2016, the round strawberry fruit is framed in chalky minerals, quite dense and palate-coating, balanced with soft tannins - a very young wine that will be delightful to drink now but best to wait five to ten years for the velvety complexity to come, best perhaps 2021 to 2035. David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $41.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $159.99

Lienhardt, Antoine 2014 Côte de Nuits Villages Les Essards

From low-yielding vines located in Comblanchien (probably more famous for its quarries and eponymous limestone than viticulture), planted in the 1960s by Antoine Lienhardt's grandfather. Les Essards is a short distance from another of Antoine's lieux dits, Les Plantes Aux Bois. There is a thin layer of rocky clay topsoil over Comblanchien limestone and the vine rows run from east to west. A bit circumspect upon opening, decanting reveals red plum and ripe cherry aromas with hints of mustard seed and black tea on the nose. The palate is nervy with bright flavors of brambly red fruit, vibrant acidity, and a pungent, verging on saline minerality on a persistent, and detailed finish. Great lift and purity with wonderful interplay between the pure red fruit and distinctly stony elements. Decant if planning to drink now or cellar for 3-7 years to allow the elements to integrate. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Lienhardt, Antoine 2014 Côte de Nuits Villages Les Plantes Aux Bois

A mere 200 meters from Les Essards, Les Plantes Aux Bois has clay top soils overlying the hard limestone mother rock. The nose is generous, perfumed, and dark-fruited with aromas of black raspberry and plum giving way to notes of game and spices. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, and plum dominate on the ripe, mid-weight palate.  There is good freshness, with bright acidity providing lift and drive on a long, lingering, cool-toned finish. Lovely with a quick decant, but plenty of material to justify mid-term cellaring. Delicious! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $349.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

Lignier, Hubert 2014 Morey St. Denis Trilogie

From old vines planted in three different lieux-dits in Morey Saint Denis (Chenevery, Clos Solon, and Porroux). There's plenty to like here. Violets, cherry pit, iodine, game on nose. Palate layered and suave with some structure to resolve. Flavors of plum skin, cherry pit, rose hip, iron.Good freshness and density. Decant now or cellar for 5-7 years to allow elements to integrate. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $144.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $79.99

Lignier-Michelot 2015 Bourgogne Rouge

From 50+ year-old vines. The 2015 Bourgogne from Lignier-Michelot is perfumed with aromas of ripe black cherry, mulberry, soil, and violet on the nose. The ripe, medium-weight palate offers flavors of bright cherry, wild raspberry, on a long supple punchy finish. This is a great Bourgogne that just cries out for duck confit! -John McIlwain

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $31.99

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $114.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $64.99

Magnien, Stephane 2014 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

This a wonderful expression of Les Sentiers, aromatically expressive and layered. There are bright aromas of black cherry, raspberry, violets, woody herbs, and game on the nose. The mid-weight palate initially shows brambly black fruits, and pungent soil flavors. With time in the glass notes of dark cherry and cherry pit appear along with a savory ferrous minerality and spice notes. The tension between fruit and earthiness is compelling and will gain in complexity with time in the cellar. More expressive on the second day. If enjoying now, decant for several hours or revisit in 7-10 years and enjoy for the decade following.  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $63.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $115.99

Magnien, Stephane 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants

Situated just above Clos de la Roche, the Magnien's 2014 1er Cru Mont-Luisants shares the grand cru's "inherent lushness" (Clive Coates) in this lovely vintage for Burgundy. The wine shows a deep red-black color with lush aromas of blackberry, plum and ripe strawbwrry with earth, graphite and citrus. Dense ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit coats the palate with hints of bitter chocaolate and soil. Surprisingly round but with nice chalky acidity and a long finish of citrus and pretty berry fruits. Quite delicious now, this lovely wine will offer superb drinking with a little time in the cellar, perhaps best 2020 - 2035. 

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $64.99

Magnien, Stephane 2015 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain Cuvée Densité

This is a delicious Bourgogne Passetoutgrain from the young and very capable Stephane Magnien, whose great vineyard work and un-forced vinifications are producing superb, elegant Burgundies. The 2015 Cuvée Densité is from old vines of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Gamay and gets a longer élevage than his "regular" Passetoutgrain. This is a lovely and affordable Burgundy that shows deep aromas of cherry and blackberry with earth and citrus notes. The palate shows a potpourri of berry fruits with impresssive length, finishing with juicy acidity and mineral flavors. Drinking beautifully now, and over the next few years - buy a case and make this your "everyday" Burgundy....  DL

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $15.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $127.99

Magnien, Stephane 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis

The young and very talented Stephane Magnien is producing delicious, old fashioned Burgundies from his beautifully tended vineyards in and around Morey-Saint-Denis. The estate has never used herbicides and uses a plowing regimen designed to force the roots deeper into the limestone bedrock. The "village" wine is always one of my favorite recommendations in Burgundy due to its elegance, balance, lovely fruit and great value. The 2015 is particularly beautiful, showing a bit more depth and ripeness than the excellent 2014, with aromas of blackberry and strawberry liqueur, violet, brown spice, orange peel, smoke and earth. The palate is dense, but not over-ripe, with earthy black fruits, bitter chocolate, citrus and spice with a core of firm acidity and mineral flavors. Quite delicious as a young wine, this ripe and elegant Morey-Saint-Denis will be at it's best from approximately to 2022 to 2035. Those looking for value in a 2015 red Burgundy should consider buying a case of this lovely wine.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $239.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $449.99

Rateau 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin

From two small parcels in "Aux Eletois" (below Grand Cru Griottes)  and "les Epointures" (below 1er Cru Clos Prieur) on the more fine and aromatic side of Gevrey.The 2015 shows a lovely bright red/black color with high-toned aromas of ripe black cherry and strawberry with violet and graphite. The palate is dense and ripe with tart red fruits, very pure and long with hints of licorice and citrus with a chalky mineral backbone. Drink now to enjoy the lush, bright fruit or cellar five to eight years, then drink until 2030. Lovely wine. DL

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $179.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $259.99

  • red
  • 41 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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2NaturKinder 2016 Franken Fledermaus Weiss

Müller-Thurgau and Silvaner, aged on the lees in stainless steel tank, unfined and unfiltered with no sulfur added. The wine changes quite rapidly with exposure to air. A lactic acid note cuts through and gives the wine a citrus-laced sour, salty beer (Gose) vibe when first poured. The palate then fleshes out into juicy tart underripe peach, starfruit and pineapple, and evolves onwards to notes of green olive brine and key lime curd. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Biodynamic

Brand 2016 Pfalz Pet Nat Blanc

Daniel and Jonas Brand are fifth-generation wine makers in the northern Pfalz, currently with 18 hectares in the family. Soil types in the northern Pfalz range from clay and loam, to loess, and limestone at different states of erosion. For a region that gets most of their rain in winter, the soil plays a vital role in holding water for the vines. They began experimenting with converting their vineyards to organic farming in 2011 and will be fully-certified with the 2018 vintage. A pét-nat made from 30-year-old vines of Silvaner and Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) grown on scant soil over limestone, the palate is linear, saline, and crisp with notes of yellow nectarine, white stone, lemon juice, underripe pineapple, and green apple skin, boasting a great mousse, a touch of lees and fresh acidity. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 18 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Brand 2016 Pfalz Pet Nat Rosé

The Brothers Brand have taken over the family vineyards, working organically with biodynamic treatments, using natural yeast fermentation, and low or no sulfur additions. This is the first year their pét-nats have made it over to our side of the pond, and just in time for longer, hotter days. Their 2016 rosé is a blend of mostly Pinot Noir, with about 10% old-vine Portugieser (vine age is about 40 years old). Deep magenta, jewel-toned rose in color, with a sprightly mousse and a mélange of tart and juicy red fruits: raspberry, watermelon, sour cherry, red plum all burst forth and wash over the palate, with bright acidity priming for the next sip. Cari Bernard

  • rosé sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Brand 2016 Pfalz Pet Nat Rosé 1.5 L

The Brothers Brand have taken over the family vineyards, working organically with biodynamic treatments, using natural yeast fermentation, and low or no sulfur additions. This is the first year their pét-nats have made it over to our side of the pond, and just in time for longer, hotter days. Their 2016 rosé is a blend of mostly Pinot Noir, with about 10% old-vine Portugieser (vine age is about 40 years old). Deep magenta, jewel-toned rose in color, with a sprightly mousse and a mélange of tart and juicy red fruits: raspberry, watermelon, sour cherry, red plum all burst forth and wash over the palate, with bright acidity priming for the next sip. Cari Bernard 

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Busch, Clemens 2015 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Fahrlay GG

Fahrlay is a south-facing, terraced parcel located between two rock outcroppings on the Marienburg, with predominately blue slate. Vines here are ungrafted and single-post trained: a time-consuming method preferred by Clemens and Rita Busch for their older vines. Clover, rose, and orange oil on the nose, the palate is both weighty and stony, with notes of greengage plum, nectarine pit, and a salty minerality. Cari Bernard

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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2015 Saar Riesling Sekt Brut

Tasted moments after I arrived at Hofgut Falkenstein on a sweltering day in July, I failed to get notes down on any sort of paper. I do remember being very pleased with the fresh intensity of the mousse, brightness of the acidity, green stone fruit and citrus tartness...a delightful sparkling Riesling! Cari Bernard

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Frank John 2011 Pfalz Riesling Sekt Brut

Weingut Frank John has been biodynamic since their first vintage in 2003, Demeter certified since the 2012 vintage, with a commitment to hand-harvesting, natural yeast fermentation, ageing in wood, and minimal sulfur additions. An incredibly elegant and layered Riesling Brut Sekt, with 41 months spent on the lees and close to 8 grams per liter of dosage. White and red grapefruit, star fruit and burnished peach on the nose, the wine is oxidative and broad, with a creamy mousse and aggressive attack. Powerful and vinous, with rich notes of apple, citrus oils and pith, a show-stopping sparkling wine. Cari Bernard

