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Vive la France: Quatorze Juillet

12-Bottle Sampler

Vive la France: Quatorze Juillet 12-Bottle Sampler - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Here in France, there is a buzz in the air as the 14th of July nears. No, it is not just the cigales chirping away to their hearts’ delight in the hot Provençal sun. The days before France’s fête nationale see a surging energy: school is out, the summer temperatures have reached a euphoric high, and sleepy villages throughout the land are gradually colonized by the trucks and stands responsible for the fête foraine, or town fair.
     As night falls on the Quatorze (or Bastille Day, as it is known outside of France), the streets begin to fill with people. The sound of live music permeates the air as partygoers let loose on arcade games, bumper cars, and stalls selling croque-monsieurs and steaming Nutella crêpes. And then, fireworks.
     This year on the Quatorze, I can be found not at the fête foraine, but celebrating in the comfort of my own home, likely sipping a glass of Champagne as I watch the fireworks crescendo into the bouquet, as is called the dramatic finale. I hope you join me in toasting to the nation that gave us crêpes, foie gras, Zidane,  the Enlightenment, impressionism, the ménage à trois, pasteurization, and the hot air balloon. Oh, and let us not forget fine wine. We can raise a glass to that, too. –Anthony Lynch

Vive la France: Quatorze Juillet Sampler
NV Brut 1er Cru "Cachet Or" • J. Lassalle $39.00
2016 Cheverny • Domaine du Salvard $16.00
2015 Beaujolais-Villages "Cuvée Marylou" • Guy Breton $24.00
2014 Vacqueyras Rouge "Cuvée Doucinello" • Sang des Cailloux $34.00
2016 Tavel • Domaine de Trinquevedel $18.95
2016 Saint-Chinian Rosé • Mas Champart $17.00
2016 Bourgueil "Trinch" •  Catherine & Pierre Breton $25.00
2015 Pinot Blanc • Kuentz-Bas $14.95
2015 Bourgogne Rouge • Pierre Guillemot $27.00
2016 Bordeaux Blanc • Domaine Graville-Lacoste $17.00
2012 Bandol Rouge • Domaine de Terrebrune $39.00
2016 Savoie Blanc "Les Abymes" • A. & M. Quenard $17.00

Normally $288.90
(a 25% discount)

$217.00 $288.90
Sampler Includes:

Normally $288.90

Bottle Size: 750mL
Appellation: Various
Country: France

From the store floor

2014 Haut-Médoc

Château Aney  France  |  Bordeaux  |  Haut Médoc


2017 Corbières Rosé “Gris de Gris”

Domaine de Fontsainte  France  |  Languedoc-Roussillon  |  Corbières


2015 Bandol Rouge

Domaine Tempier  France  |  Provence  |  Bandol


2013 Barolo “Ravera”

Benevelli Piero  Italy  |  Piedmont  |  Barolo


2015 Quincy “Vieilles Vignes”

Domaine Trotereau  France  |  Loire  |  Quincy


2016 Côte-de-Brouilly

Nicole Chanrion  France  |  Beaujolais  |  Côte-de-Brouilly


2014 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots

Domaine Robert Chevillon  France  |  Burgundy  |  Nuits-Saint-Georges


2016 Rosso Dei Dardi

A. & G. Fantino  Italy  |  Piedmont


NV Blanc de Blancs Brut 1er Cru

Veuve Fourny & Fils  France  |  Champagne  |  Vertus


2015 Côtes du Jura Chardonnay “Gravières”

Domaine Rousset-Martin  France  |  Jura  |  Côtes du Jura


I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.

Inspiring Thirst, page 171


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