Rhone

Balazu des Vaussières 2014 Vin de France Achillée Millefeuille

The 2014 “Achillée Millefeuille” from Christian and Nadia Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussieres is made from Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, which undergoes an approximately two month carbonic maceration, followed by pressing and 3 years in vat (no wood).  (This is perhaps the most "natural" of all Southern Rhône reds, as the Charmassons use no SO2 or other additives in the wine and refuse to use copper sulfate in the vines.) The wine shows a deep black/red color with aromas of plum skin, ripe black cherry, spiced strawberry, roast meat, anise and cola. Ripe Morello cherry, earth, citrus peel and black olive on the palate with cool acidity, earth, licorice and spicy berry fruits in the finish, changeable and enticing, a real product of living soils. Anyone who appreciates natural wines should try this! Our thanks to Christian and Nadia for their beautiful work...  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balazu des Vaussières 2016 Vin de France Solaire

The 2016 “Solaire” from Nadia and Christian Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussières is predominantly Grenache Blanc and Clairette with Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier and Bourboulenc.  A complex and elegant wine of the south, at 14% alcohol, the wine shows a clear pale gold/bronze color with complex aromas of earthy citrus, almond, pear and peach fruit with spiced apricot, really showing the Marsanne when opened. The palate is quite mineral with saline stone flavors, preserved lemon and pear, finishing with anise, white pepper, dusty stone, almond and white fruits. This is a delicious and soulful natural wine from the stony soils of Tavel and Roquemaure - perfect with bouillabaisse with aioli, monkfish in sauce and white meats, or to just sip and contemplate. (On the label of the Blanc and Rosé is the Berber Flag from North Africa (Nadia’s heritage) with the symbol of the free man and three colors representing Berbers who lived by the sea, in the mountains and in the desert.)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balthazar, Franck 2016 Cornas "Chaillot"

We're very happy to once again have Cornas from Franck Balthazar in the store - organic farming, no nonsense vinifications with low or zero sulfur - some of the best work in the Northern Rhone.  As we haven't gotten to the note, here's it is from our friend JLL at Drinkrhone  "There is sultry promise on the nose, airs of crushed black fruits, roast beef depth, keen lines of cassis-blueberry, a wee note of smoked bacon. There are great shafts of fine sunlight in the bouquet. The palate is coolly fruited, has real wavy elegance, is sumptuous and sustained, This is very belle (rather than beau), super fine, well balanced, comes with some tannic cut and depth, delivered with a velvet glove. The attack is up and live, holds great fruit; it lengthens with brio, has a finely mineral tune in closing, violets on the aftertaste. The mineral comes along by stealth. There is great transparency of terroir in this STGT Cornas. From mid-2020. 2034-36" "...great shafts of sunlight in the bouquet" I'll drink to that! (STGT stands for Soil To Glass Transfer!)

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $69.99

Chapelle St. Theodoric 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Sablons

Chappelle St. Theodoric - a project of winemaker Bapiste Grangeon and Peter Weygant - has quickly become one of our favorite Southern Rhone producers. The domaine is comprised of two parcels of Grenache vines (each ranging in age between 50-100 years): La Guigasse, a soil of pure sand, and Le Grand Pin, a terroir of pure sand at the top of Pignan - and famously neighboring Chateau Rayas. "Les Sablons" is Grenache from both parcels, which sees whole cluster vinification, and aged in demi-muids. The 2016 is a bolder and richer vintage than most: it will still carry the aromatics and floral traits of Chapelle St. Theodoric's wines, yet with beautiful undercurrents of black raspberry, red flowers, fresh red cherry and a long finish of cassis and bright plum. An elegant wine that can be aged for quite some time, or enjoyed now after an hour decant. JDC 

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

Charvin 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Our quick drop of the Charvin 2016 at the importers tasting left us convinced that this is a superb, elegant, old-school Chateauneuf that is worth having in your cellar. We quote the reliable, somewhat English notes of our friend John Livingston-Learmonth on his wonderful website, drinkrhone: "deep, dark red colour. The bouquet packs in a variety of upbeat influences – massed herbs including sage, laurel, with cooked Damson plums from the Grenache, spice and oiliness. The palate is extremely coherent, a really good whole, full of heart and genuine, from the vineyard density. The flavour rests on spiced plum fruits for now, with tea, black olives notes towards the wide and long finish. The tannins have spark, a rockiness that gives the wine a leg of momentum as it ends. This is very good. It can become a major Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with definite individuality and complexity."

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 69 in stock
  • $11.99

Clos de la Bonnette 2016 Condrieu "Légende Bonnetta"

Clos de la Bonnette is a relatively new estate - their first vintage was 2009 -  but they have great terroir in Condrieu (and a small parcel in Cote-Rotie) and are one of the few truly organic domaines in the AOC. The 2016 "Legende Bonnetta" is a superb Condrieu showing a pale gold/bronze color and subtle aromas of apricot, almond, peach, iris and stone, really quite lovely.  The palate has a saline, mineral introduction, then elegant stone fruits, white flowers, citrus, almond and stone - quite rich but with firm acidity and a very mineral finishwith citrus and white fruits. This is a beautiful Condrieu that is all about the terroir rather than the winemaking or elevage. "It's the only Condrieu I can drink" says Eric Texier. Lovely now, better with 3 to 5 years of aging.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $33.99

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $30.99

Clos des Grillons 2018 Vin de France Grillons Rouge

A few kilometers outside Tavel, in Rouchefort du Gard, Nicholas Renaud is cultivating 18 hectares of vines next to his neighbor, Eric Pfifferling (Domaine de l'Angelore). Philosophically in keep with Pfifferling's wine-making style, Renaud  farms bio-dynamically and organically, and his wines are vibrant, perfumed, and bursting with energy. Les Grillons, mostly Grenache with some Cinsault, is a light and lively cuvée with notes of black cherry, peach, pear and mint. Tangy minerality leads to an herbaceous finish.  A wine of finesse and character, ideally served slightly chilled. JDC

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $25.99

Clos du Joncuas 2011 Gigondas

Tasted in January of 2019 in France, the 2011 Clos du Joncuas Gigondas showed beautifully, opening up nicely with flavors  of earthy  cherry, blackberry and garrigue, with licorice and spice in the long finish, really ready to drink, although five more years would bring a softer and more secondary experience. Highly recommended.  Daivd Lillie

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2015 Gigondas

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, on Triassic clay/limestone soils, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. Although we love this beautifully old-fashioned, organic wine in every vintage, Dany and Carole Chastan have made perhaps their best wine ever in 2015! The wine shows deep aromas of blackberry, dark chocolate, prune, garrigue, musk and citrus, quite focused and elegant. The palate is pure, supple and balanced, even at 15% alcohol, with dense blackberry, tart cherry, red currant, spice, earth and minerals, with tart red fruits, minerals and citrus in the very long finish. This is a superb Gigondas that can be enjoyed immensely now with a steak, pork or lamb chops, Morrocan tagines and full-flavored cheeses. Cellar 10 to 15 years for a mature experience. This is a superb wine and a great value - thanks to Carole and Dany for their great farming and traditional winemaking!

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2015 Gigondas Esprit de Grenache VV

This is Gigondas at its finest! 100% Grenache from old vines, fermented in cement, and aged in large oak vats before being bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal added sulphur. 2015 is a great vintage for Dany and Carole Chastan at the Clos du Joncuas, and their 2015 Esprit de Grenache is simply outstanding. Since 1900 the estate has been farmed organically and the winemaking here is completely traditional with whole-cluster fermentations and aging in old foudres. Tasted at the estate in January of 2017, the wine showed dense elegant black fruit aromas with licorice and earth. The palate is pure and long with deep blackberry flavors with olive, earth, citrus and bitter chocolate - just fantastic! As with all the 2015s here, the wine is delicious in its youthful fruit and intensity, but ten to fifteen years of aging will reveal a truly great southern Rhone Grenache. Very highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2015 Séguret La Garancière

70% Grenache, with Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre, always farmed organically, hand harvested, whole-cluster wild yeast fermentation, aged in cement vat, un-fined, unfiltered. The 2015 Seguret shows a very dark red/black color, with aromas of ripe cherry and strawberry liqueur, prune, earth, stone and provençal spices. The palate is quite dense and supple with black berry, prune and earth with red currant and floral notes backed with firm citrusy acids, very saline and long in the finish. This is a big, solid wine that has opened up nicely over the past year, becoming softer, velvety and complex - just delicious! It will accompany steaks, chops and burgers, a daube niçoise, tagines and full flavored cheeses. It's a fabulous value for drinking over the next five years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2016 Gigondas

80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah, on Triassic clay/limestone soils, always farmed organically. Whole cluster fermentation in vat with 12 months aging in large old barrels. The 2016 is another beautiful Gigondas from the Clos du Joncuas, perhaps with less fat and density than the 2015 but quite elegant and more Burgundian in style. The aromas sing of black cherry liqueur, licorice, black olive and garrigue; the palate is dense and focused with blackerry, cherry, black olive, bitter chocolate and earth with nice sappy length with firm acidity. Drinking well now, decant if possible, or hold for five years, then drink until about 2032.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2018 Cotes du Rhone Villages Seguret Blanc

(50% Clairette (some vines 100 years-old) with Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier, always organically farmed, wild yeast fermentation, aged in enamel vat) Floral dried pear, apricot, hay, thyme aromas. Ripe pear, stone, caramel, lemon, anise on the palate. A complex, ripe wine with a supple palate but with good acidity that will pair with fish stews, shellfish, pork and chicken dishes as well as full-flavored goat cheeses. This is an outstanding Southern Rhône white and a great value!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2018 Gigondas Rosé

This is a beautiful Gigondas Rosé from our organic friends at Clos du Joncuas. Pretty bright pink/orange color, aromas of raspberry, tart cherry, blood orange, peach skin and rose. Full palate with silky raspberry, peach, citrus  and mineral flavors and firm acidity, beatifully balanced and refreshing. Long finish with tart cherry, peach, earth, and citrusy acids. A bit riper and more expressive than the 2017, and still young – it should open up nicely over the next two years. It's elegant and delicious now and very food-friendly – serve with grilled fish and white meats, salade nicoise, vegetarian dishes and Provençal foods. A great rosé to enjoy all year-round!

  • rosé
  • 14 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2017 Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet

This blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mouvedre comes from old vines in “Le Planis,” planted just after the Second World War in the Southern Rhone. Creve Coeur’s Pablo Hocht created the Domaine in 2010, with a commitment to organic and Biodynamic farming. His recent vintages have been rich and ripe: just what one wants in Southern Rhone red. The wine undergoes a four-week whole-cluster vinification with wild yeasts followed by 12 months in used barrels. An inky delight in the glass, the aromatics are hedonistic and bold, full of black fruit, olive and smoke. The palate opens up to a generous gift of cassis, dried fruit, mint, and black pepper. The tannins provide a good energy to the minerals at play, and it gives a peak into what this wine will look like in a few years’ time. Enjoy with grilled meat, tagines, reblochon or other soft cheeses. John David Crosby

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $13.99

Domaine Alary 2016 Cairanne "La Brunote"

Now under the hands of Denis Alary, a vigneron of a old, storied estate (this is the 11th generation), Domaine Alary is producing textured and lovely Southern Rhone wines. Founded in 1692 (under the reign of the Sun King), Domaine Alary lies in the commune of Cairanne, where Denis has a number of Cairanne terroirs. The mix of terroir is important in a cuvee like La Brunote - a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 10% Carignan. The Grenache is harvested on the region’s “terroir garrigues” while the Mourvèdre and Carignan are harvested on a south-facing mountain slope made of clay-limestone soil. The wine is then fermented with natural yeasts for around 25 days. On the nose, the wine is a complex medley of lovely red fruits and spice: red currant, sour cherry, sweet pepper and plum. On the palate, the wine shows notes of pear, herbal tea, Black Krim tomatoes, ripe cherry and dried apricots. With soft tannins from the Mourvèdre, lovely acidity and depth, La Brunote is a wonderfully balanced and complex wine. JDC 

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Domaine des Amphores 2016 Saint-Joseph Les Mesanges

"Les Mesanges" is a cuvée of Saint-Joseph made from 40 to 50 year-old organic Syrah vines on biotite granite soils in the vineyards of Pecher and Vauturerie at Chavanay, 60-70% destemmed, aged 18 months in 600 liter barrels. The 2016 Les Mesanges is a more elegant and earthy wine of terroir than the fleshier 2015, showing aromas of black raspberry, earth, a bit of blueberry, Italian plum and rose.  The palate has an earthy texture with red currant and black raspberry fruit framed in firm acidity and saline minerals. Not a fruit bomb, but showing the Biodynamic farming in its elegant minerality. Open well in advance or wait 2 - 3 years then drink until 2032.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2017 Condrieu La Côte

Domaine des Amphores has a small, steep hillside parcel on granite soils in Condrieu, organic since 2002 and now certified Biodynamic as well.  Philippe and Veronique Grenier have made a lovely 2017, 100% Viognier of course, showing a pale gold color and aromas of lime-flower, pear and peach, tea,  lemon zest, almond and hay. The palate is dense and sapid, perfectly balanced with a firm center of mineral and stone flavors underlying apricot and pear fruit with almond and citrus. Rather full-bodied for a Condrieu but not in a cloying way, this should open up nicely over the next few years - serve with fish in sauce, Asian foods and white meats or as a superb aperitif with foie gras, pâtés and goat cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2017 Vin de France Sphé-érique

We're not sure about the spelling, but Véronique and Philippe Grenier's "Sphé-érique" is a lovely "natural" Syrah, fermented and aged in a round concrete vat, and bottled with zero added sulfur. The wine shows lovely aromas of cool blackberry and blueberry fruit with violet, mint and citrus aromas, really quite complex and pretty. The palate is balanced and earthy with bright black fruits and firm acidity with stone and berry flavors in the refreshing finish.  Serve this light and lovely Syrah with lamb, pork, guinea hen and of course with caillettes ardechoises. (Like most no-sulfur wines, it is best to consume on the day opened.)

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 IGP des Collines Rhodanniennes Syrah "Les Iris"

From 100% Syrah in Chavanay, just outside the Saint-Joseph zone, tended organically since planting, in the early 90's, and now  Biodynamic  as well. The 2018 "Les Iris" Syrah shows lush aromas of blackberry and blueberry with hints of stone, mint, smoke and violet, quite fresh and pretty. The palate is dense and elegant, with cool acidity and lush blackberry and black raspberry fruit, with a fresh earthy finish with mineral, citrus and ripe red and black fruit flavors. Terrific length and depth for a wine at this price. This is a very versatile wine to serve cool with grilled chicken, pork and full-flavored cheeses or to sip by itself, slightly chilled. It's  an authentic and delicious wine and a great value - and a lovely preview of the great 2018 vintage in the northern Rhone. David Lillie

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme des Sept Lunes 2016 Saint-Joseph Chemin Faisant

Jean Delorbe makes beautiful natural wines in and around Saint-Joseph - The 2016 Chemin Faisant is from massale selection vines planted in 1975 by Jean's father, on decomposed granite soils in the northern sector of Saint-Joseph, above Saint-Desirat. Biodynamic farming, wild yeast fermentation, aging in 4 to 10 year-old 600 liter barrels, zero added sulfur. The wine shows ripe pure fruit liqueur aromas, blackberry and black raspberry, quite elegant with hints of earth, stone and licorice. The palate is deep and supple with black fruits that are cool and lifted by bright acidity with a backing of earthy mineral flavors that carry through on the finish.  Northern Rhône Syrah can be quite beautiful when vinified without sulfur dioxide and this a lovely example. Lovers of Gonon Saint-Joseph will appreciate the similar style of this natural wine - drink over the next ten years. Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ferme des Sept Lunes 2016 Saint-Joseph Pleine Lune (No SO2)

