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  1. Le Prieuré 2015, Domaine du Prieuré, Val de Loire

    Le Prieuré 2015, Domaine du Prieuré, 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.

    £9.75 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

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  2. Mas des Montagnes 2014, Maison Lorgeril, Languedoc

    Mas des Montagnes 2014, Maison Lorgeril, Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A tangy mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Veal Saltimbocca
    Bacon wrapped veal roast
    Saint-Marcellin
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £13.27 Public price £11.28 Subscribers' price

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  3. Eden 2010, Château L’Escart, Bordeaux Supérieur

    Eden 2010, Château L’Escart, Bordeaux Supérieur

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « I really liked the personality of the Château l’Escart’s wines, located on the way to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. You can notice it thanks to the numerous shells on the domain. The members of the Laurent’s family are biodynamic practitioners since 2005. The vintage 2010 of the cuvee Eden is one of the most “nature”. The mix of the aromas makes this wine unique and surprising. »

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    Grape Variety

    The merlot and cabernet grape varieties are traditionally associated to Bordeaux. The first one is appreciated for its suppleness while the second one is well-known for its tannic structure. The malbec, also called “côt”, brings out color and softness to the wine.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light garnet colour with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Fine and discrete, vegetal aromas with touches of pepper, delicately seasoned with aromas of spices and red fruits, such as blackcurrant.

    Bouche

    Taste

    Dynamic, with mint and liquorice touches.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 16°C and 18°C. . Open 1 hour minimum before serving. Keeping potential until 2018.

     

    Service

     Accords mets-vin

    Duck terrine
    Iberian pig

    Old Cantal cheese

    Cherry liqueur

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Lorena and Damien Laurent took the succession of this family-owned company in 2005. The management of this domain is a nice challenge for them because, before being winemakers, Lorena was interior designer and Damien was a professional hockey player, playing in the Chamonix hockey club during 7 years.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located on the Bordeaux’s doors, the Château L’Escart’s vineyard is spread on 37 hectares of clay-limestone soils fine gravel. The presence of limestone gives freshness and length to the wine, while the clay brings out strength and density.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, December 2013 / bouteille

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

    The vintage 2010 of the cuvee Eden is one of the most “nature”. The mix of the aromas makes this wine unique and surprising.

    £12.40 Public price £10.50 Subscribers' price

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  4. Pinotage 2013, Domaine M.A.N, Afrique du Sud

    Pinotage 2013, Domaine M.A.N, Afrique du Sud

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « This month, I recommend you to taste the cuvee Bosstok pinotage 2012, a real crush with a good price/quality ratio. The winemaker decided to use a screw cap instead of a cork as it is often the case in South Africa: this avoids the wine to be corked. During blind tasting people often think that this wine costs £15-20. »

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     Grape Variety

    Invented in 1925 by Abraham Perold, pinotage is a mix between pinot noir and cinsaut. Not very well known, this grape variety produces powerful wines, with a bunch of aromas and elegant tannins. I particularly appreciate its roasted hints that come within the years.

    Oeil

    Eye

      Nice light ruby red color with blue-violet reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose with a medium intensity, pleasant, elegant, fine and slightly woody.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Supple mouth, fresh with silky tannins.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 12 and 14 degree; Open just before serving. To taste now or until 2019.

     

    Service

     Accords mets-vin

    Potted meat
    Stuffed quail

    Saint Félicien

    Cherry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A wine, a family

    This domain was created by three old friends that wanted to lead a vineyard at the tip of South Africa. Why M.A.N ? These letters correspond to the three initials of their wives: Marie, Anette and Nicky. Indeed, to convince their wives to let them start this adventure, they promised them to give their names to the vineyard.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Grapevines are planted on the terroir of Bosstok in South Africa. This cuvee is at the image of its terroir: very original! Indeed, this terroir is part of a huge bush that goes deep into the forest. Nothing in common with the landscapes in Burgundy, but the pinot noir also grows well in this region! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £10.40 Public price £8.80 Subscribers' price

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep garnet red colour with purple nuances..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose is intense and complex with clear notes of cherry.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well balanced with a smooth texture.

    Verre

    Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Hazelnut saucisson sec
    Turkey stuffed with chestnut
    Tomme cheese
    Fraisier cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £8.57 Public price £7.29 Subscribers' price

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  6. Malbec du Clos 2012, Clos Triguedina, Cahors

    Malbec du Clos 2012, Clos Triguedina, Cahors

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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    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!

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

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  7. Artesis 2015, Ogier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Artesis 2015, Ogier, 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. 

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    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.

    £9.16 Public price £7.78 Subscribers' price

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and floral nose.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and semi-sweet mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken salad
    Turkey breast
    Soumaintrain cheese
    Raspberry tart

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2016 / bouteille

    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.

    £23.75 Public price £20.18 Subscribers' price

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  9. Cuvée Panama, Domaine de Belvize, Languedoc

    Cuvée Panama, Domaine de Belvize, Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A shiny and purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and full-bodied wine.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2017 / bouteille

    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.

    £26.22 Public price £22.28 Subscribers' price

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  10. L'Expression 2012, Domaine du Fontenay, Côte Roannaise

    L'Expression 2012, Domaine du Fontenay, Côte Roannaise

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the wine taster

    This wine from our September selection is atypical since it doesn’t have any chemical component: no sulphur, no ascorbic acid or chemical yeast. Maybe you didn’t know that the large majority of winemakers add different components to their wine to balance the final taste. Simon Hawkins does not embrace this philosophy and he keep producing a 100% natural wine. I am a fun of his wine and I believe he has won his bat against chemical components! 

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     Grape variety

    Gamay is a dark grape variety with white juice. It is also early and very productive; therefore it’s necessary to limit his liveliness to produce quality grapes. It mainly grows in the Beaujolais region. His peculiarity is to give fruity, fresh ad greedy wines. I usually suggest to drink them cold at 12°C.

    Oeil

     Appearance

     Dark purple robe with superb bluish-violet reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Very expressive nose of black gamay. The smell is floral with notes of violets and tasty with aromas of strawberry.

    Bouche

     Taste

    The taste is juicy and rich of red fruits. Slightly spicy with notes of white pepper.

    Verre

     Service

    To serve at 12°C.  Open just before serving. Keeping potential juntil 2015.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    ham and olives quiche 
    chicken and red pepper cubes a la plancha

    saint-marcellin

    summer pudding

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

    Simon Hawkins worked in the textile trade in England before coming to France in 1990. There he changed his life and became winemaker! Press call him “Mad Englishman of the Cote Ronnaise” since Simon always chose to go counter currant to trait his vineyards and his wine. His motto his “authentic wines from sustainable viticulture and natural, hands-off wine making.”

     Terroir

    The terroir

     The vineyard is located in the Rhone Valley between Clermond Ferrand and Lyon, to the north of the Loire region. It extends on granitic and siliceous soils, both very favourable for winemaking. The Madeleine mountains enclose the areas. The climate is very mild with little rainfalls. For having the AOC designation, grape vines have to grow between 370 and 550 meters on the sea level. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2013 / bottle

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

    This wine from our September selection is atypical since it doesn’t have any addiction: no sulphur, no ascorbic acid or chemical yeast.

    £11.40 Public price £9.67 Subscribers' price

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  11. Piloums 2011, Domaine du Mas Blanc, Collioure

    Piloums 2011, Domaine du Mas Blanc, Collioure

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « An excellent price/quality ratio for this cuvee that I selected among the different wines of this AOC tasted last month. The mourvèdre is a red grape variety with a spicy nose and pepper aromas. The oriental mouth is very subtle and becomes slightly bitter at the end. Don’t hesitate to purchase one or two cases of this wine, as it will be a pleasure to drink this wine in the next years. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The Mourvèdre is a grape variety that produces wines with hints of spices (pepper). It needs a sunny climate with an omnipresent heat. On the contrary, the Syrah is less difficult to cultivate. As for the Grenache, it simplifies aftertaste: it enables to make the wine more supple and smoother.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe has a light and deep garnet colour, dark with purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose full of spices (pepper) and oriental hints.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The mouth is subtle, winy and silky.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : Between 14 and 16°C. Open 1 hour before serving. Keeping potential until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Mediterranean salad
    Guinea fowl

    Tomme Cheese

    Roasted figs

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    The Domaine Mas du Blanc is a family property since 1639. The actual owner, Jean Michel Parcé, produces wines of Banyuls and Collioure designations. The Parcé family, considered as the origin of the Collioure and Banuyls designations, has a regional reputation that is well deserved. It is one of the most beautiful vineyards in the department!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine Mas du Blanc is spread over 19 hectares, cultivated on a schist stone subsoil. The wines that are growing on slaty soils have hints of undergrowth, and cooked and dried fruits. These wines are also known for being more alcoholic, with a long and pleasant aftertaste. But, it is harder to work on slaty soils due to a lack of limestone, that brings oxygen to the soils. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February 2014 / bouteille

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

    An excellent price/quality ratio for this cuvee. Don't hesitate to purchase one or two cases of this wine, as it will be a pleasure to drink this wine in the next years.

    £10.60 Public price £9.00 Subscribers' price

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  12. Viognier, 2013, Domaine Pierre-Belle, Côteaux de Béziers

    Viognier, 2013, Domaine Pierre-Belle, Côteaux de Béziers

    Sommelier

    Alain's opinion

    This white wine has a good quality/price ratio. It is a soft wine with a light typical viognier nose, mingling notes of white flowers, pear and almonds with a very pleasant finish. I particularly appreciate theroundness of this wine, not so common for wines from this price range. I advise you to taste it with friends, paired with a light meal. 

    Feuille

     Grape variety

    Viognier is a vigorous grape variety that almost disappeared during the 20th century! Originally from northern Rhone, itsuffered a lot from both phylloxera and the First World War: in 1965,there were only 8 small hectares of viognier remaining...! Today, this variety spreads all over the world, especially in California where it is highly appreciated. What a beautiful come back!

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Robe pale yellow color, intense, with hints of green. Glossy and clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Typical Viognier nose, mingling notes of white flowers, pear and almonds

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Mouth fresh and fruity.

    Verre

     Service

    Service :between 9 and 11°C. Open just before serving. to taste now or until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Melon
    Fish Gratin
    Condrieu Cheese
    Pear pie

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family.

    The team currently managing the winery has opted for organic methods that result in a good soil conservation and a limited use of pesticides. Only 4 to 6 treatments of the vines per year are necessary, while the average in the French vineyards is 16 per year !

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located in the north of Béziers, the vineyard of 60 hectares of Pierre-Belle grows on clay-limestone slopes exposed to the Mediterranean sun. This is an ideal location for the viognier, that requires regular sunshine exposureto express all its aromas, along with a poor limestone ground for its roots development. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2014 / bouteille

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

    It is a soft wine with a light typical viognier nose, mingling notes of white flowers, pear and almonds with a very pleasant finish.

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  13. 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.

    £17.33 Public price £14.73 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  14. Pierre solaire 2013, Dauvergne Ranvier, Côtes-du-Rhône

    Pierre solaire 2013, Dauvergne Ranvier, 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!

    £10.09 Public price £8.58 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  15. Origami 2012, Château l’Evêché, Bordeaux

    Origami 2012, Château l’Evêché, Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple and bright dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of spicy and tertiary.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    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.

    £12.92 Public price £10.98 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  16. Bonificat 2001, Vignobles Marie Maria, Madiran

    Bonificat 2001, Vignobles Marie Maria, Madiran

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A Purplish red dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Grilled foie gras
    Beef tournedos
    Blue cheese
    Dark chocolate brownie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2016 / bouteille

    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.

    £27.39 Public price £23.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  17. Sans plus attendre 2015, Domaine Modat, AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages

    Sans plus attendre 2015, Domaine Modat, AOC Côtes du Roussillon Villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    First noticed around 5 years ago, Modat is the rising wine estate in the Roussillon region ! The wines are splendid and I am very proud to make you discover "Sans plus attendre". A very gourmet wine, powerful and very fine at the same time. On the palate, the wine seems juicy, opulent, deep and of rare elegance. A wine of great balance and complexity found in many great restaurants.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    « Sans plus attendre » is composed of three grape varieties extremely widespread in the Languedoc Roussillon namely syrah, which brings its finesse and its spicy and violet aromas, grenache and its opulence and its aromas of red fruits and finally the carignan for its tannic structure and its generosity. Complementary, they make together the reputation of the great wines of the south.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    On the palate, the wine seems juicy, opulent, deep and of rare elegance.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between17°C et 19° open two hours before serving. until 2022.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Braised vegetables with smoked chicken
    Slow roast lamb, Tagliatelles
    Bleu de Gex cheese
    Dark chocolate cherry fudge

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The particularity of the Modat estate lies in its basements, which bears the pretty name of "gneiss". It is a granitic sand that is at the origin of elegant wines thanks to its remarkable ability to drain water. It makes red wines with silky tannins, light structure and some freshness, quite useful in sunny Roussillon.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2018 / bouteille

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

    A very gourmet wine, powerful and very fine at the same time.

    £20.83 Public price £17.71 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

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

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape Variety

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

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

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Autumn sweet potato soup
    Pepper sirloin steak

    Maroilles cheese

    Paris-Brest dessert

     

     Anecdote

     Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, November 2013 / bottle

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

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

    £22.40 Public price £19.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Margaux 2011, Château Haut-Breton Larigaudiere, Margaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe has a garnet color with purple reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Mouth typical of the Médoc region, spiced.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Skewered offal
    Lamb shoulder

    Brie

    Paris-Brest

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, April 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £25.90 Public price £22.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. Les Crêts 2012, Domaine de Suremain, Mercurey

    Les Crêts 2012, Domaine de Suremain, Mercurey

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    It is with pleasure that I present this month a wine produced in my region: Burgundy. To be more specific, this fantastic wine is from Mercurey, the largest appellation of the Côte Chalonnaise. Les Crêts 2012 is awell balanced and fruity wine with notes of blackcurrant and gooseberry. To me, it is a perfect example of the refinement of Pinot Noir. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If you need to know one thing about wines from Burgundy, it is that when they are allowed to have a specific appellation, it means that they are made from a single variety of grape: Chardonnay for white wines and Pinot noir for red wines. Pinot Noir is a delicate grape, sensitive to soil and climate.It is much less robust than Cabernet Sauvignon for example. However, it can, if the best conditions are gathered, give the best wines in the world. Generally pale in colour, this variety often has a good alcohol content and acidity, with fine and elegant tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearancel

     Nice ruby colour with purple reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nosez

    At the nose, the wine is very delicate with aromas of fresh red berries (gooseberries, raspberries).

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The taste is very well balanced and intensely.

    Verre

     Service

    between 12° and 14°C;C.  Open just before drinking.From now and until 2019.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Omelette with grilled wild mushrooms
    Roast chicken
    Saint nectaire
    Fresh red berries

     

     Anecdote

     L'anecdote à propos du récoltant

    Saviez-vous que le village de Mercurey porte le nom du messager des dieux de la mythologie romaine, Mercure. En effet, les Romains ont dédié un temple à cette divinité dans ce village. C’est aussi dans ce village que la famille de Suremain s’est installée en 1870, et c’est làbas qu’elle cultive la vigne depuis. Yves est d’ailleurs le président du syndicat des vignerons de Mercurey. Solidarité et esprit de famille, des valeurs que portent haut et fort les Suremain !

     Terroir

    Le terroir

     Les Crêts sont nichés sur 1.3 hectares au sommet du coteau (la crête) et avec une exposition sud. Le sol est issu d’une marne très calcaire; en effet lorsqu’on laboure la terre en profondeur, on trouve de grosses plaques de craie ! Extrêmement poreuse, cette roche laisse l’eau filtrer en profondeur avant de la restituer à la vigne, donnant des vins fins exprimant les arômes propres au cépage. C’est un sol idéal pour laisser le pinot noir exprimer sa finesse. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2014 / bouteille

    En vente par caisse de 3 ou 6 bouteilles jusqu'au 31 décembre 2014. Livraison sous 21 jours. 

    Les Crêts 2012 is a well balanced and fruity wine with notes of blackcurrant and gooseberry. To me, it is a perfect example of the refinement of Pinot Noir.

    £22.57 Public price £19.33 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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