Alsace

  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $84.99

Brand, Charles & Philippe 2016 Alsace La Chimere Blanc

This is a beautiful expression of Riesling, in many ways a bit raw and peculiar, but very much alive  and well worth exploring. There is some reduction on opening, and a faint tingle on the tongue, so we recommend a long decant if possible. The minerality of the wine is refreshing and crunchy. A unique (and totally clean) unfiltered, no SO2 Riesling from the promising young winemaker, Philippe Brand.

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Brand, Charles & Philippe 2016 Alsace Tout Terriblement

Tout Terriblement is all Gewurztraminer from Philippe Brand, an up and coming winemaker in Alsace, whose family domaine is about 20 minutes west of Strasbourg. Though we don't have the analysis in front of us, my guess is that there are somewhere between 1-3 grams of residual sugar here, giving it a ripe fruitiness, and making it a very worthy pairing for asian cuisines and food with a bit of spice. The nose is classic Gewurztraminer, though a bit dialed back on the spice/white pepper notes. A really pleasant wine.    EL

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Brand, Charles et Philippe 2015 Alsace Fleurs

80% Pinot Gris and 20% Riesling from Philippe Brand in Alsace. There's a delicate floral aroma here, and plenty of orchard fruit on the nose (apples and pears). Ripe, with long mineral finish and a subtle oxidative lean, it should be a welcome addition to a picnic - flavorful enough to stand up to food, and with plenty of acidity to cleanse the palate!   EL

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Frick 2017 Alsace Auxerrois Pur Vin

100% Pinot Auxerrois from Pierre and Chantal Frick. There's subtle white stone fruit on the nose, with sharp acidity balanced by a soft, fruity character in the mid-palate.    EL

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $18.99

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

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

Australia

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $32.99

Paxton 2015 McLaren Vale Shiraz

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $35.99

Austria

Altenburger, Markus 2015 Burgenland Blaufränkisch 'Gritschenberg'

After starting to oversee the winemaking in 2006, Markus Altenburger took over the family winery fully in 2012, and has expanded to 30 parcels totaling around 14-odd hectares (currently in the third year of organic conversion). His parents had mostly made white wines with some attention given to international red varieties. Markus shifted the main focus to Blaufränkisch, a grape far more suited to the climate and soils found around the town of Jois and the Leithaberg DAC. Work in the cellar is with native yeasts, élevage is mostly in old wood or cement, with no additions save a judicious amount of sulfur at bottling. Gritschenberg is a southeast-facing parcel on the Leithaberg, planted to Blaufränkisch by Markus' grandfather in the late '60s. The vineyard is rife with the famous 'Leithakalk' or shell limestone, on which the old-vine Blaufränkisch manifests smaller berries, looser bunches, and lends a mineral elegance to the wines. Grapes are hand-harvested, ferment in cask, and the wine ages for two years in 500L used oak barrels. The concentration of plum and raspberry fruit that could have gone too lush and soft in a ripe vintage like 2015 is deftly cut with savory black licorice and salty herbs and earthy structure. Bravo, Markus! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $67.99

  • Organic

Ambrositsch, Jutta 2016 Wien Riesling Rosengartel

This is the final vintage you will see this bottle with Rosengartel on the label, due to red-tape and regulations; but let's not forget about this legendary vineyard, where Jutta farms eight rows of vines down the south-facing flank of the Nußberg, on shell limestone soils. Jutta was initially offered four rows from a female winemaker who was close to retirement in 2006. Thinking it was just conversation, Jutta was surprised to receive a phone call the following year from the same winemaker, saying it was time for Jutta to take the parcel. Since then they've been able to add the neighboring four rows to their plot. Jutta maintains that this beautiful vineyard needs ample time before bottling, and the wine remains in stainless steel tank until well into the following fall. White florals, jasmine blossoms on the nose, green mango, nectarine pit, dried herbs, white cherry, green apple all flood the palate, the wine has fantastic density while remaining luminous! Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $52.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Hager, Matthias 2017 Kamptal Grüner Veltliner Seeberg

Matthias Hager has been making wine on 13 hectares around the village of Mollands in the Kamptal for about 15 years, started converting his vines to biodynamics in 2005, and has been Demeter certified Biodynamic since 2008. He doesn't like to categorize his wines as just white or red, he has separated his wines into 'blue' and 'brown' collections. The 'blue' line of wines are fresh, bright, and fruity, to be enjoyed within the first four years after bottling. The 'brown' line of wines are more suited to be held onto, layered and serious. Seeberg is a south-facing vineyard in the Kamptal (west of Zöbing), with warmer days followed by a cooling influence from the forest to the north, soils here are a mix of sand, clay, and slate. Harvest is by hand, grapes ferment spontaneously and the wine ages in old oak barrels. Concentrated and dense palate with notes of Fuji apple, nectarine, mango, beeswax, honeysuckle, and apricot; effusive and bright, lovely ripe fruit balanced by acidity, this Grüner drinks almost like a Riesling! Incredibly enjoyable now, this wine has the stuffing to last at least 5-10 years in your cellar. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Hareter, Thomas 2016 Burgenland Naturschönheit

Thomas Hareter is the fourth generation winemaker at his family's estate in Gols, Burgenland. Certified Organic since 2006 they are currently in the process of Demeter (Biodynamic) certification. 'Naturschönheit' is Zweigelt and Sankt Laurent, semi-carbonic fermentation and aging for ten months in large neutral oak barrels, bottled unfined and unfiltered with low sulfur added. Heady scents of patchouli and turned soil, black plum skin and cured meats, the palate is fresh and layered with savory notes of dark soy sauce, black pepper and tea, blackberries and plum with light tannic structure and a tart finish. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Hofer 2017 Weinviertel Grüner Veltliner (1 Liter)

It's hard to imagine a better deal than this full liter of organic Grüner, perennially one of our favorites. Stony, dry, bright, and lifted with notes of citrus oil, nectarine skin, and a touch of saline minerality on the finish. CB

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Meinklang 2015 Burgenland Graupert Zweigelt

Graupert means something akin to 'unkempt', and is in reference to the vines used for this bottling, as they have not been pruned for at least ten years. Walking along the vines you see the energy and chaos in the plants, with multiple settings of fruit and shoots weaving through and dangling over the training wires. This choice to leave the plant alone has made the resulting Zweigelt grapes quite different physiologically: with smaller berries and thicker skins. This makes for a more structured and a savory wine, bold with grippy tannins, raspberry seeds, strawberries, tart red and black plums. Pair with goulash, aged cheeses. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Nikolaihof 2017 Wachau Grüner Veltliner Zwickl

Nikolaihof is the oldest winery in Austria, with the cellar dating back about 2,000 years. The Saahs family took the reigns in 1894 and went biodynamic in the early 1970s. 'Zwickl' is a reference to the unfiltered beers of Germany, and this is the unfiltered version of the Nikolaihof Hefeabzug. Although it won't be quite as cloudy as its beer counterpart, the texture is present just enough to give depth and delight to the fresh floral, peachy, and pollen notes. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Biodynamic

Nikolaihof 2017 Wachau Riesling Vom Stein Federspiel

Not that we're counting, but Nikolaihof is the oldest wine estate in Austria, with over 2000 years of history under its belt (in the Saahs family since 1894). If you ever find yourself in the Wachau, please do pay them a visit, it feels like a proper pilgrimage site; from Roman crypt cellar, to still-functional baumpresse, to the beautiful, linden tree-covered tasting courtyard—the estate is absolutely magical. Vom Stein is a parcel in the Silberbichl, in Mautern; soils here are a mix of loess, loam, and Danube gravel. Grapes spontaneously ferment and the wine ages for six months in large, oak casks. When tasted in June of 2018 the wine had a haunting mineral nose with herbaceous and stony qualities balancing the lush palate. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Biodynamic

Ott, Bernhard 2017 Feuersbrunn Wagram Grüner Veltliner Am Berg

Am Berg is back! Younger vines grown on loess soils closer to the village of Feuersbrunn. A fantastic entry-level Grüner, fresh and fruity, but not at all flabby; creamy but with a saline cut; with waves of white flowers, young ginger, lemon zest, mango and apricot. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 33 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Biodynamic

Ott, Bernhard 2017 Wagram Grüner Veltliner Spiegel

Twenty-five year old vines on loess soils grown on the rim of the valley in the Wagram. Of Bernhard Ott's Grand Cru vineyards, Spiegel is a perennial favorite. 

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Biodynamic

Prager 2005 Wachau Riesling Ried Klaus 'Lieblich'

A Smaragd in everything but name, this is Prager at its most ornate and heady -- going into the stylistic realm of some of his neighbors, especially FX Pichler or Hirtzberger. Fear not though, as rather than translate all that ripeness into an unwieldy amount of alcohol, Toni Bodenstein opted to stop fermentation before it was totally complete, leading to a perfectly balanced wine they would call "Feinherb" across the border in Germany. Bodenstein likens it to the 1990 Klaus, which is no faint praise, to be sure. Built to last in the cellar for many, many years. -jfr

Totally in agreement with John, this 'lieblich' bottling is truly unique and is aging well. Opened last month (12/2018) with friends and Chinese food, it did not disappoint. Although darker in color than expected, the wine is fascinatingly opulent, layered, balanced, and has settled in nicely. Highly recommended. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 1 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $64.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Schloss Gobelsburg 2017 Kamptal Cistercien Rosé

Pale pink in the glass, the nose hints at a stony minerality confirmed on the palate. This blend of Zweigelt, St. Laurent, and Pinot Noir is crisp with scintillating acidity and flavors of fresh green and red strawberries, Seville orange, white raspberries, white stone, and lemon juice. A touch more giving than the 2016 vintage, and still incredibly brisk! Cari Bernard 

  • rosé
  • 25 in stock
  • $15.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Stadlmann 2016 Thermenregion Pinot Noir Classic

The Stadlmann family has been making wine since the 1780s in the Thermenregion; sheltered from the northern winds by the Vienna Woods, it is one of Austria's warmest wine growing areas. The 'Classic' line of wines are aged in large, used barrels to showcase the true character of the grape and terroir. 2016 is beautifully balanced and fresh, the palate is smooth and juicy with bright flavors of ripe strawberries, tangy raspberries, tart yet candied red cherries wrapped in a cloak of savory spice. A wonderful wine to have with a wide range of food! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 96 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $33.99

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

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Weingut Karl Schnabel 2017 Südsteiermark Pinot Noir Koregg

Karl Schnabel worked in Burgundy briefly in the late nineties, and it's no surprise that his love for Pinot Noir and the region was brought back home with him to Austria. The Schnabel family chose to buck the tradition of the region and focus on red varieties instead on the more commonly-planted Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gelber Muskateller, et al. As with all wines at the estate, the quality is developed in the vineyard through biodynamic treatments and grueling manual upkeep. Once the grapes make it to the cellar, they spontaneously ferment in cask with manual pigéage and the wine is transferred by bucket into neutral Burgundy barrels, to age until being bottled without fining, filtration, or sulfur. New roses, candied cherry blossoms, red cherries, orange zest, pine shavings come forth on the nose. Flavors of red currants, strawberries, sage, hibiscus tea, tart cherry compote expand, vibrate, and sustain on the palate with freshness and verve. This would be delightful paired with all sorts of cheeses from triple crème, to washed rind, to Alpine. Cari Bernard 

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Weingut Karl Schnabel 2017 Südsteiermark Rotburger Kreuzegg

Rotburger is the original name for Zweigelt. One of Karl and Eva Schnabel’s three vineyards, the Kreuzegg vineyard is also on the Sausal mountain, home to slate soils with silex. As is true with all of the Schnabel red wines, natural fermentation occurs in open tank, with hand-pigéage; the wine is then scooped via bucket into used Burgundy barrels where it ages on the lees until being bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with no sulfur. Deep, dark magenta in color, darker than expected. Scents of ripe purple plums, stewed strawberries, carrot peelings, and just a hint of savory soy sauce, the wine is medium-bodied, juicy and mouthcoating with flavors of blueberries, blackberries, black raspberries, plums, and only the faintest whisper of tannins on the finish. May need another month or so to really knit together, but we look forward to where this wine is heading. (2/2019) Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Weingut Karl Schnabel 2017 Südsteiermark Sausal

A blend of Rotburger (Zweigelt), Blaufränkisch, and Pinot Noir, the Sausal bottling is an easy-going, lighter-bodied red, sourced from all three vineyards on the Sausal mountain. Mineral freshness and high flying acidity to make your mouth water as a bounty of juicy and ripe wild strawberries, cranberries, raspberries ruby red grapefruit, and tart cherries wash over your palate layered with savory notes of red florals, pollen, and pink peppercorn. No fining, no filtration, no sulfur added. Serve after ten minutes in the fridge and enjoy with friends and loved ones! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Beaujolais

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $31.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

Chamonard 2016 Morgon Le Clos de Lys

From four hectares of massale-selection, high density plantings ranging from 50 to 100 years of age in the lieu-dits of Chenes, Corcelette, and les Martillets. Vigneron Jean-Claude Chanudet works the vineyards organically but does not seek certification. Upon opening, the 2016 is slightly musky and burly, but with a little bit of air it unfolds into an elegantly balanced wine, displaying vivid fruit, soft tannins, medium body and bright acidity. The nose exhibits aromas of raspberry, cranberry, pomegranate, orange peel, dried rose, and a slight earthy quality. The palate carries the fruit very well, and introduces a slightly savory quality; a hint of black tea and blackcurrant leaf. Pair with all the usual suspects (i.e. roast chicken), this was also quite delicious on it's own. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Coquelet 2016 Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes

The step-son of Georges Descombes, Damien Coquelet has worked alongside him since early childhood. Damian's  2016 Chiroubles VV is a beautiful wine showing bright aromas of ripe raspberry, morello chery, violet and citrus, really quite pretty. There is a lively mineral attack on the palate with earthy plum, cherry and raspberry fruit that is sappy, earthy and long. Quite lovely now, this should really sing after a few years of cellaring. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $30.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Coquelet 2017 Morgon Cote de Py

Damien Coquelet, working in the same stlye as his step-father Georges Descombes, has once again created some beautifully old-fashioned Beaujolais in 2017. The Morgon Cote de Py shows lovely aromas of raspberry, strawberry, citrus and rose, very pretty and bright. The palate shows a bit more stucture and darker fruit than the Damien's Chiroubles, with sappy strawberry fruit, a bit of citrus and a more earthy character. The finish is refreshing and long with juicy berry fruit and firm acidity. Serve quite cool with chicken and white meats, grilled foods and charcuterie. Lovely wine.

