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  1. Beaujolais Villages 2014, Château de l’Eclair

    Beaujolais Villages 2014, Château de l’Eclair

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Attractive ruby dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose and pleasing the aromas of red berries..

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and light mouth in the fine tannins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    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.

    £9.15 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

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  2. Morgon 2014, Domaine de Colette

    Morgon 2014, Domaine de Colette

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I give you the opportunity to taste a truly fantastic “Cru” from the Beaujolais. From the blueish reflections on the ruby colour, you can guess the strong aromatic intensity of the wine. I smell soft aromas of red and black berries, typical of Morgon. It is preferable to serve this wine at 15° and I suggest you pair it with a nice coq au vin. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    During the Middle Ages, gamay was the main variety grown in Burgundy. But in 1395, Philippe le Hardi, Duke of Burgundy, declared that gamay was “vile and deceitful” and therefore ordered its uprooting. During the following centuries, gamay was replaced by pinot noir in Burgundy but remained cultivated in Beaujolais ever since.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Steady and crystal clear dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tripe sausage
    Coq au vin
    Saint-Marcellin cheese
    Poached pears in red wine

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Created in 1953 by René Gautier, Jacky’s father, Domaine de Colette was at the time only a few acres of vines abandoned since World War 1. René worked hard to revive the vines and bought several neighbouring plots and the estate eventually reached the size of 8 hectares. When he was only 17 years old, Jacky inherited his father’s estates + his uncle’s. He merged both in 1994 to make a big estate of 14 hectares.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     One of the specificities of Beaujolais is the use of carbonic maceration at the beginning of the winemaking process. Carbonic maceration consists in putting non-crushed grape clusters in sealed vessels. By making the fermentation process slower and avoiding oxidation, this technique widely used in Morgon gives the wine its particularly fruity aromas. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2015 / bouteille

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

    From the blueish reflections on the ruby colour, you can guess the strong aromatic intensity of the wine.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  3. Côte de Nuits-Villages 2014, Louis Max

    Côte de Nuits-Villages 2014, Louis Max

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This Côte de Nuits-Villages is the perfect wine for a Sunday family lunch around a roasted chicken ! The nose displays refined aromas of rose and strawberry, and on the palate, I am pleasantly surprised by sophisticated woody aromas that will perfectly emphasize the roasted flavours of the chicken’s grilled skin. A deep and complex wine that will make your taste buds dance ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Pinot noir is very old ! Experts agree to say that it already existed during the first century of our era. Indeed, this variety witnessed the fights between the Gaulois and the Romans and was among the first variety planted in Burgundy. Nowadays, it is the only black variety grown in the historical heart of Burgundy !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Attractive dress ruby and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose and pleasing the aromas of rose and red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and light mouth in the fine tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 12°C et 14°C.  Open just before serving. until 2020

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Cheese Gougères
    Roasted chicken
    Langres cheese
    Red berry mousse

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Louis Max winery has an unusual history. It was founded in 1859 by Evgueni Louis Max, the son of a Georgian winemaker who came in France to create his own winery in Nuits-Saint-Georges. The winery has been long known for gathering exceptional winemaking skills: the famous French writer Colette was already mentioning Louis Max in 1929 !

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located just below the famous village of Nuits-Saint-Georges, the Côte de Nuits-Villages appellation benefits from marly soils, typical of the Côte d’Or area. These soils are a mix of clay and limestone, an ideal mix that captures the humidity in the air as well as the heat from the sun. This phenomenon helps the pinot noir to fully rippen and reach a high level of concentration. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2015 / bouteille

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

    The nose displays refined aromas of rose and strawberry, and on the palate, I am pleasantly surprised by sophisticated woody aromas that will perfectly emphasize the roasted flavours of the chicken’s grilled skin.

    £23.86 Public price £20.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Gruenspiel 2011, Domaine François Schwach & Fils, Gewürztraminer

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish gold dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of floral and exotic fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with smooth tear.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pan seared foie gras
    Grilled salmon
    Munster cheese
    Kugelhopf

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, december. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £11.98 Public price £10.19 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  5. Insoumis 2014, Mas Onésime, Faugères

    Insoumis 2014, Mas Onésime, 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.

    Oeil

    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.

     Terroir

    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.

    £9.62 Public price £8.18 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  6. Domaine des Grands Chemins 2012, Maison Delas, Crozes-Hermitage

    Domaine des Grands Chemins 2012, Maison Delas, Crozes-Hermitage

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This nice wine is especially typical of the Crozes-Hermitage renowned appellation. It displays aromas of red berries enhanced by refined spicy flavours. I hope you will appreciate as much as I did the length of this wine that remains long on the palate after swallowing. The perfect wine for French syrah lovers ! It will perfectly pair with a roasted rabbit with mushrooms. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Syrah is the only black grape variety in the northern Rhône Valley and is mainly known for its aromatic complexity. It gives wines powerful spices and flowers aromas (mainly pepper and violet). Wines elaborated with syrah are usually fit to age a few years provided the grapes grew up on a good terroir and give very tasty aromas with time.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful raspberry dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Sensitive nose to the aromas of raspberries and cinnamon.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Roasted quails with chestnuts
    Blue cheese
    Chocolate cake with red berry coulis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Delas winery is renowned on one hand for having the support of the best grape growers in the Rhône Valley and on the other hand for having developed exceptional winemaking skills in its 180 years of existence. To strengthen its presence in Crozes-Hermitage, Delas winery acquired in 2006 Domaine des Grands Chemins to benefit from it’s the perfect exposure of the vines.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Crozes-Hermitage’s vines are planted on hills particularly exposed to the strong winds blowing almost all the time through the north of Rhône Valley. In addition to protecting the grapes from rot and diseases, this wind gives the vines a lot of freshness which allow winemakers to elaborate very complex and refined wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, december. 2015 / bouteille

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

    It displays aromas of red berries enhanced by refined spicy flavours.

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  7. Le Prestige, Château les Donats, Bergerac

    Le Prestige, Château les Donats, Bergerac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine from Château les Donats is absolutely delicious and I am really proud to present it to you ! Very typical of the dry white wines from Bergerac, this batch displays nice aromas of citrus fruits and flowers wonderfully enhanced by a strong acidity that gives all this amazing liveliness to the wine. To pair it perfectly, I suggest you serve it with grilled white fish or oysters. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Sauvignon blanc in the most common white variety in the Loire Valley and in Bordeaux. It is known to give to the wines liveliness and refreshing aromas. In Bordeaux and Bergerac, it is often blend with sémillon, a very sweet variety, so as to balance its high level of sugar with acidity.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish gold dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Pleasant nose to the aromas of citrus.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with smooth tear.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Oysters
    Smoked salmon
    Tomme cheese
    Orange salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In 1994, Patrick Somers, heir of a family of Belgian wine merchants and passionate about winemaking, decided to produce his own wine. To do so, he visited a few vineyards, and felt in love with Château les Donats that he bought and entirely renovated. To keep on improving the quality of the wines, he was joined in 2011 by the oenologist Olivier Verhelst who implemented new cultivation techniques and updated the winemaking process./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château les Donats’ vines cover 15 hectares on the sides a valley digged throughout the millenniums by the Dordogne River in the heart of Périgord. The plots have various exposures to the sun. This diversity allows choosing just the right exposure for each of the six grapes varieties that are grown in the vineyard. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2016 / bouteille

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

    Very typical of the dry white wines from Bergerac, this batch displays nice aromas of citrus fruits and flowers wonderfully enhanced by a strong acidity that gives all this amazing liveliness to the wine.

    £11.51 Public price £9.79 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  8. Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

    Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

    Sommelier

    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 !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet and shiny dress..

     

    Nez

    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>

     Terroir

    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.

    £11.51 Public price £9.79 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  9. Château de Mercey, Maison Antonin Rodet, Mercurey

    Château de Mercey, Maison Antonin Rodet, Mercurey

    Sommelier

    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 ! 

    Feuille

    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.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    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.

    £22.09 Public price £18.78 Subscribers' price

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  10. Riesling 2014, Gustave Lorentz

    Riesling 2014, Gustave Lorentz

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Alsace is a pretty unknown wine-producing region. Indeed, on the contrary of other French regions, it doesn’t display an appellation on its labels, but a grape variety. But its varieties are not as famous as chardonnay or merlot for example. Thus, consumers feel a bit lost which is a shame as Alsace is a gold mine for wine lovers ! This magnificent riesling, very typical of Alsace, is a perfect example. It displays a very nice shiny green-gold colour, and at the nose, it reveals mineral aromas, signature of the best rieslings from Alsace. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Only variety of German great wines (that are ranked among the most expensive wines in the world!), riesling is the most common variety in Alsace. It is especially interesting as it is the variety that shows the most obviously the typical characteristics of Alsace’s terroir: fresh yet sweet aromas with a touch of mineral taste and a lot of liveliness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish yellow dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Dicreet nose and pleasing the mineral aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A mouth softly acidulous.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Oysters
    Zander with butter and lemon sauce
    Sainte-Maure de Touraine
    Crème brûlée

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine Gustave Lorentz was founded in 1936, just before Alsace was annexed by Germany. During this period, Alsace’s wines were usually used as an addition in German blends. Thus, when Alsace became French again in 1918, everything was to be reinvented. That’s what the Lorentz Family did, and they did pretty well as they today rulea 33 hectares estate, the half being in Grand Cru./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Alsace is a long strip of vines that offer the seven local grape varieties (6 white, 1 black) a large variety of soils and exposures, so as to take the best advantage possible of all varieties. This riesling was grown on sloping hills to get the best exposure possible to the sun and ensure richness and complexity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2016 / bouteille

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

    It displays a very nice shiny green-gold colour, and at the nose, it reveals mineral aromas, signature of the best rieslings from Alsace.

    £11.80 Public price £10.03 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  11. Marques Del Villar 2014, Les Passeurs de Vins, Rioja, Espagne

    Marques Del Villar 2014, Les Passeurs de Vins, Rioja, Espagne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This Spanish wine was a real surprise. Rioja is indeed very well known for producing rich and flattering wines. However, it’s pretty rare to reach such a combination of power and complexity. I hope that you will appreciate as I did these intense aromas of cinnamon and red and black berries. A silky and elegant wine, with a great structure, perfect to experience the best Spain has to offer. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Tempranillo is by far the first variety in Rioja where it originally appeared. Thus, it represents 70% of the total production of the area. It is believed that its name comes from the word “temprano” which means early in Spanish, which would make sense as it reaches full ripeness several weeks before the other local grape varieties.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Purple dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapas
    Stuffed peppers
    Langres cheese
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Les Passeurs de Vins is a typical bromance. Under the name “Lionel Osmin et Cie”, Lionel Osmin and 5 of his friends travel in northern Spain looking for the best vineyards in order to buy the best grapes and elaborate in their winery original wines according to their tastes. The team has recently got a new member: French national rugby player Imanol Harinordoquy, passionate about wine, who wanted to get on board !

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Rioja did not randomly become the main wine producing region in Spain. Located a hundred kilometres at the south of the Atlantic coast, the vines benefit at the same time from the warm and sunny weather, typical from central Spain, and the freshness of the marine winds from the ocean. It allows elaborating warm and even opulent wines balanced by a nice liveliness. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2016 / bouteille

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

    A silky and elegant wine, with a great structure, perfect to experience the best Spain has to offer.

    £9.68 Public price £8.23 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  12. Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon, Château de Teste Graves

    Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon, Château de Teste Graves

    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. 

    Feuille

    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.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    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.

     Terroir

    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.

    £21.51 Public price £18.29 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  13. Artesis 2015, Ogier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Artesis 2015, Ogier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I am really glad to present you this wonderful batch by maison Ogier. In the glass, it displays a nice greenish yellow colour that you’ll be able to admire. Then, smell it and discover its wonderful flavours of granny smith. On the palate, it is lively and fresh and has a nice silky texture. And the green apple aromas are still there ! A perfect wine to pair with a sashimi platter. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    You might be surprised that so many varieties can be blended in a single wine. This bold blend of almost all the white varieties of southern Rhône Valley gives a lot of complexity. Grenache gives power, clairette freshness, bourboulenc flowery aromas, viognier minerality and marsanne and roussanne provide all their aromatic complexity.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish yellow dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of green apple and rose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a nice silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sashimi
    Baked sea bream
    Vacherin cheese
    Fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Ogier the Dane was among Charlemagne’s closest knights. After he had fought for years by his side, he decided to set up on the land granted by the Emperor of Western Europe which was to later become Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 1000 years later, his descendent Antoine Ogier founded a winery driven by his ancestor’s spirit of conquest./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     To elaborate Artesis, Ogier’s winemaking team goes each year around the Southern Rhône valley selecting grapes from the best terroirs. There are only just a few wineries that are able to gather grapes from so many different varieties and terroirs. That is why Artesis is one of the most complex white Côtes-du-Rhône you’ll be able to taste. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2016 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, it is lively and fresh and has a nice silky texture.

    £9.16 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  14. Equilibre Merlot Cabernet 2013, Domaine de l’Arjolle, Côte de Thongue

    Equilibre Merlot Cabernet 2013, Domaine de l’Arjolle, Côte de Thongue

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Equilibre means balance in French, a perfectly chosen name for this blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon. This very elegant wine is perfectly balanced between the warmness and alcohol of the merlot and the tannic structure and acidity of the cabernet sauvignon. The whole is enhanced by nice aromas of red berries and vanilla. This wine will bring you a lot of pleasure ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot got famous in Bordeaux where it is the king variety of the right bank, notably in Pomerol where it is largely predominant. However, over the last 60 years, merlot has been more and more planted in Languedoc as the winemakers were shifting from producing a high quantity of bad wine to a small quantity of more qualitative wine. It gives warmth to the wine and soften the potentially harsh tannins of cabernet sauvignon.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of woody and blackcurrant.

    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

    Duck rillettes
    Cassoulet
    Pélardon cheese
    Strawberry yoghurt

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine de l’Arjolle is renowned in Languedoc for being especially innovative. The brothers Prosper et Louis-Marie Teisserenc fear nothing and were for example the first to try growing zinfandel in the 1980’s as it was just brought back from Australia. Nowadays, they have been joined by their sons and they continue to grow together the family estate./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines are planted on sandy soils with a lot of different sediments brought throughout the milleniums by the neighboring sea. Thus, the ground is full of various nutrients used by the grapes to nourish themselves and grow. That variety of nutrients gives rich and complex wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2016 / bouteille

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

    This very elegant wine is perfectly balanced between the warmness and alcohol of the merlot and the tannic structure and acidity of the cabernet sauvignon.

    £11.51 Public price £9.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with a streaming drop..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Blood sausages
    Roasted partridge
    Saint-Marcellin Cheese
    Red berry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £22.22 Public price £18.88 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  16. Côtes-du-Rhône 2014, Domaine de l’Olivier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Côtes-du-Rhône 2014, Domaine de l’Olivier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This Côtes-du-Rhône’s purple flashy colour suggests that the wine will be fresh and lively. On the palate, the wine is indeed lively and comes along with soft melted tannins that enhance the explosive aromas of flowers and red berries. Just after swallowing, pay attention to the remarkable length of that wine and take the time to appreciate the nice spicy aftertaste. If you enjoy refined wines, this bottle is for you ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache and syrah are the two main varieties in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. However, grenache comes from Aragon, in Spain. It is one of the most cultivated grape varieties in the world and it spreads thanks to the intense aromas of ripened black and red berries it gives to the wines. Syrah brings to the wine fresh and spicy aromas hence ensuring the right level of complexity and a perfect balance.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish red and shiny dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of peony and currants.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken liver salad
    Grilled steak
    Saint-Félicien cheese
    Red wine poached pears

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In the Bastide Family, the wine is a matter of passion and tradition. The family has been in charge for 4 generations, and it’s not about to stop. Nowadays, Eric Bastide and his son Robin carry on the tradition of excellence of the family. Robin even started bringing his own touch by starting a project of modernization of the winery./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Domaine de l’Olivier is made of 48 hectares of old vines planted on hillsides. The old vines especially enjoy these slopes and their southern exposure. Moreover, the soil is made of clay which gives more complexity to the wine. However, old vines exposed south could give wines that lack of freshness, which is not the case thanks to the strong wind that constantly blows on the grapes. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2016 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, the wine is indeed lively and comes along with soft melted tannins that enhance the explosive aromas of flowers and red berries.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of strawberries and ginger.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapas
    Blood sausage
    Banon cheese
    Strawberries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £11.75 Public price £9.98 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  18. Ramage la Batisse 2013, Château Ramage la Batisse, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

    Ramage la Batisse 2013, Château Ramage la Batisse, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    You might have noticed that Château Ramage la Batisse is a “Cru Bourgeois”. What does it mean? Maybe you know that the wines made in Medoc (the prestigious part of Bordeaux’s left bank) were ranked in 1855. But since then, the ranking hasn’t changed even though a lot of new great wines emerged in Médoc. The “Cru Bourgois” ranking was created in 1932 to award these new talents from Médoc. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If merlot is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, it is pretty uncommon to find so much merlot in a wine from Médoc ! Indeed, in this part of Bordeaux, cabernet-sauvignon is the king as it gives its best on soils made of graves. However, this choice of adding a lot of merlot was good as it is what gives this wine its silky texture that swathes cabernet-sauvignon strong tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with a streaming drop..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose to the aromas of cedar and cherry.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a creamy texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18°C.  Open just before serving. until 2023

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Wild boar and foie gras terrine
    Grilled flank steak with shallot and red wine sauce
    Epoisses de Bourgogne
    Cherry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Since 1961, Château Ramage la Batisse has slowly but surely become a star of the Haut-Médoc. The 95 hectares of the estate were entrusted in 1990 to renowned winemaker Georges Pauli. Thanks to its hard work and the modernization of the winery, Château Ramage la Batisse eventually became a Cru Bourgeois in 2003. Well done Georges !

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in the heart of Médoc, the vines are planted on a chalky underground whereas the ground itself is made of graves. So it is a poor soil that naturally limits the vines’ yield. Moreover, it challenges the vines which have to grow long roots in order to find their nutrients deep hence giving very high quality wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2016 / bouteille

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

    You might have noticed that Château Ramage la Batisse is a “Cru Bourgeois”.

    £20.51 Public price £17.43 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  19. Pineau d’Aunis 2015, Vignoble Dinocheau, Touraine

    Pineau d’Aunis 2015, Vignoble Dinocheau, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Two words to describe this “vin gris” rosé : astonishing and refreshing ! Astonishing first as it is quite uncommon to be able to taste rosé exclusively made from pineau d’Aunis. This historical variety of the Loire Valley gives light and fresh wines with a lot of character. It’s a true gastronomy rosé with surprising yet seducing peppery and flowery aromas, but it still keeps this refreshing side that we crave for in a rosé. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Pineau d’Aunis is the most ancient variety in Loire Valley. Formerly called chenin noir, it was replaced through time by cabernet franc and is nowadays rather rare. Indeed, this one is mainly used to complete blendsand only a few winemakers use it to make single variety wines. It’s a pity as pineau d’Aunis gives very interesting and refined wines !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull dress salmon in the fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of pastry and flower.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 9°C et 11° Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tomatoes and mozzarella
    Fried fish
    Valencay cheese
    Fresh strawberries and raspberries salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine Dinocheau is the typical small family estate where making wine is not at all a job but a real passion that burns in each member of the family. Indeed, the 13 hectares vineyard is ruled by Fabien and Laurence who are siblings. The family made a name for themselves by cultivating several abandoned varieties, like pineau d’Aunis and Orbois./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The 13 hectares of Domaine Dinocheau are planted on an underground of tuffeau stone, a blend of chalk and sand that looks white. Tuffeau, with which were built the Châteaux of the Loire Valley, is poor in nutrients : it enhances the expression of aromas low in number but powerful. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2016 / bouteille

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

    It’s a true gastronomy rosé with surprising yet seducing peppery and flowery aromas, but it still keeps this refreshing side that we crave for in a rosé.

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. Origami 2012, Château l’Evêché, Bordeaux

    Origami 2012, Château l’Evêché, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    In this month of April, I am proud to present you Origami by Chateau l’Evêché. This wine is a perfect example of the best you can find on the right bank of Bordeaux ! Its main characteristic is an amazing smoothness that will enchant your buds. Moreover, this wine is amazingly balanced and blackberries aromas pair perfectly with vanilla flavours brought by a delicate maturation in oak barrels. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine is mainly elaborated with merlot as are most wines from Bordeaux’s right bank. Merlot gives flattering fruity wines but needs a lot of care and attention to gain complexity. Indeed, merlot is a fertile variety which gives high quantity of low quality wines when it’s let entirely free. Like other right bank good winemakers, Chateau l’Evêché masters the art of stressing merlot so it gives powerful and refined wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple and bright dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of spicy and tertiary.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson en croûte
    Barbecued offal skewers
    Fourme d’Ambert
    Chocolate canelés

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The history of Château l’Evêché starts several centuries ago when the bishop of the area asked peasants to plant vines around the chapel of Lescours. Château l’Evêché was born. It was then awaken in 2008 after a long hibernation when Jean Sébastien Capdevielle and Anthony Ginter got in charge of the 6 hectares located in Nerigean./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château l’Evêché, a rising star of Saint-Emilion, also owns 6 hectares just on the other side of the Dordogne River. Merlot and cabernet franc, the only variety used in Château Cheval Blanc, are cultivated with as much care as for the Grand Cru. The only difference is that this side of the river is sunnier and wines are therefore a little sweeter. Yummy! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2016 / bouteille

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

    This wine is amazingly balanced and blackberries aromas pair perfectly with vanilla flavours brought by a delicate maturation in oak barrels.

    £12.92 Public price £10.98 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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