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La Boutique

Welcome to La Boutique, where you can buy physical items from the Alliance. Wine, picnic baskets, verb wheels, etc.

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Basket No. 1, a Bastille Day Picnic, $125 bdb1


img 0220 1smBasket No. 1, a Bastille Day Picnic, $125.00, includes:
• An 8.5 oz. wheel of le Pommier Camembert cheese from Normandy.
• Duck & Pork Paté with Orange, a flavorful blend of duck and pork meat (2.8 oz.).
• Saucisson Sec, a savory French-style sausage from Olympia Provisions.
• A small jar of baby Gherkin Cornichons.
• Moutarde au basilic, an old-style basil Dijon mustard.
• A 7.1 oz. tin of Mathez ‘Les Parisiennes’ French chocolate truffles.
• A package of Diving Traditional French mini toasts, perfect for spreading paté or cheese.
• A bottle of French white and a rosé.
• A gingham picnic cloth.

Just add your favorite French bread and enjoy the day!
$95.00
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Basket No. 2, Dessert Panier, $95 bdb2


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 Basket No. 2, Dessert Panier, $95.00, includes:
• A tin of Mathez ‘Les Parisiennes’ French chocolate truffles.
• 7 oz. of Lu Petit Beurre Cookies delicious French butter cookies.
• A 3.2 oz. package of Gavottes - Crepe Dentelle Biscuits with dark chocolate, delicate French lace cookies.
• An 8.5 oz. wheel of le Pommier Camembert cheese from Normandy.
• A 2 oz. jar of Bonne Maman Mini Rasberry Preserves.
• A package of Divina French mini toasts, perfect with cheese and jam.
• 150 g. bag of Trois Abeilles Organic Nougat with Almonds.
• 1 bottle of French Sparkling Wine.
$150.00
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Basket No. 3, Cooks and Bakers, $150 bdb3


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Basket No. 3, Cooks and Bakers, $150, includes books by:
• David Lebovitz, blogger, storyteller, and fabulous cookbook writer.
• Patricia Wells, doyen of the extraordinary cooking school in Provence.
• Ann Willan, founder of École de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris.
• The new bread book from Poliane, the world’s most famous bread bakery.
• And an extra bonus of an oven safe silicon mat with bakers’ measurements to roll out that perfect tarte crust, and a kilo of organic French flour. 
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3 Pack of Bubbles - $56 bdw1

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3 Pack of Bubbles - $56

• Simonnet-Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut NV (blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay)
• Collet Cremant de Bourgogne Chablis Blanc de Blanc NV
• Louis de Grenelle Saumur Rosé Corail NV (100% Cab Franc)

Simonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut NV
A crémant is a sparkling wine made using the same method as Champagne but in a different region. This is a classic Burgundian version of a Champagne blend—made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the cool areas around Chablis. It's bright and fruity, tangy with lemon zest and a fine streak of minerality, and finishes with an attractive, creamy edge. 90 point Wine Enthusiast

Collet Crémant de Bourgogne Chablis Blanc de Blanc NV
100% Chardonnay. Crémant from Chablis is a rarity indeed; this one is made from pure estate fruit, from over 10 lieux-dits (named parcels) ……. It has a lively mousse, with scents of lemon, apple, gardenia and marzipan, with a tingly mineral texture, a rich palate of pineapple and honeycomb, supported by a seashell tang on the finish. - Wine & Spirits

Louis de Grenelle Saumur Rosé Corail NV. 100% Cab Franc
In the western Loire Valley of France, Cabernet Franc is the king of red grapes and surprisingly it makes one delicious sparkling wine. Here we get a very fine bubble, with engaging strawberry and melon flavors followed by a minerally finish.
–  Mid-Valley Wine and Liquor

This palest pink-colored wine is equally light and fresh to taste. It has a crisp raspberry flavor with a zest of orange squeezed over it. It's delicious. - Wine Enthusiast

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3 Pack of Bright Whites - $32 bdw2

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3 Pack of Bright Whites - $32
Perfect porch wines for summer!  

• Kermit Lynch Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Blanc 2018
• Marine Dubard Sauvignon Blanc Le Mont 2019
• Domaine Duffour 2018 Cotes de Gascogne Blanc 

Kermit Lynch Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Blanc 2018
This refreshing blend of Chardonnay and Viognier brings aromas of fresh sun-kissed peaches and cleansing rainwater, which make this wine an embodiment of a summer day. With a crisp and minerally finish, this lively dry white is the perfect accompaniment to your next picnic.
Kermit's description of this wine is the following... “think of crème brûlée and honeysuckle. this little dry white has it all: round-bodied texture, yet tart, stony crispness and a knockout aroma of pear, sun-baked apples, and spicy hints of anise.”

Marine Dubard Sauvignon Blanc Le Mont 2019
Grapefruit, peach and white flowers, on the nose, with crisp acidity on the palate, this is a wine born to share with a green salad, fresh or aged goat cheese,  or a briny platter of oysters. If you love Sauvignon Blanc, you will adore this wine.

Domaine Duffour 2018 Cotes de Gascogne Blanc
Michel Duffour's excellent dry white is made predominantly with Colombard, along with smaller amounts of Ugni Blanc and Gros Manseng. Notes of melon, clean, pure flavors of citrus fruit, an engaging herbaceous note, and a pleasingly dry finish. It is an ideal summer quaffer! - Charles Neal Selections
"Aromatic gooseberry and chive notes lead to flavors of grapefruit and peach in this crisp, light-bodied white, with floral and white pepper accents lingering into the finish. Lively, showing integrated acidity. Drink now through 2020. 15,000 cases made." - Wine Spectator

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3 Pack of Rosé from the South of France bdw3

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3 pack of Rosé from the South of France - $40.00

• Chateau Routas Rosé Coteaux Varois en Provence 2019
• Lafage Miraflors Rosé 2018 (blend of Mourvedre, Grenache Gris and Grenache)
• Puech Haut Prestige Rosé 2018 Cevennes Blend (60% Grenache, 40% Cinsault)

Chateau Routas  Rosé Coteaux Varois en Provence 2019 (750ml)
Freshly cut watermelon, ripe peach aromas and floral notes lead to a palate alive with wild strawberries and hints of mineral notes. Crisp acidity and a refreshing finish.  
Blend: 46% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon

The location of Chateau Routas in the Coteaux Varois appellation is spectacular; in the heart of Provence, equidistant from the French Riviera on the Mediterranean coast and the foothills of the Alps. It is surrounded by tiny medieval villages that cling to steep cliffs and overlooks miles of spectacular hillsides, woods and rivers.

The 642-acre property includes 135 acres of strategically planted vineyard parcels that create a mosaic throughout the rocky, heavily-wooded terrain in this unspoiled, high-elevation sector of Provence. Some vineyard sites have soils that are red as crushed brick, while others consist of crumbly grey limestone mixed with pockets of iron-rich, red clay, and stones that reflect the hot summer sun.

At 1,300 feet above sea level, the elevation is among the appellation's highest, providing cool nights that slow the ripening of the grapes, contributing fresh notes, good color and complexity, plus dictating harvest dates that are up to a month later than other estates. The estate also encompasses dense woods, olive trees, and oak trees hiding black truffles. Bright red poppies grow alongside brilliant yellow sunflowers, and the surrounding forests hide a substantial number of wild boars – which are unfortunately a little too fond of the Routas grapes come harvest time.

Lafage Miraflors Rosé 2018  Cotes Catalanes  Mourvedre, Grenache Gris, Grenache
Named after an old estate located in the heart of Domaine Lafage, Mas Miraflors, the Miraflors Rosé is sourced from old vines of Grenache Gris and Noir, some nearing 80 years old, planted near the Mediterranean. Added to this is some Mourvedre that Jean-Marc planted here about 15 years ago. This a direct press rosé with the color coming from the skins of the pink Grenache Gris berries, and naturally, from the much darker Mourvedre and Grenache Noir. It is aged in tank for 4 months before bottling.

This is a pretty, dainty rosé, with initial scents of spiced cherry, wild strawberry and peach tea that dance in the bouquet. The palate is suave and satiny, with a soft texture and ample acidity to frame the ripe fruit tones. The finish offers a subtle melon rind bitterness that lends a soft texture through the close. It’s well balanced and harmonious, with a final herbal garrigue-like hit on the back of the close. Wine Enthusiast, 91 points 

Puech Haut Prestige Rosé  2018 Cevennes Blend: 60% Grenache, 40% Cinsault
Winemaker Notes: Magnificent pale robe, complex nose, and hints of citrus, white-fleshed and tropical fruits. Superbly refreshing and pleasant nose, with fabulous fruity sensations (white-fleshed fruits, lychee). With a generous mouth sensation riding on zesty notes, it is both gourmet and refreshing.

“Pretty, vibrant notes of white peach, white flowers, and salty minerality all emerge from the 2018 Prestige Rosé. Made in a crisp, elegant style, it stays balanced and layered on the palate, and is going to be an incredibly versatile rosé to drink over the coming 6-12 months. The blend is 60% Grenache and 40% Cinsault brought up all in tank.” Jeb Dunnuck, 91 points


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3 Pack of Reds - $46 rbw4

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Ripe for the BBQ

• Combel-la-Serre 2018 “Pur Fruit du Causse” Cahors (100% Malbec)
• Terres Dorees 2018 Beaujolais “l’Ancien V.V” (54% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 4% Cinsault and 2% Mourvèdre)
• Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Rouge 2017 (60% Grenache and 40% Syrah)  

Combel-la-Serre 2018 "Pur Fruit du Causse", Cahors, SW France
The Combel la Serre "Pur Fruit" is 100% Malbec  from seven different sites around their home village of Cournou, which lies on the Causse, a limestone plateau in Cahors at 320m elevation. The 2018 is a vibrant fruit-bomb showing a deep red/black color with aromas of ripe blackberry liqueur with violet and citrus hints. The palate is supple and sappy with dense blackberry and black raspberry fruit, lifted by bright acidity - quite lush and ripe but at only 12.5% alcohol it's refreshing and balanced. The cool, sappy fruits continue in the bright finish. Perfect with a steak or stew or just gulped by itself  - serve cool and enjoy!  David Lillie, Chambers Wines


Terres Dorees 2018 Beaujolais "l'Ancien VV" 100% Gamay
Brun's dependably superb 2018 Beaujolais l’Ancien offers up notes of rose petals, cherries and raspberries, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy palate built around satiny tannins and juicy acids. It's a beautifully gourmand but precise wine, demonstrating the strengths of this vintage in the limestone soils of the southern Beaujolais.  Wine Advocate, 92 Pts

L'Ancien comes from Jean Paul Brun's home village of Charnay in the southern Beaujolais. The vines range in age from 40 to 60 years old and are planted on slopes sporting the area's Named after an old estate located in the heart of Domaine Lafage, Mas Miraflors, the Miraflors Rosé is sourced from old vines of Grenache Gris and Noir, some nearing 80 years old, planted near the Mediterranean. Added to this is some Mourvedre that Jean-Marc planted here about 15 years ago. This a direct press rosé with the color coming from the skins of the pink Grenache Gris berries, and naturally, from the much darker Mourvedre and Grenache Noir. It is aged in tank for 4 months before bottling. Sandy clay-limestone soils, featuring the particular local "dorée" or "golden" limestone that is laden with iron.
 
These older vines have always been farmed organically and harvested by hand and yield small, thick-skinned Gamay berries. As for all Terres Dorées reds, the vinification is traditional Burgundian rather than the normal carbonic maceration in Beaujolais. The 2018 shows a bright deep red color. The aromas are high-toned and ripe with red currant, raspberry and wild strawberry, quite bright and floral. The palate shows lush, ripe berry fruits backed by citrusy acidity, quite refreshing. The finish is long and sappy with bright red fruits and tart acidity - stock-up on this crowd-pleasing Beaujolais!  Chambers Wines


Château Pesquie Terrasses Rouge 2017 Languedoc  
Winemaker Notes: Deep ruby color. Intense nose with spicy notes (especially black pepper) and red berries. This very balanced wine offers very round tannins and fresh berries aromas, with some floral and spicy flavors.Very easy to match with simple dishes such as pizzas, kebabs,charcuterie, vegetable pies or salads to more ambitious cuisine like terrines, poultry (guineafowl, turkey), roasted or grilled meats.

“Longtime readers will know that I love this cuvée, which is year in, year out, one of the great value buys out there. The 2017 Terrasses is even better than the 2016 and ranks with the finest vintages I’ve tasted, matching the stunning 2010." Jeb Dunnuck, 94 points

“Showing more intensity and depth than the delicious 2016, the 2017 Ventoux Terrasses (tasted from tank) is a blend of 54% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 4% Cinsault and 2% Mourvèdre. Crushed stone notes accent dried spices and raspberries on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate delivers rich, deep fruit flavors, plenty of concentration and an impressive velvety finish.” Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 94 points


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