Rhone

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $14.99

Balazu des Vaussières 2015 Vin de France Cuvée Coquelicot

 The 2015 "Cuvee Coquelicot" from Christian and Nadia Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussieres is made from 100% Grenache 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 living soils at Balazu des Vaussieres produced this extraordinary natural wine in 2015, showing vibrant aromas of ripe black cherry, blackberry and cassis with citrus, violet, mineral and licorice notes. The palate is dense and bright with complex black fruits, earthy mineral and herbal flavors, licorice and firm acidity in the long intense finish. with a few days open, the wine concentrates becoming an essence of earthy black cherry confit, quite extraordinary. This is a beautiful wine and and an essential purchase for any lover of natural wines. Our thanks to Nadia And Christian Charmasson for their committment to living soils and  winemaking with zero additives. David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balazu des Vaussières 2019 Vin de France Sept Syllabes Rosé

Although within the Tavel appellation, Nadia and Christian Charmasson have long rejected the rules of the AOC in favor a "Vin de France" classification. Balazu des Vaussières is a completely natural estate, using zero additives in winemaking and zero chemcials in the vines. Even the organic approved preparation of copper-sulfate is not used against mildew as it is harmful to organisms in the soil - thus living soils that produce vibrant living wines. The 2019 “Sept Syllabes” was made with Mourvedre and Cinsault - it’s a direct press rosé with little or no maceration and no added SO2. The wine spent approximately 7 months in vat before bottling. The wine is rather concentrated in color. The fruit on the nose is deep raspberry and cherry, with hints of green herbs and citrus. The palate is warm and dense with a mix of savory red berries and cherry/plum skins. Just a hint of clove. The structure is full, offering a light tannic touch and a slightly funky earthy, mineral component to the ripe fruit. Give the wine an hour or two open and it's really singing of the stony soils of Tavel and Roquemaure - pure wine and a pure, deep expression of the terroir and the Charmasson's courageous winemaking. DH & DL

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Balthazar 2018 Cornas Casimir

One of the few "natural" winemakers in the northern Rhône, Frank Balthazar is certified organic and vinifies with wild yeasts and minimal sulfur, even producing a cuvée of Cornas without SO2. The Cuvée Casimir Balthazar is from 25% old vines in "Les Mazards" and younger vines in "La Légre." Balthazar's Cornas are aromatically beautiful with silky, pure fruit and terrific length and are never heavy or over-extracted. The 2018 Casimir Balthazar shows a dense red/black color, with elegant pure blackberry, cassis aromas with black olive, violet, smoke and stone and hints of spice, a bit closed from the recent bottling. The palate is dense and elegant, but not heavy, with firm tannins surrounding lovely pure black fruits with a core of minerals, earth and berry fruits. Beautiful wine - hold 3 to 5 years and drink till 2035. DL

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 11 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Beaurenard 2017 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge

Detmeter certified. 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 6% of the other authorized grapes, destemmed, fermented with, natural yeasts. Aged in a combination of barrels and casks, and vat, mostly 5% new oak. Bottled unfined, unfiltered. The 2017 Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Dark ruby verging on purple robe. The nose is bright and offers pretty aromas of red and blue fruits, ripe cherry and red plum, garrigue, black olive, and Lapsang Souchong tea and spices. The palate is ripe, but lithe, with ripe—not roasted— red fruit, blackberry liqueur, and a sapid, iodine, mineral saltiness and fine acidity lending freshness and a grounded character to to the wine. The finish is long and supple with the fine-grained tannins carrying through with the ripe fruit. This is delicious and perhaps veers more in the direction of generous rather than reserved, but it’s full of character and has a nice upside for 7-10+ years. Wonderful with wine-braised duck legs, grits, and brown butter cabbage, but I’d certainly enjoy it with daube of beef, lamb shanks, and even a wild mushroom risotto with plenty of Provençal herbs. Just the thing for a chilly Fall evening. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

Chapelle St. Theodoric 2009 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Grand Pin (11/3)

Chapelle Saint-Theodoric is a joint venture between the Grangeon family of Domaine de Cristia and  importer and CDP lover Peter Weygandt. Le Grand Pin is all old-vine Grenache from a parcel in the Pignan vineyard on sandy soils. Whole-cluster fermentation in concrete vat with wild yeasts, minimal extraction, aged in 4 to 10 year-old large casks. The 2009 vintage in Châteauneuf can be a fraught one. Portlike with lashings of oak and a soupçon of garrigue, right? Well, in the case of Chapelle St. Theodiric's Le Grand Pin it's ripe for sure, not stewed and not a monument to cooperage. Garrigue? Absolutely, with some leather, and warmth on the nose and palate. But there’s an intriguing soil component here—the edges and grain haven’t been buffed out in the modern fashion. The palate is ripe with dark plummy fruits, a dark salty sapidity, and tends more toward sauvage than overtly polished.  It’s a strapping wine that’s full of that Midi sun, but there’s character here and if you prefer you Châteauneuf with soil and soul rather than confiture and consultants, there’s a lot to like here. Caveat lector, this was given a quick decant, and served at cellar temperature. Delicious with roasted duck leg, fingerling potatoes persillé, and sautéed spinach from the Greenmarket, though I might opt for a daube or lamb shanks next time. If you like more earthy and savory character to your CDP, this is definitely well worth a look. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic

Chapelle St. Theodoric 2010 Châteauneuf du Pape La Guigasse (Arrives 11/3)

100% Grenache (75 to 95 year-old vines) from yellow sand with a little clay on 1.7 hectares on Guigasse in the northeast of CDP near Pignan. Organic farming and old-school winemaking with 2-3 week whole bunch concrete vat vinification, natural yeasts only, minimal extraction, aged in 4-10 year-old 600-litre oak casks for 24 months, bottled unfined, unfiltered. The 2010 Guigasse is showing traces of lush dark red fruits that become exponentially more prominent with air. What really makes this wine compelling is an intense savoriness, reminiscent of dried herbs and browning meat that makes one's stomach growl in anticipation. The tannins feel quite well-integrated and there is good acidity, indicating that this has many years still ahead of it. This is very fine serious Chateauneuf and well worth a splurge as we head into the fall and winter months. SE

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Chapelle St. Theodoric 2010 Châteauneuf du Pape Le Grand Pin (Arrives 11/3)

Le Grand Pin is all Grenache from the top of the Pignan vineyard  literally adjoining the vines of Chateau Rayas on sandy soils. Whole-cluster fermentation in concrete vat with wild yeasts, minimal extraction, aged in 4 to 10 year-old large casks. The terroir here gives a relatively light-bodied, very fine style of Chateauneuf. The fruit profile here is the brightest and freshest of the range, with crunchy black cherry and raspberry, along with notes of kirsch, cocoa nib and leafy dark soil. This is a particularly elegant, Pinot-like expression of the appellation (those sandy soils at work) and there is a beautiful stony finish of striking length and intensity. Excellent wine, with great potential for the future. Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chapelle St. Theodoric 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Les Sablons (Arrives 11/3)

Chappelle St. Theodoric - a project of winemaker Bapiste Grangeon and Peter Weygandt - has quickly become one of our favorite Southern Rhône 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 Château Rayas. "Les Sablons" is Grenache from both parcels, which sees whole-cluster vinification, and aging 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
  • 18 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Charvin 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Arrives 11/3

82-85% Grenache (av 50 yrs), 5-8% Syrah, young vines, 5% Mourvèdre, 5% Vaccarèse  from Les Cabrières, 1 ha L'Arnesque, Le Devès, some sand, clay-limestone, galet stones soils, light crush, whole bunch 20-25 day fermentation, 1-2 daily pumping overs, press wine added, concrete vat raised 18-21 months, unfiltered. From the drinkrhone.com review: " red robe. Tea, smoke, sweet raspberry aroma here with a good, rocky cut of freedom and lift. It is good and upright, will be stylish. The palate links well to the nose. This possesses naked qualities via its pure fruit and clarity of definition. It is STGT wine (wine of terroir), very close to its source lands. Has a smoky, garrigue exit. It is a real winner, a wine for lovers of stylish, clear wine, no make-up worn. 15°. Drink untill 2033."

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $214.99

Charvin 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Arrives 11/3

The 2010 Charvin is indeed a beautiful Chateauneuf that shows a bright black/garnet color with very floral and sweet aromas of crushed  blackberry with a bit of tart plum, quite pure and pretty with hints of  black raspberry, brown spice, garrigue, licorice, earth and roast meat emerging with aeration. The palate is dense and sapid but beautifully balanced with sweet blackberry and black cherry fruit with game, spice, earth, tea and citrus. The finish is firm and long with dense red currant fruit, licorice, spicy citrus and earthy flavors that linger on the palate. This is a superb Châteauneuf-du-Pape that can be enjoyed immensely now or cellared until 2032 - 2035.  David Lillie (2015 tasting)


  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Charvin 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Magnum (Arrives 11/3)

We apologize, but although we did sell the 2010 Charvin we had no tasting note of our own. Here is the review from our favorite Rhone writer, John Livingston-Learmonth, written in 2012: "...dark, shiny, inviting red robe. Has a grilled, toasted first air – this is an exciting bouquet. Blackberry fruit resides, with garrigue herbs dotted around it. Licorice and loganberry, those dark berries, also feature. There is lots to play with here over time. The palate has a great start, a smooth-sided block of dark, black fruits, all as one.  The acidity is good. For now, it is sealed, and all about the future. It is definitely a pity to touch this – “unless you have blood red beef or game that hasn’t been cooked much,” (L Charvin). Classy, full, long. Decant it. Complex, a great Châteauneuf-du-Pape, licorice thanks to the Mourvèdre comes through on the finish – it extends, is very long. Drink until 2033 - 2035."

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $209.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Charvin 2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

Since 2016, Laurent Charvin has been producing a deliciously different Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc primarily from 50 year-old vines of Clairette Rose, with Bourboulenc from 70 year-old vines in the vineyards of Maucoil and Cabrieres on galet stone and sandy clay soils. (Whole-cluster pressing, fermentation in vat, malo done, aged in steel tank for 9 months, only 90 cases made.) From drinkrhone: "the robe has a yellow with a hint of peach in its hue. This has a reticent but stylish, serene nose, honeysuckle flowers that appeal, cooked lemon, trim freshness present. The palate has an interesting tone, nice supple gras richness, elegant and fleshy, gives real comfortable drinking, achieves discreet late grip. There is a wee sense of oil in the texture - a pleasing vinosity - and a salt note on the close." Drink until 2035

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Charvin 2018 Côtes-du-Rhone Le Poutet (Arrives 10/30)

(Our last delivery sold-out immediately - it's back!) The Laurent Charvin "Le Poutet"  is made from average 50 year-old vines (some are 90 years-old!) of 80% Grenache with Mourvedre, Syrah and Carignan in vineyards that abut Chateauneuf-du-Pape - Maucoil in the northwest and Campovin and Boislauzon in the northeast. The soils are sandy clay/limestone with galets stones. The grapes undergo a 15 to 20-day whole bunch fermentation with daily pumping-overs, the wine then spends 18 months in concrete vat and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The resulting wine is equal to many Châteauneuf-du-Pape, offering complex aromas of garrigue and spicy red fruits with the structure to evolve and drink well over ten to fifteen years. The 2018, tasted with Laurent Charvin in January, 2020, was  quite remarkable with gorgeous floral aromas of strawberry and blackberry and vibrant, supple black fruits on the palate with round juicy tannins - delicous already but with enough brightness and structure to provide beautiful drinking over the next ten years. This is truly "gouleyant" and should be purchased by the case - at $19.79 per bottle it's a sensational value!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 9 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos de la Bonnette 2018 VDP Collines Rhodaniennes Vieilles Vignes Syrah

The Clos de la Bonnette VDP Syrah is 2/3 from 40 to 70 year-old vines above Côte-Rôtie "Tartaras" on schist and clay soils over granit, 1/3 from below Côte-Rôtie "Tupin" on alluvial soils. This is an extraordinary Vin de Pays that impressed us enormously when tasted last winter, showing the lush ripeness of the 2018 vintage but retaining the bright subtle fruit of a good Côte-Rôtie. The aromas are floral, with pretty red fruits and earth, the palate is dense but bright with raspberry and cherry fruit with a very mineral core in the long elegant finish. This will drink beautifully over the next five years, only ten cases for the US. David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Clos de la Bonnette 2019 VDP Cisselande (Syrah)

Clos de la Bonnette makes this lovely 100% Syrah using grapes from a young organic grower in Suzette, near Beaumes-de-Venise. The vines are about 40 years-old, grown on clay/limestone soils, the juice is vinified with light extraction and aged in old barrels. The 2019 Cisselande has a dark purple robe. This is perfumed with effusive aromas of violets, pastilles, cassis, bramble, game on the nose. The palate is black-fruited, concentrated, and displays fine-grained tannins. Fine sappy flavors of blackberry, plum skin, and a dark core of savory minerality. This has fine length and shows an excellent amount of complexity and detail for this level and is enthusiastically recommended.  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $159.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $37.99

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
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Clos du Joncuas 2016 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 2016 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
  • 14 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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 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
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2018 Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet

(From 60 to 70 year-old vines in "Le Planis," 80% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre) The 2018 Creve Coeur Sablet has all the elements we love in sothern Rhone wines: organic/biodynamic farming, old school fermentation in foudre and concrete, stem inclusion. Dark-toned, nearly heady aromatically, with black and blue fruits, lavender, blackberry, cherry pit and cocoa on the nose. Dense purple robe. Plum, cherry, blackberry, black pepper and garrique on the palate. Real sense of the structural elements from the stems and limestone soils. Pablo has lightened the extraction so the wine is well structured but with finer tannins than the 2016 and 2017. Good energy for the concentration with a fine core of minerality within. Fabulous with pan-roasted lambchops and sheep's milk cheese. Delicious now, but should gain in complexity with time in the bottle. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2018 Côtes du Rhône Villages Seguret

Pablo Hocht of Domaine de Creve Coeur has 3 hectares of 60+ year-old vines in Seguret on sandy limestone marl soils, 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. As with his lovely Sablet, the Seguret is certified biodynamic, fermented slowly with wild yeasts with the stems included. Aging is partly in one to five year-old barriques, partly in vat. In other words, great farming and old-fashioned winemaking, similar to that of the Gonons in Saint-Joseph. The 2018 Seguret shows a deep red/black color and aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry and plum, with earth, garrigue and cocoa - dark and rich but with good freshness. The palate is dense and round with a supple, grainy texture, a bit softer than the Sablet this year, with ripe blackberry and black plum liqueur, quite floral and showing the high percentage of Mourvedre, with hints of chocolate, citrus and provencal herbs. The finish is long with cool acidity and earthy black fruits. Serve this beautiful Seguret a bit cool after a decant of a few hours or cellar five to ten years. Great with stews and tagines, grilled meats and game.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Creve Coeur (Pablo Hocht) 2019 Côtes du Rhône Rosé du Coucou

The Creve Coeur "Coucou" is a beautiful direct-press rosé made with  old vines of 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault. The 2019 shows a very pale onion skin color with floral aromas of raspberry, peach, citrus and stone. The palate is very light, silky and elegant with subtle raspberry fruit with hints of melon and earth, finishing with nice length of mineral flavors and refreshing acidity. This is a very lovely wine at a great price!  David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 45 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Cristia 2017 Châteauneuf du Pape Tradition

Domaine de Cristia was established in 1942 with only 2 hectares of vines. Since 1999 the estate has expanded to 20 hectares in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is being run by the third generation - Baptiste and Dominique Grangeon. The two have been farming using only natural methods, gaining organic certification in 2008.  Their Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a blend of 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah, and 15% Mourvèdre, all from clay and sandy marl terroir. The grapes are sorted and fully destemmed after harvest. The Grenache is aged in stainless steel tanks for 16 months, while the Mourvèdre and Syrah are aged in 2 to 3 year-old barrels. The palate is bright and floral, with blackberry fruit abounding, along with notes of sour cherry, ginger, bright spice. The palate is deep and concentrated with blackberries, cassis and plums. The finish is a delightful medley of dark fruit and red flowers. A classic rendition of the old-style Châteauneuf-du-Pape that will benefit from a decant if drinking now. JDC

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic

Domaine des Amphores 2018 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. A lovely Viognier and a great value! Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine des Amphores 2018 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. Bright gold/bronze color, subtle aromas of hay, apricot, white peach, citrus peel, melon and wet stone. The palate is ripe and elegant with stone fruits and mineral flavors, textured and earthy, finishing with floral white peach and minerals. Serve with a full-flavored ceviche, fish in sauce, white meats, goat cheeses... Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $22.99

  • 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
  • 16 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Monier Perreol 2018 Saint-Joseph

(100% Syrah from 5 plots in Brunieux, Saint-Desirat, 80% de-stemmed, aged in 2 to 6 year-old barrels, minimal SO2 after malo, none at bottling.)  The Saint-Josephs from Monier-Perreol are outstanding in 2018 - it's perhaps the best vintage ever for their "Tradition" cuvée which is vibrant and delicious! The wine shows a bright, deep purple/black color with extravagant aromas violets and blackberry liqueur, with black cherry, blueberry and thyme. The palate is densely fruited but bright and light on its feet wih beautiful black plum/cherry/blueberry flavors that are beautifully long and lingering. The palate is lush and supple  over a core of minerality and firm, slightly bitter acidity from the granite soils. Not intended for long-term cellaring, I would drink this wine within 5 to 8 years, but it's so delicious that one could happily consume multiple cases within that time - don't delay there's very little available in the US.  Serve cool, highy recommended. David Lillie

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Monier Perreol 2018 Saint-Joseph Chatelet

This beautiful Saint-Joseph is produced by Domaine Monier Perreol from the "Chatelet" vineyard belonging to Philippe Perreol on the hill above Saint-Desirat. The vines are on decomposed granite with an interesting topsoil of "aerien" limestone - a windblown limestone sand. The ruins of a Roman temple on the site add mystic powers! The vines are about 40 years old, the grapes are 80% de-stemmed and undergo a three to four week vinification, with aging in new to 2 year-old barrels. Tasted with Samuel Monier last January, the wine showed beautiful aromas of blackberry, plum and cherry, very floral and deep. The palate was extremely complex, fresh and long with black cherry and blueberry fruit, bright and beautifully balanced, with an intriguing minerality from the limestone/granite soils. Beautiful now, best 2025 - 2035.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Monier Perreol 2018 Saint-Joseph Terre Blanche

(From 40 - 45 year-old Syrah vines at 300 meters on "Brunieux" in Saint-Desirat (northern zone of Saint-Joseph) on soils of decomposed granite with white clay. Approximately 80% de-stemmed, total SO2 is  20 - 30 mg/L, aged in 228 liter  and 400 liter barrels, some new.) Inky, purple robe to the meniscus. Upon opening the nose is expressive and perfumed, with a mélange of violet, blackberry, blueberry, spice, mineral smoke aromas, with a suspicion of bacon fat and pepper. The palate is concentrated, ripe, and supple, though there’s a “zangy,” electric minerality that dances through the mid-palate. There’s a plenty of sap and certainly ripeness here, but the the stoniness is entrancing and all the structure radiates from core and carries over on the long, rising, lingering finish. And while this offers plenty of earth and savory St. Joseph character underlying the ripe dark fruit, the overall impression is one of profound stoniness. A beautiful bottle with, pan-roasted lamb blade steak and roasted pepper salad, but the tannins are sophisticated enough to warrant pairing with roast duck or a salmis of guinea hen. A true pleasure to drink now, though this has the structure to warrant cellaring for 10-15 years. This is a cracking St. Joseph and well worth a look. Bravo! John Mcilwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $65.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Dumien Serrette 2016 Cornas "Patou" Vieilles Vignes

"Patou" is a vineyard in the southern portion of Cornas with vines planted from the 1920s to the 1990s on granite soils, tended organically but not certified. The grapes are mostly de-stemmed, fermentations are with wild yeasts and the wine ages for approximately 2 years in 3 to 7 year-old barrels. This is thoughtful, spot-on Cornas at an accessible pricepoint. The nose shows game meat and plenty of spice and smoke that open into notes of macerated blackberries and pepper. The palate is medium-bodied and spicy, also improving with air towards wild berries and granitic spice. Very tasty, and very drinkable, especially with a bit of air. Ben Fletcher

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic

Ecu (Fred Niger) 2018 Vin de France "Aeterno" Syrah (Amphora)

Fred Niger made this gorgeous Syrah with grapes from David Reynaud in Crozes-Hermitage ("les Croix") vinified and bottled with zero additives, aged for 9 months in amphora of 400 and 500 liters, less than 200 cases produced.  Tasted at the end of a very long day, after many great wines and with a tired palate, the 2018 "Aeterno" was still magnificent! Thanks to Fred's notes, much better than mine:  "Intense color, inky black with violet hints.Nose marked by smoky notes of ripe black fruits, of blueberry, violet, white pepper. A supple attack leading to a powerful wine, full palate, opulent and massive, balanced by tannins fine and delicate. The structure of this wine is built around a beautiful northern-Rhône acidity, which brings great freshness. Sensational length."  This is a beautiful wine from a great terroir, really an extraordinary expression of Syrah. Carafe when young, drink over the next ten to fifteen years.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2017 Beaumes-de-Venise Cuvée Saint-Martin

Guy and Thomas Jullien at la Ferme Saint-Martin are making some of the finest wines in the Southern Rhône on their organic estate in Suzette, near Beaumes-de-Venise. One of their best wines, the Cuvée Saint-Martin is made with 85% Grenache from 60 to 105 year-old vines grown on clay over limestone (Triassic) soils. Vinification is with wild yeasts, with no added SO2 until a tiny amount before bottling - this is a "natural" wine of great quality.  The 2017 shows a deep red/black color, with ripe plum, red currant and strawberry aromas, very floral, elegant and lush with hints of licorice, garrigue and earth. The palate is ripe and dense with deep chocolately blackberry and plum liqueur with earth, licorice, mint and spice, finishing with firm acidity and citrusy red fruits. This is an outstanding southern Rhône red and a great value - serve with grilled foods, Moroccan tagines and Provençal stews. David Lillie

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2018 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 grown on a unique terroir of Triassic limestone/clay soils. Organically farmed with vegetation maintained between the rows; fermented naturally with no additives, 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.  The wine is dense and long with delicious supple fruit, a bit brighter than the 2017. Plenty of complexity in this deep Southern Rhône wine to sit and contemplate, and would be excellent with heartier or gamey fare. MD

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ferme Saint-Martin 2019 Ventoux Les Estaillades

At about 900 ft elevation in the Ventoux, the Juliens have Grenache and Counoise in a parcel sheltered from the mistral surrouded by pines and garrigue that yields this delicious, supple wine that's a fabulous pairing with any grilled meat or stews. The sandy clay limestone soils are plowed only around the foot of the vine with vegetation maintained between the rows. The grapes are hand-harvested and ferment naturally with no additives, aging is in concrete vat, minimal SO2 is added before bottling without fining or filtration. The 2019 "Estaillades" is deep and dense with aromas of garrigue and red/black fruits, with blackberry and cherry liqueur and a bit of licorice and menthol on the full, chalky palate. Delicious now and will drink beautifully over the next 3 - 5 years. This serious Rhone red is a great value! David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Blanc

Thomas Finot, who is making fascinating wines in the Coteaux Grésivaudan in the Isère, makes a tiny quantity of Crôzes-Hermitage Blanc and Rouge.  This beautiful Crôzes Blanc is from 100% Marsanne grown on the family's 1.8 hectare parcel of old vines in Larnage on a hillside with granite and limestone subsoils under interesting soils of white clay (kaolin). It's a great terroir for Marsanne giving a wine that is ripe and concentrated but with a fabulous underlying stone and smoky character.  The aromas are of apricot, peach, mango and Asian fruits with stone and hay, the palate is dense with earth and mineral flavors below the elegant pear and yellow fruits, finishing with stone,  pear and citrus that linger. A great aperitif, this will pair well with any full-flavored seafood dishes, crab and shrimp, also white meats in sauce, goat cheeses and vegetable terrines.   David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Finot, Thomas 2018 Crozes-Hermitage Classique

Thomas Finot, who is resurrecting forgotten vineyards and varieties in the Isère, is also making brilliant wines from his tiny family vineyard in Crozes-Hermitage. He has 1.8 hectare of old vines in Larnage on a hillside with granite and limestone subsoils under interesting topsoils of white clay (kaolin). The 2018 Crozes-Hermitage is a delicious Syrah showing lush aromas of black cherry and black raspberry liqueur, with hints of blueberry and earth. The palate is elegant and dense, but not over-ripe,  perfectly balanced with cherry, black raspberry and red currant fruits with citrus notes in the long well-structured finish. This is a very stylish Crozes and a great value that will accompany a wide variety of pork and chicken dishes and mild cheeses. Decant and serve cool or hold for a few years then drink until 2030.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 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
  • 87 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $159.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $699.99

Manissy 2019 Tavel Cuvée des Lys Rose

Tavel, the warm, Grenache-based rosé famously espoused by AJ Liebling, is perhaps more suited for the table than a light quaff on the patio. A darker pink than your typical salmon-hued wines of Southern France with a palate to match, Tavel, if you'll forgive the idea, is a more "serious" rosé. The organically farmed Manissy 'Cuvée des Lys' is dark-fruited with ripe plum and garrigue on the nose, with the spicy warmth of sun-kissed Grenache on the medium-bodied palate followed by a hint of pleasing tannic bitterness on the finish. Served cool, this savory richness makes it a rosé especially suited for grilled meats, big flavors like tapenade, and sheep's milk cheeses on a late summer night.

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $349.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $249.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

Pierre Andre 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 1.5 L

(Note: Pierre André 2016 Magnum Special Price is $108.99) 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 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 its vibrant youth, but will repay waiting for ten years and then enjoy until 2050! Very highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $135.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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
  • 11 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $18.99

Richaud 2019 Vin de France Rosé

Marcel Richaud is one of the great winemakers of the southern Rhône, an early convert to organic farming and a great champion of natural vinifications with minimal SO2.  This is an exciting arrival at Chambers Street as this scrumptious rose is rarely seen in the US.  Made from Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, it's a beautiful,  full-bodied wine that will accompany a wide variety of cuisines, especially grilled meats this summer.  The aromas are complex and pretty showing raspberry, peach and citrus peel with hints of melon and spice. The palate is ripe and supple with creamy wild-strawberry, raspberry, peach skin and citrus - just lovely! The finish is long and refreshing. Serve with a Salade Nicoise, chicken and pork dishes or a burger off the grill.  This is highly recommended for those who like some flavor in their rosé, and will drink beautifully over the next two years!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $214.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $229.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $57.99

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Texier 2017 Côte-Rôtie Vieilles Vignes

Whole-cluster fermentation; aged 20 months in 7-10 year-old barriques. Very low SO2 added. From the Corps de Loup lieu-dit, the soil is a mixture of schist and gneiss; the vines are 80 years old on average.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $86.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur