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Taking inventory here always produces some real surprises, this time compounded by being way overdue. Now that we've more-or-less cleaned things up, we are open to receive your visit in person for the first time since forever. Protocols still apply: please bring your mask! It will still be great to see you!

 

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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

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Lignier, Hubert 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrees

From 50-80 year old vines from the 'Les Seuvrees' parcel located right below the Grand Cru Mazoyeres Chambertin.

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Magnien, Stephane 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes

2018 is a superb vintage for Stéphane Magnien and in particular for his new Morey-Saint-Denis "Vieilles Vignes," from  50 to 70 year-old vines in "Clos Slon" and "Cognes" on clay/limestone soils.  The wine shows deep, elegant blackberry and black cherry liqueur aromas, quite floral and ripe with mineral and meaty notes. The palate is round and deep with blackberry/cherry/strawberry fruit with hints of earth, citrus and spice, pure, long and well-structured with soft tannins and chalky acidity. Excellent length of black fruits with stone and mineral flavors.  Decant to drink now with a nice steak, best to hold three to five years, drink till 2030+ as this will be a superb mature Burgundy, but perhaps better to drink young for its gorgeous fruit.  David Lillie

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Vignes du Maynes 2018 Mâcon-Cruzille Manganite

Made from Gamay Petit Grains planted in 1953, grown on a limestone parcel high in magnesium, in the Clos des Vignes du Maynes in Cruzille, organic since 900 AD (!), now certified biodynamic. The energetic Julien Guillot vinifies his reds without sulfur or additives of any kind, producing complex, mineral, elegant wines that transcend their appellation.  The 2018s here are extraordinary, showing the elegance, purity and balance typical of the estate with the wonderful ripeness of the vintage. The wine shows gorgeous red and black fruit aromas with cranberry, earth, stone and musk and hints of mint, chocolate and spice. The palate is bright and silky with raspberry/strawberry fruit, citrus, stone and earthy flavors, that continue on the very long mineral finish. Always one of the greatest Gamays produced anywhere, the 2018 Manganite is a young wine that will benefit from decanting or five to fifteen years in the cellar. Highly recommended! DL

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Antonio Bernardino Paulo da Silva 1996 Colares Chitas Ramisco

Lovely bright red fruit. Very fresh and elegant.  

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Antonio Bernardino Paulo da Silva 1998 Colares Chitas Ramisco

More brick in color, with some dried fruit on the nose, olives. Reminds me of old Cab Franc, particularly from Raffault. Nice silky tannins.   EL

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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

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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

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Chapelle St. Theodoric 2010 Châteauneuf du Pape La Guigasse

100% Grenache (75 to 95 year-old vines) from yellow sand with a little clay on 1.7 hectares on Guigasse in the northeast of CDP near Pignan. Organic farming and old-school winemaking with 2-3 week whole bunch concrete vat vinification, natural yeasts only, minimal extraction, aged in 4-10 year-old 600-litre oak casks for 24 months, bottled unfined, unfiltered. The 2010 Guigasse is showing traces of lush dark red fruits that become exponentially more prominent with air. What really makes this wine compelling is an intense savoriness, reminiscent of dried herbs and browning meat that makes one's stomach growl in anticipation. The tannins feel quite well-integrated and there is good acidity, indicating that this has many years still ahead of it. This is very fine serious Chateauneuf and well worth a splurge as we head into the fall and winter months. SE

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Chapelle St. Theodoric 2010 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Grand Pin

Le Grand Pin is all Grenache from the top of the Pignan vineyard  literally adjoining the vines of Chateau Rayas on sandy soils. Whole-cluster fermentation in concrete vat with wild yeasts, minimal extraction, aged in 4 to 10 year-old large casks. The terroir here gives a relatively light-bodied, very fine style of Chateauneuf. The fruit profile here is the brightest and freshest of the range, with crunchy black cherry and raspberry, along with notes of kirsch, cocoa nib and leafy dark soil. This is a particularly elegant, Pinot-like expression of the appellation (those sandy soils at work) and there is a beautiful stony finish of striking length and intensity. Excellent wine, with great potential for the future. Sam Ehrlich

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Charvin 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

82-85% Grenache (av 50 yrs), 5-8% Syrah, young vines, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Vaccarèse  from Les Cabrières, 1 ha L'Arnesque, Le Devès, some sand, clay-limestone, galet stones soils, light crush, whole bunch 20-25 day fermentation, 1-2 daily pumping overs, press wine added, concrete vat raised 18-21 months, unfiltered. From the drinkrhone.com review: " red robe. Tea, smoke, sweet raspberry aroma here with a good, rocky cut of freedom and lift. It is good and upright, will be stylish. The palate links well to the nose. This possesses naked qualities via its pure fruit and clarity of definition. It is STGT wine (wine of terroir), very close to its source lands. Has a smoky, garrigue exit. It is a real winner, a wine for lovers of stylish, clear wine, no make-up worn. 15°. Drink untill 2033."

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Dard & Ribo 2016 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

The Dard & Ribo Crozes Blanc is 50-67% Roussanne (1986), 33-50% Marsanne (1986) from Les Bâties at Larnage.

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Domaine des Tours - Reynaud 2015 Côtes du Rhône Réserve

Dark ruby robe. Nose offers aromas of strawberry compote, kirsch, spice box, and a whiff of game. The palate is stony on the attack, followed by a flush of juicy, ripe red fruit, with a fine-grained spine of tannins to lend gravitas. This has fine sap and is in no way overwrought or hot as can be the case in 2015 but is concentrated and supple with plenty of upside for aging. This is really delicious and has that Rayas flair if not depth (or price) and is highly recommended. A great pairing with lamb loin chops, sugar snap peas and marinated black eyed pea salad. John McIlwain

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Finot, Thomas 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

Thomas Finot, who is making fascinating wines in the Coteaux Grésivaudan in the Isère, makes a tiny quantity of Crôzes-Hermitage Blanc and Rouge.  This beautiful Crôzes Blanc is from 100% Marsanne grown on the family's 1.8 hectare parcel 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 for Marsanne giving a wine that is ripe and concentrated but with a fabulous underlying stone and smoky character.  The aromas are of apricot, peach, mango and Asian fruits with stone and hay, the palate is dense with earth and mineral flavors below the elegant pear and yellow fruits, finishing with stone,  pear and citrus that linger. A great aperitif, this will pair well with any full-flavored seafood dishes, crab and shrimp, also white meats in sauce, goat cheeses and vegetable terrines.   David Lillie

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Finot, Thomas 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Classique

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 topsoils of white clay (kaolin). The 2018 Crozes-Hermitage is a delicious Syrah showing lush aromas of black cherry and black raspberry liqueur, with hints of blueberry and earth. The palate is elegant and dense, but not over-ripe,  perfectly balanced with cherry, black raspberry and red currant fruits with citrus notes in the long well-structured finish. This is a very stylish Crozes and a great value that will accompany a wide variety of pork and chicken dishes and mild cheeses. Decant and serve cool or hold for a few years then drink until 2030.  David Lillie

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Hauvette 2016 IGP Alpilles "Jaspe" Blanc

Jaspe is probably the best expression of Roussanne in France. While the grape can easily become heavy and honey-like when picked too late, the specific micro-climate of les Baux and the limestone terroir of Hauvette really reveal the elegance and nuances this grape can achieve. The balance and the freshness are not achieved solely by the acidity (quite low, as the wine is doing also its malo), but with a lot of dry extracts and a remarkable bitterness, Being a reductive grape too, the bottle-aging brings more saltiness while helping the wine to lose its baby fat. This wine for sure needs some cellaring, and if 2016 is tasting great right now, it is still a baby! The 15 year-old vines are whole cluster pressed and aged in tank, concrete and steel. Dominique is very careful about the reduction, so racks when needed. She prefers though  to age this wine on its fermentation lees. Sulfur dioxide is first used after racking and adjusted if needed. 2016 was more solar then 2017, yet the wine has a remarkable tension. The nose is slightly reduced - you will want to decant this wine - but opens up quite quickly on vetiver, wormwood, white peach and grapefruit with a hint of salted pine nut. The palate starts broad but becomes more and more focused, with a creamy  and graceful texture. The nuances of bitterness bring a lot of dimension to the finish, concentrating the savory elements and balancing the ripeness. This is a remarkable wine, and its future is bright if you can cellar it. Otherwise decant it and don't serve it too cold. Pair it with a John Dory cooked in an abalone, fennel and lemon broth, a slowly roasted guinea hen with a celery and green apple purée or an aged Comté. 100% Roussanne, Pascaline Lepeltier.

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Hauvette 2015 Les Baux de Provence "Amethyste"

Amethyste is one of my favorite wines, a tribute to old vine Cinsault by an extraordinary vigneronne, Dominique Hauvette. There, in her biodynamically farmed domaine, she shows how beautiful this grape can be... For me this is the closest wine in France to Emmanuel Reynaud's wines (Rayas, Pignan, Fonsalette, Tours), these Grenache tasting like Grands Crus Burgundy by the Mediterranean. But here you are, with her old Cinsault grown on limestone. Dominique reaches this level of harmony and balance! To go along with the delicacy of that grape, she uses a little bit of Carignan for the tension, and a touch of Grenache, from the older vines she has. The result is a pure gem of a bottle, in every vintage, with a consistency of quality remarkable since the late 00s. All the grapes are destemmed and the wine is aged in cement eggs. Unfortunately, as the old vines Cinsault are giving less and less, the cuvée will evole slowly towards less of this magical backbone. You still had some in 2015 and 2016!  


In 2015, a solar vintage, the nose starts on the Cinsault and Grenache, combining some crushed wild strawberry, dried hibiscus, orange zest, iris root and oriental spices. The palate has a fake delicacy: it seems very tender with its tannins remarkably gentle but you have a real power under it! A lot of dry extract, the boost of the Carignan in the mid-palate, and the finish, caressing, lingering, revealing how Cinsault can be a complex grape. A little bit more on the plum and the dark berry on the palate. What a wine, a paradox on its own, incredibly easy to drink  but so complex  - it is really like Thierry Navarre's Oeillade meets Emmanuel Reynaud's Pignan! Serve it decanted, not too warm, in Burgundy glass, and enjoy it with a beautiful cut of meat, or even with a grilled red mullet, black olive reduction and confit tomato. 60% Cinsault, 30% Carignan, 10% Grenache. Pascaline Lepeltier.

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Hauvette 2016 Les Baux de Provence "Amethyste"

Amethyste is one of my favorite wines, a tribute to old vine Cinsault by extraordinary vigneronne Dominique Hauvette. There, in her biodynamically farmed domaine, she shows how beautiful this grape can be... For me this is the closest wine in France to Emmanuel Reynaud's wines (Rayas, Pignan, Fonsalette, Tours), these Grenache tasting like Grands Crus Burgundy by the Mediterranean. But here you are, with her old Cinsault grown on limestone. Dominique reaches this level of harmony and balance! To go along the delicacy of that grape, she uses a little bit of Carignan for the tension, and a touch of Grenache, from the older vines she has. The result is a pure gem of bottle, in every vintage, with a consistency of quality remarkable since the late 00s. All the grapes are destemmed and the wine is aged in cement eggs. Unfortunately, as the old vines Cinsault are giving less and less, the cuvée will evole slowly towards less of this magical backbone. You still had some in 2015 and 2016! 

2016 was a drier vintage than 2015, but the limestone and clay terroir of the cooler part of Les Baux where Dominique Hauvette is located preserved the freshness. It is also a vintage where you understand why Cinsault is such an interesting grape, with its delicacy  : it is perfectly suited for the climate of the area!  As usual, the nose has this beautiful balance between the crushed wild strawberry, the darjeeling tea and asian spices. It is really open now. On the palate, it is Burgundy meets the Mediterranean, with delicate, slightly sweet attack, picking up some tension in the mid-palate to finish with evanescent, chalky tannins. It is a bit more structured than the 2015, playing more the dark spices. A decade in you cellar would not be a problem, but if you want to enjoy it today, decant it gently for an hour or so, and pair it with a roasted bird glazed with Okinawa sugar and Marocan spices,  some smoked duck carnitas or a hen of the woods farotto.  60% Cinsault, 30% Carignan, 10% Grenache. Pascaline Lepeltier.

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Clos du Joncuas 2005 Gigondas Esprit de Grenache VV

This is Gigondas at its finest! 100% Grenache from old vines, fermented in cement, and aged in large oak vats before being bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal added sulphur. It gives you that classic Grenache mustiness – like blackberries and blueberries smashed onto the forest floor – but also more fresh and delicate notes of nutmeg and strawberries. Hints of grapefruit peel, vine tomato and pine offer added depth. Given its age, it is still incredibly energetic on the palate with wonderfully resolved tannins and ripe black berry fruit. Truly a complex and delicious wine with a long life ahead of it! Tim Gagnon

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Clos du Joncuas 2005 Gigondas

Gigondas can be a bit of a minefield. It can produce great value wines which express distinctive Southern Rhône terroir, conversely it is the source of many wines which are more expressive of expensive cooperage and ambition. The resolutely old-school Clos du Joncuas produces the former. They farm organically, ferment whole cluster with native yeasts in concrete, then age the wine in large used oak casks. The ripe fruit is balanced by fairly stern tannins when young, without the sheen imbued by new oak. This is Gigondas which benefits from time in the cellar, revealing a rustic elegance. The 2005 Gigondas is in beautiful place. The rich, plummy, black fruit on the nose is balanced by notes of garrigue, meat, and a hint of coffee. The palate is rich and sappy (though not heavy), with warm, concentrated black fruits, leather, spices, and savory minerality. The tannins are still present, framing the ripeness of the fruit without drying out on the finish. A generous, sunny wine with an underlying sense of earthiness, this should be superb with cassoulet, game, or braised meats. John McIlwain

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Clos du Joncuas 2006 Gigondas

What do we have here? Old-fashioned Gigondas? We are seldom fortunate enough to taste these.

Clos du Joncuas farms organically, vinifies whole-cluster in concrete, and does élevage in old large casks. The color of the 2006 is a bright intense ruby. The nose is floral, black-fruited, plummy with savory hints of animale and garrigue. This evolves into spicy and earthy notes without losing any sense of ripe-not overripe-fruit. There is good richness to the palate; the ripe fruit is at the forefront with a significant counter-balance of earth. Black pepper, violets, leather follow on the mostly-resolved, long finish. There is a hint of dryness, perhaps from the old oak, but no sense of austerity. Consider it refined rusticity.

Was lovely paired with grilled lamb and Borlotti beans.

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Clos du Joncuas 2007 Gigondas

What a pleasure to have some mature Gigondas on the shelf! Reviewed in 2008, Drink Rhone said, "A typical Grenache nature for the bouquet. The palate starts with clean-cut black fruit that has plenty of body. It stretches out well, the fruit keeps going and the palate ends on some mildly crisp tannin. The fruit has a mature taste, and the aftertaste reflects licorice. A traditional, no-nonsense wine that persists well. There is good style in the fruit, and the wine is authentic. Drink until 2019." Tasted in January 2017, we thought it was lovely, with mature black fruit aromas, earth, plum, blood orange, licorice and spice - really drinking beautifully. Limit 3 per customer, please. DL

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Clos du Joncuas 2010 Gigondas

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. This is a dense, old-school Gigondas that needs time. Dark purple/black color, deep blackberry aromas with earth, brown spice, prune and licorice. The palate is deep and dense with blackberry, garrigue, earth and mineral flavors framed in firm tannins and acidity  Long finish of earthy minerals and black fruits. (April 2015)  Tasted in January 2017 at the estate, the wine showed fabulous aromas of berry liqueur, earth, mint, garrigue and licorice; the palate was beautifully structured, deep, elegant and balanced with firm acidity and a great finish. Ten years from maturity but beautiful now with a steak if you can't wait... Bravo to the Chastan family for continuing to make wines like this!

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Clos du Joncuas 2012 Gigondas

Clos du Joncuas, founded in 1920 by Pierre Auguste Chastan, has always farmed with natural methods and has been officially organic since 1980. Currently run by sisters Dany and Carole Chastan, the estate's Gigondas vines are on slopes below the Dentelles de Montmirail on soils of clay with dolomite and gypsum over the limestone of the Dentelles and average 40 to 90 years old. 80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. The 2012 Gigondas is a bit lighter and brighter than the norm at Clos du Joncuas with high-toned black fruit, mineral, spice and licorice aromas. The palate is elegant and fresh showing deep supple black fruits with hints of graphite, garrigue and brown spice. After three days, recorked in the fridge, the wine has deepened impressively with pure blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice aromas, great density on the palate with black fruit liqueur, red currant, earth and anise. A beautiful wine! Serve cool and decant many hours if drinking young, or cellar for five to fifteen years.

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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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Dumien Serrette 2015 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, 600 bottles produced.  The 2015 "Henri" is a real "black wine of Cornas," showing a dense red/black color and aromas of game and deep blackberry and black raspberry fruit with prune, black pepper, orange blossom and bitter chocolate. The palate is densely textured with chocolatey black raspberry fruit liqueur, earth, licorice and garrigue flavors, showing a great combination of ripeness, power and firm acidity that bodes well for aging. The finish is remarkably long with elegant fruit and mineral flavors lingering on the palate. This is a beautiful Cornas that will be at it's best from 2025-2035 and beyond. David Lillie

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Finot, Thomas 2015 Coteaux Grésivaudan Etraire de la Dhuy

Étraire de la Dhuy is a rare grape from the Vallé du Grésivaudan with only about 6 hectares currently in production. The 2015 Finot Étraire de la Dhuy is from a parcel of 70 year-old massale selection vines. Tasted in January 2017, the wine impressed us with subtle, earthy black fruits, quite sappy and ripe but with a bright, cool quality. The finish was long and elegant with mineral flavors and firm acidity. (We'll taste the wine in October, and sell a few more bottles, when Matthieu Finot, bother of the winemaker, will present the wines at Chambers Street, date and time TBD.)

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Domaine Monier Perreol 2018 Saint-Joseph

(100% Syrah from 5 plots in Brunieux, Saint-Desirat, 80% de-stemmed, aged in 2 to 6 year-old barrels, minimal SO2 after malo, none at bottling.)  The Saint-Josephs from Monier-Perreol are outstanding in 2018 - it's perhaps the best vintage ever for their "Tradition" cuvée which is vibrant and delicious! The wine shows a bright, deep purple/black color with extravagant aromas violets and blackberry liqueur, with black cherry, blueberry and thyme. The palate is densely fruited but bright and light on its feet wih beautiful black plum/cherry/blueberry flavors that are beautifully long and lingering. The palate is lush and supple  over a core of minerality and firm, slightly bitter acidity from the granite soils. Not intended for long-term cellaring, I would drink this wine within 5 to 8 years, but it's so delicious that one could happily consume multiple cases within that time - don't delay there's very little available in the US.  Serve cool, highy recommended. David Lillie

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Domaine Monier Perreol 2018 Saint-Joseph Chatelet

This beautiful Saint-Joseph is produced by Domaine Monier Perreol from the "Chatelet" vineyard belonging to Philippe Perreol on the hill above Saint-Desirat. The vines are on decomposed granite with an interesting topsoil of "aerien" limestone - a windblown limestone sand. The ruins of a Roman temple on the site add mystic powers! The vines are about 40 years old, the grapes are 80% de-stemmed and undergo a three to four week vinification, with aging in new to 2 year-old barrels. Tasted with Samuel Monier last January, the wine showed beautiful aromas of blackberry, plum and cherry, very floral and deep. The palate was extremely complex, fresh and long with black cherry and blueberry fruit, bright and beautifully balanced, with an intriguing minerality from the limestone/granite soils. Beautiful now, best 2025 - 2035.  David Lillie

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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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Texier 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes

Eric Texier makes this extraordinary white Chateauneuf-du-Pape from Clairette and Bourbolenc in the "Bois Senechaux" vineyard. Whole cluster, direct press, native yeast fermentation in neutral oak, aging on lees, bottling a year after harvest. The 2016  shows complex aromas of almond, dried pear, wet stone, white flowers and fines herbes. The palate is intense and mineral with fabulous length, showing dried herbs, pear, anise, white pepper and stone flavors. "It's approachable now," says Eric, "but will age remarkably. Native yeasts aged on its lees in old barrels. 30 mg/l of SO2 at bottling -  we made 1140 bottles and 12 magnums. Bourboulenc and Clairette have really found their place in Châteauneuf-du-Pape!"

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Texier 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

95% Grenache and 5% Mourvèdre. The Grenache comes from La Crau, a north-facing vineyard in the NE part of the appellation, where the tannins reach phenolic ripeness slowly but surely and without an overwhelmingly high alcohol level. Many of the vines are 70 years old or more. The Mourvèdre comes from head-pruned vineyard harvested relatively early to contribute acidity to the wine's structure. Whole clusters are fermented with native yeasts and a scant one-week maceration without punchdowns. The wine is aged in old oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Always one of our favorite Châteauneuf-du-Papes, we look forward to tasting it at Racines...

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Pont de Breux 2012 Vin de France Trousseau les Marnières

The 2012 Les Marnieres is a lovely Trousseau from the beautiful organic vineyards of Jean-Charles Maire, this parcel, "les Riantes," on scree on the slopes of Mont Poupet, as  opposed to the Kimmeridgian limestone present in his other vineyards. Very pale garnet color. Lovely aromas of prune, rose, red currant, morello cherry and citrus peel. The palate is light but with good length and density, showing red currant, earth, spice and mineral flavors, finishing with tart cherry and saline minerals. Lovely wine! (Will keep a few more years but best consumed the day opened, very easy to do...)

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Pont de Breux 2004 Côtes du Jura Savagnin Sous Voile

Savagnin sous-voile for 9 years, with yeasts consuming the alcohol after about 6 years, leading to a light, purely mineral wine at 10.8% alc. Aromas of crushed stone with hints of dried herbs and flowers, yellow fruits, a bit of caramel. Delicate crystalline palate of saline minerals, with earth, mushroom and white fruits. Pure stone and acids in the finish. A unique and subtle wine of terroir, extremely unusual and saline — like drinking limestone! Serve with oysters, mild goat cheeses, grilled sole or flounder...

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Pont de Breux 2014 Côtes du Jura Savagnin

This is a beautiful Savagnin from the organic vineyards of Jean-Charles Maire, on Kimmeridgian limestone near the Mont Poupet, at Marnoz, northeast of Arbois. (Elevage is sous-voile.) Opaque pale gold color. Oxidative aromas of dried pear, lemon zest, dried hebs, beeswax, stone and earth. The palate is full and dense with sharp acidity showing dried fruits, citrus, marzipan and stone flavors, with a long intensely mineral and citrus finish. Serve with fish in sauce, chicken with morels, mountain cheeses. Delicious now but five to ten years of aging seems possible, wonderful after three days open.DL

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Pont de Breux 2014 Côtes du Jura Poulsard

From a 1/2 hectare parcel on Kimmeridgian limestone in Marnoz, northeast of Arbois. 11% alcohol. Very pale garnet color, really a rosé. Austere nose with subtle aromas of red-currant, strawberry, earth and beach rose. The palate is tart and light with red-currant, earth and stone, very crystalline and long. This is a wine of contemplation and definitely not a fruit-bomb!  DL

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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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Godmé, Hugues 2009 Verzenay Grand Cru Millésimé

Comprised of 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, organically farmed on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims. Hugues Godmé is a hidden gem in the world of grower bubbles, when in my estimation he should be a household name. The 2009 Millésime presents a pale yellow golden robe with a fine bead and soft mousse. The nose offers stone fruit and biscuity aromas with wet stone and hints of apple blossom. The palate offers pinpoint balance between ripeness and mineral precision, with stone fruit flavors vying with chalky minerality at its core, with just enough of the cool northern slope herbaceous character to temper the vintage's ripeness and express the classic Verzy/Verzenay terroir. This is a gorgeous example of the vintage and highly recommended. John McIlwain

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Laval, Georges 2016 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.The 2016 has a pale lemon yellow robe with a frothy mousse and ultra-fine bead. The nose is inviting with pretty apple blossom, lemon oil aromas with a wisp of minty herbaceousness. The palate is incisively chalky, with a deep stoniness forming the core of the wine with layers of orchard fruit and citrus peel flavors shimmering above. This has fine grip and drive and enough brio to make for compelling drinking now, but don't hesitate to age for 10 or more years, as tastings with Vincent have shown that les Chênes is a particularly long-lived wine and a magnificent expression of singular terroir. John McIlwain 

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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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Jonc Blanc 2014 Vin de France Pure "M" Malbec

This beautiful wine is made by Isabelle Carles and Franck Pascal at Le Jonc Blanc, an unusual limestone plateau in the Bergerac with shallow clay soils. Natural vinification with wild yeasts, no additives and minimal extraction. Aged in a large foudre, bottled without fining or filtration, no added SO2, certified organic and Biodynamic. The wine shows a very dark red/black color, with lovely fruit and floral aromas - rose, blackberry and raspberry with hints of  dark chocolate and earth. Pretty berry fruits on the palate with cocoa and citrus lifted by refreshing acidity and finishing with a mineral core and citrusy black fruits. This is an extraordinary, pure and delicious wine that should be served slightly cool. Perfect with charcuterie, patés, chicken and pork dishes or just quaffed happily by itself. Highly recommended. DL

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Peybonhomme 2012 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Quintessence

ARRIVES TUE. 5/23 -  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. The Quintessence of Peybonhomme is a selection of the best juice from tastings each year and is primarily Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, a portion of which is aged in new oak. The 2012 is a beautiful and lively Bordeaux showing deep aromas of ripe cassis, blackberry, black cherry, cocoa, spice and earth. The palate is supple and ripe, lifted by cool acidity, with complex black fruits, earth and mineral flavors with a long finish. The wine broadens and gains complexity with time open so decant if possible. A versatile food wine, this beautifully balanced Bordeaux will accompany anything from roast chicken to pork dishes to steak. Put a few in your cellar for a mature experience, best 2020 to 2025.(Featured in the NY Times "20 Wines for Under $20" October, 2016)   DL

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Planquette (Didier Michaud) 2012 Vin de France (Médoc)

 A deep dark and complex glass of Bordeaux (labeled simply "Vin de France") from Didier Michaud's tiny estate, Chateau Planquette, in Saint-Yzans, north of Saint-Estephe. Equal parts Cabernet and Merlot with a small percentage of an old variety of Petit-Verdot. Long-time organic farming, hand harvesting, wild-yeast fermentation, zero additives except for a small dose of SO2, two years in old barriques. M. Michaud's great vineyard work and non-interventionist winemaking have earned him faithful clients throughout France, Europe and Japan, and we are thrilled to be offering his beautiful, bright and well-structured 2012. The wine shows vivid aromas of ripe blackberry, cassis and plum with violet, cocoa, earth and licorice; dense black fruits on the palate with earth and mineral flavors backed by firm acidity. The finish is long with red and black fruits, earth and saline acidis. This is a great old-fashioned Bordeaux that is delicious now in its vibrant youth, paired with a steak or chop. Wait five years for a mature experience and drink until 2035. Thanks to Didier Michaud for making real Bordeaux!

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Planquette (Didier Michaud) 2015 Vin de France (Médoc)

Didier Michaud works 1.7 hectares in the Medoc with 30 to 100 year-old vines on limestone with thin soils of clay with sand and stones.  He has old vines of Merlot Queue Rouge and massale selection Cabernet Sauvignon, farmed organically with just a little compost and shallow plowing. Vinification with wild yeasts, no extraction and no added sulfur. This is one of the most "natural" and deliciously old-fashioned wines of Bordeaux. The 2015 Planquette is a bit softer and more forward than usual, probably due to rains just before harvest, which makes it more delicious as a young wine, although it will certainly cellar nicely as well. The 2015 shows ripe cassis and blackberry aromas with licorice, violet, roast meat and earth. The palate is dense and supple, framed in bright acidity, with black fruit liqueur, earth, citrus and mineral flavors. The mid-palate is elegant with a core of chalky black fruit and minerals that continues in the long finish. This is a beautiful Bordeaux of terroir, unfettered by additives, over-extraction or new oak, showing lovely flavors of fruit and earth and perfect balance. Delicious now, but perhaps best 2020 to 2030+.  Highly recommended and a great value.  David Lillie

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Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2015 Fleurie Cuvée Tardive

From eighty year-old vines on clay and granite soil in Alain Coudert's beautiful Clos de la Roilette, 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. We're happy to report that  the 2015 Cuvée Tardive, though undoubtedly higher in alcohol than the 2014, is a big, supple, and relatively well-balanced Beaujolais that should age beautifully and is surprisingly delicious now, especially if steak or pork chops are on the menu.  The wine shows a deep red/black color with intense aromas of black raspberry liqueur, dark chocolate, violets and earth - deep but bright and very complex. The palate is dense and focused with blackberry and raspberry liqueur, cocoa, stone and citrus, with fabulous length and grip in the finish. This is showing superb potential for aging, with the higher alcohol of 2015 absorbed by the dense fruit and firm acids. Best perhaps 2020 to 2030, but delicious now as well. Bravo to Alain Coudert!

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Ducroux 2013 Vin de France Patience

From the last part of the press, one year elevage in 500L barrels, no sulfur added. Lovely aromas of strawberry and blackberry with a bit of roast meat, blood orange and plum. The palate is bright and well-structured with berry fruits, citrus, earth and violet, finishing with firm acidity and mineral flavors.  11% alcohol. Christian advises five to six years of aging for this beautiful wine.

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Dutraive (Domaine de la Grand Cour) 2015 Fleurie La Part des Grives

This cuvée is from a late-harvest done in the parcel "Chapelle des Bois," collecting only a few grapes per vine one month after the normal harvest. A part of the small second generation grapes ("grismotte") are added to bring acidity and complexity to this extra-ripe harvest.

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Pignard 2010 Morgon Tradition

The Pignard's Morgon Tradition spends a year in old barrels before bottling. Subtle but intense aromas, almost an eau-de-vie of raspberry and blackcurrant. Intense black fruits on the palate with firm acidity and saline mineral flavors. Hints of coffee, mint and citrus. This is a dark, earthy Beaujolais which will benefit from 5 to 8 years of aging. An intriguing and serious wine...

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Pignard 2012 Morgon

We're very proud to have the lovely Morgons of Roland Pignard at Chambers Street. From high-elevation 60 year-old vines on sandy clay over granite in the commune of Saint-Joseph north-west of Villié-Morgon. Biodynamic farming, no SO2 until a minimal dose before bottling, nine-day carbonic-maceration. The Pignard's great vineyard work brought lovely ripeness to their 2012s which are all outsanding - although there is no Regnie in this vintage.of tiny yields. The 2012 "regular" Morgon is simply delicious! Dense dark red color. Lovely Morgon aromas of ripe blackberry and black cherry, really pretty with no "heat" at 12.5%. The palate shows lovely black fruits, blood orange, earth and spice, blending nicely with earthy acids, quite delicious, with a balanced and very mineral finish. A beautiful Morgon to drink now and over the next five to seven years.

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Pignard 2012 Morgon Tradition

The Pignard's Morgon Cuvée Tradition is simply superb in 2012. Good friends with Christian Ducroux, the Pignards practise similar methods of biodynamic farming and natural vinifications. Produced from steep hillside vineyards, the wine ferments naturally, with only 10mg of SO2 added and spends a year in vat followed by a year in old barriques. The 2012 vintage was a difficult one for the growers, resulting in very low yields, but producing beautiful wines with pure fruit, light to medium body and firm acidity. The wine shows bright raspberry and strawberry aromas that deepen with darker fruits, earth and roast meats. Very saline and mineral on the palate with complex berry fruits balanced by firm acidity. This is a superb Morgon of terroir that will benefit from decanting or five years in the cellar. Highly recommended! Tasted again after 3 days open, the wine has deepened with aromas  of black cherry, mint and spice appearing, the palate shows blackberry, red-currant, licorice and spice infused with minerals in the long finish. Really superb!

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Baudry 2010 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 Chene Vert. The upper slope of the parcel is clay over limestone (the lower part has sand over the rock, permitting a tiny separate production from franc de pied vines) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. We have been buying this wine since it's first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons and in the 2010 vintage it has reached a level of quality putting it among the very finest reds of the Loire. Bernard and Matthieu Baudry are skilled, intelligent winemakers whose vineyard work and harvesting are exemplary, and whose careful vinifications seem to perfectly express the quite different terroirs of Chinon. The 2010 vintage in Chinon gave wines with a bit less alcohol and density than the excellent 2009s, but they have perfect acidity, great purity of fruit and a bit more terroir presence – in other words an excellent vintage, especially chez Baudry. The 2010 Clos Guillot is a deep red/purple color with astonishingly bright, pure and complex floral red fruit aromas. The palate is bright, pure and very long with slightly peppery red and black fruits. The Baudrys did a longer élevage for this vintage, 15 months in 3 to 7 year-old Burgundy barrels.

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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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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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Baudry 2014 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

We're very excited about the arrival of the superb 2014 Chinon "Cuvee Domaine" from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry.  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 2016 the wine was quite beautiful , if a bit closed, showing lovely pure red fruit aromas with a supple, ripe palate, very deep and long and framed in perfect earthy acidity. Upon arrival in NY (October 2016), the wine is singing, with aromas of wild strawberry and red currant with white pepper, earth and cocoa. 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 (Those who want a bit of the mature experience should:  open the bottle, taste - yum - re-cork and put in fridge; wait three days, enjoy!)   Featured in the NY Times "20 Wines Under $20" 01/12/17

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Baudry 2014 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Le Clos Guillot is a beautiful south-east facing vineyard, just east of the town of Chinon, above the Clos de l'Olive and adjacent to Le Chêne Vert. The upper slope of the parcel is clay over limestone (the lower part has sand and gravel over the rock, which permitted a tiny separate production from franc de pied vines, now mostly deceased) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. Fermentation in wooden cuves, 12 months of aging in two to five year-old barriques, 9 additional months in unlined cement vats. We have been buying this wine since it's first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons. In 2014, the Baudrys produced superb wines with perfect balance and lovely, pure fruit. Their precise vinifications, matched to each different terroir, with no new oak, minimal sulfur, and elevage of the right length and in the right barrel, foudre or vat, gave elegant and delicous results. The 2014 Clos Guillot is a black/purple color with red rim, showing intense aromas of red currant, boysenberry, blackberry, fines herbs, citrus and stone with hints of dark chocolate and musk. The palate shows bright, lush, sappy red and black fruits with bright acidity lifting the flavors and coating the palate with citrusy red fruits, saline minerals and wet stone.  Beautiful wine! Case quantities are possible, but don't delay. DL

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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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Clos Roche Blanche 2010 Touraine Rosé

(Our last inventory has just arrived) Pineau d'Aunis believers rejoice! Its been three years since Catherine and Didier of Clos Roche Blanche have made their superb red wine of the rare and distinctive Pineau d'Aunis variety. The wait is over and the wine is here. An earthy mix of forest floor and barnyard provides the background to gorgeous wild strawberry and raspberry fruits. Extremely delicious, especially when served cool. The wine is bottled under synthetic cork, and should be enjoyed in the near term. JR

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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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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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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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Clos Roche Blanche 2014 Touraine Pif

Pif, the loyal vineyard dog of Clos Roche Blanche was always with us in the vines, hunting for critters in the grass, trotting ahead as we strolled along hoping to absorb wisdom from Catherine and Didier. Pif is no longer with us and this 2014 is the last vintage for the CRB blend of Cot and Cab Franc - but what a last vintage it is, perhaps the best Pif ever made! The wine shows fabulous high-toned aromas of blackberry, blueberry, licorice, chocolate, black pepper and musk. There is firm acidity on the palate which is light but very dense with berry liqueur, earth and anise. Beautifully balanced at 12% alcohol this lovely wine is delicious now but will be best after a few years in the cellar. Long-term aging seems possible. A wonderful good-bye from Pif and the Clos Roche Blanche... (6 bottle maximum purchase, please)

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Guion 2005 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

We're down to the last few cases of Guion's cuvèe Prestige, with the lovely 2007 arriving soon. The 2006 has vibrant strawberry/raspberry aromas and a full palate balanced by earthy acidity. Named as one of the Best Wines of France 2010 by the Revue Vin de France, which says "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" We agree, and the price makes this one of the best values anywhere. Don't hesitate to cellar some of this terrific Bourgueil — we tasted the 1996 and the 1985 on our recent visit and they were drinking beautifully!

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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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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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Guion 2011 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

2011 brings us another great cuvèe Prestige from Stephane Guion in Bourgueil, whose domaine has been certified organic since the 1960s. From vines averaging 50 to 70 years old. A softer, more approachable wine than the superb 2010 showing aromas of strawberry compote with floral, herbal and musky notes, with hints of  roast coffee and chocolate. Full and relatively soft on the palate with ripe strawberry and cherry fruits with earth and stone flavors and strong acidity. This is just delicious, but needs decanting or a day open to really sing. After 3 days re-corked in the fridge, the wine is deep and lovely with black fruits, earth and spice and terrific length. Drink now (with aeration) or hold 15 to 20 years. 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, Stephane!

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Huet 2010 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec

Le Haut Lieu generally drinks a bit better young than Le Mont and Clos du Bourg, although in 2010 it is obviously built to last. "The 2010 Le Haut Lieu Sec is an utterly superb and crystal clear bottle of young Vouvray Sec. The deep and truly lovely nose offers up a very classic blend of lemon, quince, chalky soil tones, a touch of youthful lanolin, bee pollen and a topnote of orange peel. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full-bodied, with a rock solid core of fruit, beautiful focus and nascent complexity, crisp acids and superb length and grip on the bright, transparent and snappy finish. 2010 may well be the finest young vintage for the dry wines from Domaine Huët as I have ever had the pleasure to taste! A great wine, the 2010 Le Haut Lieu Sec will most likely offer a couple of years of early accessibility and then shut down for the remainder of this decade.. 2020- 2075+. "

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Clos des Plantes (O. Lejeune) 2018 Vin de France "Poiesis"

Olivier Lejeune’s second vintage was not an easy one, after being hit by frost the previous year. Between the mildew pressure, the frost, the heat wave, and his full time job at Château de Passavant as tractorist, it was a challenging year yet he managed to produce from his plot of Clos des Plantes in Mont Benault a very solid, complex wine (vinified and aged 8 months  in demi-muids, malo done,  20 ppm of total sulfites). Fermentation went way faster after the press (whole cluster in a vertical press), creating more exotic aromas: orange oil, mango, bay leaf, yet conserving the more traditional crabapple, quince, hay notes of Chenin. The volatile acidity feels a bit higher too but it is not a problem as the wine has the flesh and the muscles to welcome it. In fact it makes the wine vibrate even more. A great terroir is always expressed by the finish and length of the palate: if today it is still protected by its baby fat, you can feel it if you pay attention. Without a doubt 6 months of bottle aging would be ideal, but you can serve it today in large glass (no decanting) with creamed artichoke cannelloni or with pan-sautéed monkfish with almond crust.  Pascaline Lepeltier

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Luneau-Papin 1995 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Le "L" d'Or

This is a lovely fully-mature wine from a good if not great vintage for Muscadet. While it lacks the forward, riper quality of the 1997 and the weight and acidity of the sensational 1996, this still provides a delicious experience. The lemony aromas are starting to broaden with mushroom and earth, the palate is delicate but framed by saline mineral and bitter stone flavors. Drink this lovely wine while you're waiting for the 2002 — serve with an elegant fish preparation in a mild sauce...

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Luneau-Papin 1999 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or

(Tasted in 2010) Wow, the 1999 "L" is finally beginning to sing! Aromas of lemon oil, thyme, stone, still quite fresh. The palate is opening with complex citrus and exotic fruit with of course a healthy dose of almost bitter stony minerality and a beautiful finish. A gorgeous wine that will continue to improve for another ten years at least...

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Pépière (Marc Ollivier) 2005 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Granite de Clisson

A dozen growers in the Muscadet who have vines on the granit of the Massive Armoricain have created the Granite de Clisson label to create a "Grand Cru" of Muscadet. This is Marc Ollivier's first release from this group, which comes from a 1.2 hectare (2 acre) parcel of vines 60 to 90 years old at the Domaine Pépière. The grapes were hand-harvested, (as always for Marc) and fermented with wild yeasts; the wine was aged on the lees for 24 months. The wine is currently quite austere, with subtle hints of exotic fruits, fennel and flowers, the palate is mineral, almost salty, and quite intense. Drink now with a grilled sole or wait a few months for it to open up, after which it should develop nicely for another 15 to 20 years. DL

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Pepiere 2014 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clisson

Beginning in 2005, Marc Ollivier 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. The 2014" Clisson" is subtle, fine and elegant, and at the same time dense and powerful, yet with only 12% alcohol. The wine shows lovely aromas of lemon zest, fresh herbs, stone and dried pear, apple, very elegant, with hints of pineapple, anise and brown spice. The palate shows nice ripeness, density and weight but remains delicate and fresh with pear, citrus and mineral flavors with a finish that is long and lemony and slightly astringent with food-friendly minerality. The 2014 Clisson is a delightful wine - serve as often as possible with oysters, little-necks, grilled seafood and roast chicken. Put some in the cellar to enjoy over its  20+ year evolution. Thank you Marc, Remi and Gwenaelle for another beautiful wine!

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Raffault, Olga 1979 Chinon Les Picasses

Recent tastings of the Olga Raffault "les Picasses" going back to 1979 have consistently revealed light, very complex and beautiful old wines, still possessing a core of red and black fruits with lovely secondary flavors of mushroom, sous-bois, licorice,  and graphite with herbal and vegetal notes. Serve with wild mushrooms, truffle omelet, coq au vin....

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Raffault, Olga 1982 Chinon Les Picasses

Tasted in 2004, the 1982  "Les Picasses" showed lovely red fruit aromas, and a medium-bodied palate of berry fruits with mushroom, animal, spice and earth tones. Certainly a good vintage, but overshadowed by the excellent 1978 and 1976 tasted just after. If anyone has some '78 or '76 lying around, please let us know...

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Raffault, Olga 1985 Chinon Les Picasses

1985 was a vintage for Loire reds that showed bright red fruits with aromas of bell-pepper and firm acidity. As is often the case with less sunny vintages in the Loire, the 1985s improved steadily over the years and we have tasted many superb examples, with the complex secondary aromas and flavors of dark fruits, sous-bois, mushroom and spice supported by the bright acidity.

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Raffault, Olga 1989 Chinon Les Picasses

1989, the first of two dry, sunny seasons, is the best vintage for Loire reds since 1947. With terrific ripeness, the wines also had firm acidities leading to beautiful balance and the ability to age for twenty to thirty years and more. We haven't tasted this wine recently but it remains our favorite vintage for "Les Picasses," with 1990, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2009 and 2010 following behind, though of course we like them all...

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Raffault, Olga 2005 Chinon Champ Chenin

From a clay/limestone vineyard in Savigny-en-Veron, fermented slowly and kept on the lees until bottling. "This dry white wine develops aromas of lime-flower, quince, honey and almonds and will improve with age" say the Raffaults. The 2005 was from 60 year-old vines, and was a quite full-bodied version of this wine, at 14% alcohol, despite the 12.5 it says on the new label. Perhaps lacking the acidity for really long-term aging, the 2005 is quite good now with mature aromas of lemon oil, almond, mushroom, pear and fine herbs. Tasted in a very appreciative crowd, the wine did not get a chance to open up - we suggest decanting and waiting a few hours for peak drinking. One bottle per person, please.

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Barthod, Ghislaine 2017 Bourgogne Rouge Bons Bâtons

Barthod is in a handful of the truly ace growers of Chambolle-Musigny, making wines of terroir that have the ability to age for many years. Her Bourgogne Rouge "Les Bons Batons" is an outstanding bottle, year after year, and we feel fortunate to have a bit more this year to offer out. It comes from a single parcel just outside the village limits and presents real Chambolle character, full of red cherry fruit, dried roses, baking spice and a cool long finish. This will reward a couple of years in the cellar or give it a gentle decant for tonight!  Sam Ehrlich

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Binaume (Naudin-Ferrand) 2018 Vin de France Gamay de l'Aille

BiNaume is a project started by Claire Naudin and her husband Jean-Yves Bizot after the terrible 2016 frost where she lost a majority of her crop. Thanks to her agent in Paris, she met Florent Barichard from Les Terres d’Ocre, a domain located in Saint-Pourçain (once upon a time the most famous vineyard in France in the Allier department, thus the pun of the name). They started a collaboration. Claire hand-harvests some Gamay on granite and Pinot on lighter, sandy soil she vinifies back home - it is barely 2-3 hours drive. Both grapes are vinified whole-cluster in cement tank with no sulfur. For the Gamay, she pressed early in order to preserve the fruit, and aged the wine in cement dolia. The wine is bottled unfined unfiltered with a hint of sulfur dioxide at bottling.  This is a perfect, over-delivering vin de soif! It is a crunchy expression of Gamay with more bite than its Beaujolais example. More wild strawberry and raspberry, more fennel and black pepper. The fresh tannins arouse the thirst, especially if you slightly chilled the bottle. A great summer wine with some nice layers! Serve it this summer with a panzanella salad, some pork ribs or smoked salmon. 100% Gamay. Pascaline Lepeltier

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Binaume (Naudin-Ferrand) 2018 Vin de France Pinot Noir La Plante d'à Coté

BiNaume is a project started by Claire Naudin and her husband Jean-Yves Bizot after the terrible 2016 frost where she lost a majority of her crop. Thanks to her agent in Paris, she met Florent Barichard from Les Terres d’Ocre, a domain located in Saint-Pourçain (once upon a time the most famous vineyard in France in the Allier department, thus the pun of the name). They started a collaboration. Claire hand-harvests some Gamay on granite and Pinot on lighter, sandy soil she vinifies back home - it is barely 2-3 hours drive. The Pinot is vinified whole-cluster with no extraction. Claire pressed early in order to preserve the fruit, and aged the wine in tank. The wine is bottled unfiltered with a hint of sulfur dioxide.   La Plante d’à côté is a young Pinot Noir (planted in 2013) growing on sandy soil. It is a totally different expression than the other Pinots made by Claire: it is uplifted, juicy, soft! A really gourmandise, full of rose, raspberry, pink peppercorn. Tannins are very gentle, alcohol is low: just chill it and enjoy per se of with any type of summer salad, some grilled sea fish, some charcuterie. 100% Pinot Noir. Pascaline Lepeltier.

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Champs de l'Abbaye 2015 Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay

The Hasard’s Bourgogne Blanc is made from hand-harvested and certified organic Chardonnay grown on a limestone/clay parcel in Aluze, next to Mercurey. The native-yeast fermentation lasts 10 months in barrel and only minimal SO2 is added at bottling. The 2015 is more fruit-forward on the nose, with aromas of dried mango, pear followed by ripe yellow fruits and river rocks. The palate is mineral, saline, and layered with notes of dried apricot, fennel, white flowers, and stone on a very generous finish. An excellent value white Burgundy that would pair well with oysters, cheeses, or roast chicken with herbs. Amanda Bowman 

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Chandon de Briailles 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses - Sans Soufre

Claude de Nicolay has been experimenting more and more with no-sulfur winemaking in recent years and as the quality of vineyard work and cellar work has steadily increased, so has the success level of these bottlings. Produced from vines planted in 1954 the Pernand 1er Cru Vergelesses has always been a lovely wine and this 2018 is no exception. Though the nose was a bit quiet upon opening, but my colleagues and I were knocked out by the joyous crunchy red fruit, rounded out with notes of rooibos tea, allspice and dried thyme. With air, the fruit darkened somewhat and a firm limestone character emerged. When sans soufre winemaking is really successful what always strikes me most is a feeling that the wine is untethered and that is certainly the case here. Outstanding wine that can be drunk tomorrow or laid down for a few years. Sam Ehrlich

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de Villaine, A et P 2018 Bourgogne La Fortune

While the Côte Chalonnaise has long played second fiddle to the Côte d’Or (and third fiddle one supposes to the Côte des Nuits), there’s happy hunting and relative value for those who look. There’s plenty of terroir (even if from a different geological era ), good farming at a number of domaines, and the classic tension between fruit and soil that Burgundy at its best embodies. And if there’s a cream of the crop of to this Côte—and it being Burgundy, there’s definitely a hierarchy—it’s certainly Domaine de Villaine. Monsieur de Villaine's day job certainly gets the lion’s share of the press, but even in the humble south, there’s praise to be garnered and pretty delicious wine to be drunk. And while the Bouzeron is justly famous among the Burg Nerd set, the reds are nipping at the heels of that Aligoté pony. And the 2018 La Fortune Rouge deservedly rates. The robe is a deep ruby hue. The nose offers aromas of dried roses, violet, crushed strawberry, and just a whisper of sweet anise. The palate, while concentrated and displaying the best of the 2018 ripeness, hews the line between ripe and detailed with red and black fruit flavors vying with sapid notes of black tea, game, and powdery tannins girded by a distinctly mineral core. So while this is certainly delicious there is a whole lot of ‘there’ there. And this is manifest in the punchy, lingering, savory finish. The dry extract, persistence, and pinpoint balance give me the impression that this has excellent potential for cellaring, but I have to admit that opening a bottle now is equally compelling. A heck of a bottle with Rohan Duck breast and Japanese turnips and greens, this has enough gras to accompany pork cutlets with a mint pesto à la Highlands Grill or even a medium rare squab with farro. Lovely juice, indeed. John McIlwain

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Domaine des Croix 2018 Corton Grand Cru La Vigne au Saint

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La Vigne au Saint is another side of Corton, both literally and figuratively. It's a south-facing site, lower on the hill, below Corton-Charlemagne. The resulting wine is often less brawny, with more aromatic richness in its youth and a slightly slinkier mouthfeel. David refers to this as "Corton for people who say they don't like Corton."

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Duplessis, Gérard 2017 Chablis

With 9 hectares of vines covering 5 various premier and grand cru sites, Lillian Duplessis crafts some of the most pure and compelling Chablis we have had the pleasure of tasting. All of the vines are planted in Kimmeridgian limestone giving the wines that classic, crunchy minerality for which the region is known.This wine shows baked pear and pineapple with a touch of honeysuckle and lime zest on the nose and is deeply mineral and focused on the palate.

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Lamy, Hubert 2016 Chassagne Montrachet Concis du Champ

When I speak with Burgundy growers about their peers and whose work they admire and find inspiration in, the name Olivier Lamy comes up almost without exception. A relentless innovator and workaholic, Olivier makes remarkable wines. He has pioneered a number of viticultural techniques in Burgundy over the last twenty years, including experimenting with high-density planting (up 40,000 vines per hectare) and the adopting of a pruning model traditionally used in the Loire Valley (designed to reduce the amount of scar tissue on the vine and better protect it from wood diseases). While best known for Saint Aubin, he makes lovely Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay as well. Concis du Champs is a parcel at the bottom end of the slope, with more clay, from 15-year old vines and aged in 600-liter barrels, virtually none of them new. From the very small but brilliant 2016 vintage. 

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Lequin-Colin 2014 Santenay Les Hates

White Santenay is always a rare bird and to find one with bottle age at a good price feels a bit like Christmas. The Lequin-Colin wines we have tried have been generally excellent. The farming is first class and the wines feel uniformly restrained and elegant. "Les Hates" sits at the center of the appellation and sandwiched between several excellent 1er Cru sites. This is a nice bottle that shows a touch of reduction when the cork is pulled and then broadens as it opens up, with notes of preserved lemon, sesame and cured ham. 2014 was a truly great vintage for white and red Burgundy alike, notable for a wonderful sense of balance and focus. This won't last, so grab one before these are gone.  Sam Ehrlich

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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

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Chantal Lescure 2018 Chambolle-Musigny Les Mombies

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 The lieu-dit "Les Mombies" has limestone clay soils washed down from higher on the slope, the vines average 40 years of age. The 2018 Les Mombies shows lovely freshness in this very ripe vintage with aromas of strawberry and cherry liqueur with hints of darker fruit and game. The fresh, chalky palate offers a melange of red fruits - raspberry, red currant, cherry - with good concentration over an earthy mineral core with fine fresh acidity and nice lift on the finish.  This will be fun drinking as a young wine due to the fresh, vibrrant fruit and ought to shine with 3-5 years in the cellar and beyond.  David Lillie

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Lignier-Michelot 2016 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières

Les Faconnières, planted in 1948, is located beneath Clos St. Denis. 50% whole cluster. This is always the most stylish of Virgile Lignier's premier crus with a good deal of the class of the grand crus. The 2016 is effusively perfumed with aromas of black and red hedge fruits, red plum, cassis, spicebox, and freshly turned soil. The mid-weight, concentrated palate is distinctly stony, with a ferrous minerality under-girding perfectly ripe, supple fruit and proceeding to an impeccably balanced and persistent finish. This is a satisfying, serious, albeit lovely Faconnières, which should reward cellaring for 8-10 years and drinking well beyond. John McIlwain

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Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2016 Macon Chardonnay Clos Fourneau

A new wine from Julien Guillot at the Clos des Vignes du Maynes, the 2016 Macon "Clos Fourneau" is 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Gris. The wine shows floral, honeyed aromas of pear, white peach and candied citrus. Ripe stone fruits on the palate are wrapped in bright citrusy acids with chalky mineral flavors that continue in the finish with  lemon and stone. Try this with melon and prosciutto or a full flavored fish such as halibut or monkfish. This will improve with a long decant or three to five years in the cellar.

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Vignes du Maynes 2016 Macon-Cruzille Aragonite

From 40 to 80 year-old massale-selection Chardonnay vines high on the slope in Cruzille on limestone with a great deal of calcium carbonate crystal (aragonite) with thin topsoils of clay and silica, never treated with chemicals, certified biodynamic. Fermentation is in 600 liter barrels with wild yeasts, aged 10 months sur-lie without racking, no SO2 until a small dosage (10 - 20 mg/l) before bottling. The 2016 "Aragonite" is a superb, well structured white Burgundy that will age beautifully. The wine shows elegant aromas of pear, lemon confit, lime-flower, toasted almond and stone, really lovely. The palate is intensely mineral and framed in firm acidity, with white fruits, citrus, spice and stone flavors. The living soils of the Clos give this wine an extra dimension of acidity and saline minerals that will contribute to a long life for this lovely wine, perhaps best 2025-2035, but it's delicious as a young wine as well. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

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Vignes du Maynes 2018 Bourgogne Cuvée Auguste

The Vignes du Maynes "Cuvée Auguste" is a superb Burgundy made from massale selection Pinot Fin planted in 1964. The parcel, high on the slope in Cruzille, is on Bathonian limestone with a great deal of calcium carbonate crystal (aragonite) with thin topsoils of clay and silica. Yields of about 20 hl/ha, semi-carbonic fermentation, with zero additives, bottled under nitrogen. 2018 is a superb vintage for the Cuvée Auguste! The wine shows elegant aromas of black raspberry, red currant and wild strawberry with hints of blood orange, rose and brown spice - really lovely. The palate shows a bright and beautiful melange of red currant, strawberry and tart cherry with citrus, earth and minerals, very sappy and dense. Elegant long finish of earth, stone and red fruits. This is a gorgeous wine, and quite delicious now, but cellaring of ten to twenty years should be very interesting. Zero added SO2.  Congratulations to Julien Guillot for this beautiful Pinot! DL

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Naudin, Claire 2017 Hautes Côte-de-Beaune Orchis Mascula

Orchis Mascula (orchids) is part of Claire Naudin’s série “flower”, her experimental range of wines where she does not use SO2, but at bottling if needed. This Pinot comes from 3 plots, En Foigery, En Bully and La Grande Corvée de Bully (Nicolas Faure’s fans should recognize the name!), from vines averaging 30 years-old. On this Jurassic limestone with clay soil, the Pinot in this ripe vintage preserved a remarkable tension typical of the Hautes-Côtes. Hand-harvested, the grapes are vinified whole-cluster with no pump over, free run and press are blended after the two weeks maceration. Sulfur is used usually just at bottling after 18-20 months of aging in 228 liter barrels with a small percentage new.  2017 is a tender, super aromatic, very floral version of this wine, taking you to notes you can find in the cooler part of Volnay. The grapes ripen very fast but never got cooked, so you have a fresh plumminess both on the nose and the palate. Iris (and not orchi) is dominating. A lot of red cherry, coriander seed, rose shows on the palate, with a very well handled oak use, as well as the use of whole-cluster! Tannins are soft but present. A really complex yet too easy-to-drink wine. Enjoy now decanted (because of the CO2 Claire leaves to naturally protect the wine) or over 15 years. Pair with a duck carpaccio, a farm lamb served with green goddess and garden herbs. 100% Pinot Noir. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

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Rateau 2015 Beaune Clos des Mariages

Located toward the bottom of the slope beneath Beaune Grèves and adjacent to Les Cents Vignes, Clos des Mariages is a mix of young and very old vines planted in clay and limestone soils. The 2015 expresses the prettier character of Beaune, with lovely wild strawberry,  raspberry, and spice aromas giving way to notes of turned earth. The silky mid-weight palate shows sour cherry, wild raspberry, brambles, black tea, and chalky minerality on a long, supple, layered  finish. There is a good sense of freshness, energy, and sap here.  And while this is generous with its fruit at present, the balance is there for mid-term aging. Perfect for grilled pork medallions or braised chicken in mustard sauce. John McIlwain

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Rontets 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé Clos Varambon

This beautiful Pouilly-Fuissé is from old vines in the Clos on hard limestone with very thin silty clay topsoil. Certified organic farming, long slow fermentations with wild yeasts and aging in large oak barrels, none new.The 2017 shows aromas of ripe pear and apricot, stone, chamomile and lemon confit, quite elegant. The palate is primarily mineral, with firm acidity and subtle white fruits that continue in the long very mineral finish. Delicious now but will age gracefully for 8 to 10 years. Serve this racy Pouilly-Fuissé with an elegant white fish preparation, chicken with morels, mountain cheeses...  David Lillie

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Trapet 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin

Gevrey is the only village in the Cote D'Or where the village-level vines fall east of the famous D974 that runs the length of the region. Anywhere else these vines would be Bourgogne-level. Trapet's village Gevrey all comes from vineyards above the road, scattered just below or even among some of the best-known sites in Burgundy. Some of the vines here are 100 years old.

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