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Immich-Batterieberg 2013 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

Gernot’s part of the Ellergrub lies just to the left of Weiser-Künstler’s parcel, which is great because they also work without chemicals in the vineyards. The 2.2 hectares of vines are 80 years and older and are ungrafted. The 2013 is having a moment right now, (re-tasted in 03/2017) showing development on the nose with deep honeysuckle notes, mirrored on the palate, along with ripe juicy peach, wildflower honey, and dark stones, managing to be both ethereal and powerful. Cari Bernard

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Spindler, Heinrich 2014 Pfalz Pechstein Riesling Trocken

Beneath a layer of sandy-loam, Pechstein's soils hold basalt or pitched stone, the source of this vineyard's name. Along with the Jesuitengarten this wine was one of the clear stand-outs of Markus' 2014 campaign. It shines a golden honey yellow in the glass and welcomes with aromas of lilacs, chrysanthemums, grilled pistachios, lavender, and cranberries. The palate shows a fine minerality, offering tremendous length with notes of white truffles prior to a linden blossom finish. This is nuanced and impeccably detailed, dry Riesling!- David Salinas

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Stein 2011 Mosel Sekt 'Ohne'

Upon visiting Ulli Stein's cellar, I was impressed with the sheer number of projects he has chosen to undertake: he produces a full range of Riesling from sparkling to still, dry to sweet. He also experiments with varieties rarely seen in the region (I'm pretty sure we walked by a row or two of Sangiovese), grows several different clonal selections, and has a cellar filled with different-sized tanks and barrels: variety is key. During the visit, Ulli would walk from barrel to barrel piping samples, and would give the backstory for his inspiration for certain projects (often times born from late night conversations with friends). 'Ohne' means 'without', a title Ulli reserves for his wines made without adding sulfur, dosage, or filtering agents. The Sekt is 100% Riesling, savory, stony, austere and herbal, with oxidative notes of yellow apple and pear to round out the finish. Cari Bernard

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Vetter 2014 Franken Sylvaner Rosenrain

Ungrafted Sylvaner planted in 1934 on a mixture of red sandstone and limestone soils. Evoking thoughts of Chablis with its linear and stony intensity; the palate is bright with tart lemon juice, underripe nectarine, and a chalky minerality. Beautifully nuanced and fresh.  Cari Bernard

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Vollenweider 2015 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Goldgrube Auslese GK

Let's be honest here: this is basically a Beerenauslese, with 140 g/L of residual sugar and 12.5 grams of acidity! 100% botrytis-affected grapes, this wine can (and should) age for quite some time. The nose hints at peach candy, cinnamon, and button mushroom, on the palate the wine shows both intensity and density, rich with honeyed peaches, orange oil, and apricot preserves. A fantastic bottle for those who wait! Cari Bernard

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Italy Piedmont

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Conterno, Giacomo 2009 Barolo Cascina Francia

From the ripe 2009 vintage, Giacomo Conterno's Barolo Cascina Francia avoids the overly rich character of some of the wines of their neighbors. Perfumes of orange oil, earth, grilled meat arise from the glass. The palate while dense and structured shows fine counterpoise between power and elegance, with sweet fruit, soil notes, and savory notes framed by ripe tannins and buoyed by good acidity for the vintage. This is quite pretty and while drinking nicely with decanting, this will benefit from another 10-20 years in the cellar when the fruit and structure should integrate. John McIlwain

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Cordero di Montezemolo 1971 Barolo Monfalletto

A consistently excellent wine — we've been lucky to get to taste this several times in the last few years. It needs a lot of time to breathe, and then it provides a classic example of fully mature Nebbiolo. Jamie Wolff

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Dinner: 1967 Barolo at Maialino 10/16/17

1967 Barale, Burlotto, Cappellano, Cavallotto, Fiorina, E Pira, Marcarini, Oddero, Produttori del Barbaresco, Prunotto, F Rinaldi, G Rinaldi, Vietti...

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Principiano, Ferdinando 2011 Barolo Serralunga

Mint, balsam, on top of full Nebbiolo aromatics and a lot of minerality; very ripe and firm tannins. This shows that it’s not all about 2010! It’s made from younger vines in Boscareto (see below), usually harvested rather later than the neighbors. Principiano thinks that his organic viticulture has made a huge difference in the health of the vines, even in difficult growing seasons. The wine gets about a month of maceration and then is aged in 20,000 and 40,000 liter barrels. It’s a harmonious and deep wine with a long future. Jamie Wolff

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Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2002 Barolo Brunate 1.5L

For Christmas this year I would like to be given the Giuseppe Rinaldi 2002 Barolo, in magnum. Please. In Piedmont the summer of ’02 saw unprecedented quantities of rain, cool temps, landslides, hail, and downpours of frogs – just about every bad wet weather thing that can happen, and many producers didn’t even make wine. By way of contrast, Giacomo Conterno bottled only Monfortino; I haven’t tasted it for a while but it was pretty spectacular then (it would be very interesting to taste the 2002 Monfortino blind… does anyone with a bottle want to join the experiment?). And G Rinaldi made really good Barolo, which I was first wowed by in 2007, and then again last May. So I’d like that mag, please. Jamie Wolff

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Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2011 Barolo Tre Tine

Formerly labeled Cannubi San Lorenzo - Ravera, this is close to same blend / same wine. Early on (from barrel in 2014) the Tre Tine seemed closer in style to Brunate than usual, sharing a dark core of ripe fruit, and very ripe tannin. A year later there was more obvious difference, with the elegance of Cannubi beginning to shine. Out of about 120 Barolos, this is one of the very best 2011s we've tasted. Jamie Wolff

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Roagna 2011 Barbaresco Paje

Close to the Roagna family house in Barbaresco, Paje feels like the home vineyard; the Roagna vines run down from top of the slope, nestled in the apex of an open oval. As on all of their land, the plants between the rows of grapes are never cut. Luca says that the hand-work in the vines helps to keep the growth down; the plants compete for water and so force the vines to grow deeper roots. Many growers will tell you that too much growth in the rows promotes excess humidity and risk of mildew, but the Roagnas feel this isn’t an issue because their vines have always co-existed with the other plants and are generally in great health. The vines themselves are also never trimmed, the theory (which is somewhat widespread) being that the plant should be permitted to continue to grow naturally, instead of being forced to put more energy into ripening fruit. Paje 2011 is stellar, a wine to make converts of lovers of Burgundy, Chambolle to the Barolo Pira’s Gevrey, delicate, with very fine-grained tannin, a bit reserved, and very elegant. Jamie Wolff PS The image is of Luca in Paje at the edge of his plot; behind him you can see the neighbor's neatly herbicided rows.

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Roagna 2011 Barolo Pira

Pira is a monopole of the Roagnas, and is separated from Rocche di Castiglione by a little indentation in the hillside; the Pira vines are lower in elevation. The soils gradually shift from the ‘blue’ clay of the southern part of Rocche to the yellow soils of Scarrone (which begins on the north side of Pira). Gevrey to Paje’s Chambolle; although fundamentally austere now the 2011 is a super-sophisticated and complex wine, with a rich side and with great cut; there are only hints at its depths, but more than enough to fall in love. Jamie Wolff

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Italy Tuscany

Biondi Santi 1988 Brunello di Montalcino

1988 is considered to be a very fine vintage in Montalcino.

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San Ferdinando 2014 Toscana Rosso Ciliegiolo

San  Fernando Ciliegiolo is a perfect example of how delightful the grape Ciliegiolo can be when made as a varietal wine. Produced from a 1.7 Hectare parcel of young vines the grapes are fermented with native yeasts over 12 days, rested on the lees for five months,  and bottled unfined with only a light filtration. The wine smells of sour cherries, raspberries, woody green herbs, and just a whiff of lavender. The palate is playful, with refreshing acidity and very soft tannins giving the wine a juicy feel. This is  an honest quaffable wine that will pair effortlessly with all sorts of food: try it with caprese salad, cured salmon, soft cheese, cured salami, braised pork or enjoy it on its own. AP

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Italy White

Arcari + Danesi 2012 Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero

Giovanni Arcari and Nico Danesi set out in 2006 to make Franciacorta in a style that paid more attention to the terroir of Lombardi than that of Champagne. Arcari e Danesi Dossagio Zero is the fruit of those efforts. Made from 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Blanc, both harvested for ripeness, the wine is powerful on the nose with golden apple, ripe peach, layers of floral notes and a pronounced toasty note. The wine is full, smooth and very dry with a lively mousse, ripe orchard fruit, kiwi, and a mineral undertone. Rich and forward, Zero Dossagio would pair beautifully with washed rind cheese, pear and Gorgonzola salad, soft scrambled eggs, coconut curry, or other assertive dishes. Andy Paynter

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Bianco, Marco 2011 Moscato d'Asti "Crivella"

Crivella is made with fruit from Bianco’s oldest vines, including some planted in the mid 1800s by Riccardo’s great-great-something grandfather; such old vines are extremely rare, and while they produce very little fruit, it’s impossible for Riccardo to even think about replacing them. At a tasting in the shop a customer said, “Like Sauternes with bubbles!” which was a lovely way to describe the wine and its rich and unctuous character. made lively with fizz. While there’s no botrytis, Crivella is much more complex and detailed than all but the very best Sauternes. I’ve certainly never tasted anything like it — a stunning wine. Jamie Wolff Moscato d'Asti is usually a fairly light and simple affair, but this bottling has gravitas to stand up to the most complex, aged cheeses. If an old Stilton and Port sounds a bit much, try this invigorating Moscato for a bit of a lighter approach. John Rankin

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La Biancara 2015 IGT Veneto Frizzante Garg'n'go

When confronted with a sparkling wine made from a grape that usually isn't carbonated, I have to say that I am pretty tentative about taking the plunge; but time and again my skepticism proves to be unwarranted. Such was my experience with Garg’n’go, La Biancara’s sparkler made from Garganega, which is frankly delicious. A slightly turbid straw gold in the glass, the nose shows pronounced notes of ripe stone fruit, a yeasty character, preserved orange zest, and pear blossom. The texture is lush and creamy braced by a tight bead and great acidity showing more orchard fruit and a slight tropical note. Refreshing on its own, try Garg’n’go with summer salads, soft and washed-rind cheese, sashimi, or fried fish. Andy Paynter

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

Oltretorrente 2014 Timorasso Colli Tortonese

Timorasso is a golden-colored grape from Piedmont's Colli Tortonese. Aside from Gavi and Moscato, Piedmont is not well known for white wines, and Timorasso has a bit more richness and weight compared to most white wine grapes. There's a bit of spice and an almost nutty character that complements marmalade and orange fruit tones. This wine is very interesting to try as an example of an heirloom variety that almost went extinct, and it is extremely capable at the dinner table for anything from seafood, Middle Eastern food, or rich pastas. John Rankin

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Orto di Venezia 2014 Sant'Erasmo Bianco

The 2014 Sant’Erasmo Bianco is a striking wine grown on the island of San Erasmo within the lagoon of Venice.  Premised on Malvasia Istriana but comprised of a number of other local cultivars all planted on its own root stock, the wine is deeply colored in the glass, with a nose reminiscent of ripe golden apples and honeysuckle undercut by a salty tone. The palate is bold, with an initial attack of juicy orchard fruit and rich texture, followed by a honeyed note giving way to a long savory finish. More than anything else, the Orto shows a stern backbone of minerality bracing its mellow acidity and weight on the palate.  I served it with shrimp cooked with their own stock and butter, but this wine would pair beautifully with anything out of the sea, soft cheese, or rich vegetable dishes. Open early and serve slightly chilled.  Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • 6 in stock
  • $47.99

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  • 23 in stock
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  • 8 in stock
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  • white sweet
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  • 38 in stock
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  • white
  • 67 in stock
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  • white
  • 45 in stock
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Solouva Brut Franciacorta NV Franciacorta DOCG Solouva

Solouva, The side project of Giovanni Arcari with Andrea Rudelli, shows a more opulent side of Franciacorta. The nose shows very ripe fruit with notes of white peach and golden apple alongside guava and passion fruit with a slight brioche note from 3 years on the lees. The palate is fairly dry with good acidity but more than anything it is fleshy with juicy peaches and tropical fruit lifted by an active mousse. A luscious wine to try with grilled peaches and herbed goat cheese, chicken salad, bagels and lox, or rich soups. Andy Paynter

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $33.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

Kosher

  • red kosher
  • 8 in stock
  • $62.99

Loire

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Batardiere 2015 Anjou Clos des Cocus

Anjou last year, Vin de France this year (the mystery of the Appellation board!), this is Chenin Blanc from Anjou, whether or not it's on the label. Dense, and crystalline, witn mint flower and and cooked apples on the nose, a touch of honeysuckle and vanilla on the palate. Stones, herbs, and a touch of refreshing salinity in the super long finish. This is truly a young wine, and a big expression of Chenin. A fascinating bottle to have over several days. One really gets the sense that this young Thomas Batardiere is getting very comfortable and connected with his vineyards.Drink now with a proper decant or put it away for a while! Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudouin 2010 Layon Bruandieres

* This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $48.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $39.99

Carême 2010 Vouvray Le Clos

The 2010 Le Clos from Vincent Careme is a superb off-dry Vouvray (20 grams/liter of RS) that is a bit softer than the wonderful 2008, showing brilliant aromas of lime-flower, white and yellow fruits, spice, lemon and stone with a hint of marzipan, really lovely! The palate is very mineral with stone, lemon, honeysuckle and herbal flavors with firm acidity and a long creamy finish. This is a great young Vouvray to serve with fish or chicken in sauce, foie gras and mild cheeses, or cellar for twenty years for a mature experience...

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

Closel 2015 Savennières Les Caillardières

The Domaine du Closel "Caillardières" is a demi-sec Savennières that we have enjoyed immensely in the past - we're glad to see it back in the US and we can't wait to try it! "The grapes are harvested later ; the berries are golden, producing wines with aromas of baked apple, exotic fruits, raisins and toasted almonds. That terroir gives the wine a very silky texture, characteristic of these sandstone schist parcels. This wine is vinified and aged in barrels (French oak, 12 months) and reveals through natural micro-oxygenation this slightly bitter aftertaste that will give an interesting body to the wine. Rather smooth on the palate this wine has character. It pairs very well with artichokes or asparagus, other vegetables difficult to pair with wine. It is also popular with sweet and savory dishes such as veal stew with orange, monkfish with honey and cider vinegar, roasted pork with pineapple." - from the Domaine du Closel website.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2015 Savennières Clos du Papillon

The 2015 Clos du Papillon has just arrived in NY - it promises to be a great vintage for this wonderful Savennières, certainly one of the top wines of the appellation. We will post a tasting note ASAP, meanwhile here is information from the domain's website: "The Clos du papillon is a small valley at mid slope, beautifully exposed southwest to the light of the Loire. There are schist, rhyolite but also quartz. The topsoil layer is very shallow (60 cm) which provides excellent drainage for rainwater. The vine growing conditions are difficult, forcing it to develop its roots deep in the rock cracks to draw nutrients. The climate in that parcel allows for a level of highly advanced maturity. With grapes that concentrate aromas under the action of Botrytis. The Clos du papillon is harvested in two selections : The first selection during the « Fresh Fruit aroma » period and the second one later with some botrytis during the « cooked fruit, quince and smoked aromas » period. Both selections are put in barrels and assembled 16 months later. The wine then remains a few months in vats. This assemblage of the two styles of grapes results in a full bodied wine, with a citrus finish on very first attack, followed by sensations of ripe and exotic fruit with a very distinguished touch of bitterness or toasted almonds on the finish. The long aging on the lees gives it a nice smoothness. The « brandy » nose is characterized by aromas of evolution. The body and the very long finish make the Clos du Papillon a gastronomic wine to accompany lobster, scallops, smoked fish, Turbots, Saint Peter. It is also interesting with delicate white meats such as veal or capon, along with truffles or mushrooms. Classic mountain cheeses like old Salers, or 5 to 6 years old Comté are equally delicious with this great Savennières."

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Aux Moines 1999 Savennieres Roche Aux Moines (Chenin Blanc

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

Fresche (Domaine du) 2014 Anjou Coteaux de la Loire Vieille Seve

A delicious demi-sec Chenin Blanc from Alain and Christine Bore! Honey-tinged and luscious on the nose with baked peaches, mango, pineapple, lime zest, heather, red delicious apple skin, and tangerine. Mellow and round on the palate, but balanced with exotic tropical fruits, lemon meringue, salty pineapple, honey, and Marcona almond. Tropical fruit and grapefruit endure on the finish, along with a sweetness that is never cloying. Pair with all kinds of dessert, but a summery fruit tart would be best! Tim Gagnon  

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Gilbert 2015 Menetou-Salon Blanc

This Sauvignon Blanc comes from biodynamically farmed grape vines very close to the more famous appellation of Sancerre in the eastern Loire Valley. A far cry from the crisp and facile Sancerres that have given the appellation and the grape their reputations, this wine offers complex aromas of lemon thyme and lemon balm, a delicious melding of citrus and herbal aromas, and nice density in the mid-palate.  

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $26.99

Grandes Vignes 2013 Bonnezeaux Le Malabé

If you have a sweet tooth, this Chenin is for you! Bonnezeaux is one of a few sweet wine appellations in the Loire Valley, where grapes are required to be over-ripe, and are sometimes affected by noble rot. "Le Malabé" has about 130 grams of residual sugar, but I honestly thought it was about 80g when I first tasted this wine, thanks to the high acidity and the ample minerality that the schiste soils provide. Just bringing the wine to the nose, one is greeted with honey, quince and with some subtle sweet spice aromas that tickle the senses. On the palate, it's dense, ripe and absolutely delicious. Francois from Grandes Vignes mentioned to me that 2013 was OK for reds in the Loire, very good for their dry Chenin Blanc, and exceptional for the sweet wines. Case in point! Drink now if you're craving sometime sweet, or age for decades.   Eben Lillie

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Grandes Vignes 2014 Vin de France Et Ce Terra Blanc

Chenin Blanc fermented and aged in amphora with no sulfur added. It's not a common occurrence, but we're very happy to have the opportunity to share this unique wine. The nose is floral, and stony, with hints of stone fruit, but the really fascinating aspect of the wine is the texture. Just letting the wine sit on the palate, I experienced earthiness (possible, but rare for a white wine), crystalline acidity, density in the mid-palate, and a long, mineral finish. Highly recommended for Chenin aficionados and those who are interested in the growing category of amphora wines.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $14.99

Grandes Vignes NV Vin de France Bulle Nature Rose

This Brut Nature from Domaine les Grandes Vignes is a blend of Gamay and Groslot in Biodynamic farming, naturally vinified with zero sulfur added. Dark pink garnet color; lovely aromas of red currant, candied strawberry and violets. Soft bubbles with ripe red currant and berry fruits - quite rich but dry and balanced, really delicious! Serve as an aperitif or with a meal - perect at a picnic with chicken or veggies. Bravo to the Vaillant family for great farming and natural vinifications.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2014 Bourgueil Deux Monts

From  80 year-old vines in "Petits Monts" and "Grand Monts" towards the top of the slope above Benais, facing roughly south-west, clay over Turonien limestone (tuffeau, craie micacée). This is the terroir giving the most elegant and age-worthy Bourgueils.  18 month elevage ; 40% in cuve inox, 20% in one new 400 liter barrel, 20% in one-year and 20% in two-year old barrels, assembled two months before bottling.  Tasted in February 2016, the wine was fairly closed and tight, with deep, pure black fruits and perfect balance. This will be a sensational mature wine, best to wait eight to ten years, or more, then drink until 2040. 

