Alsace

Barth 2017 Alsace Riesling Granite

Laurent Barth works with 4.5 hectares of vines based outside of Colmar where there is the highest concentration of Grand Cru vineyards in Alsace. Though this bottling is simply labeled Alsace, the fruit is actually from the steep, terraced slopes of the Grand Cru Schlossberg. The granite soils here show prominently in this Riesling, as the name suggests! Laurent farms using only organic compounds and employs biodynamic practices, and is extremely judicious with sulfur additions creating wines that are delicate and precise.

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Barth, Laurent 2012 Alsace Grand Cru Marckrain 500ml

Beautifully balanced off-dry Gewurztraminer from the Grand Cru Marckrain!

  • white off-dry
  • 20 in stock
  • no discount
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $30.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $31.99

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

Frick 2017 Alsace Pur Vin Sylvaner Bergweingarten No SO2

Tasting with Pierre Frick is always a fun experience, especially when he pulls bottles from under the table with a mischievous smile. The last time he did this, he made me taste two wines and then guess about them. I can't remember what I thought, but the two wines were in fact from the same vintage, same vineyard site, and same grapes, in fact, with the sole difference being the lack of filtration or added sulfites on one, and the use of filtration and a small dose of SO2 for the other. Here is one of the two, the "Pur Vin" Sylvaner Bergweingarten. Aged on the lees for 7 months, and bottled from the middle of the tank without filtration or added sulfites. Aromas of yellow fruits, flowery hay, white pepper and wet limestone.

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2018 Alsace Sylvaner Maceration SS

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

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2018 Gewurztraminer Maceration

The 2018 Frick Gewurstraminer Macération is from two parcels: Terroir Krottenfues, soil marno-gréseux, high on a slope above grand Cru Vorbourg, and from a limestone terroir below Grand Cru Steinert, facing due east. There was a ten-day whole-cluster maceration before pressing, the wine matured on its lees for six months in hundred year-old foudres and was bottled at the end of March 2019 with zero added SO2. The wine shows a bright and luminous orange tinted color and complex aromas or rose, cinnamon, cardamon, white pepper and orange zest. The wine is dry, ample and rich with discreet tannins and flavors of white fruits, citrus, rosewater, ginger, pepper, with a long spicy finish. Serve this dry Gewurztraminer as an aperitif or with Asian and spicy dishes of fish, vegetables or white meats.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $32.99

Kumpf et Meyer 2018 Alsace Restons Nature Pet-Nat

 Julien Albertus makes this wine from direct press Pinot Auxerrois, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris. The latest iteration has a subtle peachy hue, with a bit of Blanc de Noirs-type richness on the palate. Should pair brilliantly with food, but has enough body and texture to satisfy on its own too. Good acidity, but definitely a real wine with finesse and balance.  -Eben

  • white sparkling
  • 20 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $33.99

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $30.99

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $29.99

Australia

Basket Range 2017 Adelaide Hills Red Blend

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

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jauma 2018 McLaren Vale Like Raindrops Grenache

This is an excellent example of the new wave of Australian wine; restrained, low-intervention, and terroir-driven. ‘Like Raindrops’ is 100% ~40 year-old vine Grenache from three sites in Maclaren Vale and Clarendon. The soils here are clay and ironstone and Grenache is the perfect medium to carry those through on the nose and giving the palate a powdery texture. The grapes are fermented whole cluster which imparts a woodsy, forest-floor note, and bottled as is with just a touch of CO2 for preservation. Medium bodied and juicy, this will be a great pairing for leaner pork dishes or a spicy, simmered curry! Michelle DeWyngaert 

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Austria

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $29.99

Barbara Öhlzelt 2019 Österreich Grüner Leader (1 Liter)

Based in the town of Zöbing, Barbara Öhlzelt farms six hectares of vines. Her Grüner Leader is always a go-to bottle for gatherings. The 2019 is very fresh and fun; juicy ripe peach and apples, balanced by green pineapple acidity. Enjoy with salty snacks, salads, light pastas, fresh cheeses! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Joiseph 2017 Gemischter Satz Mischkultur

'Joiseph' is the project of three friends (Richard Artner, Xandl Kagl and Luka Krawmann), started in 2015 in the town of Jois, north of the Neusidlersee in Burgenland. They've slowly been acquiring great parcels (now with close to six hectares in total), farming organically with some biodynamic leanings. We were drawn to their 'Mischkultur': a mix of Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling, Neuburger, Muskateller, and Traminer from two separate parcels, with vines ranging from 10 to nearly 100 years in age, on limestone and slate soils. Not sure what the skin contact time is on this, but the wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with very low levels of sulfur added. White cherries and almond cream on the nose, the medium-bodied palate has a beautiful play between texture and juicy pineapple with a more bitter almond note over apple tart tatin, and white flowers. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $41.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $41.99

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $33.99

  • rosé
  • 60 in stock
  • $15.99

Knoll 2001 Wachau Gruner Veltliner Smarag Ried Loibenberg

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

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $39.99

Pittnauer 2018 Burgenland Pitt Nat Rosé

The Pitt Nat Rose is a blend of Blaufrankisch, Merlot and Syrah made without the addition of sulfur. The wine is a beautiful pale hazy pink, and in the glass it's full of grapefruit, wildflowers, and fresh strawberry. The palate is wonderfully fresh-- a bracing acidity balanced by fresh grapefruit and melon. There is also a hint of citrus pith, which brings a pleasingly gentle bitterness to the finish. Enjoy this bottle very cold with a selection of raw bar seafood or a vinegar laced pasta salad.

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pittnauer 2018 Burgenland Pitti

The ‘Pitti’ is a blend of 50% Rotburger (formerly known as Zweigelt), 40% Blaufränkisch, and 10% Merlot coming from younger vines. Before I even poured this wine into a glass I could smell baking spice, particularly clove, jumping out of the bottle. That intensity calmed down and along with the aromatic spice the nose was full of bramble and blackberry jam. The palate is a little denser than I expected and was full of stewed plum, ripe strawberry and black currant jam. Serve this bottle with a chill next to some some bratwurst or smoked meat.  -Ian Tennant

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $15.99

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

Preisinger, Claus 2019 Burgenland Sankt Laurent Pet Nat

This is all St. Laurent, from gravel and limestone vineyards on the slopes of the Leitha mountains. A long, complex, and finessed Blanc de Noir Pet Nat.

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Quantum Winery 2011 Ein Quantum Sonntag Geschlossen Grüner Veltliner

Sonntag Geschlossen (“Closed on Sundays”) is a collaboration between Florian Schuhmann and his friend Marcus Sonntag. The story goes that Marcus had been farming his family’s two hectares of old-vine (50 y/o) Grüner Veltliner for years, converting to biodynamics in 2009. Interestingly enough, he really didn’t take to the winemaking part, so the juice was kept in old barrels in his family’s cellar being topped up and lightly sulfured for nearly seven years before Florian got around to asking after the wines. Florian offered to bottle the wines under this label, releasing each barrel separately. This first release is from a 2400L (very old) barrel, unfined and unfiltered. Slightly oxidative on the nose, with bitter herbs, salted pineapple, yellow apple core and stone on the finish—we look forward to future barrels! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $34.99

Weszeli 2019 Niederosterreich Rosé 'Eden'

A blend of mostly Zweigelt with some Cabernet Franc, from the Kamptal region in Austria. Weszeli has been farming biodynamically for close to decade and will be certified as of the 2021 vintage. The 2019 rosé is lovely, fresh and balanced. A fine candidate for drinking on its own, it has great balance and a bit of mid-palate weight that should make it a great accompaniment to summer meals, herb and tomato salads, and the like. -Eben

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $19.99

Beaujolais

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $52.99

Cambon (Chateau) 2018 Beaujolais (Chanudet/Lapierre)

Chateau Cambon began as a collaboration of  three of the best producers in Beaujolais (Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Claude Chanudet and Joseph Chamonard) is now in the hands of the Jean-Claude and Geneviève, the daugher of Joseph Chamonard. These three understood how special this 13 hectare parcel was despite not receiving designation; positioned between Morgon and Brouilly. Farmed organically/biodynamically since they purchased it, the vines are now over 50 years old. The grapes are left whole-cluster and allowed to go through carbonic maceration with native yeasts, and then rested on the lees before bottling with a very low dose of SO2.

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coquelet 2018 Morgon Cote de Py

As the step-son of Georges Descombes, Damien Coquelet certainly has had an excellent education when it comes to quality vini/viti-culture! He is now running his own operation,  farming 9 hectares in the Beaujolais region, which includes 4 hectares in the famed Morgon Cote du Py that go into this bottling. The vines are farmed organically and wines are made with no additions, save a scant amount of sulfur as necessary. The 2018 Morgon Cote de Py shows lovely aromas of raspberry, strawberry, citrus and rose, very pretty and lush. The palate shows a bit more depth and ripeness than the 2017, with sappy strawberry and black raspberry fruit  a bit of citrus and a more earthy character. The finish is refreshing, ripe and long with juicy berry fruit and firm acidity. Serve quite cool with chicken and white meats, grilled foods and charcuterie. Lovely wine. David Lillie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2018 Morgon

Georges Descombes is one of the premiere vignerons in Beaujolais. His farming is certified organic and his winemaking is very traditional; using native yeasts, semi-carbonic maceration, and very little sulfur added at bottling.The 2018 Morgon showed beautifully, tasted with Georges in early February, a bit fuller and deeper than the Regnié and Brouilly, showing ripe aromas of raspberry and strawberry  with elegant strawbery liqueur, earth and minerals on the palate with terrific length. It's a gorgeous wine that should be served slightly chilled with just about anything - enjoy over the next three to five years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 17 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bordeaux Red

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $46.99

  • Organic

Chateau Massereau 2011 Graves

Château Massereau, an estate located in Barsac, has been farming organically since its acquisition by the Chaigneau family in 2000. Made from Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot planted on alluvial soils, the wine ferments in concrete vats and is raised in new barriques for 18 months with minimal addition of sulfur when devatting.  The new oak is "white roasted", leaving no flavors of new oak on the wine. Fresher than its 2010 vintage, the wine displays a bouquet of juicy red plums, dark and red berry, and tart cassis notes with menthol, rose petals and cedar undertones. With a beautiful structure of great acidity, precise minerality and good tannins, the wine is complex and vibrant. A great wine to drink now, this wine will pair fantastically with hamburgers, brisket, beef bourguignon, lamb shanks and hard and blue cheeses.  Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Coutet 2016 Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

Château Coutet in St. Emilion is comprised of a single plot, 13 hectares large. The soil is a mix of limestone, sand, and clay, and the vineyard is planted to 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. All vineyard work is done organically. In the cellar, juice is fermented in concrete, then 85% of the resulting wine is aged in 20% new French oak barrels. The rest is aged in concrete vats.  Aging lasts 18 months before bottling.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $36.99

Cru Godard 2016 Francs - Côtes de Bordeaux

65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Malbec  are planted to the Cru Godard vineyards in the Côtes de Bordeaux region, close to Saint-Emilion.

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $189.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $3,999.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $849.99

Le Geai 2016 Bordeaux Superieur Pur Carmenere

Henri Duporge makes this unique wine from 100% Carmenere grown on his Biodynamic estate north of Pomerol. Only about 10 hectares of Carmenere still exist in Bordeaux, where it was used widely untill the phylloxera epidemic. Most closely related to Cabernet Franc,  it's fascinating to taste the grape in its pure, unblended form, especially when grown on this great terroir of sandy clay, rich in iron, over the limestone bedrock.  The 2016 shows a deep red/black color and very high-toned aromas of ripe cassis and red currant with earth, coffee and a hint of oak. The palate is bright and intense with red currant, plum and blackberry fruit, with herbal notes, not heavy, very pure and mineral and with  vibrant character to the fruit. This will benefit from five to ten years of aging, but is unique and delicious now.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $149.99

Mazeyres 2014 Pomerol Seuil de Mazeyres

 This biodynamically farmed  wine is mostly Merlot (87%) with Cabernet Franc (13%). Showing off the terroir of gravelly and sandy clay soils, the wine is luscious and fresh with an energy unique to Pomerol.  New oak is used but not in excess and sulfur is minimally added.

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $399.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $289.99

Peybonhomme 2017 Premières Côte de Blaye Cru Bourgeois

Biodynamic farming, native yeasts, wild fermentations, good value –all phrases not typically associated with Bordeaux. Yet, each year the Hubert family provides us with just that in their staple cuvee from the Côte de Blaye. The Cru Bourgeois is a blend of mostly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a bit of Malbec. Generously aromatic  owing to the rich clay soils in which it is grown, there's ripe red fruit, black currant, and spice, with supple tannins and an undercurrent of chalky minerality. This is a great addition to the dinner table alongside grilled meat or sipped on its own.

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $249.99

Respide-Medeville 2016 Graves Rouge

Comprised of 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot,hand-harvested, and fermented with native yeasts. The wine displays a dark ruby, verging on purple robe. With a bit of air this is aromatically expressive with blackberry blossom, blackcurrant, balsam, and a whisper of licorice and oak on the nose. Classically Graves in profile. More herbaceous and boasting black fruit underlain with medium tannins and bright acidity. Good tension, but less pencil lead and towering structure than nervosity and tension on a medium length palate. This is fun to drink—if young—and should shine with 3-5 years in bottle. And while this may not  have the polish and certainly the potential longevity of Domaine de Chevalier or another of the big guns of Graves or Pessac-Leognan, this has plenty of expressiveness, energy, and character to grace the table. Fabulous with pan-roasted lamb loin chops and flageolet beans and should shine with squab or steak off the grill. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Bordeaux Sweet

Chateau Guiraud 2015 Sauternes

Château Guiraud was established in the eighteenth century and gained status of Premier Grand Cru Classé around a hundred years later in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Fast-forwarding to 1996, the estate shifted their focus to more ecologically-sound farming methods: organics (certified in 2011), allowing for cover crops, encouraging biodiversity in the vineyards, and keeping a nursery to help conserve and propagate important cuttings. Soils are mostly sand and gravel with red clay and shell limestone below. Grapes are painstakingly hand-harvested, with four passes through the vineyards in 2015. Following even more sorting, fermentation is in a mix of French oak barrels, 90% of which are new. The wine then ages for at least 18 months in barrel. Average yields for 2015, according to the Château's website, were 12 hl/ha. The warmth of 2015 should make for a very concentrated and age-worthy Sauternes! Cari B

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $72.99

Bordeaux White

Champ des Treilles 2018 Sainte-Foy Bordeaux Vin Passion Blanc

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

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $44.99

Brocard, Julien 2017 Chablis 1er cru Vaudevey

Julien Brocard farms his 18 hectares biodynamically, using horsepower in the vineyards when possible. Grapes are hand-harvested and he's very hands-off in the cellar: using spontaneous native yeast fermentation, a mix of larger, wooden vats and foudre for aging, and lower levels of sulfur. Vau de Vey is a 1er Cru vineyard in a valley between the Côte de Léchet and the Vau-Ligneau. Slopes here can get very steep (too steep for horses), and there are lots of large chunks of limestone mixed within the soils. Eastern exposure and the location in the valley makes for a cooler site, fantastic for Chardonnay with a mineral finish. CB

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Biodynamic

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
  • 31 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru

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

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $264.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $125.00

Cruchandeau, Julien 2018 Bouzeron Aligoté Cuvee Massale

Julien Cruchandeau's stock is rising fast among Burgundy insiders. He has developed a reputation for thoughtful and careful work, in the vines and in the cellar, making wines that ultimately drink far above what one might expect from humble appellations. This 2018 Bouzeron is a case in point. The vines are massale selections from the vineyards of Domaine de Villaine and average more than 60 years old.  He vinifies a small percentage in barrel and leaves the rest in tank. The result is shockingly good. The nose suggests lime, with hints of fennel and wildflowers. But listing descriptors is almost beside the point here. What is really notable is the intense sense of structure and minerality - there is great density, almost a chewiness to the material and an intensely chalky finish. There is no shortage of acidity either, even in such a warm vintage. This is fabulous value and not to be missed. Sam Ehrlich

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

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

De Villaine, A.et P. 2018 Bouzeron Aligoté

From the other Co^te. The 2018 Domaine de Villaine Bouzeron has pale yellow green robe.  Lemon blossom, jonquil, rainwater, and powdered grapefruit zest on the expressive nose. The palate is racy and belies the the solar 2018 vintage, shaded more to preserved lemon, sea spray, and nervy stony sapidity, rather than overt fruit. There is a concentration that denotes ageabilty, and a persistent, mouthwatering finish that is deeply stony and satisfying. Lovely with quickly saute´ed scallops and brown butter with braised Greenmarket scallions, but with enough sap to pair nicely with roasted carrots with salsa verde. And yes, the price has crept up, but this is immensely satisfying and given the prices of middling Chablis and village wines is definitely worth a look. Excellent juice. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $129.99

Domaine Billard 2019 Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune La Justice (Chardonnay)

Domaine Billard is not a household name but that doesn't matter around here. They are working hard, farming organically, fermenting with indigenous yeasts and aging the wines using a minimum of new oak. What comes of that work are pure wines that express their place of origin. The 2019 "La Justice" comes from a single parcel tucked up behind Saint-Aubin. The soil is heavy with limestone and the temperature is generally a degree or two cooler than the grander vineyards just to the east. This is beautifully aromatic and leaning to the savory side, full of lemon peel and something like chamomile. On the palate there are more white flowers, green herbs and lemon pith and a feeling of breadth and weight up front that tightens in the finish, leaving a clear stony finish.

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Domaine de Montille 2016 Bourgogne Blanc

The domaine currently known as Domaine de Montille was established in the 1750s, with the de Montille family coming into the picture through marriage in 1863. Now the estate is headed by the current generation, siblings Alix and Étienne de Montille. The Bourgogne Blanc sees up to a year of aging in a mix of used barrel and stainless steel tank. CB

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic

Domane de l'Enclos 2016 Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy

Here's a rarity, a new organic grower in Chablis. Brothers Romain and Damien Bouchard whose father Pascal is a famed negotiant. In 2015 their father sold the winery and passed on his vines to the sons who've built a new winery and begun the process of organic certification. The wines are fermented with natural yeasts and aged in stainless steel and bottled with minimal sulfur. The 2016 Beauroy 1er cru from the left bank of the Serein river is bright, high-toned and redolent of white flowers and sea spray on the nose. The palate is fresh, vibrant and nervy with punchy flavors of lemon zest, apple peel, and chalk on a galloping finish. This has great tension between the pungent mineral notes and ripe orchard fruit with a compelling, cool savory herbal notes. The Bouchard brothers are vignerons to watch. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Dominique Cornin 2017 Macon-Chaintré Serreudières

As much as we love the whites from the tonier neighborhoods of Chablis and the Côte de Beaune, far be it for us to turn up our noses at fine wines of the Mâconnais. The Cornin 2017 Mâcon-Chaintré is a delicious bottle. Upon opening, effusive aromas of honeysuckle, lemon blossom, faint hint of bergamot and wildflower honey emerge on the nose. There’s a fine tension between ripe golden orchard fruit and stoniness on the palate with flush of citrussy brightness on the long, vibrant, lingering finish. While this is immediately appealing, there’s enough mineral detail keep one's attention and enough refreshment to send one back for another glass. Lovely! John McIlwain

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $119.99

Fichet 2017 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Referts

If you were to ask me which white wine producer in the Co^te d’Or brings me the most joy at the table, there are a few growers whose wines would come to mind, but ultimately despite my love for Germain, Leflaive, Pierre Morey, Niellon, Ramonet, Roulot, and others, I have to confess that Fichet consistently lights up my glass. The 2017 Puligny Referts 1er is no exception. Reductive and taut in opening, within a hour it offers all of the classic aromatics of Puligny: lemon blossom, honeysuckle, sweet pea (chlorophyll), sea spray, and a whisper of mint(?). The palate is similarly composed, with a perfect equipoise between savory driving minerality and an extravagant flush of yellow and white stone fruit. Expansive and exuberant? Sure! Yet containing layer after layer of nuance? Absolutely. This was magnificent with lemon scented ricotta stuffed ravioli and favas from our friends at the Simone and their Simone-A-Go-Go delivery. And shimmered with the Cooper River King Salmon, sugar snap peas, and spring onions. Take joy where you find it, friends. And do give Tina a call if you are in Manhattan. The Simone delivers on nearly as many levels as this gorgeous Referts from Monsieur Fichet.  John McIlwain

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $164.99

  • Organic

Frantz Chagnoleau 2018 Saint Veran A La Cote

The Chagnoleau wines have a real sense of class, a testament to their commitment to quality farming. "A La Côte" comes from a parcel of fifty-year old vines farmed only by horse. It is exceptionally pretty, with notes of Meyer lemon, orange blossom and a green aromatic note that reminds me of tarragon (akin to Ramonet's wines). However, what I and my colleagues liked most was the sense of completeness. Everything is in sync here - there is good acidity and great weight and intensity of flavor. The minerality is particularly compelling as well, with a pronounced sea shell character. This is very fine and worth considering for mid-term aging as well as for drinking tonight with dinner. Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic

Goisot, Guihelm & Jean-Hugues 2018 Bourgogne Aligoté

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

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

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $20.99

Guillemot-Michel 2018 Viré-Clessé Retour a la Terre

Created in 2017, this cuvee is issued from grapes in the "Champ-Rond" vineyard, vinified in amphora of 800 liters. The 65 year-old vines are grafted on "Riparia Gloire de Montpellier" an old root-stock obtained in 1880, giving very low yields with magnificent small grapes, of a deep gold color. The 2018 Retour a la Terre presents the exotic notes typical of the domaine with an extra dimension of expression due to the respiration of the amphora. The small grapes of "Champ-Rond" ripen beautifully without a high degree of alcohol -  they are picked on the last day of the harvest, and the elevage in amphora gives the wine a great purity. Tasted at the domaine in January 2020, the wine showed elegant floral, white fruit, apricot, lemon and stone aromas. The palate was round, dense and silky with fabulous length. This is a superb white Burgundy that is delicious now and will cellar beatifully for ten to fifteen years. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Guillemot-Michel 2018 Viré-Clessé Une Bulle

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

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lafouge 2016 Auxey-Duresses Les Hautés Blanc

From a north-facing parcel fairly high on the slope next to Meursault Les Vireuils. The Lafouge "Les Hautés" is a beautifully dense and well-structured Burgundy in this low-yielding vintage. The wine shows a bright gold color with aromas of spiced pear and apple, melon, honeysuckle, stone, flint and lemon zest. The palate is dense and well structured with ripe white fruits, toasted almond, citrus and flinty mineral flavors - quite ripe but with firm citrusy acids and fabulous length.  Serve now with sole meunier, turbot and cod - this will be a beautiful wine with 5 to 8 years of cellaring. David Lillie

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $1,209.99

Lequin-Colin 2014 Santenay Les Hates

White Santenay is always a rare bird and to find one with bottle age at a good price feels a bit like Christmas. The Lequin-Colin wines we have tried have been generally excellent. The farming is first class and the wines feel uniformly restrained and elegant. "Les Hates" sits at the center of the appellation and sandwiched between several excellent 1er Cru sites. This is a nice bottle that shows a touch of reduction when the cork is pulled and then broadens as it opens up, with notes of preserved lemon, sesame and cured ham. 2014 was a truly great vintage for white and red Burgundy alike, notable for a wonderful sense of balance and focus. This won't last, so grab one before these are gone.  Sam Ehrlich

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $31.99

Marcel Couturier 2017 Pouilly-Loché Le Bourg

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

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $410.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $164.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $129.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $52.99

Rateau 2017 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 2017 has a pale green gold robe. The nose offers an array of stone fruit and citrus peel aromas with a hint of mineral spice. The mid-weight, punchy palate shows a melange of stone fruit and green apple flavors with a pungent sense of minerality driving the long, concentrated finish. There's plenty going on here with ripe fruit and floral overtones vying with an overt stoniness for attention. Just cracking with a wild mushroom risotto, and a natural match for chicken, roasted cod, or even blanquette de veau. Give a quick decant now or better still in 2-3 years and beyond. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 9 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2018 Cote de Beaune La Grande Chatelaine

About a kilometer or two northwest of the Beaune 1er Crus, La Grande Chatelaine is a cooler site with soils comprised of 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 (especially given the vintage) and rainwater fresh with orchard fruit and lemon oil flavors, dancing astride sapid herbal notes with a clinging stoniness on the long, mouthwatering, expansive finish. Delicious with mezze maniche and sautéed fresh white corn, spring onions and grape tomatoes. And I can see this pairing beautifully with grilled sea bass or pan-roasted scallops. This is lovely vibrant Chardonnay with a sense of place and worthy of a look, though I’d drink in the mid-term while the fruit is singing, say until 2025. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $164.99

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

Rontets 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé Pierrefolle

"The Pouilly-Fuissé cuvée Pierrefolle is made from the only vineyard situated outside the Clos at Rontets: this plot is set only 500 meters south and is warmer because of its plain East exposure and the sheltered position from the North wind. This climate has older geological origins, preceding the Jurassic era: it sits on a granitic bedrock and its soil has no clay or limestone. This is why at the beginning of the 1970s it was planted using the Riparia rootstock, which has low vigor and guarantees limited yields and very good quality grapes. All these characteristics produce wines with lower acid, compared to those produced within our Clos. Although larger and somehow more generous, Pierrefolle is always sustained by a precise mineral expression and citrus aromatic note." (note from the estate) This is a beautiful Burgundy and a great food pairing - drinking well now, but five to ten years of aging will be very interesting. Highly recommended. David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sainte Barbe 2017 Viré-Clessé La Perrière

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

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Saumaize-Michelin 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Cras

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

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $1,649.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $46.99

Champagne

Agrapart 2014 Champagne Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Expérience

While Champagne is on occasion dismissed as a wine without terroir due to its history of blends, the multiple stages of fermentation, and a prise de mousse that relies on the addition of sugar or MCR, Pascal Agrapart's Expérience is solely comprised of grape juice with just a modicum of sulfur. The vin clair is a barrel selection of 2014 Minéral and Avizoise fermented with native yeasts, and the secondary fermentation begun with grape must from the 2015 vintage and cellar yeasts. The wine is aged under cork and bottled without dosage. This cuvée is a particularly vinous expression of Champagne, where terroir and grape have an articulate dialogue.  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $319.99

  • Organic

Beaufort, André 2005 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut

From the ripe (though not torrid) 2005 vintage. The Beaufort Ambonnay Grand Cru Brut shows its breed with layers of red fruit and chalk with fine concentration and fabulous length. A showstopper now with good midterm aging potential. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

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
  • no discount
  • $36.99

  • Organic

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

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

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

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

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

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
  • 26 in stock
  • no discount
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

  • white sparkling
  • 27 in stock
  • no discount
  • $124.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Godmé, Hugues NV Champagne Brut Verzenay Grand Cru Rosé

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

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

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

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

  • white sparkling
  • 1 in stock
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  • $49.99

  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
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  • $89.99

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

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

  • rosé sparkling
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $46.99

Laval, Georges 2015 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. While the nose offers yellow fruit, tangerine peel, green tea and citrus aromas, the mid-weight, sinewy, and broad palate is pungently mineral, displaying notes of salt, lemon curd, and quinine on a nascently complex, powerful, persistent finish. This is certainly delicious now, but tastings of previous vintages of Les Chênes lead one to believe there is plenty ahead for the patient. John McIlwain

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

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

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

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

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Marguet Père and Fils NV Base 2016 Champagne Extra-Brut Shaman Rosé (Disg 12/18)

Though perhaps unusually for a domaine located in Ambonnay (Pinot Noir terroir), vigneron Benoît Marguet prefers a Chardonnay dominant blend for his rosés. In the 2016 edition of his non-vintage Shaman Chardonnay makes up 96% of the blend.The robe is a pale pink. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine mousse offering red fruit strawberry, cherry stone, with a pleasing bitterness on the finish. This has good length, fine mineral detail, and a nice herbal uptick on back end. Delicious now, but this should gain suavity with a year of two in the cellar. John McIlwain

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

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

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

Mouzon Leroux NV Champagne Extra Brut L'Atavique base 15

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

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

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

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

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

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Rosé Zero (base 2013)

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

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Tarlant NV Champagne Brut Zero (2010 base)

A blend of 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, and 1/3 Pinot Meunier fermented in tank with native yeasts,  from the 2010 vintage with reserve wine from 2007, 2008, 2009. Bottled without dosage, this still has a fine sense of energy and depth on the palate due to great farming and long lees-aging. The nose tends towards orchard fruit, citrus peel, and pear skin, with fine biscuity after-aromas. The palate shows a fine bead and with a good balance of concentration, minerality, and a bracing, zesty finish. John McIlwain

(Wine arrives 12/19)

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

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

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

Cote-de-Beaune

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $159.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $124.99

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Grand Cru Les Bressandes

From 1.12 hectares spread across four parcels situated mid-slope above Les Maréchaudes with vines averaging 35 years. Deep limestone clay soils give classic Corton density and structure to the wines from the climat. The 2017 has a dark ruby robe and fine aromas of violets, wild strawberry, and raspberry with bosky notes of underbrush and freshly-turned earth and a bit of the classic Corton spice. The dense but expressive palate offers a mélange of ripe forest fruits, sour cherry, wild blackberry, blood orange peel, mustard seed and forest floor on a deeply mineral and coiled mid-palate with pungent soil notes driving a long, tangy, vibrant finish with a bit of the peacock's tail. Though young, this is displaying nascent complexity and bodes well for long aging.  When the elements knit, this should be sensational and drink beautifully for the better part of two decades. John McIlwain *Pre-arrival, wine arrives 5/28*

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $199.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Chandon de Briailles 2017 Corton Grand Cru Les Maréchaudes

From a .4 hectare plot, located beneath Corton Bressandes. Ferruginous clay over limestone. Les Maréchaudes was planted between 1974 and 1979 and plowed by horse. Typically the most precocious of the red Corton grand crus at Chandon de Brialles, Les Maréchaudes can be enjoyed after just a few years in bottle, though it will improve over 12-15 years and beyond. The 2017 has a lovely nose offering aromas of crushed strawberry, red plum, black currant, and game. The palate shows a sweet ripeness and expressiveness with pretty flavors of stone fruit, wild raspberry, mustard seed, underlain with a tactile sense of earthiness and Corton spice. The supple fine-grained tannins lend a sense of gravitas and well-integrated acidity offers lift and brightness to the long, lingering finish. A buoyant and vibrant Maréchaudes! John McIlwain *Pre-arrival, wines arrive 5/28*

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $174.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

Chantal Lescure 2017 Pommard Les Vignots

From south-facing vines situated on the right hill of Pommard, on the Beaune side, in a terroir of clay-marl. These 35 year-old vines grow in high elevation, about 330 meters above sea-level. The grapes are hand harvested and undergo a long fermentation in stainless steel tanks, punched-down and vatted for 18-25 days. The wine ages in a cold cellar on lees in barrels, 30% of which are new. The 2017 shows a deep red/garnet color and complex aromas of ripe strawberry, and black raspberry with earth and spice notes. The palate is round, earthy and nicely textured with deep black raspberry, plum and black cherry liqueur, ripe and round and balanced with earthy minerality. The finish is long and sappy, with firm acidity. This is soft enough to drink well young but will come together nicely with a few years in the cellar. Lovely wine!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 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 30% new, bottled without fining or filtration.The wine shows a 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 velvety, chalky texture backed by firm acidity with complex black fruits, mint, bitter chocolate and earth that continue in the long, sappy finish. This is a lovely "village" Volnay that is delicious, if a bit intense in its youth - decant if drinking now, this will really sing in three to five years and until 2030+. David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $86.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • 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
  • 2 in stock
  • $219.99

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $499.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $324.99

  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2016 Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens-Bas 1.5L

If ever there was an argument for the elevation of Pommard 1er cru Rugiens to grand cru status, de Montille's Rugiens-Bas certainly makes a convincing case. The 2016 is 40% whole cluster with aging in 1/3 new oak. The robe is a dark ruby, nearing purple. Aromatically, this offers a kaleidoscopic array of dark flowers, black fruits, and deeply earthy scents with more seemingly in reserve. The palate is intensely flavored with plummy fruit, good mid-palate density, firm tannins and a firm core on ferrous minerality on a concentrated, long finish. This is offering good nascent complexity, though the impression is of a Rugiens that is coiled and will need time to reveal its potential. Given the better part of a decade in the cellar, this should be sensational as the magnificent fruit integrates with the significant structure and drink beautifully for another 10-15 years and beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $389.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds

From a 1.51 ha parcel in the rocky soils of Taillepieds. Biodynamically farmed 100% whole cluster. Aged in 30% new oak barrels. The de Montille 2016 Volnay Taillepieds is one of the highlights in a vintage full of effusively floral and vibrantly precise Burgundies. The wine has a pale ruby robe. The nose is exuberantly scented with sweet aromas of wild roses, cherry blossom, and perfectly ripe wild cherry. The palate is incisively stony with the breathtakingly pure red fruits framed with mouthwatering acidity and a sapid mineral core. The rising finish is impressively persistent and offers that classic peacock's tail of after-aromas and flavors. The impression is one of energy and lift rather than density or mass, though this has the balance to age effortlessly. An exceptional Taillepieds and a perfect expression of the virtues of the excellent, if difficult vintage! Bravo to Etienne de Montille! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $84.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

Faiveley 2016 Corton Clos des Cortons Faiveley Grand Cru

Ripe, perfumed, and dark-fruited on the nose with a mélange of floral and spice notes and a discreet touch of oak, the 2016 Clos des Cortons has a sensational sense of brightness and complexity. The palate offers a dramatic combination of pure fruit, supple tannins, and vigorous minerality on a layered, harmonious, classy finish. This is lovely and should age effortlessly. Beautiful Corton, indeed. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $269.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $59.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $109.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $224.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $54.99

Lequin-Colin 2017 Bourgogne Rouge

Honest Burgundy at this price is an increasingly rare bird these days.  From two vineyards in Santenay with EcoCert certification, this bottle is all about bright strawberry and raspberry fruit, firm acidity and colored around the edges by a dusty mineral freshness. Also bear in mind, though bottled under screw cap, this is aged in older barrels about ten months. The wine needs a moment to uncoil and will benefit from a splash decant. But once it has had some air watch how quickly it disappears. 

