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  1. Chablis - Domaine Savary - 1er Cru Vaillons 2011

    Chablis - Domaine Savary - 1er Cru Vaillons 2011

    Sommelier

    L'avis du sommelier

    J'affectionne particulièrement les vins de Chablis, terroir au sein duquel j'ai habité quelques années dans le passé pour me rapprocher des vignes. J'espère que vous apprécierez comme moi les belles notes minérales aux parfums de miel et de fleurs sauvages de ce Chablis 1er Cru. Un équilibre parfait, riche de finesse et d'élégance.  

    Feuille

     Cépage

    Le vignoble de Chablis est une terre de prédilection pour le chardonnay, seul cépage autorisé sur les appellations d'origines contrôlées des vins de Chablis. C'est le quatrième cépage blanc le plus planté au monde, il donne des vins frais et minéraux. 

    Oeil

     Oeil

    Jolie robe or blanc aux reflets verts clairs, disque fin, brillant et limpide, très bel éclat.

     

    Nez

     Nez

    Un nez de belle intensité, très frais et plaisant.

    Bouche

     Bouche

    La bouche est vive, fraîche et harmonieuse 

    Verre

     Service

    Service entre 10°C et 12°C. Carafage une heure avant de servir. Garde jusqu'à 6 ans.

     

    Service

     Accords mets-vin

    Velouté d'asperges vertes 
    Plateau de fruits de mer 
    Fromage de chèvre 
    Tarte au citron

     

     Anecdote

     L'anecdote à propos du récoltant

    Issu d’une famille vigneronne, Olivier Savary a ra- cheté ce Domaine d'un hec- tare en 1984. Ce vignoble artisanal a très vite grandi puisqu'il possède aujourd’hui 19 hectares de vignes à Chablis et produit des vins expressifs et gourmands. 

     Terroir

    Le terroir

    Situé près d’Auxerre, le vignoble de Chablis longe une petite rivière, le « Serein ». Le terroir des Chablis 1er Crus et Grands Crus est caractérisé par un sol argilo-calcaire composé de roches vieilles de 150 millions d'années où l'on retrouve des dépôts d'huîtres minuscules «Exogyra». Cela confère au vin une belle minéralité et cette fameuse odeur de pierre à fusil, de silex ou de craie. Les vignes de ce 1er Cru Vaillons poussent en coteaux et sont agées de 25 ans. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, juin. 2013 / bouteille

    En vente par caisse de 3 ou 6 bouteilles jusqu'au 31 août 2013. Livraison sous 21 jours. 

    Un merveilleux Chablis 1er Cru aux notes minérales aux parfums de miel et de fleurs sauvages.

    £15.00 Public price £12.80 Subscribers' price
  2. 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.”

    Feuille

     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

    Out of stock

  3. Les Sires de La Tour Carnet 2008

    Les Sires de La Tour Carnet 2008

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    Last march you have tasted the Carillon du Château Fombrauge de Bernard Magrez. This month I would like to suggest you another wine Médoc: this Grand Cru is made by the Château Tour Carnet, a winery that was previously owned by the French philosopher Michel de Montaigne. The particularity of its vineyards is to use suspended wine lees to increase the aromas of the wine.

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    A wine blend typical for this region: merlot gives suppleness to wine whereas the cabernet sauvignon confers body, tannic structure and long keeping potential. The 18-years-old ageing in oak barrels allows the aromas to shine!

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Nice light garnet colour, deep and shining. Microbubbles in suspension. Purplish reflections and coloured streaks.

    Nez

     Nose

    The nose is very elegant, pleasant, delicate and pure. We can smell an original mineralogy with iodized notes (oyster shell).

    Bouche

     Taste

    The taste is silky, fresh and harmonic. You can find a retro-olfaction of licorice and menthol.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve between 14°C and 16°C. Open just before serving. Keeping time: until 2016.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Salmon tartare
    Turbot fillet with merlot sauce 

    Livarot 
    Black chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

     The winemakers

    Known for his special wines, Bernard Magrez is a self-made man who became the first owner of the prestigious classified wine (Grands Crus Classés) in Bordeaux. 

     Terroir

    The terroir

    LThe winery is characterised by a soil composed of a calcareous clay basements covered with a thick layer of gravels called “gunziennes”. The same stones that you can find at the famous hill of La Tour Carnet. The gravels gunziennes were originally transported by glaciers and they are are poor in mineral and very draining. They oblige the roots of the vines to go deeply into the ground to find their nutriments.

     

     

    My VitiBox, Septembre. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by case of 3 and 6 bottles until 30 September 2013. Delivery within 21 days. 

    The particularity of its vineyards is to use suspended wine lees to increase the aromas of the wine. This allow the production of deep wines with a long-term stability.

    £21.20 Public price £18.02 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  4. The Footbolt 2009, MCLaren Vale, d'Arenberg, Shiraz

    The Footbolt 2009, MCLaren Vale, d'Arenberg, Shiraz

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the winetaster

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

    Feuille

     Grape Variety

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

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

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Beef carpaccio with pesto
    Juicy barbecued steak 

    Maroilles cheese 
    Blackberry and strawberry fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

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

     Terroir

    The terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2013 / bouteille

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

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

    £23.20 Public price £19.72 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  5. Rosso 2011, Coppola

    Rosso 2011, Coppola

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    Film director and producer, Francis Ford Coppola won five Oscars and two Palme d’or at the Cannes Festival. Few know that Francis is also the owner of a vineyard in the Napa Valley (California), which produces good wines at an excellent quality price ratio. Rosso 2011 is a light and fruity wine that will match simple and tasty dishes. 

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    The grapes’ blend is interesting. Syrah donates a velvet texture to the wine; cabernet sauvignon gives them structure and aromas of red fruits. Petite syrah contributes to give body whereas the zinfandel, typical of this region, gives sweetness.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Dark purple colour with violet reflections and coloured tears..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Very intense to the nose with strong aromas of strawberry, and blackcurrant. Let your self be tempted by the inebriating flavours….

    Bouche

     Taste

    Light, supple and fruity in the mouth. The simplicity of this wine makes him accessible to all…

    Verre

     Service

    Serve between 14°C and 16°C. Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Toast points with Black Olive Tapenade & Red Pepper

    Roast chicken

    Fresh cheese with wild blueberry jam

    Blueberry and cassis muffin

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Francis Ford Coppola has about as much passion for fine wine as he does for great film. And his passion is actually hereditary: during the Prohibition, Agostino Coppola produced his own wine in the basement of his flat in New York City. 

     Terroir

    The terroir

    The Coppola vineyard is located in California, in the wine region of Lodi, 50 km south of Sacramento, in the hearth of the famous Napa Valley. There, sunny days alternate with fresh nights and this slows the maturity process of grapes and increases their body and taste. The rivers Mokelumne and Cosumnes enrich the granitic soil of minerals. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September 2013 / bouteille

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

    Rosso 2011 is a light and fruity wine that will match simple and tasty dishes.

    £16.50 Public price £14.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    L'Expression 2012, Domaine du Fontenay, Côte Roannaise

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

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

    Feuille

     Grape variety

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Dark purple robe with superb bluish-violet reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

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

    saint-marcellin

    summer pudding

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    The terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2013 / bottle

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

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

    £11.40 Public price £9.67 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  7. 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

  8. Château Sigalas Rabaud 2005, Sauternes

    Château Sigalas Rabaud 2005, Sauternes

    Sommelier

    L'avis du sommelier

    A l’approche des fêtes, je voulais vous faire découvrir ce liquoreux, premier cru de Sauternes. La pourriture noble « botrytis » qui se développe sur ce terroir assèche les baies et donne des raisins magnifiquement concentrées en arômes et en sucres. Le vin qui en sort est d’une richesse et d’une puissance magnifique, et sa teneur en arômes est du même acabit. C’est un vin qui peut vieillir encore 100 ans ! 

    Feuille

     Cépage

    Le sémillon présent dans le Sud-Ouest et dans le Bordelais est le cépage emblématique de Sauternes. Les baies de raisins sont fines ce qui permet à la pourriture noble, le champignon botrytis, de s’y développer et d’absorber l’eau des raisins. On apprécie beaucoup le gras, la richesse et la rondeur des vins qu’il produit.

    Oeil

     Oeil

     Robe or pâle..

     

    Nez

     Nez

    Nez complexe d’épices douces, de fleurs et d’orange confite.

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Bouche ample et puissante, de poire et d’ananas. Equilibre entre l’acidité et la sucrosité.

    Verre

     Service

    Service entre 9°C et 11°C.  Ouvriret servir juste après ouverture. à consommer dès maintenant ou jusqu'en 2100.

     

    Service

     Accords mets-vin

    Carpaccio de St Jacques marinées au citron vert
    Chapon de noël
    Mont d’or
    Tarte aux agrumes

     

     Anecdote

     L'anecdote à propos du récoltant

    Créé au XVIIe siècle, la terre de Rabaud fut acquise en 1863 par Henri de Sigalas. Quarante ans plus tard, son fils unique, Pierre Gaston de Sigalas en vendit la majeure partie mais conserva la croupe graveleuse orientée au sud, « le bijou de Sigalas », soit les 14 hectares actuels du Château. Aujourd’hui, la famille héritière du Château Sigalas Rabaud, perpétue la tradition de respect du terroir et de sélection des vins pour produire un grand Sauternes.

     Terroir

    Le terroir

     Le terroir d’exception de Sauternes est constitué d’un sol épais de graves et d’un sous-sol calcaire. Les graves sont très recherchées par les vignerons ; ce sont des graviers fluviaux (caillouteux et/ou sablonneux) qui sont essentiellement présents dans le sud-ouest et dans le bordelais. Le sol est bien drainé, les racines vont donc puiser leurs ressources dans le sous-sol à plus de 10 mètres de profondeur ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, Décembre. 2014 / bouteille

    En vente par caisse de 3 ou 6 bouteilles. Livraison sous 7 jours. 

    Le vin qui en sort est d’une richesse et d’une puissance magnifique, et sa teneur en arômes est du même acabit. C’est un vin qui peut vieillir encore 100 ans !

    £47.06 Public price £40.00 Subscribers' price
  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Murmure des vignes 2013, Domaine de Panisse, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Murmure des vignes 2013, Domaine de Panisse, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, My VitiBox gives you the opportunity to taste two very good yet quite different wines from the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. This powerful wine is a perfect balance between the fruity aromas of grenache and the slightly spicy aromas of syrah. This wine will be absolutely perfect to pair with a beautiful charcuterie board! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Syrah is a sensitive grape variety that easily catches diseases. Fortunately, the vines of the Domaine de Panisse enjoy a good exposure to the wind that keeps germs away. Syrah adds spicy flavours to this wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Purple and mat colour in the thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of spices and vegetable.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth with firm and present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Andouille Sausage
    Veal liver
    Saint-Marcellin
    Clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Domaine de Panisse already existed in the 15th Century. At that time, it used to belong to Dominique de Panisse, Louis XII’s chamberlain. But through centuries, the domain has been abandoned, and remained uncultivated during the first half of the 20th Century. Fortunately, Jean-Marie, Christine and Fanny got it back and did a great job in resuscitating the estate.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The southern Rhône Valley is renowned for its famous “galets roulés” that cover the ground. These smooth pebbles have been polished for millenniums by the Rhône River. Their specificity is that they accumulate the heat of the sun all day long and give it back to the grapes during the night. Therefore, the grapes keep ripening even after the sunset! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, Septembre. 2015 / bouteille

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

    This powerful wine is a perfect balance between the fruity aromas of grenache and the slightly spicy aromas of syrah.

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Ruby deep colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Powerful in the aromas of red berries and vegetable.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with fine tannins and silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Steak Tartare
    Lamb sweetbreads
    Saint Nectaire
    Roasted Figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £21.51 Public price £18.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  13. Bellegrave du Poujeau, Haut-Médoc 2011

    Bellegrave du Poujeau, Haut-Médoc 2011

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This little vineyard in Médoc is a nice discovery. The attack is very pleasant and the aromatic profile of this wine is complex, mainly based on strawberry and blackcurrant aromas perfectly enhanced by a marked acidity. This wine is at the beginning of its peak, but if you enjoy tertiary aromas, it will easily wait for you a few years in your cellar. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot and cabernet sauvignon is the most widespread blend in Bordeaux. Cabernet franc, without being rare, is less common. It’s the main variety in Chinon in the Loire Valley and it is often used in Bordeaux to complete the blends with its fresh red berries aromas.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Ruby deep colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose in the aromas of red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with fine tannins and a fluid texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Bayonne ham
    Flank steak with shallot sauce
    Coulommiers cheese
    Red berries gratin

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château Bellegrave du Poujeau is a typical example of what is called a gardener’s wine. With only 4 hectares, Jean-Pierre Cantelaube can give a lot of attention to each of his vine stocks. For example, they are all pruned individually which allow to reach the highest level of ripeness possible each time, so there are no more bad vintages!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines are planted on a particularly thick ground of Graves. These big and hard round pebbles do not retain water and nutrients on the contrary to the layer of clay these lie on. Therefore, vines’ roots have to struggle through the pebbles to get their water and nutrients in the clay. It is a good thing as it forces the vine to be stronger so as to reveal the whole potential of the grapes! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2015 / bouteille

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

    The attack is very pleasant and the aromatic profile of this wine is complex, mainly based on strawberry and blackcurrant aromas perfectly enhanced by a marked acidity.

    £21.51 Public price £18.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  14. Le Prestige, Château les Donats, Bergerac

    Le Prestige, Château les Donats, Bergerac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine from Château les Donats is absolutely delicious and I am really proud to present it to you ! Very typical of the dry white wines from Bergerac, this batch displays nice aromas of citrus fruits and flowers wonderfully enhanced by a strong acidity that gives all this amazing liveliness to the wine. To pair it perfectly, I suggest you serve it with grilled white fish or oysters. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Sauvignon blanc in the most common white variety in the Loire Valley and in Bordeaux. It is known to give to the wines liveliness and refreshing aromas. In Bordeaux and Bergerac, it is often blend with sémillon, a very sweet variety, so as to balance its high level of sugar with acidity.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish gold dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Pleasant nose to the aromas of citrus.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with smooth tear.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Oysters
    Smoked salmon
    Tomme cheese
    Orange salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In 1994, Patrick Somers, heir of a family of Belgian wine merchants and passionate about winemaking, decided to produce his own wine. To do so, he visited a few vineyards, and felt in love with Château les Donats that he bought and entirely renovated. To keep on improving the quality of the wines, he was joined in 2011 by the oenologist Olivier Verhelst who implemented new cultivation techniques and updated the winemaking process./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château les Donats’ vines cover 15 hectares on the sides a valley digged throughout the millenniums by the Dordogne River in the heart of Périgord. The plots have various exposures to the sun. This diversity allows choosing just the right exposure for each of the six grapes varieties that are grown in the vineyard. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2016 / bouteille

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

    Very typical of the dry white wines from Bergerac, this batch displays nice aromas of citrus fruits and flowers wonderfully enhanced by a strong acidity that gives all this amazing liveliness to the wine.

    £11.51 Public price £9.79 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  15. Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon, Château de Teste Graves

    Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon, Château de Teste Graves

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, let’s go to Bordeaux to discover this magnificent batch by Château de Teste. This wine perfectly reveals the richness of its terroir during the tasting. The colour is purple with dark pink reflection. At the nose I smelled surprising aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus. The wine is also characterized by a good length and it ends on a nice touch of acidity. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot is the most grown variety in Bordeaux. It is known for giving warm wines with sweet flavours, a silky texture and soft and discrete tannins. To give more structure to the wines, merlot is really often blended with cabernet-sauvignon, which used to be the main grape in the Bordeaux area until the 20th century and is known to have a stronger structure.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Sensitive and pleasant nose to the aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 12°C et 14°C.  Open just before serving. until 2021

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Mushroom pie
    Roasted duck breast
    Saint-Nectaire cheese
    Roasted chestnuts

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in the bank of the Gironde River, Château de Teste overlooks the vines of the small village of Montprimpblanc which was before named Monte Primulus which means in Latin the daisies’ mountain. The vines did not always reign on the hills of the region! Nowadays, the daisies are gone and the estate belongs to Laurent Réglat, passionate winemaker who produces wines in several appellations: Sainte-Croix-du-Mont and Cadillac.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The specificity of the Graves appellation is that it got its name from its soil. In French, “graves” are round hard pebbles that are really appreciated by winemakers. Indeed, those retain the warmth provided by the sun during the day and give it back to the grapes at night. Therefore, the berries never stop ripening. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2016 / bouteille

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

    At the nose I smelled surprising aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus.

    £21.51 Public price £18.29 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Artesis 2015, Ogier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish yellow dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of green apple and rose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a nice silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sashimi
    Baked sea bream
    Vacherin cheese
    Fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £9.16 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  17. Côtes-du-Rhône 2014, Domaine de l’Olivier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Côtes-du-Rhône 2014, Domaine de l’Olivier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This Côtes-du-Rhône’s purple flashy colour suggests that the wine will be fresh and lively. On the palate, the wine is indeed lively and comes along with soft melted tannins that enhance the explosive aromas of flowers and red berries. Just after swallowing, pay attention to the remarkable length of that wine and take the time to appreciate the nice spicy aftertaste. If you enjoy refined wines, this bottle is for you ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache and syrah are the two main varieties in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation. However, grenache comes from Aragon, in Spain. It is one of the most cultivated grape varieties in the world and it spreads thanks to the intense aromas of ripened black and red berries it gives to the wines. Syrah brings to the wine fresh and spicy aromas hence ensuring the right level of complexity and a perfect balance.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish red and shiny dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of peony and currants.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken liver salad
    Grilled steak
    Saint-Félicien cheese
    Red wine poached pears

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In the Bastide Family, the wine is a matter of passion and tradition. The family has been in charge for 4 generations, and it’s not about to stop. Nowadays, Eric Bastide and his son Robin carry on the tradition of excellence of the family. Robin even started bringing his own touch by starting a project of modernization of the winery./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Domaine de l’Olivier is made of 48 hectares of old vines planted on hillsides. The old vines especially enjoy these slopes and their southern exposure. Moreover, the soil is made of clay which gives more complexity to the wine. However, old vines exposed south could give wines that lack of freshness, which is not the case thanks to the strong wind that constantly blows on the grapes. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2016 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, the wine is indeed lively and comes along with soft melted tannins that enhance the explosive aromas of flowers and red berries.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  18. Pineau d’Aunis 2015, Vignoble Dinocheau, Touraine

    Pineau d’Aunis 2015, Vignoble Dinocheau, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Two words to describe this “vin gris” rosé : astonishing and refreshing ! Astonishing first as it is quite uncommon to be able to taste rosé exclusively made from pineau d’Aunis. This historical variety of the Loire Valley gives light and fresh wines with a lot of character. It’s a true gastronomy rosé with surprising yet seducing peppery and flowery aromas, but it still keeps this refreshing side that we crave for in a rosé. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Pineau d’Aunis is the most ancient variety in Loire Valley. Formerly called chenin noir, it was replaced through time by cabernet franc and is nowadays rather rare. Indeed, this one is mainly used to complete blendsand only a few winemakers use it to make single variety wines. It’s a pity as pineau d’Aunis gives very interesting and refined wines !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull dress salmon in the fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of pastry and flower.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 9°C et 11° Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tomatoes and mozzarella
    Fried fish
    Valencay cheese
    Fresh strawberries and raspberries salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine Dinocheau is the typical small family estate where making wine is not at all a job but a real passion that burns in each member of the family. Indeed, the 13 hectares vineyard is ruled by Fabien and Laurence who are siblings. The family made a name for themselves by cultivating several abandoned varieties, like pineau d’Aunis and Orbois./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The 13 hectares of Domaine Dinocheau are planted on an underground of tuffeau stone, a blend of chalk and sand that looks white. Tuffeau, with which were built the Châteaux of the Loire Valley, is poor in nutrients : it enhances the expression of aromas low in number but powerful. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2016 / bouteille

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

    It’s a true gastronomy rosé with surprising yet seducing peppery and flowery aromas, but it still keeps this refreshing side that we crave for in a rosé.

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  19. Domaine du Silène 2006, Domaine du Silène, Grès de Montpellier

    Domaine du Silène 2006, Domaine du Silène, Grès de Montpellier

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is already ten years old and starts offering nice aromas of evolution. However, it still has a lot of freshness and ripe blackberries aromas, great Languedoc’s wines hallmark. At the nose step, you can already smell the nice evolved aromas of leather. At the mouth step, we feel a nice balance between ripe fruits and spices, typical flavours of syrah. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Originally, syrah is Rhône Valley’s emblematic variety. But syrah is a strong variety that can thrive on a wide variety of terroirs on which it gives quite different wines. Syrah is especially adapted to Languedoc’s dry weather where it gets particularly ripe and gives more fruity aromas than elsewhere. The result is spicy and smooth wines like this amazing Grès de Montpellier.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull purple dress in tears thick..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of tertiary and herbaceous.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 15°C et 17° Open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Herb saucisson
    Bull steak
    Manchego
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The 57 hectares of Domaine de Silène used to belong to Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, two twin brothers, famous for their three stars restaurant “Le jardin des sens” in Montpellier. In 2000, the estate was bought by Robert Skalli, a major Languedoc wine producer famous for having built an empire thanks to his outstanding ability to detect the potential of wine estates. Domaine de Silène was one of his great successes: he turned a great estate into an amazing one./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Domaine de Silène’s vines develop on a poor limestone soil in the warm and dry mountains around Montpellier. As a consequence, the vine stocks have to grow very deep roots in order to find what it needs to thrive. The relief comes from the fresh high winds coming from the sea that bring coolness and a little humidity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2016 / bouteille

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

    At the mouth step, we feel a nice balance between ripe fruits and spices, typical flavours of syrah.

    £26.22 Public price £22.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. Vignes Centenaires 2014, Domaine des Cadoles, Brouilly

    Vignes Centenaires 2014, Domaine des Cadoles, Brouilly

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This Brouilly impressed me with its refinement and power. The uncommon nose starts the party with nice aromas of fruits and peonies. On the palate, you will feel again this deep intensity along with minerality, this salty like impression that characterizes the best Brouilly, the most famous of the ten “Cru” of the Beaujolais region. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    1395 is the year everything changed for gamay. Indeed, it is the year Philipe Le Hardi, Duke of Burgundy, decided that only pinot noir could be cultivated in Burgundy, and that gamay had to be grown in Beaujolais, at the south border of his duchy. Nowadays, gamay is still the only black variety grown in Beaujolais, but it spread a little and you can also taste nice wines from gamay in the Loire Valley and in Switzerland.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of red fruits and floral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh with silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 12°C et 14° Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Ham in Port cream sauce
    Lengua in Mushroom Sauce
    Saint-Marcellin
    Raspberries with whipped cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In the Beaujolais region, wine estates usually cover dozens of hectares. Julien Duport, Régis Luttenauer and Denis Vedrinne made a different choice and bought only 3 hectares. But not any hectares ! Indeed, their vines are located on the best terroir of Brouilly and have one particularity : they are more than 100 years old on average ! The three friends care a lot about their vines which repay them with amazing grapes allowing them to elaborate exclusive batches of great Brouilly./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Domaine des Cadoles’ three hectares are planted on a granitic soil. The main characteristic of granitic soils is that it has strong filtering properties and therefore let the water gets deep taking on the way nutrients away from the roots. So it submits the vines to a high level of water stress. It’s a good thing for gamay as its lazy variety has to be challenged to reveal its full potential. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2016 / bouteille

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

    The uncommon nose starts the party with nice aromas of fruits and peonies.

    £12.10 Public price £10.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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