Alsace

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
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  • white
  • 21 in stock
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Dirler-Cadé 2015 Alsace Grand Cru Muscat Saering

From biodynamically farmed vines in the clay, sandstone, limestone soils of the east, southeast-facing grand cru Saering vineyard, Domaine Dirler-Cadé 2015 Muscat offers an exotic nose on opening with aromas of litchi, orange oil, blackberry leaf, and wet stone. The pleasingly dry and stony palate has bright acidity and a dense core of minerality that belies the flamboyant aromatic profile. This is a lovely Muscat, with exuberant perfume and vibrant flavors and a savory, nearly salty finish. Enjoy with asparagus vinaigrette or Thai green curries. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $31.99

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • 24 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $31.99

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Pinot Noir LNO12

Apparently this is the wine people are always bugging Bruno about. Maybe it's because Pinot Noir is so rare in Alsace. I've heard good things, and tasted a promising 2017 with him in the cellar. Though I'm pretty sure I tasted the 2016 a year ago, all I remember from that visit was running around from old barrel (some are 50+ years old!) to old barrel and playing with his adorable puppy. Unfortunately no notes survived! Our friend Josh from Percy selections says it was really delicious in barrel. Limit one per customer as we only got a few bottles.   Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Riesling Bildstoecklé

As far as I can tell, this is the one. People say Bruno's wines are different and transcend what anyone would possibly expect from Alsace. They say he's an iconoclast who follows his own path. This is certainly true, but I often taste with Bruno and simply find the wines to be amazing, pure and energizing, and great examples of what a really good natural wine can be. However, it is a bit of a singular experience to taste a full-on oxidative Riesling like the Bildstoeckle. The nose is reminiscent of Jura sous voile whites, and there's subtle stone fruit on the palate mingling with the oxidative notes. There's no copper or sulfur used in the vineyard - something that is really difficult to pull off save in particular micro-climates. The parcel is on what Bruno calls a "good spot" on top of a hill on limestone terroir, well aerated and with relatively poor soil. In any case, this is not a Riesling for everyone, but certainly recommended for fans of oxidative whites.  Eben Lillie  

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Riesling Cuvée Particulière

For a "basic" Riesling, this is pretty impressive! Crystalline, with nice fleshy texture on the palate. Electric and zippy, with enough ripeness and maturity to balance the acidity and intense minerality. Perhaps not as dense or long in the finish as the lieu-dit and Grand Cru wines from Schueller, it's still a fantastic expression and a beautifully clean natural wine.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $23.99

Valentin-Zusslin 2014 Alsace Sylvaner Bollenberg

From the south-facing Bollenberg lieu-dit in Orschwir, a hill that stands apart from the foothills of the Vosges. The soils are iron-rich clays. The vines are farmed biodynamically, the grapes undergo extreme selection before fermentation with native yeasts and aging in large Vosges casks. The 2014 Sylvaner Bollenberg offers enticing aromas of apricot, cool crushed herbs, golden apple skin, and apple blossoms. The palate is fresh and lively, with flavors of perfectly ripe stone fruit, faint tropical notes, a bracing herbaceousness, and an incisively savory finish. The 2014 embodies the charm of Sylvaner, while expressing enough stoniness to captivate the most ardent rock fan. A fine pairing with poached chicken with salsa verde and grand with a ripe triple crème cheese, this would enliven lighter fish preparations and make for a splendid apéritif. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 44 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Australia

Basket Range 2018 Adelaide Hills "Deja Vu" Pinot Noir

"Deja Vu" is 100% Pinot Noir from brothers Sholto & Louis Broderick's family estate in the Basket Range, South Australia. Their father, Phillip, has been farming organically and making wines since the 1980s; and where his style is traditional for the region, his sons have fully embraced the "new" style. Their vines are planted high on dramatically sloping hills where the grapes ripen easily in the summer sun, yet maintain their acidity  from the cool nights. The sons pick their Pinot early to achieve  refreshing, crunchy acidity in their wine, which is fermented with native yeasts in neutral barrels without sulfur additions. The 2018 offers aromas of bramble fruit, damp soil, violets, and black cherry. The palate is light with powdery tannins and offers flavors of cherry, underripe blueberries, and savory spice. A playful Pinot Noir that is superb with a chill alongside grilled meats and summer vegetables. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Commune of Buttons 2018 Adelaide Hills "Field of Sparrows" Blend

Meet the newest addition to our lineup of blissful wines to drink now and again and again! Siblings Jasper and Sophie Button are behind the family-owned winery called "Commune of Buttons" in the Basket Range, South Australia. The young Buttons took over the vineyards for their mom in 2013 and introduced organic principles and some biodynamic practices to the vines. A little digging into the local natural wine community will lead you right back to the Buttons -as they supply their organic fruit to some of the most respected wineries in the area. The 2018 "Field of Sparrows" is a jubilant blend of co-fermented Pinot Gris, Viognier, and Shiraz. The wine is a festive shade of red carnation in the glass and offers plucky aromas of sour cherry, peppery spice, and white flowers. The palate is light and breezy with a refreshing notes of tart strawberry, pepper, and stone on the finish. A lovely execution of a low-sulfur wine - bravo! Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $24.99

Austria

Altenburger, Markus 2015 Burgenland Blaufränkisch 'Gritschenberg'

After starting to oversee the winemaking in 2006, Markus Altenburger took over the family winery fully in 2012, and has expanded to 30 parcels totaling around 14-odd hectares (currently in the third year of organic conversion). His parents had mostly made white wines with some attention given to international red varieties. Markus shifted the main focus to Blaufränkisch, a grape far more suited to the climate and soils found around the town of Jois and the Leithaberg DAC. Work in the cellar is with native yeasts, élevage is mostly in old wood or cement, with no additions save a judicious amount of sulfur at bottling. Gritschenberg is a southeast-facing parcel on the Leithaberg, planted to Blaufränkisch by Markus' grandfather in the late '60s. The vineyard is rife with the famous 'Leithakalk' or shell limestone, on which the old-vine Blaufränkisch manifests smaller berries, looser bunches, and lends a mineral elegance to the wines. Grapes are hand-harvested, ferment in cask, and the wine ages for two years in 500L used oak barrels. The concentration of plum and raspberry fruit that could have gone too lush and soft in a ripe vintage like 2015 is deftly cut with savory black licorice and salty herbs and earthy structure. Bravo, Markus! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic

Alzinger 2018 Wachau Dürnstein Grüner Veltliner Federspiel

Sourced from vineyards around the town of Dürnstein, on more gravelly, sandy, alluvial soils in contrast to the more stony meager soils further up slope. Grüner Veltliner is known for being very food-friendly, and this could clearly hold up to difficult pairings like steamed artichokes or ham-studded pea soup and would be fantastic with practically anything from Wiener schnitzel to Thai food to fresh salads. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $28.99

Ambrositsch, Jutta 2017 Wien Revision Grüner Veltliner

Eschewing the DAC, Jutta and Marco can no longer use the original vineyard name (Reisenberg) on their labels, hence the new title 'Revision'. Their parcel on the Reisenberg is home to Grüner Veltliner sparsely-planted mostly in the 1960s on slate and gneiss soils. As with the majority of their wines, ageing occurs in stainless steel tank and bottling is with judicious levels of sulfur. Bright green herbs (marjoram), mineral cut, with just ripe nectarine and mango, pleasantly bitter pineapple core and a saline wash of the palate on the finish -- can age but would be delightful now with fresh salads, fish crudo, and oysters on the half-shell. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic

Hareter, Thomas 2016 Burgenland Naturschönheit

Thomas Hareter is the fourth generation winemaker at his family's estate in Gols, Burgenland. Certified Organic since 2006 they are currently in the process of Demeter (Biodynamic) certification. 'Naturschönheit' is Zweigelt and Sankt Laurent, semi-carbonic fermentation and aging for ten months in large neutral oak barrels, bottled unfined and unfiltered with low sulfur added. Heady scents of patchouli and turned soil, black plum skin and cured meats, the palate is fresh and layered with savory notes of dark soy sauce, black pepper and tea, blackberries and plum with light tannic structure and a tart finish. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Hoch, Christoph NV Kremstal Rosé

Multi-vintage, Biodynamic Zweigelt rosé, aged under flor, from the Kremstal. I'm just going to let that sink in there. We love Christoph for his boundless energy, focus and care in his vineyards, and his dedication to always learning through his projects in the cellar. Although his main focus is his sparkling wines, he's begun to make more still rosé for us to enjoy. This is now the second release we've been able to get our hands on. The nose shows high-toned sour cherries, raspberry seeds, and green strawberries. Bottled without addition of sulfur, unfined and unfiltered, there is a great subtle texture and savory leesiness that balances the tart fruit on the palate (think pink grapefruit, pickled watermelon rind, barely-ripe raspberry, and wild strawberries). A rosé for the more adventurous set. Cari Bernard

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jurtschitsch 2018 Kamptal Belle Naturelle Rosé

Organically grown Pinot Noir, Zweigelt and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on gföhler gneiss, spontaneously fermented with élevage sur lie in used 600L oak barrels. This may be my rosé of the summer (so far). Absolutely delicious and balanced, and interesting without being too strange to down a whole bottle. The palate is rife with flavors of tart tiny lingonberries, cranberry, blood orange, raspberries, and red grapefruit, deftly rounded out by lactic leesiness. An energetic and refreshing rosé to pair with salty snacks, fresh salads, fried chicken, but strong on its own. Cari Bernard

  • rosé
  • 14 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $42.99

Ott, Bernhard 2017 Feuersbrunn Wagram Grüner Veltliner Am Berg

Am Berg is back! Younger vines grown on loess soils closer to the village of Feuersbrunn. A fantastic entry-level Grüner, fresh and fruity, but not at all flabby; creamy but with a saline cut; with waves of white flowers, young ginger, lemon zest, mango and apricot. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic

Pittnauer 2015 Burgenland Pittnauski

Sankt Laurent, Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, and Merlot sourced from higher parcels in the Rosenberg, Altenberg, and Ungerberg vineyards, hand-harvested, the grapes ferment spontaneously and age separately for 18 months in neutral 500L barrels, blended and bottled unfiltered with low sulfur added. Black plums, soy sauce, black pepper, deep savory spice wafts up from the glass, belying the fresh and juicy palate of tart raspberries, plums, violets with well-integrated structure. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pittnauer 2016 Burgenland Dorflagen St. Laurent

We love the wines of Gerhard and Brigitte Pittnauer, Biodynamic farmers and winemakers in the town of Gols, Burgenland, Austria. Grapes for the Dorflagen are hand harvested from a mix of vineyards (Salzbergacker, Goldberg, Edelgrund) where there's a decent amount of gravel which provides better drainage through the humus and iron-rich soil. Fermentation and aging occurs in 500L neutral barrels (12 months). Saline minerality, dark violets, black raspberry, black plum skins and earth on the nose and continued on the medium-bodied palate, along with a meaty savoriness, black tea leaves, and structured finish. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Schloss Gobelsburg 2016 Kamptal Riesling Tradition Reserve

Grapes from vines on Gneiss soils, between 20-40 years in age, gently basket-pressed, spontaneously fermented with no temperature control, and left to age in 2500L oak casks (with periodic racking) for around 18 months before bottling. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Weingut Karl Schnabel 2017 Südsteiermark Pinot Noir Koregg

Karl Schnabel worked in Burgundy briefly in the late nineties, and it's no surprise that his love for Pinot Noir and the region was brought back home with him to Austria. The Schnabel family chose to buck the tradition of the region and focus on red varieties instead on the more commonly-planted Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gelber Muskateller, et al. As with all wines at the estate, the quality is developed in the vineyard through biodynamic treatments and grueling manual upkeep. Once the grapes make it to the cellar, they spontaneously ferment in cask with manual pigéage and the wine is transferred by bucket into neutral Burgundy barrels, to age until being bottled without fining, filtration, or sulfur. New roses, candied cherry blossoms, red cherries, orange zest, pine shavings come forth on the nose. Flavors of red currants, strawberries, sage, hibiscus tea, tart cherry compote expand, vibrate, and sustain on the palate with freshness and verve. This would be delightful paired with all sorts of cheeses from triple crème, to washed rind, to Alpine. Cari Bernard 

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Weingut Karl Schnabel 2017 Südsteiermark Rotburger Kreuzegg

Rotburger is the original name for Zweigelt; this bottling is sourced from one of Karl and Eva Schnabel’s three vineyards, the Kreuzegg vineyard on the Sausal mountain, home to slate soils with silex. As is true with all of the Schnabel red wines, natural fermentation occurs in open tank, with hand-pigéage; the wine is then scooped via bucket into used Burgundy barrels where it ages on the lees until being bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with no sulfur. Deep, dark magenta in color, darker than expected. Scents of ripe purple plums, stewed strawberries, carrot peelings, and just a hint of savory soy sauce, the wine is medium-bodied, juicy and mouthcoating with flavors of blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries, plums, and only the faintest whisper of tannins on the finish. May need another month or so to really knit together, but we look forward to where this wine is heading. (2/2019) Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Zillinger, Johannes 2015 Weinviertel Reflexion Sankt Laurent

The 'Reflexion' series of wines are single-vineyard bottlings. These vineyards are historically significant to both the region and the Zillinger family. Their parcel of Sankt Laurent is from the Steinthal vineyard, first seen on record in 1520 as a vineyard established in a sandstone quarry. It is now considered a sub-site of the Kellerberg, and is home to vines planted around 100 years ago. Fermentation is in open vat, and maturation is for 18 months in large, used oak and acacia barrels from nearby Hohenruppersdorf forests. Elegant tannic structure comes through as strawberry seeds, plums and a deep spicy minerality make this a delightful choice to pair with a range of fare: think roasted pork, rich vegetarian gratins. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Zillinger, Johannes 2016 Weinviertel Velue Zweigelt

Zweigelt grown on a mix of loam, loess, and sandstone, hand-harvested (as is true with all the vineyards), spontaneous fermentation in stainless followed by maturation in a mix of used oak and acacia barrels of varying sizes. Dark and brooding and not overtly fruity, subtle black plum, a stemmy texture and black pepper make for an enrapturing Zweigelt to pair with game, goulash, roasted wild mushrooms over polenta. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Zillinger, Johannes NV Weinviertel Revolution White Solera

If the 'Velue' wines are straightforward and true to variety, the 'Revolution' wines are more on the experimental side. I loved this when it was tasted, but was never able to write all the cellar info down. To paraphrase the importer: 'this release is 50% Chardonnay partially fermented (carbonic) in amphora followed by co-fermentation with Scheurebe, and blended with Riesling from a solera of vintages 2013-2015 aged in used wood, unfined, unfiltered with no sulfur added'. A touch of structure and texture from the skin contact is finely integrated with bright notes of nectarine, Fuji apple, quince, and zesty kumquat. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Beaujolais

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $31.99

Coquelet 2017 Morgon Cote de Py

Damien Coquelet, working in the same stlye as his step-father Georges Descombes, has once again created some beautifully old-fashioned Beaujolais in 2017. The Morgon Cote de Py shows lovely aromas of raspberry, strawberry, citrus and rose, very pretty and bright. The palate shows a bit more stucture and darker fruit than the Damien's Chiroubles, with sappy strawberry fruit, a bit of citrus and a more earthy character. The finish is refreshing and long with juicy berry fruit and firm acidity. Serve quite cool with chicken and white meats, grilled foods and charcuterie. Lovely wine.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2017 Brouilly

Georges Descombes is one of the great producers of natural Beaujolais -  the Descombes Brouilly comes from 3.5 hectares on steep slopes, farmed organically. Carbonic maceration with whole clusters then a slow vertical press to finish the fermentation. No additives, a small addition of SO2 before bottling. The 2017 shows just a bt more ripeness and softer fruit than the 2016 with lovely aromas of strawberry, blackberry and violet with herbal and citrus notes. The palate is fresh and mineral infused with berry fruits and citrusy acids. This is a lovely food-friendly Brouilly to serve, quite cool, with chicken, pork, charcuterie and mild cheeses...

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2017 Morgon

George Descombes consistently makes some of our favorite wines in Beaujolais, and the his village wines are some of the best values in the region. George works the vines organically,  ferments using only native yeasts and whole cluster, semi-carbonic maceration and bottles with minimal sulpher, creating expressions of Beaujolias that are fruit-driven, but with beautiful minerality and aging potential. His vines in Morgon are planted on soils of sand/gravel and decomposing granite. The 2017 is a beautiful medley of ripe red fruit: wild raspberries, dark cherry, red currants and pomegranate. It is balanced with floral aromatics of rose and violets, and an underlying earthy leafiness. There is great depth to the fruit, and the wine is carried to a long and satisfying finish by soft, ripe, and very well integrated tannins and good acidity. A hint of crunchy minerality rounds this out perfectly. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

Ducroux, Christian 2018 Vin de France Exspectatia (Arrives mid-July)

(Tasted from three different barrels, January 2019) Ripe plum and berry fruit aromas, blackberry liqueur. The palate is deep, long and elegant with red current, raspberry and blackberry fruit, terrific length of fruit and stone, balanced and bright. This is both a superb natural wine and a great wine of terroir. Probably best 2022 - 2030. Thank-you, Christian Ducroux!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $41.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $31.99

Pignard 2014 Régnié

We are big fans of the 2014 vintage in Beaujolais and we were very happy to get another shipment of the lovely 2014 Regnié from Joëlle and Roland Pignard.  The wine is opening up nicely with pretty aromas of ripe strawberry and black cherry mingling with earth, rose, truffle and brown spice. The palate has softened a bit with bright strawberry, cherry and red currant over the saline minerals and earth with citrus and herbal notes. The wine is subtle and perfectly balanced at 12% alcohol - a real Regnié of terroir that will continue to improve over the next few years. Delicous wine!  (Notes from August 2016 below)The Pignards' Regnié is from 50 year-old vines on alluvial clay soils, always giving a well-structured wine. The 2014 shows subtle aromas of ripe red currant and strawberry, very floral and pure. The palate is less fruity, showing stone and mineral flavors with lighter raspberry/strawberry fruit, quite elegant, and finishing with stony acidity. This will need a few years to show at its best but is delicious now in its purity and restraint. Decant if drinking now, best probably 2019 - 2023.

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2016 Beaujolais-Villages

The Pignard's Beaujolais-Villages is from a high-elevation parcel with 40 year-old vines in sandy clay over decomposed granite. There is a very short carbonic-maceration to preserve the fresh fruit and only a tiny addition of sulfur before the bottling. The 2016 is a subtle, elegant and well-structured Beaujolais, showing pretty aromas of raspberry, plum and tart cherry, with hints of violet, citrus and herbs. The palate shows firm acidity and saline mineral flavors, framing the blackberry and raspberry fruit, with hints of mint, spice and citrus. This is a real Beaujolais of terroir that is elegant and delicious now and will improve over the next few years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2016 Morgon

We're very proud to have the lovely Morgons of Roland Pignard at Chambers Street. From high-elevation 50 to 60 year-old vines in the commune of Saint-Joseph north-west of Villié-Morgon,  in sandy clay soils over granite in the lieu-dit "les Charmes. Biodynamic farming, no SO2 until a minimal dose before bottling, with a relatively short period of carbonic-maceration. The wine shows a bright medium red color with elegant aromas of black raspberry, black chery and earth with rose and violet. The palate is deep and ripe with firm acidity but stays light on its feet at 12.5% alcohol, with black and red fruits and mineral flavors that continue in the long finish. The "Tradition" cuvée is slightly rounder and deeper, but there is little difference between the wines in this super vintage for the Pignards. Serve cool with chicken and pork dishes, and put a few bottles away for five years as well. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2017 Côte de Brouilly

Jean-Paul Brun of Domaine des Terres Dorées has 2 parcels of 50 to 60 year-old vines on a steep section of Mont Brouilly with a south-east exposition at about 1,000 ft of altitude. Here the soil is all stones, mostly a blue volcanic rock rather than the granite soils prevalent in the Beaujolais. This is a gorgeous wine! Lovely aromas of ripe blackberry and bright fruits such as boysenberry and red currant, very floral with violets, citrus, cocoa and earth. The palate is ripe  but balanced (at 12.5% alcohol) with very sappy black and red fruit liqueur with mineral salts and citrusy acids that linger in the lush finish. (Note that the vinification for this wine is the classic Burgundy method rather than the usual semi-carbonic practised in the Beaujolais.) A beautiful Beaujolais for current drinking and over the next few years. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Low Sulfur

Bordeaux Red

Belles Cimes 2015 Saint-Emilion

This second label of Chateau Coutet is a great value! With flavors of violets, red and black plum, dark cherry, tobacco, earth and musk, the wine displays an elegant bouquet that is lifted by bright acidity, grippy tannins and superb minerality. With a good finish, the lovely flavors linger on the palate. Pair this wine with a classic steak and fries, roast beef, and lamb shoulder. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Bellevue 2008 Lussac-St.-Emilion

 One of the few Bordeaux estates to be certified Organic (since 2002), Château de Bellevue has 12 hectares of Merlot and Cabernet Franc on limestone and clay near Saint-Emilion. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermentations are with wild yeasts and the wine is bottled without fining or filtration. The 2008 has a dark ruby robe with a touch of bricking on the meniscus. A bit circumspect aromatically upon opening, but a quick decant (this has a touch of sediment) offers aromas of black currant, crushed herbs, and cigar box. The palate is dry, punchy, and racy with brambly hedge fruit flavors and a long, savory, mineral finish. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 41 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Bellisle Mondotte 2010 St Emilion

This fantastic organically-farmed Saint Emilion is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, fermented in concrete tanks for 25 days and then aged for 22 months in first- and second-use barrels. With a beautiful minerality of clay and limestone, the wine shows the finesse and elegance of a great vintage. The bouquet is complex with dark berry, prune, plum, dry tobacco, cedar, violet and herbal notes and the palate is luscious with supple tannins, good acidity and a lingering finish. A delicious wine at a great value to drink with brisket, roasted lamb and hamburgers. You can also cellar the wine for several years (+7 years) if you would prefer to consume it later. Caroline Coursant   

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $109.99

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $39.99

Grand Launay 2016 Cotes de Bourg

Made from organically-farmed 70 % Merlot, 20% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon in clay-limestone soils. Fermented in concrete with native yeasts and aged in tank and used barriques. The 2016 Grand Launay Côtes de Bourg has a dark purple robe. The expressive nose offers aromas of blackberry, cassis, and violets and a faint hint of cedar. The ripe mid-weight palate offers plummy dark fruit and ripe blackberry flavors with notes of bramble and cedar. This has nice acidity and fine-grained tannins and excellent depth for its class. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $374.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $25.99

La Grave 2016 Fronsac

This is a delicious wine from a small biodynamic estate in Fronsac, next to Pomerol and St. Emilion. A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine displays a bouquet of ripe dark plums, crunchy cassis,  tobacco, purple floral, and herbs de provence notes. With bright acidity and grippy tannins, the wine has a good complexity and persistent finish. Drink this wine now with braised duck, lamb shoulder, beef stew, or nutty blue cheese. You may also cellar the wine for several years (+5 years). Caroline Coursant  

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Biodynamic

La Grave Figeac 2014 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

What a beautiful fresh Bordeaux! Certified organic since 2012, this estate has been making outstanding wines since the beginning, showing the expertise of the Clauzel family and superb terroir. This 2014 wine (a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc) is elegant and vibrant with a gorgeous bouquet of black and red berries, plum, exotic spices, leather and cedar box notes. On the palate, the wine is bright with acidity and minerality, and shows supple tannins with a long fresh finish. This is a vibrant Bordeaux which can accompany casual to fancy meals. Pair this wine with hamburgers, seared lamb, or with more elaborate dishes, such as roast beef or braised duck.  A delicious wine  to drink now or cellar for a few years. Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

La Grave Figeac 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

The Clauzel family does not disappoint with this vintage! This wine is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, planted on sandy gravelly soils and aged for about 15 months in barrels. Elegant and classic, the nose displays aromas of dark plum, crunchy cassis, prunes, nutmeg, light tobacco, dried violet petals and leather notes. On the palate, the wine is luscious and vibrant with good acidity, beautiful minerality and supple tannins. The finish is long with a delicate bouquet. A delicious Saint-Emilion to drink now or cellar for +10 years. Pair this wine with roast beef, grilled steak, nutty cheese or roasted lamb. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic

La Grave Figeac 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru L'Essai (No SO2)

Who said that no S02 red wine can't be classicly structured and delicious! L'Essai is mostly Merlot (90%) with a touch of Cabernet Franc (10%), planted on sandy gravelly soils. Aged for 15 months with no added sulfur, this wine showcases a beautiful structure of good acidity, light tannin and superb minerality while displaying a freshness of aromas, quite unique for this appellation. With a bouquet of juicy red berry, tart black plum, rose petals, white pepper, crushed rock and green tobacco, the wine is vibrant with its complex flavors lingering deliciously on the finish. Pair this wine with hamburgers, steak tartare or a plate of charcuterie and cheese. Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $749.99

Le Colombier de la Metairie 2014 Montagne Saint Emilion

Le Colombier de la Métairie is Maison Blanche's second label. Certified organic and biodynamic, this label is known for its accessibility while keeping a beautiful structure. The wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from about 45-year-old vines, located in Montagne, Saint-Émilion, Pomerol and Libourne. The soils are clay-based, with a subsoil of limestone and gravel. Fermented with native yeast, the wine is aged for 15 months in cement vats and old barrels with minimal sulfur added before bottling. Le Colombier de la Métairie 2014 has a bright and fresh structure with great acidity, superb minerality, and smooth tannins. The nose is full of dark berries and plum notes, with some wood, spice, dry tobacco, herbal and floral undertones. On the palate, the wine is quite enjoyable with plenty of energy, savory notes, and a nice finish. This is a great, fresh wine that can accompany many different meals from the classic hamburger to spare ribs or herb-roasted lamb. A fantastic value to drink now or age for a few years.  Caroline Coursant  

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Mazeyres 2015 Pomerol Seuil de Mazeyres

Le Seuil de Mazeyres is the second label from esteemed estate Château Mazeyres, a beautiful and lush estate located in Libourne in the appellation of Pomerol. Certified organic and in conversion to biodynamic farming, the estate is a prime example of balance and authenticity under the management of Alain Moueix.  The 2015 Le Seuil de Mazeyres is a fantastic and vibrant wine reflecting the artistry of Alain Moueix. The wine is mostly Merlot (87%) with Cabernet Franc (13%). Showing off the terroir of gravelly and sandy clay soils, the wine is luscious and fresh with an energy unique to Pomerol. A believer of balance, Alain does not add much to the wine, letting the wine speak for itself. New oak is used but not in excess and sulfur is minimally added. The result is a wine that is enticing, with a delicious bouquet of black currant and red berry, crunchy dark cherry, herbs de Provence, mint, dry tobacco and cinnamon spices. On the palate, the wine combines tension, precise minerality, and supple tannins to offer a lively experience for the mouth. This is a superb wine to enjoy young with a classic steak aux frites, lamb shoulder and gratin Dauphinois. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Peybonhomme 2016 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Quintessence

This year's Quintessence from the famille Hubert's estate in the Cotes de Bordeaux is composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from beautiful biodynamically farmed vines on clay limestone soils. The nose is dense and ripe on opening, showing ripe cassis, blackberry and raspberry, with hints of warming spice. With time open, the wine shows increasingly complex aromatic qualities, with more tobacco and earth coming through by hour 4 or 5. On the palate, the fruit is again ripe and dense, with cassis liqueur, ripe blackberry, and black cherry balanced by bristly tannins and limestone minerality on the long finish. After some time open, the palate leans more towards cacao and earth, but the ripe fruit remains dominant. A pleasure now with butter basted rib eye steak or roast beef, it will certainly improve over the next 10 to 15 years for drinking with lighter fare. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Peybonhomme 2017 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux L'Atypic

What's atypical about this delicious wine? It's a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc rather than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, giving the wine a more supple palate and quite different fruit character. The 2017 has lovely, deep blackberry and cassis aromas with red currant, cassis and cherry on the supple, lush palate, with hints of earth and smoke. More "forward" than most Bordeaux, this versatile wine will pair beautifully with almost any beef, pork or lamb dish and is a fabulous value!

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Planquette (Didier Michaud) 2016 Vin de France (Médoc)

Didier Michaud works 1.7 hectares in the Medoc with 30 to 100 year-old vines on limestone with thin soils of clay with sand and stones.  He has old vines of Merlot Queue Rouge and massale selection Cabernet Sauvignon, farmed organically with just a little compost and shallow plowing. Vinification with wild yeasts, no extraction and usually no added sulfur. This is one of the most "natural" and deliciously old-fashioned wines of Bordeaux. The 2016 vintage is wonderfully balanced, a wine both fleshy and tense at the same time. Ripe notes of cassis, blackberry, black cherry and plum are framed by lively acidity and herbaceous tones of blackcurrant leaf and slight menthol. This wine also displays a mineral edge, with graphite and wet stones present on the long and persistent finish. Perfect with a hamburger or a leaner steak, the 2016 Planquette is drinking very well now, but will surely improve with five to ten years in the cellar.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bordeaux White

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

Peybonhomme 2018 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Le Blanc Bonhomme

This is the ninth vintage of the Hubert family's "Blanc Bonhomme"which seems to get better every year. The vines are now 13 years old, 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon,  certified organic and Biodynamic. The grapes are hand-harvested in the early morning, pressed gently, fermented with native yeasts and the wine is aged partly in new oak, mostly in cement vats. Only 650 cases are made. The 2018 shows elegant pear, lemon, herbal and dried flower aromas, with pear, ripe apple, citrus and chalky mineral flavors on the palate. A bit  riper than previous vintages, but this really shows the terroir with crisp acidity, lovely white fruit, a hint of pineapple and oak and stony flavors in the finish. Really a lovely, balanced and food-friendly wine - serve with anything from oysters to grilled fish to roast chicken. David Lillie

  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $109.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

Chavy, Philippe 2016 Bourgogne Chardonnay

Fresh and cool-toned aromatically, the 2016 Philippe Chavy Bourgogne Blanc balances charm and  energy at a civilized (for white Burgundy) price point. Meyer lemon, white flower and stone fruit aromas dominate the nose. The briskly fresh palate displays citrus peel, white apricot, and stony flavors on a succulent and zesty finish with good mineral detail. A fine aperitif, but with enough depth to grace the table with shellfish, sea bass, and milder cheeses. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic

Dangin, Bruno NV Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé Brut

Located a mere 2 kilometers from the Aube, organic vigneron Bruno Dangin is one of our new favorite producers of Cremant de Bourgogne. The rosé is made from 30-year-old pinot noir vines planted in clay-limestone soils from the Upper Jurassic. The robe is a pale salmon color and there is a fine bead and soft mousse. The nose is an intriguing melange of wild strawberries, spices, and sea spray. The palate is salty and red-fruited, with layers of pinot fruit and a briny minerality. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $41.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $224.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic

Fichet 2017 Auxey-Duresses Blanc

The 2017 Auxey-Duresses Blanc displays a cool-toned nose with aromas of Meyer lemon, white flowers, crushed herbs, and white peach skin. The palate is juicy, supple, and sapid with ripe stone fruit flavors buoyed by a fine bead of chalky minerality on a long, energetic, and detailed finish. Generous, bright, and delicious now, this should really shine with a few years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

Fichet 2017 Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes (Arrives 6/28)

From multiple parcels of stony soil. Just a touch of reduction at first, giving way to high-toned, lifted, perfumed aromatics with scents of white flowers, lemon oil, tangerine peel, and hazelnuts. Riper, richer palate with citrus flavors, notes of honey, and white peach carrying over to a stony and layered finish. This has plenty of class and certainly compares favorably to others' village level wines. Decant if drinking now or cellar for 4-6 years to allow elements to integrate. It is worth noting that this bottling ages beautifully and is highly recommended. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $44.99

Fichet 2017 Meursault (Arrives 6/28)

The robe is a pale lemon yellow with glints of green to the rim. A bit of reduction and gun flint on opening. This blows off quickly to reveal inviting floral aromas of apple blossom and honeysuckle, giving way to pretty notes of orchard fruit, Meyer lemon oil, wet stone, and herbs. The palate is supple and generous, with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavors underpinned by a discriminating core of stony flavors with a long, compelling succulent finish with a nice burst of fresh acidity at the end. This is already revealing nascent complexity, though I’m inclined to believe this will knit beautifully and shows a nice upside. I’ll concede to loving Fichet’s wines and consider him to be one of the great, albeit lesser known vignerons in a village seemingly overrun with fantastic growers. This is really satisfying and a truly lovely Meursault villages.   John McIlwain

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $79.99

Fichet 2017 Meursault 375ml

The robe is a pale lemon yellow with glints of green to the rim. A bit of reduction and gun flint on opening. This blows off quickly to reveal inviting floral aromas of apple blossom and honeysuckle, giving way to pretty notes of orchard fruit, Meyer lemon oil, wet stone, and herbs. The palate is supple and generous, with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavors underpinned by a discriminating core of stony flavors with a long, compelling succulent finish with a nice burst of fresh acidity at the end. This is already revealing nascent complexity, though I’m inclined to believe this will knit beautifully and shows a nice upside. I’ll concede to loving Fichet’s wines and consider him to be one of the great, albeit lesser known vignerons in a village seemingly overrun with fantastic growers. This is really satisfying and a truly lovely Meursault villages.   John McIlwain

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $44.99

Fichet 2017 Meursault Gruyaches

From vines dating to 1918 located beneath Meursault Charmes. Always one of Jean-Philippe's most mineral-inflected wines.

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $99.99

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2016 Macon Chardonnay Clos Fourneau

A new wine from Julien Guillot at the Clos des Vignes du Maynes, the 2016 Macon "Clos Fourneau" is 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Gris. The wine shows floral, honeyed aromas of pear, white peach and candied citrus. Ripe stone fruits on the palate are wrapped in bright citrusy acids with chalky mineral flavors that continue in the finish with  lemon and stone. Try this with melon and prosciutto or a full flavored fish such as halibut or monkfish. This will improve with a long decant or three to five years in the cellar.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2017 Bourgogne Aligote Aligo-Rythm

"Aligo-Rythm" is 100% Aligote from our friend Julien Guillot in the Mâcon. This low S02 (1g!), bone-dry, saline treat is the perfect match for oysters. The 2017 shows a bit hazy in the glass and offers aromas of lime blossom, green pear, and funky seaweed. The palate is bracingly dry with flavors of lime zest, sea salt, and Granny Smith apple. A fun wine to help you keep cool as the weather warms up! Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $134.99

Lafouge 2016 Auxey-Duresses Les Boutonniers

"Les Boutonniers" is contiguous with Meursault "Meix Chavaux" on shallow soils of clay, high in iron, over the limestone bedrock, usually giving a somewhat lean and very "mineral" white Burgundy, but still with a bit more fat and fruit expression than the Lafouge  "Les Hautés."  The 2016 shows very floral aromas with pear, citrus and stone. The palate is crystalline, supple and dense, with nice weight on the palate, with pretty white fruits leading to a long finish with citrus peel, spice and mineral flavors. This is a lovely, very refreshing Burgundy to enjoy with grilled fish, roast chicken and goat cheeses. It's delicious now and will cellar nicely for eight to ten years. DL

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $38.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $53.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $71.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $25.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $99.99

Moreau-Naudet 2017 Chablis

2017 is a good vintage for white Burgundy, a very good vintage for Chablis, and an excellent vintage for Moreau-Naudet, despite another bout of frost.  Everything seems to sing across the board, even this excellent, organically farmed villages. White flowers, sea spray, salted lemon peel on the nose.Vibrant acidity and minerality, hints of green tea, quinine, and flint, with good concentration and a great persistence. This is delicious now hitting all the right Chablis notes and should make for sensational drinking over the next 5-7 years. Pair this lively white with raw oysters, fluke meunière, or a perhaps a goat cheese tart. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Morey, Pierre 2016 Meursault Les Tessons

Tessons is one of the great "deuxième" crus (as coined by Clive Coates) of Meursault. The biodynamically-farmed vines date from 1975. The 2016 is more effusive than the village Meursault and displays greater florality to the nose than the Bourgogne with aromas of linden blossoms, Meyer lemon peel, and a dusty bit of chalk. The mid-weight palate is layered with concentrated orchard fruits, citrus peel, and a zesty, pungent sense of stoniness giving way to a long, articulate, rising finish. The after-aromas are fresh and spring-like. This is a lovely Tessons and should really shine in 5-7 years and beyond. Pierre Morey has been on a roll the last few years with Anne Morey deftly handling the vagaries of each year; and every vintage Tessons seems like a sure bet. John McIlwain (wine arrives 1/11)

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Les Coucherias

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. The 2017 has a pale green gold robe. The nose offers an array of stone fruit and citrus peel aromas with a hint of mineral spice. The mid-weight, punchy palate shows a melange of stone fruit and green apple flavors with a pungent sense of minerality driving the long, concentrated finish. There's plenty going on here with ripe fruit and floral overtones vying with an overt stoniness for attention. Just cracking with a wild mushroom risotto, and a natural match for chicken, roasted cod, or even blanquette de veau. Give a quick decant now or better still in 2-3 years and beyond. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2017 Beaune Clos des Mariages Blanc

Located toward the bottom of the slope beneath Beaune Grèves and adjacent to Les Cents Vignes, Clos des Mariages is a mix of young and very old vines planted in clay and limestone soils. The lovely 2017 Blanc shows high-toned aromas of lime-flower, melon, pear, wet stone and honeysuckle. The palate is light and silky with pear, apple and citrus flavors with chalky minerals and herbal notes in the refreshing finish. Serve with fish in sauce, scallop crudo, Asian foods and mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $309.99

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $64.99

Rontets 2015 Pouilly-Fuissé Pierrefolle

"The Pouilly-Fuissé cuvée Pierrefolle is made from the only vineyard situated outside the Clos at Rontets: this plot is set only 500 meters south and is warmer because of its plain East exposure and the sheltered position from the North wind. This climat has older geological origins, preceding the Jurassic era: it sits on a granitic bedrock and its soil has no clay or limestone. This is why at the beginning of the 1970s it was planted using the Riparia rootstock, which has low vigor and guarantees limited yields and very good quality grapes. All these characteristics produce wines with lower acid, compared to those produced within our Clos. Although larger and somehow more generous, Pierrefolle is always sustained by a precise mineral expression and citrus aromatic note." In the warm 2015 vintage, the Pierrefolle shows ripe aomas of white and exotic fruits with a bit of spice and earth. The palate, however, remains very mineral with firm saline acidity underlying the pear and citrus fruit. The finish is long with mineral flavors lingering on the palate. This is a beautiful Burgundy and a great food pairing - drinking well now, but five to ten years of aging will be very interesting. Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $41.99

Sainte Barbe 2017 Viré-Clessé La Perriére

 Jean-Marie Chaland owns two estates in Viré (Macon), Domaine Sainte Barbe and Domaine des Chazelles, both certified organic since 2006. The Sainte Barbe "la Perriere" is made from 35 year-old grapes from a half-hectare parcel near Viré on clay/limestone soils, never treated with herbicides. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified with wild yeasts, the wine ages for 18 months, half in barrel, have in cuve inox. The 2017 shows pretty aromas of pear, apricot, lime flower and stone. There is nice richness on the palate, which is supple and elegant with chalky white fruits, a bit of nectarine, verbena and a hint of oak, with firm acidity, silky fruit and mineral notes in the long finish. This is a stylish white Burgundy that will accompany  any full-flavored fish dish, chicken in sauce and mild cheeses, and it will age nicely for 5 to 8 years.

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Champagne

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $135.00

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Polisy Brut (D 10/18)

Our new shipment of the 2008 Polisy Brut was disgorged in October of 2018.

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2011) Champagne Grand Cru Rosé Brut Nature (D 07/18)

This bottling of the Beaufort NV Ambonnay Rosé is based on the 2011 vintage and was disgorged in July of 2018. Notes to follow.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 18 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 3/19)

The new Beaufort Polisy Reserve Brut Nature NV is based on the 2015 vintage and was disgorged in March of 2019. The Polisy NV Brut Nature is a lean, racy expression of the Kimmeridgian limestone of Polisy. The nose is cool-toned and faintly herbal with aromas of green apple, lime zest, and wet stone. The palate is steely and focused, with a prominent mineral character giving way to taut structure and a compelling savory character on the brisk, chiseled finish. I'd love this with crudo, ceviche, or a platter of briny Beausoleil oysters. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Grand Cru Brut Reserve 375ml (D 12/18)

We're fans of the Champagnes of Beaufort for a number of reasons. The farming at this historic Domaine is impeccable and the winemaking is classical and refreshingly old school. The 2015 base Ambonnay Grand Cru in handy half bottle is a pocket-sized example of Beaufort's distinctive character.

  • white sparkling
  • 26 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Grand Cru Brut Reserve (D 01/19)

Based on the 2015 vintage, disgorged in January, 2019. The Beaufort NV Ambonnay offers aromas of stone fruit, apple skin, and a faint toastiness from the lees aging. The palate, though ripe—this is Ambonnay, after all—has a brisk acidity and drive to lend energy to the red-fruited, concentrated palate. There’s a fine mineral core here buoying the rich fruit and a fine succulence on the savory and persistent finish. Certainly appealing now, but given a few months/years in the cellar for the dosage to knit, this should emerge with greater complexity still. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $699.99

Bérêche, Raphael NV "L13" Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 13

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 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. Better served in a white wine glass to allow the aromas to develop. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $129.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 52 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • white sparkling
  • 50 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

Contrées (Horiot, Lamoureaux) 2009 Riceys Terroirs 4 pack

Les Contrees is a fascinating study of terroir within the Riceys. Four separate lieux-dits harvested at nearly the same time, vinified the same way and disgorged within days of each other. The expressiveness of each terrior makes this a must for Champagne obsessives. Yes, Virginia, there is terroir in Champagne!

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $299.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

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

Godmé, Hugues 2008 Champagne Brut Premier Cru Les Romaines Pinot Meunier

I have a not-so-secret love for Champagnes made from Pinot Meunier. Godmé's single vineyard expression, Les Romaines 1er cru, is an especially stunning example. The biodynamically farmed vineyard located in Villedommange has calcareous soils which lend a particularly savory minerality to the wine, offsetting the sometimes over-generous nature of the variety. And in 2008 this minerality offers great cut and energy to an already vibrant Champagne. There is impeccable balance here; ripe fruit framed by the nearly pointillistic earthiness, the 2 grams of dosage is barely perceptible. This is classy, harmonious, and long, speaking vividly of place. -John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $124.99

Godmé, Hugues 2009 Champagne Brut Grand Cru Les Champs Saint Martin

Fine bead. Red fruit, spice, wet stone on the nose giving way to red apple skin, and orange blossom aromas. Palate is broad on the attack and somewhat rich, yet suffused with a bright, incisive minerality and a lean cut to the long, detailed, rising, finish. The tension between the deep-pitched red fruit flavors and sapid earth tones is exquisite--a Champagne for contemplation! Godmé’s parcellaires have real verve and depth and are not to be missed!  (0g/L dosage, disgorged 1/18) John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Horiot 2014 Rosé des Riceys En Barmont (Still)

Though there are fewer than 20 growers of Rosé des Riceys, we tend to think of the wines as a coming from a single terroir. By separately vinifying two different lieux-dits, Olivier Horiot shows the possibilities of expression within the appellation. En Barmont is a warm site, whose southerly exposure and marls interspersed with Kimmeridgian limestone produce a ripe Pinot Noir with a broader character than nearby En Valigrain. The 2014 En Barmont has a darke garnet robe and is effusive and floral on the nose with wild strawberry, cherry blossom, and Morello cherry aromas. On the palate the wine displays vivid, racy acidity, bright red fruits with hints of crushed herbs, Darjeeling tea, blood orange zest, and a fine dusty minerality on a broad, expansive, mouthwatering finish. And while this isn't as plush as in some vintages, this is unabashedly  pretty with a generous ripeness and exuberance. John McIlwain 

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Horiot 2014 Rosé des Riceys En Valingrain (Still)

If the Rosé des Riceys from En Barmont is generous, verging on sensuous in nature, En Valingrain offers more linear, bordering on cerebral, pleasures (both are fantastic, I hasten to add). The 2014 En Valingrain offers aromas of wild strawberry, rose petals, wild roses, cherry blossoms on the nose. The palate displays achingly pure wild strawberry and sour cherry flavors, wet stone and a surprising, albeit pleasant, electric jolt of minerality negotiating all the supple curves of red fruit. Lightning rod or nothing but flowers. This has the crystalline structure to support the suppleness. A great young bottle of Rosé des Riceys and one of the most convincing arguments that there’s a world of terroir in Riceys. And please recall that Rosé des Riceys ages beautifully. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

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  • Biodynamic
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  • 1 in stock
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  • 11 in stock
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  • 9 in stock
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  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

Laherte Frères NV Champagne Brut Ultradition .375 ml

60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay that doesn't go through malolactic fermentation, along with 10% Pinot Noir. There is a delicate red fruit quality — pale plums — but otherwise the high-toned Chardonnay comes through with a delightful lemon tone. Earthy salinity and minerals lead to a dry, mouth-watering finish. A large percentage of Meunier gives this Champagne a broad, rich, earthy character that matches very well with Beau Soleil oysters and Caviar. MSB

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $739.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Marie-Courtin 2013 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Efflorescence

100% biodynamically farmed Pinot Noir from the Kimmeridgean soils. Initial and malolactic fermentation are spontaneous, aged in barrel and bottled without dosage.

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marie-Courtin 2015 Champagne Extra Brut Présence Sans SO2

70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Blanc, biodynamically farmed. Fermented in tank and bottled without dosage or SO2.

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $71.99

  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $67.99

Pascal, Franck 2014 Coteaux Champenois Rouge Confiance Arrives

A blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier offering aromas of wild strawberry, wild cherries, a supple red-fruited palate, and delicate, fine-grained minerality. A lovely wine for cheeses or a fine apéritif with a light chill. Pretty and graceful, rather than powerful. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
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  • 4 in stock
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  • $94.99

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  • 4 in stock
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  • Organic
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  • 36 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

Saint Chamant 2008 Epernay Brut Integral Blanc de Blancs

Relatively new but Champagne House standards (founded in 1930), Champagne Saint Chamant fashions wines of classic cut and elegance. Situated in Epernay, the house specializes in Chardonnay with long lees aging and late disgorgements. The 2008 Brut Integral offers the precision of the vintage with a chalky, incisive attack with plenty of savory autolyse aromas giving way to a stony, tangy lingering finish. This cries out for a plate of oysters, smoked trout with horseradish and creme fraiche, or perhaps crudo. Lovely bubbles and a must for holiday entertaining! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
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  • $59.99

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  • 3 in stock
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  • $69.99

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  • 18 in stock
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Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Zero (2010 base)

A blend of 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, and 1/3 Pinot Meunier fermented in tank with native yeasts,  from the 2010 vintage with reserve wine from 2007, 2008, 2009. Bottled without dosage, this still has a fine sense of energy and depth on the palate due to great farming and long lees-aging. The nose tends towards orchard fruit, citrus peel, and pear skin, with fine biscuity after-aromas. The palate shows a fine bead and with a good balance of concentration, minerality, and a bracing, zesty finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 27 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • $72.99

Cote-de-Beaune

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $79.99

Chandon de Briailles 2016 Bourgogne Gelée Royale

From declassified fruit from Savigny-Les-Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses. Destemmed. Though 2016 produced some excellent wines, it was a trying vintage, not least because of the devastating frost of April 26-27. Gelée Royale (Royal Frost) is an assemblage of the hard hit crus in Savigny and Pernand-Vergelesses, which though classified as a Bourgogne, contains some brilliant fruit from Chandon de Briailles' impeccably farmed village and premier cru vines.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $239.99

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Clos du Roi

From .38 hectares of biodynamically farmed vines averaging over 40 years old, high on the hillside of Corton. Traditionally the most powerful and long-lasting of the stable of red Corton lieux-dits at Chandon de Briailles. Plummy black fruit, animale funk, wood smoke, 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 racy fruit on the long, substantial finish. This has real class and should be sensational after 10-15 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $249.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Grand Cru Les Maréchaudes

From a .4 hectare plot, located beneath Corton Bressandes. Ferruginous clay over limestone. Les Maréchaudes was planted between 1974 and 1979 and plowed by horse. Typically the most precocious of the red Corton grand crus at Chandon de Brialles, Les Maréchaudes can be enjoyed after just a few years in bottle, though it will improve over 12-15 years and beyond. The 2017 has a lovely nose offering aromas of crushed strawberry, red plum, black currant, and game. The palate shows a sweet ripeness and expressiveness with pretty flavors of stone fruit, wild raspberry, mustard seed, underlain with a tactile sense of earthiness and Corton spice. The supple fine-grained tannins lend a sense of gravitas and well-integrated acidity offers lift and brightness to the long, lingering finish. A buoyant and vibrant Maréchaudes! John McIlwain *Pre-arrival, wines arrive 5/28*

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $174.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Île des Vergelesses

3.13 hectares of vines dating from 1938, with an average age of 40 years, in limestone clay soils, well exposed to the east. Île des Vergelesses is considered the finest climat in Pernand-Vergelesses, producing elegant wines that age effortlessly for 20+ years, as a recent tasting of the 1990, 1999, and 2002 vintages showed. The 2017 has a dark ruby robe with an exuberant nose offering bright floral and red and black fruit aromas. The deep-pitched palate offers a fine array of juicy red berry and black cherry flavors with notes of crushed herbs and soil notes framed by ripe, fine-grained tannins and brisk acidity, and a bit of the peacock's tail on the vibrant, layered, expansive finish. Decant now or cellar for 7-10 years and beyond to allow the fruit and structural elements to integrate.  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $82.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavières

From 50-year-old vines located mid-slope. 50% whole cluster. The shallow soils overlay flat limestone rocks, giving way to clay subsoils.  The 2017 has a deep ruby robe. The nose is redolent of violets, hedge fruits and spice. The mid-weight palate shows good ripeness and punch with juicy blackberry and cassis flavors and sauvage notes with a pungently mineral—verging on salty—core, finishing with a burst of spice on the long, detailed, lip-smacking finish. This is earthy, though by no means rustic and shows great flair. There is sneaky structure and while this is delicious now, this will benefit from 5-8 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevrot 2016 Bourgogne Rouge

High-toned, floral and fresh with bright red fruit notes and zesty acidity. A wine of energy and lift rather than mass, this racy Bourgogne shows the buoyant nature of the difficult, but excellent 2016 vintage. Pablo Chevrot and his family make beautiful and fairly-priced Burgundy in every vintage, and are a great domaine for value.  Enjoy with roasted chicken, fricasséed mushrooms, tempura, or milder cheeses. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Chevrot 2016 Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau

Organically farmed, from 50+ year-old vines on silty clays over limestone on the Maranges end of the village. A lovely and floral expression of Santenay, Chevrot's 2016 Clos Rousseau is beautifully expressive with notes of red fruits, earth, and dried rose petals. Less of the mineral funk than one typically associates with Santenay. The palate is supple and harmonious. There is enough structure to reward midterm aging, if you can resist drinking it now on the very pretty fruit. -John McIlwain

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic

Comte Armand 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux

In the decidedly difficult 2016 Comte Armand's Clos des Epeneaux is a lovely wine in the making, though with a more lifted and energetic character, rather than a stern one. The nose offers aromas of black and red cherries, with cool herbal aromas and hints of oak and spice. The midweight palate is supple, rather than sinewy with loads of black and red fruits, savory earth notes and a cool, yet pungent sense of minerality on a  deceptively long finish. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $219.99

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

De Montille 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Grèves 1.5L

From a 1.26 ha parcel just south of the famed Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus from Bouchard. 100% whole cluster. While I’ll concede to not being a big believer in the 2015 hype, the De Montille Beaune Grèves certainly piques my interest. Dark berry fruit, brambles, a touch of orange oil, and stone on the nose, some sous-bois and a bit of oak. The palate is a mélange of hedge fruits, black cherry, black tea, and notes of blood orange, wrapped around a vibrant cherry pit and a salty mineral core. This has subtle tannins and poised ripeness (nothing overripe, or stewed here, thank you very much!) and delightful freshness given the vintage; all propelling a bright, succulent finish. And if I’m typically no fan of overtly stemmy Burgundy, this makes a compelling argument for the suaveness that can be accomplished by stem inclusion in a solar vintage. This is a lovely Beaune Grèves and a truly enjoyable and expressive wine from the vintage. This should gain in focus and complexity in the mid-term and is a sensational expression of the terroir. Kudos to Etienne De Montille! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $209.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles

From 1.35 hectares of organically-farmed vines. The 2015 vintage is 50% whole cluster fermentation aged in 30% new barrels. Pèzerolles is always one of the silkier and suppler expressions of Pommard, with a fine core of stoniness within. In 2015 De Montille has released a beautiful example. The nose is exuberantly perfumed with intriguing aromas of violets, tea roses, and crunchy red berry fruit. The palate is bright and suffused with ripe red and black fruit flavors, notes of black tea, and spices with a discreet framing of some new oak. The vibrant fruit seems to dance over a deeply mineral core that integrates with time in the glass and culminates in a long, succulent, fresh finish. There's none of the roasted character of some of the 2015s, and this is deeply satisfying in its poise, energy, and balance. Bravo! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles 1.5L

From 1.35 hectares of organically-farmed vines. The 2015 vintage is 50% whole cluster fermentation aged in 30% new barrels. Pèzerolles is always one of the silkier and suppler expressions of Pommard, with a fine core of stoniness within. In 2015 De Montille has released a beautiful example. The nose is exuberantly perfumed with intriguing aromas of violets, tea roses, and crunchy red berry fruit. The palate is bright and suffused with ripe red and black fruit flavors, notes of black tea, and spices with a discreet framing of some new oak. The vibrant fruit seems to dance over a deeply mineral core that integrates with time in the glass and culminates in a long, succulent, fresh finish. There's none of the roasted character of some of the 2015s, and this is deeply satisfying in its poise, energy, and balance. Bravo! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $329.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans

100% whole cluster. The 2015 train keeps a rollin'. A couple of caveats: I've never been one to believe all the 2015 hype—there was sun, more sun, crazy heat, and short-pruning in a number of vineyards that saw terrible hail over the preceding three years. And I am ambivalent at best when it comes to stem inclusion in Burgundy (I mean, Jayer hated stems, right?). So I find myself at a loss to describe how fresh and bright and vibrant the De Montilles are. There's an inspiring florality in a number of the reds with a corresponding lift to the palate (and this is in solar 2015!). The Volnay Mitans shows more of this restrained, elegant vintage character. Aromatically reticent at first with notes of black tea, blood orange peel, spice box, and some pomegranate and red currant floating fruit above a chalky mineral core. The palate is similarly circumspect, but opens and expands over a few hours to offer red cherry, cherry stone, iron, and hibiscus flavors with an incisively tangy, stony succulence. The Mitans offers the most overt whole cluster character, yet remains fresh and vibrant and compelling with its bright acidity and wild berry charm balanced by a deep sense of mineral character. This is lovely and energetic and outperforms the sometimes roasted character of the vintage. Give this 5-7 years and drink for the next decade, and this should dazzle. A fine bottle with magret of duck with lentils, where the soil notes complement the earthiness of the lentils and the savory meatiness of the duck, and this would shine with coq au vin, or any dish with wild mushrooms. De Montille really nailed the 2015s and this Mitans is no exception. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $142.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles

From 1.35 hectares of organically-farmed vines. The 2016 vintage is 33% whole cluster fermentation aged in 30% new barrels. Pèzerolles is always one of the silkier and suppler expressions of Pommard (due to the limestone soils) with a fine core of stoniness within. In 2016 de Montille has released a beautiful example with a bright, high-toned nose with pretty aromas of wild strawberries, cherry, wet stone, and brown spice. The palate is lithe, racy, and mineral with pure red fruit and stone fruit flavors underlain by a savory, stony core and zesty acidity on a long, expressive, mouthwatering finish. This will benefit from a few years in the cellar and drink beautifully for a decade beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens-Bas 1.5L

If ever there was an argument for the elevation of Pommard 1er cru Rugiens to grand cru status, de Montille's Rugiens-Bas certainly makes a convincing case. The 2016 is 40% whole cluster with aging in 1/3 new oak. The robe is a dark ruby, nearing purple. Aromatically, this offers a kaleidoscopic array of dark flowers, black fruits, and deeply earthy scents with more seemingly in reserve. The palate is intensely flavored with plummy fruit, good mid-palate density, firm tannins and a firm core on ferrous minerality on a concentrated, long finish. This is offering good nascent complexity, though the impression is of a Rugiens that is coiled and will need time to reveal its potential. Given the better part of a decade in the cellar, this should be sensational as the magnificent fruit integrates with the significant structure and drink beautifully for another 10-15 years and beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $389.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $169.99

Faiveley 2016 Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru

Ripe, perfumed, and dark-fruited on the nose with a mélange of floral and spice notes and a discreet touch of oak, the 2016 Clos des Cortons has a sensational sense of brightness and complexity. The palate offers a dramatic combination of pure fruit, supple tannins, and vigorous minerality on a layered, harmonious, classy finish. This is lovely and should age effortlessly. Beautiful Corton, indeed. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $269.99

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  • 8 in stock
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  • 9 in stock
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  • 15 in stock
  • $39.99

Maréchal, Catherine et Claude 2015 Ladoix Les Chaillots

Dark ruby robe, translucent. A touch reduced and stemmy-seeming upon opening. Given a bit of air, the nose unfolds to offer aromas of brambly black fruit—wild blackberry, black currant, sloe berry, cassis, and underbrush. The mid-weight palate is similarly dark-fruited with wild berry and plum flavors and an intriguing bosky, sauvage element. Deeply-pitched hedge fruits are framed by ripe tannins and a salty (iodine) minerality and a dark forest herbaceousness. This is captivating in a wild woods sort of way, and for what it lacks in polish it makes up in frank earthiness and brambly piquancy. This needs a bit of air or time in the cellar, but I find it compelling in its rustic charm. A lovely pairing with polenta and sausage ragu, and mouth-watering with a plate of cheese. Apparently Ladoix is where the wild things are. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $119.99

Morey, Pierre 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots

From 48-year-old biodynamically-farmed vines from the lieu-dit Les Pétures. The grapes are destemmed and fermented with native yeasts. The 2016 has a dark ruby robe. A mélange of red and black fruits, sous-bois, and freshly-turned earth on the nose with a faint hint of spice. The mid-weight and supple palate offers sour cherry, pomegranate, and game flavors, underlain with a deeply mineral core and a long mouthwatering, moderately tannic, expansive finish.  This is beautiful Santenots and should age effortlessly as the elements integrate. Every year this is one of my favorite Santenots and a sure bet for cellaring. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Les Bressandes

Dark forest and hedge fruits on nose, earthy and brooding with game aromas. Taut and mineral, with a core of pungent soil notes of black tea, cherry pit, spice and stone on a dense mid-weight palate. Tightly wound, energetic, on the attack; savory and dark-fruited on the finish. This is a bit reserved at the  moment and benefits from a substantial decant or 5-10 years in the cellar. John McIlwain (June 4, 2019) - What a difference a few months make. This Bressandes has uncoiled to reveal pure wild raspberry and red currant flavors, the nose has become more expressive, exhibiting more floral plum and spice notes. There's a quite a bit more charm here while the underlying balance remains impeccable. Tasted recently alongside another dozen Beaune 1ers, this showed exceptionally well. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $38.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $114.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

Voillot, Joseph 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans

Dark ruby robe. A mélange of red and black fruit, forest floor and freshly turned earth on the nose with a faint whiff of anise and mustard seed. The midweight and concentrated palate offers sour cherry, pomegranate, and animale flavors, underlain with a deeply mineral core and a long mouthwatering, moderately tannic, expansive finish. This is fabulous Champans and what it may lack in overt polish, it makes up in mineral frankness and lift. This should age effortlessly and is cracking traditional Burgundy! Voillot’s 2016s are not to be missed! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $129.99

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Arlaud 2016 Chambolle-Musigny

From 45+year-old vines from four lieux-dits. The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny is bright, floral, perfumed with aromas of luminous red fruits and spice notes. Supple, racy on the palate, with good concentration, bright acidity, detail and freshness. Lifted finish with earthy, limestone notes peeking from beneath dry extract-persistent. This is truly lovely Chambolle! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $82.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Arlaud 2016 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru

50+ year-old vines from the top of the Mazoyères section of Charmes-Chambertin, beneath Latricières, adjacent to Domaine Leroy's vines. 20% new oak. This is also a step-up from the already excellent 1ers. Effusively aromatic, with scents of perfectly ripe orchard fruit. Pure cherry, red and black plums, spice box, and game notes. The nose is kaleidoscopic, layered, and dazzling for Charmes. The palate is equally impressive, with layer after layer of perfectly ripe Pinot fruit, vying with a profound stoniness for attention. This has a deeply mineral core and has the lift to carry all the stoniness. Finely-grained tannins and succulent acidity run through the finish. This is great Charmes! Needs 10-15+ years, but just electric. Wow! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $214.99

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

Arnoux-Lachaux 2016 Bourgogne Pinot Fin

Tasted on a raw rainy night, perhaps better suited to Barolo or St. Joseph, but curiosity get the best of me. The nose is initially reticent (dampened?), but given a hour open begins to reveal a small forest’s worth of wild berries and hedge fruit—fraises de bois, red currant, wild raspberry and the like with a floral component to boot. Very pretty, the mid-weight, lithe palate is replete with pure crunchy red fruit flavors, sousbois, and pretty spice character underlain with chalky minerality and mouthwatering acidity. There are ripe, but sneaky tannins within lending a bit of earnestness, lest you think this nothing but bright fruit and flowers. This is a lovely Bourgogne Rouge and is a good indication of the change of style at Chez Arnoux-Lachaux, emphasizing purity and energy, rather than extraction and emphasis. Cracking with a pan-roasted veal chop and morels, better still with the cheese course on this sodden spring night. Charles Lachaux is a young grower to watch with well-situated old vines, diligent farming and a deft hand in the cellar! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • rosé
  • 20 in stock
  • $27.99

Bachelet, Denis 2016 Bourgogne Rouge

From two plots planted in 1977 and 1986 in limestone clay soils.  100% destemmed and aged in used barrels. Domaine Bachelet is one of the greatest growers in Burgundy and this Bourgogne  shows all the breed and class of a Gevrey villages. Highly recommended.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $76.99

Bachelet, Denis 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

From 60-70-year-old vines spread across multiple lieux-dits. 100% destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, 20% new oak. Perhaps the most elegant and knit of the Gevrey-Villages. This is at least premier cru quality every vintage and ages effortlessly into deeply satisfying wine. Truly benchmark for the village and a smart choice for cellaring every year. John Mcilwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $164.99

Berthaut-Gerbet 2016 Bourgogne Rouge Les Prielles

From vines planted in 1980 in Fixin. Pale ruby robe. A bit of spritz on opening. This blows off in short order to reveal pretty aromas of wild strawberry, black tea and brambly fruit. A bit of air and there’s a bit of sousbois and crushed herb that develop on the nose. Bright toned and lively on the palate. Vibrant red fruits, pomegranate and wild cherry dominate; fresh acidity and crushed herbs lend a forest floor character that gives way to wet stone. This needs a bit of time to knit, but what potential! Amelie Berthaut is making soulful, satisfying wines at every level and if the secret isn’t out yet, it will be soon. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

Boillot, Louis 2016 Gevrey Chambertin

From 8 lieux-dits across Gevrey-Chambertin. Considering the escalation in prices at all levels in Burgundy, Louis Boillot's Gevrey-Chambertin remains a fantastic value, brimming with Gevrey character, while remaining affordable. The 2016 is heady, fresh, and cool-toned on the nose offering black cherry, plum skin, raspberry, game and wood smoke aromas. Dark-fruited and savory flavors intermingle on the medium-bodied palate, with ripe notes of black cherry, hedge fruit, cherry pit, and crushed herbs. There is good mineral detail to this lending a sapid counterpoint to the fruit. Nice freshness here with fine structure lending an earthy, masculine Gevrey character. This punches above its weight and should shine with 5-7 years of cellaring and drink beautifully for the next decade. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

Burguet, Alain 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux

From 32-year-old vines on shallow stony soils. Champeaux is one of the brightest and most vibrant of the Gervrey 1ers. Burguet's is easily one of my favorites. Bright red fruits and violets dominate the nose, the palate is cool, refined, and has great concentration, exhibiting a finely mineral finish. (Verging on cerebral were it not for the prettiness of the fruit.) John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

Chauvenet 2014 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Perrieres

From .23 hectare of vines dating back to 1948 between the parcels farmed by Gouges and Regis Forey. Les Perrières is located high on the slope between Les Poulettes and Les Poirets. As Clive Coates has noted, somewhat atypically for Nuits St. Georges, the wines from this climat are more floral and feminine, though certainly displaying great minerality. The shallow soil contains many stones, which retain heat and Christophe Drag says this is the first vineyard harvested after the Bourgogne. Perennially one of my favorite wines from Chauvenet (and the village, as a whole) the 2014 Les Perrières is effusively floral with cherry blossoms and white flowers giving way to bright, pure cherry aromas with notes of spice box and wet stone. In the mouth it shows pretty wild cherry flavors, herbs, and minerals on a medium-bodied, but fine, palate with good sap and excellent energy following through on the succulent, persistent, dancing finish. This is a beautiful Les Perrières and should age effortlessly. John McIlwain 

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $99.99

Chauvenet 2014 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

From a .41 hectare parcel planted in 1940 and 1984. Les Vaucrains is situated upslope of the premier crus Les St. Georges and Les Cailles in the middle portion of Nuits St. Georges. The soils are a blend of brown clay, limestone, sand, and rock producing vigorous, powerful, and elegant wines of great ageablity. Vigneron Christoph Drag says of the climat, “the fat clays make it hard to work the earth.” Domaine Chauvenet’s 2014 Vaucrains has a darker robe than Les Perrières. The nose is effusive, offering a kaleidoscopic mélange of black fruit aromas, cassis, brown spices, game and iron; over time notes of crushed blackberry, grilled meat, and wet stone emerge. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied and supple, offering flavors of ripe blackberry, Italian plum, iodine, game, and wood smoke on a long, layered, and mouth-watering finish. There is plenty of power and intensity here, without a sense of weight; deft acidity offers a sense of lift and freshness. This is a beautiful and complex Vaucrains and exciting wine in the making, with a sensational interplay of pure, ripe fruit and savory minerality. While one could enjoy this now, it has the structure and balance to age harmoniously for years. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $119.99

Collotte 2018 Marsannay Rosé

This delicious Pinot Noir rosé is made from 30 to 60 year-old vines on classic clay/limestone soils in Marsannay. With a floral and deeply red-fruited nose, the 2018 Domaine Collotte Marsannay rosé is exuberant, verging on effusive. Wild cherry and rose petals give way to a cool citrus peel aromas. Somewhat rich, the racy, medium weight palate shows hints of cherry, herbs, and a hint of mineral funk. It's long and savory with a pleasing hint of cherry pit on the lively finish. This should be wonderful on warm summer evenings with a variety of lighter dishes.

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99

De Montille 2016 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

From a .29 hectare plot in the upper third of the Clos. One third whole cluster.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $224.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2016 Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Malconsorts

From the top of the slope planted in shallow limestone soils. 66% whole cluster. 60% new oak. The 2016 Malconsorts has a deeply-pitched nose with extravagant red and dark berry fruit, spice, game, and sousbois. The tightly coiled palate offers pure wild fruit, sapid earth notes, and layers of spice, black tea, and dense plummy stone fruit flavors overlaying a firm ripe structure, leading to a long explosive finish. This is tightly wound today, but should sing with 10-12 years in the cellar. This is truly impressive and has a long life ahead. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $374.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Faiveley 2016 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

The 2016 Faiveley Clos de Bèze already offers a dazzling array of dark and red fruits, wild berries, pure cherry, and turned earth on the nose. The concentrated palate offers spicy cherry and plum flavors with notes of game, mustard seed, and black tea over a layered and dense mineral core of impressive length and complexity giving way to a long, detailed, stony finish. This will take the better part of a decade to integrate all of its elements, but should provide rewarding drinking for the patient. Excellent Clos de Bèze. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $449.99

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $34.99

Fourrier 2015 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Goulots

From vines planted in 1966 by Champeaux and Combe Aux Moines. Fourrier made some truly beautiful wines in 2015 handling the ripeness and power deftly. This should age effortlessly.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $219.99

Fourrier 2013 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Combes aux Moines

.87 hectares dating from 1928. Located north of Champeaux and Les St. Jacques. A warm climat that ripens consistently; a touch backwards in its youth, with time in the cellar gains depth and sophistication.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $179.99

Grivot 2016 Vosne-Romanée 1er cru Les Beaux Monts

Etienne Grivot seems to have hit new levels in winemaking since 2007. The wines have great class and exceptional energy even in 'difficult' vitages. Beaux Monts is always my favorite of his 1er crus, and 2016 positively shimmers in place. Gorgeous. Highly recommended. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $282.99

Grivot, Jean 2016 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

50+-year-old vines. Grivot's Clos Vougeot is backwards at this time, but has the fruit and the structure to make for old bones. Great energy is implied within structural elements, give it 7-10 years and drink for another 15.John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $354.99

Jane et Sylvain 2015 Côte de Nuits Villages Queue de Hareng

The vines are in the lieu-dit "Queue de Hareng" below an old quarry at the top of the slope in Brochon, next to Fixin 1er Cru "la Perrière," on shallow red/brown soils of mountain silt and limestone pebbles over the limestone bedrock. Organic farming, wild-yeast fermentations with minimal SO2. The 2015 Jane et Sylvain Côte de Nuits-Villages is a superb and unusual Burgundy showing intense aromas of ripe strawberry and cherry with rose leaf, brown spice and herbal notes as well as dusty stone and mineral smells which are typical of this vineyard. With aeration the aromas become more pure and fruit-driven and the palate shows lovely black cherry, strawberry and red currant fruit, quite dense and ripe, with a finish that's extraordinarily long and pure. Decant 4 to 6 hours in advance if drinking now, or cellar for 3 to 5 years and drink till 2027. Highly recommended for those who enjoy some minerals in their Burgundy!

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2016 Côte de Nuits Villages Queue de Hareng

The vines are in the lieu-dit "Queue de Hareng" below an old quarry at the top of the slope in Brochon, next to Fixin 1er Cru "la Perrière," on shallow red/brown soils of mountain silt and limestone pebbles over the limestone bedrock. Organic farming, wild-yeast fermentations with minimal SO2. The 2016 Jane et Sylvain Côte de Nuits-Villages is a bit denser than the previous vintages from this site -  it's a superb and unusual Burgundy showing intense aromas of ripe strawberry and cherry with rose leaf, brown spice and herbal notes as well as dusty stone and mineral scents which are typical of this vineyard. With aeration the aromas become more pure and fruit-driven and the palate shows lovely black cherry, strawberry and red currant fruit, quite dense and ripe, with firm tannins. Decant 4 to 6 hours in advance if drinking now, or cellar for 3 to 5 years and drink till 2030. Highly recommended for those who enjoy some minerals in their Burgundy!

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

From 45 to 60 year-old vines, certified organic, mostly in En Pallud (below 1er Cru les Corbeaux). The low yields and small berries of 2016 really show in this dense and well-structured Gevrey. The aromas are elegant and deep with chalky black raspberry and black cherry, the palate is dense and concentatrated with fabulous length of black fruits and minerals, Carafe many hours in advance if drinking now, best to cellar five years and drink until 2035+. This will be a superb mature Gevrey and is highly recommended.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2016 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. We have 36 btls of Fonteny for the vintage - given the structure of the "regular" Gevrey from Jane et Sylvain, the Fonteny will benefit from ten years in the cellar and should become a profound wine when mature.  In January of 2014, I tasted the 2002 Fonteny 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.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $78.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2017 Bourgogne Rouge

Jane et Sylvain: A refreshingly unpretentious name for a small organic estate in Gevrey-Chambertin. Their Bourgogne Rouge is from 20 to 30 year-old vines in a parcel that has never been chemically treated and always tended organically. The 2017 Bourgogne Rouge shows a brilliant red/black color with elegant, floral, tart cherry, raspberry, citrus and violet aromas. The palate shows the ripeness of 2017 with chalky strawberry and cherry fruit, earthy and very long, finishing with refreshing citrus, mineral flavors and red fruits. Serve this lovely Pinot Noir quite cool over the next five years - it's a delicious wine and a great value!

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lignier, Hubert 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

From vines in the Epointures and Reniard lieux-dits. Classically Gevrey--gamy, earthy, with black fruits and a firm mineral core.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $87.99

Lignier, Hubert 2016 Nuits St Georges Les Poisets

62-year-old vines located beneath 1er cru les Cailles. Dark-fruited, mineral, with a sappy core of plum black fruits and a hint of iron.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $94.99

Lignier-Michelot 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

Like the rest of the lineup, the 2016 Clos de la Roche from Lignier-Michelot is a wine of nearly startling intensity and purity. The nose is redolent of spicy red fruits, violets and roses, and earthy game aromas with layer after layer of soil notes. The perfectly ripe palate is a mélange of sweet, ripe, pure fruit dancing above a deeply-pitched mineral core of fantastically articulate detail. I love the balance of shimmering energy and mineral intensity here that carries through on the long, sophisticated, rising finish. This has great class and will benefit from 10-12 years in the cellar and beyond. A truly beautiful Clos de la Roche! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $344.99

Lignier-Michelot 2016 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières

Les Faconnières, planted in 1948, is located beneath Clos St. Denis. 50% whole cluster. This is always the most stylish of Virgile Lignier's premier crus with a good deal of the class of the grand crus. The 2016 is effusively perfumed with aromas of black and red hedge fruits, red plum, cassis, spicebox, and freshly turned soil. The mid-weight, concentrated palate is distinctly stony, with a ferrous minerality under-girding perfectly ripe, supple fruit and proceeding to an impeccably balanced and persistent finish. This is a satisfying, serious, albeit lovely Faconnières, which should reward cellaring for 8-10 years and drinking well beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $134.99

Rateau 2016 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 midweight palate is lithe, racy, and offers up vibrant flavors of dark fruits, crushed herbs, game, and salty soil notes. Great lifted acidity and core of minerality overlain by an assortment of wild berry fruits. This is another great example of the combination of perfume, pure fruit, and detailed earthiness that is a hallmark of the 2016 vintage. Great tension and verve and a bargain at the price. Wonderful with veau aux champignons. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $559.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Trapet 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin from biodynamic vigneron Jean-Louis Trapet displays the vibrant character of the vintage. The wine has a medium dark ruby robe. The nose is dark-toned in character with aromas of red plum, dark cherry, cherry pit, game, and forest floor. It is dense and dark-fruited on the mid-weight palate with flavors of wild raspberry, wild cherry, black tea, blood orange peel, and mustard seed, with a ferrous, salty, mineral core. There is plenty of ripe pretty fruit, tempered by ripe tannins and fresh mouthwatering acidity and a savory, sauvage character. While not hugely structured, this is tightly wound and should take a few years to unfurl and drink beautifully for a decade or more. This is a fabulous Gevrey-Chambertin of nerve and lift, rather than sheer mass and an intriguing blend of earthy complexity and floral intensity. Highly recommended! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $87.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Germany

Bertram, Julia 2016 Ahr Dernauer Spätburgunder

 Julia Bertram has taken on farming her family's best parcels of old-vine Pinot Noir in the Ahr valley. The Dernauer Spätburgunder is sourced from the Hardtberg, Pfarrwingert, and Burggarten vineyards around her hometown of Dernau. Soils in these steep vineyards add up to a mix of Devonian slate, gravel, and greywacke (argillaceous sandstone). Julia's Pinots are bright and mineral in profile, unmarred by oak or over-ripeness. The grapes macerate, ferment, and age in neutral German oak, followed by a settling period in stainless steel tank before bottling. The Dernauer is lightly structured and balanced, showing savory mineral character, and juicy tart red cherries in an alpine forest. Would be delightful with mushroom risotto, roasted chicken (or salmon!). Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Beurer, Jochen 2018 Württemberg Rosé

After being part of the local co-op for years, the Beurer family decided to make the change to crafting wines for their own label in 1997, and began to shift to organic farming starting in 2003, eventually becoming Demeter (biodynamic) certified in 2012. The majority of the vineyards are planted to Riesling, but red grapes take well to the climate in Württemberg. This year the rosé is a saignée of Trollinger, Zweigelt, Spätburgunder, and Portugieser, and it's fantastic. It's just the faintest bit off-dry, but that really only amplifies the juicy red berries and and is properly balanced by bright acidity. Incredibly refreshing, this would be a fun companion to soft-scrambled eggs, Wiener schnitzel and fries, fried anything really, and of course outdoor BBQs. Cari Bernard

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic

Brand 2018 Pfalz Pet Nat Blanc 1.5 L

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 are now fully-certified with the 2018 vintage. Their Pét-Nat Blanc is made from 30-year-old vines of Silvaner and Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) grown on scant soil over limestone. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $22.99

Busch, Clemens 2009 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Auslese 375ml

What an absolute treat to get to check in on this beauty from 2009! Harvest for the Auslese contained around 40% botrytised grapes from the southeast-facing Rothenpfad parcel on the Marienburg. The nose is redolent with muddled fresh mint and the wine is creamy and lively, with soft, rich peaches, honeyed pear, elegant depth and layers. Enjoy now to blow minds with your cheese course or fruit-based desserts, or hold for at least ten more years! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Biodynamic

Enderle and Moll 2017 Baden Pinot Noir 'Liaison'

'Liaison' is from 45 to 50-year-old vines planted on both Muschelkalk (shell limestone) and Buntsandstein (colored sandstone) and is a beautiful example of the elegant coupling of these two terroirs. A beguiling nose of stone, crushed strawberries and red florals, the palate is radiant with red cherries, strawberries, blood orange, and a hint of tart red currant. This makes us very excited for the rest of the line-up of this vintage! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Enderle and Moll 2017 Baden Pinot Noir 'Liaison' 1.5L

'Liaison' is from 45 to 50-year-old vines planted on both Muschelkalk (shell limestone) and Buntsandstein (colored sandstone) and is a beautiful example of the elegant coupling of these two terroirs. A beguiling nose of stone, crushed strawberries and red florals, the palate is radiant with red cherries, strawberries, blood orange, and a hint of tart red currant. This makes us very excited for the rest of the line-up of this vintage! I can't remember if I've ever seen Enderle & Moll en Magnum, so this was a no-brainer. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $83.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Immich-Batterieberg 2016 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

Gernot's parcel of the Ellergrub is 2.2 hectares of ungrafted vines, over 80 years old. Farming is organic, fermentation is spontaneous, and the wine ages in a neutral oak barrels. In a shocking twist, the 2016 Ellergrub is slightly off-dry! The wine boasts a floral elegance and herbal freshness on the nose, yet is still quite dense and rich, with notes of yellow apricot, roses, and white peach skin giving way to a touch of citrus zest and strawberries on the finish. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Knauss, Andi 2017 Württemberg 'Pure' Red

Blaufränkisch, Spätburgunder, and Zweigelt fermented separately in neutral demi-muid, blended in tank before bottling without any added sulfur. Hauntingly aromatic with notes of bramble and soy, blueberries, violets and spice, the palate is juicy and vibrant, with a mélange of wild berries, dark chocolate, and red plums. A healthy choice with BBQ-anything! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Koch, Holger 2017 Baden Bickensohler Scheibenhardt Weissburgunder

Holger Koch makes some of the most elegant wines in the Baden region (located in southwest Germany). Working mostly with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc, he's been making wines with a singular finesse in a region where the co-op is king. The Scheibenhardt Weissburgunder is Pinot Blanc grown on a southwest-facing terrace (loess and volcanic soils) at 350 meters above sea level. Grapes are hand-harvested, ferment spontaneously, and the wine ages on the lees for seven months in a 1200L barrel. Flabby this is not—deeply mineral and floral on the nose, grass, apricot, apple blossom, the palate has a distinct saline cut and bright minerality to balance the radiant pear, green strawberry, and lemon zest with a delicate herbal bitterness. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Koehler-Ruprecht 2018 Pfalz Pinot Noir Kabinett Trocken Rosé

Pinot Noir from limestone soils in the Pfalz, this rosé is delightful every year! Wild strawberries and orange melon on the nose, the palate is both light and creamy, with softer acidity than 2017 framing freshly cut red berries, melon, and red florals on the finish. A solid choice for parties, and for the dinner table. Cari Bernard

  • rosé
  • 42 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Stirn

Fass 15, Stirn (forehead), comes from near the top of the Ayler Kupp where the hill curves around; the cooler climate and wind at this altitude makes for a site that is often harvested last. We haven't had a chance to try a bottle yet but will report back as soon as we do! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 4 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2017 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Stirn

Fass 15, Stirn (forehead), comes from near the top of the Ayler Kupp where the hill curves around; the meager soils, cooler climate and wind at this altitude makes for a site that is often harvested last. Technically off-dry, the residual sugar manifests as fruit and just a bit of weight and creaminess to balance out the acidity. White florals mix with notes of orange, nectarine, and tart tangerine on the finish. Delicious now, should start to really shine in at least 5 years. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 10 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • white medium-sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2017 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Neuenberg

Lauer's parcel of the Neuenberg is located on the flank of the Ayler Kupp, closer to the base of the slope. Rocks and green apple skin, lemon balm, apricot, and white florals peek through on the nose and the palate, along with green mango, peaches, and orange juice concentrate (I'm talking frozen orange juice concentrate), with a beautiful tension--a graceful push-and-pull between the racy acidity and silky fruits, with a driving mineral thread throughout. Enjoyable now, this would be a real treat to check in on in 5-10 years. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2017 Saar Lambertskirsch Riesling Kabinett

Lambertskirch is a parcel (not too far from Schonfels) that during its long history has gone from vines to fruit trees and forest overgrowth. The Lauer family rented vines on the hillside until the 1990s, when the owners chose to pull up the vines. Florian purchased the plot in 2010, cleared and replanted the 0.2 hectares in 2012 with old-vine cuttings from five different vineyards. 2017 marks the fourth vintage (third as Kabinett) from this predominately southeast-facing site where large pieces of gray slate litter the ground between the vines. Tasting notes forthcoming. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 10 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic
  • 16 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • 41 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $28.99

  • white off-dry
  • 47 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $57.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $57.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $57.99

Vetter, Stefan 2016 Franken Sylvaner Schale, Stiel & Stengel

One 600L barrel of the Sylvaner "GK" (grown on sandstone and limestone soils), fermented and then aged on the mash (skins and stems) for 18 months, bottled with low addition of SO2. Graceful, subtle texture, fresh green pear, white apple, lemon zest, with a mineral lift and finesse. A delight to drink! Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vollenweider 2016 Mosel Riesling Schimbock

Schimbock is a west-facing, slightly cooler, tiny parcel of gray and blue slate terraces with ungrafted, old vines with smaller, looser bunches (less-prone to botrytis). The grapes are pressed in a basket press over the span of 18 hours, and the wine ages in old fuder (1000L), whereas Daniel's other wines age in stainless tank. Three and a half days of skin contact gives beautiful structure and balance to the notes of soft white cherry, nectarine, and underripe pineapple--delicious! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2018 Mosel Riesling Feinherb

Riesling sourced from the Steffensberg, Schlossberg, Taubenhaus, and Sonnenlay vineyards. The ripeness of the 2018 vintage gives us a lush and concentrated wine with a youthful acidity; playful and fruity with notes of ripe peaches, Fuji apple, tangerine juice, with tart lemonade on the lengthy finish. Should pair quite well with spicier cuisine, fried chicken, Thai noodle dishes. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 21 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • white off-dry
  • 31 in stock
  • $29.99

Ziereisen 2015 Baden Pinot Noir Rhini

Rhini has similar terroir to the Talrain vineyard (limestone and iron-rich clay), located mid-slope on a large hill. Grapes are hand-harvested, undergo spontaneous fermentation in wood followed by two years of aging in barrique (30% new oak). Many of the barrels in use are from a cooperage in Franken. Salty raspberry seeds, herbs and incredibly grounding earthiness with just enough texture from the oak, vibrant red berries, juicy cherries, balanced by elegant acidity. Enjoy now or put down for ten years. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $64.99

Ziereisen 2015 Baden Pinot Noir Talrain

The Talrain vineyard is home to vines upwards of 50 years in age, planted on iron-rich clay and limestone, at about 500m above sea-level. Grapes are hand selected and ferment spontaneously before spending close to two years in a mix of barrique and large wooden barrels, 20% of which are new oak. Savory herbs and raspberry on the nose, the palate has a beautiful dark minerality and length, with earthy, meaty, dark-fruited tones and deftly-integrated oak. A richer style of German Pinot Noir that has a lot of life ahead of it. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $36.99

Italy Piedmont

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

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Barale 2017 Langhe Nebbiolo

Checking in on 2017. Cherry, violets, roses, and rust (iron) on the nose. It doesn't offer quite the density of 2016, but shows plenty of energy and brio on the palate—raspberry, sour cherry, a touch of iodine earthiness keepsthings upright. Ripe tannins and fresh acidity lend lift and brightness. A fine pairing with polenta with sautéed porcini and pretty cracking with roasted squash and sage. Barale may be one of our most consistent Langhe growers, offering excellent value every year. John McIlwain

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Conterno, Giacomo 1999 Barolo Riserva Monfortino

Decanted for 5 hours: pale rim, nice bright core; the nose floral, tar and cocoa — tight; on the palate ripe black cherry, tannic / chewy, dense — lots of extract; very full bodied but balanced; great finish — a burst of fruit at the end that reminds me of the La Tache ‘peacock’s tail’ — at any rate a rare phenomenon. After 72 hours: the wine has really opened up — all of the elements are more evident; it all marries together beautifully — this is clearly a great wine — one for the record books. JW

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Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2013 Barolo Tre Tine

Allowing for the fact that wine is a very subjective experience, I like to think that I call it as I see it. So I believe I’d know if it was a disaster, but otherwise I’m irrational and unreliable on the subject of G. Rinaldi. When I’m there, I wander around in a kind of stupor of infatuation with the wines. My penetrating notes (for 2013 Tre Tine, for example) say things like “super-great” [full stop]. I suppose if I have to have a wine crush, it might as well be on one of the best wineries in the world. Jamie WolffPS: Please don’t shoot the messenger. We don’t make the prices (neither, so far as I can tell, do the Rinaldis, because the wines leave the cellar at very reasonable prices). We’re well into the world of luxury goods here, and all I can do is sigh and make puppy dog eyes at the bottles while they’re in the shop. I do think it’s an objective fact that these are great wines and even if it’s a gratuitous comparison, they are the superior of many far more expensive wines.

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Roagna 1982 Vino da Tavola Crichet Paje

Crichet Paje comes from some very old vines in the Paje vineyard. Luca Roagna explains that for years  "because of the complications of local regulation we had to choose between callling the wine Barbaresco, or Crichet Paje — we could not call it Barbaresco Crichet Paje, so we chose to call it Crichet Paje... Crichet Paje is intended to be a unique and particular wine, an expression of our identity." It wasn't until 1996 that they were able to label the Crichet Paje as "Barbaresco Crichet Paje".

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  • 15 in stock
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Roagna 2013 Langhe Rosso (Nebbiolo)

This is a spectacular bottle, multiples better than most Barolo or Barbaresco. I’m going to keep a few bottles for the long term, but it’s absolutely delicious now. Beautifully transparent, complete, satisfying, and everything one could hope for in young Nebbiolo. Made in the same manner as the Barolo and Barbarescos - 60 day macerations, etc. Jamie Wolff

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Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba

Last May we tried a ton of Dolcetto in the company of two distinguished tasters who kept saying they didn’t like Dolcetto, which tends to put a damper on the experience. Sandri’s, however, made them sit up and take notice, so I give them credit for staying alert and flexible enough to change their minds. It’s bracingly juicy with wild brambly fruit that’s balanced with savoury herbs and chalky stone. Medium-bodied, very lively and lifted, it’s long and complete. I happen to like Dolcetto, but if they were all half as good as this one I might say I love it. Jamie Wolff


Since the Fall cooking around my house is Piemonte-centric, I would be remiss for not including Cascina Disa's wines in my top choices for autumnal wines. Elio Sandri makes fabulous reds in Monforte d’Alba (Perno), which offer sophistication (though not flashiness) and also express terroir and Langhe soul beautifully. The 2015 Dolcetto is dark-fruited with ripe aromas of violets, blackberry, black cherry, plum, and pencil lead. The supple, but racy palate offers more dark fruit flavors over well-knit tannins and a succulent, buoyant finish. Fabulous with salumi, smashing with a cheese plate after dinner. This has a fine ratio of generous fruit to structure to terroir detail without any of the heat or excess that sometimes characterizes the vintage. I’m regularly impressed by the wines from Elio Sandri and can say without hesitation that he is a grower to watch. John McIlwain

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Italy Tuscany

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Fornacina 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Fornacina only produces their riserva bottling in their very best vintages. From 100% Sangiovese Grosso selected from vineyards in Castelnuovo dell'Abate, a charming village hanging over the Abbey de Sant'Antimo a couple kilometers south of Montalcino. This riserva wine is vinified in stainless steel for thirty days before  spending 48 months in the huge Slavonian oak casks traditional to the region. After this, the wine spends another twelve months in bottle before being released to the market. This allows an extraordinary delicacy of tannic texture that belies this wine's immense power. This is on the spicier side for Brunello, with notes of morello cherry and plum enrobed in silken hints of baking spices like cinnamon, vanilla, and licorice. Full bodier, rich, and elegant, this wine is fantastic with braised meats, filet mignon, wine-based stews, and osso buco. Andrew Farquhar

  • red
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Monte Bernardi 2014 Chianti Classico Riserva Sa'etta

Sa’etta is a cuvée dedicated to the best terroir of the Monte Bernardi estate: the oldest vines planted 45 years ago in the distinct compact sandstone of the area known as Pietraforte.  The wine is made from the best bunches of Sangiovese which are fermented on skins for 4 weeks and aged in used Slavonian and Austrian Botti for at least 2 years.  The nose is intense and forward with a deep earthy tone layered with notes of tobacco, thyme, and rosemary followed by black cherry fruit.  Full with grippy tannins and plenty of acidity, the palate is quite structured without being heavy or over-extracted leading into a intensely mineral finish. An assertive wine that is all the better without the presence of new oak or other “prestigious” flourishes.  Perfect for the cellar, I would recommend decanting if drinking now and pairing with any full-flavored foods. For me it will always be the perfect match for a roasted leg of lamb. Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 13 in stock
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  • Biodynamic
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Monte Bernardi 2015 Colli Della Toscana Centrale IGT Tzingana

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Verdot, this is the only Super Tuscan we carry in the store, and an anomaly within the character. Not over-extracted or over-oaked, this is a brighter and fresher expression, with a beautiful mix of red and black fruit and ample acidity. Notes of dried herbs and hay round out the palate. Great now, this will only improve with time. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Biodynamic

Monte Bernardi 2016 Chianti Classico Retromarcia

Retromarcia means “to back up” or “to reverse” and is Michael Schmelzer’s reference to an old approach to Chianti that is hard to find today, focused on allowing the character of Sangiovese to show above everything else.  The wine is made from 100% Sangiovese composed of young vines planted on a mix of galestro and sandstone soils.  The grapes are fermented with native yeast on the skins for 2 weeks in stainless steel and then raised in a mixture of old barrels and unlined concrete tanks for 18 months before being bottled unfiltered.  As a classic Chianti should be, the acidity is mouthwatering, warming up the palate for a range of food; try it with everything from classic red sauce pastas, sauteed greens, and saltier cheeses all the way to richer food like roasted lamb or game birds.

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Italy White

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Antica Tenuta Pietramore 2016 Pecorino Superiore

Of all the Italian varieties that have been rediscovered in the last few decades (of which there are many dozens), Pecorino is one of the most exciting. Found in the Marche and Abruzzo, Pecorino got its name from the sheep herders who used to eat the grapes while tending their flocks.  It is a variety adapted to high altitude hillside vineyards with a long, cool growing season, and typically produces very full body wines, with plenty of acidity and delicate flavors.  The Pietramore Pecorino is an archetypal example of how delicious these wines can be. Produced from biodynamically farmed vineyards, the grapes are macerated for 10 hours, fermented in steel, rested on the lees for 3 months, and then bottled with a light filtration.  Loads of orchard fruit jump out on the nose over apple blossom, mint, and cool mountain air.  The palate is full, sporting 14% alcohol, but has plenty of acidity so it feels crisp rather than heavy with flavors of tart apple, anjou pear, and muddled mint.  Suited of course to Pecorino cheese it would also pair well with rich chicken or fish dishes, broccoli gratin, pork chops dressed with apples, or other full flavored cheese.  Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
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Bera 2000 Moscato bianchdùdùi

Mindbending! These grapes from the 2000 harvest were destined for Alessandra Bera's Moscato d'Asti when something happened. The juice fermented to dryness and developed a layer of flor, which didn't die for 16 years. Always keen to push the boundries, Alessandra let nature take its course, and bottled this in 2017. An incredibly layered wine, it still has incredible freshness, and is unlike anything I've ever tasted. With great complexity, this shows notes of yellow flowers and white blossom,  apricot, peach, peach skin, tangerine, grapefruit, grapefruit pith, lemon oil, resin, honeycomb and almond. The incredibly long finish is quite herbal, with chamomile and yarrow. It has a waxy, viscous texture, but doesn't lack for acidity. A real treat. Oskar Kostecki

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  • white sparkling off-dry
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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 Visciola 2015 Passerina del Frusinate IGT Donna Rosa

Passerina is a grape that I have little experience with beyond the wines of La Visciola in Lazio, which is a real shame given the depth of flavor a lifted texture the wines show.  An obscure variety native to Lazio (and possibly distinct from a grape also named Passerina that grows along Italy’s Adriatic coast). The 2015 shows a more lifted character than the 2014.  The nose is fairly tight on opening, giving notes of tart apple and pear leading into thyme and white flowers after a few minutes in the glass.  Medium body with a soft texture and crisp acidity, the flavors show more candied lemon peel, green apple, and tart pear.  Try it with grilled fish, potato or white pizza, soft cheese, or cured pork. Andy Paynter

  • white
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Oltretorrente 2014 Timorasso Colli Tortonese

Oltretorrente has produced a wonderful Timorasso since they were founded in 2010 by Chiara Penati and Michele Conoscenti. The vines, planted in 1996, are tended organically with biodynamic practices and the grapes are vinified simply: the bunches are pressed whole-cluster and fermented with native yeasts in steel, resting on the lees for 8 months to lend texture and complexity.  A touch golden in the glass, the wine shows strong aromas of ripe peach, honey, beeswax, and yellow flowers.  The palate has some weight with a smooth texture, plenty of acidity, and rich stone fruit over a chalky mineral backbone.  Simultaneously rich and crisp this wine would be a great match for more assertive dishes; try it with asparagus and hollandaise, cured cheese, risotto Milanese, honey-basted chicken, or white pizza.  Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Orto di Venezia 2016 Sant'Erasmo Bianco

Orto di Venezia is a striking wine grown on the island of San Erasmo within the lagoon of Venice.  Based 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, 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
  • 13 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 13 in stock
  • $9.99

Pranzegg 2015 Vino Bianco Caroline

Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Manzoni froma  small .6 hectare parcel above the town of Bolzano. The vines are only 10 years old, but are already producing  a beautiful, textured white wine, that is both weighty and elegant. Quite floral on the nose, the palate shows notes of white blossom, ripe citrus, apricot, honey, and crushed vitamin candies. Decant before serving, or age for another few years. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Biodynamic

Pranzegg 2017 Vino Bianco Tonsur

A blend of Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Bianco, Sylvaner and Chardonnay, grown biodynamically on steep hillside vineyards above the town of Bolzano, 2017 is a sensational vintage of Tonsur, both compelling and a joy to drink. An aromatic and floral nose gives way to an energetic palate, showing notes of stone fruit and citrus, citrus peel, and white flowers. The wine has vibrant, zippy acidity, and a great mineral character of crushed stones, balanced by great texture from a bit of skin contact. A great food wine, but equally delicious on its own. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $16.99

Terraquilia 2016 Bianco dell'Emilia Col Fondo Terrebianche

Terraquilia makes this delicious sparkling white using the ancestral method and releases them with the wine remaining on the lees, or col fondo. The grapes are a blend of Pignoletto (known as Grechetto in other parts of Italy) and Trebbiano, which are grown on a mix of clay and silt soils. The robe is a hazy straw yellow in the glass (the haze being due to the fondo) and the nose exhibits rich aromas of golden apple, pineapple, citrus zest, honeysuckle, and a touch of fresh herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, dry and refreshing with fruity and savory notes of Bosc pear, dried peach, fresh lemon, lime pith, and an almondy finish with bright acidity. This easy-drinking white is a great alternative to prosecco and is deliciously enjoyed on its own or paired with a cheese and salumi plate. Anna DeBeer

  • white sparkling
  • 24 in stock
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Kosher

  • white kosher
  • 5 in stock
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Loire

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  • $48.99

Baudry 2016 Chinon Le Clos Guillot (Arrives July

Le Clos Guillot is a beautiful south-east facing vineyard, just east of the town of Chinon, above the Clos de l'Olive and adjacent to Le Chêne Vert. The upper slope of the parcel is clay over limestone (the lower part has sand and gravel over the rock, which permits a tiny  production from franc de pied vines) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. Fermentation in wooden cuves, 12 months of aging in two to five year-old barrels (most purchased in Burgundy and untreated with sulfur), 9 additional months in unlined cement vats. We have been buying this wine since it's first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons. In the low-yielding 2016 vintage Le Clos Guillot is particulary elegant and age-worthy, showing floral aromas of Italian plum, black cherry and blackberry. The palate is perfectly balanced, dense and deep but not fat with elegant chalky black fruit and mineral flavors that continue in the very long finish. A bottle opened a day before showed more complex, floral aromas, but a tighter palate - of course this wine can be enjoyed young but peak drinking will be 2027 - 2045+.  Given the reasonable price, this belongs in your cellar! (Normal case discounts apply) Another Bravo! to Matthieu and Bernard Baudry... David Lillie

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $32.49

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2017 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

The lovely 2017 Chinon "Cuvee Domaine" from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry is all Cabernet Franc of course, a blend of 75% from a parcel in St. Louans, where the thin clay/limestone soils give earthy well-structured wines, with 25% from gravel soils near Cravant, giving supple fruit and freshness. Organic farming, wild-yeast fermentation, aging in 5 to 10 year-old wooden vats and casks. Tasted from barrel in February of 2019 the wine was quite pretty showing lovely pure red fruit aromas with a supple, ripe palate, very deep and long and framed in perfect earthy acidity. The palate is fresh and balanced with pretty red fruits, earth and citrus notes, really long and lovely. This will be a superb and unique Chinon, both to drink young and for cellaring of fifteen to twenty years. Serve cool with roast chicken, pork dishes, charcuterie, green vegetables and mild cheeses.  Highly recommended. DL

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2017 Chinon Les Grézeaux

One of the great red wines of the Loire Valley, the Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux is from a unique parcel of old vines near the bottom of the slope in Sonnay (near Cravant-les-Coteaux) on a bed of gravel over a base of clay, sand and limestone. (Harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in 3 to 5 year-old casks.) Les Grézeaux always has an elegant silky texture and wonderful freshness, combined with the ability to age beautifully in good vintages. While not as big as 2015 and 2016, the 2017s at Baudry have wonderful purity and freshness in a medium-bodied frame that accentuates the beauty of the fruit and the underlying minerality. The 2017 Les Grézeaux has lovely raspberry and strawberry fruit with earth, musk and spice. Pretty floral red fruits on the palate with vibrant acidity framed by flavors of graphite and stone. Becomes deeper and velvety with a few days open — really a lovely blend of fruit and terroir with nice balance. Enjoy it now or in 10 to 15 years...DL

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2017 Vin de France La Tesniere (Menu Pineau)

Menu Pineau, also known as "Arbois" is described in Wine Grapes  (J. Robinson et al.) as "an old variety from the Val de Loire named after its similarity to Gros Pineau (Chenin Blanc)...although it has nothing to do with the village called Arbois in the Franche-Comté." It is an offspring of Gouais Blanc, along with many other European grapes, and is "a little more rustic, but less acid than Chenin Blanc," according to Thierry Puzelat. The 2017 La Tesnière Blanc by Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme is from organically-grown vines, 75% Menu Pineau and 25% Chenin Blanc, in this great parcel that abuts the Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine. Bright pale gold color. Subtle aromas of grapefruit, pear, dried herbs, stone and caramel. The palate is austere and stony, with firm acidity and flavors of hazelnut, citrus, baked apple, earth and brown spice. A really fascinating wine and a great pairing with sushi, grilled fish with fennel, lemon chicken, aged goat cheeses and much more. Highly recommended to lovers of unique natural wines.

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2018 Vin de France Le Telquel 1.5L MAG

This "poil dur" is wagging its tail again in 2018, showing the extra ripeness of this great vintage in the Loire Valley, with juicy aromas of blackberry, rose, spice and citrus. It's Gamay with a bit of Cabernet Franc in this vintage, with an extra layer of ripeness, and nice density of bright blackberry fruit, a bit floral and spicy. Quite refreshing with good length of lush berry fruits and citrusy acids in the finish. Serve a bit cool with charcuterie, chicken and pork - just delicious!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $32.99

Brégeon, Michel 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

Fred Lallier is now in charge at Domaine Bregeon and doing great work at this important estate - one of the leaders in the return to quality in Muscadet, now in conversion to organic farming. The 2017 Muscadet is from Gabbro terroirs in and around Gorges - it shows distinctive aromas associated with this terroir - stone, petrol and mushroom, as well as citrus, anise and white fruits with floral and herbal notes. The palate is dense and complex with citrus, earth, pear and anise followed by terrific length with firm acidity and mineral flavors. Lovely now, this will improve nicely over the next 3 to 5 years, and is an interesting contrast to the granite-based wines of their neighbor, Marc Ollivier at Pépière. David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Diptyque

The Chevalerie "Diptyque" is from sand and gravel soils in Bourgueil, producing a wine to drink young, served cool - 100% Cabernet Franc, of course. The 2015 is particularly good, with lovely aromas of black raspberry and crushed strawberry with hints of violet, mint,  pepper and earth. The palate is balanced, ripe and pretty with supple black raspberry and red currant fruit in a bright frame, a bit softer and more forward than the 2014. Serve a bit chilled with charcuterie, chicken and pork dishes and mild cheeses. DL

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chidaine 2017 Montlouis Sur Loire Les Bournais

This is usually our favorite wine from François and Manuela Chidaine, long-time champions of organic and biodynamic farming in the Loire Valley. Named after the soil type "Les Bournais," a unique clay topsoil over limestone (tuffeau blanche) also found across the river in Vouvray and without the silex present in most Montlouis terroirs. The 2017 is a beautiful example of this wine with lovely aromas of lemon confit, kiwi, pear, lime-flower, honey and earth, with subtle hints of crushed raspberry as well. The palate is dense and creamy with chalky ripe pear and citrus fruits with a long, lush finish of stone, white fruits, anise and citrus. (Lush but dry at only 2.3 gr RS/L) This is a beautiful Montlouis that will perfectly accompany lobster,  fish or white meats in sauce, Asian foods and goat cheeses. It's delicious now, and should be very interesting after ten to fifteen years in the cellar.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chidaine 2017 Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles

Francois Chidaine has been one of the leading proponents of biodynamic farming in the Loire valley and has had a profound influence on the resurgence of Montlouis. Les Choisilles is vinified dry, from parcels of 30 to 90 year-old vines on clay and silica soils over limestone "tuffeau." The soils are kept covered with beneficial plants growing in the rows and only organic composts are used. Fermentation of Les Choisilles can last up to six months, with wild yeasts, no malo-lactic, aging on the lees in large barrels.  The 2017s at Chidaine are studies in terroir with the young wines showing intense acidity and mineral flavors eclipsing, for now, the elegant white and yellow fruits that coat the palate. Though delicious now,  served with grilled fish, fish and chicken in sauce and shellfish, the Les Choisilles will open nicely over the next ten to fifteen years and should be considered for the cellar. David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2016 Savennières La Jalousie

2016 is a beautiful vintage for the superb Savennières of Domaine du Closel. La Jalousie shows subtle, complex aromas of citrus peel, pear, almond, stone , lime-flower and honeysuckle which follow through on the perfectly balanced palate.  The fruit is lush and ripe but there is great acidity and minerality as well - the wine is elegant and very delicious in its youth, - serve with fish in sauce, scallops, monkfish, chicken in sauce and mild cheeses. Lovely wine! DL

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic

Closel 2017 Vin de France Chenin Blanc "Belle Dame"

In 2017 Domaine du Closel lost 90% of their fruit to a devastating frost, but were able to purchase organic grapes from an estate on the other side of the Loire, on a great terroir of shale, to make this lovely Chenin. The wine shows ripe quince and pear aromas with floral hints, while the palate is ethereal and quite dry with firm acidity and saline mineral flavors under the subtle fruit. This will pair nicely with oysters and delicate seafood preparations, and should develop well with five to ten years of aging.

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

Coulaine 2014 Chinon Le Clos de Turpenay

2014 is a beautiful vintage for the Clos de Turpenay, a vineyard of clay/limestone on a well-exposed slope that has been in vines since the 13th century. The current vines were planted in massale selection about 50 years ago and generally give a very structured wine that ages well. As with the best of the 2014 Chinons, The Clos de Turpenay shows a beautiful combination of supple ripe fruits, freshness, and great terroir expression.  The aromas are complex and pretty - black raspberry, cassis and strawberry, quite fresh, with earth, pepper, rose and citrus. The palate is a lovely mix of red and black fruits with earth, sous-bois, citrus and chalky mineral flavors that continue in the long sappy finish. This is a subtle and elegant Chinon - carafe 1 to 2 hours in advance or cellar 15 to 20 years. Serve with stews, Guinea hen with peaches (!), salade magret de canard, roast chicken.

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2015 Chinon Franc de Pied

Grown on a 1/4 hectare parcel on a slope of clay over limestone where there is enough sand to discourage phylloxera, the vines are now 15 years-old and produce this distinctive wine, quite saline and with intriguing complexity. Drink this lovely Chinon, served cool, over the next five years.

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2015 Chinon Les Picasses

This is a superb "les Picasses" from Jean, Etienne and Pascale de Bonnaventure at Chateau de Coulaine, who have been practising organic and biodynamic agriculture since taking charge in 1988. The parcel is at the top of the vineyard with southern exposure, on the classic clay/limestone "tuffeau" in Beaumont-en-Veron. This quite dense and powerful Chinon is aged in one-third new barrels and barrels of one and two wines.The wine shows a dark red/black color with beautiful aromas of ripe strawberry and black-raspberry with earth, citrus and spice, really deep and pretty. The palate is quite dense and a bit more round and open than the more austere 2014, with dark berry fruits framed in a touch of oak. The fruit is elegant and deep and the wine finishes with black fruits, earth, firm acidity and elegant tannins. This is a "serious" Chinon of terroir that will drink well young and will age beautifully as well, best 2022 to 2040.   

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2016 Touraine Les Pieds Rotis Blanc

Chateau de Coulaine is producing a ripe and vibrant Chenin Blanc from a south-facing slope just across the Vienne from Coulaine (AOC Touraine) with interesting terroir of granitic gravel and fossils over white limestone. The 2016 "Les Pieds Rotis" is a dry but very ripe and full-bodied Chenin, with beautiful white fruit, earth and citrus flavors. The wine went through malolactic fermentation, and finished quite dry at only 1.8 grams RS. Aging is in 2 to 8 year-old 400 liter foudres and minimal SO2 is used.  It's a great apéritif or serve with white meats, Asian food and mild cheeses.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2017 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

This is a delicious fresh wine from Chateau de Coulaine, a 12-hectare estate operated by Jean and Pascale de Bonnaventure, which has been certified organic since 1997 and uses biodynamic practices as well. This 100% Cabernet Franc wine comes from the youngest vines near the Chateau, along the Vienne river, grown on clay/limestone and sandy clay soils.  Harvested by hand, the grapes are macerated at cold temperatures and aged in concrete vats with little extraction and fining. Sulfur is added at minimal dosage at bottling. The nose shows a pretty aromatic bouquet of dark and red cherry, dark raspberry, strawberry, violet, chocolate, dark tobacco and savory notes. The palate is vibrant with fresh acidity and silky tannins with a very pretty finish.  A wine full of energy, drink it over the next few years with light fare such as grilled pork chops, roasted chicken and mild cheeses. Caroline Coursant    

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $17.99

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

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

Domaine Aux Moines 2016 Savennieres Roche Aux Moines

The 2016 Roche aux Moines from Tessa Laroche is a superb Chenin Blanc showing elegant aromas of pear and quince with limeflower and citrus, quite complex and pretty. The superb shist terroir of "Roche aux Moines" is fully captured in this wine which has fabulous depth of white fruit and mineral flavors with very firm acidity and citrus, anise and stone in the long finish. Wonderful now with a full-flavored fish dish, this wine will cellar beatifully for twenty years and more. David Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Domaine de Reuilly 2018 Reuilly Pinot Gris Rosé

The wines of Denis Jamain at the Domaine de Reuilly are getting better and better - his 2018 Rosé of Pinot Gris is from vines in  organic and biodynamic farning, fermented with wild yeasts. The color is a lovely pale onion skin, the aromas are floral and pretty with gooseberry, peach, dried apricot and citrus peel, really lovely. Light berry, peach, green tea and stone flavors on the palate are dense and creamy but framed in firm acidity. With good ripeness, but subtle and balanced, this unique rosé will accompany a wide variety of foods, from oysters with vinaigrette, fish, grilled pork and chicken and Asian foods, and it's lovely to sip by itself!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $21.49

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine du Fresche 2017 Cabernet D'Anjou Cabernet Franc Rosé

We know that we're not supposed to like off-dry or demi-sec rosés, but this wine is so delicious we're going to drink it anyhow, served with grilled foods,  Asian foods, mild cheeses or sipped by itself as a yummy aperitif on a warm summer day. Mostly Cabernet Franc, it's bursting with lovely red-currant and berry fruit with just enough sweetness to make it go down oh so easy. And it's a sensational value at $12.99!

  • rosé off-dry
  • 6 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

Filliatreau 2017 Saumur-Champigny La Grande Vignolle

100% Cabernet Franc. The six-hectare Grande Vignolle lieu-dit sits on a chalk cliff on calcareous clay soils, set back from the Loire River on a high plateau. The vines are 35-40 years old and lie at the northern limit of the Saumur-Champigny appellation. The fruit is hand-harvested, destemmed and fermented with natural yeasts in steel tank, with a maceration of approximately 2 weeks. The wine is aged in steel tank and is bottled unfiltered. Always a juicy and delicious Saumur-Champigny, the 2017 Grande Vignolle shows ripe crushed black raspberry fruit with floral and earthy notes, quite pretty!  The palate is vibrant with firm acidity below lush berry fruits with a refreshing, bright finish. This is a great charcuterie pairing or with grilled chicken and pork and soft cow cheeses - enjoy it now served a bit cool and celaring of five to eight years would be interesting. David Lillie

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Fresche (Domaine du) 2017 Anjou Blanc Moulin de la Roche Evière

Alain and Christine Boré produce delicious organic wines on their estate in Anjou that are sensational values for everyday enjoyment. Their 2017 Anjou Blanc (Chenin) is superb, with lovely aromas of pear and apple, fresh herbs, lime-flower and honey. The palate is round and supple but nicely balanced with firm acidity, showing green apple, dried pear, stone and honeyed citrus and minerals that continue in the long finish. A simply delicious dry Chenin that will accompany seafood, grilled or in sauce, chicken, goat cheeses, etc... DL 

  • white
  • 54 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Gilbert 2017 Menetou-Salon Blanc

Philippe Gilbert makes beatiful wines in Menetou-Salon, which abuts Sancerre, including lovely rosé and red from Pinot Noir and superb Menetou-Salon blanc from Sauvignon Blanc, certified Biodynamic by Demeter. The living soils are evident in this  lovely wine, showing elegant aromas of pear, fig, citrus peel, lime flower, anise and stone. The palate is very mineral with firm chalky acidity unerlying pear, almond, citrus, stone and herbal flavors. This is a great pairing with any mild fish preparation and goat cheeses and it's far superior to most Sancerres in this price range.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Girard 2017 Sancerre La Garenne

Upon visiting Fernand Girard back in the early 90s we were happy to find someone who harvested by hand and fermented with wild yeasts - a rarity in Sancerre at the time and still sadly in the minority today. More than 20 years later we are still happy to feature the Sancerre produced by Fernand and Alain Girard, coming from their 2.5 hectare plot on a steep slope in Chaddoux on stony clay over limestone soils.  This is a classic Sancerre in a more mineral style that will accompany a wide variety of seafoods, chicken dishes and white meats, and it's a good value as well.

