Alsace

Barth 2015 Alsace Gewürztraminer Vieilles Vignes

As implied by the "Vin sec" on the front label, this is a DRY Gewurztraminer, from old vines. Laurent always looks for botrytis, but there was none in 2015 so he made this dry expression, and I think it's perfect! All the aromatic complexity is there, with a touch of salinity in the mouth and a crisp finish. Not just a great wine for educational purposes or curious palates... This is a classy dry white that everyone should try!  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Barth 2015 Alsace Pinot Noir

I'm a big fan of this Pinot Noir. It's uniquely Alsatian, and  doesn't remind me of Burgundy, or California, or Oregon, or the Jura (or even the Alto Aldige!). 15 months elevage (ageing), half/half whole cluster and destemmed. 2015 was a hot year, so Laurent says he harvested when the grapes were ripe, but not TOO ripe. A lovely Pinot Noir, with notes of fresh rasberries on the nose. Fresh and elegant, with some tannin, structure, and a bit of pepper in the finish ("typical of granite," says Laurent). I think this wine should age nicely. Though I admit to not having a lot of experience in the field of aged Alsatian Pinot, I will definitely be putting some aside to see how they evolve... and of course drinking some soon too!   Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Barth 2015 Alsace Racines Métisses

Always around 50% Pinot Auxerrois (fermented separately), with Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and a touch of Riesling. The idea here is to make a wine that is easy to drink, says Laurent, and he nails it! There's a subtle touch of spice on the palate, with a crystalline minerality in the finish, thanks to the granite soils.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 35 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Barth 2015 Alsace Riesling

This is a classic dry Riesling from Laurent Barth. It's approachable and very easy to drink, but also has emotion and depth, and will likely be a wine that one could keep for a while. 2015 was a hot year, so there's good ripeness here. Plenty of complexity and salinity with nice granitic character in the finish. Laurent uses the word "salivant" for this wine, which I take it has to do with salivating due to the minerality of the wine, but that's open to interpretation! Anyway, it's a fantastic dry Riesling and worth a try for any fan of the legendary grape, or any one new to the wines of Laurent Barth. -Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Barth, Laurent 2015 Alsace Pinot D'Alsace Vieilles Vignes

Occasionally Laurent will make this old vines Pinot Auxerrois, and it's always a remarkable wine when he does! In 2015, Laurent had some Auxerrois that was meant to be sparkling, but he noticed that the quality was so good that he ended up separating it. On top of that, he also wanted the best juice for this cuvée, so he didn't use any juice from the beginning or the end of the press. The result is a beautifully structured wine, simultaneously charming and serious, with  ripe stone fruit on the nose and ample acidity on the palate. A rare and special treat!   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $109.99

  • white sweet
  • 13 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $24.99

Frick 2012 Alsace Grand Cru Steinert Riesling

Frick made two versions of the GC Steinert Riesling in 2012, one with filtration and the addition of a small amount of SO2 at bottling, and a second with no filtration and no sulfites added. He took great interest in watching my father and I taste the two, and the anticipation of our response was accompanied by a touch of childlike excitement. I think I remember him being quite pleased that we both preferred the second version. Truth be told, I like them both. The first had a bit of residual sugar, and was very classic, but I ended up preferring the second because it was drier, and had a subtle salinity to it that carried the wine on the palate in a much more interesting way. There's a touch of honey dew melon, lemon, and saffron, and is a bit fleshy on the palate. The Steinert parcel is oriented East, on a terroir of limestone, with relatively dry soil. A great wine to have over the course of many days.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2012 Gewurztraminer Steiner

This Gewurztraminer is technically from the Grand Cru Steinert vineyard, but Pierre simply didn't want to present this wine as a Grand Cru, so he calls it "Steiner." To me, it's a perfect Gewurz; a little sweet (22g residual sugar), fresh, floral and clean, with a touch of mint and herbs. I had a bottle that lasted for about a week, and I really enjoyed tasting it every day. I consider this a classic Gewruztraminer, and a great introduction to the grape and it's characteristics.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Frick 2013 Alsace Sylvaner Bergweingarten

Bergweingarten is a vineyard of brown limestone, with South-East exposition in the middle of a hill. Pierre says there's a touch of sandstone influence, which dons a type of crystalline freshness and structure to the wines from this site. There's some stone fruit here, and a nice level of ripeness, with hints of mandarin orange, almond, and spice. Aged on the lees for 11 months in large 100 year old barrels, with 19g S02 total. I wouldn't call this a completely dry Sylvaner - even though the residual sugar is only 1.4g, it's ripe and flavorful and has some lingering fruit in the finish. A very tasty wine, and quite versatile with a variety of foods.  Eben Lillie

  • white off-dry
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Frick 2014 Alsace Pinot Auxerrois Carriere

Frick's Pinot Auxerrois 'Carriere' is the first Auxerrois I ever tasted, and a wine I always look forward to tasting each year with Pierre. The 2014 is crisp and dry, with 0 grams of residual sugar, and no sulfites added. Carriere is a parcel on limestone with a good amount of sandstone, which Frick says gives the wine a "claquant" character. Truly not an easy word to translate, a wine that is claquant (from claquer- to clap) has a kind of lip smacking freshness and acidity, and is energetic and lively on the palate. Frick also refers to the wine as "tendu," which is the French word for tense, but here I believe expresses how lean and focused the wine is. Apparently the French love this wine with sushi and sashimi, and I can see why. There's very subtle white stone fruit on the palate, but no softness or fruitiness whatsoever, and the finish is clean and mineral. Drink over several hours, as the wine opens up and reveals a bit more texture with some time open.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2015 Alsace Grand Cru Vorbourg Pinot Gris Maceration

Though it seems like a relatively new category, it turns out winemakers in Alsace have been making skin contact wines for some time. The first may have been Bannwarth, who experimented with qvevri (georgian clay anforae). Then, along with the Fricks, JF Rietsch, Patrick Meyer, and Bruno Scheuller. From the Grand Cru Vorbourg vineyard, this is Pinot Gris with 12 days of skin contact with no sulfites added. The color is a deep auburn/ruby in the glass, almost reminiscent of a light red. On the palate, it's balanced and clean, with faint tannin, peach fuzz, and subtle red fruit.     Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2015 Cremant d'Alsace (Pinot Blanc) Sans sulfite ajouté

A tasty Cremant d'Alsace, 100% Pinot Blanc, with no sulfites added. It's bright and fresh, but also marked by straw notes and some yeasty overtones. It's a touch funky on the palate but overall very rejuvenating and complex. Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Geschickt NV Cremant d'Alsace Double Zero (no dosage/no adde

Double zero stands for zero dosage and zero sulfites added. This Cremant d'Alsace is a blend of Riesling and Pinot Blanc, and is typically aged 3 years sur latte before disgorgement. It's dry and refreshing, and has a remarkable rejuvenating effect. Subtle on the nose, but very complex on the palate, with a long, mineral finish.  -Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

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

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

Australia

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

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $54.99

Austria

Alzinger 2016 Wachau Dürnstein Riesling Federspiel

Riesling from a mix of smaller plots closer to the village of Oberloiben (Dürnstein). This was one of the line up that was a touch tight upon tasting at the estate this past June, but it shows great promise to be an electric, brisk Riesling! Lean and light with notes of peach and apricot, lemon zest, and sour orange. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $33.99

Alzinger 2016 Wachau Loibenberg Riesling Smaragd

Riesling vines for the Smaragd bottling grow in meager soils in a high altitude, amphitheater-shaped vineyard where most of the sun-exposure ends at around 3 in the afternoon, making for a cooler microclimate in contrast to some of the other south-facing sites on the Loibenberg, where a more Pannonian (warmer) climate prevails. The cooling influence is reflected in the high minerality in balance with a creaminess and clarity of fruit--peach blossom and stone on the nose gives way to stone fruit and just-ripe mango with a spicy intensity and long, saline stony finish on the palate. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $58.99

Alzinger 2016 Wachau Loibner Mühlpoint Grüner Veltliner Smaragd

Mühlpoint is located on the gentle slope below Steinertal, with higher levels of loess and loam, more suited to growing Grüner Veltliner. Rich and textured with notes of warm apple, spiced pear tart, and creamy orange melon--elegant yet still maintains a level of mirth and vibrancy. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $41.99

Alzinger 2016 Wachau Smaragd Hollerin Riesling

Hollerin has larger terraces, with loam and Gfoehler gneiss; Leo Jr. calls the wines from this vineyard "charming" with good fruit and structure, a contrast from the more intense mineral cut on the wines from the Höhereck vineyard just on the other side of the hill. Delicate aromas of white strawberries, and floral-scented face powder on the nose, the palate boasts great texture and lift with notes of peach candy, green strawberry tops, and white grapefruit.Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $56.99

Alzinger 2016 Wachau Steinertal Grüner Veltliner Smaragd

The Riesling from Alzinger's Steinertal parcel sells the moment it arrives from Austria; the steep, higher reaches of the vineyard have a sparse layer of soil over the primary rock of Gfoehler gneiss which lends itself well to growing Riesling with intense minerality and power. The vineyard is located at the end of two valleys, where cool air intensifies in the autumn, providing ideal diurnal range to preserve acidity, ripeness, and aromas in the grapes. Interestingly enough, Grüner can also thrive here, although further down the slope, but still above Mühlpoint at the bottom, and as one can imagine, the Grüners from Steinertal have a great amount of acidity and age-worthiness. The melon note from Mühlpoint is here on the nose, but much more angular; on the palate is a truly interesting intensity of rich mouthfeel and stone fruitiness coupled with salinity and savory dark minerality. Needs some time to fall into place, but if you can wait, this wine will reward your patience!  Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $68.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $25.99

Arndorfer 2005 Kamptal Grüner Veltliner Grenzenlos

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

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $54.99

Arndorfer 2013 Roter Veltliner Von den Terrassen 1979

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

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $60.99

Hirsch 2015 Kamptal Riesling Heiligenstein

Heiligenstein is legendary: born of the Bohemian Massif it is home to a myriad of soil types, and Johannes Hirsch is a venerable scholar of Kamptal terroir. His dedication and love for the region is felt in his commitment to uncompromisingly farming biodynamically, utilizing soft-pruning techniques in the vineyards, and the care taken in the cellar to let the wines ferment spontaneously and at their own speed in a mix of stainless steel, acacia, and oak barrels (all used). The Hirsch Heiligenstein vineyard is on the Zöbing side, curving from south- to southwest-facing in aspect, with a mix of silt, conglomerate, and colored sandstone along with gravel, volcanic soils, and in some portions, loess. Aromas of fresh wildflower stems, clover, and white pepper on the nose, the palate has fantastic cut, with fruity yet tart tangerine, salty mineral structure with green apple and underripe apricot. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Biodynamic

Jurtschitsch 2016 Grüner Veltliner Loiserberg Erste Lage

Terraced vineyards on Gfoehler gneiss and mica-schist covered by loess, this is the highest altitude vineyard that Alwin and Stephanie Jurtschitsch farm (organically certified since 2009). Although the vineyard has a southeast orientation, the omnipresent winds at this altitude help to cool the vines, helping to preserve acidity and fruity aromas in the grapes. After fermentation with natural yeasts, the wine ages in old 2,000L Austrian oak casks on the lees for at least six months. Seville orange oil, marjoram, jasmine blossom are effusive on the nose; the palate is lush and dense, but kept bright with acidity. Exotic flavors of pineapple and asian pear mingle with candied orange peel and white peach fruitiness on the lengthy finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Biodynamic

Nikolaihof 2010 Wachau Riesling Steiner Hund Reserve

The top billing of the Steiner Hund vineyard delivers in spades in this gorgeous 2010 Riesling. The nose is mesmerizing with aromas of limewood, Doyenne du Comice pears, chestnuts, licorice, tarragon, and allspice. The wine floats effortlessly on the palate and is held aloft by a refined minerality that offers notes of Granny Smith and fresh ginger through to a bitter orange finish. A stunning apéritif! - David Salinas

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $78.99

  • Biodynamic

Nikolaihof 2016 Wachau Gelber Muskateller

Unmistakable on the nose--that floral perfume mixed with SweetTarts candy scent--this can only be Gelber Muskateller (Yellow Muscat). A fresh and delightfully fruity wine, still floral on the palate, balanced with flavors of crisp apple, peach, mango, and lime candy. A great bottle for apéro! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Biodynamic

Ott, Bernhard 2016 Wagram Grüner Veltliner Spiegel

Twenty-five year old vines on loess soils grown on the rim of the valley in the Wagram, of Ott's Grand Cru vineyards, Spiegel is a perennial favorite. Delicately mineral on the nose, this Grüner is dynamic on the palate: notes of Meyer lemon, lime zest, green apple candy, mango, white cherry, pineapple, peach skin with vibrant acidity and a lingering finish. Very young and powerful, yet balanced, this wine will age beautifully! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $65.99

  • Biodynamic

Ott, Bernhard 2016 Wagram Riesling

Riesling grown at a higher elevation near the Rosenberg. Freshest peach, white flower petals, salted green mango on the nose, the wine is bright and intense and not overly fruity; notes of green apple skin, nectarine, pineapple are tart and crystalline. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

Preisinger, Claus 2016 Burgenland Puszta Libre!

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

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $28.99

Schloss Gobelsburg 2016 Kamptal Riesling Heiligenstein

If you've read the Hirsch Heiligenstein note, you have a bit of a primer on how complex the soils can get here. Gobelsburg's Heiligenstein vineyard is home to some of the oldest Riesling vines of the estate, growing on a mix of silt, sandstone, feldspar, with rich sediments. Bright and powerful notes of lime flower, green mango, apricot, and a brisk stony minerality make for a wine with fantastic aging potential. 

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $66.99

Schloss Gobelsburg 2016 Kamptal Riesling Zöbing

Vines ranging from 5-35 years old grown on amphibolite and Permian (read: partially volcanic) soils. Freshy fresh, bright and racy, with notes of tart lemon and yuzu citrus, green mango, and flower stems. Zöbinger Rieslings are time and again, acidity-fueled wonders in the glass; if you are a German Riesling fan, these won't disappoint. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

Beaujolais

Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2016 Fleurie Cuvée Tardive

From eighty year-old vines on clay and granite soil in Alain Coudert's beautiful Clos de la Roliette, just over the border from Moulin-a-Vent. By "Tardive," Alain Coudert implies that one should wait for this wine to mature, in this case probably about 5 to 7 years, although those unable to wait will certainly enjoy drinking it now. The 2016 is cool-toned and finely structured, at 13% it's showing less density than the 2015 and calling to mind the balance and bright minerality of the 2014 vintage. The wine shows deep ruby in the glass, intense aromas of red fruit, violets, fennel, smoke, and black pepper. The palate is creamy and floral on the attack then develops vivid flavors of blueberry and crushed strawberry layered over earthy spice, game, and stone on the grippy mid-palate. The finish is long and mineral and ends on a slightly bitter citrus note. An elegant and age-worthy vintage from Alain. Drinking now, but should develop beautifully with a few years of bottle age. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $27.99

Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2016 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette

Alain Coudert, who took over from his father in the late 80s, produces some of the finest wines in Fleurie. Originally classified as Moulin-a-Vent, the Clos de la Roilette vines produce a somewhat more structured wine with more black fruit aromas than a "normal" Fleurie.  The 2015s here, as in much of Beaujolais were high in alcohol and extremely ripe, a bit awkward in their youth and needing a few years to calm down. The 2016 Clos de la Roilette has returned to form showing a bright red/garnet color and aromas of crushed raspberry, violette and brown spice with hints of blackberry, citrus and earth. The palate retains the floral character with creamy raspberry fruit and hints of spice, leather and greens, with nice sappy length.  Delicious now and quite easy to drink, although it will benefit from decanting. Serve with charcuterie,  roast chicken, pork dishes and mild cheeses.  As always the Coudert Clos de la Roilette will benefit from 3 to 5 years or more  in the bottle as well.

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $22.99

Descombes, Georges 2014 Morgon Vieilles Vignes

This is an extremely pretty Morgon, showing subtle high-toned black raspberry and tart cherry aromas with plum, violet, citrus and brown spice, really lovely. The black and red fruits continue on the palate with complex notes of blood orange, earth, mint and spice. The wine is dense and structured but bright and balanced, finishing with refreshing acidity and mineral flavors. Delicious now, this should be superb in three to five years, and should drink well till 2027. DL

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2014 Regnié Vieilles Vignes

The Descombes Regnié Vieilles Vignes is superb in 2014, showing lovely aromas of red currant and strawberry, violet, orange peel, brown spice and soil. There is velvety strawberry and blackberry compote on the palate with rose, pomegranate, earth and citrus. The finish is long with lemony acidity, mineral flavors and pretty red fruits. This is a complex and beautifully balanced Regnié that is delicious now, with aeration, and it should be superb from 2020 to 2026+. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $37.99

Dutraive (Domaine de la Grand Cour) 2016 Brouilly Cuvée VV

From a small hillside parcel of 50-plus year-old vines in Brouilly, certified organic. Carbonic maceration with no addition of SO2, followed by foot-pressing, gravity fed into large barrels or foudres for aging. Light Garnet/black color. The 2016, at 12.5% alcohol, is back to the style of the lovey 2014, showing pretty aromas of raspberry and red currant with bright citrus notes and  smells of earth and stone. The palate is light but intense with bright raspberry and tart cherry flavors over firm acidity with citrus and earth. The finish is refreshing with lingering citrus and mineral flavors. Serve with charcuterie, fish in sauce, chicken and pork dishes or hold for 5 to 8 years as this should be a very pretty mature wine.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2015 Chénas Ultimatum Climat

Julien Guillot makes this Chenas from purchased, organically grown grapes, with a label (which we wish he would change) designed for the Copenhagen climat conference in 2009. Unfiltered, no added sulfite. The 2015 version of the Chenas "Ultimatum Climat" is a deep and profound Beaujolais that is delicious now but should improve over the next five to eight years. The wine shows aromas of  blackberry and red currant liqueur with violet, cocoa and earth lifted by bright acidity. The palate is rich and textured with berry liqueur, earth and citrus, very supple and sappy. The finish is long with earthy black fruits, stone and citrus with firm acidity. This will be perfect with charcuterie, grilled chicken or pork, or cellar for 3 to five years and drink until 2025.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Leonis 2015 Côte de Brouilly Mont Brulius 1.5 L

I can't think of anything better than delicious Beaujolais in magnum! Apparently called Mont Brulius for the Roman soldier whom the region is named after, this cuvée is made from some of Raphael and Christine’s oldest vines (averaging 90 years old) and is aged entirely in stainless steel. These vines are planted in basalt and granite soils on slopes that are so steep that they don’t allow for plowing. The nose offers a bouquet of hibiscus, licorice, pomegranate, and strawberry liqueur, before skewing more mineral and savory on the palate, with dark, damp earth, iron, citrus, and brambly blackberries. Over the course of a dinner it really plumps up showing wild strawberry, cassis, thyme, and cola nut. This wine has serious structure and a bright acidity that would make it at home next to fattier fare. Tim Gagnon

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $33.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $39.99

Perraud (Cotes de la Moliere) 2015 Moulin-a-Vent Sans Soufre

Isabelle and Bruno Perraud make lovely natural wines on their small estate, certified organic in 2002, with vines in Moulin-a-Vent at "Au Vieux Bourg" in Chenas on granite soils that are high in manganese. They also make wines from purchased organic grapes from other appellatons. The 2015 Moulin-a-Vent is at 12% alcohol, very low for the vintage, and shows pretty aromas of blackberry and tart cherry, earth and citrus, lifted by bright acidity. The palate shows very earthy and bright flavors of black fruits with a firm mineral component. The volatile acidity seems a bit high, which sometimes happens with a zero sulfur wine, but gives the wine a brightness that will pair well with charcuterie and grilled foods. "Bottled without sulfur, without additives, without filtration or fining, Living wine."

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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. (January 1st, 2018) 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
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bordeaux Red

Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1995 Margaux

The 1995 Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre is from very old vines and also from approximately 50 year-old vines planted by M. Boyer at 10,000 plants per hectare. One of the two parcels abuts Chateau Margaux. There is a long fermentation without extraction, the juice remains in cuve until spring, then spends 6 months in old barrels followed by two to three years in cement vat. These are wines made in the lighter "claret" style of the 19th century. The 1995 shows a light red/garnet slightly mature color with pretty aromas of sweet red-currant, cassis and prune with sous-bois, licorice, tobacco, citrus and spice. The palate is delicate and silky, with a firm core of red currant/cassis fruit, framed in firm acidity. Very earthy with fruit liqueur, smoke, mint and minerals in the long finish. Decant  a few hours in advance to enjoy this very unusual and beautiful Margaux. Another 5 to 10 years of cellaring would be interesting.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $57.99

Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 2000 Margaux

Jean-Pierre Boyer makes Margaux that resemble the wines of the distant past. His 2000 shows a slightly maturing red/black color with bright aromas of red currant, cassis and raspberry with cedar, rose, citrus and earthy sous-bois notes, really lovely and complex. Relatively light for a Margaux, the palate is deep and velvety with firm tannins under lovely blackberry and cassis fruit with earth, licorice and mineral flavors. It's delicate and powerful at the same time and very long. Delicious now with three to four hours in carafe or after another ten to twenty years in the cellar.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic

Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 2004 Margaux

A Margaux like no other, more akin to a 19th century claret than to a modern Bordeaux.The 2004 from Jean-Pierre Boyer shows a lovely deep garnet color and smoky red-currant aromas with earth, violet, licorice, spice and citrus peel. The palate is dense and mineral with firm structure, but showing velvety blackberry, cassis and red currant with earth and mineral flavors and a bit of bitter licorice. The finish is long and firm. Suspend your ideas of Bordeaux and enjoy this complex and Burgundian Margaux. Carafe four hours in advance or cellar ten to twenty years.(On day 2 the wine has deepened and softened into a lovely Burgundian Bordeaux)

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $71.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $71.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $224.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

  • Organic

Chateau Massereau 2010 Graves

Château Massereau, an estate located in Barsac, has been farming organically since its acquisition by the Chaigneau family in 2000. The estate is  fully committed to natural wine-making and it shows in the quality of the wine. The grapes are hand-harvested, fermented in concrete vats and then aged in neutral barrique for 18 months with minimal addition of sulfur at bottling. Made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, planted in alluvial soils, the wine displays a bouquet of dark berries and plums with dried green herbs, menthol notes and a hint of violet, tobacco leaf and cedar notes. This elegant wine has a beautiful structure with firm acidity and smooth tannins. A great wine at a beautiful price, this wine will pair fantastically with racks of lamb, kebabs, steaks or pork chops, and it would be a crowd-pleasing choice for your holiday parties!  Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $111.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Giscours 1970 Margaux

1970 Giscours Margaux Color — come on!  So dark blood red — like a California Cabernet — nearly opaque to clear on the meniscus.  I noted that it "tasted like an off vintage of Penfold's Grange" by which I mean one of the drier Grange (s) that did not get a huge score — instead compelled by great balance.  Big and rich and alcoholic, fragrant but there is a pre-exisiting balance to its components that guaranteed its longevity to this point and will guarantee its future for at least 20 more years.  A most atypical bottle of Margaux, a Margaux that wants to be a Saint Estephe or something.  A remarkable wine. MM

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

Grolet 2015 Côtes de Bourg Tête de Cuvée

Our biodynamic friends, the Hubert family, make this lovely Bordeaux with the best juice from Chateau La Grolet, coming from old vines of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. The 2015 shows lovely aromas of ripe cassis and blackberry with cedar, brown spice and earth, really quite pretty. The palate is elegant and well-structured with cassis and red fruits over firm acidity with earth and mineral flavors. This is a real Bordeaux of terroir that is delicious now especially if decanted many hours in advance or opened the night before. Cellaring for ten to fifteen years will create a lovely mature wine. David Lillie Please carafe before serving.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $164.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $749.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $119.99

Maison Blanche 2014 Montagne Saint-Emilion Les Piliers

Certified organic since 2009 and biodynamic since 2013, this second label from the domain Maison Blanche is a secret to discover. Vibrant with tension, firm tannins and bright acidity, this wine will accompany many of your meals from casual to fancy. The palate is full of blackberries, cassis, plums with savory, mineral and herbal notes. The finish is long and beautiful. A great wine. Drink it now or age it for several years (7 years). Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 56 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Peybonhomme 2015 Bordeaux Energies (Anfora)

The Peybonhomme-les-Tours "Energies" is a selection of the best grapes, vinified with wild yeasts and aged for 12 months in terra cotta amphorae, 60% Merlot, 30% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine shows a dense red/black color with ripe blackberry and cassis aromas with stone and earth. The palate is supple, sapid and ripe with blackberry liqueur, red currant, bitter chocolate and stone. The finish is long with saline mineral flavors and firm acidity. The "Energies" is an elegant glass of Bordeaux that is lovely now with grilled meats, stews and full-flavored cheeses. Or cellar for ten years as this should age beautifully. Congratulations to the Huberts for this beautiful natural wine!

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bordeaux Sweet

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $299.99

Yquem 1981 Sauternes .375 ml

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

  • white sweet
  • 16 in stock
  • $179.99

Bordeaux White

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $119.99

Burgundy White

Beaufort (Amaury) 2015 Bourgogne Tonnerre Côte de Junay

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

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Collet, Romain 2014 Chablis Premier Cru Butteaux

Sea spray, green apple, white flowers, fine stony detail on palate; cool lifted, slightly herbal finish. Plenty of flint in the tank still. Drink and hold. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 40 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $129.99

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
  • 31 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 35 in stock
  • $22.99

Fichet 2015 Meursault

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

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $74.99

Fichet 2015 Meursault 375ml

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

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $78.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $124.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $114.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $247.99

Rateau 2016 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 giving a full, ripe wine. The 2016 "Coucherias" is an extraordinary wine showing elegant aromas of almond, lemon confit and pear with subtle spice and mineral notes. The palate is deep and concentrated but beautifully balanced by firm acidity, very sapid and pure with a perfect finish of stone, pear, lemon and herbal flavors.  This is a beautiful white Burgundy that is superb now but will be even better after a few years in the cellar, probably best 2021 - 2030. Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Vignes du Maynes (Julien Guillot) 2014 Cremant de Bourgogne St. Genevieve 1.5 L (arr.11/28

The 2014 Sainte-Geneviève is a superb Champagne method sparkling wine made with 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay grown at the Clos des Vignes du Maynes. The wine shows lovely aromas of white and red fruits, spiced pear and  blood orange with hints of cinnamon. The palate is creamy and full, with pear, a hint of red currant, honey, stone and brown spice with fabulous length. This is a beautiful living wine from soils that have never been treated with herbicides, pesticides or modern fertilizers. Highly recommended.  

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2015 Mâcon-Cruzille Les Chassagnes 1.5L

This is a superb, subtle and very mineral Chardonnay from a replanted parcel at the very top of the Clos, abandoned since 1896, with thin clay soils rich in iron over limestone. A great terroir, never chemically treated and worked in biodynamic farming by Alain and Julien Guillot.  The 2015 "les Chassagnes" is a beautiful wine, a bit fuller than the 2014 but still quite racy and stony with hints of white fruits, spice and honey. The palate is silky and crystalline - all minerals with subtle citrus and white fruits, very long and elegant. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $81.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Champagne

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

Agrapart 2010 Champagne Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Venus

Sourced from a small plot within La Fosse, planted in 1959, Venus is named after the draft horse that plowed the vines. The soils are exceptionally chalky relative to the soils of other parts of Avize which have more clay, per Peter Liem. Aged under cork rather than crown cap and bottled without dosage, Venus is profoundly mineral and a study in chalk, with the old vines' deep roots preserving that sense of terroir even in warmer or 'off'  vintages. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $199.99

Agrapart 2010 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Mineral

Mineral is a vintage-dated blend of Chardonnay from two particularly chalky lieux dits within the  grand cru villages of Cramant and Avize, with the grapes from Bionnes (Cramant) vinified in demi-muid and Le Champ Bouton (Avize) vinified in tank and blended in equal parts.Sea spray, peach skin, grapefruit peel on the nose. Bright and fresh on the palate with good cut, incisively mineral with pungent chalk notes on the long driving finish. Delicious now, perhaps better still with a few years to allow the structural elements knit. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 37 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $219.99

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

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $269.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $449.99

Agrapart NV Champagne Extra Brut Terroirs Blanc des Blancs

A blend of grapes from several villages in the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Oiry, and Oger. Pure Chardonnay from 20-40 year old vines aged partially in barrel, Terroirs offers citrus blossom aromas and Meyer lemon and green apple flavors on a bright, zesty, chalky finish. Makes for a bracing aperitif or fine accompaniment to sushi or tempura. John McIlwain

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

Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Demi-Sec

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

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Polisy Brut

Tasted in January 2017 at the estate. Complex aromas of lychee, candied pear, citrus, beautiful palate of yellow fruits, minerals, citrus, caramel with fabulous length. (This shipment disgorged in June 2017)

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1998 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut

(NOTE: This  refers to a 2014 disgorgement - this wine, from the same lot, was disgorged in 2017.) The 1998 Ambonnay Brut has long been a staff favorite and this disgorgement does not disappoint. Brillliant, golden yellow in color and showing a finely-beaded mousse, this offers one of the two most expressive aromatic profiles of this current Beaufort lineup. Aromas of Mirabelle plums, toasted hazelnuts, and crème brüléee transition to notes of Jonagold apples, cinnamon, and wild flowers. The palate is generous and expansive and carries tones of brazil nuts, greengages, and irises that crescendo to a fine, zippy finish. This is complex and delicious Champagne!  David Salinas

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

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature

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

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Demi-Sec

2002 is a "magnificent vintage for Champagne" says Jancis Robinson and the 2002 Beaufort Policy Demi-Sec (disgorged in June 2017) is a beautiful example. The aromas are a lovely melange of honeyed citrus, pear and exotic fruits and floral notes with chalk, caramel and anise. The palate is a treat of sweet white fruits and citrus backed by earth and stone flavors with just enough acidity. The finish has a nice mineral balance and terrific length. Superb now, this will be very interesting in ten years or more, as after fourteen years on the lees it seems youthful and firm. (last of stock)  David Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2006 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut

The 2006 Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru shows subtle mature aromas of pear, almond, marzipan and citrus, very earthy with hints of exotic fruit and spice and wet stone. Give this some time to open up.  The palate shows a delicate, creamy mousse with complex earthy white fruits, herbal notes and mineral flavors with nice acidity in the finish. A lovely wine of contemplation.  (Disgorged June 2017)

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $81.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut

"Really superb, subtle, long. Quiet nose. Winy. Seems like old school white Burgundy. Very serious..." Anonymous notes from Beaufort dinner, Jan 2017 (Disgorged April, 2017)

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru

For those of a classical bent who prefer not to shop at the big Champagne houses, André Beaufort is a wonderful alternative. Longtime organic farming and extended lees-aging produce rich  wines of uncommon detail and complexity. The 2010 Ambonnay offers aromas of white flowers, orange peel, bergamot, and  chalk on the nose. Bright acid, salted plum, citrus oil, and fine line of sapid minerality on the supple and rich palate.This shows a fine interplay between power, tension, and suave, supple finish. This is one heck of an Ambonnay and a fine bottle of Beaufort! (Disgorged June 2017)  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $53.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • $54.99

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Polisy Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature

André Beaufort 2010 Polisy Blanc de Noirs Brut Nature, disgorged in June, 2017. This is a youthful and brilliant Blanc de Noirs from Amaury Beaufort and family that is sensationally vinous and complex, reflecting the decades of organic farming and low yields at this extraordinary estate. The wine shows aromas of raspberry, peach, lime-flower, citrus, hazelnut and stone. The palate is ripe and firmly structured with citrusy acids enveloping red fruits, thistle and creamy lemon with stone, white fruit, floral and mineral flavors in the long finish. This is a young and beautiful wine that will accompany a meal such as fish in sauce or chicken with morels, and of course delicious as an aperitif. Rich, but quite age-worthy, perhaps best 2020 to 2030. DL

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2012 Champagne Polisy Rosé Brut

The 2012 Polisy Rosé needs a bit of aeration, then shows aromas of red currant, rose, earth, citrus and white pepper.The palate shows earthy raspberry fruit wild cherry, and cool hints of delicate herbs. There's a fine interplay between brambly hedge fruit and soil notes. Enjoy this with confit tuna or roasted salmon with salsa verde. John McIlwain

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

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

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bérêche NV (2013 Base) Extra Brut Rose Campania Remensis

Bérêche's Campania Remensis is a consistently fascinating rosé champagne, in a category fraught with uninspiring wines. The 2013 base is 65% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 5% still red wine from Ormes on the western side of the Montagne de Reims. This year the robe is salmon pink, verging on copper. The nose is redolent of wild strawberries, red currant, and pomegranate, with citrus peel and spicy top notes. The mid-weight palate displays a fine tension between ripe red fruit and an agile mineral precision. The balance here is impeccable and the finish textured and nuanced. Every year Bérêche makes a compelling case for rosé champagne and the 2013 base is an especially delicious example. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 27 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV "L12" Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 12

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. Reflets is 2/3 reserve wine and 1/3 from the 2012 vintage. The current release has a golden yellow robe and a super fine bead. The nose features aromas of shortbread, ripe apple, orange zest and baking spice. The palate is round and broad with an underlying mineral tension and a cool, vibrant, rising finish. Better served in a white wine glass to allow  the aromas to develop. A fine pairing with richer seafood dishes, roast poultry, or enjoy with a fine Comté. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 49 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (2013 Base) Champagne Brut Nature Beaux Regards Chardonnay

