Selection Massale Wines | Los Angeles, CA

Selection Massale wines hit L.A.

We're often tempted to buy wines from the email offerings sent by Selection Massale, a year-old Bay Area natural wine importer.

Now we don't have to worry about shipping fees anymore: Owners Cory Cartwright and Guilhaume Gerard have finally brought their wines to L.A.

Minérale+: Apple-perfumed minerality dominates Frantz Saumon's Chenin Blanc from Montoulis in France's Loire Valley. The tart finish nearly obscures the wine's touch of residual sugar, making it cozy up well to an array of cuisines, including the incendiary Thai flavors of Night + Market and the bistro-ish cooking of Lou. Minérale+ is poured by the glass at both restaurants, and Domaine LA sells it too ($26 for 750ml).

Tripoz 2007 Les Chênes: This wine comes from Mâcon-Loché, an obscure pocket of Mâcon that's just the kind of winemaking backwater Selection Massale looks to for old-school producers making fantastic, affordable wines. Fundamental LA is pouring Les Chênes ($13 a glass) alongside its menu of inventive sandwiches in Westwood.

Maison PUR 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau: We've yet to try this bottle, but we'll be lining up for a taste at Fundamental LA ($10 a glass) or Domaine LA ($19 for 750ml) when it's released tomorrow, Beaujolais Nouveau Day. The Gamay was harvested from 107-year-old vines, making this a unique "new" wine.