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Banneret 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The Banneret estate dates back to 1405 and is now run by the Vidal family. Located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a vineyard strewn with 'galets' to warm the vines, many of which are over 80 years old. The blend used is 60% Grenache from their highest parcels (close to the famous Rayas vineyard), 10% Syrah from near Bois de Boursan, and 10% Mourvèdre from near the Rhône River. The remaining 20%  is comprised of the 10 other grapes that are permitted in the appellation adding a unique quality to this classic wine. Everything is co-fermented in concrete tanks and then aged for 18 months in Burgundian oak.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $41.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $37.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $69.99

Charvin 2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The 2018 Charvin is a lovely Chateauneuf  with a bright ruby robe. The effusive nose offer a pretty melange of red berry and plum fruit. In the mouth the wine is pretty and vibrant on the attack boasting a lovely array of perfectly ripe red fruit flavors that fans out across the palate with a savory, earthy core lurking beneath lending lift and character on the long lingering finish. Despite the warmth of the 2018 vintage, there's no sense of heat or torrefaction. On  day two the structure comes to the fore displaying fine acididty and ripe tannins with an even more mineral profile emerging. This is an absolutely delicious Châteauneuf-du-Pape that can be enjoyed immensely now, though best to hold about 5-7 years then drink until 2035 - 2040. Lovely with lamb  shanks and flageolets with tapenade, though I'd love to pair this with a ripe, earthy, creamy cheese. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $25.99

Clos de la Bonnette 2018 Condrieu "Légende Bonnetta"

The Clos de la Bonnette is a young estate, having reclaimed ancient vineyards and producing their first wines in 2009.  This is a beautiful Condrieu from granit soils on the Côte Bonnette, always in organic farming and produced with minimal SO2. The wine showed elegant, complex aromas and a dense, silky palate when tasted last winter - here is Livingstone-Learmonth's assessment: "firm yellow robe; the bouquet is reserved, lying in wait, gives a low-key air of glazed fruits, cooked lemon, apricot, has depth and mystery. The palate is wide, robust, charged with ample matter, centres on cooked pear, a note of apricot, and vanilla pod from the oak. It’s notably substantial on the second half, has a red wine physique. It’s a Condrieu of authority, better with some age under its belt than young, say at five to six years’ old." This young wine should be decanted if possible or cellar 3 - 5 years before drinking.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

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
  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

  • 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 blackberry, 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 2035.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2017 Séguret La Garancière Rouge

70% Grenache and Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre, grown in sandy soils near Gigondas, always farmed organically, hand harvested, whole-cluster wild yeast fermentation, aged in cement vat, un-fined, unfiltered. The 2017 shows a medium garnet/black color with aromas of red currant and blackberry liqueur, plum skin, spice and black pepper. The palate shows nice density of chocolately black fruits with berry liqueur and a sappy, chalky texture, with a bit of tannin in the firm finish. Serve with a pork stew, Morrocan tagine or grilled steak.

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2017 Vacqueyras La Font de Papier (3/22)

From 80% Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre, grown on gravelly limestone terraces, always farmed organically, whole-cluster fermention and aged in concrete vats. 2017 is another good vintage for the always lovely Vacqueyras from Carole and Dany Chastan at Clos du Joncuas. The nose is full of dark notes of plum, blackberry and spice, that open towards ripe raspberry and a stony minerality. The palate is quite bold and ripe, but very balanced. The core of the wine is limestone minerality; fresh blackberry, leather, raspberry, and earth surround that bright, mineral core. With air, this opens brilliantly, showing fresher and brighter, with notes of cherry and strawberry coming to the fore.  A joyful wine and highly recommended!

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2019 Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Séguret Blanc (3/22)

(50% Clairette, 25% Roussanne, 25% Viognier, always organically farmed, wild yeast fermentation, aged in enamel vat) Floral dried pear, apricot, hay, thyme aromas. Ripe pear, stone, caramel, lemon on the palate. A big, 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. Particularly ripe and epressive  in 2019, the Clos du Joncuas (Domaine la Garancière) Seguret Blanc is an outstanding value and highly recommended. David Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2019 Gigondas