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Coudert 2017 Fleurie Cuvée Christie

Alain Coudert makes this lovely wine from two small parcels on typical Fleurie terroir of sandy soils over decomposed granite, in contast to the heavier clay/manganese soils at the Clos de la Roilette, which borders Moulin-a-Vent. The 2017 is a bright garnet/red color with vivid aromas of black raspberry and ripe strawberry with violet, pepper, earth and citrus. There is deep, ripe berry fruit on the palate, sappy and long with dark chocolate, earth and citrus with firm acidity and brightness. This delicious full-bodied Fleurie shows the richness of the 2017 vintage but remains fresh and lively - drink this beautiful Beaujolais over the nextthree to five years, served cool, with just about anything!

  • red
  • 49 in stock
  • $19.99

Descombes, Georges 2016 Morgon Vieilles Vignes

This is a classic version of the Descombes Morgon VV, showing subtle high-toned black raspberry and tart cherry aromas with plum, violet, citrus, earth and brown spice, really lovely. The elegant black and red fruits continue on the palate with complex notes of blood orange,  mint and spice, quite saline and earthy as well, really showing the terroir. The wine is dense and structured but bright and balanced, finishing with refreshing acidity, citrus, cherry fruit, anise and mineral flavors. Delicious now, this should be superb in three to five years, and should drink well till 2030 and beyond.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Descombes, Georges 2017 Morgon

George Descombes consistently makes some of our favorite wines in Beaujolais, and the his village wines are some of the best values in the region. George works the vines organically,  ferments using only native yeasts and whole cluster, semi-carbonic maceration and bottles with minimal sulpher, creating expressions of Beaujolias that are fruit-driven, but with beautiful minerality and aging potential. His vines in Morgon are planted on soils of sand/gravel and decomposing granite. The 2017 is a beautiful medley of ripe red fruit: wild raspberries, dark cherry, red currants and pomegranate. It is balanced with floral aromatics of rose and violets, and an underlying earthy leafiness. There is great depth to the fruit, and the wine is carried to a long and satisfying finish by soft, ripe, and very well integrated tannins and good acidity. A hint of crunchy minerality rounds this out perfectly. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 27 in stock
  • $23.99

Descombes, Georges 2017 Regnie

The 2017 Regnié from Geroges Descombes is a finely balanced wine, even in a warmer vintage, Ripe and generous fruit is offset with lively acidity and a vivid intensity on the palate that keeps this wine lifted and fresh. On the nose there are aromas of red and black currant, strawberry, raspberry, black cherry, rose, violets, and licorice. The palate has soft and finely integrated tannins and shows notes of strawberry and raspberry compote, cranberry, blackberry, pomegranate, orange peel, baking spice and a granitic minerality, especially on the complex and satisfying finish. This is a very versatile wine, and I wouldn't hesitate to pair with a wide range of foods, from roast chicken, to burgers or even a pork chop. It was equally at home accompanying the watching of a movie on the couch with just a little, hastily composed cheese plate for backup. A joyful wine for all occasions. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $41.99

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • no discount
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $16.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $28.99

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $31.99

Pignard 2016 Morgon Cuvee Tradition

The Pignard's Morgon Cuvée Tradition is simply superb in 2016. Good friends with Christian Ducroux, the Pignards practise similar methods of biodynamic farming and natural vinifications. Produced from steep hillside vineyards, the wine ferments naturally, with approximately 10mg of SO2 added and spends a year in vat followed by a year in old barriques. The 2016 vintage was a difficult one for the growers, resulting in low yields, but with a sunny late season that produced beautiful wines with pure fruit, light to medium body and firm acidity. The 2016 Morgon Tradition is a superb wine, sowing a deep red color and aromas of ripe morello cherry, strawberry and black raspberry liqueur, with violet, rose, orange peel and earth. There is berry liqueur on the palate which is dense and long but not heavy. It's well balanced and bright at 12.5 % alcohol, finishing with sappy black fruits, citrus and earth. Serve in it's vibrant youth with steak frites, charcuterie, coq au vin and cow cheeses. This will be worth cellaring, best perhaps 2022 - 2030. Highly recommended.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2017 Beaujolais Chardonnay

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

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) 2017 Côte de Brouilly

Jean-Paul Brun of Domaine des Terres Dorées has 2 parcels of 50 to 60 year-old vines on a steep section of Mont Brouilly with a south-east exposition at about 1,000 ft of altitude. Here the soil is all stones, mostly a blue volcanic rock rather than the granite soils prevalent in the Beaujolais. This is a gorgeous wine! Lovely aromas of ripe blackberry and bright fruits such as boysenberry and red currant, very floral with violets, citrus, cocoa and earth. The palate is ripe  but balanced (at 12.5% alcohol) with very sappy black and red fruit liqueur with mineral salts and citrusy acids that linger in the lush finish. (Note that the vinification for this wine is the classic Burgundy method rather than the usual semi-carbonic practised in the Beaujolais.) A beautiful Beaujolais for current drinking and over the next few years. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Low Sulfur

Thevenet, Jean-Paul 2017 Morgon Vieilles Vignes

The Thévenet Morgon VV is always one of the greatest of Beaujolais. From 4.75 hectares near Le Clachet, from vines averaging 70 years of age, with some planted before World War One. About 2,000 cases are produced. Vineyard work is biodynamic, fermentation is with wild yeasts at a moderately low temperature (10 - 13 degrees Celsius). Aging is mostly in old barrels from DRC with minimal extraction.. The 2017 Thévenet shows a bit of reduction, then complex aromas of red currant, rose, black plum, earth, violet, blood orange, spice  and licorice, light and pretty when first opened then darkening with aeration. The palate shows bright red currant and berry liqueur with mineral, citrus, rose and spice. After three hours open the wine has gathered intensity with deep sappy and earthy black fruits. The finish is firm with citrusy acidity, fruit and mineral flavors with good density and length. Decant if drinking now, this superb natural Morgon will be best from 2022 to 2030.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Bordeaux Red

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2000 Margaux Arrives March 29

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

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $73.99

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $66.99

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2004 Margaux

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $66.99

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $69.99

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2009 Margaux

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

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $71.99

Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2010 Margaux

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

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $71.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Belles Cimes 2015 Saint-Emilion

This second label of Chateau Coutet is a great value! With flavors of violets, red and black plum, dark cherry, tobacco, earth and musk, the wine displays an elegant bouquet that is lifted by bright acidity, grippy tannins and superb minerality. With a good finish, the lovely flavors linger on the palate. Pair this wine with a classic steak and fries, roast beef, and lamb shoulder. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $74.99

Chateau Maison Blanche 2014 Saint-Emilion

Maison Blanche always makes great wines and this 2014 Saint Émilion is no exception. A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from at least 45-year-old vines planted on clay, the wine is aged for several months in oak with some low percentage of new oak, and with minimal addition of sulfur at bottling. On the nose, the bouquet is complex and enticing with dry violets, crushed plums, ripe dark berries, dry earth, brown tobacco and cedar notes. On the palate, the wine is exciting with bright energy from the acidity and minerality and grippy tannins. To drink now or cellar it for several years (+7 years), the wine will show wonderfully with the traditional holiday meals of roasted lamb and ham, and spare ribs, braised beef, or classic steak. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 29 in stock
  • $39.99

Chateau Massereau 2007 Bordeaux Superieur Cuvee K

A delicious Bordeaux at a great price - Château Massereau is an estate situated in Barsac, approximately 30km from Bordeaux, that practices organic farming and is fully committed to natural wine-making, using minimum amount of sulfur when devatting. A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot planted on alluvial soils, the grapes are fermented for a long time (10 weeks) in concrete vats and then aged for 16 months in neutral barriques before a 10-year elevage in the bottle before release. On the nose, the wine is complex with a bouquet of dark berry, plum, cedar, violet, and tobacco. On the palate, the wine is lifted by its beautiful acidity and displays great density and soft tannins. Perfect for your holiday festivities, the wine will fantastically pair with braised rosemary lamb shoulder, roasted turkey with gravy, and red-skin mashed potatoes. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 9 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Chateau Micalet 2014 Haut Medoc

This delectable, organic Bordeaux from the Fédieu family is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. On the nose, the wine displays notes of dark berries, cassis, menthol, dried rose petals, violets, yellow tobacco, young leather and oriental spices. On the palate, the balance between acidity, tannin and oak is beautiful; with great minerality coming from the gravelly sandy soils, the wine shows some weight with a bright freshness. Complex without being too much, this lively wine strikes the right balance between a table wine and a wine for more special occasions. Drink with meat recipes such as steak au poivre, ragouts, lamb kebabs, or braised pork. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Fonroque 2015 Grand Cru Classe Saint-Emilion

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

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

La Grave 2016 Fronsac

This is a delicious wine from a small biodynamic estate in Fronsac, next to Pomerol and St. Emilion. A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine displays a bouquet of ripe dark plums, crunchy cassis,  tobacco, purple floral, and herbs de provence notes. With bright acidity and grippy tannins, the wine has a good complexity and persistent finish. Drink this wine now with braised duck, lamb shoulder, beef stew, or nutty blue cheese. You may also cellar the wine for several years (+5 years). Caroline Coursant  

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $41.99

  • Biodynamic

La Grave Figeac 2014 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

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

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

La Grave Figeac 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

The Clauzel family does not disappoint with this vintage! This wine is a blend of 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc, planted on sandy gravelly soils and aged for about 15 months in barrels. Elegant and classic, the nose displays aromas of dark plum, crunchy cassis, prunes, nutmeg, light tobacco, dried violet petals and leather notes. On the palate, the wine is luscious and vibrant with good acidity, beautiful minerality and supple tannins. The finish is long with a delicate bouquet. A delicious Saint-Emilion to drink now or cellar for +10 years. Pair this wine with roast beef, grilled steak, nutty cheese or roasted lamb. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic

La Grave Figeac 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru L'Essai (No SO2)

Who said that no S02 red wine can't be classicly structured and delicious! L'Essai is mostly Merlot (90%) with a touch of Cabernet Franc (10%), planted on sandy gravelly soils. Aged for 15 months with no added sulfur, this wine showcases a beautiful structure of good acidity, light tannin and superb minerality while displaying a freshness of aromas, quite unique for this appellation. With a bouquet of juicy red berry, tart black plum, rose petals, white pepper, crushed rock and green tobacco, the wine is vibrant with its complex flavors lingering deliciously on the finish. Pair this wine with hamburgers, steak tartare or a plate of charcuterie and cheese. Caroline Coursant 

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $999.99

Le Colombier de la Metairie 2014 Montagne Saint Emilion

Le Colombier de la Métairie is Maison Blanche's second label. Certified organic and biodynamic, this label is known for its accessibility while keeping a beautiful structure. The wine is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from about 45-year-old vines, located in Montagne, Saint-Émilion, Pomerol and Libourne. The soils are clay-based, with a subsoil of limestone and gravel. Fermented with native yeast, the wine is aged for 15 months in cement vats and old barrels with minimal sulfur added before bottling. Le Colombier de la Metairie 2014 has a bright and fresh structure with great acidity, superb minerality, and smooth tannins. The nose is full of dark berries and plum notes, with some wood, spice, dry tobacco, herbal and floral undertones. On the palate, the wine is quite enjoyable with plenty of energy, savory notes, and a nice finish. This is a great, fresh wine that can accompany many different meals from the classic hamburger to spare ribs or herb-roasted lamb. A fantastic value to drink now or age for a few years.  Caroline Coursant  

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Le Geai 2015 Bordeaux Superieur Pur Nature (No SO2)

The Le Geai "2015 "Pure Nature" is a natural wine with no added sulfur, certified Biodyanmic. It's unusual blend is 70% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 10% Carmenere and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.This is a fresh, earthy and delicious Bordeaux, showing vivid aromas of black raspberry, red currant and cassis, ripe but bright; the palate is dense with cassis and red currant, quite lively and with underlying earth and mineral flavors that linger in the finish. For anyone seeking a more natural style of Bordeaux, with zero added SO2, this is highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur

Le Geai 2016 Bordeaux Superieur Argiles de Pauline (Anfora)

Henri Duporge at Château Le Geai makes this unique Bordeaux from Merlot and Malbec, the tradional blend in the northern Libournais in the 1800s. The vines grow in "blue clay" over limestone, fermentation is with wild yeasts and the wine ages 12 months in amfora, with only a tiny addition of volcanic sulfur. Certified organic and Biodynamic. The 2015 Argiles de Pauline shows a deep black/purple color and lush aromas of ripe cassis and red currant with rose, earth, spice and citrus. The palate is deep and ripe with blackberry, cassis and plum, with silky tannins - dense but bright and balanced finishing with black fruits and juicy acids. Drinking beautifully now, this is a perfect pairing for a steak, pork chop or grilled lamb, and aging for eight to ten years should be very interesting.  David Lillie

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Mazeyres 2015 Pomerol

Le Seuil de Mazeyres is the second label from esteemed estate Château Mazeyres, a beautiful and lush estate located in Libourne in the appellation of Pomerol. Certified organic and in conversion to biodynamic farming, the estate is a prime example of balance and authenticity under the management of Alain Moueix.  The 2015 Le Seuil de Mazeyres is a fantastic and vibrant wine reflecting the artistry of Alain Moueix. The 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. A believer of balance, Alain does not add much to the wine, letting the wine speak for itself. New oak is used but not in excess and sulfur is minimally added. The result is a wine that is enticing, with a delicious bouquet of black currant and red berry, crunchy dark cherry, herbs de Provence, mint, dry tobacco and cinnamon spices. On the palate, the wine combines tension, precise minerality, and supple tannins to offer a lively experience for the mouth. This is a superb wine to enjoy young with a classic steak aux frites, lamb shoulder and gratin Dauphinois. Caroline Coursant

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Peybonhomme 2015 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux Quintessence

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Seuil 2015 Graves Rouge

Made from nearly equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a smattering of Cabernet Franc, farmed organically. The vines are grown on a gland of gravel and sand over limestone and clay. The 2015 is classic Graves with red and black fruits, notes of tobacco and cassis, with a fine core of minerality and ripe tannins on a medium weight, lifted finish. Delicious now, with a nice upside for mid-term aging. Enjoy with grilled lamb chops in a red wine sauce or hanger steak with an anchovy butter. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 19 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Bordeaux Sweet

  • white sweet
  • 7 in stock
  • $17.99

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $27.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $69.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

Rieussec 1988 Sauternes

As they say: “A sweetie for your Sweetie”.  When Sauternes of this quality ages, it gains a lot of complexity of aroma and flavor. The 1988 is now in – sorry! – a sweet spot for drinking, with mouth-watering aromas of stone fruist and nuts; it’s quite rich on the palate but there is enough tart acidity to make the wine taste fresh. A classic French pairing is to serve this with foie gras, liver pate, or blue cheese, but we have also loved Sauternes with fruit desserts and with custard/pudding.

 

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $129.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $499.99

Bordeaux White

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

Burgundy White

  • white
  • 62 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $112.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $109.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $159.99

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $33.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $28.99

Chavy, Philippe 2016 Bourgogne Chardonnay

Fresh and cool-toned aromatically, the 2016 Philippe Chavy Bourgogne Blanc balances charm and  energy at a civilized (for white Burgundy) price point. Meyer lemon, white flower and stone fruit aromas dominate the nose. The briskly fresh palate displays citrus peel, white apricot, and stony flavors on a succulent and zesty finish with good mineral detail. A fine aperitif, but with enough depth to grace the table with shellfish, sea bass, and milder cheeses. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $20.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $84.99

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $59.99

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

Domaine Ballorin & F 2015 Bourgogne Chardonnay

Gilles Ballorin makes this beautiful Bourgogne Chardonnay from young vines in the lieu-dit "Le Chapitre" in Chenove, above Marsannay. Biodynamic farming and minimal SO2. The wine needs decantin or two hours open, then shows complex aromas of pear, apricot, citrus, almond and stone with a bit of oak and herbal notes. The palate is dense and sapid with ripe pear, almond, wet stone and mineral flavors that continue in the long, opulent but firm finish. This shows the ripeness of the 2015 vintage, balanced by good acidity and earthy flavors. This will cellar nicely for another 5 years or so. Lovely wine. David Lillie

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $104.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $53.99

  • Organic

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

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

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guillot, Julien (Vignes du Maynes) 2017 Bourgogne Aligote Aligo-Rythm

"Aligo-Rythm" is 100% Aligote from our friend Julien Guillot in the Mâcon. This low S02 (1g!), bone-dry, saline treat is the perfect match for oysters. The 2017 shows a bit hazy in the glass and offers aromas of lime blossom, green pear, and funky seaweed. The palate is bracingly dry with flavors of lime zest, sea salt, and Granny Smith apple. A fun wine to help you keep cool as the weather warms up! Amanda Bowman

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lafouge 2016 Auxey-Duresses Les Boutonniers

"Les Boutonniers" is contiguous with Meursault "Meix Chavaux" on shallow soils of clay, high in iron, over the limestone bedrock, usually giving a somewhat lean and very "mineral" white Burgundy, but still with a bit more fat and fruit expression than the Lafouge  "Les Hautés."  The 2016 shows very floral aromas with pear, citrus and stone. The palate is crystalline, supple and dense, with nice weight on the palate, with pretty white fruits leading to a long finish with citrus peel, spice and mineral flavors. This is a lovely, very refreshing Burgundy to enjoy with grilled fish, roast chicken and goat cheeses. It's delicious now and will cellar nicely for eight to ten years. DL

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $38.99

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
  • $38.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $53.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $72.99

  • Organic

Lamy, Hubert 2016 St Aubin 1er Cru Les Frionnes 375ml

The 2016 Hubet Lamy St Aubin Les Frionnes 1er cru is a stellar expression of the vintage. Again there's the kaleidoscopic array of white fruit and citrus aromas giving way to almost briny sea spray notes. The palate displays a galloping drive that has one struggling for synonyms for energy. This has pure white fruit flavors and a geologist's textbook worth of stoniness and with a few years in the cellar this ought to flesh out into a truly lovely wine. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $40.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $54.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $99.99

Morey, Pierre 2016 Bourgogne Blanc

From multiple parcels in limestone clay soils (Les Millerands, En Monatine, Les Herbeux, Les Malpoiriers, per the importer). Biodynamically farmed and fermented with indigenous yeasts. There's a bit of reduction on opening—a splash decant helps it blow off, revealing a perfumed nose with aromas of honeysuckle, lemon blossom, citrus peel, ripe pear, and spice. The palate is bright and racy with notes of lemon curd, green apple, and wet stone. There’s a fine bit of the electricity, vibrancy, and precision of the 2016 vintage present and plenty of charm to this snappy Bourgogne. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Morey, Pierre 2016 Meursault

From biodynamically-farmed vines averaging 33 years in age, in 3 parcels across Meursault. Fermented with native yeasts, aged in barrel, 20% new oak. Always a benchmark expression of Meursault, sourced from the lieux-dits Les Forges, Les Pellans, and Les Chaumes (per Becky Wasserman). It balances floral and wet stone aromas with overt minerality and orchard fruit flavors to give a beautiful overview of village character. 2016 delivers this along with aromas of lemon blossom, acacia, and discreet wood on the nose. The palate is racy and lithe, with a salty minerality and rainwater freshness enrobed by ripe stone fruit and citrus flavors on a long, expansive finish. John McIlwain

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $94.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Morot, Albert 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Les Aigrots Blanc

Les Aigrots is a 1er cru located next to the famed Clos des Mouches on the center of the slope on the Pommard side of the village. The 2016 has a pale gold robe. Orange blossom, white apricot, short crust, a touch of tropical fruit on the nose. The mid-weight palate offers an assortment of stone fruit, green apple, and yellow fruit flavors with a good balance between ripe Chardonnay fruit and a broad, salty minerality. This skews more Corton than Puligny in character with a broadness on the palate, but has nice drive on the finely layered finish. The suppleness calls for richer dishes, standing up quite nicely to Anson Mills polenta (finished with plenty of butter and Parmigiano Reggiano) with porcini ragu and should work quite nicely with monkfish, lobster, or even blanquette de veau.  John McIlwain

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic

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
  • 13 in stock
  • $44.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2017 Beaune Clos des Mariages Blanc

Located toward the bottom of the slope beneath Beaune Grèves and adjacent to Les Cents Vignes, Clos des Mariages is a mix of young and very old vines planted in clay and limestone soils. The lovely 2017 Blanc shows high-toned aromas of lime-flower, melon, pear, wet stone and honeysuckle. The palate is light and silky with pear, apple and citrus flavors with chalky minerals and herbal notes in the refreshing finish. Serve with fish in sauce, scallop crudo, Asian foods and mild cheeses. David Lillie

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2017 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Blanc (Chardonnay)

Jean-Claude Rateau makes lovely Biodynamic wines in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune in his east-facing vineyard of clay/limestone and marne soils.  Quite racy and bright even in 2017, the wine shows subtle aromas of lemon, almond, stone, spiced pear and apple. Intense, very mineral palate with pear, citrus and stone flavors and terrific length. The antithesis of fat, oaky Chardonnays, this food friendly wine will accompany everything from oysters and grilled seafoods to roast chicken and mild cheeses. Delicious now or cellar for 5 to 8 years. This is a real Chardonnay of terroir and a great value!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Rateau 2017 Hautes Cotes de Beaune Pinot Blanc

Permitted in Burgundy, but rarely seen on it's own, Pinot Blanc grown by Jean-Claude Rateau in the Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune makes this lovely and versatile wine. The aromas are subtle and pleasant, with apple and pear, lemon zest, almond and herbal notes. The palate is silky and pure with white fruits and hints of anise and verbena, light but round and pretty.  This is a perfect aperitif wine, and will accompany any fish or chicken dish, Asian foods and mild cheeses.

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Rontets 2015 Pouilly-Fuissé Pierrefolle

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

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $41.99

  • white
  • 44 in stock
  • $18.99

Sainte Barbe 2017 Viré-Clessé La Perriére

 Jean-Marie Chaland owns two estates in Viré (Macon), Domaine Sainte Barbe and Domaine des Chazelles, both certified organic since 2006. The Sainte Barbe "la Perriere" is made from 35 year-old grapes from a half-hectare parcel near Viré on clay/limestone soils, never treated with herbicides. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified with wild yeasts, the wine ages for 18 months, half in barrel, have in cuve inox. The 2016 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
  • 9 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic

Vignes du Maynes 2016 Macon-Cruzille Aragonite

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

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  • 7 in stock
  • $39.99

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Champagne

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Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Polisy Brut (Dis 7/17)

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

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
  • $122.99

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Beaufort, André 1996 Champagne Grand Cru Ambonnay Brut (Dis 11/18)

With all its nuance and detail, this nearly 22-year-old Champagne has the potential for wide appeal. On the edges it shimmers a more bright golden yellow and its core it rests a burnished golden color, speckled by a fine and discrete mousse. The nose offers aromas of honeysuckles, Granny Smith apples, hazelnuts, chestnuts, vanilla, and smoky tones. The palate is round, circular, and weighty with aromas of lemon verbena and wisteria before a mineral, singing finish. This combines so many of the best qualities of Beaufort's Champagnes : strikingly nuanced aromatic detail, along with a gracefully powerful palate and a resounding finish. (Lot #96A. Disgorged 03/18.) 

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Beaufort, André 2002 Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 3/17)

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

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
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  • $83.99

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Beaufort, André 2010 Champagne Ambonnay Brut GC (D 09/18)

For those of a classical bent who prefer not to shop at the big Champagne houses, André Beaufort is a wonderful alternative. Longtime organic farming and extended lees-aging produce rich wines of uncommon detail and complexity. The 2010 Ambonnay offers aromas of white flowers, orange peel, bergamot, and  chalk on the nose. Bright acid, salted plum, citrus oil, and a fine line of sapid minerality on the supple and rich palate. This shows a fine interplay between power, tension, and a suave, supple finish. This is one heck of an Ambonnay and a fine bottle of Beaufort! (Disgorged Sept 2018)  John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 12 in stock
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Beaufort, André NV (2015) Champagne Polisy Brut Nature (D 3/19)

The new Beaufort Polisy Reserve Brut Nature NV is from the 2014 vintage and was disgorged in June of 2018. (Organic farming since 1971, wild yeast fermentations, minimal SO2.)  This lovely Champagne shows a pale gold/bronze color with aromas of brioche, pear, lime flower, apricot and vanilla with a bit of brown spice and anise. Full, soft mousse on the palate with creamy pear, citrus, stone and herbal flavors, with hints of raspberry and red currant emerging.  A bit soft and ripe for a Brut Nature, at 12% alcohol, but well balanced with refreshing acidity in the finish. Serve with a ceviche of squid or scallop, fish in sauce, goat cheeses or perhaps with berry or citrus desserts.  David Lillie

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Bérêche, Raphael NV "L12" Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 12

Based on a perpetual cuvée dating from the 1980's, the wine combines the vivid, nervy fruit of a recent vintage with the burnished, textural and aromatic complexity of the aged wines which make up the 'solera.' The secondary fermentation under cork rather than crown cap adds an additional layer of finesse with a delicate bead and soft mousse. Reflets is 2/3 reserve wine and 1/3 from the 2012 vintage. The current release has a golden yellow robe and a super fine bead. The nose features aromas of shortbread, ripe apple, orange zest and baking spice. The palate is round and broad with an underlying mineral tension and a cool, vibrant, rising finish. Better served in a white wine glass to allow  the aromas to develop. A sensational pairing with richer seafood dishes, roast poultry, or enjoy with a fine Comté. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
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Bérêche, Raphael NV "L13" Champagne Brut Reflets d'Antan Base 13

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

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Contrées (Horiot, Lamoureaux) 2009 Riceys Terroirs 4 pack

Les Contrees is a fascinating study of terroir within the Riceys. Four separate lieux-dits harvested at nearly the same time, vinified the same way and disgorged within days of each other. The expressiveness of each terrior makes this a must for Champagne obsessives. Yes, Virginia, there is terroir in Champagne!

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Couche, Vincent NV Extra-Brut Chardonnay de Montgeux

100% Chardonnay from Vincent Couche's parcels in Montgeux, biodynamically farmed, fermented with native yeasts in a combination of barrel and tank,  and aged on the lees for 9 years. The wine winse has a pale yellow robe soft mousse and fine bead. The nose offers an array of citrus peel and orchard fruit aromas with notes of brioche and a hint of flinty mineral smoke. The midweight palate is supple and rich with ripe tropical fruit flavors giving way to notes lemon curd and chalk on the broad, expansive, persistent finish. I like the concentration and cut here as this is a compelling expression of the distinctive Montgeux terroir. John McIlwain

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Déhu, Benoît NV Champagne Brut Nature La Rue des Noyers b13

For those who dismiss the minerality and terroir specificity of Pinot Meunier in the Vallée de la Marne, Benoit Déhu's La Rue des Noyers makes a compelling case for the grape's expressiveness. From a 1.7 hectare plot of biodynamically farmed vines in the the eponymous lieu-dit in Fossoy, Benoit produces a Champagne of great suppleness and verve. The grapes are fermented in oak with native yeasts, aged under cork, and is bottled without dosage. The nose is floral and redolent of red fruits, cherry blossom, and sea spray. The palate while broad and expansive and featuring layers of orchard fruit and citrus peel flavors gives way to a frank earthiness and salty mineral character in the long, lifted, lilting finish. John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
  • 3 in stock
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Diebolt Vallois 2008 Champagne Grand Cru Fleur de Passion

If you'd like to explore the terroirs and character of the Côte des Blancs, Diebolt-Vallois is a good place to start. Jacques Diebolt started the domaine with his wife in 1960 and has a collection of well-situated plots in Cramant,  Chouilly, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Cuis and Epernay, per writer Peter Liem, From these holdings he  and his son and daughter fashion classically styled Champagnes. The crown jewel is the Fleur de Passion, a Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs from a selection of old vine plots in Cramant (Pimonts, Buzons, Goutte d’Or, Rouillées, Fourches and Gros Monts per champagneguide.net). These selections are vinified and aged in used oak barrels without malolactic fermentation, and bottled unfiltered and unfined. The resulting wines are taut, nervy, towering expressions of Cramant terroir. Uncompromising in its youth, Fleur de Passion is structured, chiseled, and profoundly chalky. With time in the bottle, it reals a suave texture, deep minerality and nuanced pure fruit. The 2008 only hints at its potential, with whiffs of lemon blossom, and white apricot and chalk, the palate is densely mineral and coiled, while refined. This is a Champagne that needs quite a few years in the bottle to reveal its breed, but should dazzle in a decade and beyond. John McIlwain

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Godmé, Hugues 2008 Champagne Brut Premier Cru Les Romaines Pinot Meunier

I have a not-so-secret love for Champagnes made from Pinot Meunier. Godmé's single vineyard expression, Les Romaines 1er cru, is an especially stunning example. The biodynamically farmed vineyard located in Villedommange has calcareous soils which lend a particularly savory minerality to the wine, offsetting the sometimes over-generous nature of the variety. And in 2008 this minerality offers great cut and energy to an already vibrant Champagne. There is impeccable balance here; ripe fruit framed by the nearly pointillistic earthiness, the 2 grams of dosage is barely perceptible. This is classy, harmonious, and long, speaking vividly of place. -John McIlwain

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Godmé, Hugues 2009 Champagne Brut Grand Cru Les Champs Saint Martin

Fine bead. Red fruit, spice, wet stone on the nose giving way to red apple skin, and orange blossom aromas. Palate is broad on the attack and somewhat rich, yet suffused with a bright, incisive minerality and a lean cut to the long, detailed, rising, finish. The tension between the deep-pitched red fruit flavors and sapid earth tones is exquisite--a Champagne for contemplation! Godmé’s parcellaires have real verve and depth and are not to be missed!  (0g/L dosage, disgorged 1/18) John McIlwain

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  • 2 in stock
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  • $124.99

  • Organic
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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. tge base year is 2013 with approximately 60% reserve wine from the previous four vintages. The wine has pale salmon ink 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
  • 3 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Horiot 2014 Rosé des Riceys En Barmont (Still)

Though there are fewer than 20 growers of Rosé des Riceys, we tend to think of the wines as a coming from a single terroir. By separately vinifying two different lieux-dits, Olivier Horiot shows the possibilities of expression within the appellation. En Barmont is a warm site, whose southerly exposure and marls interspersed with Kimmeridgian limestone produce a ripe Pinot Noir with a broader character than nearby En Valigrain. The 2014 En Barmont has a darke garnet robe and is effusive and floral on the nose with wild strawberry, cherry blossom, and Morello cherry aromas. On the palate the wine displays vivid, racy acidity, bright red fruits with hints of crushed herbs, Darjeeling tea, blood orange zest, and a fine dusty minerality on a broad, expansive, mouthwatering finish. And while this isn't as plush as in some vintages, this is unabashedly  pretty with a generous ripeness and exuberance. John McIlwain 

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $45.99

  • Organic
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Horiot 2014 Rosé des Riceys En Valingrain (Still)

If the Rosé des Riceys from En Barmont is generous, verging on sensuous in nature, En Valingrain offers more linear, bordering on cerebral, pleasures (both are fantastic, I hasten to add). The 2014 En Valingrain offers aromas of wild strawberry, rose petals, wild roses, cherry blossoms on the nose. The palate displays achingly pure wild strawberry and sour cherry flavors, wet stone and a surprising, albeit pleasant, electric jolt of minerality negotiating all the supple curves of red fruit. Lightning rod or nothing but flowers. This has the crystalline structure to support the suppleness. A great young bottle of Rosé des Riceys and one of the most convincing arguments that there’s a world of terroir in Riceys. And please recall that Rosé des Riceys ages beautifully. John McIlwain

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  • 16 in stock
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Laherte Frères NV Champagne Brut Ultradition .375 ml

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

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Marguet Père and Fils 2015 Coteaux Champenois Ambonnay Blanc

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

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Pouillon, R 2010 Champagne 1er Cru Brut Nature Les Blanchiens

From an organically farmed, single-vineyard parcel at the top of the slope on the western side of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. 50% Pinot Noir  and 50% Chardonnay fermented in used barrels. Disgorged in Spring 2017, zero dosage. Though from a premier cru village rather than its grand cru neighbor, Aÿ, the 2010 Les Blanchiens is no less an articulate expression of the calcareous clay soils that make up its terroir. The nose offers toasty brioche, Meyer lemon peel, lemon blossom and sea spray aromas. The palate shows punchy vibrant fruit t on the attack, with an incisive minerality dominating a rich and complex mid-palate. This is manifested by pungent soil notes, which give way to distinctly savory, sapid, and powerful finish. Though bottled without dosage, this is by no means austere. (Disgorged Spring 2017) John McIlwain

  • white sparkling
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  • Organic
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Cote-de-Beaune

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  • 1 in stock
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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
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De Montille 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Grèves 1.5L

From a 1.26 ha parcel just south of the famed Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus from Bouchard. 100% whole cluster. While I’ll concede to not being a big believer in the 2015 hype, the De Montille Beaune Grèves certainly piques my interest. Dark berry fruit, brambles, a touch of orange oil, and stone on the nose, some sous-bois and a bit of oak. The palate is a mélange of hedge fruits, black cherry, black tea, and notes of blood orange, wrapped around a vibrant cherry pit and a salty mineral core. This has subtle tannins and poised ripeness (nothing overripe, or stewed here, thank you very much!) and delightful freshness given the vintage; all propelling a bright, succulent finish. And if I’m typically no fan of overtly stemmy Burgundy, this makes a compelling argument for the suaveness that can be accomplished by stem inclusion in a solar vintage. This is a lovely Beaune Grèves and a truly enjoyable and expressive wine from the vintage. This should gain in focus and complexity in the mid-term and is a sensational expression of the terroir. Kudos to Etienne De Montille! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $209.99

  • Organic
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De Montille 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles

From 1.35 hectares of organically-farmed vines. The 2015 vintage is 50% whole cluster fermentation aged in 30% new barrels. Pèzerolles is always one of the silkier and suppler expressions of Pommard, with a fine core of stoniness within. In 2015 De Montille has released a beautiful example. The nose is exuberantly perfumed with intriguing aromas of violets, tea roses, and crunchy red berry fruit. The palate is bright and suffused with ripe red and black fruit flavors, notes of black tea, and spices with a discreet framing of some new oak. The vibrant fruit seems to dance over a deeply mineral core that integrates with time in the glass and culminates in a long, succulent, fresh finish. There's none of the roasted character of some of the 2015s, and this is deeply satisfying in its poise, energy, and balance. Bravo! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $139.99

  • Organic
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De Montille 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Pèzerolles 1.5L

From 1.35 hectares of organically-farmed vines. The 2015 vintage is 50% whole cluster fermentation aged in 30% new barrels. Pèzerolles is always one of the silkier and suppler expressions of Pommard, with a fine core of stoniness within. In 2015 De Montille has released a beautiful example. The nose is exuberantly perfumed with intriguing aromas of violets, tea roses, and crunchy red berry fruit. The palate is bright and suffused with ripe red and black fruit flavors, notes of black tea, and spices with a discreet framing of some new oak. The vibrant fruit seems to dance over a deeply mineral core that integrates with time in the glass and culminates in a long, succulent, fresh finish. There's none of the roasted character of some of the 2015s, and this is deeply satisfying in its poise, energy, and balance. Bravo! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $329.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

De Montille 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Les Mitans

100% whole cluster. The 2015 train keeps a rollin'. A couple of caveats: I've never been one to believe all the 2015 hype—there was sun, more sun,crazy heat, and short-pruning in a number of vineyards that saw terrible hail over the preceding three years. And I am ambivalent at best when it comes to stem inclusion in Burgundy (I mean, Jayer hated stems, right?). So I find myself at a loss to describe how fresh and bright and vibrant the De Montilles are. There's an inspiring florality in a number of the red with a corresponding lift to the palate (and this is in solar 2015!). The Volnay Mitans shows more of this restrained, elegant vintage character. Aromatically reticent at first with notes of black tea, blood orange peel, spice box, and some pomegranate and red currant floating fruit above a chalky mineral core. The palate is similarly circumspect, but opens and expands over a few hours to offer red cherry, cherry stone, iron, and hibiscus flavors with an incisively tangy, stony succulence. The Mitans offers the most overt whole cluster character, yet remains fresh and vibrant and compelling with its bright acidity and wild berry charm balanced by a deep sense of mineral character. This is lovely and energetic and outperforms the sometimes roasted character of the vintage. Give this 5-7 years and drink for the next decade, and this should dazzle. A fine bottle with magret of duck with lentils, where the soil notes complement the earthiness of the lentils and the savory meatiness of the duck, and this would shine with coq au vin, or any dish with wild mushrooms. De Montille really nailed the 2015s and this Mitans is no exception. John McIlwain

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  • 5 in stock
  • $142.99

  • Organic
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  • 3 in stock
  • $169.99

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

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  • 5 in stock
  • $269.99

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  • 2 in stock
  • $59.99

Lafouge 2016 Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru La Chapelle

La Chapelle is a "climat" in Auxey-Duresses within Les Breterins and Reugne, on the steep slope of la Montagne de Bourdon, facing south/southeast. The vines are well-placed in mid-slope and are mostly sixty years-old, giving the most "generous" of the three Lafouge premier crus. The soils here are partially "marnes blanches"which seems to contribute to the more supple and elegant style of wines from this site.  In this vintage of low yields and "classic" structure, the "La Chapelle"is a paticularly serious wine, showing a deep garnet/black color and aromas of tart morello cherry, plum and black raspberry with earth, violet and herbal notes, quite elegant. The palate shows a lovely texture of chalky fruit with dense black raspberry and wild strawberry, licorice and earth, finishing with sappy fruit and saline minerals. Please decant or open well in advance if drinking now, best perhaps 2023 - 2030+.  David Lillie

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  • $94.99

Maréchal, Catherine et Claude 2015 Ladoix Les Chaillots

Dark ruby robe, translucent. A touch reduced and stemmy-seeming upon opening. Given a bit of air, the nose unfolds to offer aromas of brambly black fruit—wild blackberry, black currant, sloe berry, cassis, and underbrush. The mid-weight palate is similarly dark-fruited with wild berry and plum flavors and an intriguing bosky, sauvage element. Deeply-pitched hedge fruits are framed by ripe tannins and a salty (iodine) minerality and a dark forest herbaceousness. This is captivating in a wild woods sort of way, and for what it lacks in polish it makes up in frank earthiness and brambly piquancy. This needs a bit of air or time in the cellar, but I find it compelling in its rustic charm. A lovely pairing with polenta and sausage ragu, and mouth-watering with a plate of cheese. Apparently Ladoix is where the wild things are. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $27.99

Morey, Pierre 2016 Volnay 1er Cru Santenots

From 48-year-old biodynamically-farmed vines from the lieu-dit Les Pétures. The grapes are destemmed and fermented with native yeasts. The 2016 has a dark ruby robe. A mélange of red and black fruits, sous-bois, and freshly-turned earth on the nose with a faint hint of spice. The mid-weight and supple palate offers sour cherry, pomegranate, and game flavors, underlain with a deeply mineral core and a long mouthwatering, moderately tannic, expansive finish.  This is beautiful Santenots and should age effortlessly as the elements integrate. Every year this is one of my favorite Santenots and a sure bet for cellaring. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $119.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Morot, Albert 2016 Beaune 1er Cru les Teurons

Cool-toned and spicy on the nose; aromas of violets, blackberry, brown spice, black tea, underbrush,and iron feature with hints of bramble on the edges. The palate offers flavors of ripe black cherry, iron, animale, and plum skin, with a distinct and frank earthiness framing the pure fruit. The structure offers a nice balance and while not as generous as the Bressandes, it is by no means stern or foreboding. There is plenty of concentration here and while there is a fair amount of charm, the underlying material should integrate with a couple of years of cellaring and shine for 5-10 years and beyond. There’s more energy and flair to these Morots than I recall and while I love the vintage 2016, I suspect that the switch to organic farming is really driving this. I’m eager to see where this goes. On Day 2, more hedge fruits and cassis notes emerge and the wine gains a suppleness underlain by a simple, long earthiness, still youthful, but this has a lot of character and dare I say it, soul. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic

Morot, Albert 2016 Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru Bataillere aux Vergelesses

From la Bataillère lieu-dit Monopole located within Les Vergelesses and above Ile des Vergelesses. Medium dark ruby robe. Dark berry fruit and black cherry, loamy earth, and hint of wood smoke on the nose. Heady spice aromas follow. Earthy, stony flavors vie with black fruits, iron, blackberry seed, for attention. Punchy minerality and brambly fruit close out the long, lingering sapid finish. This has great counterpoint between savory and pure fruit notes and would pair beautifully with squab, braised duck legs, or veal with morels. I'd give this a couple years for the elements to knit. This is very Savigny in character. I like the tension and frank minerality here and can’t wait for this to grace the table with rustic autumnal fare. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic

Rateau 2016 Beaune 1er Cru Les Bressandes

Dark forest and hedge fruits on nose, earthy and brooding with game aromas. Taut and mineral, with a core of pungent soil notes of black tea, cherry pit, spice and stone on a dense mid-weight palate. Tightly wound, energetic, on the attack; savory and dark-fruited on the finish. This is a bit reserved at the  moment and benefits from a substantial decant or 5-10 years in the cellar. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $48.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2016 Beaune Cuvée Ronde

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

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2017 Beaune Les Prevoles

Jean-Claude Rateau's domaine has been Biodynamic since 1979 and produces lovely, light-bodied, old fashioned Burgundies. The 2017 Beaune Les Prévoles (a lieu-dit below 1er Cru Chouacheux and les Tuvilains) shows beautiful aromas of tart cherry and red currant fruit with rose, orange peel and earth.  The palate is chalky, ripe and sapid while remaining light and fresh with earthy cherry and raspberry liqueur, silky and fresh with a long finish of mineral flavors, citrusy acids and berry fruits. Serve this delicious wine a bit cool with any mild chicken or white meat dish and goat cheeses, morbier, tomme de savoie. It's lovely now and will develop nicely over the next five to eight years.  David LIllie

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $34.99

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

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

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $114.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

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Arlaud 2016 Chambolle-Musigny

From 45+year-old vines from four lieux-dits. The 2016 Chambolle-Musigny is bright, floral, perfumed with aromas of luminous red fruits and spice notes. Supple, racy on the palate, with good concentration, bright acidity, detail and freshness. Lifted finish with earthy, limestone notes peeking from beneath dry extract-persistent. This is truly lovely Chambolle! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $82.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Arlaud 2016 Morey St Denis 1er Cru Les Ruchots

60+year-old vines planted in a walled clos on Chambolle side of Morey beneath Bonnes Mares and Clos de Tart.  15% new oak. More structured, deeper-pitched, and masculine than Les Millandes. Pure plummy black cherry fruit with sauvage/animale elements and a  frank, ferrous minerality within. Great density and agility. You can taste the proximity to Sentiers and Bonnes Mares. This is dynamite! Nearly painfully long, stony, palate-staining finish. This isn't a wine to enjoy in its callow youth, but will reward with 12-15+ years in the cellar. Patience is a virtue here. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $107.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $124.99

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $76.99

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $164.99

Boillot, Louis 2016 Gevrey Chambertin

From 8 lieux-dits across Gevrey-Chambertin. Considering the escalation in prices at all levels in Burgundy, Louis Boillot's Gevrey-Chambertin remains a fantastic value, brimming with Gevrey character, while remaining affordable. The 2016 is heady, fresh, and cool-toned on the nose offering black cherry, plum skin, raspberry, game and wood smoke aromas. Dark-fruited and savory flavors intermingle on the medium-bodied palate, with ripe notes of black cherry, hedge fruit, cherry pit, and crushed herbs. There is good mineral detail to this lending a sapid counterpoint to the fruit. Nice freshness here with fine structure lending an earthy, masculine Gevrey character. This punches above its weight and should shine with 5-7 years of cellaring and drink beautifully for the next decade. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $299.99

Chauvenet 2014 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Perrieres

From .23 hectare of vines dating back to 1948 between the parcels farmed by Gouges and Regis Forey. Les Perrières is located high on the slope between Les Poulettes and Les Poirets. As Clive Coates has noted, somewhat atypically for Nuits St. Georges, the wines from this climat are more floral and feminine, though certainly displaying great minerality. The shallow soil contains many stones, which retain heat and Christophe Drag says this is the first vineyard harvested after the Bourgogne. Perennially one of my favorite wines from Chauvenet (and the village, as a whole) the 2014 Les Perrières is effusively floral with cherry blossoms and white flowers giving way to bright, pure cherry aromas with notes of spice box and wet stone. In the mouth it shows pretty wild cherry flavors, herbs, and minerals on a medium-bodied, but fine, palate with good sap and excellent energy following through on the succulent, persistent, dancing finish. This is a beautiful Les Perrières and should age effortlessly. John McIlwain 

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $99.99

Chauvenet 2014 Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

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

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $119.99

Collotte 2018 Marsannay Rosé

This delicious Pinot Noir rosé is made from 30 to 60 year-old vines on classic clay/limestone soils in Marsannay. With a floral and deeply red-fruited nose, the 2018 Domaine Collotte Marsannay rosé is exuberant, verging on effusive. Wild cherry and rose petals give way to a cool citrus peel aromas. Somewhat rich, the racy, medium weight palate shows hints of cherry, herbs, and a hint of mineral funk. It's long and savory with a pleasing hint of cherry pit on the lively finish. This should be wonderful on warm summer evenings with a variety of lighter dishes.

  • rosé
  • 28 in stock
  • $18.99

Esmonin, Sylvie 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

From 30-35+  year-old vines from 4 hectares in many parcels. 40% whole cluster fermentation, aged in 20% new oak.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $63.99

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
  • 6 in stock
  • $449.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $699.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $219.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $354.99

Jane et Sylvain 2015 Côte de Nuits Villages Queue de Hareng

The vines are in the lieu-dit "Queue de Hareng" below an old quarry at the top of the slope in Brochon, next to Fixin 1er Cru "la Perrière," on shallow red/brown soils of mountain silt and limestone pebbles over the limestone bedrock. Organic farming, wild-yeast fermentations with minimal SO2. The 2015 Jane et Sylvain Côte de Nuits-Villages is a superb and unusual Burgundy showing intense aromas of ripe strawberry and cherry with rose leaf, brown spice and herbal notes as well as dusty stone and mineral smells which are typical of this vineyard. With aeration the aromas become more pure and fruit-driven and the palate shows lovely black cherry, strawberry and red currant fruit, quite dense and ripe, with a finish that's extraordinarily long and pure. Decant 4 to 6 hours in advance if drinking now, or cellar for 3 to 5 years and drink till 2027. Highly recommended for those who enjoy some minerals in their Burgundy!

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Lignier-Michelot 2016 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Les Faconnières

Les Faconnières, planted in 1948, is located beneath Clos St. Denis. 50% whole cluster. This is always the most stylish of Virgile Lignier's premier crus with a good deal of the class of the grand crus. The 2016 is effusively perfumed with aromas of black and red hedge fruits, red plum, cassis, spicebox, and freshly turned soil. The mid-weight, concentrated palate is distinctly stony, with a ferrous minerality under-girding perfectly ripe, supple fruit and proceeding to an impeccably balanced and persistent finish. This is a satisfying, serious, albeit lovely Faconnières, which should reward cellaring for 8-10 years and drinking well beyond. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $134.99

Lignier-Michelot 2016 Morey St. Denis Grand Cru Clos de la Roche

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
  • 6 in stock
  • $344.99

Mortet, Denis 2016 Bourgogne Rouge Cuvée de Noble Souche

From organically framed vines in Daix, a village to the west of Dijon. Like most villages in Burgundy, there were significant losses from the frost in April. The robe is a dark ruby. The nose begins with a fair whack of reduction. With time in the decanter this blows off, revealing aromas of red fruits, brambles, slices, wild strawberry, and forest floor. The palate similarly begins lean and a bit backwards, but with air gains in weight, complexity, and generosity, revealing red and black hedge fruit, black tea, and salty mineral character on a coltish attack that gains complexity on the finish. The pure wild strawberry and red currant fruit dances across the supple and vibrant mid-palate with notes of black tea and spice giving way to an array of stony and savory notes on the long detailed finish. Delicious with pan-roasted veal medallions and a morel sauce and quite satisfactory with Langres and a bit of younger Comté. While this is certainly dear for a Bourgogne Rouge; with a decant this over delivers for its class and is certainly the equivalent to most Marsannays or Fixins and offers surprising sophistication and aplomb. I’d give this an hour or two of air depending on your tolerance for reduction or hold for 3-7 years and drink beyond that. There’s great purity here and it’s worth the tariff if you’ve got a bit of time. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Rateau 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

From two small parcels in "Aux Eletois" (below Grand Cru Griottes)  and "les Epointures" (below 1er Cru Clos Prieur) on the more fine and aromatic side of Gevrey. The midweight palate is lithe, racy, and offers up vibrant flavors of dark fruits, crushed herbs, game, and salty soil notes. Great lifted acidity and core of minerality overlain by an assortment of wild berry fruits. This is another great example of the combination of perfume, pure fruit, and detailed earthiness that is a hallmark of the 2016 vintage. Great tension and verve and a bargain at the price. Wonderful with veau aux champignons. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $43.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $389.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $81.99

  • Organic

Trapet 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin

The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin from biodynamic vigneron Jean-Louis Trapet displays the vibrant character of the vintage. The wine has a medium dark ruby robe. The nose is dark-toned in character with aromas of red plum, dark cherry, cherry pit, game, and forest floor. It is dense and dark-fruited on the mid-weight palate with flavors of wild raspberry, wild cherry, black tea, blood orange peel, and mustard seed, with a ferrous, salty, mineral core. There is plenty of ripe pretty fruit, tempered by ripe tannins and fresh mouthwatering acidity and a savory, sauvage character. While not hugely structured, this is tightly wound and should take a few years to unfurl and drink beautifully for a decade or more. This is a fabulous Gevrey-Chambertin of nerve and lift, rather than sheer mass and an intriguing blend of earthy complexity and floral intensity. Highly recommended! John McIlwain

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $87.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $189.99

Trapet 2016 Marsannay Rouge

Tight upon opening. Black tea, vine smoke, dark berry fruit, and wet iron aromas  on the nose. With air, earthy notes, cherry pit and Italian plum skin aromas appear. The palate is similarly circumspect out of the gate, but with time in the decanter offers a melange of flavors of black fruit, Earl Grey tea, mustard seed, cherry pit and a pungent, ferrous, mineral core, with hints of anise. There’s a lot coiled within, with the balance currently veering toward earthy rather than fruiy, but this has nice tension and over the course of the evening gains in weight and overt fruit. Trapet makes beautiful, age-worthy Burgundies and the 2016 shows best with a long decant now, and will shine brightly with 3-5 years in the cellar and beyond. A fine pairing with roasted sausages with grapes and better still with cheeses afterward. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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Busch, Clemens 2009 Mosel Pündericher Marienburg Riesling Auslese 375ml

What an absolute treat to get to check in on this beauty from 2009! Harvest for the Auslese contained around 40% botrytised grapes from the southeast-facing Rothenpfad parcel on the Marienburg. The nose is redolent with muddled fresh mint and the wine is creamy and lively, with soft, rich peaches, honeyed pear, elegant depth and layers. Enjoy now to blow minds with your cheese course or fruit-based desserts, or hold for at least ten more years! Cari Bernard

  • white medium-sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $66.99

  • Biodynamic

Busch, Clemens 2016 Mosel Riesling Trocken (alter) Native

Riesling with extended skin-maceration time can sometimes lose its footing, falling into the spectrum of 'cidery'. And of course there's a place for that, but it's very exciting to find wines that still hold onto the acidity and balance of fruit and minerality. Clemens has hit this note, with the 2016 vintage of the (alter) Native—we see extended skin maceration and the wine spends 15 months sur lie in large old German oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Decant for at least a half hour to fully enjoy the subtle texture with notes of burnished peach, yellow apple, white blossom, balanced by juicy nectarine, green herbs and vibrant tangerine acidity. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Busch, Clemens 2016 Mosel Vom Grauen Schiefer Riesling Trocken

Hand-harvested from vines grown on gray slate on the Marienburg, the 2016 is focused and stony, with green apricot and white florals on the nose, salted grapefruit, nectarine with mineral cut on the palate. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Biodynamic

Enderle and Moll 2017 Baden Pinot Noir 'Buntsandstein'

Also old vines (some up to 60ish years in age) planted on the other predominate soil type of Baden, colored sandstone (red/brown). Buntsandstein can often lead to a bolder type of structure and intensity, in contrast to the Muschelkalk. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Enderle and Moll 2017 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. A beguiling nose of stone, crushed strawberries and red florals, the palate is radiant with red cherries, strawberries, blood orange, and a hint of tart red currant. This makes us very excited for the rest of the line-up of this vintage! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Enderle and Moll 2017 Baden Pinot Noir 'Liaison' 1.5L

'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. A beguiling nose of stone, crushed strawberries and red florals, the palate is radiant with red cherries, strawberries, blood orange, and a hint of tart red currant. This makes us very excited for the rest of the line-up of this vintage! I can't remember if I've ever seen Enderle & Moll en Magnum, so this was a no-brainer. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $83.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Enderle and Moll 2017 Baden Pinot Noir 'Muschelkalk'

Vines planted in 1953/54, on shell limestone, which often imparts lift and focus to the wine, usually making this the lighter counterpart to the Buntsandstein. Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white off-dry
  • 6 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic

Immich-Batterieberg 2015 Mosel Jour Fixe Riesling Brut Nature

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

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Immich-Batterieberg 2016 Mosel Ellergrub Riesling

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

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $74.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 39 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $99.99

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 2 in stock
  • no discount
  • $43.99

Knauss, Andi 2017 Württemberg 'Pure' Red

Blaufränkisch, Spätburgunder, and Zweigelt fermented separately in neutral demi-muid, blended in tank before bottling without any added sulfur. Hauntingly aromatic with notes of bramble and soy, blueberries, violets and spice, the palate is juicy and vibrant, with a mélange of wild berries, dark chocolate, and red plums. A healthy choice with BBQ-anything! Cari Bernard

  • red
  • 39 in stock
  • $26.99

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

  • Organic

Koch, Holger 2017 Baden Bickensohler Scheibenhardt Weissburgunder

Holger Koch makes some of the most elegant wines in the Baden region (located in southwest Germany). Working mostly with Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc, he's been making wines with a singular finesse in a region where the co-op is king. The Scheibenhardt Weissburgunder is Pinot Blanc grown on a southwest-facing terrace (loess and volcanic soils) at 350 meters above sea level. Grapes are hand-harvested, ferment spontaneously, and the wine ages on the lees for seven months in a 1200L barrel. Flabby this is not—deeply mineral and floral on the nose, grass, apricot, apple blossom, the palate has a distinct saline cut and bright minerality to balance the radiant pear, green strawberry, and lemon zest with a delicate herbal bitterness. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Koehler-Ruprecht 2016 Pfalz Kallstadter Steinacker Riesling Kabinett

Grey sandstone and pebbles mark the Steinacker vineyard, which sits just across the road from the Saumagen vineyard, Koehler-Ruprecht's grand cru site. Gardenias and lemon zest on the nose, the palate is soft and delicate with notes of white strawberries, apricot, peaches, and sweet fuji apple. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Koehler-Ruprecht 2016 Pfalz Weisser Burgunder Kabinett Trocken

While we love the Rieslings from Koehler-Ruprecht in Kallstadt, Pfalz, they also make magic with Weissburgunder (and Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, you get the picture)! 40 to 50-year-old vines planted on calcareous soils (Annaberg, Steinacker vineyards), fermentation is in stainless tank and the wine ages in used wood. Just shy of medium-bodied with piquant notes of sour orange oil, quince, and tropical flavors of ripe pineapple and young ginger, rounded out by subtle creaminess. Cari Bernard

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Lauer, Peter 2016 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Stirn

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

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

Lauer, Peter 2017 Saar Ayler Kupp Riesling Stirn

Fass 15, Stirn (forehead), comes from near the top of the Ayler Kupp where the hill curves around; the meager soils, cooler climate and wind at this altitude makes for a site that is often harvested last. Technically off-dry, the residual sugar manifests as fruit and just a bit of weight and creaminess to balance out the acidity. White florals mix with notes of orange, nectarine, and tart tangerine on the finish. Delicious now, should start to really shine in at least 5 years. Cari Bernard

  • white off-dry
  • 14 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $38.99

  • white off-dry
  • 17 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white medium-sweet
  • 11 in stock
  • $40.99

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $43.99

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $53.99

Lauer, Peter 2017 Saar Lambertskirsch Riesling Kabinett

Lambertskirch is a parcel (not too far from Schonfels) that during its long history has gone from vines to fruit trees and forest overgrowth. The Lauer family rented vines on the hillside until the 1990s, when the owners chose to pull up the vines. Florian purchased the plot in 2010, cleared and replanted the 0.2 hectares in 2012 with old-vine cuttings from five different vineyards. 2017 marks the fourth vintage (third as Kabinett) from this predominately southeast-facing site where large pieces of gray slate litter the ground between the vines. Tasting notes forthcoming. Cari Bernard

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Vollenweider 2016 Mosel Riesling Schimbock

Schimbock is a west-facing, slightly cooler, tiny parcel of gray and blue slate terraces with ungrafted, old vines with smaller, looser bunches (less-prone to botrytis). The grapes are pressed in a basket press over the span of 18 hours, and the wine ages in old fuder (1000L), whereas Daniel's other wines age in stainless tank. Three and a half days of skin contact gives beautiful structure and balance to the notes of soft white cherry, nectarine, and underripe pineapple--delicious! Cari Bernard

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Weiser-Künstler 2017 Mosel Enkircher Ellergrub Riesling 'GE'

The 'GE' (Grosse Eule) is Alexandra and Konstantin's 'GG' for the vintage, and in 2017 Ellergrub took the honors. Not a surprise though, as the parcel is home to 100-110 year-old ungrafted vines on blue and gray slate, known for concentration, tension, and age-worthiness. Cari Bernard

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Italy Piedmont

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Barale 2017 Langhe Nebbiolo

Checking in on 2017. Cherry, violets, roses, and rust (iron) on the nose. It doesn't offer quite the density of 2016, but shows plenty of energy and brio on the palate—raspberry, sour cherry, a touch of iodine earthiness keepsthings upright. Ripe tannins and fresh acidity lend lift and brightness. A fine pairing with polenta with sautéed porcini and pretty cracking with roasted squash and sage. Barale may be one of our most consistent Langhe growers, offering excellent value every year. John McIlwain

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Brovia 2007 Barolo

A blend from younger vines from the various Brovia crus. A fine wine that expresses the essentials of the Brovia style — subtle, disciplined, balanced; not flashy but offering the world to anyone who takes a little time to reflect. JW

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Cappellano 1998 Barolo Gabutti Rupestis

“Pie” means foot — or root. “Rupestris” refers to American rootstock; these vines were planted more than 40 years ago.

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Clerico, Francesco 2011 Barolo Bussia Vigna Colonello

2011 Francesco Clerico Barolo Vigna Colonnello. Dark garnet robe. Dried roses, wild strawberry, balsam, wet iron, and violets on the nose, with game notes and spice. The midweight and fresh (especially for the warm 2011 vintage) palate offers a burst of red fruit flavors with a fine salty mineral core that gives way to deeply savory notes of stone, iodine, and turned earth on a long, mouth-watering, sapid finish. This has great energy and a sneaky sort of structure with the red-fruited dry extract underlain by ripe tannins and a firm mineral core, which bodes well for aging. And which this is by no means slick or polished, there’s flair and character to burn. This is unabashedly traditional Barolo and deserves a place at the table and even more so, space in your cellar. Fabulous with a pan-roasted veal chop with truffles and Swiss Chard, but would sing with a a bowl of polenta and a sauté of wild mushrooms, or perhaps veal shank and risotto. And while Francesco Clerico’s wines may not be the flashiest or most flamboyant of the Langhe, I’d pit their frank soulfulness and honesty against nearly all comers. John McIlwain

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Clerico, Francesco 2015 Nebbiolo d'Alba

Feeling in Fall fettle. That chill to the air and early sunset has me dreaming of (and cooking) risotto with roasted Kuri squash, wild mushrooms, and a bit of sage. Kinda calls for Nebbiolo. And to catch up with the latest in Piemonte, time to reacquaint myself with the beautiful and classically-styled wines of Francesco Clerico. This organic(!) grower in Monforte d’Alba makes wines which harken back to an era before rotofermenters, French oak, and ego. Think soulful—the Impressions or the Four Tops—but without the overt polish of Smokey Robinson. Aromatically waves of dried roses, cherry pit, and violet give way to earthier notes of maduro tobacco, iron, and a faint hint of anise. The spirited, mid-weight palate checks off all the Nebbiolo boxes: rosesroadtarvioletssaddleleather with a savory/salty, nearly iodine finish that ends with enough lifted acidity to cleanse the palate and beg for another sip. A nifty pairing with the risotto, probably better still with a moderate portion of tajarin festooned with an intemperate amount of shaved truffle. This is a wonderful Langhe Nebbiolo that dodges the sometimes overwrought character of the 2015 vintage and offers perhaps more rusticity than flair, but ultimately satisfies with its forthright character and sheer deliciousness. John McIlwain

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Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2013 Barolo Tre Tine

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

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Roagna 1982 Vino da Tavola Crichet Paje

Crichet Paje comes from some very old vines in the Paje vineyard. Luca Roagna explains that for years  "because of the complications of local regulation we had to choose between callling the wine Barbaresco, or Crichet Paje — we could not call it Barbaresco Crichet Paje, so we chose to call it Crichet Paje... Crichet Paje is intended to be a unique and particular wine, an expression of our identity." It wasn't until 1996 that they were able to label the Crichet Paje as "Barbaresco Crichet Paje".

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Roagna 2013 Langhe Rosso (Nebbiolo)

This is a spectacular bottle, multiples better than most Barolo or Barbaresco. I’m going to keep a few bottles for the long term, but it’s absolutely delicious now. Beautifully transparent, complete, satisfying, and everything one could hope for in young Nebbiolo. Made in the same manner as the Barolo and Barbarescos - 60 day macerations, etc. Jamie Wolff

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Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2011 Barolo Riserva

A very fine and very complete wine. Balanced, savory, with super-elegant tannins, this needs some real time in the cellar. Jamie Wolff

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

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


Since the Fall cooking around my house is Piemonte-centric, I would be remiss for not including Cascina Disa's wines in my top choices for autumnal wines. Elio Sandri makes fabulous reds in Monforte d’Alba (Perno), which offer sophistication (though not flashiness) and also express terroir and Langhe soul beautifully. The 2015 Dolcetto is dark-fruited with ripe aromas of violets, blackberry, black cherry, plum, and pencil lead. The supple, but racy palate offers more dark fruit flavors over well-knit tannins and a succulent, buoyant finish. Fabulous with salumi, smashing with a cheese plate after dinner. This has a fine ratio of generous fruit to structure to terroir detail without any of the heat or excess that sometimes characterizes the vintage. I’m regularly impressed by the wines from Elio Sandri and can say without hesitation that he is a grower to watch. John McIlwain

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Sandri, Elio 2016 Langhe Nebbiolo

The 2016 Sandri Langhe Nebbiolo had a ruby to garnet robe. Fine rose petals, black cherry, cherry stone, hints of iron, spice and game. The mid-weight palate offers the classic flavors of cherry and rose water, succulent acidity, and dried violets with dusty ripe tannins. This has good concentration and drive with corresponding weight and is a fine pairing with wild mushroom risotto and an even more felicitous pairing with a sliver of Taleggio. Cascina Disa is rather quickly becoming one of my go-to Langhe growers and Elio Sandri a bright talent. John McIlwain

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Italy Tuscany

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Fornacina 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Fornacina only produces their riserva bottling in their very best vintages. From 100% Sangiovese Grosso selected from vineyards in Castelnuovo dell'Abate, a charming village hanging over the Abbey de Sant'Antimo a couple kilometers south of Montalcino. This riserva wine is vinified in stainless steel for thirty days before  spending 48 months in the huge Slavonian oak casks traditional to the region. After this, the wine spends another twelve months in bottle before being released to the market. This allows an extraordinary delicacy of tannic texture that belies this wine's immense power. This is on the spicier side for Brunello, with notes of morello cherry and plum enrobed in silken hints of baking spices like cinnamon, vanilla, and licorice. Full bodier, rich, and elegant, this wine is fantastic with braised meats, filet mignon, wine-based stews, and osso buco. Andrew Farquhar

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Lecci e Brocchi 2017 Toscano IGT Il Meticcio Rosato

(Was $19.99) The delicious "Il Meticcio" is a blend of Canaiolo, Malvasia and Ciliegiolo - a blend dedicated to their mixed breed dog "Tiberio." The wine shows a beautiful pink/orange color  and aromas of red currant, cranberry, blood orange and rose, quite lovely. One finds bright red currant and tart morello cherry on the palate which is ripe and sapid but light and refreshing with stone and mineral flavors lingering in the finish with red fruits and citrus. Quite delicious now, this should drink beautifully over the next 12 to 24 months.

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Monte Bernardi 2016 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.  As a classic Chianti should be, the acidity is mouthwatering, warming up the palate for a range of food; try it with everything from classic red sauce pastas, sauteed greens, and saltier cheeses all the way to richer food like roasted lamb or game birds.

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Italy White

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Agnanum 2017 Campania Falanghina Sabbia Vulcanica

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

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Bianco, Marco 2011 Moscato d'Asti "Crivella"

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

  • white sparkling off-dry
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Borgo del Tiglio 1995 Collio Tocai Friulano

From vines grown in Flysch di Cormons (mixed sandstone and marls), fermented and aged in barrel. Pale gold robe. A touch shy aromatically upon opening, but with a quick decant, the aromatic palette expands: scents of white flowers, golden delicious apple, orange oil,  and honey vie with notes of wet stone and iron for prominence. On the multi-layered palate it displays flavors of stone fruit, acacia, Mirabelle plum, with a steely mineral character and a fine zesty acidity on the long, detailed finish. As with other bottles of Borgo del Tiglio from this era, decanting the wine and following it over an afternoon reveals a surprising amount of aromatic detail and textural complexity. Decanted and served a bit cooler than cellar temperature, this pairs beautifully with the local Prosciutto San Danielle, sea food, and fresh cheeses. John McIlwain 

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La Staffa 2017 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico Superiore La Staffa

 La Staffa is an estate founded in 1994 by the Baldi family and has embraced biodynamic farming under the direction of Riccardo Baldi.  The 2017 Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi is a beautiful example of the fresh and easy style of Verdicchio I love.  The wine is fermented in stainless steel, cold settled over the winter, and rested on lees only briefly before being bottled in the spring following the vintage. The nose shows crisp stone fruit and notes of clementines and almond flowers.  The palate is light and juicy, with tart white peaches, orange citrus and a dry, mineral finish. An easy match for fish it would also be suited to rich cheese, slightly bitter veggies like broccoli rabe, or served as a refreshing summer quaffer.  Andy Paynter

  • white
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La Visciola 2015 Passerina del Frusinate IGT Donna Rosa

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

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Montoni 2017 Sicilia IGT Catarratto

High elevation bush-trained vines (now about 60 years old) planted on pre-phylloxera roots… all this yields a very fresh and bright wine that’s – in a word – complete. Vinified in the same manner as Montoni’s Grillo, the Catarratto is also a wine for a wide range of foods. It’s a little spicier and richer than the Grillo, with some more pronounced herbal notes (Fabio Sireci proposes bay leaf, which immediately makes sense) but equally fine lemony citrus; the wine has great focus and concentration without a hint of heat. Jamie Wolff

  • white
  • 32 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
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Montoni 2017 Sicilia IGT Grillo

Planted at over 700 meters – a high elevation that gives fruit with bright acidity, this is a stellar example of Grillo. The juice is fermented with skins for 3 days – enough to enrich the color and structure of the wine, but this is by no means an orange wine. It shows Grillo’s best (at 12.5° alcohol) with characteristic lemony herbs and mint, delicate floral notes, and firm salinity. The wine is fairy full-bodied, but remains lifted and bright. We drank some recently with grilled salmon (more than we originally intended since it was a school night - oh well - it was just too tasty), but it’s easy to imagine this working well with a big range of foods – or none. It’s a really delicious wine. Jamie Wolff

  • white
  • 66 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
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Occhipinti 2017 IGT Sicilia SP 68 Bianco

Since releasing her first vintage at the age of 24 in 2006, Arianna Occhipinti has been a champion of Sicilian viticulture – through organic practices, cooperative work with other winemakers, and raising the profile of her island’s indigenous grapes. The SP68 Bianco is a bright, easy blend of 60% Zibbibo (or Muscat de Alessandria) and 40% Albanello meant for everyday drinking – SP68 is the name of the road that runs along her parents’ farm. After 15 days of skin contact, fermentation with native yeasts, and bottling with filtration, however, this offers complexity far beyond that of most weekday whites! The nose is lively and floral, leading into a clean palate of stone fruits with glimmers of sage. I couldn’t stop thinking of a seafood pairing when we tasted it – fish tacos drizzled with lime crema or a grilled sea bass topped with mango-peach salsa. 

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
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  • Low Sulfur

Oltretorrente 2014 Timorasso Colli Tortonese

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

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $36.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $9.99

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $10.99

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $17.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $44.99

  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

Ronchi di Cialla 2017 Colli Orientali del Friuli Ribolla Gialla

Ronchi di Cialla is most famous for their role in reviving the grape Schioppettino, and rightfully so, but the Ribolla Gialla will always be my favorite. It is a distinctive expression of Ribolla from 30-year-old vines exposed to the south west that shows a delicate fruit character and crunchy minerality. The wine is vinified in stainless steel, held in contact with the lees for three months with frequent batonnage, and then bottled unfiltered. Quite pale in the glass, the nose shows a mix of lemon pith and clementines over ripe golden apples, white flowers with a woodsy note of sage and underbrush. Medium bodied with crisp acidity, it has a light texture with juicy citrus fruit and has a sharply mineral finish. A lovely wine it would pair beautifully with pan seared scallops, fried flounder, or skate dressed with herbs and served with fresh spring peas. Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $20.99

  • white sparkling
  • 9 in stock
  • no discount
  • $18.99

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $16.99

Terraquilia 2016 Bianco dell'Emilia Col Fondo Terrebianche

Terraquilia makes this delicious sparkling white using the ancestral method and releases them with the wine remaining on the lees, or col fondo. The grapes are a blend of Pignoletto (known as Grechetto in other parts of Italy) and Trebbiano, which are grown on a mix of clay and silt soils. The robe is a hazy straw yellow in the glass (the haze being due to the fondo) and the nose exhibits rich aromas of golden apple, pineapple, citrus zest, honeysuckle, and a touch of fresh herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, dry and refreshing with fruity and savory notes of Bosc pear, dried peach, fresh lemon, lime pith, and an almondy finish with bright acidity. This easy-drinking white is a great alternative to prosecco and is deliciously enjoyed on its own or paired with a cheese and salumi plate. Anna DeBeer

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $39.99

Vinica 2016 Trebbiano Terre degli Osci Altra Terre

I'm a huge fan of orange wines and I think that Trebbiano Terre Degli Osci from Vinica is stellar. It is produced from a single vineyard interplanted with 85% Trebbiano Toscano and 15% Garganega at 750 meters above sea level, the highest vineyard at the estate. The grapes are foot-trod, destemmed by hand, and fermented in open top containers on the skins for 8 days with daily punch downs. The wine is gently pressed and then held in contact with the lees for 10 months in steel tanks. What I particularly enjoy is that the wine manages to be both unctuous with flavors of honey, rich stone fruit, and lemon curd, but also has bright acidity and a really delicate texture with only 10.5% Alcohol. A slight note of pine resin pervades the wine and gives it a pleasant earthy dimension. I served it with a simple risotto, but it would be a great match for pork and fennel sausage, speck,  or sheeps milk cheese. Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Kosher

  • red kosher
  • 1 in stock
  • $20.99

  • white kosher
  • 16 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red kosher
  • 18 in stock
  • $14.99

  • red sweet kosher
  • 7 in stock
  • $5.99

  • white kosher
  • 5 in stock
  • $32.99

Loire

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $48.99

Baudry 2017 Chinon Cuvée Domaine

The lovely 2017 Chinon "Cuvee Domaine" from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry is all Cabernet Franc of course, a blend of 75% from a parcel in St. Louans, where the thin clay/limestone soils give earthy well-structured wines, with 25% from gravel soils near Cravant, giving supple fruit and freshness. Organic farming, wild-yeast fermentation, aging in 5 to 10 year-old wooden vats and casks. Tasted from barrel in February of 2019 the wine was quite pretty showing lovely pure red fruit aromas with a supple, ripe palate, very deep and long and framed in perfect earthy acidity. The palate is fresh and balanced with pretty red fruits, earth and citrus notes, really long and lovely. This will be a superb and unique Chinon, both to drink young and for cellaring of fifteen to twenty years. Serve cool with roast chicken, pork dishes, charcuterie, green vegetables and mild cheeses.  Highly recommended. DL

  • red
  • 40 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry 2017 Chinon Les Granges

From 25 to 30 year-old vines on gravel and sandy soils over clay near the Vienne river. This "basic" cuvée from Bernard and Matthieu Baudy has gotten more and more "serious" as the vines age, giving a wine that is  delightful to drink young, but that shows surprising complexity and mineral character as well. The wine shows aromas of ripe red currant and cassis with hints of violet, citrus, earth, graphite, pepper and herbs. The palate is quite mineral with firm stony acids underlying lush, chalky berry fruits, and is beautifully balanced at 12% alcohol. Quite structured for "les Granges," this is delicious now, served cool, with roast chicken, white meats, charcuterie and mild cheeses and will imporve with 3 to 5 years of aging.

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Baudry, Bernard & Matthieu 2018 Chinon Rosé (Arrives Wed 4/24)

The Baudry 2018 Chinon Rosé is an early arrival this year as the wine finished its fermentation much more quickly than last year, ending up at 2 grams RS/liter and 13.6% alcohol - a bit riper and more viscous than the 2017. This year's blend was 50% from clay/silex soils and 50% from gravel soils, as in "les Grézeaux." As always this is one of the most elegant and delicious of all French rosés, a reflection of the superb organic vineyard work and the great terroir possesed by the Baudrys as well as their great talent in vinifications with minimal or zero added SO2. The 2018 Rosé is riper and fuller-bodied than the 2017, with gorgeous raspberry, strawberry and peach fruit backed by stone and mineral flavors and juicy acidity. Delicious now, this will drink beautifully over the next few years.(Wine arrives Monday, April 22)

  • rosé
  • 46 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $74.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $41.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $31.99

Chevalerie 2014 Bourgueil Les Galichets

We're big fans of the Caslot family at Domane de la Chevalerie, who  make soulful Bourgueils from organic vineyards on their varied terroirs.  The Chevalerie vineyard is on mid-slope Turonian limestone with clay and alluvial sand and gravel topsoils, rich in silex; the vines average about 60 years of age. The 2014 vintage in Bourgueil and Chinon is excellent and the 14s at Domaine de la Chevalerie are absolutely superb!  This wine is a fabulous mix of fruit and minerals, perfectly balanced and with terrific length: dense black/red color, with aromas that blend soil, stone and black-raspberry fruit with hints of cocoa and violet. The palate is dense and supple and intensely mineral - a blend of stone  and cool red fruits lifted by firm acidity, with the bright fruit continuing in the long mineral finish. This is a beautiful Bourgueil that can be enjoyed now with roast chicken, pork dishes, even a steak - or hold for ten to fifteen years for a mature experience. It's a faulous value at $19.99 - congratulations to the Caslots! David Lillie

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $19.99

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

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $69.99

  • Organic

Coulaine 2016 Touraine Les Pieds Rotis Blanc

Chateau de Coulaine is producing a ripe and vibrant Chenin Blanc from a south-facing slope just across the Vienne from Coulaine (AOC Touraine) with interesting terroir of granitic gravel and fossils over white limestone. The 2016 "Les Pieds Rotis" is a dry but very ripe and full-bodied Chenin, with beautiful white fruit, earth and citrus flavors. The wine went through malolactic fermentation, and finished quite dry at only 1.8 grams RS. Aging is in 2 to 8 year-old 400 liter foudres and minimal SO2 is used.  It's a great apéritif or serve with white meats, Asian food and mild cheeses.

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Coulaine 2015 Chinon Bonaventure

This Cabernet Franc from Chateau de Coulaine is a lovely wine. Coming from 20-year old organically farmed grapes planted on yellow tuffeau stone and sandstone, with sandy clay soils, the wine displays a nice structure of minerality, acidity and elegant tannin. The grapes are fermented with native yeast and aged in large oak barrels with small addition of sulfur at bottling. With a beautiful bouquet of pyrazine, black raspberry, dark cherry, white pepper, rose and savory notes, the wine has a fine energy with a luscious texture. Enjoy this wine with duck, grilled meat, stews or nutty cheeses.  Caroline Coursant             

  • red
  • 37 in stock
  • $19.99

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

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white sweet
  • 9 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white sweet
  • 3 in stock
  • $34.99

Ecu (Fred Niger) 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Granite (4/18)

Guy Bossard has been an inspiration for many growers in the region and is still producing superb wines, while in (semi) retirement, with the new owner Fred Niger Van Herck.  The Domaine de l'Ecu  2017 "Granite" is particularly outstanding, amazingly elegant with a wonderful combination of delicacy and depth.  The wine shows beautiful floral aromas of lemon peel, dried pear, wet stone and lime-flower with hints of almond and anise. The palate is dense and very long in this difficult but ripe vintage with intense stony flavors, pear, citrus and  earth.  A bit more open and accessible than some vintages of Granite but with ample structure and acidity for aging — perhaps best 2022 to 2035. Serve this summer with oysters, cod and sole, then with richer dishes after the wine matures. Bravo to Guy and Fred! 

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Fresche (Domaine du) 2016 Anjou Villages (Cabernet Franc)

This is a full-bodied and very delicious Cabernet Franc from our organic friends Alain and Christine Bore at Domaine du Fresche in Anjou. "Red wine for cellaring, powerful and rich" says the back label, and indeed this is a ripe and well-structured Cabernet Franc that is delicious now and will benefit from five to ten years of aging. The wine shows a deep red/black color and aromas of ripe blackberry and strawberry liqueur  with hits of violet, black pepper and citrus. The palate is supple and dense but balanced by bright acidity under the ripe berry fruits. Serve cool with roast chicken, stews and grilled meats and put a few in the cellar for five or ten years. David Lillie

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Gaudry 2016 Sancerre Rouge Vincengetorix

This is a gorgeaous Sancerre Rouge, a product of Vincent Gaudry's wonderful biodynamic farming. Wild yeast fermentation, aging 12 months in used barrels. The wine shows lovely aromas of tart cherry, violet and spice, with a vibrant mineral character on the palate from the limestone soils. The fruit is sappy and dense but not heavy, with plum skin, black cherry and earthy flavors. The finish is long with bright chalky red fruits and refreshing acidity. Drink now, served quite cool, with roast chicken, grilled meats, veal tartare and mild cheeses or hold for five to ten years for a mature experience. This is a delicious Pinot Noir from a great terroir in Sancerre and it would be a great choice for Thanksgiving!  David Lillie

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $32.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Gaudry, Vincent 2017 Sancerre Melodie Vieilles Vignes

Domaine Vincent Gaudry, located in Sury-en-Vaux, has been organic and Biodynamic certified beginning in 1993. The 2017 "Melodie des Vieilles Vignes" is from 50-plus year-old vines on clay/limestone soils, and is fermented naturally with wild yeasts. This is an outstanding Sancerre showing elegant aromas of ripe pear, quince, almond, citrus and lime-flower, really quite lovely. The palate is fresh and lively with dried pear, flint, smoke and herbal flavors, very silky and elegant and happily unlike most modern Sancerres. The stone and subtle fruit flavors continue in the refreshing finish, making this a superb food wine with anything from oysters to grilled fish and fish and chicken in sauce. And Crottin de Chavignol, of course. Highly recommended and a good value! David Lillie

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 50 in stock
  • $24.99

Grandes Vignes 2017 Anjou Aubinae

The 2017 Aubinaie from Grandes Vignes shows the silky and generous side of Cabernet Franc, along with it's funky 'barnyard' side. It's probably our favorite vintage of the wine yet, as it's effortlessly drinkable, satisfying, chillable yet still dark with ripe black berry fruit, and with very elegant and integrated tannins.  EL

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur
  • white sparkling
  • 13 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $25.99

  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $32.99

  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $19.99

  • No Sulfur
  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

Guion 2014 Bourgueil Deux Monts

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

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Guion 2016 Bourgueil Cuvée Prestige

2016 brings us another great Cuvée Prestige from Stéphane Guion in Bourgueil, whose domaine has been certified organic since the 1960s. From vines averaging 50 to 70 years old on classic soils of clay over limestone. 2016 was a very difficult vintage in the Loire Valley with many growers suffering huge loses to f rost on the 27th of April, followed by periods of intense mildew attacks until early July that further lowered yields.  Weather in the summer and fall, however, was near perfect with dry sunny conditions prevailing and just the right amount of rain in September. Comparisons can be made to the 2002 and 2010 vintages. The 2016 Guion Prestige shows wonderful brightness and balance with lovely high-toned aromas of strawberry compote with floral, herbal and musky notes, with hints of  roast coffee and bitter chocolate. There is intense material on the palate which is elegant and ripe with fine tannins, with bright strawberry and cherry fruits encased in brisk, very earthy acids. A brilliant wine that needs five years or more in the cellar, peak drinking perhaps 2023 to 2040. If drinking now decant well in advance or open/taste/re-cork two or three days beforehand.  1989 and 1990 tasted recently at the domaine were fantastic — given the low price, this is one of the world's great values to cellar. Thank you, Stéphane!  (Arrives Monday March 4th)

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $249.99

  • white sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $159.99

  • white sweet
  • 4 in stock
  • $87.99

  • white sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $149.99

  • white sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $44.99

Huet 2005 Vouvray Cuvée Constance 500ml

Forward and open which is unusual for Constance. Beautifully knit palate and very long with exceptional purity and at least 50 years ahead of it. DL

  • white sweet
  • 8 in stock
  • $149.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • no discount
  • $98.99

Huet 2017 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec

A walled vineyard of about 15 acres, the Clos du Bourg is on the Premieres Cotes above the church in Vouvray. The vineyards date back to the 7th century. A great site with thin clay topsoil over limestone "tuffeau," giving powerful and well-structured wines. The 2017 is a brilliant wine that is superb now but will really start singing in about ten years. This young wine shows subtle aromas of white fruits, lime-flower and stone, very bright and vibrant; the palate is dense and all mineral and wet stone flavors with ripe, honeyed white fruits in the background. This wine begs for some serious seafood if drinking now, but best to wait... David Lillie

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Huet 2017 Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec

Le Mont is a 19 acre vineyard just above the Loire with a pebbly, "green" clay and silex soil over the limestone. The 2017 Le Mont Demi-Sec was the hit of our tasting at Racines NY, showing smoky mineral notes with pear, citrus peel, almond and wet stone aromas. The palate shows earthy white fruits with intesnse mineral flavors with great freshness and density, not showing much sweetness. The finish is long and earthy with quince, stone and citrusy acids. Serve now with very saline oysters or grilled fish, best to cellar, drink until 2050 and beyond... David Lillie

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $44.99

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

Jousset 2017 Vin de France Vilain P'tit Ch'nin

The Jousset Vilain P'tit Ch'nin is a delightfully fresh and delicious Chenin Blanc at a great price. The wine shows bright citrus, pear, honeysuckle, fines herbes and stone aromas. The palate is vibrant and refreshing with stone, pear and saline mineral flavors with firm acidity in the bright, clean finish. This is a delicious aperitif and a versatile accopaniment for anything from sole to sushi, Asian foods and white meats.

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

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

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

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $47.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $16.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $21.99

Landron, Jo 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Haute Tradition

La Haute Tradition is a beautiful Muscadet from our friend Jo Landron that is rarely seen in the US. The grapes are from old vines in the "Les Houx" vineyard on iron-rich clay over subsoils of orthogneiss with quartz, giving a dense powerful Muscadet that is aged for about a year in wooden foudres.The wine shows elegant aromas of lemon peel, stone, ripe pear, almond, anise and honeysuckle. While it's similar to Jo's superb Fief du Breil, the palate shows more ripeness -  quite round and full for a Muscadet, with sapid white fruits, citrus, anise and licorice, with terrific density backed by firm acidity. The finish is long and lovely with with bitter lemon, pear, anise and stone. This is a superb Muscadet that should be opened well in advance or decanted if drinking now, or cellar five years then drink until 2035. Serve with fish in sauce, grilled lobster (!), veal, roast chicken and goat or sheep cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 40 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Luneau-Papin 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Excelsior Clos Noelles

Made only in exceptional vintages, the Luneau-Papin "Excelsior - Clos des Noelles" is one of my favorite Muscadets, usually a bit rounder than the granite-soil "L D'Or" but always aromatically complex and with great intensity and length.   The massale-selection vines were planted in 1936 on a terroir of "micaschistes a deux micas," (lieu-dit "La Plecisiere") exposed full south. The grapes are hand-harvested and undergo a slow wild yeast fermentation with 36 months of aging on the lees. The 2015 shows subtle, complex aromas of bitter lemon, lime-flower, melon, pear, mint, almond and stone.  The palate is silky, crystalline and dense with white fruits, lemon zest, almond, smoke and wet stone with fabulous length of pear, minerals and taut acidity.  Please decant if drinking now, serve with any elegant seafood dish. Cellar five to fifteen years and serve with richer fish dishes, white meats, rabbit. Beautiful wine!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 28 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic

Mortier 2017 Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil Graviers

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

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2018 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine s Lie La Pépie

Our first 2018 comes from our friends Rémi, Gwénaëlle and Marc at Domaine de la Pépière - the 2018 "Cuvée Pépie." This first bottling of "Pépie" shows a bit more apple and pear fruit and a softer palate than normal, as 20 - 30% of the juice went through the malo-lactic conversion. It's a delicious Muscadet in a rounder style which will be a great match for any seafood and white meat dishes this spring and summer

  • white
  • 54 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson

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

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Ch.Thébaud "Morines"

The Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines" comes from old vines in a beautiful vineyard sloping down towards the river Maine. The granite here  (granite de Château-Thébaud) is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way. The grapes are hand harvested, fed into the press by gravity and undergo a one to two month fermentation with wild yeasts. The wine ages "sur-lie" for 30 months with regular battonage, contributing to the complex aromatics and richness of the wine.  The 2015 Chateau Thébaud is a gorgeous wine, showing a bright pale gold color with ripe aromas of candied citrus, melon, pear, honeysuckle, wet stone, almond and licorice. The palate is silky and quite rich for a Muscadet, with white and yellow fruits, citrus and mineral flavors, with hints of anise and licorice emerging, with the firm acidity in the background. This very young wine is delicous now, but please decant or open well in advance. This reminds me of the 2009, which is drinking beautifully in 2018. Serve with oysters and fish such as sole, cod and halibut, white meats as well, great with goat cheeses. Highly recommended!  David Lillie

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Gras Moutons

This lovely wine clearly illustrates the difference between the granite and gneiss terroirs in Muscadet. Gras Moutons, a great parcel on gneiss with clay and amphibolite stones, produces lovely, classic Muscadet. A wine to drink over the next 5 to 8 years, it has a more herbal and floral bouquet than the granite-based wines and the palate, although refreshing and bright, is softer and more open.  In 2017 the majority of the grapes were lost to frost, but the portion that remained made a beautiful wine showing pretty herbal, citrus,  and white fruit aromas.  The palate is elegant and bright with pear, quince, lime-flower and lemon backed by silky lemony acidity and mineral flavors. Perfect with oysters, mild flavored fish and chicken dishes and goat cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 30 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Pinon 2017 Vouvray Les Déronnières

The grapes for this new cuvée from Francois Pinon 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 2017 the potential alcohol was not too high, so the Pinons vinified it as a dry wine, with  5.6 grams rs/liter. The wine shows elegant aromas of lime-flower, dried pear, lemon zest and stones. The palate is very saline and mineral with round white fruits, citrus and herbal notes with impressive density and length. A great dry 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

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

Pinon, François 2015 Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé

François and Julien Pinon make some of the finest sparkling wines in the Loire Valley. The superb Brut Non-Dosé comes from 45 year-old Chenin Blanc vines on Turonien limestone with topsoils of clay with silex. The fermentation lasts 4 to 6 weeks without added yeast or sugar. 2015 is a beautiful year for this wine as the good weight and density of the vintage are balanced by firm acidity, contributing to the elegance and structure of this cuvée. The wine shows aromas of citrus peel, pear, green apple brioche, fines herbes, white flowers and stone, really quite elegant. The palate is creamy and dense, with pear, parsnip(?), stone, anise, mineral, herbal and bitter lemon flavors on the palate. (Sorry for the overwrought description, but the wine is extraodinary!) The mousse is fine and refreshing and there is fabulous length of white fruits and stone flavors lingering in the finish. This very young wine is superb now but is a great candidate for extended aging - for twenty years or more - a few years ago we tasted a 1976  Pinon Brut that was sensational!  This is very highy recommended! David Lillie

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Plouzeau (Ch. de la Bonneliere) 2018 Chinon Rive Gauche Rosé

This large organic estate in Chinon produces a light and lovely rosé from Cabernet Franc vines grown on gravel and sandy soils in the "Rive Gauche" and "La Vienne" parcels. The 2018 shows a pale pink/salmon color and bright, slightly spicy and floral raspberry/strawberry aromas. The palate is very crisp and dry, but a bit riper and fuller than the lean 2017, with raspberry, melon and citrus peel flavors. Showing nice ripeness this year but it's very light and refreshing and goes down easy - perfect for a hot summer day, and it's a great value!

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Raffault, Olga 2014 Chinon Les Picasses

Les Picasses is one of the greatest vineyards in Chinon - a south-facing slope of clay over porous limestone that retains water and nutrients, nourishing the vines. While the wine is amply fruited and enjoyable young, it has firm acidity and structure for long-term aging, up to 30 years and more depending on the vintage. 2014 was an excellent vintage for Loire reds, which generally showed vibrant fruit, fresh acidity and moderate alcohol. Not a "big" vintage but one of very pretty, well-balanced wines. The 2014 Raffault Picasses shows a bright, red/black color with aromas of morello cherry, red currant, blackberry and prune with hints of licorice, earth and black pepper. The palate shows silky tannins and sappy red and black fruits with chalky minerals and firm acidity. Earthy prune, plum and cherry fruits linger in the long finish. Please decant two to three hours in advance if drinking now, then serve a bit cool with roast chicken, pork or lamb. This will sing a different song after 6 to 8 years of aging, best perhaps 2026 - 2040. DL

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

Raffault, Olga 2017 Chinon Les Barnabés

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Roche Bleue 2015 Jasnières Le Clos des Molières

From 25 - 30  year-old Chenin Blanc vines in a mid-slope parcel of thin clay and silex soils on limestone, yields of 25 hl/ha, certified organic with biodynamic methods as well, fermented and aged in 4 to 6 year-old barriques. Sébastien Cornille has quickly become one of the finest producers of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc on his 7 hectare estate in the Coteaux du Loir and Jasnières. The 2015 Jasnières "Clos es Molières" is an astonshing dry Chenin showing a bright pale gold color and subtle aromas of pear, dried herbs, almond, citrus and white pepper. The palate is dense but crystalline and intensly mineral with white fruits, almond, citrus and stone flavors that continue in the scintillating finish. Serve now with an elegant shellfish or fish preparation or hold for ten to fifiteen years and serve with fish or chicken in sauce. Beautiful wine!   David Lillie

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2017 Coteaux du Loir L'Orée de la Berterie

This is a beautiful Chenin Blanc from Sébastien Cornille at Domaine de la Roche Bleue, from 30 year-old vines on slopes and terraces of clay and silex over limestone, certified organic farming with biodynamic methods. The 2017 L'Orée de la Berterie shows lovely ripe aromas  - peach, pear, and kiwi with almond,  honeysuckle, lime-flower and mineral notes. Dried peach and pear, citrus peel, stone and herbal notes on the palate with terrific density and a quite firm citrus and mineral finish. This is an outstanding and mineral young Chenin that will open up over the next three to five years, and might be quite interesting at ten to fifteen years or age -  it's a superb value as well. Serve with ceviche of fluke, fish in sauce, roast chicken and mild cheeses.  DL

  • white
  • 48 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Roche Bleue 2017 Jasnières Sec

100% Chenin Blanc, from 10 - 30 year-old vines on slopes of clay/silex soils on limestone, certified organic. Slow pressing of whole clusters; long fermentations, most in 4 to 6 year-old barriques, the younger vines in cuve inox; elevage in 6 year-old barrels. The Roche Bleue 2017 Jasnières Sec shows pale bronze color with beautiful aromas of pear, lime-flower, quince and honeysuckle with hints of chalky stone, anise and citrus peel. The palate seems light in body but is quite intense with dried pear, anise , bitter lemon and saline, chalky minerals that continue in the long finish with firm citrusy acids. This is a crystalline, complex dry  Jasnières that will benefit from decanting and should age well for ten to fifteen years. Serve now with shellfish, grilled fish, roast chicken and goat cheeses or age to serve with richer dishes. Lovely wine! DL

  • white
  • 10 in stock
  • $23.99

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

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $44.99

Tessier 2017 Vin de France Pet Nat "Phil'en Bulle"

The Tessier "Phil'en Bulle" is an inviting Methode Ancestrale made from Romorantin and Menu Pineau.  The wine is bottled after one year sur lie, with zero added sulfur. The 2017 version is a clever amalgam of the familiar and atavistic with beckoning aromas of butterscotch candies, honeycomb, hay, cinnamon and lemon peel.  The palate is sumptuous yet energized with a jovial sweetness that evokes the texture of a perfectly ripened asian pear.  The polyphony of sweet golden apples, tangy citrus, brown sugar, and caramel flavors finishes with a bitter note of yarrow and camomile.  A bottle to swig with relish! Amanda Bowman

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

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Thomas-Labaille 2018 Sancerre Rosé Authentique

The Thomas-Labaille  Rosé "Authentique" is from Pinot Noir grown on the limestone hills of Chavignol. Lovely very pale pink color, pretty aromas of red raspberry, tart strawberry, citrus and melon with a bit of extra depth and ripeness due to the warm sunny conditions in the 2018 growing season. The palate is very crisp and fresh with candied red fruits, citrus and stony acids that continue in the juicy and very mineral finish. This is one of the raciest rosés you can find, very elegant and refreshing - serve quite cool on a hot day with anything grilled, or just sip and enjoy....

  • rosé
  • 15 in stock
  • $23.99

Tue-Boeuf 2018 Vin de France Vin Rouge Gamay

2018 is a great vintage for the reds from Clos du Tue-Boeuf and the first to arrive is the vibrant Vin Rouge - 100% Gamay from organic parcels near les Montils -  whole bunch carbonic maceration fermentation followed by four or five months in tronconic vats. The wine shows exuberant aromas of raspberry and cherry; the palate is round and ripe with lush fruit balanced by bright acidity. This is a simply joyous wine that will drink beautifully served cool over the next few years. Enjoy!

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 40 in stock
  • $17.99

Villemade, Herve 2017 Cheverny Blanc

Hervé Villemade's 2017 Cheverny Blanc is a lovely and versatile wine, made from 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Chardonnay grown on flinty sand and clay soils. The wine shows pretty aromas of pear, citrus, almond and stone with hints of boxwood and white flowers. The palate is supple with white and yellow fruits,  ripe citrus, a bit of anise and herbal flavors and is nicely balanced with firm acidity. This is a delicious and refreshing everyday white that will accompany most seafood dishes, chicken, white meats and goat cheeses.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 48 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve 2018 Vin de France Bovin (Liter)

"1 Litre à boire d'une traite" - A bottle to drink in one go - We think the message makes things pretty clear: this is a fresh, fun bottle of Gamay that is dangerously easy to drink. Mineral, with spicy red fruits and well worth a light chill. A bovine beverage that's "Vachement Delicieux!" EL  

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Villemade, Herve NV Vin de France Bulle Blanche

Chardonnay and Menu Pineau. Super tasty, fresh, but as with other wines of Hervé's that contain a bit of Chardonnay, there is no fear of ripeness and texture. Great acidity and some fleshy character. Not bracingly dry, it should pair well with a variety of foods, even dishes with spice or a cream base.    Eben Lillie

  • white sparkling
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Vins Contes (Lemasson) 2018 Vin de France Poivre et Sel

90% Pineau d'Aunis with 10% Gamay, this wine is a beautiful bright ruby in the glass, with the nose and palate showing a wonderful mélange of red fruit, spice, and floral notes of rose and violets. The wine is fresh and mouthwatering, though there is some structure here, with the tannins quite apparent, but very well integrated.  Once again, Olivier Lemasson was able to keep alcohol levels incredibly low (11%) and overall this is incredibly pretty. A perfect way to start an evening, this is also a very versatile food wine, and it paired particularly well with soba noodle stir fry. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $22.99