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BEAUJOLAIS BL 11 LAVERNETTE
LAVERNETTE 2011 BEAUJOLAIS BLANC
Item: #333976
Bottle Size:750ML
$17.99
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Château de Lavernette is right at the crossroads of Beaujolais and the Mâconnais. Down across the road from the château, to the east, grows a Chardonnay vineyard in limestone soil Read More...
for its crémant and Beaujolais Blanc. Beaujolais Blanc "Vigne de la Roche": Coming from the same vineyard as the crémant, the vineyard got its name from a layer of white stony chalk under the topsoil. It’s worth noting that the first row of vines grows some fifty feet from the Pouilly-Fuissé border—and this wine is half the price. This is a fresh, appley tank-raised Chardonnay that has an élevage of eighteen months these days, giving it a dense complexity. Most Beaujolais Blanc comes from vineyards nearer the Sâone River in the southern Pierres Dorées region; this is a rare one from the northern end of the appellation.

The Château’s 28 acres of vineyards and biodynamic farming practice officially received Certification in 2010.
BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGE 11 ALIANE
ALIANE 2011 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGE
Item: #321225
Bottle Size:750ML
$12.99
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BROUILLY 12 LAPALU RAMEAUX
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Jean-Claude Lapalu began his domaine in 1996. Previously, his family had been grape growers selling to the cooperative. He made his first commercial wines in 2000. Altogether, he has Read More...
12 hectares of vines in Saint-Etienne-la-Varenne, Brouilly, most of which are old (60–80 years), and which are farmed organically. Lapalu is working biodynamically, but is not yet certified.

Winemaking is natural, in that no sulfur dioxide is used until the bottling stage. These are truly remarkable expressions of Beaujolais.
CHENAS 11 THILLARDON
THILLARDON 2011 CHENAS BEAUJOLAIS
Item: #322160
Bottle Size:750ML
$18.99
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COTE BROUILLY 11 AVIRON VV
STEPHANE AVIRON 2011 BEAUJOLAIS COTE DE BROUILLY
Item: #300191
Bottle Size:750ML
$16.99
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eROBERT PARKER 89 POINTS: "Aviron’s ripe, juicy 2011 Cote de Brouilly Vieilles Vignes originates, as it has for years, in south- and southwest-facing Read More...
slopes from a single proprietor (whose entire holdings, in fact, Aviron has vinified since 2000). Fresh cherry shadowed by kirsch and laced with piquancy of its pits receives an alluring bouquet of iris and mouthwatering lick of salt add to the appeal of a wine whose mid-palate promise of juiciness and vibrancy is slightly perturbed by a faint hint of caramelized resin from barrel. Enjoy it through 2016 – and revisit it if possible in 2014. It wasn’t bottled until October, and Aviron insists it needs time in bottle to slough-off the effects of both barrel and bottling."
COTE BROUILLY 13 TERRES DOREES
TERRES DOREES 2013 BROUILLY JEAN PAUL BRUN
Item: #321304
Bottle Size:750ML
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Jean Paul Brun is located in Charnay, a village in the Southern Beaujolais just north of Lyons, in a beautiful area known as the "Region of Golden Stones". Brun is the owner and winemaker Read More...
at this 40-acre family estate and has attracted the attention of the French and American press for the wonderfully fruity and delicate wines he produces.

Brun wants to make "old-style" Beaujolais and his vinification differs from the prevailing practices in the region. He believes that the charm of Gamay's fruit is best expressed by the grapes' indigenous yeasts, rather than by adding industrial yeast. Virtually all Beaujolais is now made by adding a particular yeast during fermentation.

Brun's view is that Beaujolais drinks best at a lower degree of alcohol and that there is no need to systematically add sugar to the must (chaptalize) to reach alcohol levels of 12 to 13 degrees. So he chaptalizes minimally or not at all - depending on the vintage and the cuvée. His Beaujolais is made to be pleasurable - light, fruity and delicious - not an artificially inflated wine that shines at tasting competitions.

Only a minimal amount of S02 is used at bottling to keep the wine fresh and "headache-free". Fermentation naturally produces a lot of CO2, which acts as protection against oxidation during aging; leaving some in the wine at bottling time also helps to keep it fresh. Filtration is also minimal so that the wine keeps its original fruit and aromas. Brun’s wines are not ‘blockbusters’ in the sense of ‘big.’ The emphasis is not on weight, but on fruit: Beaujolais as it once was and as it should be.
COTE BROUILLY 13 THIVIN
THIVIN 2013 COTE DE BROUILLY
Item: #333778
Bottle Size:750ML
$21.99
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It is no surprise that Château Thivin is the benchmark domaine of the Côte de Brouilly; everything about it is exceptional. Built in the fifteenth century on an ancient volcano which Read More...
juts out steeply into the valley below, Thivin is the oldest estate on Mont Brouilly. Even more important, however, is its tremendous success since farmer Zaccharie Geoffray purchased the château with its two hectares of land at auction in 1877. His son Claude expanded the property over the next few decades, and his son, also named Claude, boosted the prestige of the zone in the face of the Great Depression when he played a pivotal role in the creation of the Côte de Brouilly appellation. With his wife Yvonne, he also helped to bring greater recognition to the entire region with the establishment of the Maison du Beaujolais in 1953. Over the years the family continued to promote the appellation, receiving many influential artists and journalists at the château. The French novelist, Colette, wrote admiringly of her visit to Thivin, for example. In 1979, Richard Olney took Kermit to visit on their first wine trip together. It was Olney’s top recommendation in the whole of the Beaujolais region. The current generation of the Geoffray family continues their tradition. Today their grandnephew Claude, his wife Evelyne, and their son Claude-Edouard continue the tradition as staunch and proud defenders of the terroir of the Côte de Brouilly.

Thivin’s Côte de Brouilly parcels are predominantly south-facing and are planted entirely with Gamay vines that average 50 years of age. The soil is plowed and composted regularly while cover crops are left between some rows to encourage microbiotic activity. Absolutely no insecticides are used. On a slope with a grade of 48% and crumbly surface, implementing these techniques is essential to safeguard the soil from erosion, but it isn’t easy! Each section of the vineyard is harvested and vinified separately to preserve the unique characteristics afforded by variations in exposure and altitude. Even the estate’s vineyards in the Brouilly appellation are planted on a moderately steep hillside of decomposed pink granite, while most of the appellation is planted on the flat valley floor. Traditional whole-cluster fermentation keeps the characteristic fruity qualities of Gamay, after which the grapes are transferred to cuves by gravity without being crushed. Each vintage spends a few months in large oak foudres before bottling. The resulting wines, according to Kermit, resemble “…a country squire who is not afraid to get his boots muddy. Handsome, virile, earthy, and an aristocrat.”
COTE BRUILLY 13 THIVIN 375ML
CHATEAU THIVIN 2013 COTES DE BRUILLY 375ML
Item: #333393
Bottle Size:375ML
$12.99

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DESJOURNEY XXVIII INTERDIT
JULES DESJOURNEY XXVIII INTERDIT
Item: #333741
Bottle Size:750ML
$48.99
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"Interdit" means forbidden in French and this cuvée is so named because the governing body in Fleurie said it did not taste like a typical Fleurie, and so it was relegated to Vin de Read More...
France status. It is all 2008 from Chapelle des Bois in Fleurie. The vines are all more than 70 years old with most of them clocking in over 100 years in age.
DOMAINE DES NUGUES 12 BJ VILL
DOMAINE DE NUGUES 2012 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGE
Item: #334093
Bottle Size:750ML
$14.99
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eROBERT PARKER 87 POINTS: "The 2012 Beaujolais Village comes from 45-year-old vines and undergoes a semi-carbonic maceration. It has a very crisp, fresh, well-Read More...
defined bouquet of dark plum and cranberry aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannins, clean and fresh with fine acidity, though the finish cuts away very swiftly. Drink now-2016."
FLEURIE 11 RAOUSSET
RAOUSSET 2011 FLEURIE
Item: #333233
Bottle Size:750ML
$19.99
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This purple, garnet Fleurie is a treat. The nose delivers loads of cherries with a hint of tar. On the palate it is quite powerful and offers luscious raspberry and plum cherry aromas. <Read More...
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FLEURIE 12 NUGUES
DOMAINE DE NUGUES 2012 FLEURIE
Item: #334092
Bottle Size:750ML
WA:89
$19.99
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eROBERT PARKER 89 POINTS: "The 2012 Fleurie was cropped at 50 hectoliters per hectare and undergoes semi-carbonic maceration. For the vintage, it displays Read More...
impressive fruit concentration with black cherry, mulberry and cassis fruit, hints of fresh fig loitering in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. This is well-balanced but still taut, with a firm backbone for a Fleurie. Strict now, I would afford this a couple of years in bottle. Drink 2016-2022. .

It was a pleasure to meet Gilles Gelin at a joint tasting held at Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud. He is the fourth generation of the Gelin family to farm the estate based in Lancie, which includes 32 hectares of vines in Fleurie (6 hectares), Morgon (1 hectare) and Beaujolais Villages (18 hectares), although for completeness I have also included his more “rebellious” cuvees, which are labelled as “Vin de France,” and are worth looking out for if you happen to be in France. The grapes are picked by hand, vinification is whole bunch and Gilles uses semi-carbonic maceration for up to 25 days. Gilles wines are well-crafted, bright and for want of a better word, “joyous” Beaujolais wines that represent great value."
FLEURIE 13 CHIGNARD
CHIGNARD 2013 FLEURIE LES MORIERS
Item: #333771
Bottle Size:750ML
$23.99
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Les Moriers is the favored site in the
grand cru appellation Fleurie. Chignard
is considered its master vintner. Pretty
to the nose, luscious on the palate, our <Read More...
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in our portfolio.
FLEURIE 13 VISSOUX CHERMETTE
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The style of the Domaine du Vissoux wines is distinctive. Mouth filling, broadly textured, rich and luxurious, they pack an enormous amount of flavor into low-alcohol packages. The Read More...
wines often have notes of milk chocolate and nut oils, which contribute to their rich character. Yet, these Beaujolais are by no means simple or "fruit bombs." They have a good deal of complexity and the ability to age.
FLEURIE 13 YOHAN LARDY
YOHAN LARDY 2013 FLEURIE LE VIVIER
Item: #333861
Bottle Size:750ML
$19.99
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MORGON 10 JACQUES COTE PY
CHAUTEU DES JACQUES 2010 MORGON COTE DE PY
Item: #321242
Bottle Size:750ML
WA:89-90+
$32.99
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eROBERT PARKER 89-90+ POINTS: "The Chateau des Jacques 2010 Morgon Cote de Py manages to display considerable richness while preserving juicy fresh Read More...
fruit vivacity and incorporating an abundance of fine tannin, which as de Castelnau acknowledges reflects an emphasis on pigeage that was especially pronounced with this cuvee. Smoked meat, peat, and crushed stone add depth and this finishes with impressive persistence, even if a touch of tannin seems, for now, to have the last word. I suspect this will be worth following for 4-6 years but would like to revisit it a year from now."
MORGON 11 ALIANE COTE DU PY
ALIANE 2011 MORGON COTE DU PY
Item: #333313
Bottle Size:750ML
$21.99
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This has dark, almost glowing color of young Gamay, and wonderful fruits of mulberry/plum fruit with flecks of violet, clove and mineral. This comes from 35-55 year old vines planted Read More...
in volcanic soils. It is hand picked and hand sorted, fermented with natural yeast and given 12 months in oak with 10% new. Beaujolais still delivers a lot for the fare and this is a friendlier version that displays all the charm of the vintage.

MORGON 11 PIRON COTE DU PY
MORGON 2011 PIRON COTE DU PY
Item: #323157
Bottle Size:750ml
$18.95
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Gentle nose. Very clean, layered and elegant. A grab bag of red and black fruit played up by sweet strawberry, cinnamon and pepper. Shows the range and substance of Gamay by exhibiting Read More...
balance and textural complexity that would make many high-end Pinot Noir producers jealous—or hopefully, inspired.

MORGON 12 BURGAUD CHARMES
JEAN-MARC BURGAUD 2012 MORGON LES CHARMES
Item: #300115
Bottle Size:750ML
$18.99
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MORGON 13 LAPIERRE
LAPIERRE 2013 MORGON
Item: #300199
Bottle Size:750ML
$28.99
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"Little would we know that when Marcel Lapierre took over the family domaine from his father in 1973, he was on the road to becoming a legend. In 1981, his path would be forever changed Read More...
by Jules Chauvet, a man whom many now call his spiritual godfather. Chauvet was a winemaker, a researcher, a chemist, and a viticultural prophet. It was he who, upon the advent of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the 1950s, first spoke out for “natural wine,” harkening back to the traditional methods of the Beaujolais. Joined by local vignerons Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Jean Foillard, Marcel spearheaded a group that soon took up the torch of this movement. Kermit dubbed this clan the Gang of Four, and the name has stuck ever since. These rebels called for a return to the old practices of viticulture and vinification: starting with old vines, never using synthetic herbicides or pesticides, harvesting late, rigorously sorting to remove all but the healthiest grapes, adding minimal doses of sulfur dioxide or none at all, and disdaining chapitalization. Marcel was recently joined by his son Mathieu, and together they took the natural wine philosophy one step further, following organic and biodynamic vineyard practices. The end of the 2010 vintage was Marcel’s last. He passed away at the end of the harvest—a poetic farewell for a man that forever changed our perception of Beaujolais. Mathieu continues the great work that his father pioneered with confidence, albeit on his own.

The methods at Lapierre are just as revolutionary as they are traditional; the detail and precision with which they work is striking and entirely different from the mass-produced majority of Beaujolais on the market today. Decomposed granite comprises most of their eleven hectares, and the vines are an average of 45 years of age. Grapes are picked at the last possible moment to obtain the ripest fruit, which is a trademark of the estate style. The Lapierres age their wines on fine lees for at least nine months in oak foudres and fûts ranging from three to thirteen years old. These wines are the essence of Morgon: bright, fleshy fruit with a palatable joie de vivre that was undoubtedly inherited from their creator. In the words of KLWM salesperson Sam Imel, “They are meant to be devoured.” " Kermitlynch.com
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