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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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

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

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price
  14. 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
  15. 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

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    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
  16. Les Racines 2014, Château du Vieux Puit, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

    Les Racines 2014, Château du Vieux Puit, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    What a straight and gourmet wine ! If the wines from Blayais are well known for their abundant yet softened tannins, this Vieux Puit seduced us also by the complexity of its aromas. Fruity flavours of blackberry, spicy pepper and liquorice, and even chocolate, worn by fine and melted tannins. A great success. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    4 grape varieties in this cuvée ‘’Les Racines’’, which is rather rare in Bordeaux! Moreover, the cuvée gives an important place to two "small" grape varieties, since petit verdot and malbec together account for 8% of the blend. A superb Blaye that offers both the enchanting aroma of Merlot and the beautiful structure of the more spicy and tannic varieties.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 18°C; 1 hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sweet potatoes soufflé
    Roasted veal and grilled vegetables
    Rocamadour
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Château du Vieux Puit has belonged to the Bouillac family for about fifty years. In addition to being among the best winemakers in their area, the family also grows vine stocks. This craft, which requires a great deal of know-how, consists in cultivating different varieties of vine plants so as to sell those other wine estates.Real expertise, from root to grape. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The appellations such as Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux (formerly called Premières-Côtes-de-Blaye) or Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux (formerly called Côtes de Castillon) reveal a Bordeaux vineyard in perpetual evolution. Although these two appellations are not the flagship appellations of Bordeaux, they are very trendy and often reveal the best value for the money spent !  

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2017 / bouteille

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    Fruity flavours of blackberry, spicy pepper and liquorice, and even chocolate, worn by fine and melted tannins.

    £11.86 Public price £10.08 Subscribers' price
  17. Tradition 2012, Domaine Labranche Laffont, Madiran

    Tradition 2012, Domaine Labranche Laffont, Madiran

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This fabulous 2012’s vintage of Domaine Labranche Laffont shows that the reputation of rustic wines that once characterized Madiran is now far away. In the mouth, the wine is highly concentrated with well-marked tannins gentled during the four years since the bottling. Those carry a very subtle aroma of fig and smoked and peppered notes. I find its length on the palate remarkable. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Tannat is the king grape variety of Madiran ! Indeed, this grape particularly enjoys the gravelly and sandy soils of the south-west, and represents 40 to 60 % of the grape varieties of the appellation. Sometimes unknown to the public, it gives colourful, fruity and tannic wines. Small bonus ; its richness in tannins gives anti-oxidant properties !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purplish dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits, roasted and spice.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Dry and full-bodied wine.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 17°C et 19° just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Doe terrine
    Lacquered duck and Thai rice
    Blue cheese
    Cake with candied fruits

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    It was in the 90's that Christine Dupuy took over the 6 hectares of the family vineyard. She became the youngest winegrower in the appellation. Christine Dupuy is praised by the wine press for her ability to modernize the wines of Madiran. She indeed was the one to prove that Madiran’s wines can be very seductive and that fruit can take over the tannin structure./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located just next to the Pyrenees, the Labranche Laffont estate hides a rare gem! The estate managed to preserve tannat vines dating from the terrible invasion of the phylloxera, an insect which destroyed the major part of French vines at the end of the 19th century. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2017 / bouteille

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    In the mouth, the wine is highly concentrated with well-marked tannins gentled during the four years since the bottling.

    £11.51 Public price £9.78 Subscribers' price
  18. Château Chapelle Labory 2015, Cuvée Parcellaire, Fronsac

    Château Chapelle Labory 2015, Cuvée Parcellaire, Fronsac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    At the nose, remarkable flavours of black and red berries. At the palate, you’ll be charmed by the wine’s density and its elegance. Tannins are silky, with a chocolate taste which is a signature taste of amazing warm vintages. Wines of the vintage 2015 have a very noticeable ageing potential in Bordeaux. This Fronsac can be appreciated right now or in the next two or three years. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The soil of Fronsac exalts Cabernet Franc, a grape variety that appreciates soils of clay and limestone! It is no coincidence if it is often grown in Libournais, the part of Bordeaux where Fronsac is. It is renowned for its aromatic sharpness, its spicy aromas and the ageing potential it provides to the wine. A subtle blend that celarly shows that even added in small quantity, some grapes can change a lot the wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° open one hour before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chorizo toast and pepper cream
    Flank steak with shallot sauce
    Chaource
    Basque cake with cherry

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Winemakers since 1628, the Trocard family perpetuates the know-how of Bordeaux by producing on 3 estates (Mancèdre, Laborde and Jeandeman) wines of high quality and elegance. The family watchword : respct. Respoct for the soils ; respect fo the wine and for the wine lovers by providing them the best quality and passing on the wine spirit to the following generations./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Bordered on the West by the Dordogne River and on the East by the Isle River, the appellation Fronsac gathers magnificent landscapes of plateaux and hillsides. Located just a few miles away from Saint-Émilion, its clay and limestone soil is complex and even have its own specific name : "the molasse of Fronsadais".  

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2018 / bouteille

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    Tannins are silky, with a chocolate taste which is a signature taste of amazing warm vintages.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price
  19. Château Puy-Razac, 2015, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

    Château Puy-Razac, 2015, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Tasting this Saint-Émilion Grand Cru was a shot of pleasure! The deep ruby colour comes along thick and promising tears. The nose is complex, displaying at the same time fruity aromas and flavours of spices and roasting. On the palate, the wine is rich, the tannins are refined yet very present, and you will definitely appreciate its astonishing length.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Cabernet Franc is a black grape variety mainly grown in the region of Bordeaux and in the Loire Valley. This grape variety produces supple wines with red berries and spicy flavours. Merlot is nowadays the main grape variety on the vineyard of Bordeaux, and is the signature of great Saint-Émilion wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits, cooked fruits, spices, vegetable and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tomato gazpacho with chives
    Braised beef with carrots
    Manchego
    Chocolate gingerbread

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    By taking over in 1997 her grandfather’s personal vineyard (he used to also be the manager of Chateau Monbousquet) Catherine Thoilliez attempted to increase the wine’s quality by making research using different vine growing techniques to only keep the ones that were giving the best grapes. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located next to the famous hillside of Pavie, in the South of the village of Saint-Émilion, the 6 hectares of Château Puy-Razac benefits from a soil of great quality that it shares with the famous neighbouring Château Pavie. The name of the property is a derived of the name of the locality where stands the castle: "Puits-Razat". Note as well that Catherine Thoilliez claims the choice to make no other wine as this one to focus on it.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2018 / bouteille

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    The nose is complex, displaying at the same time fruity aromas and flavours of spices and roasting.

    £23.33 Public price £19.83 Subscribers' price
  20. Cuvée Panama, Domaine de Belvize, Languedoc

    Cuvée Panama, Domaine de Belvize, Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A shiny and purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and full-bodied wine.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2017 / bouteille

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

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