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Autran, Michel 2017 Vouvray Ciel Rouge

Michel Autran's brilliant 2017 "Ciel Rouge" is from average 80 year-old vines in red clay over limestone, a superb Vouvray terroir. The wine shows a pale bright gold color, with subtle, very elegant high-toned aromas of poire william, green apple, grapefruit, fines herbes, wet stone and honey with a hint of oak. The palate is a rather intense blend of white fruits,  minerals, grapefruit pith, firm chalky acidity and bright citrus flavors that will need a few years to integrate. Showing a bit more weight than the "Enfers Tranquilles" the wine is nevertheless equally crystalline and intensely mineral.  Give this a long decant if drinking now, preferably cellar five to eight years, then enjoy for many years to come. This is a unique and potentially great Vouvray and is highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Batardière 2017 Vin de France Pet Nat "La Croix Hardie"

'La Croix Hardie' is a methode ancestrale sparkling Chenin Blanc from Batardiere's youngest vines. Fermented in stainless steel, and then aged for two years in bottle in order to ferment to dryness. Up front the nose is bright, floral, and full of juicy citrus and apricot, on the finish there's a little bit of a savory funkiness to this bottling and could use a bit of cellar aging to allow all of these flavors to fully integrate as we've seen with some of his older vintages. Michelle DeWyngaert 

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $36.99

Baudry 2018 Chinon Domaine (Case of 12) Mid June

(Note: Arrives mid-June. Secure your wine and save a few dollars by pre-ordering by the case. $22.99 per btl on arrival)

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
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $240.00

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2018 Chinon La Croix Boissée Blanc (5/29)

The 2018 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 2018 took one year to finsh fermentation in 500 liter barrels, the malo was done. The wine shows elegant, complex armas of chalk, citrus, quince, and stone; the palate is silky and cristalline with citrus, quince, pear, white peach and saline mineral flavors, finishing with terrific length and lingering hints of citrus, almond and stone. This belongs with the top dry Vouvrays and Anjou Secs - it's a unique and delicous expression of Chenin!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2019 Chinon Les Granges

From 30 to 35 year-old vines on gravel and sandy soils with a bit of clay near the Vienne river in organic agriculture. Hand harvested, fermented with wild yeasts, ages for 8 to 10 months in cement vats, minimal addition of SO2 only prior to bottling. This "basic" cuvée from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry has gotten more and more "serious" as the vines age, giving a wine that is  delightful to drink young, but that shows surprising complexity and mineral character as well. In the 2019 vintage, as with the 2018,  the wine is a sheer delight! Tasted at the domain in January 2020, the wine showed a deep black color  with bright purple rim with vibrant, lush aromas of cassis, blackberry and a bit of pepper, violet and cocoa. The palate is dense with deep sweet blackberry and raspberry fruit on the palate, with a hint of bitter chocolate, surprisingly bright and balanced given the extra ripeness of the vintage. This is a delicious Chinon to drink a bit cool over the next five to eight years - there should be a good quantity available but don't delay in trying this very special "basic" wine!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Boudignon 2018 Savennières "Clos de Frémine" (May 13)

Just on the other side of the schistous wall of Clos de la Hutte, on the way to the Loire, the Clos de Frémine was replanted by Thibaud in 2015, with the same massale selections diversity and rootstocks (rupestris du lot) as the Clos de la Hutte. Here the soil is sandier, with more altered sandstone and less schist, looking gently south-east towards the Loire. For Thibaud, this is the most ethereal wine of the domain - something he noticed when tasting randomly some samples made from plots located in the area at Château de Chamboureau. He knew he wanted to make wine there since then. To preserve the delicacy, roundness, exuberance of the wine on this terroir, he is using less new oak and only 500 and 600 liter barrels. If Savennières can be on the light and fruity side when coming from the eolian sandy soil of the different plateaus - like the area of Les Fougeraies or Le Moulin de Beaupréau - here it is a totally different beast, as you can sense the power of the schist below the surface. With an exuberant nose today of mandarin blossom, sea spray, freesia, the palate is more restrained, dancing with tannins (pear-skin like) felt more in the mid-palate, letting the dynamic acidity shape the finish. Without a doubt, Thibaud is picking at a riper peak than he used too, without losing the definition. Once again, this wine is still sophomoric and will keep on improving in bottle, but you may be teased by its juvenile charm if you pop the cork today. To enjoy with a sole meunière, a veal piccata or a Brie-style cheese. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $93.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Boudignon 2018 Savennières "Clos de la Hutte"

Out of the 3 communes of production allowed for Savennières - Bouchemaine, Savennières (and the hamlet of Épiré), La Possonnière - the last one has been overlooked for some time, not having any benchmark producers or famous vineyards and today claiming less than 50 ha planted. Yet its potential as early as the 12th cent was recognized by the Benedictine monks. Less hilly and flatter, you can still see walls separating historical clos. But time has changed, and Thibaud, aware of the potential of the vineyards, acquired 2 of these clos, including the 7 ha of the ancient religious site, Clos de la Hutte. Only 2.5 ha were planted in 2011 with a huge diversity of massale selections from superb domaines, some ungrafted on shallow ordovicien green schist. After losing most of the crop to frost in 2017, 2018 saw a more normal crop. The wine was aged in demi muid (50%), 320 liters cigars (25%) and 500 liter (25%) for 12 months then 3 months in stainless steel tanks.  For Savennières lovers, this is a different expression of the area, more subtle, lighter on its feet without losing the core density of the appellation. If a little shy or austere at first, the nose opens up to notes of lemon-drop, lemon verbena, hay, white tobacco and gun-flint. The oak is just perceptible. The structure is very sleek, with more weight than the previous vintage (the vines are getting older), and currently a leesy touch bottle aging will resolve. The typical apple-skin tannins of Savennières bring length, playing with the saltiness. The wine is a baby, and some bottle aging will definitely bring up more layers and texture. If you want to enjoy it now, decant it and don’t drink it too cold. Otherwise keep it up to 20 years. For pairing, a delicate sea bass with wilted spinach, a green asparagus risotto or a 18-month comté would be superb. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $107.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Boudignon 2018 Savennières "La Vigne Cendrée"

This is a new release for Thibaud. In 2011 he managed to rent a superb .5 ha isolated plot at the bottom on the Roche aux Moines on the Savennières side near the Châteu de Varennes. The land used to be planted but was taken over by wild vegetation : Thibaud cleaned it up, left it fallow and then replanted it in 2014 with the same care than the Clos de la Hutte and Frémine, using this time a riparia rootstock as there is more clay with a vein of granite amidst the purple schists.  For Thibaud, this is the most angular and “typical'' of his Savennières. And it’s true, right now and despite coming from young vines, the wine has a real breadth with more tannic structure - for me a trademark of Savennières from this area. The wine does not see any new oak - to avoid bringing more unctuous sweetness - but is aged in Burgundy barrels and foudres. The nose has a lot of baking spices, gardenia, kumquat and has the less reductive notes. The palate is broader and richer, the acidity and tension hidden behind the velvety texture. Once again, aging would be a good idea to gain in definition. You can also enjoy today with hazelnut-crusted sweetbreads or zucchinis and goat cheese agnolotti, served with a chicken jus. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $93.99

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

Chidaine 2018 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

This Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent value from a deeply conscientious producer. Francois Chidaine practices biodynamics in his vineyards and takes the health of his soil and the environment to the next level by rotating cover crops and avoiding plowing. The resulting wine has a rich texture with a distinctly stony finish. The nose is delicate mix of white grapefruit, sage, and fresh white flowers, and the palate is fresh and rounded, only faintly herbal rather than overtly vegetal as some Sauvignon Blanc can be. The wine was aged and fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts, and spent several months on the lees before bottling. Well balanced and a great pairing for sautéed fish or vegetables and certainly with goat cheese. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 65 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Clos des Plantes (O. Lejeune) 2017 Vin de France "Poiesis" (Arrival 5/13)

The first release of this cuvée (whose name is a nod to the greek act of creation). Olivier bought  Le Clos des Plantes in May only to be hit by the frost: he could only produce 3 hl/ha from these altered grey schists and quartz soil. As the volume was too low, he bought some must from biodynamic producer Jean-François Vaillant at Domaine Les Grandes Vignes - like Bruno Ciofi for his Tous les Ch’nins mènent à Rome cuvée. So this 2017 is 50% Clos des Plantes, 50% négoce, fermented and aged in used double-barrel for twelve months. Malo is done, and 20 ppm of sulfur at bottling, done by Christian Braud (the bottler of all the best producers in the region). On the nose the wine has the concentration of the vintage, a core of quince, camomille, pollen, kumquat zest and iris root. It just starts to pick a little bit of appealing bottle reduction. The attack of the palate has weight and volume while dry, with discreet tannins reminding of a liquorice stick. The finish is more steely, with its salivating, mineral acidity. It is very sensual wine, but one can guess its future potential. Green curry based dishes would be a great pairing, as well as honey-glazed ham. Enjoy it now decanted for two hours, or keep at least 5 years.  On another note, Olivier pays great attention to the name of his cuvées and their label. The one for Poeisis was made by Magdalena Kaczan, a Polish artist. He saw it one day and asked this artist if he could use it, with the addition of the vigneron and his vine. It is a symbol of harmony and respected biodiversity. You can find on each of his label the name of the different artists and their contact. Pascaline Lepeltier

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos des Plantes (O. Lejeune) 2018 Vin de France "Poiesis"

Olivier Lejeune’s second vintage was not an easy one, after being hit by frost the previous year. Between the mildew pressure, the frost, the heat wave, and his full time job at Château de Passavant as tractorist, it was a challenging year yet he managed to produce from his plot of Clos des Plantes in Mont Benault a very solid, complex wine (vinified and aged 8 months  in demi-muids, malo done,  20 ppm of total sulfites). Fermentation went way faster after the press (whole cluster in a vertical press), creating more exotic aromas: orange oil, mango, bay leaf, yet conserving the more traditional crabapple, quince, hay notes of Chenin. The volatile acidity feels a bit higher too but it is not a problem as the wine has the flesh and the muscles to welcome it. In fact it makes the wine vibrate even more. A great terroir is always expressed by the finish and length of the palate: if today it is still protected by its baby fat, you can feel it if you pay attention. Without a doubt 6 months of bottle aging would be ideal, but you can serve it today in large glass (no decanting) with creamed artichoke cannelloni or with pan-sautéed monkfish with almond crust.  Pascaline Lepeltier

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $38.99

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Coulaine 2016 Chinon Les Picasses

This is another superb "les Picasses" from Jean, Etienne and Pascale de Bonnaventure at Chateau de Coulaine, who have been practising organic and biodynamic agriculture since taking charge in 1988, certified since 1997. The parcel is at the top of the "Picasses" 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 bright 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 tannic than the 2015, with ripe black raspberry and red currant fruit. 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 benefit from decanting if drinking young and will age beautifully, best 2025 to 2045.   

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2018 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

2018 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
  • 60 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $25.99

Deboutbertin 2017 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 2018 Reuilly Les Pièrres Plates

Minerals for days is the first thing that comes to mind while enjoying this wine. Not only a great alternative to Sancerre, but distinctly of Reuilly, a nearby Loire appellation laden with Kimmeridgian limestone. The Domaine de Reuilly was founded in 1935 alongside an oak forest, which is still used by the Domaine for their barrels. Proprietor Denis Jamain has taken this estate to new levels of quality with organic and biodynamic farming.  The nose is delicate and opens up nicely as it comes up in temperature showing notes of fresh, clean grass, white grapefruit, and peach blossoms. The palate is lean and linear displaying the beautiful stony texture imparted by the calcareous soil. This wine will be a perfect highlight to shellfish and crisp salads, and lovely balance to lighter proteins and creamy goat cheeses. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 52 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine de Reuilly 2019 Reuilly Pinot Gris Rosé

The wines of Denis Jamain at the Domaine de Reuilly are getting better and better - his 2019 Rosé of Pinot Gris is from vines in  organic and biodynamic farming, fermented with wild yeasts. Tasted with Denis in Angers last February, the wine showed beautifully - the color is a lovely pale onion skin, the aromas are floral and pretty with gooseberry, peach, dried apricot and citrus peel, really lovely. Light berry, peach, green tea and stone flavors on the palate are dense and creamy but framed in firm acidity. With good ripeness, but subtle and balanced, this unique rosé will accompany a wide variety of foods, from oysters with vinaigrette, fish, grilled pork and chicken and Asian foods, and it's lovely to sip by itself!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 35 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Ecu (Fred Niger) 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Orthogneiss (5/28)

The superb Domaine de L'Ecu Orthogneiss is from a 3-hectare parcel with 45-55 year-old vines facing southwest. The top soil is granulous and not very deep (30-50 cm). Sub-soil of orthogneiss, a metamorphosed igneous rock where minerals are arranged in bands, organically farmed since 1975, biodynamic-Demeter certified since 1998. Soil worked manually and yields are kept low. All grapes are hand harvested,  gravity fed with no use of pumps. Wild yeast fermentation, minimal SO2 used, aged on the lees in underground vats for 15-18 months. The 2018 Orthogneiss shows a pale gold color and complex ripe aromas of lemon, pineapple, marzipan, dried pear and anise - quite expressive and intriguing. The palate is dense and ripe with citrus, melon, anise and stone fruits backed by very firm lemony acidity and intense saline mineral flavors that continue in the finish. This will accompany full-flavored oysters, but best with fish in sauce, scallops and lobster. Drink this beautiful wine over the next ten years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Ecu (Fred Niger) 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Granite (Arrives 5/28)

Guy Bossard is one of the heroes of French viticulture, having rejected modern chemical farming upon assuming the family estate, becoming certified organic in 1972, then progressing to Biodynamic farming in 1996. And this in a region where there was little recognition or financial reward for his intense work and the higher quality of his wines. Guy has been an inspiration for many growers in the region and  the estate continues under the capable and imaginative direction of Fred Niger van Herck.  The Domaine de l'Ecu  "Granite" is always one of the most distinctive of Muscadet, with the Melon de Bourgogne coming from 50-year-old vines in a parcel of stony soils on "granite a deux micas." On the nose, the minerals are boldly pronounced, with notes of almond skins, cantaloupe, Meyer lemon, and sea spray. The palate is a fine mix of lemon zest, saline stones, some under-ripe pear, and white flowers. A gorgeous wine to pair with oysters (of course), langoustines, or Coquille Saint-Jacques. JDC

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Filliatreau 2018 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 2018 Grande Vignolle shows the maturity  and weight of this excellent vintage for Loire reds. 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
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $42.99

Girard 2018 Sancerre La Garenne

Upon visiting Fernand Girard 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. More than 20 years later we are still happy to feature the Sancerre produced by Fernand and Alain Girard, coming from their 2.5 hectare plot on a steep slope in Chaddoux on 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
  • 81 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $37.99

  • 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Grandes Vignes 2017 Anjou Varenne du Poirier

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 Poirier is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without the adition of sulfites.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grange aux Belles 2019 Vin de France Le Vin de Jardin

Carbonic maceration of 100% Grolleau grown on black schist just south of Anjou in the Loire Valley. Like all of the Grange aux Belles wines, the "Vin de Jardin" is meant to be bright, juicy, and go down easy!

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sparkling
  • 45 in stock
  • $21.99

Huet 2005 Vouvray Cuvée Constance 500ml

Forward and open which is unusual for Constance. Beautifully knit palate and very long with exceptional purity and at least 50 years ahead of it. DL

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2018 Montlouis-sur-Loire Premier Rendez-Vous

This is a Chenin Blanc that makes me picture spring meadows. Lise and Bertrand Jousset have created this wine from two organically farmed terroirs in Montlouis sur Loire - 40 year-old vines on sand and silex soils over limestone and 70 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils. "Premier Rendez-vous," which translates to 'the first encounter', is all about freshness and vibrancy. The nose shows notes of ripe cantaloupe, yellow peach, and budding flowers, and the palate has a beautiful texture and acidity brought on by the limestone and silex soils. The Joussets prefer to use as little sulfur as possible and have aged this wine in 2 to 8 year-old large barrels, giving this energetic wine slightly softened edges. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2018 Vin de France Y a rien qui presse...

A light red from the Loire is a great choice for Thanksgiving... The  2018 "Y a rien qui presse" is 50% Gamay and 50% Grolleau from the Jousset's one hectare of red grapes in and around Montlouis. In English the name says "there's nothing pressing" and the label indicates "Vin de Table - de Chevet" meaning table wine, but bed-table wine. We have to ask the Joussets what that's all about...at any rate the wine is delicious! The superb 2018 vintage in the Loire Valley has brought us some very lush, delicious "glou-glou" wines for immediate enjoyment and the Y rien qui presse is one of the best, showing a bright garnet color and lovely aromas of ripe black raspberry, red currant and cherry with hints of violet, spice and mint. The palate is silky and refreshing with darker black cherry and red currant fruit backed by meaty earth and mineral flavors, with a finish that is fresh, sappy and long. This is simply delightful and will accompany charcuterie, of course, and any mild chicken or white meat dish and cow cheeses. Highly recommended - only 60 btls available.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2019 Vin de France Rose à Lies

Rose à Lies is a beautiful Petillant Naturel Rosé from Lise and Bertrand Jousset in Montlouis-sur-Loire. Made from 40 year-old organic Gamay and Grolleau vines grown on sand and silex soils over limestone. Fermented in used barriques, the wine is bottled at 15 grams of sugar and finishes at less than 5 grams. The wine has toasty aromas of red currant and raspberry with creamy red fruits on the palate balanced with bracing acidity. The finish is clean, refreshing and long - a perfect Pet Nat for any special or everyday occasion! 

  • rosé sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2015 Chinon L'Ame d'Antan

This beautiful Chinon is from 65 to 70-year-old vines in sandy clay soils over limestone in Sonnay, near Cravant. The wine ages for 18 months in old barrels, less than 200 cases are made. The 2015 Ame D'Antan shows a deep black/garnet color with elegant aromas of ripe black raspberry and red currant with hints of violet, prune, citrus and crushed stone. The palate is dense but bright, with a silky texture, showing earthy, ripe strawberry confit with black raspberry and licorice with firm mineral acidity and a bit less tannin than the 2014. Good length with lingering berry and mineral flavors. Delicious now, it will age beautifully, probably best 2023 to 2035+ David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

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

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

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le Fief du Breil

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

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo NV Vin Mousseux de Qualité Brut Atmosphères

 Gros Plant (Folle Blanche) and Pinot Noir, 2 years of aging, quite dry—about 5 grams of sugar per liter. A delicious and fun Champagne-method apéritif, with tart citrus and red fruit flavors and fine bubbles, grab some before it disappears.

  • white sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $30.99

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $30.99

Liv Vincendeau 2015 Crémant de Loire

This is a unique expression of Crémant de Loire, utilising mostly Chenin Blanc from a selection of their lightest and most delicate cuvées and adding in a bit of direct-pressed Cabernet Sauvignon from their 'Arpent du Saule' plot blended in. Vinified in the traditional method, made in an extra-brut style with 3g/L residual sugar.

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Liv Vincendeau 2016 Anjou Le Raguenet (Chenin Blanc)

Located just outside the town of Rochefort-sur-Loire, the vineyards of Liv Vincendeau overlook the river to Savennières. 'Le Raguenet' comes from Chenin Blanc vines ranging from 10-80 years old grown on mostly schist, which adds to its complexity and mineral character.

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Luneau-Papin 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

There's plenty to contemplate about this classic, but expressive Muscadet. This is the flagship wine for Domaine Luneau-Papin from their parcels of 45+ year old vines based on granite in the village of Vallet. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel and spends 9-11 months on the lees to enhance its weight and texture. Whether it's the effect of extended lees aging, or the way the Loire pulls ocean air across the vineyards, the aroma of sea spray and taste of salinity definitely carries through and lingers on your tongue. Notes of freshly cut herbs and juicy, green pear mingle with Meyer lemon zest and crushed river rocks. The acidity is a driving force, but it is by no means a sharp or thin wine.  There's still enough density and body to carry it.  Of course this would be an excellent pairing for white fish or oysters, but I also found it perfectly matched with a lemony risotto with spring peas and proscuitto! Michelle DeWyngaert             

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Luneau-Papin 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Terre de Pierre

This fascinating wine is from a new parcel of 45 year-old vines, La Butte de la Roche, high on a dome of igneous rock with quartz stones and serpentine minerals overlooking the marshes of Goulaine. The young Pierre-Marie Luneau is in charge here and is doing great organic 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, enhanced by aging of 17 months on the lees. The 2018 is a superb wine showing ethereal aromas of stone, citrus and white fruits, with a dense stony palate showing subtle white fruits with hints of anise and mint. This will be delicious now with grilled fish, and should age beautifully for 15 to 20 years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $24.95

  • Organic

Luneau-Papin 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Vera Cruz

Vera Cruz is a new cuvée from Luneau-Papin, from 40 year-old vines on a terroir of schistes and gneiss "a deux micas" in Vallet, farmed with organic and biodynamic methods. A wine of terroir rather than fruit, even in the ripe 2018 vintage, the wine shows elegant aromas of pear, peach, 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, apricot and zesty lemon that coats the palate. Perfect now with fine oysters, grilled dorade, sole, cod and scallops with lemon. Or cellar - this wine should be very interesting in 5 to 15 years. Label inspired by Mondrian and the varied terroirs of Muscadet.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Mosse 2017 Vin de France Le Rouchefer

The Mosse family is making superb natural wines in Anjou, and the 2017 Vin de France Rouchefer is a classic example. From a 1.6 ha parcel of massale selection vines in soils of clay and quartz over schistes, the wine is produced with minimal SO2 (total 20mg/l) and is aged in barrel. The  wine shows beautiful floral aromas of quince, pear, citrus and stone. The palate is full and elegant without being heavy, and the lovely fruit is backed by firm acidity and mineral flavors  - a real Chenin of terroir that will accompany a wide range of seafood and chicken dishes and mild cheeses. Serve cool, but not too cold, over the next ten to fifteen years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mosse 2018 Vin de France Le Gros (Grolleau) Mag 1.5L

 For the 2018 vintage 'Le Gros' is a blend of  50% Grolleau noir, 20% Gamay with ten days of carbonic maceration, and  30% Grolleau Gris. The Mosse vineyards are organically grown and their wines are made in a low-interventionist style with nothing added to the wine except a minimum of sulfites at bottling.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $28.99

Orieux, Stéphane 2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Cru Vallet

The 2016 Stephane Orieux (Bregeonnette) "Vallet" is from 40-year-old vines on mica schist soils. Hand harvested, then direct press into underground, glass-lined cement tanks where it fermented naturally with wild yeasts. 30 month sur-lie aging.  This is a beautiful Muscadet that has benefitted from the 30 months on the lees, showing classic aromas of lemon verbena, almond, anise, pear, white peach and stone, really lovely. The palate is round and supple but framed in the firm acidity normally present in 2016s, with vibrant citrus and mineral flavors underlying round white fruits, continuing in the long crisp and saline finish. This is lovely now served with sole, cod and haddock, but will accompany fuller flavored fish as well. Drink until 2030 and please serve in a large Bordeaux or Burgundy glass. David Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Briords VV (Arrival mid June)

(Note: Pre-Arrival sales by the case only, please!) First produced in 1988, this great Muscadet is made from a three hectare parcel of old massale-selection vines (all over 60 years old, with a high percentage much older) on a slope above the Maine. The bedrock is Granite de Château Thébaud, a fissured rock that allows the vines to penetrate deeply, with ideal thin topsoils of clay, with sand and gravel allowing good drainage. 2018 was  a vintage of sunshine despite rains and mildew in the spring that lowered yields. The 2018 "Briords" shows vivid aromas of dried pear, bitter lemon, anise and herbs with surprising hints of exotic fruit backed with earth and mineral notes. The aromatic ripeness is more restrained on the palate which shows beautifully supple and dense  pear and ripe apple fruit with quite firm acidity and finishing with nice grip and mineral flavors that linger on the palate. This is a beautiful "Briords," reminding me of 2009 - irresistible now but with enough acidity and structure to be a fabulous mature wine in 2029. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $225.00

  • Organic

Pépière 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

(Please note - This is the very last inventory of 2018 "La Pépie" - The 2019 has arrived will be available as well. Tasted last January, it showed a bit more expessive and floral aromas than the 18 and a slightly fuller palate, a different but equally lovely wine and great value!)

Domaine de la Pépière 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie "La Pépie"  is now from the second bottling, with grapes from older vines that were picked later - the wine is denser with more minerality and acidity than the first bottling - really a delicious and well-structured Muscadet. Don't delay in grabbing a case or two before it disappears...!

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

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
  • 59 in stock
  • $16.99

Pépière 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Ch.Thébaud "Morines"

The Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines" comes from old vines on a beautiful vineyard with great terroir sloping down towards the river Maine. The granite here (Granit de Château Thébaud, oddly enough) is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way.  2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015 here were among the best of the vintage in Muscadet and the 2014 will stand out as perhaps the finest yet due to the perfect combination of great density and minerality with the very firm acidity of this superb year for Muscadet - those of you lucky enough to have the 2014 Pépière Clisson in your cellar understand just what a special vintage this is. From Remi Branger at Pépière: "As the wine aged we performed three bâtonnages and after three and a half years sur lie, in April 2018, we decided to bottle it. We then decided to leave it  another year in bottle before offering it for sale. For us, the 2014 Château Thébaud is a wine with a great potential for cellaring. In its youth, the wine was very austere but the prolonged élevage sur lie allowed it to develop well and it benefited further from the additional year in bottle. Recent tastings of the wine confirm to us that we made the right choice for the aging, because it has the balance we hoped for with a finish of power and tension."

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Gorges

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!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • 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
  • 12 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

  • 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.49

  • Organic

Pinon 2018 Vouvray Sec

A beautiful Vouvray Sec from our friends Julien and  François Pinon, which rarely makes its way to the US. The 2018 is a bit riper than usual at 9 grams/liter RS,  with bright aromas of lemon zest, stone, quince and honeysuckle. There is very firm acidity on the palate with citrus, stone, pine, earth and bitter almond with terrific structure and length. This should ideally be decanted or opened in advance if drinking now, and will be lovely in 10 years, or 20 years...  David Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

Pinon, François 2015 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. 2015 is a beautiful year for this wine as the good weight and density of the vintage are balanced by firm acidity, contributing to the elegance and structure of this cuvée. The wine shows aromas of citrus peel, pear, green apple brioche, fines herbes, white flowers and stone, really quite elegant. The palate is creamy and dense, with pear, parsnip(?), stone, anise, mineral, herbal and bitter lemon flavors on the palate. (Sorry for the overwrought description, but the wine is extraodinary!) The mousse is fine and refreshing and there is fabulous length of white fruits and stone flavors lingering in the finish. This very young wine is superb now but is a great candidate for extended aging - for twenty years or more - a few years ago we tasted a 1976  Pinon Brut that was sensational!  Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Plouzeau (Ch. de la Bonneliere) 2019 Chinon Rive Gauche Rosé

This large organic estate in Chinon produces a light and lovely rosé from Cabernet Franc vines grown on gravel and sandy soils in the "Rive Gauche" and "La Vienne" parcels. The 2019 shows a pale pink/salmon color and bright, slightly spicy and floral raspberry/strawberry aromas. The palate is very crisp and dry, but showing the ripeness of the vintage in the round, sappy fruit, with raspberry, melon and citrus peel flavors. It's light and refreshing and goes down easy - perfect for a hot summer day, and it's a great value!

  • rosé
  • 59 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Raffault, Olga 2018 Chinon Les Barnabés

Domaine Olga Raffault produces this lovely Chinon from alluvial and gravel soils along the Loire and the Vienne - it's a beautifully fruited wine meant to be served cool and enjoyed with white meats and grilled foods. The 2018 "Barnabés" is a bit more supple and ripe than usual, really a delightful wine. The aromas are complex and ripe showing cassis, raspberry and red currant with hints of violet, citrus and black pepper. The palate is deep and supple with complex red and black fruits that continue in the smooth, refreshing finish. This is a beautiful "drink young" Chinon.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Raffault, Olga 2019 Chinon Rosé

The Olga Raffault Chinon rosé has gotten better and better over the past few years, perhaps it's their move to organic farming and the fine work of Sylvie Raffault and her husband Eric de la Vigerie. 100% Cabernet Franc, 10-hour maceration and slow wild-yeast fermentation. The 2019 is a carbon copy of the lovely 2018 -  round and ripe and simply delicious, quite crisp and refreshing showing lovely bright pink color, hints of raspberry and strawberry fruit, ripe but dry and balanced on the palate with a bit of peach and red berries in the finish with bright saline acidity. "Particulièrement gouleyant" it says on the label and we couldn't agree more! (PS - Those who enjoy the Bernard Baudry Chinon Rosé will love the Olga Raffault as well)

  • rosé
  • 60 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Roche Bleue 2017 Jasnières Le Clos des Molières

From 25 to 30  year-old Chenin Blanc vines in a mid-slope parcel of thin clay and silex soils on limestone, yields of 25 hl/ha, certified organic with biodynamic methods as well, fermented and aged in 4 to 6 year-old barriques. Sébastien Cornille has quickly become one of the finest producers of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc on his 7 hectare estate in the Coteaux du Loir and Jasnières. The 2017 Jasnières "Clos des Molières" is a beautiful dry Chenin showing a bright pale gold color and subtle aromas of pear, dried herbs, almond, citrus and white pepper. The palate is dense but crystalline and somewhat austere -  intensely mineral with white fruits, almond, citrus and stone flavors that continue in the scintillating finish. Serve now with an elegant shellfish or fish preparation or hold for ten to fifteen years and serve with fish or chicken in sauce. Beautiful wine!   David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2018 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 wine shows a bright red/garnet color with elegant aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, cherry and rose petal with white pepper and earth. The palate shows chalky, sappy raspberry and tart cherry fruit, light but dense, elegant and long with earthy acidity lingering in the finish. Refreshing and delicious now, this should be quite interesting after three to five years in the cellar. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Sansonnière (Mark Angéli) 2017 Vin de France Rosé d'un Jour

 The Rosé d’un Jour is a pun on the AOC name Rosé d’Anjou. It is a 100% grolleau gris, an old variety of Anjou-Touraine. The whole clusters are pressed in a large coquard, then fermented in tank. The wine is filtered and bottled 2 weeks after harvest. Bottles are waxed with real bees wax! In 2017, Mark, Martial and Brunon did a maceration - usually it is a direct press - : the wine took a more earthy, savory notes, showing wild raspberry, black pepper and forest floor. It is a great wine for pairing with beet-based dish, or game worked with a sweet-sour pomegranate based sauce. As no sulfites were added, make sure to keep the bottle in a storage below 52F. 65g RS, 0 ppm total of volcanic sulfur. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $36.99

Sebastien "Babass" Dervieux 2019 Vin de France Groll 'n' Roll

From Loire Valley natural wine OG Sebastien "Babass" Dervieux, this is an old vines expression of Grolleau, made without any filtration or addition of SO2. Medium bodied, with notes of baking spice, and a distinct mineral backbone from the schiste bedrock of his Anjou vineyards.

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Tessier 2018 Cheverny "Point Nommé" Pinot 1.5 L

The superb 2018 "Point Nommé" is from 100% Pinot Noir grown on silex and clay over limestone, vinified with minimal SO2 and aged for 10 months in old barriques, bottled unfiltered.  This is a vibrant fruit-bomb, showing lush high-toned aromas of blackberry, black raspberry liqueur, citrus peel, brown spice and licorice. There is lush fruit on the palate brightened by firm acidity - black raspberry and red currant - very ripe with a touch of tannin, deep and long. This is an unusual and delightful Pinot Noir showing the beautiful fruit of this great vintage in the Loire Valley. Only 6 bottles available, don't delay. David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • 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
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $42.99

Tue-Boeuf 2019 Touraine Vin Blanc

100% Sauvignon Blanc. The Vin Blanc is the starting point for Tue-Boeuf's whites. The fruit is sourced from farmer friends in the Cher Valley (the Puzelat home turf in the Touraine); the vines average about 20 years old and are organically farmed, on clay soils with varying degrees of sand, gravel, flint and quartz. As for all Tue Boeuf wines, the Vin Blanc fruit is hand-harvested, whole-cluster-pressed, fermented spontaneously with natural yeasts in tank and not racked until bottling. It is aged in stainless steel tank only. The Vin Blanc is the only Tue Boeuf to be fined and there is a small addition of SO2 (20mg/liter) before bottling. 2019 saw a 60% reduction in production due to May frost. Tasted with Thierry in January of 2020, the wine showed beautifully pure Sauvignon fruit, with hints of pear, fig and citrus, a round, supple mid-palate and a refreshing finish, really delicious and we really benefitting from the low level of SO2.

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villalin 2018 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
  • 32 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Villemade, Herve 2018 Cheverny Blanc

Hervé Villemade's 2018 Cheverny Blanc is a lovely and versatile wine, made from 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Chardonnay grown on flinty sand and clay soils. The wine shows pretty aromas of pear, citrus, almond and stone with hints of boxwood and white flowers. The palate is supple with white and yellow fruits,  ripe citrus, a bit of anise and herbal flavors and is nicely balanced with firm acidity. This is a delicious and refreshing everyday white that will accompany most seafood dishes, chicken, white meats and goat cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2019 Cheverny Rouge

(60% Pinot Noir, 40% Gamay grown on sandy clay and flint soils over limestone in Cellettes, Chitenay and Fougères sur Bièvre, AOC Cheverny; 15-day whole cluster fermentation, aged in old barrels. Yields of 25 hl/ha, 14.5% alc in 2019.)  "The Gamay brings its freshness and red fruits, the Pinot Noir its silky texture and licorice notes with sometimes a touche 'fumé. Together, the two varieties design a red quite delicioius and precise, nuanced of prune and black cherry, a bit spicy depending on the vintage, always refreshing." (Villemade.net) This has become one of favorite values from the Loire Valley, always full of character and lovely bright fruits. Tasted last January, we found the 2019 to be beautifully perfumed and complex, with deep dark fruits and terrific length. Enjoy, serve a bit cool with just about anythng.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 29 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2019 Vin de France Bovin (Liter)

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

  • red
  • 57 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur