Misc. France

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $28.99

Beguet, Patrice 2017 VDF Fresh Impression (Big Bunch Theory)

One of a few collaborations between Patrice Beguet and a friend (from the Landron family) in Ancenis, close to Muscadet in the Loire Valley. Fresh Impression Rouge is 90% Gamay from Ancenis and 10% Poulsard from Patrice's vines in the Jura. Essentially made in a partial carbonic maceration style, only 20% of the fruit is macerated and there is no punching down or extraction. The cap of the wine is kept humid with a little bit of juice but otherwise it's untouched. The wine has a very pretty nose which is both floral and spicy. There's a fair amount of natural CO2 gas, which gets more subtle over time, so we would note that if you're adverse to wines that tickle your tongue and seem slightly fizzy, this is probably not be the wine for you! Even after a half hour open, it still has a subtle tickle to it. The palate sends waves of white pepper and rose water and the finish is long and mineral. All in all it's a playful and rambunctious zero SO2 wine to be enjoyed with a chill and an open mind/palette.   - Eben

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Beguet, Patrice 2017 VDF Fresh Impression Blanc (Big Bunch Theory)

This is 90% Melon de Bourgogne (the Muscadet grape) blended with Chardonnay and Savagnin from the Jura. There's no SO2 added and the wine was promising when tasted in May and on arrival early September, but we still think it needs a bit of time to work itself out. It was a bit "acetate" when tasted in France, which refers to the presence of ethyl acetate (which can cause aromas of nail polish in large concentration but can also lend a positive fruity character to wines in lower concentration). It had been going away and seems to be gone from the wine now, but there's still some sense of a process that is finishing in the bottle. Already showing beautiful stony fruit but leaning towards a touch of 'mousiness' after being opened for an hour or so, I think this wine will be a real treat in 2019, and plenty fun(ky) with a nice chill and a few friends anytime before that.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Beguet, Patrice 2017 VDF Go Together Red (Big Bunch Theory)

Completing the trifecta of wacky Loire X Jura wines that Patrice Beguet unleashed this year, Go Together is 90% Gamay from Ancenis, and 10 Savagnin from marnes bleues and marnes blanches (blue and white marl) soils in the Jura. Patrice says "the Gamay provides notes of blackberry jam, and the Savagnin adds aromatics," and we'd say a bit of spice and saltiness too. Ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit and subtle pomegranate tartness on the palate. It's juicy and fresh, but has some structure and verges on medium bodied, though the low alcohol and zippy acidity make it a prime candidate for a light chill. A touch of CO2 gas is still present, so let the wine breath for about 10 minutes and it will settle down (it's not as crazy as the Fresh Impression, Patrice's other Loire/Jura red). Carbon dioxide gas is created during fermentation and sometimes will be added to the top of a vat to protect it when a winemaker is trying to work without any added sulfites. It's not a fault or flaw, but can be confusing to a natural wine neophyte so do be aware that this wine may tickle!

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white fortified sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $87.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $35.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Clos du Rouge Gorge (Cyril Fhal) 2015 VdP des Côtes Catalanes Jeunes Vignes

The vineyard work of Cyril  Fhal is among the finest in France - his living soils and delicate vinifications produce brilliant natural wines that are in a class by themselves.The "Jeunes Vignes" is from  30 year-old Grenache vines in a parcel on gneiss subsoil called Mont-Redon. Hand-harvested into small baskets, foot pressing followed by three month vinification in wooden vats, then 8 months aging in stainless steel. 13% alcohol, bottled retaining some of the natural CO2. "An infusion of grapes, allowing an expression of the delicacy of the variety"  Aromas of rose petal, wild strawberry, blackberry and spice, with citrus and animal notes. The palate is supple, fresh  and very earthy with firm acids framing lovely strawberry, plum and spice flavors. This is an unusually pretty and complex Grenache, to be enjoyed over the next 3 to 5 years, serve quite cool.

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos Fantine 2015 Faugères Cuvée Courtiol

Each year the Andrieu family chooses the best grapes of the vintage for their Cuvée Courtiol. In 2015 it's predominantly Mourvedre from bush-trained, 30 year-old vines grown on beautiful schist vineyards in Faugères. The grapes are hand-harvested into small crates, and as always, the fermentation is long and slow with indigenous yeasts then bottled with no fining, filtration or added SO2. Deep red/black color in the glass, like the "Tradition" the 2015 has less "sauvage" aromas than past vintages. Elegant notes of plum, cherry liqueur, violets and roasted herbs develop on the nose as the wine aerates. The palate shows dense blackberry fruit with hints of tart cherry, anise seed and bitter chocolate framed by firm, earthy tannins. This is a beautiful natural wine that the Andrieu family recommends holding for 5-10 years or decant two hours before drinking if you don't want to wait! Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Clos Fantine 2016 Faugères Cuvée Tradition (No SO2)

While we’ve always loved Clos Fantine due to their impeccable farming, thoughtful cellar work, and the wines’ wild soulfulness, we’re especially enamored by the juicy and pure 2016 Tradition. This cuvée is a harmonious blend of de-stemmed Carignan, Syrah, and Grenache vinified separately in large vats with indigenous yeasts, then assembled and aged in cement before bottling with no sulfur. Slightly more polished than previous vintages, this year is singing, with a nose that is bursting with aromas of wood smoke, baked red apple skins, citrus and garrigue. The wine shows a deep purple in the glass. The palate is lifted by cool minerality and structured with powdery tannins with flavors of juicy plum, cinnamon spice and dried herbs on the finish. This is a satisfying wine that would pair beautifully with grilled sausages and wild rice. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 32 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

Clos Fantine NV Faugères Valcabrieres Blanc (No SO2)

"Valcabrières" is made from ancient white grapes native to the Languedoc called Terret Blanc and Terret Gris. The vines are planted gobelet style (bush vines) in horizontal black schist and are around 100 years old. The big bunches are resistant to disease and thrive in the windy and warm climate of Faugères. All of Clos Fantine's wines are vinified in large vats with ambient yeasts, which means that fermentation times will vary each year. For example, the 2016 vintage finished at the same time as the 2017, so the two vintages were blended together and bottled without SO2.  The robe is a hazy lemon drop color in the glass. The nose offers tangy grapefruit peel aromas with faint notes of ripe melon, dried herbs and stone. The mid-weight palate is etched with salty minerals, bright acidity, tropical melon, and savory leesy notes on the finish. We enjoyed this with a plate of fried chicken recently, but it pairs nicely with summer vegetables and goat cheeses too. Best served chilled and consumed the same day it's opened. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $25.99

  • rosé
  • 26 in stock
  • $22.99

Combel La Serre 2015 Cahors Cuvee Chateau

100% Malbec (aka Auxerrois in local parlance). Combel's Château Cuvée comes from estate plots totalling 3 hectares around their home village of Cournou on the limestone plateau known as the Causse at about 320m altitude. The soils for this bottling are mainly red clay with some limestone rock. The organically farmed vines average 40 years old and are kept to a yield of 40 hl/ha.  Because of the clay-heavy terroir and winemaking and aging choices, the Château Cuvée marks a signficant step up in body, tannin and complexity compared to the lighter, softer Pur Fruit bottling. This is a beautiful Cahors showing elegant red and black fruit aromas - the palate is pure and focused with good acidity and bright black raspberry and red currant fruit, floral and long. Delicious now, this will develop nicely over the next five years or more.

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $16.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $13.99

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $33.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $36.99

Donneurs du Temps 2015 Arbois Chardonnay

From young Jura newcomer Guillaume Gilet, this is Chardonnay from organic vineyards that overlook the town of Arbois. Very fresh, with notes of lemon curd, cantelope, apples and herbs. Guillaume uses no SO2 during winemaking (sometimes bottling with none added) and tries to preserve some natural CO2 gas to protect his wines in the absence of SO2. This blows off within a few minutes, so decanters are not necessary. There's a driving mineral spice that shines through the finish, and an overall very clean and pure natural wine.    Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Dupasquier 2013 Roussette de Savoie Altesse

The 2013 Altesse is exquisite. Like all of the wines from David and Veronique Dupasquier, it was fermented with native yeasts in undergound concrete vats, then aged on the fine lees for a year in large foudre before spending 18 months in bottle. The robe shows golden straw in the glass and offers vivid aromas of white flowers, mint, dried mango, and faint oxidative notes of walnut. The palate is supple and dynamic with a coiled mineral core beneath layers of ripe apricot, orange peel, terragon, beeswax, and toasted almond. Very beguiling and complex. If drinking now, decant an hour before serving or hold for 5-10 years. Amanda Bowm

  • 25 in stock
  • $23.99

Dupasquier 2012 Savoie Gourmandise

The "Gourmandise" is a welcome addition to our Dupasquier line-up. It is a blend of Mondeuse, Gamay, and Pinot Noir grown in the clay and limestone soils of Amavigne in the Savoie AOC. The 2012 reminds us how close in proximity Dupasquier's vines are to the Rhône. The nose offers black pepper, tobacco spice, coffee, and citrus aromas. For all of the bold aromatics, the palate is surprisingly light on its feet, with fine, easy tannins, and cool minerality framing the densely herbal and savory flavors. A delicious wine to drink now or hold for 2-3 years. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $28.99

Dupasquier 2013 Roussette de Savoie Marestel (Altesse)

100% Altesse (locally called Roussette) that comes from the steep Marestel Cru situated high above Jongieux on the western side of Mont du Chat; Marestel is one of four appellations within the winding Roussette de Savoie AOC. The steep, southwestern facing slope provides abundant sun exposure for the vines, which aids the ripening in the cool mountain clime. The yields from this site are low and provide very concentrated fruit. The grapes are harvested meticulously by hand and fermented wtih native yeasts in concrete vat before aging on the fine lees in large foudres for a year. After bottling, the wine spends 18 months resting in glass before market release. The 2013, with 2 grams of residual sugar (for the first time ever!) adds a pleasant honneyed sweetness to the ripe melon and toasted hazelnut aromas. The palate is characteristically rich and full with distinct flavors of mint, lemon zest, almond, and wildflower honey. This is a bold and fascinating wine that should only improve with age. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $28.99

Dupasquier 2015 Savoie Gamay

The Gamay from Dupasquier is always a staple on our shelf because it is consistently expressive of the site and vintage. The red wines from David and Veronique Dupasquier often show a striking level of ripeness for the Savoie, and the 2015 is no exception. The robe is a dark garnet in the glass and the nose offers generous aromas of black plum, black cherry, crushed violets, and ferral notes mingled with black pepper. The palate is structured with dense minerality. Flavors of crunchy blueberry, tobacco leaf, blood orange, and a savory note of game on the finish make this a perfect companion for the cool, autumnal nights ahead. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $23.99

Enfants Sauvages 2014 Cotes Catalanes Noces de Lumière

100% Mourvedre from a small parcel, aged for a year in 6 hl used Austrian barrels (Stockinger), then kept in bottle. This is the most elegant and finessed Mourvedre I've ever tasted. At 12%, it's not light, but it is really charming, with developed earthy flavors, yet free from any chewy tannins. Really quite velvet-like smoothness, and ample complexity, with a long mineral finish. Certainly wins the award for the most 'beautiful' of the Enfants Sauvages offerings. It's a joy to drink, and a great chance to study the oft-blended Mourvedre grape on it's own.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Enfants Sauvages 2015 Cotes Catalanes Cool Moon

From 85 year old vines of Grenache gris and Grenache blanc, with a small amount of Maccabeu from a 75 year old parcel. Fermented and aged for 9 months in Austrian oak vat (12 hl Stockinger) and smaller used barrels. This is a really fascinating white that has been creating quite a little buzz here at Chambers St. Notes of lemon curd, marzipan and herbs, envoloping in mouth...with mineral cut in the finish, and a touch of spice that lingers after each sip. A must for fans of interesting and unique white wines. Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $16.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $36.99

Finot Frères 2017 Vin de France Tracteur Blanc (Isère)

Thomas Finot makes this refreshing "tractor white" from Chardonnay, Jacquère and Pinot Gris grown in the Coteaux Grésivaudan, northeast of Grenoble. This is a delightful everyday wine, featuring lovely aromas of pear, quince, almond, hay and brown spice. The palate is ripe but balanced and lively with bright acidity, showing flavors of pear, melon, almond, citrus and stone. Serve happily by itself or with fish in sauce, roast chicken, salads and mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2015 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isere) Persan

Thomas Finot has made a beautiful 2015 Persan, from a blend of old vines planted by vigneron Daniel Zegna and young vines planted by the Finots, all massale selection. The warm days and very cool nights in the Coteaux du Grésivaudan, Isère, produced a gorgeous wine with deep black/red color and aromas of blackberry liqueur, graphite and roast meat with hints of rose and pepper. The palate is sapid and dense with meaty blackberry and red currant fruit, with pepper, licorice, mint and herbal notes. The finish is long with elegant texture and ripe, earthy berry fruits that linger on the palate. This would be lovely with a piece of Charolais beef, and aging of ten to fifteen years should be interesting. Bravo to Thomas Finot - for this unique wine and for his project of replanting and resurrecting vineyards in Isère!  David Lillie                                                                                                                                        

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2016 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isère) Pinot Noir

Thomas Finot, who is working with rare local varieties in Isère, also makes this vibrant Pinot Noir from organic grapes in the Coteaux du Grésivaudan northeast of Grenoble. The region is known for very warm days but very cool nights, producing reds that are ripe and sappy but possessing bright acidity and good balance. The 2016 Pinot Noir  is a lovely wine showing aromas of ripe black cherry and strawberry with a bit of oak, violet and citrus. The palate is dense and supple with slightly roasty cherry and red currant fruit with brown spice, plum. pepper and citrus. The finish is ripe and long with lingering red fruits and firm acidity. Serve cool with coq au vin, steaks and grilled foods, stews and tagines, cellaring of three to five years should be interesting. 

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 20 in stock
  • $6.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $24.99

Hughes Beguet 2017 Arbois Oh Yeah

Oh Yeah is Savagnin Ouillé (the term in Jura for a 'topped up' white wine without any oxidative flor or 'voile' character). Patrice has 1 hectare (2.5 acres) of Savagnin in Menay, even less in the Cotes de Feule, and a miniscule amount in Les Corvées. 10% of the fruit is macerated on the skins for a short period and the wine is mostly aged in fiberglass, with a small amount in old barrique. The nose is intriguing, with honey dew melon and lemon verbena notes. On the palate its driven by minerality, white stone fruit, and dry honeysuckle.  The wine isn't fined or filtered, so there’s a delicate viscosity in the mid-palate and some texture that gently leads into a sharp, crisp finish. A fascinating white wine that should be included in everyone's professional or recreational study of the Savagnin grape.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 27 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2015 Vin de France Pure "T" Cabernet

The 2015 Pure "T" is another beautiful natural wine from Franck Pascal and Isabelle Carles at Jonc Blanc! Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on shallow soils over limestone ("Calcaire de Castillon"), two year elevage in 18 hl Stockinger foudres, bottled without fining or filtration and with zero added SO2. The wine shows a very deep black/purple color with lush, vibrant aromas of cassis and blackberry with brown spice citrus, violet and black pepper. The palate is supple and rich but with bright acidity, showing ripe cassis fruit, with earth, coffee, cocoa and sappy fruit liqueur. The finish is lush, complex and long. This is a superb natural Cabernet, a joyful wine to serve slightly cool with grilled foods, stews and charcuterie, or just to sip by itself late at night with a good book.... Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Sens du Fruit Blanc

 This is a lovely Biodynamic white made from Sauvignon, Semillon and Sauvignon Gris by Isabelle and Franck Pascal, whose great vineyard work and natural vinifications are producing outstanding wines on their clay/limestone terroir near Bergerac. No SO2 is used except a tiny addition before bottling.  The 2016 Les Sens du Fruit shows lovely aromas of lime-flower, spiced pear, melon, almond and honeyed citrus. The palate is round and ripe with stone and earthy flavors underlying ripe pear and creamy lemon fruit and is backed by firm acidity. The finish is long, ripe and refreshing. This is a complex and delicious natural wine that will shine with shellfish, a platter of cheeses or a fish or chicken in sauce, just delicous!  David Lillie 

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Sens du Fruit Rouge

A beautiful natural wine from Isabelle and Franck Pascal at Jonc Blanc. Always a blend of Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, raised in large 1500L barrels. The 2016 is super aromatic, with cocoa and earth on the nose, a deep purple hue in the glass with rich silky blackberry fruit. For anyone who is searching for natural wines but prefers to drink Cabs, Malbecs and the like, this is the wine for you! Biodynamic farming, no sulfur added... it's a natural wine through and through (yes not every natural wine is 11% alc. carbonic Gamay!). Just fresh enough to drink on it's own, this will be a knockout with a light chill and paired with grilled food this summer.   Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2017 Vin de France Bulle Rosé

The vineyards of Jonc Blanc were hit by a devastating freeze in April of 2017. From parcels that were 100% lost, the tiny secondary berries were harvested to make this amazing sparkling rosé! Yields were 6.5 hl/ha at 11% alcohol; bottled at 25 grams of RS per liter, it has turned into a beautiful and complex Bulles Rosé. The wine shows intriguing aromas of wild strawberry, tart cherry,  rose, orange peel and brioche. The palate is creamy, light and pretty with tart cherry, rose-water, citrus and melon with a soft, refreshing finsh...could I have another glass? DL

  • rosé sparkling
  • 42 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Julie Brosselin 2015 Vin de France Rue de la Peste

Syrah and Carignan blend with no SO2 added. Vibrant and lifted, with subtle tannin. (On Sale through June 9th Was $17.99)

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

La Loue 2015 Arbois Chardonnay

The 2015 comes from Catherine Hannoun's parcels of gray marl in Pupillin. Sometimes she makes this cuvée sous-voile but this vintage is topped-up for a fresher style that is fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel then raised in neutral barrel for over a year. An age-worthy Chardonnay with fascinating aromas of spicy redcurrant, honey, and melon. Like the Savagnin, it is quite compact at first and takes some time to open up, but once it does, complex flavors of tropical melon, blackberry, and honey unfurl on a bed of spicy mineral acidity. It should be interesting to see how this evolves with a few years in the cellar. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2016 Vin de France Caprice Chameau

This delightful wine from our new friends Meryl and Géraldine at "La Vrille et le Papillon" was imported for Chambers Street. We're pleased to see that it was the highest-ranked choice in the New York Times Thanksgiving wines article!!  It's a light and lovely Viognier from the Ardeche that shows bright floral aromas of lemon, lime-flower, peach, mint and stone, really quite pretty. There is a bit of petillance on the palate with creamy citrus, peach, apricot and hay. Light and refreshing, with citrus, stone and yeasty flavors in the finish, this is a delightful and food-friendly wine!

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2016 Vin de France Chapeau Melon

We're happy to have another vintage of this delicious Merlot from Meyrl and Géraldine Crozier in the Ardeche - in the hills just west of the Rhône river, near Montelimar. The 2016 Chapeau Melon shows a dense black/garnet color and aromas of ripe blackberry and cassis, with floral and earthy notes. The palate is dense but not heavy with bright blackberry, cherry and cassis fruit backed by firm acidity and with flavors of soil and stone. This is a lovely natural Merlot of terroir that will be a great pairing with grilled foods this summer. Serve cool - it's a great value and is made with little or no SO2 for those who want to avoid additives in their wine...

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2016 Vin de France Z Blanc Viognier

Z Blanc is 100% Viognier grown by Géraldine and Meryl Crozier at La Vrille et le Papillon in the Ardeche. This is a lovely natural Viognier that shows a slightly cloudy pale gold color and a bit of reduction when first opened, then lovely very floral aromas of lime-flower, lemon, earth and pear. The palate is light and pretty with citrus, herbal and pear flavors; the finish is refreshing and long with white fruits and minerals. Organic farming, unfiltered and bottled with minimal SO2.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2016 Vin de France Z Rouge (Syrah, Merlot)

Geraldine and her brother Meryl Crozier have a lovely estate situated just west of the Rhone river in Ardeche. The "Z" Rouge is a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Merlot and shows wild rose and black fruit aromas with wafts of gravel, earth, and blood orange. The palate is light but complex and supple with dense plum and cool blackberry fruits, anise and earth that linger on the long finish. An excellent natural wine that is perfect with a slight chill and served with just about anything right off the grill. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

La Vrille et le Papillon 2017 Vin de France Les Fees Papillon

The Fees rosé returns, and is the perfect rosé to carry you through the fall and winter, on nights when you want a flavorful wine without going for a big red. The 2017 is a bit more concentrated than the last vintage, with more spice and kick, though it's still balanced at 12.5% All Syrah from a vineyard on the 'Route d'Albas,' with one part of the vineyard close to a river bank on clay and limestone soils. It gets hot in the Ardeche, but the proximity to the river keeps the vineyard cool and the wine fresh.

  • rosé
  • 50 in stock
  • $10.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc

"Le Ciste" is named after a flowering bush that grows around the Laguerre's steep, organic vineyards in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet. The 2016 is made from equal parts Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle (Vermentino), Grenache Blanc and a small addition of Macabeu. Each parcel is hand-harvested, the grapes are fermented separately with native yeasts and raised in used demi-muid. This superlative cuvée is a fascinating showcase of the Roussillon's mighty terrior. The acidic soils of decomposed granite give this wine excellent mineral tension that deepens with time in bottle. Aromas are intricately woven with notes of bright lemon oil, verbena, sage, and salty seashells. The palate is supple and round with generous flavors of pear, white flowers, thyme, and almond framed by pure mineral acidity. This is a fantastic wine that is delicouis now but will develop a beautiful honeyed texture and rich flavors after 5-10 years in bottle. Eric recommends pairing this with sardines on toast, goat cheeses, and roasted chicken. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

"Eos Blanc" is a rewarding discovery for anyone seeking an intriguing wine of terrioir at an affordable price.  Eric Laguerre's vineyards are planted at high-altitude in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet, where the acidic soils are composed of gneiss and broken-down granite with some pockets of quartz. This composition forms a sturdy backbone of dense minerality and abundant freshness to this "entry-level" cuvée -- a testament to Eric's excellent farming. The 2017 is made from direct press juice, aged in neutral demi-muid for about eight months with minimal added S02 before bottling. The wine shows pale gold in the glass and immediately charms with bright citrus aromas that evolve into notes of ripe pear, hazelnut, garrigue, and warm apricot skins on the palate. This was the first vintage that the Laguerres harvested in August due to the extreme heat in 2017. Despite this, the wine drinks pure and fresh with an invigorating mineral acidity that lingers on the herbal finish. A fantastic every day wine with potential to age 3-5 years, though we're  happily drinking this now with or without salad and goat cheeses. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rosé

Another delicious wine from the affable and talented Eric Laguerre, from organic Syrah, Carignan and Grenache vines grown on granite soils high in the mountains of the Roussillon.  The palate is refreshing and dry with hints of raspberry, strawberry,  watermelon, almond and stone.  Eric's great farming, his natural vinification and the high-altitude granite terroir produce this lovely, inexpensive rosé. Highly recommended!

  • rosé
  • 12 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic

Laguerre 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

"Le Ciste" is named after a flowering bush that grows around the Laguerre's steep, organic vineyards in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet. The 2016 is a layered blend of de-stemmed and whole cluster Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvèdre from soils of decomposed granite and gneiss. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented separately and aged for 12 months in barrel, then assembled in fiber tank before bottling with minimal added sulfur. This vintage is evocative of the 2014 with softer, finer tannins compared to the robust 2015. The aromas are complex and redolent of savory herbs (thyme, garrigue), game, black peppercorn, blood orange, and dark chocolate. The palate is balanced with mouth-coating, powdery tannins, dried herbs, black pepper, and an energetic, long mineral finish from the granite soils. Best served with a slight chill alongside grilled meat, charcuterie, cheese, or veggies roasted with Moroccan spices. This is drinking well now, but should be even better in 5-8 years.  Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

Eric Laguerre's "Eos Rouge" is an elegant blend of 80% Grenache from 40-year-old gobelet-trained vines, with some Carignan and Syrah from soils of decomposed granite, gneiss, and some veins of quartz. Like "Le Passage," the grapes are fermented in fiber tanks with native yeasts for about two weeks, then aged in concrete. The 2017 is strikingly pure-fruited, with vibrant strawberry and red cherry aromas underpinned by earthy spice, red-currant, and bitter chocolate notes. The peppery tannins and mineral acidity from the high mountain clime form its exquisite structure (Eric says that after 2 years in bottle, you might think it's Pinot Noir). This is a balanced wine that should pair wonderfully with grilled sausages, lentils, or goat cheeses. Open an hour before serving if drinking now, or hold for up to 10 years. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lavie 2016 Bugey Mondeuse

Guillaume Lavie and his partner Aline Ziemniak have a small, biodynamic estate cradled in the hills of Bugey, facing the Dent du Chat (Tooth of the Cat) Mountain in Savoie. The young farmers are committed to traditional farming practices-- plowing with horse, carefully tending to their vines using biodynamic remedies, and harvesting by hand. Their approach in the cellar is equally thoughtful, with very minimal added sulfur, native yeast fermentations, and a focus on making pure wines that speak of their terroir. The 2016 Mondeuse is 2/3 wholecluster and at 10% alcohol it is absolutely quaffable. Aromas of fig, black pepper, game, and black cherry abound on the nose. The palate is light-bodied with fine, silky tannins with the same texture of powdery minerals found in their Roussette. A delicious wine to be served now with a slight chill or aged 2-3 years. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lavie 2016 Bugey Roussette

Guillaume Lavie and his partner Aline Ziemniak have a small, biodynamic estate cradled in the hills of Bugey, facing the Dent du Chat (Tooth of the Cat) Mountain in Savoie. The young farmers are committed to traditional farming practices-- plowing with horse, carefully tending to their vines using biodynamic remedies, and harvesting by hand. Their approach in the cellar is equally thoughtful, with very minimal added sulfur, native yeast fermentations, and a focus on making pure wines that speak of their terroir. The Roussette is a wonderful discovery that we are happy to offer to fans of this obscure wine region. The 2016 is aged on its lees for 11 months, half in barrel and half in cuve with 20mg/L of added SO2. The nose offers bright aromas of verbena, crisp apple, white pepper, and sea salt. The palate, though medium-bodied, is lithe and textured with fine, powdery minerals. There's a satisfying interplay of  white flowers, quince, and savory minerality on the finish. A lovely example of Roussette that we highly recommend! Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Fouques 2017 Côtes de Provence La Londe

Domaine les Fouques has been has been certified Biodynamic (Demeter) for  over 20 years, and also raises sheep, ducks, chickens and guinea-hens on their old-fashioned mixed-use farm. La Londe is their best rosé from old vines of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle. Unlike the majority of Provencal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more subtle expression of fruit and terroir. The 2017 is a beautiful wine, lighter and brighter than the 2016 in style. The wine shows a lovely pale pink/salmon color with elegant aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, peach and rose with hints of spice. The palate shows creamy raspberry, peach and red currant fruit with citrus peel and mineral flavors. The finish is long and refreshing with berry fruits, citrus and firm acidity, just lovely. This wine will gain complexity over the next six months and will drink beautifully through 2019. Highly recommended and a great value!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 71 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Fouques 2014 Côtes de Provence Cuvée de l'Aubigue Rouge

Primarily Grenache, with Syrah, Cinsault and Cabernet, this biodynamic red from Provence shows deep plum and blackberry fruit aromas with earth, citrus and Provençal herbs. The palate is ripe and supple with dense black fruits, prune and brown spice lifted by bright acidity. In some vintages this wine can be a bit austere and tannic when young, but the 2014 is bursting with fruit and absolutely delicious for current drinking. Serve with grilled meats and stews, a daube niçoise perhaps, and full-flavored cheeses. Great value! 

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Fouques 2016 Côtes de Provence Aubigue Blanc

The Cuvée Aubigue Blanc from Les Fouques is made from 80% Rolle (Vermentino) with 10% Clairette and 10% Ugni Blanc. It's a delicious, full-flavored Provençal white with complex aromas of apple and pear liqueur and hints of dried flowers, almond and herbs. The palate is round and ripe with white fruits, candied citrus and dense mineral and stone flavors with good acidity. A great aperitf or accompaniment to full-flavored fish dishes and asian foods. Certified biodynamic (Demeter), wild-yeast fermentation. (The wine received a well-deserved gold medal at the 2017 Concours des Vignerons Independants)

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Marie & Florian Curtet 2016 Savoie Autrement Blanc

A delicious blend of 60% Jacquere and 40% Altesse (Roussette). Marie and Florian pick grapes from a early ripening parcel of Altesse, and a mature parcel of Jacquerre, and harvest, press and vinify together, as they like the harmony that is achieved through co-fermentation. I love the electric side of this wine, paired with the subtle texture that develops with some aeration. Drink now or hold. Light filtration before bottling, minimal SO2 added.    Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marie & Florian Curtet 2016 Savoie Autrement Rouge 1.5L

A blend of mostly Gamay (about 80%), with Pinot Noir and Mondeuse from vineyards in the commune of Chautagne de Serrieres and Cellier des Pauvres. Though they will likely make a bit less of the 'Autrement' in the future, this is their homage to the first "natural" wine that Jacques Maillet produced, back in 2003. It is an expression of the Savoie, and reflects Maillet's philosophy of cultivating healthy vineyards without the use of chemicals, and producing authentic wines that show the potential of the region. Like their other reds, maceration is whole cluster, without pump over or punch down, 9 months lees aging, and a light filtration and only 1g/hl (hectoliter) of SO2 at bottling. Delicious wine! Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $49.99

Marie & Florian Curtet 2016 Savoie Chautagne Rouge

The Chautagne is a blend of Gamay and Mondeuse (about 70/30) from the commune of Motz. Maceration is whole cluster for a period of about 6 weeks, without pigeage (pushing down of the cap) or remontage (pumping over), so it's more a gentle infusion than an extraction. The wine is aged on the lees for approximately 9 months. Florian mentioned that the old vines of Gamay produce less - and often less concentrated - grapes, but they are always more "gouleyant" (roughly translated, it means "tasty" or "really good"). All in all a very tasty, complex, and  harmonious expression of Gamay and Mondeuse.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marie & Florian Curtet 2016 Savoie Jacquere

Fresh tasty Jacquere from Marie and Florian Curtet! This is a perfect aperitif/salad/snack wine, definitely on the higher acid side. I always liken Jacquere (especially from Maillet - and now the Curtets) to Melon de Bourgogne,  because it reminds me so much of the stony, mineral wines from Muscadet in the Loire Valley. Drink now or stock up for warmer weather, as this is a perfect thirst quencher.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marie & Florian Curtet 2016 Savoie Pinot Noir

Wow! A Pinot Noir that truly stands out. I did NOT guess this was Pinot when I tasted it, instead thinking it was their old vines Mondeuse. In any case, I was impressed. Marie and Florian are impressed too, but maybe less surprised. As they say, Pinot Noir has a a particular graphite quality (describing the minerality in the mouthfeel) due to the Molasses soil in their region. Combined with a small and very ripe harvest, this is a rich and expressive Pinot! Ripe cherry, blackberry, and spice, with plenty of fruit and a long mineral finish framing it all. It's only 13%, so it's not "big," it just has a lot of character!  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $13.99

Navarre 2015 Saint-Chinian Cuvée Olivier

This beautiful Languedoc red is from very old vines of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah grown in Thierry Navarre's mountainside vineyards in Saint-Chinian. The 2015 Olivier is a bit lighter and more elegant than previous vintages, showing lovely aromas of morello cherries, red currant and plum with notes of earth, pepper and brown spice. Nice ripeness on the palate with red and black fruits balanced by bright acidity with mineral flavors that continue on the long juicy finish. This is a big Languedoc red that is light on it's feet - nice with a coq au vin as well as heftier stews and grilled meats. Decant well in advance if drinking now or open the night before - or cellar for five to ten years. Thanks to Thierry Navarre for his beautiful natural wines that are great values! DL

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2016 Saint-Chinian Le Laouzil

Thierry Navarre's touchstone "Laouzil" is a blend of equal parts Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from old vines planted on brown schist ("Laouzil" in the local dialect) soils in the rugged mountains of Roquebrun (Saint-Chinian). The grapes are de-stemmed and aged in neutral barrel before bottling with minimal sulfur. The robe is a lovely red/black in the glass. The wine shows seductive aromas of spiced plums, dried rosemary, and deeper notes of coffee and dry earth. The rich palate is bursting with black fruit flavors, peppercorn, and savory herbs with a structured texture of dense minerals and bright acidity on the long, persistent finish. This is a fascinating wine of terroir that Thierry says will be perfect in 5 years (though it is delicious now). Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2017 Vin de France Vin d'Oeillades Rosé

Thierry Navarre is one of the few people who still grow Oeillades - a nearly extinct grape that has a long history in the Langudedoc and is thought to be an old cousin of Cinsault. Thierry's Oeillades grows on the rugged mountainsides above Roquebrun in Saint-Chinian. The 2017 shows a beautiful wild strawberry and purple-tinged color in the glass. The nose offers abundant strawberry and orange aromas with delicate notes of lavender, cardamom and dried rose petals. The palate is light and wonderfully lifted with flavors of ripe strawberry, herbal tea, and refreshing exotic citrus on the finish. A balanced rosé with plenty of aromatic complexity and crunchy acidity to pair with a variety of dishes. We recently enjoyed this with Mediterranean-inspired fried food - a highly recommended pairing! Amanda Bowman 

  • rosé
  • 30 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Petite Baigneuse (Philippe Wies) 2013 Maury Sec Grand Largue

Lledoner Pelut is a relatively unknown variety, related to Grenache (and known as Garnacha Peluda in Spain). Philippe Wies farms Lledoner Pelut and Grenache Noir in the Catalan hills of France, in a special part of the Languedoc-Roussillon region with soils of decomposed black schist. Philippe finds 2013 to be much like 2017, which was a warm year that didn't require long aging. The wine was ready after 8 months in large Alsatian barrels (Philippe is originally from Alsace) and was then moved to fiberglass tank for one month before bottling. Thanks to a very gentle vertical press (that Philippe built by hand), there is very little extraction here. It's 13.5%, with lovely finesse and a touch of funk. No SO2 added. (On Sale through June 9th Was $18.99) EL 

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Petite Baigneuse (Philippe Wies) 2017 VDF Juste Ciel!

Maccabeu and Grenache Gris from black schist soils of Maury, in the Roussillon, bordering Spain and the Pyrenees Mountains. There's great density and body to the wine, balanced by a mineral finish. 

