Wine Box Red Passion

Wine box Red Passion

October 2017

The secrets of the grape harvests
  1. Château Lieujean 2015, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc

    Château Lieujean 2015, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I wanted to take advantage of the fabulous 2015 vintage in Bordeaux : I did that with the famous Château Lieujean, a safe bet of the Médoc vineyards, which is acclaimed by the greatest specialists. What differentiates this Cru Bourgeois is certainly its concentrated expression of black fruits accompanied by a subtle woody flavours. The tannins melt, the wine is supple, juicy and the finish is persistent and deep. 

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    Grape variety

    An emblematic blend of Médoc, where Cabernet Sauvignon is predominant, associated with Merlot in smaller quantities. The Cabernet Sauvignon rather enjoys the gravelly soils of the left bank and brings an elegant tannic structure and an intense power in the mouth whereas the merlot favors the clay soils of the right bank giving balances to the wine by its suppleness and roundness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

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    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits and woody.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasent mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18° just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Beef carpaccio with Parmesan
    Sirloin steak
    Mature cheddar

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château Lieujean was founded in the 19th century. Each year for each vintage, Château features in the Cru Bourgeois’ classification which distinguishes the best Médoc wines. Every year, since 2010, the highly anticipated selection of Crus Bourgeois is unveiled to the general public and honours the best wines of the region./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in Saint-Sauveur near Pauillac, the Château is close to the Garonne and enjoys a temperate microclimate. The Haut-Médoc’s main characteristic is its very special soils made of hard stones that lower the yields of the vines, which gives birth to ripe grapes full of quality and with concentration. It is not far from there that Chateau Lafite, Mouton Rotshchild and Latour are located. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, october. 2017 / bouteille

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    The tannins melt, the wine is supple, juicy and the finish is persistent and deep.

  2. 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 !

    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.

 
September 2017

Let's go to Bordeaux !
  1. 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”. 

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    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.

  2. Château Croix de Fillol, 2014, AOC Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Château Croix de Fillol, 2014, AOC Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This appellation, stuck between Saint-Emilion and the southwest is a terroir I am fond of because wines there offer the same subtle minerality as in the Libournais’ appellations. I have made astonishing finds there. This château is one of those : very pleasant in the mouth, fruity and perfectly well aged. 

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    Grape variety

    Cabernet Franc is not the main grape variety of Bordeaux’s region. Thanksto its ability to ripen prematurely, it is also located in the North as far as the Loire Valley and brings to Bordeaux’s wines, complexity and a spicy touch.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 17°C et 19° one hour before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sweet potato soufflé
    Veal with paprika
    Black cherry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Born into a family of twelve children, Francis Pallaro is the 10th and also the more passionate about viticulture among all the siblings. That’s why he decided to take over from his parents, a couple of Italian and Polish immigrants, who purchased the family vineyard in 1948. Francis can also count on his wife who help him, daily, to create superb wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     We are here, on an historic land. Indeed, it was near Castillon that took place the famous battle which ended up the terrible Hundred Years’ War with the defeat of the English troops. In addition to being legendary, this region, where valleys and hillsides follow one other, offer a beautiful diversity of terroirs giving both warm and robust wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, september. 2017 / bouteille

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

    This appellation, stuck between Saint-Emilion and the southwest is a terroir I am fond of because wines there offer the same subtle minerality as in the Libournais’ appellations.

 
July 2017

Red and rosé for the summer
  1. Louis Soufflot 2015, AOP Mercurey

    Louis Soufflot 2015, AOP Mercurey

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The south of Burgundy has long been underestimated because no Grands Crus were located there. The truth is that some amazing terroirs lie there and the little bonus of sun they get around Chalon gives a quite persistent version of pinot noir. Mercurey is doubtlessly one of the best appellation in this area ! 

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    Grape variety

    Pinot Noir is an old-timer. Experts agree that it was already present in the first century of our era. Indeed, this grape variety would have seen the Gallics fighting against the Romans and would have even witnessed the birth of the Burgundy vineyard. That’s how it became throughout the centuries the main and then the only black variety in Burgundy.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between15°C et 17° drink in large glasses. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Swordfish salad with herbs
    Roasted quail and spring vegetables
    Beaufort
    Strawberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The story of Primavinae began in 1951 here in Burgundy and quickly grew : now the respected winemaking company own vineyards in almost all the villages of the region, which is quite uncommon. Moreover, their vines are usually located on the best terroirs, as it is the case for Louis Soufflot’s vines throughout the villages of southern Burgundy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyard of Mercurey enjoys a very special terroir because it lays on a rugged relief punctuated by small hills alternating gentle and severe slopes.This type of relief gives grapes that have benefited from various sun exposures. Therefore, the final blend will display a larger spectrum of aromas, hence a higher level of complexity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2017 / bouteille

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

    The final blend will display a larger spectrum of aromas, hence a higher level of complexity.

  2. Hommage 2016, Domaine Cazes, AOP Côtes du Roussillon

    Hommage 2016, Domaine Cazes, AOP Côtes du Roussillon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Roussillon is getting trendy, and Hommage will help you understand why ! The appellation stopped making heavy wines hard to drink for more than a glass. Hommage is a blend of fresh and ripe black and red fruits and more sophisticated aromas like cocoa. If the aromas got fresher, the intensity remains: your palate will long remember this deep wine ! 

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    Grape variety

    Mourvèdre is originally a Spanish variety that needs sun, a lot of sun ! The area of Perpignan is known to be one of the area in France with the lowest rainfall climatology. Often associated with Syrah and Grenache, Mourvèdre brings a strong tannic structure and beautiful aromas of black fruits. A classic blend that perfectly works.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An explosive and pleasant nose to fruity, spicy and vegetable aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 17° 1 hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Ham and cheese salad
    Lamb stew
    Tomme cheese
    Blackcurrant sorbet

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in the heart of Roussillon, Maison Cazes was created in 1895 by Michel Cazes. In 1927, his son convinced him to buy the Mas Joffre, former property of the famous Maréchal Joffre, hero of the First World War. Cazes therefore pays, with this cuvée, a tribute to its former prestigious owner./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Cazes is known to be the biggest biodynamic vineyard in the world. The team was able to achieve such a goal thanks to the exceptional conditions : the Agly Valley is very windy hence keeping the grapes clean of all bacteria that could generate diseases. If you have the opportunity to go there, the landscape is breath-taking ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2017 / bouteille

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

    Hommage is a blend of fresh and ripe black and red fruits and more sophisticated aromas like cocoa.

 
June 2017

A fruity month of june
  1. Cuvée G 2011, Château Le Bouis, Corbières

    Cuvée G 2011, Château Le Bouis, Corbières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I have already drunk nice Corbières but this one is quite exceptional ! Really full-bodied and creamy, it displays magnificent ripe blackberry jam aromas of and has a peppery finish that lingers on the palate. A powerful and complex wine, perfect for summer : garrigue and sweetness of the Mediterranean put in a bottle ! 

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    Grape variety

    With this blend, the winemaker put the South in a bottle. Indeed, we find in this wine all the qualities of the great southern wines. Grenache gives the wine its unctuous touch and its amplitude in the mouth and Syrah displays beautiful spicy flavours and carries all by its refined tannic structure. Caliente !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruity, vegetable, spice and empyreumatic.

    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

    Venison terrine
    Lamb tajine
    Blue cheese
    Chocolate cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    At the gateway to the Massif de la Clape, the Château le Bouïs welcomes you and has of course the best wines in the area but also and handful of beautiful surprises. The owners imagined an enchanting journey into the mysterious world of vineyards where, through an original staging, you will discover the Arts, Heritage and the 300 years of History of the Castle./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The appellation Corbières surprises by its hillsides where nights stay rather cool. This atypical freshness gives the wines a good ageing potential. Indeed, a fresh climate will allow the grapes to maintain a good acidity. And acidity is one of the key factors in the ability to keep a wine. Scientifically proven ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2017 / bouteille

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

    Really full-bodied and creamy, it displays magnificent ripe blackberry jam aromas of and has a peppery finish that lingers on the palate.

  2. Les Racines 2014, Château du Vieux Puit, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

    Les Racines 2014, Château du Vieux Puit, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    What a straight and gourmet wine ! If the wines from Blayais are well known for their abundant yet softened tannins, this Vieux Puit seduced us also by the complexity of its aromas. Fruity flavours of blackberry, spicy pepper and liquorice, and even chocolate, worn by fine and melted tannins. A great success. 

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    Grape variety

    4 grape varieties in this cuvée ‘’Les Racines’’, which is rather rare in Bordeaux! Moreover, the cuvée gives an important place to two "small" grape varieties, since petit verdot and malbec together account for 8% of the blend. A superb Blaye that offers both the enchanting aroma of Merlot and the beautiful structure of the more spicy and tannic varieties.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruity, spice, vegetal and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 18°C; 1 hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sweet potatoes soufflé
    Roasted veal and grilled vegetables
    Rocamadour
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Château du Vieux Puit has belonged to the Bouillac family for about fifty years. In addition to being among the best winemakers in their area, the family also grows vine stocks. This craft, which requires a great deal of know-how, consists in cultivating different varieties of vine plants so as to sell those other wine estates.Real expertise, from root to grape. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The appellations such as Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux (formerly called Premières-Côtes-de-Blaye) or Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux (formerly called Côtes de Castillon) reveal a Bordeaux vineyard in perpetual evolution. Although these two appellations are not the flagship appellations of Bordeaux, they are very trendy and often reveal the best value for the money spent !  

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2017 / bouteille

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

    Fruity flavours of blackberry, spicy pepper and liquorice, and even chocolate, worn by fine and melted tannins.

 
May 2017

Deep wines for memorable wine tastings
  1. Cuvée Baladeau  2014, Château La Croizille, Saint Emilion Grand Cru

    Cuvée Baladeau 2014, Château La Croizille, Saint Emilion Grand Cru

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    What a beautiful Saint Emilion Grand Cru ! This wine is a real deal as it almost reaches the level of famous great wines. This wine is a great expression of top merlot that can only be made in Bordeaux. Moreover, a well-managed oak barrel ageing brings power without giving too much woody aromas. Exactly like in best Bordeaux’s Grand Crus ! 

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    Grape variety

    If merlot dominates the appellation Saint Emilion Grand Cru, cabernet franc and the cabernet sauvignon are also grown there and brings more soul to the wines. Cabernet franc brings richness and aromatic complexity and on the fine vintages, it will even extend the aging of the wine giving five more years to go to Château La Croizille.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° 1or2 hours before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Duck sausage
    Veal Marengo
    Tomme cheese
    Sour cream coffee cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château La Croizille is a long-standing vineyard, mentioned in the first editions of the 1868 version of the famous guide «Bordeaux and its wines». It had gone from hand to hand before the family De Schepper-De Mour bought it in 1996 with the purpose to make it to the big league. Goal fully achieved for this beautiful Saint-Emilion Grand Cru which deserves to be tasted with special attention./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The soil of the Saint Emilion vineyard, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is made of limestone covered with clay. This kind of soil has the particularity of retaining water and returning it to the vineyard in times of drought. Thus, subjected to a slight hydric stress, the vine plunges its roots deep into the soil allowing a total blossoming. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2017 / bouteille

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

    This wine is a great expression of top merlot that can only be made in Bordeaux.

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Beef carpaccio with strawberries
    Lamb tajine
    Ossau-Iraty
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2017 / bouteille

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

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

 
April 2017

Fine wines
  1. 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 ! 

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    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.

  2. Les Griottes 2015, Maison Denuzière, Côtes du Rhône

    Les Griottes 2015, Maison Denuzière, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    In French, “griottes” means Morello cherry. A particularly relevant name as the wine displays very seducing cherry flavours. You can also find aromas of coffee and cocoa that will pair perfectly with a chocolate tart. The whole is carried by a remarkably thin tannic structure. This kind of wine, with powerful aromas and a thin structure, underlines the winemaker’s great skills. Moreover, this kind of red wine is particularily fit for dessert, which is not that common ! 

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    Grape variety

    Grenache with syrah is the emblematic blend of the southern Rhône. The reason why it is emblematic is simply because these two grape varieties are good together ! Grenache, which brings very ripe fruit, alcohol and unctuousness in the mouth, might seems a little heavy. But Syrah, a dashing variety full of freshness and spices, tones the Grenache and the whole gives a balanced blend.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Wild boar sausage
    Lacquered pork with apples
    Tomme de Savoie
    Chocolate and caramel tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in Condrieu since 1876, Maison Denuzière is characterized by being the first trading house in the Northern Rhone Valley. If they are more known for the prestigious crus they make in Condrieu or Côte-Rôtie, maison Denuzière also produces more accessible wines that are made with the same care and are thought to offer some ageing potential./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The northern Rhone Valley’s vineyards are characterized by very narrow steep slopes. The inclination of the slopes allows good drainage of the water thus limiting the water supply to the vine. Vines therefore face a strong water stress that favours grapes’concentration. The wines are then more concentrated, and provide a beautiful tannic mouth feeling. Keep in mind that no good things come without any suffering ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2017 / bouteille

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

    This kind of wine, with powerful aromas and a thin structure, underlines the winemaker’s great skills.

 
March 2017

Varieties and blends
  1. Cuvée Panama, Domaine de Belvize, Languedoc

    Cuvée Panama, Domaine de Belvize, Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    A very great wine from Languedoc ! This wine of unusual depth first seduces by its purple robe and its prune aromas at the nose. In the mouth, it’s a delightful explosion. Its intense touch evokes a coulis of red fruit that matches perfectly with hints of spices. Its pronounced freshness makes you want to take a second, then a third sip. Very mouthwatering. Note also its long-lasting taste and its beautiful velvety finish ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Te Syrah - Grenache blend is one of the most emblematic of the Southern Rhône and the Languedoc. The Syrah produces clusters of a beautiful black bluish color and gives a sweet and spicy juice (explaining why the pepper aroma is so obvious in this wine). Grenache, on the other hand, brings this full-bodied and creamy fnish.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A shiny and purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of spices and dried fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and full-bodied wine.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Game pie
    Wild boar stew
    Fourme d’Ambert
    Dark chocolate éclair

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine de Belvize is definitely not the typical French vineyard. During the day, Fernando Truyols Zaforteza makes every effort to produce high quality wines using only organic methods (Panama is proof !) but when the night falls, the estate is transformed ... Bubble rooms with open-sky-view appear and you can discover Little Dipper, Big Dipper, stars and shooting stars as you never have seen before !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine de Belvize is located in the heart of the Minervois, one of the largest vineyards in Languedoc ! Passing from an altitude of 50 meters near the shores of the Mediterranean Sea to 500 meters on the mountains top, the vineyard faces climatic conditions that may vary widely. It offers the possibility not only to blend different variety grapes, but also different terroirs to obtain an impeccable balance and a beautiful complexity ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2017 / bouteille

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    Its intense touch evokes a coulis of red fruit that matches perfectly with hints of spices.

  2. Marques Del Villar 2015, Les Passeurs de Vins, Rioja, Espagne

    Marques Del Villar 2015, Les Passeurs de Vins, Rioja, Espagne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This new vintage of Marquès del Villar was love at first sip ! This rich wine is as original as it is warm and flattering on the palate. Cinnamon and forest fruits create a mesmerizing mix and the whole is carried by a remarkably soft texture. I advise you to taste this wine in your sofa under an air of Carmen to fly to Spain 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Tempranillo is the king of the wine-growing region of Rioja, where this grape variety was born. Thus, this represents a total of 70% of the total production of the vineyard. A small anecdote : its name is a derivative of the Spanish word « temprano », meaning early. This name makes perfect sense as it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grape varieties !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish red dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of red fruits and sweet spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Stuffed peppers
    Duck breast
    Ossau-iraty
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Les Passeurs de Vins is a wine story, but above all, a friends’ story. Under the name of « Lionel Osmin et Cie », Lionel Osmin and five of his Basque friends discover the most beautiful vineyards in northern Spain, in order to obtain the best grapes and to elaborate original wines with their own values. The more the merrier, another huge amateur just came to support this club of joyful passionates, Imanol Harinordoquy (former national French rugby player), Basque indeed !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Rioja certainly is the oldest and most famous appellation in Spain for those red wines which unveil unsuspected qualities. Planted 400 meters above sea level and protected by three mountain ranges, the 60,000 hectares of vineyards benefit from a specific geographical location which favors a particular microclimatic development adapted to the grape harvest. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2017 / bouteille

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    This rich wine is as original as it is warm and flattering on the palate. Cinnamon and forest fruits create a mesmerizing mix and the whole is carried by a remarkably soft texture.

 
february 2017

Let’s discover Rhone Valley
  1. Le Rif 2014, La Ferme du Mont, Vacqueyras

    Le Rif 2014, La Ferme du Mont, Vacqueyras

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    In Vacqueyras, making strong wines is a tradition, with a lot of alcohol and a powerful taste. If le Rif indeed displayed these sought-after characteristics, we didn’t expect that much refinement and delicate flowery aromas. This perfectly matches with more typical flavours of ripe fruits and warm spices. Moreover, a great freshness balances the power : this wine is doubtlessly a very nice surprise ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache is a variety that loves warmth and sun. This variety is very well known to express itself through generosity, a robust structure and clear aromas of black fruits and coffee, cacao… Stéphane Vedeau realises a masterstroke by revealing vegetal and floral notes in addition… What an artist !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A shiny and purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open just before serving. until 2024.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Veal liver
    Beef stew
    Banon cheese
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    This month, two wines were made by the same winemaker but on very different terroirs. The challenge of growing Grenache stimulated Stéphane Vedeau. Indeed, if it’s easy to make strong wines in this area, it is way harder to make fresh, soft and delicate wines. That’s why he chose La Ferme du Mont, at the foot of a hill that brings a little freshness to the vines. Your palate will agree and appreciate this challenge taken, cheers !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Vacqueyras appellation is located on the delicate Montmirail hillsides. In a Mediterranean area, climate is chilly but not cold during winter, and very warm during summer. It’s also remarkably windy, and when the wind comes from the north, it brings refreshing air from the mountains that keeps vines healthy ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2017 / bouteille

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    A great freshness balances the power : this wine is doubtlessly a very nice surprise.

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful Garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant spice nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    An intense and semi-sweet mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Flank steak
    Langres cheese
    Chocolate muffin

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2017 / bouteille

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

 
December 2016

Wine labels’ mysteries
  1. La Chapelle-Lescours 2011, Château l’Evêché, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    La Chapelle-Lescours 2011, Château l’Evêché, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Château l’Evêché is ruled by skilled people ! Indeed, we already chose for My VitiBox their Bordeaux Supérieur and their first Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. There is their second Grand Cru that impressed us. Tannins are fine, the aromatic structure is very elegant and we get magnificent scents of ripen black berries, typical from high class merlots. On the palate, you will also find fine tastes of liquorice and hints of chocolate. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot is the most widespread variety in Saint-Emilion and cabernet franc the noblest (it’s the only variety in Château Cheval Blanc). This nice blend gives the best both varieties have to offer : merlot expresses its delightful aromas of ripe fruits like plum and cabernet franc brings fine tannins and warm spices’ flavours like liquorice.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purplish red dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 18° Open before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Gazpacho
    Roasted lamb
    Burrata cheese
    Chocolate tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Eight centuries old, Château l’Evêché really took off in 2008 when it was purchased by Jean-Sébastien Capdevielle. This former foie gras producer wanted to take a new challenge and spent four years looking for a terroir that inspired him. He eventually found Château l’Evêché where he did a huge work with his team to produce a few years later great wines considered to be rising stars in Saint-Emilion./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines used to elaborate La Chapelle-Lescours are planted on a soil made of fine clay and large heavy round pebbles called graves. This kind of soil perfectly regulates the water supply to make sure vine stocks get all the nutrients they need but are not flooded which could result in diluted wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2016 / bouteille

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    Tannins are fine, the aromatic structure is very elegant and we get magnificent scents of ripen black berries, typical from high class merlots

  2. Mas des Montagnes 2014, Maison Lorgeril, Languedoc

    Mas des Montagnes 2014, Maison Lorgeril, Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Lorgeril is becoming an institution in the Languedoc region. Their 6 vineyards’ reputation grows year after year. That’s why I am really glad to offer you the opportunity to taste Mas des Montagnes. As its name shows (montagne means mountain), this wine was elaborated on a high terroir which gives to Languedoc’s wines a lot of freshness and a delicate touch. It also reveals the deep spicy aromas syrah can develop when submitted to chilly winds. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Thanks to the spicy flavours it gives, syrah is easily recognizable in this wine. However, grenache is really essential in the blend. Indeed, it brings fruity aromas like blackcurrant that balance syrah’s peppery aromas but it also brings creaminess. That’s why Mas des Montagne’s texture is so smooth and so flattering on the palate !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A tangy mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 16°C; Open 10 minutes before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Veal Saltimbocca
    Bacon wrapped veal roast
    Saint-Marcellin
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Mas des Montagnes is the last born of Lorgeril vineyards. Miren and Nicolas de Lorgeril, current owners, fell in love at first sight with the site. Imagine the place : lying before the Pyrenees, facing Mont Canigou, vines are planted in cluster covering the flanks of the numerous small hills giving the plateau its relief./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Mas des Montagnes is located on a plateau around 300 meters high on the Pyrenees’ foothills. The plateau is perfectly exposed to sun and wind, an ideal situation to ensure complexity, power and of course freshness to balance the wine and gives it drinkability. If you want to check by yourself, drink this wine with your friends : you’ll see how fast the bottle gets empty. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2016 / bouteille

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    It also reveals the deep spicy aromas syrah can develop when submitted to chilly winds.

 
November 2016

All about organic, biodynamic and natural wines
  1. Bonificat 2001, Vignobles Marie Maria, Madiran

    Bonificat 2001, Vignobles Marie Maria, Madiran

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    People of Madiran have been growing vines since the 5th Century. Wines of Madiran are known to have a great ageing potential : that’s why we are proud to present this month a wine from 2001 ! It’s indeed a pretty rare opportunity to taste a 15 years old wine, especially when it has kept so much strength while developing nice evolved aromas of leather and a flattering soft texture. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grown almost nowhere else outside of French South West, tannat is the emblematic variety of Madiran. Its name comes from the word tannin as this variety is known to be especially tannic. In the vines, you can spot it at first glance thanks to its unique deep purple colour given by this exceptionally high concentration in tannin.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A Purplish red dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of leather, zan.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Grilled foie gras
    Beef tournedos
    Blue cheese
    Dark chocolate brownie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Marie Maria vineyards belong to a group of winemakers from Madiran who have their own estates on the side and who gathered to buy the most uphill terroirs they could. Why did they do so ? The goal was to plant vines in windy areas to get the freshness the wines from this warm southern appellation sometimes lack./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The grapes used to make Bonificat come from a dedicated small parcel with very old underground. This kind of soil is very rich in nutrients and gives grapes with a lot of various nutrients. This special configuration is known to favour wines’ ageing potential. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2016 / bouteille

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    It’s indeed a pretty rare opportunity to taste a 15 years old wine, especially when it has kept so much strength while developing nice evolved aromas of leather and a flattering soft texture.

  2. Languedoc 2015, Château de Jonquières, Languedoc

    Languedoc 2015, Château de Jonquières, Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Languedoc is not only about strong wines with high level of tannins and aromas of ripe fruits. Château de Jonquières is quite the opposite with its delicate aromas of flowers, slightly enhanced by white pepper. It’s always nice to see that some winemakers enjoy giving a different expression of their terroir. This freshness and length is particularly remarkable. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    It’s uncommon to see such a balanced blend ! In this case, that also gives a perfectly balanced wine : syrah brings tannins and a bit of pepper, grenache provides alcohol and the hint of ripeness, carignan gives flowery aromas and cinsault brings some extra acidity that underline the wine’s freshness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful raspberry dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of rose and white pepper.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken salad
    Roasted partridge
    Laguiole cheese
    Plum cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château de Jonquières was built in the 12th Century and has been since transmitted from generation to generation. And quality is not something new there, as in 1889 one of their wines received a silver medal in a wine competition which allowed them to start selling their wines in Canada ! Nowadays, Charlotte et Clément de Béarn (32nd generation!!) are in charge of carrying on the Family legacy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Chateau de Jonquières is located just under the Causse du Larzac plateau. The vines enjoy warm southern winds from the Mediterranean as well as fresh masses of air falling down from the nearing plateau. Therefore, the temperature gets neither too high nor too low. This kind of conditions favours a slow but regular maturation which gives to the grapes a remarkable complexity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2016 / bouteille

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    It’s always nice to see that some winemakers enjoy giving a different expression of their terroir.

 
October 2016

Let’s discover the world of “Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée »
  1. Cuvée Clémence 2013, Philippe et Vincent Jaboulet, Crozes-Hermitage.

    Cuvée Clémence 2013, Philippe et Vincent Jaboulet, Crozes-Hermitage.

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is an ode to what should be a northern Rhône Valley syrah. Indeed, Philippe and Vincent Jaboulet managed to express in their wine very distinct aromas of liquorice, red berries (raspberry mostly) and pepper. This nice Crozes-Hermitage, very typical from its renowned appellation, will pair perfectly with a delicate meat like veal or stronger flavours, like beef or matured cheeses. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Even if syrah is not from Syria or from Syracuse as it was long believed, it is still an international grape variety with 140 000 hectares planted all over the world. Argentina, South Africa, Australia, California, Chile, Mexico… But it’s nowhere as refined as in Rhône Valley where it historically is the only black grape variety.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Dry and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 17° Open before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Spicy tuna tartare
    Larded roast beef
    Saint-Nectaire
    Raspberry cream cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Jaboulet winery was founded in 1834 and has thriven ever since under the reign of the Jaboulet family. However, after 30 years working for the family winery, Philippe decided to let the new generation take over and to get his own estate. That’s why he partnered with his son to start a new page of the family’s history, with talent as Cuvée Clémence tends to prove !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The estate is located in the southern part of the appellation which particularity is to have relatively flat vines. The consequence is that the ground is dryer as rainwater flows straight to the depth of the underground. Moreover, this plateau is quite high therefore pretty windy. It gives red wines incredibly dry with really expressive aromas. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2016 / bouteille

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    This wine is an ode to what should be a northern Rhône Valley syrah.

  2. Artésis Rouge 2015, Maison Ogier, Côtes du Rhône

    Artésis Rouge 2015, Maison Ogier, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Based in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Ogier is a major winery of the southern Rhône Valley. Through the years, they developed strong connections with the best winegrowers in the area. Therefore, they are able to get the best grapes ! You might remember we already presented the white version of Artesis. I am very glad to present you this month Artesis red which displays nice aromas of blackcurrant and garrigue. The softness on the palate is particularly flattering.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache and syrah put together is the most common blend in southern Rhône Valley. So what is the point of adding mourvèdre ? This variety almost never vinified by itself brings more tannin and gives the wine more structure. But the best part is these typical aromas of white pepper that discreetly enriches Artesis with.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A limpid garnet dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of spices, black fruits and vegetables.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 15°C et 16° Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Ham bruschettas
    Spaghetti bolognese
    Tomme cheese
    Strawberry salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Antoine Ogier started the Ogier saga in 1859 by establishing himself as a wine merchant in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Generation after generation, his successors used the family’s credibility in order to build a great network of winegrowers everywhere in the Rhône Valley. That’s how Ogier could develop its own style of fruity and perfectly balanced fresh wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Grapes used in order to elaborate Artesis 2015 were selected on two main parcels: one is located in the Aigues Valley where the soil is made from sandstone and limestone, and the other on the rocky plateau of Plan de Dieu and its big pebbles. These soils gave different level of maturity to grapes, and blending those allowed the winemaking team to reach the perfect balance between ripeness and freshness. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2016 / bouteille

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    I am very glad to present you this month Artesis red which displays nice aromas of blackcurrant and garrigue.

 
September 2016

The harvesting of grapes
  1. Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2012, Maison Hervé Kerlann, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune

    Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2012, Maison Hervé Kerlann, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Burgundy’s red wines arefascinating : they all are elaborated with the same grape variety and yet they offer an astonishing diversity. This is due to the unique diversity of terroirs in the region. This Hautes Côtes de Beaune displays beautiful aromas of raspberry and rose delicately enhanced by a gentle acidity and very thin tannins. However, pinot noir is a fragile and demanding variety : do not hesitate to aerate it several hours before service so it fully displays its bouquet. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    In Burgundy, all the great white wines come from chardonnay and all the red from pinot noir. But if chardonnay is robust and can be planted virtually everywhere, pinot noir is different. Indeed, pinot needs sun to develop its aromas but not too much heat. Moreover, it needs wind to remain healthy. Therefore, pinot enjoys sloppy northern region, like Burgundy and Champagne where it is widely grown !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and floral nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and semi-sweet mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open 4 hours before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken salad
    Turkey breast
    Soumaintrain cheese
    Raspberry tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In Burgundy, most estates go from one generation to another. But not all the time ! Indeed, Hervé Kerlann comes from a Family of…Bordeaux’s wine merchants ! However, it’s in Beaune that Hervé chose to keep on developing the Family’s business, notably buying Château de Laborde in 1998 from Hospices de Beaune./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Long strip bordering Côte de Beaune’s villages on the west, Hautes Côtes de Beaune are a succession of hills and valleys. Thus, vines are all planted on slopes which allow them to benefit from a good exposure to sun and wind. It ensures a good level of ripeness, which is very important in such a northern region, and keeps the wine healthy, also very important for pinot noir, a noticeably fragile grape variety. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2016 / bouteille

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    This Hautes Côtes de Beaune displays beautiful aromas of raspberry and rose delicately enhanced by a gentle acidity and very thin tannins.

  2. «3» Côtes du Rhône 2015, Domaine des 3 Cellier, Côtes du Rhône

    «3» Côtes du Rhône 2015, Domaine des 3 Cellier, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    With its amazing flavours of thyme and cardamom, this wine reminds me a nice walk in the garrigue facing the sunset, when the mistral gets fresher and seems to be saying “time to go back home and to uncork a bottle”. I found that the aromas of this wine were remarkably refined and its texture was really smooth but without being fat, which is pretty rare and of course, nice on the palate ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Along the Rhône River, there are countless vines. But have you noticed that the black grapes could look very different from one vine to another ? You might have noticed that some of them are especially dark with dark blue reflections. These vines are grenache, the prominent grape variety in Southern Rhône Valley. It’s a tasty variety, known for giving grapes a high level of sugar and fruity aromas.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A limpid ruby dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose to the aromas of thyme and cardamom.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson en croûte
    Flank steak with shallot sauce
    Brie
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Cellier Family has been cultivating their estate for eight generations. Its particularity ? Instead of producing a lot of Côtes du Rhône and a little Châteauneuf-du-Pape, they do the opposite with 13 hectares in Châteauneuf and only half an hectare in Côtes du Rhône. As you can guess, they take special care of this half hectares that they treat with as much as attention as their Chateauneuf ’s vines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     In the southern Rhône Valley, the sun heats hard. However, wines elaborated there are full of refinement and freshness. Why is it so ? Thanks to soils rich in clay ! Indeed, clay has a strong ability to store water. Therefore, the ground remains relatively cold and wet, which cools the vines when the heat gets too high and rehydrates the grapes when needed. 

     

     

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    The aromas of this wine were remarkably refined and its texture was really smooth but without being fat, which is pretty rare and of course, nice on the palate !

 
July 2016

The classification of wine
  1. Château du Breuil 2012, Château Cissac, Haut- Médoc

    Château du Breuil 2012, Château Cissac, Haut- Médoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    It’s a very typical Cru Bourgeois that I chose this month. The robe is dark and deep. The nose is complex, with hints of spice, and is very promising. On the palate, I was impressed by its perfect balance and its amazing structure. The aromas of violet and red berries perfectly pair with the aromas of licorice, sign of delicate aging in oak barrels. A very refined Cru Bourgeois, quite classical in its structure but quite original in its aromas. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If cabernet-sauvignon and merlot are expected as there are some in almost all the wines in Bordeaux, the presence of malbec is a bit more surprising. Malbec used to be quite widespread in Bordeaux until the sixties. It’s used to give more structure to the wine thanks to its usually thin but abundant tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with purple hues..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A complex and spicy nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh sweet and tangy mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Paté
    Sirloin steak with shallot sauce
    Saint-Nectaire
    Fresh raspberries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Chateau Cissac is so obviously located on an amazing terroir that vines were already planted there during Antiquity. Indeed, the castle was built on the ruins of a Roman Villa that was surrounded by vines ! Nowadays, Marie Vialard runs the estate and make everything she can to respect and honour this riche legacy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     If cabernet-sauvignon and merlot are expected as there are some in almost all the wines in Bordeaux, the presence of malbec is a bit more surprising. Malbec used to be quite widespread in Bordeaux until the sixties. It’s used to give more structure to the wine thanks to its usually thin but abundant tannins. 

     

     

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    On the palate, I was impressed by its perfect balance and its amazing structure.

  2. Malbec 2006, Vignobles Violine du Roy, Touraine

    Malbec 2006, Vignobles Violine du Roy, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Drinking ten years old wines is not that common and even less with wines from the Loire Valley ! That’s why I am happy to present you this 2006 malbec that literally impressed me. This wine displays at the same time a nice freshness and abundant but thin tannins. These two facts allowed it to age through all these years. Nowadays, this wine exhales nice aromas or red pepper, humus and mushrooms. The silky texture is also an enchantment. All my congratulations to the winemakers ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Malbec is originally from Cahors, a famous wine producing town in the South West of France. During Renaissance, it was imported in the Loire Valley where it’s better known under the name of “côt”. It’s a slowgrowing variety that demands to be harvested at full maturity. It is also very sensitive to frost. Cultivating it in Touraine, a northern region, is therefore a pretty rough challenge !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful bright purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    On the nose are revealed pretty aromas of green pepper and humus.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A mouth with a nice acidity and soft tannins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson
    Blood sausage with apples
    Camembert
    Blackberry Clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Violine du Roy is not a traditional wine estate. It is basically the association of several talented winemakers who decided to put part of their grapes and skills together to try to make new unconventional small batches. With this Malbec, they wanted to show that by selecting the right grapes and vinifying it the right way, you can obtain wines that can age up to 20 years !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines that were used to elaborate this Malbec grow on a specific soil called “perruches”. This kind of soil, relatively rare elsewhere in the world, is in fact quite common in the Loire Valley. It’s a blend of flint, clay and silica. Flint keeps the warmth and bring minerality, whereas clay and silica stress the vines so those give the best out of themselves, forcing the grapes to concentrate. 

     

     

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    This wine displays at the same time a nice freshness and abundant but thin tannins.

 
June 2016

The taste of wine
  1. Negrel 2010, Mas Cadenet, Saint Victoire, Provence

    Negrel 2010, Mas Cadenet, Saint Victoire, Provence

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Lamb chops
    Tagine
    Banon cheese
    Candied fruits

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

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

  2. Vignes Centenaires 2014, Domaine des Cadoles, Brouilly

    Vignes Centenaires 2014, Domaine des Cadoles, Brouilly

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of red fruits and floral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh with silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

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

 
May 2016

I see la vie en rosé
  1. 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. 

     

     

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

  2. Origami 2012, Château l’Evêché, Bordeaux

    Origami 2012, Château l’Evêché, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    In this month of April, I am proud to present you Origami by Chateau l’Evêché. This wine is a perfect example of the best you can find on the right bank of Bordeaux ! Its main characteristic is an amazing smoothness that will enchant your buds. Moreover, this wine is amazingly balanced and blackberries aromas pair perfectly with vanilla flavours brought by a delicate maturation in oak barrels. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine is mainly elaborated with merlot as are most wines from Bordeaux’s right bank. Merlot gives flattering fruity wines but needs a lot of care and attention to gain complexity. Indeed, merlot is a fertile variety which gives high quantity of low quality wines when it’s let entirely free. Like other right bank good winemakers, Chateau l’Evêché masters the art of stressing merlot so it gives powerful and refined wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple and bright dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of spicy and tertiary.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson en croûte
    Barbecued offal skewers
    Fourme d’Ambert
    Chocolate canelés

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The history of Château l’Evêché starts several centuries ago when the bishop of the area asked peasants to plant vines around the chapel of Lescours. Château l’Evêché was born. It was then awaken in 2008 after a long hibernation when Jean Sébastien Capdevielle and Anthony Ginter got in charge of the 6 hectares located in Nerigean./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château l’Evêché, a rising star of Saint-Emilion, also owns 6 hectares just on the other side of the Dordogne River. Merlot and cabernet franc, the only variety used in Château Cheval Blanc, are cultivated with as much care as for the Grand Cru. The only difference is that this side of the river is sunnier and wines are therefore a little sweeter. Yummy! 

     

     

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    This wine is amazingly balanced and blackberries aromas pair perfectly with vanilla flavours brought by a delicate maturation in oak barrels.

 
April 2016

The maturation of wine
  1. Ramage la Batisse 2013, Château Ramage la Batisse, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

    Ramage la Batisse 2013, Château Ramage la Batisse, Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    You might have noticed that Château Ramage la Batisse is a “Cru Bourgeois”. What does it mean? Maybe you know that the wines made in Medoc (the prestigious part of Bordeaux’s left bank) were ranked in 1855. But since then, the ranking hasn’t changed even though a lot of new great wines emerged in Médoc. The “Cru Bourgois” ranking was created in 1932 to award these new talents from Médoc. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If merlot is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, it is pretty uncommon to find so much merlot in a wine from Médoc ! Indeed, in this part of Bordeaux, cabernet-sauvignon is the king as it gives its best on soils made of graves. However, this choice of adding a lot of merlot was good as it is what gives this wine its silky texture that swathes cabernet-sauvignon strong tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with a streaming drop..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose to the aromas of cedar and cherry.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a creamy texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18°C.  Open just before serving. until 2023

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Wild boar and foie gras terrine
    Grilled flank steak with shallot and red wine sauce
    Epoisses de Bourgogne
    Cherry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Since 1961, Château Ramage la Batisse has slowly but surely become a star of the Haut-Médoc. The 95 hectares of the estate were entrusted in 1990 to renowned winemaker Georges Pauli. Thanks to its hard work and the modernization of the winery, Château Ramage la Batisse eventually became a Cru Bourgeois in 2003. Well done Georges !

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in the heart of Médoc, the vines are planted on a chalky underground whereas the ground itself is made of graves. So it is a poor soil that naturally limits the vines’ yield. Moreover, it challenges the vines which have to grow long roots in order to find their nutrients deep hence giving very high quality wines. 

     

     

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    You might have noticed that Château Ramage la Batisse is a “Cru Bourgeois”.

  2. Château Saint-Estève 2013, Château Saint-Estève, Corbières

    Château Saint-Estève 2013, Château Saint-Estève, Corbières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is a deliciousconcentrate of fresh fruits and spices enhanced by just the right amount of woody aromas. The nose is so explosive that once the wine is poured in the glass, it’s really hard to resist to the desire of taking immediately a sip. This wine is a perfect example of the best Languedoc can give. This kind of wine is also very interesting because it’s so consensual that it can be paired with a lot of different dishes. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This delicious red wine from Corbières is a blend between the four most common grape varieties in Languedoc. Mourvedre is a little fragile, so it was abandoned after the phylloxera crisis. However, this variety gives a lot of complexity and increases the aging potential. Thus, since 1960, mourvedre has been widely re-planted in Provence and Languedoc.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of strawberries and ginger.

    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

    Tapas
    Blood sausage
    Banon cheese
    Strawberries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Henry de Monfreid was a famous adventurer who explored the surroundings of the Red Sea. Hubert Latham was among the first who tried to fly over the English Channel … The least we can say is that Eric and Sylvie Latham’s ancestors did not lack audacity ! Neither do Eric and Sylvie who came back from Ivory Coast where they were selling cocoa and coffee to buy Chateau Saint-Esteve to fulfil their dream of making generous wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in the Corbières Mountains, Château Saint-Estève’s vines take advantage of the chalky soil of the region which gives fresh and acidulous aromas. Those balance the power given by the sun that shines strongly in this southern area. The vines are on average quite old which explains the high concentration of this wine. 

     

     

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    The nose is so explosive that once the wine is poured in the glass, it’s really hard to resist to the desire of taking immediately a sip.

 
March 2016

Food and wine pairings
  1. 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. 

     

     

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

  2. 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. 

     

     

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    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.

 
February 2016

The flavours of wine
  1. Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon, Château de Teste Graves

    Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon, Château de Teste Graves

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Mushroom pie
    Roasted duck breast
    Saint-Nectaire cheese
    Roasted chestnuts

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

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

  2. Marques Del Villar 2014, Les Passeurs de Vins, Rioja, Espagne

    Marques Del Villar 2014, Les Passeurs de Vins, Rioja, Espagne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This Spanish wine was a real surprise. Rioja is indeed very well known for producing rich and flattering wines. However, it’s pretty rare to reach such a combination of power and complexity. I hope that you will appreciate as I did these intense aromas of cinnamon and red and black berries. A silky and elegant wine, with a great structure, perfect to experience the best Spain has to offer. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Tempranillo is by far the first variety in Rioja where it originally appeared. Thus, it represents 70% of the total production of the area. It is believed that its name comes from the word “temprano” which means early in Spanish, which would make sense as it reaches full ripeness several weeks before the other local grape varieties.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Purple dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapas
    Stuffed peppers
    Langres cheese
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Les Passeurs de Vins is a typical bromance. Under the name “Lionel Osmin et Cie”, Lionel Osmin and 5 of his friends travel in northern Spain looking for the best vineyards in order to buy the best grapes and elaborate in their winery original wines according to their tastes. The team has recently got a new member: French national rugby player Imanol Harinordoquy, passionate about wine, who wanted to get on board !

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Rioja did not randomly become the main wine producing region in Spain. Located a hundred kilometres at the south of the Atlantic coast, the vines benefit at the same time from the warm and sunny weather, typical from central Spain, and the freshness of the marine winds from the ocean. It allows elaborating warm and even opulent wines balanced by a nice liveliness. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2016 / bouteille

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    A silky and elegant wine, with a great structure, perfect to experience the best Spain has to offer.

 
January 2016

All you need to know about grape varieties
  1. Château de Mercey, Maison Antonin Rodet, Mercurey

    Château de Mercey, Maison Antonin Rodet, Mercurey

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Mercurey is not any appellation in Burgundy. Indeed, it is the biggest appellation in the Côte Chalonnaise sub-region and it is known for the intensity of red berries aromas the terroir gives to pinot noir there. This batch is particularly remarkable as it blends the aromas typical of Mercurey with refined woody notes that bring more complexity and smoky aromas. A great wine ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Wines made from pinot noir have the specificity of displaying a light colour. Tasted during their youth, the wines have fresh aromas of cherry, raspberry and blackberry. As the wine ages, these aromas evolve into more ripened fruits and leather. The good news is that only the pinot noirs elaborated on the best terroirs can age, which is absolutely the case with this wonderful Mercurey that can age up to 6 years.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Pleasant nose to the aromas of blackcurrant, raspberry and smoke.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 164°C.  Open just before serving. until 2022

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Rillettes
    Beef stew
    Epoisses cheese
    Blackcurrant ice cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In 1875, Antoine Rodet, son of a grocer, inherited a few hectares of land after he married the daughter of a farmer. At that time, the area of Chalon-sur-Saône was going through an economic boom and the young Antoine took the opportunity to invest in agricultural equipment to turn his farm into a vineyard. A few years later, his ambitious son Antonin took over, gave the vineyard his name, and developed it, building the basis of the large and famous winery that Rodet is nowadays.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyards in Mercurey benefit from a special terroir as it lies on a hilly relief that alternates gentle and steep slopes. This kind of relief has a huge advantage: it allows winemakers to harvest grapes that were grown under different exposures to the sun and with different levels of water stress so as to elaborate wine with a lot of complexity. 

     

     

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    It is the biggest appellation in the Côte Chalonnaise sub-region and it is known for the intensity of red berries aromas the terroir gives to pinot noir there.

  2. Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

    Château de Targé, Saumur-Champigny

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet and shiny dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Pleasant nose to the aromas of spice and red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Capon stuffed with porcini mushrooms
    Vacherin cheese
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

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    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.

 
December 2015

Merry Christmas
  1. Domaine des Grands Chemins 2012, Maison Delas, Crozes-Hermitage

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful raspberry dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Sensitive nose to the aromas of raspberries and cinnamon.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

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

  2. 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! 

     

     

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

 
November 2015

Fall in Beaujolais
  1. Côte de Nuits-Villages 2014, Louis Max

    Côte de Nuits-Villages 2014, Louis Max

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This Côte de Nuits-Villages is the perfect wine for a Sunday family lunch around a roasted chicken ! The nose displays refined aromas of rose and strawberry, and on the palate, I am pleasantly surprised by sophisticated woody aromas that will perfectly emphasize the roasted flavours of the chicken’s grilled skin. A deep and complex wine that will make your taste buds dance ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Pinot noir is very old ! Experts agree to say that it already existed during the first century of our era. Indeed, this variety witnessed the fights between the Gaulois and the Romans and was among the first variety planted in Burgundy. Nowadays, it is the only black variety grown in the historical heart of Burgundy !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Attractive dress ruby and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose and pleasing the aromas of rose and red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and light mouth in the fine tannins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Cheese Gougères
    Roasted chicken
    Langres cheese
    Red berry mousse

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Louis Max winery has an unusual history. It was founded in 1859 by Evgueni Louis Max, the son of a Georgian winemaker who came in France to create his own winery in Nuits-Saint-Georges. The winery has been long known for gathering exceptional winemaking skills: the famous French writer Colette was already mentioning Louis Max in 1929 !

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located just below the famous village of Nuits-Saint-Georges, the Côte de Nuits-Villages appellation benefits from marly soils, typical of the Côte d’Or area. These soils are a mix of clay and limestone, an ideal mix that captures the humidity in the air as well as the heat from the sun. This phenomenon helps the pinot noir to fully rippen and reach a high level of concentration. 

     

     

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    The nose displays refined aromas of rose and strawberry, and on the palate, I am pleasantly surprised by sophisticated woody aromas that will perfectly emphasize the roasted flavours of the chicken’s grilled skin.

  2. Morgon 2014, Domaine de Colette

    Morgon 2014, Domaine de Colette

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I give you the opportunity to taste a truly fantastic “Cru” from the Beaujolais. From the blueish reflections on the ruby colour, you can guess the strong aromatic intensity of the wine. I smell soft aromas of red and black berries, typical of Morgon. It is preferable to serve this wine at 15° and I suggest you pair it with a nice coq au vin. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    During the Middle Ages, gamay was the main variety grown in Burgundy. But in 1395, Philippe le Hardi, Duke of Burgundy, declared that gamay was “vile and deceitful” and therefore ordered its uprooting. During the following centuries, gamay was replaced by pinot noir in Burgundy but remained cultivated in Beaujolais ever since.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Steady and crystal clear dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tripe sausage
    Coq au vin
    Saint-Marcellin cheese
    Poached pears in red wine

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Created in 1953 by René Gautier, Jacky’s father, Domaine de Colette was at the time only a few acres of vines abandoned since World War 1. René worked hard to revive the vines and bought several neighbouring plots and the estate eventually reached the size of 8 hectares. When he was only 17 years old, Jacky inherited his father’s estates + his uncle’s. He merged both in 1994 to make a big estate of 14 hectares.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     One of the specificities of Beaujolais is the use of carbonic maceration at the beginning of the winemaking process. Carbonic maceration consists in putting non-crushed grape clusters in sealed vessels. By making the fermentation process slower and avoiding oxidation, this technique widely used in Morgon gives the wine its particularly fruity aromas. 

     

     

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    From the blueish reflections on the ruby colour, you can guess the strong aromatic intensity of the wine.

 
October 2015

The wine’s appearance
  1. 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. 

     

     

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

  2. Bellegrave du Poujeau, Haut-Médoc 2011

    Bellegrave du Poujeau, Haut-Médoc 2011

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Ruby deep colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose in the aromas of red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with fine tannins and a fluid texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

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

 
September 2015

The harvesting of wine grapes
  1. 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! 

     

     

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

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Ruby deep colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Powerful in the aromas of red berries and vegetable.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with fine tannins and silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Steak Tartare
    Lamb sweetbreads
    Saint Nectaire
    Roasted Figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

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

 
July 2015

The vintage effect !
  1. Galien 2010, Domaine de la Chanade, Gaillac

    Galien 2010, Domaine de la Chanade, Gaillac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is perfect for a charcuterie board shared with friends on a summer night. This nice wine from Gaillac, made according to the principles of sustainable agriculture, displays complex aromas of cinnamon, gingerbread and red berries. On the palate, its creamy texture and its soft tannins show that it is a refined yet powerful wine.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine is the opportunity to present you a pretty unknown variety: braucol ! Also called fer servadou, it basically is from the south-west of France where it is found in many of the most famous appellations of this region: Madiran, Gaillac, Béarn… Braucol is very appreciated by connoisseurs as it gives very elegant wines. Indeed, despite the presence of marked tannins (which by the way give a great aging potential!), the wine remains very fresh on the palate.

    Oeil

    &Appearance

     Garnet colour in the thick tears. .

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open to the aromas of red berries and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Balanced mouth with melted and present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 14°C and 16°C.  Open just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson
    Bayonne ham
    Saint-Albray cheese
    Poached prunes with rum

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine de la Chanade puts forward the use of natural products during the agricultural process: no chemical pesticides here! The grapes are the result of a close collaboration between the team and Mother Nature. At My VitiBox, we particularly like (and encourage) this philosophy!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine de la Chanade is located on the plateau Cordais, north of the Gaillac appellation. The vines are planted on southern exposed hillsides. Thus, the grapes spend more time in the sunlight which ensures a high level of concentration in sugars. This is why the wines of Domaine de la Chanade are so rich! 

     

     

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    This nice wine from Gaillac, made according to the principles of sustainable agriculture, displays complex aromas of cinnamon, gingerbread and red berries.

  2. Sans plus attendre 2011, Domaine Modat, AOC Côtes du Rousillon, Villages Caramany

    Sans plus attendre 2011, Domaine Modat, AOC Côtes du Rousillon, Villages Caramany

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier="page" title="Page 10">

    If you are looking for a wine typical from the south of France, you just found it! I really felt in love at first sight (or at first sip!) with “Sans plus attendre”. I really enjoyed the aromas of pepper, typical of syrah. On the palate, it gets even better: the texture is incredibly silky and the wine displays nice flavours of liquorice. This wine really takes you for a walk through the hills of Roussillon.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    « Sans plus attendre » is a blend of the three most used varieties in Languedoc-Roussillon: syrah that provides spicy aromas, grenache that gives strong aromas of red berries and carignan known for its strength and refinement. They really blend well together and are responsible for the good reputation of the wine from southern France: powerful but with subtlety.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet colour, mat and steady..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open to the aromas of wooded and red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well-balanced and alkaline mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 15°C and 17°C.  Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chorizo
    Lamb tagine
    Fresh goat cheese
    Compote of red berries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Already as a child, Philippe Modat was often seen running through the vines. He got involved in the harvests when he was still a law student in Bordeaux. Then, he left for a long journey: his goal was to meet the best winemakers in France and throughout the world. He came back a few years later, ready to share all his new knowledge with the team of Domaine Modat.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The specificity of Domaine Modat lies in its underground that wears the pretty name of “gneiss”, a blend of granite and sand. This kind of underground gives to red wines soft tannins, a silky texture and a lot of freshness which is pretty uncommon for wines from Roussillon. 

     

     

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    This wine really takes you for a walk through the hills of Roussillon.

 
June 2015

Let's get corked !
  1. Malbec du Clos 2012, Clos Triguedina, Cahors

    Malbec du Clos 2012, Clos Triguedina, Cahors

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet colour and mat in the thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Mouth balanced with melted and present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    &A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

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

  2. Château d'Eck 2012, Pessac Léognan

    Château d'Eck 2012, Pessac Léognan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    It’s as if the beauty of Château d’Eck reflects on its wines like the sun in a mirror. This magnificent castle makes the pride of the Pessac-Léognan appellation. The wine displays aromas of cherry and wood, especially cedar. If you wish, you can keep it in your cellar so its aromas and texture evolve: it can ages up to seven years! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The merlot is fruity and low in tannins. The cabernet sauvignon is strong in tannins and displays mainly vegetal aromas. The two were made to complete each other. And that is what Bordeaux is all about since the blend merlot and cabernet sauvignon is the most typical one there. But I would like to draw your attention to the petit verdot. It has always been present in Bordeaux, and since it is not sensitive to rot, it is more and more grown as the winemakers try to cut on pesticides.

    Oeil

    appearance

     Garnet colour, mat and steady..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open to the aromas of spices and red berries.

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Intense mouth in the present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 15°C et 17°C.  open just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Parisian duck pie with foie gras
    Tournedos rossini
    Camembert cheese
    Cherry clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in Cadaujac just outside of Bordeaux, the Château d’Eck is a real medieval castle where one of the best wines of Pessac-Léognan is made. The castle was the first property of the Duke of Aquitaine and then it belonged to the King of England when the region was under English domination. François Eck inherited the castle and the estate in 1824 and gave it his own name!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Pessac-Léognan appel-lation was created 30 years ago to distinguish the best part of the Graves appellation. Graves is a big appellation that got its name from the stones that lie on the ground (Graves means pebble in old French) and helps the grapes to mature by accumulating the heat during the day and redistributing it during the night. 

     

     

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    If you wish, you can keep it in your cellar so its aromas and texture evolve: it can ages up to seven years!

 
May 2015

Relief and wine
  1. Terroir de Granit 2012, Guy Farge, Saint-Joseph

    Terroir de Granit 2012, Guy Farge, Saint-Joseph

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I felt like presenting the Saint Joseph appellation to all whom do not know it yet. This wine is very typical of the appellation: it shows flavours of warm granite, a fat and silky texture with aromas of black berries, and a finish of black pepper typical of syrah. I tasted it on a delicious charcuterie board. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Even though syrah is a variety with low yields and is really sensitive to various diseases, it is one of the six most used varieties in the world. It is used worldwide, even in Australia where it is known under the name of shiraz. It gives elegant and harmonious wines with spicy aromas, mostly pepper. Will you find it in your glass?

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep garnet colour with raspberry reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Dense and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Roasted pigeon
    Saint- Marcellin cheese
    Black Forest cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The history of the vineyard began in 1920 when Henri Farge bought 12 hectares from a general from Normandy. Since 1980, it is Guy Farge who rules the vineyard. When Guy got in charge, the grapes were sold to wine merchants. But he decided to elaborate and bottle his own wines. Therefore, he made a few changes. The first one was to choose to work on the vines exclusively manually. And at My VitiBox, we appreciate when hard work is provided in order to make good wine!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Saint Joseph is one of the most beautiful appellations of the Rhône Valley. Indeed, the vines are planted on steep hillsides and circled by walls of ancient stones, next to the Rhône River. This way of planting the vines ensures a good exposure to the sun as well as a high level of water stress. 

     

     

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    This wine is very typical of the appellation: it shows flavours of warm granite, a fat and silky texture with aromas of black berries, and a finish of black pepper typical of syrah.

  2. Château Lacaussade Saint-Martin, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Château Lacaussade Saint-Martin, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Bordeaux is mostly famous thanks to the wines elaborated in Médoc on the left bank of the Gironde River. The dominant variety there is cabernet sauvignon. On the right bank, merlot is the main variety so the wines are known to be fruitier and less tannic. This one has spent 6 months aging in oak barrels: do you feel the aromas of wood and vanilla? 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot is the main variety in the Bordeaux region. The tale is that its name comes from the blackbirds, merles in French, who love to peck the grapes of merlot. It blends very well with the cabernet sauvignon known for its tannins. Indeed, merlot gives balance to the blend by bringing nice aromas of red berries, plum and spices.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Purple colour with colored tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense, pleasant, wooded, vanilla and soft nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Round mouth in velvet tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Between15°C and 17°C.  Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Paté
    Flank steak with shallot
    Un Rocamadour cheese
    Vanilla Éclairs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    When Jacques Chardat arrived in 1991, the Château Lacaussade Saint-Martin was kind of a sleeping beauty. This oenologist from the University of Bordeaux was very ambitious, and started buying new vines to improve the global quality of the wine. More than 20 years later, the vineyard is now 50 hectares (it was 18 hectares in 1991) and produces a wine appreciated by some of the most influential wine critics.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Along the Gironde River, the Chateau Lacaussade Saint-Martin is located on a poor ground made of a limestone vein, specific to the terroir which name is Blayais. As you might already know, the vines are fond of poor grounds. Indeed, the vine has to suffer from water stress in order to give concentrated fruits. 

     

     

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    This one has spent 6 months aging in oak barrels: do you feel the aromas of wood and vanilla?

 
April 2015

Let's discover the Loire Valley
  1. Les Marnes 2013, Les Caves du Prieuré, Sancerre

    Les Marnes 2013, Les Caves du Prieuré, Sancerre

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Sancerre is mainly known for its white wines made from sauvignon. Many people do not know that it is also a great terroir for red wines! This is why I chose this great red Sancerre in order to broaden your horizons. Its really light colour and its herbaceous nose can be surprising, but I hope it will make you feel likelearning more by tasting, so as to discover its really nice aromas of red currant. Just remember one thing : the wine has to be a little chilled, so serve it between 12 and 14°C. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    France is the country that produces the most pinot noir in the world. It is the main variety for red wines in Burgundy. It is also the only black variety in Sancerre. It gives very fine wines with a lot of fruity aromas and very low tannins. But it is an unpredictable and delicate variety. This is the reason why most winemakers of the new world choose to plant safer varieties.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light ruby colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Herbaceous flavours with hints of red currant.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fruity and refreshing aromas.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 12°C and 14°C.  Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Roasted ham
    Chicken escalope
    Fresh goat
    Strawberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Caves du Prieuré were created in 1971 by Jacques and Geneviève Guillerault. Nowadays, it is Gilles, their son, who is in charge and willing to use only sustainable methods. The use of chemical products is drastically limited. It is a really meaningful choice in Sancerre as the pinot noir is so delicate and is very sensitive to various attacks.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Before the phylloxera crisis at the end on the 19th Century (that destroyed many of the vineyards in France), Sancerre was better known for its red wines than its white wines. Traumatised by the crisis, the winemakers lost their trust in pinot noir and planted sauvignon so as to make white wines. A few decades later, when they understood that they were safe from the phylloxera, winemakers started planting pinot noir again. 

     

     

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    Sancerre is mainly known for its white wines made from sauvignon. Many people do not know that it is also a great terroir for red wines!

  2. 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. 

     

     

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

 
March 2015

The different types of wine
  1. 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. 

     

     

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

  2. Garrigue 2012, Château de Lascaux, AOC Languedoc

    Garrigue 2012, Château de Lascaux, AOC Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    What I love about this wine is that when you smell it, you instantly land in the south of France during a sunny summer listening at the cicadas singing. Each of the three grape varieties perfectly play their part bringing together spicy flavours, red berries aromas and a long and fresh finish. This gourmet wine will perfectly pair with mixed salads with sliced ham and olives. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The blending of these three varieties is fairly typical of wines from the Languedoc appellation, and gives birth to balanced wines. Syrah brings colour to the wine and a framed structure, when the grenache shines through its generosity with its silky texture and its aromas of red and black fruits. Mourvèdre enriches the aromas with flavours of more complex spices, especially pepper.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep garnet colour with purple reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Spicy nose with aromas of peppers and cherry.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Between12°C et 14°C.  Open juste before serving. now and until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson
    Bacon wrapped monkfish tournedos
    Camembert cheese
    Cherry yoghurt

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Through its wines, Jean-Benoît Cavalier wants to demonstrate all the generosity of the Languedoc terroirs. To reach this goal, he had to take risks by modernizing his winemaking facility during the 1990s. This bet was a success as Château Lascaux is one of the most famous names in the area.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Languedoc-Roussillon vineyard is the oldest and largest vineyard in the world, spanning more than 200 000 hectares. The terroir of Château Lascaux is distinguished by its very hard limestone soils covered with garrigue. This vegetation made of juniper, thyme, rosemary, lavender and sage is typical of the south of France. Its scents remind heat, cicadas and relaxation. Close to the garrigue, grapes impregnate its flavours and then take it all the way through the bottle onto your palate. Well done! 

     

     

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    What I love about this wine is that when you smell it, you instantly land in the south of France during a sunny summer listening at the cicadas singing.

 
February 2015

Gardening the vines
  1. Château Monrecueil 2011, Bordeaux Supérieur, Château de Belcier

    Château Monrecueil 2011, Bordeaux Supérieur, Château de Belcier

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I was really surprised to find such a good value for money in Bordeaux. Certainly, it is not at the level of the best “Grands Crus” of Bordeaux, but this vintage of Château Monrecueil has a lot to offer and is perfect for a Sunday family meal! The nose reveals herbaceous - I particularly found the fern - and floral aromas. On the palate, the wine is soft, fresh and fruity, which is the signature of a wine only elaborated with merlot.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot is now the main grape variety in Bordeaux (it used to be cabernet sauvignon). Merlot is known to give soft wines with a silkier texture and less tannins than its friend cabernet sauvignon. Fun fact: Chateau Petrus, the most expensive Bordeaux wine made in Pomerol next to Saint- Emilion, is made from merlot at 95%.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet red colour with purple reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Fine aromas of fern and peony.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Silky texture, with fresh and fruity flavours.

    Verre

     Service

    between 14°C and 16°C.  Open just before opening. Ready to drink now and until the end of 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pâté
    Lamb kebabs
    Camembert cheese
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Throughout history, the estate had very numerous owners. The most famous one, François de Belcier, secretary of Louis XVI, got his head cut off during the French Revolution. Nowadays, the estate is owned by MACIF, an insurance company that invested like many other insurance companies in Bordeaux estates. They put a new team in charge.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The estate is located on the terroir of Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux, one of the first areas where vines were planted in Bordeaux millenniums ago. This land is adjacent to Saint-Emilion and therefore has a clay and limestone soil of high quality. If you enjoy gardening, you might know that clay retains a lot of water. Therefore, the vine is perfectly moistened all the time. Limestone is a great friend to clay as it drains really well the water and retains heat that it gives back to the vine during colder times. 

     

     

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    Certainly, it is not at the level of the best “Grands Crus” of Bordeaux, but this vintage of Château Monrecueil has a lot to offer and is perfect for a Sunday family meal!

  2. Robert Pagès, Banyuls, Domaine Madeloc

    Robert Pagès, Banyuls, Domaine Madeloc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The cold winter made me feel like choosing a very warm wine. It is actually hard to find warmer wines than fortified wines from the Roussillon region in the Deep South of France. What is a fortified wine? It is a wine in which the winemakers add some distilled spirit. What for? The goal is to kill the yeasts that would otherwise turn the sugar into alcohol. This action has two consequences: the spirit increases the alcohol percentage per volume and there is a lot more sugar remaining in the wine. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache is the most planted grape variety in the world. It is planted on more than 200.000 hectares all over the world. Grenache noir brings to the wine alcohol and a strong aromatic intensity with candied fruits aromas. Grenache gris brings mineral flavours that balance the wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light purple colour with mahogany reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Cherry and nuts aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Soft palate, well balanced.

    Verre

     Service

    between 10°C and 12°C.  Open just before opening. Ready to drink now and until 2027

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Foie gras with figs
    Roast duck
    Roquefort cheese
    Dark chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Pierre Gaillard started ploughing the vineyards with a horse when he was 13 years old. He then founded the Madeloc estate and now manages several wine estates. Nowadays, his daughter Elise is in charge of Madeloc. Elise has been travelling all over the world, and combines family traditions with a great sense of innovation. At My VitiBox, we really enjoy Elise’s energy!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Madeloc estate is no ordinary estate. Indeed, it is the highest estate of Banyuls-sur-mer (with a magnificent view on the Mediterranean Sea), with vines up to 450 meters of altitude. As a matter of fact, altitude preserves the vine from many diseases and it brings freshness to the wine. And freshness is more than welcome in this really warm and sunny area. 

     

     

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    The cold winter made me feel like choosing a very warm wine.

 
January 2015

The aromas of red wines
  1. La Chapelle 2013, Domaine Duseigneur, Côtes-du-Rhône

    La Chapelle 2013, Domaine Duseigneur, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Bernard Duseigneur was one of the first winemakers to work with My Vitibox a few years ago. His wines have a great style and taste wonderful, and when Bernard presented us this new vintage elaborated in his Châteauneuf- du-Pape vineyard, I immediately felt in love with it. It’s fruity, it’s refined, it’s silky, it’s powerful and it’s 100% organic! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache is a very vigorous and fertile grape variety. It is very resistant to wind and drought (which is why it is such a common variety in Spain). Syrah is an expressive variety, with abundant vegetation. It is more delicate than grenache, and fully blossoms in well moistened areas as it fears drought.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep ruby red colour that shows the youth of the wine..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense and fruity (cherry) and a little spicy (white pepper).

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well balanced and elegant.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 14°C et 16°C.  Drink as soon as the bottle is opened. From now and until 2019

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Courgette gratin
    Roast duck with olives
    Fresh goat cheese
    Apple and prune crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Duseigneur estate is located in the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and covers 30 hectares spread over the appellations of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Lirac and Cotes du Rhone Villages Laudun. In 1967, Jean Duseigneur inherited the family estate and decided to give up fertilizers. As a consequence, the Duseigneur estate was a few years later able to produce only organic wines.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     These ancient alluvial terraces of the Rhone are composed of rounded flint pebbles. The pebbles are an essential component of the soil as they naturally preserve soil moisture and allow the vines to withstand long periods of drought. They also maintain the surface humus layers that otherwise would be leached during heavy rains. 

     

     

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    I immediately felt in love with it. It’s fruity, it’s refined, it’s silky, it’s powerful and it’s 100% organic!

  2. Seigneur de Lauris 2010, Arnoux et fils, Vacqueyras

    Seigneur de Lauris 2010, Arnoux et fils, Vacqueyras

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Full-bodied and heady, this wine is rather manly. That’s how the wines from Vacqueyras are! I really enjoyed the fact that its texture is so smooth and that it lasts for so long in the mouth after you swallowed it. You will remember these flavours for a pretty long time! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The wine is a blend of 70% of grenache and 30% of syrah. This blend is rather typical in the Rhône region. Grenache brings alcohol and red fruits flavours when it is grown on a dry and stony soil like this one. Syrah gives the wine powerful aromas of spices, black pepper and liquorice.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep ruby red colour, colourful tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Pleasant nose, with candied red berries (strawberries).

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Supple and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

    Service entre 14°C et 16°C.  Open 30 minutes before serving. From now and until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Brioche sausage roll
    Cassoulet
    Banon cheese
    Chocolate éclairs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The estate is located in a quite mountainous area as it is known for two things: its rock climbing spots and its wines. On 80 acres, this family estate produces wines famous for being really concentrated, rich in flavours and powerful.

     Terroir

    Le terroir

     The vines are planted on quite a poor soil, made of clay and limestone mixed with pebbles. When it comes to vines, a poor soil is not necessarily a problem because it stresses the vines that therefore grow its roots deeper into the ground to find nutrients. And a vine that has to work more produces better grapes! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2015 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 28th february 2015. Delivery within 21 days. 

    I really enjoyed the fact that its texture is so smooth and that it lasts for so long in the mouth after you swallowed it.

 
December 2014

A trip to Bordeaux
  1. Château Puynard 2011, Vignobles Grégoire, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep garnet red colour with purple nuances..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose is intense and complex with clear notes of cherry.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well balanced with a smooth texture.

    Verre

    Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Hazelnut saucisson sec
    Turkey stuffed with chestnut
    Tomme cheese
    Fraisier cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2014 / bouteille

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

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

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

    Château Grand Lartigue 2009, Grand Cru, Saint Emilion

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Intense purple colour showing the aging potential..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The texture is silky with tastes of liquorice and pepper.

    Verre

    Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Duck confit salad
    Stuffed quails
    Coulommiers cheese
    Chocolate cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2014 / bouteille

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

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

 
November 2014

Let's discover new aromas
  1. Château Lamothe Belair, 2011, rouge, Bergerac

    Château Lamothe Belair, 2011, rouge, Bergerac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I am happy to present a wine from Bergerac. It is rich and well structured, with very intense flavours. It is very smooth on the palate and shows smoky aromas of oak. I would definitely recommend serving this wine with a beautiful piece of beef, why not some tasty beef from Bergerac where cow breeding is prevalent. If you wish, you can also let it age in you cellar. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine is a blend of most of the grape varieties you find in this part of France for red wines: merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Merlot gives the wine flavours of red fruits and softens the tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon and the Malbec balance that with a strong body and spicy and smoky flavours.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light garnet red.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose is intense and pleasing with smoky and woody notes.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well balanced with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Around 16°C  Open one hour before drinking. From now and until 2019.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Duck breast a la plancha
    Beef with red wine sauce
    Cabécou of Périgord
    Paris-Brest

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family

    When we think about Bergerac, we usually think about the very good sweet wines this terroir provides Montbazillac, Montravel or Saussignac). But the fact is that you can find great red wines in the vineyards of Bergerac, such as the Château LamotheBelair, that was awarded several times. Château LamotheBelair is managed by StéphanePuyol who is the proud owner of two Châteaux in Saint-Emilion with evocative names:Barberousse (Barbarossa) and Montremblant!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château Lamothe Belair is located 12km from Saint-Emilion, on the extension of the hills of Saint-Emilion. The soil is clay and limestone as most of the land in the Bordeaux/Southwest area. This kind of soil retains a lot of water and keeps it fresh, balancing the effects of the sun in order to keep the hint of freshness the wine needs. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 and 6 bottles until 30 November 2014. Delivery within 21 days. 

    This month, I am happy to present a wine from Bergerac. It is rich and well structured, with very intense flavours. It is very smooth on the palate and shows smoky aromas of oak.

  2. 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.

 
October 2014

Happy birthday My Vitibox !
  1. Château Moulin de Clotte, 2007, Vignobles Lannoye, Côtes de Castillon

    Château Moulin de Clotte, 2007, Vignobles Lannoye, Côtes de Castillon

    Sommelier

    L'avis du sommelier

    2007 is clearly not the best vintage in Bordeaux. However, several winemakers, by working hard, still managed to produce nice wines. This is the case of this wine from Côtes de Castillon. A young wine is often characterized by its very fruity aromas, and a more evolved one like this one shows aromas of fresh grass and humus. Ideal with Camembert cheese and sliced truffles! 

    Feuille

     Cépage

    Merlot is a grape variety that gives intensely dark wines. The wines are full-bodied yet low in tannins, with flavours of plum and sometimes chocolate as the wine ages. Cabernet Franc will bring fine tannins and aromas of red berries and spices. The blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc gives the wine complexity and a beautiful bouquet.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Robe is purple with light mahogany highlights..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose reveals undergrowth and hummus.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, we feel a nice texture and smooth spices

    Verre

     Service

    To be served: between 14 and 16°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Omelette with mushrooms
    Veal chops with roasted vegetables
    Brie cheese
    Roasted figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Françoise Lannoye discovered late she had a vocation for winemaking. Before, she was working in Paris with her husband as a real estate agent. Buther parents, who were farmers themselves, taught her to love wine and terroir when she was a child.So it is quite naturally that she decided to go to Bordeaux in order to make wine. That is why she bought Chateau Moulin de Clotte 12 years ago.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The 8-acre estate Chateau Moulin de Clotte is located in the Côtes de Castillon vineyard, just next to Saint- Emilion. The soil is clay and limestone which is a very nurturing environment for the roots of the vine.This part of the Bordeaux region is maybe the best place on Earth to grow Merlot, the main grape variety there. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 and 6 bottles until 30 November 2014. Delivery within 21 days. 

    A young wine is often characterized by its very fruity aromas, and a more evolved one like this one shows aromas of fresh grass and humus. Ideal with Camembert cheese and sliced truffles!

  2. Léa, 2008, Domaine d'Eole, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence

    Léa, 2008, Domaine d'Eole, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I am pleased to present this month a wine that is both delicious and well-structured! With an alcohol content of 14.5°, one can definitely say that this wine is bodied. The risk with this type of rich wines is that sometimes alcohol takes over. But this is not at all the case with Léa since the winemaker has striked a magnificent balance between alcohol, acidity, tannins and the aromatic bouquet of this vintage.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine is a blend of two varieties: it’s half Grenache and half Syrah. These are the two typical varieties of southern France. Syrah likes well-drained areas, but fears drought, it brings much of the tannins and aromas of pepper or violet. Grenache meanwhile, is a vigorous variety with an amazing aromatic intensity with aromas of black berries.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Robe is deep purple with highlights..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A complex nose with leather, spices and flowers.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, the wine is perfectly balanced with a lot of red berries.

    Verre

     Service

    To be served: between 15 and 17°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2019.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Tapenade
    Lamb chops with honey
    Matured cow cheese
    Cheery soup

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family

    The Domaine d’Eole is a rising star. I would not hesitate to predict that their future will be bright thanks to the two men who are dedicating their time to this wonderful terroir: Matthias Wimmer, passionate oenologist, and Christian Raimont, owner of the estatesince 1996.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The soil is sand and limestone. The consequence is that it does not hold water, so more water arrives very often with new nutriments for the vines. It also means that the vines has to grow very deep roots, which explains why the wine is so concentrated and with so much alcohol. It is one of the most sunny region in France, and you taste the sun while drinking it! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 and 6 bottles until 30 November 2014. Delivery within 21 days. 

    I am pleased to present this month a wine that is both delicious and well-structured! With an alcohol content of 14.5°, one can definitely say that this wine is bodied.

 
September 2014

Time to harvest !
  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.

  2. 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.

 
July 2014

Let's celebrate our winemakers!
  1. Eole Rouge 2011, Domaine d'Eole, Vallée du Rhône

    Eole Rouge 2011, Domaine d'Eole, Vallée du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « That is a cuvee with a high alcoholic degree: 14,5°. It is ideal to match with your main dish, but you should probably plan a nap in the afternoon ;) However, this cuvee is very well-balanced, and surprisingly, the alcoholic degree is quite pleasant. You will probably enjoy its complex nose with bay tree, juniper berry and garrigue aromas. Share it during a long dinner with old friends! »

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    This cuvee from the Eole domain is a blend of three grape varieties that perfectly match together: Grenache, Shiraz and Carignan. This blend enables to produce well-balanced wines. Grenache brings generosity and roundness, Shiraz brings a nice color and strong red fruits and violet aromas, while Carignan brings structure and increases the aging potential of the wine.

    Oeil

     Eye

     Deep ruby red robe with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Complex nose, spicy and wild.

    Bouche

     Mouth

    Supple, winy, fresh and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 14 and 16°C; open 1 hour before serving. to taste now or until 2021

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Olive cake
    Veal tenderloin

    Banon

    Prunes

     

     Anecdote

     A wine, a family

    This domain starts to be famous, and I am sure that it will have a lot of success within the coming years. This domain was created bytwo men that are passionate by vinegrapes and seduced by this exceptional terroir: Matthias Wimmer, a sommelier that lives wine, and Christian Raimont, owner of the domain since 1996.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Eole domain is spread on 30 hectares in Eygalières, at the bottom of Alpilles, in Provence (South of France). Provence is a dry region, not ideal for culture. But, the alliance of these weather conditions and a soil that is not very fertile makes of this place an exceptional terroir. Grapevines are planted on sandy limestone soils with a lot of stones. Subsoil is deep and filtering, that enables to drain and heat up soil. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July 2014 / bouteille

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

    That is a cuvee with a high alcoholic degree: 14,5°. It is ideal to match with your main dish, but you should probably plan a nap in the afternoon!

  2. 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.

 
June 2014

Blind tasting
  1. 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. »

    Feuille

    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.

    Oeil

     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. 

     

     

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  2. Château d'Estoublon 2007, AOP les Baux de Provence

    Château d'Estoublon 2007, AOP les Baux de Provence

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « The Château d’Estoublon is very well-known in Provence, and is often rewarded by renowed oenologists. This wine was produced seven years ago, and we start feeling the aging bouquets (the ones that appear only when wine is getting old). Will you be able to identify aromas of strawberry, rose and blueberry? »

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    This wine is a blend of several grape varieties: 30% of Grenache, 30% of Shiraz, 30% of Mourvedre and 10% of Cabernet-Sauvignon. It is a typical blend in Provence, but the Cabernet- Sauvignon, originated from the Bordeaux region, brings nice aromas from this region.

    Oeil

     Eye

     Nice light garnet robe with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose, with strawberry, fresh mint, flowers and blueberry aromas.

    Bouche

     Mouth

    The mouth is round and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Tabbouleh
    Leg of lamb with herbs

    Camembert

    Strawberry milkshake

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker family

    It’s been 15 years the Reboul family has been owning the Château d’Estoublon. Since the 15th century, this Château is one of the main wheat producers in Provence. Its name comes from the term “Estouble” that means wheat in Provencal, the language of Provence.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyard of Château d’Estoublon is located at the bottom of the rocky spur of the Baux de Provence village. This village is considered as one of the most beautiful villages in France! Wines produced with this AOP are round, without being fat. Enjoy the fruits aromas and the delicacy of this powerful cuvee. 

     

     

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    The Château d’Estoublon is very well-known in Provence, and is often rewarded by renowed oenologists.

 
May 2014

Let's discover Pinot!
  1. 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! 

     

     

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

  2. Pinot noir 2012, Dominique Laurent, Bourgogne

    Pinot noir 2012, Dominique Laurent, Bourgogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Eyel

     Nice light ruby red robe, bright and clear.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Wild nose full of blackcurrant and wild strawberry aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Chicken salad
    White pudding

    Goat cheese

    Wild strawberries

     

     Anecdote

    &A wine, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

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

 
April 2014

Spring wines
  1. Vin des Garrigues 2012, Domaine Tour Trencavel, Languedoc Roussillon

    Vin des Garrigues 2012, Domaine Tour Trencavel, Languedoc Roussillon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « Excellent price/quality ratio for this nice cuvee. This cuvee from the Domaine Tour Trencavel is typical of the Mediterranean wines. You will particularly appreciate its light garnet color with purple reflections, as well as its intense and pleasant nose, full of fig and blackberry aromas. Don’t hesitate to buy some cases of this cuvee on our website. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This cuvee was produced with 70% of Grenache and 30% of Carignan. The Grenache brings suppleness and black fruit hints to the wine, while the Carignan brings power to the wine and enables the wine to evolve nicely.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe has a light garnet color with purple reflections and micro-bubbles in suspension.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose, with garigue, fig and black fruits aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The mouth is supple and slightly spiced.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Poultry livers salad
    Pork chop

    Blue cheese

    Dark chocolate brownies

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    I met Jean-Luc Fabrie in Montpellier, and I immediately get along well with him. He is a good representative of people from the South of France: nice and smiling. Nice, but not only! He is using his talent to produce successful wines! He also likes picking truffles in the undergrowth of his domain!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Tour Trencavel domain, located in the Minervois, is spread on clay-limestone soils. A soil like this one enables to produce wines that are round, without being too fat. It also brings delicacy to the mouth. 

     

     

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    Excellent price/quality ratio for this nice cuvee. This cuvee from the Domaine Tour Trencavel is typical of the Mediterranean wines.

  2. Margaux 2011, Château Haut-Breton Larigaudiere, Margaux

    Margaux 2011, Château Haut-Breton Larigaudiere, Margaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « It’s been a couple of months I was looking for a nice wine from the Margaux AOC, one of the most well-known AOC in France. I really enjoyed this cuvee from the Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière. Margaux wines are famous for their delicacy and their feminine side, and you will probably notice this when tasting it. Moreover, it has a good price/quality ratio. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    One of the best mix we can make in Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Cabernet Sauvignon brings power and body to the wine, while Merlot brings fruit aromas and mellowness. The main aromas are: blackcurrants, strawberries, dark cherries, etc.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe has a garnet color with purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense nose, woody and vanilla-flavored, typical of the Margaux noses.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Mouth typical of the Médoc region, spiced.

    Verre

     Service

    Service: Between 14 and 16°C. . Open 1 hour before serving. Aging potential until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Skewered offal
    Lamb shoulder

    Brie

    Paris-Brest

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Within a few decades, the Mour and Schepper families built a small empire in the Bordeaux region. They started by purchasing the Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière, and they then bought few more Château: Château la Croizille, Château Cadiot, Château Tayet, Château Tour Baladoz. If you know people that would like to sell their Château, don’t hesitate to contact them: they could be interested

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Trianon de Larigaudière is the second wine of the prestigious Château Haut-Breton Larigaudière, located on one of the most beautiful terroir of the Margaux AOC. The soil is sand-rich: sand has some drainage aptitudes that help producing light and aerial wines. 

     

     

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    Margaux wines are famous for their delicacy and their feminine side, and you will probably notice this when tasting it. Moreover, it has a good price/quality ratio.

 
March 2014

Viva Italia!
  1. 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. 

     

     

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

  2. Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Sélection parcellaire, Domaine Lis Neris, Italia, Fiuli

    Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Sélection parcellaire, Domaine Lis Neris, Italia, Fiuli

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « I chose this wine as I think it is original and well produced. The maceration of the grapes after the harvest was made with carbonic gas, as for the Beaujolais vintages. This enables to produce wines that are cooler and rounder. You will enjoy drinking this wine with your friends! Drink it within the two next years to enjoy the fruit aromas.»

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Let us teach you something: the cabernet sauvignon was produced by mixing cabernet franc and white sauvignon. It produces strong wines with a lot of tannins. It is characterized by fresh red fruits aromas with hints of spices and vanilla.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe has a peony color with violet-blue reflections and micro bubbles in suspension.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    The nose is intense and pleasant. We can feel the carbonic maceration, as well as aromas of fresh red fruits, flowers, spices and vanilla.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The mouth is fruity, round and fresh.

    Verre

     Service

    Service: Between 10 and 12°C.  Open just before serving. Aging potential until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Antipasti
    Pizza with pork and onions

    Italian cheese

    Blueberry tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Domaine Lis Neris respects the traditions and the nature instead of looking for selling at any price, and that is a strength for them! The entire harvest is carried out purely by hand, and that gives an excellent quality to the grape. We will certainly hear a lot about this domain in the next few years.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine Lis Neris is part of the prestigious wine growing region of Friuli, located in the North East of Italy. More than sixty hectares of vineyards are planted on a gravel and limestone soil that makes the wine strong and round in mouth. The gravels make a natural drainage of the water that brings thinness to the wine. 

     

     

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    You will enjoy drinking this wine with your friends! Drink it within the two next years to enjoy the fruit aromas.

 
February 2014

The evolution of wine in mouth
  1. 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. 

     

     

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    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.

  2. L'Etoile de Bergey 2010, Château Haut-Bergey

    L'Etoile de Bergey 2010, Château Haut-Bergey

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « The cuvee L’Etoile de Bergey has as much potential as its big brother, the Château Haut-Bergey. This Pessac Léognan wine has a nice purple robe, and combines a nice acidity, silky tannins and harmonious wood flavours. I advice you to drink this wine while eating rabbit stew. You can drink this wine now or wait five more years. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    In the Bordeaux area, it is common to combine cabernet sauvignon and merlot. The cabernet sauvignon brings power and body to the wine, while the merlot adds fruits and velvet hints. This wine is full of aromas of blackcurrants, strawberries, black cherries and prunes.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe has an intense garnet colour with violet-blue reflections and colored tears.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose with a nice intensity, pleasant, with spices (pepper) and wood (barrel) hints.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fruity mouth with a nice reflection of the terroir. The tannins are thin.

    Verre

     Service

    Service: Between 15 and 17°C. . Open 1 hour before serving. Keeping until 2020 and more.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Farmhouse terrine
    Rabbit stew

    Brie Cheese

    Black forest cake

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Year after year, Sylviane Garcin Cathiard is building a small empire in the Bordeaux wines. She bought four different Châteaux in fifteen years : Château Branon, Clos l’Eglise Pomerol, Château Barde-Haut, and of course the Château Haut-Bergey.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The terroir of the Château Haut-Bergey is spread on 25 hectares of vineyards cultivated on an argilo-siliceous subsoil, mix of sand and clay. We often say that the clay soils produce wines that are solid, strong and alcoholic while the siliceous soils produce fine wines, with subtle aromatic hints. The union of the clay and the silica sand guarantees a terroir of high quality. 

     

     

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    The cuvee L’Etoile de Bergey has as much potential as its big brother, the Château Haut-Bergey. You can drink this wine now or wait five more years.

 
January 2014

Mountains' wines, Wines from the Plain
  1. Bergerac rouge 2012, Château Moulin Caresse

    Bergerac rouge 2012, Château Moulin Caresse

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « I’ve been working with the Château Moulin Caresse for many years since these winemakers are passionate producers of wines with an excellent price/quality ratio. When tasting this cuvée – special lot of wine - you can find out the characteristics of wine made of merlot as unique grape variety. Indeed, Suppleness on the palate and fruity and spicy nose are typical of this varietal. This tipple goes well with everyday meals. »

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

    Considering the number of grape-vines, Merlot is the third red grape variety in France, after grenache and carignan. It produces high quality wines characterised by a strong nose of red fruits and spices. Its name comes from the Common Blackbirds - “Merles” in French -, which love having merlot grape as dessert.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe - the appearance of the wine - is young and deep garnet, with violet-blue reflections and floating micro-bubbles.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nice nose, typical of Merlot with aromas of red fruits and vanilla.

    Bouche

    Taste

    The fresh start reveals a supple and light taste.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Salami
    Duck breast fillet with salad

    Mont de Lacaune Cheese

    Red fruits compote and vanilla ice cream

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Le Château Moulin Caresse, has been passed on from one generation to the next since 1749. It’s a close family business ran by Sylvie and Jean-François Deffage. Their son Laura, Quentin and Benjamin never miss the chance to help out.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château Moulin Caresse is located at 20km to the east of Saint-Emilion, on the border with Périgord. With its 42 hectars of grapevines, it dominated the valley of Dordogne. The vineyard is divided between the clay-limestone slopes, composed of a draining soil, and the sunny plane of Boulbènes. 

     

     

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    When tasting this cuvée - special lot of wine - you can find out the characteristics of wine made of merlot as unique grape variety.

  2. Egregore 2002, Côtes-de-Bourg

    Egregore 2002, Côtes-de-Bourg

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « I’m a fan of this Egregore 2004. It’s a 10-years old wine and it comes from an exceptional small lot. This wine was produced from very old Merlot vineyards with a manual picking off such as the famous Château Pape Clément wine. The production is very little: only 2400 bottles are made each year and Mister Magrez was happy to reserve a large part of its 2004 production for the subscribers of My VitiBox! »

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

    Merlot represents 58% of planted vineyards in the Bordeaux region. Contrary to the bordelaise tradition of blended wines, the Egregore is a mono-varietal wine. This grape variety brings suppleness and fine fruity aromas.

    Oeil

     Oeil

     Colour is garnet, with shiny reflections. Coloured tears.

     

    Nez

     Nez

    Aromas of cedar, undergrowth and menthol surround the nose.

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Mouth is dense, rich and deep with velvet tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 16 and 18°C. . Open 1 hour before serving. Keeping potential until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Red and green pepper quiche
    Veal Milanese

    Truffle brie cheese

    Mocha coffee

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Our first subscribers start knowing Bernard Magrez. He is a self-made winemaker, producer of exceptional wines and first owner of Grand Crus Classés in Bordeaux. For instance, he owns and makes the well-known Château Pape Clément.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Egregore is produced from a small lot situated in the lieu-dit “Guerit”, in Tauriac - small geographical area bearing a traditional name. This cuvée makes only 2400-2600 bottles per year and the majority of vintage 2004 has been reserved for the subscribers of My VitiBox. The winery is close to one of the routes of the Way to St. James. 

     

     

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    This wine was produced from very old Merlot vineyards with a manual picking off such as the famous Château Pape Clément wine. The production is very little: only 2400 bottles are made each year.

 
December 2013

Celebrate Christmas with wine!
  1. Cuvée Première Vendange 2012, Domaine de la Charmoise, Touraine

    Cuvée Première Vendange 2012, Domaine de la Charmoise, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « This month I would like you to discover the Domaine de la Charmoise. Its wines are outstanding in terms of price quality ratio. The Ma- rionnets, the owners of this winery, are passionate about their work and this is shown in what they produce! Car- bonic maceration of grapes created nice aromas that will surprise you. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Gamay is a red grape variety with white juice and very productive. In wintertime, winemakers cut the branches holding grapes very short. Each hectare has a big density of vine trunks and roots. These two characteristics of gamay facilitate the production of red, fruity, fresh and savoury wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Carmine colour with violet reflections. Wine disk is thin.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Typical nose of young gamay and carbonic maceration (banana and strawberry). Nice mint touches.

    Bouche

    Taste

    Round and fresh on the palate. Mouth is juicy and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 11 and 13°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Platter of charcutetie
    Chipolata with young vegetables

    Valençay cheese

    Pears poached in red wine

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    The Marionnet family arrived at Soings, in the east part of Touraine, 30 km to the south of Blois, during the 50s’. What’s the peculiarity of this winery? The Marionnets own the oldest grapevine of France, dated around 1850, before the phylloxéra crisis.

     Terroir

    Terroir

    Thanks to its location in the east end of the Touraine, this winery benefits from a continental climate, favourable to sauvignon and gamay. Spring frosts are quite rare and temperatures help these two grape varieties to come to maturity before the harvest. Grapevines grow on “perruches” (flinty clay and gravels) soil. It is a dense and compact soil that produces wine for laying down. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, décembre. 2013 / bouteille

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

    The Marionnets, the owners of this winery, are passionate about their work and this is shown in what they produce!

  2. Château Mancèdre 2010, Vignobles Roy-Trocard, Pessac-Léognan

    Château Mancèdre 2010, Vignobles Roy-Trocard, Pessac-Léognan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « Pessac-Léognan is one of my favourites denomina- tion. This little château is every bit as good as big wi- neries for the quality of its wine. Its vintage 2009 stands out for its nice balance, boldness and lightness. And it will improve even more with ageing. Will you reco- gnize the delicate aromas of redcurrant that I have iden- tified? »

    Feuille

     Grape variey

    The blend is typical of this denomination: merlot gives roundness and a velvet touch to wine, whereas cabernet sauvignon gives strengths and the tannic structure necessary to the ageing potential.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Light purple colour with violet reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Nose is fruity and fresh with nice notes of redcurrant.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Its suppleness and lightness on the palate will surprise you.

    Verre

     Service

    To be served: between 14 and 16°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2019.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Rabbit terrine
    Veal flank with carrots

    Pont-l’évêque cheese

    Chocolate cake

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

    The Roy-Trocard family purchased its first vineyards in the Libournais in 1628. We can say that they know about wine and...they love it! Jean and Bénédicte Trocard, managers of this winery, said: “The product that we produce, the wine, is the result of soil, sky and men’s passion”.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Mancèdre winery extends for 11 hectares on the east side of Pessac-Léognan. The vineyard flourishes on a soil made of gravels coming from the Pyrenees. Gravels give strength and lightness to wine. Grapevines also benefit from an excellent hydric regulation and natural poverty of soil, elements necessary to obtain ripened and concentred grapes. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, December 2013 / bottle

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

    This vintage 2009 stands out for its nice balance, boldness and lightness. And it will improve even more with ageing.

 
November 2013

Wine fermentation has started...
  1. Vieux Larmande 2010, Château Vieux Larmande, Saint Emilion Grand Cru

    Vieux Larmande 2010, Château Vieux Larmande, Saint Emilion Grand Cru

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    “I wanted to let you taste this wine since I really like how the Magnaudeix family works. I herd that they have deservedly won the gold medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2013 (a prestigious world wine tasting championship). This wine can be sipped young thanks to its fruity and expressive aromas, but also in 10 years since it has a long keeping potential.”

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

    Merlot and Cabernet Franc are grape varieties traditionally from Bordeaux and more precisely from the Saint Emilion denomination. The terroir allows Cabernet Franc to come to maturity and to develop a better aromatic palette.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Colour is dark garnet with blue-violet reflections. Micro-bubbles in suspension. Tears are coloured and the glass disc is very thin.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose: we recognise the typical taste of ageing in oak barrels. Fist nose is very strong and develops aromas of vanilla, sweet spices, whereas second nose reveals aromas of liquorice and mint.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Mouth, dense and fruity, is harmonious and balanced with velvet tannins and nice aromas.

    Verre

     Service

    Serve: between 14 and 16°C.  Open 1 hour before serving. Keeping potential until 2025 or more.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Autumn sweet potato soup
    Pepper sirloin steak

    Maroilles cheese

    Paris-Brest dessert

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

    The Magnaudeix family has been working on vineyards for 6 generations. Today, Héléne, Catherine, Jean-Pierre and Romain bring a touch of modernity to the work done by their ancestors.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Vines of Château Vieux Larmande grow on a dense layer of soil of hardpan basement covered by a calcareous-clay layer. The sublayer of hardpan is composed by clay, humus and iron and it’s a rare and very old soil. It gives stability to roots and prevents them from both dryness and high humidity and it contribute to the strength of vines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November 2013 / bottle

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

    This wine can be sipped young thanks to its fruity and expressive aromas, but also in 10 years since it has a long keeping potential.

  2. Nero d'Avola Aria Siciliana 2012, Costantino Wines

    Nero d'Avola Aria Siciliana 2012, Costantino Wines

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    “The team of My VitiBox became bigger since when we welcomed Giorgia, a young Italian lady. I took the opportunity to turn to Sicily this month to let you discover an Italian grape variety, the Nero d’Avola. This varietal has particularly adapted to the Sicilian volcanic soil. This wine made by the Costantino family is characterised by interesting candied fruit notes and it will surprise you with its long aftertaste”.

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Nero d’Avola is a renowned Italian grape variety typical from Sicily. It is usually compared to the syrah and it produces strong wines, with a good balance between acidity and alcohol, and it has nice aromas of red fruits.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light garnet colour, nicely intense.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose. Surrounded by cooked red fruits, strawberry in particular. It also reveals evolving notes of vanilla.

    Bouche

    Taste

    Mouth is sweet and with touches of candied and compote fruits. It’s also supple and fresh.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 12 et 14°C.  Open just before serving. Keep it potentially until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Italian Parma Ham
    Pasta alla norma

    Gorgonzola

    Panna Cotta with red fruits top

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Mr Costantino likes saying that his ambition is “to capture flavours, smells and authenticity of sicilian products”. Established in1960 by Papà Onofrio, also called ”Nonò”, they are the third generations of winegrowers still passionate about vineyards and wine.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Costantino’s vineyards are located in the northwest of western Sicily at 15 km from the coast. They extend from 250 up to 600 meters above sea level and receive all the benefits of the Mediterranean Sea-breeze. Soils are clayey, calcareous and basic, properties that allow the development of high quality wines.

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by cases of 3 or 6 bottles until the 30th of November. Delivery in 21 days.

    This wine made by the Costantino family is characterised by interesting candied fruit notes and it will surprise you with its long aftertaste.

 
October 2013

How is vintage 2013?
  1. 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.

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

    Les Terrassettes 2011, Clos de l'Anhel, Corbières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet colour, deeply shining with many purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Italians bruschette 
    Pizza napoletana/p>

    Soft Goat Cheese

    Fresh Fig cake

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2013 / bottle

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

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

 
September 2013

Welcome Autumn with a glass of wine!
  1. Les Sires de La Tour Carnet 2008

    Les Sires de La Tour Carnet 2008

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

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

    Feuille

     Grape variety

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

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

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Salmon tartare
    Turbot fillet with merlot sauce 

    Livarot 
    Black chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

     The winemakers

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

     Terroir

    The terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, Septembre. 2013 / bottle

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

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

  2. 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.

 
July 2013

Start the summer in the Rhone Valley!
  1. Saint Joseph Hedonism 2010 - Domaine Faury

    Saint Joseph Hedonism 2010 - Domaine Faury

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    A nice Saint-Joseph coated in velvety tannins, with light woody touches and notes of peony. This bottle will be a nice surprise if you will taste it in some years!

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

    100% syrah, variety that produces noir-blueish coloured grapes with a sweet and spicy juice.

    Oeil

     Appearance

    A beautiful purplish-red colour with bleuish-violet reflections. Very shiny

    Nez

     Nose

    On the nose, this wine has good intense and pleasant aromas. It’s a perfect example of the flavour of the syrah grape variety. When opened, the wine reveals a light woody touch and notes of peony flower.

    Bouche

     Taste

    Rich and structured, with beautiful volume. Fine and velvet tannins. The aftertaste is long and spicy

    Verre

     Service

    To serve; 16°C. Keeping time: 4 to 8 years.

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Ideal to match a slow-roast pork with apples & peppers

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Before opening a winery, Chales Joguet was a painter. He has been between the first wine makers in the Loire region to adopt the enclosed winemaking that consists in dividing the vine in smaller areas and vinifying separately the grape coming from each section !"

     Terroir

    The terroir

    The AOC designated Saint-Joseph is located in the north of the Rhône Valley. The soil is granitic. The terraced vineyard benefits from a south sun exposure that allows the grape to mature and prosper at sun.

    My VitiBox,July 2013 / bottle

    Sold by case of 3 and 6 bottles until the 31 August 2013. Delivery in 21 days

    A nice Saint-Joseph coated in velvety tannins, with light woody touches and floral notes of peony !

  2. Cuvée les galets, 2011, Domaine des Hauts-Chassis, Crozes-Hermitage

    Cuvée les galets, 2011, Domaine des Hauts-Chassis, Crozes-Hermitage

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    I discovered this prestigious wine when I visited the vineyards of the Rhône Valley. The syrah offers in this case a perfect equilibrium between fruit and tannins and it offers a strong wine with a beautiful aromatic intensity !

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    A cuvée 100% syrah produced by 20 to 50 years-old vineyards. The syrah is the most common red grape variety in the Crozes-Hermitage region. A surprising fact: some winemakers sometimes blend the syrah with a maximum of 15% of white grape varieties such as Marsanne or Roussanne!

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Nice light grenat colour with violet reflections. Micro-bubbles in suspension..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    a tempty nose of pure syrah with a nice intensity, pleasant and lightly woody. Also the nose is dominated by flavours of wild flowers and red fruits such as the blackcurrant, together with notes of minerals such the shale.

    Bouche

     Taste

    The wine is greedy, supple and flowery (violet) on the palate

    Verre

     Service

    To serve between 13°C et 15°C. No need for decanting. Keeping time: until 2017.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Steak tartare
    Pot-roasted guinea fowl with young vegetables 

    saint marcellin
    Cherry cake

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Franck Faugiers runs the winery, a family business since three generations. Passionate of rugby, Franck loves his work. He practices the environmental friendly viticulture with a real respect of fuits and vines and each year he participates to the hand-harvest with his team. 

     Terroir

    The terroir

    The Hauts Chassis winery is located in the south of the area of the designation Crozes-Hermitage, in the village La Roche sur Glun. Crozes Hermitage is the most prestigious appellation of the northside of the Rhone Valley. The winery stretches for 32 acres where 29 are dedicated to the production of red wines. The soil is rich in glacial-fluvial sediments such as clay, sand and pebbles that have been transported by the glaciers and then transported by the rivers.

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2013 / bottle

    Sold by case of 3 and 6 bottles until the 31 August 2013. Delivery in 21 days. 

    The syrah here offers a perfect balance of fruits and tannins and give us a great wine.