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Loire – Pays Nantais

Domaine de la Bregeonnette

France Loire – Pays Nantais Domaine de la Bregeonnette February '19 Joseph Orieux founded this domaine

February '19

Joseph Orieux founded this domaine in the town of Vallet in the 1960's and has been organic from the start, recently becoming certified (only 12 producers out of 600+ actually have the certification). Today, Joseph's grandson, Stéphane Orieux upholds his family's traditions of organic farming, hand-harvesting, wild yeast fermentations, and long, sur-lie aging. Due to the many decades of experience, Bregeonnette has become a reference point for other winemakers in the region who want to learn how to work organically in the vines. Even Marc Ollivier of Domaine de la Pépière consults Stéphane when he has questions about organic treatments. The same care and dedication to quality is present throughout the entire range of wines. Everything is harvested by hand, including the Gros Plant, and the top, single-parcel wine, "Clos de la Coudray", spends 18 months sur-lie.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine de la Bregeonnette Gros Plant du Pays Nantais

2017

Folle Blanche

750mL

12

MFW

596042

Domaine de la Bregeonnette Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie

2017

Melon de Bourgogne

750mL

12

MFW

596041

Domaine de la Bregeonnette Muscadet "La Grande Pièce"

2016

Melon de Bourgogne

750mL

12

MFW

594593

Domaine de la Bregeonnette Muscadet "Clos de la Coudray"

2016

Melon de Bourgogne

750mL

12

MFW

605858

Domaine des Rebourgères (Joël Bouvet)

Located in Maisdon-sur-Sèvre just around the corner from Domaine de la Pépière, the affable Joël Bouvet is a new name to watch out for when it comes to delicious, honest renditions of Muscadet. Joël took over the 8ha estate of Domaine des Rebourgères in 2005 and immediately made the conversion to organic farming (now certified). Prior to this, Joël studied winemaking both in the States (in the Finger Lakes with Dr. Konstantin Frank) and in France in Alsace and with the legendary biodynamic Muscadet producer, Guy Bossard of Domaine de l'Ecu. Joël is farming some of the oldest vines in the region, many over 80 years old. Everything is hand harvested, fermentation is with native yeast, and all aging is carried out in old, traditional interred cement vats. Just like Joël, these are wines that might appear quiet or reserved at first, but with time, their complexity comes out, revealing a joyous and ebullient side.

Name

Vintage

Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine des Rebourgères Muscadet "Les Rebourgères"

2016

Melon de Bourgogne

750mL

12

MFW

558809

Domaine des Rebourgères Muscadet "Clos du Moulin de la Gustais"

2016

Melon de Bourgogne

750mL

12

MFW

558808

Domaine des Rebourgères "Cache Cache" VMQ (Sparkling)

NV

Melon/Folle Blanche

750mL

12

MFW

558810

Loire – Anjou-Saumur

Bertin-Delatte

In the past decade or so, the town of Rablay-sur-Layon has become a small hub for dedicated young winemakers in the Loire Valley. There’s a strong community spirit – each year the town organizes a small music festival, and there is a cooperative grocery store in the town center. Geneviève Delatte and Nicolas Bertin started out in the area working for other winemakers, and in 2008, they purchased their own small vineyard, a 1.5ha lieu-dit named "L’Echalier". In 2012 they built a small home and winery at the edge of their vines and found a few other small vineyards in the hills around Rablay. The winemaking philosophy is to keep things simple; accompany the vines, the grapes, and the wine. Spend a lot of time observing, intervene as little as possible.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Bertin-Delatte "Popsec" VdF (Pét-Nat)

2016

Chenin Blanc

750mL

12*

MFW

568428

Bertin-Delatte "L'Echalier" VdF

2015

Chenin Blanc

750mL

12*

MFW

594574

Bertin-Delatte "Vingt Neuf" VdF

2015

Chenin Blanc/Grolleau

750mL

12*

MFW

594573

- all prices and vintages subject to change - February 2019

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Mélaric

Aymeric Hillaire and Mélanie Cunin originally met while studying enology in Montpellier, and then traveled the world together, making wine in both hemispheres, and racking up some impressive work experience along the way with people like Château Pradeaux in Bandol, Château Guiraud in Sauternes, and, most notably, Bernard Baudry in Chinon. Inspired by Baudry, in 2006 the two would return to Aymeric's hometown within the new appellation of Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame, and slowly built up their vineyard holdings to the 4ha they have today, naming their new winery Mélaric (a combination of their two names). They purchased two notable lieux-dits, "Billes de Roche" and "Clos de la Cerisae", and immediately converted everything to organics, and followed up with the introduction of biodynamics. The vineyards are planted on shallow clay soils with a base of pure limestone chalk beneath, which was the basis for awarding this area it's own AOP. Vines are very old (average age is 45-50 years old), and are mostly Chenin Blanc (2.7ha), with the rest being Cabernet Franc (1.3ha), plus a touch of Grolleau. Their philosophy is to work meticulously in the vineyard, carrying out much of the work by hand with the help of a horse. Harvesting is also by hand, and Aymeric favors minimal interventions in winemaking, with no additions of enzymes or cultured yeasts. The wines are raised in old (4-8 years), 400L barrels, and get just a small dose of SO2 at bottling. These are wines of purity and elegance, with a fresh structure imparted by the limestone soils. Although the appellation may be new, Aymeric and Mélanie are already showing that the terroir of Puy-Notre-Dame has something special to say.

Name

Vintage

Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Mélaric "Le Tandem" VdF Rouge

2016

Grolleau/Cabernet Franc

750mL

12

MFW

603350

Mélaric "Globules Roses" VdF Rosé (Pét-Nat)

NV ('17)

Cabernet Franc

750mL

12

MFW

603349

Mélaric Saumur Blanc "Billes de Roche"

2015

Chenin Blanc

750mL

12*

MFW

556815

Mélaric Saumur Blanc "Billes de Roche"

2014

Chenin Blanc

1.5L

6*

MFW

603344

Mélaric Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame "Clos de Messemé"

2016

Cabernet Franc

750mL

12*

MFW

603351

Mélaric "Le Clos Rousseau" VdF Rouge

2016

Grolleau

750mL

12*

MFW

603346

Mélaric Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame "Clos de la Cerisaie"

2015

Cabernet Franc

750mL

12*

MFW

603347

Mélaric Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame "Clos de la Cerisaie"

2015

Cabernet Franc

1.5L

6*

MFW

603345

Mélaric Saumur Blanc "Clos de la Cerisaie"

2015

Chenin Blanc

750mL

12*

MFW

603348

Mélaric Coteaux de Saumur "Funambule"

2013

Chenin Blanc

500mL

6*

MFW

603343

Mélaric "Liquoreux de la Cerisaie" VdF Blanc

2011

Chenin Blanc

500mL

6*

MFW

603342

Vins Hodgson

The Hodgsons' story is irresistibly bizarre: they're Japanese-Canadian winemakers who've settled in Rablay-sur-Layon via Vancouver and the Tochigi prefecture of Japan. Kenji and Mai met in Vancouver, where Kenji studied engineering before abandoning it to work as a wine writer. Further curiosity led them to intern at wineries in BC and Japan. Along the way, they became interested in natural wine, experimenting with low-sulfur use and natural fermentation, and tasting widely among the plethora of French natural wines imported in Japan. So in 2009, Kenji and Mai decided to up and move to France to work harvest with the legendary Mark Angéli of Ferme de la Sansonnière in Anjou. A year later, with encouragement from natural Loire luminaries like Olivier Cousin and Claude Courtois, they purchased their first 3ha of vineyards in Rablay-sur-Layon, and are finally producing their first wines under their own labels.

Name

Vintage

Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Vins Hodgson "P'tit Luchini" VdF Blanc

2017

Chenin Blanc

750mL

12*

MFW

600097

Vins Hodgson "La Grande Pièce" VdF Rouge

2017

Grolleau/Gamay

750mL

12*

MFW

600096

Vins Hodgson "Les Aussigouins" VdF Blanc

2016

Chenin Blanc

750mL

12*

MFW

600095

Loire – Touraine

Domaine Courtault-Tardieux

As a teenager, Simon Tardieux began working in the vines of Catherine Roussel and Didier Barrouillet of Clos Roche Blanche. After university and a short stint as a social worker, Simon decided to return to his hometown and get back to his true calling: working outside in the vines. The only problem was that he didn’t have any vineyards. So, he teamed up with his neighbor, Alain Courtault, who has long been practicing organics (Alain was the third producer in the region to practice organic viticulture, starting back in 1998). Together, they make a range of simple, eminently drinkable wines.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine Courtault-Tardieux Touraine Rouge "Tradition"

2017

Côt/Gamay

750mL

12

MFW

602553

Domaine Courtault-Tardieux Touraine Sauvignon "Les Sagères"

2017

Sauvignon Blanc

750mL

12

MFW

596046

Domaine Courtault-Tardieux Touraine Pineau d'Aunis Rosé

2017

Pineau d'Aunis

750mL

12

MFW

596047

Domaine Courtault-Tardieux Chenonceaux "Avec vue sur le Cher"

2017

Sauvignon Blanc

750mL

12

MFW

602552

- all prices and vintages subject to change - February 2019

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Domaine de la Marinière

The Domaine de la Marinière, situated in Panzoult on the eastern edge of Chinon, has been farmed by the Desbourdes family since 1965. The land here was initially used as a true, polycultural farm, raising animals and growing cereal grains in addition to grapes. Renaud Desbourdes returned to help his father in the 1980s, turning the focus to grape growing and winemaking and expanding the vineyard plantings, and eventually took full control of the domaine in 1999 when his father retired. Today, Renaud’s son, Boris, has joined his father full-time, and is helping to take this traditional family domaine into the next generation. Boris initially became passionate about organic farming after working with Vincent Laval in Champagne, and upon his return, he immediately transitioned his family’s vineyards to organics (certified in 2018). The 15ha of vines average 30 years old (with some old parcels having been planted in the ‘50s and ‘60s) and are planted on a mix of gravelly sand and limestone soils on the hillsides. In addition to the increased focus on farming, Boris has introduced hand-harvesting and the use of native yeast for fermentations. The result of all of this work is a set of wines that are at the forefront of a modern approach to classic Chinon, combining the best of old traditions with youthful energy. The wines range from fresh and gulpable to intense and age-worthy, and we are confident they will soon be considered new classics in the region.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine de la Marinière Chinon

2017

Cabernet Franc

750mL

12

MFW

602796

Domaine de la Marinière Chinon "La Peau de l'Ours"

2017

Cabernet Franc

750mL

12

MFW

602795

Domaine Guion

There are few properties in France that can boast such a great pioneering legacy in organic farming as Domaine Guion. In the 1950’s, the Guion family established their farm in the heart of the Bourgueil appellation, a stone’s throw from the banks of the Loire River. Since it was a polycultural estate, the family was able to live almost entirely off the land. By 1965, they began farming organically, with a holistic understanding of its effects far ahead of their time. Since taking the reins from his father in 1990, Stéphane Guion has a put a much greater emphasis on viticulture, managing 8.5ha of land. Quiet and curious, he is a well-respected member of the vigneron community in Bourgueil and is often consulted by other growers eager to adopt organic farming practices. While Stéphane rarely appears at tastings and trade shows, it is clear that the extra time in the vineyards and cellars is well spent. Situated on meticulously cultivated clay and limestone soils, the Guions’ vineyards range from 10-80 years old, with the younger vines designated for the “Cuvée Domaine” and the older for the “Cuvée Prestige”. Stéphane prunes the buds rather than clusters to achieve a judicious yield and hand harvests all of his fruit. In the cellar, he only employs native yeasts and allows a moderate maceration of the grapes. Once the bottles are ready for aging, they are stored in a large cave shared with six other families that once served as a historic Resistance hideout during World War II. Rustic, focused, and lively, with fresh acidity and minerality, the wines of Domaine Guion are known for their fine tannins, great aging potential, and terrific price.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine Guion Bourgueil "Cuvée Domaine"

2017

Cabernet Franc

750mL

12

MFW

604083

Domaine Guion Bourgueil Rosé

2017

Cabernet Franc

750mL

12

MFW

601369

Domaine Guion Bourgueil "Cuvée Prestige"

2016

Cabernet Franc

750mL

12

MFW

604082

Domaine Guion Bourgueil "Cuvée des Deux Monts"

2014

Cabernet Franc

750mL

12*

MFW

577641

Frantz Saumon (Un Saumon Dans la Loire)

Frantz Saumon has been making wine in Montlouis since 2002 when he graduated from oenology school. Instead of taking the traditional route and working for an established producer to learn the ropes, Frantz jumped in feet first and purchased a small plot of land of his own. A slightly obsessive, serious-minded vigneron, Frantz set out to make "true Montlouis"; to this end, he has converted the vineyards to organic viticulture, only relies on indigenous yeast, and uses sulfur minimally. Most of his 6ha are comprised of 30-60 year-old Chenin Blanc (he likes to do everything in the vineyards by hand himself, one reason why he has so little land). Frantz’s winemaking style seem to be about purity, always looking for clean wines and thriving for dryness. He also has a great talent at making pétillant naturels, some of the best ones of the region.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

La Boutanche VdF Rosé

2017

Grolleau/Gamay

1L

12

SM

593611

Frantz Saumon Montlouis-sur-Loire "Minéral+"

2015

Chenin Blanc

750mL

12*

SM

574290

Le Sot de l'Ange

Quentin Bourse took over his friend's property in the Touraine subzone of Azay-le-Rideau, a winery that had been certified organic for years, and started vinifying the way he learned. We originally met him years ago, and we've seen him working all over in various cellars and vineyards, listening and watching those people we admire: The naturalists, the biodynamists (his last gig before setting up his own shop was at the legendary Domaine Huet in Vouvray)… Basically, he's worked with everyone except the big, bad guys. Now, the work in his own vineyards is respectful of the earth it's grown on, and what happens in the cellar is unobtrusive to the point where it's impossible to categorize a style of the wines other than "just damn good". Well priced, super clean sans souffre (or just a little SO2 in the case of the Chenin), biodynamic wine, made by a new winemaker that we believe will be one to watch in the years to come.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

La Boutanche VdF Rouge (Saint-Pourçain)

2017

Pinot Noir/Gamay

1L

12

SM

595322

- all prices and vintages subject to change - February 2019

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Les Capriades

Pascal Potaire and Moses Gadouche of Les Capriades are known as "Les Rois du Pét-Nat" (the Kings of Pét-Nat) in France. Their expertise on the subject makes them a reference for winemakers who want to learn to raise and handle of cuvée of natural bubbly. While pét-nat started mostly as a way for winemakers to make bubbles without sending it off to a champagnisateur, Pascal and Moses have elevated it, and in fact, 95% of their total production is pét-nat. If you've ever tried one of the wines, you already know what we are talking about. If you haven't, consider this: every single maker in the Loire that makes a pétillant naturel makes it with Les Capriades in mind. There are no other pét-nats that will keep as long open (seriously, a bottle can stay open in your fridge with no cork for 2 days, and still have the same amount of bubbles), that will age as well, or that are more balanced, more refreshing. Made with all organic grapes from Touraine, no sulfur, no yeasting, no dosage, no nothing.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Les Capriades "Pet' Sec" VdF Blanc (Pe ́t-Nat)

2016

Chenin/Menin Pineau/++

750mL

12

SM

591247

Les Capriades "Piège à Filles" VdF Rosé (Pét-Nat)

2016

Gamay/Côt/Cab Franc/++

750mL

12*

SM

587643

Ludovic Chanson

Having always had a passion for wine, Ludovic Chanson decided to leave his job in pharmaceutical research in 2007 and went to work for the renowned Vouvray producer Vincent Carême. In 2008, he was able to purchase a 6.2ha property on the plateau near the village of Husseau, about a five-minute drive outside of Montlouis on the left bank of the Loire River opposite Vouvray. The property is primarily planted to Chenin Blanc (5ha), but there are also small plots of both Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Soils here are very clay heavy with a deep limestone base, and many of the parcels are littered with silex and flint. The average vine age is 40 years-old, and the estate was converted to organic farming in 2006 before Ludovic took over, and he has since achieved organic certification. Harvesting is done by hand in small baskets in one pass for the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and multiple passes for the Chenin Blanc depending on the cuvée for which the grapes are being picked. Since Chanson’s first solo vintage in 2009, he has always used native yeasts for fermentations, with no chaptalization, no enzymes or bentonite, and low to no sulfur additions. Ludovic makes a full range of wines ranging from bone dry to demi-sec to pét-nats, all of which are pure expressions of Montlouis terrior.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Ludovic Chanson Montlouis-sur-Loire "Les Cabotines"

2015

Chenin Blanc

750mL

12*

SM

585351

Michel Autran

Although his first official vintage wasn’t until 2013, Michel Autran is already making a name for himself as one of the top producers in Vouvray. This didn’t just happen out of the blue though, as Michel has quietly been putting in the work behind the scenes for many years now. Michel started off as a doctor, working in emergency medicine for nearly 20 years, but somewhere along the way the wine bug bit. Despite being in his 40s, Michel eventually decided a career change was the only solution and he set about acquiring the necessary experience, working with and learning from some of the top Chenin producers in the world, people like François Pinon, Vincent Carême, the Joussets, Frantz Saumon, Ludovic Chanson, and more. In 2011, he was able to purchase just under 1ha of prime vineyards in Noizay to start, and slowly expanded to 3.8ha today. Farming is completely organic, and due to the steepness of some of the plots a horse is necessary for the vineyard work. The vines are all very old, between 50-70 years, and all replanting is with massale selection of old vines from Pinon. Harvesting is by hand and with multiple tries to ensure the small team of workers make the best selection in the vineyard. Fermentation begins with native yeast in stainless steel before immediately being racked off by gravity into barrel, some new, but most 4-12 years old and coming from friends like Carême or the late Stéphane Cossais. A small amount of sulfur is used at débourbage if necessary, otherwise the wines are raised completely sans souffre. The resulting wines have it all: purity, elegant fruit, incredible length, richness balanced by enamel-stripping acidity, and off-the-charts minerality.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Michel Autran Vouvray "Cap à l'ouest" (Pét-Nat)

2015

Chenin Blanc

750mL

12*

MFW

591941

Michel Autran Vouvray "Les Enfers Tranquilles"

2016

Chenin Blanc

750mL

12*

MFW

556368

Michel Autran Vouvray "Ciel Rouge"

2016

Chenin Blanc

750mL

12*

MFW

598536

Mikaël Bouges

Mikaël Bouges works a small, 8ha estate in the village of Faverolles-sur-Cher in Touraine. For years he labored on his father's estate in a neighboring village, but after his father retired, Mikaël could not afford to buy his father’s share and was forced to look for new vineyard sites to establish his own domaine. With the help of Catherine and Didier Barouillet of Clos Roche Blanche, Mikaël managed to acquire his current parcels of Côt, Sauvignon Blanc, Menu Pineau, and Chenin that he farms organically. No additions except a small amount of SO2 at bottling.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Mikaël Bouges Touraine Sauvignon "La Pente de Chavigny"

2017

Sauvignon Blanc

750mL

12

MFW

593176

Mikaël Bouges Touraine Côt "Les Côts Hauts"

2015

Côt

750mL

12

MFW

593175

- all prices and vintages subject to change - February 2019

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Loire – Centre

Vincent Grall

Since 1999, Vincent Grall has quietly been making tiny amounts of Sancerre in his garage from 3.8ha of vines, making him the second smallest producer in the region. The production is split between two white cuvées coming from two distinct sites that are each vinified and aged differently, per the soil type. While the sites are blended, "Cuvée Tradition" is mostly from the silex soils around the main hill of Sancerre, Le Plateau, and is done entirely in stainless. "Le Manoir" comes mostly from Le Manoir de L’Etang where the soils are more marl and clay, and is aged in 600L barrels that are 3-4 years old. Although not certified, the soils are worked manually and organic treatments are used. The intention is to work as naturally as possible in both the vineyards and the cellar, but they will intervene if they risk losing their crop in bad vintages. Unlike most Sancerre producers, all harvesting is done by hand.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Vincent Grall Sancerre "Cuvée Tradition"

2017

Sauvignon Blanc

750mL

12

MFW

596045

Vincent Grall Sancerre "Le Manoir"

2017

Sauvignon Blanc

750mL

12

MFW

546647

Loire – Central France

Domaine des Pothiers

Romain Paire and family are without a doubt the reference point for the Côte Roannaise. Although technically a part of the Loire, with it's unique granite soils this area is often considered the unofficial "11th Cru of the Beaujolais" (even though it's at least an hour drive from Brouilly, and the Gamay used here is a particular variety called Gamay Saint-Romain, which is distinct from the Gamay in the Beaujolais). The Paires have been farming here for over 300 years, raising Limousin cattle in addition to grapes, and are now certified organic and biodynamic. Harvesting is by hand, only indigenous yeasts are used, and the reds undergo a classic fermentation (no carbonic) with élevage in cement or, in the case of the monopole "Clos du Puy", in old wood. The wines can range from bright, peppery, and lively to dense, structured, and age worthy.

Name

Vintage

Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine des Pothiers Côte Roannaise Rosé "Granit Rose"

2017

Gamay Saint-Romain

750mL

12

MFW

593150

Domaine des Pothiers "Référence" VdF

2017

Gamay Saint-Romain

750mL

12

MFW

596015

Domaine des Pothiers Côte Roannaise "Domaine"

2017

Gamay Saint-Romain

750mL

12

MFW

596014

Domaine des Pothiers "Eclipse" VMQ Rosé (Pét-Nat)

2016

Gamay Saint-Romain

750mL

12

MFW

554243

Domaine des Pothiers Côte Roannaise "Clos du Puy"

2015

Gamay Saint-Romain

750mL

12

MFW

554244

Domaine des Pothiers Côte Roannaise "La Chapelle"

2016

Gamay Saint-Romain

750mL

12

MFW

554244

Alsace

Marc Tempé

Based in the small town of Zellenberg (population 300), Marc Tempé unapologetically crafts some of the most nuanced, terroir-expressive wines in Alsace. The domaine was started in 1993 when Marc and his wife, Anne-Marie, combined vineyard holdings from both of their families, forming the 8.5ha of the domaine today. Initially working as a lab technician and vineyard expert for the INAO, Marc used his experience to immediately convert the vines to biodynamics and has been an ardent practitioner since. After harvesting by hand, the fruit is pressed off extremely slowly, which helps keep the natural acidity much higher than many in the region. Depending on the vineyard size, quality, or grape variety, fermentation occurs in either old foudres or Burgundy barrels, and always with native yeast. In fact, when additional barrels are needed, Marc will only buy from growers who also work biodynamically. The wines are then allowed to find their own balance, resting on their lees in barrel for a minimum of two years (some of the Grand Crus age for nearly four years). Not only does Marc believe this helps emphasize terroir, but it also helps him keep sulfur levels as low as possible. At bottling, there is no fining, and filtering only if necessary

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Marc Tempé "Alliance"

2014

Chasselas/Pinot Blanc/++

750mL

12

MFW

577181

Marc Tempé Zellenberg Pinot Blanc

2014

Pinot Blanc/Auxerrois

750mL

12

MFW

558786

Marc Tempé Alsace "Roses Sauvages"

2014

Pinot Noir/Pinot Gris

750mL

12*

MFW

558756

Marc Tempé Zellenberg Pinot Gris

2012

Pinot Gris

750mL

12*

MFW

558756

Marc Tempé "Rodelsberg"

2012

Gewürztraminer/Pinot Gris

750mL

12*

MFW

558754

Marc Tempé Riesling "Grafenreben"

2011

Riesling

750mL

12*

MFW

558787

Marc Tempé Zellenberg Pinot Noir

2014

Pinot Noir

750mL

12*

MFW

567143

Marc Tempé Pinot Gris "Schoenenbourg" Grand Cru

2008

Pinot Gris

750mL

12*

MFW

567072

Marc Tempé Gewürztraminer "Furstentum" Grand Cru

2011

Gewürztraminer

750mL

12*

MFW

577182

- all prices and vintages subject to change - February 2019

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Champagne – Côte des Blancs

Sanger

Sanger is the brand of the viticulture school in Avize, called Avize Viti Campus, an institution that dates back to the early 20th century when a successful and childless wine merchant in Cramant donated his caves to education. Though Sanger was founded in 1952, the first lessons were

given at this facility in 1927, and since then, the Avize Viti Campus has trained roughly 80% of the wine professionals in Champagne. After World War

II, the students of the era saw the empty caves (empty because the school possessed no vines of its own), and decided to bring their base wines to

this facility to turn them into Champagne. Though their mission was education, they also sought to create a successful Champagne brand, believing

that funding their materials through sales – understanding the commercial aspects of the business – are crucial to a complete education. To ensure the quality of the wines, Avize Viti Campus employs technicians and teachers who are constantly present in the vineyards and cellar. The institution does not waver in its commitment to continuing the great traditions of Champagne by educating its students in the best manner possible, and creating

a Champagne brand of impeccable quality, wines that hold their own in hallowed company. Today, Sanger owns 5ha of their own vines in Avize

