Alsace

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  • 1 in stock
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  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
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  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
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  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
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  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
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Australia

  • red
  • 29 in stock
  • $26.99

Austria

  • white
  • 2 in stock
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  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $54.99

Arndorfer 2012 Roter Veltliner Von den Terrassen 1979

100% Roter Veltliner planted in 1979 near the top of Gaisberg (Zöbing side). Known more for being a top site for growing Riesling than Roter Veltliner, Martin and Anna Arndorfer purchased this vineyard in 2010 (after being warned not to do so by relatives). The primary rock up there (300+ meters, south facing) is predominately Gfohler Gneiss along with Mica-Schist. Both 2012 and 2013 had very similar vinifications: few hours of maceration, aged in a mix of oak and stainless steel, with ten months on the lees and no fining. 2012 was the first vintage of this wine, boasting a beautiful, aromatic nose of brown butter and rich toffee with golden apple and citron. On the palate the wine has an opulent texture, rich and soft, with notes of candied citron, ginger, pear, yellow apple,  and salted caramel. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $61.99

Arndorfer 2013 Roter Veltliner Von den Terrassen 1979

100% Roter Veltliner planted in 1979 near the top of Gaisberg (Zöbing side). Known more for being a top site for growing Riesling than Roter Veltliner, Martin and Anna Arndorfer purchased this vineyard in 2010 (after being warned not to do so by relatives). The primary rock up there (300+ meters, south facing) is predominately Gfohler Gneiss along with Mica-Schist. Both 2012 and 2013 had very similar vinifications: few hours of maceration, aged in a mix of oak and stainless steel, with ten months on the lees and no fining. We are very lucky to have two different vintages to choose from, ultimately showcasing the influence of the vintage. Reflecting some similar development on the nose as the 2012 (salted toffee/brown butter), there is also a brighter note of Seville orange zest, and the palate reveals a higher acidity, with tangy orange/lemon oil, and brighter vegetal tones alongside the pear and apple fruit. Not austere by any means, but the 2013 does come off as stonier and edgier than the 2012. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $60.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $349.99

Fuchs und Hase 2015 Niederösterreich Pet Nat Vol. 1

Fuchs und Hase is a collaboration between Alwin & Stefanie Jurtschitsch and Martin & Anna Arndorfer in the Kamptal. Each vintage they make a series of "Volumes", always Pét Nats, with no filtering or fining. The grapes are picked together and co-ferment as well. Each Volume is a different blend: 2015's Volume 1 is mostly Müller-Thurgau, with some Grüner Veltliner and Muskateller. The nose is delicate with notes of apple blossom and anise. Savory tones of oxidized apple core balance out the tropical tang of starfruit and green strawberry, making for a wine that is a touch more fruit forward than Volume 2. Tasted again in January, this wine is in a great place, showing more freshness with a vibrancy of mixed citrus zests and less tones of oxidation. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Biodynamic

Jurtschitsch NV (b 13) Kamptal Brut Sekt Rosé

Weingut Jurtschitsch is the oldest winery (est. 16th century) in the Kamptal region of Austria and has been in the family since 1868. Vineyards were converted to organic farming in 2006 and all 60 hectares have been certified organic since 2009. The Brut Sekt Rosé is mostly Zweigelt with the balance made up of Pinot Noir and Sankt Laurent, from cooler vineyard sites with calcareous soils. The wine spends 2 1/2 years on the lees and receives 7 g/L dosage. Light, antique pink in the glass, the nose is fragrant with roses, blueberries, and raspberries. On the palate juicy red berries mingle with stony and salty minerality. Cari Bernard

  • rosé sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Meinklang 2013 Burgenland Graupert Zweigelt

The Zweigelt from Angela & Werner’s “Graupert” series – wines made from vines that are left to grow totally wild without pruning or trellising – is an absolutely unique expression of the grape. These vines produce fewer bunches of thicker-skinned, smaller, and more concentrated grapes, which combined with an indigenous yeast fermentation and no fining, filtering, or added sulfites give a totally pure expression of terroir. The palate is sapid with dark fruit and umami notes: plump cherries, sweet black-skinned plums, tamari, stewed tomatoes, freshly-cracked black pepper, and damp, loamy soil. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, this vibrant and complex natural wine would pair beautifully with braised lamb or beef stew, tuna, or an aged Gouda or cheddar. Karina Mackow

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Ott, Bernhard 2015 Gemischter Satz

This is the first Gemischter Satz from Bernhard Ott: a field blend of Welshriesling, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc from newly acquired vineyard plots. Harvested together, carbonically macerated, and aged in stainless steel together, they form a chorus of vibrant, refreshing acidity, great tension and texture, with floral notes on both nose and palate, along with white cherry fruit, brisk minerality, and a touch of the savory. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $26.99

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

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $64.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic

Stagard 2015 Grüner Veltliner Handwerk

The Stagard 2015 Handwerk is a wine that shows the serious side of Grüner at a great price point. The nose is fragrant with white and yellow florals, leading notes of yellow peaches and Cara Cara oranges with just a whiff of white pepper. The palate is vibrant with juicy orange and stone fruit giving way to white pepper and a strong mineral character. Full-bodied but balanced by bright acidity, it would pair well with herbed chicken, grilled shrimp, or a board of soft cheeses. Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic

Beaujolais

Coquelet 2015 Chiroubles

Damien Coquelet has made an elegant, balanced and quite mineral tasting Chiroubles in this frequently over-ripe vintage. The aromas are a bit earthy and floral with black fruits and hints of spice and citrus. The palate is dense and saline with blackberry and black cherry, quite restrained and earthy for a 2015, and with only 12.5% alcohol. Give this wine some time to open up and serve with any grilled meat, roast chicken and charcuterie.

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $21.49

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $41.99

Bordeaux Red

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $79.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $79.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $239.99

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  • 10 in stock
  • $59.99

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  • 6 in stock
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  • 5 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $349.99

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  • 14 in stock
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  • 3 in stock
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  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $64.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $109.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

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  • 2 in stock
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  • 19 in stock
  • $139.99

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  • 5 in stock
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  • 10 in stock
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  • 12 in stock
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  • 5 in stock
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  • 7 in stock
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  • 9 in stock
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  • 9 in stock
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  • 7 in stock
  • $69.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $84.99

Sociando Mallet 1986 Haut-Medoc

Damp-stained labels.

  • red
  • 29 in stock
  • $89.99

Bordeaux Sweet

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
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  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $574.99

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
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  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $87.99

Champs de l'Abbaye 2014 Rully Les Cailloux

From a 1/2 hectare parcel of 35 year-old vines in Rully on clay/limestone soils. Aromas of dried pear, herbs, citrus and stone with lime flower and new oak. Intense stone and mineral flavors typical to Rully on the palate with citrus and white fruits. Fabulous stony finish.  This is an austere and elegant white Burgundy to drink now in its scintillating youth with oysters, grilled seafod, chicken and goat cheeses. Hold 5 to 10 years for a mature experience.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2014 Corton Grand Cru Blanc

Comprised of fruit from Bressandes (2/3) which per Claude de Nicolay lends richness and Chaumes, located beneath Les Pougets (1/3) which lends a degree of “saltiness.” The 2014 Corton Blanc shows a lovely balance between power and elegance. Aromatically it shows yellow flowers, orange peel and hints of sea spray and wet stone. The palate displays pretty flavors of stone fruit, Meyer lemon, and apple overlying an overt, if not overwhelming minerality on a medium weight (for Corton) palate. This shows plenty of energy and drive, if not mass, on a long, detailed, and mouthwatering finish. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $124.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $49.99

Duplessis, Gérard 2014 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

This wine comes from Duplessis’ sole Grand Cru vineyard (with 25 hectares of vines). Les Clos is the largest of the Grand Cru vineyards within Chablis and dates back from at least 1267. The wine was aged for six months in oak and twelve months in tank. This wine shows a pretty bouquet on the nose and palate with white flowers, honey, apple, orange, ginger and soft saline notes. It has an elegant acidity with a great tension and a finish leaving us with beautiful notes and texture. This is a splendid wine which can be aged for a good decade. Caroline Coursant

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
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  • 1 in stock
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  • 4 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $47.99

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  • 1 in stock
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  • 43 in stock
  • $15.99

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  • 11 in stock
  • $51.99

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  • 17 in stock
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  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $247.99

Rateau 2015 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc

Jean-Claude Rateau makes lovely wines in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune in his east-facing vineyard of clay/limestone and marne soils. Quite racy and bright even in 2015, the wine shows subtle aromas of lemon,almond, stone, pear and apple. Intense, very mineral palate with pear, citrus and stone flavors and terrific length. Decant or open in advance if drinking now, serve with oysters, grilled seafoods, roast chicken and mild cheeses or cellar for 5 to 8 years. This is a real Chardonnay of terroir and a great value!

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $549.99

Sainte Barbe 2014 Viré-Clessé La Perriére

Jean-Marie Chaland owns two estates in Viré (Macon), Domaine Sainte Barbe and Domaine des Chazelles, both certified organic since 2006. The Sainte Barbe "la Perriere" is made from 35 year-old grapes from a half-hectare parcel near Viré on clay/limestone soils, never treated with herbicides. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified with wild yeasts, the wine ages for 18 months, half in barrel, have in cuve inox. The 2014 shows elegant, subtle aromas of dried pear, lime-flower, stone, melon, pineapple and honeysuckle. The palate is very mineral, with stone and citrusy acids, dense pear and herbal flavors and terrific length. This should be decanted or opened in advance, or cellar for five to ten years. A lovely white Burgundy at a reasonable price!  Serve with asparagus, terrines, scallops, monkfish, halibut. D Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
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  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $142.99

Champagne

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $129.99

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $104.99

Agrapart 2010 Champagne Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Vénus

Sourced from a small plot withing La Fosse, planted in 1959, Venus is named after the draft horse that plowed the vines. The soils are exceptionally chalky relative to the soils of other parts of Avize which have more clay, per Peter Liem. Aged under cork rather than crown cap and bottled without dosage, Venus is profoundly mineral and a study in chalk, with the old vines' deep roots preserving that sense of terroir even in warmer or 'off'  vintages.

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $219.99

Agrapart 2010 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Minéral

Mineral is a vintage-dated blend of Chardonnay from two particularly chalky lieux dits within the  grand cru villages of Cramant and Avize, with the grapes from Bionnes (Cramant) vinified in demi-muid and Le Champ Bouton (Avize) vinified in tank and blended in equal parts.

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

Agrapart NV Champagne Extra Brut Terroirs Bl de Blancs

Terroirs is a blend of Chardonnay from multiple parcels like the 7 Crus cuvée, but from older vines planted in mid-slope chalk and clay soils and aged longer on the lees, with some barrel-aged reserve wine lending another layer of complexity.

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

  • Organic

Beaufort 2003 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (April 1)

80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, harvested early at 9% alcohol from NE facing parcels. Elegant white fruit aromas. The palate is very expressive with white fuits, minerals and herbal notes, rich but balanced. (Tasted with 5 grams dosage, our disgorgement is Brut Nature.)