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Huet 1989 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $139.99

  • white sweet
  • 14 in stock
  • $149.99

Huet 1989 Vouvray Haut Lieu Moelleux 1er Trie

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $154.99

  • white sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $149.99

Huet 2015 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux

2015 Le Haut Lieu Moelleux: 12.5% alc, 45 gr/l RS. A very graceful wine. Ripe mango, pineapple stalk, candied grapefruit peel, lychee, and a hint of wool rise from the glass. The palate perfectly balances opulent fruit and sweetness with bright acidity and a scintillating texture. Although approachable now, it'd be great in 5-7 years. Tim Gagnon

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $35.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $39.99

Louvetrie (Jo Landron) 2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Fiefs du Breil

From a superb hillside vineyard on orthogneiss with clay and quartz stones. A great vintage for Jo's Fief du Breil! Yes, the aromatics are a bit more pronounced than in more austere vintages, and there is more presence of citrus and white fruits on the palate, but the wine retains a superb mineral character and the finish is brisk and very long. Simply a great Muscadet — drinking this alongside the Pepiere Clos des Briords would be a great lesson in the terroirs of the Pays Nantais! Tasted in February 2016, the wine is still youthful although the aromas are opening a bit, with intense minerality on the palate and fabulous length. Delicious now, this will be fabulous in 2025! Brisk enough for oysters and clams, perfect with cod, sole and flounder, complex enough for monkfish and swordfish - hurry down to Blue Moon Fish at the Greenmarket this Saturday!

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Luneau-Papin 2000 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le L D'Or

The Luneau-Papin "L D"Or" is from old vines in a hillside parcel on a south-facing slope with granite subsoil. This is always one of the most elegant and age-worthy Muscadets, which drinks beautifully as a somewhat austere young wine, and opens up gracefully over its 20 to 30 year lifespan. The 2000 shows subtle, quite complex aromas of pear, stone, melon, almond, crême brulée and honeysuckle . The palate shows a firm, youthful structure with citrusy acidity balancing ripe pear, stone and mineral flavors with almond and anise. While not possessing the depth and intensity of the best vintages, this is a lovely 16+ year-old wine that will continue to develop over the next ten years. (Serve cool, not too cold!)

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $41.99

Luneau-Papin 2010 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or"

A beautiful L d'Or that shows the remarkable combination of ripeness, balance and great acidity in the 2010 vintage. This wine was surprisingly open and aromatic when tasted in January 2012 but possessed of perfect acidity and loads of saline mineral flavors, reminding us of 2002.

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $33.99

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $64.99

Pineau, Julien 2015 Vin de France Côt Coup d'Jus

The Clos Roche Blanche Cot is back, now made by new proprietor Julien Pineau. The wine shows bright blackberry aromas with cocoa, violet, roast meat, earth and celery, quite pretty, complex and interesting. Dense black fruits on the palate are lifted by bright acidity. The finish is lovely with blackberry and red currant fruits framed in vivid mineral flavors, complex and long.  This is a delicious natural wine that happily continues the work of our friends at Clos Roche Blanche, bravo to Julien Pineau!

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $61.99

Pinon, François 2014 Touraine Brut Rosé (Malbec/Grolleau)

For years we kept seeing small piles of sparkling rosé lining the walls of Francois Pinon's cellar. Finally we asked — is there enough for a small shipment to NY? And so this delicious blend of Malbec and Grolleau - from vines planted by François' grandfather -  finally reached Chambers Street! The 2014 is a very pale orange/pink color with lovely aromas of strawberry, red currant and peach. The red fruits continue on the palate, balanced nicely by earth, citrus and mineral flavors that continue in the refreshing finish. This is a beautiful and crowd-pleasing rosé that's wonderful now and will drink beautifully for many years - a 1990 tasted a few years ago was sensational. Highly recommended. DL

  • rosé sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Source du Ruault 2011 Saumur-Champigny Le Clos de la Cote

This beautiful Saumur-Champigny is from a walled vineyard of old vines in Varrains, certified organic and worked with biodynamic methods as well. The wine shows a deep black/red color and ripe aromas of red currant and blackberry with earth, roast meat and citrus framed in a bit of oak, quite lovely. The palate shows lush, textured blackberry and black cherry fruit with earth and bitter chocolate backed by firm acidity that continues in the long finish. Delicious now served with a coq au vin, grilled steak or park stew, this will age gracefully over the next ten to fifteen years. 

