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  1. 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. 

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    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 !

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    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

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  2. Tres Lagunas 2015, Bodega Borsao, Campo de Borja, Espagne

    Tres Lagunas 2015, Bodega Borsao, Campo de Borja, Espagne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Campo de Borja is one of the soaring wine appellations in Spain. And I am glad to present you this treasure from the bodega Borsao. This wine has an elegant nose with an intense black fruit flavour. In the mouth the wine is well balanced and voluptuous. This wine is charming like a piece of silk and quite fresh in the mouth, which makes it completely irresistible. 

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    Grape variety

    This wine is composed of two major French grapes of the Rhône Valley : Grenache and Syrah. A third grape is present which is Tempranillo. This grape is typical from Spain where it’s widely grown. It gives to the wine a juicy texture and aromatic flavours.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A cherry robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    This wine has an elegant nose with an intense black fruit flavour.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    In the mouth the wine is well balanced and voluptuous.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° one hour before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapas
    Lamb tagine
    Chabichou du Poitou cheese
    Chocolate and raspberry tartlet

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a story

    The Borsao Bodega ranks 39 among the world best Bodegas, according to the Wine Spectator. Its great deals for high quality and the enthusiasm of the customers about the wine explain such a success. Located in the province of Zaragoza, also known as the Grenache Empire, this Bodega is among the first to produce wines in the appellation Campo de Borja. Nowadays this Bodega gathers more than 375 winegrowers./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The soil of this vineyards is stony and rich in organic matter. Therefore this terroir is ideal for vineyards’ development because it contains all the nutrients the vines need. The composition of the soil allows a good drainage which let the roots going deep in order to grow strong stocks that will provide high quality grapes. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2018 / bouteille

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

    This wine has an elegant nose with an intense black fruit flavour.

    £10.83 Public price £9.21 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

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

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     Grape variety

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

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

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matchings

    Samoussas aux légumes
    Coconut prawn fricassee 

     
    Coconut and plum flan

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

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

     Terroir

    The terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September 2013 / bottle

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

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

    £11.50 Public price £9.80 Subscribers' price

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  4. Roussette de Savoie 2012, Domaine Grisard

    Roussette de Savoie 2012, Domaine Grisard

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape Variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

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

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

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

    Tomme de Savoie Cheese

    Yoghurt cake

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

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

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    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, January 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £10.60 Public price £9.00 Subscribers' price

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  5. Extraits d'Automne 2011, Domaine les Alyssas, Vallée du Rhône

    Extraits d'Automne 2011, Domaine les Alyssas, Vallée du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    «The Grignan les Adhémars AOP (AOP = Appellation d’Origine Protégée, equivalent to PDO, Protected Designation of Origin) was created in 2010, so it is very young! That is probably the first time you will taste a wine from this AOP. I really wanted to make you discover a wine produced by Laurent Bes, and that was not easy as Laurent only produces few bottles. But we finally got some bottles for our subscribers. »

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    Grape variety

    This wine was produced with 40% of Shiraz and 60% of Grenache. Just for you to know, Grenache is a grape variety that comes from the North of Spain, that produces powerful and colorful red wines, with a long aging potential.

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     Eye

     Light garnet robe.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Nice nose of grenache, rich, subtle, with Shiraz hints and strawberry aromas.

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Fresh mouth, acid with a lot of spices.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 15 and 17 °C. Open just before serving. To taste now or until 2019.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Goat cheese tart
    Grilled lamb

    Tomme cheese

    Roasted apricots with honey

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker family

    Once he got his diploma in the vine-growing industry, Laurent Bes decided to take the management of his parents’ domain. Thanks to his different experiences in South Africa, he succeeded in making the domain famous. His cuvees are very appreciated by all the people that tasted them, and we will probably hear more about this domain in the coming years.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Vineyards that produce the Grignan les Adhémars AOP benefit from southern and northern influences of the Côtes du Rhone region. Vineyards are spread on the hills of Valaurie, an unusual soil made of flintstones. This kind of soil absorbs the heat of the sun during the day and distributes it during the night. Flintstones are important in the development of aromas. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, Juin 2014 / bouteille

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

    «The Grignan les Adhémars AOP (AOP = Appellation d’Origine Protégée, equivalent to PDO, Protected Designation of Origin) was created in 2010, so it is very young! That is probably the first time you will taste a wine from this AOP »

    £9.23 Public price £7.90 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Château Grand Lartigue 2009, Grand Cru, Saint Emilion

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

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    Appearance

     Intense purple colour showing the aging potential..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The texture is silky with tastes of liquorice and pepper.

    Verre

    Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Duck confit salad
    Stuffed quails
    Coulommiers cheese
    Chocolate cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £22.68 Public price £19.28 Subscribers' price

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  7. 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 ;-) 

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    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!

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    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

  8. Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

    Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet and shiny dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Pleasant nose to the aromas of spice and red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Capon stuffed with porcini mushrooms
    Vacherin cheese
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £11.51 Public price £9.79 Subscribers' price

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

    Negrel 2010, Mas Cadenet, Saint Victoire, Provence

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Lamb chops
    Tagine
    Banon cheese
    Candied fruits

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £23.86 Public price £20.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  10. Tradition Blanc 2015, Château Val-Joanis, Côtes du Luberon

    Tradition Blanc 2015, Château Val-Joanis, Côtes du Luberon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Dear subscribers, why don’t you close your eyes for a moment. You’re lying down in fresh grass next to a tree, in front of the Mont Ventoux in southern France, just where Provence begins. Your nose gets fresh aromas of citrus fruits led by a delicate note of lemon. In the mouth, the silky texture is an enchantment. A nice minerality tickles your tongue, and gives a nice mouthfeel and length on the palate. 

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    Grape variety

    Roussane, one of the greatest variety used for southern white wine, is mainly used in the Rhône valley and in Provence. It’s not that usual to find it blended with vermentino, another southern white variety, but they fit perfectly together. Vermentinon gives thisk wines with a creamy texture and fruity aromas, roussane brings vegetal flavours, minerality and freshness. The whole results in a very balanced and elegant wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish gold dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fermented and citrus fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between10°C et 12° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Taramasalata
    Grilled white fish
    Goat cheese
    Lemon pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    What makes Ventoux unique is the fact it is the only appellation in the area to be more famous for its white wines than for its reds. Leonard Rozen, who bought the wine estate in 2011, very understood this specificity and decided to bet on White wines ; hence, he lead his team to replace parcels previously planted with black varieties by white ones. However, Rozen not only planted new vines, but also grew one of the most famous garden in the region; therefore, your wine was elaborated in perfect weather conditions in a breathtaking scenery !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Luberon’s vines have been flourishing in the softness of Mediterranean climate since the Roman Empire. Planted high, in the heart of Verdon natural reserve, vines take advantage of long sunny days and fresh nights which give the wine its refinement and natural elegance. The soil is made from limestone and clay, which gives the wine an acidulous flavour which adds some freshness, quite appreciated in this southern region ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2017 / bouteille

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

    In the mouth, the silky texture is an enchantment.

    £8.23 Public price £7.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  11. Les Fumées Blanches - Réserve 2016, François Lurton, Côtes de Gascogne

    Les Fumées Blanches - Réserve 2016, François Lurton, Côtes de Gascogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    When you open a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, you expect to find all the freshness and the minerality that characterize this grape variety. But this wine is the exception that proves the rule. This cuvée seduced me with its thick creaminess that perfectly carries its minerality and its citrus aromas. I discovered a new facet of the South West sauvignon, quite untypical, but a real delight ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Mainly grown in the Loire Valley, in Bordeaux and in the South-West, sauvignon’s success story goes even beyond French borders and is now famous all around the world. However, depending on the region of production, the sauvignon displays quite different flavours : citrus fruits in the south-west, vegetal, mineral and exotic notes in New Zealand, or stony aromas in the Loire Valley !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish gold dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between10°C et 12° 1 hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Stuffed clams
    Fish&Chips
    Fresh goat cheese
    Lemon cheesecake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    François Lurton embodies the fifth generation of this great family of winegrowers that is the Lurton family and which is at the origin of this nice wine. Fumées Blanches - Réserve comes from an association of various Côtes de Gascogne sauvignon plots, combining different aromatic profiles to create wines with complex and delicate aromas./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in the heart of Gascony, the vineyard is under the influence of oceanic climate. Thanks to the closeness of the Pyrenees mountains, the high temperature gap between day and night is ideal to preserve sauvignon blanc’s aromas. Indeed, the sugar production is stimulated during the warm period of the day and the natural acidity of the grapes is preserved during the cool period. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2017 / bouteille

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

    This cuvée seduced me with its thick creaminess that perfectly carries its minerality and its citrus aromas.

    £9.16 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Puy Saint-front 2016, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chanterelles stew
    Beef fillet with black olives
    Cantal

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2018 / bouteille

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

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

    £10.53 Public price £10.31 Subscribers' price

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape Varienty

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Luminous garnet colour with violet reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Green olives tapenade 
    Roasted herb chicken

    Mont d'Or Cheese

    Sugar Crepes

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, octobre. 2013 / bottles

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

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

    £22.40 Public price £19.00 Subscribers' price

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

    Barbera d'Alba 2012, Giacomo Fenocchio, Italia

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe is opaque with purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Coppa
    Risotto

    Brie cheese

    Dark chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £13.60 Public price £11.50 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  15. Malbec, 2011, Mariflor, Argentine

    Malbec, 2011, Mariflor, Argentine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is a real bodybuilder: rich, powerful and full-bodied! Its licorice and mint flavours are sharp, and the structure is dense and vinous. This wine fits perfectly with exotic and spicy food. It has good aging potential,while being friendly to taste young. Moreover, it will give you the opportunity to discover or rediscover the talents of Michel Rolland, a very talented (and sometimes controversial!) winemakerfrom Bordeaux. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Malbec is a grape variety originally from South-West France, both powerful and fruity. It is still widely cultivated in France but it’s in Argentina, where it was introduced in the 19th century, that it is the most common. This variety provides well colored wines, perfumed (spices, dry fruits, blackcurrants, plum,...) and tannic, with a high suitability for aging.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Robe opaque black, with blue-violet reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose of fresh blackberries, licorice, mint and oak.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Mouth structured, vinous and dense.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 14 and 16°C; open just before serving. to taste now or until 2019

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Bayonne ham
    Boeuf Bourguignon
    Langres cheese
    A plate of blackberries, strawberries and blueberries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Michel Rolland has acquired a worldwide reputationthanks to his ability to find the perfect spot corresponding to each specific type of grapevines. This is how the Domaine Mariflor was born in Argentina. The vineyard, where french grapes are grown, covers 247 hectares!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Did you know that Mendoza is the most important wine region in Argentina? With 150,000 hectares of vineyards, Mendoza is one of the most important viticulture areas in the world. Michel Rolland’s vineyards are locatedat 1200 meters of altitude, in the Uco Valley. span> 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2014 / bouteille

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

    This wine is a real bodybuilder: rich, powerful and full-bodied! Its licorice and mint flavours are sharp, and the structure is dense and vinous.

    Wine sale is exclusively reserved for subscribers

    Out of stock

  16. 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

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

    Château Le Thys 2012, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet color in the smooth tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose, in the aromas of spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Hare terrine
    Peppercorn steak
    Camembert cheese
    Chocolate pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £9.15 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with a streaming drop..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Blood sausages
    Roasted partridge
    Saint-Marcellin Cheese
    Red berry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £22.22 Public price £18.88 Subscribers' price

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  19. Le Rêve 2013, Vignoble les Fusionels, Faugères

    Le Rêve 2013, Vignoble les Fusionels, Faugères

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A cloudy garnet dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Explosive and pleasant nose to floral and spice aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Black tapenade
    Blood sausage
    Pélardon
    Lavender Crème Brulée

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £12.10 Public price £10.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. Réserve personnelle 2013, Mähler-Besse, AOC Saint Emilion

    Réserve personnelle 2013, Mähler-Besse, AOC Saint Emilion

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    A fabulous garnet-red color and a nose that reminds of a woody and spicy high quality cigar box. But it’s in the mouth that this wine surprised me the most with its perfect balance between fruity and woody aromas that remain during the whole tasting experience, until its long finish. A wine specially found for you under the tittle “Réserve”. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Representing almost 60% of the area planted in Bordeaux, Merlot is the star grape variety in Saint-Emilion where it flourishes on its fresh soils. It brings roundness, suppleness and elegance to the wine. It is not surprising that it made the fame of Petrus who uses it for more than 95% of its blend.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet and shiny dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 15°C et 17° just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Carpaccio of veal and parmesan
    Tournedos and Parisians apple
    Ossau-iraty
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Founded in 1892, Mähler-Besse is a family trading house specialized in fine wines and located in the heart of Bordeaux. Since 1937, they carry the strong values of Cheval Noir. According to the legend, the shadow of a black horse is working in the vineyards to ensure, valiantly and elegantly, the quality and the success of each grape harvest./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in the Libournais, Saint-Emilion, also called the thousand castle’s hill, is considered as the one of the oldest winemaking areas in France. The vineyard is also classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. The vines, planted at the medieval city’s doorstep, occupy steep hillsides and extend to the plain of the “Graves”. These hills give the wines solid tannins and a real depth. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, september. 2017 / bouteille

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

    It’s in the mouth that this wine surprised me the most with its perfect balance between fruity and woody aromas that remain during the whole tasting experience, until its long finish.

    £23.75 Public price £20.18 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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