Beaujolais

Cambon (Chateau) 2018 Beaujolais (Chanudet/Lapierre)

Chateau Cambon began as a collaboration of  three of the best producers in Beaujolais (Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Claude Chanudet and Joseph Chamonard) is now in the hands of the Jean-Claude and Geneviève, the daugher of Joseph Chamonard. These three understood how special this 13 hectare parcel was despite not receiving designation; positioned between Morgon and Brouilly. Farmed organically/biodynamically since they purchased it, the vines are now over 50 years old. The grapes are left whole-cluster and allowed to go through carbonic maceration with native yeasts, and then rested on the lees before bottling with a very low dose of SO2.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coquelet 2018 Beaujolais-Villages

2018 is proving to be a superb vintage for Beaujolais, with lush, vibrant fruit and nice brightness despite the slightly higher than usual alcohol - the Damien Coquelet Beaujolais-Villages is a beautiful example and just a joyful wine! The wine shows a deep bright red color and aromas of crushed raspberry and strawberry with violet and citrus notes. The palate shows ripe sappy red and black fruits, pure and bright, lifted by citrusy acidity, with a nice earthy texture beneath the lush fruit that lingers in the long juicy finish.  Serve cool for immense enjoyment over the next three or four years!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Coquelet 2018 Morgon Cote de Py

As the step-son of Georges Descombes, Damien Coquelet certainly has had an excellent education when it comes to quality vini/viti-culture! He is now running his own operation,  farming 9 hectares in the Beaujolais region, which includes 4 hectares in the famed Morgon Cote du Py that go into this bottling. The vines are farmed organically and wines are made with no additions, save a scant amount of sulfur as necessary. The 2018 Morgon Cote de Py shows lovely aromas of raspberry, strawberry, citrus and rose, very pretty and lush. The palate shows a bit more depth and ripeness than the 2017, with sappy strawberry and black raspberry fruit  a bit of citrus and a more earthy character. The finish is refreshing, ripe and long with juicy berry fruit and firm acidity. Serve quite cool with chicken and white meats, grilled foods and charcuterie. Lovely wine. David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Dernière Goutte 2015 Vin de France Cuvée de Printemps

Cyrille Vuillod began making wine under his own label in 2012 sourcing grapes throughout Beaujolais from the many friends he has harvested for and worked with for years, all farming organically. In the cellar he uses full carbonic maceration and avoids adding sulfur unless absolutely necessary. The Printemps bottling is vibrant, almost has a bit of effervescent making it feel very alive. Bright, floral and red-fruited aromas on the nose, and lots of zippy acidity on the palate means this wine truly lives up to its name, 'Printemps,' meaning Spring. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2015 Fleurie Vieilles Vignes 1.5L

Beaujolais in late January makes for an eerie landscape. The gray, cloudy skies are set against hectares of dead earth dotted with lines of stunted, gnarly vines, pruned down for the dormant stages of winter. In the morning, fog rolls over and down the hillsides and the wet clay sticks to your shoes as if its life depended on it. This is actually a great time to see the stark differences between conventional and organic farming. Even in the cold of January, the vineyards of Georges Descombes had a bright, green ground cover with small flowers just beginning to bloom. His vines looked like they were still sleeping as the earth slowly wakes up. The conventional vineyards just look DOA. Georges took over the family estate in 1988 and converted to organic farming (eventually certified Ecocert). He has parcels spread out amongst many of the Crus, although I can't find any specific info about his holdings in Fleurie. Winemaking is very straight-forward: whole-cluster semi-carbonic in cement vat, followed by élevage in neutral barrel and bottling with very low amounts of sulfur added. We are all big fans of Georges' wines and look forward to them every vintage! (The 2015 Fleurie Vieilles Vignes is only available in magnum.) CB

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Brouilly

Georges Descombes is one of the great producers of natural Beaujolais -  the Descombes Brouilly comes from 3.5 hectares on steep slopes, farmed organically. Carbonic maceration with whole clusters then a slow vertical press to finish the fermentation. No additives, a small addition of SO2 before bottling. The 2018 shows beautifully ripe but high-toned red fruits, with lovely aromas of strawberry, blackberry and violet with herbal and citrus notes. The palate is fresh and mineral, a bit lighter and brighter than the Morgon, infused with berry fruits and citrusy acids, and the finish is long and elegant. This is a lovely food-friendly Brouilly to serve, quite cool, with chicken, pork, charcuterie and mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Morgon

Georges Descombes is one of the premiere vignerons in Beaujolais. His farming is certified organic and his winemaking is very traditional; using native yeasts, semi-carbonic maceration, and very little sulfur added at bottling.The 2018 Morgon showed beautifully, tasted with Georges in early February, a bit fuller and deeper than the Regnié and Brouilly, showing ripe aromas of raspberry and strawberry  with elegant strawbery liqueur, earth and minerals on the palate with terrific length. It's a gorgeous wine that should be served slightly chilled with just about anything - enjoy over the next three to five years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2015 Morgon

We're very proud to have the lovely Morgons of Roland Pignard at Chambers Street.  The vines for this cuvée are 60  years old, planted at high altitude on steep hillsides in sandy clay soils over granite in the lieu-dit "les Charmes," just northwest of their home in the hamlet of Saint-Joseph  above Villié-Morgon. Biodynamic farming, with no SO2 added until a minimal dose before bottling. The fermentation is with wild yeasts with a relatively short period of carbonic-maceration. The 2015 Morgon shows a vivid deep red color with complex aromas of ripe black cherry and black raspberry, wild flowers, earth and black pepper. The palate is ripe and supple with black raspberry and cherry fruit, brightened by firm acidity with hints of orange peel and brown spice. The finish is long and ripe with lingering black fruits, citrus and mineral flavors. At 13% alcohol, this beautiful Morgon shows the ripeness of the 2015 vintage but in a balanced and nuanced style with a complexity and mineral character found in few of the 2015s. Delicious now, best 2020 to 2025, but who will wait?  David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2015 Morgon Cuvee Tradition

The Pignard's Morgon Cuvée Tradition is ripe, dense and delicious in 2015! Good friends with Christian Ducroux, the Pignards practise similar methods of biodynamic farming and natural vinifications. Produced from hillside vineyards of sandy clay over limestone in "Les Charmes," the wine ferments naturally, with only 10mg of SO2 added before bottling and spends a year in vat followed by a year in old barriques. The wine shows aromas of blackberry liqueur with earth, spice, citrus and herbal notes. The palate is  silky and supple with ripe black fruits, bitter chocolate, earth, spice and citrus - having some aspects of northern Rhone wines in this very warm, dry vintage. The finsh is long with fruit liqueur, spice and citrusy acids. This shows the density and darker fruit flavors of the 2015 vintage but in a more balanced frame at 13% alcohol. Delicious now in it's youthful intensity, probably best from 2020 to 2025.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2015 Régnié

Roland and Joëlle Pignard make a small quantity of Regnié from fifty year-old vines in  a vineyard with clay and stones over granite, always giving a dense and mineral wine. The Pignards made a superb Regnié in 2015, very well balanced, even with the higher ripeness in this sunny vintage. On the nose, the wine shows fresh aromas of dark cherry, forest shrub, potent herbs and wafts of healthy, tilled soil. Flavors are those of forest fruits, like blackberry and cherry, with bright dark stones. Full and ripe but nicely balanced at 13 % alcohol. This is a great glass of Beaujolais in the richer style of 2015 - delicious now but should develop nicely over the next five to eight years.

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2016 Beaujolais-Villages

The Pignard's Beaujolais-Villages is from a high-elevation parcel with 40 year-old vines in sandy clay over decomposed granite. There is a very short carbonic-maceration to preserve the fresh fruit and only a tiny addition of sulfur before the bottling. The 2016 is a subtle, elegant and well-structured Beaujolais, hosting aromas of cherry, blackberry, and red apple skins, with a light presence of dark flowers. On the palate, there are flavors of dark cherry and essences of fresh, woodsy earth. The structure is lean, with clean minerality. This is a real Beaujolais of terroir that is elegant and delicious now and will improve over the next few years.

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2018 Beaujolais l'Ancien V.V.

L'Ancien comes from Jean Paul Brun's home village of Charnay in the southern Beaujolais. The vines range in age from 40 to 60 years old and are planted on slopes sporting the area's signature sandy clay-limestone soils, featuring the particular local "dorée" or "golden" limestone that is laden with iron. These older vines have always been farmed organically and harvested by hand and yield small, thick-skinned Gamay berries. As for all Terres Dorées reds, the vinification is traditional Burgundian rather than the normal carbonic maceration in Beaujolais. The 2018 shows a bright deep red color. The aromas are high-toned and ripe with red currant, raspberry and wild strawberry, quite bright and floral. The palate shows lush, ripe berry fruits backed by citrusy acidity, quite refreshing. The finish is long and sappy with bright red fruits and tart acidity - stock-up on this crowd-pleasing Beaujolais!

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2018 Beaujolais Chardonnay

Jean-Paul Brun's Chardonnay comes 35 year-old vines grown on sandy clay and limestone soils in the southern Beaujolais  and is raised in stainless steel, with occasional use of old barrels (no new oak!).  Bright aromas of peach, apricot, lemon zest, and thyme lead to flavors of pure white fruits, juicy lime, crisp orange blossom, subtle herbal undertones, and a long chalky finish. Paired with salad, seafood,chicken, goat milk cheeses, or nothing at all, this is a beautiful choice and great value in white Burgundy!

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $19.99

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2018 Côte de Brouilly

Jean-Paul Brun of Domaine des Terres Dorées has 2 parcels of 50 year-old vines on a steep section of Mont Brouilly with a south-east exposition at about 1,000 ft of altitude. The thin soil is almost entirely stones of granite with a high iron content.  The 2018 shows lovely aromas of cherry and red currant liqueur with a touch of rose petal, cocoa and spice. The palate is ripe but balanced by refreshing acidity, showing pretty red fruits with earth and mineral flavors, with a silky, slightly grainy texture, finishing with nice length of sappy fruit and firm acidity. A beautiful Beaujolais for current drinking and over the next few years.  "Contains very little sulfite," says the label "store in a cool place and consume rapidly after uncorking." We haven't noticed any problem keeping this wine, but consuming rapidly after uncorking will be easy... DL

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Low Sulfur