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  1. Château Puy-Razac, 2015, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

    Château Puy-Razac, 2015, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Tasting this Saint-Émilion Grand Cru was a shot of pleasure! The deep ruby colour comes along thick and promising tears. The nose is complex, displaying at the same time fruity aromas and flavours of spices and roasting. On the palate, the wine is rich, the tannins are refined yet very present, and you will definitely appreciate its astonishing length.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Cabernet Franc is a black grape variety mainly grown in the region of Bordeaux and in the Loire Valley. This grape variety produces supple wines with red berries and spicy flavours. Merlot is nowadays the main grape variety on the vineyard of Bordeaux, and is the signature of great Saint-Émilion wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with viscous tears..

     

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    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits, cooked fruits, spices, vegetable and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tomato gazpacho with chives
    Braised beef with carrots
    Manchego
    Chocolate gingerbread

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    By taking over in 1997 her grandfather’s personal vineyard (he used to also be the manager of Chateau Monbousquet) Catherine Thoilliez attempted to increase the wine’s quality by making research using different vine growing techniques to only keep the ones that were giving the best grapes. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located next to the famous hillside of Pavie, in the South of the village of Saint-Émilion, the 6 hectares of Château Puy-Razac benefits from a soil of great quality that it shares with the famous neighbouring Château Pavie. The name of the property is a derived of the name of the locality where stands the castle: "Puits-Razat". Note as well that Catherine Thoilliez claims the choice to make no other wine as this one to focus on it.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2018 / bouteille

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

    The nose is complex, displaying at the same time fruity aromas and flavours of spices and roasting.

    £60.70 Public price £51.60 Subscribers' price

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  2. Puy Saint-front 2016, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Puy Saint-front 2016, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Located next to the well-known village of Saint-Émilion, Castillon is the rising appellation in Bordeaux. It benefits from an outstanding terroir and is getting more and more popular thanks to its with attractive price / pleasure ratio. This is of course the case of the Puy Saint-Front 2016 wich shows how great can some Bordeaux wines be for good prices.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Cabernet Franc is far from being the most widespread grape variety in the Bordeaux region. However, thanks to its ability to mature early, it is also used further north in the Loire Valley. It brings to the wine notes of crunchy fruit and very nice spicy flavours.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chanterelles stew
    Beef fillet with black olives
    Cantal

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In the 18th century, Baron Alfred de Luze founded Maison A. de Luze & Fils, first specialised in maturing and ageing the wines before selling those. Man of vision and a fine negotiator, Baron De Luze was one of the pioneers in the export of Bordeaux wines in new countries. In addition to its international network, Maison De Luze bought several chateaux in Bordeaux such as Château Paveil, a very old cru from the Margaux region, or Château Malleret in Haut-Médoc./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The appellation "Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux" is located on the right bank on the slopes getting down from Saint-Émilion. Coming from the same limestone plateau as Saint-Emilion, the wines of the appellation benefit from a privileged geographical situation with a southern exposure and a difference in altitude of more than 100 meters.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2018 / bouteille

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

    It benefits from an outstanding terroir and is getting more and more popular thanks to its with attractive price / pleasure ratio.

    £31.60 Public price £30.94 Subscribers' price

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  3. Château de Chambert 2012, Rigal, Cahors

    Château de Chambert 2012, Rigal, Cahors

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Château de Chambert is one of those famous estates that has a strong positive impact on the reputation of their appellation. One of the reasons why it’s famous is because the soil never got a drop of chemical. It has been given up for a few decades and then immediately grown in biodynamics. The 2012 vintage has improved with age : the wine is powerful and velvety in the mouth with a very beautiful dense and fleshy structure. 

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    Grape variety

    Malbec is the historical grape of Cahors. It brings to the appellation its tannic and powerful character, its aromas of plum and tobacco and has a good capacity for ageing. Its name of Black Wine abroad comes from its deep and very dark colour.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The wine is powerful and velvety in the mouth with a very beautiful dense and fleshy structure.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sansonnet terrine with chestnuts
    Slow cooked venison
    Roquefort cheese and raisin bread
    Chocolate fondant cake with a fig coulis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Philippe Lejeune, owner of the vineyard, has chosen a fully organic and biodynamic approach, and preserves biodiversity of the vineyard by planting other crops and raising cows and black pigs. Accompanied by Stéphane Derenoncourt, a famous oenologist from Bordeaux, they produce terroir wines with remarkable finesse./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château de Chambert enjoys a very particular soil of limestone and red clay. Limestone brings moisture and minerals to the vine. The red clay, which colour is the result of a high concentration of iron in the ground, gives the wine its power and aromas of spicy black fruits.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2018 / bouteille

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

    The 2012 vintage has improved with age : the wine is powerful and velvety in the mouth with a very beautiful dense and fleshy structure.

    £56.50 Public price £48.03 Subscribers' price
  4. Château Patache d'Aux 2012, Antoine Moueix Propriétés, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois

    Château Patache d'Aux 2012, Antoine Moueix Propriétés, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Patache d'Aux is a classic Medoc that goes through the years with a unique and constant style that regularly earns the distinction of Cru Bourgeois. The garnet robe with thick tears offers smoky, tobacco and roasting aromas, then leather notes gives way to plum and blackcurrant. In the mouth, the tannins are melted and the wine is persistent. One of my must-haves ! 

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    Grape variety

    On the left bank, in Medoc, cabernet sauvignon is the king grape. This noble grape variety provides the structure of the Medoc. To complete this grape, merlot is indispensable and brings flexibility and complexity to the cuvée. In smaller quantities we can find the petit verdot, for its structure, and the cabernet franc for its roundness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    This wine offers smoky, tobacco and roasting aromas, then leather notes gives way to plum and blackcurrant.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    In the mouth, the tannins are melted and the wine is persistent.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Venison soup
    Deer fillet with red wine
    Saint Nectaire cheese
    Crispy dark chocolate millefeuille

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château Patache d’Aux is an old estate which belonged since the Revolution to the Delon family. In 1932, the wines made it to the Cru Bourgeois ranking and 30 years later, the Chateau was taken over by the Lapalu family. When Jean Michel Lapalu retired in 2016, the entire team of Antoine Moueix Properties took over Patache d'Aux and have the ambition of continuing to vinify quality and terroir wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The terroir of Château Patache d'Aux is essentially composed of clay, limestone and gravels. This stony terroir is particularly filtering and can accumulate heat to restore it to the vine and helps the ripening of its berries. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2018 / bouteille

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

    The garnet robe with thick tears offers smoky, tobacco and roasting aromas, then leather notes gives way to plum and blackcurrant.

    £60.70 Public price £51.60 Subscribers' price

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  5. Château du Pouey 2017, Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh sec

    Château du Pouey 2017, Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh sec

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is exceptional and its appellation is rare. Its originality comes from its terroir : this appellation shares the hills of the appellation of Madiran and the grapes of Jurançon. This wine is really delicious with freshness and suave aromas of apricots and honey. 

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    Grape variety

    Gros Manseng is the dominant grape in this wine. On this specific soil it gives aromas of yellow fruits to this cuvee such as apricot or pear. The presence of Petit Manseng provides aromas of citrus which give freshness to the wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A golden robe with viscous tears..

     

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    Nose

    A pleasant nose to the aromas of pear, apricot, acacia and honey.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between9°C et 11° open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Apricot gingerbread with foie gras slices
    Bass in fennel
    Ossau-iraty cheese
    Canelés

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Bastien Lannusse is the new the winemaker of Château du Pouey. He chose to lean toward a more organic viticulture in order to have a winery that sticks to his values. He claims to have vineyards of quality which were awarded with its first wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     This cuvee comes from vineyards planted on a soil composed of clay and limestone. This type of soil gives to wines a lot of freshness and powerful aromas. Located on gentle slopes, the exposure of the vineyards to the sun is quite exceptional and is responsible for the well development of the grapes.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2018 / bouteille

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

    Its originality comes from its terroir : this appellation shares the hills of the appellation of Madiran and the grapes of Jurançon.

    £29.50 Public price £25.08 Subscribers' price

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  6. Les Parcelles 2015, Château Pontey Lamartine, Graves

    Les Parcelles 2015, Château Pontey Lamartine, Graves

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    It’s with great pleasure that I bring to you this great Graves, appellation very well known among Bordeaux lovers for its style very close to neighbouring Pessac-Léognan. The balance between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is perfect and reveals all the best on this 2015 vintage, one of the best Bordeaux ever had.  

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    Grape variety

    When it’s nurtured by a lot of sun as it was the case in 2015, Merlot expresses its full aromatic potential. It gives to Pontey-Lamartine flavours of spices and mushrooms, with a hint of clove. On this terroir, Cabernet-Sauvignon is at its best and gives the tannic structure and the power that will elegantly melt through the years.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° one hour before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Deer paté
    Lamb roasted in spices
    Laguiole cheese
    Pears poached in red wine

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Generation after generation, Dominique Haverlan and his family thrive on Bordeaux’s terroirs. Dominique took his independence from his family in 1988 when he bought Château Gaubert. It worked well, so he continued the adventure in Pessac-Leognan. That also worked well, so he came to Graves to get a terroir almost as good as Pessac but for a much cheaper price so as to produce great wines for decent prices, like Pontey-Lamartine. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Graves means in French round Pebbles: the fact that the soil gave its name to the appellation is quite uncommon and tells a lot about the importance in Bordeaux of this stones that were brought their by the Garonne River that used to be way larger millenniums ago.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2018 / bouteille

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

    The balance between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is perfect and reveals all the best on this 2015 vintage, one of the best Bordeaux ever had.

    £38.50 Public price £32.73 Subscribers' price

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  7. Château Belle Grange 2015, Saint-Emillion Grand Cru

    Château Belle Grange 2015, Saint-Emillion Grand Cru

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This 2015 vintage of Château Belle Grange really impressed me. It’s very elegant, has a lot of structure and is very full bodied without being heavy, and it has a very long finish. But what distinguishes it from other Saint-Emilion is its unique flavours of flowers that will charm you. 

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    Grape variety

    In Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux is predominant almost all the time. Merlot enjoys soils of clay which keep its grape fresh (otherwise, this variety tends to make too much alcohol). On the other side, cabernet sauvignon enjoys pebbles as it keeps warmth which is useful for this variety which finds it harder to ripen.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with thick tears and deep intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant and expressive nose to the aromas of wood, red fruits, black fruits and floral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with strong tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18° open just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Fungi porcini soufflé
    Beef rib
    Camembert
    Dark chocolate brownie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Verhaeghe Family has a 200 years old history of making wine in Bordeaux. They own estates in Saint-Emilion and in Bordeaux Supérieur appellations. Around half of the vineyard is already certified organic : the other half will soon be and the future vintages starting from 2017 will be certified organic. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château Belle Grange’s terroir is interesting as it covers the two sides of a hill. One side is made of clay, which is the case in most of the appellation; the other side is made of pebbles, which is more common in Médoc on the other side of Bordeaux. Both combined allow to make great merlot as well as great cabernet-sauvignon which give this great wine once blended.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2019 / bouteille

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    It’s very elegant, has a lot of structure and is very full bodied without being heavy, and it has a very long finish.

    £69.70 Public price £59.40 Subscribers' price
  8. Les Charmes de Liversan 2015, Château de Liversan, Haut Médoc

    Les Charmes de Liversan 2015, Château de Liversan, Haut Médoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Second wines from Bordeaux renowned Chateaux are often an opportunity to feel the same king of sensation but for a far more affordable price ! However, the vines and therefore the grapes take advantage from the same skills and the terroir are often quite similar, which allow sometimes the second wine to be more looked for than the chateaux. Liversan is a good example of that : its second wine really is not so different from the Chateau itself. 

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    Grape variety

    Cabernet sauvignon is known to be the main variety of all the grand crus Classé in Médoc. It’s a variety that need heat as it ripen relatively slowly, especially in a rainy region like Bordeaux. But this variety has a great advantage : it gives an outstanding tannic structureto wines which allow the best ones to age for decades.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A grenat robe with viscous tears and marked intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive nose to the aromas of black fruits, spices and roasting.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth with soft tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 168°C et 18° an hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Beef stew
    Grilled mushrooms
    Salers
    Chocolate fondant

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Ranked Cru Bourgeois in 1932, this Estate was the property of Marquis de Latresne in the 18th Century and then of the Prince de Polignac before being taken over by the Lapalu Family, renowned family of winemakers in Bordeaux. In 2017, it was acquired by Antoine Moueix Propriétés, a rising star of Bordeaux making high quality wines on both banks./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Haut-Médoc is on Bordeaux left bank and is known for its famous villages as Margaux or Pauillac. This appellation only produces red wines on pebbles called graves that thanks to the warmth they keep from daylight help the grapes to ripen and grow strong yet silky tannins.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2019 / bouteille

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

    Second wines from Bordeaux renowned Chateaux are often an opportunity to feel the same king of sensation but for a far more affordable price !

    £42.70 Public price £36.45 Subscribers' price

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  9. S de Saint Pey 2016, Château de Saint Pey, Bordeaux

    S de Saint Pey 2016, Château de Saint Pey, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Château de Saint Pey is mainly known for its Saint Emilion Grand Cru, but it also produces in the neighbouring vines a second wine called “S de Saint Pey” which benefits from a very comparable terroir, but at a more reasonable price ! S de Saint Pey is a real bargain that shall be tasted immediately. 

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    Grape variety

    Château de Saint Pey and S de Saint Pey are both typical Bordeaux blends. Merlot particularly enjoys soils of clay because it ripens more easily than cabernet-sauvignon that needs a lot of care to grow well on this kind of terroirs.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purplish robe with viscous tears and marked intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth with marked tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° one hour before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Spinach pie
    Steak with shallot sauce and potatoes
    Coeur d'Avesnes
    Mendiant

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    A few minutes away from Saint-Emilion, in the village of Saint Pey d’Armens, Château de Saint-Pey extends on 20 hectares. Since 1774, the estate went through the years thanks to the know-how and the unity of the Musset Family./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Vines are on the same clay soil that makes the worldwide reputation of Saint-Emilion wines. It is a great opportunity to experience the effects that this cold terroir gives to the wines by challenging the grapes to ripen.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2019 / bouteille

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

    S de Saint Pey is a real bargain that shall be tasted immediately.

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    £32.50 Public price £27.77 Subscribers' price

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  10. Château Lieujean 2012, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

    Château Lieujean 2012, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, we chose Chateau Lieujean, one of the best Cru Bourgeois in Médoc. It is deeply concentrated, with intense flavours of black berries, delicate woody aromas. Tannins are very present yet quite silky, and the length is long and juicy. A very complete and tasty Bordeaux.  

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    Grape variety

    In Medoc, all wines are blends. And the two main varieties by far are Merlot and Cabernet-Sauvignon, the second one being almost all the time dominant. This blend gives intense wines with a good ageing potential, marked by aromas of black and red berries, and often completed by elegant flavours of leather or mushrooms if the wine already is a few years old.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    It is deeply concentrated, with intense flavours of black berries, delicate woody aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Tannins are very present yet quite silky, and the length is long and juicy.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° one hour before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Beef carpaccio with grated parmesan
    Roasted rabbit with plum sauce
    Laguiole
    Cherry cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Lieujean Family is acknowledged in Bordeaux as early as 1868. The Estate was already known back then to give wines with a strong personality. Since 2011, Chateau is ranked vintage after vintage in the Cru Bourgeois ranking that distinguished all the great wines in Bordeaux that were not ranked Grand Cru Classé in 1855. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in Saint-Sauveur, next to Pauillac, Lieujean is close to the Garonne River, which plays the role of a temperature regulator. The soil is made of graves, medium round pebbles typical from Bordeaux that keep the warmth of the sun during the day to give it back to grapes at night. That’s why the wine is so concentrated.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2019 / bouteille

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

    It is deeply concentrated, with intense flavours of black berries, delicate woody aromas.

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  11. Cuvée réserve 2011, Bordeaux

    Cuvée réserve 2011, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    «This wine was produced with the three main grape varieties of the Bordeaux region: merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Enjoy the soft tannins of this cuvee coming from the cabernet franc; discover its woody aromas and its garnet robe with purple reflections. I advice you to pair this wine with a nice rare or medium rare rib steak. Enjoy!»

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    Grape variety

    The blend of these three grape varieties is common in the Bordeaux region. Merlot brings fruit hints and velvet feelings to the wine, while the cabernet sauvignon brings power and robustness. The cabernet franc, with fewer tannins, permits a faster aging and can be surprising with its vegetal aromas.

    Oeil

    Eye

     A deep garnet color with purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose with toast and woody aromas, charming.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Rich and complex mouth, round and winy.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 14 and 16°C. Open 1 hour before serving. To taste now or until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Sausage
    Rib steak

    Camenbert

    Peaches

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château Bastian is a property of 7 hectares on the left bank of the Garonne. Brigitte and Stéphane Savigneux take care of this domain since 1988 and are often rewarded for their hard work. Indeed, they received an award from the Hachette Vin guide in 2014.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The soil of this terroir is composed of sand and clay, with pebbles, stones and gravels. As the soil is poor, the vineyards need to go deep in the soils to find nutriments. Thanks to the pebbles, stones and gravels, the sun is reflected on the wine grapes that enables a better maturation of the grapes. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 30th of June 2014. Delivery within 21 days.

    This wine was produced with the three main grape varieties of the Bordeaux region: merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Enjoy the soft tannins of this cuvee coming from the cabernet franc; discover its woody aromas and its garnet robe with purple reflections.

    £27.60 Public price £23.40 Subscribers' price

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  12. Château Grand Lartigue 2009, Grand Cru, Saint Emilion

    Château Grand Lartigue 2009, Grand Cru, Saint Emilion

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    2009 is one of the best vintages Saint-Emilion ever produced. One could even compare it to the legendary 2005 vintage, known to have been the best vintage in Bordeaux for decades. Thus, it was important to me to select a wine that could introduce you to great Bordeaux vintages. And of all the wines I tasted, Château Grand Lartigue was the one showing best this wonderful combination of strength, fruit and tannins that 2009 gave us. This wine is to be paired with you best meals!

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    Grape variety

    Cabernet franc is widespread in the right bank of Bordeaux, but also in the Loire Valley ! The terroir allows it to reach maturity one week before the cabernet sauvignon does, which allows the winemakers to take more time to protect the grapes during the harvest. It is widely grown in Saint- Emilion, and is even the main variety used for one of the most famous wine in the world: Château Cheval Blanc (60%). It is less tannic than cabernet sauvignon, so it ages faster and can be drunk earlier.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Intense purple colour showing the aging potential..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    At the nose, the wine is intense with blackberries and menthol aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The texture is silky with tastes of liquorice and pepper.

    Verre

    Service

    between 15° et 17°C.  Open 30 minutes before drinking. From now and until 2019

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Duck confit salad
    Stuffed quails
    Coulommiers cheese
    Chocolate cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Pierre Chollet is the director of Château Grand Lartigue, a property which covers 5 hectares in Saint-Emilion. His company Vitis Vintage resurrected this forgotten estate in 2001. They built a new winery and completely changed the agricultural process. For example, Chollet decided to stop using chemical fertilizer.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The terroir of Saint-Emilion is one of the most famous in the world, and there is reason for that: it is also one of the best ! The ground is a mix of very old sand and wet clay. Moreover, the rules of the appellation are very strict: winemakers cannot make more than 40 hl of wine per hectare, and the wine has to age at least 12 months in oak barrels. 

     

     

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    And of all the wines I tasted, Château Grand Lartigue was the one showing best this wonderful combination of strength, fruit and tannins that 2009 gave us.

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  13. Château Puynard 2011, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Château Puynard 2011, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I am quite happy I found this delicious Côtes de Blaye. The mouth is smooth and harmonious. It is like having a ballet dancer wearing a silk dress in your mouth. The finish, which is the taste that stays on the palate after the wine has been swallowed, is long and spicy.

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The blend merlot - cabernet sauvignon is emblematic of Bordeaux. Indeed, most of the wines from Bordeaux are made from these two varieties, sometimes adding a third one in very small quantity. Merlot develops fine red berries aromas and gives softness to the wine. Cabernet sauvignon brings acidity and strong tannins. It is also mostly thanks to cabernet sauvignon that this wonderful wine has some aging potential.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep garnet red colour with purple nuances..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose is intense and complex with clear notes of cherry.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well balanced with a smooth texture.

    Verre

    Service

    Around 16°C.  Uncork the bottle 15 minutes before drinking. Drink from now and until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Hazelnut saucisson sec
    Turkey stuffed with chestnut
    Tomme cheese
    Fraisier cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Gregory family is well known around the vineyards of Bordeaux. Their ancestors started making money by selling harvesting machines. But working with so many winemakers made them feel like making their own wine and this is how they bought several estates in Bordeaux, including Chateau Puynard and the famous Château La Rivière.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyard of Château Puynard covers 17 hectares. The vines are planted on hillsides along the Gironde river, in the Côtes de Blaye area. The close underground is a mix of clay and sand. When you go deeper, the underground has several limestone layers. This makes a really good terroir to grow highly concentrated grapes of merlot. 

     

     

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    The finish, which is the taste that stays on the palate after the wine has been swallowed, is long and spicy./p>

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  14. Beaujolais Villages 2014

    Beaujolais Villages 2014

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Attractive ruby dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose and pleasing the aromas of red berries..

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and light mouth in the fine tannins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

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

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  15. Château Lamothe Belair, 2011, rouge, Bergerac

    Château Lamothe Belair, 2011, rouge, Bergerac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I am happy to present a wine from Bergerac. It is rich and well structured, with very intense flavours. It is very smooth on the palate and shows smoky aromas of oak. I would definitely recommend serving this wine with a beautiful piece of beef, why not some tasty beef from Bergerac where cow breeding is prevalent. If you wish, you can also let it age in you cellar. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine is a blend of most of the grape varieties you find in this part of France for red wines: merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Merlot gives the wine flavours of red fruits and softens the tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon and the Malbec balance that with a strong body and spicy and smoky flavours.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light garnet red.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose is intense and pleasing with smoky and woody notes.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well balanced with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Around 16°C  Open one hour before drinking. From now and until 2019.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Duck breast a la plancha
    Beef with red wine sauce
    Cabécou of Périgord
    Paris-Brest

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family

    When we think about Bergerac, we usually think about the very good sweet wines this terroir provides Montbazillac, Montravel or Saussignac). But the fact is that you can find great red wines in the vineyards of Bergerac, such as the Château LamotheBelair, that was awarded several times. Château LamotheBelair is managed by StéphanePuyol who is the proud owner of two Châteaux in Saint-Emilion with evocative names:Barberousse (Barbarossa) and Montremblant!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château Lamothe Belair is located 12km from Saint-Emilion, on the extension of the hills of Saint-Emilion. The soil is clay and limestone as most of the land in the Bordeaux/Southwest area. This kind of soil retains a lot of water and keeps it fresh, balancing the effects of the sun in order to keep the hint of freshness the wine needs. 

     

     

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    This month, I am happy to present a wine from Bergerac. It is rich and well structured, with very intense flavours. It is very smooth on the palate and shows smoky aromas of oak.

    £23.95 Public price £20.35 Subscribers' price

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  16. Château La Franchaie, 2007, Blanc, Savennières

    Château La Franchaie, 2007, Blanc, Savennières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Do you know Savennières? Well, I am pleased to introduce you to this appellation with one of its best ambassadors, Château La Franchaie. This very pleasant wine, with mineral and saltyflavours, also has very small oxidative aromasthat give a subtle taste of nuts and dried fruits. This wine is very well balanced between unctuosity and alcohol, and personally I love it ! 

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

    In Savennières, only one grape variety is allowed: the Chenin Blanc (also known as Pineau de la Loire). This kind of grape is mainly grown in the Loire Valley as it adapts little elsewhere in the world. White wines from Anjou (including Savennières) are mainly made from that variety. In Montlouis and Vouvray, winemakers make all kinds of white wines, from dry sparkling to sweet wines using.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Intense light yellow with hints of white gold..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Fine aromas of green apple and fresh grapes.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A very fresh mouth with fine mineral flavours. Some oxidative notes (nuts, dried fruits)

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 10° and 12°C; Drink as soon as the bottle is opened. Ready to drink from now and until 2017

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Mussels
    Fried fish
    Fresh goat cheese
    Roast apples

     

     Anecdote

    A wine, a family

    Loïc Mahe produces a wine that reflects what nature has to offer in this region. Indeed, he doesn’t want to work too much on the vines so as to let it express the terroir. He does not use chemical fertilizers, lets the grass grows as it wants in the vines, and of course, harvests the grapes by hand. His vision is just to help nature expressing itself, not giving his personality to his wine.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Savennières is a small appellation that lies south of Angers on the right bank of the Loire. The Château itself is located near Possonnière in the hills of the appellation. The ground is made of schist. This laminated and fractured soil gives vine roots the opportunity to penetrate seven or eight feet deep, where rainwater naturally flows and where it can find the best nutriments. Moreover, this kind of soil keeps a lot of warmth from the sun, which protects the vines during winter. 

     

     

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    Do you know Savennières? Well, I am pleased to introduce you to this appellation with one of its best ambassadors, Château La Franchaie.

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  17. Côtes de Castillon, 2007

    Côtes de Castillon, 2007

    Sommelier

    L'avis du sommelier

    2007 is clearly not the best vintage in Bordeaux. However, several winemakers, by working hard, still managed to produce nice wines. This is the case of this wine from Côtes de Castillon. A young wine is often characterized by its very fruity aromas, and a more evolved one like this one shows aromas of fresh grass and humus. Ideal with Camembert cheese and sliced truffles! 

    Feuille

     Cépage

    Merlot is a grape variety that gives intensely dark wines. The wines are full-bodied yet low in tannins, with flavours of plum and sometimes chocolate as the wine ages. Cabernet Franc will bring fine tannins and aromas of red berries and spices. The blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc gives the wine complexity and a beautiful bouquet.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Robe is purple with light mahogany highlights..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose reveals undergrowth and hummus.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, we feel a nice texture and smooth spices

    Verre

     Service

    To be served: between 14 and 16°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Omelette with mushrooms
    Veal chops with roasted vegetables
    Brie cheese
    Roasted figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Françoise Lannoye discovered late she had a vocation for winemaking. Before, she was working in Paris with her husband as a real estate agent. Buther parents, who were farmers themselves, taught her to love wine and terroir when she was a child.So it is quite naturally that she decided to go to Bordeaux in order to make wine. That is why she bought Chateau Moulin de Clotte 12 years ago.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The 8-acre estate Chateau Moulin de Clotte is located in the Côtes de Castillon vineyard, just next to Saint- Emilion. The soil is clay and limestone which is a very nurturing environment for the roots of the vine.This part of the Bordeaux region is maybe the best place on Earth to grow Merlot, the main grape variety there. 

     

     

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    A young wine is often characterized by its very fruity aromas, and a more evolved one like this one shows aromas of fresh grass and humus. Ideal with Camembert cheese and sliced truffles!

    £27.40 Public price £23.29 Subscribers' price

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  18. L'été Gascon, 2013, Côtes de Gascogne

    L'été Gascon, 2013, Côtes de Gascogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    We already offered a wine from the Pellehaut estate a few months ago. We got many enthusiastic feedbacks, so I decided to select another wine from the same winemaker. Once again, it is a white wine, but a sweet wine this time. Balanced, and surprisingly light, which is rarely the case with sweet wine, this wine is one of my favourites of the moment and this is a very good value for money!  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    We have not had many opportunities to discover Gros Manseng with My Vitibox! This grape grows in the south west of France and is widely used in production of sweet wines. You will recognize it by its aromas of apricot and quince among others. It is less rich and less refined than its cousin, Petit Manseng. However it gives rise to wines that I find very enjoyable.

    Oeil

     Oeil

     The robe reminds of a Golden Supreme apple with sunny sparkle..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    The nose reveals citrus fruits (lime).

    Bouche

     Bouche

    The mouths reminds of an exotic fruits cocktail (mango, passion fruit, lychee).

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 8 and 10°C; open just before serving. to taste now or until 2019

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Grilled foie gras
    Dublin bay prawns
    Blue cheese
    Cinnamon baked apples

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family

    A long time ago, many farms in the south west of France were making their own wine. Most of them gave up farming to only focus on wine, and Pellehaut is one of the rare estate still mixing farming and winemaking. It’s a very precious resource for the culture: the cows are fed the cereals and then produce the best natural fertiliser.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located on the same hill as the Chateau Pellehaut, turned toward the south, the vineyard benefits from a very good exposure to the sunshine. This terroir gives very mature grapes, with a lot of sugar, and a low acidity. This is how the winemaker can make wines so soft. 

     

     

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    Balanced, and surprisingly light, which is rarely the case with sweet wine, this wine is one of my favourites of the moment and this is a very good value for money!

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

    Château d'Estoublon 2007, AOP les Baux de Provence

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

     Grape variety

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

    Oeil

     Eye

     Nice light garnet robe with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Mouth

    The mouth is round and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Tabbouleh
    Leg of lamb with herbs

    Camembert

    Strawberry milkshake

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

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

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  20. Légende d'Automne 2012, Bordeaux

    Légende d'Automne 2012, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    For this Vitibox dedicated to the wines of Bordeaux, I really felt like making you discover Château Haut-Meyreau. It is not located in one of Bordeaux top appellations, but the winemaker’s skills seem to be enough to build a reputation since the Château is out of stock six months a year. This wine is very elegant, with subtle aromas of flowers. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot and cabernet sauvignon work really well together! Merlot is the most common grape in the Bordeaux region, although this dominance is quite new. In the nineteenth century, it was the cabernet sauvignon that was the most cultivated variety. But after the second world war, the right bank of Bordeaux, where the merlot was dominant, got more and more successful, thanks to its prestigious appellations like Pomerol or Saint-Emilion. Merlot has less tannins than cabernet sauvignon, which makes it easier to enjoy young.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A light garnet red colour, with hints of blue and purple..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Fine aromas of flowers and leaves.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Mouth light and fruity, slightly spiced.

    Verre

    Service

    between 12° et 14°C  Drink as soon as the bottle is opened.Ready to drink from now and until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Veal carpaccio
    Yassa chicken
    Sheep’s cheese
    Red berries pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The wine estate is located in the “Entre-deux-Mers” area, in Dardenac, just outside of Saint-Emilion. Over the years, the estate grew by buying new parcels to its neighbours. From 5 hectares in 1802, it grew to 76 hectares today, which is quite impressive!

     Terroir

    Le terroir

     The Château Haut-Meyreau is located in Dardenac, ten kilometres from Saint-Emilion. The vineyard covers 76 hectares. The subsoil is made of clay and limestone. It is an excellent terroir as the clay keeps a lot of rainwater to moisten the vines all year long. It strikes a balance with the strong sun of Bordeaux, ideal to grow great merlot and cabernet-sauvignon. 

     

     

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    This wine is very elegant, with subtle aromas of flowers.

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