The bottling commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2019 and the producer is donating a portion of the proceeds to a veterans' charity.
For Jean-Charles and Nathalie Boisset, sibling proprietors of Boisset Collection, the wine is an intensely personal project that encapsulates their French family's gratitude to the United States and pride in the shared values and close relationship between the two countries.
"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. 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 Jean-Charles Boisset. "Our Franco-American 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." Watch a video from Jean-Charles here.
6.6.44 was crafted in honor of June 6, 1944 when 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily fortified coastline in Normandy in northwest France. The operation, the largest seaborne invasion in history, began the liberation of German-occupied France (and later Europe) from Nazi control and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.
The wine (SRP: $44) is a first-of-its-kind partnership between Boisset winemakers in California (Stephanie Putnam, Brian Maloney and Thane Knutson) and France (Grégory Patriat, Laurent Sauvage, Florent Georger and Jean-Philippe Perrin) that combines notable grape varieties from both France and California. It features Gamay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Petit Verdot from the French regions of 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. Aged in mostly neutral French oak between 16 to 30 months depending on the variety, the wine has aromas of fresh raspberry and blueberry as well as currants and dark spices. The palate opens with a touch of toasted almonds and balsamic notes and also includes subtle dark cherry flavors.
Boisset Collection will donate $1 from the sale of each bottle to the American Legion. The American Legion is linked to the Boisset family's history, as a precursor to the nation's largest veterans' service organization provided support to Jean-Charles' orphaned grandmother and her sister during World War I. American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of youth programs, supporting recovering wounded warriors and their families and raising millions of dollars at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities.
About Boisset Collection
Boisset is a family-owned collection of historic and unique wineries and lifestyle destinations led by Jean-Charles Boisset. It includes more than 25 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. With 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. For more information visit https://www.boissetcollection.com/
About The American Legion
The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans' service organization with nearly 2 million members in 12,875 posts across the nation. Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth and sponsoring wholesome community programs, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to service members and veterans. Learn more at www.legion.org.