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  1. Château Lacaussade Saint-Martin, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Château Lacaussade Saint-Martin, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Bordeaux is mostly famous thanks to the wines elaborated in Médoc on the left bank of the Gironde River. The dominant variety there is cabernet sauvignon. On the right bank, merlot is the main variety so the wines are known to be fruitier and less tannic. This one has spent 6 months aging in oak barrels: do you feel the aromas of wood and vanilla? 

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    Grape variety

    Merlot is the main variety in the Bordeaux region. The tale is that its name comes from the blackbirds, merles in French, who love to peck the grapes of merlot. It blends very well with the cabernet sauvignon known for its tannins. Indeed, merlot gives balance to the blend by bringing nice aromas of red berries, plum and spices.

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    Appearance

     Purple colour with colored tears..

     

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    Nose

    Intense, pleasant, wooded, vanilla and soft nose.

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    Mouth

    Round mouth in velvet tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Between15°C and 17°C.  Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Paté
    Flank steak with shallot
    Un Rocamadour cheese
    Vanilla Éclairs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    When Jacques Chardat arrived in 1991, the Château Lacaussade Saint-Martin was kind of a sleeping beauty. This oenologist from the University of Bordeaux was very ambitious, and started buying new vines to improve the global quality of the wine. More than 20 years later, the vineyard is now 50 hectares (it was 18 hectares in 1991) and produces a wine appreciated by some of the most influential wine critics.

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    Terroir

     Along the Gironde River, the Chateau Lacaussade Saint-Martin is located on a poor ground made of a limestone vein, specific to the terroir which name is Blayais. As you might already know, the vines are fond of poor grounds. Indeed, the vine has to suffer from water stress in order to give concentrated fruits. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2015 / bouteille

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

    This one has spent 6 months aging in oak barrels: do you feel the aromas of wood and vanilla?

    £29.23 Public price £24.84 Subscribers' price

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  2. Château d'Epiré 2013, Savennières

    Château d'Epiré 2013, Savennières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I am really glad to present you Château d’Epiré as I think it is the best way to discover one of the best appellations in the Loire Valley for white wines: Savennières. The smell is expressive, with flavours of green apple and lemon. The taste is fresh and the finish displays displays very nice mineral aromas, typical from Savennières. Do not forget to serve it chilled, between 8 and 10°C!  

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    Grape variety

    In Savennières, things are simple as there is only one variety planted: chenin. This variety fully expresses its potential on grounds of limestone, which was also used to build the Châteaux de la Loire. Just remember that chenin is an elegant variety with refined aromas of tree fruits, dried fruits, citrus fruits, white flowers and even honey. Sounds good, doesn’t it ?

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    Appearance

     Light yellow, bright and translucent colour..

     

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    Nose

    Flavours of green apple and lemon.

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    Mouth

    Lively and slightly acid mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 8°C and 10°C.  Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sea urchins
    Grilled zander
    Goat cheese
    Candied lemons

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Many people in the Savennières area consider the Château d’Epiré an historical treasure. Indeed, it is the only vineyard that has remained in the same family, the Bizard family, since the 17th Century. Nowadays, it is Luc who manages the vineyard with the will of giving to his wines the mineral aromas typical from Savennières and to perpetuate the family traditions.

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    Terroir

     Savennières’reputation comes from its dry white wines, often called the « Grands Crus » of the Loire Valley. The terroir of Savennières is located in a microclimate that offers the benefits of not having too many thunderstorms. Thus, the grapes mature faster and better than around the appellation. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2015 / bouteille

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

    The taste is fresh and the finish displays displays very nice mineral aromas, typical from Savennières. Do not forget to serve it chilled, between 8 and 10°C!

    £43.36 Public price £36.85 Subscribers' price

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  3. Château d'Eck 2012, Pessac Léognan

    Château d'Eck 2012, Pessac Léognan

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    The opinion of the sommelier

    It’s as if the beauty of Château d’Eck reflects on its wines like the sun in a mirror. This magnificent castle makes the pride of the Pessac-Léognan appellation. The wine displays aromas of cherry and wood, especially cedar. If you wish, you can keep it in your cellar so its aromas and texture evolve: it can ages up to seven years! 

