France

One of the most important wine countries that is responsible, either through production or imitation, for much of what is made today around the globe, from still to sparkling, dry to sweet, regular to fortified. One of the greatest strengths of France as a wine producing country is the diversity of its climate. Champagne in the North is a cool continental, Bordeaux is Maritime, while the Languedoc in the South has a hot Mediterranean climate. Overlaid is the variety of soil types that, combined, contribute to the notion of terroir -- the sense of place. Last, but certainly not least, France's appellation system, which was created in the early 20th Century to define wine regions and their boundaries and impose strict rules around winemaking practices, is a model for other wine regions. Protecting the names of French wines and guaranteeing the quality and provenance of the products themselves are its key objectives. Most other wine countries have designed appellation systems based on the French one.

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    Mixed Case – Spring

    Spring has sprung! At least I hope the weather is cooperating when you read this. The Spring Equinox marks the end of a long winter, the emergence of warmer weather and the appearance of green shoots as nature itself comes to life. As wine importers, our spirits are lifted when vignerons send us photos of vine bud break, signaling the start of a new growing season.

    $22.45
  • Baudry-Dutour-Cuvee-Marie-Justine-Rosé

    Baudry Dutour Cuvee Marie Justine Rosé 2019

    Salmon-hued colour, intense nose of exotic fruits with aromas of peach and citrus. In the mouth the wine is dry but exhibits very good fruit concentration. Crisp and refreshing yet complex, this rose serves to elevate the experience of white wine drinkers and to convince red wine drinkers that they should expand their horizons!

    $20.35
  • Chateau Beausejour de Bonalgue Pomerol 2016

    Chateau Beausejour de Bonalgue Pomerol 2016

    Chateau Beausejour de Bonalgue is the second wine of Chateau Bonalgue. The Chateau is located in the Pomerol wine growing appellation of Bordeaux’s right bank.

    $64.95
  • Chateau Les Barraillots Margaux 2016

    Chateau Les Barraillots Margaux 2016

    Chateau Les Barraillots is the last small wine producer in the village of Margaux and one of only a few “Crus Artisans” in the Margaux appellation. The vineyard was purchased from Palmer and Durfort in 1928 and 1933. It is situated among the highest elevations in the commune and the soil type is permeable gravel. The modest house and winery are a quarter of a mile away, on the outskirts of town. The Martin family used to raise dairy cows there, not only for the income derived from the milk, but also for the manure used in the vineyard. Yannick Martin, who took over from his father in 2014, still uses exclusively cow manure as fertilizer, today, though the cattle are gone from the property.

    $47.95
  • Chateau-Les-Vieux-Ormes-Lalande-de-Pomerol

    Chateau Les Vieux Ormes Lalande de Pomerol 2016

    A Merlot dominant style, from a lesser known region on the right bank. Just right for drinking now. Offers complex and inviting aromas. Vibrant palate that offers plenty of supple fruit and sweet spices. A serious wine with layered tannins, dry and satisfying.

    $31.95
  • Chateau-Tour-Granins-Grand-Poujeaux-Moulis

    Chateau Tour Granins Grand Poujeaux Moulis 2012

    Chateau Tour Granins is the second wine of Chateau Granins Grand Poujeaux. The estate is bordered by two very highly regarded estates within the same Grand-Poujeaux hamlet: Chateau Poujeaux and Chateau Chasse Spleen.

    $29.95
  • Chateau Trois Moulins Haut Medoc Cru Bourgeois 2015

    Made from an almost equal blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Great nose of cassis, small red berries and forest floor. Rich and well structured on the palate with spicy red fruit, round tannins and soft spice and tobacco notes.

    $28.50
  • Domaine-Alain-Michelot-Nuits-Saint-Georges-Vieilles-Vignes

    Domaine Alain Michelot Nuits Saint Georges Vieilles Vignes 2016

    The Domaine Alain Michelot is a Nuits-Saint-Georges specialist: of the domaine’s eight hectares, 7.5 are in Nuits. Winemaking is now run by Alain’s daughter Élodie Michelot, who has brought a feminine touch to the wine. She has concentrated on bringing finesse and elegance to the wines, without sacrificing the power of the terroir.

    $101.95
  • Domaine-Claudie-Jobard-Pommard

    Domaine Claudie Jobard Pommard 2017

    Claudie Jobard has an enviable pedigree when it comes to viticulture. Her mother, Laurence Jobard, is considered one of the best enologists in France. She was winemaker for Joseph Drouhin for over twenty years and was known for the esteemed wines she made under her father’s name (Gabriel Billard). Claudie’s father, Roger, was a pépiniériste viticole (a nurseryman producing vines), descended from generations of experts in this field that was the family business. Claudie, the 8th generation in her family, currently makes small quantities from the fruit of her family’s vineyards. She is also technical director for Remoissenet.

    $100.95
  • Domaine Dampt Chablis 2018

    Domaine Daniel Dampt is one of the most well-regarded Chablis producers, creating wines of exceptional purity and freshness. Chablis is 100% Chardonnay grown on soils with fossilized shellfish. Because of that, the wine is a perfect pairing for oysters. Fresh lemon and green apple, an elegant minerality, with a lively finish. Fresh, elegant and concentrated. Drink now and over the next 4 years.

    $40.90
  • Domaine-de-la-Bastide-Les-Figues-Blanc

    Domaine de la Bastide Les Figues Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2020

    Les Figues is reference to the massive, aged, fig tree which dominates the landscape of the main house on the estate. From the Southern Rhone, “Les Figues” Blanc is a luscious blend of 45% Viognier, 40% Roussanne, and 15% Clairette, grown in calcareous clay soils. Fifty percent (50%) of the wine is aged briefly in oak, then blended back into the remaining tank wine, just before bottling. The vineyards are in the process of being certified organic.

    $19.95
  • Domaine-de-la-Guicharde-Massif-dUchaux-Cuvee-Genest

    Domaine de la Guicharde Massif d’Uchaux Cuvee Genest 2017

    The wine shows moderate to deep ruby red colour, with an almost purple hue indicative of its youth. A complex and rich mix of aroma’s, including black cherry, tapenade (black olive puree) crab apple, plum, cranberry and stewed strawberry fruit, with subtle licorice and mint. On the palate, the wine mirrors the nose, although the fruits tend to show a little more of a black nature than the pretty nose would imply. Some salty, black licorice notes on the finish, as well as a bit of alcoholic weight (14.5%).

    $22.95
  • Domaine de la Villaudiere Sancerre 2019

    Sancerre, in the upper Loire Valley, is the benchmark for Sauvignon Blanc in Europe — crisp and fruity, with racy acidity. The soil is composed of limestone and fossilized seashells, which gives the wine an unmistakable minerality.

    $32.95
  • Domaine-de-la-Villaudiere-Sancerre-Heritage-Red

    Domaine de la Villaudiere Sancerre Heritage Red 2017

    With a deep, intense ruby hue, the wine opens with an expressive, harmonious blend of grilled, smoked and toasted aromas with fruity notes (ripe dark berries). On the palate, the wine shows beautiful silky, velvety body with the same lovely blend of red fruit aromas and melted nuances created by well-integrated oak. With structure and a long red fruit aftertaste, this Sancerre should only be enjoyed after 12 months of aging.

    $33.95
  • Domaine-Lapalus-Macon-Milly-Lamartine-White

    Domaine Lapalus Macon Milly Lamartine White 2018

    Made from Chardonnay grown on limestone soil. Good complexity, lemon and fresh pineapple aromas. Spice notes. On the palate there are white floral notes. Vibrant acidity. Good minerality. A fine and precise wine . Very pleasant from now on. Very good with fish and seafood.

    $27.90
  • Domaine Magellan Merlot vdp 2018

    Planted in the seventies, makes it one of the oldest Merlot vineyards in the Languedoc! The winemaking followed a classic pattern without over-extraction. No oak was used, although the wine was aged in concrete tank for 20 months. Of course it is a Merlot, but it is primarily a wine from the domaine’s sandstone terroir: spicy smoky, with a great richness and smooth tannins.

    $18.90
  • Domaine-Robert-Vic-Mas-de-la-Source-Sauvignon

    Domaine Robert Vic Mas de la Source Sauvignon 2019

    The name “La Source” (the stream in French) and the image of a river fish on the label point to the esthetic and practice of the estate, which strives to reflect the natural environment from which the wines have evolved, as well as addressing the ecologically sustainable principles which guide their endeavor.

    $17.00
  • Domaine-Saint-Michel-Cotes-du-Rhone

    Domaine Saint Michel Cotes du Rhone 2019

    An outstanding cuvee from a small family estate, in a fantastic vintage. Run by the Boyers from their Medieval fortified house in the Rhone valley. A delicious, classic red from southern Rhone. Made from Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, it is fresh and fruity.

    $19.50
  • Domaine-Thenard-Givry-Cellier-aux-Moines

    Domaine Thenard Givry Cellier aux Moines 2016

    With a southerly exposure, this 3.22 hectare vineyard is a mix of clay and lime. Oak barrels are used in fermentation bringing about soft and subtle tannins. The “Cellier aux Moines” parcel is very old with records dating back to 1258. With a terrific currant color, and a rich, intense fruit bouquet with aromas of ripe dark berries, this Pinot Noir has lots of sweet, pure fruit on the palate. It is a beautifully balanced, velvety wine that offers good power, backend persistence and a lingering finish. This is a wine that can be enjoyed after a long aging period.

    $51.70
  • Marcel-Cabelier-Cotes-du-Jura-Trousseau

    Marcel Cabelier Cotes du Jura Trousseau 2017

    pale, cherry red coloured wine which shows distinct aromas of strawberry jam, ripe raspberries, violets, tea and spice. The palate is very juicy and refined with notes of red fruits and underbrush and a lingering, mouth watering finish. This is a great summertime red that won’t weigh you down at the table. It is best enjoyed lightly chilled (between 13 and 16 degrees).

    $25.95
  • Marcel-Cabelier-LEtoile-Chardonnay

    Marcel Cabelier L’Etoile Chardonnay 2018

    Pale yellow with golden highlights. On the nose the wine exhibits yellow fruits with toasted and vanilla notes. It has great aromatic length. In the mouth the wine shows its wonderful, natural minerality and freshness.

    $25.85
  • Racine-Pinot-Noir

    Racine Pinot Noir 2019

    Made from Pinot Noir grown at vineyards located between 300 and 400 metres in Limoux (Languedoc). While the Languedoc is not generally accepted as ideal for Pinot Noir, Limoux is an exception. The higher elevation, and therefore cooler vineyards, and considerable distance from the Mediterranean, makes the terroir quite different from the rest of the Languedoc. The region is renowned for using the cooler growing zone for sparkling wine production, long before the creation of Champagne.

    $21.50

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