Pure Juice: Our Favorite French Wines With No Added Sulfur!

Pierre Overnoy was asked what defines a "natural" wine: "For us, a natural wine, it's a wine that one wants to drink and drink again! For some, it's a wine with nothing added...but to work without sulfur it's not 'the little birds that sing, and then you go on vacation' (We think he means it's not so easy!). It takes experience and equipment, it's not an easy affair. Without sulfur or with a little sulfur, they're two different paths!" Overnoy continues (interviewed by Francois Morel in "Le Vin au Naturel") describing the essentials to make wine without sulfur, which begins with organic farming: "You must have this good 'triangle' : high acidity, a high population of yeasts in good health and a lot of malic acid, if possible. But the most important, for us, is the population of yeasts: with this, even if the other elements are not favorable, one can succeed." 

But why do Overnoy and others like him seek to make wine without sulfur? SO2 has been used for hundreds of years as an anti-microbial to control undesirable yeasts and bacteria, and as an anti-oxidant as it bonds with acetaldehyde preventing browning and oxidative aromas. But it can have undesireable effects on the human body, especially to sulfite sensitve asmatics, and both US and European laws regulate the allowable amounts in wine. (Current US regulations permit 350 millgrams per liter, and EU laws permit 160mg/L in red wines and 210 mg/L in whites.) For most people, the only effect of drinking a wine high in SO2 is probably a mild headache, but it's the effect on the flavor and purity of the wine, and the farming and winemaking involved, rather than health issues that draw most winelovers to "pure juice." Sulfur dioxide in wine, even at low levels, can be detected in the wine's aromas, and can block the natural expression of the flavor compounds present in wine.

As Overnoy points out, the most important aspect of no-sulfur wine production is organic farming. Estates that have been organic for many years have living soils, where the complex relationships between soil organisms naturally transform the raw material in the bedrock into nutrients and micro-nutrients usable and essential to the vine. The stars in this billion-character show may be the mycorrhizal funghi whose symbiosis with plant roots provides uptake of nutrients not normally available to the host, as well as helping with water supply and pathogen control in the soil. As Julien Guillot of the Clos des Vignes du Maynes points out, "Our 60 years of organic and biodynamic farming brings us juice that does not need the 'protection' of sulfur-dioxide, and we have three generations of experience in the vinification of natural wines." Organic farming, experience, equipment, cleanliness and careful bottling are some of the essentials in producing wines without added sulfur, and fortunately more estates in France (and elsewhere) are currently offering no-sulfur wines that are thankfully free of the excessive reduction, Brett and "mousy" finishes that unfortunately affected many natural wines in the past. The estates feautured in today's email are all producing delicious, pure and profound natural wines - they may not be "typical," as chemical farming, innoculated yeasts, additives, corrections and large amounts of SO2 are unfortunately "typical" in most wines, but they will be complex, interesting and authentic products of healthy soils and we hope you will try them!

Please Note: Many other great no-sulfur wines are currently out-of-stock, but will be returning soon - please look out for: the 2015 reds from Frank Pascal at Le Jonc Blanc, the superb 2015 Chateau La Grolet Sans Soufre Ajoutés, 2014 Chateau Planquette, the return of Deboutbertin and many more...

 

Vignes du Maynes 2015 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 20 hl/ha, semi-carbonic fermentation, with zero additives, bottled under nitrogen. 2015 is a superb vintage for the Cuvée Auguste! The wine shows elegant aromas of black raspberry and wild strawberry with hints of blood orange, violet and brown spice - really lovely. The palate shows a beautiful melange of blackberry, strawberry and tart cherry with citrus, earth and minerals, very sappy and dense. Elegant 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 possible. Congratulations to Julien Guillot for this beautiful Pinot! DL

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2015 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 2015s 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 intense with balckberry, citrus, stone and earthy flavors, that continue on the very long mineral finish. Always one of the greatest Gamays produced anywhere, the 2015 Manganite is a very young wine that will benefit from decanting or five to ten years in the cellar. Highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2014 Beaujolais-Villages Les Pierres Bleues

Julien Guillot's 2014 Les Pierres Bleues is a gorgeous Beaujolais-Villages combining elegance and structure with beautiful fruit, for current drinking and medium-term cellaring. The vines are  more than 100 years old located in the commune of Bully  on an ancient volcanic rift. The subsoil is limestone with sandy clay and dark blue metamorphic rocks, giving a strong salinity to the wine. The vineyard is in organic/biodynamic farming and the wine is produced in the Vignes du Maynes carbonic method with  zero sulfur added. The wine shows deep red/black color, with aromas of spicy blackberry,  black cherry, ripe strawberry and violet with hints of blood orange, graphite and chocolate. The palate is well-structured with chalky acidity supporting dense, earthy red and black fruits and a nice mineral core. The finish is long with ripe fruits, earth and bright acidity. This is a lovely natural wine that should be decanted or opened in advance and will benefit from 3 to 5 years of aging. David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ducroux, Christian 2015 Vin de France Exspectatia

 Christian Ducroux' 5 hectare  estate has been certified organic and biodynamic since 1985, and has operated as a nearly self-sufficient farm, producing its own fertilizer and compost, and plowing and harvesting almost entirely without machinery. The vines average over 60 years of age and are replaced by massale selection, giving extremely low yields. The 2015 Exspectatia (the wine formerly known as Regnié) shows a deep opaque red/black color. Slight reduction, then vivid aromas of blackberry liqueur, blood orange, rose, black pepper, brown spices, earth and licorice. On the palate the wine is very complex with blackberry and red currant fruit, earth, spice and citrus with a long intense finish of black fruits and earth that lingers on the palate. Only 12.5% alcohol, even in this very ripe vintage. Bravo to Christian Ducroux for his beautiful farming and for this complex, expressive natural wine! Re-tasted in October 2016,  the wine showed beautifully, with remarkable complexity, intense aromas of ripe blackberry, violet, musk, pepper, licorice and earth, that continue with a dense, earthy texture on the palate. This is a living, changeable and profound wine of terroir that expresses the incredible farming and winemaking of Christian Ducroux - certainly  one of the finest natural wines of France.(Decanting advised, no added sulfur - consume on the day opened.)

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2015 Anjou L'Aubinaie

This is Anjou Cabernet Franc from gravel/schist and sandy clay soils. The grapes undergo 3 days of maceration followed by aging in  2-3 year-old barrels, and the wine is bottled  without filtration or added sulfur. It's quite funky on the nose, almost deceivingly so, as it's totally pure on the palate. Plenty of red fruit, spice, eucalyptus, and earth... really classic Cab Franc in many ways, but with a little edginess. Eben Lillie  

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2012 Bourgueil Nuits D'Ivresse (No SO2)

One of our favorite Loire reds, the Breton Nuits D'Ivresse is a selection of old vines on a terroir of clay and limestone. The wine is vinified, aged and bottled without the addition of sulfur, preserving it's lovely fruit aromas. The 2012 has complex somewhat "sauvage" red fruit and earthy notes and a medium-bodied palate. 2012 is a lovely vintage for Loire reds with vibrant fruit and bright acidity making them great food wines — carafe, serve cool and enjoy with charcuterie, pork, roast chicken and mild cheeses... 

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2010 Bourgueil Nuits D'Ivresse 1.5 L

From old vines on the upper slopes of Bourgueil, where the clay over Turonien chalk gives magnificent long-lasting wines. Vinified with zero sulfur-dioxide, the 2010 Nuits D'Ivresse has deep aromas of strawberry confit, earth and spice. The palate is round but balanced and fresh. Buy a case and drink half now, wait 5 to 8 years for the rest. "It's a search for purity of fruit according to the principals of Jules Chauvet, a wine of "Pure Origine" without additives."

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $62.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2014 Vin de France Bulle Nature

This is a Methode Ancestrale sparkling white of Grolleau Gris, Chenin Blanc, and Chardonnay. Disgorgement is after about 6 months on the lees, and the wine is made without added sulfur. It's dry and delicious - a great aperitif and a really versatile sparkler that will pair well with a wide variety of foods and is equally enjoyable and charming on it's own.  Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2015 Montlouis-sur-Loire Bubulles Pet Nat

Simply put, this 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 a bit off-dry 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! 

  • white sparkling
  • 16 in stock
  • no discount
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beaufort NV (2013) Champagne Polisy Brut Reserve

This is a new version of the Polisy Brut Reserve, coming from the 2013 vintage and produced with zero added SO2. As with all the Beaufort wines, there is terrific length and concentration due to their many years of organic farming and low yields. The lack of SO2 in the wine also contributes to its purity, and the  Kimmeridgian soil gives a wonderful, crystalline minerality. The Beaufort family planted vines in Polisy in the 1960s and the results we've tasted since our relationship with Beaufort began have been stunning. Great value — and a great food wine as well, serve with fish, white meats and full-flavored cheeses... 

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Polisy Rosé Brut

For its striking blood orange/copper color and for its vinous character, Beaufort's 2010 Rosé is one of the most compelling Champagnes on our shelves. 100% Pinot Noir from Beaufort's Polisy vineyards, there are geographic and stylistic similarities to great Rosé des Riceys. Aromas of cherry compote, cinnamon, spearmint, and butterscotch give way to gingerbread and herbal notes. The palate is broad and balanced with a juicy core of cherries, tangerines, and red plums before a lengthy mocha and mulberry finish. One of Beaufort's best rosés to date! (*Disgorged 10/2016) Tasting notes  Jan 2017 "Absolutely super, in the end the wine of the night. Transparent, super light but dense and complex, long and unfolding in waves..."

  • rosé sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beaufort 2010 Champagne Polisy Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature

The 2010 Polisy Blanc de Blanc shows a delicate mousse, typical of wild yeast fermentations, with subtle white fruit aromas. The palate is chalky and long with beautiful lemon, pear and herbal notes - lovely now and should cellar beautifully.

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Ruppert-Leroy 2013 Champagne Brut Nature Pinot Noir "Les Cognaux"

While today we tend to think of most wines in terms of fruit or mineral descriptors, some transcend those notes with profoundly savory character. Ruppert-Leroy's 100% Pinot Noir Champagne Les Cognaux hits this sweet spot with loads of minerality, pure fruit, and a rich sapid character which makes it a natural for the table. Here's a wine that will stand up to  all manner of savory dishes, while leaving the palate refreshed. A visit to the vines with Bénédicte Ruppert of Ruppert-Leroy is an illuminating experience. There’s a world of difference between the Aube and the Vallée de la Marne. Not only are the soils different, (Kimmeridgean limestone vs. chalk), but the undulating landscape itself is wilder and less manicured. Often the vineyards abut forest rather than village, which in the case of biodynamic growers is especially desirable to insure a biodiversity according to Bénédicte. Between the vines is a riot of vegetation and flowers, as Ruppert-Leroy has 30 different plants and flowers sown in the vineyard.  One such vineyard is the Les Cognaux whose grey marl soils are planted to Pinot Noir and when we visited in the Spring was aglow with yellow flowers. (These flowers are made into a tissane by Bénédicte to treat the vines for mildew.)The wildness of the countryside is reflected in the wines which are energetic, exuberant, and vibrantly mineral. The 2013 Les Cognaux shows red fruit, peach skin, orange peel, and see spray aromas with notes of daishi and fond. The palate balances lush, ripe flavors of apricot, peach, and Rainier cherry with crunchy acidity, compelling umami character and a pungent sense of minerality. The finish is vibrant and luminous. As of 2013 Ruppert-Leroy vinifies and bottles without SO2. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Pineau, Julien 2015 Vin de France Côt Coup d'Jus

The Clos Roche Blanche Cot is back, now made by new proprietor Julien Pineau. The wine shows bright blackberry aromas with cocoa, violet, roast meat, earth and celery, quite pretty, complex and interesting. Dense black fruits on the palate are lifted by bright acidity. The finish is lovely with blackberry and red currant fruits framed in vivid mineral flavors, complex and long.  This is a delicious natural wine that happily continues the work of our friends at Clos Roche Blanche, bravo to Julien Pineau!

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Pineau, Julien 2015 Vin de France Roche Blanche

Julien Pineau, who now owns 6.5 hectares of the Clos Roche Blanche, has made a wonderful start with his "Roche Blanche" Sauvignon Blanc. Of course, having Didier and Catherine working for him helped, and he had trained for a year under Didier as well. Produced without the addition of SO2, this is a lovely natural wine that benefits from decanting or aeration, then shows aromas of white fruits, melon, lemon peel and lime-flower with bright herbal notes. The palate is supple and ripe but with brightness and lift from firm acidity, with dried pear, citrus, stone and fines herbes. Nice density and length as well, and the wine improved nicely with a few days open. Highly recommended for lovers of natural wines! David Lillie

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $21.49

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Source du Ruault 2014 Saumur-Champigny Rouge

The 2014 Source du Ruault is a beautiful and very affordable Saumur-Champigny, a product of thoughtful organic farming, and made with no added SO2! The wine shows lovely red/black color and deep aromas of strawberry and red currant liqueur. The palate is balanced and ripe with a lovely melange of red fruits, finishing with lingering fruit, earth and refreshing acidity. Serve cool and enjoy with pork and chicken dishes, charcuterie and mild cheeses. This excellent value is highly recommended!

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Vins Contes (Lemasson) 2015 Vin de Table Gama-Sutra (Gamay VV)

From old vines of Gamay, this is a significant wine in 2015. The nose is vibrant and generous, and the palate is full, with black cherry, leather, earth, and hints of baking spice. It's concentrated and deep, but maintains great balance in the finish. Bravo!

Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2015 Vin de France Vin Rouge Gamay

Gamay from vines ranging from 5 to 30 years of age. A pure Vin de soif: super drinkable, with pretty fruit, and a little hint of carbonic gas on the tip of the tongue. This is a very easy going and light bodied wine, with impressive mineral length. Drink with a light chill!   

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Lunotte (Christophe Foucher) 2014 Vin de France Rossignoux

Christophe Foucher makes brilliant natural wines on his 5 hectare estate, La Lunotte, in Couffy,  on the southern bank of the Cher River, near St. Aignan, just a short distance from our friends at Clos Roche Blanche. Christophe grows Sauvignon Blanc, Menu Pineau, Cabernet Franc, Cot and Gamay, farmed with strict organic methods and vinified without sulfites or other additives and bottled by hand, unfiltered.  The 2014 Rossignoux is a lovely natural Sauvignon that needs aeration for an hour or two before tasting. The wine is an opaque gold color and shows yellow fruit aromas with herbal and leafy notes, stone, pear and white pepper. The palate is rich and dense with peach, ripe pear, stone and earthy flavors that develop nicely with time open. Serve this unusual and delicious wine with monkfish, chicken with mushrooms, full-flavored cheeses... Highly recommended for lovers of natural wines. DL    

This natural wine has some personality and its pairing should be made accordingly. Pair this wine with fun fish dishes, such as fish curry, seared snapper with Thai sauce, shrimp and corn risotto, and lobster with rosemary cream. Caroline Coursant

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Tournelle 2015 Arbois Ploussard L'Uva Arbosiana

Evelyn and Pascal Clairet craft this cuvée from 20-30-year-old Ploussard vines planted in clay and marl soils. The grapes are then hand-sorted and lightly pressed before undergoing full carbonic maceration in stainless steel tanks. Once this period is over, the juice is racked into neutral oak barrels where it will rest for three to four months before being bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without sulphur. The resulting wine is incredibly light and fresh with enticing aromas of strawberry jam and crushed red flowers. The palate offers more a bit more ripeness than the 2014, with bright red fruits that are also found on the nose, along with minerals and lip-smacking acidity. It is a pure joy to drink slightly chilled before a meal and is great alongside grilled chicken, vegetable dishes, or charcuterie! Tim Gagnon 

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Saint Pierre 2015 Arbois Pinot Noir Les Gaudrettes

Les Gaudrettes is also made from Pinot Noir; however the grapes are vinified using carbonic maceration. The result is an invigorating wine rife with sappy red berries, white pepper, blood orange, cherry pit, and a hint of underbrush on the nose. More pretty red fruits and citrus shine through on the palate with a touch of salty minerals. Meatier tannins offer the wine a fair amount of structure, and more high-toned red fruits abound on the finish. This is an excellent vintage for this cuvee, and it is downright delicious. Tim Gagnon

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Clos Fantine 2014 Faugères Cuvée Tradition (No SO2)

A deep, dark, and exuberant wine from Faugères! Located just outside of the village Lenthéric, the 28-hectare Clos Fantine estate is run by three siblings Carole, Corinne and Olivier Andrieu. They built their winery in 2000, three years after their father’s passing, and have been making wines the honest way since. All wines are made without any added SO2 and spend 17-20 months in huge concrete vats, depending on the vintage. A blend of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault (all vinified separately), it exudes classic aromas of savory herbs, black currant, citrus peel, peppered beef, and a wisp of smoke. It has ample fresh fruit and acidity on the palate with just enough earth and funk before finishing with a tinge of pepper and herbs. Tim Gagnon

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Petit Domaine de Gimios 2015 Vin de Table Muscat Sec des Roumanis

Anne-Marie Lavaysse farms this tiny estate in the Minervois in Biodynamie (certified Demeter) and uses no copper sulfate in the vines and no sulfur-dioxide in vinification. This is a wild and beautiful wine made from Muscat planted on a high plateau with rich limestone soils. Intoxicatingly pretty on the nose with bold floral notes mingling with musky tropical melon, waxy citrus peel, and salty pineapple stalk. Beautifully textured, citrus, white pepper, green herbs, and luscious mango linger on the tongue with ample acidity for balance. This would be the perfect aperitif, or would be great with rich, spicy fish dishes. Tim Gagnon

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
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Grandes Vignes 2015 Vin de France Breton

Yum! This is a very gulpable Cab Franc from the folks at Domaine les Grandes Vignes. This has very little tannin, and a healthy amount of acidity and ripe red fruit, so it's a shoo-in for the chillable red category. There's nice density and richness, which can be missed with some Loire Valley natural wines  (always good to have a medium bodied option in that category). There's no funk here, just pure fruit, so it's an easy fit for the dinner table, even for less "adventurous" palates.  Eben Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2014 Anjou Varenne du Poirier

A beautiful Chenin Blanc, from a great vintage for Loire whites. There's a nice amount of weight and roundness in the mid-palate, so don't expect enamel-stripping acidity, but don't worry either... it's still totally dry. Vines are around 20 years old on average, from soils of schist and sandstone in the valley of Arcison, a small tributary of the Layon river. Pressed at low pressure, light racking of 12 hours with light lees recovery. 400L new wood for alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Kept in old wood for 10 months. Golden yellow, with a touch of quince, and white peach. Just plain delicious Chenin Blanc. Eben Lillie

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2012 Anjou Varenne de Combre

The 2012 Varenne de Combre is a totally dry and crystalline Chenin, with great precision and a long mineral finish (thanks to the Schist soils). I happened to have an Anjou blanc that reminded me exactly of this one with a salt crusted whole bass in Catalonia, Spain not too long ago (I brought a bottle with me to share with a winemaker friend), and it couldn't have been a more perfect pairing. The minerality and acidity provide the cut and freshness, and the density of the wine can stand up to the richness of the fish.  Eben Lillie

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Tessier 2015 Vin de France Pet Nat "Phil'en Bulle"

The Tessier "Phil'en Bulle" is a fabuous Pet Nat (Methode Ancestrale - one fermentation that finishes in the bottle) made from 90% Romorantin and 10% Menu Pineau - two of our favorite grapes!  The wine is bottled after one year sur lie, with zero added sulfur. The 2015 version is a knock-out, showing a pale gold color and vibrant aromas of citrus, honey, almond, and pear with herbal notes. The palate is round, dense and brisk, with citrus peel, almond, white fruits and caramel with herbal notes. The finish is long and refreshing. Serve this terrific Pet Nat with just about anything, it's a perfect aperitif and will be a treat on a warm summer evening...

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2015 Touraine La Butte (Gamay)

The place called "Tue-Boeuf" was known in the middle-ages, as was the Puzelat family, land-owners there since the 15th century. Jean-Marie and Thierry Puzelat took over the vines in 1990 and were certified organic in 1996. The 100% Gamay "la Butte" is  from a one-hectare parcel of old vines on clay/flint soils. Displaying the ripeness of the 2015 vintage, the wine shows deep blackberry fruit aromas with rose, citrus,  earth and musk. The palate is balanced and bright with ripe berry fruits backed by intense saline minerals and firm acidity. Serve cool, decanted well in advance if possible, with pork dishes, charcuterie and full-flavored cheeses. This will benefit from 3 to 5 years of aging and should drink well through 2025. DL

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Lunotte 2015 Vin de Table La Flou Cabernet Franc

It’s been two years since we’ve seen any red wine from Christophe Foucher of La Lunotte, and we are thrilled to have it back! An engineering teacher-turned-winemaker, Christophe began farming his in-laws’ 5.5 hectares of vines in Couffy (within the Touraine AOC, though he declassifies his wines as Vin de France) full-time in 2000. Conversion to organic farming began only a year later, and he committed fully to the natural wine movement soon after. La Flou is 100% Cabernet Franc that is partially destemmed, fermented with native yeasts, and bottled without the use of SO2 or other additives at any time during the winemaking process. Compared with the last release of this wine, the 2015 offers more density and texture with dusty, plummy fruit on the nose along with aromas of white pepper, violet petals, and savory rhubarb. The palate is deep and dark with a fair amount of structure, pure blackberry fruit, and baking spice. A bit more serious than your average glouglou, serve with a slight chill and pair with roasted chicken, cured meats, or pork loin. Tim Gagnon

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  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) 2012 Cotes du Jura Savagnin Empreinte

For their sous voile wines, Geraud and Pauline Fromont have a separate, three-story cellar that creates an environment conducive to healthy layers of flor. It is dark and humid, with no temperature control, and different levels of humidity on each level influencing the wines in barrel differently. They put the wines in barrel (which are never sulfured) on hot days to assure that the flor develops quickly and they will not be moved again until after a minimum of three years. The Savagnin vines for this cuvée are 45 years old. Much like the 2011, the 2012 Savagnin is classic and precise with an emphasis on balance and freshness. Tropical fruits abound with fenugreek, curry powder, honey-baked walnuts, and saline pears. The palate is sharp and focused with a tangy saltiness and fresh fruit with nuts followed by dried flowers rushing forward on the finish. It is an impressively crafted wine that opens up beautifully at the table and would be perfect with a main course of veal or roasted chicken and also the Comté that will follow! Tim Gagnon

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Foulards Rouge 2016 Vin de France Le Fond de l'Air est Rouge

After running the coop d'Estezargues,  Jean-François Nicq created his own domaine, Les Foulards Rouge, in 2002, in the foothills of the Albères, a massif of mountains which constitutes the most Eastern part of the Pyrenean chain, just west of Collioure.The 2016 "Le Fond de l'Air est Rouge" is a 100% Cinsault on decomposed granite, vinified in carbonic maceration, at 11% alcohol and no SO2 added.  This is 100% light and delicious with lovely aromas of spiced raspberry, tart cherry and rose. The palate is light and bright but with surprising depth, showing pretty berry fruits, earth and citrus, that continues in the refreshing finish. It's a perfect summer red to serve quite cool with grilled foods, charcuterie and mild cheeses.

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  • Organic
  • No Sulfur