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They grilled Saint Thibault. Why not roast in his honor?


(posted 7/5/2012)

For those out there in the world who've yet to learn of Saint Thibault here is his illuminating story and how Larry Colbeck became the keeper of the formula which determines Thibault's feast day every year. Join us in celebrating the Patron Saint of Charcoal as we grill and roast meat and drink French wine every July. We hope in all solemn and serious solemnity that this video will help you better understand the holiday.

Browse and buy from our astounding French selections so you may stock up and grill up something extraordinaire pour St. Thibault this year! Santé!

Featured Wines


Baumard Savennieres 2008 
Characteristics: As a lover of the world's honeys and one whose honey is a fiber artist, it is no wonder I absolutely adore this wine. Chenin Blacn is at its best grown in the French village of Savennieres and to my mind makes up the jewel of the Loire's crown. Here Chenin speaks of its true character and beaqrs its soul: one of dry honeycomb and scents of wooly lanolin, of lime leaves and a polished texture braced by the scaffold of citrus-y acidity and haunting for its lingering finish. 13% alc by vol.
- wine tasting note by NDL, June 2012

100% Chenin Blanc. Slight aromas of green olives and apple. Great concentration and minerality in the mouth, green apple flavors with crisp acidity. The finish is long and lingering. This wine should last at least 10 years.
- wine tasting note by MN, 9/9/11
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $224.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Blanchet Pouilly-Fume Vieille Vignes 2009 
Characteristics: Here's Sauvignon Blanc a la Pouilly Fumé vines that are at last of an age to be admired by adults, but don't fool yourself; "vielle vignes" may refer to its mature vines but this is no spinister! No this is more of a young beauty whose golden sun kissed nonchalance and freckled cheek bones only fool one into feeling the same age at the same shining position in life. This Pouilly Fumé makes you feel young and reminds you why you fell in love with wine in the first place -for that siezing discovery of fresh joys, for great foods, and bright mineral Sauvignon Blanc rounded out with a touch of baby fat, lime leaves, and limestone, gunflint, lemon rinds and a haunting memory like that in Eric Rohmer's "Claire's Knee" -that French film "Le Genou de Claire". Buy a bottle and drink it while watching this highly acclaimed film.
13% alc by vol
-wine tasting note by NDL, June 2012
Origin: France - Loire
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $192.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Cauhape Jurancon Sec Chants des Vignes 2010 
Characteristics: This aromatic, dry white has persistent perfumes and is quite beguiling on the palate. Oddly enough, the aromas remind me of white Burgundy. The texture of the wine on the tongue is both creamy and very mineral. It's all a rather unique sensory experience. This is a great foil for almost any dish—sushi or any rich fish, a creamy pasta dish or roast chicken. 60% Gros Manseng and 40% Camaralet.
- wine tasting note by JN, 9/9/11

Domaine Cauhape Jurancon Sec Chant des Vignes
60% Gros Manseng, 40% Camaralet harvested at the end of September. Situated in the southwest corner of France, the Jurancon region produces exceptional dry and sweet white wines. The introduction of Camaralet in the 2010 Chant des Vignes defines a new wine style. Combined with Gros Manseng it creates a vibrant, refined wine that is pure pleasure for the senses. Distinguished as an aperitif and a remarkable companion to shell fish, seafood and grilled fish.
Tasting notes from the winery
Origin: France - France Southwest
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $144.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Chateau de Pinet Picpoul de Pinet 2010 
Characteristics: Sipping a Picpoul de Pinet is to peek into the Languedoc region of southeastern France and what it is they need in a white wine. Isn't it what we all need? Pinet is a designated commune in southern France that possesses many compliments to summer fare and bears many antidotes to summer hear. On a balmy day who doesn't enjoy fresh apples? Check. A sqeeze of lemon? Check. A light to medium bodied white wine? Yep. One to accompany a salad Nicoise? Absolutely. It's a thirst slaking white you could drink all damn day...and some days we do!
13.5% alc by volume
- wine tasting note by NDL, June 2012
Origin: France
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $120.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Darnaud Crozes Hermitage Les Trois Chenes 2009 
Characteristics: Big, broad nose; masculine with huge meat aromas, meat with pan juices and porcini. Later there comes a home-made beef jerky aroma. Marvelous flavours, savoury and rich; lots of Syrah fruit but not so much black pepper as one might expect. In spite of the wine’s dimension there is fine balance and an uplifting finish. Really a wonderful wine. 13.5% alcohol. Note by LAC. January 3, 2012.
Origin: France - Rhone
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $280.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Figueirasse Gris de Gris Rose 2011 
Characteristics: Bright, fresh, and clean with a top note of watermelon near but not quite to the rind and replete with bright alpen strawberries –juicy fresh in the mouth, alive on the lifted and minty palate. As one with an appetite for food friendly wine and not looking for a stiff cocktail 12.5% is welcomed. In a world where few rosés are more than merely quaffable, this wine has presence, spice, texture and confidence –a delight! Welcome to Grenache Gris from the Languedoc Coast of Golfe de Lion.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, May 2012
Origin: France - Southwest France
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: B
Price: $104.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Foreau Brut Vouvray - RD  
Characteristics: Outstanding proof Chenin Blanc wields an exhilarating contribution to the scintillating world of sparkling wine! If mineral tension, fine bubbles, creamy texture, and layered length set Champagne apart from most other bubblies, then the time has come for such great dry sparkling Vouvray as this from Foreau to wile its way into you’re highest esteem. Orchard fruit of apple, quince, and pear balance a chalky mineral core and a nuanced depth of scents ranging from cider to lanolin -ah, as only Vouvray can! Foreau marries its inimitable tuffeau soils with the region’s signature grape in a holy matrimony unique to Foreau; this is absolute bliss.
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, January 2012

Two Foreau Brut non-vintage? Yup, we love this wine. As it ages in our warehouse, temp-controlled as you probably know, it evolves a flattering, highly desirable richness. We want to drink this wine and for you to have access to it as well but wait. When it is just released its as crisp and lively as a champagne blanc de blancs; totally enervating. That is why we age some cases and buy Recently Disgourged “RD” just released wine to sell and drink as well. Who loves you, Baby?
- wine note by LAC, July 2010
Origin: France
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Sparkling
Price: $30.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Francois Carillon Puligny Montrachet 2009 
Characteristics: Both fruit and perfume at first strike the nose with the gravitas that goes with the vintage and Puligny terroir but then… it exhales and smiles with the familiarity of a nobleman returning home to at last drop his shoulders and be himself among his family. Grilled papaya and confectioner’s sugar keep the nose from any robust mineral that might otherwise dominate and the palate is a mélange of textural fruit and fragrance. Perhaps this is Chardonnay’s darling side that packs fried chicken picnics for drives up the hills above Monte Carlo like Grace Kelly at her best in Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief. Do you remember when she playfully asks Cary Grant what sort of piece he’d like “a leg or a breast?” Carillon’s 2009 is the cheery sort of Puligny that engages more than intimidates and wraps its arms about your neck making you feel like the only one in the world. “That’s warm, friendly France for you!”
Wine review by Nicholas D. Livingston, September 2011
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: White
Price: $512.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Gaillard Saint-Joseph Rouge 2009 
Characteristics: Floral top notes twist into wafts of pepper and freshly sliced plums both red and black –and that’s just the beginning for this miraculous Saint Joseph… which is a sound reason to take pause in order to emphasize an extremely important point: though Saint Joseph (san zhoh-ZEHF) so often lives in the shadow of its solid and much more famous neighbors of Hermitage across the Rhone River to the East and the even more opaque Cornas to the South, it can be extraordinary and Gaillard’s wines arguably bear the mantle best. Through savory sweet scents with an energetic core of fruit, Gaillard’s Saint Joseph can be picked out of a blind lineup by its floral charms which hint at the garrigue of herbal aromas that combine to great effect with violets and rose petals high above the ripe, full bodied center and long into the finish. Syrah at this price point has no equal.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, March 2012
Origin: France - Rhone
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $256.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Guigal Crozes Hermitage Rouge 2007 
Characteristics: Deep and dark color heralds in an elegant and fragrant powerhouse of a sensory experience unique to this pocket of France's northern Rhone. And yet more robust and more expressive than many neighboring Crozes-Hermitage. This is a Syrah unique to France, limestone soils, 85 year old vines, steep exposure, 18 months in oak casks and unique to Guigal. Rich fruit, white smoke, a veritable hot house of blooming roses greet the nose. Garrigue fragrant hardwood, Japanese temple incense, nervy plum fruit and a well burnished texture embody rustic elegance that has not drunk the new world kool-aid of simply fruit and oak driven syrah. No, this is edging on the sublime and ripe for the table. 13% alc by vol.
- wine tasting note by NDL, June 2012
Origin: France - Rhone
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $224.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Guigal Gigondas 2007 
Characteristics: Deep red color, the nose is big spice and black pepper, very robust and full flavored, shows some berry and plum flavors, could cellar for 10 or more years, a classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre.
- wine tasting note by MN, February 2011
Origin: France - Rhone
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $296.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Javillier Aloxe Corton 2009 
Characteristics: I have been drinking Patrick Javillier's reds for five or six years and his whites for twice that long. This wine marks a departure; it is made by his daughter who has taken on the winemaking with the reds. Her wines are nowhere close to masculine yet far less feminine than her fathers. There is appreciatively deeper colour with a smoky, spicy nose. The mouth is fleshy; red fruit, gooseberry, cranberry sauced but also marvelously balanced. A remarkable if slightly less familiar wine from this fine estate. Note by LAC. 11/07/2011.
Origin: France - Burgundy
Average Rating: 4 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $584.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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Mont Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape Petit Mont 2009 
Characteristics: Clos du Mont-Olivet Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009 "Le Petit Mont" - Great Grenache based wines have a profusion of raspberry and rosemary. Add a top quality vintage and it just explodes with everything there is to love about these wines. Aromas of mushroom dust, au jus, raw rib eye steak, and wild raspberry. Absolutely seamless and incredibly sexy. Balanced and harmonious, and not showing any of the overblown aspects of many current CDP releases. Man oh man this is good. Second taste (five minutes later): this is opening up beautifully so. The complexity of the wine is showing in profound ways, with incredible detail and panache. Quite the wine.
Wine review by Jason Kallsen, January 2012
Origin: France - Rhone
Average Rating: 5 out of 5
Type: Red
Price: $296.00/bottle
Bottle size: 750ML
Bottles Per Case: 12
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