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

    Lirac, 2012, Domaine Coudoulis, Vallée du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

     Grape variety

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

    Oeil

     Appearence

     Robe intense purple-red, with purple reflections..

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Powerful mouth and refined tanins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Beef tartare
    Rabbit with mustard
    Banon cheese
    Roasted figs

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £12.13 Public price £10.31 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  2. Touraine 2013, Vignoble Dinocheau

    Touraine 2013, Vignoble Dinocheau

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    There is a lot of freshness in that wine. I really appreciated the mineral aromas that come straight from the flints that the soil of Touraine is made of. Its aromas of fresh citrus and white fruits should definitely please you. This wine is to be enjoyed with friends around a seafood platter. I am really happy to present this wine, made with passion by Fabien and Laurence Dinocheau, brother and sister, who really love their terroir and are rising stars in the Loire valley.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Sauvignon is the main grape variety for the white wines in Touraine. Widely used in other French wine regions, its success lies far across France’s borders. Indeed, this is also the main variety in New Zealand! It gives very different aromas depending on where it is planted: citrus fruits, white fruits… and even fresh herbs!

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light green gold colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Flavours of grapefruit, lime and white fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A lot of freshness in the mouth and a refreshing.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 9°C et 11°C.  Open juste before serving. now and until 2018

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Seafood platter
    Fresh goat cheese
    Grapefruit salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Seen from far away, the Dinocheau family could seem lazy. Indeed, their policy is to do the least they can on their vines. This results in a minimization of the use of herbicide to control soil erosion. «We produce wines that reflect the characteristics of our land”. Thus, thanks to the Dinocheau, it really is a piece of Touraine that you sip while drinking their delicious sauvignon!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Dinocheau vineyard is located at the very heart of the Loire region, in the middle of all the Châteaux. Chambord, Chenonceau, Amboise… are certainly what attract so many tourists in the area, but they are not the only stars there. The flints on which the vines are planted are known to accumulate the heat of the sun during the day and to give it back to the grapes at night, ensuring that the sauvignon will reach a perfect maturity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2015 / bouteille

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

    I really appreciated the mineral aromas that come straight from the flints that the soil of Touraine is made of.

    £9.15 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  3. Pierre solaire 2013, Dauvergne Ranvier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Pierre solaire 2013, Dauvergne Ranvier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I felt in love at first sight with that white Côtes-du-Rhône, even before I smelt it! Look at this beautiful shiny green gold colour! It then shows nice aromas: I got exotic fruits, jasmine and spices. A fresh and lively wine that will pair well with poached peaches. A pleasure for the eyes, the nose and the palate! 

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    This wine is a typical blend of the Rhône Valley. Viognier gives to the wine mineral aromas and subtlety, and grenache blanc brings fruity aromas and sugar, which explains the magnificent silky texture of Pierre Solaire.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish gold dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open to the aromas of flowers and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and mineral mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    between 10°C and 12°C.  open just before serving. until 2018

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pike quenelle
    Lake fish
    Pelardon cheese
    Poached peaches

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    François Dauvergne and Jean-François Ranvier are two old friends, passionate about oenology, who used to occupy important positions in the world of wine. But one day, they decided it was time for them to grow their own vines. That’s how their adventure began, and they now share all their knowledge about winemaking in order to elaborate a whole range of sophisticated wines.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Pierre Solaire’s vines are located on the border between Ardèche and Gard, two French departments well known for their great yet simple wines. They are planted up hills, ensuring a good level of acidity that enhances the refreshing aromas of this wine. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2015 / bouteille

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

    I felt in love at first sight with that white Côtes-du-Rhône, even before I smelt it!

    £10.09 Public price £8.58 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  4. Equilibre Merlot Cabernet 2013, Domaine de l’Arjolle, Côte de Thongue

    Equilibre Merlot Cabernet 2013, Domaine de l’Arjolle, Côte de Thongue

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Equilibre means balance in French, a perfectly chosen name for this blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon. This very elegant wine is perfectly balanced between the warmness and alcohol of the merlot and the tannic structure and acidity of the cabernet sauvignon. The whole is enhanced by nice aromas of red berries and vanilla. This wine will bring you a lot of pleasure ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot got famous in Bordeaux where it is the king variety of the right bank, notably in Pomerol where it is largely predominant. However, over the last 60 years, merlot has been more and more planted in Languedoc as the winemakers were shifting from producing a high quantity of bad wine to a small quantity of more qualitative wine. It gives warmth to the wine and soften the potentially harsh tannins of cabernet sauvignon.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of woody and blackcurrant.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Duck rillettes
    Cassoulet
    Pélardon cheese
    Strawberry yoghurt

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine de l’Arjolle is renowned in Languedoc for being especially innovative. The brothers Prosper et Louis-Marie Teisserenc fear nothing and were for example the first to try growing zinfandel in the 1980’s as it was just brought back from Australia. Nowadays, they have been joined by their sons and they continue to grow together the family estate./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines are planted on sandy soils with a lot of different sediments brought throughout the milleniums by the neighboring sea. Thus, the ground is full of various nutrients used by the grapes to nourish themselves and grow. That variety of nutrients gives rich and complex wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2016 / bouteille

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

    This very elegant wine is perfectly balanced between the warmness and alcohol of the merlot and the tannic structure and acidity of the cabernet sauvignon.

    £11.51 Public price £9.78 Subscribers' price

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  5. Carpe Guilhem 2015, Domaine San de Guilhem, Côtes de Gascogne

    Carpe Guilhem 2015, Domaine San de Guilhem, Côtes de Gascogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Côtes de Gascogne is an amazing region mainly known for Armagnac. However, the area offers as well numerous great terroirs for white wines. The wine displays an intense and fresh bouquet, which is typical of Côtes de Gascogne, with aromas of citrus fruits and herbs. The mouthfeel is very fresh, long on the palate and has a nice salty touch. I suggest you serve it along with cod and melon.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The large number of varieties used in the blend contributes to the wine’s complexity. Colombard, a typical variety of Gascogne, gives the fruity aromas. It is almost all the time blended with ugni blanc, which enriches the wine with floral flavours. Eventually, gros manseng, often used to elaborate sweet wines, gives the wine its light sweetness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A limpid greenish yellow dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of citrus and vegetal.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 10°C et 12° Open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Whelks
    Cod en papillotte
    Crottin de Chavignol
    Melon

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Spanish wine: Marquès del Villar. Domaine San de Ghuilem is ruled by the same group of friends, led by Lionel Osmin and former rugby international player Imanol Harinordoquy. Harinordoquy eventually retired from the field to dedicate his time to winemaking on each sides of the border between France and Spain. I think you’ll agree with us that his career in wine is as promising as his career in rugby was successful./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     150 km far from the seashore, domaine San de Guilhem benefits simultaneously from the strong continental heat of the south-west of France as well as from fresh winds from the sea. Thanks to that specific configuration, you get very ripe grapes, which explain this intensity, as well as a high level of acidity which gives this remarkable freshness. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2016 / bouteille

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

    The wine displays an intense and fresh bouquet, which is typical of Côtes de Gascogne, with aromas of citrus fruits and herbs.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  6. Les Terrasses 2015, Maison Denuzière, Crozes Hermitag

    Les Terrasses 2015, Maison Denuzière, Crozes Hermitag

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A pleasant and medium bodied mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Patanegra ham
    Roasted duckling
    Beaufort
    Cherry pie

     

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2017 / bouteille

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

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

    £23.75 Public price £20.18 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  7. Eden 2010, Château L’Escart, Bordeaux Supérieur

    Eden 2010, Château L’Escart, Bordeaux Supérieur

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « I really liked the personality of the Château l’Escart’s wines, located on the way to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. You can notice it thanks to the numerous shells on the domain. The members of the Laurent’s family are biodynamic practitioners since 2005. The vintage 2010 of the cuvee Eden is one of the most “nature”. The mix of the aromas makes this wine unique and surprising. »

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

    The merlot and cabernet grape varieties are traditionally associated to Bordeaux. The first one is appreciated for its suppleness while the second one is well-known for its tannic structure. The malbec, also called “côt”, brings out color and softness to the wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light garnet colour with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Fine and discrete, vegetal aromas with touches of pepper, delicately seasoned with aromas of spices and red fruits, such as blackcurrant.

    Bouche

    Taste

    Dynamic, with mint and liquorice touches.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 16°C and 18°C. . Open 1 hour minimum before serving. Keeping potential until 2018.

     

    Service

     Accords mets-vin

    Duck terrine
    Iberian pig

    Old Cantal cheese

    Cherry liqueur

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Lorena and Damien Laurent took the succession of this family-owned company in 2005. The management of this domain is a nice challenge for them because, before being winemakers, Lorena was interior designer and Damien was a professional hockey player, playing in the Chamonix hockey club during 7 years.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located on the Bordeaux’s doors, the Château L’Escart’s vineyard is spread on 37 hectares of clay-limestone soils fine gravel. The presence of limestone gives freshness and length to the wine, while the clay brings out strength and density.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, December 2013 / bouteille

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

    The vintage 2010 of the cuvee Eden is one of the most “nature”. The mix of the aromas makes this wine unique and surprising.

    £12.40 Public price £10.50 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

     Grape Variety

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

    Oeil

    Eye

      Nice light ruby red color with blue-violet reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Supple mouth, fresh with silky tannins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Accords mets-vin

    Potted meat
    Stuffed quail

    Saint Félicien

    Cherry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A wine, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, May 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £10.40 Public price £8.80 Subscribers' price

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  9. Les Crêts 2012, Domaine de Suremain, Mercurey

    Les Crêts 2012, Domaine de Suremain, Mercurey

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    It is with pleasure that I present this month a wine produced in my region: Burgundy. To be more specific, this fantastic wine is from Mercurey, the largest appellation of the Côte Chalonnaise. Les Crêts 2012 is awell balanced and fruity wine with notes of blackcurrant and gooseberry. To me, it is a perfect example of the refinement of Pinot Noir. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If you need to know one thing about wines from Burgundy, it is that when they are allowed to have a specific appellation, it means that they are made from a single variety of grape: Chardonnay for white wines and Pinot noir for red wines. Pinot Noir is a delicate grape, sensitive to soil and climate.It is much less robust than Cabernet Sauvignon for example. However, it can, if the best conditions are gathered, give the best wines in the world. Generally pale in colour, this variety often has a good alcohol content and acidity, with fine and elegant tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearancel

     Nice ruby colour with purple reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nosez

    At the nose, the wine is very delicate with aromas of fresh red berries (gooseberries, raspberries).

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The taste is very well balanced and intensely.

    Verre

     Service

    between 12° and 14°C;C.  Open just before drinking.From now and until 2019.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Omelette with grilled wild mushrooms
    Roast chicken
    Saint nectaire
    Fresh red berries

     

     Anecdote

     L'anecdote à propos du récoltant

    Saviez-vous que le village de Mercurey porte le nom du messager des dieux de la mythologie romaine, Mercure. En effet, les Romains ont dédié un temple à cette divinité dans ce village. C’est aussi dans ce village que la famille de Suremain s’est installée en 1870, et c’est làbas qu’elle cultive la vigne depuis. Yves est d’ailleurs le président du syndicat des vignerons de Mercurey. Solidarité et esprit de famille, des valeurs que portent haut et fort les Suremain !

     Terroir

    Le terroir

     Les Crêts sont nichés sur 1.3 hectares au sommet du coteau (la crête) et avec une exposition sud. Le sol est issu d’une marne très calcaire; en effet lorsqu’on laboure la terre en profondeur, on trouve de grosses plaques de craie ! Extrêmement poreuse, cette roche laisse l’eau filtrer en profondeur avant de la restituer à la vigne, donnant des vins fins exprimant les arômes propres au cépage. C’est un sol idéal pour laisser le pinot noir exprimer sa finesse. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2014 / bouteille

    En vente par caisse de 3 ou 6 bouteilles jusqu'au 31 décembre 2014. Livraison sous 21 jours. 

    Les Crêts 2012 is a well balanced and fruity wine with notes of blackcurrant and gooseberry. To me, it is a perfect example of the refinement of Pinot Noir.

    £22.57 Public price £19.33 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  10. Terres Blanches 2014, Domaine Chiroulet, Côtes de Gascogne

    Terres Blanches 2014, Domaine Chiroulet, Côtes de Gascogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I found this blend of gros manseng and sauvignon very well done. This is an interesting balance between the opulent texture of gros manseng and the freshness of sauvignon. This harmonious wine will be perfect for the warm afternoons of spring paired with barbecued sardines... Summer is just around the corner! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This blend is typical of Gascogne and mixes on the one hand the creamy texture of gros manseng and on the other hand the fresh aromas of citrus fruits given by sauvignon, especially grapefruit and lime. The ugni blanc, provided by 50-year-old vines, complete this blend with refinement.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     White gold colour, crystal clear and bright..

     

    Nez

     Nez

    Nose of citrus fruits (grapefruit and lime).

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Fresh and well-balanced mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 10°C et 12°C.  open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Grapefruit salad
    Barbecued sardines
    Ossau-Iraty cheese
    Pineapple

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family/p>

    The Fezas family has been in charge of the estate for more than 150 years. Six generations succeeded one to another sharing the same goal of enhancing the wines from this marvellous terroir of Gascogne. The name of the vineyard, Chiroulet, comes from “chiroula”, a specific wind that blows in the area almost all the time. This wind is a really good thing as it keeps the grapes fresh and healthy!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine Chiroulet is located on the highest hills of Gascogne and therefore benefits from a southern exposure and strong winds that ensure grapes’ healthiness. The name “Les Terres Blanches” means “The White Soils” in French and refers to the limestone the vines are planted on. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2015 / bouteille

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

    This harmonious wine will be perfect for the warm afternoons of spring paired with barbecued sardines... Summer is just around the corner!

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  11. Insoumis 2014, Mas Onésime, Faugères

    Insoumis 2014, Mas Onésime, Faugères

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    You do not even need to pour the first glass to experience this wine. Immediatly after opening the bottle, you can already smell the powerful ripened fruits aromas exhaling in the room. On the palate, it’s an ecstasy. You will certainly notice this incredibly soft texture that glides over the tongue. These concentrated and powerful wines are the new signature of the Languedoc region. This is the perfect wine for a Christmas turkey served with cranberry sauce. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Cinsault, the variety in minority in this blend, comes from Provence and thrives in warm and dry areas. It’s why it was widely planted in Algeria during the French period. Its main perk is that it develops very smooth fruity aromas even before reaching ripeness. It makes it a perfect addition to a blend so as to add complexity to the wine. It is also great used by itself to elaborate rosé wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet dress with a smooth tear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of red and black berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pieds paquets
    Beef stew
    Cabécou cheese
    Pannacotta

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Olivier Villaneuva is part of thisfirst generation of winemakers who travelled the world to work in various wine estates around the planet before returning home to take care of the family vineyard. Villaneuva joined his parents at Mas Onésime in 1999 with the goal of bottling himself the wine before bought by the local cooperative. He succeeded in 2011 with a good vintage that quickly won over the critics.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     In the hills behind the Mediterranean Sea coast, Mas Onésime’s vines are planted on schist based soils. This specific kind of soils allows vines’ roots to go particularly deep in the ground in order to find their water and nutrients. It’s a real perk in such a dry region as Languedoc! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, december. 2015 / bouteille

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

    Immediatly after opening the bottle, you can already smell the powerful ripened fruits aromas exhaling in the room.

    £9.62 Public price £8.18 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  12. 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

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

    Vignes du Prieuré 2014, Château Gigognan, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple and bright dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Duck livers
    Tripe sausage
    Saint-Nectaire
    Red berry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £9.63 Public price £8.18 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  14. Tradition 2012, Domaine Labranche Laffont, Madiran

    Tradition 2012, Domaine Labranche Laffont, Madiran

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This fabulous 2012’s vintage of Domaine Labranche Laffont shows that the reputation of rustic wines that once characterized Madiran is now far away. In the mouth, the wine is highly concentrated with well-marked tannins gentled during the four years since the bottling. Those carry a very subtle aroma of fig and smoked and peppered notes. I find its length on the palate remarkable. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Tannat is the king grape variety of Madiran ! Indeed, this grape particularly enjoys the gravelly and sandy soils of the south-west, and represents 40 to 60 % of the grape varieties of the appellation. Sometimes unknown to the public, it gives colourful, fruity and tannic wines. Small bonus ; its richness in tannins gives anti-oxidant properties !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purplish dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits, roasted and spice.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Dry and full-bodied wine.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 17°C et 19° just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Doe terrine
    Lacquered duck and Thai rice
    Blue cheese
    Cake with candied fruits

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    It was in the 90's that Christine Dupuy took over the 6 hectares of the family vineyard. She became the youngest winegrower in the appellation. Christine Dupuy is praised by the wine press for her ability to modernize the wines of Madiran. She indeed was the one to prove that Madiran’s wines can be very seductive and that fruit can take over the tannin structure./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located just next to the Pyrenees, the Labranche Laffont estate hides a rare gem! The estate managed to preserve tannat vines dating from the terrible invasion of the phylloxera, an insect which destroyed the major part of French vines at the end of the 19th century. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2017 / bouteille

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

    In the mouth, the wine is highly concentrated with well-marked tannins gentled during the four years since the bottling.

    £11.51 Public price £9.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  15. Carménère 2010, Von Siebenthal, Valle del Aconcagua

    Carménère 2010, Von Siebenthal, Valle del Aconcagua

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    This wine made his mark with originality and a distinctive style, based on the deep maturity of grapes and on the freshness and elegance of the taste. His ageing in oak barrels offer chocolate and toasted notes on the palate. It’s one of the best Chilean Carmenere according to Parker.

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    85% carmenere, 15% cabernet sauvignon. The grape variety carmenere was originally from Bordeaux, but it disappeared with the philloxera invasion (insects which feed roots of vines). Before, some plants where exported to Chili, this explain the importance presence of this grape variety in Chilean wines. The Carmenere wines are fleshy, supple and rich.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     The appearance - Nice ruby-red colour, light mahogany streaked.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Nose is complex and intense with blackcurrant, coffee and hibiscus, along with some nice exotic touches.

    Bouche

     Bouche

    La bouche est suave, élégante et équilibrée.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve; 18°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping time until 2018.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    chorizo
    Pork stew with black beans
    Piedmont hazelnut cake

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Mauro von Siebenthal lived two lifes. Before he lived in Switzerland where he was a layer. In 1998, with the financial support of four friends Mauro moved to Chile to fully satisfy his passion for the vineyards!

     Terroir

    The terroir

     85% carmenere, 15% cabernet sauvignon. The grape variety carmenere was originally from Bordeaux, but it disappeared with the philloxera invasion (insects which feed roots of vines). Before, some plants where exported to Chile, this explain the importance presence of this grape variety in Chilean wines. The Carmenere wines are fleshy, supple and rich.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2013 / bottle

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

    . His ageing in oak barrels offers chocolate and toasted notes on the palate.

    £22.20 Public price £19.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  16. 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

  17. Piloums 2011, Domaine du Mas Blanc, Collioure

    Piloums 2011, Domaine du Mas Blanc, Collioure

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

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

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose full of spices (pepper) and oriental hints.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The mouth is subtle, winy and silky.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Mediterranean salad
    Guinea fowl

    Tomme Cheese

    Roasted figs

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, February 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £10.60 Public price £9.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Croix de Chabot 2011, Maison Chapoutier, Vallée du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « When Michel Chapoutier, a winemaker considered as a god in the Rhône Valley, and Yannick Alléno, a famous chef (who gets 3 stars in the Michelin guide) met, they immediately decided to produce a cuvee together. They produced this cuvee in order to put it on the wine list of Yannick Alléno’s restaurants. It is a gastronomic wine, that will probably surprise you with its lard mouth, slightly smoked. I would like to thank Michel Chapoutier again for letting us get the remaining stock of this cuvee. »

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    Shiraz is one of the most cultivated grape varieties in the world. It produces wines with a dark robe, and powerful and spicy aromas, such as violet, black pepper or liquorice. A wine produced with Shiraz is perfect to drink after several years in your cellar.

    Oeil

    Eye

     Dark garnet robe with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Intense nose of pure Shiraz.

    Bouche

     Mouth

    Thick, with velvet tannins, lard aromas, slightly smoked.

    Verre

     Service

    Service :between 15 and 17°C. Open 1 hour before serving. to taste now or until 2017.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Duck pâté 
    Chicken curry

    Langres

    Dark chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

     A wine, a family

    Michel Chapoutier is a lover of grapevines! Nowadays, Michel is very famous in the Rhône Valley and his wines are very successful, especially in the international market. This success can be explained by Michel’s motto: “Don’t follow or copy, but initiate, create and pave the way”.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Grapevines of this Saint-Joseph are planted on a shallow soil, composed of granite. It is a typical terroir of the Saint-Joseph designation. Michel Chapoutier uses head-pruned vines, that are thirty years old. Vinegrapes benefit from a lot of wind, that enables grapes to be well-ventilated and that avoids the development of mould.

     

     

    My VitiBox, Juillet 2014 / bouteille

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

    It is a gastronomic wine, that will probably surprise you with its lard mouth, slightly smoked.

    £22.83 Public price £19.40 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  19. Château d'Eyran 2011, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

    Château d'Eyran 2011, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I am in love with this Pessac-Léognan, typical of the appellation, and I think it will charm you. The aging in oak barrels gave the wine sophisticated smells of cocoa, coffee and vanilla. In the mouth, I really enjoyed its silky tannins and the fruity aromas that recall the presence of merlot and petit verdot in the blend. You’ll enjoy this wine on beef pieces cooked rare. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The combination of cabernet sauvignon and merlot is very usual in Bordeaux. The strong structure and the tannins of the cabernet sauvignon make a wonderful couple with the fruits and the softness of the merlot. The blend also includes a little of petit verdot, an historical variety in Bordeaux, that gives a deep colour and even more tannins

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep garnet colour with intense purple reflections, almost blue..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Very intense flavours of wood (Coffee, cocoa, vanilla).

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Silky texture with a full-bodied structure.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 14°C et 16°C.  Open juste before serving. now and until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Bayonne Ham
    Rare beef rib
    Saint Nectaire cheese
    Plum pudding

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château d’Eyran became the property of the de Seze family in 1796. And more than two centuries later, they still run the vineyard! And apparently, there centuries old skills are really appreciated considering the success of the Château d’Eyran in Pessac-Leognan. The wines are aged in oak barrels, providing harmonious woody flavours and aromas.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Pessac-Léognan is known to be the best part of a bigger appellation in Bordeaux called “Graves”. It comes from ancient French and means pebbles. Indeed, for millenniums, the Garonne River has been bringing all those pebbles therefore creating one of the best terroir in the world. Indeed, the “graves” challenge the vine to find its nutrients, which makes it stronger, and reflects the heat from the sun to the grapes. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2015 / bouteille

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

    I am in love with this Pessac-Léognan, typical of the appellation, and I think it will charm you.

    £17.33 Public price £14.73 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. Le bonheur est dans la vigne 2011, Domaine La Destinée, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Le bonheur est dans la vigne 2011, Domaine La Destinée, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    In French, “bonheur” means happiness, and this wine will make you feel particularly happy. Indeed, it displays an amazing balance between acidity and sweetness. The nose is deep and enchanting, and on the palate, I felt really nice aromas of cherry and cinnamon. It will pair really well with a nice brioche sausage roll. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Very common in the Rhône Valley, grenache is mainly known for giving mature red berries aromas that blend amazingly well with the spicy flavours of syrah. This wine is also a chance to taste a little bit of carignan, a grape variety which is quite uncommon in the Rhône Valley and that gives to the wine this great silky texture!

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Ruby in the thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose, in the aromas of spices and red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Soft mouth in the melted and present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C and 15°C.  Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Brioche sausage roll
    Veal Osso Buco
    Fresh goat cheese
    Deep fried cherries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Sandrine and Pierre are passionate winemakers who have a specific interest in the history of winemaking. That’s why they gathered many ancient tools related to viticulture and winemaking and created a small museum with these historical pieces.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines of the Domaine de La Destinée benefit from a great perk: they are planted on a mix of clay and limestone. What does it mean? It means that the ground accumulates a lot of water and is therefore able to water the vines constantly. This specificity gives a lot of freshness to the vines, which is significant in such a sunny area! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2015 / bouteille

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

    I felt really nice aromas of cherry and cinnamon. It will pair really well with a nice brioche sausage roll.

    £10.92 Public price £9.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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