Misc. France

Anders Frederik Steen & Anne Bruun Blauert 2017 VdF Cette main legerement serree m'a laissé perplexe

This is a fun blend of Carignan and Chardonnay, from Anders Steen and Anne Blauert. Lots of berries and fresh crunchy red fruit in the mid-palate, with good acidity. Steen likes the idea of making a white but he never likes pure whites, so he usually combines his white grapes with red ones. He likes berries in the juice, so you have fermentation inside the whole berries and outside as well. That sort of partial carbonic energy is alive and well here. Quite clean, and a little herbaceous. Serve slightly chilled.  -Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Anders Frederik Steen & Anne Bruun Blauert 2017 VdF Pure Magique Pas des Chimiques

The Pure Magique is mostly Syrah, with 25% Viognier. Some of the Syrah is direct press, and the majority of the grapes are kept intact and soaked in the juice, along with the juice from the Viognier grapes. Nice, clean and fresh! It drinks like a light red, and has a bit of herbaceous/spice character, most likely from the Viognier. Drink lightly chilled.   Eben

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $28.99

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

One of a few collaborations between Patrice Beguet and a friend (from the Landron family) in Ancenis, close to Muscadet in the Loire Valley. This is 90% Melon de Bourgogne (the Muscadet grape) blended with Chardonnay and Savagnin from the Jura. Already showing beautiful stony fruit but leaning towards a touch of 'mousiness' after being opened for an hour or so, I think this wine will be a real treat in 2019, and plenty fun(ky) with a nice chill and a few friends anytime before that.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Belluard 2015 Vin de Savoie Mont Blanc Brut

'Mont Blanc' is named for the snow-capped mountain 30km away from Dominique's winery. This cuvée is built to age, but that requires personal discipline. 100% Gringet from vines planted at 450m elevation, the 2015 was aged for three years on the lees before disgorgement. The delicate nose offers elegant floral aromas and comes across as quite austere at first. Within an hour the nose blossoms with generous notes of  honeysuckle, orange zest, almond skins and orchard fruits. The palate has exquisite cut with powerful minerals driving fresh pear and apple flavors. An excellent vintage that should shine in 2-3 years. Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Belluard 2017 Vin de Savoie Le Feu

"Le Feu" comes from Dominique's oldest, low-yielding Gringet vines planted on steep, iron-rich slopes at 450m above sea level. The 2017 shows a touch riper than the 2016,  with a greater concentration of aromas and flavors. The nose shows deft notes of wild herbs, verbena, and orange peel. The palate offers fleshy peach interspersed with stone, fresh sage, honey and citrus all buoyed by incredibly well-knit acidity. A powerful vintage that is delicious in its youth but should age gracefully. Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Buronfosse, Peggy and Jean-Pascal 2016 Côtes du Jura Savagnin L'Hopital

100% Savagnin from 70 year-old vines planted in limestone and marl soils in Rotalier. The vineyards are farmed organically and the grapes are harvested manually. The wine spends 18 months on its lees in barrels and bottled with no sulfur added.

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $37.99

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

Clos Cibonne- Le Pradet 2010 Cotes de Provence Cuvee des Vignettes

  Clos Cibonne's Cuvee des Vignettes is already a treat in it's own right, but when we secured a special back-vintage release from the winery's cellar, we knew we had something special on our hands. This cuvée of Tibouren comes from all the estate's oldest vines and is more intense and full-flavored on the mid-palate and finish than the younger vine bottling. Both young and old vine Tibourens are aged for a year in 100-year-old barrels under a thin veil of yeast called fleurette. This 2010 vintage release is bursting with energy and tension on both the nose and palate, offering notes of watermelon, watermelon rind, apricot preserve, kirsch, blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, grapefruit rind and an herbal character of celery leaves and sage. There is a hint of oxidation and nuttiness that compliments the fruit and richer texture of the wine. Both contemplative and delightful, this wine was an utter joy from the first sip and  paired beautifully with baked salmon and leaks, but I'm sure it would be an intriguing companion with a wide array of dishes. Not to be missed. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $55.99

Clos des Mourres 2018 Vin de France Pompette Rosé

"Pompette" Rosé is made from directly-pressed Caladoc (a hardy cross between Grenache and Cot). This flavorful and fruity rosé shows a fascinating neon pink in the glass. The 2018 is ripe yet wonderfully balanced. The palate is supple with flavors of red cherry and lush raspberry which are buoyed by notes of blood orange and fresh herbs. A characterful rosé for lovers of natural wine! Amanda Bowman

  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $18.99

Clos des Mourres 2018 Vin de France Pompette Rouge

"Pompette" is pure pleasure for those seeking a light and juicy bottle to start their evening, continue their evening, or end it on a gentler note.... The 2018 is an unusual, though delightful, mix of Tempranillo, Counoise, and a now-rare Vaucluse grape variety called Aubun. The grapes are hand harvested then partially crushed wholecluster in stainless tank for fermentation (native yeasts, of course). Only light pigeages and pump overs are used in order to bring out the natural fruity character of the grapes. The wine is then aged in neutral barrels for 8 months before bottling with no sulfur additions. The nose shows lovely floral aromas with plum and white pepper. The palate is light with soft tannins, good acidity, and pleasing flavors of rosewater, dusty minerals, and plum flesh. Drink with a chill without delay! Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Clos Fantine 2016 Faugères Cuvée Tradition (No SO2)

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

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

Combel La Serre 2016 Cahors Cuvee Chateau

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

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Combel La Serre 2017 Cahors Pur Fruit du Causse

A beautiful, pure expression of Malbec, this comes from a limestone parcel that Julien Ilbert is very fond of. 20% of the fruit is whole cluster (not carbonic maceration) and the wine is aged in cement. It has a vibrant nose, with bright red cherry fruit and a little spice on the palate. Very light tannin, and a fresh mineral finish. This may not be as dark as some expect from Malbec, but it's definitely a hearty wine nonetheless. For me it's a perfect all-weather wine, substantial enough to satisfy in the winter months, and fresh and lively enough to serve with a slight chill when the grills come out in the summer.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Deux Anes 2017 Corbières Premier Pas

"Premieres Pas' is a lively blend of organic Carignan and Grenache Noir planted in the maritime plain of the Corbières. The 20-35 year old vines are deeply rooted in red marl scattered with limestone. Magali Terrier  hand picks the Carignan once it reaches full maturity and the Grenache Noir just before full ripeness. The grapes are vinified whole cluster in stainless steel and reach 13% - the lightest wine Magali makes. The robe is dark ruby in the glass and heavily perfumed with umami spices and red fruit aromas. Complex flavors of smoke, a touch of funk and saddle leather mingle with plum, red currants, and anise. A marvelous wine to pair with spicy sausages, grilled meat, or aged goat cheese. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Mathouans NV Vin de France Muscachou

"Mus'Cachou" is an off-dry expression of Muscat produced from grapes grown biodynamically on the schist terroir of Roussillon's Agly Valley. Extremely aromatic, this wine shows bright lychee, crushed sweet grape, and freshly pressed orange juice. The palate is dense and honeyed with mandarin orange, candied almond, and fig; opulent at first, the wine finishes with clean bitter orange and fresh acidity. Open after dinner with a cheese course that features highly flavorful cheese like Roquefort or Gorgonzola, or with fruit or cheese-based desserts. This natural, low-sulfur, off-dry wine shows best immediately after opening, and should be served quite cool. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $28.99

Dupasquier 2013 Roussette de Savoie Altesse

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

  • 31 in stock
  • $23.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

Finot, Thomas 2016 Coteaux Grésivaudan (Isère) Verdesse Sur-Mûrie 500ml

According to the hefty Wine Grapes book (Robinson/Harding/Vouillamoz), there were a total of about 2 hectares (5 acres) of Verdesse in the world as of 2008.  Thanks in part to our friend Thomas Finot, the number is now between 3 - 4 hectares. Thomas started with an old plantation of about 2 ares (200 square meters, or .05 acres) and now has about 1.5 hectares, mostly of younger vines he planted. Verdesse is a grape that, according to Thomas, is green for a long time, and typically ripens late, gaining a golden and amber color at the "very last moment." From Thomas' experience, Verdesse typically rests with a small amount of sugar, and has a good deal of richness. The grapes were harvested in October and the wine rests at 8 grams residual sugar. Luckily Verdesse has acid for days, so the effect is more of delicate richness and ripe stone fruit, and the sugar is barely perceptible. A fascinating white and a great opportunity to taste a truly obscure and rare variety.   -Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Graine Sauvage (Sybil Baldasarre) 2015 Faugères Rocalhas

Sybil Baldassarre's first vintage of Faugères Blanc "Rocalhas" is 60% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne and 10% Marsanne. Just arrived in te US for the first time, this unique natural wine shows aromas of lemon oil, almond, lime flower and wet stone. The palate is dense and full wtih flavors of ripe pear and apple, candied citrus, almond, stone and caramel, with a long sappy finish of ripe citrus, anise, pear and saline minerals.  Serve with bouillabaisse, grilled shrimp or lobster, grilled vegetables, full flavored cheeses.  Congratulations to Sybil on this delicious natural wine - organic farming, mininal SO2. (And we enjoy the love-making ladybugs on the label)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Graine Sauvage (Sybil Baldasarre) 2016 Faugères Rocalhas

The 2016 Faugères Blanc "Rocalhas" from La Graine Sauvage was made from 70% Grenache Blanc with equal parts Roussanne and Marsanne. The vintage 2016 gave a brighter wine with a bit more acidity and less concentration than the 2015. The aromas are bright and pretty with ripe pear, apricot, lemon confit, fines herbes and wet stone. The palate is dense, supple and mineral but with bright acidity with flavors of dried pear, garrigue, lemon and saline minerals. Nice length of earth and citrus flavors lingers on the palate. Lovely wine and a great food pairing for any complex fish preparation, chicken in sauce, sushi....

  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Graine Sauvage (Sybil Baldasarre) 2017 Vin de France Lutz

The "Lutz" 2017 is a fascinating natural wine, made with Marsanne and Roussanne grown at 1300 ft in Faugères, in Sybil Baldassarre's beautiful mountain-top vineyard. There is a two-day cold soak, then fermentaion with wild yeasts and no added SO2, aging in vat for 18 months. Tasted in Sybil's garage/winery, the wine showed herbal aromas, with citrus and exotic fruit with a lovely earthy palate of citrus, hay, almond and mineral flavors. Just off the boat in NY the wine is a little unsettled with very complex herbal, hay, lemon oil and almond aromas. The palate is a bit funky with strong earth and mineral notes under walnut, lemon, and herbal flavors followed by a firm lemon and mineral finish. Ideally give this a few months, or years, in a cool place to settle down.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Graine Sauvage (Sybil Baldasarre) 2017 Vin de France Vermentino

This is an extraordinay Vermentino, from old vines on high altitude schiste soils in Faugères, from organic farming and made with zero added sulfur by the enthusiastic and talented Sybil Baldassarre. The 2017 vintage began well with grapes in perfect condition, but then drought set in, lowering yields and forcing an early harvest. The resulting wine is quite full and rich but retaining good acidity, with elegant aromas of thyme and garrique with white fruits. The palate is clean, very mineral and saline with apricot, white fruit and almond flavors, well balanced and very long. The wine is a great achievement of good farming and talented winemaking, a white from the south of great elegance and complexity that will shine at the table. Like all of the Graine Sauvage wines, it is highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $24.99

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $94.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Sens du Fruit Blanc

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

  • white
  • 49 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jonc Blanc 2016 Vin de France Sens du Fruit Rouge

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

  • red
  • 35 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Julie Brosselin 2016 Vin de France Mata Hari

Grenache Blanc, over a month of skin contact, yielding a rustic "orange" wine, that we would recommend paired with food. Serve lightly chilled, as too much cold will mute the subtle fruit and intensify the tannins.    Eben

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Julie Brosselin 2016 Vin de France Rue de la Peste

All Syrah with no SO2 added. Vibrant and lifted, with subtle tannin.    Eben

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $17.99

  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $22.99

La Bernarde 2018 Côtes de Provence Rosé "Hauts du Luc"

The 2018 La Bernarde Rosé is a delicious and refreshing blend of Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvedre, Rolle (Vermentino) and Syrah. Certified organic and fermented with wild yeasts, the grapes are grown in a high-altitude vineyard on limestone with clay and stones. The Cinsault is very present in the pretty aromas of peach and raspberry with citrus and floral hints. The palate is light, with a silky texture and nice mineral flavors underlying the fresh red fruit, peach and citrus flavors. This is a lovely and versatile wine that will be a delicious aperitif or accompaniment to fish, white meats and lighter grilled foods this summer.
 

  • rosé
  • 34 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

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

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Blanc

"Eos Blanc" is a rewarding discovery for anyone seeking an intriguing wine of terrioir at an affordable price.  Eric Laguerre's vineyards are planted at high-altitude in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet, where the acidic soils are composed of gneiss and broken-down granite with some pockets of quartz. This composition forms a sturdy backbone of dense minerality and abundant freshness to this "entry-level" cuvée - a testament to Eric's excellent farming. The 2018 is made from 40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Maccabeo and 20% Rolle (Vermentino).  The increased percentages  of Maccabeo and Rolle have made this lovely wine even more distinctive, showing subtle aromas of dried pear, almond, hay, citrus, herbs and  stone. The palate is refreshing and clean with pear, citrus peel, almond, thyme and stone flavors, round and supple but balanced and dry and with nice density and length. This very versatile wine will pair with everything from oysters, to grilled fish to roast chicken, and will be very refreshing by itself on a warm summer day. DL

  • white
  • 38 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rosé

Another delicious wine from the affable and talented Eric Laguerre, from organic Syrah, Carignan and Grenache vines grown on granite soils high in the mountains of the Roussillon. The 2018 shows beautiful ripe cherry and red currant fruit with blood orange and spice. The palate is full-bodied, round and ripe with supple red currant and black cherry fruit with citrus, stone and refreshing acidity. Eric's great farming, his natural vinifications and the high-altitude granite terroir produce this lovely, inexpensive rosé.  Serve with grilled tuna, chicken and pork, salad Nicoise or by itself as a lovely aperitif.  Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 8 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2016 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

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

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2017 Côtes du Roussillon Le Passage

Every day, Eric rambles up the dramatically inclined and winding dirt passage in his 1977 Toyota Land Cruiser to his highest parcel, at about 2,000 feet in the Roussillon. It's fascinating to watch, if you're not in the back seat! "Le Passage" is a charmingly rustic blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Carignan. The 2017 is a deep red color with effusive aromas of ripe blackberries, violets, and black pepper. This cuvée showcases all of the elegant, savoriness of Syrah, plus Carignan's "good" side: earthy, firmly tannic, with notes of cocoa, dried herbs, and tangy acidity. This wine is approachable now and pairs with a variety of food. This was recently enjoyed with strong sheep cheese and lamb kebabs. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Eos Rouge

Eric Laguerre's "Eos Rouge" is an elegant blend of 80% Grenache from 40-year-old gobelet-trained vines, with some Carignan and Syrah from soils of decomposed granite, gneiss, and some veins of quartz. Like "Le Passage," the grapes are fermented in fiber tanks with native yeasts for about two weeks, then aged in concrete. The beautiful 2018 shows bright aromas of cherry, strawberry and black raspberry with hints of blueberry and musk from the Syrah, quite pretty and pure. The palate shows a potpourri of ripe red and black fruits, with earth, cocoa and spice in a refreshing frame of cool acidity and mineral flavors.  The high altitude and the primarily granite soils give Eric's wines a bright and vibrant character that makes them great pairings with a wide variety of foods - we loved it with a grilled burger from grass-fed beef, but grilled pork and chicken would be great as well.  This is one of the best values in the store and perfect with summer menus - thanks to Eric and Corinne Laguerre for thier great organic farming and delicious, affordable wines! David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 21 in stock
  • $35.99

Lapuyade 2015 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 2015 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
  • 16 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $54.99

Les Fouques NV (2015) Vin de France Rosé Extra Brut

From Michéle and Yves Gros at Domaine Les Fouques, this is the new Pétillant Rosé! Pale hued, perfumed and floral on the nose, with peaches and stone fruit on the palate. Méthode Traditionelle, Extra Brut, with great acidity and a refreshing chalky finish.  Eben Lillie

  • rosé
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2018 Côtes de Provence La Londe Cuvee L'Estelle

 Domaine les Fouques has been certified Biodynamic (Demeter) for over 20 years, and also raises sheep, ducks, chickens and guinea-hens on their old-fashioned mixed-use farm. The La Londe "Cuvee L'Estelle" is their best rosé from old vines of Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, and Rolle. Unlike the majority of Provençal rosés, it is made naturally with wild yeasts, giving a more subtle expression of fruit and terroir. The 2018 is a subtle and beautiful wine showing a very pale pink color and aromas of peach skin, orange peel, rose, earth and raspberry. The palate is elegant and silky with stone and saline mineral flavors beneath peach, wild strawberry, brown spice and citrus peel. The finish is refeshing and long with nice density. This is a lovely rosé of terroir that will drink beautifully over the next three years. Serve with grilled fish, pork and chicken, salade Niçoise, or just sip by itself.  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2015 Côtes de Provence Cuvée de l'Aubigue Rouge

Primarily Grenache, with Syrah, Cinsault and Cabernet, this biodynamic red from Provence shows deep plum and blackberry fruit aromas with earth, citrus and Provençal herbs. The palate is ripe and supple with dense black fruits, prune and brown spice lifted by bright acidity. Serve with grilled meats and stews,  a daube niçoise perhaps, and full-flavored cheeses. Great value!

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Fouques 2017 Côtes de Provence Aubigue Blanc

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

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Les Granges Paquenesses NV Côtes du Jura Cremant Extra Brut

100% Chardonnay on clay and limestone in Pupillin, vinified for 6 months in large foudres. This is a joyful bottle with a fine mousse bursting with aromas of dry hay, iris, toasted hazelnut, Comté, and baked orchard fruit. The palate has an elegant frame of mineral acidity. Flavors are gently oxidative with floral undertones, ginger, and cherry pit. A delicious bottle to serve with raclette, Peking duck, or on its own! Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 35 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

L'Ostal (Ostal) 2017 Vin de France Baran 1.5 L

100% Malbec from the South-West of France (the wine is Vin de France, but it's technically Cahors). Charlotte and Louis Perot are off to a great start with their young domaine, L'Ostal. This is an elegant, dark expression, with freshness and honesty. A very pure, natural wine, that should develop nicely with another 5 or so years in the bottle, or over the course of the night if opened soon. Proof that not every natural red is a juicy, light, glou glou wine. It's just as possible to have a dark, savory and supple red, as long as the vineyards are yielding high quality fruit, and the winemakers are careful with maintaining good acidity.   Eben

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

L'Ostal (Ostal) 2017 Vin de France Icare

I first met Charlotte Perot last February, at a wine fair in France, where she was nestled in a corner, quietly pouring her wines. I was curious to taste the L'Ostal wines, as we rarely see dynamic, natural wines coming out of Cahors. The wines were fascinating... dark and full of flavor, yet vibrant at the same time, with fresh acidity balancing luscious black fruit. Though technically not Cahors (Charlotte and her husband Louis bottle their wines as Vin de France), they spent time learning from Simon Busser, one of our favorite Cahors producers, and the wines speak of the region. Icare is actually a collaboration wine, blending Louis and Charlotte's Malbec and Merlot from west of Cahors, with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the illustrious Jeff Coutelou in the Languedoc. For any fan of no-sulfur wines who occasionally prefers a wine with dark fruit and full body, this is a MUST! A great beginning for a young domaine that shows a lot of promise.   Eben 

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Mas des Chimères 2017 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 2017 shows a deep ruby color in the glass. The nose is effusive with savory notes of sage, white pepper, blood orange and rosewater. The palate offers the firm, tightly-knit tannins of youth, but with some air (and especially on the second day), shows deep, brooding layers of dusty minerals, snappy red currant, citrus, and salty plum on the long, persistent finish. This is a beautiful wine that has great balance of fruit and acid. Decant if drinking now or save for 2025-2030. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mas des Chimères 2018 VdP Coteaux du Salagou Clin d'Oeil (Oeillades)

Guilhaume Darde at the Mas des Chimeres makes this surprisingly light Languedoc red from Cinsault, and the older local version called Oeillades, hence the name Clin D'Oeil - wink of an eye or Oeillades. In the Coteaux du Salagou, west of Montpellier, the soils are a combination of clay, schist, and granite with veins of basaltic slate.In 2018 this interesting terroir produced  a lovely Cinsault at a whopping 13.5% alcohol that remains relatively light in body and beautifully fragrant, showing ripe raspberry and wild strawberry with rose and orange peel. The palate is sappy and ripe with chalky raspberry fruit and hints of white pepper, spice and citrus. The finish is long, ripe and refreshing - serve cool with a grilled burger, chicken or pork, charcuterie and cow cheeses. Lovely wine! David Lillie

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mas Jullien 2018 Coteaux du Languedoc Rosé

 Olivier Jullien is one of the brightest lights in the Languedoc. His farming and cellar work are meticulous and his wines express their terroir beautifully. His 2018 rosé, blend of Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvèdre, combines ripe fruit. wild savory notes with an incisive minerality. Dark pink robe and midweight on the palate with aromas of watermelon, raspberry, spice, and garrigue on the nose. Good density and drive with deep ripe watermelon, red fruits, limestone, salt flavors on the palate. More gourmandaise than glou glou, but compelling and an excellent companion to bitter salad greens with salumi and Parmigiano Reggiano. John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 22 in stock
  • $22.99

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

Navarre 2017 Vin de France Vin d'Oeillades Rosé

(Was $11.99) Thierry Navarre is one of the few people who still grow Oeillades - a nearly extinct grape that has a long history in the Langudedoc and is thought to be an old cousin of Cinsault. Thierry's Oeillades grows on the rugged mountainsides above Roquebrun in Saint-Chinian. The 2017 shows a beautiful wild strawberry and purple-tinged color in the glass. The nose offers abundant strawberry and orange aromas with delicate notes of lavender, cardamom and dried rose petals. The palate is light and wonderfully lifted with flavors of ripe strawberry, herbal tea, and refreshing exotic citrus on the finish. A balanced rosé with plenty of aromatic complexity and crunchy acidity to pair with a variety of dishes. We recently enjoyed this with Mediterranean-inspired fried food - a highly recommended pairing!  Amanda Bowman 

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $9.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pajot, Domaine de 2018 VDP des Côtes de Gascogne Les Quatre Cépages

A nice, very crisp white from Gascogne. Sauvignon Blanc, Ugni Blanc, Columbard and Gros Manseng. Hand-harvested, certified organic, with subtle tropical and citrus notes. 

  • white
  • 42 in stock
  • $8.99

  • Organic

Pèira Levada (Alexandre Durand) 2018 Faugères Velvet Underschiste

Alexandre Durand makes this elegant Languedoc red from Grenache, Carignan and Mourvedre orgnaically grown  in high altitude parcels on schiste soils in Faugères.  Wild yeast fermentation, with no extraction and no added SO2.  The 2018 Velvet Underschiste is a complex and very pretty wine with intriguing aromas of black cherry and blackberry with a bit of mint and citrus. The palate is ripe and dense, but with cool acidity, showing spicy black cherry and red currant fruit with firm acidity and a lovely earth and mineral core.  Bravo to Alex for this delightful wine....  David Lillie

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Pèira Levada (Alexandre Durand) 2018 Vin de France Dynamite

We love Cinsault and this is a beautiful example from Alexandre Durand at Pèira Levada, made with a two month maceration without extraction and zero added SO2. The wine shows bright aromas of dark cherry, redcurrant and raspberry fruit, with a touch of rhubarb and a hint of an herbal quality.  The palate, though light, has nice density and length with deep black raspberry and strawberry flavors and a refreshing finish. The plots where the vines are planted have a high concentration of marble in the soil (woah!) and there is a cool minerality to this wine that lingers on the long finish. Quite unique, and an absolute treat, serve chilled with grilled foods, chacuterie and mild cheeses.

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $42.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $46.99

Pibarnon 2017 Bandol Rosé Nuances

"100% Mourvèdre, from the highest altitude and oldest vines of the estate; 50+ year old vines;  indigenous yeasts;  Fermented and aged in 50% 3000 L Stockinger oak barrels and 50% terracotta amphorae;  Aged for 1 year before release; This is a rare, small production “Grand Rosé” from the highest altitude vineyards in all of Bandol. A complex and serious rosé that will age gracefully for decades." The wine shows a very pale pink/onion-skin color with intriguing aromas of peach, red currant, earth, citrus and stone. The palate is dense and very mineral with hints of stone fruits, red currant, brown spice and citrus, quite complex and elegant. This will benefit from long decanting or a few years in the cellar.

  • rosé
  • 22 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $16.99

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

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

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

Ratapoil (Raphael Monnier) 2011 Arbois Vin Jaune (Bottled Spring 2018

The first Vin Jaune made at Ratapoil, from "Savagnins du Clos Saint-Paul, en Arbois." Zero additives and bottled unfiltered in the spring of 2018 after seven years sous-voile.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Ratapoil (Raphael Monnier) 2017 Vin de France Pinot Noir L'Ingenu

The 2017 Ratapoil "l'Ingénu" is from Pinot Noir vines in the village of Molamboz, northeast of Arbois. "Wine with no additives and unfiltered, of course" says the label. This vibrant Pinot Noir shows bright aromas of blackberry and tart cherry with hints of violet and white pepper. The palate shows blackberry, red currant, earth  and citrus flavors with black fruits lingering in the tart finish. We would suggest cellaring this wine for three to five years.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • 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
  • 24 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Renardat-Fache 2017 Bugey Cerdon Méthode Ancestrale

Our favorite blend of sparkling Gamay and Poulsard is back in stock for the holidays! This charming, low-alcohol sparkler hails from the tiny appellation of Bugey (across the Mont du Chat in Savoie). At 8.5% this delicately sweet pét-nat is the breakfast of champions, companion while you prepare a feast, or the perfect solution to tricky dessert parings. 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
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

Rimbert 2017 Saint-Chinian Les Travers de Marceau

 "Les Travers de Marceau" is a blend of 30% Mourvèdre, 30% Syrah, 25% Carignan, 15% Cinsault planted at the highest elevation in the Saint-Chinian AOC. This appellation is divided by its soil composition - in the north, the soils are rich in schist, in the south there is only heavy limestone and clay soils.  Jean-Marie Rimbert's vineyards are in Berlou, in the north western half of the AOC. This soil composition and high elevation give his much-beloved wines a light, early drinking quality. The nose offers complex, exotic aromas of dried apricot, tree bark, savory spices, and undercurrents of crushed blueberry and pomegranate. The palate is silky and dusted with mineral acidity. Flavors of dense blue fruit and umami spices give way to star-anise and hints of fennel on the finish. This pairs perfectly with saucisson, cassoulet, and goat cheeses. Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $38.99

  • rosé
  • 1 in stock
  • $159.99

Thill, Eric et Berengere 2015 Côtes du Jura Chardonnay Montboucon

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

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white off-dry
  • 10 in stock
  • $23.99

Tinou (Serge Hondet) 2014 Jurançon Cuvee Tradition

The 2014 Domaine Tinou Jurançon Cuvée Tradition is made from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, grown in Serge Hondet's beautiful vineyard near Lasseube, certified organic since 1964. The soils are essentially sandy clays with stones and gravels from the Pyrenees, over the local limestone, "Calcaire de Lasseube." The wine shows lovely pale gold color, vivid aromas of lemon, pineapple, honeysuckle, stone and brown spice, elegant and subtle. Creamy lemon, pear and stone flavors on the palate, balanced by citrusy acids. 62 grams of RS per liter, but seems dryer. Lovely finish of lemon, exotic fruit and minerals. Serve this lovely wine with foie gras, patés, full-flavored cheeses and lemony desserts or just sip by itself. Highly recommended. Don't worry about the low price - this is a sensational dessert wine that will really please a crowd on Thanksgiving!

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

  • Organic

Tissot 2011 Arbois Vin Jaune En Spois

Soil here is clay from Triassic period, and the parcel is East-facing. It's a great introduction to Vin Jaune, and quite easy to drink.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $98.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Tissot 2011 Arbois Vin Jaune La Mailloche

From a vineyard with East exposition on old degraded Lias soil. There's a touch of orange citrus, and a nice balance of rusticity and subtle bitterness, with some cereal character.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $54.99

Tissot 2017 Cotes du Jura Chardonnay Sursis

The vines for the Sursis are found in Chateau Chalon. Tissot purchased this parcel in 2007. "Sursis" means "on parole," and Tissot will keep producing this wine as long as the vines give him grapes. Lias type clay. A shorter elevage than other whites (only 12 months), as Stephane felt that a longer aging would lose tension. Toasty, with pure fruit on palate and a lovely evolution in the mouth. Briny and bright, with lemons and herbs. Orange zest, star anise... Structure and fleshiness.   Eben

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $54.99

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

Tissot, Stephane 2016 Cremant du Jura Indigene

The Indigene is a special Crémant that starts in the same way as the basic Cremant, with a blend of 50% Chardonnay / 40% Pinot Noir / 5% Poulsard / 5% Trousseau. The difference here is that 60% of the wine is fermented and aged in barrel, and most notably, that Stephane uses his Vin de Paille* as the liqueur de tirage for the second fermentation. As far as Stephane knows (and he KNOWS Jura), he is the only producer doing this in the region. So, it's zero dosage, but using this special wine that is aging in his attic gives a level of complexity and richness that is not achieved with the entry-level Cremant. A spectacular Cremant, and due to some harvest issues in 2017, probably the only Tissot bubbles we'll get to drink in 2019.   Eben Lillie

*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_wine    - for an article explaining vin de paille

  • white sparkling
  • 38 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $23.99

Traginer 2014 Collioure Blanc

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

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $31.99

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