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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of strawberries and ginger.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapas
    Blood sausage
    Banon cheese
    Strawberries

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £11.75 Public price £9.98 Subscribers' price

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Dry and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £21.51 Public price £18.28 Subscribers' price

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish gold dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Stuffed clams
    Fish&Chips
    Fresh goat cheese
    Lemon cheesecake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2017 / bouteille

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

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

    £9.16 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

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  4. Être et Renaître 2014, AOP Corbières-Boutenac

    Être et Renaître 2014, AOP Corbières-Boutenac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The nose is remarkably delicate, with notes of candied fruits and black berries, and a hint of smoke. On the mouth, the tannins are soft. The wine gives off a remarkable balance between power and freshness. This vintage of Etre et Renaître shows the inestimable potential of Carignan, a variety that used to be despised, especially when it comes from old vines. 

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    Grape variety

    Carignan, which is the main variety in this blend, was long considered as a low-quality grape only used to make huge quantity of light wine. However, when the vines are in their fifties and later, yield decreases and the wines become a lot more intense and complex. Add the tannin and peppery aromas of Syrah and the softness of Grenache, and you get this great wine !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between16°C et 18° open just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Deer terrine
    Lamb tajine with vegetables
    Chocolate pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    At the 1st Century, Roman soldiers were already growing grapes and making wine in Corbières. However, it was only in 1985 that Corbières was recognized by the National Institute of Appellations of Origin (INAO). Etre et Renaitre is the fruit of the collaboration between two winemakers who grow different grapes and put their harvest together to make a well balanced wine. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     As Languedoc’s reputation is growing, the winegrowers started a process of hierarchisation of the vineyards. That’s how the Corbières-Boutenac appe- llation was created : to distinguish one of the best terroirs of the larger Corbières appellation. Indeed, grapes harvested on this specific terroir of Boutenac give deeper and more complex wines than elsewhere in the area.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2017 / bouteille

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

    The wine gives off a remarkable balance between power and freshness.

    £14.80 Public price £12.58 Subscribers' price

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape Varienty

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Luminous garnet colour with violet reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Green olives tapenade 
    Roasted herb chicken

    Mont d'Or Cheese

    Sugar Crepes

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, octobre. 2013 / bottles

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

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

    £22.40 Public price £19.00 Subscribers' price

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

    Barbera d'Alba 2012, Giacomo Fenocchio, Italia

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe is opaque with purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Coppa
    Risotto

    Brie cheese

    Dark chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £13.60 Public price £11.50 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  7. L'été Gascon, 2013, Domaine de Pellehaut, Côtes de Gascogne

    L'été Gascon, 2013, Domaine de Pellehaut, Côtes de Gascogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    We already offered a wine from the Pellehaut estate a few months ago. We got many enthusiastic feedbacks, so I decided to select another wine from the same winemaker. Once again, it is a white wine, but a sweet wine this time. Balanced, and surprisingly light, which is rarely the case with sweet wine, this wine is one of my favourites of the moment and this is a very good value for money!  

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    Grape variety

    We have not had many opportunities to discover Gros Manseng with My Vitibox! This grape grows in the south west of France and is widely used in production of sweet wines. You will recognize it by its aromas of apricot and quince among others. It is less rich and less refined than its cousin, Petit Manseng. However it gives rise to wines that I find very enjoyable.

    Oeil

     Oeil

     The robe reminds of a Golden Supreme apple with sunny sparkle..

     

    Nez

     Nose

    The nose reveals citrus fruits (lime).

    Bouche

     Bouche

    The mouths reminds of an exotic fruits cocktail (mango, passion fruit, lychee).

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 8 and 10°C; open just before serving. to taste now or until 2019

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Grilled foie gras
    Dublin bay prawns
    Blue cheese
    Cinnamon baked apples

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family

    A long time ago, many farms in the south west of France were making their own wine. Most of them gave up farming to only focus on wine, and Pellehaut is one of the rare estate still mixing farming and winemaking. It’s a very precious resource for the culture: the cows are fed the cereals and then produce the best natural fertiliser.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located on the same hill as the Chateau Pellehaut, turned toward the south, the vineyard benefits from a very good exposure to the sunshine. This terroir gives very mature grapes, with a lot of sugar, and a low acidity. This is how the winemaker can make wines so soft. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2014 / bouteille

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

    Balanced, and surprisingly light, which is rarely the case with sweet wine, this wine is one of my favourites of the moment and this is a very good value for money!

    £9.03 Public price £7.68 Subscribers' price

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  8. La Brossette 2012, Domaine de la Brossette, Touraine

    La Brossette 2012, Domaine de la Brossette, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I found this organic wine really well made. I enjoyed its flavours of red berries and cherry blossom. We feel the talent when we feel the silky texture that only the best winemakers of Touraine achieve to get in their wines. There is also a little bit of bitterness in the finish, which shows the organic side of the wine. I suggest youpair it with a vanilla panna cotta with raspberry sauce.  

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    Grape variety

    This cuvee is a blend of gamay and cabernet franc. It is a pretty common blend in the Loire Valley. Gamay comes from Beaujolais where it is still the main variety. And gamay is not any grape variety. Indeed, it has a rare specificity that is that its skin is black but its juice is white.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Ruby colour with purple reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Flavours of red berries (strawberry, raspberry) and flowers (cherry blossom).

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Juicy aromas of red berries.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 12°C and 14°C.  Open just before serving. until 2017.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    A dry sausage
    Roasted ham
    Saint Marcellin cheese
    Vanilla panna cotta with raspberry sauce

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In 2010, Marie and Thierry Delaunay, owner of the Domaine Delaunay, chose to buy three hectares of organic vines to their Japanese neighbour. As the estate was named after the Japanese winemaker, they had to change the name. It occurs that the estate was along the Rue de La Brosse, hence the name brossette that means hedgehog in casual French.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     With 4000 hectares, Touraine is one of the biggest appellations in the Loire Valley, and the estates there are usually pretty big. It is not the case of Domaine de La Brossette since it only covers three hectares, but located in the area known to give the best wines. The soil is a mix of sand and clay and the surface is covered with pebbles. This kind of soil guarantees to wine to remain healthy, therefore helping to make organic wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2015 / bouteille

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

    There is also a little bit of bitterness in the finish, which shows the organic side of the wine.

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful raspberry dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Sensitive nose to the aromas of raspberries and cinnamon.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, december. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price

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

    Negrel 2010, Mas Cadenet, Saint Victoire, Provence

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Lamb chops
    Tagine
    Banon cheese
    Candied fruits

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £23.86 Public price £20.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish gold dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Taramasalata
    Grilled white fish
    Goat cheese
    Lemon pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2017 / bouteille

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

    In the mouth, the silky texture is an enchantment.

    £8.23 Public price £7.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  12. Eperon d'Argent 2016, J. Lebègue, AOC Graves

    Eperon d'Argent 2016, J. Lebègue, AOC Graves

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine reminds of a fruit basket filled with fresh and crunchy fruits ! The nose displays various elegant flavours of pear, banana, apple and blackberry. On the palate, we may agree that the smooth start gives charm. This delicious “Graves” manages to combine the subtly flavoured treats of fruits and a gentle texture. The perfect dry white Bordeaux ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The perfect match ! In the mouth, sauvignon brings expressive aromas marked by notes of white fruits and flowers. Semillon is not that aromatic, but it brings the structure and a buttery touch as well as a hint of sugar.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish yellow dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Lively mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 8°C et 9° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Avocado and shrimps
    Cold Pollock served with “aioli”
    Fresh goat cheese
    Fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    J.Lebègue is an historic winery founded in 1828 by Jules Lebègue at Cantenac, a small village located on the left side of the Gironde, next to Margaux. The company manages to combine the “basics” with innovations. Indeed, the firm has recently distinguished itself by launching the first Bordeaux fully fermented in oak barrels as they do in Burgundy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     As its name tells, the soil of the “Graves” is made of gravels, pebbles (called graves in French) and stones. These “graves” reflect solar radiations and gradually redistribute the heat on the bunches contributing to a better grape ripeness. For white wines, it explains why Graves have such a smooth texture. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, september. 2017 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, we may agree that the smooth start gives charm.

    £10.80 Public price £9.18 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  13. Ogier, Dentellis 2015, Gigondas

    Ogier, Dentellis 2015, Gigondas

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Located in the heart of the mountains of Montmirail, this vintage refinement honours the great red wines from the southern part of the Rhone Valley. The nose is subtle and generous : a delicious blend of candied fruits and thyme. A Gigondas full of sun, balanced, with this aromatic power found in all the good wines of the region. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache noir, the famous grape of the southern Rhône Valley, expresses its full potential on the land of Gigondas. Indeed, limiting sunshine in the morning, the mountains of Montmirail allow a good ripening of berries which need time to express themselves better. It dominates the blend and brings to the wines the tannins, the body and a nice ageing potential.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A cherry dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Mushroom cheese pie
    Leg of lamb with olives
    Bleu d’Auvergne
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    In the heart of the most mythical appellation of the Southern Rhône Valley, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Maison Ogier has been shining for more than 155 years, elaborating exceptional wines with grapes from the best terroirs. Thus, each of the cuvées is enhanced by a meticulous ageing of wine that expresses all the purity of the fruit and the richness of the terroir./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyard of Gigondas is an extremely diverse terroir made of pebbles, clay, safres and limestone marls. The Dentellis cuvée takes its power and complexity from this exceptional soil. Ogier made there a fine wine with aromas of red fruits and menthol notes, full-bodied on the palate with a silky texture.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2018 / bouteille

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

    The nose is subtle and generous : a delicious blend of candied fruits and thyme.

    £19.23 Public price £18.56 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  14. San de Guilhem, Kaleidoscope 2016, Osmin, Comte Tolosan

    San de Guilhem, Kaleidoscope 2016, Osmin, Comte Tolosan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    If you want to surprise your friends, throw a tasting around Kaleidoscope ! This previously unseen blend of four grape varieties from both Alsace and Rhône Valley but planted in the Southwest offers delicious aromas of rose, peach, eucalyptus and honey. On the palate, Kaleidoscope is enchanting : complex and fresh, this cuvée is a real jewel, unique of its kind ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    An incredible blend ! The oenologist Damiens Sartori wanted something unique in the world. He chose varieties from Moselle, Rhône Valley and Mediterranean coast. They took up the challenge of finding the balance between these grape varieties of different but very complementary characteristics.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful greenish gold dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of pastries, vegetal, floral and white fruit.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, Kaleidoscope is enchanting : complex and fresh

    Verre

     Service

    Service between9°C et 11° open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Smoked salmon toast with roasted pears
    Bass in Fennel
    Tome de Brebis
    Peach in Sabayon and Accacia honey

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Lionel Osmin was born in the Southwest region and created his winery in 2010, Lionel Osmin & Cie, to share the amazing potential of his region’s vineyards. From Jurançon to Cahors, from Gaillac to Bergerac and Marcillac, Damiens Sartori, oenologist star of the Osmin winery wants to make you discover the grape varieties and the terroirs of this region. Originality and conviviality, are the most important values of the "Osmin spirit"./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines grow on hillsides made of clay and limestone. The loamy soil brought to the vineyard all the nutrients needed for its development, and kept the freshness to return it to the vine when the temperatures got warmer during summer. The combination of these characteristics allows a slow maturation and a perfect extraction of the aromas.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2018 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, Kaleidoscope is enchanting : complex and fresh, this cuvée is a real jewel, unique of its kind !

    £11.23 Public price £9.55 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

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

    Feuille

     Grape variety

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

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

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Steak tartare
    Pot-roasted guinea fowl with young vegetables 

    saint marcellin
    Cherry cake

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

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

     Terroir

    The terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2013 / bottle

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

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

    £18.20 Public price £15.50 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  16. Cuvée Première Vendange 2012, Domaine de la Charmoise, Touraine

    Cuvée Première Vendange 2012, Domaine de la Charmoise, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Carmine colour with violet reflections. Wine disk is thin.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Platter of charcutetie
    Chipolata with young vegetables

    Valençay cheese

    Pears poached in red wine

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, décembre. 2013 / bouteille

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

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

    £14.10 Public price £12.00 Subscribers' price

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  17. Pinot noir 2012, Dominique Laurent, Bourgogne

    Pinot noir 2012, Dominique Laurent, Bourgogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Eyel

     Nice light ruby red robe, bright and clear.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Wild nose full of blackcurrant and wild strawberry aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Chicken salad
    White pudding

    Goat cheese

    Wild strawberries

     

     Anecdote

    &A wine, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, May 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £20.00 Public price £17.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Château Grand Lartigue 2009, Grand Cru, Saint Emilion

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Intense purple colour showing the aging potential..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The texture is silky with tastes of liquorice and pepper.

    Verre

    Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Duck confit salad
    Stuffed quails
    Coulommiers cheese
    Chocolate cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £22.68 Public price £19.28 Subscribers' price

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  19. Fortant 2014, IGP Pays d'OC

    Fortant 2014, IGP Pays d'OC

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Summer is definitely the best time of the year to present you a nice rosé. This one will bring you straight to the south of France ! Maybe you are sometime not very careful when tasting a rosé. Yet, rosé can be as interesting as white or red wines. In this one, you will find aromas of peony and strawberry and flavours of red currant ;-) 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache is one of the main varieties around the Mediterranean Sea. It gives dry red and rosé wines. It is notably known to be the mostly grown variety in Spain. Therefore, it is no surprise to find it in Languedoc-Roussillon, so close to Spain. It gives dry rosés with complex aromas of fruits and flowers. Be careful: do not confuse grenache with white grenache, which is another variety!

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Pale and crystal clear pink colour in tears smooth..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Moderated nose in the floral and fruity aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well-balanced and alkaline mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 9°C et 11°C.  Open just before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tapenade
    Sauteed vegtables
    Corsica cheese
    Clementines

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The Skallis were originally a family of winemakers in Algeria in the 1920’s. In 1974, kicked out from Algeria, Robert Skalli settled in Sète and turned winemaking facilities built to age wines from Algeria in a winery for Languedoc wines. A few years later, Fortant was born.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Fortant’s rosé is elaborated with grapes harvested around the peninsula of Sète on the Mediterranean coast. The sunny weather in the area is perfectly adapted to the vine’s needs. The winds coming from the sea keep the vines fresh and healthy. The grapes from this area tend to give fresh and aromatic wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2015 / bouteille

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

    Summer is definitely the best time of the year to present you a nice rosé.

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with a streaming drop..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Blood sausages
    Roasted partridge
    Saint-Marcellin Cheese
    Red berry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £22.22 Public price £18.88 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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