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  1. Egregore 2010, Côtes de Bourg

    Egregore 2010, Côtes de Bourg

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    The Egregore is one of the exceptional wines of the Bernard Magrez, the French wine magnate. I suggest you the vintage 2010 for his generous matter and his very long keeping potential. This cuvée Egregore is considered as a step to perfection… 

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    58% of the surface of this vineyard is covered my merlot. In contrast to the Boredeaux tradition of blended wines, this wine is vinified with only one variety, fact very rare for this region. Merlot gives a nice suppleness and a tannic structure to wine, along with a superb aromatic set.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     A lovely colour with garnet reflections

     

    Nez

     Nose

    The merlot provides a nice complexity of aromas. With ageing, aromas turn to touches of prune, understory and spices. These flavours are due to the maturation in French oak barrels.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Fleshy and supple. A nice, generous and tannic matter, endowed with a natural charming softness.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve between 14°C and 16°C. To decant 30 minutes before serving. Keeping time until 2022 (best between 2016 et 2018).

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Mushrooms mille feuille
    Grilled rib steak with thyme and rosemary

    Saint Nectaire cheese
    Coffee pastry;

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Known for his exceptional wine, Bernard Magrez is a self-made winemaker. He became the first owner of the grand wines classified at Bordeaux. We call him “ the men of 40 wineries”!

     Terroir

    The terroir

    The vineyard grows in the lieu-dit of Guerit, close to the village of Tauriac. The grape of the Egregore come from the slopes exposed to the plain sun of the Chateau Guerry. The soil is composed of clay and sand. The Château Guerry is the oldest wine of Bordeaux and it exists since three century.

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until 31 August 2013. Delivery in 21 days;

    An exceptional cuvées from the vinery Bernard Magrez, with generous matter and his very long keeping potential.

    £26.00 Public price £22.10 Subscribers' price

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  2. Piloums 2011, Domaine du Mas Blanc, Collioure

    Piloums 2011, Domaine du Mas Blanc, Collioure

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « An excellent price/quality ratio for this cuvee that I selected among the different wines of this AOC tasted last month. The mourvèdre is a red grape variety with a spicy nose and pepper aromas. The oriental mouth is very subtle and becomes slightly bitter at the end. Don’t hesitate to purchase one or two cases of this wine, as it will be a pleasure to drink this wine in the next years. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The Mourvèdre is a grape variety that produces wines with hints of spices (pepper). It needs a sunny climate with an omnipresent heat. On the contrary, the Syrah is less difficult to cultivate. As for the Grenache, it simplifies aftertaste: it enables to make the wine more supple and smoother.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe has a light and deep garnet colour, dark with purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose full of spices (pepper) and oriental hints.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The mouth is subtle, winy and silky.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 14 and 16°C. Open 1 hour before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Mediterranean salad
    Guinea fowl

    Tomme Cheese

    Roasted figs

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    The Domaine Mas du Blanc is a family property since 1639. The actual owner, Jean Michel Parcé, produces wines of Banyuls and Collioure designations. The Parcé family, considered as the origin of the Collioure and Banuyls designations, has a regional reputation that is well deserved. It is one of the most beautiful vineyards in the department!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine Mas du Blanc is spread over 19 hectares, cultivated on a schist stone subsoil. The wines that are growing on slaty soils have hints of undergrowth, and cooked and dried fruits. These wines are also known for being more alcoholic, with a long and pleasant aftertaste. But, it is harder to work on slaty soils due to a lack of limestone, that brings oxygen to the soils. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 31st of March 2014. Delivery within 21 days.

    An excellent price/quality ratio for this cuvee. Don't hesitate to purchase one or two cases of this wine, as it will be a pleasure to drink this wine in the next years.

    £10.60 Public price £9.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  3. Léa, 2008, Domaine d'Eole, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence

    Léa, 2008, Domaine d'Eole, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I am pleased to present this month a wine that is both delicious and well-structured! With an alcohol content of 14.5°, one can definitely say that this wine is bodied. The risk with this type of rich wines is that sometimes alcohol takes over. But this is not at all the case with Léa since the winemaker has striked a magnificent balance between alcohol, acidity, tannins and the aromatic bouquet of this vintage.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine is a blend of two varieties: it’s half Grenache and half Syrah. These are the two typical varieties of southern France. Syrah likes well-drained areas, but fears drought, it brings much of the tannins and aromas of pepper or violet. Grenache meanwhile, is a vigorous variety with an amazing aromatic intensity with aromas of black berries.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Robe is deep purple with highlights..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A complex nose with leather, spices and flowers.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, the wine is perfectly balanced with a lot of red berries.

    Verre

     Service

    To be served: between 15 and 17°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2019.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Tapenade
    Lamb chops with honey
    Matured cow cheese
    Cheery soup

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family

    The Domaine d’Eole is a rising star. I would not hesitate to predict that their future will be bright thanks to the two men who are dedicating their time to this wonderful terroir: Matthias Wimmer, passionate oenologist, and Christian Raimont, owner of the estatesince 1996.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The soil is sand and limestone. The consequence is that it does not hold water, so more water arrives very often with new nutriments for the vines. It also means that the vines has to grow very deep roots, which explains why the wine is so concentrated and with so much alcohol. It is one of the most sunny region in France, and you taste the sun while drinking it! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 and 6 bottles until 30 November 2014. Delivery within 21 days. 

    I am pleased to present this month a wine that is both delicious and well-structured! With an alcohol content of 14.5°, one can definitely say that this wine is bodied.

    £23.83 Public price £20.26 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  4. Malbec du Clos 2012, Clos Triguedina, Cahors

    Malbec du Clos 2012, Clos Triguedina, Cahors

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet colour and mat in the thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Mouth balanced with melted and present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    &A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  5. Marques Del Villar 2014, Les Passeurs de Vins, Rioja, Espagne

    Marques Del Villar 2014, Les Passeurs de Vins, Rioja, Espagne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This Spanish wine was a real surprise. Rioja is indeed very well known for producing rich and flattering wines. However, it’s pretty rare to reach such a combination of power and complexity. I hope that you will appreciate as I did these intense aromas of cinnamon and red and black berries. A silky and elegant wine, with a great structure, perfect to experience the best Spain has to offer. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Tempranillo is by far the first variety in Rioja where it originally appeared. Thus, it represents 70% of the total production of the area. It is believed that its name comes from the word “temprano” which means early in Spanish, which would make sense as it reaches full ripeness several weeks before the other local grape varieties.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Purple dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 12°C et 14° Open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapas
    Stuffed peppers
    Langres cheese
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Les Passeurs de Vins is a typical bromance. Under the name “Lionel Osmin et Cie”, Lionel Osmin and 5 of his friends travel in northern Spain looking for the best vineyards in order to buy the best grapes and elaborate in their winery original wines according to their tastes. The team has recently got a new member: French national rugby player Imanol Harinordoquy, passionate about wine, who wanted to get on board !

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Rioja did not randomly become the main wine producing region in Spain. Located a hundred kilometres at the south of the Atlantic coast, the vines benefit at the same time from the warm and sunny weather, typical from central Spain, and the freshness of the marine winds from the ocean. It allows elaborating warm and even opulent wines balanced by a nice liveliness. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2016 / bouteille

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

    A silky and elegant wine, with a great structure, perfect to experience the best Spain has to offer.

    £9.68 Public price £8.23 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  6. Ampelomeryx Rouge 2015, Domaine de Pellehaut, Côtes de Gascogne

    Ampelomeryx Rouge 2015, Domaine de Pellehaut, Côtes de Gascogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Some of you might already know the name of Pellehaut as it’s the third time that one of their wines is in a VitiBox. Once again, the Béraut brothers demonstrate their great ability to mix quality and creativity. Ampéloméryx is indeed a very uncommon blend of pinot noir, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. The result is a fresh wine with remarkably fine tanins and very nice aromas of raspberry and chlorophyll. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Pinot noir is Burgundy’s exclusive black variety, syrah is the main variety in Rhône Valley and cabernet-sauvignon is Bordeaux’s best known variety. As you understand, drinking those three varieties in a single wine is a rather rare experience. It’s even more unexpected in a wine from Gascogne ! Indeed, the main black varieties there are tannat, merlot and cabernet-franc…

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of red fruits and vegetables.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken leavers salad
    Roasted ham
    Vacherin cheese
    Strawberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Martin and Mathieu Béraut do not have any organic or biodynamic certification, but the least we can say is that they do their best to preserve environment ! Indeed, they only work with natural products and as we already pointed, they produce themselves most of what they need to grow their vines and cereals. In addition to all that, they invested in sophisticated winemaking tools to consume the less electricity and fuel possible./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Blends are not the only original touch of the Béraut brothers approach. Indeed, they are also advocates of mixed farming. Therefore, at Pellehaut, you’ll not only find vines but also various cereals (mainly corn and wheat) and cows ! The cows are fed with the cereals and give manure that is used to organically grow the vines. Everything makes perfect sense ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2016 / bouteille

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

    The result is a fresh wine with remarkably fine tanins and very nice aromas of raspberry and chlorophyll.

    £9.16 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  7. Le Prince, Vieilles Vignes 2012, Domaine de Rocheville, Saumur Champigny

    Le Prince, Vieilles Vignes 2012, Domaine de Rocheville, Saumur Champigny

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I have the pleasure to share with you Le Prince, Old Vines. Finding a Saumur Champigny of this quality with attractive prices became quite a hard task because of several small harvests. The vineyard of Rocheville is increasingly known for its quality wines and its magnificent estate (we invite you to go there, I was received as if I was a Prince ...). 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Cabernet franc is the only variety allowed in the appellation. It is sensitive to heat and dehydrates quickly but thanks to the local clay-limestone soils, the grapes have a regular supply of water which allows the good development. It is distinguished by its fine aromatic, its aromas of red and black fruits and its small note of pepper that make its originality and elegance.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of red and black fruits, vegetables, woody, empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasent and lively mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Vegetable cake
    Pork filet mignon
    Brie de Meaux
    Crispy millefeuille with cherries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine de Rocheville comes from the union of two wine lovers who have complementary knowledge : Philippe Porché, former sales executive, and Jérome Callet, specialist in viticulture and winemaking. Joined after few years by Agnès Porché, they invested in 2013 in a magnificent and modern cellar. Labeled Terra Vitis, the estate is divided into nine parcel, with unique characteristics. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     At the bottom of the medieval church of Parnay, along the border of the Loire River, Domaine de Rocheville’s vine stocks are rooted in a clay-limestone soil composed of tufa. This emblematic rock of the Loire Valley has the particularity of absorbing the excessive rain of the winter, to give it back it parsimoniously during the warmer seasons. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2018 / bouteille

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

    The vineyard of Rocheville is increasingly known for its quality wines and its magnificent estate.

    £11.83 Public price £10.06 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  8. Les Terrassettes 2011, Clos de l'Anhel, Corbières

    Les Terrassettes 2011, Clos de l'Anhel, Corbières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    “ Sophie Giraudin considers Les Terrassettes as “the cuvee for my friends”. It’s the most important and representative between all her wines. This tipple is light and complex at the same time, and this is what I love most. It’s rare to find a quality carignan, however, when they are well made, they are simply wonderful!”

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The varietal carignan perfectly complements the syrah and it finds its natural environment in the Corbières. Once, carignan had a bad reputation due to its large diffusion. Thanks to the progress in winemaking techniques, many winemakers produce great wines based on this grape variety.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet colour, deeply shining with many purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose is complex and immediately surrounded by fresh red fruits. Notes of cassis and wild blackberry inebriate our senses. Light aromas of thyme and rosemary add on top of red fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Generous and elegant on the palate, this wine is very well balanced and shows some nice velvet tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Temperature: between 13 et 15°C.  Open 1 hour before serving. Keeping potential between until 2018 or more

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Italians bruschette 
    Pizza napoletana/p>

    Soft Goat Cheese

    Fresh Fig cake

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Owner of this winery since 2000, Sophie Giraudin likes calling herself “zero-generation winemaker”. She only produces Bio-certified wines and she also respects some principles of biodynamic agriculture. This practice consists in intensifying the exchange between grapevines and their environment (soil and air). The goal is to reach a better expression of the terroir and producing beautiful wines.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Vineyards are situated in the heart of the Corbière denomination and they grow on clayey-limestone and silt-laden soil. Silts are granular material of a size somewhere between sand and clay and they occur as soil on a surface water body. Silts are very beneficial for soil’s fertility. Finally, the name of this wine comes from its terraced vineyards. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles. Delivery within 21 days.

    This tipple is light and complex at the same time, and this is what I love most.

    £11.80 Public price £10.03 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  9. Pinot noir 2012, Dominique Laurent, Bourgogne

    Pinot noir 2012, Dominique Laurent, Bourgogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « I have worked with the Dominique Laurent domain for several years when I was Head Sommelier. I think that he is one of the best winemaker in Burgundy. In this cuvee, we can find the sturdy character as well as the simplicity of the winemaker. The oak casks used to produce this cuvee come from the Tronçais forest: you can feel these woody aromas in the wine. This cuvee has a nose full of blackcurrant and wild strawberry aromas. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Well-known for many years in Burgundy, pinot noir corresponds to 34% of the total of the vineyard in this region. Pinot noir distinguishes itself by its aromas of black cherries, with prune hints when the wine is getting old. This is a grape variety that is elegant, fine and subtle.

    Oeil

    Eyel

     Nice light ruby red robe, bright and clear.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Wild nose full of blackcurrant and wild strawberry aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth, vivacious (menthol), pleasant, lively.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 13 and 15 degree. Open just before serving. To taste now or until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Chicken salad
    White pudding

    Goat cheese

    Wild strawberries

     

     Anecdote

    &A wine, a family

    Former pastry chef in Vesoul, nowadays Dominique Laurent is an icon in the wine’s industry in Burgundy. He was quoted several times by the famous critic Robert Parker. He knows how to produce good wines with a nice simplicity.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyard is planted on a clay-limestone soil in the Côtes de Nuits. The clay brings firmness, structure and acidity to the wine, while limestone develops its freshness and delicacy. Taste it and let us know what you think about it!

     

     

    My VitiBox, May 2014 / bouteille

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

    In this cuvee, we can find the sturdy character as well as the simplicity of the winemaker. The oak casks used to produce this cuvee come from the Tronçais forest: you can feel these woody aromas in the wine.

    £20.00 Public price £17.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  10. Seigneur de Lauris 2010, Arnoux et fils, Vacqueyras

    Seigneur de Lauris 2010, Arnoux et fils, Vacqueyras

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Full-bodied and heady, this wine is rather manly. That’s how the wines from Vacqueyras are! I really enjoyed the fact that its texture is so smooth and that it lasts for so long in the mouth after you swallowed it. You will remember these flavours for a pretty long time! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The wine is a blend of 70% of grenache and 30% of syrah. This blend is rather typical in the Rhône region. Grenache brings alcohol and red fruits flavours when it is grown on a dry and stony soil like this one. Syrah gives the wine powerful aromas of spices, black pepper and liquorice.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep ruby red colour, colourful tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Pleasant nose, with candied red berries (strawberries).

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Supple and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

    Service entre 14°C et 16°C.  Open 30 minutes before serving. From now and until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Brioche sausage roll
    Cassoulet
    Banon cheese
    Chocolate éclairs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The estate is located in a quite mountainous area as it is known for two things: its rock climbing spots and its wines. On 80 acres, this family estate produces wines famous for being really concentrated, rich in flavours and powerful.

     Terroir

    Le terroir

     The vines are planted on quite a poor soil, made of clay and limestone mixed with pebbles. When it comes to vines, a poor soil is not necessarily a problem because it stresses the vines that therefore grow its roots deeper into the ground to find nutrients. And a vine that has to work more produces better grapes! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2015 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 28th february 2015. Delivery within 21 days. 

    I really enjoyed the fact that its texture is so smooth and that it lasts for so long in the mouth after you swallowed it.

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  11. Château Le Thys 2012, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Château Le Thys 2012, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Cadillac is a small unknown appellation of Bordeaux, which is a shame as there are magnificent wines elaborated there! Château Le Thys is a good example. Even if it was acquired a few years ago by its neighbour Château Birot, grapes are still vinified separately so as to reveal the whole potential of this specific terroir along the Garonne River.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If you like merlot, this wine is for you. Château Le Thys is the perfect example of what can give well grown merlot. Indeed, it displays seductive aromas and a silky texture with thin and refined tannins. This explains why merlot can be found all over the world! Chile, Australia, Hungary... it is everywhere!

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet color in the smooth tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose, in the aromas of spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 16°C  Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Hare terrine
    Peppercorn steak
    Camembert cheese
    Chocolate pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    If on a trip in the Bordeaux region you feel like tasting Château Le Thys’ wines, you’ll be welcomed in Chateau Birot, an astonishing 18th century castle. It was entirely renovated in 1989 by Eric and Helene Fournier-Casteja. Nowadays, two out of their five sons rule the Family Estate.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château le Thys’ vines cover around 40 hectares and their specificity is that they are surrounded by tree hedges. It’s a great perk as it protects the grapes from strong winds in their youth (when they are too fragile to stand it) and the soil from erosion. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2015 / bouteille

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

    Cadillac is a small unknown appellation of Bordeaux, which is a shame as there are magnificent wines elaborated there!

    £9.15 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  12. Domaine du Silène 2006, Domaine du Silène, Grès de Montpellier

    Domaine du Silène 2006, Domaine du Silène, Grès de Montpellier

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is already ten years old and starts offering nice aromas of evolution. However, it still has a lot of freshness and ripe blackberries aromas, great Languedoc’s wines hallmark. At the nose step, you can already smell the nice evolved aromas of leather. At the mouth step, we feel a nice balance between ripe fruits and spices, typical flavours of syrah. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Originally, syrah is Rhône Valley’s emblematic variety. But syrah is a strong variety that can thrive on a wide variety of terroirs on which it gives quite different wines. Syrah is especially adapted to Languedoc’s dry weather where it gets particularly ripe and gives more fruity aromas than elsewhere. The result is spicy and smooth wines like this amazing Grès de Montpellier.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull purple dress in tears thick..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of tertiary and herbaceous.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 15°C et 17° Open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Herb saucisson
    Bull steak
    Manchego
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The 57 hectares of Domaine de Silène used to belong to Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, two twin brothers, famous for their three stars restaurant “Le jardin des sens” in Montpellier. In 2000, the estate was bought by Robert Skalli, a major Languedoc wine producer famous for having built an empire thanks to his outstanding ability to detect the potential of wine estates. Domaine de Silène was one of his great successes: he turned a great estate into an amazing one./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Domaine de Silène’s vines develop on a poor limestone soil in the warm and dry mountains around Montpellier. As a consequence, the vine stocks have to grow very deep roots in order to find what it needs to thrive. The relief comes from the fresh high winds coming from the sea that bring coolness and a little humidity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2016 / bouteille

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

    At the mouth step, we feel a nice balance between ripe fruits and spices, typical flavours of syrah.

    £26.22 Public price £22.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  13. Le Rif 2014, La Ferme du Mont, Vacqueyras

    Le Rif 2014, La Ferme du Mont, Vacqueyras

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A shiny and purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Veal liver
    Beef stew
    Banon cheese
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2017 / bouteille

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

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

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  14. Réserve personnelle 2013, Mähler-Besse, AOC Saint Emilion

    Réserve personnelle 2013, Mähler-Besse, AOC Saint Emilion

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    A fabulous garnet-red color and a nose that reminds of a woody and spicy high quality cigar box. But it’s in the mouth that this wine surprised me the most with its perfect balance between fruity and woody aromas that remain during the whole tasting experience, until its long finish. A wine specially found for you under the tittle “Réserve”. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Representing almost 60% of the area planted in Bordeaux, Merlot is the star grape variety in Saint-Emilion where it flourishes on its fresh soils. It brings roundness, suppleness and elegance to the wine. It is not surprising that it made the fame of Petrus who uses it for more than 95% of its blend.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet and shiny dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 15°C et 17° just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Carpaccio of veal and parmesan
    Tournedos and Parisians apple
    Ossau-iraty
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Founded in 1892, Mähler-Besse is a family trading house specialized in fine wines and located in the heart of Bordeaux. Since 1937, they carry the strong values of Cheval Noir. According to the legend, the shadow of a black horse is working in the vineyards to ensure, valiantly and elegantly, the quality and the success of each grape harvest./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in the Libournais, Saint-Emilion, also called the thousand castle’s hill, is considered as the one of the oldest winemaking areas in France. The vineyard is also classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The vines, planted at the medieval city’s doorstep, occupy steep hillsides and extend to the plain of the “Graves”. These hills give the wines solid tannins and a real depth. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, september. 2017 / bouteille

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

    It’s in the mouth that this wine surprised me the most with its perfect balance between fruity and woody aromas that remain during the whole tasting experience, until its long finish.

    £23.75 Public price £20.18 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  15. Antiguas Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Cousino Macul, Valle del Maipo

    Antiguas Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Cousino Macul, Valle del Maipo

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    Antiguas Reservas is one of the most important wines of Cusino Macul. The maturity of the New World meets the elegance of the traditional wines, thanks to his aging French oak barrels. The wines of this winery never stop to impress me!

    Feuille

     Grape Variety

    This grape variety is originally from France, more precisely from Bordeaux. The cabernet sauvignon is very common in Chile and it produces wines with aromas of blackcurrant and often red pepper and tobacco. The eucalyptuses in the Alto Maipo confer to this grape variety a particular and lively freshness.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     – Nice purplish red colour with violet reflections and coloured tears.  

     

    Nez

     Nose

    The nose is intense and pleasant, typical of the Cabernet Sauvignon. We can distinguish nice aromas of fruits, cacao and aromatic herbs.

    Bouche

     Taste

    The wine is rounded, fresh and fruity on the palate. Tannins are delicate, with little woody notes.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve from 14° to 16°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping time: until 2015.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    terrine de sanglier
    Barbecued juicy steak
    ripened cheese;
    blackberry sorbet

     

     

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Cousino Macul is a family business founded in 1956 and it is one of the oldest wine-producing families of Chili. Three brothers of the Cousino family run the winery and their objective is to express with their wines, the real flavours of the Maipo Valley !

     Terroir

    The terroir

     The vineyards are situated in the southern region of the Maipo Valley called “Alto Maipo”, just 30 km south of Santiago, right at the foot of the Andes. The fresh air to the mountains that descend on the valley at night is very beneficial for the vines and for the soil that drain the water coming from the mountainsThe vineyards are situated in the southern region of the Maipo Valley called “Alto Maipo”, just 30 km south of Santiago, right at the foot of the Andes. The fresh air to the mountains that descend on the valley at night is very beneficial for the vines and for the soil that drain the water coming from the mountains.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by case of 3 and 6 bottles until the 30 September 2013. Delivery in 21 days. 

    The maturity of the New World meets the elegance of the traditional wines, thanks to his aging French oak barrels.

    £18.60 Public price £16.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  16. Bergerac rouge 2012, Château Moulin Caresse

    Bergerac rouge 2012, Château Moulin Caresse

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « I’ve been working with the Château Moulin Caresse for many years since these winemakers are passionate producers of wines with an excellent price/quality ratio. When tasting this cuvée – special lot of wine - you can find out the characteristics of wine made of merlot as unique grape variety. Indeed, Suppleness on the palate and fruity and spicy nose are typical of this varietal. This tipple goes well with everyday meals. »

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

    Considering the number of grape-vines, Merlot is the third red grape variety in France, after grenache and carignan. It produces high quality wines characterised by a strong nose of red fruits and spices. Its name comes from the Common Blackbirds - “Merles” in French -, which love having merlot grape as dessert.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe - the appearance of the wine - is young and deep garnet, with violet-blue reflections and floating micro-bubbles.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nice nose, typical of Merlot with aromas of red fruits and vanilla.

    Bouche

    Taste

    The fresh start reveals a supple and light taste.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 14°C and 16°C. . Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Salami
    Duck breast fillet with salad

    Mont de Lacaune Cheese

    Red fruits compote and vanilla ice cream

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Le Château Moulin Caresse, has been passed on from one generation to the next since 1749. It’s a close family business ran by Sylvie and Jean-François Deffage. Their son Laura, Quentin and Benjamin never miss the chance to help out.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château Moulin Caresse is located at 20km to the east of Saint-Emilion, on the border with Périgord. With its 42 hectars of grapevines, it dominated the valley of Dordogne. The vineyard is divided between the clay-limestone slopes, composed of a draining soil, and the sunny plane of Boulbènes. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 28th of February 2014. Delivery within 21 days.

    When tasting this cuvée - special lot of wine - you can find out the characteristics of wine made of merlot as unique grape variety.

    £9.50 Public price £8.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  17. Malbec, 2011, Mariflor, Argentine

    Malbec, 2011, Mariflor, Argentine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is a real bodybuilder: rich, powerful and full-bodied! Its licorice and mint flavours are sharp, and the structure is dense and vinous. This wine fits perfectly with exotic and spicy food. It has good aging potential,while being friendly to taste young. Moreover, it will give you the opportunity to discover or rediscover the talents of Michel Rolland, a very talented (and sometimes controversial!) winemakerfrom Bordeaux. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Malbec is a grape variety originally from South-West France, both powerful and fruity. It is still widely cultivated in France but it’s in Argentina, where it was introduced in the 19th century, that it is the most common. This variety provides well colored wines, perfumed (spices, dry fruits, blackcurrants, plum,...) and tannic, with a high suitability for aging.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Robe opaque black, with blue-violet reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose of fresh blackberries, licorice, mint and oak.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Mouth structured, vinous and dense.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 14 and 16°C; open just before serving. to taste now or until 2019

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Bayonne ham
    Boeuf Bourguignon
    Langres cheese
    A plate of blackberries, strawberries and blueberries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Michel Rolland has acquired a worldwide reputationthanks to his ability to find the perfect spot corresponding to each specific type of grapevines. This is how the Domaine Mariflor was born in Argentina. The vineyard, where french grapes are grown, covers 247 hectares!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Did you know that Mendoza is the most important wine region in Argentina? With 150,000 hectares of vineyards, Mendoza is one of the most important viticulture areas in the world. Michel Rolland’s vineyards are locatedat 1200 meters of altitude, in the Uco Valley. span> 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 31th octobre 2014.Delivery within 21 days. 

    This wine is a real bodybuilder: rich, powerful and full-bodied! Its licorice and mint flavours are sharp, and the structure is dense and vinous.

    Wine sale is exclusively reserved for subscribers

    Out of stock

  18. Château Lacaussade Saint-Martin, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Château Lacaussade Saint-Martin, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Bordeaux is mostly famous thanks to the wines elaborated in Médoc on the left bank of the Gironde River. The dominant variety there is cabernet sauvignon. On the right bank, merlot is the main variety so the wines are known to be fruitier and less tannic. This one has spent 6 months aging in oak barrels: do you feel the aromas of wood and vanilla? 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot is the main variety in the Bordeaux region. The tale is that its name comes from the blackbirds, merles in French, who love to peck the grapes of merlot. It blends very well with the cabernet sauvignon known for its tannins. Indeed, merlot gives balance to the blend by bringing nice aromas of red berries, plum and spices.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Purple colour with colored tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense, pleasant, wooded, vanilla and soft nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Round mouth in velvet tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Between15°C and 17°C.  Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Paté
    Flank steak with shallot
    Un Rocamadour cheese
    Vanilla Éclairs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    When Jacques Chardat arrived in 1991, the Château Lacaussade Saint-Martin was kind of a sleeping beauty. This oenologist from the University of Bordeaux was very ambitious, and started buying new vines to improve the global quality of the wine. More than 20 years later, the vineyard is now 50 hectares (it was 18 hectares in 1991) and produces a wine appreciated by some of the most influential wine critics.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Along the Gironde River, the Chateau Lacaussade Saint-Martin is located on a poor ground made of a limestone vein, specific to the terroir which name is Blayais. As you might already know, the vines are fond of poor grounds. Indeed, the vine has to suffer from water stress in order to give concentrated fruits. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2015 / bouteille

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

    This one has spent 6 months aging in oak barrels: do you feel the aromas of wood and vanilla?

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  19. Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

    Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    In the heart of Maine-et-Loire, you will find a very good appellation that I especially enjoy : Saumur-Champigny. To me, Château de Targé reflects the best you can do on this amazing terroir of the Loire Valley. The wine offers a nice garnet colour with purple reflections, a fruity nose with a strong intensity, and a silky mouthfeel enhanced by soft tannins revealing the characteristics of cabernet franc. A wine that perfectly pairs with a capon stuffed with porcini mushrooms. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Cabernet franc comes straight from the Southern Basque Country in northern Spain and was originally brought back to the south west of France by pilgrims coming back from Santiago de Compostela. It took centuries to find its way to the Loire Valley where it was first planted during the 11th Century. However, cabernet franc was a total hit there as it is today the main black grape variety in the region !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet and shiny dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Pleasant nose to the aromas of spice and red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 13°C et 15° Open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Capon stuffed with porcini mushrooms
    Vacherin cheese
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château de Targé has welcomed a lot of famous people through the centuries ! Originally, it used to be the personal vineyard of Phélypeaux de Pontchartrain, Louis XIV’s secretary. Then, the Targé-Parnay family inherited it, and one of its members, Henri, was close to many politicians under the 3rd Republic, so former Minister of State Léon Gambetta was often invited to the Château. Then, the estate was transmitted to Edgard Pisani, minister of Charles De Gaulle and is still run by his son Edouard nowadays./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Saumur-Champigny’sbest asset is a soil rich in tuffeau stone, a chalky stone that absorbs most of the rain that falls during winter and gives it back slowly and regularly during summer. Thus, during the heat of summer, the sun ripens the grapes while the soil refreshes it through the roots hence ensuring a perfect balance between sugar, alcohol and acidity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2016 / bouteille

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

    The wine offers a nice garnet colour with purple reflections, a fruity nose with a strong intensity, and a silky mouthfeel enhanced by soft tannins revealing the characteristics of cabernet franc.

    £11.51 Public price £9.79 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. Artésis Rouge 2015, Maison Ogier, Côtes du Rhône

    Artésis Rouge 2015, Maison Ogier, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Based in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Ogier is a major winery of the southern Rhône Valley. Through the years, they developed strong connections with the best winegrowers in the area. Therefore, they are able to get the best grapes ! You might remember we already presented the white version of Artesis. I am very glad to present you this month Artesis red which displays nice aromas of blackcurrant and garrigue. The softness on the palate is particularly flattering.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache and syrah put together is the most common blend in southern Rhône Valley. So what is the point of adding mourvèdre ? This variety almost never vinified by itself brings more tannin and gives the wine more structure. But the best part is these typical aromas of white pepper that discreetly enriches Artesis with.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A limpid garnet dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of spices, black fruits and vegetables.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 15°C et 16° Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Ham bruschettas
    Spaghetti bolognese
    Tomme cheese
    Strawberry salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Antoine Ogier started the Ogier saga in 1859 by establishing himself as a wine merchant in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Generation after generation, his successors used the family’s credibility in order to build a great network of winegrowers everywhere in the Rhône Valley. That’s how Ogier could develop its own style of fruity and perfectly balanced fresh wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Grapes used in order to elaborate Artesis 2015 were selected on two main parcels: one is located in the Aigues Valley where the soil is made from sandstone and limestone, and the other on the rocky plateau of Plan de Dieu and its big pebbles. These soils gave different level of maturity to grapes, and blending those allowed the winemaking team to reach the perfect balance between ripeness and freshness. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2016 / bouteille

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

    I am very glad to present you this month Artesis red which displays nice aromas of blackcurrant and garrigue.

    £9.75 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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