Alsace

Barth, Laurent 2012 Alsace Grand Cru Marckrain 500ml

Beautifully balanced Vendanges tardive (late harvest) level, sweet Gewurztraminer from the Grand Cru Marckrain! A beautiful wine that is singing at the moment. Any fan of residual sugar should grab a bottle!


  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $28.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $31.99

Frick 2003 Alsace Strangenberg Pinot Noir

Just released for the first time, from a historically dry and HOT vintage, this is an aged natural wine, indeed a rare find. A wine that seems to change considerably with aeration, our most recent tasting here in NYC saw 10 minutes of beautiful, high toned, young red fruit, followed by the onset of rustic tannins and more dark stewed fruit. My guess is the rusticity will increase with air, so I wouldn't be inclined to decant it. Unusual to say the least, but free of mousiness, volatile acidity or other effects that often accompany no SO2 vinification and aging.  

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2018 Alsace Sylvaner Maceration SS

The Pierre Frick 2018 Sylvaner "Maceration" is from sandy clay soils over limestone; the whole-cluster grapes macerated for 7 days before pressing, the wine matured on its fine lees in 100 year-old foudre for ten months, then was assembled and bottled at the end of April, 2019 with zero added SO2. The wine shows a straw yellow color with fine aromas of citrus and whhite flowers, the palate is full and round with nice freshness and slightly grainy tannins. Flavors of citrus fruits and brown spices are supported by firm minerality and saline notes in the finish. Serve with a full-flavored sushi, dried meats, terrines and Asian sitr-fry. 12.5% alc, zero RS, zero SO2 added.

  • white off-dry
  • 4 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Australia

Basket Range 2017 Adelaide Hills Red Blend

Back in the 1980's Phil Broderick started planting  a humble selection of Bordeaux varieties nestled in the Adelaide Hills.  Though his sons took over in 2016 and started to create a series of fun, modern, and experimental wines, Phil still makes a small amount of his original line of elegant, classic, Bordeaux-inspired bottles and we get them for an incredible value. This blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot aged in neutral oak, and  at only 13% ABV this is no fruit-bomb. The palate is full and silky, sun-kissed  plums, black cherry, roasted pepper and herbs. It is meant to the perfect companion to a range of heartier fare, or keep this in your cellar for 5-10 years to  see how it evolves! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bella Ridge 2017 Western Australia Tempranillo/Grenache

Though Western Australia is known as one of the hottest regions in the country, the winemakers at Bella Ridge seem to defy the odds by making fresh, balanced wines like this Tempranillo-Grenache blend. By picking early, and using a light hand in the cellar, this wine manages to be perfectly ripe without being jammy. 60% Tempranillo from 60-year-old vines fermented and aged in used American oak for 18 months, then blended with 40% Grenache from 70-year-old vines aged in used French oak barrels for 18 months. It is unfined, very lightly filtered, and bottled with minimal SO2. Notes of ripe and roasted cherry, hibiscus, dried herbs, and crushed stone. This was perfect with just a slight chill, but not too cold! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

Sam Vinciullio 2018 Margaret River, Western Austra Cow Town Red

This is the Australian Shiraz I always hoped for! Sam Vinciullo has been making wine under his own label since 2015, and as of last year is farming all of the vines himself. His vines are own-rooted, dry-farmed, and farmed with the use of chemicals only as a very last resort. The vineyard is located in Margaret River, near the town of Cowaramup (hence the name "Cow Town") on mostly sandy soil with pockets of gravel and ironstone. The "Cow Town Red" is a bottling of 100% Shiraz fermented and aged, like all of his wines, with no oak used, no additives (including sulfur), and no filtering or temperature control. The nose of this wine sends you immediately to Australia with notes of eucalyptus and sandalwood, followed by ripe plum, violets and crushed black pepper. Because of the use of concrete barrels instead of oak, and without using pump-overs, the wine remains vibrant and clean, while retaining density and a silky texture. There is plenty to contemplate in this wine on its own, but it will also make an excellent pairing for charred, grilled proteins and herbaceous sauces. Michelle DeWyngaert 

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $139.99

Austria

Alzinger 2019 Wachau Dürnstein Grüner Veltliner Federspiel

Sourced from vineyards around the town of Dürnstein, on more gravelly, sandy, alluvial soils in contrast to the more stony meager soils further up slope. The 2019 boasts an effusively floral nose: jonquils, lemon blossoms, sweet pea, and clover, with some notes of apple skin and wet stone. The palate is lithe and racy, even agile. There are bright acidity and stone notes, driving a distinctly sapid palate. You get the savory herbal notes walking hand in hand with the preserved lemon, tart apple, and underripe white peach culminating in a lingering, mouthwatering, and pleasingly bittersweet finish. The contrast between fruit and stone is compelling and this shows plenty of lively detail in each sip. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic

Knoll 2001 Wachau Gruner Veltliner Smarag Ried Loibenberg

White pepper and black fruit – what a combo! And distinctly nutty/grainy aromas as well. A rich, peachy, totally dry white wine, with creamy texture and great length. Fascinating and delicious wine that goes well with a great many foods – a great match for Asian spices, for instance. JW Nearly 15 years on from the vintage, Knoll's 2001 Loibenberg GV is a quite impressive wine, with the peachy flavors Jamie first wrote about years ago having mostly receded, leaving in their place a citric, herbaceous Grüner with telltale aromas and flavors of nuts, grains and lentils. Knoll's wines age wonderfully, retaining freshness and loads of character, even after their obvious, forward fruit has faded. Still youthful but showing quite well and promises to unfold more over the next 5-10 years. John Ritchie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

Weingut Harm 2015 Wachau Riesling Durnsteiner Kellerburg

Maria and Andreas Harm make wines in the Wachau and Kremstal in Austria. Their estate was only started in 2010, so they are definitely a new name in this iconic area, but are already producing beautiful, balanced wines from some famed sites. Vineyards were always farmed organically, with Biodynamic certification coming in 2019, and the wines are fermented with native yeast. Kellerberg is a 15 hectare site of sandy loess over gneiss and quartz, and arguably the most prized site around the town of Dürnstein. The 2015 has the boldness associated with the Kellerberg site, balanced by moderate alcohol (13.5%), low RS and good acidity. It's definitely Riesling, but doesn't scream petrol, has some ripeness, but the mineral finish keeps the wine fresh with lifted notes of crisp orchard fruit as well. It seems from recent tasting that the wine should still have a nice life ahead of it, though it is certainly enjoyable now. 

The winery itself is located just outside of the Wachau, so the Harm wines from the region can't carry the designations from the three-tier Vinea Wachau system (Steinfeder, Federspiel, or Smaragd). I suppose this would technically be a Smaragd (top tier), as alcohol % for Federspiel (middle tier) is only from 11.5-12.5. Though I cant find analysis online, residual sugar seems well below 9 grams (the limit for Smaragd), and it's certainly age-worthy, as the 2015 is still youthful from tasting in 2020.   -Eben Lillie

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Wenzel, Michael 2019 Neusiedlersee-Hügelland Furmint Aus dem Quartz

Michael Wenzel is one of the few winemakers left in Austria making dry Furmint (a grape usually found in noble sweet wines of both Austria and Hungary). His father, Robert, brought Furmint clippings from Hungary back into his family's hectarage in the mid-eighties. Michael continues to plant vines and has been looking for ways to adapt the grape to the current terroir of Rust. So far the results have been (for us) a benchmark example of the variety. Scents of quince, white blossoms, apples, nectarine and herbs waft from the glass readily; the palate is powerfully concentrated with stone fruit and quince balanced with crystalline acidity. Fantastic! -CB

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Wenzel, Michael 2019 Neusiedlersee-Hügelland Vododoo Child Wild & Free

The Wenzel 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. This skin contact Pinot Gris is a lovely hibiscus hue in the glass, with beautiful floral scents, deep, umami notes of umeboshi plum mixed with sour cherry, blood orange, raspberry, wild strawberry, and red grapefruit zest. Medium-bodied with the lightest tannic tack and bright acidity—elegance and drinkability! This would be a great bottle to take you from hors d'oeuvres all the way through the main event this holiday season. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Zillinger, Johannes 2018 Weinviertel Velue Riesling

'Velue' is the old name of the town where the Zillinger farm is based. Vines for this bottling come from an eastern-facing slope, the average age is 30 years-old. Spontaneous fermentation occurs in stainless steel tank, and the wine stays in contact with the lees for five months, with occasional batonnage, bottled unfined and unfiltered. This Riesling is incredibly vibrant; the nose is racy and redolent with stonefruit, mirrored on the palate as juicy nectarine, underripe peach, with tangy tangerine and mango. Bright and lively and a great introduction to the estate. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaujolais

Descombes, Georges 2018 Brouilly

Georges Descombes is one of the great producers of natural Beaujolais -  the Descombes Brouilly comes from 3.5 hectares on steep slopes, farmed organically. Carbonic maceration with whole clusters then a slow vertical press to finish the fermentation. No additives, a small addition of SO2 before bottling. The 2018 shows beautifully ripe but high-toned red fruits, with lovely aromas of strawberry, blackberry and violet with herbal and citrus notes. The palate is fresh and mineral, a bit lighter and brighter than the Morgon, infused with berry fruits and citrusy acids, and the finish is long and elegant. This is a lovely food-friendly Brouilly to serve, quite cool, with chicken, pork, charcuterie and mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes

Sandwiched between the appellations of Morgon and Fleurie, Chiroubles is slightly less famous than its two neighbors, and can occasionally be referred to as producing wines of less complexity, with a more immediate and obvious charm. Yet there is no lack of excitement in the vielles vignes (old vines) offerings from Georges Descombes, and the 2018 Chiroubles is no exception, and showing quite beautifully right now, though a decant definitely helps. The nose shows wonderful deep fruit notes of dark cherry, cherry liqueur, blackberry, dark forest fruit, raspberry, raspberry leaves, blackcurrant tea, and a hint of baking spice and nutmeg. The palate is fresh and energetic, with vibrant acidity and is both expressive and showing great intensity of flavor. The fruit of the nose translates well, though slightly more red fruit tinged, and introduces a hint of orange zest and apple peel. There is also a bit of earthiness and minerality, which balances well with the fruit and spice notes. A delicious bottle now, this will only get better in the next 10 years. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Fleurie Vieilles Vignes

Somewhat similar to 2009 - the last Beaujolais vintage that received huge point scores in the American wine press - the warm and dry 2018 vintage produced wines that are ripe and lush, but lower in alcohol and with brighter, fresher aromas and flavors than the 2009s. The 2019 Fleurie Vieilles Vignes shows a bright red/black color and aromas that are a beautiful blend of violet, black raspberry and blackberry with a bit of brown spice and citrus. The grainy textured  palate really shows the granite terroir, with very earthy black fruit liqueur, licorice and stone flavors in the long finish. A very young wine, decant if drinking now, this serious Fleurie should really sing after a few years in the cellar, drink until 2030+  David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Morgon Vieilles Vignes

Pretty young to be checking in on the old vines cuvée, but these are unusual times to say the least. Dark ruby, verging in purple robe. Dusty crushed blackberries, violets, and a brambly note on the nose. Nothing roasted or overripe here, despite the black fruit. The palate is mid-weight and has fine sap and vigor, with succulent ripeness and plenty of dry extract to buffer the firm—not stern—tannins. There’s good tension between the bright, ripe, concentrated fruit and the substantial mineral core. The finish is long and layered with good lift and fine persistence. There’s good structure here and while this has plenty of charm now, this ought to dazzle with 5-7 years in the cellar and beyond. And while the prices have crept up, this is a steal given its breed and rivals plenty of very good villages wines from my beloved Côte d’Or in character and complexity. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Regnie

The 2018 Regnié from Geroges Descombes is a finely balanced wine, even in a warmer vintage, Ripe and generous fruit is offset with lively acidity and a vivid intensity on the palate that keeps this wine lifted and fresh. On the nose there are high-toned aromas of red and black currant, strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, rose, violets, and licorice. The palate has soft and finely integrated tannins and shows notes of strawberry and raspberry liqueur, blackberry, pomegranate, orange peel, baking spice and a granitic minerality, especially on the complex and satisfying finish. This is a very versatile wine, and I wouldn't hesitate to pair with a wide range of foods, from roast chicken, to burgers or even a pork chop. It was equally at home accompanying the watching of a movie on the couch with just a little, hastily composed cheese plate for backup. A joyful wine for all occasions. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Regnié Vieilles Vignes

The 2018 Regnié Vieilles Vignes was one of the stars in last winter's tasting showing gorgeous red and black raspberry aromas with earth, citrus and spice, really lovely. The palate is elegant and long with black cherry, prune and red fruit liqueur with earth and smoke, with underlying mineral, graphite flavors. The wine is beautifully balanced and fresh at 13 - 13.5% alcohol, powerful yet refined and delicate,  and will improve with a few years cellaring - but in such a nice place right now. This is an outstanding Beaujolais, simply delicious - serve cool with pork and lamb dishes, coq au vin, charcuterie, over the next ten years. EL

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2018 Chénas Petites Pierres/Gandelins

This is a new cuvee for Julien Guillot, using certified organic fruit from two parcels in Chenas:  "Les Petites Pierres" - 60 year-old vines on granite stones and clay over granite bedrock, and "Gandelins" - 80 year-old vines in a south-facing vineyard on decomposed granite, bordering Moulin-a-Vent. Tasted last winter during our usual sprint through the many bottles and barrels at Vignes du Maynes, the wine showed complex red fruit aromas with black raspberry and strawberry fruit with earth and mint, quite elegant and silky textured, with terrific length. No added SO2. 36 btls for the US.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2018 Morgon Les Charmes

Starting with beautiful biodynamic grapes from Roland Pignard on "les Charmes" in Morgon, Julien worked his magic in the cellar with his zero-sulfur semi-carbonic vinification and the result is this superb Morgon from great terroir. The wine shows the ripeness of this excellent vintage in Beaujolais and the intense flavors of terroir always present in the Pignard wines over the years. Julien's vinification has created a beautifully balanced and pretty wine with fabulous length - drink now or cellar 5 to 10 years, only 36 btls in the US... DL

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2018 Beaujolais Chardonnay

Jean-Paul Brun's Chardonnay comes 35 year-old vines grown on sandy clay and limestone soils in the southern Beaujolais  and is raised in stainless steel, with occasional use of old barrels (no new oak!).  Bright aromas of peach, apricot, lemon zest, and thyme lead to flavors of pure white fruits, juicy lime, crisp orange blossom, subtle herbal undertones, and a long chalky finish. Paired with salad, seafood,chicken, goat milk cheeses, or nothing at all, this is a beautiful choice and great value in white Burgundy!

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $19.99

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2018 Côte de Brouilly

Jean-Paul Brun of Domaine des Terres Dorées has 2 parcels of 50 year-old vines on a steep section of Mont Brouilly with a south-east exposition at about 1,000 ft of altitude. The thin soil is almost entirely stones of granite with a high iron content.  The 2018 shows lovely aromas of cherry and red currant liqueur with a touch of rose petal, cocoa and spice. The palate is ripe but balanced by refreshing acidity, showing pretty red fruits with earth and mineral flavors, with a silky, slightly grainy texture, finishing with nice length of sappy fruit and firm acidity. A beautiful Beaujolais for current drinking and over the next few years.  "Contains very little sulfite," says the label "store in a cool place and consume rapidly after uncorking." We haven't noticed any problem keeping this wine, but consuming rapidly after uncorking will be easy... DL

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Low Sulfur

Bordeaux Red

Bellegrave 2010 Pomerol

This is an outstanding Pomerol from Chateau Bellegrave, which was in conversion to organic certification in 2010. While it shows the depth and structure of this excellent vintage in Bordeaux, the wine is surprisingly supple and forward, making it a delicious wine for current drinking. The aromas are ripe and rich with black fruits, cassis and blackberry with sous-bois, cocoa, spice and floral notes. The palate is firm but round, deep and elegant with complex fruit flavors backed by earth and mineral notes with good freshness and silky tannins. Decant this lovely wine  a few hours in advance if possible or cellar for five to fifteen years

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic

Bellegrave 2015 Pomerol

75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc coming from hand harvested vineyards (35-60 year old vines) in the revered region of Pomerol. The estate has long dismissed the use of chemicals but has recently transitioned to biodynamic methods. Wine has been aged in French oak, with 1/3 being new, 1/3 being old, and the last 1/3 being from the producer’s previous vintage.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $67.99

Bellisle Mondotte 2010 Saint-Emilion

This fantastic organically-farmed Saint Emilion is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, fermented in concrete tanks for 25 days and then aged for 22 months in first- and second-use barrels. With a beautiful minerality of clay and limestone, the wine shows the finesse and elegance of a great vintage. The bouquet is complex with dark berry, prune, plum, dry tobacco, cedar, violet and herbal notes and the palate is luscious with supple tannins, good acidity and a lingering finish. A delicious wine at a great value to drink with brisket, roasted lamb and hamburgers. You can also cellar the wine for several years (+7 years) if you would prefer to consume it later. Caroline Coursant   

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic

Cartier 2016 Saint-Emilion

The second label to Chateau Fonroque, this Merlot-based red comes from limestone/clay soils in St. Emilion. Vines average 35 years of age and fruit is harvested by hand. The nose delivers scents of dark flowers and rich baked fruit. The palate shows deep red and black cherry and plum, with accents of warm cedar and herbs. There is great minerality, which lends the wine a structure of supreme freshness. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $37.99

Coutet 2016 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

Château Coutet in St. Emilion is comprised of a single plot, 13 hectares large. The soil is a mix of limestone, sand, and clay, and the vineyard is planted to 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Never once have herbicides or pesticides touched the vineyards belonging to Chateau Coutet, a certified organic producer. The property boasts oak trees, fig trees, and orchid meadows as a measure to ensure the land’s health, and thus the quality of its grapes and wines. All vineyard work is done organically. In the cellar, juice is fermented in concrete, then 85% of the resulting wine is aged in 20% new French oak barrels. The rest is aged in concrete vats.  Aging lasts 18 months before bottling.

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

Fonroque 2015 Grand Cru Classe Saint-Emilion

Château Fonroque is a superb certified biodynamic and organic estate in the Saint-Émilion appelation. Owned by the Moueix family since 1931, the estate is a proponent of traditional winemaking techniques with hand harvesting, spontaneous yeast fermentation, and limited use of new oak. An elegant Bordeaux with precise minerality, the wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from 35-year-old vines, planted on limestone soils with some portions of clay on the hillside of the vineyard. The wine is fermented with native yeast in concrete vats and then aged in oak (with a small portion of new oak). The resulting wine is fantastic showing the impressive savoir-faire of Alain Moueix. The bouquet is complex with notes of juicy plum, cassis, crunchy black raspberry, tobacco leaves, hibiscus, baking spices, and leather, with some purple floral and savory undertones. Showing great energy and tension on the palate, the wine displays a beautiful calcareous minerality, bright acidity and soft tannins. To enjoy now with roasted beef, duck breast or full-flavored cheese, or age it for several years (7 years or more). Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $38.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $3,999.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $399.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $249.99

Bordeaux Sweet

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • 2 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $159.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $139.99

Bordeaux White

Champ des Treilles 2018 Sainte-Foy Bordeaux Vin Passion Blanc

This is a unique example of Bordeaux Blanc from one of the first organic and biodynamic properties in the region, located in the lesser-known Sainte-Foy. Corinne and Jean-Michel Comme started to replant these vineyards in 1998 using as little intervention as possible, avoiding pesticides, green harvesting, even tractor plowing, and using neutral oak for aging to allow each vintage to speak for itself. Grown on clay and limestone soils, the Vin de Passion displays a beautiful balance of texture, minerality, and ripe fruits. The blend is 1/3rd Sauvignon Blanc, 1/3rd Semillon, and 1/3rd Muscadelle, which gives the wine a richer, more viscous texture than a typical Bordeaux Blanc, but still maintains a balanced acidity. The nose is full of dried herbs, dried white flowers, and candle wax, and the palate brings green and yellow pear, white grapefruit, and more fresh and dried herbs. Fans of fuller bodied, more textured whites will love this year's 'Vin de Passion'. MD

  • white
  • 27 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Burgundy White

Bize, Simon 2018 Bourgogne Blanc Les Perrieres

We are huge fans of the Bize wines and what we have seen of the 2018s so far has us jazzed. The whites are of particular note, considering the warmth of the vintage. They have the poise and freshness that one expects from serious white Burgundy, while still showing the fruit and richness that characterizes the vintage. "Perrieres" is the second of two Bourgogne Blancs that Bize bottles each year and though it sits very close on the hillside to "Champlains," it couldn't be more different. The vines in "Perrieres" are older, the soil very rocky and it always shows spine and crunch in  stark contrast to the richness and plump fruit of "Champlains." The '18 whites at Bize were incredibly successful wines. 

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

Based in the village of Savigny-lès-Beaune with vines in Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses, the estate has roots going back to 1834. Claude de Nicolay, along with her brother François de Nicolay, fashion pure, old-school, age-worthy Burgundy. The vineyard work has been organic since the 1980s and certified biodynamic since 2005 with vines replanted with massale selection. Yields are kept low to express the terroir of each vineyard. 

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $264.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chandon de Briailles 2018 Savigny-les-Beaune Les Saucours-Sans Soufre

This is Savigny Blanc from white rocky soils previously planted to Pinot Noir. Claude de Nicolay has been experimenting more and more with no-sulfur winemaking in recent years and as the quality of vineyard work and cellar work has steadily increased, so has the success level of these bottlings. 

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $68.99

Duplessis, Gérard 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Montmains

Lillian Duplessis considers this site as having the greatest potential within his lineup of Premier Cru vineyards and tasting the 2017, one can immediately see why. This wine feels intensely serious and coiled, with very pretty white peach and lemon fruit and just a touch of floral character. It has great length and mineral intensity, and a sea character combined with a sweet richness that reminds me of cooked lobster just pulled from the shell. This is super and will age beautifully. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Duplessis, Gérard 2017 Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

Montée de Tonnerre is often considered the greatest of the Premier Crus of Chablis, situated on the same hillside as the Grand Crus, just a stone's throw from Blanchots. It has great exposure and can achieve an extra dimension of density and richness. Case in point, the Duplessis 2017. The fruit character is still very much in the stone fruit and citrus profile and the mineral component feels precise and filigreed. But there is a great sense of weight and breadth in the middle that gives this extra staying power and intensity. This is excellent and should age extremely well. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Duplessis, Gérard 2017 Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Les Clos is the sole Grand Cru in the Duplessis lineup and produces wines that will age for many years.  The parcel is less than half a hectare but well situated smack in the middle of the slope, with vines between 35 and 45 years.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $114.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Duplessis, Gérard 2017 Chablis Vaugiraut

Vaugiraut is on the left bank of the Serein, south of the village of Chablis and the Grand Cru vineyards above it on the right bank of the river. The south facing amphitheater is protected from winds and exposed to the warmth of the late afternoon sun, both of which assist in ripening. This bottling from Duplessis is unique among their Premier Crus in that it sees no oak: the elevage is entirely in stainless steel. This has a beautiful, exotic nose that shows notes of white peach, dried orange peel, makrut lime, and salty limestone. The palate is structured, but with generous fruit character, displaying white peach and ripe Meyer lemon notes that lead to a very precise, long finish that emphasizes the limestone minerality of Chablis. Truly delicious. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $49.99

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

Goisot, Guihelm & Jean-Hugues 2018 Bourgogne Aligoté

Goisot is perhaps best known for their Sauvignon de St. Bris, considered a benchmark for the appellation, as well as riveting Cote d'Auxerre chardonnays that often outperform wines from neighboring Chablis. The Aligoté often goes overlooked, which is a shame, as it is firmly of a piece with the other wines in the range. The 2018 shows the weight of the vintage without obscuring the distinct character of limestone soils. This gleams white-green in the glass and the nose displays lime zest, under-ripe pear. white lilies and something I can only describe as dust from blackboard eraser. On the palate there is more citrus, white pepper, tarragon and a salty chalky finish. This will make a lovely aperitif and a welcome companion to oysters and clams this summer. Sam Ehrlich

(This is a pre-arrival and will be available for delivery starting Friday).

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $20.99

Guillemot-Michel 2018 Viré-Clessé Quintaine

We're extremely happy to have the wines of Guillemot-Michel back at Chambers Street! Along with Jean and Gautier Thevenet, and Julien Guillot at Vignes du Maynes, they are making white Burgundies with more depth and minerality than anything comparably priced in the Cote D'Or. The 2018 Quintaine is a gorgeous white Burgundy, showing a brilliant pale gold color and complex aromas of poached pear, almond, candied lemon, kiwi, stone and lime-flower, elegant and quite beautiful. The palate is round and dense, a bit riper than the 2017, with firm acidity, showing cool stone fruits and citrus with caramel, stone and mineral flavors. The finish is long and very mineral, with chalky white fruits lingering on the palate. This is a young wine, give it some time in a carafe if possible. (At a recent tasting, the 1989 and 1990 were showing beautifully, so put a few in the cellar!) Beautiful wine - congratulations to Pierrette, Marc, Sophie and son-in-law Gautier!

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Guillemot-Michel 2018 Viré-Clessé Une Bulle

The Guillemot-Michel "Une Bulle" comes from a tiny parcel of old vines on limestone with red clay, high in iron. The wine is a Pet-Nat (Methode Ancestrale) that is bottled after a short period of fermentation, leaving enough sugar in the wine for the fermentation to continue and create the desired bubbles. The wine is aged in bottle on the lees for around 18 months, then riddled and disgorged and re-bottled with a bit more "Une Bulle."  The result is a very delicious aged Pet-Nat showing honeyed aromas of pear and white peach with hints of almond, marzipan and brioche. On the palate the mousse is soft and creamy with flavors of peach and quince  with lime-flower and minerals and a long finish of white fruits, citrus peel and firm acidity. This is a delightful wine to sip by itself or pair with mild cheeses, patés and terrines, fruit desserts..  David Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2018 Crémant de Bourgogne Extra-Brut Ste. Geneviève

The 2018 Extra-Brut Ste. Geneviève is a superb Champagne method sparkling wine made with Pinot fin, Chardonnay, Gamay and Aligoté - 50% grown at the Clos des Vignes du Maynes and 50% purchased fruit. The wine shows lovely aromas of white peach and red fruits, spiced pear and honey. The palate is creamy and full, with pear, a hint of red currant and berry fruits, honey, stone and brown spice with fabulous length. This is unique and really lovely - it will be great fun to share this rare wine with friends and family as a special aperitif! David Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2018 Macon-Villages

Julien Guillot of the Clos des Vignes du Maynes, makes this lovely Mâcon-Villages (100% Chardonnay)  from certified organic parcels in Viré-Clessé, Chardonnay and Montbellet, on Bathonian limestone with clay, rich in silica. The 2018 is a fascinating  and very natural  Chardonnay, showing bright pale gold color and high-toned aromas of lemon zest, white peach, pear, almond and honeysuckle. The palate is dense and supple with white fruit, stone and almond flavors, finishing with citrus and minerals. This is a young wine that will benefit from aeration if drinking now, and will cellar for ten years. 30 mg/l  SO2.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lamy, Hubert 2016 Chassagne Montrachet Concis du Champ

When I speak with Burgundy growers about their peers and whose work they admire and find inspiration in, the name Olivier Lamy comes up almost without exception. A relentless innovator and workaholic, Olivier makes remarkable wines. He has pioneered a number of viticultural techniques in Burgundy over the last twenty years, including experimenting with high-density planting (up 40,000 vines per hectare) and the adopting of a pruning model traditionally used in the Loire Valley (designed to reduce the amount of scar tissue on the vine and better protect it from wood diseases). While best known for Saint Aubin, he makes lovely Chassagne-Montrachet and Santenay as well. Concis du Champs is a parcel at the bottom end of the slope, with more clay, from 15-year old vines and aged in 600-liter barrels, virtually none of them new. From the very small but brilliant 2016 vintage. 

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $1,209.99

Marcel Couturier 2017 Pouilly-Loché Le Bourg

There is a host of terrific growers in Mâcon and Pouilly farming organically these days and Marcel Couturier is one of the best. He is meticulous and hard-working and it is reflected in the wine. "Le Bourg" is a  single parcel of vines that  average seventy years old, planted in quite heavy clay and limestone soils. The wine that it produces is quite classic Pouilly, with rich yellow apple fruit, preserved lemon and baking spice. It is certainly the more baroque side of the appellation but that feeling of richness is ultimately an illusion. Like all good white Burgundy, it is held in check by a core of limestone that lends freshness and structure.   Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $599.99

Morey, Pierre 2018 Bourgogne Aligoté

From two parcels just outside the Meursault appellation borders, the wines here are on average fifty years old. Year after year, this always consistently lovely and age-worthy.

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Morey, Pierre 2018 Bourgogne Blanc

The 2018 Pierre Morey Bourgogne Blanc, sourced from three parcels in Meursault, is a show-stopper of a wine. Upon opening, it shows lemon, a touch of creme brulee crust in the nose and an overall sense of richness that one would expect in a solar vintage such as this one. However, this is all held firmly in check by plenty of acidity and a sense of salty minerality that comes to dominate the wine. It is spilling over with chalk and cool stoniness, adding tension and focus as it sits in the glass. Everything else kind of fades away, leaving only you and the earth. This is magnificent for the level and will satisfy Burgundy cravings tonight or in five years if you are inclined to put a few bottles in the cellar.  Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $174.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $89.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $89.99

Rateau 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Les Coucherias

Beaune 1er Cru "Les Coucherias" is high on the slope on the site of an old quarry and much of the sub-soil is limestone tailings, permitting root penetration and drainage, with a topsoil of mixed clay and limestone "marnes blanches." In biodynamic agriculture since 1979, the vineyard is a south-facing semi-circle—a very warm spot.The 2018 has a bright bronze/gold color and lovley aromas or ripe white peach and pear with exotic citrus and herbal notes. The ripe, deep palate palate shows stone,  apricot, pear and almond flavors with lovely density and a firm core of minerality that lingers in the very long finish. Delicious now, showing the lush fruit of 2018, it should cellar beautifully as well. David Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rollin 2017 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 1.5L

 The Rollin family has been making and bottling wines from Pernand and Aloxe since the mid-1950s and today are one of the best addresses in either commune. These are old-school wines made with a minimum of fuss - treating the vines only when absolutely necessary, hand-harvesting, fermenting only with native yeasts and without slavishly relying on new oak for flavor or richness. Their Charlemagne is a true Charlemagne, with vines on both the Aloxe and Pernand sides. This is notable because the two produce wines of such different character, with the south-facing Aloxe parcels contributing richness and the cooler Pernand side adding tension and freshness but each one delivering the intense chalk character  that distinguishes Corton-Charlemagne.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $339.99

Rontets 2017 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 climate 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." (note from the estate) 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sainte Barbe 2017 Viré-Clessé La Perrière

 Jean-Marie Chaland owns two estates in Viré (Macon), Domaine Sainte Barbe and Domaine des Chazelles, both certified organic since 2006. The Sainte Barbe "la Perriere" is made from 35 year-old grapes from a half-hectare parcel near Viré on clay/limestone soils, never treated with herbicides. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified with wild yeasts, the wine ages for 18 months, half in barrel, have in cuve inox. The 2017 shows pretty aromas of pear, apricot, lime flower and stone. There is nice richness on the palate, which is supple and elegant with chalky white fruits, a bit of nectarine, verbena and a hint of oak, with firm acidity, silky fruit and mineral notes in the long finish. This is a stylish white Burgundy that will accompany  any full-flavored fish dish, chicken in sauce and mild cheeses, and it will age nicely for 5 to 8 years.

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Saumaize-Michelin 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Cras

This excellent Pouilly-Fuissé is a model of restraint. Coming from a parcel of vines averaging 45 years old,  the fruit hre leans tropical but never feels too lush or sticky. There is a touch of oak spice, particularly upon opening, but dissipating with air. There are notes of ruby red grapefruit, pineapple and an earthy quality reminiscent of modeling clay. The acidity is firm  and bracing and the chalky minerality become increasingly prominent the longer the wine is in the glass. It finishes with a pleasanty pith-like bitterness (almost like very dry tonic water) and is very persistent. If your heart is crying out for Chassagne-Montrachet, then you would do well to consider this delicious wine instead.  Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $31.99

Vignes du Maynes 2018 Macon-Cruzille Aragonite

Carved from vineyards once owned by the Benedictine Abbey of Cluny and farmed organically by Julien Guillot's family since 1954, Clos Vignes du Maynes is one of the most distinctive growers in Burgundy. Aragonite comes from 40- to 80-year-old Chardonnay vines high on the slope, on thin soils of clay, crystallized limestone, and laced with other minerals. This wine is incredibly aromatic upon opening with aromas of golden pear, green apple, apricot, white grapefruit, honeysuckle, and bergamot; there is a hint of earthy heather honey and butterscotch. On the palate it is quite rich and luscious, in this warm low-yielding vintage, and much more tropical and salty than in years past. In fact, if tasted blind, I could see this being mistaken for a great Chardonnay from the Jura as it has fantastic acidity, and is beautifully textured, long, and mineral. On day two the aromas have softened a bit, and the palate has gained an added savory note that contributes to a still stunningly long finish. The 2018 Aragonite is not to be missed. 

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $46.99

Champagne

Beaufort, André 2008 Champagne Polisy Brut (Disgorged 9/20)

Our new shipment of the 2008 Polisy Brut was disgorged in September 2020. 2008 continues to delight, even 12 years after the harvest. The current disgorgement of the Polisy has a pale yellow robe, fine bead, and soft mousse. The nose is soft and pretty offering aromas of golden apple, acacia, lemon curd and apple blossom. The mid-weight palate is bright and brisk on attack, with flavors of Macintosh apple, bergamot, and green tea giving way to a fine core of minerality lending focus. This has good length and energy on  a lifted and expansive finish. This is very good with vibrant fruit and nascent aged flavors knitting elegantly. A fine effort from the Beauforts! John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2009 Champagne Polisy Brut (Disgorged 9/20)

2009, says Jancis Robinson: "After early complications a superb summer produced a clean crop of high quality, with particularly good Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims. Wines are plump and approachable." The Beaufort Polisy shows subtle aromas of white fruits and creamy lemon with hints of spice and herbs, the palate is round and ripe with pear, citrus, almond, spice, anise...  The finish is long and creamy with complex spice and mineral notes. The mousse is soft and delicate as with most of the Beaufort wines. This is a great white Burgundy that's masquerading as Champagne. Disgorged in Sept, 2020. DL

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $65.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (Dis 8/20)

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 in August 2020)  John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 09/20)

The new Beaufort Polisy Reserve Brut Nature NV is based on the 2015 vintage and was disgorged in September, 2020. The Polisy NV Brut Nature is a lean, racy expression of the Kimmeridgian limestone of Polisy. The nose is cool-toned and faintly herbal with aromas of green apple, lime zest, and wet stone. The palate is steely and focused, with a prominent mineral character giving way to taut structure and a compelling savory character on the brisk, chiseled finish. I'd love this with crudo, ceviche, or a platter of briny Beausoleil oysters. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Grand Cru Brut Reserve 375ml

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 2015 base Ambonnay Grand Cru in handy half bottle is a pocket-sized example of Beaufort's distinctive character. Disgorged January 2020.

  • white sparkling
  • 18 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bénard, Laurent 2011 Champagne Extra Brut 1er cru Les Sept Arpents BdB Vibrato

A truly natural Champagne, no easy feat, from the Premier Cru village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The vineyards are farmed organically, and everything is done by hand, even the riddling (ouch, my wrists)!The blend for the 2011 Vibrato is 40% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay. The wines are fermented and aged in barrel, and bottled with no sulfites and just 2g/l of dosage.

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bérêche NV (2016 Base) Extra Brut Rose Campania Remensis

Bérêche's Campania Remensis is a consistently fascinating rosé Champagne, in a category fraught with uninspiring wines. The 2016 base is 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 5% Pinot Meunir with 5% still red wine from Ormes on the western side of the Montagne de Reims. Fermented in oak. Aged under cork and hand disgorged in March, 2020 bottled with 3g/l dosage. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $87.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (2016 Base) Champagne Brut Nature Beaux Regards Chardonnay

Les Beaux Regards is a blend of two parcels of Chardonnay in Ludes on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims planted in 1964 and 1970. The loamy clay soils produce a Champagne more vinous in character, rather than exclusively taut and chalky. The 2016 displays lemon zest, apple blossom, and stone fruit aromas with delicate notes of spice, brioche, and orange oil following. The palate is distinctly nervy and racy, with overtly salty notes, cool notes of  lemon balm, quinine, and mint with a long tangy, mouthwatering finish. There's a penetrating minerality here matched by decidedly vivacious cool-toned fruit. Delicious! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic

Bérêche, Raphael NV (2016 Base) Champagne Extra Brut Rive Gauche

I’m not sure why, but Pinot Meunier-based Champagnes always remind me of Fall. Something about the spiciness and orchard fruit with the broader palate character from the limestone clay soils seem to lend warmth and breadth to the profile and in good hands there’s no sacrificing precision. 100% old-vine Pinot Meunier sourced from the lieu-dit Le Misy, located in Port à Binson on the southern bank of the Marne river. Fermented with native yeasts in barrel and aged under cork, Bérêche's  Rive Gauche makes a convincing case for Champagnes made from the oft-underestimated Pinot Meunier grape. The old vines restrict the sometimes overly exuberant quality of the variety, and while the wine shows lovely ripeness, there is a tangy minerality within. The 2016 base Rive Gauche offers plenty of suavity and soil character from a decidedly tough year (frost). The robe is a pale gold with a faint salmon hue; it boastss a soft mousse and fine bead. The nose offers aromas of golden apple, orange blossom, and salted plum. The palate is expansive, but energetic and lithe with a salty core undergirding stone fruit, seashell, and orange oil flavors.
There is fine concentration and mouthwatering acidity that carries over on the broad, persistent finish. This is lovely now, but should knit with more time in the bottle. Tasty with braised chicken and wild mushrooms, but I’d love to take this for a spin with some rare tuna belly or pan-roasted king salmon and greens.  John McIlwain

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

  • Organic

Bourmault, Christian NV Base 14 Champagne Brut Cuvée Hermance

A new grower for Chambers Street Wines, Christian Bourmault from Avize works organically with some parcels certified. Cuvée Hermance is comprised of 67% Pinot Noir, 23% Chardonnay, 10% Meunier aged in a combination of tank and barrel. Brisk and bright on the nose with aromas of pear skin, Meyer lemon zest, Rainier cherry, and biscuit, the palate is ripe and citrusy, with flavors of white peach, lemon curd, and orange rind. This offers terrific value and flair at a fine price. Highly recommended! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 24 in stock
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $99.99

Chartogne-Taillet NV Champagne Brut Cuvée Sainte-Anne (base 16/15)

Don't call it basic! Chartogne-Taillet’s “Cuvée Saint Anne” is one of our favorite grower Champagnes priced under $50. The grapes come Merfy in the Montagne de Reims and are a blend of the 2016 and 2015 vintages. On the nose there are aromas of apple blossoms, peach skin, and sea spray. The mid-weight, generous palate offers flavors of ripe golden apple, lemon curd, and crushed herbs on a racy, spritely finish. This has plenty of charm on the attack with a fine core of minerality lending focus and depth. Disgorged 7/26/17, dosage 5 g/l. John McIlwain(Wine arrives 12/19)

  • white sparkling
  • 18 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $129.99

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $114.99

Doyard 2014 Champagne Premier Cru Extra-Brut Clos de l'Abbaye

100% Chardonnay, planted in 1956  in  a half-hectare enclosed parcel located just behind the Doyard estate in Vertus. Biodynamically farmed  and horse-plowed. Vins clairs are aged in barrel and do not undergo malolactic fermentation. The 2014 has a pale yellowish gold robe and superfine beat. The nose is reserved upon opening and unfurls to reveal aromas of lemon curd,  apple blossom, pear skin. The palate  is powertful and rich, but coiled and deeply chalky with ripe white fruit and lemon oil flavors enrobing a steely, mineral core. Good now with air, but only hinting at its immense potential. Bottled with 2g/l dosage. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $107.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Godmé, Hugues 2009 Champagne Brut 1er Cru Les Alouettes Saint Bets

Hugues Godmé 2009 Les Alouettes Saint Bets Brut is a single vineyard blanc de blancs from Villers-Marmery near the border with Verzy. The soils of this climat are very chalky with little topsoil. The grapes are farmed biodynamically, vinified in neutral oak with native yeasts, with no malolactic fermentation, and bottled with low sulfur. There is an electric sense of chalky minerality to this Champagne. While there is a degree of richness to the wine that hints at Verzy, and a silken quality on the palate derived from its time in wood, ultimately a cool, deft sense of fruit and chalkiness defines the nose and palate. Still a bit taut, there are floral and citrus oil notes on the nose, followed by Meyer lemon and a subtle salinity on the palate. The mousse is fine and the finish long, complex, and supple. This should shine brightly with a bit more time in the bottle.  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Godmé, Hugues 2010 Champagne Brut Grand Cru Les Champs Saint Martin

From the eponymous lieu-dit located in the grand cru village of Verzenay on the norther slope of the Montagne de Reims. The organically farmed vines date from 1986 are grown in shallow clay soils over chalk. Juice from the coeur de cuvée, fermented with native yeasts, aged in oak barrels. The 2010 boasts a fine bead and soft mousse. The nose offer aromas of wet stone, red apple skin, spice, and apple blossom. The rich palate is broad and supple, yet suffused with a bright, incisive minerality and a lean cut to the long, detailed, rising, finish. There is a fine interplay between ripe red fruit flavors and a firm core of savory minerality. There is real class and complexity here with a fine upside for aging. Godmé’s parcellaires have real verve and depth and are not to be missed! John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Godmé, Hugues NV Champagne Brut Verzenay Grand Cru Rosé

Comprised of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay from biodynamically farmed vines in the Grand Cru village of Verzenay on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims. Aged for 5 years on the lees. Disgorged January 2018, bottled with 4g/l dosage. Vintage base year is 2013 with approximately 60% reserve wine from the previous four vintages. The wine has pale salmon pink robe and a fine bead. The nose is expressive with pretty aromas of dusty rose petals, sour cherry, plum skin, crushed herbs and a hint of brioche. Distinctly savory on the palate with cool-toned vibrant fruit, nervy acidity, and impressive mineral depth on a long, mouthwatering finish. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $62.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $46.99

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Huré Frères NV Champagne Brut Reserve L'Invitation (16b)

20% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Meunier. The nose offers aromas of baked apple, brioche, wild strawberry, orange oil, white flowers, and ginger. On the broad, medium-bodied palate there is a fine tension between the ripe red fruit, citrus peel, frisky acidity, and a fairly serious core of stony minerality. This develops nicely in the glass displaying a frothy mousse and coltish, energetic fruit initially, with the earthy Montagne de Reims character emerging with air. This is a fine Champagne to accompany charcuterie, sushi, or smoked fish.

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $79.99

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

Laherte Frères NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature

A staff favorite, this is the go-to Blanc de Blancs for a lean and food friendly Champagne. The nose is understated with notes of Meyer lemon, sage, and orange blossom. The palate offers a rush of freshness that carries aromas of white peaches, apricots through to a McIntosh apple finish.

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

  • Organic

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
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Laval, Georges NV (2017 Base) Champagne Cumières 1er Cru Brut Nature

Vincent Laval's wines are simply outstanding. Located in the warm village of Cumières in the southern Montagne de Reims, this Domaine is so tiny that, without a tip-off, you'd never know it existed. The Lavals have been farming organically since 1971, making their Domaine one of the longest standing organic Domaines in the region. Their "basic" (though, trust us, there's nothing basic about it) Cumières is generally 50/50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The grapes are harvested very ripe. enabling the wine to find balance without the addition of a dosage. We can't find the words to lavish sufficient praise upon this wine. The bubbles are perfectly fine and creamy, the aromas rich, earthy, and pretty, the palate broad yet chiseled, and the finish mouth-coating and minerally.

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marguet 2013 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay

The 2013 Grand Cru Ambonnay is comprised of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay, biodynamically farmed by deeply committed bio grower Benoît Marguet. The robe is a pale golden hue. The wine shows an ultra-fine bead with a soft mousse. The nose is floral and complex with aromas of lemon blossom, biscuit, and apple skin. The palate is rich and savory,  with ripe golden Apple, salted orange flavors and a firm sense of chalkiness with great length and cut and an electric rising finish. and while this has a great core of stoniness, there is an ample ripeness that nearly shouts Ambonnay. Delicious! (Disgorged January, 2019, no dosage.) John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marguet Père and Fils 2014 Champagne Extra Brut Grand Cru Ambonnay Rosé (disg. 3/19)

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 seed, 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. This is natural Champagne and an absolute joy to drink.  John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2016 Champagne Extra-Brut Shaman Rosé (2nd Release)

The second bottling of the 2016 Shaman 16 Rosé  has more Pinot Noir in the blend lending a more savory character to the cuvée. (70% Chard 30% Pinot Noir for those keeping score at home.) The wine has a pale salmon pink robe.The nose offers aromas of  balsam , red fruits, spices, and crushed herbs.  This is broader on palate with greater richness than the first bottling, but boasts greater length and a more overtly mineral character. In short, a fine rosé for those seeking umami. Excellent stuff and a perfect choice for sushi and sashimi or donabe rice with mushrooms. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2016 Shaman Champagne Extra Brut

86% Pinot Noir, 14% Chardonnay, bottled with no dosage or sulfur. From the frost damaged 2016 vintage the Shaman 16 has a pale, faintly gold green robe and a fine bead. The nose is ripe with notes of cherry skin, white peach, and spice. The palate is broad and expansive, with rich red fruit flavors and a firm, expansive mineral core. There is plenty of drive and precision here to counter the richness and supple finish. This is shaded more to sapidity than overt fruit and should shine at the table with heartier fare. (Disgorged January 2019.) John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Mouzon Leroux NV Champagne Extra Brut L'Atavique base 15

One of the most interesting terroirs of the Montagne de Reims is Verzy, whose north facing vineyards on clay limestone soils produce Pinot Noir-dominated Champagnes of cut and finesse. Biodynamic producer Mouzon-Leroux's L'Atavique is 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay mostly from Verzy with a portion of the wine barrel-fermented and bottled with 3.5g/l dosage. The nose is effusive with woodsmoke, floral, orchard fruit, citrus oil, and bread notes. The palate is energetic and nuanced with overt minerality making up its core. Outward from this radiates a bright sense of fruit, acidity, succulence, and texture. It seems refined and playful at the same time. The finish is long, complex, invigorating, and pure.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Nowack, Flavien NV (Base 15) Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs La Tuilerie

100% Chardonnay from a southwest facing parcel comprised of sandy limestone soils in Vandières on the right bank of the Marne.  Farmed biodynamically. Fermented with native yeasts, aged in a combination of vat and small barrel, secondary fermentation is under cork, with prise de mousse done with grape must rather than liqueur.  The robe is a  pale yellow green, with a fine bead and soft mousse. The cool-toned nose offers aromas of lemon pith, crushed herbs, and sea spray. The palate is lean and chiseled with citrus peel, apple skin, and quinine flavors underlain by a snappy, brisk, mineral spine. This is bright and fresh with plenty of lift and verticality and succulence on the finish. I’d love this with a plate of St John’s, Pemaquid, and Glidden Point oysters to enjoy the interplay of the brininess of the oysters with the salty character of the Champagne. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Nowack, Flavien NV (Base 15) Champagne Extra Brut Les Bauchets Pinot Noir

100% Pinot Noir planted in 1983 from a southeast-facing plot comprised of sandy soils in Vandières on the right (north) bank of the Marnes. The vin clair is fermented with native yeast in vat and barrel without undergoing malolactic, the secondary fermentation is under corkThe robe is pale gold, there is an ultra-fine bead and soft mousse.  Upon opening the nose offers pretty aromas of red fruits, rainier cherry, and crushed herbs. The palate is broad but lithe, with the ripe brambly fruit, racing along with a savory mineral core lending both energy and gravitas. The finish is long and lingering with a beautiful hint of Pinot spice to close. A lovely bottle that should gain in complexity and layers with a few more years in the cellar. Disgorged 12/19 2g/l dosage. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

Nowack, Flavien NV (Base 17) Champagne Extra Brut S.A.

Flavien Nowack's Extra-Brut S.A. (Sans Année) is comprised of 60% Pinot Meunier and 40% Chardonnay farmed biodynamically in the village of Vandières in the Marne. The base vintage is 2017 with 40% reserve wines dating from 2012. Initial fermentation is with native yeasts and the vins clairs are aged in tank and oak. The nose offers aromas of apple skin, ginger, and wet stone. The palate is medium-bodied and buoyant with stone fruit and spice flavors lent gravitas with a fine bead of pungent minerality.

  • white sparkling
  • 26 in stock
  • no discount
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • Organic

Perseval, Thomas 2014 Chamery 1er cru La Masure

  One of the inaugural parcellaire releases from organic vigneron Thomas Perseval from Chamery in northwestern Montagne de Reims, the Perseval "La Masure" 1er cru Extra Brut is a blend of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay from the 2014 vintage. Raised in enamel tank and barrel and disgorged in 2018 after three years on the lees. The nose offers aromas white flowers, Meyer lemon peel, red fruit, candied ginger, and sea spray. The palate has a snappy mineral attack followed by layered flavors of wild strawberry, salted plum, cool crushed herbs, chalk, brioche, and shows considerable drive and power on the medium-long, rising finish. With air the wine becomes still more harmonious and suave, never losing sight of the fine mineral core framing the ripe fruit.
John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $94.99

  • Organic

Perseval, Thomas Base 2013 Chamery 1er cru Tradition (Disgorged 4/18)

While it's always a pleasure to receive a fresh shipment of bubbles, it's especially gratifying to receive new wine from organic vigneron Thomas Perseval. From vines in Chamery, located in northwestern Montagne de Reims, the Perseval Tradition 1er cru Extra Brut is a blend of 43% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, 17% Chardonnay based on the 2013 vintage. Raised 70% in enamel, and 30% in barrel and disgorged in April of 2018. The nose shows white flowers, Meyer lemon peel, red fruit, candied ginger, and sea spray. The palate has a snappy mineral attack followed by layered flavors of wild strawberry, cool crushed herbs, chalk, brioche, and shows considerable drive and power on the medium-long, suave, rising finish. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $57.99

Ponson NV (2014) Champagne Extra Brut La Petite Montagne 1er cru

In a region beset by indifferent farming and difficult weather, there's a lot of inspiration to be had as a new generation of Champenois take over their family domaines. Maxime Ponson is a prime example of a young grower recognizing the need to improve the farming and embrace organic viticulture as a moral imperative (not to mention make better wines). La Petite Montagne 1er is sourced from vineyards spread across seven communes on the eponymous Petite Montagne located to the east and southeast of Reims. The current release is 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay and 25% percent Pinot Noir. The nose is fresh and expressive, with aromas of white flowers, stone fruit, and brioche. The palate is chiseled and stony with racy lemon zest and green apple flavors and a vibrant, mouthwatering finish. A great apéritif wine, and a fine choice for sashimi, oysters, or crudo. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $84.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $62.99

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

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

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Rosé Zero (base 2013)

Tarlant pulls off smart austerity with enough charm, character and nuanced flavor to make for compelling and food-oriented Champagne. The NV Rosé (in this case based on the superb 2008 vintage) shows off red fruits such as currant and raspberry, which are interestingly contrasted by a spicy note that borders on being peppery. Not overtly creamy, this Rosé is extrememly minerally and elegant. (85% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir -- non-dosé -- disgorged 6/13)

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 24 in stock
  • no discount
  • $52.99

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

Cote-de-Beaune

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Les Lavières

From 50-year-old vines located mid-slope. 50% whole cluster. The shallow soils overlay flat limestone rocks, giving way to clay subsoils.  The 2017 has a deep ruby robe. The nose is redolent of violets, hedge fruits and spice. The mid-weight palate shows good ripeness and punch with juicy blackberry and cassis flavors and sauvage notes with a pungently mineral—verging on salty—core, finishing with a burst of spice on the long, detailed, lip-smacking finish. This is earthy, though by no means rustic and shows great flair. There is sneaky structure and while this is delicious now, this will benefit from 5-8 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2018 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses - Sans Soufre

Claude de Nicolay has been experimenting more and more with no-sulfur winemaking in recent years and as the quality of vineyard work and cellar work has steadily increased, so has the success level of these bottlings. Her Pernand 1er Cru "Vergelesses" has always been a lovely wine, produced from vines planted in 1954.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $67.99

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

Comte Armand 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux

In the decidedly difficult 2016 Comte Armand's Clos des Epeneaux is a lovely wine in the making, though with a more lifted and energetic character, rather than a stern one. The nose offers aromas of black and red cherries, with cool herbal aromas and hints of oak and spice. The midweight palate is supple, rather than sinewy with loads of black and red fruits, savory earth notes and a cool, yet pungent sense of minerality on a  deceptively long finish. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $219.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $147.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $179.99

Morey-Blanc 2017 Aloxe Corton 1er Cru Clos du Chapitre

Anne Morey is best known for her brilliant and piercing white wines but her reds are no less lovely. "Clos du Chapitre" is from a parcel on the southeast edge of the village of Aloxe, separated from the first of the Corton Grand Crus by a distance  roughly the same as a city block.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $114.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $48.99

Cote-de-Nuit

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $105.00

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $359.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $449.99

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $27.99

Chantal Lescure 2017 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

From 50+ year-old vines in the upper part of the Clos (Lieu-dit "Montiotes"). Terroir pebbly clay/limestone. 12 btls available.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes

From the village portion of Les Damodes on the Vosne side of Nuits St. Georges, long-time organic farming, minimal use of SO2. The 2017 "Les Damodes" shows a bright red/black color with very floral aromas of black cherry and strawberry liqueur, with hints of mint, licorice and brown spice. There is deep black cherry, strawberry and red currant fruit on the palate which is chalky, round and ripe and is nicely balanced by bright acidity, a bit of tannin and a hint of oak. This opens up with aeration becoming more complex, with pretty red fruits lingering in the finish. Quite delicious now, this will show best in 5 to 8 years when the tannins and oak have integrated.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots

2017 Les Suchots. A bit backwards on opening, mostly showing forest floor and tart berries. But with air, the nose unfurls to offer effusive aromas of wild raspberry, blackberry liqueur, and crushed rose petals. The palate is generous and coltish with ripe flavors of Bing cherry, turned earth, and exotic spices, with good density and a fine core of minerality. Not quite as nervy as the 2016, but this has fine balance, ripe tannins, and sneaky persistence. Delicious with guinea hen in a red wine sauce with mushrooms over grits. But I can see enjoying this with gamier fare. This shows plush fruit and savory soil notes and should gain in complexity with a few years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Jean Fournier 2017 Marsannay Cuvee St Urbain Rouge

Marsannay has historically been the loneliest of stepchildren among the villages of Burgundy. There are no classed vineyards and its northerly location made achieving ripeness a challenge in difficult vintages. But the current crop of Burgundy fanatics know that Marsannay is a hotbed of innovation and that the best domaines are as great as any in the region when it comes to producing wines of terroir. Laurent Fournier may not be the household name that his best friend Sylvain Pataille is, but the wines at Fournier are just as distinct and great as those of Pataille. The 2017 Cuvee Saint Urbain comes from vines planted largely in 1975, vinified with about 25% whole clusters and aged in wood (15% new) and concrete. It's a clear perfect snapshot of Marsannay, full of juicy red and blue fruit, a touch of baking spice, hoisin and a cool mineral spine. But then there is the lift and buoyancy of the lovely '17 vintage - the wine is full of energy, even weightless, making not only satisfying but fun to drink. I dare you not to finish the bottle in one sitting.   Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Faiveley 2016 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

The 2016 Faiveley Clos de Bèze already offers a dazzling array of dark and red fruits, wild berries, pure cherry, and turned earth on the nose. The concentrated palate offers spicy cherry and plum flavors with notes of game, mustard seed, and black tea over a layered and dense mineral core of impressive length and complexity giving way to a long, detailed, stony finish. This will take the better part of a decade to integrate all of its elements, but should provide rewarding drinking for the patient. Excellent Clos de Bèze. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $449.99

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $369.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $109.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $324.99

Lienhardt, Antoine 2018 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 ample, perfumed, and dark-fruited with aromas of black currant and plum skin giving way to notes of bosky underbrush and spice. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, and elderberry dominate on the ripe, expansive palate. There is good freshness, with fine acidity providing lift and drive on the broad, long, lingering finish. Lovely with a quick decant, but there's plenty of material to justify mid-term cellaring. Light on its feet with good freshness to wake the palate, but enough minerality to whet the appetite of the discerning Burgundy aficionado.  One really senses the richness from the clay soils from this lieu-dit.  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lignier, Hubert 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Les Bussières

'Les Bussières' sits on the border of Morey-St-Denis, just below the Premier cru 'Les Sentiers'. The vines were planted between 1948 and 1988. Coming from the border between Chambolle-Musigny and Morey-St- Denis lends this bottle a sense of both, the elegance of Chambolle and the savory structure of Morey-St-Denis.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $139.99

Lignier, Hubert 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrees

From 50-80 year old vines from the 'Les Seuvrees' parcel located right below the Grand Cru Mazoyeres Chambertin.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $109.99

Lignier-Michelot 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

Like the rest of the lineup, the 2016 Clos de la Roche from Lignier-Michelot is a wine of nearly startling intensity and purity. The nose is redolent of spicy red fruits, violets and roses, and earthy game aromas with layer after layer of soil notes. The perfectly ripe palate is a mélange of sweet, ripe, pure fruit dancing above a deeply-pitched mineral core of fantastically articulate detail. I love the balance of shimmering energy and mineral intensity here that carries through on the long, sophisticated, rising finish. This has great class and will benefit from 10-12 years in the cellar and beyond. A truly beautiful Clos de la Roche! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $344.99

Magnien, Stephane 2018 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers

I have always had a real soft spot for  "L es Sentiers," borne of rosy memories of several vintages from Jacky Truchot. Those wines are long gone but that's ok. We have Stephane Magnien, a prodigious talent with a deft touch for this tiny parcel of Chambolle and his 2018 is fabulous. On the nose, the warmth and power of the vintage is on display, full of red and blue fruit, fresh roses and sassafras. However, the palate shows remarkable restraint, with crunchy red cherry and raspberry fruit and a flash of wood spice giving way to a refreshing bitter note and and a fiercely stony finish. The overall sense of balance and elegance is striking and while this is by no means inexpensive, in the age of tariffs this is a grand value and not to be missed.     Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $94.99

Magnien, Stephane 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes

2018 is a superb vintage for Stéphane Magnien and in particular for his new Morey-Saint-Denis "Vieilles Vignes," from  50 to 70 year-old vines in "Clos Slon" and "Cognes" on clay/limestone soils.  The wine shows deep, elegant blackberry and black cherry liqueur aromas, quite floral and ripe with mineral and meaty notes. The palate is round and deep with blackberry/cherry/strawberry fruit with hints of earth, citrus and spice, pure, long and well-structured with soft tannins and chalky acidity. Excellent length of black fruits with stone and mineral flavors.  Decant to drink now with a nice steak, best to hold three to five years, drink till 2030+ as this will be a superb mature Burgundy, but perhaps better to drink young for its gorgeous fruit.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $51.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $1,874.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Trapet 2017 Marsannay Rouge

From the Grasses Têtes and Grand Poirier lieux-dits. 10-20% whole cluster fermentation. The 2017 Marsannay offers aromas of wild strawberry, Morello cherry, black tea, and cool herbs on the nose. The mid-weight palate is a touch brambly, with wild berry and spice notes vying with a distinct earthy character for attention. The finish is persistent and offers a burst of black fruit and an almost minty character at the end. This leans in the direction of freshness, rather than rusticity and should age wonderfully in the mid-term, say 4-6 years.  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Germany

Adam, A.J. 2018 Mosel Riesling Dhroner Hofberg Auslese

Andreas and his sister Barbara are working around 30 different plots on this mostly south-facing hill, a small portion of which remains terraced. No ungrafted vines remain, but these are still old vines, being planted in 1953. No botrytis in 2018, this is a beautiful Auslese for holding onto, really well-balanced. Incredible intensity with mineral cut, tart, zesty starfruit, peach candy, wild strawberries and cream. Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

Adam, A.J. 2018 Mosel Riesling Piesporter Goldtröpfchen Spätlese

 When this was first tasted in the summer of 2019, it needed to shake some of its SO2 on the nose, but that will just take time. Beyond the SO2 are delicate, beautiful florals. The palate is sprightly and fresh, with notes of grapefruit, mango, and cassis. I have 'great' underlined twice in my notes. This is a wine to age, or if opening now, do so about a half-hour early and pair with spicy foods or cheese plates. Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $59.99

Beurer, Jochen 2017 Württemberg Riesling Schilfsandstein

Jochen Beurer produces this dry and balanced Riesling from Jurrasic limestone and sandstone terraces in Swabia. The 2017 has nice intensity and verve on the attack, and good weight and length on the finish.

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Collective Z 2018 Pfälzer Landwein Sylvaner Kalkoven Unfiltriert

Silvaner from the Leistadt subregion in the Pfalz. “Kalkofen” (chalk oven), is a warm, limestone-rich site. Grapes are fermented in large barrels, with 2 days of skin contact, and long aging on the lees. For fans of cloudy, unfiltered whites, search no farther, and for fans of Silvaner (Sylvaner), this is definitely recommended.

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $31.99

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Enderle & Moll 2018 Baden Weiß & Grau (burgunder)

Importer technical note:  Close to a 60/40 blend of Weißburgunder and Grauburgunder (Pinots Blanc and Gris) fermented for 3-4 weeks on the skins, pressed and moved to a 2500-liter oak cask. It then matures for 10 months on the lees before a light filtration a minute addition of sulfur at bottling. 333 cases produced.

  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 51 in stock
  • $21.99

Haart, Julian 2019 Mosel Riesling 'Moselle'

Another punchy 2019 German. Julian Haart’s Moselle is mostly sourced from Goldtropfchen with an assist from Ohligsberg and Gu¨nterslay. 11.5% abv. The robe is a pale greenish yellow. Upon opening a the is a touch of reduction; with ten minutes in the glass aromas of lemon blossom, apricot fuzz, lemon balm, and sea spray emerge. This gives way to ripe white peach, preserved lemon, and crushed herbs. The mid-weight, but agile palate is dry and racy with a firm mineral spine and tangy acidity buoyed by loads of white orchard fruits. This coltish offering shows great charm (and certainly energy over mass) but is rooted enough in stoniness to for the dedicated Mosel geology freak to derive satisfaction . This improves with air and a brisk decant isn’t out of order—though a couple of years in the cellar should take care of the reduction and certainly allow the mineral, acid, and vibrant cool fruit to knit. And while I’ll admit to a preference towards pradikat wines from the Mosel, this is compelling and vivacious and certainly worth a look. A fine pairing with a braised scallion and English peas starter anointed with fine olive oil, burrata, and fresh mint, though I’d also love to pair this with softshell crab or scallop crudo. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 47 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2015 Mosel Jour Fixe Riesling Brut Nature

Jour Fixe is a blend of (mostly) ungrafted, single-post trained, old-vine Riesling sourced from a high parcel in Ellergrub, the western part of Zollturm, and a steep portion of the Oberemmeler Altenberg in the Saar valley. Zero-dosage, zero free sulfur remains as the base wine only had a small amount added in the cellar. Spontaneous fermentation occurred in barrel and the wine finished its journey via the méthode Champenoise, with second fermentation in the bottle. A warmer vintage like 2015 means a scintillating balance between ripeness and acidity, and a more lush palate. When first opened the wine shows textbook high-toned Riesling, with punchy acidity, a racy mousse and slightly underripe stone fruit with a slight herbaceousness. With a touch of time open, the wine really broadens into an elegant experience, with notes of burnished orange peel, toasted walnut, ripe peach, mango, apples and apricots on the lengthy finish. Cari Bernard

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Immich-Batterieberg 2017 Mosel Batterieberg Riesling

This wine is sourced from a portion of a 1.1 hectare monopol within the Zeppwingert; created during the winters of 1841-1845 by blasting through the gray slate and quartzite with gunpowder charges. This area of the slope is extremely dry, with cooler temperatures and lower yields (~25hL/ha).Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2017 Mosel Steffensberg Riesling

Viewable from the estate, Steffensberg is the warmest site, boasting both gray and red slate with deeper soil. Gernot works a total of 1.5 hectares spread between some of the finest plots with mostly ungrafted vines. Portions of the hillside have been partially replanted due to Flurbereinigung (a remodeling/restructuring of the vineyards, adding access roadways and consolidating plots) starting in the 1960s. Cari Bernard 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $22.99

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

  • white off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • $249.99

  • white off-dry
  • 2 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Matthias Klein, Jan 2019 Mosel Kröv Little Bastard White Blend

Jan Matthias Klein is the 7th generation winemaker at Staffelter Hof, in Kröv, Middle Mosel, a long-standing estate with a total of 9 hectares. The 'Little Bastard' is an example of his more recent forays into natural wine. The steep, slate vineyards are farmed organically, which is not business as usual in the Mosel. Little Bastard White Blend is Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Müller-Thurgau and Muscat, all spontaneously fermented in stainless and then aged in old fuder separately. Blended and bottled unfiltered with no added sulfur, this is a delightful skin-contact white for everyday enjoyment. Just enough texture to balance the heady tropical fruit and floral notes, with flavors of peach and tart apricot coming through from the Riesling.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $499.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling BA 375ml

When there's Beerenauslese available from this legendary estate, you just say yes. (AP 16) Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $289.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5

Different German estates use their AP numbers for different reasons. For example, at Hofgut Falkenstein, they use the AP numbers to refer to specific fuders (1000L barrels). At Willi Schaefer, numbers correspond to a 'style'. So for the Graacher Domprobst Spätlese there is a #5 bottling and a #10 bottling. Both Andrea and Christoph Schaefer have explained that the #5 is more concentrated and dense, whereas the #10 is lighter and fresher. This holds true in 2018, the #5 is SO YOUNG, wound up and dense, notes of Fuji apple, peach candy, wildflower honey, and a creamy finish. Hold onto this bottle please, this beautiful wine has so much to show, give it ten plus years to get there!! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $64.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 1.5 L

Different German estates use their AP numbers for different reasons. For example, at Hofgut Falkenstein, they use the AP numbers to refer to specific fuders (1000L barrels). At Willi Schaefer, numbers correspond to a 'style'. So for the Graacher Domprobst Spätlese there is a #5 bottling and a #10 bottling. Both Andrea and Christoph Schaefer have explained that the #5 is more concentrated and dense, whereas the #10 is lighter and fresher. This holds true in 2018, the #5 is SO YOUNG, wound up and dense, notes of Fuji apple, peach candy, wildflower honey, and a creamy finish. Hold onto this bottle please, this beautiful wine has so much to show, give it ten plus years to get there (will age even longer en magnum)! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $152.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese

The Schaefer family still only farms 4.2 hectares, the majority of which tower behind their hometown of Graach (2 ha on Domprobst, 2 ha on Himmelreich), as well as .2 ha on the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, all in total, they work over 100 separate parcels. Graacher Himmelreich (Kingdom of Heaven) is home to Devonian slate soils (blue/gray) with a south/southwest exposition; the Himmelreich and its neighboring vineyard the Domprobst both have access to a unique network of underground water veins that bring a cooling element and much needed support to the vines on this fairly warm site. Grapes are hand-harvested, gently pressed whole cluster, and spontaneously ferment and age in old Fuder. In contrast to the incredibly low yields of 2017, 2018 was practically a bumper crop (I exaggerate). Delightfully floral on the nose, the Himmelreich is creamy and medium-bodied with notes of freshly-cut Fuji apple, smoke, peach candy, mango, salted orange on the lengthy finish. This would be a delightful Riesling to pair with the mix of sweet and richly savory elements of your holiday table, just make sure you open maybe thirty minutes before serving. Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

Stein, Ulli 2017 Mosel Cabernet Sauvignon 'vom Berg' Arrives December '20

Would you like to enjoy what may be the best $50 Cabernet in New York and support the folks in California recovering from the devastating wildfires? Then please read below:


As a joke, in the late 1980s Ulrich Stein planted only a few rows of Cabernet Sauvignon, high up in his Grand Cru Palmberg vineyard. The point was, almost more than anything else, to annoy the German wine authorities and to push the boundaries of what was "acceptable" in the Mosel. Over 20 years later, as a result of the dramatic changes in the climate, the vines are now ripening fully and the wine is layered and powerful. It remains, of course, very much a cool-climate wine, with blue fruit more than ripe red fruit, all wrapped tightly around an assertive, mineral and tannic frame. The 2017 is one of Stein's greatest; a fascinating example of one of the most extreme "mountain Cabernets" in the world. Stein has reserved this wine for us, for America, at a massive discount so that all the money raised will go directly to help the wine communities so affected by the devastating fires. Drink Mosel Cabernet; support CA!

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Vollenweider 2018 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Goldgrube Kabinett

There's a touch of sponti on opening. But with a good amount of air a beautiful nose emerges, apple blossom, Meyer lemon peel, bee pollen dance with aromas of green tea and wet stone. There’s a touch of dissolved CO2 on the palate—you know, old school Mosel Riesling. The palate is distinctly stony, and I’d venture slaty. Piggybacking on all that stone are flavors of green apple skin, umeboshi, and quince, with all the lift and sparkling energy inherent in a Mosel Kabinett. Lifted and lithe, bright and brisk, this is lovely stuff. I’d give it a few years to knit the fruit, stone, and reductive elements, but this is lovely stuff and should age effortlessly. Vollenweider is a master of Pradikat wines (not to mention, a wonderful person) and any true Riesling lover should consider his wines for their cellar. I can’t wait to drink this with crab cakes, softshell crab, or a bowl of shrimp and Geechie Boy Mills grits. John McIlwain

  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $27.99

Vollenweider 2018 Mosel Wolfer Goldgrube Rieslin Kabinett 1.5 L

There's a touch of sponti on opening. But with a good amount of air a beautiful nose emerges, apple blossom, Meyer lemon peel, bee pollen dance with aromas of green tea and wet stone. There’s a touch of dissolved CO2 on the palate—you know, old school Mosel Riesling. The palate is distinctly stony, and I’d venture slaty. Piggybacking on all that stone are flavors of green apple skin, umeboshi, and quince, with all the lift and sparkling energy inherent in a Mosel Kabinett. Lifted and lithe, bright and brisk, this is lovely stuff. I’d give it a few years to knit the fruit, stone, and reductive elements, but this is lovely stuff and should age effortlessly. Vollenweider is a master of Pradikat wines (not to mention, a wonderful person) and any true Riesling lover should consider his wines for their cellar. I can’t wait to drink this with crab cakes, softshell crab, or a bowl of shrimp and Geechie Boy Mills grits. John McIlwain

  • white off-dry
  • 3 in stock
  • $67.99

Wasenhaus 2018 Baden Chardonnay Filzen

White yellow robe. Light to medium weight. The nose offers aromas of sea spray, key lime, lemon blossom, crushed herbs, and chalkboard. The palate is racy, with citrus zest, gooseberry, russet apple, and pear skin flavors with a dusty chalkiness that is more akin to Coteaux Champenois than Meursault. It shows the more architectural, even cerebral profile of the grape, rather than the rich supple side. It makes one wonder if Chardonnay doesn’t still have a thing of two to show us. Quite nice with roast poussin, Swiss chard gratin, and honeynut squash, though I might save the next bottle for a skate wing with brown butter, or even wine-steamed mussels with lots of herbs.John McIlwain

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Wasenhaus 2018 Baden Pinot Noir Bellen

If the Baden Spätburgunder is the equivalent of village level wine, the Bellen bottling is their version of a grand cru. Made in tiny quantities (much like all of their releases), this is sourced from a single steep vineyard site in the Kirchberg comprised of limestone soils. 40% whole cluster

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $134.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Wasenhaus 2018 Baden Weissburgunder

Organically farmed Weissburgunder from loess and  volcanic soils on the Kaiserstuhl. Whole cluster pressed. Aged for 12 months in neutral barrel, followed by 6 months in stainless steel with minimal sulfur addition after malolactic fermentation, per importer.

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Wasenhaus 2018 Baden Weissburgunder 1.5L

Organically farmed Weissburgunder from loess and  volcanic soils on the Kaiserstuhl. Whole cluster pressed. Aged for 12 months in neutral barrel, followed by 6 months in stainless steel with minimal sulfur addition after malolactic fermentation, per importer.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Wasenhaus 2018 Baden Weissburgunder Möhlin

What may be the only grand cru Weissburgunder! From 60 year-old vines from the limestone terraces of Ölberg. Whole cluster pressed, aged in used barriques. Per importer.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $114.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Wasenhaus 2019 Baden Gutedel

From 30 year-old biodynamically farmed vines. 50% direct pressed into barrel, 50% of the grapes fermented on the skins. Weighs in at a mere 10% abv. Pale golden robe. Upon opening there's just a touch of reduction on the nose giving way to aromas of pear skin, white apricot, and bee pollen. The palate is dry and savory with yellow fruits, a fresh stony component and the faint hint of a prickle to it. There is good texture and cut here without the blowsiness of some Chasselas/Gutedel/Fendent. The balance between splashy freshness and the more sapid notes is both agreeable and delicious. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Wasenhaus 2019 Baden Gutedel 1.5L

From 30 year-old biodynamically farmed vines. 50% direct pressed into barrel, 50% of the grapes fermented on the skins. Weighs in at a mere 10% abv. Pale golden robe. Upon opening there's just a touch of reduction on the nose giving way to aromas of pear skin, white apricot, and bee pollen. The palate is dry and savory with yellow fruits, a fresh stony component and the faint hint of a prickle to it. There is good texture and cut here without the blowsiness of some Chasselas/Gutedel/Fendent. The balance between splashy freshness and the more sapid notes is both agreeable and delicious. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Weiser-Künstler 2018 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Sonnenlay Spätlese

The Wolfer Sonnenlay is a south-facing vineyard, located in a side valley adjacent to the Mosel river. In 2018, increased levels of peronospora reduced yields in this site, only a Spätlese was made. Tasting notes forthcoming!

  • white off-dry
  • 6 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2019 Mosel Riesling Trarbacher Schlossberg Kabinett

Pale yellow/green robe. Some dissolved CO2. Apple blossom and preserved lemon on the nose with wet stone and verdant mossy greenness following. Fresh and bright, think  Springtime, rather than Summer. There's brisk acidity and bright tension to accompany the moderate sweetness and flavors of white peach, green apple, and umeboshi. There’s good lift, poise, and drive here—pinpoint balance and a distinct stoniness and purity that just shouts Mosel. Tasty now, maybe with crab cakes and celery root remoulade, or better still with some age and a beautiful steamed fish filet with ginger and mirin.  John McIlwain

  • white off-dry
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Italy Piedmont

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Barale 2015 Barolo Castellero

Nebbiolo grapes from the Castellero vineyard in the Barolo commune, planted in 1979 and 1991. The grapes are hand harvested in the first weeks of October. The grapes are destemmed and crushed, with wine macerating on the skins for 30 days. Fermentation in 15-30 hl French oak lasts for 3 years, before being bottled without filtration. Bottle aging lasts a year before release.

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

Boggione, Claudio 2013 Barolo Brunate

Last week marked the 3rd time I’ve tasted three vintages of Boggione Brunate together, and it’s reinforced how consistent in quality the wines are, expressive of vintage, but very un-fussed with in the cellar. The 2013 is showing very savory, earthy and chalky, with some cherry fruit and very fine ripe tannin. It’s an expansive mouthful, in a way that suggests it’s going to drink well fairly soon. A very fine wine indeed! Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Boggione, Claudio 2015 Barolo Brunate

After a decent interval to let the wine breathe, the 2015 shows its great potential – fragrant with flowers and earth; plenty of bright juicy fruit, but overall savory in character, with pronounced ripe tannins – as you taste the wine it blossoms, expressing both finesse and the power of Brunate - and it becomes increasingly delicious. I will put some bottles in the cellar, but given sufficient time in the decanter you can enjoy this now. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
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  • 14 in stock
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Camparo 2015 Barolo Boiolo

The Boiolo is the only Barolo produced by our friend Mauro Drocco at Azienda Agricola Camparo, and it shows beautiful complexity. From 20-50 year old hand harvested  Nebbiolo vines in La Morra, from slopes of south-eastern and southern exposure. The vineyard is planted on clay-calcareous, calcareous-siliceous and marl soils. Grapes are picked in October, before being pressed and  fermented  in stainless steel tanks. The wine ages  in large French oak casks for 24 months before it  is transferred to bottle, where it rests another year prior to release. On the nose, there are fresh black and red fruits, a touch of spicy licorice, and a savory aroma that conjures a bundle of dried green herbs. The palate has a bit of flesh, edges of tannic strength, and a clean line of acidity. Ripe black cherry hang above flavors of earth and dark stones. A very pleasurable wine, drinking well today. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 8 in stock
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Ceretto 1974 Barolo Grignore

"Name utilized up through the 2001 vintage by the Ceretto winery for a single-vineyard Barolo produced from the grapes of the Gabutti MGA. It refers to a parcel situated in the highest part of the cru, bordering on Parafada. The grapes are currently used in the blend of the regular Barolo of the house." (from "Barolo MGA" by Alessandro Masnaghetti)

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Cordero di Montezemolo 1974 Barolo Enrico Vl

Like some other very good Piedmont 1974s, this wine has a nice amount of fruit, and it's well-balanced — actually quite elegant. From an over-looked vintage, this is a fine value.

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Fratelli Alessandria 2019 Verduno Pelaverga

Made from the Pelaverga Piccolo grape, specifically grown in the northern Barolo sub-region of Verduno. Consisting of fruit from many sites: Riva Rocca, Campasso, Boscatto, Neirane, Sotto Orti, Galleria. Guyot trained vines averaging 20 years of age. Fruit added to a pied de cuvee, fermented 6 to 8 days in stainless steel tanks. Aging is done in either stainless or cement for 5 to 6 months, plus an additional month or two in bottle. In the glass, the wine shows a clear red, with nuances of pink and orange. The nose on this wine is terrific. Aromatically sophisticated like a cocktail. Freshly milled peppercorns, pine needles, and grapefruit peel, with the simplest bass note of firm red cherry. It tastes much like it smells, plus salinity and stoniness that adds zip and focus to the palate. The wine's structure relies on this assertiveness, since it is almost free of tannin (in the best way). Completely refreshing. Chill it on a hot day. David Hatzopoulos

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  • $24.99

  • Organic
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Margherita Otto (Alan Manley) 2016 Barolo

Once again: we didn't get to taste the 2016 after it was bottled, but last year it showed beautifully from bottle. Alan Manley (owner, farmer, winemaker, chief bottle washer) provided the following very  interesting text:

2016: A classic, cool year of excellent potential. However, not a “Vintage of the Century,” no matter what the wine magazines say. The winter and spring were normal, with good precipitation to replenish the water tables after the dry and hot 2015 growing season. A burst of heat around the flowering and a week of warmth over the July-August cusp were the only sustained heat events of the year; this was a very excellent growing season marred only by a few oidium outbreaks. The critical ripening period were warm days and cool nights with excellent, stable weather that made for an easy harvest conducted under optimal conditions. As always, the field-sorting of fruit during the picking was critical to a good outcome in the cellar.The critical difficulty in 2016 was overproduction – after several vintages of below-normal yields, the vines exploded in 2016. Careful management of the vegetation was absolutely necessary to a good result in 2016. Crop thinning was performed after the flowering, when many single new shoots had set 3-4 flower bunches; ideally, there should be one per shoot. A second pass through the vineyards after the invaiatura (veraison) was necessary to bring the yields under the legally mandated limits. Any imperfectly colored bunches were removed at this point.Pernanno and Sotto-Rionda were harvested on October 12; Ginestra on October 16. This wine was also made in the rented cellar, the same as in 2015. As the ripening dates were so close together, they were fermented together (the Ginestra fruit was simply added on top of the already-fermenting Pernanno and Sotto-Rionda fruit in a single concrete tank). Total maceration time was about 38 days and the wine went through malolactic fermentation in steel as there was no wooden botte to be rented that year. The wine spent about 10 months in the steel tank with several rankings before being transferred to the Margherita Otto cantina as soon as the new facility was ready in late August 2017. The wine was put into a single 25hl Mittelberger botte, a single well-used tonneau of 500L and a single old barrique of 225 liters.The wine was bottled on April 29, 2020 (after 32 months in wood) and released in June 2020. Production: 20 double-magnums, 535 magnums and 3200 bottles. Alan Manley

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Negri, Giulia 2015 Barolo Serradenari

A stunning wine - my note from tasting in the cellar starts with a highly scientific, “Wow!” There is none of the potential excess of 2015, instead lovely fruit, with savory, balsalm and stony notes. You get the sensation of a dark core that has yet to blossom – giving the fruit a stony base and suggesting great potential in the cellar, although the wine is balanced and delicious now. Jamie Wolff

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Negri, Giulia 2016 Barolo Marassio

Marassio is the name of a small section of vines at the very top of Serradenari. It sees 40 days of fermentation and maceration in ‘tini’ – large conical wooden vats; then 30 months of aging in 25hl Slavonian botte. We have  been trained to expect that as wines get more expensive they get heavier and more obviously “important” and “blockbuster”, but in 2015 the Marassio was a bit lighter and more delicate than the Serradenari. I haven’t tasted the 2016, but the 2015 was an ethereal beauty from which I’d expect even more of the same in the ’16. Jamie Wolff

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Oddero, Fratelli 1964 Barolo

Oddero is one of just a handful of producers who made excellent wine in the past and who continue to do so now. Admittedly our opinion of their current vintages is biased, since we admire Oddero's fidelity to Barolo made in the traditional manner. Anyway, the old wines are great, and we're happy to have old vintages whenever we can.

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Principiano, Ferdinando 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo Coste

Immediately, my nose picked up on fresh blueberries, raspberries, and healthy, mulched earth. Red roses (flowers, leaves, and stems) added an elegance to the wine's aromatics. Over time, these floral characteristics became deeper, more concentrated and savory. On the palate, flavors of firm red cherries, tar, and hints of loose tobacco are carried by a structure of high acidity and very light tannin. The finish is long, and the slightest essence of candied cherry remains on the tongue for some time after each sip is gone. A sneakily complex wine, under the guise of something more simple. David Hatzopoulos

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1967 Barbaresco

Not the Riserva, but no slouch, this wine is still alive and drinking. It may even show a bit more fruit that the '67 Riservas. With proper handling (time to rest, and proper decanting) this is a real treat.

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1974 Barbaresco

1974 was a sleeper vintage for the Produttori, and it has definitely impressed on two separate occasions while tasting vertical flights of the cooperative's normale. Ripe red and black cherry fruit flavors mingle with secondary notes of balsamic, dark chocolate, and spaded earth. The medium body and robustness is supported by a quite lithe texture (1/17/17). Jonas Mendoza

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1975 Barbaresco

Brambly black cherry with undertones of black raisin and sweet dirt. Quite developed with secondary/tertiary notes of hoisin, dried mushroom, and dried meat. After 40 years, it still has plenty of structure and only started to reveal itself after being double-decanted eight hours earlier (1/17/17)! Jonas Mendoza

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Rovero 2018 Grignolino d'Asti

From organically grown grapes in the Grignolino d'Asti DOC. The vines are planted to fields that see zero chemical treatment, no herbicides or fertilizers. Fruit is harvested in September then fermented in stainless steel tanks with a 10 day maceration period before malo occurs naturally. The wine is aged in steel for an additional 4 months before release. The color is a clear red with rusted highlights. The nose has a hint of cigar ash, a little beach grass, with a foundation of freshly picked raspberries, sun dried tomatoes, and velvety sage leaves. The palate displays flavors of raisined cranberries and cherries, with an accent of orange peel and star anise. The structure of this wine is my favorite thing about it. Very drinkable, with flavors that are expressive but not concentrated, and acidity that moves each sip along. The finish, however, is a lasting, moderately tannic kiss on the tongue. A delight to drink. A light wine with a lot to show off. David Hatzopoulos

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Trediberri 2019 Nebbiolo d'Alba

Most of the fruit from the Nebbiolo comes from La Morra, with some additions from the Roero and the Alta Langha. Fermentations in concrete last about 12 days, and the wine ages in concrete and steel. The 2019 has a lovely and lively pale color; the nose is earthy, even a little funky, backed-up with bright cherry, and cocoa. The palate is savory and quite suave – but with good cut, and very ripe and gentle tannin – altogether an elegant and very tasty Nebbiolo. Nicola has the last word: “This unoaked, fruity and drinkable nebbiolo is meant to be an easy (yet not trivial) wine to share with friends during a nice and funny chat. Drink it slightly cold, maybe while sharing a platter of mixed charcuterie or with some lovely tajarin al ragù.” Jamie Wolff

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Italy Tuscany

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La Gerla 2014 Brunello di Montalcino

A delicious, classic Brunello; La Gerla uses a blend of Sangiovese Grosso from both the Canalicchio and Castelnuovo vineyards with vines averaging 25 years old. The wine is age in large 50-100hl casks for three years, then bottled and aged for an additional year before release.

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Le Masse di Lamole 2016 Chianti Classico

The tint hamlet of Lamole (population 35) is one of the highest points in the Chianti Classico appellation. On soils of sandstone and clay, interspersed  with small stones and pebbles, Anna Maria and Guiliano of Le Masse di Lamole craft their electric wine from  Sangiovese vines up to 100 years old, some of them still bush trained. Our friend Tess from Portovino Imports described the 2016 as a Bambi wine, "sprightly, chirpy, (endearingly) gangly" in its youth when tasted a few months ago, now entering a "grunge phase, black eyeliner and nail polish: a depraved, provocative Bambi." I loved this description, and indeed the 2016 shows some beautiful brooding character, with notes of black cherry, dark forest berries, plum skin, raspberry leaves, brambles, blood orange peel, with a hint of ceder and an herbal character, almost anise. There is a also the wonderful floral character associated with Lamole, with dried rose petals, violets, and iris (though this connotation might be conditioned by the iris flowers decorating the label). With medium tannins that feel increasingly rustic as the wine opens and framed by great, juicy acidity, this is a beautiful experience of Sangiovese from a quite unique area of Chianti Classico. Oskar Kostecki

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Monte Bernardi 2015 Colli Della Toscana Centrale IGT Tzingana

This is the only Super Tuscan we carry in the store, and an anomaly within the character. 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc, and 15% Petit Verdot. All estate grown fruit, picked by hand, from southern facing slopes. Natural Fermentation in steel, secondary fermentation in oak, with 18-24 months of aging in barrique and tonneaux before bottling. Not over-extracted or over-oaked, this is a brighter and fresher expression, with a beautiful mix of red and black fruit and ample acidity. Notes of dried herbs and hay round out the palate. Great now, this will only improve with time. Oskar Kostecki

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Monte Bernardi 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Sa'etta

A Chianti Classico Riserva that pushes tender dark fruit and fresh earth into leading roles. 100% Sangiovese from the Sa'etta Vineyard on the Monte Bernardi estate in Panzano. This single vineyard has southern exposure, boasts soils of shale and limestone, and maintains vines of 40(+) years of age. The area is described by the producer's website as having the "best position, exposure, and terrain on the estate." The choicest grapes are picked by hand from vines tended with biodynamic practices. Once moved to the winery, natural fermentation begins in large oak casks. After malo naturally occurs in Austrian and German oak, the wine ages in wood for 18-30 months. Bottle aging before release is a minimum of 12 months. The wine is unfiltered. Powerful and full, the color in glass is black at the core, with dark burgundy edges. The nose is a basket of fresh black olives, sage leaves,  bushy stems of oregano, dried dark cherries and milled cocoa. Large ripe plums and dates are the foundation to a dish of flavors that also include less forward notes of Provencal herbs and subtle black tea. There is an overarching "of-the-earth" quality, aromatically and flavor-wise, that makes this Sa'etta '16 so comforting and pleasant to drink. It has medium acidity and a tempered, though engaging, chew. Please enjoy in 2020, but know that the wine has been made to develop well over many years. Sipped alongside Parmesan-polenta with sausage, shrimp, onions and tomato.  Looking forward to revisiting today after a night open... David Hatzopoulos 

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Italy White

Adalia 2018 Soave Singan

Like all wines from the Soave DOC, this 2018 Adalia Singan is primarily made from the the Garganega grape, with the addition of other varietals, including the native Trebbiano di Soave. The vines are trellised in the pergola trentina fashion, allowing a canopy of leaves to soak up the maximum amount of sunlight while the fruit hangs shaded below. Vineyards are located 250 meters above sea level to calcareous soils. Fruit is picked by hand at the end of September before being destemmed and gently pressed. Fermented naturally, including a short time on the skins. Aged in stainless steel before bottling. The nose shows breezy aromas of grass, sea salt, apple, almond and apricot skins. On the palate, there are halved and grilled lemons, salt, orchard fruit, and a touch of tender brioche. David Hatzopoulos

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Ausonia 2018 Trebbiano d'Abruzzo

Trebbiano d'Abruzzo from clay and limestone soils, grown in vineyards using traditional pergola abruzzese canopy trellising. Fruit is picked by hand at the end of September. Natural fermentation occurs in steel tanks, followed by secondary fermentation. The wine is unfiltered and ages in bottle 10-12 months before release. The wine's color is a clear yellow. Typically I discuss the aromas of a wine before the flavors and mouthfeel, but this Trebbiano had such incredible verve on the back of the tongue, I can't help but go into it first. A shock, a zing, a powerful mix of acidity and tart lemony fruit that hits immediately. Along with the brazen lemon, there are flavors of firm yellow apple and green herbs. So incredibly satisfying. The nose displays dried apricot, spiced pear, and raw Earl Grey tea. Much more subtle than the activity on the palate. I also don't typically suggest serving a white wine very, very cold, but pour yourself a glass when right out of the fridge. It's delicious at all temps. David Hatzopoulos

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Bulli nv Colli Piacentini Ortrugo Frizzante

This frizzante is 100% Ortrugo. A grape once used mostly as a blending companion to the more fancied Malvasia, it is known for articulated acidity, thus making it a perfect foundation for sparkling and semi-sparkling wines. In recent years, it has come out of the shadows and is frequently used for single-varietal wines, mostly coming from the region of Colli Piacentini in Emilia-Romagna, known for its limestone soil. The Bulli Ortrugo begins with vines of 10-50 years of age. Guyot trained. The grapes are picked in September and October. Native yeasts are used to ferment the wine dry, and after waiting over the winter months, grape must from the autumn harvest is added to induce secondary fermentation. This, of course, gives the wine a sparkle. Like all wines from Bulli, it sees no added SO2. When first poured, before getting air, the nose is crushed and chalky limestone. Released soon after are aromas of savory/sweet Jordan almonds, nectarines and blossoms, along with a trace of that original, almost smokey, minerality. The palate is salty, with flavors of firm pear, sage, and a very long, dry finish of fresh lemon zest. The color is that of homemade lemon-water. Contrary to what is said about Ortrugo, I didn't find this wine incredibly high in acid. Well balanced flavors and structure here. Paired very well with Friday night sushi. David Hatzopoulos

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Cornelissen, Frank 2018 Terre Siciliane (Etna) Munjebel Bianco

Carricante and Grecanico Dorato, fermented in epoxy tanks with indigenous yeasts, with about 4 days of skin contact. Not really an orange wine, but this gives the wine some structure and texture without losing the strong sense of place, via the intense volcanic stone aromas and flavors, to which are added pear, honey, and black tea. A great and very versatile food wine. Jamie Wolff

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COS 2018 IGT Sicilia Pithos Bianco

The 2018 COS Pithos Bianco is 100% Grecanico from the producer's Fontane Vineyard, located 230 meters above sea level. Vines, averaging 12 years old, are planted to sandy soils of limestone and silica. The fruit is picked by hand before 10 to 15 days of fermentation by indigenous yeast. The skins remain in contact with the wine for seven months in amphora.

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Denavolo 2018 Bianco Dinavolino

Guilio Armani (yes that is his real name) has been making fascinating skin contact wines for decades. In some ways, he was ahead of his times, as the Denavolo wines were mostly misunderstood and celebrated by a very small group of obsessed wine drinkers until the “orange wine” fad hit in the last 5 years. A blend of 25% Malavasia di Candia Aromatica, 25% Marsanne, 25% Ortugo, 25% mystery grapes, macerated on the skins for 10 months. Peculiar, aromatic and high-toned. A great introduction to northern Italian skin contact wines.

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I Custodi 2017 Etna Bianco Ante

From a single vineyard  at 900 meters up the eastern slope of Mount Etna, this white consists of mostly of the region's indigenous Carricante (90%), while the rest is split between grapes like Grecanico and Minella. The 1.6 hectares of vines (the oldest being 40 years of age) are farmed organically and planted/trained in the ancient Alberello Egeo system. The grapes are hand harvested in late September. The wine is fermented with native yeasts, and spends a year and a half in stainless. The nose displays the volcanic character of the wine, with hints of savory smoke balanced by clean orchard fruit and salinity. The palate has a bit of texture, with flavors of pear, lemon, salt and green herbs. David Hatzopoulos

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  • 6 in stock
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Il Fortunato 2018 Prosecco (Organic, low SO2)

This is a rare item: Clean, crisp dry Prosecco, made from organic fruit, indigenous yeasts, very low SO2. This is a wine that will please everyone – your inner wine geek, and your (here please fill in the blank for your friend or relative who pays no attention to the details but will guzzle it down and ask for more). An amazing value! Jamie Wolff

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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 possibly 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
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Mongioia 2017 Moscato d'Asti "Lamoscata"

Lamoscata 2017 is the first wine that Mongioia has made in anfora – in this case ceramic, so not very porous, with a very small exchange of oxygen – this is not Georgian-style wine. Instead I think the anfora confers some extra texture and complexity. How else to explain this quite extraordinarily, crazy complex Moscato, like no other in its class? The nose is multi-dimensional, with intense rich peach and apricot, and hazelnut dominating. The wine is very clean and fresh on the palate, boosted with a hint of green apple and plenty of those stone fruits. They carry through to a very long and lingering finish that seems to be supported and freshened by citrusy, icy spring water. A wild wine – a must try. Jamie Wolff

  • white sparkling off-dry
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Mongioia 2018 Moscato d'Asti "Belb"

In the Moscato d’Asti zone, farming is driven by volume over quality – almost all the wine made there is from industrial agriculture and industrial winemaking, which is why Moscato is usually cheap wine in every regard. The fruit for Belb comes from edenic hillside vineyards where chemicals have never been used. The winemaking matches the farming. The result is one in a million (think Moscato from Bera, the best possible alternate to Belb) – a focused wine, fresh and clean, with deep layers showing classic Moscato attributes like apricot and pear, delicate floral hints and nutty flavors. Belb is relatively low in residual sugar so it tastes fruity rather than cloying. We sell a lot of Belb to people looking for Barefoot or one of the other brands; despite the relatively high price they come back for more, converted. Jamie Wolff

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 10 in stock
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  • Low Sulfur

Monterosso 2018 Etna Bianco Crater

Made from organically farmed Carricante grapes from a single vineyard inside the crater that sits towards the top Monte Rosso. The vines here average 70 years old. The ‘18 Crater is more substantial in flavor and weight than their Carricante released in 2017. On the nose, there are essences of smoke, light spices, lemon peel, and tea leaves. The palate is muscular, with a depth of lemon, pear, apricot and pepper flavors. David Hatzopoulos 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Monterosso 2018 Terre Siciliane Etna Bianco Volcano

From organically sourced grapes, this white is 100% Carricante from the lower elevations at Mount Etna's base. The nose is subtle and pretty, with hints of cured lemon, green herbs, and wisps of white flowers. The palate is complex and layered with notes of salty yellow citrus and fresh grass. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $37.99

Orto di Venezia 2016 Sant'Erasmo Bianco

Orto di Venezia is a striking wine grown on the island of San Erasmo within the lagoon of Venice.  Based 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, 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
  • 2 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 15 in stock
  • $11.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $94.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $67.99

Pranzegg 2015 Vino Bianco Caroline

Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Manzoni froma  small .6 hectare parcel above the town of Bolzano. The vines are only 10 years old, but are already producing  a beautiful, textured white wine, that is both weighty and elegant. Quite floral on the nose, the palate shows notes of white blossom, ripe citrus, apricot, honey, and crushed vitamin candies. Decant before serving, or age for another few years. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Biodynamic

Principiano, Ferdinando 2018 Langhe Bianco

Ferdinando Principiano's Timorasso is one of the most fascinating examples of the grape we have encountered. While some expressions of Timorasso can be a bit heavy-handed and blowsy, this one is extremely lithe and charming. Coming in at only 11.2% ABV, it is still very mouth-filling and expressive. The nose opens with beautiful notes of citrus and stone fruit, white flowers, honeysuckle and a slight herbal character. While the nose smells quite rich, the palate is very finely chiselled and holds a lot of tension, with great acidity. Even more citrus on the palate (lemon and lime) with an introduction of crisp green apple, and even more of an herbal quality (tarragon). A supremely satisfying wine. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Radikon 2013 IGT Venezia-Gulia Jakot .500 ml

“Normally” I would have tasted the Radikon wines in Italy, in the spring… The quantities shown are all that’s available at present, so I haven't taken any. Radikon is a pioneer in Italy of extended skin-contact white wine – orange wine, that is (and a pioneer in making great wine with zero added sulfur). These are the best of their type - very consistent, fascinating wines, with finesse. Unlike so many imitators, Radikon wines have both a sense of place, and are clear expressions of their grape varieties. Jamie Wolff

PS "Jakot" is what used to be called Tokaj Friulano, and is now officially called Friulano...

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white fortified sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

Terraquilia 2018 Bianco dell'Emilia Col Fondo Terrebianche

A blend of Pignoletto, also known as Grechetto Gentile, and Trebbiano, from organically farmed grapes. Bottled after halting fermentation, allowing carbonation to develop within the bottle. It is not disgorged, and is cellar aged for 15 months before release. In the glass, the color is a silvery lemon. On the nose, there are rich floral aromas, ripe lemon fruit, and sliced apricots. Like the TerraQuilia reds, this sparkling white is a touch herbaceous, balancing a faint bitterness on the edge of zingy lemon fruit and dried stone fruit. The palate has a bright core, but a softness in surrounding texture, creating a very compelling mouthfeel. Highly drinkable, but full of character. David Hatzopoulos

  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $19.99

Kosher

Capcanes, Celler de 2017/2018 Montsant Peraj Petita

Celler de Capcanes creates a line of high-quality, terroir-driven Kosher from their old-vine Monsant vineyards. The Peraj Petita blend is 45% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo, 20% Merlot, 15% Syrah, aged party in steel and then for 10 months in a combination of French and American oak.  This wine is elaborated following Jewish Law and under the supervision of the prestigious Rabbinate OU from the USA and Kosher Federation of London in close collaboration with local Rabbis of Chabad Lubavitch. It is Kosher for passover and not mevushal.

  • red kosher
  • 24 in stock
  • $20.99

Mt. Tabor 2018 Galilee Chardonnay

Mt. Tabor is based in the Lower Galilee and produces quality, value-driven wines. 100% Chardonay that is fermented and aged in stainless steel to maintain its bright acidity balanced by ripe, tropical fruit. This wine is certified OK, Kosher for Passover, and not mevushal.

  • white kosher
  • 10 in stock
  • $14.99

Loire

  • white sparkling
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $23.99

Batardiere 2018 Anjou L'Esprit Libre

This bottling is a blend of three parcels from the Batardiere estate, with vines ranging in age from 15-90 years old. The wine is aged on the lees for several months in mostly stainless steel, and a small percentage is used to season their new 500L tonneaux. Farmed biodynamically with as little intervention as possible, the wine has a pleasantly rustic aroma mixed with ripe yellow apple and apricot. The palate is clean with a silky texture. Medium bodied and well balanced by the powerful acidity of Chenin Blanc, giving it a long, satisfying finish. This would be an excellent pairing for something delicate and creamy like scallops or butter-poached lobster. Michelle DeWyngaert 

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bejon 2018 Vin de France Picrochole

This is all Cabernet Franc, from vines close to Chinon. Grapes are slowly pressed in a very old manual press, and aged in old barrels in a troglodyte limestone cave (complete with classical music playing for the aging wines). Medium-light body and elegant in style, with a faint homage to the bell pepper side of the Cabernet Franc spectrum, along with baking spice and some rusticity. This is perhaps the "wilder" and more gamey of the two reds the Bejons produce. Great with food and recommended with a light chill.  -Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bellivière 2016 Coteaux du Loir Vieilles Vignes Eparses

Vieilles Vignes Éparses is Bellivière's oldest-vine cuvée, with ages ranging from 70 to 86 years old, across multiple parcels in the Coteaux du Loir: the name "éparses" is in fact in reference to the parcellation of the vineyards. These old vines on flinty clay soils, rich in tuffeau (soft limestone), yield a maximum of 25 hl/ha. The fruit is direct-pressed and barrel-fermented with native yeasts and minimal sulfur; the wine is aged in mostly 1-to-3-year old barrels. Each parcel is vinified and aged separately and blended before bottling. VV Éparses tends to be the most dry, powerful and structured of the Bellivière line-up; it will inevitably have at least a little residual that will not always be perceptible. As usual, the 2016 is a bit less open than the 2017 Calligramme and will need time for the aromas to develop. The palate is very dry, dense and bright, with perhaps a more saline and heavy minerality than Calligramme, with distinctive almond, limestone, herbal and lemony notes with floral white fruits. Decant if drinking now, best perhaps 2025 - 2035.

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $76.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bellivière 2018 Vin de Table Les Giroflées Rosé

Les Giroflées is an absolute delicious treat Eric, Christine & Clément Nicolas are producing with over-ripe grapes of old vine Pineau d'Aunis. Off-dry still rosé is a traditional style of Loire Valley wines rarely seen outside of the region. It was drunk by the bucket at the turn of the 20th century by workers enjoying these Grolleau Gris, Cabernet Franc, Gamay or Aunis with residual sugars, bracing acidity and exuberant strawberry-peppermint notes. Unfortunately industrial winemaking destroyed the quality of these wines... until some real vignerons produced them again: no chaptalisation, no high yields, good farming and suddenly we could rediscover their true taste.  I love this rare cuvée from the domain as it is an incredibly versatile wine combining these sensual red berry notes, especially pomegranate and wild strawberry, the fresh cracked pepper spice and the forest floor giving some savory tones, and the perfect balance between sugar and acidity coming from the old vines and the clay limestone. 2018 is a great expression of this wine, as the vintage gave the natural concentration to achieve this balance. You don't feel the 50 g of residual as there is more tannic structure as counterpoint. Enjoy this wine today, chilled but keep it up to 5 years no problem, as the sweetness will become more and more humus, pepper driven. Of course this is wonderful with cold strawberry soup with rose water, fresh mint and white pepper, but really use it for any spicy red meat based dish - don't be scared with duck, lamb, etc. It should be quite outstanding! 100% Pineau d'Aunis. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Bellivière NV Vin de France Myriades des Bulles

For couple of years, Eric, Christine and Clément Nicolas have been producing a tiny quantity of delicious sparkling, some pet nat, some traditional method, some white, some rosé from Pineau d'Aunis and Chenin from their biodynamic vineyards in the Loir Valley. Myriade de Bulles is a new cuvée for them, and I never really tasted anything like this. Think Lambrusco meets Rosé de Saignée Champagne, but made with Cabernet Franc & Aunis! So how is it made? The base is 2017 very ripe Aunis, directly pressed, but very dark,  vinified dry, bottled to do the second fermentation in bottle. Because the tirage led to too much pressure, they had to disgorge it, put it back in tank. They added 20% Cabernet Franc from 2018, and vinified again a traditional method this time with less pressure. It is disgorged after a little more than a year on the lees, with no dosage. So, what to expect? Eric wanted  vinous, dry, red bubbles - this for sure is the case, but because it is made with lightly extracted Aunis and Cabernet Franc, the tannins don't come in the way of the tension, the dryness and the pressure (which is quite high, at least 5 bars). The colour is quite deceptive as you would expect something bigger and more structured, but it is not the case. Aromatically, it is a really enticing combination of the dominant of the two grapes, playing with each other : pepper, beet juice, raspberry, cherry, forest floor, fern. All in all it is more on the savory than the fruity style. I have to say I really like it! Drink it now, chilled, and serve it with anything grilled on the barbecue, including river fish, a paella with a lot of saffron, any type of cheese or  red-wine marinated strawberry. As you can see, you have  lot of options! 80% Pineau d'Aunis, 20% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Bois-Brincon 2016 Anjou La Seigneurie (Cabernet Franc)

 This is a smooth and balanced Cabernet Franc from Anjou. Some black fruit and spice on the nose, and silky tannins in mid-palate. Worth ageing a bit or enjoying with some grilled veggies or poultry.

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Bois-Brincon 2017 Anjou Terre de Gres (Chenin)

  Textbook Chenin Blanc from Anjou, with ample richness and finesse. Very balanced, with pleasant acidity, and a long finish.

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2018 Vin de France La Tesniere Blanc (Menu Pineau)

This is an incredibly compelling, unique white from Touraine highlighting the lesser-know grape varitety, Menu Pineau. The 'La Tesnière' white is a blend of 75% Menu Pineau and 25% Chenin Blanc, from a parcel adjacent to the famed Clos Roche Blanche. A beautiful golden color in the glass with notes of grapefruit, daffodil, yellow peach, and marzipan on the nose. The palate is bright and refreshing, but Chenin's often bracing acidity is softened by the Menu Pineau, and the finish has a lingering stony texture. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 Côtes du Forez Rosé Gamay sur Volcan

The delicious 2019 Gilles Bonnefoy Rosé is made from Gamay grown in both volcanic and clay/granit soils in the Côtes du Forez  (upper Loire, east and a bit south of Lyon).  The grapes are hand-harvested and ferment with wild yeasts, half is rosé de saigné, half is direct press. The wine shows a bright pink color and pretty aromas of raspberry, strawberry and red currant, with hints of citrus and white peach. The palate is light and crisp but with nice density and saline minerals under the red fruits, finishing with good length of stone, citrus and berry fruits. Serve as a refreshing aperitif or with salads, grilled meats, seafood and goat cheeses. This should open up nicely over the summer and drink well through 2021.  (Some in stock, more inventory arrives 6/30) David Lillie

  • rosé
  • 16 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 Vin Mousseaux Aromatique Bulle Rosé Demi-Sec

This lovely Pet Nat from Gilles Bonnefoy in the Côtes du Forez is made from Gamay Noir à  Jus Blanc in the Methode Ancestrale, as is the Bulles Rouge, finishing as a demi-sec at 9% alcohol. For fans of the legendary Renedart Fache Cerdon de Bugey (or any other good Cerdons), this will be right up your alley. On the palate it's all sun-kissed crushed rasberries, strawberry soda, and a delicate mousse. The residual sugar is balanced with ample acidity, lending it some thirst quenching qualities along with the delightful sweetness. If you're fond of Bugey-Cerdon, need something that would suit a fruity dessert, or just want a wine that is effortlessly sweet and incredibly fun to drink, this is a lovely option at a great price. (Some in stock, more inventory arrives 6/30)

  • rosé sparkling off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Boudignon 2018 Anjou Blanc

Thibaud Boudignon is an established star in the Loire Valley wine scene, especially amongst lovers of Chenin Blanc from the schist vineyards of Anjou, and Savennieres. The Anjou Blanc here is from 35 year old vines of Chenin, with mostly old barrels used for aging, along with about 20% new oak. Though some of his wines can be quite big and rich, with more density and creaminess in the mid-palate, this entry-level is refreshingly lean and balanced. The mineral backbone is quite present, and we get an honest expression of "Chenin sur schiste." A great introduction to an all-star producer.   -EL

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $47.99

Chevalerie 2011 Bourgueil Les Galichets (Arrives 11/02)

Domaine de la Chevalerie's "Les Galichets" vineyard is on the lower part of the limestone slope just below the "Chevalerie" plot,  with clay -alluvial sand and gravel topsoils, rich in silex,  giving a wine that is more open and easy for early drinking.  The vines average about 60 years of age. The wine is aged in large old barrels, and bottled after 6 months unfined unfiltered. The 2011 is drinking beautifully now showing complex ripe plum and berry aromas with earth and brown spice. The palate is supple and round, the tannns velvety and soft with a minty freshness supporting the ripe fruit in the finish. Serve slightly cool with a pork chop in creamy mustard sauce.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Bretêche (Arrives 11/02)

Bretêche (Domaine de la Chevalerie is the only estate claiming this vineyard name) is the easternmost vineyard, a rented plot on the border of Ingrandes-de-Touraine. On the southwestern exposed upper part of the mid-slope, the vines are planted on a meter-deep heavier clay with high mica content above the Turonian yellow tuffeau. The vines, biodynamically farmed, are between 25 to 55 years old. More powerful than Busardières with broader tannins, the wine maintains a great freshness. Hand-harvested and destemmed, the grapes are macerated for up to 20 days and aged in large used barrels in the magnificent underground cave dug into the yellow tuffeau for roughly 8 to 10 moths. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.  2014 is considered a great classic vintage in the Loire for Cabernet Franc, and it is indeed very good at Domaine de la Chevalerie, with fruit a little darker than the 2015 (this opposite to a lot of other estates in the region).  Ruby purple in the glass this cuvée as usual has more freshness, tension and a little austerity - 2014 enhances these typical quality of the wine! More open than the 2015, the nose has distinctive black cherry,  elderberry notes, Chinese badiane and spearmint. The palate is still deliciously youthful barely showing any evolution, with lean and brilliant acidity, and oolong-like tannins. It is already very-well structured and poised, not angular at all. Decant it 2 hours and serve it in Bordeaux glasses, or keep it 20 years or so - I would say it will reach another plateau by 2025. Enjoy it with a duck magret, the juice reduced with a touch of raspberry vinegar, or sweetbreads in a madeira sauce. 100% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier 

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Bretêche (11/02))

Bretêche (Domaine de la Chevalerie is  the only estate claiming this vineyard name) is the easternmost vineyard, a rented plot on the border of Ingrandes-de-Touraine. On the southwestern exposed upper part of the mid-slope, the vines are planted on a meter-deep heavier clay with high mica content above the Turonian yellow tuffeau. The vines, biodynamically farmed are between 25 to 55 years old. More powerful than Busardières with broader tannins, the wine maintains a great freshness. Hand-harvested and destemmed, the grapes are macerated for up to 20 days and aged in large used barrels in the magnificent underground cave dug into the yellow tuffeau for roughly 8 to 10 moths. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. 2015 was an easier, more mastered vintage for the Caslot siblings, as the growing season was never extreme, and the harvests were peaceful. A little more concentrated than the 2014, especially in acidity, this a great vintage for the Domaine! Bretêche 15 is still a baby! Purple in the glass, the wine as usual has more freshness, tension and a little austerity. This is even more apparent here. The nose is a little restrained, showing progressively a lot of black and red currant and cranberry, hibiscus tea and black cardamon. In the palate, it is a superbly balanced wine, with some chiseled tannins enhanced by the lingering acidity. There is less flesh than other cuvées, and the texture is sleeker  but absolutely charming and vibrant - and could please any Burgundy lover. You will pick up more herbal notes in the palate : tobacco, beet juice, pink peppercorn. A great bottle to keep 10 years and plus, as it is built to age!  To serve it now, decant it a good hour at least or enjoy it over multiple days - a superb pairing would be with a roasted deboned pigeon stuffed with nettle and foie gras, but a slowly roasted pork loin with black garlic condiment would also be delicious. 100% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier 

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Cuvée Chevalerie (10/28)

La Chevalerie is located between the Galichets and the winery, slightly higher on the slope, with more clay on the top part. The Turonian tuffeau is not even three feet below. The oldest vines date from 1903 and 1922, the average being 75 years. The sandier part of the plot goes into the Galichets. This cuvée is a perfect introduction to the more “serious” tuffeau driven bottlings of the domaine.  You still get the flesh and texture brought by the sand, you also pick up the racy, salty and fresh acidity typical of the tuffeau. The 2015 is now showing all its potential, after a quick decanting. An easier, more complete vintage compared to 2014 according to Stéphanie Caslot, the wine is showing concentration yet a lot of delicacy, with a noticeable floral bouquet, and more red berries as it ages. A little sweetness on the attack indicates a perfect ripeness, then you feel the limestone backbone on the terroir, with a juicy sandy flesh and  lingering chalky tannins make it ultra appealing. The fruit is a nice mix of red and black plum and cherry, with Chinese badiane and coriander seed, finishing with a great mix of salt, smoke and leather.  Without a doubt a great bottle at a terrific price, you can cellar it for 5 years and more, then enjoy until 2035, or serve it in large glass, quickly decanted, with any red meat with a poivre sauce, or a rack of lamb in Provençale herbs crust. 100% Cabernet Franc. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Grand Mont (11/02))

"Grand Mont" is one of the greatest sites in Benais - a high, south-facing slope on yellow 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.  "This plot is just below the forest, the top part being on eolian sands, with more clay at the bottom. The tuffeau is not even 2 feet below. Vines are around 55 years old. Grand-Mont means high hill. This is the cuvée de garde of the domaine, macerated and aged longer (but never more than 10 months). Picked last as there is a cooler micro-climate allowing for hanging time, this is a dense cuvée for the estate. The texture is full right upfront, tannins are stonier with a remarkable freshness. I always decant young releases of this wine, but I would recommend to wait and enjoy them after 10- 30 years, as this is the point at which the wine begins to truly reveal itself."(PL)  Despite the ripeness of the vintage, the 2015 Grand-Mont is subtle, quite closed and tight at this point in its life. The aromas are complex and fascinating with some bright red fruits followed by blackberry, very earthy, with violet and hints of licorice and game. The palate is elegant and intensely mineral with firm acidity under silky blackberry, plum and cassis fruit, austere and stony, perfectly balanced and obviously built to age. This is quite special - I would agree with Pascaline, wait ten years then enjoy until 2050!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Les Galichets (11/02)

The Chevalerie "Galichets" vineyard is on mid-slope Turonian limestone with clay and alluvial sand and gravel topsoil, rich in silex; the vines average about 60 years of age - similar to the "Chevalerie" parcel but a bit lower on the slope, giving a wine that is more open and easy for early drinking.  The 2015 vintage is excellent, with a bit more ripeness and lower acidity than 2014, while retaining the core of minerals and acidity aslways found in the Chevalerie wines. The aromas of black raspberry and blackberry fruit are ripe and floral. The palate is dense and silky, very mineral with ripe red and black fruits and a clean vibrant finish. Still quite youthful, I would open this bottle the night before or give it a long decant, best perhaps 2022 - 2035.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Closel (Château des Vaults) 2018 Savennières Clos du Papillon

"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 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." -  Domaine du Closel.  2018 is a great vintage for Loire whites, combining excellent ripeness with bright acidity and great balance - the Clos du Papillon shows beautiful aromas of ripe pear and quince with honeysuckle, lime-flower and dried herbs with hints of smoke and earth.  The palate is superb, very ripe and dense with white fruits, citrus, almond and stone with very firm lemony acidity and mineral flavors. The finsih is very long with bitter lemon and saline minerals. Drinking beautifully now, this should age well, peak drinking perhaps to 2040 and beyond. David Lillie

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $66.99

Coulaine 2016 Chinon Les Picasses

This is another superb "les Picasses" from Jean, Etienne and Pascale de Bonnaventure at Chateau de Coulaine, who have been practising organic and biodynamic agriculture since taking charge in 1988, certified since 1997. The parcel is at the top of the "Picasses" vineyard with southern exposure, on the classic clay/limestone "tuffeau" in Beaumont-en-Veron. This quite dense and powerful Chinon is aged in one-third new barrels and barrels of one and two wines.The wine shows a dark red/black color with bright aromas of ripe strawberry and black-raspberry with earth, citrus and spice, really deep and pretty. The palate is quite dense and a bit more tannic than the 2015, with ripe black raspberry and red currant fruit. The fruit is elegant and deep and the wine finishes with black fruits, earth, firm acidity and elegant tannins. This is a "serious" Chinon of terroir that will benefit from decanting if drinking young and will age beautifully, best 2025 to 2045.   

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2018 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

2018 is an excellent vintage for the Coulaine "Domaine" cuveé - the wine is an oustanding value in Chinon for current drinking. The estate is certified organic since 1997.  The vines average 25 years-old and come from a variety of parcels around the estate on clay/limestone and on sand/gravel soils, vinified to accentuate the fruit and youthful enjoyment. There is a cold maceration in concrete vats with minimal extraction, fermentation with wild yeasts and aging in both conrete vats and old barrels. Minimal SO2 is used. The wine shows a deep red/black color and lovely aromas of black raspberry and cassis. The palate is supple and ripe with deep red and black fruit flavors with earth and minerals and with terrific length. Serve this lovely wine cool with white meats, grilled pork and lamb, green vegetables, charcuterie and fresh goat chesses, drink within 2-3 years.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Dauny 2019 Sancerre Clos du Roy

Domaine Dauny in Crézancy has been organic since 1964 - Nicole and Christian are the twelveth generation at the estate!  The Dauny Clos du Roy is from 40 year-old vines in this famous limestone vineyard. The 2019 has a pale, lemon yellow robe. On the nose it shows ripe stone fruit and golden apple aromas with notes of greengage and Meyer Lemon zest. The mid-weight palate is supple and balanced framed by a salty sense of minerality, with fresh, mouthwatering acidity on a medium long, succulent, slightly herbaceous finish. This was a fine pairing with squash crudo with pistachios, olive oil, and