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  1. CHANRION 2017 COTE DE BROUILLY

    Item #: i_304504
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    When Nicole Chanrion began her career in the 1970s, convention relegated women to the enology labs and kept them out of the cellars even her mother thought winemaking was man’s work but she would not be deterred from her dream of becoming a vigneronne. The Côte-de-Brouilly appellation sits on the hillsides of Mont Brouilly, a prehistoric volcano that left blue schist stones and volcanic rock along its slopes. These stones yield structured wines with pronounced minerality and great aging potential. After her formal training at the viticultural school in Beaune Nicole had a brief internship in the Napa Valley, where she learned another approach to winemaking but, happily for us, gained a deeper appreciation of the traditional winemaking techniques of the Beaujolais: hand harvesting, whole cluster fermentation, aging the wines in large oak foudres for at least nine months, and bottling unfiltered. The resulting wines are powerful, with loads of pure fruit character and floral aromas.
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  2. CHATEAU DE PONCIE 2016 FLEURIE LE PRE ROI

    Item #: i_345393
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Vinous Media: 90
  3. CHATEAU THIVIN 2017 BROUILLY REVERDON

    Item #: i_351292
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    We have long been fans of Chateau Thivin which is a benchmark domaine of the Côte de Brouilly. Thivin consistently produces wines which are utterly delicious and showcase amazing purity of fruit without being heavy.

    A visit to this domaine was one of the highlights of our trip to Beaujolais last year. The bucolic scenery and warm hospitality of Claude and his wife made this a memorable stop. The wines perfectly complemented the cheese, charcuterie and pate which were served on a sunny afternoon overlooking the vineyards.

    Château Thivin is the oldest estate on Mont Brouilly and was built in the fifteenth century on an ancient volcano which juts out steeply into the valley below. It is one of the historic estates of Beaujolais and consistently produces exceptional examples from the Cru of Côte de Brouilly. Thivin's parcels are predominantly south-facing and are planted entirely with Gamay vines that average 50 years of age. Traditional whole-cluster fermentation maintains the characteristic fruity qualities of Gamay, which is transferred to large neutral oak barrels for aging before bottling.

    In 1976, Richard Olney took Kermit Lynch to visit Chateau Thivin on their first wine trip together. It was Olney's top recommendation in the whole of the Beaujolais region. Of course, Kermit is known for his keen eye for quality and soon a relationship was formed and the wines were imported into the U.S. Today, Claude, his wife Evelyne, and their son Claude-Edouard continue the tradition as staunch and proud defenders of the terroir of Brouilly.

    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2017 Brouilly Reverdon bursts from the glass with lovely aromas of blackberries, cassis, plums and potpourri. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, bright and juicy, with sweeter fruit than the 2016 rendition but a shared sense of crunchiness and vivacity. It was only bottled three weeks before I tasted it, but it was already showing very well."
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  4. CHATEAU THIVIN 2017 COTE DE BROUILLY

    Item #: i_316953
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Advocate: 94
    We have long been fans of Chateau Thivin which is a benchmark domaine of the Côte de Brouilly. Thivin consistently produces wines which are utterly delicious and showcase amazing purity of fruit without being heavy.

    A visit to this domaine was one of the highlights of our trip to Beaujolais last year. The bucolic scenery and warm hospitality of Claude and his wife made this a memorable stop. The wines perfectly complemented the cheese, charcuterie and pate which were served on a sunny afternoon overlooking the vineyards.

    Château Thivin is the oldest estate on Mont Brouilly and was built in the fifteenth century on an ancient volcano which juts out steeply into the valley below. It is one of the historic estates of Beaujolais and consistently produces exceptional examples from the Cru of Côte de Brouilly. Thivin's parcels are predominantly south-facing and are planted entirely with Gamay vines that average 50 years of age. Traditional whole-cluster fermentation maintains the characteristic fruity qualities of Gamay, which is transferred to large neutral oak barrels for aging before bottling.

    In 1976, Richard Olney took Kermit Lynch to visit Chateau Thivin on their first wine trip together. It was Olney's top recommendation in the whole of the Beaujolais region. Of course, Kermit is known for his keen eye for quality and soon a relationship was formed and the wines were imported into the U.S. Today, Claude, his wife Evelyne, and their son Claude-Edouard continue the tradition as staunch and proud defenders of the terroir of Brouilly.

    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2017 Côte de Brouilly is superb, unfurling in the glass with aromas of ripe cassis, candied violets and plums. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, rich and concentrated, structured around fine-grained but chewy tannins and tangy balancing acids, with considerable depth and substance at the core. The wine is still quite primary and will need some time to come together, but it's an excellent rendition of this storied cuvée that resembles the 2011 vintage."
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  5. CHIGNARD 2017 JULIENAS BEAUVERNAY

    Item #: i_350978
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vinous Media: 93
    Cédric Chignard’s seventy-year-old vines in the Beauvernay vineyard of Juliénas enjoy excellent exposure at high elevation, constantly whipped by cool winds. The soil here is not the granite that dominates the crus of Beaujolais, but a hard blue stone of volcanic origin also found on the Côte de Brouilly. Cédric fermented the wine naturally, aged it in foudres, and bottled without filtration, so this peculiar and unique terroir shines through in full earnest: lean, breezy, and crunchy—quite drinkably so, I might add. A relatively recent addition to this excellent domain based in Fleurie. The Julienas is bright, aromatic and high-toned. It has the perfect balance of fruit and acidity which makes you keep reaching for more.
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  6. DOMAINE DE LA GRAND'COUR 2017 BROUILLY V.V. JEAN-LOUIS DUTRAIVE

    Item #: i_345213
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Jean-Louis is a devout practitioner of organic viticulture and the property has been certified by ECOCERT since 2009. Harvest is done by hand and grapes are immediately placed in tank at low temperatures to begin carbonic maceration (without sulfur)
    The wines of Jean-Louis Dutraive are some of the most unique aromatically and texturally in all of Beaujolais. One whiff, and the wines display an almost exotic floral and spicy aroma overlayed over lush minerally Gamay fruit, sort of like a top Morey St. Denis 1er or Grand Cru nose combined with earthy, Volnay-like fruit. There is also a textural lushness and exuberance backed up by ample structure and acid. These are substantial Beaujolais, and ones that could certainly stand up to food. They also have the requisite material to develop and evolve over the medium term, i.e. 10-12 years of aging, easily!
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  7. DOMAINE DE LA GRAND'COUR 2017 FLEURIE LES DEDUITS JEAN-LOUIS DUTRAIVE

    Item #: i_345214
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Viticulture: No herbacides or pesticides, organically farmed. Vinification: Traditional vinification without sulfur and with natural yeast at very low temperatures. Carbonic maceration and little or no filtering.
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  8. DOMAINE DES PERELLES 2016 MOULIN A VENT

    Item #: i_351733
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINERY NOTES

    Average age of the vines: 50 years

    Welcome to the Perrachon domain. We pursue the work of our ancestors producing wines the traditional way. Julienas history already mentionned the PERRACHON name in 1601. The Perrachon family acquired the domain of la Bottière, in Juliénas, in 1877. Then came the Domaine des Perelles on the Romanèche-Thorins territory, at the feet of the Moulin-à-Vent hills. The Domaine des Mouilles, now the heart of our operations, was acquired in 1989. It is the heart of the Julienas appellation, benefiting from the best exposure and the best soils. Recently, we added smaller parcels in Chénas, Fleurie, and Saint Amour.

    The Moulin à Vent is often called the "Seigneur des Beaujolais" (lord of Beaujolais). Our Moulin à Vent is a robust wine, with aromas reminiscent of southern wines and very ripened fruits.
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  9. DOMAINE MICHAUD 2015 BROUILLY

    Item #: i_351773
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Alain Michaud’s estate is composed of an average of 60-year-old vines spread throughout the rolling hills Brouilly. The wines are made from very old vines (the average 60 years) and are gorgeous and refined, clearly wines that are made by a master vigneron.
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  10. DOMAINE YOHAN LARDY 2016 BEAUJOLAIS BLANC

    Item #: i_345623
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Coming from a small vineyard of one acre located in Les Bruyeres near the Cru Fleure in Beaujolais. Handpicked chardonnay, fermented and ged in stainless steel vats. Very fresh and clean and well-balanced to pair with cheese, salad or fish.
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  11. DOMAINE YOHAN LARDY 2016 MOULIN A VENT LES MICHELONS

    Item #: i_333564
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    In 2011, Yohan LARDY came back to his native village of Fleurie after spending almost one year in Chile working for an estate during harvest and winemaking. Yohan is 27 year old, he obtained a BTS Viti-Oeno in Macon-Davaye, he is completely passionate by winemaking. In 2011, he decided to buy 2 hectares of vines in Moulin à Vent, the lieu-dit "Les Michelons", one of the best terroir of the appellation, on the top of the hill, very steep with a southern exposure. One part of the vines were planted in 1911 and the other part in 1950. 2012 is his first vintage.

    This well-balanced wine has typical aromas of violet, roses with an emphasis on fruit, very spicy (cinnamon) and floral notes. The mouth is full, well rounded, displaying berries and cherries notes, roses, a long finish with soft tannins. Pair with grille red meat, lamb legs, games.
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  12. DUPEUBLE 2017 BEAUJOLAIS

    Item #: i_311862
    Bottle Size: 750ML


    In the hamlet of Le Breuil, deep in the southern Beaujolais and perched above a narrow creek, the Domaine Dupeuble has been running almost continuously since 1512. This wine, imported by Kermit Lynch, is known as "Coteau Belle-Vue" in Europe.

    While the new release of its lighter and fruitier sibling, Beaujolais Nouveau, will make it to our shores the third Thursday in November, this Beaujolais from Dupeuble is more of a serious red wine that will delight throughout the holiday season. The nose is rife with forward red fruits: cherry, raspberry, strawberry, plum and a touch of cranberry. The fruits are the focus upon tasting, with the red berries mixed in with good acidity and harmonious balance. Raspberry and cherry lambic come to mind. The forward fruits and easy acidity will pair well with rich holiday meals and help cut through some of the lush sauces and gravies.
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  13. FAMILLE DUTRAIVE 2017 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES HAUTS DU BOIS DU LEYNES

    Item #: i_351576
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 90
    Organically-farmed, 50 years old vines planted on hills (430-450m altitude)

    WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "Another new bottling for the Famille Dutraive label, the 2017 Beaujolais-Villages Haut du Bois de Leynes displays alluring aromas of ripe cherries, red fruit preserve and grilled meats. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, ample and melting, with juicy acids, generous fruit and a saline kick on the finish."
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  14. FAMILLE DUTRAIVE 2017 CHIROUBLES

    Item #: i_351579
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  15. FAMILLE DUTRAIVE 2017 FLEURIE CAROLON

    Item #: i_351578
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  16. GUY BRETON 2017 REGNIE

    Item #: i_351449
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Breton’s domaine is comprised of three hectares (only 7.2 acres), eighty percent of which lies in the appellation of Morgon, around the village of Villié-Morgon. The vines range in age from 8 to 80 years, with the 80-year-old vines dedicated to the “Vieilles Vignes” cuvée. Guy’s property is located in the microclimates “Saint-Joseph” and “Grand Cras,” where the naturally low pH of the soil creates favorable conditions for Breton’s sulfur-free vinification.
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  17. JEAN FOILLARD 2015 FLEURIE

    Item #: i_345425
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    The 2015 Fleurie has a generous, open-knit bouquet with mineral-driven red cherries, fennel and blackcurrant leaf aromas. The palate is well balanced with fine tannin. It feels very fresh in the mouth with just a hint of menthol furnishing the harmonious finish. It represents one of the most delicious offerings from Foillard at the moment.
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  18. JEAN FOILLARD 2016 MORGON EPONYM

    Item #: i_351028
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    A ‘Gang Of Four’ member, the term widely known in the world of Kermit Lynch Imports, Jean Foillard followed the traditional mindset and practices of Jules Chauvet. Alongside Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Guy Breton these four vignerons focus on older vines, abstain from herbicides and pesticides, harvest late, sort rigorously to remove damaged grapes from the bunches, add minimal sulfur (or none at all) and refrain from both chaptalization and filtration. These are natural wines made with knowledge and experienced decision-making.
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  19. JEAN LOUIS DUTRAIVE 2017 ST AMOUR CLOS DU CHAPITRE

    Item #: i_351397
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Famille Dutraive négociant business was created by Jean-Louis himself, after losing 90% of his crop to frost in 2016. The family sources only organically farmed fruit from local growers, vinifying carbonically with native yeast. The 2017 ‘Clos du Chapitre’ comes from a single parcel, vinified in concrete and aged in steel/neutral oak for six months; energetic and bright, full of fresh red-fruit flavors and soil-driven undertones.
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  20. JEAN PAUL THEVENET 2017 MORGON V.V.

    Item #: i_350518
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2017 Morgon Vieilles Vignes is superb, wafting from the glass with notes of red cherries, cassis, candied peel and raw cocoa. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, supple and velvety, with juicy acids, a deep core of fruit and refined tannins. Thévenet routinely produces one of the most elegant, classy expressions of Morgon, and the 2017 vintage is no exception. In ideal conditions, this will develop in bottle for a decade or more."
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  21. JEAN-MARC BURGAUD 2016 COTE DU PY JAVERNIERES

    Item #: i_351251
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS: "The 2016 Morgon Côte du Py Javernières is exceptional, unfurling in the glass with a complex bouquet of crushed cassis, dark wild berries, grilled meat, wood smoke and rich soil tones. On the palate, it's full-bodied, ample and layered, with a multidimensional mid-palate, melting tannins and juicy acids, concluding with a long finish. It will be well worth seeking out."
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  22. JUSTIN DUTRAIVE 2017 BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGE LES BULANDS

    Item #: i_345763
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    After a couple of harvests abroad and numerous years of wine school, Justin broke ground on his own label in 2015. Thus far, he’s spent most of his adult life working for his famous father, Jean-Louis Dutraive, and like his father’s wines, his are gentle and fun, with seriousness brewing within. Thankfully, this apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

    Wise beyond his twenty-two years, Justin openly shares his ideas with his legendary dad and follows his advice every step of the way. The relationship between them is one of mutual respect and admiration, so they seem like very good friends and are an absolute pleasure to be around.

    Crisp, Dry, Elegant and Aromatic, Floral, Fruity, Light, Mineral

    CERTIFIED ORGANIC SINCE 2009
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  23. JUSTIN DUTRAIVE 2017 FLEURIE PIEDS D'AROUX

    Item #: i_351574
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ORGANIC FARMING

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