Loire

Baudry 2018 Chinon Cuvée Domaine (8/28)

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
  • 51 in stock
  • $22.99

  • 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
  • 16 in stock
  • $22.99

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

Bellivière 2018 Vin de Table Les Giroflées Rosé (9/3)

Les Giroflées is an absolute delicious treat Eric, Christine & Clément Nicolas are producing with over-ripe grapes of old vine Pineau d'Aunis. Off-dry still rosé is a traditional style of Loire Valley wines rarely seen outside of the region. It was drunk by the bucket at the turn of the 20th century by workers enjoying these Grolleau Gris, Cabernet Franc, Gamay or Aunis with residual sugars, bracing acidity and exuberant strawberry-peppermint notes. Unfortunately industrial winemaking destroyed the quality of these wines... until some real vignerons produced them again: no chaptalisation, no high yields, good farming and suddenly we could rediscover their true taste.  I love this rare cuvée from the domain as it is an incredibly versatile wine combining these sensual red berry notes, especially pomegranate and wild strawberry, the fresh cracked pepper spice and the forest floor giving some savory tones, and the perfect balance between sugar and acidity coming from the old vines and the clay limestone. 2018 is a great expression of this wine, as the vintage gave the natural concentration to achieve this balance. You don't feel the 50 g of residual as there is more tannic structure as counterpoint. Enjoy this wine today, chilled but keep it up to 5 years no problem, as the sweetness will become more and more humus, pepper driven. Of course this is wonderful with cold strawberry soup with rose water, fresh mint and white pepper, but really use it for any spicy red meat based dish - don't be scared with duck, lamb, etc. It should be quite outstanding! 100% Pineau d'Aunis. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • rosé
  • 22 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Bellivière NV Vin de France Myriades des Bulles (9/3)

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
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Bois-Brincon 2016 Anjou La Seigneurie (Cabernet Franc)

 This is a smooth and balanced Cabernet Franc from Anjou. Some black fruit and spice on the nose, and silky tannins in mid-palate. Worth ageing a bit or enjoying with some grilled veggies or poultry.

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Bois-Brincon 2017 Anjou Terre de Gres (Chenin)

  Textbook Chenin Blanc from Anjou, with ample richness and finesse. Very balanced, with pleasant acidity, and a long finish.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Vin de France Le Telquel

This "poil dur" is wagging its tail again in 2019, showing the extra ripeness of this great vintage in the Loire Valley, with juicy aromas of blackberry, rose, spice and citrus. It's Gamay with a bit of Cabernet Franc in this vintage, with an extra layer of ripeness, and nice density of bright blackberry fruit, a bit floral and spicy. Quite refreshing, even with the increased density in 2019, with good length of lush berry fruits and citrusy acids in the finish. Serve a bit cool with charcuterie, chicken and pork - just delicious!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 38 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 Côtes du Forez Rosé Gamay sur Volcan

The delicious 2019 Gilles Bonnefoy Rosé is made from Gamay grown in both volcanic and clay/granit soils in the Côtes du Forez  (upper Loire, east and a bit south of Lyon).  The grapes are hand-harvested and ferment with wild yeasts, half is rosé de saigné, half is direct press. The wine shows a bright pink color and pretty aromas of raspberry, strawberry and red currant, with hints of citrus and white peach. The palate is light and crisp but with nice density and saline minerals under the red fruits, finishing with good length of stone, citrus and berry fruits. Serve as a refreshing aperitif or with salads, grilled meats, seafood and goat cheeses. This should open up nicely over the summer and drink well through 2021.  (Some in stock, more inventory arrives 6/30) David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 IGP Urfé Les Rougeots du Clos

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

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 IGP Urfé Roussanne de Madone

The beautiful Roussanne from Gilles Bonnefoy is from 18 year-old vines (partly massale selection from Quenard in Savoie) grown on the steep south face of the volcano of Purchon.  Bonnefoy  farms these young vines carefully, keeping yields  very low to promote concentration and  harvesting late (Roussanne takes a long time to ripen fully) ad by hand. Native yeast fermentation takes place in used barrels; the wine ages in the same.  In the glass, the Roussanne  is pale and shows  a very expressive nose of white flowers, green herbs, and a touch of orchard fruits. Given the freshness of the nose, the palate is surprisingly and lusciously dense and complex, with pear, peach, and apple as well as long and broad minerality. A great expression of Roussanne on unique Volcanic terroir.   Only 3000 bottles produced. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 IGP Urfé Sauvignons Gris/Blanc Volcan

The Bonnefoy 2019 "Sauvignons" is 60% Sauvignon Gris and 40% Sauvignon Blanc (massale selection) grown in basalt soils on the east face of the volcano of Purchon. Farming is certified organic and Biodynamic, all harvests are by hand, and Gilles Bonnefoy has a low-intervention approach in the cellar, where he eschews additives or new oak. The nose shows flinty stone and ripe citrus notes that continue on the palate,  which shows further notes of gooseberries and a slight tropicality. There's nice density and length here, making it a quite serious expression of Sauvignon, distinguished by its long and dense mineral finish. A lovely wine that should definitely not be served too cold: this is Sauvignon with real substance. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 Vin Mousseaux Aromatique Bulle Rosé Demi-Sec

This lovely Pet Nat from Gilles Bonnefoy in the Côtes du Forez is made from Gamay Noir à  Jus Blanc in the Methode Ancestrale, as is the Bulles Rouge, finishing as a demi-sec at 9% alcohol. For fans of the legendary Renedart Fache Cerdon de Bugey (or any other good Cerdons), this will be right up your alley. On the palate it's all sun-kissed crushed rasberries, strawberry soda, and a delicate mousse. The residual sugar is balanced with ample acidity, lending it some thirst quenching qualities along with the delightful sweetness. If you're fond of Bugey-Cerdon, need something that would suit a fruity dessert, or just want a wine that is effortlessly sweet and incredibly fun to drink, this is a lovely option at a great price. (Some in stock, more inventory arrives 6/30)

  • rosé sparkling off-dry
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 Vin Mousseaux de Qualité Bulle Rouge

The delicious Bulles Rouge de Madone from Gilles Bonnefoy is made from direct presss of Gamay de Bouze and Gamay de Chaudenay (teinturier). There is a low temperature fermentation in tank, then the wine is bottled and continues fermentation with no added SO2 until over 4 bars of pressure, about three months. The wine is then disgorged and re-bottled with a small addition of sulfur. This shows quite dry on the palate, with lots of juicy red berry fruit and some minerality. A fun and approachable sparkling red wine.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • 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
  • 16 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $31.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $47.99

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
  • 51 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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
  • 35 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Crochet, Lucien 2019 Sancerre Pinot Noir Rosé

A pale and delicate rosé of Pinot Noir with hints of cherry and raspberry, light and very elegant on the palate.

  • rosé
  • 9 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Dauny 2019 Sancerre Clos du Roy

Domaine Dauny in Crézancy has been organic since 1964 - Nicole and Christian are the twelveth generation at the estate!  The Dauny Clos du Roy is from 40 year-old vines in this famous limestone vineyard. The 2019 has a pale, lemon yellow robe. On the nose it shows ripe stone fruit and golden apple aromas with notes of greengage and Meyer Lemon zest. The mid-weight palate is supple and balanced framed by a salty sense of minerality, with fresh, mouthwatering acidity on a medium long, succulent, slightly herbaceous finish. This was a fine pairing with squash crudo with pistachios, olive oil, and mint and better still with pan roasted chicken breast stuffed with herbed goat cheese and chard. Though for those who are looking for a fresh summer aperitif, not to worry--the 2019 holds plenty of charm. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

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
  • 26 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine du Fresche 2019 Cabernet D'Anjou Cabernet Franc Rosé

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
  • 11 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

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
  • 13 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
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Fresche (Domaine du) 2019 IGP Val de Loire Rouge Gorge

50% Pinot Noir and 50% Grolleau grown by Alain and Christine Bore, the sixth generation on their organic estate in Anjou. In the glass there's a bright red/black color and lush aromas of ripe blackberry and raspberry with dark chocolate, violet, and citrus. The palate is supple and fruity with deep berry fruits backed by bright acidity - a great combination of ripeness and refreshment.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Gaudry 2018 Sancerre Vincengétorix

This is a gorgeous Sancerre Rouge, 100% Pinot Noir, a product of Vincent Gaudry's wonderful biodynamic farming. Wild yeast fermentation, aging 12 months in used barrels. The 2018 shows a brilliant black/red color and vibrant aromas of black cherry liqueur, black raspberry, earth, licorice and violet. The palate is dense, sapid and chalky with lush, earthy black fruits framed in firm acidity and mineral flavors with hints of licorice, cherry pit and brown spice. This could be a premier cru from the Côte-de-Nuits but from better farming and more expessive of the limestone terroir. Bravo to Vincent and his team! Delicious now, best after 3 to 5 years, drink until 2030+  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

Gaudry, Vincent 2019 Sancerre Tournebride

Vincent Gaudry has been certified organic and Biodynamic since 1993, perhaps the leading domaine in Sancerre in regards to farming. The cuvée "Le Tournebride" comes from all three Sancerre terroirs, terres blanches (Kimmeridgian marl), caillottes (weathered limestone) and flint (silex). The grapes are hand-harvested and ferment with wild yeasts in stainless stell vats, the wine then ages about ten months and is bottled unfiltered. The 2019 "Tournebride" shows a bright very pale gold color with elegant aromas of citrus, white flowers, pear, green apple and quince,  The palate is subtle and pure with floral white fruits, a bit of melon, almond and firm citrusy acids - light but with nice density -  with a cristalline stony aspect that continues in the long clean, sapid finish. This is a very elegant Sancerre and a great value which will accompany any mild-flavored fish dish, white meats and goat cheeses.  David Lillie 

  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Gilbert, Philippe 2019 Menetou-Salon Rosé

From a parcel of Pinot Noir in the commune of Morogues, in biodynamic farming since 2006. Very pale pink color. Subtle, lovely aromas of floral-tinged raspberry with citrus and peach. The palate is very light but with good concentration of pure berry fruits and a bit of exta ripeness in 2019,  with mineral flavors that are lifted by crisp acidity. The finish is long and elegant. This is a superb rosé for those seeking subtlety and balance, highly recommended!

  • rosé
  • 21 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 5 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
  • 13 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No 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
  • 27 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
  • 8 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2019 Bourgueil Rosé

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. It's an amazing value at $14.99, and will drink beautifully through 2021, case purchases are recommended!

  • rosé
  • 27 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Huet 2019 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec

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

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2019 Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec

With its green clay and its perfect exposition on the Première Côte de Vouvray just above the winery, Le Mont is an outstanding site for Chenin, and I have to admit often my favorite in the line-up. It has the lift and fruit of the Haut-Lieu, and the gravitas of Le Clos du Bourg, with a very specific wild mint freshness and a smokiness I care very much for: I think the demi-sec version is the paragon of the style! All the still wines at Huet are made the same way, the only difference being the picking, and the balance of the must. Aging happens mostly in larger, older barrels and sometimes partially in tanks (50% in this vintage), but always blended, to be bottled in April.  2019 Le Mont Demi-Sec is for me the wine of the vintage, even if all the lineup is remarkable. But I always think this style for that site is such a rare treat to taste, as you have such a unique balance rarely found anywhere else in the region, and in the world, between acidity-tannins- sugar. It is really the case in this vintage: the nose has the expected reduction from the terroir and the recent bottling, but blows off to reveal notes of plumeria flowers, shiso, persimmon. On the palate, you barely feel the sugar as the balance with the acidity is on point. The palate is more savory, herbal, with this salivating bitterness and smokiness. There is a lot happening in this bottle, so a couple of months laying down would harmonize the structure even more, and of course a decade of cellaring will make it blossom. Pair it with some roasted guinea hen with romanesco, hazelnut and chicken jus, a chickpea tagine with a lot of ras-el-hanout or a coconut shrimp curry. RS; 16,4 g, Acidity: 4, g. Chenin.  Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2019 Vouvray Le Mont Sec

With its green clay and its perfect exposition on the Première Côte de Vouvray just above the winery, Le Mont is an outstanding site for Chenin, and I have to admit often my favorite in the line-up. It has the lift and fruit of the Haut-Lieu, and the gravitas of Le Clos du Bourg, with a very specific wild mint freshness and a smokiness I care very much for: I think the demi-sec version is the paragon of the style! All the still wines at Huet are made the same way, the only difference being the picking, and the balance of the must. Aging happens mostly in larger, older barrels and sometimes partially in tanks (50% in this vintage), but always blended, to be bottled in April. 2019 Le Mont Sec is maybe the least ready right now of the three releases: it really shows in this vintage its colder, more reductive side, especially on the nose (more subtle) and on the back palate, with herbal bitterness (think artemisia). Even though it is the “sweetest” of the secs (with 4,7 g), it tastes the driest because of its tannic structure (think white tea and peach skin). I personally love that now, and I know it will support the wine and enhance its savory notes in the future. After 24 hours, it softened up, moving to some Tahitian grapefruit and iodine notes, but keeping its fantastic energy. Really keep it a little bit if you can, or otherwise enjoy it over a couple of days, you will be rewarded! Enjoy it with some roasted shellfish or hearty fish, some confit pork with braised kale or endives, and some mature goat cheese. RS: 4,7 g, Acidity : 5,1 g. Chenin. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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
  • 11 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Lambert, Patrick 2019 Chinon Gourmandise (5 cs 9/10)

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
  • 17 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2019 Chinon Rosé

This delightful Chinon Rosé comes from Patrick Lambert's 6 hectares of organic vines in Cravant, around the corner from his friend and mentor, Bernard Baudry. Hand harvested from 20+ year-old Cabernet Franc vines on gravel and sandy clay soils over limestone. The 2019 is just delightful, showing a very light pale pink color and  lovely aromas of wild strawberry, red currant, raspberry, citrus and rose; the palate is ripe and pretty with raspberry, citrus and stone flavors with nice density and texture, a bit dryer and lighter than the 2018, with juicy acids, berry flavors and minerals in the finish. This is drinking beautifully now and will open up nicely through the spring and summer and will keep well into 2021. This is a fabulous value and highly recommended!  (Some in stock, more arrives 6/30)  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 25 in stock
  • $14.99

  • 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
  • 49 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $17.99

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
  • 31 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Le Briseau 2018 Vin de France Patapon Rouge

A very lovely Pineau D'Aunis with deep, round spicy red fruits and hints of white pepper. Serve cool!

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $30.99

  • 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
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mosse, Agnes et Rene 2019 Vin de France Magic of Ju-Ju

The Ju-Ju is back! Named after Archie Shepp's record from 1968 (which David Lillie bought on release!), this years iteration is 40% Chenin Blanc, 30% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Muscadelle. Tropical notes of guava and lychee abound, and the Chenin provides nice density in the mid-palate. I have a feeling that an ice bucket and a bottle of this should make your day a lot smoother. That's the Magic of the Ju-Ju.    -EL

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mosse, Joseph & Sylvestre 2019 VDF Le Bisou

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

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

  "The 2019 "La Pépie" comes mainly from the central 10-hectare vineyard of the estate on sandy "Granite de Château Thébaud" soils, with a 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
  • 50 in stock
  • $16.99

Pépière 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Cru Château Thébaud (9/21)

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
  • 61 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
  • 12 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
  • 23 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
  • 16 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2017 Vouvray Silex Noir

(Will be 30.99) Our friends Francois and Julien Pinon produce sensational Vouvray at their estate in Vallée du Cousse and the 2017 Silex Noir is another superb example. From approximatley 40 year-old vines on soils of clay and flint over limestone in the vineyards of Terné and Batailleries. The wine shows beautiful aromas of pear, green apple, honeysuckle, almond, lemon, kiwi and stone. The palate is lemony and tart, but also ripe and complex with flavors of pear and peach, tea, toasted almond and saline minerals. A bit of residual sugar brings out all the best in this lovely Chenin Blanc, which is a delicous combination of ripeness and firm tart acidity. Delicious now - decant a few hours in advance if possible - or cellar 20 to 30 years. Serve with rilletes and rillons, fish in sauce, lobster, langoustines and scallops, chicken in cream sauce, too... David Lillie

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic

Pinon, François 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
  • 34 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pinon, François 2018 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...  David Lillie

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

  • 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
  • 15 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $34.99

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
  • 15 in stock
  • $23.99

  • 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $36.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $38.99

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $28.99

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
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

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

Tue-Boeuf 2018 Cheverny "Frileuse" (Arrives 8/27)

1/3 each Sauvignon Blanc/Fié Gris/Chardonnay (possibly with Menu Pineau in 2018). The name of the site, Frileuse, roughly translates as "little cold one," a nod to the flat, frost-prone nature of this vineyard. These three varieties are co-planted in one 3.8-hectare estate site, Fié Gris being the historical name for Sauvigon Gris, itself an old variation of Sauvignon Blanc originating in Bordeaux (it tends to be fuller-bodied, softer, richer and more melon-mango in flavor vs. the better-known Blanc). The vines are planted on flinty clay soils, range from 4 to 47 years old and are organically farmed and hand-harvested. The wine is fermented with natural yeasts and aged on its lees with bâtonnage for 8 months in used demi-muids and Burgundy barrels; bottled unfiltered and with a minute amount of sulfur. Because Frileuse lies within the original Clos, the home estate of Tue-Boeuf in Cheverny, the full estate name features prominently at the top of the label; the wine is classified as Cheverny AOC. Quite open and exhuberant, the 2018 Frileuse shows dense white fruits with herbal and mineral flavors - it's a delicious and versatile wine to serve with full-flavored fish and white meats.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2019 Cheverny Rouillon (8/27)

50% Pinot Noir/50% Gamay. Named Rouillon or "rusty" for the reddish tint of its clay-limestone soils, this 1.9-hectare estate vineyard is made up of two parcels, one of Pinot Noir planted in 1991 and one of Gamay planted in 1996. 2019 is a great vintage for the reds from Jean-Marie, Thierry and Zoe Puzelat at Clos du Tue-Boeuf as the wines show deep ripeness while retaining lovely balance and freshness. The 2019 Rouillon shows bright, floral tart plum, raspberry and wild strawberry aromas with citrus and earth. The palate is light but sappy and ripe with wild strawberry, plum skin, earth and spice. The finish is long with citrus and mineral flavors and a bit of tannin. Irresistible now, this should be very interesting after a few years in the cellar. Serve cool, zero or minimal added SO2. (4 cs available)

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 12 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tue-Boeuf 2019 Vin de France Vin Rouge Gamay

100% Gamay. As for their entry-level white Vin Blanc, the Vin Rouge is made with sourced, organically farmed fruit from friends in the Cher Valley (the Puzelats' home turf in the Touraine) as well as in Beaujolais in this vintage. The bunches are kept whole and fermented spontaneously and carbonically with a short maceration and no sulfur. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks and bottled with a maximum of 20 mg/l of SO2. In 2019, this is some gorgeous glou-glou, showing lovely round black raspberry and blackberry fruit, supple, sapid and refreshing, really a perfect thirst-quenching Gamay. There is not much of this beautiful juice to go around, so don't delay.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vacheron 2018 Sancerre

Domaine Vacheron is one of the few organic and Biodynamic estates in Sancerre. The 2018 is from 30 to 50 year-old vines on both chalk and silex hillside parcels. The grapes are hand-harvested, the fermentation is wth wild yeasts and the wine is aged in tank. The wine shows a pale bronze color and subtle armoas of pear, quince, lime-flower  and stone with a bit more ripeness than 2015 or 2016 due to the sunny condions and low rainfall in 2018. The palate is silky and crisp, showing stone and mineral flavors that underly ripe white fruits, citrus peel, almond and mineral flavors, leading to a very clean, long and refreshing finish. Light enough to pair well with oysters, this will accompany any mild flavored fish or chicken dish and goat cheeses.

  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $19.99

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
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Hervé 2018 Cheverny Les Ardilles

Our friend Hervé Villemade made another gorgeous "Les Ardilles" in 2018. Made from 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Gamay grown on sandy  clay with silex over limestone in Cheverny with yields of about 25 hl/ha. There was a 20-day maceration with light extraction followed by aging in  old barrels, with no added SO2 during vinificaton. Thee wine is particularly ripe and expressive in the excellent 2018 vintage, showing very pretty intriguing aromas of wild strawberry and plum puree, orange peel, white pepper, violet, licorice and rose. The palate is light but dense with plum and blackberry fruit, quite meaty and mineral with citrus and spice notes. Black fruits, licorice and spice linger in the long finish. This is a unique and delicious natural wine - bravo Hervé!

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $23.99

Vins Contés (Lemasson) 2019 Vin de France R 19

The 2019 version of Les Vins Contés  R is a blend of 40% Grolleau and 60% Cabernet Franc which undergoes a 7-day co-fermentation. It sees no added sulfur during production. Out of all the reds from Olivier Lemasson this vintage, I found it to be packed with the most youthful exuberance. Pronounced red fruits on the nose, like sliced strawberries and cherries, created the base for more delicate aromas of cinnamon and mint.  The flavor profile was a medley of black and red forest fruit, tart beach plums, and menthol. Definitely a wine I'd suggest enjoying now for its lovely drinkability. I'd also suggest giving it a slight chill. Makes me think of summer in a shaded garden by the ocean. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 32 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Vins Contés (Lemasson) 2019 Vin de Table Cheville de Fer

100% Côt (aka Malbec). The fruit from these 70-year-old Vins Contés vines is vinified just like all of the other reds: whole clusters, carbonic maceration, natural-yeast fermentation, no sulfur, no filtration. But like the Gama Sutra bottling, it is aged for 6 months in used barrels and bottled later in the spring following the harvest. Of all of the Vins Contés wines, this is the most structured and the least vin de soif in style. The nose is full of plums and flowers, accented with spicy black pepper and loamy earth. The palate is similar in fruit, with flavors of deep purple stone fruits and berries. There are subtleties of forest shrubs, warm green herbs, milled raw coffee, and a thread of dark minerality. A wine with both strength and finesse, I think it'll find its true balance over the next year, and will continue to mature for the next decade. A wonderfully pronounced wine from our friend Olivier Lemasson. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Vins Jardinés 2018 Vin de France Folle Blanche Toujours Dimanch

 "C'est Tous les Jours Dimanche" is a beautiful Folle Blanche (aka Gros Plant) from the young and very capable Yoann Gillot, grown on his new 3.5 ha estate in Monnières on slopes above the river Sèvre. Yoann is doing great vineyard work using organic and biodynamic methods and is using minimal (1 mg/L) SO2, added one month before botling, which bings a great purity to his delicate and very terroir-expressive wines. The 2018 Folle Blanche (his first vintage) is from 51 year-old vines on Gabbro soils in organic farming since 2000. The wine shows subtle aromas of stone, citrus, melon, almond and anise. The palate is bright and refreshing, with a very slight petillance, with citrus, herbal and mineral flavors, pure and delicate, finising wih stone, citrus and white fruits. Serve this delightful wine as an aperitif or with light meals of salads or quiche, goat cheeses and fried or broiled fish. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vins Jardinés 2018 Vin de France Vin Pour Tous

The 2018 "Tous Pour Un et Vin Pour Tous" is made from 18 to 50 year-old vines of Melon de Bourgogne grown on Gabbro and Granit soils in Monnières - a Muscadet without the AOC. Organic and biodynamic farming, in conversion, zero added SO2. This is a beautiful "natural" Muscadet from the talented Yoann Gillot at Les Vins Jardinés showing bright lemon/lime, almond, floral and white fruit aromas. The palate shows nice density and earthy white fruits, citrus and almond, quite mineral and showing the unique profile of Melon on Gabbro soils, finishing with lemony acids and mineral flavors. Delightful with seared scallops with anise and lemon. Highly recommended for lovers of natural wines!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur