Misc. France

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

Arretxea 2008 Irouleguy Haitza

Haitza means oak in Basque. This is the flagship cuvée of the Riouspeyrous, a gorgeous blend dominated by Tannat, with a touch of Cabernets Franc & Sauvignon which can vary depending on the vintage - over the years, there are less and less. Organically grown on a diversity of soils - sandstones, schists, ophites - with very little clay, it is a great terroir to tame the natural power of Tannat : its acidity and tannins are softened up without losing their personality. Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, vinified separately, with a gentle maceration lasting for 3 weeks or so. Fermentations are spontaneous. The wine is then aged for 18 months minimum in foudres and demi-muids, then in bottle. It is sold when ready to drink - they don’t necessarily release them in chronological order.  In 2008, a colder vintage, Michel & Thérèse Riouspeyrous were very careful about the bottling of the wine and kept it longer in aging to make sure the tannins were balanced. They also decided to release it later, in order to offer a beautiful bottle ready to drink. It is the case today. If the nose is showing a hint of reduction, a quick decant reveals currant leaves, elderberry, violet, blond tobacco just starting to dry out and cedar. In the palate, time played its part: the tannins are remarkably polished, and the natural freshness of the Tannat & the mountainous terroir of Irouléguy can be felt. There is no asperity whatsoever, and the texture is not without reminding you of a Cabernet Sauvignon heavy Graves, but with more lift. Serve it in Bordeaux glass. This wine calls for a dry-aged strip steak with sautéed girolles and black garlic, or a roasted duck breast with sauce au poivre. 80% or so Tannat, the rest Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Arretxea 2010 Irouleguy Haitza

Haitza means oak in Basque. This is the flagship cuvée of the Riouspeyrous, a gorgeous blend dominated by Tannat, with a touch of Cabernets Franc & Sauvignon which can vary depending on the vintage - over the years, there are less and less. Organically grown on a diversity of soils - sandstones, schists, ophites - with very little clay, it is a great terroir to tame the natural power of Tannat : its acidity and tannins are softened up without losing their personality. Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, vinified separately, with a gentle maceration lasting for 3 weeks or so. Fermentations are spontaneous. The wine is then aged for 18 months minimum in foudres, then in bottle and sold when ready to drink - they don’t necessarily release them in chronological order. 2010 is drinking beautifully well right now, and it is surprising how its aromas sing youth while its structure is showing a peaceful harmony. The delicacy of tannins is so remarkable, it is hard to believe the wine is mostly made with tannat! Open and expressive right at opening, the wine is unfolding its layers over the course of a couple of hours, really peaking up after 24 hours. Full of wisteria, fresh black currant and fern, the nose hints at cold empyreumatic counterpoints. The palate is more savory bringing some forest elements - fern, mountain spring bank, truffle. This is a complex yet delicate bottle you can serve in large Bordeaux glasses and enjoy with a smoked quail with glazed parsnip and chicories or a wild caught salmon in a black truffle pot-au-feu. 80% or so Tannat, the rest Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Arretxea 2016 Irouleguy Haitza

Haitza means oak in Basque. This is the flagship cuvée of the Riouspeyrous, a gorgeous blend dominated by Tannat, with a touch of Cabernets Franc & Sauvignon which can vary depending on the vintage - over the years, there are less and less. Organically grown on a diversity of soils - sandstones, schists, ophites - with very little clay, it is a great terroir to tame the natural power of Tannat: its acidity and tannins are softened up without losing their personality. Grapes are hand-harvested, destemmed, vinified separately, with a gentle maceration lasting for 3 weeks or so. Fermentations are spontaneous. The wine is then aged for 18 months minimum in foudres, then in bottle and sold when ready to drink - they don’t necessarily release them in chronological order. This is a baby Haitza you can enjoy now if decanted, or keep in your cellar for 10 to 20 years! The vintage being warmer, the wine has less acidity than usual - but still plenty, and has a delightful amiability particularly enjoyable now that Fall weather is on us. The nose is an explosion of violet, fresh red and black currant, and liquorice, with a touch of bitter chocolate. Once again, the palate is more savory with a lot of mountain herbs, smoked tobacco and potting soil. With more Tannat than usual - and not Cabernet Sauvignon - one can admire the work done by the Riouspeyrous in mastering the tannic structure in such an elegant way! Served in large Bordeaux glass, you need a little bit of fat and texture : think rack of lamb, beef briskets with confit red pepper or a slow roasted hen-of-the-wood with Bordelaise sauce. 80% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Franc. 

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Arretxea 2017 Irouleguy Blanc Gres

Grès (sandstone) is one of the terroir-designated cuvées made by the Riouspeyrous since 2009, and it is without a doubt one of the greatest wines of (Southern) France. Of the two single vineyards cuvées offered, it is always the most linear, the deepest with a certain restrained severity in its youth. Even though this plot of sandstones is south exposed and the ripeness is not a problem, the balance between alcohol and acidity is quite mind-blowing, and despite easily reaching 14+%, you never feel any heaviness or burn. This is the magical part of the Manseng, and why these wines are so great - for drinking, for pairing, for cellaring! And for the price it is a real steal! Hand-harvested, the grapes undertake a long pressing before being aged in larger formats including some Stockingers for a year. They are then kept a year in bottle before being released. A dominant of Petit over Gros without any Courbu in the vintage - all the Courbu go now in the Hexoguri cuvée - the wine in this vintage is showing the enticing notes of quince and mandarine, then followed right away by smoked salt, sorrel and frangipane flower. Don’t hesitate to decant to let it blossom. On the palate, the wine is more restrained, more savory, more spicy - think white pepper, saffron, dried thyme. It is a model of precision, building up its power, with a gentle attack to undwind a superb volume. Serve it not too cold in a Burgundy glass, or cellar it for 10 to 20 years. Pairings are numerous, but I could see some Ricotta agnolotti with a cheese rind and thyme broth, finished with mushroom or truffle, hazelnut crusted scallops with roasted celery, apple and chestnut or a 24-months Parmigiano. 60% Petit Manseng, 40% Gros Manseng. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Arretxea 2017 Irouleguy Blanc Terroir Schistes

Schistes is one of the terroir-designated cuvées made by the Riouspeyrous since 2009, and it is without a doubt one of the greatest wines of (Southern) France. Of the two single vineyard cuvées offered, Schistes is always the most opulent, giving, and accessible without losing its unique equilibrium between power and vibrancy. Because of the relative deepness of the soil (with more clay) the wine has a more aromatic bouquet, going from fresh mango to yellow plum and freesia. All these cuvées are vinified the same: hand-harvested, the grapes undertake a long pressing before being aged in large formats including some Stockingers for a year. They are then kept a year in bottle before being released. 2017 was a fresher vintage, helping to balance the natural power of this terroir. On the nose, you pick up the yellow plum, some tangerine zest and peach blossom - it is a little less tropical than usual, going more towards a summertime orchard. On the palate, the acidity is just fantastic, balanced by the velvet touch of the glycerol. It is definitely larger than the Grès, making it maybe more approachable. More lemongrass, and flint are perceptible in the palate. Oak is perfectly integrated. This is a terrific bottle you may want to cellar 10 years, or drink decanted in a large Burgundy glass, not too cold. Some fried sweetbreads with fennel confit, a brown butter halibut with watercress and ratte potato or a mild blue cheese, are a couple of ideas coming to mind for pairings, but pairings are pretty much endless! 80% Petit Manseng, 20% Gros Manseng. Pascaline Lepeltier

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Arretxea 2018 Irouleguy Rose

Arretxea Rosé is a true gastronomic rosé mostly made with Tannat and a little Cabernet Franc using saignée and direct press. Darker and deeper than your summer rosé, this is perfect for the seasons and the weather, and allows great pairings. 2018 was a complicated year, with almost no red wine made because of the hail, so they made a little more rosé. The grapes are harvested separately then blended. The wine is only aged in tanks - stainless or epoxy - to keep the aromatics. In 2018 malo was partially done to bring a little bit more texture.  Without a doubt, this a great, serious rosé, you want to serve in large glasses, and not too cold. You pick up on the nose the fainted notes of tannant - this typical black currant and fern aromas - but here enhanced with more blue berry and cara cara zest. The palate is velvety and gourmand, and the expected acidity is present: all in all, it is both highly drinkable with a satisfying complexity! You can keep it for 2-3 years without problem too. Enjoy it now with some serious charcuterie like a rabbit terrine with pistachio, a monkfish liver pâté but you can play with spicier food, especially with pimenton like pepper stew with paprika, and of course aged goat or ewe cheese. 80% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bastide Blanche 2015 Bandol Cuvee Estagnol

Bastide Blanche, one of the few organic domains in Bandol, produces this beatiful wine from old vines of 92% Mourvedre and 8% Grenache. The wine is hand-harvested in multiple passes, with very low yields, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in old foudres.  File under under curiosity or perhaps, sometimes you just need a duck wine. Depending on one’s whims, one plans their meals around a particular wine or perhaps in a more balanced life, one plans their wines around a meal (dear reader, I am probably more inclined to the former truth be told). But in this case I had a lovely bunch of baby Japanese turnips and a fine breast of Rohan Duck, so the the meal drove the bus, so to speak. The 2015 Bastide Blanche Estagnol is just the thing. With a substantial decant, it has all the dark floral aromatics, ground Telicherry peppercorn, blackberry fruit, and yes, a hint of game on the nose. The palate is tightly wound and just this side of severe on opening but with two hours in the decanter, the pure, sweet, plummy fruit emerges with loads of charm, ripeness, and dry extract to buffer the substantial structure beneath. And while the solar 2015 vintage can result in wine that show more power than grace, here it seems like there is there is real poise and potential. This shows ripeness, but no sense of heat or flab. Plenty of black fruits and dusty tannins and sure, oodles of garrigue. But there’s real flair and harmony and each sip has me wondering what a mature bottle will taste like. Excellent with duck and turnips, but I'd love to pair this with lamb and tapenade, or once summer is in full stride, ratatouille. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

Bordelet 2019 Sparkling Pear Cider Poiré Authentique

Eric Bordelet was a super star in the wine and restaurant world before shifting his attention to orchard fruits and returning to his home town in southern Normandy’s Domfrontais region. Here pears replace apples as the primary ingredient in both Cidre and Calvados because the pear tree’s deep root system tunnel easily into the region’s dry soils. The fifteen old varieties used are "sauvages," not table fruit, and have good acidity and a lovely astringency that combine to give ciders structure and freshness. Eric’s Authentique displays those qualities flawlessly and combines complex flavors of creamy orchard fruit, white meadow flowers, and a sappy, slightly off dry finish. This is a perfect starter on Thanksgiving, and great with the pies at the end - and with the very low alcohol, maybe a glass for the kids as well. (Also available: Sidre Tendre)

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $31.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Domaine Maestracci 2016 Corse Calvi E Prove

This red from Maestracci may be the first Corsican wine I tried. In my previous life, I was in restaurants and I used to pour it by the glass when I was first a wine buyer. It had been a couple of years since I'd tasted it though and I wondered before pouring it whether I might find it changed. I was relieved to find it was just as I remembered. A blend of Nielluciu, Grenache, Sciaccarellu and Syrah, the fruit profile is dark red and because the wine is already nearly five years old, it is starting to feel mature, showing a distinctly earthy savory side. The vines are planted in clay and sand on granite and there is a mineral coolness to the finish here that gives the wine real character. Corsica has a reputation as wild and rebellious and there is an unapologetic rusticity here that I love - it reminds me a bit of the great Chateau Musar. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

Finot Frères 2018 Vin de France Tracteur Rouge (Isère)

Thomas Finot in the Coteaux Grésivaudan made the vibrant 2018 Tracteur Rouge from 35% Gamay, 35% Pinot noir, 20% Persan and 10% Merlot.  The wine shows a lovely bright red color and pretty aromas of strawberry, raspberry and tart cherry with hints of violet, earth and spice. The palate is bright and slightly peppery, a bit more round and full than previous vintages, showing strawberry and red currant fruit with a nice lift of sappy  berry fruits, earth and citrus in the finish. It's lovely, served quite cool, with charcuterie, burgers, chicken and cheeses from Comté to Raclette.   David Lillie 

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot Frères 2019 Vin de France Tracteur Blanc (Isère)

In 2019, Thomas Finot made this refreshing "tractor white" from 80% Jacquere and 20% Chardonnay  grown in the Coteaux Grésivaudan, northeast of Grenoble. This is a delightful everyday wine, featuring lovely aromas of green apple, quince, almond, hay and brown spice. The palate is ripe but balanced, crystalline, mineral and lively with bright acidity, showing flavors of pear,  almond, citrus and stone, with just a hint of roundness from the Chardonnay. Serve happily by itself or with fish in sauce, roast chicken, salads and mild cheeses. This is a lovely Muscadet of the Mountains! David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2018 Vin de France (Isère) "Cugnète" Macération

Thomas Finot makes his "Vin de Macération Cugnète" from purchased fruit grown in Isère and on the Isère/Savoie border, thus Vin de France. The three month skin contact gives the wine a pale bronze color. The aromas are light and pretty - dried flowers, brown spice, citrus peel and peach. The palate shows creamy dried pear, mineral, brown spice, almond and citrus notes, quite subtle and with a clean, long finish without harsh skin tannins. This is a fascinating wine that will accompany shellfish, ceviche of many kinds, sushi, goat cheeses and much more.  12.9% alcohol.  Lovely wine!  David Lillie       Extra facts: Thomas says that Cugnète is an ancient type of Jacquère.  Aging was in big used barrels from 2005 and 2006. My guess is the maceration was more of a soaking, with little or no punch down or extraction, as the wine appears more like a white than an 'orange,' and only has a delicate and subtle amount of tannin in the back of the palate.   -Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Gourgonnier 2019 Les Baux de Provence Rosé

This is a consistently lovely Provençal rosé from a wonderful estate near Les Baux, certified organic for more than 30 years. (www.gourgonnier.com) Lovely aromas of berry fruits, peach and citrus. Refreshing, light-bodied palate with raspberry, citrus and mineral flavors finishing with crisp acidity. Showing well already, this should improve throughout the summer and will accompany a salade nicoise, chicken, lighter grilled meats.  

  • rosé
  • 23 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $62.99

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Fleur (Arrives 12/2)

The 2018 Jonc Blanc "Fleur" is a gorgeous and complex wine from 45% old-vine Semillon (70+ years old), Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris from Franck and Isabelle Pascal in Bergerac, Biodynamic farming on limestone with clay and sandy soils,  vinification without additives, aging for 18 months on the lees in cuve inox, bottled with a small addition of SO2, 20mg/l total. The 2018 Fleur is a lovely wine showing floral aromas of ripe citrus, melon and pear; the palate is ripe, supple and refreshing with ripe white fruits, quite generous and backed with firm acidity and saline/mineral flavors in the very long finish. Far from the typical varietal Sauvignon, this is a rich complex white of great character that willl acccompany cheeses and white meats and is a delicious aperitif. David Lillie

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Fruit (Arrives 12/2)

The delicious 2018 Jonc Blanc "Fruit" is a bland of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon from a clay/limestone hillside in biodynamic regenerative agriculture (100% green cover all year) and 65% Merlot from a parcel on limestone of Castillon in biodynamic farming with legumes, cereals and pollinators between the vnes. There is a cool pre-fermentation maceration, then fermentation with wild yeasts for 30 days, followed by 18 months in cuve and old foudre, bottled unfined, unfiltered with zero added SO2. Pure Juice!. The wine shows lovely aromas of black raspberry, cassis and plum with earth and violet, the palate is full and supple with bright acidity and mineral flavors under the vibrant fruit. This is simply delicious and a great value - serve cool and enjoy over the next three years with charcuterie, burgers, grilled chicken and pork. David Lillie

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Pure M Malbec (12/1)

The 2018 Pure M is a beautiful natural wine with zero added SO2, 100% Malbec from a small parcel in biodynamic farming on "Calcaires a Asteries" typical of the plateau of Saint-Emilion. Two year élevage in 1200 liter Taransaud foudre without fining, filtration or SO2, 1600 bottles produced.  The wine shows complex, pure, lush aromas of cassis, blackberry and prune with hints of tobacco, spice and earth. The palate is silky and bright with ripe cassis, blackberry and blueberry fruit backed by refreshing acidity. Mineral and ripe berry fruit flavors linger in the long finish.  Serve this cool with any grilled meats, and it's balanced enough for veggies and lighter meat dishes as well. Just delicious and highly recommended! David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Pure T Merlot (12/2)

The superb 2018 Jonc Blanc Pure T is 100% Merlot grown in a terroir of green clay on powdery limestone and fossilized oyster shells, élevage in 1200 liter Taransaud foudre for two years, bottled with no fining or filtration with zero added SO2. Pure Juice. Fabulous balance between richness, concentration and freshness, with the limestone soil bringing saline flavors. The color is a deep black with very floral aromas of cassis and blackberry. The palate is dense, deep and chocolately but still bright and balanced with terrific length. Beautiful wine! David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Racine (Arrives 12/2)

Isabelle and Franck Pascal make this beautiful natural wine (formerly known as "Classik") from Cabernet and Merlot grown on their Biodynamic estate near Felines, in Bergerac. The wine is aged sur-lie 12 months in barrel, and is bottled without filtration or added sulfur. The color is a dark red/black; the wine shows bright, vivid aromas of ripe cassis and boysenberry liqueur with earth, musk, violet and graphite. The palate is lush, ripe and vibrant with blackberry, cassis, prune, chocolate, earth, stone and licorice lifted by firm, cool acidity that continues in the long, bright and sapid finish. Wow, delicious! Serve with grilled pork or beef, a daube Provençal, strong cheeses and charcuterie or cellar for 5 to 8 years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2019 Vin de France Bulle Rosé (Arrives 12/2)

Isabelle and Franck Pascal make outstanding and expressive natural wines from their biodynamically farmed vineyards in Bergerac, and this lively sparkling rosé is a great example of their precise, low-intervention winemaking.  This delicate pét-nat is made with mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and a smaller portion of  Sémillon (30%), and shows a lovely pink-orange color in the glass. The mousse is very delicate, and on the nose, raspberry, peach, tea, and crushed strawberries are evident, while citrus, melon, and strawberry come to the fore on the slightly off-dry palate. The delicate bubbles make this an outstanding candidate for before-dinner drinking, or a fun pairing with appetizers or Asian cuisines.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 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 2017 is made from equal parts Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle, Vermentino and 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 terroir. 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 delicious 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
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rosé

We've always loved Eric's rather full-bodied rosé, made from Grenache, Carignan and Syrah, but this year he decided to make a lighter, fresher wine from Grenache Gris and Carignan and it's really delicious! it shows a pretty, pale pink color with subtle aromas of rose and raspberry. The palate is fresh, light and round with lovely red and yellow fruit flavors, quite crisp and long. This is a complex, refreshing and delicious rosé and a sensational value!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2014 IGP Côtes Catalanes Oxy (5 years sous voile)

Eric has once again made a small quantity of "Oxy" - his extraordinary Grenache Blanc that spends five years sous-voile. The current vintage is 2014 - for any lover of Vin Jaune, or anyone making chicken with vin jaune and morels, this is a must buy! The wine shows lovely herbal, stone, citrus peel and strong oxidative aromas. The oxidation is less apparent on the palate which is extremely elegant and of course shows an intense minerality, with flavors of lemon zest, stone and dried pear, finishing with terrific length. Only 36 bottles are available - don't delay!

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

Eric Laguerre's parcels for this cuvée are planted on plateaus fringed with flowering "ciste" bushes and wind swept trees. The Pyrénées loom in the distance and the afternoon sun reflecting off the decomposed granite gives his vineyards a sort of shimmering quality. Eric's bottling of "Le Ciste" is a faithful interpretation of each of these elements plus Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, and Mourvèdre - some de-stemmed and some fermented on whole-clusters, separately, then aged for a year in barrel before being blended together in fiber tank. The 2017 has all of the bold flavor and texture of grapes that were allowed to fully ripen without any worry about lost acidity. At his altitude and with the help of granitic soils, Eric has little reason to pick early; his wines are vibrant and always have a marvelous backbone of mineral acidity. This is his fullest wine, with rich tannins and brooding flavors of fresh thyme, black pepper, bitter chocolate, and blood orange buoyed by ripe cherry. And while this is a handy and humble "grab n' go" for barbecues, Moroccan-themed dinners, etc., this wine has all of the potential to make us giddy and glad that we saved a few for 2030. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

Eric Laguerre's "Eos Rouge" is an elegant blend of 90% Grenache from 40-year-old gobelet-trained vines, with 10% 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 2019 is strikingly pure-fruited, with vibrant strawberry and red cherry aromas underpinned by earthy spice, red-currant, and bitter chocolate notes.  Strawberry and cherry continue on the palate with peppery tannins and mineral acidity from the high mountain climat. (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 3 to 5 years.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Leccia, Yves 2017 Ile de Beaute Rouge

Thanksgiving wines are tricky, because one wants them to feel different and special from things we drink at other times of year. At the same time, the wines must be food-versatile enough that the everyday dinner classics (Beaujolais! Barbera!) often seem to make the most sense. If you are looking for something that feels at once familiar and new for the holiday, I implore you to try the Ile de Beauté Rouge from Yves Leccia. The 2017 is a blend of Grenache and Nielluciu (Sangiovese, Corsican-style) grown on a combination of clay, limestone and schist soils. The vines are just shy of thirty years old and the overall feeling is one of exuberance and fun. Grenache is capable of presenting a bit like Pinot Noir and that is what has happened here. The wine is full of ripe red berry fruit and baking spices, with the Nielluciu providing structure and a mineral spine. It makes me think particularly of cranberry sauce, with its bright acidity and juicy sweetness! Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Fouques 2019 Côtes de Provence Impulsion Rosé Sans Soufre

After hearing us complain about other estates in Provence that use excessive amounts of sulfur-dioxide in their wines, Christelle and Jacques at Les Fouques have gone all the way and produced a zero sulfur special cuvée in 2019. Called "L'Impulsion" (the impulse), the wine is made with 2/3 Cinsault and 1/3 Syrah from their Biodynamic vineyards - tasted in January the unfinished wine showed subtle aromas of raspberry, citrus and rose with a light, dry and delicate palate of citrus, peach and berry fruits. We look forward to tasting it on arrival, July 1st.

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Les Fouques 2019 Côtes de Provence Cuvée l'Aubigue Rosé

"L'Aubigue" is a generously round and fruit-driven rosé made from Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Vermentino grown on soils of clay and schist near Hyères in Provence. Yves Gros and his family have been practicing Biodynamic agriculture at the domaine since 1991, and this meticulous care for their soils shows in the exquisite mineral depth of this cuvée. The 2019 is a beautiful pale salmon color and offers complex aromas of peach skins, raspberry, wild flowers, brown spice, and grapefruit pith. The palate is supple with a dense mineral core. Flavors of peach, strawberry, and nectarine coalesce over cool herbal notes akin to licorice. The finish is long, suave and awash with citrus and stone, hinting at a nascent complexity that should reveal itself after a few years of cellaring. Another fantastic "Aubigue" Rosé that we will happily sip alongside salads, mild cheeses, and ceviche this summer!

  • rosé
  • 24 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white fortified
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

Mas Coutelou 2018 Vin de France Le Blanc

Mas Coutelou was at the forefront of organic viticulture in the Languedoc by becoming one of the first handful of growers to become certified in 1987. They are also commited to biodiversity by surrounding the vineyards with olive, almond, and fig trees! The 'Blanc' is a blend of 50% Macabeu  and 50% Grenache Gris.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mas des Chimères 2018 Terrasses du Larzac Caminarem

"Caminarèm," from winemaker Guilhem Dardé, is a blend of equal parts Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Carignan from the Terrasses du Larzac AOC. The vines range in age from 20 to 100 years old and are planted in basalt soils. The grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed, fermented with native yeasts, then assembled and matured in various sized barrels for a year before bottling. The wine's color is a dark red. On the nose there are blackberries and plums, an accent of roasted meat and cedar. The palate has similar dark fruits, along with a touch of peppery spice. There is good acidity, paired with a healthy dash of tannin and a plush, soft core.  The wine has a long, herbaceous finish. 

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $44.99

Navarre 2018 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 2018 has a beautiful robe of bright red/black. The nose shows decadent aromas of red currant, blackberry and black cherry, sage, and deeper notes of espresso. The palate is creamy, but not heavy with fine powdery tannins. Perhaps a bit brighter than the 2017, wonderfully balanced and accessible for drinking now. Flavors of black fruits, peppercorn, and savory herbs cling to a core of dense minerals on the long, persistent finish. Delicious now it will also benefit from 3 - 5 years in the cellar.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Saint-Chinian Cuvée Olivier

2019 is a great vintage for Thierry Navarre's Cuvée Olivier, from his oldest vines of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan grown in his mountainside vineyards in Saint-Chinian. Deep and very complex aromas of black raspberry and blueberry with hints of roast meats, espresso, violets, chocolate and citrus. Lovely palate of ripe red and black fruits, earth and citrus lifted by firm acidity. This is a beautiful Languedoc red — rich, ripe and complex and surprisingly "fresh" with good acidity and 13.5% alcohol. Organic farming, minimal sulfur. Highly recommended.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Vin de France Ribeyrenc

An almost extinct grape grown in the Languedoc, in southern France, Ribeyrenc has been preserved mostly due to the work of Thierry Navarre and his father before him, planted on slopes of schist, exposure south-east.  It’s thin-skinned and yields a fresh and vibrant red wine that could easily pass for a dark rosé. The aromas are complex with red fruits, spice, herbs, tobacco, rose petal and tea-leaf. Low-alcohol and  light-bodied and a bit delicate with plum, red currant, spice and smoke on the palate, with a long finish - fresh, floral, and unlike anything else, really a lovely wine ! EL

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Vin de France Rosé Ribeyrenc

Thierry Navarre's new Ribeyrenc Rosé is simply sensational, unique and refreshing! Tasted at La Dive Bouteille last winter, we loved the subtle raspberry and peach fruit of this light and distinctive rosé. At 10.5% alcohol it's a perfect hot weather thirst-quencher! (Ribeyrenc appears to be an ancient grape originating in the Languedoc, possibly related to Cinsault, last grown in the 18th and 19th centuries, and now revived by Thierry and a few other growers). NB: This is the only 2019 Rosé that we have from Thierry Navarre, and the label is somewhat confusing! Despite the fact that it says "Vin d'OEillades" on the front, this is in fact the Rosé of Ribeyrenc. The production of this micro-cuvee was so small that the decision was made to reuse the same purple label.

  • rosé
  • 15 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre NV Vin de France Vin de Grenache Demi-Sec

Every few years Thierry Navarre makes a new batch of his late-harvest "Vin de Grenache" - this version is outrageous - it's an oxidative orange wine (!) showing a dark orange color and aromas of dried fruits - apricot and prune - brown spice, walnut, honey and wildflowers with slightly sweet palate of ripe black cherry, dried apricot, brown spice and minerals. (It can be kept for weeks re-corked in the fridge) Serve with dried fruits and nuts, strong cheeses or just enjoy by itself - only 36 bottles for the US. David Lillie

  • rosé off-dry
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pajot, Domaine de 2019 VDP des Côtes de Gascogne Les Quatre Cépages

This is a beloved staple at Chambers Street! Domaine de Pajot is located in Southwest France overlooking the capital of Armagnac, a region more well known for their brandy than table wines. The entire estate is certified organic, grown over rolling hills of mostly sand and fine silt soils, vines interspersed with hazelnut trees. 'Les Quatre Cépages' is a blend of 35% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Colombard, 20% Ugni-Blanc, 10% Gros-Manseng . Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this wine is dry, crisp, and well balanced. Pajot is our go-to pick for delicious wine that you can be both happy to cook with and have a glass on the side. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 55 in stock
  • $9.99

  • Organic

Puech Redon (Eric Texier/Cyril Cuche) 2019 VdF Pour de Vrai Vin Petillant Artisanal et Nat

A collaboration between our good friend Eric Texier, and a biodynamic farmer named Cyril Cuche. Cyril’s family owns a massive chunk of land, which he has been working organically and biodynamically for over a decade. The estate has always practiced polyculture with wild forest, grains, vines, and more, all contributing to the biodiversity. Without any winemaking experience, Cyril turned to Eric Texier to help produce a wine with wild yeast fermentation and no added SO2. This is a frothy and refreshing rosé Pet-Nat that is unfiltered and quite delicate on the palate. A great choice for a thirst quenching afternoon bottle and a must try for fans of ancestral style Pet Nats.  -Eben

  • rosé sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ratapoil (Raphael Monnier) NV Jura Macvin

The Ratapoil Macvin is a blend of Chardonnay and marc, produced in 2010 at 17.5 % alcohol. "A deguster a l'aperitif ou en fin du repas."

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2018 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale

This charming, low-alcohol sparkler hails from the tiny appellation of Bugey (across from the Mont du Chat in Savoie). At 8% ABV this delicately sweet and exquisitely balanced pét-nat is the breakfast of champions, a companion while you prepare a feast, or the perfect solution to tricky dessert parings. The 2018 is a blend of Gamay and Poulsard. The wine pours a pleasing shade of magenta in the glass and offers up vivid aromas of purple wild flowers, raspberry patch, and mouth-watering grapefruit zest. The palate is light and fresh with flavors of sweet strawberries, raspberries, and crunchy blueberries on the attack then finishes with thirst-quenching mineral acidity. A purely enjoyable bottle at a great value. Serve chilled alongside fruit tarts, dark chocolate, or with tangy cheeses. Amanda Bowman

  • rosé sparkling sweet
  • 34 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2016 Jurançon Cuvée Speciale

The 2016 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée Spéciale  is 100%  Petit  Manseng grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard in Lasseube, certified organic since 1964.  He farms barely 1 ha of this magical grape on heavy clay soil with veins of lavasse, the local name for sandstone. Harvested usually in late-October, sometimes November by hand, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, settled 24-36 hours than vinified in epoxy tank until harvest. Serge is only using sulfur dioxide and not potassium metabisulfite, usually at press, racking and bottling. 2016 was a great vintage for Serge, with a perfect season leading to a peaceful harvest with beautiful grapes. A deep gold with light pink-orange hue, the wine shows the concentration reached by slowly overripe Petit Manseng berries. Decanting Serge Hondet's wines is always recommended, even the sweet version of Jurançon to really express their complex bouquet and their length. When open, it is a complex bouquet of orange marmelade, alphonso mango, elderflower, caraway seed. On the palate, despite its concentration ( 76 RS), there is no weight but just vibrating acidity: think membrillo paste or passion fruit puree. As always there is a nice herbal bitterness in the finish. This is a great dessert wine of course and will pair very well with a quince tarte tatin and salted butter caramel, a pineapple soufflé but also with savoury dishes like sticky honey-glazed duck with stir-fry Chinese cabbage, and of course blue cheese. 100% Petit Manseng. Pascaline Lepeltier

  • white medium-sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2016 Jurançon Cuvee Tradition

The 2016 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée tradition  is made of equal part Petit and Gros Manseng grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard in Lasseube, certified organic since 1964.  Both are grown quite close one from another on 2 ha of heavy clay soil with veins of lavasse, the local name for sandstone. Harvested usually in mid-October by hand, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed, settled 24-36 hours than vinified in epoxy tank until harvest. Serge is only using sulfur dioxide and not potassium metabisulfite, usually at press, racking and bottling. 2016 was a great vintage for Serge, with perfect season leading to a peaceful harvest with beautiful grapes. In the glass, the light gold with green flex is typical for young Jurançon. As for all his wines, it is recommended to decant them, even the sweet : they need air to reveal their perfumes and their length. Once open, the nose is classical example of the Manseng, a combination of crunchy, exotic tropical fruits with some herbal notes, a hint of spice, and a remarkable intuition of fresh concentration. The palate has more orange variations and some earl grey tea notes. As  usual, it is hard to assess the sweetness - here 42g - thanks to the energetic acidity. Enjoy it in a large glass at 8C, and serve it of course with tropical fruit and citrus based deserts, but also with Moroccan spice chicken tajine and other dishes with sweet or sweet and sours seasoning be they veggies, fish or white meat. 50% Petit Manseng, 50% Gros Manseng. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tissot 2018 Arbois Chardonnay Rose Massale

Selection massale of Chardonnay Rose, from La Mailloche," a rare mutation of the grape, ripe and beautifully complex.**AVAILABLE OCTOBER 29th**

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot 2018 Arbois D.D.

From Stéphane Tissot's Biodynamic vineyard in Arbois, named for Stéphane's father, Andre "DD" Tissot. This is a delicious blend of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir co-fermented in 2000L foudres. Serve slightly chilled and enjoy with a variety of cheeses, roasted chicken, or on its own! Tasted with Stepphane last winter this showed beautifully, perhaps the best vintage of DD yet, don't miss it!

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Traginer 2010 Banyuls Grand Cru 750ml

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 2010 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
  • no discount
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2016 Banyuls Blanc 750 ml

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! David Lillie 

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Traginer 2018 Banyuls Rimage 500ml

The Traginer Banyuls Rimage (Vin Doux Naturel) at 16% alcohol is an insanely delicious wine as an apéritif or with deserts of chocolate or fruit (figs especially) and goat cheeses. The 2018 shows a bright black/red color and vivid aromas of ripe blackberry, prune,  licorice, violets, and earth, a bit lighter and more floral than usual. The palate is ripe and lush with blackberry, prune, 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! (Keep this fortified wine for weeks in the fridge, re-corked) DL

  • red sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2018 Banyuls Rimage 750ml

The Traginer Banyuls Rimage (Vin Doux Naturel) at 16% alcohol is an insanely delicious wine as an apéritif or with deserts of chocolate or fruit (figs especially) and goat cheeses. The 2018 shows a bright black/red color and vivid aromas of ripe blackberry, prune,  licorice, violets, and earth, a bit lighter and more floral than usual. The palate is ripe and lush with blackberry, prune, 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! (Keep this fortified wine for weeks in the fridge, re-corked) DL

  • red sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Traginer 2018 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 Vermentino grown on low-yielding vines, on steep slopes above the Mediterranean. The 2018 is a superb and complex wine of the south that shows a bright pale gold color and aromas of almond, pear and peach, lime-flower and preserved lemon. The palate is ripe and dense with citrus, almond, peach and stone flavors backed by firm acidity, finishing with mineral flavors citrus and white fruits. Serve this unique wine with a ceviche of scallops or fluke, fish soup or fish in sauce, white meats and goat cheeses. Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $68.99

  • Organic

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2015 Arbois Chardonnay

This is a fresh, zippy Chardonnay from Gerard and Christine Villet in Arbois, this is the perfect salad wine! From vines that Christine's father planted in the 1970s, there are some subtle orchard fruit notes on the nose, and great acid on the palate. As is typical of the Villet Chardonnay offerings, the wine is not made in a sous-voile style, but vinified traditionally, so no oxidative notes. For fans of un-oaked Chardonnay, this comes highly recommended.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2015 Arbois Savagnin (Ouille)

The 2015 resonates with comforting aromas of creamy walnuts, smoke, red apple, and gingerbread spice upon opening. With time lifted aromas of  genepy and subtle mountain herbs emerge to reveal a wine that's playful but rooted in rich tradition. The palate is tightly knit with gripping acidity, spice, and delicious salty minerals. There is the faintest toasted walnut note on the mid-palate but the finish is all refreshing, mineral acidity. Highly enjoyable now but there's no hurry. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2016 Arbois Tradition Blanc

The 2016 Tradition Blanc is 70% Chardonnay sous voile, and 30% Savagnin sous voile during 30 months!  This is a must for any fan of oxidative whites, and a perfect bottle to use for Coq au Vin Jaune on a budget. Of course, use a bit for the recipe, and drink most of it with dinner!  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Villet, Gerard & Christine 2018 Arbois Tradition Rouge

A blend of all three of the Jura's great red varieties, Poulsard, Trousseau, and Pinot Noir, from the first organic estate in Arbois. Winemaker Christine Villet is a mentor and a mother-figure to many of the regions up-and-coming winemakers. The 2018 Tradition Rouge is a deep red in color. The nose is woodsy, with dark cherry and hints of baking spices. The palate is surprisingly plump, with red fruits and a clean mineral freshness.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Villet, Gerard & Christine NV Vin Mousseaux de qualité

A Cremant in everything but name, this Vin Mousseaux (a general term that refers to sparkling wines) is 100% Chardonnay Extra-Brut. There is no dosage so it's particularly bright, dry and clean. Vinified with indigenous yeast (like all of the Villet wines), this is perfectly refreshing (think Summertime), super 'digestif' and great for an apero or with food.  Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villet, Gerard & Christine NV Vin Mousseaux de qualité Brut

A Cremant du Jura in everything but name, this Vin Mousseaux (a general term that refers to sparkling wines) is 100% Chardonnay. Vinified with indigenous yeast (like all of the Villet wines), this is perfectly refreshing, super 'digestif' and great for an apero or with food. Golden delicious apple notes on the palate, and an ideal level of richness balanced by crisp acidity. Would be great as a start to Thanksgiving feast, or with appetizers before the big meal!  -EL

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

  • Organic