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  1. Cuvée les galets, 2011, Domaine des Hauts-Chassis, Crozes-Hermitage

    Cuvée les galets, 2011, Domaine des Hauts-Chassis, Crozes-Hermitage

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    I discovered this prestigious wine when I visited the vineyards of the Rhône Valley. The syrah offers in this case a perfect equilibrium between fruit and tannins and it offers a strong wine with a beautiful aromatic intensity !

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    A cuvée 100% syrah produced by 20 to 50 years-old vineyards. The syrah is the most common red grape variety in the Crozes-Hermitage region. A surprising fact: some winemakers sometimes blend the syrah with a maximum of 15% of white grape varieties such as Marsanne or Roussanne!

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     Appearance

     Nice light grenat colour with violet reflections. Micro-bubbles in suspension..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    a tempty nose of pure syrah with a nice intensity, pleasant and lightly woody. Also the nose is dominated by flavours of wild flowers and red fruits such as the blackcurrant, together with notes of minerals such the shale.

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     Taste

    The wine is greedy, supple and flowery (violet) on the palate

    Verre

     Service

    To serve between 13°C et 15°C. No need for decanting. Keeping time: until 2017.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Steak tartare
    Pot-roasted guinea fowl with young vegetables 

    saint marcellin
    Cherry cake

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Franck Faugiers runs the winery, a family business since three generations. Passionate of rugby, Franck loves his work. He practices the environmental friendly viticulture with a real respect of fuits and vines and each year he participates to the hand-harvest with his team. 

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    The terroir

    The Hauts Chassis winery is located in the south of the area of the designation Crozes-Hermitage, in the village La Roche sur Glun. Crozes Hermitage is the most prestigious appellation of the northside of the Rhone Valley. The winery stretches for 32 acres where 29 are dedicated to the production of red wines. The soil is rich in glacial-fluvial sediments such as clay, sand and pebbles that have been transported by the glaciers and then transported by the rivers.

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by case of 3 and 6 bottles until the 31 August 2013. Delivery in 21 days. 

    The syrah here offers a perfect balance of fruits and tannins and give us a great wine.

    £18.20 Public price £15.50 Subscribers' price

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  2. Les Terrassettes 2011, Clos de l'Anhel, Corbières

    Les Terrassettes 2011, Clos de l'Anhel, Corbières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    “ Sophie Giraudin considers Les Terrassettes as “the cuvee for my friends”. It’s the most important and representative between all her wines. This tipple is light and complex at the same time, and this is what I love most. It’s rare to find a quality carignan, however, when they are well made, they are simply wonderful!”

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The varietal carignan perfectly complements the syrah and it finds its natural environment in the Corbières. Once, carignan had a bad reputation due to its large diffusion. Thanks to the progress in winemaking techniques, many winemakers produce great wines based on this grape variety.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet colour, deeply shining with many purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose is complex and immediately surrounded by fresh red fruits. Notes of cassis and wild blackberry inebriate our senses. Light aromas of thyme and rosemary add on top of red fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Generous and elegant on the palate, this wine is very well balanced and shows some nice velvet tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Temperature: between 13 et 15°C.  Open 1 hour before serving. Keeping potential between until 2018 or more

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Italians bruschette 
    Pizza napoletana/p>

    Soft Goat Cheese

    Fresh Fig cake

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Owner of this winery since 2000, Sophie Giraudin likes calling herself “zero-generation winemaker”. She only produces Bio-certified wines and she also respects some principles of biodynamic agriculture. This practice consists in intensifying the exchange between grapevines and their environment (soil and air). The goal is to reach a better expression of the terroir and producing beautiful wines.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Vineyards are situated in the heart of the Corbière denomination and they grow on clayey-limestone and silt-laden soil. Silts are granular material of a size somewhere between sand and clay and they occur as soil on a surface water body. Silts are very beneficial for soil’s fertility. Finally, the name of this wine comes from its terraced vineyards. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 21 days.

    This tipple is light and complex at the same time, and this is what I love most.

    £11.80 Public price £10.03 Subscribers' price

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  3. Château d'Estoublon 2007, AOP les Baux de Provence

    Château d'Estoublon 2007, AOP les Baux de Provence

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « The Château d’Estoublon is very well-known in Provence, and is often rewarded by renowed oenologists. This wine was produced seven years ago, and we start feeling the aging bouquets (the ones that appear only when wine is getting old). Will you be able to identify aromas of strawberry, rose and blueberry? »

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     Grape variety

    This wine is a blend of several grape varieties: 30% of Grenache, 30% of Shiraz, 30% of Mourvedre and 10% of Cabernet-Sauvignon. It is a typical blend in Provence, but the Cabernet- Sauvignon, originated from the Bordeaux region, brings nice aromas from this region.

    Oeil

     Eye

     Nice light garnet robe with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose, with strawberry, fresh mint, flowers and blueberry aromas.

    Bouche

     Mouth

    The mouth is round and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 13 and 15°C. Open just before serving. To taste now or until 2019.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Tabbouleh
    Leg of lamb with herbs

    Camembert

    Strawberry milkshake

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker family

    It’s been 15 years the Reboul family has been owning the Château d’Estoublon. Since the 15th century, this Château is one of the main wheat producers in Provence. Its name comes from the term “Estouble” that means wheat in Provencal, the language of Provence.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyard of Château d’Estoublon is located at the bottom of the rocky spur of the Baux de Provence village. This village is considered as one of the most beautiful villages in France! Wines produced with this AOP are round, without being fat. Enjoy the fruits aromas and the delicacy of this powerful cuvee. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 31th july 2014. Delivery within 21 days. 

    The Château d’Estoublon is very well-known in Provence, and is often rewarded by renowed oenologists.

    £23.23 Public price £19.80 Subscribers' price

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  4. Les Fumées Blanches - Réserve 2016, François Lurton, Côtes de Gascogne

    Les Fumées Blanches - Réserve 2016, François Lurton, Côtes de Gascogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    When you open a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, you expect to find all the freshness and the minerality that characterize this grape variety. But this wine is the exception that proves the rule. This cuvée seduced me with its thick creaminess that perfectly carries its minerality and its citrus aromas. I discovered a new facet of the South West sauvignon, quite untypical, but a real delight ! 

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    Grape variety

    Mainly grown in the Loire Valley, in Bordeaux and in the South-West, sauvignon’s success story goes even beyond French borders and is now famous all around the world. However, depending on the region of production, the sauvignon displays quite different flavours : citrus fruits in the south-west, vegetal, mineral and exotic notes in New Zealand, or stony aromas in the Loire Valley !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish gold dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of exotic and citrus fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between10°C et 12° 1 hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Stuffed clams
    Fish&Chips
    Fresh goat cheese
    Lemon cheesecake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    François Lurton embodies the fifth generation of this great family of winegrowers that is the Lurton family and which is at the origin of this nice wine. Fumées Blanches - Réserve comes from an association of various Côtes de Gascogne sauvignon plots, combining different aromatic profiles to create wines with complex and delicate aromas./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in the heart of Gascony, the vineyard is under the influence of oceanic climate. Thanks to the closeness of the Pyrenees mountains, the high temperature gap between day and night is ideal to preserve sauvignon blanc’s aromas. Indeed, the sugar production is stimulated during the warm period of the day and the natural acidity of the grapes is preserved during the cool period. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2017 / bouteille

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

    This cuvée seduced me with its thick creaminess that perfectly carries its minerality and its citrus aromas.

    £9.16 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

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  5. Les Racines 2014, Château du Vieux Puit, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

    Les Racines 2014, Château du Vieux Puit, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    What a straight and gourmet wine ! If the wines from Blayais are well known for their abundant yet softened tannins, this Vieux Puit seduced us also by the complexity of its aromas. Fruity flavours of blackberry, spicy pepper and liquorice, and even chocolate, worn by fine and melted tannins. A great success. 

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    Grape variety

    4 grape varieties in this cuvée ‘’Les Racines’’, which is rather rare in Bordeaux! Moreover, the cuvée gives an important place to two "small" grape varieties, since petit verdot and malbec together account for 8% of the blend. A superb Blaye that offers both the enchanting aroma of Merlot and the beautiful structure of the more spicy and tannic varieties.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruity, spice, vegetal and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 18°C; 1 hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sweet potatoes soufflé
    Roasted veal and grilled vegetables
    Rocamadour
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Château du Vieux Puit has belonged to the Bouillac family for about fifty years. In addition to being among the best winemakers in their area, the family also grows vine stocks. This craft, which requires a great deal of know-how, consists in cultivating different varieties of vine plants so as to sell those other wine estates.Real expertise, from root to grape. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The appellations such as Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux (formerly called Premières-Côtes-de-Blaye) or Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux (formerly called Côtes de Castillon) reveal a Bordeaux vineyard in perpetual evolution. Although these two appellations are not the flagship appellations of Bordeaux, they are very trendy and often reveal the best value for the money spent !  

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2017 / bouteille

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

    Fruity flavours of blackberry, spicy pepper and liquorice, and even chocolate, worn by fine and melted tannins.

    £11.86 Public price £10.08 Subscribers' price
  6. Les Secrets de la Licorne 2017, Domaine de Brunely, Vacqueyras

    Les Secrets de la Licorne 2017, Domaine de Brunely, Vacqueyras

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Located on the astonishing Dentelles de Montmirail, Vacqueyras is not the most famous appellation in the Southern Rhone valley but it is known in the region as the appellation that defines the style of what should à Southern Rhone wine taste like. Secrets de la Licorne complies with that rule with its strong tannins, its full body and its long finish.  

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    Grape variety

    Grenache gives deep fruity wines with a dark colour. It’s often blended with Syrah to give freshness and flowery flavours and sometimes with Mourvedre as in this cuvee where it brings tannins and peppery aromas.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A grenat robe with viscous tears and marked intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant and expressive nose to the aromas of black fruits and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth with delicate tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18° open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tomato pie
    Tajine
    Brousse
    Tiramisu

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Brunely’s story started in Sarrians, one of the village part of the Vacqueyras appellation. The winery built it expertise on this appellation before expanding on almost all the appellations in Southern Rhone valley. The unicorn (Licorne in French) you’ll see on the label was a sculpture given by the pope Martin the 5th to Mr Pellegirin de Brunnelis who fought to defend the Pope’s land in Central Italy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     This 1441 hectares wide terroir is cut in many parcels of small sizes which make the work of winemakers very demanding. The appellation benefits from a good sunshine and regular winds which give fresh and harmonious wines with more finesse than the neighbouring appellations.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2019 / bouteille

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

    Secrets de la Licorne complies with that rule with its strong tannins, its full body and its long finish.

    £22.23 Public price £18.95 Subscribers' price
  7. Les Saint-Jacques 2016, Domaine de l'Ecette, Rully

    Les Saint-Jacques 2016, Domaine de l'Ecette, Rully

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This cuvee from Domaine de l’Ecette shows how much Rully is a terroir that gives refined and elegant wines. Pinot noir, known to be among the most elegant varieties is here at its best. It displays its intense fruity flavours (mainly cherry) with mushrooms and spicy aromas that bring complexity. The main aftertaste is remarkably long and enjoyable. 

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    Grape variety

    Pinot Noir prefers to grow away from the sea as it does not like humidity. Indeed, it is very fragile and falls ill easily. A terroir of limestone, and very filtering stone, are a great addition to protect vine stocks from too much water. It is this magic combination that allowed Burgundy to become and by far the best place in the world to grow Pinot Noir.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with thick tears and sensational brilliance..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant and expressive nose to the aromas of black fruits, spices, vegetal and wood.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth with lively acidity.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18° open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Vegetable custard
    Beef Bourguignon
    Fougerus
    Tropézienne raspberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Descendant of an old winemaking Family, Jean Daux set up in Rully in 1983. At that time, he used to grow 9 hectares of wine. After studying winemaking, his son Vincent took over in 1997 and bought new parcels. Nowadays, Domaine de l’Ecette is 17 hectares wide, which is quite big for this region where the estates measure only a few hectares./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Rully is located in southern Burgundy, which is a great region to find amazing wines for more affordable prices than the Grand Crus, mainly located in Northern Burgundy. Its specificity is that it enjoys more sun and therefore displays riper aromas. If you have to make a trip to Burgundy, know that the winemakers are more likely to welcome tourists in this area which also is very beautiful !  

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2019 / bouteille

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

    The main aftertaste is remarkably long and enjoyable.

    £23.83 Public price £20.31 Subscribers' price
  8. Chinon - Les Charmes 2009 - Domaine Charles Joguet

    Chinon - Les Charmes 2009 - Domaine Charles Joguet

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    This great bottle testifies the renewal of the winery Charles Jouquet located at Chinon. The grape variety 100% cabernet franc, with its notes of spices, perfectly matches a juicy grilled steak.

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    Grape variety

    The only grape variety of this wine is the cabernet franc. It has a medium-dark appearance, fine tannins and aromas of red fruits and spices. It’s well known for his spicy flavour of red pepper.

    Oeil

     Appearance

    A very beautiful violet colour streaked with bluish-purple and coloured tears.

    Nez

     Nose

    The pleasant nose opens up with notes of wild and grass. You can discover aromas of red pepper, hay, vanilla and even pepper.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Dense and powerful mouthfeel, with good ripe tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve at 16°C. To lay down up to 8 years.

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    It perfectly matches a juicy grilled steak with roasted vegetables. Followed by French Brie cheese and a cherry clofoutis as a dessert.

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Before opening a winery, Chales Joguet was a painter. He has been between the first wine makers in the Loire region to adopt the enclosed winemaking that consists in dividing the vine in smaller areas and vinifying separately the grape coming from each section.

     Terroir

    The terroir

    Chinon, located in the hearth of the Val de Loire, is a small and prestigious vineyard. It extends over approximately 5700 acres, divided into nineteen villages. The vines are exposed to two main types of soil:

    1/ The gravel terraces, which give us light and flavourful wines called “Easter wine” or “Spring wine”.

    2/ The limestone and clayey-siliceous slopes give us wines that can be kept for years. This wine comes from this side of vineyard.

    My VitiBox, July 2013 / bouteille

    Sold by case of 3 and 6 bottles until the 31 August 2013. Delivery in 21 days

    This great bottle testifies the renewal of the winery Charles Jouquet located at Chinon. Save 23% in comparison to the wine shops.

    £17.50 Public price £15.00 Subscribers' price

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  9. Cuvée Terre d'argence, 2011, Mourgues du grés, vin de Pays du Gard

    Cuvée Terre d'argence, 2011, Mourgues du grés, vin de Pays du Gard

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    While observing the elegant appearance and the green tones of this wine, I think of the name of this fine wine produced in the Terre d’Argence. It refers to silvery shimmer of alders’ and olives’ leaves moved by the Mistral wind. This wine tasting reveals a generous, mineral and elegant wine. One of Robert Parker’s favourite.

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    The grape variety

    35% Viognier, 30% Petit Manseng, 20% Roussanne, 25% Marsanne. The main grape variety is the viognier, cultivated in the savage vines of the Rhône region. It produces high quality white wines. They are smooth, fat, generous and perfumed on the palate.

    Oeil

    The appearance

     A lovely white gold with sun reflections and transparent and shiny appearance..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    The nose is intense and reveals the floral part of the viognier grape and the exotic perfume of the roussanne, emphasized by woody notes of this wine aged in oak barrels.

    Bouche

    Taste

    The mouth is rich, soft and fresh with a nice balance

    Verre

     Service

    To serve between 10°C and 12°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping time: until 2016.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    toasts of green tapenade (en guise d'apéritif)
    Cod brandade
    Goat cheese
    exotic fruit salad (mango, ananas, papaya)

     

     Anecdote

     Facts on the winemaker

    Before taking over the family business in 1990, the wine expert François Collard worked for the winery Château Lafite Rothschild at Bordeaux. Together with his wife François exploits the potential of this land by producing exceptional wines!

     Terroir

    The terroir

     This white wine is classified as a “Vin de Pays du Gard”. The vineyards are located between the southern regions of Rhône and Camargue. The soil is mostly composed of pebbles of sandstones that allow the ground to absorb the sunrays during the day and free them during the night to preserve the freshness and the purity of grapes. The Mistral wind blows on the vines for one third of the year and it assure a natural purification of the vineyards, reducing the need for sanitary treatments.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, juillet. 2013 / bouteille

    Sold by case of 3 or 6 bottles until 30 September 2013. Delivery within 21 days. 

    This tasting reveals a generous, mineral and elegant wine. One of the favourite of Robert Parker.

    £11.70 Public price £9.90 Subscribers' price

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  10. Les Sires de La Tour Carnet 2008

    Les Sires de La Tour Carnet 2008

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    Last march you have tasted the Carillon du Château Fombrauge de Bernard Magrez. This month I would like to suggest you another wine Médoc: this Grand Cru is made by the Château Tour Carnet, a winery that was previously owned by the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne. The particularity of its vineyards is to use suspended wine lees to increase the aromas of the wine.

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     Grape variety

    A wine blend typical for this region: merlot gives suppleness to wine whereas the cabernet sauvignon confers body, tannic structure and long keeping potential. The 18-years-old ageing in oak barrels allows the aromas to shine!

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Nice light garnet colour, deep and shining. Microbubbles in suspension. Purplish reflections and coloured streaks.

    Nez

     Nose

    The nose is very elegant, pleasant, delicate and pure. We can smell an original mineralogy with iodized notes (oyster shell).

    Bouche

     Taste

    The taste is silky, fresh and harmonic. You can find a retro-olfaction of licorice and menthol.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve between 14°C and 16°C. Open just before serving. Keeping time: until 2016.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Salmon tartare
    Turbot fillet with merlot sauce 

    Livarot 
    Black chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

     The winemakers

    Known for his special wines, Bernard Magrez is a self-made man who became the first owner of the prestigious classified wine (Grands Crus Classés) in Bordeaux. 

     Terroir

    The terroir

    LThe winery is characterised by a soil composed of a calcareous clay basements covered with a thick layer of gravels called “gunziennes”. The same stones that you can find at the famous hill of La Tour Carnet. The gravels gunziennes were originally transported by glaciers and they are are poor in mineral and very draining. They oblige the roots of the vines to go deeply into the ground to find their nutriments.

     

     

    My VitiBox, Septembre. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by case of 3 and 6 bottles until 30 September 2013. Delivery within 21 days. 

    The particularity of its vineyards is to use suspended wine lees to increase the aromas of the wine. This allow the production of deep wines with a long-term stability.

    £21.20 Public price £18.02 Subscribers' price

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  11. Roc des Mates 2010, Château de Cazeneuve, Pic Saint-Loup

    Roc des Mates 2010, Château de Cazeneuve, Pic Saint-Loup

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    “Roc des Mates is strong, tannic and velvety at the same time. The taste is pleasant and silky. It has a long keeping potential thanks to his 18 ageing in barrels. Here you have a fine wine, very representative of the Pic Saint-Loup denomination. This very tannic wine will seduce those who love masculine wines. Open two hours before serving to round tannins”.

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    Grape Varienty

    This wine is a syrah-based blend. The result is a tannic and intense wine. Grenache varietal gives body (alcohol) to wine, whereas mourvèdre increases the keeping potential.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Luminous garnet colour with violet reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Nose is sophisticated and smells a bouquet of violets and red fruits (blackcurrant), with woody notes. It’s also slightly spicy and with gilled touches.

    Bouche

     Taste

    This wine has a large volume and nice construction in the mouth. Tannins are rounded, ripen and fresh. The result is a good balance.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between16 et 18°C.  Open two hours before serving. Keeping potential until 2020.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Green olives tapenade 
    Roasted herb chicken

    Mont d'Or Cheese

    Sugar Crepes

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

    André Leenhardt, Dedé for his friends, was mayor of his village and president of the syndicate of Pic Saint-Loup wines. He purchased this winery in 1988. Wines from south of France are known for their character and wild aspect; however Dedé has successfully given roundness, fineness and smoothness to this strong wine.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Clayey soil, vegetation and Mediterranean climate are the stronger assets of terroir Pic Saint-Loup. Vineyards of this cuvee are situated on a mountain chain at 150 metres above sea level. In particular vines grow on calcareous-clay slopes that are skeletal thin and pebbly soils. 25-years old vineyards give good quality grapes since the age is in inverse proportion to quantity. Indeed smaller quantity allows grapes to grow better.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, octobre. 2013 / bottles

    Sold by cases of 3 ou 6 bottles until 31 October 2013. Delivery within 21 days 

    Roc des Mates is strong, tannic and velvety at the same time. The taste is pleasant and silky. It has a long keeping potential thanks to his 18 ageing in barrels.

    £22.40 Public price £19.00 Subscribers' price

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  12. Cuvée Gourmande 2012, Domaine de la Charmoise, Touraine

    Cuvée Gourmande 2012, Domaine de la Charmoise, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « This month I would like you to discover the Domaine de la Charmoise. Its wines are outstanding in terms of price quality ratio. The Ma- rionnets, the owners of this winery, are passionate about their work and this is shown in what they produce! This Cuvee Gourmande will probably enhance the St Pierre that the Chef Philippe Vétélé proposes this month. »

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    Grape variety

    Gamay is a red grape variety with white juice and very productive. In wintertime, winemakers cut the branches holding grapes very short. Each hectare has a big density of vine trunks and roots. These two characteristics of gamay facilitate the production of red, fruity, fresh and savoury wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Carmine colour with violet reflections. Wine disk is thin.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Typical nose of young gamay and carbonic maceration (banana and strawberry). Nice mint touches.

    Bouche

    Taste

    Round and fresh on the palate. Mouth is juicy and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 11 and 13°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Platter of charcutetie
    Chipolata with young vegetables

    Valençay cheese

    Pears poached in red wine

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    The Marionnet family arrived at Soings, in the east part of Touraine, 30 km to the south of Blois, during the 50s’. What’s the peculiarity of this winery? The Marionnets own the oldest grapevine of France, dated around 1850, before the phylloxéra crisis.

     Terroir

    Terroir

    The sauvignon has a strong presence in the Vallée de la Loire, and is highly demanded for its structure, its freshness and its wide range of aromas. Very sensible to diseases (especially powdery mildew), it harmed its culture for a long time. However, the progress of vine-growing permitted to develop its plantation since the 60’s.  

     

     

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    The Marionnets, the owners of this winery, are passionate about their work and this is shown in what they produce!

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  13. Eden 2010, Château L’Escart, Bordeaux Supérieur

    Eden 2010, Château L’Escart, Bordeaux Supérieur

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « I really liked the personality of the Château l’Escart’s wines, located on the way to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. You can notice it thanks to the numerous shells on the domain. The members of the Laurent’s family are biodynamic practitioners since 2005. The vintage 2010 of the cuvee Eden is one of the most “nature”. The mix of the aromas makes this wine unique and surprising. »

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

    The merlot and cabernet grape varieties are traditionally associated to Bordeaux. The first one is appreciated for its suppleness while the second one is well-known for its tannic structure. The malbec, also called “côt”, brings out color and softness to the wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light garnet colour with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Fine and discrete, vegetal aromas with touches of pepper, delicately seasoned with aromas of spices and red fruits, such as blackcurrant.

    Bouche

    Taste

    Dynamic, with mint and liquorice touches.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 16°C and 18°C. . Open 1 hour minimum before serving. Keeping potential until 2018.

     

    Service

     Accords mets-vin

    Duck terrine
    Iberian pig

    Old Cantal cheese

    Cherry liqueur

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Lorena and Damien Laurent took the succession of this family-owned company in 2005. The management of this domain is a nice challenge for them because, before being winemakers, Lorena was interior designer and Damien was a professional hockey player, playing in the Chamonix hockey club during 7 years.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located on the Bordeaux’s doors, the Château L’Escart’s vineyard is spread on 37 hectares of clay-limestone soils fine gravel. The presence of limestone gives freshness and length to the wine, while the clay brings out strength and density.  

     

     

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    The vintage 2010 of the cuvee Eden is one of the most “nature”. The mix of the aromas makes this wine unique and surprising.

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  14. Cuvée Première Vendange 2012, Domaine de la Charmoise, Touraine

    Cuvée Première Vendange 2012, Domaine de la Charmoise, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « This month I would like you to discover the Domaine de la Charmoise. Its wines are outstanding in terms of price quality ratio. The Ma- rionnets, the owners of this winery, are passionate about their work and this is shown in what they produce! Car- bonic maceration of grapes created nice aromas that will surprise you. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Gamay is a red grape variety with white juice and very productive. In wintertime, winemakers cut the branches holding grapes very short. Each hectare has a big density of vine trunks and roots. These two characteristics of gamay facilitate the production of red, fruity, fresh and savoury wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Carmine colour with violet reflections. Wine disk is thin.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Typical nose of young gamay and carbonic maceration (banana and strawberry). Nice mint touches.

    Bouche

    Taste

    Round and fresh on the palate. Mouth is juicy and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 11 and 13°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Platter of charcutetie
    Chipolata with young vegetables

    Valençay cheese

    Pears poached in red wine

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    The Marionnet family arrived at Soings, in the east part of Touraine, 30 km to the south of Blois, during the 50s’. What’s the peculiarity of this winery? The Marionnets own the oldest grapevine of France, dated around 1850, before the phylloxéra crisis.

     Terroir

    Terroir

    Thanks to its location in the east end of the Touraine, this winery benefits from a continental climate, favourable to sauvignon and gamay. Spring frosts are quite rare and temperatures help these two grape varieties to come to maturity before the harvest. Grapevines grow on “perruches” (flinty clay and gravels) soil. It is a dense and compact soil that produces wine for laying down. 

     

     

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    The Marionnets, the owners of this winery, are passionate about their work and this is shown in what they produce!

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  15. Roussette de Savoie 2012, Domaine Grisard

    Roussette de Savoie 2012, Domaine Grisard

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « I’ve traveled a lot in Savoy these days, and I really wanted to find a nice roussette to taste, and I found this beautiful cuvée of Philippe Grisard. The roussette is a white grape variety very interesting for wine tasting because it has a nice acidity, a floral bouquet, and tannins, that is rare for white wines. »

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

    The roussette, also called “goddess”, is one of the rare white grape varieties where we can feel the tannins. Wines produced from this grape have a fine acidity that reminds mountains’ freshness. They have a medium keeping potential (4 to 5 years).

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Fine greenish gold colours with light green reflec- tions. The disk is thin, shiny and limpid.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose is intense, amusing. Flowers' flavours dominate the aromatic palette, followed by notes of acacia trees, sweet spices and honey.

    Bouche

    Taste

    Taste is round - that means without roughtness (we feel like making the wine moving in our mouth) - supple and fresh. It's very well balanced.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Salad from Savoy
    Tomato tart and perch fillet with olive oil, and its pesto sauce.

    Tomme de Savoie Cheese

    Yoghurt cake

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Selected among the 10 winemakers of the year by Bettane and Desseauve in 2000, Philippe Grisard is a solid value in Savoy. He is well-known in the entire region for his vineyards growing talents: Indeed he makes the seeds for many wineries in Savoy.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine Grisard extends for 15 hectares in the Combe de Savoie, between Chambéry and Albertville. Vineyards are located on mountains slopes in the natural park of Bauges. The muddy limestone slopes have draining capacity. This helps the production of wine with a high acidity level. 

     

     

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    The roussette is a white grape variety very interesting for wine tasting because it has a nice acidity, a floral bouquet, and tannins, that is rare for white wines.

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  16. Côté Floral Blanc 2013, Domaine Lafage, Languedoc Roussillon

    Côté Floral Blanc 2013, Domaine Lafage, Languedoc Roussillon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « As its name indicates, this wine is like a bunch of flowers in a bottle. Shake carefully your glass and put your nose into it. Repeat the action several times; you will then be able to identify the multitude of flowers that compose this cuvee. The mouth is supple and fresh, and the aftertaste is long and flowered. Enjoy your wine! »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The combination of muscat with small white grains and viognier is surprising. The muscat with small grains is full of rosewood and litchi aromas. You can especially taste hints of fruits (orange) and flowers (jasmine, lemongrass and vervain). The corpulence of the viognier, fatter and creamier, hig hlights musk and spices aromas.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Nice white gold robe with gold reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A beautiful nose! Put your nose into the glass at least four times after having shaked it carefully and you will easily identify the different aromas that compose this cuvee.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The mouth is vivacious and fresh. You can notice that the flavours of the vigonier dominate.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 10 and 12°C. . Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Asparagus Mousse
    Semi-cooked skipjack with Mediterranean cereals, French piperade, and urchin’s coral emulsion

    Goat Cheese and walnuts

    Fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Jean Marc and Eliane Lafage are the owners of this domain that is six generations old and spread over 160 hectares. They are totally dedicated to this family owned company. Over the years, the cuvees got several rewards: 10 gold medals at the Concours Général de Paris, a national record! Their children, Léa – 7 years old – and Nicolas – 8 years old – are already very interested in being part of this adventure. We wish them as much success as their parents!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Set in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the vineyards of the “Côté Floral” of the Domaine Lafage are cultivated on a clay-limestone subsoil. The clay brings freshness to the floor, a coolness that we also find in the wine, while its minerality comes from the lime stones. If you have the opportunity to go to the Domaine Lafage, you will probably notice the presence of tramontane, a wind from the North West, very strong in this region. 

     

     

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    As its name indicates, this wine is like a bunch of flowers in a bottle.

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  17. Piloums 2011, Domaine du Mas Blanc, Collioure

    Piloums 2011, Domaine du Mas Blanc, Collioure

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « An excellent price/quality ratio for this cuvee that I selected among the different wines of this AOC tasted last month. The mourvèdre is a red grape variety with a spicy nose and pepper aromas. The oriental mouth is very subtle and becomes slightly bitter at the end. Don’t hesitate to purchase one or two cases of this wine, as it will be a pleasure to drink this wine in the next years. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The Mourvèdre is a grape variety that produces wines with hints of spices (pepper). It needs a sunny climate with an omnipresent heat. On the contrary, the Syrah is less difficult to cultivate. As for the Grenache, it simplifies aftertaste: it enables to make the wine more supple and smoother.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe has a light and deep garnet colour, dark with purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose full of spices (pepper) and oriental hints.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The mouth is subtle, winy and silky.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 14 and 16°C. Open 1 hour before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Mediterranean salad
    Guinea fowl

    Tomme Cheese

    Roasted figs

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    The Domaine Mas du Blanc is a family property since 1639. The actual owner, Jean Michel Parcé, produces wines of Banyuls and Collioure designations. The Parcé family, considered as the origin of the Collioure and Banuyls designations, has a regional reputation that is well deserved. It is one of the most beautiful vineyards in the department!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine Mas du Blanc is spread over 19 hectares, cultivated on a schist stone subsoil. The wines that are growing on slaty soils have hints of undergrowth, and cooked and dried fruits. These wines are also known for being more alcoholic, with a long and pleasant aftertaste. But, it is harder to work on slaty soils due to a lack of limestone, that brings oxygen to the soils. 

     

     

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    An excellent price/quality ratio for this cuvee. Don't hesitate to purchase one or two cases of this wine, as it will be a pleasure to drink this wine in the next years.

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  18. L'Etoile de Bergey 2010, Château Haut-Bergey

    L'Etoile de Bergey 2010, Château Haut-Bergey

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « The cuvee L’Etoile de Bergey has as much potential as its big brother, the Château Haut-Bergey. This Pessac Léognan wine has a nice purple robe, and combines a nice acidity, silky tannins and harmonious wood flavours. I advice you to drink this wine while eating rabbit stew. You can drink this wine now or wait five more years. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    In the Bordeaux area, it is common to combine cabernet sauvignon and merlot. The cabernet sauvignon brings power and body to the wine, while the merlot adds fruits and velvet hints. This wine is full of aromas of blackcurrants, strawberries, black cherries and prunes.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe has an intense garnet colour with violet-blue reflections and colored tears.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose with a nice intensity, pleasant, with spices (pepper) and wood (barrel) hints.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fruity mouth with a nice reflection of the terroir. The tannins are thin.

    Verre

     Service

    Service: Between 15 and 17°C. . Open 1 hour before serving. Keeping until 2020 and more.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Farmhouse terrine
    Rabbit stew

    Brie Cheese

    Black forest cake

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Year after year, Sylviane Garcin Cathiard is building a small empire in the Bordeaux wines. She bought four different Châteaux in fifteen years : Château Branon, Clos l’Eglise Pomerol, Château Barde-Haut, and of course the Château Haut-Bergey.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The terroir of the Château Haut-Bergey is spread on 25 hectares of vineyards cultivated on an argilo-siliceous subsoil, mix of sand and clay. We often say that the clay soils produce wines that are solid, strong and alcoholic while the siliceous soils produce fine wines, with subtle aromatic hints. The union of the clay and the silica sand guarantees a terroir of high quality. 

     

     

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    The cuvee L’Etoile de Bergey has as much potential as its big brother, the Château Haut-Bergey. You can drink this wine now or wait five more years.

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  19. Vermentino 2013, Domaine de Cabriac, Languedoc Roussillon

    Vermentino 2013, Domaine de Cabriac, Languedoc Roussillon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « For several years, wines coming from the Pays d’Oc have suffered from a bad image, but their image has now been cleaned-up and they deserve it! While tasting this cuvee, you will directly feel its aromas of flowers and white fruits that will surely please you. This cuvee has just been bottled: you will therefore be among the first ones to taste it, so enjoy! »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Vermentino is a grape variety coming straight from Italy ! In the past, this grape variety was very widespread in Italy and in Sardinia as its grapes need a lot of sun! When it is vinified, the vermentino produces a dry single-variety white wine, light and fat at the s ame time, with a nice straw yellow color.

    Oeil

     Oeil

     The robe is translucent with light green reflections. This indicates that the wine is young.

     

    Nez

     Nez

    The nose is ethereal, pleasant and intense. You can easily recognize aromas of flowers and white fruits.

    Bouche

     Bouche

    The mouth is fresh and well structured by the alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 9 and 11°C.  Open just before serving. Aging potential until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Anchovies
    Trout with almonds

    Tomme cheese

    Exotic fruits panacotta

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The De Cibiens family owns the Château de Cabriac since 1802; we can say that they know a lot about wine! The domain is very successful in Japan and in Canada; and we particularly appreciate when French winemakers are successful abroad!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine de Cabriac is located at the foot of the Mont Alaric, in the Corbières region. Its vineyards are already twenty years old: they start producing fewer grapes, but the wines produced are more concentrated and intense. Over the years, the vineyards developed their roots that now go deeper in the soils to find nutrients. Who said that getting old was bad? 

     

     

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    This cuvee has just been bottled: you will therefore be among the first ones to taste it, so enjoy!

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  20. Barbera d'Alba 2012, Giacomo Fenocchio, Italia

    Barbera d'Alba 2012, Giacomo Fenocchio, Italia

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « This cuvee is a good barbera d’Alba that will become more and more complex through the years. Its specificity is its acidity that permits a nice equilibrium with the alcohol (14°). This wine was bottled one month ago so it is still young and it will become more complex through the years. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The barbera is one of the first grape varieties that were produced in Italy. Actually, barbera comes from the word “barba” that refers to very complex roots, and “albéra” that refers to a place where we planted vineyards instead of a forest. It is a grape variety that produces dark and acid wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe is opaque with purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    The nose is intense and pleasant. You can easily recognize aromas of fresh red fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Here, the mouth has a nice equilibrium and is typical of an Italian wine.

    Verre

     Service

    Service: Between 14 and 16°C. Open just before serving. Aging potential until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Coppa
    Risotto

    Brie cheese

    Dark chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    From one generation to another and for five generations now, the members of the Fenocchio family have been land workers. We talked to them a lot over the past few weeks, and as they don’t speak English or French and as we don’t speak Italian, we had some surprising chats! Speaking with our hands on the telephone isn’t easy.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Since 1684, the Fenocchio family cultivates 14 hectares of vineyards in the North West of Italy of which 2,5 hectares are used to cultivate barbera d’Alba. Aged of 30 years, the vineyards produce grapes that are more mature and with higher quality. In addition, the limestone soil favors the production of wines that are supple and very acid. However, its acidity is diminished by the volcanic sediments coming from the soil that brings delicacy to the wine. 

     

     

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    This cuvee is a good barbera d’Alba that will become more and more complex through the years.

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