Wine Subscription: Tasting Plans


  1. Equilibre Merlot Cabernet 2013, Côte de Thongue

    Equilibre Merlot Cabernet 2013, Côte de Thongue

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Equilibre means balance in French, a perfectly chosen name for this blend of merlot and cabernet sauvignon. This very elegant wine is perfectly balanced between the warmness and alcohol of the merlot and the tannic structure and acidity of the cabernet sauvignon. The whole is enhanced by nice aromas of red berries and vanilla. This wine will bring you a lot of pleasure ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot got famous in Bordeaux where it is the king variety of the right bank, notably in Pomerol where it is largely predominant. However, over the last 60 years, merlot has been more and more planted in Languedoc as the winemakers were shifting from producing a high quantity of bad wine to a small quantity of more qualitative wine. It gives warmth to the wine and soften the potentially harsh tannins of cabernet sauvignon.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of woody and blackcurrant.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Duck rillettes
    Cassoulet
    Pélardon cheese
    Strawberry yoghurt

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domaine de l’Arjolle is renowned in Languedoc for being especially innovative. The brothers Prosper et Louis-Marie Teisserenc fear nothing and were for example the first to try growing zinfandel in the 1980’s as it was just brought back from Australia. Nowadays, they have been joined by their sons and they continue to grow together the family estate./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vines are planted on sandy soils with a lot of different sediments brought throughout the milleniums by the neighboring sea. Thus, the ground is full of various nutrients used by the grapes to nourish themselves and grow. That variety of nutrients gives rich and complex wines. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2016 / bouteille

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

    This very elegant wine is perfectly balanced between the warmness and alcohol of the merlot and the tannic structure and acidity of the cabernet sauvignon.

    £34.53 Public price £29.35 Subscribers' price

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  2. Carpe Guilhem 2015, Côtes de Gascogne

    Carpe Guilhem 2015, Côtes de Gascogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Côtes de Gascogne is an amazing region mainly known for Armagnac. However, the area offers as well numerous great terroirs for white wines. The wine displays an intense and fresh bouquet, which is typical of Côtes de Gascogne, with aromas of citrus fruits and herbs. The mouthfeel is very fresh, long on the palate and has a nice salty touch. I suggest you serve it along with cod and melon.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The large number of varieties used in the blend contributes to the wine’s complexity. Colombard, a typical variety of Gascogne, gives the fruity aromas. It is almost all the time blended with ugni blanc, which enriches the wine with floral flavours. Eventually, gros manseng, often used to elaborate sweet wines, gives the wine its light sweetness.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A limpid greenish yellow dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 10°C et 12° Open just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Whelks
    Cod en papillotte
    Crottin de Chavignol
    Melon

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Spanish wine: Marquès del Villar. Domaine San de Ghuilem is ruled by the same group of friends, led by Lionel Osmin and former rugby international player Imanol Harinordoquy. Harinordoquy eventually retired from the field to dedicate his time to winemaking on each sides of the border between France and Spain. I think you’ll agree with us that his career in wine is as promising as his career in rugby was successful./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     150 km far from the seashore, domaine San de Guilhem benefits simultaneously from the strong continental heat of the south-west of France as well as from fresh winds from the sea. Thanks to that specific configuration, you get very ripe grapes, which explain this intensity, as well as a high level of acidity which gives this remarkable freshness. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, September. 2016 / bouteille

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

    The wine displays an intense and fresh bouquet, which is typical of Côtes de Gascogne, with aromas of citrus fruits and herbs.

    £31.00 Public price £26.35 Subscribers' price

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  3. Cuvée l’Obra 2014, Comté Tolosan

    Cuvée l’Obra 2014, Comté Tolosan

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This Comté Tolosan is incredibly bright ! Plunge your nose in the glass and discover this delicate fragrance of acacia and honey. Can you feel it ? When the wine met my palate, the result matched my expectations : balanced, ample and concentrated, giving the wine a beautiful aromatic persistence on the finish. There are aromas of brioche and butter, and intermingled with notes of honey, I felt back in my lovely childhood days ! 

