Alsace

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Barth 2014 Alsace Riesling

This is a classic dry Riesling from Laurent Barth. Plenty of complexity and salinity with nice granitic character in the finish, but still round enough to please a variety of palettes.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $109.99

  • white sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

Geschickt 2016 Vin d'Alsace 'Phenix' Maceration Pinot Gris

This is a maceration of Pinot Gris (with a tiny percentage of Gewurtztraminer) from the Grand Cru Kaefferkopf vineyard. We literally can't seem to keep this on the shelf here at Chambers, as people are drawn to the color and curiosity takes over. Luckily the wine is not just an eye catcher - it's also really good! Maceration is over one month, and there's a substantial amount of color extracted from their ripe Pinot Gris skins, along with a perfect level of grip. Wild and funky on the nose (sauerkraut?), with perhaps a gram or two of residual sugar that carries the pretty fruit over the tannin. There's great balance here, and the wine stays solid for days, developing a more mellowed out and delicate side on day two that I almost prefer.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

Ostertag 2014 Alsace Sylvaner Vieilles Vignes

From 40+ year-old biodynamically-farmed vines planted in clay, granite, and gravel soils. The Ostertag 2014 Sylvaner Vieilles Vignes has a pale gold robe. The nose is cool-toned and offers aromas of citrus peel, pear skin, honeydew melon, and leafy notes. The palate is fresh, sprightly, and spring-like, with melon, golden apple, and green plum flavors, with a fine bead of stoniness on the finish. Try with a fricassee of spring vegetables (morels, ramps, and asparagus) or shad roe in brown butter. Springtime in a glass! John McIlwain

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Biodynamic

Australia

Jauma 2017 McLaren Vale Disco

"Disco Special" is a one-off bottling from James Erksine made with 60% Shiraz and 20% Grenache sourced from Fiona Wood's organically farmed vineyards in McLaren Vale. Fermented in tank with wild yeast then bottled under cork in recycled beer bottles with no added sulfur, this is a lively blend we can dig. Classic aromas of ripe plum, floral spice and salty black olives on the nose, at 12% there is enough tannin and sparkling acidity to give verve to the palate. Flavors are fresh and redolent of crunchy blueberries, anise and spiced plum. Great for barbecues this summer! Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red fortified sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

Paxton 2015 McLaren Vale Shiraz

We've been fans of the Paxtons since we started carrying their wines in 2008. Though we've never walked through the vineyards in Australia, we have hosted tastings with the Paxton family over the years, and they're great people. Their wines are also very delicious. This is a Shiraz blended from four of of their bio-dynamically farmed vineyard parcels, and giving a fresh but very generous introduction to the McLaren Vale region. There's a subtle touch of oak that blends perfectly with the lush silky Shiraz fruit. A full bodied wine, for sure, but with great balance and drink-ability.

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red fortified sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $19.99

Austria

Alzinger 2016 Wachau Hollerin Riesling Smaragd

Hollerin has larger terraces, with loam and Gfoehler gneiss; Leo Jr. calls the wines from this vineyard "charming" with good fruit and structure, a contrast from the more intense mineral cut on the wines from the Höhereck vineyard just on the other side of the hill. Delicate aromas of white strawberries and flowers on the nose, the palate boasts great texture and lift with notes of peach candy, green strawberry tops, and white grapefruit. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $56.99

Alzinger 2016 Wachau Loibenberg Riesling Smaragd

Riesling vines for the Smaragd bottling grow in meager soils in a high altitude, amphitheater-shaped vineyard where most of the sun-exposure ends at around 3 in the afternoon, making for a cooler microclimate in contrast to some of the other south-facing sites on the Loibenberg, where a more Pannonian (warmer) climate prevails. The cooling influence is reflected in the high minerality in balance with a creaminess and clarity of fruit--peach blossom and stone on the nose gives way to stone fruit and just-ripe mango with a spicy intensity and long, saline stony finish on the palate. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $58.99

  • rosé sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $65.99

  • Biodynamic

Jurtschitsch 2016 Grüner Veltliner Schenkenbichl Erste Lage

Schenkenbichl is a terraced vineyard on chalk, amphibolite, gneiss with richer top soil, 330 meters above sea level, where exposure to the sun balanced by the cooling and drying effect of ceaseless winds from the west make for longer hang time and therefore more phenolic development. Spontaneous fermentation is followed by aging in large, neutral wood casks for around 9 months. Incredibly concentrated with notes of white pepper, pineapple core, white cherry, apricot, and Fuji apple, firm minerality and shimmering acidity. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $37.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Biodynamic

Nikolaihof 2016 Wachau Gelber Muskateller

Unmistakable on the nose--that floral perfume mixed with SweetTarts candy scent--this can only be Gelber Muskateller (Yellow Muscat). A fresh and delightfully fruity wine, still floral on the palate, balanced with flavors of crisp apple, peach, mango, and lime candy. A great bottle for apéro! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Biodynamic

Ott, Bernhard 2016 Wagram Grüner Veltliner Spiegel

Twenty-five year old vines on loess soils grown on the rim of the valley in the Wagram, of Ott's Grand Cru vineyards, Spiegel is a perennial favorite. Delicately mineral on the nose, this Grüner is dynamic on the palate: notes of Meyer lemon, lime zest, green apple candy, mango, white cherry, pineapple, peach skin with vibrant acidity and a lingering finish. Very young and powerful, yet balanced, this wine will age beautifully! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $65.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $25.99

Preisinger, Claus 2016 Burgenland Kalkundkiesel White

Claus Preisinger's first vintage was in in early 2000s, after stints working in California as well as with Hans and Anita Nittnaus in Burgenland, where his vineyards are also located. His 19 hectares of vineyards have been certified Biodynamic (Respekt) since 2008. This vintage of the Kalkundkiesel is Weißburgunder, Grüner Veltliner, Muskat, and Welschriesling selected from a variety of vineyard sites, with soils containing limestone and pebbles. Maceration is for four days and the wine ages in a mix of used, wooden vessels before being bottled without any added sulfur. Elegantly textured with layers of ripe apricot, lees, salted yellow apple, quince, soft floral tones and savory clay: a stunning wine! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Preisinger, Claus 2017 Burgenland Puszta Libre!

Unusually slender for a red wine bottle, the Puszta Libre! bottle shape takes its inspiration from vintage soda bottles, a cheeky nod to how chuggable this wine is; and if that's not enough we are also instructed by the label to "drink cold"! Mostly Zweigelt with Sankt Laurent, fermented in stainless steel and aged in large (600L to 1000L) used oak barrels. An electric purple-ruby in the glass, the 2017 vintage is delightful and luminous with notes of black raspberries, raspberry seed, tart red plum, sour cherries, and crunchy cranberries. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Preisinger, Claus 2017 Burgenland Sankt Laurent Pet Nat

A blanc de noir, this méthode ancestral (read: pét-nat) sparkler is 100% Sankt Laurent, picked early to preserve acidity. Aromatic and fresh, notes of white flowers and strawberries give way to a lively mousse with vibrant flavors of tart peach yogurt, juicy wild strawberries, apricots, Fuji apple, underripe pineapple, and some funk on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 22 in stock
  • no discount
  • $31.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $19.99

Wenzel, Michael 2016 Neusiedlersee-Hügelland Furmint 'Vogelsang'

Vogelsang is one of two single-vineyard parcels that Michael bottles separately. The vineyard is further south along the Ruster hill-chain, here mica schist and gneiss soils are punctuated with grey quartz, which Michael says gives the wine a cooler and tighter minerality. When tasted against the Garden of Eden vineyard (pink quartz), one can't help but concur. As Furmint is a late-ripening grape, bunches in the Vogelsang and Eden vineyards will often stay on the vine until late September, more than three weeks after the other grape varieties are harvested. For the Vogelsang, there is a touch of skin-contact before pressing (less than the Eden), and the wine ages in 500L used French oak barrels. An incredible balance of luxurious density and cool minerality, evoking comparisons with age-worthy Loire Chenin Blanc, concentrated Pouilly-Fuissé, and even characteristics of heady Jura whites. Like Chenin, Furmint lends itself well to a wide variety of wine styles, from dry and linear to the most elegant of dessert wines (Ausbruch). Vogelsang is dry with a concentration of fruity and aromatic quince, yellow apple skin, tangerine oil, white blossom, and honeyed young ginger, with a stony minerality keeping things from getting too lush. Enjoy now paired with seared scallops over creamy polenta, roasted chicken with fennel, potatoes au gratin, or put down for at least 5-8 years. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Wenzel, Michael 2016 Neusiedlersee-Hügelland Pinot Gris 'Wild & Free'

The wine that first caught my attention, Michael's 2015 Pinot Gris 'Wild & Free', did so because it was a complex, natural wine that was both fun and sophisticated; food-friendly but stood well on its own. For the Wild & Free line of wines, grapes are hand-harvested, and spend between 10-15 days in contact with the skins before pressing. Wines age in neutral barrels. The 2016 conjures the same delight as the 2015: deep, umami notes of umeboshi plum mingle with sour cherry, blood orange, red apple skin, raspberry, stewed strawberry, and red grapefruit zest, medium-bodied with the lightest tannic tack and bright acidity--elegance and drinkability! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Beaujolais

Breton, Guy 2016 Régnié

Guy Breton's Regnié is from  35 year-old and 100 year-old vines on shallow sandy soils over decomposed granit.The 2016 is exuberantly floral on the nose, redolent of violets and cherry blossoms, with notes of wild strawberry, mustard seed, and spice. The palate is supple and racy, with ripe red and black fruits, black tea, and granitic spice on a bright, high-toned finish. While this is charming now, there's a nice midterm upside for those who prefer a little age on their Beaujolais. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Coquelet 2016 Chiroubles

The step-son of Georges Descombes, Damien has worked alongside him since early childhood. L earning everything from Descombes in the vines and shared cellar has instilled the same values in Damien's work ethic: organic viticulture, hand harvesting, native yeasts, zero intervention in the cellar and little if any sulfur at bottling.The 2016 Chiroubles is a particularly pretty, old fashioned Beaujolais! Weighing in at 12% alcohol, the wine shows gorgeous aromas of raspberry and rose with spice and citrus notes. The palate shows sappy raspberry fruit, really lovely, ripe and persistent but light and balanced with refreshing acidity. There is nice length of earthy berry fruit in the long finish. Serve cool with chicken and white meats, and anything grilled this summer. Lovely wine! David Liliie

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2015 Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes

The Vieilles Vignes bottlings from Georges Descombes are among the very finest Beaujolais produced, and despite the added ripeness in 2015, the wines are oustanding both for current drinking and for aging 10 to 15 years. The 2015 Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes shows ripe black raspberry and blackberry aromas with spice, violet, rose, earth and citrus, quite deep and complex. The palate has a deep, supple, grainy texure and lush black raspberry liqueur that coats the palate. The finish is long with elegant fruit liqueur and firm acidity. Enjoy with a grilled steak this summer, but put some away for future enjoyment as well.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2015 Morgon Vieilles Vignes

The Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes is made from 60 to  100 year-old vines from numerous sites on granite soils; semi-carbonic fermentation then aging  6 - 8 months in Burgundy barrels and one year in bottle before release. Dense and dark, this wine has formidable concentration. Some nice floral notes on the nose, with some vegetable ash and herbal characteristics wrapped around the dense dark fruit core. Deep and intense blackberry compote character on the palate is supported by inky tannin. This is a full-blooded Beaujolais that will benefit from a decade in the cellar, though right now its incredibly concentrated dark fruit and raw power should be enticing to those who love their wine with youthful strength. An excellent companion to sweet and sour pork, peking duck, or veal marsala. Andrew Farquhar

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2016 Regnie

The 2016 shows a pretty garnet in the glass and offers elegant aromas of violets, black cherry, pepper, and blackberry patch. The vibrant acidity and fine minerality are evocative of the lean 2014 vintage. Flavors of tart red currants, supple blueberry, earth and brown spice finish with tangy orange citrus and cherry pit. Another classic vintage from Georges Descombes! Amanda Bowman

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2015 Beaujolais Leynes Haut de Balmont

Julien Guillot of the Clos des Vignes du Maynes makes this beautiful Beaujolais from a small parcel of 90 year-old Gamay vines of various old varieties in Leynes, just south of Pouilly-Fuissé. The parcel is at 1200 ft in altitude, with granite soils. From the warm 2015 vintage, the wine shows ripe blackberry aromas with earth, mint, cocoa and game; the palate is dense with supple blackberry fruit framed in firm acidity and strong flavors of earth, citrus and minerals. This is a complex and delicious Gamay that will accompany grilled foods this summer, stews and tagines throughout the year. Cellaring for five to eight years would be interesting. David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2016 Beaujolais Ultimatum Climat

Known for the Vignes du Maynes wines from Cruzille, in the south of Burgundy, Julien Guillot has had the chance over the years to take long term leases on a few vineyards south of Macon in the Beaujolais. Due to issues with frost and hail in 2016, and to the loss of a rental vineyard to an old owner who decided to tear out vines, this vintage of the "Climat" is a combination of grapes from Chenas and from a vineyard called "Pierres Bleues" which is near Villefranche. Chenas is all granite, and Pierres Bleues is limestone. The wines fermented and aged separately and were blended a few months before bottling. From what I percieve, there's hint of granitic spiciness from Chenas, and some lift and energy from the limestone site.  There's lovely fresh rasberry fruit on the attack, and a very mineral, stony finish. Fresh and elegant at 12.5%.   Eben Lillie 

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Lapalu 2015 Brouilly La Croix des Rameaux

From vines averaging 70 years of age in the lieu-dit "La Croix des Rameaux" on a steep south-west facing slope with various degradations of granite. 90% of fruit was destemmed with a 21 to 24 day cuvaison. The free run and pressed wines were assembled just before final fermentation of sugars. Approximately two weeks later, the wine was transferred into neutral barrels (average age of 10 years) for elevage of 10 months. No added sulfur during vinification, 10mg/Liter SO2 added before bottling, no filtration. The 2015 La Croix des Rameaux shows a bright red-black color, with meaty aromas of ripe blackberry and earth with a bit of violet and black cherry. The palate is dense and a bit closed, showing deep black fruits with hints of citrus, earth and bitter chocolate, very textured and long. Certainly an impressive wine and better balanced than most 2015s at 13% alcohol. Decant in advance if drinking now, best served cool with a steak or grilled pork. This should be very interesting when mature, best perhaps 2022 to 2030.

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lapalu 2016 Vin de France Eau Forte

The 2016 Lapalu "Eau Forte" is  a selection of old-vine juice from Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly. Organic farming; the whole clusters are pressed in a traditional basket press and fermentation is with wild yeasts in concrete vats (not carbonic).    There is a gentle maceration to extract color but with no pigeage or remontage to minimize extraction of tannins.  Two-thirds of the wine is moved to older, neutral barrels to complete fermentation while one-third remains in concrete.  The wine then stays in barrel or vat for five months before final assemblage and is not fined or filtered before bottling, with only 10mg/Liter of SO2.   This wine is not meant to be a vin de garde like the Lapalu Brouilly Croix des Rameaux or Côte de Brouilly  - it's a beautiful natural wine showing aromas of blackberry and violet with tart plum orange peel and spice, bright and pretty. The palate has a light feel but is quite intense with dense black raspberry fruit framed in very firm acidity with hints of mint, earth and citrus. This is serious "glou-glou," quite unique and delicious - get some saussisons or grill some pork and enjoy! David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Leonis 2016 Beaujolais Villages Buissonnante 1.5 L

Made from 80-year-old vines, this is aged in neutral barrique and stainless steel tanks. Boisterous, bright-fruited and a joy to drink!

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Leonis 2016 Côte de Brouilly Mont Brulius 1.5 L

Apparently called Mont Brulius for the Roman soldier whom the region is named after, this cuvée is made from some of Raphael and Christine’s oldest vines (averaging 90 years old). These vines are planted in basalt and granite soils on slopes that are so steep that they don’t allow for plowing. Very friendly, but with a serious mineral backbone and bright acidity. Drink now or age for 5-10 years.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pignard 2015 Morgon

We're very proud to have the lovely Morgons of Roland Pignard at Chambers Street.  The vines for this cuvée are 60  years old, planted at high altitude on steep hillsides in sandy clay soils over granite in the lieu-dit "les Charmes," just northwest of their home in the hamlet of Saint-Joseph  above Villié-Morgon. Biodynamic farming, with no SO2 added until a minimal dose before bottling. The fermentation is with wild yeasts with a relatively short period of carbonic-maceration. The 2015 Morgon shows a vivid deep red color with complex aromas of ripe black cherry and black raspberry, wild flowers, earth and black pepper. The palate is ripe and supple with black raspberry and cherry fruit, brightened by firm acidity with hints of orange peel and brown spice. The finish is long and ripe with lingering black fruits, citrus and mineral flavors. At 13% alcohol, this beautiful Morgon shows the ripeness of the 2015 vintage but in a balanced and nuanced style with a complexity and mineral character found in few of the 2015s. Delicious now, best 2020 to 2025, but who will wait?  David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rontets 2016 Saint-Amour Cote de Besset

We were lucky enough to taste this at La Dive Bouteille last winter - the wine showed beautiful floral raspberry aromas with a refreshing light and lovely palate showing subtle raspberry and cherry fruit. Very long and elegant with a sapid, refreshing finish. A little bit of Volnay in Saint-Amour!

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2016 Beaujolais Chardonnay

Located in the village of Charnay in southern Beaujolais, Jean-Paul Brun quietly makes some of the most classic wines of the region on his family’s 40-acre estate. All of the wines are allowed to ferment with native yeasts and minimal amounts of sulfur are employed ensuring fresh, lively wines. Brun’s Beaujolais Blanc is made from 100% Chardonnay that comes from 80+-year-old vines planted in clay and limestone soils. On the nose luscious green apple fruit mingles with poached pear and citrus zest. The palate does have some weight, but this is a lean, sharp wine with a sturdy mineral backbone. It’s really quite amazing to drink such a precise wine for such a value.

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Yvernay, Laure et Benjamin 2016 IGP Le Petiote Rouge

Here's a first: this is Gameret, a cross between Gamay and a Swiss grape called Reichensteiner. It's funky and fresh, with no sulfites added and a bit of barnyardy character on the nose, with pure ripe berry fruit on the palate. Fun and curious. Drink with a slight chill.   Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Bordeaux Red

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $249.99

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 1995 Margaux

The wines of Jean-Pierre Boyer at Chateau Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre, are made in the lighter "claret" style of the 19th century. The 1995 shows a light red/garnet slightly mature color with pretty aromas of sweet red-currant, cassis and prune with sous-bois, licorice, tobacco, citrus and spice. The palate is delicate and silky, with a firm core of red currant/cassis fruit, framed in firm acidity. Very earthy with fruit liqueur, smoke, mint and minerals in the long finish. Decant  a few hours in advance to enjoy this very unusual and beautiful Margaux. Another 5 to 10 years of cellaring would be interesting.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $57.99

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 1998 Margaux Arrives Aug 6th

(Five hour decant) The 1998 is a complex and unusual Bordeaux in mid-life, showing more secondary and mineral qualities than the riper 2000. The wine shows a light, slightly browning garnet color; the aromas are quite floral and earthy with spicy black currant, clove, graphite and citrus peel. The palate shows dark earth and mineral flavors yielding to bright black currant and cassis fruit with dark spice and sous-bois flavors backed by very firm acidity. The wine held up well with an additional few hours open and will obviously benefit from another ten to twenty years of aging.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $57.99

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2000 Margaux (Arrives Aug 6)

Jean-Pierre Boyer makes Margaux that resemble the wines of the distant past. His 2000 shows a slightly maturing red/black color with bright aromas of red currant, cassis and raspberry with cedar, rose, citrus and earthy sous-bois notes, really lovely and complex. Relatively light for a Margaux, the palate is deep and velvety with firm tannins under lovely blackberry and cassis fruit with earth, licorice and mineral flavors. It's delicate and powerful at the same time and very long. Delicious now with three to four hours in carafe or after another ten to twenty years in the cellar.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2004 Margaux Arrives Aug 6th

A Margaux like no other, more akin to a 19th century claret than to a modern Bordeaux.The 2004 from Jean-Pierre Boyer shows a lovely deep garnet color and smoky red-currant aromas with earth, violet, licorice, spice and citrus peel. The palate is dense and mineral with firm structure, but showing velvety blackberry, cassis and red currant with earth and mineral flavors and a bit of bitter licorice. The finish is long and firm. Suspend your ideas of Bordeaux and enjoy this complex and Burgundian Margaux. Carafe four hours in advance or cellar ten to twenty years.(On day 2 the wine has deepened and softened into a lovely Burgundian Bordeaux)

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $63.99

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $69.99

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2009 Margaux Arrives Aug 6th

The 2009 BAMA shows bright deep red/black color with lovely high-toned red fruit liqueur - strawberry, black-currant and cassis, with violet and earth. The palate is dense and ripe with bright acidity - not at all heavy, but with intense black and red fruits backed by flavors of mineral and earth. On day two the bright deep fruits have become more focused and linger on the palate in the long and very mineral finish. This is quite enjoyable as a young wine, especially after a day open, unencumbered by over-extraction and new oak - but beware, this style is for those who like some earth in their Bordeaux! Best to cellar for a very long time...

  • red
  • 48 in stock
  • $71.99

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2010 Margaux Arrives Aug 6th

The 2010 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre is from very old vines and also from approximately 50 year-old vines planted by M. Boyer at 10,000 plants per hectare. There is a long fermentation without extraction, the juice remains in cuve until spring, then spends 6 months in old barrels followed by two to three years in cement vat. These are wines made in the lighter "claret" style of the 19th century, although the 2010 shows an incredible density of flavor, given the less-extracted style. Upon opening the wine shows subtle aromas of earth, red currant and cherry fruit with licorice and brown spice. The palate is deep and quite expressive with black cherry, strawberry, earth, licorice and mineral flavors, quite Burgundian in texture. The finish is very long with lingering tart cherry, sous-bois and mineral flavors. After two days open (re-corked) the aromas have broadened with  prune, ripe cherry, tobacco, spice and rose and the palate is intense with red and black fruit liqueur, spice box and earth and ending with lingering red fruits and firm acidity. Delicious now with a long decant, this will be an extraordinary mature wine, best perhaps 2035 - 2050. David Lillie

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $71.99

Chateau Maison Blanche 2013 Saint-Emilion

The 2013 Maison Blanche is a superb blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from at least 45-year-old vines on clay. With low yields, use of native yeast, a combination of old and new oak, and little addition of sulfur at bottling, this wine has an elegant structure with bright acidity, great minerality, and supple tannins. The wine is elegantly complex with a gorgeous bouquet of cassis and plums, dark chocolate, tobacco, cedar box, earthy and purple floral notes. On the palate, the wine is luscious with a long and beautiful finish showcasing its finesse. This is a delicious wine that can be cellared for several years (8+ years). Pair it with beef stew, braised beef, spare ribs or lamb. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chateau Massereau 2015 Bordeaux Superieur Cuvee X

This "sans souffre" wine is a blend of 60% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. Fully destemmed, the grapes are fermented in concrete vats and then aged 12 months in oak, with no addition of sulfur. The resulting wine is fun and vibrant. The lively bouquet of plum and herbal notes combined with the light tannin and bright acidity offer a youthfullness to the wine. This is a light Bordeaux that will welcome a slight chill to enjoy during the summer nights. Pair this wine with light grilled meat, blackened salmon, roasted chicken, and prosciutto and cheese snacks. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $111.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $224.99

Grolet 2015 Côtes de Bourg Tête de Cuvée

Our biodynamic friends, the Hubert family, make this lovely Bordeaux with the best juice from Chateau La Grolet, coming from old vines of 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec. The 2015 shows lovely aromas of ripe cassis and blackberry with cedar, brown spice and earth, really quite pretty. The palate is elegant and well-structured with cassis and red fruits over firm acidity with earth and mineral flavors. This is a real Bordeaux of terroir that is delicious now especially if decanted many hours in advance or opened the night before. Cellaring for ten to fifteen years will create a lovely mature wine. David Lillie Please carafe before serving.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

La Grave Figeac 2014 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

What a beautiful fresh Bordeaux! Certified organic since 2012, this estate has been making outstanding wines since the beginning, showing the expertise of the Clauzel family and superb terroir. This 2014 wine (a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc) is elegant and vibrant with a gorgeous bouquet of black and red berries, plum, oriental spices, leather and cedar box notes. On the palate, the wine is bright with acidity and minerality, and shows supple tannins with a long fresh finish. This is a vibrant Bordeaux which can accompany casual to fancy meals. Pair this wine with hamburgers, seared lamb, or with more elaborated dishes, such as, roast beef or braised duck.  A delicious wine  to drink now or cellar it for a few years. Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $36.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $749.99

Les Trois Petiotes 2012 Cotes de Bourg

This delicious wine comes from the Domaine Les Trois Petiotes, a 3-hectare estate in the Côtes de Bourg, a proponent of "less is more" on the field and in the cellar. The grapes, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, are fully destemmed, fermented in stainless steel tank, and then aged in neutral oak for a few years with minimal addition of sulfur at bottling. Lighter and more vibrant than the 2011 vintage, the wine is full of energy and freshness with a beautiful smooth texture coming from the supple tannins.  Notes of red plum and cherry, green tobacco, mint and rose petals are prevalent on the nose. On the palate, the superb minerality (sand, clay, limestone and gravel soils) and bright acidity lift the wine. Pair this wine with barbecued meat, steak, and roasted lamb. This is a perfect Bordeaux to enjoy during the summer! Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $324.99

Peybonhomme 2015 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Quintessence

Château Peybonhomme-les-Tours is a fantastic organic- and biodynamic-certified estate located in Blaye on slopes of clay over limestone.  The Quintessence is the top cuvée of the domaine and reflects the beautiful philosophy of wine making of the Hubert family. Typically a blend of Merlot (80%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%),  the wine has nice structure with supple tannins, great acidity, and firm minerality with a long finish.

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Peybonhomme 2015 Bordeaux Energies (Anfora)

The Peybonhomme-les-Tours "Energies" is a selection of the best grapes, vinified with wild yeasts and aged for 12 months in terra cotta amphorae, 60% Merlot, 30% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine shows a dense red/black color with ripe blackberry and cassis aromas with stone and earth. The palate is supple, sapid and ripe with blackberry liqueur, red currant, bitter chocolate and stone. The finish is long with saline mineral flavors and firm acidity. The "Energies" is an elegant glass of Bordeaux that is lovely now with grilled meats, stews and full-flavored cheeses. Or cellar for ten years as this should age beautifully. Congratulations to the Huberts for this beautiful natural wine!

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bordeaux Sweet

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $129.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

Yquem 1981 Sauternes .375 ml

(From half-bottle.) Though not considered a legendary vintage for Yquem, the 1981 has plenty of verve and class to recommend it. The nose shows apricot, orange marmalade, honey and brunt sugar and notes of vanilla. The palate is rich though, perhaps not as unctuous as more lauded vintages, offering flavors of burnt orange, crème brulée, pineapple, and honey. This is mature yet still has plenty of energy and freshness provided by the still lively acidity which carries through on the long and pleasingly bitter finish. John McIlwain

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $179.99

Bordeaux White

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

Laville Haut Brion 1979 Pessac-Leognan Blanc

A rarity we see all too infrequently. We recommend decanting ahead for maximum enjoyment.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $224.99

Laville Haut Brion 1981 Pessac-Leognan Blanc

A rarity we see all too infrequently. We recommend decanting ahead for maximum enjoyment. 

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $249.99

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $28.99

Chevrot 2014 Bourgogne Aligote "Tilleuls"

From a .35 HA parcel of organically farmed 51-year-old vines just opposite of the property. The 2014 Domaine Chevrot Bougogne Tilleuls is a lovely old vine expression of Aligoté. The plot is farmed organically with the soils worked by horse, the fermentation and aging is in barrel with native yeasts. An Aligoté to cellar, the wine is coiled and nervy with citrus and herbal notes leading on the nose followed by hints of sea spray. The palate is densely mineral and textured with stony acidity and bright Meyer lemon fruit on the attack and a long richly earthy finish. This is lovely and will age beautifully as well as pair with denser fish such as halibut or better still, some sea scallops from Blue Moon Fish with braised greens, citrus segments,  brown butter, capers.  -John McIlwain

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $129.99

De Moor (Vendangeur Masqué) 2016 V D F Compagnie Meridionale 1.5L

The De Moors suffered terrible loses due to frost and hail in 2016 and 2017 - They have been aided by friends in the south and have made delicious "Vendangeurs Maqué" wines, this one with Grenache Blanc from Julie Brosselin and Eric Pfifferling, Viogniers from Gérald Oustric and Gramenon, Roussanne from Eric Texier and Clairete from Pierre Pradel.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

De Moor (Vendangeur Masqué) 2016 VDF Compagnie Meridionale

The De Moors suffered terrible loses due to frost and hail in 2016 and 2017 - They have been aided by friends in the south and have made delicious "Vendangeurs Maqué" wines, this one with Grenache Blanc from Julie Brosselin and Eric Pfifferling, Viogniers from Gérald Oustric and Gramenon, Roussanne from Eric Texier and Clairete from Pierre Pradel.

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 49 in stock
  • $22.99

Duplessis, Gérard 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains

The Montmains vineyard lies on the left bank of the Serein River a bit south of Vaillons. The 2015 has a ripe nose redolent of white flowers, orchard fruit, and citrus oil. The palate offers ripe golden apple, and Meyer lemon flavors underlain with subtle notes of sea spray and dusty minerality on a persistent finish. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic

Duplessis, Gérard 2015 Chablis Vaugiraut

Located on the left bank of the Serein, the name Vaugiraut derives from “Vaul Girault,” which means Girault's valley, likely the name of a local owner. Aged entirely in cuve (stainless steel tank), Duplessis' 2015 Vaugiraut offers pretty aromas of white flowers, honeysuckle, white peach, and crushed herbs. The palate displays flavors of white peach, citrus, and salt with hints of green tea and quinine on the stony, precise finish. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2015 Bourgogne Blanc En Rimont

Julien Guillot at Vignes du Maynes makes this elegant white Burgundy from an organic parcel on crumbly limestone that has 15% Pinot Gris and 85% Chardonnay. Just delicious in 2015, the "En Rimont" shows aromas of dried pear and apple, almond and stone with hints of spice, citrus and honeysuckle. The palate is quite elegant with earthy white fruits, hay, almond, white pepper and citrus. Quite supple and pure (vinified with minimal SO2) this is a very food-friendly wine that will accompany full-flavored fish and shellfish dishes, chicken and white meats and a wide variety of cheeses. Lovely wine!   David Lillie

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2016 Macon Chardonnay Clos Fourneau

A new wine from Julien Guillot at the Clos des Vignes du Maynes, the 2016 Macon "Clos Fourneau" is 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Gris. The wine shows floral, honeyed aromas of pear, white peach and candied citrus. Ripe stone fruits on the palate are wrapped in bright citrusy acids with chalky mineral flavors that continue in the finish with  lemon and stone. Try this with melon and prosciutto or a full flavored fish such as halibut or monkfish. This will improve with a long decant or three to five years in the cellar.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2016 Macon-Villages

Julien Guillot of the Clos des Vignes du Maynes, makes this lovely Mâcon-Villages from certified organic parcels - 50% from Viré-Clessé, the rest from Chardonnay and Montbellet, on Bathonian limestone with clay, rich in silica. The 2016 Mâcon-Villages shows a lovely pale gold color, with aromas of pear, almond, grapefruit and green apple. The palate is refreshing and elegant with refreshing acidity and flavors of pear, stone, almond and creamy lemon. The finish is silky and long with ripe white fruits and wet stone flavors. This is a superb white Burgundy and a far cry from the normal negoce Macon wines. This versatile and delicious Chardonnay will accompany almost anything from the sea as well as white meats, Asian foods and mild cheeses.  Julien compares this vintage to 2010, which he opened for us last winter (Jan 2018) The wine was vibrant and delicious with terrific length, showing that cellaring this wine is a great option.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jobard, Claudie 2016 Rully Montagne La Folie

Rully is a great source for elegant, though affordable Burgundy. Claudie Jobard produces one of our favorites. The 2016 Montagne La Folie Blanc is sourced from a 2.45 hectare parcel planted around  50 years ago. The flavors shy away from fruit in favor of Chardonnay’s earthy/mineral character making a wine that is a natural fit to soft cheeses and earthy dishes – mushrooms, escargot, etc. Aromatically the wine sings of hazelnut and graphite – a great introduction to Rully’s unique terroir.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $25.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $77.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $114.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

Rontets 2015 Pouilly-Fuissé Pierrefolle

The Pouilly-Fuissé cuvée Pierrefolle is made from the only vineyard situated outside the Clos at Rontets: this plot is set only 500 meters south and is warmer because of its plain East exposure and the sheltered position from the North wind. This climat has older geological origins, preceding the Jurassic era: it sits on a granitic bedrock and its soil has no clay or limestone. This is why at the beginning of the 1970s it was planted using the Riparia rootstock, which has low vigor and guarantees limited yields and very good quality grapes. All these characteristics produce wines with lower acid, compared to those produced within our Clos. Although larger and somehow more generous, Pierrefolle is always sustained by a precise mineral expression and citrus aromatic note. In the warm 2015 vintage, the Pierrefolle shows ripe aomas of white and exotic fruits with a bit of spice and earth. The palate, however, remains very mineral with firm saline acidity underlying the pear and citrus fruit. The finish is long with mineral flavors lingering on the palate. This is a beautiful Burgundy and a great food pairing - drinking well now, but five to ten years of aging will be very interesting. Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2015 Mâcon-Cruzille Les Chassagnes 1.5L

This is a superb, subtle and very mineral Chardonnay from a replanted parcel at the very top of the Clos, abandoned since 1896, with thin clay soils rich in iron over limestone. A great terroir, never chemically treated and worked in biodynamic farming by Alain and Julien Guillot.  The 2015 "les Chassagnes" is a beautiful wine, a bit fuller than the 2014 but still quite racy and stony with hints of white fruits, spice and honey. The palate is silky and crystalline - all minerals with subtle citrus and white fruits, very long and elegant. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $81.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2016 Macon-Cruzille Aragonite

From 40 to 80 year-old massale-selection Chardonnay vines high on the slope in Cruzille on limestone with a great deal of calcium carbonate crystal (aragonite) with thin topsoils of clay and silica, never treated with chemicals, certified biodynamic. Fermentation is in 600 liter barrels with wild yeasts, aged 10 months sur-lie without racking, no SO2 until a small dosage (10 - 20 mg/l) before bottling. The 2016 "Aragonite" is a superb, well structured white Burgundy that will age beautifully. The wine shows elegant aromas of pear, lemon confit, lime-flower, toasted almond and stone, really lovely. The palate is intensely mineral and framed in firm acidity, with white fruits, citrus, spice and stone flavors. The living soils of the Clos give this wine an extra dimension of acidity and saline minerals that will contribute to a long life for this lovely wine, perhaps best 2025-2035, but it's delicious as a young wine as well. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Champagne

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

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $189.99

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

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $269.99

Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Polisy Brut (D Spring 2017)

Tasted in January 2017 at the estate. Complex aromas of lychee, candied pear, citrus, beautiful palate of yellow fruits, minerals, citrus, caramel with fabulous length. (This shipment disgorged in June 2017)

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 1998 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut (D 11/14)

The 1998 Ambonnay Brut has long been a staff favorite and this disgorgement does not disappoint. Brillliant, golden yellow in color and showing a finely-beaded mousse, this offers one of the two most expressive aromatic profiles of this current Beaufort lineup. Aromas of Mirabelle plums, toasted hazelnuts, and crème brulée transition to notes of Jonagold apples, cinnamon, and wild flowers. The palate is generous and expansive and carries tones of brazil nuts, greengages, and irises that crescendo to a fine, zippy finish. This is complex and delicious Champagne!  David Salinas

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

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature

A sensational mature Champagne from André Beaufort - the estate converted to organic agriculture in the early 70's and makes brilliant, full-bodied Champagnes that are among the most "vinous" being made today. Medium golden yellow in color and sporting a discrete mousse. The nose is quite floral with tones of cherry blossoms, apple blossoms, and irises before touches of quince and fresh baguette. The palate is concentrated with a spherical yet laser-like focus that offers notes of lemon sorbet, tart lemon custard, and apple pie, underlined by a fine minerality that persists through to a rounded, savory finish. Really a very pretty and lovely wine. This medium-bodied Champagne is made of approximately 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and was disgorged in March 2017 after 14 years of sur-lie aging, illustrating the Beauforts' commitment to releasing mature wines.

  • white sparkling
  • 18 in stock
  • no discount
  • $76.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2006 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut (D 06/17)

The 2006 Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru shows subtle mature aromas of pear, almond, marzipan and citrus, very earthy with hints of exotic fruit and spice and wet stone. Give this some time to open up.  The palate shows a delicate, creamy mousse with complex earthy white fruits, herbal notes and mineral flavors with nice acidity in the finish. A lovely wine of contemplation.  (Disgorged June 2017)

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $81.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut (D 06/17)

"Really superb, subtle, long. Quiet nose. Winy. Seems like old school white Burgundy. Very serious..." Anonymous notes from Beaufort dinner, Jan 2017 (Disgorged April, 2017)

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (D 12/17)

For those of a classical bent who prefer not to shop at the big Champagne houses, André Beaufort is a wonderful alternative. Longtime organic farming and extended lees-aging produce rich wines of uncommon detail and complexity. The 2010 Ambonnay offers aromas of white flowers, orange peel, bergamot, and  chalk on the nose. Bright acid, salted plum, citrus oil, and a fine line of sapid minerality on the supple and rich palate. This shows a fine interplay between power, tension, and a suave, supple finish. This is one heck of an Ambonnay and a fine bottle of Beaufort! (Disgorged June 2017)  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV Champagne Grand Cru Brut Reserve 375ml (2013)

We're fans of the Champagnes of Beaufort for a number of reasons. The farming at this historic Domaine is impeccable and the winemaking is classical and refreshingly old school. The 2013 base Ambonnay Grand Cru in handy half bottle is a pocket-sized example of Beaufort's distinctive character. Aromas of ginger, brioche, ripe golden fruit and almond lead to similar flavors on the elegant, generous and honeyed palate which finishes with beautifully firm acidity and mineral flavors. This has the brightness and acidity to accompany oysters and shellfish, but enough weight and grip to serve with grilled fish, caviar and goat cheeses.  Also, please note that while the label reads "Polisy" it is in fact the Ambonnay Grand Cru Reserve. Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 29 in stock
  • no discount
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $229.99

Bérêche, Raphael NV (2014 Base) Champagne Extra Brut Rive Gauche

The Rive Gauche bottling from Bérêche is 100% Pinot Meunier from vines planted in 1969 in the north facing parcel Le Misy in Port-á-Binson near Mareuil-le Port in the Marne. The north-facing slopes and old vines keep in check Meunier's tendency to over-exuberance, preserving the mineral expression of the variety. The 2014 exhibits floral, citrus peel, stone fruit scents on the nose with aromas of acacia blossom, peach skin, and marzipan dominating. The palate is ripe, but racy, with flavors of white peach, orange oil, ginger, and salted plum on a mouth-watering, driving, insistent finish.  For fans of the Rive Gauche bottling, this is more linear than the generous 2013 edition, but a compelling expression of this terroir. (3 grams dosage/ disgorged 10/17) John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $78.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • $104.99

Collin, Ulysses 2013 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Pierrières

For lovers of extravagant Champagne and terroir, Ulysse Collin, from Congy in the Coteaux du Morin just southwest of the Côte des Blancs is a grower worth exploring. The wines are all from single parcels, farming is organic (though not certified), fermentation is in used barrels with native yeasts, and the wines are neither fined nor filtered. The Pierrières bottling is from a plot in the nearby village of Vert-Toulon, where the soils are chalk mixed with black silex, which gives the wines a broad, spicy, smoky character. The 2013 edition offers aromas of orange oil, lemon curd, and ginger. The ample palate combines ripe fruit, a deeply mineral core, and suave, supple richness with a broad, chalky, delicious finish. This has the stuffing to age effortlessly. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic

Collin, Ulysses 2013 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Les Maillons

Made from 100% Pinot Noir planted in 1971 in Les Maillons, a lieu-dit located in Barbonne-Fayel, whose soils are made up of chalk and heavy red clays. From his cellars in Congy, located to the southwest of the Côte des Blancs, Olivier Collin produces serious, vinous, Champagnes of terroir. His "Les Maillons" bottling is one such wine. The 2013 is ripe, dense, rich, and complex. With a faint copper hue, and fine bead; the nose is redolent of ripe red fruits, such as sour cherry, pomegranate, and wild raspberry. The palate is concentrated, stony, and bracingly dry. The power and poise of this wine are impeccably balanced, and this should knit beautifully with 5-10 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $299.99

Déhu, Benoît 2013 Coteaux Champenois Blanc La Rue des Noyers

100% Pinot Meunier from the single parcel La Ruedes Noyers, farmed biodynamically, fermented in barrel. The 2013 Coteaux Blanc from Benoît Déhu has a lovely nose combining aromas of fresh stone fruit, sea spray, salted plum, and spice. The palate is racy and ripe with good richness (for a Coteaux Champenois). Flavors of fresh apricot, Rainier cherry and citrus peel vie with mineral notes for attention on a long sapid finish. This is a lovely Coteaux with just the right tension between the bright fruit notes and savory character. Delicious! John McIlwain

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Déhu, Benoît 2013 Coteaux Champenois Rouge La Rue des Noyers

100% Pinot Meunier, fermented in barrel with native yeasts bottled with low sulfur. From the Rue des Noyers parcel. Violets and hedge fruits on the nose. Brambles and black raspberry on the palate with spice notes and a distinctly stony energetic finish. This has great lift and drive and is fascinating to taste alongside the Coteaux Blanc and Champagne from the same parcel. Le terroir parle! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

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

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $179.99

Filaine (Fabrice Gass) NV Damery Cuvée Speciale

Filaine is one of our favorite Champagne houses.  And the singular Fabrice Gass is one of our favorite Champagne characters. His wines  are made up of  Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier from the south-facing village of Damery on the slope of the Montagne de Reims over looking the Marne. The wines are made in the manner of 100 years ago. Fabrice farms the without chemicals, ferments in wood, and due to the age of his barrels, avoids malolactic fermentation.  This disgorgement is based on the 2012 and 2013 vintages and balances nicely the classic richness of Damery with undertones of minerality.  Aromatically the wines offer up aromas of baked apple, spices, and soil notes. On the palate flavors of ripe red fruit and a pervasive sense of chalkiness vie with with a creamy texture on the broad, rich finish. This is a perfect wine for the table with its balance of generous fruit and earthy structure. John McIlwain 

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $61.99

  • 1 in stock
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  • $79.99

  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

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  • 5 in stock
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  • white sparkling
  • 18 in stock
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  • $64.99

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

Laherte Frères NV Champagne Brut Ultradition .375 ml

60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay that doesn't go through malolactic fermentation, along with 10% Pinot Noir. There is a delicate red fruit quality — pale plums — but otherwise the high-toned Chardonnay comes through with a delightful lemon tone. Earthy salinity and minerals lead to a dry, mouth-watering finish. A large percentage of Meunier gives this Champagne a broad, rich, earthy character that matches very well with Beau Soleil oysters and Caviar. MSB

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Laval, Georges 2012 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. The amphitheater-shaped vineyard is something of a sun trap and produces Champagnes of power and precision in Vincent's able hands. Made up of 100% organically farmed Chardonnay from the eponymous lieu-dit on the eastern side of the village (near the bottom of the slope down by the river), where the soils are chalk rather than the clays of other portions of the village. This is a 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $169.99

  • Organic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 35 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

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

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $189.99

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Marguet 2012 Champagne Extra-Brut Ambonnay Grand Cru Les Bermonts

Benoit Marguet is a true believer in the power of biodynamics to change not only wine but the vineyard and life for the better. He is passionate about the relationship between the vigneron, the vines, and his wines. His vineyards are plowed by horse, fermentation is with native yeasts, his wines see little to no sulfur, and his viticulture shows clearly in the finished wines. Les Bermonts is a blanc de blancs from vines planted in 1952 in the grand cru Ambonnay, unusual as the village is more notable for Pinot Noir.  Les Bermonts is deeply chalky and mineral, displaying the characteristic power of Ambonnay, while also showing an incisive minerality, which drives the wines. The 2012 is deeply pitched with pungent quinine, lemon rind, salt, and iodine notes on a full-bodied, tightly-coiled palate. This shows citrus blossom and chalk on the nose, while the broad palate is saline, textured,  and savory. With air, nearly kaleidoscopic layers of citrus and green apple fruit and chalk flavors reveal themselves on a long, elegant, precise and vibrant finish. The 2012 will benefit from time in the cellar and is a compelling expression of the terroir of the Montagne de Reims. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $479.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Marguet Père and Fils 2012 Champagne Brut Grand Cru Ambonnay Rosé

While we love biodynamic grower Benoît Marguet's Champagnes for their combination of Ambonnay power and frank minerality, it may be that his most pleasurable wine is his excellent vintage-dated rosé. Chardonnay dominated in a village noted for its Pinot Noir, the wine offer a beautiful nose highlighted by aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, tarragon, and chalk. The palate is brightly mineral and structured, with a deep stoniness at its core within its layers of ripe red fruits and savory notes. The wine balances deftly its grand cru power with a lacy bead, vibrant acidity, and achingly pretty florality. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marguet Père and Fils 2015 Coteaux Champenois Ambonnay Blanc

The inaugural release of biodynamic vigneron Benoît Marguet's Coteaux Champenois Blanc, the 2015 was aged for 19 months in barrel. Bosc pear, lemon blossom, honeycomb on the nose. The palate is textured and waxy with good acidity lending freshness and brightness to a rich, layered finish redolent of nectarine, lemon curd, and acacia honey. With time in the glass, a deep minerality is revealed. This is magnificent Coteaux Champenois and a great expression of Ambonnay terroir. Bravo Benoît! John McIlwain

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marguet Père and Fils 2015 Coteaux Champenois Ambonnay Rouge

Benoît Marguet has long been one of our favorite vignerons. Not only is he passionate about biodynamics and terroir, but one can't overlook the fact that his wines are positively delicious. Imagine our delight when he opened a bottle of his Coteaux Champenois for us in Ambonnay last year! Dark ruby robe. Effusively aromatic displaying aromas of violets, Morello cherry,  and Pinot spice. The palate offers waves of bright cherry and red plum fruit, with notes of black tea and spice, deftly framed by ripe tannins and fresh acidity. This shows great poise and balance between gorgeous ripe fruit and a pungent, nearly saline sense of minerality. Wonderful now, but this should really blossom with 5-7 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

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  • 2 in stock
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  • 14 in stock
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  • 7 in stock
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  • 30 in stock
  • no discount
  • $39.99

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 for 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 Vallée de la Marne. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic

Roses de Jeanne (Cedric Bouchard) 2010 Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Béchalin (La Parcelle)

Côte de Béchalin (formerly known as La Parcelle when part of the Inflorescence lineup) comes from a meticulously farmed .73 hectare parcel in Celles-sur-Ource. Where previously Bouchard sold wines made by the former owner,he later vinified the wines in those cellars. 2007 was the first vintage where the wines were made completely in Bouchard's cellars. While these champagnes have seemed to have a broader palate with more exotic fruit, they maintain poise with pinpoint acidity. One can certainly enjoy this now, but some time in the cellar to further knit the elements of structure and fruit should pay off handsomely. -John McIlwain  

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

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 16 in stock
  • no discount
  • $64.99

Suenen 2014Base Champagne Oiry Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut

Aurelien Suenen is one of the bright young stars of the Côte des Blancs, whose Champagnes seem to improve with every new release. His 2014 based Oiry Blanc de Blancs is a beauty. Wines from the village 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 2014 is brisk, briny, and fresh on the nose with aromas of yuzu, Meyer lemon, 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. The 2014 will make a fine aperitif and shiny brightly with crudo or sashimi.  John McIlwain 

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

  • Organic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $78.99

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • $99.99

Cote-de-Beaune

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $87.99

  • 13 in stock
  • $24.99

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $159.99

  • Biodynamic

Chevrot 2014 Maranges Sur le Chêne Rouge

Certified organic and farmed with biodynamic methods, Domaine Chevrot is one of the gems of Maranges. The lieu-dit Sur le Chêne is a south-facing plot on gravelly limestone on the eastern side of the appellation. The fruit from the 50-60 year old vines is hand-harvested, fermentation is 50% whole cluster, and the wine aged for 11 months in 15% new oak. The 2014 has aromas of red fruits, black tea, and orange peel with hints of smoke and spice. The medium weight palate balances red cherry and raspberry flavors with earthy notes and medium-grained tannins on a medium long finish. This offers a nice balance of fruit and Maranges minerality at an affordable price point. Decant now before serving or cellar for 5-9 years. -John McIlwain

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chevrot 2016 Bourgogne Rouge

High-toned, floral and fresh with bright red fruit notes and zesty acidity. A wine of energy and lift rather than mass, this racy Bourgogne shows the buoyant nature of the difficult, but excellent 2016 vintage. Pablo Chevrot and his family make beautiful and fairly-priced Burgundy in every vintage, and are a great domaine for value.  Enjoy with roasted chicken, fricasséed mushrooms, tempura, or milder cheeses. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $169.99

  • 3 in stock
  • $94.99

Maréchal, Catherine et Claude 2014 Chorey-les-Beaune Burgundy

Ripest red cherry and wild strawberry on the nose. Silken with ripe red fruits on a medium-weight palate, with a long, bright chalky finish. Simply lovely. Drink and hold. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $34.99

Rapet, Père et Fils 2015 Pernand-Vergelesses Les Belles Filles

The Pernand-Vergelesses vineyard "Les Belles Filles" is a northern extension of "Iles des Vergelesses" and "En Carradeux" facing east and usually producing an elegant, very pretty light-bodied Burgundy. In 2015, the hot, dry conditions gave this vineyard (and others in Auxey-Duresses for example) their moment in the sun with wines of balance and firm acidities but showing the ripeness of the vintage. The 2015 "Belle Filles" is quite beautiful, beginning with the usual floral tart cherry and raspberry aromas found in this wine; with aeration, the aromas deepen into earthy black cherry with hints of licorice and graphite. The palate shows ripe black cherry and strawberry fruit with earth and mineral flavors, quite dense and deep but still light on its feet and balanced with firm acidity. Three days later, the wine is really singing with terrific depth and length of black fruits and saline minerals. This is a great vintage for "Belles Filles." Decant well in advance if drinking now, best to cellar five to eight years and drink till 2033. David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $33.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2016 Beaune Cuvée Ronde

When life gives you lemons (or the worst frost in decades) you make a cuvée from your lieux-dits most devastated by Mother Nature, whic is exactly what Rateau did with the 2016 vintage. Fortunately the resulting Cuvée  Ronde is delicious! Strawberry, pomegranate, crushed herbs and beetroot on the nose. On the racy, lithe palate flavors of wild strawberry, red currant, chalk, and raspberry seed, vie for attention with savory notes of thyme, freshly turned soil, and black tea on a lifted, fresh, cool-toned, succulent finish. Not a bruiser, but there’s loads of charm, sap, and detail here. Old-fashioned in the best sense and a vibrant expression of 2016. Try this with grilled salmon or roasted chicken. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $25.99

Rossignol, Nicholas 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots

From vines planted in Santenots du Bas dating from as far back as the 1920s. The 2015 Nicolas Rossignol Volnay Santenots makes a convincing case for the virtues of this sunny vintage. The wine has a dark ruby robe and a nose redolent of black cherry, red cherry, lavender, exotic spices, and violets. The medium weight palate shows good sap and ripe tannins with concentrated cherry and raspberry flavors overlying a dense core of minerality. There's terrific density and persistence on a long, detailed, layered finish without any sense of excessive weight, which marks some of the wines of the vintage. Great Santenots! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $149.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $114.99

Voillot, Joseph 2016 Bourgogne Rouge Vieilles Vignes

From 50 year old vines in four parcels below the village of Volnay. Cherry pit, iron, and spice box with notes of black tea on the nose, freshly turned soil and violets emerge with air. There is a deft interplay between the bright hedge fruit and stony earth notes on the detailed, mid-weight  palate. This is a fine Bourgogne, with enough savory elements in relation to the charm of the fruit to warrant a few years in the cellar.  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $149.99

Voillot, Joseph 2016 Volnay Vieilles Vignes

From multiple parcels averaging 50 years old. The 2016 Volnay Vieilles Vignes from Joseph Voillot is marked by the precision and lift of the vintage. The nose is high-toned offering aromas of ripe red fruits, red currant, and Morello cherry, with hints of iron and stone. The palate displays a deep mineral core with waves of ripe cherry and raspberry fruit framed by discreet wood and a lifted, persistent finish. The intensity, depth, and complexity is impressive for village level wine and this will age beautifully over the next 7-15 years and beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $71.99

Cote-de-Nuit

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

Bart 2017 Marsannay Rosé

Domaine Bart in Marsannay made no rosé in 2016 due to the very low yields, so we're very glad to have this lovely Pinot Noir available again from the 2017 vintage. The wine shows a bright pink color and pretty aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry, rose and citrus. The palate shows ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit with earth and mineral notes, as befits the limestone terroir of Marsannay. The finish is long and refreshing. This is light enough to serve with fish dishes and salads but has the depth and complexity to accompany grilled foods this summer.

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $19.99

Chauvenet 2014 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

From a .41 hectare parcel planted in 1940 and 1984. Les Vaucrains is situated upslope of the premier crus Les St. Georges and Les Cailles in the middle portion of Nuits St. Georges. The soils are a blend of brown clay, limestone, sand, and rock producing vigorous, powerful, and elegant wines of great ageablity. Vigneron Christoph Drag says of the climat, “the fat clays make it hard to work the earth.” Domaine Chauvenet’s 2014 Vaucrains has a darker robe than Les Perrières. The nose is effusive, offering a kaleidoscopic mélange of black fruit aromas, cassis, brown spices, game and iron; over time notes of crushed blackberry, grilled meat, and wet stone emerge. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied and supple, offering flavors of ripe blackberry, Italian plum, iodine, game, and wood smoke on a long, layered, and mouth-watering finish. There is plenty of power and intensity here, without a sense of weight; deft acidity offers a sense of lift and freshness. This is a beautiful and complex Vaucrains and exciting wine in the making, with a sensational interplay of pure, ripe fruit and savory minerality. While one could enjoy this now, it has the structure and balance to age harmoniously for years. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $32.99

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  • 20 in stock
  • $41.99

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  • 14 in stock
  • $71.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $299.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
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  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $209.99

Jane et Sylvain 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin

(On Sale through June 9th Was $43.99) This lovely Gevrey by our organic friends, Jane et Sylvain, is 45 to 60 year-old vines, certified organic, mostly in En Pallud (below 1er Cru les Corbeaux).  The 2015 shows very pretty high-toned ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit with violet, soil, graphite and citrus peel. The palate is dense and balanced, with a mineral aspect missing in most  modern Burgundies, with supple ripe cherry and strawberry fruit with citrus and herbal notes. The finish is very long with red fruits, spice, citrus and saline minerals. This is a lovely old-fashioned Burgundy that is delicious now and should age nicely, best perhaps 2022 - 2030.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jane et Sylvain 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Fonteny

Jane et Sylvain have a superb, tiny parcel of Gevrey 1er Cru "Fonteny," high up in the southwest corner, separated from Grand Cru Ruchottes by a dirt track, certified organic. Beautifully balanced for a 2015 and built to age, the wine shows subtle, complex black fruits with hints of spice, citrus and earth. The palate is supple and well-structured with red and black fruits backed by firm acidity and mineral flavors that continue in the long finish. Certainly enjoyable now  with a long decant, best held for five to eight years then enjoy until 2035. Lovely wine.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

Lienhardt, Antoine 2014 Côte de Nuits Villages Les Plantes Aux Bois

A mere 200 meters from Les Essards, Les Plantes Aux Bois has clay top soils overlying the hard limestone mother rock. The nose is generous, perfumed, and dark-fruited with aromas of black raspberry and plum giving way to notes of game and spices. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, and plum dominate on the ripe, mid-weight palate.  There is good freshness, with bright acidity providing lift and drive on a long, lingering, cool-toned finish. Lovely with a quick decant, but plenty of material to justify mid-term cellaring. I love the idea of this with a holiday meal. Light on its feet with good freshness to wake the palate, but enough minerality to whet the appetite of the discerning Burgundy aficionado.  Delicious! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $94.99

Lignier-Michelot 2015 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières

Les Faconnières, planted in 1948, is located beneath Clos St. Denis. 50% whole cluster. This is always the most stylish of Virgile Lignier's premier crus. More floral and denser on the palate than Les Chenevery, with a good deal of the class of the grand crus. The 2015 is effusively perfumed with heady aromas of black and red hedge fruits, wild cherry, and spice. The palate is distinctly mineral, framing lush flavors of sweetly ripe cherry and blackberry, with notes of game and mustard seed on a tense, vibrant finish. As with others of Lignier-Michelot's 2015s, the effusive ripeness in underlain by good structure and bodes well for long-term cellaring. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $114.99

  • Organic

Lignier-Michelot 2015 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières 1.5L

Les Faconnières, planted in 1948, is located beneath Clos St. Denis. 50% whole cluster. This is always the most stylish of Virgile Lignier's premier crus. More floral and denser on the palate than Les Chenevery, with a good deal of the class of the grand crus. The 2015 is effusively perfumed with heady aromas of black and red hedge fruits, wild cherry, and spice. The palate is distinctly mineral, framing lush flavors of sweetly ripe cherry and blackberry, with notes of game and mustard seed on a tense, vibrant finish. As with others of Lignier-Michelot's 2015s, the effusive ripeness is underlain by good structure and bodes well for long-term cellaring. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $264.99

  • Organic

Lignier-Michelot 2015 Morey St. Denis Grand Cru Clos de la Roche

Like the rest of the 2015 Lignier-Michelot lineup, the Clos de la Roche combines beautiful soaring aromatics with beautiful pure fruit, and a savory sense of earthiness. The nose is explosively perfumed with beguiling aromas of ripe black cherry, red plum,  violets, exotic spices, and roasted game. Supple palate shows impressive concentration, with dark fruit flavors, and layers of minerality on a long, driving finish. This has a all the elements to age effortlessly and should reward 10-15 years in the cellar and beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $319.99

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $63.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $115.99

Magnien, Stephane 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

Les Sentiers is located beneath the Bonnes Mares grand cru, north of the village and shares similar soils.  The wines, while layered and elegant, are more muscular and velvety, rather than silken and high-toned. The 2015 vintage is effusively perfumed, with aromas of black cherry, wild raspberry,  violets, forest floor, and iron. The mid-weight palate is ripe and supple with dark fruits, game notes, and a  pungent minerality, girded by firm, ripe tannins and great freshness on a long, complex, rising finish. This is really lovely and will reward 5-10 years cellaring. A beautiful expression of Sentiers! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

Magnien, Stephane 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis

The young and very talented Stéphane Magnien is producing delicious, old fashioned Burgundies from his beautifully tended vineyards in and around Morey-Saint-Denis. The estate has never used herbicides and uses a plowing regimen designed to force the roots deeper into the limestone bedrock. The "village" wine is always one of my favorite recommendations in Burgundy due to its elegance, balance, lovely fruit and great value. The 2015 is particularly beautiful, showing a bit more depth and ripeness than the excellent 2014, with aromas of blackberry and strawberry liqueur, violet, brown spice, orange peel, smoke and earth. The palate is dense, but not over-ripe, with earthy black fruits, bitter chocolate, citrus and spice with a core of firm acidity and mineral flavors. Quite delicious as a young wine, this ripe and elegant Morey-Saint-Denis will be at its best from approximately to 2022 to 2030. Those looking for value in a 2015 red Burgundy should consider buying a case of this lovely wine.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $41.99

Magnien, Stephane 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Cuvée "Aux Petites Noix"

From two premier crus, Les Gruenchers and Clos Baulet, mid slope in Morey Saint-Denis, giving a slightly fuller wine than Faconnieres. As with all of Stephane's parcels, there is a high percentage of old vines of "pinot tordu." The wine is more structured due to the deeper clay soils and gets less pigeage. The 2015, tasted in January 2017, was less aromatic than the Faconnières with very deep ripe red and black fruits, with herbal and mineral flavors and terrific length. This will need time in the cellar but should be a superb mature wine. David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $52.99

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $72.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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Adam, A.J. 2011 Mosel Riesling Dhroner Hofberg Spätlese

The Spätlese comes from various parcels in the Hofberg including some vines planted in 1953. Similar aromatics to the Kabinett but it's riper, richer and insanely long. The finish just erupts. To mix metaphors, it comes on like a tidal wive. Tremendous acid that's in balance with intense sweetness, with classic Adam citrus/apple tones and a distinctly mineral texture on the finish. One to age for years and years or enjoy now. -jfr

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $33.99

Beurer, Jochen 2015 Zweigelt

Certified biodynamic Zweigelt, grown on lime-rich clay (marl) soils, fermented and aged for ten months in used wood barrel. Black plum skin and juicy black raspberries mingle with a touch of black pepper and a tannic structure that calls for charcuterie and pork dishes as well as roasted vegetables. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Biodynamic

Beurer, Jochen 2016 Württemberg Weiss Trocken

After being part of the local co-op for years, the Beurer family decided to make the change to crafting wines for their own label in 1997, and began to shift to organic farming starting in 2003, eventually becoming Demeter (biodynamic) certified. The wines of Jochen Beurer come from vines planted on the 'Keuperlandschaft', a local landscape that contains layers of different rocks from the Upper Triassic period. The land here is striated with different soil types, from Gipskeuper (gypsum) at the base, to Schilfsandstein (flaked sandstone), Bunte Mergel (colored marl), Kieselsandstein (pebble-strewn sandstone), and Stubensandstein, which attempting to research this particular layer brings one to the rather niche subject of European lithostratigraphy, which is another story for another day. (Thanks, Wikipedia!) Jochen works with biodynamic treatments in the vineyards, and in the cellar, only spontaneous fermentation will do. His 2016 Weiss Trocken is a blend of estate-grown Kerner, Müller-Thurgau, and Weissburgunder, fermented and aged in stainless steel. A truly joyous wine with stones, herbs and pollen on the nose and a fruity splash of limeade, raspberry seed, yellow apricot, and tangy, tropical pineapple core on the invigorating palate. Pair with lounging outside, spring and summer-inspired salads, grilled fish tacos with citrus-dressed coleslaw. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic

Clüsserath, Ernst 2016 Mosel Riesling Mosel Street

Organically farmed, spontaneously-fermented Mosel Riesling for under $15. Just off-dry enough, Mosel St. is a go-to bottle for folks looking for fresh and easy Riesling to pair with food and friends. Perfect for everyday drinking, the wine is spritzig upon opening, medium-bodied, with good minerality and fruitiness. Notes of white peach and cherry, lemon juice, tart apricot, come forth with vibrant acidity to balance the residual sweetness and bring you back for another sip. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 9 in stock
  • $13.99

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Immich-Batterieberg 2016 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

Gernot's parcel of the Ellergrub is 2.2 hectares of ungrafted vines, over 80 years old. Farming is organic, fermentation is spontaneous, and the wine ages in a neutral oak barrels. In a shocking twist, the 2016 Ellergrub is slightly off-dry! The wine boasts a floral elegance and herbal freshness on the nose, yet is still quite dense and rich, with notes of yellow apricot, roses, and white peach skin giving way to a touch of citrus zest and strawberries on the finish. Cari Bernard 

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Knauss, Andi 2016 Württemberg Rot

Wines made by Andi Knauss have been gracing our shelves for years now; his sparkling wines are a highlight, and we always look forward to his high-toned, light and lively Trollingers. The 2016 Rot (red), a blend of Portugieser & Lemberger, is cut from a different, bolder cloth. Cherry and plum liqueur aromas with blueberries and purple florals, the palate is juicy, lush, and deep, with a lengthy presence. Succulent, ripe forest blackberries and bramble, stewed plums, and a hint of dried herbs meld with a dark minerality. Not tannic by any means, it still maintains a structure that can stand up to an array of meatier options. Judging by the weather ahead of us, this is a BBQ wine through-and-through! Cari Bernard

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Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Stirn

Fass 15, Stirn (forehead), comes from near the top of the Ayler Kupp where the hill curves around; the cooler climate and wind at this altitude makes for a site that is often harvested last. We haven't had a chance to try a bottle yet but will report back as soon as we do! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 32 in stock
  • $40.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Kern Fass 9

Kern is a parcel on the west-facing side of the Ayler Kupp, extending from the top to the bottom of the slope, a cross-section of slate at multiple levels of erosion, warmed by the afternoon sun. A tropical nose of kiwi and passion fruit, the wine has a sharp, juicy attack of white grapefruit zest and kumquat, balanced by notes of green herbs, salinity, and wet stone minerality on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $43.99

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Neuenberg

Lauer's portion of Neuenberg is located on the flank of the Kupp closer to the base of the slope. Piquant, with vibrant red grapefruit, tangerine, and apricot notes that continue onto the palate followed by ripe mango, peach candy, yuzu and orange zest with ginger spice on the lengthy finish. Complex and fruity with great tension! Cari Bernard

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Müller-Catoir 1991 Pfalz Haardter Herrenletten Gewürztraminer Eiswein 375 ml

What to serve with all sorts of warming, rich, spiced desserts? Gewürztraminer Eiswein! Grown on loamy soils with limestone and clay in the Haardter Herrenletten, left to freeze in the winter and harvested with an intense level of sugars and acidity. We were lucky to grab some of these from a private cellar, but haven't been able to try them yet! However, all signs point to this bottle being an awesome pairing for the sweeter end of your holiday table! Cari Bernard

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Schaefer, Willi 2016 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #10

The AP numbers chosen by the Schaefer family reflect a style rather than a specific vineyard plot, with the #10 often having a bit less concentration than #5 and a bit more lift and minerality. This year's #10 boasts ginger spice with a touch of white flowers on the nose, the wine is both juicy and mineral, with linear flavors of green mango and apple--a bit tight to open now, this bottle should age wonderfully!! Cari Bernard 

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Von Hövel 2016 Saar Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett

Winemaker Max von Kunow took over his family's estate in 2010, and has made an ambitious effort to radically change both the farming and winemaking in just a short period of time. There has been a conversion of the vineyards to organics and the cellar to a focus on spontaneous fermentation and a range of dry and dry-tasting wines along with a fresh take on the Prädikat wines. The estate farms vineyards in top sites including Oberemmler Hütte (where they hold a monopol), Kanzemer Hörecker (also a monopol), and the legendary Scharzhofberg. The 2016 Scharzhofberg Kabinett is lean and fresh with finesse; a saline green dream of a wine, with notes of apricot, green mango, nectarines, lemon candy, green plums and strawberry tops. Cari Bernard

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  • 11 in stock
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  • Organic

Italy Piedmont

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Canonica, Giovanni 2014 Barolo Paiagallo (arrives 7/2)

Paiagallo 2014 shows a lot of complexity for such a young wine - at first very savory and ripe, then lovely bright cherry fruit on the palate and finish.This is clearly a wine for the cellar, as behind (or perhaps under?) the beautiful clarity of fruit is that brooding core of material that will take years to fully express itself. Quite a majestic wine, and a triumph for the vintage. Jamie Wolff

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Cordero di Montezemolo 1985 Barolo Enrico VI - Stained

Enrico VI is Cordero's name for a small parcel of old vines in Villero. It's a grand wine, worthy of its royal name.

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Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2013 Barolo Tre Tine

Allowing for the fact that wine is a very subjective experience, I like to think that I call it as I see it. So I believe I’d know if it was a disaster, but otherwise I’m irrational and unreliable on the subject of G. Rinaldi. When I’m there, I wander around in a kind of stupor of infatuation with the wines. My penetrating notes (for 2013 Tre Tine, for example) say things like “super-great” [full stop]. I suppose if I have to have a wine crush, it might as well be on one of the best wineries in the world. Jamie WolffPS: Please don’t shoot the messenger. We don’t make the prices (neither, so far as I can tell, do the Rinaldis, because the wines leave the cellar at very reasonable prices). We’re well into the world of luxury goods here, and all I can do is sigh and make puppy dog eyes at the bottles while they’re in the shop. I do think it’s an objective fact that these are great wines and even if it’s a gratuitous comparison, they are the superior of many far more expensive wines.

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Rovero 2016 Brachetto d'Asti

Brachetto has always been a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. The wine is usually made in the same style of Moscato d’Asti -- the fermentation is stopped when alcohol is still quite low and some of the CO2 is captured to create a slightly sparkling, sweet wine. Farmed strictly organically, the fermentation is arrested with filtration rather than large doses of sulfur (as is common for sweet Brachetto) to limit overall additions to the wine. The wine has opulent strawberry fruit and red flowers on the nose with a lively sparkle and creamy texture braced by bright acid and plenty of sweetness; it is a truly carefree wine that is a joy to drink.  Try it this spring as a natural pairing for rhubarb pie, with strawberry shortcake, as a sweet pairing for prosciutto and melon, or as a dessert in and of itself.  Andy Paynter

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Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba

Last May we tried a ton of Dolcetto in the company of two distinguished tasters who kept saying they didn’t like Dolcetto, which tends to put a damper on the experience. Sandri’s, however, made them sit up and take notice, so I give them credit for staying alert and flexible enough to change their minds. It’s bracingly juicy with wild brambly fruit that’s balanced with savoury herbs and chalky stone. Medium-bodied, very lively and lifted, it’s long and complete. I happen to like Dolcetto, but if they were all half as good as this one I might say I love it. Jamie Wolff

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Italy Tuscany

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Lecci e Brocchi 2013 Chianti Classico Riserva Chiorba

From very old vines (replanted in 2015), this is very much in the same mold as the Chianti – and was vinified identically – but is considerably deeper and rounder without any additional wood, alcohol, or extract – just a direct expression of the old vines. I think this is remarkable – it strikes a fascinating balance between palate-enveloping darker fruit and finesse. Really a super wine. Jamie Wolff 

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Monte Bernardi 2016 Colli della Toscana Centrale Rosato

Michael Schmelzer of Monte Bernardi produces one of our favorite rosatos every summer.  Rather than a pale, delicate wine, it is deeply colored and bold in character.  Based on Sangiovese with small percentages of Canaiolo, Trebbiano, and Malvasia, the grapes are slowly fermented in oak with native yeasts. The wine is then rested for a full year in large oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.  It shows deep red fruit on the nose with ripe cherries and strawberries along with roses, red licorice, and sage.  The palate is quite full, with a smooth texture balanced by crisp acidity. When tasted in the spring I wrote that this was a “crunchy, serious rose,” which I think sums it up quite well. Try it this summer with burgers, grilled fish, caprese salad, or don't be afraid to age it for a few years! Andy Paynter

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San Ferdinando 2016 Toscana Rosso Ciliegiolo

San Fernando’s Ciliegiolo is a perfect example of how delightful the grape Ciliegiolo can be when made as a varietal wine. The wine comes from a 1.7 hectare parcel of young vines planted at 320 meters on a deep sandy soil over clay. The grapes are fermented with native yeasts over 12 days, rested on the lees for five months, and bottled unfined with only a light filtration. The wine smells of sour cherries, raspberries, woody green herbs, and just a whiff of lavender. The palate is playful, with refreshing acidity and very soft tannins giving the wine a juicy feel. This is an honest, quaffable wine that will pair effortlessly with all sorts of food: try it with caprese salad, cured salmon, soft cheese, salami, braised pork or enjoy it on its own. Andy Paynter

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Italy White

Agnanum 2016 Campania Falanghina Sabbia Vulcanica

Falanghina seems to be one of the great success stories of southern Italy, emerging from relative obscurity despite being a truly ancient variety into a nearly ubiquitous staple on the market. That has lead regrettably (and predictably) to any number of wines that fail to show the real virtues of the grape. Agnanum Falanghina is anything but predictable; produced from terraced vineyards of own-rooted vines ranging in age from 10 to 60 years old, possible only because of the particular soil of the area, the wine is pure and piercingly mineral. The nose is tart, showing pithy lemon and orange with delicate white florals, notes of mint and lemon balm and a characteristic hint of peach pit. The wine is almost airy on the palate with a fairly soft texture and fresh acidity showing a more deliberately stone fruit character of yellow peach and fresh apricot with a delicate saline finish. it is an obvious match to simple fish dishes but would be equally suited to a wide range of food: try it with goats milk cheese, olives, chicken, or egg dishes. Andy Paynter

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Contra Soarda 2017 Breganze Vespaiolo Soarda Bianco

Contra Soarda consistently produces excellent Vespaiolo wines in the Veneto, and the 2017 vintage is the best I’ve tasted yet. Vespaiolo derives its name from the wasps (vespa) that feed on the grapes as sugar accumulates later in the season. The wines are often made into a passito style sweet wine but this wine shines as a rich, dry wine with bountiful aromatics. The vines are planted on a decomposed volcanic soil at high density to limit yields, and are fermented with native yeast in steel.  The nose is quite effusive with scents of apple blossom, white peach, orchard fruit, and ripe citrus. Fairly full on the palate with a rich texture, the initial flavors of juicy apple and peach give the impression of sweetness which is lifted away by high acidity and a mineral finish. Intense and refreshing, this wine would pair well with asparagus and egg dishes, scallops, shrimp, washed-rind or fresh cheese, or with a vegetable risotto. Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 6 in stock
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  • Organic

La Visciola 2014 Passerina del Frusinate IGT Donna Rosa

Passerina is a grape that I have little experience with beyond the wines of La Visciola in Lazio, which is a real shame given the depth of flavor a lifted texture the wines show.  An obscure variety native to Lazio (and possible distinct from a grape also named Passerina that grows along Italy’s Adriatic coast) the 2014 Donna Rosa shows spiced golden apples on the nose with autumnal notes of cut hay and sagebrush.  The palate is fairly full with great acidity and a soft almost honeyed texture lifted by crisp orchard fruit with a dry finish.  Really lovely on its own, I think that it would be well suited to baked fish, green salads with apples and lemon vinaigrette, fresh cheese especially goats milk cheese, or chicken salad. Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

La Visciola 2015 Passerina del Frusinate IGT Donna Rosa

Passerina is a grape that I have little experience with beyond the wines of La Visciola in Lazio, which is a real shame given the depth of flavor a lifted texture the wines show.  An obscure variety native to Lazio (and possible distinct from a grape also named Passerina that grows along Italy’s Adriatic coast) The 2015 shows a more lifted character than the 2014.  The nose is fairly tight on opening, giving notes of tart apple and pear leading into thyme and white flowers after a few minutes in the glass.  Medium body with a soft texture and crisp acidity the flavors show more candied lemon peel, green apple, and tart pear.  Try it with grilled fish, potato or white pizza, soft cheese, or cured pork. Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $15.99

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

Oltretorrente 2014 Timorasso Colli Tortonese

Oltretorrente has produced a wonderful Timorasso since they were founded in 2010 by Chiara Penati and Michele Conoscenti. The vines, planted in 1996, are tended organically with biodynamic practices and the grapes are vinified simply: the bunches are pressed whole-cluster and fermented with native yeasts in steel, resting on the lees for 8 months to lend texture and complexity.  A touch golden in the glass, the wine shows strong aromas of ripe peach, honey, beeswax, and yellow flowers.  The palate has some weight with a smooth texture, plenty of acidity, and rich stone fruit over a chalky mineral backbone.  Simultaneously rich and crisp this wine would be a great match for more assertive dishes; try it with asparagus and hollandaise, cured cheese, risotto Milanese, honey-basted chicken, or white pizza.  Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 20 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
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white fortified sweet
  • 20 in stock
  • $9.99

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  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

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  • 9 in stock
  • $39.99

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  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99

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  • 33 in stock
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Kosher

  • red kosher
  • 1 in stock
  • $62.99

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  • 11 in stock
  • $5.99

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Batardiere 2015 Anjou Clos des Cocus

Anjou last year, Vin de France this year (the mystery of the Appellation board!), this is Chenin Blanc from Anjou, whether or not it's on the label. Dense, and crystalline, witn mint flower and and cooked apples on the nose, a touch of honeysuckle and vanilla on the palate. Stones, herbs, and a touch of refreshing salinity in the super long finish. This is truly a young wine, and a big expression of Chenin. A fascinating bottle to have over several days. One really gets the sense that this young Thomas Batardiere is getting very comfortable and connected with his vineyards.Drink now with a proper decant or put it away for a while! Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2015 Chinon Les Grézeaux

From  60 year-old Cabernet Franc vines on a gravel soil over sandy clay and limestone at the bottom of the hill of Sonnay in Cravant. Aged 12 months in 3 to 5 year-old barrels.  Dark black/purple color with quite floral blackberry and strawberry aromas, with a bit of earth, spice and citrus. Very silky and supple on the palate ("We don't extract anymore" said Matthieu) with stony black fruits, meaty, chalky and long. Good acidity in the finish with graphite and velvety black fruits, quite elegant and closer to the 2014 in style than the other cuvées. This is a lovely "Les Grézeaux" and is highly recommended for early drinking or ten to fifteen years of cellaring.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $22.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $25.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

Chaffardon 2011 Coteaux de L'Aubance Confiturine (Chenin Blanc) 375

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

Chevalerie 2011 Bourgueil Grand Mont

Stéphanie, Emmanuel and Pierre Caslot are the current proprietors of this 400 year-old estate in Bourgueil. With excellent parcels on all the varied terroirs of Bourgueil they produce delicious old-school wines with great organic farming and natural vinifications with low sulfur. "Grand Mont" is one of the greatest sites in Bourgueil - a south facing slope on turonian limestone with shallow sandy clay soils, rich in mica. Though not considered a great vintage, the 2011s from the best sites in Bourgueil are turning out beautifully, such as the Breton "Les Perrieres" and the Chevalerie "Grand Mont." Denser and more opulently fruited than the 2012, the 2011 "Grand Mont' shows a deeper, darker color and ripe aromas of blackberry, black plum, violet, earth, game, and blood orange. The palate is round and supple with quite earthy red and black fruits with a lovely finish of dense red fruits, earth and citrusy acids. I would drink this sooner than the 2012 - delicious now with a long decant, best perhaps 2023 - 2030. Beautiful wine. David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2012 Bourgueil Grand Mont

Stéphanie, Emmanuel and Pierre Caslot are the current proprietors of this 400 year-old estate in Bourgueil. With excellent parcels on all the varied terroirs of Bourgueil they produce delicious old-school wines with great organic farming and natural vinifications with low sulfur. "Grand Mont" is one of the greatest sites in Bourgueil - a south facing slope on turonian limestone with shallow sandy clay soils, rich in mica. Wines from this vineyard are built to age and this rare bottling from Domaine de la Chevalerie is a beautiful example. 2012 Loire reds are not big wines, but they have lovely bright fruit and are beautifully balanced with refreshing acidity. The 2012 "Grand Mont" shows elegant aromas of black raspberry and strawberry with violet, earth, dark chocolate, citrus and game.  The palate shows sliky tannins and complex red and black fruits - beautifully balanced with bright acidity and mineral flavors. This is really elegant and Burgundian, very long and built to last. Open the day before if drinking now, this will be a beautiful mature wine.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Coulaine 2014 Chinon Le Clos de Turpenay

 2014 is a beautiful vintage for the Clos de Turpenay, a vineyard of clay/limestone on a well-exposed slope that has been in vines since the 13th century. The current vines were planted in massale selection about 50 years ago and generally give a very structured wine that ages well. As with the best of the 2014 Chinons, The Clos de Turpenay shows a beauriful combination of supple ripe fruits, freshness, and great terroir expression.  The aromas are complex and pretty - black raspberry, cassis and strawberry, quite fresh, with earth, pepper, rose and citrus. The palate is a lovely mix of red and black fruits with earth, sous-bois, citrus and chalky mineral flavors that continue in the long sappy finish. This is a subtle and elegant Chinon - carafe 1 to 2 hours in advance or cellar 15 to 20 years. Serve with stews, Guinea hen with peaches (!), salade magret de canard, roast chicken.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2015 Chinon Bonaventure

This Cabernet Franc from Chateau de Coulaine is a lovely wine. Coming from 15-year old organically farmed grapes planted on yellow tuffeau stone and sandstone, the wine displays a nice structure of minerality, acidity and elegant tannin. The grapes are fermented with native yeast and aged in large oak barrels with small addition of sulfur at bottling. With a beautiful bouquet of pyrazine, black raspberry, dark cherry, white pepper, rose and savory notes, the wine has a fine energy with a luscious texture. Enjoy this wine with duck, grilled meat, stews or nutty cheeses.  Caroline Coursant             

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

Delmée-Martin 2015 Vin de France Patience (Chenin Blanc)

Beautiful dense and long expression of Chenin Blanc from around the Anjou appellation.   Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $34.99

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

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $23.99

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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
  • 9 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $14.99

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  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

  • rosé off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $17.99

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  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

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
  • 17 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $154.99

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $159.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $159.99

Huet 1996 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie

A great vintage for Huet's sweet wines — lacking the high sugars of 1997 but ripe enough and with perfect acidity which will carry them a long way. The Le Mont 1er Trie is just beginning to open up and would be great fun to drink now, but better yet, put it away for another 20 years and find a reason for living! 67 gr/l RS, 5.9 gr/l acid, 12.5 % alc. ("de très longue garde" says the Huet website!)

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $89.99

  • white sweet
  • 20 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $79.99

  • white sweet
  • 40 in stock
  • $44.99

Huet 2005 Vouvray Cuvée Constance 500ml

Forward and open which is unusual for Constance. Beautifully knit palate and very long with exceptional purity and at least 75 years ahead of it. DL

  • white sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $149.99

Huet 2005 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie

85 grams/liter RS, 12.8 % Alc 50% Passerillage, 50% Botrytis. A lovely, balanced Moelleux that will age nicely, peak drinking probably 10 to 30 years away. Yummy now if you can't wait, a great wine.

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2015 Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Renards - Singulier

We are very proud to offer the beautiful wines of Lise and Bertrand Jousset, whose goal is to make "living wines" from living soils and healthy vines in a balanced environment. All of their wines share a vivacity and natural complexity making them a joy to drink - due to great farming and careful vinifications with minimal intervention and minimal or zero added sulfur.  The Montlouis "Singulier - Clos aux Renards" is a dry Montlouis made from 60 to 80 year-old Chenin vines on clay soils called "Aubuis" over Turonian limestone. All cellar functions are by gravity without pumping, fermentation is in two and three year-old 400 and 600 liter barrels.  This is a wonderfully elegant Chenin Blanc showing a bright pale-gold color and beautiful aromas of creamy citrus, dried pear, fresh  herbs, stone and smoke. There is an impression of sweetness  but the palate is dry with ripe pear, peach and apricot fruit with stone and mineral flavors, chalky texture and fabulous length.  Beautiful now, it will develop nicely with ten to fifteen years of cellaring.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2017 Vin de France Mosquito Pet Nat

"Mosquito" scratches that itch for a sublime bottle of thirst-quenching bubbles. The 2017 is made from Muscat grapes that Domaine Danjou-Banessy (Roussillon) generously gifted to the Jousset's after they lost most of their harvest to hail and frost. This is a pet-nat made by friends to share with friends. At 12% it's just a touch off-dry with aromas of exotic orange citrus, nutmeg, salty peach and honeycomb. There is a touch of Chenin Blanc which lends flavors of juicy  pear and tart acidity. Try it with tangy goat cheeses, salads, or on its own. Amanda Bowman

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 14 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $18.99

Pépière 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Ch.Thébaud "Clos des Morines"

For those who want a dryer style wine on Thanksgiving, this lovely Muscadet is opening up nicely and has the right weight and density to match  the turkey and sides. (And the superb new 2015  Luneau-Papin "Vera Cruz" would be lovely as well)   The Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines" comes from old vines on a beautiful vineyard sloping down towards the river. The granite here is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way. 2009 and 2010 here were among the best of the vintage in Muscadet and the 2012 is outstnding as well from this somewhat difficult low-yielding vintage. More austere than the previous vintages, the 2012 shows subtle aromas of dried pear, herbs, citrus, almond and stone, quite subtle and elegant. The palate has excellent weight and concentration with firm acidity, without the forward fruit of the 2009 - very tight and mineral in style with terrific length. Fabulous served now with oysters, ceviche of cod, flounder and sole, and grilled fish, This should age beautifully for 20 years and more. Highly recommended. Tasted again in December of 2016, this beautiful Muscadet is beginning to open up a bit, with lovely fruit appearing in the aromas and palate, really drinking well, though obviously a wine that will benefit from another five years of aging, best perhaps 2022 - 2030.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Pepiere 2015 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clisson

Beginning in 2005, Domaine de la Pépière has produced this cuvée from a small parcel of 50 to 110 year-old vines within the Pepiere vineyard. Originally called "Granite de Clisson" after the unique bedrock in the vineyard, Marc has changed the name to "Clisson" to agree with the new INAO Cru Communal classification. The granite is covered with gravel and clay with large stones, ensuring good drainage and deep penetration by the roots into the fissures in the bedrock, bringing the mineral elements indispensable to this wine.Tasted in France in January 2018, the wine showed a pale gold color with lovely aromas of dried pear, quince, almond, lemon-confit and stone, ripe but quite fresh. The palate was quite  dense, showing firm acidity and mineral flavors supporting white fruits, citrus, anise and almond, with terrific length. This is an excellent "Clisson" with attractive forward fruit for early drinking as well as firm structure for aging of fifteen to twenty years or more. David Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic

Pepiere 2015 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Monnieres-Saint Fiacre

Domaine de la Pépière has produced this superb Cru Communal, in the new appellation Muscadet Monnières-Saint Fiacre from old vines on gneiss terroir with topsoils of sand and gravel, formerly part of the Cuvée Eden and Gras Moutons. Slow two month fermentation followed by 24 months of aging on the lees. Similar in style, but a bit softer and more aromatic than the lovely 2015 Clisson, the Monnières-Saint Fiacre shows a bit more fruit in the lovely aromas of pear, citrus, herbs and stone. The palate is round and ripe with pretty white fruits, citrus, stone and herbal flavors, and the finish is round and supple with white fruits and minerals. This is a gorgeous Muscadet to drink over the next ten years with everything from oysters to sole, cod and monkfish, even with lobster.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $64.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $24.99

Pinon 2016 Vouvray "Le 16"

100% Chenin Blanc. Pinon's only still, white, demi-sec wine in this very difficult and short vintage in which the estate lost 75% of its harvest. The "Le 2016" replaces the usual Trois Argiles, Silex Noir and Les Deronnières bottlings, with fruit from a range of those and other parcels. The vines average 40 years in age, are certified-organic and were hand-harvested from October 10-18. Fermentation took place spontaneously with natural yeasts and lasted 2-3 months in wood vats. The wine was aged 4-5 months on its fine lees in old tonneaux (large oak barrels) and gently filtered before bottling in April 2017 with 22.4 grams/liter of residual sugar (with pH 3.07).  Total production of Le 2016 was 1600 cases (a yield of only 11 hl/ha). The wine shows lovely aromas of lime-flower, honeyed citrus, dried white fruis and earth. Firm lemony acidity and mineral flavors underlie  ripe white fruits and lemon confit. The finish is very long with citrus,honey, pear and stone . Technically a Demi-Sec, the wine is balanced by the bright citrusy acids and will pair well with charcuterie, fish in sauce and white meats. Cellar for twenty to thirty years to create a fabulous mature Vouvray.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $52.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 23 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

Pithon-Paille 2010 Anjou Coteaux des Treilles

This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $44.99

Raffault 2015 Chinon Les Barnabés

Domaine Olga Raffault produces this lovely Chinon from alluvial and gravel soils along the Loire and the Vienne - it's a beautifully fruited wine meant to be served cool and enjoyedwith white meats and grilled foods. The aromas are complex and ripe showing cassis, raspberry and prune with hints of violet, citrus and black pepper. The palate is deep and supple with complex red and black fruits that continue in the smooth, refreshing finish. This is a beautiful "drink young" Chinon that will enhance your summer dining!

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Raffault, Olga 2012 Chinon Les Picasses

Les Picasses is one of the greatest vineyards in Chinon - a south-facing slope of clay over porous limestone that retains water and nutrients, nourishing the vines. While the wine is amply fruited and enjoyable young, it has firm acidity and structure for long-term aging, up to 30 years and more depending on the vintage. 2012 was a quite successful vintage for Loire reds, which generally showed vibrant fruit, fresh acidity and moderate alcohol. Not a "big" vintage but one of very pretty, well-balanced wines.  The 2012 Raffault "Les Picasses" is a surprisingly full-bodied wine, showing ripe strawberry, blackberry, and cooked prune with a fabulous earthy core of stone and mineral flavors.  The palate is dense with blackberry, prune, citrus, earth,  licorice and cocoa with a long fresh finish. Ripe and forward enough to drink now with anything from roast chicken to steak, the 2012 should age beautifully, perhaps best 2020 to 2030 and beyond...? David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $44.99

Raffault, Olga 2017 Chinon Rosé

The Olga Raffault Chinon rosé has gotten better and better over the past few years, perhaps it's their move towards organic farming and the fine work of Sylvie Raffault and her husband Eric de la Vigerie. 100% Cabernet Franc, 10-hour maceration and slow wild-yeast fermentation. The 2017 shows a bit more ripeness than the 2016 but remains crisp and refreshing showing lovely bright pink color, hints of raspberry and strawberry fruit, very dry and balanced on the palate with a bit of peach and red berries in the finish with bright saline acidity. "Particulièrement gouleyant" it says on the label and we couldn't agree more! (Quantities are limited on this beautiful rosé - don't delay!)

  • rosé
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Riffault 2013 Sancerre Sauletas

Warning This bears no resemblance to "modern" Sancerre! Sauvignon Blanc from fifty year-old vines on Kimmeridgian limestone, late harvest, 20 hl/ha yields, aged sur lie for two years in old barrels, no added SO2. The 2013 "Sauletas" was harvested very late, with botrytis and ripe skins - the color is gold/bronze, that will darken with aeration. The aromas show very ripe peach and apple with floral, orange zest, spice and caramel notes. The palate shows spiced pear with citrus peel, fruit compote and mineral flavors that continue in the long finish with firm acidity. This is a complex and fascinating natural wine that might be paired with a full-flavored ceviche, monkfish in sauce or strong cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2016 Jasnières Sec

100% Chenin Blanc, from 10 - 25 year-old vines on a slope of clay/silex soils on limestone, certified organic. Slow pressing of whole clusters; long fermentations, most in 4 to 6 year-old barriques, the younger vines in cuve inox; elevage in 6 year-old barrels. More austere than the 2015 vintage, the 2016 Jasnières Sec from Sébastien Cornille is now opening up nicely, showing intriguing aromas of dried pear, pineapple, lime-flower, honey and stone. The palate is lean and mineral with citrus, dried apple and pear, wet stone and fines herbes. The finish is bone dry, mineral and long with firm acidity. Serve this scintillating Chenin Blanc with oysters, grilled and fried seafood, white meats and goat cheeses. Cellaring of five to ten years will reval a locely mature wine...  David Lillie

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

Source du Ruault 2014 Saumur Blanc "La Coulee d' Aunis"

This is a lovely Chenin Blanc from our organic friends at La Source du Ruault. Ripe but subtle aromas of pear, apple, citrus, lime-flower, hay and earth lead to the palate which is very mineral, with ripe lemony white fruits, almond, stone and herbal flavors and a very long intense chalky finish. A beautiful and very young Chenin that is scintillating and delicious now, best after a few days open or ten years in the cellar. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Source du Ruault 2015 Saumur-Champigny Rouge

Jean-Noêl Millon at La Source du Ruault has 13 hectares on turonian limestone in Saumur-Champigny, organic since 2007 and using biodynamic methods. The "regular" Saumur-Champigny is from younger vines on clay and sandy soils over the limestone; the wine is hand harveted, fermented with wild yeasts, aged in stainless steel vat and bottled with zero or minimal sulfur depending on the vintage. The 2015 is a beautiful  wine and a superb value, showing lovely aromas of ripe raspberry and strawberry with violet, orange peel, pepper and brown spice. There is a nice chalky density on the palate with lush berry fruits, earth, citrus and spice with a juicy, supple finish balanced with firm acidity. This delicious and versatile wine will accompany chicken and pork dishes, grilled foods, charcuterie and full-flavored cheeses. Serve cool and enjoy!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Blanches (Benoit Blet) 2015 Anjou Les Hautes Bruyères

South of Saumur and west of Chinon (but legally in Anjou) is the sleepy village of Oiron where Benoit Blet at Domaine des Terres Blanches makes superb wines on an interesting terroir of sandstone(grès) under sandy clay topsoils. "Les Hautes Bruyères" is from old vines of Cabernet Franc; the wine undergoes a long slow fermentation with wild yeasts and is then gravity-fed into small 2 to 5 year-old barrriques for 18 months of aging. This is a unique and delicious Cab Franc that shows an opaque black/red color and intriguing aromas of ripe black raspberry and plum with hints of mint, citrus and earth. The palate is ripe and supple with an earthy texture, showing pretty blackberry and cassis fruit with bitter chocolate, citrus and mineral flavors that linger on the long finish. A bit different from either an Anjou or Chinon red, the Hautes Bruyères will accompany a variety of poultry and pork dishes and will be great with grilled foods this summer, served a bit cool.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 52 in stock
  • $19.99

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $17.99

Villalin 2017 Quincy Les Grandes Vignes

Sauvignon Blanc has been grown in Quincy at least since the 15th century and produces a particularly distinctive wine on the gravel and silex soils of the Domaine de Villalin's vineyard "Les Grands Vignes." The estate is clearly the finest in Quincy, farming with organic methods, plowing (sometimes with horses), harvesting by hand and fermenting with wild yeasts. The 2017 has just arrived (March 1st 2018) and benefits from aeration, then shows subtle aromas of pear and quince with tart citrus and herbal notes. The palate is refreshing and bright with white fruits, gooseberry, fig and citrus flavors framed in firm acidity. If drinking now, open an hour in advance if possible - this should open up nicely by late spring for delicious drinking with a wide variety of fish and chicken dishes, salads and goat cheeses.

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Misc. Burgundy

Champs de l'Abbaye 2016 Mercurey Les Marcoeurs

Certified organic, from a limestone terroir rich in seashells, with iron-rich soil, just below the 1er Cru Clos des Miglands. Very low yields, 80% de-stemmed, wild-yeast fermentation, one-year aging in 40% new fine-grained barrels, bottled by gravity, no fining or filtration. The 2016 Marcoeurs shows subtle aromas of black cherry with plum skin, earth, graphite and hints of violet and citrus. The palate is very mineral and saline with flavors of earth and tart black cherry that are intense and long, finishing with firm acidity. This shows the intensity of the 2016 Burgundies and is delicious now with a long decant, or cellar for five years and enjoy until 2030.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Champs de l'Abbaye 2016 Monthélie Les Sous Roches

From the biodynamically farmed high altitude Les Sous Roches lieu-dit on the northwest slope in Monthélie composed of thin stony clay soils over limestone. 2016 is a great vintage for the Monthelie "Les Sous Roches" from Alain and Isabelle Hasard showing the classic structure and density of this excellent vintage. The wine shows vibrant aromas of fraise des bois and cherry liqueur with earth, mint and citrus. The palate is dense and sapid with bright blackberry and black cherry fruit, spice, earth and firm acidity. Impressive length with sappy balck fruits, mineral flavors and refreshing acidity. Delicious now if a bit intense - perhaps open the night before and re-cork - best to cellar 5 years and drink until 2030+. Serve with mushroom pappardelle, roast veal, grilled meats.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Jacqueson, Paul et Marie 2016 Rully Les Chaponnières

I've always had a soft spot for the wines of Jacqueson. Back when Burgundy was still affordable, their wines were especially affordable. The Rully Blancs are ripe, sunny, mineral, and wear their oak well. The reds are supple, mineral, and pure-fruited. The 2016 Chaponnières is bright, high-toned, and floral on the nose. Exuberant red fruits, spice, and earth on the palate. Fine, silky tannins and charm on the finish. This is clearly prettier side of Burgundy. We're  pleased to see Jacqueson back in the US! John McIlwain

  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

Vignes du Maynes (Julien Guillot) 2016 Mâcon Rouge Cuvée 910

This special cuvée is a commemoration of eleven hundred years of winemaking, the vineyards in the Clos des Vignes du Maynes having been planted around AD 900 and wine first produced for the Abbey of Cluny around 910. This "medieval" wine is a field blend of Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot Noir, including the old varieties Gamay Petit Grain and Pinot Fin. The grapes were transported in carts pulled by Charolais bulls, then pressed by foot, vinified and aged without sulfur and bottled by hand in the spring. The 2016 Cuvée 910 was a bit awkward on arrival last winter, but has settled down to sing it's light and lovely song. The wine is showing a light red/garnet color. There's a bit of reduction then lovely raspberry and wild strawberry aromas with hints of citrus, spice and rose. The palate shows subtle cherry and raspberry fruit with floral, stone and citrus flavors. The finish is long, sapid and intriguing with bright berry fruits, earth and saline notes - quite lovely and a good match with fish in sauce, white meats, charcuterie, mild cow cheeses. NO added SO2, best consumed the day opened.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2015 Mâcon-Cruzille Manganite

 Made from Gamay Petit Grains planted in 1953, grown on a limestone parcel high in magnesium, in the Clos des Vignes du Maynes in Cruzille, organic since 900 AD, now certified biodynamic. The energetic Julien Guillot vinifies his reds without sulfur or additives of any kind, producing complex, mineral, elegant wines that transcend their appellation.  The 2015s here are extraordinary, showing the elegance, purity and balance typical of the estate with the wonderful ripeness of the vintage. The wine shows gorgeous red and black fruit aromas with cranberry, earth, stone and musk and hints of mint, chocolate and spice. The palate is bright and intense with balckberry, citrus, stone and earthy flavors, that continue on the very long mineral finish. Always one of the greatest Gamays produced anywhere, the 2015 Manganite is a young wine that will benefit from decanting or five to fifteen years in the cellar. Highly recommended! DL

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Vignes du Maynes 2016 Bourgogne Cuvée Auguste

The Vignes du Maynes "Cuvée Auguste" is a superb Burgundy made from massale selection Pinot Fin planted in 1964. The parcel, high on the slope in Cruzille, is on Bathonian limestone with a great deal of calcium carbonate crystal (aragonite) with thin topsoils of clay and silica. Yields of 20 hl/ha, semi-carbonic  and normal alcoholic fermentations, with zero additives, bottled under nitrogen. Yields were quite low in 2016, but as with much of Burgundy, the 2016 Cuvee Auguste is a classic, well structured wine that should age beautifully. The wine shows beautiful aromas of tart cherry, rose, earth, orange peel and spice. The palate is dense and earthy with a core of deep berry fruit, silky and elegant with notes of citrus, licorice and roast meat. The finish is long and sapid with chalky minerals, citrus, spice and berry fruits. This is a gorgeous living wine - decant a few hours if drinking now or cellar five to ten years or more.  A very small quantity is available of this rare and beautiful wine.   David Lillie

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $86.99

Misc. Europe

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $25.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $31.99

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $23.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $159.99

Misc. France

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

Ardoisieres 2016 IGP St Pierre de Soucy Argile Blanc

If you'll forgive, the flight of fancy, Savoie whites tug at the heartstrings. A snowmelt swollen mountain stream overflowing its banks and washing thru a meadow of wildflowers fresh. Shimmering afternoon sunlight thru leaves, a suspicion of a breeze, Springtime in the glass! John McIlwain

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Belluard 2014 Vin de Savoie Mont Blanc Brut

'Mont Blanc' is named for the snow-capped mountain 30km away from Dominique's winery. This cuvée is built to age but that requires personal discipline. 100% Gringet from vines planted at 450m elevation, the 2014 was aged for three years on the lees before disgorgement. The delicate nose offers elegant floral aromas and comes across as quite austere at first. By the time you slice the soppressata and collect the Comté from the fridge, the nose will have blossomed with honeysuckle, orange zest, nuts and orchard fruits. The palate has exquisite cut with powerful minerals driving fresh pear and apple flavors. An excellent vintage that should shine in 2-3 years. Amanda Bowman

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Belluard 2016 Vin de Savoie Le Feu

All things being relative, this cuvée made me reconsider every wine that I have previously described as balanced. "Le Feu" comes Dominique's oldest, low-yielding Gringet vines planted on steep, iron-rich slopes at 450m above sea level. Incredibly well-knit acidity adds energy and freshness to wild herbal flavors that form a continuous loop across the palate. This wine is luminous. Amanda Bowman