In France and around the world, people celebrate Bastille Day on July 14

14 de Juillet — La Fête Nationale

The official name for this celebration on July 14 is the National Day of France or La Fête Nationale. It is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille which occurred in 1789. The following year celebrated the unity of France.

 

Here is a list of some delicious French wines to drink while you celebrate Bastille Day:

 

Château Hourtin-Ducasse 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France

This intense garnet red wine has powerful vanilla and fruit jam (black fruits: blueberries, figs) flavours as well as complex floral and mineral undertones. The blend is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. It pairs well with poached eggs in a red wine sauce, lamprey, sweetbreads with morels, aiguillettes of duck with figs and Calves’ Liver Florentine.

Aerial View of Chateau Hortin Ducasse
Image by: Hortin Ducasse

 

Clos du Mont-Olivet 2012 Grenache Blend

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Southern Rhone, France

This vintage wine is a blend of 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. It is packed with kirsch, black raspberry, earth, herb, jam and black pepper. Full bodied and loaded with sweet, ripe, aged fruit, this is a delicious that pairs well with most chicken and beef recipes as well as hard cheeses, cured meats and roasted vegetables.

MONT-OLIVET_cdp
Image by: North Berkeley Imports

 

Caves Yves Cuilleron 2013 Marsanne

Condrieu, Northern Rhone, France

This charming wine, is made from a lesser known, but excellent white wine varietal Marsanne. With white fruit aromas and honey notes this wine is an excellent example of a Rhone Valley white wine. It has a dark in color with aromas of honeysuckle, melon and apricots with a rich, oily palate similar to Viognier. This wine pairs well with this shrimp and tomato jam recipe.

Cave Yves Cuilleron
Image by: Frank Stero from Frankly Wines

 

Charme de Jean-Paul Brun Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs NV

Burgundy, France

The Brun family are considered one of the best family producers in the Beaujolais region and they are especially unique because white wines are a big part of their portfolio in this red dominated region. This wine made with 100% Chardonnay grapes has a green apple and citrus character, with nuances of a chalky minerality making its presence known on the tangy, briny finish. This wine will liven up any occasion, and makes a great aperitif. Pair it with anything lighter, like salads and delicate seafood.

Vendanges de Roussanne chez Jean-Paul BRUN, vigneron à Charnay. Septembre 2010
Image by: Wines Direct

 

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