Alsace

Beck-Hartweg VDF Tout Naturellement Petillant Rosé (Pet-Nat)

Yowza! This is the first Pet-Nat that Florian and Mathilde produced, and it's full of tangy red fruits and a bit of a sour candy vibe. Unfiltered. "Fresh, crisp, expressive juice!" PLEASE NOTE*** It appears that this wine may not have been disgorged, so it must be fully chilled, and even then, there is a great chance that it will "explode" just a bit. Open over a sink or outside for best results, and make sure to have a glass handy.  -EL

  • 14 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beck-Hartweg 2018 Vin d'Alsace Pinot Noir "F" (Frankstein)

Though the fruit for this bottling all comes from the Grand Cru Frankstein vineyard, Pinot Noir does not have Grand Cru status in Frankstein (only white varieties are awarded Grand Cru Frankstein status), hence the name "F," for Frankstein. This is elegant, and red fruited, like a classic Burgundian Pinot, but also shows some peppery, darker fruit more reminiscent of a regional Alsace expression. Grapes see about 2 weeks of maceration, with occasional delicate pouring of a few liters on the cap to avoid oxidation, otherwise, very little extraction. The wine, is however very present on the mid-palate, and though approachable now, should be really enjoyable in the next 1-3 years.  

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Beck-Hartweg 2018 Vin d'Alsace Granit

This is a field blend that was made to show the character of the soil in Dambach. Florian and Mathilde selected three vineyards that produced what they call the most "salivant" wines (salivant roughly translates to mouth-watering). This quality is common with wines that come from granite terroir, hence the name of this cuvée. The area around Dambach-la-Ville is known for a high percentage of granitic soils, so this is very much a Dambach wine. A blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Riesling, it has a faint pink hue, and a fascinating saline/mineral quality. No SO2 added.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Beck-Hartweg 2019 Vin d'Alsace Gewurztraminer "Bungertal"

A lovely little dry Gewurztraminer from Florian and Mathilde Beck-Hartweg. Floral and crisp, textbook Gewurz.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $26.99

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

Frick 2000 Alsace Grand Cru Riesling Vorbourg VT

This should be outstanding. Here we have a 2000 vintage, late-harvest Riesling from the Vorbourg vineyard. Residual sugar is at 29g/l, akin to an off-dry Vouvray in sugar level. -EL

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Frick 2018 Alsace Pinot Blanc Classique

This is all Pinot Blanc from three parcels. Fresh, vertical and very tasty.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2018 Alsace Pinot Gris Maceration

Though it seems like a relatively new category, it turns out winemakers in Alsace have been making skin contact wines for some time. The first may have been Bannwarth, who experimented with qvevri (georgian clay anforae). Then, along with the Fricks, JP Rietsch, Patrick Meyer, and Bruno Scheuller. This is Pinot Gris with 10 days of skin contact and no sulfites added. The color is a deep auburn/ruby in the glass, almost reminiscent of a light red. On the palate, it's balanced and clean, with faint tannin, peach fuzz, and subtle red fruit.  -EL

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2018 Alsace Riesling Maceration "Carriere"

This lovely skin contact of Riesling hails from the Carriere vineyard.The wine matured on its fine lees for 9 months in old foudre before bottling. Zero added SO2. The wine shows a golden color with orange highlights and intense aromas of yuzu, lemon mint and mandarine. The palate is dry, vibrant and persistent, with a nice touch of tannin and flavors of citrus zest and a long very mineral finish. Serve with full-flavored fish dishes, fish choucroute, white meats in sauce.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2018 Alsace Sylvaner Bergweingarten

100% Sylvaner from the lieu-dit "Bergweingarten" on brown calcerous soils, mid-slope, aged on the lees for seven months in old foudre. This is a vibrant dry Sylvaner, drinking more like a dry Riesling. Aromas of yellow fruits, flowery hay, white pepper and wet limestone. Full-bodied and dry, the palate is well-structured and mineral with flavors of white peach, black peppercorn and limestone with a very long saline finish. Serve this lovely dry Sylvaner with shellfish, grilled fish and fish in sauce, and roast chicken with lemon and rosemary.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Frick 2020 Gewurztraminer Maceration

The 2018 Frick Gewurstraminer Macération is from two parcels: Terroir Krottenfues, soil marno-gréseux, high on a slope above grand Cru Vorbourg, and from a limestone terroir below Grand Cru Steinert, facing due east. Grapes see ten-days of whole-cluster maceration before pressing, and the wine is matured on its lees for six months in hundred year-old foudres. The wine shows a bright and luminous orange tinted color and complex aromas or rose, cinnamon, cardamon, white pepper and orange zest. It's dry, ample and rich with discreet tannins and flavors of white fruits, citrus, rosewater, ginger, pepper, with a long spicy finish. Serve this dry Gewurztraminer as an aperitif or with Asian and spicy dishes of fish, vegetables or white meats.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2014 Alsace Blanc de Noir

This is a special bottling that the Hausherrs made from a difficult 2014 harvest. Mildew had created problems with their tiny plot of Pinot Noir, so they made a Blanc de Noirs from their miniscule 0.3 hectares. They then aged the wine for 4 years in a large barrel. The result is a deep golden, slightly oxidative and remarkably expressive wine, with notes of butterscotch and creme brûlée. -EL

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2017 Alsace Copains Comme Raisins

This is a skin-contact offering from Hubert and Heidi Hausherr. A blend of Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, Auxerrois, and Riesling, with 21 days of maceration. Because the grapes were left intact (whole-cluster), the tannic structure here is very subtle. Hubert says the Riesling provides pretty acidity, and I believe the Pinot Gris lent color and spice. Of all the Hausherr wines, this is the only one I would recommend drinking in one sitting. It seems to lose it's freshness and lift after several hours, and some bacterial notes emerge. Their still whites, however, are well worth trying over several days!  -EL

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2017 Alsace La Colline Céleste

Colline Céleste is a wine made from a coplantation of Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris from the Eischberg Grand Cru, which is a south and east exposed vineyard of marl and limestone. The "berg" in Eischberg is Alsatian for "hill" (colline in French) and Céleste is the name of their grandfather.  Hubert explained that the fermentation stopped with 10 grams of sugar remaining, so they waited 5 or 6 months to see if the yeast might finish the job. It didn't change much so they bottled at 9 grams RS. The blend here is dominated by the Gewurztraminer in percentage and aromatics. Lovely floral and white pepper notes, with a long, spicy finish. Though it isn't 100%, if anyone out there likes a good dry Gewurztraminer, this is most definitely worth a try!   -EL

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Hausherr, Hubert & Heidi 2017 Alsace Le Sentier au Sud

A blend of Riesling and Pinot Gris from marl and sandstone soils. This wine was a treat to taste over several hours and maintained it's freshness and energy into the second day. Notes of lemon verbena, and stone fruit.  Pinot Gris gives some heft and power but it's very delicate and round. Riesling provides straight acidity and melon fruit. This is a great example of a natural wine that is first and foremost complex and terroir-driven. The detail of it's lack of filtration or sulfur addition is important and noteworthy of course, but it does not define the wine or predict how complete and well-made it is. -EL

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2018 VDF Alsace Quelqu'un Sylvaner

Years ago, I bought a magnum of Grand Cru Zotzenberg Sylvaner from JP Rietsch and our beloved former colleague Amanda Bowman and I opened it for a bunch of winemakers from Languedoc-Rousillon later that trip. After pouring a few glasses, we had winemakers chasing after us to try this amazing wine! I've been hoping to see the wine in New York ever since, and though this is not the same bottling, it's 100% Sylvaner from the Zoztenberg Grand Cru, and it is certainly spot on. There's a short maceration on the skins here, but mostly to lend subtle texture and grip. Aging is in large foudres for 33 months. Crystalline and mineral, with medium weight. -EL

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2020 Alsace Demoiselle Gewurztraminer

100% Gewurztraminer, from the Grand Cru Zotzenberg vineyard. One week whole-cluster maceration, with aging in stainless steel. Lovely amber hue in the glass, with subdued florals and perfect grip.  -EL

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2020 Alsace Pinot Noir

From younger vines of Pinot Noir on clay and limestone soils. The profile is of dark berries, and earth, and with a half hour or more open, it begins to show more elegance and perfume. -EL

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2020 Alsace Pinot Noir Stierkopf

This exquisite and dark-fruited Pinot Noir is from 35 year old vines from massale selection in Burgundy. The Stierkopf vineyard is a mix of sandstone and limestone, on a south facing slope. Maceration is semi-carbonic, with whole clusters. Though distinctly Alsatian in expression, there is an elegance and fine tannic structure that reminds of Burgundy. There's a beautiful purity of fruit, and it's immediately enjoyable, though we do recommend giving it time to open up, as it doesn't seem to stop evolving over time. Sturdy and elegant for a wine without added SO2 - in fact I don't think anyone would guess that this was a "natural wine," as it's technically flawless. Decant or drink over several days (if possible!).   EL

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2020 Alsace Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes

45 year old vines from the Stein vineyard. Semi-carbonic fermentation, with 10 days whole cluster maceration. Aged in stainless. This is a wine that will surely age well, and has a bit more depth and earthiness than the younger vine expression.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2020 VDF Alsace Quand Le Chat N'est Pas La

This is Pinot Gris that sees 2 weeks of skin contact, yielding a lovely color reminiscent of rose water. Grapes are from the Stierkopf vineyard, which is mostly sandstone and limestone terroir. This was a favorite at a recent tasting of the Rietsch lineup. It's not mousy by the way! I'm still not sure why JP chose this name, but the wine does see a small addition of SO2, and it is perfectly clean! -EL

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rietsch, Jean Pierre 2020 VDF Alsace Entre Chien et Loup Blanc

This is 100% Pinot Auxerrois from clay and limestone soils. Nice weight here, and quite taut as well, which is not common for Auxerrois. Often wines from this grape can be a little round and soft, but this shows nice freshness and balance. -EL

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

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

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

Beaujolais

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $29.99

Descombes, Georges 2019 Brouilly Vieilles Vignes

This is absolutely my kind of Beaujolais and truly magnificent wine. It is spilling over with really pure ripe strawberry - fruit as vivid as those I received from my CSA the same weekend. But despite the intensity of the fruit character, there is no sense of heaviness or clumsiness or excess alcohol. The wine is juicy and buoyant, with terrific acidity to balance out the ample red fruit. Honestly, trying to describe this wine in the usual fashion is pointless. Great cru Beaujolais is something I tasted a lot of early in my career and what I loved was the pleasure it inspires. I drank this bottle over three days and not only did it not fade, it stayed vibrant, shedding some baby fat and allowing more of the minerality to emerge. Utterly astonishing. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2019 Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes

As much as I love Burgundy, there are times that the occasion calls for a beautiful Beaujolais. And a sticky night in June is just such an occasion. And with a magret of duck from the Greenmarket and sautéed tatsoi, the newly-arrived Georges Descombes 2019 Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes beckons. The robe is a marvelous mulberry purple. The nose is perfumed, with pretty notes of black raspberry, wild cherry, graphite, and spice. The ripe (but lithe) palate balances a juicy freshness of red berry and plum character with a fine-grained, earthy undercurrent of structure. But at the moment the ebullient fruit is singing with grilled duck breast (though I wouldn’t hesitate to pair with salmon, roasted zucchini and carrots with salsa verde, or saucisson) and playing off the bitterness of the mustard greens on the plate. This is a cracking bottle of Chiroubles that welcomes a light chill and seemingly banishes humidity. This should be a pleasure to taste over the next couple nights and warrants socking away a few bottles for a more mature drinking experience. This is sensational and but for a little granitic spice, this rivals the magical 2014 Regnié VV for sheer joy. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2019 Regnie

The 2019 Regnié from Geroges Descombes is a delicious and 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 earthy, meaty  aromas of red and black currant, black raspberry, black cherry, rose, violets, and licorice. The palate has soft and finely integrated tannins and a beautiful texture, showing notes of ripe strawberry, plum and raspberry liqueur, blackberry, pomegranate, orange peel, baking spice and a granitic minerality, especially on the supple, complex and satisfying finish. This is a very versatile wine, really a superb Beaujolais - drink now or hold for 5 to 8 years - highly recommended! 

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Chapel 2019 Fleurie Charbonnieres

Charbonnières is a parcel in Fleurie that the folks at Domaine Chapel acquired from Yves Metras. Considered their "best" vineyard, this is a classic granite parcel known to produce high quality fruit. This is an impressive and very developed Fleurie, with subtle structure, spice, and mellow fruit profile. It will certainly reward those who have the patience to wait another 3-5 years (or more for that matter), but is in a lovely place now, especially with a short decant or a half hour to breathe.  -EL

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic

Domaine Chasselay 2020 Beaujolais Beaujolais Is Not Dead

A welcome discovery and great new addition to the shelves here at CSW, the Chasselay "Beaujolais Is Not Dead" is utterly classic and joyous Beaujolais village. The Chasselay family has thirteen hectares spread across eight appellations and have been certified organic since 2006. BIND comes from a single parcel of forty-five year old vines planted in clay and limestone, fermented carbonically and aged entirely in concrete, with no sulfur added until bottling. It is full of lovely concentrated red fruit, strawberry and raspberry, with beautiful spice and floral notes and no shortage of freshness. On the Chasselay website, they describe the wine as digeste, which is a word I have always loved - it implies a lack of heaviness, that the wine will not take up space as one keeps drinking. So buy two of these (or three or four), as you definitely want another. Sam Ehrlich                                                                                                  **Arrives Wednesday 8/18**

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $31.99

Ducroux 2020 Vin de France Esquisse Rosé (October arrival

Christian Ducroux's unique "Esquisse" Rosé is a totally natural wine, made without sulfur-dioxide or other additives or adjustments, 100% Gamay from a high-altitude parcel above Thulon, and usually containing the secondary grapes ("grisemottes") harvested in late October. Low alcohol and ultra-refreshing...

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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

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 - drink now or cellar for 5 to 8 years for a mature experience.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2018 Morgon Les Charmes

Starting with beautiful biodynamic grapes from Roland Pignard on "les Charmes" in Morgon, Julien worked his magic in the cellar with his zero-sulfur semi-carbonic vinification and the result is this superb Morgon from great terroir. The wine shows the ripeness of this excellent vintage in Beaujolais and the intense flavors of terroir always present in the Pignard wines over the years. Julien's vinification has created a beautifully balanced and pretty wine with fabulous length - drink now or cellar 5 to 10 years, only 36 btls in the US... DL

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $34.99

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2019 Beaujolais l'Ancien V.V.

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

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2019 Beaujolais Chardonnay

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

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorees (Jean-Paul Brun) 2020 Beaujolais Rosé d'Folie

Jean-Paul Brun has never faltered in making some of our favorite, classic wines from Beaujolais. He always vinifies his rosé traditionally preferring Burgundian winemaking to the Beaujolais norm of carbonic maceration, and given the results, we agree! It is light, pale pink in color with fresh strawberry, red raspberry, and a hint of orange blossom. This wine is perfect for outdoor drinking this summer, with or without food. Pure vin de soif!

  • rosé
  • 21 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $19.99

Bordeaux Red

Beausejour 2018 Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion Cab Franc No SO2

One of my favorite bottles of Bordeaux. This 100% Cabernet Franc is made using zero sulfur, from vines that are tended under strict organic measures. The Dupuy family have been farming the same land since 1934, and have done an amazing job creating terrior-driven reds from their healthy grapes. This 2018 dark purple in the glass. The nose is beautifully plummy, with smashed raspberries, cherry leaves, graphite, all-spice, and violets. Flavors range from of blackberries, cranberries, pine, mint, and espresso. Graced by a dynamic level of clean acidity and formidable tannin. An absolute must for any lover of Cabernet Franc, especially if they enjoy examples from the Loire Valley. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bellegrave 2015 Pomerol

Château Bellegrave's 2015 Pomerol doesn't tip-toe like the shier, more accented 2010. Yes, it takes the same amount of time as the older vintage to come together, but the concentration and strength of the wine is noticeable the instant the cork is popped. At its prime, it has a fantastic nose of dark cherry, woodsy spice, and a rich smell of birch and cinnamon. The palate is equally as powerful, displaying flavors of plum and blackberry, along with spicy flavors of fennel and caraway seeds.The mouthfeel is tannic, but a wash of clean acidity keeps the wine from being gritty or overly chewy. The most stand out quality of this wine was the smell I took before my last sip, which was a pungent smell of Autumn, intense with the scent of maple. A good pairing with roast chicken, but definitely qualifies for heartier, oilier meats, like lamb. This ripe wine is delicious today, but has many years ahead. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $99.99

Cazebonne 2019 Graves Entre Amis Rouge

70% Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The nose shows crisp black cherry and plum, with black pepper and raw birch. On the palate, there is graphite, with a touch of bellpepper upon a foundation of dark stone fruit. Structurally, the wine has a clean edge of minerality, with bright acidity and just a touch of dusty tannin on the tongue and cheeks.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Cazebonne 2019 Graves Feldspath de Peyron Malbec

"100% Malbec harvested and sorted by hand after destemming, on a small plot of 60 ares, on sand and gravel soils with iron-rich clay with vines over 50 years old. This wine fermented in a small vat for 20 days. It was then aged for 9 months on fine lees in TAVA amphorae, without any added sulfur. Very low dose of volcanic sulfur before bottling." On the nose, this Malbec is breezy, with herbal and floral character. The aromatic profile balances out with a touch of baking spice, dried plums, and dark citrus. The palate is earthy, with more red fruit, with deep cherry. Zippy graphite gives the palate a bright mouthfeel. Good acidity and soft tannin give this Malbec a wonderfully plush texture.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Cazebonne 2019 Graves Galets de Cazebonne Cabernet

"Hand-picked Cabernet Sauvignon from our 'Cazebonne' plots on deep gravel. Aged in terracotta amphorae. Already very fine with an explosive fruit of Cabernet. The amphora brought a light oxygenation to the wine, which allows it to be savored today. Tannins of great finesse. Very nice balance in contrast to the hard and tannic Bordeaux that has to be aged for many years. And the 2019 vintage is a remarkable vintage of fruit and balance."  Aromas pounce from the glass with ripe red plum and red cherry, with additional smells of black pepper and rhubarb. On the palate, the wine has semi-ripe plums, black cherry, with a hint of black pepper. Structurally, this Cabernet has medium acidity, with soft but well placed tannin, and a core of dense fruit. Very delicious!

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chateau Massereau 2019 Bordeaux Superieur Cuvee X

The sans soufre bottling of Massereau’s 2019 Cuvée X Bordeaux Supérieur is here to fulfill your toothsome dreams. It is made with 60% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc, 15% Cab Sauv, and 10% Petit Verdot. While we notch up the tannin (just a bit, don’t worry) and dark plummy fruit, the wine retains a fantastic stoniness similar to that of the lighter 2020 Clairet Rouge. The wine’s bouquet is youthful, strong with aromas of ripe blackberries, cherry leaves and red flowers. The nose has a delightful, mellow sweetness that is a treat to meditate on. I always appreciate a wine that has the ability to slow me down. Generous flavors of black cherry and earthy gravel are on the palate, eventually leading to a finish of spicy black pepper. In my opinion, the Cuvée X should show healthy development, if stored well (remember, zero added SO2), over the next decade. Or open today at cellar temp with grilled lamb and mint pesto… David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Chateau Massereau 2020 Bordeaux Clairet

The 2020 Massereau Clairet Rouge is 80% Merlot, 15% Cab Franc, and 5% Cab Sauv from the organically tended vineyards of the chateau. It is ready for immediate drinking, and should be served with a chill. That said, there is a core, aromatically and on the palate, of slightly concentrated red berries, an essential stuffing that gives it a lovely weight. This fruit âcombines beautifully with fresh, grassy aromas on the nose. It also anchors the bold dash of minerally graphite on the tongue. A long finish of firm black plum rides the wine’s moderate acidity and slim tannic structure. Camille Riviere, who imports Château Massereau into New York City, gushed over a previous vintage of the Clairet Rouge that she drank after it racked up a few years of bottle age… and having experienced this 2020 bottling, I’d anticipate it following that same path. I’ll be putting a few away, for summers to come. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chateau Micalet 2018 Haut Medoc

Chateau Micalet, with a few hectares in the commune of Lamarque was classified "Cru Artisan" by Feret in 1893.  Acquired by the Fedieu family in 1972 the estate was enlarged slightly, never using herbicides, and with a new generation the conversion to organic agriculture was started in 2006. The estate now has 10 hectares on deep beds of gravel, planted at 8,000 pieds/hectare; the normal blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot -  and 5% Petit Verdot, a grape the Fedieus feel is particularly important. The grapes are harvested by hand and undergo a 3 to 4 week fermentation, the wine ages in barrique, 30% new. The nose on the Haut Medoc has a foundation of stone fruit, with warm plum under a fresher accent of apricot. When the wine opens, more nuanced aromas of red flowers, dried coconut, and dark gravel appear. The palate is edgy, showing lean, driven acidity, with black cherries and tart cranberries. Follow this wine over an evening, the structure will gain weight and the acidity will tone down. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Chateau Micalet 2019 Haut Medoc Origine

The Chateau Micalet Haut-Medoc "Origine" is from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot grown on deep beds of gravel in Lamarque. The Fedieu familu created this wine to be a slightly lighter and more ready-to-drink version of their Haut-Medoc, with a shorter cuvaison and without aging in wood. The Origine has a beautiful nose, with ripe blackberries, dried blueberries and an elegant combo of orange peel and clove. On the palate, the wine is full and bold, with black pepper, dark cherry and a zesty accent of cassis and plum peel. Structurally, the wine shows just enough generous texture, a mineral zing, and medium acid. A fantastic buy at under $25! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Clos du Jaugueyron (Théron) 2015 Margaux

One of the geniuses of Margaux, Michel Théron produces beautiful, thoughtful wines from lively vineyards in the Medoc on Bordeaux's left bank. Unlike most of the production in that region, Théron avoids the use of chemicals in his vineyard and cellar, creating bright but serious wines. The Margaux sees the most new oak out of all the Jaugueyron cuvées, but it is not the primary detail of whats in the glass.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $124.99

Clos Puy Arnaud 2020 VDF (Castillon) La Cuvee Bistrot

Fruit from the limestone plateau of Sainte-Colombe in Castillon, organic/biodynamic farming under the supervision of Thierry Valette. 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Franc, vine age 25 years. Some grapes, which are left uncrushed, go through intrapellicular fermentation, resulting in a process similar to carbonic maceration. Ages on the lees for 5 months in stainless vats. On the nose, the wine has wonderfully fresh forest fruits: blackberry, strawberry, cassis and blueberry. There is something very floral and grassy about it too, with the gentle pop of a wine made in this 'semi-carbonic' fashion. On the palate, it's generous and plummy, full of lovely black fruits, and a hint of freshly milled peppercorns. A real mineral crunch centers a structure of medium acidity and integrated, soft tannin. Full of juice, refreshing zip and texture - to me, this is the definition of a "food wine." Whether you enjoy a bottle at your last summer picnic or you pair one with your Thanksgiving dinner in November, the Cuvee Bistrot will do the trick. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 19 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $139.99

La Grave Figeac 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

The Clauzel family does not disappoint with the 2015! This wine is a blend of organically-farmed 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, planted on sand and gravel soils. Fermented with native yeasts and aged for about 15 months in barrel. The robe is a deep ruby hue. The nose offers elegant aromas of black raspberry, cassis, violets, a touch of leather, and loamy soil. The mid-weight palate has good concentration and lift, with ripe black fruit character,  and fine-grained tannins carrying over on a long, succulent, layered finish. This displays none of the roasted notes of the somewhat torrid vintage and is deeply satisfying, classic St. Emilion. Delicious now, but possesses the balance to bode well for mid-term aging (say 7-10 ten years).  This should pair beautifully with roast lamb, hanger steak, or duck confit, though it wouldn't be out of place with tagine or mushroom risotto. La Grave Figeac continues to impress with their well-priced, organic St Emilion. John McIlwain


  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

Peybonhomme 2018 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 2018 is a bit more dense and forward than the 2017  - it's 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 10 - 15 years for a mature experience,..

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Peybonhomme 2019 Premières Côte de Blaye Cru Bourgeois

Biodynamic farming, native yeasts, wild fermentations, good value –all phrases not typically associated with Bordeaux. Yet, each year the Hubert family provides us with just that in their staple cuvee from the Côte de Blaye. The Cru Bourgeois is a blend of mostly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a bit of Malbec. Generously aromatic  owing to the rich clay soils in which it is grown, the 2019 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 or sipped on its own.

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Planquette (Didier Michaud) 2018 Vin de France (Médoc) Arrives 9/14

Didier Michaud works 1.7 hectares in the Medoc with 30 to 100 year-old vines on limestone with thin soils of clay with sand and stones.  He has old vines of Merlot Queue Rouge and massale selection Cabernet Sauvignon, farmed organically with just a little compost and shallow plowing. Vinification with wild yeasts, no extraction and no added sulfur (total SO2 less than 2 mg/L). This is one of the most "natural" and deliciously old-fashioned wines of Bordeaux. The 2018 Planquette is considerably riper and more forward than usual, weighing in at 15%  alcohol, but retaining it's normal vibrant character - it will be delicious as a young wine, although it will certainly cellar nicely as well. The 2018 shows very ripe cassis and blackberry aromas with licorice, violet, bitter chocolate and earth. The palate is dense, deep and velvety, with black fruit liqueur, earth and mineral flavors. The mid-palate is elegant with a core of chalky black fruit and minerals that continues in the long finish. This is a beautiful Bordeaux of terroir, unfettered by additives, over-extraction or new oak, showing lovely flavors of fruit and earth and perfect balance despite the weight and ripeness of the vintage. Delicious now, but perhaps best 2025 to 2035+.  Thank you, Didier Michaud! This superb and soulful wine is highly recommended and a great value.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 5 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $179.99

  • white sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

Bordeaux White

Cazebonne 2019 Graves Entre Amis Blanc

Chateau Cazebonne is a reclamation project involving an historic 40 hectare estate in Graves, spread over 7  parcels  of  vines  with different terroirs.  To correct the industrial farming of the past Cazebonne is in conversion and will be certified organic and Biodynamic as of the 2020 vintage. The soils are lightly plowed, fertilized with compost and cover crops, and 26 old Bordeaux  varities are being planted to bring back diversity to the vineyards. The 2019 Graves Blanc "Entre amis" is 50% Sauvignon, 50% Semillon, 20% with 5 days of skin contact. The nose is floral, but with a tone of spicy, herbal zest. Dried apricot, sliced pear, and a wonderful earthy aroma of crushed white stones. The palate has distinct flavors of golden apple, with more nuanced notes of white pepper and cured lemon. There is a richness in structure (no doubt due to the Semillon), framed by wonderfully bright acidity and a dusting of subtle tannin.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Cazebonne 2019 Graves Galets Blanc Maceration

This cuvée is made from 79% Semillon and 21% Sauvignon Gris. The Semillons come from an exceptional outcrop of gravel  on their "Cazebonne" vineyard, to which has been added Sauvignon Gris from the "Medicine" parcel. Half of the manual harvest was destemmed by hand, and the rest was placed in whole clusters in two terracotta amphorae. After pressing, the fermentation finished in old barrels. The wine was then matured for 9 months, without any added sulfur (neither on the harvest nor before bottling).A gastronomic white, the maceration brought bitterness and complexity. But it is closer to a white wine than to an orange wine. On the nose there are zappy aromas of spearmint, white pepper, dried apricot and papaya. The palate is full, with lemon, green tea, in addition to white and yellow stone fruits. Structurally, there is a lovely richness, with just a bit of tannic muscle, and a leveling edge of good acidity. Beautiful wine!

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

Champs de l'Abbaye 2019 Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay

The Hasard’s Bourgogne Blanc is made from hand-harvested and certified organic Chardonnay grown on a limestone/clay parcel in Aluze, next to Mercurey. The native-yeast fermentation lasts 10 months in barrel and only minimal SO2 is added at bottling. The 2019 is more fruit-forward on the nose, with aromas of dried mango, pear followed by ripe yellow fruits and river rocks. The palate is mineral, saline, and layered with notes of dried apricot, fennel, white flowers, and stone on a very generous finish. An excellent value white Burgundy that would pair well with oysters, cheeses, or roast chicken with herbs.

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Chantal Lescure 2018 Côte de Beaune Clos des Topes Bizot Blanc

"Le Clos des Topes Bizot" is a unique spot, high on the slope in Beaune just above the 1er Cru "L'Ecu," facing east, in a terroir of clay and pebbles over limestone. Harvested by hand into small crates, slow fermentation (4 to 8 months) with wild yeasts, 15 month élevage in barrel without battonage, 10% new. The 2018 Clos de Topes Bizot was kept on the lees longer due to the ripeness of the vintage. The wine shows floral ripe white fruits, apricot and almond; the palate is rich and expressive with white fruits, pineapple, citrus and mineral flavors that continue in the long finish. This is a delicous and affordable white Burgundy to serve with lobster, shrimp, a full-flavored fish dish and white meats. David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic

Chantal Lescure 2018 Meursault (Arrives 7/21)

The Chantal Lescure Meursault is from a tiny parcel called "les Pellands" on deep sandy clay soils over limestone  below "Charmes Dessous." The 2018 finished its alcoholic fermentation in August 2019 and was still in barrel on the lees when tasted in January 2020. The wine shows elegant aromas, very "Meursault" with almond, pear, citrus  and earth. The palate is elegant and bright with lovely minerality below the white fruits, finishing beautifully with firm acidity. This is a lovely Meursault, unblemished by excess oak, batonnage or sulfur and it's an excellent value as well. David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $39.99

Dangin, Bruno NV Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc de Noirs

What a difference 2 kilometers makes! Bruno Dangin's Crémant de Bourgogne is made from 100% Pinot Noir from organically farmed vines in Molesme, located just beneath the southern border of Champagne's Aube.The limestone rich soils are the same as those of their pricier neighbor to the north.  Boasting a fine bead and soft mousse and aromas of red fruits and autolyse, one would be hard pressed to spot the difference. The palate offers great depth, pure pinot fruit, and a suave, layered, persistent finish. This is a great value in bubbles and will grace the holiday table nicely. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $164.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $399.99

Domaine de l'Enclos 2019 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. While the 2018 was weightier, the 2019 is a more elegant wine. There is plenty of lemon and ripe green apple fruit and a great overall feeling of balance, with lovely acidity. The minerality is very exposed and becomes more intense as the wine sits in the glass. Excellent for the price and a terrific everyday white Burgundy. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Domaine de Villaine 2019 Aligoté de Bouzeron

From vines between 10 and 90 years old, planted in limestone and white marl on the uppermost slopes of Bouzeron. Aged in foudre for ten to twelve months, with no lees stirring.

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $27.99

Dominique Gruhier 2017 Crémant de Bourgogne Extra Brut

The 2017 Cremant from Dominique Gruhier is 65% Pinot Noir/35% Chard, farmed organically and planted on classic Kimmeridgien soils. The fruit leans towards delicate red berries, with an anchor of limestone in the mid-palate that immediately reminds one just how close Dominique is to Chablis. The bubbles are quite fine and there is no shortage of acid or freshness. An excellent value and a great sub for Champagne without paying Champagne prices. Sam Ehrlich

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Duplessis, Gérard 2018 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains

Lillian Duplessis considers this site as having the greatest potential within his lineup of Premier Cru vineyards. Montmains sits on the left bank of the Seine River, running parallel to several other outstanding 1er Cru sites, including Forets, Butteaux and Vaillons (as well as the heavyweight village cru Les Pargues).

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Duplessis, Gérard 2018 Chablis

With 9 hectares of vines covering 5 various premier and grand cru sites, Lillian Duplessis crafts some of the most pure and compelling Chablis we have had the pleasure of tasting. All of the vines are planted in Kimmeridgian limestone giving the wines that classic, crunchy minerality for which the region is known.

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $52.99

Fichet 2019 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc

Do not be fooled by the humble appellation - this is outrageously good. The nose crackles with lemon pith and toasted sesame seeds and on the palate it has great presence and weight. The bright fruit sways somewhere between citrus and crisp apricot and there is terrific mineral intensity. Honestly, my colleagues and I would never have thought this was Hautes-Cotes if we didn't already know. We put the whole thing down in about twenty five minutes and were clamoring for more. Sam Ehrlich

** Arrives Thursday 8/13**

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic

Fichet 2019 Meursault

From 3 parcels, including the estimable Limousin. **Arrives Thursday 8/13**

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic

Guillemot-Michel 2017 Viré-Clessé Quintaine

We're extremely happy to have the wines of Guillemot-Michel back at Chambers Street! Along with Jean and Gautier Thevenet, and Julien Guillot at Vignes du Maynes, they are making white Burgundies with more depth and minerality than anything comparably priced in the Cote D'Or. The 2017 Quintaine is a gorgeous white Burgundy, showing a brilliant pale gold color and complex aromas of poached pear, almond, candied lemon, kiwi, stone and lime-flower, elegant and quite beautiful. The palate is round and dense with firm acidity, showing cool stone fruits and citrus with caramel, stone and mineral flavors. The finish is long and earthy, with chalky white fruits lingering on the palate. (At a recent tasting, the 1989 and 1990 were showing beautifully, so put a few in the cellar!) Beautiful wine - congratulations to Pierrette, Marc, Sophie and son-in-law Gautier!

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillemot-Michel 2019 Viré-Clessé Retour a la Terre

Created in 2017, this cuvee is issued from grapes in the "Champ-Rond" vineyard, vinified in amphora of 800 liters. The 65 year-old vines are grafted on "Riparia Gloire de Montpellier" an old root-stock obtained in 1880, giving very low yields with magnificent small grapes, of a deep gold color. The Retour a la Terre presents the exotic notes typical of the domaine with an extra dimension of expression due to the respiration of the amphora. The small grapes of "Champ-Rond" ripen beautifully without a high degree of alcohol -  they are picked on the last day of the harvest, and the elevage in amphora gives the wine a great purity.  The wine shows elegant floral, white fruit, apricot, lemon and stone aromas. The palate is round, dense and silky with fabulous length. This is a superb white Burgundy that is delicious now and will cellar beatifully for fifteen to twenty years. Highly recommended!

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2018 Crémant de Bourgogne Extra-Brut Ste. Geneviève

The 2018 Extra-Brut Ste. Geneviève is a superb Champagne method sparkling wine made with Pinot fin, Chardonnay, Gamay and Aligoté - 50% grown at the Clos des Vignes du Maynes and 50% purchased fruit. The wine shows lovely aromas of white peach and red fruits, spiced pear and honey. The palate is creamy and full, with pear, a hint of red currant and berry fruits, honey, stone and brown spice with fabulous length. This is unique and really lovely - it will be great fun to share this rare wine with friends and family as a special aperitif! David Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2018 Macon-Villages

Julien Guillot of the Clos des Vignes du Maynes, makes this lovely Mâcon-Villages (100% Chardonnay)  from certified organic parcels in Viré-Clessé, Chardonnay and Montbellet, on Bathonian limestone with clay, rich in silica. The 2018 is a fascinating  and very natural  Chardonnay, showing bright pale gold color and high-toned aromas of lemon zest, white peach, pear, almond and honeysuckle. The palate is dense and supple with white fruit, stone and almond flavors, finishing with citrus and minerals. This is a young wine that will benefit from aeration if drinking now, and will cellar for ten years. 30 mg/l  SO2.

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot-Broux 2019 Mâcon-Chardonnay Les Combettes

A parcel of 25-30-year-old vines planted on a thin layer of clay-limestone over blue clay subsoil. This is extremely pretty, with white fruit on top of quite spicy aromatics. The finish is flinty and bright and there is a generally lovely sense of energy to the wine. The only G-B offering located outside of the Cruzille appellation. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot-Broux 2019 Mâcon-Cruzilles Les Geniévrières

Always a favorite of mine in the Guillot-Broux range, this parcel was abandoned until the family cleared it and replanted it in 1983.  The soil is a bit deeper here, anywhere from two to seven meters of limestone and clay. There is more citrus character here than in the other Cruzille bottlings, alongside the hallmark white floral notes that run through all of these wines. The overall sense here is one of intense focus and precision. This is very good wine. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot-Broux 2019 Mâcon-Cruzilles Les Molières

A very old planting of Chardonnay muscaté, which produces quite exotic notes. The vines were all planted between 1936 and 1954, in red marl soils. The aromatics here are very pretty and certainly live up to the variety's reputation—they are rich and musky, a bit like ripe cantaloupe. That said, the feel is quite delicate and there is terrific potential for aging here. Lovely. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $94.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $449.99

Tripoz 2018 Pouilly-Loché 1er Reserve

From vines just outside Pouilly itself, this sees nearly two years in oak. Apparently in 2019, they had to fight to get AOC status for this. The authorities found "oxidative"notes that they felt rendered it unworthy of an appellation designation. After tasting this wine, I am baffled. This is superb, full fruited with tropical and citrus notes and an incredible mineral thread. There is great intensity and beautiful acidity. Honestly, when we at the store tasted this we were all flattened by it. Don't miss out. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tripoz 2019 Macon-Loché Cuvée du Clocher

From 25-30 year old vines planted in clay and limestone, this is just a terrific village wine. The nose has lovely peach and floral notes, as well as a touch of toasty reduction. The minerality is palpable here and no shortage of acidity for length and energy. Consider a short splashy decant and watch this wine really come to life, with yellow and green citrus notes and more stone fruit.   Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Champagne

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 2016 base Barbichon Blanc de Noirs is comprised of 89% Pinot Noir and 11% Pinot Meunier. The farming is Demeter certified. 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. (disgorged 5/16/2019, 2 g/l dosage)  John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1998 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut (D 01/21)

The 1998 Ambonnay Brut has long been a staff favorite and this disgorgement does not disappoint. Brillliant, golden yellow in color and showing a finely-beaded mousse, this offers one of the two most expressive aromatic profiles of this current Beaufort lineup. Aromas of Mirabelle plums, toasted hazelnuts, and crème brulée transition to notes of Jonagold apples, cinnamon, and wild flowers. The palate is generous and expansive and carries tones of brazil nuts, greengages, and irises that crescendo to a fine, zippy finish. This is complex and delicious Champagne!  (Disgorged for this order in Jan, 2021)

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 09/19)

A sensational mature Champagne from André Beaufort from the superb 2002 vintage - 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 in Sept 2019 after 16+ years of sur-lie aging, illustrating the Beauforts' commitment to releasing mature wines.

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $98.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Polisy Brut (Disgorged 01/21)

Our new shipment of the 2008 Polisy Brut was disgorged for this order in January 2021. 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
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2012 Champagne Polisy Brut Reserve

Having missed our trip to France this year, we decided to bring in two vintages from Beaufort that we have not tasted recently, 2012 and 2014. The 2012 has warranted our attention. The robe is a pale golden yellow. The wine has a fine bead and soft foamy mousse. The nose offers aromas of apple blosom, Seville orange peel, and wet stone. The palate is ripe but chiseled, with savory russet apple peel, crushed herbs, evolving with air to offer  flavors of salted plum and stone. As with other Beaufort Champagnes the character is vinous and mouth-filling and suited for the table. This shows excellent energy and persistence and beckons for pairing with salmon crudo, marinated roasted peppers, or salade Nicoise with perfectly ripe tomatoes. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bourmault, Christian NV Base 14 Champagne Brut Lettre à Terre 1er

 A new-ish grower for Chambers Street Wines, Christian Bourmault from Avize works organically with some parcels certified. The Champagne Brut Lettre à Terre is 100% old vine Chardonnay from 2 lieux-dits in Cuis. Fermented in barrel, bottled with 3g/l dosage. The nose offers pretty aromas of white flowers (jonquil and lemon blossom) and chalk. The palate is nervy and stony on the attack with  ripe orchard fruit and citrus oil flavors and hint of creaminess before culminating on a driving chiseled finish. This has great flair and brio and should gain in nuance with a time in the cellar, provided one can keep their hands of their stash. Highly recommended.  John McIiwain

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

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Déhu, Benoît NV Champagne Brut Nature La Rue des Noyers b16

For those who dismiss the minerality and terroir specificity of Pinot Meunier in the Vallée de la Marne, Benoit Déhu's La Rue des Noyers makes a compelling case for the grape's expressiveness. From a 1.7 hectare plot of biodynamically farmed vines in the the eponymous lieu-dit in Fossoy, Benoit produces a Champagne of great suppleness and verve. The grapes are fermented in oak with native yeasts, aged under cork, and is bottled without dosage. The 2016 has a lovely nose redolent of ripe peach, salted plum, and wild strawberry. The palate is rich and supple on the attack with ripe stone fruit flavors girded with a salty, chalky core giving way to a long mouth-watering finish. This is delicious now, but has enough underlying structure to bode well for further development. This was lovely with an array of sushi, but I'd be delighted to pair this with grilled salmon or butter-poached lobster. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Diebolt Vallois NV Champagne Brut Prestige Blanc de Blancs

From a perpetual cuvee , vinified in barrel. The fruit comes from Cramant, Chouilly, and Mesnil. Upon first opening, the wine offers aromas of white flowers and lemon verbena, giving way to notes of chalk and sea spray. The palate  is creamy-textured with a fine bead and lemon and golden apple flavors enrobing a mouthwatering, deeply chalky core. This is a shimmering, age-worthy blanc de blancs , that pairs incisive minerality with elegant ripe white fruit, and nuance from the perpetual cuvee of vins clairs. Beautifully rendered and a joy to drink. Highly recommended. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic

Doquet, Pascal 2008 Champagne 1er Cru Mont Aime Coeur de Terroir

Located just south of Bergères and east of Vertus, Doquet has well-situated vines on Le Mont Aimé, a premier cru hill of  chalk, silex and sand rather than the purer chalk of the rest of the Côte des Blancs. The vineyard sight is south-facing, but is still cooler than Doquest's parcels in Le Mesnil or Vertus. Pascal's Mont Aimé is mineral flinty, and briny on the palate. It is rare to encounter cuvées from Mont Aimé, so this is a treat; even more so in the excellent 2008 vintage. John McIlwain (Pre-arrival, wine arrives 7/23.)

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic

Doquet, Pascal 2008 Champagne 1er Cru Vertus Coeur de Terroir

A selection of the oldest and best of Pascal's organically-farmed vines in Vertus. This rich, Chardonnay-based Champagne from Vertus displays the precision of the chalky soils and the rich broadness of the clay. Long lees-aging and the terroir result in broad, elegantly textured wines with a deep, earthy undercurrent.  (Pre-arrival, wine arrives 7/23.)

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $107.99

  • Organic

Filaine (Fabrice Gass) 16 Base Damery Cuvée DMY

DMY (formerly Confidence) is the same cépages and blend as Filaine's Cuvée Speciale with an extra year or two on the lees and aged under cork, rather than crown cap, lending a burnished character to the wine due to the slow ingress of oxygen. DMY is rich, broad, and sapid, with an impeccable balance between red fruits, citrus notes, and powerfully mineral structure and spice. A special and rare wine.  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 18 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • Organic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $57.99

Horiot, Olivier NV Champagne Cuvée Soléra 7 Cépages

Equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Arbanne, Meslier farmed biodynamically and fermented separately in barrel and aged on its lees before blending in a perpetual soléra.

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 31 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $114.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

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

Nowack, Flavien NV (Base 18) Champagne Extra Brut Les Arpents Rouges

Perhaps the most distinctive in a lineup of compelling Champagnes, Les Arpents Rouges is a single parcel wine comprised of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, grown in clay-sandstone soils toward the bottom of the slope in Vandières. The grapes are farmed organically, and aged in barrels without sulfur or ouillage (topping up). The prise de mousse is done with grape must and the wine is bottled without sulfur. The resulting wine is umami-rich in character and utterly fascinating.

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ponson NV (2015) 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.

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pouillon, R 2013 Champagne Grand Cru Extra-Brut Les Valnons

100% Chardonnay from the well-situated Les Valnons Froid Cul lieu-dit on the upper slope of the Grand Cru village of Aÿ. Fermented with native yeasts in 80% used barrels, the balance in tank. Disgorged in Winter 2019. Dosage 3 g/l. Les Valnons is a lovely, albeit somewhat atypical Blanc de Blancs from a village better known for its Pinot Noir.

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

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $144.99

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Zero (2012 base)

Comprised of 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Pinot Meunier. With a 2012 base  with reserve wines. Aged on lees for 6 years. Disgorged July 2019. 0 g/l dosage.

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

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $149.99

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
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

  • Organic

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  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

Chantal Lescure 2018 Côte de Beaune Clos des Topes Bizot Rouge

"Le Clos des Topes Bizot" is a unique spot with vines planted in 1960,  high on the slope in Beaune just above the 1er Cru "L'Ecu," facing east, in a terroir of clay and pebbles over limestone. The grapes from this high elevation vineyard are harvested late and undergo a short pre-fermentation maceration, aging is in two and three year-old barrels. The 2018 shows high-toned aromas of ripe black cherry and red currant fruit with violet, brown spice, earth and citrus, quite elegant. The palate is dense and earthy with sappy black cherry and black raspberry - intensely mineral with firm acidity, earth and black fruits that linger in the long finish. This is a quite elegant, beautifully balanced and "mineral" Burgundy at a very reasonable price, that will benefit from a few hours open or three to five years of cellaring.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2018 Bourgogne Rouge Les Verduns

The Chantal Lescure Bourgogne Rouge "Les Verduns" is from 45 year-old vines on a soil of "marnes blanches"  in this unusual west-facing parcel high on the slope adjacent to Pommard "Les Vignots." Vinification is 100% with whole-clusters giving a firm structure to this very classy Bourgogne Rouge. The wine shows elegant high-toned  quite floral aromas of earthy Morello cherry and strawberry with hints of spice, mint and rose petal. The palate is earthy and mineral with saline acidity underlying ripe wild strawberry and red currant fruit. This shows the ripeness of 2018 but with lovely bright fruit and freshness.The finish is long and sappy, dominated by mineral and red currant  flavors that linger on the palate. This is not a fruit bomb, but is a very satisfying red Burgundy that will benefit from many hours of aeration or cellaring for 5 to 8  years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $47.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

Lequin-Colin 2018 Bourgogne Rouge

Honest Burgundy at this price is an increasingly rare bird these days. From two vineyards in Santenay with EcoCert certification, the 2018 is full and round upon opening, with juicy raspberry and black cherry fruit, baking spices and a touch of cola. But with air, it gains tension and elegance and the Burgundy minerality becomes more apparent. This is very satisfying and will likely improve, but why wait? Bottled under screwcap. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $31.99

Rateau 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Les Bressandes

Jean-Claude Rateau has a large parcel in the 1er Cru Les Bressandes on a steep slope facing east with pebbly clay/limestone soils, conducted in biodynamic farming since 1979. The soil is warm and well-drained giving ripe, structured wines. There is a 21-day cuvaison with manual cap-punching followed by 18 months in old barrels.Even with the minimal extraction practiced at the estate, the 2018 Bressandes shows a dense red/black color and lush aromas of ripe black cherry and blackberry, quite deep with sous-bois, violet, graphite and citrus. The palate is dense, elegant and chalky with blackberry, earth, bitter chocolate and minerals with terrific length of black fruits, earth and juicy acidity. Hints of iron, blood and roast meat indicate a very interesting aging potential for this wine. Given the weight and ripeness of the vintage, the wine still seems balanced and frames the copious fruit in ample acidity and tannin. This is a beautiful wine that will give great pleasure in its youth and should be a superb mature wine as well, with a long life ahead of it...  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Les Reversées

From vines grown in the calcareous clay soils of Les Reversées premier cru toward the bottom of the hill in the center of the slope by Les Teurons. This is a bit more delicate and lower in alcohol than Rateau's "Bressandes" but still quite deep and generous in 2018 showing ripe  black cherry, boysenberry, notes of cherry pit and earth on the nose. The palate is quite dense but still with nice brightness with ripe black fruits, hints of iodine and iron and  soil beneath supple structure. Succulent acidity and savory mineral notes offset the ripeness and lend energy and drive on a rich, palate-coating finish which is very long with elegant black raspberry and red currant fruit.  The purity of fruit and earth notes are finely balanced - this is an excellent Burgundy for the mid-term. A fine pairing with braised chicken thighs with mustard, tarragon, and shallots. A great value from the pioneer of biodynamic Burgundy!

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

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Barthod, Ghislaine 2018 Bourgogne Rouge Bons Bâtons

When life gives you a few extra bottles of Barthod Les Bons Bâtons, maybe check in on one. 2018 is notable as a solar vintage and there are plenty of examples of blowsy, roasted, and firmly structured wines which can make for tough going, but in many cases there are wines that possess that extra degree of intensity and punch, but without any of the coarseness, weight, or excess of the year. And I am happy to report the Bourgogne at Chez Barthod is far more reflective of energy over mass. The robe has a dark ruby hue, limpid to the rim. The nose is a bit reserved on opening, more inscrutable than muted, but an hour open and things unfurl. This offers aromas of crushed strawberries, warm soft wild raspberry, florals that show a bit of tea rose with notes of wild violet and pastille, underlain by hints of loam, black tea, and spice. The palate is a touch more generous than is customary for the cuvée, but leans more to ripe red fruits than black, and displays a bit more juicy succulence than some years, but has a fine earthy core and sneaky tannins beneath the ripe fruit. The finish is persistent and detailed (oh, there’s that limestone!) and offers enough freshness to summon the next sip. This is a delight and if more exuberant than is typical at the Domaine, it is lovely to drink now and has a nice upside if you can put away a couple of bottles. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $94.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $289.99

Chantal Lescure 2018 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Vallerots

 Apparently Les Vallerots 1er Cru is a near monopoly of Chantal Lescure on a steep slope in the combe above "Vaucrains" on very shallow stony soils over the limestone at 260m altitude. Aged in approx 30% new oak by Francis Miquel. The nose is initially closed and tight with deep red fruit aromas emerging with notes of black raspberry, plum, cherry pit and a hint of anise.The palate shows deep, dense red fruits with great elegance and energy, a superb combination of fruit and terroir. This will need a long decant if drinking now, best to hold 3 - 5 years then enjoy until 2035+ David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $699.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $114.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $79.99

Lignier, Hubert 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Regnard

From vines between forty and seventy years old, this should be a fairly exuberant expression of Gevrey.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $99.99

Lignier, Hubert 2018 Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Chaffots

This sits high on the hill in Morey, above Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru. The vines are just over 50 years old.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $184.99

Lignier, Hubert 2018 Morey St. Denis Trilogie

From three outstanding parcels of village-level Morey Saint Denis, including Clos Solon and Chenevery, with vines between 50 and 85 years old. This wine is often easily the equal of many producers 1er Crus.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $104.99

Pierre & Marianne Duroché 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin

Pierre Duroché  is rapidly becoming an A-list address in Gevrey-Chambertin. Not only does he have terrific holdings but the wines are a model of understatement - carefully farmed and made without any bells and whistles. These Gevrey vines came to him from his wife Marianne's family. The fruit is completely de-stemmed, fermented with natural yeasts and aged in no more than fifteen percent new oak.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $1,399.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

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Baudry 2018 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 three to ten 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. It's become incrreasingly difficult to write superlatives about this wine, as each vintage since 2014 has been superb in it's own way. And now 2018, a vintage the Baudrys describe as "magnificent!" The ripeness of fruit in this vintage diplays a different side of Cabernet Franc with the more traditional light raspberry/strawberry aromatics enhanced by darker fruits: blackberry, black raspberry and boysenberry with violet and earth, that remain vibrant and bright. The color is deep black with a purple rim. The palate shows sensational purity, freshness and elegance with a fabulous dense, silky, calcaire texture and fabulous length of pure black fruits and minerals. While this wine is amazingly delicious now, it should be very interesting with long cellaring as well. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2019 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

 The Baudry Chinon "Domaine" is always one of our favorite reds from the Loire Valley and it's a sensational value as well.   All Cabernet Franc of course, a blend of 75% from a parcel in St. Louans, where the thin clay/limestone soils give earthy well-structured wines, with 25% from gravel soils near Cravant, giving supple fruit and freshness. Organic farming, wild-yeast fermentation, aging in 5 to 10 year-old wooden vats and cement with almost no added SO2. The 2019 Domaine  shows a deep red/black color and beautiful fresh aromas of ripe red and black fruits with hints of earth, roast meat, black pepper and violet. The palate is dense and sapid with supple strawberry and blackberry liqueur, lacking a bit of the sweet, lush character of the 2018, but showing more underlying mineral flavors lifted by bright acidity. The fruit is quite ripe but the wine is beautifully balanced - it's delicious now and will be singing in 2031 as well. Highly recommended.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 60 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry, Bernard & Matthieu 2020 Chinon Rosé

The beautiful Baudry Chinon Rosé is 100% Cabernet Franc, usually 50% from clay/silex soils and 50% from gravel soils, as in "les Grézeaux." As always this is one of the most elegant and delicious of all French rosés, a reflection of the superb organic vineyard work and the great terroir possesed by the Baudrys as well as their great skill in vinifications with minimal added SO2. Matthieu Baudry's report on the 2020 Rose: "Rose 2020 looks like his older brothers, but the fermentation was much quicker than the 2018 and 2019. The Rosé 2020 is very dry: 1.2g/L RS versus 2.2 for the 2018 vintage. For me the flavors are more delicate and I prefer the balance of the 2020 over the 2018/19 which were more exotic."  6 bottle maximum, please.

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

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

Bertin-Delatte 2018 Anjou Blanc L'Echalier

 In the past decade or so, the town of Rablay-sur-Layon has become a small hub for dedicated young winemakers in the Loire Valley. There’s a strong community spirit – each year the town organizes a small music festival, and there is a cooperative grocery store in the town center. Geneviève Delatte and Nicolas Bertin started out in the area working for other winemakers, and in 2008, they purchased their own small vineyard, a 1.5ha lieu-dit named "L’Echalier". In 2012 they built a small home and winery at the edge of their vines, and found a few other small vineyards in the hills around Rablay. The winemaking philosophy is to keep things simple, intervene as little as possible. The 2018 Echalier was aged for 12 months in used wooden barrels on the fine lees, with further aging of 3-6 month in tank before bottling. The wine shows very high-toned aromas of citrus, pear, mint and beeswax, the palate is very mineral and saline with dried fruits, herbal and stone flavors, bone dry and long. Any lover of Chenin should try this, enjoy over the next ten years...

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Touraine KO In Cot We Trust

Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme's "In Cot We Trust" is one of the most vibrant, fascinating and delicious Malbecs of the Loire! From  a single parcel called "les Automnes" with 45 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils, 2 week whole-cluster maceration, fermentation and aging for 18 months in 500L demi-muids, zero added SO2. 2019 is another great vintage for this soulful wine! (Please decant or open a few hours in advance) The wine shows an opaque dark red color and complex aromas of ripe blackberry and plum, violet, earth, roast meat, citrus peel and mint, very changeable and bright. The palate is fresh and bright with cool acidity under dense stony black fruits, plum skin and lighter berry fruits, menthol and stone that linger in the long finish. Fascinating now, this should be very interesting in 5 to 10 years. Highly recommended for lovers of natural wine, serve cool.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Vin de France Tesniere Blanc (Menu Pineau)

Menu Pineau, also known as "Arbois" is described in Wine Grapes  (J. Robinson et al.) as "an old variety from the Val de Loire named after its similarity to Gros Pineau (Chenin Blanc)...although it has nothing to do with the village called Arbois in the Franche-Comté." It is an offspring of Gouais Blanc, along with many other European grapes, and is "a little more rustic, but less acid than Chenin Blanc," according to Thierry Puzelat. The 2019 La Tesnière Blanc by Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme is from organically-grown vines, 75% Menu Pineau and 25% Chenin Blanc. The wine shows a bright pale gold color and is slightly petillant when opened. Subtle aromas of grapefruit, dried pear and apple, dried herbs, stone and caramel. The palate is austere and stony, with firm acidity and flavors of hazelnut, citrus, baked apple, earth and brown spice. A really fascinating wine and a great pairing with sushi, grilled fish with fennel, lemon chicken, aged goat cheeses and much more. Highly recommended to lovers of unique natural wines.

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • 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 100% Pinot Noir from 60 year-old vines in the "La Boissiere" vineyard. 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 red fruits is present on the nose, with fresh red cherries and raspberries.  The wine is bright with acidity with nice density and a chalky texture with a touch of structure framing juicy red raspberries, strawberies, cherries and tangy red apple skin on the lingering finish. Just delicious!

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2020 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc Maceration

Pierre-O Bonhomme's 2020 Sauvignon Maceration, from estate fruit, is macerated in vat and aged in barrel giving a wildly complex Sauvignon that's truly delicious.

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2020 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, slightly cloudy orange/bronze color and a bit of skin tannin in the finish. The 2020 seems a bit brighter than the 2019 with intriguing aromas of orange peel, spiced pear, beeswax, almond...  The palate is finely textured with very firm acidity and flavors of ripe pear and granny smith, with citrus peel and spice in the long scintillating finish. Enjoy by itself or with full-flavored fish and chicken dishes.

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2020 Vin de France La Tesniere Pineau D'Aunis

This is a bold expression of Pineau d'Aunis from Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme, from vines near the Cher river  on clay with silex in organic and biodynamic farming. Aged in old futs and demi-muids, bottled without filtration, minimal SO2. The 2020 shows a pretty light red color with aromas of ripe raspberry and violets, really lovely. The palate is vibrant and bright with raspberry, cranberry and cherry with lip-smacking acidity and a beautifully refreshing finish of minerals and juicy red fruits. This is a delightfully refreshing and forward version of Pineau d'Aunis - serve cool and be happy!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2020 Vin de France Le Telquel

This "poil dur" is wagging its tail again in 2020, showing the ripeness and balance of this good 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 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2020 Côtes du Forez "La Madone"

The Gilles Bonnefoy "Gamay sur Vulcan" is from 15 to 30 year-old vines, 50% on basalt soils, 50% on granit/clay soils on the slopes of an ancient volcano. Hand harvested with low yields, the grapes are de-stemmed and undergo a short fermentation with native yeasts. The wine is lightly filtered and bottled with minimal SO2. The color is a warm purple, with lighter violet edges. Nose is plush red and black berries, a minerally smoke, black tea, with an airy, grassy aroma. Palate has tart cherries and plums, a flash of limestone, and a hint of rich, woodsy earth develops on a long, engaging finish. The wine's structure, crisp but juicy, makes it incredibly drinkable. Complex and fresh, serve with a slight chill, and drink this summer. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2020 IGP Urfé Roussanne de Madone

 The beautiful Roussanne from Gilles Bonnefoy is from 20 year-old vines (partly massale selection from Quenard in Savoie) grown on the steep south face of the volcano of Purchon.  Bonnefoy  farms these young vines carefully, keeping yields  very low to promote concentration and  harvesting late (Roussanne takes a long time to ripen fully) and by hand. Native yeast fermentation takes place in used barrels; the wine ages in the same.  In the glass, the Roussanne  is pale and shows  a very expressive nose of white flowers, green herbs, and a touch of orchard fruits. Given the freshness of the nose, the palate is surprisingly and lusciously dense and complex, with pear, peach, and apple as well as long and broad minerality. A great expression of Roussanne on unique Volcanic terroir.   Only 3000 bottles produced.

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2020 IGP Urfé Sauvignons Gris/Blanc Volcan

 The Bonnefoy 2020 "Sauvignons" is 60% Sauvignon Gris and 40% Sauvignon Blanc (massale selection) grown in basalt soils on the east face of the volcano of Purchon. Farming is certified organic and Biodynamic, all harvests are by hand, and Gilles Bonnefoy has a low-intervention approach in the cellar, where he eschews additives or new oak. The nose shows flinty stone and ripe citrus notes that continue on the palate,  which shows further notes of gooseberries and a slight tropicality. There's nice density and length here, making it a quite serious expression of Sauvignon, distinguished by its long and dense mineral finish. A lovely wine that should definitely not be served too cold: this is Sauvignon with real substance.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2020 Vin Mousseaux de Qualité Bulle Rouge

 The delicious Bulles Rouge de Madone from Gilles Bonnefoy is made from direct presss of Gamay de Bouze and Gamay de Chaudenay (teinturier). There is a low temperature fermentation in tank, then the wine is bottled and continues fermentation with no added SO2 until over 4 bars of pressure, about three months. The wine is then disgorged and re-bottled with a small addition of sulfur. The 2020  Bulles Rouge from Bonnefoy has a lovely dark purple robe. The wine has a medium fine bead with a frothy mousse. The nose offers pretty aromas of wild berries, bramble, and violets. The palate is lightweight and fresh with juicy, dark berry fruit and graphite notes, with a lifted, lip-smacking finish. And while this is delicious (not to mention fun) on its own, there’s enough character here to enjoy with charcuterie, composed salads, or dare we suggest fried chicken. Enjoy this frisky sparkler all summer at the beach at the park or even on your fire escape.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

Chevalerie 2014 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. They started to produce it in 2009, and they consider it their grande cuvée. The wine ages in a one-year-old barrel and several older barrels for 7 months, bottled unfined unfiltered. 2014 Loire reds are superb - it was not an easy vintage for the winemakers, but the results were often fabulous, especially at Chevalerie, with a perfect balance of ripe black and red fruits with firm earthy acidity. The 2014 "Grand Mont" shows a very dark black/purple color with elegant aromas of black raspberry and blackberry with violet, earth, dark chocolate, citrus and game.  The palate shows silky tannins and complex red and black fruits - beautifully balanced with bright acidity and mineral flavours. This is really elegant and Burgundian, very long and built to last, really a perfect Bourgueil that will become a profound mature wine in ten to fifteen years - then drink until 2045 and beyond. Open the day before if drinking now, paired with a confit rabbit with cardamon & juniper served with roasted celeriac, or a coq-au-vin. 100% Cabernet Franc. David Lillie / Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2018 Bourgueil Diptyque "Franco de Porc"

The Chevalerie Bourgueil Diptyque is from vines located on 1 to 2 meters deep sand and gravel intermixed with clay soils on an old alluvial terrace close to the Loire, at the foothills of the coteau. This terroir  gives supple, fruit driven Cabernet without being green or too simple thanks to the Biodynamic farming of the domain. Maceration is short, aging is usually short (4-5 months) and only in tanks. This is the vin de soif du the domaine - hyper quaffable, you can serve it slightly chilled, pop it open to pair with pretty much every type of food and even keep a couple of years!. If you don’t believe cabernet franc can be delicious, juicy, savoury yet fruity, just try this wine!  2018 was a beautifully ripe and well-balanced vintage for Loire reds - The 2018 Diptyque shows a deep black/red color with aromas of forest floor, black cherry liqueur, black raspberry, bitter chocolate and licorice with bright hints of herbs and citrus peel. The palate is bright, sapid and supple wth dense flavors of earth, black fruits , anise, cocoa and chalky minerals. The finish is long, with lingering black fruits, minerals and earth with very firm citrusy acids and cocoa at the end. Wow, just a delicious and beautiful young Cabernet Franc! Tannins are really gentle yet present, with a licorice root feel. Even if it is the vin de soif, you can drink it over a couple of days - it will only get better! Keep it up to 5 years with no problem. Serve with charcuterie, pork chops or roast chicken and be happy! 100% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier/David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2017 Chinon Les Picasses

This is a superb "les Picasses" from Jean de Bonnaventure at Chateau de Coulaine, which has been practising organic and biodynamic agriculture since  1988. The parcel is at the top of the vineyard with southern exposure, on the classic clay/limestone "tuffeau" in Beaumont-en-Veron. This quite dense and powerful Chinon is aged in 15% new barrels and barrels of one and two wines. The 2017 is in a really nice place at the moment. Elegant tannins, pronounced mineral depth, with medium-weight and subtle black fruit and earth. All of the elements are in harmony here. A classic Chinon. 

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Delrieu, Julien 2019 Vin de France Le Jeau Rouge

Julien Delrieu  has a touch for chenin for sure, but also for red. This blend of Grolleau and Cabernet Franc is a pure "gourmandise," which is not a common thing to say when you know the wine is made in Anjou Noir. But the combination of faluns (a mix of limestone and sandy soils full of seashells) and deep gravelly soil and clay don't bring the usual, rustic tannic structure the reds from the region can have, and even more when the organic farming and the care given to the vines make you think more about gardening than viticulture. This cuvée comes from two plots, the main one giving the name to the wine. Grapes are vinified in fiberglass tank, whole bunches for the grolleau, half for the cabernet, with very gentle pigeage, then bottled in the spring with a hint of sulfur. A very joyful wine, explosive with little red wild berries, fenugreek, peony, and a hint of pepper, the palate is just vibrant and delicious, very Loire-like, crunchy with no green whatsoever but a gentle herbal quality enhancing the fruit. A little chill will make it even better.  PL.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Delrieu, Julien 2020 Vin de France Pont Bourceau

Pont Bourceau is a crystal-like chenin by Julien Delrieu, all in delicacy and gentleness. The brightest grapes come from two vineyards Pont-Bourceau (planted in 1973) and le Jeau (planted in 1955 located next to Les Nourrissons plot), mostly on decomposed schistes - while he uses the ripest ones for Le Jeau blanc. This cuvée used to be called Varennes under the Roches Sèches era. Fermented in fiberglass, the wine is aged in used barrels - some coming from Bernaudeau. There is a just a hint of sulfur at bottling. This one is the most ethereal Chenin on schiste I have tasted recently, more reminiscent of the Chinon/Saumur profile, with maybe a hint more bitterness - which I love, making this type of Chenin perfect for some many vegetable dishes. A real great addition to the already superb expressions of Loire Chenin.  PL.

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Gaudry 2019 Sancerre Vincengétorix (Arrives 7/26)

 This is a gorgeous Sancerre Rouge, Pinot Noir with Pinot Fin,  a product of Vincent Gaudry's wonderful Biodynamic farming. Wild yeast, whole-cluster fermentation, aging 12 months in used barrels. The 2019 shows a brilliant black/red color and vibrant aromas of black cherry liqueur, black raspberry, earth, licorice and violet. The palate is dense, sapid, and chalky with lush, earthy black fruits  framed in firm acidity and mineral flavors with hints of licorice, cherry pit and brown spice. Bravo to Vincent and his team! Delicious in 2021 for its youthful fruit, then wait 3 to 5 years, drink until 2030+  Highly recommended and a bargain at the price...David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 46 in stock
  • $24.99

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Guion 2014 Bourgueil Cuvée Deux Monts

From  70-year-old vines in "Petits Monts" and "Grand Monts" towards the top of the slope above Benais, facing roughly south-west, clay over Turonien limestone (tuffeau, craie micacée). This is the terroir giving the most elegant and age-worthy Bourgueils and 2014 is a particularly good vintage for Loire reds to age.  18-month élevage ; 40% in cuve inox, 20% in one new 400 liter barrel, 20% in one-year and 20% in two-year old barrels, assembled two months before bottling.  Tasted in February 2016, the wine was fairly closed and tight, with deep, pure black fruits and perfect balance. This will be a sensational mature wine, best to wait eight to ten years, or more, then drink until 2040. 

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2017 Bourgueil Deux Monts

From  70-year-old vines in "Petits Monts" and "Grand Monts" towards the top of the slope above Benais, facing roughly south-west, clay over Turonien limestone (tuffeau, craie micacée). This is the terroir giving the most elegant and age-worthy Bourgueils.  18-month élevage ; 40% in cuve inox, 20% in one new 400 liter barrel, 20% in one-year and 20% in two-year old barrels, assembled two months before bottling. Our first taste of the 2017 "Deux Monts" revealed it to be a superb wine, quite deep and ripe but still light on its feet and with a particularly long and focused finish. Says Stéphane "the weather in 2017 was quite warm in spring and summer with a bit of rain in september - the wine is quite floral with ripe red fruits and mineral flavors on the palate with round, supple tannins and the limestone terroir quite present in the finish."  It's a beautiful wine showing the old vines and great terroir...

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

(Wine arrives 8/25)  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

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Rosé

Wine arrives 8/25 (Tasted in August 2021, this beautiful wine has softened considerably and is showing lovely berry fruits -  peak drinking summer of 2021 and beyond.) The 2018 Bourgueils of Stéphane Guion, tasted in early February 2019, are just extraordinary, with an extra layer of vibrant fruit, beginning with this gorgeous rosé. 50 years of organic farming and great traditional winemaking give this refreshing wine its perfect balance with beautiful fruit and great earthy expression of the gravel and limestone/clay terroir. The wine shows lush strawberry/raspberry aromas with citrus, rose and earth. Raspberry, blood orange, melon and earthy flavors on the ripe but dry palate which is framed in firm acidity and saline minerals. This is a real rosé of terroir, and for lovers of Cabernet Franc it's one of the greatest values around - drinking beautifully now and through 2020, with burgers, roast chicken, grilled pork and charcuterie. David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 13 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2019 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine (8/25)

(Wine arrives 8/25) This is another beautiful wine from the shy and affable Stéphane Guion who is quietly making some of the best wines in Bourgueil. His 2019 Cuvèe Domaine is from not-so-young (15 to 40 year-old) vines, mostly on clay/limestone terroir in Benais and is equal to the superb 2018 with peraps a bit more brightness to the fruit. The wine shows a vibrant black/red color and lush aromas of raspberry and blackberry confit, dark chocolate and violets - very deep and ripe but still bright with earthy hints as well. The palate is medium-bodied and very fresh with firm acidity and chalky, saline mineral flavors framing the very ripe, chalky red and black fruits, which continue in the long sappy finish. Drink now, served cool, with grilled chicken and pork, charcuterie, green vegetables and mild cheeses, or hold 5 to 8 years for a velvety mature experience. This is a beautiful wine and a sensational value! David Lillie

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2019 Bourgueil Rosé

(Wine arrives 8/25) 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, herbal notes and a particularly long and focused finish with firm acidity. It's an amazing value at $13.99, and will drink beautifully over the next three years, case purchases are recommended!

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Huet 2018 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec

As a special Thanksgiving treat, we're happy to offer the rare and beautiful 2018 Huet Vouvray "Clos du Bourg" Sec. In this superb vintage for Vouvray, Domaine Huet produced very little dry wine, prefering to make Demi-Sec and Moelleux in this ripe vintage, but the small amount they made is absolutely gorgeous with lovely aromas of white fruits, flowers and stone. The palate is crystalline and elegant with white fruits and sensational minerality - just a great Chenin and a superb accompaniment to your feast!  2018 Clos du Bourg Sec: 13.7% alc; 4 g/l RS;  4.4 g/l total acidity; pH 3.16

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Huet 2020 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux 1er Trie

12.5% alc, 71 g/l RS, 4.25 g/l total acidity, pH 3.25

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2020 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie

12.5% alc, 91 g/l RS, 3.91 g/l total acidity, pH 3.36

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lambert, Patrick 2017 Chinon Vieilles Vignes

The delicious Chinon Vieilles Vignes of Patrick Lambert is from 55-year-old vines on sandy clay soils over limestone. Hand harvested and fermented with wild yeasts, as are all of Lambert's wines, the Vieilles Vignes gets 12 months of aging in old barrels. The wine shows a deep red/black color and ripe blackberry and strawberry aromas with pepper, earth and citrus. The palate is deep and ripe, a bit softer and more forward than the 2016, showing earthy blackberry and strawberry compote with prune and bitter chocolate and firm structure. This is a complex, old-fashioned Chinon that will accompany roast chicken and anything off the grill, served a bit cool. While this is drinking beautiflly now, aging of  five to ten years will bring an extra dimendion to the wine. David Lillie

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2019 Chinon Les Deuzelles

The wines of Patrick Lambert have been a staple in our shop for some time now. His wines are classic, expressive, and made exclusively from his organically farmed estate. The 'Deuzelles' is selected from his ~25 year old  vines planted on gravel, clay with silex, and sandy soils. The juice is fermented in concrete vats for 15-18 days, then aged in old barriques for 3 to 6 months. This is one of the best values I can find for excellent Cabernet Franc. This bottling is denser and more concentrated than the 'Gourmandises' but just as pleasurable and easy-drinking. The nose has notes of blackberry and raspberry bramble, freshly turned soil, and savory herbs, and the on the palate the wine is juicy with supple tannins. This was lovely when I tasted it on day one, and even better on day two, so if you have the time, give this some air before you enjoy! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2020 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 2020 shows lovely aromas of wild strawberry and raspberry, citrus and rose; the palate is silky and ripe with raspberry, cherry, citrus and stone flavors with nice density and texture,  with juicy acids, berry flavors and saline minerals in the finish. This is drinking beautifully now and will open up nicely through the spring and summer. This is a fabulous value and highly recommended. David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 26 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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

(Last of the 2018 vintage!) 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 Muscadets, 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
  • 7 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Le Briseau 2018 Vin de France Patapon Rouge

A very lovely Pineau D'Aunis with deep, round spicy red fruits and hints of white pepper. Serve cool!

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Le Briseau 2019 Vin de France Verre des Poetes

The Le Briseau 2019 "Verre des Poetes" from Nathalie Heredia, contains juice from over 100 year-old franc de pied vines. The color is a fairly light red/amber. The aromas are subtle and pretty with black raspberry, wild strawberry, cranberry, plum and violet. The palate is light but quite dense and dark, meaty and earthy with cherry skin and mineral flavors, with a chalky and slightly bitter finish. This will need years in the cellar or a very long decant - an intiguing wine of contemplation that will need time to reveal it's poetry. (Please note - there is no added preservative, consume on the day opened.)

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Sablonnettes 2020 VDF Zeste

This is a new addition to the Sablonnettes lineup, a skin contact (Blanc de Macération) of Chenin Blanc, with subtle peachy hue, and lovely stone fruit on the palate. From the bottle: "Plus aromatique et plus tannique que son p'tit frère (le p'tit blanc), le zeste qui sauve le vigneron!"  Loosely translated: More aromatic and tannic then its little brother (P'tit Blanc), the zest (alternatively, spark) which saves the winemaker! This would be great with marinated and grilled veggies, cheeses, and fish dishes.   -EL

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Morantin 2018 Vin de France Tango Atlantico

The 2018 "Tango Atlantico" is a gorgeous blend of Cabernet Franc and Cot grown on clay/limestone with flint soils next door to  the Clos Roche Blanche, showing the vibrant fruit of this great vintage for Loire reds.  The wine shows a deep black/red color with  floral aromas of ripe black raspberry and red currant, peppery and lush with citrus and herbal notes. The palate is dense and ripe but very bright and vibrant, with sapid black raspberry/black cherry fruit with licorice and black pepper, finishing with firm chalky acidity and lingering black fruits . Serve cool with grilled chicken, pork or lamb. Delicious wine, with only 15 mg/l  SO2.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Mosse, Agnes et Rene 2020 Vin de France Magic of Ju-Ju

This year's version of the "Magic of Juju" is 70% Chenin from the Loire and 30% Loin de l'Oeil from Gaillac. The grapes ferment and age on the lees in old barriques for 6 months with the blend done about 6 weeks before bottling.  The fruit profile is dominated by honeydew melon, crisp yellow apple and green pear, with a tart salty quality in the mid-palate reminiscent of the best Greek yogurt drizzled with honey. There is good weight and a lovely sense of balance here. All in all, this is delicious. Be the first on your block to taste this unique blend!

  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $24.99

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

Pépière 2020 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

This  first bottling of the 2020 Pépière "La Pépie" is a delightful Muscadet and a fantastic value! The wine is produced mostly from the estates  original vineyards on Granite de Chateau Thebaud and Granite de Clisson (certified organic)  with the addition of some purchased fruit from neighboring vineyards in organic conversion.  This first release of "Pépie" is aged sur-lie for about 4 months - the wine shows subtle aromas of pear, almond, citrus, lime-flower and minerals - classic Pépière - with a dense and sapid palate with firm stony acidity. Ripe pear, white peach and citrus flavors continue in the long finish with anise, minerals and refreshing saline acidity. Serve with anything from the sea, chicken and white meats as well.  Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Monnières-Saint Fiacre (Oct 1st)

The 2017 Pépière Cru Communal Monnières - Saint-Fiacre is from a parcel of old vines on bedrock of gneiss, rich in minerals such as feldspar, mica and iron, with sandy limestone topsoils. The Cru is in the heart of the Muscadet region, bordered on the north by the Sevre river and to the southeast by the Maine. Notes from Remi Branger: "In 2017 there was frost in some parcels of Château Thebaud and Clisson but almost none in Monnières-Saint-Fiacre. 2017 is a very beautiful vintage where we find great freshness and structure. We harvested the Monnières parcel on September 7th and after two months of fermentation the wine spent 3 years sur-lie, during which time we performed 3 batonnages - we bottled it in November 2020. I don't know if you remember but at the salons (Jan - Feb 2020) the samples showed beautifully and were all in delicacy. The wine remains in that style, very pure and fine with notes of citrus with a bit of iodine and very lightly fumé."  The wine is less dense than "Clisson" and "Château Thebaud" but our notes from 2020 indicate an equally great Muscadet - ethereal, classy, pure and very long. A great wine for drinking over the next ten to fifteen years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 27 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Cru Château Thébaud (Oct 1st)

The Domaine de la Pépière Cru Communal Château Thébaud comes from old vines in vineyards with great terroir on hills and slopes overlooking the river Maine. The granite here (Granite 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 2014 here were among the best of the vintage in Muscadet and the 2017 will stand out as well due to the combination of density and minerality with the very firm acidity of this very good vintage year for Muscadet - those of you lucky enough to have the 2014 in your cellar understand just what a special wine  this is. Notes from Remi Branger: "For the Château Thébaud 2017 - we harvested on the 2nd of September and did a longer elevage - 3 and 1/2 years sur lie, and we bottled it in the spring of 2021. We had thought to do a 4 year elevage but we realized that the exchange between the lies and the wine was occuring faster than usual. We have a beautiful Château Thébaud with aromas of white flowers and a touch of white peach; on the palate the density and power arrive in the finish which is less structured than the 2014 but is more structured and brighter than the 2015."  The 2014 Château Thébaud is one of my favorite Muscadet, though it needs 5 more years to really open up, and the 2017 is not far behind - perhaps a bit more precocious, thus beautiful to drink now or to age for 20 years. David Lillie

  • white
  • 67 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $27.99

Pinon 2016 Vouvray "Le 16"

100% Chenin Blanc. Pinon's only white wine in this very difficult and short vintage in which the estate lost 75% of its harvest. The "Le 2016" replaces the usual Trois Argiles, Silex Noir and Les Deronnières bottlings, with fruit from a range of those and other parcels. The vines average 40 years in age, are certified organic and were hand-harvested from October 10-18. Fermentation took place spontaneously with natural yeasts and lasted 2-3 months in wood vats. The wine was aged 4-5 months on its fine lees in old tonneaux (large oak barrels) and gently filtered before bottling in April 2017 with 22.4 grams/liter of residual sugar (with pH 3.07).  Total production of Le 2016 was 1600 cases (a yield of only 11 hl/ha). The wine shows lovely aromas of lime-flower, honeyed citrus, dried white fruis and earth. Firm lemony acidity and mineral flavors underlie  ripe white fruits and lemon confit. The finish is very long with citrus,honey, pear and stone . Technically a Demi-Sec, the wine is balanced by the bright citrusy acids and will pair well with charcuterie, fish in sauce and white meats. Cellar for twenty to thirty years to create a fabulous mature Vouvray.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

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, and finished dry (for Vouvray) in 2018, with a technically sec level of 8 grams RS and 4.7 grams acidity. 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
  • 24 in stock
  • $32.95

  • Organic

Pinon, François 2012 Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé (7 yrs sur-lie)

The re-release of the Pinon 2012 Brut Non-Dosé is drinking beautifully now, after 7-plus years on the lees. Even at my advanced age, I plan on cellaring a case of this very special wine for another ten to twenty years.

Here is our original review: François and Julien Pinon make some of the finest sparkling wines in the Loire Valley. The superb Brut Non-Dosé comes from 45 year-old Chenin Blanc vines on Turonien limestone with topsoils of clay with silex. The fermentation lasts 4 to 6 weeks without added yeast or sugar. 2012 is a beautiful year for this wine as the bright fruit and firm acidity of the vintage contribute to the elegance and structure of this cuvée. The wine shows aromas of creamy lemon, pear, brioche, fines herbes and stone, with pear, green apple. mineral, herbal and bitter lemon flavors on the palate. The mousse is fine and refreshing and there is fabulous length of dried herbs, citrus pear and stone flavors on the finish. This very young wine will develop nicely in the glass and will cellar beautifully for twenty years or more - a few years ago we tasted a 1976 that was sensational.  David Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $25.99

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
  • $33.99

Raffault, Olga 2020 Chinon Rosé

The Olga Raffault Chinon rosé has gotten better and better over the past few years, perhaps it's their move towards organic farming and the fine work of Sylvie Raffault and her husband Eric de la Vigerie. 100% Cabernet Franc, 10-hour maceration and slow wild-yeast fermentation. 2020 is "a sunny Rosé vintage, deep and aromatic, with fine acidity, sparkling with freshness." The wine is round and ripe and simply delicious, quite crisp and refreshing showing lovely bright pink color, hints of raspberry and strawberry fruit, ripe but dry and balanced on the palate with a bit of peach and red berries in the finish with bright saline acidity. "Particulièrement gouleyant" it says on the label and we couldn't agree more!

  • rosé
  • 14 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Sansonnière (Mark Angéli) 2019 Vin de France La Lune

"Geology in our beloved region of Anjou is the most complicated in the world. The soil is different every 20 meters, ranging from - 10 million to - 1 billion B.C. ! That’s why we decided in 1997 to blend many different tiny plots in one cuvée, La Lune. The other bigger plots were kept separated : Les Fouchardes, Les Vieilles Vignes des Blanderies or Coteau du Houet. The name La Lune was chosen by our former worker, Stéphane Bernaudeau (who has since joined the little world of exceptional wine growers), because of the crescent shape of the ranks : they look like the moon! We quickly discovered soon La Lune, compared to the other wines, could be an “immediate drinking” cuvée, not very much affected by the bottling. Of course it could also be kept 30 years and more, like the single-vineyard cuvées. Minerality is maybe just a little less defined - probably because of the soil diversity. However, we consider it a benchmark for the region, showing the taste of the area without overthinking the individuality of all the different plots."  - Mark & Martial Angeli, Bruno Ciofi.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2017 Anjou (Cabernet Franc) Les Hautes Bruyères

South of Saumur and west of Chinon (but legally in Anjou) is the sleepy village of Oiron where Benoit Blet at Domaine des Terres Blanches makes superb wines on an interesting terroir of sandstone(grès) under sandy clay topsoils. "Les Hautes Bruyères" is from old vines of Cabernet Franc; the wine undergoes a long slow fermentation with wild yeasts and is then gravity-fed into small 2 to 5 year-old barrriques for 18 months of aging. This is a unique and delicious Cab Franc that shows an opaque black/red color and intriguing aromas of ripe blackberry, cassis and black plum with hints of dark chocolate, expresso and earth. The palate is ripe and supple with a chalky texture, showing pretty blackberry and cassis fruit with bitter chocolate, citrus and mineral flavors that linger on the long finish. A bit different from either an Anjou or Chinon Cab Franc, the Hautes Bruyères will accompany a variety of poultry and pork dishes and will be great with a steak/frites, served a bit cool.  This will age beautifully as well, drink until 2035+.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2019 Anjou Anjou Demon (Cab Franc)

Notes from the estate, awkwardly translated: "The 2019 "Anjou Demon" is 100% Cabernet Franc from the Parcelle de la Poulette, at the top of Hautes-Bruyères and Bois Roland. The grapes are harvested at very good maturity, destemmed and infused (macerated) for a month, offering us a concentration of black fruits and blackcurrant. The juice is extracted gently, the touch of the tannins is round and silky. The wine is naturally clarified by racking and bottled in June. Tasting: The color is very very dark purple. The nose is earthy, on blackcurrant, ink, graphite, black pepper, with a hint of game-birds. The palate is focused, firm and deploys a material of an impressive density, while managing to make it sensual, caressing, and very fresh and balanced despite the 14% alcohol which is imperceptible. The finish continues in freshness and balance: it is lively, pleasing, always with a remarkably controlled tannic structure, and a sapid finish of vibrant fruit, reinforced by minty acidity."

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2019 Anjou Les 3 Poiriers

We love the wines of Benoit and Celine Blet at Les Terres Blanches in Oiron, grown on unique terroirs of limestone marls, quarts and sandstone.  "Les Trois Poiriers" shows elegant aromas of pear, apple and minerals and a beautifully silky palate with white fruit, herbal, citrus, spice and stone flavors with excellent length. "Elegant" is the key word for this very unique and delicious wine, certainly one of the best values in Chenin Blanc you'll find anywhere. Drink over the next five years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2019 Vin de France Ancestral Brut

Les Terres Blanches Brut Ancestrale is 100% Chenin Blanc from low yielding vines in soils of sandy clay, quartz and limestone. The initial fermentation is in underground cement vats, without SO2, finishing at 22 - 23 gr/liter of sugar. The fermentation in bottle finishes quite dry and there is no dosage at disgorgement. This is  a wonderfully elegant and crystalline Pet Nat showing lovely subtle aromas of pear, peach and grapefruit, with beautiful chalky, stony acidity and terrific length. Just delicious!

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2019 Vin de France Blet Tendre

The Terres Blanches "Blet Tendre" is a demi-sec Chenin Blanc with about 45 gr/liter RS, from grapes harvested on the 3rd pass through the vines in late Octobre. The soils are sandstone with quartz and silex which bring a lively acidity balancing the sweetness of  the wine. The wine shows bright citrus, pear and white peach aromas with a full silky palate which is beautifully balanced and long. This is a superb demi-sec Chenin that will be a wonderful aperitif and will accompany fruit desserts, patés and full-flavored cheeses. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white medium-sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2019 Vin de France Gamay de Bouze

"Gamay de Bouze, semi-teinturier, with slightly rosé juice and black pulp, from the "La Vacherie" plot, composed of clays and silica with some red and ferrous sandstones. Our predecessor planted it in the 1980s to bring some color to his red wines. When we discovered this tiny plot in 2003, a heat wave year, we tasted grapes with notes of pepper and spices, an incredible discovery! Since then, we have always harvested and vinified this forgotten grape variety, wanting to keep all its complexity - Harvested very ripe, we vat 50% of the harvest in whole bunches and de-stem the remaining 50% in tronconic casks (Vicard cooperage).The maceration is semi-carbonic,  one-year aging is done in the cask. The color is very dark garnet, almost opaque. The nose succeeds in being both lush and classy, on candied red and black fruits, cherry stone and fine cocoa-flavored spices. The palate combines fullness and tension, with a dense and velvety enveloping substance of great aromatic freshness. The whole is harmonious, with a distinguished sensuality (the black dress which covers everything but hides nothing). The finish is velvety, freshness and this great distinction, but to a higher degree, underlined by a fine chalky texture, with a persistence on black cherry (and its stone), cocoa." Yum!

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2020 Vin de France Rosé

100% Gamay.  The Puzelats source organically farmed fruit from friends in Touraine as well as in Beaujolais. The bunches are hand-harvesed and direct-pressed into tank, where the wine ferments spontaneously with native yeasts and goes through malo as well. It is aged briefly in tank and bottled without fining or filtering and with very minimal sulfur. The lovely 2020 shows spicy strawberry/cherry aromas, quite floral and ripe; the palate is earthyand saline beneath pretty strawbeery/raspberry fruit with hints of spice and citrus. The finish is long with lingering stone and fruit flavors, fresh and earthy, benefitting from the minimal addition of sulfur - a delicious, natural rosé...

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Villemade 2010 Cour-Cheverny Les Acacias

Herve Villemade's 2010 Cour-Cheverny is 100% Romoratin grown in vineyards planted in 1964 and 1988 which is bottled after 2 years of aging in a 500L barrel."A wine with good aging potential" says Hervé and we couldn't agree more, having tasted examples from the 1950s at the Clos Roche Blanche.

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade 2018 Cour-Cheverny Les Acacias (9/20)

(Arrives 9/20) "Romorantin, the official grape of the Cour-Cheverny AOC, appreciates sandy clay/limestone soils where it offers a wine of great character that mixes elegant vegetal and floral notes (cut grass, violets, a touch of mint), often slightly honeyed with notes of ripe fruit (roast pear) lightly marked by the elevage in old barrels. The finish is fresh, tight with saline minerals and bitter anise. A wine with good aging potential." (Villemade.net)  In 2018, the "Les Acacias" is again simply outstanding and very distinctive, offering aromas of ripe peach and pear with spice, floral, caramel and oxidative notes. The palate is very round and ripe with stone, peach, earth and almond flavors, with fabulous length with honeyed lemon, anise and minerals.  Superb wine, to drink now or in 10 to 20 years. David Lillie

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Hervé 2018 Cheverny Blanc "La Bodice"

Hervé Villemade's extraordinary Cheverny Blanc "La Bodice" comes from a single vineyard of 40 year-old vines on sandy soils with silex on clay of Sologne, where the 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay reach maximum ripeness and expression. Yield is only about 10 hl/ha. The wine ages on the lees in old barrels for a year or more and is bottled with zero or minimal SO2. The wine shows a pale bronze color and  notes of fresh and candied fruit (pear, quince, apple) nuanced by angelica and fennel, with a dense, even almost "tannic" texture, and quite sapid, nourished by aging on the fine lees. The substance, elegance and length on the palate give this wine a real personality and a great aptitude for pairings with complex fish and white meat dishes or goat cheeses.

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Hervé 2019 Cheverny Les Ardilles

 Our friend Hervé Villemade made another gorgeous "Les Ardilles" in 2019. 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. The wine is particularly ripe, elegant and intriquing in the excellent 2019 vintage. The nose is a bit closed, with deep, brambly black cherry/black raspberry fruit with earth and minerals, adding notes of citrus peel, spice and licorice with air. The palate is dense and elegant with deep, sapid black cherry and raspberry, chalky and full with velvety tannins and firm acidity. The finish is clean, elegant and long with beautiful sapid, ripe black fruits, minerals and citrus. Just a great natural wine. Decant if drinking now, best 2023 - 2030.

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2019 Vin de France Sauvignon Blanc

Hervé Villemade's 2019 Sauvignon Blanc hits the spot with lovely aromas of floral white fruits, almond, fig and citrus with invigorating flavors ripe pear, Granny Smith and nectarine. The palate is supple and balanced with a flinty, mineral quality that adds a refreshing tang and texture to this versatile wine. The finish is long and elegant with stone, white fruits and citrus that linger on the palate. Perfect for sipping on a warm day with a variety of foods - how about grilled shrimp garnished with snap peas and summer vegetables...

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2020 Cheverny Rouge

(60% Pinot Noir, 40% Gamay grown on sandy clay and flint soils over limestone in Cellettes, Chitenay and Fougères sur Bièvre, AOC Cheverny; 15-day whole cluster fermentation, aged in old barrels) 2020 is another excellent vintage for this light and lovely Cheverny Rouge from Hervé Villemade;  very pretty aromas of cherry, ripe raspberry, violet, earth and blood orange with rose and white pepper; tart cherry and chalky raspberry/strawberry fruit on the palate, light but chalky,  sappy and long with earthy citrus and berry fruits in the refreshing finish. This is a delightfully natural thirst-quenching red - serve cool with any chicken or pork dish, charcuterie and mild cheeses

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2020 Vin de France Bovin (Liter)

"1 Litre à boire d'une traite" - A liter to drink in one go - We think the message makes things pretty clear: this is a fresh, fun bottle of Gamay that is dangerously easy to drink. Mineral, with spicy red fruits and well worth a light chill. A bovine beverage that's "Vachement Delicieux!" EL  

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Misc. Burgundy

Champs de l'Abbaye 2019 Bourgogne Pinot Noir

 From 10 to 50 year-old vines grown on limestone soils (Middle Jurassic!) in the commune of Aluze, Cotes Chalonnaise, certified organic since 1999. This is a lovely Bourgogne Rouge, showing the ripeness of the 2019 vintage, but in a medium-bodied, balanced and bright style that is quite delicious!  Vivid aromas of black cherry, raspberry, violet and pepper, with a bright palate of blackberry and spicy red-currant/cherry fruit framed in mineral flavors and firm acidity. Delicious now served cool, it will benefit from decanting or a few years in the cellar as well. DL

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Champs de l'Abbaye 2019 Cote Chalonnaise Clos des Roches

Organic since 1997, Alain and Isabelle Hasard produce, pure, vibrant Burgundies at their small estate near Mercurey. The 2019 Clos des Roches is a true Clos of about one-half hectare, known for hundreds of years for the quality of its limestone terroir, facing due south. This is a beautiful Pinot Noir, showing vibrant, deep black cherry aromas with hints of citrus peel and violets with earth and mineral notes. The palate shows lush black cherry and blackberry fruit, quite earthy and dark balanced by bright acidity and with very pronounced saline minerals and heerbal notes. The finish is sappy and long.  This is a unique and delicious Burgundy, perfect with pork and chicken dishes, charcuterie and full-flavored cow cheeses. Only five cases for the US.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2018 Bourgogne Les Crays

Julien Guillot made beautiful wines in 2018 and this Pinot Noir is no exception, from 3 parces of very chalky soils in the Macon - showing lovey texture, complexity, finesse and freshness. The lovely aromas are of raspberry, blood orange, tart plum, brown spice, earth and tea, for starters. The palate is soft, silky and refreshing with black fruits mingled with earth, citrus, stone and tea with  plum and raspberry emerging in the finish. Any lover of natural wine should try this!  No added SO2, 100% delicious.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2018 Mâcon Rouge Selection Massale

Julien Guillot at the Clos des Vignes du Maynes makes this Mâcon Rouge from many different old varieties of Gamay, including Gamay "teinturiers" with thick skins and dark juice, with no added SO2. The 2018 shows a deep red color with aromas of blackberry, tart cherry, srawberry, black pepper, roast meat, fennel, citrus peel, violet... The palate is ripe and elegant with citrusy black fruits, earth and mineral flavors, chalky and long. "This wine is indestructible" says Julien, and it's obviously built to last. Serve with a farm chicken in sauce, and decant or open in advance, but best to cellar for five or ten years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $27.99

  • 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2019 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 20 hl/ha, semi-carbonic fermentation, with zero additives, bottled under nitrogen. 2019 is a superb vintage for the Cuvée Auguste with a bit of extra density due to the warm, dry conditions of the vintage. The wine shows elegant aromas of black raspberry and wild strawberry with hints of blood orange, violet and brown spice - really lovely. The palate shows a beautiful melange of blackberry, strawberry and tart cherry with citrus, earth and minerals, very sappy and dense. Elegant finish of earth, stone and red fruits. This is a gorgeous wine, and quite delicious now, but cellaring of ten years or more should be possible. Congratulations to Julien Guillot for this beautiful Pinot!

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2019 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 2019s here are extraordinary, showing the elegance, purity and balance typical of the estate with the wonderful density and 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 intense with blackberry, citrus, stone and earthy flavors, that continue on the very long mineral finish. Always one of the greatest Gamays produced anywhere, the 2019 Manganite is a young wine that will benefit from decanting or five to fifteen years in the cellar. Highly recommended!

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Misc. France

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $45.99

Bastide Blanche 2016 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.  . This shows ripeness, but no sense of heat or flab. Plenty of black fruits and dusty tannins. Classic Bandol!

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Bastide Blanche 2020 Bandol Rosé

 A reserved Bandol rosè, primarily Mourvedre with Cinsault, Grenache, Clairette and Ugni Blanc. The Mourvedre is pressed and run off directly, the Cinsault and Grenache undergo 24 hours of skin contact. Certified organic grapes from the Bronzo family vineyard in Le Castellet.  The 2020 has a coppery, salmon-colored robe. The nose, initially backward, offers an array of stone fruit and savoy herb notes, with garrigue and ripe peach aromas vying for attention with aeration. The palate offers peach skin, orange oil, and earthy flavors leading to a long, persistent, sapid finish. This  is newly arrived and will benefit from a decant or some time open - drink now and over the next three to five years.

  • rosé
  • 12 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Cellier de la BaraterieParoxysme 2018 Vin de Savoie Paroxysme

45% Pinot Noir, 45% Gamay, and 10% Mondeuse from certified organic vineyards of clay and limestone soil in the Combe de Savoie. The juice is naturally fermented in stainless steel and fiberglass vats. The wine is then aged in stainless.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $21.99

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

Clos Des Boutes 2020 IGP Gard Les Fagnes (Carignan Blanc)

A biodynamic wine from the Costiere de Nimes appelation. A nose with notes of candied white fruits, Mirabelle plum, and a hint of flowers... Palate: beautiful body and volume, and a long finish with fine bitter notes. A lovely success for this Carignan Blanc! Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

Combel La Serre 2020 Vin de France L'épatant Antidote Rosé

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

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Da Ros, Elian 2016 Côtes du Marmandais Chante Coucou

Chante-Coucou is the emblematic cuvée of the domain, and the one I would open to any Bordeaux lover in order to convince them of Elian's talent. More opulent and juicy due to its dominant Merlot, it still retains the unique personality of its terroir and its vigneron. Supplemented with Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Syrah from clay-gravelly soils on gray and blue marly sedimentary conglomerates (called “molasse” in French) the different terroirs allow Elian to play with the different tannic expressions of these four grape varieties. He vinifies them separately: Syrah and Malbec are macerated whole-clustered in open foudres, the Merlot and the Cabernet Sauvignon are de-stemmed. Macerations last two to three weeks. Aged 20 months in used barrels the wines are blended together en masse 6 months before bottling. 2016 is a fine and elegant vintage, allowing Chante Coucou to retain its profile of elderberry, fresh tobacco, violet and oolong tea. The tannins are remarkable and silky, the whole cluster bringing notes of herbal tea that stretch the finish. Enjoy the wine decanted for an hour or so with Provencal herb rubbed lamb shoulder with vine shoots or a pan-fried foie gras with cranberry and spring carrot. 50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, 10% Syrah. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Mathouans 2019 Vin de France Mine de Rien

(Was $26.99)  This wine from Aline Hock in the Agly Valley of Roussillon is produced from the Muscat Petit Grains grown biodynamically on schist soils. Vinified semi-carbonic on the skins for about 20 days, it pours a hazy yellow in the glass. On the nose it bursts with classic Muscat aromas: orange blossom, fresh grapes, honeydew melon and chamomile. "Mine de Rien" is full-bodied and shows bright mandarin orange, minerality and a gentle herbal note on the palate and finishes dry and saline. The wine has an exciting tension between density and bright citrus and salinity, complemented by its exuberantly fruit and flower driven aromatic character. Drink now with lighter Mediterranean food or warmly spiced chicken dishes: think olives and feta, tagines, or even jerk chicken. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

Domaine Lupin 2015 Frangy Cuvee du Pepe

The elegance of Domaine Lupin’s 2015 Roussette de Savoie Frangy ‘Cuvée du Pépé’ Vielles Vignes is amazing, flawlessly co-existing with (and fabulously woven around) the wines dramatic beam of minerality and high acidity. From 100% Altesse from the village of Frangy. Vines aging 60+ years, planted by Bruno Lupin's grandfather. The wine goes through full malo, before aging on the fine lees in enameled steel tanks for a year. A fiercely beautiful wine. The nose is not as lean as the younger vine bottling above. It shows less citrus and more stone fruit from the beginning. Aromas of yellow peaches and plums, along with golden apples, give a platform for fainter whiffs of black tea, sea grass, and oyster shells. The wine remains very fragrant hours after opening, losing some of the marine qualities and taking on more spice and floral character. The palate is led by rich flavors of apple and pear, along with lemon zest and freshly milled black pepper. There is a wonderful note of caramel on the finish that enhances based on the amount of time in glass, resulting in a creaminess in texture that is beyond lovely, laying over that boldly focused acidity and stoniness. This bottle should be great for another 10 years, but I obviously think the world of it today. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Lupin 2019 Frangy

From organically tended vines of Altesse on the outskirts of Frangy in Savoie, tended by the one-and-only Bruno Lupin. Vines are 25 years of age and planted to clay and limestone soils. Fermented in steel, with 20% going through malo . Like the 2018, the nose of this Altesse is floral and fresh, with lovely aromas of soft almonds, tangy yellow cherries and zesty limestone. Clean orchard fruit, like crisp pear and apple, add weight to flavors of salt and white tea. The most beautiful thing about Bruno Lupin’s Frangy is the way it develops after an hour or so open, as the flavors become more plush, with lovely stone fruit, like nectarines and apricots, wrapped around the crunchy mix of fantastic acidity and minerality. Although there is density to the wine, it has a remarkable weightlessness on the tongue. Drink this today, but it’ll hold up well in the cellar. One of the most elegant expressions of Altesse that exists. Alright, Bruno!! David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Maestracci 2019 Corse Calvi Clos Reginu

Domaine Maestracci makes some of the best value wines in Corsica, a region where increased exposure and tariffs has driven up prices tremendously in recent years. They are located in Calvi, with vines planted in on the foothills of a mountain range that rises 1500 meters above the Mediterranean. The estate is Demeter-certified biodynamic and makes vibrant earthy wines . Clos Reginu is made from their youngest vines and is a lively joyous wine. It's an assemblage of Grenache, Niellucio, Sciaccarellu, Syrah and Mourvedre and marked by red fruit both juicy and dried, a touch of iron and leather and a bright energetic finish. This is terrific for the price and should be bought in quantity. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 42 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine Mayoussier 2019 Auberives-en-Royans Isere Syrah

Syrah planted on the outskirts of Vercors in the Isere of the French Alps. Land is worked with organic methods by hospitality professional turned winemaker, Antoine Depierre. After two weeks of fermentation the wine ages in neutral barriques.  In the glass, the color is a lighter red, with highlights of violet. The nose has fantastic fruit, showing a medley of raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry. An accent of savory cinnamon and a dash of zingy black minerals adds a lift to the denser aromas of forest berries. On the palate, slim and zesty cassis and cherry are the base for herbaceous mint and black pepper. Not a very tannic wine, it is successfully hinged to a core of great fruit and lovely acidity, and structurally softens on the tongue during a long finish. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Domaine Mayoussier 2019 Auberives-en-Royans VDF Culotte de Mayoussier

"This is a dry white wine from a blend of Sauvignon and Roussanne. As much as Roussanne is common in the north Rhone and in Savoie (there under the name of Bergeron), cultivating Sauvignon Blanc is unheard of, hence the name of the wine – le culotté, which means “cheeky”. Antoine told us the many struggles he faced with the administration to be able to grow and produce wine from this variety in this area. Harvested by hand, the wine is unfined and unfiltered, vinified and aged on lees in stainless steel tanks for six months." - Roland Benedetti, owner of Living Wine

The color is a glimmering yellow with flashes of green. The nose is fragrant, with ripe pear and yellow apple supporting softer, loose smells of moss, mountain air, and green tea. The palate is rather spicy, with a zip of green pepper, salt, and milled white pepper, before gaining weight on the finish and showing flavors of roasted orchard fruits. The wine has engaging, crunchy minerality and great acidity.  David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic

Domaine Pierre Richard 2019 Cotes du Jura Trousseau

From 30 year old Trousseau vines planted to soils of clay-limestone with red and gray marl by Domaine Pierre Richard (in conversion with Ecocert). Fruit is hand harvested at the end of Auguest and the beginning of September, from estate vineyards 270 meters above sea level with Southwest exposure. Fermentation is done with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks and maceration on the skins lasts a month. The wine is aged for 5 months in stainless before bottling with zero added sulfur. In the glass it is a wonderfully clear ruby with shades of purple. Those nose is especially savory, with a medley of red berries, fresh red flowers, and a hint of smoky ash. The palate is driven by a clean vein of dark minerality at the core of soft black cherry fruit. Structurally, acid is appropriately high, tannin is light, and drinkability is off the charts. I would definitely not describe this as ‘glou-glou,’ as it is too elegant and warm in flavor, but I would describe it as dangerously easy to consume very, very quickly. Drink up! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Fabrice Dodane (Saint Pierre) 2018 Côtes du Jura Dos D'Chat Chardonnay

A 'very Jura' Chardonnay, from Fabrice Dodane, the winemaker at Domaine de Saint Pierre, located outside of Arbois. This is fruit from a friend who works organically. Fermentation is with indigenous yeast, as always, and aging is in large used barrels. Aromas of orchard fruit and a slight oxidative hint.  -EL

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Faillenc Sainte Marie 2019 Corbières

This delightful estate uses one-third Syrah, one-third Grenache and one-third Cinsault in their Corbières Rouge, grown on limestone/clay soils in the foothills of Mont Alaric, certified organic since 2007. The wine shows aromas of blackberries, ripe plums, and tiny wild blueberries, as well as notes of balsam wood. Like all the best Languedoc offerings, there's a wild edge here with a bit of funk that is tempered by juicy sleekness. Its excellent balance and wealth of ripe tannins make it a natural at the table - serve with a stew or grilled meats, a coq au vin with farm chicken or guinea hen, and full-flavored cow cheeses.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2020 Vin de France Tracteur Rosé (Isère)

In 2007, the energetic and talented Thomas Finot discovered the terroirs of the Coteaux Grésivaudan - a valley with steep mountainsides extending northeast from Grenoble, just north of Savoie, Here he is rescuing local grape varieties such as Verdesse, Persan and Etraire de la Dhuy and also making delicious and affordable vin de soif from other grapes - in this case the Tracteur Rosé. Made from 100% Gamay, with 24 hour skin-contact before pressing. In the bottle, the wine looks to be darker than it appears when poured into a glass. In a glass, it is a faint salmon color. The nose has a rich aroma of pink cherries and light strawberries. The palate has a distinct saltiness that adds an edge to a foundation of red berries. David Hatzopoulos

  • rosé
  • 16 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2020 Vin de Pays Isere Perlant (Jacquere/Chardonnay)

The Perlant is not a Pet Nat! it is a blend of Jacquère and Chardonnay (50/50), in the style of a Vinho Verde with low alcohol (9,5%) and slightly sparkling... The color here is a clear, clear yellow, with flashes of silver. The nose is lovely, with airy, grassy aromas, along with sliced yellow apples and savory green herbs. After some time open, the bouquet becomes more floral, with apricot and yellow cherry. On the tongue, it is full of minerality, with light flavors of crisp stone fruit and a long, zingy saline-laced finished. An awesome wine for one of these sweltering days - and would enhance any meal of grilled veggies or seafood. Drink today! David Hatzopoulos

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2018 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isere) Persan

Thomas Finot produces this wine from Persan, a rare grape variety indigenous to the Isère, from a blend of massale selection old and young vines. The color here is dark, with a black/red core and light red edges. The nose has a vibrant mix of fruit and spices, including cumin, leafy green herbs, black pepper and deep, savory dark cherry. The palate is just as complex, with plum and orange peel, along with refreshing notes of mint and graphite. The minerally finish turns into something lingering and smoky. The wine is rather tannic, with great acidity. If you are fan of the Rhone, you must try Finot's Persan! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $34.99

  • 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
  • 10 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2019 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isère) Verdesse (Sec)

According to the hefty Wine Grapes book (Robinson/Harding/Vouillamoz), there were a total of about 2 hectares (5 acres) of Verdesse in the world as of 2008. Thomas Finot now says there is about 3-4 hectares total. Thomas started with an old plantation of about 2 ares (200 square meters, or .05 acres) and now has about 1.5 hectares, mostly of younger vines he planted. Verdesse is a grape that, according to Thomas, is green for a long time, and typically ripens late, gaining a golden and amber color at the "very last moment."The color is a glimmering yellow, with dashes of green. The nose is warm, with a little smoke, grilled yellow apricot, and crumbled Provencal herbs. The palate here is beyond lovely - one where the flavors and the structure of the wine cannot be separated. When the wine hits the tongue, there is a literal second where it is light and simple, but it immediately grows. A rich and tender palate with lemons, orange zest, apricot, and minerals. Long finish, ends with herbs and green tea. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ilarria 2018 Irouléguy Blanc

 From organically certified vineyards, 1 ha dedicated to Petit Manseng and 1 ha to Petit Courbu, permaculture-pioneer Peio Espil offers a very unique interpretation of Irouléguy Blanc as he is one of the few growing grapes on Trias limestone, a soil so hard he had to use dynamite to plant the vines. No tilling, use of ewes to graze the spontaneous vegetation and compost the soils leads to balanced yields of very concentrated grapes. Harvested almost at the same time despite the fact Petit Courbu is usually an earlier ripening grape than Petit Manseng (Petit Courbu has usually dense cluster and thinner skin berries, but not at Ilarria thanks to the farming), both see some skin maceration (6 hours or so for the Petit Courbu, 12-14 hours for the Petit Manseng) in order to extract aromatic compounds and structure, the musts are blended right away, and fermented spontaneously, with malolactic always occurring, something very rare for the region! Long fermentations are preferred for texture. A little bit of sulfites are used after the fermentation when the wine needs to be racked from inox to demi-muids from tonnellerie de l’Adour. Then the wine stays untouched on its fine lees with racking if needed. The wine is aged up to 18 months, and doesn’t need to be filtered before bottling. Sulfites are adjusted at this time for a total round 45ppm. The 2018 has a bit more depth and roundness but retains the intense mineral/herbal backbone that makes this wine so unique. It has a surprising density with so many layers: a very complex nose of passion fruit, chamomile, yellow plum and smoked salt, the palate is very savory with a saline quality, and more dried hawthorne and thai basil leaves. It is a salivating wine with so much to give, that you want to sip on it little by little. Enjoy it today in large Burgundy glass or keep it for 10 years. For pairing, a rabbit agnolotti with dried sage or a cauliflower panna cotta with crab meat flesh and grapefruit segment. 

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Pure M Malbec

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
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Racine

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
  • 10 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc

 Eric Laguerre's "Le Ciste," (named after a flowering bush in and around his vineyards) is certainly one of the most distinctive whites of the Roussillon. Grown in Eric's high-elevation terroir on acidic soils of decomposed granite, the wine is made from Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle (Vermentino), Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu. Yields are about 20 Hl/Ha, harvesting is by hand in small baskets, fermentation (wild yeasts) and aging is in small barrels. Complex aromas of lemon oil, thyme, hay and white fruits—a lovely melange with contributions from each variety and especially showing the Marsanne and Roussanne. The palate is dense, stony and saline with herbal, citrus, almond and white fruit flavors. The finish is long with mineral acids and white fruits that linger on the palate. Complex and distinctive as a young wine, this will accompany grilled fish as well as fish and chicken in sauce and goat cheeses, and should develop nicely with a few years of cellaring. Really a Grand Cru of the Roussillon and a great value! David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2020 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

Eric Laguerre's EOS Blanc is wonderful again in 2020! From high-altitude vineyards in the Roussillon, on granite soils, approximately 65% Grenache Blanc and 35% Macabeu, harvested by hand into small baskets, with low yields, certified organic by Ecocert. Subtle, floral, pear, stone, citrus and herbal aromas with an elegant, round and balanced palate of citrus, white fruits, hay and stone with crisp acidity. Really an elegant, refreshing and unique wine that is a great aperitif and will accompany a full-flavoerd fish dish, chicken and white meats.  This is a beatifully made, real wine of terroir at an unbeatable price! David Lillie

  • white
  • 23 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • 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 Grenache, Syrah, 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.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Le Passage

Eric Laguerre's "Le Passage" is from his highest parcel, at about 2,000 feet, on soils of decomposed granite. Organic farming, natural vinification, aged in used barrels. 80% Carignan with Syrah and Grenache. The 2019 is a lovely dark red/black color with deep aromas of blackberry, earth, dark chocolate brightened with violet and pepper. Dense, velvety black fruits on the palate - blackberry, prune and cocoa lifted by bright citrusy acids and finishing with a mineral kick. This is a beautiful expression of Eric's mountainside vineyards and a sensational value - showing the quality of his low-yielding Carignan. Drink now, served cool, with grilled meats, stews, and full-flavored cheeses, or hold a few years for a mature experience. David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2020 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

 Eric Laguerre's "Eos Rouge" is an elegant blend of 80% Grenache from 40-year-old gobelet-trained vines, with some Carignan and Syrah from soils of decomposed granite, gneiss, and some veins of quartz. Like "Le Passage," the grapes are fermented in fiber tanks with native yeasts for about two weeks, then aged in concrete. The beautiful 2020 shows bright aromas of cherry, strawberry and black raspberry with hints of blueberry and musk from the Syrah, quite pretty and pure. The palate shows a potpourri of ripe red and black fruits, with earth, cocoa and spice in a refreshing frame of cool acidity and mineral flavors.  The high altitude and the primarily granite soils give Eric's wines a bright and vibrant character that makes them great pairings with a wide variety of foods - we loved it with a grilled burger from grass-fed beef, but grilled pork and chicken would be great as well.  This is one of the best values in the store - thanks to Eric and Corinne Laguerre for their great organic farming and delicious, affordable wines! David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lapuyade 2015 Jurançon Cuvée Marie-Louise

Régine and Jean-Joseph Aurisset of Chateau Lapuyade/Clos Marie-Louise produce sensational dry, moelleux and dessert wines from Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng on their Biodynamic estate deep in the hills of Jurançon, southeast of Pau. The soils are primarily "poudingue," a conglomeration of calcareous stones and gravel deposited during the formation of the Pyrenees, with sandy clay topsoil. The Aurissets prefer a very full-bodied style of Jurançon - all their wines are aged in used barriques which gives amazing complexity  and phenomenal richness to the  100% Petit Manseng Cuvée Marie-Louise. This is a superb Jurançon Moelleux, harvested in late December, about 90 grams/liter of residual sugar. Wonderfully complex aromas of apricot, candied citrus, flowers and exotic fruit with a hint of vanillin. Lemon confit, apricot, brown spice and chalky acids on the palate. A young wine that is gorgeous now but perhaps best in five to ten years. With more acidity than Sauternes, this is a great match for foie gras, lemon tarts and strong cheeses, and for apple and mince pies on Thanksgiving! Absolutely superb! (The wine drinks beautifully for weeks, re-corked in the fridge.) David Lillie

  • white sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2017 Jurançon Petit Manseng

Clos Marie-Louise/Château Lapuyade is a beautiful biodynamic estate deep in the hills of Jurançon, south of Pau. Their wines are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in old barrels purchased from Yquem and Haut-Brion. Their 2017 Petit Manseng is a gorgeous wine and a sensational value. The wine needs a bit of air to open up, then shows deep floral honeyed apricot, candied citrus, stone, spice and caramel aromas with sweet fruit on the palate—lemon oil, exotic fruit and brown spice lifted by very  firm acidity. Terrific length. With a few days open, more exotic fruit, pineapple and lychee emerge and the wine softens into something wonderful. An outstanding Jurançon moelleux that will accompany fois gras, patés, cheeses, fruit desserts and is fabulous on its own.

  • white medium-sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white fortified sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Cortis 2019 VdF Merune

Produced by Jeremy and Isabelle Decoster, who started Les Cortis in 2016 in Bugey at the foot of the Jura mountains. Consisting of 95% Chardonnay, balanced out with Roussette (Altesse), from organically/biodynamically farmed vines 500 meters above sea level. Soil is limestone and marl above granitic bedrock. The nose on this wine is salty and herbal. Green tea and sea breeze followed by lovely chopped raw almonds on the nose. Fruit is yellow cherry and clementine zest. After half an hour open, smells of sliced ginger and white pepper appear. On the palate, there is minerally smoke and salinity. Fruit is a mix of bitter citrus and white stone fruit. Structure-wise, the wine has a nice texture, substantial enough in the middle with an edge of medium acidity.  I love this wine - delicious and interesting. Drink up! David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Cortis 2019 VdF Naxide

Produced by Jeremy and Isabelle Decoster in the Alpine region of Bugey. From hand-picked, organically farmed Chardonnay and Roussette (Altesse), planted at 500 meters above sea level. From soils of limestone and marl, above a granitic subsoil. Clear, with a very faint yellow hue. The nose has lemons, cucumber, and snap peas. A great floral aroma grows after the wine isopen for an hour. The palate has salt, cured lemons, and crushed, zingy limestone.  Green papaya and clementine, and a long, semi-bitter finish. The palate is medium bodied, balanced by wonderful acidity, and a light hint of tannin. A great, great wine! David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

Les Fouques 2020 Côtes de Provence La Londe Cuvee L'Estelle

 Domaine les Fouques has been certified Biodynamic (Demeter) for 30 years, and also raises sheep, ducks, chickens and guinea-hens on their old-fashioned mixed-use farm. The La Londe "Cuvee L'Estelle" is their best rosé from old vines of Cinsault 51% Grenache 21% Syrah 9% Rolle 15% Ugni blanc 4%. Unlike the majority of Provençal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more subtle expression of fruit and terroir. The 2020 is a subtle and beautiful wine showing a very pale salmon  pink color and aromas of peach skin, orange peel, rose, earth and raspberry. The palate is elegant and silky with stone and saline mineral flavors beneath very subtle red and yellow fruits, wild strawberry, hints of spice and citrus peel. The high percentage of white grapes brings delicacy and freshness. The finish is refreshing and long with nice density. This is a lovely rosé of terroir that will drink beautifully over the next three years. Serve with grilled fish, pork and chicken, salade Niçoise, or just sip by itself.  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 22 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $15.99

Les Fouques 2020 Côtes de Provence Cuvée l'Aubigue Rosé

The Cuvée "L'Aubigue" is a beautifully supple and fruit-driven rosé made from 48% Cinsault, 34% Grenache, 11% Syrah, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Vermentino. The wine shows a beautiful salmon color and offers complex aromas of peach skins, wild flowers, brown spice, and grapefruit pith. The palate is round and refreshing with a dense mineral core. Flavors of peach, strawberry, and nectarine coalesce over cool herbal notes akin to licorice. The finish is suave and awash with citrus and stone. A wonderfully versatile wine, this is lovely to sip by itself and will be a seriously delicious pairing with salads, full-flavored fish dishes, chicken and grilled pork all summer and all year...

  • rosé
  • 34 in stock
  • $14.99

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

Marie & Florien Curtet 2018 Savoie Tonnerre des Gres

(Was $34.99)  The 2018 Tonnerre Des Gres from Marie & Florian Curtet is a Vin de Savoie from  Jacquère and Altesse. Organically farmed vines, 28 years in age, were planted to Mollassic limestone soils with a west/southwest exposure. The grapes are pressed, and fermentation/aging is done in concrete tanks over 9 months on the lees. The wine is bottled after a light filtration and a small dose of SO2. Brilliant lemon hue in the glass. Aromas do not pounce out, but float - sliced, tart yellow apple and pear, lavender, and bitter, unripe nectarine. There is flinty smoke. As the glass warms, smells of almonds and faint licorice appear. The wine has a wonderful palate, with yellow apples, clementine zest, bitter herbs, and a stony, mineral zing. The fruit on the finish gives way to a lingering saltiness, stiffened by a focused core of acidity. There is a softness in the mouthfeel though. A touch of flesh that is hard to describe. There is something so ethereal about this wine - a ghostly quality, in texture more than anything, that reminds me of a superb Chablis. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Marnes Blanches 2018 Cotes du Jura Savagnin Aux Bois

This Savagnin is from a parcel of heavy limestone, with the addition of dense fossil concentration. The vines were planted in 2012.  Fruit is picked by hand. The grapes are pressed into neutral barrique, where they age for about 2 years. The tasting note from our supplier describes the Savagnin Aux Bois as a "pristine, powerful wine with a strong mineral core supported by tropical fruits and citrus." There is no added SO2 to this bottling from Marnes Blanches. The wine is a pretty lemon on the nose. Half an hour into opening, the wine is bitter lemon, herbs, and unripe yellow apples on the palate. The nose is lemon meringue and salt. In the end, the palate fattens up. I've realized, the whites of this producer are obviously good... and the reds are mysteriously good. Drink them both, one for real joy, and the other for an intriguing, satisfying puzzle. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $51.99

Mas des Chimères 2020 VdP Coteaux du Salagou Oeillade

The Mas des Chimeres "Oeillade" is made from an old variety of Cinsault grown in the Coteaux du Salagou where the soil's deep red color is due to its high content of iron and oxide. Blocks of basalt (black stone) are present from ancient volcanic eruptions.  The wine retains a light and refreshing character, showing lovely plum and blackberry aromas with spice, earth and citrus. The palate is round and supple with ripe berry fruits, but bright and fresh, with nice length of pure sappy fruit. This is quite delicious and a bargain at the price - serve cool with charcuterie, pork and chicken dishes and mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $17.99

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

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

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 fabulous length. Organic farming, minimal sulfur. Highly recommended.

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2020 Vin de France Lignieres Blanc

  From a vineyard co-planted with old varieties - Ribeyrenc Blanc, Grenache Gris and Clairette du Languedoc - Thierry Navarre made the 2020 "Lignières." It's a delighful wine with slightly spicy and floral aromas of white peach, almond, pear and honeysuckle,  dry and dense  on the palate though a little riper than usual, with mineral, herbal and dried stone fruit flavors with firm acidity - really lovely, a great aperitif or serve with fish or chicken in sauce, salads, sheep and goat cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Nicolas Gonin 2019 Isère - Balmes Dauphinoises Viognier

From Viognier planted in 2009, on slopes with southern exposure in the Isère. Soils are gravely with pebbles onto of a sandstone subsoil. Fermented and aged in tank to preserve the grape's true flavors. This Viognier shows a full but flashy gold in the glass. Like his Persan, the nose here is powerful in character. Great aromas of apricot, roasted almonds, white tea and fresh pine come first, followed by darker smells of earl grey and smoke. It is just as expressive in flavor, showing papaya, cured lemon, lime zest and salt. A long, minerally finish rides a beam of grand acidity, extending through a generous, supple mouthfeel. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pajot, Domaine de 2020 VDP des Côtes de Gascogne Les Quatre Cépages

A nice, very crisp white from Gascogne. Hand-harvested, certified organic, with subtle tropical and citrus notes.

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $9.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

Renardat-Fache 2019 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale

What a rosé! This charming, low-alcohol sparkler hails from the tiny appellation of Bugey (across from the Mont du Chat in Savoie). A touch of residual sugar gives this sparkling some weight, and makes it dangerously easy to pair with food. Last night I made spicy falafel, with extra cayenne, chopped garlic, and cilantro. The bubbles here cut through the fried, oily crunch of the chickpea fritters, and that touch of lovely residual tamed the heat. From organically grown, hand harvested Gamay (70%) and Poulsard (30%) . The nose is complex, with its own unique earthiness. The fruit character of a good tomato, just under-ripe, on the nose, along with classic rose scents like airy,  strawberry mousse, seaside grasses, lemon zest, and limestone. The palate has a fresh, crushed watermelon flavor, ripe red cherry, and a dark mineral core, which extends through the wine's excellent, long finish. The bubbles here start prickly but quickly soften on the tongue, and after a day open, it still has considerable sparkle. Residual sugar supports the layers of this wine, and add a density to the palate that balances the effervescence. Start today, but you'll be drinking this all year round. David Hatzopoulos

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2020 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale

The 2020 Renardat Bugey Cerdon, the estate's "normal" cuvee, has a much higher percentage of Poulsard this year (58% Gamay and 42% Poulsard) which gives the wine a lighter, dryer feel, even though the sugar level remains about the same. The color is a clear raspberry in the glass. The nose also shows aromas of raspberry, teamed up with blueberry and strawberry, along with swaths of healthy grass, citrus peel, dark flowers and a thin ribbon of Alpine smoke. That same medley of berries is present on the palate, with the addition of  a slightly rounder flavor of cherry and a hint of an almost savory taste of blood orange. On the tongue, the wine is clean and zesty, with soft bubbles, medium acidity, and a dashing mineral core. The 2019 was a great wine... but the 2020 might be better!

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2020 Vin de France Au Commencement

The sensational new Renardat-Fache 2020 "Au Commencement," is made in a very old-fashioned style with less residual sugar and with 100% Poulsard, which the Renardats are proud to have in their vineyards. The wine finished at 11.5% alcohol with 17 grams of residual sugar and is classifed as a Vin de France because the Cerdon AOC does not permit pure Poulsard wines. (The wine has no added SO2 and was not disgorged - being stilll on the lees, be sure to stand the bottle up for a while before opening.) Very little of this beautiful juice was made. Completely different profile not just because of the lack of sweetness clocking in at 11.5 %, but also because of the slight bitter orange note reminiscent of Aperol! Savoury, herbaceous, blood orange, some grippy tannins, bright zippy acidity and a long persistent finish. An excellent food wine, bring on the grill!

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Renardat-Fache NV Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale "Initiale"

The Bugey Cerdon "Initiale" is a new release from our friends Elie and Christelle at Renardat-Fache - made primarily with Gamay, Elie says it reminds him of what the estate was producing 20 years ago: fruity, "glou glou" Cerdon to knock back with abandon. Creamy, round and delicious with aromas of red and black fruits and spice, the wine is sappy and refreshingly sweet with ripe strawberry and raspberry compote in the finish. There is an appealing plumpness to this wine - it doesn't have the structure of the flagship wine but it makes up for it in juiciness. The effect is akin to eating a perfect ripe red plum, with crunchy tart skin and a touch of bitterness as one reaches the pit. Sam Ehrlich

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 25 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Romain Chamiot 2020 Vin de Savoie Apremont Jacquere

Working organically since 2017, Romain Chamiot is located under Mt. Granier in the Savoie region of Apremont. This wine comes from Jacquère planted to this land's famous limestone soils - the best place in the world to grow this grape. Incredibly sparky on the nose, with firm yellow cherry and orange zest, accompanied by spicy anise and white flowers. The palate has a lean flavor of apricot accented by salt and green herbs. Medium acidity with a zippy body leads way to a finish that is soft and relaxed. A wonderful wine, full of energy. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $32.99

Thibaud Capellaro 2020 VdF Le Temps d'une Bise

60% Marsanne / 40% Viognier, from the northern Rhone. Thibaud Capellaro is situated in Condrieu, and sources fruit for his 'Slope' project from vineyards close to home, and in the Ardeche. The label suggests some of what we get here, with white grapes mingling with a chunk of granite. Unmistakably a Northern Rhone white, with medium weight, and some viscosity in the mid-palate. The Viognier doesn't poke out here, so there is no herbaceous or spice driven side to the wine, but the Viognier does lend nice brightness and zip to keep the wine fresh on the palate. Really an impressive white for this young up and coming winemaker. -EL

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2019 Jurançon Sec

Domaine Tinou's Jurançon Sec will please wine lovers who enjoy bone dry Riesling from the Rheinhessen or the Wachau. Same tension, same weight, just a little variation on the aromatics.  Made from 85% Gros Manseng and 15% "Lauzet," a rare variety with only a few hectares still in production. The wine shows a very pale gold color with subtle aromas of pear and apple with more exotic fruits emerging and hints of hay, stone and white pepper. The palate is fairly dense and sapid with spiced pear and mineral flavors, raw almond, citrus and hay. It seems delicate and powerful at the same time, with nice length and firm acidity. Serve with full-flavored fish and shellfish dishes, chicken, pork and mountain cheeses. Lovely wine.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tour du Bon 2018 Bandol

The Domaine de la Tour du Bon 2018 Bandol is a blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault, and Carignan. Vines are located outside the village of Le Castellet, which is a very warm and sunny part of Bandol that sees little rainfall. Soils are a mix of clay and limestone, with a red-tinted subsoil. The estate is farmed under organic methods, and moving towards some biodynamic field treatments. Fermentation takes place in open cement vats and aged in wood for at least 18 months. The wine shows a fantastic earthy nose, full of smoke and salt, with fruits of red apple and plum. Accents of balsamic and herbs are present, but more delicate. On the palate, flavors of leather, beach plum,  and black cherry set the base for lighter notes of salt and black pepper, and green herbs. The tannins are rather soft, with the exception of a light grip down the tongue. Acidity is balanced, lending a refreshing edge to this savory red. The Tour du Bon will be perfect for your spring lamb and summer steaks or burgers, but definitely has many years of cellaring potential. A fantastic bottle! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $31.99

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
  • 14 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • 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
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic

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Balazu des Vaussières 2020 Vin de France Lune Bleue

Once again, in 2020, the Charmassons at Balazu des Vaussières did a harvest of all their red and white grapes together (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Viognier, Roussanne, Clairette, Cinsault) and are calling it a "blanc de rose," but we might call it a wine of maceration, given its light unusual color. The official name this year is "Lune Bleue." In the glass, the wine is the color of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. On the nose, the same type of bitter zippy citrus leads a mix a slim red fruits and wild flowers. Flavors of lemon,  small red cherries and  herbs surround a core of fresh white minerals. Bright in acid and light in tannin. At the end of this wine's tart finish, there is a hint of fuzziness, which might disappear in the coming months. A bottle for those chasing  the most "natural" of taste profiles, from an estate devoted to the health and purity of its soils and its wines.

  • rosé
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Banneret 2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The Banneret estate dates back to 1405 and is now run by the Vidal family. Located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a vineyard strewn with 'galets' to warm the vines, many of which are over 80 years old. The blend used is 60% Grenache from their highest parcels (close to the famous Rayas vineyard), 10% Syrah from near Bois de Boursan, and 10% Mourvèdre from near the Rhône River. The remaining 20%  is comprised of the 10 other grapes that are permitted in the appellation adding a unique quality to this classic wine. Everything is co-fermented in concrete tanks and then aged for 18 months in Burgundian oak. "...pale red; the nose has a really accurate, pinpoint red-fruited, spiced aroma, on strawberry, instant freshness, a vegetal touch from the stems. The “other” varieties have helped its poise – it’s really naked, unadorned, impressive, is wide and sustained, skips out, but carries true foundation. The palate continues well, links to the nose, is on white pepper, much spicing, a compact strawberry juice at its centre, a touch of violet on the aftertaste. This is cerebral, slinky Châteauneuf, for the Thinkers. It holds well, is firm on the finish, the length good. It has a good skeleton, and will age well. The palate is perfumed, and there is glow on the aftertaste. Drink until 2050." - DrinkRhone

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

Clos de la Bonnette 2019 Côte-Rôtie "Damas Pourpre"

100% Syrah (1990s) from 0.4 hectare on gneiss soils on Coteau de Tupin next to Prenelle but lower down the hill, used to be worked by J-M Stéphan, 67% destemmed, 3 week vinification, wild yeasts, daily pumping overs, cap punching, aged in 5 year-old 228-litre oak casks  for 22 months. This is the first vintage for the "Damas Pourpre" from Clos de la Bonnette - it's a very elegant, ripe and glossy wine in this terrific vintage for Cote-Rotie. The color is very dark red with purple hints, the aromas of black raspberry and red currant are intense and mineral with a bit of spice. The palate is silky, dense and powerful with a melange of strawberry, cassis and blackberry flavors with a bit of iron and graphite with some oak presence from the barriques. The finish is very long and sapid with minerals, spice and red fruits.  Drink happily now but best to wait, as it should open up beautifully after 3  - 5 years, then enjoy until 2035 - 2040.  This is a beautiful Côte-Rôtie at a "reasonable" price, only 36 bottles for the US.  David Lillie 

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos de la Bonnette 2019 VDP Collines Rhodaniennes Vieilles Vignes Syrah

The Clos de la Bonnette VDP Syrah is from parcels of old vines on the slope above the Cote-Rotie AOC in Ampuis and from the plateau of Tupin - Semons. The wine undergoes a 25 day maceration, partially whole-cluster, and ages for 22 months  in old barriques and demi-muid.This is a delightful Vin de Pays Syrah, showing the lush ripeness of the 2019 vintage but retaining the bright subtle fruit of a good Côte-Rôtie. The aromas are floral, with rose and violet with deeper, darker fruits than in 2018, the palate is dense but bright with red currant and cherry fruit with truffle, violet and spice, with silky tannins and a very mineral core in the long elegant finish. This will drink beautifully over the next five years, only five cases for the US. David Lillie

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos de la Bonnette 2020 VDP Collines Rhodannienes Cisselande (Syrah)

The lovely 2020 "Cisselande" from the Clos de la Bonnette comes from the estate's 100% Syrah vines on the plain and plateau of Tupin-Semons in Ampuis (Cote-Rotie). In the glass, the wine has the color of a ripe, black cherry. On the nose there is the zing of very fresh red berries, small black plums, dark peach skins,  dried flowers, and saline-laced minerals. Slight scents of milled coffee appear after half an hour open. On the palate, flavors of cherry and mint come before a long finish of earthy graphite. Great acidity with medium tannin. A wonderful wine to open now! 

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $13.99

Clos des Papes 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

From Drink Rhône "...dark red colour. Has a spiced, ripely fruited nose, blackberry and blueberry together, pockets of mystery, scope, oiliness. The spice is provided by the Mourvèdre. The palate is unctuous, beau, holds very good inside mass, well packed and thorough. There are flecks of flowers, rose hip, sweet touches; it’s rich with spice and sustained length. There is good sève (sap) in this. It’s very long. “What pleases me is the profound nature – it is long and deep,” Vincent Avril. Drink until 2050

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $74.99

Clos du Joncuas 2010 Gigondas

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. This is a dense, old-school Gigondas that needs time. Dark purple/black color, deep blackberry aromas with earth, brown spice, prune and licorice. The palate is deep and dense with blackberry, garrigue, earth and mineral flavors framed in firm tannins and acidity  Long finish of earthy minerals and black fruits. (April 2015)  Tasted in January 2017 at the estate, the wine showed fabulous aromas of berry liqueur, earth, mint, garrigue and licorice; the palate was beautifully structured, deep, elegant and balanced with firm acidity and a great finish. Ten years from maturity but beautiful now with a steak if you can't wait... Bravo to the Chastan family for continuing to make wines like this!

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2015 Gigondas

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

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2016 Gigondas

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, on Triassic clay/limestone soils, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. The 2016 is another beautiful Gigondas from the Clos du Joncuas, perhaps with less fat and density than the 2015 but quite elegant and more Burgundian in style. The aromas sing of black cherry liqueur, licorice, black olive and garrigue; the palate is dense and focused with 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
  • 15 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2019 Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet

This blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mouvedre comes from old vines in “Le Planis,” planted just after the Second World War in the Southern Rhone. Creve Coeur’s Pablo Hocht created the Domaine in 2010, with a commitment to organic and Biodynamic farming. His recent vintages have been rich and ripe: just what one wants in Southern Rhone red. The wine undergoes a four-week whole-cluster vinification with wild yeasts followed by 12 months in used barrels. An inky delight in the glass, the aromatics are hedonistic and bold, full of black fruit, olive and smoke. The palate opens up to a generous gift of cassis, dried fruit, mint, and black pepper. The tannins provide a good energy to the minerals at play, and it gives a peak into what this wine will look like in a few years’ time. Enjoy with grilled meat, tagines, reblochon or other soft cheeses.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2019 Côtes du Rhône Villages Seguret

 Pablo Hocht of Domaine de Creve Coeur has 3 hectares of 60+ year-old vines in Seguret on sandy limestone marl soils, 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. As with his lovely Sablet, the Seguret is certified biodynamic, fermented slowly with wild yeasts with the stems included. Aging is partly in one to five year-old barriques, partly in vat. In other words, great farming and old-fashioned winemaking, similar to that of the Gonons in Saint-Joseph. The 2019 Seguret shows a deep red/black color and aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and plum, with earth, garrigue and cocoa - dark and rich but with a vibrant freshness. The palate is dense and round with a supple, grainy texture, a bit softer than the Sablet this year, with ripe blackberry and black plum liqueur, quite floral and showing the high percentage of Mourvedre, with hints of chocolate, citrus and provencal herbs. The bright acidity balances the wine and makes it food-friendly. The finish is long with cool acidity and earthy black fruits. Serve this beautiful Seguret a bit cool after a decant of a few hours or cellar five to ten years. Great with stews and tagines, grilled meats and game.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2020 Côtes du Rhône

This beautiful Cotes du Rhone from Pablo Hocht at Creve Coeur is made from 60 to 70 year-old vines of Grenache, with an interesting mix of semi-carbonic and traditional fermentations with whole-cluster and de-stemmed grapes. The 2020 shows lovely aromas of ripe black cherry and red currant lifted by floral, citrus and spice notes. The palate is soft and supple with ripe cherry and spicy strawberry fruit, quite delicious, and finishing with refreshing, velvety fruit. This is a real crowd-pleaser and a great value!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 42 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2020 Côtes du Rhône Rosé du Coucou

The young Pablo Hocht makes beautiful wines at his Biodynamic estate in Seguret (southern Rhone) - his "Rosé du Coucou" is a  refreshing direct-press rosé made with  old vines of 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault. The 2020 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, orange rind, spice 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
  • 31 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2016 Saint-Joseph Sphé-érique

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes Detour Blanc

Domaine des Amphores, a long-time organic and Biodynamic estate in Chavanay,  just south of Condrieu, produces excellent Saint-Josephs and Condrieu as well as red and white Vin de Pays. "Detour" is made from Roussanne, Clairette and Marsanne - it's a delicious Northern Rhone wine and one of the best values in the store. The 2019 is ripe, round and beautifully balanced with aromas of apricot, almond, lemon, hay and stone - the palate is supple and elegant with stone fruits, anise and mineral flavors, finishing with ripe white fruits, firm acidity and saline minerals.  Delicious by itself or with fish or chicken in sauce and mild cheeses. This great value will open up nicely over the next few years and is highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 Saint-Joseph "Les Mesanges"

"Les Mesanges" is a cuvée of Saint-Joseph made from 40 to 50 year-old organic Syrah vines on biotite granite soils in the vineyards of "Pecher" and "Vauturerie" at Chavanay, 30 - 40% whole cluster, aged 18 months in 600 liter barrels, 5 to 8 years-old. This is the most structured and age-worthy of the Domaine des Amphores Saint-Josephs and is a full-bodied, elegant wine  in the excellent, rather dense and concentrated 2019 vintage. The wine will benefit from a few years of aging, and needs a bit of time open if drinking now, then shows generous aromas of ripe blueberries, smoked green olive and thyme and is generally brimming with energy and life. The palate is ripe and supple with black fruit liqueur, menthol, spice, earth and mineral flavors, quite intense but very bright, lifted by firm acidity, really showing the Biodynamic farming.  It has terrific persistence and freshness and was a perfect companion to roast chicken and summer squash. This will drink beautifully over the next 5 to 10 years.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2019 Saint-Joseph "Les Sept Lieux"

The Amphores "7 Lieux" is from young vines, planted in the 90's, always organic, and from parcels of old vines, converted to organic, in Chavanay, below Condrieu. Philippe and Veronique Grenier have always farmed organically and now they are certified Biodynamic as well, bringing the quality even higher at this wonderful small estate. 50 - 60% de-stemmed, aged 50% in vat, 50% in 2 to 10 year-old demi-muid and foudre.  The 2019 is a beautiful Saint-Joseph for current drinking or short-term cellaring. It shows a deep red/black color with elegant high-toned floral blackberry, black raspberry and black olive aromas with hints of earth, citrus and coffee. The palate is balanced and well-structured with blackberry and black plum, finishing with black fruits, earth and firm tannins. With aeration the finish broadens with elegant black fruit liqueur, licorice, coffee and black olive. This lovely Saint-Joseph will accompany lamb shank, pork stews and grilled meats - this is quite delicious now, drink over the next 5 - 8 years - it's a beautiful wine and a great value! David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 Saint-Joseph Blanc 'Altitude 300'

From Veronique, Philippe and Remi Grenier at Domaine des Amphores, certified organic and Biodynamic. 80% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne on granite soils in "Le Monteillet" at 300 metres altitude. The 2019 shows bright gold/bronze color, subtle aromas of hay, apricot, white peach, citrus peel, melon and wet stone. The palate is ripe, dense and elegant with stone fruits and mineral flavors, textured and earthy, finishing with floral white peach, minerals and firm acidity. Serve with a full-flavored ceviche, fish in sauce, white meats, goat cheeses... Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2020 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah "Les Iris"

From 100% Syrah in Chavanay, just outside the Saint-Joseph zone, tended organically since planting, in the early 90's, and now  Biodynamic  as well. The 2020 "Les Iris" Syrah shows the balance, pretty fruit and slightly lower alcohol of this very good and more "traditional" vintage in the Northern Rhone. The wine shows bright aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of stone, mint, smoke and violet, quite fresh and pretty. The palate is balanced and elegant, with cool acidity and lush blackberry and black raspberry fruit, with a fresh earthy finish with mineral, citrus and ripe red and black fruit flavors. Terrific length and depth for a wine at this price. This is a very versatile wine to serve cool with grilled chicken, pork and full-flavored cheeses or to sip by itself, slightly chilled. It's  an authentic and delicious wine and a great value - and a lovely preview of the 2020  vintage. David Lillie

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2020 Vin de France Mornen Noir

And now for something completely different... While tasting at Domaine des Amphores with Philippe and Véronique Grenier a few years ago, we noticed a small barrel with "Mornen Noir" scrawled on the front in chalk. A grape apparently native to the area between the Rhone and Loire rivers south of Lyon, it had been grown by Philippe's grandfather Louis - now the Greniers and a few other growers in Chavanay are once again making wine from this ancient variety. Possibly related to Chasselas and/or Mondeuse, the grapes yield a bright vibrant wine with black fruit flavors and low alcohol. The 2020 is simply delicious, showing vibrant aromas of blackberry and blueberry with violet and stone. The palate is a bit lighter than a Syrah, and very mineral, with bright flavors of blackberry and red currant that blend nicely with earth, licorice and stone flavors in the sapid finish. Beautiful wine!   We've just received 96 more bottles of this rare juice, guaranteed to stump your sommelier friends in a blind tasting.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 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. (For those of you comparing with the last vintage, the 2019 seems a bit more concentrated, with a bit more brightness and acidity than the very ripe 2018) A lovely Viognier and a great value!

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Fenouillet (Soard) 2019 Muscat de Beaumes de Venise

This is a delightful medium-sweet Muscat showing a sparkling color, gold / silver. The nose is powerful and complex, of exotic fruits and citrus fruits, on the palate freshness dominates, the aromas of fruits and flowers harmonize on a full finish with remarkable length. A superb summer aperitif and a great accompaniment to fruit desserts - beautiful wine!

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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

(Arrives Tuesday 7/20) 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
  • 12 in stock
  • $20.99

  • 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
  • 4 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2019 Crozes-Hermitage Classique

Thomas Finot, who is resurrecting forgotten vineyards and varieties in the Isère, is also making brilliant wines from his tiny family vineyard in Crozes-Hermitage. He has 1.8 hectare of old vines in Larnage on a hillside with granite and limestone subsoils under interesting topsoils of white clay (kaolin). The color of this Syrah is full and dark, with a black/red core and lighter edges of clear purple. On the nose, classic briny notes of black olive hover above smells of plum and Provencal herbs. The palate is earthy, with flavors of warm espresso, hints of raw, milled cocoa, and warm, semi-rich black cherry fruit. The finish is long and focused on the malty/spicy essences of cocoa and coffee. Structurally, there is a soft core to this wine, with medium levels of acidity and tannin. Truly delicious, and incredibly well priced wine from Finot! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

Gilles, Guillaume 2018 Cornas

The Gilles Cornas (Chaillot) is mostly from 40+ year-old vines on Les Grands Murs and Les Terrasses, both on Chaillot, plus older vines on Mazards and  Saveaux, Practicing organic, whole-cluster fermentation, aging in old 400 liter and 600 liter casks. From DrinkRhone: "shiny, quite full red robe; red fruit with caramel casing, some Southern paste effect in the fruit, blood notes, a touch of reduction. The attack is expressive, comes with good freedom, clear, clean threads, iron filings, is very Burgundian, to grow into its frame and to expand. It has much restraint, more blood with firm cherry notes towards the finish. Decant it,...drink until 2044."

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $88.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $169.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $169.99

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
  • 12 in stock
  • $99.99

Lionnet 2018 Cornas Pur Granit

From young massale-selection vines in very rocky, granite soils on Chataignier (their name) above Chaillot. 3 week whole bunch fermentation in steel & concrete vats, wild yeasts, pumping overs the first 2-3 days, then cap punching by foot, SO2 not applied until after malo, aged in 4-10 year-old 600-litre oak casks for 15-17 months, total SO2 60-70 mg/litre, unfined, unfiltered, first wine 2016. The 2018 has a dark purple robe, just this side of inky. The nose offers pretty aromas of pressed violets, wild blackberry, with hints of mineral smoke, spice, and black tea. The palate is supple and middle weight (for Cornas) with fine energy and a burst of brambly berry fruit and granitic spice over a firm mineral core. Though comprised of younger vines, this has fine concentration and a delicious, lengthy finish. Lovely stuff with no sense of heat or roasted character. Lionnet has been on a roll and this newish cuvee continues that trend. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

Monardiere 2020 Vacqueyras Le Rosé

This rosé from Vacqueyras is a prime candidate for any summer grill and barbecue. Primarily Grenache (with 30% Cinsault), farmed without chemical products in the vineyard, hand harvested, and fermented with indigenous yeasts. Winemakers Martine and Christian Vache vinify half of the wine for their rosé in the saignée (bleeding) method, taking juice from red grapes after about 10 hours of maceration and fermenting this separately. The other half is a direct press of partially de-stemmed grapes. Once fermented, the two wines are blended and aged on the lees for 6 months before bottling. The result is a wine of a beautiful pale hue that provides kick and crispness, brambly fresh berry fruit, with peach and rose and a touch of spice. Super dry, and satisfyingly refreshing, it's perfect with salads and snacks, and has enough body to stand up to richer, tangier flavors and grilled meats.  Eben Lillie

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $54.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

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
  • 5 in stock
  • $119.99

  • 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pierre Andre 2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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 140 years old, with the average vine age around 70  years. The 2018 shows a deep black/garnet color and aromas of ripe morello cherry, blackberry and blueberry liqueur with hints of violet, orange zest, garrigue and stone. The palate is dense but bright and balanced, supple and sapid with cherry, red currant, black plum and licorice with velvety tannins and a beautiful palate-coating finish of bright red fruits, earth and chalky acids. This is a gorgeous wine, perhaps without the power and and structure of 2016 but with deep, vibrant fruit that will give great pleasure over the next 20 years. Please decant or open a few hours in advance if drinking now. David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pierre Andre 2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Magnum

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 140 years old, with the average vine age around 70  years. The 2018 shows a deep black/garnet color and aromas of ripe morello cherry, blackberry and blueberry liqueur with hints of violet, orange zest, garrigue and stone. The palate is dense but bright and balanced, supple and sapid with cherry, red currant, black plum and licorice with velvety tannins and a beautiful palate-coating finish of bright red fruits, earth and chalky acids. This is a gorgeous wine, perhaps without the power and and structure of 2016 but with deep, vibrant fruit that will give great pleasure over the next 20 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pierre Andre 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

The 2019 Pierre André Blanc is an extraordinary Châteauneuf-du-Pape from an extraordinary estate - organic since 1980 (one of the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992.  The blend is now approximately 50-60% Bourboulenc and 40-50% old-vine Clairette (planted in the 1920s) grown on sandy soils in the lieu-dits of "Saint-Georges," "Etang" and "les Bédines," giving a wine that accentuates the beautiful minerality brought by the terroir and the superb farming. The wine shows a pale gold/bronze color. The aromas are muted upon opening but expand over a few hours with ripe pear, roast almond, anise, lemon verbena and stone; the palate is  very dense and sapid but framed in firm stony acidity, with dried pear and apricot, citrus, anise, earth and stone flavors with an intense, long finish of white fruit liqueur and minerals. On day two, the vibrant mineral flavors are even more present with elegant white fruits and terrific length. Serve with full-flavored fish dishes, bouillabaisse, white meats, goat cheeses. Decant if drinking now, this will be an elegant and complex mature wine, best perhaps 2026 - 2040+. Highly reccommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Pierre Andre 2019 Vin de France Clin D'Oeil

(Was $23.99) We've been anxiously awaiting the Pierre André "Clin D'Oeil," the much admired "second wine" of this wonderful Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate. It's at the same time serious and fun, it's the Wink of a Eye, it's a superb wine of terroir that's also easy drinking and the perfect accompaniment to a casual meal. Dark red/garnet color with a bright rim, bright  aromas of ripe black cherry, red currant, black plum, spice and earth.  The palate is beautifully structured with firm, very earthy, chalky acidity underlying elegant, subtle, cherry, ripe strawberry and red currant fruit. It's a dense and sapid Rhone red that's light on it's feet and a great food wine, especially for any grilled foods this summer. (From a parcel in Vin de France east of Courthezon  of 75 year-old Grenache and Cinsault; a parcel of CDR Grenache just outside Chateauneuf, and from light-colored very old vine Grenache, "les rouges," within Chateauneuf) Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $57.99

Rousset 2019 Saint-Joseph

From a one-half hectare parcel of 60 year-old vines in "Les Rivoires" on the lower slope in Tournon, a cool, late-ripening terroir with clay, sand and stones over firm granite. Aged 12 months, 30% foudre, 70% 2 to 5 year-old barrels. 2019 is an excellent vintage at the Roussets - the Saint-Joseph  shows a dark black/red color with deep aromas of blackberry and blueberry liqueur with plum, earth and smoke, deeper but less bright than the 2018. The palate is quite dense and supple with ripe black fruits and hints of blueberry, dark chocolate, black olive, licorice and roast meats  which continue in the long finish with pronounced mineral flavors and firm acidity. The Rousset Saint-Joseph is normally somewhat austere and tightly structured when young, but as in 2018 the 2019 will be quite delicious as a young wine if decanted for a few hours. Despite the more forward aspect, there is plenty of structure here for aging, best perhaps 2025 to 2035.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $25.99

Rousset 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc (Marsanne-Roussanne)

From 85% Marsanne and 15% Roussanne grown on decomposed granite with clay and gravel - great terroir producing this delightful  wine from the Rousset family.  The Rousset Crozes Blanc is outstanding again in 2018 - the second vintage to include the new planting of Roussanne - and is one of the finest white wine values in the store!  The wine shows fresh aromas of white peach, apricot, almond, ceamy lemon and lime-flower with a bit of white pepper. The palate is supple and dense with ripe pear, mineral and citrus flavors, with wet stone and honeysuckle. The finish is ripe and long with firm lemony acidity. Serve with white meats, a ceviche of fluke, full-flavored fish dishes or provençal fish soup and a wide variety of cheeses. David Lillie 

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

Rousset 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Les Picaudières

Les Picaudières is perhaps the best vineyard in Crozes-Hermitage, formerly owned by Raymond Roure and now tended by Stéphane Rousset. It's a steep slope of granite terraces, isolated in an oak forest facing due south and protected from the wind. (In the opinion of Livingston-Learmonth in "Wines of the Northern Rhône" wine from Les Picaudières is "certainly better" than many Hermitage from the eastern part of the hill.) The vines range from 20 to 80 years-old. The grapes are hand-harvested and mostly de-stemmed. The wine ages 16 months, 40% in foudre, 60% in burgundy barrels, new to 5 year-old.  In 2018 Stephane fermented somewhat with whole clusters to bring freshness and structure in this very ripe year. The wine shows a deep red/black color with an elegant melange of ripe blackberry, black cherry and blueberry with bitter chocolate, black olive, earth and menthol. The palate shows bright berry liqueurs with deeper earthy black fruits , black pepper, cocoa and mineral flavors with ample tannins and a long saline finish of black fruits and firm acidity. It's quite well-structured and long even in this rather soft, forward vintage. This is a superb northern Rhône Syrah that can be enjoyed young, especially with grilled foods, but best to wait five to ten years and drink until 2035 and beyond. Highly recommended.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $26.99

Rousset 2018 Crôzes-Hermitage Marsanne Vieilles Vignes

 This is an oustanding Marsanne from vines planted in  1933 ad 1965, aged in 10% new, 90% 1 - 3 year-old 400 liter barrels, 8 months on the lees, no batonnage. The 2018 shows elegant aromas of apricot, peach skin, almond, lime-flower, and flint - the palate is round, dense and quite full-bodied, but well-structured with buttery white fruits, almond, stone, anise and mineral flavors with pear, citrus and mineral notes in the long finish. Pair this beautiful wine with full-flavored fish and chicken dishes and goat cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $28.99

Rousset 2019 Crozes-Hermitage

 From hillside vineyards in Erome, Gervans and Crozes, mostly granite with some limestone/clay, average age 45 years, aged 30% in foudre, 70% in one to 7 year-old burgundy barrels. This is no "ordinary" Crozes-Hermitage, but a real wine of terroir from great vineyard sites, all on hillsides. Domaine Rousset is blessed with excellent terroir and the good sense to get that into the bottle with as little interference as possible. The 2019 Crozes-Hermitage has a beautiful deep purple robe. The nose offers lovely aromas of black currant, dewberry, black tea, and violets—oh, the violets! The palate while concentrated, has fine energy and features an array of fresh, ripe black and blue fruit flavors, with a bit of savory leather and a lovely bead of graphite stoniness within the ripe fruit, carrying on to the long, sapid, just juicy finish. This is lovely stuff and positively sings in concert with a plate of poulet aux olives, but a bit of saucisson or terrine wouldn’t suffer for this; and come to think of it, if you have a wild mushroom pasta recipe tucked away, this pretty Crozes would offer good company indeed. What a marvelous bottle! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $47.99

Sarbèche 2017 Saint-Péray

(Was $32.99) The 2017 Saint-Peray from Cyril Milochevitch at Sarbèche is from 40 year-old Marsanne and Roussanne vines (50% each) in the lieu-dit "Fauterie" on decomposed granite at 400 meters altitude.  18 months of aging in 5 to 10 year-old Burgundy barrels, no soutirage or batonnage, minimal SO2 added. The color is pale gold/bronze with aromas of apricot, baked apple, citrus peel, brown spice, lemon, chamomile, stone and hay. The palate is round and dense with white fruits, almond, peach, spice and stone flavors. Serve with fish in sauce, white meats, mild cheeses. Lovely now but the wine should gain in complexity over the next five to ten years.  This is a lovely and quite "natural" northern Rhone white. David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.74

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sarbèche 2018 Saint-Joseph

The Sarbèche 2018 Saint-Joseph is from 30 year-old Syrah vines  grown in a steep section of the excellent lieu-dit "les Rivoires" in Tournon. Whole cluster fermentation followed by 2 years in 10 year-old Burgundy barrels, 10 mg/L SO2 added before bottling. the 2018 shows an opaque black/red color with aromas of black plum, cherry, blackberry and earth with citrus, spice and floral notes. The palate shows very earthy black fruits, a bit "animal" lifted by firm acidity with a nice mineral texture. The finish is bright, with ripe red and black fruits, earth and animal notes with a bit of volatile acidity. This is a complex and interesting "natural" Saint-Joseph.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

Thomas Jullien (Ferme St. Martin) 2020 Ventoux Sur la Rose

Thomas Jullien of La Ferme Saint-Martin makes this pure and refreshing rosé from organic Grenache and Cinsault grown in the foothills of the Mont Ventoux. There is almost zero added SO2 which makes this delightful wine more elegant and subtle, showing candied berry fruit, melon, and strawberry aromas, with a hint of citrus and spice. The finish is pretty and mineral, with a refreshing, cooling quality. A great summer wine: perfect for sipping on the patio or the fire escape with or without food. - and it's a sensational value!

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Voge, Alain 2017 Cornas Vieilles Vignes

This classic Cornas is from vines averaging 60 years old on granite "gores" in the vineyards of "Combe," "Patou," "La Cote," "les Mazards" and "Chaillots" and in 2017 this bottling includes the fruit from Les Vieilles Fontaines.  The grapes are partially de-stemmed, fermentation is with wild yeasts, aging is 20 months in barrique 15% new. The robe is a dark ruby, verging on purple. The nose is effusive with aromas of blackberry, violets, tree bark, black tea and plum skin. The concentrated palate boasts an array of ripe black fruit flavors and notes a grilled meat and earth  girded by firm tannins and focusing acidity. The finish is long and involved with lingering layers of earth, bramble, and black berry liqueur. There's fine nascent complexity here and this should gain in sophistication as the abundant fruit integrates with the underlying structure. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $47.99