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Our Top French Wine Picks for your Bastille Day Celebration
July 13, 2020

Our Top French Wine Picks for your Bastille Day Celebration


The national day of France, otherwise known as Bastille Day, falls on July 14th and celebrates French culture with parties, parades, fireworks and plenty of wine and food. So it only makes sense to commemorate La Fête Nationale with a great glass of vin! At Wally’s we love French wine, so we say oui to opening up a phenomenal bottle and toasting to France (fireworks optional). Laurent, our Wally’s Bordeaux buyer, has picked out his top French wine picks to sip on this Tuesday. Whether you’re in the mood for a beautiful Bordeaux, or a crisp rose, or a chilled Champagne, we have a French varietal you’ll love. À votre santé!

NV Henriot Brut Rose Jardin Box

Wally's Price: $70

The discrete Henriot labeling is echoed in this elegant wine. Like so many Henriot Champagnes it has good bottle age, shows toast as well as light red fruits. There is a depth of flavor here, the texture of yeasty mousse and apple skins going right through the taste. Ready to drink, but worth aging. - Wine Enthusiast

93 Points, Wine Enthusiast

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2008 Dom Perignon x Lenny Kravitz

Wally's Price: $199.99

The 2008 Dom Prignon is fabulous, but quite remarkably, it was even more open when I tasted it a year ago. Bright, focused and crystalline in its precision, the 2008 is going to need a number of years before it is at its best. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and white pepper give the 2008 its chiseled, bright profile. Several recent bottles have all been magnificent. What I admire most about the 2008 is the way it shows all the focus, translucence and energy that is such a signature of the year, and yet it is also remarkably deep and vertical. In other words, the 2008 is a Champagne that plays in three dimensions. - Vinous

98+ points, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2015 Chateau de Meursaul, Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

Wally's Price: $150

Lush, featuring floral, peach and butter flavors that are enmeshed in a textural wonderland. Shows fine balance, with the bright acidity driving a long finish of butterscotch and baking spice notes. Drink now through 2024. - Wine Spectator

94 Points, Wine Spectator

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2019 Chateau d'Esclan Whispering Angel

Wally's Price $23

Light brilliant orange. Fresh strawberry, melon and nectarine scents plus a hint of candied orange peel. Silky and open-knit, showing good depth to the juicy pit fruit and red berry flavors. Finishes supple and long, leaving juicy peach and honeydew melon notes behind. - Josh Raynolds, Vinous

90 points, Vinous

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2018 Rumors Rose Cotes De Provence

Wally's Price: $35

"A new Rosé on the block and a passion project of a long time patron of Wally's. The grapes - Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah - come from vineyards founded over 750 years ago that have been producing wine ever since. Rumors is a Rosé of depth that can work as an apéritif as well as hold its own with anything grilled. We are proud to be the exclusive retailer in the United States of this versatile Rosé. " - Matt Turner, Wine Buyer, Wally's

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2014 Ormes de Pez

Wally's Price $33

Lively, with a mix of pomegranate, blood orange and bitter cherry notes, flecked with savory and backed by a pebbly finish. Features latent depth and should unwind with moderate cellaring. Best from 2019 through 2025. - James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

90 points, Wine Spectator

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

2012 Chateau Pontet Canet

Wally's Price $125

This impeccably run, biodynamically farmed estate of Alfred Tesseron goes from strength to strength. The 2012 triumphs once again with its notes of dark plum, blackcurrant, licorice and almost a hint of truffle, its full-bodied, supple tannins, and beautiful, expensive mouthfeel. Complex and deep, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine may not be at the level of the 2009 or 2010, but it is a successful wine in this vintage, and a significant wine in 2012. Anticipated maturity 2017-2035. - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

93 points, Wine Advocate

May 15, 2019 6:27:57 AM

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