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • $18.99

Grange aux Belles 2017 Vin de France Fragile (Chenin Blanc)

Marc Houtin founded La Grange aux Belles near Anjou in 2004, having studied geology and worked at Château d’Yquem making Sauternes. He recruited viticulturist Julien Bresteau in 2006 and their first vintage was released in 2008. There is no filtering, fining, or sulfur added, but the wine is devoid of any sediment. What you do have is a beautifully expressive Chenin, mouthwatering, tangy apples and great minerality. Perfect with fish or poultry, or even an ashen goat cheese.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $26.99

  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $32.99

  • No Sulfur
  • white off-dry
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

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
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2016 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

2016 brings us another great Cuvée Prestige from Stéphane Guion in Bourgueil, whose domaine has been certified organic since the 1960s. From vines averaging 50 to 70 years old on classic soils of clay over limestone. 2016 was a very difficult vintage in the Loire Valley with many growers suffering huge loses to f rost on the 27th of April, followed by periods of intense mildew attacks until early July that further lowered yields.  Weather in the summer and fall, however, was near perfect with dry sunny conditions prevailing and just the right amount of rain in September. Comparisons can be made to the 2002 and 2010 vintages. The 2016 Guion Prestige shows wonderful brightness and balance with lovely high-toned aromas of strawberry compote with floral, herbal and musky notes, with hints of  roast coffee and bitter chocolate. There is intense material on the palate which is elegant and ripe with fine tannins, with bright strawberry and cherry fruits encased in brisk, very earthy acids. A brilliant wine that needs five years or more in the cellar, peak drinking perhaps 2023 to 2040. If drinking now decant well in advance or open/taste/re-cork two or three days beforehand.  1989 and 1990 tasted recently at the domaine were fantastic — given the low price, this is one of the world's great values to cellar. Thank you, Stéphane!  (Arrives Monday March 4th)

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2017 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

This is another beautiful wine from the shy and affable Stephane Guion who is quietly making some of the best wines in Bourgueil. His 2017 Cuvèe Domaine is from young (15 to 40 year-old) vines on clay/limestone terroir in Benais and is simply delicous, a bit softer and more foward than the vibrant 2016. The wine shows aromas of raspberry and red currant liqueur, violets and citrus - very  ripe but still bright with  earthy hints as well. The palate is medium-bodied and fresh with firm acidity but more supple than usual for the Cuvée Domaine, with chalky, saline mineral flavors framing the ripe red and black fruits, which continue in the long earthy finish. Drink now, served cool, with grilled chicken and pork, charcuterie, green vegetables and mild cheeses, or hold 5 to 8 years for a velvety mature experience. This is a beautiful wine that transcends its price point - Thanks to Stephane Guion!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 68 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $159.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $87.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

Huet 2005 Vouvray Cuvée Constance 500ml

Forward and open which is unusual for Constance. Beautifully knit palate and very long with exceptional purity and at least 50 years ahead of it. DL

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

Huet 2017 Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec

Le Mont is a 19 acre vineyard just above the Loire with a pebbly, "green" clay and silex soil over the limestone. The 2017 Le Mont Demi-Sec was the hit of our tasting at Racines NY, showing smoky mineral notes with pear, citrus peel, almond and wet stone aromas. The palate shows earthy white fruits with intesnse mineral flavors with great freshness and density, not showing much sweetness. The finish is long and earthy with quince, stone and citrusy acids. Serve now with very saline oysters or grilled fish, best to cellar, drink until 2050 and beyond... David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Hureau 2014 Saumur-Champigny Cuvée Lisagathe

Certified organic since 2007, the Chateau du Hureau produces this beautiful Cabernet Franc on it's best parcel, "la Corde," from vines planted in 1953 and 1991 in clay soils over the "tuffe" limestone. This 2014 bottling of "Lisagathe"is a reminder for why we love Cabernet Franc from Saumur. The aromas show attractive notes of red cherry, tobacco, dried rose, and blueberries. The palate is supple with deft tannins. Pure flavors of cherry and tobacco spice are lifted by tart red currant and blackberry on the finish. This wine has a long life ahead but is wonderfully complex and elegant in its youth. This paired exceptionally well with fresh pork sausages with herbs, leeks, and asparagus. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

Lambert, Patrick 2015 Chinon L'Ame d'Antan

This beautiful Chinon is from 65 to 70-year-old vines in sandy clay soils over limestone in Sonnay, near Cravant. The wine ages for 18 months in old barrels, less than 200 cases are made. The 2015 Ame D'Antan shows a deep black/garnet color with elegant aromas of ripe black raspberry and red currant with hints of violet, prune, citrus and crushed stone. The palate is dense but bright, with a silky texture, showing earthy, ripe strawberry confit with black raspberry and licorice with firm mineral acidity and a bit less tannin than the 2014. Good length with lingering berry and mineral flavors. Delicious now, it will age beautifully, probably best 2023 to 2035+ David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2015 Chinon Vieilles Vignes

The delicious Chinon Vieilles Vignes of Patrick Lambert is from 55-year-old vines on sandy clay soils over limestone. Hand harvested and fermented with wild yeasts, as are all of Lambert's wines, the Vieilles Vignes gets 12 months of aging in old barrels. The wine shows a deep red/black color and ripe blackberry and strawberry aromas with pepper, earth and citrus. The palate is deep and ripe, showing earthy blackberry and strawberry compote with prune and bitter chocolate and firm structure. This is a complex, old-fashioned Chinon that will accompany roast chicken and anything off the grill, served a bit cool. Age for five to ten years for a mature experience. And at $16.99 it's a fabulous value! David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Haute Tradition

La Haute Tradition is a beautiful Muscadet from our friend Jo Landron that is rarely seen in the US. The grapes are from old vines in the "Les Houx" vineyard on iron-rich clay over subsoils of orthogneiss with quartz, giving a dense powerful Muscadet that is aged for about a year in wooden foudres.The wine shows elegant aromas of lemon peel, stone, ripe pear, almond, anise and honeysuckle. While it's similar to Jo's superb Fief du Breil, the palate shows more ripeness -  quite round and full for a Muscadet, with sapid white fruits, citrus, anise and licorice, with terrific density backed by firm acidity. The finish is long and lovely with with bitter lemon, pear, anise and stone. This is a superb Muscadet that should be opened well in advance or decanted if drinking now, or cellar five years then drink until 2035. Serve with fish in sauce, grilled lobster (!), veal, roast chicken and goat or sheep cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Amphibolite

Amphibolite - a metamorphic stone generally formed from gabbro or basalt, with a high concentration of iron and magnesium, prevalent in the vineyard, over a bedrock of gneiss. The wine from this vineyard is low in alcohol (normally about 11 - 12%) and high in acidity and mineral salts. Bottled after 4 months sur-lie aging and retaining a bit of CO2 from the fermentation, the Cuvée Amphibolite is refreshing, stimulating and a perfect complement to shellfish and light seafood dishes. Tasted in January 2019, the 2018 Amphibolite showed more white fruit aromas than usual with notes of dried pear, lemon zest, lime-flower, wet stone, fines herbes , almond and white pepper.  The palate remains vibrant and mineral with bitter lemon, white fruit and stone flavors with surprising density  at about 12% alcohol. Terrific length with citrus, pear and mineral salts in the finish.  Pair with oysters and other shellfish, grilled fish, chicken dishes and goat cheeses - or just sip by itself on a hot day.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Le Sot de L'Ange 2018 Azay-le-Rideau Caradras

"Caradras" is a rare and lovely sight, only made in the best vintages, we've not had the pleasure of drinking this wine since 2015! The new release was well worth the wait. The 2018 is 88% Cab Franc and 12% Cot from various parcels on silex and clay within Quentin Bourse's estate. Bourse describes himself as "neurotic" because he is highly meticulous in the vineyards as well as the cellar (during harvest he employs 1 person per hectare to ensure only the best bunches are selected). Neurotic or not, his fastidiousness pays off in the marvelous expressions of his 2018s. This is exquisitely balanced and wonderfully textured. The fruit was selected from parcels with various vine ages in order to give extra dimension and concentration to the flavors and structure. The nose offers dusty plum, soil, cocoa, and blue bramble fruit. The palate is lively and lifted by crunchy acidity framing the ripe high-toned blue fruits, juicy plum flesh, and earthy spices. This is drinking well now but could age for at least 3-5 years. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

Luneau-Papin 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Excelsior Clos Noelles

Made only in exceptional vintages, the Luneau-Papin "Excelsior - Clos des Noelles" is one of my favorite Muscadets, usually a bit rounder than the granite-soil "L D'Or" but always aromatically complex and with great intensity and length.   The massale-selection vines were planted in 1936 on a terroir of "micaschistes a deux micas," (lieu-dit "La Plecisiere") exposed full south. The grapes are hand-harvested and undergo a slow wild yeast fermentation with 36 months of aging on the lees. The 2015 shows subtle, complex aromas of bitter lemon, lime-flower, melon, pear, mint, almond and stone.  The palate is silky, crystalline and dense with white fruits, lemon zest, almond, smoke and wet stone with fabulous length of pear, minerals and taut acidity.  Please decant if drinking now, serve with any elegant seafood dish. Cellar five to fifteen years and serve with richer fish dishes, white meats, rabbit. Beautiful wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Luneau-Papin 2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

A good candidate for aging, this is Luneau-Papin's only cuvee on a granite subsoil (granit a deux micas) having a different character than the granite soils in Clisson or Château Thébaud. Vintages going back to 1989 of the L  d'Or are superb now, but this  very young 2016 would be perfect today with a filet of sole.  The wine shows elegant aromas of salt air, almond, pear, melon and lemon peel. The palate is very mineral and silky with pear, stone, bitter lemon - a bit austere, finishing with earth, mineral and citrus notes. A beautiful wine of terroir - serve with oysters and grilled fish, céviche of scallops - hold for five years then drink with lobster and fish in sauce, drink till 2038.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Mosse 2017 Vin de France Le Rouchefer

The Mosse family is making superb natural wines in Anjou, and the 2017 Vin de France Rouchefer is a classic example. From a 1.6 ha parcel of massale selection vines in soils of clay and quartz over schistes, the wine is produced with minimal SO2 (total 20mg/l) and is aged in barrel. The  wine shows beautiful floral aromas of quince, pear, citrus and stone. The palate is full and elegant without being heavy, and the lovely fruit is backed by firm acidity and mineral flavors  - a real Chenin of terroir that will accompany a wide range of seafood and chicken dishes and mild cheeses. Serve cool, but not too cold, over the next ten to fifteen years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mosse 2018 Vin de France Pet Nat Moussamoussettes

The Moussamoussettes is back! A Chambers Street favorite, this years rendition is a blend of Grolleau Gris and Gamay. The 2018 is totally dry with flavorful and vibrant strawberry and tart cherry fruit. A rejuvenating Pet-Nat from our friend Agnes and René Mosse.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mosse, Agnes et Rene 2016 VDF Cabernet Franc

The 2016 Mosse Cabernet Franc comes from 40 year-old vines on schistes soils with clay and gravel. The soils bring a unique mineral character to the Cab Franc and the wine is bone dry with zero residual sugar. Not a fruit bomb, but quite elegant and long with earthy red currant and black raspberry fruit. Enjoy, served slighty cool, over the next ten years with a nice cut of meat...

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $24.99

Paonnerie 2015 Anjou-Villages Rouge

La Paonnerie is a Biodynamic estate in Anjou, producing all their wines totally naturally with zero additives. The 2015  Jacquerie is from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on schistes of Ancenis and bottled with zero added sulfur. The wine shows ripe  red currant and  black raspberry aromas that are quite complex, very earthy and meaty. That palate shows ripe black fruits, with earth and mineral flavors and firm tannins, with a bit of earthy funk in the finish. It's a complex and fascinating Anjou red that will appeal to lovers of natural wines.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson

Beginning in 2005, Domaine de la Pépière has produced this cuvée from a small parcel of 50 to 110 year-old vines within the Pepiere vineyard. Originally called "Granite de Clisson" after the unique bedrock in the vineyard, Marc has changed the name to "Clisson" to agree with the new INAO Cru Communal classification. The granite is covered with gravel and clay with large stones, ensuring good drainage and deep penetration by the roots into the fissures in the bedrock, bringing the mineral elements indispensable to this wine.Tasted in France in January 2018, the wine showed a pale gold color with lovely aromas of dried pear, quince, almond, lemon-confit and stone, ripe but quite fresh. The palate was quite  dense, showing firm acidity and mineral flavors supporting white fruits, citrus, anise and almond, with terrific length. This is an excellent "Clisson" with attractive forward fruit for early drinking as well as firm structure for aging of fifteen to twenty years or more. David Lillie

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Picatier (G & C Pialoux) 2017 Vin de France Picatier Un Jour, Toujours

In 2017 yields were so low due to frost and mildew that all the grapes of the domaine were used in this single cuvee - Gamay, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vinified together. The vines are grown on sandy granite soils at 1200 ft altitude in the Roannaise, in organic and Biodynamic farming. The grapes are hand-harvested into 30 kilogram baskets, pressed, pigeage by foot, and zero sulfur or other additves are used. The Picatier Un Jour, Picatier Toujours shows bright aromas of ripe raspberry with hints of earth, meat, pepper and citrus. On the palate there is vibrant black raspberry fruit with floral, earth, mineral and citrus flavors, quite natural but not "mousy" with firm citrusy acids in the finish. This needs food - bring on the charcuterie, rillettes and rillons, grilled pork and lamb to enjoy with this fascinating natural wine.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • $18.99

Pinon 2017 Vouvray Les Déronnières

The grapes for this new cuvée from Francois Pinon used to be included in the Silex Noir, but this wonderful vineyard, the Pinon's best parcel on a hill-top directly above their cellar, much deserves to be bottled on its own.  The soil is clay over Turonian limestone, and the beautiful exposure gives ripe fruit that is normally vinified as a demi-sec. In 2017 the potential alcohol was not too high, so the Pinons vinified it as a dry wine, with  5.6 grams rs/liter. The wine shows elegant aromas of lime-flower, dried pear, lemon zest and stones. The palate is very saline and mineral with round white fruits, citrus and herbal notes with impressive density and length. A great dry Vouvray with fantastic minerality that will age beautifully!  Normally thought of as a fish wine, the flavors and texture of this wine will make it pair beautifully with poultry and white meats as well.  Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2017 Vouvray Les Trois Argiles

The 2017 Trois Argiles has 17 grams of residual sugar, but more than enough acidity to balance that out. Coming from the heavier clay soils, this wine is slightly deeper and broader than the Silex Noir (black flint) with a rounder  palate. Notes of citrus and orchard fruit, with white blossom, honey, and slight hints of candied ginger. A beautiful pairing with poached fish. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $28.99

Pinon, François 2015 Vouvray Brut

From a plot of old Chenin Blanc vines, François' Brut NV is kept on the lees for 18 months before bottling. It has pretty apple, pear, floral and toasty flavors with good acidity balancing the fruit. The current cuvée is from 2015 and it's one of their best ever - a bit riper than usual with round but well defined fruit—a great alternative to Champagne, Aromas are transcendent to summer days with notes of crushed seashells, honeysuckle, and warm apricot skins. Flavors of briny half-shell, pear, and almond skin cascade with bright lemon and honey comb. This is delicious as an apéritif before the meal or afterwards with apple pie. This is a great choice during the holidays - a real crowd-pleaser at a great price, before, after or during the meal!

  • white sparkling
  • 29 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Pinon, François 2018 Vin de France Petillant Naturel Rosé

50% Cot and 50% Grolleau, organically farmed in Vouvray by Julien and François Pinon. This is an elegant and very delicious Pet Nat that will accompany just about anything and is delightful as an aperitif by itself. The aromas are quite pretty with ripe raspberry, strawberry and red currant with hints of rose and blood orange. The palate is fresh and creamy with raspberry and tart strawberry with a nice mineral kick and sappy fruit in the refreshing finish. Grab this before it's gone...  David Lillie