Vive la France!
Bastille Day is one of our favorite summertime holidays. In celebration of all things French, we toast the town with a great little deal on wine. Stock up on terrific vintages July 13th, 14th, and 15th and savor 15% off all French wines. Enjoy all your favorites from Burgundy, Loire, Bordeaux and more. We say “Let them drink wine!”
Château de Saint Cosme
Dating back to 1570, Château de Saint Cosme is the oldest estate in France’s Gigondas region of the Rhone Valley. Today, Louis Barruol and his family make some of the best wines in the Rhone Valley from this ancient estate. His Gigondas red routinely make Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines in the World and the rest of his portfolio is equally as stunning. Want proof? Take this humble Côtes du Rhône. Uniquely made from 100% Syrah, this blows away just about every other wine in its class: bark elder and mulberry fruit, tar, Chinese five spice… no doubt, this is heady stuff for the price. Dive in.
Domaine de Fontsainte
Year after year Bruno Laboucarié’s Domaine de Fontsainte makes some of the best bang-for-your-buck wines in southern France. Located in the heart of Corbières (the best appellation in the Languedoc) these grapes are hand-picked from 30-50 year old vines. While his reds are great, it is this Rosé that has made him famous. Made using the ‘Vin Gris’ technique (making a red wine using white wine methods) this produces a unique Rosé full of character. Typical flavors of strawberry and raspberry abound. However more exotic notes of mango and pineapple are there too. Not many Rosés are made in this manner as the process is difficult. This is a truly unique ‘pink wine’ and a must on hot days in France as well as Portland.
Domaine de Trévallon
In France, the name ‘Domaine de Trévallon’ is said with immediate respect. No one has ‘bucked the system’ in the French wine world quite like Eloi Durrbach and his Provençal winery. In 1973 he ripped out his classic Rhone vineyards (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) and replaced them with Cabernet Sauvignon: a ‘no-no’ in France.
The result was ruffled feathers with the wine authorities who ‘declassified’ his wines to Vin de Pays status. The other result? A world-class wine year after year. The blend is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Syrah that possesses explosive dark fruit flavors, but shows muscle and finesse equally. Trévallon is known by wine lovers around the world for its unique flavors and amazing aging capacity: bottles can mature for up to 20 years! This is a chance to pick up one of the most unique wines in the world that spearheaded a wine revolution in France that continues today.
Vive la France!