When other vignerons tore out native vines in favor of Syrah and Grenache, Jean-Charles Abbatucci believed in his native grapes. Thankfully, we can still enjoy these native beauties in all their glory in this stunning cuvée from this master of biodynamics. Bright and fresh yet ripe, it is a true crowd pleaser.
Anthony, son of famous Beaujolais legend, Jean-Paul Thevenet, tries his own hand at making wine in this famed Cru of the region. Morgon is known for structure, longevity, and quality, and this wine fits the bill. Drink with a slight chill and enjoy!
Athletes du Vin is a collective of Loire Valley producers that set out on a mission to bring the winemaker's table to you. These are the everyday wines you will find on winemakers tables littered among goat cheese crottin and heaping jars of rillettes. The wines of Athletes du Vin are meant to be opened often and consumed without pretension. Poured out liberally with cherished friends and good food.
Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc spring to mind when discussing Loire Valley wine but have you ever heard of Pineau d’Aunis? This little-known grape is a hidden gem in the Loire valley. A native grape to the region and a true sponge of terroir. It has a reputation for being extremely finicky to grow and by the 1970s there were only 17 hectares of Pineau d'Aunis remaining in the Loire Valley! Recognizing the importance of preserving native varietals from extinction a few winemakers decided Pineau d'Aunis was worth the additional attention to grow and we are glad they did! At Dedalus, we are on a constant hunt for value-driven chillable reds. A staff favorite and a style of wine that pairs with almost anything or nothing at all. Athletes Pineau d'Aunis is packed with crunchy cherry fruit but showcases its savory side delivering waves of sage and black pepper. If you find yourself gravitating towards more youthful expressions of Beaujolais this will be right up your alley!
Craving a truly transportive experience? Throw a slight chill on this bottle, and enjoy at lunchtime with a slice of roasted pheasant terrine, grilled sausages, and cornichons. You won’t be disappointed!
This nod to Cote Rotie is mostly Syrah with a hint of Viognier, lending some elegance and lighthearted floral aromatics. This wine is five years old, and only starting to develop subtle hints of maturity, with vibrant notes of blueberry, roasted herbs, and earth. The tannins are silky and well-integrated, with ample acidity and freshness.
Franck Balthazar is a flawless winemaker producing some of the most spectacular Syrah in his appellation. The ‘Chaillot’ is inky purple in color, with notes of tobacco, olive & incense aromas intertwined with bitter cherry flavor & a persistent finish. Pair with herb roasted lamb.
The family domaine of Franck Balthazar dates back to the 1930’s & since he took over in 2002, he’s doubled the size of their vineyard sites while maintaining traditions of excellence using natural winemaking practices. The Cornas sings violet aroma, notes of cherry cola & fresh raspberries.
Yann Bertrand trained under the most iconic Beaujolais producers including Jean Foillard and Yvon Métras. Farming organically and harvesting by hand, his practices are an homage to his family and the producers who’ve preceded him. Yann says “ I like this wine for its structure, for the restaurant.”
Please note: Limit 12 bottles per customer. Orders above this will not be filled.
Coming from a family of vignerons, Yann Bertrand is bringing a fresh take on the great wines of cru Beaujolais. He may be young, but with the guidance of the masters, he’s rising to the top of the new generation of Beaujolais producers at lightning speed.
Please note: Limit 12 bottles per customer. Orders above this will not be filled.
Patrick Bouju does it all. He runs every aspect of the winery, from working in the vineyards by horse, to bottling, labeling, and bookkeeping, ensuring quality at every stop of the process. This hand-harvested Gamay is bright, juicy, and versatile.
One of the things that makes this wine special is that the vineyards are of premier cru quality, yet maintain great value. Aged for a year plus in barrel, Bouvier’s wine develops complex layers of flavor. Elegant and balanced, this is a wine to enjoy with your friends over cheese and charcuterie.
Truly great Burgundian Pinot Noir must never be too full-bodied, but rather, its perfume must leap out of the glass and reel you in. Colin’s gorgeous bottling showcases enchanting wild berry fruit, spice, and earth all wrapped together in suede. Drink this cool, preferably with duck confit.
Chandon de Briailles Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses 2017
This historic estate was founded in 1834, and transitioned fully to organics in 1998, then biodynamics in 2005. The bouquet is fresh and detailed, featuring mineral-rich dark berry fruit laced with bay leaf and black tea. This wine is the essence of “terroir-expressive”.
For this cuvee, David uses fruit grown in the high-elevation hills of Lantignié-just a stone’s throw away from the cru of Régnié. While this is classified as ‘Beaujolais-Villages’ there is also a movement to promote the region to ‘cru’ status. Light, juicy, and imbued with an unmistakable sense of terroir.
Of all producers solidly footed in the 'new school' Beaujolais movement, none is more pedigreed than Domaine Chapel. Son of the famed Alain Chapel of gastronomic and Michelin-starred fame, David spent time with Mathieu Lapierre learning to make Beaujolais the old-school (read: natural) way. 2018 brings us two brand new wines from this burgeoning estate, all sourced from organically-farmed parcels of old vines situated on impossibly steep hillsides. This is hand-produced, painfully pure Gamay at its best. It's every bit as lovely as Lapierre's Morgon and every other top-tier Beaujolais we proudly stock. It's also extremely limited, so get it while you can!
Growing up as one of the sons of famous “Gang of Four” producer Jean-Paul Thévenet, Charly Thévenet grew up right in the epicenter of traditional, natural viticulture. His Regnié ‘Grain & Granit’ reflects his father's savoir faire as a wild, unconventional cuvée. It’s exotic, funky & vibrant.
Chemins de Bassac VdP Cabernet Sauvignon Le Champs des Maures 2019
Bruno and Thama moved to France to escape the fast paced lifestyle they were living in Brazil. They took over Les Chemins de Bassac in 2019. This wine is from 15 years old vines on limestone and clay originating from ancient Quaternary alluvial terraces at around 100 m altitude. It has soft spices, dry tannins, and dark fruit: an easy-going Southern-style red for all occasions.
Robert Chevillon’s wines have been described as “perplexing beauty”. He uses traditional practices in his winemaking, yet makes anything but cookie-cutter Burgundy. His old vine Nuits Saint Georges has elevated structure, pronounced acidity & pairs perfectly with braised lamb.
Many would argue that the best earthy, mineral-laden Syrahs sourced from the Rhône’s Côte Rôtie (or “roasted slope”) are among the finest expressions of Syrah on the planet. Clusel Roch’s is magnificent, with notes of kalamata olive, blueberry compôte, and fresh earth. Enjoy with roasted lamb.
Coming from a wide range of vineyards with an array of soil types, this Beaujolais is a beautifully balanced expression of the region. It undergoes a semi-carbonic maceration in large concrete tanks for classic Beaujolais character. Drink with a slight chill on it.
65-year-old vines on pink granite produce the fruit for this remarkable cuvee from Pierre Cotton. Inspired by the legends of the region, Cotton makes wine exclusively with indigenous yeast, uses semi-carbonic maceration in large tanks, and produces delicious, crushable, crowd pleasing juice.
Yves Cuilleron is the kind of person you’d swear has more hours in his day than the rest of us, he’s that productive. His wine is a pure reflection of hard work, with it’s refinement & structure. This cuvée is blackberries wrapped up in earth, with leather & tobacco coming into the fold with each sip.
From one of the finest appellations for Cabernet Franc, this Saumur boasts notes of red currants, earth, and pepper. Fresh on the palate yet amply structured, this is a fine Cabernet Franc indeed, pairing beautifully with roast turkey or chicken.
One of the region's most charming yet least understood villages, Chénas in the hands of Dutraive comes off as a Morgon-Fleurie hybrid, with ample structure and gravitas supporting its inherently elegant fruit and tannin profile. In the glass, it offers up notes of ripe red cranberry, fresh mint, and anise. The most utterly drinkable of the bunch, 'Papolet' is a pure delight to drink alongside just about anything, preferably with a light chill.
Sourced from one of Fleurie's highest-altitude vineyard sites with granitic soil, 'La Tonne' a high-toned, seriously elegant expression of this village's noble terroir. Think notes of tart raspberries highlighted by herbal notes of rose petal and black pepper. Best served cool–and alongside a roast bird.
Jean-Louis has been making wines that represent the cream of the crop in top-tier Cru Beaujolais for decades. They are inexplicably delicious, classic expressions of natural Beaujolais that offer a novel perspective on the high highs this region can achieve in capable hands. This bottle is a one time production.
Jean Foillard is best known for popularizing and expanding the idea of ‘natural’ wine to the greater wine community. In his vision, wine should come from undisturbed, unmanipulated vines, and nothing should be added nor taken away from the final product. His Beaujolais-Villages is driven by a purity and energy that is unmistakably Foillard.
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.