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Warehouse Clearance and Odds and Ends from the Basement!

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In looking at our end-of-year inventories, we've found a few wines that we'd like to move out of the warehouse at reduced prices. These are delicious wines from organic estates that are sensational values for drinking over the next few years. In addition, we're offering a random but very  interesting selection of French wines that we found on the racks downstairs at the end of the year - usually on hold for someone or something, or because we wanted to save the last few bottles. You'll find some real gems in this group, it's worth a look, including some delightful wines from the Clos Roche Blanche. Happy hunting! (Wines are available Jan 7th)

Traginer 2016 Banyuls Blanc 750 ml

(Was $25.99 - OK, Americans don't drink Banyuls Blanc - but we should, it's delicious, and we're giving it away!) This is a gorgeous Banyuls Blanc, that is to say a Vin Doux Naturel (at 17% alcohol)  made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Muscat grown in Traginer's organic vineyards above Banyuls. Beautiful aromas of lime flower, apricot, citrus, pear and almond. Very floral. The palate is deep and medium-sweet with candied citrus, apriot and stone flavors and terrific length. Serve not too cool, as an apéritif or with desserts of peach, apricot, pear and melon. Absolutely delicious! David Lillie 

  • white sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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Dal Canto 2017 IGP Alpilles Venino (No SO2)

(Was $16.99) Richard Dal Canto makes lovely wines in the hills south of Avignon on terroir of clay/limestone, from organic farming and vinified as naturally as possible. Grapes are havested by hand and ferment with wild yeasts. The 2017 "Venino" was made from Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet and Grenache, vinified and bottled without SO2. The shows a very dark red/black color with bright hints, with very ripe aromas of blackberry and blueberry - really showing the Syrah - with cassis and black cherry as well, and hints of citrus and licorice. There is bright acidity and a bit of tannin on the palate beneath dense black cherry and blackberry liqueur, quite sappy and dense with hints of bitter chocolate and cocoa. Enjoy this ripe and supple wine with a lamb stew, steak or tagine, even chocolate desserts. David Lillie

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2017 Vin de France Tous Cousins (Syrah)

(Was $12.99) The La Vrille et le Papillon "Tous Cousins" is 100% Syrah grown in clay/limestone soils in the Ardeche near Montelimar. Harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts, aged in vat for 8 months and bottled unfined, unfiltered and with minimal added SO2. “Tous Cousins” possesses a lovely nose of sour cherry, rosehip and bright tart fruit. That tart cherry profile carries over on the palate, along with underipe green herbs and fresh blackberry. Savory Syrah, yet with lively and vibrant fruit on the palate, this is a fantastic value and should pair well with aubergine, beet salad with goat cheese, or lamb kebabs. JDC

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $10.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2017 Vin de France La Tribu (Grenache)

(Was $14.99) Geraldine and Meryl Croizier make this lovely 100% Grenache with grapes grown on clay/limestone soils in the Ardeche, hand harvested, 8-day carbonic maceration, fermentation with wild yeasts, aged on the lees for 9 months in vat, bottled unfined, unfiltered, with zero added SO2. The nose features brown spices and bright cherry notes. The palate is more tame, with notes of cassis, sour cherry, subtle spice, and black berry. The tannins are soft and light, which add a savory texture to the wine. Light in body, this would go nicely with roasted chicken, cassoulet, or paired with hard cheeses.

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  • 0 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Les Fouques 2017 Côtes de Provence La Londe "L'Estelle" Blanc

The new "Estelle" Blanc La Londe from Les Fouques is made from old vines of 80% Rolle (Vermentino) with 10% Clairette and 10% Ugni Blanc. It's a more elegant version of the "Cuvée Aubigue," a really delicious, full-flavored provençal white with complex aromas of apple and pear liqueur and hints of dried flowers and herbs. The palate is round and ripe with white and exotic fruits, but with good acidity and a long finish with mineral flavors under the beautiful fruit. A great aperitf or accompaniment to full-flavored fish dishes and asian foods. Certified biodynamic (Demeter)

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Monts et Merveilles 2018 Vin de France Haiku

(Was $19.99)  "Haiku" is a blend of mostly old vines of Carignan with a small amount of Grenache, grown on limestone soils in  the Haut-Minervois near Cassagnoles. The 2018 deftly condenses all of the ripeness from the warm growing season into a plush offering of succulent red fruit with soft velvet tannins underscored by bright citrus acidity. There is a rustic character to the aromas: worn leather, game, and some funk mingled with earthy spice and hearty mountain herbs. This will gain complexity with 2-3 years in the cellar. Serve cool if drinking now and try pairing with charcuterie, sheep and goat's cheeses, or tagines.  Amanda Bowman

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Sarbèche 2017 Vin de France Syrah (Saint-Peray)

(Was $16.99) The 2017 Sarbèche "Comme une Lettre a la Poste" is from 100% Syrah grown in the Saint-Peray AOC on granite soils, vinified by carbonic maceration. The wine shows earthy blackberry and blueberry aromas with hints of violet, citrus and spice. The palate has nice texture and ripe black and blue fruits backed by earth and mineral flavors. The wine opens up well with aeration or a day in the fridge, drinking like a Cru Beaujolais made with Syrah! Serve with grilled pork and lamb, charcuterie, cow cheeses.  David Lillie

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  • 0 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Traginer 2014 Collioure Blanc

(Was $29.99) An outstanding and unusual white made by Jean-François Deu at the organic/biodynamic estate, Domaine du Traginer (Mule-driver) in Banyuls and Collioure. Made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Malvasia from low-yielding vines, on steep slopes of schistes above the Mediterranean. Tasted in January of 2018, the 2014 Blanc was showing beautifully with aromas of pear, apricot and citrus with hints of white flowers, stone and spice that continue on the palate which is round, dense, very mineral and long with  good acidity, complex and delicious. Serve with a fish stew, fish in sauce, white meats and a wide variety of cheeses.

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Turenne 2017 Cotes de Provence Cuve Bastien Rouge

(Was $13.99) Cécile and Philippe Bénézet produce lovely organic wines on soils of sandstone with clay and limestone pebbles ("gravoches") northeast of Bandol in Provence. The cuvée "Bastien" is made from old vines of Carignan with Mourvedre and Syrah, hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts, semi-carbonic, with minimal addition of SO2. The 2017 "Bastien" shpws aromas of blackberry and black raspberry with pepper, earth and floral notes. The palate is nicely textured with mineral notes below black fruits, citrus, spice, licorice and earth. This is a delicious and versatile Provençal red that will accompany grilled meats, roast chicken, charcuterie and full-flavored cheeses. David Lillie

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  • 0 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2012 Chinon Domaine

The Baudry Cuvée Domaine has changed a bit over the years, now made mostly from parcels in Saint-Louans on classic limestone/clay soils with the addition of juice from gravel terroir, giving a more structured wine that ages beautifully but also drinks well young. ("Chameaux" and "Molière" in Saint-Louans and "Clos Testu" in Chinon near Le Clos Guillot.) In 2012 the Baudry reds are low in alcohol, with lovely purity and fabulous mineral expression. It's an excellent vintage for the Domaine cuvée, showing deep black/red color with aromas of blackberry, prune, violet, menthol, pepper and smoke. Deep black and red fruits on the palate, very dense but relatively light at 12.5% alcohol and framed in cool acidity. This is really showing the terroir - a beautiful blend of graphite, stone and black fruits in the long finish. Lovely now in a somewhat austere style, this should be very interesting in five to ten years or more. (After three days re-corked in the fridge, the wine has fattened up with sweet blackberry and cassis followed by a nice mineral finish - really delicious!) Less wine is available this year so don't delay putting away a case! (Organic farming, natural composts, hand harvested, wild yeast fermentation, aging in five to ten year-old vat and barrel.) David Lillie

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry, Bernard & Matthieu 2018 Chinon Rosé

The Baudry 2018 Chinon Rosé is an early arrival this year as the wine finished its fermentation much more quickly than last year, ending up at 2 grams RS/liter and 13.6% alcohol - a bit riper and more viscous than the 2017. This year's blend was 50% from clay/silex soils and 50% from gravel soils, as in "les Grézeaux." As always this is one of the most elegant and delicious of all French rosés, a reflection of the superb organic vineyard work and the great terroir possesed by the Baudrys as well as their great talent in vinifications with minimal or zero added SO2. The 2018 Rosé is riper and fuller-bodied than the 2017, with gorgeous raspberry, strawberry and peach fruit backed by stone and mineral flavors and juicy acidity. Delicious now, this will drink beautifully over the next few years.

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  • 0 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2012 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Le Clos Guillot is a beautiful south-east facing vineyard, just east of the town of Chinon, above the Clos de l'Olive and adjacent to Le Chêne Vert. The upper slope of the parcel is clay over limestone (the lower part has sand and gravel over the rock, which permitted a tiny separate production from franc de pied vines, now mostly deceased) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. Fermentation in wooden cuves with pigeages, 15 months of aging in two to five year-old barriques. We have been buying this wine since it's first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons. (Tasted twice from barrel) Beautiful red/black color with elegant aromas of blackberry liqueur, earth, violet and minerals. The supple, elegant palate shows deep black fruits infused with earth and saline minerals with great freshness and fabulous length. A beautiful wine. Needs five years, best perhaps 2020 - 2035.

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2015 Chinon Les Grézeaux

From  60 year-old Cabernet Franc vines on a gravel soil over sandy clay and limestone at the bottom of the hill of Sonnay in Cravant. Aged 12 months in 3 to 10 year-old barrels.  Dark black/purple color with quite floral blackberry and strawberry aromas, with a bit of earth, spice and citrus. Very silky and supple on the palate ("We don't extract anymore" said Matthieu) with stony black fruits, meaty, chalky and long. Good acidity in the finish with graphite and velvety black fruits, quite elegant and closer to the 2014 in style than the other cuvées. This is a lovely "Les Grézeaux" and is highly recommended for early drinking or ten to fifteen years of cellaring.  David Lillie

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2015 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

Cabernet Franc from the Loire is one of the greatest choices for Thanksgiving - The Baudry Chinon "Domaine" is always one of our favorite reds from the Loire Valley and it's a sensational value as well.   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 with minimal added SO. The 2014 "Cuvée Domaine" was a sensational wine and really built to age, while the 2015 is a bit more round and forward, and even more delicious for current drinking. The wine shows a deep red/black color and beautiful aromas of ripe red and black fruits with hints of earth, roast meat, black pepper and violet. The palate is dense and sapid with supple strawberry and blackberry liqueur and mineral flavors lifted by bright acidity. The fruit is quite ripe but the wine is well balanced at 12.5% alcohol. This is a superb "Domaine" that is a bit less structured than the 2014 - it's delicious now and will be singing in 2027 as well. Highly recommended.   David Lillie

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2016 Chinon Les Granges

From 25 to 30 year-old vines on gravel and sandy soils over clay near the Vienne river. This "basic" cuvée from Bernard and Matthieu Baudy has gotten more and more "serious" as the vines age, giving a wine that is  delightful to drink young, but that shows surprising complexity and mineral character as well.The nose is full of dark cherry, raspberry,  bell pepper, crushed violets, and a touch of graphite. The palate is fresh, yet elegant, with a core of plush dark forest fruit with an underlying layer of herbasciousness and that wonderful Cab Franc  pyrazine quality. A knockout wine to pair with roast chicken. This is drinking very well now, but I wouldn't hesitate holding onto it for a few more years.

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2012 Bourgueil Clos Senechal

The Breton's Bourgueil Clos Sénéchal is always one of my favorite Loire reds. From a great terroir in mid-slope on clay over limestone "tuffeau." The vines are 30 to 45 years old, there is a three-week alcoholic fermentation with wild yeasts, no added SO2. Aging is in old foudres with minimal SO2 added before bottling. The wine is relatively light with subtle aromas and strong chalky acids - remarkably pretty when young, it ages beautifully for ten to twenty years depending on the vintage. The tiny yields in 2012 brought a bit more concentration and color but the wine retains it's light character with superb, complex aromas of ripe blackberry, red-currant, violets, earth, plum-skin and spice. The palate is light but intense with black fruits, very firm citrusy acids and a long finish of ripe berries and saline minerals. Beautiful now, best perhaps between 2019 and 2025-2030. David Lillie.

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  • 0 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
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  • red
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  • $24.99

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Clos Roche Blanche 2014 Touraine Rosé Pineau d'Aunis

This is the last vintage from our friends Catherine Roussel and Didier Barrouillet at the Clos Roche Blanche. In an effort to make these wines available to as many people as possible we are asking that purchases be limited to 3 bottles each of the Pineau D'Aunis Rosé and Gamay.  Catherine and Didier have had a profound influence on their peers in the Loire Valley and beyond, and have been an important part of Chambers Street from the beginning. Of course we will continue to visit them in Mareuil-sur-Cher but we'll miss having their beautiful wines on our shelves...

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  • rosé
  • 0 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos Roche Blanche 2014 Touraine Gamay*

This is the last vintage from our friends Catherine Roussel and Didier Barrouillet at the Clos Roche Blanche. In an effort to make these wines available to as many people as possible we are asking that purchases be limited to 3 bottles each of the Pineau D'Aunis Rosé and Gamay.  Catherine and Didier have had a profound influence on their peers in the Loire Valley and beyond, and have been an important part of Chambers Street from the beginning. Of course we will continue to visit them in Mareuil-sur-Cher but we'll miss having their beautiful wines on our shelves...

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos Roche Blanche 2014 Touraine Sauvignon Bl No. 2

This is the last vintage for Catherine and Didier at the Clos Roche Blanche. They have been important catalysts for organic farming and natural vinifications in the Loire Valley and beyond. With their intelligence, good humor and beautiful wines they made friends all over America and have been of great importance to us at Chambers Street both personally and professionally. This wine, the Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, was our biggest seller when we opened Chambers Street - now it is allocated to stores and restaurants across the country so while we may have less to sell it remains a sentimental favorite, and this last vintage is a worthy and delicious good-bye to all of their customers. The wine shows lovely aromas of pear liqueur, citrus, spice, lime-flower and stone with a hint of yeast. The palate is dense with ripe pear, lemon zest and minerals with a firm long finish of white fruits and saline acids. Youthful and delicious now, this will benefit from five to ten years of aging, or even more. Put some history in your cellar! Thank you Catherine and Didier!

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  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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  • white
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  • $199.99

Champs de l'Abbaye 2015 Monthélie Les Sous Roches

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

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2014 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette

Alain Coudert seems to make terrific wine every year and the 2014 Clos de la Roilette is no exception. A parade of awful weather early in the year finally gave way to sunshine from mid-August through September, imparting lovely ripeness to the wines balanced by good acidity. Not as structured as the 2010s perhaps or as dense as the 2009s, but the 2014s offer juicy, delicious drinking now with moderate ability to age. This lovely wine shows deep black cherry, blackberry, red currant and violet aromas with earth, citrus and spice. The palate is round with soft tannins but nice acidity, with velvety berry liqueur, beach plum, spice and licorice. Delicious! Drink now or hold for eight to ten years...

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  • 0 in stock
  • $29.99

Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2014 Fleurie Cuvee Tardive

From eighty year-old vines on clay and granite soil in Alain Coudert's beautiful Clos de la Roliette, just over the border from Moulin-a-Vent. By "Tardive," Alain Coudert implies that one should wait for this wine to mature, in this case probably about 5 to 7 years, although those unable to wait will certainly enjoy drinking it now. In the cavalcade of great Cuvee Tardives, the 2014 weighs in at 13% and shows a more weight and flesh than the racy and wonderful 2012, and a bit less structure than the 2010 (our favorite of recent vintages) and is brighter and more balanced than the monumental 2009. In other words, it's a fabulous wine that should be in the cellar of any lover of Beaujolais! The wine is a deep red/black color and shows fresh, high-toned aromas of blackberry liqueur, strawberry, violets, brown spice, licorice and grilled meats - really quite lovely. The palate is framed in stone and mineral flavors with firm acidity, with earthy dark fruits and an almost bitter finish of saline minerals and black fruits. This is a superb Tardive, very expressive of the manganese-rich soils and a lovely combination of beautiful floral/fruit aromas and a dark mineral-laden palate. Wait five to seven years, drink until 2030?

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $39.99

Dumien Serrette 2014 Cornas Cuvee Henri

From Syrah planted in 1913 in the lieu-dit "Patou" on granite soils in the southern sector of Cornas. Whole cluster fermentation, aged two years in one to three year-old barrels, approximately 600 bottles produced. The 100 year-old vines in Patou produced a beautiful Cornas in 2014 - lacking the ripeness and weight of the 2015, but lovely in it's own way, showing  a bright, deep black/red color with roasty blackberry and blueberry fruit, game, rose and spice-box. The palate shows black fruits, very deep and textured, framed in bright acidity with old-vine density and length. This is an elegant Cornas that can be enjoyed now with a steak or stew, but will age beautifully as well, best perhaps around 2030. David Lillie

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $44.99

Dumien Serrette 2015 Cornas Patou Vieilles Vignes

"Patou" is a vineyard in the southern portion of Cornas with vines planted from the 1920s to the 1990s on granite soils. The grapes are mostly de-stemmed, fermentations are with wild yeasts and the wine ages for approximately 2 years in 3 to 7 year-old barrels. While we don't like using other people's notes, we love what our friend John Livingstone-Learmonth wrote about this wine: "dark red robe. The nose is grilled, meaty, has a primal nature, real entrails in the glass, with pine, basil. The palate also gives pine woven into its plump blackcurrant content, and a broad, rounded mass. The tannins are ripe, supple, well entered. This is full-blooded, STGT (wine of terroir) Cornas, big on character, for the aficionados. It goes well long. Stand back: a freight train is coming! 13.5° alc." While it's quite impressive now, best to wait a few years then drink until 2035.

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  • $39.99

Finot, Thomas 2014 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Claude

Thomas Finot, who is resurrecting forgotten vineyards and varieties in the Isère, is also making brilliant wines from his tiny family vineyard in Crozes-Hermitage. He has 1.8 hectare of old vines in Larnage on a hillside with granite and limestone subsoils under interesting soils of white clay (kaolin). It's a great terroir, and the Cuvée Claude, homage to Thomas' uncle, is a superb Crozes from old vines showing a deep red/black color and elegant aromas of pure black fruits with hints of graphite, earth, bitter chocolate, menthol and clove. The palate is dense but not heavy with blackberry and red currant fruit, showing a bit of oak with citrus, mineral and pure fruits in the long finish. Delicious now, the wine will benefit from 4 to 6 hours of decanting, or cellar for a few years then enjoy until 2030.   David Lillie

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2010 Bourgueil Deux Monts

From 70 to 80 year-old vines in "Petits Monts" and "Grand Monts" towards the top of the slope above Benais, facing roughly south-west, clay over Turonien limestone. This is prime real-estate in Bourgueil. Tasted in January of 2012, this wine showed superb elegance and focus, with the great balance of Loire reds in 2010. Not for drinking young—hold for five years, then enjoy until 2040!

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Guion 2010 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

2010 brings us another great Cuvée Prestige from Stéphane Guion in Bourgueil, whose domaine has been certified organic since the 1960s. From vines averaging 50 to 70 years old. Perhaps less dense than the superb 2009, there is a bit more brightness and balance in this lovely wine which features high-toned aromas of strawberry compote with floral, herbal and musky notes, with hints of  roast coffee and bitter chocolate. Intense material on the palate with bright strawberry and cherry fruits encased in brisk, very earthy acids. A brilliant wine that needs five years or more in the cellar, peak drinking perhaps 2018 to 2030. If drinking now decant well in advance or open/taste/re-cork three or four days beforehand. 1985, 1989 and 1990 tasted recently at the domaine were fantastic — given the low price, this is one of the world's great values to cellar. Thank you, Stéphane!

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  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Guion 2015 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

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

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  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Final Cut (Semillon VV)

"Final Cut" is another soulful natural wine from Franck Pascal and Isabelle Carles at le Jonc Blanc in Bergerac. It's a special cuvée of about 100 cases -  the last harvest from a small rented parcel of old vine Semillon that is being torn out by the owner. The wine was vinified and bottled with zero added SO2 and shows ripe aromas of spiced pear, melon, candied citrus, chestnut and lime flower, lifted by bright acidity. The palate is ripe and sapid with pear, quince, stone and white pepper, finishing with preserved lemon and pear with saline minerals. This is a beautiful natural wine to serve with full-flavored cheeses, fish in sauce, white meats and soups or pâtés. Bravo to Franck and Isabelle!  David Lillie

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson

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

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  • $29.99

  • Organic

Peybonhomme 2014 Premières Côte de Blaye Cru Bourgeois

The Hubert family are owners of Chateau Peybonhomme-les-Tours in Blaye and Chateau La Grolet in Bourg. The farming here is among the best in Bordeaux, certified organic and biodynamic. The vineyards are a fantastic oasis of greenery compared to the rest of Bordeaux, and are located on slopes of clay over limestone giving the wines good concentration and firm minerality. From 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec. Natural, wild yeast fermentations. Extraordinary quality here for the price. The 2014 Cote de Blaye Cru Bourgeois is a bit more forward than usual,  showing deep cassis and red currant aromas, pure and ripe with hints of coffee, prune and spice. The palate is supple and deep with blackberry fruit, chalky minerals and terrific length. Serve slightly cool with anything from roast chicken to steak and full-flavored cheeses.  Did we say this is a great value?  

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Rousset 2015 Saint-Joseph

From a one-half hectare parcel of 60 year-old vines in "Les Rivoires" on the lower slope in Tournon, a cool, late-ripening terroir with clay, sand and stones over firm granite. Aged 12 months, 30% foudre, 70% 2 to 5 year-old barrels. Although normally overshadowed by the Rousset's superb Crozes "les Picaudieres," the 2015 Saint-Joseph is a great wine of terroir and one of the better Saint-Josephs we've tasted from this vintage. The wine shows a dark black/red color with deep aromas of blackberry and blueberry liqueur with plum, earth and smoke - quite ripe but with nice brightness as well. The palate is quite dense and supple with ripe black fruits and hints of blueberry, dark chocolate, black olive and roast meats  which continue in the long finish with pronounced mineral flavors and firm acidity. The Rousset Saint-Joseph is normally somewhat austere and tightly structured when young, but the 2015 will be quite delicious as a young wine if decanted for a few hours. Despite the more forward aspect, there is plenty of structure here for aging, best perhaps 2020 to 2030.  David Lillie

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Magnien, Stephane 2017 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

Les Sentiers is located beneath the Bonnes Mares grand cru, north of the village and shares similar soils.  The wines, while layered and elegant, are more muscular and velvety, rather than silken and high-toned. The  Magnien "Sentiers" is from vines ranging from 45 to 90 years old and ages for 12 months in barrel, 10% new, then 2 to 3 months in cuve inox.  The 2017 vintage is effusively perfumed, with aromas of black cherry, wild raspberry,  violets, forest floor, and iron.  Dark cherry, black tea, and blood orange peel on the sappy, yet chalky, mineral palate. As befits the cru's proximity to Bonnes Mares, this is a more masculine expression of Chambolle-Musiginy. There's good concentration of fruit here, in addition to distinct terroir delineation; with still more to be revealed as the structure resolves itself further.  Decant now or better still, hold for 5 to 15 years. Only 12 btls are available.

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Magnien, Stephane 2016 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes

From  vines planted by Stéphane's grandfather in the lieu-dit "Les Athets" in 1903 (115 years-old!), the rare and beautiful Magnien Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes is a lovely combination of finesse and ripeness, only 100 cases are made. The 2016 is lifted, buoyant, and luminous perfumed with aromas of wild strawberry and wild cherry and wild rose petals. The palate is ferrous and salty with succulent berry ripeness following. The vines are in Les Athets, which can make for a sterner expression of Chambolle, but the 2016 is silken and supple and has loads of charm, while possessing the structure to age effortlessly. A beautiful Chambolle and fantastic value. Lovely stuff! Decant if drinking now, better still in 5-8 years and beyond. John McIlwain

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Lafouge 2014 Auxey-Duresses Les Hautés Blanc

As easy as it is to forget the quality of Auxey-Duresses Blanc, it's just as easy to overlook the sensational quality of Domaine Lafouge. The Auxey-Duresses Blanc Les Hautés (from the lieu dit situated next to Les Vireuils in Meursault) displays a fine balance of white floral aromas (acacia and honeysuckle) with white orchard fruits on the nose. The palate is racy and mineral with pear and nectarine fruit vying for attention with a good degree of mineral cut. This is pretty and a fine value in white Burgundy.  John McIlwain

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Pèira Levada (Alexandre Durand) 2018 Vin de France Dynamite

We love Cinsault and this is a beautiful example from Alexandre Durand at Pèira Levada, made with a two month maceration without extraction and zero added SO2. The wine shows bright aromas of dark cherry, redcurrant and raspberry fruit, with a touch of rhubarb and a hint of an herbal quality.  The palate, though light, has nice density and length with deep black raspberry and strawberry flavors and a refreshing finish. The plots where the vines are planted have a high concentration of marble in the soil (woah!) and there is a cool minerality to this wine that lingers on the long finish. Quite unique, and an absolute treat, serve chilled with grilled foods, chacuterie and mild cheeses.

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Baudry 2015 Chinon La Croix Boissée

From a small parcel of sandy clay over limestone (calcaire micacé) on a south-facing slope above Cravant. 24 months of aging in 1 to 4 year-old Burgundy barriques. (Over the years, the Baudrys have moved to a more gentle extraction on this wine and have lengthened the barrel aging, never in new oak.) This is one of the greatest reds of the Loire Valley - at it's best after ten to twenty years of aging, the wine is also quite delicious, though with firm chalky tannins, when young. The 2015 is a bit softer and more immediately enjoyable than the 2014, but it's a superb "Croix Boissée" that was sensational out of barrel when tasted in February of 2016 and 2017. Tasted from bottle on arrival in NY, the wine shows a deep red/black color and lush aromas of blackberry and strawberry, with black pepper, rose, citrus, roast meat and earth - quite ripe but with nice brightness. The palate is a bit closed but showing real elegance of blackberry and red currant fruit, floral and balanced, with a dense core of mineral flavors and cool acidity. The finish is long and elegant with pure red fruits and firm structure. Decant if drinking now, best 2024 - 2040+  David Lillie

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Sansonnière (Marc Angéli) 2017 Vin de France La Lune

 In 2017, another vintage badly hit by the frost, the estate lost 50% of their crop, giving wines with a lot of concentration. The vintage was quite sunny and relatively easy in terms of farming, harvest was early with good ripeness. Acidity stayed surprisingly good, balancing out the little residual sugar left. A lot of honey, quince and liquorice both on the nose, the palate has a serious structure, the acid back-bone being discreetly hidden behind the ripeness. A bottle to enjoy with a Moroccan vegetable tajine and or chicken masala. You can cellar it for 10 years. 8g RS, 35 ppm total of volcanic sulfur. Pascaline Lepeltier.

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Domaine des Amphores 2017 Saint-Joseph Blanc 'Altitude 300'

Since its inception in 1992, Philippe and Véronique Grenier have practiced organic farming on their tiny estate in Chavanay, in the AOC Saint-Joseph just south of Condrieu. Their 2017 "Altitude 300" is a beautiful white Saint-Joseph made from 80% Roussanne and 20% Marsanne.The wine shows subtle, fresh Roussanne aromas of pear,  almond, hay, bitter lemon, stone and  lime-flower. The palate is refreshing and bright with creamy citrus, pear, apricot, thyme, flint and stone, with nice density and length and firm acidity. Drink now with fish  in sauce, chicken and white meats and cow cheeses. A lovely wine and a great value!  David Lillie

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Gonon 2013 Saint-Joseph 1 btl max purchase

“A stressful vintage” said Jean Gonon  when  we tasted with him in January of 2014. “There was no sun during the flowering, May was damp and wet, June was cold and grey, July was not bad. It was the first time we started picking in October!”  Yields were very low, especially for the whites, but the quality, given the poor conditions, was quite good, with the reliable Rhone writer, Livingston-Learmonth, even preferring the 2013 Saint-Joseph Rouge to the 2010! While Pierre and Jean do not share his opinion, the samples we tasted showed quite well.  ”Les Oliviers” showed very bright red/black fruits with good acidity and length – the wine is “solid” said Jean. “Tournon Sud” on granite was deep and dense with focused fruit, really very good.  “Saint-Jean de Muzols” on gneiss and granite was less dense but more aromatic and pretty, bright and very lovely.  The 90+ year-old vines of Trollat gave a superb wine, long and deep – it’s included in the 2013 regular Saint-Joseph.

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Gonon 2014 Saint-Joseph 1 btl max purchase

By now, CSW customers are familiar with the superb vineyard work and impeccable vinification and elevage practiced by Pierre and Jean Gonon at the domaine named after their father. With parcels of all massale-selection vines on the best terroirs of Saint-Joseph, this estate is making some of the finest and most traditional wines of the Rhone Valley. 2014 is perhaps the best vintage here since 2010, despite the uneven weather. A warm dry Spring with good flowering (which brought good yields) was followed by 8 weeks of frequent rains that fortunately stopped on August 15th. "...after that we had a wonderfull month with not a drop of rain. We started to pick slowly the chasselas and a part of the white September the 15th and 16th and we had a big storm the day after with 170 mm of rain, the rot came back very quickly but we had nice weather after that so we could  take our time to select the grapes. We are quite happy with the results..." says Jean Gonon. The various barrels certainly showed well tasted in January of 2015, but we are pleasantly surprised by the lovely finished wine tasted in January of 2016. (Note: The wine we are offering is from the second bottling, on February 22nd, 2016. While there may be very little difference between this and the first bottling after years of aging, the second bottling always seems more "harmonious" in Jean's assessment.) The wine shows a lovely deep red/black color, with aromas that soar above the glass of blackberry and blueberry liqueur, with violet, mint, licorice, cocoa, musk and brown spice. There is lush, supple, bright fruit on the palate - blackberry, blueberry, red currant, black olive and licorice backed by cool, firm acidity and a dense mineral core behind the fruit. Perhaps lacking the structure and depth of 2010, it's still a more "serious" wine than the lush fruit might indicate, and will drink joyfully now but will close up a bit and will be superb when mature, perhaps 2021 to 2030 and beyond. Bravo, as usual, to Jean and Pierre!

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Gonon 2016 Vin de Pays de l'Ardèche Les Iles Feray (1 btl Max)

From 25+ year-old vines on the plains and lower slope in Mauves and young vines in the Tournon coteaux vineyards, all actually in Saint-Joseph. Approximately 80% de-stemmed. (tasted just before bottling in late January) Pretty red and black fruit aromas with violet, licorice. Fresh supple palate with blackberry, bitter chocolate, rose, citrus, mint, licorice. Bright fruit, the palate is a bit soft, juicy and delicious, drink now – 2022.  The finished wine, in bottle, seems more "serious" with more structure and density, but still quite delicious now - drink over the next eight to ten years. DL

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