(farmed organically) and also sources fruit from 42 separate villages throughout the region. At our request, these wines have all been bottled Brut

Nature, or without dosage.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Sanger Champagne "Voyage 360" Brut Nature

NV

Chard/PN/Pinot Meunier

750mL

12*

MFW

605783

Sanger Champagne "Voyage 360" Brut Nature

NV

Chard/PN/Pinot Meunier

375mL

12

MFW

572165

Sanger Champagne Grand Cru "Pères d'Origines" Brut Nature

2009

Pinot Noir/Chardonnay

750mL

12*

MFW

572166

Sanger Champagne Grand Cru "Triangle Minéral" Brut Nature

2009

Chardonnay

750mL

12*

MFW

572167

Champagne – Côte des Bars/Aube

Piollot

Husband and wife team Roland Piollot and Dominique Moreau farm 8.5ha of vines that have been passed down through Roland's family for generations. If Dominique's name sounds familiar, that is because she is also the founder and winemaker of Champagne Marie Courtin, based in the same village in the Côte des Bars, Polisot. In 1986, Roland decided to bottle the wines from the family estate himself, and since 2009, Dominique has joined on to help work in the vineyards and cellar, converting the farming to organic and biodynamic (now certified). Roland's father was extremely passionate about vineyard work and replanted all of his vineyards using the selection massale method, even keeping some of the old Pinot Blanc vineyards that most of his neighbors were replanting to Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. The house style is based on crisp, refreshing champagnes that are elegant and easy to drink.

Name

Vintage

Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Piollot Champagne "Come des Tallants" Zéro Dosage

NV ('15)

Pinot Noir

750mL

12*

MFW

603372

Piollot Champagne "Colas Robin" Brut Nature

NV ('13)

Pinot Blanc

750mL

6

MFW

548874

Piollot Champagne "Les Protelles" Rosé Extra Brut

NV ('15)

Pinot Noir

750mL

6

MFW

562659

Piollot Champagne "Champs Rayés" Brut Nature

NV ('12)

Chardonnay

750mL

6

MFW

603371

Ruppert-Leroy

Ruppert-Leroy is an up-and-coming domaine started by the young Bénédicte Leroy, who is making some of the most exciting wines in the Aube today.

In the 1980s, the Leroy's decided to convert a clearing to vineyards when it was no longer economically viable to raise sheep on, initially selling all the

fruit to the local coop. After working with Bertrand Gautherot of Vouette et Sorbée, Bénédicte decided to quit her job as a PE teacher and take over the domaine just as her father was getting ready to retire in 2009. She immediately converted the 4ha (not counting the garden or small pasture the family still raises animals on) to organics and took all winemaking duties in-house, making wines inspired by her mentor. Now practicing biodynamics, Bénédicte is focused on making wine in a method that is as simple as possible; each cuvée comes from a single vintage of a single vineyard, bottled Brut Nature with no dosage.

Name

Vintage

Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Ruppert-Leroy Champagne "11, 12, 13

"

Brut Nature

NV

Chardonnay/Pinot Noir

750mL

6

MFW

572168

Ruppert-Leroy Champagne "Fosse-Grely" Brut Nature

NV ('15)

Pinot Noir/Chardonnay

750mL

6

MFW

600365

Ruppert-Leroy Champagne "Les Cognaux" Brut Nature

NV ('15)

Pinot Noir

750mL

6

MFW

552668

Ruppert-Leroy Champagne "Papillon" Brut Nature

NV ('15)

Pinot Noir

750mL

6

MFW

600364

Ruppert-Leroy Champagne "Martin Fontaine" Brut Nature

NV ('15)

Chardonnay

750mL

6

MFW

586695

Burgundy – Chablis

Domaine Gérard Duplessis

A family domaine for five generations now, Lilian is the latest vigneron of an estate created in 1895, taking over for his father Gérard in 1999. After

going to school and internships in the region (“There was no point in making Sauvignon blanc in New Zealand, I needed to know how to work Chardonnay in Burgundy” he says), Lilian has turned the domaine into one of the very few organic estates in Chablis. Vinifications are done in stainless steel, then most of the Premier Crus (all but Vaugiraut) and Grand Cru spend time in old barriques for élevage. All the wines are fermented naturally and sulfured between 20 and 30 ppm at bottling. Lilian makes some of the purest, most terroir-driven wines in the region. "If there was a category for the "best kept secret in Chablis", Domaine Duplessis would be one of my top two picks." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine Gérard Duplessis Chablis 1er Cru "Montmains"

2013

Chardonnay

750mL

12*

SM

562889

- all prices and vintages subject to change - February 2019

6

Burgundy – Côte de Beaune

Domaine des Rouges-Queues

Isabelle and Jean-Yves Vantey began Domaine des Rouges-Queues with 1ha of vines in the appellation of Maranges in 1998. Today, they farm 6ha of

certified biodynamic vineyards in Maranges, Santenay, and the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune. All fruit is harvested by hand and fermented spontaneously

in a combination of stainless steel and open-top wood fermenters. The wines are aged for 11-12 months in used barrel and may be bottled without

SO2 if the conditions allow. To us, these wines embody everything that we hope to represent: excellent farming, little to no intervention in the cellar, with the resulting wines tasting pure and alive, but also possessing a sense of place and character of the vintage.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine des Rouges-Queues Bourgogne Aligoté "L'Aligator"

2016

Aligoté

1.5L

3

MFW

597999

Domaine des Rouges-Queues Coteaux Bourguignons "Celsius"

2016

Gamay

750mL

12*

MFW

597998

Domaine des Rouges-Queues Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Blanc

2016

Chardonnay

750mL

12*

MFW

597994

Domaine des Rouges-Queues Hautes-Côtes de Beaune Rouge

2016

Pinot Noir

750mL

12*

MFW

597995

Domaine des Rouges-Queues Maranges

2016

Pinot Noir

750mL

12*

MFW

597993

Domaine des Rouges-Queues Santenay

2016

Pinot Noir

750mL

12*

MFW

597992

Domaine des Rouges-Queues Maranges 1er Cru "Clos Roussots"

2016

Pinot Noir

750mL

12*

MFW

597997

Domaine des Rouges-Queues Maranges 1er Cru "La Fussière"

2016

Pinot Noir

750mL

12*

MFW

597996

Burgundy – Mâconnais

Domaine des Gandines

Domaine des Gandines was founded by Joseph Dananchet at the beginning of the 20th century. At the time, it was a polycultural farm like most others in the area with cows, pigs, sheep, wheat, and a couple of hectares of vines. The property slowly expanded over the years, and in 2003,

Benjamin Dananchet – the 4th Dananchet generation – joined forces with his father, Robert, slowly bringing the vineyard holdings to 13ha they farm today while also converting to organic viticulture (certified in 2009). Since 2011, they have even begun working biodynamically, which they feel helps retain higher natural acidities. Benjamin was recently joined by his brother, Florent, who is now assisting in the cellar. Soils are an important focus of the Dananchets' methodology for the enhancing the vine's nutrition. The family uses no herbicides on the ground, and the soils are plowed to give air

to the microorganisms while eliminating the grass without weed killers. In order to preserve the integrity of the grapes and avoid oxidation, all grapes

are harvested by hand. Grapes are pressed whole-cluster (no destemming) and are allowed to ferment slowly with native yeast, with the only addition being a small amount of sulfur just before bottling.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine des Gandines Mâcon-Péronne

2017

Chardonnay

750mL

12

MFW

598547

Domaine des Gandines Bourgogne Rosé

2017

Pinot Noir

750mL

12

MFW

603402

Domaine des Gandines Viré-Clessé "Terroir de Clessé"

2016

Chardonnay

750mL

12

MFW

569077

Domaine des Gandines Crémant de Bourgogne

NV

Chardonnay

750mL

12

MFW

603403

Franche-Comté

Pascal Henriot

Historically, the Haute-Saône department of Franche-Comté, located just north of the Jura and east of the Côte d’Or, Burgundy, was an important wine-producing region with more than 20,000ha of land under vine producing more wine than all of the Jura. Within this region, the tiny commune of Champlitte was always considered one of the most important, highest quality areas for wine, with over 600ha of vineyards planted on the limestone

slopes at 250m elevation. Unfortunately, during the late 1800’s, disease and the phylloxera crisis decimated nearly all of this vineyard land, and then the first World War wiped out what little remained. However, the people of Champlitte have always maintained an important wine culture, so much so that they have held a festival for St. Vincent (the patron saint of winegrowers) every year continuously since 1612. With this spirit, the first vineyards began to be replanted here in 1970, and the local coop was officially established in 1974. Today, Pascal Henriot remains the only independent producer in Champlitte. After graduating from viticultural school in Beaune, Pascal returned to Champlitte in 1985, planting 6ha of vineyards divided into three parcels home to the traditional grapes of the region: Pinot Noir and Gamay for reds, and Auxerrois, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and some Gewürztraminer for whites. From the start, Pascal has always worked organically (now certified), and his parcels are surrounded by native plant hedges and walls made from the ancient limestone soils to help encourage biodiversity. All fruit is harvested by hand, and in the cellar, Pascal takes

a natural approach using only native yeast for fermentations (Pascal tells us he, “does not have a budget for enological products,”) and adding only

a minimal amount of sulfur, and in some cases, no sulfur at all. Fermentation and aging generally occur in stainless steel or enamel tanks in an effort to highlight the minerality and freshness from the local limestone soils. These are traditional wines from another era, and we are very lucky Pascal has had the vision and determination to keep the viticultural history of this unique place alive.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Pascal Henriot Auxerrois IGP Franche-Comté Coteaux de Champlitte

2017

Auxerrois

750mL

12*

MFW

600086

Pascal Henriot Pinot Gris et Gewürztraminer IGP Franche-Comté

2017

Pinot Gris/Gewürztraminer

750mL

12*

MFW

600085

Pascal Henriot Pinot Noir IGP Franche-Comté Coteaux de Champlitte

2017

Pinot Noir

750mL

12*

MFW

600084

- all prices and vintages subject to change - February 2019

7

Jura

Domaine de Saint Pierre

After studying enology in Beaune and working several years at the cooperative in Pupillin, Fabrice Dodane started working at Domaine de Saint Pierre in 1989 as manager. Fabrice took full control of the estate in 2011 after the untimely death of the former owner. The winery is based in the small town of Mathenay and covers approximately 6ha in the Arbois and Côtes du Jura AOCs with the vines planted in limestone and marl soils. Saint Pierre achieved organic certification in 2012, having started conversion in 2002. All wines are fermented with native yeasts either in tank or neutral barrel. Vinifications for the reds are done without the addition of sulfur, and the whites are done flawlessly in both the traditional sous voile method, as well as topped-up, or ouillé style. These are clean, balanced expressions of their terroir, and drink almost too easily.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine de Saint Pierre Arbois Chardonnay Savagnin (Sous Voile)

2011

Chardonnay/Savagnin

750mL

12*

MFW

600430

Domaine de Saint Pierre Arbois Poulsard

2016

Poulsard

750mL

12*

MFW

590073

Domaine de Saint Pierre Arbois "Saint-Pierre"

2016

Pinot Noir

750mL

12*

MFW

590070

Domaine de Saint Pierre Arbois "Saint-Pierre"

2016

Pinot Noir

1.5L

6*

MFW

590069

Domaine de Saint Pierre Côtes du Jura "Les Gaudrettes"

2016

Pinot Noir

750mL

12*

MFW

590072

Domaine de Saint Pierre Côtes du Jura "Les Gaudrettes"

2016

Pinot Noir

1.5L

6*

MFW

590071

Domaine de Saint Pierre Arbois "Les Brûlées"

2015

Chardonnay

750mL

12*

MFW

588449

Domaine de Saint Pierre Arbois "Château Renard"

2015

Chardonnay

750mL

12*

MFW

600433

Domaine de Saint Pierre Vin de Liqueur "Les Larmes du Paradis"

NV

Chardonnay/Trousseau

750mL

6*

MFW

570474

Domaine de Saint Pierre Arbois "Savagnin Autrement"

2016

Savagnin

750mL

12*

MFW

600432

Domaine de Saint Pierre Arbois "Savagnin Autrement"

2016

Savagnin

1.5L

6*

MFW

600431

Domaine de Saint Pierre Arbois "Savagnin de Voile"

2010

Savagnin

750mL

12*

MFW

600429

Domaine de Saint Pierre Arbois Vin Jaune

2008

Savagnin

620mL

6*

MFW

590067

Savoie/Isère

Domaine Belluard

In all likelihood, you've never heard of Ayze or it's local, rather obscure, indigenous grape, Gringet. After all, there are only 22ha of it left in the world (of which Dominique owns 12ha). The obscurity is too bad, because Dominique Belluard tireless works here, with this grape, striving to create some of the most singular, compelling wines around. In 2001, Dominique decided to convert his vineyards to biodynamics, which he feels interferes the least with the 700-year history of viticulture in Ayze (some people speculate that Gringet pre-dates the Roman influence in the area). When he didn't like what wood and steel were doing to his wines, he switched to concrete eggs, as he felt the smaller volumes and controlled aeration they provided yielded the best results for his small, unique parcels. Prior to Dom rediscovering the variety, Gringet was used almost exclusively for sparkling wine intended for casual chugging. Dom honors that heritage and makes beautiful sparkling Gringet (made entirely in-house, a rarity for the region). He also explores the grape’s potential for still wines, making some of the truest expressions of Ayze’s mountain terroir.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine Belluard Vin de Savoie "Les Perles du Mont Blanc" Brut

NV

Gringet

750mL

12

SM

537697

Domaine Dupasquier

David Dupasquier is a fifth generation winemaker at this ultra-traditional domaine. He and his sister Veronique run the domaine, but their Father Noel is still very much involved in the vineyards and in the cellar. The vineyards are located in a southwestern lobe of the Savoie close to the Rhône Valley in the town of Aimavigne, home to the incredibly steep "Marestel" cru, the most prestigious vineyard in the area. The vines benefit from steep, sun- drenched slopes, primarily limestone soil, and the cooling effects of Lake Bourget. David works these vineyards with a tractor and by hand – the Marestel vines entirely by hand, as it is too steep to work with a tractor. Plowing is done once per year for every other row as David believes that the biodiversity this leaves in the vineyard is critical for the quality of wines. Harvest is by hand and clusters are hand selected. The word “traditional” invariably gets used when Dupasquier’s wines come up in conversation. There are many reasons for this, one being that the wines see quite a long period of aging in old, neutral barrel and in bottle before release. In other regions, this type of regimen might not be so unusual, but it certainly is in the Savoie, where the typical wine is fermented with added yeast and vinified quickly in stainless steel. This brings us to another aspect of the Dupasquier’s traditionalism: all the wines are fermented with native yeast, and even in the coldest years, they don’t inoculate. The style of these wines absolutely reflects the place, as well as the vineyard and cellar work. There’s a warmth and ripeness to the wines that calls the Rhône Valley to mind, yet with freshness, acidity, and cut reminiscent of the Savoie.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine Dupasquier Savoie Rosé

2014

Gamay/Pinot Noir

750mL

12

SM

593633

- all prices and vintages subject to change - February 2019

8

Nicolas Gonin

Located between Lyon and Grenoble, the Isère is just now gaining attention for its wines. Part of the attention is because of young growers like Nicolas, who are seeking out and rediscovering the great, noble grapes of the past that (mostly for political and economic reasons) have been abandoned in favor of the more well-known grapes of France. Nicolas discovered the 'cépages anciens' while working at Domaine Tempier in Bandol, where he found a book that outlined the great old grapes of all the regions of France. Nicolas was hooked, and he now spends his weekends seeking out old vineyards in France to find cuttings of these grapes. Nicolas currently owns part of the only 10ha of Persan that exist in the world, and will soon make wine from grapes like Bia and Mècle de Bourgin. The vineyards are all certified organic, and fermentation and aging are exclusively in enamel tank in order to give a true, unobstructed taste of these ancient varieties.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Nicolas Gonin Mondeuse IGP Ise ̀re-Balmes Dauphinoises

2015

Mondeuse

750mL

12

MFW

555622

Nicolas Gonin "Blanc Classique" IGP Isère-Balmes Dauphinoises

2016

Viognier/Altesse

750mL

12

MFW

602562

Nicolas Gonin Altesse IGP Ise ̀re-Balmes Dauphinoises

2015

Altesse

750mL

12

MFW

534070

Nicolas Gonin Persan IGP Ise ̀re-Balmes Dauphinoises

2016

Persan/Mondeuse

750mL

12

MFW

604824

Nicolas Gonin Verdesse IGP Ise ̀re-Balmes Dauphinoises

2016

Verdesse

750mL

12

MFW

560534

Nicolas Gonin "Méthode traditionnelle" VMQ Brut Zéro (Sparkling)

NV

Altesse

750mL

6

MFW

602563

Beaujolais

Bernard Vallette

From the deep south of Beaujolais in the village of Lachassagne, where the soils are clay and limestone as opposed to granite, Bernard Vallette is biodynamically farming 6.5ha of land passed down through his family from his grandparents. The grapes are all hand harvested and fermented with native yeasts using carbonic maceration and a comparatively lengthy aging in stainless steel. The resulting wines are charming and immensely drinkable in their youth, but also develop nicely with a few years of age. No additions in the cellar (including sugar) and just a touch of SO2 at bottling.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Bernard Vallette "La Rose Gorge" VdF Rosé

2017

Gamay

750mL

12

MFW

556862

Bernard Vallette "La Rose Gorge" VdF Rosé

2017

Gamay

1.5L

6

MFW

582812

Bernard Vallette Beaujolais "Quatre Saisons"

2017

Gamay

750mL

12

MFW

602592

Bernard Vallette Beaujolais "Quatre Saisons"

2014

Gamay

1.5L

6

MFW

541912

Bernard Vallette "Née Bulleuse" VMQ Rosé (Sparkling)

NV

Gamay

750mL

12

MFW

568462

Bernard Vallette "Née Bulleuse" VMQ Rosé (Sparkling)

NV

Gamay

1.5L

6

MFW

562442

Bernard Vallette "Nuit Blanche" VMQ Blanc (Sparkling)

NV

Gamay/Chardonnay/++

750mL

12

MFW

605787

Bernard Vallette Beaujolais Blanc

2016

Chardonnay

750mL

12

MFW

591374

Bernard Vallette "Jarre" VdF Rouge

2017

Gamay

750mL

6

MFW

605786

Bernard Vallette "Nuances de Grès" VdF Blanc

2017

Chardonnay/Pinot Gris/++

750mL

6

MFW

605785

Domaine Thillardon

Contemporary Beaujolais is rife with opportunity – overlooked terroirs, abandoned vines, appellations ripe for rehabilitation. But few young vignerons have committed to such ambitious challenges as brothers Paul-Henri and Charles Thillardon, who have positioned themselves as the future of Beaujolais' smallest, sleepiest cru, Chénas. In 2008, Paul-Henri Thillardon began making wine from 3ha of vineyards, with the conviction that Chénas has always been unjustifiably overshadowed by Moulin-à-Vent. He has slowly added new parcels to form the 12ha he works today. From the start, he has farmed organically, working some of the vineyards with a horse and using biodynamic treatments. In 2009, he met Fleurie winemakers and lynchpins of the Fleurie natural winemaking scene, Jean-Louis Dutraive and Yvon Métras, who took the young Paul-Henri under their wing. Until 2015, Paul-Henri partially destemmed most cuvées and practiced a more Burgundian vinification. Starting in 2014, he decided to switch to semi- carbonic, and then went fully cool semi-carbonic in 2015, following in the footsteps of his mentors. With the dedication and attention to detail of the Thillardons, the future of natural Chénas is in good hands.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine Thillardon Chénas "Les Carrières"

2017

Gamay

750mL

12*

MFW

599826

Domaine Thillardon Chénas "Les Carrières"

2017

Gamay

1.5L

6*

MFW

599825

Domaine Thillardon Chénas "Les Vibrations"

2017

Gamay

750mL

12*

MFW

604114

Domaine Thillardon "Là Haut" VdF Blanc

2017

Chardonnay

750mL

12*

MFW

604112

Domaine Thillardon Chénas "Les Blemonts"

2017

Gamay

750mL

12*

MFW

604113

Domaine Thillardon Chénas "Chassignol"

2017

Gamay

750mL

12*

MFW

599827

- all prices and vintages subject to change - February 2019

9

Roland Pignard

Hardly a newcomer to winemaking, Roland Pignard took over the family estate in 1977 and immediately turned towards organic practices. In 2004, he and his wife Joëlle sold off most of the estate, retaining only 4.5ha to concentrate on better farming, and received organic (Ecocert) and then biodynamic (Demeter) certification. Vineyard treatments rely on biodynamic preparations with minimal copper-sulfate, and all tilling is done by horse- drawn implements so as to not compact the soil. Picking is done by a crew of 20 (the same pickers each year, which is very important says Roland) and carbonic macerations are short (only 6 to 12 days depending on the cuvée) as Roland feels that long macerations can result in the development of undesirable yeasts and bacterias, and gives wines that are too extracted. All the wines are aged in cement cuves (except one cuvée of Morgon called "Tradition"), and no SO2 is used during fermentation or élevage, with a minimal dose added before bottling, giving a total of about 8-10mg/L. The resulting wines have subtle, pure fruit with perfect acidity and a pronounced mineral character with graphite, stone and earthy qualities.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Roland Pignard Beaujolais-Villages

2016

Gamay

750mL

12

MFW

594598

Roland Pignard Morgon

2013

Gamay

750mL

12

MFW

543621

Roland Pignard Régnié

2014

Gamay

750mL

12

MFW

594599

Roland Pignard Régnié

2015

Gamay

750mL

12

MFW

605427

Roland Pignard Morgon

2015

Gamay

750mL

12

MFW

605426

Roland Pignard Morgon "Cuvée Tradition"

2015

Gamay

750mL

12

MFW

605425

Rhône Valley – North

Benoît Roseau

Although Benoît grew up in the Northern Rhône and his family has a history of grape growing in other parts of Europe, he has literally created his domaine from the ground up. From converting a sheep shelter into a cellar, to planting vineyards at the Coteau de Tupin in Côte-Rôtie and around his family's home in Pélussin, Benoît is truly building every piece of his domaine. All of these vineyards are worked either biodynamically or organically, and many are in process of certification. The grapes are foot-trodden, fermentation occurs with native yeast in neutral vessels (either stainless steel or resin tanks), the wines are pressed off using an old basket press, and are raised in old 600L demi-muid barrels. The wines are traditional in style and echo the great Northern Rhône wines of the past.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Benoît Roseau "Syrah de Rosette" IGP Collines Rhodaniennes

2014

Syrah

750mL

12

MFW

598529

Benoît Roseau "Syrah de Rosette" IGP Collines Rhodaniennes

2014

Syrah

1.5L

6

MFW

598527

Benoît Roseau "Autour du Pigeonnier" IGP Collines Rhodaniennes

2016

Chardonnay/Roussane

750mL

12

MFW

598528

Benoît Roseau "Petit Patagon" IGP Collines Rhodaniennes

2015

Syrah

750mL

12

MFW

579559

Benoît Roseau "Petit Patagon" IGP Collines Rhodaniennes

2015

Syrah

1.5L

6

MFW

579560

Benoît Roseau Saint-Péray

2015

Marsanne

750mL

6

MFW

570477

Benoît Roseau Saint-Joseph Blanc "Sur le Quartz"

2016

Marsanne

750mL

6

MFW

580602

Benoît Roseau Saint-Joseph "Cuvée Patagone"

2017

Syrah

750mL

12*

MFW

604064

Benoît Roseau Saint-Joseph "Cuvée Patagone"

2017

Syrah

1.5L

6*

MFW

604063

Benoît Roseau Condrieu "Le Riollement"

2016

Viognier

750mL

6

MFW

562023

Benoît Roseau Côte-Rôtie "Coteaux de Tupin"

2016

Syrah

750mL

6

MFW

604062

Benoît Roseau Côte-Rôtie "Coteaux de Tupin"

2016

Syrah

750mL

6*

MFW

605016

Rhône Valley – South

Château Fontvert

Château Fontvert is located near the village of Lourmarin in the heart of the Luberon Mountains. The estate was founded in 1598 and was farmed by the same family for over three centuries, growing vines, olives, cherries, and truffles. In the 1950's, the Monod family purchased the property and began the process of rehabilitating the vineyards. After initially selling most of their production to the local coop, Jérôme Monod and his three sons decided to take all winemaking duties in-house in 1999, and since 2008, the 20ha of vineyards have been certified both organic and biodynamic. Vines are planted at the foot of the Luberon Mountain on hillside parcels giving a cooling effect to the vineyards, which, when combined with the limestone and sandy marl soils, helps retain natural acidity. All the grapes are hand harvested, and fermentations are exclusively with native yeast. One of the most progressive and exciting (not to mention crazy value) estates in Luberon today.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Château Fontvert Luberon "Le Roucas" Rosé

2017

Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre

750mL

12

MFW

596050

Château Fontvert Luberon "Les Restanques" Blanc

2017

Vermentino/Grenache Blanc

750mL

12

MFW

596048

Château Fontvert Luberon "Les Restanques" Rosé

2017

Grenache/Cinsault/Syrah/+

750mL

12

MFW

596049

- all prices and vintages subject to change - February 2019

10

Domaine du Chapitre

Frédéric Dorthe runs his family's 20ha of vineyards located on the right bank of the Rhône River in the picturesque town of Saint-Marcel d'Ardèche. Due to long-standing contracts to sell most of his fruit, Fred's domaine has flown under the radar for a long time. On the bright side, this allows him to make small amounts of honest, highly-drinkable wines from Southern Rhône grapes fermented and aged in cement with no additions except a small amount of SO2 at bottling, and sell them for a song.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine du Chapitre Côtes du Rhône Rosé

2017

Grenache/Clairette Rose/++

750mL

12

MFW

580528

Domaine du Chapitre Côtes du Rhône Rosé

2017

Grenache/Clairette Rose/++

750mL

12

MFW

601365

Domaine du Chapitre "Mon Bon Plaisir" IGP Coteaux de l'Ardèche

2017

Grenache/Cinsault/Syrah

750mL

12

MFW

601364

Domaine du Chapitre "Exsultate" VdF

2017

Roussane/Muscat/++

750mL

12

MFW

569626

Domaine du Chapitre Côtes du Rhône "N° 7"

2017

Grenache/Syrah/Counoise

750mL

12

MFW

605744

Domaine du Trapadis

The history of Domaine du Trapadis dates back four generations to 1850, with present vineyard owner Helen Durand’s two great-grandfathers each owning a part of the land that together forms the 23ha of the domaine today. Trapadis is derived from the word 'trapalas', which means 'hole' in the local dialect, a reference to the underground cave and natural spring located below the vines that provides water to the surrounding hamlet near the village of Rasteau. Helen began to produce and bottle the wines of Trapadis at the young age of 16, and since 1996, he has complete control of the domaine. The average age of the vines is 35 years, with the oldest parcel having been planted in 1922. Farming is all organic (certified since 2010), with some biodynamic principles applied, and much of the work in the vineyards is carried out by horse. All the fruit is carefully hand harvested and sorted before natural fermentation and aging in the original concrete vats.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine du Trapadis Rasteau "Les Cras"

2015

Grenache/Carignan/Syrah/+

750mL

12

MFW

602212

Domaine du Trapadis Rasteau "Les Adrès"

2014

Grenache/Carignan/++

750mL

12*

MFW

553342

Domaine du Trapadis Rasteau Vin Doux Naturel Grenat

2015

Grenache/Carignan

500mL

6*

MFW

553343

Four Tuesdays

Some people hesitate to open a great bottle of wine on a weekday. Not us! We decided that Four Tuesdays would give you a great wine for every night of the week at a fantastic price. Our box contains the equivalent of four 750mL bottles and stays fresh for four weeks once opened. Sourcing great wine at friendly prices requires a fair amount of time and good luck. It comes down to finding winemakers who strive for quality regardless of the perceived potential of their wine region or appellation. They stand out from their neighbors by going far beyond what the local winemaking rules require – better farming, lower yields, and serious, honest winemaking.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Four Tuesdays IGP Coteaux du Pont du Gard Rouge (BiB)

NV

Grenache/Syrah/Carignan

3L

6

MFW

604700

Martin Texier (Domaine de l'Amandier)

Martin Texier (you may have heard of his father, Eric, the now famous Northern Rhône natural wine producer) began making wine in 2014 after a previous life studying Economics. After leaving university, he ventured into music (he is an accomplished DJ) and also spent time in New York City learning about the wine trade here (he held internships at both Uva Wines in Brooklyn and Flatiron Wines in Manhattan, as well as the greatest record store in the world, A1 Records). It was after this that he realized that his calling was to follow in his father’s footsteps and return to the vines. He now has 5ha in and around Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban, planted to classic Rhône varieties, both red and white. There are many different soil types here:

clay, limestone, gneiss, schist, and granite, making for a wide range of different styles of wine to be made. Martin’s passion is to revive the local traditions of working the natural way, both in the vines and in the cellar (native yeast fermentations, low/no sulfur). The results he has been getting this early in his career are a clear testament to his skills.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

La Boutanche VdF Blanc

2017

Marsanne/Roussanne

1L

12

SM

595326

La Boutanche VdF Rouge

2017

Syrah/Grenache

1L

12

SM

603583

Domaine de l'Amandier Côtes du Rhône-Brézème

2016

Syrah

750mL

12

SM

586974

- all prices and vintages subject to change - February 2019

11

Langeudoc

Le Clos des Jarres

Les Clos de Jarres is an ambitious new domaine in Minervois started by the young Vivien Hemelsdael. Vivien’s parents had originally farmed the land here for over 25 years, selling the fruit to the local cooperative. After studying winemaking around the world and in France in Alsace, where he initially became interested in organic farming, Vivien returned home in 2010 and immediately converted the family's 12ha of vineyards to organics (now certified), and has even begun incorporating some biodynamic treatments and principals. Vivien is working with a range of traditional red and white varieties, with some of the vineyards over 80 years old. The vines are planted in the foothills of the Montagne Noire (Black Mountains), where the

cooling breezes combined with the limestone subsoil of the area helps give these wines extra freshness. The grapes are all hand harvested into small crates to help sort the fruit in the vineyard. Fermentations are all with native yeast, and the wines are not fined or filtered, with the only addition being

a minimal amount of SO2 at bottling. These are delicious wines full of life, and we are glad to see all of Vivien’s hard work paying off.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Le Clos des Jarres "Insouciance" IGP Coteaux de Peyriac

2016

Caladoc/Merlot

750mL

12

MFW

592901

Le Clos des Jarres "Insouciance" IGP Coteaux de Peyriac

2016

Caladoc/Merlot

750mL

12

MFW

601377

Le Clos des Jarres Minervois "Abrensis"

2016

Grenache/Carignan/Syrah

750mL

12

MFW

603142

Le Clos des Jarres Minervois "EnVie"

2014

Carignan/Grenache/Syrah

750mL

12

MFW

582783

Le Clos des Jarres "Origines" IGP Coteaux de Peyriac

2016

Grenache/Carignan/++

750mL

12*

MFW

601376

Mas Foulaquier

Winemaker Pierre Jéquier, a native of Switzerland and formerly an architect, created Mas Foulaquier in 1998 following an exhaustive search for his dream wine estate. Situated in the most northerly corner of Languedoc's most northerly appellation, Pic Saint-Loup, the 8ha of existing vines were at the time just 8 years old, but happened to be planted on some great terroir. Now, at more than 25 years of age, those vines are the source of a quite

brilliant set of wines. Pierre's wife and fellow winemaker, Blandine Chauchet, joined the team in 2003, bringing with her the ownership of a further 3ha

of 50+ year-old Grenache and Carignan in the lieu-dit of "Les Tonillières". The vines are certified organic, and since 2007, are also certified

biodynamic by Demeter. In the cellar, the wines all are raised in Foulaquier’s signature, low-intervention style – native yeasts, no filtering, and minimal

sulfur added only at bottling.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Mas Foulaquier "Violetta" IGP Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

2015

Grenache/Carignan/Syrah/+

750mL

12

MFW

584354

Mas Foulaquier Pic Saint-Loup "L'Orphée"

2015

Grenache/Syrah

750mL

12

MFW

572773

Mas Foulaquier Pic Saint-Loup "Les Tonillières"

2015

Carignan/Grenache/Syrah

750mL

12

MFW

572774

Mas Foulaquier Pic Saint-Loup "Les Calades"

2013

Syrah/Grenache

750mL

12*

MFW

572775

Mas Foulaquier Pic Saint-Loup "Gran' Tonillières"

2013

Carignan/Grenache/Syrah

750mL

6

MFW

572776

Mas Foulaquier Pic Saint-Loup "Gran' Tonillières"

2010

Carignan/Grenache/Syrah

1.5L

6*

MFW

584328

Roussillon

Domaine Laguerre

A visit to Éric Laguerre in Saint-Martin-de-Fenouillet requires steep climbs through a mountain pass up to the highest vineyards in the Roussillon at

500m. Here, the granite soils, cooler climate, very low yields, and Éric's superb organic farming produce distinctive, balanced wines with bright fruit and firm acidities. Éric initially learned winemaking with Gérard Gauby at Domaine Gauby and Le Soula, where he also developed a love for organic and biodynamic viticulture. In 1999, Éric took over the family domaine and immediately began incorporating what he had learned; yields were reduced dramatically to favor quality over quantity, all chemicals in the vineyards were eliminated (eventually achieving organic certification by Ecocert), and some biodynamic practices were even incorporated, such as pruning and plowing according to the phases of the moon. The Laguerres farm a total of 40ha high up in the foothills of the Pyrénées, although much is left to native grasses and flowers, including a flowering bush called 'Ciste' (which the top wines are named after) that helps contribute to biodiversity and wind protection. All fruit is harvested by hand and vinifications are exclusively with native yeast, yielding a set of wines that are unique in their ability to combine concentration and texture of fruit with balance and freshness from the granitic minerality.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine Laguerre Côtes du Roussillon Blanc "Eos"

2017

Grenache Blanc/Maccabeu

750mL

12

MFW

605789

Domaine Laguerre Côtes du Roussillon Rouge "Eos"

2017

Grenache/Syrah

750mL

12

MFW

605788

Domaine Laguerre Côtes du Roussillon Rouge "Le Passage"

2016

Carignan/Grenache/Syrah

750mL

12

MFW

594626

Domaine Laguerre Côtes du Roussillon Rouge "Le Ciste"

2015

Grenache/Syrah/Carignan/+

750mL

12

MFW

594625

Domaine Laguerre Côtes du Roussillon Blanc "Le Ciste"

2016

Rolle/Grenache Blanc/++

750mL

12

MFW

594624

Bordeaux – Côtes de Bourg

Château La Grolet

Jean-Luc and Catherine Hubert are the fifth generation in Catherine's family to own and operate Château Peybonhomme-Les Tours in the Côtes de Blaye. In 1997, they were able to add to their holdings by purchasing Château La Grolet in the Côtes de Bourg, located in the northern right bank of Bordeaux. Joined by their son, Guillaume, and daughter, Rachel, they farm the estate and make the wines themselves, and represent the largest certified Biodynamic estate in the region. Their great work in the vineyard is complemented by experienced natural winemaking in the cellar to produce a range of wines with earthy complexity and depth that represent some of the finest values in Bordeaux today.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Château La Grolet

2016

Merlot/CS/CF/Malbec

750mL

12

MFW

537403

- all prices and vintages subject to change - February 2019

12

Bordeaux – Côtes de Blaye

Château Peybonhomme-Les Tours

Jean-Luc and Catherine Hubert are the fifth generation in Catherine's family to own and operate Château Peybonhomme-Les Tours in the northern right bank of Bordeaux. Now joined by their son, Guillaume, and daughter, Rachel, they farm the estate and make the wines themselves, and represent the largest certified Biodynamic estate in the region. Their great work in the vineyard is complemented by experienced natural winemaking in the cellar to produce a range of wines with earthy complexity and depth that represent some of the finest values in Bordeaux today.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Château Peybonhomme-Les Tours "Le Blanc Bonhomme"

2017

Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon

750mL

12

MFW

598501

Château Peybonhomme-Les Tours "Quintessence de Peybonhomme"

2014

Merlot/Malbec

750mL

12

MFW

568952

Château Peybonhomme-Les Tours "Energies"

2015

Merlot/Malbec/Cab Sauv

750mL

12*

MFW

588679

Château Peybonhomme-Les Tours "Blanc de Noir" VdF Blanc

2017

Cabernet Franc/Merlot

750mL

12

MFW

598502

Southwest

Champ d’Orphée

Stéphane Lucas lives on his tiny estate (0.77ha total) within the Gaillac AOP of Southwest France. He works with the local grape, Braucol (also known as Fer Servadou), and is deeply committed to farming organically (though not certified) as well as employing biodynamic treatments. He has even begun experimenting with natural products such as essential oils and algae. All herbicides and pesticides are avoided, with all vineyard and soil work being done by hand or with a small tractor. Legumes and grains are planted between the rows each fall after harvest to aid soil health and protect against erosion. Everything is harvested by hand with extensive sorting in the vineyards as to only harvest healthy, ripe grapes. In the cellar, the same care is put into every wine that he makes (there are only 2 estate wines, and he vinifies a few wines each year for a neighbor), and the process is incredibly straightforward. As of now, Stéphane refuses the Gaillac AOP, deeming their regulations as being too loose in regards to yields and organic farming. He and a few other top vignerons in the region are pushing for the laws to change, but until then he bottles everything as IGP Côtes du Tarn.

Name

Vintage

Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Champ d’Orphée "Papillon d’Orphée" IGP Côtes du Tarn

2016

Braucol

750mL

12

SM

591667

Château La Colombière

Diane and Philippe Cauvin run Château La Colombière in the Fronton AOP of southwest France. After taking over the family domaine in 2005, the Cauvins have worked tremendously hard to get the vineyards to where they are today and continue to work in a natural direction, favoring quality over quantity (a rarity in this area). There are a total of 13ha of vines farmed organically (Ecocert certified), and they have even worked biodynamically since 2010. Most of the plantings are of the local Négrette grape, but there is also some Gamay, Malbec, and Syrah, plus a white grape that is technically not yet allowed to appear on a label, called Bouysselet. All of the wines come from 15-55 year old vines and ferment in cement or stainless with no additions other than SO2 at bottling. Always experimenting, the Cauvins have even begun making a pét-nat rosé from Négrette!

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Château La Colombière Fronton "Vinum"

2016

Ne ́grette

750mL

12

MFW

596080

Château La Colombière "Les Jacquaires" VdF Blanc

2017

Chenin/SB/Bouysselet

750mL

12

MFW

599852

Château La Colombière Fronton Rosé "Colombulle" (Pét-Nat)

NV

Ne ́grette

750mL

12

MFW

572840

Château La Colombière Fronton "Coste Rouge"

2015

Ne ́grette

750mL

12

MFW

596079

Château La Colombière "Le Grand B." VdF Blanc

2016

Bouysselet

750mL

12

MFW

599853

Domaine Séailles

Domaine Séailles is one of the pioneers of organic viticulture in the Côtes de Gascogne region of Southwest France. A family-owned estate since 1961, Séailles is now run by Jean Labérenne, who lead the domaine to Ecocert organic certification in 1997, swearing off all chemical fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, and synthetic chemical products. Located in the town of Ténarèze, which is unique in the region for its limestone soils, Jean farms a total of 25ha of hillside vineyards with help the of Julien Lanclet and Laurent Lefèvre, even saving 2ha of vines to make the traditional spirit of the region, Armagnac. Both native yeast fermented, the reds are aged in cement tank, while the whites are all done in stainless.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Domaine Séailles "Cubik" IGP Côtes de Gascogne

2016

Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon

750mL

12

MFW

558013

Domaine Séailles "Presto" IGP Côtes de Gascogne

2017

Sauv Blanc/Sauvignon Gris

750mL

12

MFW

558008

- all prices and vintages subject to change - February 2019

13

Elian Da Ros

Historically, the region around Marmande has been more famous for tomatoes than for wine, but Elian Da Ros might change all that. Returning to his native town of Cocumont in 1998, Elian constructed a simple winery and took the daring step of being the first winemaker to produce and bottle his own wine under the Côtes du Marmandais AOP. Crafting superb, biodynamic wines from Bordeaux varieties as well as the local Abouriou, Elian is one of those French vignerons that is universally respected by just about every other vigneron you talk with, regardless of their views on agriculture and winemaking. These are some of the purest expressions of the limestone and gravel soils of the region, and display tremendous elegance and finesse, even when working with grape varieties more famous for their masculinity and strength.

Name

Vintage Grapes

Size

Pack

Importer

SLO Code

Elian Da Ros Côtes du Marmandais "Le vin est une fête"

2016

Abouriou/Cab Franc/Merlot

750mL

12

MFW

598524

Elian Da Ros Côtes du Marmandais "Le vin est une fête"

2016

Abouriou/Cab Franc/Merlot

1.5L

6

MFW

598523

Elian Da Ros Côtes du Marmandais "Outre Rouge"

2015

Abouriou/Malbec/CF/Syrah

750mL

12

MFW

601218

Elian Da Ros Côtes du Marmandais Abouriou

2016

Abouriou/Merlot

750mL

12

MFW

598522

Elian Da Ros Côtes du Marmandais "Le vignoble d'Élian"

2015

Cab Franc/Merlot/Syrah

750mL

12*

MFW

598521

Elian Da Ros Côtes du Marmandais "Chante Coucou"

2014

Merlot/CS/Malbec/Syrah