Alsace

Barth 2013 Alsace Grand Cru Marckrain Gewürztraminer 500ml

Beautifully balanced Vendanges tardive (late harvest) level, sweet Gewurztraminer from the Grand Cru Marckrain! A beautiful wine that is singing at the moment. Any fan of residual sugar should grab a bottle!

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Barth 2018 Alsace Racines Métisses (Dec 1st)

Laurent Barth's 2018 "Racines Metisses" is a delightful blend of many grape  varieties from his tiny organic estate in Bennwihr. Always around 50% Pinot Auxerrois (fermented separately), with Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and a touch of Riesling. The idea here is to make a wine that is easy to drink, says Laurent, and he nails it! The wine shows bright citrus, lime-flower, white fruits and Riesling aromas -  there's a subtle touch of spice on the palate, with silky white fruits, citrus and floral notes, with a crystalline minerality in the finish, thanks to the granite soils.  Delicious!  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Barth, Laurent 2017 Alsace Riesling Rebgarten VV

From old vines in a south facing vineyard of sandy granite soils in Bennwihr, Laurent Barth produced this superb dry Riesling that shows a bright pale gold color, with ripe floral aromas of pear, almond, citrus and spice. The palate however, while rich, shows a light, dry character, very mineral and with firm acidity. Green apple, citrus peel, almond and stone flavors linger in the long, nicely balanced finish. This is a lovely dry Riesling to pair with a wide variety of fish and white meat dishes, highly recommended! David Lillie


  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Barth, Laurent 2018 Alsace Pinot D'Alsace (Arrives 11/30)

Laurent Barth makes beautifully balanced Alsatian wines from his tiny organic estate in Bennwhir, near Colmar. The 2018 Pinot d'Alsace (Pinot Auxerrois with a bit of Pinot Noir) is a lovely aperitif and a perfect wine for many fish and chicken dishes. Showing pretty aromas of pear, green apple, almond and lime-flower with citrus, pear, almond, honeysuckle and herbal flavors on the palate - really pretty, round and balanced  with minerals and white fruits in the  supple finish - this is a great value and a good introduction to the beautiful wines of Laurent Barth. David Lillie

  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $28.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

Brand, Charles & Philippe 2019 Alsace Fleurs Maceration

This is a maceration of Pinot Gris that we wish we had barrels of in our basement! In fact a blend of 80% Pinot Gris and 20% Pinot Noir, the wine has delicious red fruit, and tangy freshness. There's no tannin, so it should be a bit chilled. Will be a delicious accompaniment to a Thanksgiving feast, as it offers beautiful red fruit, sweet cranberry tang, and above all, gulpability!  EL

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $31.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $31.99

Frick 2003 Alsace Strangenberg Pinot Noir

Just released for the first time, from a historically dry and HOT vintage, this is an aged natural wine, indeed a rare find. A wine that seems to change considerably with aeration, our most recent tasting here in NYC saw 10 minutes of beautiful, high toned, young red fruit, followed by the onset of rustic tannins and more dark stewed fruit. My guess is the rusticity will increase with air, so I wouldn't be inclined to decant it. Unusual to say the least, but free of mousiness, volatile acidity or other effects that often accompany no SO2 vinification and aging.  

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

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

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $42.99

Beaujolais

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $25.99

Chignard, Cedric 2018 Juliénas Beauvernay

This is a lovely Beaujolais from the Chignard family, better known for their Fleurie "Les Moriers." As with much of Julienas the bedrock of "Beauvernay" is diorite, rather than granite, locally called "roches bleues." It's an interesting terroir of volcanic origin with more clay and rich in magnesium, giving complex well-structured wines.  Possessing the ripe fruit and lush palate of the 2018 vintage in Beaujolais, the Julienas "Beauvernay" shows a pretty red/black color, with elegant, a bit restrained aromas of black raspberry and  black cherry with violet, blood orange, earth and stone, which should open up nicely over the next few years. It's ripe and sapid but with lively acidity and well proportioned. Tart cherry, plum and red currant fruit with saline minerals, earth and spice coat the palate and continue in the earthy finish. Quite lovely now, especially with a long decant,  this should soften and gain complexity with three to five years of aging, drink till 2025-2028.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 40 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $16.99

Descombes, Georges 2015 Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 1.5L (12/1)

Another lovely Brouilly Vieilles Vignes from Georges Descombes, certainly one of the best producers in Beaujolais! This needs some time to open up then shows lush blackberry/strawberry aromas with earth, violets and hints of spice. The palate is quite ripe and deep with red and black fruits tinged with citrus and spice, and a nice finish of red berries and earthy acids. Delicious now with some aeration, this should drink at it's best from 2022 - 2028+  David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes

Sandwiched between the appellations of Morgon and Fleurie, Chiroubles is slightly less famous than its two neighbors, and can occasionally be referred to as producing wines of less complexity, with a more immediate and obvious charm. Yet there is no lack of excitement in the vielles vignes (old vines) offerings from Georges Descombes, and the 2018 Chiroubles is no exception, and showing quite beautifully right now, though a decant definitely helps. The nose shows wonderful deep fruit notes of dark cherry, cherry liqueur, blackberry, dark forest fruit, raspberry, raspberry leaves, blackcurrant tea, and a hint of baking spice and nutmeg. The palate is fresh and energetic, with vibrant acidity and is both expressive and showing great intensity of flavor. The fruit of the nose translates well, though slightly more red fruit tinged, and introduces a hint of orange zest and apple peel. There is also a bit of earthiness and minerality, which balances well with the fruit and spice notes. A delicious bottle now, this will only get better in the next 10 years. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Fleurie Vieilles Vignes

Somewhat similar to 2009 - the last Beaujolais vintage that received huge point scores in the American wine press - the warm and dry 2018 vintage produced wines that are ripe and lush, but lower in alcohol and with brighter, fresher aromas and flavors than the 2009s. The 2019 Fleurie Vieilles Vignes shows a bright red/black color and aromas that are a beautiful blend of violet, black raspberry and blackberry with a bit of brown spice and citrus. The grainy textured  palate really shows the granite terroir, with very earthy black fruit liqueur, licorice and stone flavors in the long finish. A very young wine, decant if drinking now, this serious Fleurie should really sing after a few years in the cellar, drink until 2030+  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Morgon

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

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Morgon Vieilles Vignes

Pretty young to be checking in on the old vines cuvée, but these are unusual times to say the least. Dark ruby, verging in purple robe. Dusty crushed blackberries, violets, and a brambly note on the nose. Nothing roasted or overripe here, despite the black fruit. The palate is mid-weight and has fine sap and vigor, with succulent ripeness and plenty of dry extract to buffer the firm—not stern—tannins. There’s good tension between the bright, ripe, concentrated fruit and the substantial mineral core. The finish is long and layered with good lift and fine persistence. There’s good structure here and while this has plenty of charm now, this ought to dazzle with 5-7 years in the cellar and beyond. And while the prices have crept up, this is a steal given its breed and rivals plenty of very good villages wines from my beloved Côte d’Or in character and complexity. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Regnie

The 2018 Regnié from Geroges Descombes is a finely balanced wine, even in a warmer vintage, Ripe and generous fruit is offset with lively acidity and a vivid intensity on the palate that keeps this wine lifted and fresh. On the nose there are high-toned aromas of red and black currant, strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, rose, violets, and licorice. The palate has soft and finely integrated tannins and shows notes of strawberry and raspberry liqueur, blackberry, pomegranate, orange peel, baking spice and a granitic minerality, especially on the complex and satisfying finish. This is a very versatile wine, and I wouldn't hesitate to pair with a wide range of foods, from roast chicken, to burgers or even a pork chop. It was equally at home accompanying the watching of a movie on the couch with just a little, hastily composed cheese plate for backup. A joyful wine for all occasions. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Regnié Vieilles Vignes

The 2018 Regnié Vieilles Vignes was one of the stars in last winter's tasting showing gorgeous red and black raspberry aromas with earth, citrus and spice, really lovely. The palate is elegant and long with black cherry, prune and red fruit liqueur with earth and smoke, with underlying mineral, graphite flavors. The wine is beautifully balanced and fresh at 13 - 13.5% alcohol, powerful yet refined and delicate,  and will improve with a few years cellaring - but in such a nice place right now. This is an outstanding Beaujolais, simply delicious - serve cool with pork and lamb dishes, coq au vin, charcuterie, over the next ten years. EL

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $38.99

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

Ducroux, Christian 2019 Vin de France Exspectatia (Arrives 12/2)

2019 "Exspectatia" (approximate blend, tasted in January 2020) Deep, high-toned aromas of black raspberry and raspberry, palate silky, round, raspberry and plum with darker fruit in the complex finish, plum skin, raspberry, citrus and earth. This is one of the world's finest natural wines -  drink now and over the next ten to fifteen years.

Christian Ducroux's vineyard work is certainly among the finest in France. His 4 hectares in Thulon, in the hills above Régnié, have been organically farmed since the 1980s and are Demeter certified Biodynamic, with a wild proliferation of vegetation between the vines which is minimally controlled by horse-drawn plowing.  Christian has been practising this type of regenerative agriculture for 35 years, and he's very happy that more vineyards are now using these methods! David Lillie

  • red
  • 60 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2018 Beaujolais Ultimatum Climat (Pierres Bleu

Julien Guillot's 2018 "Ultimatum Climat" is from a parcel in the soutern Beaujolais called "Les Pierres Bleues" -  it's a gorgeous Beaujolais combining elegance and structure with beautiful fruit, for current drinking and medium-term cellaring. The vines are  more than 100 years old, located in the commune of Bully  on an ancient volcanic rift. The subsoil is limestone with sandy clay and dark blue metamorphic rocks, giving a strong salinity to the wine. The vineyard is in organic/biodynamic farming and the wine is produced in the Vignes du Maynes carbonic method with  zero sulfur added. Deep red/black color: slight reduction then bright strawberry and raspberry fruit, violet, graphite, earth, licorice and citrus. The palate shows lush blackberry and raspberry fruit, creamy and sapid but backed with firm acidity, with violet, earth and citrus notes that continue in the long supple finish. Really delicious and nicely balanced for a 2018 at 12.5 % alcohol - drink now or cellar for 5 to 8 years for a mature experience.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2018 Chénas Petites Pierres/Gandelins

This is a new cuvee for Julien Guillot, using certified organic fruit from two parcels in Chenas:  "Les Petites Pierres" - 60 year-old vines on granite stones and clay over granite bedrock, and "Gandelins" - 80 year-old vines in a south-facing vineyard on decomposed granite, bordering Moulin-a-Vent. Tasted last winter during our usual sprint through the many bottles and barrels at Vignes du Maynes, the wine showed complex red fruit aromas with black raspberry and strawberry fruit with earth and mint, quite elegant and silky textured, with terrific length. No added SO2. 36 btls for the US.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Henriot, Sandrine 2018 Regnié

Sandrine Henriot's parcel in Regnié has more clay in the soil than in Morgon and always gives a well-structured wine. The 2018 shows a deep black/purple color and high-toned aromas of blackberry and black raspberry with violet and citrus peel, quite elegant. The palate is supple and deep but not heavy with lovely black raspberry, cherry and raspberry confit, quite sapid and long with firm acidity and finishing with lingering red fruit and mineral flavors. Delicious now this will open up over the next few years, drink until 2028. David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2018 Beaujolais Chardonnay

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

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $19.99

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

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

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2020 Beaujolais L'Ancien V. Vignes Nouveau

100% Gamay. The Terres Dorées L'Ancien vines are Jean Paul's oldest vines at 40-60 years old. They grow on the sandy clay-limestone hills in his home village of Charnay in the southern Beaujolais and yield small, thick-skinned berries. The farming is organic and harvest manual. The earliest harvest of these vines goes into his Nouveau. Unlike any other Nouveau out there, there is no carbonic maceration (true for all of his Gamays). The bunches are destemmed, the fruit crushed and fermented with native yeasts in tank, notably with no chaptalization; it is aged briefly, though longer than most Nouveaux, and bottled in time to land in the states by the third Thursday in November. The 2020 version shows lovely aromas of ripe cherry and blackberry with citrus and floral notes; the palate is dense, sappy and ripe with deep red and black fruits and hints of earth, citrus and cocoa. This is a seriously delicious Nouveau and bodes well for the 2020 vintage wines to come...

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bordeaux Red

Beausejour 2015 St Emilion Cuvee Speciale Puisseguin

The vines of Chateau Beausejour live naturally in the Saint-Emilion satellite region of Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion. Unlike many neighbors, the vineyard has never been exposed to pesticides or herbicides, the wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts, and remains unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulfur. The 2015’s taut structure holds together a generous array of aromas and flavors. A youthful and pronounced set of scents, like sharp dark cocoa, mint, and black cherry come from the glass. Flavors are of espresso, blackberry, plum, and sweet kirsch. Still, there is something very, very refreshing about this red. A perfect addition to a feast among family. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bellegrave 2010 Pomerol

This is an outstanding Pomerol from Chateau Bellegrave, which was in conversion to organic certification in 2010. While it shows the depth and structure of this excellent vintage in Bordeaux, the wine is surprisingly supple and forward, making it a delicious wine for current drinking. The aromas are ripe and rich with black fruits, cassis and blackberry with sous-bois, cocoa, spice and floral notes. The palate is firm but round, deep and elegant with complex fruit flavors backed by earth and mineral notes with good freshness and silky tannins. Decant this lovely wine  a few hours in advance if possible or cellar for five to fifteen years

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic

Bellegrave 2015 Pomerol

75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc coming from hand harvested vineyards (35-60 year old vines) in the revered region of Pomerol. The estate has long dismissed the use of chemicals but has recently transitioned to biodynamic methods. Wine has been aged in French oak, with 1/3 being new, 1/3 being old, and the last 1/3 being from the producer’s previous vintage.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic

Bellisle Mondotte 2010 Saint-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-use 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
  • 12 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic

Cartier 2016 Saint-Emilion

The second label to Chateau Fonroque, this Merlot-based red comes from limestone/clay soils in St. Emilion. Vines average 35 years of age and fruit is harvested by hand. The nose delivers scents of dark flowers and rich baked fruit. The palate shows deep red and black cherry and plum, with accents of warm cedar and herbs. There is great minerality, which lends the wine a structure of supreme freshness. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 35 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Chateau Rocher Corbin 2015 Montagne St Emilion

Black-red color in the glass. On the nose the wine shows squashed blackberry, pine needles, black tea, graphite. A real pleasure aroma-wise. The palate has black plum, black cherry, and long finish of bitter espresso that ends with a quick shift to a softer flavor of dark chocolate. Firm tannin and medium acidity. Such a great bottle to drink - random encounter that proved to be delicious. Should drink well over the next decade. 

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Coutet 2016 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

Château Coutet in St. Emilion is comprised of a single plot, 13 hectares large. The soil is a mix of limestone, sand, and clay, and the vineyard is planted to 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Never once have herbicides or pesticides touched the vineyards belonging to Chateau Coutet, a certified organic producer. The property boasts oak trees, fig trees, and orchid meadows as a measure to ensure the land’s health, and thus the quality of its grapes and wines. All vineyard work is done organically. In the cellar, juice is fermented in concrete, then 85% of the resulting wine is aged in 20% new French oak barrels. The rest is aged in concrete vats.  Aging lasts 18 months before bottling.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic

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
  • 14 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Grolet 2019 Côtes de Bourg "Origines"

Our biodynamic friends, the Hubert family, make the lovely  Chateau La Grolet "Origines" from old vines of 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. The 2019 shows a deep red/black color with high-toned aromas of ripe cassis and black raspberry with cedar, brown spice and earth, really quite pretty. The palate is supple, elegant and well-structured with cassis and red fruits over firm acidity with earth and mineral flavors. This is a real Bordeaux of terroir that is delicious now especially if decanted many hours in advance or opened the night before. Cellaring for five to ten years will create a lovely mature wine. David Lillie

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $449.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $324.99

Peybonhomme 2017 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Quintessence

The Hubert family are owners of Chateau Peybonhomme-les-Tours in Blaye and Chateau La Grolet in Bourg. The farming here is among the best in Bordeaux, certified organic and biodynamic. The vineyards are a fantastic oasis of greenery compared to the rest of Bordeaux, and are located on slopes of clay over limestone giving the wines good concentration and firm minerality. The Quintessence of Peybonhomme is a selection of the best juice from tastings each year and is primarily Merlot and Malbec from old vines, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, a portion of which is aged in new oak. The 2017 is a beautiful and lively Bordeaux showing deep aromas of ripe cassis, blackberry, black cherry, cocoa, spice and earth. The palate is supple and ripe, lifted by cool acidity, with complex black fruits, earth and mineral flavors with a long finish. The wine broadens and gains complexity with time open so decant if possible. A versatile food wine, this beautifully balanced Bordeaux will accompany anything from roast chicken to pork dishes to steak. Put a few in your cellar for a mature experience, best 2020 to 2030+.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Peybonhomme 2018 Premières Côte de Blaye Cru Bourgeois

Biodynamic farming,  native yeast fermentations, superb 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 with Cabernet Franc, and a bit of Malbec. Generously aromatic  owing to the limestone/clay soils in which it is grown, the 2018 offers crushed violets, cassis, and rhubarb on the nose. The palate shows the warm vintage with finesse. Cascades of 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, roast chicken and stews or sipped on its own, drink over the next 5 to 8 years.

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Respide-Medeville 2017 Graves Rouge

The color here is a black-purple. The nose is lean, with dried black fruit, and hints mint and just the smallest touch of freshly ground espresso. The palate has crushed dark stones, black cherry, and bitter herbs. Great structure - generous tannin and a medium pitch of acidity. If you're looking for a Bordeaux with crunchy minerality and a pretty nose, this definitely fits the bill. It gets deeper with time open, but retains good zip.

  • red
  • 35 in stock
  • $29.99

Bordeaux Sweet

Chateau Haut-Bergeron 2013 Sauternes 375ml

Chateau Haut-Bergeron has one of the longest and most celebrated histories in Sauternes and has remained in the family for nine generations! The blend is 80-90% Semillon, and 10-20% Sauvignon Blanc grown on a mixture of sandy clay and calcareous clay. The grapes are picked in three passes to ensure optimal ripeness and levels of botryis, and the wine is aged in 50% new French oak for 18-20 months. This is a great Sauternes to pair with something salty or intensely flavored like foie gras or strong cheeses, or with a dessert that isn't too sweet like an apple crumble!

  • white sweet
  • 24 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $139.99

Burgundy White

Bize, Simon 2018 Bourgogne Blanc Les Perrieres

We are huge fans of the Bize wines and what we have seen of the 2018s so far has us jazzed. The whites are of particular note, considering the warmth of the vintage. They have the poise and freshness that one expects from serious white Burgundy, while still showing the fruit and richness that characterizes the vintage. "Perrieres" is the second of two Bourgogne Blancs that Bize bottles each year and though it sits very close on the hillside to "Champlains," it couldn't be more different. The vines in "Perrieres" are older, the soil very rocky and it always shows spine and crunch in  stark contrast to the richness and plump fruit of "Champlains." The '18 whites at Bize were incredibly successful wines. 

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

Brocard, Julien 2018 Chablis La Boissonneuse

La Boissonneuse vineyard makes up the bulk of Julien Brocard's holdings, at 11 of his 18 total hectares. This cuvée is sourced from 30-year-old biodynamically farmed vines, fermented with native yeasts, and aged in large foudre.

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Brocard, Julien 2018 Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses

The Brocard wines have been staples on the shelves here since they first arrived in New York a few years ago. They are the real thing, true Chablis. Certified biodynamic and aged in a combination of steel and wood, they have the mineral intensity that sets Chablis apart from its neighbors and all other white wines . We tasted this particular bottle a couple of weeks ago and while I failed to write a tasting note, I can say unequivocally that it was a showstopper. We were floored. It's as good a 2018 as I have tasted and fantastically ageworthy. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $129.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

Based in the village of Savigny-lès-Beaune with vines in Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses, the estate has roots going back to 1834. Claude de Nicolay, along with her brother François de Nicolay, fashion pure, old-school, age-worthy Burgundy. The vineyard work has been organic since the 1980s and certified biodynamic since 2005 with vines replanted with massale selection. Yields are kept low to express the terroir of each vineyard. 

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $264.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chandon de Briailles 2018 Savigny-les-Beaune Les Saucours-Sans Soufre

This is Savigny Blanc from white rocky soils previously planted to Pinot Noir. Claude de Nicolay has been experimenting more and more with no-sulfur winemaking in recent years and as the quality of vineyard work and cellar work has steadily increased, so has the success level of these bottlings. 

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Chazelles (Domaine des) 2017 Vire-Clesse Vieilles Vignes

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

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $23.99

Domaine Billard 2019 Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune La Justice (Chardonnay)

Domaine Billard is not a household name but that doesn't matter around here. They are working hard, farming organically, fermenting with indigenous yeasts and aging the wines using a minimum of new oak. What comes of that work are pure wines that express their place of origin. The 2019 "La Justice" comes from a single parcel tucked up behind Saint-Aubin. The soil is heavy with limestone and the temperature is generally a degree or two cooler than the grander vineyards just to the east. This is beautifully aromatic and leaning to the savory side, full of lemon peel and something like chamomile. On the palate there are more white flowers, green herbs and lemon pith and a feeling of breadth and weight up front that tightens in the finish, leaving a clear stony finish.

  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $68.99

Domane de l'Enclos 2018 Petit Chablis

Historically, Petit Chablis was often sneered at as something that rarely resembled Chablis. However, the leaps and bounds that have been made in the vineyards and the cellar mean that the overall quality of this humble appellation has grown exponentially in recent years. This is certainly the case at Domaine de L'Enclos. The estate is young but the Bouchard brothers have years of experience producing serious Chablis from organically farmed vineyards. The warm 2018 vintage produced especially excellent Petit Chablis. The nose and palate are redolent with lemon, pear, white peach and the minerality that makes Chablis unmistakable even within Burgundy. There is more weight than one might find in cooler vintages and leaves you with a general sense of satisfaction. This is very nice and a tremendous value. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Duplessis, Gérard 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains

Lillian Duplessis considers this site as having the greatest potential within his lineup of Premier Cru vineyards and tasting the 2017, one can immediately see why. This wine feels intensely serious and coiled, with very pretty white peach and lemon fruit and just a touch of floral character. It has great length and mineral intensity, and a sea character combined with a sweet richness that reminds me of cooked lobster just pulled from the shell. This is super and will age beautifully. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Duplessis, Gérard 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Montée de Tonnerre is often considered the greatest of the Premier Crus of Chablis, situated on the same hillside as the Grand Crus, just a stone's throw from Blanchots. It has great exposure and can achieve an extra dimension of density and richness. Case in point, the Duplessis 2017. The fruit character is still very much in the stone fruit and citrus profile and the mineral component feels precise and filigreed. But there is a great sense of weight and breadth in the middle that gives this extra staying power and intensity. This is excellent and should age extremely well. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Duplessis, Gérard 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Les Clos is the sole Grand Cru in the Duplessis lineup and produces wines that will age for many years.  The parcel is less than half a hectare but well situated smack in the middle of the slope, with vines between 35 and 45 years.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $114.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Duplessis, Gérard 2017 Chablis Vaugiraut

Vaugiraut is on the left bank of the Serein, south of the village of Chablis and the Grand Cru vineyards above it on the right bank of the river. The south facing amphitheater is protected from winds and exposed to the warmth of the late afternoon sun, both of which assist in ripening. This bottling from Duplessis is unique among their Premier Crus in that it sees no oak: the elevage is entirely in stainless steel. This has a beautiful, exotic nose that shows notes of white peach, dried orange peel, makrut lime, and salty limestone. The palate is structured, but with generous fruit character, displaying white peach and ripe Meyer lemon notes that lead to a very precise, long finish that emphasizes the limestone minerality of Chablis. Truly delicious. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $54.99

Goisot, Guihelm & Jean-Hugues 2018 Bourgogne Aligoté

Goisot is perhaps best known for their Sauvignon de St. Bris, considered a benchmark for the appellation, as well as riveting Cote d'Auxerre chardonnays that often outperform wines from neighboring Chablis. The Aligoté often goes overlooked, which is a shame, as it is firmly of a piece with the other wines in the range. The 2018 shows the weight of the vintage without obscuring the distinct character of limestone soils. This gleams white-green in the glass and the nose displays lime zest, under-ripe pear. white lilies and something I can only describe as dust from blackboard eraser. On the palate there is more citrus, white pepper, tarragon and a salty chalky finish. This will make a lovely aperitif and a welcome companion to oysters and clams this summer. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $20.99

Goisot, Guilhem & Jean-Hugues 2018 Sauvignon de Saint-Bris Exogyra Virgula

Estates making serious Sauvignon de St. Bris are as rare as hens' teeth and Goisot sits atop this tiny heap. The appellation, (in the near-vicinity of Chablis) is the only one in Burgundy that permits the planting of Sauvignon Blanc and often gets lost in the ocean of Chardonnay. But when handled right, these can be wonderful, refreshing, salty wines. 2018 was a warm vintage across France and this is a richer style than some previous iterations, redolent with lime curd, pineapple and fresh sage. But the limestone core is what gives this wine its soul. The finish is firm and saline, making this more than a match for almost anything you might be having for dinner. Thinking about a bottle of Sancerre for this evening? You'd do well to consider this instead... Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Guillemot-Michel 2018 Viré-Clessé Une Bulle

The Guillemot-Michel "Une Bulle" comes from a tiny parcel of old vines on limestone with red clay, high in iron. The wine is a Pet-Nat (Methode Ancestrale) that is bottled after a short period of fermentation, leaving enough sugar in the wine for the fermentation to continue and create the desired bubbles. The wine is aged in bottle on the lees for around 18 months, then riddled and disgorged and re-bottled with a bit more "Une Bulle."  The result is a very delicious aged Pet-Nat showing honeyed aromas of pear and white peach with hints of almond, marzipan and brioche. On the palate the mousse is soft and creamy with flavors of peach and quince  with lime-flower and minerals and a long finish of white fruits, citrus peel and firm acidity. This is a delightful wine to sip by itself or pair with mild cheeses, patés and terrines, fruit desserts..  David Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lamy, Hubert 2016 Chassagne Montrachet Concis du Champ

When I speak with Burgundy growers about their peers and whose work they admire and find inspiration in, the name Olivier Lamy comes up almost without exception. A relentless innovator and workaholic, Olivier makes remarkable wines. He has pioneered a number of viticultural techniques in Burgundy over the last twenty years, including experimenting with high-density planting (up 40,000 vines per hectare) and the adopting of a pruning model traditionally used in the Loire Valley (designed to reduce the amount of scar tissue on the vine and better protect it from wood diseases). While best known for Saint Aubin, he makes lovely Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay as well. Concis du Champs is a parcel at the bottom end of the slope, with more clay, from 15-year old vines and aged in 600-liter barrels, virtually none of them new. From the very small but brilliant 2016 vintage. 

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic

Lamy, Hubert 2018 St Aubin 1er Cru Clos du Meix

It's not news that I have a weakness for the wines of Olivier Lamy. I seek them out wherever I go, they are always a joy to drink and I'm always excited to taste the new vintage. It makes me happy to report that the 2018 "Clos du Meix" is outstanding. Only the nose really belies the warmth and ripeness of the vintage, hinting more at yellow apple rather than green, with lime and Juicy Fruit gum at the edges. On the palate, the wine is open but taut in the way we have come to expect of this estate. There is great focus, with more sweet lime and stone chalky notes. The finish is detailed and precise, reminiscent of a first-rate Puget Sound oyster. Excellent wine. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $1,209.99

Manciat 2018 Mâcon Charnay Franclieu

100% Chardonnay. From Jean Manciat's oldest vines, on a gentle, stony slope of clay-limestone soils. Jean considers this to be his finest plot. The hand-harvested fruit is whole-cluster-pressed, naturally fermented and aged on its fine lees in stainless steel tanks--no oak at all here--to feature the fresh, floral, flinty nature of the fruit from this vineyard.

  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $599.99

Morey, Pierre 2018 Bourgogne Aligoté

From two parcels just outside the Meursault appellation borders, the wines here are on average fifty years old. Year after year, this always consistently lovely and age-worthy.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $89.99

Rateau 2018 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 2018 has a bright bronze/gold color and lovley aromas or ripe white peach and pear with exotic citrus and herbal notes. The ripe, deep palate palate shows stone,  apricot, pear and almond flavors with lovely density and a firm core of minerality that lingers in the very long finish. Delicious now, showing the lush fruit of 2018, it should cellar beautifully as well. David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2019 Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune Blanc

Jean-Claude Rateau makes lovely Biodynamic wines in the Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune in his east-facing vineyard of clay/limestone and marne soils.  In the dry, hot 2019 vintage, yields were extremely low so Jean-Claude combined his Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc into this cuvee which is quite round and lucious showing floral aromas with ripe pear, apple and spice with hints of citrus and almond. The palate is rounder and more ripe than usual, but perfectly balanced with pear, citrus and stone flavors, with terrific length and firm acidity. This food friendly wine will accompany everything from oysters and grilled seafood to roast chicken and mild cheeses. Delicious now or cellar for 5 to 8 years. This is a delightful Burgundy and a great value!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roally (Gautier Thevenet) 2018 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. Discovered by Joe Dressner in 1987, we made a number of visits there until Goyard's retirement in 2000. Sometimes the juice would still be fermenting after 18 months in tank, and a 1989 tasted in 1999 was simply sensational. Gautier Thevenet of the Domaine Bongran took over in 2000 and has happily kept up the quality and style of Goyard. The 2018 is a beautiful wine with aromas of lemon oil, mango, white fruits, spice and honey - really complex and elegant. Lush white fruits on the palate with citrus and minerals. Fabulous length of saline acids, stone and ripe fruit. Superb for current drinking, this should age beautifully for ten to fifteen years. Bravo to Gautier Thevenet! David Lillie

  • white
  • 35 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

Rollin 2017 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 1.5L

 The Rollin family has been making and bottling wines from Pernand and Aloxe since the mid-1950s and today are one of the best addresses in either commune. These are old-school wines made with a minimum of fuss - treating the vines only when absolutely necessary, hand-harvesting, fermenting only with native yeasts and without slavishly relying on new oak for flavor or richness. Their Charlemagne is a true Charlemagne, with vines on both the Aloxe and Pernand sides. This is notable because the two produce wines of such different character, with the south-facing Aloxe parcels contributing richness and the cooler Pernand side adding tension and freshness but each one delivering the intense chalk character  that distinguishes Corton-Charlemagne.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $339.99

Sainte Barbe 2017 Viré-Clessé La Perrière

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

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Tripoz 2018 Macon Loche Cuvee du Clocher

We tasted a sample of this a few weeks ago and the staff was pretty much flattened by it. The 2018 vintage has been characterized by richness and lush fruit but this seems to defy all expectations. It's brimming with citrus fruit that feel like they were just peeled - tangerine and Meyer Lemon - wrapped around river stones and seasoned with sea salt. The racy texture and acid practically crackle with electricity, almost like great dry Chenin or Riesling. Tremendous.  Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2018 Macon-Cruzille Aragonite

Carved from vineyards once owned by the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny and farmed organically by Julien Guillot's family since 1954, Clos Vignes du Maynes is one of the most distinctive growers in Burgundy. Aragonite comes from 40- to 80-year-old Chardonnay vines high on the slope, on thin soils of clay, crystallized limestone, and laced with other minerals. This wine is incredibly aromatic upon opening with aromas of golden pear, green apple, apricot, white grapefruit, honeysuckle, and bergamot; there is a hint of earthy heather honey and butterscotch. On the palate it is quite rich and luscious, in this warm low-yielding vintage, and much more tropical and salty than in years past. In fact, if tasted blind, I could see this being mistaken for a great Chardonnay from the Jura as it has fantastic acidity, and is beautifully textured, long, and mineral. On day two the aromas have softened a bit, and the palate has gained an added savory note that contributes to a still stunningly long finish. The 2018 Aragonite is not to be missed. 

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Champagne

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

Agrapart NV Champagne Extra Brut Terroirs Bl de Bl

A non-vintage blend from parcels in Avize, Cramant, Oger, and Oiry. The Terroirs has a pale lemon yellow robe, a fine bead and a soft mousse.The nose is generously scented with notes of  Meyer lemon peel, apple blossom, and sea spray the on nose. The palate is lean, tense, savory, and nervy with flavors of green apple, lemon curd, and chalk. There's a fine stony core to the wine that carries over on the persistent, finish. There's a lot to like here and I'd love to try another bottle with some Watch Hill oysters or prawns. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 29 in stock
  • no discount
  • $72.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $199.99

Barbichon NV base 16 Champagne Brut Blanc de Noirs

From year to year there seem to be few greater values in Champagne than those of biodynamic grower Thomas Barbichon in Gyé-sur-Seine in the Aube. From his 9 HA domaine he produces wines of purity, elegance, and precision. The current disgorgement of his Blanc de Noirs is Pinot Noir-dominant. The robe has a faint peach hue.  The nose is attractively floral and red-fruited with aromas of wild strawberry, sour cherry, and crushed herbs.The palate is bright and vibrant with flavors of orange oil, a fine line of minerality, with a soft mousse and fine bead.The finish is expansive and tangy with a hint of biscuit on the back end. Lovely Champagne and an excellent value. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature

A sensational mature Champagne from André Beaufort - the estate converted to organic agriculture in the early 70's and makes brilliant, full-bodied Champagnes that are among the most "vinous" being made today. Medium golden yellow in color and sporting a discrete mousse. The nose is quite floral with tones of cherry blossoms, apple blossoms, and irises before touches of quince and fresh baguette. The palate is concentrated with a spherical yet laser-like focus that offers notes of lemon sorbet, tart lemon custard, and apple pie, underlined by a fine minerality that persists through to a rounded, savory finish. Really a very pretty and lovely wine. This medium-bodied Champagne is made of approximately 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and was disgorged recently after 16+ years of sur-lie aging, illustrating the Beauforts' commitment to releasing mature wines.

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Polisy Brut (Disgorged 9/20)

Our new shipment of the 2008 Polisy Brut was disgorged in September 2020. 2008 continues to delight, even 12 years after the harvest. The current disgorgement of the Polisy has a pale yellow robe, fine bead, and soft mousse. The nose is soft and pretty offering aromas of golden apple, acacia, lemon curd and apple blossom. The mid-weight palate is bright and brisk on attack, with flavors of Macintosh apple, bergamot, and green tea giving way to a fine core of minerality lending focus. This has good length and energy on  a lifted and expansive finish. This is very good with vibrant fruit and nascent aged flavors knitting elegantly. A fine effort from the Beauforts! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $77.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2009 Champagne Polisy Brut (Disgorged 9/20)

2009, says Jancis Robinson: "After early complications a superb summer produced a clean crop of high quality, with particularly good Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims. Wines are plump and approachable." The Beaufort Polisy shows subtle aromas of white fruits and creamy lemon with hints of spice and herbs, the palate is round and ripe with pear, citrus, almond, spice, anise...  The finish is long and creamy with complex spice and mineral notes. The mousse is soft and delicate as with most of the Beaufort wines. This is a great white Burgundy that's masquerading as Champagne. Disgorged in Sept, 2020. DL

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $65.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (Dis 8/20)

For those of a classical bent who prefer not to shop at the big Champagne houses, André Beaufort is a wonderful alternative. Longtime organic farming and extended lees-aging produce rich wines of uncommon detail and complexity. The 2010 Ambonnay offers aromas of white flowers, orange peel, bergamot, and  chalk on the nose. Bright acid, salted plum, citrus oil, and a fine line of sapid minerality on the supple and rich palate. This shows a fine interplay between power, tension, and a suave, supple finish. This is one heck of an Ambonnay and a fine bottle of Beaufort!  (Disgorged in August 2020)  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Polisy Brut (Disgorged 09/20)

The new Beaufort Polisy Reserve Brut Nature NV is based on the 2015 vintage and was disgorged in September, 2020. The Polisy NV Brut Nature is a lean, racy expression of the Kimmeridgian limestone of Polisy. The nose is cool-toned and faintly herbal with aromas of green apple, lime zest, and wet stone. The palate is steely and focused, with a prominent mineral character giving way to taut structure and a compelling savory character on the brisk, chiseled finish. I'd love this with crudo, ceviche, or a platter of briny Beausoleil oysters. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 16 in stock
  • no discount
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Grand Cru Brut Reserve 375ml

We're fans of the Champagnes of Beaufort for a number of reasons. The farming at this historic Domaine is impeccable and the winemaking is classical and refreshingly old school. The 2015 base Ambonnay Grand Cru in handy half bottle is a pocket-sized example of Beaufort's distinctive character. Disgorged January 2020.

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bénard, Laurent 2011 Champagne Extra Brut 1er cru Les Sept Arpents BdB Vibrato

A truly natural Champagne, no easy feat, from the Premier Cru village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The vineyards are farmed organically, and everything is done by hand, even the riddling (ouch, my wrists)!The blend for the 2011 Vibrato is 40% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay. The wines are fermented and aged in barrel, and bottled with no sulfites and just 2g/l of dosage.

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

Bérêche NV (2016 Base) Extra Brut Rose Campania Remensis

Bérêche's Campania Remensis is a consistently fascinating rosé Champagne, in a category fraught with uninspiring wines. The 2016 base is 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunir with 5% still red wine from Ormes on the western side of the Montagne de Reims. Fermented in oak. Aged under cork and hand disgorged in March, 2020 bottled with 3g/l dosage. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $87.99

  • Organic

Bérêche NV (Base 2017) Champagne Brut Réserve (disgorged July 2019, 7g/l)

The current release of Bérêche's Brut Réserve is based on the 2017 vintage was disgorged in July 2019 and bottled with a dosage of 7g/l. The wine has a pale peach robe and fine bead. The Base 17 has a pretty nose of nectarine skin, orange oil, acacia blossom, and red fruits. The palate is broad—this is Bérêche after all—but agile, with flavors of stone fruit, wild raspberry, graham cracker and a fine undercurrent of minerality to buoy the supple plushness of the fruit. This has classical lines and a suave, stylish finish and should truly shine when the dosage knits. A great gift idea for lovers of grand Champagnes. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (2016 Base) Champagne Brut Nature Beaux Regards Chardonnay

Les Beaux Regards is a blend of two parcels of Chardonnay in Ludes on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims planted in 1964 and 1970. The loamy clay soils produce a Champagne more vinous in character, rather than exclusively taut and chalky. The 2016 displays lemon zest, apple blossom, and stone fruit aromas with delicate notes of spice, brioche, and orange oil following. The palate is distinctly nervy and racy, with overtly salty notes, cool notes of  lemon balm, quinine, and mint with a long tangy, mouthwatering finish. There's a penetrating minerality here matched by decidedly vivacious cool-toned fruit. Delicious! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic

Bourmault, Christian NV Base 14 Champagne Brut Cuvée Hermance

A new grower for Chambers Street Wines, Christian Bourmault from Avize works organically with some parcels certified. Cuvée Hermance is comprised of 67% Pinot Noir, 23% Chardonnay, 10% Meunier aged in a combination of tank and barrel. Brisk and bright on the nose with aromas of pear skin, Meyer lemon zest, Rainier cherry, and biscuit, the palate is ripe and citrusy, with flavors of white peach, lemon curd, and orange rind. This offers terrific value and flair at a fine price. Highly recommended! John McIlwain

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

  • Organic

Brochet, Emmanuel NV (2016 base) Champagne Extra Brut 1er Cru Le Mont Benoit

Emmanuel Brochet is a bit of an outlier in Champagne, in that he works his vineyards and cellar entirely himself, almost all by hand, and all with organic certification—no small feat. This bottle is a beautiful example of that hard work paying off. 'Le Mont Benoit' is a 2.5 hectare lieu-dit in the village of Villers-aux-Noeuds in the Montagne de Reims. The vines age from ~35-60 years-old planted in a mixture of silt, clay, and chalk; all of which present themselves on the palate. The assemblage for the NV (16 Base) is 39% Pinot Noir, 37% Pinot Meunier, 24% Chardonnay, with 4 grams dosage. Emmanuel bottles his Champagne unfiltered, with only a small amount of sulfur as he prefers to leave the wine relatively unmanipulated. Upon opening the nose expresses a barely toasted croissant and delicate fruit aromas of freshly picked pear and yellow apple. The palate reveals crushed rock from the mixture of soil-types and creamy lemon curd. There is a tension here: a balance of richness and lightness, supported by its medium weight and soft bead. This is a Champagne I happily enjoyed on its own, but would be fantastic with chicken liver mousse on brioche or a nuttier cheese like Beaufort.  Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

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

Chartogne-Taillet NV Champagne Brut Cuvée Sainte-Anne (base 16/15)

Don't call it basic! Chartogne-Taillet’s “Cuvée Saint Anne” is one of our favorite grower Champagnes priced under $50. The grapes come Merfy in the Montagne de Reims and are a blend of the 2016 and 2015 vintages. On the nose there are aromas of apple blossoms, peach skin, and sea spray. The mid-weight, generous palate offers flavors of ripe golden apple, lemon curd, and crushed herbs on a racy, spritely finish. This has plenty of charm on the attack with a fine core of minerality lending focus and depth. Disgorged 7/26/17, dosage 5 g/l. John McIlwain(Wine arrives 12/19)

  • white sparkling
  • 128 in stock
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  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

Doyard 2014 Champagne Premier Cru Extra-Brut Clos de l'Abbaye

100% Chardonnay, planted in 1956  in  a half-hectare enclosed parcel located just behind the Doyard estate in Vertus. Biodynamically farmed  and horse-plowed. Vins clairs are aged in barrel and do not undergo malolactic fermentation. The 2014 has a pale yellowish gold robe and superfine beat. The nose is reserved upon opening and unfurls to reveal aromas of lemon curd,  apple blossom, pear skin. The palate  is powertful and rich, but coiled and deeply chalky with ripe white fruit and lemon oil flavors enrobing a steely, mineral core. Good now with air, but only hinting at its immense potential. Bottled with 2g/l dosage. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • $107.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 24 in stock
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  • $43.99

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
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  • $274.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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Godmé, Hugues 2009 Champagne Brut 1er Cru Les Alouettes Saint Bets

Hugues Godmé 2009 Les Alouettes Saint Bets Brut is a single vineyard blanc de blancs from Villers-Marmery near the border with Verzy. The soils of this climat are very chalky with little topsoil. The grapes are farmed biodynamically, vinified in neutral oak with native yeasts, with no malolactic fermentation, and bottled with low sulfur. There is an electric sense of chalky minerality to this Champagne. While there is a degree of richness to the wine that hints at Verzy, and a silken quality on the palate derived from its time in wood, ultimately a cool, deft sense of fruit and chalkiness defines the nose and palate. Still a bit taut, there are floral and citrus oil notes on the nose, followed by Meyer lemon and a subtle salinity on the palate. The mousse is fine and the finish long, complex, and supple. This should shine brightly with a bit more time in the bottle.  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
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  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

Godmé, Hugues 2010 Champagne Brut Grand Cru Les Champs Saint Martin

From the eponymous lieu-dit located in the grand cru village of Verzenay on the norther slope of the Montagne de Reims. The organically farmed vines date from 1986 are grown in shallow clay soils over chalk. Juice from the coeur de cuvée, fermented with native yeasts, aged in oak barrels. The 2010 boasts a fine bead and soft mousse. The nose offer aromas of wet stone, red apple skin, spice, and apple blossom. The rich palate is broad and supple, yet suffused with a bright, incisive minerality and a lean cut to the long, detailed, rising, finish. There is a fine interplay between ripe red fruit flavors and a firm core of savory minerality. There is real class and complexity here with a fine upside for aging. Godmé’s parcellaires have real verve and depth and are not to be missed! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
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  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Horiot, Olivier 2012 Champagne Brut "Sève" Rosé de Saignée

Unencumbered by the history and tradition of the Marne, Olivier Horiot has set out to make simple, intimate, and vinous Champagne that showcase the terroir of Les Riceys. The Sève is a Rosé de Saignée, from the warm, single vineyard site of en Barmont, where Pinot Noir can reach a robust ripeness that is balanced by firmly controlled yields.  Four days of semi-carbonic maceration add both complexity and lightness to this joyful Champagne.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
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  • $49.99

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
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  • $89.99

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
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  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $159.99

Laherte Frères 2014 Les Vignes d'Autrefois Pinot Meunier Extra Brut

Laherte Frères is a longtime favorite of Chambers. They combine organic farming with well-considered winemaking in the area near Epernay where the the Valée de Marne and Côte des Blanc meet. The 2014 Les Vignes d'Autrefois Extra Brut is made from 100% Pinot Meunier from 40-60 year-old vines from Chavot and Mancy, this is displays both the vinous nature of the fruit as well as the underlying terroir (clays over chalk)  which is revealed by organic farming. The wine hews to the more savory side of the spectrum, with herbal notes framing the ripe red fruit and giving way to a fine chalky bead of minerality on a bracing, long, dry finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
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  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 35 in stock
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  • $49.99

Laherte Frères NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature

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

  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
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  • $49.99

  • Organic

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

  • white sparkling
  • 32 in stock
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  • $27.99

  • Organic

Laval, Georges 2016 Champagne Cumières Premier Cru Les Chênes

If ever there were an argument that portions of Cumières merit Grand Cru status, Laval's Les Chênes makes a convincing case. The amphitheater-shaped vineyard is something of a sun trap and produces Champagnes of power and precision in Vincent's able hands. Made up of 100% organically-farmed Chardonnay from the eponymous lieu-dit on the eastern side of the village (near the bottom of the slope down by the river), where the soils are chalky rather than the clays of other portions of the village. This is a particularly powerful blanc de blancs.The 2016 has a pale lemon yellow robe with a frothy mousse and ultra-fine bead. The nose is inviting with pretty apple blossom, lemon oil aromas with a wisp of minty herbaceousness. The palate is incisively chalky, with a deep stoniness forming the core of the wine with layers of orchard fruit and citrus peel flavors shimmering above. This has fine grip and drive and enough brio to make for compelling drinking now, but don't hesitate to age for 10 or more years, as tastings with Vincent have shown that les  Chênes is a particularly long-lived wine and a magnificent expression of singular terroir. John McIlwain 

  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
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  • $159.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laval, Georges NV (2017 Base) Champagne Cumières 1er Cru Brut Nature

Vincent Laval's wines are simply outstanding. Located in the warm village of Cumières in the southern Montagne de Reims, this Domaine is so tiny that, without a tip-off, you'd never know it existed. The Lavals have been farming organically since 1971, making their Domaine one of the longest standing organic Domaines in the region. Their "basic" (though, trust us, there's nothing basic about it) Cumières is generally 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (with some Meunier in 2017). The grapes are harvested very ripe. enabling the wine to find balance without the addition of a dosage. We can't find the words to lavish sufficient praise upon this wine. The bubbles are perfectly fine and creamy, the aromas rich, earthy, and pretty, the palate broad yet chiseled, and the finish mouth-coating and minerally.

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
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  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
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  • $69.99

Marguet Père and Fils 2014 Champagne Extra Brut Grand Cru Ambonnay Rosé (disg. 3/19)

While we love biodynamic grower Benoît Marguet's Champagnes for their combination of Ambonnay power and frank minerality, it may be that his most pleasurable wine is his excellent vintage-dated rosé. Chardonnay dominated in a village noted for its Pinot Noir, the wine offer a beautiful nose highlighted by aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry seed, tarragon, and chalk. The palate is brightly mineral and structured, with a deep stoniness at its core within its layers of ripe red fruits and savory notes. The wine balances deftly its grand cru power with a lacy bead, vibrant acidity, and achingly pretty florality. This is natural Champagne and an absolute joy to drink.  John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 13 in stock
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  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2016 Champagne Extra-Brut Shaman Rosé (2nd Release)

The second bottling of the 2016 Shaman 16 Rosé  has more Pinot Noir in the blend lending a more savory character to the cuvée. (70% Chard 30% Pinot Noir for those keeping score at home.) The wine has a pale salmon pink robe.The nose offers aromas of  balsam , red fruits, spices, and crushed herbs.  This is broader on palate with greater richness than the first bottling, but boasts greater length and a more overtly mineral character. In short, a fine rosé for those seeking umami. Excellent stuff and a perfect choice for sushi and sashimi or donabe rice with mushrooms. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 20 in stock
  • no discount
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2016 Shaman Champagne Extra Brut

86% Pinot Noir, 14% Chardonnay, bottled with no dosage or sulfur. From the frost damaged 2016 vintage the Shaman 16 has a pale, faintly gold green robe and a fine bead. The nose is ripe with notes of cherry skin, white peach, and spice. The palate is broad and expansive, with rich red fruit flavors and a firm, expansive mineral core. There is plenty of drive and precision here to counter the richness and supple finish. This is shaded more to sapidity than overt fruit and should shine at the table with heartier fare. (Disgorged January 2019.) John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Mignon, Christophe NV Base15/16 Brut Nature ADN de Meunier

100% Pinot Meunier. Disgorged 11/20/2019. Bottled without dosage. An assemblage of Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne from 2015 and 2016.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Mouzon Leroux NV Champagne Extra Brut L'Atavique base 15

One of the most interesting terroirs of the Montagne de Reims is Verzy, whose north facing vineyards on clay limestone soils produce Pinot Noir-dominated Champagnes of cut and finesse. Biodynamic producer Mouzon-Leroux's L'Atavique is 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay mostly from Verzy with a portion of the wine barrel-fermented and bottled with 3.5g/l dosage. The nose is effusive with woodsmoke, floral, orchard fruit, citrus oil, and bread notes. The palate is energetic and nuanced with overt minerality making up its core. Outward from this radiates a bright sense of fruit, acidity, succulence, and texture. It seems refined and playful at the same time. The finish is long, complex, invigorating, and pure.

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Nowack, Flavien NV (Base 15) Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs La Tuilerie

100% Chardonnay from a southwest facing parcel comprised of sandy limestone soils in Vandières on the right bank of the Marne.  Farmed biodynamically. Fermented with native yeasts, aged in a combination of vat and small barrel, secondary fermentation is under cork, with prise de mousse done with grape must rather than liqueur.  The robe is a  pale yellow green, with a fine bead and soft mousse. The cool-toned nose offers aromas of lemon pith, crushed herbs, and sea spray. The palate is lean and chiseled with citrus peel, apple skin, and quinine flavors underlain by a snappy, brisk, mineral spine. This is bright and fresh with plenty of lift and verticality and succulence on the finish. I’d love this with a plate of St John’s, Pemaquid, and Glidden Point oysters to enjoy the interplay of the brininess of the oysters with the salty character of the Champagne. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Nowack, Flavien NV (Base 15) Champagne Extra Brut Les Bauchets Pinot Noir

100% Pinot Noir planted in 1983 from a southeast-facing plot comprised of sandy soils in Vandières on the right (north) bank of the Marnes. The vin clair is fermented with native yeast in vat and barrel without undergoing malolactic, the secondary fermentation is under corkThe robe is pale gold, there is an ultra-fine bead and soft mousse.  Upon opening the nose offers pretty aromas of red fruits, rainier cherry, and crushed herbs. The palate is broad but lithe, with the ripe brambly fruit, racing along with a savory mineral core lending both energy and gravitas. The finish is long and lingering with a beautiful hint of Pinot spice to close. A lovely bottle that should gain in complexity and layers with a few more years in the cellar. Disgorged 12/19 2g/l dosage. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
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  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

Nowack, Flavien NV (Base 17) Champagne Extra Brut S.A.

Flavien Nowack's Extra-Brut S.A. (Sans Année) is comprised of 60% Pinot Meunier and 40% Chardonnay farmed biodynamically in the village of Vandières in the Marne. The base vintage is 2017 with 40% reserve wines dating from 2012. Initial fermentation is with native yeasts and the vins clairs are aged in tank and oak. The nose offers aromas of apple skin, ginger, and wet stone. The palate is medium-bodied and buoyant with stone fruit and spice flavors lent gravitas with a fine bead of pungent minerality.

  • white sparkling
  • 21 in stock
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  • $57.99

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

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

  • Organic

Perseval, Thomas 2014 Chamery 1er cru La Masure

  One of the inaugural parcellaire releases from organic vigneron Thomas Perseval from Chamery in northwestern Montagne de Reims, the Perseval "La Masure" 1er cru Extra Brut is a blend of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay from the 2014 vintage. Raised in enamel tank and barrel and disgorged in 2018 after three years on the lees. The nose offers aromas white flowers, Meyer lemon peel, red fruit, candied ginger, and sea spray. The palate has a snappy mineral attack followed by layered flavors of wild strawberry, salted plum, cool crushed herbs, chalk, brioche, and shows considerable drive and power on the medium-long, rising finish. With air the wine becomes still more harmonious and suave, never losing sight of the fine mineral core framing the ripe fruit.
John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

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

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $57.99

Ponson NV (2014) Champagne Extra Brut La Petite Montagne 1er cru

In a region beset by indifferent farming and difficult weather, there's a lot of inspiration to be had as a new generation of Champenois take over their family domaines. Maxime Ponson is a prime example of a young grower recognizing the need to improve the farming and embrace organic viticulture as a moral imperative (not to mention make better wines). La Petite Montagne 1er is sourced from vineyards spread across seven communes on the eponymous Petite Montagne located to the east and southeast of Reims. The current release is 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay and 25% percent Pinot Noir. The nose is fresh and expressive, with aromas of white flowers, stone fruit, and brioche. The palate is chiseled and stony with racy lemon zest and green apple flavors and a vibrant, mouthwatering finish. A great apéritif wine, and a fine choice for sashimi, oysters, or crudo. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $62.99

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

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $169.99

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Rosé Zero (base 2013)

Tarlant pulls off smart austerity with enough charm, character and nuanced flavor to make for compelling and food-oriented Champagne. The NV Rosé (in this case based on the superb 2008 vintage) shows off red fruits such as currant and raspberry, which are interestingly contrasted by a spicy note that borders on being peppery. Not overtly creamy, this Rosé is extrememly minerally and elegant. (85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir -- non-dosé -- disgorged 6/13)

  • rosé sparkling
  • 11 in stock
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  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 21 in stock
  • no discount
  • $52.99

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
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  • $129.99

Vilmart & Cie. NV Champagne Brut 1er cru Cuvée Rubis Rosé (17 Base)

90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay, with 15% Pinot Noir vin rouge. Aged for 10 months in foudre. No malolactic fermentation. Base 2017 with reserve wines from 2016 and 2015. Rubis has a dark salmon robe and fine bead. The nose offers aromas of peach skin, wild strawberry, and blood orange oil. The palate is sinuous and nervy (relative to Vilmart’s ample house  style) with wild strawberry, crushed herbs, and a creamy orange curd note on a long mouthwatering, juicy finish. There’s a pebbly mineral core beneath the ripe red fruit and great detail and coolness overall and this should age smartly for the next decade. This has fine verve and snap and each sip beckons for another. Highly recommended. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 23 in stock
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  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $179.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

Cote-de-Beaune

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

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

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

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2018 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Fournaux

Chandon de Briailles is one of the truly grand domaines of Burgundy, dating back to 1834. Their holdings include vines in most of the best sites in Savigny and Pernand, as well as considerable parcels of Corton Grand Cru and Charlemagne and there seems to be near-consensus that the wines that the estate has produced over the last ten years are the most consistently brilliant that the de Nicolay family has produced. "Aux Fournaux" is named for the 1er Cru that makes up the lion's share of this bottling. This may be labeled villages-level wine but what's inside is considerably more elevated. 

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevrot 2017 Maranges Sur le Chêne Rouge

The Chevrot brothers, Pablo and Vincent, make beautiful wines. The farming is excellent and the wines feel pure. The '17 "Sur le Chene," is no different. Right from jump, it is bursting with cherry and raspberry fruit and a blast of allspice and anise from a healthy percentage of whole clusters in the fermentation. As the wine opens up in the glass, it takes on weight and complexity but the energy and freshness of the vintage remains front and center. This is an great value and should not be missed. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $32.99

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
  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Louis Chenu 2018 Savigny-Les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes

The wines of Louis Chenu have received a good deal of very positive press recently and opening a bottle of the '18 Savigny "Vieilles Vignes," it is not hard to see why. The domaine dates from 1914 but the Chenu sisters who run the domaine together have made considerable strides in the vineyards. The farming is certified organic and the winemaking very classic - destemmed, short cold-maceration and minimal new oak. The result is classic Savigny, assembled from five parcels, with red cherry, rhubarb, allspice and lovely mineral structure. The wine is poised, precise and very tasty now but this will certainly improve with a few years in bottle. I also want to give the sisters credit for my favorite winery website that I've seen in a while

(check it out here http://www.louischenu.com/us/apropos-1.htm)   Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $179.99

Morey-Blanc 2017 Aloxe Corton 1er Cru Clos du Chapitre

Anne Morey is best known for her brilliant and piercing white wines but her reds are no less lovely. "Clos du Chapitre" is from a parcel on the southeast edge of the village of Aloxe, separated from the first of the Corton Grand Crus by a distance  roughly the same as a city block.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $114.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2019 Beaune Clos des Mariages

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 brown limestone soils. "This fertile soil gives wines that are open and joyous, with delicate spice notes, giving great pleasure in their youth and capable of long-term aging." (J-C Rateau) Indeed the 2019 Clos des Mariages is a gorgeous wine showing a bright mélange of black cherry, strawberry and raspberry with hints of spice, citrus, licorice and violet. The palate shows dense, chalky fruit, sappy and ripe but retaining a nice lightness of body with firm acidity and mineral flavors that continue in the very long, juicy finish. This is absolutely delicious now and should drink well continuously over the next five to ten years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2019 Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune Rouge

From a small parcel of 50 year-old vines in AOC Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune, certified Biodynamic, "lyre ouverte" pruning.  The wine shows a bright red/garnet color and very floral aromas of berry fruits - crushed raspberry and strawberry, quite pretty and a bit riper than usual in 2019, with a bit of orange peel and spice. The palate is bright, vibrant and  medium-bodied with sappy tart cherry and strawberry fruit, finishing with good length of juicy acidity and minerals.  The wine is quite elegant and refreshing - it's a perfect Pinot Noir for roast chicken and lighter meat dishes, serve cool and enjoy! David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

  • red
  • 1 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
  • 10 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Cote-de-Nuit

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $359.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $449.99

Chantal Lescure 2017 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

From 50+ year-old vines in the upper part of the Clos (Lieu-dit "Montiotes"). Terroir pebbly clay/limestone. 12 btls available.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes

From the village portion of Les Damodes on the Vosne side of Nuits St. Georges, long-time organic farming, minimal use of SO2. The 2017 "Les Damodes" shows a bright red/black color with very floral aromas of black cherry and strawberry liqueur, with hints of mint, licorice and brown spice. There is deep black cherry, strawberry and red currant fruit on the palate which is chalky, round and ripe and is nicely balanced by bright acidity, a bit of tannin and a hint of oak. This opens up with aeration becoming more complex, with pretty red fruits lingering in the finish. Quite delicious now, this will show best in 5 to 8 years when the tannins and oak have integrated.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots

2017 Les Suchots. A bit backwards on opening, mostly showing forest floor and tart berries. But with air, the nose unfurls to offer effusive aromas of wild raspberry, blackberry liqueur, and crushed rose petals. The palate is generous and coltish with ripe flavors of Bing cherry, turned earth, and exotic spices, with good density and a fine core of minerality. Not quite as nervy as the 2016, but this has fine balance, ripe tannins, and sneaky persistence. Delicious with guinea hen in a red wine sauce with mushrooms over grits. But I can see enjoying this with gamier fare. This shows plush fruit and savory soil notes and should gain in complexity with a few years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Trapet 2018 Bourgogne Rouge

Produced from young-vine Gevrey, this is a terrific Bourgogne. The fruit is bright red, full of wild strawberries and cherries, and the feeling of weightlessness here is what makes Burgundy special. The finish is more salty and cool, after the peppery spice-driven Passtoutgrains. You will be left wondering where the bottle went. Sam Ehrlich


** Wines arrive 12.2.20**

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Trapet 2018 Cote de Nuits-Village Meix Fringuet

This is sourced from vines in Marsannay and the character is distinctly different. The fruit is just a touch darker, with a floral note that suggests violets as well as roses. In the mid-palate, there is a brambly forest-y character that gives extra dimension and savoriness. The sense of limestone here is quite stark and there is good grip and structure, particularly for the level. This will age well in the mid-term and would make a great addition to the cellar at a relative bargain. Sam Ehrlich

**These will arrive Wednesday 12/2**

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $449.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $369.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $109.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $324.99

Lignier, Hubert 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Les Bussières

'Les Bussières' sits on the border of Morey-St-Denis, just below the Premier cru 'Les Sentiers'. The vines were planted between 1948 and 1988. Coming from the border between Chambolle-Musigny and Morey-St- Denis lends this bottle a sense of both, the elegance of Chambolle and the savory structure of Morey-St-Denis.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $139.99

Lignier, Hubert 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrees

From 50-80 year old vines from the 'Les Seuvrees' parcel located right below the Grand Cru Mazoyeres Chambertin.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $109.99

Lignier-Michelot 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $344.99

Magnien, Stephane 2018 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

I have always had a real soft spot for  "L es Sentiers," borne of rosy memories of several vintages from Jacky Truchot. Those wines are long gone but that's ok. We have Stephane Magnien, a prodigious talent with a deft touch for this tiny parcel of Chambolle and his 2018 is fabulous. On the nose, the warmth and power of the vintage is on display, full of red and blue fruit, fresh roses and sassafras. However, the palate shows remarkable restraint, with crunchy red cherry and raspberry fruit and a flash of wood spice giving way to a refreshing bitter note and and a fiercely stony finish. The overall sense of balance and elegance is striking and while this is by no means inexpensive, in the age of tariffs this is a grand value and not to be missed.     Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $94.99

Magnien, Stephane 2018 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 2018 "Grains Fins" is a terrific wine, surprisingly structured, mineral and dense from these young vines - perhaps the smaller grapes of Pinot Fin brought a bit more grip to this generous vintage. The wine shows a bright deep red/black color, with vibrant aromas of blackberry, earth and ripe morello cherry, very floral, with hints of darker fruit and stone with a fabulous backbone of chalky minerals. The palate has nice grip and density with sappy red and black fruits, with a chalky texture, leading to a firm and very long, lush and mineral finish with hints of licorice and cherry pit. Enjoy this delicious wine in its vibrant youth, or wait a few years then drink until 2030-2035  David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $49.99

Magnien, Stephane 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes

2018 is a superb vintage for Stéphane Magnien and in particular for his new Morey-Saint-Denis "Vieilles Vignes," from  50 to 70 year-old vines in "Clos Slon" and "Cognes" on clay/limestone soils.  The wine shows deep, elegant blackberry and black cherry liqueur aromas, quite floral and ripe with mineral and meaty notes. The palate is round and deep with blackberry/cherry/strawberry fruit with hints of earth, citrus and spice, pure, long and well-structured with soft 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, but perhaps better to drink young for its gorgeous fruit.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $51.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $104.99

Pataille, Sylvain 2014 Marsannay Longeroies

Sylvain Pataille is doubtless the best known producer in Marsannay these days, and with good reason. A consulting oenologist before he started making his own wines, he has a reputation as a brilliant taster and analyst of wines and is equally deft when it comes to vineyard innovation. His success is all the more remarkable considering that he owns no vines of his own but rather leases all his land. "Longeroies" is considered one of the finest sites in the village, frequently cited as a candidate for elevation to Premier Cru status in a reclassification that may never happen. It's a treat to be able to offer this with some age and from a classic vintage such as 2014. This needs a minute to stretch its legs but blossoms with air, with baked red cherries and rhubarb, a touch of sweet soy and clove. The tannins are very fine and nearly resolved but the acidity and mineral spine lend plenty of structure. This still has years ahead of it but what a treat.   Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Trapet 2018 Bourgogne Passetoutgrains A Minima (arrives 12/2)

A lovely foot in the door to the Trapet lineup, this is a classic 50/50 split of Pinot Noir and Gamay. It feels exceptionally Gamay-forward, with fresh raspberry and strawberry fruit and a peppery spicy finish. There is a lovely sense of snap and crunch here. Tons of fun and one to stock up on. Sam Ehrlich


**Any orders will not be available until Wednesday 12.2**

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Trapet 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin

Gevrey is the only village in the Cote D'Or where the village-level vines fall east of the famous D974 that runs the length of the region. Anywhere else these vines would be Bourgogne-level. Trapet's village Gevrey all comes from vineyards above the road, scattered just below or even among some of the best-known sites in Burgundy. Some of the vines here are 100 years old.

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $94.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Trapet 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Ostrea

Ostrea is sourced from vines ranging from 50 to 90 years old, from a set of parcels rich in limestone and fossilized oyster shells, from which the cuvee takes its name.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Loire

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $23.99

Batardière 2017 Vin de France Pet Nat "La Croix Hardie"

'La Croix Hardie' is a methode ancestrale sparkling Chenin Blanc from Batardiere's youngest vines. Fermented in stainless steel, and then aged for two years in bottle in order to ferment to dryness. Up front the nose is bright, floral, and full of juicy citrus and apricot, on the finish there's a little bit of a savory funkiness to this bottling and could use a bit of cellar aging to allow all of these flavors to fully integrate as we've seen with some of his older vintages. Michelle DeWyngaert 

  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Batardiere 2018 Anjou L'Esprit Libre

This bottling is a blend of three parcels from the Batardiere estate, with vines ranging in age from 15-90 years old. The wine is aged on the lees for several months in mostly stainless steel, and a small percentage is used to season their new 500L tonneaux. Farmed biodynamically with as little intervention as possible, the wine has a pleasantly rustic aroma mixed with ripe yellow apple and apricot. The palate is clean with a silky texture. Medium bodied and well balanced by the powerful acidity of Chenin Blanc, giving it a long, satisfying finish. This would be an excellent pairing for something delicate and creamy like scallops or butter-poached lobster. Michelle DeWyngaert 

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 17 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2017 Chinon La Croix Boissée

From  small parcels of shallow sandy clay soils over limestone (calcaire micacé) on a south-facing slope above Cravant. 20 to 45 year-old vines.  20-day fermentation in tronconic wooden, vats 24 months of aging in 1 to 4 year-old Burgundy barriques. Zero SO2 added until a small dosage at assembly, 10 to 20 mg/L, bottled unfiltered. (Over the years, the Baudrys have moved to a more gentle extraction on this wine and have lengthened the barrel aging, never in new oak.) This is one of the greatest reds of the Loire Valley - at it's best after ten to twenty years of aging, the wine is also quite delicious, though with firm chalky tannins, when young.Tasted in January 2020, the showed intense, bright black raspberry/cherry liqueur with violet and chalk. The palate is high-toned and elegant, dense and earthy with a silky, chalky texture under black raspberry and red currant, extremely mineral and long. Wait 5 years then drink this superb wine through 2045.(This shows a bit less forward fruit than the equally superb 2018, which some lovers of Chinon will appreciate.) David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2017 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Le Clos Guillot is a beautiful south-east facing vineyard, just east of the town of Chinon, above the Clos de l'Olive and adjacent to Le Chêne Vert. The upper slope of the parcel is clay over limestone (the lower part has sand and gravel over the rock, which permitted a tiny separate production from franc de pied vines, now mostly deceased) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. Fermentation in wooden cuves, 12 months of aging in two to five year-old barriques, 9 additional months in unlined cement vats. We have been buying this wine since it's first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons. In 2017, the Baudrys produced lovely, very old fashioned Chinons with perfect balance and lovely, pure fruit. Their precise vinifications, matched to each different terroir, with no new oak, minimal sulfur, and elevage of the right length and in the right barrel, foudre or vat, gave elegant and delicous results. The 2017 Clos Guillot shows super pretty aromas of raspberry and red currant (rather than the black fruits more present in 2018) quite floral and earthy with a bit of pepper. The palate is silky and bright with earthy raspberry/strawberry fruit and a long, elegant finish of chalky minerals and red fruits. Delicious now and over the next 20-plus years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2018 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

The Baudry "Cuvee Domaine" is near and dear to my heart, and not just because of the modest price. 75% of the blend is from a parcel in Saint-Louans, a spot where the thin clay/limestone soils give earthy well-structured wines, and which has been the source of some of my favorite Chinons, such as the legendary Clos du Parc de Saint-Louans of Louis Farou. 25%  of the blend is from gravel soils near Cravant, giving supple fruit and freshness. This is a great combination, making the wine enjoyable to drink young but with the structure and minerality of the more "serious" terroir. The 2017, for example is delicious to drink now, the 2010 is really singing and the 1989... if you can find one, let me know. The 2018 Domaine is a bit unusual in that the fermentation finished with 1.7 gr/liter of residual sugar, still a dry wine but forcing them to filter, which the Baudrys never do. At any rate, the wine is sensational - floral and elegant with aromas of black raspberry liqueur; the palate shows high-toned ripe black fruits, with violet and stone and a very long ripe finish. Enjoy in its exuberant youth or hold for ten years and more as the terroir shines through.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 68 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2019 Chinon Blanc

The 2019 Baudry Blanc "Domaine" is from 5 to 15 year-old vines in several parcels on the clay/limestone slopes in and around Cravant. The grapes are hand-harvested of course and ferment with wild yeasts in 500 liter oak barrels. 2019 follows very closely the lovely 2018 "Domaine" blanc, showing a bright pale gold/bronze color, with ripe, floral, chalky aromas of almond and pear. The chalk returns on the palate with bright citrus and round white fruits, a supple, silky texture and good length. A perfect aperitif, this will pair with main courses of full-flavored fish and  chicken in sauce. Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2019 Chinon Les Granges

From 30 to 35 year-old vines on gravel and sandy soils with a bit of clay near the Vienne river in organic agriculture. Hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts, ages for 8 to 10 months in cement vats, minimal addition of SO2 only prior to bottling. This "basic" cuvée from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry 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. In the 2019 vintage, as with the 2018,  the wine is a sheer delight! Tasted at the domain in January 2020, the wine showed a deep black color  with bright purple rim with vibrant, lush aromas of cassis, blackberry and a bit of pepper, violet and cocoa. The palate is dense with deep sweet blackberry and raspberry fruit on the palate, with a hint of bitter chocolate, surprisingly bright and balanced given the extra ripeness of the vintage. This is a delicious Chinon to drink a bit cool over the next five to eight years - there should be a good quantity available but don't delay in trying this very special "basic" wine!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bejon 2018 VDF Les Gruches (Chenin Blanc)

Claire and Florent Bejon are humble winemakers from the Loire Valley. Florent has been the go-to bottler for natural winemakers in the Loire for decades, and at some point, he and his wife Claire decided to make their own wines from vines of Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc around Chinon. We are very glad that they did! Les Gruches comes from 70-year-old vines of Chenin Blanc planted on a cool site near Chinon, where the soils are flint and clay over limestone. This is natural Chenin at its best, in a slightly oxidative style. The nose shows overripe apple, yellow pear, and citrus notes, while the palate is bright and acid-driven, with nice density and notes of orchard fruit. These wines never last long, but they are truly a joy while they are here! Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bejon 2018 Vin de France Picrochole

This is all Cabernet Franc, from vines close to Chinon. Grapes are slowly pressed in a very old manual press, and aged in old barrels in a troglodyte limestone cave (complete with classical music playing for the aging wines). Medium-light body and elegant in style, with a faint homage to the bell pepper side of the Cabernet Franc spectrum, along with baking spice and some rusticity. This is perhaps the "wilder" and more gamey of the two reds the Bejons produce. Great with food and recommended with a light chill.  -Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bejon 2018 Vin de France Saint Germain

Technically falling within the greater Chinon appellation, this is old vines Cabernet Franc from limestone terroir. Blackberry and blackcurrant notes, deep ripeness and a lovely vibrancy from natural vinification. The 2018 Saint Germain is a bit more concentrated than previous vintages, and possibly our favorite yet. There's a combination of rich, dark purple fruit and an uplifting freshness. A great fall red, perfectly medium bodied.   -Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bellivière 2016 Coteaux du Loir Vieilles Vignes Eparses

Vieilles Vignes Éparses is Bellivière's oldest-vine cuvée, with ages ranging from 70 to 86 years old, across multiple parcels in the Coteaux du Loir: the name "éparses" is in fact in reference to the parcellation of the vineyards. These old vines on flinty clay soils, rich in tuffeau (soft limestone), yield a maximum of 25 hl/ha. The fruit is direct-pressed and barrel-fermented with native yeasts and minimal sulfur; the wine is aged in mostly 1-to-3-year old barrels. Each parcel is vinified and aged separately and blended before bottling. VV Éparses tends to be the most dry, powerful and structured of the Bellivière line-up; it will inevitably have at least a little residual that will not always be perceptible. As usual, the 2016 is a bit less open than the 2017 Calligramme and will need time for the aromas to develop. The palate is very dry, dense and bright, with perhaps a more saline and heavy minerality than Calligramme, with distinctive almond, limestone, herbal and lemony notes with floral white fruits. Decant if drinking now, best perhaps 2025 - 2035.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $76.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bellivière NV Vin de France Myriades des Bulles

For couple of years, Eric, Christine and Clément Nicolas have been producing a tiny quantity of delicious sparkling, some pet nat, some traditional method, some white, some rosé from Pineau d'Aunis and Chenin from their biodynamic vineyards in the Loir Valley. Myriade de Bulles is a new cuvée for them, and I never really tasted anything like this. Think Lambrusco meets Rosé de Saignée Champagne, but made with Cabernet Franc & Aunis! So how is it made? The base is 2017 very ripe Aunis, directly pressed, but very dark,  vinified dry, bottled to do the second fermentation in bottle. Because the tirage led to too much pressure, they had to disgorge it, put it back in tank. They added 20% Cabernet Franc from 2018, and vinified again a traditional method this time with less pressure. It is disgorged after a little more than a year on the lees, with no dosage. So, what to expect? Eric wanted  vinous, dry, red bubbles - this for sure is the case, but because it is made with lightly extracted Aunis and Cabernet Franc, the tannins don't come in the way of the tension, the dryness and the pressure (which is quite high, at least 5 bars). The colour is quite deceptive as you would expect something bigger and more structured, but it is not the case. Aromatically, it is a really enticing combination of the dominant of the two grapes, playing with each other : pepper, beet juice, raspberry, cherry, forest floor, fern. All in all it is more on the savory than the fruity style. I have to say I really like it! Drink it now, chilled, and serve it with anything grilled on the barbecue, including river fish, a paella with a lot of saffron, any type of cheese or  red-wine marinated strawberry. As you can see, you have  lot of options! 80% Pineau d'Aunis, 20% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 31 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2018 Vin de France La Tesniere Blanc (Menu Pineau)

This is an incredibly compelling, unique white from Touraine highlighting the lesser-know grape varitety, Menu Pineau. The 'La Tesnière' white is a blend of 75% Menu Pineau and 25% Chenin Blanc, from a parcel adjacent to the famed Clos Roche Blanche. A beautiful golden color in the glass with notes of grapefruit, daffodil, yellow peach, and marzipan on the nose. The palate is bright and refreshing, but Chenin's often bracing acidity is softened by the Menu Pineau, and the finish has a lingering stony texture. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Vin de France Ormeau Deux Croix Maceration

This is a beautiful almost-orange wine from Chenin Blanc grown on clay/limestone/silex soils in the "Ormeau des Deux Croix Ronne" vineyard near Monthou-sur-Bievre (Cheverny). The grapes undergo a one month maceration in amphora and vat which imparts a pale orange/bronze color and a bit of skin tannin in the finish. The wine shows complex aromas of pear and apple with hints of red fruits, citrus peel, spice and minerals. The palate shows complex flavors of apple and pear skin, dried herbs, citrus zest and minerals with firm acidity, stone, spice and citrus lingering in the finish. This will be a great food pairing for a complex fish dish, perhaps monkfish or halibut, a full-flavored ceviche and white meats in sauce.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Vin de France Boissiere

Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme's new Pineau D'Aunis "La Boissiere" is from a single parcel in the hamlet of the same name near the mighty River Beuvron, south of Blois. A must try for lovers of Pineau d'Aunis, the wine shows a bright red/purple color and aromas of plum, red currant, rose petal, white pepper and earth. There is firm acidity on the palate with dense, sappy strawberry and red currant fruit with citrus, floral and earthy notes. The finish is long and juicy with chalky red fruits, citrus and minerals. This is a beautiful Pineau d'Aunis that will benefit from a few years in the cellar, serve cool with charcuterie, roast chicken and pork dishes. David Lilie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Vin de France Le Telquel

This "poil dur" is wagging its tail again in 2019, showing the extra ripeness of this great vintage in the Loire Valley, with juicy aromas of blackberry, rose, spice and citrus. It's Gamay with a bit of Cabernet Franc in this vintage, with an extra layer of ripeness, and nice density of bright blackberry fruit, a bit floral and spicy. Quite refreshing, even with the increased density in 2019, with good length of lush berry fruits and citrusy acids in the finish. Serve a bit cool with charcuterie, chicken and pork - just delicious!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Vin de France Vercheny

Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme currently works about ten hectares and  sources some fruit from trusted friends, also working organically. This vintage of the Vercheny (an anagram of Cheverny) is 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Gamay. Grapes are hand-harvested, whole cluster fermentation occurs in vat, and the wine ages for at least six months in used 500L barrels. A spectrum of bright black and red fruits present on the nose, with fresh red cherries slowly evolving into cherry candy syrup as your nose lingers in the glass.  The wine is bright with acidity with nice density and a touch of structure framing juicy red raspberries, strawberies, cherries and tangy red apple skin on the lingering finish. Just delicious!

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 Côtes du Forez Rosé Gamay sur Volcan

The delicious 2019 Gilles Bonnefoy Rosé is made from Gamay grown in both volcanic and clay/granit soils in the Côtes du Forez  (upper Loire, east and a bit south of Lyon).  The grapes are hand-harvested and ferment with wild yeasts, half is rosé de saigné, half is direct press. The wine shows a bright pink color and pretty aromas of raspberry, strawberry and red currant, with hints of citrus and white peach. The palate is light and crisp but with nice density and saline minerals under the red fruits, finishing with good length of stone, citrus and berry fruits. Serve as a refreshing aperitif or with salads, grilled meats, seafood and goat cheeses. This should open up nicely over the summer and drink well through 2021.  (Some in stock, more inventory arrives 6/30) David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Boudignon 2018 Anjou Blanc

Thibaud Boudignon is an established star in the Loire Valley wine scene, especially amongst lovers of Chenin Blanc from the schist vineyards of Anjou, and Savennieres. The Anjou Blanc here is from 35 year old vines of Chenin, with mostly old barrels used for aging, along with about 20% new oak. Though some of his wines can be quite big and rich, with more density and creaminess in the mid-palate, this entry-level is refreshingly lean and balanced. The mineral backbone is quite present, and we get an honest expression of "Chenin sur schiste." A great introduction to an all-star producer.   -EL

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2016 Bourgueil Clos Sénéchal

The Clos Sénéchal is a south-facing mid-slope vineyard, with soils of clay and limestone over the Turonian limestone bedrock, in organic and biodynamic farming since 1990. The vines are 35 to 50 years old, replaced slowly by massale selection. The grapes are hand-harvested into 20 kilo crates, there is a three-week alcoholic fermentation with wild yeasts, no added SO2. Two year elevage in Grenier foudres with minimal SO2 added before bottling (approx 20mg/l). This is always one of the my favorite Loire reds - the 2016 is a superb example of Clos Sénéchal from this vintage of firm acidity and dense vibrant fruit, showing a deep red/black color and aromas of ripe blackberry and cassis with earth, violet, pepper, spiced citrus and animal notes. The palate is deep and ripe with fantastic density of fruit but perfectly balanced with firm acidity and 13.5% alcohol. There is a fine-grained, intense texture with pure black fruits, earth, graphite and dark chocolate that continue in the long, focused finish. This is a wine of earth and elegance that is enjoyable in its youth, decanting advised - or hold for 5 to 8 years, then enjoy to 2040 and beyond. David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Bretêche

Bretêche (Domaine de la Chevalerie is the only estate claiming this vineyard name) is the easternmost vineyard, a rented plot on the border of Ingrandes-de-Touraine. On the southwestern exposed upper part of the mid-slope, the vines are planted on a meter-deep heavier clay with high mica content above the Turonian yellow tuffeau. The vines, biodynamically farmed, are between 25 to 55 years old. More powerful than Busardières with broader tannins, the wine maintains a great freshness. Hand-harvested and destemmed, the grapes are macerated for up to 20 days and aged in large used barrels in the magnificent underground cave dug into the yellow tuffeau for roughly 8 to 10 moths. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.  2014 is considered a great classic vintage in the Loire for Cabernet Franc, and it is indeed very good at Domaine de la Chevalerie, with fruit a little darker than the 2015 (this opposite to a lot of other estates in the region).  Ruby purple in the glass this cuvée as usual has more freshness, tension and a little austerity - 2014 enhances these typical quality of the wine! More open than the 2015, the nose has distinctive black cherry,  elderberry notes, Chinese badiane and spearmint. The palate is still deliciously youthful barely showing any evolution, with lean and brilliant acidity, and oolong-like tannins. It is already very-well structured and poised, not angular at all. Decant it 2 hours and serve it in Bordeaux glasses, or keep it 20 years or so - I would say it will reach another plateau by 2025. Enjoy it with a duck magret, the juice reduced with a touch of raspberry vinegar, or sweetbreads in a madeira sauce. 100% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier 

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Bretêche

Bretêche (Domaine de la Chevalerie is  the only estate claiming this vineyard name) is the easternmost vineyard, a rented plot on the border of Ingrandes-de-Touraine. On the southwestern exposed upper part of the mid-slope, the vines are planted on a meter-deep heavier clay with high mica content above the Turonian yellow tuffeau. The vines, biodynamically farmed are between 25 to 55 years old. More powerful than Busardières with broader tannins, the wine maintains a great freshness. Hand-harvested and destemmed, the grapes are macerated for up to 20 days and aged in large used barrels in the magnificent underground cave dug into the yellow tuffeau for roughly 8 to 10 moths. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. 2015 was an easier, more mastered vintage for the Caslot siblings, as the growing season was never extreme, and the harvests were peaceful. A little more concentrated than the 2014, especially in acidity, this a great vintage for the Domaine! Bretêche 15 is still a baby! Purple in the glass, the wine as usual has more freshness, tension and a little austerity. This is even more apparent here. The nose is a little restrained, showing progressively a lot of black and red currant and cranberry, hibiscus tea and black cardamon. In the palate, it is a superbly balanced wine, with some chiseled tannins enhanced by the lingering acidity. There is less flesh than other cuvées, and the texture is sleeker  but absolutely charming and vibrant - and could please any Burgundy lover. You will pick up more herbal notes in the palate : tobacco, beet juice, pink peppercorn. A great bottle to keep 10 years and plus, as it is built to age!  To serve it now, decant it a good hour at least or enjoy it over multiple days - a superb pairing would be with a roasted deboned pigeon stuffed with nettle and foie gras, but a slowly roasted pork loin with black garlic condiment would also be delicious. 100% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier 

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Grand Mont

"Grand Mont" is one of the greatest sites in Benais - a high, south-facing slope on yellow Turonian limestone with shallow sandy clay soils, rich in mica. Wines from this vineyard are built to age and this rare bottling from Domaine de la Chevalerie is a beautiful example.  "This plot is just below the forest, the top part being on eolian sands, with more clay at the bottom. The tuffeau is not even 2 feet below. Vines are around 55 years old. Grand-Mont means high hill. This is the cuvée de garde of the domaine, macerated and aged longer (but never more than 10 months). Picked last as there is a cooler micro-climate allowing for hanging time, this is a dense cuvée for the estate. The texture is full right upfront, tannins are stonier with a remarkable freshness. I always decant young releases of this wine, but I would recommend to wait and enjoy them after 10- 30 years, as this is the point at which the wine begins to truly reveal itself."(PL)  Despite the ripeness of the vintage, the 2015 Grand-Mont is subtle, quite closed and tight at this point in its life. The aromas are complex and fascinating with some bright red fruits followed by blackberry, very earthy, with violet and hints of licorice and game. The palate is elegant and intensely mineral with firm acidity under silky blackberry, plum and cassis fruit, austere and stony, perfectly balanced and obviously built to age. This is quite special - I would agree with Pascaline, wait ten years then enjoy until 2050!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chidaine 2019 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

Famous for making some of the finest wines of Montlouis and Vouvray, Francois Chidaine also makes great value wines from organic vineyards in Touraine. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes for this delicious wine are harvested by hand, no chemical products are used in the vines and beneficial flowers and plants grow between the rows. The soils are clay with silex and limestone/clay giving a unique mineral character to the wines. Fermentations are with wild yeasts and the wine is aged on its lees until bottling.This is a dry and pleasantly fruity wine with floral aromas of citrus and white fruits. The palate is refreshing and balanced with citrus, pear and quince flavors. Serve with grilled fish, a shrimp salad with avocado, goat cheeses or simply as a lovely aperitif.


  • white
  • 35 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2018 Savennières Clos du Papillon

"The Clos du Papillon is a small valley at mid slope, beautifully exposed southwest to the light of the Loire. There are schist, rhyolite but also quartz. The topsoil layer is very shallow (60 cm) which provides excellent drainage for rainwater. The vine growing conditions are difficult, forcing it to develop its roots deep in the rock cracks to draw nutrients. The climate in that parcel allows for a level of highly advanced maturity, with grapes that concentrate aromas under the action of botrytis.  The body and the very long finish make the Clos du Papillon a gastronomic wine to accompany lobster, scallops, smoked fish, Turbots, Saint Peter. It is also interesting with delicate white meats such as veal or capon, along with truffles or mushrooms. Classic mountain cheeses like old Salers, or 5 to 6 years old Comté are equally delicious with this great Savennières." -  Domaine du Closel.  2018 is a great vintage for the Clos du Papillon, combining excellent ripeness with bright acidity and great balance - the wine shows beautiful aromas of ripe pear and quince with honeysuckle, lime-flower and dried herbs with hints of smoke and earth.  The palate is superb, very ripe and dense with white fruits, citrus, almond and stone with very firm lemony acidity and mineral flavors. The finish is very long with bitter lemon and saline minerals. Drinking beautifully now, this should age well, peak drinking perhaps to 2040 and beyond. David Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $66.99

Domaine Aux Moines 2017 Savennieres Roche Aux Moines

Domaine aux Moines is operated by an incredible mother/daughter (Monique & Tessa Laroche) team organically, and now with biodynamic practices as well, farming under 10 hectares of Chenin Blanc. The vineyards stand next to the famed 'Coulée de Serrant' on South-West facing hillsides of predominately schist soils. Since her arrival Tessa has been improving every detail to be able to make more precise, transparent, complex wines. The results are spectacular and she is now one of the best examples of Roche-aux-Moines, and of course also Savennières. 2017 though was a tough vintage, as the Domaine aux Moines lost more than 70% of the crop to the April frost. After a warm, dry summer, allowing for disease-free season, harvest happened very quickly as sugars were rising really fast. Thankfully all the vineyards are surrounding the cellar, less than 10 min drive in tractor. In a couple of days everything was harvested, pressed more carefully with a pneumatic press and champagne cycle as the skins were thick and could bring unwanted phenolic. Due to the yield and for not losing some barrels, all the wine was aged in barrel (Tessa has been changing a lot her barrels to work with light toast or vapor centered Atelier Centre France). Despite its concentration and having done its malo, 2017 is a remarkably fresh, mouthwatering wine with incredible tension. Full of lemon-verbena, tangerine zest, white pepper and salted almond, its shows more savory elements on the palate. A great success for the vintage, very precise despite its low sulfites (inferior at 30 ppm total), it is a wine to age or to enjoy with a roasted lobster with caramalized baby carrot, or  hazelnut crusted sweetbreads with confit parsnip. Pascaline Lepeltier

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine de Reuilly 2019 Reuilly Les Pièrres Plates

The delicious "Pierres Plates" from the Domaine de Reuilly is from great terroir of clay with fossiles and ancient shells over Kimmeridgian limestone. The south-facing slopes of the three hectare parcel bring good ripeness to the Sauvignon Blanc grapes, with a beautiful minerality and firm acidity. Tasted with winemaker Denis Jamain in January 2020, the 2019 "Pierres Plates" showed beautifully ripe aromas of lime-flower, fig and pear with hints of grapefruit and mandarin. The palate is ripe and round but with firm acidity and unique mineral flavors from the calcerous soil, with lovely white fruit flavors that linger in the long, bright finish. Enjoy this wine as an aperitif or with oysters, a wide variety of fish preparations, white meats and goat cheeses.

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine du Fresche 2019 Cabernet D'Anjou Cabernet Franc Rosé

Cabernet d'Anjou is an appellation wine from Anjou in the Loire Valley, always a rosé made from Cabernet Franc and at times with Cabernet Sauvignon as well, and usually made in a off-dry style. Though we know that off-dry or demi-sec rosés aren't exactly "in," this wine is so delicious we're going to drink it anyhow! Serve with grilled foods, Asian foods, mild cheeses or sip by itself as a yummy aperitif. Mostly Cabernet Franc, it's bursting with lovely red-currant and berry fruit with just enough sweetness to make it go down oh so easy. 

  • rosé off-dry
  • 15 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $36.99

Fresche (Domaine du) 2019 Anjou Chenin

Alain and Christine Boré produce delicious organic wines on their estate in Anjou that are sensational values for everyday enjoyment. Their Anjou Blanc (100% Chenin Blanc) is superb, with lovely aromas of pear and apple, fresh herbs, lime-flower and honey. Not quite as sharp or acid driven as the previous vintage, it is still a simply delicious dry Chenin that will accompany seafood, grilled or in sauce, chicken, goat cheeses, etc. 

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

Girard 2019 Sancerre La Garenne

Upon visiting Fernand Girard with Joe Dressner back in the early 90s we were happy to find someone who harvested by hand and fermented with wild yeasts - a rarity in Sancerre at the time and still sadly in the minority today. Almost 30 years later we are still happy to feature the Sancerre produced by Fernand and Alain Girard, coming from their 14 hectares around Chaddoux on gravel, flint and  stony clay over limestone soils.  This is a classic Sancerre in a more mineral style that will accompany a wide variety of seafoods, chicken dishes and white meats, and it's a good value as well.

  • white
  • 41 in stock
  • $25.99

Grandes Vignes 2016 Anjou Varenne de Combre

A lovely Chenin Blanc from the certified Biodynamic and organic estate of Domaine Les Grandes VIgnes in Anjou. As with all of their dry wines, the Varenne du Combre is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without the adition of sulfites.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2014 Bonnezeaux Le Malabé

If you love a sweet Chenin (and you really should give it a try if you haven't yet) then this is definitely for you! Bonnezeaux is one of the few sweet Chenin Blanc appellations for the Loire valley so it is a rare treat. The vineyards from Domaine Les Grandes Vignes are all certified organic and biodynamic as the health of their soil and team are extremely important to them, despite being one of the larger estates (around 50 hectares) in the region. You could drink this now, but you might miss out on an incredible evolution if you keep it in the cellar for awhile.

  • white sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Grange aux Belles 2019 Vin de France "53" Cabernet Franc

From old vines of Cabernet Franc on schist, most planted in 1953, de-stemmed, short fermentation with no extraction, bottled with minimal or zero SO2. The 2018 "53" shows a bright, deep red/purple color with lovely, very pure high-toned aromas of cassis and black raspberry with rose and a hint of spice, really lush and pretty though a bit volatile. The palate is supple, round and ripe with dense, earthy cassis and berry fruit and stone flavors backed by firm acidity. This needs aeration or a few years in the cellar, and there is nice freshness to the wine - the dark fruit will pair well with grilled meats and charcuterie. Serve cool.

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Grange Tiphaine 2018 Montlouis-sur-Loire Clef de Sol Blanc

Clef de Sol means treble clef and is a tribute to music, Damien being an accomplished clarinetist and Coralie a choir singer. Clef de Sol is a blend of different southern exposed plots located in Montlouis on sandy perruches, i.e. clay and flint over tuffeau. The vines are mostly 80 years old, and farmed biodynamically. Hand-harvested mid-september, the grapes are sorted in the vineyard and the cellar, whole-cluster pressed, then fermented in barrels (225 and 400 l) in the underground cellar. Fermentations are spontaneous and malo occurs, without making the wine lose its tension. The wine is aged for a year on the fine lees, and lightly filtered with a sulfur dioxide adjustment. Clef de Sol is without a doubt a benchmark wine for Montlouis, in the line of François Chidaine’s Les Bournais but drier, with more density and less oak than Jacky Blot’s cuvées. 2018 is a superb, powerful expression of the wine, yet the weight is really well balanced by the chalky acidity. Think Savennières meets Brézé, with specific smoky notes coming from the Montlouis flint. Aromatically, this Chenin shows more its floral side, with a lot of lemon-verbena and linden, quinine, peach pit and salt. The oak is very well balanced, with just a hint of white tobacco. The finish is really impressive. I would recommend to cellar this bottle for a year or two before drinking (at least, it will also be great in 15 years). If you open it today, serve it a Burgundy glass not too cold. Pair it with grilled crayfish with tarragon butter, artichokes barigoule or mild blue cheese. 100% Chenin. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Grange Tiphaine 2018 Touraine Cot Vieilles Vignes

Coralie and Damien Delecheneau’s Côt Vieilles Vignes is for me one of the greatest Loire Valley red wines. As a Côt, I consider it in the league of Cosse-Maisonneuve’s Marguerite. Côt also known as Malbec is a misunderstood grape: far from being overly tannic, inky, rustic, this variety can reach a superb level of refinement, elegance and quality with the right vegetal material (century years old clones), low yield, limestone based soil and great farming. The Delecheneau have it all, as they are lucky to own probably one of the oldest examples of Côt in France, a 120+ year-old vineyard. The vines are located a 5 min walk from the winery, on the upper hill of Amboise. Damien does not really know when it was planted, but looking at the gnarly vines, the small and loose clusters with their red stems, you know they are from another time. Grown on red clay and flint over limestone, with a southeastern exposition, these couple of rows of vines produce a superb, unique wine. Hand-harvested, the grapes are hand-sorted twice and destemmed. They undergo a long, gentle maceration in a cement tank, then the wine is aged 50% in concrete egg and 50% in 225 l barrel, in order to preserve the fruit without bringing too much reduction, especially in dense vintage like 2018. The wine is bottled after 10 months with a light filtration and sulfur dioxide adjustment. 2018 is the best vintage to date of this wine (2019 will be also I think superb). It has an incredible balance with very low pH balancing the ripeness - you would never guess the alcohol content. 2018 is a very discriminatory vintage for red in the Loire, and you will see very easily who has done the job in the vineyard: if well done, you will have crazy acidity and alcohol; poorly done the wine will taste heavy and oxidized. Here, the job was superbly done! With notes of blue berry, citron peel, iris, truffle, the nose and the palate are so crunchy and fresh, while the tannins are velvety and lingering. This wine is still a baby, who needs a good decant to be enjoyed now, in a Bordeaux glass. Pair it with a beautiful wagyu beef tartare with confit shallot and black currant mustard, or a lamb shoulder served with herbs bulgur and a mint-yogurt seasoning. 100% Côt. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

From 15 to 40 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils in Bourgueil, in organic agriculture since 1965. This is always one of the best values in the store and the 2018 happily rivals the 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015 vintages for absolute awesomeness, even at the Trump Tariff price of $15.49! Beautiful red/black color. Lovely deep pure red currant and blackberry aromas with violets, pepper, earth, bitter chocolate, licorice and leafy notes. The palate is round and supple with deep berry fruits framed in firm chalky acids, earth flavors, cocoa and saline minerals. Terrific length - this is just a superb young Bourgueil! At 13% alcohol it's beautifully structured and delicious to drink now, and will be even better in 5 to 10 years. Thanks to the Guion family for two generations of organic farming and great wines at modest prices! Serve cool with chicken, pork, charcuterie and full-flavored fish dishes as well...

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $15.49

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

2018 brings us another great Cuvée Prestige from Stéphane Guion in Bourgueil, whose domaine has been certified organic since the 1960s. From vines averaging 45 years old on thin topsoils of sandy clay over limestone (tuffau jaune) in Benais, a terroir that produces some of the most elegant and age-worthy Bourgueils. 2018 is a great vintage for Loire reds, despite the very warm and humid spring that brought attacks of mildew. The summer was perfect, warm and dry, without spikes of heat, and the soils retained enough moisture to bring freshness to the very ripe grapes. Tasted with Stéphane in February 2020, the 2018 Prestige showed elegant intensely perfumed aromas of red and black fruit liqueurs. The palate was complex and earthy, very calcaire, dense but not heavy with beautifully supple ripe red and black fruits, with a long finish of saline and mineral flavors quite present below the sappy fruit. We look forward to a more thorough tasting after the wine rests from its voyage, but it's quite clear that this will be delicious to drink as a young wine, and - although it may seem crazy to cellar a $17 wine for 20 to 30 years - those that do will be rewarded with a unique expression of this great terroir. I'm hoping to live to be 100 to have that experience myself!  David Lillie  (Some in stock, more arrives 6/30)

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2019 Bourgueil Rosé

Of course we love the great Cabernet Franc rosés from the Loire and a special favorite of ours is the vibrant Bourgueil from Stéphane Guion in Benais. Organic since 1964, the estate produces superb wines on the limestone/clay soils, and this year's rosé is perhaps his best ever! The color is a lovely pale pink and the raspberry and red currant fruit is supple, complex and refreshing, remaining light but with lovely complex fruit and a particularly long and focused finish. It's an amazing value at $14.99, and will drink beautifully through 2021, case purchases are recommended!

  • rosé
  • 13 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2019 Chinon Gourmandise

The 2019 "Gourmandise" is a beautiful "drink young" cuvée from Patrick Lambert, made from Cabernet Franc vines grown on sandy gravel soils near the Vienne. The wine shows a bright black/red color with lush high-toned aromas of crushed strawberry and black raspberry, with hints of citrus and pepper. The palate is supple and bright with luscious black raspberry and red currant fruit, quite lush and full-bodied in this superb vintage for the Loire, light but deep and long with hints of bitter chocolate and cocoa, but still with refreshing  acidity. Serve this lovely wine quite cool with charcuterie and grilled chicken, pork or burgers, it's a perfect quaffing Cab Franc to drink over the next  2 years - and a fabulous value!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 47 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2019 Chinon Rosé

This delightful Chinon Rosé comes from Patrick Lambert's 6 hectares of organic vines in Cravant, around the corner from his friend and mentor, Bernard Baudry. Hand harvested from 20+ year-old Cabernet Franc vines on gravel and sandy clay soils over limestone. The 2019 is just delightful, showing a very light pale pink color and  lovely aromas of wild strawberry, red currant, raspberry, citrus and rose; the palate is ripe and pretty with raspberry, citrus and stone flavors with nice density and texture, a bit dryer and lighter than the 2018, with juicy acids, berry flavors and minerals in the finish. This is drinking beautifully now and will open up nicely through the spring and summer and will keep well into 2021. This is a fabulous value and highly recommended!  (Some in stock, more arrives 6/30)  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 18 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Landron, Jo (Louvetrie) 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Houx

Jo Landron's 2018 "Les Houx" (formerly known as "Hermine D'Or") is from a great parcel of thin sandy clay soils, rich with silica, quartz and iron, over a bedrock of gneiss and clay. Kept on the lees for 12 months. Normally one of the most scintillating and mineral of Muscadet, the 2018 is slightly riper and rounder but remains essentially a mouthful of terroir. The wine shows lovely aromas of ripe pear, stone and anise that open nicely with aeration. The palate is round and mineral, framed in firm acidity with ripe white fruits, citrus, stone and licorice and there's a nice mineral kick in the finish. Delicious now, this will develop nicely over the next few years, and will accompany oysters and grilled seafood, from flounder to monkfish, roast chicken and mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Amphibolite

Amphibolite - a metamorphic stone generally formed from gabbro or basalt, with a high concentration of iron and magnesium, prevalent in the vineyard, over a bedrock of gneiss. The wine from this vineyard is low in alcohol (normally about 11 - 12.5%, the 2019 is at 12%) and high in acidity and mineral salts. Bottled after 4 months sur-lie aging and retaining a bit of CO2 from the fermentation, the Cuvée Amphibolite is refreshing, stimulating and a perfect complement to shellfish and light seafood dishes. In 2019 the wine is lovely, with subtle aromas of ripe citrus confit, almond, pear and granny smith; the palate is bone dry but round and refeshing with stone and white fruits, showing a bit more density and alcohol than normal. Enjoy over the next 12 months with some Wellfleet oysters or any mildly flavored fish, even roast chicken. David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo NV Vin Mousseux de Qualité Brut Atmosphères

 Gros Plant (Folle Blanche) and Pinot Noir, 2 years of aging, quite dry—about 5 grams of sugar per liter. A delicious and fun Champagne-method apéritif, with tart citrus and red fruit flavors and fine bubbles, grab some before it disappears.

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Mortier 2018 Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Graviers

A lovely Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil from an estate doing fabulous organic vineyard work and natural low or no-sulfur vinifications; 40 year-old massale-selection vines in a parcel of gravel/clay soils, aged in cement vat and in old barrels. This is a lovely version of the Mortier "les Graviers" showing pretty, ripe blackberry and red currant aromas, with plum, violet and citrus. The palate is round and supple but with bright acidity, showing lush berry fruits that continue in the long finish with earth and citrus. Delicious now, served cool, with chicken, rabbit and pork dishes, charcuterie and mild cheeses. Age for five to eight years for a more earthy and complex experience. DL

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Mosse, Joseph & Sylvestre 2019 VDF Le Bisou

The 2019 "Le Bisou" frm the Mosse famly is an blend of Grolleau Noir, Pineau d'Aunis, Cot, Gamay, Grolleau Gris and Cabernet Franc, vinified in carbonic maceration.  It'a very light-bodied red - or a dark rosé - showing lovely aromas of raspberry and red currant with floral notes. The palate is bright, light and refreshing with a lovely melange of red fruits leading to a clean, lively finish. Serve quite cool as an aperitif or with any light meals and charcuterie this summer.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pabiot, Jonathan 2018 Pouilly-Fumé Florilege

One of the very few domaines in Pouilly-Fumé to be certified organic, Jonathan Pabiot is making lovely, balanced wines with subtle fruit, firm acidity and good minerality in the finish. The 2018 is a blend of all three terroirs found at the estate: Kimmeridgian marl, chalky Portlandian, and clay-silex on flint. The vines average 30 years of age, and are planted very densely at 10,000 vines per hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented with indigenous yeasts and minimal SO2 is used. This is a beautiful Pouilly-Fume showing a very pale gold color and subtle aromas of lime-flower, lemon zest, white peach and pear, wet stone and a hint of exotic fruits. The palate shows ripe stone fruits - pear/peach/apricot - with a nice core of minerals. The finish brings firm acidity and strong mineral flavors under ripe stone fruits, and has nice purity partially due to the minimal dose of SO2. A lovely wine that will pair with a full-flavored fish dish, chicken in sauce, vegetable soups and goat cheeses, and it's a beautiful aperitif as well.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Briords Vieilles Vignes

Harvested early in this sunny, dry year (at 12.5% alc) to preserve the freshness, 2019 is an extraordinary vintage for "Briords," not like 1996 perhaps (I wish I stilll had some) but certainly like the excellent 2010 in it's combination of density and ripeness with firm acidity. Our tasting with Rémi and Gwénaëlle last winter showed a subtle, crystalline nose of white fruits, citrus, stone and iodine with a focused, dense palate with dried pear, citrus and mineral flavors and fantastic length. This will be exhillarating to drink now and will really sing after ten years in the cellar.

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

  "The 2019 "La Pépie" comes mainly from the central 10-hectare vineyard of the estate on sandy "Granite de Château Thébaud" soils, with a small amount of purchased fruit from neighbors on granit and gneiss.  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 2019 "La Pépie" shows a very pale gold color and ripe floral aromas of dried pear, quince, fines herbes, grapefruit and stone. The palate is round  and refreshing, with a bit more depth than usual, 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 bright and refreshing Muscadet, with a bit more weight and density due to the warm, dry conditions in 2019, 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
  • 23 in stock
  • $16.99

Pépière 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Château Thébaud 1,5 L

The Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines" comes from old vines on a beautiful vineyard with great terroir sloping down towards the river Maine. The granite here (Granit de Château Thébaud, oddly enough) is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way.  2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015 here were among the best of the vintage in Muscadet and the 2014 will stand out as perhaps the finest yet due to the perfect combination of great density and minerality with the very firm acidity of this superb year for Muscadet - those of you lucky enough to have the 2014 Pépière Clisson in your cellar understand just what a special vintage this is. From Remi Branger at Pépière: "As the wine aged we performed three bâtonnages and after three and a half years sur lie, in April 2018, we decided to bottle it. We then decided to leave it  another year in bottle before offering it for sale. For us, the 2014 Château Thébaud is a wine with a great potential for cellaring. In its youth, the wine was very austere but the prolonged élevage sur lie allowed it to develop well and it benefited further from the additional year in bottle. Recent tastings of the wine confirm to us that we made the right choice for the aging, because it has the balance we hoped for with a finish of power and tension." We're very happy to offer magnums of this superb Muscadet - although it's delicious now, 10 - 20  years of further aging will reveal something quite special.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson

The 2017 "Clisson" reminds us of the superb 2014 - subtle, fine and elegant, and at the same time dense and powerful, yet with only 12.5 % alcohol. The wine shows a very pale bronze color lovely aromas of lemon zest, fresh herbs, stone, almond and dried pear and apple, very elegant, with hints of pineapple, anise and brown spice. The palate shows nice ripeness, density and weight but remains delicate and fresh with pear, citrus zest and intense mineral flavors with a finish that is very long and lemony and slightly astringent with food-friendly minerality. The 2017 Clisson is a delightful wine - serve as often as possible with oysters, little-necks, grilled seafood and roast chicken. Put some in the cellar to enjoy over its  20+ year evolution while enjoying with fish in sauce and shellfish. Thank you Marc, Remi and Gwenaëlle for another beautiful wine!

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $66.99

Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Gras Moutons

This lovely wine clearly illustrates the difference between the granite and gneiss terroirs in Muscadet. Gras Moutons is a great parcel on gneiss, in layers that permit a deep penetration by the vines, with sandy clay and amphibolite stones. The vines are at the top of a hill and on the south-facing slope overlooking the Maine. (The name, by the way, does not refer to fat sheep, but rather in local dialect, to the hilltop vineyard site.) This terroir produces lovely, classic Muscadet to drink over the next 5 to 8 years, it has a more herbal and floral bouquet than the granite-based wines and the palate, although refreshing and bright, is softer and more open. The 2019 Gras Moutons is a sensational Muscadet showing a pale bronze color and beautiful aromas of ripe pear and quince with hints of anise, stone and almond; The palate is very dense and mineral with ripe pear and white peach, quite supple and ripe but framed in firm acidity, perhaps a bit softer than the 2018. The finish is long and dense with white fruits, citrus and mineral flavors - this will pair beautifully with a full-flavored fish or chicken dish. Five to eight years of aging will bring out the complexity of this lovely wine. Highly recommended and a great value!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Pineau, Julien 2018 Vin de France Roche Blanche

Julien Pineau, who now owns 6.5 hectares of the Clos Roche Blanche, is making briliant wines, including this distinctive Sauvignon Blanc, very much in the style of the Sauvignon No 5 of Catherine and Didier. Produced without the addition of SO2, this is a lovely natural wine that benefits from decanting or aeration, then shows aromas of white fruits, melon, lemon zest and lime-flower with bright herbal notes and a lifting hint of oxidation. The palate is intensely flavored with quince, dried herbs, grapefruit rind and minerals backed by very firm acidity. The finish is very long with white fruits, citrus, herbal and mineral flavors. Serve with a full-flavored ceviche, sushi or elegant fish preparation. Lovely wine! David Lillie

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Pinon 2018 Vouvray Les Déronnières

The grapes for this new cuvée from Francois Pinon (first made in 2014)  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 2018 it's fabulously ripe, dense and complex, with approximately 20 grams of RS per liter. The wine shows elegant aromas of lime-flower, dried pear, lemon zest and stones. The palate is very supple and ripe, saline and mineral with round white fruits, citrus and herbal notes with impressive density and length. A great 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $34.95

  • Organic

Pinon, François 2017 Vouvray Brut

Many of you may instinctively reach for the Pinon Vouvray Non-Dosé, and while that is an excellent and refreshing example of sparkling Chenin Blanc, you should absolutely not dismiss the utter deliciousness of the Brut! The Chenin's of Pinon are some of the best in Vouvray due to their impeccable farming, diversity of clay, limestone, and silex soils, and deliberate, albeit low-intervention, cellar work. The Vouvray Brut comes from ~45 year-old vines that hand-harvested during the first pass of the season. It is made in the traditional method with two years resting on the lees before disgorgement with 9g r/s. On the nose is a just baked pie with pear and apricot, a bit of honey and dried chamomile, and on the palate are soft, persistent bubbles (it even stayed alive after two days in the fridge!) and a textured mineral-driven finish. Perfectly balanced to be just the slightest bit off-dry owing to the vibrant acidity, it will be delightful as an aperitif or with a selection charcuterie and cheese. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white sparkling
  • 34 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • 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, with a bit of the gamey, musky aspect of old-school Chinon.  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
  • 3 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Raffault, Olga 2015 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. 2015 was a very successful vintage for Loire reds, which generally showed deep lush fruit, firm acidity and moderate alcohol - a relatively full-bodied vintage with a bit more ripeness and sap, and a bit less acidity, than the 2014 .  The 2015 Raffault "Les Picasses" is a quite full-bodied wine, showing aromas of ripe strawberry and black raspberry with pepper and soil notes, deep and pretty.  The palate is dense with black raspberry confit, prune, citrus, earth,  licorice and cocoa with a core of mineral and earthy flavors and a long fresh finish, quite balanced and elegant. The wine aged mostly in 2,000 liter foudre and inox cuves to preserve the fruit. Ripe and forward enough to drink now with anything from roast chicken to steak, the 2015 should age beautifully, perhaps best 2020 to 2035 and beyond...? David Lillie

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $36.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

Tessier 2018 Cour-Cheverny

Philippe and Simon Tessier are without a doubt some of the pillars of Romorantin preservation! Without their work and their love for this grape, it would be even harder to taste it and enjoy its uniqueness! They farm 6.5 ha - one the largest holdings, with those of Michel Gendrier,  François Cazin and Hervé Villemade. I really like Romorantin: it makes think about a mix, depending on the style, of Melon x Chenin x Aligoté. The Tessier produce up to 6 different cuvées of Romorantins in the best years, including a skin-macerated, a late-harvest and a sparkling. For the still, they look for a dry expression. The differences between their 3 main cuvées is the age of the vines, the soil and the aging. For the regular Cour-Cheverny, the grapes are the youngest of the estate growing on sandier soil. Like for all the wines, grapes are hand-harvested, pressed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, malo is done. Aging is always longer for Romorantin than for the other grapes as they think the grape needs time to reveal itself. For this bottling there is no oak. 2018 is a really good vintage for Romorantin even though the vintage was really complicated as it achieves a great ripeness due to the small concentrated crop and heat. It gives this wine a density and a complexity of structure I really like, with power - alcohol is not shy, you have a hint of RS (1.5 g) - but with this vibrant acidity typical of the grape. Aromatically it is still quite shy, so give it some air and you will pick up the Hawthorne, the pink grapefuit, the honey. I definitely think a couple of months in bottle will be a bonus, and you can cellar it up to 5 years no problem. It will take this riesling-profile. Enjoy it with a roasted butternut squash stuffed with stracciatella and almond, a goat cheese ravioli with brussels sprouts or a young, hard-pressed cheese. 100% Romorantin. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tessier 2018 Cour-Cheverny Les Sables

Philippe and Simon Tessier are without a doubt some of the pillars of Romorantin preservation! Without their work and their love for this grape, it would be even harder to taste it and enjoy its uniqueness! They farm 6.5 ha - one the largest holdings, with those of Michel Gendrier, François Cazin and Hervé Villemade. I really like Romorantin : it makes think about a mix, depending on the style, of Melon x Chenin x Aligoté. The Tessier produce up to 6 different cuvées Romorantins in the best years, including a skin-macerated, a late-harvest and a sparkling. For the still, they look for a dry expression. The differences between their 3 main cuvées is the age of the vines, the soil and the aging. Les Sable is the second cuvée of the estate: as the name indicates, it comes from 15 to 35 year old vines from sandy soil, pretty much always the same terroir every year. The wine is made in the same way than all the other white. Malo is done. Because of its profile, they age it in a mix of oak vessels.This is my favorite cuvée of the vintage right now, even though La Porte Dorée will have probably a longer aging potential. If they prefer this cuvée to be dry, it was impossible in vintage like 18. Yet you can't really feel the 6 g of RS as the acidity was also concentrated and is incredibly vibrant!  The nose is the most opened of the three bottlings, with a lot of pear drops, lime zest, wild flower honey. It is in fact quite aromatic for a Romorantin. In the palate, there is a lot happening: you would never guess the alcohol as the tangy, rhubard like acidity has such a backbone. It is really lifted for such a dense wine. I really like this balance, as it can allow for so many pairings, with white meat, hearty fish and shellfish, and a really wide array of veggies. I can see here grilled crispy calamaris served with corn polenta and chicken jus reduction, a rabbit and foie gras raviole with roasted celeriac or in seasons green asparagus with hollandaise. 100% Romorantin. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tessier 2019 Cheverny Blanc

In the western Sologne, Philippe and now his son Simon Tessier are making some of the best example of Cheverny blanc, an appellation focusing on blend, and highly versatile with a lift and an elegance due to the sandy clay soil over limestone. The Tessier produce 2 Cheverny blanc based on the age of the vines. This bottling, the regular one, comes from the younger vines, on soils with a little bit more sand : it is always the lightest with the highest tones. A blend of Sauvignon and Chardonnay, they had also a bit of a local, ancient variety, Orbois or Menu Pineau, a grape that almost disappeared because in the past it barely ripened. But because of climate change, the Menu Pineau is a valuable asset to keep acidity and tension. 2019 was a warm vintage with drought, so this bottling has more texture and glycerol than usual, without loosing its Loire Valley character. Even if the blend is dominated by the Sauvignon, there is no caricatural expression: it is more a variation on grapefruit zest, sage, and white flowers. The aromas on the palate are also all in touches, with notes of apple blossom, anis, lemon zest with a nice subtle bitterness. In this vintage, it is definitely more a Fall bottle  than a brisk summery wine, which is perfect! Serve it in a larger glass, let it open for a little bit and serve it with some black sea bass with squash and yuzu, a salad of fennel 3 ways (raw, confit and braised) and of course some goat cheese with an arugula salad dressed with halzenut oil. 80% Sauvignon, 15% Chardonnay, 5% Orbois. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tessier 2019 Cheverny La Charbonnerie

La Charbonnerie is the top Cheverny blanc from Philippe and now Simon Tessier, made with the oldest Sauvignon and Chardonnay from the estate, planted by Philippe's father in the 1960s, it is in a way a single-vineyard. Like all the wines of the domain, the grapes are hand-harvested, pressed and fermented with spontaneous yeasts, malo is done and aging is quite short, happening in stainless steel tank. If this bottling has the touch of the vintage, a certain creaminess due to the warm vintage, you still taste the touch of the Tessier. The nose is very nuanced and subtle, with a variation on white flower, pomelo zest and mountain herbs. The palate has a nice glycerol feel with a hint of herbal bitterness and the finish has a fresh iodine length which allows for a lot of pairings. A little time in bottle will make it even saltier. Serve it in medium size glass, and enjoy it with a whole roasted celeriac served with gremolata, or a wild-caught salmon with a caulliflower and halzenut milk purée, and of course some aged goat cheese. 80% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Chardonnay. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2019 Cheverny Rosé (Pinot Noir, Gamay)

Philippe and now Simon Tessier are making really delicious wines from the organic vineyards in Sologne. Under the Cheverny AOC, they make white and red, but also rosé : the sandy clay soil as well as the grapes (Pinot Noir and Gamay) are perfectly suited for the style. Of course, don't expect a boring, insipid, pale salmon whitish rosé. There is always some serious depth and length in their wine! With the 2019, you have on top more texture and power than usual: the warm summer led to ripe, concentrated berries. This bottling is more aromatic than usual, with notes of dried rose, pink grapefruit and pomegranate. The attack is creamy and rich, but the wine quickly balances out the alcohol but a really nice bitter edge of pomelo, and the acidity kicks in at the end. It is quite salty too. All in all this is great wine for this Fall and Winter, the type of rosé that can pair really with pretty much anything, and that will have the texture you want when the days will start to be chilly: comforting yet energetic. Serve it in a white wine glass and pair it with what you be pleased to cook, be it some fried squids with spicy aioli, a chana masala or any kind of cheese. 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Gamay. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • rosé
  • 21 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2019 Cheverny Rouge Le Point du Jour

Tessier's Le Point du Jour is a beautiful expression of Cheverny, a blend of  20% Gamay and 80%Pinot Noir from the oldest vines of the estate planted on two types of terroir, clay and sand and sandy clay over limestone.  Hand-harvested, the grapes are vinified for 80% whole-cluster, macerated for 2 weeks or so before being aged in a mix of barrels, demi-muids and foudres. Aging is short, the wine is blended in January and bottled a couple of weeks after unfiltered with only 22 ppm of sulfur dioxide. 2019 was a ripe and dry vintage giving powerful and full wines, but the old vines enhanced by the farming preserved the acidity in this bottling, keeping it remarkably fresh. It is really a round, easy-to-drink variation. For the moment the aromatics of the Gamay are slightly taking over the Pinot's, with lush wild strawberry and pomegranate, some pink peppercorn and fenugreek, and very soft tannins. As we say in French, it is very "gourmand".  I will bet in a year of so the Pinot will show more. But for the moment, it is really easy to drink and pair with so many foods like a beef tartare with sesame oil and tarragon, a fricassée of roasted chestnut with porcini and goat cheese ravioli,  or to enjoy by itself as the perfect Indian Summer aperitif wine - serve it with tapas, anised-charcuterie, etc. Don't hesitate to give it a slight chill. 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Gamay. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2019 Vin de France Toc

Toc is a pun for Côt, one of the single-variety cuvées made by Simon and Philippe Tessier in their organic estate of Sologne. Côt, or Malbec, is one of the grapes authorised in the Cheverny AOC but as the appellation has to be a blend, the wine is declassified in Vin de France. We are at the eastern and northern limit for this grape : its profile is utterly different than what you know from Cahors or Argentina. On these sandier soil, the tannins are lighter, and the acidity has a unmistakable blueberry core. It may be more herbal, but in a vintage like 2019 it is not the case at all. On the opposite end, this is a great vintage for this cuvée! Vinified like all the other reds in semi-carbonic maceration for 15 days or so, then aged in larger oak barrel, this bottling has a juicy, plush texture balancing really well the natural high acid spine of the variety. Dark purple - the usual colour of Malbec - the 2019 has a powerful bouquet of violet, elderberry, Assam tea and dried thyme. In the palate, the attack is round and easy, then the tension appears, and plays with the gentle tannins. Despite his ripeness it is not heavy at all. This is really a delicious juicy wine you would like to decant and can chill a tight. Pair it with a roasted eggplant with zaatar and cumin, a lamb chop served with braised collar green and black garlic or pork loin with confit beets & radishes. 100% Côt. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Thibault, Marie 2018 Vin de France La Roue Qui Tourne

Marie Thibault, is a relative newcomer in the Loire, having purchased her 3.5hectare domaine in Touraine-Azay-le-Rideau in 2011, but she is already making her presence known. She immediately converted the contiguous vineyard to organic farming and has been certified since 2014. "La Roue Qui Tourne Rosé" is a dry pet-nat (methode ancestrale) of  100% old vine Gamay grown on white clay and silex.

  • rosé
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2018 Touraine Le Brin de Chèvre (8/27)

The unique and vibrantly delicious 2018 "Brin de Chèvre" is 100% Menu Pineau grown on clay soils with silex and gravel, 70% 65-80 year-old and 30% young vines, aged for 12 months in demi-muid and Burgundy barrels, 15mg/L SO2. This is always one of my favorite Loire whites with it's combination of ripe, dense pear and quince, with sharp herbal flavors and bracing citrusy acidity with fabulous length. It's a wine to sip and contemplate, perhaps with some halibut, monkfish or full-flavored ceviche. Don't serve it too cold and please decant or cellar for ten years. 18 bottles available.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2019 Cheverny Rouillon (8/27)

50% Pinot Noir/50% Gamay. Named Rouillon or "rusty" for the reddish tint of its clay-limestone soils, this 1.9-hectare estate vineyard is made up of two parcels, one of Pinot Noir planted in 1991 and one of Gamay planted in 1996. 2019 is a great vintage for the reds from Jean-Marie, Thierry and Zoe Puzelat at Clos du Tue-Boeuf as the wines show deep ripeness while retaining lovely balance and freshness. The 2019 Rouillon shows bright, floral tart plum, raspberry and wild strawberry aromas with citrus and earth. The palate is light but sappy and ripe with wild strawberry, plum skin, earth and spice. The finish is long with citrus and mineral flavors and a bit of tannin. Irresistible now, this should be very interesting after a few years in the cellar. Serve cool, zero or minimal added SO2. (4 cs available)

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2019 Touraine La Guerrerie

90% Côt/10% Gamay. La Guerrerie is an estate parcel named in reference to its history as a battlefield in the Hundred Years' War. It is a flat, clay-rich site co-planted with Côt, aka Malbec, and Gamay in the 1980's. The wine shows a bright red/black color, with beautiful lush blackberry and black raspberry aromas, floral, minty, ripe and deep; the palate is sappy and supple with bright blackberry and red currant liqueur, a bit lighter than the extremely ripe 2018, very long and balanced with lemony acidity - just a beautiful wine - luscious now, although very young, it should be quite interesting with 5 to 10 years of aging. We tasted the 2015 last winter with Thierry and it was really singing! Highly recommended. (Only 2 cs available) David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2019 Vin de France Tutti Frutti Rosé (12/1)

Last January in France (remeber travel, and wine tastings?) Thierry Puzelat poured us a taste of a new Rose called "Tutti Frutti" and just said "all the varieties." The wine was sensational, complex, refreshing and quite unique - it turns out to be from a small vineyard of hundred year-old vines in the Cher valley, a field blend of Gamay, Pineau d'Aunis, Chenin, Menu Pineau and Meslier (and probably more). According to their importer "The Puzelats discovered and sourced this fruit, which is in conversion to organic farming, for the first time in the 2019 vintage. The bunches were hand-harvested and direct-pressed into vat and co-fermented spontaneously with native yeasts and without sulfur. The wine was aged for a year and bottled without fining or filtering and with minimal sulfur. The production was miniscule." Bright pale red color, aromas of crushed raspberry, pomegranate, tart cherry, rose petal; the palate is bright and clean with vibrant, tart red currant, cherry and citrus; the finish is pure berry fruit refreshment. This is beautiful pure juice to savor by itself or with some fresh garden crudités on a summer evening.... David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 23 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $41.99

Villemade 2018 Cour-Cheverny Les Saules

Hervé Villemade makes delicious natural wines on his organic certified estate in Cellettes, within the Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny appellations. This delightful 100% Romorantin has a color of lemony gold in the glass. The nose shows lean orchard fruit, like apple and pear, with a hint of fresh green grass. The palate displays tangy apple, herbs, and salinity. These flavors are supported by a structure of zippy texture, with excellent acidity. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $23.99

Villemade, Hervé 2018 Cheverny Les Ardilles

Our friend Hervé Villemade made another gorgeous "Les Ardilles" in 2018. Made from 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Gamay grown on sandy  clay with silex over limestone in Cheverny with yields of about 25 hl/ha. There was a 20-day maceration with light extraction followed by aging in  old barrels, with no added SO2 during vinificaton. Thee wine is particularly ripe and expressive in the excellent 2018 vintage, showing very pretty intriguing aromas of wild strawberry and plum puree, orange peel, celery root, white pepper, violet, licorice and rose. The palate is light but dense with plum and blackberry fruit, quite meaty and mineral with citrus, fennel and spice notes. Black fruits, licorice and spice linger in the long finish. This is a unique and delicious natural wine - bravo Hervé!

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2019 Cheverny Blanc

Cheverny Blanc is best of both worlds in white wine. With this blend you get bright, crisp acidity from the Sauvignon Blanc, and a richer, rounded mouthfeel from the Chardonnay. The bulk of Villemade's Cheverny Blanc comes from  vineyards in the town of Cellettes; farmed organically by Hervé. The wine is fermented and aged in neutral foudre and bottled with very low levels of sulfur. The nose is herbaceous and floral with notes of Meyer lemon peel, green apple and white flowers, and the palate shows a snap of green apple, with a softer, rounded finish of orange peel and yellow peach. A great food-pairing wine! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2019 Vin de France Pinot Noir

Hervé's Pinot Noir is positively delicious in 2019! Crunchy red fruit on the nose, red apple skins and bing cherries, with lush plum and cherry fruit on the palate with a touch of spice and herbaceous notes. It's very "calcaire" and quite lush in this vintage, and there is a really lovely, mature Pinot character that is hiding behind the bright fruit and terroir. Though refreshing and charming now, it should develop some more weight and elegance with 1-3 years in bottle.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve NV (2015) Vin de France Bulle Blanche

Tasted in January 2020 in Angers, Hervé Villemade's 2015 Bulle Blanche is a vibrant belnd of Menu Pineau and Chenin Blanc that spent 24 months on the lees. It's elegant, creamy and flavorful with the herbal, almond and citrus notes of Menu Pineau with the pear and floral white fruits of Chenin. Really a classy and delicious Pet Nat that is a great value as well. Serve as an aperitif or with a ceviche, grilled fish, chicken in sauce.

  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Misc. Burgundy

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $31.99

Génot-Boulanger 2018 Pommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc

It's always a pleasure to taste the wines of a grower steadily through the years, to chart their progress and observe the little adjustments that take wines from good to great. Guillaume and Aude at Génot-Boulanger have been on a steady upward trajectory for some time now but when I tasted this Pommard 1er Cru today, I had to stop and smile. "Clos Blanc" sits on the northern  side of Pommard, adjacent to "Grand Epenots," and takes its name from soil colored white with limestone. The nose is deep with red and blue fruit and on the palate feels round, with beautiful savory spice notes. Pommard has long been considered rustic and burly, so the silkiness here is particularly striking and it feels both complex and eminently drinkable now. This will make a great addition to the holiday table for anyone looking for a special treat. Highly recommended. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $129.99

  • Organic

Guillot-Broux 2018 Coteaux Bourguignons Rouge

The appellation "Coteaux Bourguignons" covers a lot of ground and can be made up any number of Burgundy's varieties. In this case, it's a fifty/fifty blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay made from organically farmed purchased fruit. This is a lovely juicy quaffer, brimming with pure wild strawberry fruit and while I don't have the specs on the percentage of whole bunches, I'd bet that it's high given the amount of cedar and spice notes. Made and priced for drinking every day. Scoop it up before it's gone. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 42 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tripoz 2018 Bourgogne Rouge Chant de la Tour

The 2018 "Chant de la Tour" comes from a single parcel  that has never been treated with chemicals of any kind, which comes as little surprise based on what's in the bottle. This is my platonic ideal of Bourgogne Rouge. The pure red cherry and strawberry fruit is vivid and lush without being cloying. The expression of limestone is clear and speaks beautifully of the region, with a dustiness in the finish that reminds me of clapping blackboard erasers. Completely delicious.

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2018 Bourgogne Cuvée Auguste

The Vignes du Maynes "Cuvée Auguste" is a superb Burgundy made from massale selection Pinot Fin planted in 1964. The parcel, high on the slope in Cruzille, is on Bathonian limestone with a great deal of calcium carbonate crystal (aragonite) with thin topsoils of clay and silica. Yields of about 20 hl/ha, semi-carbonic fermentation, with zero additives, bottled under nitrogen. 2018 is a superb vintage for the Cuvée Auguste! The wine shows elegant aromas of black raspberry, red currant and wild strawberry with hints of blood orange, rose and brown spice - really lovely. The palate shows a bright and beautiful melange of red currant, strawberry and tart cherry with citrus, earth and minerals, very sappy and dense. Elegant long finish of earth, stone and red fruits. This is a gorgeous wine, and quite delicious now, but cellaring of ten to twenty years should be very interesting. Zero added SO2.  Congratulations to Julien Guillot for this beautiful Pinot! DL

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2018 Mâcon-Cruzille Manganite

Made from Gamay Petit Grains planted in 1953, grown on a limestone parcel high in magnesium, in the Clos des Vignes du Maynes in Cruzille, organic since 900 AD (!), now certified biodynamic. The energetic Julien Guillot vinifies his reds without sulfur or additives of any kind, producing complex, mineral, elegant wines that transcend their appellation.  The 2018s here are extraordinary, showing the elegance, purity and balance typical of the estate with the wonderful ripeness of the vintage. The wine shows gorgeous red and black fruit aromas with cranberry, earth, stone and musk and hints of mint, chocolate and spice. The palate is bright and silky with raspberry/strawberry fruit, citrus, stone and earthy flavors, that continue on the very long mineral finish. Always one of the greatest Gamays produced anywhere, the 2018 Manganite is a young wine that will benefit from decanting or five to fifteen years in the cellar. Highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Misc. France

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

Arretxea 2008 Irouleguy Haitza

Haitza means oak in Basque. This is the flagship cuvée of the Riouspeyrous, a gorgeous blend dominated by Tannat, with a touch of Cabernets Franc & Sauvignon which can vary depending on the vintage - over the years, there are less and less. Organically grown on a diversity of soils - sandstones, schists, ophites - with very little clay, it is a great terroir to tame the natural power of Tannat : its acidity and tannins are softened up without losing their personality. Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, vinified separately, with a gentle maceration lasting for 3 weeks or so. Fermentations are spontaneous. The wine is then aged for 18 months minimum in foudres and demi-muids, then in bottle. It is sold when ready to drink - they don’t necessarily release them in chronological order.  In 2008, a colder vintage, Michel & Thérèse Riouspeyrous were very careful about the bottling of the wine and kept it longer in aging to make sure the tannins were balanced. They also decided to release it later, in order to offer a beautiful bottle ready to drink. It is the case today. If the nose is showing a hint of reduction, a quick decant reveals currant leaves, elderberry, violet, blond tobacco just starting to dry out and cedar. In the palate, time played its part: the tannins are remarkably polished, and the natural freshness of the Tannat & the mountainous terroir of Irouléguy can be felt. There is no asperity whatsoever, and the texture is not without reminding you of a Cabernet Sauvignon heavy Graves, but with more lift. Serve it in Bordeaux glass. This wine calls for a dry-aged strip steak with sautéed girolles and black garlic, or a roasted duck breast with sauce au poivre. 80% or so Tannat, the rest Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Arretxea 2010 Irouleguy Haitza

Haitza means oak in Basque. This is the flagship cuvée of the Riouspeyrous, a gorgeous blend dominated by Tannat, with a touch of Cabernets Franc & Sauvignon which can vary depending on the vintage - over the years, there are less and less. Organically grown on a diversity of soils - sandstones, schists, ophites - with very little clay, it is a great terroir to tame the natural power of Tannat : its acidity and tannins are softened up without losing their personality. Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, vinified separately, with a gentle maceration lasting for 3 weeks or so. Fermentations are spontaneous. The wine is then aged for 18 months minimum in foudres, then in bottle and sold when ready to drink - they don’t necessarily release them in chronological order. 2010 is drinking beautifully well right now, and it is surprising how its aromas sing youth while its structure is showing a peaceful harmony. The delicacy of tannins is so remarkable, it is hard to believe the wine is mostly made with tannat! Open and expressive right at opening, the wine is unfolding its layers over the course of a couple of hours, really peaking up after 24 hours. Full of wisteria, fresh black currant and fern, the nose hints at cold empyreumatic counterpoints. The palate is more savory bringing some forest elements - fern, mountain spring bank, truffle. This is a complex yet delicate bottle you can serve in large Bordeaux glasses and enjoy with a smoked quail with glazed parsnip and chicories or a wild caught salmon in a black truffle pot-au-feu. 80% or so Tannat, the rest Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Arretxea 2016 Irouleguy Haitza

Haitza means oak in Basque. This is the flagship cuvée of the Riouspeyrous, a gorgeous blend dominated by Tannat, with a touch of Cabernets Franc & Sauvignon which can vary depending on the vintage - over the years, there are less and less. Organically grown on a diversity of soils - sandstones, schists, ophites - with very little clay, it is a great terroir to tame the natural power of Tannat: its acidity and tannins are softened up without losing their personality. Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, vinified separately, with a gentle maceration lasting for 3 weeks or so. Fermentations are spontaneous. The wine is then aged for 18 months minimum in foudres, then in bottle and sold when ready to drink - they don’t necessarily release them in chronological order. This is a baby Haitza you can enjoy now if decanted, or keep in your cellar for 10 to 20 years! The vintage being warmer, the wine has less acidity than usual - but still plenty, and has a delightful amiability particularly enjoyable now that Fall weather is on us. The nose is an explosion of violet, fresh red and black currant, and liquorice, with a touch of bitter chocolate. Once again, the palate is more savory with a lot of mountain herbs, smoked tobacco and potting soil. With more Tannat than usual - and not Cabernet Sauvignon - one can admire the work done by the Riouspeyrous in mastering the tannic structure in such an elegant way! Served in large Bordeaux glass, you need a little bit of fat and texture : think rack of lamb, beef briskets with confit red pepper or a slow roasted hen-of-the-wood with Bordelaise sauce. 80% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Franc. 

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Arretxea 2017 Irouleguy Blanc Gres

Grès (sandstone) is one of the terroir-designated cuvées made by the Riouspeyrous since 2009, and it is without a doubt one of the greatest wines of (Southern) France. Of the two single vineyards cuvées offered, it is always the most linear, the deepest with a certain restrained severity in its youth. Even though this plot of sandstones is south exposed and the ripeness is not a problem, the balance between alcohol and acidity is quite mind-blowing, and despite easily reaching 14+%, you never feel any heaviness or burn. This is the magical part of the Manseng, and why these wines are so great - for drinking, for pairing, for cellaring! And for the price it is a real steal! Hand-harvested, the grapes undertake a long pressing before being aged in larger formats including some Stockingers for a year. They are then kept a year in bottle before being released. A dominant of Petit over Gros without any Courbu in the vintage - all the Courbu go now in the Hexoguri cuvée - the wine in this vintage is showing the enticing notes of quince and mandarine, then followed right away by smoked salt, sorrel and frangipane flower. Don’t hesitate to decant to let it blossom. On the palate, the wine is more restrained, more savory, more spicy - think white pepper, saffron, dried thyme. It is a model of precision, building up its power, with a gentle attack to undwind a superb volume. Serve it not too cold in a Burgundy glass, or cellar it for 10 to 20 years. Pairings are numerous, but I could see some Ricotta agnolotti with a cheese rind and thyme broth, finished with mushroom or truffle, hazelnut crusted scallops with roasted celery, apple and chestnut or a 24-months Parmigiano. 60% Petit Manseng, 40% Gros Manseng. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Arretxea 2017 Irouleguy Blanc Terroir Schistes

Schistes is one of the terroir-designated cuvées made by the Riouspeyrous since 2009, and it is without a doubt one of the greatest wines of (Southern) France. Of the two single vineyard cuvées offered, Schistes is always the most opulent, giving, and accessible without losing its unique equilibrium between power and vibrancy. Because of the relative deepness of the soil (with more clay) the wine has a more aromatic bouquet, going from fresh mango to yellow plum and freesia. All these cuvées are vinified the same: hand-harvested, the grapes undertake a long pressing before being aged in large formats including some Stockingers for a year. They are then kept a year in bottle before being released. 2017 was a fresher vintage, helping to balance the natural power of this terroir. On the nose, you pick up the yellow plum, some tangerine zest and peach blossom - it is a little less tropical than usual, going more towards a summertime orchard. On the palate, the acidity is just fantastic, balanced by the velvet touch of the glycerol. It is definitely larger than the Grès, making it maybe more approachable. More lemongrass, and flint are perceptible in the palate. Oak is perfectly integrated. This is a terrific bottle you may want to cellar 10 years, or drink decanted in a large Burgundy glass, not too cold. Some fried sweetbreads with fennel confit, a brown butter halibut with watercress and ratte potato or a mild blue cheese, are a couple of ideas coming to mind for pairings, but pairings are pretty much endless! 80% Petit Manseng, 20% Gros Manseng. Pascaline Lepeltier

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Arretxea 2018 Irouleguy Rose

Arretxea Rosé is a true gastronomic rosé mostly made with Tannat and a little Cabernet Franc using saignée and direct press. Darker and deeper than your summer rosé, this is perfect for the seasons and the weather, and allows great pairings. 2018 was a complicated year, with almost no red wine made because of the hail, so they made a little more rosé. The grapes are harvested separately then blended. The wine is only aged in tanks - stainless or epoxy - to keep the aromatics. In 2018 malo was partially done to bring a little bit more texture.  Without a doubt, this a great, serious rosé, you want to serve in large glasses, and not too cold. You pick up on the nose the fainted notes of tannant - this typical black currant and fern aromas - but here enhanced with more blue berry and cara cara zest. The palate is velvety and gourmand, and the expected acidity is present: all in all, it is both highly drinkable with a satisfying complexity! You can keep it for 2-3 years without problem too. Enjoy it now with some serious charcuterie like a rabbit terrine with pistachio, a monkfish liver pâté but you can play with spicier food, especially with pimenton like pepper stew with paprika, and of course aged goat or ewe cheese. 80% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bastide Blanche 2015 Bandol Cuvee Estagnol

Bastide Blanche, one of the few organic domains in Bandol, produces this beatiful wine from old vines of 92% Mourvedre and 8% Grenache. The wine is hand-harvested in multiple passes, with very low yields, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in old foudres.  File under under curiosity or perhaps, sometimes you just need a duck wine. Depending on one’s whims, one plans their meals around a particular wine or perhaps in a more balanced life, one plans their wines around a meal (dear reader, I am probably more inclined to the former truth be told). But in this case I had a lovely bunch of baby Japanese turnips and a fine breast of Rohan Duck, so the the meal drove the bus, so to speak. The 2015 Bastide Blanche Estagnol is just the thing. With a substantial decant, it has all the dark floral aromatics, ground Telicherry peppercorn, blackberry fruit, and yes, a hint of game on the nose. The palate is tightly wound and just this side of severe on opening but with two hours in the decanter, the pure, sweet, plummy fruit emerges with loads of charm, ripeness, and dry extract to buffer the substantial structure beneath. And while the solar 2015 vintage can result in wine that show more power than grace, here it seems like there is there is real poise and potential. This shows ripeness, but no sense of heat or flab. Plenty of black fruits and dusty tannins and sure, oodles of garrigue. But there’s real flair and harmony and each sip has me wondering what a mature bottle will taste like. Excellent with duck and turnips, but I'd love to pair this with lamb and tapenade, or once summer is in full stride, ratatouille. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

Bordelet 2019 Sparkling Pear Cider Poiré Authentique

Eric Bordelet was a super star in the wine and restaurant world before shifting his attention to orchard fruits and returning to his home town in southern Normandy’s Domfrontais region. Here pears replace apples as the primary ingredient in both Cidre and Calvados because the pear tree’s deep root system tunnel easily into the region’s dry soils. The fifteen old varieties used are "sauvages," not table fruit, and have good acidity and a lovely astringency that combine to give ciders structure and freshness. Eric’s Authentique displays those qualities flawlessly and combines complex flavors of creamy orchard fruit, white meadow flowers, and a sappy, slightly off dry finish. This is a perfect starter on Thanksgiving, and great with the pies at the end - and with the very low alcohol, maybe a glass for the kids as well. (Also available: Sidre Tendre)

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $31.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Domaine Maestracci 2016 Corse Calvi E Prove

This red from Maestracci may be the first Corsican wine I tried. In my previous life, I was in restaurants and I used to pour it by the glass when I was first a wine buyer. It had been a couple of years since I'd tasted it though and I wondered before pouring it whether I might find it changed. I was relieved to find it was just as I remembered. A blend of Nielluciu, Grenache, Sciaccarellu and Syrah, the fruit profile is dark red and because the wine is already nearly five years old, it is starting to feel mature, showing a distinctly earthy savory side. The vines are planted in clay and sand on granite and there is a mineral coolness to the finish here that gives the wine real character. Corsica has a reputation as wild and rebellious and there is an unapologetic rusticity here that I love - it reminds me a bit of the great Chateau Musar. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

Finot Frères 2018 Vin de France Tracteur Rouge (Isère)

Thomas Finot in the Coteaux Grésivaudan made the vibrant 2018 Tracteur Rouge from 35% Gamay, 35% Pinot noir, 20% Persan and 10% Merlot.  The wine shows a lovely bright red color and pretty aromas of strawberry, raspberry and tart cherry with hints of violet, earth and spice. The palate is bright and slightly peppery, a bit more round and full than previous vintages, showing strawberry and red currant fruit with a nice lift of sappy  berry fruits, earth and citrus in the finish. It's lovely, served quite cool, with charcuterie, burgers, chicken and cheeses from Comté to Raclette.   David Lillie 

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2019 Vin de France Tracteur Blanc (Isère)

In 2019, Thomas Finot made this refreshing "tractor white" from 80% Jacquere and 20% Chardonnay  grown in the Coteaux Grésivaudan, northeast of Grenoble. This is a delightful everyday wine, featuring lovely aromas of green apple, quince, almond, hay and brown spice. The palate is ripe but balanced, crystalline, mineral and lively with bright acidity, showing flavors of pear,  almond, citrus and stone, with just a hint of roundness from the Chardonnay. Serve happily by itself or with fish in sauce, roast chicken, salads and mild cheeses. This is a lovely Muscadet of the Mountains! David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2018 Vin de France (Isère) "Cugnète" Macération

Thomas Finot makes his "Vin de Macération Cugnète" from purchased fruit grown in Isère and on the Isère/Savoie border, thus Vin de France. The three month skin contact gives the wine a pale bronze color. The aromas are light and pretty - dried flowers, brown spice, citrus peel and peach. The palate shows creamy dried pear, mineral, brown spice, almond and citrus notes, quite subtle and with a clean, long finish without harsh skin tannins. This is a fascinating wine that will accompany shellfish, ceviche of many kinds, sushi, goat cheeses and much more.  12.9% alcohol.  Lovely wine!  David Lillie       Extra facts: Thomas says that Cugnète is an ancient type of Jacquère.  Aging was in big used barrels from 2005 and 2006. My guess is the maceration was more of a soaking, with little or no punch down or extraction, as the wine appears more like a white than an 'orange,' and only has a delicate and subtle amount of tannin in the back of the palate.   -Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Gourgonnier 2019 Les Baux de Provence Rosé

This is a consistently lovely Provençal rosé from a wonderful estate near Les Baux, certified organic for more than 30 years. (www.gourgonnier.com) Lovely aromas of berry fruits, peach and citrus. Refreshing, light-bodied palate with raspberry, citrus and mineral flavors finishing with crisp acidity. Showing well already, this should improve throughout the summer and will accompany a salade nicoise, chicken, lighter grilled meats.  

  • rosé
  • 23 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $62.99

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Fleur (Arrives 12/2)

The 2018 Jonc Blanc "Fleur" is a gorgeous and complex wine from 45% old-vine Semillon (70+ years old), Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris from Franck and Isabelle Pascal in Bergerac, Biodynamic farming on limestone with clay and sandy soils,  vinification without additives, aging for 18 months on the lees in cuve inox, bottled with a small addition of SO2, 20mg/l total. The 2018 Fleur is a lovely wine showing floral aromas of ripe citrus, melon and pear; the palate is ripe, supple and refreshing with ripe white fruits, quite generous and backed with firm acidity and saline/mineral flavors in the very long finish. Far from the typical varietal Sauvignon, this is a rich complex white of great character that willl acccompany cheeses and white meats and is a delicious aperitif. David Lillie

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Fruit (Arrives 12/2)

The delicious 2018 Jonc Blanc "Fruit" is a bland of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon from a clay/limestone hillside in biodynamic regenerative agriculture (100% green cover all year) and 65% Merlot from a parcel on limestone of Castillon in biodynamic farming with legumes, cereals and pollinators between the vnes. There is a cool pre-fermentation maceration, then fermentation with wild yeasts for 30 days, followed by 18 months in cuve and old foudre, bottled unfined, unfiltered with zero added SO2. Pure Juice!. The wine shows lovely aromas of black raspberry, cassis and plum with earth and violet, the palate is full and supple with bright acidity and mineral flavors under the vibrant fruit. This is simply delicious and a great value - serve cool and enjoy over the next three years with charcuterie, burgers, grilled chicken and pork. David Lillie

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Pure M Malbec (12/1)

The 2018 Pure M is a beautiful natural wine with zero added SO2, 100% Malbec from a small parcel in biodynamic farming on "Calcaires a Asteries" typical of the plateau of Saint-Emilion. Two year élevage in 1200 liter Taransaud foudre without fining, filtration or SO2, 1600 bottles produced.  The wine shows complex, pure, lush aromas of cassis, blackberry and prune with hints of tobacco, spice and earth. The palate is silky and bright with ripe cassis, blackberry and blueberry fruit backed by refreshing acidity. Mineral and ripe berry fruit flavors linger in the long finish.  Serve this cool with any grilled meats, and it's balanced enough for veggies and lighter meat dishes as well. Just delicious and highly recommended! David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Pure T Merlot (12/2)

The superb 2018 Jonc Blanc Pure T is 100% Merlot grown in a terroir of green clay on powdery limestone and fossilized oyster shells, élevage in 1200 liter Taransaud foudre for two years, bottled with no fining or filtration with zero added SO2. Pure Juice. Fabulous balance between richness, concentration and freshness, with the limestone soil bringing saline flavors. The color is a deep black with very floral aromas of cassis and blackberry. The palate is dense, deep and chocolately but still bright and balanced with terrific length. Beautiful wine! David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Racine (Arrives 12/2)

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

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2019 Vin de France Bulle Rosé (Arrives 12/2)

Isabelle and Franck Pascal make outstanding and expressive natural wines from their biodynamically farmed vineyards in Bergerac, and this lively sparkling rosé is a great example of their precise, low-intervention winemaking.  This delicate pét-nat is made with mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and a smaller portion of  Sémillon (30%), and shows a lovely pink-orange color in the glass. The mousse is very delicate, and on the nose, raspberry, peach, tea, and crushed strawberries are evident, while citrus, melon, and strawberry come to the fore on the slightly off-dry palate. The delicate bubbles make this an outstanding candidate for before-dinner drinking, or a fun pairing with appetizers or Asian cuisines.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 16 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc

"Le Ciste" is named after a flowering bush that grows around the Laguerre's steep, organic vineyards in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet. The 2017 is made from equal parts Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle, Vermentino and 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 terroir. 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 delicious 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
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rosé

We've always loved Eric's rather full-bodied rosé, made from Grenache, Carignan and Syrah, but this year he decided to make a lighter, fresher wine from Grenache Gris and Carignan and it's really delicious! it shows a pretty, pale pink color with subtle aromas of rose and raspberry. The palate is fresh, light and round with lovely red and yellow fruit flavors, quite crisp and long. This is a complex, refreshing and delicious rosé and a sensational value!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2014 IGP Côtes Catalanes Oxy (5 years sous voile)

Eric has once again made a small quantity of "Oxy" - his extraordinary Grenache Blanc that spends five years sous-voile. The current vintage is 2014 - for any lover of Vin Jaune, or anyone making chicken with vin jaune and morels, this is a must buy! The wine shows lovely herbal, stone, citrus peel and strong oxidative aromas. The oxidation is less apparent on the palate which is extremely elegant and of course shows an intense minerality, with flavors of lemon zest, stone and dried pear, finishing with terrific length. Only 36 bottles are available - don't delay!

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

Eric Laguerre's parcels for this cuvée are planted on plateaus fringed with flowering "ciste" bushes and wind swept trees. The Pyrénées loom in the distance and the afternoon sun reflecting off the decomposed granite gives his vineyards a sort of shimmering quality. Eric's bottling of "Le Ciste" is a faithful interpretation of each of these elements plus Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvèdre - some de-stemmed and some fermented on whole-clusters, separately, then aged for a year in barrel before being blended together in fiber tank. The 2017 has all of the bold flavor and texture of grapes that were allowed to fully ripen without any worry about lost acidity. At his altitude and with the help of granitic soils, Eric has little reason to pick early; his wines are vibrant and always have a marvelous backbone of mineral acidity. This is his fullest wine, with rich tannins and brooding flavors of fresh thyme, black pepper, bitter chocolate, and blood orange buoyed by ripe cherry. And while this is a handy and humble "grab n' go" for barbecues, Moroccan-themed dinners, etc., this wine has all of the potential to make us giddy and glad that we saved a few for 2030. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

Eric Laguerre's "Eos Rouge" is an elegant blend of 90% Grenache from 40-year-old gobelet-trained vines, with 10% 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 2019 is strikingly pure-fruited, with vibrant strawberry and red cherry aromas underpinned by earthy spice, red-currant, and bitter chocolate notes.  Strawberry and cherry continue on the palate with peppery tannins and mineral acidity from the high mountain climat. (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 3 to 5 years.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Leccia, Yves 2017 Ile de Beaute Rouge

Thanksgiving wines are tricky, because one wants them to feel different and special from things we drink at other times of year. At the same time, the wines must be food-versatile enough that the everyday dinner classics (Beaujolais! Barbera!) often seem to make the most sense. If you are looking for something that feels at once familiar and new for the holiday, I implore you to try the Ile de Beauté Rouge from Yves Leccia. The 2017 is a blend of Grenache and Nielluciu (Sangiovese, Corsican-style) grown on a combination of clay, limestone and schist soils. The vines are just shy of thirty years old and the overall feeling is one of exuberance and fun. Grenache is capable of presenting a bit like Pinot Noir and that is what has happened here. The wine is full of ripe red berry fruit and baking spices, with the Nielluciu providing structure and a mineral spine. It makes me think particularly of cranberry sauce, with its bright acidity and juicy sweetness! Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Fouques 2019 Côtes de Provence Impulsion Rosé Sans Soufre

After hearing us complain about other estates in Provence that use excessive amounts of sulfur-dioxide in their wines, Christelle and Jacques at Les Fouques have gone all the way and produced a zero sulfur special cuvée in 2019. Called "L'Impulsion" (the impulse), the wine is made with 2/3 Cinsault and 1/3 Syrah from their Biodynamic vineyards - tasted in January the unfinished wine showed subtle aromas of raspberry, citrus and rose with a light, dry and delicate palate of citrus, peach and berry fruits. We look forward to tasting it on arrival, July 1st.

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Les Fouques 2019 Côtes de Provence Cuvée l'Aubigue Rosé

"L'Aubigue" is a generously round and fruit-driven rosé made from Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Vermentino grown on soils of clay and schist near Hyères in Provence. Yves Gros and his family have been practicing Biodynamic agriculture at the domaine since 1991, and this meticulous care for their soils shows in the exquisite mineral depth of this cuvée. The 2019 is a beautiful pale salmon color and offers complex aromas of peach skins, raspberry, wild flowers, brown spice, and grapefruit pith. The palate is supple with a dense mineral core. Flavors of peach, strawberry, and nectarine coalesce over cool herbal notes akin to licorice. The finish is long, suave and awash with citrus and stone, hinting at a nascent complexity that should reveal itself after a few years of cellaring. Another fantastic "Aubigue" Rosé that we will happily sip alongside salads, mild cheeses, and ceviche this summer!

  • rosé
  • 24 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white fortified
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

Mas Coutelou 2018 Vin de France Le Blanc

Mas Coutelou was at the forefront of organic viticulture in the Languedoc by becoming one of the first handful of growers to become certified in 1987. They are also commited to biodiversity by surrounding the vineyards with olive, almond, and fig trees! The 'Blanc' is a blend of 50% Macabeu  and 50% Grenache Gris.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mas des Chimères 2018 Terrasses du Larzac Caminarem

"Caminarèm," from winemaker Guilhem Dardé, is a blend of equal parts Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Carignan from the Terrasses du Larzac AOC. The vines range in age from 20 to 100 years old and are planted in basalt soils. The grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed, fermented with native yeasts, then assembled and matured in various sized barrels for a year before bottling. The wine's color is a dark red. On the nose there are blackberries and plums, an accent of roasted meat and cedar. The palate has similar dark fruits, along with a touch of peppery spice. There is good acidity, paired with a healthy dash of tannin and a plush, soft core.  The wine has a long, herbaceous finish. 

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $44.99

Navarre 2018 Saint-Chinian Le Laouzil

Thierry Navarre's touchstone "Laouzil" is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from old vines planted on brown schist ("Laouzil" in the local dialect) soils in the rugged mountains of Roquebrun (Saint-Chinian). The grapes are de-stemmed and aged in neutral barrel before bottling with minimal sulfur. The 2018 has a beautiful robe of bright red/black. The nose shows decadent aromas of red currant, blackberry and black cherry, sage, and deeper notes of espresso. The palate is creamy, but not heavy with fine powdery tannins. Perhaps a bit brighter than the 2017, wonderfully balanced and accessible for drinking now. Flavors of black fruits, peppercorn, and savory herbs cling to a core of dense minerals on the long, persistent finish. Delicious now it will also benefit from 3 - 5 years in the cellar.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Saint-Chinian Cuvée Olivier

2019 is a great vintage for Thierry Navarre's Cuvée Olivier, from his oldest vines of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan grown in his mountainside vineyards in Saint-Chinian. Deep and very complex aromas of black raspberry and blueberry with hints of roast meats, espresso, violets, chocolate and citrus. Lovely palate of ripe red and black fruits, earth and citrus lifted by firm acidity. This is a beautiful Languedoc red — rich, ripe and complex and surprisingly "fresh" with good acidity and 13.5% alcohol. Organic farming, minimal sulfur. Highly recommended.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 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, planted on slopes of schist, exposure south-east.  It’s thin-skinned and yields a fresh and vibrant red wine that could easily pass for a dark rosé. The aromas are complex with red fruits, spice, herbs, tobacco, rose petal and tea-leaf. Low-alcohol and  light-bodied and a bit delicate with plum, red currant, spice and smoke on the palate, with a long finish - fresh, floral, and unlike anything else, really a lovely wine ! EL

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Vin de France Rosé Ribeyrenc

Thierry Navarre's new Ribeyrenc Rosé is simply sensational, unique and refreshing! Tasted at La Dive Bouteille last winter, we loved the subtle raspberry and peach fruit of this light and distinctive rosé. At 10.5% alcohol it's a perfect hot weather thirst-quencher! (Ribeyrenc appears to be an ancient grape originating in the Languedoc, possibly related to Cinsault, last grown in the 18th and 19th centuries, and now revived by Thierry and a few other growers). NB: This is the only 2019 Rosé that we have from Thierry Navarre, and the label is somewhat confusing! Despite the fact that it says "Vin d'OEillades" on the front, this is in fact the Rosé of Ribeyrenc. The production of this micro-cuvee was so small that the decision was made to reuse the same purple label.

  • rosé
  • 15 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre NV Vin de France Vin de Grenache Demi-Sec

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

  • rosé off-dry
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pajot, Domaine de 2019 VDP des Côtes de Gascogne Les Quatre Cépages

This is a beloved staple at Chambers Street! Domaine de Pajot is located in Southwest France overlooking the capital of Armagnac, a region more well known for their brandy than table wines. The entire estate is certified organic, grown over rolling hills of mostly sand and fine silt soils, vines interspersed with hazelnut trees. 'Les Quatre Cépages' is a blend of 35% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Colombard, 20% Ugni-Blanc, 10% Gros-Manseng . Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this wine is dry, crisp, and well balanced. Pajot is our go-to pick for delicious wine that you can be both happy to cook with and have a glass on the side. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 55 in stock
  • $9.99

  • Organic

Puech Redon (Eric Texier/Cyril Cuche) 2019 VdF Pour de Vrai Vin Petillant Artisanal et Nat

A collaboration between our good friend Eric Texier, and a biodynamic farmer named Cyril Cuche. Cyril’s family owns a massive chunk of land, which he has been working organically and biodynamically for over a decade. The estate has always practiced polyculture with wild forest, grains, vines, and more, all contributing to the biodiversity. Without any winemaking experience, Cyril turned to Eric Texier to help produce a wine with wild yeast fermentation and no added SO2. This is a frothy and refreshing rosé Pet-Nat that is unfiltered and quite delicate on the palate. A great choice for a thirst quenching afternoon bottle and a must try for fans of ancestral style Pet Nats.  -Eben

  • rosé sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ratapoil (Raphael Monnier) NV Jura Macvin

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

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2018 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale

This charming, low-alcohol sparkler hails from the tiny appellation of Bugey (across from the Mont du Chat in Savoie). At 8% ABV this delicately sweet and exquisitely balanced pét-nat is the breakfast of champions, a companion while you prepare a feast, or the perfect solution to tricky dessert parings. The 2018 is a blend of Gamay and Poulsard. 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
  • 34 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2016 Jurançon Cuvée Speciale

The 2016 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée Spéciale  is 100%  Petit  Manseng grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard in Lasseube, certified organic since 1964.  He farms barely 1 ha of this magical grape on heavy clay soil with veins of lavasse, the local name for sandstone. Harvested usually in late-October, sometimes November by hand, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, settled 24-36 hours than vinified in epoxy tank until harvest. Serge is only using sulfur dioxide and not potassium metabisulfite, usually at press, racking and bottling. 2016 was a great vintage for Serge, with a perfect season leading to a peaceful harvest with beautiful grapes. A deep gold with light pink-orange hue, the wine shows the concentration reached by slowly overripe Petit Manseng berries. Decanting Serge Hondet's wines is always recommended, even the sweet version of Jurançon to really express their complex bouquet and their length. When open, it is a complex bouquet of orange marmelade, alphonso mango, elderflower, caraway seed. On the palate, despite its concentration ( 76 RS), there is no weight but just vibrating acidity: think membrillo paste or passion fruit puree. As always there is a nice herbal bitterness in the finish. This is a great dessert wine of course and will pair very well with a quince tarte tatin and salted butter caramel, a pineapple soufflé but also with savoury dishes like sticky honey-glazed duck with stir-fry Chinese cabbage, and of course blue cheese. 100% Petit Manseng. Pascaline Lepeltier

  • white medium-sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2016 Jurançon Cuvee Tradition

The 2016 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée tradition  is made of equal part Petit and Gros Manseng grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard in Lasseube, certified organic since 1964.  Both are grown quite close one from another on 2 ha of heavy clay soil with veins of lavasse, the local name for sandstone. Harvested usually in mid-October by hand, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, settled 24-36 hours than vinified in epoxy tank until harvest. Serge is only using sulfur dioxide and not potassium metabisulfite, usually at press, racking and bottling. 2016 was a great vintage for Serge, with perfect season leading to a peaceful harvest with beautiful grapes. In the glass, the light gold with green flex is typical for young Jurançon. As for all his wines, it is recommended to decant them, even the sweet : they need air to reveal their perfumes and their length. Once open, the nose is classical example of the Manseng, a combination of crunchy, exotic tropical fruits with some herbal notes, a hint of spice, and a remarkable intuition of fresh concentration. The palate has more orange variations and some earl grey tea notes. As  usual, it is hard to assess the sweetness - here 42g - thanks to the energetic acidity. Enjoy it in a large glass at 8C, and serve it of course with tropical fruit and citrus based deserts, but also with Moroccan spice chicken tajine and other dishes with sweet or sweet and sours seasoning be they veggies, fish or white meat. 50% Petit Manseng, 50% Gros Manseng. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tissot 2018 Arbois Chardonnay Rose Massale

Selection massale of Chardonnay Rose, from La Mailloche," a rare mutation of the grape, ripe and beautifully complex.**AVAILABLE OCTOBER 29th**

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot 2018 Arbois D.D.

From Stéphane Tissot's Biodynamic vineyard in Arbois, named for Stéphane's father, Andre "DD" Tissot. This is a delicious blend of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir co-fermented in 2000L foudres. Serve slightly chilled and enjoy with a variety of cheeses, roasted chicken, or on its own! Tasted with Stepphane last winter this showed beautifully, perhaps the best vintage of DD yet, don't miss it!

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Traginer 2010 Banyuls Grand Cru 750ml

Grenache, Grenache Gris and Carignan, aged for six years or more in ancient barrels, bottled without fining or filtration. Jean-François Deu at Domaine du Traginer makes elegant, complex and beautifully balanced Banyuls at his organic and biodynamic estate. The 2010 Banyuls Grand Cru shows fabulous aromas of burnt orange, prune, lemon peel, rose, earth and aged cheese...for starters. Very deep and complex. The palate is ripe and a bit sweet, but refreshing and balanced by bright acidity with prune, red currant, rose and deep berry confit with citrus, brown spice and earth. Beautiful wine - great to sip by itself or serve with fruit desserts and chocolate. Highly recommended. DL

  • red sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2016 Banyuls Blanc 750 ml

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

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Traginer 2018 Banyuls Rimage 500ml

The Traginer Banyuls Rimage (Vin Doux Naturel) at 16% alcohol is an insanely delicious wine as an apéritif or with deserts of chocolate or fruit (figs especially) and goat cheeses. The 2018 shows a bright black/red color and vivid aromas of ripe blackberry, prune,  licorice, violets, and earth, a bit lighter and more floral than usual. The palate is ripe and lush with blackberry, prune, 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! (Keep this fortified wine for weeks in the fridge, re-corked) DL

  • red sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2018 Banyuls Rimage 750ml

The Traginer Banyuls Rimage (Vin Doux Naturel) at 16% alcohol is an insanely delicious wine as an apéritif or with deserts of chocolate or fruit (figs especially) and goat cheeses. The 2018 shows a bright black/red color and vivid aromas of ripe blackberry, prune,  licorice, violets, and earth, a bit lighter and more floral than usual. The palate is ripe and lush with blackberry, prune, 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! (Keep this fortified wine for weeks in the fridge, re-corked) DL

  • red sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2018 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 Vermentino grown on low-yielding vines, on steep slopes above the Mediterranean. The 2018 is a superb and complex wine of the south that shows a bright pale gold color and aromas of almond, pear and peach, lime-flower and preserved lemon. The palate is ripe and dense with citrus, almond, peach and stone flavors backed by firm acidity, finishing with mineral flavors citrus and white fruits. Serve this unique wine with a ceviche of scallops or fluke, fish soup or fish in sauce, white meats and goat cheeses. Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $68.99

  • Organic

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2015 Arbois Chardonnay

This is a fresh, zippy Chardonnay from Gerard and Christine Villet in Arbois, this is the perfect salad wine! From vines that Christine's father planted in the 1970s, there are some subtle orchard fruit notes on the nose, and great acid on the palate. As is typical of the Villet Chardonnay offerings, the wine is not made in a sous-voile style, but vinified traditionally, so no oxidative notes. For fans of un-oaked Chardonnay, this comes highly recommended.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2015 Arbois Savagnin (Ouille)

The 2015 resonates with comforting aromas of creamy walnuts, smoke, red apple, and gingerbread spice upon opening. With time lifted aromas of  genepy and subtle mountain herbs emerge to reveal a wine that's playful but rooted in rich tradition. The palate is tightly knit with gripping acidity, spice, and delicious salty minerals. There is the faintest toasted walnut note on the mid-palate but the finish is all refreshing, mineral acidity. Highly enjoyable now but there's no hurry. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2016 Arbois Tradition Blanc

The 2016 Tradition Blanc is 70% Chardonnay sous voile, and 30% Savagnin sous voile during 30 months!  This is a must for any fan of oxidative whites, and a perfect bottle to use for Coq au Vin Jaune on a budget. Of course, use a bit for the recipe, and drink most of it with dinner!  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2018 Arbois Tradition Rouge

A blend of all three of the Jura's great red varieties, Poulsard, Trousseau, and Pinot Noir, from the first organic estate in Arbois. Winemaker Christine Villet is a mentor and a mother-figure to many of the regions up-and-coming winemakers. The 2018 Tradition Rouge is a deep red in color. The nose is woodsy, with dark cherry and hints of baking spices. The palate is surprisingly plump, with red fruits and a clean mineral freshness.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Villet, Gerard & Christine NV Vin Mousseaux de qualité

A Cremant in everything but name, this Vin Mousseaux (a general term that refers to sparkling wines) is 100% Chardonnay Extra-Brut. There is no dosage so it's particularly bright, dry and clean. Vinified with indigenous yeast (like all of the Villet wines), this is perfectly refreshing (think Summertime), super 'digestif' and great for an apero or with food.  Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villet, Gerard & Christine NV Vin Mousseaux de qualité Brut

A Cremant du Jura in everything but name, this Vin Mousseaux (a general term that refers to sparkling wines) is 100% Chardonnay. Vinified with indigenous yeast (like all of the Villet wines), this is perfectly refreshing, super 'digestif' and great for an apero or with food. Golden delicious apple notes on the palate, and an ideal level of richness balanced by crisp acidity. Would be great as a start to Thanksgiving feast, or with appetizers before the big meal!  -EL

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Rhone

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $14.99

Balazu des Vaussières 2019 Vin de France Sept Syllabes Rosé

Although within the Tavel appellation, Nadia and Christian Charmasson have long rejected the rules of the AOC in favor a "Vin de France" classification. Balazu des Vaussières is a completely natural estate, using zero additives in winemaking and zero chemcials in the vines. Even the organic approved preparation of copper-sulfate is not used against mildew as it is harmful to organisms in the soil - thus living soils that produce vibrant living wines. The 2019 “Sept Syllabes” was made with Mourvedre and Cinsault - it’s a direct press rosé with little or no maceration and no added SO2. The wine spent approximately 7 months in vat before bottling. The wine is rather concentrated in color. The fruit on the nose is deep raspberry and cherry, with hints of green herbs and citrus. The palate is warm and dense with a mix of savory red berries and cherry/plum skins. Just a hint of clove. The structure is full, offering a light tannic touch and a slightly funky earthy, mineral component to the ripe fruit. Give the wine an hour or two open and it's really singing of the stony soils of Tavel and Roquemaure - pure wine and a pure, deep expression of the terroir and the Charmasson's courageous winemaking. DH & DL

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balthazar 2018 Cornas Casimir

One of the few "natural" winemakers in the northern Rhône, Frank Balthazar is certified organic and vinifies with wild yeasts and minimal sulfur, even producing a cuvée of Cornas without SO2. The Cuvée Casimir Balthazar is from 25% old vines in "Les Mazards" and younger vines in "La Légre." Balthazar's Cornas are aromatically beautiful with silky, pure fruit and terrific length and are never heavy or over-extracted. The 2018 Casimir Balthazar shows a dense red/black color, with elegant pure blackberry, cassis aromas with black olive, violet, smoke and stone and hints of spice, a bit closed from the recent bottling. The palate is dense and elegant, but not heavy, with firm tannins surrounding lovely pure black fruits with a core of minerals, earth and berry fruits. Beautiful wine - hold 3 to 5 years and drink till 2035. DL

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Barou 2019 Saint-Joseph "Un Autre Monde"

Domaine Barou has been organic since the 1970s and also produces cherries, apricots and peaches. The Saint-Joseph vines are in Limony, on thin granite soils in the northern part of Saint-Joseph. Shallow plowing ("griffage") is done in the summer, with rye and clover growing between the rows in winter. The grapes are 80% de-stemmed, fermentations are with wild yeasts, aging is primarily in old barrels.The 2019 Saint-Joseph shows gorgeous aromas of blackberry and blueberry liqueur with violet, spice, citrus and roast meat. Quite pure and lovely. Ripe black fruits, bitter chocolate, earth, licorice and citrus continue on the dense, lush palate which is framed in bright acidity. The finish is long with velvety fruit liqueur and mineral flavors. This is absolutely delicious now, and over the next 5 to 8 years . A sensational value and highly recommended!

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Barou 2019 VdP Collines Rhodaniennes Marsanne "Rendez Vous"

The Barou family family makes delicious wines, and grows cherries and apricots on their mixed-use organic estate in Charnas, in the northern section of the AOC Saint-Joseph. Their 2019 Vin de Pays Marsanne is a simply superb everyday wine! Wild yeast fermentation, aging in vat and in 5 - 6 year-old barriques. Light bronze/gold color.  This needs a few minutes to open up, then showsbright  aromas of pear and peach, almond, lime-flower, lemon peel, smoke and hay, really quite pretty. Ripe stone fruits on the palate, primarily peach and dried pear with lemon, spice and saline mineral flavors with good balancing acidity in the long, refreshing finish. Serve this lovely wine with chicken, full-flavored fish, mild cheeses and Asian foods. This is a unique and delicious wine and an extraordinary value - highly recommended! 

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Barou 2019 Vin de Pays Syrah "Vernes"

From 40 - 50  year-old Syrah vines in Charnay, just outside the Saint-Joseph AOC, on living soils tended organically for forty years by Marie-Agnès and Emmanuel Barou. Plowing by tractor or weeding by hand on the steep slopes. Hand-harvested, wild-yeast fermentations, aging one year in 4 to 5 year-old barrels. The 2019 Cuvée des Vernes is simply sensational and one of the best values in the store! The wine shows deep black/red color with lush aromas of blackberry liqueur, licorice, blueberry and musk with cool minty notes - really lovely! The palate shows cool dense black fruits with dark chocolate, blueberry, earth, smoke and citrus with a beautiful, refreshing finish of minerals and fruit. This is an outstanding Syrah, equal to many many Saint-Josephs and simply delicious for current drinking. Serve a bit cool with almost anything from roast chicken to pork, rabbit, charcuterie and lamb, or just enjoy by itself. Case quantities are available. Highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $139.99

Beaurenard 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Detmeter certified. 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 6% of the other authorized grapes, destemmed, fermented with, natural yeasts. Aged in a combination of barrels and casks, and vat, mostly 5% new oak. Bottled unfined, unfiltered. The 2017 Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Dark ruby verging on purple robe. The nose is bright and offers pretty aromas of red and blue fruits, ripe cherry and red plum, garrigue, black olive, and Lapsang Souchong tea and spices. The palate is ripe, but lithe, with ripe—not roasted— red fruit, blackberry liqueur, and a sapid, iodine, mineral saltiness and fine acidity lending freshness and a grounded character to to the wine. The finish is long and supple with the fine-grained tannins carrying through with the ripe fruit. This is delicious and perhaps veers more in the direction of generous rather than reserved, but it’s full of character and has a nice upside for 7-10+ years. Wonderful with wine-braised duck legs, grits, and brown butter cabbage, but I’d certainly enjoy it with daube of beef, lamb shanks, and even a wild mushroom risotto with plenty of Provençal herbs. Just the thing for a chilly Fall evening. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

Chapelle St. Theodoric 2009 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Grand Pin

Chapelle Saint-Theodoric is a joint venture between the Grangeon family of Domaine de Cristia and  importer and CDP lover Peter Weygandt. Le Grand Pin is all old-vine Grenache from a parcel in the Pignan vineyard on sandy soils. Whole-cluster fermentation in concrete vat with wild yeasts, minimal extraction, aged in 4 to 10 year-old large casks. The 2009 vintage in Châteauneuf can be a fraught one. Portlike with lashings of oak and a soupçon of garrigue, right? Well, in the case of Chapelle St. Theodiric's Le Grand Pin it's ripe for sure, not stewed and not a monument to cooperage. Garrigue? Absolutely, with some leather, and warmth on the nose and palate. But there’s an intriguing soil component here—the edges and grain haven’t been buffed out in the modern fashion. The palate is ripe with dark plummy fruits, a dark salty sapidity, and tends more toward sauvage than overtly polished.  It’s a strapping wine that’s full of that Midi sun, but there’s character here and if you prefer you Châteauneuf with soil and soul rather than confiture and consultants, there’s a lot to like here. Caveat lector, this was given a quick decant, and served at cellar temperature. Delicious with roasted duck leg, fingerling potatoes persillé, and sautéed spinach from the Greenmarket, though I might opt for a daube or lamb shanks next time. If you like more earthy and savory character to your CDP, this is definitely well worth a look. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic

Charvin 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

82-85% Grenache (av 50 yrs), 5-8% Syrah, young vines, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Vaccarèse  from Les Cabrières, 1 ha L'Arnesque, Le Devès, some sand, clay-limestone, galet stones soils, light crush, whole bunch 20-25 day fermentation, 1-2 daily pumping overs, press wine added, concrete vat raised 18-21 months, unfiltered. From the drinkrhone.com review: " red robe. Tea, smoke, sweet raspberry aroma here with a good, rocky cut of freedom and lift. It is good and upright, will be stylish. The palate links well to the nose. This possesses naked qualities via its pure fruit and clarity of definition. It is STGT wine (wine of terroir), very close to its source lands. Has a smoky, garrigue exit. It is a real winner, a wine for lovers of stylish, clear wine, no make-up worn. 15°. Drink untill 2033."

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Charvin 2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Since 2016, Laurent Charvin has been producing a deliciously different Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc primarily from 50 year-old vines of Clairette Rose, with Bourboulenc from 70 year-old vines in the vineyards of Maucoil and Cabrieres on galet stone and sandy clay soils. (Whole-cluster pressing, fermentation in vat, malo done, aged in steel tank for 9 months, only 90 cases made.) From drinkrhone: "the robe has a yellow with a hint of peach in its hue. This has a reticent but stylish, serene nose, honeysuckle flowers that appeal, cooked lemon, trim freshness present. The palate has an interesting tone, nice supple gras richness, elegant and fleshy, gives real comfortable drinking, achieves discreet late grip. There is a wee sense of oil in the texture - a pleasing vinosity - and a salt note on the close." Drink until 2035

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos de la Bonnette 2018 Condrieu "Légende Bonnetta"

The Clos de la Bonnette is a young estate, having reclaimed ancient vineyards and producing their first wines in 2009.  This is a beautiful Condrieu from granit soils on the Côte Bonnette, always in organic farming and produced with minimal SO2. The wine showed elegant, complex aromas and a dense, silky palate when tasted last winter - here is Livingstone-Learmonth's assessment: "firm yellow robe; the bouquet is reserved, lying in wait, gives a low-key air of glazed fruits, cooked lemon, apricot, has depth and mystery. The palate is wide, robust, charged with ample matter, centres on cooked pear, a note of apricot, and vanilla pod from the oak. It’s notably substantial on the second half, has a red wine physique. It’s a Condrieu of authority, better with some age under its belt than young, say at five to six years’ old." This young wine should be decanted if possible or cellar 3 - 5 years before drinking.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos de la Bonnette 2018 VDP Collines Rhodaniennes Vieilles Vignes Syrah

The Clos de la Bonnette VDP Syrah is 2/3 from 40 to 70 year-old vines above Côte-Rôtie "Tartaras" on schist and clay soils over granit, 1/3 from below Côte-Rôtie "Tupin" on alluvial soils. This is an extraordinary Vin de Pays that impressed us enormously when tasted last winter, showing the lush ripeness of the 2018 vintage but retaining the bright subtle fruit of a good Côte-Rôtie. The aromas are floral, with pretty red fruits and earth, the palate is dense but bright with raspberry and cherry fruit with a very mineral core in the long elegant finish. This will drink beautifully over the next five years, only ten cases for the US. David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos de la Bonnette 2019 VDP Cisselande (Syrah)

Clos de la Bonnette makes this lovely 100% Syrah using grapes from a young organic grower in Suzette, near Beaumes-de-Venise. The vines are about 40 years-old, grown on clay/limestone soils, the juice is vinified with light extraction and aged in old barrels. The 2019 Cisselande has a dark purple robe. This is perfumed with effusive aromas of violets, pastilles, cassis, bramble, game on the nose. The palate is black-fruited, concentrated, and displays fine-grained tannins. Fine sappy flavors of blackberry, plum skin, and a dark core of savory minerality. This has fine length and shows an excellent amount of complexity and detail for this level and is enthusiastically recommended.  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $37.99

Clos du Joncuas 2016 Gigondas (12/1)

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, on Triassic clay/limestone soils, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. The 2016 is another beautiful Gigondas from the Clos du Joncuas, perhaps with less fat and density than the 2015 but quite elegant and more Burgundian in style. The aromas sing of black cherry liqueur, licorice, black olive and garrigue; the palate is dense and focused with blackberry, cherry, black olive, bitter chocolate and earth with nice sappy length with firm acidity. Drinking well now, decant if possible, or hold for five years, then drink until about 2035.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2017 Séguret La Garancière Rouge

70% Grenache and Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre, grown in sandy soils near Gigondas, always farmed organically, hand harvested, whole-cluster wild yeast fermentation, aged in cement vat, un-fined, unfiltered. The 2017 shows a medium garnet/black color with aromas of red currant and blackberry liqueur, plum skin, spice and black pepper. The palate shows nice density of chocolately black fruits with berry liqueur and a sappy, chalky texture, with a bit of tannin in the firm finish. Serve with a pork stew, Morrocan tagine or grilled steak.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2017 Vacqueyras La Font de Papier (12/1)

From 80% Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre, grown on gravelly limestone terraces, always farmed organically, whole-cluster fermention and aged in concrete vats. 2017 is another good vintage for the always lovely Vacqueyras from Carole and Dany Chastan at Clos du Joncuas. The nose is full of dark notes of plum, blackberry and spice, that open towards ripe raspberry and a stony minerality. The palate is quite bold and ripe, but very balanced. The core of the wine is limestone minerality; fresh blackberry, leather, raspberry, and earth surround that bright, mineral core. With air, this opens brilliantly, showing fresher and brighter, with notes of cherry and strawberry coming to the fore.  A joyful wine and highly recommended!

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2018 Gigondas (Arrives 12/1)

Clos du Joncuas, founded in 1920 by Pierre Auguste Chastan, has always farmed with natural methods and has been officially organic since 1980. Currently run by sisters Dany and Carole Chastan, the estate's Gigondas vines are on slopes below the Dentelles de Montmirail on soils of clay with dolomite and gypsum over the limestone of the Dentelles and average 40 to 90 years old. 80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. 2018 was a difficult year in the southern Rhone as warm wet conditions in the spring led to horrible outbreaks of mildew that lowered yields. The late season weather was warm and dry however helping to produce wines with supple fruit, good freshness and a somewhat softer character making the wines lovely to drink young. The 2018 Clos du Joncuas is a bit softer and brighter than the norm  with very deep color and ripe high-toned cherry, red currant, mineral, spice and licorice aromas. The palate is elegant and fresh showing deep supple black fruit liqueur with hints of graphite, garrigue and brown spice. This is delicious now and will be fully ready within a few years, drink until 2030-2035 - a lovely wine!

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Séguret Blanc (12/1)

(50% Clairette, 25% Roussanne, 25% Viognier, always organically farmed, wild yeast fermentation, aged in enamel vat) Floral dried pear, apricot, hay, thyme aromas. Ripe pear, stone, caramel, lemon on the palate. A big, ripe wine with a supple palate but with good acidity that will pair with fish stews, shellfish, pork and chicken dishes as well as full-flavored goat cheeses. Particularly ripe and epressive  in 2019, the Clos du Joncuas (Domaine la Garancière) Seguret Blanc is an outstanding value and highly recommended. David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2019 Gigondas Rosé

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

  • rosé
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2019 Côtes du Rhône Rosé du Coucou

The Creve Coeur "Coucou" is a beautiful direct-press rosé made with  old vines of 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault. The 2019 shows a very pale onion skin color with floral aromas of raspberry, peach, citrus and stone. The palate is very light, silky and elegant with subtle raspberry fruit with hints of melon and earth, finishing with nice length of mineral flavors and refreshing acidity. This is a very lovely wine at a great price!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 19 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Cristia 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape Tradition

Domaine de Cristia was established in 1942 with only 2 hectares of vines. Since 1999 the estate has expanded to 20 hectares in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is being run by the third generation - Baptiste and Dominique Grangeon. The two have been farming using only natural methods, gaining organic certification in 2008.  Their Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 15% Mourvèdre, all from clay and sandy marl terroir. The grapes are sorted and fully destemmed after harvest. The Grenache is aged in stainless steel tanks for 16 months, while the Mourvèdre and Syrah are aged in 2 to 3 year-old barrels. The palate is bright and floral, with blackberry fruit abounding, along with notes of sour cherry, ginger, bright spice. The palate is deep and concentrated with blackberries, cassis and plums. The finish is a delightful medley of dark fruit and red flowers. A classic rendition of the old-style Châteauneuf-du-Pape that will benefit from a decant if drinking now. JDC

  • red
  • 29 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic

Domaine des Amphores 2018 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes Viognier 'Les Iris'

We love Condrieu, but Viognier from other regions can often be cloying and uninteresting. This example from the Grenier family in Chavanay, however, is elegant and outstanding. It comes from Viognier vines just south of the Condrieu AOC, always tended organically, certified since 2002, and Biodynamic since 2016. Like stepping into the sunshine, this wine is a bedazzlement of friut and floral tones. Yellow flowers, white blossom, honeysuckle, apricot, peach, canteloupe and underripe pineapple, with slight hints of almond, citrus and lemon peel all playing on the alluring nose of this wine. There is a unctuousness on the palate that is beautifully balanced by a lively acidity. The finish introduces a hint of fresh cut hay and that particular late summer evening light. A lovely Viognier and a great value! Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Monier Perreol 2018 Saint-Joseph Chatelet

This beautiful Saint-Joseph is produced by Domaine Monier Perreol from the "Chatelet" vineyard belonging to Philippe Perreol on the hill above Saint-Desirat. The vines are on decomposed granite with an interesting topsoil of "aerien" limestone - a windblown limestone sand. The ruins of a Roman temple on the site add mystic powers! The vines are about 40 years old, the grapes are 80% de-stemmed and undergo a three to four week vinification, with aging in new to 2 year-old barrels. Tasted with Samuel Monier last January, the wine showed beautiful aromas of blackberry, plum and cherry, very floral and deep. The palate was extremely complex, fresh and long with black cherry and blueberry fruit, bright and beautifully balanced, with an intriguing minerality from the limestone/granite soils. Beautiful now, best 2025 - 2035.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Monier Perreol 2018 Saint-Joseph Terre Blanche

(From 40 - 45 year-old Syrah vines at 300 meters on "Brunieux" in Saint-Desirat (northern zone of Saint-Joseph) on soils of decomposed granite with white clay. Approximately 80% de-stemmed, total SO2 is  20 - 30 mg/L, aged in 228 liter  and 400 liter barrels, some new.) Inky, purple robe to the meniscus. Upon opening the nose is expressive and perfumed, with a mélange of violet, blackberry, blueberry, spice, mineral smoke aromas, with a suspicion of bacon fat and pepper. The palate is concentrated, ripe, and supple, though there’s a “zangy,” electric minerality that dances through the mid-palate. There’s a plenty of sap and certainly ripeness here, but the the stoniness is entrancing and all the structure radiates from core and carries over on the long, rising, lingering finish. And while this offers plenty of earth and savory St. Joseph character underlying the ripe dark fruit, the overall impression is one of profound stoniness. A beautiful bottle with, pan-roasted lamb blade steak and roasted pepper salad, but the tannins are sophisticated enough to warrant pairing with roast duck or a salmis of guinea hen. A true pleasure to drink now, though this has the structure to warrant cellaring for 10-15 years. This is a cracking St. Joseph and well worth a look. Bravo! John Mcilwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $65.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Dumien Serrette 2016 Cornas "Patou" Vieilles Vignes

"Patou" is a vineyard in the southern portion of Cornas with vines planted from the 1920s to the 1990s on granite soils, tended organically but not certified. The grapes are mostly de-stemmed, fermentations are with wild yeasts and the wine ages for approximately 2 years in 3 to 7 year-old barrels. This is thoughtful, spot-on Cornas at an accessible pricepoint. The nose shows game meat and plenty of spice and smoke that open into notes of macerated blackberries and pepper. The palate is medium-bodied and spicy, also improving with air towards wild berries and granitic spice. Very tasty, and very drinkable, especially with a bit of air. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic

Ferme Saint-Martin 2017 Beaumes-de-Venise Cuvée Saint-Martin

Guy and Thomas Jullien at la Ferme Saint-Martin are making some of the finest wines in the Southern Rhône on their organic estate in Suzette, near Beaumes-de-Venise. One of their best wines, the Cuvée Saint-Martin is made with 85% Grenache from 60 to 105 year-old vines grown on clay over limestone (Triassic) soils. Vinification is with wild yeasts, with no added SO2 until a tiny amount before bottling - this is a "natural" wine of great quality.  The 2017 shows a deep red/black color, with ripe plum, red currant and strawberry aromas, very floral, elegant and lush with hints of licorice, garrigue and earth. The palate is ripe and dense with deep chocolately blackberry and plum liqueur with earth, licorice, mint and spice, finishing with firm acidity and citrusy red fruits. This is an outstanding southern Rhône red and a great value - serve with grilled foods, Moroccan tagines and Provençal stews. David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2018 Beaumes-de-Venise Terres Jaunes

An excellent value from Beaumes-de-Venise, 'Les Terres Jaunes' is a blend of 75% Grenache and 20% Syrah both from 30+ year-old vines grown on a unique terroir of Triassic limestone/clay soils. Organically farmed with vegetation maintained between the rows; fermented naturally with no additives, aged in concrete with very little sulfur added at bottling, this is a truly terroir-focused wine. I love the rich texture with powdery tannins, and after some time decanting, it definitely softened and opened up. Full of ripe black cherry, plum, and preserved raspberries with more savory undertones of olive, oregano, dried tobacco and a touch of dark chocolate.  The wine is dense and long with delicious supple fruit, a bit brighter than the 2017. Plenty of complexity in this deep Southern Rhône wine to sit and contemplate, and would be excellent with heartier or gamey fare. MD

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $15.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $54.99

Guicharde 2018 Côtes du Rhône Organic

Isabelle and Arnaud Guicharde make this lovely Rhone red. The estate is certified organic since 2008 and Biodynamic since 2013. Made from Grenache and Syrah, their style here is cool stylish fruit on the palate - blackberry with hints of prune, blueberry and Provencal spices. The finish is long with earthy red fruits and spicy acidity. This is a great value in a complex, balanced Rhone red.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jamet, Jean Luc 2016 Côte Rôtie Terrasses

It's always odd when a top flight domaine splits and considering the Jamet family is Côte-Rôtie royalty, this is especially perplexing. Yet the two brothers are both making compelling wine. The robe is an inky purple. The nose offers aromas of saddle leather, Italian plum, black raspberry, licorice, and loam. There’s a hint of what seems like oak, but is more likely stems. The palate is mid-weight, lithe, and energetic, though simultaneously grounded—freshly turned earth and crushed herbs vie for attention. This shows black and blue fruits, not to mention plenty of granitic spice, and has a long, nearly peacock’s tail, expansive finish. There’s plenty to unravel here, but there’s great flair grounded by an sapid mineral core. A fine Côte-Rôtie with plenty of upside for the cellar. This should be immensely satisfying in 7-10 years and beyond.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $699.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

Pierre Andre 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 1.5 L

(Note: Pierre André 2016 Magnum Special Price is $108.99) We consider Domaine Pierre André to be one of the greatest estates in Châteuneuf-du-Pape. Organic since 1980 (one of the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992. The red is 90% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscadin and Picpoul. Some parcels are over 100 years old, with the average vine age around 65 years. The 2016 is a beautiful glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showing fresh, complex aromas of ripe blackberry with cherry, spice, rose, earth, tar, smoke and floral notes.  On the palate, the wine is perfectly structured, similar to the 2010, with deep blackberry and black cherry liqueur with spice, garrigue, earth and saline minerals. A great CDP for aging, this is delicious now in its vibrant youth, but will repay waiting for ten years and then enjoy until 2050! Very highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $135.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pierre Andre 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

(Special pricing $49.99)  Tasted in Montpellier Jan. 2020: dark black/red color, very aromatic with red currant, strawberry, spice, earth; palate is round, dense, good acidity, deep black cherry, red currant, plum, earth, minerals; very  long but softer than the 2016, great finish. Delicious now or cellar 15 to 20 years. DL   "Full, dark red. The bouquet is promising, well varied already, with a beef stock, loganberry, deep black fruit presence. There is a shimmer of dusty heat from it. The palate is rich and rolling right from the start, engages very well with a flourishing length and spiced notes in the sparky, full finish. Lots of life blood here, a nourishing wine with genuine typicity, good vigour and cut. Not much more praise can be added. This lights my fuse, sure thing." DrinkRhone Oct 2018

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Richaud 2017 Cairanne Cuvée Sans Soufre

 The Richaud 2017 Cairanne is a gorgeous wine made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre,  and this cuvée is made and bottled entirely without SO2. The color is inky black/red with lush aromas of black cherry, blackberry, prune and floral notes with  earth, licorice and dark chocolate. The palate shows lush, bright fruit - a beautiful and intense melange of black and red berries, round and deep, lifted by cool acidity and mineral flavors with fabulous length and purity of fruit.  Bravo to Marcel Richaud! Serve this lovely wine a bit cool with just about anything! Cellaring for ten years would be interesting as well... David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Richaud 2019 Côtes du Rhone Rouge Bulbilles

The 2019 Bulbille is a blend of of 51% Grenache, 34% Counoise and 15% Syrah from sandy soils southeast of Cairanne. The terroir was chosen for the delicate tannins it produces. A "Bulbille" is a young bud. The idea came from Claire Richaud to have an experimental cuvée to learn from with the ultimate goal to making fresh wines even in very warm climates. "The grapes are harvested slightly early to conserve a maximum of acidity present at the very beginning of a harvest and to find freshness in years of drought. This is largely why we have chosen to incorporate Counoise to the blend, an indigenous varetial worked little in our cellar but chosen for its fruit and low yields. It also blends excellently with Grenache and Syrah. The wine was fermented semi-carbonically in whole-clusters for 50% of the grapes at very low temperatures for six days. We kept racking the juices forming at the bottom to encourage intra-cellular fermentation in order to have a pure juice, delicate and only lightly extracted." One gram of S02 (10 mg/L) was added  at bottling.  This almost pure carbonic vinification gave a lovely light bodied but sappy and delicious wine with lovely floral aromas of strawberry and tart cherry; the palate is supple and bright with very pretty plum, strawberry and cherry fruit with good length of vibrant fruit and refreshing acidity. This is a delicious natural wine to serve with charcuterie and grilled meats - yummy  with a grilled tri-tip with Santa Maria rub!

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Richaud 2019 Vin de France Rosé

Marcel Richaud is one of the great winemakers of the southern Rhône, an early convert to organic farming and a great champion of natural vinifications with minimal SO2.  This is an exciting arrival at Chambers Street as this scrumptious rose is rarely seen in the US.  Made from Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, it's a beautiful,  full-bodied wine that will accompany a wide variety of cuisines, especially grilled meats this summer.  The aromas are complex and pretty showing raspberry, peach and citrus peel with hints of melon and spice. The palate is ripe and supple with creamy wild-strawberry, raspberry, peach skin and citrus - just lovely! The finish is long and refreshing. Serve with a Salade Nicoise, chicken and pork dishes or a burger off the grill.  This is highly recommended for those who like some flavor in their rosé, and will drink beautifully over the next two years!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $214.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $229.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $57.99