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $114.99

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
  • 15 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2019 Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune Rouge Arrives

From a small parcel of 50 year-old vines in AOC Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune, certified Biodynamic, "lyre ouverte" pruning.  The wine shows a bright red/garnet color and very floral aromas of berry fruits - crushed raspberry and strawberry, quite pretty and a bit riper than usual in 2019, with a bit of orange peel and spice. The palate is bright, and light to medium-bodied with sappy tart cherry and strawberry fruit, finishing with good length of juicy acidity and minerals.  The wine is quite elegant and refreshing - it's a perfect Pinot for summer cookouts with family and friends. Enjoy! David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

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

Rougeot, Pierre-Henri 2018 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain Rosé "Une Table pour Deux"

If you have not heard of Pierre-Henri Rougeot, you'd be in good company. The Burgundy echo chamber tends to circulate a handful of names around, creating far more demand than those estates can produce and driving prices through the roof. It's unfortunate, as there are dozens of domaines making some of the best wines this region has ever seen on a consistent basis. The Rougeot wines are a case in point. This  Passetoutgrains rosé from the generous 2018 vintage is Technicolor wine, full of cherry skin, crushed strawberries and orange bitters and terrific length and weight. It's aged in old oak and has an extra dimension of texture that is usually missing in the sea of commodity rosé that's out there. This is lovely wine.  Sam Ehrlich

  • rosé
  • 16 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Rouges-Queues 2017 Santenay

From 3 parcels of old vines in clay and limestone soils of the Les Saunières lieu-dit beneath Clos Rousseau. The 2017 Santenay has a dark ruby robe and is densely aromatic, with scents of violets, black fruits, black tea, and game. The rich palate is deep and layered offering flavors of blackberry, plum, five-spice, with an underlying mineral character featuring notes loamy earth. This is a generous Santenay with ripe pure fruit flavors underlain by sneaky structure.If drinking now decant or hold for 7-10 years. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $48.99

Cote-de-Nuit

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $105.00

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $399.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $359.99

Arnoux-Lachaux 2017 Nuits St. Georges Les Poisets

From 60-year-old vines located beneath the Les Cailles premier cru. The soils are limestone marls. Fermented 100% whole cluster, 15% new oak. 

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $449.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $54.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

Chantal Lescure 2016 Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots

Nestled in between Richebourg and Romanée-Saint-Vivant and Echezeaux, Les Suchots is a premier cru break in the line of grands cru that runs from La Tache to Mazis-Chambertin, this is likely due to the small dip in the hillside that makes the climat cooler. But what a premier cru! The 2016 from Chantal Lescure is begulingly perfumed with aromas of tea roses, exotic spice, wild cherry, and a cool herbal topnote. The palate is lithe and racy with lovely flavors of red fruits and a game, with more of that Vosne spice and a fine grained structure that balances the lush fruit with bright acidity and framing tannins. This is delicious with a quick decanting, but should really shine with a few years in bottle. Gorgeous Suchots and attractively priced (relative to its neighbors). John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $129.99

  • Organic

Chantal Lescure 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Les Mombies

The lieu-dit "Les Mombies" is situated downslope by the road with limestone clay soils. The 2017 Les Mombies is aromatically reticent on opening with notes of black tea, hedge fruits, and soil. With air it becomes more expressive with blackberry, Italian plum, and game. The mid-weight palate offers dark fruit flavors and good concentration over a fine mineral core and tannins that are more crushed velvet than silken, and this has fine fresh acidity and nice lift on the finale. There are plenty of layers here even if full expressiveness is implied at this point. This is a lovely Chambolle "villages" and ought to shine with 3-5 years in the cellar and beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $57.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru

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

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Vallerots

A new 1er for me. Apparently Les Vallerots is a near monopoly of Chantal Lescure per Jasper Morris. Dark ruby robe. The nose is a bit inscrutable on opening; with air, notes of black raspberry, plum, cherry pit emerge with a faint whiff on anise. The mid-weight palate is also a bit reserved, though it blossoms to reveal flavors of ripe raspberry, blood orange zest, mustard seed and pomegranate. There’s a fine sense of brisk acidity and stoniness—Les Vallerots is on top of the slope above the center of the village—lending energy to the wine through the mid-palate and on to the finish. There’s great flair here if you allow this to open up. The intersection of fruit and earth is compelling and satisfying; high altitude Nuits-Saint-Georges in character. If drinking now, decant for a few hours or better yet, cellar for 3-5 years. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes

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

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $63.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chantal Lescure 2017 Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots

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

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $139.99

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $119.99

Cruchandeau, Julien 2018 Haute Cote de Nuits La Cabotte

Julien Cruchandeau continues to quietly impress in 2018. This Hautes-Cotes de Nuits comes from two parcels with quite rocky soils  and steep slopes above the village of Nuits St. Georges. 2018 was warm throughout Burgundy and the fruit profile is ripe and a touch darker than in past years, leaning into black cherry and plum skin. Combined with the high percentage of whole bunches during fermentation, which lend spice and structure and the first impression is a formidable wine, perhaps even standoff-ish. However, with a few minutes of air, that brawn starts to recede and the acidity and a salty character come to the fore. The fruit lightens to a more classic red character and gains lift and energy. This is a wine that rewards attention with complexity. Give it a little decant if you drink it tonight or stow a couple away for three to five years.  Sam Ehrlich

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $31.99

De Montille 2016 Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Malconsorts

From the top of the slope planted in shallow limestone soils. 66% whole cluster. 60% new oak. The 2016 Malconsorts has a deeply-pitched nose with extravagant red and dark berry fruit, spice, game, and sousbois. The tightly coiled palate offers pure wild fruit, sapid earth notes, and layers of spice, black tea, and dense plummy stone fruit flavors overlaying a firm ripe structure, leading to a long explosive finish. This is tightly wound today, but should sing with 10-12 years in the cellar. This is truly impressive and has a long life ahead. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $374.99

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

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $64.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $109.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $289.99

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
  • 3 in stock
  • $449.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $109.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $119.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $369.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $499.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $699.99

Jane et Sylvain 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Fonteny

Jane et Sylvain have a superb, tiny parcel of Gevrey 1er Cru "Fonteny," high up in the southwest corner, separated from Grand Cru Ruchottes by a dirt track, certified organic. We have 36 btls of Fonteny for the vintage - given the structure of the "regular" Gevrey from Jane et Sylvain, the Fonteny will benefit from ten years in the cellar and should become a profound wine when mature.  In January of 2014, I tasted the 2002 Fonteny in the cellar with Jane and Sylvain.Their eldest son was born in 2002, so they saved a bunch for him, but were generous enough to share one with my father and me. It was transcendental - what I refer to as my "religious experience" with red Burgundy, and possibly one of the most memorable wines I've ever tasted. Flowers, stones, dried fruit, the subtle touch of tannin...truly a blissful experience. Jane says the wine has "la finesse du Ruchottes," referring to the Grand Cru vineyard that is literally feet away from the edge of their vines.  Eben Lillie

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $124.99

Lienhardt, Antoine 2018 Côte de Nuits Villages Les Essards

From low-yielding vines located in Comblanchien (probably more famous for its quarries and eponymous limestone than viticulture), planted in the 1960s by Antoine Lienhardt's grandfather. Les Essards is a short distance from another of Antoine's lieux dits, Les Plantes Aux Bois. There is a thin layer of rocky clay topsoil over Comblanchien limestone and the vine rows run from east to west. The nose is floral and expressive with red fruits, wild strawberry, wild roses, hibiscus, blood orange peel, and green tea aromas. The palate is tense and nervy, with tangy red fruit, brambly wild raspberry flavors, and a taut, chalky mineral core. Just this side of tightly wound, this is energetic and displays verticality and brio offering concentration, rather than weight or breadth. I like the brightness here and even in its youth, there’s plenty of nascent complexity, even if it’s implied rather than realized. Give this a quick decant and enjoy with roasted chicken, grilled salmon, or wild mushroom risotto. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Lienhardt, Antoine 2018 Côte de Nuits Villages Les Plantes Aux Bois

A mere 200 meters from Les Essards, Les Plantes Aux Bois has clay top soils overlying the hard limestone mother rock. The nose is ample, perfumed, and dark-fruited with aromas of black currant and plum skin giving way to notes of bosky underbrush and spice. Flavors of blackberry, cassis, and elderberry dominate on the ripe, expansive palate. There is good freshness, with fine acidity providing lift and drive on the broad, long, lingering finish. Lovely with a quick decant, but there's plenty of material to justify mid-term cellaring. Light on its feet with good freshness to wake the palate, but enough minerality to whet the appetite of the discerning Burgundy aficionado.  One really senses the richness from the clay soils from this lieu-dit.  John McIlwain

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $159.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $139.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $109.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $109.99

Lignier-Michelot 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

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

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $344.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $79.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $274.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $399.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $249.99

Rateau 2017 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. Ruby robe. The nose offers an intriguing contrast between floral aromas and gamy, sauvage notes. For every rose petal, there’s a contrasting earth tone. The tension is compelling. On the palate ripe cherry and raspberry flavors are underlain by a pungent stoniness on a mid-weight, faintly tannic, but fresh, finish. This is delicious, if brambly, now but should gain in suavity with time in the bottle. I’d choose to pair this with something autumnal and savory. Pigéon? Pintade? Daube? John McIlwain

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $51.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $279.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $189.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Trapet 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Ostrea

From four limestone-rich old vine (planted in 1919!) parcels near the border of Brochon. Ostrea is so named due the the proliferation of fossilized oyster shells in the soils. Biodynamically farmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, 30% whole cluster. The 2017 is effusive on the nose with dark cherry, black raspberry, game, and black tea aromas. The mid-weight and sappy palate is endowed with pretty ripe, berry fruit, with an undercurrent of tangy acidity and fine-grained tannins with a persistent and rising finish. This is a joy to drink now, though there is distinct, if subtle, structure that bodes well for midterm cellaring. This is a more exuberant expression of Gevrey, but there's plenty of meat on these bones even if this more svelte than brawny in character. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Trapet 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Ostrea 1.5L

From four limestone-rich old vine (planted in 1919!) parcels near the border of Brochon. Ostrea is so named due the the proliferation of fossilized oyster shells in the soils. Biodynamically farmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, 30% whole cluster. The 2017 is effusive on the nose with dark cherry, black raspberry, game, and black tea aromas. The mid-weight and sappy palate is endowed with pretty ripe, berry fruit, with an undercurrent of tangy acidity and fine-grained tannins with a persistent and rising finish. This is a joy to drink now, though there is distinct, if subtle, structure that bodes well for midterm cellaring. This is a more exuberant expression of Gevrey, but there's plenty of meat on these bones even if this more svelte than brawny in character. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $249.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Trapet 2017 Marsannay Rouge

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

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $79.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $649.99

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

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

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

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

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

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

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

  • rosé sparkling
  • 32 in stock
  • no discount
  • $25.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $23.99

