Montlouis, a region of distinctive limestone soils

New Arrivals from Lise and Bertrand Jousset in Montlouis!

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We're happy to feature new arrivals from Lise and Bertrand Jousset, two of the nicest vignerons we have ever met, who make beautiful wines of nature from their 11 hectares in and around Montlouis-sur-Loir. Primarily working with Chenin Blanc in Montlouis, they also grow Gamay, Grolleau and Chardonnay on parcels in Touraine.The vines are between 30 and 130 years old, with even some franc de pieds! Their approach is simple: "We want to make wines that express their character and their origins - in other words 'living wines.' For this we need living soils with great microbial activity and living vineyards with a balanced animal and vegetal life in our parcels."

Bertrand and Lise at bar à vins éphémère

Beautiful Bubbles! Lise and Bertrand make delightful sparkling wines - Featured today is the seriously delicious 2021 Montlouis "Bubulle," the finely chiseled palate is rich and elegant with hints of dried pear, apple and anise over a core of saline minerals with terrific length. This is a thirst-quenching Pet-Nat, made without sulfur, that happens to be a serious and elegant wine!  And two fun-loving rosés - the 2022 "Rose a Lies,"  made from the Jousset's one hectare parcel in Touraine of 40 year-old organic Gamay and Grolleau vines grown on sand and silex soils over limestone; and the 2022 Exilé Brut Rosé from purchased organic Gamay - dry, delicate  and delicious, with a little extra density in 2022, really delightful and very affordable, too - thanks to Lise and Bertrand Jousset!

Featured today are two Chenins from Montlouis-sur-Loire, including the rare and beautiful 2018 "Singulier - Clos aux Renards" from old vines in  clay soils called "Aubuis" over Turonian limestone, certainly one of the most elegant Chenins of the Loire. The 2019 Jousset 1er Rendez-Vous "Version Longue" is from 5 to 100 year-old vines from 8 parcels in Montlouis with clay and silex soils over limestone. The wine is aged for 10 months in large used barrels  then an additional 24 months in vat, giving a beautifully creamy and elegant Chenin with fabulous length.

And finally, two delicious wines in the Jousset's "Exilé" series that are sensational values - the 2020 Exilé Blanc, made with Loire Valley Chenin and Colombard from southwest France, and the delightful, chillable 2022 "p'tit sans gene," a deeply colored, zero sulfur Gamay that is bursting with fruit, for your summer cookouts!

The Jousset's's wines all possess a wonderful purity and vivacity due to the character transmitted through the living soils of their vineyards and to the precise, hand-off vinifications with minimal or zero added sulfur.  Be sure to visit their bar-a-vins éphémére when in the Loire - 36 rue des Bouvineries, 37270 Montlouis-sur-Loire Tel : 0247507033. 

Wines arrive Thursday, July 6th all wines discount 10% on a case or mixed case.

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2019 Montlouis-sur-Loire 1er RV "Version Longue"

The 2019 Jousset 1er Rendez-Vous "Version Longue"is from 5 to 100 year-old vines from 8 parcels in Montlouis with clay and silex soils over limestone. The grapes are hand-harvested into small containers, all cellar functions are by gravity, fermentations are with wild yeasts, aging is 10 months in large used barrels  then an additional 24 months in vat. The wine shows very elegant aromas of dried pear, quince, fine herbs, beeswax, honey, stone and lemon zest, really lovely. The palate is dense and rich - a beautiful melange of white fruits, mineral flavors, citrus and honey. The finish is supple, dense and long with sapid white fruits, honeyed citrus and stone flavors that linger on the palate, Beautiful wine, only a few cases available.

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2022 Vin de France Rose à Lies

Rose á Lies is a beautiful Petillant Naturel Rosé from Lise and Bertrand Jousset in Montlouis-sur-Loire. Made from the Jousset's one hectare parcel in Touraine of 40 year-old organic Gamay and Grolleau vines grown on sand and silex soils over limestone. Fermented in used barriques, the wine is bottled at 15 grams of sugar and finishes at less than 5 grams. The wine has toasty aromas of red currant and raspberry with creamy red fruits on the palate balanced with bracing acidity. The finish is clean, refreshing and long - a perfect Pet Nat for any special or everyday occasion!  (Serve with strawberry soup with mint!)

  • rosé sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2022 Vin de France Exilé Brut Rosé

(Arrives 12/19) This lovely Petillant Naturel is made from purchased, organically-grown fruit. It's Gamay and Grolleau from approximately 40 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils and 100% dry, delicate  and delicious, with a little extra roundness and density in 2022, showing subtle aromas of raspberry, strawberry, rose and citrus. The palate is light and creamy with subtle red fruits, citrus and mineral flavors that continue in the long, clean finish. Really delightful and very affordable, too - thanks to Lise and Bertrand Jousset!

  • rosé sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2018 Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos aux Renards - Singulier

The 2018 "Singulier - Clos aux Renards" is a brilliant dry Montlouis and certainly one of the finest dry Chenins of the Loire,  made from 60 to 100 year-old Chenin vines on clay soils called "Aubuis" over Turonian limestone. All cellar functions are by gravity without pumping, fermentation is in two and three year-old 400 and 600 liter barrels.  (The Joussets have banned all mechanization from this beautiful vineyard since 2015 - only people, horses and wheelbarrows allowed!)  Best if decanted two hours in advance, the 2018 is a bit tight and young, showing complex mineral infused aromas of citrus, pear, lime-flower and honey. The palate is generous and mineral with white fruits, racy citrus flavors and fresh herbs framed in saline acids. Serve this crystalline Montlouis with shellfish, scallops, foie gras, chicken with cream sauce and aged cheeses. Please decant or wait 3 to 5 years before drinking.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2021 Montlouis-sur-Loire Bubulle Pet Nat

 Simply put, the Jousset's 2021 "Bubulle" is top-shelf Pét-Nat for a picnic-friendly price. From organically farmed Chenin vines (45 years of age on average) in Montlouis-sur-Loire in soils of sand and silex over limestone. All cellar operations are by gravity, without pumping, the fermentation is in 3 to 6 year-old barriques of 225 and 400 liters. The wine is vibrant straw yellow and adorned with a fine mousse. The nose reveals aromas of ripe pear, Granny Smith, lime flower, creamy lemon with heather honey and stone. A finely chiseled palate is rich and elegant, youthful and fresh, with hints of dried pear, apple and anise over a core of saline minerals with terrific length. This is a thirst-quenching Pet-Nat, made without sulfur, that happens to be a serious and elegant wine!

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2020 Vin de France Exile Blanc

Typically made from organic grapes that Lise and Bertrand source from the Loire Valley, this vintage of the Exilé blanc is the result of a literal backpacking/grape harvesting mission that Bertrand went on in 2016, when the vines in the Loire were hit hard by frost and hail in the summer. The Colombard they found on that trip continues to please in the 2020 version, combined with Chenin Blanc from their vineyards in Touraine. There's a density and marked minerality that the Chenin blanc provides, with mid-palate weight and roundness of the Colombard. It's crisp at first, then becomes rounder, with notes of white and yellow fruits and citrus. A unique and delicious wine!

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2022 Vin de France P'tit Sans Gene (Gamay)

The Jousset 2022 "le p'tit sans gene" is made with Gamay Tinturier grown on sandy clay/limestone soils. The wine macerates in a "sandwich" of destemmed and whole cluster fruit and is bottled unfiltered, with zero SO2. Bursting with dark Gamay fruit, serve quite cool with charcuterie and grilled foods this summer.

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur