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  1. Touraine 2013, Vignoble Dinocheau

    Touraine 2013, Vignoble Dinocheau

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    There is a lot of freshness in that wine. I really appreciated the mineral aromas that come straight from the flints that the soil of Touraine is made of. Its aromas of fresh citrus and white fruits should definitely please you. This wine is to be enjoyed with friends around a seafood platter. I am really happy to present this wine, made with passion by Fabien and Laurence Dinocheau, brother and sister, who really love their terroir and are rising stars in the Loire valley.  

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    Grape variety

    Sauvignon is the main grape variety for the white wines in Touraine. Widely used in other French wine regions, its success lies far across France’s borders. Indeed, this is also the main variety in New Zealand! It gives very different aromas depending on where it is planted: citrus fruits, white fruits… and even fresh herbs!

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    Appearance

     Light green gold colour..

     

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    Nose

    Flavours of grapefruit, lime and white fruits.

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    Mouth

    A lot of freshness in the mouth and a refreshing.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 9°C et 11°C.  Open juste before serving. now and until 2018

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Seafood platter
    Fresh goat cheese
    Grapefruit salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Seen from far away, the Dinocheau family could seem lazy. Indeed, their policy is to do the least they can on their vines. This results in a minimization of the use of herbicide to control soil erosion. «We produce wines that reflect the characteristics of our land”. Thus, thanks to the Dinocheau, it really is a piece of Touraine that you sip while drinking their delicious sauvignon!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Dinocheau vineyard is located at the very heart of the Loire region, in the middle of all the Châteaux. Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise… are certainly what attract so many tourists in the area, but they are not the only stars there. The flints on which the vines are planted are known to accumulate the heat of the sun during the day and to give it back to the grapes at night, ensuring that the sauvignon will reach a perfect maturity. 

     

     

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    I really appreciated the mineral aromas that come straight from the flints that the soil of Touraine is made of.

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  2. La Brossette 2012, Domaine de la Brossette, Touraine

    La Brossette 2012, Domaine de la Brossette, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I found this organic wine really well made. I enjoyed its flavours of red berries and cherry blossom. We feel the talent when we feel the silky texture that only the best winemakers of Touraine achieve to get in their wines. There is also a little bit of bitterness in the finish, which shows the organic side of the wine. I suggest youpair it with a vanilla panna cotta with raspberry sauce.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This cuvee is a blend of gamay and cabernet franc. It is a pretty common blend in the Loire Valley. Gamay comes from Beaujolais where it is still the main variety. And gamay is not any grape variety. Indeed, it has a rare specificity that is that its skin is black but its juice is white.

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    Appearance

     Ruby colour with purple reflections..

     

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    Nose

    Flavours of red berries (strawberry, raspberry) and flowers (cherry blossom).

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Juicy aromas of red berries.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 12°C and 14°C.  Open just before serving. until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    A dry sausage
    Roasted ham
    Saint Marcellin cheese
    Vanilla panna cotta with raspberry sauce

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In 2010, Marie and Thierry Delaunay, owner of the Domaine Delaunay, chose to buy three hectares of organic vines to their Japanese neighbour. As the estate was named after the Japanese winemaker, they had to change the name. It occurs that the estate was along the Rue de La Brosse, hence the name brossette that means hedgehog in casual French.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     With 4000 hectares, Touraine is one of the biggest appellations in the Loire Valley, and the estates there are usually pretty big. It is not the case of Domaine de La Brossette since it only covers three hectares, but located in the area known to give the best wines. The soil is a mix of sand and clay and the surface is covered with pebbles. This kind of soil guarantees to wine to remain healthy, therefore helping to make organic wines. 

     

     

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    There is also a little bit of bitterness in the finish, which shows the organic side of the wine.

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  3. Les Marnes 2013, Les Caves du Prieuré, Sancerre

    Les Marnes 2013, Les Caves du Prieuré, Sancerre

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Sancerre is mainly known for its white wines made from sauvignon. Many people do not know that it is also a great terroir for red wines! This is why I chose this great red Sancerre in order to broaden your horizons. Its really light colour and its herbaceous nose can be surprising, but I hope it will make you feel likelearning more by tasting, so as to discover its really nice aromas of red currant. Just remember one thing : the wine has to be a little chilled, so serve it between 12 and 14°C. 

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    Grape variety

    France is the country that produces the most pinot noir in the world. It is the main variety for red wines in Burgundy. It is also the only black variety in Sancerre. It gives very fine wines with a lot of fruity aromas and very low tannins. But it is an unpredictable and delicate variety. This is the reason why most winemakers of the new world choose to plant safer varieties.

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    Appearance

     Light ruby colour..

     

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    Nose

    Herbaceous flavours with hints of red currant.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fruity and refreshing aromas.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 12°C and 14°C.  Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Roasted ham
    Chicken escalope
    Fresh goat
    Strawberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Caves du Prieuré were created in 1971 by Jacques and Geneviève Guillerault. Nowadays, it is Gilles, their son, who is in charge and willing to use only sustainable methods. The use of chemical products is drastically limited. It is a really meaningful choice in Sancerre as the pinot noir is so delicate and is very sensitive to various attacks.

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    Terroir

     Before the phylloxera crisis at the end on the 19th Century (that destroyed many of the vineyards in France), Sancerre was better known for its red wines than its white wines. Traumatised by the crisis, the winemakers lost their trust in pinot noir and planted sauvignon so as to make white wines. A few decades later, when they understood that they were safe from the phylloxera, winemakers started planting pinot noir again. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2015 / bouteille

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    Sancerre is mainly known for its white wines made from sauvignon. Many people do not know that it is also a great terroir for red wines!

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  4. Terroir de Granit 2012, Guy Farge, Saint-Joseph

    Terroir de Granit 2012, Guy Farge, Saint-Joseph

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I felt like presenting the Saint Joseph appellation to all whom do not know it yet. This wine is very typical of the appellation: it shows flavours of warm granite, a fat and silky texture with aromas of black berries, and a finish of black pepper typical of syrah. I tasted it on a delicious charcuterie board. 

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    Grape variety

    Even though syrah is a variety with low yields and is really sensitive to various diseases, it is one of the six most used varieties in the world. It is used worldwide, even in Australia where it is known under the name of shiraz. It gives elegant and harmonious wines with spicy aromas, mostly pepper. Will you find it in your glass?

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    Appearance

     Deep garnet colour with raspberry reflections..

     

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    Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Dense and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 14°C and 16°C.  Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Roasted pigeon
    Saint- Marcellin cheese
    Black Forest cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The history of the vineyard began in 1920 when Henri Farge bought 12 hectares from a general from Normandy. Since 1980, it is Guy Farge who rules the vineyard. When Guy got in charge, the grapes were sold to wine merchants. But he decided to elaborate and bottle his own wines. Therefore, he made a few changes. The first one was to choose to work on the vines exclusively manually. And at My VitiBox, we appreciate when hard work is provided in order to make good wine!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Saint Joseph is one of the most beautiful appellations of the Rhône Valley. Indeed, the vines are planted on steep hillsides and circled by walls of ancient stones, next to the Rhône River. This way of planting the vines ensures a good exposure to the sun as well as a high level of water stress. 

     

     

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    This wine is very typical of the appellation: it shows flavours of warm granite, a fat and silky texture with aromas of black berries, and a finish of black pepper typical of syrah.

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  5. Terres Blanches 2014, Domaine Chiroulet, Côtes de Gascogne

    Terres Blanches 2014, Domaine Chiroulet, Côtes de Gascogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I found this blend of gros manseng and sauvignon very well done. This is an interesting balance between the opulent texture of gros manseng and the freshness of sauvignon. This harmonious wine will be perfect for the warm afternoons of spring paired with barbecued sardines... Summer is just around the corner! 

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    Grape variety

    This blend is typical of Gascogne and mixes on the one hand the creamy texture of gros manseng and on the other hand the fresh aromas of citrus fruits given by sauvignon, especially grapefruit and lime. The ugni blanc, provided by 50-year-old vines, complete this blend with refinement.

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    Appearance

     White gold colour, crystal clear and bright..

     

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    Nose of citrus fruits (grapefruit and lime).

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     Bouche

    Fresh and well-balanced mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 10°C et 12°C.  open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Grapefruit salad
    Barbecued sardines
    Ossau-Iraty cheese
    Pineapple

     

     Anecdote

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    The Fezas family has been in charge of the estate for more than 150 years. Six generations succeeded one to another sharing the same goal of enhancing the wines from this marvellous terroir of Gascogne. The name of the vineyard, Chiroulet, comes from “chiroula”, a specific wind that blows in the area almost all the time. This wind is a really good thing as it keeps the grapes fresh and healthy!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine Chiroulet is located on the highest hills of Gascogne and therefore benefits from a southern exposure and strong winds that ensure grapes’ healthiness. The name “Les Terres Blanches” means “The White Soils” in French and refers to the limestone the vines are planted on. 

     

     

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    This harmonious wine will be perfect for the warm afternoons of spring paired with barbecued sardines... Summer is just around the corner!

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  6. Malbec du Clos 2012, Clos Triguedina, Cahors

    Malbec du Clos 2012, Clos Triguedina, Cahors

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    When you think about Cahors, it’s not long before you think of Jean-Luc Baldès, one of the most talented winemakers of the appellation. I was not surprised to find in that wine delicious flavours of blackcurrant and of course a lot of tannins, as they are typical characteristics of malbec. However, I was more surprised to feel menthol aromas which were much more unexpected!  

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    Grape variety

    Nowadays, malbec is famous all around the world thanks to the wines from Argentina, where this variety is widely grown. Originally, malbec comes from the southwest of France, where it has been grown since the Middle Ages. France is still the second producer of malbec behind Argentina. This variety usually gives to the wines a deep colour with nice aromas of blackberries.

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    Appearance

     Garnet colour and mat in the thick tears..

     

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    Nose

    Open and meaning nose, in the aromas of red berries and herbs.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Mouth balanced with melted and present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 14°C et 16°C.  Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pork rinds
    Goose breast fillets
    Saint-Nectaire cheese
    Blackcurrant panna cotta

     

     Anecdote

    &A winemaker, a family

    Since 1830, the Baldès family has been developing the Clos Triguedina passing from father to son the passion of making good wine and of course the skills to achieve that. Nowadays, Jean-Luc Baldès is an iconic figure of the appellation. Talented and passionate, he is known in the area under the name “the master of malbec”.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The terroir of Cahors is known for being very dry. It rains very little, which is a wonderful thing for the grapes that hence can perfectly mature. The Clos Triguedina covers around 65 hectares of mixed clay, silica and limestone. Just remember that this kind of ground ensures that the vine is subjected to enough water stress to make sure that the grapes will develop various aromas. 

     

     

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    I was not surprised to find in that wine delicious flavours of blackcurrant and of course a lot of tannins, as they are typical characteristics of malbec. However, I was more surprised to feel menthol aromas which were much more unexpected!

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  7. Fortant 2014, IGP Pays d'OC

    Fortant 2014, IGP Pays d'OC

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Summer is definitely the best time of the year to present you a nice rosé. This one will bring you straight to the south of France ! Maybe you are sometime not very careful when tasting a rosé. Yet, rosé can be as interesting as white or red wines. In this one, you will find aromas of peony and strawberry and flavours of red currant ;-) 

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    Grape variety

    Grenache is one of the main varieties around the Mediterranean Sea. It gives dry red and rosé wines. It is notably known to be the mostly grown variety in Spain. Therefore, it is no surprise to find it in Languedoc-Roussillon, so close to Spain. It gives dry rosés with complex aromas of fruits and flowers. Be careful: do not confuse grenache with white grenache, which is another variety!

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    Appearance

     Pale and crystal clear pink colour in tears smooth..

     

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    Nose

    Moderated nose in the floral and fruity aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well-balanced and alkaline mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 9°C et 11°C.  Open just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapenade
    Sauteed vegtables
    Corsica cheese
    Clementines

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Skallis were originally a family of winemakers in Algeria in the 1920’s. In 1974, kicked out from Algeria, Robert Skalli settled in Sète and turned winemaking facilities built to age wines from Algeria in a winery for Languedoc wines. A few years later, Fortant was born.

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    Terroir

     Fortant’s rosé is elaborated with grapes harvested around the peninsula of Sète on the Mediterranean coast. The sunny weather in the area is perfectly adapted to the vine’s needs. The winds coming from the sea keep the vines fresh and healthy. The grapes from this area tend to give fresh and aromatic wines. 

     

     

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    Summer is definitely the best time of the year to present you a nice rosé.

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  8. Galien 2010, Domaine de la Chanade, Gaillac

    Galien 2010, Domaine de la Chanade, Gaillac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is perfect for a charcuterie board shared with friends on a summer night. This nice wine from Gaillac, made according to the principles of sustainable agriculture, displays complex aromas of cinnamon, gingerbread and red berries. On the palate, its creamy texture and its soft tannins show that it is a refined yet powerful wine.  

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    Grape variety

    This wine is the opportunity to present you a pretty unknown variety: braucol ! Also called fer servadou, it basically is from the south-west of France where it is found in many of the most famous appellations of this region: Madiran, Gaillac, Béarn… Braucol is very appreciated by connoisseurs as it gives very elegant wines. Indeed, despite the presence of marked tannins (which by the way give a great aging potential!), the wine remains very fresh on the palate.

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    &Appearance

     Garnet colour in the thick tears. .

     

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    Nose

    Open to the aromas of red berries and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Balanced mouth with melted and present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 14°C and 16°C.  Open just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson
    Bayonne ham
    Saint-Albray cheese
    Poached prunes with rum

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine de la Chanade puts forward the use of natural products during the agricultural process: no chemical pesticides here! The grapes are the result of a close collaboration between the team and Mother Nature. At My VitiBox, we particularly like (and encourage) this philosophy!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine de la Chanade is located on the plateau Cordais, north of the Gaillac appellation. The vines are planted on southern exposed hillsides. Thus, the grapes spend more time in the sunlight which ensures a high level of concentration in sugars. This is why the wines of Domaine de la Chanade are so rich! 

     

     

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    This nice wine from Gaillac, made according to the principles of sustainable agriculture, displays complex aromas of cinnamon, gingerbread and red berries.

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  9. Sans plus attendre 2011, Domaine Modat, AOC Côtes du Rousillon, Villages Caramany

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

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

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    Grape variety

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

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    Appearance

     Garnet colour, mat and steady..

     

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    Nose

    Open to the aromas of wooded and red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well-balanced and alkaline mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chorizo
    Lamb tagine
    Fresh goat cheese
    Compote of red berries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

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    Terroir

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

     

     

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

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  10. Murmure des vignes 2013, Domaine de Panisse, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Murmure des vignes 2013, Domaine de Panisse, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, My VitiBox gives you the opportunity to taste two very good yet quite different wines from the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. This powerful wine is a perfect balance between the fruity aromas of grenache and the slightly spicy aromas of syrah. This wine will be absolutely perfect to pair with a beautiful charcuterie board! 

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    Grape variety

    Syrah is a sensitive grape variety that easily catches diseases. Fortunately, the vines of the Domaine de Panisse enjoy a good exposure to the wind that keeps germs away. Syrah adds spicy flavours to this wine.

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    Appearance

     Purple and mat colour in the thick tears..

     

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    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of spices and vegetable.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth with firm and present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    between 14°C and 16°C.  Open one hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Andouille Sausage
    Veal liver
    Saint-Marcellin
    Clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Domaine de Panisse already existed in the 15th Century. At that time, it used to belong to Dominique de Panisse, Louis XII’s chamberlain. But through centuries, the domain has been abandoned, and remained uncultivated during the first half of the 20th Century. Fortunately, Jean-Marie, Christine and Fanny got it back and did a great job in resuscitating the estate.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The southern Rhône Valley is renowned for its famous “galets roulés” that cover the ground. These smooth pebbles have been polished for millenniums by the Rhône River. Their specificity is that they accumulate the heat of the sun all day long and give it back to the grapes during the night. Therefore, the grapes keep ripening even after the sunset! 

     

     

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    This powerful wine is a perfect balance between the fruity aromas of grenache and the slightly spicy aromas of syrah.

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  11. Le bonheur est dans la vigne 2011, Domaine La Destinée, Côtes-du-Rhône

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

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    Appearance

     Ruby in the thick tears..

     

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    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Soft mouth in the melted and present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2015 / bouteille

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

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  12. Passions 2008, Domaine de Vénus, A.O.C Côtes du Roussillon, Villages

    Passions 2008, Domaine de Vénus, A.O.C Côtes du Roussillon, Villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I met a few members of the Domaine de Vénus’ team at a wine fair, and I was immediately charmed by their wines. This Côtes-du-Roussillon captivated me with its amazingly refined aromas of perfectly ripened fruits. The wind that blows on the vines of Saint-Paul de Fenouillet brings a nice freshness that perfectly balances the wine. 

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    Grape variety

    Carignan is a very productive grape variety. For a long time, it was used to produce cheap wines in huge quantities without caring about the quality. Fortunately, the consumers began to ask for better quality and many vines of carignan were destroyed. But the remaining vines showed that old-vine carignan grapes can be really good, so it is now used as a great addition in many blends!

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    Appearance

     Ruby deep colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Powerful in the aromas of red berries and vegetable.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with fine tannins and silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Steak Tartare
    Lamb sweetbreads
    Saint Nectaire
    Roasted Figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Domaine de Vénus is quite an uncommon domain. Indeed, it’s a family vineyard, but even though they have no blood ties, they are tied by their passion! Indeed, it is a team of 10 friends who come from different background. Physician, artist, publisher or ship captains, a lot of skills are gathered at Domaine de Vénus!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines of the Domaine de Vénus are planted on 40 mini plots at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains. The grapes grow on a ground made of black schists: this kind of soil is very malleable and the roots can go really deep, ensuring that the vines will be able to get enough water all year long. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2015 / bouteille

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    This Côtes-du-Roussillon captivated me with its amazingly refined aromas of perfectly ripened fruits.

    £21.51 Public price £18.28 Subscribers' price

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  13. Pierre solaire 2013, Dauvergne Ranvier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Pierre solaire 2013, Dauvergne Ranvier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I felt in love at first sight with that white Côtes-du-Rhône, even before I smelt it! Look at this beautiful shiny green gold colour! It then shows nice aromas: I got exotic fruits, jasmine and spices. A fresh and lively wine that will pair well with poached peaches. A pleasure for the eyes, the nose and the palate! 

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    This wine is a typical blend of the Rhône Valley. Viognier gives to the wine mineral aromas and subtlety, and grenache blanc brings fruity aromas and sugar, which explains the magnificent silky texture of Pierre Solaire.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish gold dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open to the aromas of flowers and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and mineral mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    between 10°C and 12°C.  open just before serving. until 2018

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pike quenelle
    Lake fish
    Pelardon cheese
    Poached peaches

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    François Dauvergne and Jean-François Ranvier are two old friends, passionate about oenology, who used to occupy important positions in the world of wine. But one day, they decided it was time for them to grow their own vines. That’s how their adventure began, and they now share all their knowledge about winemaking in order to elaborate a whole range of sophisticated wines.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Pierre Solaire’s vines are located on the border between Ardèche and Gard, two French departments well known for their great yet simple wines. They are planted up hills, ensuring a good level of acidity that enhances the refreshing aromas of this wine. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2015 / bouteille

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    I felt in love at first sight with that white Côtes-du-Rhône, even before I smelt it!

    £10.09 Public price £8.58 Subscribers' price

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  14. 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

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    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

  15. 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

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    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

  16. 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. 

    Feuille

    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

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    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

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  17. 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. 

    Feuille

    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

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    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

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  18. 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

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

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price

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  19. 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

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    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

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  20. 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

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    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

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