Loire

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

Baudry 2019 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

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

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Boulay, Gérard 2020 Sancerre Chavignol "La Cote"

Boulay’s parcel in “La Grande Côte,” which is partially owned and partically rented, is one of three designated Crus of Chavignol and is reputed for producing wines of incredible precision. Overall, Gerard Boulay's “terre blanche” vineyards produce some of the most distinctive and soil-inflected Sauvignon Blancs in the Loire, with a delineation and minerality often reminiscent of a top Chablis. Boulay is certainly among the top examples of the appellation, including Boulay's neighbors (Cotat Bros., Vatan). These are gorgeous, highly complex wines that are a clear step above "regular" Sancerre, and can age easily for 10-20 years or more.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Brégeon, Michel 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

Fred Lallier is now in charge at Domaine Bregeon and is doing great work at this important estate - one of the leaders in the return to quality in Muscadet. Certified organic, the 2019 Muscadet is from average 40 year-old vines in Gabbro terroirs in and around Gorges - it shows distinctive aromas associated with this terroir - pear, stone, petrol, anise and mushroom, with lovely white fruits in this ripe vintage with hints of lemon confit and wet stone. The palate is round and ripe, framed in firm acidity and mineral flavors, with stone fruits, earth, almond, anise and citrus that continue in the long finish. This is a lovely Muscadet in a riper style that is quite delicious now and should open up nicely over the next five years. Please decant or open an hour in advance.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Bregeonnette (Stéphane Orieux) 2021 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

(Arrives 5/24) Stéphane Orieux's father Joseph converted the estate to organic agriculture back in 1967, and Stéphane has continued (now certified by Ecocert) the great vineyard work of his father. The grapes are hand-harvested, fermentations are with wild yeasts and minimal sulfur is used. The 2021 Bregeonnette is from vines on sandy clay and micashiste soils and is a beautiful example of a young, vibrant Muscadet from organic farming. The aromas are classic Muscadet: pear, green apple, citrus, fresh herbs and wet stone with floral hints. The palate is refreshing with subtle white fruits and citrus with hints of mineral and almond, with firm citrusy acids in the finish. This is a delicious and versatile Muscadet to serve with shellfish and white fish such as cod, haddock and sole and it's a nice aperitif as well. 

  • white
  • 39 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Bretêche (Arrives 6/8)

(Pre-arrival, in store week of June 6th) Bretêche (Domaine de la Chevalerie is the only estate claiming this vineyard name) is the easternmost vineyard, a rented plot on the border of Ingrandes-de-Touraine. On the southwestern exposed upper part of the mid-slope, the vines are planted on a meter-deep heavier clay with high mica content above the Turonian yellow tuffeau. The vines, biodynamically farmed, are between 25 to 55 years old. More powerful than Busardières with broader tannins, the wine maintains a great freshness. Hand-harvested and destemmed, the grapes are macerated for up to 20 days and aged in large used barrels in the magnificent underground cave dug into the yellow tuffeau for roughly 8 to 10 moths. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.  2014 is considered a great classic vintage in the Loire for Cabernet Franc, and it is indeed very good at Domaine de la Chevalerie, with fruit a little darker than the 2015 (this opposite to a lot of other estates in the region).  Ruby purple in the glass this cuvée as usual has more freshness, tension and a little austerity - 2014 enhances these typical quality of the wine! More open than the 2015, the nose has distinctive black cherry,  elderberry notes, Chinese badiane and spearmint. The palate is still deliciously youthful barely showing any evolution, with lean and brilliant acidity, and oolong-like tannins. It is already very-well structured and poised, not angular at all. Decant it 2 hours and serve it in Bordeaux glasses, or keep it 20 years or so - I would say it will reach another plateau by 2025. Enjoy it with a duck magret, the juice reduced with a touch of raspberry vinegar, or sweetbreads in a madeira sauce. 100% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier 

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Cuvée Chevalerie (6/8)

(Pre-arrival, in store week of June 6th) 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
  • 18 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Les Galichets Arrives 6/8

(Pre-arrival, in store week of June 6th) Domaine de la Chevalerie's "Les Galichets" vineyard is on the lower part of the Turonian slope just below the "Chevalerie" plot,  with clay -alluvial sand and gravel topsoils, rich in silex,  giving a wine that is more open and easy for early drinking.  The vines average about 60 years of age. The wine is aged in large old barrels, and bottled after 6 months unfined unfiltered. 2014 Galichets is an archetypal Bourgueil to enjoy now!  This wine is a fabulous mix of fruit and minerals, perfectly balanced and with terrific length: dense black/red color, with aromas that blend soil, stone and blackberry fruit with hints of cocoa and violet. The palate is dense and supple and round without any heaviness - a blend of stone  and ripe red and black fruits, continuing in the long, graceful mineral finish. This is a beautiful Bourgueil that can be enjoyed now with roast chicken, pork dishes, even a steak - or hold for ten to fifteen years for a mature experience. It's a fabulous value  - congratulations to the Caslots! 100% Cabernet Franc. David Lillie / Pascaline Lepeltier (Re-tasted on Jan 3, 2022 - when opened it's very good, but on day 2 it's fabulous, a beautiful mouthful of earth and minerals , a bit of musk and gorgeous dark fruits. I'm buying a case, I suggest you do the same!)

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Peu Muleau (June 8)

(Pre-arrival, in store week of June 6th) 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
  • 22 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Bretêche Arrives 6/8

(Pre-arrival, in store week of June 6th) Bretêche (Domaine de la Chevalerie is  the only estate claiming this vineyard name) is the easternmost vineyard, a rented plot on the border of Ingrandes-de-Touraine. On the southwestern exposed upper part of the mid-slope, the vines are planted on a meter-deep heavier clay with high mica content above the Turonian yellow tuffeau. The vines, biodynamically farmed are between 25 to 55 years old. More powerful than Busardières with broader tannins, the wine maintains a great freshness. Hand-harvested and destemmed, the grapes are macerated for up to 20 days and aged in large used barrels in the magnificent underground cave dug into the yellow tuffeau for roughly 8 to 10 moths. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. 2015 was an easier, more mastered vintage for the Caslot siblings, as the growing season was never extreme, and the harvests were peaceful. A little more concentrated than the 2014, especially in acidity, this a great vintage for the Domaine! Bretêche 15 is still a baby! Purple in the glass, the wine as usual has more freshness, tension and a little austerity. This is even more apparent here. The nose is a little restrained, showing progressively a lot of black and red currant and cranberry, hibiscus tea and black cardamon. In the palate, it is a superbly balanced wine, with some chiseled tannins enhanced by the lingering acidity. There is less flesh than other cuvées, and the texture is sleeker  but absolutely charming and vibrant - and could please any Burgundy lover. You will pick up more herbal notes in the palate : tobacco, beet juice, pink peppercorn. A great bottle to keep 10 years and plus, as it is built to age!  To serve it now, decant it a good hour at least or enjoy it over multiple days - a superb pairing would be with a roasted deboned pigeon stuffed with nettle and foie gras, but a slowly roasted pork loin with black garlic condiment would also be delicious. 100% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier 

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Les Galichets Arrives 6/8

(Pre-arrival, in store week of June 6th) The Chevalerie "Galichets" vineyard is on mid-slope Turonian limestone with clay and alluvial sand and gravel topsoil, rich in silex; the vines average about 60 years of age - similar to the "Chevalerie" parcel but a bit lower on the slope, giving a wine that is more open and easy for early drinking.  The 2015 vintage is excellent, with a bit more ripeness and lower acidity than 2014, while retaining the core of minerals and acidity aslways found in the Chevalerie wines. The aromas of black raspberry and blackberry fruit are ripe and floral. The palate is dense and silky, very mineral with ripe red and black fruits and a clean vibrant finish. Still quite youthful, I would open this bottle the night before or give it a long decant, best perhaps 2022 - 2035.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Peu Muleau Arrives 6/8

(Pre-arrival, in store week of June 6th) 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 5 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  (Travelogue - On one of our early visits to the Loire, we were driving through the Coteaux du Loir, then headed south over the hills to descend into Bourgueil. This is the site of "Peu Muleau," as you come over the top of the hills, through the forest, with suddenly the Loire Valley revealed below, with the fabulous light, and the vineyards sloping gradually down to the river. ..)

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2016 Bourgueil Grand Mont

(Pre-arrival, in store week of June 6th)  "Grand Mont" is perhaps the greatest site in Bourgueil - 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, released 5 to 6 years after the vintage. 2016 was a tough year for the winemakers in Touraine, beginning with a disastrous frost, followed by a rainy spring and outbreaks of mildew that continued into early July. From mid-July through October the weather was sunny and beautiful with just enough rain in September to help the ripening. Matthieu Baudry is reminded of 2002, but perhaps with a bit more tannin and concentration. I would put the 2016 Grant Mont away for eight to ten years and enjoy at least until 2045-2050.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2017 Bourgueil Noms D'Oiseaux

The new Chevalerie cuvée "Noms D'Oiseaux" is from two parcels symbolic of the domain, each situated at the two extremities of the slope overlooking the Loire.  “Nom d’Oiseaux” to warn of the urgent need to respect our biodiversity, not just false pretences but through real actions. At any rate, the 2017 is a subtle and intriguing Bourgueil showing a bright deep red/garnet color with fresh aromas of raspberry, violet, citrus and earth. On the palate there is firm acidity and chalky texture with bright raspberry and strawberry fruit with mineral and spice notes. The fruit shows layers of complexity with aeration, the finish is long and tart with red fruits and earth lingering on the palate. This is a lovely light-bodied Bourgueil that will beautifully accompany a roasted farm chicken. David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2018 Bourgueil Diptyque "Franco de Port" (6/1

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

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2018 Savennières Clos du Papillon (Stained Labe

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

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Coulaine 2018 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 one-third new barrels and barrels of one and two wines.The wine shows a dark red/black color with beautiful aromas of ripe strawberry and black-raspberry with earth, citrus and spice, really deep and pretty. The palate is quite dense and a bit more round and open than usual in the sunny 2018 vintage, with dark berry fruits framed in a touch of oak. The fruit is elegant and deep and the wine finishes with black fruits, earth, firm acidity and elegant tannins. This is a "serious" Chinon of terroir that will drink beautifully young and will age nicely as well - this will be a very interesting mature wine from 2030 - 2040+

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine (Bonaventure) 2020 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

2020 is an excellent vintage for the Coulaine "Domaine" cuveé - the wine is an oustanding 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 conrete 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
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2019 Chinon Bonaventure

Chateau de Coulaine is one of the very best estates in Chinon, with a long history dating back to 1300! The domain has been certified organic since 1997 and is now run by the young and very capable Jean de Bonaventure. Coming from 30-year old organically farmed Cabernet Franc vines planted on yellow limestone and sandstone, with sandy clay soils, the 2019 "Bonaventure" is a superb Chinon to drink now and over the next 5 to 8 years. In this great vintage for Loire reds, the wine shows lush blackberry, plum, earth and spice aromas with a dense, supple palate of black fruits, earth and saline minerals. Meant to be drunk young, the wine shows surprising depth and elegance with the refreshing brightness one finds in good Chinon. Serve cool with grilled foods this summer, roast chicken and charcuterie.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $26.99

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.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 29 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

Gaudry 2019 Sancerre Les Garennes Pinot Fin

(Arrives Friday 2/18)  100% Pinot Fin from 60-80 old vines, the small-berried old version of Pinot Noir, grown on iron-rich "caillotes" soil.  The grapes are hand-harvested followed by whole cluster fermentation in wooden vat. I had been very much looking forward to tasting this and was not disappointed. This was lush upon opening, with a nose full of dark cherry and blackberry liqueur and some spice from the stems, and more pure full red fruit on the palate buoyed by the balanced acidity. However, on day two it took on a much more intensely mineral character. The fruit receded a bit, revealing a chalky spine that let no doubt as to the wine's place of origin. As Burgundy prices climb, a wine like this becomes ever more appealing - this would be a great counterpoint to a top bottle of Santenay or Volnay. Not inexpensive, but worth the price, just a brilliant wine! Enjoy until 2035.  (36 bottles available)

Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gilbert 2019 Menetou-Salon Rouge

From 30 year-old vines planted at 10,000 vines per hectare, on clay over Kimmeridgian limestone in Menetou-Salon, where the highly valued "Marnes de Saint-Doulchard," rich in fossilized shells, gives particularly outstanding wines. Mostly de-stemmed, 3 week wild yeast fermentation in tronconic wood foudres. 12 months aging on the lees followed by 10 - 12 months in concrete vats. Philippe Gilbert's red Menetou-Salon, entirely from Pinot Noir is  "...aromatically sweet, fresh and bright.  It offers up smoked cherry infused with a powdery minerality. The palate is polished, fresh, pure and bright, with attractively defined fruit and vigorous acidity. It finishes with some powdery grip... this is really excellent. (The Wine Doctor) 

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Grange aux Belles 2020 Vin de France "53" Cabernet Franc

From old vines of Cabernet Franc on schist, most planted in 1953, de-stemmed, short fermentation with no extraction. "53" shows a bright, deep red/purple color and the palate is supple, round and ripe with dense, earthy cassis and berry fruit and stone flavors backed by firm acidity. This needs aeration or a few years in the cellar, and there is nice freshness to the wine - the dark fruit will pair well with grilled meats and charcuterie. Serve cool.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $44.99

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige (4/11)

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
  • 15 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2019 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

(Pre-Arrival, in store 5/13)  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
  • 55 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Arnaud NV Cremant de Loire Breze

Arnaud Lambert is based in Brézé, in the heart of the Saumur appellation. He makes a series of excellent still and sparkling wines from Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc planted in quite porous chalk soils mixed with clay and sand. He has been certified organic since 2012. His sparkling wines are a perpetual source of incredible value and this latest edition of the Cremant de Loire from Brézé is no different. 75% Chenin and 25% Chardonnay, this is all Meyer lemon and peach pit earthiness on the nose, with little bits of dried honeycomb around the edges. More stone fruit on the palate, with toasted hazelnuts and Melba toast in the finish, with lovely salty mineral notes. This is terrific for the price. Drink up and open a second. Sam Ehrlich

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

  • Organic

Landron, Jo 2019 Vin de France Melonix

 Melonix is a 'vin de table' from  30+ year old organically tended Melon de Bourgogne vines. Jo Landron and his team harvest by hand, ferment with indigenous yeast, and produce this wine without filtration or added sulfur during vinificatiion. (A small dosage is added before bottling)  Lovely aromatics, with subtle mineral notes and Chablis-like, dense stone fruit. This is definitely a bit fatter than some of Landron's other wines, expressing some creamy lemon character, but maintaining a clean mineral finish. It's a real joy to drink and remarkably pure for a wine with minimal sulfur.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Luneau-Papin 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Vera Cruz

Vera Cruz is a new cuvée from Luneau-Papin, from 45 year-old vines on a terroir of schistes and gneiss "a deux micas" in Vallet, farmed with certified organic and biodynamic methods.  A wine of terroir rather than fruit, even in the ripe 2019 vintage, the wine shows elegant aromas of pear, grilled almond, stone and citrus. The palate is dense and very mineral, showing more flavor of earth than fruit, with a lovely finish of stone, minerals and white fruit that coats the palate - really a superb combination of density and minerality.  Perfect now with fine oysters, grilled dorade, sole, cod and seared scallops. Or cellar - this wine should be very interesting in 5 to 10 years. Label inspired by Mondrian and the varied terroirs of Muscadet. DL

  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Luneau-Papin 2020 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Terre de Pierre

(Arrives 5/24) This fascinating wine is from a parcel of 50 year-old vines on La Butte de la Roche,  a dramatic dome of igneous rock with quartz stones and serpentine minerals overlooking the marshes of Goulaine. Pierre-Marie Luneau is in charge here and is doing great organic /biodynamic vineyard work, reclaiming this wonderful site with vines planted in 1974. The serpentine rock creates a very poor soil, giving wines that are normally somewhat austere and marked by intense minerality the 2020 was enhanced by aging of 14 months on the lees, with bottling in November of 2021.  The 2020 "Terre de Pierre" is bright and crystalline with citrus aromas and hints of stone and dried herbs. The palate is elegant and crisp with firm saline acidity, with pear, almond and citrus flavors, and the terroir kicks in nicely with intense mineral notes and firm acidity that tingles the palate. The finish is long and scintillating with subtle white fruits and minerals. Serve this lovely Muscadet now with shellfish, cod and sole, seared scallops, or cellar for 10 to 15 years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lunotte (Christophe Foucher) 2019 Vin de France Les Rossignoux

Christophe Foucher makes brilliant natural wines on his 5 hectare estate, La Lunotte, in Couffy,  on the southern bank of the Cher River, near St. Aignan, just a short distance from our friends at Clos Roche Blanche. Christophe grows Sauvignon Blanc, Menu Pineau, Cabernet Franc, Cot and Gamay, farmed with strict organic methods and vinified without sulfites or other additives and bottled by hand, unfiltered. The 2019 Roussignoux #2 shows a pale gold color with aromas of dried herbs, pear, candied citrus, mint and wet stone, slightly oxidative in the style of a Jura white, The palate shows a dense mineral core with ripe citrus, pear, dried apple, stone and herbal flavors that continue in the long finish with firm acidity. Serve with a full-flavored ceviche, fish or chicken in sauce, goat cheeses. Pure juice! 

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Morantin, Noella 2019 Vin de France LBL Sauv Blanc VV

LBL is a special white that Noella Morantin makes small quantities of, from old vines of Sauvignon Blanc that were originally part of the famed Clos Roche Blanche. The vines were planted in the 1940s and 1960s on a slope of clay/silex soils over limestone.  This wine is always good, but in my opinion has never been THIS good! While previous vintages have shown classic Sauvignon Blanc notes, with some lychee, citrus and grassy texture, the 2019 is more reminiscent of Romarantin from Cour-Cheverny, with stone fruit, and subtle density and creaminess. Drink over the course of a couple hours to fully enjoy the concentration and layered minerality! Quite a treat, and a really special Sauvignon Blanc. Along with old bottles of Vatan, the Sancerres from Gaudry or Sebastien Riffault, or the mystifying wines of Chrisophe Foucher (La Lunotte), this is one of the best candidates for convincing that friend who says they don't like Sauvignon Blanc. I personally am not a fan of Sauvignon Blanc but I love this wine. Brava Noella!   -EL

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mortier 2019 Bourgueil Les Pins

Fabien and Cyril Boisard make beautiful natural wines on their small estate in Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil. They practice organic and biodynamic farming with a great diversity of plants and trees among the vines and their vinifications are without additives until a small addition of SO2 if needed. The Bourgueil "Les Pins" is 100% Cabernet Franc from approximately 50 year-old vines in a 2 hectare parcel that has always been famed organically. The soil is deep clay over friable limestone - a cool spot that is harvested late. The 2019 is a lovely wine showing deep aromas of ripe black fruits, licorice, spice and earth. The palate is silky and supple with terrific length - just a great Bourgueil to drink now, a bit cool, or after eight to ten years of cellaring.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2020 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Gras Moutons

(Arrives May 24) The 2020 Muscadet "Les Gras Moutons"  is a lovely wine and clearly illustrates the difference between the granite and gneiss terroirs in Muscadet. Gras Moutons is a great parcel on gneiss, in layers that permit a deep penetration by the vines, with sandy clay and amphibolite stones. The vines are at the top of a hill and on the south facing slope overlooking the Maine. (The name, by the way, does not refer to fat sheep, 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 herbal and floral bouquet than the granite-based wines and the palate, although refreshing and bright, is softer and more open. The 2020 Gras Moutons is a bit brighter than the 2019 and 2019, showing a pale bronze color and beautiful aromas of ripe pear and quince with hints of anise, stone and almond; The palate shows a nice level of glycerol and is quite mineral with ripe pear and white peach,  supple and ripe but framed in firm acidity. The finish is long and dense with white fruits, citrus and an almost bitter mineral aspect, making this an outstanding food wine to enjoy for the rest of this decade.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pinon 2018 Vouvray Silex Noir

Our friends Francois and Julien Pinon produce sensational Vouvray at their estate in Vallée du Cousse and the 2018 Silex Noir is another superb example. From approximatley 40 year-old vines on soils of clay and flint over limestone in the vineyards of Terné and Batailleries. The wine shows beautiful aromas of white fruits, citrus, wildflowers earth and honey. Chalky white fruits, earth, lemon and stone on the palate with a creamy texture typical of 2018, with nice finishing acidity and mineral flavors. A bit of residual sugar brings out all the best in this lovely Chenin Blanc, delicious now - decant a few hours in advance if possible - or cellar 20 to 30 years. Serve with rillettes and rillons, fish in sauce, lobster, langoustines and scallops, chicken in cream sauce, too. (26 g/L RS, 4.1 g/L total acid.)

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2019 Vouvray Les Déronnières

(Five cases are available) 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 soil is clay 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...

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic

Raffault, Olga 2008 Chinon Les Picasses Pre-Arrival (Late May)

** This is a Pre-arrival item. Arrives late May 2022 **

The Domaine Olga Raffault Chinon "les Picasses" is one of the most famous wines in the region - a wine that is delicious young but that cellars beautifully for ten to twenty years, even longer in a good vintage. Under the direction of Eric de la Vigerie and Sylvie Raffault, quality here has been maintained, and improved, with the adoption of organic farming. The vines averaged about 40 years-old in 2008, a vintage that was cool much of the summer but after a sunny and warm September the grapes were harvested on October 10th with beautiful maturity and concentration, combined with the firm acidity found in this vintage.The wine shows a slightly mature red/black color with aromas of ripe blackberry, strawberry and prune with, orange rind, earth and musk. The palate is supple and deep with ripe blackberry liqueur and hints of pepper, cocoa, licorice, earth and minerals. The finish is long and sappy with firm acidity. This great Chinon in mid-life cries out for a nice steak, coq au vin  or pork ribs. Drink now after decanting or cellar for ten  more years.

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • no discount
  • $65.99

  • Low Sulfur

Raffault, Olga 2009 Chinon Les Picasses PRE-ARRIVAL (Late May)

** This is a Pre-arrival item. Arrives late May 2022 **

Olga Raffault has always been one of my favorite producers, likely because it was one of the first great Loire reds I stumbled upon early in my wine life.  The 2009 Les Picasses fits into my idea of that first real bottle of Chinon I had all those years ago. The nose leads with red plum and dark cherries followed by classic herbaceous notes, tobacco and just a touch of brettanomyces.  The palate shows elegance with soft tannins and plenty of acidity even though the flavors are bold: red plums, turned earth, and a fresh herbaceous character without being at all funky. A great pairing for roasted chicken and herbed potatoes, seared salmon with salsa verde, or pork sirloin steaks. Open and decant now or age for another few years, then drink until 2030 and beyond, and above all else enjoy.  Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $65.99

Sanzay, Antoine 2018 Saumur-Champigny Terres Rouges

 The 2018 Sanzay "Terres Rouges" is from 100% Cabernet Franc grown on clay and limestone terroir, with high iron content in the soil,  certified organic. 50% whole-cluster fermentation with wild yeasts, fermented in concrete for 12 days, aged in concrete for 18 months. The 2018 boasts a dark ruby, verging on purple, robe. The nose is perfumed with aromas of violets, crushed blackberry, black currants, and loam. The palate is concentrated and displays firm, ripe tannins with black juicy fruits peeking from behind. There's a bit of black pepper, mouthwatering acidity on the finish. This offers nice flair in a sterner fashion than the Poyeux, but this has an energy of its own that is quite appealing. Decant if drinking now or cellar for 5-7 years and beyond for a more mature  experience. The poise here is excellent and the the energy coiled within is intriguing. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2020 Vin de France Ancestral Brut

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

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2020 Cheverny Rouillon

50% Pinot Noir, 50% Gamay from  small parcels of clay and flint soils over limestone of Blois.  "Rouillon" is our favorite red from Cheverny, always delicate and pretty even in ripe years like 2018 - 2020, showing bright, floral tart plum, raspberry and wild strawberry aromas with citrus and earth. The palate is ripe and sappy with wild strawberry, plum skin, earth and spice. The finish is long with citrus and mineral flavors and a bit of tannin. Irresistible now, this should be very interesting after a few years in the cellar. Zero or minimal SO2.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Villalin 2020 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. The 2020  benefits from aeration, then shows subtle aromas of pear and quince with tart citrus and herbal notes. The palate is refreshing and bright with white fruits, gooseberry, fig and citrus flavors framed in firm acidity. If drinking now, open an hour in advance if possible - this offers delicious drinking with a wide variety of fish and chicken dishes, salads and goat cheeses.

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Villemade, Herve 2019 Vin de France Les Souchettes Menu Pineau

Hervé Villemade's new "Les Souchettes" is 100% Menu Pineau, fermented and aged in sandstone amphora, without sulfur. Fascinating aromas of peach, pear, melon and citrus. The palate is very bright with firm acidity and a bit of skin tannin with complex flavors of citrus, almond, stone fruits and white pepper over a firm background of stony acidity. Very "natural" and not for sipping by the pool perhaps, but a great accompaniment to good charcuterie, a full-flavored ceviche, fish or chicken in sauce...

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur