1. Les Trois Côtes 2016, Côtes de Bourg

    Les Trois Côtes 2016, Côtes de Bourg

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I have the pleasure to share with you a Côtes de Bourg wine as I love them ! On the right bank of Bordeaux, this appellation gives birth to beautiful structured red wines. The nose is deliciously influenced by Merlot : red and black fruits, enhanced by subtle flavours of pepper and even cocoa ! In the mouth, the richness of its structure matches perfectly with the delicacy of its freshness. 

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    Grape variety

    Merlot is the most widespread grape variety in Bordeaux and is also the favourite grapes of blackbirds named “merle”. This bird, as dark as the bay, has even given its name to the grape because merlot means 'merle’ in the local dialect. Merlot produces round, smooth wines with delicious aromas of red and black fruits.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    The nose is deliciously influenced by Merlot : red and black fruits, enhanced by subtle flavours of pepper and even cocoa !

    Bouche

    Mouth

    In the mouth, the richness of its structure matches perfectly with the delicacy of its freshness.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 18°C; open one hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Zucchini flan
    Veal stew
    Comté
    Rice pudding with strawberry coulis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    As a child, it was not uncommon to see Philippe Modat running in the middle of the family vineyard. He took part in his first harvest at age 20 while still studying law in Bordeaux. Then he went to meet the best winemakers in France and abroad to learn the trade before returning to the vineyard estate to share his passion./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Maison de Luze was created in 1820 by Baron Alfred de Luze, a visionary man and fine negotiator, who took part in the conquest of the world by the wines of Bordeaux. Today known as Grands Vins de Gironde, this institution is one of those big Bordeaux wine mer-chants that have built a century-old know-how and who contribute to the success of the wines of the region.  

     

     

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    The nose is deliciously influenced by Merlot : red and black fruits, enhanced by subtle flavours of pepper and even cocoa !

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  2. Berry Good 2015, Domaine Nairaud Suberville, Châteaumeillant

    Berry Good 2015, Domaine Nairaud Suberville, Châteaumeillant

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I have the pleasure to share with you one of my recently found jewel, which comes from one of the smallest appellation that gathers only 10 winemakers : Châteaumeillant. The wines from this terroir are appreciated for their gourmet nose of cherry, plum and pepper. On the palate, the aromas are fresh and reveals a very beautiful structure with crisp that I enjoy deeply. 

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    Grape variety

    Berry Good is mainly composed of gamay. Originally from Burgundy, it is the first grape variety of the Chateaumeillant appel-lation. It brings freshness and finesse to the cuvée with aromas of red fruits and spices (pepper). Blended with pinot noir, the wine shows a greater finesse and have a nice balance.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, the aromas are fresh and reveals a very beautiful structure with crisp that I enjoy deeply.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pâté de tête
    Pork rump with mushroom sauce
    Charcuterie board
    Cherry clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The story of the Nairaud Suberville vineyard began in 2011, one year after Châteaumeillant officially became an appellation. This was an amazing year for Daniel Nairaud. Former deputy director of the National Institute of Appellations of Origin (INAO), he left at 49 years his job to start an adventure and become a winemaker. His years at INAO gave him all the theoretical foundations of wine production, and today he makes his own wine for our greatest pleasure ! /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines of Nairaud Suberville are grown on a sandy-clay soil. This terroir is typical of the appellation and it is also ideal for the gamay variety. Granitic and not very deep, the soil brings a good drainage to the vine and produces a wine with structure and body.  

     

     

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    On the palate, the aromas are fresh and reveals a very beautiful structure with crisp that I enjoy deeply.

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  3. Clémence 2016, Domaine Philippe et Vincent Jaboulet, Crozes-Hermitage

    Clémence 2016, Domaine Philippe et Vincent Jaboulet, Crozes-Hermitage

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    As it is a world class winery, Jaboulet is one of the most famous names in the Rhône Valley. However, Philippe and Vincent made the choice to get out of the Family winery so as to grow smaller parcels and make exactly the wine they love. And they did well as Clémence is one of my favourite wine and each vintage is in my personal cellar.  

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    Grape variety

    Only black variety in the northern Rhône Valley, syrah gives there its finest expression with a lot of power, spicy aromas and firm yet elegant tannins. This tannic structure allows to keep the wine a few years for ageing: it will be a little less powerful but a little more complex as it will have developed aromas of leather or mushrooms.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purplish robe with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits (slightly candied), spices and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with strong tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 17° open 30 minutes before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tuna steak
    Rabbit with mushrooms
    Brillat-Savarin
    Dark chocolate pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Founded in 1834, Jaboulet is one of the most famous wineries in the area (and in France as it is quite big). After 30 years being in charge of the hundreds of hectares of vineyard of the family, Philippe wanted to think smaller to make better. That’s why he founded with his son Vincent his own Domaine. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Crozes-Hermitage faces Saint-Joseph just on the other side of the river. Both have syrah in common, but they produces quite different expressions of this variety. Jaboulet’s vines are located in the south of the appellation on a light soil that lets the roots growing very deep into the ground. Therefore, vine stocks capture a lot of different nutrient that end in the berries which gives its high level of complexity to the wine.  

     

     

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    As it is a world class winery, Jaboulet is one of the most famous names in the Rhône Valley.

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  4. Château Belle Grange 2015, Saint-Emillion Grand Cru

    Château Belle Grange 2015, Saint-Emillion Grand Cru

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This 2015 vintage of Château Belle Grange really impressed me. It’s very elegant, has a lot of structure and is very full bodied without being heavy, and it has a very long finish. But what distinguishes it from other Saint-Emilion is its unique flavours of flowers that will charm you. 

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    Grape variety

    In Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux is predominant almost all the time. Merlot enjoys soils of clay which keep its grape fresh (otherwise, this variety tends to make too much alcohol). On the other side, cabernet sauvignon enjoys pebbles as it keeps warmth which is useful for this variety which finds it harder to ripen.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with thick tears and deep intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant and expressive nose to the aromas of wood, red fruits, black fruits and floral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with strong tanins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Fungi porcini soufflé
    Beef rib
    Camembert
    Dark chocolate brownie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Verhaeghe Family has a 200 years old history of making wine in Bordeaux. They own estates in Saint-Emilion and in Bordeaux Supérieur appellations. Around half of the vineyard is already certified organic : the other half will soon be and the future vintages starting from 2017 will be certified organic. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château Belle Grange’s terroir is interesting as it covers the two sides of a hill. One side is made of clay, which is the case in most of the appellation; the other side is made of pebbles, which is more common in Médoc on the other side of Bordeaux. Both combined allow to make great merlot as well as great cabernet-sauvignon which give this great wine once blended.  

     

     

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    It’s very elegant, has a lot of structure and is very full bodied without being heavy, and it has a very long finish.

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  5. Les Rocailles 2015, Domaine Pierre Finon, Saint-Joseph

    Les Rocailles 2015, Domaine Pierre Finon, Saint-Joseph

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Les Rocailles, by the very talented winemaker Pierre Finon, does honour the great appellation of Saint-Joseph. A powerful wine that expresses delicious aromas of blueberry and black pepper, and refreshed by notes of violet specific to syrah. On the palate, a beautiful finish with tannins that shows us a strong wine with a great ageing potential. 

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    Grape variety

    Syrah is the emblematic black grape of the northern part of the Rhone Valley and the only black grape of the Saint-Joseph appellation. It has a spicy character and delicious aromas of violet that it expresses in the wines it gives, as fine as complex. A balance bet-ween power and finesse specific to the Northern Rhone Valley.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, a beautiful finish with tannins that shows us a strong wine with a great ageing potential.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° open 1 or 2 hours before serving. until 2024.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pork gyozas
    Duck breast with pepper and carrot croquettes with curry sauce
    Tomme des Aravis
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    At the age of 20, Pierre Finon chose, for the sake of the vineyard, to transform his farm into a wine estate. Year after year, vine stock after vine stock, the estate grew to what it is today. Moreover Françoise and Pierre Finon back a development of the vine that preserves the environment. Thus, the domain is led in sustainable agriculture on the 20 hectares, to encourage the expression and the potential of its terroir./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located on the slopes of the right bank of the Rhone Valley, the vineyard of the Domaine Pierre Finon enjoys a granite soil covered with a layer of gneiss and shale. It is a soil rich in minerals, which is typical in the north of the Rhone Valley. It offers fine wines with deep ripe fruits and spices.  

     

     

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    On the palate, a beautiful finish with tannins that shows us a strong wine with a great ageing potential.

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  6. Dame de Cœur 2015, Domaine Louis Chomel, Saint-Joseph

    Dame de Cœur 2015, Domaine Louis Chomel, Saint-Joseph

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Unbelievable Saint-Joseph! The winemaker offers an exceptional tasting with this powerful and elegant cuvee as the appellation knows how to create it. However, Dame de Coeur is also really smooth is the mouth. Expressive and subtle at the same time, this wine is perfect for long winter dinners. 

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    Grape variety

    Dame de Cœur is made of Syrah, the only black grape of Saint-Joseph appellation. This cuvee is made of a selection of grapes coming from the oldest vines of the domain. The roots of these vines go deeper in the soil and so the wines produce are more intense and more expressive than young vines. Using old vines guarantee to produce wine that are more representative of a terroir.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purplish robe with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits, spices, empyreumatic ans animal.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Dame de Coeur is really smooth is the mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° one hour before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Duck pie
    Roasted turkey
    Saint-Félicien
    Chocolate fondant

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Louis Chomel planted his vines at the beginning of the 20th century. His son, also named Louis, and his wife Marie-Therese took over the domain in 1965. In 1985, their son Xavier joined the winery followed by Laurent ten years later. Nowadays this winery is led by Samuel, son of Laurent, being the fourth generation of winemakers./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     This vineyards is located on the slopes of Saint-Désirat and enjoys a southern sun exposure. The wind coming from the north of the Rhône contributes to a healthy vineyards by blowing away humidity and reducing the risks of vine diseases.  

     

     

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    The winemaker offers an exceptional tasting with this powerful and elegant cuvee as the appellation knows how to create it.

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  7. Tradition 2014, Domaine de L’Olivette, Bandol

    Tradition 2014, Domaine de L’Olivette, Bandol

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I am happy to make you taste a wine from Bandol, one of my favourite appellation. Jean Luc Dumoutier elaborates a unique cuvee with an extraordinary aromatic palette. A powerful wine that shows aromas of Morello cherry, prune, tobacco and leather. The finish is spicy with a hint of thyme. In the mouth, all the flavours are structured by firm tannins. 

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    Grape variety

    This cuvee is mainly elaborated with Mourvedre. This variety has small grape with a dense skin which gives to the wine a great tannic structure with a long ageing potential. This grape provides all the personality and uniqueness of Bandol wines. Gather with Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault, the structur is more complex with a wider aromatic range.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet robe with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A powerful wine that shows aromas of Morello cherry, prune, tobacco and leather.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    In the mouth, all the flavours are structured by firm tannins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Omelette with truffle slices
    Provençal Sisteron lamb
    Banon cheese
    Chocolate fondant with pecan nuts

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine de l’Olivette has been owned by the same family for more than 200 years. At the beginning it was just a farm where polyculture was made : wheat, vines, vegetables and obviously olive trees, which gave their name to the estate. In 1930, the family decided to focus on winemaking, and especially from 1941 when the Bandol Appellation was created. They therefore were among the first estates to produce Bandol wines. Nowadays Jean-Luc and Elisabeth Dumoutier are the fourth generation of winemakers./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Facing south, the vineyards receive around 3000 hours of sunlight a year. The Mediterranean Sea protects the vineyard from too big gaps of temperature. Whereas in the height, hills are blocking the cold wind coming from the North. The soil is composed of clay and limestone with marl. Despite of a poor ground with limited yield, this soil is really favourable to the growing of vine and produces grapes with concentrated aromas. 

     

     

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    In the mouth, all the flavours are structured by firm tannins.

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  8. Domaine de la Garenne 2016, Bandol

    Domaine de la Garenne 2016, Bandol

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Bandol is a unique appellation. It is the only one in Provence that is entirely very close to the sea, and it is the only one to use Mourvedre, a very interesting variety, as its main grape. It gives deep, powerful, spicy wines that get better with time. Domaine de la Garenne shows what a typical, seriously elaborated Bandol is supposed to be. 

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    Grape variety

    Mourvedre is the emblematic variety of Bandol. It gives very small berries with a very think skin which explains why there is such an impressive tannic structure, as tannins in red wines come from grapes’ skin. It is blended with Grenache to give a creamier structure, to Carignan for sweet aromas and to Cinsault to give more body and peppery flavours.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant and expressive nose to the aromas of black fruits, spices, vegetable, empyreumatic and mineral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 17°C et 19° open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Grilled fungi porcini
    Roasted lamb with black olive
    Aged goat cheese
    Chocolate and cherry cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine de la Garenne is Balincourt Family’s property since 1886. It’s located only 5 kms away from the Sea. The Family was knighted 1556 wich explain why you’ll see a blazon on the label. Nowadays, Béatrix de Balincourt in in charge. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Only on southern slopes, vines in Bandol are permanently exposed to sunlight. At the bottom of the hills, the Mediterranean Sea is a great temperature moderator. The soil is very poor in nutrients and water, which stimulates the vine stocks to grow deep roots and therefore not to focus too much on grapes. Thanks to that, winegrowers can harvest small but powerful grape berries that give great wines.  

     

     

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    Domaine de la Garenne shows what a typical, seriously elaborated Bandol is supposed to be.

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  9. Château de Chambert 2012, Rigal, Cahors

    Château de Chambert 2012, Rigal, Cahors

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Château de Chambert is one of those famous estates that has a strong positive impact on the reputation of their appellation. One of the reasons why it’s famous is because the soil never got a drop of chemical. It has been given up for a few decades and then immediately grown in biodynamics. The 2012 vintage has improved with age : the wine is powerful and velvety in the mouth with a very beautiful dense and fleshy structure. 

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    Grape variety

    Malbec is the historical grape of Cahors. It brings to the appellation its tannic and powerful character, its aromas of plum and tobacco and has a good capacity for ageing. Its name of Black Wine abroad comes from its deep and very dark colour.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The wine is powerful and velvety in the mouth with a very beautiful dense and fleshy structure.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sansonnet terrine with chestnuts
    Slow cooked venison
    Roquefort cheese and raisin bread
    Chocolate fondant cake with a fig coulis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Philippe Lejeune, owner of the vineyard, has chosen a fully organic and biodynamic approach, and preserves biodiversity of the vineyard by planting other crops and raising cows and black pigs. Accompanied by Stéphane Derenoncourt, a famous oenologist from Bordeaux, they produce terroir wines with remarkable finesse./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château de Chambert enjoys a very particular soil of limestone and red clay. Limestone brings moisture and minerals to the vine. The red clay, which colour is the result of a high concentration of iron in the ground, gives the wine its power and aromas of spicy black fruits.  

     

     

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    The 2012 vintage has improved with age : the wine is powerful and velvety in the mouth with a very beautiful dense and fleshy structure.

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  10. Nessun Dorma 2014, Domaine Maby, Lirac

    Nessun Dorma 2014, Domaine Maby, Lirac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Richard Maby is a talented winemaker renowned for his white and red wines from Lirac and his rosés of Tavel. I really like his author's wines and Nessun Dorma is a real jewel! Its deep garnet robe reveals a powerful nose from which emanate delicious ripe cherries, enhanced by a woody and an animal leathery touch ... An intense experience ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Malbec, the most famous grape variety of the region, blooms on the gravelly and sandy soils of the Southwest. It as well likes large temperature gaps between day and night, a phenomenon that it also found in the Andes in Argentina where it became the main black grape variety. Blended with other grape varieties, it brings to the wine its structure, its complexity, and a ripe fruitiness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of red and black fruits, spices, woody and animal.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Heavily alcoholic pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Lamb pastilla
    Beef stew
    Salers
    Chocolate rolls with raspberry coulis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Richard is the fourth generation of Maby in Lirac and Tavel. After studying political sciences, he was finally reached the family’s passion and took over the Maby vineyard. Richard changes traditional methods : he created a parcel mapping of the vineyard to better express the peculiarities of the soil and converted the vineyard to sustainable agriculture. Maybe thanks to his passion for music, he cultivates and vinifies wines like a conductor, with passion and emotion./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyards of Lirac grow on the same rolled pebbled stones as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the prestigious neighboring appellation. These large clear pebbles reflect the sun on the berries, keep the heat and warms the air around the grapes. The harvest revealed grapes with great maturity, grown to give birth to powerful and elegant wines.  

     

     

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    Its deep garnet robe reveals a powerful nose from which emanate delicious ripe cherries, enhanced by a woody and an animal leathery touch.

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  11. Tres Lagunas 2015, Bodega Borsao, Campo de Borja, Espagne

    Tres Lagunas 2015, Bodega Borsao, Campo de Borja, Espagne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Campo de Borja is one of the soaring wine appellations in Spain. And I am glad to present you this treasure from the bodega Borsao. This wine has an elegant nose with an intense black fruit flavour. In the mouth the wine is well balanced and voluptuous. This wine is charming like a piece of silk and quite fresh in the mouth, which makes it completely irresistible. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine is composed of two major French grapes of the Rhône Valley : Grenache and Syrah. A third grape is present which is Tempranillo. This grape is typical from Spain where it’s widely grown. It gives to the wine a juicy texture and aromatic flavours.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A cherry robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    This wine has an elegant nose with an intense black fruit flavour.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    In the mouth the wine is well balanced and voluptuous.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° one hour before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapas
    Lamb tagine
    Chabichou du Poitou cheese
    Chocolate and raspberry tartlet

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a story

    The Borsao Bodega ranks 39 among the world best Bodegas, according to the Wine Spectator. Its great deals for high quality and the enthusiasm of the customers about the wine explain such a success. Located in the province of Zaragoza, also known as the Grenache Empire, this Bodega is among the first to produce wines in the appellation Campo de Borja. Nowadays this Bodega gathers more than 375 winegrowers./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The soil of this vineyards is stony and rich in organic matter. Therefore this terroir is ideal for vineyards’ development because it contains all the nutrients the vines need. The composition of the soil allows a good drainage which let the roots going deep in order to grow strong stocks that will provide high quality grapes. 

     

     

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    This wine has an elegant nose with an intense black fruit flavour.

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  12. Les Secrets de la Licorne 2017, Domaine de Brunely, Vacqueyras

    Les Secrets de la Licorne 2017, Domaine de Brunely, Vacqueyras

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Located on the astonishing Dentelles de Montmirail, Vacqueyras is not the most famous appellation in the Southern Rhone valley but it is known in the region as the appellation that defines the style of what should à Southern Rhone wine taste like. Secrets de la Licorne complies with that rule with its strong tannins, its full body and its long finish.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache gives deep fruity wines with a dark colour. It’s often blended with Syrah to give freshness and flowery flavours and sometimes with Mourvedre as in this cuvee where it brings tannins and peppery aromas.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A grenat robe with viscous tears and marked intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant and expressive nose to the aromas of black fruits and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth with delicate tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18° open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tomato pie
    Tajine
    Brousse
    Tiramisu

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Brunely’s story started in Sarrians, one of the village part of the Vacqueyras appellation. The winery built it expertise on this appellation before expanding on almost all the appellations in Southern Rhone valley. The unicorn (Licorne in French) you’ll see on the label was a sculpture given by the pope Martin the 5th to Mr Pellegirin de Brunnelis who fought to defend the Pope’s land in Central Italy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     This 1441 hectares wide terroir is cut in many parcels of small sizes which make the work of winemakers very demanding. The appellation benefits from a good sunshine and regular winds which give fresh and harmonious wines with more finesse than the neighbouring appellations.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2019 / bouteille

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

    Secrets de la Licorne complies with that rule with its strong tannins, its full body and its long finish.

    £66.70 Public price £56.85 Subscribers' price
  13. Robert Pagès, Banyuls

    Robert Pagès, Banyuls

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The cold winter made me feel like choosing a very warm wine. It is actually hard to find warmer wines than fortified wines from the Roussillon region in the Deep South of France. What is a fortified wine? It is a wine in which the winemakers add some distilled spirit. What for? The goal is to kill the yeasts that would otherwise turn the sugar into alcohol. This action has two consequences: the spirit increases the alcohol percentage per volume and there is a lot more sugar remaining in the wine. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache is the most planted grape variety in the world. It is planted on more than 200.000 hectares all over the world. Grenache noir brings to the wine alcohol and a strong aromatic intensity with candied fruits aromas. Grenache gris brings mineral flavours that balance the wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light purple colour with mahogany reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Cherry and nuts aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Soft palate, well balanced.

    Verre

     Service

    between 10°C and 12°C.  Open just before opening. Ready to drink now and until 2027

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Foie gras with figs
    Roast duck
    Roquefort cheese
    Dark chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Pierre Gaillard started ploughing the vineyards with a horse when he was 13 years old. He then founded the Madeloc estate and now manages several wine estates. Nowadays, his daughter Elise is in charge of Madeloc. Elise has been travelling all over the world, and combines family traditions with a great sense of innovation. At My VitiBox, we really enjoy Elise’s energy!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Madeloc estate is no ordinary estate. Indeed, it is the highest estate of Banyuls-sur-mer (with a magnificent view on the Mediterranean Sea), with vines up to 450 meters of altitude. As a matter of fact, altitude preserves the vine from many diseases and it brings freshness to the wine. And freshness is more than welcome in this really warm and sunny area. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2015 / bouteille

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

    The cold winter made me feel like choosing a very warm wine.

    £61.00 Public price £51.85 Subscribers' price
  14. Far & Near Pinotage 2016, L'Avenir, Stellenbosch

    Far & Near Pinotage 2016, L'Avenir, Stellenbosch

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Known worldwide for the quality of its pinotage, Domaine l’Avenir is one of the best estates in South Africa. Far & Near will impress you with its deep and intense fruity aromas, that remind great pinot noir of Burgundy but coupled with a dark chocolate and spicy flavour, typical of South African Pinotages. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Pinotage was born in Stellenbosch after a biologist mixed pinot noir and cinsault, a grape varity from Southern France. Therefore, this unique variety is known for displaying very unique range of flavours, like chocolate and plum.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with thick tears and marked intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant nose to the aromas of red fruits, black fruits and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth marked tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Stuffed eggplant
    Roasted lamb saddle with braised endives
    Pélardon des Cévennes
    Panna cotta with chestnut cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine l’Avenir was created by Mar Wiehe in 1992. It quickly rose to icon status thanks to the quality of its Pinotage. In 2010, l’Avenir was taken over by AdVini, a leading French winemaking company known to be expert in terroir wines. Naretha Ricome, who learnt how to run a winery in France before returning home, now rules the estate on behalf on AdVini./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Stellenbosch is the main winemaking region in South Africa. It’s located not far from Cape Town. Therefore it is quite close to False Bay that provides to the vines refreshing sea winds. You can experience them when you are standing in the vines. It protects grapes from diseases and balances summer temperatures that can be high.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2019 / bouteille

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

    Far & Near will impress you with its deep and intense fruity aromas, that remind great pinot noir of Burgundy but coupled with a dark chocolate and spicy flavour, typical of South African Pinotages.

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    £32.50 Public price £27.77 Subscribers' price
  15. Mondeuse 2017, Adrien Vacher, Vin de savoie

    Mondeuse 2017, Adrien Vacher, Vin de savoie

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Mondeuse is one of my favourite grape varieties and it is from Savoie. It’s with Mondeuse that the greatest red wines of the region are elaborated. I like this juicy sensation that it creates, well balanced by firm tannins. Moreover, it has a lot of acidity, which underlines the crispy side of the red berries aromas. Eventually, good Mondeuses display some enjoyable peppery aromas as it is the case here.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Mondeuse is, as most grape variety grown in Savoie, relatively rare outside of the Alps. Its perfect balance between tannin and acidity make it quite easy to drink it relatively young but also allow to keep it up to 5 years in the cellar where ageing will give it more ripe flavours. Some expert say that Mondeuse is halfway between Burgundy’s Pinot Noir and Northern Rhône’s Syrah.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A Purplish robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits, spices and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth with strong tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between15°C et 17° just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Smokes sausages
    Reblochon cheese
    Pear with blackcurrant jelly

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Mondeuse is known to pair well with charcurterie and cheeses, so it’s sold mainly in the Alps. Moreover, the fact that it can age is a good thing in areas where it’s hard to make the same amount of wine every year. However, it is also now grown in Australia and in the United-States on very different terroirs. Maybe those experiments are the beginning of the rise of Mondeuse! /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located where the slopes start to get a little more sloping but still at the beginning of the mountains, this vineyard is not far from Chambéry, Savoie’s current capital city. The vines are planted on very stony soils that give to the wine its typical minerality.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2019 / bouteille

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

    It’s with Mondeuse that the greatest red wines of the region are elaborated.

    £35.50 Public price £30.33 Subscribers' price
  16. Domaine de Brunely 2018, Ventoux

    Domaine de Brunely 2018, Ventoux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    It’s hard to imagine by seeing the high and windy Mont Ventoux (Windy Mountain in Provencal) that there are vineyards on its slopes. However, it is the case and the vines there give particularly interesting wines there. Brunely is typical of this appellation with deep peppery and cherry flavours that give an intense and complex wine. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    We find an equal proportion of Syrah and Grenache. The first one is the typical grape variety from Northern Rhone Valley and brings freshness and tastes of spices and flowers. The second one is the great variety of Southern Rhone valley and gives the creamy texture and the ripe fruits aromas. Carignan brings some structure and complexity to the whole with flavours of black berries.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A raspberry robe with viscous tears and marked intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant nose to the aromas of red fruits and mineral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth marked tanins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Olive cake
    Moussaka
    Tomme de Savoie
    Cherry cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    From the 1990’s, Charles Carichon took after his father and never ceased modernising the Family vineyard. Moreover, he bought a lot of new vines in all the neighbouring appellations. Nowadays, he produces wines on almost ten appellations (Chateauneuf du Pape, Lirac, Gigondas…) and his wines benefit from a good reputation among wine connoisseurs./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Vines on Mont Ventoux benefit from an exceptional biodiversity. Soils are red thanks to a high concentration in iron which keep the warmth given by the Mediterranean climate. Therefore, grapes benefit from all the heat they need in order to perfectly ripen.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2019 / bouteille

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

    Brunely is typical of this appellation with deep peppery and cherry flavours that give an intense and complex wine.

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    £30.70 Public price £26.25 Subscribers' price
  17. 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. 

    Feuille

    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.

    £66.29 Public price £56.35 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  18. Le Clos des Vieux Marronniers 2016, Beaujolais

    Le Clos des Vieux Marronniers 2016, 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.

    £34.53 Public price £29.35 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  19. Château Patache d'Aux 2012, Antoine Moueix Propriétés, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois

    Château Patache d'Aux 2012, Antoine Moueix Propriétés, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Patache d'Aux is a classic Medoc that goes through the years with a unique and constant style that regularly earns the distinction of Cru Bourgeois. The garnet robe with thick tears offers smoky, tobacco and roasting aromas, then leather notes gives way to plum and blackcurrant. In the mouth, the tannins are melted and the wine is persistent. One of my must-haves ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    On the left bank, in Medoc, cabernet sauvignon is the king grape. This noble grape variety provides the structure of the Medoc. To complete this grape, merlot is indispensable and brings flexibility and complexity to the cuvée. In smaller quantities we can find the petit verdot, for its structure, and the cabernet franc for its roundness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    This wine offers smoky, tobacco and roasting aromas, then leather notes gives way to plum and blackcurrant.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    In the mouth, the tannins are melted and the wine is persistent.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Venison soup
    Deer fillet with red wine
    Saint Nectaire cheese
    Crispy dark chocolate millefeuille

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château Patache d’Aux is an old estate which belonged since the Revolution to the Delon family. In 1932, the wines made it to the Cru Bourgeois ranking and 30 years later, the Chateau was taken over by the Lapalu family. When Jean Michel Lapalu retired in 2016, the entire team of Antoine Moueix Properties took over Patache d'Aux and have the ambition of continuing to vinify quality and terroir wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The terroir of Château Patache d'Aux is essentially composed of clay, limestone and gravels. This stony terroir is particularly filtering and can accumulate heat to restore it to the vine and helps the ripening of its berries. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2018 / bouteille

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

    The garnet robe with thick tears offers smoky, tobacco and roasting aromas, then leather notes gives way to plum and blackcurrant.

    £60.70 Public price £51.60 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. Rosso 2011

    Rosso 2011

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    Film director and producer, Francis Ford Coppola won five Oscars and two Palme d’or at the Cannes Festival. Few know that Francis is also the owner of a vineyard in the Napa Valley (California), which produces good wines at an excellent quality price ratio. Rosso 2011 is a light and fruity wine that will match simple and tasty dishes. 

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    The grapes’ blend is interesting. Syrah donates a velvet texture to the wine; cabernet sauvignon gives them structure and aromas of red fruits. Petite syrah contributes to give body whereas the zinfandel, typical of this region, gives sweetness.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Dark purple colour with violet reflections and coloured tears..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Very intense to the nose with strong aromas of strawberry, and blackcurrant. Let your self be tempted by the inebriating flavours….

    Bouche

     Taste

    Light, supple and fruity in the mouth. The simplicity of this wine makes him accessible to all…

    Verre

     Service

    Serve between 14°C and 16°C. Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Toast points with Black Olive Tapenade & Red Pepper

    Roast chicken

    Fresh cheese with wild blueberry jam

    Blueberry and cassis muffin

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Francis Ford Coppola has about as much passion for fine wine as he does for great film. And his passion is actually hereditary: during the Prohibition, Agostino Coppola produced his own wine in the basement of his flat in New York City. 

     Terroir

    The terroir

    The Coppola vineyard is located in California, in the wine region of Lodi, 50 km south of Sacramento, in the hearth of the famous Napa Valley. There, sunny days alternate with fresh nights and this slows the maturity process of grapes and increases their body and taste. The rivers Mokelumne and Cosumnes enrich the granitic soil of minerals. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September 2013 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until 30th September 2013. Delivery within 21 days. 

    Rosso 2011 is a light and fruity wine that will match simple and tasty dishes.

    £49.50 Public price £42.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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