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 56 in stock
  • $14.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $16.99

Pont de Breux 2015 Côtes du Jura Tradition (Chard/Savagnin)

80% Chardonnay and 20% Savagnin grown near Salins-les-Bains on Kimmeridgian soils, organic since 1992. The 2015s were made by the capable Emilie Gerard who has taken over from Jean-Chalres Maire. 12 month sous-voile elevage in old barrels. Slightly oxidative aromas of lime-flower, dried pear, spiced citrus and almond, quite complex and pretty. The plate shows dried herbs, quince, citrus peel, spice and pear with saline mineral flavors and form acidity. The finish is long with sharp mineral flavors that linger on the palate. Lovely wine - serve with sole almondine, chicken in cream sauce, aged Comté and full-flavored goat cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $31.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $82.99

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $20.99

Saint Pierre 2015 Arbois Les Brulees

"Les Brûlées" comes from Fabrice Dodane's vineyard planted on a hill rich with limestone near his cellar in Montigny. 2015 was the first vintage for this cuvée and Fabrice's first experiment with making white wine with zero added sulfur -- we think it's an applause-worthy success. The seductive aromas of smoky gun flint and yellow apple skins mingle with lightly oxidative notes of walnuts and comté. On the palate the wine is dense and textured with powerful mineral acidity that finishes with a lingering salty nuttiness. An expressive wine that is drinking now but should continue to evolve over the next decade. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $17.99

Thill, Eric et Berengere 2015 Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Montboucon

From clay/limestone soils in the Jura, south-west from Arbois. West exposition. Definitely deserving of a decant, this is a fantastic deal for a Chardonnay that has a real sense of place.  (On Sale through June 9th, was $19.99)

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $18.99

Thill, Eric et Berengere 2015 Côtes du Jura Savagnin "Romane"

This is a beautiful ouillé (topped up i.e. NOT oxidative) Savagnin from young winemaker Eric Thill in the Jura. Eric is originally from Alsace and finds Savagnin reminds him of Sylvaner a bit. I see the resemblance, as his Savagnin has nice stone fruit aromas, and impressive density on the palate. A real treat and a unique expression of the variety. (On Sale through June 9th, Was $23.99)

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $17.99

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2014 Jurançon Cuvee Tradition

The 2014 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée Tradition is made from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard near Lasseube, certified organic since 1964. The soils are essentially sandy clays with stones and gravels from the Pyrenees, over the local limestone, "Calcaire de Lasseube." The wine shows lovely pale gold color, vivid aromas of lemon, pineapple, honeysuckle, stone and brown spice, elegant and subtle. Creamy lemon, pear and stone flavors on the palate, balanced by citrusy acids. 62 grams of RS per liter, but seems dryer. Lovely finish of lemon, exotic fruit and minerals. Serve this lovely wine with foie gras, patés, full-flavored cheeses and lemony desserts or just sip by itself. Highly recommended.

  • white medium-sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Tissot 2015 Arbois Chardonnay "La Mailloche"

An exceptional, terroir-driven Chardonnay from the heavy clay soils of Stéphane Tissot's Mailloche vineyard. The 2015 is wonderfully fresh and characteristically spicy with invigorating lemon citrus, smoky flint, salted almond skin and golden apple on the complex nose. The palate is powerful yet feels light on its feet with a firm backbone of spicy mineral acidity, flavors of orange citrus, nutmeg with bitter almond on the long finish. I recently enjoyed this with mushroom risotto but it should be fantastic with chicken and swiss cheeses as well. It would be interesting to revisit this wine in a few years. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 32 in stock
  • $32.99

Tissot NV Crémant du Jura Extra Brut

An abiding staff favorite from Stéphane Tissot's biodynamic estate in Arbois, this crémant is a blend of 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 10% Poulsard and Trousseau. The interplay between the dry, mineral complexity and rich generosity make this an incredible Champagne-alternative. Opulent aromas of raw honey and baked red apple lead to flavors of tangy yellow fruit, crisp apple, toasted almond, and quince on the persistent finish. A versatile wine that keeps getting better every time we open a bottle (which is often). Amanda Bowman

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $55.99

Traginer 2008 Banyuls Grand Cru 500ml

Grenache, Grenache Gris and Carignan, aged for six years or more in ancient barrels, bottled without fining or filtration. Jean-François Deu at Domaine du Traginer makes elegant, complex and beautifully balanced Banyuls at his organic and biodynamic estate. The 2008 Banyuls Grand Cru shows fabulous aromas of burnt orange, prune, lemon peel, rose, earth and aged cheese...for starters. Very deep and complex. The palate is ripe and a bit sweet, but refreshing and balanced by bright acidity with prune, red currant, rose and deep berry confit with citrus, brown spice and earth. Beautiful wine - great to sip by itself or serve with fruit desserts and chocolate. Highly recommended. DL

  • red sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2014 Collioure Blanc

An outstanding and unusual white made by Jean-François Deu at the organic/biodynamic estate, Domaine du Traginer (Mule-driver) in Banyuls and Collioure. Made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Malvasia from low-yielding vines, on steep slopes of schistes above the Mediterranean. Tasted in January of 2018, the 2014 Blanc was showing beautifully with aromas of pear, apricot and citrus with hints of white flowers, stone and spice that continue on the palate which is round, dense, very mineral and long with  good acidity, complex and delicious. Serve with a fish stew, fish in sauce, white meats and a wide variety of cheeses.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2015 Banyuls Blanc 500ml

This is a gorgeous Banyuls Blanc, that is to say a Vin Doux Naturel (at 17% alcohol)  made from Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris and Muscat grown in Traginer's organic vineyards above Banyuls. Beautiful aromas of lime flower, apricot, citrus, pear and almond. Very floral. The palate is deep and medium-sweet with candied citrus, apriot and stone flavors and terrific length. Serve not too cool, as an apéritif or with desserts of peach, apricot, pear and melon. Absolutely delicious! DL 

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2015 Collioure Rosé

Jean-Francois Deu makes beautiful wines on his biodynamic estate in Collioure, including this outstanding 2015 Rosé "Le Gourmand." The wine shows a pretty pink/orange color, with aromas of red currant and strawberry with hints of prune, orange peel, rose and spice. The palate is round and ripe with deep black cherry and strawberry liqueur, but nicely balanced by firm acidity and has beautiful length. Serve this full-bodied rosé with grilled chicken and pork or with an appetizer of olives, cheeses and charcuterie. Lovely wine! DL

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2015 Collioure Rouge Vieille Foudre

Equal parts Grenache, Carignan, Mourvedre and Syrah from the steep schist terraces of Banyuls-sur-Mer, this is a pure and concentrated expression of this dramatic coastal stretch of the Roussillon. Dark black red color. Lush aromas of blackberry, black plum, bitter chocolate, licorice, earth and brown spice.  The palate is dense, ripe and supple with blackberry, strawberry compote, earth, licorice, ginger and spice, with cool citrus and red currant in the long finish. This is a beautiful Collioure that will accompany a steak, grilled meats, stews, grilled vegetables and tagines. Highly recommended. DL

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $25.99

Traginer 2016 Banyuls Rimage 500ml

The Traginer Banyuls Rimage (Vin Doux Naturel) at 17% alcohol is an insanely delicious wine as an apéritif or with deserts of chocolate or fruit (figs especially) and goat cheeses. The 2016 shows a deep black/red color and vivid aromas of ripe blackberry, prune,  licorice, violets, bitter chocolate and earth. The palate is ripe and lush with blackberry, citrus and cocoa, but very bright and refreshing as well, just delicious. It finishes with citrusy acids and black fruits that linger on the palate - serve cool and enjoy! DL

  • red sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer NV Banyuls Ambre (aged 15 years) 500ml

This superb wine is made from Grenache Gris, Grenache Noir, Grenache Blanc and Muscat, aged for 15 years in small, very old barrels. Complex aromas of citrus, tea, prune, flowers and caramel. The palate is balanced, with a pretty melange of citrus, white fruits, earth and secondary flavors, very long and lifted by nice acidity. A gorgeous vin doux naturel that will accompany aged cheeses, figs and foie gras, and it's sensationally beautiful by itself. Really a unique and delicious wine. DL

  • white sweet
  • 15 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Turenne 2016 Cotes de Provence Cuvée Gravoches Rosé

Domaine Turenne produces beautiful wines in Provence through many years of organic farming, hand harvesting and wild yeast fermentations. The elegant rosé Cuvée Gravoches is made from 70% Mourvedre with 15% Grenache and 15% Cinsault, similar to the blend in nearby Bandol. The 2016 shows a lovely bight pink/orange color and aromas of tart raspberry, orange peel, peach and brown spice. The palate is supple and dense with mineral flavors underlying ripe berry and stone fruits - it's quite well-structured and very long, a young wine that will open nicely with aeration or with a few years of aging. A rosé of cuisine, serve with white meats, grilled pork with Provencal herbs, chicken in sauce, bouillabaisse, tagines and goat cheeses. David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Turenne 2017 Cotes de Provence Cuvée Antoine VV Blanc

The Domaine Turenne "Antoine" is an extraordinary Provençal white made with 50% Vermentino and 50% old vines of Petite Clairette du Var, dating from 1903! Organic farming, hand harvesting and wild yeast fermentations. Pale gold color with green hints; aromas of almond, pear, hay, lemon zest, verveine, anise...you get the idea. The palate is very mineral and dense, with firm acidity, showing anise, white fruit liqueur, stone and citrus, supple and long, really a lovely wine and a great value! This versatile wine will accompany shellfish and grilled fish, white meats, salads, goat cheeses and much more...  David Lillie

  • white
  • 44 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Turenne 2017 Cotes de Provence Cuvée Camille Rosé

Domaine Turenne, northeast of Bandol in Provence, produces this lovely rosé from 80% Cinsault, 10% Grenache and 10% Syrah, certified organic. The terroir is a unique bed of limestone and sandstone debris with sand/clay stones called "Gavroches" which bring a pronounced minerality and good drainage to the vines. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and the wine is bottled with minimal SO2. The 2017 "Camille" is a pretty, very pale pink/orange color with aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, rose and citrus, with a hint of stone fruits as well. The palate is light and elegant with subtle berry fruits, a hint of citrus and stone, and has nice density and length. This is a light and lovely rosé for summer enjoyment, sipped by itself or with grilled fish, white meats, salade Niçoise and mild cheeses - and it's a fabulous value!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $22.99

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2014 Arbois Chardonnay Cuvée Orange

This subtly structured Chardonnay is a fantastic introduction to the world of skin contact whites. Here, the skins are kept with the juice until fermentation is finished, at which point there is a press, and then aging. This is not actually a very long period of maceration, but it's enough to lend a faint orange hue to the wine and it's evident from the mouthfeel that the wine has some structure to it. When I first opened this wine, I was expecting the textural characteristics and the flavors I've associated with orange wines in the past, but I was surprised by how beautifully aromatic the wine was. I forgot about the orange wine bit, and just let the Chardonnay do the talking, with flowers, earth, spice, and orchard fruit all intermingling on the nose. Really a unique wine in the layers to the experience, and recommended for those who are curious about skin-contact whites (aka orange wines), but don't necessarily want to dive all the way in.  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $23.99

Zelige-Caravent 2016 VdF Pour Toi Ma Belle (Cinsault - Blanc de Noirs)

A few years back, Luc and Marie at Zelige-Caravent decided to make a blanc de noirs from a healthy harvest of Cinsault grapes. They were happy with the wine and have continued to make it each year. There is no color here, save a subtle opacity to the wine. Lovely floral and spicy nose, full bodied for a white, and unlike anything else on the shelf! ... Side note: Marie hand paints every label with this wine, so each bottle is different! (On Sale, was $19.99)

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur