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Five French Rosés Under $15 for Bastille Day

For the Francophile in you, here are five rosés to uncork on July 14th.

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There’s a growing population of Francophiles in America who will be celebrating Bastille Day Thursday and beyond. Surprisingly, more than 50 U.S. cities have annual celebrations, with some stretching their festivities over a week. The hoopla on both sides of the pond will commemorate the French Revolution of 1789 and the birth of the Republic.

For the ever-expanding pool of Francophiles, here are 5 French rosés under $15 to uncork for the Bastille Day celebration: 

Lavau, 2015 Tavel, Rhone Valley, France Rosé, 12.5%, $14.
This is a tasty rosé that will turn heads. It has racy acidity, and notes of watermelon, raspberry and mineral. Great balance. Refreshing. Tangy finish. (50% grenache, 45% cinsault and 5% syrah.)

Chateau Routas, 2015 Coteaux Varois en Provence, France Rosé, 13.5%, $11.
In this rosé, full on watermelon dominates, and it finishes nice and dry, with a note of crisp mineral. (45% cinsault, 35% grenache, 20% syrah.)

Chateau de Brigue, 2012 Cotes de Provence Rosé, 12.5%, $8.
This is a delicate rosé, with notes of raspberry, strawberry and watermelon on the finish. Bright acidity. Great balance. Tasty. (50% grenache, 25% cinsault, 25% cabernet.)

Triennes, 2015 Nans-Les-Pins, France, $12 Rosé, 13%, $12.
This rosé has up front wild strawberry. Notes of watermelon and mineral play back up. Crisp finish. Lovely. (No breakdown offered.)

Chateau de Campuget, 2015 Costieresde Nimes, France Rosé, 13%, $9.
This dry rosé has bright red berries, with a hint of watermelon. Crisp acidity. Nice length. It’s a smart budget pick. (30% grenache noir, 70% syrah)


 

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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