Alsace

Beck-Hartweg 2016 Alsace Grand Cru Frankstein Riesling

This is a memorable Riesling from two parcels in the Grand Cru of Frankstein, which rests above the town of Dambach-la-Ville on a fault of granite. Frauenberg is a parcel that gives small berries that Florian and Mathilde find to have great concentration and intense acidity. This is blended with fruit from the Pflanzer parcel, which has less intensity and provides more delicate character to the blend. There is less intense dryness here than with the 2015 vintage, which translates to a bit more ripeness and body. Quite reductive and 'petroly' on the nose upon opening, but give it time, and something ethereal and quite enjoyable emerges. The first bottle I opened stateside was forgotten in my fridge for about a week, and I was greatly impressed with how lovely it was 7 days after opening! Definitely a young wine, but a very pure and age-worthy wine nonetheless. Guaranteed there's enough acidity and mineral sharpness from the granitic soils for this natural wine to age gracefully without fear of bacterial issues developing.    -EL

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2008 Alsace Au Bout du Sentier

Though this Riesling was produced before the Hausherrs converted to Biodynamic farming and started making natural wines, it is proof that I actually do love varietal wines from Alsace and I don't mind a little added SO2! The wine was fermented in stainless steel, and bottled with 20 mg/l of SO2. Soils here are a mix of marl and sandstone with north-west exposition. It's a very classic Alsace Riesling, with notes of petrol and passion fruit. There's lovely ripeness here, balanced by zippy acidity, and subtle oxidative notes. -EL

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2014 Alsace Blanc de Noir

This is a special bottling that the Hausherrs made from a difficult 2014 harvest. Mildew had created problems with their tiny plot of Pinot Noir, so they made a Blanc de Noirs from their miniscule 0.3 hectares. They then aged the wine for 4 years in a large barrel. The result is a deep golden, slightly oxidative and remarkably expressive wine, with notes of butterscotch and creme brûlée. -EL

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2017 Alsace Aussitôt Bue

Aussitôt Bue is a blend of Pinot Auxerrois* and Sylvaner, with a small amount of Tokai Pinot Gris, from an east-facing parcel on sandstone terroir. Notes of white melon, lemon curd, and lychee, with a touch of fleshiness on the palate. A friendly wine, and a great aperitif sipper.  -EL*I ask every Alsace producer what the difference is between Pinot Blanc and  Auxerrois, and Hubert had some insight on the matter! As he explained, Auxerrois typically has lower acidity than its close cousin Pinot Blanc, but is known for lovely  aromatics, while Pinot Blanc is greener and less beautiful aromatically.

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2017 Alsace Copains Comme Raisins

This is a skin-contact offering from Hubert and Heidi Hausherr. A blend of Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, Auxerrois, and Riesling, with 21 days of maceration. Because the grapes were left intact (whole-cluster), the tannic structure here is very subtle. Hubert says the Riesling provides pretty acidity, and I believe the Pinot Gris lent color and spice. Of all the Hausherr wines, this is the only one I would recommend drinking in one sitting. It seems to lose it's freshness and lift after several hours, and some bacterial notes emerge. Their still whites, however, are well worth trying over several days!  -EL

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2017 Alsace La Colline Céleste

Colline Céleste is a wine made from a coplantation of Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris from the Eischberg Grand Cru, which is a south and east exposed vineyard of marl and limestone. The "berg" in Eischberg is Alsatian for "hill" (colline in French) and Céleste is the name of their grandfather.  Hubert explained that the fermentation stopped with 10 grams of sugar remaining, so they waited 5 or 6 months to see if the yeast might finish the job. It didn't change much so they bottled at 9 grams RS. The blend here is dominated by the Gewurztraminer in percentage and aromatics. Lovely floral and white pepper notes, with a long, spicy finish. Though it isn't 100%, if anyone out there likes a good dry Gewurztraminer, this is most definitely worth a try!   -EL

  • white off-dry
  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2017 Alsace Le Sentier au Sud

A blend of Riesling and Pinot Gris from marl and sandstone soils. This wine was a treat to taste over several hours and maintained it's freshness and energy into the second day. Notes of lemon verbena, and stone fruit.  Pinot Gris gives some heft and power but it's very delicate and round. Riesling provides straight acidity and melon fruit. This is a great example of a natural wine that is first and foremost complex and terroir-driven. The detail of it's lack of filtration or sulfur addition is important and noteworthy of course, but it does not define the wine or predict how complete and well-made it is. -EL

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Australia

Ben Haines 2016 Warramunda Volta Brackets Marsanne

Ben Haines is on a mission to showcase "magic dirt" from around Yarra Valley, Australia, particularly focusing on vineyards with Rhône varieties. This Marsanne is from the Warramumba vineyard made up of clay, sandstone, and mudstone. The soil really comes through on the nose with this wine, and certainly on the palate with its mineral texture. The wine goes through a long fermentation and is then aged in 10% new oak, the rest in neutral barrels, with 14 months on the lees. It only goes through 10% malolactic conversion which allows this Marsanne to maintain a good amount of acidity to balance the rich, mouth-coating texture. This is a great pairing for roast poultry or creamy pasta dishes, and it does well with some time in a decanter to let it open up. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Sam Vinciullio 2018 Margaret River, Western Austra Cow Town Red

This is the Australian Shiraz I always hoped for! Sam Vinciullo has been making wine under his own label since 2015, and as of last year is farming all of the vines himself. His vines are own-rooted, dry-farmed, and farmed with the use of chemicals only as a very last resort. The vineyard is located in Margaret River, near the town of Cowaramup (hence the name "Cow Town") on mostly sandy soil with pockets of gravel and ironstone. The "Cow Town Red" is a bottling of 100% Shiraz fermented and aged, like all of his wines, with no oak used, no additives (including sulfur), and no filtering or temperature control. The nose of this wine sends you immediately to Australia with notes of eucalyptus and sandalwood, followed by ripe plum, violets and crushed black pepper. Because of the use of concrete barrels instead of oak, and without using pump-overs, the wine remains vibrant and clean, while retaining density and a silky texture. There is plenty to contemplate in this wine on its own, but it will also make an excellent pairing for charred, grilled proteins and herbaceous sauces. Michelle DeWyngaert 

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Austria

Altenburger, Markus 2015 Burgenland Blaufränkisch 'Gritschenberg'

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

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic

Altenburger, Markus 2017 Burgenland Neuburger Betont Unfiltered

Neuburger. Once relegated to the level of pallid blending grape and a variety that has seen a stark decrease of planted hectarage, there has been an increase of really compelling wines being made solely with this humble crossing of Roter Veltliner and Sylvaner. Markus Altenburger works to preserve and continue producing beautiful wines with autochthonous varieties. These 'local' grapes take well to the Burgenland climate and soils, and Markus has some really great sites within the Leithaberg DAC, northwest of the Neusidlersee. Here soils can range from shell limestone and slate to schist, gneiss, and loam. 'Betont' is a play on words, translating to 'pronounced', while also referencing the german word 'beton', which is concrete. 80% of the grapes are destemmed and left on the skins for five days before spontaneously fermenting and aging together in concrete egg with the remaining 20% that was whole bunch macerated for two weeks. The wine stays on the lees until being bottled unfined, unfiltered, with very low sulfur addition. A really fun mix of minty herbaceouness and tropical fruitiness on the nose, there's just a slight tack from the skin contact woven into the savory leesiness, pears, yellow apples on the medium-weight palate. A delightful wine! Cari Bernard *bottle photo courtesy Schatzi website

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Altenburger, Markus 2017 Burgenland Rosé vom Kalk

Organically-farmed Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt grown on limestone (kalk) soils outside of the town of Jois in Burgenland, fermented and aged in stainless steel tank. Cherries, strawberries, cinnamon, and florals on the nose, the palate is refreshing with notes of juicy raspberries, ripe strawberries, and a lactic creaminess balanced by crisp minerality. Fresh and fun, pair with a large helping of moules-frites, a rare tuna burger, fried chicken, you name it! Cari Bernard *bottle photo courtesy Schatzi website

  • rosé
  • 16 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Alzinger 2018 Wachau Hollerin Riesling Smaragd

Hollerin has fairly large terraces, with loam and Gföhler gneiss soil. Sometimes thought to be the softer counterpart to nearby Höhereck this is definitely the case in 2018. Delicate florals mingle with yellow apple, nectarine and apricots showing a more gentle acidity than previous vintages. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

Frischengruber 2016 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Ried Zanzl

Ried Zanzl is a northwest-facing vineyard that abuts the Dunkelstein forest. This cooler site is also home to deep gneiss and loess topsoils, with gravel, mica, and amphibolite below. A great vineyard to grow Grüner Veltliner, which can draw lots of water and ripen slowly, Zanzl is usually the last site Georg Frischengruber will harvest. The grapes are delicately pressed and natural fermentation is low and slow in neutral oak barrel. The wine will age on the lees until the following summer. Fantastic density balanced by a vibrant acid structure, notes of green strawberries, apricots, mango, and ripe nectarine with saline freshness. Cari Bernard *bottle photo courtesy Schatzi website

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Hirsch 2014 Kamptal Renner Grüner Veltliner

Renner sits at the base of the Kammerner Gaisberg, soils here are a mix of limestone and sandy loam on top of loess and mica schist with alluvial deposits. Cellar info paraphrased from the Skurnik website: whole cluster pressed, natural yeast fermentation and aging in a mix of stainless tank and large format, neutral oak barrel with lees contact until just a few months before bottling. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Hirsch 2018 Niederosterreich Grüner Veltliner Hirschvergnügen

Delightfully fruity but balanced with refreshing acidity, this year's Hirschvergnügen comes from all estate fruit, hand-harvested, ambient fermentation and aging occurs in stainless steel. Bursting with tropical citrus fruits, green apples, and the slightest touch of herbal spice. This is a great Grüner to pair with lighter fare. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 52 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Hirtzberger 2001 Wachau Rotes Tor Gruner Veltliner Federspiel

Paraphrased from the Weygandt website: Rotes Tor is a reference to a gate in the town wall that was red with blood during the Swedish Wars (1630). Vines here are on average 25 years old, planted on a mix of gneiss, mica, schist, and brown soil. The Vinea Wachau website says that the 2001 vintage made for Grüner Veltliners with "great density and concentration."

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

Hirtzberger 2015 Wachau Grüner Veltliner Rotes Tor Federspiel

2015 was a very warm vintage, with drought conditions during the summer months, followed by intermittent rains later in the harvest. Although wines were on the more concentrated and ripe side, acidity still remained fairly fresh for the vintage. Paraphrased from the Weygandt website: Rotes Tor is a reference to a gate in the town wall that was red with blood during the Swedish Wars (1630). Vines here are on average 25 years old, planted on a mix of gneiss, mica, schist, and brown soil.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $64.99

Hofer 2018 Weinviertel Grüner Veltliner (1 Liter)

This certified organic liter of Grüner Veltliner is always a good choice for parties of all sizes (including a party of one). I was pleasantly surprised to find the Hofer was showing delightful freshness in such a warm vintage. Tasty and fresh, piquant notes of preserved lemon and lime rind, green peppercorn and green mango with a saline touch that begs another sip! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 43 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Joiseph 2017 Gemischter Satz Mischkultur

'Joiseph' is the project of three friends (Richard Artner, Xandl Kagl and Luka Krawmann), started in 2015 in the town of Jois, north of the Neusidlersee in Burgenland. They've slowly been acquiring great parcels (now with close to six hectares in total), farming organically with some biodynamic leanings. We were drawn to their 'Mischkultur': a mix of Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling, Neuburger, Muskateller, and Traminer from two separate parcels, with vines ranging from 10 to nearly 100 years in age, on limestone and slate soils. Not sure what the skin contact time is on this, but the wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with very low levels of sulfur added. White cherries and almond cream on the nose, the medium-bodied palate has a beautiful play between texture and juicy pineapple with a more bitter almond note over apple tart tatin, and white flowers. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jurtschitsch 2018 Kamptal Mon Blanc

A new arrival from Alwin and Stefanie Jurtschitsch in the Kamptal, 'Mon Blanc' is a blend of Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Gelber Muskateller and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) from the Loiserberg vineyard (cooler site, glimmerschiefer and loess, certified organic since 2009). About two weeks of skin contact, spontaneous fermentation in open-top wooden vats, aging is in 600L old oak barrel, the wine is unfined and unfiltered with a small amount of SO2 added only at bottling. High-tones of lemon zest and herbs with peaches on the nose, the wine is refreshing and tart with just a hint of texture framing white florals, lemon juice, apricot and chamomile. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Knoll 2000 Wachau Schütt Riesling Smaragd

Paraphrased from information on the Vinea Wachau website: Schütt is a mostly southfacing vineyard near the town of Dürnstein of about 5.5 hectares, some of which is terraced. Deep gneiss, with sand and rocks helping with drainage. In general, in the Wachau, 2000 made for ripe wines with ageing potential.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

Knoll 2001 Wachau Gruner Veltliner Smarag Ried Loibenberg

White pepper and black fruit – what a combo! And distinctly nutty/grainy aromas as well. A rich, peachy, totally dry white wine, with creamy texture and great length. Fascinating and delicious wine that goes well with a great many foods – a great match for Asian spices, for instance. JW Nearly 15 years on from the vintage, Knoll's 2001 Loibenberg GV is a quite impressive wine, with the peachy flavors Jamie first wrote about years ago having mostly receded, leaving in their place a citric, herbaceous Grüner with telltale aromas and flavors of nuts, grains and lentils. Knoll's wines age wonderfully, retaining freshness and loads of character, even after their obvious, forward fruit has faded. Still youthful but showing quite well and promises to unfold more over the next 5-10 years. John Ritchie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $119.99

Knoll 2001 Wachau Schütt Grüner Veltliner Smaragd

Paraphrased from info available on the Vinea Wachau website: Schütt is a mostly southfacing vineyard near the town of Dürnstein of about 5.5 hectares, some of which is terraced. Deep gneiss, with sand and rocks helping with drainage. Grüners in this vintage had the ability to hang long enough to gain lush density.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

Lackner-Tinnacher 2018 Südsteiermark Sauvignon Blanc

Lackner-Tinnacher may be new to us, but the family-run estate has been making wine since 1770, with Katharina Tinnacher now at the helm (since 2010). The estate has been organically certified since 2013, and this is a large undertaking, as the vineyards are steep and the region sees three times the amount of rain in an average year than the rest of the Austrian wine regions, so disease pressure is very high. The Gamlitz Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from three vineyards: Eckberg, Steinbach, and Türken. The five different types of massale selection Sauvignon Blanc they have planted have been selected for both their aromatic qualities and lower yields. Everything is hand-harvested, fermentation is spontaneous in stainless tank and the wine spends eight months in tank on the lees before bottling. The aromatics skew away from pyrazines, and more towards wildflowers, white fruits, and anise, the palate is at first saline and fresh, followed by a soft, and densely fruity reflection of the warmth of 2018, with lush apples and yellow apricots rounding out the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Meinklang 2018 Burgenland Weßer Mulatschak

A blend of Welschriesling, Grauburgunder, and Traminer biodynamically grown on a rocky loam soils. Hand-harvested, the grapes macerate for about a week followed by spontaneous fermentation and aging in stainless tank on the lees. The wine is unfined, unfiltered, and only 25 mg/L of SO2 is added before bottling. A nice balance of florals, apricot, slightly oxidized apple, and savory leesiness with just a whisper of texture. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 39 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Muthenthaler, Martin 2017 Wachau Riesling Bruck

Martin Muthenthaler is part of the small cadre of winemakers in the Wachau that are eschewing the Vinea Wachau system to focus on organic farming and wines that shy away from the lush (and at sometimes Baroque) style that made the valley internationally famous. Winemakers like Peter Veyder-Malberg, Andreas & Maria Harm, and Martin Muthenthaler have been painstakingly tending to these legendary (often terraced) vineyards with a new vision: to preserve historical terroir and care for the land through bio farming, producing vibrant wines of place, unencumbered by having to adhere to a style profile dictated by the Vinea. Martin once worked as a mechanic and truck driver for what is now called Domäne Wachau. In 2006 he took control of his family's ~3 hectares of vines in the Spitzer Graben, the coolest part of the Wachau valley. Here he's been able to rehab the terraces and through meticulous handwork, has converted to organic farming. The Bruck vineyard is S/SW in orientation, with steep, stone terraces rising to up to 480 m in elevation with orthogneiss/schist/granite soils, vines in Martin's parcels are about 50 years old. Fermentation is spontaneous with wild yeasts, and all aging is in stainless tank with long lees contact (8 months). Electric green strawberries and peach blossoms flood the nose, the palate has a balance between crystalline acidity and a concentrated density with tangy lemon and just ripe stone fruits; a beautiful representation of Bruck! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic

Nikolaihof 2015 Wachau Grüner Veltliner Im Weingebirge Smaragd

Im Weingebirge is quite possibly one of the oldest central European vineyards on record, with references to St. Severin's time spent in the vineyard in 470CE. It's only fitting that one of the oldest estates in Europe would have vines here, and that the Grüner Veltliners produced from this site are some of the most singular and unique we've tasted in recent years. 2015 is the current release of Im Weingebirge Smaragd in the US, and what an interesting bottle this was! Fresh mint and root beer waft through the nose. Surprisingly ethereal for a Smaragd from a warmer vintage, with tart green apple and just ripe apricot lifting the palate. Beautiful! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $71.99

  • Biodynamic

Nikolaihof 2018 Wachau Neuburger

Leave it to Biodynamic farming pioneers Nikolaihof to make a Neuburger that's actually complex and compelling; to turn our attention back to this often overlooked variety, commonly lost to blends or diluted by over-producing vines. Floral tea and tropical white fruit glides softly along the palate lifted by some Fuji apple acidity on the lengthy finish. So good! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Biodynamic

Pittnauer 2015 Burgenland Pittnauski

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

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Quantum Winery 2011 Ein Quantum Sonntag Geschlossen Grüner Veltliner

Sonntag Geschlossen (“Closed on Sundays”) is a collaboration between Florian Schuhmann and his friend Marcus Sonntag. The story goes that Marcus had been farming his family’s two hectares of old-vine (50 y/o) Grüner Veltliner for years, converting to biodynamics in 2009. Interestingly enough, he really didn’t take to the winemaking part, so the juice was kept in old barrels in his family’s cellar being topped up and lightly sulfured for nearly seven years before Florian got around to asking after the wines. Florian offered to bottle the wines under this label, releasing each barrel separately. This first release is from a 2400L (very old) barrel, unfined and unfiltered. Slightly oxidative on the nose, with bitter herbs, salted pineapple, yellow apple core and stone on the finish—we look forward to future barrels! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Quantum Winery 2018 Weinviertel Der Herr Baumann