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    Grape variety

    The merlot is fruity and low in tannins. The cabernet sauvignon is strong in tannins and displays mainly vegetal aromas. The two were made to complete each other. And that is what Bordeaux is all about since the blend merlot and cabernet sauvignon is the most typical one there. But I would like to draw your attention to the petit verdot. It has always been present in Bordeaux, and since it is not sensitive to rot, it is more and more grown as the winemakers try to cut on pesticides.

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    appearance

     Garnet colour, mat and steady..

     

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    Nose

    Open to the aromas of spices and red berries.

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     Bouche

    Intense mouth in the present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 15°C et 17°C.  open just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Parisian duck pie with foie gras
    Tournedos rossini
    Camembert cheese
    Cherry clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in Cadaujac just outside of Bordeaux, the Château d’Eck is a real medieval castle where one of the best wines of Pessac-Léognan is made. The castle was the first property of the Duke of Aquitaine and then it belonged to the King of England when the region was under English domination. François Eck inherited the castle and the estate in 1824 and gave it his own name!

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    Terroir

     The Pessac-Léognan appel-lation was created 30 years ago to distinguish the best part of the Graves appellation. Graves is a big appellation that got its name from the stones that lie on the ground (Graves means pebble in old French) and helps the grapes to mature by accumulating the heat during the day and redistributing it during the night. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2015 / bouteille

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

    If you wish, you can keep it in your cellar so its aromas and texture evolve: it can ages up to seven years!

    £61.00 Public price £51.85 Subscribers' price

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  4. Sans plus attendre 2011, AOC Côtes du Rousillon, Villages Caramany

    Sans plus attendre 2011, AOC Côtes du Rousillon, Villages Caramany

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    If you are looking for a wine typical from the south of France, you just found it! I really felt in love at first sight (or at first sip!) with “Sans plus attendre”. I really enjoyed the aromas of pepper, typical of syrah. On the palate, it gets even better: the texture is incredibly silky and the wine displays nice flavours of liquorice. This wine really takes you for a walk through the hills of Roussillon.  

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    Grape variety

    « Sans plus attendre » is a blend of the three most used varieties in Languedoc-Roussillon: syrah that provides spicy aromas, grenache that gives strong aromas of red berries and carignan known for its strength and refinement. They really blend well together and are responsible for the good reputation of the wine from southern France: powerful but with subtlety.

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    Appearance

     Garnet colour, mat and steady..

     

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    Nose

    Open to the aromas of wooded and red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well-balanced and alkaline mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 15°C and 17°C.  Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chorizo
    Lamb tagine
    Fresh goat cheese
    Compote of red berries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Already as a child, Philippe Modat was often seen running through the vines. He got involved in the harvests when he was still a law student in Bordeaux. Then, he left for a long journey: his goal was to meet the best winemakers in France and throughout the world. He came back a few years later, ready to share all his new knowledge with the team of Domaine Modat.

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    Terroir

     The specificity of Domaine Modat lies in its underground that wears the pretty name of “gneiss”, a blend of granite and sand. This kind of underground gives to red wines soft tannins, a silky texture and a lot of freshness which is pretty uncommon for wines from Roussillon. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2015 / bouteille

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

    This wine really takes you for a walk through the hills of Roussillon.

    £57.46 Public price £48.84 Subscribers' price

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  5. Le bonheur est dans la vigne 2011, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Le bonheur est dans la vigne 2011, Côtes-du-Rhône

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    The opinion of the sommelier

    In French, “bonheur” means happiness, and this wine will make you feel particularly happy. Indeed, it displays an amazing balance between acidity and sweetness. The nose is deep and enchanting, and on the palate, I felt really nice aromas of cherry and cinnamon. It will pair really well with a nice brioche sausage roll. 

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    Grape variety

    Very common in the Rhône Valley, grenache is mainly known for giving mature red berries aromas that blend amazingly well with the spicy flavours of syrah. This wine is also a chance to taste a little bit of carignan, a grape variety which is quite uncommon in the Rhône Valley and that gives to the wine this great silky texture!

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    Appearance

     Ruby in the thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose, in the aromas of spices and red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Soft mouth in the melted and present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C and 15°C.  Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Brioche sausage roll
    Veal Osso Buco
    Fresh goat cheese
    Deep fried cherries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Sandrine and Pierre are passionate winemakers who have a specific interest in the history of winemaking. That’s why they gathered many ancient tools related to viticulture and winemaking and created a small museum with these historical pieces.

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    Terroir

     The vines of the Domaine de La Destinée benefit from a great perk: they are planted on a mix of clay and limestone. What does it mean? It means that the ground accumulates a lot of water and is therefore able to water the vines constantly. This specificity gives a lot of freshness to the vines, which is significant in such a sunny area! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2015 / bouteille

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

    I felt really nice aromas of cherry and cinnamon. It will pair really well with a nice brioche sausage roll.

    £32.77 Public price £27.85 Subscribers' price

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  6. Château Le Thys 2012, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Château Le Thys 2012, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux

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    The opinion of the sommelier

    Cadillac is a small unknown appellation of Bordeaux, which is a shame as there are magnificent wines elaborated there! Château Le Thys is a good example. Even if it was acquired a few years ago by its neighbour Château Birot, grapes are still vinified separately so as to reveal the whole potential of this specific terroir along the Garonne River.  

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    Grape variety

    If you like merlot, this wine is for you. Château Le Thys is the perfect example of what can give well grown merlot. Indeed, it displays seductive aromas and a silky texture with thin and refined tannins. This explains why merlot can be found all over the world! Chile, Australia, Hungary... it is everywhere!

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    Appearance

     Garnet color in the smooth tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose, in the aromas of spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 16°C  Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Hare terrine
    Peppercorn steak
    Camembert cheese
    Chocolate pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    If on a trip in the Bordeaux region you feel like tasting Château Le Thys’ wines, you’ll be welcomed in Chateau Birot, an astonishing 18th century castle. It was entirely renovated in 1989 by Eric and Helene Fournier-Casteja. Nowadays, two out of their five sons rule the Family Estate.

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    Terroir

     Château le Thys’ vines cover around 40 hectares and their specificity is that they are surrounded by tree hedges. It’s a great perk as it protects the grapes from strong winds in their youth (when they are too fragile to stand it) and the soil from erosion. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2015 / bouteille

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

    Cadillac is a small unknown appellation of Bordeaux, which is a shame as there are magnificent wines elaborated there!

    £27.46 Public price £23.34 Subscribers' price

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  7. Beaujolais Villages 2014

    Beaujolais Villages 2014

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    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 ? 

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    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.

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    Appearance

     Attractive ruby dress and crystal clear..

     

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    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.

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    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. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £27.46 Public price £23.34 Subscribers' price

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  8. Insoumis 2014, Faugères

    Insoumis 2014, Faugères

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    You do not even need to pour the first glass to experience this wine. Immediatly after opening the bottle, you can already smell the powerful ripened fruits aromas exhaling in the room. On the palate, it’s an ecstasy. You will certainly notice this incredibly soft texture that glides over the tongue. These concentrated and powerful wines are the new signature of the Languedoc region. This is the perfect wine for a Christmas turkey served with cranberry sauce. 

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    Grape variety

    Cinsault, the variety in minority in this blend, comes from Provence and thrives in warm and dry areas. It’s why it was widely planted in Algeria during the French period. Its main perk is that it develops very smooth fruity aromas even before reaching ripeness. It makes it a perfect addition to a blend so as to add complexity to the wine. It is also great used by itself to elaborate rosé wines.

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    Appearance

     A garnet dress with a smooth tear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of red and black berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pieds paquets
    Beef stew
    Cabécou cheese
    Pannacotta

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Olivier Villaneuva is part of thisfirst generation of winemakers who travelled the world to work in various wine estates around the planet before returning home to take care of the family vineyard. Villaneuva joined his parents at Mas Onésime in 1999 with the goal of bottling himself the wine before bought by the local cooperative. He succeeded in 2011 with a good vintage that quickly won over the critics.

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    Terroir

     In the hills behind the Mediterranean Sea coast, Mas Onésime’s vines are planted on schist based soils. This specific kind of soils allows vines’ roots to go particularly deep in the ground in order to find their water and nutrients. It’s a real perk in such a dry region as Languedoc! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, december. 2015 / bouteille

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

    Immediatly after opening the bottle, you can already smell the powerful ripened fruits aromas exhaling in the room.

    £28.87 Public price £24.54 Subscribers' price

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  9. Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

    Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

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    The opinion of the sommelier

    In the heart of Maine-et-Loire, you will find a very good appellation that I especially enjoy : Saumur-Champigny. To me, Château de Targé reflects the best you can do on this amazing terroir of the Loire Valley. The wine offers a nice garnet colour with purple reflections, a fruity nose with a strong intensity, and a silky mouthfeel enhanced by soft tannins revealing the characteristics of cabernet franc. A wine that perfectly pairs with a capon stuffed with porcini mushrooms. 

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    Grape variety

    Cabernet franc comes straight from the Southern Basque Country in northern Spain and was originally brought back to the south west of France by pilgrims coming back from Santiago de Compostela. It took centuries to find its way to the Loire Valley where it was first planted during the 11th Century. However, cabernet franc was a total hit there as it is today the main black grape variety in the region !

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    Appearance

     A garnet and shiny dress..

     

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    Nose

    Pleasant nose to the aromas of spice and red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 13°C et 15° Open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Capon stuffed with porcini mushrooms
    Vacherin cheese
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château de Targé has welcomed a lot of famous people through the centuries ! Originally, it used to be the personal vineyard of Phélypeaux de Pontchartrain, Louis XIV’s secretary. Then, the Targé-Parnay family inherited it, and one of its members, Henri, was close to many politicians under the 3rd Republic, so former Minister of State Léon Gambetta was often invited to the Château. Then, the estate was transmitted to Edgard Pisani, minister of Charles De Gaulle and is still run by his son Edouard nowadays./p>

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    Terroir

     Saumur-Champigny’sbest asset is a soil rich in tuffeau stone, a chalky stone that absorbs most of the rain that falls during winter and gives it back slowly and regularly during summer. Thus, during the heat of summer, the sun ripens the grapes while the soil refreshes it through the roots hence ensuring a perfect balance between sugar, alcohol and acidity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2016 / bouteille

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

    The wine offers a nice garnet colour with purple reflections, a fruity nose with a strong intensity, and a silky mouthfeel enhanced by soft tannins revealing the characteristics of cabernet franc.

    £34.54 Public price £29.36 Subscribers' price

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  10. Château de Mercey, Mercurey

    Château de Mercey, Mercurey

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    The opinion of the sommelier

    Mercurey is not any appellation in Burgundy. Indeed, it is the biggest appellation in the Côte Chalonnaise sub-region and it is known for the intensity of red berries aromas the terroir gives to pinot noir there. This batch is particularly remarkable as it blends the aromas typical of Mercurey with refined woody notes that bring more complexity and smoky aromas. A great wine ! 

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    Grape variety

    Wines made from pinot noir have the specificity of displaying a light colour. Tasted during their youth, the wines have fresh aromas of cherry, raspberry and blackberry. As the wine ages, these aromas evolve into more ripened fruits and leather. The good news is that only the pinot noirs elaborated on the best terroirs can age, which is absolutely the case with this wonderful Mercurey that can age up to 6 years.

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    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress..

     

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    Nose

    Pleasant nose to the aromas of blackcurrant, raspberry and smoke.

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    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 164°C.  Open just before serving. until 2022

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Rillettes
    Beef stew
    Epoisses cheese
    Blackcurrant ice cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In 1875, Antoine Rodet, son of a grocer, inherited a few hectares of land after he married the daughter of a farmer. At that time, the area of Chalon-sur-Saône was going through an economic boom and the young Antoine took the opportunity to invest in agricultural equipment to turn his farm into a vineyard. A few years later, his ambitious son Antonin took over, gave the vineyard his name, and developed it, building the basis of the large and famous winery that Rodet is nowadays.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyards in Mercurey benefit from a special terroir as it lies on a hilly relief that alternates gentle and steep slopes. This kind of relief has a huge advantage: it allows winemakers to harvest grapes that were grown under different exposures to the sun and with different levels of water stress so as to elaborate wine with a lot of complexity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2016 / bouteille

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

    It is the biggest appellation in the Côte Chalonnaise sub-region and it is known for the intensity of red berries aromas the terroir gives to pinot noir there.

    £66.28 Public price £56.34 Subscribers' price

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  11. Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon

    Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, let’s go to Bordeaux to discover this magnificent batch by Château de Teste. This wine perfectly reveals the richness of its terroir during the tasting. The colour is purple with dark pink reflection. At the nose I smelled surprising aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus. The wine is also characterized by a good length and it ends on a nice touch of acidity. 

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    Grape variety

    Merlot is the most grown variety in Bordeaux. It is known for giving warm wines with sweet flavours, a silky texture and soft and discrete tannins. To give more structure to the wines, merlot is really often blended with cabernet-sauvignon, which used to be the main grape in the Bordeaux area until the 20th century and is known to have a stronger structure.

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    Appearance

     A beautiful purple dress..

     

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    Nose

    Sensitive and pleasant nose to the aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus.

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    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 12°C et 14°C.  Open just before serving. until 2021

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Mushroom pie
    Roasted duck breast
    Saint-Nectaire cheese
    Roasted chestnuts

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in the bank of the Gironde River, Château de Teste overlooks the vines of the small village of Montprimpblanc which was before named Monte Primulus which means in Latin the daisies’ mountain. The vines did not always reign on the hills of the region! Nowadays, the daisies are gone and the estate belongs to Laurent Réglat, passionate winemaker who produces wines in several appellations: Sainte-Croix-du-Mont and Cadillac.

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    Terroir

     The specificity of the Graves appellation is that it got its name from its soil. In French, “graves” are round hard pebbles that are really appreciated by winemakers. Indeed, those retain the warmth provided by the sun during the day and give it back to the grapes at night. Therefore, the berries never stop ripening. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2016 / bouteille

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

    At the nose I smelled surprising aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus.

    £64.54 Public price £54.86 Subscribers' price

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  12. Château Saint-Estève 2013, Corbières

    Château Saint-Estève 2013, Corbières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

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    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of strawberries and ginger.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapas
    Blood sausage
    Banon cheese
    Strawberries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £35.24 Public price £29.95 Subscribers' price

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  13. Château du Breuil 2012, Haut- Médoc

    Château du Breuil 2012, Haut- Médoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    It’s a very typical Cru Bourgeois that I chose this month. The robe is dark and deep. The nose is complex, with hints of spice, and is very promising. On the palate, I was impressed by its perfect balance and its amazing structure. The aromas of violet and red berries perfectly pair with the aromas of licorice, sign of delicate aging in oak barrels. A very refined Cru Bourgeois, quite classical in its structure but quite original in its aromas. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If cabernet-sauvignon and merlot are expected as there are some in almost all the wines in Bordeaux, the presence of malbec is a bit more surprising. Malbec used to be quite widespread in Bordeaux until the sixties. It’s used to give more structure to the wine thanks to its usually thin but abundant tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with purple hues..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A complex and spicy nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh sweet and tangy mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18° Open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Paté
    Sirloin steak with shallot sauce
    Saint-Nectaire
    Fresh raspberries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Chateau Cissac is so obviously located on an amazing terroir that vines were already planted there during Antiquity. Indeed, the castle was built on the ruins of a Roman Villa that was surrounded by vines ! Nowadays, Marie Vialard runs the estate and make everything she can to respect and honour this riche legacy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     If cabernet-sauvignon and merlot are expected as there are some in almost all the wines in Bordeaux, the presence of malbec is a bit more surprising. Malbec used to be quite widespread in Bordeaux until the sixties. It’s used to give more structure to the wine thanks to its usually thin but abundant tannins. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2016 / bouteille

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    On the palate, I was impressed by its perfect balance and its amazing structure.

    £64.53 Public price £54.85 Subscribers' price

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  14. Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2012, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune

    Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2012, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Burgundy’s red wines arefascinating : they all are elaborated with the same grape variety and yet they offer an astonishing diversity. This is due to the unique diversity of terroirs in the region. This Hautes Côtes de Beaune displays beautiful aromas of raspberry and rose delicately enhanced by a gentle acidity and very thin tannins. However, pinot noir is a fragile and demanding variety : do not hesitate to aerate it several hours before service so it fully displays its bouquet. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    In Burgundy, all the great white wines come from chardonnay and all the red from pinot noir. But if chardonnay is robust and can be planted virtually everywhere, pinot noir is different. Indeed, pinot needs sun to develop its aromas but not too much heat. Moreover, it needs wind to remain healthy. Therefore, pinot enjoys sloppy northern region, like Burgundy and Champagne where it is widely grown !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and floral nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and semi-sweet mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open 4 hours before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken salad
    Turkey breast
    Soumaintrain cheese
    Raspberry tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In Burgundy, most estates go from one generation to another. But not all the time ! Indeed, Hervé Kerlann comes from a Family of…Bordeaux’s wine merchants ! However, it’s in Beaune that Hervé chose to keep on developing the Family’s business, notably buying Château de Laborde in 1998 from Hospices de Beaune./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Long strip bordering Côte de Beaune’s villages on the west, Hautes Côtes de Beaune are a succession of hills and valleys. Thus, vines are all planted on slopes which allow them to benefit from a good exposure to sun and wind. It ensures a good level of ripeness, which is very important in such a northern region, and keeps the wine healthy, also very important for pinot noir, a noticeably fragile grape variety. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2016 / bouteille

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

    This Hautes Côtes de Beaune displays beautiful aromas of raspberry and rose delicately enhanced by a gentle acidity and very thin tannins.

    £71.24 Public price £60.55 Subscribers' price

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  15. Cuvée Clémence 2013, Crozes-Hermitage.

    Cuvée Clémence 2013, Crozes-Hermitage.

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is an ode to what should be a northern Rhône Valley syrah. Indeed, Philippe and Vincent Jaboulet managed to express in their wine very distinct aromas of liquorice, red berries (raspberry mostly) and pepper. This nice Crozes-Hermitage, very typical from its renowned appellation, will pair perfectly with a delicate meat like veal or stronger flavours, like beef or matured cheeses. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Even if syrah is not from Syria or from Syracuse as it was long believed, it is still an international grape variety with 140 000 hectares planted all over the world. Argentina, South Africa, Australia, California, Chile, Mexico… But it’s nowhere as refined as in Rhône Valley where it historically is the only black grape variety.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of spices and red fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Dry and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 17° Open before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Spicy tuna tartare
    Larded roast beef
    Saint-Nectaire
    Raspberry cream cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Jaboulet winery was founded in 1834 and has thriven ever since under the reign of the Jaboulet family. However, after 30 years working for the family winery, Philippe decided to let the new generation take over and to get his own estate. That’s why he partnered with his son to start a new page of the family’s history, with talent as Cuvée Clémence tends to prove !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The estate is located in the southern part of the appellation which particularity is to have relatively flat vines. The consequence is that the ground is dryer as rainwater flows straight to the depth of the underground. Moreover, this plateau is quite high therefore pretty windy. It gives red wines incredibly dry with really expressive aromas. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2016 / bouteille

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

    This wine is an ode to what should be a northern Rhône Valley syrah.

    £64.53 Public price £54.85 Subscribers' price

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  16. Languedoc 2015, Languedoc

    Languedoc 2015, Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Languedoc is not only about strong wines with high level of tannins and aromas of ripe fruits. Château de Jonquières is quite the opposite with its delicate aromas of flowers, slightly enhanced by white pepper. It’s always nice to see that some winemakers enjoy giving a different expression of their terroir. This freshness and length is particularly remarkable. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    It’s uncommon to see such a balanced blend ! In this case, that also gives a perfectly balanced wine : syrah brings tannins and a bit of pepper, grenache provides alcohol and the hint of ripeness, carignan gives flowery aromas and cinsault brings some extra acidity that underline the wine’s freshness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful raspberry dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of rose and white pepper.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken salad
    Roasted partridge
    Laguiole cheese
    Plum cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château de Jonquières was built in the 12th Century and has been since transmitted from generation to generation. And quality is not something new there, as in 1889 one of their wines received a silver medal in a wine competition which allowed them to start selling their wines in Canada ! Nowadays, Charlotte et Clément de Béarn (32nd generation!!) are in charge of carrying on the Family legacy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Chateau de Jonquières is located just under the Causse du Larzac plateau. The vines enjoy warm southern winds from the Mediterranean as well as fresh masses of air falling down from the nearing plateau. Therefore, the temperature gets neither too high nor too low. This kind of conditions favours a slow but regular maturation which gives to the grapes a remarkable complexity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2016 / bouteille

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    It’s always nice to see that some winemakers enjoy giving a different expression of their terroir.

    £39.82 Public price £33.85 Subscribers' price

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  17. Vignes du Prieuré 2014, Côtes du Rhône

    Vignes du Prieuré 2014, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The white version of “ Vignes du Prieuré ” was one of the first one ever to be in a VitiBox a few years ago. That’s why I’m so happy to present you this month its red version in an amazing vintage ! The colour changes, but pleasure is still there. The first nose smells orignal : it’s not that common to find aromas of fresh herbs and strawberry together. However, it’s enchanting ! Silky, fruity and powerful, it feels like biting in a ripe fruit just picked up from the tree. It’s intense and refreshing ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The blend of grenache, syrah and carignan is very typical from the southern Rhône Valley. Genache gives fruity aromas and sweetness, syrah brings some spicy flavours and carignan gives structure thanks to its high level in tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple and bright dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of red fruits and garigue.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Duck livers
    Tripe sausage
    Saint-Nectaire
    Red berry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Vines were planted in Château Gigognan when Gaule was a province of the Roman Empire. Later, the Archbishops of Avignon made this area their land along with neighbouring Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Then, various aristocratic families owned successively the vineyard, which is always good as they obviously wanted to have good wine at their table. Nowadays, Jacques and Sophie Callet perpetuate the grandeur of Château Gigognan by making wines worthy of being on the best tables./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Planted on a sunny terroir, Château Gigognan’s vines are also in a place where strong winds blow, notably the warm and powerful mistral. Thus, berries ripen but keep their freshness thanks to the wind. This kind of terroir gives amazing wines : the high level of sugar and alcohol given by the sun is balanced by wind’s freshness, and the result is a powerful wine with a great length. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2016 / bouteille

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    Silky, fruity and powerful, it feels like biting in a ripe fruit just picked up from the tree.

    £28.88 Public price £24.55 Subscribers' price

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  18. Tradition Blanc 2015, Côtes du Luberon

    Tradition Blanc 2015, Côtes du Luberon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Dear subscribers, why don’t you close your eyes for a moment. You’re lying down in fresh grass next to a tree, in front of the Mont Ventoux in southern France, just where Provence begins. Your nose gets fresh aromas of citrus fruits led by a delicate note of lemon. In the mouth, the silky texture is an enchantment. A nice minerality tickles your tongue, and gives a nice mouthfeel and length on the palate. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Roussane, one of the greatest variety used for southern white wine, is mainly used in the Rhône valley and in Provence. It’s not that usual to find it blended with vermentino, another southern white variety, but they fit perfectly together. Vermentinon gives thisk wines with a creamy texture and fruity aromas, roussane brings vegetal flavours, minerality and freshness. The whole results in a very balanced and elegant wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish gold dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fermented and citrus fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between10°C et 12° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Taramasalata
    Grilled white fish
    Goat cheese
    Lemon pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    What makes Ventoux unique is the fact it is the only appellation in the area to be more famous for its white wines than for its reds. Leonard Rozen, who bought the wine estate in 2011, very understood this specificity and decided to bet on White wines ; hence, he lead his team to replace parcels previously planted with black varieties by white ones. However, Rozen not only planted new vines, but also grew one of the most famous garden in the region; therefore, your wine was elaborated in perfect weather conditions in a breathtaking scenery !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Luberon’s vines have been flourishing in the softness of Mediterranean climate since the Roman Empire. Planted high, in the heart of Verdon natural reserve, vines take advantage of long sunny days and fresh nights which give the wine its refinement and natural elegance. The soil is made from limestone and clay, which gives the wine an acidulous flavour which adds some freshness, quite appreciated in this southern region ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2017 / bouteille

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    In the mouth, the silky texture is an enchantment.

    £24.70 Public price £21.00 Subscribers' price

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  19. Le Secret de Sainte Frivole 2015, Côtes de Duras

    Le Secret de Sainte Frivole 2015, Côtes de Duras

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine was a very pleasant surprise ! The appellation Côtes de Duras is pretty well known for its red wines, but this one, Le Secret de Sainte Frivole, shows that it also produces excellent white wines. The nose is characterized by a feeling of a very fresh and delicate wine with citrus aromas. Take a sip and try to detect this little iodized taste that echoes the oceanic climate of Southwestern wines. To match obviously with seafood ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Contrary to what the name leads us to believe, the sauvignon gris (grey) is rather pale yellow. Characterized by clusters and berries of small size, it gives powerful and full-bodied wines with aromas slightly heavier than sauvignon blanc. The blend thus takes its full meaning. The sauvignon blanc brings a slight acidity and vivacity in the mouth, which balances the wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish yellow dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A pleasant and soft mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between10°C et 12° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tuna cake
    Moules marinières
    Selles-sur-Cher
    Lemon pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Mauro-Guicheney’s family works with respect for traditions and the environment. Corinne and Didier cultivate with passion and knowhow the 30 hectares of vineyards of the family property, owned for half a century. Both passionate about vine-growing, they unite and take over the family farm in 1990 where they strive to keep the values of their ancestors. Since 2011, they also share this passion with their son who is now fully invested in this adventure. A promising wine story !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Côtes de Duras vineyard covers over 1500 hectares and produces 65% red and 35% white. Its subsoils, composed of molasses and heavy and sticky clays called Boulbènes, are very favorable to the blossoming of white grape varieties. Producing red wines is deeply embedded in the South-West’s culture and tradition, because their food pairs better with red and they want to compete with Bordeaux. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2017 / bouteille

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

    The nose is characterized by a feeling of a very fresh and delicate wine with citrus aromas.

    £29.94 Public price £25.45 Subscribers' price
  20. Cuvée Panama, Languedoc

    Cuvée Panama, Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    A very great wine from Languedoc ! This wine of unusual depth first seduces by its purple robe and its prune aromas at the nose. In the mouth, it’s a delightful explosion. Its intense touch evokes a coulis of red fruit that matches perfectly with hints of spices. Its pronounced freshness makes you want to take a second, then a third sip. Very mouthwatering. Note also its long-lasting taste and its beautiful velvety finish ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Te Syrah - Grenache blend is one of the most emblematic of the Southern Rhône and the Languedoc. The Syrah produces clusters of a beautiful black bluish color and gives a sweet and spicy juice (explaining why the pepper aroma is so obvious in this wine). Grenache, on the other hand, brings this full-bodied and creamy fnish.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A shiny and purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of spices and dried fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and full-bodied wine.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Game pie
    Wild boar stew
    Fourme d’Ambert
    Dark chocolate éclair

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine de Belvize is definitely not the typical French vineyard. During the day, Fernando Truyols Zaforteza makes every effort to produce high quality wines using only organic methods (Panama is proof !) but when the night falls, the estate is transformed ... Bubble rooms with open-sky-view appear and you can discover Little Dipper, Big Dipper, stars and shooting stars as you never have seen before !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine de Belvize is located in the heart of the Minervois, one of the largest vineyards in Languedoc ! Passing from an altitude of 50 meters near the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to 500 meters on the mountains top, the vineyard faces climatic conditions that may vary widely. It offers the possibility not only to blend different variety grapes, but also different terroirs to obtain an impeccable balance and a beautiful complexity ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2017 / bouteille

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    Its intense touch evokes a coulis of red fruit that matches perfectly with hints of spices.

    £78.65 Public price £66.85 Subscribers' price

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