La Fête Nationale is a commemorative day of celebration in France that remembers the 14 July 1789 and the storming on the infamous Bastille prison fortress – but for us it is a great chance to celebrate our favourite French wines!
- First up is the Château Lestrille 2010 – our best selling Bordeaux of the year – one of the finest vintages in recent years for Bordeaux, the wines from this year show exceptional quality and are now drinking excellently, however retain the ability to age. The Lestrille itself is a fresh, aromatic Claret, and shows soft plum and cassis aromas on the nose with a soft, juicy, yet well-structured palate. Perfect with poultry, barbecues or even Indian dishes.
- Next is the Domaine Louis Clerc Rhone Syrah 2015 – what a find this was, this Syrah comes from one of the Clerc estates just outside of the Côte Rôtie AOC and wonderfully delivers all of the complexity, spice and bramble fruit you would expect from a top class northern Rhône. 2015 was undoubtedly one of the Rhône Valley’s best years of recent times (maybe of the century), and the pure fruit character of this Syrah expresses the quality conditions of this excellent vintage. Perfect now but will easily keep.
- Our pick of the whites is the Les Costiéres de Pomerols Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet 2016 – chosen as part of the Sud de France Top 100 2017 this cheeky little number lives up to Picpoul’s rep as the “Chablis of the South”. On the nose, bright citrus aromas combine with fresh grapefruit and floral hints. Crisp and dry on the palate with notes of peach, melon and grapefruit with zesty acidity and an intense minerality, giving a long, refreshing finish. Best drunk young and well chilled!
- Next is our wildcard; the L’Orangerie Gewurztraminer Pays d’Oc 2016 from the Languedoc-Roussillon region. This chap caught us off guard too, “but I though they only grew it in Alsace!?” we said, but we were wrong, and this is one seriously delicious wine. It tastes distinctly of pineapple and strong stone fruit flavours such as nectarine and apricots, with floral notes on the finish. Enjoy now and over the next 2-3 years.
- Last up is the Rimauresq Cru Classé Rose, Côtes de Provence 2016, a wine of pure finesse – a very classy wine, worthy of it’s Cru Classé status. The palate is fine yet flavoursome with savoury, mineral hints and the finish is exquisite! Did we mention that this vintage scored a monster 97pts in Decanter Magazine? Well it did, taking home the Platinum – Best in Show: Best Value Rosé Trophy too!
Happy Bastille Day – Santé and Enjoy!