The 2019 Gigondas from Clos du Joncuas has a very expressive nose. Aromas of ground coffee, black licorice, dark cherry, and amazing, dense smells of ripe violets and roses. The palate follows a vein of crushed graphite, with plump black plums, blackberries, sage, and espresso. Structurally, there are well-set tannins, balanced on the gums and the back of the tongue, and the finish is bright with salinity, plus a long lasting essence of cherry. A concentrated, well-flavored, Southern Rhone that is drinking very well now, but can be can be put flat for a decade or more. After a few hours open, the wine expands, the mouthfeel becomes more gripping and a cool, lapping minerality takes hold. Bold and delicious, a real treat! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Clos du Joncuas 2019 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. This gorgeous rosé is still young – it should open up nicely over the next two to three 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
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $81.99

Domaine des Amphores 2018 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, 30 - 40% whole cluster, aged 18 months in 600 liter barrels, 5 to 8 years-old. This is the most structured and age-worthy of the Domaine des Amphores Saint-Josephs and is a lusher more forward wine than usual in this excellent vintage. The 2018 will benefit from a few years of aging, and needs a bit of time open if drinking now, then shows generous aromas of ripe blueberries, smoked green olive and thyme and is generally brimming with energy and life. As in 2015,  the palate is ripe and supple with black fruit liqueur, menthol, spice, earth and mineral flavors, quite intense but very bright, lifted by firm acidity, really showing the Biodynamic farming.  It has terrific persistence and freshness and was a perfect companion to roast chicken and summer squash. This will drink beautifully over the next 15 years. SE/DL

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 Saint-Joseph "Les Sept Lieus"

(From young vines, planted in the 90's, always organic, and from parcels of old vines, converted to organic, in Chavanay, below Condrieu) Philippe and Veronique Grenier have always farmed organically and now they are certified Biodynamic as well, bringing the quality even higher at this wonderful small estate. 50% de-stemmed, aged 50% in vat, 50% in 2 to 10 year-old demi-muid and foudre.  The 2018 shows a deep red/black color with elegant high-toned floral blackberry, black raspberry and black olive aromas with hints of earth, citrus and coffee. The palate is balanced and well-structured with blackberry and black plum , finishing with black fruits, earth and firm tannins. With aeration the finish broadens with elegant black fruit liqueur, licorice, coffee and black olive. This lovely Saint-Joseph will accompany lamb shank, pork stews and grilled meats - this is quite delicious now, best 2022 - 2030+ it's a beautiful wine and a great value.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 Condrieu "La Côte"

The white wines of Philippe and Véronique Grenier at Domaine des Amphores have become particularly successful over the past few years, as their son Remi, now the winemaker at Chateau Grillet,  has been helping out. The vineyards have been farmed organically since their inception and are now certified biodynamic as well. The 2019 Condrieu "La Côte" has a delicate and compelling aroma of fresh pear, apricot skin, soft white flowers like baby's breath, and something that makes me think of moss growing on a wet stone. The palate is incredibly luscious and rounded with a slightly bitter almond skin on the finish.  Serve with a full-flavored fish dish, chicken in sauce, foie gras, goat cheeses. This is a lovely Condrieu and a great value!

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine des Amphores 2019 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes Detour Blanc

Domaine des Amphores, a long-time organic and Biodynamic estate in Chavanay,  just south of Condrieu, produces excellent Saint-Josephs and Condrieu as well as red and white Vin de Pays. "Detour" is made from Roussanne, Clairette and Marsanne - it's a delicious Northern Rhone wine and one of the best values in the store. The 2019 is ripe, round and beautifully balanced with aromas of apricot, almond, lemon, hay and stone - the palate is supple and elegant with stone fruits, anise and mineral flavors, finishing with ripe white fruits, firm acidity and saline minerals.  Delicious by itself or with fish or chicken in sauce and mild cheeses. This great value will open up nicely over the next few years and is highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes 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 2019 "Les Iris" Syrah  is similar to the exuberant 2018 but perhaps a bit brighter and with a bit more concentration and depth. The wine shows cool 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 well-structured 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! David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 Saint-Joseph Blanc 'Altitude 300'

From Veronique, Philippe and Remi Grenier at Domaine des Amphores, certified organic and Biodynamic. 80% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne on granite soils in "Le Monteillet" at 300 metres altitude. The 2019 shows bright gold/bronze color, subtle aromas of hay, apricot, white peach, citrus peel, melon and wet stone. The palate is ripe, dense and elegant with stone fruits and mineral flavors, textured and earthy, finishing with floral white peach, minerals and firm acidity. Serve with a full-flavored ceviche, fish in sauce, white meats, goat cheeses... Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 Vin de France Sphé-érique

The 2019 Vin de France "Sphé-érique" from the Grenier family in Saint-Joseph is an elegant Syrah from Biodynamic farming that is fantastically delicious! The wine is from young massale-selection Syrah vines on granite with shallow clay soils in the Richagnieux vineyard  at Chavanay. It ferments and ages in a unique round vat. The wine shows  superb very bright pure strawberry, raspberry and blueberry fruit, really lovely, which continue on the palate that is fresh, refreshing and pure with great focus and length. There is minimal added SO2 which allows the fragrant, floral aromas and fruit flavors to be fully expressed. Serve this beautiful Syrah cool with charcuterie, grilled lamb and pork, roast chicken and mild cheeses. It's lovely wine and a testament to the great farming and winemaking by Véronique and Philippe Grenier and family. David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2019 IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes Viognier 'Les Iris'

We love Condrieu, but Viognier from other regions can often be cloying and uninteresting. This example from the Grenier family in Chavanay, however, is elegant and outstanding. It comes from Viognier vines just south of the Condrieu AOC, always tended organically, certified since 2002, and Biodynamic since 2016. Like stepping into the sunshine, this wine is a bedazzlement of friut and floral tones. Yellow flowers, white blossom, honeysuckle, apricot, peach, canteloupe and underripe pineapple, with slight hints of almond, citrus and lemon peel all playing on the alluring nose of this wine. There is a unctuousness on the palate that is beautifully balanced by a lively acidity. The finish introduces a hint of fresh cut hay and that particular late summer evening light. (For those of you comparing with the last vintage, the 2019 seems a bit more concentrated, with a bit more brightness and acidity than the very ripe 2018) A lovely Viognier and a great value!

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $54.99

Guicharde 2018 Côtes du Rhône Organic

Isabelle and Arnaud Guicharde make this lovely Rhone red. The estate is certified organic since 2008 and Biodynamic since 2013. Made from Grenache and Syrah, their style here is cool stylish fruit on the palate - blackberry with hints of prune, blueberry and Provencal spices. The finish is long with earthy red fruits and spicy acidity. This is a great value in a complex, balanced Rhone red.

  • red
  • 57 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $109.99

Jamet, Jean Luc 2016 Côte Rôtie Terrasses

It's always odd when a top flight domaine splits and considering the Jamet family is Côte-Rôtie royalty, this is especially perplexing. Yet the two brothers are both making compelling wine. The robe is an inky purple. The nose offers aromas of saddle leather, Italian plum, black raspberry, licorice, and loam. There’s a hint of what seems like oak, but is more likely stems. The palate is mid-weight, lithe, and energetic, though simultaneously grounded—freshly turned earth and crushed herbs vie for attention. This shows black and blue fruits, not to mention plenty of granitic spice, and has a long, nearly peacock’s tail, expansive finish. There’s plenty to unravel here, but there’s great flair grounded by an sapid mineral core. A fine Côte-Rôtie with plenty of upside for the cellar. This should be immensely satisfying in 7-10 years and beyond.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $99.99

Lafond, Jean-Pierre & Pascal 2020 Tavel Roc-Epine Rosé

This well-known family estate produces excellent Tavel from certified organic vineyards and includes Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Clairette, Picpoul, Bourboulenc and Mourvedre! The 2020 Lafond Tavel is a lovely wine - fairly full-bodied as Tavel Rosé tends to be, but with nice freshness and very pretty fruit. The aromas are tart cherry and raspberry with citrus peel, peach and rose. The palate is round and supple with cherry and strawberry fruit, with citrus and mineral notes that linger on the long finish with refreshing acidity. Sip this smooth and delicious rosé by itself or serve with Salade Nicoise and grilled foods. DL

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Lionnet 2017 Cornas Terre Brulée

A leading producer of traditional Cornas, Domaine Lionnet has modernized only slightly over the last 20 years with the wines losing their former "rustic" character, while retaining complexity and terroir expression, very much in the style of the Gonons in Saint-Joseph. Organic since 2007, whole-bunch fermentation with wild yeasts, aging in both 600 liter and 228 liter two to eight year-old oak casks. From 100 year-old vines on Mazards (a great parcel below Reynards having both granite and limestone/clay soils), 70 year-old vines on Combe, Chaillot and Pied la Vigne. The robe is an inky purple, dark ruby at the meniscus. The nose is a bit backwards on opening—blue fruit, leather, a hint of tobacco, and a touch of black pepper. With air, black fruit and cassis notes emerge with notes of game, violets and black olive. The densely-packed palate offers swirling flavors of blackberry, black tea, cracked pepper, cherry pit, and a touch of anise on the the driving, muscular finish. There’s plenty of structure here with firm—not coarse—tannins and good acidity to buoy the ripe fruit and concentration. Just this side of rustic, but compellingly old school. More country than proudly redneck, think Waylon vs. David Allen Coe, but the ample dry extract makes this a sweet song indeed. A fine pairing with roast duck legs and olives with farro, and should shine with heartier dishes, though I suspect this will shut down in a bit and truly shine with a decade or more in the cellar. This is terrific Cornas that has its roots in tradition and terroir. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic

Paris, Vincent 2019 Cornas Granit 30

Syrah (early 1990s-2010), includes 25% Saint-Pierre, destemmed, cool maceration, 20 day vinification, wild yeasts, twice daily pumping overs, 1-2 cap punchings, aged 2-10 year oak casks 12 months (no racking).

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

Paris, Vincent 2019 Cornas Granit 60

Syrah from Patou (1948), Les Mazards (1910-20s), Sauman (1991), 30-70% destemmed, 1 week cool maceration, then 2-3 week vinification, wild yeasts, pumping overs, some cap punching, aged 2-10 year 225-litre oak casks 12-14 months.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $69.99

Pierre Andre 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

(Special pricing $49.99)  Tasted in Montpellier Jan. 2020: dark black/red color, very aromatic with red currant, strawberry, spice, earth; palate is round, dense, good acidity, deep black cherry, red currant, plum, earth, minerals; very  long but softer than the 2016, great finish. Delicious now or cellar 15 to 20 years. DL   "Full, dark red. The bouquet is promising, well varied already, with a beef stock, loganberry, deep black fruit presence. There is a shimmer of dusty heat from it. The palate is rich and rolling right from the start, engages very well with a flourishing length and spiced notes in the sparky, full finish. Lots of life blood here, a nourishing wine with genuine typicity, good vigour and cut. Not much more praise can be added. This lights my fuse, sure thing." DrinkRhone Oct 2018

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pierre Andre 2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape

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, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscadin and Picpoul. Some parcels are over 140 years old, with the average vine age around 70  years. The 2018 shows a deep black/garnet color and aromas of ripe morello cherry, blackberry and blueberry liqueur with hints of violet, orange zest, garrigue and stone. The palate is dense but bright and balanced, supple and sapid with cherry, red currant, black plum and licorice with velvety tannins and a beautiful palate-coating finish of bright red fruits, earth and chalky acids. This is a gorgeous wine, perhaps without the power and and structure of 2016 but with deep, vibrant fruit that will give great pleasure over the next 20 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pierre Andre 2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Magnum

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, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Vaccarèse, Counoise, Muscadin and Picpoul. Some parcels are over 140 years old, with the average vine age around 70  years. The 2018 shows a deep black/garnet color and aromas of ripe morello cherry, blackberry and blueberry liqueur with hints of violet, orange zest, garrigue and stone. The palate is dense but bright and balanced, supple and sapid with cherry, red currant, black plum and licorice with velvety tannins and a beautiful palate-coating finish of bright red fruits, earth and chalky acids. This is a gorgeous wine, perhaps without the power and and structure of 2016 but with deep, vibrant fruit that will give great pleasure over the next 20 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pierre Andre 2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

The 2019 Pierre André Blanc is an extraordinary Châteauneuf-du-Pape from an extraordinary estate - organic since 1980 (one of the first in the AOC) and Biodynamic since 1992.  The blend is now approximately 50-60% Bourboulenc and 40-50% old-vine Clairette (planted in the 1920s) grown on sandy soils in the lieu-dits of "Saint-Georges," "Etang" and "les Bédines," giving a wine that accentuates the beautiful minerality brought by the terroir and the superb farming. The wine shows a pale gold/bronze color. The aromas are muted upon opening but expand over a few hours with ripe pear, roast almond, anise, lemon verbena and stone; the palate is  very dense and sapid but framed in firm stony acidity, with dried pear and apricot, citrus, anise, earth and stone flavors with an intense, long finish of white fruit liqueur and minerals. On day two, the vibrant mineral flavors are even more present with elegant white fruits and terrific length. Serve with full-flavored fish dishes, bouillabaisse, white meats, goat cheeses. Decant if drinking now, this will be an elegant and complex mature wine, best perhaps 2026 - 2040+. Highly reccommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Pierre Andre 2019 Vin de France Clin D'Oeil

We've been anxiously awaiting the Pierre André "Clin D'Oeil," the much admired "second wine" of this wonderful Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate. It's at the same time serious and fun, it's the Wink of a Eye, it's a superb wine of terroir that's also easy drinking and the perfect accompaniment to a casual meal. Dark red/garnet color with a bright rim, bright  aromas of ripe black cherry, red currant, black plum, spice and earth.  The palate is beautifully structured with firm, very earthy, chalky acidity underlying elegant, subtle, cherry, ripe strawberry and red currant fruit. It's a dense and sapid Rhone red that's light on it's feet and a great food wine, especially for any grilled foods this summer. (From a parcel in Vin de France east of Courthezon  of 75 year-old Grenache and Cinsault; a parcel of CDR Grenache just outside Chateauneuf, and from light-colored very old vine Grenache, "les rouges," within Chateauneuf) Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Richaud 2017 Cairanne Cuvée Sans Soufre

 The Richaud 2017 Cairanne is a gorgeous wine made from Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvedre,  and this cuvée is made and bottled entirely without SO2. The color is inky black/red with lush aromas of black cherry, blackberry, prune and floral notes with  earth, licorice and dark chocolate. The palate shows lush, bright fruit - a beautiful and intense melange of black and red berries, round and deep, lifted by cool acidity and mineral flavors with fabulous length and purity of fruit.  Bravo to Marcel Richaud! Serve this lovely wine a bit cool with just about anything! Cellaring for ten years would be interesting as well... David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $224.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $57.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $104.99

Rousset 2018 Saint-Joseph

From a one-half hectare parcel of 60 year-old vines in "Les Rivoires" on the lower slope in Tournon, a cool, late-ripening terroir with clay, sand and stones over firm granite. Aged 12 months, 30% foudre, 70% 2 to 5 year-old barrels. Although normally overshadowed by the Rousset's superb Crozes "les Picaudieres," the 2018 Saint-Joseph is a great success in this rather forward vintage - and was also vinified with a percentage of stems included to bring freshness and structure. The wine shows a dark black/red color with deep aromas of blackberry and blueberry liqueur with plum, licorice, earth and smoke - quite ripe but with nice brightness as well. The palate is quite dense and supple with ripe black fruits and hints of blueberry, dark chocolate, black olive and roast meats  which continue in the long finish with pronounced mineral flavors and firm acidity. The Rousset Saint-Joseph is normally somewhat austere and tightly structured when young, but the 2018 will be quite delicious as a young wine if decanted for a few hours. Despite the more forward aspect, there is plenty of structure here for aging, best perhaps 2022 to 2036.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $28.99

Sarbèche 2017 Saint-Péray

The 2017 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, baked apple, citrus peel, brown spice, lemon, chamomile, stone and hay. The palate is round and dense with white fruits, almond, peach, spice 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.  This is a lovely and quite "natural" northern Rhone white. David Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sarbèche 2018 Saint-Joseph

The Sarbèche 2018 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 2018 shows an opaque black/red color with aromas of black plum, cherry, blackberry and earth with citrus, spice and floral notes. The palate shows very earthy black fruits, a bit "animal" lifted by firm acidity with a nice mineral texture. The finish is bright, with ripe red and black fruits, earth and animal notes with a bit of volatile acidity. This is a complex and interesting "natural" Saint-Joseph.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sarbèche 2019 Vin de France Syrah

The 2019 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, ripe blackberry and blueberry aromas with hints of licorice. violet, citrus and spice. The palate has nice grainy texture with dense, ripe black and blue fruits backed by earth and mineral flavors. This shows the density of the 2019 vintage with fascinating complexity of fruit liqueur, licorice and earthy flavors.  Serve with grilled pork and lamb, charcuterie, full flavored  cheeses.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Voge, Alain 2014 Saint-Péray Les Bulles d'Alain

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
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99