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  1. Château du Breuil 2012, Château Cissac, Haut- Médoc

    Château du Breuil 2012, Château Cissac, Haut- Médoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    It’s a very typical Cru Bourgeois that I chose this month. The robe is dark and deep. The nose is complex, with hints of spice, and is very promising. On the palate, I was impressed by its perfect balance and its amazing structure. The aromas of violet and red berries perfectly pair with the aromas of licorice, sign of delicate aging in oak barrels. A very refined Cru Bourgeois, quite classical in its structure but quite original in its aromas. 

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    Grape variety

    If cabernet-sauvignon and merlot are expected as there are some in almost all the wines in Bordeaux, the presence of malbec is a bit more surprising. Malbec used to be quite widespread in Bordeaux until the sixties. It’s used to give more structure to the wine thanks to its usually thin but abundant tannins.

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    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with purple hues..

     

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    Nose

    A complex and spicy nose.

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    Mouth

    Fresh sweet and tangy mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18° Open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Paté
    Sirloin steak with shallot sauce
    Saint-Nectaire
    Fresh raspberries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Chateau Cissac is so obviously located on an amazing terroir that vines were already planted there during Antiquity. Indeed, the castle was built on the ruins of a Roman Villa that was surrounded by vines ! Nowadays, Marie Vialard runs the estate and make everything she can to respect and honour this riche legacy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     If cabernet-sauvignon and merlot are expected as there are some in almost all the wines in Bordeaux, the presence of malbec is a bit more surprising. Malbec used to be quite widespread in Bordeaux until the sixties. It’s used to give more structure to the wine thanks to its usually thin but abundant tannins. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2016 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    On the palate, I was impressed by its perfect balance and its amazing structure.

    £21.51 Public price £18.28 Subscribers' price

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  2. Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

    Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    In the heart of Maine-et-Loire, you will find a very good appellation that I especially enjoy : Saumur-Champigny. To me, Château de Targé reflects the best you can do on this amazing terroir of the Loire Valley. The wine offers a nice garnet colour with purple reflections, a fruity nose with a strong intensity, and a silky mouthfeel enhanced by soft tannins revealing the characteristics of cabernet franc. A wine that perfectly pairs with a capon stuffed with porcini mushrooms. 

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    Grape variety

    Cabernet franc comes straight from the Southern Basque Country in northern Spain and was originally brought back to the south west of France by pilgrims coming back from Santiago de Compostela. It took centuries to find its way to the Loire Valley where it was first planted during the 11th Century. However, cabernet franc was a total hit there as it is today the main black grape variety in the region !

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    Appearance

     A garnet and shiny dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Pleasant nose to the aromas of spice and red berries.

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    Mouth

    A fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 13°C et 15° Open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Capon stuffed with porcini mushrooms
    Vacherin cheese
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château de Targé has welcomed a lot of famous people through the centuries ! Originally, it used to be the personal vineyard of Phélypeaux de Pontchartrain, Louis XIV’s secretary. Then, the Targé-Parnay family inherited it, and one of its members, Henri, was close to many politicians under the 3rd Republic, so former Minister of State Léon Gambetta was often invited to the Château. Then, the estate was transmitted to Edgard Pisani, minister of Charles De Gaulle and is still run by his son Edouard nowadays./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Saumur-Champigny’sbest asset is a soil rich in tuffeau stone, a chalky stone that absorbs most of the rain that falls during winter and gives it back slowly and regularly during summer. Thus, during the heat of summer, the sun ripens the grapes while the soil refreshes it through the roots hence ensuring a perfect balance between sugar, alcohol and acidity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2016 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    The wine offers a nice garnet colour with purple reflections, a fruity nose with a strong intensity, and a silky mouthfeel enhanced by soft tannins revealing the characteristics of cabernet franc.

    £11.51 Public price £9.79 Subscribers' price

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  3. Vignes du Prieuré 2014, Château Gigognan, Côtes du Rhône

    Vignes du Prieuré 2014, Château Gigognan, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The white version of “ Vignes du Prieuré ” was one of the first one ever to be in a VitiBox a few years ago. That’s why I’m so happy to present you this month its red version in an amazing vintage ! The colour changes, but pleasure is still there. The first nose smells orignal : it’s not that common to find aromas of fresh herbs and strawberry together. However, it’s enchanting ! Silky, fruity and powerful, it feels like biting in a ripe fruit just picked up from the tree. It’s intense and refreshing ! 

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    Grape variety

    The blend of grenache, syrah and carignan is very typical from the southern Rhône Valley. Genache gives fruity aromas and sweetness, syrah brings some spicy flavours and carignan gives structure thanks to its high level in tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple and bright dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of red fruits and garigue.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Duck livers
    Tripe sausage
    Saint-Nectaire
    Red berry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Vines were planted in Château Gigognan when Gaule was a province of the Roman Empire. Later, the Archbishops of Avignon made this area their land along with neighbouring Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Then, various aristocratic families owned successively the vineyard, which is always good as they obviously wanted to have good wine at their table. Nowadays, Jacques and Sophie Callet perpetuate the grandeur of Château Gigognan by making wines worthy of being on the best tables./p>

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    Terroir

     Planted on a sunny terroir, Château Gigognan’s vines are also in a place where strong winds blow, notably the warm and powerful mistral. Thus, berries ripen but keep their freshness thanks to the wind. This kind of terroir gives amazing wines : the high level of sugar and alcohol given by the sun is balanced by wind’s freshness, and the result is a powerful wine with a great length. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2016 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    Silky, fruity and powerful, it feels like biting in a ripe fruit just picked up from the tree.

    £9.63 Public price £8.18 Subscribers' price

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  4. Languedoc 2015, Château de Jonquières, Languedoc

    Languedoc 2015, Château de Jonquières, Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Languedoc is not only about strong wines with high level of tannins and aromas of ripe fruits. Château de Jonquières is quite the opposite with its delicate aromas of flowers, slightly enhanced by white pepper. It’s always nice to see that some winemakers enjoy giving a different expression of their terroir. This freshness and length is particularly remarkable. 

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    Grape variety

    It’s uncommon to see such a balanced blend ! In this case, that also gives a perfectly balanced wine : syrah brings tannins and a bit of pepper, grenache provides alcohol and the hint of ripeness, carignan gives flowery aromas and cinsault brings some extra acidity that underline the wine’s freshness.

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    Appearance

     A beautiful raspberry dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of rose and white pepper.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken salad
    Roasted partridge
    Laguiole cheese
    Plum cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château de Jonquières was built in the 12th Century and has been since transmitted from generation to generation. And quality is not something new there, as in 1889 one of their wines received a silver medal in a wine competition which allowed them to start selling their wines in Canada ! Nowadays, Charlotte et Clément de Béarn (32nd generation!!) are in charge of carrying on the Family legacy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Chateau de Jonquières is located just under the Causse du Larzac plateau. The vines enjoy warm southern winds from the Mediterranean as well as fresh masses of air falling down from the nearing plateau. Therefore, the temperature gets neither too high nor too low. This kind of conditions favours a slow but regular maturation which gives to the grapes a remarkable complexity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2016 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    It’s always nice to see that some winemakers enjoy giving a different expression of their terroir.

    £13.27 Public price £11.28 Subscribers' price

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  5. Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2012, Maison Hervé Kerlann, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune

    Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2012, Maison Hervé Kerlann, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Burgundy’s red wines arefascinating : they all are elaborated with the same grape variety and yet they offer an astonishing diversity. This is due to the unique diversity of terroirs in the region. This Hautes Côtes de Beaune displays beautiful aromas of raspberry and rose delicately enhanced by a gentle acidity and very thin tannins. However, pinot noir is a fragile and demanding variety : do not hesitate to aerate it several hours before service so it fully displays its bouquet. 

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    Grape variety

    In Burgundy, all the great white wines come from chardonnay and all the red from pinot noir. But if chardonnay is robust and can be planted virtually everywhere, pinot noir is different. Indeed, pinot needs sun to develop its aromas but not too much heat. Moreover, it needs wind to remain healthy. Therefore, pinot enjoys sloppy northern region, like Burgundy and Champagne where it is widely grown !

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    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with fluid tears..

     

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    Nose

    An expressive and floral nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and semi-sweet mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open 4 hours before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken salad
    Turkey breast
    Soumaintrain cheese
    Raspberry tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In Burgundy, most estates go from one generation to another. But not all the time ! Indeed, Hervé Kerlann comes from a Family of…Bordeaux’s wine merchants ! However, it’s in Beaune that Hervé chose to keep on developing the Family’s business, notably buying Château de Laborde in 1998 from Hospices de Beaune./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Long strip bordering Côte de Beaune’s villages on the west, Hautes Côtes de Beaune are a succession of hills and valleys. Thus, vines are all planted on slopes which allow them to benefit from a good exposure to sun and wind. It ensures a good level of ripeness, which is very important in such a northern region, and keeps the wine healthy, also very important for pinot noir, a noticeably fragile grape variety. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2016 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    This Hautes Côtes de Beaune displays beautiful aromas of raspberry and rose delicately enhanced by a gentle acidity and very thin tannins.

    £23.75 Public price £20.18 Subscribers' price

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  6. Origami 2012, Château l’Evêché, Bordeaux

    Origami 2012, Château l’Evêché, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    In this month of April, I am proud to present you Origami by Chateau l’Evêché. This wine is a perfect example of the best you can find on the right bank of Bordeaux ! Its main characteristic is an amazing smoothness that will enchant your buds. Moreover, this wine is amazingly balanced and blackberries aromas pair perfectly with vanilla flavours brought by a delicate maturation in oak barrels. 

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    Grape variety

    This wine is mainly elaborated with merlot as are most wines from Bordeaux’s right bank. Merlot gives flattering fruity wines but needs a lot of care and attention to gain complexity. Indeed, merlot is a fertile variety which gives high quantity of low quality wines when it’s let entirely free. Like other right bank good winemakers, Chateau l’Evêché masters the art of stressing merlot so it gives powerful and refined wines.

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    Appearance

     A beautiful purple and bright dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of spicy and tertiary.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18° Open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson en croûte
    Barbecued offal skewers
    Fourme d’Ambert
    Chocolate canelés

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The history of Château l’Evêché starts several centuries ago when the bishop of the area asked peasants to plant vines around the chapel of Lescours. Château l’Evêché was born. It was then awaken in 2008 after a long hibernation when Jean Sébastien Capdevielle and Anthony Ginter got in charge of the 6 hectares located in Nerigean./p>

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    Terroir

     Château l’Evêché, a rising star of Saint-Emilion, also owns 6 hectares just on the other side of the Dordogne River. Merlot and cabernet franc, the only variety used in Château Cheval Blanc, are cultivated with as much care as for the Grand Cru. The only difference is that this side of the river is sunnier and wines are therefore a little sweeter. Yummy! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2016 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    This wine is amazingly balanced and blackberries aromas pair perfectly with vanilla flavours brought by a delicate maturation in oak barrels.

    £12.92 Public price £10.98 Subscribers' price

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  7. Ramage la Batisse 2013, Château Ramage la Batisse, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

    Ramage la Batisse 2013, Château Ramage la Batisse, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    You might have noticed that Château Ramage la Batisse is a “Cru Bourgeois”. What does it mean? Maybe you know that the wines made in Medoc (the prestigious part of Bordeaux’s left bank) were ranked in 1855. But since then, the ranking hasn’t changed even though a lot of new great wines emerged in Médoc. The “Cru Bourgois” ranking was created in 1932 to award these new talents from Médoc. 

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    Grape variety

    If merlot is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, it is pretty uncommon to find so much merlot in a wine from Médoc ! Indeed, in this part of Bordeaux, cabernet-sauvignon is the king as it gives its best on soils made of graves. However, this choice of adding a lot of merlot was good as it is what gives this wine its silky texture that swathes cabernet-sauvignon strong tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with a streaming drop..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose to the aromas of cedar and cherry.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a creamy texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18°C.  Open just before serving. until 2023

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Wild boar and foie gras terrine
    Grilled flank steak with shallot and red wine sauce
    Epoisses de Bourgogne
    Cherry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Since 1961, Château Ramage la Batisse has slowly but surely become a star of the Haut-Médoc. The 95 hectares of the estate were entrusted in 1990 to renowned winemaker Georges Pauli. Thanks to its hard work and the modernization of the winery, Château Ramage la Batisse eventually became a Cru Bourgeois in 2003. Well done Georges !

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    Terroir

     Located in the heart of Médoc, the vines are planted on a chalky underground whereas the ground itself is made of graves. So it is a poor soil that naturally limits the vines’ yield. Moreover, it challenges the vines which have to grow long roots in order to find their nutrients deep hence giving very high quality wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2016 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    You might have noticed that Château Ramage la Batisse is a “Cru Bourgeois”.

    £20.51 Public price £17.43 Subscribers' price

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  8. Château Saint-Estève 2013, Château Saint-Estève, Corbières

    Château Saint-Estève 2013, Château Saint-Estève, Corbières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is a deliciousconcentrate of fresh fruits and spices enhanced by just the right amount of woody aromas. The nose is so explosive that once the wine is poured in the glass, it’s really hard to resist to the desire of taking immediately a sip. This wine is a perfect example of the best Languedoc can give. This kind of wine is also very interesting because it’s so consensual that it can be paired with a lot of different dishes. 

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    Grape variety

    This delicious red wine from Corbières is a blend between the four most common grape varieties in Languedoc. Mourvedre is a little fragile, so it was abandoned after the phylloxera crisis. However, this variety gives a lot of complexity and increases the aging potential. Thus, since 1960, mourvedre has been widely re-planted in Provence and Languedoc.

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    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of strawberries and ginger.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapas
    Blood sausage
    Banon cheese
    Strawberries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Henry de Monfreid was a famous adventurer who explored the surroundings of the Red Sea. Hubert Latham was among the first who tried to fly over the English Channel … The least we can say is that Eric and Sylvie Latham’s ancestors did not lack audacity ! Neither do Eric and Sylvie who came back from Ivory Coast where they were selling cocoa and coffee to buy Chateau Saint-Esteve to fulfil their dream of making generous wines./p>

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    Terroir

     Located in the Corbières Mountains, Château Saint-Estève’s vines take advantage of the chalky soil of the region which gives fresh and acidulous aromas. Those balance the power given by the sun that shines strongly in this southern area. The vines are on average quite old which explains the high concentration of this wine. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2016 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    The nose is so explosive that once the wine is poured in the glass, it’s really hard to resist to the desire of taking immediately a sip.

    £11.75 Public price £9.98 Subscribers' price

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  9. Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon, Château de Teste Graves

    Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon, Château de Teste Graves

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, let’s go to Bordeaux to discover this magnificent batch by Château de Teste. This wine perfectly reveals the richness of its terroir during the tasting. The colour is purple with dark pink reflection. At the nose I smelled surprising aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus. The wine is also characterized by a good length and it ends on a nice touch of acidity. 

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    Grape variety

    Merlot is the most grown variety in Bordeaux. It is known for giving warm wines with sweet flavours, a silky texture and soft and discrete tannins. To give more structure to the wines, merlot is really often blended with cabernet-sauvignon, which used to be the main grape in the Bordeaux area until the 20th century and is known to have a stronger structure.

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    Appearance

     A beautiful purple dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Sensitive and pleasant nose to the aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus.

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    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 12°C et 14°C.  Open just before serving. until 2021

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Mushroom pie
    Roasted duck breast
    Saint-Nectaire cheese
    Roasted chestnuts

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in the bank of the Gironde River, Château de Teste overlooks the vines of the small village of Montprimpblanc which was before named Monte Primulus which means in Latin the daisies’ mountain. The vines did not always reign on the hills of the region! Nowadays, the daisies are gone and the estate belongs to Laurent Réglat, passionate winemaker who produces wines in several appellations: Sainte-Croix-du-Mont and Cadillac.

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    Terroir

     The specificity of the Graves appellation is that it got its name from its soil. In French, “graves” are round hard pebbles that are really appreciated by winemakers. Indeed, those retain the warmth provided by the sun during the day and give it back to the grapes at night. Therefore, the berries never stop ripening. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2016 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    At the nose I smelled surprising aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus.

    £21.51 Public price £18.29 Subscribers' price

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  10. La Chapelle-Lescours 2011, Château l’Evêché, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    La Chapelle-Lescours 2011, Château l’Evêché, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Château l’Evêché is ruled by skilled people ! Indeed, we already chose for My VitiBox their Bordeaux Supérieur and their first Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. There is their second Grand Cru that impressed us. Tannins are fine, the aromatic structure is very elegant and we get magnificent scents of ripen black berries, typical from high class merlots. On the palate, you will also find fine tastes of liquorice and hints of chocolate. 

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    Grape variety

    Merlot is the most widespread variety in Saint-Emilion and cabernet franc the noblest (it’s the only variety in Château Cheval Blanc). This nice blend gives the best both varieties have to offer : merlot expresses its delightful aromas of ripe fruits like plum and cabernet franc brings fine tannins and warm spices’ flavours like liquorice.

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    Appearance

     A purplish red dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 18° Open before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Gazpacho
    Roasted lamb
    Burrata cheese
    Chocolate tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Eight centuries old, Château l’Evêché really took off in 2008 when it was purchased by Jean-Sébastien Capdevielle. This former foie gras producer wanted to take a new challenge and spent four years looking for a terroir that inspired him. He eventually found Château l’Evêché where he did a huge work with his team to produce a few years later great wines considered to be rising stars in Saint-Emilion./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines used to elaborate La Chapelle-Lescours are planted on a soil made of fine clay and large heavy round pebbles called graves. This kind of soil perfectly regulates the water supply to make sure vine stocks get all the nutrients they need but are not flooded which could result in diluted wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2016 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    Tannins are fine, the aromatic structure is very elegant and we get magnificent scents of ripen black berries, typical from high class merlots

    £33.98 Public price £28.88 Subscribers' price

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  11. Le Prestige, Château les Donats, Bergerac

    Le Prestige, Château les Donats, Bergerac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine from Château les Donats is absolutely delicious and I am really proud to present it to you ! Very typical of the dry white wines from Bergerac, this batch displays nice aromas of citrus fruits and flowers wonderfully enhanced by a strong acidity that gives all this amazing liveliness to the wine. To pair it perfectly, I suggest you serve it with grilled white fish or oysters. 

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    Grape variety

    Sauvignon blanc in the most common white variety in the Loire Valley and in Bordeaux. It is known to give to the wines liveliness and refreshing aromas. In Bordeaux and Bergerac, it is often blend with sémillon, a very sweet variety, so as to balance its high level of sugar with acidity.

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    Appearance

     A greenish gold dress and crystal clear..

     

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    Nose

    Pleasant nose to the aromas of citrus.

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    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with smooth tear.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 10°C et 12° Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Oysters
    Smoked salmon
    Tomme cheese
    Orange salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In 1994, Patrick Somers, heir of a family of Belgian wine merchants and passionate about winemaking, decided to produce his own wine. To do so, he visited a few vineyards, and felt in love with Château les Donats that he bought and entirely renovated. To keep on improving the quality of the wines, he was joined in 2011 by the oenologist Olivier Verhelst who implemented new cultivation techniques and updated the winemaking process./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château les Donats’ vines cover 15 hectares on the sides a valley digged throughout the millenniums by the Dordogne River in the heart of Périgord. The plots have various exposures to the sun. This diversity allows choosing just the right exposure for each of the six grapes varieties that are grown in the vineyard. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2016 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    Very typical of the dry white wines from Bergerac, this batch displays nice aromas of citrus fruits and flowers wonderfully enhanced by a strong acidity that gives all this amazing liveliness to the wine.

    £11.51 Public price £9.79 Subscribers' price

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  12. Beaujolais Villages 2014, Château de l’Eclair

    Beaujolais Villages 2014, Château de l’Eclair

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I chose for you this nice Beaujolais Village by Château de l’Eclair, a winery I especially appreciate as I used to teach there wine tasting to tourists from all over the world ! This wine is a good example of the best Beaujolais can give when it comes to produce simple yet quality wines. I suggest you enjoy this wine before dinner paired with a nice charcuterie board. Will you be able to feel the carbonic maceration ? 

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    Grape variety

    This variety is often called “gamay noir à jus blanc” which means “black gamay with white juice”. The reason is that this variety is special: it has a very dark skin and a very white flesh. 98% of Beaujolais’ vines are gamay. Therefore, Beaujolais alone produces the two third of gamay grown worldwide. Gamay gives to the wine fresh fruity aromas with sometimes a hint of spice.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Attractive ruby dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose and pleasing the aromas of red berries..

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and light mouth in the fine tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 13°C and 14°C.  Open just before serving. Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Veal Milanese
    Pont-l’Evêque cheese
    Strawberry Charlotte

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    “L’éclair” refers to a device that allows winemakers to easily spray natural fertilisers on the vines. It was invented by Victor Vermorel, a French eccentric politician and inventor. Vermorel bought Château Convert in 1871 from a rich family from Lyon and gave it the name of his invention.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Beaujolais is divided between two kinds of soils: granite in the north and schist in the south. The best wines are elaborated on granitic soils, like the ones on which Château de l’Eclair’s vines are planted. Granite is known to give refinement and freshness to the wines as it stores water deeply and slowly waters the roots one drop after another while providing soft warmth to the grapes. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2015 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    This wine is a good example of the best Beaujolais can give when it comes to produce simple yet quality wines.

    £9.15 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

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  13. Bellegrave du Poujeau, Haut-Médoc 2011

    Bellegrave du Poujeau, Haut-Médoc 2011

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This little vineyard in Médoc is a nice discovery. The attack is very pleasant and the aromatic profile of this wine is complex, mainly based on strawberry and blackcurrant aromas perfectly enhanced by a marked acidity. This wine is at the beginning of its peak, but if you enjoy tertiary aromas, it will easily wait for you a few years in your cellar. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot and cabernet sauvignon is the most widespread blend in Bordeaux. Cabernet franc, without being rare, is less common. It’s the main variety in Chinon in the Loire Valley and it is often used in Bordeaux to complete the blends with its fresh red berries aromas.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Ruby deep colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose in the aromas of red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with fine tannins and a fluid texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C and 18°C.  Open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Bayonne ham
    Flank steak with shallot sauce
    Coulommiers cheese
    Red berries gratin

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château Bellegrave du Poujeau is a typical example of what is called a gardener’s wine. With only 4 hectares, Jean-Pierre Cantelaube can give a lot of attention to each of his vine stocks. For example, they are all pruned individually which allow to reach the highest level of ripeness possible each time, so there are no more bad vintages!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines are planted on a particularly thick ground of Graves. These big and hard round pebbles do not retain water and nutrients on the contrary to the layer of clay these lie on. Therefore, vines’ roots have to struggle through the pebbles to get their water and nutrients in the clay. It is a good thing as it forces the vine to be stronger so as to reveal the whole potential of the grapes! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2015 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    The attack is very pleasant and the aromatic profile of this wine is complex, mainly based on strawberry and blackcurrant aromas perfectly enhanced by a marked acidity.

    £21.51 Public price £18.28 Subscribers' price

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  14. Château Le Thys 2012, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Château Le Thys 2012, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Cadillac is a small unknown appellation of Bordeaux, which is a shame as there are magnificent wines elaborated there! Château Le Thys is a good example. Even if it was acquired a few years ago by its neighbour Château Birot, grapes are still vinified separately so as to reveal the whole potential of this specific terroir along the Garonne River.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If you like merlot, this wine is for you. Château Le Thys is the perfect example of what can give well grown merlot. Indeed, it displays seductive aromas and a silky texture with thin and refined tannins. This explains why merlot can be found all over the world! Chile, Australia, Hungary... it is everywhere!

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet color in the smooth tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose, in the aromas of spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 16°C  Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Hare terrine
    Peppercorn steak
    Camembert cheese
    Chocolate pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    If on a trip in the Bordeaux region you feel like tasting Château Le Thys’ wines, you’ll be welcomed in Chateau Birot, an astonishing 18th century castle. It was entirely renovated in 1989 by Eric and Helene Fournier-Casteja. Nowadays, two out of their five sons rule the Family Estate.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château le Thys’ vines cover around 40 hectares and their specificity is that they are surrounded by tree hedges. It’s a great perk as it protects the grapes from strong winds in their youth (when they are too fragile to stand it) and the soil from erosion. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2015 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    Cadillac is a small unknown appellation of Bordeaux, which is a shame as there are magnificent wines elaborated there!

    £9.15 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

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  15. Château d'Eck 2012, Pessac Léognan

    Château d'Eck 2012, Pessac Léognan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    It’s as if the beauty of Château d’Eck reflects on its wines like the sun in a mirror. This magnificent castle makes the pride of the Pessac-Léognan appellation. The wine displays aromas of cherry and wood, especially cedar. If you wish, you can keep it in your cellar so its aromas and texture evolve: it can ages up to seven years! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The merlot is fruity and low in tannins. The cabernet sauvignon is strong in tannins and displays mainly vegetal aromas. The two were made to complete each other. And that is what Bordeaux is all about since the blend merlot and cabernet sauvignon is the most typical one there. But I would like to draw your attention to the petit verdot. It has always been present in Bordeaux, and since it is not sensitive to rot, it is more and more grown as the winemakers try to cut on pesticides.

    Oeil

    appearance

     Garnet colour, mat and steady..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open to the aromas of spices and red berries.

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Intense mouth in the present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 15°C et 17°C.  open just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Parisian duck pie with foie gras
    Tournedos rossini
    Camembert cheese
    Cherry clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in Cadaujac just outside of Bordeaux, the Château d’Eck is a real medieval castle where one of the best wines of Pessac-Léognan is made. The castle was the first property of the Duke of Aquitaine and then it belonged to the King of England when the region was under English domination. François Eck inherited the castle and the estate in 1824 and gave it his own name!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Pessac-Léognan appel-lation was created 30 years ago to distinguish the best part of the Graves appellation. Graves is a big appellation that got its name from the stones that lie on the ground (Graves means pebble in old French) and helps the grapes to mature by accumulating the heat during the day and redistributing it during the night. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2015 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    If you wish, you can keep it in your cellar so its aromas and texture evolve: it can ages up to seven years!

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price

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  16. Château d'Epiré 2013, Savennières

    Château d'Epiré 2013, Savennières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I am really glad to present you Château d’Epiré as I think it is the best way to discover one of the best appellations in the Loire Valley for white wines: Savennières. The smell is expressive, with flavours of green apple and lemon. The taste is fresh and the finish displays displays very nice mineral aromas, typical from Savennières. Do not forget to serve it chilled, between 8 and 10°C!  

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    Grape variety

    In Savennières, things are simple as there is only one variety planted: chenin. This variety fully expresses its potential on grounds of limestone, which was also used to build the Châteaux de la Loire. Just remember that chenin is an elegant variety with refined aromas of tree fruits, dried fruits, citrus fruits, white flowers and even honey. Sounds good, doesn’t it ?

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light yellow, bright and translucent colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Flavours of green apple and lemon.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Lively and slightly acid mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 8°C and 10°C.  Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sea urchins
    Grilled zander
    Goat cheese
    Candied lemons

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Many people in the Savennières area consider the Château d’Epiré an historical treasure. Indeed, it is the only vineyard that has remained in the same family, the Bizard family, since the 17th Century. Nowadays, it is Luc who manages the vineyard with the will of giving to his wines the mineral aromas typical from Savennières and to perpetuate the family traditions.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Savennières’reputation comes from its dry white wines, often called the « Grands Crus » of the Loire Valley. The terroir of Savennières is located in a microclimate that offers the benefits of not having too many thunderstorms. Thus, the grapes mature faster and better than around the appellation. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2015 / bouteille

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    The taste is fresh and the finish displays displays very nice mineral aromas, typical from Savennières. Do not forget to serve it chilled, between 8 and 10°C!

    £14.45 Public price £12.28 Subscribers' price

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  17. Château Lacaussade Saint-Martin, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Château Lacaussade Saint-Martin, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Bordeaux is mostly famous thanks to the wines elaborated in Médoc on the left bank of the Gironde River. The dominant variety there is cabernet sauvignon. On the right bank, merlot is the main variety so the wines are known to be fruitier and less tannic. This one has spent 6 months aging in oak barrels: do you feel the aromas of wood and vanilla? 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot is the main variety in the Bordeaux region. The tale is that its name comes from the blackbirds, merles in French, who love to peck the grapes of merlot. It blends very well with the cabernet sauvignon known for its tannins. Indeed, merlot gives balance to the blend by bringing nice aromas of red berries, plum and spices.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Purple colour with colored tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense, pleasant, wooded, vanilla and soft nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Round mouth in velvet tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Between15°C and 17°C.  Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Paté
    Flank steak with shallot
    Un Rocamadour cheese
    Vanilla Éclairs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    When Jacques Chardat arrived in 1991, the Château Lacaussade Saint-Martin was kind of a sleeping beauty. This oenologist from the University of Bordeaux was very ambitious, and started buying new vines to improve the global quality of the wine. More than 20 years later, the vineyard is now 50 hectares (it was 18 hectares in 1991) and produces a wine appreciated by some of the most influential wine critics.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Along the Gironde River, the Chateau Lacaussade Saint-Martin is located on a poor ground made of a limestone vein, specific to the terroir which name is Blayais. As you might already know, the vines are fond of poor grounds. Indeed, the vine has to suffer from water stress in order to give concentrated fruits. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2015 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    This one has spent 6 months aging in oak barrels: do you feel the aromas of wood and vanilla?

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

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  18. Château de Mercey, Maison Antonin Rodet, Mercurey

    Château de Mercey, Maison Antonin Rodet, Mercurey

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Mercurey is not any appellation in Burgundy. Indeed, it is the biggest appellation in the Côte Chalonnaise sub-region and it is known for the intensity of red berries aromas the terroir gives to pinot noir there. This batch is particularly remarkable as it blends the aromas typical of Mercurey with refined woody notes that bring more complexity and smoky aromas. A great wine ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Wines made from pinot noir have the specificity of displaying a light colour. Tasted during their youth, the wines have fresh aromas of cherry, raspberry and blackberry. As the wine ages, these aromas evolve into more ripened fruits and leather. The good news is that only the pinot noirs elaborated on the best terroirs can age, which is absolutely the case with this wonderful Mercurey that can age up to 6 years.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Pleasant nose to the aromas of blackcurrant, raspberry and smoke.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 164°C.  Open just before serving. until 2022

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Rillettes
    Beef stew
    Epoisses cheese
    Blackcurrant ice cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In 1875, Antoine Rodet, son of a grocer, inherited a few hectares of land after he married the daughter of a farmer. At that time, the area of Chalon-sur-Saône was going through an economic boom and the young Antoine took the opportunity to invest in agricultural equipment to turn his farm into a vineyard. A few years later, his ambitious son Antonin took over, gave the vineyard his name, and developed it, building the basis of the large and famous winery that Rodet is nowadays.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyards in Mercurey benefit from a special terroir as it lies on a hilly relief that alternates gentle and steep slopes. This kind of relief has a huge advantage: it allows winemakers to harvest grapes that were grown under different exposures to the sun and with different levels of water stress so as to elaborate wine with a lot of complexity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2016 / bouteille

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    It is the biggest appellation in the Côte Chalonnaise sub-region and it is known for the intensity of red berries aromas the terroir gives to pinot noir there.

    £22.09 Public price £18.78 Subscribers' price

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  19. Tradition Blanc 2015, Château Val-Joanis, Côtes du Luberon

    Tradition Blanc 2015, Château Val-Joanis, Côtes du Luberon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Dear subscribers, why don’t you close your eyes for a moment. You’re lying down in fresh grass next to a tree, in front of the Mont Ventoux in southern France, just where Provence begins. Your nose gets fresh aromas of citrus fruits led by a delicate note of lemon. In the mouth, the silky texture is an enchantment. A nice minerality tickles your tongue, and gives a nice mouthfeel and length on the palate. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Roussane, one of the greatest variety used for southern white wine, is mainly used in the Rhône valley and in Provence. It’s not that usual to find it blended with vermentino, another southern white variety, but they fit perfectly together. Vermentinon gives thisk wines with a creamy texture and fruity aromas, roussane brings vegetal flavours, minerality and freshness. The whole results in a very balanced and elegant wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish gold dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fermented and citrus fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between10°C et 12° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Taramasalata
    Grilled white fish
    Goat cheese
    Lemon pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    What makes Ventoux unique is the fact it is the only appellation in the area to be more famous for its white wines than for its reds. Leonard Rozen, who bought the wine estate in 2011, very understood this specificity and decided to bet on White wines ; hence, he lead his team to replace parcels previously planted with black varieties by white ones. However, Rozen not only planted new vines, but also grew one of the most famous garden in the region; therefore, your wine was elaborated in perfect weather conditions in a breathtaking scenery !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Luberon’s vines have been flourishing in the softness of Mediterranean climate since the Roman Empire. Planted high, in the heart of Verdon natural reserve, vines take advantage of long sunny days and fresh nights which give the wine its refinement and natural elegance. The soil is made from limestone and clay, which gives the wine an acidulous flavour which adds some freshness, quite appreciated in this southern region ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2017 / bouteille

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    In the mouth, the silky texture is an enchantment.

    £8.23 Public price £7.00 Subscribers' price

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  20. Per Dona 2014, Château Dona Baissas, Côtes du Roussillon Villages

    Per Dona 2014, Château Dona Baissas, Côtes du Roussillon Villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is a true lesson of seduction. Per Dona (« for the woman » in Catalan) displays a purple red robe, releases aromas reminiscent of strawberry and cocoa and its tannins are soft as silk. Château Dona Baissas managed to put all the charms of a wine in the same bottle ; I am a spellbound man ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If Château Dona Baissas is a typical blend of southern wines, this is for a very good reason. Indeed, this assembly forms a very complementary trio. Grenache is expressed by its notes of red fruits, the syrah gives the freshness and a hint of spice and the Carignan carries off the matter with its tannins. A trio that expresses itself perfectly under the sun of Roussillon.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruit and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between17°C et 18° 1 hour before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Beef carpaccio with strawberries
    Lamb tajine
    Ossau-Iraty
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château Dona Baissas has been classified as one of the best wines of Languedoc-Roussillon since 1988, but its reputation is older than that. During the French Empire, a bunch of Napoleon’s officers discovered this little vineyard and fell in love with the beauty of the landscape, the quality of the wine and the owner. They therefore baptized the estate Mas de la Dona (« Mas of the woman » in Catalan). If the name evolved, the Dona persisted./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     At 200 meters above sea level, facing the Mediterranean Sea and facing south, the vineyard dominates Roussillon. The parcels are sloping and the soil is rich in brown schists. The schist, a flaky and fractured rock, allows the grapevines to infiltrate up to 7 - 8 meters into the ground to get the rainwater and minerals it needs to be fully developed. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2017 / bouteille

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    Per Dona (« for the woman » in Catalan) displays a purple red robe, releases aromas reminiscent of strawberry and cocoa and its tannins are soft as silk.

    £11.33 Public price £9.63 Subscribers' price

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