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  1. 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.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2018 / bouteille

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

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

    £19.23 Public price £16.35 Subscribers' price
  2. 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
  3. 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.

    £11.83 Public price £10.11 Subscribers' price
  4. Dominique Morel 2016, Fleurie

    Dominique Morel 2016, Fleurie

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Fleurie is one of the ten Beaujolais crus classés. I really love this kind of wines and they gain in fame by joining the style of Burgundy wines. I follow the work of the winemaker Dominique Morel for a long time and he shows us in this cuvee the whole know-how he has. Here we can feel splendid aromas of strawberries and blackberries with a lot of freshness. I am really proud to bring up to you this wine. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Gamay is the unique grape of this appellation and it expresses aromas of strawberries, blackberries and peppers on this granitic soil. Originally from Burgundy the Gamay was finally moved to Beaujolais because of the fear of making it more famous than the Pinot Noir. Gamay grapes produce rich wines with few tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purple robe!.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Here we can feel splendid aromas of strawberries and blackberries with a lot of freshness.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Rillettes du Mans
    Roasted chicken
    Abbaye de Cîteaux cheese
    Strawberry soup

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Created in the beginning of the 1900 by Mr. Besson, grandfather of Dominique, the winery was transmitted through generations. Ini-tially of 2 hectares, the winery is now large of 18 hectares and produces 12 appellations. It is thanks to the talent and skills of Dominique Morel than we can taste this wonderful cru of Beaujolais./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The appellation of Fleurie is famous for its unique terroir made of pink granite. This soil provides an exceptional colour to the wine and powerful aromas of red fruits such as strawberries and blackberries. This terroir gives a delicate style to the wine so you can drink it alone or during a meal.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2018 / bouteille

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

    Here we can feel splendid aromas of strawberries and blackberries with a lot of freshness.

    £10.83 Public price £9.21 Subscribers' price
  5. Mas d'Anglade 2015, Languedoc-Montpeyroux

    Mas d'Anglade 2015, Languedoc-Montpeyroux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Montpeyroux is a rising appellation in Languedoc ! I really like the minerality and the generosity of its wines. The nose of Mas d'Anglade is extremely seductive thanks to its aromas of blackberry, cherry and spices. The cuvee reveals on the palate a salinity carried by great tannins which are express on a persistent and suave finish. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Out of the three grape varieties that make up this wine, carignan is certainly the least known. However, it often completes the blend of great southern wines, especially when it’s from old vines. Carignan wines are appreciated for their power, their generosity and the elegance of their tannic structure.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purplish dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    The nose of Mas d'Anglade is extremely seductive thanks to its aromas of blackberry, cherry and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The cuvee reveals on the palate a salinity carried by great tannins which are express on a persistent and suave finish.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between17°C et 19° just before serving. to be tasted now.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pissaladière tart and black olives
    Grilled fillet and courgette flan with paprika
    Saint Nectaire cheese
    Pecan chocolate brownies

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Mule track, salt road, transhumance route ... the remains that strew the area of Languedoc-Montpeyroux AOC attest to the intense life that still represents the village of Montpeyroux. The old houses set up along the narrow streets conceal for the most part of wine cellars. A village that lives to the rhythm of the vineyard and wine. We invite you to visit the Montpeyroux "Régalades de Montpeyroux", a famous festival./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines of Mas d'Anglade are grown on a rich soil mainly composed of clay and limestone. It is a balanced soil that combines the freshness of clay with the filtering properties of limestone. This terroir acts as a natural regulator for the vine and thus it benefits from a good water supply. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2018 / bouteille

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

    I really like the minerality and the generosity of its wines.

    £10.13 Public price £8.61 Subscribers' price
  6. Robert Pagès, Banyuls, Domaine Madeloc

    Robert Pagès, Banyuls, Domaine Madeloc

    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.

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 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. 

    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.

    £22.10 Public price £18.78 Subscribers' price
  8. 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

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

    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
  9. Maison Jaffelin 2016, Rully

    Maison Jaffelin 2016, Rully

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Settled since 1816 in Beaune, Maison Jaffelin is a historic winery in Burgundy, a confidential one and one of my favourite. It is a real pleasure to introduce you the appellation of Rully, located in the Côte chalonnaise in southern Burgundy. Vinified by the young and talented Marinette Garnier this cuvee has delicate tannins with aromas of red fruits and roses. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    It is difficult to grow Pinot Noir as it is really sensitive to diseases. This grape blossoms exceptionally well on the limestone soils of Burgundy. Pinot Noir provides aromas of red fruits and aromas roses to the wines of Rully appellation.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant nose to the aromas of blacks fruits and floral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Foie gras pie
    Rabbit Stew
    Mont d’or cheese
    Cherry clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in the center of the mythical town of Beaune, Maison Jaffelin was created in 1816 by the Jaffelin brothers. Nowadays it is the talented Marinette Garnier who produces the famous appellations of Burgundy from Maison Jaffelin. From Beaune to Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits-Saints-Georges, the appellations are produced in small quantities and with a qualitative and confidential approach./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     On limestones and located between 230 and 300m of altitude, this vineyard has unique climatic conditions. Lots of sun and winds help to chase the humidity and diseases off the grapes. The relative altitude of the terroir provides freshness to the wine.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2018 / bouteille

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

    Vinified by the young and talented Marinette Garnier this cuvee has delicate tannins with aromas of red fruits and roses.

    £22.23 Public price £18.90 Subscribers' price
  10. 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.

    £20.23 Public price £17.20 Subscribers' price
  11. Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune 2015, Nicolas Potel

    Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune 2015, Nicolas Potel

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The appellation Hautes Côtes de Beaune is famous for its delicate red wines. This vintage is not an exception: a bright, shiny, cherry-red colour, and candied redcurrant and strawberry aromas, enhanced by spicy flavours ! On the palate, the wine is subtle, carried by a generous silky texture. The signature of a nice Burgundy wine, as I love them ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Pinot noir is a fragile grape variety but it has one great strength : it tells a lot about the terroir it grew on. Here, the good level of ripeness shows that the vines benefited from a Southern exposure when the remarkable freshness let us feel that the Hautes-Cotes-de-Beaune are located mainly on windy hilltops.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between15°C et 17° open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Escargots in garlic and parsley butter
    Pike perch in casserole
    Chaource
    Redcurrants and whipped cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Nicolas Potel is an em-blematic winery based in the renowned Burgundian village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. It produces wines of great quality in dozens of appellations in Burgundy and is recognized and acclaimed throughout the world for the team's ability to create exceptional wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Between valleys and hills, this appellation overlooks the famous Côte de Beaune. The vines are planted on sloping soils which causes a good drainage ensuring that there will be no excess water in the berries that could damage the intensity of the wines. Moreover, the soil is made of limestone, which is a very filtering stone that gives some minerality to the wine.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2017 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, the wine is subtle, carried by a generous silky texture.

    £22.10 Public price £18.78 Subscribers' price
  12. Nero d'Avola Aria Siciliana 2012, Costantino Wines

    Nero d'Avola Aria Siciliana 2012, Costantino Wines

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    “The team of My VitiBox became bigger since when we welcomed Giorgia, a young Italian lady. I took the opportunity to turn to Sicily this month to let you discover an Italian grape variety, the Nero d’Avola. This varietal has particularly adapted to the Sicilian volcanic soil. This wine made by the Costantino family is characterised by interesting candied fruit notes and it will surprise you with its long aftertaste”.

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Nero d’Avola is a renowned Italian grape variety typical from Sicily. It is usually compared to the syrah and it produces strong wines, with a good balance between acidity and alcohol, and it has nice aromas of red fruits.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light garnet colour, nicely intense.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose. Surrounded by cooked red fruits, strawberry in particular. It also reveals evolving notes of vanilla.

    Bouche

    Taste

    Mouth is sweet and with touches of candied and compote fruits. It’s also supple and fresh.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 12 et 14°C.  Open just before serving. Keep it potentially until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Italian Parma Ham
    Pasta alla norma

    Gorgonzola

    Panna Cotta with red fruits top

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Mr Costantino likes saying that his ambition is “to capture flavours, smells and authenticity of sicilian products”. Established in1960 by Papà Onofrio, also called ”Nonò”, they are the third generations of winegrowers still passionate about vineyards and wine.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Costantino’s vineyards are located in the northwest of western Sicily at 15 km from the coast. They extend from 250 up to 600 meters above sea level and receive all the benefits of the Mediterranean Sea-breeze. Soils are clayey, calcareous and basic, properties that allow the development of high quality wines.

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 30th of November. Delivery in 21 days.

    This wine made by the Costantino family is characterised by interesting candied fruit notes and it will surprise you with its long aftertaste.

    £14.10 Public price £12.00 Subscribers' price

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  13. Les Châssis 2012, Domaine Des Hauts Châssis, Crozes-Hermitage

    Les Châssis 2012, Domaine Des Hauts Châssis, Crozes-Hermitage

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    As I was walking through the hills of Crozes-Hermitage, I discovered a place called « Les Hauts Châssis» where Franck Faugier’s wine estate is located. This talented winemaker is a true syrah lover who elaborates several batches of remarkably refined Crozes-Hermitage. The melted tannins of this slightly spicy wine will perfectly enhance a roasted partridge. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    There is a debate among experts about the origin of the only black variety in the Northern Rhône Valley. Some people believe that it was brought back in 1224 from the city of Shiraz in Iran by a knight returning from crusades. Others say that it arrived from Italy when Emperor Probus allowed the culture of grape in Gaul. But nowadays, scientists tend to think that it’s a crossing between two ancient French grapes that no longer exist.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with a streaming drop..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Sensitive and pleasant nose to the aromas of peppers, violet and blackcurrant.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16°C.  Open just before serving. until 2021

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Blood sausages
    Roasted partridge
    Saint-Marcellin Cheese
    Red berry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine des Haut-Chassis has been a family vineyard for three generations. The arrival of Franck Faugier at the head of the estate in 1998 really changed everything. This passionate man implements the best practices in his vines. The team prunes manually, they go through green harvesting… no effort is spared in order to get the healthiest and most concentrated grapes !

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Behind such a nice wine, there is no coincidence. It’s first of all the result of beautiful grapes grown on vines more than 50 years old on average. But the relief also plays a predominant role. The vines grow on sloppy hills with a southern exposure which exposes the grapes to a lot of sun, which is good for ripeness, and to the wind, which is good to keep the grapes 100% healthy until the day of the harvest. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2016 / bouteille

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

    This talented winemaker is a true syrah lover who elaborates several batches of remarkably refined Crozes-Hermitage.

    £22.22 Public price £18.88 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  14. Domaine de la Chastelle 2011, Côtes du Rhône villages

    Domaine de la Chastelle 2011, Côtes du Rhône villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    “A fine wine with an excellent price/quality ratio. Delicate aromas of strawberry and pepper come out from the blend of grenache and syrah. Wine is charming, fresh and fruity in the mouth. The aftertaste is sophisticated. The minimalist elegance will inebriate your senses. You can match this wine with the menu of Chef Michael Nizzero to spend good moments!

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    This wine is a blend of grenache (60%) and syrah (40%). Grenache is easily recognisable due to his thick, hard and bluehis skin. Grapes are big and fruits are juicy. It’s what we call a “generous” varietal. It’s known for his aromas of cassis and spicy blackberry. Its tannins get rounded once wine gets older.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     The robe is a shimmering light ruby red with purplish reflections..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    The nose is fine and complex. Delicate aromas of strawberries and white pepper stay in your nose.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Mouth is supple, fresh and fruity. You will feel the smoothness and the silkiness of this wine in your mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve: between 13°C and 15°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2017.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching/p>

    Grilled aubergines
    Veal filet mignon

    Soft-ripened goat cheese

    Gâteau basque

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

    After having worked many years in winemaking cooperative, Julien Savanier and his wife bought the Chastelle winery in 2010. They wanted to “make the wine that we love”. Therefore, 2011 is their first harvest as owners of the vineyard. We have to say that for being their first, they have impressed us. This winery is a rising star!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Chastelle winery is located on the left bound of the Rhone river. Vineyards are 50 to 80 years old. The age of vineyards is usually a sign of quality: old vines produce less grapes but they are better exposed to sunlight and fruits are more concentred. The terroir is made of a great variety of soils, sometimes sandy, clayed-limestone and pebbly. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, octobre. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until 31 October 2013. Deliver within 21 days.

    A fine wine with an excellent price/quality ratio. Delicate aromas of strawberry and pepper come out from the blend of grenache and syrah.

    £9.40 Public price £8.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  15. Pinotage 2013, Domaine M.A.N, Afrique du Sud

    Pinotage 2013, Domaine M.A.N, Afrique du Sud

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « This month, I recommend you to taste the cuvee Bosstok pinotage 2012, a real crush with a good price/quality ratio. The winemaker decided to use a screw cap instead of a cork as it is often the case in South Africa: this avoids the wine to be corked. During blind tasting people often think that this wine costs £15-20. »

    Feuille

     Grape Variety

    Invented in 1925 by Abraham Perold, pinotage is a mix between pinot noir and cinsaut. Not very well known, this grape variety produces powerful wines, with a bunch of aromas and elegant tannins. I particularly appreciate its roasted hints that come within the years.

    Oeil

    Eye

      Nice light ruby red color with blue-violet reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose with a medium intensity, pleasant, elegant, fine and slightly woody.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Supple mouth, fresh with silky tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 12 and 14 degree; Open just before serving. To taste now or until 2019.

     

    Service

     Accords mets-vin

    Potted meat
    Stuffed quail

    Saint Félicien

    Cherry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A wine, a family

    This domain was created by three old friends that wanted to lead a vineyard at the tip of South Africa. Why M.A.N ? These letters correspond to the three initials of their wives: Marie, Anette and Nicky. Indeed, to convince their wives to let them start this adventure, they promised them to give their names to the vineyard.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Grapevines are planted on the terroir of Bosstok in South Africa. This cuvee is at the image of its terroir: very original! Indeed, this terroir is part of a huge bush that goes deep into the forest. Nothing in common with the landscapes in Burgundy, but the pinot noir also grows well in this region! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 30th of June 2014. Delivery within 21 days. 

    «I recommend you to taste the cuvee Bosstok pinotage 2012, a real crush with a good price/quality ratio. »

    £10.40 Public price £8.80 Subscribers' price

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  16. Les Chevaliers 2008, Château Milhau-Lacugue, Saint-Chinian

    Les Chevaliers 2008, Château Milhau-Lacugue, Saint-Chinian

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    We met Jean Lacugue last November at a wine tasting event dedicated to the Saint- Chinian appellation. I really enjoyed the 2008 vintage, and chose to select it for the January Vitibox as it has already developed a lot of tertiary aromas, that are the ones due to the aging of wine. As most people drink less often this kind of wines, I figured it would be a nice experience. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The blend of this wine might seem weird as winemakers usually choose round numbers. Indeed, while drinking this wine, you’ll be drinking 34% of grenache noir, 37% of syrah, 15% of cinsault and 14% of carignan. It shows how much Jean Lacugue wants to reach the best result possible for his wines. These southern varieties each express themselves in this complex vintage.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep purple red colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Mature aromas (Chocolate, leather, mushrooms).

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Soft texture and tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    between 14°C et 16°C.  Drink as soon as the bottle is opened.From now and until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Stuffed sweet peppers
    Roasted chicken
    Fresh goat cheese
    Chocolate cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château Milhau-Lacugue is located in Puisserguier, in the south of the Saint-Chinian appellation. It is located on one of theroutes that pilgrims used to take to Santiago de Compostela in the Middle Ages. Fun fact: the Romans were very numerous in this area in Ancient history, so you might find relics of these times walking through the vineyards.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The clay and limestone slopes on which the vines are planted have an interesting southeast exposure for the development of the vine. The porous soil encourages the roots to go very deep into the ground, which gives a lot of nutrients to the grapes. This terroir also gives great acidity to the wine. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, Janvier. 2015 / bouteille

    I really enjoyed the 2008 vintage, and chose to select it for the January Vitibox as it has already developed a lot of tertiary aromas, that are the ones due to the aging of wine.

    £12.51 Public price £10.67 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Ruby deep colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Powerful in the aromas of red berries and vegetable.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with fine tannins and silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Steak Tartare
    Lamb sweetbreads
    Saint Nectaire
    Roasted Figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £21.51 Public price £18.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  18. Origami 2012, Château l’Evêché, Bordeaux

    Origami 2012, Château l’Evêché, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    In this month of April, I am proud to present you Origami by Chateau l’Evêché. This wine is a perfect example of the best you can find on the right bank of Bordeaux ! Its main characteristic is an amazing smoothness that will enchant your buds. Moreover, this wine is amazingly balanced and blackberries aromas pair perfectly with vanilla flavours brought by a delicate maturation in oak barrels. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine is mainly elaborated with merlot as are most wines from Bordeaux’s right bank. Merlot gives flattering fruity wines but needs a lot of care and attention to gain complexity. Indeed, merlot is a fertile variety which gives high quantity of low quality wines when it’s let entirely free. Like other right bank good winemakers, Chateau l’Evêché masters the art of stressing merlot so it gives powerful and refined wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple and bright dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of spicy and tertiary.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson en croûte
    Barbecued offal skewers
    Fourme d’Ambert
    Chocolate canelés

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The history of Château l’Evêché starts several centuries ago when the bishop of the area asked peasants to plant vines around the chapel of Lescours. Château l’Evêché was born. It was then awaken in 2008 after a long hibernation when Jean Sébastien Capdevielle and Anthony Ginter got in charge of the 6 hectares located in Nerigean./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château l’Evêché, a rising star of Saint-Emilion, also owns 6 hectares just on the other side of the Dordogne River. Merlot and cabernet franc, the only variety used in Château Cheval Blanc, are cultivated with as much care as for the Grand Cru. The only difference is that this side of the river is sunnier and wines are therefore a little sweeter. Yummy! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2016 / bouteille

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

    This wine is amazingly balanced and blackberries aromas pair perfectly with vanilla flavours brought by a delicate maturation in oak barrels.

    £12.92 Public price £10.98 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  19. La Petite Bellane 2015, Clos Bellane, Côtes du Rhône Villages

    La Petite Bellane 2015, Clos Bellane, Côtes du Rhône Villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Turn the glass and have a look ; you can now watch thick tears slowly rolling down on the sides. What does it mean ? Probably that this wine has a thick texture. And indeed, on the palate, you’ll feel it along with strong flavours of blackberry and liquorice, typical of 2015 vintage in southern Rhône Valley. It’s doubtlessly a deep and powerful wine that should be paired with a slice of beef ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If Syrah is the only variety used in Northern Rhône Valley, you can also find it in the South but mainly as a complement in a blend. Petite Bellane, made up of 93% Syrah is therefore pretty exceptional. What is the reason ? ‘’Terroir”. Indeed, as you read above, this terroir conditions are very close to Northern Rhône’s Valley. With perfect conditions for cultivating great Syrah, it would be a pity not to benefit from them for making a unique and delicious wine !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful Garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant spice nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    An intense and semi-sweet mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open 1 hour before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Flank steak
    Langres cheese
    Chocolate muffin

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Stéphane Vedeau is the great grandson of an agronomic engineer who owned vines in Northern Rhône Valley. However, he decided not to follow his family footsteps by growing his ones in Southern Rhône Valley, between Valréas and Vinsobres. He bought here a vineyard in 2010, and named it Clos Bellane. However, that’s not because he moved away that he decided to change his ancestral techniques and love for Syrah. Family matters !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Clos Bellane’s vines face the East. Sun rises on the East and set on the West. It means that for Clos Bellane’s vines, mornings are longer than afternoons. Therefore, grapes gets concentrated in sugar (that turns into alcohol) thanks to photosynthes is during the morning and ripens in the warm air of afternoon. This is the reason why this wine is quite concentrated in alcohol but at the same time still fresh and well balanced. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2017 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, you’ll feel it along with strong flavours of blackberry and liquorice.

    £13.27 Public price £11.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. 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.

    £19.23 Public price £18.56 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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