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  1. 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

  2. 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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  3. 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 ! 

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    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

    Out of stock

  4. 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 ! 

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    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

  5. Être et Renaître 2014, AOP Corbières-Boutenac

    Être et Renaître 2014, AOP Corbières-Boutenac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The nose is remarkably delicate, with notes of candied fruits and black berries, and a hint of smoke. On the mouth, the tannins are soft. The wine gives off a remarkable balance between power and freshness. This vintage of Etre et Renaître shows the inestimable potential of Carignan, a variety that used to be despised, especially when it comes from old vines. 

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    Grape variety

    Carignan, which is the main variety in this blend, was long considered as a low-quality grape only used to make huge quantity of light wine. However, when the vines are in their fifties and later, yield decreases and the wines become a lot more intense and complex. Add the tannin and peppery aromas of Syrah and the softness of Grenache, and you get this great wine !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Deer terrine
    Lamb tajine with vegetables
    Chocolate pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    At the 1st Century, Roman soldiers were already growing grapes and making wine in Corbières. However, it was only in 1985 that Corbières was recognized by the National Institute of Appellations of Origin (INAO). Etre et Renaitre is the fruit of the collaboration between two winemakers who grow different grapes and put their harvest together to make a well balanced wine. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     As Languedoc’s reputation is growing, the winegrowers started a process of hierarchisation of the vineyards. That’s how the Corbières-Boutenac appe- llation was created : to distinguish one of the best terroirs of the larger Corbières appellation. Indeed, grapes harvested on this specific terroir of Boutenac give deeper and more complex wines than elsewhere in the area.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2017 / bouteille

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

    The wine gives off a remarkable balance between power and freshness.

    £14.80 Public price £12.58 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  6. Vigne du Prieuré, 2011, Château Gigognan, Côtes du Rhône

    Vigne du Prieuré, 2011, Château Gigognan, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    “Summer holidays are over… To keep in mind the summer exoticism, I suggest you this beautiful bottle of Gigognan that will be paired with a Creole menu concocted by Catherine Naud, a martiniquan chef. The nose of this wine is very expressive and reveals a complex aromatic bouquet with perfumes of fruits and flowers. The bitter aftertaste confers to the wine a nice fresh touch. I definitely don’t advise to aerate the bottle.”

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     Grape variety

    The roussanne is often blended with the marsanne since these two grape varieties perfectly complement each other. They produce light wines with light acid hints. Moreover the clairette variety makes the wine more alcoholic while preserving his freshness!

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Beautiful white gold colour with sunny reflections; brilliant and transparent..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    A very pleasant nose with intense aromas of yellow fruits such us clementine and white flowers.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Rounded, supple and fresh. Tannins are rounded and sweet.

    Verre

     Service

    Serve between 10°C and12°C. Open just before serving. Keeping potential: until 2016.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matchings

    Samoussas aux légumes
    Coconut prawn fricassee 

     
    Coconut and plum flan

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Annes and Jacques Callet became «winemaker by accident », as they like saying. They didn’t miss a chance to make the Château Gigognan shine and they reveal a strong passion for their vineyards. They are also kind hosts and they take special care of guests of their B&B, which mix the sophisticated Provençal style of XVIII century with the comfort of the modernity. The favourite of My VitiBox is: Sophie’s room! 

     Terroir

    The terroir

    The vineyard is located in the south of of the Rhone Valley. It’s the region most exposed to the force of natural elements, but it also benefits of 2800 hours of sunshine per year! The Mistral wind is crucial since it allows the vineyard to recovery. However, the secret of these vineyards are in the soil composed of the so called “caïau frejaü” (rounded pebbles) with the ability to store heat by day and diffuse it during night.

     

     

    My VitiBox, September 2013 / bottle

    Sold by case of 3 or 6 bottle, until 30th Septembre 2013. Delivery within 21 days. 

    The nose of this wine is very expressive and reveals a complex aromatic bouquet with perfumes of fruits and flowers. The bitter aftertaste confers to the wine a nice fresh touch.

    £11.50 Public price £9.80 Subscribers' price

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  7. Roussette de Savoie 2012, Domaine Grisard

    Roussette de Savoie 2012, Domaine Grisard

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « I’ve traveled a lot in Savoy these days, and I really wanted to find a nice roussette to taste, and I found this beautiful cuvée of Philippe Grisard. The roussette is a white grape variety very interesting for wine tasting because it has a nice acidity, a floral bouquet, and tannins, that is rare for white wines. »

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    Grape Variety

    The roussette, also called “goddess”, is one of the rare white grape varieties where we can feel the tannins. Wines produced from this grape have a fine acidity that reminds mountains’ freshness. They have a medium keeping potential (4 to 5 years).

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Fine greenish gold colours with light green reflec- tions. The disk is thin, shiny and limpid.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose is intense, amusing. Flowers' flavours dominate the aromatic palette, followed by notes of acacia trees, sweet spices and honey.

    Bouche

    Taste

    Taste is round - that means without roughtness (we feel like making the wine moving in our mouth) - supple and fresh. It's very well balanced.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 10 et 12°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Salad from Savoy
    Tomato tart and perch fillet with olive oil, and its pesto sauce.

    Tomme de Savoie Cheese

    Yoghurt cake

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Selected among the 10 winemakers of the year by Bettane and Desseauve in 2000, Philippe Grisard is a solid value in Savoy. He is well-known in the entire region for his vineyards growing talents: Indeed he makes the seeds for many wineries in Savoy.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine Grisard extends for 15 hectares in the Combe de Savoie, between Chambéry and Albertville. Vineyards are located on mountains slopes in the natural park of Bauges. The muddy limestone slopes have draining capacity. This helps the production of wine with a high acidity level. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 28th of February 2014. Delivery within 21 days.

    The roussette is a white grape variety very interesting for wine tasting because it has a nice acidity, a floral bouquet, and tannins, that is rare for white wines.

    £10.60 Public price £9.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  8. Barbera d'Alba 2012, Giacomo Fenocchio, Italia

    Barbera d'Alba 2012, Giacomo Fenocchio, Italia

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « This cuvee is a good barbera d’Alba that will become more and more complex through the years. Its specificity is its acidity that permits a nice equilibrium with the alcohol (14°). This wine was bottled one month ago so it is still young and it will become more complex through the years. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The barbera is one of the first grape varieties that were produced in Italy. Actually, barbera comes from the word “barba” that refers to very complex roots, and “albéra” that refers to a place where we planted vineyards instead of a forest. It is a grape variety that produces dark and acid wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe is opaque with purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    The nose is intense and pleasant. You can easily recognize aromas of fresh red fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Here, the mouth has a nice equilibrium and is typical of an Italian wine.

    Verre

     Service

    Service: Between 14 and 16°C. Open just before serving. Aging potential until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Coppa
    Risotto

    Brie cheese

    Dark chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    From one generation to another and for five generations now, the members of the Fenocchio family have been land workers. We talked to them a lot over the past few weeks, and as they don’t speak English or French and as we don’t speak Italian, we had some surprising chats! Speaking with our hands on the telephone isn’t easy.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Since 1684, the Fenocchio family cultivates 14 hectares of vineyards in the North West of Italy of which 2,5 hectares are used to cultivate barbera d’Alba. Aged of 30 years, the vineyards produce grapes that are more mature and with higher quality. In addition, the limestone soil favors the production of wines that are supple and very acid. However, its acidity is diminished by the volcanic sediments coming from the soil that brings delicacy to the wine. 

     

     

    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 is a good barbera d’Alba that will become more and more complex through the years.

    £13.60 Public price £11.50 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  9. L'été Gascon, 2013, Domaine de Pellehaut, Côtes de Gascogne

    L'été Gascon, 2013, Domaine de Pellehaut, Côtes de Gascogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    We already offered a wine from the Pellehaut estate a few months ago. We got many enthusiastic feedbacks, so I decided to select another wine from the same winemaker. Once again, it is a white wine, but a sweet wine this time. Balanced, and surprisingly light, which is rarely the case with sweet wine, this wine is one of my favourites of the moment and this is a very good value for money!  

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    Grape variety

    We have not had many opportunities to discover Gros Manseng with My Vitibox! This grape grows in the south west of France and is widely used in production of sweet wines. You will recognize it by its aromas of apricot and quince among others. It is less rich and less refined than its cousin, Petit Manseng. However it gives rise to wines that I find very enjoyable.

    Oeil

     Oeil

     The robe reminds of a Golden Supreme apple with sunny sparkle..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    The nose reveals citrus fruits (lime).

    Bouche

     Bouche

    The mouths reminds of an exotic fruits cocktail (mango, passion fruit, lychee).

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 8 and 10°C; open just before serving. to taste now or until 2019

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Grilled foie gras
    Dublin bay prawns
    Blue cheese
    Cinnamon baked apples

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family

    A long time ago, many farms in the south west of France were making their own wine. Most of them gave up farming to only focus on wine, and Pellehaut is one of the rare estate still mixing farming and winemaking. It’s a very precious resource for the culture: the cows are fed the cereals and then produce the best natural fertiliser.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located on the same hill as the Chateau Pellehaut, turned toward the south, the vineyard benefits from a very good exposure to the sunshine. This terroir gives very mature grapes, with a lot of sugar, and a low acidity. This is how the winemaker can make wines so soft. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2014 / bouteille

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

    Balanced, and surprisingly light, which is rarely the case with sweet wine, this wine is one of my favourites of the moment and this is a very good value for money!

    £9.03 Public price £7.68 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

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  13. 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

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  14. 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

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2018 / bouteille

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

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

    £20.83 Public price £17.71 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape Varienty

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Luminous garnet colour with violet reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Green olives tapenade 
    Roasted herb chicken

    Mont d'Or Cheese

    Sugar Crepes

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, octobre. 2013 / bottles

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

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

    £22.40 Public price £19.00 Subscribers' price

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  17. Pinot noir 2012, Dominique Laurent, Bourgogne

    Pinot noir 2012, Dominique Laurent, Bourgogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « I have worked with the Dominique Laurent domain for several years when I was Head Sommelier. I think that he is one of the best winemaker in Burgundy. In this cuvee, we can find the sturdy character as well as the simplicity of the winemaker. The oak casks used to produce this cuvee come from the Tronçais forest: you can feel these woody aromas in the wine. This cuvee has a nose full of blackcurrant and wild strawberry aromas. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Well-known for many years in Burgundy, pinot noir corresponds to 34% of the total of the vineyard in this region. Pinot noir distinguishes itself by its aromas of black cherries, with prune hints when the wine is getting old. This is a grape variety that is elegant, fine and subtle.

    Oeil

    Eyel

     Nice light ruby red robe, bright and clear.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Wild nose full of blackcurrant and wild strawberry aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth, vivacious (menthol), pleasant, lively.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 13 and 15 degree. Open just before serving. To taste now or until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Chicken salad
    White pudding

    Goat cheese

    Wild strawberries

     

     Anecdote

    &A wine, a family

    Former pastry chef in Vesoul, nowadays Dominique Laurent is an icon in the wine’s industry in Burgundy. He was quoted several times by the famous critic Robert Parker. He knows how to produce good wines with a nice simplicity.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyard is planted on a clay-limestone soil in the Côtes de Nuits. The clay brings firmness, structure and acidity to the wine, while limestone develops its freshness and delicacy. Taste it and let us know what you think about it!

     

     

    My VitiBox, May 2014 / bouteille

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

    In this cuvee, we can find the sturdy character as well as the simplicity of the winemaker. The oak casks used to produce this cuvee come from the Tronçais forest: you can feel these woody aromas in the wine.

    £20.00 Public price £17.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  18. Château Puynard 2011, Vignobles Grégoire, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Château Puynard 2011, Vignobles Grégoire, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I am quite happy I found this delicious Côtes de Blaye. The mouth is smooth and harmonious. It is like having a ballet dancer wearing a silk dress in your mouth. The finish, which is the taste that stays on the palate after the wine has been swallowed, is long and spicy.

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The blend merlot - cabernet sauvignon is emblematic of Bordeaux. Indeed, most of the wines from Bordeaux are made from these two varieties, sometimes adding a third one in very small quantity. Merlot develops fine red berries aromas and gives softness to the wine. Cabernet sauvignon brings acidity and strong tannins. It is also mostly thanks to cabernet sauvignon that this wonderful wine has some aging potential.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep garnet red colour with purple nuances..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose is intense and complex with clear notes of cherry.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well balanced with a smooth texture.

    Verre

    Service

    Around 16°C.  Uncork the bottle 15 minutes before drinking. Drink from now and until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Hazelnut saucisson sec
    Turkey stuffed with chestnut
    Tomme cheese
    Fraisier cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Gregory family is well known around the vineyards of Bordeaux. Their ancestors started making money by selling harvesting machines. But working with so many winemakers made them feel like making their own wine and this is how they bought several estates in Bordeaux, including Chateau Puynard and the famous Château La Rivière.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyard of Château Puynard covers 17 hectares. The vines are planted on hillsides along the Gironde river, in the Côtes de Blaye area. The close underground is a mix of clay and sand. When you go deeper, the underground has several limestone layers. This makes a really good terroir to grow highly concentrated grapes of merlot. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2014 / bouteille

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

    The finish, which is the taste that stays on the palate after the wine has been swallowed, is long and spicy./p>

    £8.57 Public price £7.29 Subscribers' price

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  19. Malbec du Clos 2012, Clos Triguedina, Cahors

    Malbec du Clos 2012, Clos Triguedina, Cahors

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    When you think about Cahors, it’s not long before you think of Jean-Luc Baldès, one of the most talented winemakers of the appellation. I was not surprised to find in that wine delicious flavours of blackcurrant and of course a lot of tannins, as they are typical characteristics of malbec. However, I was more surprised to feel menthol aromas which were much more unexpected!  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Nowadays, malbec is famous all around the world thanks to the wines from Argentina, where this variety is widely grown. Originally, malbec comes from the southwest of France, where it has been grown since the Middle Ages. France is still the second producer of malbec behind Argentina. This variety usually gives to the wines a deep colour with nice aromas of blackberries.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet colour and mat in the thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and meaning nose, in the aromas of red berries and herbs.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Mouth balanced with melted and present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 14°C et 16°C.  Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pork rinds
    Goose breast fillets
    Saint-Nectaire cheese
    Blackcurrant panna cotta

     

     Anecdote

    &A winemaker, a family

    Since 1830, the Baldès family has been developing the Clos Triguedina passing from father to son the passion of making good wine and of course the skills to achieve that. Nowadays, Jean-Luc Baldès is an iconic figure of the appellation. Talented and passionate, he is known in the area under the name “the master of malbec”.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The terroir of Cahors is known for being very dry. It rains very little, which is a wonderful thing for the grapes that hence can perfectly mature. The Clos Triguedina covers around 65 hectares of mixed clay, silica and limestone. Just remember that this kind of ground ensures that the vine is subjected to enough water stress to make sure that the grapes will develop various aromas. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2015 / bouteille

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

    I was not surprised to find in that wine delicious flavours of blackcurrant and of course a lot of tannins, as they are typical characteristics of malbec. However, I was more surprised to feel menthol aromas which were much more unexpected!

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

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  20. Domaine des Grands Chemins 2012, Maison Delas, Crozes-Hermitage

    Domaine des Grands Chemins 2012, Maison Delas, Crozes-Hermitage

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful raspberry dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Sensitive nose to the aromas of raspberries and cinnamon.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, december. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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