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Tessellae Carignan | Vieilles Vignes | Côtes Catalanes – Back In Stock!

A $16.99 stunner!

We are delighted to announce the return of Tessellae Carignan Vieilles Vignes (Old Vines) to our wonderful French red wine section.

This gorgeous French red wine has a solid following at our store, so much that we have to pre-order it multiple times a year.

Next time you need a great, versatile bottle of red wine for under $20, snag a bottle of Tessellae.

Tessellae Carignan | Vieilles Vignes | Côtes Catalanes | 14.5% ABV | $16.99

Tessallae Carignan Vieilles Vignes –

  • Varital | 100% Carignan
  • Age of Vines | 70  Vieilles Vignes (Old Vines)
  • Location | Roussillon, France
  • Appellation | Côtes Catalanes IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée)
  • Size | 160 hectares
  • Farming | Practicing organic
  • Soil | Schist
  • Altitude | 275 meters
  • Fermentation | Hand harvested, destemmed, cold pre-fermentation maceration, fermented in concrete
  • Aging | 12 months in concrete tanks (80%) and demi-muid (20%)
  • Flavor | Black raspberry and black cherry fruit, licorice and dried spices to go with a super sexy, heady, seamless style on the palate that keeps you coming back to the glass.
  • Food Parings | Vermont Creamery Cremont, Fresh Chevre, Cranberry Vinaigrette Salad, Tumeric/Curry Pilaf, Moroccan Couscous, Coconut Pepper Chili Soup, Spicy Shrimp Thai, Balsamic Glazed Chicken.

From europeancellars.com

Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage farm 160 hectares of vines located just south of the capital of French Catalonia, Perpignan. Some of their vineyards are situated a few kilometers from the Mediterranean while others can be found in the foothills of the Pyrenees. This range of sites allow them to make both refreshing whites as well as concentrated reds and, this being the Roussillon, some fortified wines as well. Benefiting from a warm, dry climate, the estate is farmed organically.

They grow primarily Grenache (Blanc, Gris & Noir), Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Marsanne, Roussanne and Chardonnay with a significant proportion of the vines well over 50 years old. The soil, as you near the coast is weathered, alluvial gravel while in the higher elevation sites it is predominantly schist. They harvest by hand and the winemaking is surprisingly uncomplicated with stainlesss steel for the fresher whites but mostly concrete tanks for the rest with a
small amount of French oak demi-muids.

Carignan has had a rather tumultuous history in the south of France. Once seen as a necessary grape to spur the recovery of the region after the plague of phylloxera in the late 19th century, primarily for its ability to produce high yields, it has been largely replaced with “nobler” varieties such as Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. This is unfortunate, for as challenging as the variety is to love when the vines are young, they are superb with half a century under their belt. Jean-Marc Lafage luckily resisted the call to uproot and replace this variety, and he possesses Carignan vines well over 70 years old on schist with which he makes the Tessellae Carignan.


Forty Ounce Muscadet | Easy & Friendly French White Wine

Fun and friendly, the newly arrived Forty Ounce Muscadet is an easy drinking, comfortable, French white wine.  Grab a bottle, a paper bag, a bucket of oysters, and enjoy!

From fortyouncewines.com


APPELLATION: Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie

GRAPE VARIETAL: 100% Melon de Bourgogne


This cuvée comes primarily from terroirs seated on gneiss rock, which gives wines its fruitiness early on. A small part also comes from Amphibolite (type of rocks),which contributes a citrus and fresh mouthfeel. The vines are 30 years old on average.

Mas Carlot | Les Enfants Terribles | 2012 | Nimes


Mas Carlot | Les Enfants Terribles | 2012 | $16.99

I don’t shy away from big, luscious wines during the summer, I enjoy full bodied wines all year.  The Mas Carlot 2012 is becoming one of my ‘go-to’ wines because of it’s superb lushness for under $20.


I usually drink this satisfying wine from Nîmes (southern France) after a long day at work when I’m craving an affordable luxury.  A wine that can span a meal from a main dish such as slow roasted lamb or duck with raspberry sauce, to desserts like chocolate cake.

Mas Carlot is on the heavier side of a medium to medium heavy bodied wine but not flabby or overly sweet at the end which makes it great by itself or with a dessert.  It has structure and softness at the same time so It doesn’t ‘need’ anything but plays well with food.

– Jason

From domaineselect.com:


Under the Provençal sun, Mas Carlot is a beautiful oasis of rustic charm. Its foundations date back to the 17th century, with extensive renovations made in the 19th century, yet the presence of ancient Roman ruins suggests that this land was also being farmed at least 2000 years ago. Paul-Antoine Blanc, owner of Paris’ famous Le Pied de Cochon restaurant in Les Halles, first fell in love with the property in 1986. Paul sold the restaurant and moved here to Bellegarde, tending to the renovations of the winery and cellars. His daughter, Nathalie, followed him two years later after finishing her studies in enology and was transfixed by her new surroundings. She eventually fell in love with Cyril Marès of Mas de Bressades, literally the boy next door, and today, she runs the 75-hectare domaine. Energetic and passionate, Nathalie is regarded as one of the most talented winemakers of the Costières de Nîmes.


  • Product: Mas Carlot Les Enfants Terribles
  • Formats available: 750 ml
  • Appellation: AOC Costières de Nîmes
  • Country: France
  • Raw materials: 60% Mourvèdre, 40% Syrah
  • SoilType: Rolled pebbles colored by the red clay of Costières
  • Exposition: South-east facing slopes
  • Average Yield: Mas Carlot limits yields to around 45hl/ha, which is one-third below what the appellation allows
  • Vinification: The Mourvèdre and Syrah are fermented separately.
  • Region: Costières de Nîmes
  • Average Of Vineyards: Vines are up to 60 years old
  • Elevation: Vines are planted to 70 meters above sea level.
  • Duration And Aging Method: The Mourvèdre and Syrah are aged for nine months, half in tank and half in barrel.
  • Alcohol Content: 14%
  • Production: 3,000 cases


Whispering Angel Rosé – Back in stock!


We are delighted to announce the re-supply of Whispering Angel Rosé – one of the most requested Rosé wines of 2016!


Whispering Angel Rosé is only available to us on a pre-order basis meaning it is not a regular stock item from our distributor so we can’t get it all the time.

If you need a delightful, easy drinking, celebratory Rosé, snag capture this French Angel in a bottle while miraculously in our store.

$20.99 / 750ml while supply lasts


From esclans.com:

The Whispering Angel chapel from early 19th century, with its two cherubs who have inspired the creation of Whispering Angel.


Whispering Angel is a blend of Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvedre grapes. Strikingly pale pink in color, the aromas are fresh and fruity. On the palate, it is bone dry through the finish. The name really suits the delicate nature of this wine.

Chateau Maris – An Organic, Delicious, Negative Carbon Wine for Earth Day (and everyday)

chateau-maris-french-winesimage015Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd, do something good for the environment and drink wine!

 Chateau Maris Winery Features:

  • Certified Organic by Ecocert AB and NOP
  • Certified Biodynamic Demeter and Biodyvin
  • Hemp Winery has a Negative Carbon Footprint
  • Winery is biodegradable and energy self sufficient
  • Bottles are ultra-light recycled glass
  • Labels are printed on recycled paper

chateau-maris-la-tougeMaris “La Touge” Syrah
Liviniere, France

La Touge is a blend of certified organic Syrah (70%) and Grenache (30%) grown on hard and soft limestone and alluvial soils. The juice form 15-20 year old vines is fermented in concrete and aged 16 months in concrete eggs. Like all Chateau Maris wines, it is bottled unfined and unfiltered and is thus suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The nose is ripe black fruits (blackcurrants, elderberries) notes alongside more spicy characteristics (pepper, herbs). The palate is very attractive with firm yet silky tannins. Aromatic, spicy with a fabulously generous weight.

Wine Advocate – 91pts “I found the Minervois la Liviniere La Touge very Rhone-like, with subtle leather, spice and garrigue mixed with plenty or raspberry and blackberry fruit. Forward, supple and fruit loaded, with medium-bodied richness, it will drink nicely on release and evolve through 2021. The blend here is Syrah and Grenache that’s aged in concrete.


le-carignan-de-marisLe Carignan de Maris
IGP Coteaux de Peyriac, France

As fresh and juicy as they could possibly make it, Le Carignan de Maris is made in an environment  that encourages bio-diversity and sustainability. It’s handpicked, fermented with natural yeasts in large concrete tanks in our Hemp winery. Our Carignan is a lighter style red wine (bordering on chillable), packed with fresh cherry flavors. It is old vine Carignan, certified Organic by Ecocert AB, blended with 20% Certified Demeter Biodynamic Grenache. It is bottled in super light (395 g.), recycled glass bottle and labeled using only recycled paper. Please open before drinking.

Wine Advocate – 91pts “A great example of the variety, Minervois Carignan de Maris offers classic plum and purple-like fruit, spring flowers, crushed rock and hints of charcoal to go with medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful purity and surprisingly polished tannin, which isn’t easy to do with 100% Carignan. Aged 10-12 months in concrete tank, drink this beauty over the coming 4-5 years”


chateau-maris-old-schoolMaris “Old School” Rouge
Minervois, France

Karabi is a mighty horse, a Percheron from the north of France, and he helped make this wine. Old School Rouge is a blend of 85% certified organic Syrah and 15% certified biodynamic Grenache wine made in an environment that encourages bio-diversity and sus-
tainability. The wine is made using only natural yeasts from our vineyard, bottled in light recycled glass and labeled using recycled paper. Certified organic by ECOCERT France. This is all sun, earth and the toils of man and Karabi. Just old school. It’s very dark in col-
or with notes of blackberry, white pepper and Herbes de Provence.”


Chateau Maris wines are distributed by our friends at:





From chateaumaris.com/sustainability/:

“Maris is the driving force behind the push toward biodynamic and sustainable farming in the Languedoc region. It has gone as far as building his new winery out of massive hemp “bricks. The estate produces a bevy of wines, all of which are reasonably priced, and in most cases, represent incredible values. Readers could do much worse than buying a mixed case of these wines, and they’re a great example of high quality wines from this special terroir.” Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

The Biodynamic apostles of the Languedoc” “One of the top Producers confronting climate change head-on, Château Maris has taken green winery construction to a new level, building an entire facility out of lightweight, organic hemp-straw bricks that continue to capture and sequester carbon dioxide.” Dana Nigro, Wine Spectator

Perhaps THE most dedicated organic/biodynamic winery. Chateau Maris takes every possible step to work as naturally as possible. Winery building built of sustainable hemp, vineyards worked by horse and plow, biodynamic practices in the cellar and vineyard all are geared towards growing the healthiest fruit possible with the best expression of their local terroir in the sunny south of France. In addition, or perhaps as a result, their wines are exceptional values!” Chris Cree M.W.

“Chateau Maris’ 9,000 square foot wine cellar in southern France maintains a stable temperature year-round without the use of air conditioning or heating; it’s sustainable, organic, all-natural, odorless, and acts as a carbon sink–able to absorb carbon dioxide. The cellar isn’t made of brick, or stone, or some magical new ingredient, but rather it’s a simple combination of hemp, lime and wood.” Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes

Armand de Brignac Rosé Champagne

armand-de-brignac-champagne2We’ve had many requests to make Armand de Brignac Rosé Champagne available… we worked with our industry partners and it has arrived!









Current Beverage Warehouse Price:

  • $449.99 (list price $479-$529)

From armanddebrignac.com:

Armand de Brignac Rosé
Armand de Brignac Rosé is among the finest examples of the famous pink Champagne blend ever conceived, and is packaged in a brilliant pink-gold bottle with matching adornments.
Its beautiful color is achieved through assemblage, the process by which sparkling white wine is blended with a proportion of still Pinot Noir wine. Our Pinot Noir is picked from old -growth vines grown specifically for use in Rosé Champagne.

Our Rosé is announced with a rich bouquet of red fruits with delicate, smoky grilled notes behind. It is fresh and full-bodied on the palate with aromas of strawberries and blackcurrant, and is lingering and complex in its finish. Armand de Brignac Rosé is produced in extremely limited quantities – even by comparison to our boutique Brut Gold.

Click here to continue reading about the grapes, harvest, pressing, bottling, and other information about Armand de Brignac Champagne.

Armand de Brignac Champagne