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  1. Gourmandise d'un été 2016, Maison Rigal, IGP Comte Tolosan

    Gourmandise d'un été 2016, Maison Rigal, IGP Comte Tolosan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « Gourmandise d’un été » is a very innovative and delicious version of Malbec! The fruit is ripe, a hint of flower adds refinement ; the finish is sweet, long and balanced with a little bitterness. The perfect rosé for just enjoying a glass with friends at sunset with a few olives. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Malbec is the grape variety with a thousand names. Malbec in Bordeaux, Auxerrois in Cahors or Côt in the Loire Valley : each region has its own name. Usually giving dark and tannic wines, it impresses us here by its clear dress and its delicacy on the palate. A really adaptive grape !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful peach dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of flower, fruit, and mineral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    fresh and iodized mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 8°C et 9° just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Skewer of melon and Parma ham
    Pizza mozzarella pesto
    Rocamadour
    Tropézienne tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Created in 1755 in Cahors, Maison Rigal has developed a unique know-how around the Malbec. Cedric, the winemaker, explores all its nuances on all the most beautiful terroirs of the Southwest. Whether it is vinified in red or rosé, Rigal brings out the best of this typically Southern grape variety. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The IGP Comté Tolosan, located in the Aquitaine area, is very well surrounded ! Bordered on the south by the Pyrenees, on the north by the Massif Central and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, the land is protected on every side. Moreover, sun is strong in this area: grapes are more than happy to get a little freshness from the ocean and the mountains. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2017 / bouteille

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

    The fruit is ripe, a hint of flower adds refinement ; the finish is sweet, long and balanced with a little bitterness.

    £9.46 Public price £8.04 Subscribers' price
  2. Être et Renaître 2014, AOP Corbières-Boutenac

    Être et Renaître 2014, AOP Corbières-Boutenac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The nose is remarkably delicate, with notes of candied fruits and black berries, and a hint of smoke. On the mouth, the tannins are soft. The wine gives off a remarkable balance between power and freshness. This vintage of Etre et Renaître shows the inestimable potential of Carignan, a variety that used to be despised, especially when it comes from old vines. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Carignan, which is the main variety in this blend, was long considered as a low-quality grape only used to make huge quantity of light wine. However, when the vines are in their fifties and later, yield decreases and the wines become a lot more intense and complex. Add the tannin and peppery aromas of Syrah and the softness of Grenache, and you get this great wine !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits, roasting and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° open just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Deer terrine
    Lamb tajine with vegetables
    Chocolate pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    At the 1st Century, Roman soldiers were already growing grapes and making wine in Corbières. However, it was only in 1985 that Corbières was recognized by the National Institute of Appellations of Origin (INAO). Etre et Renaitre is the fruit of the collaboration between two winemakers who grow different grapes and put their harvest together to make a well balanced wine. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     As Languedoc’s reputation is growing, the winegrowers started a process of hierarchisation of the vineyards. That’s how the Corbières-Boutenac appe- llation was created : to distinguish one of the best terroirs of the larger Corbières appellation. Indeed, grapes harvested on this specific terroir of Boutenac give deeper and more complex wines than elsewhere in the area.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2017 / bouteille

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

    The wine gives off a remarkable balance between power and freshness.

    £14.80 Public price £12.58 Subscribers' price
  3. Louis Soufflot 2015, AOP Mercurey

    Louis Soufflot 2015, AOP Mercurey

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The south of Burgundy has long been underestimated because no Grands Crus were located there. The truth is that some amazing terroirs lie there and the little bonus of sun they get around Chalon gives a quite persistent version of pinot noir. Mercurey is doubtlessly one of the best appellation in this area ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Pinot Noir is an old-timer. Experts agree that it was already present in the first century of our era. Indeed, this grape variety would have seen the Gallics fighting against the Romans and would have even witnessed the birth of the Burgundy vineyard. That’s how it became throughout the centuries the main and then the only black variety in Burgundy.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruit, vegetable, spice and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between15°C et 17° drink in large glasses. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Swordfish salad with herbs
    Roasted quail and spring vegetables
    Beaufort
    Strawberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The story of Primavinae began in 1951 here in Burgundy and quickly grew : now the respected winemaking company own vineyards in almost all the villages of the region, which is quite uncommon. Moreover, their vines are usually located on the best terroirs, as it is the case for Louis Soufflot’s vines throughout the villages of southern Burgundy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyard of Mercurey enjoys a very special terroir because it lays on a rugged relief punctuated by small hills alternating gentle and severe slopes.This type of relief gives grapes that have benefited from various sun exposures. Therefore, the final blend will display a larger spectrum of aromas, hence a higher level of complexity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2017 / bouteille

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

    The final blend will display a larger spectrum of aromas, hence a higher level of complexity.

    £23.75 Public price £20.18 Subscribers' price
  4. Le Champ Vallin 2015, Maison Foucher Lebrun, Touraine

    Le Champ Vallin 2015, Maison Foucher Lebrun, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Light and subtle, this Touraine wine has an enchanting nose that reveals notes of red fruits and noble vegetal flavours. On the palate, the wine is fresh and displays nice crisp and juicy red berries aromas. There is just enough tannin to give to the wine structure and length. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The Touraine appellation is mainly planted with Gamay and Sauvignon, grape varieties that are characterized by their olfactory intensity. On the nose, red wines give aromas of red fruits whereas white wines gives aromas of white fruits and lemon. These grape varieties thrive on the different soil varieties of Touraine : flinty clay, sand on clay or gravel.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruity, vegetal and wood.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between15°C et 17° drink in large glasses. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Rabbit Terrine
    Veal Axoa
    Brie
    Honey fried figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Created in 1921, Maison Foucher Lebrun is located next to Sancerre. It offers a wide selection of appellations from different parts of the Loire Valley. It perfectly expresses the terroirs and characteristics of the Loire appellations by offering fruity and fresh wines, the style that make Loire Valley renowned worldwide./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located between Tours and Blois, the appellation benefits from the oceanic influence on its western side and the continental climate on its eastern side. The vines are planted on clay, the signature soil in Touraine, mixed with sand and flint. The soil warms up quickly which favours the ripening of the grape varieties. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2017 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, the wine is fresh and displays nice crisp and juicy red berries aromas.

    £10.80 Public price £9.18 Subscribers' price
  5. Château Croix de Fillol, 2014, AOC Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Château Croix de Fillol, 2014, AOC Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This appellation, stuck between Saint-Emilion and the southwest is a terroir I am fond of because wines there offer the same subtle minerality as in the Libournais’ appellations. I have made astonishing finds there. This château is one of those : very pleasant in the mouth, fruity and perfectly well aged. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Cabernet Franc is not the main grape variety of Bordeaux’s region. Thanksto its ability to ripen prematurely, it is also located in the North as far as the Loire Valley and brings to Bordeaux’s wines, complexity and a spicy touch.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruit, spice, empyreumatic and vegetal.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 17°C et 19° one hour before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sweet potato soufflé
    Veal with paprika
    Black cherry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Born into a family of twelve children, Francis Pallaro is the 10th and also the more passionate about viticulture among all the siblings. That’s why he decided to take over from his parents, a couple of Italian and Polish immigrants, who purchased the family vineyard in 1948. Francis can also count on his wife who help him, daily, to create superb wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     We are here, on an historic land. Indeed, it was near Castillon that took place the famous battle which ended up the terrible Hundred Years’ War with the defeat of the English troops. In addition to being legendary, this region, where valleys and hillsides follow one other, offer a beautiful diversity of terroirs giving both warm and robust wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, september. 2017 / bouteille

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

    This appellation, stuck between Saint-Emilion and the southwest is a terroir I am fond of because wines there offer the same subtle minerality as in the Libournais’ appellations.

    £11.51 Public price £9.78 Subscribers' price
  6. Maison Andrien Vacher, la Sasson 2016, Vin de Savoie pinot noir

    Maison Andrien Vacher, la Sasson 2016, Vin de Savoie pinot noir

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Pinot noir can blossom outside of Burgundy : there is the proof with this wine from Savoie. The freshness and the altitude of Savoy are great to pinot noir and as a great lover of Savoyard wines, it is for me a great pleasure to make you discover this original wine. The mouth is full of freshness and the tannins are very subtle. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Pinot Noir is a subtle grape that fully blossoms on the clay and limestone soils of the Savoyard vineyards. In contrast to wines of the South, Pinot Noir has a low concentration of sugars and alcohol. It gives intense wines but which remain digestible with a very good tannic structure, supple and soft.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful raspberry dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of red fruits and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between14°C et 16° open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Hazelnut saucisson
    Hazelnut saucisson
    Chaource
    Cherry clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    To the Vachers, wine is first and foremost a family story. Adrien Vacher is the founder of the winery that bears his name. Nowadays, Charles-Henri is proud to highlight his family traditions through typical wines of Savoy. He shares this pride everyday with Pauline and Charlotte, his two daughters, who also work on the estate./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Savoy is a great land of wine. Yet this region went from som trouble when in the 13th century, Mount Garnier collapsed causing considerable loss of life. This tragedy turned into an opportunity when in the eighteenth century, vine growers planted vines at the very place where the collapse took place, which gave birth to exceptional wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2018 / bouteille

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

    The freshness and the altitude of Savoy are great to pinot noir and as a great lover of Savoyard wines, it is for me a great pleasure to make you discover this original wine.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price
  7. Puy Saint-front 2016, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Puy Saint-front 2016, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Located next to the well-known village of Saint-Émilion, Castillon is the rising appellation in Bordeaux. It benefits from an outstanding terroir and is getting more and more popular thanks to its with attractive price / pleasure ratio. This is of course the case of the Puy Saint-Front 2016 wich shows how great can some Bordeaux wines be for good prices.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Cabernet Franc is far from being the most widespread grape variety in the Bordeaux region. However, thanks to its ability to mature early, it is also used further north in the Loire Valley. It brings to the wine notes of crunchy fruit and very nice spicy flavours.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of ripe fruit, spices and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between17°C et 19° open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chanterelles stew
    Beef fillet with black olives
    Cantal

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In the 18th century, Baron Alfred de Luze founded Maison A. de Luze & Fils, first specialised in maturing and ageing the wines before selling those. Man of vision and a fine negotiator, Baron De Luze was one of the pioneers in the export of Bordeaux wines in new countries. In addition to its international network, Maison De Luze bought several chateaux in Bordeaux such as Château Paveil, a very old cru from the Margaux region, or Château Malleret in Haut-Médoc./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The appellation "Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux" is located on the right bank on the slopes getting down from Saint-Émilion. Coming from the same limestone plateau as Saint-Emilion, the wines of the appellation benefit from a privileged geographical situation with a southern exposure and a difference in altitude of more than 100 meters.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2018 / bouteille

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

    It benefits from an outstanding terroir and is getting more and more popular thanks to its with attractive price / pleasure ratio.

    £12.13 Public price £10.31 Subscribers' price
  8. Château Lieujean 2015, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc

    Château Lieujean 2015, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I wanted to take advantage of the fabulous 2015 vintage in Bordeaux : I did that with the famous Château Lieujean, a safe bet of the Médoc vineyards, which is acclaimed by the greatest specialists. What differentiates this Cru Bourgeois is certainly its concentrated expression of black fruits accompanied by a subtle woody flavours. The tannins melt, the wine is supple, juicy and the finish is persistent and deep. 

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    Grape variety

    An emblematic blend of Médoc, where Cabernet Sauvignon is predominant, associated with Merlot in smaller quantities. The Cabernet Sauvignon rather enjoys the gravelly soils of the left bank and brings an elegant tannic structure and an intense power in the mouth whereas the merlot favors the clay soils of the right bank giving balances to the wine by its suppleness and roundness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits and woody.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasent mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18° just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Beef carpaccio with Parmesan
    Sirloin steak
    Mature cheddar

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château Lieujean was founded in the 19th century. Each year for each vintage, Château features in the Cru Bourgeois’ classification which distinguishes the best Médoc wines. Every year, since 2010, the highly anticipated selection of Crus Bourgeois is unveiled to the general public and honours the best wines of the region./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in Saint-Sauveur near Pauillac, the Château is close to the Garonne and enjoys a temperate microclimate. The Haut-Médoc’s main characteristic is its very special soils made of hard stones that lower the yields of the vines, which gives birth to ripe grapes full of quality and with concentration. It is not far from there that Chateau Lafite, Mouton Rotshchild and Latour are located. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, october. 2017 / bouteille

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

    The tannins melt, the wine is supple, juicy and the finish is persistent and deep.

    £22.10 Public price £18.78 Subscribers' price
  9. Les Tours de Plagnac 2015, Château Plagnac, Médoc

    Les Tours de Plagnac 2015, Château Plagnac, Médoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Tours de Plagnac fully reveals the best characteristics of the terroir of Médoc. Its garnet color is elegant. Make the wine swirl, and you’ll see thick tears on the glass and you’ll smell deep flavours of cedar, blueberry and liquorice. On the palate, soft tannins show that this wine can be kept a little in the cellar but is also great to drink now. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    A typical Médoc blend ! Cabernet Sauvignon is a vigorous grape variety thet perfectly fits with rocky soils and brings some structure to the wine. He expresses marvellously its plant and blackcurrant aromas ! Merlot balances the wine with its sweeter aromas of fruits and its silky texture.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits, wood and vegetal.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between17°C et 19° open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pan-fried foie gras
    Roasted duck with porcini risotto
    Stilton cheese
    Chocolate coffee scones

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château Plagnac was bought in 2011 by Jean-Michel Lapalu, heir of Claude Lapalu who started to make wine in Château Patache d’Aux when he came back from Algeria in 1964. When Jean-Michel Lapalu retired last winter, the team of Antoine Moueix Propriétés, who already takes care of Capet-Guillier in Saint-Emilion, took over and immediately started great projects, including a brand new winery./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in the north of Bordeaux’s left bank, Château Plagnac stands on the “hard soil” of the village of Bégadan. Only 25 kilometres away from the seashore, the vines benefit from strong oceanic winds that sweep the diseases away. Its soil is made of tertiary limestones and red sands of quaternary age which have the reputation to create wines with great character. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2017 / bouteille

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

    Make the wine swirl, and you’ll see thick tears on the glass and you’ll smell deep flavours of cedar, blueberry and liquorice.

    £11.51 Public price £9.78 Subscribers' price
  10. Hommage 2016, Domaine Cazes, AOP Côtes du Roussillon

    Hommage 2016, Domaine Cazes, AOP Côtes du Roussillon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Roussillon is getting trendy, and Hommage will help you understand why ! The appellation stopped making heavy wines hard to drink for more than a glass. Hommage is a blend of fresh and ripe black and red fruits and more sophisticated aromas like cocoa. If the aromas got fresher, the intensity remains: your palate will long remember this deep wine ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Mourvèdre is originally a Spanish variety that needs sun, a lot of sun ! The area of Perpignan is known to be one of the area in France with the lowest rainfall climatology. Often associated with Syrah and Grenache, Mourvèdre brings a strong tannic structure and beautiful aromas of black fruits. A classic blend that perfectly works.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An explosive and pleasant nose to fruity, spicy and vegetable aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 17° 1 hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Ham and cheese salad
    Lamb stew
    Tomme cheese
    Blackcurrant sorbet

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in the heart of Roussillon, Maison Cazes was created in 1895 by Michel Cazes. In 1927, his son convinced him to buy the Mas Joffre, former property of the famous Maréchal Joffre, hero of the First World War. Cazes therefore pays, with this cuvée, a tribute to its former prestigious owner./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Cazes is known to be the biggest biodynamic vineyard in the world. The team was able to achieve such a goal thanks to the exceptional conditions : the Agly Valley is very windy hence keeping the grapes clean of all bacteria that could generate diseases. If you have the opportunity to go there, the landscape is breath-taking ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2017 / bouteille

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

    Hommage is a blend of fresh and ripe black and red fruits and more sophisticated aromas like cocoa.

    £12.69 Public price £10.78 Subscribers' price
  11. Cuvée G 2011, Château Le Bouis, Corbières

    Cuvée G 2011, Château Le Bouis, Corbières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I have already drunk nice Corbières but this one is quite exceptional ! Really full-bodied and creamy, it displays magnificent ripe blackberry jam aromas of and has a peppery finish that lingers on the palate. A powerful and complex wine, perfect for summer : garrigue and sweetness of the Mediterranean put in a bottle ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    With this blend, the winemaker put the South in a bottle. Indeed, we find in this wine all the qualities of the great southern wines. Grenache gives the wine its unctuous touch and its amplitude in the mouth and Syrah displays beautiful spicy flavours and carries all by its refined tannic structure. Caliente !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruity, vegetable, spice and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between10°C et 12° 1 hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Venison terrine
    Lamb tajine
    Blue cheese
    Chocolate cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    At the gateway to the Massif de la Clape, the Château le Bouïs welcomes you and has of course the best wines in the area but also and handful of beautiful surprises. The owners imagined an enchanting journey into the mysterious world of vineyards where, through an original staging, you will discover the Arts, Heritage and the 300 years of History of the Castle./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The appellation Corbières surprises by its hillsides where nights stay rather cool. This atypical freshness gives the wines a good ageing potential. Indeed, a fresh climate will allow the grapes to maintain a good acidity. And acidity is one of the key factors in the ability to keep a wine. Scientifically proven ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2017 / bouteille

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

    Really full-bodied and creamy, it displays magnificent ripe blackberry jam aromas of and has a peppery finish that lingers on the palate.

    £23.63 Public price £20.08 Subscribers' price
  12. La relève 2015, Jeanne Gaillard, Saint Joseph

    La relève 2015, Jeanne Gaillard, Saint Joseph

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Pierre Gaillard is one on the few Rhône Valley’s star winemakers. As Pierre ages, he is slowly putting his daughter Jeanne in charge of his best plots of vines. This is the meaning of this cuvee "La relève" (succession in French) which was designed and vinified by herself. This wine shows that Jeanne is more than a good choice to take over : this is the perfect mix between Gaillard’s amazing skills and a great vintage. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Syrah, nicknamed serine in the Rhône Valley, is known to give a good balance between power and subtility. Nowadays, syrah is also the most famous black variety in Australia where it’s known under the name of Shiraz. This grape variety has a spicy character and delicious violet aromas.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruity, empyreumatic and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively Fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° open 2 hours before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pork liver with raspberry sauce
    Tournedos Rossini
    Half-baked chocolate cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Daughter of the renowned Pierre Gaillard, owner of 4 estates in Rhône Valley and Languedoc-Roussillon, Jeanne Gaillard is now making wine on her own. Mainly located in Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage, she handles the local grape varieties with talent. She aims to highlight the pure expression of each grape variety and each parcel of her estate./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     As in all the prestigious appellations of the northern Rhône Valley, the vines of Saint Joseph are located on the edge of a plateau along the Rhone River. These are swept by the winds that blow almost permanently in this rocky corridor : it is this characteristic that allows the Syrah, the black grape variety in the area, to express this remarkable freshness.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2017 / bouteille

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

    This wine shows that Jeanne is more than a good choice to take over : this is the perfect mix between Gaillard’s amazing skills and a great vintage.

    £22.10 Public price £18.78 Subscribers' price
  13. Trio Tempo 2016, Lionel Osmin & cie, IGP Comté Tolosan

    Trio Tempo 2016, Lionel Osmin & cie, IGP Comté Tolosan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I am a huge lover of Gros Manseng. This grape variety, mainly grown in the South-West, creates fruity wines, gathering both sweet and exotic aromas, with freshness that balances the wine and makes the third glass as enjoyable as the first one... It allows sweet and sour pairings which are very interesting, and I really like opening a bottle with friends with a good goat cheese served with honey or jam. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Gros Manseng is a typical Southwestern grape variety. It can be at the origin of sweet or dry wines. On a dry wine like Trio Tempo, it offers an impression of sweetness subtler than with a sweet wine, on a fresh frame and with hint of acidity which creates the balance. A fruity and fresh experience !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A straw yellow dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of exotic fruits, candied fruits and white fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between9°C et 10° open just before serving. until 2029.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Salad with salmon, mango and avocado
    Pineapple chicken crumble
    Goat cheese
    Cottage cheese and mango coulis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Lionel Osmin and Damiens Sartori are two friends in love with the South-West : they established their winery to share their common passion while modernizing the image of South-West wines thanks to an irreproachable selection of plots and modern winemaking techniques. They offer an original and personal interpretation of the French southwestern appellations. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located right in the heart of Gascony, the vineyard benefits from an oceanic climate. Thanks to the proximity of the Pyrenees Mountains, the wide temperature gap between day and at night is ideal to ripen the grapes while protecting their aromas. Indeed, the production of sugars is stimulated during the hot period of the day and the natural acidity is increased during the night.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2018 / bouteille

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

    This grape variety, mainly grown in the South-West, creates fruity wines, gathering both sweet and exotic aromas, with freshness that balances the wine and makes the third glass as enjoyable as the first one...

    £11.53 Public price £9.80 Subscribers' price
  14. Ogier, Dentellis 2015, Gigondas

    Ogier, Dentellis 2015, Gigondas

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Located in the heart of the mountains of Montmirail, this vintage refinement honours the great red wines from the southern part of the Rhone Valley. The nose is subtle and generous : a delicious blend of candied fruits and thyme. A Gigondas full of sun, balanced, with this aromatic power found in all the good wines of the region. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache noir, the famous grape of the southern Rhône Valley, expresses its full potential on the land of Gigondas. Indeed, limiting sunshine in the morning, the mountains of Montmirail allow a good ripening of berries which need time to express themselves better. It dominates the blend and brings to the wines the tannins, the body and a nice ageing potential.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A cherry dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruit, spices, vegetal, animal and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between17°C et 19° open one hour before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Mushroom cheese pie
    Leg of lamb with olives
    Bleu d’Auvergne
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In the heart of the most mythical appellation of the Southern Rhône Valley, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Maison Ogier has been shining for more than 155 years, elaborating exceptional wines with grapes from the best terroirs. Thus, each of the cuvées is enhanced by a meticulous ageing of wine that expresses all the purity of the fruit and the richness of the terroir./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyard of Gigondas is an extremely diverse terroir made of pebbles, clay, safres and limestone marls. The Dentellis cuvée takes its power and complexity from this exceptional soil. Ogier made there a fine wine with aromas of red fruits and menthol notes, full-bodied on the palate with a silky texture.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2018 / bouteille

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

    The nose is subtle and generous : a delicious blend of candied fruits and thyme.

    £21.83 Public price £18.56 Subscribers' price
  15. Le Secret de Sainte Frivole 2015, Domaine Mauro-Guicheney, Côtes de Duras

    Le Secret de Sainte Frivole 2015, Domaine Mauro-Guicheney, Côtes de Duras

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish yellow dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A pleasant and soft mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tuna cake
    Moules marinières
    Selles-sur-Cher
    Lemon pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2017 / bouteille

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

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

    £9.98 Public price £8.48 Subscribers' price
  16. Comme un goût d'été 2016 , Lionel Osmin, IGP Côtes de Gascogne

    Comme un goût d'été 2016 , Lionel Osmin, IGP Côtes de Gascogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    French people are used to drink more rosé than white wine and the rosé is now drunk all year round. We clearly understand why when we taste this “rosé de gastronomie”, perfect for a dinner party or with a nice “apéro”. Both fresh and elegant, it will remind you the sweet flavours of summer and you will have the intense impression of crunching in a juicy white peach. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    A unique opportunity to taste the typical blend of Bordeaux’s finest reds but in a rosé ! You will find out the same structure as Bordeaux’s wines, and this same taste which combines aromas of red fruits with a vegetable touch that gives to the blend its grandeur. The Gascon terroir adds a touch of freshness, ideal for a perfect rosé experience !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A grapefruit dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruits and vegetal.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasent mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 8°C et 9° just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Stuffed piquillo
    Grilled king prawns
    Strawberry sorbet with fresh mint

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    From Jurançon to Cahors, from Gaillac to Bergerac and Marcillac, Lionel Osmin & Cie became a top name of the South West by creating in 2011 the first trading house that covers the entire South-West. Lionel launched this adventure in order to display proudly the superb terroirs of the vast South-West, as well through its typical grape varieties as the great grape varieties from elsewhere./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in the heart of Gascony, the vineyard benefits from the oceanic climate. Thanks to the proximity of the Pyrenees, the significant temperature variations between day and night is able to preserve fruity aromas. In fact, the production of sugars is stimulated during the warm period of the day whereas the natural acidity of the grapes is preserved during the cool period. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, october. 2017 / bouteille

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

    Both fresh and elegant, it will remind you the sweet flavours of summer and you will have the intense impression of crunching in a juicy white peach.

    £10.64 Public price £9.04 Subscribers' price
  17. Le Rif 2014, La Ferme du Mont, Vacqueyras

    Le Rif 2014, La Ferme du Mont, Vacqueyras

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    In Vacqueyras, making strong wines is a tradition, with a lot of alcohol and a powerful taste. If le Rif indeed displayed these sought-after characteristics, we didn’t expect that much refinement and delicate flowery aromas. This perfectly matches with more typical flavours of ripe fruits and warm spices. Moreover, a great freshness balances the power : this wine is doubtlessly a very nice surprise ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache is a variety that loves warmth and sun. This variety is very well known to express itself through generosity, a robust structure and clear aromas of black fruits and coffee, cacao… Stéphane Vedeau realises a masterstroke by revealing vegetal and floral notes in addition… What an artist !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A shiny and purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of vegetal and flower.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open just before serving. until 2024.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Veal liver
    Beef stew
    Banon cheese
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    This month, two wines were made by the same winemaker but on very different terroirs. The challenge of growing Grenache stimulated Stéphane Vedeau. Indeed, if it’s easy to make strong wines in this area, it is way harder to make fresh, soft and delicate wines. That’s why he chose La Ferme du Mont, at the foot of a hill that brings a little freshness to the vines. Your palate will agree and appreciate this challenge taken, cheers !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Vacqueyras appellation is located on the delicate Montmirail hillsides. In a Mediterranean area, climate is chilly but not cold during winter, and very warm during summer. It’s also remarkably windy, and when the wind comes from the north, it brings refreshing air from the mountains that keeps vines healthy ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2017 / bouteille

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

    A great freshness balances the power : this wine is doubtlessly a very nice surprise.

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price
  18. Les Griottes 2015, Maison Denuzière, Côtes du Rhône

    Les Griottes 2015, Maison Denuzière, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    In French, “griottes” means Morello cherry. A particularly relevant name as the wine displays very seducing cherry flavours. You can also find aromas of coffee and cocoa that will pair perfectly with a chocolate tart. The whole is carried by a remarkably thin tannic structure. This kind of wine, with powerful aromas and a thin structure, underlines the winemaker’s great skills. Moreover, this kind of red wine is particularily fit for dessert, which is not that common ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache with syrah is the emblematic blend of the southern Rhône. The reason why it is emblematic is simply because these two grape varieties are good together ! Grenache, which brings very ripe fruit, alcohol and unctuousness in the mouth, might seems a little heavy. But Syrah, a dashing variety full of freshness and spices, tones the Grenache and the whole gives a balanced blend.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruity, vegetal and roasted.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Wild boar sausage
    Lacquered pork with apples
    Tomme de Savoie
    Chocolate and caramel tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in Condrieu since 1876, Maison Denuzière is characterized by being the first trading house in the Northern Rhone Valley. If they are more known for the prestigious crus they make in Condrieu or Côte-Rôtie, maison Denuzière also produces more accessible wines that are made with the same care and are thought to offer some ageing potential./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The northern Rhone Valley’s vineyards are characterized by very narrow steep slopes. The inclination of the slopes allows good drainage of the water thus limiting the water supply to the vine. Vines therefore face a strong water stress that favours grapes’concentration. The wines are then more concentrated, and provide a beautiful tannic mouth feeling. Keep in mind that no good things come without any suffering ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2017 / bouteille

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

    This kind of wine, with powerful aromas and a thin structure, underlines the winemaker’s great skills.

    £11.98 Public price £10.18 Subscribers' price
  19. Le Clos des Vieux Marronniers 2016, Maison Jean Loron, Beaujolais

    Le Clos des Vieux Marronniers 2016, Maison Jean Loron, Beaujolais

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Only black grape variety grown in Beaujolais, Gamay reveals a very different nature in Beaujolais soils. The wine is produced from old vines, with a deep root system which gives the grape granite’s minerality and an intense level of concentration. Only good Beaujolais can offer such a deepness of fruity aromas. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Gamay : the Beaujolais signature’s grape variety since Philippe le Hardi, Duke of Burgundy, banned it from Burgundy in the 14th century ! When we talk about Gamay, it's usually black Gamay with white juice. This grape variety likes the clay-limestone and granite soils of the region. It gives us gourmet wines, round and fruity with intense colouring.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful raspberry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruit, floral and spice.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between15°C et 17° open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Shepherd's pie
    Chaource

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Maison Jean Loron is one of the oldest and largest vineyards owners in the south of Burgundy, located between Roche de Solutré in Mâconnais and Moulin à-Vent in Beaujolais. The winery was founded at the end of the 17th Century and is now 135 hectares wide, which is quite impressive for South Burgundy and Beaujolais !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in the heart of the Pierres Dorées area (Golden Stones in French), facing south-east and west in the magnificent little village of Charnay, vines are planted on granitic soils and are 50 years older than the local average with a plot that will soon turn a hundred ! The very filtering soil gives water to the roots, but not too much, which is good for the Gamay, a lazy grape variety.< 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2017 / bouteille

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

    The wine is produced from old vines, with a deep root system which gives the grape granite’s minerality and an intense level of concentration.

    £11.51 Public price £9.78 Subscribers' price
  20. Eperon d'Argent 2016, J. Lebègue, AOC Graves

    Eperon d'Argent 2016, J. Lebègue, AOC Graves

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine reminds of a fruit basket filled with fresh and crunchy fruits ! The nose displays various elegant flavours of pear, banana, apple and blackberry. On the palate, we may agree that the smooth start gives charm. This delicious “Graves” manages to combine the subtly flavoured treats of fruits and a gentle texture. The perfect dry white Bordeaux ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The perfect match ! In the mouth, sauvignon brings expressive aromas marked by notes of white fruits and flowers. Semillon is not that aromatic, but it brings the structure and a buttery touch as well as a hint of sugar.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish yellow dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruit, and vegetal.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Lively mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 8°C et 9° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Avocado and shrimps
    Cold Pollock served with “aioli”
    Fresh goat cheese
    Fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    J.Lebègue is an historic winery founded in 1828 by Jules Lebègue at Cantenac, a small village located on the left side of the Gironde, next to Margaux. The company manages to combine the “basics” with innovations. Indeed, the firm has recently distinguished itself by launching the first Bordeaux fully fermented in oak barrels as they do in Burgundy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     As its name tells, the soil of the “Graves” is made of gravels, pebbles (called graves in French) and stones. These “graves” reflect solar radiations and gradually redistribute the heat on the bunches contributing to a better grape ripeness. For white wines, it explains why Graves have such a smooth texture. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, september. 2017 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, we may agree that the smooth start gives charm.

    £10.80 Public price £9.18 Subscribers' price

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