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Back in Stock - Mountain Wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon from Thierry Navarre and Eric Laguerre!

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Eric Laguerre and Thierry Navarre produce some of the most authentic and delicious wines from the Roussillon and Languedoc - our last shipment from these two wonderful organic estates sold out quickly, but we're happy to announce that a new delivery has just arrived! (All wines will be available by Tuesday 8/4)

It being mid-summer, let's concentrate on the vibrant white and rosé wines from Eric Laguerre. Grown at high elevation in the Pyrénées Catalanes on acidic soils of decomposed granite, Eric's whites are scintillating and complex offering unique texture and flavors from this superb terroir and from the grape varieties - Grencahe Blanc and Macabeu for the Eos Blanc and Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle (Vermentino) Grenache Blanc and Macabeu for the Le Ciste.

2019 Eos Blanc - Subtle, floral, pear, stone, citrus and herbal aromas with an elegant, round and balanced palate of citrus, white fruits, hay and stone with crisp acidity. Really an elegant, refreshing and unique wine and a great price!

2017 Le Ciste Blanc - Aromas are intricately woven with notes of bright lemon oil, verbena, sage, and salty seashells. The palate is supple and round with generous flavors of pear, white flowers, thyme, and almond framed by pure mineral acidity. .

2019 Eos Rosé - This year Eric decided to make a lighter, fresher rosé from Grenache Gris and Carignan and it's really delicious! it shows a pretty, pale pink color with subtle aromas of rose and raspberry. The palate is fresh, light and round with lovely red and yellow fruit flavors, quite crisp and long.

And for lovers of Jura Whites, the 2014 "Oxy" -  Five years sous-voile. the wine shows lovely herbal, stone, citrus peel and strong oxidative aromas. The oxidation is less apparent on the palate which is extremely elegant and of course shows an intense minerality, with flavors of lemon zest, stone and dried pear, finishing with terrific length.

 

Thierry Navarre

 

Besides making superb Saint-Chinian reds that go beautifully with grilled meats and stews, Thierry Navarre maintains local tradtions going back hundreds of years with his cultivation of ancient varieties such as Oeillade, Ribeyrenc, Ribeyrenc Blanc and Terret.  As at Domaine Laguerre, Thierry's vines are all on high, hillside vineyards, in this case above Roquebrun, northeast of Saint-Chinian in the Languedoc.

2019 Ribeyrenc Rosé - Tasted at La Dive Bouteille last winter, we loved the subtle raspberry and peach fruit of this light and distinctive rosé. At 10.5% alcohol it's a perfect hot weather thirst-quencher! Ribeyrenc is an ancient grape originating in the Languedoc, possibly related to Cinsault, last grown in the 18th and 19th centuries

2019 Ribeyrenc Rouge  - The aromas are complex with red fruits, spice, herbs, tobacco, rose petal and tea-leaf. Low-alcohol and  light-bodied and a bit delicate with plum, red currant, spice and smoke on the palate, with a long finish - fresh, floral, and unlike anything else, really a lovely wine!

2019 Vin D'Œillades - The 2019 has pretty, high-toned red-currant, boysenberry, black plum, violet,  spiced citrus and smokey aromas, quite fresh and appealing. The palate has  red currant, blackberry and plum fruit, it's light to medium-bodied, but with lovely ripeness and depth with refreshing acidity and good sappy length.

And for a real taste of long ago try the Vin de Grenache Demi-Sec - Every few years Thierry makes a new batch of his late-harvest "Vin de Grenache," made the way his grandfather did - this version is outrageous - it's an oxidative orange wine (!) showing a dark orange color and aromas of dried fruits - apricot and prune - brown spice, walnut, honey and wildflowers with slightly sweet palate of ripe black cherry, dried apricot, brown spice and minerals.

Our thanks to Corinne and Eric Laguerre and to Thierry Navarre for making such beautiful and authentic wines, at such reasonable prices!

 

 

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc

"Le Ciste" is named after a flowering bush that grows around the Laguerre's steep, organic vineyards in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet. The 2017 is made from equal parts Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle, Vermentino and Grenache Blanc and a small addition of Macabeu. Each parcel is hand-harvested, the grapes are fermented separately with native yeasts and raised in used demi-muid. This superlative cuvée is a fascinating showcase of the Roussillon's mighty terroir. The acidic soils of decomposed granite give this wine excellent mineral tension that deepens with time in bottle. Aromas are intricately woven with notes of bright lemon oil, verbena, sage, and salty seashells. The palate is supple and round with generous flavors of pear, white flowers, thyme, and almond framed by pure mineral acidity. This is a fantastic wine that is delicious now but will develop a beautiful honeyed texture and rich flavors after 5-10 years in bottle. Eric recommends pairing this with sardines on toast, goat cheeses, and roasted chicken. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

Eric Laguerre's parcels for this cuvée are planted on plateaus fringed with flowering "ciste" bushes and wind swept trees. The Pyrénées loom in the distance and the afternoon sun reflecting off the decomposed granite gives his vineyards a sort of shimmering quality. Eric's bottling of "Le Ciste" is a faithful interpretation of each of these elements plus Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvèdre - some de-stemmed and some fermented on whole-clusters, separately, then aged for a year in barrel before being blended together in fiber tank. The 2017 has all of the bold flavor and texture of grapes that were allowed to fully ripen without any worry about lost acidity. At his altitude and with the help of granitic soils, Eric has little reason to pick early; his wines are vibrant and always have a marvelous backbone of mineral acidity. This is his fullest wine, with rich tannins and brooding flavors of fresh thyme, black pepper, bitter chocolate, and blood orange buoyed by ripe cherry. And while this is a handy and humble "grab n' go" for barbecues, Moroccan-themed dinners, etc., this wine has all of the potential to make us giddy and glad that we saved a few for 2030. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Le Passage

"Le Passage" is a hardy blend of 65% Syrah (de-stemmed) and 35% Carignan from Eric Laguerre's highest parcel (1,700 feet), on soils of decomposed granite. The grapes are pressed into fiber tank for fermentation with native yeasts, then aged in concrete with minimal added SO2. This cuvee is fuller-bodied than his "EOS Rouge," with the high-quality of his low-yielding Carignan on full display. Robust and rustic, with notes of blackberry, brown spice, plum and black currant on the nose which carry over to the palate. The slight citrus tang from the acid is delightful along with some soft tannins. This pairs fantastically with roast lamb, ribeye, and sheep cheeses.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

Eric Laguerre's "Eos Rouge" is an elegant blend of 90% Grenache from 40-year-old gobelet-trained vines, with 10% Syrah from soils of decomposed granite, gneiss, and some veins of quartz. Like "Le Passage," the grapes are fermented in fiber tanks with native yeasts for about two weeks, then aged in concrete. The 2019 is strikingly pure-fruited, with vibrant strawberry and red cherry aromas underpinned by earthy spice, red-currant, and bitter chocolate notes.  Strawberry and cherry continue on the palate with peppery tannins and mineral acidity from the high mountain climat. (Eric says that after 2 years in bottle, you might think it's Pinot Noir). This is a balanced wine that should pair wonderfully with grilled sausages, lentils, or goat cheeses. Open an hour before serving if drinking now, or hold for 3 to 5 years.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rosé

We've always loved Eric's rather full-bodied rosé, made from Grenache, Carignan and Syrah, but this year he decided to make a lighter, fresher wine from Grenache Gris and Carignan and it's really delicious! it shows a pretty, pale pink color with subtle aromas of rose and raspberry. The palate is fresh, light and round with lovely red and yellow fruit flavors, quite crisp and long. This is a complex, refreshing and delicious rosé and a sensational value!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 16 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

Eric Laguerre's EOS Blanc is terrific in 2019! From high-altitude vineyards in the Roussillon, approximately 65% Grenache Blanc and 35% Macabeu, harvested by hand into small baskets, with low yields, certified organic by Ecocert. Subtle, floral, pear, stone, citrus and herbal aromas with an elegant, round and balanced palate of citrus, white fruits, hay and stone with crisp acidity. Really an elegant, refreshing and unique wine and a great price!

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Vin de France Rosé Ribeyrenc

Thierry Navarre's new Ribeyrenc Rosé is simply sensational, unique and refreshing! Tasted at La Dive Bouteille last winter, we loved the subtle raspberry and peach fruit of this light and distinctive rosé. At 10.5% alcohol it's a perfect hot weather thirst-quencher! (Ribeyrenc appears to be an ancient grape originating in the Languedoc, possibly related to Cinsault, last grown in the 18th and 19th centuries, and now revived by Thierry and a few other growers). NB: This is the only 2019 Rosé that we have from Thierry Navarre, and the label is somewhat confusing! Despite the fact that it says "Vin d'OEillades" on the front, this is in fact the Rosé of Ribeyrenc. The production of this micro-cuvee was so small that the decision was made to reuse the same purple label.

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Vin de France Ribeyrenc

An almost extinct grape grown in the Languedoc, in southern France, Ribeyrenc has been preserved mostly due to the work of Thierry Navarre and his father before him, planted on slopes of schist, exposure south-east.  It’s thin-skinned and yields a fresh and vibrant red wine that could easily pass for a dark rosé. The aromas are complex with red fruits, spice, herbs, tobacco, rose petal and tea-leaf. Low-alcohol and  light-bodied and a bit delicate with plum, red currant, spice and smoke on the palate, with a long finish - fresh, floral, and unlike anything else, really a lovely wine ! EL

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Vin de France Vin d'Oeillades

Oeillades is an ancient Languedoc variety, probably related to Cinsault. Thierry Navarre, who is proud of his vineyards of "forgotton varieties," produces Terret and Ribeyrenc as well as this lovely light-bodied Oeillades. The 2019 has pretty high-toned red-currant, boysenberry, black plum, violet,  spiced citrus and smokey aromas, quite fresh and appealing. The palate has  red currant, blackberry and plum fruit, it's light to medium-bodied, but with lovely ripeness and depth with refreshing acidity and good sappy length. Good intensity of fruit but low alcohol, 12%, which makes it very food-friendly. Serve cool with charcuterie, burgers, grillled chicken and pork and mild cheeses. Highly recommended and a great value!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2018 Saint-Chinian Le Laouzil

Thierry Navarre's touchstone "Laouzil" is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from old vines planted on brown schist ("Laouzil" in the local dialect) soils in the rugged mountains of Roquebrun (Saint-Chinian). The grapes are de-stemmed and aged in neutral barrel before bottling with minimal sulfur. The 2018 has a beautiful robe of bright red/black. The nose shows decadent aromas of red currant, blackberry and black cherry, sage, and deeper notes of espresso. The palate is creamy, but not heavy with fine powdery tannins. Perhaps a bit brighter than the 2017, wonderfully balanced and accessible for drinking now. Flavors of black fruits, peppercorn, and savory herbs cling to a core of dense minerals on the long, persistent finish. Delicious now it will also benefit from 3 - 5 years in the cellar.

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2017 Saint-Chinian Cuvée Olivier

Thierry Navarre's  Cuvée Olivier is a blend from old vines of Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah in Thierry’s 12-hectare practicing organic estate situated in the AOC of Saint-Chinian, grown in brown schist soils that give density to the finished wine. On the nose it is deep and complex with dusty dark plum, boysenberry, pink peppercorn, sage, lemon oil, and clementine zest.  The palate is poised and structured, leaning towards more smoky and mineral flavors but is balanced by fresh fruit. Blackberries, citrus, and savory herbs come to mind on the finish that lingers on the palate. On day two the palate is beginning to open up with more fruit redolent of pomegranate seeds and  minerals.  Drink now or cellar for 10 to 15 years. Truly a great wine, perfect with grilled meats, tagines and stews and a fantastic value.

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre NV Vin de France Vin de Grenache Demi-Sec - arr

Every few years Thierry Navarre makes a new batch of his late-harvest "Vin de Grenache" - this version is outrageous - it's an oxidative orange wine (!) showing a dark orange color and aromas of dried fruits - apricot and prune - brown spice, walnut, honey and wildflowers with slightly sweet palate of ripe black cherry, dried apricot, brown spice and minerals. (It can be kept for weeks re-corked in the fridge) Serve with dried fruits and nuts, strong cheeses or just enjoy by itself - only 36 bottles for the US. David Lillie

  • rosé off-dry
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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Laguerre 2014 IGP Côtes Catalanes Oxy (5 years sous voile) -- ar

Eric has once again made a small quantity of "Oxy" - his extraordinary Grenache Blanc that spends five years sous-voile. The current vintage is 2014 - for any lover of Vin Jaune, or anyone making chicken with vin jaune and morels, this is a must buy! The wine shows lovely herbal, stone, citrus peel and strong oxidative aromas. The oxidation is less apparent on the palate which is extremely elegant and of course shows an intense minerality, with flavors of lemon zest, stone and dried pear, finishing with terrific length. We have 60 bottles and we hope to get 60 more in our next shipment - don't delay!

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur