Loire

Baudouin 2015 Anjou Rouge Coteaux d'Ardenay

The Baudouin "Coteaux dArdenay" is Cabernet Franc (may have some Cabernet Sauvignon, depending on vintage) from vines planted in 1990 in Ardenay, a hamlet north of Layon with soil of volcanic rock, shale, sandstone and coal.  Certified organic (Ecocert) 100% de-stemmed, maceration by infusion, délestage, 40 days alcoholic fermentation in tank. Gentle pressing. Aged for 12 months in Burgundian oak barrels (2-4 years old). 4 months blending and settling in tank before bottling in spring. "The 2015 vintage is sunny but still full of finesse, neither vegetal nor candied. In the cellar, a long, sweet infusion. A "Terroir" wine, the Coteaux d´Ardenay presents complex and deep aromas allied to a fresh and long finish typical of the Loire Valley. The dense and structured but fine frame of this wine will allow a harmonious pairing with red meats of character, game, leg of lamb, beef ribs or steaks."

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudouin 2018 Anjou Blanc 'Effusion'

The Patrick Baudouin "Effusion" is 100%  Chenin Blanc from 35 year old vines in 2 parcels with volcanic rock: Ardenay in Chaudefonds sur Layon (micaceous shale, sandstone, silica) and Bruandières in Saint Aubin de Luigné (shale, Caboniferous-era sandstone). Certified organic (Ecocert). Gentle pressing, indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged in older Burgundian oak barrels (1 to 4 years old). Blending and settling in tank before bottling.

Effusion is a wine of aromatic freshness, as its name suggests, while remaining well structured. Serve with everything from appetizers to cheese, including fish and grilled white meats.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Baudry 2017 Chinon La Croix Boissée

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2018 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Le Clos Guillot is a beautiful south-east facing vineyard, just east of the town of Chinon, above the Clos de l'Olive and adjacent to Le Chêne Vert. The upper slope of the parcel is clay over limestone (the lower part has sand and gravel over the rock, which permitted a tiny separate production from franc de pied vines, now mostly deceased) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. Fermentation in wooden cuves, 12 months of aging in three to ten year-old barriques, 9 additional months in unlined cement vats. We have been buying this wine since it's first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons. It's become incrreasingly difficult to write superlatives about this wine, as each vintage since 2014 has been superb in it's own way. And now 2018, a vintage the Baudrys describe as "magnificent!" The ripeness of fruit in this vintage diplays a different side of Cabernet Franc with the more traditional light raspberry/strawberry aromatics enhanced by darker fruits: blackberry, black raspberry and boysenberry with violet and earth, that remain vibrant and bright. The color is deep black with a purple rim. The palate shows sensational purity, freshness and elegance with a fabulous dense, silky, calcaire texture and fabulous length of pure black fruits and minerals. While this wine is amazingly delicious now, it should be very interesting with long cellaring as well. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $38.99

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

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $37.99

Bejon 2018 Vin de France Saint Germain

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bertin-Delatte 2018 Anjou Blanc L'Echalier

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

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bertin-Delatte 2018 Vin de France Vingt-Neuf

 From vines planted in 1929, aged in new 500 liter barrels, then in steel tanks for 6 months. 170 cases made. The "Vingt-Neuf" is very reminiscent of the wines of Richart Leroy in it's perfect balance, elegance and high-acid minerality. This will need some time to open up, so carafe or age five to eight years before drinking. 6 btls available.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2018 Touraine KO In Cot We Trust

Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme's "In Cot We Trust" is one of the most vibrant, fascinating and delicious Malbecs of the Loire! From  a single parcel called "les Automnes" with 45 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils, 2 week whole-cluster maceration, fermentation and aging for 18 months in 500L demi-muids, zero added SO2. 2018 is a great vintage for this soulful wine, showing deep and ripe but very bright aromas, with beautiful ripe black fruits on the palate that is very fresh and long. Serve cool and enjoy! David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Vin de France Vercheny

Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme currently works about ten hectares and  sources some fruit from trusted friends, also working organically. This vintage of the Vercheny (an anagram of Cheverny) is 100% Pinot Noir, we think.... Grapes are hand-harvested, whole cluster fermentation occurs in vat, and the wine ages for at least six months in used 500L barrels. A spectrum of bright black and red fruits present on the nose, with fresh red cherries slowly evolving into cherry candy syrup as your nose lingers in the glass.  The wine is bright with acidity with nice density and a touch of structure framing juicy red raspberries, strawberies, cherries and tangy red apple skin on the lingering finish. Just delicious!

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2020 Vin de France Le Telquel

This "poil dur" is wagging its tail again in 2020, showing the ripeness and balance of this good vintage in the Loire Valley, with juicy aromas of blackberry, rose, spice and citrus. It's Gamay with a bit of Cabernet Franc in this vintage, with an extra layer of ripeness, and nice density of bright blackberry fruit, a bit floral and spicy. Quite refreshing with good length of lush berry fruits and citrusy acids in the finish. Serve a bit cool with charcuterie, chicken and pork - just delicious!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 IGP Urfé Gamay's Mi-Noir Mi-Bouze

Gilles Bonnefoy's "Gamay's Mi-Noir, Mi-Bouze" is a pure and beautiful wine made with no added sulfites, from Gamay Noir and Gamay de Bouze grown on volcanic soils. A bit similar to Christian Ducroux's "Exspectatia," the wine shows a lovely black/red color and lush aromas of black raspberry, plum, stone and violet. The palate is ripe and pure with velvety black fruits, very fresh and bright, finishing with lovely purity and  good length. This is a very pretty natural wine that should be served cool - perfect with grilled foods this summer. David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

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

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

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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

The 2020 Cote du Forez "Migmatite" from Gilles Bonnefoy at Les Vins de la Madone is a extraordinary Gamay from 50 year-old vines in a unique parcel of granite/clay soils very rich in mica. The grapes are hand-harvested with yields of only 25 hl/ha,  followed by whole cluster fermentation with native yeasts. Aging is in cuve inox, with a light filtration and the wine is bottled with minimal SO2, per Demeter Biodynamic rules.  The wine shows a deep black/purple color with elegant aromas of ripe black fruits, very floral and fresh.The palate is fabulously deep, dense and velvety with lush black fruits above a very present saline mineral character that lifts the vibrant black fruits in the long refreshing finish. Just a beautiful wine and perfect with grilled foods this summer, charcuterie  and cheeses or just sipped cool by itself. This is the most "serious" of Gilles' wines to be offered this year -  put a few in the cellar as the wine should develop nicely over the next 3 to 5 years. Highly recommemded!

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2020 IGP Urfé Les Rougeots du Clos

Gilles Bonnefoy's vibrant "Les Rougeots du Clos" is from young vines of three Gamays: Gamay de Bouze, Gamay de Chaudenay and Gamaret (a cross between Gamay and Reichensteiner, resistant to grey rot, with bright black fruit flavors). The vines grow at 1,800 ft in a single parcel on granit soils with mica and clay. The wine shows a bright red/black color with very floral, complex, earthy aromas of blackberry and black raspberry with gorgeous fruit on the ripe supple palate, with terrific length of earth, minerals and deep black fruits. Really a fascinating and very "gouleyant" wine to serve cool with grilled foods this summer, fresh goat cheeses and even chocolate desserts!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2020 IGP Urfé Roussanne de Madone

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

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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

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

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Bregeonnette (Stéphane Orieux) 2018 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 an excellent parcel in Vallet on granite subsoil with very old vines. The 2018 is a lovely wine with ripe high-toned aromas of lemon confit, melon, dried herbs, white pepper and pear; the palate is dense with stone, citrus, pear and anise flavors, with a lovely, creamy texture and ripe fruit in the finish, framed in minerals and firm acidity. A delicious classic Muscadet from granite soils, drink now or hold up to 10 years. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Cuvee Chevalerie (1/19)

We're big fans of the Caslot family at Domane de la Chevalerie, who  make soulful Bourgueils from organic/biodynamic vineyards on their superb terroirs.  The Chevalerie vineyard is on mid-slope Turonian limestone with clay and alluvial sand and gravel topsoils, rich in silex; the vines average about 60 years of age. 2014 is a superb vintage for the Cuvee Chevalerie which shows a lovely deep red color and fresh ripe black raspberry and cassis with black pepper, stone, prune and roast meat. The palate is well-structured and quite concentrated with complex black fruit liqueur, spice, bitter chocolate, licorice and truffle, with a long finish of sappy fruit and mineral flavors. This is a beautiful Bourgueil of terroir that can be enjoyed now with coq-qu-vin, steak au poivre and grilled lamb, best to wait  3 - 5 years, then drink until 2035 and beyond. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 18 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Peu Muleau

Peu Muleau is located on the upper part of the hill, above the Domaine de la Chevalerie and just below the forest of chestnut, acacia, oak, pine and birch, on Cenozoic eolian sands with iron, clay and altered tuffeau. The vines are around 35 years old, and farmed biodynamically. The maceration last 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. 2014 Loire reds are really great wines, despite a tricky vintage for the producers. Yet with the best the wines are delicious, in a classic ligérien style. It means the Peu Muleau from the Caslot in just a winner, a terrific value and such a great Bourgueil to enjoy now! The wine has a unique chalky minerality, subtle and earthy on the palate -  the nose explodes with raspberry and cherry blossom, coriander seeds and Sichuan pepper. The ripe, salivating acidity is driving the palate, with supple tannins, and a lingering saltiness. It is ready to drink now, but cellared  for 4-5 years you will gain some nice earthy secondary tones. Pair it with  a beautiful pâté en croûte, duck rillette or a summer porcini risotto. 100% Cabernet Franc. PL/DL

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2017 Bourgueil Diptyque

Diptyque is located on 1 to 2 meters deep sand, gravel intermixed with clay soils on an old alluvial terrace closer to the Loire, at the foothills of the coteau. This terroir  gives supple, fruit driven cabernet without being green or too simple thanks to the biodynamic farming of the domaine. Maceration is short, aging is usually short (4-5 months) and only in tanks. The first vintage of this cuvée was in 2003. This is the vin de soif du the domaine - hyper quaffable, you can serve it slightly chilled, pop it open to pair with pretty much every type of food (except iodine and oily fish) and even keep a couple of years!. If you don’t believe cabernet franc can be delicious, juicy, savoury yet fruity, just try this wine! The 2017, a little tight last year, is now a pure delight after a quick decanting or using large stems. Quite purple in the glass, the nose if full of wild strawberry, crushed raspberry and hint of black berry. You pick up some iris root, Thai basil and forest floor too. In the palate, it is ultra fresh, with great, black raspberry like acidity, more herbal and floral. Tannins are really gentle yet present, with a liquorice root feel. Even if it is the vin de soif, you can drink it over a couple of days - it will only get better! Keep it up to 5 years with no problem. And as David Lillie said "Serve with charcuterie, pork chops or roast chicken and be happy!" 100% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chidaine 2019 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

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


  • white
  • 136 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

Coulaine 2017 Chinon Les Picasses

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

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2019 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

This wine is an outstanding value in Chinon for current drinking. The estate is certified organic since 1997. The vines average 25 years-old and come from a variety of parcels around the estate on clay/limestone and on sand/gravel soils, vinified to accentuate the fruit and youthful enjoyment. There is a cold maceration in concrete vats with minimal extraction, fermentation with wild yeasts and aging in both concrete vats and old barrels. Minimal SO2 is used. The wine shows a deep red/black color and lovely aromas of black raspberry and cassis. The palate is supple and ripe with deep red and black fruit flavors with earth and minerals and with terrific length. Serve this lovely wine cool with white meats, grilled pork and lamb, green vegetables, charcuterie and fresh goat chesses, drink within 2-3 years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

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

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Dauny 2020 Sancerre Caillottes

Domaine Dauny in Crézancy has been organic since 1964 - Nicole and Christian are the 12th generation at the estate!  The 2020 Sancerre "Caillottes" is made from vines on stony limestone soils giving a very fresh and lively Sancerre with zesty citrus fruits, notes of pear and lime-flower, and a very refreshing mineral -tinged finish. Great with shellfish, grilled fish or with some Crotin de Chavignol....

  • white
  • 86 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Deboutbertin 2017 Vin de France Achillée

Deboutbertin is Stéphanie Debout and Vincent Bertin, with 4 hectares of vines around Faye d'Anjou and Beaulieu. Vineyard work is all done by hand or with their horse, Anatole. Vinifications are with wild yeasts, aging is in 3+ year-old barrels, bottling is without filtration or added sulfur - 100% jus de raisin! Opaque pale bronze color, aromas of dried apple and pear, a bit of brown spice, dried flowers, lemon oil and caramel. Intense earth, citrus, stone and dried pear on the palate with citrusy acids in the long finish.  This is a lovey natural wine - it's a pleasure to drink a Chenin Blanc with no added SO2. Disclaimer - this is most certainly a "natural" natural wine, and is best suited for the adventurous and curious wine-drinker. Though it clearly has the backbone and mineral structure of an Anjou Chenin, it is definitely "different!" Fermentation did not finish by 2018 when Stéphanie and Vincent needed to empty barrels to make space for new wine, so the wine arrived in New York with a crown cap and some residual sugar. We have stored the wines for several years and it seems the yeast slowly did some more work, as the bacterial flaws are gone, and the wine is much drier than it was 3 years ago. Still a bit of residual sugar, but with the acidity and structure from the schist soils in Anjou, it's well balanced. -EL

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Gaudry, Vincent 2019 Sancerre "Constellation du Scorpion"

Vincent Gaudry's extraordinary Sancerre "Constellation du Scorpion" is from a small parcel of old massale-selection vines on silex soils over limestone and is fermented and aged in old barrels. "A bit closed on the nose, a little reduced, as expected for this cuvée on Silex. It is also more austere and restrained  on the palate, less broad and wild, more herbal than Mélodie. A great backbone of acidity with more bitterness, less fat and roundness than Melodie. Needs a decant. After 4 min in the glass, it opens up - very floral (seringa), and more on the white pomelo. Real aging potential - as silex tends to really ask for 2-3 years and more in bottle." - Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Gilbert 2019 Menetou-Salon Blanc

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

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $24.95

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Gilbert, Philippe 2020 Menetou-Salon Rosé

Once again, Philippe Gilbert has produced an elegant and refreshing Pinot Noir rosé  from his vines in Menetou-Salon, in the commune of Morogues, in biodynamic farming since 2006. Very pale pink color. Subtle, lovely aromas of floral-tinged raspberry with citrus and peach. The palate is very light but with good concentration of pure berry fruits and a bit of exta ripeness as 2018, 2019 and now 2020 have been warm, dry vintages,  with mineral flavors that are lifted by crisp acidity. The finish is long and elegant. This is a superb rosé for those seeking subtlety and balance, highly recommended!

  • rosé
  • 17 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2014 Bonnezeaux Le Malabé

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

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Grange aux Belles 2020 Vin de France La Chausée Rouge (Cab/Grolleau

 The 2020 "La Chausée Rouge" is  made with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grolleau, eight-day carbonic maceration, with juice drawn off daily, light-body, low alcohol - "we're trying to make Poulsard!" says winemaker Marc Boutin. Named after the vineyard site, a bloody battleground in the War of the Vendée. Nothing bloody about this lovely wine, which shows a bright red/garnet color and vibrant aromas of spicy crushed raspberry and strawberry, with violet, earth and citrus. The palate is light and sapid with nice density and length with earthy darker fruits, black raspberry and red currant, finishing with refreshing acidity and citrusy red fruits - just gorgeous and much too easy-drinking. Serve quite cool with just about anything...

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

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

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $15.49

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

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

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Huet 2018 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec

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

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Huet 2019 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec

Clos du Bourg is one of the most mythical sites of Vouvray, with the vines growing their roots directly in the tuffeau of the cliff overlooking the main street of the village. This vineyard tends to produce the broadest, largest wines of the domaine, built to age for decades - the vines are also older on average. All the still wines at Huet are made the same way, the only difference being the picking, and the balance of the must. Aging happens mostly in larger, older barrels and sometimes partially in tanks (50% in this vintage), but always blended, to be bottled in April.  2019 Le Clos du Bourg is quite recognizable among the 2 other vineyards as it has the most aromatic nose, going to some fresh tropical hints and more voluptuous flowers, and also shows the most assertive attack and mid-palate. This is a no-joke dry version of a sec, with more concentration yet more lift than in the previous vintage (being the only style produced from the vineyard). The palate tastes rounder than Le Haut Lieu, with a hint more RS and alcohol - as the site always gives riper grapes. The finish though has the same dynamic, with a beautiful, ripe acidity, a little bit saltier and more bitter, giving an extra-dimension. You really want to decant this bottle today, or keep it 15 years. Pairing wise, veal sweetbreads served with braised endives would be great: you can play with crispy fat and root vegetables, with some Indian spice! RS: 3,3 g, Acidity: 5,2 g. Chenin.  Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2020 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec (6/18)

Gaston Huët believed this to be the greatest of all Vouvray vineyards. With the Première Côte’s poorest, shallowest, stoniest soils, Clos du Bourg is one of the most mythical sites of Vouvray - the topsoil of clay is only one meter thick, with the vines growing their roots directly in the tuffeau of the cliff overlooking the main street of the village. This vineyard tends to produce the broadest, largest wines of the domaine, built to age for decades - the vines are also older on average.

13.5% alc, 20 gr/l RS, 4.68 g/l total acidity, pH 3.09

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2020 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux 1er Trie (Arrives 6/4

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

  • white sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2020 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec (6/4)

Le Haut Lieu is the historical, and largest, site of Domaine Huet. A bit more than 9 hectares, slightly higher on the plateau and further from the Loire, the vines are grown on a darker clay with some eolian sands.  All the still wines at Huet are made the same way, the only difference being the picking, and the balance of the must. Aging happens mostly in larger, older barrels and sometimes partially in tanks, but always blended, to be bottled in April. Le Haut Lieu tends to give the earlier drinking  version of the 3 sites, but the deeper clay soils impart great richness and ageability as well.

13.5% alcohol, 19 grams/liter RS, 4.44 g/l total acidity, pH 3.16

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2020 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux (6/4)

13 % alc, 49 g/l RS, 4.19g/l total acidity, pH 3.19

The soils here are slightly deeper than in the Clos du Bourg, with flint (perruches). With its green clay and its perfect exposition on the Première Côte de Vouvray just above the winery, Le Mont is an outstanding site for Chenin, and I have to admit often my favorite in the line-up. It has the lift and fruit of the Haut-Lieu, and the gravitas of Le Clos du Bourg, with a very specific wild mint freshness and a smokiness I care very much for. Pascaline Lepeltier

  • white medium-sweet
  • 18 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2020 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie

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

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2020 Vouvray Le Mont Sec (June 7)

13.5 % alc, 6 g/l RS, 4.09 g/l total acidity, pH 3.12

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2017 Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Renards - Singulier

The 2017 "Singulier - Clos aux Renards" is a brilliant dry Montlouis and certainly one of the finest dry Chenins of the Loire,  made from 60 to 80 year-old Chenin vines on clay soils called "Aubuis" over Turonian limestone. All cellar functions are by gravity without pumping, fermentation is in two and three year-old 400 and 600 liter barrels.  (The Joussets have banned all mechanization from this beautiful vineyard since 2015 - only people, horses and wheelbarrows allowed!)  Best if decanted two hours in advance, the wine shows complex mineral infused aromas of citrus, pear, lime-flower and honey. The palate is lean and mineral with white fruits, racy citrus flavors and fresh herbs framed in saline acids. Serve this crystalline Montlouis with shellfish, scallops, foie gras, chicken with cream sauce and aged cheeses.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2018 Montlouis-sur-Loire Trait d'Union

The 2018 Trait d'Union is a wonderful demi-sec Chenin from our friends Lise and Bertrand Jousset in Montlouis. The vines are 60 to 80 years old, on sand and silex soils over limestone giving yields of 20 to 25 hl/ha. Wild yeast fermentation, aging in 1 to 8 year-old barriques. The wine is a lovely pale gold/bronze color with aromas of earth, lemon, honey, brown spice, lime-flower and ripe pear. The palate is round, ripe and delicate with saline mineral flavors blending with lemon compote, white fruits and stone. Dense but light on its feet, this is a beautiful accompaniment to fois gras or pâtés, scallops, veal stew and goat cheeses.

  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Julien Courtois 2018 Vin de France Chaudenay 'Elements'

According to Julien Guillot from Vignes du Mayne, there used to be a LOT of Gamay varieties planted in France, somewhere in the vicinity of 60, though it may have been more. Now there are less than 10. Gamay de Chaudenay is a rare one, that seems to have its home in the Loire valley. This is 100% Chaudenay, and the style shows a darker profile, with wet earth and baking spice. This wine should be given some time to breath.  -EL

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2016 Chinon Vieilles Vignes

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

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

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

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

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $20.99

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Luneau-Papin 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Excelsior

 Made only in exceptional vintages, the Luneau-Papin "Excelsior - Clos des Noelles" is one of my favorite Muscadets, usually a bit rounder than the granite-soil "L D'Or" but always aromatically complex and with great intensity and length.   The massale-selection vines were planted in 1936 on a terroir of "micaschistes a deux micas," (lieu-dit "La Plecisiere") exposed full south. The grapes are hand-harvested and undergo a slow wild yeast fermentation with 36 months of aging on the lees. The 2018 shows subtle, complex aromas of bitter lemon, lime-flower, melon, pear, mint, almond and stone.  The palate is silky, crystalline and dense with white fruits, lemon zest, almond, smoke and wet stone with fabulous length of pear, minerals and taut acidity.  Please decant if drinking now, serve with any elegant seafood dish. Cellar five to fifteen years and serve with richer fish dishes, white meats, rabbit. Beautiful wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Luneau-Papin 2018 Muscadet Sevre et Maine La Grange VV

This wine comes from a single parcel of the same name with mica/schiste soils. The Luneau family are pioneers in this regard and still amongst the only producers in Muscadet to bottle single vineyard expressions of their land. Not a fruity style, very mineral...

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • no discount
  • $10.99

  • Organic

Morantin 2018 Vin de France Tango Atlantico

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

  • red
  • 29 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Mosse 2018 Vin de France Le Rouchefer

The Mosse family is making superb natural wines in Anjou, and the 2018 Vin de France Rouchefer is a classic example. From a 1.6 ha parcel of 50 year-old massale selection vines in soils of clay and quartz over schistes, the wine is produced with minimal SO2 (total 20mg/l) and is aged in barrel. The  wine shows beautiful floral aromas of quince, pear, citrus, almond and stone. The palate is quite ripe, expressive and elegant without being heavy, and the lovely fruit is backed by firm acidity, herbal and mineral flavors, with terrific length  - a real Chenin of terroir that will accompany a wide range of seafood and chicken dishes and mild cheeses. Serve cool, but not too cold, over the next ten to fifteen years. David Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mosse 2020 Vin de France Pet Nat Moussamoussette

The Moussamoussettes is back and our friend Maya at Louis/Dressner Selections says the 2020 is sensational! A Chambers Street favorite, this years rendition is a blend of Grolleau Noir, Cabernet Franc and Pineau d'Aunis from 35 year-old vines. Fermented in underground vats and bottled with 10 grams RS/liter, finished dry. Flavorful and vibrant, pulsing with ripe red berry fruit with hints of blood orange, grapefruit and sweet spice with lively and refreshing bubbles. Grab some before it disappears...

  • rosé sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Mosse, Joseph & Sylvestre 2019 VDF Le Bisou

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

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

  "The 2019 "La Pépie" comes mainly from the central 10-hectare vineyard of the estate on sandy "Granite de Château Thébaud" soils, with a an additional amount of purchased fruit (organic or in conversion) from neighbors on granit and gneiss.  Harvesting is by hand, as for all of the estate wines. The fruit is direct-pressed and the juice settled naturally for 12 hours. It is then fermented in stainless steel tanks with natural yeasts; the wine is aged on its lees in large, underground vats until bottling without fining or filtering. Use of sulfur is moderate to very little. For the Sur Lie bottling, Pépière bottles and releases it in several stages, so the first tranche sees about 4 months on the lees before release, increasing up to 6-8 months for the last tranche." (David Bowler Wines) The last bottling of 2019 "La Pépie" shows a very pale gold color and ripe floral aromas of dried pear, quince, fines herbes, grapefruit and stone. The palate is round  and refreshing, with a bit more depth than usual, with wet stone, pear, tart citrus, almond and mineral flavors. The finish is long and clean with citrus, a hint of anise and saline minerals. This is a bright and refreshing Muscadet, with a bit more weight and density due to the warm, dry conditions in 2019, that will be perfect with oysters, grilled fish, roast chicken, Asian foods and mild goat cheeses. Thanks to Marc, Gwénaëlle and Rémi for another delicious "Pépie!"

  • white
  • 93 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Gorges 1.5 L

We're ecstatic to have this superb new Muscadet from Pépière. The product of an exchange of juice with Fred Lailler at Domaine Bregeon (pressed at Bregeon), the wine undergoes a slow fermentation and is then aged 42 months on the lees. Marc Ollivier considers this his favorite of his bottlings right now, along with the Château-Thébaud. From Bregeon's vines on Gabbro with clay topsoil (in conversion to organic) the 2015 Gorges is a complex, dense and beautifully structured wine, with 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. Although vibrant and delicious now, we would recommend waiting for eight to ten years before opening for peak enjoyment. Highly recommended! (July 2019)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2018 Vouvray Les Déronnières

The grapes for this new cuvée from Francois Pinon (first made in 2014)  used to be included in the Silex Noir, but this wonderful vineyard, the Pinon's best parcel on a hill-top directly above their cellar, much deserves to be bottled on its own.  The soil is clay over Turonian limestone, and the beautiful exposure gives ripe fruit that is normally vinified as a demi-sec. In 2018 it's fabulously ripe, dense and complex, with approximately 20 grams of RS per liter. The wine shows elegant aromas of lime-flower, dried pear, lemon zest and stones. The palate is very supple and ripe, saline and mineral with round white fruits, citrus and herbal notes with impressive density and length. A great Vouvray with fantastic minerality  that will age beautifully!  Normally thought of as a fish wine, the flavors and texture of this wine will make it pair beautifully with poultry and white meats as well.  Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.95

  • Organic

Pinon 2019 Vouvray Sec

A beautiful Vouvray Sec from our frienda François and Julien Pinon, which rarely makes its way to the US. The 2019 has subtle aromas of lemon zest, stone, quince, pear and honeysuckle. There is very firm acidity on the palate with citrus, green apple, stone, pine, earth and bitter almond with terrific structure and length with chalky, bitter white fruits and citrus in the long finish. This should be decanted or opened in advance if drinking now, and will be lovely in 10 years, or 20 years, or 30 years...

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Pinon, François & Julien 2017 Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé

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

  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pinon, François 2019 Vin de France Petillant Naturel Rosé

50% Cot and 50% Grolleau, organically farmed in Vouvray by Julien and François Pinon. This is an elegant and very delicious Pet Nat that will accompany just about anything and is delightful as an aperitif by itself. The aromas are quite pretty with ripe raspberry, strawberry and red currant with hints of rose and blood orange. The palate is fresh and creamy with raspberry and tart strawberry with a nice mineral kick and sappy fruit in the refreshing finish. Grab this before it's gone...  DL

  • rosé sparkling
  • 24 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Raffault, Olga 2014 Chinon Les Picasses

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

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $33.99

Raffault, Olga 2020 Chinon Rosé

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

  • rosé
  • 46 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Sansonnière (Mark Angéli) 2018 Vin de France Rosé d'un Jour

The Rosé d’un Jour is a pun on the AOC name Rosé d’Anjou. It is a 100% grolleau gris, an old variety of Anjou-Touraine. The whole clusters are pressed in a large coquard, then fermented in a tank. The wine is filtered and bottled 2 weeks after harvest. Bottles are waxed with real bees wax! 2018 gave an absolutely crunchy wine, a basket of pomegranate and raspberry, the acidity showing really well and balancing the sugar. A true gourmandise to enjoy with a red berry pie, as well as Peking duck with five-spices glaze. No sulfites were added, so make sure to keep the bottle in a storage below 52F. 60g RS, 0 ppm total of volcanic sulfur. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Sansonnière (Mark Angéli) 2019 Vin de France Rosé d'un Jour

The story of the Rosé d’un Jour is amazing. The first vintage 1997 was the best ever produced because Nature decided to give us a wink: the weather was very sunny during harvest, allowing to choose our picking date, so we decided to start with Chenin, and wait for the Grolleau Gris (previously made as a dry white with little interest.) When we went back, the grapes were passerillées, with a potential of 14.5%. We picked them with no idea what to do with them, as we didn’t know about the traditional off-dry rosé: grolleau was a disgraced grape for this style because of its low-yielding (25 hl/ha) when passerillé, opposite to cabernet franc (which gave the Cabernet d’Anjou AOC.) Of course when presented [for Rosé d’Anjou AOC, another off-dry rosé appellation in the region,] the wine did not get it! For the next 4 years it was refused, the committee even believing we were adding pomegranate or gooseberry syrup! So in 2002 we decided to sell it as Vin de France, at that time considered the lowest quality for wine. All the other cuvées followed in 2007, as they also were disgraced and refused the official agreement. We won’t change our mind and don’t want to be part of group of people promising the best quality, and providing none of it: in the AOC you can use herbicides, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, machine-harvest, you can add standard yeasts to the wine, sugar, tartaric acid and 65 other abominations. Mark & Martial Angeli, Bruno Ciofi.   The Rosé d’un Jour is a pun on the AOC name Rosé d’Anjou. It is 100% grolleau gris, an old variety of Anjou-Touraine. The whole clusters are pressed in a large Champagne-style coquard press, then fermented in  tank. The wine is bottled 2 weeks after harvest, volcanic sulfur is used, before a sterile filtration. Bottles are waxed with real bees wax! Exuberant with damask rose, wild strawberry, hibiscus tea and pepper, the 2019 is paler than previous vintages, with the sunny texture of the year. With its 70 g of sugar, it is perfect with berry pies, but also with Asian food, especially Thai, but worth to be aged for 10 years! 70g RS, 22 ppm total of volcanic sulfur. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • rosé
  • 8 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Sansonnière (Mark Angéli) 2019 Vin de France Rosé d'un Jour 1.5L

 The Rosé d’un Jour is a pun on the AOC name Rosé d’Anjou. It is 100% grolleau gris, an old variety of Anjou-Touraine. The whole clusters are pressed in a large Champagne-style coquard press, then fermented in  tank. The wine is bottled 2 weeks after harvest, volcanic sulfur is used, before a sterile filtration. Bottles are waxed with real bees wax! Exuberant with damask rose, wild strawberry, hibiscus tea and pepper, the 2019 is paler than previous vintages, with the sunny texture of the year. With its 70 g of sugar, it is perfect with berry pies, but also with Asian food, especially Thai, but worth to be aged for 10 years! 70g RS, 22 ppm total of volcanic sulfur. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2019 Cour-Cheverny

The 2019 Tessier Cour-Cheverny is 100% Romorantin from young 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 distinctive aromas of pear and citrus fruit, lime-flower, toasted almond and hints of spice, really quite lovely. The palate is scintillating and very 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 drink beautifully over the next three to five years. Lovely wine and a great value! 

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2019 Cour-Cheverny Les Sables

We're happy to have "les Sables" back in stock for the fist time in many years! This beautiful dry Romorantin from Tessier is from 25 to 40 year-old vines on sandy clay soils with silex. The wine ages 10 months in tronconic wooden vats and 5 months in cement and was bottled in November 2020 with minimal SO2 (14mg/L total). Serve over the next 5 to 8 years, with seared scallops, fish or chhicken in sauce, goat cheeses. Only 24 btls are available, don't delay!

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tessier 2020 Cheverny Rosé (Pinot Noir, Gamay)

Philippe and now Simon Tessier are making really delicious wines from the organic vineyards in Sologne. Under the Cheverny AOC, they make white and red, but also rosé : the sandy clay soil as well as the grapes (Pinot Noir and Gamay) are perfectly suited for the style. Of course, don't expect a boring, insipid, pale salmon whitish rosé. There is always some serious depth and length in their wine! With the 2020 as in 2019, you have on top more texture and power than usual: the warm summer led to ripe, concentrated berries. This bottling is more aromatic than usual, with notes of dried rose, pink grapefruit and pomegranate. The attack is creamy and rich, but the wine quickly balances out the alcohol but a really nice bitter edge of pomelo, and the acidity kicks in at the end. It is the type of rosé that can pair really with pretty much anything, and that will have the texture you want when the days will start to be chilly: comforting yet energetic. Serve it in a white wine glass and pair it with what you be pleased to cook, be it some fried squids with spicy aioli, a chana masala or any kind of cheese. 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Gamay.

  • rosé
  • 19 in stock
  • $19.99

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

Tue-Boeuf 2019 Cheverny La Caillière Pinot Noir

100% Pinot Noir. La Caillère is a 1.35-hectare estate plot of 35-to40-year-old Pinot Noir vines planted on very deep clay over limestone. The argilo-silex soils are sandy and rocky and in fact the parcel takes its name from caillasse, meaning "hard rocks."  The Puzelats farm La Caillère organically and harvest it by hand. Vinification begins as semi-carbonic for 10 to 14 days, then finishes traditionally after pressing followed by 10 to 12 months aging in demi-muids and old barriques. The 2018 shows very complex tart cherry, red-currant, violet and earth aromas, quite pretty and with more ripeness than usual in this vintage. The palate is intense but light with fascinating black cherry, blood orange and spice flavors that linger with earthy acidity in the very long finish. This is an unususal and delicious Pinot that should develop well over the next 5 to 8 years. Minimal, or perhaps zero added SO2.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2019 Touraine Le Brin de Chèvre

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

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2020 Vin de France Rosé

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

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

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

Vacheron 2019 Sancerre

Domaine Vacheron is one of the few organic and Biodynamic estates in Sancerre. The 2019 is from 30 to 50 year-old vines on both chalk and silex hillside parcels. The grapes are hand-harvested, the fermentation is wth wild yeasts and the wine is aged in tank. The wine shows a pale bronze color and subtle armoas of pear, quince, lime-flower  and stone with a bit more ripeness than usual due to the sunny condions and low rainfall in 2019. The palate is silky and crisp, showing stone and mineral flavors that underly ripe white fruits, citrus peel, almond and mineral flavors, leading to a very clean, long and refreshing finish. Light enough to pair well with oysters, this will accompany any mild flavored fish or chicken dish and goat cheeses.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Villalin 2019 Quincy Les Grandes Vignes

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

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Villemade, Hervé 2018 Cheverny Blanc "La Bodice"

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

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Hervé 2019 Cheverny Les Ardilles

 Our friend Hervé Villemade made another gorgeous "Les Ardilles" in 2019. Made from 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Gamay grown on sandy  clay with silex over limestone in Cheverny with yields of about 25 hl/ha. There was a 20-day maceration with light extraction followed by aging in  old barrels, with no added SO2 during vinificaton. The wine is particularly ripe, elegant and intriquing in the excellent 2019 vintage. The nose is a bit closed, with deep, brambly black cherry/black raspberry fruit with earth and minerals, adding notes of citrus peel, spice and licorice with air. The palate is dense and elegant with deep, sapid black cherry and raspberry, chalky and full with velvety tannins and firm acidity. The finish is clean, elegant and long with beautiful sapid, ripe black fruits, minerals and citrus. Just a great natural wine. Decant if drinking now, best 2023 - 2030.


  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2019 Vin de France Orbois (Menu Pineau)

Hervé Villemade has been working his family's vines in Cellettes since taking over from his father in 1995. Today, the estate represents about 22 hectares of organically farmed fruit within the Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny AOCs. Hervé makes seriously soulful wines, with minimal or zero SO2 -  one of the standouts is this vibrant new cuvée of Orbois (Menu Pineau) made from 50 year old vines on clay and flint. 2/3 direct press, fermented and aged on the lees in 20hl concrete eggs, 1/3  macerated for 15-20 days, fermented and aged on the lees in a small concrete egg. This vintage the wine shows a bright gold/bronze color and aromas of lemon peel, hazelnut, white flowers, and linen. The palate has a nice weight to it balanced by vibrant acidity, with a funky, savory finish that lingers. This distictive, natural Menu Pineau will accompany a full-flavored ceviche. fish and chicken in sauce and goat cheeses, or just sip on its own.

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2019 Vin de France Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2020 Cheverny Rouge

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

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2020 Vin de France Bovin (Liter)

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

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2020 Vin de France Pinot Noir

A spunky and sippable Pinot Noir from Herve Villemade. The 2020 offers high notes of brambly red fruits, rhubarb, sea salt and pie crust on the nose which is pleasantly funky. Ripe fruit and savory spice abounds on the attack and a jaunty mineral acidity buoys the succulent red berry notes over a bitter black tea finish. A delicious Pinot to serve now with a slight chill. Pair with grilled mushrooms, roast chicken, tuna burgers...

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 26 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vins Contés (Lemasson) 2020 Vin de France Poivre et Sel

Almost all Pineau d'Aunis with 10-20% Gamay, the 2020 was recently bottled and needs a bit of time before opening. We'd recommend drinking in fall of 2021. Aromatics are classic Pineau D'Aunis, with a range of baking spice, fresh cut and dried herbs, and flowers. 

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur