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  1. Les Charmes de Liversan 2015, Château de Liversan, Haut Médoc

    Les Charmes de Liversan 2015, Château de Liversan, Haut Médoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Second wines from Bordeaux renowned Chateaux are often an opportunity to feel the same king of sensation but for a far more affordable price ! However, the vines and therefore the grapes take advantage from the same skills and the terroir are often quite similar, which allow sometimes the second wine to be more looked for than the chateaux. Liversan is a good example of that : its second wine really is not so different from the Chateau itself. 

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    Grape variety

    Cabernet sauvignon is known to be the main variety of all the grand crus Classé in Médoc. It’s a variety that need heat as it ripen relatively slowly, especially in a rainy region like Bordeaux. But this variety has a great advantage : it gives an outstanding tannic structureto wines which allow the best ones to age for decades.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A grenat robe with viscous tears and marked intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth with soft tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 168°C et 18° an hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Beef stew
    Grilled mushrooms
    Salers
    Chocolate fondant

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Ranked Cru Bourgeois in 1932, this Estate was the property of Marquis de Latresne in the 18th Century and then of the Prince de Polignac before being taken over by the Lapalu Family, renowned family of winemakers in Bordeaux. In 2017, it was acquired by Antoine Moueix Propriétés, a rising star of Bordeaux making high quality wines on both banks./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Haut-Médoc is on Bordeaux left bank and is known for its famous villages as Margaux or Pauillac. This appellation only produces red wines on pebbles called graves that thanks to the warmth they keep from daylight help the grapes to ripen and grow strong yet silky tannins.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2019 / bouteille

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

    Second wines from Bordeaux renowned Chateaux are often an opportunity to feel the same king of sensation but for a far more affordable price !

    £14.23 Public price £12.15 Subscribers' price

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  2. 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. 

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    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

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  3. Piloums 2011, Domaine du Mas Blanc, Collioure

    Piloums 2011, Domaine du Mas Blanc, Collioure

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

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

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose full of spices (pepper) and oriental hints.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The mouth is subtle, winy and silky.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Mediterranean salad
    Guinea fowl

    Tomme Cheese

    Roasted figs

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

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

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    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, February 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £10.60 Public price £9.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  4. Croix de Chabot 2011, Maison Chapoutier, Vallée du Rhône

    Croix de Chabot 2011, Maison Chapoutier, 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. »

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     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”.

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    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.

    £22.83 Public price £19.40 Subscribers' price

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  5. Garrigue 2012, Château de Lascaux, AOC Languedoc

    Garrigue 2012, Château de Lascaux, AOC Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep garnet colour with purple reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Spicy nose with aromas of peppers and cherry.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson
    Bacon wrapped monkfish tournedos
    Camembert cheese
    Cherry yoghurt

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    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!

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    Appearance

     Ruby deep colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Powerful in the aromas of red berries and vegetable.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with fine tannins and silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Steak Tartare
    Lamb sweetbreads
    Saint Nectaire
    Roasted Figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £21.51 Public price £18.28 Subscribers' price

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  7. Artesis 2015, Ogier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Artesis 2015, Ogier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I am really glad to present you this wonderful batch by maison Ogier. In the glass, it displays a nice greenish yellow colour that you’ll be able to admire. Then, smell it and discover its wonderful flavours of granny smith. On the palate, it is lively and fresh and has a nice silky texture. And the green apple aromas are still there ! A perfect wine to pair with a sashimi platter. 

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    Grape variety

    You might be surprised that so many varieties can be blended in a single wine. This bold blend of almost all the white varieties of southern Rhône Valley gives a lot of complexity. Grenache gives power, clairette freshness, bourboulenc flowery aromas, viognier minerality and marsanne and roussanne provide all their aromatic complexity.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish yellow dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of green apple and rose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a nice silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 8°C et 10° Open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sashimi
    Baked sea bream
    Vacherin cheese
    Fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Ogier the Dane was among Charlemagne’s closest knights. After he had fought for years by his side, he decided to set up on the land granted by the Emperor of Western Europe which was to later become Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 1000 years later, his descendent Antoine Ogier founded a winery driven by his ancestor’s spirit of conquest./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     To elaborate Artesis, Ogier’s winemaking team goes each year around the Southern Rhône valley selecting grapes from the best terroirs. There are only just a few wineries that are able to gather grapes from so many different varieties and terroirs. That is why Artesis is one of the most complex white Côtes-du-Rhône you’ll be able to taste. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2016 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, it is lively and fresh and has a nice silky texture.

    £9.16 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  8. Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2012, Maison Hervé Kerlann, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune

    Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2012, Maison Hervé Kerlann, 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. 

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    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.

    £23.75 Public price £20.18 Subscribers' price

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  9. Les Terrasses 2015, Maison Denuzière, Crozes Hermitag

    Les Terrasses 2015, Maison Denuzière, Crozes Hermitag

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    A beautiful wine that pays tribute to Syrah, a grape variety I particularly like. It reminds me of my years spent at La Tour d’Argent where I had fun to pair this grape variety with different duck recipes. This wine, with the aromas of jammed fruit and the typical peppery nuances of the syrah, will sublimate a roasted duckling. A match that you’ll not forget ! 

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    Grape variety

    Syrah is the only black variety allowed to make red wines in Crozes-Hermitage. This expressive grape with peppery notes is a fragile variety that is particularly prone to dryness. The temperate climate of Crozes-Hermitage therefore suits perfectly our beautiful queen Syrah.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of white and citrus fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A pleasant and medium bodied mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Patanegra ham
    Roasted duckling
    Beaufort
    Cherry pie

     

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Crozes-Hermitage is a wind-swept place. The vine, dry and ventilated by the wind, is thus better protected from certain diseases. Moreover, when it comes from the north, the Rhone wind brings a nice freshness allowing the vine to reach peaks of sugar richness while keeping good acidity balance. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2017 / bouteille

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

    This wine, with the aromas of jammed fruit and the typical peppery nuances of the syrah, will sublimate a roasted duckling.

    £23.75 Public price £20.18 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  10. 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

    Out of stock

  11. Comte de Tauzac 2014, Rigal, cahors

    Comte de Tauzac 2014, Rigal, cahors

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Roquefort cheese pie
    Roasted duck breast filet
    Morbier cheese
    Coffee éclair

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2018 / bouteille

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

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

    £10.83 Public price £9.21 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  12. L'Expression 2012, Domaine du Fontenay, Côte Roannaise

    L'Expression 2012, Domaine du Fontenay, 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.

    £11.40 Public price £9.67 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

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

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Autumn sweet potato soup
    Pepper sirloin steak

    Maroilles cheese

    Paris-Brest dessert

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, November 2013 / bottle

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

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

    £22.40 Public price £19.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  14. 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.

    £25.90 Public price £22.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  15. Château Lamothe Belair, 2011, rouge, Bergerac

    Château Lamothe Belair, 2011, rouge, Bergerac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light garnet red.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose is intense and pleasing with smoky and woody notes.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well balanced with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

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

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £7.98 Public price £6.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  16. Terroir de Granit 2012, Guy Farge, Saint-Joseph

    Terroir de Granit 2012, Guy Farge, Saint-Joseph

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I felt like presenting the Saint Joseph appellation to all whom do not know it yet. This wine is very typical of the appellation: it shows flavours of warm granite, a fat and silky texture with aromas of black berries, and a finish of black pepper typical of syrah. I tasted it on a delicious charcuterie board. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Even though syrah is a variety with low yields and is really sensitive to various diseases, it is one of the six most used varieties in the world. It is used worldwide, even in Australia where it is known under the name of shiraz. It gives elegant and harmonious wines with spicy aromas, mostly pepper. Will you find it in your glass?

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep garnet colour with raspberry reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Dense and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Roasted pigeon
    Saint- Marcellin cheese
    Black Forest cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The history of the vineyard began in 1920 when Henri Farge bought 12 hectares from a general from Normandy. Since 1980, it is Guy Farge who rules the vineyard. When Guy got in charge, the grapes were sold to wine merchants. But he decided to elaborate and bottle his own wines. Therefore, he made a few changes. The first one was to choose to work on the vines exclusively manually. And at My VitiBox, we appreciate when hard work is provided in order to make good wine!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Saint Joseph is one of the most beautiful appellations of the Rhône Valley. Indeed, the vines are planted on steep hillsides and circled by walls of ancient stones, next to the Rhône River. This way of planting the vines ensures a good exposure to the sun as well as a high level of water stress. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2015 / bouteille

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

    This wine is very typical of the appellation: it shows flavours of warm granite, a fat and silky texture with aromas of black berries, and a finish of black pepper typical of syrah.

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  17. Gruenspiel 2011, Domaine François Schwach & Fils, Gewürztraminer

    Gruenspiel 2011, Domaine François Schwach & Fils, Gewürztraminer

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    For Christmas, I chose this delicious cuvee from Domaine François Schwach & Fils. This wine is according to me a good example of the best Alsace has to offer. Only that region is able to elaborate wines that blend so well elegance and sweetness. This wine is amazing to see, to smell and to taste and will perfectly pair with foie gras. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Gewürztraminer is one of the most common varieties in Alsace and can be recognized even in the vines thanks to the light pink colour of its small berries. Its smell is very typical as well: it exhales delicious odours of exotic fruits and on the palate it is recognizable thanks to its creamy texture balanced by a lot of freshness. Good to know: this variety is often harvested late in order to make amazing sweet wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish gold dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of floral and exotic fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with smooth tear.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 8°C et 10° Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pan seared foie gras
    Grilled salmon
    Munster cheese
    Kugelhopf

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine Schwach has grown slowly but surely. In 1950, François Schwach, a wine merchant passionate about viticulture, bought his first plots of vines and spent 10 years working on them before selling the first bottles. In 1975, Philippe took over and extended the vineyard by buying more plots, acre after acre. Still today, Sébastien, Philippe’s son, deeply thinks about each decision and never drifts away from the culture of excellence that prevails in the family.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Hidden behind the Vosges Mountains, Alsace is protected from the influences of the ocean. It therefore enjoys a continental climate with very cold winters and very warm summers. A consequence of this is that grapes keep a lot of freshness until late and then ripen very fast during summer. That’s why even dry wines from Alsace seem a little sweet on the palate. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, december. 2015 / bouteille

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

    This wine is amazing to see, to smell and to taste and will perfectly pair with foie gras.

    £11.98 Public price £10.19 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  18. Origami 2012, Château l’Evêché, Bordeaux

    Origami 2012, Château l’Evêché, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple and bright dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of spicy and tertiary.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £12.92 Public price £10.98 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Vignes du Prieuré 2014, Château Gigognan, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple and bright dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Duck livers
    Tripe sausage
    Saint-Nectaire
    Red berry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £9.63 Public price £8.18 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. 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

    Out of stock

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