Alsace

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $34.99

Dirler-Cadé 2015 Alsace Grand Cru Muscat Saering

From biodynamically farmed vines in the clay, sandstone, limestone soils of the east, southeast-facing grand cru Saering vineyard, Domaine Dirler-Cadé 2015 Muscat offers an exotic nose on opening with aromas of litchi, orange oil, blackberry leaf, and wet stone. The pleasingly dry and stony palate has bright acidity and a dense core of minerality that belies the flamboyant aromatic profile. This is a lovely Muscat, with exuberant perfume and vibrant flavors and a savory, nearly salty finish. Enjoy with asparagus vinaigrette or Thai green curries. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $31.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Gewurztraminer Bildstoekle

This Gewurztraminer comes from the limestone rich Bildstoeklé vineyard. Long aging, with trademark subtle oxidation, and a noted mineral finish and dryness to the wine. Tropical notes mix with umami... definitely a peculiar wine. Well worth aging for 6 + months before opening.   EL

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Gewurztraminer Cuvee Particuliere

From 4 different parcels, so a mix of limestone, sandstone  and sandy soils. Totally dry, with loads of textbook Gewurz spice. A vibrant natural wine with serious zing and one of the most approachable and ready-to-drink wines from the Schueller line-up.  EL

  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Pinot Blanc

2017 was a difficult vintage for Bruno with this wine. It is currently showing a very high level of volatile acidity (VA) so we would recommend waiting for 6-12 months before opening. An assemblage from several parcels, mostly on gravel and sandy soil, with some clay and limestone sites as well. Eben

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Pinot Gris

This is a fascinating, dry Pinot Gris, from sandstone soils. Crunchy and lively, this is drinking very nicely at the moment, especially after 15-30 minutes of decanting.  EL

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Pinot Gris Reserve

From a vineyard of pure limestone, this is an elegant and relatively rich style for Pinot Gris. Bruno doesn't like rich Pinot Gris, and often prefers his basic Pinot Gris to the Reserve in the first 3 or 4 years after bottling, but he says in 5-6 years, the Reserve evolves into a really special wine. Spicy tropical fruit on the nose mix with burnt orange and marmalade. The palate is rich but the limestone soils give the wine cut, and the dryness is evident in the finish. A wine for meditation, and considering Bruno's advice, a good one to age for a few years.    EL

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Pinot Noir LNO12

Apparently this is the wine people are always bugging Bruno about. Maybe it's because Pinot Noir is so rare in Alsace. Undrinkable young (way too volatile). Aging for several years is highly recommended!   EL

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Riesling Bildstoecklé

As far as I can tell, this is the one. People say Bruno's wines are different and transcend what anyone would possibly expect from Alsace. They say he's an iconoclast who follows his own path. This is certainly true, but I often taste with Bruno and simply find the wines to be amazing, pure and energizing, and great examples of what a really good natural wine can be. However, it is a bit of a singular experience to taste a full-on oxidative Riesling like the Bildstoeckle. The nose is reminiscent of Jura sous voile whites, and there's subtle stone fruit on the palate mingling with the oxidative notes. There's no copper or sulfur used in the vineyard - something that is really difficult to pull off save in particular micro-climates. The parcel is on what Bruno calls a "good spot" on top of a hill on limestone terroir, well aerated and with relatively poor soil. In any case, this is not a Riesling for everyone, but certainly recommended for fans of oxidative whites.  Eben Lillie  

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Riesling Cuvée Particulière

For a "basic" Riesling, this is pretty impressive! Crystalline, with nice fleshy texture on the palate. Electric and zippy, with enough ripeness and maturity to balance the acidity and intense salinity of the wine. Perhaps not as dense or long in the finish as the lieu-dit and Grand Cru wines from Schueller, it's still a fantastic expression and a beautifully clean natural wine. It's unfiltered, so don't be surprised by the opaque hue in the glass.  EL

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Riesling Le Verre est Dans le Fruit

Grapes are sourced from a younger selection of vines in Grand Cru Pfersigberg. There was a slight oxidative touch when tasted a year ago from barrel, but it's predominantly fruit driven. Should be drinking nicely by Fall 2019.   EL

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Schueller, Bruno 2017 Alsace Sylvaner

Last year, this Sylvaner tasted like pure fruit juice from the barrel. It's still showing a touch of residual sugar. Because of this, and some volatile acidity, we recommend holding this for a bit before opening.  Eben

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Valentin-Zusslin 2014 Alsace Sylvaner Bollenberg

From the south-facing Bollenberg lieu-dit in Orschwir, a hill that stands apart from the foothills of the Vosges. The soils are iron-rich clays. The vines are farmed biodynamically, the grapes undergo extreme selection before fermentation with native yeasts and aging in large Vosges casks. The 2014 Sylvaner Bollenberg offers enticing aromas of apricot, cool crushed herbs, golden apple skin, and apple blossoms. The palate is fresh and lively, with flavors of perfectly ripe stone fruit, faint tropical notes, a bracing herbaceousness, and an incisively savory finish. The 2014 embodies the charm of Sylvaner, while expressing enough stoniness to captivate the most ardent rock fan. A fine pairing with poached chicken with salsa verde and grand with a ripe triple crème cheese, this would enliven lighter fish preparations and make for a splendid apéritif. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 39 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaujolais

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $31.99

Coquelet 2016 Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes

The step-son of Georges Descombes, Damien Coquelet has worked alongside him since early childhood. Damian's  2016 Chiroubles VV is a beautiful wine showing bright aromas of ripe raspberry, morello chery, violet and citrus, really quite pretty. There is a lively mineral attack on the palate with earthy plum, cherry and raspberry fruit that is sappy, earthy and long. Quite lovely now, this should really sing after a few years of cellaring. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Coquelet 2017 Morgon Cote de Py

Damien Coquelet, working in the same stlye as his step-father Georges Descombes, has once again created some beautifully old-fashioned Beaujolais in 2017. The Morgon Cote de Py shows lovely aromas of raspberry, strawberry, citrus and rose, very pretty and bright. The palate shows a bit more stucture and darker fruit than the Damien's Chiroubles, with sappy strawberry fruit, a bit of citrus and a more earthy character. The finish is refreshing and long with juicy berry fruit and firm acidity. Serve quite cool with chicken and white meats, grilled foods and charcuterie. Lovely wine.

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2015 Regnié Vieilles Vignes

The Georges Descombes Regnie VV is a big, beautiful Gamay in this vintage known for ripe, full-bodied wines. The wine shows a deep red/black color and very floral aromas of ripe blackberry and red currant with hints of black cherry, earth and chocolate. The palate is deep and silky with surprisingly bright red currant and black cherry fruit liqueur, meaty and earthy, with a nice mineral kick in the long, lush finish.  Serve this delicious Regnie with a steak or grilled meats and put a few in the basement for ten to fifteen years.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2016 Beaujolais Blanc

A relatively new offering from Georges Descombes, this is a really tasty Chardonnay, on the fresh and mineral side, with good mid-palate weight. Pure fruit, good weight and overall very balanced... what's not to love!?   EL

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Descombes, Georges 2017 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 2017 shows just a bt more ripeness and softer fruit than the 2016 with lovely aromas of strawberry, blackberry and violet with herbal and citrus notes. The palate is fresh and mineral infused with berry fruits and citrusy acids. This is a lovely food-friendly Brouilly to serve, quite cool, with chicken, pork, charcuterie and mild cheeses...

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2017 Morgon

George Descombes consistently makes some of our favorite wines in Beaujolais, and the his village wines are some of the best values in the region. George works the vines organically,  ferments using only native yeasts and whole cluster, semi-carbonic maceration and bottles with minimal sulpher, creating expressions of Beaujolias that are fruit-driven, but with beautiful minerality and aging potential. His vines in Morgon are planted on soils of sand/gravel and decomposing granite. The 2017 is a beautiful medley of ripe red fruit: wild raspberries, dark cherry, red currants and pomegranate. It is balanced with floral aromatics of rose and violets, and an underlying earthy leafiness. There is great depth to the fruit, and the wine is carried to a long and satisfying finish by soft, ripe, and very well integrated tannins and good acidity. A hint of crunchy minerality rounds this out perfectly. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $24.99

Descombes, Georges 2017 Regnie

The 2017 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 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 compote, cranberry, 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, to burgers or even a pork chop. It was equally at home accompanying the watching of a movie on the couch with just a little, hastily composed cheese plate for backup. A joyful wine for all occasions. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ducroux 2018 Vin de France Esquisse Rosé NFS (1 case max)

(Tasted from barrrel and vat, January 2019) Lovely light pink/red color, pretty red currant, raspberry fruit, ripe, bright and earthy. Delicate and ethereal, slighty funky, yum...!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ducroux, Christian 2018 Vin de France Exspectatia (Arrives mid-July)

(Tasted from three different barrels, January 2019) Ripe plum and berry fruit aromas, blackberry liqueur. The palate is deep, long and elegant with red current, raspberry and blackberry fruit, terrific length of fruit and stone, balanced and bright. This is both a superb natural wine and a great wine of terroir. Probably best 2022 - 2030. Thank-you, Christian Ducroux!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

Pignard 2014 Régnié

We are big fans of the 2014 vintage in Beaujolais and we were very happy to get another shipment of the lovely 2014 Regnié from Joëlle and Roland Pignard.  The wine is opening up nicely with pretty aromas of ripe strawberry and black cherry mingling with earth, rose, truffle and brown spice. The palate has softened a bit with bright strawberry, cherry and red currant over the saline minerals and earth with citrus and herbal notes. The wine is subtle and perfectly balanced at 12% alcohol - a real Regnié of terroir that will continue to improve over the next few years. Delicous wine!  (Notes from August 2016 below)The Pignards' Regnié is from 50 year-old vines on alluvial clay soils, always giving a well-structured wine. The 2014 shows subtle aromas of ripe red currant and strawberry, very floral and pure. The palate is less fruity, showing stone and mineral flavors with lighter raspberry/strawberry fruit, quite elegant, and finishing with stony acidity. This will need a few years to show at its best but is delicious now in its purity and restraint. Decant if drinking now, best probably 2019 - 2023.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $20.99

  • 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, showing pretty aromas of raspberry, plum and tart cherry, with hints of violet, citrus and herbs. The palate shows firm acidity and saline mineral flavors, framing the blackberry and raspberry fruit, with hints of mint, spice and citrus. This is a real Beaujolais of terroir that is elegant and delicious now and will improve over the next few years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2016 Morgon

We're very proud to have the lovely Morgons of Roland Pignard at Chambers Street. From high-elevation 50 to 60 year-old vines in the commune of Saint-Joseph north-west of Villié-Morgon,  in sandy clay soils over granite in the lieu-dit "les Charmes. Biodynamic farming, no SO2 until a minimal dose before bottling, with a relatively short period of carbonic-maceration. The wine shows a bright medium red color with elegant aromas of black raspberry, black chery and earth with rose and violet. The palate is deep and ripe with firm acidity but stays light on its feet at 12.5% alcohol, with black and red fruits and mineral flavors that continue in the long finish. The "Tradition" cuvée is slightly rounder and deeper, but there is little difference between the wines in this super vintage for the Pignards. Serve cool with chicken and pork dishes, and put a few bottles away for five years as well. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2016 Morgon Cuvee Tradition

The Pignard's Morgon Cuvée Tradition is simply superb in 2016. 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 approximately 10mg of SO2 added and spends a year in vat followed by a year in old barriques. The 2016 vintage was a difficult one for the growers, resulting in low yields, but with a sunny late season that produced beautiful wines with pure fruit, light to medium body and firm acidity. The 2016 Morgon Tradition is a superb wine, showing a deep red color and aromas of ripe morello cherry, strawberry and black raspberry liqueur, with violet, rose, orange peel and earth. There is berry liqueur on the palate which is dense and long but not heavy. It's well balanced and bright at 12.5 % alcohol, finishing with sappy black fruits, citrus and earth. Serve in it's vibrant youth with steak frites, charcuterie, coq au vin and cow cheeses. This will be worth cellaring, best perhaps 2022 - 2030. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2017 Côte de Brouilly

Jean-Paul Brun of Domaine des Terres Dorées has 2 parcels of 50 to 60 year-old vines on a steep section of Mont Brouilly with a south-east exposition at about 1,000 ft of altitude. Here the soil is all stones, mostly a blue volcanic rock rather than the granite soils prevalent in the Beaujolais. This is a gorgeous wine! Lovely aromas of ripe blackberry and bright fruits such as boysenberry and red currant, very floral with violets, citrus, cocoa and earth. The palate is ripe  but balanced (at 12.5% alcohol) with very sappy black and red fruit liqueur with mineral salts and citrusy acids that linger in the lush finish. (Note that the vinification for this wine is the classic Burgundy method rather than the usual semi-carbonic practised in the Beaujolais.) A beautiful Beaujolais for current drinking and over the next few years. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $22.99

  • 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
  • 25 in stock
  • $17.99

Terres Dorees (Jean-Paul Brun) 2018 Beaujolais Rosé d'Folie

Jean-Paul Brun releases small quantities of this Beaujolais rosé each year, and it's always a treat. Strawberries, bright red fruit, and a tangy side that contributes to its joyful drinkability. The finish is mineral and crisp, with a very subtle tartness that keeps the impression of a flavorful but overall dry rosé.   EL

  • rosé
  • 36 in stock
  • $16.99

Bordeaux Red

Bellevue 2008 Lussac-St.-Emilion

 One of the few Bordeaux estates to be certified Organic (since 2002), Château de Bellevue has 12 hectares of Merlot and Cabernet Franc on limestone and clay near Saint-Emilion. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermentations are with wild yeasts and the wine is bottled without fining or filtration. The 2008 has a dark ruby robe with a touch of bricking on the meniscus. A bit circumspect aromatically upon opening, but a quick decant (this has a touch of sediment) offers aromas of black currant, crushed herbs, and cigar box. The palate is dry, punchy, and racy with brambly hedge fruit flavors and a long, savory, mineral finish. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $109.99

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $39.99

Cru Godard 2015 Francs - Côtes de Bordeaux

Château Cru Godard’s vines grow on southerly exposed hillsides adjacent to the Saint-Emilion appellation and geographically closer to Bergerac than to the city of Bordeaux. The wine is fermented by indigenous yeast in stainless steel tanks and is then matured 50% in tank and 50% in used barriques that have seen two passages. The 2015 has a dark ruby robe. The nose offers aromas of sweet black fruits, tobacco, and cocoa. The mid-weight palate has soft flavors of black cherry, cassis, blackberry, and coffee framed by savory earth notes and fine-grained tannins. This has good sap and good freshness and cries out for hanger steak with red wine shallot sauce or lamb chops grilled pink on the inside. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Grand Launay 2016 Cotes de Bourg

Made from organically-farmed 70 % Merlot, 20% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon in clay-limestone soils. Fermented in concrete with native yeasts and aged in tank and used barriques. The 2016 Grand Launay Côtes de Bourg has a dark purple robe. The expressive nose offers aromas of blackberry, cassis, and violets and a faint hint of cedar. The ripe mid-weight palate offers plummy dark fruit and ripe blackberry flavors with notes of bramble and cedar. This has nice acidity and fine-grained tannins and excellent depth for its class. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Grolet 2016 Côtes de Bourg Tête de Cuvée

It's always a pleasure to drink a good Bordeaux such as Château La  Grolet’s Tête de Cuvée, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec; it has complex fruit with deep savory layers not clouded by new oak and is certified biodynamic. The nose is dense with intense notes of fruit liqueur - strawberries and dark cherries with hints of red currants followed by turned earth and resinous herbs. The palate is firm and elegant with smooth tannins and fair acidity, showing more of a floral tone of violets and slight notes of leather.  After some time open the wine begins to reveal itself; dark red fruit with figs, strong herbal character, and more pronounced florals with delicate tannins.  An exciting Bordeaux that could pair well with leaner steak, pork chops on the grill, or savory chicken dishes.

  • red
  • 38 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $25.99

La Grave 2016 Fronsac

This is a delicious wine from a small biodynamic estate in Fronsac, next to Pomerol and St. Emilion. A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine displays a bouquet of ripe dark plums, crunchy cassis,  tobacco, purple floral, and herbs de provence notes. With bright acidity and grippy tannins, the wine has a good complexity and persistent finish. Drink this wine now with braised duck, lamb shoulder, beef stew, or nutty blue cheese. You may also cellar the wine for several years (+5 years). Caroline Coursant  

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Biodynamic

La Grave Figeac 2014 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

What a beautiful fresh Bordeaux! Certified organic since 2012, this estate has been making outstanding wines since the beginning, showing the expertise of the Clauzel family and superb terroir. This 2014 wine (a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc) is elegant and vibrant with a gorgeous bouquet of black and red berries, plum, exotic spices, leather and cedar box notes. On the palate, the wine is bright with acidity and minerality, and shows supple tannins with a long fresh finish. This is a vibrant Bordeaux which can accompany casual to fancy meals. Pair this wine with hamburgers, seared lamb, or with more elaborate dishes, such as roast beef or braised duck.  A delicious wine  to drink now or cellar for a few years. Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

La Grave Figeac 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

The Clauzel family does not disappoint with this vintage! This wine is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, planted on sandy gravelly soils and aged for about 15 months in barrels. Elegant and classic, the nose displays aromas of dark plum, crunchy cassis, prunes, nutmeg, light tobacco, dried violet petals and leather notes. On the palate, the wine is luscious and vibrant with good acidity, beautiful minerality and supple tannins. The finish is long with a delicate bouquet. A delicious Saint-Emilion to drink now or cellar for +10 years. Pair this wine with roast beef, grilled steak, nutty cheese or roasted lamb. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic

La Grave Figeac 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru L'Essai (No SO2)

Who said that no S02 red wine can't be classicly structured and delicious! L'Essai is mostly Merlot (90%) with a touch of Cabernet Franc (10%), planted on sandy gravelly soils. Aged for 15 months with no added sulfur, this wine showcases a beautiful structure of good acidity, light tannin and superb minerality while displaying a freshness of aromas, quite unique for this appellation. With a bouquet of juicy red berry, tart black plum, rose petals, white pepper, crushed rock and green tobacco, the wine is vibrant with its complex flavors lingering deliciously on the finish. Pair this wine with hamburgers, steak tartare or a plate of charcuterie and cheese. Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $749.99

Le Colombier de la Metairie 2014 Montagne Saint Emilion

Le Colombier de la Métairie is Maison Blanche's second label. Certified organic and biodynamic, this wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from about 45-year-old vines located in Montagne, Saint-Émilion, Pomerol and Libourne. The soils are clay-based, with a subsoil of limestone and gravel. Fermented with native yeast, the wine is aged for 15 months in cement vats and old barrels with minimal sulfur added before bottling. 

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Mazeyres 2015 Pomerol Seuil de Mazeyres

 This biodynamically farmed  wine is mostly Merlot (87%) with Cabernet Franc (13%). Showing off the terroir of gravelly and sandy clay soils, the wine is luscious and fresh with an energy unique to Pomerol.  New oak is used but not in excess and sulfur is minimally added.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Peybonhomme 2016 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Quintessence

This year's Quintessence from the famille Hubert's estate in the Cotes de Bordeaux is composed of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from beautiful biodynamically farmed vines on clay limestone soils. The nose is dense and ripe on opening, showing ripe cassis, blackberry and raspberry, with hints of warming spice. With time open, the wine shows increasingly complex aromatic qualities, with more tobacco and earth coming through by hour 4 or 5. On the palate, the fruit is again ripe and dense, with cassis liqueur, ripe blackberry, and black cherry balanced by bristly tannins and limestone minerality on the long finish. After some time open, the palate leans more towards cacao and earth, but the ripe fruit remains dominant. A pleasure now with butter basted rib eye steak or roast beef, it will certainly improve over the next 10 to 15 years for drinking with lighter fare. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Peybonhomme 2016 Premières Côte de Blaye Cru Bourgeois

Biodynamic farming, native yeasts, wild fermentations, good value –all phrases not typically associated with Bordeaux. Yet, each year the Hubert family provides us with just that in their staple cuvee from the Côte de Blaye. The Cru Bourgeois is a blend of mostly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a bit of Malbec. Generously aromatic  owing to the rich clay soils in which it is grown, there's ripe red fruit, black currant, and spice, with supple tannins and an undercurrent of chalky minerality. This is a great addition to the dinner table alongside grilled meat or sipped on its own. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Peybonhomme 2017 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux L'Atypic

What's atypical about this delicious wine? It's a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc rather than Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, giving the wine a more supple palate and quite different fruit character. The 2017 has lovely, deep blackberry and cassis aromas with red currant, cassis and cherry on the supple, lush palate, with hints of earth and smoke. More "forward" than most Bordeaux, this versatile wine will pair beautifully with almost any beef, pork or lamb dish and is a fabulous value!