Les Beaux Regards is a blend of two parcels of Chardonnay in Ludes on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims planted in 1964 and 1970. The loamy clay soils produce a Champagne more vinous in character, rather than exclusively taut and chalky. The 2013 displays floral and stone fruit aromas with lemon blossom, brioche, and nectarine giving way to citrus peel and green apple. The palate is distinctly chalky and racy, with overtly mineral flavors, cool notes of mint and quinine, and a long tangy, sapid finish.  (Dosage 3g/L) John McIlwain 

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

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (base 12) Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan 1.5 L

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. Reflets is 2/3 reserve wine and 1/3 from the 2012 vintage. The current release has a golden yellow robe and a super fine bead. The nose features aromas of shortbread, ripe apple, orange zest and baking spice. The palate is round and broad with an underlying mineral tension and a cool, vibrant, rising finish. Better served in a white wine glass to allow  the aromas to develop. A fine pairing with richer seafood dishes, roast poultry, or enjoy with a fine Comté. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $249.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $209.99

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

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

  • rosé sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $139.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • white sparkling
  • 36 in stock
  • no discount
  • $179.99

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

  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $139.99

Filaine (Fabrice Gass) NV Damery Cuvée DMY

DMY (formerly Confidence) is the same cépages and blend as Filaine's Cuvée Speciale with an extra year on the lees and aged under cork, rather than capsule, lending a burnished character to the wine due to the slow ingress of oxygen. The current disgorgement is rich, broad, and sapid, with an impeccable balance between red fruits, citrus notes, and powerfully mineral structure and spice. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

Filaine (Fabrice Gass) NV Damery Cuvée Speciale

Filaine is one of our favorite Champagne houses.  And the singular Fabrice Gass is one of our favorite Champagne characters. His wines  are made up of  Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier from the south-facing village of Damery on the slope of the Montagne de Reims over looking the Marne. The wines are made in the manner of 100 years ago. Fabrice farms the without chemicals, ferments in wood, and due to the age of his barrels, avoids malolactic fermentation.  This disgorgement is based on the 2012 and 2013 vintages and balances nicely the classic richness of Damery with undertones of minerality.  Aromatically the wines offer up aromas of baked apple, spices, and soil notes. On the palate flavors of ripe red fruit and a pervasive sense of chalkiness vie with with a creamy texture on the broad, rich finish. This is a perfect wine for the table with its balance of generous fruit and earthy structure. John McIlwain 

  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

Gerbais, Pierre NV Champagne Extra-Brut Grain des Celles 3g/l

A blend of Pinot Noir (50%), Chardonnay (25%), Pinot Blanc (25%) from organically farmed vines grown in Kimmeridgian soils in Celles-Sur -Ource in the Aube. Initial fermentation is with indigenous yeast in tank, and wine spends 30 months  sur latte before bottling. The nose offers lovely aromas of apple blossom, apricot, honeysuckle and mint. The mid-weight palate is redolent of stone fruit, ripe Mirabelle plums, and tangerine, with a punchy mineral character lending gravitas. There's a love of character to this well-priced Champagne that makes for a fine aperitif, as well as having the stuffing to enjoy with roasted fish, chicken, or strong cheeses. John McIlwain

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  • $39.99

  • Organic

Horiot 2012 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 vinifying separately 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 2012 En Barmont has a darker garnet/copper robe, effusive and floral on the nose with wild cherry, cherry blossom, and Red Delicious apple aromas. On the palate, vivid,  racy acidity, bright red fruits with hints of crushed herbs, and a fine dusty minerality on a broad expansive finish. This is quite pretty with a generous ripeness and exuberance. John McIlwain 

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  • 29 in stock
  • $42.99

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Laherte Frères 2007 Champagne Extra Brut Les Empreintes Disg. 02/12

This wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, with some of the Chardonnay in the blend a rare strain called Chardonnay "Muscaté," which is marked by the exotic flavors of the Muscat grape. These vines of Chardonnay "Muscaté" are very old and massale selected, planted by Aurélian Laherte's grandfather. This wine offers delightful notes of anise, citrus zest, and foxy white flowers on the nose, yet it's a subtle wine with the chalkiness of the soil speaking loudly on the finish, which shows citrus pith and an intriguing note of cherry red fruit. Bottled as an Extra Brut, the wine receives 4 grams dosage. (disgorged 2/12) MSB

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Léclapart, David NV Champagne Trépail 1er cru L'Apôtre Extra Brut

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

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

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

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Pouillon, R 2008 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Chemin du Bois

An organically-farmed Blanc de Noirs from the eponymous lieu-dit in the premier cru village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The wine is a notable expression of this terroir, as Fabrice Pouillon reveals by vinifying with only the natural sugars from perfectly ripe Pinot Noir, in addition to only utilizing the indigenous yeasts present in the must. He accomplishes this by chilling unsulfured grape must in tank to a temperature low enough to prevent spoilage or fermentation. This must is then used for the secondary fermentation, as well as the dosage after disgorgement, rather than cane sugars or MCR. The resulting wine is layered and supple with a fine bead, displaying red fruits, blood orange peel, and spices, expressing the vinous character of Pinot Noir grown in the clays of the Grande Vallee de la Marne. John McIlwain

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Roses de Jeanne (Cedric Bouchard) 2013 Champagne Roses de Jeanne Blanc de Noirs Ursules 1.5 L

Les Ursules is a Blanc de Noirs from a single parcel of less than a hectare of the same name in the Côtes des Bars.  As always Cédric Bouchard’s aesthetic is vineyard expression above all. This single vineyard, single vintage Pinot Noir is raised in stainless steel, to avoid any influence of wood  that would mask the character of the terroir. The long, slow secondary fermentation and bottling without dosage produces a vinous, savory champagne that benefits from decanting and serving in a wine glass rather than a flute to better appreciate the concentrated, earthy character of the Pinot Noir grown in this vineyard.  John McIlwain 

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Roses de Jeanne (Cedric Bouchard) 2015 base Champagne Blanc de Noirs Val de Vilaine

Formerly known as Infloresence, as of 2012, Val de Vilaine, this blanc de noirs comes from a south-facing 1.49ha plot of vines in Polisy planted in 1974 owned by Cédric's father. If there's such a thing as an 'entry level' Champagne in Bouchard's lineup, this is it. Historically more approachable when young than Bouchard's other wines, Val de Vilaine, is now more tightly wound and concentrated as the already small yields were nearly halved to 26hl/ha bringing it in line with the other cuvées of Roses de Jeanne. Here you'll find a classic expression of Polisy terroir. -John McIlwain  

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Ruppert-Leroy 2012 Champagne Brut Nature "Fosse-Grely" Autrement

We have waited all summer for the no sulfur added Fosse-Grely "Autrement" and it's finally here! Sourced from organically and biodynamically grown grapes in the chalky/clay soils of single, north-west facing, amphitheater-shaped parcel, this wine is 100% Pinot Noir and brilliantly golden in color with a finely beaded mousse. The nose offers aromas of Cortland apples, hazelnuts, anise, toffee, and lime blossom. While the palate is alive with a powerful minerality that carries notes of Jonagold and Granny Smith apples, fenugreek, and linden blossom through to a hazelnut finish. Finely balanced and delicious! (Disgorged 4/2015) - David Salinas

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

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

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Suenen 2014Base Champagne Oiry Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut

Aurelien Suenen is one of the bright young stars of the Côte des Blancs, whose Champagnes seem to improve with every new release. His 2014 based Oiry Blanc de Blancs is a beauty. Wines from the village are typically sold under the Cramant designation (we haven't been able to find another Champagne with this single village designation, as yet), so this is a fine opportunity to taste Oiry's distinctive, chalky terroir. Aurelien's parcels contain some very old Chardonnay vines which make for some pungently mineral, stony wines. The vins clairs are fermented partially in barrel, spend nine months on the lees, and are bottled with 1 g/l dosage. The 2014 is brisk, briny, and fresh on the nose with aromas of yuzu, Meyer lemon, quinine, and chalk dominating. The palate is chiseled, taut and very dry with racy acidity and an energetic driving finish. Suenen continues to grow with each vintage and this new line up of village designated Champagnes are particularly exciting. The 2014 will make a fine aperitif and shiny brightly with crudo or sashimi.  John McIlwain 

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Suenen 2014Base Champagne Oiry Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut 1.5

Aurelien Suenen is one of the bright young stars of the Côte des Blancs, whose Champagnes seem to improve with every new release. His 2014 based Oiry Blanc de Blancs is a beauty. Wines from the village are typically sold under the Cramant designation (we haven't been able to find another Champagne with this single village designation, as yet), so this is a fine opportunity to taste Oiry's distinctive, chalky terroir. Aurelien's parcels contain some very old Chardonnay vines which make for some pungently mineral, stony wines. The vins clairs are fermented partially in barrel, spend nine months on the lees, and are bottled with 1 g/l dosage. The 2014 is brisk, briny, and fresh on the nose with aromas of yuzu, Meyer lemon, quinine, and chalk dominating. The palate is chiseled, taut and very dry with racy acidity and an energetic driving finish. Suenen continues to grow with each vintage and this new line up of village designated Champagnes are particularly exciting. The 2014 will make a fine aperitif and shiny brightly with crudo or sashimi.  John McIlwain

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  • Organic

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Zero (2008 base)

A blend of 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, and 1/3 Pinot Meunier, the base wine comes from the classic 2008 vintage. For a Brut Nature (Dosage: 0 g/l), this Tarlant combines bracing acidity with remarkable fruit-forwardness. Lemon pith, preserved lemon, red apple flesh and red apple skin flavors sweep across the palate with broad brush strokes and a pleasing effervescence. With big flavors and deep cut, this Champagne definitely needs food to accompany it: caviar or smoked salmon anyone? (Disgorged: 09/14) - Jonas Mendoza

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Vouette et Sorbée 2005 Champagne Extra Brut Extrait

A new cuvée from Côtes-des Bar sensation Vouette et Sorbée is cause for celebration for lovers of pure, organic Champagnes. Extrait is a late-disgorge bottling from a single vintage, bottled without dosage. The 2005 is 70% Pinot Noir from the Sorbee vineyard by grower Bertrand Gautherot's house and 30% Chardonnay from the Biaunes vineyard where they source Blanc d'Argile. The wine has a pale gold robe and fine bead.  The nose has notes of honey, dried orange peel, fresher red-fruit,  and citrus aromas (tangerine, blood orange). The palate shows great energy, with candied orange peel, red fruit, and pungnet mineral flavors with notes of brioche and crushed herbs. Quite dry, but by no means austere, this has good mid-plate density with a hint of burnished character on the long, persistent, punchy finish. This is linear rather than broad and a makes a convincing case for aging wines from the Aube. John McIlwain

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Cote-de-Beaune

Bize 2014 Savigny-les-Beaune Grands Liards

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

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  • 5 in stock
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Bize, Simon 2015 Savigny-Les-Beaune Les Bourgeots

The Simon Bize 2015 Savigny Les Bourgeots is higher-toned and more tightly wound than the Bourgogne Perrières. The nose is in a cool register: vine smoke, black cherry skin, wild blackberry cassis, mint, and a hint of brambly wet bark. The palate is tightly wound and nervy, but offers a fine tension between cool ripe fruit and a pungent, sapid mineral character. This needs plenty of air to come together, but the purity of fruit and energy that's implied within the structure is intriguing. Decant now or cellar for 3-5 years to allow the elements to integrate. Should be interesting to follow over the next 7-10 years. Quite enjoyable with pasta and a sausage and mushroom ragu, and should work beautifully with pork in a mustard sauce, or with crispy duck confit and a salad of bitter greens. John McIlwain