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2014 Cour-Cheverny La Porte Dorée

"La Porte Dorée" is from 40 to 90 year-old  Romorantin vines grown on clay soils with limestone bedrock. The juice undergoes a long, slow alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation, and the wine ages in old foudres and barriques. Minimal SO2 is added before bottling. The 2014 "Porte Dorée" shows  complex aromas of pear, citrus, lime-flower, white pepper, almond and caramel, with a very slight oxidative character. The palate shows ripe pear, quince, citrus, almond and intense stony flavors that coat the mouth and are very dense and long. This is a very young wine that will benefit from decanting or 3 to 10 years of cellaring. Serve now with fish or chicken in a cream sauce and with a wide variety of full-flavored cheeses. Lovely wine! DL

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $26.99

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $29.99

Tue-Boeuf 2015 Touraine Le Buisson Pouilleux

Thierry and Jean-Marie Puzelat make this outstanding Sauvignon Blanc from a one hectare parcel in Pouillé, with sand and gravel over limestone, giving very low yields. An intense and beautiful wine in 2015, with aromas of lemon peel, pear, dried herbs, lime flower and pine resin. The palate is dense and ripe with dried white fruits, lemon oil and earth backed by firm acidity. Beautifully structured and very long, this is an outstanding and unusual Sauvignon Blanc to serve with fish or chicken in sauce and full-flavored goat cheeses. Delicious now, the wine should be very interesting with 5 to 10 years of cellaring. Highly recommended. (The name literally translated is "squalid bush" but we hope it refers rather to the limestone of Pouillé...?)

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2016 Vin de France Rosé (Gamay/Grolleau)

The 2016 offering of the Vin Rosé from our friends the Puzelat brothers is totally dry, with red raspberry and tart strawberry, and a touch of blood orange. There is a subtle structure on the mid-palate - which makes this a very food friendly wine - and a super mineral finish. A great vintage for the Tue-Boeuf Rosé!  Eben Lillie 

  • rosé
  • 21 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Misc. Burgundy

Champs de l'Abbaye 2015 Monthélie Les Sous Roches

From the biodynamically farmed high altitude Les Sous Roches lieu-dit on the northwest slope in Monthélie composed of clay and stones. The robe is a dense ruby in the glass. The aromas are savory and herbal, with vivid notes of anise, sarsaparilla that evolve into layers of plum, blueberry, and smoke. The palate is showing some of the warmth from 2015 with ripe black cherry, and tangy raspberry flavors balanced by firm acidity. There is excellent mid-term aging potential, aerate if drinking now. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $31.99

Champs de l'Abbaye 2016 Bourgogne Pinot Noir

From 10 to 50 year-old vines grown on limestone soils (Middle Jurassic!) in the commune of Aluze, Cotes Chalonnaise, certified organic since 1999. This is an approachable Pinot Noir, showing lively raspberry fruit, violets, and hints of mint on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with bright wild cherry, spice, tart blackberry and pepper over bracing mineral flavors. Delicious now, best served chilled and with some aeration. Amanda Bowman 

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2015 Bourgogne Cuvée Auguste

The Vignes du Maynes "Cuvée Auguste" is a superb Burgundy made from massale selection Pinot Fin planted in 1964. The parcel, high on the slope in Cruzille, is on Bathonian limestone with a great deal of calcium carbonate crystal (aragonite) with thin topsoils of clay and silica. Yields of 20 hl/ha, semi-carbonic fermentation, with zero additives, bottled under nitrogen. 2015 is a superb vintage for the Cuvée Auguste! The wine shows elegant aromas of black raspberry and wild strawberry with hints of blood orange, violet and brown spice - really lovely. The palate shows a beautiful melange of blackberry, strawberry and tart cherry with citrus, earth and minerals, very sappy and dense. Elegant finish of earth, stone and red fruits. This is a gorgeous wine, and quite delicious now, but cellaring of ten to twenty years should be possible. Congratulations to Julien Guillot for this beautiful Pinot! DL

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $72.99

Vignes du Maynes 2015 Mâcon-Cruzille Manganite

Made from Gamay Petit Grains planted in 1953, grown on a limestone parcel high in magnesium, in the Clos des Vignes du Maynes in Cruzille, organic since 900 AD, now certified biodynamic. The energetic Julien Guillot vinifies his reds without sulfur or additives of any kind, producing complex, mineral, elegant wines that transcend their appellation.  The 2015s here are extraordinary, showing the elegance, purity and balance typical of the estate with the wonderful ripeness of the vintage. The wine shows gorgeous red and black fruit aromas with cranberry, earth, stone and musk and hints of mint, chocolate and spice. The palate is bright and intense with balckberry, citrus, stone and earthy flavors, that continue on the very long mineral finish. Always one of the greatest Gamays produced anywhere, the 2015 Manganite is a very young wine that will benefit from decanting or five to fifteen years in the cellar. Highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $69.99

Misc. Europe

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $23.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $229.99

Misc. France