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  1. Le Prestige, Bergerac

    Le Prestige, 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.

    £34.54 Public price £29.36 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  2. 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. 

    Feuille

    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.

    £34.54 Public price £29.36 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  3. Château de Mercey, Mercurey

    Château de Mercey, 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.

    £66.28 Public price £56.34 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  4. Riesling 2014

    Riesling 2014

    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.

    £35.41 Public price £30.10 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  5. Marques Del Villar 2014, Rioja, Espagne

    Marques Del Villar 2014, 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.

    £29.05 Public price £24.69 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  6. 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.

    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.

    £64.54 Public price £54.86 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  7. Artesis 2015, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Artesis 2015, 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.

    £27.47 Public price £23.35 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  8. Equilibre Merlot Cabernet 2013, Côte de Thongue

    Equilibre Merlot Cabernet 2013, 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.

    £34.53 Public price £29.35 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  9. Les Châssis 2012, Crozes-Hermitage

    Les Châssis 2012, 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.

    £66.65 Public price £56.65 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  10. Côtes-du-Rhône 2014, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Côtes-du-Rhône 2014, 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.

    £31.00 Public price £26.35 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  11. 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. 

    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.

    £35.24 Public price £29.95 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  12. Ramage la Batisse 2013, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

    Ramage la Batisse 2013, 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”.

    £61.53 Public price £52.30 Subscribers' price

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  13. Pineau d’Aunis 2015, Touraine

    Pineau d’Aunis 2015, 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.

    £29.23 Public price £24.85 Subscribers' price

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  14. Domaine du Silène 2006, Grès de Montpellier

    Domaine du Silène 2006, Grès de Montpellier

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is already ten years old and starts offering nice aromas of evolution. However, it still has a lot of freshness and ripe blackberries aromas, great Languedoc’s wines hallmark. At the nose step, you can already smell the nice evolved aromas of leather. At the mouth step, we feel a nice balance between ripe fruits and spices, typical flavours of syrah. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Originally, syrah is Rhône Valley’s emblematic variety. But syrah is a strong variety that can thrive on a wide variety of terroirs on which it gives quite different wines. Syrah is especially adapted to Languedoc’s dry weather where it gets particularly ripe and gives more fruity aromas than elsewhere. The result is spicy and smooth wines like this amazing Grès de Montpellier.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull purple dress in tears thick..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of tertiary and herbaceous.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 15°C et 17° Open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Herb saucisson
    Bull steak
    Manchego
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The 57 hectares of Domaine de Silène used to belong to Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, two twin brothers, famous for their three stars restaurant “Le jardin des sens” in Montpellier. In 2000, the estate was bought by Robert Skalli, a major Languedoc wine producer famous for having built an empire thanks to his outstanding ability to detect the potential of wine estates. Domaine de Silène was one of his great successes: he turned a great estate into an amazing one./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Domaine de Silène’s vines develop on a poor limestone soil in the warm and dry mountains around Montpellier. As a consequence, the vine stocks have to grow very deep roots in order to find what it needs to thrive. The relief comes from the fresh high winds coming from the sea that bring coolness and a little humidity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2016 / bouteille

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

    At the mouth step, we feel a nice balance between ripe fruits and spices, typical flavours of syrah.

    £78.65 Public price £66.85 Subscribers' price

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  15. Le Prieuré 2015, Val de Loire

    Le Prieuré 2015, Val de Loire

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    love the freshness of Loire Valley’s chenins. With a fresh goat cheese, it is absolutely delightful. And this chenin from Domaine the Prieuré just confirms that these wines can be amazing. Its nose displays nice aromas of flowers and granny. On the palate, the balance is amazing. The wine is indeed more characterized by its liveliness but it’s perfectly balanced thanks to its remarkable fruity aromas. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Chenin is a variety that comes from Anjou and has spread all along the Loire River. It has long been harvested too early hence giving acidic wines, which explains why people are still suspicious today. However, thanks to all the improvements brought in the vines during the last decades, chenin can now give amazing white wines, whether those are dry, sparkling or sweet.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull greenish yellow dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of white flowers and green apple.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Bright mouth with a touch of acidity.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 9°C et 11° Open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sushi
    Grilled tuna
    Fresh goat cheese
    Lemon pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine du Prieuré was taken over in 2012 by two oenologists, Dominique Sirot and Alexis Soulas, who felt in love with the Layon River. They left Corsica, where they used to work in large wine estates for several years, in order to settle in Anjou with their families. Nowadays, they cultivate their 21 hectares with passion and they show a lot of ambition. Everything seems to be working as everyone already talks about them in the region./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines are located on hillsides along the Layon River. They are planted on a schist soil. This kind of stone that looks a bit like a millefeuille allows the roots to go very far down the ground, up to eight meters deep ! Therefore, vines can get all the nutrients brought to the soil by the river : an ideal position to give complex and fresh wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2016 / bouteille

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

    Its nose displays nice aromas of flowers and granny.

    £29.24 Public price £24.85 Subscribers' price

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  16. Vignes Centenaires 2014, Brouilly

    Vignes Centenaires 2014, Brouilly

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This Brouilly impressed me with its refinement and power. The uncommon nose starts the party with nice aromas of fruits and peonies. On the palate, you will feel again this deep intensity along with minerality, this salty like impression that characterizes the best Brouilly, the most famous of the ten “Cru” of the Beaujolais region. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    1395 is the year everything changed for gamay. Indeed, it is the year Philipe Le Hardi, Duke of Burgundy, decided that only pinot noir could be cultivated in Burgundy, and that gamay had to be grown in Beaujolais, at the south border of his duchy. Nowadays, gamay is still the only black variety grown in Beaujolais, but it spread a little and you can also taste nice wines from gamay in the Loire Valley and in Switzerland.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of red fruits and floral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh with silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Ham in Port cream sauce
    Lengua in Mushroom Sauce
    Saint-Marcellin
    Raspberries with whipped cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In the Beaujolais region, wine estates usually cover dozens of hectares. Julien Duport, Régis Luttenauer and Denis Vedrinne made a different choice and bought only 3 hectares. But not any hectares ! Indeed, their vines are located on the best terroir of Brouilly and have one particularity : they are more than 100 years old on average ! The three friends care a lot about their vines which repay them with amazing grapes allowing them to elaborate exclusive batches of great Brouilly./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Domaine des Cadoles’ three hectares are planted on a granitic soil. The main characteristic of granitic soils is that it has strong filtering properties and therefore let the water gets deep taking on the way nutrients away from the roots. So it submits the vines to a high level of water stress. It’s a good thing for gamay as its lazy variety has to be challenged to reveal its full potential. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2016 / bouteille

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

    The uncommon nose starts the party with nice aromas of fruits and peonies.

    £36.29 Public price £30.85 Subscribers' price

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  17. Negrel 2010, Saint Victoire, Provence

    Negrel 2010, Saint Victoire, Provence

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Surprise ! There are not only rosé wines in Provence… Indeed, if the region that lies just behind the Riviera is better known for its rosés, there are amazing terroirs for great red wines. Mas Cadenet displays a deep cherry colour and exhales a powerful nose that let guess a lot of complexity. The palate confirms it. The aromas of spices and blueberry are perfectly enhanced by fine tannins and a bit of freshness. Very nice ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache is the most used variety in Provence to produce red wines. And indeed, it is absolutely perfect for this terroir and its weather ! This variety, which is also the main one in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a similar terroir, like rocky grounds and dry weathers and can face violent winds, which is important on hills next to the sea.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasing nose to the aromas of fruits and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Lamb chops
    Tagine
    Banon cheese
    Candied fruits

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Since 1813, 7 generations of Negrel have been improving the 45 hectares of Mas Cadenet next to Aix en Provence. The show goes on nowadays with Mathieu, who pursues the family ambition to become a model in the region. Behind, there is a long story of cultivating vines: indeed, an amphora from the Roman period was found in the vines, suggesting that there was already winemaking there 2000 years ago./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located on a 250 meters high plateau, Mas Cadenet’s vines found the perfect soil with this ground covered with gravels, a very typical phenomenon in Provence. This dry soil gives extremely low yields, an unavoidable condition if you want to get concentrated and structured wines like Negrel. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2016 / bouteille

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    The aromas of spices and blueberry are perfectly enhanced by fine tannins and a bit of freshness.

    £71.59 Public price £60.85 Subscribers' price

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  18. Roussanne 2015, IGP Méditerrannée

    Roussanne 2015, IGP Méditerrannée

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This roussanne is concentrated pleasure ! The light greenish gold robe let guess that the wine is explosive. And indeed, it is ! Its nose displays nice aromas of tree fruits (mainly apricot), and on the palate, we feel again these flavours of apricots along with almonds. It’s fruity and refreshing : a perfect wine for summer lunches ! You can obviously pair if with white fish, but it will also be amazing served with a fresh tomatoe tart for example. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Roussanne is a white variety only planted in southern regions, mainly in the Rhône Valley. It is notably part of the most famous “Crus” from the region, like white Hermitage or Châteauneuf-du-Pape. If nowadays, roussanne is pretty popular, it was not always the case. In 1960, there was only 68 hectares of roussanne planted around the world.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A limpid greenish gold dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose to the aromas of dried and tree fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 10°C et 12° Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Ham and Olive cake
    Trout with almonds
    Chabichou cheese
    Vanilla eclair

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Do you feel like standing at the top of a hill facing strong southern winds ? Do not search anymore, take a ticket to Avignon and head to Bastide Saint Dominique. Created in 1976, under the impulsion of Gérard et Marie-Claude Bonnet, the estate’s headquarter is located in a former chapel from the 16th Century at the bottom of Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s hills. It’s in this unique place that Eric, their son, elaborates all the family’s red and white wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The 60 hectares of La Bastide Saint Dominique are planted on a soil of red clay and round pebbles. These pebbles, typical of the southern Rhône Valley, give roussanne a lot of warmth, which is good as this lazy variety can produce too acid wines if it did not get enough heat. In this case, the grapes just got what they need to give a flattering wine with a right level of freshness. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2016 / bouteille

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    Its nose displays nice aromas of tree fruits (mainly apricot), and on the palate, we feel again these flavours of apricots along with almonds.

    £29.24 Public price £24.85 Subscribers' price

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  19. Malbec 2006, Touraine

    Malbec 2006, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Drinking ten years old wines is not that common and even less with wines from the Loire Valley ! That’s why I am happy to present you this 2006 malbec that literally impressed me. This wine displays at the same time a nice freshness and abundant but thin tannins. These two facts allowed it to age through all these years. Nowadays, this wine exhales nice aromas or red pepper, humus and mushrooms. The silky texture is also an enchantment. All my congratulations to the winemakers ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Malbec is originally from Cahors, a famous wine producing town in the South West of France. During Renaissance, it was imported in the Loire Valley where it’s better known under the name of “côt”. It’s a slowgrowing variety that demands to be harvested at full maturity. It is also very sensitive to frost. Cultivating it in Touraine, a northern region, is therefore a pretty rough challenge !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful bright purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    On the nose are revealed pretty aromas of green pepper and humus.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A mouth with a nice acidity and soft tannins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson
    Blood sausage with apples
    Camembert
    Blackberry Clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Violine du Roy is not a traditional wine estate. It is basically the association of several talented winemakers who decided to put part of their grapes and skills together to try to make new unconventional small batches. With this Malbec, they wanted to show that by selecting the right grapes and vinifying it the right way, you can obtain wines that can age up to 20 years !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines that were used to elaborate this Malbec grow on a specific soil called “perruches”. This kind of soil, relatively rare elsewhere in the world, is in fact quite common in the Loire Valley. It’s a blend of flint, clay and silica. Flint keeps the warmth and bring minerality, whereas clay and silica stress the vines so those give the best out of themselves, forcing the grapes to concentrate. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2016 / bouteille

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    This wine displays at the same time a nice freshness and abundant but thin tannins.

    £36.29 Public price £30.85 Subscribers' price

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  20. 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

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

    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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