The expressive and gorgeous natural wines of Jean Delorbe are packed with ripe layers of black fruit, none more so than in the Pleine Lune. This cuvée, 100% Syrah sourced from four hillsides in Saint Désirat (on slightly decomposed granite), sees some of the warmest temperatures on the estate. The wine is aged in a combination of neutral demi-muids and old barrels for 12 months, before aging is continued for 3-4 months in tank. Unfined and unfiltered, and without any SO2, Delorbe produces a Saint-Joseph packed with energy. There are notes of fresh blackberries, red currant, plum and sour cherries, with a deep and textured finish. This is Saint-Joseph at its most natural. Bravo to Jean! JDC

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ferme des Sept Lunes 2018 Vin de France Syrah Gamay (75/25)

The delicious 2018 Ferme Sept Lunes Syrah is from high elevation vines, just above the Saint-Joseph appellation on granite soils, with only 10 mg/L of SO2 added before bottling. The Syrah was so dense in 2018 that Jean added 25% Gamay to lighten the wine, creating this extremely pretty and luscious Northern Rhône red. The aromas are cool and bright with ripe blackberry and blueberry, with violet, licorice and mint. The palate is supple and grainy, showing the granite terroir, with lovely cassis and blackberry fruit that lingers in the refreshing finish. Only 10 mg/L of SO2 are added - this is a delicious natural wine that will please a crowd!

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2016 Côtes du Rhône L'Austral

Though we love Thomas Jullien's traditional expressions of the Rhône Valley, his more avant-garde offerings like "Austral" are a pleasant departure from tradition while maintaining a sense of place and varietal character. The 2016 is a blend of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc that were macerated for one week before spending nine months in vat followed by a year in barrel. The wine shows a lovely honey gold in the glass and offers complex aromas of chamomile, apricot skins, and spiced pear. The palate is round and waxy with pretty notes of stone fruit and subtle lavender. Bitter notes of herbal tea on the long finish. A full-bodied wine with enough acid to lend structure and elegance. Serve with a slight chill but not too cold! Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2017 Beaumes-de-Venise Costancia

A blend of Grenache and Syrah, hand harvested, de-stemmed and aged in foudre, with a low addition of sulfur at bottling. 'Costancia' is a great example of a fuller-bodied wine from grapes grown on predominately limestone marl soils at the highest altitude plantation of vines in Beaumes-de-Venise (~500 meters above sea level), which lends the lift and structure to balance the dark, sappy fruit. Blackberries, black pepper, and bloomy rind cheese peak out on the nose while chalky tannins streak through the lush black plum, prune, blueberries, and savory herbs on the palate. Decant to enjoy now with burgers, grilled pork loin, stews, or put down for 5-8 years. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2017 Beaumes-de-Venise Terres Jaunes

An excellent value from Beaumes-de-Venise, 'Les Terres Jaunes' is a blend of ~75% Grenache and ~20% Syrah both from 30+ year-old vines, and a small percentage of Mourvèdre, Carignan, Counoise. Organically farmed, aged in concrete with very little sulfur added at bottling, this is a truly terroir-focused wine. I love the rich texture with powdery tannins, and after some time decanting, it definitely softened and opened up. Full of ripe black cherry, plum, and preserved raspberries with more savory undertones of olive, oregano, dried tobacco and a touch of dark chocolate.  Plenty of complexity in this deep Southern Rhône wine to sit and contemplate, and would be excellent with heartier or gamey fare. MD

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2018 Côtes du Rhône Les Romanins

Guy Jullien at the Ferme Saint-Martin is one of the pioneers of organic and natural winemaking in the southern Rhône, and his great work continues under his son Thomas. Made from hand-harvested young vines of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, the 2018 "Romanins" has a dark, inky robe. The nose is deeply pitched and savory with aromas of cassis, blackberry, plum skin, garrigue and leather. The concentrated palate displays deep  black fruit flavors and a tactile earthiness, but remains balanced, with plenty of drive on the long, lingering finish. This lovely, great value Côtes-du-Rhône would be terrific with grilled boneless leg of lamb, stuffed zucchini, or a hearty daube. Serve slightly chilled. (Bottled with minimal SO2, not fined or filtered.)  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2018 Ventoux La Gérine

From loam and gravel soil, the vines from Ferme Saint-Martin’s La Gérine face south in the municipality of Saint-Hippolyte-le-Graveyron. Here, the vines are between 25 and 40 years old. La Gérine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Carignan and 25% Cinsault, with an emphasis on the bright red fruit of these Rhône varieties. The wine is semi-carbonically macerated between 7 and 14 days, giving it a wonderful spark out of the bottle upon opening. Finally, it is aged in concrete vats for about 6 months. Winemaker Thomas Julien notes that he wanted to “create an easy red…for people who don’t drink red wine.” From this philosophy, we’ve gotten a lovely light red hue in the glass, a floral nose, and a palate of sour cherry, orange, cinnamon, pear and a tart, crunchy finish. A wine made to be chilled, this is a great choice for an apéritif, with soft cheeses or charcuterie. John David Crosby

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $69.99

Gramenon 2018 Cotes-du-Rhone Poignée de Raisins

The Gramenon "Poignée de Raisins" is all Grenache from young vines grown on the hillsides and plateau of Gramenon in Montbrison. The terroir is a maritime sandstone/sand and shell soil. The grapes are partially de-stemmed, there is a 15-day maceration and fermentation with wild yeasts with a 6 month aging in vats. The 2018 vintage shows deep notes of plum, rose hip and cranberry on the nose, along with a more subtle savory side. The palate is a brighter medley of red fruit, which includes notes of ripe cherry, apple, and white flowers. A wine to be enjoyed within 3 years. JDC

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $42.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

Manissy 2018 Tavel Trinité Rosé

50-60% Grenache, 10-30% Clairette, 5-15% Cinsault, 0-10% Bourboulenc, 5-15% Syrah (av age 45 years) from sandy, clay, galet stony soils, cool harvested, 12-24 hour cool maceration. Bright pink/orange color. Aromas of ripe raspberry and strawberry, orange peel, rose petal; the palate is ripe and sapid with lovely raspberry and cherry fruit with hints of citrus and stone, with nice length of refreshing acidity supprting the lush fruit. This is a delicious fairly full-bodied rosé that will accompany a salad Nicoise, grilled tuna and pork, ratatouille and it's a great aperitif or picnic wine as well. Drink over the next two to three years.  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 31 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Mas de Boislauzon 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Tradition

Mas de Boislauzon is a lesser-known, over-achieving estate located in the northern sector of Châteauneuf, with parcels in the lieu-dits of Cabrières, Boislauzon, Lagardiole, Palestor and Pignan. The soil types are sandy at Pignan, galets roulés at Boislauzon, with more clay at la Gardiole and Palestor. Organic farming since 2009. Approximately 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre. The grapes are de-stemmed and aging is in concrete vats and old barrels. The 2016 is a superb and age-worthy Châteauneuf-du-Pape that will both drink well young and age gracefully until 2040 or longer. "The wine shows firm red colour. The nose is an enjoyable combo of blackberry and raspberry fruit, has a soft floral hover, and a beguiling sweetness. The fruit has a pure, “glistening” quality. The palate is authentic, comes with southern tones including iodine, black olives, laurel that speckle the dark fruit well. There are dark tannins well embedded, and it ends with momentum, good carry, some gunflint clarity and spicing. This will be a handsome glass in time." DrinkRhone

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $119.99

Pierre Andre 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge (Arrives 11/7)

 We consider Domaine Pierre André to be one of the greatest estates in Châteuneuf-du-Pape. Organic since 1980 (one of the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992. The red is 90% Grenache with Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Vacarese, Counoise, Muscadin and Picpoul. Some parcels are over 100 years old, with the average vine age around 65 years. The 2016 is a beautiful glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, showing fresh, complex aromas of ripe blackberry with cherry, spice, rose, earth, tar, smoke and floral notes.  On the palate, the wine is perfectly structured, similar to the 2010, with deep blackberry and black cherry liqueur with spice, garrigue, earth and saline minerals. A great CDP for aging, this is delicious now in it's vibrant youth, but will repay waiting for ten years and then enjoy until 2050! Very highly recommended...  David Lillie

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Sarbèche 2016 Saint-Joseph

The Sarbèche 2016 Saint-Joseph is from 30 year-old Syrah vines  grown in a steep section of the excellent lieu-dit "les Rivoires" in Tournon. Whole cluster fermentation followed by 2 years in 10 year-old Burgundy barrels, 10 mg/L SO2 added before bottling. The wine shows a deep opaque black/red color with elegant aromas of blackberry, cassis and blueberry, quite deep and meaty with hints of violet and mint. The palate is supple and richly textured with deep blackberry, black raspberry, earth, licorice and spice, with bitter chocolate, sappy black fruits, minerals and firm acidity in the finish. This quite serious Saint-Joseph should be decanted if drinking now and should show beautifully with five to fifteen years of cellaring.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sarbèche 2016 Saint-Péray

The 2016 Saint-Peray from Cyril Milochevitch at Sarbèche is from 40 year-old Marsanne and Roussanne vines (50% each) in the lieu-dit "Fauterie" on decomposed granite at 400 meters altitude.  18 months of aging in 5 to 10 year-old Burgundy barrels, no soutirage or batonnage, minimal SO2 added. The color is pale gold/bronze with aromas of apricot, brown spice, lemon, chamomile, stone and hay. The palate is round and pretty with white fruits, almond, peach and stone flavors. Serve with fish in sauce, white meats, mild cheeses. Lovely now but the wine should gain in complexity over the next five to ten years.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sarbèche 2017 Vin de France Syrah (Saint-Peray)

The 2017 Sarbèche "Comme une Lettre a la Poste" is from 100% Syrah grown in the Saint-Peray AOC on granite soils, vinified by carbonic maceration. The wine shows earthy blackberry and blueberry aromas with hints of violet, citrus and spice. The palate has nice texture and ripe black and blue fruits backed by earth and mineral flavors. The wine opens up well with aeration or a day in the fridge, drinking like a Cru Beaujolais made with Syrah! Serve with grilled pork and lamb, charcuterie, cow cheeses.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $34.99

Texier 2014 Brézème Domaine Pergaud Vieille Serine

Made primarily from 80 to 90 year-old vines of Serine, generally regarded as an old version of Syrah (which evolved from Mondeuse Blanc and Dureza) with smaller berries which survived through massale selection, principally in Cote Rotie.  Serine gives a more aromatic and elegant wine that the larger berried modern Syrah. The 2014 shows earthy, complex black and blue fruits, with chalky strawberry amd floral aromas. The palate is intense and earthy with blackberry, red currant, licorice and mineral flavors with pretty red fruits lingering in the long finish. Decant well in advance if drinking now, best to hold ten years or more. "...reunites the potential of 2010 with the amiability of 2012" says Eric.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Thomas Jullien 2018 Ventoux Sur le Rose

Thomas Jullien farms vines on and around Mount Ventoux in the Southern Rhône, and produces the Sur La Rose from mostly Grenache with a bit of Syrah. The 2018 vintage shows candied berry fruit, melon, and strawberry aromas, with a hint of citrus and spice. On the palate, the wine is ripe but very well balanced, with pleasing acidity and minerality complementing flavors of pure cherry, ripe strawberry, watermelon, and citrus. The finish is pretty and mineral, with a refreshing, cooling quality. A great end-of-summer wine: perfect for sipping on the patio or the fire escape with or without food. Ben Fletcher

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Usseglio, Raymond 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Impérial

(90-95% Grenache planted in 1901-02, from sandy soils on Les Pialons, La Girardette, 10% Counoise, Cinsault, Terret Noir, Clairette, 40% destemmed, aged in concrete vats) "...full red robe. The bouquet lies in wait thanks to the pedigree and natural thickness of the black fruits from the old Grenache vines, has an established oiliness from them, and shows cool sides outside them. Prune, a touch of leather feature. The palate is rich and rolling with a gentle wave of spherical content and luxurious, natural tannins that lead into a black olives, lightly salted finish. This is unhurried wine, with great ageing potential, and, mercifully, no headiness. The layers of fruit and content are impressive. From 2022, so there can be an extra level of variety and stimulation. I can wish for no more from this great Châteauneuf." drinkrhone (Rated by drinkrhone in the same group with Rayas, Marcoux VV and Beaucastel J Perrin)

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Voge, Alain 2014 Saint-Péray Les Bulles d'Alain (10/21)

The delightful Saint-Peray "Bulles d'Alain" Methode Traditionelle Brut Nature is from vines on the lower slope (Grandes Blache) on granite with limestone and on a higher parcel (Perrier) on pure granite soils. All Marsanne, harvested early, aged three years on the lees, very low SO2, 11 mg/L. The 2014 "Bulles" is an elegant pale gold color with aromas of roasted lemon, apricot, fines herbes and marzipan; the palate is beautifully textured with earth and mineral flavors under almond, pear, hay and citrus, really showing the terroir in the long very mineral finish. This is a unique and delicious Champagne alternative, and a versatile food match for a good ceviche, grilled fish and much more.  David Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Voge, Alain 2016 Cornas Les Chailles

The Voge Cornas "Les Chailles" comes from 40-year-old vines on lower slopes, with sandy limestone scree celled "chailles' over granite. Mostly de-stemmed, fermented with wild yeasts, aged for 18 months in barrique, none new. The 2016 shows a deep red/black color, with floral, animal notes in the aromas of blackberry and black cherry. The palate is earthy with sappy ripe red currant and black fruits with saline minerals beneath, finishing with firm acids and flavors of fruit and soil. A bit softer than the Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, this lovely Cornas will drink well young and over the next ten+ years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Voge, Alain 2016 Cornas Les Vieilles Fontaines (10/21)

The rare and beautiful Cornas "Les Vieilles Fontaines" is from 80 to 90 year-old vines mostly in the lieu-dit of the same name; 30% whole-cluster fermentation, 24 month elevage in barrique, 15-20% new, 25 mg/l total SO2, approximately 300 cs produced. The 2016 shows a lovely deep red/black color with very elegant, deep aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, very floral and lifted by hints of citrus, iodine and black pepper. The palate is round and deep with earthy textured black and blueberry fruit with a bit of oak tannin finishing with earth, cocoa, fruit liqueur and mineral flavors. Wait five years, then enjoy this piece of history until 2045.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $133.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Voge, Alain 2016 Cornas Vieilles Vignes

This classic Cornas is from vines averaging 60 years old on granite "gores" in the vineyards of "Combe," "Patou," "La Cote," "les Mazards" and "Chaillots."  The grapes are partially de-stemmed, fermentation is with wild yeasts, aging is 20 months in barrique 15% new. The aromas are elegant and bright with red currant and black raspberry, earth and stone. The palate is dense with ripe black fruits, licorice and earth, with a beautiful, very long finish of black fruits with intense minerality. "Terroir in the glass here, for lovers of The Real Thing" says Drinkrhone and we couldn't agree more. Drink this superb Cornas over the next 15 to 20 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $78.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Voge, Alain 2016 Saint-Péray Fleur de Crussol

The Voge Saint-Peray "Fleur de Crussol" derives its name from the Massif de Crussol whose limestone scree covers the granite slope above the village of Saint-Peray. This provides the unique minerality of this beautiful 100% Marsanne from 80-year-old vines. The fermentation is with wild yeasts, aging is in 1 to 3 year-old 228 liter barriques, SO2 addition is relatively low. The 2016 is a superb Northern Rhône white showing complex aromas of stone fruits, roast almonds, hay, stone and chamomile, The palate is marked by strong minerality beneath dried pear and apricot with almond and herbal flavors which continue in the long well-structured finish. Drink over the next ten years with white meats, full-flavored fish dishes. Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic