Loire

Batardiere 2018 Anjou L'Esprit Libre

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

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Batardière 2018 Vin de France "Mama Rose"

A blend of Cabernet Franc, Grolleau, and Chenin Blanc. Thomas Batardiere found a very nice way to take the mineral driven notes of Anjou Cab Franc, with the red fruit of Grolleau, and the texture and density of Chenin Blanc, and make a very pretty wine. It drinks in a way like a Chenin -  Cab Franc and Grolleau vines are probably outnumbered in Rablay-sur-Layon but the presence is felt. A nice effort and a tasty Loire rosé with a twist.  (Was $18.99)

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $14.24

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2018 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

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

  • red
  • 56 in stock
  • $22.99

  • 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
  • 2 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2019 Chinon La Croix Boissée Blanc

The 2019 Baudry "La Croix Boissée" Blanc is a superb glass of Chenin Banc! From 15 - 25 year-old vines at the top of the south-facing  vineyard where the eroded limestone is barely covered with silica. The 2019 has a pale yellow-green robe. The nose is a bit circumspect on opening. A couple of swirls reveal aromas of honeysuckle, soil notes, peach skin, green almond and beeswax. The palate is concentrated with savory, salty mineral sensations taking the lead, with flavors of white peach, underripe pear, and a hint of salted lemon following. This has a dry, mouthwatering finish inflected by flashes of orange oil, chamomile and sultana as after-aromas. The wine has a compelling stony core and should age nicely as the the structural elements knit with the ripe Chenin fruit over the next 10-12 years and beyond. If enjoying now, a 1-2 hour decant isn’t a bad idea. Quite tasty with a leftover chicken hash with plenty of chopped herbs, green onions, and a poached egg on top, but I’d love to try this with roasted cod fillet with a zippy salsa verde over braised greens. And to echo what David Lillie said about the 2018: "This belongs with the top dry Vouvrays and Anjou Secs - it's a unique and delicous expression of Chenin!" Highly recommended. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bejon 2018 Vin de France Picrochole

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

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bejon 2018 Vin de France Saint Germain

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

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bellivière NV Vin de France Myriades des Bulles

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

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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

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

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Vin de France Vercheny

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

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Boudignon 2018 Anjou Blanc

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

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Brégeon, Michel 2018 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 2018 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Chevalerie 2011 Bourgueil Les Galichets

Domaine de la Chevalerie's "Les Galichets" vineyard is on the lower part of the limestone 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. The 2011 is drinking beautifully now showing complex ripe plum and berry aromas with earth and brown spice. The palate is supple and round, the tannns velvety and soft with a minty freshness supporting the ripe fruit in the finish. Serve slightly cool with a pork chop in creamy mustard sauce.

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Bretêche

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

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 13 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
  • 13 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Les Galichets

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

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $23.99

  • 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 5 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!  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. Very open now - a quick hour decant will be more than enough to enjoy it - 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. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Grand Mont

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

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Peu Muleau

Peu Muleau is located on the upper part of the hill in Bourgueil, just below the forest, on Cenozoic eolian sands with iron, clay and altered limestone tuffeau. The vines are around 35 years old, and farmed biodynamically. The maceration lasts less than 20 days. Aging is done in a mix of tank and large used barrels with less and less oak. This is the earliest drinking single-vineyard cuvée, always on the raspberry and wild violet with very supple tannins, but you can keep it up to 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
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chidaine 2017 Montlouis Sur Loire Les Bournais

(Arrives 10/29) This is usually our favorite wine from François and Manuela Chidaine, long-time champions of organic and biodynamic farming in the Loire Valley. Named after the soil type "Les Bournais," a unique clay topsoil over limestone (tuffeau blanche) also found across the river in Vouvray and without the silex present in most Montlouis terroirs. The 2017 is a beautiful example of this wine with lovely aromas of lemon confit, kiwi, pear, lime-flower, honey and earth, with subtle hints of crushed raspberry as well. The palate is dense and creamy with chalky ripe pear and citrus fruits with a long, lush finish of stone, white fruits, anise and citrus. (Lush but dry at only 2.3 gr RS/L) This is a beautiful Montlouis that will perfectly accompany lobster,  fish or white meats in sauce, Asian foods and goat cheeses. It's delicious now, and should be very interesting after ten to fifteen years in the cellar.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chidaine 2019 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

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


  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Christian Venier 2019 Cheverny "Les Hauts de Madon" Rouge

The Hauts de Madon is a serious Cheverny Rouge, NOT for kicking back and taking lightly. 80% Pinot Noir/20% Gamay, with plenty of trademark Venier spice, almost referencing Languedoc aromatics of thyme and rosemary. 2019 was a year with great material, like 2018 and given that this is the more significant of Venier's cuvées, this will surely benefit from some age. If drinking now give it a proper decant and a very slight chill. -EL 

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Christian Venier 2019 Cheverny Rouge La Pierre Aux Chiens

La Pierre aux Chiens is a tiny part of the red production at the Venier estate, and available intermittently in the US. Unlike most Cheverny reds that are blends of Gamay and Pinot Noir, this is 100% Pinot Noir. Though young and a bit burly when it first arrived early last Fall, it should be starting to mellow out now and will drink well for many years. There is some structure and power here, so do keep in mind it's more of a hearty than a pretty, delicate Pinot Noir.  -EL 

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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
  • 21 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

Deboutbertin 2015 Vin de France Pacotille

Wife and husband team, Stéphanie and Vincent Deboutbertin,  have been organically farming these 10 hectares of vines between Faye d'Anjou and Beaulieu sur Layon since 2012. This joyful team is committed to a non-interventionist philosophy by never adding or taking anything away for their wines; believing they are merely shepherding the grapes from vine to bottle. The Pacotille is 100% Chenin Blanc, directly pressed and aged in barrel. As this is a fully 'natural' wine, each vintage will show variation and embrace whatever funkiness arises!

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Domaine de Reuilly 2019 Reuilly Les Pièrres Plates

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

  • white
  • 49 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine du Fresche 2019 Cabernet D'Anjou Rosé

(Was $15.99) Cabernet d'Anjou is an appellation wine from Anjou in the Loire Valley, always a rosé made from Cabernet Franc and at times with Cabernet Sauvignon as well, and usually made in a off-dry style. Though we know that off-dry or demi-sec rosés aren't exactly "in," this wine is so delicious we're going to drink it anyhow! Serve with grilled foods, Asian foods, mild cheeses or sip by itself as a yummy aperitif. Mostly Cabernet Franc, it's bursting with lovely red-currant and berry fruit with just enough sweetness to make it go down oh so easy. 

  • rosé off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $11.99

  • Organic

Filliatreau 2019 Saumur-Champigny La Grande Vignolle

100% Cabernet Franc. The six-hectare Grande Vignolle lieu-dit sits on a chalk cliff on calcareous clay soils, set back from the Loire River on a high plateau. The vines are 35-40 years old and lie at the northern limit of the Saumur-Champigny appellation. The fruit is hand-harvested, destemmed and fermented with natural yeasts in steel tank, with a maceration of approximately 2 weeks. The wine is aged in steel tank and is bottled unfiltered. Always a juicy and delicious Saumur-Champigny, the 2019 Grande Vignolle shows the maturity  and weight of this dry and sunny year in the Loire. The wine shows aromas of ripe black raspberry and strawberry fruit liqueur with floral and earthy notes, quite pretty!  The palate is vibrant with firm acidity below round lush berry fruits, quite dense and sapid with a refreshing, bright finish. This is a great charcuterie pairing or with grilled chicken and pork and soft cow cheeses - enjoy it now served a bit cool and cellaring of five to eight years would be interesting. David Lillie

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $20.99

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

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $36.99

Fresche (Domaine du) 2019 Anjou Chenin

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

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Fresche (Domaine du) 2019 Cremant de Loire (Chenin/Chardonnay/Pinot Noir)

A ridiculous value from Domaine du Fresche in Anjou, this is a savory and refreshing Cremant de Loire that is sure to please. Fine mousse, subtle yeasty/brioche notes and perfect acidity. Though delicious on its own, our most recent tasting clearly revealed that this would be a great food wine as well.  -EL

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Girard 2019 Sancerre La Garenne

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

  • white
  • 47 in stock
  • $25.99

Grandes Vignes 2016 Anjou Varenne de Combre

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

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2014 Bonnezeaux Le Malabé

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

  • white sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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

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

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

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

  • red
  • 26 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
  • 18 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2019 Bourgueil Rosé

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

  • rosé
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $11.24

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white off-dry
  • 4 in stock
  • $47.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $62.99

Lambert, Patrick 2019 Chinon Gourmandise

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

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo NV Vin Mousseux de Qualité Brut Atmosphères

Jo Landron's vivacious "Atmospheres" is made with roughly equal amounts of organic Folle Blanche, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, hand harvested and fermented with wild yeasts. It's a Methode Traditionelle (Champagne method) that's very dry and refreshing, with lively aromas of pear, citrus and red currant. The palate is vibrant and fresh with flavors of pear, quince, citrus and brioche. It's a delicious aperitif  and will pair well with oysters, salmon, crudites and charcuterie and it's great for a crowd on New Year's Eve!

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

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

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Les Capriades 2019 VdF Méthode Ancestrale Pet'Sec

The lovely 2019 Les Capriades "Pet' Sec" is made from 30 to 70 year-old vines of Chardonnay, Menu Pineau and Sauvignon Blanc grown in the home vineyard in Faverolles-en-Berry and in the Cher Valley. This is just delicious with the perfect balance, silky palate and fine mousse of all the Capriades wines showing floral pear, quince and green apple - it's easy drinking and refreshing, a perfect aperitif anytime of the year or serve with oysters, charcuterie and mild cheeses.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Luneau-Papin 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

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

  • white
  • 27 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Mortier 2018 Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Graviers

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

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 35 in stock
  • $22.99

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
  • 27 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Noella Morantin 2019 Touraine Gamay "La Boudinerie"

This is a beautiful Gamay from the talented Noella Morantin, who acquired part of the Clos Roche Blanche vineyard and other parcels above the Cher River in Pouillé, Touraine. The 2019 Boudinerie is vinified in carbonic maceration, and shows lovely aromas of morello cherry, black raspberry and violet, quite ripe and pretty. The palate is lush, lively and bright, with nice density and length showing ripe, sappy red fruits, earth and mineral flavors that continue in the refreshing finish. This is a very pretty and versatile wine that will accompany charcuterie, chicken and pork dishes and mild cheeses. Serve cool and enjoy!

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pabiot, Jonathan 2018 Pouilly-Fumé Florilege

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

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

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

  • white
  • 60 in stock
  • $17.99

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson

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

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $28.99

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

Pépière 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Gras Moutons

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

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $22.99

  • 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
  • 8 in stock
  • $34.95

  • Organic

Pinon 2018 Vouvray Les Trois Argiles

Another outstanding Vouvray from our friends François and Julien Pinon in Vallée de Cousse, the 2018 "Trois Argiles" shows subtle, complex aromas of lemon, pear, earth, lime-flower, wet stone and almond. There is a hint of sweetness on the palate, perfectly balanced with firm acidity, with mineral flavors, white fruits, lemon peel and herbal notes. The finish is very long with citrusy acids and saline minerals. this is a beautiful young Vouvray that is delicious now with fish or chicken in sauce, Asian cuisnes, vegetable patés, asparagus and mild cheeses. This will gain complexity and become dryer with age, drink at least until 2050. 22 gr/liter RS. David Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic

Pinon, François & Julien 2017 Vouvray Brut

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

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 7 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
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2018 Jasnières Le Clos des Molières

 From 30 year-old Chenin Blanc vines in a mid-slope parcel of thin clay and silex soils on limestone, yields of 25 hl/ha, certified organic with biodynamic methods as well, fermented and aged in 4 to 6 year-old barriques. The wine shows subtle aromas of lemon verbena, dried pear and apple, chalk and stone, with hints of honeysuckle, almond and anise. The palate is very earthy and mineral with a chalky texture and subtle white fruits, citrus, and anise, scintillating and long, surprisingly delicate for a 2018.  It's a wine of contemplation that will open up nicely with time. "Richer than 2017 while retaining a beautiful freshness, with aromas of spices and very ripe fruits - ideal with white meats and cheeses" says Sébastien. Serve now with a mildly flavored ceviche, grilled fish, white meats and goat cheesees or hold for ten+  years. This is a lovely Jasnières, bravo to Sébastien Cornille.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2019 Coteaux du Loir La Belle D'Aunis

The talented Sébastien Cornille is making some of the most beautiful wines in Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir - The 2018 "Belle d'Aunis" is 100% Pineau d'Aunis from old vines in clay with silex soils over limestone in the Coteaux du Loir; 15 day semi-carbonic maceration, slow pressing and assembly with the "jus de goutte" followed by aging in 3 to 4 year-old barrels. The 2019 shows a lovely dark red/garnet color and penetrating aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, and violet, earthy and deep, really lovely. The palate is dense and ripe with a bit of skin tannin, but supple and bright with very sapid black raspberry liqueur  backed by firm and refreshing acidity in the long juicy finish. (Eric Pfifferling meets Pineau D'Aunis?)  This is quite delicious and should develop nicely with age. Serve with grilled pork or lamb, a farm chicken.  Sébastien says "more structured than the 2018, with very ripe black fruits and hints of spice - it will become more harmonious with a few months  of aging, drink with red meats and spicy or Asian foods."  Highly recommeded! David Lillie


  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2019 Coteaux du Loir La Guinguette

Sebastien Cornille's lovely "Guinguette" is made from a blend of 80% Pineau d’Aunis and 20% Gamay sourced from 30+-year-old vines in the Coteaux du Loir in organic/ biodynamic farming. It undergoes semi-carbonic maceration for 20 days in tank before the Pineau d’Aunis is pressed off to be aged in neutral barrique and the Gamay in tank. The 2019 is a beautiful version of "Guinguette"with pretty and very complex aromas of raspberry, tart cherry, violet, citrus, white pepper and earth, really lovely.  The palate is sapid and ripe with dense chalky  red fruits coated in firm earthy acidity. As with many 2019 Loire reds, the alcohol is higher than usual but it remains a thirst quenching and relatively light wine that should be served quite cool. Lovely with charcuterie, any lighter meat dishes and mild cheeses or just sipped by itself.  Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $36.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

Tessier 2019 Cheverny La Charbonnerie

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

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Thibault, Marie 2018 Vin de France La Roue Qui Tourne

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

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

Tue-Boeuf 2019 Touraine La Guerrerie

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

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Venier 2019 Cheverny "Les Hauts de Madon" Blanc

Christian Venier's Hauts de Madon Blanc is a perfect wine for any fan of natural Loire whites. It's a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Menu Pineau, but for me it's all about the Menu Pineau. With a deeply layered nose and an almost Savagnin-like oxidative lean, Menu Pineau lends aromatic and textural complexity that is unique in the Loire. A bit of tropical lychee note from Sauvignon Blanc, with viscosity and earthy/herbaceous notes from the Menu Pineau.  -EL

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 47 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Villemade 2018 Cour-Cheverny Les Saules

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

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $23.99

Villemade, Herve 2015 Vin de France Bulle Blanche

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

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Villemade, Hervé 2018 Cheverny Blanc "La Bodice"

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

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2018 Vin de France Orbois

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. Our tasting with him in Angers last winter was fantastic and one of the standouts was 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. The wine shows a bright gold/bronze color and aromas of lemon zest, almond, caramel, honeysuckle, dried pear and apricot. The palate is dense and round but with bright acidity, with ripe peach, citrus peel, stone, apricot and candied citrus with fabulous length. This distictive Menu Pineau will accompany a full-flavored ceviche. fish and chicken in sauce and goat cheeses, or just sip on its own. Lovey wine!  David Lillie


  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2019 Cheverny Blanc

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

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur