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  1. Làusu Nero d'Avola 2012, Costantino Wines

    Làusu Nero d'Avola 2012, Costantino Wines

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    “The team of My VitiBox became bigger since when we welcomed Giorgia, a young Italian lady. I took the opportunity to turn to Sicily this month to let you discover an Italian grape variety, the Nero d’Avola. This varietal has particularly adapted to the Sicilian volcanic soil. This nice “little” wine is without pretentions but good quality and it goes well with simple but authentic dishes. There is no fuss in Sicily!"

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    Grape Variety

    Nero d’Avola is a renowned Italian grape variety typical from Sicily. It is usually compared to the syrah and it produces strong wines, with a good balance between acidity and alcohol, and it has nice aromas of red fruits.

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    Appearance

     Light garnet colour, nicely intense

     

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     Nose

    Red and black fruits as strawberry and cassis surround the nose. Little compote touches.

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     Taste

    Mouth is nicely sweet, fresh and fruity. Tannins are fine.

    Verre

     Service

    Service: between 12 et 14°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Caprese salad 
    Truffle risotto

    Pecorino cheese

    Tiramisu

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Mr Costantino likes saying that his ambition is “to capture flavours, smells and authenticity of Sicilian products”. Established in1960 by Papà Onofrio, also called ”Nonò”, they are the third generations of winegrowers still passionate about vineyards and wine.

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    Terroir

    Nero d’Avola is a renowned Italian grape variety typical from Sicily. It is usually compared to the syrah and it produces strong wines, with a good balance between acidity and alcohol, and it has nice aromas of red fruits. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2013 / bottle

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

    This nice “little” wine is without pretentions but good quality and it goes well with simple but authentic dishes.

    £8.80 Public price £7.50 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  2. Nero d'Avola Aria Siciliana 2012, Costantino Wines

    Nero d'Avola Aria Siciliana 2012, Costantino Wines

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    “The team of My VitiBox became bigger since when we welcomed Giorgia, a young Italian lady. I took the opportunity to turn to Sicily this month to let you discover an Italian grape variety, the Nero d’Avola. This varietal has particularly adapted to the Sicilian volcanic soil. This wine made by the Costantino family is characterised by interesting candied fruit notes and it will surprise you with its long aftertaste”.

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    Grape variety

    Nero d’Avola is a renowned Italian grape variety typical from Sicily. It is usually compared to the syrah and it produces strong wines, with a good balance between acidity and alcohol, and it has nice aromas of red fruits.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light garnet colour, nicely intense.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose. Surrounded by cooked red fruits, strawberry in particular. It also reveals evolving notes of vanilla.

    Bouche

    Taste

    Mouth is sweet and with touches of candied and compote fruits. It’s also supple and fresh.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 12 et 14°C.  Open just before serving. Keep it potentially until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Italian Parma Ham
    Pasta alla norma

    Gorgonzola

    Panna Cotta with red fruits top

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Mr Costantino likes saying that his ambition is “to capture flavours, smells and authenticity of sicilian products”. Established in1960 by Papà Onofrio, also called ”Nonò”, they are the third generations of winegrowers still passionate about vineyards and wine.

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    Terroir

     Costantino’s vineyards are located in the northwest of western Sicily at 15 km from the coast. They extend from 250 up to 600 meters above sea level and receive all the benefits of the Mediterranean Sea-breeze. Soils are clayey, calcareous and basic, properties that allow the development of high quality wines.

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 30th of November. Delivery in 21 days.

    This wine made by the Costantino family is characterised by interesting candied fruit notes and it will surprise you with its long aftertaste.

    £14.10 Public price £12.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  3. Garrigue 2012, Château de Lascaux, AOC Languedoc

    Garrigue 2012, Château de Lascaux, AOC Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    What I love about this wine is that when you smell it, you instantly land in the south of France during a sunny summer listening at the cicadas singing. Each of the three grape varieties perfectly play their part bringing together spicy flavours, red berries aromas and a long and fresh finish. This gourmet wine will perfectly pair with mixed salads with sliced ham and olives. 

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    Grape variety

    The blending of these three varieties is fairly typical of wines from the Languedoc appellation, and gives birth to balanced wines. Syrah brings colour to the wine and a framed structure, when the grenache shines through its generosity with its silky texture and its aromas of red and black fruits. Mourvèdre enriches the aromas with flavours of more complex spices, especially pepper.

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    Appearance

     Deep garnet colour with purple reflections..

     

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    Nose

    Spicy nose with aromas of peppers and cherry.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Between12°C et 14°C.  Open juste before serving. now and until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson
    Bacon wrapped monkfish tournedos
    Camembert cheese
    Cherry yoghurt

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Through its wines, Jean-Benoît Cavalier wants to demonstrate all the generosity of the Languedoc terroirs. To reach this goal, he had to take risks by modernizing his winemaking facility during the 1990s. This bet was a success as Château Lascaux is one of the most famous names in the area.

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    Terroir

     The Languedoc-Roussillon vineyard is the oldest and largest vineyard in the world, spanning more than 200 000 hectares. The terroir of Château Lascaux is distinguished by its very hard limestone soils covered with garrigue. This vegetation made of juniper, thyme, rosemary, lavender and sage is typical of the south of France. Its scents remind heat, cicadas and relaxation. Close to the garrigue, grapes impregnate its flavours and then take it all the way through the bottle onto your palate. Well done! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2015 / bouteille

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

    What I love about this wine is that when you smell it, you instantly land in the south of France during a sunny summer listening at the cicadas singing.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  4. Mas d'Anglade 2015, Languedoc-Montpeyroux

    Mas d'Anglade 2015, Languedoc-Montpeyroux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Montpeyroux is a rising appellation in Languedoc ! I really like the minerality and the generosity of its wines. The nose of Mas d'Anglade is extremely seductive thanks to its aromas of blackberry, cherry and spices. The cuvee reveals on the palate a salinity carried by great tannins which are express on a persistent and suave finish. 

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    Grape variety

    Out of the three grape varieties that make up this wine, carignan is certainly the least known. However, it often completes the blend of great southern wines, especially when it’s from old vines. Carignan wines are appreciated for their power, their generosity and the elegance of their tannic structure.

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    Appearance

     A purplish dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    The nose of Mas d'Anglade is extremely seductive thanks to its aromas of blackberry, cherry and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The cuvee reveals on the palate a salinity carried by great tannins which are express on a persistent and suave finish.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between17°C et 19° just before serving. to be tasted now.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pissaladière tart and black olives
    Grilled fillet and courgette flan with paprika
    Saint Nectaire cheese
    Pecan chocolate brownies

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Mule track, salt road, transhumance route ... the remains that strew the area of Languedoc-Montpeyroux AOC attest to the intense life that still represents the village of Montpeyroux. The old houses set up along the narrow streets conceal for the most part of wine cellars. A village that lives to the rhythm of the vineyard and wine. We invite you to visit the Montpeyroux "Régalades de Montpeyroux", a famous festival./p>

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    Terroir

     The vines of Mas d'Anglade are grown on a rich soil mainly composed of clay and limestone. It is a balanced soil that combines the freshness of clay with the filtering properties of limestone. This terroir acts as a natural regulator for the vine and thus it benefits from a good water supply. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2018 / bouteille

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

    I really like the minerality and the generosity of its wines.

    £10.13 Public price £8.61 Subscribers' price
  5. Nessun Dorma 2014, Domaine Maby, Lirac

    Nessun Dorma 2014, Domaine Maby, Lirac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Richard Maby is a talented winemaker renowned for his white and red wines from Lirac and his rosés of Tavel. I really like his author's wines and Nessun Dorma is a real jewel! Its deep garnet robe reveals a powerful nose from which emanate delicious ripe cherries, enhanced by a woody and an animal leathery touch ... An intense experience ! 

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    Grape variety

    Malbec, the most famous grape variety of the region, blooms on the gravelly and sandy soils of the Southwest. It as well likes large temperature gaps between day and night, a phenomenon that it also found in the Andes in Argentina where it became the main black grape variety. Blended with other grape varieties, it brings to the wine its structure, its complexity, and a ripe fruitiness.

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    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress..

     

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    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of red and black fruits, spices, woody and animal.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Heavily alcoholic pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between17°C et 19° open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Lamb pastilla
    Beef stew
    Salers
    Chocolate rolls with raspberry coulis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Richard is the fourth generation of Maby in Lirac and Tavel. After studying political sciences, he was finally reached the family’s passion and took over the Maby vineyard. Richard changes traditional methods : he created a parcel mapping of the vineyard to better express the peculiarities of the soil and converted the vineyard to sustainable agriculture. Maybe thanks to his passion for music, he cultivates and vinifies wines like a conductor, with passion and emotion./p>

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    Terroir

     The vineyards of Lirac grow on the same rolled pebbled stones as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the prestigious neighboring appellation. These large clear pebbles reflect the sun on the berries, keep the heat and warms the air around the grapes. The harvest revealed grapes with great maturity, grown to give birth to powerful and elegant wines.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2018 / bouteille

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

    Its deep garnet robe reveals a powerful nose from which emanate delicious ripe cherries, enhanced by a woody and an animal leathery touch.

    £19.23 Public price £16.35 Subscribers' price
  6. Sans plus attendre 2015, Domaine Modat, AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages

    Sans plus attendre 2015, Domaine Modat, AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    First noticed around 5 years ago, Modat is the rising wine estate in the Roussillon region ! The wines are splendid and I am very proud to make you discover "Sans plus attendre". A very gourmet wine, powerful and very fine at the same time. On the palate, the wine seems juicy, opulent, deep and of rare elegance. A wine of great balance and complexity found in many great restaurants.  

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    Grape variety

    « Sans plus attendre » is composed of three grape varieties extremely widespread in the Languedoc Roussillon namely syrah, which brings its finesse and its spicy and violet aromas, grenache and its opulence and its aromas of red fruits and finally the carignan for its tannic structure and its generosity. Complementary, they make together the reputation of the great wines of the south.

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    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruity, vegetal, spicy and floral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, the wine seems juicy, opulent, deep and of rare elegance.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between17°C et 19° open two hours before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Braised vegetables with smoked chicken
    Slow roast lamb, Tagliatelles
    Bleu de Gex cheese
    Dark chocolate cherry fudge

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    As a child, it was not uncommon to see Philippe Modat running in the middle of the family vineyard. He took part in his first harvest at age 20 while still studying law in Bordeaux. Then he went to meet the best winemakers in France and abroad to learn the trade before returning to the vineyard estate to share his passion./p>

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    Terroir

     The particularity of the Modat estate lies in its basements, which bears the pretty name of "gneiss". It is a granitic sand that is at the origin of elegant wines thanks to its remarkable ability to drain water. It makes red wines with silky tannins, light structure and some freshness, quite useful in sunny Roussillon.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2018 / bouteille

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

    A very gourmet wine, powerful and very fine at the same time.

    £20.83 Public price £17.71 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  7. Ogier, Dentellis 2015, Gigondas

    Ogier, Dentellis 2015, Gigondas

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Located in the heart of the mountains of Montmirail, this vintage refinement honours the great red wines from the southern part of the Rhone Valley. The nose is subtle and generous : a delicious blend of candied fruits and thyme. A Gigondas full of sun, balanced, with this aromatic power found in all the good wines of the region. 

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    Grape variety

    Grenache noir, the famous grape of the southern Rhône Valley, expresses its full potential on the land of Gigondas. Indeed, limiting sunshine in the morning, the mountains of Montmirail allow a good ripening of berries which need time to express themselves better. It dominates the blend and brings to the wines the tannins, the body and a nice ageing potential.

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    Appearance

     A cherry dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between17°C et 19° open one hour before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Mushroom cheese pie
    Leg of lamb with olives
    Bleu d’Auvergne
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In the heart of the most mythical appellation of the Southern Rhône Valley, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Maison Ogier has been shining for more than 155 years, elaborating exceptional wines with grapes from the best terroirs. Thus, each of the cuvées is enhanced by a meticulous ageing of wine that expresses all the purity of the fruit and the richness of the terroir./p>

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    Terroir

     The vineyard of Gigondas is an extremely diverse terroir made of pebbles, clay, safres and limestone marls. The Dentellis cuvée takes its power and complexity from this exceptional soil. Ogier made there a fine wine with aromas of red fruits and menthol notes, full-bodied on the palate with a silky texture.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2018 / bouteille

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

    The nose is subtle and generous : a delicious blend of candied fruits and thyme.

    £19.23 Public price £18.56 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  8. Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune 2015, Nicolas Potel

    Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune 2015, Nicolas Potel

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The appellation Hautes Côtes de Beaune is famous for its delicate red wines. This vintage is not an exception: a bright, shiny, cherry-red colour, and candied redcurrant and strawberry aromas, enhanced by spicy flavours ! On the palate, the wine is subtle, carried by a generous silky texture. The signature of a nice Burgundy wine, as I love them ! 

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    Grape variety

    Pinot noir is a fragile grape variety but it has one great strength : it tells a lot about the terroir it grew on. Here, the good level of ripeness shows that the vines benefited from a Southern exposure when the remarkable freshness let us feel that the Hautes-Cotes-de-Beaune are located mainly on windy hilltops.

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    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of red fruits, empyreumatic and vegetal.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between15°C et 17° open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Escargots in garlic and parsley butter
    Pike perch in casserole
    Chaource
    Redcurrants and whipped cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Nicolas Potel is an em-blematic winery based in the renowned Burgundian village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. It produces wines of great quality in dozens of appellations in Burgundy and is recognized and acclaimed throughout the world for the team's ability to create exceptional wines./p>

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    Terroir

     Between valleys and hills, this appellation overlooks the famous Côte de Beaune. The vines are planted on sloping soils which causes a good drainage ensuring that there will be no excess water in the berries that could damage the intensity of the wines. Moreover, the soil is made of limestone, which is a very filtering stone that gives some minerality to the wine.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2017 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, the wine is subtle, carried by a generous silky texture.

    £22.10 Public price £18.78 Subscribers' price
  9. L’Absolu de Gravas 2014, Château de Gravas, Graves

    L’Absolu de Gravas 2014, Château de Gravas, Graves

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Graves is known as one of the best terroirs for white in Bordeaux. As soon as you dip your lips, you can feel all the minerality expected but also all the freshness brought by Sauvignon's citrus aromas. The texture is a bit silky : this wine is flattering on the palate. It will perfectly pair with shellfish ! 

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    Grape variety

    Semillon is the king variety of Sauternes and Barsac for the production of sweet wines. It is also found in the production of dry white wines blended with its traditional partner : Sauvignon. While Semillon gives golden and fleshy wines, Sauvignon gives birth to deeply fresh and mineral wines, hence balancing Semillon’s generosity.

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    Appearance

     A beautiful golden dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Lively and iodized mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 8°C et 10° just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Seafood platter
    Salmon pie
    Emmental
    Apricot pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The building was built in 1850 and now the 6th generation is in charge. From its past, the castle has preserved a magnificent stone press from the 1900s. If it is no longer used for production, it symbolizes for the winegrowers of the domain the mark of their savoir faire./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château Gravas, is located just next to the prestigious village of Barsac, part of an exceptional terroir. Its cracked limestone soil allows a deep penetration of the roots, feeding the vine all the elements necessary for its good development. And a well-fed vineyard is a vine that gives good grapes ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2017 / bouteille

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

    As soon as you dip your lips, you can feel all the minerality expected but also all the freshness brought by Sauvignon's citrus aromas.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  10. Le Rif 2014, La Ferme du Mont, Vacqueyras

    Le Rif 2014, La Ferme du Mont, Vacqueyras

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    In Vacqueyras, making strong wines is a tradition, with a lot of alcohol and a powerful taste. If le Rif indeed displayed these sought-after characteristics, we didn’t expect that much refinement and delicate flowery aromas. This perfectly matches with more typical flavours of ripe fruits and warm spices. Moreover, a great freshness balances the power : this wine is doubtlessly a very nice surprise ! 

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    Grape variety

    Grenache is a variety that loves warmth and sun. This variety is very well known to express itself through generosity, a robust structure and clear aromas of black fruits and coffee, cacao… Stéphane Vedeau realises a masterstroke by revealing vegetal and floral notes in addition… What an artist !

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    Appearance

     A shiny and purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of vegetal and flower.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open just before serving. until 2024.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Veal liver
    Beef stew
    Banon cheese
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    This month, two wines were made by the same winemaker but on very different terroirs. The challenge of growing Grenache stimulated Stéphane Vedeau. Indeed, if it’s easy to make strong wines in this area, it is way harder to make fresh, soft and delicate wines. That’s why he chose La Ferme du Mont, at the foot of a hill that brings a little freshness to the vines. Your palate will agree and appreciate this challenge taken, cheers !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Vacqueyras appellation is located on the delicate Montmirail hillsides. In a Mediterranean area, climate is chilly but not cold during winter, and very warm during summer. It’s also remarkably windy, and when the wind comes from the north, it brings refreshing air from the mountains that keeps vines healthy ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2017 / bouteille

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

    A great freshness balances the power : this wine is doubtlessly a very nice surprise.

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of strawberries and ginger.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapas
    Blood sausage
    Banon cheese
    Strawberries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £11.75 Public price £9.98 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  12. 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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  13. 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. 

    Feuille

    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.

    Oeil

    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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  14. Lirac, 2012, Domaine Coudoulis, Vallée du Rhône

    Lirac, 2012, Domaine Coudoulis, Vallée du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Lirac is the appellation located just in front of Chateauneuf Du-Pape! In the Lirac vineyard, we can also find the famous rounded pebbles, so characteristic of Châteauneuf: those little stones were made famous thanks to their ability ofstoring heat during the day to return it to the vines at night. This wine is sophisticated, and I truly enjoyed the silky tannins, the spicy notes and the good balance of alcohols. Powerful, it goes perfectly with strong dishes, such as meat in sauce. 

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    Grenache is a grape of high quality, present on the Mediterranean front. Colorful and generous, it has a high alcoholic degree. On the other hand, Syrah reveals its silky tannins, and brings smooth touches of violet and blackberry.

    Oeil

     Appearence

     Robe intense purple-red, with purple reflections..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Nose intense and complex, with a hint of animal touch (horse) and spice (pepper).

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Powerful mouth and refined tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 14 and 16°C; open just before serving. to taste now or until 2017

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Beef tartare
    Rabbit with mustard
    Banon cheese
    Roasted figs

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family

    The domaine Coudoulis managed to maintain a good reputation since its takeover by Bernard Callet in 1996. This winemaker’s choices have a lot to play in this reputation: indeed, the yield is limited to 42 hectoliters per hectare, harvest is done manually and the grappes destalking is made very carefully so that the tanks contain the least possible impurities.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines grow on a red calcareous-clay soil, full of pebbles accumulating heat during the day and returning it at night. The terraces above the village of Saint-Laurent-les-Arbres ensure a flow of rainwater, hence avoiding any stagnation that would damage the roots, while the Mistral wind regulates the humidity of the vineyard. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2014 / bouteille

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

    This wine is sophisticated, and I truly enjoyed the silky tannins, the spicy notes and the good balance of alcohols. Powerful, it goes perfectly with strong dishes, such as meat in sauce.

    £12.13 Public price £10.31 Subscribers' price

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  15. 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! »

    Feuille

     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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Egregore 2010, Côtes de Bourg

    Egregore 2010, Côtes de Bourg

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    The Egregore is one of the exceptional wines of the Bernard Magrez, the French wine magnate. I suggest you the vintage 2010 for his generous matter and his very long keeping potential. This cuvée Egregore is considered as a step to perfection… 

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    58% of the surface of this vineyard is covered my merlot. In contrast to the Boredeaux tradition of blended wines, this wine is vinified with only one variety, fact very rare for this region. Merlot gives a nice suppleness and a tannic structure to wine, along with a superb aromatic set.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     A lovely colour with garnet reflections

     

    Nez

     Nose

    The merlot provides a nice complexity of aromas. With ageing, aromas turn to touches of prune, understory and spices. These flavours are due to the maturation in French oak barrels.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Fleshy and supple. A nice, generous and tannic matter, endowed with a natural charming softness.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve between 14°C and 16°C. To decant 30 minutes before serving. Keeping time until 2022 (best between 2016 et 2018).

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Mushrooms mille feuille
    Grilled rib steak with thyme and rosemary

    Saint Nectaire cheese
    Coffee pastry;

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Known for his exceptional wine, Bernard Magrez is a self-made winemaker. He became the first owner of the grand wines classified at Bordeaux. We call him “ the men of 40 wineries”!

     Terroir

    The terroir

    The vineyard grows in the lieu-dit of Guerit, close to the village of Tauriac. The grape of the Egregore come from the slopes exposed to the plain sun of the Chateau Guerry. The soil is composed of clay and sand. The Château Guerry is the oldest wine of Bordeaux and it exists since three century.

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until 31 August 2013. Delivery in 21 days;

    An exceptional cuvées from the vinery Bernard Magrez, with generous matter and his very long keeping potential.

    £26.00 Public price £22.10 Subscribers' price

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