Downtown Durham's neighborhood bottle shop and wine bar offering curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping to 43 states.
Call 919-973-2001 or email email@example.com for shipping rates, special orders, or further inquiries.
Free Delivery throughout the Triangle* with an $89.99 Minimum Order
* Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Hillsborough, and Cary
We cannot ship to ND, NH, UT, MS, AL, VT, or KY.
Frantz Saumon has been making wine in Montlouis since 2002 when he graduated from oenology school. Instead of taking the traditional route and working for an established producer to learn the ropes, Frantz jumped in feet first and purchased a small plot of land of his own. A slightly obsessive, serious-minded vigneron, Frantz set out to make "true Montlouis"; to this end, he has converted the vineyards to organic viticulture, only relies on indigenous yeast, and uses sulfur minimally. Most of his 5.5ha are comprised of 30-60 years old Chenin Blanc (he likes to do everything in the vineyards by hand himself, one reason why he has so little land). Minéral+ is (usually) a 'sec tendre' cuvée, coming from a blend of fruit from all Frantz's plots around Montlouis. As can be expected from the name, the wine is meant to show off the very distinctive, mineral characteristic of Chenin Blanc grown in Montlouis. The vines are mostly planted on limestone and clay, along with a portion coming from a vineyard Frantz owns that is grown on silex. There is acidity, a mild sweetness, and loads of rocks.
The vineyards average between 20 and 50 years old, with Clos du Chene being the exception, consisting of vines that are between 70 to 100 years old.
LouElla is Downtown Durham's neighborhood bottle shop, bar, and event space offering curated wine, craft beer, and fortified selections from family operated producers. The business takes its name and mission from owner and proprietor Campbell Davis's Great Aunt LouElla who was much beloved for her warmth, hospitality, and generous spirit. Whether we are serving you at the bar or helping you pick that perfect bottle to host your celebration, our mission is to share LouElla's hospitality with the community.
Owner & Manager
For Cam Davis, LouElla is the culmination of more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality and beverage industry. Cam has successfully managed some of Durham’s finest locally and nationally recognized establishments, including Hutchin's Garage, Guglhupf, Rue Cler, and Durham Catering Company. He brings a wealth of wine and beverage knowledge, not only from his extensive restaurant experience, but also from his tenure as Durham Sales Manager for wine distributor Bordeaux, Fine and Rare.
316 West Geer St, Suite A, Durham, NC 27701
Tue. 11am - 8pm
Wed. & Thu. 11am - 9pm
Fri. & Sat. 11am - 10pm
Sun. 11am - 8pm