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  1. Tradition 2012, Domaine Labranche Laffont, Madiran

    Tradition 2012, Domaine Labranche Laffont, Madiran

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This fabulous 2012’s vintage of Domaine Labranche Laffont shows that the reputation of rustic wines that once characterized Madiran is now far away. In the mouth, the wine is highly concentrated with well-marked tannins gentled during the four years since the bottling. Those carry a very subtle aroma of fig and smoked and peppered notes. I find its length on the palate remarkable. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Tannat is the king grape variety of Madiran ! Indeed, this grape particularly enjoys the gravelly and sandy soils of the south-west, and represents 40 to 60 % of the grape varieties of the appellation. Sometimes unknown to the public, it gives colourful, fruity and tannic wines. Small bonus ; its richness in tannins gives anti-oxidant properties !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purplish dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits, roasted and spice.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Dry and full-bodied wine.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 17°C et 19° just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Doe terrine
    Lacquered duck and Thai rice
    Blue cheese
    Cake with candied fruits

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    It was in the 90's that Christine Dupuy took over the 6 hectares of the family vineyard. She became the youngest winegrower in the appellation. Christine Dupuy is praised by the wine press for her ability to modernize the wines of Madiran. She indeed was the one to prove that Madiran’s wines can be very seductive and that fruit can take over the tannin structure./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located just next to the Pyrenees, the Labranche Laffont estate hides a rare gem! The estate managed to preserve tannat vines dating from the terrible invasion of the phylloxera, an insect which destroyed the major part of French vines at the end of the 19th century. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2017 / bouteille

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

    In the mouth, the wine is highly concentrated with well-marked tannins gentled during the four years since the bottling.

    £11.51 Public price £9.78 Subscribers' price

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  2. Calicôt 2016, Le clos du Chêne, IGP Côtes du Lot

    Calicôt 2016, Le clos du Chêne, IGP Côtes du Lot

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Cahors is the birthplace of Malbec and still produces the purest wines from this now widely known grape variety. Not far from Cahors, Calicôt comes from vineyards growing along the bank of the Lot, a humid terroir that gives fruitier wines with the extra freshness that makes it easy to drink and to appreciate at any time. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purplish dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Seared and deglazed duck gizzard with raspberry vinegar
    Roasted rabbit and chasseur sauce
    Rocamadour
    Chocolate pies

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    We are very proud to present this wine from the Domaine Clos du Chêne, a family estate now ma-naged by Valérie, daughter of Marie-Françoise and Jean-Paul, who leads a sustainable viticulture that respects the environment. Experts of Malbec, they produce Cahors wines as well as alternative Malbec like Calicôt which allow them to elaborate all styles of Malbec wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Fully replanted in the 70s, the vines are now old enough to express all the fullness of the clay-limestone soil. Concerned with the environment, the winemaker Valérie Roussille implemented reasoned viticulture techniques. On each plot, yields are adapted and controlled to obtain perfectly ripe and healthy grapes. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2018 / bouteille

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

    Calicôt comes from vineyards growing along the bank of the Lot, a humid terroir that gives fruitier wines with the extra freshness that makes it easy to drink and to appreciate at any time.

    £9.63 Public price £8.20 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  3. Edelzwicker, Cave de Hunawihr, Alsace

    Edelzwicker, Cave de Hunawihr, Alsace

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A straw yellow robe with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Fish paté
    Chicken breast with coriander
    Cathelain cheese
    Apple pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2019 / bouteille

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

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

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    £10.23 Public price £8.70 Subscribers' price

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  4. The Footbolt 2009, MCLaren Vale, d'Arenberg, Shiraz

    The Footbolt 2009, MCLaren Vale, d'Arenberg, Shiraz

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the winetaster

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

    Feuille

     Grape Variety

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

    Oeil

     Appearance

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

     

    Nez

     Nose

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

    Bouche

     Taste

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Beef carpaccio with pesto
    Juicy barbecued steak 

    Maroilles cheese 
    Blackberry and strawberry fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

     The winemaker

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

     Terroir

    The terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2013 / bouteille

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

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

    £23.20 Public price £19.72 Subscribers' price

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  5. Côté Floral Blanc 2013, Domaine Lafage, Languedoc Roussillon

    Côté Floral Blanc 2013, Domaine Lafage, Languedoc Roussillon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Nice white gold robe with gold reflections.

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

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

    Goat Cheese and walnuts

    Fruit salad

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, February 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £9.50 Public price £8.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  6. Croix de Chabot 2011, Maison Chapoutier, Vallée du Rhône

    Croix de Chabot 2011, Maison Chapoutier, Vallée du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

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     Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Eye

     Dark garnet robe with violet-blue reflections.

     

    Nez

     Nose

    Intense nose of pure Shiraz.

    Bouche

     Mouth

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

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Duck pâté 
    Chicken curry

    Langres

    Dark chocolate mousse

     

     Anecdote

     A wine, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, Juillet 2014 / bouteille

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

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

    £22.83 Public price £19.40 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  7. Passions 2008, Domaine de Vénus, A.O.C Côtes du Roussillon, Villages

    Passions 2008, Domaine de Vénus, A.O.C Côtes du Roussillon, Villages

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Ruby deep colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Powerful in the aromas of red berries and vegetable.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with fine tannins and silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Steak Tartare
    Lamb sweetbreads
    Saint Nectaire
    Roasted Figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2015 / bouteille

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

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

    £21.51 Public price £18.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  8. Pineau d’Aunis 2015, Vignoble Dinocheau, Touraine

    Pineau d’Aunis 2015, Vignoble Dinocheau, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull dress salmon in the fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of pastry and flower.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £9.74 Public price £8.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  9. Languedoc 2015, Château de Jonquières, Languedoc

    Languedoc 2015, Château de Jonquières, Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Languedoc is not only about strong wines with high level of tannins and aromas of ripe fruits. Château de Jonquières is quite the opposite with its delicate aromas of flowers, slightly enhanced by white pepper. It’s always nice to see that some winemakers enjoy giving a different expression of their terroir. This freshness and length is particularly remarkable. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    It’s uncommon to see such a balanced blend ! In this case, that also gives a perfectly balanced wine : syrah brings tannins and a bit of pepper, grenache provides alcohol and the hint of ripeness, carignan gives flowery aromas and cinsault brings some extra acidity that underline the wine’s freshness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful raspberry dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of rose and white pepper.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Chicken salad
    Roasted partridge
    Laguiole cheese
    Plum cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Château de Jonquières was built in the 12th Century and has been since transmitted from generation to generation. And quality is not something new there, as in 1889 one of their wines received a silver medal in a wine competition which allowed them to start selling their wines in Canada ! Nowadays, Charlotte et Clément de Béarn (32nd generation!!) are in charge of carrying on the Family legacy./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Chateau de Jonquières is located just under the Causse du Larzac plateau. The vines enjoy warm southern winds from the Mediterranean as well as fresh masses of air falling down from the nearing plateau. Therefore, the temperature gets neither too high nor too low. This kind of conditions favours a slow but regular maturation which gives to the grapes a remarkable complexity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2016 / bouteille

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

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

    £13.27 Public price £11.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  10. L’Absolu de Gravas 2014, Château de Gravas, Graves

    L’Absolu de Gravas 2014, Château de Gravas, Graves

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful golden dress with fluid tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Lively and iodized mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Seafood platter
    Salmon pie
    Emmental
    Apricot pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2017 / bouteille

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

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

    £10.33 Public price £8.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  11. Trio Tempo 2016, Lionel Osmin & cie, IGP Comté Tolosan

    Trio Tempo 2016, Lionel Osmin & cie, IGP Comté Tolosan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A straw yellow dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2018 / bouteille

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

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

    £9.63 Public price £8.19 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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

    Trio Tempo, Malbec 2015, Osmin, Comté Tolosan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

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

    Feuille

    Grape variety

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

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

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

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

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

     Terroir

    Terroir

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

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2018 / bouteille

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

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

    £9.33 Public price £7.93 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  13. Apremont 2018, Adrien Vacher, Vin de Savoie

    Apremont 2018, Adrien Vacher, Vin de Savoie

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The perfect wine to match cheese-based mountain cuisine. Apremont is widely consumed close to where it’s made as is goes along so well with recipes from the Alps. Indeed, its freshness balances the fat of the cheese and the fruity aromas lighten the powerful flavours of cheese and charcuterie. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine is also an opportunity to discover a relatively rare grape variety: Jacquere. It gives fresh and tonic wines, with delightful tastes of fresh fruits and flowers. This seducing wine is a must taste for anyone who is looking forward discovering wines from Savoie.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish gold robe with thick tears and marked intensity..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    A pleasant nose to the aromas of flora, citrus and mineral.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant mouth with soft texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between8°C et 10° just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Whelk with lemon
    Raclette
    Cheese fondue
    Lemon pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    After the collapse of Mount Granier, Apremont was deserted for centuries. In the 18th Century, peasant from the region started clearing the place and decided to plant white vine. From that time, things kept on improving on a relatively small surface as the appellation cannot be enlarged elsewhere than where used to stand Mount Granier./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Apremont is the most famous wine of Savoie. It comes from a very specific terroir as the land vines are planted on first saw daylight as late as 1248 when Mount Granier collapsed. Therefore, the roots plunge in what used to be long ago a glacier.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2019 / bouteille

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

    The perfect wine to match cheese-based mountain cuisine.

    £10.23 Public price £8.75 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  14. Nero d'Avola Aria Siciliana 2012, Costantino Wines

    Nero d'Avola Aria Siciliana 2012, Costantino Wines

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    “The team of My VitiBox became bigger since when we welcomed Giorgia, a young Italian lady. I took the opportunity to turn to Sicily this month to let you discover an Italian grape variety, the Nero d’Avola. This varietal has particularly adapted to the Sicilian volcanic soil. This wine made by the Costantino family is characterised by interesting candied fruit notes and it will surprise you with its long aftertaste”.

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Nero d’Avola is a renowned Italian grape variety typical from Sicily. It is usually compared to the syrah and it produces strong wines, with a good balance between acidity and alcohol, and it has nice aromas of red fruits.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light garnet colour, nicely intense.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose. Surrounded by cooked red fruits, strawberry in particular. It also reveals evolving notes of vanilla.

    Bouche

    Taste

    Mouth is sweet and with touches of candied and compote fruits. It’s also supple and fresh.

    Verre

     Service

    Service : between 12 et 14°C.  Open just before serving. Keep it potentially until 2016.

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Italian Parma Ham
    Pasta alla norma

    Gorgonzola

    Panna Cotta with red fruits top

     

     Anecdote

    Winemaker

    Mr Costantino likes saying that his ambition is “to capture flavours, smells and authenticity of sicilian products”. Established in1960 by Papà Onofrio, also called ”Nonò”, they are the third generations of winegrowers still passionate about vineyards and wine.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Costantino’s vineyards are located in the northwest of western Sicily at 15 km from the coast. They extend from 250 up to 600 meters above sea level and receive all the benefits of the Mediterranean Sea-breeze. Soils are clayey, calcareous and basic, properties that allow the development of high quality wines.

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2013 / bottle

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

    This wine made by the Costantino family is characterised by interesting candied fruit notes and it will surprise you with its long aftertaste.

    £14.10 Public price £12.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  15. Vin des Garrigues 2012, Domaine Tour Trencavel, Languedoc Roussillon

    Vin des Garrigues 2012, Domaine Tour Trencavel, Languedoc Roussillon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    « Excellent price/quality ratio for this nice cuvee. This cuvee from the Domaine Tour Trencavel is typical of the Mediterranean wines. You will particularly appreciate its light garnet color with purple reflections, as well as its intense and pleasant nose, full of fig and blackberry aromas. Don’t hesitate to buy some cases of this cuvee on our website. »

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This cuvee was produced with 70% of Grenache and 30% of Carignan. The Grenache brings suppleness and black fruit hints to the wine, while the Carignan brings power to the wine and enables the wine to evolve nicely.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     The robe has a light garnet color with purple reflections and micro-bubbles in suspension.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Intense and pleasant nose, with garigue, fig and black fruits aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The mouth is supple and slightly spiced.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine matching

    Poultry livers salad
    Pork chop

    Blue cheese

    Dark chocolate brownies

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    I met Jean-Luc Fabrie in Montpellier, and I immediately get along well with him. He is a good representative of people from the South of France: nice and smiling. Nice, but not only! He is using his talent to produce successful wines! He also likes picking truffles in the undergrowth of his domain!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Tour Trencavel domain, located in the Minervois, is spread on clay-limestone soils. A soil like this one enables to produce wines that are round, without being too fat. It also brings delicacy to the mouth. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April 2014 / bouteille

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

    Excellent price/quality ratio for this nice cuvee. This cuvee from the Domaine Tour Trencavel is typical of the Mediterranean wines.

    £10.00 Public price £8.50 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  16. Château Lamothe Belair, 2011, rouge, Bergerac

    Château Lamothe Belair, 2011, rouge, Bergerac

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, I am happy to present a wine from Bergerac. It is rich and well structured, with very intense flavours. It is very smooth on the palate and shows smoky aromas of oak. I would definitely recommend serving this wine with a beautiful piece of beef, why not some tasty beef from Bergerac where cow breeding is prevalent. If you wish, you can also let it age in you cellar. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This wine is a blend of most of the grape varieties you find in this part of France for red wines: merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and malbec. Merlot gives the wine flavours of red fruits and softens the tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon and the Malbec balance that with a strong body and spicy and smoky flavours.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light garnet red.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Nose is intense and pleasing with smoky and woody notes.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Well balanced with a smooth texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Around 16°C  Open one hour before drinking. From now and until 2019.

     

    Service

     Food and wine matching

    Duck breast a la plancha
    Beef with red wine sauce
    Cabécou of Périgord
    Paris-Brest

     

     Anecdote

     A winemaker, a family

    When we think about Bergerac, we usually think about the very good sweet wines this terroir provides Montbazillac, Montravel or Saussignac). But the fact is that you can find great red wines in the vineyards of Bergerac, such as the Château LamotheBelair, that was awarded several times. Château LamotheBelair is managed by StéphanePuyol who is the proud owner of two Châteaux in Saint-Emilion with evocative names:Barberousse (Barbarossa) and Montremblant!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château Lamothe Belair is located 12km from Saint-Emilion, on the extension of the hills of Saint-Emilion. The soil is clay and limestone as most of the land in the Bordeaux/Southwest area. This kind of soil retains a lot of water and keeps it fresh, balancing the effects of the sun in order to keep the hint of freshness the wine needs. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2014 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 3 and 6 bottles until 30 November 2014. Delivery within 21 days. 

    This month, I am happy to present a wine from Bergerac. It is rich and well structured, with very intense flavours. It is very smooth on the palate and shows smoky aromas of oak.

    £7.98 Public price £6.78 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  17. Château d'Epiré 2013, Savennières

    Château d'Epiré 2013, Savennières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I am really glad to present you Château d’Epiré as I think it is the best way to discover one of the best appellations in the Loire Valley for white wines: Savennières. The smell is expressive, with flavours of green apple and lemon. The taste is fresh and the finish displays displays very nice mineral aromas, typical from Savennières. Do not forget to serve it chilled, between 8 and 10°C!  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    In Savennières, things are simple as there is only one variety planted: chenin. This variety fully expresses its potential on grounds of limestone, which was also used to build the Châteaux de la Loire. Just remember that chenin is an elegant variety with refined aromas of tree fruits, dried fruits, citrus fruits, white flowers and even honey. Sounds good, doesn’t it ?

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Light yellow, bright and translucent colour..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Flavours of green apple and lemon.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Lively and slightly acid mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 8°C and 10°C.  Open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Sea urchins
    Grilled zander
    Goat cheese
    Candied lemons

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Many people in the Savennières area consider the Château d’Epiré an historical treasure. Indeed, it is the only vineyard that has remained in the same family, the Bizard family, since the 17th Century. Nowadays, it is Luc who manages the vineyard with the will of giving to his wines the mineral aromas typical from Savennières and to perpetuate the family traditions.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Savennières’reputation comes from its dry white wines, often called the « Grands Crus » of the Loire Valley. The terroir of Savennières is located in a microclimate that offers the benefits of not having too many thunderstorms. Thus, the grapes mature faster and better than around the appellation. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2015 / bouteille

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

    The taste is fresh and the finish displays displays very nice mineral aromas, typical from Savennières. Do not forget to serve it chilled, between 8 and 10°C!

    £14.45 Public price £12.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  18. Riesling 2014, Gustave Lorentz

    Riesling 2014, Gustave Lorentz

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Alsace is a pretty unknown wine-producing region. Indeed, on the contrary of other French regions, it doesn’t display an appellation on its labels, but a grape variety. But its varieties are not as famous as chardonnay or merlot for example. Thus, consumers feel a bit lost which is a shame as Alsace is a gold mine for wine lovers ! This magnificent riesling, very typical of Alsace, is a perfect example. It displays a very nice shiny green-gold colour, and at the nose, it reveals mineral aromas, signature of the best rieslings from Alsace. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Only variety of German great wines (that are ranked among the most expensive wines in the world!), riesling is the most common variety in Alsace. It is especially interesting as it is the variety that shows the most obviously the typical characteristics of Alsace’s terroir: fresh yet sweet aromas with a touch of mineral taste and a lot of liveliness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A greenish yellow dress and crystal clear..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Dicreet nose and pleasing the mineral aromas.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A mouth softly acidulous.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Oysters
    Zander with butter and lemon sauce
    Sainte-Maure de Touraine
    Crème brûlée

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine Gustave Lorentz was founded in 1936, just before Alsace was annexed by Germany. During this period, Alsace’s wines were usually used as an addition in German blends. Thus, when Alsace became French again in 1918, everything was to be reinvented. That’s what the Lorentz Family did, and they did pretty well as they today rulea 33 hectares estate, the half being in Grand Cru./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Alsace is a long strip of vines that offer the seven local grape varieties (6 white, 1 black) a large variety of soils and exposures, so as to take the best advantage possible of all varieties. This riesling was grown on sloping hills to get the best exposure possible to the sun and ensure richness and complexity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2016 / bouteille

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

    It displays a very nice shiny green-gold colour, and at the nose, it reveals mineral aromas, signature of the best rieslings from Alsace.

    £11.80 Public price £10.03 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  19. Malbec 2006, Vignobles Violine du Roy, Touraine

    Malbec 2006, Vignobles Violine du Roy, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Drinking ten years old wines is not that common and even less with wines from the Loire Valley ! That’s why I am happy to present you this 2006 malbec that literally impressed me. This wine displays at the same time a nice freshness and abundant but thin tannins. These two facts allowed it to age through all these years. Nowadays, this wine exhales nice aromas or red pepper, humus and mushrooms. The silky texture is also an enchantment. All my congratulations to the winemakers ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Malbec is originally from Cahors, a famous wine producing town in the South West of France. During Renaissance, it was imported in the Loire Valley where it’s better known under the name of “côt”. It’s a slowgrowing variety that demands to be harvested at full maturity. It is also very sensitive to frost. Cultivating it in Touraine, a northern region, is therefore a pretty rough challenge !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful bright purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    On the nose are revealed pretty aromas of green pepper and humus.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A mouth with a nice acidity and soft tannins.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson
    Blood sausage with apples
    Camembert
    Blackberry Clafoutis

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Violine du Roy is not a traditional wine estate. It is basically the association of several talented winemakers who decided to put part of their grapes and skills together to try to make new unconventional small batches. With this Malbec, they wanted to show that by selecting the right grapes and vinifying it the right way, you can obtain wines that can age up to 20 years !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines that were used to elaborate this Malbec grow on a specific soil called “perruches”. This kind of soil, relatively rare elsewhere in the world, is in fact quite common in the Loire Valley. It’s a blend of flint, clay and silica. Flint keeps the warmth and bring minerality, whereas clay and silica stress the vines so those give the best out of themselves, forcing the grapes to concentrate. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2016 / bouteille

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

    This wine displays at the same time a nice freshness and abundant but thin tannins.

    £12.10 Public price £10.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. Le Rif 2014, La Ferme du Mont, Vacqueyras

    Le Rif 2014, La Ferme du Mont, Vacqueyras

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    In Vacqueyras, making strong wines is a tradition, with a lot of alcohol and a powerful taste. If le Rif indeed displayed these sought-after characteristics, we didn’t expect that much refinement and delicate flowery aromas. This perfectly matches with more typical flavours of ripe fruits and warm spices. Moreover, a great freshness balances the power : this wine is doubtlessly a very nice surprise ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Grenache is a variety that loves warmth and sun. This variety is very well known to express itself through generosity, a robust structure and clear aromas of black fruits and coffee, cacao… Stéphane Vedeau realises a masterstroke by revealing vegetal and floral notes in addition… What an artist !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A shiny and purplish red dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of vegetal and flower.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 14°C et 16° Open just before serving. until 2024.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Veal liver
    Beef stew
    Banon cheese
    Blueberry pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    This month, two wines were made by the same winemaker but on very different terroirs. The challenge of growing Grenache stimulated Stéphane Vedeau. Indeed, if it’s easy to make strong wines in this area, it is way harder to make fresh, soft and delicate wines. That’s why he chose La Ferme du Mont, at the foot of a hill that brings a little freshness to the vines. Your palate will agree and appreciate this challenge taken, cheers !/p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Vacqueyras appellation is located on the delicate Montmirail hillsides. In a Mediterranean area, climate is chilly but not cold during winter, and very warm during summer. It’s also remarkably windy, and when the wind comes from the north, it brings refreshing air from the mountains that keeps vines healthy ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2017 / bouteille

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

    A great freshness balances the power : this wine is doubtlessly a very nice surprise.

    £20.33 Public price £17.28 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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