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  1. Château Lieujean 2012, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

    Château Lieujean 2012, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, we chose Chateau Lieujean, one of the best Cru Bourgeois in Médoc. It is deeply concentrated, with intense flavours of black berries, delicate woody aromas. Tannins are very present yet quite silky, and the length is long and juicy. A very complete and tasty Bordeaux.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    In Medoc, all wines are blends. And the two main varieties by far are Merlot and Cabernet-Sauvignon, the second one being almost all the time dominant. This blend gives intense wines with a good ageing potential, marked by aromas of black and red berries, and often completed by elegant flavours of leather or mushrooms if the wine already is a few years old.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    It is deeply concentrated, with intense flavours of black berries, delicate woody aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Tannins are very present yet quite silky, and the length is long and juicy.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Beef carpaccio with grated parmesan
    Roasted rabbit with plum sauce
    Laguiole
    Cherry cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Lieujean Family is acknowledged in Bordeaux as early as 1868. The Estate was already known back then to give wines with a strong personality. Since 2011, Chateau is ranked vintage after vintage in the Cru Bourgeois ranking that distinguished all the great wines in Bordeaux that were not ranked Grand Cru Classé in 1855. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in Saint-Sauveur, next to Pauillac, Lieujean is close to the Garonne River, which plays the role of a temperature regulator. The soil is made of graves, medium round pebbles typical from Bordeaux that keep the warmth of the sun during the day to give it back to grapes at night. That’s why the wine is so concentrated.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2019 / bouteille

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    It is deeply concentrated, with intense flavours of black berries, delicate woody aromas.

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    £18.83 Public price £16.01 Subscribers' price
  2. Château de Chambert 2012, Rigal, Cahors

    Château de Chambert 2012, Rigal, Cahors

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2018 / bouteille

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

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

    £18.83 Public price £16.01 Subscribers' price
  3. Château Chapelle Labory 2015, Cuvée Parcellaire, Fronsac

    Château Chapelle Labory 2015, Cuvée Parcellaire, Fronsac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    At the nose, remarkable flavours of black and red berries. At the palate, you’ll be charmed by the wine’s density and its elegance. Tannins are silky, with a chocolate taste which is a signature taste of amazing warm vintages. Wines of the vintage 2015 have a very noticeable ageing potential in Bordeaux. This Fronsac can be appreciated right now or in the next two or three years. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The soil of Fronsac exalts Cabernet Franc, a grape variety that appreciates soils of clay and limestone! It is no coincidence if it is often grown in Libournais, the part of Bordeaux where Fronsac is. It is renowned for its aromatic sharpness, its spicy aromas and the ageing potential it provides to the wine. A subtle blend that celarly shows that even added in small quantity, some grapes can change a lot the wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° open one hour before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chorizo toast and pepper cream
    Flank steak with shallot sauce
    Chaource
    Basque cake with cherry

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Winemakers since 1628, the Trocard family perpetuates the know-how of Bordeaux by producing on 3 estates (Mancèdre, Laborde and Jeandeman) wines of high quality and elegance. The family watchword : respct. Respoct for the soils ; respect fo the wine and for the wine lovers by providing them the best quality and passing on the wine spirit to the following generations./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Bordered on the West by the Dordogne River and on the East by the Isle River, the appellation Fronsac gathers magnificent landscapes of plateaux and hillsides. Located just a few miles away from Saint-Émilion, its clay and limestone soil is complex and even have its own specific name : "the molasse of Fronsadais".  

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2018 / bouteille

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

    Tannins are silky, with a chocolate taste which is a signature taste of amazing warm vintages.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price
  4. Nessun Dorma 2014, Domaine Maby, Lirac

    Nessun Dorma 2014, Domaine Maby, Lirac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Heavily alcoholic pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Lamb pastilla
    Beef stew
    Salers
    Chocolate rolls with raspberry coulis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2018 / bouteille

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

    £19.23 Public price £16.35 Subscribers' price
  5. La relève 2015, Jeanne Gaillard, Saint Joseph

    La relève 2015, Jeanne Gaillard, Saint Joseph

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively Fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2017 / bouteille

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

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

    £22.10 Public price £18.78 Subscribers' price
  6. Mondeuse 2017, Adrien Vacher, Vin de savoie

    Mondeuse 2017, Adrien Vacher, Vin de savoie

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A Purplish robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth with strong tanins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Smokes sausages
    Reblochon cheese
    Pear with blackcurrant jelly

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2019 / bouteille

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

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

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

    Dominique Morel 2016, Fleurie

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purple robe!.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Rillettes du Mans
    Roasted chicken
    Abbaye de Cîteaux cheese
    Strawberry soup

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2018 / bouteille

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

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

    Mas d'Anglade 2015, Languedoc-Montpeyroux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purplish dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2018 / bouteille

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

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

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

    Robert Pagès, Banyuls, Domaine Madeloc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light purple colour with mahogany reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Cherry and nuts aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Soft palate, well balanced.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Foie gras with figs
    Roast duck
    Roquefort cheese
    Dark chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price
  10. Rosé de la Chevalière 2017, Mas la Chevalière, Pays d'Oc

    Rosé de la Chevalière 2017, Mas la Chevalière, Pays d'Oc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The cuvée de la Chevalière is my favourite rosé wine of the year ! I’m not surprised to discover that this wine comes from the renowned winery Mas la Chevalière with this gourmet aromas of currant and raspberry, enhanced by a subtle peppery touch. The freshness on the palate as well as the texture are amazing. It makes me want to spend a nice time with family or friends to enjoy this good rosé! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This vintage is a blend of grenache, cinsault and syrah which are the main grape varieties of the Languedoc rosés. Grenache brings opulence and roundness, syrah its spices and aromas of red fruit, and cinsault the suppleness of tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful salmon dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of red fruits, citrus fruits and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The freshness on the palate as well as the texture are amazing.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between7°C et 9° just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Trout rillettes
    Nicoise salad
    Tome of goat cheese
    Strawberry cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The story of Mas la Chevalière began in the 80s when Michel Laroche, winemaker in Chablis in Burgundy, discovered the great potential of the terroirs of Languedoc. The altitude, the diversity of the soil, the exhibition, everything was brought together to elaborate great wines ! Then, few years later, he decided to buy Mas la Chevalière, this beautiful property of character, and its 40 hectares of vines. Ever since, the winery has become known for the quality of its wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The clay-limestone and sometimes marl soils of Mas la Chevalière are very deep and thanks to this particularity, the roots of the vine can sink on several meters to reach a source of water that they do not find on the surface. This difficulty for the vine to go in deep soils, gives to the wines a lot of freshness ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2018 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 6 or 12 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    The freshness on the palate as well as the texture are amazing.

    £9.33 Public price £7.93 Subscribers' price
  11. Château Lieujean 2015, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc

    Château Lieujean 2015, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I wanted to take advantage of the fabulous 2015 vintage in Bordeaux : I did that with the famous Château Lieujean, a safe bet of the Médoc vineyards, which is acclaimed by the greatest specialists. What differentiates this Cru Bourgeois is certainly its concentrated expression of black fruits accompanied by a subtle woody flavours. The tannins melt, the wine is supple, juicy and the finish is persistent and deep. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    An emblematic blend of Médoc, where Cabernet Sauvignon is predominant, associated with Merlot in smaller quantities. The Cabernet Sauvignon rather enjoys the gravelly soils of the left bank and brings an elegant tannic structure and an intense power in the mouth whereas the merlot favors the clay soils of the right bank giving balances to the wine by its suppleness and roundness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits and woody.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasent mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Beef carpaccio with Parmesan
    Sirloin steak
    Mature cheddar

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château Lieujean was founded in the 19th century. Each year for each vintage, Château features in the Cru Bourgeois’ classification which distinguishes the best Médoc wines. Every year, since 2010, the highly anticipated selection of Crus Bourgeois is unveiled to the general public and honours the best wines of the region./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in Saint-Sauveur near Pauillac, the Château is close to the Garonne and enjoys a temperate microclimate. The Haut-Médoc’s main characteristic is its very special soils made of hard stones that lower the yields of the vines, which gives birth to ripe grapes full of quality and with concentration. It is not far from there that Chateau Lafite, Mouton Rotshchild and Latour are located. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, october. 2017 / bouteille

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

    The tannins melt, the wine is supple, juicy and the finish is persistent and deep.

    £22.10 Public price £18.78 Subscribers' price
  12. Gourmandise d'un été 2016, Maison Rigal, IGP Comte Tolosan

    Gourmandise d'un été 2016, Maison Rigal, IGP Comte Tolosan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « Gourmandise d’un été » is a very innovative and delicious version of Malbec! The fruit is ripe, a hint of flower adds refinement ; the finish is sweet, long and balanced with a little bitterness. The perfect rosé for just enjoying a glass with friends at sunset with a few olives. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Malbec is the grape variety with a thousand names. Malbec in Bordeaux, Auxerrois in Cahors or Côt in the Loire Valley : each region has its own name. Usually giving dark and tannic wines, it impresses us here by its clear dress and its delicacy on the palate. A really adaptive grape !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful peach dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of flower, fruit, and mineral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    fresh and iodized mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 8°C et 9° just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Skewer of melon and Parma ham
    Pizza mozzarella pesto
    Rocamadour
    Tropézienne tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Created in 1755 in Cahors, Maison Rigal has developed a unique know-how around the Malbec. Cedric, the winemaker, explores all its nuances on all the most beautiful terroirs of the Southwest. Whether it is vinified in red or rosé, Rigal brings out the best of this typically Southern grape variety. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The IGP Comté Tolosan, located in the Aquitaine area, is very well surrounded ! Bordered on the south by the Pyrenees, on the north by the Massif Central and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, the land is protected on every side. Moreover, sun is strong in this area: grapes are more than happy to get a little freshness from the ocean and the mountains. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2017 / bouteille

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

    The fruit is ripe, a hint of flower adds refinement ; the finish is sweet, long and balanced with a little bitterness.

    £9.46 Public price £8.04 Subscribers' price
  13. Les Parcelles 2015, Château Pontey Lamartine, Graves

    Les Parcelles 2015, Château Pontey Lamartine, Graves

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    It’s with great pleasure that I bring to you this great Graves, appellation very well known among Bordeaux lovers for its style very close to neighbouring Pessac-Léognan. The balance between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is perfect and reveals all the best on this 2015 vintage, one of the best Bordeaux ever had.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    When it’s nurtured by a lot of sun as it was the case in 2015, Merlot expresses its full aromatic potential. It gives to Pontey-Lamartine flavours of spices and mushrooms, with a hint of clove. On this terroir, Cabernet-Sauvignon is at its best and gives the tannic structure and the power that will elegantly melt through the years.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Deer paté
    Lamb roasted in spices
    Laguiole cheese
    Pears poached in red wine

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Generation after generation, Dominique Haverlan and his family thrive on Bordeaux’s terroirs. Dominique took his independence from his family in 1988 when he bought Château Gaubert. It worked well, so he continued the adventure in Pessac-Leognan. That also worked well, so he came to Graves to get a terroir almost as good as Pessac but for a much cheaper price so as to produce great wines for decent prices, like Pontey-Lamartine. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Graves means in French round Pebbles: the fact that the soil gave its name to the appellation is quite uncommon and tells a lot about the importance in Bordeaux of this stones that were brought their by the Garonne River that used to be way larger millenniums ago.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2018 / bouteille

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

    The balance between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot is perfect and reveals all the best on this 2015 vintage, one of the best Bordeaux ever had.

    £12.83 Public price £10.91 Subscribers' price
  14. Maison Jaffelin 2016, Rully

    Maison Jaffelin 2016, Rully

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2018 / bouteille

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

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

    £22.23 Public price £18.90 Subscribers' price
  15. Les Racines 2014, Château du Vieux Puit, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

    Les Racines 2014, Château du Vieux Puit, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    What a straight and gourmet wine ! If the wines from Blayais are well known for their abundant yet softened tannins, this Vieux Puit seduced us also by the complexity of its aromas. Fruity flavours of blackberry, spicy pepper and liquorice, and even chocolate, worn by fine and melted tannins. A great success. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    4 grape varieties in this cuvée ‘’Les Racines’’, which is rather rare in Bordeaux! Moreover, the cuvée gives an important place to two "small" grape varieties, since petit verdot and malbec together account for 8% of the blend. A superb Blaye that offers both the enchanting aroma of Merlot and the beautiful structure of the more spicy and tannic varieties.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 18°C; 1 hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sweet potatoes soufflé
    Roasted veal and grilled vegetables
    Rocamadour
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Château du Vieux Puit has belonged to the Bouillac family for about fifty years. In addition to being among the best winemakers in their area, the family also grows vine stocks. This craft, which requires a great deal of know-how, consists in cultivating different varieties of vine plants so as to sell those other wine estates.Real expertise, from root to grape. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The appellations such as Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux (formerly called Premières-Côtes-de-Blaye) or Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux (formerly called Côtes de Castillon) reveal a Bordeaux vineyard in perpetual evolution. Although these two appellations are not the flagship appellations of Bordeaux, they are very trendy and often reveal the best value for the money spent !  

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2017 / bouteille

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

    Fruity flavours of blackberry, spicy pepper and liquorice, and even chocolate, worn by fine and melted tannins.

    £11.86 Public price £10.08 Subscribers' price
  16. L’Inédit 2018, Vignobles Jeanjean, Pays d’Oc

    L’Inédit 2018, Vignobles Jeanjean, Pays d’Oc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    A unique wine by many ways. To begin, it’s one of the first (if not the first) wine from 2018 vintage you’ll taste (at least from Europe). Second, the blend is pretty rare at it’s not often that muscat and sauvignon are blended. However, this innovative idea is a match: sauvignon’s acidity balances well muscat’s sugar. Moreover, all bottles are different: a new printing process was used to make there would not be twice the same label. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Inédit is the story of two varieties who never really met before but really went on very well. Muscat displays flavours of flowers and exotic fruits and sauvignon adds aromas of citrus fruits. The whole results in a nice complexity !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A straw yellow robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An explosive and pleasant nose to the aromas of citrus fruits, exotic fruits, white flowers and vegetal.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between8°C et 10° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Foie gras and fig chutney
    Shrimp risotto
    Bleu d'Auvergne
    Pineapple salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    For five generations, the Jeanjean Family has been working on raising the quality standards in Languedoc. They now own 7 estates all around Montpellier where the keep on cultivating good vines as well as good values : share, respect, work and conviviality./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located just at the south of Montpellier, l’Inedit’s vines have been grown by the Jeanjean family for decades on a red clay soil. Clay is a cold matter that brings a lot of water to the roots in an area that regularly suffers from draught. It is an ideal mix to elaborate great white wines.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2018 / bouteille

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

    The blend is pretty rare at it’s not often that muscat and sauvignon are blended.

    £9.23 Public price £7.85 Subscribers' price
  17. Château Patache d'Aux 2012, Antoine Moueix Propriétés, Médoc, Cru Bourgeois

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2018 / bouteille

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

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

    £20.23 Public price £17.20 Subscribers' price
  18. Eperon d'Argent 2016, J. Lebègue, AOC Graves

    Eperon d'Argent 2016, J. Lebègue, AOC Graves

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine reminds of a fruit basket filled with fresh and crunchy fruits ! The nose displays various elegant flavours of pear, banana, apple and blackberry. On the palate, we may agree that the smooth start gives charm. This delicious “Graves” manages to combine the subtly flavoured treats of fruits and a gentle texture. The perfect dry white Bordeaux ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The perfect match ! In the mouth, sauvignon brings expressive aromas marked by notes of white fruits and flowers. Semillon is not that aromatic, but it brings the structure and a buttery touch as well as a hint of sugar.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish yellow dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Lively mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 8°C et 9° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Avocado and shrimps
    Cold Pollock served with “aioli”
    Fresh goat cheese
    Fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    J.Lebègue is an historic winery founded in 1828 by Jules Lebègue at Cantenac, a small village located on the left side of the Gironde, next to Margaux. The company manages to combine the “basics” with innovations. Indeed, the firm has recently distinguished itself by launching the first Bordeaux fully fermented in oak barrels as they do in Burgundy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     As its name tells, the soil of the “Graves” is made of gravels, pebbles (called graves in French) and stones. These “graves” reflect solar radiations and gradually redistribute the heat on the bunches contributing to a better grape ripeness. For white wines, it explains why Graves have such a smooth texture. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, september. 2017 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, we may agree that the smooth start gives charm.

    £10.80 Public price £9.18 Subscribers' price
  19. Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune 2015, Nicolas Potel

    Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune 2015, Nicolas Potel

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2017 / bouteille

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

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

    £22.10 Public price £18.78 Subscribers' price
  20. Cuvée l’Obra 2014, Domaine du Crampilh, Comté Tolosan

    Cuvée l’Obra 2014, Domaine du Crampilh, Comté Tolosan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This Comté Tolosan is incredibly bright ! Plunge your nose in the glass and discover this delicate fragrance of acacia and honey. Can you feel it ? When the wine met my palate, the result matched my expectations : balanced, ample and concentrated, giving the wine a beautiful aromatic persistence on the finish. There are aromas of brioche and butter, and intermingled with notes of honey, I felt back in my lovely childhood days ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Courbu, not to be confused with petit courbu, is an unknown variety only found in a few Pyrenean vineyards that is mainly grown on the appellations of Jurançon and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh. With low yield, this grape variety is often assembled with little manseng, which brings finesse and minerality.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful straw yellow dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between10°C et 12° just before serving. to be tasted now.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Onion tart
    Mackerels and pepper
    Tomme cheese
    Crème brulée

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domain of Crampilh : a hymn to love. In the 1800s, Sabin Oulie, the mayor of a small village, chose to plant a vineyard and gave his estate the name of his beloved Melanie Crampilh. Since, time went by, and nowadays, the 4th generation is in charge. Bruno Oulié strives to perpetuate the tradition by producing wines with a lot of power and character but balanced by finesse and fruit./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyard covers 30 hectares of vines, planted on the slopes of Aurions-Idernes on soils made of clay and silica. Te siliceous soils, made up of crystalline rocks, enable the finesse and give the wines subtle floral notes (here aromas of acacia). Clay soils offer harder, firmer and more alcoholic wines, giving the character of the fnish on this wine. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2017 / bouteille

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

    When the wine met my palate, the result matched my expectations : balanced, ample and concentrated, giving the wine a beautiful aromatic persistence on the finish.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price

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