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  1. Bellegrave du Poujeau, Haut-Médoc 2011

    Bellegrave du Poujeau, Haut-Médoc 2011

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Ruby deep colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open and pleasant nose in the aromas of red berries.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with fine tannins and a fluid texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £64.54 Public price £54.85 Subscribers' price

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  2. Le Prieuré 2015, Val de Loire

    Le Prieuré 2015, Val de Loire

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    love the freshness of Loire Valley’s chenins. With a fresh goat cheese, it is absolutely delightful. And this chenin from Domaine the Prieuré just confirms that these wines can be amazing. Its nose displays nice aromas of flowers and granny. On the palate, the balance is amazing. The wine is indeed more characterized by its liveliness but it’s perfectly balanced thanks to its remarkable fruity aromas. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Chenin is a variety that comes from Anjou and has spread all along the Loire River. It has long been harvested too early hence giving acidic wines, which explains why people are still suspicious today. However, thanks to all the improvements brought in the vines during the last decades, chenin can now give amazing white wines, whether those are dry, sparkling or sweet.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull greenish yellow dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of white flowers and green apple.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Bright mouth with a touch of acidity.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 9°C et 11° Open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sushi
    Grilled tuna
    Fresh goat cheese
    Lemon pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine du Prieuré was taken over in 2012 by two oenologists, Dominique Sirot and Alexis Soulas, who felt in love with the Layon River. They left Corsica, where they used to work in large wine estates for several years, in order to settle in Anjou with their families. Nowadays, they cultivate their 21 hectares with passion and they show a lot of ambition. Everything seems to be working as everyone already talks about them in the region./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines are located on hillsides along the Layon River. They are planted on a schist soil. This kind of stone that looks a bit like a millefeuille allows the roots to go very far down the ground, up to eight meters deep ! Therefore, vines can get all the nutrients brought to the soil by the river : an ideal position to give complex and fresh wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2016 / bouteille

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

    Its nose displays nice aromas of flowers and granny.

    £29.24 Public price £24.85 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  3. Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2012, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune

    Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2012, Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and floral nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and semi-sweet mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken salad
    Turkey breast
    Soumaintrain cheese
    Raspberry tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £71.24 Public price £60.55 Subscribers' price

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  4. Cuvée Panama, Languedoc

    Cuvée Panama, Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A shiny and purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and full-bodied wine.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2017 / bouteille

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

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

    £78.65 Public price £66.85 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  5. Château Lieujean 2012, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

    Château Lieujean 2012, Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, we chose Chateau Lieujean, one of the best Cru Bourgeois in Médoc. It is deeply concentrated, with intense flavours of black berries, delicate woody aromas. Tannins are very present yet quite silky, and the length is long and juicy. A very complete and tasty Bordeaux.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    In Medoc, all wines are blends. And the two main varieties by far are Merlot and Cabernet-Sauvignon, the second one being almost all the time dominant. This blend gives intense wines with a good ageing potential, marked by aromas of black and red berries, and often completed by elegant flavours of leather or mushrooms if the wine already is a few years old.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A ruby robe with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    It is deeply concentrated, with intense flavours of black berries, delicate woody aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Tannins are very present yet quite silky, and the length is long and juicy.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Beef carpaccio with grated parmesan
    Roasted rabbit with plum sauce
    Laguiole
    Cherry cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Lieujean Family is acknowledged in Bordeaux as early as 1868. The Estate was already known back then to give wines with a strong personality. Since 2011, Chateau is ranked vintage after vintage in the Cru Bourgeois ranking that distinguished all the great wines in Bordeaux that were not ranked Grand Cru Classé in 1855. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in Saint-Sauveur, next to Pauillac, Lieujean is close to the Garonne River, which plays the role of a temperature regulator. The soil is made of graves, medium round pebbles typical from Bordeaux that keep the warmth of the sun during the day to give it back to grapes at night. That’s why the wine is so concentrated.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2019 / bouteille

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

    It is deeply concentrated, with intense flavours of black berries, delicate woody aromas.

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    £56.50 Public price £48.03 Subscribers' price

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  6. Cuvée Gourmande 2012, Touraine

    Cuvée Gourmande 2012, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « This month I would like you to discover the Domaine de la Charmoise. Its wines are outstanding in terms of price quality ratio. The Ma- rionnets, the owners of this winery, are passionate about their work and this is shown in what they produce! This Cuvee Gourmande will probably enhance the St Pierre that the Chef Philippe Vétélé proposes this month. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Carmine colour with violet reflections. Wine disk is thin.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Platter of charcutetie
    Chipolata with young vegetables

    Valençay cheese

    Pears poached in red wine

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

    The sauvignon has a strong presence in the Vallée de la Loire, and is highly demanded for its structure, its freshness and its wide range of aromas. Very sensible to diseases (especially powdery mildew), it harmed its culture for a long time. However, the progress of vine-growing permitted to develop its plantation since the 60’s.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, décembre. 2013 / bouteille

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

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

    £38.70 Public price £33.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  7. Cuvée réserve 2011, Bordeaux

    Cuvée réserve 2011, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    «This wine was produced with the three main grape varieties of the Bordeaux region: merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Enjoy the soft tannins of this cuvee coming from the cabernet franc; discover its woody aromas and its garnet robe with purple reflections. I advice you to pair this wine with a nice rare or medium rare rib steak. Enjoy!»

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The blend of these three grape varieties is common in the Bordeaux region. Merlot brings fruit hints and velvet feelings to the wine, while the cabernet sauvignon brings power and robustness. The cabernet franc, with fewer tannins, permits a faster aging and can be surprising with its vegetal aromas.

    Oeil

    Eye

     A deep garnet color with purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose with toast and woody aromas, charming.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Rich and complex mouth, round and winy.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 14 and 16°C. Open 1 hour before serving. To taste now or until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Sausage
    Rib steak

    Camenbert

    Peaches

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château Bastian is a property of 7 hectares on the left bank of the Garonne. Brigitte and Stéphane Savigneux take care of this domain since 1988 and are often rewarded for their hard work. Indeed, they received an award from the Hachette Vin guide in 2014.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The soil of this terroir is composed of sand and clay, with pebbles, stones and gravels. As the soil is poor, the vineyards need to go deep in the soils to find nutriments. Thanks to the pebbles, stones and gravels, the sun is reflected on the wine grapes that enables a better maturation of the grapes. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May 2014 / bouteille

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

    This wine was produced with the three main grape varieties of the Bordeaux region: merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Enjoy the soft tannins of this cuvee coming from the cabernet franc; discover its woody aromas and its garnet robe with purple reflections.

    £27.60 Public price £23.40 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  8. Légende d'Automne 2012, Bordeaux

    Légende d'Automne 2012, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    For this Vitibox dedicated to the wines of Bordeaux, I really felt like making you discover Château Haut-Meyreau. It is not located in one of Bordeaux top appellations, but the winemaker’s skills seem to be enough to build a reputation since the Château is out of stock six months a year. This wine is very elegant, with subtle aromas of flowers. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot and cabernet sauvignon work really well together! Merlot is the most common grape in the Bordeaux region, although this dominance is quite new. In the nineteenth century, it was the cabernet sauvignon that was the most cultivated variety. But after the second world war, the right bank of Bordeaux, where the merlot was dominant, got more and more successful, thanks to its prestigious appellations like Pomerol or Saint-Emilion. Merlot has less tannins than cabernet sauvignon, which makes it easier to enjoy young.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A light garnet red colour, with hints of blue and purple..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Fine aromas of flowers and leaves.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Mouth light and fruity, slightly spiced.

    Verre

    Service

    between 12° et 14°C  Drink as soon as the bottle is opened.Ready to drink from now and until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Veal carpaccio
    Yassa chicken
    Sheep’s cheese
    Red berries pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The wine estate is located in the “Entre-deux-Mers” area, in Dardenac, just outside of Saint-Emilion. Over the years, the estate grew by buying new parcels to its neighbours. From 5 hectares in 1802, it grew to 76 hectares today, which is quite impressive!

     Terroir

    Le terroir

     The Château Haut-Meyreau is located in Dardenac, ten kilometres from Saint-Emilion. The vineyard covers 76 hectares. The subsoil is made of clay and limestone. It is an excellent terroir as the clay keeps a lot of rainwater to moisten the vines all year long. It strikes a balance with the strong sun of Bordeaux, ideal to grow great merlot and cabernet-sauvignon. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2014 / bouteille

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

    This wine is very elegant, with subtle aromas of flowers.

    £37.54 Public price £31.90 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  9. Malbec du Clos 2012, Cahors

    Malbec du Clos 2012, Cahors

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet colour and mat in the thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Mouth balanced with melted and present tannins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    &A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £29.23 Public price £24.84 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  10. Artesis 2015, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Artesis 2015, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I am really glad to present you this wonderful batch by maison Ogier. In the glass, it displays a nice greenish yellow colour that you’ll be able to admire. Then, smell it and discover its wonderful flavours of granny smith. On the palate, it is lively and fresh and has a nice silky texture. And the green apple aromas are still there ! A perfect wine to pair with a sashimi platter. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    You might be surprised that so many varieties can be blended in a single wine. This bold blend of almost all the white varieties of southern Rhône Valley gives a lot of complexity. Grenache gives power, clairette freshness, bourboulenc flowery aromas, viognier minerality and marsanne and roussanne provide all their aromatic complexity.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish yellow dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of green apple and rose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a nice silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sashimi
    Baked sea bream
    Vacherin cheese
    Fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Ogier the Dane was among Charlemagne’s closest knights. After he had fought for years by his side, he decided to set up on the land granted by the Emperor of Western Europe which was to later become Châteauneuf-du-Pape. 1000 years later, his descendent Antoine Ogier founded a winery driven by his ancestor’s spirit of conquest./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     To elaborate Artesis, Ogier’s winemaking team goes each year around the Southern Rhône valley selecting grapes from the best terroirs. There are only just a few wineries that are able to gather grapes from so many different varieties and terroirs. That is why Artesis is one of the most complex white Côtes-du-Rhône you’ll be able to taste. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2016 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, it is lively and fresh and has a nice silky texture.

    £27.47 Public price £23.35 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  11. Bonificat 2001, Madiran

    Bonificat 2001, Madiran

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A Purplish red dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Grilled foie gras
    Beef tournedos
    Blue cheese
    Dark chocolate brownie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £82.18 Public price £69.85 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  12. Les Racines 2014, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

    Les Racines 2014, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sweet potatoes soufflé
    Roasted veal and grilled vegetables
    Rocamadour
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2017 / bouteille

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

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

    £35.59 Public price £30.25 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  13. Château Chapelle Labory 2015, Cuvée Parcellaire, Fronsac

    Château Chapelle Labory 2015, Cuvée Parcellaire, Fronsac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    At the nose, remarkable flavours of black and red berries. At the palate, you’ll be charmed by the wine’s density and its elegance. Tannins are silky, with a chocolate taste which is a signature taste of amazing warm vintages. Wines of the vintage 2015 have a very noticeable ageing potential in Bordeaux. This Fronsac can be appreciated right now or in the next two or three years. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The soil of Fronsac exalts Cabernet Franc, a grape variety that appreciates soils of clay and limestone! It is no coincidence if it is often grown in Libournais, the part of Bordeaux where Fronsac is. It is renowned for its aromatic sharpness, its spicy aromas and the ageing potential it provides to the wine. A subtle blend that celarly shows that even added in small quantity, some grapes can change a lot the wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° open one hour before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chorizo toast and pepper cream
    Flank steak with shallot sauce
    Chaource
    Basque cake with cherry

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Winemakers since 1628, the Trocard family perpetuates the know-how of Bordeaux by producing on 3 estates (Mancèdre, Laborde and Jeandeman) wines of high quality and elegance. The family watchword : respct. Respoct for the soils ; respect fo the wine and for the wine lovers by providing them the best quality and passing on the wine spirit to the following generations./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Bordered on the West by the Dordogne River and on the East by the Isle River, the appellation Fronsac gathers magnificent landscapes of plateaux and hillsides. Located just a few miles away from Saint-Émilion, its clay and limestone soil is complex and even have its own specific name : "the molasse of Fronsadais".  

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2018 / bouteille

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

    Tannins are silky, with a chocolate taste which is a signature taste of amazing warm vintages.

    £31.00 Public price £26.35 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  14. The Footbolt 2009, MCLaren Vale, Shiraz

    The Footbolt 2009, MCLaren Vale, Shiraz

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the winetaster

    This Australian wine is a superb discovery that I couldn’t wait to make you taste. The syrah is the most popular red grape variety in Australia. It is perfectly made by one of the most famous oenologist of the country. This well structured wine can be tasted from now, or you can lay it down for 5 years!

    Feuille

     Grape Variety

    Syrah, also called Shiraz in Australia, is the most popular grape variety of the McLaren Vale. Australia is also the second producer of Shiraz after France. However, the Australian shiraz, grows in a warmer climate with much higher temperatures resulting in a wine with very ripe fruit and lower acidity.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Intense garnet colour with bleu-purplish reflections and nice coloured streaks..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Pleasant and intense nose: you can detect notes of blackberry and strawberry

    Bouche

     Taste

    Structured and tannic taste. It is synonym of a good ageing potential!

    Verre

     Service

    To serve between 14°C and 15°C. Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2018.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Beef carpaccio with pesto
    Juicy barbecued steak 

    Maroilles cheese 
    Blackberry and strawberry fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

    Joseph Osborn founded the Aremberg winery in 1912. Nice fact: this wine inherited its name from Joseph’s favourite horse, Footbolt. Four generations later, Chester Osborn takes the leading of this winery that is now one of the most well-known in Australia. In particular, it was elected “vineyard of the year 2009” from Wine and Spirits Magazine USA. 

     Terroir

    The terroir

    The McLaren Vale is situated 25 miles south of Adelaide, capital city of the state of South Australia. The vineyards benefit from the Mediterranean-like climate conditions and the proximity to the coast assures warm winters. Water goes through the vine roots and influences the wine aromas.

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2013 / bouteille

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

    The syrah is the most popular red grape variety in Australia. It is perfectly made by one of the most famous oenologist of the country.

    £69.60 Public price £59.15 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  15. Côté Floral Blanc 2013, Languedoc Roussillon

    Côté Floral Blanc 2013, Languedoc Roussillon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « As its name indicates, this wine is like a bunch of flowers in a bottle. Shake carefully your glass and put your nose into it. Repeat the action several times; you will then be able to identify the multitude of flowers that compose this cuvee. The mouth is supple and fresh, and the aftertaste is long and flowered. Enjoy your wine! »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The combination of muscat with small white grains and viognier is surprising. The muscat with small grains is full of rosewood and litchi aromas. You can especially taste hints of fruits (orange) and flowers (jasmine, lemongrass and vervain). The corpulence of the viognier, fatter and creamier, hig hlights musk and spices aromas.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Nice white gold robe with gold reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A beautiful nose! Put your nose into the glass at least four times after having shaked it carefully and you will easily identify the different aromas that compose this cuvee.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The mouth is vivacious and fresh. You can notice that the flavours of the vigonier dominate.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 10 and 12°C. . Open just before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Asparagus Mousse
    Semi-cooked skipjack with Mediterranean cereals, French piperade, and urchin’s coral emulsion

    Goat Cheese and walnuts

    Fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Jean Marc and Eliane Lafage are the owners of this domain that is six generations old and spread over 160 hectares. They are totally dedicated to this family owned company. Over the years, the cuvees got several rewards: 10 gold medals at the Concours Général de Paris, a national record! Their children, Léa – 7 years old – and Nicolas – 8 years old – are already very interested in being part of this adventure. We wish them as much success as their parents!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Set in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the vineyards of the “Côté Floral” of the Domaine Lafage are cultivated on a clay-limestone subsoil. The clay brings freshness to the floor, a coolness that we also find in the wine, while its minerality comes from the lime stones. If you have the opportunity to go to the Domaine Lafage, you will probably notice the presence of tramontane, a wind from the North West, very strong in this region. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February 2014 / bouteille

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

    As its name indicates, this wine is like a bunch of flowers in a bottle.

    £28.50 Public price £24.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  16. Croix de Chabot 2011, Vallée du Rhône

    Croix de Chabot 2011, Vallée du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

     Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Eye

     Dark garnet robe with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Intense nose of pure Shiraz.

    Bouche

     Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Duck pâté 
    Chicken curry

    Langres

    Dark chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

     A wine, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, Juillet 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £68.50 Public price £58.20 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Château d'Eyran 2011, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

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

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Silky texture with a full-bodied structure.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Bayonne Ham
    Rare beef rib
    Saint Nectaire cheese
    Plum pudding

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £52.00 Public price £44.20 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  18. Pierre solaire 2013, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Pierre solaire 2013, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

     Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish gold dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open to the aromas of flowers and spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and mineral mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Pike quenelle
    Lake fish
    Pelardon cheese
    Poached peaches

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £30.28 Public price £25.74 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  19. Origami 2012, Bordeaux

    Origami 2012, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple and bright dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of spicy and tertiary.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £38.77 Public price £32.95 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. Château du Breuil 2012, Haut- Médoc

    Château du Breuil 2012, Haut- Médoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with purple hues..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A complex and spicy nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh sweet and tangy mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Paté
    Sirloin steak with shallot sauce
    Saint-Nectaire
    Fresh raspberries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £64.53 Public price £54.85 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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