Loire

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Bregeonnette (Stéphane Orieux) 2020 Vin de France Eonios (Sans Soufre)

(Arrives 7/15) The 2020 Bregeonnette "Eonios" is made with zero added SO2, from grapes grown on micaschiste terroir.  A living wine with freshness, character and beautiful energy. Open, expressive nose showing notes of apricot, citrus zest and subtle nutty/ almond aromas. Medium-bodied, with generous acidy that creates a nice tension with the round texture on the palate, with quince and dried fruit notes coming through on the lengthy finish. This needs some air to show its full potential, so decanting is recommended, or open a few hours before serving.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2018 Bourgueil Clos Sénéchal

The Clos Sénéchal is a south-facing mid-slope vineyard, with soils of clay and limestone over the Turonian limestone bedrock, in organic and biodynamic farming since 1990. The vines are 35 to 50 years old, replaced slowly by massale selection. The grapes are hand-harvested into 20 kilo crates, there is a three-week alcoholic fermentation with wild yeasts, no added SO2. Two year elevage in Grenier foudres with minimal SO2 added before bottling (approx 20mg/l). This is historically a wine that cries out for some time in the cellar. THAT SAID - the 2018 is very pretty and approachable, with red and black plum fruit at the core, with dried violets and cool savory mineral notes. There is still plenty of structure here that will allow for time in the cellar but unlike some of the Sénéchals of the past you can happily crack one now and have a delightful evening of drinking!

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chidaine 2021 Touraine Clos de la Grange

This incredible Loire Valley producer based in Montlouis sources grapes from several vineyards in Touraine to create this classic, easy-drinking Sauvignon Blanc at an affordable price. Vinified and aged in stainless steel, this wine is described by the Chidaines: "Dry and fruity white wine with a limpid and brilliant color. Floral nose that gradually reveals a delicate citrus bouquet. The palate is balanced between a beautiful freshness and lovely ripe fruit. To be enjoyed now as an accompaniment to grilled fish, shellfish, shrimp and avocado salad, goat cheese or simply as an aperitif."  An excellent choice for fans of Sancerre, or those looking for a light, crisp, mineral-driven white.

  • white
  • 49 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Come Isambert 2015 Saumur-Champigny 'Cristal Clos(ed)'

The Clos Cristal is a historic estate in Saumur-Champigny, originally owned by a rather eccentric man named Antoine Cristal. A textile merchant by trade, he was an avid wine-lover and wanted to create a domaine in the Loire Valley to produce exceptional Cabernet Franc wines. The Clos was formed in the late 1890s, and is a true enclosed vineyard with limestone walls. Cristal even planned the walls to have holes so that the stalks of the vines grew on the north side and were then trained through the walls with the foliage on the warmer south side. Now owned by a large wine co-op, and boasting a very flashy new website, the previous winemakers were basically a motley crew of local hippies led by a skilled and humble vigneron named Côme Isambert, working with manager Eric Dubois. Francois Saint-Lo was involved with the winemaking as well... in fact it's hard to tell who exactly was running the show, but that was part of the appeal. In many ways a collective effort, the 2015 was the last vintage before the new owners took over. The style here is unmistakably "natural," but the clincher is that the fruit is from very old vines on classic limestone soils, and there's a bit of bottle age. For fans of fine Cabernet Franc more than it is for fans of "chillable reds" or "cool natty wines," if that makes any sense.  -EL

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $32.99

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

Dauny 2021 Sancerre Les Caillottes

Domaine Dauny in Crézancy has been organic since 1964 - Nicole and Christian are the 12th generation at the estate!  The 2021 Sancerre "Caillottes" is made from vines on stony limestone soils giving a very fresh and lively Sancerre with zesty citrus fruits, notes of pear and lime-flower, and a very refreshing mineral -tinged finish. Great with shellfish, grilled fish or with some Crotin de Chavignol....

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Foreau (Clos Naudin) 2014 Vouvray Brut (arrives 9/15)

Grapes from the younger vines are used to make Champagne method sparkling wines (normally about 1/3 of the domain's production) with the NV Brut spending 3 years sur lie and the vintage Brut about 4 years. 2014 is an excellent vintage for Foreau's Vouvray Brut with the firm acidity and vibrant fruit typical of the vintage, and the 4 year sur lie aging gives this wine the ability to age beautifully for 15 to 20 years.

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Forgues, Valerie 2020 Vin de France Icone (Pineau d'Aunis)

(Arrives 9/20) 70% Pineau d’Aunis/20% Cabernet Franc/10% Gamay. 2020 is the very first vintage of "Icône". Averaging 30 years old, the vines are planted on clay-limestone soils in the heart of the Cher valley of the Touraine region in the Loire. They are certified-organic and tended and harvested by hand. The bunches were destemmed and fermented spontaneously with native yeasts and without sulfur in stainless steel and fiberglass tanks; the Pineau and Cabernet Franc were co-fermented, with the small bit of Gamay added after vinification to lighten up the blend. The wine was aged in vat and bottled without filtration and with minimal sulfur. The Icône shows a fairly dark red/black color with very pretty and surprisingly deep aromas of peppery, earthy berry fruits - typical of Pineau d'Aunis but with an extra layer of ripeness from the Cab Franc. On the palate there are firm juicy acids and velvety, chalky fruits as well, a nice melange of spicy cherry and berry fruits that is sapid and refreshing, with the juicy acidity lingering in the finish. Serve cool with just about anything...enjoy!

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Gilbert 2020 Menetou-Salon Blanc

 Philippe Gilbert makes beatiful wines in Menetou-Salon, which abuts Sancerre, including lovely rosé and red from Pinot Noir and superb Menetou-Salon blanc from Sauvignon Blanc, certified Biodynamic by Demeter. The living soils are evident in this  lovely wine, showing elegant aromas of pear, fig, citrus peel, lime flower, anise and stone. The palate is very mineral with firm chalky acidity unerlying pear, almond, citrus, stone and herbal flavors. The wine shows extra richness and complexity due to the 14 month sur-lie aging.  This is a great pairing with any mild fish preparation and goat cheeses and it's far superior to most Sancerres in this price range.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Gilbert, Philippe 2021 Menetou-Salon Rosé

Once again, Philippe Gilbert has produced an elegant and refreshing Pinot Noir rosé  from his vines in Menetou-Salon, in the commune of Morogues, in biodynamic farming since 2006. Very pale pink color. Subtle, lovely aromas of floral-tinged raspberry with citrus and peach. The palate is very light but with good concentration of pure berry fruits. The finish is long and elegant. This is really a superb rosé for those seeking subtlety and balance - highly recommended for year-round enjoyment!

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99

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

  • white medium-sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $49.99

Lambert, Patrick 2020 Chinon Rosé (9/21)

(Arrives 9/21) 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 2020 shows lovely aromas of wild strawberry and raspberry, citrus and rose; the palate is silky and ripe with raspberry, cherry, citrus and stone flavors with nice density and texture,  with juicy acids, berry flavors and saline minerals in the finish. This is drinking beautifully now (August 2022) and through the winter. This is a fabulous value and highly recommended.(Note: Some bottles have naturally occuring tartrate crystals which disappear when chilled and have no effect on flavor)

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lamé Delisle Boucard 2005 Bourgueil Prestige 1.5 L

(Magnum) We enjoyed tasting older vintages of Lamé Delisle Boucard 25 years ago at the Salon des Vins de Loire, sometimes a bit funky but always interesting and quite complex on the palate in the style of Olga Raffault. Here's a review of the 2005 done in 2016  "...it has a great and very convincing presence of fruit on the palate, which remains bright, with a firm structure. And it feels quite elegant too. I get some dried black fruits here, as well as notes of black truffle, all quite savoury, with a dusting of tobacco leaf. A very good style overall. It feels like it might be starting to fade a little bit, although having tasted older vintages that may be a little pessimistic. While evolved, it certainly still has a very firm and upright frame, and perhaps this is enough to carry it forward another decade or two. Or three. Or four." 2016 the wine doctor

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $71.99

Mosse, Agnès & René et Fils 2021 Vin de France Bangarang Grolleau/Gamay

The 2021 Mosse "Bangarang" is 70% Grolleau and 30% Gamay - it's also 100% light and lovely showing a very bright red/garnet color and subtle aromas of raspberry, cherry, violet, citrus and earth. The palate is remarkaly refreshing with earthy berry fruits, mineral flavors and crisp acidity - serve very cool with any casual meal, just delicious!

  • red
  • 35 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson Cru Communal

(Arrives 7/15)  Beginning in 2005, Domaine de la Pépière has produced this cuvée from a small parcel of 50 to 110 year-old vines within the Pepiere vineyard. Originally called "Granite de Clisson" after the unique bedrock in the vineyard, Marc has changed the name to "Clisson" to agree with the new INAO Cru Communal classification. The granite is covered with gravel and clay with large stones, ensuring good drainage and deep penetration by the roots into the fissures in the bedrock, bringing the mineral elements indispensable to this wine. This note from Gwénaëlle Croix of Pépière: "We bottled the 2019 Clisson in November of 2021, after two years aging on the lies, as we always do. It comes from a hot, sunny vintage, thus the alcohol percentage is relatively high at 13.5%, but one really doesn't sense it. The palate is full and framed in very firm acidity and citrus flavors, with a slight touch of smokiness (un petit côté fumé)." The Pépière Clisson is always one of the most elegant, silky and ethereal of all Muscadet - don't miss it!

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson Magnum

Arrives 7/15.  Beginning in 2005, Domaine de la Pépière has produced this cuvée from a small parcel of 50 to 110 year-old vines within the Pepiere vineyard. Originally called "Granite de Clisson" after the unique bedrock in the vineyard, Marc has changed the name to "Clisson" to agree with the new INAO Cru Communal classification. The granite is covered with gravel and clay with large stones, ensuring good drainage and deep penetration by the roots into the fissures in the bedrock, bringing the mineral elements indispensable to this wine. This note from Gwénaëlle Croix of Pépière: "We bottled the 2019 Clisson in November of 2021, after two years aging on the lies, as we always do. It comes from a hot, sunny vintage, thus the alcohol percentage is relatively high at 13.5%, but one really doesn't sense it. The palate is full and framed in very firm acidity and citrus flavors, with a slight touch of smokiness (un petit côté fumé)." The Pépière Clisson is always one of the most elegant, silky and ethereal of all Muscadet - don't miss it!

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $68.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pinon 2019 Vouvray Sec

This is a terrific wine and a great value! The Pinon 2019 Vouvray Sec is from vines in organic farming on clay soils over Turonian limestone. The fermentation lasted for three months, with no added yeast or sugar, and was stopped by chilling the juice, followed by five months of aging in old barrels, on the lees. While 2019 was troubled by frost in spring and periods of drought and heat, in the end the vintage produced balanced whites in Vouvray with good acidity and moderate alcohol. The Pinon 2019 Sec is indeed dry at 8 g/L RS and 12.5% alc and shows aromas of citrus confit, almond, green tea, stone, anise and white fruits. The palate has vibrant acidity with saline mineral flavors, and good density, with green apple and lemon zest, finishing with firm acidity, citrus, apple and wet stone. Give this young wine some aeration (!) or a few years in the cellar then serve with shellfish and oysters, grilled fish, vegetable terrines, seafood choucroute, rillons and rillettes (you may have to go to Touraine for those..)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Pinon, François & Julien 2017 Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé

François and Julien Pinon make some of the finest sparkling wines in the Loire Valley. The superb Brut Non-Dosé comes from 45 year-old Chenin Blanc vines on Turonien limestone with topsoils of clay with silex, from four parcels; Les Haut de Terne, Les Hauts de Mortiers, Chopet and Les Planches Favettes. The 2017 was hand-harvested at the beginning of October in three passes in order to select the best grapes, with two additional selections - on a "table de tri" and again before the press. Thus the best and ripest grapes are selected, enabling this cuvée with no addition of sugar, as in a Champagne Brut Nature.  (Two to three year elévage sur lies.) The robe is a pale greenish yellow hue. The nose offers an attractive mélange of stone fruit, green tea, pear skin, and flint on the nose.The palate is layered and lithe, with a fine bead, and soft mousse, featuring flavors of stone, orange oil, and quince, culminating in a sapid, mineral finish. This has fine balance and energy with compelling saltiness underlying the pretty fruit; in a word: superb! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sanzay, Antoine 2018 Saumur-Champigny Terres Rouges

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

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2020 Anjou Les 3 Poiriers (Chenin Blanc)

We love the wines of Benoit and Celine Blet at Les Terres Blanches in Oiron, grown on unique terroirs of limestone marls, quarts and sandstone. (In Anjou, but very near the border with Touraine, south-west of Chinon)  "Les Trois Poiriers" shows elegant aromas of pear, apple and minerals and a beautifully silky palate with white fruit, herbal, citrus, spice and stone flavors with excellent length. "Elegant" is the key word for this very unique and delicious wine, certainly one of the best values in Chenin Blanc you'll find anywhere. Drink over the next five years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

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

Villemade, Hervé 2019 Cheverny Blanc "La Bodice"

(Arrrives 9/20) Hervé Villemade's extraordinary Cheverny Blanc "La Bodice" comes from a single vineyard of 40 year-old vines on sandy soils with silex on clay of Sologne, where the 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay reach maximum ripeness and expression. Yield is only about 10 hl/ha. The wine ages on the lees in old barrels for a year or more and is bottled with minimal SO2. The wine shows a pale bronze color and  notes of fresh and candied fruit (pear, quince, apple) with citrus confit, nuanced by angelica and fennel, with a dense, even almost "tannic" texture, and quite sapid, nourished by aging on the fine lees. The substance, elegance and length on the palate give this wine a real personality and a great aptitude for pairings with complex fish and white meat dishes or goat cheeses. 24 bottles available

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2020 Cheverny Blanc

(Arrives 9/20) Hervé Villemade's 2020 Cheverny Blanc is a lovely and versatile wine, a bit brighter and more refreshing than the previous two vintages, made from 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Chardonnay grown on flinty sand and clay soils. The wine shows pretty aromas of pear, green apple, citrus peel, almond and stone with hints of white flowers. The palate is vibrant and fresh  with good density, 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. Very low SO2.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Hervé 2020 Cheverny Les Ardilles

(Arrrives 9/20)  Our friend Hervé Villemade made another gorgeous "Les Ardilles" in 2020. 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 and amphora, with no added SO2 during vinificaton. The wine is particularly  elegant and intriquing in the excellent 2020 vintage. The nose is a bit closed, with deep, brambly black cherry/black raspberry fruit with earth and minerals, adding notes of citrus peel, spice and licorice with air. The palate  elegant, light and fresh, with sapid black cherry and raspberry, chalky and bright with velvety tannins and firm acidity. The finish is clean, elegant and long with beautiful sapid, ripe black fruits, minerals and citrus. Just a great natural wine, only 10mg/l SO2. Decant if drinking now, best 2023 - 2030

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2020 Vin de France Gamay

(Arrives 9/20) 100% Gamay from Hervé Villemade is as delicious as it should be. Alluring aromas of plum, violets, and spice invite you to take a sip and then another, and another. The 2020 is a bit ripe and lush on the palate, there is a satisfying crunchy texture and beautiful chalky minerality that adds dimension to the brambly fruits, sweet tobacco, and brown spice. Serve with a slight chill and remember to share!

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2021 Cheverny Rouge

(Arrives 9/20) (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) 2021 is another excellent vintage for this light and lovely Cheverny Rouge from Hervé Villemade: ; an old-fashioned light-bodied red at 11.5% alcohol with a pale red color and very pretty aromas of cherry, ripe raspberry, violet, earth and blood orange with rose and white pepper; tart cherry and chalky raspberry/strawberry fruit on the palate, light but chalky,  sappy and long with earthy citrus and berry fruits in the refreshing finish. This is a delightfully natural thirst-quenching red - serve cool with any chicken or pork dish, charcuterie and mild cheeses.

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $61.99