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Planquette (Didier Michaud) 2016 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 usually no added sulfur. This is one of the most "natural" and deliciously old-fashioned wines of Bordeaux. The 2016 vintage is wonderfully balanced, a wine both fleshy and tense at the same time. Ripe notes of cassis, blackberry, black cherry and plum are framed by lively acidity and herbaceous tones of blackcurrant leaf and slight menthol. This wine also displays a mineral edge, with graphite and wet stones present on the long and persistent finish. Perfect with a hamburger or a leaner steak, the 2016 Planquette is drinking very well now, but will surely improve with five to ten years in the cellar.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bordeaux White

Couronneau 2018 Bordeaux Blanc Biodynamic

Chateau Couronneau is a certified organic and Biodynamic estate located east of Saint-Emilion and south of Saint-Foy, producing wines in the Bordeaux and Bordeaux-Saint-Foy apellations. Made from 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Sauvignon Gris, the 2018 Bordeaux Blanc shows aromas of pear, fines herbes, citrus and boxwood. The palate is ripe but refreshing with pear, quince, ripe citrus and mineral flavors. This is an outstanding value that shows the organic and Biodynamic vineyard work in the pure fruit and mineral flavors - a delicious and versatile everyday white that will accompany seafood, chicken and pork dishes. DL

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Peybonhomme 2018 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Le Blanc Bonhomme

This is the ninth vintage of the Hubert family's "Blanc Bonhomme"which seems to get better every year. The vines are now 13 years old, 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon,  certified organic and Biodynamic. The grapes are hand-harvested in the early morning, pressed gently, fermented with native yeasts and the wine is aged partly in new oak, mostly in cement vats. Only 650 cases are made. The 2018 shows elegant pear, lemon, herbal and dried flower aromas, with pear, ripe apple, citrus and chalky mineral flavors on the palate. A bit  riper than previous vintages, but this really shows the terroir with crisp acidity, lovely white fruit, a hint of pineapple and oak and stony flavors in the finish. Really a lovely, balanced and food-friendly wine - serve with anything from oysters to grilled fish to roast chicken. David Lillie

  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

Chavy, Philippe 2016 Bourgogne Chardonnay

Fresh and cool-toned aromatically, the 2016 Philippe Chavy Bourgogne Blanc balances charm and  energy at a civilized (for white Burgundy) price point. Meyer lemon, white flower and stone fruit aromas dominate the nose. The briskly fresh palate displays citrus peel, white apricot, and stony flavors on a succulent and zesty finish with good mineral detail. A fine aperitif, but with enough depth to grace the table with shellfish, sea bass, and milder cheeses. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic

Chazelles (Domaine des) 2017 Vire-Clesse Vieilles Vignes

Viré Classé is a privileged location in the Macon that enjoys a fantastic exposure to the sun on a slight slope. This yields wines that have an added weight and complexity compared to your run-of-the-mill Macon-Villages. At Domaine des Chazelles, organic vines with over 50 years of age broadcast dense flavors of golden apple and stone fruit with an invigorating touch of acid. This is a great Chardonnay with concentration and freshness that could age beautifully for years. 

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $19.99

Dangin, Bruno NV Crémant de Bourgogne Rosé Brut

Located a mere 2 kilometers from the Aube, organic vigneron Bruno Dangin is one of our new favorite producers of Cremant de Bourgogne. The rosé is made from 30-year-old pinot noir vines planted in clay-limestone soils from the Upper Jurassic. The robe is a pale salmon color and there is a fine bead and soft mousse. The nose is an intriguing melange of wild strawberries, spices, and sea spray. The palate is salty and red-fruited, with layers of pinot fruit and a briny minerality. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 24 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $224.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $33.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic

Fichet 2017 Auxey-Duresses Blanc

The 2017 Auxey-Duresses Blanc displays a cool-toned nose with aromas of Meyer lemon, white flowers, crushed herbs, and white peach skin. The palate is juicy, supple, and sapid with ripe stone fruit flavors buoyed by a fine bead of chalky minerality on a long, energetic, and detailed finish. Generous, bright, and delicious now, this should really shine with a few years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

Fichet 2017 Bourgogne Blanc Vieilles Vignes

From multiple parcels of stony soil. Just a touch of reduction at first, giving way to high-toned, lifted, perfumed aromatics with scents of white flowers, lemon oil, tangerine peel, and hazelnuts. Riper, richer palate with citrus flavors, notes of honey, and white peach carrying over to a stony and layered finish. This has plenty of class and certainly compares favorably to others' village level wines. Decant if drinking now or cellar for 4-6 years to allow elements to integrate. It is worth noting that this bottling ages beautifully and is highly recommended. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $44.99

Fichet 2017 Meursault

The robe is a pale lemon yellow with glints of green to the rim. A bit of reduction and gun flint on opening. This blows off quickly to reveal inviting floral aromas of apple blossom and honeysuckle, giving way to pretty notes of orchard fruit, Meyer lemon oil, wet stone, and herbs. The palate is supple and generous, with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavors underpinned by a discriminating core of stony flavors with a long, compelling succulent finish with a nice burst of fresh acidity at the end. This is already revealing nascent complexity, though I’m inclined to believe this will knit beautifully and shows a nice upside. I’ll concede to loving Fichet’s wines and consider him to be one of the great, albeit lesser known vignerons in a village seemingly overrun with fantastic growers. This is really satisfying and a truly lovely Meursault villages.   John McIlwain

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $79.99

Fichet 2017 Meursault 375ml

The robe is a pale lemon yellow with glints of green to the rim. A bit of reduction and gun flint on opening. This blows off quickly to reveal inviting floral aromas of apple blossom and honeysuckle, giving way to pretty notes of orchard fruit, Meyer lemon oil, wet stone, and herbs. The palate is supple and generous, with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavors underpinned by a discriminating core of stony flavors with a long, compelling succulent finish with a nice burst of fresh acidity at the end. This is already revealing nascent complexity, though I’m inclined to believe this will knit beautifully and shows a nice upside. I’ll concede to loving Fichet’s wines and consider him to be one of the great, albeit lesser known vignerons in a village seemingly overrun with fantastic growers. This is really satisfying and a truly lovely Meursault villages.   John McIlwain

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $44.99

Fichet 2017 Meursault Gruyaches

From vines dating to 1918 located beneath Meursault Charmes. Always one of Jean-Philippe's most mineral-inflected wines.

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $74.99

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.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2017 Bourgogne Aligote Aligo-Rythm

"Aligo-Rythm" is 100% Aligote from our friend Julien Guillot in the Mâcon. This low S02 (1g!), bone-dry, saline treat is the perfect match for oysters. The 2017 shows a bit hazy in the glass and offers aromas of lime blossom, green pear, and funky seaweed. The palate is bracingly dry with flavors of lime zest, sea salt, and Granny Smith apple. A fun wine to help you keep cool as the weather warms up! Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 27 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $53.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $71.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $25.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $37.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $99.99

Moreau-Naudet 2017 Chablis

2017 is a good vintage for white Burgundy, a very good vintage for Chablis, and an excellent vintage for Moreau-Naudet, despite another bout of frost.  Everything seems to sing across the board, even this excellent, organically farmed villages. White flowers, sea spray, salted lemon peel on the nose.Vibrant acidity and minerality, hints of green tea, quinine, and flint, with good concentration and a great persistence. This is delicious now hitting all the right Chablis notes and should make for sensational drinking over the next 5-7 years. Pair this lively white with raw oysters, fluke meunière, or a perhaps a goat cheese tart. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 35 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Morey, Pierre 2016 Meursault Les Tessons

Tessons is one of the great "deuxième" crus (as coined by Clive Coates) of Meursault. The biodynamically-farmed vines date from 1975. The 2016 is more effusive than the village Meursault and displays greater florality to the nose than the Bourgogne with aromas of linden blossoms, Meyer lemon peel, and a dusty bit of chalk. The mid-weight palate is layered with concentrated orchard fruits, citrus peel, and a zesty, pungent sense of stoniness giving way to a long, articulate, rising finish. The after-aromas are fresh and spring-like. This is a lovely Tessons and should really shine in 5-7 years and beyond. Pierre Morey has been on a roll the last few years with Anne Morey deftly handling the vagaries of each year; and every vintage Tessons seems like a sure bet. John McIlwain (wine arrives 1/11)

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Les Coucherias

Beaune 1er Cru "Les Coucherias" is high on the slope on the site of an old quarry and much of the sub-soil is limestone tailings, permitting root penetration and drainage, with a topsoil of mixed clay and limestone "marnes blanches." In biodynamic agriculture since 1979, the vineyard is a south-facing semi-circle—a very warm spot. The 2017 has a pale green gold robe. The nose offers an array of stone fruit and citrus peel aromas with a hint of mineral spice. The mid-weight, punchy palate shows a melange of stone fruit and green apple flavors with a pungent sense of minerality driving the long, concentrated finish. There's plenty going on here with ripe fruit and floral overtones vying with an overt stoniness for attention. Just cracking with a wild mushroom risotto, and a natural match for chicken, roasted cod, or even blanquette de veau. Give a quick decant now or better still in 2-3 years and beyond. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

Roally (Gautier Thevenet) 2016 Roally Vire Clesse

Domaine de Roally is one of the great estates of the Macon. The original owner/grower was Henri Goyard, who made old-fashioned Chardonnays with a bit of residual sugar, from his superb organically-tended estate on a limestone ridge overlooking the Saone Valley. Gautier Thevenet of Domaine Bongran took over in 2000 and has happily kept up the quality and style of Goyard. The 2016 is a beautiful wine, with a truly stunning citrusy, lime-flower nose that is fast out of the gates upon opening but improves the longer the bottle is open. A fantastic scid backbone gives this wine taught structure but doesn't intrude upon the ecstatic fruit on the palate. Texturally subtle, with rigid structure but also a touch of saponic fullness. Drink now or let it age for upwards of ten years. Andrew FarquharThe 2016 is a fabulous white Burgundy, showing beautiful aromas of ripe pear and apple, lime-flower, lemon zest and honeysuckle, really lovely! There is fabulous density on the palate with pear, citrus, butter and exotic fruit backed by very firm acidity and saline minerals. Gorgeous now, it will age beautifully, perhaps best in 2026?

  • white
  • 48 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $309.99

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $64.99

Rontets 2015 Pouilly-Fuissé Pierrefolle

"The Pouilly-Fuissé cuvée Pierrefolle is made from the only vineyard situated outside the Clos at Rontets: this plot is set only 500 meters south and is warmer because of its plain East exposure and the sheltered position from the North wind. This climat has older geological origins, preceding the Jurassic era: it sits on a granitic bedrock and its soil has no clay or limestone. This is why at the beginning of the 1970s it was planted using the Riparia rootstock, which has low vigor and guarantees limited yields and very good quality grapes. All these characteristics produce wines with lower acid, compared to those produced within our Clos. Although larger and somehow more generous, Pierrefolle is always sustained by a precise mineral expression and citrus aromatic note." In the warm 2015 vintage, the Pierrefolle shows ripe aomas of white and exotic fruits with a bit of spice and earth. The palate, however, remains very mineral with firm saline acidity underlying the pear and citrus fruit. The finish is long with mineral flavors lingering on the palate. This is a beautiful Burgundy and a great food pairing - drinking well now, but five to ten years of aging will be very interesting. Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $41.99

Sainte Barbe 2017 Viré-Clessé La Perriére

 Jean-Marie Chaland owns two estates in Viré (Macon), Domaine Sainte Barbe and Domaine des Chazelles, both certified organic since 2006. The Sainte Barbe "la Perriere" is made from 35 year-old grapes from a half-hectare parcel near Viré on clay/limestone soils, never treated with herbicides. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified with wild yeasts, the wine ages for 18 months, half in barrel, have in cuve inox. The 2017 shows pretty aromas of pear, apricot, lime flower and stone. There is nice richness on the palate, which is supple and elegant with chalky white fruits, a bit of nectarine, verbena and a hint of oak, with firm acidity, silky fruit and mineral notes in the long finish. This is a stylish white Burgundy that will accompany  any full-flavored fish dish, chicken in sauce and mild cheeses, and it will age nicely for 5 to 8 years.

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Champagne

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $135.00

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Polisy Brut (D 10/18)

Our new shipment of the 2008 Polisy Brut was disgorged in October of 2018.

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2011) Champagne Grand Cru Rosé Brut Nature (D 07/18)

This bottling of the Beaufort NV Ambonnay Rosé is based on the 2011 vintage and was disgorged in July of 2018. Notes to follow.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Grand Cru Brut Reserve 375ml (D 12/18)

We're fans of the Champagnes of Beaufort for a number of reasons. The farming at this historic Domaine is impeccable and the winemaking is classical and refreshingly old school. The 2015 base Ambonnay Grand Cru in handy half bottle is a pocket-sized example of Beaufort's distinctive character.

  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bérêche, Raphael NV "L13" Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 13

For holiday celebrations, Champagne is a must. Not just for the festive association of bubbles, but also because it is truly one of the most versatile wines to grace one's table. The inherent acidity of the wine cuts through the richness of the foods, while the bubbles and moderate alcohol invigorate the palate rather than tire it. One of my favorite Champagnes for the table is Bérêche's Reflets d'Antan. Based on a perpetual cuvée dating from the 1980's, the wine combines the vivid, nervy fruit of a recent vintage with the burnished, textural and aromatic complexity of the aged wines which make up the 'solera.' The secondary fermentation under cork rather than crown cap adds an additional layer of finesse with a delicate bead and soft mousse. Better served in a white wine glass to allow the aromas to develop. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $129.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 50 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

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  • 47 in stock
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  • $84.99

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
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  • $74.99

  • white sparkling
  • 21 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

Contrées (Horiot, Lamoureaux) 2009 Riceys Terroirs 4 pack

Les Contrees is a fascinating study of terroir within the Riceys. Four separate lieux-dits harvested at nearly the same time, vinified the same way and disgorged within days of each other. The expressiveness of each terrior makes this a must for Champagne obsessives. Yes, Virginia, there is terroir in Champagne!

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $299.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

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  • 5 in stock
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  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
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  • $64.99

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $104.99

Godmé, Hugues 2008 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. And in 2008 this minerality offers great cut and energy to an already vibrant Champagne. There is impeccable balance here; ripe fruit framed by the nearly pointillistic earthiness, the 2 grams of dosage is barely perceptible. This is classy, harmonious, and long, speaking vividly of place. -John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Godmé, Hugues 2009 Champagne Brut 1er Cru Les Alouettes Saint Bets

Hugues Godmé 2010 Les Alouettes Saint Bets Brut is a single vineyard blanc de blancs from Villers-Marmery near the border with Verzy. The soils of this climat are very chalky with little topsoil. The grapes are farmed biodynamically, vinified in neutral oak with native yeasts, with no malolactic fermentation, and bottled with low sulfur. There is an electric sense of chalky minerality to this Champagne. While there is a degree of richness to the wine that hints at Verzy, and a silken quality on the palate derived from its time in wood, ultimately a cool, deft sense of fruit and chalkiness defines the nose and palate. Still a bit taut, there are floral and citrus oil notes on the nose, followed by Meyer Lemon and a subtle salinity on the palate. The mousse is fine and the finish long, complex, and supple. This should shine brightly with a bit more time in the bottle.  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 23 in stock
  • no discount
  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Godmé, Hugues NV Champagne Brut Verzenay Grand Cru Rosé

Comprised of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay from biodynamically farmed vines in the Grand Cru village of Verzenay on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims. Aged for 5 years on the lees. Disgorged  January 2018, bottled with 4g/l dosage. tge base year is 2013 with approximately 60% reserve wine from the previous four vintages. The wine has pale salmon ink robe and a fine bead. The nose is expressive with pretty aromas of dusty rose petals, sour cherry, plum skin, crushed herbs and a hint of brioche. Distinctly savory on the palate with cool-toned vibrant fruit,  nervy acidity, and impressive mineral depth on a long mouthwatering finish. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 18 in stock
  • no discount
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Horiot 2014 Rosé des Riceys En Barmont (Still)

Though there are fewer than 20 growers of Rosé des Riceys, we tend to think of the wines as a coming from a single terroir. By separately vinifying two different lieux-dits, Olivier Horiot shows the possibilities of expression within the appellation. En Barmont is a warm site, whose southerly exposure and marls interspersed with Kimmeridgian limestone produce a ripe Pinot Noir with a broader character than nearby En Valigrain. The 2014 En Barmont has a darke garnet robe and is effusive and floral on the nose with wild strawberry, cherry blossom, and Morello cherry aromas. On the palate the wine displays vivid, racy acidity, bright red fruits with hints of crushed herbs, Darjeeling tea, blood orange zest, and a fine dusty minerality on a broad, expansive, mouthwatering finish. And while this isn't as plush as in some vintages, this is unabashedly  pretty with a generous ripeness and exuberance. John McIlwain 

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Horiot 2014 Rosé des Riceys En Valingrain (Still)

If the Rosé des Riceys from En Barmont is generous, verging on sensuous in nature, En Valingrain offers more linear, bordering on cerebral, pleasures (both are fantastic, I hasten to add). The 2014 En Valingrain offers aromas of wild strawberry, rose petals, wild roses, cherry blossoms on the nose. The palate displays achingly pure wild strawberry and sour cherry flavors, wet stone and a surprising, albeit pleasant, electric jolt of minerality negotiating all the supple curves of red fruit. Lightning rod or nothing but flowers. This has the crystalline structure to support the suppleness. A great young bottle of Rosé des Riceys and one of the most convincing arguments that there’s a world of terroir in Riceys. And please recall that Rosé des Riceys ages beautifully. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

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  • 8 in stock
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  • $79.99

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  • 25 in stock
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  • $72.99

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  • 17 in stock
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  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $104.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 27 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

Laherte Frères NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature Disgorged (11/18)

A staff favorite, this is the go-to Blanc de Blancs for a lean and food friendly Champagne. The nose is understated with notes of Meyer lemon, sage, and orange blossom. The palate offers a rush of freshness that carries aromas of white peaches, apricots through to a McIntosh apple finish.

  • white sparkling
  • 58 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $739.99

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2016 Champagne Extra-Brut Shaman Rosé (Disg 12/18)

Though perhaps unusually for a domaine located in Ambonnay (Pinot Noir terroir), vigneron Benoît Marguet prefers a Chardonnay dominant blend for his rosés. In the 2016 edition of his non-vintage Shaman Chardonnay makes up 96% of the blend.The robe is a pale pink. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine mousse offering red fruit strawberry, cherry stone, with a pleasing bitterness on the finish. This has good length, fine mineral detail, and a nice herbal uptick on back end. Delicious now, but this should gain suavity with a year of two in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 52 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $129.99

  • white sparkling
  • 55 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • $87.99

Marie-Courtin 2015 Champagne Extra Brut Présence Sans SO2

70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Blanc, biodynamically farmed. Fermented in tank and bottled without dosage or SO2.

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 5 in stock
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  • $71.99

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
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  • $67.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 7 in stock
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  • $57.99

Pascal, Franck 2014 Coteaux Champenois Rouge Confiance Arrives

A blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier offering aromas of wild strawberry, wild cherries, a supple red-fruited palate, and delicate, fine-grained minerality. A lovely wine for cheeses or a fine apéritif with a light chill. Pretty and graceful, rather than powerful. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • Organic

Perseval, Thomas Base 2013 Chamery 1er cru Tradition (Disgorged 4/18)

While it's always a pleasure to receive a fresh shipment of bubbles, it's a especially gratifying to receive new wine from organic vigneron Thomas Perseval. From vines in Chamery, located in northwestern Montagne de Reims, the Perseval Tradition 1er cru Extra Brut is a blend of 43% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, 17% Chardonnay based the 2013 vintage. Raised 70% in enamel, and 30% in barrel and disgorged in April of 2018. The nose shows 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, cool crushed herbs, chalk, brioche, and shows considerable drive and power on the medium-long, suave, rising finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic

Piollot NV Extra-Brut Come des Tallants No Dosage

Roland Piollot produces some elegantly stunning Champagnes from organically farmed vineyards in the Aube. Come des Tallants is 100% Pinot Noir from a small parcel (less than one hectare), vinified with no dosage for a crisp and fresh mouthfeel. Plenty of acidity and overall a really impressive Champagne, especially at the price.   EL

  • white sparkling
  • 23 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 57 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

Roses de Jeanne (Cedric Bouchard) 2011 Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Béchalin (La Parcelle)

Côte de Béchalin (formerly known as La Parcelle when part of the Inflorescence lineup) comes from a meticulously farmed .73 hectare parcel in Celles-sur-Ource. Where previously Bouchard sold wines made by the former owner,he later vinified the wines in those cellars. 2007 was the first vintage where the wines were made completely in Bouchard's cellars. While these champagnes have seemed to have a broader palate with more exotic fruit, they maintain poise with pinpoint acidity. One can certainly enjoy this now, but some time in the cellar to further knit the elements of structure and fruit should pay off handsomely. -John McIlwain  

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $104.99

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Zero (2010 base)

A blend of 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, and 1/3 Pinot Meunier fermented in tank with native yeasts,  from the 2010 vintage with reserve wine from 2007, 2008, 2009. Bottled without dosage, this still has a fine sense of energy and depth on the palate due to great farming and long lees-aging. The nose tends towards orchard fruit, citrus peel, and pear skin, with fine biscuity after-aromas. The palate shows a fine bead and with a good balance of concentration, minerality, and a bracing, zesty finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • $72.99

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • $75.99

Cote-de-Beaune

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $79.99

Chandon de Briailles 2016 Bourgogne Gelée Royale

From declassified fruit from Savigny-Les-Beaune and Pernand-Vergelesses. Destemmed. Though 2016 produced some excellent wines, it was a trying vintage, not least because of the devastating frost of April 26-27. Gelée Royale (Royal Frost) is an assemblage of the hard hit crus in Savigny and Pernand-Vergelesses, which though classified as a Bourgogne, contains some brilliant fruit from Chandon de Briailles' impeccably farmed village and premier cru vines.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $239.99

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Clos du Roi

From .38 hectares of biodynamically farmed vines averaging over 40 years old, high on the hillside of Corton. Traditionally the most powerful and long-lasting of the stable of red Corton lieux-dits at Chandon de Briailles. Plummy black fruit, animale funk, wood smoke, and fresh-turned earth. In the mouth ripe red/black fruit flavors mingle with pungent minerality on the vibrant mid-weight palate. There is good sap and firm, but ripe tannins supporting the racy fruit on the long, substantial finish. This has real class and should be sensational after 10-15 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $249.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Grand Cru Les Maréchaudes

From a .4 hectare plot, located beneath Corton Bressandes. Ferruginous clay over limestone. Les Maréchaudes was planted between 1974 and 1979 and plowed by horse. Typically the most precocious of the red Corton grand crus at Chandon de Brialles, Les Maréchaudes can be enjoyed after just a few years in bottle, though it will improve over 12-15 years and beyond. The 2017 has a lovely nose offering aromas of crushed strawberry, red plum, black currant, and game. The palate shows a sweet ripeness and expressiveness with pretty flavors of stone fruit, wild raspberry, mustard seed, underlain with a tactile sense of earthiness and Corton spice. The supple fine-grained tannins lend a sense of gravitas and well-integrated acidity offers lift and brightness to the long, lingering finish. A buoyant and vibrant Maréchaudes! John McIlwain *Pre-arrival, wines arrive 5/28*

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $174.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Île des Vergelesses

3.13 hectares of vines dating from 1938, with an average age of 40 years, in limestone clay soils, well exposed to the east. Île des Vergelesses is considered the finest climat in Pernand-Vergelesses, producing elegant wines that age effortlessly for 20+ years, as a recent tasting of the 1990, 1999, and 2002 vintages showed. The 2017 has a dark ruby robe with an exuberant nose offering bright floral and red and black fruit aromas. The deep-pitched palate offers a fine array of juicy red berry and black cherry flavors with notes of crushed herbs and soil notes framed by ripe, fine-grained tannins and brisk acidity, and a bit of the peacock's tail on the vibrant, layered, expansive finish. Decant now or cellar for 7-10 years and beyond to allow the fruit and structural elements to integrate.  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $82.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavières

From 50-year-old vines located mid-slope. 50% whole cluster. The shallow soils overlay flat limestone rocks, giving way to clay subsoils.  The 2017 has a deep ruby robe. The nose is redolent of violets, hedge fruits and spice. The mid-weight palate shows good ripeness and punch with juicy blackberry and cassis flavors and sauvage notes with a pungently mineral—verging on salty—core, finishing with a burst of spice on the long, detailed, lip-smacking finish. This is earthy, though by no means rustic and shows great flair. There is sneaky structure and while this is delicious now, this will benefit from 5-8 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevrot 2016 Bourgogne Rouge

High-toned, floral and fresh with bright red fruit notes and zesty acidity. A wine of energy and lift rather than mass, this racy Bourgogne shows the buoyant nature of the difficult, but excellent 2016 vintage. Pablo Chevrot and his family make beautiful and fairly-priced Burgundy in every vintage, and are a great domaine for value.  Enjoy with roasted chicken, fricasséed mushrooms, tempura, or milder cheeses. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Chevrot 2016 Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau

Organically farmed, from 50+ year-old vines on silty clays over limestone on the Maranges end of the village. A lovely and floral expression of Santenay, Chevrot's 2016 Clos Rousseau is beautifully expressive with notes of red fruits, earth, and dried rose petals. Less of the mineral funk than one typically associates with Santenay. The palate is supple and harmonious. There is enough structure to reward midterm aging, if you can resist drinking it now on the very pretty fruit. -John McIlwain

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic

Chevrot 2018 Bourgogne Rose 'Sakura'

This Pinot Noir rosé is a blend of the saignée from villages and 1er cru fruit in Maranges, a straight pressing of Hautes Côtes de Beaune fruit, and pellicular maceration of fruit from Hautes Côtes de Beaune. Pale pink, effusive on the nose with aromas of cherry blossom (of course), wild strawberry, cherry, and chalk. Palate is ripe, racy and juicy. Ripe stone fruit and savory herbal notes lend interest. Lip-smacking finish. This is nearly incandescent with bright fruit and crackling energy. A fabulous rosé for an aperitif  or with dinner outdoors on a warm Summer evening. John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 28 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Comte Armand 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux

In the decidedly difficult 2016 Comte Armand's Clos des Epeneaux is a lovely wine in the making, though with a more lifted and energetic character, rather than a stern one. The nose offers aromas of black and red cherries, with cool herbal aromas and hints of oak and spice. The midweight palate is supple, rather than sinewy with loads of black and red fruits, savory earth notes and a cool, yet pungent sense of minerality on a  deceptively long finish. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $219.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Grèves 1.5L

From a 1.26 ha parcel just south of the famed Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus from Bouchard. 100% whole cluster. While I’ll concede to not being a big believer in the 2015 hype, the De Montille Beaune Grèves certainly piques my interest. Dark berry fruit, brambles, a touch of orange oil, and stone on the nose, some sous-bois and a bit of oak. The palate is a mélange of hedge fruits, black cherry, black tea, and notes of blood orange, wrapped around a vibrant cherry pit and a salty mineral core. This has subtle tannins and poised ripeness (nothing overripe, or stewed here, thank you very much!) and delightful freshness given the vintage; all propelling a bright, succulent finish. And if I’m typically no fan of overtly stemmy Burgundy, this makes a compelling argument for the suaveness that can be accomplished by stem inclusion in a solar vintage. This is a lovely Beaune Grèves and a truly enjoyable and expressive wine from the vintage. This should gain in focus and complexity in the mid-term and is a sensational expression of the terroir. Kudos to Etienne De Montille! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $209.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles

From 1.35 hectares of organically-farmed vines. The 2015 vintage is 50% whole cluster fermentation aged in 30% new barrels. Pèzerolles is always one of the silkier and suppler expressions of Pommard, with a fine core of stoniness within. In 2015 De Montille has released a beautiful example. The nose is exuberantly perfumed with intriguing aromas of violets, tea roses, and crunchy red berry fruit. The palate is bright and suffused with ripe red and black fruit flavors, notes of black tea, and spices with a discreet framing of some new oak. The vibrant fruit seems to dance over a deeply mineral core that integrates with time in the glass and culminates in a long, succulent, fresh finish. There's none of the roasted character of some of the 2015s, and this is deeply satisfying in its poise, energy, and balance. Bravo! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles 1.5L

From 1.35 hectares of organically-farmed vines. The 2015 vintage is 50% whole cluster fermentation aged in 30% new barrels. Pèzerolles is always one of the silkier and suppler expressions of Pommard, with a fine core of stoniness within. In 2015 De Montille has released a beautiful example. The nose is exuberantly perfumed with intriguing aromas of violets, tea roses, and crunchy red berry fruit. The palate is bright and suffused with ripe red and black fruit flavors, notes of black tea, and spices with a discreet framing of some new oak. The vibrant fruit seems to dance over a deeply mineral core that integrates with time in the glass and culminates in a long, succulent, fresh finish. There's none of the roasted character of some of the 2015s, and this is deeply satisfying in its poise, energy, and balance. Bravo! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $329.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans

100% whole cluster. The 2015 train keeps a rollin'. A couple of caveats: I've never been one to believe all the 2015 hype—there was sun, more sun, crazy heat, and short-pruning in a number of vineyards that saw terrible hail over the preceding three years. And I am ambivalent at best when it comes to stem inclusion in Burgundy (I mean, Jayer hated stems, right?). So I find myself at a loss to describe how fresh and bright and vibrant the De Montilles are. There's an inspiring florality in a number of the reds with a corresponding lift to the palate (and this is in solar 2015!). The Volnay Mitans shows more of this restrained, elegant vintage character. Aromatically reticent at first with notes of black tea, blood orange peel, spice box, and some pomegranate and red currant floating fruit above a chalky mineral core. The palate is similarly circumspect, but opens and expands over a few hours to offer red cherry, cherry stone, iron, and hibiscus flavors with an incisively tangy, stony succulence. The Mitans offers the most overt whole cluster character, yet remains fresh and vibrant and compelling with its bright acidity and wild berry charm balanced by a deep sense of mineral character. This is lovely and energetic and outperforms the sometimes roasted character of the vintage. Give this 5-7 years and drink for the next decade, and this should dazzle. A fine bottle with magret of duck with lentils, where the soil notes complement the earthiness of the lentils and the savory meatiness of the duck, and this would shine with coq au vin, or any dish with wild mushrooms. De Montille really nailed the 2015s and this Mitans is no exception. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $142.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles

From 1.35 hectares of organically-farmed vines. The 2016 vintage is 33% whole cluster fermentation aged in 30% new barrels. Pèzerolles is always one of the silkier and suppler expressions of Pommard (due to the limestone soils) with a fine core of stoniness within. In 2016 de Montille has released a beautiful example with a bright, high-toned nose with pretty aromas of wild strawberries, cherry, wet stone, and brown spice. The palate is lithe, racy, and mineral with pure red fruit and stone fruit flavors underlain by a savory, stony core and zesty acidity on a long, expressive, mouthwatering finish. This will benefit from a few years in the cellar and drink beautifully for a decade beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens-Bas 1.5L

If ever there was an argument for the elevation of Pommard 1er cru Rugiens to grand cru status, de Montille's Rugiens-Bas certainly makes a convincing case. The 2016 is 40% whole cluster with aging in 1/3 new oak. The robe is a dark ruby, nearing purple. Aromatically, this offers a kaleidoscopic array of dark flowers, black fruits, and deeply earthy scents with more seemingly in reserve. The palate is intensely flavored with plummy fruit, good mid-palate density, firm tannins and a firm core on ferrous minerality on a concentrated, long finish. This is offering good nascent complexity, though the impression is of a Rugiens that is coiled and will need time to reveal its potential. Given the better part of a decade in the cellar, this should be sensational as the magnificent fruit integrates with the significant structure and drink beautifully for another 10-15 years and beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $389.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Faiveley 2016 Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru

Ripe, perfumed, and dark-fruited on the nose with a mélange of floral and spice notes and a discreet touch of oak, the 2016 Clos des Cortons has a sensational sense of brightness and complexity. The palate offers a dramatic combination of pure fruit, supple tannins, and vigorous minerality on a layered, harmonious, classy finish. This is lovely and should age effortlessly. Beautiful Corton, indeed. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $269.99

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $58.99

  • 3 in stock
  • $94.99

Maison en Belles Lies 2017 L'Etrange Rouge

Pierre Fenals has slowly patched together a collection of vineyards in Burgundy, with some tiny plots he owns and others he manages and farms. L'Etrange is Pinot Noir, with a touch of Aligoté and Gamay, fermented with native yeasts and vinified and bottled without the addition of sulfur. Opened recently with friends, this was ready to go, with bright red fruit, and perfect acidity. I sophisticated and classy Burgundy, clean and direct, and most likely best for short term consumption (1-5 years), while waiting for the Maranges to age!   Eben

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

Morey, Pierre 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots

From 48-year-old biodynamically-farmed vines from the lieu-dit Les Pétures. The grapes are destemmed and fermented with native yeasts. The 2016 has a dark ruby robe. A mélange of red and black fruits, sous-bois, and freshly-turned earth on the nose with a faint hint of spice. The mid-weight and supple palate offers sour cherry, pomegranate, and game flavors, underlain with a deeply mineral core and a long mouthwatering, moderately tannic, expansive finish.  This is beautiful Santenots and should age effortlessly as the elements integrate. Every year this is one of my favorite Santenots and a sure bet for cellaring. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Les Bressandes

Dark forest and hedge fruits on nose, earthy and brooding with game aromas. Taut and mineral, with a core of pungent soil notes of black tea, cherry pit, spice and stone on a dense mid-weight palate. Tightly wound, energetic, on the attack; savory and dark-fruited on the finish. This is a bit reserved at the  moment and benefits from a substantial decant or 5-10 years in the cellar. John McIlwain (June 4, 2019) - What a difference a few months make. This Bressandes has uncoiled to reveal pure wild raspberry and red currant flavors, the nose has become more expressive, exhibiting more floral plum and spice notes. There's a quite a bit more charm here while the underlying balance remains impeccable. Tasted recently alongside another dozen Beaune 1ers, this showed exceptionally well. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $34.99

Rateau 2018 Bourgogne Rouge

The Rateau Bourgogne Rouge is certified organic and Biodynamic, from both young and 60 year-old vines in the commune of Pommard on alluvial soils over limestone. The wine is aged sur-lie for 8 months in old barriques. The 2018 is a beautiful Pinot Noir, showing the ripeness and balance of the vintage with complex aromas of black cherry, blackberry, violet and earth with hints of licorice and chocolate. The palate is quite sapid and ripe but retains a slightly bitter acidity (and moderate alcohol at 12.5%) with herbal flavors underlying the dense black fruits that linger in the finish with saline minerals - in other words this is a quite unique and delicious red Burgundy. 60 btls for the US, 6 btl max order, please... David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $38.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $114.99

Voillot, Joseph 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans

Dark ruby robe. A mélange of red and black fruit, forest floor and freshly turned earth on the nose with a faint whiff of anise and mustard seed. The midweight and concentrated palate offers sour cherry, pomegranate, and animale flavors, underlain with a deeply mineral core and a long mouthwatering, moderately tannic, expansive finish. This is fabulous Champans and what it may lack in overt polish, it makes up in mineral frankness and lift. This should age effortlessly and is cracking traditional Burgundy! Voillot’s 2016s are not to be missed! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $129.99

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Arlaud 2016 Chambolle-Musigny

From 45+year-old vines from four lieux-dits. The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny is bright, floral, perfumed with aromas of luminous red fruits and spice notes. Supple, racy on the palate, with good concentration, bright acidity, detail and freshness. Lifted finish with earthy, limestone notes peeking from beneath dry extract-persistent. This is truly lovely Chambolle! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $82.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Arlaud 2016 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru

50+ year-old vines from the top of the Mazoyères section of Charmes-Chambertin, beneath Latricières, adjacent to Domaine Leroy's vines. 20% new oak. This is also a step-up from the already excellent 1ers. Effusively aromatic, with scents of perfectly ripe orchard fruit. Pure cherry, red and black plums, spice box, and game notes. The nose is kaleidoscopic, layered, and dazzling for Charmes. The palate is equally impressive, with layer after layer of perfectly ripe Pinot fruit, vying with a profound stoniness for attention. This has a deeply mineral core and has the lift to carry all the stoniness. Finely-grained tannins and succulent acidity run through the finish. This is great Charmes! Needs 10-15+ years, but just electric. Wow! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $214.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $124.99

Arnoux-Lachaux 2016 Bourgogne Pinot Fin

Tasted on a raw rainy night, perhaps better suited to Barolo or St. Joseph, but curiosity get the best of me. The nose is initially reticent (dampened?), but given a hour open begins to reveal a small forest’s worth of wild berries and hedge fruit—fraises de bois, red currant, wild raspberry and the like with a floral component to boot. Very pretty, the mid-weight, lithe palate is replete with pure crunchy red fruit flavors, sousbois, and pretty spice character underlain with chalky minerality and mouthwatering acidity. There are ripe, but sneaky tannins within lending a bit of earnestness, lest you think this nothing but bright fruit and flowers. This is a lovely Bourgogne Rouge and is a good indication of the change of style at Chez Arnoux-Lachaux, emphasizing purity and energy, rather than extraction and emphasis. Cracking with a pan-roasted veal chop and morels, better still with the cheese course on this sodden spring night. Charles Lachaux is a young grower to watch with well-situated old vines, diligent farming and a deft hand in the cellar! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

Bachelet, Denis 2016 Bourgogne Rouge

From two plots planted in 1977 and 1986 in limestone clay soils.  100% destemmed and aged in used barrels. Domaine Bachelet is one of the greatest growers in Burgundy and this Bourgogne  shows all the breed and class of a Gevrey villages. Highly recommended.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $76.99

Bachelet, Denis 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

From 60-70-year-old vines spread across multiple lieux-dits. 100% destemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, 20% new oak. Perhaps the most elegant and knit of the Gevrey-Villages. This is at least premier cru quality every vintage and ages effortlessly into deeply satisfying wine. Truly benchmark for the village and a smart choice for cellaring every year. John Mcilwain

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $164.99

Berthaut-Gerbet 2016 Bourgogne Rouge Les Prielles

From vines planted in 1980 in Fixin. Pale ruby robe. A bit of spritz on opening. This blows off in short order to reveal pretty aromas of wild strawberry, black tea and brambly fruit. A bit of air and there’s a bit of sousbois and crushed herb that develop on the nose. Bright toned and lively on the palate. Vibrant red fruits, pomegranate and wild cherry dominate; fresh acidity and crushed herbs lend a forest floor character that gives way to wet stone. This needs a bit of time to knit, but what potential! Amelie Berthaut is making soulful, satisfying wines at every level and if the secret isn’t out yet, it will be soon. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $29.99

Boillot, Louis 2016 Gevrey Chambertin

From 8 lieux-dits across Gevrey-Chambertin. Considering the escalation in prices at all levels in Burgundy, Louis Boillot's Gevrey-Chambertin remains a fantastic value, brimming with Gevrey character, while remaining affordable. The 2016 is heady, fresh, and cool-toned on the nose offering black cherry, plum skin, raspberry, game and wood smoke aromas. Dark-fruited and savory flavors intermingle on the medium-bodied palate, with ripe notes of black cherry, hedge fruit, cherry pit, and crushed herbs. There is good mineral detail to this lending a sapid counterpoint to the fruit. Nice freshness here with fine structure lending an earthy, masculine Gevrey character. This punches above its weight and should shine with 5-7 years of cellaring and drink beautifully for the next decade. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $899.99

Burguet, Alain 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux

From 32-year-old vines on shallow stony soils. Champeaux is one of the brightest and most vibrant of the Gervrey 1ers. Burguet's is easily one of my favorites. Bright red fruits and violets dominate the nose, the palate is cool, refined, and has great concentration, exhibiting a finely mineral finish. (Verging on cerebral were it not for the prettiness of the fruit.) John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

Chauvenet 2014 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Perrieres

From .23 hectare of vines dating back to 1948 between the parcels farmed by Gouges and Regis Forey. Les Perrières is located high on the slope between Les Poulettes and Les Poirets. As Clive Coates has noted, somewhat atypically for Nuits St. Georges, the wines from this climat are more floral and feminine, though certainly displaying great minerality. The shallow soil contains many stones, which retain heat and Christophe Drag says this is the first vineyard harvested after the Bourgogne. Perennially one of my favorite wines from Chauvenet (and the village, as a whole) the 2014 Les Perrières is effusively floral with cherry blossoms and white flowers giving way to bright, pure cherry aromas with notes of spice box and wet stone. In the mouth it shows pretty wild cherry flavors, herbs, and minerals on a medium-bodied, but fine, palate with good sap and excellent energy following through on the succulent, persistent, dancing finish. This is a beautiful Les Perrières and should age effortlessly. John McIlwain 

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

Chauvenet 2014 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

From a .41 hectare parcel planted in 1940 and 1984. Les Vaucrains is situated upslope of the premier crus Les St. Georges and Les Cailles in the middle portion of Nuits St. Georges. The soils are a blend of brown clay, limestone, sand, and rock producing vigorous, powerful, and elegant wines of great ageablity. Vigneron Christoph Drag says of the climat, “the fat clays make it hard to work the earth.” Domaine Chauvenet’s 2014 Vaucrains has a darker robe than Les Perrières. The nose is effusive, offering a kaleidoscopic mélange of black fruit aromas, cassis, brown spices, game and iron; over time notes of crushed blackberry, grilled meat, and wet stone emerge. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied and supple, offering flavors of ripe blackberry, Italian plum, iodine, game, and wood smoke on a long, layered, and mouth-watering finish. There is plenty of power and intensity here, without a sense of weight; deft acidity offers a sense of lift and freshness. This is a beautiful and complex Vaucrains and exciting wine in the making, with a sensational interplay of pure, ripe fruit and savory minerality. While one could enjoy this now, it has the structure and balance to age harmoniously for years. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $119.99

De Montille 2016 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

From a .29 hectare plot in the upper third of the Clos. One third whole cluster.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $224.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2016 Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Malconsorts

From the top of the slope planted in shallow limestone soils. 66% whole cluster. 60% new oak. The 2016 Malconsorts has a deeply-pitched nose with extravagant red and dark berry fruit, spice, game, and sousbois. The tightly coiled palate offers pure wild fruit, sapid earth notes, and layers of spice, black tea, and dense plummy stone fruit flavors overlaying a firm ripe structure, leading to a long explosive finish. This is tightly wound today, but should sing with 10-12 years in the cellar. This is truly impressive and has a long life ahead. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $374.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $64.99

Faiveley 2016 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

The 2016 Faiveley Clos de Bèze already offers a dazzling array of dark and red fruits, wild berries, pure cherry, and turned earth on the nose. The concentrated palate offers spicy cherry and plum flavors with notes of game, mustard seed, and black tea over a layered and dense mineral core of impressive length and complexity giving way to a long, detailed, stony finish. This will take the better part of a decade to integrate all of its elements, but should provide rewarding drinking for the patient. Excellent Clos de Bèze. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $449.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

Fourrier 2015 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Goulots

From vines planted in 1966 by Champeaux and Combe Aux Moines. Fourrier made some truly beautiful wines in 2015 handling the ripeness and power deftly. This should age effortlessly.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $219.99

Grivot 2016 Vosne-Romanée 1er cru Les Beaux Monts

Etienne Grivot seems to have hit new levels in winemaking since 2007. The wines have great class and exceptional energy even in 'difficult' vitages. Beaux Monts is always my favorite of his 1er crus, and 2016 positively shimmers in place. Gorgeous. Highly recommended. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $282.99

Grivot, Jean 2016 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

50+-year-old vines. Grivot's Clos Vougeot is backwards at this time, but has the fruit and the structure to make for old bones. Great energy is implied within structural elements, give it 7-10 years and drink for another 15.John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $354.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $224.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $129.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $159.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $224.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $249.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $649.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $119.99

Jane et Sylvain 2015 Côte de Nuits Villages Queue de Hareng

The vines are in the lieu-dit "Queue de Hareng" below an old quarry at the top of the slope in Brochon, next to Fixin 1er Cru "la Perrière," on shallow red/brown soils of mountain silt and limestone pebbles over the limestone bedrock. Organic farming, wild-yeast fermentations with minimal SO2. The 2015 Jane et Sylvain Côte de Nuits-Villages is a superb and unusual Burgundy showing intense aromas of ripe strawberry and cherry with rose leaf, brown spice and herbal notes as well as dusty stone and mineral smells which are typical of this vineyard. With aeration the aromas become more pure and fruit-driven and the palate shows lovely black cherry, strawberry and red currant fruit, quite dense and ripe, with a finish that's extraordinarily long and pure. Decant 4 to 6 hours in advance if drinking now, or cellar for 3 to 5 years and drink till 2027. Highly recommended for those who enjoy some minerals in their Burgundy!

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2016 Côte de Nuits Villages Queue de Hareng

The vines are in the lieu-dit "Queue de Hareng" below an old quarry at the top of the slope in Brochon, next to Fixin 1er Cru "la Perrière," on shallow red/brown soils of mountain silt and limestone pebbles over the limestone bedrock. Organic farming, wild-yeast fermentations with minimal SO2. The 2016 Jane et Sylvain Côte de Nuits-Villages is a bit denser than the previous vintages from this site -  it's a superb and unusual Burgundy showing intense aromas of ripe strawberry and cherry with rose leaf, brown spice and herbal notes as well as dusty stone and mineral scents which are typical of this vineyard. With aeration the aromas become more pure and fruit-driven and the palate shows lovely black cherry, strawberry and red currant fruit, quite dense and ripe, with firm tannins. Decant 4 to 6 hours in advance if drinking now, or cellar for 3 to 5 years and drink till 2030. Highly recommended for those who enjoy some minerals in their Burgundy!

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

From 45 to 60 year-old vines, certified organic, mostly in En Pallud (below 1er Cru les Corbeaux). The low yields and small berries of 2016 really show in this dense and well-structured Gevrey. The aromas are elegant and deep with chalky black raspberry and black cherry, the palate is dense and concentatrated with fabulous length of black fruits and minerals, Carafe many hours in advance if drinking now, best to cellar five years and drink until 2035+. This will be a superb mature Gevrey and is highly recommended.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Fonteny

Jane et Sylvain have a superb, tiny parcel of Gevrey 1er Cru "Fonteny," high up in the southwest corner, separated from Grand Cru Ruchottes by a dirt track, certified organic. We have 36 btls of Fonteny for the vintage - given the structure of the "regular" Gevrey from Jane et Sylvain, the Fonteny will benefit from ten years in the cellar and should become a profound wine when mature.  In January of 2014, I tasted the 2002 Fonteny in the cellar with Jane and Sylvain.Their eldest son was born in 2002, so they saved a bunch for him, but were generous enough to share one with my father and me. It was transcendental - what I refer to as my "religious experience" with red Burgundy, and possibly one of the most memorable wines I've ever tasted. Flowers, stones, dried fruit, the subtle touch of tannin...truly a blissful experience. Jane says the wine has "la finesse du Ruchottes," referring to the Grand Cru vineyard that is literally feet away from the edge of their vines.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $78.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2017 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain

Jane and Sylvain have done it again! Another beautiful Passetoutgrain, in 2017 from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay, grown in and around Gevrey-Chambertin, organically farmed and quite delicious! The 2017 shows a deep black/red color and very perfumed aromas of black raspberry and  strawberry liqueur with earth and violets. The palate is ripe and bright with deep morello cherry and blackberry, quite sapid and round. Really a refreshing and delicious wine, perfect for picnics and barbecues, served quite cool. This is a fantastic value and highly recommended.

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2017 Bourgogne Rouge

Jane et Sylvain: A refreshingly unpretentious name for a small organic estate in Gevrey-Chambertin. Their Bourgogne Rouge is from 20 to 30 year-old vines in a parcel that has never been chemically treated and always tended organically. The 2017 Bourgogne Rouge shows a brilliant red/black color with elegant, floral, tart cherry, raspberry, citrus and violet aromas. The palate shows the ripeness of 2017 with chalky strawberry and cherry fruit, earthy and very long, finishing with refreshing citrus, mineral flavors and red fruits. Serve this lovely Pinot Noir quite cool over the next five years - it's a delicious wine and a great value!

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

Lignier, Hubert 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

From vines in the Epointures and Reniard lieux-dits. Classically Gevrey--gamy, earthy, with black fruits and a firm mineral core.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $87.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $159.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $94.99

Lignier, Hubert 2016 Nuits St Georges Les Poisets

62-year-old vines located beneath 1er cru les Cailles. Dark-fruited, mineral, with a sappy core of plum black fruits and a hint of iron.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $94.99

Lignier-Michelot 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

Like the rest of the lineup, the 2016 Clos de la Roche from Lignier-Michelot is a wine of nearly startling intensity and purity. The nose is redolent of spicy red fruits, violets and roses, and earthy game aromas with layer after layer of soil notes. The perfectly ripe palate is a mélange of sweet, ripe, pure fruit dancing above a deeply-pitched mineral core of fantastically articulate detail. I love the balance of shimmering energy and mineral intensity here that carries through on the long, sophisticated, rising finish. This has great class and will benefit from 10-12 years in the cellar and beyond. A truly beautiful Clos de la Roche! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $344.99

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $134.99

Rateau 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

From two small parcels in "Aux Eletois" (below Grand Cru Griottes)  and "les Epointures" (below 1er Cru Clos Prieur) on the more fine and aromatic side of Gevrey. The midweight palate is lithe, racy, and offers up vibrant flavors of dark fruits, crushed herbs, game, and salty soil notes. Great lifted acidity and core of minerality overlain by an assortment of wild berry fruits. This is another great example of the combination of perfume, pure fruit, and detailed earthiness that is a hallmark of the 2016 vintage. Great tension and verve and a bargain at the price. Wonderful with veau aux champignons. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $43.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $559.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Trapet 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin from biodynamic vigneron Jean-Louis Trapet displays the vibrant character of the vintage. The wine has a medium dark ruby robe. The nose is dark-toned in character with aromas of red plum, dark cherry, cherry pit, game, and forest floor. It is dense and dark-fruited on the mid-weight palate with flavors of wild raspberry, wild cherry, black tea, blood orange peel, and mustard seed, with a ferrous, salty, mineral core. There is plenty of ripe pretty fruit, tempered by ripe tannins and fresh mouthwatering acidity and a savory, sauvage character. While not hugely structured, this is tightly wound and should take a few years to unfurl and drink beautifully for a decade or more. This is a fabulous Gevrey-Chambertin of nerve and lift, rather than sheer mass and an intriguing blend of earthy complexity and floral intensity. Highly recommended! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $87.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $649.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $799.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $274.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $649.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $849.99

Loire

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $48.99

Baudry 2016 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 permits a tiny  production from franc de pied vines) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. Fermentation in wooden cuves, 12 months of aging in two to five year-old barrels (most purchased in Burgundy and untreated with sulfur), 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 the low-yielding 2016 vintage Le Clos Guillot is particulary elegant and age-worthy, showing floral aromas of Italian plum, black cherry and blackberry. The palate is perfectly balanced, dense and deep but not fat with elegant chalky black fruit and mineral flavors that continue in the very long finish. A bottle opened a day before showed more complex, floral aromas, but a tighter palate - of course this wine can be enjoyed young but peak drinking will be 2027 - 2045+.  Given the reasonable price, this belongs in your cellar! (Normal case discounts apply) Another Bravo! to Matthieu and Bernard Baudry... David Lillie

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $32.49

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2017 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

The lovely 2017 Chinon "Cuvee Domaine" from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry is 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 2019 the wine was quite pretty showing lovely pure red fruit aromas with a supple, ripe palate, very deep and long and framed in perfect earthy acidity. 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

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2017 Chinon Les Grézeaux

One of the great red wines of the Loire Valley, the Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux is from a unique parcel of old vines near the bottom of the slope in Sonnay (near Cravant-les-Coteaux) on a bed of gravel over a base of clay, sand and limestone. (Harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in 3 to 5 year-old casks.) Les Grézeaux always has an elegant silky texture and wonderful freshness, combined with the ability to age beautifully in good vintages. While not as big as 2015 and 2016, the 2017s at Baudry have wonderful purity and freshness in a medium-bodied frame that accentuates the beauty of the fruit and the underlying minerality. The 2017 Les Grézeaux has lovely raspberry and strawberry fruit with earth, musk and spice. Pretty floral red fruits on the palate with vibrant acidity framed by flavors of graphite and stone. Becomes deeper and velvety with a few days open — really a lovely blend of fruit and terroir with nice balance. Enjoy it now or in 10 to 15 years...DL

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $74.99

Bellivière 2017 Coteaux du Loire Rouge-Gorge

This rare and delicious Pineau d'Aunis is from 40 to 60 year-old vines on heavy clay soils in the Coteaux-du-Loir. Yields are extremely low, giving good concentration to this wine from a delicate grape. Long fermentation with pigeage, aged 12 to 18 months in old barrels. The 2017 shows dense bright red-currant fruit with plum, violet and earth framed in quite firm acidity. Don't be in any hurry to drink this vibrant young wine - best perhaps 2025 to 2035 - serve with charcuterie, lamb terrine, guinea hen, full-flavored cheeses.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $27.99

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2017 Vin de France La Tesniere (Menu Pineau)

Menu Pineau, also known as "Arbois" is described in Wine Grapes  (J. Robinson et al.) as "an old variety from the Val de Loire named after its similarity to Gros Pineau (Chenin Blanc)...although it has nothing to do with the village called Arbois in the Franche-Comté." It is an offspring of Gouais Blanc, along with many other European grapes, and is "a little more rustic, but less acid than Chenin Blanc," according to Thierry Puzelat. The 2017 La Tesnière Blanc by Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme is from organically-grown vines, 75% Menu Pineau and 25% Chenin Blanc, in this great parcel that abuts the Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine. Bright pale gold color. Subtle aromas of grapefruit, pear, dried herbs, stone and caramel. The palate is austere and stony, with firm acidity and flavors of hazelnut, citrus, baked apple, earth and brown spice. A really fascinating wine and a great pairing with sushi, grilled fish with fennel, lemon chicken, aged goat cheeses and much more. Highly recommended to lovers of unique natural wines.

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2017 Vin de France Melon de Bourgogne

Pierre-O was able to source some Melon de Bourgogne grapes from Coteaux d'Ancenis (from an up and coming winemaker named Philippe Chevarin). Known for stony and mineral expressions closer to Nantes, where Muscadet is produced, the soils and inland climate of Ancenis provide a bit of a rounder expression of Melon. Still subtle on the nose and mineral from start to finish, there's nice weight in the mouth, expanding the possibilities of pairings well beyond oysters and shellfish!    EL

  • white
  • 38 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2018 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

Pierre-Olivier has made a simply delicious (and just a bit peculiar) Touraine Sauvignon Blanc. The wine shows a pale bronze color with aromas of ripe pear, lime flower, gingerbread and honeysuckle. Dry but with lovely ripe pear and apple on the palate framed in firm acidity, with stone, saline mineral flavors. It's both crisp, but also round and tropical, with almost an oxidative touch. All in all, there's a lot of character in this inexpensive wine - enjoy by itself or with any fish, chicken or white meat dish, great with goat cheeses and Asian foods as well.

  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $52.99

Bregeonnette (Stéphane Orieux) 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

Stéphane Orieux's father Joseph converted the estate to organic agriculture back in 1967, and Stéphane has continued (now certified by Ecocert) the great vineyard work of his father. The grapes are hand-harvested, fermentations are with wild yeasts and minimal sulfur is used. The 2018 Bregeonnette is from vines on both schist and granite soils and is a beautiful example of a young, vibrant Muscadet from organic farming.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chidaine 2017 Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles

Francois Chidaine has been one of the leading proponents of biodynamic farming in the Loire valley and has had a profound influence on the resurgence of Montlouis. Les Choisilles is vinified dry, from parcels of 30 to 90 year-old vines on clay and silica soils over limestone "tuffeau." The soils are kept covered with beneficial plants growing in the rows and only organic composts are used. Fermentation of Les Choisilles can last up to six months, with wild yeasts, no malo-lactic, aging on the lees in large barrels.  The 2017s at Chidaine are studies in terroir with the young wines showing intense acidity and mineral flavors eclipsing, for now, the elegant white and yellow fruits that coat the palate. Though delicious now,  served with grilled fish, fish and chicken in sauce and shellfish, the Les Choisilles will open nicely over the next ten to fifteen years and should be considered for the cellar. David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2016 Savennières La Jalousie

2016 is a beautiful vintage for the superb Savennières of Domaine du Closel. La Jalousie shows subtle, complex aromas of citrus peel, pear, almond, stone , lime-flower and honeysuckle which follow through on the perfectly balanced palate.  The fruit is lush and ripe but there is great acidity and minerality as well - the wine is elegant and very delicious in its youth, - serve with fish in sauce, scallops, monkfish, chicken in sauce and mild cheeses. Lovely wine! DL

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic

Closel 2017 Vin de France Chenin Blanc "Belle Dame"

In 2017 Domaine du Closel lost 90% of their fruit to a devastating frost, but were able to purchase organic grapes from an estate on the other side of the Loire, on a great terroir of shale, to make this lovely Chenin. The wine shows ripe quince and pear aromas with floral hints, while the palate is ethereal and quite dry with firm acidity and saline mineral flavors under the subtle fruit. This will pair nicely with oysters and delicate seafood preparations, and should develop well with five to ten years of aging.

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

Coulaine 2014 Chinon Le Clos de Turpenay

2014 is a beautiful vintage for the Clos de Turpenay, a vineyard of clay/limestone on a well-exposed slope that has been in vines since the 13th century. The current vines were planted in massale selection about 50 years ago and generally give a very structured wine that ages well. As with the best of the 2014 Chinons, The Clos de Turpenay shows a beautiful combination of supple ripe fruits, freshness, and great terroir expression.  The aromas are complex and pretty - black raspberry, cassis and strawberry, quite fresh, with earth, pepper, rose and citrus. The palate is a lovely mix of red and black fruits with earth, sous-bois, citrus and chalky mineral flavors that continue in the long sappy finish. This is a subtle and elegant Chinon - carafe 1 to 2 hours in advance or cellar 15 to 20 years. Serve with stews, Guinea hen with peaches (!), salade magret de canard, roast chicken.

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2015 Chinon Franc de Pied

Grown on a 1/4 hectare parcel on a slope of clay over limestone where there is enough sand to discourage phylloxera, the vines are now 15 years-old and produce this distinctive wine, quite saline and with intriguing complexity. Drink this lovely Chinon, served cool, over the next five years.

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2016 Touraine Les Pieds Rotis Blanc

Chateau de Coulaine is producing a ripe and vibrant Chenin Blanc from a south-facing slope just across the Vienne from Coulaine (AOC Touraine) with interesting terroir of granitic gravel and fossils over white limestone. The 2016 "Les Pieds Rotis" is a dry but very ripe and full-bodied Chenin, with beautiful white fruit, earth and citrus flavors. The wine went through malolactic fermentation, and finished quite dry at only 1.8 grams RS. Aging is in 2 to 8 year-old 400 liter foudres and minimal SO2 is used.  It's a great apéritif or serve with white meats, Asian food and mild cheeses.

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $64.99

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

Dauny 2018 Sancerre Clos du Roy

Domaine Dauny in Crézancy has been organic since 1964 - Nicole and Christian are the 12th generation at the estate!  The Dauny Clos du Roy is from 40-50 year-old vines in this famous limestone vineyard. The palate is round, ripe and balanced with  white fruit, herbal and mineral flavors backed by crisp acidity. The finish is long with dried pear, stone and anise flavors. This is a lovely Sancerre from an excellent vintage that will accompany almost any seafood dishes, chicken and white meats as well.

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $20.99

Deboutbertin 2017 Vin de France Baliverne (Grolleau)

This offering from Deboutbertin is 100% Grolleau from a parcel on Schiste and sandstone, from vines that were planted in 1950. The vineyard is tiny, at 25 ares (a bit more than a half-acre), and yields are quite low, at about 20hl/ha. There's a hint of "barnyard" on the nose, with plenty of the vibrant fruit on the palate. Relatively dark in the glass, but super easy to drink! Serve with a slight chill.    Arrived July 2019 / Best if opened after Summer 2019  EL

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Deboutbertin 2017 Vin de France La Noue Blanchard

This is a very limited cuvée from Stephanie and Vincent. All Cabernet Franc from old vines. No SO2 added.  EL

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

Domaine Aux Moines 2016 Savennieres Roche Aux Moines

The 2016 Roche aux Moines from Tessa Laroche is a superb Chenin Blanc showing elegant aromas of pear and quince with limeflower and citrus, quite complex and pretty. The superb shist terroir of "Roche aux Moines" is fully captured in this wine which has fabulous depth of white fruit and mineral flavors with very firm acidity and citrus, anise and stone in the long finish. Wonderful now with a full-flavored fish dish, this wine will cellar beatifully for twenty years and more. David Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Domaine de Reuilly 2018 Reuilly Pinot Gris Rosé

The wines of Denis Jamain at the Domaine de Reuilly are getting better and better - his 2018 Rosé of Pinot Gris is from vines in  organic and biodynamic farning, fermented with wild yeasts. The color is a lovely pale onion skin, the aromas are floral and pretty with gooseberry, peach, dried apricot and citrus peel, really lovely. Light berry, peach, green tea and stone flavors on the palate are dense and creamy but framed in firm acidity. With good ripeness, but subtle and balanced, this unique rosé will accompany a wide variety of foods, from oysters with vinaigrette, fish, grilled pork and chicken and Asian foods, and it's lovely to sip by itself!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.49

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Ecu (Fred Niger) 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Granite

Guy Bossard has been an inspiration for many growers in the region and is still producing superb wines, while in (semi) retirement, with the new owner Fred Niger Van Herck.  The Domaine de l'Ecu  2017 "Granite" is particularly outstanding, amazingly elegant with a wonderful combination of delicacy and depth.  The wine shows beautiful floral aromas of lemon peel, dried pear, wet stone and lime-flower with hints of almond and anise. The palate is dense and very long in this difficult but ripe vintage with intense stony flavors, pear, citrus and  earth.  A bit more open and accessible than some vintages of Granite but with ample structure and acidity for aging — perhaps best 2022 to 2035. Serve this summer with oysters, cod and sole, then with richer dishes after the wine matures. Bravo to Guy and Fred! 

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Filliatreau 2017 Saumur-Champigny La Grande Vignolle

100% Cabernet Franc. The six-hectare Grande Vignolle lieu-dit sits on a chalk cliff on calcareous clay soils, set back from the Loire River on a high plateau. The vines are 35-40 years old and lie at the northern limit of the Saumur-Champigny appellation. The fruit is hand-harvested, destemmed and fermented with natural yeasts in steel tank, with a maceration of approximately 2 weeks. The wine is aged in steel tank and is bottled unfiltered. Always a juicy and delicious Saumur-Champigny, the 2017 Grande Vignolle shows ripe crushed black raspberry fruit with floral and earthy notes, quite pretty!  The palate is vibrant with firm acidity below lush berry fruits with a refreshing, bright finish. This is a great charcuterie pairing or with grilled chicken and pork and soft cow cheeses - enjoy it now served a bit cool and celaring of five to eight years would be interesting. David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Gaudry, Vincent 2017 Sancerre Melodie Vieilles Vignes

Domaine Vincent Gaudry, located in Sury-en-Vaux, has been organic and Biodynamic certified beginning in 1993. The 2017 "Melodie des Vieilles Vignes" is from 50-plus year-old vines on clay/limestone soils, and is fermented naturally with wild yeasts. This is an outstanding Sancerre showing elegant aromas of ripe pear, quince, almond, citrus and lime-flower, really quite lovely. The palate is fresh and lively with dried pear, flint, smoke and herbal flavors, very silky and elegant and happily unlike most modern Sancerres. The stone and subtle fruit flavors continue in the refreshing finish, making this a superb food wine with anything from oysters to grilled fish and fish and chicken in sauce. And Crottin de Chavignol, of course. Highly recommended and a good value! David Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Gilbert 2017 Menetou-Salon Blanc

Philippe Gilbert makes beatiful wines in Menetou-Salon, which abuts Sancerre, including lovely rosé and red from Pinot Noir and superb Menetou-Salon blanc from Sauvignon Blanc, certified Biodynamic by Demeter. The living soils are evident in this  lovely wine, showing elegant aromas of pear, fig, citrus peel, lime flower, anise and stone. The palate is very mineral with firm chalky acidity unerlying pear, almond, citrus, stone and herbal flavors. This is a great pairing with any mild fish preparation and goat cheeses and it's far superior to most Sancerres in this price range.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Girard 2017 Sancerre La Garenne

Upon visiting Fernand Girard back in the early 90s we were happy to find someone who harvested by hand and fermented with wild yeasts - a rarity in Sancerre at the time and still sadly in the minority today. More than 20 years later we are still happy to feature the Sancerre produced by Fernand and Alain Girard, coming from their 2.5 hectare plot on a steep slope in Chaddoux on stony clay over limestone soils.  This is a classic Sancerre in a more mineral style that will accompany a wide variety of seafoods, chicken dishes and white meats, and it's a good value as well.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 46 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white off-dry
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $41.99

Grange Tiphaine 2018 Vin de France Sparkling Rosa, Rose, Rosam

The appearance of this beloved little Pet-Nat means that it is officially summer. "Rosa, Rose, Rosam" is a blend of Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Grolleau, and Côt from the talented Damien Delecheneau in Touraine. The vines are around 80 years old and were planted in the clay and limestone soils by Damien's great grandfather. The 2018 shows a bit more ripeness than past vintages, but the exquisite lacy minerals and delicately balanced flavors of  wild strawberry, sour cherry, and plump raspberry are as charming as ever. Amanda Bowman

  • rosé sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2016 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

2016 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 on classic soils of clay over limestone. 2016 was a very difficult vintage in the Loire Valley with many growers suffering huge loses to f rost on the 27th of April, followed by periods of intense mildew attacks until early July that further lowered yields.  Weather in the summer and fall, however, was near perfect with dry sunny conditions prevailing and just the right amount of rain in September. Comparisons can be made to the 2002 and 2010 vintages. The 2016 Guion Prestige shows wonderful brightness and balance with lovely high-toned aromas of strawberry compote with floral, herbal and musky notes, with hints of  roast coffee and bitter chocolate. There is intense material on the palate which is elegant and ripe with fine tannins, 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 2023 to 2040. If drinking now decant well in advance or open/taste/re-cork two or three days beforehand.  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!

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2017 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

This is another beautiful wine from the shy and affable Stephane Guion who is quietly making some of the best wines in Bourgueil. His 2017 Cuvèe Domaine is from young (15 to 40 year-old) vines on clay/limestone terroir in Benais and is simply delicous, a bit softer and more foward than the vibrant 2016. The wine shows aromas of raspberry and red currant liqueur, violets and citrus - very  ripe but still bright with  earthy hints as well. The palate is medium-bodied and fresh with firm acidity but more supple than usual for the Cuvée Domaine, with chalky, saline mineral flavors framing the ripe red and black fruits, which continue in the long earthy finish. Drink now, served cool, with grilled chicken and pork, charcuterie, green vegetables and mild cheeses, or hold 5 to 8 years for a velvety mature experience. This is a beautiful wine that transcends its price point - Thanks to Stephane Guion!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 41 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Rosé (Arrives 7/24)

The 2018 Bourgueils of Stephane Guion, tasted in early February 2019, are just extraordinary, with an extra layer of vibrant fruit, beginning with this gorgeous Rosé. 50 years of organic farming and great traditional winemaking give this refreshing wine its perfect balance with beautiful fruit and great earthy expression of the limestone/clay terroir. The wine shows lush strawberry/raspberry aromas with citrus, rose and earth. Raspberry, blood orange, melon and earthy flavors on the ripe but dry palate which is framed in firm acidity and saline minerals. This is a real rosé of terroir, and for lovers of Cabernet Franc it's one of the greatest values around - drinking beautifully now and through 2020, with burgers, roast chicken, grilled pork and charcuterie. David Lillie (Sorry, arrival delayed until Wed 7/24)

  • rosé
  • 120 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $159.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $87.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

Huet 2005 Vouvray Cuvée Constance 500ml

Forward and open which is unusual for Constance. Beautifully knit palate and very long with exceptional purity and at least 50 years ahead of it. DL

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

Huet 2017 Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec

Le Mont is a 19 acre vineyard just above the Loire with a pebbly, "green" clay and silex soil over the limestone. The 2017 Le Mont Demi-Sec was the hit of our tasting at Racines NY, showing smoky mineral notes with pear, citrus peel, almond and wet stone aromas. The palate shows earthy white fruits with intesnse mineral flavors with great freshness and density, not showing much sweetness. The finish is long and earthy with quince, stone and citrusy acids. Serve now with very saline oysters or grilled fish, best to cellar, drink until 2050 and beyond... David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Hureau 2014 Saumur-Champigny Cuvée Lisagathe

Certified organic since 2007, the Chateau du Hureau produces this beautiful Cabernet Franc on it's best parcel, "la Corde," from vines planted in 1953 and 1991 in clay soils over the "tuffe" limestone. This 2014 bottling of "Lisagathe"is a reminder for why we love Cabernet Franc from Saumur. The aromas show attractive notes of red cherry, tobacco, dried rose, and blueberries. The palate is supple with deft tannins. Pure flavors of cherry and tobacco spice are lifted by tart red currant and blackberry on the finish. This wine has a long life ahead but is wonderfully complex and elegant in its youth. This paired exceptionally well with fresh pork sausages with herbs, leeks, and asparagus. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2015 Chinon L'Ame d'Antan

This beautiful Chinon is from 65 to 70-year-old vines in sandy clay soils over limestone in Sonnay, near Cravant. The wine ages for 18 months in old barrels, less than 200 cases are made. The 2015 Ame D'Antan shows a deep black/garnet color with elegant aromas of ripe black raspberry and red currant with hints of violet, prune, citrus and crushed stone. The palate is dense but bright, with a silky texture, showing earthy, ripe strawberry confit with black raspberry and licorice with firm mineral acidity and a bit less tannin than the 2014. Good length with lingering berry and mineral flavors. Delicious now, it will age beautifully, probably best 2023 to 2035+ David Lillie

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2015 Chinon Vieilles Vignes

The delicious Chinon Vieilles Vignes of Patrick Lambert is from 55-year-old vines on sandy clay soils over limestone. Hand harvested and fermented with wild yeasts, as are all of Lambert's wines, the Vieilles Vignes gets 12 months of aging in old barrels. The wine shows a deep red/black color and ripe blackberry and strawberry aromas with pepper, earth and citrus. The palate is deep and ripe, showing earthy blackberry and strawberry compote with prune and bitter chocolate and firm structure. This is a complex, old-fashioned Chinon that will accompany roast chicken and anything off the grill, served a bit cool. Age for five to ten years for a mature experience. And at $16.99 it's a fabulous value! David Lillie

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2018 Chinon Gourmandise

"Gourmandise" is a beautiful Spring cuvée from Patrick Lambert, made from young Cabernet Franc vines grown on sandy gravel soils near the Vienne. The wine shows a bright black/red color with lush high-toned aromas of crushed strawberry and black raspberry, with hints of citrus and pepper. The palate is supple and bright with luscious black raspberry and red currant fruit, quite lush and full-bodied in this superb vintage for the Loire but still with refreshing  acidity. Serve this lovely wine quite cool with charcuterie and grilled chicken, pork or burgers, it's a perfect light summer red! DL

  • red
  • 48 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Haute Tradition

La Haute Tradition is a beautiful Muscadet from our friend Jo Landron that is rarely seen in the US. The grapes are from old vines in the "Les Houx" vineyard on iron-rich clay over subsoils of orthogneiss with quartz, giving a dense powerful Muscadet that is aged for about a year in wooden foudres.The wine shows elegant aromas of lemon peel, stone, ripe pear, almond, anise and honeysuckle. While it's similar to Jo's superb Fief du Breil, the palate shows more ripeness -  quite round and full for a Muscadet, with sapid white fruits, citrus, anise and licorice, with terrific density backed by firm acidity. The finish is long and lovely with with bitter lemon, pear, anise and stone. This is a superb Muscadet that should be opened well in advance or decanted if drinking now, or cellar five years then drink until 2035. Serve with fish in sauce, grilled lobster (!), veal, roast chicken and goat or sheep cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Le Sot de L'Ange 2018 Azay-le-Rideau Caradras

"Caradras" is a rare and lovely sight, only made in the best vintages, we've not had the pleasure of drinking this wine since 2015! The new release was well worth the wait. The 2018 is 88% Cab Franc and 12% Cot from various parcels on silex and clay within Quentin Bourse's estate. Bourse describes himself as "neurotic" because he is highly meticulous in the vineyards as well as the cellar (during harvest he employs 1 person per hectare to ensure only the best bunches are selected). Neurotic or not, his fastidiousness pays off in the marvelous expressions of his 2018s. This is exquisitely balanced and wonderfully textured. The fruit was selected from parcels with various vine ages in order to give extra dimension and concentration to the flavors and structure. The nose offers dusty plum, soil, cocoa, and blue bramble fruit. The palate is lively and lifted by crunchy acidity framing the ripe high-toned blue fruits, juicy plum flesh, and earthy spices. This is drinking well now but could age for at least 3-5 years. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

Luneau-Papin 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Excelsior Clos Noelles

Made only in exceptional vintages, the Luneau-Papin "Excelsior - Clos des Noelles" is one of my favorite Muscadets, usually a bit rounder than the granite-soil "L D'Or" but always aromatically complex and with great intensity and length.   The massale-selection vines were planted in 1936 on a terroir of "micaschistes a deux micas," (lieu-dit "La Plecisiere") exposed full south. The grapes are hand-harvested and undergo a slow wild yeast fermentation with 36 months of aging on the lees. The 2015 shows subtle, complex aromas of bitter lemon, lime-flower, melon, pear, mint, almond and stone.  The palate is silky, crystalline and dense with white fruits, lemon zest, almond, smoke and wet stone with fabulous length of pear, minerals and taut acidity.  Please decant if drinking now, serve with any elegant seafood dish. Cellar five to fifteen years and serve with richer fish dishes, white meats, rabbit. Beautiful wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Luneau-Papin 2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

A good candidate for aging, this is Luneau-Papin's only cuvee on a granite subsoil (granit a deux micas) having a different character than the granite soils in Clisson or Château Thébaud. Vintages going back to 1989 of the L  d'Or are superb now, but this  very young 2016 would be perfect today with a filet of sole.  The wine shows elegant aromas of salt air, almond, pear, melon and lemon peel. The palate is very mineral and silky with pear, stone, bitter lemon - a bit austere, finishing with earth, mineral and citrus notes. A beautiful wine of terroir - serve with oysters and grilled fish, céviche of scallops - hold for five years then drink with lobster and fish in sauce, drink till 2038.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Luneau-Papin 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

The superb Luneau-Papin "L d'Or" is from 45 year-old Melon de Bourgogne vines on a parcel of "Granite a deux micas" in Vallet on a south-facing slope. The wine shows a pale gold color and aromas of pear, green apple, almond, lemon confit, lime-flower and wet stone. The palate is dense and crystalline with saline acidity underlying flavors of dried pear, anise, flint and citrus zest with hints of melon and almond. The finish is long with silky pear and earthy citrus fruit and lingering saline acidity. This is very similar to the superb 2014 - it's a breathtaking Muscadet to drink now with oysters, grilled lobster, broiled fish, roast chicken and goat cheeses, it will go through a marvelous evolution over the next twenty years and accompany fish in sauce, chicken with morels and older goat cheeses.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $33.99

  • white
  • 40 in stock
  • $21.99

Mosse 2017 Vin de France Le Rouchefer

The Mosse family is making superb natural wines in Anjou, and the 2017 Vin de France Rouchefer is a classic example. From a 1.6 ha parcel of massale selection vines in soils of clay and quartz over schistes, the wine is produced with minimal SO2 (total 20mg/l) and is aged in barrel. The  wine shows beautiful floral aromas of quince, pear, citrus and stone. The palate is full and elegant without being heavy, and the lovely fruit is backed by firm acidity and mineral flavors  - a real Chenin of terroir that will accompany a wide range of seafood and chicken dishes and mild cheeses. Serve cool, but not too cold, over the next ten to fifteen years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

Pépière 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

Our first 2018 comes from our friends Rémi, Gwénaëlle and Marc at Domaine de la Pépière - the 2018 "Cuvée Pépie." This first bottling of "Pépie" shows a bit more apple and pear fruit and a softer palate than normal, as 20 - 30% of the juice went through the malo-lactic conversion. It's a delicious Muscadet in a rounder style which will be a great match for any seafood and white meat dishes this spring and summer.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson

Beginning in 2005, Domaine de la Pépière 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.Tasted in France in January 2018, the wine showed a pale gold color with lovely aromas of dried pear, quince, almond, lemon-confit and stone, ripe but quite fresh. The palate was quite  dense, showing firm acidity and mineral flavors supporting white fruits, citrus, anise and almond, with terrific length. This is an excellent "Clisson" with attractive forward fruit for early drinking as well as firm structure for aging of fifteen to twenty years or more. David Lillie

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Picatier (G & C Pialoux) 2016 Vin de France Gamenitis

All Gamay, no SO2 added, from this darling little estate in the Cotes Roannaise. Drink now, and don't leave it open for days. EL

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Picatier (G & C Pialoux) 2017 Vin de France Picatier Un Jour, Toujours

In 2017 yields were so low due to frost and mildew that all the grapes of the domaine were used in this single cuvee - Gamay, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vinified together. The vines are grown on sandy granite soils at 1200 ft altitude in the Roannaise, in organic and Biodynamic farming. The grapes are hand-harvested into 30 kilogram baskets, pressed, pigeage by foot, and zero sulfur or other additves are used. The Picatier Un Jour, Picatier Toujours shows bright aromas of ripe raspberry with hints of earth, meat, pepper and citrus. On the palate there is vibrant black raspberry fruit with floral, earth, mineral and citrus flavors, quite natural but not "mousy" with firm citrusy acids in the finish. This needs food - bring on the charcuterie, rillettes and rillons, grilled pork and lamb to enjoy with this fascinating natural wine.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 46 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 29 in stock
  • $18.99

Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme 2016 Touraine KO In Côt We Trust

Malbec is known as Côt in the Loire Valley, and this wine, simply labelled: "In KO we trust" is a strong example of what this formidable grape is capable of in the region. It is definitely not as dark, ripe or fruity as the typical Argentina offering, but what it lacks in overripe fruit and new oak it makes up for in elegant tannic structure, and an ample amount of finesse. It's nice to drink now with any late summer grilled foods, and has enough acidity and grip to be a prime candidate for a few years of bottle age.  

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Raffault, Olga 2014 Chinon Les Picasses

Les Picasses is one of the greatest vineyards in Chinon - a south-facing slope of clay over porous limestone that retains water and nutrients, nourishing the vines. While the wine is amply fruited and enjoyable young, it has firm acidity and structure for long-term aging, up to 30 years and more depending on the vintage. 2014 was an excellent vintage for Loire reds, which generally showed vibrant fruit, fresh acidity and moderate alcohol. Not a "big" vintage but one of very pretty, well-balanced wines. The 2014 Raffault Picasses shows a bright, red/black color with aromas of morello cherry, red currant, blackberry and prune with hints of licorice, earth and black pepper. The palate shows silky tannins and sappy red and black fruits with chalky minerals and firm acidity. Earthy prune, plum and cherry fruits linger in the long finish. Please decant two to three hours in advance if drinking now, then serve a bit cool with roast chicken, pork or lamb. This will sing a different song after 6 to 8 years of aging, best perhaps 2026 - 2040. DL

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Raffault, Olga 2017 Chinon Domaine Rouge

The Domaine cuvée from Olga Raffault is made up mostly of young vines from the Barnabes vineyard, planted on sandy soils right by the Loire River. This is a fresh and easy-drinking Chinon, displaying notes of red cherry, black cherry, raspberry, plum, crushed violet, cracked black pepper, and green bell pepper. Very approachable with soft, medium tannins, this a great wine to drink while the Picasses is maturing. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $19.99

Raffault, Olga 2018 Chinon Rosé

The Olga Raffault Chinon rosé has gotten better and better over the past few years, perhaps it's their move towards organic farming and the fine work of Sylvie Raffault and her husband Eric de la Vigerie. 100% Cabernet Franc, 10-hour maceration and slow wild-yeast fermentation. The 2018 is round and ripe and simply delicious, quite crisp and refreshing showing lovely bright pink color, hints of raspberry and strawberry fruit, ripe but dry and balanced on the palate with a bit of peach and red berries in the finish with bright saline acidity. "Particulièrement gouleyant" it says on the label and we couldn't agree more!

  • rosé
  • 14 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

Reau, Nicolas 2017 Anjou "Attention Chenin Mechant"

This is a dry Chenin Blanc from Nicolas Réau, who has 7 hectares in Anjou. There's great density to the wine, and a clean, mineral finish. Vines were planted in 2003 on 3 hectares of clay/limestone terroir. The wine was aged for 6 months in old wood with the lees, and vinified with minimal sulfur. I find this to be a really classic expression of Chenin Blanc, with subtle texture and richness, balanced by crisp acidity. Perfect with a variety of cuisines, and showing nice evolution over several days open.   Eben

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $27.99

Roche Bleue 2017 Coteaux du Loir L'Orée de la Berterie

This is a beautiful Chenin Blanc from Sébastien Cornille at Domaine de la Roche Bleue, from 30 year-old vines on slopes and terraces of clay and silex over limestone, certified organic farming with biodynamic methods. The 2017 L'Orée de la Berterie shows lovely ripe aromas  - peach, pear, and kiwi with almond,  honeysuckle, lime-flower and mineral notes. Dried peach and pear, citrus peel, stone and herbal notes on the palate with terrific density and a quite firm citrus and mineral finish. This is an outstanding and mineral young Chenin that will open up over the next three to five years, and might be quite interesting at ten to fifteen years or age -  it's a superb value as well. Serve with ceviche of fluke, fish in sauce, roast chicken and mild cheeses.  DL

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $29.99

Roche Bleue 2017 Jasnières Sec

100% Chenin Blanc, from 10 - 30 year-old vines on slopes of clay/silex soils on limestone, certified organic. Slow pressing of whole clusters; long fermentations, most in 4 to 6 year-old barriques, the younger vines in cuve inox; elevage in 6 year-old barrels. The Roche Bleue 2017 Jasnières Sec shows pale bronze color with beautiful aromas of pear, lime-flower, quince and honeysuckle with hints of chalky stone, anise and citrus peel. The palate seems light in body but is quite intense with dried pear, anise , bitter lemon and saline, chalky minerals that continue in the long finish with firm citrusy acids. This is a crystalline, complex dry  Jasnières that will benefit from decanting and should age well for ten to fifteen years. Serve now with shellfish, grilled fish, roast chicken and goat cheeses or age to serve with richer dishes. Lovely wine! DL

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2018 Coteaux du Loir La Guinguette

Sebastien Cornille's lovely 2018 "Guinguette" is made from a blend of 70% Pineau d’Aunis, 20% Gamay and 10 % Cabernet Franc sourced from 30+-year-old vines in biodynamic farming. It undergoes semi-carbonic maceration for 20 days in tank before the Pineau d’Aunis is pressed off to be aged in neutral barrique and the Gamay in tank. The 2018 Guinguette is a superb "vin de soif" offering bright aromas of peppery raspberry, cherry and violets, a bit riper than the 2017. The palate shows light but sappy raspberry, plum and red currant fruit with chalky minerals, spice and citrus. The finish is long and refreshing. Serve this lovely wine slightly chilled with charcuterie, of course, grilled pork and lamb, bluefish (?) and mild cow cheeses.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2018 Coteaux du Loir Val d'Aunis Rosé

Sébastien Cornille at the Domaine de la Roche Bleue in Jasnières has made a sensational rosé from  Pineau D'Aunis in 2018, with perhaps some Cabernet Franc and Gamay. The wine shows a lovely pale pink/orange color with subtle aromas of raspberry and wild strawberry, quite floral, citrusy and fresh. The palate is refreshing with saline acidity underlying elegant berry fruit with blood orange and minerals - it's perfectly balanced, silky and supple, with thirst-quenching length - sip happily as an aperitif or serve with salads and any light summer foods. Yum! David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 27 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $28.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Tessier 2018 Cheverny Blanc

The lovely 2018 Tessier Cheverny Blanc is 80% Sauvignon Blanc with 10 % each of Menu Pineau and Chardonnay, farmed organically since 1998 and made with minmal SO2. Aromatically, there are a lot of textbook Sauv Blanc notes, but is still far from the intensely grassy and tropical, lychee-driven aromatics of many a yeasted Sauvignon across the globe. What the Cheverny Blanc also has is a bit of texture. It's refreshing, but also broad in the mouth, evolving quite a bit as it's open. It's a wine that will disappear quickly thanks to it's crisp drinkability, but will also reward those who take a moment to pay attention. 

  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2018 Cheverny Rosé (Pinot Noir, Gamay)

Always a treat, this year's iteration of the Tessier rosé is a bit darker than the 2017, which was all Pineau D'Aunis. This time around, it's a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir, with more concentrated fruit than the pale and subtle 2017, but the essential backbone of minerality and fresh acidity is there. Flavors of Ocean Spray Cranberry, and a bit of hibiscus, and wet stones. With fried, grilled and otherwise salty foods, this should be perfect! 

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2018 Cheverny Rouge

The delicious 2018 Tessier Chevery Rouge is from 15 to 40 year-old vines of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cot grown in sandy clay soils. Wild yeasts, of course, and aging in old barrels with minimal SO2 added, bottled unfiltered. The yields were low again in 2018, but the fruit achieved perfect ripeness in this excellent vintage, showing deep cherry and raspberry with plum, rose, citrus and brown spice. The palate is round, ripe and refreshing with chalky spiced berry fruits, plum skin and mineral flavors, ending with sappy red fruits and firm acidity. Serve cool with charcuterie, chicken and pork dishes and a wide variety of cheeses.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2018 Cheverny Rouge Le Point du Jour

The Tessier Cheverny Rouge "Le Point du Jour" is made from Pinot Noir and Gamay grown on an east-facing slope of clay/limestone soils. The wine shows lovely ripe aromas of black raspberry, blackberry and spice with violet and citrus. There is a lovely melange of black fruits on the palate that is lush and round but still quite fresh with good density and length.  Serve quite cool with charcuterie, grilled meats and mild cheeses - great on a picnic or summer cookout, drink over the next three or four years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2018 Vin de France Chemin Noir (Pineau d'Aunis)

A new offering from the Tessiers, 100% Pineau D'Aunis. The name is a reference to the lesser known name for Pineau D'Aunis, Chenin Noir. Philippe planted the vines 7 years ago and had problems with weather in the first few years of potential production, so this is the first time the red was made. Still young, and showing some volatile acidity (that should be less present with 6 or more months in the bottle) there are darker fruit notes than we usually expect from Pineau D'Aunis. There's not as much bright red fruit here, but nonetheless a very expressive nose, with spice, and notes of crushed violets. We're looking forward to trying this once it's been stateside for a bit. 

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $14.99

Tue-Boeuf 2018 Cheverny Rouillon

50% Pinot Noir, 50% Gamay from a small parcel of clay and flint soils over limestone of Blois. 2018 is a great superb for the reds from Jean-Marie and Thierry Puzelat at Clos du Tue-Boeuf as the wines show ectraordinary ripeness while retaining lovely balance and freshness. The 2018 Rouillon shows bright, floral tart plum, raspberry and wild strawberry aromas with citrus and earth. The palate is ripe and sappy with wild strawberry, plum skin, earth and spice. The finish is long with citrus and mineral flavors and a bit of tannin. Irresistible now, this should be very interesting after a few years in the cellar. Zero or minimal SO2. David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2018 Touraine La Butte (Gamay)

100% Gamay on clay and flint over limestone, organic and biodynamic farming. The 2018 La Butte shows a level of ripeness never seen before in this wine with bright, deep strawberry and raspberry aromas  with pretty floral notes. Quite dense red fruits on the palate, supple and textured, really lovely with the lush fruit lifted by refreshing acidity. This is just plain yummy and will accompany just about anything. David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

Tue-Boeuf 2018 Touraine Vin Blanc

The Puzelat brothers at the Clos du Tue-Boeuf produced a lovely Sauvignon Blanc in 2018, from organic grapes with almost no SO2 added - it's naturally delicious! The wine shows ripe aromas of pear, fig, almond, lemon confit, fines herbes and stone. The palate is ripe and round but balanced by firm acidity and mineral flavors framing the ripe white fruits. The finish is long and juicy with bright acidity and chalky minerals. This will accompany just about anything this summer from fish to chicken to pork, and great with any mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2018 Vin de France Vin Rouge Gamay

2018 is a great vintage for the reds from Clos du Tue-Boeuf and the first to arrive is the vibrant Vin Rouge - 100% Gamay from organic parcels near les Montils -  whole bunch carbonic maceration fermentation followed by four or five months in tronconic vats. The wine shows exuberant aromas of raspberry and cherry; the palate is round and ripe with lush fruit balanced by bright acidity and with the earthy/mineral character always present in the Tue-Boeuf reds. This is a lovely Gamay that will drink beautifully served cool over the next few years. Enjoy!

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vacheron 2018 Sancerre

Domaine Vacheron is one of the few organic and Biodynamic estates in Sancerre. The 2018 is from 30 to 50 year-old vines on both chalk and silex hillside parcels. The grapes are hand-harvested, the fermentation is wth wild yeasts and the wine is aged in tank. The wine shows a pale bronze color and subtle armoas of pear, quince, lime-flower  and stone with a bit more ripeness than 2015 or 2016 due to the sunny condions and low rainfall in 2018. The palate is silky and crisp, showing stone and mineral flavors that underly ripe white fruits, citrus peel, almond and mineral flavors, leading to a very clean, long and refreshing finish. Light enough to pair well with oysters, this will accompany any mild flavored fish or chicken dish and goat cheeses.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Villalin 2018 Quincy Les Grandes Vignes

Sauvignon Blanc has been grown in Quincy at least since the 15th century and produces a particularly distinctive wine on the gravel and silex soils of the Domaine de Villalin's vineyard "Les Grands Vignes." The estate is clearly the finest in Quincy, farming with organic methods, plowing (sometimes with horses), harvesting by hand and fermenting with wild yeasts.

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $34.99

Villemade, Herve 2018 Cheverny Rose

Herve Villemade's delicious rose is a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay from vines up to 45 years old growing on clay over limestone within Cheverny. The nose, though not "muted" by any stretch of the imagination, is softer than the rather rambunctious palate, and shows notes of nectarine, very ripe grapefruit and a beautiful strawberries and cream. This rose really shines in the mouth with great energy and vivacious fruit, introducing wild forest berries, tart cherry, and juicy watermelon. At 11.5% it is very easy-drinking, and lifted up by very fresh acidity. There is a slight hint of "funkiness" on the finish, and though the producer's website doesn't confirm this I suspect this rose might have been bottled without sulfur. Juicy, yet fresh, we're very happy to be able to offer this delicious rose for your summer consideration. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 31 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2018 Cheverny Rouge

(60% Pinot Noir, 40% Gamay grown on sandy clay and flint soils over limestone in Cellettes, Chitenay and Fougères sur Bièvre, AOC Cheverny; 15-day whole cluster fermentation, aged in old barrels) 2018 is another great vintage for this light and lovely Cheverny Rouge from Hervé Villemade; slight reduction then very pretty aromas of plum, strawberry and blood orange with rose and white pepper; tart cherry and chalky raspberry/strawberry fruit on the palate, light but sappy and long with earthy citrus and berry fruits in the refreshing finish. This is a delightfully natural thirst-quenching red - serve cool with any chicken or pork dish, charcuterie and mild cheeses. DL

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2018 Vin de France Pet Nat Rosé What's Up?

Just arrived is Hervé Villemade's very delicious Pet Nat Rosé What's Up? Made from Grolleau, Pineau D'Aunis and a bit of Menu Pineau for added zing, this is an absolutely delicious wine for gulping with abandon all summer. Don't delay in grabbing some, and thank you Hervé, for this bubbly pink treat!

  • rosé sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $22.99

Vins Contes (Lemasson) 2018 Vin de France R18

What started many years ago as a hodge podge homage to the Renault R12 (a notoriously unhip car from the 1970s) has become a delicious success for winemaker Olivier Lemasson, and his Vins Contés project in the Loire Valley. The blend is known to change, as it's essentially put together based on what fruit Olivier and his friends are able to harvest. This year, it's  Grolleau and Côt (Malbec). Very fun to drink, with red fruit and full flavor, balanced acidity and minimal tannin. A perfect red for heralding in the Summer.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Misc. Burgundy

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 39 in stock
  • $24.99

  • 65 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $27.99

Domaine Parent 2016 Pommard 1er cru Les Epenots

40% whole cluster, from parcels in Grands and Petits Epenots. The 2016 Les Epenots from organic Domaine Parent has a dark ruby robe. The nose is a touch reticent on opening; with air, lovely black fruit and soil aromas emerge with plum, iron, and crushed herbs giving way to game notes. The palate is densely concentrated with flavors of black cherry, plum skin, black tea, and spice over a vibrant and deeply-pitched mineral core, framed by ripe tannins and leading to an admirably long, detailed finish. This has great purity and energy and should age effortlessly. A beautiful Epenots! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $154.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Guillot Broux 2017 Bourgogne Marisa

Marie and Isabel are two young aspiring winemakers from France and the US respectively. They've been working together at Domaine Guillot Broux and this year had the opportunity to make their own special cuvee! 85% Gamay and 15% Pinot Noir, with nice pleasing acidity and fine ripe berry fruit. No oak, just pure varietal and terroir expression! Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $23.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $57.99

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2017 Mâcon-Cruzille Manganite

Made from massale-selection Gamay Petit Grains planted in 1953, grown on a limestone/clay 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 2017s here are lovely, 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, raspberry, earth, stone and musk with hints of mint and spice. The palate is bright and sappy,  beautifully balanced with black raspberry, tart strawberry, citrus, stone and earthy flavors, that continue on the very long finish with chalky red fruits and refreshing acidity. Always one of the greatest Gamays produced anywhere, the 2017 Manganite is a young wine that will benefit from decanting or five to fifteen years in the cellar. Highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $46.99

Misc. France

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $28.99

Bastide Blanche 2018 Bandol Rose

Some of the most elegant rosés in the world come from the varied limestone terroirs of Bandol, along the Mediterranean, where Mourvedre is the primary cepage blended with Grenache and Cinsault. Bastide Blanche farms with organic and biodynamic methods and makes a particularly delicious direct-press rosé, fermented with only wild yeasts. A full-bodied wine with complex red fruits, spice and hints of citrus, this is the perfect match for salade niçoise, grilled tuna and grilled meats.

  • rosé
  • 63 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Beguet, Patrice 2017 VDF Fresh Impression Blanc (Big Bunch Theory)

One of a few collaborations between Patrice Beguet and a friend (from the Landron family) in Ancenis, close to Muscadet in the Loire Valley. This is 90% Melon de Bourgogne (the Muscadet grape) blended with Chardonnay and Savagnin from the Jura. Already showing beautiful stony fruit but leaning towards a touch of 'mousiness' after being opened for an hour or so, I think this wine will be a real treat in 2019, and plenty fun(ky) with a nice chill and a few friends anytime before that.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Belluard 2015 Vin de Savoie Mont Blanc Brut

'Mont Blanc' is named for the snow-capped mountain 30km away from Dominique's winery. This cuvée is built to age, but that requires personal discipline. 100% Gringet from vines planted at 450m elevation, the 2015 was aged for three years on the lees before disgorgement. The delicate nose offers elegant floral aromas and comes across as quite austere at first. Within an hour the nose blossoms with generous notes of  honeysuckle, orange zest, almond skins and orchard fruits. The palate has exquisite cut with powerful minerals driving fresh pear and apple flavors. An excellent vintage that should shine in 2-3 years. Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Belluard 2017 Vin de Savoie Le Feu

"Le Feu" comes from Dominique's oldest, low-yielding Gringet vines planted on steep, iron-rich slopes at 450m above sea level. The 2017 shows a touch riper than the 2016,  with a greater concentration of aromas and flavors. The nose shows deft notes of wild herbs, verbena, and orange peel. The palate offers fleshy peach interspersed with stone, fresh sage, honey and citrus all buoyed by incredibly well-knit acidity. A powerful vintage that is delicious in its youth but should age gracefully. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

Clos Cibonne- Le Pradet 2010 Cotes de Provence Cuvee des Vignettes

  Clos Cibonne's Cuvee des Vignettes is already a treat in it's own right, but when we secured a special back-vintage release from the winery's cellar, we knew we had something special on our hands. This cuvée of Tibouren comes from all the estate's oldest vines and is more intense and full-flavored on the mid-palate and finish than the younger vine bottling. Both young and old vine Tibourens are aged for a year in 100-year-old barrels under a thin veil of yeast called fleurette. This 2010 vintage release is bursting with energy and tension on both the nose and palate, offering notes of watermelon, watermelon rind, apricot preserve, kirsch, blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, grapefruit rind and an herbal character of celery leaves and sage. There is a hint of oxidation and nuttiness that compliments the fruit and richer texture of the wine. Both contemplative and delightful, this wine was an utter joy from the first sip and  paired beautifully with baked salmon and leaks, but I'm sure it would be an intriguing companion with a wide array of dishes. Not to be missed. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $55.99

Clos des Mourres 2018 Vin de France Pompette Rouge

"Pompette" is pure pleasure for those seeking a light and juicy bottle to start their evening, continue their evening, or end it on a gentler note.... The 2018 is an unusual, though delightful, mix of Tempranillo, Counoise, and a now-rare Vaucluse grape variety called Aubun. The grapes are hand harvested then partially crushed wholecluster in stainless tank for fermentation (native yeasts, of course). Only light pigeages and pump overs are used in order to bring out the natural fruity character of the grapes. The wine is then aged in neutral barrels for 8 months before bottling with no sulfur additions. The nose shows lovely floral aromas with plum and white pepper. The palate is light with soft tannins, good acidity, and pleasing flavors of rosewater, dusty minerals, and plum flesh. Drink with a chill without delay! Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Clos Fantine 2016 Faugères Cuvée Tradition (No SO2)

While we’ve always loved Clos Fantine due to their impeccable farming, thoughtful cellar work, and the wines’ wild soulfulness, we’re especially enamored by the juicy and pure 2016 Tradition. This cuvée is a harmonious blend of de-stemmed Carignan, Syrah, and Grenache vinified separately in large vats with indigenous yeasts, then assembled and aged in cement before bottling with no sulfur. Slightly more polished than previous vintages, this year is singing, with a nose that is bursting with aromas of wood smoke, baked red apple skins, citrus and garrigue. The wine shows a deep purple in the glass. The palate is lifted by cool minerality and structured with powdery tannins with flavors of juicy plum, cinnamon spice and dried herbs on the finish. This is a satisfying wine that would pair beautifully with grilled sausages and wild rice. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 48 in stock
  • $22.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

Combel La Serre 2017 Cahors Pur Fruit du Causse

A beautiful, pure expression of Malbec, this comes from a limestone parcel that Julien Ilbert is very fond of. 20% of the fruit is whole cluster (not carbonic maceration) and the wine is aged in cement. It has a vibrant nose, with bright red cherry fruit and a little spice on the palate. Very light tannin, and a fresh mineral finish. This may not be as dark as some expect from Malbec, but it's definitely a hearty wine nonetheless. For me it's a perfect all-weather wine, substantial enough to satisfy in the winter months, and fresh and lively enough to serve with a slight chill when the grills come out in the summer.

  • red
  • 48 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Combel-la-Serre 2018 Vin de France L'épatant Antidote Rosé

100% Malbec (known in Cahors as Auxerrois). The vines are 40 years old, grown on clay and limestone soils at an elevation of 320m. Fermentation and aging take place in small tanks."The Splendid Antidote to the Heat of the Causse" is the amusing and appropriate name of this refreshing rosé. (The Causse is the high limestone plateau around Cahors, which gets brutally hot in the summer.)  The wine shows a pretty pink/orange color and aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry and cassis with citrus and spice. There are creamy cassis, raspberry and citrus flavors on the palate which shows lovely ripeness and density, with hints of orange peel, earth and brown spice that continue in the long finish. This is quite delicious and a great value - as are all the wines from Jean-Pierre and Julien Ilbert at Combel-la-Serre. DL

  • rosé
  • 33 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Deux Anes 2017 Corbières Fontanilles

"Fontanilles" comes from ancient vines of  Carignan, Syrah, and Grenache Noir grown in Mediterranean bedrock and limestone scree in the Corbieres AOC. Magali Terrier works this plot using biodynamic methods and uses her intuition and deep knowledge of the local climate to pick at the perfect moment before Carignan becomes too ripe and austere.  All de-stemmed, this blend showcases the softer side of Carignan, and with the addition of Syrah and Grenache, the 2017 is a virtual trip to the Mediterranean. Aromas of violets and peppery spice lead to flavors of cocoa, thyme grown on windswept hills, with a bitter orange peel on the finish. A wonderfully balanced wine from the Languedoc that is made to enjoy now with a variety of food. As the weather warms up, this will be our BBQ go-to! Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Mathouans NV Vin de France Muscachou

"Mus'Cachou" is an off-dry expression of Muscat produced from grapes grown biodynamically on the schist terroir of Roussillon's Agly Valley. Extremely aromatic, this wine shows bright lychee, crushed sweet grape, and freshly pressed orange juice. The palate is dense and honeyed with mandarin orange, candied almond, and fig; opulent at first, the wine finishes with clean bitter orange and fresh acidity. Open after dinner with a cheese course that features highly flavorful cheese like Roquefort or Gorgonzola, or with fruit or cheese-based desserts. This natural, low-sulfur, off-dry wine shows best immediately after opening, and should be served quite cool. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $28.99

Duchene 2018 Vin de Pays de la Cote Vermeil La Luna

Mostly Grenache with a touch of Carignan from schist soils in Banyuls sur Mer. Whole cluster fermentation, no pump-over, and only occasional punch down. Fermented and aged 2/3 in vat, 1/3 in barrel. This is a joyful bottle of wine, with all the garrigue you'd expect from Roussillon offering, with super fresh acidity and low alcohol. Enjoy with a light chill.  EL  

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $26.99

Dupasquier 2013 Roussette de Savoie Altesse

The 2013 Altesse is exquisite. Like all of the wines from David and Veronique Dupasquier, it was fermented with native yeasts in undergound concrete vats, then aged on the fine lees for a year in large foudre before spending 18 months in bottle. The robe shows golden straw in the glass and offers vivid aromas of white flowers, mint, dried mango, and faint oxidative notes of walnut. The palate is supple and dynamic with a coiled mineral core beneath layers of ripe apricot, orange peel, terragon, beeswax, and toasted almond. Very beguiling and complex. If drinking now, decant an hour before serving or hold for 5-10 years. Amanda Bowm

  • 21 in stock
  • $23.99

Finot, Thomas 2016 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isère) Verdesse Sur-Mûrie 500ml

According to the hefty Wine Grapes book (Robinson/Harding/Vouillamoz), there were a total of about 2 hectares (5 acres) of Verdesse in the world as of 2008.  Thanks in part to our friend Thomas Finot, the number is now between 3 - 4 hectares. Thomas started with an old plantation of about 2 ares (200 square meters, or .05 acres) and now has about 1.5 hectares, mostly of younger vines he planted. Verdesse is a grape that, according to Thomas, is green for a long time, and typically ripens late, gaining a golden and amber color at the "very last moment." From Thomas' experience, Verdesse typically rests with a small amount of sugar, and has a good deal of richness. The grapes were harvested in October and the wine rests at 8 grams residual sugar. Luckily Verdesse has acid for days, so the effect is more of delicate richness and ripe stone fruit, and the sugar is barely perceptible. A fascinating white and a great opportunity to taste a truly obscure and rare variety.   -Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Fond Cypres 2017 Languedoc-Roussillon Le Blanc de Garennes

This is Grenache Blanc, fermented in concrete, and aged in barrique. It is full bodied, with some weight, but also very balanced and fresh. Probably worth decanting just to open it up.    EL

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Fond Cypres 2017 Vin de France Cypres de Toi Rouge

Carignan, Syrah and Grenache, fermented in concrete and aged in tank. A perfect medium-bodied summer red. Very drinkable, but hearty and structured as well.  EL

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Fond Cypres 2018 Vin de France Cypres de Toi Blanc

Grenache blanc, with nice orchard and stone fruit on the nose. Aged in stainless steel, to preserve freshness. A nice southern French white that will hold up next to grilled veggies and BBQ fare this summer.  EL

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Gourgonnier 2018 Les Baux de Provence Rosé

This is a consistently lovely Provençal rosé from a long-time organic estate near Les Baux. (www.gourgonnier.com) Perhaps a bit more color and density than in 2017, the 2018 has lovely peach, red fruit and blood orange aromas, the palate is full and supple with citrusy red fruits that carry through on the long finish. Really a refreshing and balanced wine with surprising depth, this will be quite versatile at the table all summer, and lovely to sip by itself.

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Graine Sauvage (Sybil Baldasarre) 2015 Faugères Rocalhas

Sybil Baldassarre's first vintage of Faugères Blanc "Rocalhas" is 60% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne and 10% Marsanne. Just arrived in te US for the first time, this unique natural wine shows aromas of lemon oil, almond, lime flower and wet stone. The palate is dense and full wtih flavors of ripe pear and apple, candied citrus, almond, stone and caramel, with a long sappy finish of ripe citrus, anise, pear and saline minerals.  Serve with bouillabaisse, grilled shrimp or lobster, grilled vegetables, full flavored cheeses.  Congratulations to Sybil on this delicious natural wine - organic farming, mininal SO2. (And we enjoy the love-making ladybugs on the label)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Graine Sauvage (Sybil Baldasarre) 2016 Faugères Rocalhas

The 2016 Faugères Blanc "Rocalhas" from La Graine Sauvage was made from 70% Grenache Blanc with equal parts Roussanne and Marsanne. The vintage 2016 gave a brighter wine with a bit more acidity and less concentration than the 2015. The aromas are bright and pretty with ripe pear, apricot, lemon confit, fines herbes and wet stone. The palate is dense, supple and mineral but with bright acidity with flavors of dried pear, garrigue, lemon and saline minerals. Nice length of earth and citrus flavors lingers on the palate. Lovely wine and a great food pairing for any complex fish preparation, chicken in sauce, sushi....

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Graine Sauvage (Sybil Baldasarre) 2017 Vin de France Lutz

The "Lutz" 2017 is a fascinating natural wine, made with Marsanne and Roussanne grown at 1300 ft in Faugères, in Sybil Baldassarre's beautiful mountain-top vineyard. There is a two-day cold soak, then fermentaion with wild yeasts and no added SO2, aging in vat for 18 months. Tasted in Sybil's garage/winery, the wine showed herbal aromas, with citrus and exotic fruit with a lovely earthy palate of citrus, hay, almond and mineral flavors. Just off the boat in NY the wine is a little unsettled with very complex herbal, hay, lemon oil and almond aromas. The palate is a bit funky with strong earth and mineral notes under walnut, lemon, and herbal flavors followed by a firm lemon and mineral finish. Ideally give this a few months, or years, in a cool place to settle down.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Graine Sauvage (Sybil Baldasarre) 2017 Vin de France Vermentino

This is an extraordinay Vermentino, from old vines on high altitude schiste soils in Faugères, from organic farming and made with zero added sulfur by the enthusiastic and talented Sybil Baldassarre. The 2017 vintage began well with grapes in perfect condition, but then drought set in, lowering yields and forcing an early harvest. The resulting wine is quite full and rich but retaining good acidity, with elegant aromas of thyme and garrique with white fruits. The palate is clean, very mineral and saline with apricot, white fruit and almond flavors, well balanced and very long. The wine is a great achievement of good farming and talented winemaking, a white from the south of great elegance and complexity that will shine at the table. Like all of the Graine Sauvage wines, it is highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Pure M Malbec

The 2016 Pure M is a beautiful natural wine with zero added SO2, 100% Malbec grown on "Calcaires a Asteries" typical of the plateau of Saint-Emilion. Two year elevage in 1200 liter Taransaud foudre without fining, filtration or SO2, 1600 bottles produced.  The wine shows complex, pure, lush aromas of cassis, blackberry and prune with hints of tobacco, spice and earth. The palate is silky and bright with ripe cassis, blackberry and blueberry fruit backed by refreshing acidity. Mineral and ripe berry fruit flavors linger in the long finish.  Serve this cool with any grilled meats, and it's balanced enough for veggies and lighter meat dishes as well. Just delicious and highly recommended! David Lillie

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Pure M Manseng

Wow, this a superb natural wine - 100% Gros Manseng grown on a clay/limestone terroir (calcaire de Castillon). Elevage in 1800 liter Stockinger foudre for 18 months, 200 cases produced. This is a more northern version of this grape of southwest France with aromas of exotic fruit, pineapple and herbs. The palate is vibrant  with almond, pear and apricot fruit, and finishes with saline minerals. Zero added SO2, 48 btls for the US, enjoy! David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Pure T Merlot

The superb 2016 Jonc Blanc Pure T is 100% Merlot grown in a terroir of green clay on powdery limestone and fossilized oyster shells, elevage in 1200 liter Taransaud foudre for two years, bottled with no fining or filtration with zero added SO2. Pure Juice. Fabulous balance between richness, concentration and freshness, with the limestone soil bringing saline flavors. The color is a deep black with very floral aromas of cassis and blackberry. The palate is dense, deep and chocolately but still bright and balanced with terrific length. Beautiful wine! David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Racines

Isabelle and Franck Pascal make this beautiful natural wine (formerly known as "Classik") from Cabernet and Merlot grown on their Biodynamic estate near Felines, in Bergerac. The wine is aged sur-lie 12 months in barrel, and is bottled without filtration or added sulfur. The color is a dark red/black; the wine shows bright, vivid aromas of ripe cassis and boysenberry liqueur with earth, musk,  violet and graphite. The palate is lush, ripe and vibrant with cassis, prune, chocolate, earth, stone and licorice lifted by firm, cool acidity that continues in the long, bright and sapid finish. Wow, delicious! Serve with grilled pork or beef, a daube provencal, strong cheeses and charcuterie or cellar for 5 to 8 years.

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Sens du Fruit Blanc

 This is a lovely Biodynamic white made from Sauvignon, Semillon and Sauvignon Gris by Isabelle and Franck Pascal, whose great vineyard work and natural vinifications are producing outstanding wines on their clay/limestone terroir near Bergerac. No SO2 is used except a tiny addition before bottling.  The 2016 Les Sens du Fruit shows lovely aromas of lime-flower, spiced pear, melon, almond and honeyed citrus. The palate is round and ripe with stone and earthy flavors underlying ripe pear and creamy lemon fruit and is backed by firm acidity. The finish is long, ripe and refreshing. This is a complex and delicious natural wine that will shine with shellfish, a platter of cheeses or a fish or chicken in sauce, just delicous!  David Lillie 

  • white
  • 41 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Sens du Fruit Rouge

A beautiful natural wine from Isabelle and Franck Pascal at Jonc Blanc. Always a blend of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, raised in large 1500L barrels. The 2016 is super aromatic, with cocoa and earth on the nose, a deep purple hue in the glass with rich silky blackberry fruit. For anyone who is searching for natural wines but prefers to drink Cabs, Malbecs and the like, this is the wine for you! Biodynamic farming, no sulfur added... it's a natural wine through and through (yes not every natural wine is 11% alc. carbonic Gamay!). Just fresh enough to drink on it's own, this will be a knockout with a light chill and paired with grilled food this summer.   Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2017 Vin de France Fleur

Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris from Franck and Isabelle Pascal in Bergerac, Biodynamic farming, vinification without additives, aging for 18 months on the lees in cuve inox. This is a new addition to our Jonc Blanc lineup, and a really lovely, crisp white. Not too tropical,  offering  melon and stone fruit aromas, with lovely ripe pear on the palate with herbal and mineral flavors in the long finish. This is a fantastic value and a wine of great character that's  perfect for the summer, served with fish in sauce, chicken and mild cheeses!  EL

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2017 Vin de France Fruit

The 2017 Jonc Blanc "Fruit" is actually a blend of 2016 reserve Cabernet Sauvignon in foudre with 2017 Malbec and Merlot - a tiny production because of the devastating frost which wiped out most of the 2017 crop. The wine shows ripe cassis aromas with round very pretty berry fruits on the palate. Serve this lovely natural wine a bit cool with cheeses, charcuterie and grilled chicken or pork. Zero added SO2.

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Julie Brosselin 2016 Vin de France Mata Hari

Grenache Blanc, over a month of skin contact, yielding a rustic "orange" wine, that we would recommend paired with food. Serve lightly chilled, as too much cold will mute the subtle fruit and intensify the tannins.    Eben

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Julie Brosselin 2016 Vin de France Rue de la Peste

All Syrah with no SO2 added. Vibrant and lifted, with subtle tannin.    Eben

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $17.99

  • No Sulfur

La Bernarde 2018 Côtes de Provence Rosé "Hauts du Luc"

The 2018 La Bernarde Rosé is a delicious and refreshing blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Rolle (Vermentino) and Syrah. Certified organic and fermented with wild yeasts, the grapes are grown in a high-altitude vineyard on limestone with clay and stones. The Cinsault is very present in the pretty aromas of peach and raspberry with citrus and floral hints. The palate is light, with a silky texture and nice mineral flavors underlying the fresh red fruit, peach and citrus flavors. This is a lovely and versatile wine that will be a delicious aperitif or accompaniment to fish, white meats and lighter grilled foods this summer.
 

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc

"Le Ciste" is named after a flowering bush that grows around the Laguerre's steep, organic vineyards in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet. The 2017 is made from equal parts Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle (Vermentino), Grenache Blanc and a small addition of Macabeu. Each parcel is hand-harvested, the grapes are fermented separately with native yeasts and raised in used demi-muid. This superlative cuvée is a fascinating showcase of the Roussillon's mighty terrior. The acidic soils of decomposed granite give this wine excellent mineral tension that deepens with time in bottle. Aromas are intricately woven with notes of bright lemon oil, verbena, sage, and salty seashells. The palate is supple and round with generous flavors of pear, white flowers, thyme, and almond framed by pure mineral acidity. This is a fantastic wine that is delicouis now but will develop a beautiful honeyed texture and rich flavors after 5-10 years in bottle. Eric recommends pairing this with sardines on toast, goat cheeses, and roasted chicken. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

"Le Ciste" is named after a flowering bush that grows around the Laguerre's steep, organic vineyards in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet. The 2016 is a layered blend of de-stemmed and whole cluster Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvèdre from soils of decomposed granite and gneiss. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented separately and aged for 12 months in barrel, then assembled in fiber tank before bottling with minimal added sulfur. This vintage is evocative of the 2014 with softer, finer tannins compared to the robust 2015. The aromas are complex and redolent of savory herbs (thyme, garrigue), game, black peppercorn, blood orange, and dark chocolate. The palate is balanced with mouth-coating, powdery tannins, dried herbs, black pepper, and an energetic, long mineral finish from the granite soils. Best served with a slight chill alongside grilled meat, charcuterie, cheese, or veggies roasted with Moroccan spices. This is drinking well now, but should be even better in 5-8 years.  Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Passage

Every day, Eric rambles up the dramatically inclined and winding dirt passage in his 1977 Toyota Land Cruiser to his highest parcel, at about 2,000 feet in the Roussillon. It's fascinating to watch, if you're not in the back seat! "Le Passage" is a charmingly rustic blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Carignan. The 2017 is a deep red color with effusive aromas of ripe blackberries, violets, and black pepper. This cuvée showcases all of the elegant, savoriness of Syrah, plus Carignan's "good" side: earthy, firmly tannic, with notes of cocoa, dried herbs, and tangy acidity. This wine is approachable now and pairs with a variety of food. This was recently enjoyed with strong sheep cheese and lamb kebabs. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

Eric Laguerre's "Eos Rouge" is an elegant blend of 80% Grenache from 40-year-old gobelet-trained vines, with some Carignan and Syrah from soils of decomposed granite, gneiss, and some veins of quartz. Like "Le Passage," the grapes are fermented in fiber tanks with native yeasts for about two weeks, then aged in concrete. The beautiful 2018 shows bright aromas of cherry, strawberry and black raspberry with hints of blueberry and musk from the Syrah, quite pretty and pure. The palate shows a potpourri of ripe red and black fruits, with earth, cocoa and spice in a refreshing frame of cool acidity and mineral flavors.  The high altitude and the primarily granite soils give Eric's wines a bright and vibrant character that makes them great pairings with a wide variety of foods - we loved it with a grilled burger from grass-fed beef, but grilled pork and chicken would be great as well.  This is one of the best values in the store and perfect with summer menus - thanks to Eric and Corinne Laguerre for thier great organic farming and delicious, affordable wines! David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 18 in stock
  • $35.99

Lapuyade 2015 Jurançon Petit Manseng

Clos Marie-Louise/Château Lapuyade is a beautiful biodynamic estate deep in the hills of Jurançon, south of Pau. Their wines are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in old barrels purchased from Yquem and Haut-Brion. Their 2015 Petit Manseng is a gorgeous wine and a sensational value. The wine needs a bit of air to open up, then shows deep floral honeyed apricot, candied citrus, stone, spice and caramel aromas with sweet fruit on the palate—lemon oil, exotic fruit and brown spice lifted by very  firm acidity. Terrific length. With a few days open, more exotic fruit, pineapple and lychee emerge and the wine softens into something wonderful. An outstanding Jurançon moelleux that will accompany fois gras, patés, cheeses, fruit desserts and is fabulous on its own.

  • white medium-sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $54.99

Les Fouques NV (2015) Vin de France Rosé Extra Brut

From Michéle and Yves Gros at Domaine Les Fouques, this is the new Pétillant Rosé! Pale hued, perfumed and floral on the nose, with peaches and stone fruit on the palate. Méthode Traditionelle, Extra Brut, with great acidity and a refreshing chalky finish.  Eben Lillie

  • rosé
  • 40 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2018 Côtes de Provence La Londe Cuvee L'Estelle

 Domaine les Fouques has been certified Biodynamic (Demeter) for over 20 years, and also raises sheep, ducks, chickens and guinea-hens on their old-fashioned mixed-use farm. The La Londe "Cuvee L'Estelle" is their best rosé from old vines of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle. Unlike the majority of Provençal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more subtle expression of fruit and terroir. The 2018 is a subtle and beautiful wine showing a very pale pink color and aromas of peach skin, orange peel, rose, earth and raspberry. The palate is elegant and silky with stone and saline mineral flavors beneath peach, wild strawberry, brown spice and citrus peel. The finish is refeshing and long with nice density. This is a lovely rosé of terroir that will drink beautifully over the next three years. Serve with grilled fish, pork and chicken, salade Niçoise, or just sip by itself.  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 77 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

L'Ostal (Ostal) 2017 Vin de France Baran 1.5 L

100% Malbec from the South-West of France (the wine is Vin de France, but it's technically Cahors). Charlotte and Louis Perot are off to a great start with their young domaine, L'Ostal. This is an elegant, dark expression, with freshness and honesty. A very pure, natural wine, that should develop nicely with another 5 or so years in the bottle, or over the course of the night if opened soon. Proof that not every natural red is a juicy, light, glou glou wine. It's just as possible to have a dark, savory and supple red, as long as the vineyards are yielding high quality fruit, and the winemakers are careful with maintaining good acidity.   Eben

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

L'Ostal (Ostal) 2017 Vin de France Icare

I first met Charlotte Perot last February, at a wine fair in France, where she was nestled in a corner, quietly pouring her wines. I was curious to taste the L'Ostal wines, as we rarely see dynamic, natural wines coming out of Cahors. The wines were fascinating... dark and full of flavor, yet vibrant at the same time, with fresh acidity balancing luscious black fruit. Though technically not Cahors (Charlotte and her husband Louis bottle their wines as Vin de France), they spent time learning from Simon Busser, one of our favorite Cahors producers, and the wines speak of the region. Icare is actually a collaboration wine, blending Louis and Charlotte's Malbec and Merlot from west of Cahors, with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the illustrious Jeff Coutelou in the Languedoc. For any fan of no-sulfur wines who occasionally prefers a wine with dark fruit and full body, this is a MUST! A great beginning for a young domaine that shows a lot of promise.   Eben 

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Mas des Chimères 2018 VdP Coteaux du Salagou Clin d'Oeil (Oeillades)

Guilhaume Darde at the Mas des Chimeres makes this surprisingly light Languedoc red from Cinsault, and the older local version called Oeillades, hence the name Clin D'Oeil - wink of an eye or Oeillades. In the Coteaux du Salagou, west of Montpellier, the soils are a combination of clay, schist, and granite with veins of basaltic slate.In 2018 this interesting terroir produced  a lovely Cinsault at a whopping 13.5% alcohol that remains relatively light in body and beautifully fragrant, showing ripe raspberry and wild strawberry with rose and orange peel. The palate is sappy and ripe with chalky raspberry fruit and hints of white pepper, spice and citrus. The finish is long, ripe and refreshing - serve cool with a grilled burger, chicken or pork, charcuterie and cow cheeses. Lovely wine! David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mas Jullien 2018 Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé

 Olivier Jullien is one of the brightest lights in the Languedoc. His farming and cellar work are meticulous and his wines express their terroir beautifully. His 2018 rosé, blend of Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvèdre, combines ripe fruit. wild savory notes with an incisive minerality. Dark pink robe and midweight on the palate with aromas of watermelon, raspberry, spice, and garrigue on the nose. Good density and drive with deep ripe watermelon, red fruits, limestone, salt flavors on the palate. More gourmandaise than glou glou, but compelling and an excellent companion to bitter salad greens with salumi and Parmigiano Reggiano. John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $34.99

Navarre 2016 Saint-Chinian Cuvée Olivier

Thierry Navarre's  Cuvée Olivier is a blend from old vines of Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah in Thierry’s 12-hectare practicing organic estate situated in the AOC of Saint-Chinian, grown in brown schist soils that give density to the finished wine. On the nose it is deep and complex with dusty dark plum, boysenberry, pink peppercorn, sage, lemon oil, and clementine zest.  The palate is poised and structured, leaning towards more smoky and mineral flavors but is balanced by fresh fruit. Blackberries, citrus, and savory herbs come to mind on the finish that lingers on the palate. On day two the palate is beginning to open up with more fruit redolent of pomegranate seeds and  minerals.  Drink now or cellar for 10 to 15 years. Truly a great wine, perfect with grilled meats, tagines and stews and a fantastic value.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2017 Saint-Chinian Le Laouzil

Thierry Navarre's touchstone "Laouzil" is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from old vines planted on brown schist ("Laouzil" in the local dialect) soils in the rugged mountains of Roquebrun (Saint-Chinian). The grapes are de-stemmed and aged in neutral barrel before bottling with minimal sulfur. The 2017 has a beautiful robe of deep red/black. The nose shows decadent aromas of spiced plums, blackberry patch, sage, and deeper notes of espresso. The palate is creamy with fine powdery tannins. Perhaps a bit softer than the 2016, with less high-toned acidity, but wonderfully balanced and accessible for drinking now. Flavors of black fruits, peppercorn, and savory herbs cling to a core of dense minerals on the long, persistent finish. This is a fascinating wine of terroir that Thierry says will be perfect in 5 years (though it is delicious now). Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2017 Vin de France Lignieres Blanc

 From a vineyard co-planted with old varieties - Ribeyrenc Blanc, Grenache Gris and Clairette du Languedoc - Thierry Navarre made the 2017 "Lignières." It's a delighful wine with slightly spicy and floral aromas of almond, pear and honeysuckle,  dry and dense  on the palate with mineral, herbal and dried stone fruit flavors - really lovely, a great aperitif or serve with fish or chicken in sauce, salads, sheep and goat cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2018 Vin de France Vin d'Oeillades

Oeillades is an ancient Languedoc variety, probably related to Cinsault. Thierry Navarre, who is proud of his vineyards of "forgotton varieties," produces Terret and Ribeyrenc as well as this lovely light-bodied Oeillades. The 2018 has pretty high-toned red-currant, boysenberry, black plum, violet,  spiced citrus and smokey aromas, quite fresh and appealing. The palate has  red currant, blackberry and plum fruit, it's light to medium-bodied, but with lovely ripeness and depth with refreshing acidity and good sappy length. Good intensity of fruit but low alcohol, 12%, which makes it very food-friendly. Serve cool with charcuterie, burgers, grillled chicken and pork and mild cheeses. Highly recommended and a great value!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre NV Vin de France Vin de Grenache Demi-Sec

Every few years Thierry Navarre makes a new batch of his late-harvest "Vin de Grenache" - this version is outrageous - it's an oxidative orange wine (!) showing a dark orange color and aromas of dried fruits - apricot and prune - brown spice, walnut, honey and wildflowers with slightly sweet palate of ripe black cherry, dried apricot, brown spice and minerals. Serve with dried fruits and nuts, strong cheeses or just enjoy by itself - only 36 bottles for the US, please 3 btl maximum purchase. David Lillie

  • rosé off-dry
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Nicolas Mariotti Bindi 2016 Corsica Patrimonio Mursaglia Blanc

This 100% Vementinu is rich and complex after spending 12 months on the lees in tank and then bottled unfiltered with a small amount of added S02. The aromas are effusive with wafts of salty stone, orchard fruit, lime blossom, and thyme rising from the glass. The palate is supple and round with flavors of apricot, fresh herbs, and salt on the finish. This is one of the most unique examples of Corsican Vermentinu we've tasted. The 2016 shows less intense acidity and is wonderfully fruit-driven with a compelling chalky texture.This is a fascinating wine that will stand up to poultry and seafood. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pajot, Domaine de 2018 VDP des Côtes de Gascogne Les Quatre Cépages

A nice, very crisp white from Gascogne. Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Columbard and Gros Manseng. Hand-harvested, certified organic, with subtle tropical and citrus notes. 

  • white
  • 47 in stock
  • $8.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $25.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

Pèira Levada (Alexandre Durand) 2018 Faugères Velvet Underschiste

Alexandre Durand makes this elegant Languedoc red from Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre orgnaically grown  in high altitude parcels on schiste soils in Faugères.  Wild yeast fermentation, with no extraction and no added SO2.  The 2018 Velvet Underschiste is a complex and very pretty wine with intriguing aromas of black cherry and blackberry with a bit of mint and citrus. The palate is ripe and dense, but with cool acidity, showing spicy black cherry and red currant fruit with firm acidity and a lovely earth and mineral core.  Bravo to Alex for this delightful wine....  David Lillie

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $42.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $46.99

Pibarnon 2017 Bandol Rosé Nuances

"100% Mourvèdre, from the highest altitude and oldest vines of the estate; 50+ year old vines;  indigenous yeasts;  Fermented and aged in 50% 3000 L Stockinger oak barrels and 50% terracotta amphorae;  Aged for 1 year before release; This is a rare, small production “Grand Rosé” from the highest altitude vineyards in all of Bandol. A complex and serious rosé that will age gracefully for decades." The wine shows a very pale pink/onion-skin color with intriguing aromas of peach, red currant, earth, citrus and stone. The palate is dense and very mineral with hints of stone fruits, red currant, brown spice and citrus, quite complex and elegant. This will benefit from long decanting or a few years in the cellar.

  • rosé
  • 16 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $33.99

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • rosé
  • 22 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Puech Redon (Eric Texier/Cyril Cuche) 2017 Vin de France (Pays du Gard) Apparente Rouge

A collaboration between our good friend Eric Texier, and a biodynamic farmer named Cyril Cuche, this is a spicy and juicy red from the Gard, in southern France. Cyril’s family owns a massive chunk of land, which he has been working organically and biodynamically for over a decade. The estate has always practiced polyculture with wild forest, grains, vines, and more, all contributing to the biodiversity. Without any winemaking experience, Cyril turned to Eric Texier to help produce a wine with wild yeast fermentation and no added SO2. This is their first vintage working together and the wines are great! Fresh, zingy, and hearty too. Rhone flavors, but with light body and very chillable.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ratapoil (Raphael Monnier) 2011 Arbois Vin Jaune (Bottled Spring 2018

The first Vin Jaune made at Ratapoil, from "Savagnins du Clos Saint-Paul, en Arbois." Zero additives and bottled unfiltered in the spring of 2018 after seven years sous-voile.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Ratapoil (Raphael Monnier) 2017 Vin de France Pinot Noir L'Ingenu

The 2017 Ratapoil "l'Ingénu" is from Pinot Noir vines in the village of Molamboz, northeast of Arbois. "Wine with no additives and unfiltered, of course" says the label. This vibrant Pinot Noir shows bright aromas of blackberry and tart cherry with hints of violet and white pepper. The palate shows blackberry, red currant, earth  and citrus flavors with black fruits lingering in the tart finish. We would suggest cellaring this wine for three to five years.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Ratapoil (Raphael Monnier) NV Jura Macvin

The Ratapoil Macvin is a blend of Chardonnay and marc, produced in 2010 at 17.5 % alcohol. "A deguster a l'aperitif ou en fin du repas."

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2017 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale

Our favorite blend of sparkling Gamay and Poulsard is back in stock for the holidays! This charming, low-alcohol sparkler hails from the tiny appellation of Bugey (across the Mont du Chat in Savoie). At 8.5% this delicately sweet pét-nat is the breakfast of champions, companion while you prepare a feast, or the perfect solution to tricky dessert parings. The wine pours a pleasing shade of magenta in the glass and offers up vivid aromas of purple wild flowers, raspberry patch, and mouth-watering grapefruit zest. The palate is light and fresh with flavors of sweet strawberries, raspberries and crunchy blueberries on the attack then finishes with thirst-quenching mineral acidity. A purely enjoyable bottle at a great value. Serve chilled alongside fruit tarts, dark chocolate, or with tangy cheeses. Amanda Bowman

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 35 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $38.99

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $22.99

Terrebrune 2018 Bandol Rosé

2018. New busier label! Luckily it’s the classic Terrebrune rosé within. Pale salmon pink robe. At cellar temperature the nose is a bit dumb and backwards. A quick chill and a bit of air and things sort themselves out in short order. Watermelon rind, peach skin, garrigue, and a bit of wet stone to the nose, with just a suspicion of rose water in the mix. The mid-weight and ripe palate offers flavors of salted watermelon, just ripe peach and a fine mineral core to add a touch of saline bitterness (in a good way) on the long mouthwatering finish. This has plenty of flair and concentration to accompany vibrantly flavored foods (tapenade spoken here) and enough floral, fruity elements to balance the savory character to make for a fairly robust aperitif. I opted for the former and enjoyed with lavender chicken, roasted pepper salad, and steamed new potatoes (a task the Terrebrune handled deftly). This will probably gain in complexity and knit nicely over 5+ years. I would caution that this is more expressive with a chill, than at cellar temp at the moment—chalk it up to vintage or the hep new label.

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Thill, Eric et Berengere 2015 Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Montboucon

From clay/limestone soils in the Jura, south-west from Arbois. West exposition. Definitely deserving of a decant, this is a fantastic deal for a Chardonnay that has a real sense of place.  (On Sale through June 9th, was $19.99)

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white off-dry
  • 10 in stock
  • $23.99

Tissot 2011 Arbois Vin Jaune La Mailloche

From a vineyard with East exposition on old degraded Lias soil. There's a touch of orange citrus, and a nice balance of rusticity and subtle bitterness, with some cereal character.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot 2017 Cotes du Jura Chardonnay Sursis

The vines for the Sursis are found in Chateau Chalon. Tissot purchased this parcel in 2007. "Sursis" means "on parole," and Tissot will keep producing this wine as long as the vines give him grapes. Lias type clay. A shorter elevage than other whites (only 12 months), as Stephane felt that a longer aging would lose tension. Toasty, with pure fruit on palate and a lovely evolution in the mouth. Briny and bright, with lemons and herbs. Orange zest, star anise... Structure and fleshiness.   Eben

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot 2018 Arbois D.D.

From Stéphane Tissot's Biodynamic vineyard in Arbois, named for Stéphane's father, Andre "DD" Tissot. This is a delicious blend of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir co-fermented in 2000L foudres. Serve slightly chilled and enjoy with a variety of cheeses, roasted chicken, or on its own!

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $32.99

Tissot, Stephane 2016 Cremant du Jura Indigene

The Indigene is a special Crémant that starts in the same way as the basic Cremant, with a blend of 50% Chardonnay / 40% Pinot Noir / 5% Poulsard / 5% Trousseau. The difference here is that 60% of the wine is fermented and aged in barrel, and most notably, that Stephane uses his Vin de Paille* as the liqueur de tirage for the second fermentation. As far as Stephane knows (and he KNOWS Jura), he is the only producer doing this in the region. So, it's zero dosage, but using this special wine that is aging in his attic gives a level of complexity and richness that is not achieved with the entry-level Cremant. A spectacular Cremant, and due to some harvest issues in 2017, probably the only Tissot bubbles we'll get to drink in 2019.   Eben Lillie *https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_wine    - for an article explaining vin de paille

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $23.99

Tournelle 2017 Arbois Trousseau des Corvées

The Clairets' make what we would consider "natural" wine, yet varietal character (and terroir) seem to shine through so vividly. This is classic Trousseau, with dark, velvety, flower petal notes on the nose, sweet, high-toned berry fruits, balanced by a hint of funk, and blackberry fruit and seeds. Les Corvées is high altitude vineyard on terroir of clay and limestone. Decant and serve lightly chilled.  

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

Tournelle 2016 Clos du Brey Rouge

"Cul du Brey" is a blend of equal parts Trousseau, Petit Béclan, and Syrah from selection massale vines planted in limestone scree and gray marl. The grapes are de-stemmed by hand and put into vat for semi-carbonic maceration for three weeks. The 2016 shows a pretty raspberry color and offers vivid aromas of violets, white pepper, bergamot, and licorice. The palate has retained some gas, so Pascal suggests against aeration or long decants. Even so, the mid-palate is etched with grippy tannins, flavors of red currant, spice, savory herbs, and cherry. A lovely red for the summer! Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Traginer 2014 Collioure Blanc

An outstanding and unusual white made by Jean-François Deu at the organic/biodynamic estate, Domaine du Traginer (Mule-driver) in Banyuls and Collioure. Made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Malvasia from low-yielding vines, on steep slopes of schistes above the Mediterranean. Tasted in January of 2018, the 2014 Blanc was showing beautifully with aromas of pear, apricot and citrus with hints of white flowers, stone and spice that continue on the palate which is round, dense, very mineral and long with  good acidity, complex and delicious. Serve with a fish stew, fish in sauce, white meats and a wide variety of cheeses.

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2016 Banyuls Blanc 500ml

This is a gorgeous Banyuls Blanc, that is to say a Vin Doux Naturel (at 17% alcohol)  made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Muscat grown in Traginer's organic vineyards above Banyuls. Beautiful aromas of lime flower, apricot, citrus, pear and almond. Very floral. The palate is deep and medium-sweet with candied citrus, apriot and stone flavors and terrific length. Serve not too cool, as an apéritif or with desserts of peach, apricot, pear and melon. Absolutely delicious! David Lillie 

  • white sweet
  • 26 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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Balazu des Vaussières 2014 Vin de France Achillée Millefeuille

The 2014 “Achillée Millefeuille” from Christian and Nadia Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussieres is made from Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, which undergoes an approximately two month carbonic maceration, followed by pressing and 3 years in vat (no wood).  (This is perhaps the most "natural" of all Southern Rhône reds, as the Charmassons use no SO2 or other additives in the wine and refuse to use copper sulfate in the vines.) The wine shows a deep black/red color with aromas of plum skin, ripe black cherry, spiced strawberry, roast meat, anise and cola. Ripe Morello cherry, earth, citrus peel and black olive on the palate with cool acidity, earth, licorice and spicy berry fruits in the finish, changeable and enticing, a real product of living soils. Anyone who appreciates natural wines should try this! Our thanks to Christian and Nadia for their beautiful work...  David Lillie

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balazu des Vaussières 2017 Vin de France Sept Syllabes Rosé

The 2017 “Sept Syllabes,” was made with Grenache Blanc and Noir, Carignan and Cinsault. It’s a direct press rosé with little or no maceration and no added SO2. The wine spent approximately 12 months in vat before bottling. Slightly opaque pink color. The wine shows pretty aromas of creamy raspberry, peach skin, orange peel and earth. The palate is dense and textured with berry fruits, brown spice, citrus and mineral flavors, quite intriguing. There is a bit of funk on the finish, due to the absence of SO2, but the wine remains complex and delicious with terrific length. The color browns slightly with a few days open but the flavors deepen nicely - a few years of aging would be interesting. This is not for everyone, but we find it fascinating and delicious.  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Banneret 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

With a deeper robe than the limpid 2015—dark ruby, verging on purple. On the nose crushed strawberry, plum, black tea, and cassis aromas, giving way to garrigue, a faint hint of hoisin, and graphite. Warming, but no sense of torrefaction. Clearly southern, but with great flair on the nose. The mid-weight palate exhibits great counterpoint between ripe black fruits, savory Provençal herbs, and sapid, gamy flavors astride fine-grained, firm, supple tannins. There’s great energy here and not a little depth. This is succulent and satisfying and as much as I envision this with a warm, wintry daube, or cassoulet, nearly as much it has me craving grilled lamb and ratatouille on a balmy summer night as the cicadas hum. And while I find myself loving Domaine du Banneret every vintage, the 2016 is especially suave, soulful, and satisfying. While this displays pure fruit pleasure now, this will gain in dimension and sophistication with 7-10 years in the cellar and beyond. This is beautiful Châteauneuf-du-Pape. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $52.99

Banneret 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1.5 L

With a deeper robe than the limpid 2015—dark ruby, verging on purple. On the nose crushed strawberry, plum, black tea, and cassis aromas, giving way to garrigue, a faint hint of hoisin, and graphite. Warming, but no sense of torrefaction. Clearly southern, but with great flair on the nose. The mid-weight palate exhibits great counterpoint between ripe black fruits, savory Provençal herbs, and sapid, gamy flavors astride fine-grained, firm, supple tannins. There’s great energy here and not a little depth. This is succulent and satisfying and as much as I envision this with a warm, wintry daube, or cassoulet, nearly as much it has me craving grilled lamb and ratatouille on a balmy summer night as the cicadas hum. And while I find myself loving Domaine du Banneret every vintage, the 2016 is especially suave, soulful, and satisfying. While this displays pure fruit pleasure now, this will gain in dimension and sophistication with 7-10 years in the cellar and beyond. This is beautiful Châteauneuf-du-Pape. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $69.99

Charvin 2018 Cotes-du-Rhone Rose

A 1.5 ha parcel of about 50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault, sometimes with some Bourboulenc and Mourvèdre that averages just 35hL/ha annually.  Organically farmed and entirely harvested by hand with sorting done in the vineyard. The 2018 rosé shows a pale pink color and lovely aromas of raspberry, wild strawberry, rose and peach skin. The palate is silky and mineral with subtle raspberry and cherry fruit with stone and citrus flavors, quite long and elegant and finishing with refreshing acidity. This should open up nicely over the next few months and will be a great companion to seafood, chicken and grilled meats this summer. Lovely wine!

  • rosé
  • 36 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos de la Bonnette 2016 Condrieu "Légende Bonnetta"

Clos de la Bonnette is a relatively new estate - their first vintage was 2009 -  but they have great terroir in Condrieu (and a small parcel in Cote-Rotie) and are one of the few truly organic domaines in the AOC. The 2016 "Legende Bonnetta" is a superb Condrieu showing a pale gold/bronze color and subtle aromas of apricot, almond, peach, iris and stone, really quite lovely.  The palate has a saline, mineral introduction, then elegant stone fruits, white flowers, citrus, almond and stone - quite rich but with firm acidity and a very mineral finishwith citrus and white fruits. This is a beautiful Condrieu that is all about the terroir rather than the winemaking or elevage. "It's the only Condrieu I can drink" says Eric Texier. Lovely now, better with 3 to 5 years of aging.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos des Brusquières 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

85% Grenache, some 100+ years-old, 15% Mourvedre, Syrah and Cinsault. 70% de-stemmed, aged in vats and large old barrels. Bottled unfined, unfiltered. From our reliable friends at DrinkRhone: "Grenache-inspired plum red colour. The bouquet is a true southern presence, dried black raisins, dates and figs in the mix, a floral note, a core of sweetness. It will become a pretty classic Châteauneuf nose, with good variety, in time. The palate rumbles along on a smoky, spiced trail, has a good, healthy kick, with unbridled tannins running around its compressed matter. The long, secure aftertaste is peppery for now. This is a good, traditional Châteauneuf, with character, captures a real essence of terroir."

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $44.99

Clos du Joncuas 2006 Gigondas 1 btl per person (June 6)

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.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2011 Gigondas

Tasted in January of 2019 in France, the 2011 Clos du Joncuas Gigondas showed beautifully, opening up nicely with flavors  of earthy  cherry, blackberry and garrigue, with licorice and spice in the long finish, really ready to drink, although five more years would bring a softer and more secondary experience. Highly recommended.  Daivd Lillie

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2015 Gigondas

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, on Triassic clay/limestone soils, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. Although we love this beautifully old-fashioned, organic wine in every vintage, Dany and Carole Chastan have made perhaps their best wine ever in 2015! The wine shows deep aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, prune, garrigue, musk and citrus, quite focused and elegant. The palate is pure, supple and balanced, even at 15% alcohol, with dense blackberry, tart cherry, red currant, spice, earth and minerals, with tart red fruits, minerals and citrus in the very long finish. This is a superb Gigondas that can be enjoyed immensely now with a steak, pork or lamb chops, Morrocan tagines and full-flavored cheeses. Cellar 10 to 15 years for a mature experience. This is a superb wine and a great value - thanks to Carole and Dany for their great farming and traditional winemaking!

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2015 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. 2015 is a great vintage for Dany and Carole Chastan at the Clos du Joncuas, and their 2015 Esprit de Grenache is simply outstanding. Since 1900 the estate has been farmed organically and the winemaking here is completely traditional with whole-cluster fermentations and aging in old foudres. Tasted at the estate in January of 2017, the wine showed dense elegant black fruit aromas with licorice and earth. The palate is pure and long with deep blackberry flavors with olive, earth, citrus and bitter chocolate - just fantastic! As with all the 2015s here, the wine is delicious in its youthful fruit and intensity, but ten to fifteen years of aging will reveal a truly great southern Rhone Grenache. Very highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2015 Séguret La Garancière

70% Grenache, with Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre, always farmed organically, hand harvested, whole-cluster wild yeast fermentation, aged in cement vat, un-fined, unfiltered. The 2015 Seguret shows a very dark red/black color, with aromas of ripe cherry and strawberry liqueur, prune, earth, stone and provençal spices. The palate is quite dense and supple with black berry, prune and earth with red currant and floral notes backed with firm citrusy acids, very saline and long in the finish. This is a big, solid wine that has opened up nicely over the past year, becoming softer, velvety and complex - just delicious! It will accompany steaks, chops and burgers, a daube niçoise, tagines and full flavored cheeses. It's a fabulous value for drinking over the next five years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2016 Gigondas

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, on Triassic clay/limestone soils, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. The 2016 is another beautiful Gigondas from the Clos du Joncuas, perhaps with less fat and density than the 2015 but quite elegant and more Burgundian in style. The aromas sing of black cherry liqueur, licorice, black olive and garrigue; the palate is dense and focused with blackerry, cherry, black olive, bitter chocolate and earth with nice sappy length with firm acidity. Drinking well now, decant if possible, or hold for five years, then drink until about 2032.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2016 Vacqueyras La Font de Papier

From 80% Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre, grown on gravelly limestone terraces, always farmed organically, whole-cluster fermention and aged in concrete vats.  Dany and Carole Chastan have made another superb Vacqueyras in 2016, a bit brighter than the opulent 2015 version, showing dark black/red color and bright aromas of  blackberry, black olive and licorice with plum skin, garrigue, violet and bitter chocolate.  This young wine is showing deep black fruits with firm acidity and terrific length with chalky mineral notes, earth, citrus and olive. This will be fantastic with grilled foods, stews and tagines and will improve over the next few years - drink happily until 2030. Highly recommended and a great value!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2017 Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Blanc

(50% Clairette, 25% Roussanne, 25% Viognier, always organically farmed, wild yeast fermentation, aged in enamel vat) Floral dried pear, apricot, hay, thyme aromas. Ripe pear, stone, caramel, lemon on the palate. A complex, ripe wine with a supple palate but with good acidity that will pair with fish stews, shellfish, pork and chicken dishes as well as full-flavored goat cheeses. Particularly good in 2017, the Clos du Joncuas (Domaine la Garancière) Seguret Blanc is an outstanding value and highly recommended. DL

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2018 Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Blanc

(50% Clairette (some vines 100 years-old) with Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier, always organically farmed, wild yeast fermentation, aged in enamel vat) Floral dried pear, apricot, hay, thyme aromas. Ripe pear, stone, caramel, lemon, anise on the palate. A complex, ripe wine with a supple palate but with good acidity that will pair with fish stews, shellfish, pork and chicken dishes as well as full-flavored goat cheeses. This is an outstanding Southern Rhône white and a great value!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2018 Gigondas Rosé

This is a beautiful Gigondas Rosé from our organic friends at Clos du Joncuas. Pretty bright pink/orange color, aromas of raspberry, tart cherry, blood orange, peach skin and rose. Full palate with silky raspberry, peach, citrus  and mineral flavors and firm acidity, beatifully balanced and refreshing. Long finish with tart cherry, peach, earth, and citrusy acids. A bit riper and more expressive than the 2017, and still young – it should open up nicely over the next two years. It's elegant and delicious now and very food-friendly – serve with grilled fish and white meats, salade nicoise, vegetarian dishes and Provençal foods. A great rosé to enjoy all year-round!

  • rosé
  • 23 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2018 Côtes du Rhône Rosé du Coucou

The Creve Coeur "Coucou" is a beautiful direct-press rosé made with  old vines of 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault. The 2018 shows a very pale onion skin color with floral aromas of raspberry, peach and citrus. The palate is very light and elegant with subtle raspberry fruit with hints of melon and stone, finishing with mineral flavors and refreshing acidity. This is a lovely wine at a great price!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 18 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $31.99

Domaine des Amphores 2017 IGP des Collines Rhodanniennes Viognier 'Les Iris'

We love Condrieu, but Viognier from other regions can often be cloying and uninteresting. This example from the Grenier family in Chavanay, however, is elegant and outstanding. It comes from Viognier vines just south of the Condrieu AOC, always tended organically, certified since 2002, and Biodynamic since 2016. The 2017 "Les Iris" shows off the Grenier's great farming with a fantastic mineral  character underlying the lush fruit. The wine shows very elegant aromas of white flowers, pear, almond, tea and stone. The palate is supple and dense with ripe pear and abricot, peach pit and stone. The finish is very earthy and long with white fruit, almond and stone flavors lingering on the palate with firm saline acidity. This is a superb Viognier - congratulations to young Remi Grenier who is working with his parents, vinifying the estate's white wines.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2016 Saint-Joseph Les Mesanges

"Les Mesanges" is a cuvée of Saint-Joseph made from 40 to 50 year-old organic Syrah vines on biotite granite soils in the vineyards of Pecher and Vauturerie at Chavanay, 60-70% destemmed, aged 18 months in 600 liter barrels. The 2016 Les Mesanges is a more elegant and earthy wine of terroir than the fleshier 2015, showing aromas of black raspberry, earth, a bit of blueberry, Italian plum and rose.  The palate has an earthy texture with red currant and black raspberry fruit framed in firm acidity and saline minerals. Not a fruit bomb, but showing the Biodynamic farming in its elegant minerality. Open well in advance or wait 2 - 3 years then drink until 2032.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2017 Condrieu La Côte

Domaine des Amphores has a small, steep hillside parcel on granite soils in Condrieu, organic since 2002 and now certified Biodynamic as well.  Philippe and Veronique Grenier have made a lovely 2017, 100% Viognier of course, showing a pale gold color and aromas of lime-flower, pear and peach, tea,  lemon zest, almond and hay. The palate is dense and sapid, perfectly balanced with a firm center of mineral and stone flavors underlying apricot and pear fruit with almond and citrus. Rather full-bodied for a Condrieu but not in a cloying way, this should open up nicely over the next few years - serve with fish in sauce, Asian foods and white meats or as a superb aperitif with foie gras, pâtés and goat cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2017 IGP des Collines Rhodanniennes Detour Blanc

The Detour Blanc is a beautiful blend of Roussanne, Clairette from 50 year-old vines, and Marsanne from the Collines Rhodaniennes. The nose is fresh, floral and lively with notes of grapefruit, tangerine, nectarine, white peach, honeysuckle and acacia. The palate is ripe and full but with nice saline minerals, with citrus confit, dried fruits, pear, apple and honeysuckle. The finish is long, dense and balanced, making this a lovely apéritif wine and a great combination with appetizers, full-flavored fish dishes, white meats, salads and mild cheeses. Just a delicious wine and a fabulous value! David Lillie

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2017 Saint-Joseph Blanc 'Altitude 300'

Since its inception in 1992, Philippe and Véronique Grenier have practiced organic farming on their tiny estate in Chavanay, in the AOC Saint-Joseph just south of Condrieu. Their 2017 "Altitude 300" is a beautiful white Saint-Joseph made from 80% Roussanne and 20% Marsanne.The wine shows subtle, fresh Roussanne aromas of pear,  almond, hay, bitter lemon, stone and  lime-flower. The palate is refreshing and bright with creamy citrus, pear, apricot, thyme, flint and stone, with nice density and length and firm acidity. Drink now with fish  in sauce, chicken and white meats and cow cheeses. A lovely wine and a great value!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2017 Vin de France Sphé-érique

We're not sure about the spelling, but Véronique and Philippe Grenier's "Sphé-érique" is a lovely "natural" Syrah, fermented and aged in a round concrete vat, and bottled with zero added sulfur. The wine shows lovely aromas of cool blackberry and blueberry fruit with violet, mint and citrus aromas, really quite complex and pretty. The palate is balanced and earthy with bright black fruits and firm acidity with stone and berry flavors in the refreshing finish.  Serve this light and lovely Syrah with lamb, pork, guinea hen and of course with caillettes ardechoises. (Like most no-sulfur wines, it is best to consume on the day opened.)

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 IGP des Collines Rhodanniennes Syrah "Les Iris"

From 100% Syrah in Chavanay, just outside the Saint-Joseph zone, tended organically since planting, in the early 90's, and now  Biodynamic  as well. The 2018 "Les Iris" Syrah shows lush aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of stone, mint, smoke and violet, quite fresh and pretty. The palate is dense and elegant, with cool acidity and lush blackberry and black raspberry fruit, with a fresh earthy finish with mineral, citrus and ripe red and black fruit flavors. Terrific length and depth for a wine at this price. This is a very versatile wine to serve cool with grilled chicken, pork and full-flavored cheeses or to sip by itself, slightly chilled. It's  an authentic and delicious wine and a great value - and a lovely preview of the great 2018 vintage in the northern Rhone. David Lillie

  • red
  • 55 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur