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  1. Pays d'Oc rosé 2013, Domaine de Valensac, Languedoc-Roussillon

    Pays d'Oc rosé 2013, Domaine de Valensac, Languedoc-Roussillon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    «Sunny days are coming, and I really wanted you to taste a nice rosé, fresh, fruity and light. One that would be perfect for the first pre-dinner drinks with your friends! I finally found this rosé from the Valensac domain, and I really enjoyed its nose full of strawberry and white flowers aromas. Without too much alcohol, this cuvee is perfect both for pre-dinner drinks and for summer dinners. »

    Feuille

     Grape Variety

    Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world, and it is mainly cultivated in France and in Spain. Once turned to rosé, it produces fruity wines, with a silky mouth and a pale color.

    Oeil

     Eye

     Light salmon pink robe with pale pink reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Nose full of fruits and flowers (white flowers), lemon hints.

    Bouche

     Mouth

    Rich and complex mouth, round and winy.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 10 and 12 degree. Open just before serving. To taste now or until 2015.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Mexican salad
    Sausages

    Goat cheese

    Strawberry ice cream

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker family

    The Lafon family has been owning the Valensac domain for generations, but it is now managed by Edwige Thuilé as the Lafon family moved to Brussels. It is an interestind domain as they cultivate unusual grape varieties for the Languedoc-Roussillon region, such as Petit Manseng, Riesling or Petit Verdot.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     This property is located in the center of the Languedoc- Roussillon region, very close to the editerranean sea. It benefits from the maritime influence, and that enables soils to be fresh despite the high temperatures during summer. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June 2014 / bouteille

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

    Without too much alcohol, this cuvee is perfect both for pre-dinner drinks and for summer dinners. »

    £9.13 Public price £7.80 Subscribers' price

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

    Château Grand Lartigue 2009, Grand Cru, Saint Emilion

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Intense purple colour showing the aging potential..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The texture is silky with tastes of liquorice and pepper.

    Verre

    Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Duck confit salad
    Stuffed quails
    Coulommiers cheese
    Chocolate cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £22.68 Public price £19.28 Subscribers' price

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  3. Fortant 2014, IGP Pays d'OC

    Fortant 2014, IGP Pays d'OC

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Summer is definitely the best time of the year to present you a nice rosé. This one will bring you straight to the south of France ! Maybe you are sometime not very careful when tasting a rosé. Yet, rosé can be as interesting as white or red wines. In this one, you will find aromas of peony and strawberry and flavours of red currant ;-) 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache is one of the main varieties around the Mediterranean Sea. It gives dry red and rosé wines. It is notably known to be the mostly grown variety in Spain. Therefore, it is no surprise to find it in Languedoc-Roussillon, so close to Spain. It gives dry rosés with complex aromas of fruits and flowers. Be careful: do not confuse grenache with white grenache, which is another variety!

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Pale and crystal clear pink colour in tears smooth..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Moderated nose in the floral and fruity aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well-balanced and alkaline mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 9°C et 11°C.  Open just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapenade
    Sauteed vegtables
    Corsica cheese
    Clementines

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Skallis were originally a family of winemakers in Algeria in the 1920’s. In 1974, kicked out from Algeria, Robert Skalli settled in Sète and turned winemaking facilities built to age wines from Algeria in a winery for Languedoc wines. A few years later, Fortant was born.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Fortant’s rosé is elaborated with grapes harvested around the peninsula of Sète on the Mediterranean coast. The sunny weather in the area is perfectly adapted to the vine’s needs. The winds coming from the sea keep the vines fresh and healthy. The grapes from this area tend to give fresh and aromatic wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2015 / bouteille

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

    Summer is definitely the best time of the year to present you a nice rosé.

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  4. Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

    Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet and shiny dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Pleasant nose to the aromas of spice and red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Capon stuffed with porcini mushrooms
    Vacherin cheese
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £11.51 Public price £9.79 Subscribers' price

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  5. Negrel 2010, Mas Cadenet, Saint Victoire, Provence

    Negrel 2010, Mas Cadenet, Saint Victoire, Provence

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Surprise ! There are not only rosé wines in Provence… Indeed, if the region that lies just behind the Riviera is better known for its rosés, there are amazing terroirs for great red wines. Mas Cadenet displays a deep cherry colour and exhales a powerful nose that let guess a lot of complexity. The palate confirms it. The aromas of spices and blueberry are perfectly enhanced by fine tannins and a bit of freshness. Very nice ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache is the most used variety in Provence to produce red wines. And indeed, it is absolutely perfect for this terroir and its weather ! This variety, which is also the main one in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a similar terroir, like rocky grounds and dry weathers and can face violent winds, which is important on hills next to the sea.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasing nose to the aromas of fruits and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Lamb chops
    Tagine
    Banon cheese
    Candied fruits

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Since 1813, 7 generations of Negrel have been improving the 45 hectares of Mas Cadenet next to Aix en Provence. The show goes on nowadays with Mathieu, who pursues the family ambition to become a model in the region. Behind, there is a long story of cultivating vines: indeed, an amphora from the Roman period was found in the vines, suggesting that there was already winemaking there 2000 years ago./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located on a 250 meters high plateau, Mas Cadenet’s vines found the perfect soil with this ground covered with gravels, a very typical phenomenon in Provence. This dry soil gives extremely low yields, an unavoidable condition if you want to get concentrated and structured wines like Negrel. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2016 / bouteille

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

    The aromas of spices and blueberry are perfectly enhanced by fine tannins and a bit of freshness.

    £23.86 Public price £20.28 Subscribers' price

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  6. La Petite Bellane 2015, Clos Bellane, Côtes du Rhône Villages

    La Petite Bellane 2015, Clos Bellane, Côtes du Rhône Villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Turn the glass and have a look ; you can now watch thick tears slowly rolling down on the sides. What does it mean ? Probably that this wine has a thick texture. And indeed, on the palate, you’ll feel it along with strong flavours of blackberry and liquorice, typical of 2015 vintage in southern Rhône Valley. It’s doubtlessly a deep and powerful wine that should be paired with a slice of beef ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If Syrah is the only variety used in Northern Rhône Valley, you can also find it in the South but mainly as a complement in a blend. Petite Bellane, made up of 93% Syrah is therefore pretty exceptional. What is the reason ? ‘’Terroir”. Indeed, as you read above, this terroir conditions are very close to Northern Rhône’s Valley. With perfect conditions for cultivating great Syrah, it would be a pity not to benefit from them for making a unique and delicious wine !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful Garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant spice nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    An intense and semi-sweet mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open 1 hour before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Flank steak
    Langres cheese
    Chocolate muffin

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Stéphane Vedeau is the great grandson of an agronomic engineer who owned vines in Northern Rhône Valley. However, he decided not to follow his family footsteps by growing his ones in Southern Rhône Valley, between Valréas and Vinsobres. He bought here a vineyard in 2010, and named it Clos Bellane. However, that’s not because he moved away that he decided to change his ancestral techniques and love for Syrah. Family matters !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Clos Bellane’s vines face the East. Sun rises on the East and set on the West. It means that for Clos Bellane’s vines, mornings are longer than afternoons. Therefore, grapes gets concentrated in sugar (that turns into alcohol) thanks to photosynthes is during the morning and ripens in the warm air of afternoon. This is the reason why this wine is quite concentrated in alcohol but at the same time still fresh and well balanced. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2017 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, you’ll feel it along with strong flavours of blackberry and liquorice.

    £13.27 Public price £11.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  7. 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

    Out of stock

  8. Trio Tempo, Malbec 2015, Osmin, Comté Tolosan

    Trio Tempo, Malbec 2015, Osmin, Comté Tolosan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This artist wine is a unique blend of three different Malbec plots located on three distinct terroirs. This wine is an alternative version of this magnificent Southwestern grape variety that is Malbec, known for its marked tannic structure and intensity but here more fruity than elsewhere. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Malbec, or "cot" in the Loire Valley, is the pride of the area! It flourishes on clay and limestone or clay and gravel soils. Its black, ripe berries (covered with a thin film) have a fleshy pulp and bring to the wine beautiful tannins, power, structure and a superb palette of aromas with spicy notes and ripe fruits.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Landaise salad
    Veal ribs with mushrooms
    Sheep cheese and black cherry jam
    Chocolate cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Lionel Osmin and Damiens Sartori are two friends in love with the South-West : they founded their winery to share their passion by modernizing the image of wines from the South-West thanks to an irreproachable selection of plots and modern winemaking techniques. They offer an original and personal interpretation of those appellations, by using both local grape varieties, and famous grape varieties from elsewhere. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The selected plots are located on the terraces bordering the Lot River and the Causses du Quercy, typical small hills from this area. The Causses have a limestone-rich and shallow soil, while the terroir along the Lot River is composed of clay, layers of sediment and shells that gives the vine the minerals, moisture and freshness necessary for its good development. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2018 / bouteille

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

    Southwestern grape variety that is Malbec, known for its marked tannic structure and intensity but here more fruity than elsewhere.

    £9.33 Public price £7.93 Subscribers' price

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  9. La Sérénité 2009, Pessac-Léognan

    La Sérénité 2009, Pessac-Léognan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

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

    Feuille

     Grape variety

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

     A very nice colour with violet reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    T-bone steak
    Soft French cheese
    Raspberry tart

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

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

     Terroir

    The terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2013 / bottle

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

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

    £54.00 Public price £50.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  10. Vermentino 2013, Domaine de Cabriac, Languedoc Roussillon

    Vermentino 2013, Domaine de Cabriac, Languedoc Roussillon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « For several years, wines coming from the Pays d’Oc have suffered from a bad image, but their image has now been cleaned-up and they deserve it! While tasting this cuvee, you will directly feel its aromas of flowers and white fruits that will surely please you. This cuvee has just been bottled: you will therefore be among the first ones to taste it, so enjoy! »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Vermentino is a grape variety coming straight from Italy ! In the past, this grape variety was very widespread in Italy and in Sardinia as its grapes need a lot of sun! When it is vinified, the vermentino produces a dry single-variety white wine, light and fat at the s ame time, with a nice straw yellow color.

    Oeil

     Oeil

     The robe is translucent with light green reflections. This indicates that the wine is young.

     

    Nez

     Nez

    The nose is ethereal, pleasant and intense. You can easily recognize aromas of flowers and white fruits.

    Bouche

     Bouche

    The mouth is fresh and well structured by the alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 9 and 11°C.  Open just before serving. Aging potential until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Anchovies
    Trout with almonds

    Tomme cheese

    Exotic fruits panacotta

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The De Cibiens family owns the Château de Cabriac since 1802; we can say that they know a lot about wine! The domain is very successful in Japan and in Canada; and we particularly appreciate when French winemakers are successful abroad!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine de Cabriac is located at the foot of the Mont Alaric, in the Corbières region. Its vineyards are already twenty years old: they start producing fewer grapes, but the wines produced are more concentrated and intense. Over the years, the vineyards developed their roots that now go deeper in the soils to find nutrients. Who said that getting old was bad? 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March 2014 / bouteille

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

    This cuvee has just been bottled: you will therefore be among the first ones to taste it, so enjoy!

    £10.60 Public price £9.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  11. Lirac, 2012, Domaine Coudoulis, Vallée du Rhône

    Lirac, 2012, Domaine Coudoulis, Vallée du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Lirac is the appellation located just in front of Chateauneuf Du-Pape! In the Lirac vineyard, we can also find the famous rounded pebbles, so characteristic of Châteauneuf: those little stones were made famous thanks to their ability ofstoring heat during the day to return it to the vines at night. This wine is sophisticated, and I truly enjoyed the silky tannins, the spicy notes and the good balance of alcohols. Powerful, it goes perfectly with strong dishes, such as meat in sauce. 

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    Grenache is a grape of high quality, present on the Mediterranean front. Colorful and generous, it has a high alcoholic degree. On the other hand, Syrah reveals its silky tannins, and brings smooth touches of violet and blackberry.

    Oeil

     Appearence

     Robe intense purple-red, with purple reflections..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Nose intense and complex, with a hint of animal touch (horse) and spice (pepper).

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Powerful mouth and refined tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 14 and 16°C; open just before serving. to taste now or until 2017

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Beef tartare
    Rabbit with mustard
    Banon cheese
    Roasted figs

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family

    The domaine Coudoulis managed to maintain a good reputation since its takeover by Bernard Callet in 1996. This winemaker’s choices have a lot to play in this reputation: indeed, the yield is limited to 42 hectoliters per hectare, harvest is done manually and the grappes destalking is made very carefully so that the tanks contain the least possible impurities.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines grow on a red calcareous-clay soil, full of pebbles accumulating heat during the day and returning it at night. The terraces above the village of Saint-Laurent-les-Arbres ensure a flow of rainwater, hence avoiding any stagnation that would damage the roots, while the Mistral wind regulates the humidity of the vineyard. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2014 / bouteille

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

    This wine is sophisticated, and I truly enjoyed the silky tannins, the spicy notes and the good balance of alcohols. Powerful, it goes perfectly with strong dishes, such as meat in sauce.

    £12.13 Public price £10.31 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  12. Chinon 2014, Raffault

    Chinon 2014, Raffault

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I selected this wine from Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault because even if it was just bottled as it is the 2014 vintage, it already shows a lot of richness. Its aromas of strawberry and spices are typical of the Loire Valley, but the aromas of banana are more unexpected. Having fun with wine by being surprised is something I love. To enjoy the wine even more, pair it with a tripe sausage or a camembert cheese. 

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    Cabernet franc is one of the oldest varieties of the Bordeaux region, where it is from. It is still cultivated by some of the most prestigious Château like Cheval-Blanc in Saint-Emilion. The fact that it matures so quickly (it is quite often the first variety harvested in Bordeaux) allows it to be cultivated in the Loire Valley, even if it is a colder region.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Ruby colour with raspberry reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Flavours of strawberry and banana.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Spicy aromas and tannic texture.

    Verre

     Service

    between 14°C and 16°C.  open one hour before serving. now and until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tripe sausage
    Ratatouille
    Camembert cheese
    Pears poached in spicy red wine

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In 1693, Mathurin Bottreau, ancestor of theRaffault family, became the owner of the family’s first vines. Since then, 14 generations have worked on the development of the estate! Rodolphe Raffault, now in charge of the vineyard, is constantly looking for innovation in the making of his wines. He was among the first ones implementing malolactic fermentation in Chinon to soften the tastes of the wines.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The town of Chinon is located on the banks of the Vienne River in Indre-et-Loire. The vineyards of Chinon are located in a really unique microclimate that reminds some places around the Mediterranean Sea. The soil consists almost entirely of erosional scree and gravels on top of rather hard limestone. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2015 / bouteille

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

    Its aromas of strawberry and spices are typical of the Loire Valley, but the aromas of banana are more unexpected.

    £9.51 Public price £8.09 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Château Le Thys 2012, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet color in the smooth tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose, in the aromas of spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Hare terrine
    Peppercorn steak
    Camembert cheese
    Chocolate pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £9.15 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  14. Les Châssis 2012, Domaine Des Hauts Châssis, Crozes-Hermitage

    Les Châssis 2012, Domaine Des Hauts Châssis, Crozes-Hermitage

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    As I was walking through the hills of Crozes-Hermitage, I discovered a place called « Les Hauts Châssis» where Franck Faugier’s wine estate is located. This talented winemaker is a true syrah lover who elaborates several batches of remarkably refined Crozes-Hermitage. The melted tannins of this slightly spicy wine will perfectly enhance a roasted partridge. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    There is a debate among experts about the origin of the only black variety in the Northern Rhône Valley. Some people believe that it was brought back in 1224 from the city of Shiraz in Iran by a knight returning from crusades. Others say that it arrived from Italy when Emperor Probus allowed the culture of grape in Gaul. But nowadays, scientists tend to think that it’s a crossing between two ancient French grapes that no longer exist.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with a streaming drop..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Sensitive and pleasant nose to the aromas of peppers, violet and blackcurrant.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Blood sausages
    Roasted partridge
    Saint-Marcellin Cheese
    Red berry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine des Haut-Chassis has been a family vineyard for three generations. The arrival of Franck Faugier at the head of the estate in 1998 really changed everything. This passionate man implements the best practices in his vines. The team prunes manually, they go through green harvesting… no effort is spared in order to get the healthiest and most concentrated grapes !

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Behind such a nice wine, there is no coincidence. It’s first of all the result of beautiful grapes grown on vines more than 50 years old on average. But the relief also plays a predominant role. The vines grow on sloppy hills with a southern exposure which exposes the grapes to a lot of sun, which is good for ripeness, and to the wind, which is good to keep the grapes 100% healthy until the day of the harvest. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2016 / bouteille

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

    This talented winemaker is a true syrah lover who elaborates several batches of remarkably refined Crozes-Hermitage.

    £22.22 Public price £18.88 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  15. Le Rêve 2013, Vignoble les Fusionels, Faugères

    Le Rêve 2013, Vignoble les Fusionels, Faugères

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Faugères is a very interesting appellation. Its numerous hills are not only magnificent : it is a source of diversity between parcels. It gives wines pretty different one from another. “Le Rêve” (the dream in French) is a good example: most people are used to powerful and spicy Faugères, but this one is more characterized by its aromas of violet and its light hint of white pepper. It also displays an enjoyable length.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Carignan is a variety mainly known for its ability to produce huge quantities of wine. Therefore, it was widely used after the phylloxera crisis while the south had to produce wine for the whole France. Then, carignan vines were abandoned as the wine was judged of bad quality. But decades later, winemakers discovered that when the vines are more than 60 years old, carignan can in fat give very concentrated wine with great aromas of ripe fruits !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A cloudy garnet dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Explosive and pleasant nose to floral and spice aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Black tapenade
    Blood sausage
    Pélardon
    Lavender Crème Brulée

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Arielle Demets grew up surrounded by winemakers. Indeed, her parents own a winery in Champagne and gave her the passion of vine since childhood. However, a few years after obtaining her oenologist degree, she felt in love with the wild beauty of Faugères’ sceneries. That’s why she started making wine there !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Faugères is submitted to a Mediterranean climate and its soil is made of friable schists especially porous. This special kind of ground retains a huge quantity of water. During the day, the southern sun heats this mass of water, and during the night, vines keep on ripening, nurtured by this warm water that flows through their roots. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2016 / bouteille

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

    “Le Rêve” (the dream in French) is a good example: most people are used to powerful and spicy Faugères, but this one is more characterized by its aromas of violet and its light hint of white pepper.

    £12.10 Public price £10.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  16. Per Dona 2014, Château Dona Baissas, Côtes du Roussillon Villages

    Per Dona 2014, Château Dona Baissas, Côtes du Roussillon Villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Beef carpaccio with strawberries
    Lamb tajine
    Ossau-Iraty
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2017 / bouteille

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

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

    £11.33 Public price £9.63 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  17. Puy Saint-front 2016, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Puy Saint-front 2016, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Located next to the well-known village of Saint-Émilion, Castillon is the rising appellation in Bordeaux. It benefits from an outstanding terroir and is getting more and more popular thanks to its with attractive price / pleasure ratio. This is of course the case of the Puy Saint-Front 2016 wich shows how great can some Bordeaux wines be for good prices.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Cabernet Franc is far from being the most widespread grape variety in the Bordeaux region. However, thanks to its ability to mature early, it is also used further north in the Loire Valley. It brings to the wine notes of crunchy fruit and very nice spicy flavours.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chanterelles stew
    Beef fillet with black olives
    Cantal

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In the 18th century, Baron Alfred de Luze founded Maison A. de Luze & Fils, first specialised in maturing and ageing the wines before selling those. Man of vision and a fine negotiator, Baron De Luze was one of the pioneers in the export of Bordeaux wines in new countries. In addition to its international network, Maison De Luze bought several chateaux in Bordeaux such as Château Paveil, a very old cru from the Margaux region, or Château Malleret in Haut-Médoc./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The appellation "Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux" is located on the right bank on the slopes getting down from Saint-Émilion. Coming from the same limestone plateau as Saint-Emilion, the wines of the appellation benefit from a privileged geographical situation with a southern exposure and a difference in altitude of more than 100 meters.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2018 / bouteille

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

    It benefits from an outstanding terroir and is getting more and more popular thanks to its with attractive price / pleasure ratio.

    £10.53 Public price £10.31 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  18. 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

    Out of stock

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

    Les Terrassettes 2011, Clos de l'Anhel, Corbières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet colour, deeply shining with many purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Italians bruschette 
    Pizza napoletana/p>

    Soft Goat Cheese

    Fresh Fig cake

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2013 / bottle

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

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

    £11.80 Public price £10.03 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. Pinotage 2013, Domaine M.A.N, Afrique du Sud

    Pinotage 2013, Domaine M.A.N, Afrique du Sud

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « This month, I recommend you to taste the cuvee Bosstok pinotage 2012, a real crush with a good price/quality ratio. The winemaker decided to use a screw cap instead of a cork as it is often the case in South Africa: this avoids the wine to be corked. During blind tasting people often think that this wine costs £15-20. »

    Feuille

     Grape Variety

    Invented in 1925 by Abraham Perold, pinotage is a mix between pinot noir and cinsaut. Not very well known, this grape variety produces powerful wines, with a bunch of aromas and elegant tannins. I particularly appreciate its roasted hints that come within the years.

    Oeil

    Eye

      Nice light ruby red color with blue-violet reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose with a medium intensity, pleasant, elegant, fine and slightly woody.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Supple mouth, fresh with silky tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 12 and 14 degree; Open just before serving. To taste now or until 2019.

     

    Service

     Accords mets-vin

    Potted meat
    Stuffed quail

    Saint Félicien

    Cherry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A wine, a family

    This domain was created by three old friends that wanted to lead a vineyard at the tip of South Africa. Why M.A.N ? These letters correspond to the three initials of their wives: Marie, Anette and Nicky. Indeed, to convince their wives to let them start this adventure, they promised them to give their names to the vineyard.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Grapevines are planted on the terroir of Bosstok in South Africa. This cuvee is at the image of its terroir: very original! Indeed, this terroir is part of a huge bush that goes deep into the forest. Nothing in common with the landscapes in Burgundy, but the pinot noir also grows well in this region! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May 2014 / bouteille

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

    «I recommend you to taste the cuvee Bosstok pinotage 2012, a real crush with a good price/quality ratio. »

    £10.40 Public price £8.80 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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