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  • 17 in stock
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Chandon de Briailles 2014 Corton Clos du Roi

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

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Lafouge 2014 Auxey-Duresses Rouge

This is one of our favorite, if somewhat unknown, estates in Burgundy. Jean Lafouge and his son Gilles make classic, balanced, beautiful Burgundies at affordable prices and their village level Auxey-Duresses is always lovely and a great value. The 2014 is slightly riper than usual with lovely aromas of strawberry and tart cherry, with violet, rose, citrus and spice. Medium-bodied, with citrusy red fruits on the palate with great balance and refreshing acidity, the wine shows hints of earth and mineral that will develop nicely with time. Lovely now, especially if decanted well in advance, and a great pairing with poultry, white meats and mild cheeses. This has the weight and structure to cellar well, best perhaps in 5 to 8 years.  David Lillie

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Rateau 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Les Bressandes

Jean-Claude Rateau has a large parcel in the 1er Cru Les Bressandes on a steep slope facing east with pebbly clay/limestone soils, conducted in biodynamic farming since 1979. The soil is warm and well-drained giving ripe, structured wines. There is a 21-day cuvaison with manual cap-punching followed by 18 months in old barrels.Even with the minimal extraction practiced at the estate, the 2015 Bressandes shows a dense red/black color and aromas of black cherry and ripe strawberry, quite deep with sous-bois, violet, graphite and citrus. The palate is dense and chalky with blackberry, earth, cocoa and minerals with terrific length of red currant, earth and juicy acidity. Given the weight and ripeness of the vintage, the wine still seems balanced and frames the copious fruit in ample acidity and tannin. This is a beautiful wine that will give great pleasure in its youth and should be a superb mature wine as well, perhaps until 2032 and beyond.  DL

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  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2015 Beaune Les Prevoles

Jean-Claude Rateau's domain has been Biodynamic since 1979 and produces lovely light-bodied, old fashioned Burgundies. The 2015 Beaune Les Prévoles (a lieu-dit below 1er Cru Chouacheux and les Tuvilains) shows beautiful ripe aromas of cherry and black raspberry with rose, earth, citrus and brown spice.  The palate is chalky, ripe and sapid, showing the density of the 2015s with lush berry fruits enveloping firm acidity and mineral flavors. Really a lovely wine and quite delicous now, full and ripe enough for grilled meats, as well as chicken and pork dishes and cheeses such as morbier, tomme de savoie. This should benefit from a bit of aging but is quite beautiful as a young wine, best perhaps 2019 - 2026.  David Lillie

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  • Organic
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  • Low Sulfur
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  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

Rollin 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses

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

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Cote-de-Nuit

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Chauvenet 2013 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Poulettes

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

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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 extraodiarily long and pure. Decant 4 to 6 hours in advance if drinking now or cellar for 3 to five years and drink till 2027. Highly recommended for those who enjoy some minerals in their Burgundy!

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  • 10 in stock
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  • Organic
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Jane et Sylvain 2015 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain

Jane and Sylvain have done it again! Another beautiful Passetoutgrain from 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Gamay, grown near Gevrey-Chambertin, organically farmed and quite delicious! The 2015 shows ripe aromas of tart cherry and raspberry liqueur with earth and violets. The palate is lively and bright with morello cherry and raspberry with stone, tobacco and citrus, quite vibrant and long. Really a refreshing and delicious wine, perfect for picnics and barbecues, served quite cool. This is a fantastic value and highly recommended.

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  • Organic
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Lignier-Michelot 2015 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. More floral and denser on the palate than Les Chenevery, with a good deal of the class of the grand crus. The 2015 is effusively perfumed with heady aromas of black and red hedge fruits, wild cherry, and spice. The palate is distinctly mineral, framing lush flavors of sweetly ripe cherry and blackberry, with notes of game and mustard seed on a tense, vibrant finish. As with others of Lignier-Michelot's 2015s, the effusive ripeness in underlain by good structure and bodes well for long-term cellaring. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $114.99

  • Organic

Lignier-Michelot 2015 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières 1.5L

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. More floral and denser on the palate than Les Chenevery, with a good deal of the class of the grand crus. The 2015 is effusively perfumed with heady aromas of black and red hedge fruits, wild cherry, and spice. The palate is distinctly mineral, framing lush flavors of sweetly ripe cherry and blackberry, with notes of game and mustard seed on a tense, vibrant finish. As with others of Lignier-Michelot's 2015s, the effusive ripeness is underlain by good structure and bodes well for long-term cellaring. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $264.99

  • Organic

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

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

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  • 6 in stock
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  • 3 in stock
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Magnien, Stephane 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants

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

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Magnien, Stephane 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis

The young and very talented Stéphane Magnien is producing delicious, old fashioned Burgundies from his beautifully tended vineyards in and around Morey-Saint-Denis. The estate has never used herbicides and uses a plowing regimen designed to force the roots deeper into the limestone bedrock. The "village" wine is always one of my favorite recommendations in Burgundy due to its elegance, balance, lovely fruit and great value. The 2015 is particularly beautiful, showing a bit more depth and ripeness than the excellent 2014, with aromas of blackberry and strawberry liqueur, violet, brown spice, orange peel, smoke and earth. The palate is dense, but not over-ripe, with earthy black fruits, bitter chocolate, citrus and spice with a core of firm acidity and mineral flavors. Quite delicious as a young wine, this ripe and elegant Morey-Saint-Denis will be at its best from approximately to 2022 to 2030. Those looking for value in a 2015 red Burgundy should consider buying a case of this lovely wine.  David Lillie

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  • 12 in stock
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Magnien, Stephane 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières

From a parcel of old vines grown in Les Faconnières, one of the best situated climats in Morey-Saint-Denis, located beneath Clos de la Roche and between the Millandes and Charrières premier crus. The 2015 Faconnières was the star of the premier crus tasted at the estate last January, with lovely aromas of black fruits and violets. The palate was dense, elegant, and chalky with black fruits, earth and mineral flavors that continued in the very long finish. 20% new oak. Hold for 5 to 6 years minimum, said Stéphane, best at 7 to 15 years.  Fabulous wine!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $64.99

Rateau 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin

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

  • red
  • 12 in stock
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  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
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Adam & Haart 2016 Mosel Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Riesling Kabinett

Friends and winemakers Andreas Adam and Julian Haart jumped at the chance to go in together on a terraced parcel of un-grafted old-vines on the Piesporter Goldtröpfchen and have been collaborating on wines from that parcel ever since. The Adam & Haart Kabinett is luxurious yet peppy, with notes of green strawberry, mango, and fresh nectarine illuminated by an electric acidity. Pairs beautifully with dishes like sweet potato cassarole, cranberry relish, fruit-studded stuffings, assorted cheeses, or even as a reset to whet the palate when fatigue starts to set in. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 5 in stock
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Brand 2016 Pfalz Pet Nat Rosé

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

  • rosé sparkling
  • 10 in stock
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  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • rosé
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 19 in stock
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  • 4 in stock
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Falkenstein, Hofgut 2015 Saar Niedermenniger Sonnenberg Spätburgunder Spätlese Trocken

A light ruby with rose rim; bright and linear, with a piquant nose of red flowers, paprika, tangy red currants. On the palate this Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) is fresh, tart and willowy, reminiscent of a Rosso di Valtellina, with crunchy red fruits--wild strawberries, sour cherries, red currants, cranberries, raspberry seeds; the wine snaps to a slightly drying structure with a whisper of pink roses and cloves on the finish. Cari Bernard 

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Low Sulfur

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2016 Saar Niedermenniger Herrenberg Spätlese Feinherb 1.5 L

This gloriously elegant magnum will bring loads of energy to even the weightiest Thanksgiving table. The nose is c lassic Saar riesling with citrus, freshly mown lawn, and a hint of white petals. Niedermennig riesling always impresses me with its extraordinarily pure petrol tones.  The palate impresses with its balance of opulence and linearity. The light sweetness is balanced by extraordinary energy. This wine will go head to head with the tartest cranberry sauce, pair fantastically with turkey or rich pork dishes, and complement richer sides like butternut squash mash or stuffing. Make sure to save some for the pumpkin pie. AP#11. Andrew Farquhar

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

Frank John 2011 Pfalz Riesling Sekt Brut

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

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

  • Biodynamic
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  • 2 in stock
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  • 5 in stock
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Koehler-Ruprecht 2008 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Ries Auslese Trocken 'R'

Very rich and intense stone fruit nose, with much deeper aromatics than you'd expect from the normally reserved 2008s, but that just speaks to the fastidious selection for the Auslese 'R'. The acidity is prominent but not as much as in the '09 Spätlese; here it's layered deep beneath crisp fruit layers of such rich, fleshy fruits as nectarine and persimmon. As with many of these, it's very elegant, very long and just beautiful. Among the most youthful of the whole lot as well. -jfr

  • white
  • 1 in stock
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Koehler-Ruprecht 2012 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Spätlese Trocken

The Saumagen vineyard is littered with small limestone rocks that reflect heat onto the vines. Though it was expanded in the 1980's, Koehler-Ruprecht's holdings are in the original south-east facing parcel. Glistening notes of lemon, salt, butter, and nuts. A dry Pfalz wine with a lot of finesse, not overly powerful or austere. Great spine of acidity, complex, with depth and length. Will take to the cellar quite well. Jonathan Kemp

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $32.99

Koehler-Ruprecht 2015 Pfalz Kallstadter Annaberg Chardonnay Spatlese Trocken

The grapes come from the Annaberg, a vineyard of mostly sandstone soils, but the Chardonnay is planted on the western portion that has predominately chalk soils and ample shade, so the grapes ripen slowly. The warmth of the vintage manifests as a fantastic density of fruit (green apple, nectarine, green strawberry tartness) and luxurious texture with the tension of bright, malic acidity and stony, salty minerality. A fascinating iteration of Chardonnay! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 18 in stock
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Koehler-Ruprecht 2015 Pfalz Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling Auslese Trocken

Koehler-Ruprecht farms a southeast-facing parcel that lies within the boundaries of the original Saumagen vineyard area; a storied, grand cru site with calcareous limestone soils. True alchemy in the glass, weighty and concentrated yet totally luminous! The intense flavors of mango, peach, and cinnamon linger and one can't help but see this as a mini-R bottling--very age-worthy. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 7 in stock
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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
  • 44 in stock
  • $40.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Unterstenberg

Covered in eroded gray slate, Unterstenberg is the site on the Ayler Kupp that has some of the most water retention due to its location at the foot of the hillside. Notes of peach, orange zest, apple compote, and red grapefruit on the nose open up to a rich and fruit-forward palate boasting ripe apricot, yellow apple skin, and pineapple. Spicy and bold! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 39 in stock
  • $36.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 8 Kabinett

A delicate nose of apricot blossom and grapefruit zest, the Fass 8 Kabinett drinks fairly lean in style, with fantastic balance and elegant integration of the residual sugar. Cooler notes of green strawberries mingle on the finish with fresh nectarine, yuzu, and crisp apple. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 24 in stock
  • $34.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 2 'Extra Dry'

Florian's 'Extry Dry' offering, sourced from the Ayler Kupp. Aromas of melon, apple skin, and tea--all green. A touch tight, but more giving than 2015, the palate is more yellow-fruited, with notes of pear, apple, stone, savory earth, and smoke on the long finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 19 in stock
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Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 7 Spätlese

Ripe, golden grapes picked from a range of vineyards on Ayler Kupp. We look forward to sharing notes with you soon! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $39.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Kern Fass 9

Kern is a parcel on the west-facing side of the Ayler Kupp, extending from the top to the bottom of the slope, a cross-section of slate at multiple levels of erosion, warmed by the afternoon sun. A tropical nose of kiwi and passion fruit, the wine has a sharp, juicy attack of white grapefruit zest and kumquat, balanced by notes of green herbs, salinity, and wet stone minerality on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $43.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Neuenberg

Lauer's portion of Neuenberg is located on the flank of the Kupp closer to the base of the slope. Piquant, with vibrant red grapefruit, tangerine, and apricot notes that continue onto the palate followed by ripe mango, peach candy, yuzu and orange zest with ginger spice on the lengthy finish. Complex and fruity with great tension! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 22 in stock
  • $53.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 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. 2016 marks the third vintage (second as Kabinett) from this predominately southeast-facing site where large pieces of gray slate litter the ground between the vines. Wisps of honeycrisp apple, key lime zest, nectarine, kiwi, and tiny white blossoms fill the nose, the palate is young and fresh, with cool minerality balancing the silky lime and kumquat oils, juicy tangerine, bitter pollen and green apple candy on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 23 in stock
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  • white off-dry
  • 16 in stock
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  • Biodynamic
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  • 2 in stock
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Müller-Catoir 1991 Pfalz Haardter Herrenletten Gewürztraminer Eiswein 375 ml

What to serve with all sorts of warming, rich, spiced desserts? Gewürztraminer Eiswein! Grown on loamy soils with limestone and clay in the Haardter Herrenletten, left to freeze in the winter and harvested with an intense level of sugars and acidity. We were lucky to grab some of these from a private cellar, but haven't been able to try them yet! However, all signs point to this bottle being an awesome pairing for the sweeter end of your holiday table! Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
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  • 13 in stock
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Schaefer, Willi 2016 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10

The AP numbers chosen by the Schaefer family reflect a style rather than a specific vineyard plot, with the #10 often having a bit less concentration than #5 and a bit more lift and minerality. This year's #10 boasts ginger spice with a touch of white flowers on the nose, the wine is both juicy and mineral, with linear flavors of green mango and apple--a bit tight to open now, this bottle should age wonderfully!! Cari Bernard 

  • white medium-sweet
  • 14 in stock
  • $42.99

Schaefer, Willi 2016 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10 1.5 L

The AP numbers chosen by the Schaefer family reflect a style rather than a specific vineyard plot, with the #10 often having a bit less concentration than #5 and a bit more lift and minerality. This year's #10 boasts ginger spice with a touch of white flowers on the nose, the wine is both juicy and mineral, with linear flavors of green mango and apple-- a bit tight to open now, this bottle should age wonderfully!! Cari Bernard 

  • white medium-sweet
  • 1 in stock
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  • 12 in stock
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Spindler, Heinrich 2014 Pfalz Pechstein Riesling Trocken

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

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $41.99

Vetter 2014 Franken Sylvaner Rosenrain

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

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $76.99

  • Organic

Vollenweider 2015 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Goldgrube Auslese GK

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

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $98.99

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  • 2 in stock
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  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
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Italy Piedmont

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Brovia 2013 Barolo

One of the standouts of the fabulous Brovia 2013s is the Barolo; that is, the Barolo Classico; the ‘straight’ Barolo; the Barolo Normale (a term that producers don’t care for). In the classic manner, Brovia’s Barolo is a blend of 5 sites, each of which brings its character and thus complexity to what is a particularly good bottle of wine. The development of single-vineyard bottlings in Piedmont has been hugely important for our appreciation and understanding of the individual vineyards, but we sometimes miss out because we are distracted by their prestige, while there are blended wines that are every bit as good – and in the case of this wine – better than most other producers top wines. This one is very fine, with great lift, lovely subtle fruit, and ripe tannins. It’s medium to full-bodied and showing quite rich; like the other 2013s it’s a wine for the cellar. Jamie Wolff

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Principiano, Ferdinando 2013 Barolo Ravera

The Ravera 2013 is very aromatic with great balance between fruit and savory / floral / herbal. It has pronounced grip, but the tannins are elegant. Another excellent wine for the cellar. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic

Principiano, Ferdinando 2013 Barolo Serralunga

Ferdinando Principiano is part of the next generation in Barolo who are guaranteeing that our kids and grandkids are ensured a supply of brilliant wines (some of the others on my short list are the Brovia family, Mario Fontana, Giacomo Fenocchio, Elio Sandri, Fabio Alessandria at Burlotto, Gianni Canonica – not kids, but experienced wine makers in their prime). I’ve told the story before about how around 2008 Ferdinando completely changed course from making full-on modern style wine to full-on traditional wines, which is a courageous move under any circumstance, and one which is yielding beautiful wines. And beautiful vines: his vineyards are also gorgeous.The Barolo is a blend of fruit from Boscaretto, Baudana, and Leirano – all Serralunga vineyards. It’s very good indeed, harmonious and balanced, with lovely fruit, fine tannin, and surprisingly accessible (when tasted in May 2017). Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 14 in stock
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  • Organic

Produttori del Barbaresco 1970 Barbaresco

Black cherry and kirsch flavors are underlined by subtle hints of bresaola, dark chocolate, and fresh earth. It's not a powerful vintage, but nevertheless impresses with its lightness, litheness, and elegance (2/28/16).  Jonas Mendoza

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $99.99

Produttori del Barbaresco 1975 Barbaresco

Brambly black cherry with undertones of black raisin and sweet dirt. Quite developed with secondary/tertiary notes of hoisin, dried mushroom, and dried meat. After 40 years, it still has plenty of structure and only started to reveal itself after being double-decanted eight hours earlier (1/17/17)! Jonas Mendoza

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  • 1 in stock
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Produttori del Barbaresco 1980 Barbaresco

Medium ruby color with hints of brick on rim. Black cherry and black tea flavors with prominent notes of hoisin and balsamic. Quite along its development, but still has firm tannins and resonant acidity (1/17/17). Jonas Mendoza

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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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Fornacina 2012 Brunello di Montalcino

The 2012 Brunello from Fornacina is another exciting vintage of one of my favorite producers in the region.  The estate was certified organic in 2004 and only produces the Brunello from their own grapes in a traditional style: native yeast fermentation, raised in Slavonian botti for 3 years, and rested in bottle for 1 year.  The wine shows deep, ripe cherry fruit on the nose with notes of tobacco and rosemary. It shows  interesting contrast on the palate with chewy tannins and rich flavors of tar and moist earth lifted by bright acidity and a distinct mineral tone on the finish.  A lovely wine now with a short decant, this will continue to age for many years to come. Try it with leg of lamb, grilled steak, or especially rich pasta dishes. Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $84.99

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $99.99

Lecci e Brocchi 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Chiorba

From very old vines (replanted in 2015), this is very much in the same mold as the Chianti – and was vinified identically – but is considerably deeper and rounder without any additional wood, alcohol, or extract – just a direct expression of the old vines. I think this is remarkable – it strikes a fascinating balance between palate-enveloping darker fruit and finesse. Really a super wine. Jamie Wolff 

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $11.99

Monte Bernardi 2013 Sa'etta

Sa’etta is a cuvee 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 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
  • 18 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 52 in stock
  • $26.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $99.99

Italy White

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

Agnanum 2016 Campania Falanghina Sabbia Vulcanica

Falanghina seems to be one of the great success stories of southern Italy, emerging from relative obscurity despite being a truly ancient variety into a nearly ubiquitous staple on the market. That has lead regrettably (and predictably) to any number of wines that fail to show the real virtues of the grape. Agnanum Falanghina is anything but predictable; produced from terraced vineyards of own-rooted vines ranging in age from 10 to 60 years old, possible only because of the particular soil of the area, the wine is pure and piercingly mineral. The nose is tart, showing pithy lemon and orange with delicate white florals, notes of mint and lemon balm and a characteristic hint of peach pit. The wine is almost airy on the palate with a fairly soft texture and fresh acidity showing a more deliberately stone fruit character of yellow peach and fresh apricot with a delicate saline finish. it is an obvious match to simple fish dishes but would be equally suited to a wide range of food: try it with goats milk cheese, olives, chicken, or egg dishes. Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $16.99

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

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

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $28.99

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

Chiesa, Carlo 2015 Roero Arneis Quin

Chiesa’s Arneis comes from a parcel of old vines that were planted in the early 1960s in sandy soil on a steep south-eastern exposure. The grapes are hand harvested, very gently pressed to avoid over-extraction, and fermented with ambient yeast in stainless steel. The wine shows a gold straw hue in the glass with rich notes of spiced pears, white peach, mandarin orange with pleasant hints of chlorophyll and a just a touch of almond flowers on the nose. The wine is full bodied, with a soft creamy texture brightened by focused acidity, drawing a delicate balance of ripe fruit without being perfumed or cloying. I think it would suit soft cheeses or rich egg dishes especially well, but Arneis can be paired widely; try it with everything from light vegetable dishes to pork chops or grilled chicken. Of course, Arneis is a pleasure to drink all on its own. Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $13.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

La Bettigna 2015 Colli di Luni Vermentino

Bettigna Vermentino is a classic example of the grape from a region known for Vermentino (or is it known for Pigato?): the Colli di Luni straddling the border of Liguria and Tuscany. Fairly deep and golden in the glass, the nose is dense with ripe stone fruit and golden apples with subtle notes of honeysuckle and thyme and a whiff of zesty citrus.  Medium weight on the palate with real focus, the acidity and mineral tones of the wine make the fruit seem leaner but in a refreshing way with a saline and slightly bitter finish.  Fairly bracing by itself, the wine shines with food; it would suit flounder simply fried, skate with pesto, or any delicate fish quite well.  Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

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

Massa Vecchia 2013 Maremma IGT Ariento Vermentino

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after August 7th. 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic

Oltretorrente 2014 Timorasso Colli Tortonese

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

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Orto di Venezia 2014 Sant'Erasmo Bianco

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

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $29.99

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

  • white fortified sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $9.99

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $17.99

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

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  • 48 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

Kosher

  • red kosher
  • 8 in stock
  • $62.99

  • red kosher
  • 30 in stock
  • $20.99

  • white kosher
  • 42 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red sweet kosher
  • 18 in stock
  • $5.99

  • white kosher
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

  • red kosher
  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red kosher
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

Loire

Batardiere 2015 Anjou Clos des Cocus

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

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2014 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

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 permitted a tiny separate production from franc de pied vines, now mostly deceased) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. Fermentation in wooden cuves, 12 months of aging in two to five year-old barriques, 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 2014, the Baudrys produced superb wines with perfect balance and lovely, pure fruit. Their precise vinifications, matched to each different terroir, with no new oak, minimal sulfur, and elevage of the right length and in the right barrel, foudre or vat, gave elegant and delicous results. The 2014 Clos Guillot is a black/purple color with red rim, showing intense aromas of red currant, boysenberry, blackberry, fines herbs, citrus and stone with hints of dark chocolate and musk. The palate shows bright, lush, sappy red and black fruits with bright acidity lifting the flavors and coating the palate with citrusy red fruits, saline minerals and wet stone.  Beautiful wine! Case quantities are possible, but don't delay. DL

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2015 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

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, 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. The 2015 Le Clos Guillot is absolutely beautiful, showing elegant aromas of blackberry liqueur, violets, stone and roast meat, a bit darker than Les Grézeaux, lovely and ethereal. The palate is dense and silky with blackberry and black raspberry fruit, ripe and sapid, perfectly balanced and bright with a firm mineral core. The finish is long and pure. While this is beautiful now, cellaring of seven to ten years should reveal a profound mature wine, then drink until 2035+  David Lillie

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2015 Chinon Les Grézeaux

From  60 year-old Cabernet Franc vines on a gravel soil over sandy clay and limestone at the bottom of the hill of Sonnay in Cravant. Aged 12 months in 3 to 5 year-old barrels.  Dark black/purple color with quite floral blackberry and strawberry aromas, with a bit of earth, spice and citrus. Very silky and supple on the palate ("We don't extract anymore" said Matthieu) with stony black fruits, meaty, chalky and long. Good acidity in the finish with graphite and velvety black fruits, quite elegant and closer to the 2014 in style than the other cuvées. This is a lovely "Les Grézeaux" and is highly recommended for early drinking or ten to fifteen years of cellaring.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2016 Chinon Croix Boissée Blanc

From a tiny parcel in La Croix Boissée, with 15 to 25 year-old Chenin vines on thin sandy clay soils over limestone. Slow fermentation in 500 liter tonneaux until "sec" - under 2 grams per liter of residual sugar. The 2016 shows aromas of green pear, citrus, almond, lime-flower and stone, more subtle than the riper 2015. The palate is dry and elegant with almond and white fruit flavors backed with firm acidity and mineral flavors. This is an stylish young Chenin Blanc that will accompany any mild-flavored seafood dish, or cellar ten to fifteen years for a more complex experience.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $56.99

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2011 Bourgueil Les Perrieres

Tasted twice in February 2016 and 2017, the 2011 Les Perrières has impressed both times with it's structure and complexity, showing dense, deep earthy red fruits with meaty and herbal notes. There is ample tannin for aging, but there is good ripeness that opens up nicely with decanting. This superb Bourgueil will accompany grilled pork and beef and full-flavored cheeses. Decant 3 to 4 hours in advance if serving now, or cellar - best perhaps 2020 to 2030. DL

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2011 Chinon Saint-Louans

From 30 to 45 year-old vines on beautiful clay/limestone terroir in Saint-Louans, on slopes above the Vienne. The 2011 Saint-Louans received 30 months of aging in used barrels. This is an elegant wine, very marked by the limestone  and rounded nicely by the extended aging.  The aromas are complex and lovely with slightly spicy red fruit and earth tones. The palate is balanced with delicacy and power, indicating long aging potential. Carafe if drinking now, best perhaps 2025 - ?

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2014 Bourgueil Clos Sénéchal

The Clos Sénéchal is a south-facing mid-slope vineyard, with soils of clay and limstone over the Turonian limeston bedrock. The vines are 35 to 50 years old, replaced slowly by massale selection. The grapes are hand-harvested into 20 kilo crates, there is a three-week alcoholic fermentation with wild yeasts, no added SO2. Two year elevage in Grenier foudres with minimal SO2 added before bottling. The 2014 is a superb example of Clos Sénéchal showing a deep red/black color and aromas of ripe blackberry and cassis with earth, violet, pepper, spiced citrus and animal notes. The palate is deep and ripe with fantastic density of fruit but perfectly balanced with firm acidity at only 12.5% alcohol. There is a fine-grained, intense texture with pure black fruits, earth, graphite and dark chocolate that continue in the long, focused finish. This is a wine of earth and elegance that is enjoyable in its youth, decanting advised - or hold for 5 to 8 years, perhaps best 2025 to 2040 and beyond. Save your money on C*** R******* and put some Clos Sénéchal in your cellar!

  • red
  • 66 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2014 Bourgueil Nuits D'Ivresse (No SO2)

One of our favorite Loire reds, the Breton Nuits D'Ivresse is a selection of old vines on terroirs of clay and limestone. The wine is vinified, aged and bottled without the addition of sulfur, preserving it's lovely fruit aroma. The 2014 Nuits d'Ivresse is simply sensational, showing the depth of fruit, balance and elegance of this great vintage for Loire reds. The wine shows a dark red/black color and gorgeous ripe aromas of strawberry and blackberry liqueur, a bit of musk, damp earth, violet and citrus peel, quite lovely and fresh. The palate is quite dense with meaty ripe berry fruit lifted by bright acidity and herbal notes. The finish is refreshing and long with black fruits, mineral flavors and citrusy acids. Serve cool - absolutely delicious now or cellar five to ten years. Epaulé Jeté!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 29 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Chaffardon 2011 Coteaux de L'Aubance Confiturine (Chenin Blanc) 375

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

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

Chevalerie 2012 Bourgueil Chevalerie

We're big fans of the Caslot family at Domane de la Chevalerie, who  make soulful Bourgueils from organic vineyards on their varied terroirs.  The Chevalerie vineyard is on mid-slope Turonian limestone with clay and alluvial sand and gravel topsoils, rich in silex; the vines average about 60 years of age. The lovely 2012 Chevalerie shows vivid aromas of berry liqueurs, bitter chocolate, earth and brown spice. The palate is dense and supple with ripe blackberry, cocoa, earth and mineral flavors balanced by cool acidity. The finish is long and lush with blackberry, prune, citrus and saline minerals. This is a lovely old-school Bourgueil to drink over the next 15 years - delicious now perhaps best from 2020 to 2025.

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Closel 2015 Savennières Les Caillardières

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

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $14.99

Coulaine 2014 Chinon La Diablesse

The Chateau de Coulaine has been in continuous production since 1300 (AD, that is) and is now directed by Etienne de Bonaventure who took charge in 1988 and quickly converted the domaine to organic and Biodynamic agriculture. Only available in the US at Chambers Street, the 2014 La Diablesse (named after Marie Madeleine de Vassé, Marquise de la Rochebousseau, known for her nasty temper and the murder of her brother-in-law in the time of Louis the Fifteen) is a beautiful old-vine Chinon from clay/limestone and sandy clay soils near "Les Picasses."  The wine shows the beautful fruit and perfect balance of the 2014 Chinons, with a bright red/black color and aromas of ripe raspberry with violet and spice, quite cool and vivid, with hints of earth and musk. The palate is dense and ripe but not at all heavy, at 12.5% alcohol, showing elegant red and black fruits with hints of menthol, graphite and earth; ending with firm acidity and mineral flavors in the long finish. This is a very pretty Chinon showing great depth and balance from the 40 to 80 year-old vines. Decant a few hours if drinking now, and serve a bit cool, best 2022 - 2032. Beautiful wine!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2014 Chinon Les Picasses

This is a sensational "les Picasses" from 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 tight, 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 age beautifully, best 2022 to 2035.    David Lillie

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Dauny 2016 Sancerre Rosé Pynoz

The Dauny Family has been farming vineyards in Sancerre since 1683, with Nicole and Christian Dauny being the 12th generation to make wine in this famed appellation. The vineyards were converted to organic agriculture in 1964 and the Daunys strive to work as naturally as possible in the vineyard as well as in the cellar. The rosé Pynoz comes from younger vines of Pinot Noir, and is quite a rich, full-bodied and textured expression of rosé. Dominated by red-fruit, strawberry, and under-ripe raspberry, there is a touch of herbaceousness and an underlying stony minerality that balances the wine. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Delmée-Martin 2015 Vin de France Patience (Chenin Blanc)

Beautiful dense and long expression of Chenin Blanc from around the Anjou appellation.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Delmée-Martin 2015 Vin de France Turbulence Pétillant Natural

Chenin Blanc ! Pet Nat! Two coworkers here thought we'd all been duped and it was cider from Normandy, but it's not... It's just a very appley expression of Chenin Blanc. Refreshing and dry, with maybe half a gram or 1 gram of residual sugar that rounds out the fruit and gives the wine a really pretty nose.   Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Didier Dagueneau 1997 Pouilly-Fume Pur Sang

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

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $179.99

Domaine du Fresche 2015 "Goeland" Sparkling Rosé (Cabernet/Grolleau)

Fresche bubbles! This is a blend of Cab and Grolleau, with no dosage. There's very subtle amount of fruit here, but it betrays it's rosey hue and drinks more like a sparkling white, with more stones and minerality than red fruit. It's totally dry, and refreshing, with a bit of structure in the back palate. All in all, a fantastic sparkling option for only $15!   Eben Lillie

  • rosé sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine du Fresche 2016 Rose de Loire Pinot Noir/Grolleau

"A Rosé Can Bloom in Winter, too" said Eric Asimov in the NY Times (Jan 26, 2011) and the Fresche 2016 Rosé de Loire is the perfect candidate. 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Grolleau, organic farming, wild yeast fermentation. Beautiful aromas of ripe raspberry, peach and rose with a hint of spice. The palate is lush and dense with raspberry and red currant liqueur backed with firm acidity and mineral flavors. The finish is long and lovely with ripe berry fruits and citrusy acids. This full-bodied rosé is insanely delicious and a great value. Serve with pork chops, roast chicken, middle eastern foods, salads and cheeses or just sip by itself.  DL

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ecu (Bossard & Van Herck) 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Granite

Guy Bossard is one of the heroes of French viticulture, having rejected modern chemical farming upon assuming the family estate, becoming certified organic in 1972, then progressing to Biodynamic farming in 1996. And this in a region where there was little recognition or financial reward for his intense work and the higher quality of his wines. Happily, Guy has been an inspiration for many growers in the region and is still producing superb wines, while in semi-retirement, with his new associate Fred Niger Van Herck.  The Domaine de l'Ecu  2015 "Granite" is particularly outstanding. As usual with this cuvée it's a bit musty and closed when first opened — decanting is advised — followed by aromas of lemon peel, dried pear, wet stone and lime-flower with hints of almond and petrol. The palate is dense and very long in this ripe vintage with intense stony flavors, pear, citrus and anis.  A bit more open and accessible than some vintages of Granite but with ample structure and acidity for aging — perhaps best 2020 to 2029. Serve this summer with oysters, cod and sole, then with richer dishes after the wine matures. Bravo to Guy and Fred! 

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Foreau (Domaine du Clos Naudin) 2005 Vouvray Demi-Sec

13.9% alcohol with 20 grams of residual sugar. A superbly elegant Vouvray that is drinking beautifully now. Subtle and lovely exotic fruit, citrus and honey aromas with hints of red fruits (reminiscent of the Chidaine "Les Bournais"). The palate is perfectly balanced with great acidity and mineral character holding up the sweet fruit. A great apéritif, or serve with lobster or perhaps with a great mild cheese or lemony desert... Highly recommended.

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

Fresche (Domaine du) 2015 Rose de Loire Pinot Noir/Grolleau

 The Domaine du Fresche is a certified organic estate in Anjou producing delightful, fresh, vivacious wines from Chenin, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Grolleau. This lovely rosé of Grolleau and Pinot Noir comes from hand-harvested fruit and is vinified with wild yeasts giving pretty aromas of ripe red currant, blood orange and strawberry. The palate shows silky, pure fruit - red currant with hints of watermelon and citrus and finishes with round red fruits and juicy acidity. A lovely wine and a great value. Thanks to Alain and Christine Bore at Domaine du Fresche! 

  • rosé
  • 12 in stock
  • $10.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $26.99

Grandes Vignes 2013 Bonnezeaux Le Malabé

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

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $20.99

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $14.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

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
  • 4 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

Guion 2015 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

This is a beautiful and economical choice for Thanksgiving - Cabernet Franc goes nicely with turkey and this young Bourgueil is just wonderful. (Be careful, however, with lovers of California Cabs, who might find it too acidic)  When we started with Stéphane Guion, selling the 2005 Cuvée Prestige, we referred to the Revue Vin de France article on this unknown domaine - "These are not fashionable wines, due to the dynamic acidity, but for those who love the flavors of terroir they are a priority discovery that are a credit to the Loire." Indeed, organic farming going back to 1965, and a regimen of shallow plowing that keeps soil ph low, gives Stephane's wines a unique bright acidity and high mineral content underlying the beautiful fruit of his old vines. And in 2015 there was gorgeous fruit in Chinon and Bourgueil, despite the late rains that softened the wines at some estates. The 2015 Cuvée Prestige, from forty to eighty year-old vines in parcels around Benais, is  a vibrant, joyous wine that shows a bright deep garnet color and elegant, ripe aromas of strawberry and red currant liqueur with hints of violet, dusty stone and black pepper. The palate is sapid and ripe but lifted by refreshing acidity, with lush berry liqueurs, saline minerals and citrus. The finish is long with lingering sappy fruit, earthy acidity and spice. Thanks to the Guion family for this soulful and delicious wine! (Aging potential of twenty to thirty years, but it's so delicious now that leaving it in the cellar will be difficult.)  David Lillie

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Huet 1996 Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut Lieu

Tasted February, 1997: "50 grams per liter residual sugar, 5.65 gr/l acidity. Big creamy, lemon, herbal, honeyed aromas, full on the palate with great acidity and length, perfect balance, will keep" Subsequent years have confirmed the unique character of 1996, a vintage with good ripeness but with very high acidity giving medium-bodied wines with superb elagance and freshness. While drinking beautifully now, this wine will keep for a long, long time...

  • white medium-sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white sweet
  • 26 in stock
  • $154.99

  • white sweet
  • 21 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $249.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $159.99

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $159.99

Huet 1996 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie

A great vintage for Huet's sweet wines — lacking the high sugars of 1997 but ripe enough and with perfect acidity which will carry them a long way. The Le Mont 1er Trie is just beginning to open up and would be great fun to drink now, but better yet, put it away for another 20 years and find a reason for living! 67 gr/l RS, 5.9 gr/l acid, 12.5 % alc. ("de très longue garde" says the Huet website!)

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $89.99

  • white sweet
  • 22 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white sweet
  • 17 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 75 years ahead of it. DL

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $149.99

Huet 2005 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie

85 grams/liter RS, 12.8 % Alc 50% Passerillage, 50% Botrytis. A lovely, balanced Moelleux that will age nicely, peak drinking probably 10 to 30 years away. Yummy now if you can't wait, a great wine.

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

Huet 2015 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux

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

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2015 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec

*This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.Le Haut-Lieu—The original Huët vineyard is nearly 9 hectares. It has the richest soils of the domaine’s three crus—a deep limestone-clay—and the wines are generally the estate’s most approachable. In some vintages, small quantities from nearby estate parcels may be added to Le Haut-Lieu." 2015 Le Haut Lieu: 13% alcohol, 6 grams/liter RS, 5.6 gr/l acidity.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $35.99

La Lunotte (Chistophe Foucher) 2015 Vin de France Haut Plessis (Menu Pineau)

Christophe Foucher at La Lunotte makes brilliant natural wines on his tiny estate in Coufy, near our friends at Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine. He practices uncompromising organic work in the vineyard and vinifies without sulfur and bottles by hand.This is a superb Menu Pineau, combining density of fruit with the unusual high-acid character of the grape. From very low-yielding vineyards above the Cher river, near St Aignan.  It's a richer style with more skin contact than those of Puzelat/Tue-Boeuf. Christophe transfers his wines from tank into small barrels as soon as the fermentation is under way, where they stay until bottling by hand without filtration. More of an "orange wine" in 2015, the wine shows complex aromas of citrus peel, pear, peach and almond with dried fruits and brown spice. The palate is ripe and full, with firm acidity, showing candied citrus, hay, ripe pear, apricot and stone with white fruits and minerals in the finish. This is an unusual and delicious natural wine - serve with fish or chicken in sauce, full-flavored sushi, and flavorful cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

La Lunotte (Christophe Foucher) 2015 Vin de France Les Rossignoux (Sauvignon Blan

Warning! This wine is not for everyone, but if you like natural wines that are outrageously delicious, complex and full of character, then you will love the Rossignoux 2015. From vines just east of the Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine. Pale gold color. Intriguing aromas of dried pear, quince, ripe melon, hay, lemon confit and white pepper. The palate is dense and ripe with pear, lemon, caramel and mineral flavors backed with firm acidity. The finish is long with citrus and white fuits. Zero SO2 and 100% delicious - another beautiful natural wine from Christophe Foucher! DL

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2014 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 2014 Ame D'Antan shows a deep black/garnet color with elegant aromas of ripe blackberry and strawberry with hints of violet, prune, citrus and crushed stone. The palate is dense but bright, with a silky texture, showing pure blackberry fruit with earth and licorice with firm mineral acidity. Good length with lingering berry and mineral flavors. Delicious now, it will age beautifully, probably best 2020 to 2030+. Highly recommended. DL

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Les Capriades NV Vin de France Méthode Ancestrale Pet'Sec

An austere, mineral-driven pet-nat from Pascal Potaire, "Les Capriades" is made mostly from Chenin Blanc and a touch of Cabernet Franc. Touraine's limestone soils are on full display in this bottling. Aromas of crushed seashells and lemon zest will have you craving oysters on cue. The body is crackling with vibrant, tart acidity and a crunchy mineral texture that ushers the citrus notes over to a beautiful sweet note that rounds everything into a powerful finish. A wonderful wine that we highly recommend. Amanda Bowman

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Liv Vincendeau 2014 "Gold" Methode Ancestrale 1.5L

This fun Vin Mousseaux (the general term for sparkling wine) has gained a following among Liv's neighbors in Rochefort-sur-Loire, for good reason: It's a delicious sparkling Chenin Blanc that is very easy on the wallet. Methode Ancestrale, from mostly younger vines and including grapes from a tiny parcel of old vines (planted in 1950) for extra character. It's dry, with an interesting texture and flavor profile reminiscent of raw honey. For the quality to price, it's pure gold

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Liv Vincendeau 2014 Crémant de Loire

This is Liv's exceptional Cremant de Loire, aged sur latte for 16 months, 100% Chenin Blanc from Schiste soils. It's Extra Brut, but tastes like a Brut Nature...clean and mineral with great density and a long finish. This was a hit when we opened it for an in-store tasting and is a welcome addition to our collection of Loire Valley sparkling wines.  Eben Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $72.99

Liv Vincendeau 2015 Anjou Le Raguenet (Chenin Blanc)

Classic dry Chenin from schist soils up above Rochefort-sur-Loire overlooking  the Loire river with the coulees of Savennieres visible in the distance. Liv combines grapes from her oldest vines (planted in 1940) and and her younger 10 year old vines, with great result. There's very pleasant and inviting fruit up-front, and with some time open, the wine reveals an impressive mineral backbone. For only the second vintage of this cuvée, Liv is doing a great job, and we're looking forward to drinking plenty of the Raguenet in the years to come!  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Liv Vincendeau 2016 Rosé de Loire L'Arpent du Saule Rosé

A blend of Cabernet Franc, Gamay and a touch of Grolleau. It's darker hued than many rosés, but totally dry, with a perfect amount of tannin in the finish - very subtle and not mouth coating, more the type you feel at the back of your tongue. With  some dark berry fruit and the lovely structure, it's an immediate shoe-in for pairing with food, including but not limited to any of your summer barbecues! Eben Lillie

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Liv Vincendeau NV Vin de France Mousseux "Gold" Methode Ancestrale

This fun Vin Mousseaux (the general term for sparkling wine) has gained a following among Liv's neighbors in Rochefort-sur-Loire, for good reason: It's a delicious sparkling Chenin Blanc that is very easy on the wallet. Methode Ancestrale, from mostly younger vines and including grapes from a tiny parcel of old vines (planted in 1950) for extra character. It's dry, with an interesting texture and flavor profile reminiscent of raw honey. For the quality to price, it's pure gold!  Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 38 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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

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

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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

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

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $33.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

Pépière 2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

Domaine de la Pépière lost most of their crop to frost in 2016 but was able to produce this excellent Muscadet using grapes normally reserved for the Clisson, Château Thébaud and Monnières-Saint Fiacre cuvées as well as fruit purchased from neighboring parcels, harvested and selected by Pépière. (This is the only wine from Pépière in 2016 except for a small amount of Clos des Briords and Gras Moutons.) The 2016 La Pépie shows classic Muscadet aromas of pear, citrus peel, almond and stone with a bit of lime-flower. The palate is dense, with nice ripeness, balanced with firm stony acidity, with flavors of dried pear, citrus, stone and white pepper and finishing with good length of citrusy acids and saline minerals. This is a serious Muscadet that echos the characteristics of the estate's top cuvées. The domaine lost almost 85% of the crop in 2016, but the small amount of wine they did produce is lovely.  Our thanks to Marc, Remi and Gwènaëlle for this delicious and well-priced Muscadet.

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Ch.Thébaud "Clos des Morines"

For those who want a dryer style wine on Thanksgiving, this lovely Muscadet is opening up nicely and has the right weight and density to match  the turkey and sides. (And the superb new 2015  Luneau-Papin "Vera Cruz" would be lovely as well)   The Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines" comes from old vines on a beautiful vineyard sloping down towards the river. The granite here is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way. 2009 and 2010 here were among the best of the vintage in Muscadet and the 2012 is outstnding as well from this somewhat difficult low-yielding vintage. More austere than the previous vintages, the 2012 shows subtle aromas of dried pear, herbs, citrus, almond and stone, quite subtle and elegant. The palate has excellent weight and concentration with firm acidity, without the forward fruit of the 2009 - very tight and mineral in style with terrific length. Fabulous served now with oysters, ceviche of cod, flounder and sole, and grilled fish, This should age beautifully for 20 years and more. Highly recommended. Tasted again in December of 2016, this beautiful Muscadet is beginning to open up a bit, with lovely fruit appearing in the aromas and palate, really drinking well, though obviously a wine that will benefit from another five years of aging, best perhaps 2022 - 2030.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $23.49

  • Organic

Pépière 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Ch.Thébaud 1.5 L

The Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines" comes from old vines on a beautiful vineyard sloping down towards the river. The granite here is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way. 2009 and 2010 here were among the best of the vintage in Muscadet and the 2012 is outstnding as well from this somewhat difficult low-yielding vintage. More austere than the previous vintages, the 2012 shows subtle aromas of dried pear, herbs, citrus, almond and stone, quite subtle and elegant. The palate has excellent weight and concentration with firm acidity, without the forward fruit of the 2009 - very tight and mineral in style with terrific length. Fabulous served now with oysters, ceviche of cod, flounder and sole, and grilled fish, This should age beautifully for 20 years and more. Highly recommended. Tasted again in December of 2016, this beautiful Muscadet is beginning to open up a bit, with lovely fruit appearing in the aromas and palate, really drinking well, though obviously a wine that will benefit from another five years of aging, best perhaps 2022 - 2030.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $64.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $26.99