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  1. NICLOAS JOLY 2017 COULEE DE SERRANT NICLOAS JOLY 2017 COULEE DE SERRANT

    Item #: i_351513
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The vineyard was planted in 1130 by Cistercian monks and today consists of vines aged from 35 to 80 years old. The old small monastery still exists and a few hundred meters away, the castle of La Roche aux Moines was built and dismantled during the wars of religion. Always considered as a rare and unique product, the Serrant Casting was celebrated by Louis XI and Louis XIV as one of the best French white wines. The vineyard is cultivated partly by hand and partly by horse because of the steep slopes overlooking the Loire. Since 1984, the entire estate has been cultivated using biodynamic farming methods. Three wines are produced in small quantities on the property and benefit from the principles of biodynamic.
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  2. NICOLAS JOLY 2014 SAVENNIERES CLOS DE LA BERGERIE

    Item #: i_334151
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    "I don't only want a good wine, but also a true wine" says Nicolas Joly, the mythical winemaker of Savennieres in the Loire valley. His domaine dates back to the 12th century. In the early 80s, he became one of the pioneer of bio-dynamic, stopped using any kind of chemicals and started to work in the vines with horses. This cuvee Clos de la Bergerie is the testimony of Savennieres's amazing terroir. It needs to be decanted to express its full potential. The nose is extremely expressive with over ripe and caramelised fruit and complex dried flowers aromas. On the palate is incredibly intense and fresh.
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  3. OBVIOUS WINE 2018 BRIGHT & CRISP SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_351647
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    No. 2 Bright & Crisp
    - 100% Sauvignon Blanc from several parcels in Sancerre and Touraine in the Loire Valley of France
    - Estate Grown and bottle at Villebois Winery by head wine maker Patrice Merceron
    - This is a fun, upbeat and easy-drinking expression of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc, like the name suggests its bright and full of zesty citrus aromas, enough acidity to keep it super refreshing while delivering a fruit-forward pallet of kaffir lime and gooseberries, simple and delicious!

    Obvious Wines:
    - Headquartered in the heart of downtown Venice Beach, CA
    - Collaborates with small, family owned and operated wineries around the world to produce sustainably farmed, estate grown wines
    - All wines are developed using a crowd-sourcing method of style selection where large groups of average wine consumers blind taste dozens of wines and describe their favorites in common vernacular
    - The styles are intended to be very easy-drinking, crowd pleasing options that the vast majority of wine consumers will enjoy, not ponder over
    - all marketing includes fun hashtags, educational labels, and easy to understand wine-speak to appeal to a wide array of new and often younger generations of wine consumers
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  4. PARTICK BAUDOUIN 2011 ANJOU BLANC LES SAULAIES

    Item #: i_345216
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Patrick Baudoin is located in the region of Anjou in the Loire Valley. He produces intensely mineral driven dry Chenin Blanc as well as some sweeter more succulent versions of the same grape from Coteaux du Layon. In his youth, Patrick avoided the wine industry but in 1990, he took over the estate that his great grandparents founded in the 1920s. The property is 13 hectares of vineyards situated on a cocktail of ancient eroded rocks, a mix of volcanic and sedimentary soils depending on the site. The vines are all farmed organically, only native yeasts are used and minimal amounts of sulfur added. Also, the wines are never chaptalized. Patrick has strong feelings about chaptalization and is fighting to have it outlawed in sweet wine production.
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  5. PASCAL COTAT 2018 SANCERRE LA GRANDE COTE

    Item #: i_345352
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    This wine has a well-defined personality with a creamy texture and aromas of ripe fruit beautifully held by a crisp freshness. The depth of this wine is enormous, it is ample, rich and very balanced by a pure and salivating mineral expression! This Sancerre will be perfectly married to seafood, fish, crustaceans and of course accompanied by goat cheeses.

    "Pascal Cotat Sancerre: A must-have for the cellar

    From gear head, to grape man. While Pascal Cotat's first passion may have been restoring old cars, wine—especially his family's Sauvignon Blanc—was a fast second.

    No one can doubt that winemaking runs in the blood of the Cotat family. On the slopes of the Monts Damnés in Chavignol, the family has tended both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir since the end of the second World War. It was only in the 1990s when two brothers, Paul and Francis, handed over the family domaine to their sons, Francois and Pascal, respectively. Today there are two Cotat domaines-one in Chavignol, headed by Francois, and one in Sancerre, run by Pascal. What sets these cousins apart is less important than what they share-a passion for natural winemaking and a truly amazing touch with Sauvignon Blanc.

    Pascal believes in natural winemaking-the vast majority of his plots are cared for organically, often combining seaweed and other natural preparations to fertilize his vines. Harvest is never rushed; in fact, Pascal (as does his cousin Francois) harvests more than a week after every other winery in the region. Needless to say, extra maturity on the vine means extra body and complexity in the wine. Vineyards are located on very steep slopes, requiring a hand harvest that has become a bit of a pilgrimage for Cotat devotees. The steepest plots can only be worked by sliding down with a cushion tied to your rear while you hold the bucket in front of you. The cousins invented this amusing system, and pickers come from all over Europe every year to volunteer for the harvest.

    Grapes from each vineyard plot are vinified separately. The Cotat family pioneered single-vineyard bottlings in Sancerre, and each terroir—whether "Les Monts Damnes" or "Grande Cote" - has its own unique personality. Soils share the same chalky heart as do those in Chablis. In general Pascal wines show a more luxurious, plush mouthfeel in combination with this balanced acidity. (François wines, in comparison, often show more flinty, Chablis-like notes.) Wines are always bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Cotat's wines truly benefit from age. While these wines are irresistible when they are young, one of the unique pleasures of putting down a few bottles is to later discover a rich, custard-like Sancerre that defies everything you would expect from racy Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc." - NORTH BERKELEY IMPORTS
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  6. PASCAL COTAT 2018 SANCERRE LES MONTS DAMNES

    Item #: i_345353
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    "Francois Cotat Sancerre: A must-have for the cellar

    From gear head, to grape man. While Cotat's first passion may have been restoring old cars, wine-especially his family's Sauvignon Blanc-was a fast second.

    No one can doubt that winemaking runs in the blood of the Cotat family. On the slopes of the Monts Damnés in Chavignol, the family has tended both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir since the end of the second World War. It was only in the 1990s when two brothers, Paul and Francis, handed over the family domaine to their sons, Francois and Pascal, respectively. Today there are two Cotat domaines-one in Chavignol, headed by Francois, and one in Sancerre, run by Pascal. What sets these cousins apart is less important than what they share-a passion for natural winemaking and a truly amazing touch with Sauvignon. He believes in natural winemaking-the vast majority of his plots are cared for organically, often combining seaweed and other natural preparations to fertilize his vines. Harvest is never rushed; in fact, He harvests more than a week after every other winery in the region. Needless to say, extra maturity on the vine means extra body and complexity in the wine. Vineyards are located on very steep slopes, requiring a hand harvest that has become a bit of a pilgrimage for Cotat devotees. The steepest plots can only be worked by sliding down with a cushion tied to your rear while you hold the bucket in front of you. The cousins invented this amusing system, and pickers come from all over Europe every year to volunteer for the harvest.

    Grapes from each vineyard plot are vinified separately. The Cotat family pioneered single-vineyard bottlings in Sancerre, and each terroir—whether "Les Monts Damnes" or "Grande Cote" - has its own unique personality. Soils share the same chalky heart as do those in Chablis. In general Pascal wines show a more luxurious, plush mouthfeel in combination with this balanced acidity. (François wines, in comparison, often show more flinty, Chablis-like notes.) Wines are always bottled unfined and unfiltered.

    Cotat's wines truly benefit from age. While these wines are irresistible when they are young, one of the unique pleasures of putting down a few bottles is to later discover a rich, custard-like Sancerre that defies everything you would expect from racy Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc." - NORTH BERKELEY IMPORTS
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  7. PASCAL JANVIER 2018 COTEAUX DU LOIR ROUGE CUVEE DU ROSIER

    Item #: i_353054
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Janviers rent sixty-six different parcels (a total of nine hectares) of land and farm it entirely themselves. Kermit Lynch imports one bottling of their red, made from the lighter-bodied and elegant indigenous red grape.

    The soils of their parcels are comprised of clay, limestone, sand and silex.
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  8. PIERRE RIFFAULT 2018 SANCERRE 7 HOMMES

    Item #: i_353069
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  9. REGIS MINET 2017 POUILLY FUME V.V SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_322208
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    WINEMAKER'S NOTES:
    Cuvée selection of our vines aged 30 years on average. Beautiful pale gold. The nose offers tasty notes of ripe citrus. Mouth is clear, mineral and well balanced. Vieilles Vignes goes perfectly with white meats and cheeses
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  10. SANCERRE 18 HIPP-REV 375ML

    Item #: i_345152
    Bottle Size: 375ML
    **Please note, this is a half sized bottle
  11. TAILLE AUX LOUPS 2017 MONTLOUIS CLOS MOSNY

    Item #: i_352798
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Decanter: 95 Points
    DECANTER 95 POINTS - "Clos de Mosny is one of the largest walled vineyards in the entire Loire region. In 2017 it has produced a very intense, structured yet round Chenin with ripe stone fruit aromas and a fresh, saline palate. The creamy nectarine finish goes on and on, and despite this wine's intensity it's not powerful but elegant.”
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  12. THIERRY GERMAIN 2016 SAUMUR BLANC CLOS DE L'ECOTARD

    Item #: i_35228
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Ecotard is probably the brightest and most rapier-edged of all of Thierry’s Chenin Blancs. There isn’t an ounce of excess body fat on this one. Think of wine sculpted from a giant block of chalky limestone. Fresh lobster and seared scallops are two pairings that immediately come to mind. Try searing the scallops briefly, then topping them with a grate of lemon zest, sea salt, and a fine drizzle of really good olive oil.
    —Dixon Brooke, KERMIT lYNCH WINE MERCHANT
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  13. THIERRY GERMAIN 2016 SAUMUR CHAMPIGNY CLOS DE L'ECHELIER

    Item #: i_351095
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    BIODYNAMIC

    You learn a lot about a man by his compost pile. One of the few producers in the appellation of Saumur-Champigny to farm naturally, Thierry Germain is extremely proud of his, reaching into the heart of his compost to show off the smoking debris to visitors. While others are pumping as much synthetic fertilizer into their vineyard as possible to reach the highest potential yields, Thierry Germain is going the other direction, using his compost only when necessary, and asking the vines to suffer to produce much, much less fruit. The end results are stunning.
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  14. THIERRY GERMAIN 2018 SAUMUR CHAMPIGNY LES ROCHES

    Item #: i_345837
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Thierry’s domaine, Roches Neuves, whose vineyards are planted in the Saumur (Blanc) and Saumur-Champigny (Rouge) appellations, has rightfully become one of the greatest examples of high achievement in biodynamic vine growing in France. We put him up there with the greats: Abbatucci in Corsica, Ganevat in the Jura, Ostertag in Alsace. His total dedication to site specific wines produced from Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, his “parcellaires,” has produced some of the most exciting wines in the Loire Valley today.

    • 100% de-stemmed
    • Fermentation in stainless steel tank for 8 to 10 days
    • Light pumpovers during fermentation—meant to infuse the grapes not extract them
    • Aged in stainless steel and wood tanks, on fine lees, without sulfur, for 3 to 4 months
    • Communes: Chaintres de Varrains and Saumur
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  15. VIGNEAU CHEVREAU 18 VOUVRAY SEC CUVEE SILEX

    Item #: i_349979
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Biodynamic dry Chenin Blanc. This wine is clean, crisp and dry with ripe yellow orchard fruits, chamomile and nice minerality.
  16. VINCENT PINARD 2016 SANCERRE ROUGE CHARLOUISE

    Item #: i_352623
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Pinards have been passing down winemaking techniques for generations, with the goal of always creating the most precise, pure, and fine wines possible. While many wineries are reverting to these natural winemaking practices, the Pinards have been implementing these methods for hundreds of years on their 17 hectares. They do everything as naturally as possible; intervene as little as feasible, limit yields, harvest by hand, and do not use herbicides, insecticides or anti-rot treatments. They believe that if the fruit is healthy, there is no need to use artificial products during the vinification process. With every vintage, the Pinards want to continue to improve the quality of their wines.
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  17. VINCENT PINARD 2017 SANCERRE CHEMARIN

    Item #: i_351303
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    If Chene Marchand is all about power and stature, Petit Chemarin represents the silky and supremely elegant end of the Pinard’s single vineyard spectrum. Wonderfully fine and with precise aromas of lime, Sicilian lemon, salt, chalk and honeysuckle, the palate is liquid silk, utterly seamless from start to finish, a wine of great elegance and sustained refinement. Gorgeous.
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  18. VINCENT PINARD 2018 SANCERRE FLORES

    Item #: i_352046
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Vincent and Cosette Pinard’s 15 hectare Domaine extends over steep limestone slopes around Bué. The excessively low yields, hand harvesting and modern winery, complete with temperature-controlled vats, result in enticing, aromatic and intense wines. 100% tank-fermented and aged. As the name suggests this cuvée is very floral. Fine, crisp and very classic, there is plenty of fruit here: lemon, lime and grapefruit zest with a ripe juicy acidity; a strong complex terroir dimension is obvious, too, with its chalky, mineral touches.
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