Alsace

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $21.99

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $21.99

Brand, Charles & Philippe 2019 Alsace Tout Terriblement Maceration

Tout Terriblement is all Gewurztraminer from Philippe Brand, an up and coming winemaker in Alsace, whose family domaine is about 20 minutes west of Strasbourg. Aromatic, with integrated tannins. An impressive orange wine, with a brilliant bright orange hue.

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $31.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $42.99

Australia

  • red
  • 2 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
  • 16 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Wildman Wine 2020 McLaren Vale 'Piggy-Pop' Nero d'Avola Pet-N

Tiny quantities of this exuberant Pet-Nat were made this year from Wildman Wine! For this vintage of the very silly named "Piggy-Pop", winemaker/Master of WIne Tim Wildman, sourced the fruit from  Sue Trott's organically farmed vineyard, Five Geese, in McLaren Vale. This year is a blend of mostly Nero d'Avola grown on iron-rich, alluvial soils, with a bit of Mataro to add some lift and freshness to the ripe Nero.  is fermented with 25% whole clusters with just 4-5 hours on the skins making this a lighter ruby rosé than the previous vintage. Fermentation was halted mid-way, bottled under crown-cap and continued fermenting through the winter until dryness.

  • red sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Austria

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 48 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

Muthenthaler, Martin 2017 Wachau Riesling Ried Bruck

Martin Muthenthaler is part of the small cadre of winemakers in the Wachau that are eschewing the Vinea Wachau system to focus on organic farming and wines that shy away from the lush (and at sometimes Baroque) style that made the valley internationally famous. Winemakers like Peter Veyder-Malberg, Andreas & Maria Harm, and Martin Muthenthaler have been painstakingly tending to these legendary (often terraced) vineyards with a new vision: to preserve historical terroir and care for the land through bio farming, producing vibrant wines of place, unencumbered by having to adhere to a style profile dictated by the Vinea. Martin once worked as a mechanic and truck driver for what is now called Domäne Wachau. In 2006 he took control of his family's ~3 hectares of vines in the Spitzer Graben, the coolest part of the Wachau valley. Here he's been able to rehab the terraces and through meticulous handwork, has converted to organic farming. The Bruck vineyard is S/SW in orientation, with steep, stone terraces rising to up to 480 m in elevation with orthogneiss/schist/granite soils, vines in Martin's parcels are about 50 years old. Fermentation is spontaneous with wild yeasts, and all aging is in stainless tank with long lees contact (8 months). Electric green strawberries and peach blossoms flood the nose, the palate has a balance between crystalline acidity and a concentrated density with tangy lemon and just ripe stone fruits; a beautiful representation of Bruck! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $61.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $42.99

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

Preisinger, Claus 2019 Burgenland Blaufrankisch Kalkstein

Claus Preisinger's winery is right outside the tiny town of Gols, on the northeast corner of the Neusiedlersee. Biodynamic since 2008.  The name 'Kalkstein' is in reference to the shell limestone soils found in the vineyards where the Blaufränkisch grows. Average vine age is 30-years-old, grapes are hand-harvested, and spontaneously ferment in stainless tank followed by aging sur lie in used large wooden barrel for six months before being bottled with low amounts of sulfur. True to form, his Blaufränkisch shows bright minerality and great texture through the layers of juicy plum, black raspberry, and savory herbs. The newly arived 2019 is delicious and vibrant, with dark fruit and light-medium body. People speak about drinkability, and we don't like to overuse the term, but it couldn't be more apt to describe this lovely red.

  • red
  • 40 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Preisinger, Claus 2019 Burgenland Kalkundkiesel White

The name Kalkundkiesel designates the use of sites that are rich in chalk (kalk) and pebbles (kiesel). The blend is  60 % Weissburgunder, 30 % Grüner Veltliner, 10 % Chardonnay. The fermentation occurs with the skins, and the wine is aged for 6 months in neutral oak barrels on the lees. This wine opened up my eyes to the potential of Austrian whites, and I will always thank our esteemed former colleague Cari Bernard for bringing in interesting and "outside the box" wines from the country. Everything about this wine asks for patience and focus. The nose is enveloping, with stone fruit (white nectarine) and citrus notes, the texture on the palette is both rich and crispy/crunchy with mineral backbone. A lovely wine to sit back with and a very approachable (and clean) wine, particularly commendable as it's produced without added sulfites. A fine choice with Thanksgiving fare, as the stone fruit character and density make a suitable pairing for a fall harvest meal.  -EL

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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. -EL

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Wenzel, Michael 2019 Neusiedlersee-Hügelland Furmint Unfiltered

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
  • 10 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $19.99

Beaujolais

Chignard 2018 Fleurie Les Moriers

This Beaujolais comes from one of the best sites in Fleurie; 'Les Moriers,' which borders Moulin-à-Vent. The vines are now nearly 70 years old which creates incredible concentration of flavor in the grapes. The fermentation is very traditional with whole-clusters held in vats for a week before pressing creating brightness in the wine and highlighting the floral and fresh fruit aromas that Gamay from Fleurie is famous for, while maintaining the rich, tannic structure that you see from Moulin-à-Vent.

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $26.99

Descombes, Georges 2015 Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 1.5L (12/1)

Another lovely Brouilly Vieilles Vignes from Georges Descombes, certainly one of the best producers in Beaujolais! This needs some time to open up then shows lush blackberry/strawberry aromas with earth, violets and hints of spice. The palate is quite ripe and deep with red and black fruits tinged with citrus and spice, and a nice finish of red berries and earthy acids. Delicious now with some aeration, this should drink at it's best from 2022 - 2028+  David Lillie

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $63.99

  • 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $39.99

  • 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
  • 10 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $32.99

Henriot, Sandrine 2018 Morgon

We're very proud to have the lovely Morgons of  Sandrine Henriot at Chambers Street.  The vines for this cuvée are 60  years old, planted at high altitude on steep hillsides in sandy clay soils over granite in the lieu-dit "les Charmes," just northwest of Saint-Joseph  above Villié-Morgon. Biodynamic farming, with no SO2 added until a minimal dose before bottling. The fermentation is with wild yeasts with a relatively short period of carbonic-maceration. The 2018 shows a bright, deep black/red color and a very perfumed nose of ripe strawberry and black raspberry fruit, quite floral and fresh. The palate is round and supple with a lovely melange of sappy black and red fruits with earth and spice. This needs to open a bit but is already a delicious Morgon that will accompany charcuterie and grilled foods this summer, peak drinking 2022 - 2026.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Henriot, Sandrine 2018 Morgon Fût de Chêne

The vines for this cuvée are 60  years old, planted at high altitude on steep hillsides in sandy clay soils over granite in the lieu-dit "les Charmes," just northwest of Saint-Joseph  above Villié-Morgon, formerly belonging to Roland Pignard. Biodynamic farming, with no SO2 added until a minimal dose before bottling. The fermentation is with wild yeasts with a relatively short period of carbonic-maceration. The cuvée "Fût de Chêne,"  like the Pignard "Tradition," spends 10 months in old barrels after aging in vat. The 2018 shows a deep red/black color and a bit of reduction on opening followed by elegant aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry. The aromas are a bit brighter than in the regular Morgon, and the palate shows the extended aging, being a bit more elegant and long than the regular cuvée, with earthy strawberry and raspberry fruit with a long finish of minerals, firm acidity and pretty red fruits. This will age nicely, but is delicious now, try it with grilled pork or lamb this summer.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Henriot, Sandrine 2018 Regnié

Sandrine Henriot's parcel in Regnié has more clay in the soil than in Morgon and always gives a well-structured wine. The 2018 shows a deep black/purple color and high-toned aromas of blackberry and black raspberry with violet and citrus peel, quite elegant. The palate is supple and deep but not heavy with lovely black raspberry, cherry and raspberry confit, quite sapid and long with firm acidity and finishing with lingering red fruit and mineral flavors. Delicious now this will open up over the next few years, drink until 2028. David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $15.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $48.99

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
  • 1 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
  • 21 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2020 Beaujolais L'Ancien V. Vignes Nouveau

100% Gamay. The Terres Dorées L'Ancien vines are Jean Paul's oldest vines at 40-60 years old. They grow on the sandy clay-limestone hills in his home village of Charnay in the southern Beaujolais and yield small, thick-skinned berries. The farming is organic and harvest manual. The earliest harvest of these vines goes into his Nouveau. Unlike any other Nouveau out there, there is no carbonic maceration (true for all of his Gamays). The bunches are destemmed, the fruit crushed and fermented with native yeasts in tank, notably with no chaptalization; it is aged briefly, though longer than most Nouveaux, and bottled in time to land in the states by the third Thursday in November. The 2020 version shows lovely aromas of ripe cherry and blackberry with citrus and floral notes; the palate is dense, sappy and ripe with deep red and black fruits and hints of earth, citrus and cocoa. This is a seriously delicious Nouveau and bodes well for the 2020 vintage wines to come...

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bordeaux Red

Beausejour 2018 Puisseguin-Saint-Emilion Cab Franc No SO2

One of my favorite bottles of Bordeaux. This 100% Cabernet Franc is made using zero sulfur, from vines that are tended under strict organic measures. The Dupuy family have been farming the same land since 1934, and have done an amazing job creating terrior-driven reds from their healthy grapes. This 2018 dark purple in the glass. The nose is beautifully plummy, with smashed raspberries, cherry leaves, graphite, all-spice, and violets. Flavors range from of blackberries, cranberries, pine, mint, and espresso. Graced by a dynamic level of clean acidity and formidable tannin. An absolute must for any lover of Cabernet Franc, especially if they enjoy examples from the Loire Valley. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 17 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $34.99

Chateau Rocher Corbin 2015 Montagne St Emilion

Produced by Philippe Durand from 10.5 hectares of stunning, clover covered vineyards on the western slope of Mont Calon in Montagne. Vine age ranges, with most being an average of 45 years, though 15% are 80 years old and there are some Merlot vines that were planted 150 years ago. Strict berry picking is done to remove all withering grapes. Fermentation is done naturally, mostly in cement. The wine is aged for 12-14 months in 50% new oak.  Black-red color in the glass. On the nose the wine shows squashed blackberry, pine needles, black tea, graphite. A real pleasure aroma-wise. The palate has black plum, black cherry, and long finish of bitter espresso that ends with a quick shift to a softer flavor of dark chocolate. Firm tannin and medium acidity. Such a great bottle to drink - random encounter that proved to be delicious. Should drink well over the next decade. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $72.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $135.99

Clos Puy Arnaud 2015 Castillon - Cotes de Bordeaux Les Ormeaux

Grapes harvested by hand from vineyards on the plateau and slopes of the Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux AOC. The fruit breakdown is 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet France, and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. In the cellar, fermentation is done in both cement and wood (50/50) using indigenous yeasts. Aging is done first in wood for 7 months, a quarter new and the rest one to two vintages old, before spending 12 additional months in cement.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $32.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $99.99

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
  • 8 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $449.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $324.99

Bordeaux Sweet

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $44.99

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $30.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $51.99

Brocard, Julien 2018 Chablis La Boissonneuse

La Boissonneuse vineyard makes up the bulk of Julien Brocard's holdings, at 11 of his 18 total hectares. This cuvée is sourced from 30-year-old biodynamically farmed vines, fermented with native yeasts, and aged in large foudre.

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $68.99

Génot-Boulanger 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Les Nosroyes

This is very high-quality village Puligny! "Nosroyes" sits just below Premier Cru "Perrieres," and there is lots of limestone in the soil. The nose shows some of the same green apple notes as the Meursault but with an added element of white floral character, somewhere between lily and honeysuckle. In the mouth there is more apple, as well as Meyer lemon and a bare touch of wood spice and cool minerality. Again the overall impression here is one of understatement and finesse rather than power. Very good wine.  Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic

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
  • 13 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 14 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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
  • 4 in stock
  • $99.99

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

Manciat 2018 Mâcon Charnay Franclieu

100% Chardonnay. From Jean Manciat's oldest vines, on a gentle, stony slope of clay-limestone soils. Jean considers this to be his finest plot. The hand-harvested fruit is whole-cluster-pressed, naturally fermented and aged on its fine lees in stainless steel tanks--no oak at all here--to feature the fresh, floral, flinty nature of the fruit from this vineyard.

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $599.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 2 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
  • 4 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2019 Côte de Beaune La Grande Chatelaine

About a kilometer or two northwest of the Beaune 1er Crus, La Grande Chatelaine is a cooler site on the Montagne de Beaune with soils comprised of gravel and clay over limestone. Stone fruit and pear skin, white flowers and wet stone on the nose. Bright and fresh aromatically. The mid-weight palate is racy but full and dense due to the low yields  of 2019,  with fresh orchard fruit and lemon oil flavors, dancing astride sapid herbal notes with a clinging stoniness on the long, mouthwatering, expansive finish. Serve wth seared scallops, halibut or other full-flavored fish. This is lovely ripe and vibrant Chardonnay from a unique vineyard site - drink over the next 5 to 8 years.

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Roally (Gautier Thevenet) 2018 Roally Vire Clesse

Domaine de Roally is one of the great estates of the Macon. The original owner/grower was Henri Goyard, who made old-fashioned Chardonnays with a bit of residual sugar, from his superb organically-tended estate on a limestone ridge overlooking the Saone Valley. Discovered by Joe Dressner in 1987, we made a number of visits there until Goyard's retirement in 2000. Sometimes the juice would still be fermenting after 18 months in tank, and a 1989 tasted in 1999 was simply sensational. Gautier Thevenet of the Domaine Bongran took over in 2000 and has happily kept up the quality and style of Goyard. The 2018 is a beautiful wine with aromas of lemon oil, mango, white fruits, spice and honey - really complex and elegant. Lush white fruits on the palate with citrus and minerals. Fabulous length of saline acids, stone and ripe fruit. Superb for current drinking, this should age beautifully for ten to fifteen years. Bravo to Gautier Thevenet! David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

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

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
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

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  • 5 in stock
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Agrapart NV Champagne Extra Brut Terroirs Bl de Bl

A non-vintage blend from parcels in Avize, Cramant, Oger, and Oiry. The Terroirs has a pale lemon yellow robe, a fine bead and a soft mousse.The nose is generously scented with notes of  Meyer lemon peel, apple blossom, and sea spray the on nose. The palate is lean, tense, savory, and nervy with flavors of green apple, lemon curd, and chalk. There's a fine stony core to the wine that carries over on the persistent, finish. There's a lot to like here and I'd love to try another bottle with some Watch Hill oysters or prawns. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $72.99

  • Organic

Barbichon NV base 16 Champagne Brut Blanc de Noirs

From year to year there seem to be few greater values in Champagne than those of biodynamic grower Thomas Barbichon in Gyé-sur-Seine in the Aube. From his 9 HA domaine he produces wines of purity, elegance, and precision. The current disgorgement of his Blanc de Noirs is Pinot Noir-dominant. The robe has a faint peach hue.  The nose is attractively floral and red-fruited with aromas of wild strawberry, sour cherry, and crushed herbs.The palate is bright and vibrant with flavors of orange oil, a fine line of minerality, with a soft mousse and fine bead.The finish is expansive and tangy with a hint of biscuit on the back end. Lovely Champagne and an excellent value. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
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  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
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  • $47.99

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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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
  • 13 in stock
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  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
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  • $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

  • white sparkling
  • 19 in stock
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  • Organic
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  • white sparkling
  • 14 in stock
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Doquet, Pascal NV (2009 base) Champagne Diapason Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs

This excellent 100% Chardonnay from certified organic vigneron Pacal Doquet is an excellent example of a non-vintage blanc des blancs sourced from Les-Mesnil-sur-Oger, one of Champagne's most famed grand cru villages. Base vintage 2009 (61%),  reserve wine (31%), this has some great development and an ethereal elegance. Disgorged January 31st, 2018. Dosage 3.5g/l.

  • white sparkling
  • 20 in stock
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  • $74.99

  • Organic

Doyard NV 14b Champagne Premier Cru Brut Cuvée Vendémiaire base 14

Made from 100% Chardonnay from organically farmed vineyards in Vertus, Le Mesnil, Orger, Avize, and Cramant, the 2014 base Cuvée Vendémiaire is a must for fans of chiseled, chalky Champagnes from the Côtes des Blancs. With long lees aging (60 months, partially in oak), low sulfur, and bottling under lower pressure, this shows a more vinous side of Blanc de Blancs, while offering tremendous value. The nose is a pleasing mélange of apple blossom and citrusy notes, with cool herbal and biscuity notes. The mid-weight palate has notes of lemon curd, pear skin,  with the creamy mid-palate giving way to an expansive chalky finish. For fans of the 2013 base, this may not have the crystalline tension of that disgorgement, but more than makes up for it with cool, chalky charm. Makes for a snappy aperitif and is a fine pairing with crudo, or pan-roasted scallops. Disgorged 9/19,  4g/L dosage.-John McIlwain

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

  • Organic

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
  • 6 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Godmé, Hugues 2009 Verzenay Grand Cru Millésimé

Comprised of 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, organically farmed on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims. Hugues Godmé is a hidden gem in the world of grower bubbles, when in my estimation he should be a household name. The 2009 Millésime presents a pale yellow golden robe with a fine bead and soft mousse. The nose offers stone fruit and biscuity aromas with wet stone and hints of apple blossom. The palate offers pinpoint balance between ripeness and mineral precision, with stone fruit flavors vying with chalky minerality at its core, with just enough of the cool northern slope herbaceous character to temper the vintage's ripeness and express the classic Verzy/Verzenay terroir. This is a gorgeous example of the vintage and highly recommended. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 7 in stock
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  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • rosé sparkling
  • 27 in stock
  • no discount
  • $49.99

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

Laval, Georges 2016 Champagne Cumières Premier Cru Les Chênes

If ever there were an argument that portions of Cumières merit Grand Cru status, Laval's Les Chênes makes a convincing case. The amphitheater-shaped vineyard is something of a sun trap and produces Champagnes of power and precision in Vincent's able hands. Made up of 100% organically-farmed Chardonnay from the eponymous lieu-dit on the eastern side of the village (near the bottom of the slope down by the river), where the soils are chalky rather than the clays of other portions of the village. This is a particularly powerful blanc de blancs.The 2016 has a pale lemon yellow robe with a frothy mousse and ultra-fine bead. The nose is inviting with pretty apple blossom, lemon oil aromas with a wisp of minty herbaceousness. The palate is incisively chalky, with a deep stoniness forming the core of the wine with layers of orchard fruit and citrus peel flavors shimmering above. This has fine grip and drive and enough brio to make for compelling drinking now, but don't hesitate to age for 10 or more years, as tastings with Vincent have shown that les  Chênes is a particularly long-lived wine and a magnificent expression of singular terroir. John McIlwain 

  • white sparkling
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $159.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 4 in stock
  • no discount
  • $69.99

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
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $51.99

  • 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
  • 1 in stock
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  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 6 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
  • 14 in stock
  • no discount
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 24 in stock
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  • $27.99

Paillard, Pierre Base XVI Champagne Extra Brut Grand Cru Bouzy Les Terres Rosé

Comprised of 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir from the grand cru village of Bouzy on the southern slope of the Montagne de Reims.  The 2016 base vintage has a pale salmon robe. Wild cherry, wet stone, sea spray, tangerine peel on nose. The high-toned, crunchy, chalky palate offers flavors of wild strawberry, brioche, and a hint of rosehip. This is a lifted, bright, high-toned rosé (especially from Bouzy) and has more sprightly charm than power, yet boasts a seriously chalky finish and is a pleasure to drink. Fine stuff, indeed! (1.8grams/liter dosage, disgorged June 2019.) John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 12 in stock
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  • $64.99

  • Organic
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  • 6 in stock
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  • $104.99

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  • 2 in stock
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  • 6 in stock
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  • 2 in stock
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  • 47 in stock
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  • 2 in stock
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  • 7 in stock
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Sélèque, JM NV Base 16 Solessence 7 Villages Rosé Extra Brut disg. 3/19

Comprised of  45% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 15% Pinot Noir. Organically farmed with biodynamic methods. Disgorged 3/19, 3 grams dosage. The wine has a pale salmon robe, lively bead, and frothy mousse. The nose offers effusive aromas of wild strawberry, green tea, mineral smoke, and cherry stone. The palate is dry and racy with red fruits, apple skin, and a fine, filigreed bead of chalky minerality forming the core within. This has fine lift and cut leading to a penetrating, lingering finish. I'd love to enjoy this with salmon crudo or rare yellowfin tuna, or better yet an assortment of omakase tempura from our friends at Secchu Yokota. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 21 in stock
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  • $69.99

  • Organic
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  • 11 in stock
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  • $154.99

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  • 8 in stock
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  • 4 in stock
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Vilmart & Cie. NV Champagne Brut 1er cru Cuvée Rubis Rosé (17 Base)

90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay, with 15% Pinot Noir vin rouge. Aged for 10 months in foudre. No malolactic fermentation. Base 2017 with reserve wines from 2016 and 2015. Rubis has a dark salmon robe and fine bead. The nose offers aromas of peach skin, wild strawberry, and blood orange oil. The palate is sinuous and nervy (relative to Vilmart’s ample house  style) with wild strawberry, crushed herbs, and a creamy orange curd note on a long mouthwatering, juicy finish. There’s a pebbly mineral core beneath the ripe red fruit and great detail and coolness overall and this should age smartly for the next decade. This has fine verve and snap and each sip beckons for another. Highly recommended. John McIlwain

  • rosé sparkling
  • 11 in stock
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  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $199.99

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
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  • $179.99

  • Organic
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Chantal Lescure 2018 Bourgogne Rouge Les Verduns

The Chantal Lescure Bourgogne Rouge "Les Verduns" is from 45 year-old vines on a soil of "marnes blanches"  in this unusual west-facing parcel high on the slope adjacent to Pommard "Les Vignots." Vinification is with whole-clusters giving a firm structure to this very classy Bourgogne Rouge. The wine shows elegant high-toned  quite floral aromas of earthy Morello cherry and strawberry with hints of spice, mint and rose petal. The palate is earthy and mineral with saline acidity underlying ripe wild strawberry and red currant fruit. This shows the ripeness of 2018 but with lovely bright fruit and freshness.The finish is long and sappy, dominated by mineral and red currant  flavors that linger on the palate. This is not a fruit bomb, but is a very satisfying red Burgundy that will benefit from many hours of aeration or cellaring for 5 to 8  years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2018 Côte de Beaune Clos de Topes Bizot Rouge

"Le Clos des Topes Bizot" is a unique spot with vines planted in 1960,  high on the slope in Beaune just above the 1er Cru "L'Ecu," facing east, in a terroir of clay and pebbles over limestone. The grapes from this high elevation vineyard are harvested late and undergo a short pre-fermentation maceration, aging is in two and three year-old barrels. The 2018 shows high-toned aromas of ripe black cherry and red currant fruit with violet, brown spice, earth and citrus, quite elegant. The palate is dense and earthy with sappy black cherry and black raspberry - intensely mineral with firm acidity, earth and black fruits that linger in the long finish. This is a quite elegant, beautifully balanced and "mineral" Burgundy at a very reasonable price, that will benefit from a few hours open or three to five years of cellaring.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2018 Pommard 1er Cru Les Bertins

From organically farmed old massale-selection vines with small grapes, in Les Bertins in the southern part of Pommard, close to Volnay on soils of brown clay over hard limestone and limestone debris. Les Bertins has a greater amount of limestone than other Pommard premier crus, and the wines are sometimes a bit lighter and more "Volnay-like" in character. This shows the classic boldness of Pommard and the fresh ripeness of the 2018 vintage with aromas of wild rose, black raspberry, cherry liqueur and spice. The medium weight palate is dense with cooling minerality and mouth coating, silky tannins framed with ripe red cherry and macerated raspberry, finishing with long, delicate notes of spice, rose hips, and black tea leaf. This is quite delicious as a young wine but will obviously benefit from five years of cellaring, drink until 2035.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2018 Volnay

The Chantal Lescure Volnay is from 50+ year-old vines on sandy clay soils over limestone. Fermentation is with wild yeasts in cuve inox followed by 18 months in barrel, approximately 20% of which are new (500L), bottled without fining or filtration.The wine shows a bright deep red/garnet color with black cherry, blackberry and red currant aromas, quite floral and elegant with complex hints of earth,  brown spice and tea. With aeration, the palate shows a round, velvety, chalky texture backed by firm acidity with violet, plum, cherry and strawberry fruit, mint, bitter chocolate and earth that continue in the long, sappy finish. This is a lovely "village" Volnay that is delicious now, but decant if possible, this will really sing in three to five years and until 2030+. David Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 1 in stock
  • $219.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $199.99

Domaine Jessiaume 2018 Santenay 1er Cru Gravieres

Firstly, let me say that the warm 2018 vintage will be a vintage to take advantage of the value that one still finds in Santenay. The village tends to ripen late and in cool vintages can produce very lean wines. Domaine Jessiaume owns more of this Premier Cru than any other estate and theirs should be considered a benchmark. The site takes its name from the gravel and stones in the soil and as one would expect, it produces structured and mineral wines. The 2018 shows the ripe dark red and black fruit that has characterized the vintage, with raspberry, cherry and a touch of blueberry, as well as savory spices and well-judged wood. But the finish narrows, with elegant mineral notes and good precision. The vines are on average fifty five years old and the quality of material here is on full display.   Sam Ehrlich

  • 2 in stock
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  • Organic
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  • 6 in stock
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  • 53 in stock
  • $25.99

Louis Chenu 2018 Savigny-Les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes

The wines of Louis Chenu have received a good deal of very positive press recently and opening a bottle of the '18 Savigny "Vieilles Vignes," it is not hard to see why. The domaine dates from 1914 but the Chenu sisters who run the domaine together have made considerable strides in the vineyards. The farming is certified organic and the winemaking very classic - destemmed, short cold-maceration and minimal new oak. The result is classic Savigny, assembled from five parcels, with red cherry, rhubarb, allspice and lovely mineral structure. The wine is poised, precise and very tasty now but this will certainly improve with a few years in bottle. I also want to give the sisters credit for my favorite winery website that I've seen in a while

(check it out here http://www.louischenu.com/us/apropos-1.htm)   Sam Ehrlich

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  • 25 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
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  • 3 in stock
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  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

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

Rateau 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Les Bressandes

Jean-Claude Rateau has a large parcel in the 1er Cru Les Bressandes on a steep slope facing east with pebbly clay/limestone soils, conducted in biodynamic farming since 1979. The soil is warm and well-drained giving ripe, structured wines. There is a 21-day cuvaison with manual cap-punching followed by 18 months in old barrels.Even with the minimal extraction practiced at the estate, the 2018 Bressandes shows a dense red/black color and aromas of ripe black cherry and blackberry, quite deep with sous-bois, violet, graphite and citrus. The palate is dense, elegant and chalky with blackberry, earth, bitter chocolate and minerals with terrific length of black fruits, earth and juicy acidity. Given the weight and ripeness of the vintage, the wine still seems balanced and frames the copious fruit in ample acidity and tannin. This is a beautiful wine that will give great pleasure in its youth and should be a superb mature wine as well, with a long life ahead of it...  David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Les Reversées

From vines grown in the calcareous clay soils of Les Reversées premier cru toward the bottom of the hill in the center of the slope by Les Teurons. This is a bit more delicate and lower in alcohol than Rateau's "Bressandes" but still quite deep and generous in 2018 showing ripe  black cherry, boysenberry, notes of cherry pit and earth on the nose. The palate is quite dense but still with nice brightness with ripe black fruits, hints of iodine and iron and  soil beneath supple structure. Succulent acidity and savory mineral notes offset the ripeness and lend energy and drive on a rich, palate-coating finish which is very long with elegant black raspberry and red currant fruit.  The purity of fruit and earth notes are finely balanced - this is an excellent Burgundy for the mid-term. A fine pairing with braised chicken thighs with mustard, tarragon, and shallots. A great value from the pioneer of biodynamic Burgundy!

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2018 Beaune Les Prevoles

Jean-Claude Rateau's domain has been Biodynamic since 1979 and produces lovely light-bodied, old fashioned Burgundies. The 2018 Beaune Les Prévoles (a lieu-dit below 1er Cru Chouacheux and les Tuvilains) was vinified with the stems, bringing just the right structure to this lush and beautiful wine which shows beautiful ripe aromas of cherry and black raspberry with rose, earth, citrus and brown spice.  The palate is chalky and sapid, showing the ripeness of the 2018s, with lush berry fruits enveloping firm acidity and mineral flavors. Really a lovely wine and quite delicous now, full and ripe enough for grilled meats, as well as chicken and pork dishes and cheeses such as morbier, tomme de savoie. This should benefit from a bit of aging but is quite beautiful as a young wine, drink until 2035.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2019 Beaune Clos des Mariages

Located toward the bottom of the slope beneath Beaune Grèves and adjacent to Les Cents Vignes, Clos des Mariages is a mix of young and very old vines planted in clay and brown limestone soils. "This fertile soil gives wines that are open and joyous, with delicate spice notes, giving great pleasure in their youth and capable of long-term aging." (J-C Rateau) Indeed the 2019 Clos des Mariages is a gorgeous wine showing a bright mélange of black cherry, strawberry and raspberry with hints of spice, citrus, licorice and violet. The palate shows dense, chalky fruit, sappy and ripe but retaining a nice lightness of body with firm acidity and mineral flavors that continue in the very long, juicy finish. This is absolutely delicious now and should drink well continuously over the next five to ten years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $43.99

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

Cote-de-Nuit

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $359.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $449.99

Chantal Lescure 2017 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

From 50+ year-old vines in the mid-upper part of the Clos (Lieu-dit "Montiotes"). Terroir pebbly clay/limestone. Tasted before racking/bottling in January 2019. Aromas are floral, meaty, elegant, deep black raspberry, cherry; the palate is dense and deep with ripe black and red fruits, spice, mint, earth, fabulous length, beautiful wine...  DL

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2018 Chambolle-Musigny Les Mombies

 The lieu-dit "Les Mombies" has limestone clay soils washed down from higher on the slope, the vines average 40 years of age. The 2018 Les Mombies shows lovely freshness in this very ripe vintage with aromas of strawberry and cherry liqueur with hints of darker fruit and game. The fresh, chalky palate offers a melange of red fruits - raspberry, red currant, cherry - with good concentration over an earthy mineral core with fine fresh acidity and nice lift on the finish.  This will be fun drinking as a young wine due to the fresh, vibrrant fruit and ought to shine with 3-5 years in the cellar and beyond.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2018 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Vallerots

 Apparently Les Vallerots 1er Cru is a near monopoly of Chantal Lescure on a steep slope in the combe above "Vaucrains" on very shallow stony soils over the limestone at 260m altitude. Aged in approx 30% new oak by Francis Miquel. The nose is initially closed and tight with deep red fruit aromas emerging with notes of black raspberry, plum, cherry pit and a hint of anise.The palate shows deep, dense red fruits with great elegance and energy, a superb combination of fruit and terroir. This will need a long decant if drinking now, best to hold 3 - 5 years then enjoy until 2035+ David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $64.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $239.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $179.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $249.99

Domaine Trapet 2018 Bourgogne Rouge

Produced from young-vine Gevrey, this is a terrific Bourgogne. The fruit is bright red, full of wild strawberries and cherries, and the feeling of weightlessness here is what makes Burgundy special. The finish is more salty and cool, after the peppery spice-driven Passtoutgrains. You will be left wondering where the bottle went. Sam Ehrlich


** Wines arrive 12.2.20**

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Domaine Trapet 2018 Cote de Nuits-Village Meix Fringuet

This is sourced from vines in Marsannay and the character is distinctly different. The fruit is just a touch darker, with a floral note that suggests violets as well as roses. In the mid-palate, there is a brambly forest-y character that gives extra dimension and savoriness. The sense of limestone here is quite stark and there is good grip and structure, particularly for the level. This will age well in the mid-term and would make a great addition to the cellar at a relative bargain. Sam Ehrlich

**These will arrive Wednesday 12/2**

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $219.99

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

Fourrier 2013 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Combes aux Moines

.87 hectares dating from 1928. Located north of Champeaux and Les St. Jacques. A warm climat that ripens consistently; a touch backwards in its youth, with time in the cellar gains depth and sophistication.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $179.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $149.99

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  • 2 in stock
  • $179.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
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  • 8 in stock
  • $119.99

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  • 1 in stock
  • $369.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $349.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $199.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $269.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $324.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $349.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $349.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $219.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $389.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

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

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $399.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $239.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $799.99

Rateau 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin

From two small parcels in "Aux Eletois" (below Grand Cru Griottes)  and "les Epointures" (below 1er Cru Clos Prieur) on the more fine and aromatic side of Gevrey. The 2018 shows a bright red/garnet color with high-toned aromas of ripe black cherry, black raspberry and red currant with rose, herbal and citrus notes, quite pretty and not over-ripe. The palate shows terrific density of complex red and black fruits with hints of licorice, sous-bois and minerals while retaining a lovely lightness and freshness, with bright acidity under the long vibrant red fruits and mineral flavors that linger in the finish. Grreat fun to drink now, best to wait 5 to 8 years when it will really sing, then drink until 2035 - 2040. David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Trapet 2018 Bourgogne Passetoutgrains A Minima

A lovely foot in the door to the Trapet lineup, this is a classic 50/50 split of Pinot Noir and Gamay. It feels exceptionally Gamay-forward, with fresh raspberry and strawberry fruit and a peppery spicy finish. There is a lovely sense of snap and crunch here. Tons of fun and one to stock up on. Sam Ehrlich


**Any orders will not be available until Wednesday 12.2**

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $199.99

Germany

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
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white off-dry
  • 19 in stock
  • $49.99

  • white
  • 25 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $47.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $72.99

Brand 2019 Pfalz Pet Nat Rosé 1.5 L

(Was $72.99)  Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Portugieser, with no added SO2. Totally dry, with a prickly, energetic mousse bolstering flavors of red grapefruit, tart crushed cranberries, wild strawberries and red hibiscus.

  • rosé sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $54.74

  • 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
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

  • 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
  • 14 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 41 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
  • 34 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
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $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
  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $37.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $22.99

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

  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $224.99

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

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $31.99

  • 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • $22.99

Melsheimer 2016 Mosel Riesling Handwerk

Thorsten Melsheimer has been farming organically in the Mosel since 1995 (certified ECOVIN) and became Demeter (biodynamic) certified in 2013. The 2016 'Handwerk' is actually a blend of three different barrels: a QBA trocken, Kabinett, and Spätlese, and the sum of these parts is a delightful slightly off-dry Riesling. Just a touch reductive upon opening, the herbaceous and cooler qualities of the vintage come through on the nose and the palate along with green apple, peach, nectarine, and tart apricot. This would be fantastic paired with spicy cuisine, fried foods, or brunch (it is only 10% ABV, after all). Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white sparkling
  • 21 in stock
  • no discount
  • $29.99

  • 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
  • 1 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

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

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

Vetter, Stefan 2017 Franken Sylvaner GK Gambacher Kalbenstein

We've written before about our love for Sylvaner, an unfairly neglected variety. And nowhere is the grape loved more than in Baden, where its light shines brightest. And in our eyes, Stefan Vetter is making some of the most compelling examples, through diligent farming and a focus on terroir that rivals anyone in Burgundy or the Mosel. Farming is organic, though not certified, fermentation is with native yeasts, and there is minimal use of sulfur. Gambacher Kalbenstein is a parcel of old vines in limestone and sandstone soils and should be considered Vetter's grand cru and the 2017 GK is a beauty! The nose is effusive with aromas of white flowers, apple skin, cool herbs, wet stone. The mid-weight palate is an attractive mélange of orchard fruit (white peach, Mirabelle) flavors and pithy, citrusy Meyer lemon oil notes, with a fine-grained, chalky mineral frame. The finish is lifted, long, and lingering. This is delicious now with a decant, but will dazzle with a few years in bottle and is enthusiastically recommended. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white medium-sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $49.99

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
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

  • 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 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
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white medium-sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $29.99

Ziereisen 2016 Baden Pinot Noir Schulen

The last of a bevy of samples from a grower I didn’t really know, but whose wines have really made me take notice. Zeireisen 2016 Spa¨tburgunder “Schulen.”The vines are grown organically in limestone soils interspersed with alluvial stones. Vinification is with native yeasts and the wine sees a bit of new oak.  I’ll admit I’m not inclined toward most Spätburgunder as the wines from the early aughts combined ego and cooperage absolutely obliterating any sense of terroir--a shame really. But between Wasenhaus, Enderle and Moll (and of course the dazzling Hofgut Falkensatein sui generis bottling), we seem to be in something of a renaissance (though given the recent leaps and bounds perhaps naissance is a more accurate term). The robe is a dark ruby. The nose offers pretty aromas of Keemun Imperial tea, wild cherry, cassis, and wild violets. The palate is lithe, and displays beautiful equipoise between the just-verging-on-lush black fruit, and a zangy, pungently stony mineral core. The mid-palate shows dimension without veering into ‘zaftig’ and gives way to a mouthwatering, lean—though but by no means austere—finish. Delicious now, but given how this has opened up over the last couple of hours, there’s plenty of complexity forthcoming and I’d feel comfortable laying a few bottles down for the next 4-7 years. This balances freshness and earthiness deftly and is well worth a look. Fabulous with pan-roasted magret of duck with donabe kabocha squash, and braised baby bock choi. This is truly exciting Spa¨tburgunder and if I found this kicking around in Marsannay or Maranges, I’d be living the glamorous life of importer, chasing down my C.O.D. accounts. Good stuff, friends. As we “in the biz” say, “the real f'in’ deal.” John McIlwain

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $47.99

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

Italy Piedmont

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

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  • 7 in stock
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  • 6 in stock
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  • red
  • 2 in stock
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  • 7 in stock
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  • 4 in stock
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  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $189.99

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
  • 8 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

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
  • 11 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $169.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $239.99

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  • 2 in stock
  • $79.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $199.99

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  • 13 in stock
  • $79.99

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  • 3 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

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Cantina del Lupo 2018 Piemonte Grignolino "Grignole"

“Grignole” is Astigiano (dialect of the region of Asti, home to Grignolino) for ‘a lot of seeds’ – Grignolino has a lot of seeds; hence the label – a festa of happy seeds, or if you prefer, pips. Grignolino is very light in color, and has both high acidity and tannin - A typically Piemontese grape. As Ian d’Agata says “Grignolino was, until recently, a tragically unfashionable wine because of its pale red-pink color, lack of obvious sweet, ripe, soft fruit flavors, and very high acidities and tannins.” A well-made Grignolino has low alcohol – 12.3% in this case! Grignole is made in stainless steel (no need for more tannin from wood), and macerates for just a few days; if you find that your Grignolino is dark in color, try a different version.Grignole is pale, almost like a rosato; it’s very aromatic with strawberry, sour cherry, pepper and delicate herbs. These follow through on the palate, which is layered and lively – and amazingly long and complex for such a humble and humbly priced wine. If you know Poulsard, the Grignole distinctly brings it to mind; it has quite a similar profile, and like Poulsard works well with cheese and other fairly rich food. Grignolino  is also very versatile at the table; we drank it with fairly spicy vegetarian tacos and pretty much finished the bottle without any struggle (or regrets).  Jamie Wolff

Very engaging on the nose, like uncovering a bowl of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries while a breeze of light flowers and green grass stirs on a summer afternoon. Really, if the aromatics of this wine don't put a smile on your face, I don't know what will. The color is a translucent rhubarb hue. On the palate, there is vibrant acidity and only a minuscule tannic touch. The fruit on the tongue has more of an edge than it does on the nose, with tangy red cherry and crisp red apple. Edgy but deliciously fresh. David Hatzopoulos

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Chiesa, Carlo 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo

Azienda Agricola Carlo Chiesa is one of the few producers of the Roero that we trust to deliver wines with a sense of place. That said, this bottle is produced with grapes from the Langhe hills to the south. It's weighty crimson cherry in color. On the nose, wild herbs and fresh red berries pair up for an attractive bouquet. Upon opening, the palate proved tense in structure, but came around to a balanced mouthfeel of good tannin and high acid. Black cherry fruit and crushed dark stones on the tongue. A pleasant bottle to open now, a great example of what 2018 Langhe is bringing to the market Nebbiolo-wise. David Hatzopoulos 

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Clerico, Francesco 2015 Barbera d'Alba

All of Francesco Clerico’s wines (Barbera, Barolo, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo) could be used in a class as textbook examples of traditional Langhe wine. Clerico’s certified-organic vines are in Bussia di Monforte (mostly in the Colonello sub-zone of Bussia Soprana, and also in Bussia Dardi), an easy walk from his cantina in Borgata Bussia Soprana - like the wines, a hamlet that feels as though time has passed by. 2015 was a good year for Barbera in general; Clerico’s is cool, deep, and lifted, with lovely balance between bright plummy fruit and earthy, savory and forest-y notes. It makes perfect sense for Thanksgiving, as it should work well with all of the varied components of the meal, even the cranberry. Jamie Wolff

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Colombera & Garella 2016 Bramaterra

"Bramaterra 2016 is 80 % Nebbiolo, 10 % Vespolina, 10 % Croatina, the vineyard is located in Masserano on a volcanic brown soil. Fermentation was in concrete with 38 days of maceration for the Nebbiolo grapes. After we blend the 3 varietes and we wait the spring for the natural malolactic. The wine aged for 2 years in a botte 6000 L." Wine info sent directly from Giacomo Colombera

The Colombera & Garella 2016 'Cascina Cottignano' Bramaterra has a color of dark cherry. The nose has expressive, plump red fruits, like cherry and raspberry, along with a hint of flowery perfume. These aromas float above a distinctly savory character, which I found to be reminscent of fresh, dark-green seagrass - salty and rich, not bitter or vegetal. On the palate, the wine shows a medley of black and red berries, before a long, herbaceous finish. It has a ripe mouthfeel with lovely, tempered acidity, flashy stoniness, and a broad blanket of medium-level tannin. David Hatzopoulos

**Wine Arrives 10/20**

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Conterno, Giacomo 1937 Barolo Riserva (vintage handwritten)

The former owner of the Giacomo Conterno bottles in this offer writes: “As you know, Aldo and Giovanni Conterno divided property in the early 1980s after the death of their father. They also divided the bottles which at that time were still in the cellar, many dating back decades. Among them the 1927 and 1937 – all still without labels. Both Aldo and Giovanni Conterno used their 1960s / early 70s labels when the sold the old bottles. However for the vintage indication they had to improvise something, and they wrote the vintage by hand. Apparently Aldo Conterno also sold his part of the old vntages (I have never seen any so far) and he used his own labels from the 60s.”

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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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Principiano, Ferdinando 2018 Dosset (Dolcetto)

Cowabunga! A Piemontese wine at only 10.5% ABV. And no added sulfur! I would say that's unheard of, yet here it is. Principiano's incredibly charming and utterly delicious Dosset (the name for Dolcetto in the regional dialect) is a beauty: light, fruit-forward and energetic on the palate, with soft tannins and lively acidity. The Dosset shows vibrant fruit notes of cherry, forest berries, red current and red plum, with beautiful floral tones of rose and violet. Very light when first opened, with some air it fleshes out a bit, and a purple plummy note creeps in, along with a hint of spice. Great with a slight chill. Oskar Kostecki

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1979 Barbaresco

I couldn't help but make the comparison initially to older Chianti, with flavors of dried red cherry and dried herbs. As the evening progressed, the wine became richer and weightier with darker fruit notes of black raspberry and brandied cherry with intensity similar to the blockbuster normale bottlings of 1971 and 1978. (1/17/17). Jonas Mendoza

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Rinaldi, Francesco 1982 Barolo Cannubio

Tasted 4-5 times in the last year, this is still young, but beginning to show some lovely old-wine truffley/forest notes, along with more delicate rose and strawberry aromas. There's plenty of material balancing ripe tannin, and a long long finish. I love this wine, and I think it's a steal for this level of quality. JW

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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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Italy Tuscany

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Il Colle 2014 Brunello di Montalcino

Exceptionally clean Sangiovese from Brunello. Vines are tended under organic measures, wine is fermented with native yeasts, and there is no barrique used in the cellar, only large barrels of Slovenian oak. On the nose, the wine shows deep aromas of violets, red cherry, strawberries, and just a touch of fresh earth. The palate conveys a more rustic expression than the nose, with tar, mint, white pepper, and red plum. High acid, with tannins that are felt more on the gums than on the tongue. Elegant and interesting in the same glass. Highly recommend this bottle. David Hatzopoulos

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Lecci e Brocchi 2019 Toscano IGT Il Meticcio Rosato

Was $19.99) According to the producer, this wine is dedicated to animals known as "meticcio," or "mixed breed" in English. The estate has a beloved horse named Tiberio that is a meticcio. However, most animals with this heritage are less fortunate, and often abandoned, so this rosato is made in their honor. The wine is also a meticcio, coming from Sangiovese, Malvasia Nera, Alicante, Foglia Tonda, Colorino, and Canaiolo Nera. In the glass, the wine is a pale shade of rose gold. The nose has a soft scent of candied cherry, freshly blossomed white and pink flowers, and crushed white stone. A subtle but very elegant nose. The palate is more assertive, with tart red cherry and lemon zest. The mouthfeel is broad, with a touch of richness that lasts just a hint longer than the length of a sip. Very refreshing. David Hatzopoulos

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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 IGT Colli della Toscana Centrale

IGT? Chianti Classico? This wine didn’t pass the tasting test held by the local panel which is charged with ensuring standards of quality and typicity. This is something that we’ve seen before in many places in Italy (and even more in France): a wine which, in our view, is of the highest quality and typicity, is rejected by a panel that doesn’t know its ass from its elbow. This frequently occurs for reasons of local commercial politics, and also because these panels are usually dominated by the largest producers, who tend to apply standards rooted in highly processed, technical wines that are as much the result of marketing as of farming. In Chianti Classico, for example, the governing bodies have moved away from accepting lighter, old-school wines in favor of concentration, power, and bizarrely viewing dark colored wines as demonstrating quality.

Michael Schmelzer, winemaker at Monte Bernardi, explained what happened in the following note he sent to his customers:“For the vintage 2016 only, the wine that has always been and was to be our Monte Bernardi Riserva Chianti Classico, from the 50 year old plus vineyards and classic Galestro soils, will be declassified and labelled as Monte Bernardi Colli della Toscana Centrale Rosso IGT.This is a result of subjective conflicting opinions of style and what constitutes a Chianti Classico Riserva. The wine passed all of the analytical tests for a Chianti Classico Riserva, but it did not past the tasting panel portion. It was deemed too light in color and structure. We are of course disappointed that these subjective elements have led to declassification, especially when our opinion is that the 2016 couldn’t be more wonderful and true to our Classico style, which is, by nature, not intensely colored yet entirely natural in it’s Sangiovese hues and elegant in structure.”

With or without this information, the IGT is a gorgeous wine – in my opinion, offering everything one could want in a gorgeous Chianti Classico. It’s very aromatic: flowers, bramble, slate, black plum and currant. The fruit on the palate is bright and fresh – the wine is just delicious, medium-bodied but very lifted, and ripe without a hint of anything syrupy. It’s very long, and really blossoms in time for a second pour. Tasted (for the 3rd time in the last 12 months) on a hot and sticky July night, it was super-drinkable just a little chilled. Whatever the local pundits might have thought, this is a beautiful Chianti. Jamie Wolff

Now that’s more like it! The controversial 2016 Monte Bernardi Colle Della Toscana Centrale IGT (really a magnificent Chianti Classico Riserva, rejected by the consorzio for being too f***ing cool, too delicious and also apparently not purple enough). Friends, this is the real g**damn deal! Morello cherry, sous-bois, saddle leather and a little ‘Live Rust’ on the nose. The palate is concentrated, but lively and deeply, mineral. Lots of salt and sapidity and 100,000 watt Marshall stack electricity. More Crazy Horse than Sabbath, but plenty of mineral crunch to go with that sturm und drang. Michael Schmelzer is making terrific wines—that’s what he does—and the 2016 IGT is sensational, embodying all that high altitude Panzano brio and the deep-rootedness that his organic viticulture affords. Strong &^)!ng re-buy, probably by the case. It was fantastic with wild boar sausage, duck fat potatoes with garlic and herbs, and chard. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $26.99

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

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $26.99

Sanguineto 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Sanguineto I & II

In the glass, the Sanguineto 2017 Vino Nobile is a dark cherry color. The nose is pronounced, full of plums, warm shrubby herbs, dense dark flowers, with a hint of sweet spice and cinnamon. The plummy fruit is very present on the palate as well, along with crushed black stones, and a touch of bitter herbs. The structure has a great edge of acidity, freshening the mouthfeel of rich, medium tannin. A great bottle - we at the store can't stop talking about it. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $42.99

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

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $17.99

  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $10.99

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

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Colombaia di Santa Chiara 2019 Vernaccia di San Gimignano Selva Bianca

Vernaccia di San Gimignano is not a very aromatic grape, but the Selva Bianca has very appealing notes of lime and chalk, and fresh green herbs like tarragon – a nice combo of delicate fruit and savory aromas. These follow on the palate with quite intense savory salinity; the wine is very clean and bright and fresh. If anything it was better – more complex, for one thing - on subsequent days, and it went beautifully with a range of vegetable-based dishes, including an attempt at Gigino Trattoria’s unique and delcious “Padrino” – spaghetti with beets, capers, and colatura. Jamie Wolff

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Fongoli 2019 Umbria Bianco Biancofongoli

The clear bottle reveals the wine's color - a roasted yellow, like over steeped chamomile tea. From the glass, the wine smells like a mix of green and black teas with sliced pear and chopped raw almonds. Served at a picnic with salami, mortadella, cheeses and cut vegetables, the wine's flavors of crushed quince and apple, with hints of sherry and green herbs, hit the mark. Easy drinking but still really interesting. Delicious, most importantly. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $79.99

Giol 2018 Prosecco Sur Lie (organic, no so2)

Another rare wine in the world of Prosecco – a true natural wine, certified organic, made without sulphur, refermented in bottle and aged on the lees. What you get is Prosecco with real character and rich flavor. It’s aromatically bright with lemon notes, and in the mouth is bone dry with refreshing green apple, savory and stony, and great with food with its charming very slightly bitter and fresh finish. A wine that way out-performs at the price. Jamie Wolff

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 37 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $27.99

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
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 8 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

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

Montoni 2019 Sicilia IGT Grillo

From the eastern facing, sandy slopes of the Grillo della Timpa Sicilia DOC, Fuedo Montoni delivers a refreshing but complex wine. 30 year old vines, planted at 700 meters above sea level, and handled under certified organic methods. Fermentation happens in cement, and for a portion of that time, the juice is in contact with the grape skins. The wine then ages in cement, in contact with the lees, for 6 months. The result is a complex, but utterly fresh glass of white. The color is clean lemon. The nose offers aromas of golden apple, pear, apricot and white flowers. Flavors are of dried lemon, green herbs, lime zest, salt and white pepper. The skin maceration definitely gives the wine a touch of tannic stability, like banisters to the wine's highly angled, persistent acidity. Really enjoyable wine that wakes up the palate. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 22 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 13 in stock
  • $11.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $67.99

Picariello 2018 Fiano d'Irpinia

The 2018 Fiano Irpinia is declassified Fiano Avellino, from the estate's organically farmed younger vines. The soil composed of volcanic clay, loam, and silt. Fruit is picked by hand in late October. Low temperature natural fermentation is done in stainless, and aging for 6 months follows, also in stainless steel. No fining, no filtering, and aged in bottle 3 more months before release. The wine is a clear lemon in color. On the nose, the wine offers lemon and lime zest, with a soft aroma of beeswax and fresh green grass. As it warms, there are deeper smells of muddled white flowers, green tea, and salt. The palate is delicious, with tangy yellow orchard fruits like pear and apple, dried apricot and bitter herbs. So alive, with balanced acidity and a great, lapping mouthfeel, which any drinker will catch themselves swishing. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Picariello 2019 Greco di Tufo

The 2019 Greco di Tufo is produced from 100% organically farmed Greco, vines planted in the 90s. Volcanic soils of clay, limestone and sandstone. Harvest takes place by hand in late October. Low temperature natural fermentation in stainless, before 8 additional months aging in stainless, on the lees. Bottle aging for an additional 3 months before release. No fining, no filtration. The wine is only slightly darker in the glass than the Fiano Irpinia is, but expression-wise it is much more savory. The wine displays aromas of newly peeled yellow and orange citrus skins, with accents of clove, white pepper, smoke and salt. On the palate, there are flavors of tangerine, garden herbs, and dried papaya. In my mind, this is the perfect cold weather white. A little spicy, with a little warmth in fruit, but bright with medium acidity and engaging with a whisper of tannin. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 62 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $38.99

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
  • 22 in stock
  • $27.99

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

  • white sparkling
  • 46 in stock
  • no discount
  • $11.99

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
  • 25 in stock
  • $16.99

Vino di Anna 2019 Vino da Tavola Bianco Palmento (Etna)

A field blend of hand harvested grapes, grown organically on the north side of Mount Etna. A portion of the grapes were macerated on the skins, while the rest were pressed and put into stainless steel tanks. Anna Martens and Eric Narioo began making wine together more than a decade ago, and now own vines that range between 60 and 100 years of age. Always full of character.

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $26.99

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
  • 19 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
  • 6 in stock
  • $14.99

Loire

  • white
  • 1 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
  • 12 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2018 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

The Baudry "Cuvee Domaine" is near and dear to my heart, and not just because of the modest price. 75% of the blend is from a parcel in Saint-Louans, a spot where the thin clay/limestone soils give earthy well-structured wines, and which has been the source of some of my favorite Chinons, such as the legendary Clos du Parc de Saint-Louans of Louis Farou. 25%  of the blend is from gravel soils near Cravant, giving supple fruit and freshness. This is a great combination, making the wine enjoyable to drink young but with the structure and minerality of the more "serious" terroir. The 2017, for example is delicious to drink now, the 2010 is really singing and the 1989... if you can find one, let me know. The 2018 Domaine is a bit unusual in that the fermentation finished with 1.7 gr/liter of residual sugar, still a dry wine but forcing them to filter, which the Baudrys never do. At any rate, the wine is sensational - floral and elegant with aromas of black raspberry liqueur; the palate shows high-toned ripe black fruits, with violet and stone and a very long ripe finish. Enjoy in its exuberant youth or hold for ten years and more as the terroir shines through.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • 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
  • 4 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Bejon 2018 Vin de France Saint Germain

Technically falling within the greater Chinon appellation, this is old vines Cabernet Franc from limestone terroir. Blackberry and blackcurrant notes, deep ripeness and a lovely vibrancy from natural vinification. The 2018 Saint Germain is a bit more concentrated than previous vintages, and possibly our favorite yet. There's a combination of rich, dark purple fruit and an uplifting freshness. A great fall red, perfectly medium bodied.   -Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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
  • 24 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonhomme, Pierre-Olivier 2019 Vin de France Vercheny

Pierre-Olivier Bonhomme currently works about ten hectares and  sources some fruit from trusted friends, also working organically. This vintage of the Vercheny (an anagram of Cheverny) is 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Gamay. Grapes are hand-harvested, whole cluster fermentation occurs in vat, and the wine ages for at least six months in used 500L barrels. A spectrum of bright black and red fruits present on the nose, with fresh red cherries slowly evolving into cherry candy syrup as your nose lingers in the glass.  The wine is bright with acidity with nice density and a touch of structure framing juicy red raspberries, strawberies, cherries and tangy red apple skin on the lingering finish. Just delicious!

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $26.99

  • 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
  • 1 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Brégeon, Michel 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

Fred Lallier is now in charge at Domaine Bregeon and is doing great work at this important estate - one of the leaders in the return to quality in Muscadet. Certified organic, the 2018 Muscadet is from average 40 year-old vines in Gabbro terroirs in and around Gorges - it shows distinctive aromas associated with this terroir - pear, stone, petrol, anise and mushroom, with lovely white fruits in this ripe vintage with hints of lemon confit and wet stone. The palate is round and ripe, framed in firm acidity and mineral flavors, with stone fruits, earth, almond, anise and citrus that continue in the long finish. This is a lovely Muscadet in a riper style that is quite delicious now and should open up nicely over the next five years. Please decant or open an hour in advance.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Bretêche

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
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Grand Mont

 "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. They started to produce it in 2009, and they consider it their grande cuvée. The wine ages in a one-year-old barrel and several older barrels for 7 months, bottled unfined unfiltered. 2014 Loire reds are superb - it was not an easy vintage for the winemakers, but the results were often fabulous, especially at Chevalerie, with a perfect balance of ripe black and red fruits with firm earthy acidity. The 2014 "Grand Mont" shows a very dark black/purple color with elegant aromas of black raspberry and blackberry with violet, earth, dark chocolate, citrus and game.  The palate shows silky tannins and complex red and black fruits - beautifully balanced with bright acidity and mineral flavours. This is really elegant and Burgundian, very long and built to last, really a perfect Bourgueil that will become a profound mature wine in ten to fifteen years - then drink until 2045 and beyond. Open the day before if drinking now, paired with a confit rabbit with cardamon & juniper served with roasted celeriac, or a coq-au-vin. 100% Cabernet Franc. David Lillie / Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Les Galichets

Domaine de la Chevalerie's "Les Galichets" vineyard is on the lower part of the Turonian 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. 2014 Galichets is an archetypal Bourgueil to enjoy now!  This wine is a fabulous mix of fruit and minerals, perfectly balanced and with terrific length: dense black/red color, with aromas that blend soil, stone and blackberry fruit with hints of cocoa and violet. The palate is dense and supple and round without any heaviness - a blend of stone  and ripe red and black fruits, continuing in the long, graceful mineral finish. This is a beautiful Bourgueil that can be enjoyed now with roast chicken, pork dishes, even a steak - or hold for ten to fifteen years for a mature experience. It's a fabulous value  - congratulations to the Caslots! 100% Cabernet Franc. David Lillie / Pascaline Lepeltier

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Grand Mont

"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
  • 4 in stock
  • $56.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chevalerie 2015 Bourgueil Peu Muleau

Peu Muleau is located on the upper part of the hill in Bourgueil, just below the forest, on Cenozoic eolian sands with iron, clay and altered limestone tuffeau. The vines are around 35 years old, and farmed biodynamically. The maceration lasts less than 20 days. Aging is done in a mix of tank and large used barrels with less and less oak. This is the earliest drinking single-vineyard cuvée, always on the raspberry and wild violet with very supple tannins, but you can keep it up to 5 years without a problem. Peu Muleau is always more linear than Les Galichets - it does not have the same clay-gravel flesh, dancing on its feet with great elegance. The 2015 shows a bright red color and aromas that are more earth than fruit with subtle raspberry, strawberry, citrus and spice. The palate is a lovely blend of earth and red fruits,fairly tight but quite elegant with firm acidity and mineral flavors blending with raspberry and violet in the finish. Warning - not a fruit bomb and best suited to those who like some rocks in their wine. Best to decant or cellar 3 - 5 years.  David Lillie  (Travelogue - On one of our early visits to the Loire, we were driving through the Coteaux du Loir, then headed south over the hills to descend into Bourgueil. This is the site of "Peu Muleau," as you come over the top of the hills, through the forest, with suddenly the Loire Valley revealed below, with the fabulous light, and the vineyards sloping gradually down to the river. ..)

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $499.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $19.99

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

Domaine de Reuilly 2019 Reuilly Les Pièrres Plates

The delicious "Pierres Plates" from the Domaine de Reuilly is from great terroir of clay with fossiles and ancient shells over Kimmeridgian limestone. The south-facing slopes of the three hectare parcel bring good ripeness to the Sauvignon Blanc grapes, with a beautiful minerality and firm acidity. Tasted with winemaker Denis Jamain in January 2020, the 2019 "Pierres Plates" showed beautifully ripe aromas of lime-flower, fig and pear with hints of grapefruit and mandarin. The palate is ripe and round but with firm acidity and unique mineral flavors from the calcerous soil, with lovely white fruit flavors that linger in the long, bright finish. Enjoy this wine as an aperitif or with oysters, a wide variety of fish preparations, white meats and goat cheeses.

  • white
  • 51 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Domaine du Fresche 2019 Cabernet D'Anjou Cabernet Franc Rosé

(Was $15.99) Cabernet d'Anjou is an appellation wine from Anjou in the Loire Valley, always a rosé made from Cabernet Franc and at times with Cabernet Sauvignon as well, and usually made in a off-dry style. Though we know that off-dry or demi-sec rosés aren't exactly "in," this wine is so delicious we're going to drink it anyhow! Serve with grilled foods, Asian foods, mild cheeses or sip by itself as a yummy aperitif. Mostly Cabernet Franc, it's bursting with lovely red-currant and berry fruit with just enough sweetness to make it go down oh so easy. 

  • rosé off-dry
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $11.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $36.99

Fresche (Domaine du) 2019 Anjou Chenin

Alain and Christine Boré produce delicious organic wines on their estate in Anjou that are sensational values for everyday enjoyment. Their Anjou Blanc (100% Chenin Blanc) is superb, with lovely aromas of pear and apple, fresh herbs, lime-flower and honey. Not quite as sharp or acid driven as the previous vintage, it is still a simply delicious dry Chenin that will accompany seafood, grilled or in sauce, chicken, goat cheeses, etc. 

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Fresche (Domaine du) 2019 Cremant de Loire (Chenin/Chardonnay/Pinot Noir)

A ridiculous value from Domaine du Fresche in Anjou, this is a savory and refreshing Cremant de Loire that is sure to please. Fine mousse, subtle yeasty/brioche notes and perfect acidity. Though delicious on its own, our most recent tasting clearly revealed that this would be a great food wine as well.  -EL

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Girard 2019 Sancerre La Garenne

Upon visiting Fernand Girard with Joe Dressner back in the early 90s we were happy to find someone who harvested by hand and fermented with wild yeasts - a rarity in Sancerre at the time and still sadly in the minority today. Almost 30 years later we are still happy to feature the Sancerre produced by Fernand and Alain Girard, coming from their 14 hectares around Chaddoux on gravel, flint and  stony clay over limestone soils.  This is a classic Sancerre in a more mineral style that will accompany a wide variety of seafoods, chicken dishes and white meats, and it's a good value as well.

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $25.99

Grandes Vignes 2016 Anjou Varenne de Combre

A lovely Chenin Blanc from the certified Biodynamic and organic estate of Domaine Les Grandes VIgnes in Anjou. As with all of their dry wines, the Varenne du Combre is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without the adition of sulfites.

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grandes Vignes 2014 Bonnezeaux Le Malabé

If you love a sweet Chenin (and you really should give it a try if you haven't yet) then this is definitely for you! Bonnezeaux is one of the few sweet Chenin Blanc appellations for the Loire valley so it is a rare treat. The vineyards from Domaine Les Grandes Vignes are all certified organic and biodynamic as the health of their soil and team are extremely important to them, despite being one of the larger estates (around 50 hectares) in the region. You could drink this now, but you might miss out on an incredible evolution if you keep it in the cellar for awhile.

  • white sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Grange aux Belles 2019 Vin de France "53" Cabernet Franc

From old vines of Cabernet Franc on schist, most planted in 1953, de-stemmed, short fermentation with no extraction, bottled with minimal or zero SO2. The 2018 "53" shows a bright, deep red/purple color with lovely, very pure high-toned aromas of cassis and black raspberry with rose and a hint of spice, really lush and pretty though a bit volatile. The palate is supple, round and ripe with dense, earthy cassis and berry fruit and stone flavors backed by firm acidity. This needs aeration or a few years in the cellar, and there is nice freshness to the wine - the dark fruit will pair well with grilled meats and charcuterie. Serve cool.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

From 15 to 40 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils in Bourgueil, in organic agriculture since 1965. This is always one of the best values in the store and the 2018 happily rivals the 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015 vintages for absolute awesomeness, even at the Trump Tariff price of $15.49! Beautiful red/black color. Lovely deep pure red currant and blackberry aromas with violets, pepper, earth, bitter chocolate, licorice and leafy notes. The palate is round and supple with deep berry fruits framed in firm chalky acids, earth flavors, cocoa and saline minerals. Terrific length - this is just a superb young Bourgueil! At 13% alcohol it's beautifully structured and delicious to drink now, and will be even better in 5 to 10 years. Thanks to the Guion family for two generations of organic farming and great wines at modest prices! Serve cool with chicken, pork, charcuterie and full-flavored fish dishes as well...

  • red
  • 35 in stock
  • $15.49

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2018 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

2018 brings us another great Cuvée Prestige from Stéphane Guion in Bourgueil, whose domaine has been certified organic since the 1960s. From vines averaging 45 years old on thin topsoils of sandy clay over limestone (tuffau jaune) in Benais, a terroir that produces some of the most elegant and age-worthy Bourgueils. 2018 is a great vintage for Loire reds, despite the very warm and humid spring that brought attacks of mildew. The summer was perfect, warm and dry, without spikes of heat, and the soils retained enough moisture to bring freshness to the very ripe grapes. Tasted with Stéphane in February 2020, the 2018 Prestige showed elegant intensely perfumed aromas of red and black fruit liqueurs. The palate was complex and earthy, very calcaire, dense but not heavy with beautifully supple ripe red and black fruits, with a long finish of saline and mineral flavors quite present below the sappy fruit. We look forward to a more thorough tasting after the wine rests from its voyage, but it's quite clear that this will be delicious to drink as a young wine, and - although it may seem crazy to cellar a $17 wine for 20 to 30 years - those that do will be rewarded with a unique expression of this great terroir. I'm hoping to live to be 100 to have that experience myself!  David Lillie  (Some in stock, more arrives 6/30)

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white off-dry
  • 5 in stock
  • $47.99

Landron, Jo NV Vin Mousseux de Qualité Brut Atmosphères

Jo Landron's vivacious "Atmospheres" is made with roughly equal amounts of organic Folle Blanche, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, hand harvested and fermented with wild yeasts. It's a Methode Traditionelle (Champagne method) that's very dry and refreshing, with lively aromas of pear, citrus and red currant. The palate is vibrant and fresh with flavors of pear, quince, citrus and brioche. It's a delicious aperitif  and will pair well with oysters, salmon, crudites and charcuterie and it's great for a crowd on New Year's Eve!

  • white sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Les Capriades 2019 VdF Méthode Ancestrale Pet'Sec

The lovely 2019 Les Capriades "Pet' Sec" is made from 30 to 70 year-old vines of Chardonnay, Menu Pineau and Sauvignon Blanc grown in the home vineyard in Faverolles-en-Berry and in the Cher Valley. This is just delicious with the perfect balance, silky palate and fine mousse of all the Capriades wines showing floral pear, quince and green apple - it's easy drinking and refreshing, a perfect aperitif anytime of the year or serve with oysters, charcuterie and mild cheeses.

  • white sparkling
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Luneau-Papin 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine "L" d'Or Granit Vallet

2019 is a  great vintage for the Luneau-Papin "L" d'Or in a ripe, dense style that makes it a superb Muscadet for current drinking and medium-term aging as well.  The wine shows a fairly ripe gold color and complex aromas including pear, almond, stone, citrus and exotic fruit with anise and herbs. The palate is dense and long with ripe yellow and white fruits, almond and marzipan, really delicious, with the wine's unique granitic acidity hidden below the creamy, sapid fruit. The wine remains a good candidate for aging -  it's Luneau-Papin's only cuvee on a granite subsoil (granit a deux micas in Vallet) having a different character than the granite soils in Clisson or Chateau Thebaud. The vines are approximately 50 years old and and are farmed with organic and biodynamic methods. Vintages going back to 1989 of the L  d'Or are superb now, but this  very young 2019 would be perfect today with full-flavored fish dishes such as halibut and monkfish or with lobster and even white meats in sauce. David Lillie     

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Mortier 2018 Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Graviers

A lovely Saint-Nicolas de Bourgueil from an estate doing fabulous organic vineyard work and natural low or no-sulfur vinifications; 40 year-old massale-selection vines in a parcel of gravel/clay soils, aged in cement vat and in old barrels. This is a lovely version of the Mortier "les Graviers" showing pretty, ripe blackberry and red currant aromas, with plum, violet and citrus. The palate is round and supple but with bright acidity, showing lush berry fruits that continue in the long finish with earth and citrus. Delicious now, served cool, with chicken, rabbit and pork dishes, charcuterie and mild cheeses. Age for five to eight years for a more earthy and complex experience. DL

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Noella Morantin 2019 Touraine Gamay "La Boudinerie"

This is a beautiful Gamay from the talented Noella Morantin, who acquired part of the Clos Roche Blanche vineyard and other parcels above the Cher River in Pouillé, Touraine. The 2019 Boudinerie is vinified in carbonic maceration, and shows lovely aromas of morello cherry, black raspberry and violet, quite ripe and pretty. The palate is lush, lively and bright, with nice density and length showing ripe, sappy red fruits, earth and mineral flavors that continue in the refreshing finish. This is a very pretty and versatile wine that will accompany charcuterie, chicken and pork dishes and mild cheeses. Serve cool and enjoy!

  • red
  • 26 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pabiot, Jonathan 2018 Pouilly-Fumé Florilege

One of the very few domaines in Pouilly-Fumé to be certified organic, Jonathan Pabiot is making lovely, balanced wines with subtle fruit, firm acidity and good minerality in the finish. The 2018 is a blend of all three terroirs found at the estate: Kimmeridgian marl, chalky Portlandian, and clay-silex on flint. The vines average 30 years of age, and are planted very densely at 10,000 vines per hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented with indigenous yeasts and minimal SO2 is used. This is a beautiful Pouilly-Fume showing a very pale gold color and subtle aromas of lime-flower, lemon zest, white peach and pear, wet stone and a hint of exotic fruits. The palate shows ripe stone fruits - pear/peach/apricot - with a nice core of minerals. The finish brings firm acidity and strong mineral flavors under ripe stone fruits, and has nice purity partially due to the minimal dose of SO2. A lovely wine that will pair with a full-flavored fish dish, chicken in sauce, vegetable soups and goat cheeses, and it's a beautiful aperitif as well.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

  "The 2019 "La Pépie" comes mainly from the central 10-hectare vineyard of the estate on sandy "Granite de Château Thébaud" soils, with a small amount of purchased fruit from neighbors on granit and gneiss.  Harvesting is by hand, as for all of the estate vines. The fruit is direct-pressed and the juice settled naturally for 12 hours. It is then fermented in stainless steel tanks with natural yeasts; the wine is aged on its lees in large, underground vats until bottling without fining or filtering. Use of sulfur is moderate to very little. For the Sur Lie bottling, Pépière bottles and releases it in several stages, so the first tranche sees about 4 months on the lees before release, increasing up to 6-8 months for the last tranche." (David Bowler Wines) The 2019 "La Pépie" shows a very pale gold color and ripe floral aromas of dried pear, quince, fines herbes, grapefruit and stone. The palate is round  and refreshing, with a bit more depth than usual, with wet stone, pear, tart citrus, almond and mineral flavors. The finish is long and clean with citrus, a hint of anise and saline minerals. This is a bright and refreshing Muscadet, with a bit more weight and density due to the warm, dry conditions in 2019, that will be perfect with oysters, grilled fish, roast chicken, Asian foods and mild goat cheeses. Thanks to Marc, Gwénaëlle and Rémi for another delicious "Pépie!"

  • white
  • 83 in stock
  • $17.99

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Gorges 1.5 L

We're ecstatic to have this superb new Muscadet from Pépière. The product of an exchange of juice with Fred Lailler at Domaine Bregeon (pressed at Bregeon), the wine undergoes a slow fermentation and is then aged 42 months on the lees. Marc Ollivier considers this his favorite of his bottlings right now, along with the Château-Thébaud. From Bregeon's vines on Gabbro with clay topsoil (in conversion to organic) the 2015 Gorges is a complex, dense and beautifully structured wine, with unique aromas showing almond, smoke and petrol notes in addition to stone, pear, quince and mushroom. The palate is dense and intensely mineral with ripe pear and quince, earth, almond, anise and citrus notes, with stone, lemon peel and white fruits lingering in the very long finish. Although vibrant and delicious now, we would recommend waiting for eight to ten years before opening for peak enjoyment. Highly recommended! (July 2019)  David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson

The 2017 "Clisson" reminds us of the superb 2014 - subtle, fine and elegant, and at the same time dense and powerful, yet with only 12.5 % alcohol. The wine shows a very pale bronze color lovely aromas of lemon zest, fresh herbs, stone, almond and dried pear and apple, very elegant, with hints of pineapple, anise and brown spice. The palate shows nice ripeness, density and weight but remains delicate and fresh with pear, citrus zest and intense mineral flavors with a finish that is very long and lemony and slightly astringent with food-friendly minerality. The 2017 Clisson is a delightful wine - serve as often as possible with oysters, little-necks, grilled seafood and roast chicken. Put some in the cellar to enjoy over its  20+ year evolution while enjoying with fish in sauce and shellfish. Th