Alsace

Barth, Laurent 2018 Alsace Gewürztraminer

Laurent Barth's 2018 Gewurztraminer is from organic vines in Kientzheim worked by horse. In this very sunny vintage, the wine is quite full-bodied and technically demi-sec, but showing much drier, with subtle,  complex aromas of tea, lemon, brown spice and flowers with a dense palate of white fruits, spice, citrus and mineral flavors. Enjoy as an aperitif or serve with Asian foods, full-flavored fish and white meat dishes.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Barth, Laurent 2020 Alsace Racines Métisses

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

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaujolais

Coudert (Clos de la Roilette) 2021 Fleurie Cuvée Tardive

From eighty year-old vines on clay and granite soil in Alain Coudert's beautiful Clos de la Roliette, just over the border from Moulin-a-Vent. By "Tardive," Alain Coudert implies that one should wait for this wine to mature, in this case probably about 3 to 5 years, although those unable to wait will certainly enjoy drinking it now. Brighter and with a bit less alcohol than the previous 3 vintages, the 2021 is a classic "Tardive" to hold for a few years, then enjoy until 2035...

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

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

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

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

Descombes, Georges 2020 Morgon

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

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2020 Regnie

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

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lapalu 2021 Brouilly Vieilles Vignes

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

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2021 Beaujolais Chardonnay

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

  • white
  • 39 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2021 Beaujolais l'Ancien V.V.

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

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $19.99

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

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

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vionnet, Karim 2020 Beaujolais-Villages

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

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 7 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Chateau Micalet 2020 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 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot -  and 7% 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 dark plummy fruit, with hints of vanilla and baking spice. Young leather notes and dark gravel tones as well. A little floral with dark violets and roses. The palate has lush black cherry. Graphite and iron on the tongue give an earthy glimmer. Medium acid and soft tannin, but great density at its core. Drink up! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Closerie du Chene 2019 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru "Christiana"

Catherine and Christian Grebaut decided to move to Saint Christophe des Bardes in the Libournais (Saint-Emilion) and take over a small hectare of vines planted in 1956, on the "cote nord" of the AOC, inherited from Catherine's family. "The idea was to get the best quality grapes to make it as easy as possible to vinify" and so they started "gardening" their plot, hoping to one day make a wine they could all be happy with. The project starts in 2015 when Catherine and Christian start getting their hands dirty, but still had to provide the local cooperative their fruit, tied to a contract. Right away they start converting the plot to organic viticulture. For the next four vintages, she not only converts her terroir to certified organic but makes one of the great wines of her appellation, following the principles of natural winemaking, naturally fermented, low sulfur the first year and zero sulfur the last.  Being alone and going through some medical issues, Catherine decided to call it quits with the 2020 vintage.Rarely has Saint Emilion been so joyful and drinkable so young. Using a mix of stainless, barriques, and amphora, Catherine managed to strike a fine balance between seriousness, ageability, and immediate pleasure that is not often seen in the grand cru...

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Closeries des Moussis 2020 Haut-Médoc

What a treat - a beautiful Haut-Médoc with zero added sulfur from certified organic and biodynamic farming! Pascale Choime and Laurence Alias of the Closeries des Moussis have a small parcel with sandy gravel soils (bordered by dense woods providing biodiversity) on the Plateau de Sénéjac, 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, where they produce this pure and vibrant Bordeaux. There is minimal extraction, aging is 16 months in old barrels. The 2020 is open and inviting, and clearly worthy of cellaring as well,  with lovely silky red and black fruits, and great purity and length. An outstanding Haut-Medoc, unburdened by new oak and sulfur-dioxide. Quite delicious for current drinking or cellaring for ten - fifteen years. Highly recommended!

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Grolet 2018 Côtes de Bourg Tête de Cuvée

 This is the special cuvee of old-vines from Chateau La Grolet. Aromatically extremely ripe and complex, it has cassis liqueur, fig, prune and cedary notes that continue on the palate that is ripe but balanced with good acidty and structure. Long-time biodynamic farming has given this young wine an earthy complexity and depth that is sadly lacking from today's cookie-cutter, oaky, over-extracted Bordeaux. The finish is long with mineral and acid notes balancing the ripe red and black fruits, cocoa and smoke. Lovely to drink now, this wine should be fabulous in 5 to 10 years or more. Congratulatons to our friend Jean-Luc Hubert and family for making the lovely organic wines of Chateau Peybonhomme and Chateau la Grolet!

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Grolet 2020 Côtes de Bourg "Origines"

Chateau La Grolet has been certified organic and Biodynamic since 2000. Double Guyot pruning, spontaneous winter grass cover. Soil tillage during the spring, every other row ploughed. Treatments combining small quantities of Bordeaux mixture with herbal teas such as horsetail or nettle. The blend is 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet-Franc, 5% Malbec.  The Hubert family's great farming creates this sensational value Bordeaux which is truly a subtle, complex and profound wine. When young, it is dominated by red and black fruit aromas, then as the years pass, cocoa and mild tobacco notes combine with hints of spice and earth. Can be drunk young but is also a very good wine for laying down, recommended cellaring time: 5 - 10 years.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $1,399.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $1,799.99

Planquette (Didier Michaud) 2019 Vin de France (Médoc)

Didier Michaud works 1.7 hectares in the Medoc with 30 to 100 year-old vines on limestone with thin soils of clay with sand and stones.  He has old vines of Merlot Queue Rouge and massale selection Cabernet Sauvignon, farmed organically with just a little compost and shallow plowing. Vinification with wild yeasts, no extraction and no added sulfur (total SO2 less than 2 mg/L). This is one of the most "natural" and deliciously old-fashioned wines of Bordeaux. In the glass, the '19 is rich and plummy in color. The nose is heady, with awesome smells of mint, fresh garden soil, graphite, and pungent  dark flowers. Flavors steer towards ripe forest fruits, like blueberry, blackberry, and cassis. Anise and herbs, with crunchy minerals, add flare to the wine's fruit. Great density, a velvety texture with engaging tannins and bright acidity. Definitely a bold Bordeaux, clocking in at 15% ABV, but so delicious, well structured and drinkable. Yum! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $41.99

Chazelles (Jean-Marie Chaland) 2021 Viré-Clessé Vieilles Vignes

Produced at Jean-Marie Chaland's Domaine Sainte-Barbe, the "Les Chazelles Vieilles Vignes"is from 50 to 80 year-old vines on a south-east facing slope that has never been treated with herbicides, certified organic since 2003. The grapes are hand-harvested and ferment with wild yeasts at low temperature, followed by 10 months aging in cuve inox and old barriques.

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Colin-Morey, Pierre-Yves 2011 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embrazees

The Embrazees vineyard is located just below Les Baudines and borders Santenay. Wines from Les Embrazees are fuller and fatter than those of Les Baudines which is cooler and more exposed to the wind. Embrazees has reddish soil from the clay and is full of small stones from the limestone and these qualities really come out in the wine. This wine illustrates the very meaning of terroir in Burgundy; you could use it as a textbook example of classic Chassagne terroir. It is rich, full-bodied, and full-flavored with a spine of acidity that comes out on the finish.  This is another lovely 2011 that is open now and will be good to drink while it puts on more weight with age.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $274.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $179.99

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
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $474.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $399.99

Domaine de l'Enclos 2020 Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy

From a parcel of 40 year-old vines, this is lovely, satisfying Chablis, with yellow fruit in the attack and mid-palate and forceful minerality in the finish. This has more cut and crispness than the very good 2019. This is a great candidate for mid-term aging (the 2016, backward upon release, grew into a beautiful swan with five years in the bottle).  Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine de l'Enclos 2021 Chablis

The Bouchard brothers have been on a roll since launching L'Enclos in 2016. The 2021 Chablis is from vines between 15 and 45 years old. It's  is a terrific village wine, beautifully racy, all lemon and fennel and very stony. The 2021 is particularly pretty with subtle and complex floral white fruit and mineral notes, vibrant and refreshing....

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $129.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $129.99

Domaine de Villaine 2020 Aligoté de Bouzeron

The 2020 Domaine de Villaine Bouzeron has pale yellow green robe.  Lemon blossom, jonquil, rainwater, and powdered grapefruit zest on the expressive nose.  There is a concentration that denotes ageabilty, and a persistent, mouthwatering finish that is deeply stony and satisfying. Lovely with quickly sautéed scallops and brown butter with braised Greenmarket scallions, but with enough sap to pair nicely with roasted carrots with salsa verde. And yes, the price has crept up, but this is immensely satisfying and given the prices of middling Chablis and village wines is definitely worth a look. Excellent juice.   -John McIlwain

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $52.99

Domaine des Crêts 2019 Macon-Chardonnay Climat "En Bout"

This climat holds the older plantings of chardonnay for Domaine de Crêts, and it is situated above “L’Echenault de Serre.” “En Bout” means “at the end,” and it accurately describes the site at the top of the hill where the clay topsoil has been eroded away and what is left is limestone, akin to that found in the Côte d’Or, here in the northern part of the Mâcon AOC. The grapes are harvested later here than in L’Echenault but still typically finishes with about a half percent less alcohol.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $289.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $36.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $64.99

Guillemot-Michel 2020 Viré-Clessé Retour a la Terre

 Retour A  La Terre (Return to the Earth) is named for the parcel and the aging process. The vines come from a piece of the vineyard heavy with clay. They are on average about 65 years old, on a very old strain of rootstock that produces tiny but brilliantly ripe clusters of chardonnay. The wine that results is aged in three large clay amphora, allowing the wine to breathe without the influence of oak. The 2020 is excellent, with juicy white and yellow fruit, and the same feeling of purity and clarity as Quintaine. No shortage of finesse here. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Heitz. A 2018 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

Another sliver of a parcel here, right at the top of Charlemagne.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $399.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $104.99

Lafouge 2020 Auxey-Duresses Les Boutonniers

"Les Boutonniers" is contiguous with Meursault "Meix Chavaux" on shallow soils of clay, high in iron, over the limestone bedrock, usually giving a somewhat lean and very "mineral" white Burgundy.

"The 2020 les Boutonniers is one of the ripest white wine in the cellars this year, coming in at a svelte 13.2 percent octane! The wine is beautiful, offering up a complex nose of tart pear, apple, lime blossoms, chalky soil tones, beeswax and just a hint of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and tensile in personality, with a fine core of fruit, excellent mineral drive and a long, zesty finish. I would be inclined to give this lovely wine a couple of years in the cellar and let some of its secondary layers unfurl. Fine juice." John Gilman "View from the Cellar"

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $43.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $71.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $37.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

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

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $94.99

Perrin, Céline 2020 Ladoix "Sur les Vris"

The Perrin Ladoix "Sur les Vris" is an east-facing slope in the north part of Ladoix abutting ancient quarries and just below the 1er Cru "Les Grechons." The wine shows a gold or light straw color, with aromas of ripe white and yellow fruits, with earth, citrus and floral notes and a touch of oak. The palate has nice weight and density with pear and peach fruit balanced by firm acids and mineral flavors with a touch spice and bitter lemon in the long finish. "It is a wine whose breadth and weight are balanced by its lovely freshness," say the Perrins. Please decant or open in advance if drinking now, best 2023 - 2028.

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

Perrin, Céline 2020 Ladoix 1er Cru "Les Gréchons"

The Perrin Ladoix 1er Cru "Les Grechons" is just to the northeast of the Grand Cru Corton-Mourottes. The slope is covered with limestone scree and pebbles - tailings from ancient limestone quarries. There is so little white Ladoix kicking around, I had no reference point. But this was lovely, showing white peach and lime curd, with some spiciness and toasted almond notes. Good mineral density in the finish here, this is good now but will benefit from a few years in the cellar.

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic

Rapet, Père et Fils 2019 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru En Caradeux

"The Rapets have been making wine (in Pernand) for more than two centuries and the wines are now very exciting" said Clive Coates in "The Wines of Burgundy." Our yearly tastings with the modest Vincent Rapet are fabulous lessons in un-forced, terroir expressive winemaking. 2019 gave slightly less acid whites than usual, this being a bit riper and softer as a young wine but nicely balanced and showing lovely acid/mineral character. Whites in Pernand often have an ethereal, stony, herbal character overlying the pretty white fruits — in 2019 there's a bit more fat making the wine more immediately accessible.  Really lovely white Burgundy at a reasonable price.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic

Rapet, Père et Fils 2019 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Sous Frétille

Rapet Père et Fils is a long time favorite Burgundy of Chambers Street because they combine terroir specificity with value. While the former is somewhat easier to find in Burgundy than the latter these days, we are delighted to present these wines vintage after vintage because the whites are fresh, mineral, and detailed, while the reds are deftly made, transparent, and cellar beautifully. One of my favorite wines of the lineup is the Pernad-Vergelesses 1er cru Sous Frétille. Of the Pernand-Vergelesses whites, it always seems to capture the energy and mineral pungency of the nearby Corton-Charlemagne with less weight and certainly requiring less patience. With similar geology, but not quite as favorable exposure or exposition, Sous Frétille shows some of the cut if not the scale of nearby grand cru.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $68.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

Champagne

Barbichon NV (base 18) 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 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. 

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

Beaufort, André 2019 Coteaux Champenois Polisy Rouge

The 2019 Beaufort Polisy Rouge Coteaux Champenois (stilll wine) is 100% Pinot Noir grown on the Kimmeridgian limestone of Polisy. 2019 is a vintage of beautiful ripeness, but showing only 11% alcohol thanks to the climat in Polisy and the Beaufort's superb organic farming. This is remarkable from the first sniff, with delicate red fruit mixed with an intense herbal component. Don't be scared, there is nothing green or stemmy here - it's minty and spicy and deeply delicious. As it sits in the glass the wine opens up and becomes fuller and earthier. It's fresh on the palate, almost salty, with a fine fragile mouthfeel and beautiful length. Wonderful wine. I suspect this will take on weight with time in the bottle too.    Sam Ehrlich

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • $274.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $419.99

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

Feneuil, Emilien 2018 Coteaux Champenois Chamery Rouge Drey Moutier 1.5L

Whereas the Les Goulats is a more powerful and structured Coteaux, Les Drey Le Moutier is more overtly chalky and high-toned. The robe is an intense ruby. The nose (worth the price of admission) is spicy and red-fruited with notes of rose petal and cherry stone and though structured, the palate is a bit more juicy on the palate. Both of Coteaux Rouges are poised and elegant, though this is more silk to Goulats' (very pretty) velvet. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $359.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Laherte Frères NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature

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

  • white sparkling
  • 32 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $184.99

Larmandier-Bernier 2014 Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Chemins D'Avize

100% percent biodynamically farmed Chardonnay from the Chemin de Plivot and Chemin de Flavigny parcels in Avize.  Pressed in a 2000kg press, fermented in neutral barrel and bottled with 2g/l dosage.

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $184.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Ponson NV (2017) Champagne Extra Brut La Petite Montagne 1er cru

A base vintage of 2017 here. There is still the red fruit that marks the Coulommes, but it's more focused and concentrated, leaning towards kirsch notes and there is plenty savory complexity, with fennel-y accents. The texture and bubbles feel finer. This is extremely elegant for the price.

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tarlant 2004 Champagne Vigne d'Antan Non-Greffée

From 80 year-old ungrafted Chardonnay vines--one of the only ungrafted vineyards in Champagne. Vinified in used barrique, no malo, very low sulfur, bottled without dosage. The current disgorgement spent almost 16 years on the lees. From the sandy soils of Les Sables in Oeuilly, the 2004 Vigne d'Antan has a pale yellow gold robe with an ultrafine bead. The nose offers an array of stone fruit and citrus blossom aromas with fine notes of brioche and sea spray. The palate is ripe on the attack with a muscular mineral character and fine cut and a core of stony intensity that culminates on a bracing, mouthwatering finish. The balance of energy  and earthy depth to this Champagne is compelling and beckons sip after sip. Highly recommended. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic

Tarlant 2004 Champagne Brut Nature Cuvée Louis Tarlant

Created by the Tarlants' parents back in 1982, the prestige cuvée Louis is named for Benoît’s and Melanie’s great-great-great grandfather. Louis was the first to bottle Tarlant estate wine (in 1928) and the one who planted this 0.9 hectare of selection massale Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (in 1946-48).  "A blend of equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the 2004 Cuvee Louis Tarlant is fabulous. Hints of orange peel, tangerine oil, mint, cinnamon, chamomile and dried flowers all grace the 2004. There is a gorgeous sense of transparency to the 2004, a Champagne that is at once vibrant, but also mellowed by the passage of time" Vinous

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

  • Organic

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Rosé Zero (base 2015)

"The current release of the Tarlant family’s Brut Nature “Zero” Rosé was aged just under five and a half years sur latte and disgorged in September of 2021. The cépages this year is fifty percent chardonnay, forty-four percent pinot noir and six percent pinot meunier. The wine is a beautiful salmon color and offers up a deep, complex and expressive bouquet of rhubarb, blood orange, rye bread, a lovely base of soil tones, dried rose petals and a touch of brown spice in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full bodied, focused and complex, with lovely depth at the core, superb mineral drive, elegant mousse, nicely mellowing acids and a long, classy and impeccably balanced finish. I so admire the Tarlant family’s commitment to aging their non-dosé bottlings for long enough prior to release to allow the acids to mellow out and the wine to start to drink with generosity. Fine, fine juice." John Gilman, View from the Cellar

  • rosé sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $73.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tarlant NV(b14) Champagne Brut Zero

"The new release of Benoît and Mélanie Tarlant’s “Zero” Brut Nature is from the base year of 2014 and was aged fully six years sur latte prior to its disgorgement in February of 2021. The wine is roughly equal amounts of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, with four percent of the blend comprised of more exotic grapes such as arbanne, petit meslier and pinot blanc. The wine contains a significant percentage of reserve wines in the cuvée as well. It offers up a lovely bouquet of apple, fresh-baked bread, chalky soil tones, dried flowers, a touch of hazelnut and plenty of upper register smokiness. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with lovely mineral drive, a fine core, elegant mousse and a long, well balanced and bone dry finish. By giving the wine a long elevage on its fine lees, the acids here have mellowed out nicely and the wine is drinking very nicely, despite its lack of dosage. Fine juice." John Gilman, View from the Cellar

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $61.99

Cote-de-Beaune

Chantal Lescure 2020 Beaune 1er Cru Les Chouacheux

From a 1.5 hectare parcel of 50+ year-old massale selection vines on clay/limestone soils rich in iron, in this excellent 1er cru vineyard at the foot of the slope in Beaune. The 2020 Beaune Chouacheux is a deep ruby/purple in the glass and shows some ripe black cherry and plum fruit on the nose with hints of brown spice, citrus zest and earth. There is some deep sappy fruit on the palate - black cherry, plum, red currant - backed by firm acidity and the ever-present core of minerality found in the Chantal Lescure wines. If drinking now give it a decant or leave it open for a few hours, or this will age nicely over the next five to ten years. Jeff DiLorenzo

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2020 Pommard 1er Cru Les Bertins

The Chantal Lescure Pommard 1er Cru "Les Bertins" is from a one hectare parcel of old vines on the Volnay side of Pommard, at the base of the slope in clay over hard  limestone and rocky debris. There is a pre-fermentation maceration followed by a long, slow fermentation with wild yeasts, with aging in 30% new barrels with one soutirage after 18 months. The wine shows a deep red/black color with bright, elegant aromas of blackberry and black cherry, deep and meaty with rose, earth and blood orange. The palate is dense and chalky with round, sappy blackberry and red currant fruit, licorice and minerals, lifted by bright acidity. The finish is long with saline minerals and black fruits lingering on the palate. Decant if drinking now - this very elegant Pommard will benefit from five years of cellaring, then enjoy until 2040. David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2020 Pommard Les Vignots

The Pommard "Les Vignots" is from south-facing vines situated on the Montagne de Pommard, in a terroir of clay-marl. These 35 year-old vines grow in high elevation, about 330 meters above sea-level. (The name stems from a parcel of vines remaining on this site that survived a desvastating insect attack that destroyed much of the Burgundy vineyard in the 1700s) The grapes are hand harvested and undergo a long fermentation in stainless steel tanks, punched-down and vatted for 18-25 days. The wine ages in a cold cellar on lees in barrels, 30% of which are new. The 2020 is a deep purple/red in the glass with aromas of plum and black cherry with some earth and pepper notes. The palate is big, earthy and nicely textured with dark cherry, plum and black raspberry, full-bodied but balanced with nice acidity. This is certainly a big wine for Burgundy, drinking well now but benefits from some air - it will come together nicely with a few years in the cellar. Jeff DiLorenzo

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $234.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $234.99

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

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $154.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $149.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $184.99

Rapet, Père et Fils 2019 Pernand-Vergelesses Les Belles Filles

The Pernand-Vergelesses vineyard "Les Belles Filles" is a northern extension of "Iles des Vergelesses" and "En Carradeux" facing east and usually producing an elegant, very pretty light-bodied Burgundy.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic

Rapet, Père et Fils 2020 Bourgogne Rouge "En Bully"

The Rapet Bourgogne Rouge "En Bully" is from a tiny vineyard high on the back-side of Corton, at an altitude of 350 meters on the slope facing les Hautes-Côtes on the locality named La Grande Corvée de Bully. The soil here is limestone marl with a shallow top-layer, always giving a bright and pretty style of Pinot. The 2020 is just delicious, showing a vibrant red color and very floral aromas of ripe, crushed berries, rose petal and earth. The palate is lush and beautifully balanced with velvety cherry and raspberry fruit with mineral, earth and citrus notes that linger in the refreshing, sappy finish. Just a delightful red Burgundy - serve a bit cool and enjoy!

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Rapet, Père et Fils 2020 Chorey-les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes

"The roots of our old Chorey-les-Beaune-vines reach deep down into an alluvial marly limestone soil on a stony, slightly ferruginous ground, descended from the Côte de Savigny and Aloxe over thousands of years." The Rapet 2020 Chorey-les-Beaune VV is a lovely Burgundy for current drinking, showing deep, lush aromas of cherry and plum with violet, brown spice and earth notes. The palate is round and lush but with great minerality as well with a terrific, long sappy finish. Serve this a bit cool with roast chicken, magret de canard or steak/frites and be happy...

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $169.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

Cote-de-Nuit

Chantal Lescure 2020 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes

From the village portion of Les Damodes above the 1er Cru on the Vosne side of Nuits St. Georges, at 320 metres, on a slab of hard pink limestone with shallow clay soils. Long-time organic farming, minimal use of SO2. 30% new barrels by Francis Miquel. Chantal-Lescure is a domaine blessed with a range of crus—all farmed organically and with intelligent "non-interventionist" winemaking by François Chaveriat. The 2020 Les Damodes is a dark garnet/black with light rim.  The nose is deep and ripe with boysenberry and red currant. There are some exotic spicebox and blood orange zest aromas that vie with deep soil notes for attention, as well as a whisper of sweet barrel character. The palate is concentrated and round but not extracted with gorgeous earthy red and black fruits, complex  and velvety and nicely balanced with citrus, clove, tobacco, chalky acidity and oak. A young wine, but more forward and immediately enjoyable than the 2019. Best perhaps 2025 to 2040 but just beautiful now so why wait...?

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2020 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

From vines in the upper part of the Clos (Lieu-dit "Montiotes Hautes") Terroir pebbly clay/limestone, 50% of the vines are 70+ years-old, 50% were replanted in 2011. (The exact position is a bit unclear on the Beteta maps, which put the Chantal Lescure vines running across "Dix Journaux" into "Montiotes Hautes" (?)  just below Meo-Camuzet and above Guyon, De Montille and Prieuré-Roch)

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $219.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $48.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $148.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $54.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $164.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $2,399.99

Trapet 2020 Gevrey-Chambertin

"All that you really want from a village Gevrey." Neal Martin, Vinous

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $86.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Trapet 2020 Marsannay Rouge

"The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy red-berry fruit on the entry, quite a peppery Marsannay with plenty of freshness on the sapid finish." Neal Martin, Vinous

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $2,299.99

Loire

Baudry 2020 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 over 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 2020 shows a pretty red/black color with bright rim. The aromas are quite floral and bright, a pretty melange of boysenberry, black raspberry and tart cherry, very pure with hints of earth and pepper. The palate is supple, sapid and ripe and the tannins are round and silky. At 13% alcohol, the balance seems perfect. Firm acidity and mineral flavors are mostly hidden under the beautiful melange of ripe red and black fruits. This is a beautiful "Cuvée Domaine" that is sensational now, served slightly cool, and that will cellar ten years and more due to the firm acidity. We loved the rather brawny 2019 which needs a few more years to drink at its best - drink the 2020 while you wait but put some away as well. Very highly recommended, and thanks to the Baudrys for producing such honest and soulful wines. David Lillie

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $22.99

  • 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, nettle, lemon peel, 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. David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic

Bregeonnette (Stéphane Orieux) 2020 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clos Coudray

Stéphane Orieux's father Joseph converted the estate to organic agriculture back in 1967, and Stéphane has continued the great vineyard work of this father. Clos de la Coudraye is a one hectare parcel in Vallet on granite subsoil with very old vines. The 2020 spent 18 months sur-lie before bottling. It's a lovely wine with ripe high-toned aromas of lemon confit, melon, dried herbs, white pepper and pear, a hint of smoke; the palate is dense and crystalline, a bit fresher than the 2018, with stone, saline, citrus, pear and anise flavors, with a lovely, creamy texture and meyer lemon and oyster shell in the finish, framed in firm acidity. A delicious classic Muscadet from granite soils, drink now or hold for 10 to 15 years. (A bottle of 2014 tasted recently  was superb!) Highly recommended!

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chateau Favray 2021 Pouilly-Fumé

Located in the north-east corner of Pouilly-Fumé we find Chateau Favray, an ancient farm with abandonned vineyards that was ressurected by Quentin David and family begining in 1981. The soils in this corner of the appellation are Oxfordian limestone of Villiers and hard grey limestone of Tonnerre with limestone pebbles and fossilzed shells and corals. The 2021 has great energy with bright grapefruit citrus, peach, white flowers and fresh cut grass on the nose. The palate is clean and focused with a mineral core and vibrant acidity giving a sense of power while still feeling light and pure. It's a wonderful value and would pair nicely with seafood or lighter vegetable dishes while being equally enjoyable on its own. Jeff DiLorenzo

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Chateau Favray 2021 Pouilly-Fumé "Tonnerre"

 The 2021  Pouilly-Fumé "Tonnerre" is from a unique terroir on hard grey linestone of Tonnerre, that gives a more structured and age-worthy wine. More textbook stylistically than the entry level Pouilly-Fume, The nose is less grassy and grapefruity and more mineral with a hint of mint. The palate is fuller and rounder while still exhibiting bright acidity and stony minerality. Drink this dense and vibrant Pouilly-Fumé over the next ten years. Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Peu Muleau

 Peu Muleau is located on the upper part of the hill in Bourgueil, just below the forest, on Cenozoic eolian sands with iron, clay and altered limestone tuffeau. The vines are around 35 years old, and farmed biodynamically. The maceration lasts less than 20 days. Aging is done in a mix of tank and large used barrels with less and less oak. This is the earliest drinking single-vineyard cuvée, always on the raspberry and wild violet with very supple tannins, but you can keep it up to 10 years without a problem. Peu Muleau is always more linear than Les Galichets - it does not have the same clay-gravel flesh, dancing on its feet with great elegance. The 2015 shows a bright red color and aromas that are more earth than fruit with subtle raspberry, strawberry, citrus and spice. The palate is a lovely blend of earth and red fruits, fairly tight but quite elegant with firm acidity and mineral flavors blending with raspberry and violet in the finish. Warning - not a fruit bomb and best suited to those who like some rocks in their wine. Best to decant or cellar 3 - 5 years.  David Lillie 

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chidaine, François 2018 Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert

 Francois Chidaine's "Clos Habert" is from a single vineyard of old vines on a high plateau near the winery, on soils of clay, mixed with fine pieces of flint over the white limestone "tuffeau." The fruit is picked late in successive "tries" with the aim of producing a demi-sec which usually has 12 to 20 grams of residual sugar per liter. Fermentation is with wild yeats in 600 liter barrels and can take six months. The 2018 "Clos Habert" is one of the great "sec-tendre" of the Loire, with about 10 gr/L RS. Tasted last winter, the wine showed a brilliant bright gold color and was elegant and closed -  retasted on arrival in NY, the wine shows a wonderful melange of mandarin and lemon peel, ripe green apple and pear,  honeysuckle and white pepper, just beautiful. The palate shows very ripe white and yellow fruits, with citrus confit and very firm flinty, calcaire flavors with anise and spice in the long, silky finish, showing fabulous length and energy. This should develop beautifully over the next 20 - 30 years and is highly recommended. David Lillie

  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2018 Savennières La Jalousie

100% Chenin Blanc. La Jalousie is a blend of several parcels of younger  vines planted in schistous soils on gentle hills. Like the rest of the Closel vines, they are biodynamically farmed, low-yielding and harvested by hand. They are the first of the estate to be harvested, when the grapes are pale yellow, crisp and totally healthy. The bunches are direct-pressed, then fermented with native yeasts and a small amount of sulfur in tank. The wine is tank-aged on its lees, without any exposure to air, for 9 months before bottling. Normally, Jalousie doesn't go through malo but in the warm 2018 vintage, it did so. Jalousie is intended  to be a modern rendition of Savennières: approachable  and fresh in its youth, as a result of not being over-ripened, botrytis-influenced or long- or wood-aged. An exuberant nose with aromas of lime zest, white flowers and herbaceousness. The palate offers flavors of zesty lime and bright pear with a crunchy minerality underpinning it's medium body and lively acidity.  Lithe and lovely!  Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

Courault, Benoît 2020 Anjou Gilbourg (Magnum) 1.5L

Gilbourg is a beautiful Chenin Blanc, with fruit coming from several parcels. As our friend Pascaline Lepeltier explains, the core of this cuvée comes from the Clos des Mailles, which is an exceptional terroir near Benoit's home. She always finds there is nice flesh and mid-palate weight. There's ample minerality but it is almost hidden behind roundness and viscosity that develops in the mouth. It's much like the Petit Chemin in terms of approachability, but with a much longer finish and unparalleled depth. Bravo, Beni!    EL

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

Crochet, Daniel 2021 Sancerre Blanc

" Daniel Crochet has about 10 hectares of vines, a modest and manageable domaine. Of this, about 6 hectares of the vineyard are dedicated to Sauvignon Blanc, while a little less than 4 hectares are planted to Pinot Noir. The vines are in general located on the slopes around Bué, while some lie between Bué and Sancerre. The soils are a typical mix of Kimmeridgian terres blanches and Oxfordian caillottes. The work in the vineyards is organic. Daniel works the soil by plough, uses no herbicides or other synthetic chemicals, and he allows natural grass and other vegetation to grow around the vines and in the rows. He may apply a little organic compost, but that is the sum of the treatments he applies." winedoctor

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Delmée, Philippe 2020 Vin de France Ch'nins on Boit

This is the one Chenin Blanc that Philippe was able to produce from the 2020 vintage. Vinified in small barrels, and then aged in a large old barrel, this is a broad, 'leesy' expression. Very Anjou, with ripeness and mineral-driven sharpness and structure from the Schist soils. This firm mineral backbone gives structure and lingers long into the finish. On the palate, it has nice medium weight and density. We recommend letting this Chenin breath for a while.    -EL

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Aux Moines 2019 Savennieres Roche Aux Moines

 Domaine aux Moines is operated by an incredible mother/daughter (Monique & Tessa Laroche) team organically, and now with biodynamic practices as well, farming under 10 hectares of Chenin Blanc. The vineyards stand next to the famed 'Coulée de Serrant' on South-West facing hillsides of predominately schist soils. Since her arrival Tessa has been improving every detail to be able to make more precise, transparent, complex wines. The results are spectacular and she is now one of the best examples of Roche-aux-Moines, and of course also Savennières. "This vintage the crop came in at 21 hl/ha, the juice vinified 95% in barrels and 5% in cuves. The nose is very finely polished and crystalline, with a smoky and reductive edge, with enticing scents of white peach and freesias. The palate has a delicious harmony and a vinous presence, supple and textured, sinewy and complete, with notes of orange peel, chamomile, and honeysuckle. This is all laid out on a frame of charged minerality and acidity. A wine with sweet energy and great length, this can only be described as fantastic." thewinedoctor 03/22

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Filliatreau 2001 Saumur Champigny Vieilles Vignes

(Arives Jan 31) 100% Cabernet Franc. The vieilles vignes in this case are estate vines ranging from 50 to 100 years old and scattered across a range of parcels on clay-limestone soils.  The bunches are harvested by hand and fully destemmed for a long, slow fermentation with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks and a 10-day maceration. The wine is aged in steel for a year. Going back through our tastings with the young Frederic Filliatreau, we particularly ejoyed the 1995, 1997 (along with the fabulous Clos Candi!) and 2003 vintages, but we have no record of the 2001. A lighter vintage certainly, so we were very curious as to how the 2001 would show after 21= years. As is frequently the case in the Loire, vintages that are lower in alcohol and higher in acidity often age well and the 2001 VV is a good example - it's a lovely. light-bodied mature Cabernet Franc that is a delight to drink! The wine shows a lovely slightly faded rd/garnet color with aromas of rose, raspberry, sous-bois, stone, plum and tea leaves - very pretty and typical of old Cab Franc. The palate is light and pretty with surprisingly ripe berry fruits that segue into leafy, earthy, vegetal flavors, finishing with plum skin, earth and citrus - a lovely wine of contemplation. Decant off the sediment, then it's ready to enjoy, served slightly cool. DL

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic

Filliatreau 2010 Saumur Champigny Vieilles Vignes

(Arrives Jan 31) 100% Cabernet Franc. The vieilles vignes in this case are estate vines ranging from 50 to 100 years old and scattered across a range of parcels, mostly in Chaintres, on clay-limestone soils. The harvest is 100% manual and is carefully sorted in the cellar. The grapes are destemmed and transported to stainless steel tanks. About 20 to 30 days of maceration between 24 ° c and 28 ° c maximum to preserve the fruit while allowing the structure to be expressed. We loved this wine when tasted in 2012 and it has opened up nicely, becoming  very complex and expressive, not quite mature but drinking very beautifully now. The wine shows a deep garnet color with aromas of ripe raspberry, cherry and red currant with blood orange, violet, ash and the beginning of earthy sous-bois that blends perfectly with the red fruits. The palate shows nice density of red and black fruits with a chalky texture, earth and mineral flavors combining with black fruits, a bit of tannin and firm acidity in the finish. Beautiful now and over the next 3 to 5 years, but I'm not sure it will age as gracefully as the lighter 2001.( It would be fun to find out) Great juice!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Filliatreau 2018 Saumur Champigny Vieilles Vignes

(Arrives Jan 31) 100% Cabernet Franc. The vieilles vignes in this case are estate vines ranging from 50 to 100 years old and scattered across a range of parcels on clay-limestone soils. The farming is certified-organic and is in conversion to biodynamics (on track for certification in the 2021 vintage). This new release of the Filliatreau "Vieilles Vignes" is a beautiful Cab Franc that can be enjoyed immensely now or in 15 to 20years. Bright black/red color with lovely aromas of ripe cassis, black raspberry, dusty stone, a bit of leather. The palate is lush and deep with a chalky texture and firm acidity beneath the black raspberry, cassis and black cherry fruit that is sapid, meaty and ripe. Long finish with dark chocolate, minerals, licorice, walnut and palate coating black fruits. Really lovely wine. Decant if drinking now, best after 3 to 4 years of cellaring then enjoy until 2040+.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Filliatreau 2020 Saumur Chateau Fouquet

(Arrives Jan 31) 100% Cabernet Franc. In the 1990s, estate founder Paul Filliatreau bought Cab Franc vines in the lieu-dit Château Fouquet, which lies in the village of Brézé, 10 kilometers east of the town Saumur (just outside the lines of the Saumur-Champigny appellation). Parts of the vineyard had been abandoned; he replanted with massale cuttings from Chinon vigneron Charles Joguet's Clos du Chêne Vert vineyard. By 1998, the vineyard had been converted to certified-organic farming; as of the 2018 vintage, Château Fouquet is Demeter-certified as biodynamic. From slightly different teroir, the Saumur always shows brighter than the Saumur Champigny. The nose is redolent with blackberries, cassis and that unmistakable wet clay minerality. A hint of herbaceousnes gives way to lush fruit, supple tannins and lively acidity. The wine definitely benefits from aeration as we revisited it the next day and all it's youthful exuberance had been smoothed out.The wine makes a perfect foil for duck dishes such as frisee with  confit gesiers and potatoes in a tangy vinaigrette.  Bon Appetit! Giselle  Hamburg

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Filliatreau 2020 Saumur-Champigny La Grande Vignolle

(Arrives Jan 31) 100% Cabernet Franc. "La Grande Vignolle" is a single 6-hectare vineyard on a limestone plateau above a cliff along the Loire a few miles from the winery at the northern limit of the Saumur-Champigny appellation. The vines average 40 years old and the farming is certified-organic and in conversion to biodynamics. The 2020 shows a deep ruby/purple in the glass with a classic nose of dark fruit, vegetal spice and some earth. The palate is fresh and vibrant, full of blueberries, blackberries and spice with a dense mineral core and firm tannins that integrate further with some air. On day two it was even better, showing great aging potential but still delicious now especially with food - think roasted meats, grilled vegetables or hard cheeses. A classic expression of Saumur-Champigny that ticks all the right boxes at an enticing price! - Jeff DiLorenzo

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Foreau (Domaine du Clos Naudin) 2014 Vouvray Sec

"The 2014 Vouvray Sec from Philippe Foreau of Domaine du Clos Naudin lives up to the potential of the vintage. After pulling the cork the wine displays a pale straw hue in the glass, and the aromatics are wonderfully pure, with scents of orange citrus, lemon balm and smoky mineral streaks. It feels very bright and precise, with much promise for the future, but hidden within there are some little hints of exotic fruit ripeness, including mango and honeyed apricot, a reflection of the very benevolent vintage. The palate maintains this very fresh and tense beginning, showing pithy confidence and substantial energy, carrying a polished melange of mirabelle plum, sweet apple and citrus fruits. Following these first impressions it reveals a great textural presence, underpinned by a bright acid freshness, but also a very fine central core of pithy, delightfully bitter Chenin substance. This is hugely impressive, very long in the finish, clearly a wine of some gravitas, with great backbone and presence" thewinedoctor.com

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

Grandes Vignes 2020 Anjou Mailles L'Endroit

A perfectly bone-dry Chenin Blanc from soils that are a mix of degraded gray schist, sandstone and talc. Very chiseled and stony, mineral... ideal! This is a relatively new cuvée for the domaine, and a welcome addition to their lineup of exceptional Chenin Blancs.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2020 Vin de France 'Cabernet Breton' (Cab Franc)

Yum! This is a very gulpable Cab Franc from the folks at Domaine les Grandes Vignes. This has very little tannin, and a healthy amount of acidity and ripe red fruit, so it's a shoo-in for the chillable red category. There's nice density and richness, which can be missed with some Loire Valley natural wines  (always good to have a medium bodied option in that category). There's a little Cab Franc barnyardy funk on the nose, but just pure fruit on the palate, so it's an easy fit for the dinner table, even for less "adventurous" palates. Grapes are destemmed, see 6 days of maceration, and about 7 months in barrel and another 4-5 months in concrete. During a tasting at the domaine last February, I wrote: "Nice, classic, very Anjou, with dark fruit."  -EL

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2021 Vin de France Groslot 1.5L Mag

"Groslot" (which loosely translates to "jackpot") is a humorous play on the name of the grape here, which is known officially as Grolleau Noir. The Vaillant family has definitely hit the jackpot with this wine, one of a lineup of reds without any SO2 added. Grolleau is a grape with plenty of fruit, ample acidity level and medium tannic structure, though the style here is light-handed and fun, so there is barely any grip to this wine. Really vibrant and fresh on the palate with crushed berries and a silky finish. Drink with a light chill! Alcohol is 11% and the style is very friendly and dare I say "thirst-quenching"...perfect for a holiday feast!

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2021 Vin de France P'Tit Vaillant

This is a vibrant natural red made from a blend of Groslot (Grolleau) and Cabernet Franc. The quintessential "bistrot" wine, with low tannins and good acidity. Not too fruity, not too light, and a pleasure to drink. Grapes are destemmed and see a short maceration of about 10 days in large underground ceramic tanks.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Deux Monts

From  70-80 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).  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. This is the terroir giving the most elegant and age-worthy Bourgueils and 2018 is a magnificent vintage for this wine!  Tasted July 2022, the wine showed a deep red/black color and lush aromas of ripe cassis and black raspberry with hints of brown spice and oak. The palate is a lovely combination of ripe black fruits and bright acidity, dense and supple with graphite and saline minerals under the deep fruits in the very long finish. Forward enough to enjoy now, this will need time to unfold its mysteries and will be a very complex and beautiful mature wine, best to wait 5 years then drink until 2042 and beyond.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

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

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2019 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

The World's Best Value in Cabernet Franc is back! - 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 perhaps 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
  • 13 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2020 Bourgueil Rosé

 Last bottles - (Retasted in September 2022 - the wine is showing beautifully, with fabulous complexity of fruit and mineral notes, with a great finish - drink over the next 2 years.) 50 years of organic farming and great traditional winemaking give this refreshing, perfectly balanced rosé from our friend Stephane Guion in Bourgueil. The wine shows bright strawberry/raspberry aromas with citrus, rose and earth. Raspberry, blood orange, melon and earthy flavors on the bone-dry palate which is framed in firm acidity and saline minerals. This is a real rosé of terroir, dry and balanced with moderate alcohol which needs a bit of time to open up. Drink now and through 2024, with grilled tuna, roast chicken, grilled pork and charcuterie.

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2019 Vin de France Menu Pineau

The Lise and Betrand Jousset 2019 Menu Pineau (aka Arbois or Orbois) is a balanced and beautiful expession of this unusual grape, complete with enigmatic label by Michel Tolmer. A probable native of the Loire, similar to Meslier according to some and sharing some characteristics with Savagnin, the grape has generally low acidity but quite distinctive sharp aromas and flavors of bitter citrus, dried herbs, caramel, dried white fruits and white flowers. This  2019 version is not a maceration, but a more straightforward expression of the grape as noted above with a hint of oxidation and a long stony, citrusy finish. Great with halibut with garlic and dill, perfect with a grilled fish or spicy ceviche. Lovely wine! David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Arnaud 2019 Saumur Clos David

The 2019 Clos David lies on the far side of Brézé toward the Loire. The vines here are just shy of sixty years old, planted in soils that more or less resemble those of Clos du Midi. But as one would expect, there is more density here and more tension. There is also a lovely spice note that reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum (let me be clear, I mean this in the most complimentary way I can muster!)

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2018 Chinon Vieilles Vignes

The delicious Chinon Vieilles Vignes of Patrick Lambert is from 55 - 60 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 in 2018, showing earthy blackberry and strawberry compote with prune and bitter chocolate and firm structure. This is a complex, old-fashioned Chinon that will accompany roast chicken and anything off the grill, served a bit cool. Age for five to ten years for a mature experience. David Lillie

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2020 Chinon Rosé

(Arrives Feb 2) 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. This is drinking beautifully now with a bit deeper berry fruit than the 2021 (August 2022) and will drink well through 2023. This is a fabulous value and highly recommended.(Note: Some bottles have naturally occuring tartrate crystals which disappear when chilled and have no effect on flavor)

  • rosé
  • 8 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2021 Chinon Gourmandise

(Arrives Thursday 2/2)  "Gourmandise" is a beautiful "drink young" cuvée from Patrick Lambert, made from Cabernet Franc vines grown on sandy gravel soils near the Vienne. The wine shows a bright black/red color with lush high-toned aromas of crushed strawberry and black raspberry, with hints of citrus and pepper. The palate is supple and bright with luscious black raspberry and red currant fruit, quite lush and supple but still with refreshing  acidity. Serve this lovely wine quite cool with charcuterie and grilled chicken, pork or burgers, it's a perfect quaffing Cab Franc to drink over the next  year or two...  David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2021 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 25-30  year old  vines planted on gravel, clay with limestone and 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!

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2021 Chinon Rosé

(Arrives Feb 2) 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 25-year-old Cabernet Franc vines on gravel and sandy clay soils over limestone. The 2021 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 summer and into 2023. This is a fabulous value and highly recommended. David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Landron, Jo 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le Fief du Breil

 Jo Landron's Fief du Breil is from a beautiful walled vineyard sloping towards the Sèvre, with clay, sand and quartz stones over a bedrock of orthogneiss. The vines average 40 to 50 years of age, the vineyard is certified organic and biodynamic and gives very low yields. In the dense and well-strctured 2017 vintage the wine was aged 30 months sur-lie. This beautiful Muscadet needs aeration or decanting, then shows aromas of grapefruit skin, pear, lime-flower, candied citrus and almond. The palate is perfectly balanced and intensely mineral - showing ripe white fruits, almond, anise and stone flavors with firm acidity and pronounced flavors of stone and saline mineral. This is a bit more forward than the granite and gabbro-based based wines - really superb as a young wine served with shellfish, grilled fish and white meats. As usual with great Muscadet it will age beautifully and pair with monkfish, lobster and aged goat cheeses. Very little was imported, don't miss it!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Le Monde est Petit 2020 Vin de France Chardonnay

This is a fresh and friendly, direct press of Chardonnay, which is aged for 6 months in fiberglass tanks. I think of it as the perfect salad or grilled cheese wine. It is clean, unoaked, with subtle orchard fruit on the nose, crisp finish, a bit like what you'd expect from a Chardonnay mixed with what you'd expect from a Muscadet. Pleasant, stony and well balanced.  -EL

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $22.99

Legrand, Clotilde 2020 Saumur Blanc A L'Écart

The incredibly delicious Clotilde Legrand Saumur Blanc "A L'Ecart" is 100% Chenin Blanc grown on Turonien limestone soils in Saumur-Champigny. Hand harvested, vinification without SO2 (minimal addition before bottling) aged sur-lie in oval cuves and 2 year-old barrels. An absolutely delightful nose full of minerality, floral notes and tree fruit. The palate is dry and full without being lush; medium bodied with neutral barrel extract, vibrant acidity and more minerality and tree fruit. An excellent winter weight chenin without any heavy handedness, perfect for richer winter dishes such as Blanquette de Veau or Turbot Veronique. Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $17.99

Luneau-Papin 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

2015 is another very good vintage for the Luneau-Papin "L" d'Or, lacking the crunch of the 2014 perhaps, but still a very stylish Muscadet for current drinking and medium-term aging as well.  The wine shows complex aromas including pear, citrus and exotic fruit with anise and herbs. The palate is crystalline and long with stone and white fruits, really delicious, with a nice bit of crisp, bitter acidity in the finish. A good candidate for aging, this is Luneau-Papin's only cuvee on a granite subsoil (granit a deux micas) having a different character than the granite soils in Clisson or Chateau Thebaud. Vintages going back to 1989 of the L  d'Or are superb now, but this  very young 2015 would be perfect today with a filet of sole. DL      

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Luneau-Papin 2020 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

2020 is another excellent vintage for the Luneau-Papin "L" d'Or in a ripe, dense style but with a bit more brightness than the 2019 that makes it a superb Muscadet for current drinking and medium-term aging as well.  The wine shows a fairly ripe gold color and complex aromas that are a great combination of ripeness and vibrant acidity, including pear, almond, stone, citrus and exotic fruit with anise and herbs. The palate is dense and long with ripe yellow and white fruits, almond and marzipan, really delicious, with the wine's unique granitic acidity hidden below, the sapid fruit. The wine remains a good candidate for aging -  it's Luneau-Papin's only cuvee on a granite subsoil (granit a deux micas in Vallet) having a different character than the granite soils in Clisson or Chateau Thebaud. The vines are approximately 50 years old and and are farmed with organic and biodynamic methods. Vintages going back to 1989 of the L  d'Or are superb now, but this  very young 2020 would be perfect today with full-flavored fish dishes such as halibut and monkfish or with lobster and even white meats in sauce. David Lillie  

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Morgat. Eric 2019 Savennières Fidès

 "The 2019 Fidès is a pure, richly concentrated Chenin Blanc with huge power and attractive bitterness. A frost-affected crop, the low yields have packed a lot of interest in this mid-weight package with a firm line of acidity driving through the core. In this vintage, the pH is low, and there was no malolactic conversion, adding to that sense of power and direction. The long finish is almost salty. If I were going to be punched in the face, this is the way I would want it to be done, but you might want to wait for it to calm down." — Rebecca Gibb, Vinous

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Pabiot, Jonathan 2020 Pouilly Fume Leon

One of the very few domaines in Pouilly-Fumé to be certified organic,  with biodynamic methods as well, Jonathan Pabiot is making lovely, balanced wines with subtle fruit, firm acidity and good minerality in the finish. The 2020 is a blend of all three terroirs found at the estate: Kimmeridgian marl, chalky Portlandian, and clay-silex on flint. The vines average 30 years of age, and are planted very densely at 10,000 vines per hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented with indigenous yeasts and minimal SO2 is used. This is a beautiful Pouilly-Fume showing a very pale gold color and subtle aromas of lime-flower, lemon zest, white peach and pear, wet stone and a hint of exotic fruits. The palate shows ripe stone fruits - pear/peach/apricot - with a nice core of minerals. The finish brings firm acidity and strong mineral flavors under ripe stone fruits, and has nice purity partially due to the minimal dose of SO2. A lovely wine that will pair with a full-flavored fish dish, chicken in sauce, vegetable soups and goat cheeses, and it's a beautiful aperitif as well.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2020 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie Merci!

The 2020 Domaine de la  Pépière  "Merci" is named in gratitude to vigneron friends of Pépière who supplied finished 2020 wines for this special, one-off bottling that is helping to cover Pépière's 95% crop loss in the 2021 vintage. The wines come from sites similar to Pépière's, featuring variations on granite, gneiss and gabbro and from vines in transition to organic farming. The wine is a very typical, good quality Muscadet, showing classic aromas of white peach, lemon, almond and stone with a very dry, mineral flavored palate with pear and citrus fruit and a long finish with firm acidity and saline minerals - and it's an excellent value at $16.99.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Cru Château Thébaud

The Domaine de la Pépière Cru Communal Château Thébaud comes from old vines in vineyards with great terroir on 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Gorges

We're ecstatic to have another vintage of this superb new Muscadet from Pépière. The product of an exchange of juice with Fred Lailler at Domaine Bregeon from a tiny parcel of old vines on Gabbro bedrock with clay rich in quartz. The wine undergoes a slow fermentation and is then aged 42 months on the lees. (Marc Ollivier considers this a favorite of Pepiere's bottlings, along with the Château-Thébaud.) The 2019 Gorges is a complex, dense and beautifully structured wine, with  a bit more brightness and acidity than than the superb 2015.  The Gabbro terroir brings unique aromas showing almond, smoke and petrol notes in addition to stone, pear, quince and mushroom. The palate is dense and intensely mineral with ripe pear and quince, earth, almond, anise and citrus notes, with stone, lemon peel and white fruits lingering in the very long finish. If drinking young please give the wine a lengthy decant to release the unique character of this wine - best to wait at least 5 - 6 years before opening, then enjoy until 2042 and beyond.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2021 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Gras Moutons

Les Gras Moutons is a great parcel on gneiss, in layers that permit a deep penetration by the vines, with sandy clay and amphibolite stones. The vines are at the top of a hill and on the south facing slope overlooking the Maine. (The name, by the way, does not refer to fat sheep, despite their presence on the label, but rather in local dialect, to the hilltop vineyard site.) This terroir produces lovely, classic Muscadet to drink over the next 5 to 8 years."It has a more perfumed and precise style than the granite cuvées (in 2021), although the wafting aromatics of crushed chalk and white peach feel familiar. The palate has a nice tension though, with a polished richness countered by a chalky oyster-shell freshness, with a white-peach purity. It is pervaded by a fine grip, with firm phenolics, and modest acidity."

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2020 Vouvray Buvez du Bon Pinon

From the estate's website: "This is the renaissance of a cuvée created by my great-grandfather - a dry wine from our oldest parcel, planted in 1945 on soils of silex noir and vinfied in our oldest foudres - old 'tonneaux' from Porto purchased by my grandfather. We're using the label from the 1950s as well as the name of the cuvée - the famous 'Buvéz du Bon Pinon.' The fermentation lasted 2 to 3 months with only wild yeasts, which participate in the effect of 'terroir.' The fermentation was stopped by chilling the juice, followed by a soutirage, the wine then aged for 5 months in the old tonneaux. Aging potential of 15 to 20 years, serve with shellfish, oysters, cold fish, vegetable terrines, choucroute de la mer, rillettes and rillons." 7 grams/liter RS, 13.5% alcohol. This superb and elegant Vouvray is quite a contrast from the more open and expressive 2020 Sec. The "Buvez du Bn Pinon " is all elegance and depth, but quite closed, and just slightly opening on day two. The aromas are deep and creamy with subtle white peach, quince, earth, almond and stone, really needs time... The palate is dense and full with white and yellow fruits blending with earth, almond, anise and mineral notes. The wine is showing density and prerfect balance but will need many years to really emerge - like the Huet Le Mont Sec, for example, give it ten years before drinking if possible - or a 12 hour decant if drinking now. Of course it's delicious today but try to wait...  David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2020 Vouvray Les Déronnières

The grapes for "Les Déronnières" from Francois and Julien 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 very thin topsoil is clay with silex over Turonian limestone, and the beautiful exposure gives ripe fruit that is normally vinified as a demi-sec, but in recent vintages the RS level has been below 10 gr/l making it dry, in Vouvray anyway. The "Les Deronnières" shows a higher level of brightness and lower alcohol than in 2018 and 2019 giving a sensation of wonderful freshness and accenting the intese mineral character found in these wines. "A monumental freshness on an infinite palette of citrus fruits and quince in all its forms. Nothing less than exhilarating!" says our favorite French retailer "Vins Etonnants." Drink now or cellar indefinitely...

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Roche Bleue 2020 Jasnières Le Clos des Molières

From 25 - 30  year-old Chenin Blanc vines in a mid-slope parcel of thin clay and silex soils on limestone, yields of 25 hl/ha, certified organic with biodynamic methods as well, fermented and aged in 4 to 6 year-old barriques. Sébastien Cornille has quickly become one of the finest producers of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc on his 7 hectare estate in the Coteaux du Loir and Jasnières. The 2020 Jasnières "Clos es Molières" is an astonshing dry Chenin showing a bright pale gold color and subtle aromas of pear, nettle, almond, citrus and white earth. The palate is dense but crystalline and intensly mineral with white fruits, honey,  almond, citrus and stone flavors that continue in the scintillating finish. Serve now with an elegant shellfish or fish preparation or hold for ten to fifiteen years and serve with fish or chicken in sauce. Beautiful wine!

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Roche Bleue 2021 Coteaux du Loir La Guinguette

Sebastien Cornille's lovely "Guinguette" is made from a blend of  approximately 70% Pineau d’Aunis with 30% Gamay and Cabernet Franc sourced from 30+-year-old vines in the Coteaux du Loir in organic/ biodynamic farming. It undergoes semi-carbonic maceration with both whole-cluster and destemmed grapes in tank, end of fermentation and malo in 3 to 5 year-old barrels, 8 months elevage. The 2021 is light and fresh with aromas of tart cherry, raspberries and white flowers with just a hint of deeper plum fruit. The palate is a wave of fresh cherry, redcurrant and peppery spice, with ample acid and some tannic grip. It's best served slightly chilled and is a versatile pairing option with anything from roasted meats or vegetables to creamy cheeses.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2021 Jasnières Sec

100% Chenin Blanc, from 10 - 25 year-old vines on a slope of clay/silex soils on limestone, certified organic. Slow pressing of whole clusters; long fermentations, most in 4 to 6 year-old barriques, the younger vines in cuve inox; elevage in 6 year-old barrels. More austere than the 2020 vintage, the 2021 Jasnières Sec from Sébastien Cornille  shows intriguing aromas of dried pear, pineapple, lime-flower, honey and stone. The palate is lean and mineral with citrus, dried apple and pear, wet stone and fines herbes. The finish is bone dry, mineral and long with firm acidity. Serve this scintillating Chenin Blanc with oysters, grilled and fried seafood, white meats and goat cheeses. Cellaring of five to ten years will reval a locely mature wine...  David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Sansonnière (Mark Angéli) 2017 Vin de France La Lune 1.5L

 In 2017, another vintage badly hit by the frost, the estate lost 50% of their crop, giving wines with a lot of concentration. The vintage was quite sunny and relatively easy in terms of farming, harvest was early with good ripeness. Acidity stayed surprisingly good, balancing out the little residual sugar left. A lot of honey, quince and liquorice both on the nose, the palate has a serious structure, the acid back-bone being discreetly hidden behind the ripeness. A bottle to enjoy with a Moroccan vegetable tajine and or chicken masala. You can cellar it for 10 years. 8g RS, 35 ppm total of volcanic sulfur. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Sebastien "Babass" Dervieux 2021 Vin de France La Tete A Toto

A blend of Cab Franc and Grolleau, from 2021, a year when Sebastien felt a bit like the face on the label.'Tete a Toto' is essentially when you're so bombarded or overwhelmed that you temporarily forget what 2 + 2 is. With all of the loss of grapes due to climate related issues, Sebastien had very little wine he could make, and this very light-bodied but boldly spicy red is what he was able to put together in 2021. It's fresh, and has a unique rusticity and funk along with zippy acidity and bright red fruit. -EL

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Source du Ruault 2018 Saumur-Champigny Rouge

(Arrives 9/21) Jean-Noêl Millon at La Source du Ruault has 13 hectares on turonian limestone in Saumur-Champigny, organic since 2007 and using biodynamic methods. The "regular" Saumur-Champigny is from younger vines on clay and sandy soils over the limestone; the wine is hand harveted, fermented with wild yeasts, aged in stainless steel vat. The wine shows a dense red/black color with aromas of raspberry and cassis liqueur, ripe, quite pure and bright. The palate has a soft velvety attack but there is acidity to balance, with pretty red and black fruits that are ripe and intriguing. Serve this quite cool with roast chicken, grilled pork and lamb, tagines and charcuterie. This is a lovely Saumur-Champigny and an excellent value...

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2020 Anjou Demon (Cab Franc)

"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. // We have always been big fans of this silky and black-fruited Cabernet Franc from Celine and Benoit Blet at Les Terre Blanches. Probably the darkest and deepest of the Loire Valley Cab Francs we have in stock currently, this is perfect for that friend who loves Cab Sauv and refuses to try Cab Franc because someone said "bell pepper" once. Old-vines, shist terroir, all of this sounds like the makings of a really tasty Anjou red, and this dense, dark offering definitely delivers!

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2020 Cour-Cheverny

The 2020 Tessier Cour-Cheverny is 100% Romorantin from vines grown on sandy clay soils over limestone. The wine goes through the malo and is vinified and aged in vats. This is a beautiful Cour-Cheverny showing the power and weight of the 2020 vintage but as always with great balance and firm acidity. The wine shows distinctive aromas of pear and citrus fruit, lime-flower, toasted almond and hints of spice, really quite lovely. The palate is scintillating and dry with citrus, pear, herbal, stone and nut flavors, with nice ripeness and density and firm refreshing acidity. The finish is very long, with mineral, citrus and pear flavors that linger on the palate. Perfect as an aperitif or serve with full-flavored fish and chicken dishes, Asian foods, and especially with mild cheeses like Morbier or Raclette, or goat cheeses from the Loire. This will be very interesting with 2 to 4 years of cellaring as well. Lovely wine and a great value! 14.5% alc, 2.33 g/l RS, 18 mg/l total SO2.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Villalin 2021 Quincy Les Grandes Vignes

 Sauvignon Blanc has been grown in Quincy at least since the 15th century and produces a particularly distinctive wine on the gravel and silex soils of the Domaine de Villalin's vineyard "Les Grands Vignes." The estate is clearly the finest in Quincy, farming with mostly organic methods, plowing (sometimes with horses), harvesting by hand and fermenting with wild yeasts.  The 2021 is a bright and refreshing Sauvignon, showing subtle fruit aromas of peach and pear with almond, lime-flower and citrus. The palate shows lovely pear, apricot and almond flavors with lemony minerals in the long finish. This is a refreshing, stylish wine to serve quite cool all year round with seafood and poultry dishes, asparagus, crudites and mild cheeses.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Misc. Burgundy

Vignes du Maynes 2020 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. 2020 is a superb vintage for the Cuvée Auguste! 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 to twenty years should be possible.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2020 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 2020s here are extraordinary, showing the elegance, purity and balance typical of the estate with the 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 balckberry, citrus, stone and earthy flavors, that continue on the very long mineral finish. Always one of the greatest Gamays produced anywhere, the 2020 Manganite is a young wine that will benefit from decanting or five to fifteen years in the cellar. Highly recommended!

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Misc. France

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $51.99

Arretxea 2018 Irouleguy Haitza

 Arretxea "Haitza" - this is the flagship cuvée of the Riouspeyrous, a gorgeous blend dominated by Tannat, with a touch of Cabernets Franc & Sauvignon which can vary depending on the vintage. Organically grown on a diversity of soils - sandstones, schists, ophites - with very little clay, it is a great terroir to tame the natural power of Tannat: its acidity and tannins are softened up without losing their personality. The 2017 and 2018 Haitza can be enjoyed now if decanted, or kept in your cellar for 10 to 20 years! Served in large Bordeaux glass, you need a little bit of fat and texture : think rack of lamb, beef briskets with confit red pepper or a slow roasted hen-of-the-wood with Bordelaise sauce. 80% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Franc. 

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $48.99

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.  The 2016 shows lush aromas of blackberry and plum, deep and floral with garrigue, bitter chocalate and citrus. The palate shows ripe red currrant, blackberry and kirsh liqueur, with a beautiful texture and cool firm acidity that continues in the long finish with black fruits and saline minerals. Serve this lovely Bandol now with duck breast, grilled steak, lamb tagine or cellar for ten to fifteen years.

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

Clos Fantine 2019 Faugères Cuvée Tradition (No SO2)

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

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $27.99

Domaine des Costes 2018 Pécharmant Cuvée Tradition

Purchased by the Dournel family in 1992, the Domaine des Costes in Pécharmant has been certified organic since 2007. Pécharmant is a small high-quality AOC within Bergerac, seldom seen in the US,  benefiting from hillside vineyards of gravel over iron-rich clay. The wines are made from Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon -  well-structured with dense fruit, the older vine cuvées age beautifully, and wine from younger vines such as the 2018 "Tradition" are full-bodied and quite delicious for drinking over 5 to 8 years.The 2018 is an earthy red/garnet color, with intriguing aromas of black raspberry, cassis, earth, roast meat and spice.The palate is dense and richly textured with deep red currant and cassis fruit, with tobacco and earth with a very firm mineral presence on the tongue and a very long finish of red currant, minerals and firm acidity. All this for $15.99! Bravo to the Dournel family for this beautiful big little wine... David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Faillenc Sainte Marie 2020 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
  • 7 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2021 Vin de France Tracteur Blanc (Isère)

The blend changes every year for Thomas Finot's unique and refreshing Tractor Blanc - in 2021 it's 45 % Jacquère, 45 % Altesse,  the rest Chardonnay et Verdesse. This will arrive on Tuesday, can't wait to taste it - in the meantime we're borrowing a note from Vins Etonnants: The color is light gold, shiny. The nose is expressive, on quince jelly and honey, counterbalanced by citrus zest. The palate is crystalline, taut with a fine line of acidity, and offers a round, fresh, thirst-quenching substance, with this astringency reminiscent of lemon zest, even if the aromatics remain dominated by quince. The finish reveals a savory, lemony and chalky chewiness, supported by the acidity of the verdesse which has not said its last word." We'll have an American version next week.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2021 Vin de France Tracteur Rosé (Isère)

(Arrives Feb 2)  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. Refreshing and delicious! David Hatzopoulos

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2021 Vin de France Tracteur Rouge (Isère)

Thomas Finot in the Coteaux Grésivaudan made the vibrant 2021 Tracteur Rouge  mostly from Persan with Gamay, Pinot noir and Mondeuse.  The wine shows a lovely bright red color and pretty aromas of black cherry and plum skin with hints of violet, earth and spice. The palate is bright, supple and complex,  showing silky, earthy strawberry and red currant fruit with a nice lift of sappy  berry fruits, earth, herbal notes and citrus in the long finish. It's lovely, and very refreshing, served quite cool, with charcuterie, burgers, chicken and cheeses from Comté to Raclette. Bravo to Thomas Finot for making such a delicious wine at a great price! 

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $15.99

  • 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $24.99

Gavoty 2021 Cotes de Provence Grand Classique

The 2021 Gavoty "Grande Classique" is 70% Cinsault and 30% Grenache. The grapes macerate for several hours before pressing, and the saignée and first-press juice are vinified separately. The fermentation lasts about 15 days at low temperature, the saignee and press wines are blended in Januaary. The color is pale pink, with aromas of raspberry and white peach. The palate is beautifuly balanced, round and silky with lovely freshness. Red fruits, spice and mineral notes linger in the finish. Lovely wine!

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

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

Jonc Blanc 2019 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 needs air, so give this  a few hours open or a decant, then 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.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2020 Vin de France Fleur

The 2020 Jonc Blanc "Fleur" is a gorgeous and complex wine from 45% old-vine Semillon (70+ years old), Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris from Franck and Isabelle Pascal in Bergerac, Biodynamic farming on limestone with clay and sandy soils,  vinification without additives, aging for 18 months on the lees in cuve inox, bottled with a small addition of SO2, 20mg/l total. The 2020 Fleur is a lovely wine showing floral aromas of ripe citrus, melon and pear; the palate is ripe, supple and refreshing with ripe white fruits, quite generous and backed with firm acidity and saline/mineral flavors in the very long finish. Far from the typical varietal Sauvignon, this is a rich complex white of great character that willl acccompany cheeses and white meats and is a delicious aperitif.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc Solera Vin de France Pure M Manseng

Wow, this a superb natural wine - 100% Gros Manseng from three vintages, 2018 - 20200, grown on a clay/limestone terroir (calcaire de Castillon). Elevage in 1800 liter Stockinger foudre. This is a more northern version of this grape of southwest France with aromas of exotic fruit, pineapple and herbs. The palate is vibrant with almond, pear and apricot fruit, and finishes with saline minerals. Zero added SO2, 24 btls for the US, enjoy!

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 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 vineyards 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! DL 

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2021 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

The Laguerre EOS Blanc is 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
  • 14 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • 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 (we think) - 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. Superb and unique wine! (No added SO2)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Laguerre 2021 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 2021 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
  • 7 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $30.99

Marie et Vincent Tricot 2020 VdF Blanc (Auvergne) Chardonnay Désiré

From the Auvergne—perhaps better known for Volvic mineral water and charcuterie than for wine—comes this incredible bottle of Chardonnay. Tricot is the village leader in Orcet, a small town with volcanic soil. With less than six hectares of vines, Tricot has been working organically for many years. The plot of Chardonnay that gives this wine was planted in 1973 and has been farmed without chemicals since then. Aged in old barrel, the wine is quite lush and full-bodied and reminds us in some ways of a ripe Mâcon wine. Made entirely without SO2, this is a squeaky clean yet lightly oxidative wine that is oh-so delicious. 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Navarre 2020 Saint-Chinian Cuvée Olivier

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

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2020 Saint-Chinian Le Laouzil

Thierry Navarre's touchstone "Laouzil" is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from old vines planted on brown schist ("Laouzil" in the local dialect) soils in the rugged mountains of Roquebrun (Saint-Chinian). The grapes are de-stemmed and aged in neutral barrel before bottling with minimal sulfur. The robe is a lovely red/black in the glass. The wine shows seductive aromas of spiced plums, dried rosemary, and deeper notes of coffee and dry earth. The rich palate is bursting with black fruit flavors, peppercorn, and savory herbs with a structured texture of dense minerals and bright acidity on the long, persistent finish. This is a fascinating wine of terroir that Thierry says will be perfect in 5 years (though it's delicious now!)

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2021 Vin de France Lignieres Blanc

 From a vineyard co-planted with old varieties - Ribeyrenc Blanc, Grenache Gris and Clairette du Languedoc - Thierry Navarre makes his unique and delicious "Lignières." It's a delighful wine with slightly spicy and floral aromas of white peach, lemon peel, almond, pear and honeysuckle,  dry and dense  on the palate, but nicely round and ripe, with mineral, herbal and stone fruit flavors with firm acidity - really lovely, a great aperitif or serve with fish or chicken in sauce, salads, sheep and goat cheeses. Three cheers for Thierry Navarre for making such a delicious, distictive and unusual wine from historic varieties. David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2021 Vin de France Ribeyrenc

An almost extinct grape grown in the Languedoc, Ribeyrenc (Rivairenc) has been preserved mostly due to the work of Thierry Navarre and his father before him, planted on slopes of schist, exposure south-east.  It’s thin-skinned and yields a fresh and vibrant red wine with only 11.5% alcohol, and is possibly related to Cinsault.  The 2021 is simply delicious! The aromas are complex with red fruits, spice, herbs, tobacco, rose petal and tea-leaf. Low-alcohol and  light-bodied and a bit delicate with plum, red currant, spice and smoke on the palate, with a long finish - fresh, floral, and unlike anything else, really a lovely wine ! EL

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $42.99

Overnoy-Crinquand 2019 Arbois-Pupillin Ploussard

Domaine Overnoy-Crinquand lies in the center of the village of Pupillin, producing fantastic wines from their 5.5 hectares of organically tended vines planted in limestone and clay soils. Pupillin is recognized as the home of the Ploussard grape, and given the results that Mikael Crinquand is consistently able to obtain, we have to agree. In previous vintages reduction was a bit of an issue, but this wine is clean and vibrant upon opening. Beautiful red berry fruit and rose petal aromas on the nose are anchored by a rustic minerality and brambly herbs redolent of sage. Although it’s translucent in the glass, it has a surprising amount of tannic structure and grip along with incredibly pure fruit and spice. Try this with spicy carnitas or roasted poultry!

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $32.99

Pajot, Domaine de 2021 VDP des Côtes de Gascogne Les Quatre Cépages

This is a beloved staple at Chambers Street! Domaine de Pajot is located in Southwest France overlooking the capital of Armagnac, a region more well known for their brandy than table wines. The entire estate is certified organic, grown over rolling hills of mostly sand and fine silt soils, vines interspersed with hazelnut trees. 'Les Quatre Cépages' is a blend of 35% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Colombard, 20% Ugni-Blanc, 10% Gros-Manseng . Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this wine is dry, crisp, and well balanced. Pajot is our go-to pick for your event, pleasing everyone at a moderate price, or for enjoying at home as an aperitif or with fish and chicken dishes.

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic

Petite Baigneuse (Philippe Wies) 2020 Vin de France Juste Ciel (Grenache/Macabeu)

Maccabeu and Grenache Gris from very old vines on black schist soils of Maury, in the Roussillon, bordering Spain and the Pyrenees Mountains. There's great density and body to the wine, balanced by a mineral finish. I'm personally a big fan of Maccabeu and find wines made from this grape have really nice weight and good cut as well.  -EL

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot 2018 Arbois Clos de la Tour de Curon Chard

Chardonnay from a single vineyard of massale vines planted in 2002, at 16,000 vines per hectare - Stephane says this is the "Montrachet" of the Jura!

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $174.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Turenne 2017 IGP Maures Brut Cuvée Cécile Brut Nature

(Arrives Feb 2)  The Domaine Turenne Cuvée Cécile Brut Nature is made from Rolle (aka Vermentino) and Cinsault, aged 18 months on the lees and bottled unfiltered. The wine shows fine bubbles with a pale copper hue and a creamy texture. The nose is redolent with notes of melon, white rocks and herbs whilst the palate has a dry, savory finish with flavors of orange peel, apricot and citrus. Serve this refreshing Provençal "bulles" as an aperitif or with fish, white meats and fruit desserts.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Turenne 2020 Cotes de Provence Cuvé Apollon Rosé

(Arrives Feb 2 - Last of stock) The Domaine Turenne "Cuvée Apollon" is a more "serious" Bandol style Rosé made from Mourvedre and Grenache that ages for 6 months in 600-liter acacia barrels before bottling. The wine shows aromas of citrus, white peach and apricot, with a full bodied palate, round and silky, finishing with firm acidity, mineral and white fruit flavors. Drink this lovely rosé over the next few years with white meats, farm chicken, veal milanese and tajines..or sip happily by itself.

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Turenne 2021 Cotes de Provence Cuvée Camille Rosé

(Arrives Feb 2)  Domaine Turenne, northeast of Bandol in Provence, produces this lovely rosé from 40% Cinsault, 50% Grenache and 10% Syrah, certified organic. The terroir is a unique bed of limestone and sandstone debris with small stones called "Gavroches" which bring a pronounced minerality and good drainage to the vines. The grapes are harvested by hand and fermented with wild yeasts. The 2021 "Camille" is a pretty, very pale pink/orange color with aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, rose and citrus, with a hint of stone fruits as well. The palate is light and elegant with subtle berry fruits, a hint of citrus and stone, and has nice density and length. This is a light and lovely rosé for all year enjoyment, sipped by itself or with grilled fish, white meats, salade Niçoise and mild cheeses - and it's a fabulous value! 

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Rhone

Amphores 2021 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes Syrah "Les Iris"

From 100% Syrah grown on decomposed granit soils in Chavanay, just outside the Saint-Joseph zone, tended organically since planting, in the early 90's, and now certified  Biodynamic  as well. The 2021 "Les Iris" Syrah shows the brighter, pretty fruit and slightly lower alcohol of this low-yielding and cooler 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! David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Balazu des Vaussières 2017 Vin de France Cuvée Hysope

For lovers of natural wines - The new Rouge from Balazu des Vaussieres is the Cuvée Hysope, recently bottled after a brief passage in wood, then four years aging in tank. It's from 50% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre, 20% Carignan and 10% Cinsault, grown primarily in Tavel with additional vines in Roquemaure, nearby. The wine needs 1 - 2 hours of aeration (after it's four years in vat) then shows lovely black cherry, plum, violet, citrus peel and earth. The palate shows firm acidity and a dense earthy texture with ripe cherry, red currant and licorice with herbal and citrus notes. The finish is long and complex with earthy red fruits, citrus and brown spice. This is a beautiful living wine which will be fun to taste over many days, recorked in the fridge. Ten years of cellaring should be interesting...

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balazu des Vaussières 2021 Vin de France Blanc Cuvée Hibiscus

The 2021 Balazu des Vaussières Blanc "Cuvee Hibiscus" is from 50% Grenache Blanc and 10% each of Roussanne, Viognier, Clairette, Marsanne and Bourboulenc. The wine shows an opaque pale bronze color with aromas of almond, ripe pear, apple blossom, lemon verbena, a touch of honey and stone. The palate is dense with dried pear, herbal and mineral flavors, showing the Grenache Blanc, with hints of apricot and mint. On day two the other grapes are more evident, with a long finish of stone and citrus. This is a delicious full-bodied natural white that is delicious now and should cellar nicely as well...

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balazu des Vaussières 2021 Vin de France Bois de Rose Rosé

(Arrives 7/26) The 2021 Balazu des Vaussières "Bois de Rose" Rosé is made from Grenache and Cinsault grown in Biodynamic vineyards in Tavel and Roquemaure. This is a fascinating, refreshing and delicious natural wine and if there is any "gout de souris" it's well hidden by lovely fruit! The wine shows an opaque pink color, slightly petillant, with aromas of tart cherry, wild strawberry, grapefuit pith and rose blossom. Candied cherry and raspberry on the palate with green apple and watermelon, refreshing and bright with nice density of fruit and a long sappy finish. Delicious! No SO2.

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Barou 2021 VdP Collines Rhodaniennes Marsanne "Rendez-Vous"

The Barou family family makes delicious wines, and grows cherries and apricots on their mixed-use organic estate in Charnas, in the northern section of the AOC Saint-Joseph. Their 2021 Vin de Pays Marsanne is a simply superb everyday wine! Light bronze/gold color.  This needs a few minutes to open up, then shows bright aromas of pear and peach, almond, lime-flower, lemon peel, smoke and hay, really quite pretty, and a little fresher than the 2020 at 13% alcohol. Ripe stone fruits on the palate, primarily peach and dried pear with lemon, spice and saline mineral flavors with refreshing acidity. Beautiful finish with white and yellow fruits and minerals. Serve this lovely wine as a superb aperitif or with chicken, full-flavored fish, mild cheeses and Asian foods. This is a unique and delicious wine and an extraordinary value - highly recommended! 

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Barou 2021 Vin de Pays Syrah "Vernes"

From 40 year-old Syrah vines in Charnay, just outside the Saint-Joseph AOC, on living soils tended organically for forty years by Marie-Agnès and Emmanuel Barou. Plowing by tractor or weeding by hand on the steep slopes. Hand-harvested, wild-yeast fermentations, aging one year in 4 to 5 year-old barrels. 2021 was a vintage of very low yields in the northern Rhone, which did not escape the frost, mildew and rain which occured in most of France. While the wines are less alcoholic and tannic there are some notable successes - particularly at Domaine Barou which has again produced a superb Syrah "Cuvée des Vernes!" The wine shows deep black/purple color with lush aromas of blackberry and raspberry liqueur, blueberry, spice and bacon fat with cool minty notes - really lovely! The palate shows cool dense black fruits, wonderfully round and full, vibrant and bright with black fruits, minerals, blueberry, earth, smoke and citrus with a beautiful, refreshing, sappy sweet finish of minerals and fruit. As always with the Cuvée Vernes, this is an outstanding Syrah, nicely balanced at 12.5% alcohol, and simply delicious for current drinking. Serve a bit cool with almost anything from roast chicken to pork, rabbit, charcuterie and lamb, or just enjoy by itself. Case quantities are available. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $15.99

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

Charvin 2020 Côtes-du-Rhone Le Poutet

The Laurent Charvin "Le Poutet"  is made from average 50 year-old vines (some are 90 years-old!) of 80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Syrah and Carignan in vineyards that abut Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Maucoil in the northwest and Campovin and Boislauzon in the northeast. The soils are sandy clay/limestone with galets stones. The grapes undergo a 15 to 20-day whole bunch fermentation with daily pumping-overs, the wine then spends 18 months in concrete vat and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The resulting wine is equal to many Châteauneuf-du-Pape, offering complex aromas of garrigue and spicy red fruits with the structure to evolve and drink well over ten to fifteen years. The lovely 2020 shows "a red robe; the nose carries a light essence of cooked plum fruit, strawberry jam, pepper, peony. It’s wide, will emerge and evolve well. The palate is close-knit, herbal-peppery, lined with red cherry, brisk fruits, cut in the tannins that still stand a little on the outside. Its frame is a bit skeletal, can amplify. There is rocky powder emphasis on the close, the length good. I like its gradual upping of the tempo, depth. It has interest, hidden corners, is not an open book. “It’s very fresh, always had foundation. 2019 is powerful, but 2020 bears jolis fruits, has true class, an identity,” Laurent Charvin."  drinkrhone.com

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $24.99

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

Clos des Brusquières 2020 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

85% Grenache, some 100+ years-old, 15% Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault. 70% de-stemmed, aged in vats and large old barrels. Bottled unfined, unfiltered. We've stocked this very authentic CDP every year since 2005 and it never disappoints. Here's drinkrhone on the 2020 vintage: "dark red robe; the nose has a suave quality, is rounded, on soaked red cherries, griottes, cooked plums, is nicely in the instant. The palate is also open and running, with a smooth tone, stylish tannins nourishing it well. There are herbal tones on the aftertaste, pockets of detail there. It’s a well together, pleasing and authentic,  Châteauneuf of terroir, has charm and will please." Drink now, preferably with a decant, enjoy over the next 20 years.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $49.99

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Clos du Joncuas 2019 Séguret La Garancière Rouge

70% Grenache with Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre, grown in sandy soils near Gigondas, always farmed organically, hand harvested, whole-cluster wild yeast fermentation, aged in cement vat, un-fined, unfiltered. The 2019 shows a bright garnet/black color with aromas of plum and violet that segue into tart cherry and raspberry. The palate shows nice density of lovely cherry and berry fruits that are bright and lively but nicely ripe and concentrated as well. Serve cool with grilled foods this fall and winter or with a pork stew or Morrocan tagine. Delicious now but will benefit from 3 - 5 years of cellaring.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Clos du Joncuas 2021 Gigondas Rosé

(Arrives Feb 2) This is a beautiful Gigondas Rosé from our organic friends at Clos du Joncuas. Pretty bright pink/orange color, aromas of raspberry, tart cherry, blood orange, peach skin and rose, a bit fresher and brighter than the last two vintages. Full, crisp palate with pretty red fruits and firm acidity. Long finish with tart cherry, peach, earth and citrusy acids. A bit lighter and better balanced than the 2019 and 2020, and very young -  it should open up nicely over the next two years. It's delicious now though, and very food-friendly – serve with grilled fish and white meats, salade nicoise, vegetarian dishes and Provençal foods. A great rosé to enjoy all year-round!

  • rosé
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Clusel-Roch 2020 Vin de France Serine

The 2020 Clusel-Roch Vin de Pays Serine was made entirely with young vines of Serine, massale selection from their Cote-Rotie vines, in a very interesting vineyard named "Le Plomb" which is approximately on the back, more western facing slope just south of "Vialliere" and "Grandes Places." We were able to taste the wine this week, and it is truly a very special Vins de Pays! The wine shows a bright red/black color with quite lovely and complex high-toned berry fruit liqueur with hints of smoke, earth and rose petal. The palate is dense and sapid but light on its feet with intriguing mineral flavors below complex focused red and black fruits, with a long finish of palate coating black fruits and minerals. Our friend John Livingstone-Leaarmonth of drinkrhone had this too say: "quite a dark red colour; this has a floating, pure red fruited nose, soft scenting, a little pepper snap present. The fruit is cool, tinkling, runs gracefully, tannins that are precise well in the mix. It’s a very good ensemble, is top w.o.w. attack with real early appeal, precision." (w.o.w. = what one wants - drinking beautifully now)  Notice the words "precise" and "precision" as this wine really has focus and definition of fruit and mineral flavors. Congrats to Guillaume Closel for this lovely "Serine!"

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2020 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  is dense and dark with firm acidity, and opens up to a generous gift of cassis, dried fruit, mint, and black pepper, with some nice brightness. The grippy 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 - five years in the cellar and this modestly price wine will really sing. Surprisingly structured so perfect with grilled meat, tagines, reblochon or other soft cheeses.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2020 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 2020 Seguret shows a deep red/black color and aromas of blackberry liqueur, black cherry and plum, with earth, garrigue, black pepper 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, licorice 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.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2020 Saint-Joseph "Les Mésanges"

 "Les Mésanges" is a cuvée of Saint-Joseph made from 30 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 2020 vintage. The wine will benefit from a few years of aging, and needs a bit of time open if drinking now.  The wine shows a deep black/red color that coats the glass with fresh aromas of black raspberry/cherry liqueur, quite ripe, with violet, spice, black olive and bitter chocolate. The palate is lush and supple, densely textured, with black fruit liqueur, blueberry, spice, earth and mineral flavors, quite intense but a bit brighter and more open than the 2019. This is an authentic and delcious Northern Rhone Syrah from great farming, at a great price! Best to decant if drinking now, or cellar a few years and enjoy until 2035.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Dumien Serrette 2020 Cornas "Patou" Vieilles Vignes

The 2020 Dumien-Serrette "Patou" is a "kick-ass" Cornas, as noted by our friend Livingstone-Learmonth at drinkrhone:  "very dark robe; the nose is sunny, very well filled with busy, stylish black fruits, a note of Indian ink, squid-pulp, vegetal airs on board. It’s going to amplify and really blossom from a large glass. The palate is rolling, generous, starts on a willing sweep of cool black berry fruits before taking up dark tannins, pine needles, the depth on the finish resounding, the whole bunch presence noted there in its smoky canopy. The second half really shows Cornas and its kick ass nature, the first half is flattering, vintage 2020 poise present. This has captured the sunrays of Patou very well, is a real wine of terroir."  Decant if drinking now, enjoy over the next 25 years.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Organic

Finot, Thomas 2019 Crozes-Hermitage Cuvée Claude

Thomas Finot, who is resurrecting forgotten vineyards and varieties in the Isère, is also making brilliant wines from his tiny family vineyard in Crozes-Hermitage. He has 1.8 hectare of old Syrah vines in Larnage on a hillside with granite and limestone subsoils under interesting soils of white clay (kaolin). It's a great terroir, and the Cuvée Claude, homage to Thomas' uncle, is a superb, somewhat atypical Crozes. The 2019 Cuvee Claude shows a deep black/red color and elegant aromas of black cherry and blackberry with hints of pepper and oak. The palate is well structured with firm tannins under elegant red and black fruits, mint, citrus, earth and mineral flavors. Please give this serious Crôzes-Hermitage a long decant, or open the night before if drinking now. This will really sing after some time in the cellar, best 2025 - 2035.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Finot, Thomas 2020 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

Thomas Finot, who is making fascinating wines in the Coteaux Grésivaudan in the Isère, makes a tiny quantity of Crôzes-Hermitage Blanc and Rouge.  This beautiful Crôzes Blanc is from 100% Marsanne grown on the family's 1.8 hectare parcel of old vines in Larnage on a hillside with granite and limestone subsoils under interesting soils of white clay (kaolin). It's a great terroir for Marsanne giving a wine that is ripe and concentrated but with a fabulous underlying stone and smoky character.  The wine shows a bright gold color with aromas of floral yellow fruits and almond. The palate is a fascinating blend of buttery apricot and citrus flavors with smoky stone and minerals, finishing with stone fruits and citrus lingering on the palate. Lovely wine and a great food pairing with full-flavored fish and poultry dishes, Asian cuisine.

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Guicharde 2019 Côtes du Rhône Organic

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

  • red
  • 64 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $159.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $169.99

Levet 2019 Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche

100% Syrah, 60% from Chavaroche (1940s), 40% from Mollard, Côte Brune, Côte Blonde (1978-80), whole bunch fermentation, 3 week vinification in 50 hl concrete vats, cap is immersed, twice daily pumping overs, held at 29°C , aged in 30% new, 70% used oak casks, barrels for 24 months.  "... full, dark red; the bouquet is alert, springy, on raspberry with a meaty take, rose hip, plums, bacon fat. This engages well on the palate, is scented, airs of violets, perfume with a suave texture also, making it appealing, rather sumptuous. It takes a good length, isn’t yet fully defined, with the attack doing much of the work for now. Its density works well, and is accompanied by bacon, floral notes, with licorice on its lasting finish. It will show well around 2029 onwards. “It has grand length,” Agnès Levet. Drink until 2048-50" (drinkrhone)

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $96.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $239.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $53.99

Pierre Andre 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

(CSW Price $49.99!) The superb 2019 Pierre André CDP Rouge 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. From drinkrhone: "handsome dark red robe; the nose has depth from within, a really inviting aroma of finely sweet plums, with some cedar, gently perfumed notes around them. It’s a very good start. The palate runs with a stately roll of red stone fruits, lovely engagement thanks to its stylish gras, its spherical shape most appealing. The balance is good. This is Châteauneuf of terroir, no make-up added, is a very bonny Grenache-inspired wine, has smoky, tobacco, menthol tones late on. Much harmony here, not sure what else one could demand from it - way to go, Jacqueline!" Drink 2025 - 2050.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pierre Andre 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Magnum

The superb 2019 Pierre André CDP Rouge 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. From drinkrhone: "handsome dark red robe; the nose has depth from within, a really inviting aroma of finely sweet plums, with some cedar, gently perfumed notes around them. It’s a very good start. The palate runs with a stately roll of red stone fruits, lovely engagement thanks to its stylish gras, its spherical shape most appealing. The balance is good. This is Châteauneuf of terroir, no make-up added, is a very bonny Grenache-inspired wine, has smoky, tobacco, menthol tones late on. Much harmony here, not sure what else one could demand from it - way to go, Jacqueline!" Drink 2025 - 2050.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

Texier 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes

2019 Chateauneuf-du-Pape VV - From old vines of Bourboulenc and Clairette on galets roulés in "Bois Sénéchaux," facing north. Flashing a medium gold hue, the nose offers fabulously complex aromas of quince, cantaloupe, orange marmalade and orange blossom, with almond, citrus, dried flowers and chamomille, lifted by a slightly oxidative character. The palate is full bodied with concentration from the old vines, showing ripe pear and yellow fruits with meyer lemon, almond and intense saline minerals, finishing with firm acidity and fabulous length. A true winter weight Rhone white meant for heartier dishes and colder climes. GH/DL   "2019 Chateauneuf blanc : very hot and ripe year, similar to 2017. Even the bourboulenc was very ripe. We did some oxydation on the must before fermentation to avoid too much oxydative notes in the finish wine. In the end like for any super ripe vintage, we do have a touch of oxydation (should please the Jura kids...), but the wine has a great potential for imaginative pairings with food. Really amazing with marinated poultry (acidic marinade - lime, lemon... based). For drinking now, unlike 2018 or 2020 that will need years, imo.." Eric Texier  (Note: The importer mistakenly shipped some of our inventory to another state (?!) but more wine will arrive in a few months - we'll take reservations, no purchase necessary)

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur