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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

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

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     Grape variety

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

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     Appearance

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

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Steak tartare
    Pot-roasted guinea fowl with young vegetables 

    saint marcellin
    Cherry cake

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

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

     Terroir

    The terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2013 / bottle

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

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

    £18.20 Public price £15.50 Subscribers' price

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

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

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    The grape variety

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

    Oeil

    The appearance

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

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

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

     

     Anecdote

     Facts on the winemaker

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

     Terroir

    The terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, juillet. 2013 / bouteille

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

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

    £11.70 Public price £9.90 Subscribers' price

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  3. Antiguas Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Cousino Macul, Valle del Maipo

    Antiguas Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Cousino Macul, Valle del Maipo

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    Antiguas Reservas is one of the most important wines of Cusino Macul. The maturity of the New World meets the elegance of the traditional wines, thanks to his aging French oak barrels. The wines of this winery never stop to impress me!

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     Grape Variety

    This grape variety is originally from France, more precisely from Bordeaux. The cabernet sauvignon is very common in Chile and it produces wines with aromas of blackcurrant and often red pepper and tobacco. The eucalyptuses in the Alto Maipo confer to this grape variety a particular and lively freshness.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     – Nice purplish red colour with violet reflections and coloured tears.  

     

    Nez

     Nose

    The nose is intense and pleasant, typical of the Cabernet Sauvignon. We can distinguish nice aromas of fruits, cacao and aromatic herbs.

    Bouche

     Taste

    The wine is rounded, fresh and fruity on the palate. Tannins are delicate, with little woody notes.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve from 14° to 16°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping time: until 2015.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    terrine de sanglier
    Barbecued juicy steak
    ripened cheese;
    blackberry sorbet

     

     

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Cousino Macul is a family business founded in 1956 and it is one of the oldest wine-producing families of Chili. Three brothers of the Cousino family run the winery and their objective is to express with their wines, the real flavours of the Maipo Valley !

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    The terroir

     The vineyards are situated in the southern region of the Maipo Valley called “Alto Maipo”, just 30 km south of Santiago, right at the foot of the Andes. The fresh air to the mountains that descend on the valley at night is very beneficial for the vines and for the soil that drain the water coming from the mountainsThe vineyards are situated in the southern region of the Maipo Valley called “Alto Maipo”, just 30 km south of Santiago, right at the foot of the Andes. The fresh air to the mountains that descend on the valley at night is very beneficial for the vines and for the soil that drain the water coming from the mountains.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2013 / bottle

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

    The maturity of the New World meets the elegance of the traditional wines, thanks to his aging French oak barrels.

    £18.60 Public price £16.00 Subscribers' price

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  4. Carménère 2010, Von Siebenthal, Valle del Aconcagua

    Carménère 2010, Von Siebenthal, Valle del Aconcagua

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    This wine made his mark with originality and a distinctive style, based on the deep maturity of grapes and on the freshness and elegance of the taste. His ageing in oak barrels offer chocolate and toasted notes on the palate. It’s one of the best Chilean Carmenere according to Parker.

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     Grape variety

    85% carmenere, 15% cabernet sauvignon. The grape variety carmenere was originally from Bordeaux, but it disappeared with the philloxera invasion (insects which feed roots of vines). Before, some plants where exported to Chili, this explain the importance presence of this grape variety in Chilean wines. The Carmenere wines are fleshy, supple and rich.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     The appearance - Nice ruby-red colour, light mahogany streaked.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Nose is complex and intense with blackcurrant, coffee and hibiscus, along with some nice exotic touches.

    Bouche

     Bouche

    La bouche est suave, élégante et équilibrée.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve; 18°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping time until 2018.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    chorizo
    Pork stew with black beans
    Piedmont hazelnut cake

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Mauro von Siebenthal lived two lifes. Before he lived in Switzerland where he was a layer. In 1998, with the financial support of four friends Mauro moved to Chile to fully satisfy his passion for the vineyards!

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    The terroir

     85% carmenere, 15% cabernet sauvignon. The grape variety carmenere was originally from Bordeaux, but it disappeared with the philloxera invasion (insects which feed roots of vines). Before, some plants where exported to Chile, this explain the importance presence of this grape variety in Chilean wines. The Carmenere wines are fleshy, supple and rich.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2013 / bottle

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

    . His ageing in oak barrels offers chocolate and toasted notes on the palate.

    £22.20 Public price £19.00 Subscribers' price

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  5. Les Sires de La Tour Carnet 2008

    Les Sires de La Tour Carnet 2008

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

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

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     Grape variety

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

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

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Salmon tartare
    Turbot fillet with merlot sauce 

    Livarot 
    Black chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

     The winemakers

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

     Terroir

    The terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, Septembre. 2013 / bottle

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

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

    £21.20 Public price £18.02 Subscribers' price

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  6. The Footbolt 2009, MCLaren Vale, d'Arenberg, Shiraz

    The Footbolt 2009, MCLaren Vale, d'Arenberg, Shiraz

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the winetaster

    This Australian wine is a superb discovery that I couldn’t wait to make you taste. The syrah is the most popular red grape variety in Australia. It is perfectly made by one of the most famous oenologist of the country. This well structured wine can be tasted from now, or you can lay it down for 5 years!

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     Grape Variety

    Syrah, also called Shiraz in Australia, is the most popular grape variety of the McLaren Vale. Australia is also the second producer of Shiraz after France. However, the Australian shiraz, grows in a warmer climate with much higher temperatures resulting in a wine with very ripe fruit and lower acidity.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Intense garnet colour with bleu-purplish reflections and nice coloured streaks..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Pleasant and intense nose: you can detect notes of blackberry and strawberry

    Bouche

     Taste

    Structured and tannic taste. It is synonym of a good ageing potential!

    Verre

     Service

    To serve between 14°C and 15°C. Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2018.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Beef carpaccio with pesto
    Juicy barbecued steak 

    Maroilles cheese 
    Blackberry and strawberry fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Joseph Osborn founded the Aremberg winery in 1912. Nice fact: this wine inherited its name from Joseph’s favourite horse, Footbolt. Four generations later, Chester Osborn takes the leading of this winery that is now one of the most well-known in Australia. In particular, it was elected “vineyard of the year 2009” from Wine and Spirits Magazine USA. 

     Terroir

    The terroir

    The McLaren Vale is situated 25 miles south of Adelaide, capital city of the state of South Australia. The vineyards benefit from the Mediterranean-like climate conditions and the proximity to the coast assures warm winters. Water goes through the vine roots and influences the wine aromas.

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2013 / bouteille

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

    The syrah is the most popular red grape variety in Australia. It is perfectly made by one of the most famous oenologist of the country.

    £23.20 Public price £19.72 Subscribers' price

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  7. Rosso 2011, Coppola

    Rosso 2011, Coppola

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    Film director and producer, Francis Ford Coppola won five Oscars and two Palme d’or at the Cannes Festival. Few know that Francis is also the owner of a vineyard in the Napa Valley (California), which produces good wines at an excellent quality price ratio. Rosso 2011 is a light and fruity wine that will match simple and tasty dishes. 

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     Grape variety

    The grapes’ blend is interesting. Syrah donates a velvet texture to the wine; cabernet sauvignon gives them structure and aromas of red fruits. Petite syrah contributes to give body whereas the zinfandel, typical of this region, gives sweetness.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Dark purple colour with violet reflections and coloured tears..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Very intense to the nose with strong aromas of strawberry, and blackcurrant. Let your self be tempted by the inebriating flavours….

    Bouche

     Taste

    Light, supple and fruity in the mouth. The simplicity of this wine makes him accessible to all…

    Verre

     Service

    Serve between 14°C and 16°C. Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Toast points with Black Olive Tapenade & Red Pepper

    Roast chicken

    Fresh cheese with wild blueberry jam

    Blueberry and cassis muffin

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Francis Ford Coppola has about as much passion for fine wine as he does for great film. And his passion is actually hereditary: during the Prohibition, Agostino Coppola produced his own wine in the basement of his flat in New York City. 

     Terroir

    The terroir

    The Coppola vineyard is located in California, in the wine region of Lodi, 50 km south of Sacramento, in the hearth of the famous Napa Valley. There, sunny days alternate with fresh nights and this slows the maturity process of grapes and increases their body and taste. The rivers Mokelumne and Cosumnes enrich the granitic soil of minerals. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September 2013 / bouteille

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

    Rosso 2011 is a light and fruity wine that will match simple and tasty dishes.

    £16.50 Public price £14.00 Subscribers' price

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  8. L'Expression 2012, Domaine du Fontenay, Côte Roannaise

    L'Expression 2012, Domaine du Fontenay, Côte Roannaise

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    This wine from our September selection is atypical since it doesn’t have any chemical component: no sulphur, no ascorbic acid or chemical yeast. Maybe you didn’t know that the large majority of winemakers add different components to their wine to balance the final taste. Simon Hawkins does not embrace this philosophy and he keep producing a 100% natural wine. I am a fun of his wine and I believe he has won his bat against chemical components! 

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     Grape variety

    Gamay is a dark grape variety with white juice. It is also early and very productive; therefore it’s necessary to limit his liveliness to produce quality grapes. It mainly grows in the Beaujolais region. His peculiarity is to give fruity, fresh ad greedy wines. I usually suggest to drink them cold at 12°C.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Dark purple robe with superb bluish-violet reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Very expressive nose of black gamay. The smell is floral with notes of violets and tasty with aromas of strawberry.

    Bouche

     Taste

    The taste is juicy and rich of red fruits. Slightly spicy with notes of white pepper.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve at 12°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential juntil 2015.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    ham and olives quiche 
    chicken and red pepper cubes a la plancha

    saint-marcellin

    summer pudding

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

    Simon Hawkins worked in the textile trade in England before coming to France in 1990. There he changed his life and became winemaker! Press call him “Mad Englishman of the Cote Ronnaise” since Simon always chose to go counter currant to trait his vineyards and his wine. His motto his “authentic wines from sustainable viticulture and natural, hands-off wine making.”

     Terroir

    The terroir

     The vineyard is located in the Rhone Valley between Clermond Ferrand and Lyon, to the north of the Loire region. It extends on granitic and siliceous soils, both very favourable for winemaking. The Madeleine mountains enclose the areas. The climate is very mild with little rainfalls. For having the AOC designation, grape vines have to grow between 370 and 550 meters on the sea level. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2013 / bottle

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

    This wine from our September selection is atypical since it doesn’t have any addiction: no sulphur, no ascorbic acid or chemical yeast.

    £11.40 Public price £9.67 Subscribers' price

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  9. 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!

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

    Les Terrassettes 2011, Clos de l'Anhel, Corbières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet colour, deeply shining with many purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    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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  11. 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!"

    Feuille

    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

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

    Bouche

     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.

     Terroir

    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

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  12. Le Voyou de Katz 2012, Domaine Klur, Alsace

    Le Voyou de Katz 2012, Domaine Klur, Alsace

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    “ I love the fresh charm of this wine. It’s an explosion of fruits in your mouth that will delight your tastes. I won’t hide you that I have already bought many bottles for my friends. I have to congratulate with the Klur family for his remarkable work and I am looking forward hearing your impressions on this bottle. Chef Georges Victor Schmitt proposes a delicious dish to be paired with Le Voyou de Katz.”

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     Grape variey

    It’s a blended wine composed by the two driest varietals of Klur winery. Riesling and Sylvaner are typical of Alsace and they give a lively and sharp zest to wine. Muscat adds a sweet touch to the blend.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Nice white gold colour with light green reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Nose is fresh and intense at the same time. We clearly feel notes of orange peel and dried fruits.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Mouth is immediately supple and fresh. Then it surprises for its fruity richness. We clearly feel aromas of Golden apple.

    Verre

     Service

    To be served: between 10 and 16°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Panned Foie gras with white grapes
    Tapioca with escargot and Burbot (Recipe of chef Georges Victor Schmitt)

    Fresh Munster cheese

    Apple Cake

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

    The Klurs are an old dynasty of winemakers, like often happens in Alsace. Grapevine culture and winegrowing find their origins in the 17th century and it’s a family business. Clément and Francine Klur are also very committed to the biological and biodynamic agriculture and in the ecology.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Klurs are an old dynasty of winemakers, like often happens in Alsace. Grapevine culture and winegrowing find their origins in the 17th century and it’s a family business. Clément and Francine Klur are also very committed to the biological and biodynamic agriculture and in the ecology. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November 2013 / bottle

    Sold by cases of 3 and 6 bottles until 30 November 2013. Delivery within 21 days.

    Alain loves the fresh charm of this wine. It’s an explosion of fruits in your mouth that will delight your tastes.

    £13.50 Public price £11.50 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  13. 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”.

    Feuille

    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.

     Terroir

    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

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

    Cuvée Gourmande 2012, Domaine de la Charmoise, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Carmine colour with violet reflections. Wine disk is thin.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Platter of charcutetie
    Chipolata with young vegetables

    Valençay cheese

    Pears poached in red wine

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, décembre. 2013 / bouteille

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

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

    £12.90 Public price £11.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Cuvée Première Vendange 2012, Domaine de la Charmoise, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Carmine colour with violet reflections. Wine disk is thin.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Platter of charcutetie
    Chipolata with young vegetables

    Valençay cheese

    Pears poached in red wine

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, décembre. 2013 / bouteille

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

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

    £14.10 Public price £12.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  16. Roussette de Savoie 2012, Domaine Grisard

    Roussette de Savoie 2012, Domaine Grisard

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

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

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

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

    Tomme de Savoie Cheese

    Yoghurt cake

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, January 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 28th of February 2014. Delivery within 21 days.

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

    £10.60 Public price £9.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  17. Egregore 2002, Côtes-de-Bourg

    Egregore 2002, Côtes-de-Bourg

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « I’m a fan of this Egregore 2004. It’s a 10-years old wine and it comes from an exceptional small lot. This wine was produced from very old Merlot vineyards with a manual picking off such as the famous Château Pape Clément wine. The production is very little: only 2400 bottles are made each year and Mister Magrez was happy to reserve a large part of its 2004 production for the subscribers of My VitiBox! »

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

    Merlot represents 58% of planted vineyards in the Bordeaux region. Contrary to the bordelaise tradition of blended wines, the Egregore is a mono-varietal wine. This grape variety brings suppleness and fine fruity aromas.

    Oeil

     Oeil

     Colour is garnet, with shiny reflections. Coloured tears.

     

    Nez

     Nez

    Aromas of cedar, undergrowth and menthol surround the nose.

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Mouth is dense, rich and deep with velvet tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 16 and 18°C. . Open 1 hour before serving. Keeping potential until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Red and green pepper quiche
    Veal Milanese

    Truffle brie cheese

    Mocha coffee

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Our first subscribers start knowing Bernard Magrez. He is a self-made winemaker, producer of exceptional wines and first owner of Grand Crus Classés in Bordeaux. For instance, he owns and makes the well-known Château Pape Clément.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Egregore is produced from a small lot situated in the lieu-dit “Guerit”, in Tauriac - small geographical area bearing a traditional name. This cuvée makes only 2400-2600 bottles per year and the majority of vintage 2004 has been reserved for the subscribers of My VitiBox. The winery is close to one of the routes of the Way to St. James. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 28th of February. Delivery within 21 days.

    This wine was produced from very old Merlot vineyards with a manual picking off such as the famous Château Pape Clément wine. The production is very little: only 2400 bottles are made each year.

    £25.90 Public price £22.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Côté Floral Blanc 2013, Domaine Lafage, Languedoc Roussillon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Nice white gold robe with gold reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

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

    Goat Cheese and walnuts

    Fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, February 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £9.50 Public price £8.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  19. Piloums 2011, Domaine du Mas Blanc, Collioure

    Piloums 2011, Domaine du Mas Blanc, Collioure

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

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

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose full of spices (pepper) and oriental hints.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The mouth is subtle, winy and silky.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Mediterranean salad
    Guinea fowl

    Tomme Cheese

    Roasted figs

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, February 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £10.60 Public price £9.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Barbera d'Alba 2012, Giacomo Fenocchio, Italia

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe is opaque with purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Coppa
    Risotto

    Brie cheese

    Dark chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £13.60 Public price £11.50 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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