Beaujolais

Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2021 Fleurie Cuvée Tardive

From eighty year-old vines on clay and granite soil in Alain Coudert's beautiful Clos de la Roliette, 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 3 to 5 years, although those unable to wait will certainly enjoy drinking it now. Brighter and with a bit less alcohol than the previous 3 vintages, the 2021 is a classic "Tardive" to hold for a few years, then enjoy until 2035...

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2021 Fleurie Clos de la Roilette

2021 is another excellent vintage for Alain Coudert's Clos de la Roilette displaying the lovely fruit and firm acidity that characterizes this difficult year of very low yields. Beautiful aromas of ripe strawberry and tart plum with hints of citrus and violets. Deep citrusy red fruits coat the palate backed by bright acidity and saline mineral notes. A really lovely and well-balanced wine that's delicious now but will improve with a few years of cellaring.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

Descombes, Georges 2020 Morgon

Georges Descombes has created another superb Morgon in 2020 - not as bright perhaps as the 2014 (pictured) but with a similar balance of alcohol (13%), freshness and very ripe sappy fruit. The wine shows a bright, vivid red/black color with earth, violet and citrus notes mingling with lovely raspberry and blackberry aromas. The palate is ripe, silky and well-structured with fresh, velvety raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit, with earth and mineral notes bringing texture and length to the sappy, lingering finish. This is a beautiful Morgon to serve cool with farm chicken, grilled pork and lamb, cow cheeses and charcuterie over the next  4 - 5 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2020 Regnie

The 2020 Regnié from Geroges Descombes is a finely balanced wine, even in a warmer vintage, Ripe and generous fruit is offset with lively acidity and a vivid intensity on the palate that keeps this wine lifted and fresh. On the nose there are high-toned aromas of red and black currant, strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, rose, violets, and licorice. The palate has soft and finely integrated tannins and shows notes of strawberry and raspberry liqueur, blackberry, pomegranate, orange peel, baking spice and a granitic minerality, especially on the complex and satisfying finish. This is a very versatile wine, and I wouldn't hesitate to pair with a wide range of foods, from roast chicken and turkey to burgers or even a pork chop. I A joyful wine for all occasions.

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lapalu 2021 Brouilly Vieilles Vignes

(Arrives 8/24) The 2021 Lapalu Brouilly "Vieilles Vignes" is from very old vines on granite soils in Brouilly. The  grapes are chilled for 1 day, then undergo carbonic maceration/fermentation for 12-14 days with indigenous yeasts. The wine ages for 5 to 6 months in tank and is bottled with no fining or filtration (except the last 10% of the tank), with 10-15 mg SO2 added at bottling. From the moment the cork comes out, this announces itself as serious wine. There is some of the same dusty chalky quality to the nose as in the Beaujolais-Villages, but the red fruit is more concentrated and there is an interesting meaty character in the mid-palate. With air this sheds weight, becoming brighter and more precise, with a salty mineral core. This is very good and will reward some time in the cellar.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2021 Beaujolais Chardonnay

Jean-Paul Brun's Chardonnay comes from 35 year-old vines grown on sandy clay and limestone soils in the southern Beaujolais  and is raised in stainless steel (no 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
  • 39 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2021 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 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
  • 30 in stock
  • $19.99

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2022 Beaujolais L'Ancien V. Vignes Nouveau

 Wow, the 2022 L'Ancien Nouveau from the Domaine des Terres Dorees is sensational, just insanely delicious with lovely aromas of very ripe red currant and blackberry, with violet, plum skin and herbal notes. The palate is velvety and lush but with nice brightness, with very deep red and black fruit liqueur, a bit of bitter chocolate and earth with a nice kick of acidity that keeps it fresh in the finish.  Moderate alcohol level at 12.5%. Thank you, Jean-Paul, for this delicious glass of organic sunshine! (2022 was another hot and dry year in many French vineyards, so yields were down, giving ripe, concentrated wines. Rains in August in some areas helped with ripening and acidity levels, so many 2022s will be full-bodied but well balanced.)

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vionnet, Karim 2020 Beaujolais-Villages

Karim Vionnet, who worked for years with Guy Breton, makes Beaujolais-Villages and Chiroubles with 5 hectares of vines averaging 55 years old. No chemical treatments in the vineyard and no yeasts, sugar or sulfur added in vinification. The Beaujolais-Villages, from vines in Quincie, Beaujeu and Lantigne, receives about 10 mg of sulfur at bottling. As we have watched a lot of our favorite wines from the region creep up in price, the Vionnet is still mercifully affordable and delicious. It's full of pretty high toned strawberry and purple-tinged fruit and lined around the edges with hints of dark flowers and baking spices, etc etc. What is really important with great Beaujolais is that fresh quenching feel that comes when you drain your glass after a bite of fatty ham or sausage with some crusty bread. This is a perfect wine when you need a bottle or four. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur