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  1. Berry Good 2015, Domaine Nairaud Suberville, Châteaumeillant

    Berry Good 2015, Domaine Nairaud Suberville, Châteaumeillant

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I have the pleasure to share with you one of my recently found jewel, which comes from one of the smallest appellation that gathers only 10 winemakers : Châteaumeillant. The wines from this terroir are appreciated for their gourmet nose of cherry, plum and pepper. On the palate, the aromas are fresh and reveals a very beautiful structure with crisp that I enjoy deeply. 

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    Grape variety

    Berry Good is mainly composed of gamay. Originally from Burgundy, it is the first grape variety of the Chateaumeillant appel-lation. It brings freshness and finesse to the cuvée with aromas of red fruits and spices (pepper). Blended with pinot noir, the wine shows a greater finesse and have a nice balance.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, the aromas are fresh and reveals a very beautiful structure with crisp that I enjoy deeply.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between15°C et 17° open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pâté de tête
    Pork rump with mushroom sauce
    Charcuterie board
    Cherry clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The story of the Nairaud Suberville vineyard began in 2011, one year after Châteaumeillant officially became an appellation. This was an amazing year for Daniel Nairaud. Former deputy director of the National Institute of Appellations of Origin (INAO), he left at 49 years his job to start an adventure and become a winemaker. His years at INAO gave him all the theoretical foundations of wine production, and today he makes his own wine for our greatest pleasure ! /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines of Nairaud Suberville are grown on a sandy-clay soil. This terroir is typical of the appellation and it is also ideal for the gamay variety. Granitic and not very deep, the soil brings a good drainage to the vine and produces a wine with structure and body.  

     

     

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    On the palate, the aromas are fresh and reveals a very beautiful structure with crisp that I enjoy deeply.

    £11.33 Public price £9.63 Subscribers' price
  2. Les Trois Côtes 2016, Côtes de Bourg

    Les Trois Côtes 2016, Côtes de Bourg

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I have the pleasure to share with you a Côtes de Bourg wine as I love them ! On the right bank of Bordeaux, this appellation gives birth to beautiful structured red wines. The nose is deliciously influenced by Merlot : red and black fruits, enhanced by subtle flavours of pepper and even cocoa ! In the mouth, the richness of its structure matches perfectly with the delicacy of its freshness. 

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    Grape variety

    Merlot is the most widespread grape variety in Bordeaux and is also the favourite grapes of blackbirds named “merle”. This bird, as dark as the bay, has even given its name to the grape because merlot means 'merle’ in the local dialect. Merlot produces round, smooth wines with delicious aromas of red and black fruits.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    The nose is deliciously influenced by Merlot : red and black fruits, enhanced by subtle flavours of pepper and even cocoa !

    Bouche

    Mouth

    In the mouth, the richness of its structure matches perfectly with the delicacy of its freshness.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 18°C; open one hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Zucchini flan
    Veal stew
    Comté
    Rice pudding with strawberry coulis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Maison de Luze was created in 1820 by Baron Alfred de Luze, a visionary man and fine negotiator, who took part in the conquest of the world by the wines of Bordeaux. Today known as Grands Vins de Gironde, this institution is one of those big Bordeaux wine mer-chants that have built a century-old know-how and who contribute to the success of the wines of the region.  

     

     

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    The nose is deliciously influenced by Merlot : red and black fruits, enhanced by subtle flavours of pepper and even cocoa !

    £10.23 Public price £8.70 Subscribers' price
  3. 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

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    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.

    £11.51 Public price £9.78 Subscribers' price
  4. Clémence 2016, Domaine Philippe et Vincent Jaboulet, Crozes-Hermitage

    Clémence 2016, Domaine Philippe et Vincent Jaboulet, Crozes-Hermitage

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    As it is a world class winery, Jaboulet is one of the most famous names in the Rhône Valley. However, Philippe and Vincent made the choice to get out of the Family winery so as to grow smaller parcels and make exactly the wine they love. And they did well as Clémence is one of my favourite wine and each vintage is in my personal cellar.  

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    Grape variety

    Only black variety in the northern Rhône Valley, syrah gives there its finest expression with a lot of power, spicy aromas and firm yet elegant tannins. This tannic structure allows to keep the wine a few years for ageing: it will be a little less powerful but a little more complex as it will have developed aromas of leather or mushrooms.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purplish robe with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits (slightly candied), spices and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with strong tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 17° open 30 minutes before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tuna steak
    Rabbit with mushrooms
    Brillat-Savarin
    Dark chocolate pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Founded in 1834, Jaboulet is one of the most famous wineries in the area (and in France as it is quite big). After 30 years being in charge of the hundreds of hectares of vineyard of the family, Philippe wanted to think smaller to make better. That’s why he founded with his son Vincent his own Domaine. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Crozes-Hermitage faces Saint-Joseph just on the other side of the river. Both have syrah in common, but they produces quite different expressions of this variety. Jaboulet’s vines are located in the south of the appellation on a light soil that lets the roots growing very deep into the ground. Therefore, vine stocks capture a lot of different nutrient that end in the berries which gives its high level of complexity to the wine.  

     

     

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    As it is a world class winery, Jaboulet is one of the most famous names in the Rhône Valley.

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  5. Château Belle Grange 2015, Saint-Emillion Grand Cru

    Château Belle Grange 2015, Saint-Emillion Grand Cru

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This 2015 vintage of Château Belle Grange really impressed me. It’s very elegant, has a lot of structure and is very full bodied without being heavy, and it has a very long finish. But what distinguishes it from other Saint-Emilion is its unique flavours of flowers that will charm you. 

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    Grape variety

    In Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux is predominant almost all the time. Merlot enjoys soils of clay which keep its grape fresh (otherwise, this variety tends to make too much alcohol). On the other side, cabernet sauvignon enjoys pebbles as it keeps warmth which is useful for this variety which finds it harder to ripen.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with thick tears and deep intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant and expressive nose to the aromas of wood, red fruits, black fruits and floral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with strong tanins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Fungi porcini soufflé
    Beef rib
    Camembert
    Dark chocolate brownie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Verhaeghe Family has a 200 years old history of making wine in Bordeaux. They own estates in Saint-Emilion and in Bordeaux Supérieur appellations. Around half of the vineyard is already certified organic : the other half will soon be and the future vintages starting from 2017 will be certified organic. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château Belle Grange’s terroir is interesting as it covers the two sides of a hill. One side is made of clay, which is the case in most of the appellation; the other side is made of pebbles, which is more common in Médoc on the other side of Bordeaux. Both combined allow to make great merlot as well as great cabernet-sauvignon which give this great wine once blended.  

     

     

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    It’s very elegant, has a lot of structure and is very full bodied without being heavy, and it has a very long finish.

    £23.23 Public price £19.80 Subscribers' price
  6. Domaine Haut-Loubier 2017, Saint Chinian

    Domaine Haut-Loubier 2017, Saint Chinian

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is a pure gem. It’s a tribute to the noble terroir of Saint-Chinian. Located in the South of France, Domaine Haut-Loubier’s vines are located on slopes which give fresh wines with complex aromas. In the mouth you can experience hint of ripe fruits, spices and pepper with firm tannins for our pleasure. 

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    Grape variety

    This wine gathers three different grapes which develop the whole structure and complexity of this cuvee. As it usually does, Grenache gives aromas of red fruits and firm tannins. Syrah provide smoky notes of spices and hints of ripe fruits. The last grape, Mourvèdre, is known for its peppery flavours.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purplish robe with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    In the mouth, all the flavours are structured by firm tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° one hour before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Goat cheese and black olives stuffed tomatoes
    Morteau sausage with lentil flan
    Époisses cheese
    Morello cheery tartlets

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In the early 19th century, Domaine Haut-Loubier already owned 20 hectares divided between vineyards and olive trees. Located on hills, this winery uses parcels with different sun exposure in order to pair the lands and the grapes. We can taste this beautiful wine thanks to Jean-Marc Loubier, winemaker and owner of this winery./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The terroir of Saint-Chinian is divided in two parts. In one of them the soil is composed of schists which produce fruity wines with a low level of acidity. Domaine Haut-Loubier is located on the second kind of soil made of clay and limestone. This type of soil offers freshness to the wines and the limestone gives firm tannins that allows the wine to age longer.  

     

     

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    In the mouth you can experience hint of ripe fruits, spices and pepper with firm tannins for our pleasure.

    £9.83 Public price £8.36 Subscribers' price
  7. Les Rocailles 2015, Domaine Pierre Finon, Saint-Joseph

    Les Rocailles 2015, Domaine Pierre Finon, Saint-Joseph

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Les Rocailles, by the very talented winemaker Pierre Finon, does honour the great appellation of Saint-Joseph. A powerful wine that expresses delicious aromas of blueberry and black pepper, and refreshed by notes of violet specific to syrah. On the palate, a beautiful finish with tannins that shows us a strong wine with a great ageing potential. 

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    Grape variety

    Syrah is the emblematic black grape of the northern part of the Rhone Valley and the only black grape of the Saint-Joseph appellation. It has a spicy character and delicious aromas of violet that it expresses in the wines it gives, as fine as complex. A balance bet-ween power and finesse specific to the Northern Rhone Valley.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of fruits, floral, spices and empyreumatic. .

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, a beautiful finish with tannins that shows us a strong wine with a great ageing potential.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° open 1 or 2 hours before serving. until 2024.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pork gyozas
    Duck breast with pepper and carrot croquettes with curry sauce
    Tomme des Aravis
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    At the age of 20, Pierre Finon chose, for the sake of the vineyard, to transform his farm into a wine estate. Year after year, vine stock after vine stock, the estate grew to what it is today. Moreover Françoise and Pierre Finon back a development of the vine that preserves the environment. Thus, the domain is led in sustainable agriculture on the 20 hectares, to encourage the expression and the potential of its terroir./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located on the slopes of the right bank of the Rhone Valley, the vineyard of the Domaine Pierre Finon enjoys a granite soil covered with a layer of gneiss and shale. It is a soil rich in minerals, which is typical in the north of the Rhone Valley. It offers fine wines with deep ripe fruits and spices.  

     

     

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    On the palate, a beautiful finish with tannins that shows us a strong wine with a great ageing potential.

    £19.23 Public price £16.35 Subscribers' price
  8. Tres Lagunas 2015, Bodega Borsao, Campo de Borja, Espagne

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A cherry robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    In the mouth the wine is well balanced and voluptuous.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapas
    Lamb tagine
    Chabichou du Poitou cheese
    Chocolate and raspberry tartlet

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a story

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

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

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  9. Le Secret de Sainte Frivole 2015, Domaine Mauro-Guicheney, Côtes de Duras

    Le Secret de Sainte Frivole 2015, Domaine Mauro-Guicheney, Côtes de Duras

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine was a very pleasant surprise ! The appellation Côtes de Duras is pretty well known for its red wines, but this one, Le Secret de Sainte Frivole, shows that it also produces excellent white wines. The nose is characterized by a feeling of a very fresh and delicate wine with citrus aromas. Take a sip and try to detect this little iodized taste that echoes the oceanic climate of Southwestern wines. To match obviously with seafood ! 

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    Grape variety

    Contrary to what the name leads us to believe, the sauvignon gris (grey) is rather pale yellow. Characterized by clusters and berries of small size, it gives powerful and full-bodied wines with aromas slightly heavier than sauvignon blanc. The blend thus takes its full meaning. The sauvignon blanc brings a slight acidity and vivacity in the mouth, which balances the wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish yellow dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A pleasant and soft mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tuna cake
    Moules marinières
    Selles-sur-Cher
    Lemon pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Mauro-Guicheney’s family works with respect for traditions and the environment. Corinne and Didier cultivate with passion and knowhow the 30 hectares of vineyards of the family property, owned for half a century. Both passionate about vine-growing, they unite and take over the family farm in 1990 where they strive to keep the values of their ancestors. Since 2011, they also share this passion with their son who is now fully invested in this adventure. A promising wine story !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Côtes de Duras vineyard covers over 1500 hectares and produces 65% red and 35% white. Its subsoils, composed of molasses and heavy and sticky clays called Boulbènes, are very favorable to the blossoming of white grape varieties. Producing red wines is deeply embedded in the South-West’s culture and tradition, because their food pairs better with red and they want to compete with Bordeaux. 

     

     

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    The nose is characterized by a feeling of a very fresh and delicate wine with citrus aromas.

    £9.98 Public price £8.48 Subscribers' price
  10. Maison Andrien Vacher, la Sasson 2016, Vin de Savoie pinot noir

    Maison Andrien Vacher, la Sasson 2016, Vin de Savoie pinot noir

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Pinot noir can blossom outside of Burgundy : there is the proof with this wine from Savoie. The freshness and the altitude of Savoy are great to pinot noir and as a great lover of Savoyard wines, it is for me a great pleasure to make you discover this original wine. The mouth is full of freshness and the tannins are very subtle. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Pinot Noir is a subtle grape that fully blossoms on the clay and limestone soils of the Savoyard vineyards. In contrast to wines of the South, Pinot Noir has a low concentration of sugars and alcohol. It gives intense wines but which remain digestible with a very good tannic structure, supple and soft.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful raspberry dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of red fruits and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between14°C et 16° open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Hazelnut saucisson
    Hazelnut saucisson
    Chaource
    Cherry clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    To the Vachers, wine is first and foremost a family story. Adrien Vacher is the founder of the winery that bears his name. Nowadays, Charles-Henri is proud to highlight his family traditions through typical wines of Savoy. He shares this pride everyday with Pauline and Charlotte, his two daughters, who also work on the estate./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Savoy is a great land of wine. Yet this region went from som trouble when in the 13th century, Mount Garnier collapsed causing considerable loss of life. This tragedy turned into an opportunity when in the eighteenth century, vine growers planted vines at the very place where the collapse took place, which gave birth to exceptional wines. 

     

     

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    The freshness and the altitude of Savoy are great to pinot noir and as a great lover of Savoyard wines, it is for me a great pleasure to make you discover this original wine.

    £10.03 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price
  11. Dame de Cœur 2015, Domaine Louis Chomel, Saint-Joseph

    Dame de Cœur 2015, Domaine Louis Chomel, Saint-Joseph

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Unbelievable Saint-Joseph! The winemaker offers an exceptional tasting with this powerful and elegant cuvee as the appellation knows how to create it. However, Dame de Coeur is also really smooth is the mouth. Expressive and subtle at the same time, this wine is perfect for long winter dinners. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Dame de Cœur is made of Syrah, the only black grape of Saint-Joseph appellation. This cuvee is made of a selection of grapes coming from the oldest vines of the domain. The roots of these vines go deeper in the soil and so the wines produce are more intense and more expressive than young vines. Using old vines guarantee to produce wine that are more representative of a terroir.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purplish robe with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits, spices, empyreumatic ans animal.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Dame de Coeur is really smooth is the mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° one hour before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Duck pie
    Roasted turkey
    Saint-Félicien
    Chocolate fondant

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Louis Chomel planted his vines at the beginning of the 20th century. His son, also named Louis, and his wife Marie-Therese took over the domain in 1965. In 1985, their son Xavier joined the winery followed by Laurent ten years later. Nowadays this winery is led by Samuel, son of Laurent, being the fourth generation of winemakers./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     This vineyards is located on the slopes of Saint-Désirat and enjoys a southern sun exposure. The wind coming from the north of the Rhône contributes to a healthy vineyards by blowing away humidity and reducing the risks of vine diseases.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2018 / bouteille

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    The winemaker offers an exceptional tasting with this powerful and elegant cuvee as the appellation knows how to create it.

    £26.23 Public price £22.30 Subscribers' price
  12. Far & Near Pinotage 2016, L'Avenir, Stellenbosch

    Far & Near Pinotage 2016, L'Avenir, Stellenbosch

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Known worldwide for the quality of its pinotage, Domaine l’Avenir is one of the best estates in South Africa. Far & Near will impress you with its deep and intense fruity aromas, that remind great pinot noir of Burgundy but coupled with a dark chocolate and spicy flavour, typical of South African Pinotages. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Pinotage was born in Stellenbosch after a biologist mixed pinot noir and cinsault, a grape varity from Southern France. Therefore, this unique variety is known for displaying very unique range of flavours, like chocolate and plum.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with thick tears and marked intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant nose to the aromas of red fruits, black fruits and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth marked tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Stuffed eggplant
    Roasted lamb saddle with braised endives
    Pélardon des Cévennes
    Panna cotta with chestnut cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine l’Avenir was created by Mar Wiehe in 1992. It quickly rose to icon status thanks to the quality of its Pinotage. In 2010, l’Avenir was taken over by AdVini, a leading French winemaking company known to be expert in terroir wines. Naretha Ricome, who learnt how to run a winery in France before returning home, now rules the estate on behalf on AdVini./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Stellenbosch is the main winemaking region in South Africa. It’s located not far from Cape Town. Therefore it is quite close to False Bay that provides to the vines refreshing sea winds. You can experience them when you are standing in the vines. It protects grapes from diseases and balances summer temperatures that can be high.  

     

     

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    Far & Near will impress you with its deep and intense fruity aromas, that remind great pinot noir of Burgundy but coupled with a dark chocolate and spicy flavour, typical of South African Pinotages.

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  13. Tradition 2014, Domaine de L’Olivette, Bandol

    Tradition 2014, Domaine de L’Olivette, Bandol

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I am happy to make you taste a wine from Bandol, one of my favourite appellation. Jean Luc Dumoutier elaborates a unique cuvee with an extraordinary aromatic palette. A powerful wine that shows aromas of Morello cherry, prune, tobacco and leather. The finish is spicy with a hint of thyme. In the mouth, all the flavours are structured by firm tannins. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This cuvee is mainly elaborated with Mourvedre. This variety has small grape with a dense skin which gives to the wine a great tannic structure with a long ageing potential. This grape provides all the personality and uniqueness of Bandol wines. Gather with Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault, the structur is more complex with a wider aromatic range.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A garnet robe with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A powerful wine that shows aromas of Morello cherry, prune, tobacco and leather.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    In the mouth, all the flavours are structured by firm tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between17°C et 19° one hour before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Omelette with truffle slices
    Provençal Sisteron lamb
    Banon cheese
    Chocolate fondant with pecan nuts

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine de l’Olivette has been owned by the same family for more than 200 years. At the beginning it was just a farm where polyculture was made : wheat, vines, vegetables and obviously olive trees, which gave their name to the estate. In 1930, the family decided to focus on winemaking, and especially from 1941 when the Bandol Appellation was created. They therefore were among the first estates to produce Bandol wines. Nowadays Jean-Luc and Elisabeth Dumoutier are the fourth generation of winemakers./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Facing south, the vineyards receive around 3000 hours of sunlight a year. The Mediterranean Sea protects the vineyard from too big gaps of temperature. Whereas in the height, hills are blocking the cold wind coming from the North. The soil is composed of clay and limestone with marl. Despite of a poor ground with limited yield, this soil is really favourable to the growing of vine and produces grapes with concentrated aromas. 

     

     

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    In the mouth, all the flavours are structured by firm tannins.

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  14. Château de Chambert 2012, Rigal, Cahors

    Château de Chambert 2012, Rigal, Cahors

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Château de Chambert is one of those famous estates that has a strong positive impact on the reputation of their appellation. One of the reasons why it’s famous is because the soil never got a drop of chemical. It has been given up for a few decades and then immediately grown in biodynamics. The 2012 vintage has improved with age : the wine is powerful and velvety in the mouth with a very beautiful dense and fleshy structure. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Malbec is the historical grape of Cahors. It brings to the appellation its tannic and powerful character, its aromas of plum and tobacco and has a good capacity for ageing. Its name of Black Wine abroad comes from its deep and very dark colour.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits, vegetal, spices, empyreumatic and animal.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The wine is powerful and velvety in the mouth with a very beautiful dense and fleshy structure.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sansonnet terrine with chestnuts
    Slow cooked venison
    Roquefort cheese and raisin bread
    Chocolate fondant cake with a fig coulis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Philippe Lejeune, owner of the vineyard, has chosen a fully organic and biodynamic approach, and preserves biodiversity of the vineyard by planting other crops and raising cows and black pigs. Accompanied by Stéphane Derenoncourt, a famous oenologist from Bordeaux, they produce terroir wines with remarkable finesse./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château de Chambert enjoys a very particular soil of limestone and red clay. Limestone brings moisture and minerals to the vine. The red clay, which colour is the result of a high concentration of iron in the ground, gives the wine its power and aromas of spicy black fruits.  

     

     

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    The 2012 vintage has improved with age : the wine is powerful and velvety in the mouth with a very beautiful dense and fleshy structure.

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  15. Domaine de la Garenne 2016, Bandol

    Domaine de la Garenne 2016, Bandol

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Bandol is a unique appellation. It is the only one in Provence that is entirely very close to the sea, and it is the only one to use Mourvedre, a very interesting variety, as its main grape. It gives deep, powerful, spicy wines that get better with time. Domaine de la Garenne shows what a typical, seriously elaborated Bandol is supposed to be. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Mourvedre is the emblematic variety of Bandol. It gives very small berries with a very think skin which explains why there is such an impressive tannic structure, as tannins in red wines come from grapes’ skin. It is blended with Grenache to give a creamier structure, to Carignan for sweet aromas and to Cinsault to give more body and peppery flavours.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant and expressive nose to the aromas of black fruits, spices, vegetable, empyreumatic and mineral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 17°C et 19° open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Grilled fungi porcini
    Roasted lamb with black olive
    Aged goat cheese
    Chocolate and cherry cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine de la Garenne is Balincourt Family’s property since 1886. It’s located only 5 kms away from the Sea. The Family was knighted 1556 wich explain why you’ll see a blazon on the label. Nowadays, Béatrix de Balincourt in in charge. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Only on southern slopes, vines in Bandol are permanently exposed to sunlight. At the bottom of the hills, the Mediterranean Sea is a great temperature moderator. The soil is very poor in nutrients and water, which stimulates the vine stocks to grow deep roots and therefore not to focus too much on grapes. Thanks to that, winegrowers can harvest small but powerful grape berries that give great wines.  

     

     

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    Domaine de la Garenne shows what a typical, seriously elaborated Bandol is supposed to be.

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  16. Château du Pouey 2017, Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh sec

    Château du Pouey 2017, Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh sec

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is exceptional and its appellation is rare. Its originality comes from its terroir : this appellation shares the hills of the appellation of Madiran and the grapes of Jurançon. This wine is really delicious with freshness and suave aromas of apricots and honey. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Gros Manseng is the dominant grape in this wine. On this specific soil it gives aromas of yellow fruits to this cuvee such as apricot or pear. The presence of Petit Manseng provides aromas of citrus which give freshness to the wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A golden robe with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant nose to the aromas of pear, apricot, acacia and honey.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between9°C et 11° open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Apricot gingerbread with foie gras slices
    Bass in fennel
    Ossau-iraty cheese
    Canelés

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Bastien Lannusse is the new the winemaker of Château du Pouey. He chose to lean toward a more organic viticulture in order to have a winery that sticks to his values. He claims to have vineyards of quality which were awarded with its first wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     This cuvee comes from vineyards planted on a soil composed of clay and limestone. This type of soil gives to wines a lot of freshness and powerful aromas. Located on gentle slopes, the exposure of the vineyards to the sun is quite exceptional and is responsible for the well development of the grapes.  

     

     

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    Its originality comes from its terroir : this appellation shares the hills of the appellation of Madiran and the grapes of Jurançon.

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  17. Le Rosé 2018, Mas Neuf, Pays d’Oc

    Le Rosé 2018, Mas Neuf, Pays d’Oc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Edelzwicker is a typical wine from Alsace in eastern France. This wine is unique as it is the only kind of wine from Alsace that blends several grape varieties. The grapes selected so as to elaborate those wines are not the richest ones, but the fact that several varieties are blended gives complexity often carried out by the freshness of young vines, which gives a particularly refreshing and balanced wine. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Edelzwicker is a noble blend. Indeed, « wicker » means blend in old Alsace’s patois, and “edel” means noble. This particular batch is made of pinot blanc, sylvaner and chasselas. The two first ones bring acidity and aromas of flower, peach, apple and citrus. Chasselas gives more specific aromas of mint and may tree.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A straw yellow robe with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant nose to the aromas of pome fruits and floral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between9°C et 11° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Fish paté
    Chicken breast with coriander
    Cathelain cheese
    Apple pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    After World War II, wine merchants in Alsace (which was briefly part of Germany during the war) ware disorganised. Therefore, winemakers in Hunawhir were not able to sell their wine so they took action and created their own “coopérative” (an association of winemakers) to deal with this problem. Nowadays, Cave d’Hunawhir is ranked best “coopérative” in Alsace by Revue des Vins de France, the main wine magazine in France./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Vosges Mountains protect Alsace’s vineyards from strong winds as its continental climate (very cold during the winter, very hot during summer, but with cold nights) stimulates very efficiently vine stocks. It ensure a slow but regular ripening of grapes which is particularly appreciable for white grapes often less resistant than red grapes. That’s why 90% of the wine made in Alsace is white.  

     

     

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    This wine is unique as it is the only kind of wine from Alsace that blends several grape varieties.

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  18. Les Charmes de Liversan 2015, Château de Liversan, Haut Médoc

    Les Charmes de Liversan 2015, Château de Liversan, Haut Médoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Second wines from Bordeaux renowned Chateaux are often an opportunity to feel the same king of sensation but for a far more affordable price ! However, the vines and therefore the grapes take advantage from the same skills and the terroir are often quite similar, which allow sometimes the second wine to be more looked for than the chateaux. Liversan is a good example of that : its second wine really is not so different from the Chateau itself. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Cabernet sauvignon is known to be the main variety of all the grand crus Classé in Médoc. It’s a variety that need heat as it ripen relatively slowly, especially in a rainy region like Bordeaux. But this variety has a great advantage : it gives an outstanding tannic structureto wines which allow the best ones to age for decades.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A grenat robe with viscous tears and marked intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth with soft tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 168°C et 18° an hour before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Beef stew
    Grilled mushrooms
    Salers
    Chocolate fondant

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Ranked Cru Bourgeois in 1932, this Estate was the property of Marquis de Latresne in the 18th Century and then of the Prince de Polignac before being taken over by the Lapalu Family, renowned family of winemakers in Bordeaux. In 2017, it was acquired by Antoine Moueix Propriétés, a rising star of Bordeaux making high quality wines on both banks./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Haut-Médoc is on Bordeaux left bank and is known for its famous villages as Margaux or Pauillac. This appellation only produces red wines on pebbles called graves that thanks to the warmth they keep from daylight help the grapes to ripen and grow strong yet silky tannins.  

     

     

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  19. Nessun Dorma 2014, Domaine Maby, Lirac

    Nessun Dorma 2014, Domaine Maby, Lirac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Richard Maby is a talented winemaker renowned for his white and red wines from Lirac and his rosés of Tavel. I really like his author's wines and Nessun Dorma is a real jewel! Its deep garnet robe reveals a powerful nose from which emanate delicious ripe cherries, enhanced by a woody and an animal leathery touch ... An intense experience ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Malbec, the most famous grape variety of the region, blooms on the gravelly and sandy soils of the Southwest. It as well likes large temperature gaps between day and night, a phenomenon that it also found in the Andes in Argentina where it became the main black grape variety. Blended with other grape varieties, it brings to the wine its structure, its complexity, and a ripe fruitiness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of red and black fruits, spices, woody and animal.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Heavily alcoholic pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Lamb pastilla
    Beef stew
    Salers
    Chocolate rolls with raspberry coulis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Richard is the fourth generation of Maby in Lirac and Tavel. After studying political sciences, he was finally reached the family’s passion and took over the Maby vineyard. Richard changes traditional methods : he created a parcel mapping of the vineyard to better express the peculiarities of the soil and converted the vineyard to sustainable agriculture. Maybe thanks to his passion for music, he cultivates and vinifies wines like a conductor, with passion and emotion./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyards of Lirac grow on the same rolled pebbled stones as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the prestigious neighboring appellation. These large clear pebbles reflect the sun on the berries, keep the heat and warms the air around the grapes. The harvest revealed grapes with great maturity, grown to give birth to powerful and elegant wines.  

     

     

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    Its deep garnet robe reveals a powerful nose from which emanate delicious ripe cherries, enhanced by a woody and an animal leathery touch.

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  20. Les Secrets de la Licorne 2017, Domaine de Brunely, Vacqueyras

    Les Secrets de la Licorne 2017, Domaine de Brunely, Vacqueyras

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Located on the astonishing Dentelles de Montmirail, Vacqueyras is not the most famous appellation in the Southern Rhone valley but it is known in the region as the appellation that defines the style of what should à Southern Rhone wine taste like. Secrets de la Licorne complies with that rule with its strong tannins, its full body and its long finish.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache gives deep fruity wines with a dark colour. It’s often blended with Syrah to give freshness and flowery flavours and sometimes with Mourvedre as in this cuvee where it brings tannins and peppery aromas.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A grenat robe with viscous tears and marked intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant and expressive nose to the aromas of black fruits and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth with delicate tanins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 16°C et 18° open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tomato pie
    Tajine
    Brousse
    Tiramisu

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Brunely’s story started in Sarrians, one of the village part of the Vacqueyras appellation. The winery built it expertise on this appellation before expanding on almost all the appellations in Southern Rhone valley. The unicorn (Licorne in French) you’ll see on the label was a sculpture given by the pope Martin the 5th to Mr Pellegirin de Brunnelis who fought to defend the Pope’s land in Central Italy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     This 1441 hectares wide terroir is cut in many parcels of small sizes which make the work of winemakers very demanding. The appellation benefits from a good sunshine and regular winds which give fresh and harmonious wines with more finesse than the neighbouring appellations.  

     

     

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    Secrets de la Licorne complies with that rule with its strong tannins, its full body and its long finish.

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