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  1. Côtes-du-Rhône 2014, Domaine de l’Olivier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Côtes-du-Rhône 2014, Domaine de l’Olivier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This Côtes-du-Rhône’s purple flashy colour suggests that the wine will be fresh and lively. On the palate, the wine is indeed lively and comes along with soft melted tannins that enhance the explosive aromas of flowers and red berries. Just after swallowing, pay attention to the remarkable length of that wine and take the time to appreciate the nice spicy aftertaste. If you enjoy refined wines, this bottle is for you ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache and syrah are the two main varieties in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. However, grenache comes from Aragon, in Spain. It is one of the most cultivated grape varieties in the world and it spreads thanks to the intense aromas of ripened black and red berries it gives to the wines. Syrah brings to the wine fresh and spicy aromas hence ensuring the right level of complexity and a perfect balance.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish red and shiny dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of peony and currants.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken liver salad
    Grilled steak
    Saint-Félicien cheese
    Red wine poached pears

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In the Bastide Family, the wine is a matter of passion and tradition. The family has been in charge for 4 generations, and it’s not about to stop. Nowadays, Eric Bastide and his son Robin carry on the tradition of excellence of the family. Robin even started bringing his own touch by starting a project of modernization of the winery./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Domaine de l’Olivier is made of 48 hectares of old vines planted on hillsides. The old vines especially enjoy these slopes and their southern exposure. Moreover, the soil is made of clay which gives more complexity to the wine. However, old vines exposed south could give wines that lack of freshness, which is not the case thanks to the strong wind that constantly blows on the grapes. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2016 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, the wine is indeed lively and comes along with soft melted tannins that enhance the explosive aromas of flowers and red berries.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  2. Vignes du Prieuré 2014, Château Gigognan, Côtes du Rhône

    Vignes du Prieuré 2014, Château Gigognan, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The white version of “ Vignes du Prieuré ” was one of the first one ever to be in a VitiBox a few years ago. That’s why I’m so happy to present you this month its red version in an amazing vintage ! The colour changes, but pleasure is still there. The first nose smells orignal : it’s not that common to find aromas of fresh herbs and strawberry together. However, it’s enchanting ! Silky, fruity and powerful, it feels like biting in a ripe fruit just picked up from the tree. It’s intense and refreshing ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The blend of grenache, syrah and carignan is very typical from the southern Rhône Valley. Genache gives fruity aromas and sweetness, syrah brings some spicy flavours and carignan gives structure thanks to its high level in tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple and bright dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Duck livers
    Tripe sausage
    Saint-Nectaire
    Red berry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Vines were planted in Château Gigognan when Gaule was a province of the Roman Empire. Later, the Archbishops of Avignon made this area their land along with neighbouring Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Then, various aristocratic families owned successively the vineyard, which is always good as they obviously wanted to have good wine at their table. Nowadays, Jacques and Sophie Callet perpetuate the grandeur of Château Gigognan by making wines worthy of being on the best tables./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Planted on a sunny terroir, Château Gigognan’s vines are also in a place where strong winds blow, notably the warm and powerful mistral. Thus, berries ripen but keep their freshness thanks to the wind. This kind of terroir gives amazing wines : the high level of sugar and alcohol given by the sun is balanced by wind’s freshness, and the result is a powerful wine with a great length. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2016 / bouteille

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

    Silky, fruity and powerful, it feels like biting in a ripe fruit just picked up from the tree.

    £9.63 Public price £8.18 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  3. Les Griottes 2015, Maison Denuzière, Côtes du Rhône

    Les Griottes 2015, Maison Denuzière, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2017 / bouteille

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

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

    £11.98 Public price £10.18 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  4. Sans plus attendre 2015, Domaine Modat, AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages

    Sans plus attendre 2015, Domaine Modat, AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    First noticed around 5 years ago, Modat is the rising wine estate in the Roussillon region ! The wines are splendid and I am very proud to make you discover "Sans plus attendre". A very gourmet wine, powerful and very fine at the same time. On the palate, the wine seems juicy, opulent, deep and of rare elegance. A wine of great balance and complexity found in many great restaurants.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    « Sans plus attendre » is composed of three grape varieties extremely widespread in the Languedoc Roussillon namely syrah, which brings its finesse and its spicy and violet aromas, grenache and its opulence and its aromas of red fruits and finally the carignan for its tannic structure and its generosity. Complementary, they make together the reputation of the great wines of the south.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, the wine seems juicy, opulent, deep and of rare elegance.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Braised vegetables with smoked chicken
    Slow roast lamb, Tagliatelles
    Bleu de Gex cheese
    Dark chocolate cherry fudge

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The particularity of the Modat estate lies in its basements, which bears the pretty name of "gneiss". It is a granitic sand that is at the origin of elegant wines thanks to its remarkable ability to drain water. It makes red wines with silky tannins, light structure and some freshness, quite useful in sunny Roussillon.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2018 / bouteille

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

    A very gourmet wine, powerful and very fine at the same time.

    £20.83 Public price £17.71 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  5. Vieux Larmande 2010, Château Vieux Larmande, Saint Emilion Grand Cru

    Vieux Larmande 2010, Château Vieux Larmande, Saint Emilion Grand Cru

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    “I wanted to let you taste this wine since I really like how the Magnaudeix family works. I herd that they have deservedly won the gold medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2013 (a prestigious world wine tasting championship). This wine can be sipped young thanks to its fruity and expressive aromas, but also in 10 years since it has a long keeping potential.”

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

    Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grape varieties traditionally from Bordeaux and more precisely from the Saint Emilion denomination. The terroir allows Cabernet Franc to come to maturity and to develop a better aromatic palette.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Colour is dark garnet with blue-violet reflections. Micro-bubbles in suspension. Tears are coloured and the glass disc is very thin.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose: we recognise the typical taste of ageing in oak barrels. Fist nose is very strong and develops aromas of vanilla, sweet spices, whereas second nose reveals aromas of liquorice and mint.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Mouth, dense and fruity, is harmonious and balanced with velvet tannins and nice aromas.

    Verre

     Service

    Serve: between 14 and 16°C.  Open 1 hour before serving. Keeping potential until 2025 or more.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Autumn sweet potato soup
    Pepper sirloin steak

    Maroilles cheese

    Paris-Brest dessert

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

    The Magnaudeix family has been working on vineyards for 6 generations. Today, Héléne, Catherine, Jean-Pierre and Romain bring a touch of modernity to the work done by their ancestors.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Vines of Château Vieux Larmande grow on a dense layer of soil of hardpan basement covered by a calcareous-clay layer. The sublayer of hardpan is composed by clay, humus and iron and it’s a rare and very old soil. It gives stability to roots and prevents them from both dryness and high humidity and it contribute to the strength of vines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November 2013 / bottle

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

    This wine can be sipped young thanks to its fruity and expressive aromas, but also in 10 years since it has a long keeping potential.

    £22.40 Public price £19.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  6. Chinon Rouge 2013, Domaine de la Noblaie, Vallée de la Loire

    Chinon Rouge 2013, Domaine de la Noblaie, Vallée de la Loire

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « Over the last few months, with the team, we tasted several cuvees from Chinon, produced with Cabernet Franc, but we didn’t find any that we really enjoyed, except this one! The Manzagol family is very passionate about grapevines and earth, and that is why it decided to cultivate its grapevines using organic techniques. In this cuvee, the winemaker succeeded in softening tannins of the Cabernet Franc, that can sometimes be too bitter. Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think about this cuvee! »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine was produced from 100% Cabernet Franc. This grape variety usually produces wines with plant aromas, and especially green pepper. We find Cabernet Franc on half of the cultivated areas in Aquitaine and in the Loire Valley.

    Oeil

     Eye

     Garnet robe with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nez

    Nose of carbonic maceration, with red fruits hints.

    Bouche

     Mouth

    Round, fresh and fruity, with green pepper hints.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : open just before serving (wine produced with organic techniques, to drink within 24h maximum after opening)

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Chicken livers salad
    Rare beef

    Camembert

    Cherries

     

     Anecdote

     A wine, a family

    As often in the wine industry, the de la Noblaie domain is a family-owned business. Indeed, the Manzagol family owns the domain for three generations now. This domain is located in the “Vau Breton” hamlet, which means “the region of Cabernet Franc” in the Rabelais’ language.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Grapevines of this cuvee are planted on clay-limestone soils. This is a well-balanced soil combining clay and its freshness to the filtering ability of limestone. Wines produced on this kind of soil are sophisticated. Enjoy the fruit aromas and the delicacy of this powerful cuvee. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July 2014 / bouteille

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

    Over the last few months, with the team, we tasted several cuvees from Chinon, produced with Cabernet Franc, but we didn’t find any that we really enjoyed, except this one!

    £15.03 Public price £12.80 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  7. Garrigue 2012, Château de Lascaux, AOC Languedoc

    Garrigue 2012, Château de Lascaux, AOC Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    What I love about this wine is that when you smell it, you instantly land in the south of France during a sunny summer listening at the cicadas singing. Each of the three grape varieties perfectly play their part bringing together spicy flavours, red berries aromas and a long and fresh finish. This gourmet wine will perfectly pair with mixed salads with sliced ham and olives. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The blending of these three varieties is fairly typical of wines from the Languedoc appellation, and gives birth to balanced wines. Syrah brings colour to the wine and a framed structure, when the grenache shines through its generosity with its silky texture and its aromas of red and black fruits. Mourvèdre enriches the aromas with flavours of more complex spices, especially pepper.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep garnet colour with purple reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Spicy nose with aromas of peppers and cherry.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Between12°C et 14°C.  Open juste before serving. now and until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson
    Bacon wrapped monkfish tournedos
    Camembert cheese
    Cherry yoghurt

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Through its wines, Jean-Benoît Cavalier wants to demonstrate all the generosity of the Languedoc terroirs. To reach this goal, he had to take risks by modernizing his winemaking facility during the 1990s. This bet was a success as Château Lascaux is one of the most famous names in the area.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Languedoc-Roussillon vineyard is the oldest and largest vineyard in the world, spanning more than 200 000 hectares. The terroir of Château Lascaux is distinguished by its very hard limestone soils covered with garrigue. This vegetation made of juniper, thyme, rosemary, lavender and sage is typical of the south of France. Its scents remind heat, cicadas and relaxation. Close to the garrigue, grapes impregnate its flavours and then take it all the way through the bottle onto your palate. Well done! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2015 / bouteille

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

    What I love about this wine is that when you smell it, you instantly land in the south of France during a sunny summer listening at the cicadas singing.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  8. Morgon 2014, Domaine de Colette

    Morgon 2014, Domaine de Colette

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I give you the opportunity to taste a truly fantastic “Cru” from the Beaujolais. From the blueish reflections on the ruby colour, you can guess the strong aromatic intensity of the wine. I smell soft aromas of red and black berries, typical of Morgon. It is preferable to serve this wine at 15° and I suggest you pair it with a nice coq au vin. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    During the Middle Ages, gamay was the main variety grown in Burgundy. But in 1395, Philippe le Hardi, Duke of Burgundy, declared that gamay was “vile and deceitful” and therefore ordered its uprooting. During the following centuries, gamay was replaced by pinot noir in Burgundy but remained cultivated in Beaujolais ever since.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Steady and crystal clear dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 15° Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tripe sausage
    Coq au vin
    Saint-Marcellin cheese
    Poached pears in red wine

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Created in 1953 by René Gautier, Jacky’s father, Domaine de Colette was at the time only a few acres of vines abandoned since World War 1. René worked hard to revive the vines and bought several neighbouring plots and the estate eventually reached the size of 8 hectares. When he was only 17 years old, Jacky inherited his father’s estates + his uncle’s. He merged both in 1994 to make a big estate of 14 hectares.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     One of the specificities of Beaujolais is the use of carbonic maceration at the beginning of the winemaking process. Carbonic maceration consists in putting non-crushed grape clusters in sealed vessels. By making the fermentation process slower and avoiding oxidation, this technique widely used in Morgon gives the wine its particularly fruity aromas. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2015 / bouteille

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

    From the blueish reflections on the ruby colour, you can guess the strong aromatic intensity of the wine.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  9. Château du Breuil 2012, Château Cissac, Haut- Médoc

    Château du Breuil 2012, Château Cissac, Haut- Médoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    It’s a very typical Cru Bourgeois that I chose this month. The robe is dark and deep. The nose is complex, with hints of spice, and is very promising. On the palate, I was impressed by its perfect balance and its amazing structure. The aromas of violet and red berries perfectly pair with the aromas of licorice, sign of delicate aging in oak barrels. A very refined Cru Bourgeois, quite classical in its structure but quite original in its aromas. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If cabernet-sauvignon and merlot are expected as there are some in almost all the wines in Bordeaux, the presence of malbec is a bit more surprising. Malbec used to be quite widespread in Bordeaux until the sixties. It’s used to give more structure to the wine thanks to its usually thin but abundant tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with purple hues..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A complex and spicy nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh sweet and tangy mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Paté
    Sirloin steak with shallot sauce
    Saint-Nectaire
    Fresh raspberries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Chateau Cissac is so obviously located on an amazing terroir that vines were already planted there during Antiquity. Indeed, the castle was built on the ruins of a Roman Villa that was surrounded by vines ! Nowadays, Marie Vialard runs the estate and make everything she can to respect and honour this riche legacy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     If cabernet-sauvignon and merlot are expected as there are some in almost all the wines in Bordeaux, the presence of malbec is a bit more surprising. Malbec used to be quite widespread in Bordeaux until the sixties. It’s used to give more structure to the wine thanks to its usually thin but abundant tannins. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2016 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, I was impressed by its perfect balance and its amazing structure.

    £21.51 Public price £18.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  10. Le Champ Vallin 2015, Maison Foucher Lebrun, Touraine

    Le Champ Vallin 2015, Maison Foucher Lebrun, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Rabbit Terrine
    Veal Axoa
    Brie
    Honey fried figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2017 / bouteille

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

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

    £10.80 Public price £9.18 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  11. Comte de Tauzac 2014, Rigal, cahors

    Comte de Tauzac 2014, Rigal, cahors

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Created in 1755 in Cahors, Maison Rigal had developed a unique know-how with the Malbec grape. Vinified in red or rosé, Rigal knows how to express the best of this grape from the South- West of France. This wine “Comte de Tauzac” takes part of the long tradition of Cahors’ wines but with a modern profile of tasting. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Malbec is the most famous grape variety of this region. It grows really well in the soil of the South-West region : gravels and sand. It gives to this appellation unique and powerful tannins, aromas of plum, tobacco and a great capacity for ageing. In foreign countries, Malbec is known as “Black Wine” because of the intense and dark colour of this grape.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 17° one hour before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Roquefort cheese pie
    Roasted duck breast filet
    Morbier cheese
    Coffee éclair

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Rigal wants to daringly rediscover the historical South-West region of France. Using their unique know-how of winegrowing and wine-making process of Malbec, Rigal’s team, led by Julien Touboul, also takes advantage of varieties of original grapes in this region (Colombard, Gros Manseng, Braucol, etc.) to match them with the most adequate terroirs and get the purest wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     When you taste it, focus on the finish’s flavours : there is a saline persistence with smoky aromas. These aromas are the expression of the soil composed of pebbles and gravels. This composition of soil allows the vines to grow deeper roots and it provides minerality and powerful flavours to the wine. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2018 / bouteille

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

    This wine “Comte de Tauzac” takes part of the long tradition of Cahors’ wines but with a modern profile of tasting.

    £10.83 Public price £9.21 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  12. La Sérénité 2009, Pessac-Léognan

    La Sérénité 2009, Pessac-Léognan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    This Pessac-Léognam does credit to its designation. It was vinified in the purest tradition of Bordeaux by the team of the winery Pape Clément, his famous neighbour (another propriety of Bernard Magrez). Why the Serenity? Because the winemakers have to be patient and temperate to best express these vineyards.… 

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    A typical blending of this designation. The merlot gives the suppleness, whereas the cabernet sauvignon will bring structure and a tannic force that increase the keeping potential. The aromas of this grape variety get more intense when tasted after 18 month of aging in oak barrels.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     A very nice colour with violet reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    The nose is sourranded by strong notes of red fruits, in particularly we find the raspberry and blackcurrant, but also we feel intense flavours of red pepper, typical of cabernet sauvignon.

    Bouche

     Taste

    This full bodied wine is rich and woody with a remarkable density.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve between 14°C and 16°C. To decant 30 minutes before servinf. Keeping time: until 2020.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    T-bone steak
    Soft French cheese
    Raspberry tart

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Known for his exceptional wines, Bernard Magrez is an autodidact, become the first owner of the grand wines classified at Bordeaux. We call him “ the men of 40 wineries”!

     Terroir

    The terroir

    Pessac-Léognan is the renowned designation of the region of Graves, to the south of Bordeaux. His soil made of clays, limestone and gravels give to the Pessac-Léognam his distinctive taste. The soil stores sunlights during the day and free it during the night and it does a remarkable natural draining. These vineyards are closed to the well-known Château Pape Clément, Grand Cru Classé de Graves.

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by case of 3 ou 6 bouteilles until 31 august 2013. Delivery in 21 days. 

    Rich and complex, this Pessac-Léognam does credit to its designation.

    £54.00 Public price £50.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  13. L'Etoile de Bergey 2010, Château Haut-Bergey

    L'Etoile de Bergey 2010, Château Haut-Bergey

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « The cuvee L’Etoile de Bergey has as much potential as its big brother, the Château Haut-Bergey. This Pessac Léognan wine has a nice purple robe, and combines a nice acidity, silky tannins and harmonious wood flavours. I advice you to drink this wine while eating rabbit stew. You can drink this wine now or wait five more years. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    In the Bordeaux area, it is common to combine cabernet sauvignon and merlot. The cabernet sauvignon brings power and body to the wine, while the merlot adds fruits and velvet hints. This wine is full of aromas of blackcurrants, strawberries, black cherries and prunes.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe has an intense garnet colour with violet-blue reflections and colored tears.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose with a nice intensity, pleasant, with spices (pepper) and wood (barrel) hints.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fruity mouth with a nice reflection of the terroir. The tannins are thin.

    Verre

     Service

    Service: Between 15 and 17°C. . Open 1 hour before serving. Keeping until 2020 and more.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Farmhouse terrine
    Rabbit stew

    Brie Cheese

    Black forest cake

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Year after year, Sylviane Garcin Cathiard is building a small empire in the Bordeaux wines. She bought four different Châteaux in fifteen years : Château Branon, Clos l’Eglise Pomerol, Château Barde-Haut, and of course the Château Haut-Bergey.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The terroir of the Château Haut-Bergey is spread on 25 hectares of vineyards cultivated on an argilo-siliceous subsoil, mix of sand and clay. We often say that the clay soils produce wines that are solid, strong and alcoholic while the siliceous soils produce fine wines, with subtle aromatic hints. The union of the clay and the silica sand guarantees a terroir of high quality. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February 2014 / bouteille

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

    The cuvee L’Etoile de Bergey has as much potential as its big brother, the Château Haut-Bergey. You can drink this wine now or wait five more years.

    £24.70 Public price £21.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  14. Château Lamothe Belair, 2011, rouge, Bergerac

    Château Lamothe Belair, 2011, rouge, Bergerac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I am happy to present a wine from Bergerac. It is rich and well structured, with very intense flavours. It is very smooth on the palate and shows smoky aromas of oak. I would definitely recommend serving this wine with a beautiful piece of beef, why not some tasty beef from Bergerac where cow breeding is prevalent. If you wish, you can also let it age in you cellar. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine is a blend of most of the grape varieties you find in this part of France for red wines: merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Merlot gives the wine flavours of red fruits and softens the tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon and the Malbec balance that with a strong body and spicy and smoky flavours.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light garnet red.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose is intense and pleasing with smoky and woody notes.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well balanced with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Around 16°C  Open one hour before drinking. From now and until 2019.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Duck breast a la plancha
    Beef with red wine sauce
    Cabécou of Périgord
    Paris-Brest

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family

    When we think about Bergerac, we usually think about the very good sweet wines this terroir provides Montbazillac, Montravel or Saussignac). But the fact is that you can find great red wines in the vineyards of Bergerac, such as the Château LamotheBelair, that was awarded several times. Château LamotheBelair is managed by StéphanePuyol who is the proud owner of two Châteaux in Saint-Emilion with evocative names:Barberousse (Barbarossa) and Montremblant!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château Lamothe Belair is located 12km from Saint-Emilion, on the extension of the hills of Saint-Emilion. The soil is clay and limestone as most of the land in the Bordeaux/Southwest area. This kind of soil retains a lot of water and keeps it fresh, balancing the effects of the sun in order to keep the hint of freshness the wine needs. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2014 / bouteille

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

    This month, I am happy to present a wine from Bergerac. It is rich and well structured, with very intense flavours. It is very smooth on the palate and shows smoky aromas of oak.

    £7.98 Public price £6.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  15. Château d'Eck 2012, Pessac Léognan

    Château d'Eck 2012, Pessac Léognan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    It’s as if the beauty of Château d’Eck reflects on its wines like the sun in a mirror. This magnificent castle makes the pride of the Pessac-Léognan appellation. The wine displays aromas of cherry and wood, especially cedar. If you wish, you can keep it in your cellar so its aromas and texture evolve: it can ages up to seven years! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The merlot is fruity and low in tannins. The cabernet sauvignon is strong in tannins and displays mainly vegetal aromas. The two were made to complete each other. And that is what Bordeaux is all about since the blend merlot and cabernet sauvignon is the most typical one there. But I would like to draw your attention to the petit verdot. It has always been present in Bordeaux, and since it is not sensitive to rot, it is more and more grown as the winemakers try to cut on pesticides.

    Oeil

    appearance

     Garnet colour, mat and steady..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open to the aromas of spices and red berries.

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Intense mouth in the present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 15°C et 17°C.  open just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Parisian duck pie with foie gras
    Tournedos rossini
    Camembert cheese
    Cherry clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in Cadaujac just outside of Bordeaux, the Château d’Eck is a real medieval castle where one of the best wines of Pessac-Léognan is made. The castle was the first property of the Duke of Aquitaine and then it belonged to the King of England when the region was under English domination. François Eck inherited the castle and the estate in 1824 and gave it his own name!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Pessac-Léognan appel-lation was created 30 years ago to distinguish the best part of the Graves appellation. Graves is a big appellation that got its name from the stones that lie on the ground (Graves means pebble in old French) and helps the grapes to mature by accumulating the heat during the day and redistributing it during the night. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2015 / bouteille

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

    If you wish, you can keep it in your cellar so its aromas and texture evolve: it can ages up to seven years!

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  16. Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon, Château de Teste Graves

    Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon, Château de Teste Graves

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, let’s go to Bordeaux to discover this magnificent batch by Château de Teste. This wine perfectly reveals the richness of its terroir during the tasting. The colour is purple with dark pink reflection. At the nose I smelled surprising aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus. The wine is also characterized by a good length and it ends on a nice touch of acidity. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot is the most grown variety in Bordeaux. It is known for giving warm wines with sweet flavours, a silky texture and soft and discrete tannins. To give more structure to the wines, merlot is really often blended with cabernet-sauvignon, which used to be the main grape in the Bordeaux area until the 20th century and is known to have a stronger structure.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Sensitive and pleasant nose to the aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Mushroom pie
    Roasted duck breast
    Saint-Nectaire cheese
    Roasted chestnuts

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in the bank of the Gironde River, Château de Teste overlooks the vines of the small village of Montprimpblanc which was before named Monte Primulus which means in Latin the daisies’ mountain. The vines did not always reign on the hills of the region! Nowadays, the daisies are gone and the estate belongs to Laurent Réglat, passionate winemaker who produces wines in several appellations: Sainte-Croix-du-Mont and Cadillac.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The specificity of the Graves appellation is that it got its name from its soil. In French, “graves” are round hard pebbles that are really appreciated by winemakers. Indeed, those retain the warmth provided by the sun during the day and give it back to the grapes at night. Therefore, the berries never stop ripening. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2016 / bouteille

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

    At the nose I smelled surprising aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus.

    £21.51 Public price £18.29 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  17. Languedoc 2015, Château de Jonquières, Languedoc

    Languedoc 2015, Château de Jonquières, Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Languedoc is not only about strong wines with high level of tannins and aromas of ripe fruits. Château de Jonquières is quite the opposite with its delicate aromas of flowers, slightly enhanced by white pepper. It’s always nice to see that some winemakers enjoy giving a different expression of their terroir. This freshness and length is particularly remarkable. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    It’s uncommon to see such a balanced blend ! In this case, that also gives a perfectly balanced wine : syrah brings tannins and a bit of pepper, grenache provides alcohol and the hint of ripeness, carignan gives flowery aromas and cinsault brings some extra acidity that underline the wine’s freshness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful raspberry dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of rose and white pepper.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken salad
    Roasted partridge
    Laguiole cheese
    Plum cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château de Jonquières was built in the 12th Century and has been since transmitted from generation to generation. And quality is not something new there, as in 1889 one of their wines received a silver medal in a wine competition which allowed them to start selling their wines in Canada ! Nowadays, Charlotte et Clément de Béarn (32nd generation!!) are in charge of carrying on the Family legacy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Chateau de Jonquières is located just under the Causse du Larzac plateau. The vines enjoy warm southern winds from the Mediterranean as well as fresh masses of air falling down from the nearing plateau. Therefore, the temperature gets neither too high nor too low. This kind of conditions favours a slow but regular maturation which gives to the grapes a remarkable complexity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2016 / bouteille

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

    It’s always nice to see that some winemakers enjoy giving a different expression of their terroir.

    £13.27 Public price £11.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  18. Marques Del Villar 2015, Les Passeurs de Vins, Rioja, Espagne

    Marques Del Villar 2015, Les Passeurs de Vins, Rioja, Espagne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This new vintage of Marquès del Villar was love at first sip ! This rich wine is as original as it is warm and flattering on the palate. Cinnamon and forest fruits create a mesmerizing mix and the whole is carried by a remarkably soft texture. I advise you to taste this wine in your sofa under an air of Carmen to fly to Spain 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Tempranillo is the king of the wine-growing region of Rioja, where this grape variety was born. Thus, this represents a total of 70% of the total production of the vineyard. A small anecdote : its name is a derivative of the Spanish word « temprano », meaning early. This name makes perfect sense as it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grape varieties !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish red dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of red fruits and sweet spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Stuffed peppers
    Duck breast
    Ossau-iraty
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Les Passeurs de Vins is a wine story, but above all, a friends’ story. Under the name of « Lionel Osmin et Cie », Lionel Osmin and five of his Basque friends discover the most beautiful vineyards in northern Spain, in order to obtain the best grapes and to elaborate original wines with their own values. The more the merrier, another huge amateur just came to support this club of joyful passionates, Imanol Harinordoquy (former national French rugby player), Basque indeed !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Rioja certainly is the oldest and most famous appellation in Spain for those red wines which unveil unsuspected qualities. Planted 400 meters above sea level and protected by three mountain ranges, the 60,000 hectares of vineyards benefit from a specific geographical location which favors a particular microclimatic development adapted to the grape harvest. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2017 / bouteille

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

    This rich wine is as original as it is warm and flattering on the palate. Cinnamon and forest fruits create a mesmerizing mix and the whole is carried by a remarkably soft texture.

    £11.39 Public price £9.68 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  19. Gamay 2016, Jean Marc Biet, AOC Touraine

    Gamay 2016, Jean Marc Biet, AOC Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    An artist wine by the well-known and well gifted Jean-Marc Biet ! The nose is subtle, displays delicate flowers aromas and opens to small red berries flavours. In the mouth, a salty taste gives soul to the wine. This is a superb Loire Valley wine, fresh and elegant, of great finesse, charming and easy to drink in all circumstances. A single bottle might not be enough. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine was elaborated with gamay, a variety that comes from Beaujolais, in southern Burgundy, where it is still the main variety grown. Gamay is amazing, it offers a nice olfactory intensity with notes of red fruits which can be surprising considered that the flesh of this grape is white !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    The nose is subtle, displays delicate flowers aromas and opens to small red berries flavours.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    In the mouth, a salty taste gives soul to the wine.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between14°C et 16° open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Rabbit terrine with cranberries
    Veal paupiettes
    Neufchâtel cheese
    Roasted figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Biet family estate is one of the leading estates in the large Touraine appellation. The family’s know-how and passion has been transmitted on four generations and evolves with the desire to produce wines that respect the terroir and people who live there. Nowadays, Jean-Marc and his daughter Julie continue to write the history of the estate by vinifying wines that remind their personalities : pleasant, aromatic and with character./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located between Tours and Bourges, Jean-Marc Biet’s estate is located on the south and south-east slopes of the Cher River. A well exposed and balances terroir thanks to its soil composed of clay that offers freshness to the grapes, and limestone that brings subtlety and minerality. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2018 / bouteille

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

    This is a superb Loire Valley wine, fresh and elegant, of great finesse, charming and easy to drink in all circumstances.

    £10.13 Public price £8.61 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. Roc des Mates 2010, Château de Cazeneuve, Pic Saint-Loup

    Roc des Mates 2010, Château de Cazeneuve, Pic Saint-Loup

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    “Roc des Mates is strong, tannic and velvety at the same time. The taste is pleasant and silky. It has a long keeping potential thanks to his 18 ageing in barrels. Here you have a fine wine, very representative of the Pic Saint-Loup denomination. This very tannic wine will seduce those who love masculine wines. Open two hours before serving to round tannins”.

    Feuille

    Grape Varienty

    This wine is a syrah-based blend. The result is a tannic and intense wine. Grenache varietal gives body (alcohol) to wine, whereas mourvèdre increases the keeping potential.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Luminous garnet colour with violet reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Nose is sophisticated and smells a bouquet of violets and red fruits (blackcurrant), with woody notes. It’s also slightly spicy and with gilled touches.

    Bouche

     Taste

    This wine has a large volume and nice construction in the mouth. Tannins are rounded, ripen and fresh. The result is a good balance.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between16 et 18°C.  Open two hours before serving. Keeping potential until 2020.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Green olives tapenade 
    Roasted herb chicken

    Mont d'Or Cheese

    Sugar Crepes

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

    André Leenhardt, Dedé for his friends, was mayor of his village and president of the syndicate of Pic Saint-Loup wines. He purchased this winery in 1988. Wines from south of France are known for their character and wild aspect; however Dedé has successfully given roundness, fineness and smoothness to this strong wine.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Clayey soil, vegetation and Mediterranean climate are the stronger assets of terroir Pic Saint-Loup. Vineyards of this cuvee are situated on a mountain chain at 150 metres above sea level. In particular vines grow on calcareous-clay slopes that are skeletal thin and pebbly soils. 25-years old vineyards give good quality grapes since the age is in inverse proportion to quantity. Indeed smaller quantity allows grapes to grow better.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, octobre. 2013 / bottles

    Sold by cases of 3 ou 6 bottles until 31 October 2013. Delivery within 21 days 

    Roc des Mates is strong, tannic and velvety at the same time. The taste is pleasant and silky. It has a long keeping potential thanks to his 18 ageing in barrels.

    £22.40 Public price £19.00 Subscribers' price

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