Florian Schuhmann of Quantum Winery never fails to surprise with every new vintage. Der Herr Baumann is sourced from a parcel of 35-year-old Portugieser vines on sandy clay soils. Although the parcel belongs to a friend (Christophe Bauer), the grapes here are tended to by Florian, are hand-harvested and undergo a five-day maceration, spontaneous fermentation, and the wine ages in 300L neutral oak barrel followed by a rest in stainless. The wine is unfined and unfiltered, and Florian only adds a small amount of sulfur at bottling. The nose is resinous and herbal with notes of strawberry jam, on the palate the wine is both bold and fresh, notes of cranberry, plum skin, tarragon, red grapefruit acidity with just a touch of structure. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Stadlmann 2017 Thermenregion Pinot Noir Classic

The Stadlmann family has been making wine since the 1780s in the Thermenregion; sheltered from the northern winds by the Vienna Woods, it is one of Austria's warmest wine growing areas. The 'Classic' line of wines are aged in large, used barrels to showcase the true character of the grape and terroir. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Stagard 2016 Kremstal Steiner Gaisberg Riesling

The Stagård family's parcel on the Steiner Gaisberg (western Kremstal) is comprised of 12 southeast-facing terraces, surrounded by forest and shrubs. Grapes here are anywhere from 4-60 years old and grow on a mix of Gföhler gneiss and mica schist that is warmed by the sun and holds the heat well into the evening hours. The seventh generation of winemakers in the family, Urban and Dominique have been focusing on organic farming for their 17 hectares (certified since 2009). They mostly grow Riesling on some epic Wachau/Kremstal sites and cellar work is with wild yeasts, often in stainless tank, although some recent projects have been in steinzeug, or stone tank/crock. Long lees aging and minimal skin contact depending on the vintage/site helps stabilize and "harmonize" the wines. First tasted as a tank sample in summer of 2017, we've since tried it (in 2019) and think it would be a fantastic wine to pair with whatever graces your holiday table. Showing that warmth of the summer months on the Gaisberg, soft apricots, yellow apple, chamomile and brown sugar waft dreamily out of the glass and are echoed on the richly balanced palate along with ripe pineapple and pear on the very long finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic

Weninger 2017 Mittelburgenland Blaufränkisch

Franz Weninger has vines in both Sopron, Hungary and Burgenland, Austria. He started converting to biodynamics in 2006 and is now Demeter certified. Franz grows a variety of grapes on a mix of limestone, clay, loam, and loess soils (on the Austrian side), but his main focus is Blaufränkisch and its ability to showcase terroir. You can see this dedication in the sheer number of different, single-vineyard expressions he bottles from both sides of the border. The 2017 is from multiple Burgenland parcels. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 45 in stock
  • $19.99

Beaujolais

Cambon (Chateau) 2018 Beaujolais (Chanudet/Lapierre)

Chateau Cambon began as a collaboration of  three of the best producers in Beaujolais (Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Claude Chanudet and Joseph Chamonard) is now in the hands of the Jean-Claude and Geneviève, the daugher of Joseph Chamonard. These three understood how special this 13 hectare parcel was despite not receiving designation; positioned between Morgon and Brouilly. Farmed organically/biodynamically since they purchased it, the vines are now over 50 years old. The grapes are left whole-cluster and allowed to go through carbonic maceration with native yeasts, and then rested on the lees before bottling with a very low dose of SO2.

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chignard 2018 Fleurie Les Moriers

This Beaujolais comes from one of the best sites in Fleurie; 'Les Moriers,' which borders Moulin-à-Vent. The vines are now nearly 70 years old which creates incredible concentration of flavor in the grapes. The fermentation is very traditional with whole-clusters held in vats for a week before pressing creating brightness in the wine and highlighting the floral and fresh fruit aromas that Gamay from Fleurie is famous for, while maintaining the rich, tannic structure that you see from Moulin-à-Vent.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $25.99

Coquelet 2018 Beaujolais-Villages

2018 is proving to be a superb vintage for Beaujolais, with lush, vibrant fruit and nice brightness despite the slightly higher than usual alcohol - the Damien Coquelet Beaujolais-Villages is a beautiful example and just a joyful wine! The wine shows a deep bright red color and aromas of crushed raspberry and strawberry with violet and citrus notes. The palate shows ripe sappy red and black fruits, pure and bright, lifted by citrusy acidity, with a nice earthy texture beneath the lush fruit that lingers in the long juicy finish.  Serve cool for immense enjoyment over the next three or four years!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Coquelet 2018 Morgon Cote de Py

As the step-son of Georges Descombes, Damien Coquelet certainly has had an excellent education when it comes to quality vini/viti-culture! He is now running his own operation,  farming 9 hectares in the Beaujolais region, which includes 4 hectares in the famed Morgon Cote du Py that go into this bottling. The vines are farmed organically and wines are made with no additions, save a scant amount of sulfur as necessary.

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Dernière Goutte 2015 Vin de France Cuvée de Printemps

Cyrille Vuillod began making wine under his own label in 2012 sourcing grapes throughout Beaujolais from the many friends he has harvested for and worked with for years, all farming organically. In the cellar he uses full carbonic maceration and avoids adding sulfur unless absolutely necessary. The Printemps bottling is vibrant, almost has a bit of effervescent making it feel very alive. Bright, floral and red-fruited aromas on the nose, and lots of zippy acidity on the palate means this wine truly lives up to its name, 'Printemps,' meaning Spring. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2015 Fleurie Vieilles Vignes 1.5L

Beaujolais in late January makes for an eerie landscape. The gray, cloudy skies are set against hectares of dead earth dotted with lines of stunted, gnarly vines, pruned down for the dormant stages of winter. In the morning, fog rolls over and down the hillsides and the wet clay sticks to your shoes as if its life depended on it. This is actually a great time to see the stark differences between conventional and organic farming. Even in the cold of January, the vineyards of Georges Descombes had a bright, green ground cover with small flowers just beginning to bloom. His vines looked like they were still sleeping as the earth slowly wakes up. The conventional vineyards just look DOA. Georges took over the family estate in 1988 and converted to organic farming (eventually certified Ecocert). He has parcels spread out amongst many of the Crus, although I can't find any specific info about his holdings in Fleurie. Winemaking is very straight-forward: whole-cluster semi-carbonic in cement vat, followed by élevage in neutral barrel and bottling with very low amounts of sulfur added. We are all big fans of Georges' wines and look forward to them every vintage! (The 2015 Fleurie Vieilles Vignes is only available in magnum.) CB

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2015 Morgon

We're very proud to have the lovely Morgons of Roland Pignard at Chambers Street.  The vines for this cuvée are 60  years old, planted at high altitude on steep hillsides in sandy clay soils over granite in the lieu-dit "les Charmes," just northwest of their home in the hamlet of Saint-Joseph  above Villié-Morgon. Biodynamic farming, with no SO2 added until a minimal dose before bottling. The fermentation is with wild yeasts with a relatively short period of carbonic-maceration. The 2015 Morgon shows a vivid deep red color with complex aromas of ripe black cherry and black raspberry, wild flowers, earth and black pepper. The palate is ripe and supple with black raspberry and cherry fruit, brightened by firm acidity with hints of orange peel and brown spice. The finish is long and ripe with lingering black fruits, citrus and mineral flavors. At 13% alcohol, this beautiful Morgon shows the ripeness of the 2015 vintage but in a balanced and nuanced style with a complexity and mineral character found in few of the 2015s. Delicious now, best 2020 to 2025, but who will wait?  David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2015 Morgon Cuvee Tradition

The Pignard's Morgon Cuvée Tradition is ripe, dense and delicious in 2015! Good friends with Christian Ducroux, the Pignards practise similar methods of biodynamic farming and natural vinifications. Produced from hillside vineyards of sandy clay over limestone in "Les Charmes," the wine ferments naturally, with only 10mg of SO2 added before bottling and spends a year in vat followed by a year in old barriques. The wine shows aromas of blackberry liqueur with earth, spice, citrus and herbal notes. The palate is  silky and supple with ripe black fruits, bitter chocolate, earth, spice and citrus - having some aspects of northern Rhone wines in this very warm, dry vintage. The finsh is long with fruit liqueur, spice and citrusy acids. This shows the density and darker fruit flavors of the 2015 vintage but in a more balanced frame at 13% alcohol. Delicious now in it's youthful intensity, probably best from 2020 to 2025.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2015 Régnié

Roland and Joëlle Pignard make a small quantity of Regnié from fifty year-old vines in  a vineyard with clay and stones over granite, always giving a dense and mineral wine. The Pignards made a superb Regnié in 2015, very well balanced, even with the higher ripeness in this sunny vintage. On the nose, the wine shows fresh aromas of dark cherry, forest shrub, potent herbs and wafts of healthy, tilled soil. Flavors are those of forest fruits, like blackberry and cherry, with bright dark stones. Full and ripe but nicely balanced at 13 % alcohol. This is a great glass of Beaujolais in the richer style of 2015 - delicious now but should develop nicely over the next five to eight years.

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2016 Beaujolais-Villages

The Pignard's Beaujolais-Villages is from a high-elevation parcel with 40 year-old vines in sandy clay over decomposed granite. There is a very short carbonic-maceration to preserve the fresh fruit and only a tiny addition of sulfur before the bottling. The 2016 is a subtle, elegant and well-structured Beaujolais, hosting aromas of cherry, blackberry, and red apple skins, with a light presence of dark flowers. On the palate, there are flavors of dark cherry and essences of fresh, woodsy earth. The structure is lean, with clean minerality. This is a real Beaujolais of terroir that is elegant and delicious now and will improve over the next few years.

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2018 Beaujolais l'Ancien V.V.

L'Ancien comes from Jean Paul Brun's home village of Charnay in the southern Beaujolais. The vines range in age from 40 to 60 years old and are planted on slopes sporting the area's signature sandy clay-limestone soils, featuring the particular local "dorée" or "golden" limestone that is laden with iron. These older vines have always been farmed organically and harvested by hand and yield small, thick-skinned Gamay berries. As for all Terres Dorées reds, the vinification is traditional Burgundian rather than the normal carbonic maceration in Beaujolais. The 2018 shows a bright deep red color. The aromas are high-toned and ripe with red currant, raspberry and wild strawberry, quite bright and floral. The palate shows lush, ripe berry fruits backed by citrusy acidity, quite refreshing. The finish is long and sappy with bright red fruits and tart acidity - stock-up on this crowd-pleasing Beaujolais!

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2018 Beaujolais Chardonnay

Jean-Paul Brun's Chardonnay comes 35 year-old vines grown on sandy clay and limestone soils in the southern Beaujolais  and is raised in stainless steel, with occasional use of old barrels (no new oak!).  Bright aromas of peach, apricot, lemon zest, and thyme lead to flavors of pure white fruits, juicy lime, crisp orange blossom, subtle herbal undertones, and a long chalky finish. Paired with salad, seafood,chicken, goat milk cheeses, or nothing at all, this is a beautiful choice and great value in white Burgundy!

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $19.99

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2018 Côte de Brouilly

Jean-Paul Brun of Domaine des Terres Dorées has 2 parcels of 50 year-old vines on a steep section of Mont Brouilly with a south-east exposition at about 1,000 ft of altitude. The thin soil is almost entirely stones of granite with a high iron content.  The 2018 shows lovely aromas of cherry and red currant liqueur with a touch of rose petal, cocoa and spice. The palate is ripe but balanced by refreshing acidity, showing pretty red fruits with earth and mineral flavors, with a silky, slightly grainy texture, finishing with nice length of sappy fruit and firm acidity. A beautiful Beaujolais for current drinking and over the next few years.  "Contains very little sulfite," says the label "store in a cool place and consume rapidly after uncorking." We haven't noticed any problem keeping this wine, but consuming rapidly after uncorking will be easy... DL

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Low Sulfur

Bordeaux Red

Beausejour 2017 Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion Cab Franc No SO2

Chateau Beausejour in Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion has never used chemical herbicides or pesticides and was certified organic in 1995, a very rare occurence in Bordeaux! This cuvée is 100% Cabernet Franc and was vinified and bottled with zero added SO2. Highly recommended for lovers of natural wines, it's Bordeaux like it used to be!

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $25.99

Bellegrave 2015 Pomerol

75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc coming from hand harvested vineyards (35-60 year old vines) in the revered region of Pomerol. The estate has long dismissed the use of chemicals but has recently transitioned to biodynamic methods. Wine has been aged in French oak, with 1/3 being new, 1/3 being old, and the last 1/3 being from the producer’s previous vintage. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $67.99

Champ des Treilles 2018 Sainte-Foy Bordeaux Le Petit Champ

This biodynamic wine from the region of Sainte-Foy in Bordeaux is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The wine offers a bouquet of dark berries and plums with a touch of menthol, iron and spices notes. With good acidity and soft tannins, this Bordeaux wine has a delicious easiness to it. Pair it with a classic "steak and frites" and you will be transported back to a French bistro experience. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos du Jaugueyron (Théron) 2015 Margaux

One of the geniuses of Margaux, Michel Théron produces beautiful, thoughtful wines from lively vineyards in the Medoc on Bordeaux's left bank. Unlike most of the production in that region, Théron avoids the use of chemicals in his vineyard and cellar, creating bright but serious wines. The Margaux sees the most new oak out of all the Jaugueyron cuvées, but it is not the primary detail of whats in the glass.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $124.99

Clos du Jaugueyron (Théron) 2015 Margaux Nout

This cuvée from Michel Théron is from some of his younger vines (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot) in Macau and sees 50% new oak. However, like all he produces, this bottle isn’t incoherently dense. There is a taut and assertive medley of black and red fruit on the nose, with a unique salty spark. The palate is spicy, with cassis and pepper, and savory, with jerky, miso, and mint. This wine should be experienced while youthfully bright, but it is formidable, with a hearty character that will continue to evolve over the next 15 years or more. (David Hatzopoulos)

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

Clos Puy Arnaud 2015 Castillon - Cotes de Bordeaux Les Ormeaux

Grapes harvested by hand from vineyards on the plateau and slopes of the Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux AOC. The fruit breakdown is 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet France, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. In the cellar, fermentation is done in both cement and wood (50/50) using indigenous yeasts. Aging is done first in wood for 7 months, a quarter new and the rest one to two vintages old, before spending 12 additional months in cement.

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $32.99

Cos Labory 1996 St Estephe

Château Cos Labory is a fifth-growth estate in Saint-Estèphe, above Paulliac in the northern Médoc, on the left bank of the Gironde river. Over half of their vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance being mostly Merlot followed by a small amount of Cabernet Franc and an even smaller amount of Petit Verdot. CB

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

Coutet 2016 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

Château Coutet in St. Emilion is comprised of a single plot, 13 hectares large. The soil is a mix of limestone, sand, and clay, and the vineyard is planted to 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. All vineyard work is done organically. In the cellar, juice is fermented in concrete, then 85% of the resulting wine is aged in 20% new French oak barrels. The rest is aged in concrete vats.  Aging lasts 18 months before bottling.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $36.99

Cru Godard 2016 Francs - Côtes de Bordeaux

65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Malbec  are planted to the Cru Godard vineyards in the Côtes de Bordeaux region, close to Saint-Emilion.

  • red
  • 46 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $169.99

Grolet 2017 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 2017 shows a deep red/black color with high-toned 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, oak 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

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

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

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $189.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

La Grave 2017 Fronsac

Paul Barre  crafts terroir-driven Bordeaux wines in Fronsac positioned along the Dordogne river. They were one of the first producers to adopt biodynamics for their farming, as early as 1990, and continue to do so for all of their vineyards. The vines are plowed by horse, and careful leaf-thinning is used to avoid the need for sprays.  The current vintage of their 'Château La Grave' bottling is  70 % Merlot, 26% Cabernet franc, and 4% Malbec , grown on sandy clay soils.This vintge offers notes of juicy plum, graphite and fresh violets with firm tannins and long, pleasantly bitter finish. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Le Geai 2016 Bordeaux Superieur Pur Carmenere

Henri Duporge makes this unique wine from 100% Carmenere grown on his Biodynamic estate north of Pomerol. Only about 10 hectares of Carmenere still exist in Bordeaux, where it was used widely untill the phylloxera epidemic. Most closely related to Cabernet Franc,  it's fascinating to taste the grape in its pure, unblended form, especially when grown on this great terroir of sandy clay, rich in iron, over the limestone bedrock.  The 2016 shows a deep red/black color and very high-toned aromas of ripe cassis and red currant with earth, coffee and a hint of oak. The palate is bright and intense with red currant, plum and blackberry fruit, with herbal notes, not heavy, very pure and mineral and with  vibrant character to the fruit. This will benefit from five to ten years of aging, but is unique and delicious now.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Maison Blanche 2016 Montagne Saint-Emilion Les Piliers

Nicolas Despagne replaced his parents in 2009 at Maison Blanche, the same year the production was granted organic certification. With his push, the estate gained Demeter biodynamic status in 2013. Les Piliers, Despagne's second label, is made with old and young vines of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The fermentation is natural and done in concrete vats, with no additives or interventional processes commonly used in the area. The wine has compact aromatics of dark plum and fresh, healthy earth. On the palate, there are flavors of blackberry, cassis, plum and pepper. The youthful density of the mouthfeel helps enhance the deep fruit notes on the tongue, but definitely cellar a few for the near future. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $22.99

Marquis d'Alesme Becker 2005 Margaux

This is a really great chance to try a Third Growth Margaux from a historic vintage at an incredible price. The vineyard is planted to roughly 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged in 60% new French oak for eighteen months, with three months on the lees.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

Mazeyres 2014 Pomerol

Another compelling vintage from Chateau Mazeyres in Pomerol. A blend of mostly Merlot, with about a quarter Cabernet Franc and just  a tiny amount of Petit Verdot planted on clay soils, with some plots having additional layers of sand and gravel. Hand-harvested, fermented in steel and concrete, aged in wood (40% new), for 14 months. On the nose, there are deep black fruits, hints of spice and rich woodsy aromas. On the palate, the texture is warm and generous, with bold plum and black cherry, with accents of herbs and mint. Delicious now, but should be prime in just under a decade. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $38.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $399.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $289.99

Peybonhomme 2017 Premières Côte de Blaye Cru Bourgeois

Biodynamic farming, native yeasts, wild fermentations, good value –all phrases not typically associated with Bordeaux. Yet, each year the Hubert family provides us with just that in their staple cuvee from the Côte de Blaye. The Cru Bourgeois is a blend of mostly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a bit of Malbec. Generously aromatic  owing to the rich clay soils in which it is grown, there's ripe red fruit, black currant, and spice, with supple tannins and an undercurrent of chalky minerality. This is a great addition to the dinner table alongside grilled meat or sipped on its own.

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $249.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

Bordeaux Sweet

Chateau Guiraud 2015 Sauternes

Château Guiraud was established in the eighteenth century and gained status of Premier Grand Cru Classé around a hundred years later in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Fast-forwarding to 1996, the estate shifted their focus to more ecologically-sound farming methods: organics (certified in 2011), allowing for cover crops, encouraging biodiversity in the vineyards, and keeping a nursery to help conserve and propagate important cuttings. Soils are mostly sand and gravel with red clay and shell limestone below. Grapes are painstakingly hand-harvested, with four passes through the vineyards in 2015. Following even more sorting, fermentation is in a mix of French oak barrels, 90% of which are new. The wine then ages for at least 18 months in barrel. Average yields for 2015, according to the Château's website, were 12 hl/ha. The warmth of 2015 should make for a very concentrated and age-worthy Sauternes! Cari B

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $72.99

Chateau Haut-Bergeron 2013 Sauternes 375ml

Chateau Haut-Bergeron has one of the longest and most celebrated histories in Sauternes and has remained in the family for nine generations! The blend is 80-90% Semillon, and 10-20% Sauvignon Blanc grown on a mixture of sandy clay and calcareous clay. The grapes are picked in three passes to ensure optimal ripeness and levels of botryis, and the wine is aged in 50% new French oak for 18-20 months. This is a great Sauternes to pair with something salty or intensely flavored like foie gras or strong cheeses, or with a dessert that isn't too sweet like an apple crumble!

  • white sweet
  • 16 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

Bordeaux White

Champ des Treilles 2018 Sainte-Foy Bordeaux Vin Passion Blanc

This is a unique example of Bordeaux Blanc from one of the first organic and biodynamic properties in the region, located in the lesser-known Sainte-Foy. Corinne and Jean-Michel Comme started to replant these vineyards in 1998 using as little intervention as possible, avoiding pesticides, green harvesting, even tractor plowing, and using neutral oak for aging to allow each vintage to speak for itself. Grown on clay and limestone soils, the Vin de Passion displays a beautiful balance of texture, minerality, and ripe fruits. The blend is 1/3rd Sauvignon Blanc, 1/3rd Semillon, and 1/3rd Muscadelle, which gives the wine a richer, more viscous texture than a typical Bordeaux Blanc, but still maintains a balanced acidity. The nose is full of dried herbs, dried white flowers, and candle wax, and the palate brings green and yellow pear, white grapefruit, and more fresh and dried herbs. Fans of fuller bodied, more textured whites will love this year's 'Vin de Passion'. MD

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Peybonhomme 2018 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Le Blanc Bonhomme

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

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Burgundy White

Bachelet, Jean-Claude 2017 Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Champlots

Jean-Baptiste and his brother Benoît Bachelet are biodynamically farming ten hectares split mostly between Saint-Aubin and Chassagne-Montrachet, with a small amount of holdings in Puligny-Montrachet and Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet. Les Champlots is a vineyard with more limestone in the soils than Le Charmois, the other 1er Cru vineyard in Saint-Aubin where they have Chardonnay vines. CB

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Billaud, Samuel 2017 Chablis

This is a classically styled, elegant Chablis from a blend of three parcels;  one by Chapelots, one in La Pargue, and one in front of Vaillons from 80-year old vines. 100% Chardonnay fermented and aged in stainless steel.

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $52.99

Brocard, Julien 2018 Chablis La Boissonneuse

From 30 year-old biodynamically farmed vines.Fermented with native yeasts, aged in foudre.

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $264.99

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $41.99

Dureuil Celine & Vincent 2016 Bourgogne Blanc (Rully)

 Céline and Vincent Dureuil (of Dureuil-Jantial) make this lovey Bourgogne Blanc from 40 year-old organically tended vines in Rully. The soils are the classic clay/limestone of Burgundy, the wine ferments with wild yeasts and is aged in barrel, 20% new. The 2016 shows pretty aromas of apricot, white peach and citrus, floral and buttery. The palate is quite elegant with firm acidity under the supple stone fruits with almond and stone flavors, finishing with nice length of citrus, mineral and white fruits. This is an excellent value in a classy and versatile white Burgundy, as an aperitif, or served with fish and white meat dishes.  DL Practicing organic    From vines in the village of Rully    40+ year old vines    Clay and limestone    Indigenous yeast    Aged in barrel (20% new)

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 40 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Fichet 2017 Auxey-Duresses Blanc

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

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $49.99

Guillemot-Michel 2017 Viré-Clessé Charleston

First produced in 2016, this cuvée is made from 100 year-old vines planted by Pierrette's grandfather after the First World War. In his honor, we wanted to vinify these vines that he planted as he made it himself, in old demi-muids (600 liter barrels). "Charleston" is thus fermented and aged for one year in a 10 year-old demi-muid. After the next harvest the wine is transfered to a cement vat for 6 additional months of aging.


  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jacqueson, Paul et Marie 2018 Rully Blanc

This is a truly elegant Rully for Bourgogne Blanc lovers. The  nearly 70 year old Chardonnay vines for this bottling are grown on a 50/50 mix of limestone and clay giving them balance and intensity. Everything is hand-harvested, destemmed, then gently pressed, before aging in about 20% new French oak. The nose has a delicate mix of fresh herbs, ripe yellow apple, and crushed rock, with the faintest hint of oak. On the palate the wine is bright, focused, and linear with the intense minerality carrying it through and the oak adding just enough softness and texture to round it out. Michelle DeWynaert

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic

Lafouge 2016 Meursault Les Meix Chavaux

Les Meix Chavaux is located beneath Les Luchets and adjacent to Les Chevalières. Lafouge's vines are 80 years old, planted in calcareous clay producing Meursault with  textbook richness and minerality. "The bouquet is lovely, offering up a deep and youthful blend of pear, apple, hazelnut, a fine base of soil and a touch of lime peel in the upper register. On the palate, the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and complex, with a fine core and very nice focus and grip on the long easy-going finish." John Gilman  "The View from the Cellar."

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $47.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $1,209.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 27 in stock
  • $31.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $410.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Morey, Pierre 2016 Bourgogne Aligoté

Father and daughter team, Pierre and Anne Morey, run this domaine with all of their Meursault and surrounding vineyards certified organic and biodynamic since 1997. The Aligoté comes from two parcels in Les Vazelles and Les Chanterelles,  planted in 1957. The grapes are gently pressed and then settled for one to two days and then fermented and aged for a year in stainless steel tanks.

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Morey, Pierre 2017 Bourgogne Blanc

From multiple parcels in limestone clay soils (Les Millerands, En Monatine, Les Herbeux, Les Malpoiriers, per the importer). Biodynamically farmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts. There's a bit of reduction on opening—a splash decant helps it blow off, revealing a perfumed nose with aromas of honeysuckle, lemon blossom, citrus peel, ripe pear, and spice. The palate is bright and racy with notes of lemon curd, green apple, and wet stone. There’s a fine bit of the electricity, vibrancy, and precision of the 2016 vintage present and plenty of charm to this snappy Bourgogne. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $79.99

Rateau 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Les Coucherias

Beaune 1er Cru "Les Coucherias" is high on the slope on the site of an old quarry and much of the sub-soil is limestone tailings, permitting root penetration and drainage, with a topsoil of mixed clay and limestone "marnes blanches." In biodynamic agriculture since 1979, the vineyard is a south-facing semi-circle—a very warm spot. The 2017 has a pale green gold robe. The nose offers an array of stone fruit and citrus peel aromas with a hint of mineral spice. The mid-weight, punchy palate shows a melange of stone fruit and green apple flavors with a pungent sense of minerality driving the long, concentrated finish. There's plenty going on here with ripe fruit and floral overtones vying with an overt stoniness for attention. Just cracking with a wild mushroom risotto, and a natural match for chicken, roasted cod, or even blanquette de veau. Give a quick decant now or better still in 2-3 years and beyond. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $49.99

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  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
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  • 1 in stock
  • $1,649.99

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Champagne

Agrapart 2014 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Expérience

While Champagne is on occasion dismissed as a wine without terroir due to its history of blends, the multiple stages of fermentation, and a prise de mousse that relies on the addition of sugar or MCR, Pascal Agrapart's Expérience is solely comprised of grape juice with just a modicum of sulfur. The vin clair is a barrel selection of 2014 Minéral and Avizoise fermented with native yeasts, and the secondary fermentation begun with grape must from the 2015 vintage and cellar yeasts. The wine is aged under cork and bottled without dosage. This cuvée is a particularly vinous expression of Champagne, where terroir and grape have an articulate dialogue.  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $319.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (4/7)

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 yet 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 recently after 17 years of sur-lie aging, illustrating the Beauforts' commitment to releasing mature wines.

  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
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  • $87.99

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Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Demi-Sec

2002 is a "magnificent vintage for Champagne" says Jancis Robinson and the 2002 Beaufort Policy Demi-Sec is a beautiful example. The aromas are a lovely mélange 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 seventeen years on the lees it seems youthful and firm.  David Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
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  • $87.99

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Beaufort, André 2005 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut

From the ripe (though not torrid) 2005 vintage. The Beaufort Ambonnay Grand Cru Brut shows its breed with layers of red fruit and chalk with fine concentration and fabulous length. A showstopper now with good midterm aging potential. John McIlwain

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  • 7 in stock
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  • $89.99

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Beaufort, André 2007 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut

Another winning bottle from André Beaufort! The 2007 Ambonnay's structural elements and fruit are perfectly knit and the tension between ripeness and savory chalkiness makes for compelling drinking. We'd like to congratulate the Beaufort family for decades of natural Champagne growing. John McIlwain

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  • 4 in stock
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  • $89.99

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Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Polisy Brut

Our new shipment of the 2008 Polisy Brut was disgorged in October of 2018. 2008 continues to delight, even 11 years after the harvest. The current disgorgement of the Polisy has a pale yellow robe, fine bead, and soft mousse. The nose is soft and pretty offering aromas of golden apple, acacia, lemon curd and apple blossom. The mid-weight palate is bright and brisk on attack, with flavors of Macintosh apple, bergamot, and green tea giving way to a fine core of minerality lending focus. This has good length and energy on  a lifted and expansive finish. This is very good with vibrant fruit and nascent aged flavors knitting elegantly. A fine effort from the Beauforts! John McIlwain

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  • 4 in stock
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  • $74.99

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Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC

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 a fine line of sapid minerality on the supple and rich palate. This shows a fine interplay between power, tension, and a suave, supple finish. This is one heck of an Ambonnay and a fine bottle of Beaufort!   John McIlwain

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  • 2 in stock
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  • $59.99

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  • 12 in stock
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Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 01/20)

The new Beaufort Polisy Reserve Brut Nature NV is based on the 2015 vintage and was disgorged in January 2020. The Polisy NV Brut Nature is a lean, racy expression of the Kimmeridgian limestone of Polisy. The nose is cool-toned and faintly herbal with aromas of green apple, lime zest, and wet stone. The palate is steely and focused, with a prominent mineral character giving way to taut structure and a compelling savory character on the brisk, chiseled finish. I'd love this with crudo, ceviche, or a platter of briny Beausoleil oysters. John McIlwain

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  • 3 in stock
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  • $41.99

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Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Grand Cru Brut Reserve 375ml

We're fans of the Champagnes of Beaufort for a number of reasons. The farming at this historic Domaine is impeccable and the winemaking is classical and refreshingly old school. The 2015 base Ambonnay Grand Cru in handy half bottle is a pocket-sized example of Beaufort's distinctive character. Disgorged January 2020.

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  • $25.99

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  • 8 in stock
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Bérêche, Raphael NV "L14" Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 14

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

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  • 4 in stock
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  • $149.99

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Bérêche, Raphael NV (2015 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 grapes are hand-harvested, fermented and aged in wood, and secondary fermentation is under cork rather than crown cap.

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  • 6 in stock
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  • $94.99

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Bérêche, Raphael NV (2015 Base) Champagne Extra Brut Rive Gauche

The Rive Gauche bottling from Bérêche is 100% Pinot Meunier from vines planted in 1969 in the north facing parcel Le Misy in Port-á-Binson near Mareuil-le Port in the Marne. The north-facing slopes and old vines keep Meunier's tendency to over-exuberance in check, preserving the mineral expression of the variety. The 2015 has a pale peach robe with a fine bead. The nose is effusive with aromas of white peach, Meyer lemon peel, orange blossom, Rainier cherry. The palate is broad and authoritative, with red fruit and pungent soil tones and a long, sinuous, expansive finish, with a touch of herbaceousness framing the opulent fruit. John McIlwain

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  • 3 in stock
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  • $84.99

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  • 1 in stock
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Bourmault, Christian NV Base 14 Champagne Brut Cuvée Hermance

A new grower for Chambers Street Wines, Christian Bourmault from Avize works organically with some parcels certified. Cuvée Hermance is comprised of 67% Pinot Noir, 23% Chardonnay, 10% Meunier aged in a combination of tank and barrel. Brisk and bright on the nose with aromas of pear skin, Meyer lemon zest, Rainier cherry, and biscuit, the palate is ripe and citrusy, with flavors of white peach, lemon curd, and orange rind. This offers terrific value and flair at a fine price. Highly recommended! John McIlwain

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  • 23 in stock
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  • $36.99

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Chartogne-Taillet 2015 Champagne Extra-Brut Cuvée Les Barres Pinot Noir

After years of releasing Les Barres as a parcellaire featuring Pinot Meunier, Alexandre Chartogne has bottled a small amount of Les Barres in Pinot Noir. The 2015 Pinot Noir, distinguished by the black label, offers aromas of red fruit, bosky herbs, and dried flowers. The palate is ample and generous, while displaying a subtle minerality and a racy, persistent finish. As we've yet to do the side by side comparison with the Pinot Meunier derived Les Barres, we are intrigued by the possibility of contrasting cépage and terroir to see which expresses itself more clearly. John McIlwain

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  • 3 in stock
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  • $91.99

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Chartogne-Taillet NV Champagne Brut Cuvée Sainte-Anne (base 16/15)

Don't call it basic! Chartogne-Taillet’s “Cuvée Saint Anne” is one of our favorite grower Champagnes priced under $50. The grapes come Merfy in the Montagne de Reims and are a blend of the 2016 and 2015 vintages. On the nose there are aromas of apple blossoms, peach skin, and sea spray. The mid-weight, generous palate offers flavors of ripe golden apple, lemon curd, and crushed herbs on a racy, spritely finish. This has plenty of charm on the attack with a fine core of minerality lending focus and depth. Disgorged 7/26/17, dosage 5 g/l. John McIlwain(Wine arrives 12/19)

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  • 22 in stock
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  • $47.99

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  • 4 in stock
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Doquet, Pascal NV 13 base Champagne 1er cru Arpège Blanc de Blancs

From organically-farmed Chardonnay vines in Vertus, Mont Aimé, and Villeneuve, the current disgorgement of Arpège is a blend of 50% 2013 and 50% reserve wines bottled in 2015, disgorged March 22, 2018 with 3.5g/l dosage. Arpège (French for Arpeggio) is a great introduction to Pascal's wines. It combines the incisive chalkiness with pure fruit and a longer lees aging and is a delicious expression of his Côte des Blancs terroir. The nose offers citrus blossom, lemon peel, green apple, and cool herb aromas. The palate is decidedly stony, with a chalky minerality leading the attack followed by notes of Meyer lemon, white peach skin, and Bosc pear flavors. The finish is long, bright, and sapid. This a perfect Champagne for an aperitif, but has the verve to pair with oysters, fresh goat cheeses, and lighter poultry dishes. John McIlwain

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  • 17 in stock
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  • $64.99

  • Organic
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Godmé, Hugues 2009 Champagne Brut 1er Cru Les Alouettes Saint Bets

Hugues Godmé 2009 Les Alouettes Saint Bets Brut is a single vineyard blanc de blancs from Villers-Marmery near the border with Verzy. The soils of this climat are very chalky with little topsoil. The grapes are farmed biodynamically, vinified in neutral oak with native yeasts, with no malolactic fermentation, and bottled with low sulfur. There is an electric sense of chalky minerality to this Champagne. While there is a degree of richness to the wine that hints at Verzy, and a silken quality on the palate derived from its time in wood, ultimately a cool, deft sense of fruit and chalkiness defines the nose and palate. Still a bit taut, there are floral and citrus oil notes on the nose, followed by Meyer lemon and a subtle salinity on the palate. The mousse is fine and the finish long, complex, and supple. This should shine brightly with a bit more time in the bottle.  John McIlwain

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  • 29 in stock
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  • $119.99

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Godmé, Hugues 2009 Champagne Brut Premier Cru Les Romaines Pinot Meunier

I have a not-so-secret love for Champagnes made from Pinot Meunier. Godmé's single vineyard expression, Les Romaines 1er cru, is an especially stunning example. The biodynamically farmed vineyard located in Villedommange has calcareous soils which lend a particularly savory minerality to the wine, offsetting the sometimes over-generous nature of the variety. The 2009 Les Romaines is  particularly vibrant example with effusive notes of wild strawberry, salted plum, and blood orange on the nose. The palate is broad but lithe and energetic, with a deep pitch of salty  earthiness vying with stone fruit flavors for attention giving way to a long, detailed rising finish. There is impeccable balance here, with the ripeness of the vintage seemingly lending gravitas to the firm mineral core. John McIlwain

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  • 23 in stock
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  • $119.99

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Godmé, Hugues 2010 Champagne Brut Grand Cru Les Champs Saint Martin

From the eponymous lieu-dit located in the grand cru village of Verzenay on the norther slope of the Montagne de Reims. The organically farmed vines date from 1986 are grown in shallow clay soils over chalk. Juice from the coeur de cuvée, fermented with native yeasts, aged in oak barrels. The 2010 boasts a fine bead and soft mousse. The nose offer aromas of wet stone, red apple skin, spice, and apple blossom. The rich palate is broad and supple, yet suffused with a bright, incisive minerality and a lean cut to the long, detailed, rising, finish. There is a fine interplay between ripe red fruit flavors and a firm core of savory minerality. There is real class and complexity here with a fine upside for aging. Godmé’s parcellaires have real verve and depth and are not to be missed! John McIlwain

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  • 34 in stock
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  • $124.99

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Godmé, Hugues NV Champagne Brut Verzenay Grand Cru Rosé

Comprised of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay from biodynamically farmed vines in the Grand Cru village of Verzenay on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims. Aged for 5 years on the lees. Disgorged January 2018, bottled with 4g/l dosage. Vintage base year is 2013 with approximately 60% reserve wine from the previous four vintages. The wine has pale salmon pink robe and a fine bead. The nose is expressive with pretty aromas of dusty rose petals, sour cherry, plum skin, crushed herbs and a hint of brioche. Distinctly savory on the palate with cool-toned vibrant fruit, nervy acidity, and impressive mineral depth on a long, mouthwatering finish. John McIlwain

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  • 63 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
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  • $89.99

Huré Frères NV Champagne Extra Brut Mémoire (Solera)

Based on a solera, or perpetual cuvée, started in 1982, the Mémoire Extra Brut is comprised of 45% Pinot Noir, 45% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Chardonnay, aged in foudre and bottled with 3 g/L dosage. The grapes come from all of the various Huré vineyard parcels and the cuvée is considered to be a broad "snapshot" of the domain's terroir and vinification aesthetic. Pale golden yellow in color and boating an ultra-fine bead, Mémoire offers soft aromas of Mirabelle plum, dried orange peel, lemon verbena, brown butter, with notes of honey. The palate is creamy, broad, round, and burnished with complex flavors of wild cherry, damson plum, heather honey, candied ginger, with a pleasing hint of nuttiness on the finish. There are multiple layers to this Champagne as befits its solera origins and it is better served by enjoying from a wine glass, rather than flute to allow the bouquet to develop fully. - John McIlwain

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  • 6 in stock
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  • $89.99

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  • 9 in stock
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  • 46 in stock
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Laherte Frères NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature

A staff favorite, this is the go-to Blanc de Blancs for a lean and food friendly Champagne. The nose is understated with notes of Meyer lemon, sage, and orange blossom. The palate offers a rush of freshness that carries aromas of white peaches, apricots through to a McIntosh apple finish.

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  • 12 in stock
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  • $49.99

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Laherte Frères NV Champagne Brut Ultradition .375 ml

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

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  • 7 in stock
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  • $27.99

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Laval, Georges 2015 Champagne Cumières Premier Cru Les Chênes

If ever there were an argument that portions of Cumières merit Grand Cru status, Laval's Les Chênes makes a convincing case. The amphitheater-shaped vineyard is something of a sun trap and produces Champagnes of power and precision in Vincent's able hands. Made up of 100% organically-farmed Chardonnay from the eponymous lieu-dit on the eastern side of the village (near the bottom of the slope down by the river), where the soils are chalky rather than the clays of other portions of the village. This is a particularly powerful blanc de blancs. While the nose offers yellow fruit, tangerine peel, green tea and citrus aromas, the mid-weight, sinewy, and broad palate is pungently mineral, displaying notes of salt, lemon curd, and quinine on a nascently complex, powerful, persistent finish. This is certainly delicious now, but tastings of previous vintages of Les Chênes lead one to believe there is plenty ahead for the patient. John McIlwain

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  • 9 in stock
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  • $159.99

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Marguet 2014 Champagne Brut Ambonnay Grand Cru Les Crayères

100% Pinot Noir. The lieu-dit of Les Crayères is one of the great parcels in Ambonnay, if not all of Champagne. This sunny, mid-slope vineyard produces Champagne of great energy and cut. While still in its infancy, one senses nascent complexity the nose offers aromas of apple skin and Meyer lemon zest with toasty, biscuity notes. The palate, currently wound up and a bit backward, offers red fruit and deep stone flavors, with good power and tension. Of the 2014 lieux-dits, the nervy Les Crayères will likely need the most time in the cellar to evolve and knit the pure fruit flavors and firm, muscular structure. Bottled without sulfur. Disgorged March  2019. John McIlwain

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  • 1 in stock
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  • $104.99

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  • 6 in stock
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Marguet 2014 Extra Brut Ambonnay Grand Cru Les Saint Rémys

100% Pinot Noir. The 2014 Les Saints Rémys is the inaugural release of this parcellaire from Benoît Marguet. Located on the slope on the western side of Ambonnay near the border with Bouzy. The robe has a faint peach color, fine bead, and soft mousse. The nose is warm and floral with notes of peach skin, rose petals, blood orange zest, shortbread, and Pinot spice. The wine balances supple, ripe, red fruit flavors with a firm (verging on sinewy) structure within. This is already compellingly complex, though it should gain in detail and nuance with time in the bottle. This is a stellar addition to Benoît's lineup and offers a fascinating contrast to the racy, crystalline Les Crayères. Bottled without dosage. Disgorged March 2019. John McIlwain

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  • $104.99

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Marguet Père and Fils 2014 Champagne Extra Brut Grand Cru Ambonnay Rosé (disg. 3/19)

While we love biodynamic grower Benoît Marguet's Champagnes for their combination of Ambonnay power and frank minerality, it may be that his most pleasurable wine is his excellent vintage-dated rosé. Chardonnay dominated in a village noted for its Pinot Noir, the wine offer a beautiful nose highlighted by aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry seed, tarragon, and chalk. The palate is brightly mineral and structured, with a deep stoniness at its core within its layers of ripe red fruits and savory notes. The wine balances deftly its grand cru power with a lacy bead, vibrant acidity, and achingly pretty florality. This is natural Champagne and an absolute joy to drink.  John McIlwain

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  • 14 in stock
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  • $74.99

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Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2016 Champagne Extra-Brut Shaman Rosé (Disg 12/18)

Though perhaps unusually for a domaine located in Ambonnay (Pinot Noir terroir), vigneron Benoît Marguet prefers a Chardonnay dominant blend for his rosés. In the 2016 edition of his non-vintage Shaman Chardonnay makes up 96% of the blend.The robe is a pale pink. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine mousse offering red fruit strawberry, cherry stone, with a pleasing bitterness on the finish. This has good length, fine mineral detail, and a nice herbal uptick on back end. Delicious now, but this should gain suavity with a year of two in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 34 in stock
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  • $49.99

  • Organic
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Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2015 Shaman Champagne Extra Brut

67% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay, bottled with no dosage. From the warm 2015 vintage the Shaman 15 has a pale, faintly salmon-colored robe and a fine bead. The nose is ripe with notes of cherry skin, white peach, and spice. The palate is broad and expansive, with rich red fruit flavors and a firm, concentrated mineral core. There is plenty of drive and precision here to counter the richness and fine, savory, lifted finish. The spice and stony notes make this an excellent Champagne for dim sum or heartier fare, such as Peking duck, not to mention a cracking autumnal apéritif when the weather cools. Disgorged March 2019. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
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  • $51.99

  • Organic
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  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
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  • $84.99

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  • 4 in stock
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Perseval, Thomas 2014 Chamery 1er cru La Masure

  One of the inaugural parcellaire releases from organic vigneron Thomas Perseval from Chamery in northwestern Montagne de Reims, the Perseval "La Masure" 1er cru Extra Brut is a blend of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay from the 2014 vintage. Raised in enamel tank and barrel and disgorged in 2018 after three years on the lees. The nose offers aromas white flowers, Meyer lemon peel, red fruit, candied ginger, and sea spray. The palate has a snappy mineral attack followed by layered flavors of wild strawberry, salted plum, cool crushed herbs, chalk, brioche, and shows considerable drive and power on the medium-long, rising finish. With air the wine becomes still more harmonious and suave, never losing sight of the fine mineral core framing the ripe fruit.
John McIlwain

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  • 3 in stock
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  • $109.99

  • Organic
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Ponson NV (2014) Champagne Extra Brut La Petite Montagne 1er cru

In a region beset by indifferent farming and difficult weather, there's a lot of inspiration to be had as a new generation of Champenois take over their family domaines. Maxime Ponson is a prime example of a young grower recognizing the need to improve the farming and embrace organic viticulture as a moral imperative (not to mention make better wines). La Petite Montagne 1er is sourced from vineyards spread across seven communes on the eponymous Petite Montagne located to the east and southeast of Reims. The current release is 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay and 25% percent Pinot Noir, disgorged 7/8/2019. The nose is fresh and expressive, with aromas of white flowers, stone fruit, and brioche. The palate is chiseled and stony with racy lemon zest and green apple flavors and a vibrant, mouthwatering finish. A great apéritif wine, and a fine choice for sashimi, oysters, or crudo. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 28 in stock
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  • $42.99

  • Organic

Pouillon, R 2012 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Nature Les Blanchiens

From an organically-farmed, single-vineyard parcel at the top of the slope on the western side of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay fermented in used barrels. Though from a premier cru village rather than its grand cru neighbor, Aÿ, the 2012 Les Blanchiens is no less an articulate expression of the calcareous clay soils that make up its terroir. The nose offers biscuit, lemon verbena, apple blossom and sea spray aromas. The palate shows punchy vibrant fruit on the attack, with an incisive minerality giving way to a rich and complex mid-palate. This is manifested by pungent soil notes, which give way to distinctly savory, mouth-filling, powerful finish. Though bottled without dosage, this is by no means austere, instead it's a confident expression of the Blanchiens terroir. (Disgorged Spring 2019) John McIlwain

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  • 3 in stock
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  • $99.99

  • Organic
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Pouillon, R 2012 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Nature Les Blanchiens 1.5L

From an organically-farmed, single-vineyard parcel at the top of the slope on the western side of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay fermented in used barrels. Though from a premier cru village rather than its grand cru neighbor, Aÿ, the 2012 Les Blanchiens is no less an articulate expression of the calcareous clay soils that make up its terroir. The nose offers biscuit, lemon verbena, apple blossom and sea spray aromas. The palate shows punchy vibrant fruit on the attack, with an incisive minerality giving way to a rich and complex mid-palate. This is manifested by pungent soil notes, which give way to distinctly savory, mouth-filling, powerful finish. Though bottled without dosage, this is by no means austere, instead it's a confident expression of the Blanchiens terroir. (Disgorged Spring 2019) John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $299.99

  • Organic
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Pouillon, R 2012 Champagne Grand Cru Extra-Brut Les Valnons

100% Chardonnay from the well-situated, south-facing Les Valnons Froid Cul lieu-dit on the upper slope of the Grand Cru village of Aÿ. Fermented with native yeasts in neutral barrels. Disgorged in Spring 2019, dosage 2.5g/l. Les Valnons is a lovely, albeit somewhat atypical Blanc de Blancs from a village better known for its Pinot Noir. The robe on the 2012 has a pale gold color with a fine bead. This nervy Chardonnay offers aromas of wet stone, lemon oil, quinine, and quince. The palate is broad, expressive, and powerful offering citrus, spice, and mineral notes on a taut, complex, and detailed finish. There's great interplay between the ripe fruit and the electric acidity. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

Ruppert-Leroy NV Champagne Brut Nature Martin Fontaine

Emmanuel Leroy and Bénédicte Ruppert are guiding a second generation, field of dreams estate in the southern Champagne village of Essoyes, seven kilometers from the Burgundian border. I cannot overemphasize the detail-oriented commitment of these young growers to releasing pristine wines.  A commitment that reaches the altruistic heights of setting aside the juice from the first three rows of their vineyards that border conventionally farmed vines.

The delicious fruits of Ruppert-Leroy’s efforts are on full display in the Martin Fontaine, an unctuous single vineyard Blanc de blancs with zero dosage. Vinified in ex-Chassagne Montrachet casks this pale, straw yellow cuvée has strikingly expressive aromatics, starting with peppermint, candied lemon, and ginger, before moving to cayenne pepper, honeycomb, and hazelnut. The palate is finely balanced and inviting with Golden Delicious, warm caramel, lemon curd, and white tea with a coda of quince. This will make a masterful pairing to a generously buttered mushroom risotto. (Disgorged 4/2014) David Salinas

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

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $189.99

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

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Rosé Zero (base 2013)

Tarlant pulls off smart austerity with enough charm, character and nuanced flavor to make for compelling and food-oriented Champagne. The NV Rosé (in this case based on the superb 2008 vintage) shows off red fruits such as currant and raspberry, which are interestingly contrasted by a spicy note that borders on being peppery. Not overtly creamy, this Rosé is extrememly minerally and elegant. (85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir -- non-dosé -- disgorged 6/13)

  • rosé sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Zero (2010 base)

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

(Wine arrives 12/19)

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

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

Cote-de-Beaune

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $57.99

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Grand Cru Les Bressandes

From 1.12 hectares spread across four parcels situated mid-slope above Les Maréchaudes with vines averaging 35 years. Deep limestone clay soils give classic Corton density and structure to the wines from the climat. The 2017 has a dark ruby robe and fine aromas of violets, wild strawberry, and raspberry with bosky notes of underbrush and freshly-turned earth and a bit of the classic Corton spice. The dense but expressive palate offers a mélange of ripe forest fruits, sour cherry, wild blackberry, blood orange peel, mustard seed and forest floor on a deeply mineral and coiled mid-palate with pungent soil notes driving a long, tangy, vibrant finish with a bit of the peacock's tail. Though young, this is displaying nascent complexity and bodes well for long aging.  When the elements knit, this should be sensational and drink beautifully for the better part of two decades. John McIlwain *Pre-arrival, wine arrives 5/28*

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Grand Cru Les Maréchaudes

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

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $174.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $69.99

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

Chantal Lescure 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Les Chouacheux

From a 1.5 hectare parcel of 50+ year-old massale selection vines on clay/limestone soils rich in iron, in this excellent 1er cru vineyard at the foot of the slope in Beaune. The 2017 Chouacheux shows very floral aromas of ripe black cherry and plum, with hints of brown spice, citrus zest and earth. There is nicely sappy, chalky fruit on the palate - black cherry, plum, red currant - backed by firm acidity and the ever-present core of minerality found in the Chantal Lescure wines. Decant or open well in advance if drinking now, this beautiful Chouacheux should be best 2024 - 2034.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Pommard 1er Cru Les Bertins

From organically farmed vines in Les Bertins in the southern part of Pommard, close to Volnay. Les Bertins has a greater amount of limestone than other Pommard premier crus, and the wines are sometimes a bit lighter and more "Volnay-like" in character. This shows the classic boldness of Pommard and the balanced ripeness of the 2017 vintage with aromas of wild rose, forest air, cherry liqueur and spice. The medium weight palate is dense with cooling minerality and mouth coating, silky tannins framed with sour red cherry and macerated raspberry, finishing with long, delicate notes of spice, rose hips, and black tea leaf. After about two hours open the nose has developed quite a bit: the fruit is lifted and elegant, but complemented by a savory, almost meaty, earthiness and delicate notes of spice. I think that this is a pleasure to drink now and to observe its evolution over a long evening, but it should truly shine in 7 years or more.  Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $73.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Pommard Les Vignots

From south-facing vines situated on the right hill of Pommard, on the Beaune side, in a terroir of clay-marl. These 35 year-old vines grow in high elevation, about 330 meters above sea-level. The grapes are hand harvested and undergo a long fermentation in stainless steel tanks, punched-down and vatted for 18-25 days. The wine ages in a cold cellar on lees in barrels, 30% of which are new. The 2017 shows a deep red/garnet color and complex aromas of ripe strawberry, and black raspberry with earth and spice notes. The palate is round, earthy and nicely textured with deep black raspberry, plum and black cherry liqueur, ripe and round and balanced with earthy minerality. The finish is long and sappy, with firm acidity. This is soft enough to drink well young but will come together nicely with a few years in the cellar. Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Volnay (March 2nd)

The Chantal Lescure Volnay is from 50+ year-old vines on sandy clay soils over limestone. Fermentation is with wild yeasts in cuve inox followed by 18 months in barrel, approximately 30% new, bottled without fining or filtration.The wine shows a deep red/garnet color with black cherry, blackberry and red currant aromas, quite floral and elegant with complex hints of earth,  brown spice and tea. With aeration, the palate shows a velvety, chalky texture backed by firm acidity with complex black fruits, mint, bitter chocolate and earth that continue in the long, sappy finish. This is a lovely "village" Volnay that is delicious, if a bit intense in its youth - decant if drinking now, this will really sing in three to five years and until 2030+. David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $31.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $67.99

Comte Armand 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux

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

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $219.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $149.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $147.99

De Montille 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles 1.5L

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $329.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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

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

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $389.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds

From a 1.51 ha parcel in the rocky soils of Taillepieds. Biodynamically farmed 100% whole cluster. Aged in 30% new oak barrels. The de Montille 2016 Volnay Taillepieds is one of the highlights in a vintage full of effusively floral and vibrantly precise Burgundies. The wine has a pale ruby robe. The nose is exuberantly scented with sweet aromas of wild roses, cherry blossom, and perfectly ripe wild cherry. The palate is incisively stony with the breathtakingly pure red fruits framed with mouthwatering acidity and a sapid mineral core. The rising finish is impressively persistent and offers that classic peacock's tail of after-aromas and flavors. The impression is one of energy and lift rather than density or mass, though this has the balance to age effortlessly. An exceptional Taillepieds and a perfect expression of the virtues of the excellent, if difficult vintage! Bravo to Etienne de Montille! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $84.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $69.99

Faiveley 2016 Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru

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

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $269.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $89.99

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  • 5 in stock
  • $59.99

  • 1 in stock
  • $94.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $114.99

Rateau 2017 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 2017 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.  This is a beautiful wine that will give great pleasure in its youth - it's a bit softer than the 2016 -  and should be a superb mature wine as well, perhaps until 2035 and beyond.  David Lillie   *("A formation rare in Burgundy 'la grèze lithée.' An ancient limestone cliff dominated the slope in the distant past, which eroded leaving debris of small pepples which covered the slope at this spot from top to bottom - leaving a steep slope facing east with a soil rich in pepples, deep, warm and dry, where the vines roots penetrate deeply."

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2018 Beaune Les Beaux et Bons

Jean-Claude says this wine, sourced from lieux-dits Beaux Fougets (clay soils) and Bons Feuvres (iron-rich soils) on the Pommard side of Beaune, always shows aromas of "cerises noires" (black cherries).  The 2018 has a dark ruby, verging on purple robe. The ripe, lush nose offers plummy dark fruit aromas with notes of violet, cassis, and spice box. The palate also tends towards black fruits (there's that black cherry!), savory herbal notes, and a brooding earthiness beneath the ripe, exuberant fruit. There’s a lot to sort out here, but this has nice flair and concentration - give this a bit of aeration and it will be a very satisfying bottle with coq au vin or perhaps braised duck legs. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $199.99

Rouges-Queues 2017 Santenay

From 3 parcels of old vines in clay and limestone soils of the Les Saunières lieu-dit beneath Clos Rousseau. The 2017 Santenay has a dark ruby robe and is densely aromatic, with scents of violets, black fruits, black tea, and game. The rich palate is deep and layered offering flavors of blackberry, plum, five-spice, with an underlying mineral character featuring notes loamy earth. This is a generous Santenay with ripe pure fruit flavors underlain by sneaky structure.If drinking now decant or hold for 7-10 years. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Cote-de-Nuit

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

Arnoux-Lachaux 2017 Nuits St. Georges Les Poisets

From 60-year-old vines located beneath the Les Cailles premier cru. The soils are limestone marls. Fermented 100% whole cluster, 15% new oak. 

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Audoin, Charles 2018 Bourgogne rouge

This is everything I ever want from a village Bourgogne rouge. This entry level bottling from Marsannay is actually from vines averaging 90 years old, which is probably why it has so much density and aroma. The grapes are fermented partially with whole clusters in stainless steel and then aged for 18 months in ~25% new oak. Classic notes of forest floor mingle with juicy red cherry and cherry compote, everything dusted with clove, star anise and a smattering of dried rosemary. Solidly medium weight with very gentle tannins and balanced acidity, this wine is almost as good on its own as it is with game or coq au vin. Michelle DeWygaert

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $34.99

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $27.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $459.99

Bachelet, Denis 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $164.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $54.99

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

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

Chantal Lescure 2016 Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots

Nestled in between Richebourg and Romanée-Saint-Vivant and Echezeaux, Les Suchots is a premier cru break in the line of grands cru that runs from La Tache to Mazis-Chambertin, this is likely due to the small dip in the hillside that makes the climat cooler. But what a premier cru! The 2016 from Chantal Lescure is begulingly perfumed with aromas of tea roses, exotic spice, wild cherry, and a cool herbal topnote. The palate is lithe and racy with lovely flavors of red fruits and a game, with more of that Vosne spice and a fine grained structure that balances the lush fruit with bright acidity and framing tannins. This is delicious with a quick decanting, but should really shine with a few years in bottle. Gorgeous Suchots and attractively priced (relative to its neighbors). John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $129.99

  • Organic

Chantal Lescure 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Les Mombies

The lieu-dit "Les Mombies" is situated downslope by the road with limestone clay soils. The 2017 Les Mombies is aromatically reticent on opening with notes of black tea, hedge fruits, and soil. With air it becomes more expressive with blackberry, Italian plum, and game. The mid-weight palate offers dark fruit flavors and good concentration over a fine mineral core and tannins that are more crushed velvet than silken, and this has fine fresh acidity and nice lift on the finale. There are plenty of layers here even if full expressiveness is implied at this point. This is a lovely Chambolle "villages" and ought to shine with 3-5 years in the cellar and beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

From 50+ year-old vines in the upper part of the Clos (Lieu-dit "Montiotes"). Terroir pebbly clay/limestone. 12 btls available.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Vallerots

A new 1er for me. Apparently Les Vallerots is a near monopoly of Chantal Lescure per Jasper Morris. Dark ruby robe. The nose is a bit inscrutable on opening; with air, notes of black raspberry, plum, cherry pit emerge with a faint whiff on anise. The mid-weight palate is also a bit reserved, though it blossoms to reveal flavors of ripe raspberry, blood orange zest, mustard seed and pomegranate. There’s a fine sense of brisk acidity and stoniness—Les Vallerots is on top of the slope above the center of the village—lending energy to the wine through the mid-palate and on to the finish. There’s great flair here if you allow this to open up. The intersection of fruit and earth is compelling and satisfying; high altitude Nuits-Saint-Georges in character. If drinking now, decant for a few hours or better yet, cellar for 3-5 years. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes

From the village portion of Les Damodes on the Vosne side of Nuits St. Georges, long-time organic farming, minimal use of SO2. The 2017 "Les Damodes" shows a bright red/black color with very floral aromas of black cherry and strawberry liqueur, with hints of mint, licorice and brown spice. There is deep black cherry, strawberry and red currant fruit on the palate which is chalky, round and ripe and is nicely balanced by bright acidity, a bit of tannin and a hint of oak. This opens up with aeration becoming more complex, with pretty red fruits lingering in the finish. Quite delicious now, this will show best in 5 to 8 years when the tannins and oak have integrated.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots

 2017 Les Suchots. A bit backwards on opening, mostly showing forest floor and tart berries. But with air, the nose unfurls to offer effusive aromas of wild raspberry, blackberry liqueur, and crushed rose petals. The palate is generous and coltish with ripe flavors of Bing cherry, turned earth, and exotic spices, with good density and a fine core of minerality. Not quite as nervy as the 2016, but this has fine balance, ripe tannins, and sneaky persistence. Delicious with guinea hen in a red wine sauce with mushrooms over grits. But I can see enjoying this with gamier fare. This shows plush fruit and savory soil notes and should gain in complexity with a few years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chauvenet 2014 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

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

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $32.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $44.99

De Montille 2016 Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Malconsorts

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $374.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $289.99

Faiveley 2016 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

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

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $449.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $119.99

Giboulot, Emmanuel 2017 Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge Sous Le Mont

When they’re on the key word for 2017 red Burgundy is charming. There is freshness and life combined with a satisfying juiciness. I hesitate to characterize it a glou glou, as there’s perhaps a bit more substance and gravitas, but thirst-quenching isn’t far off. The 2017 Giboulot Sous Le Mont Hautes Côtes de Nuits has this vibrancy and charm. The robe is a translucent ruby color. The nose is floral and cool-toned with aromas of wild strawberry, pomegranate, and rosehip with suspicion of wet stone. The mid-weight, racy palate offers a punchy tart attack with flavors of wild raspberry and sour cherry, with a fine herbaceousness that lends interest while growing in the mid palate and giving way to a salty sense of minerality on the finish. There is some structure within, but the coltish character of the wine has the reins so to speak. This is a lot of fun to drink right now for the energy, but there’s a nice upside for mid-term aging as the underlying structure knits. I’d pair this with lighter dishes and younger cheeses or perhaps pan-roasted salmon. And while this may not have the depth of a Chambertin or the airiness of a top flight Chambolle there is plenty of personality to burn.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $369.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $499.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $649.99

Jane et Sylvain 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

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

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Fonteny

Jane et Sylvain have a superb, tiny parcel of Gevrey 1er Cru "Fonteny," high up in the southwest corner, separated from Grand Cru Ruchottes by a dirt track, certified organic. We have 36 btls of Fonteny for the vintage - given the structure of the "regular" Gevrey from Jane et Sylvain, the Fonteny will benefit from ten years in the cellar and should become a profound wine when mature.  In January of 2014, I tasted the 2002 Fonteny in the cellar with Jane and Sylvain.Their eldest son was born in 2002, so they saved a bunch for him, but were generous enough to share one with my father and me. It was transcendental - what I refer to as my "religious experience" with red Burgundy, and possibly one of the most memorable wines I've ever tasted. Flowers, stones, dried fruit, the subtle touch of tannin...truly a blissful experience. Jane says the wine has "la finesse du Ruchottes," referring to the Grand Cru vineyard that is literally feet away from the edge of their vines.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $78.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $94.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $434.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $104.99

Lignier-Michelot 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

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

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $344.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $524.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $274.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Trapet 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin

Domaine Trapet is deeply committed to organic viticulture and makes some of my favorite expressions of Gevrey-Chambertin—just the right balance of deep earth funk and pure fruit. The 2017 is high-toned and pretty on the nose on opening with raspberry and wild cherry aromas with scents of oolong tea and a bit of game following. The palate is ripe and limber with lovely red and black fruit flavors framed by ripe tannins and savory soil notes. There’s fine balance and though this isn’t quite as reserved as many of the other Gevreys, there’s an honest sapid character beneath all the charm and this should be delicious with a few years in the cellar. 2017 is a vintage where the exuberance of the fruit can run away with things but Trapet has managed to maintain pinpoint poise and balance. Lovely juice. Buy a few; drink now with quail, duck breast, squab, or anything featuring mushrooms or age for a few years and enjoy with a cheese course or a veal chop with cèpes. This is a sensational villages and worth a look. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Trapet 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Ostrea

From four limestone-rich old vine (planted in 1919!) parcels near the border of Brochon. Ostrea is so named due the the proliferation of fossilized oyster shells in the soils. Biodynamically farmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, 30% whole cluster. The 2017 is effusive on the nose with dark cherry, black raspberry, game, and black tea aromas. The mid-weight and sappy palate is endowed with pretty ripe, berry fruit, with an undercurrent of tangy acidity and fine-grained tannins with a persistent and rising finish. This is a joy to drink now, though there is distinct, if subtle, structure that bodes well for midterm cellaring. This is a more exuberant expression of Gevrey, but there's plenty of meat on these bones even if this more svelte than brawny in character. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Trapet 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Ostrea 1.5L

From four limestone-rich old vine (planted in 1919!) parcels near the border of Brochon. Ostrea is so named due the the proliferation of fossilized oyster shells in the soils. Biodynamically farmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, 30% whole cluster. The 2017 is effusive on the nose with dark cherry, black raspberry, game, and black tea aromas. The mid-weight and sappy palate is endowed with pretty ripe, berry fruit, with an undercurrent of tangy acidity and fine-grained tannins with a persistent and rising finish. This is a joy to drink now, though there is distinct, if subtle, structure that bodes well for midterm cellaring. This is a more exuberant expression of Gevrey, but there's plenty of meat on these bones even if this more svelte than brawny in character. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $249.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Trapet 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Capita

The 2017 "Capita" 1er cru is a blend of grapes from 4 sites Clos Prieur, Petite Chapelle, En Ergot, and Combottes. 60% whole cluster, 35% new oak. The robe is a dark ruby to the rim. The nose is floral and effusive offering an intriguing mélange of dark fruits, crushed violet, game, and pastille aromas. The palate is deep and savory  and shows a tangy mineral character, with ripe black raspberry fruit, framed by fine-grained, ripe tannins and driving energy on a long, rising. And while this is showing nascent complexity, there's still plenty coiled within. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Trapet 2017 Marsannay Rouge

From the Grasses Têtes and Grand Poirier lieux-dits. 10-20% whole cluster fermentation. The 2017 Marsannay offers aromas of wild strawberry, Morello cherry, black tea, and cool herbs on the nose. The mid-weight palate is a touch brambly, with wild berry and spice notes vying with a distinct earthy character for attention. The finish is persistent and offers a burst of black fruit and an almost minty character at the end. This leans in the direction of freshness, rather than rusticity and should age wonderfully in the mid-term, say 4-6 years.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Germany

Adam, A.J. 2018 Mosel Riesling Dhroner Hofberg Auslese

Andreas and his sister Barbara are working around 30 different plots on this mostly south-facing hill, a small portion of which remains terraced. No ungrafted vines remain, but these are still old vines, being planted in 1953. No botrytis in 2018, this is a beautiful Auslese for holding onto, really well-balanced. Incredible intensity with mineral cut, tart, zesty starfruit, peach candy, wild strawberries and cream. Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $73.99

Adam, A.J. 2018 Mosel Riesling Im Pfarrgarten Feinherb

Translating to 'in the garden of the rectory', this is a plot planted in the 1960s on a flat terrain of heavy, alluvial soils mixed with eroded slate from the Hofberg above. As one can guess from the name, the vineyard once belonged to the rector for the parish of the town of Dhron. Fermented with natural yeasts, unfined, and aged in stainless steel, when tasted in June 2019, the wine was a bit closed on the nose, reflecting the recent bottling; thankfully the palate is fresh, mineral and balanced with a prickle of acidity lifting the slightest sweetness of green plum and mango along with white grapefruit zest, a delicious feinherb that should settle in nicely. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $24.99

Adam, A.J. 2018 Mosel Riesling Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Kabinett

Andreas Adam took on his family's estate with the 2000 vintage, revitalizing and restoring old-vine sites in the towns of Dhron and Piesporter. His sister, Barbara joined in 2013 and together they take care of both vineyards and cellar work. Grapes for the kabinett come from a terraced parcel in the Goldtröpchen, with vines planted in 1909, ungrafted. This is such a fantastic kabinett: bright and light with ripe mango, tangerines and orange zest, and an elegant, lengthy finish. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 5 in stock
  • $46.99

Adam, A.J. 2018 Mosel Riesling Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Spätlese

When this was first tasted in the summer of 2019, it needed to shake some of its SO2 on the nose, but that will just take time. Beyond the SO2 are delicate, beautiful florals. The palate is sprightly and fresh, with notes of grapefruit, mango, and cassis. I have 'great' underlined twice in my notes. This is a wine to age, or if opening now, do so about a half-hour early and pair with spicy foods or cheese plates. Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $62.99

Beurer, Jochen 2018 Trollinger

Jochen Beurer's reds are truly a delight, and the Trollinger is one we look forward to every vintage. You may know the grape as Schiava (often grown in the north of Italy), but even in the warmer climate of Württemburg Jochen manages to coax out the the high-toned and chipper side of Trollinger to make this a lively, chillable red. Vines planted in the mid-seventies and farmed biodynamically, grapes are hand harvested, and the wine ferments in old barrels. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic

Beurer, Jochen 2018 Württemberg Rosé

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

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Biodynamic

Brand 2018 Pfalz Riesling Brand X Pinch 1L

Our friends at vom Boden have given NY retailers access to cases of the previously-exclusive Pinch Chinese x Brand Brothers dry Riesling Liters to sell to you for $20, and all proceeds will be donated to the Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation, an advocacy and action nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers – vom Boden is proud to have been a founding supporter. We are honored to participate in this opportunity to donate to this resource and offer refreshing wine to boot! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Brand NV Pfalz Cuvée Flora

Are you drinking enough Dornfelder? Did you have to think too long on that answer? Did you wonder, what is Dornfelder, and why am I missing out? Well, easy fix—'Cuvée Flora' has returned! Fun fact about this Dornfelder is you're going to pour it into the glass, and as you swirl the deep, opaque liquid around, you'll notice it's practically staining your glass. You're going to wonder why we suggested that you to put a slight chill on the wine as you gaze into its inky depths. Then you're going to try a sip and it will all make sense. Dornfelder was made to act as a blending grape to (mostly) add pigment to the lighter German red wines back in the mid-1950s and onward (it also happens to have great acidity and structure). When you break it down, Dornfelder is a crossing of Helfensteiner (Frühburgunder/Pinot Noir Précoce × Trollinger/Schiava Grossa) and Heroldrebe (Blauer Portugieser × Blaufränkisch/Lemberger*)—all those parent grapes rule; and Dornfelder deserves its time in the spotlight! As the chill wears off a touch, scents of bramble fruit, red flowers, and black raspberries proliferate. The palate has just enough structure and grip, balancing crunchy, black raspberries and plums, savory herbs, soy sauce and dark stone. Cari Bernard  ((*grape parentage information taken from Wikipedia))

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Dreissigacker 2015 Rheinhessen Westhofen Kirchspiel Riesling Trocken

The amphitheater-shaped Kirchspiel vineyard faces south-southeast with soils of limestone, marl, and clay. Jochen Dreissigacker farms these vines organically, and all spontaneous fermentation and aging occurred in stainless steel for this vintage. This is truly spellbinding Riesling with the beautiful concentration of 2015 balanced by bright acidity and the slightest bit of residual sugar. Honeysuckle, orange oil, mango and just-ripe peaches dance on the palate and linger on for ages. A delightful bottle that should age with grace for the long-term, and a thoughtful gift for the Riesling-head in your life. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Organic

Dreissigacker 2018 Rheinhessen Riesling Trocken

Jochen Dreissigacker took over his family's estate in 2001 and began to steer the vineyards towards organic farming, which are now certified as such. Their entry-level trocken is a sourced from a mix of estate and purchased grapes (all organic), from mostly south/southeast-facing sites on loess and loam. Fermented and aged in stainless steel tank, Jochen Dreissigacker was able to preserve a wonderful freshness and balance. This is a delightfully refreshing Riesling, with brisk acidity and notes of lush nectarines, tangerine juice and zest. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 58 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Enderle and Moll 2018 Baden Müller-Thurgau Müller

Young-vine Müller-Thurgau from both estate vineyards and fruit from Stefan Steinmetz, three days of skin contact. Tropical aromatics, ginger, and florals on the nose, the palate is ripe and spicy with notes of apricot skin, yellow apple, sandalwood, and juicy pineapple. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2017 Saar Niedermenniger Herrenberg Red Wine Trocken

The Falkenstein Red is sourced from 25-year-old Pinot Noir vines planted near the estate on the Herrenberg. Grapes undergo spontaneous fermentation and the wine ages for 18 months (in Fuder of course) with enough natural acidity to stave off malolactic conversion; this makes for a fresh and bright red! Showing a subtle nose of red currants, cherries, and graphite, the wine is medium light in body with more balanced acidity than the 2016. Ripe red cherries and plum skin, raspberry coulis, blood orange and strawberries sustain on a lengthy finish. Enjoy with rustic mushroom dishes, roasted salmon, charcuterie platters, winter squash soups. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2018 Saar Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Spätlese AP 6

The two different Euchariusberg Spätlese bottlings (AP 6 and AP 14) are sourced from two separate parcels, found further up the Großschock slope from the plots used for the Kabinett wines. CB   Fuder Klaus Lang 

  • white medium-sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2016 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

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

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2017 Mosel Batterieberg Riesling

This wine is sourced from a portion of a 1.1 hectare monopol within the Zeppwingert; created during the winters of 1841-1845 by blasting through the gray slate and quartzite with gunpowder charges. This area of the slope is extremely dry, with cooler temperatures and lower yields (~25hL/ha).Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2017 Mosel Steffensberg Riesling

Viewable from the estate, Steffensberg is the warmest site, boasting both gray and red slate with deeper soil. Gernot works a total of 1.5 hectares spread between some of the finest plots with mostly ungrafted vines. Portions of the hillside have been partially replanted due to Flurbereinigung (a remodeling/restructuring of the vineyards, adding access roadways and consolidating plots) starting in the 1960s. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Karthäuserhof 2010 Ruwer Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg BA 375

Karthäuserhof is a treasure in the Ruwer valley; a monastery run for nearly 500 years by Carthusian (hence the name) monks starting in the early 1300s, it was secularized in 1803 and purchased by a French general in 1811. Since then it's been passed down family lines for seven generations with its 19-hectare monopol, the Eitelsbacher Karthäsuserhofberg. Soils on the 'berg are mostly Devonian blue slate with iron oxide striations at varied levels of erosion, and some veins of clay in the soil below to help with water retention. The dense forests in the region bring both shelter from the winds on the slope, and also a variety of fauna and insects to the vineyard. In the bottles I've been able to try, I always find something mineral and green in these wines. Not green as in young, but green, like a freshly rain-soaked forest. In 2010 there were lower yields all around Germany, and this was also true in the Ruwer. Karthäuserhof had close to a 50% loss in yields, but was still able to produce a Beerenauslese, due to the clean, beautiful botrytis and sustained acidity from the cooling weather around harvest time. These bottles came to us from a private cellar, and we would love to hear any reports about how this is tasting. I'm assuming it's probably still very young!! Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

Koch, Holger 2018 Baden Bickensohler 'Ja Goutte!'

Holger Koch's wines are the sleeper hits of Swabia. His Pinot Noirs run the gamut from fresh, red-fruited, and bright to structured, umami-rich, and quite serious; and the Weiss and Grauburgunder wines showcase his dedication to making quality, complex wines from these regionally less-exalted grape varieties. 'Ja Goutte!' is, as the label may suggest, a more casual wine for drinking in the now. A blend of younger-vine Weissburgunder, Müller-Thurgau, Gewürztraminer, and Grauburgunder (15% whole cluster fermentation) aged in a mix of stainless steel and 500L neutral barrel. White fruit and flowers, stone on the nose, the wine has a lovely energy bolstering ripe pineapple, green herbs, white peach, apricot, Fuji apple with saline minerality on the finish. Enjoy with meatier fish, roasted chicken, cheese plates, risotto. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Koehler-Ruprecht 2018 Pfalz Kallstadter Steinacker Riesling Kabinett

Grey sandstone and pebbles mark the Steinacker vineyard, which sits just across the road from the Saumagen vineyard, Koehler-Ruprecht's grand cru site. On the nose, hints of apricot and lime zest compliment a fresh smokiness. The palate has supple flavors of golden apple and cured apricot. Structurally,  there is a delicious marriage between sweetness and focused, bright minerality. David H

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

  • Organic

Kraemer, Stephan 2016 Franken Auernhofen Silvaner Muschelkalk Trocken

We had to grab some of Stephan Kraemer's Silvaner from Muschelkalk, or shell limestone soils. This is actually from their 18 year-old vines (their 50 y/o vines are used for the Silex bottling). Certified organic farming (since 1990) and dilligent attention to soil health along with delicate hand-harvesting makes for high-quality material! Half of the grapes are directly pressed and ferment/age on the lees in neutral wood barrel, the other half is split between whole cluster fermentation in open vat with basket pressing and the final fourth is left to semi-carbonic maceration. All three parts are blended before bottling with 20 ppm SO2 added. Delicious and light, lime zest and green apple skin, salty and stony all at once. This is your new mineral water! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Kraemer, Stephan 2017 Franken Auernhofen Müller-Thurgau Pet-Nat

First-pass Müller-Thurgau grown on Muschelkalk (shell limestone) soils, whole cluster spontaneous fermentation in stainless, bottled with no added SO2. Tasting notes forthcoming! CB

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Kraemer, Stephan 2017 Franken Auernhofen Pinot Meunier Rosé

Hand-harvested from 40-year-old vines of Pinot Meunier (Schwarzriesling), directly pressed, spontaneously fermented and aged in neutral Burgundy barrel, with 20 ppm SO2 added before bottling. Tasting notes forthcoming! CB

  • rosé
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Kraemer, Stephan 2017 Franken Auernhofen Silvaner Trocken

Stephan Kraemer and his family tend 70 hectares of crops (grains, vegetables, sunflowers) and also care for cows and bees. On top of this they have four hectares of vines between two locations: Tauberzeller Hasennestle and Röttinger Feuerstein. They've been organically certified since 1990. Stephan works steep hillside sites and terraced vineyards, and has a focus on working with regional grapes, from Silvaner and Riesling, to lesser-known varieties like Regent and Bacchus. This wine is sourced from a mix of 18 and 50 year-old Silvaner vines from parcels on limestone and silex soils. The grapes are destemmed, directly pressed and spontaneously ferment/age in stainless tank. The wine stays on the lees until bottling and only between 20-25 ppm of SO2 is added. This is great Silvaner! Crisp and bright with some weight on the mid-palate. Notes of green and white apples, and freshly cut herbs, with just a whisper of salinity on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lauer, Peter 2017 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Neuenberg

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

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Stirn

Fass 15, Stirn (forehead), comes from near the top of the Ayler Kupp where the hill curves around; the meager soils, cooler climate and wind at this altitude make for a site that is often harvested last. A nose flooded with gardenias and magnolia blossoms, sorrel, stone and wild strawberries, the Stirn is singing with zesty green plum and mango, key lime zest, grapefruit, and nectarine, great balance and tension built on a mineral core. Cari Bernard

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

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Fass 7 Spätlese

Much like the Kabinett, grapes for the Spätlese are pre-selections from multiple vineyards on Ayler Kupp. Tasting notes forthcoming...Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 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, with slate at multiple levels of erosion, warmed by the afternoon sun. When we tried the wine a few months ago, it was showing a bit more reticence than expected (but we assume that's an unfortunate side-effect from tasting suitcase-carried bottles right after arrival). Subtle notes of green herb stems, delicate florals, and juicy orange, balanced with just a hint of sweetness. We look forward to re-visiting this bottle! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 16 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Ayler Riesling Fass 3 Feinherb

New to the US, sourced from a parcel adjacent to Stirn on the Ayler Kupp. Fass 3 is that electric, ever-so-slightly off-dry Saar Riesling we love: bright notes of juicy tangerine and nectarine are focused and practically shimmer on the palate. A lively pairing for ceviche, fried chicken, salty snacks, dry hot pot. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Riesling Feils (Saarfeils) GG

A warm vintage overall, Florian Lauer found himself not only harvesting earlier, but also had his work cut out for him at press time. Drawing inspiration from Champagne, he ended up fractioning at press in order to help preserve acidity and the overall style he wanted for each bottling. Saarfeilser is a Grand Cru site across the river from Ayler Kupp, with a warmer climate and higher levels of gravel in the soil. CB

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Riesling Kupp GG

The grapes for this GG come only from mid-slope Ayler Kupp, at the turn of the hill. This legendary location makes for age-worthy wines with verve and complexity. CB

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Riesling Schonfels GG

This steep site basically dead-ends into a cliff above the river and I found myself walking about one-third of the way down into the vines before deciding I still had things I wanted to do with my life, and tumbling off a cliff wasn't one of them. Proximity to the river gives adequate warmth and cooling breezes to provide the key diurnal temperatures that influence acidity and expressiveness of aromatics. The soil here is mostly blue slate, which also helps to absorb the heat from the sun. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic

Leiner 2017 Pfalz Riesling Handwerk

Demeter certified Riesling from the southern Pfalz, grown on a mix of soil types, including colored sandstone, limestone, loess & loam. The Riesling for the 'Handwerk' bottling is hand-harvested, ferments with no added yeasts, and is aged in steel tank. Even though 2017 was a bit warmer than 2016, it sure doesn't show here. 'Handwerk' is saline and bright, with fresh lime and lemon juice and just underripe apricots; mineral and electric. Cari Bernard

  • 54 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Biodynamic

Loewen, Carl 2018 Mosel Maximiner Klosterlay Riesling

As is true of many current vineyard holdings in Germany, this was once in the care of the church. In this case it was the Benedictine abbey St. Maximin. Once the land holdings were secularized by Napoleon, these parcels were snapped up by different families, and this particular vineyard was purchased in 1803 by ancestors of the Loewen family. Historically highly rated, this is a classic Mosel vineyard, with good sun exposure and Devonian blue slate soils. This wine gives way more mineral cut and salinity than would be expected in a warm vintage like 2018, deftly balanced by ripe mango and peach to round it out just slightly. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Loewen, Carl 2018 Mosel Riesling Leiwener Laurentiuslay Spätlese

The Loewen family began purchasing parcels of vines back in 1805, with a focus on top-tier sites. Their current 15 hectares stretch from the Maximin Herrenberg, where they have a parcel dating back to 1896, to the Leiwener Laurentiuslay, a partially-terraced south-west facing site, with decomposed gray slate easily warmed by the sun and fed by underground water sources to support the vines during dry spells. Not sure what the official news is on botrytis, but there is a hint of saffron on the nose, along with white florals, the wine has a great concentration and richness with ripe peach, mango, orange and tart tangerine zest bringing up the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic

Loewen, Carl 2018 Mosel Riesling Thörnich Ritsch Auslese

A fantastic Auslese from a warmer vintage: subtle and elegant nose of herbs and ripe citrus with no botrytis, the palate is layered and fresh, stone fruit and deep minerality with lemon candy and delicate florals. A bottle to cellar for at least ten years to begin to see the balance and intricacy of this wine. Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Loewen, Carl 2018 Mosel Riesling Thörnich Ritsch GG

Ritsch is one of those classic, epic Mosel vineyards: punishingly steep (second only in grade to the Bremmer Calmont), terraced and foreboding enough to remain untouched by the big vineyard remodel that began in the 1970s. Soils here are a mix of gray slate and quartzite and many of the vines are ungrafted. Bracing acidity and saline tones give way long enough for white grapefruit to flood the palate, a bottle to cellar, this wine needs time, but should reward your patience.  Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Melsheimer 2016 Mosel Riesling Handwerk

Thorsten Melsheimer has been farming organically in the Mosel since 1995 (certified ECOVIN) and became Demeter (biodynamic) certified in 2013. The 2016 'Handwerk' is actually a blend of three different barrels: a QBA trocken, Kabinett, and Spätlese, and the sum of these parts is a delightful slightly off-dry Riesling. Just a touch reductive upon opening, the herbaceous and cooler qualities of the vintage come through on the nose and the palate along with green apple, peach, nectarine, and tart apricot. This would be fantastic paired with spicy cuisine, fried foods, or brunch (it is only 10% ABV, after all). Cari Bernard

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $499.99

Prüm, J.J. 1971 Mosel Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Goldkap Auslese

The use of 'gold capsules' for J.J. Prum came as a response to when winemakers could no longer officially classify their Auslesen as one of four levels of 'quality'. In 1971 the law came down that estates could only use 'Auslese' on the label, and this was far too vague for some! Gold capsules became (for Prum) a way to further classify their Auslese bottlings: regular gold capsule would designate botrytis, and the long gold capsule would hint that this was an even more concentrated, higher-botrytis bottling. Being able to find such high-quality, botrytis-affected grapes would require more work, and smaller yields, so the longer the gold capsule, the more rare the wine usually was. However, this is specific to J.J. Prum, and was not a standard practice for all estates looking for further differentiate their special bottles. Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $749.99

Prüm, J.J. 1976 Mosel Wehlener Sonnenuhr Goldkapsel Auslese 375 (staine

The use of 'gold capsules' for J.J. Prum came as a response to when winemakers could no longer officially classify their Auslesen as one of four levels of 'quality'. In 1971 the law came down that estates could only use 'Auslese' on the label, and this was far too vague for some! Gold capsules became (for Prum) a way to further classify their Auslese bottlings: regular gold capsule would designate botrytis, and the long gold capsule would hint that this was an even more concentrated, higher-botrytis bottling. Being able to find such high-quality, botrytis-affected grapes would require more work, and smaller yields, so the longer the gold capsule, the more rare the wine usually was. However, this is specific to J.J. Prum, and was not a standard practice for all estates looking for further differentiate their special bottles. Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

Prüm, J.J. 1976 Mosel Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Goldkapsel Auslese (s

The use of 'gold capsules' for J.J. Prum came as a response to when winemakers could no longer officially classify their Auslesen as one of four levels of 'quality'. In 1971 the law came down that estates could only use 'Auslese' on the label, and this was far too vague for some! Gold capsules became (for Prum) a way to further classify their Auslese bottlings: regular gold capsule would designate botrytis, and the long gold capsule would hint that this was an even more concentrated, higher-botrytis bottling. Being able to find such high-quality, botrytis-affected grapes would require more work, and smaller yields, so the longer the gold capsule, the more rare the wine usually was. However, this is specific to J.J. Prum, and was not a standard practice for all estates looking for further differentiate their special bottles. Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $424.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling BA 375ml

When was the last time we had a BA from Schaefer at the shop? April of 2014. Have we tasted this one? No, but when there's Beerenauslese available from this legendary estate, you just say yes. (AP 16) Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $289.99

Schaefer, Willi 2016 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #14 375ml

If my notes are correct, the two Domprobst Auslesen released to the US take the #11 and #14 numberings. I did get a chance to try #11 at the estate in 2017, loved it, and also ordered the #14 (without being able to taste it) because the #11 was so inspiring, and #14 is supposed to be a touch more concentrated. I'm gonna wager it will be a great bottle to age for at least a decade. The 2016 vintage was both awesome and elegant at Weingut Willi Schaefer, and right now if you're not snapping these bottles up at 2017 prices, I don't know if we have anything else to talk about. Cari Bernard 

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $64.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 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. This year's #10 is all clover and cantaloupe on the nose, the wine has a mineral water quality and freshness with juicy nectarines, kiwi, Fuji and green apples, fantastic acidity and length, this bottle should age wonderfully!! Cari Bernard 

  • white medium-sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $53.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5

Different German estates use their AP numbers for different reasons. For example, at Hofgut Falkenstein, they use the AP numbers to refer to specific fuders (1000L barrels). At Willi Schaefer, numbers correspond to a 'style'. So for the Graacher Domprobst Spätlese there is a #5 bottling and a #10 bottling. Both Andrea and Christoph Schaefer have explained that the #5 is more concentrated and dense, whereas the #10 is lighter and fresher. This holds true in 2018, the #5 is SO YOUNG, wound up and dense, notes of Fuji apple, peach candy, wildflower honey, and a creamy finish. Hold onto this bottle please, this beautiful wine has so much to show, give it ten plus years to get there!! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 17 in stock
  • $64.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 1.5 L

Different German estates use their AP numbers for different reasons. For example, at Hofgut Falkenstein, they use the AP numbers to refer to specific fuders (1000L barrels). At Willi Schaefer, numbers correspond to a 'style'. So for the Graacher Domprobst Spätlese there is a #5 bottling and a #10 bottling. Both Andrea and Christoph Schaefer have explained that the #5 is more concentrated and dense, whereas the #10 is lighter and fresher. This holds true in 2018, the #5 is SO YOUNG, wound up and dense, notes of Fuji apple, peach candy, wildflower honey, and a creamy finish. Hold onto this bottle please, this beautiful wine has so much to show, give it ten plus years to get there (will age even longer en magnum)! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $152.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese

The Schaefer family still only farms 4.2 hectares, the majority of which tower behind their hometown of Graach (2 ha on Domprobst, 2 ha on Himmelreich), as well as .2 ha on the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, all in total, they work over 100 separate parcels. Graacher Himmelreich (Kingdom of Heaven) is home to Devonian slate soils (blue/gray) with a south/southwest exposition; the Himmelreich and its neighboring vineyard the Domprobst both have access to a unique network of underground water veins that bring a cooling element and much needed support to the vines on this fairly warm site. Grapes are hand-harvested, gently pressed whole cluster, and spontaneously ferment and age in old Fuder. In contrast to the incredibly low yields of 2017, 2018 was practically a bumper crop (I exaggerate). Delightfully floral on the nose, the Himmelreich is creamy and medium-bodied with notes of freshly-cut Fuji apple, smoke, peach candy, mango, salted orange on the lengthy finish. This would be a delightful Riesling to pair with the mix of sweet and richly savory elements of your holiday table, just make sure you open maybe thirty minutes before serving. Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $51.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

The Schaefer family owns 0.2 hectares within this famed vineyard in the Mosel, south-southwest orientation and classic Mosel Devonian slate with some clay below. We haven't had a chance to taste this vintage, will let you know when we do! CB



  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

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
  • 12 in stock
  • $32.99

Vetter, Stefan 2016 Franken Riesling Steinterrassen

"Not More But Also Not Less." This is the translation of the phrase printed near the base of every label of Vetter wine (and cider), and it perfectly sums up Stefan Vetter’s approach and commitment to his vineyards and wines. He works by hand in the vineyards, using organic and biodynamic methods. In the cellar he adds close to nothing, allowing for spontaneous fermentation, and uses a mix of used barrels of various sizes with the occasional stainless steel tank if yields are high. The wines spend at least 12 months in barrel, are unfined and unfiltered, and Vetter uses fairly low levels of sulfur (10-20 ppm) or none at all, depending on the needs of the wine. 'Steinterrassen' is in reference to the crumbling, old stone terraces in the vineyards, where there's both shell limestone and red sandstone soils. Grapes are hand harvested and are pressed with an old screw press, spontaneous fermentation and aging for the Riesling is in old wooden barrel. The 2016 is sharp, mineral, and very dry, with notes of green herbs and stone, sour tropical fruits and lime zest. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vollenweider 2016 Mosel Riesling Schimbock

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

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic

Wasenhaus 2018 Baden Gutedel

Alexander Götze and Christoph Wolber met while making wine in Burgundy. Their friendship led to their return to Germany, and they've made it their mission to find unique old-clone parcels of old vines, their total hectareage is currently at 1.33 ha, and they do purchase fruit, but only if it's organically/biodynamically farmed. The vineyards range in soils from shell limestone, loam, loess, and gravel, to volcanic soils on the Kaiserstuhl. Aside from Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay, they have Gutedel, otherwise known as Chasselas (30 y/o vines)! Grapes are (always) hand-harvested, 50% are destemmed and ferment on the skins in used 600L wood casks. Élevage is in the same casks and the wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, with lower levels of SO2 added. We look forward to trying this vintage! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Weiser-Künstler 2015 Ellergurb Riesling Trocken 'Grosse Eule'

The Ellergrub is a top-tier vineyard site with an extremely steep grade and ample amounts of dark blue and gray slate at various states of erosion. The old vines here give grapes that are perfectly suited for wines that exemplify Weiser-Kunstler's pursuit of tension and structure. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2018 Mosel Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling Auslese 375ml

The Ellergrub is a top-tier vineyard site with an extremely steep grade and ample amounts of dark blue and gray slate at various states of erosion. The old vines here give grapes that are perfectly suited for wines that exemplify Weiser-Kunstler's pursuit of tension and structure. Tasting notes forthcoming! CB

  • white medium-sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2018 Mosel Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling 'GE'

The 'GE' (Grosse Eule) is Alexandra and Konstantin's 'GG' for the vintage, and in 2018 Ellergrub took the honors. Not a surprise though, as the parcel is home to 100-110 year-old ungrafted vines on blue and gray slate, known for concentration, tension, and age-worthiness. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2018 Mosel Riesling Steffensberg GC

Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler also farm parcels in the Enkircher Steffensberg, which you may be familiar with through Immich-Batterieberg's bottlings. This is a south-facing, warmer site on a side valley away from the Mosel, with iron oxide and gray slate soils and older vines around 45 years old. Spontaneous fermentation and aging was in neutral oak fuder (1000L barrel). Tasting notes forthcoming! CB

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2018 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Sonnenlay Spätlese

The Wolfer Sonnenlay is a south-facing vineyard, located in a side valley adjacent to the Mosel river. In 2018, increased levels of peronospora reduced yields in this site, only a Spätlese was made. Tasting notes forthcoming!

  • white off-dry
  • 9 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic

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Barale 2014 Barolo Castellero

Castellero is located in the village of Barolo, between the more famous vineyards of Bussia and Cannubi. This steep slope is composed of well-draining calcareous marl which are perfectly suited to Nebbiolo. This site is planted to the historic Michet, Rosè and Lampia clones of Nebbiolo, and propagated by massale selection. The Castellero is deeper and shows more concentration than the normale bottling, with notes of cherry, red forest fruit, dried spices, herbs, floral notes of rose and violet, sweet spice, and undergrowth. Pair with roasted red meat or game, or cellar for a few decades. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic

Barale 2015 Barolo

The Barale Barolo is a blend of fruit from 3 vineyards (all in the town of Barolo): Castellero, Monrobiolo di Bussia, and Preda. The 2015 has good depth and extract, but it seems completely effortless in it’s elegance – this is wine that feels like it just exists – it hasn’t been forced in any aspect. In April it was aromatically seductive, with lovely orange peel and eucalyptus, silky tannin, and a long, expansive finish. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

Barale 2015 Barolo Castellero

Nebbiolo grapes from the Castellero vineyard in the Barolo commune, planted in 1979 and 1991. The grapes are hand harvested in the first weeks of October. The grapes are destemmed and crushed, with wine macerating on the skins for 30 days. Fermentation in 15-30 hl French oak lasts for 3 years, before being bottled without filtration. Bottle aging lasts a year before release.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Barale 2018 Barbera d'Alba Castle

This wine is from estate owned, 29 year old vines of organically farmed Barbera, trained in Guyot fashion. The vineyards are planted to soils of loamy silt and clay, with traces of fossils. The hard harvested grapes are destemmed and fermented in steel. There are 7 days of skin maceration. Aging is done for 12 months in barrel, with 6 additional months in bottle before release.

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $19.99

Barale 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba Le Rose

This wine is made with organically farmed Guyot trained Dolcetto vines. The grapes are hand harvested in the beginning of September before fermenting in steel, with a 6 day maceration on the skins. The wine is transferred for a quick period to oak while undergoing malolactic fermentation.

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $19.99

Barale 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo

From estate owned Nebbiolo vines, farmed organically and picked by hand. Vineyards are planted on calcareous soils and trained in low Guyot fashion. Fermented in oak with natural yeasts, this wine sees 10 days of skin maceration. The wine sees 12 months in barrel, before 6 more months in bottle prior to release. The 2018 Nebbiolo is very clean and edgy, with zesty dried red fruits and dark mineral tones on the nose and palate. While drinking, I thought about how well the bottle would suit a small chill, and how it could be a red for the warmer months approaching. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

Boggione, Claudio 2013 Barolo Brunate

Last week marked the 3rd time I’ve tasted three vintages of Boggione Brunate together, and it’s reinforced how consistent in quality the wines are, expressive of vintage, but very un-fussed with in the cellar. The 2013 is showing very savory, earthy and chalky, with some cherry fruit and very fine ripe tannin. It’s an expansive mouthful, in a way that suggests it’s going to drink well fairly soon. A very fine wine indeed! Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Boggione, Claudio 2015 Barolo Brunate

After a decent interval to let the wine breathe, the 2015 shows its great potential – fragrant with flowers and earth; plenty of bright juicy fruit, but overall savory in character, with pronounced ripe tannins – as you taste the wine it blossoms, expressing both finesse and the power of Brunate - and it becomes increasingly delicious. I will put some bottles in the cellar, but given sufficient time in the decanter you can enjoy this now. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Brovia 2015 Barolo

At $58.99, this is a bargain Barolo – no irony intended / all things being relative. The 2015 is about 70% Brea Ca’Mia, a Grand Cru if there ever was one. Brea accounts for the intensely chalky, savory profile of the wine – a baby at this stage, and in need of a good 10 years asleep in the cellar. Still, a bargain! Jamie Wolff

A lot of structure in this young Barolo, and even after being open for over 4 hours it still seemed quite austere. Yet nonetheless very impressive, with a lot of complexity. Notes of medicinal cherry, raspberry, rhubarb, citrus peel, burnt orange peel, and very pretty floral tones of fresh and dried roses. The palate shows prominent tannins that will take a few years to soften. No need to rush this wine. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic

Brovia 2015 Barolo Brea Ca'Mia

The range of wines at Brovia always show individual character, but this is amplified in 2015. Alex Sanchez (of Brovia) told us that he sees 2015 as first “a vintage of terroir”; when we get to the Brea Ca’Mia one of our group says “Serralunga to 11”, which pretty well sums it up, except that there are only a few other wines from Serralunga of this quality (side diatribe: most Rionda misses the standard). As usual the Ca’Mia is the most tannic and structured of the line-up, this is certainly a long-term prospect. 111 points. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Brovia 2015 Barolo Garblet Sué

I thought this was the best Garblet Sue I’ve tasted in 20 years of visiting Brovia. I often find this wine opaque (from a sensory perspective), but I don’t think I’ve had a chance to taste a mature bottle. By contrast the 2015, while quite dense and rich, was very expressive and showed a depth and complexity that was exciting. One for the cellar. Jamie Wolff

All density, dark fruit, and spice. More medicinal than the normale bottling, with black cherry, cedar, licorice and baking spice. Quite dark and brooding, this will need a number of years to come into it's own. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Brovia 2015 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione

As always, this is a special wine. Elegant, but fairly powerful, tasted in May 2019 it showed a ton of depth amplified by ripe tannin, and a complex and super-long finish. In many vintages Brovia Rocche has made me think of Chambolle, but the 2015 is more in the line of Cote Rotie. Ok, that may be a specious comparison, but I do love Cote Rotie! Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Brovia 2015 Barolo Villero

– A beauty – tight, of course, and subtle and austere now, I thought this was a gorgeous Villero, with everything you’d want in a wine to put away for 20 years. Very fine indeed. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

Camparo 2015 Barolo Boiolo

The Boiolo is the only Barolo produced by our friend Mauro Drocco at Azienda Agricola Camparo, and it shows beautiful complexity. From 20-50 year old hand harvested  Nebbiolo vines in La Morra, from slopes of south-eastern and southern exposure. The vineyard is planted on clay-calcareous, calcareous-siliceous and marl soils. Grapes are picked in October, before being pressed and  fermented  in stainless steel tanks. Depending on vintage, the wine either sees soft  pump overs or a punch down of the cap. The method used on the 2015 Biolo is unclear. The wine ages  in French oak for 24 months before it  is transferred to bottle, where it rests another year prior to release. On the nose, there are fresh black and red fruits, a touch of spicy licorice, and a savory aroma that conjures a bundle of dried green herbs. The palate has a bit of flesh, edges of tannic strength, and a clean line of acidity. Ripe black cherry hang above flavors of earth and dark stones. A very pleasurable wine, drinking well today. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $44.99

Camparo 2018 Barbera d'Alba

This family estate, run by third generation winegrower Mauro Drocco, has been certified organic since 2000. The grapes come from both Diano d’Alba and La Morra, from vines (40-50 years old) planted on eastern and south-eastern facing slopes. Grapes are hand harvested, then the wine ferments in stainless (with daily pump overs) and spends 12-18 months in large oak casks and second/third fill barrique before being cellared for 6 more months in bottle. Dark forest fruit, like cherry and blackberry, on the nose, along with accents of espresso, herbs, and flowers. The palate has a base of lively red fruit, nuanced by flavors of cocoa shell and dark minerals. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

Camparo 2018 Diano d'Alba Superiore (Dolcetto) Sori B

According to Camparo's website: "Sorì means a vineyard with the best exposure to the sun in the local Piedmontese dialect." This wine is 100% Dolcetto from Diano d’Alba, which is where the estate’s winery is based. Grapes are handpicked from 30-40 year old vines on slopes of south-eastern and south-western exposure. The soil is complex mix of clay-calcareous, calcareous-siliceous and marl. The juice is fermented and aged in stainless steel (with daily pump overs), next resting for 12 months before being cellared for an additional 3-6 months in bottle. Fresh black and red fruits show on the nose, with hints crushed dark stones and violets. On the palate, there are flavors of wild cherry, with a touch of bitter skins, and blackberry. The mouthfeel is structured well with medium tannin. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $16.99

Camparo 2018 Nebbiolo d'Alba

Camparo’s vibrant  nebbiolo comes from 20-40 year old vines (hand harvested) in Diano d’Alba, harvested in October. Vineyards are planted on eastern and south-eastern facing slopes of clay-calcareous, calcareous-siliceous, and marl. Fermentation takes place over 20-30 days in steel tanks (with soft pump overs), before the wine is aged for 12-18 months in oak casks and barriques. There are 6 more months of bottle aging before the wine is released. The result is a wine showing woodsy aromas on the nose, with fresh earth, and mix of plum, raspberry, and blackberry. The palate has similar dark fruits, along with a herbaceous edge. David Hatzopoulos 

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Clerico, Francesco 2015 Barbera d'Alba

All of Francesco Clerico’s wines (Barbera, Barolo, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo) could be used in a class as textbook examples of traditional Langhe wine. Clerico’s certified-organic vines are in Bussia di Monforte (mostly in the Colonello sub-zone of Bussia Soprana, and also in Bussia Dardi), an easy walk from his cantina in Borgata Bussia Soprana - like the wines, a hamlet that feels as though time has passed by. 2015 was a good year for Barbera in general; Clerico’s is cool, deep, and lifted, with lovely balance between bright plummy fruit and earthy, savory and forest-y notes. It makes perfect sense for Thanksgiving, as it should work well with all of the varied components of the meal, even the cranberry. Jamie Wolff

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  • 18 in stock
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Fratelli Alessandria 2015 Barolo Gramolere

This shows a clear step away from the cooler Verduno wines, with silky, suave tannins, and a richer palate; it’s more muscular, and denser than the Verduno wines. It’s beautifully integrated and complete – quite amazingly appealing for new Barolo. I wrote that “this would be very popular”. Of course there’s only one way to find out… Jamie Wolff

The Gramolere from Fratelli Alessandria showed really nice intensity, both on the nose and the palate. The ripeness of the vintage shows, with a slightly candied and juicy quality to the cherry and raspberry fruit. The palate introduces more savory notes of cocoa nibs and some herbal character. Great density and richness to this Barolo that will appeal to folks looking for some broadness in their Nebbiolo. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic

Fratelli Alessandria 2015 Barolo Monvigliero

Dark red fruit, limestone – a juicy underpinning for firm chalky tannin, rich and lifted, pure and delicious. A grand cru wine, and some competition for that other Monvigliero…Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $274.99

Gea, Fabio 2015 Barbaresco Notu Seguiva le Gocce d'Acqua

Fermented in concrete and aged for three years before release. The nose is richly fruited, with bold red plum, spiced cherry, and fresh, healthy mulch. A hint of coconut shavings and nutmeg add a special aromatic accent. The palate is just as dynamic, boasting flavors of baking spice, espresso, roasted herbs, and savory dark cherry. The mouthfeel has a surprising fresh edge, with clean mineral zip and pleasant dusty tannins. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $99.99

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  • 2 in stock
  • $449.99

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  • 12 in stock
  • $849.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $799.99

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  • 7 in stock
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  • 1 in stock
  • $499.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $399.99

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  • 1 in stock
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  • 3 in stock
  • $599.99

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  • 4 in stock
  • $399.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $474.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $139.99

Negri, Giulia 2015 Barolo Serradenari

A stunning wine - my note from tasting in the cellar starts with a highly scientific, “Wow!” There is none of the potential excess of 2015, instead lovely fruit, with savory, balsalm and stony notes. You get the sensation of a dark core that has yet to blossom – giving the fruit a stony base and suggesting great potential in the cellar, although the wine is balanced and delicious now. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $94.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Negri, Giulia 2015 Barolo Tartufaia

Beautifully balanced between fruit and savory aromas and flavors supported by very fine ripe tannin and fresh acidity, with fantastic length. Vibrant, and super elegant – a remarkable Barolo. Jamie Wolff

My first experience with the wines of Giulia Negri, and after hearing all the hype, this one didn't disappoint. A beautiful lifted nose of cherry, cherry flesh, crushed pomegranate, raspberries, orange peel, burnt orange peel,  cedar, undergrowth, and dried flowers. The complexity translates well to the palate, with vibrant acidity framing well-structured tannins. Aromatically, this is one of the most beguiling Barolo's I've tasted from this vintage. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $64.99

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $79.99

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  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $109.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

Pelizzatti 1974 Valtellina Superiore Inferno

Considered to be the warmest part of the valley of Valtellina (hence the dramatic name) Inferno is situated close to the town of Poggiridenti, with the grapes growing on steep slopes and rocky soils. This 1974 has aged gracefully, with a faint grip of tannins and good acidity framing slightly vegetal and herbal notes of sage and mint, with coffee, tobacco, cedar, warm spice and hint of cured meat and smoke. Fully mature, this is a wine to be enjoyed now with roasted meat, game, or a mushroom risotto. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $44.99

Pelizzatti 1974 Valtellina Superiore Sassella

Sassella is widely considered to be the most noble and elegant of the five subzones of Valtellina. Terraced vineyards on steep, south-facing slopes produce high quality "mountain nebbiolo" with great ability to age. The 1974 Sassella from Pelizzatti still clings to a bit of fruit, with notes of dried cherry, cherry pit and red plum being accompanied by cedar, sage, and hint of smokiness. Drink now with roasted pork, game, or savory dishes laden with umami. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $139.99

Principiano, Ferdinando 2015 Barolo Ravera

Ravera di Monforte has an isolated feel to it - the position is definitely in a wilder spot than most Barolo vineyards, with a lot of woods around, and an air of peace that's unusual in an intensely farmed place. The hillside is very steep; there is a stream hidden in the woods at the bottom of the hill, and I imagine that in hot weather it's cooler there. Principiano's vines are left completely untreated, with flowers and grass allowed to grow without cutting; it's an Edenic spot. The 2015 is a very elegant wine, beautifully restrained, with a light body, but plenty of intensity. Lifted and citrusy, I think this has a tremendous future. Jamie WolffTo echo Jamie, Ravera di Monforte is one of the most soulful vineyards in Barolo that I have had the pleasure of visiting. There is a quiet about it, broken only by the soft humming of bees that buzz around the 100 year-old rosemary bush that marks the entrance to Ferdinand Principiano's vines. Though I might be guilty of slight hyperbole (my emotions sometimes get the better of me - and Ravera is an emotional place) the wine from this vineyard is quite exceptional as well. More perfumed than the Serralunga, with dark floral tones of dried violet, with deeper and darker fruit; macerated cherry, black cherry, deep raspberry and red plum. Beautiful energy on the palate, with vibrant acidity and a long finish. One of the wines I've been most eagerly awaiting to arrive stateside after tasting in Piedmont in April. Only 3,000 bottles per vintage. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic

Principiano, Ferdinando NV Dosset (Dolcetto)

Cowabunga! A Piemontese wine at only 10.5% ABV. And no added sulfur! I would say that's unheard of, yet here it is. Principiano's incredibly charming and utterly delicious Dosset (the name for Dolcetto in the regional dialect) is a beauty: light, fruit-forward and energetic on the palate, with soft tannins and lively acidity. The Dosset shows vibrant fruit notes of cherry, forest berries, red current and red plum, with beautiful floral tones of rose and violet. Very light when first opened, with some air it fleshes out a bit, and a purple plummy note creeps in, along with a hint of spice. Great with a slight chill. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 11 in stock
  • $109.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $139.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $129.99

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  • 5 in stock
  • $89.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $649.99

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  • 7 in stock
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  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $249.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $274.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $64.99

Rovero 2017 Grignolino d'Asti

We mostly taste Grignolinos that are dark, heavy, very tannic, lacking the freshness and charm that “correct” Grignolino shows. I think Rovero’s is textbook: light colored, aromatic of flowers, tart red fruit, with light tannins, and crisp acidity – all of this adding-up to a wine that I’d call charming for it’s easy drinkability, but underpinned by enough structure to keep it interesting. This, btw, is a red wine that is delicious a bit chilled, and it’s very versatile at the table. JW

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • red off-dry sparkling
  • 16 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

Trediberri 2015 Barolo Rocche dell'Annuziata

I'm not very attached to color analysis, but this wine has great color - by which I mean, for Nebbiolo, not very dark, in fact somewhat pale, but with bright cranberry tones - a sure sign that it's not too extracted. That visual translucence applies to the palate too - a surprisingly graceful wine for Rocche dell'Annuziata; rich with fruit but without any fat, and very long. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Trediberri 2018 Nebbiolo d'Alba

Fruit from Berri, the western-most vineyard in La Morra, and from Vicoforte, which is quite a bit closer to the foothills of the alps. The 2018 is a great introduction to Trediberri, a fine balance of fruit and savory aromas and flavors, beautiful balance, very classic in nature. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Versio, Francesco 2016 Barbaresco

Perhaps Francesco Versio is just young-looking… He has to have a lot of energy for his very demanding day job (winemaker at Luigi Oddero with Dante Scaglione) and yet he is also making his own excellent Barbaresco. The 2016 is about 65% from San Cristoforo and the balance from Cotta and Starderi (all in Neive). Tasted in late June the wine was showing gorgeously, very open and complete, savory with delicate citrusy aromatics, and beautifully balanced – a super elegant and refined Barbaresco. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

Italy Tuscany

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $89.99

Fornacina 2017 Rosso di Montalcino

Making some of our favorite Brunello wines, Simone and Mauro Biliorsi farm six hectares of vines just outside of the historic town of Montalcino. The vineyards were converted to organic farming in 2004, and the conscientious work in the vines is mirrored in the traditional winemaking: fermentation using only indigenous yeasts, and the wine is raised in large Slovenian oak barrels with a volume between 20 and 35 hectoliters. In the 2017 vintage, the Biliorsi brothers made no Brunello di Montalcino, feeling the quality just wasn't there. All the grapes, including the oldest vines of the estate, went into the regular Rosso bottling. Upon tasting this wine at VinItaly 2019, we agreed we had to secure as much as possible. Though showing a bit of the aggressive character of this warm vintage, a quick decant softens it considerably, and draws out a deep and alluring wine that is both bold and refined, drinking very well now, but also with all the stuffing to age for a decade plus. The nose shows a wonderful combination of fruit and earth, with notes of cherry, black cherry, dried cherry, deep ripe raspberry, orange zest, bergamot, a hint of undergrowth, cherry leaves and a bit of black tea leaves. The palate is generous, with a full, rounded body, medium-plus tannins and good acidity, with notes of ripe fruit, an herbal component, as well as hints of baking spice, nutmeg, and a touch of vanilla. Pair with anything from red sauce dishes to braised meat, and don't hesitate to stock up and enjoy this wine years from now. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $15.99

La Gerla 2014 Brunello di Montalcino

A delicious, classic Brunello; La Gerla uses a blend of Sangiovese Grosso from both the Canalicchio and Castelnuovo vineyards with vines averaging 25 years old. The wine is age in large 50-100hl casks for three years, then bottled and aged for an additional year before release.

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $44.99

Lecci e Brocchi 2015 Chianti Classico Riserva

From very old vines, 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.  JW

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic

Lecci e Brocchi 2016 Chianti Classico

Aside from Gregory Dal Piaz’s fervent recommendation, I fell for Lecci e Brocchi for obvious reasons: the wine tastes like Chianti – very good Chianti, in fact. It’s aromatically quite intense, with bright red fruit bound to stone and savory rocky herbs. On the light side of medium-bodied, the palate follows the aromas – if anything the stony-iron character is more present. This is a very harmonious, long, and quite elegant Chianti.  Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Lecci e Brocchi 2018 Toscano IGT Il Meticcio Rosato

The delicious "Il Meticcio" is a blend of Canaiolo, Malvasia and Ciliegiolo - a blend dedicated to their mixed breed dog "Tiberio." The wine shows a deep pink color in the glass, with hints of salmon. The 2018 is a hearty and structured rose, with notes of dry tart cherry, ripe strawberry, red currants, and an interesting herbal character. Quite firm on the palate, with a bit of structured tannins yet quite bright acidity, and an undercurrent of earth and  mineral notes. The finish is long and lingering. Quite delicious now, but I wouldn't hesitate holding this for a year or two to see where it goes. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Monte Bernardi 2018 Chianti Classico Retromarcia

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

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $274.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $89.99

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  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

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  • 8 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

Italy White

Antica Tenuta Pietramore 2016 Pecorino Superiore

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

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $10.99

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

Cautiero 2017 Campania IGP Fiano Erba Bianca

From 100% Fiano grapes grown in clay soils in the Sannio DOC, in inland Campania. The vineyards are farmed organically and the wine is fermented with natural yeasts and undergoes malolactic fermentation. The nose os a beautiful medley of white flower and stone fruit, and the palate shows minerality, herbal character, as well as a hint of savoriness and petrol. Great density on the palate is balanced with good acidity. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $17.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $16.99

Contra Soarda 2018 Breganze Vespaiolo Soarda Bianco

Vespaiolo derives its name from the wasps (vespa) that feed on the grapes as sugar accumulates later in the season. The wines are often made into a passito style sweet wine but this wine shines as a rich, dry wine with bountiful aromatics. The vines are planted on a decomposed volcanic soil at high density to limit yields, and are fermented with native yeast in steel.

