Misc. France

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
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Belluard 2018 Vin de Savoie Grandes Jorasses

The Grandes Jorasses comes from 100% Altesse, produced by Dominique Belluard. The grapes are grown with southern exposure, on soil of clay and limestone. The average vine age is 10 years. The Altesse is hand harvested before a long, 4 month fermentation with natural yeasts. Malo occurs spontaneously afterwards. 

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $55.99

Belluard 2018 Vin de Savoie Les Alpes

Dominique Belluard's Les Alpes is 100% Gringet. It comes from soils of yellow marl and scree. Grapes are hand harvested and softly pressed at the winery. Alcoholic fermentation and malo happen naturally. Most of the wine is aged in cement vats for six months. This is then blended with wine aged in stainless steel tanks before bottling with a small amount of SO2.

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $51.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $22.99

Curtet, Marie & Florian 2018 Savoie Autrement Rouge

Vin de Savoie of Gamay, Pinot Noir, and Mondeuse, farmed organically by Marie & Florian Curtet. The 36 year old vines are planted to Mossiac limestone and have an exposure that ranges from west to southwest. In 2018, whole bunch fermentation was done for 4-5 weeks before pressing. Afterwards, the wine was aged on the lees in concrete tanks for 11 months, then lightly filtered before bottling. Only a touch of SO2 is added.  The wine has a black core with light magenta edges. The first night open, the nose was full of tart blueberries and red cherries, and the palate echoed those aromas, but with a salty edge. Structurally, it was sparky and vibrant, with very little tannin, instead relying on a beam of acidity for definition. On the second night, the nose has become floral, with dark roses, crushed raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry. The palate expresses obvious pomegranate, raspberry, and black cherry flavors, followed up by a lingering hint of graphite. On the second night, there is more tannin, on the gums and on the back of the tongue. The acidity has softened. Two different sides to a wine - both delicious. Marie and Florien definitely know what they're doing. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Adrien Berlioz 2017 Vin de Savoie Cuvee Raipoumpou

From the Chignin Bergeron appellation, the Raipoumpou is an 100% Roussane produced by Adrien Berlioz of Cellier des Cray. Young vines, averaging 10 years in age, are planted to clay/limestone soils and cared for under certified organic methods. Hand harvested, whole cluster grapes are pressed, and juice is fermented with natural yeasts. Malo also occurs naturally. The wine is aged in stainless tanks for 9 months on the lees. The result is a golden Roussane, with a beautiful nose and palate. Aromas of crushed stones, aged apples, bitter herbs, smoke and yellow cherry are powerfully expressed. Flavors of lemon, lime, and spicy orange mix with smoke, salt and stone. The wine has a good vein of acidity, keeping this complex wine stunningly drinkable. This bottle is unique, having tasted nothing like it before, but it is just as approachable as it is fascinating. Drink up - it's delicious. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Adrien Berlioz 2019 Vin de Savoie Les Gueux Blanc

Some of the most exciting Vin de Savoie that I've tasted recently come from Adrien Berlioz at Domaine du Cellier des Cray. The Cuvée des Gueux Blanc '18 is a blend of 60% Jacquère and 40% Altesse from Chignan, with vine age averaging 50 years. Exposure of the silty clay and limestone soils is to the south. The estate is certified organic. Grapes are hand picked and whole clusters are pressed. Juice is racked after 48 hours and fermentation and malo are left to occur naturally. The wine is aged for 6 months in stainless tanks and on the lees. The color here is a light, fresh lemon. After getting some air, the nose is fantastic - bold aromas of herbs, toasted bread, dry grass, salt, and white flowers. On the palate, the wine is zesty, with flavors of mint and tangy yellow apple. Structurally, there is a hint of tannin and a medium level of acidity. A lot is packed into this bottle. Drink now. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Domaine de L'Octavin 2018 VDF Zerlina

Pinot Noir and Trousseau from the Curon parcel in Arbois. Estate fruit.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $64.99

  • No Sulfur

Domaine de L'Octavin 2017 Arbois Brutal

Purportedly Gamay and Chardonnay 50/50. 

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $47.99

  • No Sulfur

Domaine de L'Octavin 2018 Arbois Commendatore

From Alice Bouvot's 50+ year old Trosseau vines. Estate fruit.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $142.99

  • No Sulfur

Domaine de L'Octavin 2018 Arbois Poulsard Hip Hip J

This is a project that sees Alice Bouvot working with fruit from Domaine du Pelican, another Jura estate that is certified Organic (not sure if they are also Biodynamic like Alice). Poulsard fermented with skins of Chardonnay. 

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Domaine de L'Octavin 2018 Arbois Ptit Poussot

All Chardonnay from Alice Bouvot's small parcel called "Poussot." Estate fruit. 

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $54.99

Domaine des Mathouans 2018 Vin de France Le Bon, Le Brute et le Carignan

The Mathouans "Le Bon, le Brute et le Carignan," (an hommage to Sergio Leone!) is mostly Carignan from 60 year-old vines grown on granitic gneiss soils, with yields of only 15 hl/ha in 2018. Whole-cluster fermentation with a light crushing by foot in tronconic vats, aged 12 months in 400 liter barrels. The wine shows intense dark fruit aromas with notes of wild herbs and a full-bodied palate, well balanced between ripe fruits, acidity and soft tannins. Serve with meats in sauce, duck breast, grilled pork and lamb, full flavored cheeses.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Mathouans 2018 Vin de France Vinception (Grenache Noir)

The Mathouans "Vinception" is from 100% Grenache Noir grown on schistes, yields were 25 hl/ha in 2018. The grapes are fermented in large tronconic vats, lightly foot-pressed, then aged for 12 months in 500 liter barrels. The wine shows ripe red fruits with hints of chocolate and a round supple palate balanced with soft tannins.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Mathouans 2019 Vin de France Macaline (Macabeo)

"MacAline" is Aline Hock's wine of Macabeu grown biodynamically on the black schist terroirs of the Agly Valley associated with Roussillon's Maury region. Yields were 25 hl/ha in 2019, alcohol is 13.5%.  Aromatically rich and pungent (as fuller-bodied and higher alcohol Macabeu tends to be), it shows generous ripe citrus, honey and dried apricot on the nose. Given the fruit-driven intensity of the aromatics, its full-bodied palate is surprisingly nutty and savory, with notes of almond intermingled with dried apricot, finishing with iodine and sea salt. Drink with crab, shrimp and grits, cheddar cheeses, or bacon-wrapped dates.  Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Mathouans 2019 Vin de France Mine de Rien

This wine from Aline Hock in the Agly Valley of Roussillon is produced from the Muscat Petit Grains grown biodynamically on schist soils. Vinified semi-carbonic on the skins for about 20 days, it pours a hazy yellow in the glass. On the nose it bursts with classic Muscat aromas: orange blossom, fresh grapes, honeydew melon and chamomile. "Mine de Rien" is full-bodied and shows bright mandarin orange, minerality and a gentle herbal note on the palate and finishes dry and saline. The wine has an exciting tension between density and bright citrus and salinity, complemented by its exuberantly fruit and flower driven aromatic character. Drink now with lighter Mediterranean food or warmly spiced chicken dishes: think olives and feta, tagines, or even jerk chicken. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 5 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

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
  • 15 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
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Fleur

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
  • 8 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Fruit

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
  • 10 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Pure M Malbec

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
  • 10 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Pure T Merlot

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
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2018 Vin de France Racine

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2019 Vin de France Bulle Rosé

(Was $16.99) 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. It's intriguingly delicious, with zero additives, and it's $16.99?!

  • rosé sparkling
  • 17 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
  • 14 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2019 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rosé

(Was $14.99) 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
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $11.24

  • 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
  • 15 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lapuyade 2015 Jurançon Cuvée Marie-Louise

Régine and Jean-Joseph Aurisset of Chateau Lapuyade/Clos Marie-Louise produce sensational dry, moelleux and dessert wines from Gros Manseng and Petit Manseng on their Biodynamic estate deep in the hills of Jurançon, southeast of Pau. The soils are primarily "poudingue," a conglomeration of calcareous stones and gravel deposited during the formation of the Pyrenees, with sandy clay topsoil. The Aurissets prefer a very full-bodied style of Jurançon - all their wines are aged in used barriques which gives amazing complexity  and phenomenal richness to the  100% Petit Manseng Cuvée Marie-Louise. This is a superb Jurançon Moelleux, harvested in late December, about 90 grams/liter of residual sugar. Wonderfully complex aromas of apricot, candied citrus, flowers and exotic fruit with a hint of vanillin. Lemon confit, apricot, brown spice and chalky acids on the palate. A young wine that is gorgeous now but perhaps best in five to ten years. With more acidity than Sauternes, this is a great match for foie gras, lemon tarts and strong cheeses, and for apple and mince pies on Thanksgiving! Absolutely superb! (The wine drinks beautifully for weeks, re-corked in the fridge.) David Lillie

  • white sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2017 Jurançon Petit Manseng

Clos Marie-Louise/Château Lapuyade is a beautiful biodynamic estate deep in the hills of Jurançon, south of Pau. Their wines are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in old barrels purchased from Yquem and Haut-Brion. Their 2017 Petit Manseng is a gorgeous wine and a sensational value. The wine needs a bit of air to open up, then shows deep floral honeyed apricot, candied citrus, stone, spice and caramel aromas with sweet fruit on the palate—lemon oil, exotic fruit and brown spice lifted by very  firm acidity. Terrific length. With a few days open, more exotic fruit, pineapple and lychee emerge and the wine softens into something wonderful. An outstanding Jurançon moelleux that will accompany fois gras, patés, cheeses, fruit desserts and is fabulous on its own.

  • white medium-sweet
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2017 Jurançon Sec

Clos Marie-Louise/Château Lapuyade is a beautiful Biodynamic estate deep in the hills of Jurançon, south of Pau. Their wines are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and aged in old barrels purchased from Yquem and Haut-Brion. Château Lapuyade produces a complex, ripe, exotic style of "Sec" and the lovely 2017 is no exception. Produced from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, the wine shows a bright gold color; ripe aromas of exotic fruit, lemon zest, butterscotch, honeysuckle and hay; the palate is ripe and round with spiced pear,  buttery lemon, earth and mineral flavors; very bright citrusy acidity in the finish with hay and minerals. This will evolve nicely re-corked in your fridge or with five to ten years of cellaring. Not for everyone perhaps, but this is really a unique and intense bottle of Jurancon! Serve with chicken or fish in sauce, full-flavored cheeses, patés and Asian foods. (PS - at 14.5% alcohol this wine escaped the first round of tariffs - enjoy it at $13.99 while you can!)

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lapuyade 2017 Jurançon Sec Cuvée Dentelle

We're very excited about this new cuvée from our biodynamic friends at Chateau Lapuyade in Jurançon. Made from 100% Petit Manseng from 45 year-old vines always tended in organic and biodynamic farming, it's a tiny special production in the best vintages - we're fortunate to get 5 cases.The 2017 shows a bright gold color and beautiful aromas of lemon confit, apricot, almond, exotic fruit and brown spice. The palate is dense and round with dried pear, citrus, apricot, hay and mineral flavors with perhaps a bit of residual sugar. The finish is very long with firm acidity under ripe white fruits, citrus and stone. Lovely wine! Serve with foie gras, fish in sauce, Asian foods, goat chesses and patés. Sensational now and should be very interesting in ten years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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
  • 1 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
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $11.99

  • 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
  • 36 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Marie & Florian Curtet 2018 Savoie Frissons des Cimes (Mondeuse)

The 2018 Frissons des Cimes is a Vin de Sovoie made from 100% Mondeuse by Marie & Florian Curtet. Organically farmed 50 year old vines planted to sandstone, with a western to southwestern exposure. In the cellar, whole cluster fermentation, without pump overs or push downs, lasts 4-5 weeks before pressing. The wine is aged in concrete tanks for 11 weeks, filtered lightly, and bottled with just a small dose of SO2. This is a dark wine - with shades of black purple and red in the glass. Starting off with the pungent smells of manure and mulched forest floor, these hearty, heady nose drifts into a calmer character, with very pleasant aromas of black plum, blue berries, pine, kalamata olives, olives, and roasted meat. The palate is full of crunchy, zippy graphite, with additional flavors deep red cherry and salt. If you're a Syrah drinker, this is a must-try. With very solid tannins, that fall mostly on the gums, and medium acidity, boasts fantastic structure. Drink now, or enjoy between now and '26 - though it seems to have the fruit and body to last even longer. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Marie & Florian Curtet 2018 Savoie Tonnerre des Gres

The 2018 Tonnerre Des Gres from Marie & Florian Curtet is a Vin de Savoie from  Jacquère and Altesse. Organically farmed vines, 28 years in age, were planted to Mollassic limestone soils with a west/southwest exposure. The grapes are pressed, and fermentation/aging is done in concrete tanks over 9 months on the lees. The wine is bottled after a light filtration and a small dose of SO2. Brilliant lemon hue in the glass. Aromas do not pounce out, but float - sliced, tart yellow apple and pear, lavender, and bitter, unripe nectarine. There is flinty smoke. As the glass warms, smells of almonds and faint licorice appear. The wine has a wonderful palate, with yellow apples, clementine zest, bitter herbs, and a stony, mineral zing. The fruit on the finish gives way to a lingering saltiness, stiffened by a focused core of acidity. There is a softness in the mouthfeel though. A touch of flesh that is hard to describe. There is something so ethereal about this wine - a ghostly quality, in texture more than anything, that reminds me of a superb Chablis. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Marnes Blanches (Geraud Fromont) NV VDF Mosseaux

This is a fun, refreshing traditional method sparkler from winemaker/farmer Geraud Fromont in the Jura. 100% Chardonnay, with most of the blend from the 2018 harvest, is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks and left on the lees for 15 months before bottling with no dosage and no SO2. On the nose is firm golden apple and crushed white rock, and on the palate is apple, fresh grass, a bit of sea-salt, and  a touch of bitter herbs, with very soft bubbles. A solid choice for aperitif, that's meant to be fun and not overly complex.

  • white sparkling
  • 31 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white fortified
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $51.99

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
  • 18 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Mathieu Apffel 2018 Vin de Savoie Apremont "Avant la Tempete"

100% Jacquère , labeled Vin de Savoie, from the outstanding young producer, Mathieu Apffel . Vines were planted in 1956 to soils of clay, limestone, schist, and quartz, with southeastern exposure. Fields are farmed organically. In the cellar, after a direct pressing, the juice goes through alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel before resting on the lees in barrique. The wine is bottled without fining or filtering, and zero SO2 is added. On the first night, the wine is clean, with a soft purity in texture, and cut by a crisp edge of assertive acid and a real stoniness. It was a very good wine. The second night, however, the wine was exceptional. Without losing any of its stern, well-focused zing, it took on savory flavors of dried lemon peel, orange zest, yellow apple and sea salt. It even developed a little more flesh on the palate, a great contrast to a previously simple, high-toned mouthfeel.  This is the bottle that convinced me to  always revisit Alpine whites after a night open. So much is revealed if you do. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Mathieu Apffel 2018 Vin de Savoie Terroir de Saint Alban

This is a blend of 50% Jacquère and 50% Altesse from Saint-Alban made by the exciting  young producer, Mathieu Apffel. The Jacquère vines were planted in the 1950s and the Altesse vines were planted some 40 years later in the 1990s - both to limestone soil of southern facing exposure.  Vines are tended organically.  After a direct pressing, the juice ferments and ages in 2/3 stainless and 1/3 barrique. Aging is done on the lees. The wine is unfined and unfiltered, bottled without added SO2. This white, when compared to Apffel's 100% Jacquère, Avant la Tempete, shows more yellow citrus upon opening, with more floral characteristics. The nose also delivers aromas of salt and healthy green grass. The palate offers lemon and white pepper, with a clean structure lead by dash of crushed limestone.  The Terrior de Saint-Alban transforms if tried again the day after opening, just like the Jacquère. The drinker discovers green herbs, darker spice, and more savory citrus on the nose and palate. Such an engaging and thoughtful wine if treated with patience. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 3 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
  • 16 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2019 Vin de France Rosé Ribeyrenc

(Was $14.99) 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
  • no discount
  • $11.24

  • 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
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

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
  • 16 in stock
  • $9.99

  • Organic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $35.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $129.99

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
  • 23 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
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $59.99

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tissot NV Crémant du Jura (Non Dosé)

An abiding staff favorite from Stéphane Tissot's biodynamic estate in Arbois, this crémant is a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir and 5% 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.

  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot, Stephane NV Crémant du Jura Blanc de Noir

This is a stellar 100% Pinot Noir, traditional method sparkler from the Jura. 2017 proved difficult in the Jura, and the other grapes (both red and white) that would have gone into this bottle of bubbly were destroyed before reaching maturity, which left only Pinot for the wine. With most of the base wine matured in barrel, the wine is unfined, unfiltered and contains zero added S02. The grapes are all grown with Demeter-certified practices and the wines are made with very low intervention. The nose is spicy, with apple and pear aromas. The palate is a mix of flavors, ranging from pear to zesty cherry skin. A truly special sparkling from our friends in the Jura.

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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
  • 2 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
  • 2 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
  • 1 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 4 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
  • 4 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
  • 5 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
  • 12 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic