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  1. Léa, 2008, Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence

    Léa, 2008, 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.

    £71.50 Public price £60.78 Subscribers' price

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  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. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £34.54 Public price £29.36 Subscribers' price

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  3. Rosso 2011

    Rosso 2011

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

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

    Feuille

     Grape variety

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Dark purple colour with violet reflections and coloured tears..

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Toast points with Black Olive Tapenade & Red Pepper

    Roast chicken

    Fresh cheese with wild blueberry jam

    Blueberry and cassis muffin

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

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

     Terroir

    The terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September 2013 / bouteille

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

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

    £49.50 Public price £42.00 Subscribers' price

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  4. Côte de Nuits-Villages 2014

    Côte de Nuits-Villages 2014

    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. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2015 / bouteille

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

    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.

    £71.59 Public price £60.85 Subscribers' price

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  5. Beaujolais Villages 2014

    Beaujolais Villages 2014

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I chose for you this nice Beaujolais Village by Château de l’Eclair, a winery I especially appreciate as I used to teach there wine tasting to tourists from all over the world ! This wine is a good example of the best Beaujolais can give when it comes to produce simple yet quality wines. I suggest you enjoy this wine before dinner paired with a nice charcuterie board. Will you be able to feel the carbonic maceration ? 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This variety is often called “gamay noir à jus blanc” which means “black gamay with white juice”. The reason is that this variety is special: it has a very dark skin and a very white flesh. 98% of Beaujolais’ vines are gamay. Therefore, Beaujolais alone produces the two third of gamay grown worldwide. Gamay gives to the wine fresh fruity aromas with sometimes a hint of spice.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Attractive ruby dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose and pleasing the aromas of red berries..

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and light mouth in the fine tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 13°C and 14°C.  Open just before serving. Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Charcuterie board
    Veal Milanese
    Pont-l’Evêque cheese
    Strawberry Charlotte

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    “L’éclair” refers to a device that allows winemakers to easily spray natural fertilisers on the vines. It was invented by Victor Vermorel, a French eccentric politician and inventor. Vermorel bought Château Convert in 1871 from a rich family from Lyon and gave it the name of his invention.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Beaujolais is divided between two kinds of soils: granite in the north and schist in the south. The best wines are elaborated on granitic soils, like the ones on which Château de l’Eclair’s vines are planted. Granite is known to give refinement and freshness to the wines as it stores water deeply and slowly waters the roots one drop after another while providing soft warmth to the grapes. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2015 / bouteille

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

    This wine is a good example of the best Beaujolais can give when it comes to produce simple yet quality wines.

    £27.46 Public price £23.34 Subscribers' price

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  6. Les Marnes 2013, Sancerre

    Les Marnes 2013, 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. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2015 / bouteille

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

    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!

    £61.00 Public price £51.85 Subscribers' price

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  7. Eole Rouge 2011, Vallée du Rhône

    Eole Rouge 2011, 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!

    £27.40 Public price £23.40 Subscribers' price

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  8. Le Prestige, Bergerac

    Le Prestige, Bergerac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish gold dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Pleasant nose to the aromas of citrus.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with smooth tear.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Oysters
    Smoked salmon
    Tomme cheese
    Orange salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £34.54 Public price £29.36 Subscribers' price

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  9. Morgon 2014

    Morgon 2014

    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. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £31.00 Public price £26.35 Subscribers' price

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  10. Sans plus attendre 2011, AOC Côtes du Rousillon, Villages Caramany

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

    Sommelier

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    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. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £57.46 Public price £48.84 Subscribers' price

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  11. Gruenspiel 2011, Gewürztraminer

    Gruenspiel 2011, Gewürztraminer

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    For Christmas, I chose this delicious cuvee from Domaine François Schwach & Fils. This wine is according to me a good example of the best Alsace has to offer. Only that region is able to elaborate wines that blend so well elegance and sweetness. This wine is amazing to see, to smell and to taste and will perfectly pair with foie gras. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Gewürztraminer is one of the most common varieties in Alsace and can be recognized even in the vines thanks to the light pink colour of its small berries. Its smell is very typical as well: it exhales delicious odours of exotic fruits and on the palate it is recognizable thanks to its creamy texture balanced by a lot of freshness. Good to know: this variety is often harvested late in order to make amazing sweet wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish gold dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of floral and exotic fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with smooth tear.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 8°C et 10° Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pan seared foie gras
    Grilled salmon
    Munster cheese
    Kugelhopf

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine Schwach has grown slowly but surely. In 1950, François Schwach, a wine merchant passionate about viticulture, bought his first plots of vines and spent 10 years working on them before selling the first bottles. In 1975, Philippe took over and extended the vineyard by buying more plots, acre after acre. Still today, Sébastien, Philippe’s son, deeply thinks about each decision and never drifts away from the culture of excellence that prevails in the family.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Hidden behind the Vosges Mountains, Alsace is protected from the influences of the ocean. It therefore enjoys a continental climate with very cold winters and very warm summers. A consequence of this is that grapes keep a lot of freshness until late and then ripen very fast during summer. That’s why even dry wines from Alsace seem a little sweet on the palate. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, december. 2015 / bouteille

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

    This wine is amazing to see, to smell and to taste and will perfectly pair with foie gras.

    £35.95 Public price £30.56 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  12. Les Sires de La Tour Carnet 2008

    Les Sires de La Tour Carnet 2008

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

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

    Feuille

     Grape variety

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

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

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Salmon tartare
    Turbot fillet with merlot sauce 

    Livarot 
    Black chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

     The winemakers

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

     Terroir

    The terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, Septembre. 2013 / bottle

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

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

    £21.20 Public price £18.02 Subscribers' price

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  13. 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. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, January 2014 / bouteille

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

    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.

    £77.70 Public price £66.00 Subscribers' price

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  14. Chinon Rouge 2013, Vallée de la Loire

    Chinon Rouge 2013, Vallée de la Loire

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « Over the last few months, with the team, we tasted several cuvees from Chinon, produced with Cabernet Franc, but we didn’t find any that we really enjoyed, except this one! The Manzagol family is very passionate about grapevines and earth, and that is why it decided to cultivate its grapevines using organic techniques. In this cuvee, the winemaker succeeded in softening tannins of the Cabernet Franc, that can sometimes be too bitter. Don’t hesitate to let us know what you think about this cuvee! »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine was produced from 100% Cabernet Franc. This grape variety usually produces wines with plant aromas, and especially green pepper. We find Cabernet Franc on half of the cultivated areas in Aquitaine and in the Loire Valley.

    Oeil

     Eye

     Garnet robe with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nez

    Nose of carbonic maceration, with red fruits hints.

    Bouche

     Mouth

    Round, fresh and fruity, with green pepper hints.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : open just before serving (wine produced with organic techniques, to drink within 24h maximum after opening)

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Chicken livers salad
    Rare beef

    Camembert

    Cherries

     

     Anecdote

     A wine, a family

    As often in the wine industry, the de la Noblaie domain is a family-owned business. Indeed, the Manzagol family owns the domain for three generations now. This domain is located in the “Vau Breton” hamlet, which means “the region of Cabernet Franc” in the Rabelais’ language.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Grapevines of this cuvee are planted on clay-limestone soils. This is a well-balanced soil combining clay and its freshness to the filtering ability of limestone. Wines produced on this kind of soil are sophisticated. Enjoy the fruit aromas and the delicacy of this powerful cuvee. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July 2014 / bouteille

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

    Over the last few months, with the team, we tasted several cuvees from Chinon, produced with Cabernet Franc, but we didn’t find any that we really enjoyed, except this one!

    £45.10 Public price £38.40 Subscribers' price

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  15. Passions 2008, A.O.C Côtes du Roussillon, Villages

    Passions 2008, A.O.C Côtes du Roussillon, Villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Ruby deep colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Powerful in the aromas of red berries and vegetable.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with fine tannins and silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Steak Tartare
    Lamb sweetbreads
    Saint Nectaire
    Roasted Figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £64.54 Public price £54.85 Subscribers' price

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  16. Pineau d’Aunis 2015, Touraine

    Pineau d’Aunis 2015, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull dress salmon in the fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of pastry and flower.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £29.23 Public price £24.85 Subscribers' price

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  17. Languedoc 2015, Languedoc

    Languedoc 2015, 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

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

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

    £39.82 Public price £33.85 Subscribers' price

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  18. L’Absolu de Gravas 2014, Graves

    L’Absolu de Gravas 2014, Graves

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Graves is known as one of the best terroirs for white in Bordeaux. As soon as you dip your lips, you can feel all the minerality expected but also all the freshness brought by Sauvignon's citrus aromas. The texture is a bit silky : this wine is flattering on the palate. It will perfectly pair with shellfish ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Semillon is the king variety of Sauternes and Barsac for the production of sweet wines. It is also found in the production of dry white wines blended with its traditional partner : Sauvignon. While Semillon gives golden and fleshy wines, Sauvignon gives birth to deeply fresh and mineral wines, hence balancing Semillon’s generosity.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful golden dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Lively and iodized mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Seafood platter
    Salmon pie
    Emmental
    Apricot pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The building was built in 1850 and now the 6th generation is in charge. From its past, the castle has preserved a magnificent stone press from the 1900s. If it is no longer used for production, it symbolizes for the winegrowers of the domain the mark of their savoir faire./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château Gravas, is located just next to the prestigious village of Barsac, part of an exceptional terroir. Its cracked limestone soil allows a deep penetration of the roots, feeding the vine all the elements necessary for its good development. And a well-fed vineyard is a vine that gives good grapes ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2017 / bouteille

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

    As soon as you dip your lips, you can feel all the minerality expected but also all the freshness brought by Sauvignon's citrus aromas.

    £31.00 Public price £26.35 Subscribers' price

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  19. Trio Tempo 2016, IGP Comté Tolosan

    Trio Tempo 2016, IGP Comté Tolosan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I am a huge lover of Gros Manseng. This grape variety, mainly grown in the South-West, creates fruity wines, gathering both sweet and exotic aromas, with freshness that balances the wine and makes the third glass as enjoyable as the first one... It allows sweet and sour pairings which are very interesting, and I really like opening a bottle with friends with a good goat cheese served with honey or jam. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Gros Manseng is a typical Southwestern grape variety. It can be at the origin of sweet or dry wines. On a dry wine like Trio Tempo, it offers an impression of sweetness subtler than with a sweet wine, on a fresh frame and with hint of acidity which creates the balance. A fruity and fresh experience !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A straw yellow dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of exotic fruits, candied fruits and white fruits.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between9°C et 10° open just before serving. until 2029.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Salad with salmon, mango and avocado
    Pineapple chicken crumble
    Goat cheese
    Cottage cheese and mango coulis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Lionel Osmin and Damiens Sartori are two friends in love with the South-West : they established their winery to share their common passion while modernizing the image of South-West wines thanks to an irreproachable selection of plots and modern winemaking techniques. They offer an original and personal interpretation of the French southwestern appellations. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located right in the heart of Gascony, the vineyard benefits from an oceanic climate. Thanks to the proximity of the Pyrenees Mountains, the wide temperature gap between day and at night is ideal to ripen the grapes while protecting their aromas. Indeed, the production of sugars is stimulated during the hot period of the day and the natural acidity is increased during the night.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2018 / bouteille

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

    This grape variety, mainly grown in the South-West, creates fruity wines, gathering both sweet and exotic aromas, with freshness that balances the wine and makes the third glass as enjoyable as the first one...

    £9.63 Public price £8.19 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. Trio Tempo, Malbec 2015, Osmin, Comté Tolosan

    Trio Tempo, Malbec 2015, Osmin, Comté Tolosan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This artist wine is a unique blend of three different Malbec plots located on three distinct terroirs. This wine is an alternative version of this magnificent Southwestern grape variety that is Malbec, known for its marked tannic structure and intensity but here more fruity than elsewhere. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Malbec, or "cot" in the Loire Valley, is the pride of the area! It flourishes on clay and limestone or clay and gravel soils. Its black, ripe berries (covered with a thin film) have a fleshy pulp and bring to the wine beautiful tannins, power, structure and a superb palette of aromas with spicy notes and ripe fruits.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between15°C et 17° open one hour before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Landaise salad
    Veal ribs with mushrooms
    Sheep cheese and black cherry jam
    Chocolate cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Lionel Osmin and Damiens Sartori are two friends in love with the South-West : they founded their winery to share their passion by modernizing the image of wines from the South-West thanks to an irreproachable selection of plots and modern winemaking techniques. They offer an original and personal interpretation of those appellations, by using both local grape varieties, and famous grape varieties from elsewhere. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The selected plots are located on the terraces bordering the Lot River and the Causses du Quercy, typical small hills from this area. The Causses have a limestone-rich and shallow soil, while the terroir along the Lot River is composed of clay, layers of sediment and shells that gives the vine the minerals, moisture and freshness necessary for its good development. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2018 / bouteille

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

    Southwestern grape variety that is Malbec, known for its marked tannic structure and intensity but here more fruity than elsewhere.

    £28.00 Public price £23.80 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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