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • no discount
  • $31.99

  • white fortified
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

Giol 2018 Prosecco Sur Lie (organic, no so2)

Another rare wine in the world of Prosecco – a true natural wine, certified organic, made without sulphur, refermented in bottle and aged on the lees. What you get is Prosecco with real character and rich flavor. It’s aromatically bright with lemon notes, and in the mouth is bone dry with refreshing green apple, savory and stony, and great with food with its charming very slightly bitter and fresh finish. A wine that way out-performs at the price. Jamie Wolff

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

I Custodi 2017 Etna Bianco Ante

From a single vineyard  at 900 meters up the eastern slope of Mount Etna, this white consists of mostly of the region's indigenous Carricante (90%), while the rest is split between grapes like Grecanico and Minella. The 1.6 hectares of vines (the oldest being 40 years of age) are farmed organically and planted/trained in the ancient Alberello Egeo system. The grapes are hand harvested in late September. The wine is fermented with native yeasts, and spends a year in stainless. The nose displays the volcanic character of the wine, with hints of savory smoke balanced by clean orchard fruit and salinity. The palate has a bit of texture, with flavors of pear, lemon, salt and green herbs. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $42.99

Il Fortunato 2018 Prosecco (Organic, low SO2)

This is a rare item: Clean, crisp dry Prosecco, made from organic fruit, indigenous yeasts, very low SO2. This is a wine that will please everyone – your inner wine geek, and your (here please fill in the blank for your friend or relative who pays no attention to the details but will guzzle it down and ask for more). An amazing value! Jamie Wolff

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Koi Emilia Bianco Spumante Illusione (Trebbiano Modenese)

Flavio Restani, after spending years working for notable Lambrusco producers, is finally producing his own wine from 3.5 hectares of organic certified vines located just south of Modena. He is farming the notable grapes of the region (Lambrusco Salamino and Grasparossa) as well as Trebbiano Modenese and Trebbiano di Spagna. Selling off most of the grapes to pay for the vineyards, there are only a few thousand bottles of Koi available at the moment, and we were very happy to snag a few cases after tasting with Flavio at a natural wine fair in April. This delicious and refreshing sparkling is made in the ancestral method from the Trebbiano Modenese grape, and is undisgorged. Showing beautiful white floral tones on the nose, with bright citrus (lemon, lemon zest, lime) and pear and other orchard fruit on the palate. The palate is framed by bright acidity and the wine is in general very fresh, lively and giving. While it pours slightly cloudy (and the sediment does lend a bit of a mouth-coating aspect) there is nothing "funky" about this wine, it's just simply delicious! A wonderful aperitif, yet complex enough to accompany a meal. Oskar Kostecki

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

La Visciola 2015 Passerina del Frusinate IGT Donna Rosa

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

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lispida, Castello di 2017 Monselice Terralba

In the heart of the Euganean Hills in the Venetian region of Northern Italy lies the Castello di Lispida, an expansive estate built in 1150 as the Monastery of Lispida. By the end of the 18th Century, Lispida began producing wine and building one of the largest cellars in all of Veneto. By the end of the 20th Century, Dr. Alessandro Sgaravatti began adopting the philosophy of Japanese farmer and thinker Masanobu Fukuoka, a philosophy of “do-nothing agriculture” and total purity of the natural soil. Lispida’s Terralba is a blend of Ribolla Gialla and Fruilliano. Hand harvested in September, the chilled grapes are pressed, gravity fed and fermented in amphorae. Maceration of the skin occurs for 3 weeks.

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 52 in stock
  • $16.99

Mongioia 2017 Moscato d'Asti "Lamoscata"

Lamoscata 2017 is the first wine that Mongioia has made in anfora – in this case ceramic, so not very porous, with a very small exchange of oxygen – this is not Georgian-style wine. Instead I think the anfora confers some extra texture and complexity. How else to explain this quite extraordinarily, crazy complex Moscato, like no other in its class? The nose is multi-dimensional, with intense rich peach and apricot, and hazelnut dominating. The wine is very clean and fresh on the palate, boosted with a hint of green apple and plenty of those stone fruits. They carry through to a very long and lingering finish that seems to be supported and freshened by citrusy, icy spring water. A wild wine – a must try. Jamie Wolff

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mongioia 2018 Moscato d'Asti "Belb"

In the Moscato d’Asti zone, farming is driven by volume over quality – almost all the wine made there is from industrial agriculture and industrial winemaking, which is why Moscato is usually cheap wine in every regard. The fruit for Belb comes from edenic hillside vineyards where chemicals have never been used. The winemaking matches the farming. The result is one in a million (think Moscato from Bera, the best possible alternate to Belb) – a focused wine, fresh and clean, with deep layers showing classic Moscato attributes like apricot and pear, delicate floral hints and nutty flavors. Belb is relatively low in residual sugar so it tastes fruity rather than cloying. We sell a lot of Belb to people looking for Barefoot or one of the other brands; despite the relatively high price they come back for more, converted. Jamie Wolff

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Monterosso 2018 Etna Bianco Crater

Made from organically farmed Carricante grapes from a single vineyard inside the crater that sits towards the top Monte Rosso. The vines here average 70 years old. The ‘18 Crater is more substantial in flavor and weight than their Carricante released in 2017. On the nose, there are essences of smoke, light spices, lemon peel, and tea leaves. The palate is muscular, with a depth of lemon, pear, apricot and pepper flavors. David Hatzopoulos 

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Monterosso 2018 Terre Siciliane Etna Bianco Volcano

From organically sourced grapes, this white is 100% Carricante from the lower elevations at Mount Etna's base. The nose is subtle and pretty, with hints of cured lemon, green herbs, and wisps of white flowers. The palate is complex and layered with notes of salty yellow citrus and fresh grass. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $37.99

Montoni 2018 Sicilia IGT Grillo

Planted at over 700 meters – a high elevation that gives fruit with bright acidity, this is a stellar example of Grillo. The juice is fermented with skins for 3 days – enough to enrich the color and structure of the wine, but this is by no means an orange wine. It shows Grillo’s best (at 12.5° alcohol) with characteristic lemony herbs and mint, delicate floral notes, and firm salinity. The wine is fairy full-bodied, but remains lifted and bright. We drank some recently with grilled salmon (more than we originally intended since it was a school night - oh well - it was just too tasty), but it’s easy to imagine this working well with a big range of foods – or none. It’s a really delicious wine.  J Wolff

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $18.99

Orto di Venezia 2016 Sant'Erasmo Bianco

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

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 20 in stock
  • $11.99

Pranzegg 2015 Vino Bianco Caroline

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

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Biodynamic

Principiano, Ferdinando 2018 Langhe Bianco

Ferdinando Principiano's Timorasso is one of the most fascinating examples of the grape we have encountered. While some expressions of Timorasso can be a bit heavy-handed and blowsy, this one is extremely lithe and charming. Coming in at only 11.2% ABV, it is still very mouth-filling and expressive. The nose opens with beautiful notes of citrus and stone fruit, white flowers, honeysuckle and a slight herbal character. While the nose smells quite rich, the palate is very finely chiselled and holds a lot of tension, with great acidity. Even more citrus on the palate (lemon and lime) with an introduction of crisp green apple, and even more of an herbal quality (tarragon). A supremely satisfying wine. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $139.99

Suore Cistercensi 2018 Vino da Tavola Bianco Coenobium

From Trebbiano, Malvasia and Verdicchio  vines owned by the Vitorchiano Trappist Convent in Lazio. The nuns use a touch of copper and sulfur in the vineyards, along with organic fertilizer, before harvesting the grapes by hand. Under the influence/guidance of Poa Bea, this white sees extended skin-contact. 

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $23.99

Terraquilia 2017 Bianco dell'Emilia Col Fondo Terrebianche

This is a zesty sparkling from the hills of Emilia-Romagna. A blend of organically farmed Trebbiano di Romagna and Pignoletto, fermented méthode ancestrale, and left on the lees in bottle. The nose is a mix of bright citrus fruits (lemon, lime), apple, and fresh grass, paired with more savory aromas of warm herbs. There is a chalkiness on the palate that is both a structural quality and a flavor profile, along with notes of apple and lime. David Hatzopoulos

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

Kosher

Capcanes, Celler de 2017/2018 Montsant Peraj Petita

Celler de Capcanes creates a line of high-quality, terroir-driven Kosher from their old-vine Monsant vineyards. The Peraj Petita blend is 45% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo, 20% Merlot, 15% Syrah, aged party in steel and then for 10 months in a combination of French and American oak.  This wine is elaborated following Jewish Law and under the supervision of the prestigious Rabbinate OU from the USA and Kosher Federation of London in close collaboration with local Rabbis of Chabad Lubavitch. It is Kosher for passover and not mevushal.

  • red kosher
  • 39 in stock
  • $20.99

Joseph Zakon Wines 2010 New York Kesser Concord Kosher

Made in the tradition of Manischewitz, this is a classic sweet, fruity red wine made from New York's finest Concord grapes! Easy-drinking, low alcohol, best served chilled as an aperitif.  It is OK certified, Kosher for Passover, and it is mevushal.

  • red sweet kosher
  • 9 in stock
  • $7.99

Mt. Tabor 2018 Galilee Chardonnay

Mt. Tabor is based in the Lower Galilee and produces quality, value-driven wines. 100% Chardonay that is fermented and aged in stainless steel to maintain its bright acidity balanced by ripe, tropical fruit. This wine is certified OK, Kosher for Passover, and not mevushal.

  • white kosher
  • 21 in stock
  • $14.99

Tzora Vineyards 2017 Judean Hills Red

Tzora Vineyards are located in the acclaimed Judean Hills and have been focused on terroir-driven, old-world style wines. The 'Judea Hills Red' is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, 10% Merlot,  and 5% Petit Verdot aged for one year in French oak barrels. The wine is certified OK, Kosher for Passover, and is not mevushal.

  • red kosher
  • 21 in stock
  • $34.99

Tzora Vineyards 2018 Judean Hills Blanc

Tzora Vineyards creates some of the most sought after wines from the Judean Hills. Their estate vineyards are positioned on steep, terraced slopes with a variety of soil types with deep bands of limestone running throughout. The blend is 75% Chardonnay with 25% Sauvignon Blanc. A cool fermentation and the blocking of malolactic conversion keeps this wine crisp and bright, and the eight months is spends on the lees adds creaminess and a pleasant salty quality. The wine is certified Kosher for Passover, and is not mevushal.

  • white kosher
  • 9 in stock
  • $32.99

Loire

Autran, Michel 2017 Vouvray Ciel Rouge

Michel Autran's brilliant 2017 "Ciel Rouge" is from average 80 year-old vines in red clay over limestone, a superb Vouvray terroir. The wine shows a pale bright gold color, with subtle, very elegant high-toned aromas of poire william, green apple, grapefruit, fines herbes, wet stone and honey with a hint of oak. The palate is a rather intense blend of white fruits,  minerals, grapefruit pith, firm chalky acidity and bright citrus flavors that will need a few years to integrate. Showing a bit more weight than the "Enfers Tranquilles" the wine is nevertheless equally crystalline and intensely mineral.  Give this a long decant if drinking now, preferably cellar five to eight years, then enjoy for many years to come. This is a unique and potentially great Vouvray and is highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $44.99

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

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
  • 7 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 20 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Batardière 2017 Vin de France Pet Nat "La Croix Hardie"

'La Croix Hardie' is a methode ancestrale sparkling Chenin Blanc from Batardiere's youngest vines. Fermented in stainless steel, and then aged for two years in bottle in order to ferment to dryness. Up front the nose is bright, floral, and full of juicy citrus and apricot, on the finish there's a little bit of a savory funkiness to this bottling and could use a bit of cellar aging to allow all of these flavors to fully integrate as we've seen with some of his older vintages. Michelle DeWyngaert 

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Batardiere 2018 Anjou L'Esprit Libre

This bottling is a blend of three parcels from the Batardiere estate, with vines ranging in age from 15-90 years old. The wine is aged on the lees for several months in mostly stainless steel, and a small percentage is used to season their new 500L tonneaux. Farmed biodynamically with as little intervention as possible, the wine has a pleasantly rustic aroma mixed with ripe yellow apple and apricot. The palate is clean with a silky texture. Medium bodied and well balanced by the powerful acidity of Chenin Blanc, giving it a long, satisfying finish. This would be an excellent pairing for something delicate and creamy like scallops or butter-poached lobster. Michelle DeWyngaert 

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 21 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2016 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

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

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2017 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

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

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $34.99

Bejon 2017 Touraine Picrochole

Claire and Florent Bejon are humble winemakers from the Loire Valley. Florent has been the go-to bottler for natural winemakers in the Loire for decades, and at some point, he and his wife Claire decided to give it a try making wine - and we're glad they did! Grapes are slowly pressed in a very old manual press, and aged in old barrels in a troglodyte limestone cave (complete with classical music playing for the aging wines). This is all Cabernet Franc, from vines close to Chinon. Quite light and elegant in style, with a bit of carbonic gas to blow off. Great with food and with a light chill. 

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Cuvée Chevalerie

We're big fans of the Caslot family at Domane de la Chevalerie, who  make soulful Bourgueils from organic/biodynamic vineyards on their superb terroirs.  The Chevalerie vineyard is on mid-slope Turonian limestone with clay and alluvial sand and gravel topsoil, rich in silex; the vines average about 60 years of age. Slightly deeper and darker than the superb 2014, the 2015 Cuvée Chevalerie  shows a lovely deep red/black color and elegant ripe blackberry and plum skin with black pepper, stone, prune and roast meat. The palate is well-structured, round and quite concentrated with complex black fruit liqueur, spice, bitter chocolate, licorice and truffle, with a long finish of sappy fruit and mineral flavors. This is a beautiful Bourgueil of terroir that can be enjoyed now with coq-qu-vin, steak au poivre and grilled lamb, best to wait  3 - 5 years, then drink until 2035 and beyond. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chidaine 2018 Touraine Clos de la Grange Sauvignon Blanc

This incredible Loire Valley producer based in Montlouis sources grapes from several vineyards in Touraine to create this classic, easy-drinking Sauvignon Blanc at an affordable price. Vinified and aged in stainless steel, this wine is described by our friends at Polaner Selections as having "notes of citrus and stonefruit on the nose, followed by lovely acid and mineral undertones on the palate." An excellent choice for fans of Sancerre, or those looking for a light, crisp, mineral-driven white.

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Chidaine 2018 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

This Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent value from a deeply conscientious producer. Francois Chidaine practices biodynamics in his vineyards and takes the health of his soil and the environment to the next level by rotating cover crops and avoiding plowing. The resulting wine has a rich texture with a distinctly stony finish. The nose is delicate mix of white grapefruit, sage, and fresh white flowers, and the palate is fresh and rounded, only faintly herbal rather than overtly vegetal as some Sauvignon Blanc can be. The wine was aged and fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts, and spent several months on the lees before bottling. Well balanced and a great pairing for sautéed fish or vegetables and certainly with goat cheese. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 53 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $349.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

Deboutbertin 2015 Vin de France Pacotille

Wife and husband team, Stéphanie and Vincent Deboutbertin,  have been organically farming these 10 hectares of vines between Faye d'Anjou and Beaulieu sur Layon since 2012. This joyful team is committed to a non-interventionist philosophy by never adding or taking anything away for their wines; believing they are merely shepherding the grapes from vine to bottle. The Pacotille is 100% Chenin Blanc, directly pressed and aged in barrel. As this is a fully 'natural' wine, each vintage will show variation and embrace whatever funkiness arises!

  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Deboutbertin 2017 Vin de France Pacotille

Wife and husband team, Stéphanie and Vincent Deboutbertin,  have been organically farming these 10 hectares of vines between Faye d'Anjou and Beaulieu sur Layon since 2012. This joyful team is committed to a non-interventionist philosophy by never adding or taking anything away for their wines; believing they are merely shepherding the grapes from vine to bottle. The Pacotille is 100% Chenin Blanc, directly pressed and aged in barrel. As this is a fully 'natural' wine, each vintage will show variation and embrace whatever funkiness arises!

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Domaine Aux Moines 2017 Savennieres Roche Aux Moines

Beloved by our dear friend Pascaline Lepeltier (and us, of course!), Domaine aux Moines is operated by an incredible mother/daughter team organically, and now with biodynamic practices as well, farming ~10 hectares of Chenin Blanc. The vineyards stand next to the famed 'Coulée de Serrant' on South-West facing hillsides of predominately schist soils. The grapes are picked over several weeks to ensure even ripeness in the finished product. The juice is fermented to dryness in tanks and then aged in roughly 70% tank, with 30% aging in wood.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine de Reuilly 2018 Reuilly Les Pièrres Plates

Minerals for days is the first thing that comes to mind while enjoying this wine. Not only a great alternative to Sancerre, but distinctly of Reuilly, a nearby Loire appellation laden with Kimmeridgian limestone. The Domaine de Reuilly was founded in 1935 alongside an oak forest, which is still used by the Domaine for their barrels. Proprietor Denis Jamain has taken this estate to new levels of quality with organic and biodynamic farming.  The nose is delicate and opens up nicely as it comes up in temperature showing notes of fresh, clean grass, white grapefruit, and peach blossoms. The palate is lean and linear displaying the beautiful stony texture imparted by the calcareous soil. This wine will be a perfect highlight to shellfish and crisp salads, and lovely balance to lighter proteins and creamy goat cheeses. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 41 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine La Boheme 2018 Vin de France Mol (negociant)

Patrick Bouju sources grapes from within the Auverge, as well as farming several small plots himself. The 'Mol' is a bright, juicy blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Gamay. The Syrah is partially destemmed and goes through 10-day carbonic maceration, while the rest is pressed and then fermented and aged in fiberglass tanks.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Ecu (Fred Niger) 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Orthogneiss

The superb Domaine de L'Ecu Orthogneiss is from a 3-hectare parcel with 45-55 year-old vines facing southwest. The top soil is granulous and not very deep (30-50 cm). Sub-soil of orthogneiss, a metamorphosed igneous rock where minerals are arranged in bands, organically farmed since 1975, biodynamic-Demeter certified since 1998. Soil worked manually and yields are kept low. All grapes are hand harvested,  gravity fed with no use of pumps. Wild yeast fermentation, minimal SO2 used, aged on the lees in underground vats for 15-18 mon