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort 2009 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut Nature (April 1)

This 2009 is 100% Ambonnay Grand Cru fruit and this really comes across, in the form of stately minerality and structure. It shines a vibrant golden yellow in the glass and sports a finely-beaded mousse. Aromas of spearmint, peppermint, lillies, hazelnuts, and spiced apple custard float up from the glass. The palate is both round, weighty, and alive with minerality with notes of yellow plums and Cortland apples that continue through to an elegant finish.

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort 2010 Champagne Polisy Bl/Bl Brut (April 1)

The 2010 Polisy Blanc de Blanc shows a delicate mousse, typical of wild yeast fermentations, with subtle white fruit aromas. The palate is chalky and long with beautiful lemon, pear and herbal notes - lovely now and should cellar beautifully.

  • white sparkling
  • 35 in stock
  • no discount
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Demi-Sec (04/01)

Towards the end of the tasting my notes became minimal, but this wine rated an enthusiastic "Superb!" Forget your prejudice against demi-sec Champagnes, this wine is fantastically complex and delicious. The French wine publication “Le Rouge et le Blanc,” in their review of André Beaufort, offers an explanation of how dosage seems to help the wines develop: “the aromas, timid in their youth, finish by exploding with age and the sugar becomes like a support to the aromas.” Only a few bottles available – we urge you to try it! (Notes from Jan 2017: "Super, rich, no flaws, Nearly sweet, wonderful, rich, complex nose. Totally fresh, or at least not old or even aging...")

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $133.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut (Arrives 4/1)

"Really superb, subtle, long. Quiet nose. Winy. Seems like old school white Burgundy. Very serious, perfect but perhaps less transparent than the 2010 Brut Rosé." Notes from Beaufort dinner, Jan 2017

  • white sparkling
  • 26 in stock
  • no discount
  • $77.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Polisy Rosé Brut (Arrives 4/1)

For its striking blood orange/copper color and for its vinous character, Beaufort's 2010 Rosé is one of the most compelling Champagnes on our shelves. 100% Pinot Noir from Beaufort's Polisy vineyards, there are geographic and stylistic similarities to great Rosé des Riceys. Aromas of cherry compote, cinnamon, spearmint, and butterscotch give way to gingerbread and herbal notes. The palate is broad and balanced with a juicy core of cherries, tangerines, and red plums before a lengthy mocha and mulberry finish. One of Beaufort's best rosés to date! (*Disgorged 10/2016) Tasting notes  Jan 2017 "Absolutely super, in the end the wine of the night. Transparent, super light but dense and complex, long and unfolding in waves..."

  • rosé sparkling
  • 30 in stock
  • no discount
  • $52.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 11

For holiday celebrations, Champagne is a must. Not just for the festive association of bubbles, but also because it is truly one of the most versatile wines to grace one's table. The inherent acidity of the wine cuts through the richness of the foods, while the bubbles and moderate alcohol invigorate the palate rather than tire it. One of my favorite Champagnes for the table (not just Thanksgiving or Christmas) is Bérêche's Reflets d'Antan. Based on a perpetual cuvée dating from the 1980's, the wine combines the vivid, nervy fruit of a recent vintage with the burnished, textural and aromatic complexity of the aged wines which make up the 'solera.' The secondary fermentation under cork rather than crown cap adds an additional layer of finesse with a delicate bead and soft mousse. This will pair beautifully with most of the foods on your holiday table (skip the marshmallows, please). Better served in a white wine glass to allow  the aromas to develop.  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 37 in stock
  • no discount
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

Bourgeois-Diaz NV Base 2013 Champagne Extra-Brut 3C (disg. 2/6/16)

Bio Champagne grower Bourgeois-Diaz is located in  Crouttes sur Marne on the western edge of the Marne River Valley, where much of the terroir is perfectly suited for the Pinot Meunier grape. Their vines are near those of noted biodynamic grower and Meunier-specialist, Francoise Bedel. Their non-vintage extra-brut cuvee '3C' is named after the three cepages that make up the blend. The current disgorgement, based on the  2013 vintage,  is red fruited on the nose and bright, briny, then broad on palate. There is a soft mousse and a rich, not zaftig texture with good cut and freshness. There is a nice sense of harmony on nose and palate. The finish is stony, persistent, with good detail, rising at the end. A fine aperitif and better still with sushi or sashimi (toro spoken here). This offers a great deal of complexity at an attractive price.  (Disgorged 2/16/2016, 3g/l dosage.) John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Bourgeois-Diaz NV Champagne Extra-Brut 3C Magnum 1.5 L

Bio Champagne grower Bourgeois-Diaz is located in  Crouttes sur Marne on the western edge of the Marne River Valley, where much of the terroir is perfectly suited for the Pinot Meunier grape. Their vines are near those of noted biodynamic grower and Meunier-specialist, Francoise Bedel. Their non-vintage extra-brut cuvee '3C' is named after the three cepages that make up the blend. The current disgorgement, based on the  2013 vintage,  is red fruited on the nose and bright, briny, then broad on palate. There is a soft mousse and a rich, not zaftig texture with good cut and freshness. There is a nice sense of harmony on nose and palate. The finish is stony, persistent, with good detail, rising at the end. A fine aperitif and better still with sushi or sashimi (toro spoken here). This offers a great deal of complexity at an attractive price.  (Disgorged 2/16/2016, 3g/l dosage.) John McIlwain 

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

Geoffroy, René Brut Nature 1er cru Les Hourants Complantes

Les Houtrantes Complantés is Geoffroy's most viticulturally ambitious and complex Champagne. Sourced from a field blend of old vines of all the allowed Champagne cultivars, there is not enough juice to make a cuvée each year, so JB stores reserve wine from previous vintages in magnums. This first release is a blend of 25% 2008, 35% 2009, and 40% 2010. Quite simply this is one of our most fascinatingly elegant and aromatically beguiling Champagnes. It shows a pale golden yellow in the glass, adorned with a minutely beaded mousse. The nose unpacks an aroma box of linden flowers, sage, hyacinths, fresh mint, followed by Doyenne pears, Reine Claude plums, and a hint of smoky tones. The palate is refreshing stream of minerality, impeccably balanced and ripe for a Brut Nature, that glides and shifts to a saline and savory finish. One can't help but thinking of Rieslings from the great vineyards of Saar Valley. Simply stunning Champagne! (Disgorged 6/2015). - David Salinas

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $199.99

Geoffroy, René 2004 Champagne Premier Cru Extra Brut Millésimé

In the sometimes treacherous passage from grapes to wine, Geoffroy's flagship cuvée has been gifted every advantage. 50-year-old vines, on average, from JB's finest plots are used in the 2004's final blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. At pressing, only the "tête de cuvée" juices, the best juice from the first press, are used. The prise de mousse occurs under cork, not capsule, and the 2004 has aged for almost ten years on it lees to delicious results. It shines a medium golden yellow in the glass, adorned by a discrete mousse. Initial smoky tones, on the nose, give way to aromas of Cortland apples, honeysuckle, Mirabelle plums, and tamarinds. The palate is rich, round, and weighty with notes of green apples, greengages, and vanilla before a tart and smoky finish. (Disgorged 5/2014).  - David Salinas

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

Huré Frères NV Champagne Extra Brut Mémoire

Based on a solera, or perpetual cuvée, started in 1982, the Mémoire Extra Brut is comprised of 45% Pinot Noir, 45% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Chardonnay, aged in foudre and bottled with 3 g/ dosage. The grapes come from all of the various Huré vineyard parcels and the cuvée is considered to be a broad "snapshot" of the domain's terroir and vinification aesthetic. Pale golden yellow in color and with an ultra-fine bead, Mémoire offers soft aromas of Mirabelle plum, dried orange peel, lemon verbena, brown butter, with notes of honey. The palate is creamy, broad, round, and burnished with complex flavors of wild cherry, damson, heather honey, candied ginger, with a pleasing hint of nuttiness on the finish. There are a multiple layers to this Champagne as befits its solera origins and it is better served by enjoying from a wine glass, rather than flute to allow the bouquet to develop fully. - John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

Lahaye, Benoît 2009 Champagne Brut Nature Violaine (sans soufre)

This is one of the best Champagnes I've ever had. No joke. From old vines grown on very dry chalky soil between Bouzy and Tauxières, the wine is equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, made without dosage or sulfur, all from 2009 fruit. There are very few producers in Champagne who make a bottling totally without added sulfur. It's a risky thing to do, however in this case the results are absolutely breath-taking. Super aromatic with rich, mouth-filling and very sensuous fruit, the wine shows fully as much intense, taught minerality as it does succulent and voluptuous fruit. It's a wine that will change constantly as it's open, and deserves attention as it unfolds. Peter Liem has descrived the 2008 Violaine (the first vintage of this wine) as "one that speaks to the emotions as much as it does to the intellect." I'd say that's an apt assessment. (disgorged 1/13) -msb

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

Laherte Frères NV Champagne Saignée Rosé Les Beaudiers Vieilles Vignes

Entirely Pinot Meunier, this is a notably unique rosé. It's incredibly vinous and is wine — serious wine — before it's rosé or Champagne. But as a saignée Champagne it has delicacy and poise, and yet is serious and structured. It's most curiously savory — our flavor associates included soft cheese, herbs, ferns, sausage, and spices. It is wonderfully dry with chalky minerality on the finish. Not a party Champagne, but one for serious consideration and engagement. Worth contemplation by any serious wine or Champagne lover. MSB

  • rosé sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $65.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

Laval, Georges 2009 Champagne Cumières Premier Cru Les Chênes

If ever there were an argument that portions of Cumières merit Grand Cru status, Laval's Les  Chênes makes a convincing case. Made up of 100% organically farmed Chardonnay from the eponymous lieu-dit on the eastern side of the village down by the river where the soils are chalky rather than the clays of other portions of the village, this is particularly powerful blanc de blancs. While the nose offers tropical fruit and citrus aromas, the midweight, sinewy, and broad palate is pungently mineral displaying notes of salt, green tea, and quinine on a driving, powerful, persistent finish. This is certainly delicious now, but tastings of previous vintages of Les Chênes, lead one to believe there is plenty ahead for the patient. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $169.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • $229.99

Marguet 2009 Champagne Brut Ambonnay Grand Cru Les Crayères

Someday soon the Ambonnay Grand Cru lieu-dit of Les Crayères will be spoken of in the same reverential tones as Hermitage’s Les Bessards or Alsace’s Clos Sainte Hune.  Similarly, Benoît Marguet will be heralded for having preserved and defended the health of his soils and his vineyard workers. These valuations form a positive feedback loop, where greater care and attention to finely delimited vineyards will help these great terroirs shine. Marguet’s Les Crayères is a blend of 62% Chardonnay and 38% Pinot Noir from an airy, mid-slope vineyard. Light golden in color and starred by a finely beaded mousse, the aromas begin with acacia, ripe raspberries, and honeysuckle before transitioning to Red Delicious and violets. The zero-dosage palate is broad and gripping with notes of dark chocolate, Meyer lemon, and fresh peppermint with a vanilla macaroon and ripe cantaloupe finish. An expressive and uncompromising Champagne of terroir! Disgorged 3/2014. David Salinas

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

Marguet Père and Fils NV Champagne Brut Shaman Rose

A rich and effervescent rosé (70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir) with all the fruit sourced from the Grand Cru of Ambonnay. There are delicate notes of wild red cherry and fresh strawberry tops, which sharply unfurls with richly concentrated flavors of ripe Tri-Star strawberries and candied cherry. Bold and powerful enough to have with a rare steak!  Jonas Mendoza

  • rosé sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marie-Courtin 2011 Champagne Concordance Sans Soufre

There are no two ways about it. This is a natural Champagne made from biodynamically farmed Pinot Noir and then vinified with native yeasts for both the alcoholic fermentation and the prise de mousse. Finally, the Concordance is free of any added sulfur. The Aube's warmer climate and Dominique's great farming have resulted in a Blanc de Noirs that will settle any doubts about the quality of the 2011 base vintage. Pale golden yellow in the glass and sporting a finely beaded mousse, the aromas of the Concordance are strikingly pure and vibrant with notes of ripe Cortland apples, red currants, fresh raspberries and a hint of brioche. The palate is pure with a fine minerality that carries aromas of cranberries and red plums through to a lengthy and savory finish. Beautiful Champagne! (Dosage : Zero, Disgorged : 1/2015). - David Salinas

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $169.99

Michel, Jose NV Champagne Brut (Moussy)

Over the course of time, Jose Michel's NV Brut has become one of our favorite affordable Champagnes. It's a wine that has something for everyone: accessibility for those who like easy-going bubbles, savory-ness for those who drink Champagne at the table, complexity for those who value it... Some Champagne is rich, some is elegant, but this bottle is explosive and animated. Packed with fruit — peach, raspberry, and strawberry — but held in balance with creamy straw and cashew-y notes, and a strong backbone of acidity. This is an epicurean, food-friendly Champagne that is simply delicious and perfect for toasting. (The price is simply unbeatable.) MSB

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $37.99

  • white sparkling
  • 21 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

Piollot NV Extra-Brut Come des Tallants No Dosage

Sourced from less than a hectare parcel of old-vine Pinot Noir, the Come des Tallants is the jewel of Roland's range. Beginning with a crystalline clear and brilliant golden yellow in the glass and very finely beaded mousse, the nose shows aromas of Greengage, lillies, spearmint, toffee, guava, and some musky tones. The palate is finely chiseled with a nervy minerality, buoyed by a weighty concentration and a full aromatic range of wild flowers, which continues through to a finely pointed finish. A fantastic effort and Champagne from Roland Piollot! (Dosage : Zero, Disgorged : 7/2015). This beautiful Champagne is a superb value and a great way to start, or enjoy during your holiday feast!

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $41.99

  • Organic

Pouillon, R 2008 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Chemin du Bois

An organically-farmed Blanc de Noirs from the eponymous lieu-dit in the premier cru village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The wine is a notable expression of this terroir, as Fabrice Pouillon reveals by vinifying with only the natural sugars from perfectly ripe Pinot Noir, in addition to only utilizing the indigenous yeasts present in the must. He accomplishes this by chilling unsulfured grape must in tank to a temperature low enough to prevent spoilage or fermentation. This must is then used for the secondary fermentation, as well as the dosage after disgorgement, rather than cane sugars or MCR. The resulting wine is layered and supple with a fine bead, displaying red fruits, blood orange peel, and spices, expressing the vinous character of Pinot Noir grown in the clays of the Grande Vallee de la Marne. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $127.99

  • Organic

Ruppert-Leroy 2011 Champagne Brut Nature Martin Fontaine (2011)

Located in the hills above Essoyes, Ruppert-Leroy's vines are a study of polyculture, in contrast to most of the vineyards of Champagne. All are adjacent to forest, with dozens of herbs, wildflowers, grasses growing between the rows. In the Spring, there is a riot of color between the vines. Martin-Fontaine is 100% Chardonnay, fermented with native yeasts, bottled without dosage as of the 2013 vintage sees no addition of sulfur. We are lucky to be able to revisit the 2011, which is in a beautiful place at the moment, with a nose redolent of shortbread, lemon curd, and wet stone. The palate is stony, saline, and quite savory  with umami notes vying for attention with pure flavors of ripe white orchard fruits. Quite pretty and detailed, this shows the potential of the terroir in this part of the Aube. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Ruppert-Leroy 2013 Champagne Brut Nature Pinot Noir "Les Cognaux"

While today we tend to think of most wines in terms of fruit or mineral descriptors, some transcend those notes with profoundly savory character. Ruppert-Leroy's 100% Pinot Noir Champagne Les Cognaux hits this sweet spot with loads of minerality, pure fruit, and a rich sapid character which makes it a natural for the table. Here's a wine that will stand up to  all manner of savory dishes, while leaving the palate refreshed. A visit to the vines with Bénédicte Ruppert of Ruppert-Leroy is an illuminating experience. There’s a world of difference between the Aube and the Vallée de la Marne. Not only are the soils different, (Kimmeridgean limestone vs. chalk), but the undulating landscape itself is wilder and less manicured. Often the vineyards abut forest rather than village, which in the case of biodynamic growers is especially desirable to insure a biodiversity according to Bénédicte. Between the vines is a riot of vegetation and flowers, as Ruppert-Leroy has 30 different plants and flowers sown in the vineyard.  One such vineyard is the Les Cognaux whose grey marl soils are planted to Pinot Noir and when we visited in the Spring was aglow with yellow flowers. (These flowers are made into a tissane by Bénédicte to treat the vines for mildew.)The wildness of the countryside is reflected in the wines which are energetic, exuberant, and vibrantly mineral. The 2013 Les Cognaux shows red fruit, peach skin, orange peel, and see spray aromas with notes of daishi and fond. The palate balances lush, ripe flavors of apricot, peach, and Rainier cherry with crunchy acidity, compelling umami character and a pungent sense of minerality. The finish is vibrant and luminous. As of 2013 Ruppert-Leroy vinifies and bottles without SO2. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
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  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
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  • 1 in stock
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  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
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  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
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Soreau, Hubert NV Champagne Brut Clos de l'Abbé Blanc de Blancs 2008 base

Hubert Soreau is is a vigneron whose wine exemplifies the dedication of small growers to producing distinctive Champagnes of terroir. Farming .49 ha near Epernay without chemicals, he produces tiny amounts of wine which ages in wood, sees long less aging under cork, and extended time in the cellar before release. The current Release of Le Clos l'Abee (base 2008 with this bottling) is vinous, waxy, layered, and burnished with plenty of savory and umami notes complementing the incisive minerality from the terroir. The aromatics balance yellow fruit and citrus peel with brioche and soil notes. This is a treat for fans of leesy, chalky Champagnes. There is a fine bead and a long, broad, elegant finish.  (Dosage 5g/l; Disgorged Fall 2015) John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • Organic

Suenen 2013 Base Champagne Grand Cru C + C Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut

There's a great deal to admire in the Champagnes and ethic of Aurelien Suenen. His wines combine beautiful fruit with a frank minerality in a graceful way. This results from conscientious farming (Suenen has been in transition to organic certification since 2009), deft work in the cellar (native yeast fermentation, natural malolactic fermentation, moderate use of sulfur, and dosage determined by blind tasting trial). Aurelien's inaugural village releases display his desire to release Champagnes that articulate a sense of place. He notes that in Cramant there is different terroir expression in the wines from the high vineyards and the lower lying vineyards, with the vines planted in the latter proving to be more distinctly mineral. C + C, a blend of wines from Chouilly and Cramant is richer and more briny than the Oiry bottling. The nose offers an intoxicating blend of lemon blossom, sea spray, and apricot aromas, while the palate is incisively chalky, pungently stony, and taut. This is not to say this is austere, rather brisk and punchy with great persistence on the long, sapid finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Suenen 2013 Base Champagne Oiry Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut

The 2013 vintage is the inaugural release of Aurelien Suenen's Grand Cru Oiry Blanc de Blancs. Wines from the village of Oiry are typically sold under the Cramant designation (we haven't been able to find another Champagne with this single village designation, as yet), so this is a fine opportunity to taste Oiry's distinctive, chalky terroir. Aurelien's parcels contain some very old Chardonnay vines which make for some pungently mineral, stony wines. The vins clairs are fermented partially in barrel, spend nine months on the lees, and are bottled with 1 g/l dosage. The 2013 is brisk,  briny, and fresh on the nose with aromas of citrus peel, quinine, and chalk dominating. The palate is chiseled, taut and very dry with racy acidity and an energetic driving finish. Suenen continues to grow with each vintage and this new line up of village designated Champagnes are particularly exciting. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 20 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.99

  • Organic

Suenen NV Champagne Extra Brut MBDA MBDA (10B) Disg 1/14

Aurélien Suenen originally trained in the US to become a professional basketball player, but returned to France to take over the estate in 2009 when his father passed away. "MBDA" is one of his first cuvées; besides a longing tribute to four generations of Suenen (Marcel, Bernard, Daniel, Aurélien) that have farmed in Champagne since 1898, it represents a precocious and stunning effort.  MBDA is a blend of nearly equal parts Pinot Noir (from Montigny-sur-Velse) and Chardonnay (from grand cru sites Cramant, Chouilly, and Oiry). Enticing at first with golden apple, candied ginger, and brioche aromatics, this Champagne fills out the palate with bruised red apple skin, yellow plum, and toast flavors, and then finishes with shaded undertones of dried honey and roasted parsnip. Texturally, the soft mousse floats like a featherweight on the center of the tongue, but then broadly fills out across the palate. Jonas Mendoza

  • white sparkling
  • 27 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $179.99

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Zero (2008 base)

A blend of 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, and 1/3 Pinot Meunier, the base wine comes from the classic 2008 vintage. For a Brut Nature (Dosage: 0 g/l), this Tarlant combines bracing acidity with remarkable fruit-forwardness. Lemon pith, preserved lemon, red apple flesh and red apple skin flavors sweep across the palate with broad brush strokes and a pleasing effervescence. With big flavors and deep cut, this Champagne definitely needs food to accompany it: caviar or smoked salmon anyone? (Disgorged: 09/14) - Jonas Mendoza

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

  • Organic
  • rosé sparkling
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  • Organic
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  • Organic
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  • rosé sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
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  • white sparkling
  • 20 in stock
  • no discount
  • $66.99

Cote-de-Beaune

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $47.99

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  • 3 in stock
  • $189.99

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  • 7 in stock
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  • 2 in stock
  • $36.99

Bize, Simon 2014 Bourgogne Les Perrières

Bize 2014 Bourgogne Rouge Les Perrières from vines located above Pernand-Vegelesses planted in 1971 and 1974. Stony, dark fruited, hints of spice, damp earth, bright acidity, savory herb notes, appropriately mineral, good concentration. Still a bit circumspect initially, but maintains a nice balance of structural and fruity elements. Not exactly plush at the moment, but the frank earthiness is compelling. Very pretty after an hour of air. Decant now or hold for 2-5 years when things should blossom. There's plenty here for a Bourgogne and I like the energy and mineral character. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $49.99

Chandon de Briailles 2014 Corton Clos du Roi

From .38 HA biodynamically farmed vines averaging over 40 years old, high on the hillside of Corton. Traditionally the most powerful and stern of the stable of red Corton lieu-dits at Chandon de Briailles. 80% whole cluster fermentation. There’s a fair bit of reduction to this initially, but with a long decant this recedes to reveal aromas plummy black fruit, animale funk, black tea, and fresh-turned earth. In the mouth ripe red/black fruit flavors mingle with pungent minerality on the vibrant mid-weight palate. There is good sap and firm, but ripe tannins supporting the fruit on the long, substantial finish. This has real class and should be sensational after 10-15 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $159.99

  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $224.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $489.99

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  • 6 in stock
  • $159.99

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  • $159.99

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  • 3 in stock
  • $164.99

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  • 1 in stock
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  • 1 in stock
  • $159.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $274.99

Rapet, Père et Fils 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses

Ile des Vergelesses is certainly one of the best premier cru vineyards in Burgundy - a perfectly exposed mid-slope vineyard on limestone and iron-rich soils, steep enough for ideal drainage, producing wines that age beautifully for 15 to 20 years - considered by many to be grand cru quality. The 2014s from Vincent Rapet are lovely, beautifully balanced wines. The 2014 Ile des Vergelesses shows very bright perfume of wild strawberry, black raspberry, rose, pepper and licorice. The palate is very dense with elegant, chalky red fruits that coat the palate. This should develop beautifully - it's perfectly balanced at 13% alcohol with firm acidity - well structured for aging. Fun to taste now, especially if decanted or opened the night before, probably best 2022 - 2035. David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $54.99

Rateau 2015 Beaune Clos des Mariages

Located toward the bottom of the slope beneath Beaune Grèves and adjacent to Les Cents Vignes, Clos des Mariages is a mix of young and very old vines planted in clay and limestone soils. The 2015 expresses the prettier character of Beaune, with lovely wild strawberry,  raspberry, and spice aromas giving way to notes of turned earth. The silky mid-weight palate shows sour cherry, wild raspberry, brambles, black tea, and chalky minerality on a long, supple, layered  finish. There is a good sense of freshness, energy, and sap here.  And while this is generous with its fruit at present, the balance is there for mid-term aging. Perfect for grilled pork medallions or braised chicken in mustard sauce. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

Cote-de-Nuit

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  • $99.99

Arlaud 2014 Chambolle-Musigny

From vines averaging 40 years old from the lieux-dits Bussières, Chardannes, Les Herbues and Les Gamaires. Certified biodynamic. Domaine Arlaud's 2014 Chambolle-Musigny shows plenty of high-toned red fruit on the nose with aromas of pomegranate, wild cherry, and strawberry with hints of wood smoke and floral notes. On the sappy, mid-weight palate, pure red fruit flavors are underlain by a pungent chalky minerality which persists through on the long, fresh, tangy finish. This is classically Chambolle: stylish and pretty with good depth. Give this 3-5 years and enjoy for the next 10-15. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Biodynamic
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  • 16 in stock
  • $89.99

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  • 5 in stock
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  • 11 in stock
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Bachelet, Denis 2014 Côte de Nuits-Villages

Maybe not a bruiser, but what a beauty! Wild strawberry, pomegranate, brown spices, super-pretty red fruits, herbal hints. Mid-weight palate, bright acid, luminous fruit, good volume and persistence on the finish-not just a little bit of that classic Burgundy peacock's tail. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $129.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $114.99

Chauvenet 2012 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Perrieres

From .23 hectare of vines dating back to 1948 between the parcels farmed by Gouges and Regis Forey. Les Perrières high on the slope between Les Poulettes and Les Poirets. The soil contains many stones which retain heat and Christophe Drag says this is the first vineyard harvested after the Bougogne. As Clive Coates has noted, somewhat atypically for Nuits St. Georges, the wines from this climat are more floral and feminine though certainly displaying great minerality. The 2012 Les Perrières is effusively floral with cherry blossoms and white flowers giving way to bright, pure cherry aromas and notes of spice. In the mouth it shows pretty black cherry, herb, and minerals on a medium bodied, but fine, palate with good sap and excellent energy following through on the lilting finish. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $104.99

Chauvenet 2013 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Perrieres

It's no secret that the Jean Chauvenet's 2012 Nuits St. Georges Les Perrières was one of my favorite red Burgundies of the vintage. The 2013 is another winner for the domaine. Chauvenet's Christope Drag farms a .23 hectare parcel of old vines high on the slope adjacent to Les Poulettes and Les Poirets between the holdings farmed by Henri Gouges and Regis Forey.  The particularly stony soils retain heat and Christophe says this is typically the first vineyard harvested after the Bourgogne. Personally I find it the most effusively perfumed of his wines with his Vaucrains a close second. The bouquet of the 2013 leaps from the glass, with floral aromas, red fruits, and pretty wild berry aromas, giving way to spices and soil notes. The palate is equally fresh, with red berry, strawberry, Morello cherry, and pipe tobacco flavors giving way to a chalky minerality. There is fine energy and cut to this which carries through on a long, lingering, and building finish.  This is certainly a pretty expression of Nuits St. Georges, but has the tannins and acidity to age with grace. John McIlwainFrom .23 hectare of vines dating back to 1948 between the parcels farmed by Gouges and Regis Forey. Les Perrières high on the slope between Les Poulettes and Les Poirets. The soil contains many stones which retain heat and Christophe Drag says this is the first vineyard harvested after the Bougogne. As Clive Coates has noted, somewhat atypically for Nuits St. Georges, the wines from this climat are more floral and feminine though certainly displaying great minerality

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Magnien, Stephane 2012 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Cuvée "Aux Petites Noix"

From mixed limestone and clay soils in premier crus Clos Baulet and Les Gruenchers, which bracket Clos Sorbe beneath the village of Morey-Saint-Denis. Another lovely wine from Stephane Magnien. Ruby in color and medium-bodied. This is quite perfumed immediately upon opening; red fruits and flowers dominate. Wild strawberry, red plums, dried rose aromas are followed by hints of bergamot and spices. The energetic palate balances ripeness and structure. There is lovely rich fruit here with offsetting earthiness. The dry extract and ripeness buffer ripe tannins and there is a beautiful purity of fruit. The finish is long and complex with discreet oak. Enjoyable now, but should become lovely with a few years in the cellar. JCM

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

Magnien, Stephane 2014 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

This a wonderful expression of Les Sentiers, aromatically expressive and layered. There are bright aromas of black cherry, raspberry, violets, woody herbs, and game on the nose. The mid-weight palate initially shows brambly black fruits, and pungent soil flavors. With time in the glass notes of dark cherry and cherry pit appear along with a savory ferrous minerality and spice notes. The tension between fruit and earthiness is compelling and will gain in complexity with time in the cellar. More expressive on the second day. If enjoying now, decant for several hours or revisit in 7-10 years and enjoy for the decade following.  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $69.99

Magnien, Stephane 2014 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Monts Luisants

Situated just above Clos de la Roche, the Magnien's 2014 1er Cru Mont-Luisants shares the grand cru's "inherent lushness" (Clive Coates) in this lovely vintage for Burgundy. The wine shows a deep red-black color with lush aromas of blackberry, plum and ripe strawbwrry with earth, graphite and citrus. Dense ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit coats the palate with hints of bitter chocaolate and soil. Surprisingly round but with nice chalky acidity and a long finish of citrus and pretty berry fruits. Quite delicious now, this lovely wine will offer superb drinking with a little time in the cellar, perhaps best 2020 - 2035. 

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  • 10 in stock
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  • 1 in stock
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  • 3 in stock
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Adam, A.J. 2009 Mosel Riesling Dhroner

All the vines for this wine are from the Hofberg site, but it is not labeled as such. This comes from 20-30 year old vines and is fermented 50% in stainless steel and 50% in 1000 liter neutral wood. With just 12 grams of residual sugar it has only the subtlest sense of "sweetness" to enhance the glacier-water purity and precision. Though fermented entirely with wild yeast, it avoids the classic sponti aromatics and instead emphasizes components of herb, rose petal and lime rind. A twinge spritzy and very easy to drink. rsg

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $26.99

Adam, A.J. 2015 Mosel Riesling Dhroner Has' chen Kabinett

Acquired in 2014, Dhroner Has'chen is a terraced monopole of ungrafted vines planted in 1933, east-facing and slightly cooler, being shaded from the sun from mid-afternoon onward. High-toned, green, fresh scents on the nose with notes of white cherry and pink grapefruit, the palate is a touch more tropical, yet still has  a lightness and edge. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $33.99

Adam, A.J. 2015 Mosel Riesling Dhroner Hofberg Spätlese

Andreas is working around 30 different plots on this mostly south-facing hill, a small portion of which remains terraced. No ungrafted vines remain, but these are still old vines, being planted in 1953. Andreas spoke about the grapes for the Spätlese as being small in size, but not in compact bunches, with violet skins. 2015 gave grapes with no botrytis, which was perfect for Andreas, who believes Spätlese with botrytis can verge on being 'baroque'. This is a Spätlese with lift: incredibly floral on the nose with a vibrant palate bursting with peach, mango, honey and stone, candied orange peel and grapefruit zest. Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Biodynamic

Busch, Clemens 2011 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Rothenpfad Ries Auslese 375ml

Rothenpfad hails from the old-vine Riesling grown in red slate parcels of the Marienburg hillside. Deeply golden in color, the nose is a veritable spice box of aromas including cinnamon, cardamom, red peppercorn, juniper, cedar, and mace. The palate is mouth-coating but with an underlying minerality that carries notes of spiced pears and cinnamon through to a beautifully long finish.

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Biodynamic

Dreissigacker 2010 Rheinhessen Bechtheim Geyersberg Ries Trocken 1.5 L

Encouraged by the interest shown for the the initial release of his wines, Jochen agreed to send a limited number of magnums stateside. The 2010 Geyersberg in this larger format shows all minerality, one would expect from the vintage and all the added depth of flavor that magnums can offer. It shines a rich, brilliant golden yellow in the glass, while the nose is equally compelling. Aromas of lilacs, ripe red peaches, starfruit, and lemon zest are interlaced with star anise, freshly ground ginger, and smoky tones. The palate is refined, ethereal, and its towering minerality glides effortlessly. Fine floral notes are followed by a crescendo of Meyer lemon, cardamom, and star anise leading to a smoky, perfectly ripe nectarine finish. This is powerful and nuanced, dry Riesling! - David Salinas

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Franzen, Reinhold 2015 Mosel Bremmer Calmont Riesling Kabinett

The Bremmer Calmont is known to be the steepest vineyard site still under cultivation in Europe. Grapes for the Kabinett come from the 'Fachkaul" parcel near the top of the Calmont; younger vines planted by Kilian Franzen's father. Stone and fresh roses on the nose, the palate reflects the warmth of the vintage with flavors of ripe mango and lush peach; the wine also shows the searing acidity of the vintage, tempered into balance by the residual sugar. A delightful Kabinett to pair with a variety of foods, spicy and bold. Cari Bernard

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Franzen, Reinhold 2015 Mosel Riesling Trocken Quartzit Schiefer

This wine is named in reference to the soils rich with Quartzite and oxidized Devonian slate that are found in this region of the Mosel. The grapes come from a handful of sites, including some from the sides of the Bremmer Calmont. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, the Quarzit-Schiefer trocken is salty and lush, redolent with scents of delicate magnolia and gardenia, the palate shimmers with nectarine, pineapple, and freshly cut flower stems around a core of stony minerality. Cari Bernard

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Fricke, Eva 2015 Rheingau Lorcher Riesling

Eva Fricke's journey from child of doctors in Northern Germany to winemaker in the Rheingau with ten leased hectares (only seven currently in production) and going for organic certification for the 2016 vintage is quite the story. Eva has worked at wineries in South Africa, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Australia, and also holds a degree in Oenology from Geisenheim as well as a Masters in Business Management from Oestrich-Winkel. During her seven-year tenure working with Johannes Leitz, she slowly began to branch out into her own vineyard plots and winery, officially leaving Leitz in 2011. Her determination and dedication to quality is inspiring. During her tasting in the store this past February, she spoke excitedly about the importance of organic farming, and the positive influence it has on her vines, even in difficult vintages. By choosing to work the steep slopes organically in the Rheingau, she has taken on a challenge rarely even considered in the region. 2015 was a stellar vintage for Eva, and across the board her wines have pitch-perfect clarity and vibrant acidity. The Lorcher Riesling trocken has grapes from both Schlossberg and Kapellenberg vineyards, grown on slate with loess and quartzite. The wine is stony and salty on the nose, with notes of citrus zest and dark slate; focused yet still has a sense of fullness across the mid-palate, with flavors of tart white grapefruit, juicy apricot, and a firm mineral structure. This wine should open up nicely in three to five years. Cari Bernard

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Immich-Batterieberg 2013 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

Gernot’s part of the Ellergrub lies just to the left of Weiser-Künstler’s parcel, which is great because they also work without chemicals in the vineyards. The 2.2 hectares of vines are 80 years and older and are ungrafted. The 2013 is having a moment right now, (re-tasted in 03/2017) showing development on the nose with deep honeysuckle notes, mirrored on the palate, along with ripe juicy peach, wildflower honey, and dark stones, managing to be both ethereal and powerful. Cari Bernard

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Immich-Batterieberg 2013 Mosel Zeppwingert Riesling

Eight terraces of old-vine Riesling planted in weathered gray slate, along the steep slope of the Starkenburger hang, provide the fruit for this pale straw yellow single-vineyard wine. Aromas of sultanas, hickory, and hyssop give the Zeppwingert a distinctly memorable nose. The palate is lifted by a zippy minerality that carries notes of cinnamon and coconut water through to a bitter orange pith finish. David Salinas

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Immich-Batterieberg 2014 Mosel Batterieberg Riesling

This wine is sourced from a portion of a 1.1 hectare monopol within the Zeppwingert; created during the winters of 1841-1845 by blasting through the gray slate with gunpowder charges. This area of the slope is extremely dry, with cooler temperatures and lower yields (~25hL/ha). The wine can definitely take a decant; at first sip tart and salty, with a distinct stoniness balanced by the light fruitiness of white peach, underripe pineapple, and a touch of white flowers. Cari Bernard 

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Immich-Batterieberg 2014 Mosel Steffensberg Riesling

Viewable from the estate, Steffensberg is the warmest site, boasting both gray and red slate with deeper soil. Gernot works a total of 1.5 hectares spread between some of the finest plots with mostly ungrafted vines. Portions of the hillside have been partially replanted due to Flurbereinigung (a remodeling/restructuring of the vineyards, adding access roadways and consolidating plots) starting in the 1960s. The warmth of Steffensberg comes through as fragrant, ripe peach and mango on the nose. The palate is structured with some weight, with notes of slightly less-ripe peach and strawberry, lemon zest, and green herbs. Cari Bernard 

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Immich-Batterieberg 2014 Mosel Zeppwingert Riesling

Although the Zeppwingert surrounds the Batterieberg on three sides, this wine is only made from grapes harvested on the eight terraces jutting out on the right flank of the Batterieberg. Soils are richer here, with dark gray slate and ungrafted vines upwards of 100-years-old and beyond. Tasted after being opened for three days, the wine is highly expressive, with notes of peaches, stone, citrus oil, beeswax, and orange blossom on the nose. The wine is vibrant and balanced, with hints of green herbs, mango, peach, and dark stone--showing great power and length. Cari Bernard 

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Immich-Batterieberg 2015 Mosel Escheburg Riesling

A cuvée of all Grand Cru vineyards boasting mostly ungrafted vines with a minimum age of 60 years. The 2015 is not tropical like 2014 Escheburg was, this vintage is bright with shimmering acidity, showing more peach and apricot notes on the palate, clover blossom and orange oil on the nose. Cari Bernard

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Koehler-Ruprecht 2014 Pfalz Kallstadter Steinacker Riesling Kabinett

Grey sandstone and pebbles mark the Steinacker vineyard, which sits just across the road from the Saumagen vineyard, Koehler-Ruprect's grand cru site. Grapes grown in the Steinacker lend themselves well to the off-dry style of wines. Rich citron and white blossoms burst forth on the nose and palate, the wine has great balance with silky sweet peach, punchy acidity, and a lingering finish. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
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Koehler-Ruprecht 2014 Pfalz Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) Kabinett Trocken

A mix of different vineyard sites from Kallstadt and Bad Dürkheim in the Pfalz, with average vine age of twelve years, aged for 24 months in a mix of old barrels and one 2500L new barrel. The new oak isn't obvious on the nose, with notes of high-toned red cherry skin and rich soy sauce, almost vegetal at first smell. On the palate the oak is finely integrated: juicy cherries and red flowers are softly balanced with just a touch of sweet spice and structure. Should be stellar with roasted chicken, duck and earthy mushrooms, a vast range of cheeses, you name it! Cari Bernard

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Lauer, Peter 2015 Saar Lambertskirsch Riesling Kabinett

Lambertskirch is a parcel, not too far from Schonfels, that during its long history has gone from vines to fruit trees and forest overgrowth. Florian cleared and replanted the 0.2 hectares in 2012. 2015 is the second vintage from this predominately southeast-facing site where large, gray slate stones litter the ground between the vines. Floral with nectarine skin on the nose, the wine is practically vibrating, shimmering with acidity and tension. The palate is a touch more linear and lighter than the Fass 8 Kabinett, with fresh flavors of ripe nectarine, floral stems and petals, salinity and finely-integrated residual sugar. Cari Bernard

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Spindler, Heinrich 2014 Pfalz Forst Kirchenstück Riesling Trocken

Long considered the finest vineyard in the Pfalz, the sandy-loam, basalt, and limestone soils of the Kirchenstück are known for yielding Rieslings with tremendous verve and tension. Markus' Kirchenstück is no exception with aromas of orange blossom, pine, hazelnuts, lime zest, and petrol tones. Yet, the palate retains a light touch with a lively minerality and aromas of apricots, spiced peaches, and thyme leading to a finely dry finish. A Riesling worthy of the vineyard and the grower.- David Salinas

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Spindler, Heinrich 2014 Pfalz Pechstein Riesling Trocken

Beneath a layer of sandy-loam, Pechstein's soils hold basalt or pitched stone, the source of this vineyard's name. Along with the Jesuitengarten this wine was one of the clear stand-outs of Markus' 2014 campaign. It shines a golden honey yellow in the glass and welcomes with aromas of lilacs, chrysanthemums, grilled pistachios, lavender, and cranberries. The palate shows a fine minerality, offering tremendous length with notes of white truffles prior to a linden blossom finish. This is nuanced and impeccably detailed, dry Riesling!- David Salinas

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Vetter 2013 Franken Sylvaner Sandstein "GK"

The GK stands for Gambacher Kalbenstein, a terraced vineyard site that has concentrations of both colored sandstone and limestone. Because of this duality, Stefan has made two different wines, each one focused on the grapes grown on the predominant soil type. This is the sandstone bottling, which makes for an expressively textural wine. Floral with apricots and peaches on the nose, the palate is savory and spiced with notes of bergamot and yellow apple. Cari Bernard

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Vetter 2014 Franken Sylvaner Muschelkalk Terrassen

As the name would suggest, the vines are on terraces with limestone soils with vines at around 30 years of age. Whole bunch pressed, fermented and aged in old barrel, unfiltered. Tropical aromas of starfruit mix with freshly milled pine; the palate is lively, fresh, and layered with texture, minerality, flavors of green mango and greengage plum. Cari Bernard 

  • white
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Vetter 2014 Franken Sylvaner Rosenrain

Ungrafted Sylvaner planted in 1934 on a mixture of red sandstone and limestone soils. Evoking thoughts of Chablis with its linear and stony intensity; the palate is bright with tart lemon juice, underripe nectarine, and a chalky minerality. Beautifully nuanced and fresh.  Cari Bernard

  • white
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Vetter 2015 Franken Sparkling Apple Cider

Made from an assortment of Franconian apple varieties, with second fermentation in the bottle, and no sulfur added; the nose is oxidative, with hints of brown butter and apple blossom. The palate is savory and tart, balanced with notes of burnt caramel, yellow apple and a stony minerality: think savory like Asturian sidra but with more bubbles and darker tones. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
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Vollenweider 2015 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Goldgrube Auslese GK

Let's be honest here: this is basically a Beerenauslese, with 140 g/L of residual sugar and 12.5 grams of acidity! 100% botrytis-affected grapes, this wine can (and should) age for quite some time. The nose hints at peach candy, cinnamon, and button mushroom, on the palate the wine shows both intensity and density, rich with honeyed peaches, orange oil, and apricot preserves. A fantastic bottle for those who wait! Cari Bernard

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Von Racknitz 2011 Nahe Riesling Niederhäuser Klamm Spätlese

While I love dry German Riesling and am constantly evangelizing about its virtues, I still love wines with some sweetness more than most Germans and perhaps more than the proprietors of Von Racknitz themselves. That's most likely why this was the first wine I tasted at the estate that got three stars in my notebook (out of a max of three -- it's not a particularly precise system, I admit). As excited as I was by it, the note is somewhat brusque: "Very ripe aromas; concentrated peach and herbs. A lot of depth. Like the sun exploding in my mouth. So succulent. Exceptional!" The vines are over 60 years old, the wines are fermented spontaneously in stainless steel, the yields are absurdly low (30 hl/ha) and it's just an outright delicious, lip-smacking Spätlese. (Picture: Von Racknitz' parcels in the Klamm are on the right. On the left? Not so much....)-jfr

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Von Racknitz 2011 Nahe Riesling Trocken Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle

Everything you'd expect and hope to find in Hermannshöhle is here: the multi-colored fruit tones; the kaleidescopic minerality; the racy minerality underlying it all. Texturally, though, this is way different than anything you've tasted before from this site. The vines of this excellent parcel are up to 50 years old and they provide the wine with a sense of depth and precision that nearly surpasses everything else in the portfolio. Hermannshöhle is one of the most storied vineyards in all of Germany with good reason, and we couldn't be happier to offer this new interpretation of what the site can give. -jfr

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Weiser-Künstler 2014 Mosel Riesling Zeppwingert Sekt

Riesling from the Zeppwingert vineyard, old vines on steep slopes of weathered blue and gray slate. Made in the Méthode Champenoise with very low dosage. This Sekt is balanced and bright with notes of brioche and lime blossom, apricot, peaches, with a crisp acidity and lingering finish of lemon oil and yellow flowers. Cari Bernard

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Italy Piedmont

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Chiesa, Carlo 2008 Roero Nebbiolo Monfriggio

You could certainly cellar this wine for some years to come, but I like the way it’s drinking now. The nose is warm with baking spice, rose, and savory aromas; there’s a dark core to the wine but it’s actually quite elegant, with velvety tannin, and it even becomes delicate on the long finish. Miles ahead of the competition! Jamie Wolff

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Dinner - Ai Valloni Boca And the best old wines from Alto Piemont; Maialino, March 16, 2017

We will taste Ai Valloni Boca 1999 and 2001, and also Vallana 1961 Spanna Campi Raudii, Antoniolo 1964 Gattinara, Nervi 1964 Gattinara,  and Nervi 1964 Ghemme; Dessilani 1978 Fara, Cantalupo 1978 Ghemme, Travaglini 1985 Gattinara, and Sella 1986 Lessona.

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Gea, Fabbio 2011 Barbaresco Notu Seguiva le Gocce d'Acqua

Barbaresco: “Notu” was Fabio’s grandfather, and the name of the wine means “Notu followed the drops of water.” Although it may not be intended, the reference to water makes sense when you taste the wine, which has a kind of crystalline freshness and clarity that reminds one of spring water. Fabio writes: “48 months fining barrel (the wood Fabio use are not really “toasted,” but vaporized with specific volcanic hot rocks (no any creation of toxic elements after this treatment) and after unique mass for 6 months in porcelain jars (Fabio is the designer and the ceramist of his own porcelain jars; very probably the first one winemaker in the world that uses “no breathing ceramics” for winemaking).  1175 bottles made.”The 2011 is an edgy, dynamic wine, showing ripe fruit balanced by great lift and transparency. It stands out in the vintage, and it’s exciting to drink.  Jamie Wolff

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Rinaldi, Francesco 1964 Barbaresco

Lovely wine with a deep penetrating nose of leather, spice, mineral, cherry and chestnut. Palate has great inner mouth aromas and nice juicy fruit. Great ripeness with good chewiness. Lovely stuff!

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Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2002 Barolo Brunate 1.5L

For Christmas this year I would like to be given the Giuseppe Rinaldi 2002 Barolo, in magnum. Please. In Piedmont the summer of ’02 saw unprecedented quantities of rain, cool temps, landslides, hail, and downpours of frogs – just about every bad wet weather thing that can happen, and many producers didn’t even make wine. By way of contrast, Giacomo Conterno bottled only Monfortino; I haven’t tasted it for a while but it was pretty spectacular then (it would be very interesting to taste the 2002 Monfortino blind… does anyone with a bottle want to join the experiment?). And G Rinaldi made really good Barolo, which I was first wowed by in 2007, and then again last May. So I’d like that mag, please. Jamie Wolff

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  • 3 in stock
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  • Organic

Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2011 Barolo Tre Tine

Formerly labeled Cannubi San Lorenzo - Ravera, this is close to same blend / same wine. Early on (from barrel in 2014) the Tre Tine seemed closer in style to Brunate than usual, sharing a dark core of ripe fruit, and very ripe tannin. A year later there was more obvious difference, with the elegance of Cannubi beginning to shine. Out of about 120 Barolos, this is one of the very best 2011s we've tasted. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 3 in stock
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  • Organic
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Italy Tuscany

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  • 16 in stock
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  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 15 in stock
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  • Organic
  • red
  • 8 in stock
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  • 4 in stock
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  • red
  • 4 in stock
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  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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Italy White

Adalia 2014 Soave Singan

This is a fantastic straw hued Soave (Garganega) from the mother-daughter team at Adalia in the Veneto. Crisp and dry with a hint of grassy texture and a long mineral finish. Eben Lillie

  • 27 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

Arcari + Danesi NV Franciacorta Dosaggio Zero

After working in Franciacorta as consultants for a few years, Giovanni Arcari and Nico Danesi started their own label in 2006. They now have 12 hectares just outside of Coccaglio (limestone and clay) and Capriolo (silt and clay), averaging between 150-330m above sea level. The Dossagio Zero is 100% Chardonnay from vines planted between 1985 and 2008. Even though it says NV on the bottle, the base wine is from the 2012 harvest. The first fermentation takes place in stainless steel using only native yeasts. The second fermentation takes place in bottle, using native yeasts and grape must (not sugar), spending 31 months on the lees.  The result is a bright and beautiful fruit-driven sparkling wine. Straw yellow  in color, with an intense nose of apples, lemons and refreshing acidity, perfect with grilled pork and fennel or even a mushroom risotto. Or just keep it simple and grab some prosciutto with parmigiano and melon. Jamie thinks it goes with everything. Christine Manula

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $37.99

  • white
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Bianco, Marco 2011 Moscato d'Asti "Crivella"

Crivella is made with fruit from Bianco’s oldest vines, including some planted in the mid 1800s by Riccardo’s great-great-something grandfather; such old vines are extremely rare, and while they produce very little fruit, it’s impossible for Riccardo to even think about replacing them. At a tasting in the shop a customer said, “Like Sauternes with bubbles!” which was a lovely way to describe the wine and its rich and unctuous character. made lively with fizz. While there’s no botrytis, Crivella is much more complex and detailed than all but the very best Sauternes. I’ve certainly never tasted anything like it — a stunning wine. Jamie Wolff Moscato d'Asti is usually a fairly light and simple affair, but this bottling has gravitas to stand up to the most complex, aged cheeses. If an old Stilton and Port sounds a bit much, try this invigorating Moscato for a bit of a lighter approach. John Rankin

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $28.99

Chiesa, Carlo 2014 Roero Arneis Quin

I’ve been trying to figure out Arneis for years now. I know I like Brovia’s version, but I like all things Brovia. My impression is that Arneis is a fairly subtle and undramatic grape, and it’s therefore easy to skew its profile – almost all Arneis is produced with selected yeasts, which produce uniformly adequate but dull wine. On top of that it’s very easy to overdo it with wood, an common thing when it comes to the ‘riservas’ or top of the line bottlings, whatever they call it. It must help the Chiesa Arneis that it is fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts; there’s some light batonnage until malo. It’s lively and bright, quite savory and chalky/mineral; it’s very vinous and clean with rich underlying texture, and has compelling dry honey and pear flavors that are a bit reminiscent of Chenin. By far the most interesting Roero Arneis I’ve tasted. Jamie Wolff The vines for the Roero Arneis were planted in 1960 on sandy soils with a southeast exposure. Aged in stainless steel for 6 months, the wine is bright straw yellow and has persistent flavors of green apples, stone fruit, and white flowers, with just a touch of honey. Would pair well with light pastas, fish / shellfish, antipasti, or even a mild curry. Christine Manula

  • white
  • 27 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
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  • 4 in stock
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  • Biodynamic
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  • 26 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Biodynamic

La Marca di San Michele 2014 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Superiore Capovolta

According to history, the Camaldolese monks started making wine in the area of San Michele back in 1186. Today La Marca carry on that tradition of making Verdicchio in Le Marche, the eastern Italian region that sits between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Their vineyards are located on hills of clay and limestone soil 350-400 meters above sea level. The wine stays on the lees for a minimum of six months and is fermented and aged in stainless steel. The result is a medium-bodied full-flavored white, ripe with stone fruit, citrus, herbs and a touch of honey. Try it with roasted flounder, scallops, mushroom risotto or roasted chicken. And if you are looking for a white to age, this would be a perfect candidate. We just opened the 2012 which was still extremely fresh and lively, but rich with dried apricots and honey. Christine Manula

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $17.99

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

Nusserhof (Heinrich Mayr) 2013 Vino Bianco B.......

This is rare mountain wine. Heinrich Mayr, along with his wife and daughter, farm almost all of the 3 hectares left in the entire world of this variety. Blatterle (“little leaf” in German), is indigenous to the Sudtirol and the Mayrs grow it on their tiny biodynamic oasis in the heart of the industrialized city of Bolzano. Although only 3 producers still farm this endangered grape, when vinified with the care and attention of the Mayrs it is capable of producing a truly delicious and unique wine: medium—bodied yet fresh, with bright lemon and mineral notes. A characteristic snap of mint on the finish cuts perfectly through salty charcuterie, rich cheeses, or the thick heat of a summer afternoon. Karina Mackow

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $27.99

Oltretorrente 2014 Timorasso Colli Tortonese

Timorasso is a golden-colored grape from Piedmont's Colli Tortonese. Aside from Gavi and Moscato, Piedmont is not well known for white wines, and Timorasso has a bit more richness and weight compared to most white wine grapes. There's a bit of spice and an almost nutty character that complements marmalade and orange fruit tones. This wine is very interesting to try as an example of an heirloom variety that almost went extinct, and it is extremely capable at the dinner table for anything from seafood, Middle Eastern food, or rich pastas. John Rankin

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Orto di Venezia 2014 Sant'Erasmo Bianco

The 2014 Sant’Erasmo Bianco is a striking wine grown on the island of San Erasmo within the lagoon of Venice.  Premised on Malvasia Istriana but comprised of a number of other local cultivars all planted on its own root stock, the wine is deeply colored in the glass, with a nose reminiscent of ripe golden apples and honeysuckle undercut by a salty tone. The palate is bold, with an initial attack of juicy orchard fruit and rich texture, followed by a honeyed note giving way to a long savory finish. More than anything else, the Orto shows a stern backbone of minerality bracing its mellow acidity and weight on the palate.  I served it with shrimp cooked with their own stock and butter, but this wine would pair beautifully with anything out of the sea, soft cheese, or rich vegetable dishes. Open early and serve slightly chilled.  Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 23 in stock
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  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • 15 in stock
  • $47.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 12 in stock
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  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 156 in stock
  • $27.99

Villa Venti 2014 Forli IGT Bianco Serenaro

Famoso di Cesena, a native grape of Romagna, was first documented in 1437 but had all but disappeared by the early 1900s. In 2000 two old rows of vines were spotted in Mercato Saraceno (Forlì) and the owner knew it was Famoso. Today the grape is being revived by a group of winemakers who are convinced that the unique features of this grape variety should not be lost. Davide and Mauro at Villa Venti are growing Famoso on red clay and Messinian-age sand. Serenaro is fermented in stainless steel and aged six months on the lees then matured four months in bottle. No added yeasts and minimal sulfur is added. The result is a very aromatic wine with floral/lavender notes and hints of dried fruit. On the palate, it’s refreshing with citrus peel and nice minerality. Perfect with fish, fresh cheese and all'ascolana (fried stuffed olives). Christine Manula 

  • white
  • 36 in stock
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  • 3 in stock
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Kosher

  • red kosher
  • 8 in stock
  • $62.99

  • white kosher
  • 10 in stock
  • $14.99

  • white kosher
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

Loire

Anges et Rene Mosse 2015 VDF Le Gros (Grolleau)

Grolleau from Agnès and René Mosse! This is an all around fun and unique wine, with a vibrant nose, lots of character, and very light body. There's a bit of natural CO2 tingle , which seems to serve the wine well by lifting the bright fruit and preserving the freshness,  a touch of pepper and a long mineral finish. We recommend a light chill and an open mind. Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $51.99

Baudry 2015 Chinon Croix Boissée Blanc

From a tiny parcel in La Croix Boissée, with 15 to 25 year-old Chenin vines on thin sandy clay soils over limestone. Slow fermentation in 500 liter tonneaux until "sec" - under 2 grams per liter of residual sugar. With lovely ripeness in the 2015 vintage, the wine shows aromas of lime-flower, stone, dried pear and apple, with a hint of hazelnut and spice. The palate opens with aeration to show intense dried pear, anise, beeswax and strong mineral flavors in a quite ripe and round frame with firm acidity. The intense citrus oil and dried herbs in the finish are typical of white Chinon. This is a beautiful and really unique expression of Chenin Blanc. Decant or open 1-2 hours before serving. Highly  recommended! 

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $39.99

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2015 Vin de France La Tesniere (Menu Pineau)

Menu Pineau, also known as "Arbois" is described in Wine Grapes  (J. Robinson et al.) as "an old variety from the Val de Loire named after it's similarity to Gros Pineau (Chenin Blanc)...although it has nothing to do with the village called Arbois in the Franche-Comté." It is an offspring of Gouais Blanc, along with many other European grapes, and is "a little more rustic, but less acid than Chenin Blanc," according to Thierry Puzelat. The 2015 La Tesnière Blanc by Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme is from organically-grown vines, 75% Menu Pineau and 25% Chenin Blanc, in this great parcel that abuts the Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine. Bright pale gold color. Subtle aromas of grapefruit, pear, fresh herbs, stone and caramel. The palate is lean, with firm acidity and flavors of hazelnut, citrus, baked apple, stone and brown spice. A really fascinating wine and a great pairing with grilled fish with fennel, lemon chicken, aged goat cheeses and much more. Highly recommended to lovers of unique natural wines.

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2010 Bourgueil Les Perrieres 1.5 L

(Our original review) One of our favorite Loire Valley reds is the Pierre and Catherine Breton Bourgueil Les Perrieres, and we have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 2010. As opposed to the heavier and more forward 2009, the 2010 is lighter and medium-bodied, perfectly balanced with earthy, bright acidity and obviously built to last — a "grand vin!" From 70+ year-old vines in mid-slope on soil of clay and silica over limestone. Deep black/red color; elegant aromas of black fruits, earth and mint, subtle and beautiful. Intense fruit on the palate but not at all heavy — blackberry, red currant, black pepper, bitter chocolate and mint with a hint of oak, framed in cool acidity with a tannic structure that will carry this wine for twenty years or more. Powerful and complex yet balanced and elegant at 12.5% alcohol. This beautiful wine comes from the Bretons long experience with this parcel, their 30 years of organic and biodynamic farming and a masterful vinification and élevage, with minimal SO2, which allows great terroir expression and ageability. I will be putting this wine in my cellar, along with my 2010 Baudry Croix Boissee, and, if I can afford it, a 2010 Clos Rougeard, for a nice tasting in 2034! (Some details: Hand harvested into small boxes; 7 day cool maceration, wild yeast fermentation in oak vat without addition of SO2, progressively warmer over 15 days; no chaptalization, minimal extraction — one pumping over, no cap punching; aged in 10% new, 90% one-year-old barrels for two years with one racking; bottled after 2 1/2 years on a "flowering" day.) DL 

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $98.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2010 Bourgueil Nuits D'Ivresse 1.5 L

From old vines on the upper slopes of Bourgueil, where the clay over Turonien chalk gives magnificent long-lasting wines. Vinified with zero sulfur-dioxide, the 2010 Nuits D'Ivresse has deep aromas of strawberry confit, earth and spice. The palate is round but balanced and fresh. Buy a case and drink half now, wait 5 to 8 years for the rest. "It's a search for purity of fruit according to the principals of Jules Chauvet, a wine of "Pure Origine" without additives."

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $62.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2011 Bourgueil Les Perrieres

Tasted twice in February 2016 and 2017, the 2011 Les Perrières has impressed both times with it's structure and complexity, showing dense, deep earthy red fruits with meaty and herbal notes. There is ample tannin for aging, but there is good ripeness that opens up nicely with decanting. This superb Bourgueil will accompany grilled pork and beef and full-flavored cheeses. Decant 3 to 4 hours in advance if serving now, or cellar - best perhaps 2020 to 2030. DL

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Breton, Catherine et Pierre 2012 Bourgueil Nuits D'Ivresse (No SO2)

One of our favorite Loire reds, the Breton Nuits D'Ivresse is a selection of old vines on a terroir of clay and limestone. The wine is vinified, aged and bottled without the addition of sulfur, preserving it's lovely fruit aromas. The 2012 has complex somewhat "sauvage" red fruit and earthy notes and a medium-bodied palate. 2012 is a lovely vintage for Loire reds with vibrant fruit and bright acidity making them great food wines — carafe, serve cool and enjoy with charcuterie, pork, roast chicken and mild cheeses... 

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $29.99

Carême 2010 Vouvray Le Clos

The 2010 Le Clos from Vincent Careme is a superb off-dry Vouvray (20 grams/liter of RS) that is a bit softer than the wonderful 2008, showing brilliant aromas of lime-flower, white and yellow fruits, spice, lemon and stone with a hint of marzipan, really lovely! The palate is very mineral with stone, lemon, honeysuckle and herbal flavors with firm acidity and a long creamy finish. This is a great young Vouvray to serve with fish or chicken in sauce, foie gras and mild cheeses, or cellar for twenty years for a mature experience...

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic

Chidaine, François 2015 Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert

Our friend Francois Pinon feels that the best expression of Chenin Blanc is often somewhere between sec and demi-sec, sometimes called "Tradition," and this lovely wine, at 14 grams of residual sugar and 12.5% alcohol, fits the bill perfectly. The Clos Habert is a 3 hectare parcel on clay with silex stones ("Les Peruches") over the white limestone Tuffeau. Full and elegant with white fruits, citrus and stone, this beautfully structured and crystalline Chenin Blanc will accompany fish and chicken in sauce, Asian foods and goat cheeses and will age wonderfully for fifteen to 20 years.

  • white off-dry
  • 13 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Closel 2015 Savennières Les Caillardières

The Domaine du Closel "Caillardières" is a demi-sec Savennières that we have enjoyed immensely in the past - we're glad to see it back in the US and we can't wait to try it! "The grapes are harvested later ; the berries are golden, producing wines with aromas of baked apple, exotic fruits, raisins and toasted almonds. That terroir gives the wine a very silky texture, characteristic of these sandstone schist parcels. This wine is vinified and aged in barrels (French oak, 12 months) and reveals through natural micro-oxygenation this slightly bitter aftertaste that will give an interesting body to the wine. Rather smooth on the palate this wine has character. It pairs very well with artichokes or asparagus, other vegetables difficult to pair with wine. It is also popular with sweet and savory dishes such as veal stew with orange, monkfish with honey and cider vinegar, roasted pork with pineapple." - from the Domaine du Closel website.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2015 Savennières Clos du Papillon

The 2015 Clos du Papillon has just arrived in NY - it promises to be a great vintage for this wonderful Savennières, certainly one of the top wines of the appellation. We will post a tasting note ASAP, meanwhile here is information from the domain's website: "The Clos du papillon is a small valley at mid slope, beautifully exposed southwest to the light of the Loire. There are schist, rhyolite but also quartz. The topsoil layer is very shallow (60 cm) which provides excellent drainage for rainwater. The vine growing conditions are difficult, forcing it to develop its roots deep in the rock cracks to draw nutrients. The climate in that parcel allows for a level of highly advanced maturity. With grapes that concentrate aromas under the action of Botrytis. The Clos du papillon is harvested in two selections : The first selection during the « Fresh Fruit aroma » period and the second one later with some botrytis during the « cooked fruit, quince and smoked aromas » period. Both selections are put in barrels and assembled 16 months later. The wine then remains a few months in vats. This assemblage of the two styles of grapes results in a full bodied wine, with a citrus finish on very first attack, followed by sensations of ripe and exotic fruit with a very distinguished touch of bitterness or toasted almonds on the finish. The long aging on the lees gives it a nice smoothness. The « brandy » nose is characterized by aromas of evolution. The body and the very long finish make the Clos du Papillon a gastronomic wine to accompany lobster, scallops, smoked fish, Turbots, Saint Peter. It is also interesting with delicate white meats such as veal or capon, along with truffles or mushrooms. Classic mountain cheeses like old Salers, or 5 to 6 years old Comté are equally delicious with this great Savennières."

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2015 Savennières La Jalousie

2015 is a beautiful vintage for the superb Savennières of Domaine du Closel. La Jalousie shows subtle, complex aromas of citrus peel, pear, almond, stone , lime-flower and honeysuckle which follow through on the perfectly balanced palate.  The fruit is lush and ripe but there is great acidity and minerality as well - the wine is elegant and very delicious in its youth, - serve with fish in sauce, scallops, monkfish, chicken in sauce and mild cheeses. Lovely wine! DL

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

Fresche (Domaine du) 2014 Anjou Coteaux de la Loire Vieille Seve

A delicious demi-sec Chenin Blanc from Alain and Christine Bore! Honey-tinged and luscious on the nose with baked peaches, mango, pineapple, lime zest, heather, red delicious apple skin, and tangerine. Mellow and round on the palate, but balanced with exotic tropical fruits, lemon meringue, salty pineapple, honey, and Marcona almond. Tropical fruit and grapefruit endure on the finish, along with a sweetness that is never cloying. Pair with all kinds of dessert, but a summery fruit tart would be best! Tim Gagnon  

  • white sweet
  • 22 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $36.99

Grandes Vignes 2012 Anjou Varenne de Combre

The 2012 Varenne de Combre is the more meditative and linear of the two Anjou whites from Grandes Vignes. Totally dry and crystalline, with great precision and a long mineral finish. This wine should age beautifully, but is also a treat with a little air. Textbook dry Chenin on schist soil... what more could you want?  Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2011 Vin de France Bulle Nature Rose

This Brut Nature from Domaine les Grandes Vignes is a blend of Gamay and Groslot in Biodynamic farming, naturally vinified with zero sulfur added. Dark pink garnet color; lovely aromas of red currant, candied strawberry and violets. Soft bubbles with ripe red currant and berry fruits - quite rich but dry and balanced, really delicious! Serve as an aperitif or with a meal - perect at a picnic with chicken or veggies. Bravo to the Vaillant family for great farming and natural vinifications.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2013 Bonnezeaux Le Malabé

If you have a sweet tooth, this Chenin is for you! Bonnezeaux is one of a few sweet wine appellations in the Loire Valley, where grapes are required to be over-ripe, and are sometimes affected by noble rot. "Le Malabé" has about 130 grams of residual sugar, but I honestly thought it was about 80g when I first tasted this wine, thanks to the high acidity and the ample minerality that the schiste soils provide. Just bringing the wine to the nose, one is greeted with honey, quince and with some subtle sweet spice aromas that tickle the senses. On the palate, it's dense, ripe and absolutely delicious. Francois from Grandes Vignes mentioned to me that 2013 was OK for reds in the Loire, very good for their dry Chenin Blanc, and exceptional for the sweet wines. Case in point! Drink now if you're craving sometime sweet, or age for decades.   Eben Lillie

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Grandes Vignes 2014 Anjou Varenne du Poirier

A beautiful Chenin Blanc, from a great vintage for Loire whites. There's a nice amount of weight and roundness in the mid-palate, so don't expect enamel-stripping acidity, but don't worry either... it's still totally dry. Vines are around 20 years old on average, from soils of schist and sandstone in the valley of Arcison, a small tributary of the Layon river. Pressed at low pressure, light racking of 12 hours with light lees recovery. 400L new wood for alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Kept in old wood for 10 months. Golden yellow, with a touch of quince, and white peach. Just plain delicious Chenin Blanc. Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2014 Vin de France Bulle Nature

This is a Methode Ancestrale sparkling white of Grolleau Gris, Chenin Blanc, and Chardonnay. Disgorgement is after about 6 months on the lees, and the wine is made without added sulfur. It's dry and delicious - a great aperitif and a really versatile sparkler that will pair well with a wide variety of foods and is equally enjoyable and charming on it's own.  Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2014 Vin de France Et Ce Terra Blanc

Chenin Blanc fermented and aged in amphora with no sulfur added. It's not a common occurrence, but we're very happy to have the opportunity to share this unique wine. The nose is floral, and stony, with hints of stone fruit, but the really fascinating aspect of the wine is the texture. Just letting the wine sit on the palate, I experienced earthiness (possible, but rare for a white wine), crystalline acidity, density in the mid-palate, and a long, mineral finish. Highly recommended for Chenin aficionados and those who are interested in the growing category of amphora wines.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2014 Vin de France Et Ce Terra Rouge

Cabernet Franc with 6 weeks maceration in clay amphora, followed by 12 months of aging in amphora. Though it's a new experiment for the folks at Grandes Vignes, it's already a great success. Aromas of black cherry, dried herbs, and roses, with a broad and enveloping palate. With some time open, some smokey notes emerge, lending another dimension to the wine. Drinking this wine over the course of a few hours really broadened my understanding of the versatility of Cabernet Franc, and further convinced me of the great talent for wine making that the Vaillant family has.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2015 Vin de France Breton

Yum! This is a very gulpable Cab Franc from the folks at Domaine les Grandes Vignes. This has very little tannin, and a healthy amount of acidity and ripe red fruit, so it's a shoo-in for the chillable red category. There's nice density and richness, which can be missed with some Loire Valley natural wines  (always good to have a medium bodied option in that category). There's no funk here, just pure fruit, so it's an easy fit for the dinner table, even for less "adventurous" palates.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Guion 2014 Bourgueil Deux Monts

From  80 year-old vines in "Petits Monts" and "Grand Monts" towards the top of the slope above Benais, facing roughly south-west, clay over Turonien limestone (tuffeau, craie micacée). This is the terroir giving the most elegant and age-worthy Bourgueils.  18 month elevage ; 40% in cuve inox, 20% in one new 400 liter barrel, 20% in one-year and 20% in two-year old barrels, assembled two months before bottling.  Tasted in February 2016, the wine was fairly closed and tight, with deep, pure black fruits and perfect balance. This will be a sensational mature wine, best to wait eight to ten years, or more, then drink until 2040. 

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 19 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $154.99

  • white sweet
  • 12 in stock
  • $149.99

Huet 2015 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux

2015 Le Haut Lieu Moelleux: 12.5% alc, 45 gr/l RS. A very graceful wine. Ripe mango, pineapple stalk, candied grapefruit peel, lychee, and a hint of wool rise from the glass. The palate perfectly balances opulent fruit and sweetness with bright acidity and a scintillating texture. Although approachable now, it'd be great in 5-7 years. Tim Gagnon

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huet 2015 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec

"Le Haut-Lieu—The original Huët vineyard is nearly 9 hectares. It has the richest soils of the domaine’s three crus—a deep limestone-clay—and the wines are generally the estate’s most approachable. In some vintages, small quantities from nearby estate parcels may be added to Le Haut-Lieu." 2015 Le Haut Lieu: 13% alcohol, 6 grams/liter RS, 5.6 gr/l acidity.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2014 Montlouis-sur-Loire L'Appetillant Brut

L'Appetillant is the Joussets' sparkling Montlouis, 100% Chenin Blanc, Champagne method (or should we say "Methode Traditionelle") made with no sulfur and no dosage. All cellar functions by gravity, no pumping, fermentation in one to seven year-old barrels, approximately 12 months on the lees. From 40 year-old vines on sand and silex soils over limestone. This version is absolutely delicious with lovely aromas of pear, lime-flower, stone and caramel, quite subtle and complex. White fruits, citrus and stone on the palate with nice chalky, lemony length. Drink over the next three years. This is a beautiful wine and is highly recommended!

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Les Capriades NV Vin de France Méthode Ancestrale Pet'Sec Rose

Up until this vintage, the only rosés available from Les Capriades were off-dry, but now there is finally a bone-dry cuvee! Made entirely from Gamay, it strikes a perfect balance of fruit and minerality which results in a zesty, refreshing wine awash in red berries, flowers, tangerine zest, and tart cranberries. This is the perfect sparkler to ring in the new year with. Tim Gagnon

  • rosé sparkling
  • 20 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Louvetrie (Jo Landron) 1998 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Fiefs du Breil

One case of this lovely old Muscadet is available -not a great vintage to be sure, but  a fascinating wine just the same and a testament to Jo Landron's great farming and natural vinifications. Open one to two hours in advance. Aromas of citrus peel, ripe yellow fruits, marzipan, almond and pepper. The palate is dense and full with ripe peach, stone, candied lemon, burned caramel and pear. Very high acidity combined with ripe mature fruit. A wine to sip with langoustines in sauce, monkfish with fennel, a full-flavored raw milk cheese...DL

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Louvetrie (Jo Landron) 2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Fiefs du Breil

From a superb hillside vineyard on orthogneiss with clay and quartz stones. A great vintage for Jo's Fief du Breil! Yes, the aromatics are a bit more pronounced than in more austere vintages, and there is more presence of citrus and white fruits on the palate, but the wine retains a superb mineral character and the finish is brisk and very long. Simply a great Muscadet — drinking this alongside the Pepiere Clos des Briords would be a great lesson in the terroirs of the Pays Nantais! Tasted in February 2016, the wine is still youthful although the aromas are opening a bit, with intense minerality on the palate and fabulous length. Delicious now, this will be fabulous in 2025! Brisk enough for oysters and clams, perfect with cod, sole and flounder, complex enough for monkfish and swordfish - hurry down to Blue Moon Fish at the Greenmarket this Saturday!

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $41.99

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

Luneau-Papin 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

2015 is another very good vintage for the Luneau-Papin "L" d'Or, lacking the weight of the 2014 perhaps, but still a very stylish Muscadet for current drinking and medium-term aging as well  The wine shows complex aromas including pear, citrus and exotic fruit with anise and herbs. The palate is crystalline and long with stone and white fruits, really delicious, with a nice bit of crisp, bitter acidity in the finish. A good candidate for aging, this is Luneau-Papin's only cuvee on a granite subsoil (granit a deux micas) having a different character than the granite soils in Clisson or Chateau Thebaud. Vintages going back to 1989 of the L  d'Or are superb now, but this  very young 2015 would be perfect today with a filet of sole.

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $19.99

Luneau-Papin 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Vera Cruz

Vera Cruz is a new cuvée from Luneau-Papin, from 40 year-old vines on a terroir of schistes and gneiss "a deux micas"in Vallet, farmed with organic and biodynamic methods. A wine of terroir rather than fruit, even in the ripe 2015 vintage, the wine shows elegant aromas of pear, grilled almond, stone and citrus. The palate is dense and very mineral, showing more flavor of earth than fruit, with a lovely finish of stone, minerals and white fruit that coats the palate. Perfect now with fine oysters, grilled dorade, sole, cod and scallops with lemon. Or cellar - this wine should be very interesting in 5 to 15 years. Label inspired by Mondrian and the varied terroirs of Muscadet. DL

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lunotte 2015 Vin de Table La Flou Cabernet Franc

It’s been two years since we’ve seen any red wine from Christophe Foucher of La Lunotte, and we are thrilled to have it back! An engineering teacher-turned-winemaker, Christophe began farming his in-laws’ 5.5 hectares of vines in Couffy (within the Touraine AOC, though he declassifies his wines as Vin de France) full-time in 2000. Conversion to organic farming began only a year later, and he committed fully to the natural wine movement soon after. La Flou is 100% Cabernet Franc that is partially destemmed, fermented with native yeasts, and bottled without the use of SO2 or other additives at any time during the winemaking process. Compared with the last release of this wine, the 2015 offers more density and texture with dusty, plummy fruit on the nose along with aromas of white pepper, violet petals, and savory rhubarb. The palate is deep and dark with a fair amount of structure, pure blackberry fruit, and baking spice. A bit more serious than your average glouglou, serve with a slight chill and pair with roasted chicken, cured meats, or pork loin. Tim Gagnon

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Parentière 2014 Vin de France Fraîcheur Iodée L'Atlantique

The Parentière Fraîcheur Iodée de L'Atlantique, which roughly translates as "Atlantic sea-spray" is made from Gros Plant (aka Folle Blanche) grown on gabbro soils near Vallet in the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine region. Domaine de la Parentière is a tiny estate which has been practicing organic agriculture for more than 30 years—the grapes are hand-harvested and fermented with wild yeasts and the wines are never chaptalized, remaining light, mineral and refreshing. The 2014 is a bit softer than usual and shows intriguing aromas of ripe melon, bitter lemon, almond, fresh herbs and stone. The palate is lively and light at 10.2% alcohol with pear, citrus, melon and stone flavors with a fresh lemony finish. This will be very refreshing on a hot day, especially with oysters, prosciutto and melon, terrines, salads and fried fish, etc, et