1. Artésis Rouge 2015, Côtes du Rhône

    Artésis Rouge 2015, 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.

    £29.24 Public price £24.85 Subscribers' price

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  2. Louis Soufflot 2015, AOP Mercurey

    Louis Soufflot 2015, AOP Mercurey

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The south of Burgundy has long been underestimated because no Grands Crus were located there. The truth is that some amazing terroirs lie there and the little bonus of sun they get around Chalon gives a quite persistent version of pinot noir. Mercurey is doubtlessly one of the best appellation in this area ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Pinot Noir is an old-timer. Experts agree that it was already present in the first century of our era. Indeed, this grape variety would have seen the Gallics fighting against the Romans and would have even witnessed the birth of the Burgundy vineyard. That’s how it became throughout the centuries the main and then the only black variety in Burgundy.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Swordfish salad with herbs
    Roasted quail and spring vegetables
    Beaufort
    Strawberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The story of Primavinae began in 1951 here in Burgundy and quickly grew : now the respected winemaking company own vineyards in almost all the villages of the region, which is quite uncommon. Moreover, their vines are usually located on the best terroirs, as it is the case for Louis Soufflot’s vines throughout the villages of southern Burgundy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyard of Mercurey enjoys a very special terroir because it lays on a rugged relief punctuated by small hills alternating gentle and severe slopes.This type of relief gives grapes that have benefited from various sun exposures. Therefore, the final blend will display a larger spectrum of aromas, hence a higher level of complexity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2017 / bouteille

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

    The final blend will display a larger spectrum of aromas, hence a higher level of complexity.

    £71.24 Public price £60.55 Subscribers' price

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  3. 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.

    £62.50 Public price £53.13 Subscribers' price

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  4. L'Expression 2012, Côte Roannaise

    L'Expression 2012, Côte Roannaise

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    This wine from our September selection is atypical since it doesn’t have any chemical component: no sulphur, no ascorbic acid or chemical yeast. Maybe you didn’t know that the large majority of winemakers add different components to their wine to balance the final taste. Simon Hawkins does not embrace this philosophy and he keep producing a 100% natural wine. I am a fun of his wine and I believe he has won his bat against chemical components! 

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    Gamay is a dark grape variety with white juice. It is also early and very productive; therefore it’s necessary to limit his liveliness to produce quality grapes. It mainly grows in the Beaujolais region. His peculiarity is to give fruity, fresh ad greedy wines. I usually suggest to drink them cold at 12°C.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Dark purple robe with superb bluish-violet reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Very expressive nose of black gamay. The smell is floral with notes of violets and tasty with aromas of strawberry.

    Bouche

     Taste

    The taste is juicy and rich of red fruits. Slightly spicy with notes of white pepper.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve at 12°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential juntil 2015.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    ham and olives quiche 
    chicken and red pepper cubes a la plancha

    saint-marcellin

    summer pudding

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

    Simon Hawkins worked in the textile trade in England before coming to France in 1990. There he changed his life and became winemaker! Press call him “Mad Englishman of the Cote Ronnaise” since Simon always chose to go counter currant to trait his vineyards and his wine. His motto his “authentic wines from sustainable viticulture and natural, hands-off wine making.”

     Terroir

    The terroir

     The vineyard is located in the Rhone Valley between Clermond Ferrand and Lyon, to the north of the Loire region. It extends on granitic and siliceous soils, both very favourable for winemaking. The Madeleine mountains enclose the areas. The climate is very mild with little rainfalls. For having the AOC designation, grape vines have to grow between 370 and 550 meters on the sea level. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2013 / bottle

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

    This wine from our September selection is atypical since it doesn’t have any addiction: no sulphur, no ascorbic acid or chemical yeast.

    £34.20 Public price £29.00 Subscribers' price

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  5. Margaux 2011, Château Haut-Breton Larigaudiere, Margaux

    Margaux 2011, Château Haut-Breton Larigaudiere, Margaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « It’s been a couple of months I was looking for a nice wine from the Margaux AOC, one of the most well-known AOC in France. I really enjoyed this cuvee from the Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière. Margaux wines are famous for their delicacy and their feminine side, and you will probably notice this when tasting it. Moreover, it has a good price/quality ratio. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    One of the best mix we can make in Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Cabernet Sauvignon brings power and body to the wine, while Merlot brings fruit aromas and mellowness. The main aromas are: blackcurrants, strawberries, dark cherries, etc.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe has a garnet color with purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense nose, woody and vanilla-flavored, typical of the Margaux noses.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Mouth typical of the Médoc region, spiced.

    Verre

     Service

    Service: Between 14 and 16°C. . Open 1 hour before serving. Aging potential until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Skewered offal
    Lamb shoulder

    Brie

    Paris-Brest

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Within a few decades, the Mour and Schepper families built a small empire in the Bordeaux region. They started by purchasing the Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière, and they then bought few more Château: Château la Croizille, Château Cadiot, Château Tayet, Château Tour Baladoz. If you know people that would like to sell their Château, don’t hesitate to contact them: they could be interested

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Trianon de Larigaudière is the second wine of the prestigious Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière, located on one of the most beautiful terroir of the Margaux AOC. The soil is sand-rich: sand has some drainage aptitudes that help producing light and aerial wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April 2014 / bouteille

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

    Margaux wines are famous for their delicacy and their feminine side, and you will probably notice this when tasting it. Moreover, it has a good price/quality ratio.

    £77.70 Public price £66.00 Subscribers' price

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  6. Château Grand Lartigue 2009, Grand Cru, Saint Emilion

    Château Grand Lartigue 2009, Grand Cru, Saint Emilion

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    2009 is one of the best vintages Saint-Emilion ever produced. One could even compare it to the legendary 2005 vintage, known to have been the best vintage in Bordeaux for decades. Thus, it was important to me to select a wine that could introduce you to great Bordeaux vintages. And of all the wines I tasted, Château Grand Lartigue was the one showing best this wonderful combination of strength, fruit and tannins that 2009 gave us. This wine is to be paired with you best meals!

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Cabernet franc is widespread in the right bank of Bordeaux, but also in the Loire Valley ! The terroir allows it to reach maturity one week before the cabernet sauvignon does, which allows the winemakers to take more time to protect the grapes during the harvest. It is widely grown in Saint- Emilion, and is even the main variety used for one of the most famous wine in the world: Château Cheval Blanc (60%). It is less tannic than cabernet sauvignon, so it ages faster and can be drunk earlier.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Intense purple colour showing the aging potential..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    At the nose, the wine is intense with blackberries and menthol aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The texture is silky with tastes of liquorice and pepper.

    Verre

    Service

    between 15° et 17°C.  Open 30 minutes before drinking. From now and until 2019

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Duck confit salad
    Stuffed quails
    Coulommiers cheese
    Chocolate cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Pierre Chollet is the director of Château Grand Lartigue, a property which covers 5 hectares in Saint-Emilion. His company Vitis Vintage resurrected this forgotten estate in 2001. They built a new winery and completely changed the agricultural process. For example, Chollet decided to stop using chemical fertilizer.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The terroir of Saint-Emilion is one of the most famous in the world, and there is reason for that: it is also one of the best ! The ground is a mix of very old sand and wet clay. Moreover, the rules of the appellation are very strict: winemakers cannot make more than 40 hl of wine per hectare, and the wine has to age at least 12 months in oak barrels. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 31th january 2015. Delivery within 21 days. 

    And of all the wines I tasted, Château Grand Lartigue was the one showing best this wonderful combination of strength, fruit and tannins that 2009 gave us.

    £68.05 Public price £57.84 Subscribers' price

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  7. Passions 2008, A.O.C Côtes du Roussillon, Villages

    Passions 2008, A.O.C Côtes du Roussillon, Villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Ruby deep colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Powerful in the aromas of red berries and vegetable.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with fine tannins and silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Steak Tartare
    Lamb sweetbreads
    Saint Nectaire
    Roasted Figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £64.54 Public price £54.85 Subscribers' price

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  8. Ramage la Batisse 2013, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

    Ramage la Batisse 2013, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    You might have noticed that Château Ramage la Batisse is a “Cru Bourgeois”. What does it mean? Maybe you know that the wines made in Medoc (the prestigious part of Bordeaux’s left bank) were ranked in 1855. But since then, the ranking hasn’t changed even though a lot of new great wines emerged in Médoc. The “Cru Bourgois” ranking was created in 1932 to award these new talents from Médoc. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If merlot is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, it is pretty uncommon to find so much merlot in a wine from Médoc ! Indeed, in this part of Bordeaux, cabernet-sauvignon is the king as it gives its best on soils made of graves. However, this choice of adding a lot of merlot was good as it is what gives this wine its silky texture that swathes cabernet-sauvignon strong tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with a streaming drop..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose to the aromas of cedar and cherry.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a creamy texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18°C.  Open just before serving. until 2023

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Wild boar and foie gras terrine
    Grilled flank steak with shallot and red wine sauce
    Epoisses de Bourgogne
    Cherry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Since 1961, Château Ramage la Batisse has slowly but surely become a star of the Haut-Médoc. The 95 hectares of the estate were entrusted in 1990 to renowned winemaker Georges Pauli. Thanks to its hard work and the modernization of the winery, Château Ramage la Batisse eventually became a Cru Bourgeois in 2003. Well done Georges !

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in the heart of Médoc, the vines are planted on a chalky underground whereas the ground itself is made of graves. So it is a poor soil that naturally limits the vines’ yield. Moreover, it challenges the vines which have to grow long roots in order to find their nutrients deep hence giving very high quality wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2016 / bouteille

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

    You might have noticed that Château Ramage la Batisse is a “Cru Bourgeois”.

    £61.53 Public price £52.30 Subscribers' price

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  9. La Chapelle-Lescours 2011, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    La Chapelle-Lescours 2011, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Château l’Evêché is ruled by skilled people ! Indeed, we already chose for My VitiBox their Bordeaux Supérieur and their first Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. There is their second Grand Cru that impressed us. Tannins are fine, the aromatic structure is very elegant and we get magnificent scents of ripen black berries, typical from high class merlots. On the palate, you will also find fine tastes of liquorice and hints of chocolate. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot is the most widespread variety in Saint-Emilion and cabernet franc the noblest (it’s the only variety in Château Cheval Blanc). This nice blend gives the best both varieties have to offer : merlot expresses its delightful aromas of ripe fruits like plum and cabernet franc brings fine tannins and warm spices’ flavours like liquorice.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purplish red dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 18° Open before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Gazpacho
    Roasted lamb
    Burrata cheese
    Chocolate tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Eight centuries old, Château l’Evêché really took off in 2008 when it was purchased by Jean-Sébastien Capdevielle. This former foie gras producer wanted to take a new challenge and spent four years looking for a terroir that inspired him. He eventually found Château l’Evêché where he did a huge work with his team to produce a few years later great wines considered to be rising stars in Saint-Emilion./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines used to elaborate La Chapelle-Lescours are planted on a soil made of fine clay and large heavy round pebbles called graves. This kind of soil perfectly regulates the water supply to make sure vine stocks get all the nutrients they need but are not flooded which could result in diluted wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2016 / bouteille

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

    Tannins are fine, the aromatic structure is very elegant and we get magnificent scents of ripen black berries, typical from high class merlots

    £101.94 Public price £86.65 Subscribers' price

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  10. La relève 2015, Saint Joseph

    La relève 2015, Saint Joseph

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Pierre Gaillard is one on the few Rhône Valley’s star winemakers. As Pierre ages, he is slowly putting his daughter Jeanne in charge of his best plots of vines. This is the meaning of this cuvee "La relève" (succession in French) which was designed and vinified by herself. This wine shows that Jeanne is more than a good choice to take over : this is the perfect mix between Gaillard’s amazing skills and a great vintage. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Syrah, nicknamed serine in the Rhône Valley, is known to give a good balance between power and subtility. Nowadays, syrah is also the most famous black variety in Australia where it’s known under the name of Shiraz. This grape variety has a spicy character and delicious violet aromas.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively Fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° open 2 hours before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pork liver with raspberry sauce
    Tournedos Rossini
    Half-baked chocolate cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Daughter of the renowned Pierre Gaillard, owner of 4 estates in Rhône Valley and Languedoc-Roussillon, Jeanne Gaillard is now making wine on her own. Mainly located in Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage, she handles the local grape varieties with talent. She aims to highlight the pure expression of each grape variety and each parcel of her estate./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     As in all the prestigious appellations of the northern Rhône Valley, the vines of Saint Joseph are located on the edge of a plateau along the Rhone River. These are swept by the winds that blow almost permanently in this rocky corridor : it is this characteristic that allows the Syrah, the black grape variety in the area, to express this remarkable freshness.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2017 / bouteille

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

    This wine shows that Jeanne is more than a good choice to take over : this is the perfect mix between Gaillard’s amazing skills and a great vintage.

    £66.29 Public price £56.35 Subscribers' price

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  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.

    £32.50 Public price £27.63 Subscribers' price

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  12. Chinon - Les Charmes 2009

    Chinon - Les Charmes 2009

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    This great bottle testifies the renewal of the winery Charles Jouquet located at Chinon. The grape variety 100% cabernet franc, with its notes of spices, perfectly matches a juicy grilled steak.

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The only grape variety of this wine is the cabernet franc. It has a medium-dark appearance, fine tannins and aromas of red fruits and spices. It’s well known for his spicy flavour of red pepper.

    Oeil

     Appearance

    A very beautiful violet colour streaked with bluish-purple and coloured tears.

    Nez

     Nose

    The pleasant nose opens up with notes of wild and grass. You can discover aromas of red pepper, hay, vanilla and even pepper.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Dense and powerful mouthfeel, with good ripe tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve at 16°C. To lay down up to 8 years.

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    It perfectly matches a juicy grilled steak with roasted vegetables. Followed by French Brie cheese and a cherry clofoutis as a dessert.

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Before opening a winery, Chales Joguet was a painter. He has been between the first wine makers in the Loire region to adopt the enclosed winemaking that consists in dividing the vine in smaller areas and vinifying separately the grape coming from each section.

     Terroir

    The terroir

    Chinon, located in the hearth of the Val de Loire, is a small and prestigious vineyard. It extends over approximately 5700 acres, divided into nineteen villages. The vines are exposed to two main types of soil:

    1/ The gravel terraces, which give us light and flavourful wines called “Easter wine” or “Spring wine”.

    2/ The limestone and clayey-siliceous slopes give us wines that can be kept for years. This wine comes from this side of vineyard.

    My VitiBox, July 2013 / bouteille

    Sold by case of 3 and 6 bottles until the 31 August 2013. Delivery in 21 days

    This great bottle testifies the renewal of the winery Charles Jouquet located at Chinon. Save 23% in comparison to the wine shops.

    £52.50 Public price £45.00 Subscribers' price

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  13. Cuvée Première Vendange 2012, Domaine de la Charmoise, Touraine

    Cuvée Première Vendange 2012, Domaine de la Charmoise, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « This month I would like you to discover the Domaine de la Charmoise. Its wines are outstanding in terms of price quality ratio. The Ma- rionnets, the owners of this winery, are passionate about their work and this is shown in what they produce! Car- bonic maceration of grapes created nice aromas that will surprise you. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Gamay is a red grape variety with white juice and very productive. In wintertime, winemakers cut the branches holding grapes very short. Each hectare has a big density of vine trunks and roots. These two characteristics of gamay facilitate the production of red, fruity, fresh and savoury wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Carmine colour with violet reflections. Wine disk is thin.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Typical nose of young gamay and carbonic maceration (banana and strawberry). Nice mint touches.

    Bouche

    Taste

    Round and fresh on the palate. Mouth is juicy and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 11 and 13°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Platter of charcutetie
    Chipolata with young vegetables

    Valençay cheese

    Pears poached in red wine

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    The Marionnet family arrived at Soings, in the east part of Touraine, 30 km to the south of Blois, during the 50s’. What’s the peculiarity of this winery? The Marionnets own the oldest grapevine of France, dated around 1850, before the phylloxéra crisis.

     Terroir

    Terroir

    Thanks to its location in the east end of the Touraine, this winery benefits from a continental climate, favourable to sauvignon and gamay. Spring frosts are quite rare and temperatures help these two grape varieties to come to maturity before the harvest. Grapevines grow on “perruches” (flinty clay and gravels) soil. It is a dense and compact soil that produces wine for laying down. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, décembre. 2013 / bouteille

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

    The Marionnets, the owners of this winery, are passionate about their work and this is shown in what they produce!

    £42.30 Public price £36.00 Subscribers' price

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  14. Croix de Chabot 2011, Vallée du Rhône

    Croix de Chabot 2011, Vallée du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « When Michel Chapoutier, a winemaker considered as a god in the Rhône Valley, and Yannick Alléno, a famous chef (who gets 3 stars in the Michelin guide) met, they immediately decided to produce a cuvee together. They produced this cuvee in order to put it on the wine list of Yannick Alléno’s restaurants. It is a gastronomic wine, that will probably surprise you with its lard mouth, slightly smoked. I would like to thank Michel Chapoutier again for letting us get the remaining stock of this cuvee. »

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    Shiraz is one of the most cultivated grape varieties in the world. It produces wines with a dark robe, and powerful and spicy aromas, such as violet, black pepper or liquorice. A wine produced with Shiraz is perfect to drink after several years in your cellar.

    Oeil

    Eye

     Dark garnet robe with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Intense nose of pure Shiraz.

    Bouche

     Mouth

    Thick, with velvet tannins, lard aromas, slightly smoked.

    Verre

     Service

    Service :between 15 and 17°C. Open 1 hour before serving. to taste now or until 2017.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Duck pâté 
    Chicken curry

    Langres

    Dark chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

     A wine, a family

    Michel Chapoutier is a lover of grapevines! Nowadays, Michel is very famous in the Rhône Valley and his wines are very successful, especially in the international market. This success can be explained by Michel’s motto: “Don’t follow or copy, but initiate, create and pave the way”.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Grapevines of this Saint-Joseph are planted on a shallow soil, composed of granite. It is a typical terroir of the Saint-Joseph designation. Michel Chapoutier uses head-pruned vines, that are thirty years old. Vinegrapes benefit from a lot of wind, that enables grapes to be well-ventilated and that avoids the development of mould.

     

     

    My VitiBox, Juillet 2014 / bouteille

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

    It is a gastronomic wine, that will probably surprise you with its lard mouth, slightly smoked.

    £68.50 Public price £58.20 Subscribers' price

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  15. Les Marnes 2013, Sancerre

    Les Marnes 2013, Sancerre

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Sancerre is mainly known for its white wines made from sauvignon. Many people do not know that it is also a great terroir for red wines! This is why I chose this great red Sancerre in order to broaden your horizons. Its really light colour and its herbaceous nose can be surprising, but I hope it will make you feel likelearning more by tasting, so as to discover its really nice aromas of red currant. Just remember one thing : the wine has to be a little chilled, so serve it between 12 and 14°C. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    France is the country that produces the most pinot noir in the world. It is the main variety for red wines in Burgundy. It is also the only black variety in Sancerre. It gives very fine wines with a lot of fruity aromas and very low tannins. But it is an unpredictable and delicate variety. This is the reason why most winemakers of the new world choose to plant safer varieties.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light ruby colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Herbaceous flavours with hints of red currant.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fruity and refreshing aromas.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 12°C and 14°C.  Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Roasted ham
    Chicken escalope
    Fresh goat
    Strawberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Caves du Prieuré were created in 1971 by Jacques and Geneviève Guillerault. Nowadays, it is Gilles, their son, who is in charge and willing to use only sustainable methods. The use of chemical products is drastically limited. It is a really meaningful choice in Sancerre as the pinot noir is so delicate and is very sensitive to various attacks.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Before the phylloxera crisis at the end on the 19th Century (that destroyed many of the vineyards in France), Sancerre was better known for its red wines than its white wines. Traumatised by the crisis, the winemakers lost their trust in pinot noir and planted sauvignon so as to make white wines. A few decades later, when they understood that they were safe from the phylloxera, winemakers started planting pinot noir again. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2015 / bouteille

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

    Sancerre is mainly known for its white wines made from sauvignon. Many people do not know that it is also a great terroir for red wines!

    £61.00 Public price £51.85 Subscribers' price

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  16. Domaine des Grands Chemins 2012, Crozes-Hermitage

    Domaine des Grands Chemins 2012, Crozes-Hermitage

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This nice wine is especially typical of the Crozes-Hermitage renowned appellation. It displays aromas of red berries enhanced by refined spicy flavours. I hope you will appreciate as much as I did the length of this wine that remains long on the palate after swallowing. The perfect wine for French syrah lovers ! It will perfectly pair with a roasted rabbit with mushrooms. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Syrah is the only black grape variety in the northern Rhône Valley and is mainly known for its aromatic complexity. It gives wines powerful spices and flowers aromas (mainly pepper and violet). Wines elaborated with syrah are usually fit to age a few years provided the grapes grew up on a good terroir and give very tasty aromas with time.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful raspberry dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Sensitive nose to the aromas of raspberries and cinnamon.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Roasted quails with chestnuts
    Blue cheese
    Chocolate cake with red berry coulis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Delas winery is renowned on one hand for having the support of the best grape growers in the Rhône Valley and on the other hand for having developed exceptional winemaking skills in its 180 years of existence. To strengthen its presence in Crozes-Hermitage, Delas winery acquired in 2006 Domaine des Grands Chemins to benefit from it’s the perfect exposure of the vines.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Crozes-Hermitage’s vines are planted on hills particularly exposed to the strong winds blowing almost all the time through the north of Rhône Valley. In addition to protecting the grapes from rot and diseases, this wind gives the vines a lot of freshness which allow winemakers to elaborate very complex and refined wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, december. 2015 / bouteille

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

    It displays aromas of red berries enhanced by refined spicy flavours.

    £61.00 Public price £51.85 Subscribers' price

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  17. Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2012, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune

    Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2012, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Burgundy’s red wines arefascinating : they all are elaborated with the same grape variety and yet they offer an astonishing diversity. This is due to the unique diversity of terroirs in the region. This Hautes Côtes de Beaune displays beautiful aromas of raspberry and rose delicately enhanced by a gentle acidity and very thin tannins. However, pinot noir is a fragile and demanding variety : do not hesitate to aerate it several hours before service so it fully displays its bouquet. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    In Burgundy, all the great white wines come from chardonnay and all the red from pinot noir. But if chardonnay is robust and can be planted virtually everywhere, pinot noir is different. Indeed, pinot needs sun to develop its aromas but not too much heat. Moreover, it needs wind to remain healthy. Therefore, pinot enjoys sloppy northern region, like Burgundy and Champagne where it is widely grown !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and floral nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and semi-sweet mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open 4 hours before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken salad
    Turkey breast
    Soumaintrain cheese
    Raspberry tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In Burgundy, most estates go from one generation to another. But not all the time ! Indeed, Hervé Kerlann comes from a Family of…Bordeaux’s wine merchants ! However, it’s in Beaune that Hervé chose to keep on developing the Family’s business, notably buying Château de Laborde in 1998 from Hospices de Beaune./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Long strip bordering Côte de Beaune’s villages on the west, Hautes Côtes de Beaune are a succession of hills and valleys. Thus, vines are all planted on slopes which allow them to benefit from a good exposure to sun and wind. It ensures a good level of ripeness, which is very important in such a northern region, and keeps the wine healthy, also very important for pinot noir, a noticeably fragile grape variety. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2016 / bouteille

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

    This Hautes Côtes de Beaune displays beautiful aromas of raspberry and rose delicately enhanced by a gentle acidity and very thin tannins.

    £71.24 Public price £60.55 Subscribers' price

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  18. Per Dona 2014, Côtes du Roussillon Villages

    Per Dona 2014, Côtes du Roussillon Villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is a true lesson of seduction. Per Dona (« for the woman » in Catalan) displays a purple red robe, releases aromas reminiscent of strawberry and cocoa and its tannins are soft as silk. Château Dona Baissas managed to put all the charms of a wine in the same bottle ; I am a spellbound man ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If Château Dona Baissas is a typical blend of southern wines, this is for a very good reason. Indeed, this assembly forms a very complementary trio. Grenache is expressed by its notes of red fruits, the syrah gives the freshness and a hint of spice and the Carignan carries off the matter with its tannins. A trio that expresses itself perfectly under the sun of Roussillon.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between17°C et 18° 1 hour before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Beef carpaccio with strawberries
    Lamb tajine
    Ossau-Iraty
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château Dona Baissas has been classified as one of the best wines of Languedoc-Roussillon since 1988, but its reputation is older than that. During the French Empire, a bunch of Napoleon’s officers discovered this little vineyard and fell in love with the beauty of the landscape, the quality of the wine and the owner. They therefore baptized the estate Mas de la Dona (« Mas of the woman » in Catalan). If the name evolved, the Dona persisted./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     At 200 meters above sea level, facing the Mediterranean Sea and facing south, the vineyard dominates Roussillon. The parcels are sloping and the soil is rich in brown schists. The schist, a flaky and fractured rock, allows the grapevines to infiltrate up to 7 - 8 meters into the ground to get the rainwater and minerals it needs to be fully developed. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2017 / bouteille

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

    Per Dona (« for the woman » in Catalan) displays a purple red robe, releases aromas reminiscent of strawberry and cocoa and its tannins are soft as silk.

    £34.00 Public price £28.90 Subscribers' price

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  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.

    £30.40 Public price £25.84 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. The Footbolt 2009, MCLaren Vale, Shiraz

    The Footbolt 2009, MCLaren Vale, Shiraz

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the winetaster

    This Australian wine is a superb discovery that I couldn’t wait to make you taste. The syrah is the most popular red grape variety in Australia. It is perfectly made by one of the most famous oenologist of the country. This well structured wine can be tasted from now, or you can lay it down for 5 years!

    Feuille

     Grape Variety

    Syrah, also called Shiraz in Australia, is the most popular grape variety of the McLaren Vale. Australia is also the second producer of Shiraz after France. However, the Australian shiraz, grows in a warmer climate with much higher temperatures resulting in a wine with very ripe fruit and lower acidity.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Intense garnet colour with bleu-purplish reflections and nice coloured streaks..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Pleasant and intense nose: you can detect notes of blackberry and strawberry

    Bouche

     Taste

    Structured and tannic taste. It is synonym of a good ageing potential!

    Verre

     Service

    To serve between 14°C and 15°C. Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2018.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Beef carpaccio with pesto
    Juicy barbecued steak 

    Maroilles cheese 
    Blackberry and strawberry fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Joseph Osborn founded the Aremberg winery in 1912. Nice fact: this wine inherited its name from Joseph’s favourite horse, Footbolt. Four generations later, Chester Osborn takes the leading of this winery that is now one of the most well-known in Australia. In particular, it was elected “vineyard of the year 2009” from Wine and Spirits Magazine USA. 

     Terroir

    The terroir

    The McLaren Vale is situated 25 miles south of Adelaide, capital city of the state of South Australia. The vineyards benefit from the Mediterranean-like climate conditions and the proximity to the coast assures warm winters. Water goes through the vine roots and influences the wine aromas.

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2013 / bouteille

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

    The syrah is the most popular red grape variety in Australia. It is perfectly made by one of the most famous oenologist of the country.

    £69.60 Public price £59.15 Subscribers' price

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