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2016 Domaine de Pallus "Messanges" Chinon

90 points Wine Spectator: "A very fresh style, with high-pitched red currant and bitter cherry notes, lined with a mouthwatering iron streak. Bright savory and floral accents add lift on the finish. Very pure. (JM)" (9/2017) K&L Notes: After working in such esteemed wineries as Mouton-Rothschild in Bordeaux, Santa Rita in Chile and Palacios in Priorat, Bertrand Sourdais went on to make his own award winning wines in the Ribero del Duero. Originally from the Loire Valley, when his father's retirement was looming in 2003, Sourdais returned to his native Chinon. Since then he has been crafting he... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $15.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2016 Eric Cottat Sancerre Rouge Top Pick!
2016 Eric Cottat Sancerre Rouge

We were first introduced to the wines of Eric Cottat a few years back. He was brought to our attention by one of our long-time friends and winemakers in Sancerre and we brought in a small amount as that was all we were allowed to take at the time. Eric is a one-man show and only produces a small amount of wines each vintage for family, friends, and close customers, and then sells the rest of his fruit off to other eager producers in the region. Last year I had the opportunity to pay Mr. Cottat a visit and quickly became enamored by how he goes about doin... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $19.99 Add To Cart

2016 Nicolas Idiart Pinot Noir Val de Loire (Previously $10)

This Pinot Noir is produced from vines which range in age from 21 to 40 years. They are planted on limestone soil in the village of Marigny-Brizay, which is south of Chinon. Cool maceration in stainless steel vats for five days, then fermentation for twelve days. Malolactic fermentation and aging in stainless steel vats. 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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2016 Joël Taluau "Expression" Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil

Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St. Nicolas de Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire, which are unmarred by the intrusion of oak. He was also the first producer in the appellation to begin domaine bottling. These days, Joel makes wines with the help of his son-in-law, Thierry Foltzenlogel. Their "Expression" comes from vines up to 35 years old, planted on a hillside with clay and limestone. The terroir is perfect for a youthful expression of Cabernet Franc that's immediately drinkable and fresh, with... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $12.99 Add To Cart

2014 Domaine du Vieil Orme Malbec-Cabernet Franc Touraine Rouge (Previously $12)

The family-owned domaine dates back to 1804, located in a tiny Loire village named St-Julien-de Chédon. Since 2009, Laurent Benoist has been at the helm, focusing his efforts on sustainable farming and pure, terroir-driven wines. As a region, Touraine has the flexibility to plant a wide range of varieties, so it’s different from the more formal areas such as Vouvray, which only allows Chenin Blanc, or Sancerre, which only allows Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. In Touraine, they can grow Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, ... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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2014 Charles Joguet "Les Varennes du Grand Clos" Chinon (Elsewhere $38)

94 points Wine & Spirits: "Charles Joguet was a sculptor and painter when he took over his family’s vineyards in 1957. He began to bottle his own wine and determined to keep the parcels separate, a practice that paid off, given the family’s prime holdings, like this 11.4-acre parcel at the base of a gravelly hillside. Today, the vines at this site date to 1962 and 1976 and are farmed with organic practices by Kevin Fontaine. They produce a sophisticated Chinon with red-currant briskness and a floral buzz. Luscious and giving, it feels electric, the kind of franc that’s hard to res ...Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $32.99 Add To Cart
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2016 Bernard Baudry "Les Grézeaux" Chinon

From one of the appellation's most outstanding producers, imported by the inimitable Kermit Lynch, who says: "Not only does he have the talent to make delicious and consistent wines, vintage to vintage, but he is also fortunate enough to have vineyard land that showcases many of the varied soil types of the appellation." The Grézeaux vineyard is rich in gravelly soils, with vines that average 65 years of age. The vineyard (like all of Baudry's sites) is farmed organically, harvested entirely by hand, de-stemmed and put into gravity-fed cuves where it is ... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse

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2016 Franck Millet Sancerre Rouge

90 points Wine Spectator: "Pure and very fresh, with a fine chalky spine that lets cherry, damson plum and violet notes stream through with abandon. Offers a long, unadorned finish. Drink now through 2020. 850 cases made. (JM) WEB 2018" K&L Notes: The low-alcohol Millet Sancerre Rouge is 100% Pinot Noir, partially barrel aged, and absolutely delicious. Aromas of cherries and purple flowers give way to a vibrant, crunchy red-fruited palate with just a enough tannins to balance out the juicy fruit. 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $17.99 Add To Cart
WS 90

2015 La Source du Ruault Saumur-Champigny Rouge Top Pick!
2015 La Source du Ruault Saumur-Champigny Rouge

I first met vigneron Jean-Noël Millon while attending an organic wine fair in the South of France. The wines were impressive, so we arranged to meet on my trip through the Loire a couple of months later. A visit to the winery led to a trip through the ancient cellar, which had been carved from the chalky stone below (known as tuffeau) two centuries before. As we progressed from chamber to chamber, it began to feel more like a spelunking expedition. Ancient coins were pressed into the walls by past workers, the old wine press was still intact, even the ol... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $16.99 Add To Cart

2014 La Source du Ruault "Sensei" Saumur-Champigny Rouge (Previously $25)

I first met vigneron Jean-Noël Millon while attending an organic wine fair in the South of France. The wines were impressive, so we arranged to meet on my trip through the Loire a couple of months later. A visit to the winery led to a trip through the ancient cellar, which had been carved from the chalky stone (known as tuffeau) below two centuries before. As we progressed from chamber to chamber, it began to feel more a like a spelunking expedition. Ancient coins were pressed into the walls by past workers, the old wine press was still intact, even the ... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: Hidden View Price

1995 Couly Dutheil "Baronnie Madeleine" Chinon

Maison Couly-Dutheil is undeniably one of the finest estates of Chinon with eighty acres of prime Chinon vineyards as well as seven hectares of Saumur and Saumur Champigny. The estate's Chinon holdings are impressive indeed as they spread over three distinct Chinon terroirs: Sand and gravel along the Vienne River which produce light and fruit driven wines, siliceous slopes and plateaus which impart a certain finesse and elegance to Chinon; and finally clay and limestone slopes which produce Chinon's most serious and profound wines. In the most successful... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $29.99 Add To Cart


2016 Catherine et Pierre Breton "Trinch!" Bourgueil

This is an everyday Cabernet Franc from organic and biodynamic growers Pierre and Catherine Breton. (Their name, coincidentally, is also the local word for Cabernet Franc.) Made from their younger vines grown on gravelly soils, this is the perfect introduction to this producer's range--youthful, with bright cherry fruit, spicy black pepper and savory herbs. Delicious! 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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2002 Couly Dutheil "Baronnie Madeleine" Chinon

Working in wine retail, we are often asked about what wines to age and how long one should age them. Truth be told, it depends. Chinon, for example, produces both wines that are intended to be drunk young and fresh and wines that are built to age for ten or more years. In step with the French notion of terroir, Cabernet Franc from Chinon heavily reflects the soil in which the vines are grown. The soil of Chinon can be divided into three main types: alluvial silt terraces composed of gravel and sand that sit along the banks of the Vienne River; Turonian ... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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2016 Domaine Noiré "Soif de Tendress" Chinon

Chinon tends to be an overlooked region but one that rewards those who venture into its territory with affordable, food-friendly and captivating, aromatic wines. Cabernet Franc is prized within France for its versatility. It’s thought of as a bistro wine, but don’t consider that a bad thing—it’s not a knock on Cabernet Franc or a dismissive descriptor insinuating the wine is basic. The grape’s ability to fit into any weeknight meal, from rich vegetable-based dishes to burgers to tomato or vinegar-based sauces (think barbecue or pasta), has earned it that... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

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1997 Couly Dutheil "Clos de l'Olive" Chinon

Working in wine retail, we are often asked about what wines to age and how long one should age them. Truth be told, it depends. Chinon, for example, produces both wines that are intended to be drunk young and fresh and wines that are built to age for ten or more years. In step with the French notion of terroir, Cabernet Franc from Chinon heavily reflects the soil in which the vines are grown. The soil of Chinon can be divided into three main types: alluvial silt terraces composed of gravel and sand that sit along the banks of the Vienne River; Turonian ... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $46.99 Add To Cart

2015 Domaine de l'Enchantoir "Le Pied à L'Étrier" Saumur Puy-Notre-Dame Rouge

90 points Wine Spectator: "Quite fresh, with bouncy acidity and a mouthwatering bay leaf and bramble frame around a core of black cherry and steeped plum fruit. Light anise, alder and tobacco hints line the finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,200 cases made. (JM)" (5/2018)  


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $16.99 Add To Cart
WS 90


2016 J. Mourat "Collection" Val de Loire Rouge

A gorgeous blend of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Negrette from the area known as Fiefs Vendeens. 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

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2004 Domaine Les Pins "Le Clos les Pins" Bourgueil

We’ve been working with Domaine les Pins in Bourgueil for several years now, and the wines continually over-deliver for the money. Domaine les Pins is a family estate and independent vigneron for five generations. Unlike most growers in the region, their family has been producing and bottling their own wines instead of selling to the local cooperative. On our recent visit, vignerons Philippe and Christophe Pitault-Landry were kind enough to dig some older bottles out of the cellar to show us how the wines evolve. I immediately homed in on their two 200... Read More » 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $21.99 Add To Cart

1989 Couly Dutheil "Clos de l'Olive" Chinon

Direct from the Estate!!! Made from 100-year-old cabernet franc vines, growing on unique limestone and clay soil, this wine is dense and extremely complex. A magnificent example of a fine Loire red from what is arguably Chinon's greatest producer. Great aging potential, too. Full bodied and concentrated, a great vintage for Clos de L'Olive with abundant fruit, sweet rich mouthfeel and ripe juicy tannins. Very impressive wine for drinking now till 2010+ These wines evolve into the pinnacle of elegance, with haunting aromas of rich plummy fruit, sweet her... Read More » 


Inventory: Hollywood Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $79.99 Add To Cart



2014 Charles Joguet "Clos de la Dioterie" Chinon

92 points Wine Spectator: "Solid, with a broad, fleshy feel to the mix of smoldering bay leaf, tobacco and warm dark olive notes that meld steadily with a core of gently steeped red currant and damson plum fruit. Approachable now. (JM)" (2/2018) K&L Notes: Home to the oldest vines of Charles Jouguet, the Clos de la Dioterie is a single vineyard that faces northeast. Naturally limited to an average yield of 30hl/ha, this is the last parcel harvested each vintage. Aged in 1-3 year old barrels for 12-15 months. 


Inventory: Hollywood San Francisco

Price: $49.99 Add To Cart
WS 92





1987 Joël Taluau "Cuvée au Domaine" Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil (1.5L)

Joël Taluau is a fabulous grower in St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil known for making some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire. All his hand harvested cuvees are based on vine age and soil composition, and the wines are fermented and aged in stainless steel with a light fining and no filtration before bottling. 


Inventory: San Francisco

Price: $59.99 Add To Cart




2015 Jacky Blot Domaine de la Butte "Mi-Pente" Bourgueil

This is Jacky's "Grand Cru," if you will. This is picked from vines which are planted mid slope where the top soil is thin and the vine's roots hit the limestone almost immediately. In a really good year he might harvest 20 hectoliters per hectare - that is not a lot! The wine spends roughly 18 months in barrique (50% used/50% used) and is typically the last wine of the vintage to be bottled. 


Inventory: Hollywood Main Warehouse Redwood City San Francisco

Price: $34.99 Add To Cart

1997 Couly Dutheil "Clos de l'Echo Crescendo" Chinon (1.5L)

Maison Couly-Dutheil is undeniably one of the finest estates of Chinon, with eighty acres of prime Chinon vineyards as well as seven hectacres of Saumur and Saumur Champigny. The estate's Chinon holdings are impressive indeed as they spread over three distinct Chinon terroirs: Sand and gravel along the Vienne River which produce light and fruit driven wines, siliceous slopes and plateaus which impart a certain finesse and elegance to Chinon; and finally clay and limestone slopes which produce Chinon's most serious and profound wines. The Domaine's maste... Read More » 


Inventory: Main Warehouse San Francisco

Price: $129.99 Add To Cart