Alsace

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $84.99

Brand, Charles & Philippe 2016 Alsace La Chimere Blanc

This is a beautiful expression of Riesling, in many ways a bit raw and peculiar, but very much alive  and well worth exploring. There is some reduction on opening, and a faint tingle on the tongue, so we recommend a long decant if possible. The minerality of the wine is refreshing and crunchy. A unique (and totally clean) unfiltered, no SO2 Riesling from the promising young winemaker, Philippe Brand.

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Brand, Charles & Philippe 2016 Alsace Tout Terriblement

Tout Terriblement is all Gewurztraminer from Philippe Brand, an up and coming winemaker in Alsace, whose family domaine is about 20 minutes west of Strasbourg. Though we don't have the analysis in front of us, my guess is that there are somewhere between 1-3 grams of residual sugar here, giving it a ripe fruitiness, and making it a very worthy pairing for asian cuisines and food with a bit of spice. The nose is classic Gewurztraminer, though a bit dialed back on the spice/white pepper notes. A really pleasant wine.    EL

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Brand, Charles et Philippe 2015 Alsace Fleurs

80% Pinot Gris and 20% Riesling from Philippe Brand in Alsace. There's a delicate floral aroma here, and plenty of orchard fruit on the nose (apples and pears). Ripe, with long mineral finish and a subtle oxidative lean, it should be a welcome addition to a Thanksgiving meal - flavorful enough to stand up to all of that food, and with plenty of acidity to cleanse the palate!   EL

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2017 Alsace Auxerrois Pur Vin

100% Pinot Auxerrois from Pierre and Chantal Frick. There's subtle white stone fruit on the nose, with sharp acidity balanced by a soft, fruity character in the mid-palate.    EL

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $18.99

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

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

Beaujolais

Chamonard 2016 Morgon Le Clos de Lys

From four hectares of massale-selection, high density plantings ranging from 50 to 100 years of age in the lieu-dits of Chenes, Corcelette, and les Martillets. Vigneron Jean-Claude Chanudet works the vineyards organically but does not seek certification. Upon opening, the 2016 is slightly musky and burly, but with a little bit of air it unfolds into an elegantly balanced wine, displaying vivid fruit, soft tannins, medium body and bright acidity. The nose exhibits aromas of raspberry, cranberry, pomegranate, orange peel, dried rose, and a slight earthy quality. The palate carries the fruit very well, and introduces a slightly savory quality; a hint of black tea and blackcurrant leaf. Pair with all the usual suspects (i.e. roast chicken), this was also quite delicious on it's own. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chamonard 2017 Fleurie La Madone

A rare and delicious Fleurie from Jean-Claude Chanudet at Domaine Chamonard! Since taking over from his father-in-law (Joseph Chamonard) in 1990, Jean-Claude has been keeping the beautiful natural traditions of this estate alive. This Fleurie comes from a single parcel of older vines planted on a steep slope of pink granite soils, farmed by hand without the use of any chemicals. Upon opening the 2017 is quite tight and wound up. With some air the nose starts to show aromas of raspberry, macerated strawberry, red apple peel, pomegranate, zesty orange rind, crushed violets, dried rose, sandalwood, and warm spice. The palate has a depth and intensity to it, and very long finish. One can feel this wine's potential, even through it's slightly awkward youthful demeanor. The bottle I tried took several hours to open up, and was much softer and more approachable the second day. And delicious! This wine has a long life ahead of it, and will reward your patience in the cellar. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Coudert 2017 Fleurie Cuvée Christie

Alain Coudert makes this lovely wine from two small parcels on typical Fleurie terroir of sandy soils over decomposed granite, in contast to the heavier clay/manganese soils at the Clos de la Roilette, which borders Moulin-a-Vent. The 2017 is a bright garnet/red color with vivid aromas of black raspberry and ripe strawberry with violet, pepper, earth and citrus. There is deep, ripe berry fruit on the palate, sappy and long with dark chocolate, earth and citrus with firm acidity and brightness. This delicious full-bodied Fleurie shows the richness of the 2017 vintage but remains fresh and lively - drink this beautiful Beaujolais over the nextthree to five years, served cool, with just about anything!

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $20.99

Descombes, Georges 2016 Morgon Vieilles Vignes

This is a classic version of the Descombes Morgon VV, showing subtle high-toned black raspberry and tart cherry aromas with plum, violet, citrus, earth and brown spice, really lovely. The elegant black and red fruits continue on the palate with complex notes of blood orange,  mint and spice, quite saline and earthy as well, really showing the terroir. The wine is dense and structured but bright and balanced, finishing with refreshing acidity, citrus, cherry fruit, anise and mineral flavors. Delicious now, this should be superb in three to five years, and should drink well till 2030 and beyond.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $33.99

  • 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $23.99

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2015 Beaujolais Leynes Haut de Balmont

Julien Guillot of the Clos des Vignes du Maynes makes this beautiful Beaujolais from a small parcel of 90 year-old Gamay vines of various old varieties in Leynes, just south of Pouilly-Fuissé. The parcel is at 1200 ft in altitude, with granite soils. From the warm 2015 vintage, the wine shows ripe blackberry aromas with earth, mint, cocoa and game; the palate is dense with supple blackberry fruit framed in firm acidity and strong flavors of earth, citrus and minerals. This is a complex and delicious Gamay that will accompany grilled foods this summer, stews and tagines throughout the year. Cellaring for five to eight years would be interesting. David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2016 Beaujolais Ultimatum Climat

Known for the Vignes du Maynes wines from Cruzille, in the south of Burgundy, Julien Guillot has had the chance over the years to take long term leases on a few vineyards south of Macon in the Beaujolais. Due to issues with frost and hail in 2016, and to the loss of a rental vineyard to an old owner who decided to tear out vines, this vintage of the "Climat" is a combination of grapes from Chenas and from a vineyard called "Pierres Bleues" which is near Villefranche. Chenas is all granite, and Pierres Bleues is limestone. The wines fermented and aged separately and were blended a few months before bottling. From what I percieve, there's hint of granitic spiciness from Chenas, and some lift and energy from the limestone site.  There's lovely fresh rasberry fruit on the attack, and a very mineral, stony finish. Fresh and elegant at 12.5%.   Eben Lillie 

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Lapalu 2014 Côte de Brouilly

The Mont Brouilly, a volcanic "bump" in the granite bedrocks of the Beaujolais, is a terroir of mineral-rich bluish rock with little or no soil, giving a quite different character to the wines. The Lapalu 2014 is from a one hectare parcel of old vines with northeast exposure, so late to ripen.  The fruit was 80% destemmed and 20% whole cluster carbonic maceration, with 10 mg/liter of SO2 added only before bottling. This is a quite different style than the 2015s, showing a bright black/red color and earthy aromas of blackberry, black cherry and red currant with violet, black pepper and citrus. The palate is dense and earthy with blackberry and black cherry, framed in firm acidity and quite prominent mineral flavors that continue in the well-structured finish. Still a young wine, this will drink well with grilled meats and stews, best with a long decant or three to five more years in the cellar.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $41.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $16.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $14.99

  • red
  • 44 in stock
  • $18.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $41.99

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, sowing 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
  • 16 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2017 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 (no oak).  Bright aromas of peach, apricot, lemon zest, and thyme lead to flavors of pure white fruits, juicy lime, crisp orange blossom, subtle herbal undertones, and a long chalky finish. Paired with salad, seafood,chicken, goat milk cheeses, or nothing at all, this is a beautiful choice and great value in white Burgundy!

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Thevenet, Jean-Paul 2017 Morgon Vieilles Vignes

The Thévenet Morgon VV is always one of the greatest of Beaujolais. From 4.75 hectares near Le Clachet, from vines averaging 70 years of age, with some planted before World War One. About 2,000 cases are produced. Vineyard work is biodynamic, fermentation is with wild yeasts at a moderately low temperature (10 - 13 degrees Celsius). Aging is mostly in old barrels from DRC with minimal extraction.. The 2017 Thévenet shows a bit of reduction, then complex aromas of red currant, rose, black plum, earth, violet, blood orange, spice  and licorice, light and pretty when first opened then darkening with aeration. The palate shows bright red currant and berry liqueur with mineral, citrus, rose and spice. After three hours open the wine has gathered intensity with deep sappy and earthy black fruits. The finish is firm with citrusy acidity, fruit and mineral flavors with good density and length. Decant if drinking now, this superb natural Morgon will be best from 2022 to 2030.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bordeaux Red

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2000 Margaux Arrives March 27

Jean-Pierre Boyer makes Margaux that resemble the wines of the distant past. His 2000 shows a slightly maturing red/black color with bright aromas of red currant, cassis and raspberry with cedar, rose, citrus and earthy sous-bois notes, really lovely and complex. Relatively light for a Margaux, the palate is deep and velvety with firm tannins under lovely blackberry and cassis fruit with earth, licorice and mineral flavors. It's delicate and powerful at the same time and very long. Delicious now with three to four hours in carafe or after another ten to twenty years in the cellar.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $73.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $66.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $69.99

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2009 Margaux Arrives March 27

The 2009 BAMA shows bright deep red/black color with lovely high-toned red fruit liqueur - strawberry, black-currant and cassis, with violet and earth. The palate is dense and ripe with bright acidity - not at all heavy, but with intense black and red fruits backed by flavors of mineral and earth. On day two the bright deep fruits have become more focused and linger on the palate in the long and very mineral finish. This is quite enjoyable as a young wine, especially after a day open, unencumbered by over-extraction and new oak - but beware, this style is for those who like some earth in their Bordeaux! Best to cellar for a very long time...

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $71.99

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2010 Margaux Arrives March 27

The 2010 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre is from very old vines and also from approximately 50 year-old vines planted by M. Boyer at 10,000 plants per hectare. There is a long fermentation without extraction, the juice remains in cuve until spring, then spends 6 months in old barrels followed by two to three years in cement vat. These are wines made in the lighter "claret" style of the 19th century, although the 2010 shows an incredible density of flavor, given the less-extracted style. Upon opening the wine shows subtle aromas of earth, red currant and cherry fruit with licorice and brown spice. The palate is deep and quite expressive with black cherry, strawberry, earth, licorice and mineral flavors, quite Burgundian in texture. The finish is very long with lingering tart cherry, sous-bois and mineral flavors. After two days open (re-corked) the aromas have broadened with  prune, ripe cherry, tobacco, spice and rose and the palate is intense with red and black fruit liqueur, spice box and earth and ending with lingering red fruits and firm acidity. Delicious now with a long decant, this will be an extraordinary mature wine, best perhaps 2035 - 2050. David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $27.99

Bellisle Mondotte 2010 St Emilion

This fantastic organically-farmed Saint Emilion is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, fermented in concrete tanks for 25 days and then aged for 22 months in first- and second-used-barrels. With a beautiful minerality of clay and limestone, the wine shows the finesse and elegance of a great vintage. The bouquet is complex with dark berry, prune, plum, dry tobacco, cedar, violet and herbal notes and the palate is luscious with supple tannins, good acidity and a lingering finish. A delicious wine at a great value to drink with brisket, roasted lamb and hamburgers. You can also cellar the wine for several years (+7 years) if you would prefer to consume it later. Caroline Coursant   

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $224.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

Chateau Maison Blanche 2014 Saint-Emilion

Maison Blanche always makes great wines and this 2014 Saint Émilion is no exception. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from at least 45-year-old vines planted on clay, the wine is aged for several months in oak with some low percentage of new oak, and with minimal addition of sulfur at bottling. On the nose, the bouquet is complex and enticing with dry violets, crushed plums, ripe dark berries, dry earth, brown tobacco and cedar notes. On the palate, the wine is exciting with bright energy from the acidity and minerality and grippy tannins. To drink now or cellar it for several years (+7 years), the wine will show wonderfully with the traditional holiday meals of roasted lamb and ham, and spare ribs, braised beef, or classic steak. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chateau Massereau 2007 Bordeaux Superieur Cuvee K

A delicious Bordeaux at a great price - Château Massereau is an estate situated in Barsac, approximately 30km from Bordeaux, that practices organic farming and is fully committed to natural wine-making, using minimum amount of sulfur when devatting. A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot planted on alluvial soils, the grapes are fermented for a long time (10 weeks) in concrete vats and then aged for 16 months in neutral barriques before a 10-year elevage in the bottle before release. On the nose, the wine is complex with a bouquet of dark berry, plum, cedar, violet, and tobacco. On the palate, the wine is lifted by its beautiful acidity and displays great density and soft tannins. Perfect for your holiday festivities, the wine will fantastically pair with braised rosemary lamb shoulder, roasted turkey with gravy, and red-skin mashed potatoes. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chateau Massereau 2011 Graves

Château Massereau, an estate located in Barsac, has been farming organically since its acquisition by the Chaigneau family in 2000. Made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot planted on alluvial soils, the wine ferments in concrete vats and is raised in new barriques for 18 months with minimal addition of sulfur when devatting.  The new oak is "white roasted", leaving no flavors of new oak on the wine. Fresher than its 2010 vintage, the wine displays a bouquet of juicy red plums, dark and red berry, and tart cassis notes with menthol, rose petals and cedar undertones. With a beautiful structure of great acidity, precise minerality and good tannins, the wine is complex and vibrant. A great wine to drink now, this wine will pair fantastically with hamburgers, brisket, beef bourguignon, lamb shanks and hard and blue cheeses.  Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chateau Micalet 2014 Haut Medoc

This delectable, organic Bordeaux from the Fédieu family is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. On the nose, the wine displays notes of dark berries, cassis, menthol, dried rose petals, violets, yellow tobacco, young leather and oriental spices. On the palate, the balance between acidity, tannin and oak is beautiful; with great minerality coming from the gravelly sandy soils, the wine shows some weight with a bright freshness. Complex without being too much, this lively wine strikes the right balance between a table wine and a wine for more special occasions. Drink with meat recipes such as steak au poivre, ragouts, lamb kebabs, or braised pork. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $179.99

Coutet 2014 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

This is a delicious wine from Château Coutet, a Saint Émilion estate which has been certified organic since 2012. The domaine has never used chemical treatments on the land creating a unique flora and fauna not found on any other surrounding estates. The 2014 Coutet shows a beautiful bouquet of red berries and black plums with purple floral and green tobacco notes. On the palate, the wine displays bright minerality, good acidity, and silky tannins, with a long finish. Drink now or age it for several years (5+ years).  Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Fonroque 2015 Grand Cru Classe Saint-Emilion

Château Fonroque is a superb certified biodynamic and organic estate in the Saint-Émilion appelation. Owned by the Moueix family since 1931, the estate is a proponent of traditional winemaking techniques with hand harvesting, spontaneous yeast fermentation, and limited use of new oak. An elegant Bordeaux with precise minerality, the wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from 35-year-old vines, planted on limestone soils with some portions of clay on the hillside of the vineyard. The wine is fermented with native yeast in concrete vats and then aged in oak (with a small portion of new oak). The resulting wine is fantastic showing the impressive savoir-faire of Alain Moueix. The bouquet is complex with notes of juicy plum, cassis, crunchy black raspberry, tobacco leaves, hibiscus, baking spices, and leather, with some purple floral and savory undertones. Showing great energy and tension on the palate, the wine displays a beautiful calcareous minerality, bright acidity and soft tannins. To enjoy now with roasted beef, duck breast or full-flavored cheese, or age it for several years (7 years or more). Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $249.99

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
  • 19 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Biodynamic

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
  • 12 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $84.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $999.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

Le Geai 2015 Bordeaux Superieur Grand G

Chateau Le Geai is located north of Pomerol on limestone with soils of sandy clay with iron, certified Biodynamic. The 2015 "Grand G" is made with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Carmenere - truly a "natural" Bordeaux, showing earthy cassis and red currant aromas with floral and citrus notes. The palate shows red currant, berry,  earth and mineral flavors - a real wine of terroir that needs a bit of tme to open up. Serve with charcuterie, roast chicken. hearty stews and full-flavored cheeses. This is a sensational value for those who like some minerals in their wine - open in advance or decant, if possible.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Le Geai 2015 Bordeaux Superieur Pur Nature (No SO2)

The Le Geai "2015 "Pure Nature" is a natural wine with no added sulfur, certified Biodyanmic. It's unusual blend is 70% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 10% Carmenere and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.This is a fresh, earthy and delicious Bordeaux, showing vivid aromas of black raspberry, red currant and cassis, ripe but bright; the palate is dense with cassis and red currant, quite lively and with underlying earth and mineral flavors that linger in the finish. For anyone seeking a more natural style of Bordeaux, with zero added SO2, this is highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Le Geai 2016 Bordeaux Superieur Argiles de Pauline (Anfora)

Henri Duporge at Château Le Geai makes this unique Bordeaux from Merlot and Malbec, the tradional blend in the northern Libournais in the 1800s. The vines grow in "blue clay" over limestone, fermentation is with wild yeasts and the wine ages 12 months in amfora, with only a tiny addition of volcanic sulfur. Certified organic and Biodynamic. The 2015 Argiles de Pauline shows a deep black/purple color and lush aromas of ripe cassis and red currant with rose, earth, spice and citrus. The palate is deep and ripe with blackberry, cassis and plum, with silky tannins - dense but bright and balanced finishing with black fruits and juicy acids. Drinking beautifully now, this is a perfect pairing for a steak, pork chop or grilled lamb, and aging for eight to ten years should be very interesting.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

Mazeyres 2015 Pomerol

Le Seuil de Mazeyres is the second label from esteemed estate Château Mazeyres, a beautiful and lush estate located in Libourne in the appellation of Pomerol. Certified organic and in conversion to biodynamic farming, the estate is a prime example of balance and authenticity under the management of Alain Moueix.  The 2015 Le Seuil de Mazeyres is a fantastic and vibrant wine reflecting the artistry of Alain Moueix. The 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. A believer of balance, Alain does not add much to the wine, letting the wine speak for itself. New oak is used but not in excess and sulfur is minimally added. The result is a wine that is enticing, with a delicious bouquet of black currant and red berry, crunchy dark cherry, herbs de Provence, mint, dry tobacco and cinnamon spices. On the palate, the wine combines tension, precise minerality, and supple tannins to offer a lively experience for the mouth. This is a superb wine to enjoy young with a classic steak aux frites, lamb shoulder and gratin Dauphinois. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 45 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Peybonhomme 2015 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Quintessence

Château Peybonhomme-les-Tours is a fantastic organic- and biodynamic-certified estate located in Blaye on slopes of clay over limestone.  The Quintessence is the top cuvée of the domaine and reflects the beautiful philosophy of wine making of the Hubert family. Typically a blend of Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%),  the wine has nice structure with supple tannins, great acidity, and firm minerality with a long finish.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $22.99

  • 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
  • 34 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

Seuil 2015 Graves Rouge

Made from nearly equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a smattering of Cabernet Franc, farmed organically. The vines are grown on a gland of gravel and sand over limestone and clay. The 2015 is classic Graves with red and black fruits, notes of tobacco and cassis, with a fine core of minerality and ripe tannins on a medium weight, lifted finish. Delicious now, with a nice upside for mid-term aging. Enjoy with grilled lamb chops in a red wine sauce or hanger steak with an anchovy butter. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 45 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Bordeaux Sweet

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $64.99

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

Rieussec 1988 Sauternes

As they say: “A sweetie for your Sweetie”.  When Sauternes of this quality ages, it gains a lot of complexity of aroma and flavor. The 1988 is now in – sorry! – a sweet spot for drinking, with mouth-watering aromas of stone fruist and nuts; it’s quite rich on the palate but there is enough tart acidity to make the wine taste fresh. A classic French pairing is to serve this with foie gras, liver pate, or blue cheese, but we have also loved Sauternes with fruit desserts and with custard/pudding.

 

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $129.99

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $499.99

Bordeaux White

Champs des Treilles 2016 Sainte-Foy Bordeaux Vin Passion

This Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle from a small certified organic estate in Sainte-Foy is a great winter white wine. With a superb minerality of limestone and clay and good acidity, the wine shows a great structure of freshness and tension. On the nose, the bouquet is lively with flavors of vibrant citrus, pale stone fruit, dried chamomile and elegant white flowers mingling together with light herbal, saline and fresh mint undertones. On the palate, the wine shows a delicious texture and good length thanks to the minerality of the terroir, the 2-month fermentation and the 4 months spent on lees in stainless tanks. A great value at a great price, this wine will pair with numerous dishes, such as grilled fish and seafood, light vegetarian fare, winter soups and roasted chicken. Caroline Coursant    

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 72 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $112.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $109.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $159.99

Catherine et Gilles Vergé 2013 Viré Le Balaise

La Balaise is a full on sous voile oxidative Chardonnay from the Macon. Gilles and Catherine Vergé are the founders of the natural wine group S.A.I.N.S. which stands for: Sans Aucun Intrant ni Sulfite (ajouté), and insist on never using sulfites in their winemaking.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $28.99

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
  • 26 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic

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
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Moor (Vendangeur Masqué) 2016 VDF Compagnie Meridionale

The De Moors suffered terrible loses due to frost and hail in 2016 and 2017 - They have been aided by friends in the south and have made delicious "Vendangeurs Maqué" wines, this one with Grenache Blanc from Julie Brosselin and Eric Pfifferling, Viogniers from Gérald Oustric and Gramenon, Roussanne from Eric Texier and Clairete from Pierre Pradel.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Ballorin & F 2015 Bourgogne Chardonnay

Gilles Ballorin makes this beautiful Bourgogne Chardonnay from young vines in the lieu-dit "Le Chapitre" in Chenove, above Marsannay. Biodynamic farming and minimal SO2. The wine needs decantin or two hours open, then shows complex aromas of pear, apricot, citrus, almond and stone with a bit of oak and herbal notes. The palate is dense and sapid with ripe pear, almond, wet stone and mineral flavors that continue in the long, opulent but firm finish. This shows the ripeness of the 2015 vintage, balanced by good acidity and earthy flavors. This will cellar nicely for another 5 years or so. Lovely wine. David Lillie

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic

Fichet 2015 Meursault

The 2015 Meursault shows a degree of the ripeness of the vintage, though it manifests itself in a layered density, rather than softness or weight. The nose offers aromas of ripe pear, honeysuckle, and orange oil, with just a hint of reduction which blows off with some tine in the glass. The palate is ripe, lush and shows good concentration, framed by a pungent minerality and acidity. Tasting the 2014 and 2015 vintages side by side in the cellar, it was remarkable how much energy was inherent in the wines in each. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

Fichet 2016 Meursault Les Chevalières

Shallow limestone clay soils with limestone substrate. The 2016 Chevalières is positively incandescent. Lemon blossom, Meyer lemon peel, orange oil, sea spray on the nose. Great driving surf saline minerality and impeccable ripeness offering an array of citrus and stone fruit flavors on the palate. Pungently earthy and surgically precise. Incisively stony on the attack, with mouthwatering acidity and minerality, evolving into an expansive and galloping finish. Clearly young, and a bit coltish, but this has the nascent sophistication, complexity and pent-up energy to age for years. Absolutely delicious and a stellar Chevalières! Bravo, Jean-Philippe Fichet! John McIlwain

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $105.99

Fichet 2016 Meursault Les Tessons

One of my favorites wines from the vintage and if anyone is thinking of a great gift for the Burgundy lover, this is a fine selection. The 2016 Fichet Meursault Les Tessons has a gold-green robe. Upon opening there’s a fair amount of reduction with aromas of citrus, ripe apple, and stone, which give way after a couple of hours to ripe orchard fruit, hazelnut, wet stones, and lemon curd. The mid-weight palate offers a firm core of minerality with fine density and pure, vibrant ripe fruit that offers a perfect balance of richness to accompany a deeply stony, palate-staining finish. This is a truly beautiful Tessons that should age effortlessly. I love Fichet’s wines, but this is truly beautiful and emotionally satisfying. I’d lay this down for 5-8 years and enjoy for the next 15-20. A truly fantastic Tessons and shows just how adept Jean-Philippe Fichet is in even hugely difficult vintages. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $111.99

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
  • 27 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2016 Macon-Villages

Julien Guillot of the Clos des Vignes du Maynes, makes this lovely Mâcon-Villages from certified organic parcels - 50% from Viré-Clessé, the rest from Chardonnay and Montbellet, on Bathonian limestone with clay, rich in silica. The 2016 Mâcon-Villages shows a lovely pale gold color, with aromas of pear, almond, grapefruit and green apple. The palate is refreshing and elegant with refreshing acidity and flavors of pear, stone, almond and creamy lemon. The finish is silky and long with ripe white fruits and wet stone flavors. This is a superb white Burgundy and a far cry from the normal negoce Macon wines. This versatile and delicious Chardonnay will accompany almost anything from the sea as well as white meats, Asian foods and mild cheeses.  Julien compares this vintage to 2010, which he opened for us last winter (Jan 2018) The wine was vibrant and delicious with terrific length, showing that cellaring this wine is a great option.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

Lafouge 2016 Auxey-Duresses Les Boutonniers

"Les Boutonniers" is contiguous with Meursault "Meix Chavaux" on shallow soils of clay, high in iron, over the limestone bedrock, usually giving a somewhat lean and very "mineral" white Burgundy, but still with a bit more fat and fruit expression than the Lafouge  "Les Hautés."  The 2016 shows very floral aromas with pear, citrus and stone. The palate is crystalline, supple and dense, with nice weight on the palate, with pretty white fruits leading to a long finish with citrus peel, spice and mineral flavors. This is a lovely, very refreshing Burgundy to enjoy with grilled fish, roast chicken and goat cheeses. It's delicious now and will cellar nicely for eight to ten years. DL

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $38.99

Lafouge 2016 Auxey-Duresses Les Hautés Blanc

From a north-facing parcel fairly high on the slope next to Meursault Les Vireuils. The Lafouge "Les Hautés" is a beautifully dense and well-structured Burgundy in this low-yielding vintage. The wine shows a bright gold color with aromas of spiced pear and apple, melon, honeysuckle, stone, flint and lemon zest. The palate is dense and well structured with ripe white fruits, toasted almond, citrus and flinty mineral flavors - quite ripe but with firm citrusy acids and fabulous length.  Serve now with sole meunier, turbot and cod - this will be a beautiful wine with 5 to 8 years of cellaring. David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $38.99

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $53.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic

Lamy, Hubert 2016 St Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes 375ml

The 2016 Hubet Lamy St Aubin Les Frionnes 1er cru is a stellar expression of the vintage. Again there's the kaleidoscopic array of white fruit and citrus aromas giving way to almost briny sea spray notes. The palate displays a galloping drive that has one struggling for synonyms for energy. This has pure white fruit flavors and a geologist's textbook worth of stoniness and with a few years in the cellar this ought to flesh out into a truly lovely wine. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $82.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $20.99

Morey, Pierre 2016 Bourgogne Blanc

From multiple parcels in limestone clay soils (Les Millerands, En Monatine, Les Herbeux, Les Malpoiriers, per the importer). Biodynamically farmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts. There's a bit of reduction on opening—a splash decant helps it blow off, revealing a perfumed nose with aromas of honeysuckle, lemon blossom, citrus peel, ripe pear, and spice. The palate is bright and racy with notes of lemon curd, green apple, and wet stone. There’s a fine bit of the electricity, vibrancy, and precision of the 2016 vintage present and plenty of charm to this snappy Bourgogne. John McIlwain (Wines arrive 1/11)

  • white
  • 51 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Morey, Pierre 2016 Meursault

From biodynamically-farmed vines averaging 33 years in age, in 3 parcels across Meursault. Fermented with native yeasts, aged in barrel, 20% new oak. Always a benchmark expression of Meursault, sourced from the lieux-dits Les Forges, Les Pellans, and Les Chaumes (per Becky Wasserman). It balances floral and wet stone aromas with overt minerality and orchard fruit flavors to give a beautiful overview of village character. 2016 delivers this along with aromas of lemon blossom, acacia, and discreet wood on the nose. The palate is racy and lithe, with a salty minerality and rainwater freshness enrobed by ripe stone fruit and citrus flavors on a long, expansive finish. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $94.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Morot, Albert 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Les Aigrots Blanc

Les Aigrots is a 1er cru located next to the famed Clos des Mouches on the center of the slope on the Pommard side of the village. The 2016 has a pale gold robe. Orange blossom, white apricot, short crust, a touch of tropical fruit on the nose. The mid-weight palate offers an assortment of stone fruit, green apple, and yellow fruit flavors with a good balance between ripe Chardonnay fruit and a broad, salty minerality. This skews more Corton than Puligny in character with a broadness on the palate, but has nice drive on the finely layered finish. The suppleness calls for richer dishes, standing up quite nicely to Anson Mills polenta (finished with plenty of butter and Parmigiano Reggiano) with porcini ragu and should work quite nicely with monkfish, lobster, or even blanquette de veau.  John McIlwain

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $139.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $279.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $124.99

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
  • 16 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2017 Beaune Clos des Mariages Blanc

Located toward the bottom of the slope beneath Beaune Grèves and adjacent to Les Cents Vignes, Clos des Mariages is a mix of young and very old vines planted in clay and limestone soils. The lovely 2017 Blanc shows high-toned aromas of lime-flower, melon, pear, wet stone and honeysuckle. The palate is light and silky with pear, apple and citrus flavors with chalky minerals and herbal notes in the refreshing finish. Serve with fish in sauce, scallop crudo, Asian foods and mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2017 Cote de Beaune La Grande Chatelaine

About a kilometer or two northwest of the Beaune 1er Crus, La Grande Châtelaine is a cooler site with soils comprised of clay over limestone. The 2014 Clos de la Grande Châtelaine has fresh, cool-toned aromatics of white flowers,  nectarine, rainwater,  almond and pear skin. The medium-bodied palate is a little warmer toned  offering flavors of nectarine, white peach, almond, wet stone and crushed herb with a fairly savory finish.  The ripeness of the vintage makes this a little more giving than one would typically expect for the cooler high-altitude climat. This is generous and makes for a lovely quaffer, as well as a beautiful partner with shellfish, fish in sauce, white meats  and milder cheeses. Lovely wine!  John McIlwain

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2017 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc (Chardonnay)

Jean-Claude Rateau makes lovely Biodynamic wines in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune in his east-facing vineyard of clay/limestone and marne soils.  Quite racy and bright even in 2017, the wine shows subtle aromas of lemon, almond, stone, spiced pear and apple. Intense, very mineral palate with pear, citrus and stone flavors and terrific length. The antithesis of fat, oaky Chardonnays, this food friendly wine will accompany everything from oysters and grilled seafoods to roast chicken and mild cheeses. Delicious now or cellar for 5 to 8 years. This is a real Chardonnay of terroir and a great value!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2017 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Pinot Blanc

Permitted in Burgundy, but rarely seen on it's own, Pinot Blanc grown by Jean-Claude Rateau in the Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune makes this lovely and versatile wine. The aromas are subtle and pleasant, with apple and pear, lemon zest, almond and herbal notes. The palate is silky and pure with white fruits and hints of anise and verbena, light but round and pretty.  This is a perfect aperitif wine, and will accompany any fish or chicken dish, Asian foods and mild cheeses.

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

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 2016 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
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Vignes du Maynes 2016 Macon-Cruzille Aragonite

From 40 to 80 year-old massale-selection Chardonnay vines high on the slope in Cruzille on limestone with a great deal of calcium carbonate crystal (aragonite) with thin topsoils of clay and silica, never treated with chemicals, certified biodynamic. Fermentation is in 600 liter barrels with wild yeasts, aged 10 months sur-lie without racking, no SO2 until a small dosage (10 - 20 mg/l) before bottling. The 2016 "Aragonite" is a superb, well structured white Burgundy that will age beautifully. The wine shows elegant aromas of pear, lemon confit, lime-flower, toasted almond and stone, really lovely. The palate is intensely mineral and framed in firm acidity, with white fruits, citrus, spice and stone flavors. The living soils of the Clos give this wine an extra dimension of acidity and saline minerals that will contribute to a long life for this lovely wine, perhaps best 2025-2035, but it's delicious as a young wine as well. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 27 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Champagne

Agrapart NV Avize Grand Cru Extra Brut Complantée b16

This wine is based on the three classic Champagne varieties with the addition of Arbanne, Pinot Blanc, and Petit Meslier. The vines are planted in the "La Fosse" vineyard, the same vineyard that gives us the fabulous cuvée Vénus. The idea behind this wine is to see if terroir trumps variety, the ancient varieties sort of cancelling each other out to reveal greater expression of minerality. The wine is outstanding with fennel and red fruit notes on the nose, very fine mousse, and a beautiful, chalky finish. In general, these ancient varieties can yield a rustic Champagne, but, as we'd expect from Agrapart, this wine is the soul of refinement. (dosage: 5 grams) -Sophie Barrett

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

Barbichon 2014 Champagne Coteaux Champenois (Still)

A 100% Pinot Noir from certified organic Domaine Robert Barbichon in Gye sur Seine in the Côte des Bar, the 2014 Coteaux rouge is a bright, racy wine that offers aromas of wild strawberry,  pomegranate, wild cherry, and forest floor. The palate is lithe, stony, and fresh with succulent red fruit flavors and a fine-grained minerality. The wine has great panache and is an invigorating, thirst-quenching option for the holiday table. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $249.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $199.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $699.99

Bérêche, Raphael NV "L12" Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 12

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. Reflets is 2/3 reserve wine and 1/3 from the 2012 vintage. The current release has a golden yellow robe and a super fine bead. The nose features aromas of shortbread, ripe apple, orange zest and baking spice. The palate is round and broad with an underlying mineral tension and a cool, vibrant, rising finish. Better served in a white wine glass to allow  the aromas to develop. A sensational pairing with richer seafood dishes, roast poultry, or enjoy with a fine Comté. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • Organic

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
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $129.99

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

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $121.99

  • white sparkling
  • 28 in stock
  • no discount
  • $114.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

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
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

Couche, Vincent 2009 Brut Nature Montguex ADN

The 2009 ADN (French for DNA) Brut Nature from Vincent Couhe is 100% Chardonnay sourced entirely from Montgeux. The vines are farmed biodynamically, fermentation is with native yeasts in barrel and the wine aged sur latte under cork, rather than crown cap and bottled without SO2. The nose if effusive with ripe aromas of Meyer lemon peel, orange oil, comice pear, and autolyse. The palate is rich and deeply chalky  with a pleasing hint of oxidation and an intriguing umami character to pair with ripe orchard fruit flavors. The finish is layered and complex with a whiff of smokiness. This is an intriguing expression of terroir and makes a compelling case for sans-soufre Champagnes. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $159.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Couche, Vincent NV Extra-Brut Chardonnay de Montgeux

100% Chardonnay from Vincent Couche's parcels in Montgeux, biodynamically farmed, fermented with native yeasts in a combination of barrel and tank,  and aged on the lees for 9 years. The wine winse has a pale yellow robe soft mousse and fine bead. The nose offers an array of citrus peel and orchard fruit aromas with notes of brioche and a hint of flinty mineral smoke. The midweight palate is supple and rich with ripe tropical fruit flavors giving way to notes lemon curd and chalk on the broad, expansive, persistent finish. I like the concentration and cut here as this is a compelling expression of the distinctive Montgeux terroir. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Déhu, Benoît NV Champagne Brut Nature La Rue des Noyers b13

For those who dismiss the minerality and terroir specificity of Pinot Meunier in the Vallée de la Marne, Benoit Déhu's La Rue des Noyers makes a compelling case for the grape's expressiveness. From a 1.7 hectare plot of biodynamically farmed vines in the the eponymous lieu-dit in Fossoy, Benoit produces a Champagne of great suppleness and verve. The grapes are fermented in oak with native yeasts, aged under cork, and is bottled without dosage. The nose is floral and redolent of red fruits, cherry blossom, and sea spray. The palate while broad and expansive and featuring layers of orchard fruit and citrus peel flavors gives way to a frank earthiness and salty mineral character in the long, lifted, lilting finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
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  • $89.99

  • Organic
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Diebolt Vallois 2008 Champagne Grand Cru Fleur de Passion

If you'd like to explore the terroirs and character of the Côte des Blancs, Diebolt-Vallois is a good place to start. Jacques Diebolt started the domaine with his wife in 1960 and has a collection of well-situated plots in Cramant,  Chouilly, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cuis and Epernay, per writer Peter Liem, From these holdings he  and his son and daughter fashion classically styled Champagnes. The crown jewel is the Fleur de Passion, a Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs from a selection of old vine plots in Cramant (Pimonts, Buzons, Goutte d’Or, Rouillées, Fourches and Gros Monts per champagneguide.net). These selections are vinified and aged in used oak barrels without malolactic fermentation, and bottled unfiltered and unfined. The resulting wines are taut, nervy, towering expressions of Cramant terroir. Uncompromising in its youth, Fleur de Passion is structured, chiseled, and profoundly chalky. With time in the bottle, it reals a suave texture, deep minerality and nuanced pure fruit. The 2008 only hints at its potential, with whiffs of lemon blossom, and white apricot and chalk, the palate is densely mineral and coiled, while refined. This is a Champagne that needs quite a few years in the bottle to reveal its breed, but should dazzle in a decade and beyond. John McIlwain

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Doyard NV 13b Champagne Premier Cru Brut Cuvée Vendémiaire base 13

Made from 100% Chardonnay from organically farmed vineyards in Vertus, Le Mesnil, Orger, Avize, and Cramant, the 2013 base Cuvée Vendémiaire is a must for fans of chiseled, chalky Champagnes from the Côte des Blancs. With long lees aging (56 months, partially in oak), low sulfur, and bottling under lower pressure, this shows a more vinous side of Blanc de Blancs, while offering tremendous value. The nose is a pleasing mélange of floral lemon blossom and citrusy notes, with cool herbal and biscuity notes. The mid-weight palate has notes of lemon curd, russet apple,  with a creamy mid-palate giving way to an incisively chalky finish. Makes for a bracing aperitif and is a fine pairing with a platter of Island creek oysters. -John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • $139.99

Godmé 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
  • 15 in stock
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  • $124.99

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  • 7 in stock
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Godmé 2009 Champagne Brut Grand Cru Les Champs Saint Martin

Fine bead. Red fruit, spice, wet stone on the nose giving way to red apple skin, and orange blossom aromas. Palate is broad on the attack and somewhat rich, yet suffused with a bright, incisive minerality and a lean cut to the long, detailed, rising, finish. The tension between the deep-pitched red fruit flavors and sapid earth tones is exquisite--a Champagne for contemplation! Godmé’s parcellaires have real verve and depth and are not to be missed!  (0g/L dosage, disgorged 1/18) John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
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  • $124.99

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  • 21 in stock
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Horiot 2014 Coteaux Champenois Blanc des Riceys En Valingrain Still

From the En Valingrain lieu-dit, this blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc makes a compelling case for the gôut de terroir of Riceys. The soils are a combination of marls and Kimmeridgian limestone, akin to the soils in nearby Chablis.

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
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  • 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
  • 16 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
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  • 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).

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  • 19 in stock
  • $45.99

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Laherte Frères NV Champagne Brut Ultradition .375 ml

60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay that doesn't go through malolactic fermentation, along with 10% Pinot Noir. There is a delicate red fruit quality — pale plums — but otherwise the high-toned Chardonnay comes through with a delightful lemon tone. Earthy salinity and minerals lead to a dry, mouth-watering finish. A large percentage of Meunier gives this Champagne a broad, rich, earthy character that matches very well with Beau Soleil oysters and Caviar. MSB

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  • 9 in stock
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  • $26.99

  • Organic
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  • 9 in stock
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Marguet Père and Fils 2015 Coteaux Champenois Ambonnay Blanc

The inaugural release of biodynamic vigneron Benoît Marguet's Coteaux Champenois Blanc, the 2015 was aged for 19 months in barrel. Bosc pear, lemon blossom, honeycomb on the nose. The palate is textured and waxy with good acidity lending freshness and brightness to a rich, layered finish redolent of nectarine, lemon curd, and acacia honey. With time in the glass, a deep minerality is revealed. This is magnificent Coteaux Champenois and a great expression of Ambonnay terroir. Bravo Benoît! John McIlwain

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $84.99

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  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
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  • $39.99

Pouillon, R 2010 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Nature Les Blanchiens

From an organically farmed, single-vineyard parcel at the top of the slope on the western side of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 50% Pinot Noir  and 50% Chardonnay fermented in used barrels. Disgorged in Spring 2017, zero dosage. Though from a premier cru village rather than its grand cru neighbor, Aÿ, the 2010 Les Blanchiens is no less an articulate expression of the calcareous clay soils that make up its terroir. The nose offers toasty brioche, Meyer lemon peel, lemon blossom and sea spray aromas. The palate shows punchy vibrant fruit t on the attack, with an incisive minerality dominating a rich and complex mid-palate. This is manifested by pungent soil notes, which give way to distinctly savory, sapid, and powerful finish. Though bottled without dosage, this is by no means austere. (Disgorged Spring 2017) John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 18 in stock
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  • $89.99

  • Organic
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  • Low Sulfur

Ruppert-Leroy 2015 Champagne Brut Nature Pinot Noir "Papillon"

From a parcel of massale-selected Pinot Noir vines within the  Fosse Grely vineyard in Essoyes.

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $69.99

  • Organic
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  • No Sulfur
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  • 2 in stock
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  • $149.99

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  • 33 in stock
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Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Zero (2010 base)

A blend of 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, and 1/3 Pinot Meunier,  from the 2010 vintage. 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

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Cote-de-Beaune

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  • 1 in stock
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  • 12 in stock
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  • 1 in stock
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  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
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  • No 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
  • 7 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Chevrot 2016 Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau Pre-arrival (arrives 3/19)

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $47.99

  • 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
  • 2 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
  • 7 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
  • 2 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 red 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $142.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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  • 3 in stock
  • $169.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $94.99

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
  • 5 in stock
  • $269.99

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  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

Lafouge 2016 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru La Chapelle

La Chapelle is a "climat" in Auxey-Duresses within Les Breterins and Reugne, on the steep slope of la Montagne de Bourdon, facing south/southeast. The vines are well-placed in mid-slope and are mostly sixty years-old, giving the most "generous" of the three Lafouge premier crus. The soils here are partially "marnes blanches"which seems to contribute to the more supple and elegant style of wines from this site.  In this vintage of low yields and "classic" structure, the "La Chapelle"is a paticularly serious wine, showing a deep garnet/black color and aromas of tart morello cherry, plum and black raspberry with earth, violet and herbal notes, quite elegant. The palate shows a lovely texture of chalky fruit with dense black raspberry and wild strawberry, licorice and earth, finishing with sappy fruit and saline minerals. Please decant or open well in advance if drinking now, best perhaps 2023 - 2030+.  David Lillie

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  • 16 in stock
  • $39.99

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Maréchal, Catherine et Claude 2014 Chorey-les-Beaune Burgundy

Ripest red cherry and wild strawberry on the nose. Silken with ripe red fruits on a medium-weight palate, with a long, bright chalky finish. Simply lovely. Drink and hold. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

Maréchal, Catherine et Claude 2015 Ladoix Les Chaillots

Dark ruby robe, translucent. A touch reduced and stemmy-seeming upon opening. Given a bit of air, the nose unfolds to offer aromas of brambly black fruit—wild blackberry, black currant, sloe berry, cassis, and underbrush. The mid-weight palate is similarly dark-fruited with wild berry and plum flavors and an intriguing bosky, sauvage element. Deeply-pitched hedge fruits are framed by ripe tannins and a salty (iodine) minerality and a dark forest herbaceousness. This is captivating in a wild woods sort of way, and for what it lacks in polish it makes up in frank earthiness and brambly piquancy. This needs a bit of air or time in the cellar, but I find it compelling in its rustic charm. A lovely pairing with polenta and sausage ragu, and mouth-watering with a plate of cheese. Apparently Ladoix is where the wild things are. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $34.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $279.99

Morot, Albert 2016 Beaune 1er Cru les Teurons

Cool-toned and spicy on the nose; aromas of violets, blackberry, brown spice, black tea, underbrush,and iron feature with hints of bramble on the edges. The palate offers flavors of ripe black cherry, iron, animale, and plum skin, with a distinct and frank earthiness framing the pure fruit. The structure offers a nice balance and while not as generous as the Bressandes, it is by no means stern or foreboding. There is plenty of concentration here and while there is a fair amount of charm, the underlying material should integrate with a couple of years of cellaring and shine for 5-10 years and beyond. There’s more energy and flair to these Morots than I recall and while I love the vintage 2016, I suspect that the switch to organic farming is really driving this. I’m eager to see where this goes. On Day 2, more hedge fruits and cassis notes emerge and the wine gains a suppleness underlain by a simple, long earthiness, still youthful, but this has a lot of character and dare I say it, soul. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Morot, Albert 2016 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Bataillere aux Vergelesses

From la Bataillère lieu-dit Monopole located within Les Vergelesses and above Ile des Vergelesses. Medium dark ruby robe. Dark berry fruit and black cherry, loamy earth, and hint of wood smoke on the nose. Heady spice aromas follow. Earthy, stony flavors vie with black fruits, iron, blackberry seed, for attention. Punchy minerality and brambly fruit close out the long, lingering sapid finish. This has great counterpoint between savory and pure fruit notes and would pair beautifully with squab, braised duck legs, or veal with morels. I'd give this a couple years for the elements to knit. This is very Savigny in character. I like the tension and frank minerality here and can’t wait for this to grace the table with rustic autumnal fare. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic

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

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2016 Beaune Cuvée Ronde

When life gives you lemons (or the worst frost in decades) you make a cuvée from your lieux-dits most devastated by Mother Nature, which is exactly what Jean-Claude Rateau did with the 2016 vintage. Fortunately the resulting Cuvée  Ronde is delicious! Strawberry, pomegranate, crushed herbs and beetroot on the nose. On the racy, lithe palate flavors of wild strawberry, red currant, chalk, and raspberry seed, vie for attention with savory notes of thyme, freshly turned soil, and black tea on a lifted, fresh, cool-toned succulent finish. Not a bruiser, but there’s loads of charm, sap, and detail here. Old-fashioned in the best sense and a vibrant expression of 2016. Try this with grilled salmon or roasted chicken. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2017 Beaune Les Prevoles

Jean-Claude Rateau's domaine has been Biodynamic since 1979 and produces lovely, light-bodied, old fashioned Burgundies. The 2017 Beaune Les Prévoles (a lieu-dit below 1er Cru Chouacheux and les Tuvilains) shows beautiful aromas of tart cherry and red currant fruit with rose, orange peel and earth.  The palate is chalky, ripe and sapid while remaining light and fresh with earthy cherry and raspberry liqueur, silky and fresh with a long finish of mineral flavors, citrusy acids and berry fruits. Serve this delicious wine a bit cool with any mild chicken or white meat dish and goat cheeses, morbier, tomme de savoie. It's lovely now and will develop nicely over the next five to eight years.  David LIllie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

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

Rouges-Queues 2016 Maranges Rouge 1er Cru Clos Roussots (arrives 3/19)

Located on the lower slopes of the Mont de Sène, abutting Santenay with a sunny south-southwest exposure.  The 40+ year-old vines produce small bunches of grape. Plusher and more effusive aromatically than the Les Fussières, with aromas of black cherry, plum skin, and mineral smoke. The mid-weight palate offers a fine tension between ripe black fruits, ripe tannins, and pungent soil notes on a long, fairly suave finish. This has fine energy and should reward mid-term cellaring. Rouges-Queues makes beautiful, expressive Burgundies that deserve a place in one's cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rouges-Queues 2016 Maranges Rouge 1er Cru La Fussière (Pre-arrival)

At the southernmost end of the Côte d'Or is the newish (1989) appellation of Maranges, composed of the villages Cheilly, Dezize, and Sampigny. Formerly added to Côte de Beaune-Villages to add structure, Maranges produces affordable reds of character with fairly firm tannins, bright acidity, and good staying power. La Fussière is the largest of the premier crus with plenty of Jurassic limestone making up its soils. Biodynamically farmed. Medium-dark ruby robe. Pretty floral aromatics, with red fruits and a hint of spice. There's a good density of cherry-raspberry fruit balanced by detailed tannins and buoyed by lively acidity on a long finish. There is charm and class here!

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
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  • 4 in stock
  • $114.99

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  • 2 in stock
  • $149.99

Voillot, Joseph 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Les Champans

Dark ruby robe. A melange 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $129.99

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Arlaud 2016 Morey St Denis 1er Cru Les Ruchots

60+year-old vines planted in a walled clos on Chambolle side of Morey beneath Bonnes Mares and Clos de Tart.  15% new oak. More structured, deeper-pitched, and masculine than Les Millandes. Pure plummy black cherry fruit with sauvage/animale elements and a  frank, ferrous minerality within. Great density and agility. You can taste the proximity to Sentiers and Bonnes Mares. This is dynamite! Nearly painfully long, stony, palate-staining finish. This isn't a wine to enjoy in its callow youth, but will reward with 12-15+ years in the cellar. Patience is a virtue here. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $107.99

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

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $76.99

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $164.99

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
  • 20 in stock
  • $69.99

Burguet, Alain 2015 Vosne-Romanée

Cherry, red plum, red currant, baking spices, and hibiscus on the nose. Good cut and tart fruit underlain by savory earthiness. Fine density on the palate and good lift on finish. With food, riper berry and floral notes emerge--what perfume! Lovely nascent complexity and real verve without the monolithic character of many 2015s. This is a punchy, satisfying Vosne-Romanée and while, not cheap, this is stylish and combines lilting aromatics with pure fruit and a fine sense of minerality. Decant now or cellar for 5-7 years to allow the structural elements to integrate. A fine paring with pork, mushrooms and spaetzle, and would shine with squab or magret of duck. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

Burguet, Alain 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes

Dark ruby robe. Tightly wound, black-fruited on the nose, with aromas of game, iron, violets, black cherry, and blackberry giving way to loamy soil notes and wood smoke. Great sense of sauvage wildness—unmistakably Gevrey. The palate isincisive on the attack with punchy minerality giving way to dark fruit flavors, notes of grilled meat, mustard seed, and a sapid earthiness on the long, deeply-pitched, concentrated finish. Great acidity and savory notes lend drive and lift to this pitch-perfect Gevrey. The wine is delicious with a burger, but holds plenty of complexity to accompany game birds, daube, or braised rabbit. Decant now to enjoy the nascent complexity, better still, cellar for 7-10 years and beyond. Burguet does sensational Gevrey at the village level, that rises to 1er Cru quality and offers great value to those who love the wild and earthy face of the appellation. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

  • 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
  • 11 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
  • 13 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $429.99

Esmonin, Sylvie 2016 Côtes-de-Nuits Villages

From 50 to 85 year-old vines in "La Croix Violette" and "Les Vignois," mid-slope in Brochon, close to Fixin. 35% whole-cluster.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $44.99

Esmonin, Sylvie 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

From 30-35+  year-old vines from 4 hectares in many parcels. 40% whole cluster fermentation, aged in 20% new oak.

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $63.99

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $699.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $219.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $354.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $479.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $249.99

Jane et Sylvain 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin

From 45 to 60 year-old vines, certified organic, mostly in En Pallud (below 1er Cru les Corbeaux). The 2014 Gevrey shows a light red/black color, aromas of morello cherry, red currant and raspberry with hints of earth, stone, violets, black pepper and licorice. The palate is dense but light with cherry, red-currant, earth, citrus and mineral flavors with berry fruits and saline minerals lingering in the finish. Ripe but not a fruit-bomb - a red Burgundy of terroir that is delicious now, but should become a beautiful, old-fashioned wine when mature, best perhaps 2021 - 2030. On day two the wine has deepened with very sappy black and red fruits,  quite dense and earthy.  Lovely wine from living soils and quite a different style than modern Burgundies.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 6 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2015 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. Beautifully balanced for a 2015 and built to age, the wine shows subtle, complex black fruits with hints of spice, citrus and earth. The palate is supple and well-structured with red and black fruits backed by firm acidity and mineral flavors that continue in the long finish. Certainly enjoyable now  with a long decant, best held for five to eight years then enjoy until 2035. Lovely wine.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 9 in stock
  • $134.99

Lignier-Michelot 2016 Morey St. Denis Grand Cru Clos de la Roche

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
  • 8 in stock
  • $344.99

Magnien, Stephane 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis "Grains Fins"

The Morey-Saint-Denis "Grains Fins" is another new cuvée from Stephane Magnien, and it's an absolutely delicious wine! It's made from young vines of Pinot Fin, in the vineyards of "Bas-Chenevery" and "Crais-Gillon" on gravelly soils. There is a 12-month elevage in mostly old barrels, followed by 4 months in cuve inox - only 200 cases were made. The wine shows beautiful aromas of ripe black raspberry, red currant, cherry and blood orange with hints of violets, earth and cocoa. There is lovely ripeness on the palate, which is light and balanced, with deep, dense cherry and raspberry fruit. The finish is very long and balanced with lingering red fruits and minerally acids. This is simply delicious now, but please decant or open in advance, probably best 2020 - 2028. Beautiful wine!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $42.99

Magnien, Stephane 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants

(Situated to the west of Grand Cru "Clos de la Roche," this steep and stony parcel has very thin topsoil over the limestone, with vines from 15 to 75 years-old.)  Smoldering and smoky—Lauren Bacall in Key Largo? Violets, plum skin, freshly-turned soil lends plenty of gravitas on the nose. Perfumed; beyond floral—a hothouse full of orchids. Earthy and ripe and perfectly fruited. Loamy soil notes and perfect pitch. Motown and Farmer’s Almanac—a wine so pretty it begs for sentiment, yet so frankly earthy, it has you consult a geology textbook. This is beautiful Monts-Luisants and will make some old bones and offer charm and character for years. Lovely. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

Magnien, Stephane 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes

2016 is a superb vintage for Stéphane Magnien and in particular for this  first vintage of his new Morey-Saint-Denis "Vieilles Vignes," from  45 to 65 year-old vines in "Clos Slon" and "Cognes" on clay/limestone soils.  The wine shows deep, elegant blackberry and black cherry aromas, quite floral with mineral and meaty notes. The palate is ripe and dense with blackberry/cherry fruit with hints of earth, citrus and spice, pure, long and well-structured with firm tannins and chalky acidity. Excellent length of black fruits with stone and mineral flavors.  Decant to drink now with a nice steak, best to hold three to five years, drink till 2030+ as this will be a superb mature Burgundy.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $47.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $209.99

Mortet, Denis 2016 Bourgogne Rouge Cuvée de Noble Souche

From organically framed vines in Daix, a village to the west of Dijon. Like most villages in Burgundy, there were significant losses from the frost in April. The robe is a dark ruby. The nose begins with a fair whack of reduction. With time in the decanter this blows off, revealing aromas of red fruits, brambles, slices, wild strawberry, and forest floor. The palate similarly begins lean and a bit backwards, but with air gains in weight, complexity, and generosity, revealing red and black hedge fruit, black tea, and salty mineral character on a coltish attack that gains complexity on the finish. The pure wild strawberry and red currant fruit dances across the supple and vibrant mid-palate with notes of black tea and spice giving way to an array of stony and savory notes on the long detailed finish. Delicious with pan-roasted veal medallions and a morel sauce and quite satisfactory with Langres and a bit of younger Comté. While this is certainly dear for a Bourgogne Rouge; with a decant this over delivers for its class and is certainly the equivalent to most Marsannays or Fixins and offers surprising sophistication and aplomb. I’d give this an hour or two of air depending on your tolerance for reduction or hold for 3-7 years and drink beyond that. There’s great purity here and it’s worth the tariff if you’ve got a bit of time. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $194.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

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
  • 7 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $389.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $81.99

  • Organic

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
  • 6 in stock
  • $189.99

Trapet 2016 Marsannay Rouge

Tight upon opening. Black tea, vine smoke, dark berry fruit, and wet iron aromas  on the nose. With air, earthy notes, cherry pit and Italian plum skin aromas appear. The palate is similarly circumspect out of the gate, but with time in the decanter offers a melange of flavors of black fruit, Earl Grey tea, mustard seed, cherry pit and a pungent, ferrous, mineral core, with hints of anise. There’s a lot coiled within, with the balance currently veering toward earthy rather than fruiy, but this has nice tension and over the course of the evening gains in weight and overt fruit. Trapet makes beautiful, age-worthy Burgundies and the 2016 shows best with a long decant now, and will shine brightly with 3-5 years in the cellar and beyond. A fine pairing with roasted sausages with grapes and better still with cheeses afterward. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

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

Loire

  • white sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $48.99

Baudry 2016 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

The Baudry Chinon "Domaine" is always one of our favorite reds from the Loire Valley and it's a sensational value as well.   All Cabernet Franc of course, a blend of 75% from a parcel in St. Louans, where the thin sandy clay over limestone soils give earthy well-structured wines, with 25% from gravel soils near Cravant, giving supple fruit and freshness. Organic farming, 2 week wild-yeast fermentation, aging in 5 to 10 year-old barrels or cement vats, bottled two Springs after harvest, with minimal added SO2, unfiltered. The Baudrys are making elegant, soulful, natural wines from their superb terroirs in Chinon. The 2016 Cuvée Domaine is a beautiful wine, showing a deep black/red color with complex aromas of black raspberry and red currant with musk, earth, violet and black pepper. On the palate the elegant black and red fruits are joined by cocoa, bitter chocolate, plum skin and intense mineral flavors that are framed in firm acidity. The texture is silky, yet earthy and stony with a bracing mineral finish  and the lingering memory of bright red fruits. In other words, it's a delicious Chinon that will benefit from aeration or a few years in the cellar. Hold a few bottles until 2040 for a nice surprise. David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2017 Chinon Les Granges

From 25 to 30 year-old vines on gravel and sandy soils over clay near the Vienne river. This "basic" cuvée from Bernard and Matthieu Baudy has gotten more and more "serious" as the vines age, giving a wine that is  delightful to drink young, but that shows surprising complexity and mineral character as well. The wine shows aromas of ripe red currant and cassis with hints of violet, citrus, earth, graphite, pepper and herbs. The palate is quite mineral with firm stony acids underlying lush, chalky berry fruits, and is beautifully balanced at 12% alcohol. Quite structured for "les Granges," this is delicious now, served cool, with roast chicken, white meats, charcuterie and mild cheeses and will imporve with 3 to 5 years of aging.

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $19.99

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

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $41.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $52.99

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Les Galichets

We're big fans of the Caslot family at Domane de la Chevalerie, who  make soulful Bourgueils from organic vineyards on their varied terroirs.  The Chevalerie vineyard is on mid-slope Turonian limestone with clay and alluvial sand and gravel topsoils, rich in silex; the vines average about 60 years of age. The 2014 vintage in Bourgueil and Chinon is excellent and the 14s at Domaine de la Chevalerie are absolutely superb!  This wine is a fabulous mix of fruit and minerals, perfectly balanced and with terrific length: dense black/red color, with aromas that blend soil, stone and black-raspberry fruit with hints of cocoa and violet. The palate is dense and supple and intensely mineral - a blend of stone  and cool red fruits lifted by firm acidity, with the bright fruit continuing in the long mineral finish. This is a beautiful Bourgueil that can be enjoyed now with roast chicken, pork dishes, even a steak - or hold for ten to fifteen years for a mature experience. It's a faulous value at $19.99 - congratulations to the Caslots! David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Diptyque

The Chevalerie "Diptyque" is from sand and gravel soils in Bourgueil, producing a wine to drink young, served cool - 100% Cabernet Franc, of course. The 2015 is particularly good, with lovely aromas of black raspberry and crushed strawberry with hints of violet, mint,  pepper and earth. The palate is balanced, ripe and pretty with supple black raspberry and red currant fruit in a bright frame, a bit softer and more forward than the 2014. Serve a bit chilled with charcuterie, chicken and pork dishes and mild cheeses. DL

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chidaine 2017 Montlouis Sur Loire Les Bournais

This is usually our favorite wine from François and Manuela Chidaine, long-time champions of organic and biodynamic farming in the Loire Valley. Named after the soil type "Les Bournais," a unique clay topsoil over limestone (tuffeau blanche) also found across the river in Vouvray and without the silex present in most Montlouis terroirs. The 2017 is a beautiful example of this wine with lovely aromas of lemon confit, kiwi, pear, lime-flower, honey and earth, with subtle hints of crushed raspberry as well. The palate is dense and creamy with chalky ripe pear and citrus fruits  with a long, lush finish of stone, white fruits, anise and citrus. (Lush but dry at only 2.3 gr RS/L) This is a beautiful Montlouis that will perfectly accompany lobster,  fish or white meats in sauce, Asian foods and goat cheeses. It's delicious now, and should be very interesting after ten to fifteen years in the cellar.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $38.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic

Coulaine 2015 Chinon Les Picasses (March 11th)

This is a superb "les Picasses" from Jean, Etienne and Pascale de Bonnaventure at Chateau de Coulaine, who have been practising organic and biodynamic agriculture since taking charge in 1988. The parcel is at the top of the vineyard with southern exposure, on the classic clay/limestone "tuffeau" in Beaumont-en-Veron. This quite dense and powerful Chinon is aged in one-third new barrels and barrels of one and two wines.The wine shows a dark red/black color with beautiful aromas of ripe strawberry and black-raspberry with earth, citrus and spice, really deep and pretty. The palate is quite dense and a bit more round and open than the more austere 2014, with dark berry fruits framed in  a touch of oak. The fruit is elegant and deep and the wine finishes with black fruits, earth, firm acidity and elegant tannins. This is a "serious" Chinon of terroir that will drink well young and will age beautifully as well, best 2022 to 2040.   

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2015 Chinon Bonaventure

This Cabernet Franc from Chateau de Coulaine is a lovely wine. Coming from 20-year old organically farmed grapes planted on yellow tuffeau stone and sandstone, with sandy clay soils, the wine displays a nice structure of minerality, acidity and elegant tannin. The grapes are fermented with native yeast and aged in large oak barrels with small addition of sulfur at bottling. With a beautiful bouquet of pyrazine, black raspberry, dark cherry, white pepper, rose and savory notes, the wine has a fine energy with a luscious texture. Enjoy this wine with duck, grilled meat, stews or nutty cheeses.  Caroline Coursant             

  • red
  • 65 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2017 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

This is a delicious fresh wine from Chateau de Coulaine, a 12-hectare estate operated by Jean and Pascale de Bonnaventure, which has been certified organic since 1997 and uses biodynamic practices as well. This 100% Cabernet Franc wine comes from the youngest vines near the Chateau, along the Vienne river, grown on clay/limestone and sandy clay soils.  Harvested by hand, the grapes are macerated at cold temperatures and aged in concrete vats with little extraction and fining. Sulfur is added at minimal dosage at bottling. The nose shows a pretty aromatic bouquet of dark and red cherry, dark raspberry, strawberry, violet, chocolate, dark tobacco and savory notes. The palate is vibrant with fresh acidity and silky tannins with a very pretty finish.  A wine full of energy, drink it over the next few years with light fare such as grilled pork chops, roasted chicken and mild cheeses. Caroline Coursant    

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $34.99

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
  • 33 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $24.99

Grandes Vignes 2017 Anjou Aubinae

The 2017 Aubinaie from Grandes Vignes shows the silky and generous side of Cabernet Franc, along with it's funky 'barnyard' side. It's probably our favorite vintage of the wine yet, as it's effortlessly drinkable, satisfying, chillable yet still dark with ripe black berry fruit, and with very elegant and integrated tannins.  EL

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $16.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $32.99

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!  (Arrives Monday March 4th)

  • red
  • 18 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
  • 45 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2017 Bourgueil Rosé

(Was $13.99) Stéphane Guion's superb Bourgueil Rosé will differ from year to year, even finishing slightly sweet in certain vintages. In 2017, however, the wine is bone dry and tartly refreshing showing subtle and beautiful aromas of wild strawberry, red currant, green apple and rose petal. The palate is light and scintillating but with nice density of raspberry and red currant fruit, with a long finish of stone and citrusy acids.  Serve this refreshing rosé with oysters vinaigrette,  salade Nicoise, fried or grilled fish, roast chicken or turkey and mild cheeses. We don't get very much, so grab some now, and save a few bottles for next spring. Thanksgiving? Absolutely - it will go with everything on the table....David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $249.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $159.99

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $87.99

  • white sweet
  • 5 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
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $98.99

Jousset 2017 Vin de France Vilain P'tit Ch'nin

The Jousset Vilain P'tit Ch'nin is a delightfully fresh and delicious Chenin Blanc at a great price. The wine shows bright citrus, pear, honeysuckle, fines herbes and stone aromas. The palate is vibrant and refreshing with stone, pear and saline mineral flavors with firm acidity in the bright, clean finish. This is a delicious aperitif and a versatile accopaniment for anything from sole to sushi, Asian foods and white meats.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2015 Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Renards - Singulier

We are very proud to offer the beautiful wines of Lise and Bertrand Jousset, whose goal is to make "living wines" from living soils and healthy vines in a balanced environment. All of their wines share a vivacity and natural complexity making them a joy to drink - due to great farming and careful vinifications with minimal intervention and minimal or zero added sulfur.  The Montlouis "Singulier - Clos aux Renards" is a dry Montlouis made from 60 to 80 year-old Chenin vines on clay soils called "Aubuis" over Turonian limestone. All cellar functions are by gravity without pumping, fermentation is in two and three year-old 400 and 600 liter barrels.  This is a wonderfully elegant Chenin Blanc showing a bright pale-gold color and beautiful aromas of creamy citrus, dried pear, fresh  herbs, stone and smoke. There is an impression of sweetness  but the palate is dry with ripe pear, peach and apricot fruit with stone and mineral flavors, chalky texture and fabulous length.  Beautiful now, it will develop nicely with ten to fifteen years of cellaring.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2015 Vin de Pays du Val de Loire Les Audouines (Chardonnay)

This unique Loire Valley Chardonnay is from 35 year-old old vines on sandy clay/limestone soils and was aged 24 months in barrel in the Jousset's "cave troglodyte," vinified and bottled with zero added SO2. The 2015 Les Audoines shows a pale gold/bronze color and aromas of ripe pear and quince with almond,  lemon zest, brown spice and honeysuckle. The palate is full and round but with lemony acidity, showing creamy pear and white peach with hints of grapefuit and earth with a long finish of ripe pear and citrus. This is a full-bodied Chardonnay that will pair with a fish ceviche with coriander, fish or chicken in sauce, sole with almond. Lovely wine. DL

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $16.99

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
  • 70 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le Fief du Breil

Jo Landron's Fief du Breil is from a beautiful walled vineyard sloping towards the Sevre, with clay, sand and quartz stones over a bedrock of orthogneiss. The vines average 40 to 50 years of age, the vineyard is certified organic and biodynamic and gives very low yields. This beautiful twine needs aeration or decanting, then shows aromas of grapefrit skin, pear, lime-flower, candied citrus and almond. The palate is perfectly balanced - showing ripe white fruits, almond, anise and stone flavors with firm acidity and pronounced flavors of stone and saline mineral. This is a bit more forward than the granite based wines - really superb as a young wine served with shellfish, grilled fish and roast chicken. As usual with great Muscadet it will age beautifully and pair with monkfish, lobster and goat cheeses. Very little was imported, don't miss it!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

Louvetrie (Jo Landron) 2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Fiefs du Breil

From a superb hillside vineyard on orthogneiss with clay and quartz stones. A great vintage for Jo's Fief du Breil! Yes, the aromatics are a bit more pronounced than in more austere vintages, and there is more presence of citrus and white fruits on the palate, but the wine retains a superb mineral character and the finish is brisk and very long. Simply a great Muscadet — drinking this alongside the Pépière Clos des Briords would be a great lesson in the terroirs of the Pays Nantais! Tasted in February 2016, the wine is still youthful although the aromas are opening a bit, with intense minerality on the palate and fabulous length. Delicious now, this will be fabulous in 2025! Brisk enough for oysters and clams, perfect with cod, sole and flounder, complex enough for monkfish and swordfish - hurry down to Blue Moon Fish at the Greenmarket this Saturday!

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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
  • 7 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $16.99

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Briords Vieilles Vignes

(First produced in 1988, this great Muscadet is made from a three hectare parcel of old massale-selection vines (all over 60 years old, with a high percentage much older) on a slope above the Maine. The bedrock is Granite de Château Thébaud, a fissured rock that allows the vines to penetrate deeply, with ideal thin topsoils of clay, with sand and gravel allowing good drainage.)  The warm winter and early spring of 2017 in much of France brought early development to the vines, followed by a hard freeze at the end of April that killed the developing leaves and grapes. Losses were high in many parts of France, especially in the Loire Valley, and hot, dry summer weather further lessened the yields. Fortunately the quality of the resulting wines, is frequently outstanding as is the case with the superb 2017 Domaine de la Pépière "Briords." The harvest started two weeks early, on the 29th of August, bringing in ripe grapes with a lovely balance of maturity and acidity. The aromas are classic Briords, with white fruits, citrus rind, almond and stone with hints of white pepper and anise. The palate shows nice ripeness and density, a bit closed, with wet stone and citrus and very firm acidity underlying the tart white fruits. This is a tight and classy Briords that will need a decant if drinking young, preferably wait three to five years and drink until 2035(?).  David Lillie

  • white
  • 49 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

  "The 2017 "La Pépie" comes mainly from the central 10-hectare vineyard of the estate on sandy, granite-based soils, with a small amount of purchased fruit from neighbors due to the very low yields, again, in 2017.  Farming is organic and harvesting is by hand, as for all of the estate vines. The fruit is direct-pressed and the juice settled naturally for 12 hours. It is then fermented in stainless steel tanks with natural yeasts; the wine is aged on its lees in large, underground vats until bottling without fining or filtering. Use of sulfur is moderate to very little. For the Sur Lie bottling, Pépière bottles and releases it in several stages, so the first tranche sees about 4 months on the lees before release, increasing up to 6-8 months for the last tranche." (David Bowler Wines) The 2017 "La Pépie" shows a very pale gold color and bright aromas of dried pear, quince, fines herbes, grapefruit and stone. The palate is light and refreshing with wet stone, pear, tart citrus, almond and mineral flavors. The finish is long and clean with citrus, a hint of anise and saline minerals. This is a light, bright and refreshing Muscadet that will be perfect with oysters, grilled fish, roast chicken, Asian foods and mild goat cheeses. Thanks to Marc, Gwénaëlle and Rémi for another delicious "Pépie!"

  • white
  • 44 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Gorges

We're exstatic to have this superb new Muscadet from Pépière. The product of an exchange of juice with Fred Lailler at Domaine Bregeon (pressed at Bregeon), the wine underwent a slower fermentation than at Bregeon, and was then aged 42 months on the lees. From Juliette Pope of David Bowler Wines "We tasted the 2014 Gorges out of vat, along with everything else, last January (2018) with Marc and Rémi, and it blew me away. Marc waxed quite poetic, declaring it his favorite of his bottlings right now, along with the Château-Thébaud." From Bregeon's vines on Gabbro with clay topsoils  (in conversion to organic) the 2014 Gorges is an austere yet dense and beautifully structured wine, with unique aromas showing almond, melon and petrol notes in addition to bitter lemon, stone and white fruits. The palate is dense with ripe pear and quince, earth, almond, anise and citrus notes, with stone, lemon peel and white fruits lingering in the finish. Although vibrant and delicious now, we would recommend waiting for eight to ten years before opening for peak enjoyment. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $24.99

  • 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Ch.Thébaud "Morines"

The Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines" comes from old vines in a beautiful vineyard sloping down towards the river Maine. The granite here  (granite de Château-Thébaud) is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way. The grapes are hand harvested, fed into the press by gravity and undergo a one to two month fermentation with wild yeasts. The wine ages "sur-lie" for 30 months with regular battonage, contributing to the complex aromatics and richness of the wine.  The 2015 Chateau Thébaud is a gorgeous wine, showing a bright pale gold color with ripe aromas of candied citrus, melon, pear, honeysuckle, wet stone, almond and licorice. The palate is silky and quite rich for a Muscadet, with white and yellow fruits, citrus and mineral flavors, with hints of anise and licorice emerging, with the firm acidity in the background. This very young wine is delicous now, but please decant or open well in advance. This reminds me of the 2009, which is drinking beautifully in 2018. Serve with oysters and fish such as sole, cod and halibut, white meats as well, great with goat cheeses. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pinon 2017 Vouvray Les Déronnières

The grapes for this new cuvée from Francois Pinon used to be included in the Silex Noir, but this wonderful vineyard, the Pinon's best parcel on a hill-top directly above their cellar, much deserves to be bottled on its own.  The soil is clay over Turonian limestone, and the beautiful exposure gives ripe fruit that is normally vinified as a demi-sec. In 2017 the potential alcohol was not too high, so the Pinons vinified it as a dry wine, with  5.6 grams rs/liter. The wine shows elegant aromas of lime-flower, dried pear, lemon zest and stones. The palate is very saline and mineral with round white fruits, citrus and herbal notes with impressive density and length. A great dry Vouvray with fantastic minerality that will age beautifully!  Normally thought of as a fish wine, the flavors and texture of this wine will make it pair beautifully with poultry and white meats as well.  Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2017 Vouvray Les Trois Argiles

The 2017 Trois Argiles has 17 grams of residual sugar, but more than enough acidity to balance that out. Coming from the heavier clay soils, this wine is slightly deeper and broader than the Silex Noir (black flint) with a rounder  palate. Notes of citrus and orchard fruit, with white blossom, honey, and slight hints of candied ginger. A beautiful pairing with poached fish. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

Pinon, François 2015 Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé

François and Julien Pinon make some of the finest sparkling wines in the Loire Valley. The superb Brut Non-Dosé comes from 45 year-old Chenin Blanc vines on Turonien limestone with topsoils of clay with silex. The fermentation lasts 4 to 6 weeks without added yeast or sugar. 2015 is a beautiful year for this wine as the good weight and density of the vintage are balanced by firm acidity, contributing to the elegance and structure of this cuvée. The wine shows aromas of citrus peel, pear, green apple brioche, fines herbes, white flowers and stone, really quite elegant. The palate is creamy and dense, with pear, parsnip(?), stone, anise, mineral, herbal and bitter lemon flavors on the palate. (Sorry for the overwrought description, but the wine is extraodinary!) The mousse is fine and refreshing and there is fabulous length of white fruits and stone flavors lingering in the finish. This very young wine is superb now but is a great candidate for extended aging - for twenty years or more - a few years ago we tasted a 1976  Pinon Brut that was sensational!  This is very highy recommended! David Lillie

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

  • 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $28.99

  • 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
  • 4 in stock
  • $19.99

Raffault, Olga 2017 Chinon Les Barnabés

Domaine Olga Raffault produces this lovely Chinon from alluvial and gravel soils along the Loire and the Vienne - it's a beautifully fruited wine meant to be served cool and enjoyedwith white meats and grilled foods. The aromas are complex and ripe showing cassis, raspberry and red currant with hints of violet, citrus and black pepper. The palate is deep and supple with complex red and black fruits that continue in the smooth, refreshing finish. This is a beautiful "drink young" Chinon that will enhance your spring summer dining!

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Roche Bleue 2015 Jasnières Le Clos des Molières

From 25 - 30  year-old Chenin Blanc vines in a mid-slope parcel of thin clay and silex soils on limestone, yields of 25 hl/ha, certified organic with biodynamic methods as well, fermented and aged in 4 to 6 year-old barriques. Sébastien Cornille has quickly become one of the finest producers of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc on his 7 hectare estate in the Coteaux du Loir and Jasnières. The 2015 Jasnières "Clos es Molières" is an astonshing dry Chenin showing a bright pale gold color and subtle aromas of pear, dried herbs, almond, citrus and white pepper. The palate is dense but crystalline and intensly mineral with white fruits, almond, citrus and stone flavors that continue in the scintillating finish. Serve now with an elegant shellfish or fish preparation or hold for ten to fifiteen years and serve with fish or chicken in sauce. Beautiful wine!   David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2017 Coteaux du Loir La Guinguette

Sebastien Cornille's lovely "Guinguette" is made from a blend of 80% Pineau d’Aunis and 20% Gamay 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 2017 Guinguette is a superb "vin de soif" offering bright aromas of peppery raspberry, cranberry, tart cherry and violets. The palate shows light but sappy raspberry, plum and red currant fruit with hints of grapefruit, clove and wet stone. The finish is tart and refreshing. Serve this lovely wine slightly chilled with charcuterie, of course, grilled pork and lamb, bluefish (?) and mild cow cheeses.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 10 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 12 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $22.99

Vacheron 2017 Sancerre

Domaine Vacheron is one of the few organic and Biodynamic estates in Sancerre. The 2017 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 the 2016. The palate is silky and crisp, showing stone and mineral flavors that underly 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $79.99

Villemade, Herve 2017 Cheverny Blanc

Hervé Villemade's 2017 Cheverny Blanc is a lovely and versatile wine, made from 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Chardonnay grown on flinty sand and clay soils. The wine shows pretty aromas of pear, citrus, almond and stone with hints of boxwood and white flowers. The palate is supple with white and yellow fruits,  ripe citrus, a bit of anise and herbal flavors and is nicely balanced with firm acidity. This is a delicious and refreshing everyday white that will accompany most seafood dishes, chicken, white meats and goat cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 50 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $20.99

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 20 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

Vins Contes (Lemasson) 2018 Vin de France Poivre et Sel

90% Pineau d'Aunis with 10% Gamay, this wine is a beautiful bright ruby in the glass, with the nose and palate showing a wonderful mélange of red fruit, spice, and floral notes of rose and violets. The wine is fresh and mouthwatering, though there is some structure here, with the tannins quite apparent, but very well integrated.  Once again, Olivier Lemasson was able to keep alcohol levels incredibly low (11%) and overall this is incredibly pretty. A perfect way to start an evening, this is also a very versatile food wine, and it paired particularly well with soba noodle stir fry. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $22.99

Vins Contes 2018 Vin de France P'tit Rouquin (Gamay)

Olivier Lemasson was able to keep alcohol down in this warm vintage, and this wine clocks in at only 11%. Made from 40-year-old  Gamay vines (some of his youngest) and fermented semi-carbonically for 10 days, this is a beautiful and light expression. Both the palate and nose are driven by fresh and tart red fruit (raspberry, cranberry, pomegranate) and it's lifted up by high acidity and freshness. The palate also shows a slight crunchy minerality. A perfect chillable red. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $18.99

Misc. Burgundy

Champs de l'Abbaye 2016 Monthélie Les Sous Roches

From the biodynamically farmed high altitude Les Sous Roches lieu-dit on the northwest slope in Monthélie composed of thin stony clay soils over limestone. 2016 is a great vintage for the Monthélie "Les Sous Roches" from Alain and Isabelle Hasard showing the classic structure and density of this excellent vintage. The wine shows vibrant aromas of fraises des bois and cherry liqueur with earth, mint and citrus. The palate is dense and sapid with bright blackberry and black cherry fruit, spice, earth and firm acidity. Impressive length with sappy black fruits, mineral flavors and refreshing acidity. Delicious now if a bit intense?perhaps open the night before and re-cork?best to cellar 5 years and drink until 2030+. Serve with mushroom pappardelle, roast veal, grilled meats.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Champs de l'Abbaye 2017 Bourgogne Pinot Noir

From 10 to 50 year-old vines grown on limestone soils (Middle Jurassic!) in the commune of Aluze, Côtes Chalonnaise, certified organic since 1999. This is a lovely Pinot Noir, a bit rounder and riper than previous vintages - the 2017 shows aromas of ripe black cherry, earth, roast meat and violets. The palate is bright but lush with ripe raspberry and cherry fruit, earth and mineral flavors with ripe, sappy fruit in the finish. It's a great value in Red Burgundy - serve cool with chicken and pork dishes, mild cow cheeses. Decant if possible or hold two to five years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $28.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $55.99

  • 27 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $154.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2016 Mâcon Rouge

Julien Guillot of the Clos des Vignes du Maynes has made a superb Macon Rouge in 2016, from organic grapes, and vinified without SO2. The wine shows a quite dense black/red color with aromas of ripe blackberry, candied cherry, violet, citrus and white pepper. The palate is dense but balanced and sapid with blackberry and cherry fruit lifted by firm acidity. The finish is very long with saline minerals and berry fruits and refreshing acidity. This is a somewhat intense but beautiful and complex Gamay that will be superb with grilled foods this summer and should develop nicely over the next few years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $26.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $57.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes (Julien Guillot) 2017 Mâcon Rouge Cuvée 910

The Cuvee 910 is back! This special cuvée is a commemoration of eleven hundred years of winemaking, the vineyards in the Clos des Vignes du Maynes having been planted around AD 900 and wine first produced for the Abbey of Cluny around 910. This "medieval" wine is a field blend of Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot Noir, including the old varieties Gamay Petit Grain and Pinot Fin. The grapes were transported in carts pulled by Charolais bulls, then pressed by foot, vinified and aged without sulfur and bottled by hand in the spring.   In 2016, Cuvee 910 was about 50% Chardonnay (it's normally around 25%) because the Guillots had no Gamay due to frost and hail. Now the Gamay has returned to the party and we couldn't be happier! The palate is light but loaded with ripe, pure berry fruit backed by citrusy acids. Zippy, refreshing and very gulpable, with subtle notes of hibiscus tea, and tart berries. Due to some fluke, we unfortunately didn't get mags this time around, so we'd recommend stocking up on this gleeful wine! Although this is always a light, delicate wine, the 2017 weighs in at a whopping 12% alcohol - it's a gorgeous wine that should gain complexity with time, perhaps three to five years (or more?) but it's much too delicious right now to consider cellaring. Zero added SO2.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $34.99

  • 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
  • 14 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Misc. France

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $39.99

Bastide Blanche 2013 Bandol Cuvee Fontanéou

From  a 1.75 hectare single vineyard called "Fontanieu", north facing, on a slope near la Cadiere d' Azur on a unique red clay soil over limestone that naturally provides a mineral tension and raciness complemented by notes of nutmeg and violet. Aged in large foudre, 4,000 bottles produced. The 2014 Fontanéou shows a dark black/purple color and aromas of ripe blackberry and back cherry liqueur with smoky garrigue, citrus peel, violet and cocoa. The palate shows supple, spicy black fruits, bitter chocolate, garrigue, black olive and spice - quite ripe but surprisingly well-balanced with cool, earthy acidity. The finish is long with sappy black fruits and mineral flavors - a beautiful Bandol for current drinking that will soften nicely with 5 to 15 years of cellaring.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Belluard 2016 Vin de Savoie Les Alpes

"Les Alpes" is a blend of two parcels - one close to Dominique's home on marl soils and the other rich in limestone. The wine is fermented and aged in concrete eggs before it's blended in tank and bottled with minimal sulfur. The 2016 is a lovely wine that shows pretty white flowers, tangy pineapple and orange blossom. Salty minerals and tart acidity give this a wonderful texture that is evocative of a briny  Albariño from Northwestern Spain. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Buronfosse, Peggy and Jean-Pascal 2016 Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Les Ammonites

"Les Ammonites" is 100% Chardonnay from Peggy and Jean-Pascal Buronfosse's 23 year-old vines planted in the limestone and blue marl soils of Rotalier. The vineyards have been farmed organically since 2007 and are harvested manually. The wine is made from direct press of whole clusters and fermentation is spontaneous with native yeasts, then spends 18 months in oak with no sulfur additons before bottling.

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Buronfosse, Peggy and Jean-Pascal 2016 Côtes du Jura Savagnin L'Hopital

100% Savagnin from 70 year-old vines planted in limestone and marl soils in Rotalier. The vineyards are farmed organically and the grapes are harvested manually. The wine spends 18 months on its lees in barrels and bottled with no sulfur added.

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Buronfosse, Peggy and Jean-Pascal 2016 Côtes du Jura Savagnin Entre Deux

"Entre-Deux" is a punchy blend of Peggy and Jean-Pascal Buronfosse's two parcels of Savagnin planted on marl and limestone in Rotalier, south of Lons-le-Saulnier in the Jura. The average age of the vines is 70 years-old, and they are organically farmed and manually harvested each year. The blend spends 18 months on the lees in barrel, which is topped-up for a fresh, ouillé style. The 2016 is an enticing burnished lemon color in the glass. The aromas are singing with notes of seashells, almond skin, cinnamon, and sweet orchard fruit. The palate has wonderful depth and texture from the lees aging, with flavors of lemon curd, sea salt, and tropical citrus that coalesce around a densely mineral core. Over a day the wine expands with fleshy notes of pineapple, hazelnut, and brown spice over a long salty finish. A fabulous vintage of "Entre-Deux" that is drinking good now but should develop with a couple of years in bottle. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 20 in stock
  • $33.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

Clos Fantine 2015 Faugères Cuvée Courtiol

Each year the Andrieu family chooses the best grapes of the vintage for their Cuvée Courtiol. In 2015 it's predominantly Mourvedre from bush-trained, 30 year-old vines grown on beautiful schist vineyards in Faugères. The grapes are hand-harvested into small crates, and as always, the fermentation is long and slow with indigenous yeasts then bottled with no fining, filtration or added SO2. Deep red/black color in the glass, like the "Tradition" the 2015 has less "sauvage" aromas than past vintages. Elegant notes of plum, cherry liqueur, violets and roasted herbs develop on the nose as the wine aerates. The palate shows dense blackberry fruit with hints of tart cherry, anise seed and bitter chocolate framed by firm, earthy tannins. This is a beautiful natural wine that the Andrieu family recommends holding for 5-10 years or decant two hours before drinking if you don't want to wait! Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

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

  • 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 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
  • 25 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $15.99

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $16.99

Domaine des Mathouans NV Vin de France Mine de Rien

This wine from Aline Hock in the Agly Valley of Roussillon is produced from the Muscat grown biodynamically on schist soils. Vinified on the skins, it pours a hazy yellow in the glass. On the nose it bursts with classic Muscat aromas: orange blossom, fresh grapes, honeydew melon and chamomile. "Mine de Rien" is full-bodied and shows bright mandarin orange, minerality and a gentle herbal note on the palate and finishes dry and saline. The wine has an exciting tension between density and bright citrus and salinity, complemented by its exuberantly fruit and flower driven aromatic character. Drink now with lighter Mediterranean food or warmly spiced chicken dishes: think olives and feta, tagines, or even jerk chicken. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $19.99

  • 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
  • 17 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99

Dominique Lucas (Vignes de Paradis) 2015 Savoie Chasselas Quintessence

A terrific value from Haut-Savoie! "Quintessence" is made from 100% organic chasselas sourced for Dominique Lucas' new négociant project. A simple and immensely pleasurable wine with summery aromas of wildflower honey, bergamot, and golden fruit. The palate is light and fresh with exquisite mineral tension beneath subtle flavors of apricot and alpine herbs. The finish is persistent, salty and delicately mineral. A lovely wine to serve as an apero or pair with salads, white fish, or ham sandwiches. Amanda Bowman 

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $21.99

Donneurs du Temps 2015 Arbois Chardonnay

From young Jura newcomer Guillaume Gilet, this is Chardonnay from organic vineyards that overlook the town of Arbois. Very fresh, with notes of lemon curd, cantelope, apples and herbs. Guillaume uses no SO2 during winemaking (sometimes bottling with none added) and tries to preserve some natural CO2 gas to protect his wines in the absence of SO2. This blows off within a few minutes, so decanters are not necessary. There's a driving mineral spice that shines through the finish, and an overall very clean and pure natural wine.    Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $36.99

Finot Frères 2017 Vin de France Tracteur Blanc (Isère)

Thomas Finot makes this refreshing "tractor white" from Chardonnay, Jacquère and Pinot Gris grown in the Coteaux Grésivaudan, northeast of Grenoble. This is a delightful everyday wine, featuring lovely aromas of pear, quince, almond, hay and brown spice. The palate is ripe but balanced and lively with bright acidity, showing flavors of pear, melon, almond, citrus and stone. Serve happily by itself or with fish in sauce, roast chicken, salads and mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2016 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isère) Pinot Noir

Thomas Finot, who is working with rare local varieties in Isère, also makes this vibrant Pinot Noir from organic grapes in the Coteaux du Grésivaudan northeast of Grenoble. The region is known for very warm days but very cool nights, producing reds that are ripe and sappy but possessing bright acidity and good balance. The 2016 Pinot Noir  is a lovely wine showing aromas of ripe black cherry and strawberry with a bit of oak, violet and citrus. The palate is dense and supple with slightly roasty cherry and red currant fruit with brown spice, plum. pepper and citrus. The finish is ripe and long with lingering red fruits and firm acidity. Serve cool with coq au vin, steaks and grilled foods, stews and tagines, cellaring of three to five years should be interesting. 

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Hughes Beguet 2017 Arbois Oh Yeah

Oh Yeah is Savagnin Ouillé (the term in Jura for a 'topped up' white wine without any oxidative flor or 'voile' character). Patrice has 1 hectare (2.5 acres) of Savagnin in Menay, even less in the Cotes de Feule, and a miniscule amount in Les Corvées. 10% of the fruit is macerated on the skins for a short period and the wine is mostly aged in fiberglass, with a small amount in old barrique. The nose is intriguing, with honey dew melon and lemon verbena notes. On the palate its driven by minerality, white stone fruit, and dry honeysuckle.  The wine isn't fined or filtered, so there’s a delicate viscosity in the mid-palate and some texture that gently leads into a sharp, crisp finish. A fascinating white wine that should be included in everyone's professional or recreational study of the Savagnin grape.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $24.99

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

Jonc Blanc 2015 Vin de France Pure "T" Cabernet

The 2015 Pure "T" is another beautiful natural wine from Franck Pascal and Isabelle Carles at Jonc Blanc! Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on shallow soils over limestone ("Calcaire de Castillon"), two year elevage in 18 hl Stockinger foudres, bottled without fining or filtration and with zero added SO2. The wine shows a very deep black/purple color with lush, vibrant aromas of cassis and blackberry with brown spice citrus, violet and black pepper. The palate is supple and rich but with bright acidity, showing ripe cassis fruit, with earth, coffee, cocoa and sappy fruit liqueur. The finish is lush, complex and long. This is a superb natural Cabernet, a joyful wine to serve slightly cool with grilled foods, stews and charcuterie, or just to sip by itself late at night with a good book.... Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

  • 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
  • 3 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2017 Vin de France Bulle Rosé

The vineyards of Jonc Blanc were hit by a devastating freeze in April of 2017. From parcels that were 100% lost, the tiny secondary berries were harvested to make this amazing sparkling rosé! Yields were 6.5 hl/ha at 11% alcohol; bottled for the second fermentation at 25 grams of RS per liter, it has turned into a beautiful and complex Bulles Rosé. The wine shows intriguing aromas of wild strawberry, tart cherry,  rose, orange peel and brioche. The palate is creamy, light and pretty with tart cherry, rose-water, citrus and melon with a soft, refreshing finsh...could I have another glass? DL

  • rosé sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $26.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $17.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $22.99

La Vrille et le Papillon 2016 Vin de France Z Blanc Viognier

Z Blanc is 100% Viognier grown by Géraldine and Meryl Crozier at La Vrille et le Papillon in the Ardeche. This is a lovely natural Viognier that shows a slightly cloudy pale gold color and a bit of reduction when first opened, then lovely very floral aromas of lime-flower, lemon, earth and pear. The palate is light and pretty with citrus, herbal and pear flavors; the finish is refreshing and long with white fruits and minerals. Organic farming, unfiltered and bottled with minimal SO2.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 50 in stock
  • no discount
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2017 Vin de France Les Fees Papillon

The Fees rosé returns, and is the perfect rosé to carry you through the fall and winter, on nights when you want a flavorful wine without going for a big red. The 2017 is a bit more concentrated than the last vintage, with more spice and kick, though it's still balanced at 12.5% All Syrah from a vineyard on the 'Route d'Albas,' with one part of the vineyard close to a river bank on clay and limestone soils. It gets hot in the Ardeche, but the proximity to the river keeps the vineyard cool and the wine fresh.  Tasted in March of 2019, the wine shows earthy ripe red currant, peach and black cherry aromas with brown spice, red currant and ripe peach on the palate with firm acidity and mineral flavors in the finish.  Serve quite cool with dishes of pork and chicken, Moroccan tagines and full flavored cheeses.  A great choice for lovers of natural wines - organic farming and minimal SO2.

  • rosé
  • 60 in stock
  • no discount
  • $6.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2016 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 2016 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
  • 20 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

"Eos Blanc" is a rewarding discovery for anyone seeking an intriguing wine of terrioir at an affordable price.  Eric Laguerre's vineyards are planted at high-altitude in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet, where the acidic soils are composed of gneiss and broken-down granite with some pockets of quartz. This composition forms a sturdy backbone of dense minerality and abundant freshness to this "entry-level" cuvée -- a testament to Eric's excellent farming. The 2017 is made from direct press juice, aged in neutral demi-muid for about eight months with minimal added S02 before bottling. The wine shows pale gold in the glass and immediately charms with bright citrus aromas that evolve into notes of ripe pear, hazelnut, garrigue, and warm apricot skins on the palate. This was the first vintage that the Laguerres harvested in August due to the extreme heat in 2017. Despite this, the wine drinks pure and fresh with an invigorating mineral acidity that lingers on the herbal finish. A fantastic every day wine with potential to age 3-5 years, though we're  happily drinking this now with or without salad and goat cheeses. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 78 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rosé (arrives Tues, 3/19)

(Was $13.99) Another delicious wine from the affable and talented Eric Laguerre, from organic Syrah, Carignan and Grenache vines grown on granite soils high in the mountains of the Roussillon.  The palate is refreshing and dry with hints of raspberry, strawberry,  watermelon, almond and stone.  Eric's great farming, his natural vinification and the high-altitude granite terroir produce this lovely, inexpensive rosé. Highly recommended!

  • rosé
  • 14 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic

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
  • 17 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 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 2017 is strikingly pure-fruited, with vibrant strawberry and red cherry aromas underpinned by earthy spice, red-currant, and bitter chocolate notes. The peppery tannins and mineral acidity from the high mountain clime form its exquisite structure (Eric says that after 2 years in bottle, you might think it's Pinot Noir). This is a balanced wine that should pair wonderfully with grilled sausages, lentils, or goat cheeses. Open an hour before serving if drinking now, or hold for up to 10 years. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $35.99

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

Lapuyade 2016 Jurançon Sec Cuvée Dentelle

We're very excited about the Cuvee Dentelle from our biodynamic friends at Chateau Lapuyade in Jurançon. Made from 100% Petit Manseng from 40 year-old vines always tended in organic and biodynamic farming, it's a tiny special production in the best vintages - we're fortunate to get 10 cases for the US allocation.The 2016 shows a bright gold color and beautiful aromas of lemon confit, dried herbs, almond, mint, apricot, exotic fruit and brown spice. The palate is dense and round with dried pear, citrus, apricot, hay and mineral flavors with a bit of botrytis. The finish is very long and intense with firm acidity under ripe white fruits, citrus and stone. Lovely wine! Serve with foie gras, fish in sauce, Asian foods, goat chesses and patés. Sensational now and should be very interesting in ten years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $17.99

Les Fouques 2017 Côtes de Provence La Londe (Arrives Tues, 3/19)

(Was $16.99) Domaine les Fouques has been 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. La Londe is their best rosé from old vines of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle. Unlike the majority of Provencal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more subtle expression of fruit and terroir. The 2017 is a beautiful wine, lighter and brighter than the 2016 in style. The wine shows a lovely pale pink/salmon color with elegant aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, peach and rose with hints of spice. The palate shows creamy raspberry, peach and red currant fruit with citrus peel and mineral flavors. The finish is long and refreshing with berry fruits, citrus and firm acidity, just lovely. This wine will gain complexity over the next six months and will drink beautifully through 2019. Highly recommended and a great value!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 24 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Fouques 2014 Côtes de Provence Cuvée de l'Aubigue Rouge

Primarily Grenache, with Syrah, Cinsault and Cabernet, this biodynamic red from Provence shows deep plum and blackberry fruit aromas with earth, citrus and Provençal herbs. The palate is ripe and supple with dense black fruits, prune and brown spice lifted by bright acidity. In some vintages this wine can be a bit austere and tannic when young, but the 2014 is bursting with fruit and absolutely delicious for current drinking. Serve with grilled meats and stews, a daube niçoise perhaps, and full-flavored cheeses. Great value! 

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Fouques 2016 Côtes de Provence Aubigue Blanc

The Cuvée Aubigue Blanc from Les Fouques is made from 80% Rolle (Vermentino) with 10% Clairette and 10% Ugni Blanc. It's a delicious, full-flavored Provençal white with complex aromas of apple and pear liqueur and hints of dried flowers, almond and herbs. The palate is round and ripe with white fruits, candied citrus and dense mineral and stone flavors with good acidity. A great aperitf or accompaniment to full-flavored fish dishes and asian foods. Certified biodynamic (Demeter), wild-yeast fermentation. (The wine received a well-deserved gold medal at the 2017 Concours des Vignerons Independants)

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2017 Côtes de Provence Cuvée l'Aubigue Rosé

(Was $13.99) This is one of our favorite Rosés every year - the 2017 Cuvée de l'Aubigue is a sensational wine and a fabulous value! Made from Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Vermentino grown on soils of clay and schist near Hyères in Provence. Biodynamic farming, wild yeast fermentation. Lovely light salmon color. The nose carries beautiful aromas of delicate strawberry and white peach, along with nectarine, pink grapefruit, and white blossom. The palate on the 2017 is slightly denser and juicier than the 2016, but it is still framed by good acidity and a hint of minerality, making this a crisp and delicious everyday summer rosé. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 45 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) NV Cotes du Jura Cremant

Made from 100% Chardonnay grown in the same vineyard as Les Molates and fermented entirely in stainless steel before spending twelve to sixteen months on lees, this is a serious first foray into the sparkling wines from Domaine des Marnes Blanches. All of the base wine is from the 2014 vintage and this is the first year that this has been released without dosage. The nose is bright with honeysuckle, mango, and lime flower. On the palate it has a fine mousse with an almost toothsome texture; it is bone dry with hints of marmalade, exotic fruit, and a fresh, zesty acidity. This is simply the perfect apéritif. Tim Gagnon

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) NV Cotes du Jura Cremant Reserve

Now we go a step further: the Fromont’s Crémant Reserve is also 100% Chardonnay, but sourced from a parcel of old vines that was planted in 1955 in soil rich with white marl. The base wine is entirely from the 2013 vintage (all of the base wines they use are single vintage; they do not use reserve wine) and is fermented partially in stainless steel before being racked to neutral barrique. This spends a minimum of 24 months on the lees, and is also bottled with zero dosage. It is stony and deep, with hints of orange peel and blossom; apricots and marzipan come forward with time in the glass. It is more broad and textured on the palate, with orchard fruit, sea salt, and a deep, borderline savory minerality. Long, elegant, and immensely drinkable. Tim Gagnon

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Pauline & Geraud Fromont) 2016 Cotes du Jura Chardonnay Les Molates

"Les Molates" is a bright and honeyed, topped-up Chardonnay that comes from the Fromont's younger vines (around 35-years-old) planted in red marl under limestone in Sainte-Agnès. After a direct press, the wine is allowed to ferment spontaneously, and is then aged in neutral oak for 18 months before bottling with minimal added sulfur. The robe is a golden straw color in the glass and the aromas offer a sweet vernal freshness with notes of white flower, beeswax, lemon meringue, and chamomile. On the palate, the body is leaner than past vintages with delicate citrus acidity carrying notes of ripe yellow apple over a pleasing, salty mineral finish. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $20.99

Mayragues 2016 Gaillac Clos des Mages Blanc

Biodynamic since 1999, Chateau Mayragues makes beautiful wines from the local grapes, such as this distinctive white from 100% Loin de L'Oeil. Quite ripe in the 2016 vintage, the aromas are of dried pear, almond, honeysuckle and citrus peel.  Nice full white fruits on the palate with ripe pear, apple, anise, white pepper, floral and citrus flavors, really quite lovely. This is a beautiful summer aperitif and will accompany a variety of seafood dishes, terrines, mild cheeses and Asian foods.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $10.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

Navarre 2016 Vin de France Ribeyrenc

An almost extinct grape grown in the Languedoc, in southern France, Ribeyrenc has been preserved mostly due to the work of Thierry Navarre and his father before him. It’s thin-skinned and yields a fresh and vibrant red wine that could easily pass for a dark rosé. Fresh, floral, and unlike anything else! EL

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2017 Vin de France Vin d'Oeillades Rosé (Arrives Tues, 3/19)

(Was $11.99) Thierry Navarre is one of the few people who still grow Oeillades - a nearly extinct grape that has a long history in the Langudedoc and is thought to be an old cousin of Cinsault. Thierry's Oeillades grows on the rugged mountainsides above Roquebrun in Saint-Chinian. The 2017 shows a beautiful wild strawberry and purple-tinged color in the glass. The nose offers abundant strawberry and orange aromas with delicate notes of lavender, cardamom and dried rose petals. The palate is light and wonderfully lifted with flavors of ripe strawberry, herbal tea, and refreshing exotic citrus on the finish. A balanced rosé with plenty of aromatic complexity and crunchy acidity to pair with a variety of dishes. We recently enjoyed this with Mediterranean-inspired fried food - a highly recommended pairing!  Amanda Bowman 

  • rosé
  • 13 in stock
  • $9.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Nicolas Mariotti Bindi 2014 Corsica Patrimonio Porcellese Rouge

"Porcellese" comes from a parcel of 52 year-old, gobelet-trained Niellucciu vines planted in alluvial soils. The grapes are fermented whole-cluster in concrete tank with daily pump-overs, and then spend two years aging in concrete before being bottled with small amounts of sulfur. The 2014 is an elegant and layered expression of Nieullucciu. The nose offers seductive aromas of cherry, cocoa, black olives, and violets. The palate is more black-fruited than the earlier-drinking, limestone-based "Cantina di Torra" bottling. Firm, fine-grained tannins provide elegant structure to the bold flavors of black plum skins, tart cherry, cassis, game, and espresso. Recently this paired excellently with pan-seared pork. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $37.99

  • 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

Nicolas Mariotti Bindi 2017 Corsica Patrimonio Cantina di Torra Rouge

"Cantina di Torra" is Nicolas Bindi's label for the wines he makes from a collection of 7.5 hectares of north-facing parcels called "Carcu." The vines were planted in 1970, 1996, and 2006 on clay and limestone and were recently converted to organic farming by Nicolas. The 2017 Rouge is 100% whole cluster Niellucciu that spends six months in concrete tank before being bottled unfiltered for an early-drinking, fruit-driven style. Upon opening, the 2017 is a bit tight on the palate and offers aromas of roasted thyme, figs, and dark chocolate. After an hour open, the palate unfurls with supple red fruit, cherry stone, and coffee bean flavors structured with ripe tannins and finishes with plush strawberry notes. The nose also comes alive with charming aromas of strawberry,  tobacco leaf, and violets. Despite being an "entry-level" cuvée, this is a complex, food-friendly find for those curious about Corsican wine at a great price. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $21.99

  • 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
  • 14 in stock
  • $8.99

  • Organic

Petite Baigneuse (Philippe Wies) 2017 VDF Juste Ciel!

Maccabeu and Grenache Gris from black schist soils of Maury, in the Roussillon, bordering Spain and the Pyrenees Mountains. There's great density and body to the wine, balanced by a mineral finish. I'm personally a big fan of Maccabeu and find wines made from this grape have really nice weight and good cut as well. This is the wine I immediately recommend to everyone who walks in to Chambers looking for a full bodied white that would work for Thanksgiving!  EL

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $16.99

Pont de Breux 2015 Côtes du Jura Tradition (Chard/Savagnin)

80% Chardonnay and 20% Savagnin grown near Salins-les-Bains on Kimmeridgian soils, organic since 1992. The 2015s were made by the capable Emilie Gerard who has taken over from Jean-Chalres Maire. 12 month sous-voile elevage in old barrels. Slightly oxidative aromas of lime-flower, dried pear, spiced citrus and almond, quite complex and pretty. The plate shows dried herbs, quince, citrus peel, spice and pear with saline mineral flavors and form acidity. The finish is long with sharp mineral flavors that linger on the palate. Lovely wine - serve with sole almondine, chicken in cream sauce, aged Comté and full-flavored goat cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $27.99

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
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

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
  • 4 in stock
  • $18.99

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

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2014 Jurançon Cuvee Tradition

The 2014 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée Tradition is made from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard near Lasseube, certified organic since 1964. The soils are essentially sandy clays with stones and gravels from the Pyrenees, over the local limestone, "Calcaire de Lasseube." The wine shows lovely pale gold color, vivid aromas of lemon, pineapple, honeysuckle, stone and brown spice, elegant and subtle. Creamy lemon, pear and stone flavors on the palate, balanced by citrusy acids. 62 grams of RS per liter, but seems dryer. Lovely finish of lemon, exotic fruit and minerals. Serve this lovely wine with foie gras, patés, full-flavored cheeses and lemony desserts or just sip by itself. Highly recommended. Don't worry about the low price - this is a sensational dessert wine that will really please a crowd on Thanksgiving!

  • white medium-sweet
  • 23 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Tissot 2011 Arbois Vin Jaune En Spois

Soil here is clay from Triassic period, and the parcel is East-facing. It's a great introduction to Vin Jaune, and quite easy to drink.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $98.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot 2011 Arbois Vin Jaune La Vasée

North-facing parcel on Trias soil. La Vasée is silkier and creamier than Tissot's other Vin Jaunes, and has almost a salty and oily feel. Nice structure, with a subtle nutty and almost whiskey-like finish.

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot 2011 Arbois Vin Jaune 'W'

The special "W" bottling is aged in used whiskey barrels from Michel Couvreur. Couvreur makes a special whiskey aged in Vin Jaune casks too, in a kind of perpetual collaboration with Tissot. Not as marked by whiskey notes as one might expect, but it nevertheless does lend the Vin Jaune an interesting character.  

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot 2015 Arbois Savagnin (Sous Voile)

Stephane Tissot's 2015 Savagnin spends 3 years on its lees, 6 months in barrel, then 2.5 years under the veil and shows all of the jaunty, ebullience of youth: so pure, expressive, and confident in its place in the world. So new that upon the first nosing, one can easily conjure the tranquil Cuisance river and nutty Comte from its hometown of Arbois. It is so like its maker, Stephane, bursting with energy and detailed information about where it's from. The ripe vintage is a flavor circus of winter citrus, nutty cheese, crème brûlée, and wild strawberries. The finish is propelled by quince spice and salty stones, and persists like a commercial airliner on a generous runway. An exceptional wine from an exceptional producer. A wine that we will eagerly greet again in 15-20 years. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $55.99

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $62.99

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $38.99

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
  • 34 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low 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
  • 18 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2015 Collioure Rouge Vieille Foudre

Equal parts Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre and Syrah from the steep schist terraces of Banyuls-sur-Mer, this is a pure and concentrated expression of this dramatic coastal stretch of the Roussillon. Dark black red color. Lush aromas of blackberry, black plum, bitter chocolate, licorice, earth and brown spice.  The palate is dense, ripe and supple with blackberry, strawberry compote, earth, licorice, ginger and spice, with cool citrus and red currant in the long finish. This is a beautiful Collioure that will accompany a steak, grilled meats, stews, grilled vegetables and tagines. Highly recommended. DL

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 16 in stock
  • $25.99

Traginer 2016 Banyuls Rimage 500ml

The Traginer Banyuls Rimage (Vin Doux Naturel) at 17% alcohol is an insanely delicious wine as an apéritif or with deserts of chocolate or fruit (figs especially) and goat cheeses. The 2016 shows a deep black/red color and vivid aromas of ripe blackberry, prune,  licorice, violets, bitter chocolate and earth. The palate is ripe and lush with blackberry, citrus and cocoa, but very bright and refreshing as well, just delicious. It finishes with citrusy acids and black fruits that linger on the palate - serve cool and enjoy! DL

  • red sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer NV Banyuls Ambre (aged 15 years) 500ml

This superb wine is made from Grenache Gris, Grenache Noir, Grenache Blanc and Muscat, aged for 15 years in small, very old barrels. Complex aromas of citrus, tea, prune, flowers and caramel. The palate is balanced, with a pretty melange of citrus, white fruits, earth and secondary flavors, very long and lifted by nice acidity. A gorgeous vin doux naturel that will accompany aged cheeses, figs and foie gras, and it's sensationally beautiful by itself. Really a unique and delicious wine. DL

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Turenne 2016 Cotes de Provence Cuvée Antoine VV Blanc

The Domaine Turenne "Antoine" is an extraordinary Provençal white made with 50% Vermentino and 50% old vines of Petite Clairette du Var, dating from 1903! Organic farming, hand harvesting and wild yeast fermentations. Pale gold color with green hints; aromas of almond, pear, hay, lemon zest, verveine, anise...you get the idea. The palate is very mineral and dense, with firm acidity, showing anise, white fruit liqueur, stone and citrus, supple and long, really a lovely wine and a great value! This versatile wine will accompany shellfish and grilled fish, white meats, salads, goat cheeses and much more...  David Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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Balazu des Vaussières 2016 Vin de France Solaire

The 2016 “Solaire” from Nadia and Christian Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussières is predominantly Grenache Blanc and Clairette with Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Bourboulenc.  A complex and elegant wine of the south, at 14% alcohol, the wine shows a clear pale gold/bronze color with complex aromas of earthy citrus, almond, pear and peach fruit with spiced apricot, really showing the Marsanne when opened. The palate is quite mineral with saline stone flavors, preserved lemon and pear, finishing with anise, white pepper, dusty stone, almond and white fruits.This is a delicious and soulful natural wine from the stony soils of Tavel and Roquemaure - perfect with bouillabaisse with aioli, monkfish in sauce and white meats, or just sip and contemplate. ( On the label of the Blanc and Rosé is the Berber Flag from North Africa (Nadia’s heritage) with the symbol of the free man and three colors representing Berbers who lived by the sea, in the mountains and in the desert.)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Banneret 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

From vines averaging 80 years-old. The 2015 Banneret Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a translucent ruby robe. The nose offers an array of raspberry, plum, spice, and Provençal herb aromas, with hints of game. On the supple palate flavors of red fruits mingle with notes of black tea, spice, and anise. This has fine concentration and balances its ripe fruit with a savory mineral core on a long expansive finish. There's beautiful balance here and this should age effortlessly. An elegant and suave Châteauneuf and a tremendous value, highly recommended! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $52.99

Banneret 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1.5 L

From vines averaging 80 years-old. The 2015 Banneret Châteauneuf-du-Pape has a translucent ruby robe. The nose offers an array of raspberry, plum, spice, and Provençal herb aromas, with hints of game. On the supple palate flavors of red fruits mingle with notes of black tea, spice, and anise. This has fine concentration and balances its ripe fruit with a savory mineral core on a long expansive finish. There's beautiful balance here and this should age effortlessly. An elegant and suave Châteauneuf and a tremendous value, highly recommended! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $114.99

Banneret 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Le Secret

2015 is the inaugural release of the the Vidal family's Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Le Secret. Made up of40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Clairette, 10% Picardan, 5% Roussanne, 5% Bourboulenc, from vines planted in the 1970s. Fermented in stainless steel and  15% oak cask. Bright yellow green robe. The nose has an attractive perfume of white flowers (honeysuckle, orange blossom) with notes of white peaches apricots, and pear skin and spice. The mid-weight palate offers a fine balance of concentration, richness, and freshness with ripe pear and green almond flavors giving way to an overt--nearly salty--minerality on the long, textured, detailed finish. Delicious now, but this should gain in complexity with age. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

Barrot 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

(80% Grenache, 80 years-old, with Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Counoise and Clairette. Whole bunch fermentation, wild yeasts, aged in large barrels.) The style here is quite natural and old-fashioned with less extraction than most domaines, giving wines that age well and are very expressive of terroir.  The 2015 shows more sweet black fruits than normal but is well-structured and will drink well for at least 15 years. An excellent value.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $37.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $69.99

Château de Manissy 2016 Côtes du Rhône

Our friends at Drink Rhône are the most reliable reviewers of Rhône Valley wines - here's what they say about this great value wine:  "There is good density on the nose, a sturdy aroma of mulled fruits with a little oak. Morello black cherry is its heartbeat, with outliers of dried herbs, thyme. The palate rolls with a black-fruited, Syrah inspiration, and ripe, tasty tannins right in the mix. The finish is well juiced. It’s full of life and appeal, a real fruit fest, the fruit quality appealing, abundant. This gives delightful drinking, will light up drinkers’ glasses. It has good, fresh length, and the fruit is dashing, full of verve. "

  • red
  • 47 in stock
  • $9.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $699.99

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
  • 10 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos de la Bonnette 2016 VDP Collines Rhodaniennes Vieilles Vignes Syrah

Clos de la Bonnette is one of the few organic estates in Condrieu and Cote Rôtie. This lovely Syrah is from old vines on granite with clay soils in Tartaras, above Ampuis. A real wine of terroir, the 2016 VV shows very earthy aromas of black raspberry with violet and roast meat with cool mint and stone. The palate also shows a very earthy and mineral character with a lovely mix of black and blueberry fruit with hints of citrus. This junior Cote-Rôtie will be perfect with grilled lamb and pork and is light enough to pair well with roast chicken and vegetarian dishes.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $21.99

  • 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
  • 43 in stock
  • $44.99

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
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2015 Gigondas Esprit de Grenache VV

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
  • 16 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2016 Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet

(From 60 to 70 year-old vines in "Le Planis," 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre) The 2016 Creve Coeur Sablet has all the elements we love in sothern Rhone wines: organic/biodynamic farming, old school fermentation in foudre and concrete, stem inclusion. Dark-toned, nearly heady aromatically, with black and blue fruits, lavender, blackberry, cherry pit on the nose. Dense purple robe. Plum, cassis, blackberry, black pepper and garrique on the palate. Real sense of the structural elements from the stems and limestone soils. Medium tannins and good poise for a decidedly southern wine. Long finish. Good energy for the concentration with a fine core of minerality within. Fabulous with pan-roasted lambchops and sheep's milk cheese. Delicious now, but should gain in complexity with time in the bottle. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2016 Côtes du Rhône Villages Seguret

Pablo Hocht of Domaine de Creve Coeur has 3 hectares of 60+ year-old vines in Seguret on sandy limestone marl soils, 60% Grenache and 40% Mourvedre. As with his lovely Sablet, the Seguret is certified biodynamic, fermented slowly with wild yeasts with the stems included. Aging is partly in one to five year-old barriques, partly in vat. In other words, great farming and old-fashioned winemaking, similar to that of the Gonons in Saint-Joseph. The 2016 Seguret shows a deep red/black color and aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and red currant, with earth, garrigue and cocoa - dark and rich but with good freshness. The palate is dense and round with a supple, grainy texture with ripe blackberry and black plum, showing the high percentage of Mourvedre, with hints of chocolate, citrus and provencal herbs. The finish is long with cool acidity and earthy black fruits. Serve this beautiful Seguret a bit cool after a decant of a few hours or cellar five to ten years. Great with stews and tagines, grilled meats and game.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 47 in stock
  • $15.99

  • 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
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2017 IGP des Collines Rhodanniennes Detour Blanc

The Detour Blanc is a 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 aperitif 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
  • 13 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2017 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 2017 "Les Iris" Syrah shows lovely ripe aromas of blackberry, blueberry and cherry with citrus and earth. The palate is elegant, with cool acidity and lush black raspberry and cherry fruit, with a fresh earthy finish with mineral and red fruit flavors. This a very versatile wine to serve cool with chicken, pork and mild cheeses or to sip by itself, slightly chilled. It's  an authentic and delicious wine and a great value!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 67 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
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2017 Saint-Joseph Les Sept Lieus

(From young vines, planted in the 90's, always organic, and from parcels of old vines, converted to organic, in Chavanay, below Condrieu) Philippe and Veronique Grenier have always farmed organically and now they are certified Biodynamic as well, bringing the quality even higher at this wonderful small estate. 2017 is a great vintage for the domain's "regular" cuvée, now called "les Sept Lieux." The wine shows ripe aromas of blackberry, black plum, blueberry, violet, mint and spice with meat, earth and mineral notes. The palate is dense and well balanced, not a fruit bomb, but with a core of red and black fruits, earth and citrus with a long cool finish of earthy black fruit and firm acidity. While it's delicious now, it should open up nicely over the next few years and drink well until 2025 - 2030. This is a great value in Saint-Joseph from the northern zone and is highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 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
  • 15 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2015 Côtes du Rhône Blanc 'Austral'

Thomas Julien has been experimenting with different cuvees of white wines over the past few years and the 2015 Austral is a great success! It's basically a press wine of Roussanne and Clairette with more skin contact than his regular white, showing a bright, light gold color and vivid aromas of lemon confit, spiced pear, apricot, honeysuckle and almond. The palate is beautifully round and ripe but with firm citrusy acids underlying the ripe pear, hay, stone, lemon and almond flavors that linger on the long finish. This is a gorgeous Southern Rhone white that desrves your attention - serve with fish stew, Asian foods, goat cheeses and pâtés or just sip happily by itself. Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

Ferme Saint-Martin 2017 Côtes du Rhône Les Romanins

Guy Jullien at the Ferme Saint-Martin is one of the pioneers of organic and natural winemaking in the southern Rhône, and his great work continues under his son Thomas. Made from hand-harvested young vines of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, the 2016 "Romanins" has spicy aromas of strawberry, black cherry and red currant with earth and citrus. The palate shows chalky red and black fruits, with strawberry, earth and mineral notes  - balanced and pretty, with bright acidity, good length and lovely fruit lingering in the finish. This great value Côtes-du-Rhône will be perfect with a stew or steak, or anything grilled. Serve slightly chilled. (Bottled with minimal SO2, not fined or filtered.) 

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $12.49

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferrand 2016 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

(90% Grenache averaging 75 years of age, with 10% Syrah, Mourvèdre, Bourboulenc, from sandy and galet stone soils)  "...dark red colour. The nose leads with a stylish aroma of blackberry, mixed in with dried herbes de Provence, a note of rose petal, licorice. It will open and vary well. The fruit swishes around the palate well, has a blueberry-blackberry axis, with good, ripe, live tannins wrapped around it. This is a really genuine Châteauneuf with good heart and serious length, a proper from the ground up wine with some delicate aromatics involved." drinkrhone

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2015 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Claude

Thomas Finot, who is resurrecting forgotten vineyards and varieties in the Isère, is also making brilliant wines from his tiny family vineyard in Crozes-Hermitage. He has 1.8 hectare of old Syrah vines in Larnage on a hillside with granite and limestone subsoils under interesting soils of white clay (kaolin). It's a great terroir, and the Cuvée Claude, homage to Thomas' uncle, is a superb Crozes. The 2015 shows a bright red/black color with lovely, pure aromas of ripe black cherry and blueberry liqueur, quite vivid, with earth, citrus, nutmeg and cocao. The palate is elegant and perfectly balanced with sappy black cherry and blackberry fruit with citrus peel, saline minerals and a touch of oak, finishing with juicy acidity. This unique Crozes-Hermitage should be decanted if drinking now, best to wait a few years then drink until 2030. David Lillie

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $23.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $42.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $54.99