Boisset Collection has released a wine to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, which falls on 6 June 2019. The wine, called 6.6.44, is a blend of red grapes from California and France.
“Our grandparents served in the Resistance in France on the side of freedom and felt a close connection to the American soldiers that came to their aid,” said Jean-Charles Boisset, co-owner of the Boisset Collection with his sister Nathalie. “Our FrancoAmerican family’s spirit underpins our commitment to the appreciation of 6.6.44. We have wineries on both continents and believe it is our duty to history to venerate this important milestone.”
6.6.44 commemorates 6 June 1944, when 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beach in Normandy. Codenamed Operation Neptune, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation is considered the beginning of the liberation of France from the occupying Germans.
The wine is a partnership between Boisset winemakers in California and France that combines notable grape varieties from both countries: Gamay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Petit Verdot from Languedoc, Rhône, Beaujolais and Burgundy, blended with Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Malbec from the Russian River Valley and Napa Valley in California.
“Seventy-five years later, with this magical international blend from French and California grapes, we begin another chapter of celebration, commemoration, peace and commitment to our common culture and values!” said Boisset.
The recommended retail price is $44.00. Boisset Collection will donate $1.00 from the sale of each bottle to the American Legion. BevMo, where it’s to be sold, will make a matching donation for the bottles sold out of its stores.
Boisset is a family-owned collection of historic and unique wineries that includes more than 25 historic still and sparkling wineries in the world’s preeminent terroirs, including Burgundy, Beaujolais, Jura, the Rhône Valley, the south of France, and California’s Russian River Valley and the Napa Valley. Its California wineries include Raymond Vineyards, Buena Vista Winery, DeLoach Vineyards and JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset; its French properties feature Domaine de la Vougeraie, Jean-Claude Boisset, Bouchard Aîné et Fils, J. Moreau et Fils, Louis Bouillot, Domaines Henri Maire, Fortant and Bonpas.