Grab the Baguettes
Bastille Day is coming up soon enough so for the Francophiles among you we selected some delicious Vin francais to aid your celebrations. Enjoy.
Chateau L’Ermitage Rosé 2013 – a blend of Grenache, Mouvedre and Syrah, this wine has a medium light color, similar to watermelon where it meets the white edges. The nose has ripe peach and faint melon scents. Light strawberry and raspberry is prominent thanks to the blend that makes up this delicate Rhone rosé. There isn’t a whiff of sweetness in this wine, but it is so crisp and fresh tasting that it makes a terrific wine to beat the heat (rumor has it it is coming soon). $13.99
Macon Lugny les Charmes 2012 – “The grapes are sourced from 40-year-old vines on chalky soil. The wine has an attractive bouquet of apple-blossom and lime flower that is very well-defined and expressive with a touch of almond in the background. The palate is well-balanced with tangerine and orange zest on the entry, leading to some attractive honey notes toward the rounded, generous finish.” 90 Pts Wine Advocate $13.98
Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Red 2012 – this is a gem from the Roussillon region of southwest France. Renowned Rhone producer Michel Chapoutier created this new wine venture, in the Roussillon, the sunniest wine region of France. The vineyards are located on the slopes of the high Agly Valley. The grapes were harvested by hand. Robert Parker gave the 2010 vintage of this wine an astounding score of 92-94 points and Wine Spectator picked it for its Top 100 for 2012. The new 2012 has just arrived, and it already received 89 points from Parker. The wine is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan. It is deep garnet red in color with a beautiful nose of black cherry, plums, black currants and pepper. Full-bodied with lean tannins, it offers intense flavors of cassis, kirsch and spice. Well balanced to enjoy over the next 3-4 years, it is rich with lingering fruit on the finish. Your BBQ wine for sure. $14.99