Superb Wines and Great Values from Domaine Barou in Saint-Joseph and Domaine Laguerre in the Roussillon!

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As soon as the tariffs were removed we placed orders with our favorite organic and Biodynamic estates in France that are finally arriving this month after long delays. Among the first to arrive are the extraordinary Vins de Pays and Saint-Joseph from Marie-Agnès and Emmanuel Barou and the vibrant mountain wines from Corinne and Eric Laguerre in the Roussillon. These honestly delicious real wines of terroir, from superb organic farming, can be on your table everyday for as little as $13.99 - they represent superb value! They also represent the great pride that these two families have in their work and their committment to produce the highest qualtiy natural wines that are affordable to all.

The wines have arrived in our warehouse and will be available for pick-up/shipping on Tuesday 5/18. Normal 10% case discount applies.

Certified organic since 1975, Marie-Agnès and Emmanuel Barou make beautiful Saint-Joseph, Condrieu and Vins de Pays on their ten hectares, mostly on the slopes above Charnay in the northern sector of Saint-Joseph. Their farming is exemplary, using their own compost, keeping the soil covered, plowing as little as possible and avoiding even the organic treatments against mildew, as they can harm soil fauna. The Saint-Joseph parcels are in Limony, on de-composed granite, and Charnas, on stone covered firm granite. The three wines offered today are extraordinary values: The Saint-Joseph shows dense, elegant pure Syrah fruit over earthy notes from the granite terroir; the Syrah "Cuvee des Vernes" from 45 year-old vines is a bit softer, a beautiful, complex junior Saint-Joseph; the Marsanne "Rendez-Vous" is one of the greatest values in the store with distinctive, ripe Marsanne fruit in a balanced and refreshing frame. These wines will sell out quickly, don't delay!

Marie-Agnès and Emmanuel Barou

For many of our Chambers Street regulars, Eric and Corinne Laguerre's wines need no introduction. His white EOS Blanc made from Grenache Blanc, Maccabeo and Vermentino is, in my opinion, one of the greatest values in the world of wine.  Laguerre's entry level reds are perfect for all occasions, with the softer palate of the Carignan/Syrah blend "Le Passage" contrasting nicely with the sharper, spicier EOS Rouge. Then, there is the special Le Ciste Rouge offering, a Châteauneuf-d-Pape of the mountains in both white and red, which is accessible and delicious in it's youth, and well worth aging for 8 to10 years. Eric has been farming without pesticides or herbicides for decades, and, speaking of regenerative agriculture, he hasn't plowed in 20 years! His vineyards are beautiful and full of life, and the wines are as vibrant as the place and the people. (EL)  (The Rosé arrives later this summer)

Eric Laguerre

 

 

Barou 2019 VdP Collines Rhodaniennes Marsanne "Rendez Vous"

The Barou family family makes delicious wines, and grows cherries and apricots on their mixed-use organic estate in Charnas, in the northern section of the AOC Saint-Joseph. Their 2019 Vin de Pays Marsanne is a simply superb everyday wine! Wild yeast fermentation, aging in vat and in 5 - 6 year-old barriques. Light bronze/gold color.  This needs a few minutes to open up, then showsbright  aromas of pear and peach, almond, lime-flower, lemon peel, smoke and hay, really quite pretty. Ripe stone fruits on the palate, primarily peach and dried pear with lemon, spice and saline mineral flavors with good balancing acidity in the long, refreshing finish. Serve this lovely wine with chicken, full-flavored fish, mild cheeses and Asian foods. This is a unique and delicious wine and an extraordinary value - highly recommended! 

  • white
  • 43 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic

Barou 2019 Vin de Pays Syrah "Vernes"

From 40 - 50  year-old Syrah vines in Charnay, just outside the Saint-Joseph AOC, on living soils tended organically for forty years by Marie-Agnès and Emmanuel Barou. Plowing by tractor or weeding by hand on the steep slopes. Hand-harvested, wild-yeast fermentations, aging one year in 4 to 5 year-old barrels. The 2019 Cuvée des Vernes is simply sensational and one of the best values in the store! The wine shows deep black/red color with lush aromas of blackberry liqueur, licorice, blueberry and musk with cool minty notes - really lovely! The palate shows cool dense black fruits with dark chocolate, blueberry, earth, smoke and citrus with a beautiful, refreshing finish of minerals and fruit. This is an outstanding Syrah, equal to many Saint-Josephs and simply delicious for current drinking. Serve a bit cool with almost anything from roast chicken to pork, rabbit, charcuterie and lamb, or just enjoy by itself. Case quantities are available. Highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2020 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

Eric Laguerre's EOS Blanc is wonderful again in 2020! From high-altitude vineyards in the Roussillon, on granite soils, 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 that is a great aperitif and will accompany a full-flavoerd fish dish, chicken and white meats.  This is a beatifully made, real wine of terroir at an unbeatable price! David Lillie

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2020 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

 Eric Laguerre's "Eos Rouge" is an elegant blend of 80% Grenache from 40-year-old gobelet-trained vines, with some Carignan and 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 beautiful 2020 shows bright aromas of cherry, strawberry and black raspberry with hints of blueberry and musk from the Syrah, quite pretty and pure. The palate shows a potpourri of ripe red and black fruits, with earth, cocoa and spice in a refreshing frame of cool acidity and mineral flavors.  The high altitude and the primarily granite soils give Eric's wines a bright and vibrant character that makes them great pairings with a wide variety of foods - we loved it with a grilled burger from grass-fed beef, but grilled pork and chicken would be great as well.  This is one of the best values in the store - thanks to Eric and Corinne Laguerre for their great organic farming and delicious, affordable wines! David Lillie

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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Barou 2019 Saint-Joseph "Un Autre Monde"

Domaine Barou has been organic since the 1970s and also produces cherries, apricots and peaches. The Saint-Joseph vines are in Limony, on thin granite soils in the northern part of Saint-Joseph. Shallow plowing ("griffage") is done in the summer, with rye and clover growing between the rows in winter. The grapes are 80% de-stemmed, fermentations are with wild yeasts, aging is primarily in old barrels.The 2019 Saint-Joseph shows gorgeous aromas of blackberry and blueberry liqueur with violet, spice, citrus and roast meat. Quite pure and lovely. Ripe black fruits, bitter chocolate, earth, licorice and citrus continue on the dense, lush palate which is framed in bright acidity. The finish is long with velvety fruit liqueur and mineral flavors. This is absolutely delicious now, and over the next 5 to 8 years . A sensational value and highly recommended!

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Le Passage

Eric Laguerre's "Le Passage" is from his highest parcel, at about 2,000 feet, on soils of decomposed granite. Organic farming, natural vinification, aged in used barrels. 80% Carignan with Syrah and Grenache. The 2020 is a lovely dark red/black color with deep aromas of blackberry, earth, dark chocolate brightened with violet and pepper. Dense, velvety black fruits on the palate - blackberry, prune and cocoa lifted by bright citrusy acids and finishing with a mineral kick. This is a beautiful expression of Eric's mountainside vineyards and a sensational value - showing the quality of his low-yielding Carignan. Drink now, served cool, with grilled meats, stews, and full-flavored cheeses, or hold a few years for a mature experieince. David Lillie

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $14.99

  • 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 Grenache, Syrah, 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.

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc

 Eric Laguerre's "Le Ciste," (named after a flowering bush in and around his vineyards) is certainly one of the most distinctive whites of the Roussillon. Grown in Eric's high-elevation terroir on acidic soils of decomposed granite, the wine is made from Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle (Vermentino), Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu. Yields are about 20 Hl/Ha, harvesting is by hand in small baskets, fermentation (wild yeasts) and aging is in small barrels. Complex aromas of lemon oil, thyme, hay and white fruits—a lovely melange with contributions from each variety and especially showing the Marsanne and Roussanne. The palate is dense, stony and saline with herbal, citrus, almond and white fruit flavors. The finish is long with mineral acids and white fruits that linger on the palate. Complex and distinctive as a young wine, this will accompany grilled fish as well as fish and chicken in sauce and goat cheeses, and should develop nicely with a few years of cellaring. Really a Grand Cru of the Roussillon and a great value! David Lillie

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur