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  • Writer's pictureJohn Paul Kaminga

14 July, drink Burgundy?

There were many important dates through the French Revolution, and there were notable events before July 14, 1798, but on this day a motley group of Parisians (including 21 wine merchants!) took the prison fortress called La Bastille. This event has long been considered the flashpoint of the French Revolution, and today France celebrates Le Quatorze Juillet as their national day. I'm not saying you should open up your best French wine today, but in honor of the day, you might consider something special...

... it took more than a few years, but all of Sylvain Pataille's wines are allocated today. Gratifying and annoying at once, it's nice to see that an old fave is finally getting the recognition they deserve, but it was also nice when you could just order the wine. When it comes to Pataille's 2019 vintage (for sure a good, probably great, vintage, but good lord what hype!) we have a fair amount of Bourgogne, a bit of Marsannay Blanc, and a limited number of magnums. Thus far, from his 2019 vintage, I have just tried the Bourgogne, and I did not take a note, but I'll tell you that it is a wine that I would drink every day. It might be beautiful in 10 to 15 years, but it is a wine of pleasure now, and I would drink it over the next 3 to 5 years. The Clos du Roy magnum? I will be curious what that's worth in 10 years...

Sylvain Pataille Bourgogne Rouge 2019 - $35

Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Blanc 2019 - $54

Sylvain Pataille Marsannay 1.5L 2019 - $93

Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Clos du Roy 1.5L - $158

As usual, these will discount 10% on a mix of 6 bottles, or 12% on a mix of 12.

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