Dreissigacker 2018 Rheinhessen Riesling Trocken

Jochen Dreissigacker took over his family's estate in 2001 and began to steer the vineyards towards organic farming, which are now certified as such. Their entry-level trocken is a sourced from a mix of estate and purchased grapes (all organic), from mostly south/southeast-facing sites on loess and loam. Fermented and aged in stainless steel tank, Jochen Dreissigacker was able to preserve a wonderful freshness and balance. This is a delightfully refreshing Riesling, with brisk acidity and notes of lush nectarines, tangerine juice and zest. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $25.99

Enderle and Moll 2018 Baden Pinot Noir 'Buntsandstein'

Note from importer website:  Buntsandstein is “colored sandstone” – the vines here are a bit younger, somewhere around 60 years old. This wine is a bit wider, a bit more enveloping. On the palate the general register is similar to the Muschelkalk, yet it is more silky, a little more serpentine in structure. It shows a really lovely spectrum of red fruit on the palate really well integrated into soil and spice and structure. Probably showing the most complete right now though still very young.  - (thanks for Stephen Bitterolf for the note)

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Enderle and Moll 2018 Baden Pinot Noir 'Liaison'

'Liaison' is from 45 to 50-year-old vines planted on both Muschelkalk (shell limestone) and Buntsandstein (colored sandstone) and is a beautiful example of the elegant coupling of these two terroirs. Stephen Bitterolf of Vom Boden (the US importer of Enderle & Moll) wrote the following note on the 2018:  “Liason” is something like the “1er Cru” bottling for Enderle & Moll. This wine is deep; we’re talking Mariana Trench deep... The nose goes from strawberry and raspberry all the way to dark, earthy crushed berry and cassis; this is an example of a wine with just superb density and definition. The glycerin-rich fruit coats the herbal, kitchen spice aromatics that the whole range flaunts, yet here it is better integrated than in almost any bottle other than the Grand Cru “Muschelkalk.” The palate is wound up, coiled up, taut and angry. The relative generosity and depth of the nose is turned inward here, showing phenolics and minerality and super-fine tannins. Fun to drink now with food, this is going to develop into perhaps one of the best Liasons from Enderle & Moll. Try and be patient; if drinking young, decant.  (Thanks for the note Stephen!)

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Falkenstein, Hofgut 2017 Saar Niedermenniger Herrenberg Red Wine Trocken

The Falkenstein Red is sourced from 25-year-old Pinot Noir vines planted near the estate on the Herrenberg. Grapes undergo spontaneous fermentation and the wine ages for 18 months (in Fuder of course) with enough natural acidity to stave off malolactic conversion; this makes for a fresh and bright red! Showing a subtle nose of red currants, cherries, and graphite, the wine is medium light in body with more balanced acidity than the 2016. Ripe red cherries and plum skin, raspberry coulis, blood orange and strawberries sustain on a lengthy finish. Enjoy with rustic mushroom dishes, roasted salmon, charcuterie platters, winter squash soups. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

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

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
  • 5 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2017 Mosel Steffensberg Riesling

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

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 52 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $25.99

Koehler-Ruprecht 2019 Pfalz Pinot Noir Kabinett Trocken Rosé

Pinot Noir from limestone soils in the Pfalz, this rosé is a perennial favorite! Crushed strawberry, cherry blossoms, orange zest, and Morello cherry on the nose. The mid-weight palate is redolent of cherry pit and fresh cut melon, with a savory back end and sneaky acidity lending freshness on the juicy and persistent finish, with just enough gravitas to make this more than just a summer sipper. John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Kraemer, Stephan 2017 Franken Auernhofen Silvaner Trocken

Stephan Kraemer and his family tend 70 hectares of crops (grains, vegetables, sunflowers) and also care for cows and bees. On top of this they have four hectares of vines between two locations: Tauberzeller Hasennestle and Röttinger Feuerstein. They've been organically certified since 1990. Stephan works steep hillside sites and terraced vineyards, and has a focus on working with regional grapes, from Silvaner and Riesling, to lesser-known varieties like Regent and Bacchus. This wine is sourced from a mix of 18 and 50 year-old Silvaner vines from parcels on limestone and silex soils. The grapes are destemmed, directly pressed and spontaneously ferment/age in stainless tank. The wine stays on the lees until bottling and only between 20-25 ppm of SO2 is added. This is great Silvaner! Crisp and bright with some weight on the mid-palate. Notes of green and white apples, and freshly cut herbs, with just a whisper of salinity on the finish. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Kern Fass 9

Kern is a parcel on the west-facing side of the Ayler Kupp, extending from the top to the bottom of the slope, with slate at multiple levels of erosion, warmed by the afternoon sun. When we tried the wine a few months ago, it was showing a bit more reticence than expected (but we assume that's an unfortunate side-effect from tasting suitcase-carried bottles right after arrival). Subtle notes of green herb stems, delicate florals, and juicy orange, balanced with just a hint of sweetness. We look forward to re-visiting this bottle! Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2018 Saar Riesling Kupp GG

The grapes for this GG come only from mid-slope Ayler Kupp, at the turn of the hill. This legendary location makes for age-worthy wines with verve and complexity. CB

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $56.99

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

  • white off-dry
  • 10 in stock
  • $31.99

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

Lauer, Peter 2019 Saar Riesling Barrel X

Sourced from multiple vineyards in the Saar. It's pretty raw and wintry at the time of this writing, but Spring is here even if we feel like bulbs yet to sprout and bloom this year. But it’s a new vintage of Barrel X from Lauer and this is just the tonic to wake the dormant soul. The nose is a touch reticent upon opening, but by no means mute or buried under sponti or reduction. A brisk decant and aromas of white flowers, citrus peel, and green tea emerge. The palate is lithe and racy, a cool rill dancing over smooth stones. Fresh orchard fruits and a savory mineral character are given a sense of energy by the fresh, punchy acidity. This is designated feinherb, but this indicates charm rather than any overt sweetness. And this is charming in a wonderfully familiar way, beckoning for another sip, another glass shared between friends. Someday soon. Cracking with Asparagus and morel ragout. And I look forward to enjoying a bottle with some softshell crab or shad roe, while we're in a Spring state of mind.  John McIlwain

  • white off-dry
  • 30 in stock
  • $20.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $499.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling BA 375ml

When was the last time we had a BA from Schaefer at the shop? April of 2014. Have we tasted this one? No, but when there's Beerenauslese available from this legendary estate, you just say yes. (AP 16) Cari Bernard

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $289.99

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5

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

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

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

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

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

Schaefer, Willi 2018 Mosel Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese

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

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

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

Stein 2019 Mosel Rosé Trocken

Pale salmon robe. Fresh and luminous on the palate with wild strawberry, cranberry, shiso leaf on the nose. The lightweight palate (bantamweight?) offers bright hedge fruit and pomegranate flavors with an impossibly stony core. How can something so light carry some much mineral tang? Each sip is a geology lesson. This one is for all you rockers! At 11% abv this is a fantastic sipper for when the days grow torrid. Highly recommended from both a refreshment and  compelling minerality standpoint. John McIlwain

  • rosé
  • 28 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Vollenweider 2018 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Goldgrube Kabinett

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

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

Vollenweider 2018 Mosel Wolfer Goldgrube Rieslin Kabinett 1.5 L

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

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

Weiser-Künstler 2018 Mosel Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling Auslese 375ml

The Ellergrub is a top-tier vineyard site with an extremely steep grade and ample amounts of dark blue and gray slate at various states of erosion. The old vines here give grapes that are perfectly suited for wines that exemplify Weiser-Kunstler's pursuit of tension and structure. Tasting notes forthcoming! CB

  • white medium-sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2018 Mosel Riesling Steffensberg GC

Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler also farm parcels in the Enkircher Steffensberg, which you may be familiar with through Immich-Batterieberg's bottlings. This is a south-facing, warmer site on a side valley away from the Mosel, with iron oxide and gray slate soils and older vines around 45 years old. Spontaneous fermentation and aging was in neutral oak fuder (1000L barrel). Tasting notes forthcoming! CB

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2018 Mosel Riesling Wolfer Sonnenlay Spätlese

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

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

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2019 Mosel Riesling Feinherb

The Swiss Army Knife of the Mosel? Perhaps... The Weiser-Künstler 2019 Feinherb is weighs in at a breezy 10.5% abv. Stone fruit, green apple, pear skin on the nose. The palate is lithe and dances with flavors of lime skin, crushed herbs, Rainier cherry, and a pleasing quinine/stony bitterness that lends a sense of tension to the medium length, rising finish. This pulls off the agile intensity-without-weight character of my favorite just off-dry Mosel wines, while presenting on the drier side as and I struggle to imagine a more versatile white for the table. Softshell crab? Of course! Fish curry with noodles? A breeze. Watermelon salad with feta? Bring it on. Pork cutlet with wild mushrooms? In a heartbeat! Not only is this delicious—and it is—but each swallow beckons the drinker to take another sip. If only every other wine offered such joy for so little money. Happy to drink this weekly. John McIlwain

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

  • Organic

Weiser-Künstler 2019 Mosel Riesling Trarbacher Schlossberg Kabinett

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

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

  • Organic

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Alessandria, Fratelli 2018 Verduno Pelaverga

I think that tasting Pelaverga should be a transparent wine experience. I want Pelaverga to show vivacity and freshness. Too ripe and you lose the lift and charming white pepper, savory herbs, and bright current fruit that’s key to a distinctive expression. Alessandria’s has it all: lively bright color, peppery and fruity, graceful and energetic on the palate. Pelaverga is versatile at the table – a red wine for fish, able to handle some spice and heat, quite brilliant with vegetables. I love this bottle! Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $179.99

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  • 4 in stock
  • $99.99

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  • 4 in stock
  • $119.99

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  • 4 in stock
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  • 9 in stock
  • $109.99

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  • 8 in stock
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  • 5 in stock
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  • 11 in stock
  • $74.99

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  • 1 in stock
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  • 2 in stock
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  • 5 in stock
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  • 4 in stock
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  • 8 in stock
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  • 12 in stock
  • $189.99

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  • 7 in stock
  • $189.99

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  • 3 in stock
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  • 11 in stock
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  • 2 in stock
  • $69.99

Barale 2015 Barolo

The Barale Barolo is a blend of fruit from 3 vineyards (all in the town of Barolo): Castellero, Monrobiolo di Bussia, and Preda. The 2015 has good depth and extract, but it seems completely effortless in it’s elegance – this is wine that feels like it just exists – it hasn’t been forced in any aspect. In April it was aromatically seductive, with lovely orange peel and eucalyptus, silky tannin, and a long, expansive finish. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

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
  • 10 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic

Barale 2018 Dolcetto d'Alba Le Rose

This wine is made with organically farmed Guyot trained Dolcetto vines. The grapes are hand harvested in the beginning of September before fermenting in steel, with a 6 day maceration on the skins. The wine is transferred for a quick period to oak while undergoing malolactic fermentation.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

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
  • 12 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Boggione, Claudio 2015 Barolo Brunate

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

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $79.99

Brovia 2015 Barolo Brea Ca'Mia

The range of wines at Brovia always show individual character, but this is amplified in 2015. Alex Sanchez (of Brovia) told us that he sees 2015 as first “a vintage of terroir”; when we get to the Brea Ca’Mia one of our group says “Serralunga to 11”, which pretty well sums it up, except that there are only a few other wines from Serralunga of this quality (side diatribe: most Rionda misses the standard). As usual the Ca’Mia is the most tannic and structured of the line-up, this is certainly a long-term prospect. 111 points. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Brovia 2015 Barolo Garblet Sué

I thought this was the best Garblet Sue I’ve tasted in 20 years of visiting Brovia. I often find this wine opaque (from a sensory perspective), but I don’t think I’ve had a chance to taste a mature bottle. By contrast the 2015, while quite dense and rich, was very expressive and showed a depth and complexity that was exciting. One for the cellar. Jamie Wolff

All density, dark fruit, and spice. More medicinal than the normale bottling, with black cherry, cedar, licorice and baking spice. Quite dark and brooding, this will need a number of years to come into it's own. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Brovia 2015 Barolo Villero

– A beauty – tight, of course, and subtle and austere now, I thought this was a gorgeous Villero, with everything you’d want in a wine to put away for 20 years. Very fine indeed. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $109.99

  • Organic

Camparo 2015 Barolo Boiolo

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

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

Cantina del Lupo 2018 Barbera d'Asti

You wouldn't think a Barbera to be so expressive and layered, but this bottle by Cantina del Lupo surely is. The nose has a classic Piedmontese mix of earth and fruit. Aromas of blackberry and cherry waft from the glass, along with hints of loose, healthy, pitch-black soil. On the tongue, there is red cherry, plum, and a woodsy flavor of birch and spice. Subtle but well placed tannin balance the the warm fruit on an edge of medium acidity. For those of you that loved the 2015 vintage of this bottle, we're sure you'll enjoy the 2018 just as much. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $15.99

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  • 10 in stock
  • $59.99

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  • 2 in stock
  • $574.99

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  • 1 in stock
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  • 5 in stock
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  • 3 in stock
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  • 1 in stock
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  • 4 in stock
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  • 21 in stock
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  • 1 in stock
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  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $27.99

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

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Colombera & Garella 2018 Coste della Sesia

This vibrant red 70% Nebbiolo, 15% Vespolina, and 15% Croatina. Cristiano Garella teamed up with Giacomo and Carlo Colombera to produce wines in the Northeastern corner of the Piedmont, known as Alto-Piemonte. Christiano had been associated with a few producers in the area, focused on revitalizing a once-prominent wine producing region, and Carlo had been growing grapes in Bramaterra since the 90s. The bottle comes from the appellation of Coste Della Sesia, with volcanic-sandy soils. The vines have Southwestern exposure and have an average age of 40 years. All fruit is picked by hand and ferments for 14 days in stainless steel without temperature control. The wine ages for 10 to 12 months in used barriques before bottling. Beautiful nose from the get-go. Crushed, loamy volcanic rocks and slim red fruit. The palate was bright, bordering on sharp, when first opened, but with air broadened and softened while retaining a great core of acidity. Over a few hours, the aromatics swayed from floral, to earthy, to a slightly deeper heady maltiness (though never quite stuffed or dense). Flavors remained rather consistent with tart cherry and dark stones. Paired with pulled pork tacos on a Friday night - a hint at the wines versatility. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $24.99

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  • 13 in stock
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  • red
  • 5 in stock
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Cordero di Montezemolo 1982 Barolo Monfalletto

Old Cordero Barolo is great wine (recent vintages are in a fairly heavy, oaky style that we don't love so much, but the old stuff...). A couple of years ago we had several cases of this wine, which afforded multiple tasting opportunities; at this price the wine is a steal.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $189.99

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  • 3 in stock
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  • 7 in stock
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  • 9 in stock
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  • 2 in stock
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  • red
  • 2 in stock
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  • red
  • 1 in stock
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Fratelli Alessandria 2015 Barolo Monvigliero

Dark red fruit, limestone – a juicy underpinning for firm chalky tannin, rich and lifted, pure and delicious. A grand cru wine, and some competition for that other Monvigliero…Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 20 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic

Iuli 2018 Vino Rosso La Rina

This fascinating wine is made from an ancient Piedmontese grape, Slarina, that almost went extinct after laws prohibited its planting (due to inconsistent yields) in the post war period. Fabrizio Iuli is one of the champions of Slarina, and planted a hectare and a half in 2013. Farmed organically and vinified in the traditional manner: concrete vats and large, old oak barrels, the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered,  with only a tiny amount of SO2.The 2018 shows vibrant red fruit on the nose, with cherries, ripse strawberry, raspberry, red currant, as well as blood orange peel. The palate shows some tannins, but  they are soft and very well-integrated, as well as great acidity. The palate also introduces some green and herbaceous notes, as well as a hint of baking spice and cracked black pepper. A very bright, almost refreshing wine from Piedmont , perfect for warmer weather drinking. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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  • 1 in stock
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  • red
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Negri, Giulia 2015 Barolo Serradenari

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

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $94.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 7 in stock
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  • 1 in stock
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  • 1 in stock
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  • 5 in stock
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  • red
  • 2 in stock
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  • 3 in stock
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  • red
  • 4 in stock
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  • red
  • 1 in stock
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  • red
  • 4 in stock
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  • red
  • 2 in stock
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Principiano, Ferdinando 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo Coste

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

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  • 17 in stock
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  • 1 in stock
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  • 1 in stock
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  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red off-dry sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $139.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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  • 8 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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  • 6 in stock
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  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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  • 1 in stock
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  • 3 in stock
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  • 1 in stock
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  • 5 in stock
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Trediberri 2015 Barolo Rocche dell'Annuziata

I'm not very attached to color analysis, but this wine has great color - by which I mean, for Nebbiolo, not very dark, in fact somewhat pale, but with bright cranberry tones - a sure sign that it's not too extracted. That visual translucence applies to the palate too - a surprisingly graceful wine for Rocche dell'Annuziata; rich with fruit but without any fat, and very long. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $99.99

Italy Tuscany

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

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  • 7 in stock
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  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $28.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

Lecci e Brocchi 2019 Toscano IGT Il Meticcio Rosato

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

  • rosé
  • 16 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Monte Bernardi 2018 Chianti Classico Retromarcia

Retromarcia means “to back up” or “to reverse” and is Michael Schmelzer’s reference to an old approach to Chianti that is hard to find today, focused on allowing the character of Sangiovese to show above everything else.  The wine is made from 100% Sangiovese composed of young vines planted on a mix of galestro and sandstone soils.  The grapes are fermented with native yeast on the skins for 2 weeks in stainless steel and then raised in a mixture of old barrels and unlined concrete tanks for 18 months before being bottled unfiltered. In the glass, the wine has a deep red center, with pale red edges. The nose is enticing, with wild red berries, stems and leaves, fragrant warm spices, and a hint of freshly cracked coconut. On the palate, the wine is plummy, with red and black stone fruit. There is a nuance of cocoa and a long minty finish. As a classic Chianti should be, the acidity is mouthwatering, warming up the palate for a range of food.

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $89.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $69.99

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
  • 17 in stock
  • $17.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

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

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

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
  • 42 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

COS 2018 IGT Sicilia Pithos Bianco

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

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 19 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

i Favati 2012 Greco di Tufo Terrantica Etichetta Bianca

I should have known by now that 8 year-old Greco di Tufo had the potential to mature in a very positive way, but this took me by surprise. It’s first a very mineral, chalky wine. It has apricot and peach fruit balanced by lemony acidity – it’s very fresh. There are charming savory notes – like fresh tarragon, and walnuts. It has a lot of richness and opulent texture without being heavy, the opulence being balanced by some tannin – there is no significant skin contact here, but Greco has tannin, which helps give the wine remarkable length. The alcohol is 13.5, which seems just about right as the wine shows no heat or imbalance. It’s not a shy or subtle wine – one of the things that made me think of French wine, since so many Italian white wines are relatively delicate in expression and need to be teased into the open. I Favati works organically in the vines; the Greco is fermented with indigenous yeasts in steel, where it stays for most of a year, with batonnage. It’s bottled unfiltered, and the Etichetta Bianca (white label) is aged in bottle for 4-5 years before it’s released. After 7-8 years, it’s a thing of beauty. Jamie Wolff

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Il Fortunato 2018 Prosecco (Organic, low SO2)

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

  • white sparkling
  • 28 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 4 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
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Monterosso 2018 Etna Bianco Crater

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

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Monterosso 2018 Terre Siciliane Etna Bianco Volcano

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

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Orto di Venezia 2016 Sant'Erasmo Bianco

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

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 18 in stock
  • $11.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $67.99

Pranzegg 2015 Vino Bianco Caroline

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

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white fortified sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $89.99

Suore Cistercensi 2018 Vino da Tavola Bianco Coenobium

Many drinkers are first drawn to the Monastero Suore Cistercensi wines because of their labels show stark similarity to those of Poalo Bea. Indeed, Giampiero Bea leads the Sisters of the Cistercian in making the different wines of the estate. The Coenobium is 45% Trebbiano, 35% Malvasia, and 20% Verdicchio. Fruit comes from 5 ha of vines planted  in the volcanic soils around the commune of Vitorchiano, with the oldest plantings from 1963. Harvest is manual, during late September and early October. The grapes are destemmed and they ferment with natural yeasts in stainless and fiberglass tanks. Malo begins naturally after alcoholic fermentation. There is extended lees contact. The wine sees no wood, aging in the cellar in stainless and fiberglass for 12 months. In the glass, the color is of dried, golden grass. The nose is savory, with sage, sliced yellow apple, cured lemon, and an airy aroma of freshly milled wheat. The palate has flavors of white pepper, salt, and Meyer lemon. Over time, these flavors transition to dried stone fruit and dark citrus peel. The mouthfeel is soft, without aggressive acidity. Enjoyed with cacio e pepe risotto and oven-baked branzino. David Hatzopoulos

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $23.99

Terraquilia 2017 Bianco dell'Emilia Col Fondo Terrebianche

This is a zesty sparkling from the hills of Emilia-Romagna. A blend of organically farmed Trebbiano di Romagna and Pignoletto, fermented méthode ancestrale, and left on the lees in bottle. The nose is a mix of bright citrus fruits (lemon, lime), apple, and fresh grass, paired with more savory aromas of warm herbs. There is a chalkiness on the palate that is both a structural quality and a flavor profile, along with notes of apple and lime. David Hatzopoulos

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $16.99

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
  • 25 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
  • 11 in stock
  • $14.99

Tzora Vineyards 2017 Judean Hills Red

Tzora Vineyards are located in the acclaimed Judean Hills and have been focused on terroir-driven, old-world style wines. The 'Judea Hills Red' is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, 10% Merlot,  and 5% Petit Verdot aged for one year in French oak barrels. The wine is certified OK, Kosher for Passover, and is not mevushal.

  • red kosher
  • 3 in stock
  • $34.99

Loire

Autran, Michel 2017 Vouvray Ciel Rouge

Michel Autran's brilliant 2017 "Ciel Rouge" is from average 80 year-old vines in red clay over limestone, a superb Vouvray terroir. The wine shows a pale bright gold color, with subtle, very elegant high-toned aromas of poire william, green apple, grapefruit, fines herbes, wet stone and honey with a hint of oak. The palate is a rather intense blend of white fruits,  minerals, grapefruit pith, firm chalky acidity and bright citrus flavors that will need a few years to integrate. Showing a bit more weight than the "Enfers Tranquilles" the wine is nevertheless equally crystalline and intensely mineral.  Give this a long decant if drinking now, preferably cellar five to eight years, then enjoy for many years to come. This is a unique and potentially great Vouvray and is highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2018 Chinon Blanc

The 2018 Baudry Blanc "Domaine" is from 5 to 15 year-old vines in several parcels on the clay/limestone slopes in and around Cravant. The grapes are hand-harvested of course and ferment with wild yeasts in 500 liter oak barrels. This is the best vintage we have tasted of the "Domaine" blanc, showing a bright pale gold/bronze color, with floral, chalky aromas of almond and pear. The chalk returns on the palate with bright citrus and white fruits, a supple, silky texture and good length. Lovely wne.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • 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
  • 54 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $26.99

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $33.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 Côtes du Forez Mémoires de Madone VV

The 2019 Gilles Bonnefoy "Memoire de Madone" is made from old vines of a local Gamay grown on volcanic soils (basalt) in the Côtes de Forez (upper Loire east and a bit south of Lyon). The grapes are harvested by hand, partially de-stemmed and undergo a 15-day fermentation with wild yeasts. The wine shows a bright black/purple color with deep aromas of blackberry and black currant with hints of violet, stone and citrus. The palate is dense but light on its feet with a firm backbone of mineral flavors and earthy acidity under the blackberry and black raspberry fruit, with herbal and citrus notes. This is the most dense and structured of Bonnefoy's Gamays, and will benefit from decanting or a few hours aeration, serve with grilled pork, coq au vin, full-flavored cheeses. David Lillie

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

  • rosé
  • 6 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bonnefoy (La Madone) 2019 IGP Urfé Roussanne de Madone

The beautiful Roussanne from Gilles Bonnefoy is from 18 year-old vines (partly massale selection from Quenard in Savoie) grown on the steep south face of the volcano of Purchon.  Bonnefoy  farms these young vines carefully, keeping yields  very low to promote concentration and  harvesting late (Roussanne takes a long time to ripen fully) ad by hand. Native yeast fermentation takes place in used barrels; the wine ages in the same.  In the glass, the Roussanne  is pale and shows  a very expressive nose of white flowers, green herbs, and a touch of orchard fruits. Given the freshness of the nose, the palate is surprisingly and lusciously dense and complex, with pear, peach, and apple as well as long and broad minerality. A great expression of Roussanne on unique Volcanic terroir.   Only 3000 bottles produced. Ben Fletcher

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 54 in stock
  • $42.99

Boudignon 2019 Rosé de Loire

Since his arrival in Anjou Noir in 2008, Thibaud Boudignon became a reference for hyper-detailed farming and very refined, sleek interpretations of Chenin on the different metamorphic terroirs of the region. After couple of terrible vintages where he lost almost all his crop, he started a little négoce, allowing him to produce a little bit of rosé. Of course, the wine is made with the same dedication that leads whatever Thibaud is doing. It is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Grolleau organically farmed in Faye d'Anjou (one of the crus of the Coteaux du Layon)  by a producer Thibaud has built a strong relationship with.  The grapes are grown on schists and volcanic rhyolites. They are direct pressed, fermented with wild yeast in stainless steel tank. Malo is blocked to preserve freshness. 

In 2019, Thibaud's rosé is a tense, refreshing and salty as usual, with a little more nerve than the 2018. It tastes closer to a white, with just a little pick up of tannins and white raspberry at the end of the palate. It is a very versatile wine, with very good length, would pair well with tomato and watermelon gazpacho, or a grilled sea bass with hemp & quinoa salad and chimichuri. 80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Grolleau. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic

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
  • 4 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

Coulaine 2018 Chinon Bonaventure

Chateau de Coulaine is one of the very best estates in Chinon, with a long history dating back to 1300! The domain has been certified organic since 1997 and is now run by the young and very capable Jean de Bonaventure. Coming from 30-year old organically farmed Cabernet Franc vines planted on yellow limestone and sandstone, with sandy clay soils, the 2018 "Bonaventure" is a superb Chinon to drink now and over the next 5 to 8 years. In this great vintage for Loire reds, the wine shows lush blackberry, plum, earth and spice aromas with a dense, supple palate of black fruits, earth and saline minerals. Meant to be drunk young, the wine shows surprising depth and elegance with the refreshing brightness one finds in good Chinon. Serve cool with grilled foods this summer, roast chicken and charcuterie.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Courault, Benoît 2018 Anjou Gilbourg (Magnum)

Gilbourg is one of two “grands vins” made by Benoît Courault, who I consider one of the masters of Chenin on schistes. Made from a blend of different plots on the Coteau des Mailles in Faye d’Anjou, the heart is the vineyard of Le Prieuré de Gastines. This is a superb terroir on the top of the hill, less than 2 miles away from Bonnezeaux. Benoit started to farm that vineyard in 2009, and it took him almost 5 years of work to recreate topsoils and have a decent yield. But he knew the wine from that terroir could be exceptional: these shallow lighter silts with veins of phtanites (a silica-rich sedimentary rock) over altered schistes are fantastic for deep, powerful yet refined Chenin. The grapes are hand-harvested, pressed whole in a vertical pneumatic, settled overnight. Fermentation starts in tanks then finishes in Grenier foudre. As they lasted longer than usual (the summer drought decreased the amount of nitrogen available for the yeast to function quickly) so Benoit had to monitor very carefully. The wine was bottled by Christian Brault in October 2019.  With its pale gold color, you know you are going to enjoy a deep wine. On the nose, you pick up a lot of quince, white peach, kumquat, candle wax with a hint of fenugreek, pepper and Bourbon vanilla. The nose is quite fascinating and evolves a lot with air without losing its complexity. On the palate, you understand you are dealing with a great terroir: with its tense, nervy acidity, the structure is dense, powerful but not heavy at all, the ripeness counterpointed by some discreet tannins, saltiness and an elegant salivating bitterness. There is a lot going on already, but you can cellar this wine with no problem for at least a decade - the wine will gain even more complexity. The flavors are fresher than on the nose, with a lot of tamarin, pink grapefruit, gardenia and white pepper. The finish is really long, and typical of the schist with earl-grey notes. A terrific wine! Serve it in a large glass, not too cold, and decant if possible (especially if you open it in a couple of years). It would be perfect with a Turbot on the bone with a beurre blanc, a fried heirloom breed chicken or some bay scallops served with chestnut and celery. 100% Chenin. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Courault, Benoît 2018 Vin de France La Coulée (Grolleau) 1.5 L

We love Grolleau! This underrated grape unique to the Loire Valley does not have the recognition it deserved, as it was for a long time used for off-dry rosé made from clones selected for their yield. But with high quality vines, great terroir and care, Grolleau can make really good wines! Imagine a mix between a Gamay from Saint-Amour, a Pineau d’Aunis from the Coteaux du Loir and a Pinot from Sancerre: this is what the best Grolleau can taste like, which means Benoît Courault’s La Coulée. Made from 40+ year old vines growing on the Coteau des Mailles in Faye d’Anjou, the silty clay soil over altered schists give a remarkable structure to the wine. In this vintage because of the heat, Ben added a little bit of Pineau d’Aunis and a touch of Chenin. The grapes are hand-harvested, co-vinified whole-cluster in semi-carbonic maceration with some pigeage at the end of the 12 days maceration. Press and free-run are blended, then the wine is aged in used Burgundy barrels. It is bottled unfined unfiltered by Christian Brault in October 2019, with just a little sulfur added at racking. Give the wine a quick decant to reveal a hedonistic nose of wild rose, pink peppercorn, fennel, forest floor. Blind, you would have a hard time guessing this wine : the attack has the delicacy of Pinot from the Southern Côte-de-Beaune, the mid-palate the flesh of a cru Beaujolais, and the finish the spiciness of Pineau d’Aunis. It may be simple on the first sip, but the more you taste it, the longer and more complex it shows with notes of rosemary, iris, black pepper and humus. This is a very serious wine, and indeed one of the very best Grolleaux. Benoit, usually very humble, is quite happy about it, which means a lot! Serve it today decanted or in a Burgundy glass, or keep it 10 years. It can handle a little chill. Pair it with a smoked trout served with a Basque stew, or some charcuterie like fennel soppressata or pata negra. 80% Grolleau, 15% Pineau d’Aunis, 5% Chenin. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $84.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Courault, Benoît 2018 Vin de France Les Guinechiens 1.5 L

Les Guinechiens is one of two “grands vins” made by Benoît Courault, who I consider one of the masters of Chenin on schistes. It is a 0.62 ha single vineyard located in Le Plessis, a little hamlet between Faye d’Anjou and Montbenault. The vines are at least 40 years old. The terroir is quite different from Gilbourg’s : there is more clay and more diversity of schists (green, red, blue). The wine is always more austere and strict, with less mid palate flesh but with a comparable length. The grapes are hand-harvested, pressed whole in a vertical pneumatic, settled overnight. Fermentation starts in tanks then finishes in Grenier foudre. As they lasted longer than usual (the summer drought decreased the amount of nitrogen available for the yeast to function quickly) so Benoit had to monitor very carefully. The wine was bottled by Christian Brault in October 2019.  The nose is more subtle and discreet than Gilbourg, showing discreet notes of acacia, apple blossom, lemon verbena, hay and smoked salt. On the palate the wine is admirably delicate yet asserting its origin with its spine of ripe acidity, its phenolic bitterness and its saltiness coming from the schist. With air, it takes even more volume without losing its touch. Some lemon zest, rhubarb and honeydew appear, as well as a lot of iodine notes. The finish is remarkably long. Still a baby, this bottle would benefit from some cellaring, and for sure would be admirable in 10 years or so. If you serve it today use a large glass, not too cold, decant if possible.  A Maine-lobster roll with melted butter would be amazing with this wine, but you could pair it also with a black cod, sea urchin bouillon and seaweed or a summer pea risotto with fig oil. 100% Chenin. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $99.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 16 in stock
  • $28.99

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $25.99

Dauny 2019 Sancerre Clos du Roy

Domaine Dauny in Crézancy has been organic since 1964 - Nicole and Christian are the twelveth generation at the estate!  The Dauny Clos du Roy is from 40 year-old vines in this famous limestone vineyard. The 2019 has a pale, lemon yellow robe. On the nose it shows ripe stone fruit and golden apple aromas with notes of greengage and Meyer Lemon zest. The mid-weight palate is supple and balanced framed by a salty sense of minerality, with fresh, mouthwatering acidity on a medium long, succulent, slightly herbaceous finish. This was a fine pairing with squash crudo with pistachios, olive oil, and mint and better still with pan roasted chicken breast stuffed with herbed goat cheese and chard. Though for those who are looking for a fresh summer aperitif, not to worry--the 2019 holds plenty of charm. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 36 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Gilbert, Philippe 2019 Menetou-Salon Rosé

From a parcel of Pinot Noir in the commune of Morogues, in biodynamic farming since 2006. Very pale pink color. Subtle, lovely aromas of floral-tinged raspberry with citrus and peach. The palate is very light but with good concentration of pure berry fruits and a bit of exta ripeness in 2019,  with mineral flavors that are lifted by crisp acidity. The finish is long and elegant. This is a superb rosé for those seeking subtlety and balance, highly recommended!

  • rosé
  • 35 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 6 in stock
  • $37.99

  • 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
  • 4 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Grandes Vignes 2017 Anjou Varenne du Poirier

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 Poirier is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without the adition of sulfites.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Grange aux Belles 2018 Vin de France Roche de Murs

This is a spectacular new 100% Chenin Blanc  cuvée from our friends at La Grange aux Belles! Since the creation of the estate, Marc Houtin (the founder, joined after by Julien Bresteau and Gérald "Jesse" Peau) was longing for a beautiful terroir to make a single vineyard chenin - he knew the plots farmed by La Grange aux Belles could make really good but not great wines, they were too rich. One day, passing by the congress center of the small town of  Mûrs-Érigné he discovered at the end of the road a plot of 3 ha uncultivated land, overlooking the Louet, a little affluent of the Loire. Before the 50s, there was a vineyard here on these blue schists He knew he had found the perfect spot! After years of talks with the mayor (luckily he was part of the green party), they finally got the right to rent 1.2 ha. Immediately they cleaned it, let it fallow and in 2013 replanted it with multiple massale selection from top producers - Lise & Bertrand Jousset, Philippe Foreau, Benoit Courault, etc., adapting the rootstocks and the pruning to the very poor soil. 2018 is the third vintage of this Roche de Mûrs named after the local name of the plot - and featuring on the label a  historic monument about the Vendée wars. But already with the  first release in 2016 you could tell it was going to be a special one. The terroir could be tasted, even from these young plantation! With this 2018, a concentrated vintage, if on the nose the aromas are quite subtle, more floral and fruit than savory (orange blossom, lemongrass, honeydew), the palate is so intense and vibrant with a powerful backbone of schiste combined with a bracing yet ripe acidity. Aged in 600 l Stockinger barrel, the lees help to round on the structure, and bring an attractive reduction. Bottled without fining, filtration nor sulfites, it is a model of natural wine. Bravo to La Grange aux Belles for this wine and revealing a beautiful terroir forgotten by history. A bottle worth aging, you will also enjoy it decanted and served in large glass, paired with roasted guinea hen served with a purée of ratte potato and black garlic or crayfish in cream. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Grange aux Belles 2019 Vin de France La Chausée Rouge

I look forward to this wine every year! La Grange aux Belles is a small production run by young and ambitious winemaker, Marc Houtin in Anjou. His approach is to make wines that are lighter, lower in alcohol, and less tannic than many of the typical wines of the region. 'La Chaussée Rouge,' named after the vineyard site (once a battleground), is a blend of Grolleau, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, harvested early and put through carbonic maceration. Distinctly earthy on the nose with notes of dried leaves, freshly turned earth and a mix of raspberry purée and cassis. On the palate the raspberry is fresher and brighter, almost spritely, with tart cranberry, and peppery shiso leaves. If this tells you anything my first tasting note for this vintage reads, "freakin yum". Drink this with a chill and pair with almost anything! Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Grange Tiphaine 2018 Montlouis-Sur-Loire Brut Nouveau Nez

If Rosa Rosé Rosam is one of the best pet nats in the world, Nouveau-Nez could run for the gold medal. For all who don’t believe pet’ nat can be precise, complex, delicious, terroir-driven, age-worthy, just open a bottle of this cuvée! If I have to be precise though, the real name of this wine is Montlouis-sur-Loire Pétillant Originel AOC, as it falls under the first official French AOC for the style. This is the way for the Montlouis producers to showcase the quality of their production : mandatory hand-harvest, spontaneous fermentation, 9 months on tirage, disgorged, nothing added but a little SO2, the final wine must have less than 5 g of residual sugars, and a minimum of 2.4 bars of pressure.  To make this cuvée, Damien is using specific plots in Montlouis. The grapes are hand-harvested, picked perfectly ripe (13.8% potential), sorted in the vineyard and the cellar, and pressed whole-cluster. When only 14 g or so of sugar are left, the wine is bottled, and aged a minimum of 18 months before being disgorged. Damien is trying more and more to expand the tirage, as the quality of the wine is getting better every year in order to gain complexity. 2018 is a dense, powerful version of Nouveau-Nez which will please lovers of Marguet or Lahaye Champagne. The nose is explosive on quince paste, marzipan, seringa, lemon-verbena, a mix of Chenin and autolytic notes. The palate is first broad and dense to become sleeker and saltier to finish with smoke and iodine. The bubbles are remarkably creamy and lingering. This wine could be cellared a year or so without problem. If you open it today, serve it in an all-purpose wine glass, not too cold, and enjoy it with roasted poultry, grilled rock fishes and soft-press cheese aged for 6 months or so. 100% Chenin. Pascaline Lepeltier. 

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Grange Tiphaine 2018 Montlouis-sur-Loire Clef de Sol Blanc

Clef de Sol means treble clef and is a tribute to music, Damien being an accomplished clarinetist and Coralie a choir singer. Clef de Sol is a blend of different southern exposed plots located in Montlouis on sandy perruches, i.e. clay and flint over tuffeau. The vines are mostly 80 years old, and farmed biodynamically. Hand-harvested mid-september, the grapes are sorted in the vineyard and the cellar, whole-cluster pressed, then fermented in barrels (225 and 400 l) in the underground cellar. Fermentations are spontaneous and malo occurs, without making the wine lose its tension. The wine is aged for a year on the fine lees, and lightly filtered with a sulfur dioxide adjustment. Clef de Sol is without a doubt a benchmark wine for Montlouis, in the line of François Chidaine’s Les Bournais but drier, with more density and less oak than Jacky Blot’s cuvées. 2018 is a superb, powerful expression of the wine, yet the weight is really well balanced by the chalky acidity. Think Savennières meets Brézé, with specific smoky notes coming from the Montlouis flint. Aromatically, this Chenin shows more its floral side, with a lot of lemon-verbena and linden, quinine, peach pit and salt. The oak is very well balanced, with just a hint of white tobacco. The finish is really impressive. I would recommend cellar this bottle for a year or two (at least, it will also be great in 15 years). If you open it today, serve it a Burgundy glass not too cold. Pair it with grilled crayfish with tarragon butter, artichokes barigoule or mild blue cheese. 100% Chenin. Pascaline Lepeltier.

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2014 Bourgueil Deux Monts

From  70-year-old vines in "Petits Monts" and "Grand Monts" towards the top of the slope above Benais, facing roughly south-west, clay over Turonien limestone (tuffeau, craie micacée). This is the terroir giving the most elegant and age-worthy Bourgueils.  18-month élevage ; 40% in cuve inox, 20% in one new 400 liter barrel, 20% in one-year and 20% in two-year old barrels, assembled two months before bottling.  Tasted in February 2016, the wine was fairly closed and tight, with deep, pure black fruits and perfect balance. This will be a sensational mature wine, best to wait eight to ten years, or more, then drink until 2040. 

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2017 Bourgueil Deux Monts

From  70-year-old vines in "Petits Monts" and "Grand Monts" towards the top of the slope above Benais, facing roughly south-west, clay over Turonien limestone (tuffeau, craie micacée). This is the terroir giving the most elegant and age-worthy Bourgueils.  18-month élevage ; 40% in cuve inox, 20% in one new 400 liter barrel, 20% in one-year and 20% in two-year old barrels, assembled two months before bottling. Our first taste of the 2017 "Deux Monts" revealed it to be a superb wine, quite deep and ripe but still light on its feet and with a particularly long and focused finish. Says Stéphane "the weather in 2017 was quite warm in spring and summer with a bit of rain in september - the wine is quite floral with ripe red fruits and mineral flavors on the palate with round, supple tannins and the limestone terroir quite present in the finish."  It's a beautiful wine showing the old vines and great terroir...

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $21.99

  • 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
  • 28 in stock
  • $15.49

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

Jousset, Lise et Bertrand 2018 Montlouis-sur-Loire Premier Rendez-Vous

This is a Chenin Blanc that makes me picture spring meadows. Lise and Bertrand Jousset have created this wine from two organically farmed terroirs in Montlouis sur Loire - 40 year-old vines on sand and silex soils over limestone and 70 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils. "Premier Rendez-vous," which translates to 'the first encounter', is all about freshness and vibrancy. The nose shows notes of ripe cantaloupe, yellow peach, and budding flowers, and the palate has a beautiful texture and acidity brought on by the limestone and silex soils. The Joussets prefer to use as little sulfur as possible and have aged this wine in 2 to 8 year-old large barrels, giving this energetic wine slightly softened edges. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lambert, Patrick 2015 Chinon L'Ame d'Antan

This beautiful Chinon is from 65 to 70-year-old vines in sandy clay soils over limestone in Sonnay, near Cravant. The wine ages for 18 months in old barrels, less than 200 cases are made. The 2015 Ame D'Antan shows a deep black/garnet color with elegant aromas of ripe black raspberry and red currant with hints of violet, prune, citrus and crushed stone. The palate is dense but bright, with a silky texture, showing earthy, ripe strawberry confit with black raspberry and licorice with firm mineral acidity and a bit less tannin than the 2014. Good length with lingering berry and mineral flavors. Delicious now, it will age beautifully, probably best 2023 to 2035+ David Lillie

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Le Briseau 2018 Vin de France Patapon Rouge

A very lovely Pineau D'Aunis with deep, round spicy red fruits and hints of white pepper. Serve cool!

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $30.99

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

Mosse 2018 Vin de France Le Gros (Grolleau) Mag 1.5L

 For the 2018 vintage 'Le Gros' is a blend of  50% Grolleau noir, 20% Gamay with ten days of carbonic maceration, and  30% Grolleau Gris. The Mosse vineyards are organically grown and their wines are made in a low-interventionist style with nothing added to the wine except a minimum of sulfites at bottling.

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mosse 2018 Vin de France Le Rouchefer

The Mosse family is making superb natural wines in Anjou, and the 2018 Vin de France Rouchefer is a classic example. From a 1.6 ha parcel of 50 year-old massale selection vines in soils of clay and quartz over schistes, the wine is produced with minimal SO2 (total 20mg/l) and is aged in barrel. The  wine shows beautiful floral aromas of quince, pear, citrus, almond and stone. The palate is quite ripe, expressive and elegant without being heavy, and the lovely fruit is backed by firm acidity, herbal and mineral flavors, with terrific length  - a real Chenin of terroir that will accompany a wide range of seafood and chicken dishes and mild cheeses. Serve cool, but not too cold, over the next ten to fifteen years. David Lillie

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Orieux, Stéphane 2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Cru Vallet

The 2016 Stephane Orieux (Bregeonnette) "Vallet" is from 40-year-old vines on mica schist soils. Hand harvested, then direct press into underground, glass-lined cement tanks where it fermented naturally with wild yeasts. 30 month sur-lie aging.  This is a beautiful Muscadet that has benefitted from the 30 months on the lees, showing classic aromas of lemon verbena, almond, anise, pear, white peach and stone, really lovely. The palate is round and supple but framed in the firm acidity normally present in 2016s, with vibrant citrus and mineral flavors underlying round white fruits, continuing in the long crisp and saline finish. This is lovely now served with sole, cod and haddock, but will accompany fuller flavored fish as well. Drink until 2030 and please serve in a large Bordeaux or Burgundy glass. David Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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. Thank you Marc, Remi and Gwenaëlle for another beautiful wine!

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $27.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $29.99

Pinon 2018 Vouvray Les Déronnières

The grapes for this new cuvée from Francois Pinon (first made in 2014)  used to be included in the Silex Noir, but this wonderful vineyard, the Pinon's best parcel on a hill-top directly above their cellar, much deserves to be bottled on its own.  The soil is clay over Turonian limestone, and the beautiful exposure gives ripe fruit that is normally vinified as a demi-sec. In 2018 it's fabulously ripe, dense and complex, with approximately 20 grams of RS per liter. The wine shows elegant aromas of lime-flower, dried pear, lemon zest and stones. The palate is very supple and ripe, saline and mineral with round white fruits, citrus and herbal notes with impressive density and length. A great Vouvray with fantastic minerality  that will age beautifully!  Normally thought of as a fish wine, the flavors and texture of this wine will make it pair beautifully with poultry and white meats as well.  Highly recommended.  David Lillie