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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..

     

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     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 Châssis 2012, Domaine Des Hauts Châssis, Crozes-Hermitage

    Les Châssis 2012, Domaine Des Hauts Châssis, Crozes-Hermitage

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    As I was walking through the hills of Crozes-Hermitage, I discovered a place called « Les Hauts Châssis» where Franck Faugier’s wine estate is located. This talented winemaker is a true syrah lover who elaborates several batches of remarkably refined Crozes-Hermitage. The melted tannins of this slightly spicy wine will perfectly enhance a roasted partridge. 

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    Grape variety

    There is a debate among experts about the origin of the only black variety in the Northern Rhône Valley. Some people believe that it was brought back in 1224 from the city of Shiraz in Iran by a knight returning from crusades. Others say that it arrived from Italy when Emperor Probus allowed the culture of grape in Gaul. But nowadays, scientists tend to think that it’s a crossing between two ancient French grapes that no longer exist.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with a streaming drop..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Sensitive and pleasant nose to the aromas of peppers, violet and blackcurrant.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Blood sausages
    Roasted partridge
    Saint-Marcellin Cheese
    Red berry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine des Haut-Chassis has been a family vineyard for three generations. The arrival of Franck Faugier at the head of the estate in 1998 really changed everything. This passionate man implements the best practices in his vines. The team prunes manually, they go through green harvesting… no effort is spared in order to get the healthiest and most concentrated grapes !

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    Terroir

     Behind such a nice wine, there is no coincidence. It’s first of all the result of beautiful grapes grown on vines more than 50 years old on average. But the relief also plays a predominant role. The vines grow on sloppy hills with a southern exposure which exposes the grapes to a lot of sun, which is good for ripeness, and to the wind, which is good to keep the grapes 100% healthy until the day of the harvest. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2016 / bouteille

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

    This talented winemaker is a true syrah lover who elaborates several batches of remarkably refined Crozes-Hermitage.

    £22.22 Public price £18.88 Subscribers' price

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  3. 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!”

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    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.

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    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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  4. 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. »

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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.

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    Appearance

     Carmine colour with violet reflections. Wine disk is thin.

     

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    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. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, décembre. 2013 / bouteille

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

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

    £14.10 Public price £12.00 Subscribers' price

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  5. 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. »

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    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.

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    Appearance

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

     

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    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. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February 2014 / bouteille

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

    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.

    £10.60 Public price £9.00 Subscribers' price

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  6. Vin des Garrigues 2012, Domaine Tour Trencavel, Languedoc Roussillon

    Vin des Garrigues 2012, Domaine Tour Trencavel, Languedoc Roussillon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « Excellent price/quality ratio for this nice cuvee. This cuvee from the Domaine Tour Trencavel is typical of the Mediterranean wines. You will particularly appreciate its light garnet color with purple reflections, as well as its intense and pleasant nose, full of fig and blackberry aromas. Don’t hesitate to buy some cases of this cuvee on our website. »

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    Grape variety

    This cuvee was produced with 70% of Grenache and 30% of Carignan. The Grenache brings suppleness and black fruit hints to the wine, while the Carignan brings power to the wine and enables the wine to evolve nicely.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe has a light garnet color with purple reflections and micro-bubbles in suspension.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose, with garigue, fig and black fruits aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The mouth is supple and slightly spiced.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Poultry livers salad
    Pork chop

    Blue cheese

    Dark chocolate brownies

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    I met Jean-Luc Fabrie in Montpellier, and I immediately get along well with him. He is a good representative of people from the South of France: nice and smiling. Nice, but not only! He is using his talent to produce successful wines! He also likes picking truffles in the undergrowth of his domain!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Tour Trencavel domain, located in the Minervois, is spread on clay-limestone soils. A soil like this one enables to produce wines that are round, without being too fat. It also brings delicacy to the mouth. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April 2014 / bouteille

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

    Excellent price/quality ratio for this nice cuvee. This cuvee from the Domaine Tour Trencavel is typical of the Mediterranean wines.

    £10.00 Public price £8.50 Subscribers' price

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  7. Extraits d'Automne 2011, Domaine les Alyssas, Vallée du Rhône

    Extraits d'Automne 2011, Domaine les Alyssas, Vallée du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    «The Grignan les Adhémars AOP (AOP = Appellation d’Origine Protégée, equivalent to PDO, Protected Designation of Origin) was created in 2010, so it is very young! That is probably the first time you will taste a wine from this AOP. I really wanted to make you discover a wine produced by Laurent Bes, and that was not easy as Laurent only produces few bottles. But we finally got some bottles for our subscribers. »

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    Grape variety

    This wine was produced with 40% of Shiraz and 60% of Grenache. Just for you to know, Grenache is a grape variety that comes from the North of Spain, that produces powerful and colorful red wines, with a long aging potential.

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     Eye

     Light garnet robe.

     

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     Nose

    Nice nose of grenache, rich, subtle, with Shiraz hints and strawberry aromas.

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Fresh mouth, acid with a lot of spices.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 15 and 17 °C. Open just before serving. To taste now or until 2019.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Goat cheese tart
    Grilled lamb

    Tomme cheese

    Roasted apricots with honey

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker family

    Once he got his diploma in the vine-growing industry, Laurent Bes decided to take the management of his parents’ domain. Thanks to his different experiences in South Africa, he succeeded in making the domain famous. His cuvees are very appreciated by all the people that tasted them, and we will probably hear more about this domain in the coming years.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Vineyards that produce the Grignan les Adhémars AOP benefit from southern and northern influences of the Côtes du Rhone region. Vineyards are spread on the hills of Valaurie, an unusual soil made of flintstones. This kind of soil absorbs the heat of the sun during the day and distributes it during the night. Flintstones are important in the development of aromas. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, Juin 2014 / bouteille

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

    «The Grignan les Adhémars AOP (AOP = Appellation d’Origine Protégée, equivalent to PDO, Protected Designation of Origin) was created in 2010, so it is very young! That is probably the first time you will taste a wine from this AOP »

    £9.23 Public price £7.90 Subscribers' price

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  8. Eole Rouge 2011, Domaine d'Eole, Vallée du Rhône

    Eole Rouge 2011, Domaine d'Eole, Vallée du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « That is a cuvee with a high alcoholic degree: 14,5°. It is ideal to match with your main dish, but you should probably plan a nap in the afternoon ;) However, this cuvee is very well-balanced, and surprisingly, the alcoholic degree is quite pleasant. You will probably enjoy its complex nose with bay tree, juniper berry and garrigue aromas. Share it during a long dinner with old friends! »

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     Grape variety

    This cuvee from the Eole domain is a blend of three grape varieties that perfectly match together: Grenache, Shiraz and Carignan. This blend enables to produce well-balanced wines. Grenache brings generosity and roundness, Shiraz brings a nice color and strong red fruits and violet aromas, while Carignan brings structure and increases the aging potential of the wine.

    Oeil

     Eye

     Deep ruby red robe with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Complex nose, spicy and wild.

    Bouche

     Mouth

    Supple, winy, fresh and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 14 and 16°C; open 1 hour before serving. to taste now or until 2021

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Olive cake
    Veal tenderloin

    Banon

    Prunes

     

     Anecdote

     A wine, a family

    This domain starts to be famous, and I am sure that it will have a lot of success within the coming years. This domain was created bytwo men that are passionate by vinegrapes and seduced by this exceptional terroir: Matthias Wimmer, a sommelier that lives wine, and Christian Raimont, owner of the domain since 1996.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Eole domain is spread on 30 hectares in Eygalières, at the bottom of Alpilles, in Provence (South of France). Provence is a dry region, not ideal for culture. But, the alliance of these weather conditions and a soil that is not very fertile makes of this place an exceptional terroir. Grapevines are planted on sandy limestone soils with a lot of stones. Subsoil is deep and filtering, that enables to drain and heat up soil. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July 2014 / bouteille

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

    That is a cuvee with a high alcoholic degree: 14,5°. It is ideal to match with your main dish, but you should probably plan a nap in the afternoon!

    £9.13 Public price £7.80 Subscribers' price

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  9. Les Crêts 2012, Domaine de Suremain, Mercurey

    Les Crêts 2012, Domaine de Suremain, Mercurey

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    It is with pleasure that I present this month a wine produced in my region: Burgundy. To be more specific, this fantastic wine is from Mercurey, the largest appellation of the Côte Chalonnaise. Les Crêts 2012 is awell balanced and fruity wine with notes of blackcurrant and gooseberry. To me, it is a perfect example of the refinement of Pinot Noir. 

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    Grape variety

    If you need to know one thing about wines from Burgundy, it is that when they are allowed to have a specific appellation, it means that they are made from a single variety of grape: Chardonnay for white wines and Pinot noir for red wines. Pinot Noir is a delicate grape, sensitive to soil and climate.It is much less robust than Cabernet Sauvignon for example. However, it can, if the best conditions are gathered, give the best wines in the world. Generally pale in colour, this variety often has a good alcohol content and acidity, with fine and elegant tannins.

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    Appearancel

     Nice ruby colour with purple reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nosez

    At the nose, the wine is very delicate with aromas of fresh red berries (gooseberries, raspberries).

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The taste is very well balanced and intensely.

    Verre

     Service

    between 12° and 14°C;C.  Open just before drinking.From now and until 2019.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Omelette with grilled wild mushrooms
    Roast chicken
    Saint nectaire
    Fresh red berries

     

     Anecdote

     L'anecdote à propos du récoltant

    Saviez-vous que le village de Mercurey porte le nom du messager des dieux de la mythologie romaine, Mercure. En effet, les Romains ont dédié un temple à cette divinité dans ce village. C’est aussi dans ce village que la famille de Suremain s’est installée en 1870, et c’est làbas qu’elle cultive la vigne depuis. Yves est d’ailleurs le président du syndicat des vignerons de Mercurey. Solidarité et esprit de famille, des valeurs que portent haut et fort les Suremain !

     Terroir

    Le terroir

     Les Crêts sont nichés sur 1.3 hectares au sommet du coteau (la crête) et avec une exposition sud. Le sol est issu d’une marne très calcaire; en effet lorsqu’on laboure la terre en profondeur, on trouve de grosses plaques de craie ! Extrêmement poreuse, cette roche laisse l’eau filtrer en profondeur avant de la restituer à la vigne, donnant des vins fins exprimant les arômes propres au cépage. C’est un sol idéal pour laisser le pinot noir exprimer sa finesse. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2014 / bouteille

    En vente par caisse de 3 ou 6 bouteilles jusqu'au 31 décembre 2014. Livraison sous 21 jours. 

    Les Crêts 2012 is a well balanced and fruity wine with notes of blackcurrant and gooseberry. To me, it is a perfect example of the refinement of Pinot Noir.

    £22.57 Public price £19.33 Subscribers' price

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  10. Murmure des vignes 2013, Domaine de Panisse, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Murmure des vignes 2013, Domaine de Panisse, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, My VitiBox gives you the opportunity to taste two very good yet quite different wines from the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. This powerful wine is a perfect balance between the fruity aromas of grenache and the slightly spicy aromas of syrah. This wine will be absolutely perfect to pair with a beautiful charcuterie board! 

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    Grape variety

    Syrah is a sensitive grape variety that easily catches diseases. Fortunately, the vines of the Domaine de Panisse enjoy a good exposure to the wind that keeps germs away. Syrah adds spicy flavours to this wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Purple and mat colour in the thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of spices and vegetable.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth with firm and present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    between 14°C and 16°C.  Open one hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Andouille Sausage
    Veal liver
    Saint-Marcellin
    Clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Domaine de Panisse already existed in the 15th Century. At that time, it used to belong to Dominique de Panisse, Louis XII’s chamberlain. But through centuries, the domain has been abandoned, and remained uncultivated during the first half of the 20th Century. Fortunately, Jean-Marie, Christine and Fanny got it back and did a great job in resuscitating the estate.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The southern Rhône Valley is renowned for its famous “galets roulés” that cover the ground. These smooth pebbles have been polished for millenniums by the Rhône River. Their specificity is that they accumulate the heat of the sun all day long and give it back to the grapes during the night. Therefore, the grapes keep ripening even after the sunset! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, Septembre. 2015 / bouteille

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

    This powerful wine is a perfect balance between the fruity aromas of grenache and the slightly spicy aromas of syrah.

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

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  11. Gruenspiel 2011, Domaine François Schwach & Fils, Gewürztraminer

    Gruenspiel 2011, Domaine François Schwach & Fils, Gewürztraminer

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    For Christmas, I chose this delicious cuvee from Domaine François Schwach & Fils. This wine is according to me a good example of the best Alsace has to offer. Only that region is able to elaborate wines that blend so well elegance and sweetness. This wine is amazing to see, to smell and to taste and will perfectly pair with foie gras. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Gewürztraminer is one of the most common varieties in Alsace and can be recognized even in the vines thanks to the light pink colour of its small berries. Its smell is very typical as well: it exhales delicious odours of exotic fruits and on the palate it is recognizable thanks to its creamy texture balanced by a lot of freshness. Good to know: this variety is often harvested late in order to make amazing sweet wines.

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    Appearance

     A greenish gold dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of floral and exotic fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with smooth tear.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 8°C et 10° Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pan seared foie gras
    Grilled salmon
    Munster cheese
    Kugelhopf

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine Schwach has grown slowly but surely. In 1950, François Schwach, a wine merchant passionate about viticulture, bought his first plots of vines and spent 10 years working on them before selling the first bottles. In 1975, Philippe took over and extended the vineyard by buying more plots, acre after acre. Still today, Sébastien, Philippe’s son, deeply thinks about each decision and never drifts away from the culture of excellence that prevails in the family.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Hidden behind the Vosges Mountains, Alsace is protected from the influences of the ocean. It therefore enjoys a continental climate with very cold winters and very warm summers. A consequence of this is that grapes keep a lot of freshness until late and then ripen very fast during summer. That’s why even dry wines from Alsace seem a little sweet on the palate. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, december. 2015 / bouteille

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

    This wine is amazing to see, to smell and to taste and will perfectly pair with foie gras.

    £11.98 Public price £10.19 Subscribers' price

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  12. Berry Good 2015, Domaine Nairaud Suberville, Châteaumeillant

    Berry Good 2015, Domaine Nairaud Suberville, Châteaumeillant

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I have the pleasure to share with you one of my recently found jewel, which comes from one of the smallest appellation that gathers only 10 winemakers : Châteaumeillant. The wines from this terroir are appreciated for their gourmet nose of cherry, plum and pepper. On the palate, the aromas are fresh and reveals a very beautiful structure with crisp that I enjoy deeply. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Berry Good is mainly composed of gamay. Originally from Burgundy, it is the first grape variety of the Chateaumeillant appel-lation. It brings freshness and finesse to the cuvée with aromas of red fruits and spices (pepper). Blended with pinot noir, the wine shows a greater finesse and have a nice balance.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruit, vegetal and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, the aromas are fresh and reveals a very beautiful structure with crisp that I enjoy deeply.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between15°C et 17° open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pâté de tête
    Pork rump with mushroom sauce
    Charcuterie board
    Cherry clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The story of the Nairaud Suberville vineyard began in 2011, one year after Châteaumeillant officially became an appellation. This was an amazing year for Daniel Nairaud. Former deputy director of the National Institute of Appellations of Origin (INAO), he left at 49 years his job to start an adventure and become a winemaker. His years at INAO gave him all the theoretical foundations of wine production, and today he makes his own wine for our greatest pleasure ! /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines of Nairaud Suberville are grown on a sandy-clay soil. This terroir is typical of the appellation and it is also ideal for the gamay variety. Granitic and not very deep, the soil brings a good drainage to the vine and produces a wine with structure and body.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2018 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, the aromas are fresh and reveals a very beautiful structure with crisp that I enjoy deeply.

    £11.33 Public price £9.63 Subscribers' price
  13. Les Rocailles 2015, Domaine Pierre Finon, Saint-Joseph

    Les Rocailles 2015, Domaine Pierre Finon, Saint-Joseph

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Les Rocailles, by the very talented winemaker Pierre Finon, does honour the great appellation of Saint-Joseph. A powerful wine that expresses delicious aromas of blueberry and black pepper, and refreshed by notes of violet specific to syrah. On the palate, a beautiful finish with tannins that shows us a strong wine with a great ageing potential. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Syrah is the emblematic black grape of the northern part of the Rhone Valley and the only black grape of the Saint-Joseph appellation. It has a spicy character and delicious aromas of violet that it expresses in the wines it gives, as fine as complex. A balance bet-ween power and finesse specific to the Northern Rhone Valley.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruits, floral, spices and empyreumatic. .

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, a beautiful finish with tannins that shows us a strong wine with a great ageing potential.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° open 1 or 2 hours before serving. until 2024.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pork gyozas
    Duck breast with pepper and carrot croquettes with curry sauce
    Tomme des Aravis
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    At the age of 20, Pierre Finon chose, for the sake of the vineyard, to transform his farm into a wine estate. Year after year, vine stock after vine stock, the estate grew to what it is today. Moreover Françoise and Pierre Finon back a development of the vine that preserves the environment. Thus, the domain is led in sustainable agriculture on the 20 hectares, to encourage the expression and the potential of its terroir./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located on the slopes of the right bank of the Rhone Valley, the vineyard of the Domaine Pierre Finon enjoys a granite soil covered with a layer of gneiss and shale. It is a soil rich in minerals, which is typical in the north of the Rhone Valley. It offers fine wines with deep ripe fruits and spices.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2018 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, a beautiful finish with tannins that shows us a strong wine with a great ageing potential.

    £19.23 Public price £16.35 Subscribers' price
  14. Saint Joseph Hedonism 2010 - Domaine Faury

    Saint Joseph Hedonism 2010 - Domaine Faury

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    A nice Saint-Joseph coated in velvety tannins, with light woody touches and notes of peony. This bottle will be a nice surprise if you will taste it in some years!

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

    100% syrah, variety that produces noir-blueish coloured grapes with a sweet and spicy juice.

    Oeil

     Appearance

    A beautiful purplish-red colour with bleuish-violet reflections. Very shiny

    Nez

     Nose

    On the nose, this wine has good intense and pleasant aromas. It’s a perfect example of the flavour of the syrah grape variety. When opened, the wine reveals a light woody touch and notes of peony flower.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Rich and structured, with beautiful volume. Fine and velvet tannins. The aftertaste is long and spicy

    Verre

     Service

    To serve; 16°C. Keeping time: 4 to 8 years.

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Ideal to match a slow-roast pork with apples & peppers

     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

    The AOC designated Saint-Joseph is located in the north of the Rhône Valley. The soil is granitic. The terraced vineyard benefits from a south sun exposure that allows the grape to mature and prosper at sun.

    My VitiBox,July 2013 / bottle

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

    A nice Saint-Joseph coated in velvety tannins, with light woody touches and floral notes of peony !

    £16.50 Public price £14.00 Subscribers' price

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  15. 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.

    Feuille

    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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  16. 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.

    Feuille

    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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  17. Vigne du Prieuré, 2011, Château Gigognan, Côtes du Rhône

    Vigne du Prieuré, 2011, Château Gigognan, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    “Summer holidays are over… To keep in mind the summer exoticism, I suggest you this beautiful bottle of Gigognan that will be paired with a Creole menu concocted by Catherine Naud, a martiniquan chef. The nose of this wine is very expressive and reveals a complex aromatic bouquet with perfumes of fruits and flowers. The bitter aftertaste confers to the wine a nice fresh touch. I definitely don’t advise to aerate the bottle.”

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    The roussanne is often blended with the marsanne since these two grape varieties perfectly complement each other. They produce light wines with light acid hints. Moreover the clairette variety makes the wine more alcoholic while preserving his freshness!

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Beautiful white gold colour with sunny reflections; brilliant and transparent..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    A very pleasant nose with intense aromas of yellow fruits such us clementine and white flowers.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Rounded, supple and fresh. Tannins are rounded and sweet.

    Verre

     Service

    Serve between 10°C and12°C. Open just before serving. Keeping potential: until 2016.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matchings

    Samoussas aux légumes
    Coconut prawn fricassee 

     
    Coconut and plum flan

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Annes and Jacques Callet became «winemaker by accident », as they like saying. They didn’t miss a chance to make the Château Gigognan shine and they reveal a strong passion for their vineyards. They are also kind hosts and they take special care of guests of their B&B, which mix the sophisticated Provençal style of XVIII century with the comfort of the modernity. The favourite of My VitiBox is: Sophie’s room! 

     Terroir

    The terroir

    The vineyard is located in the south of of the Rhone Valley. It’s the region most exposed to the force of natural elements, but it also benefits of 2800 hours of sunshine per year! The Mistral wind is crucial since it allows the vineyard to recovery. However, the secret of these vineyards are in the soil composed of the so called “caïau frejaü” (rounded pebbles) with the ability to store heat by day and diffuse it during night.

     

     

    My VitiBox, September 2013 / bottle

    Sold by case of 3 or 6 bottle, until 30th Septembre 2013. Delivery within 21 days. 

    The nose of this wine is very expressive and reveals a complex aromatic bouquet with perfumes of fruits and flowers. The bitter aftertaste confers to the wine a nice fresh touch.

    £11.50 Public price £9.80 Subscribers' price

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  18. Domaine de la Chastelle 2011, Côtes du Rhône villages

    Domaine de la Chastelle 2011, Côtes du Rhône villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    “A fine wine with an excellent price/quality ratio. Delicate aromas of strawberry and pepper come out from the blend of grenache and syrah. Wine is charming, fresh and fruity in the mouth. The aftertaste is sophisticated. The minimalist elegance will inebriate your senses. You can match this wine with the menu of Chef Michael Nizzero to spend good moments!

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    This wine is a blend of grenache (60%) and syrah (40%). Grenache is easily recognisable due to his thick, hard and bluehis skin. Grapes are big and fruits are juicy. It’s what we call a “generous” varietal. It’s known for his aromas of cassis and spicy blackberry. Its tannins get rounded once wine gets older.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     The robe is a shimmering light ruby red with purplish reflections..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    The nose is fine and complex. Delicate aromas of strawberries and white pepper stay in your nose.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Mouth is supple, fresh and fruity. You will feel the smoothness and the silkiness of this wine in your mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve: between 13°C and 15°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2017.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching/p>

    Grilled aubergines
    Veal filet mignon

    Soft-ripened goat cheese

    Gâteau basque

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

    After having worked many years in winemaking cooperative, Julien Savanier and his wife bought the Chastelle winery in 2010. They wanted to “make the wine that we love”. Therefore, 2011 is their first harvest as owners of the vineyard. We have to say that for being their first, they have impressed us. This winery is a rising star!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Chastelle winery is located on the left bound of the Rhone river. Vineyards are 50 to 80 years old. The age of vineyards is usually a sign of quality: old vines produce less grapes but they are better exposed to sunlight and fruits are more concentred. The terroir is made of a great variety of soils, sometimes sandy, clayed-limestone and pebbly. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, octobre. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until 31 October 2013. Deliver within 21 days.

    A fine wine with an excellent price/quality ratio. Delicate aromas of strawberry and pepper come out from the blend of grenache and syrah.

    £9.40 Public price £8.00 Subscribers' price

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  19. 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”.

    Feuille

    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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  20. 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. »

    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

    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.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, décembre. 2013 / bouteille

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

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

    £12.90 Public price £11.00 Subscribers' price

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