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    Grape variety

    Courbu, not to be confused with petit courbu, is an unknown variety only found in a few Pyrenean vineyards that is mainly grown on the appellations of Jurançon and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh. With low yield, this grape variety is often assembled with little manseng, which brings finesse and minerality.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful straw yellow dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between10°C et 12° just before serving. to be tasted now.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Onion tart
    Mackerels and pepper
    Tomme cheese
    Crème brulée

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Domain of Crampilh : a hymn to love. In the 1800s, Sabin Oulie, the mayor of a small village, chose to plant a vineyard and gave his estate the name of his beloved Melanie Crampilh. Since, time went by, and nowadays, the 4th generation is in charge. Bruno Oulié strives to perpetuate the tradition by producing wines with a lot of power and character but balanced by finesse and fruit./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The vineyard covers 30 hectares of vines, planted on the slopes of Aurions-Idernes on soils made of clay and silica. Te siliceous soils, made up of crystalline rocks, enable the finesse and give the wines subtle floral notes (here aromas of acacia). Clay soils offer harder, firmer and more alcoholic wines, giving the character of the fnish on this wine. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, April. 2017 / bouteille

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

    When the wine met my palate, the result matched my expectations : balanced, ample and concentrated, giving the wine a beautiful aromatic persistence on the finish.

    £31.00 Public price £26.35 Subscribers' price

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  4. Le Champ Vallin 2015, Touraine

    Le Champ Vallin 2015, Touraine

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Light and subtle, this Touraine wine has an enchanting nose that reveals notes of red fruits and noble vegetal flavours. On the palate, the wine is fresh and displays nice crisp and juicy red berries aromas. There is just enough tannin to give to the wine structure and length. 

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    Grape variety

    The Touraine appellation is mainly planted with Gamay and Sauvignon, grape varieties that are characterized by their olfactory intensity. On the nose, red wines give aromas of red fruits whereas white wines gives aromas of white fruits and lemon. These grape varieties thrive on the different soil varieties of Touraine : flinty clay, sand on clay or gravel.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful cherry dress with thick tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between15°C et 17° drink in large glasses. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Rabbit Terrine
    Veal Axoa
    Brie
    Honey fried figs

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Created in 1921, Maison Foucher Lebrun is located next to Sancerre. It offers a wide selection of appellations from different parts of the Loire Valley. It perfectly expresses the terroirs and characteristics of the Loire appellations by offering fruity and fresh wines, the style that make Loire Valley renowned worldwide./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located between Tours and Blois, the appellation benefits from the oceanic influence on its western side and the continental climate on its eastern side. The vines are planted on clay, the signature soil in Touraine, mixed with sand and flint. The soil warms up quickly which favours the ripening of the grape varieties. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2017 / bouteille

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

    On the palate, the wine is fresh and displays nice crisp and juicy red berries aromas.

    £32.41 Public price £27.55 Subscribers' price

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  5. Dominique Morel 2016, Fleurie

    Dominique Morel 2016, Fleurie

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Fleurie is one of the ten Beaujolais crus classés. I really love this kind of wines and they gain in fame by joining the style of Burgundy wines. I follow the work of the winemaker Dominique Morel for a long time and he shows us in this cuvee the whole know-how he has. Here we can feel splendid aromas of strawberries and blackberries with a lot of freshness. I am really proud to bring up to you this wine. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Gamay is the unique grape of this appellation and it expresses aromas of strawberries, blackberries and peppers on this granitic soil. Originally from Burgundy the Gamay was finally moved to Beaujolais because of the fear of making it more famous than the Pinot Noir. Gamay grapes produce rich wines with few tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A purple robe!.

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Here we can feel splendid aromas of strawberries and blackberries with a lot of freshness.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and lively mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Rillettes du Mans
    Roasted chicken
    Abbaye de Cîteaux cheese
    Strawberry soup

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Created in the beginning of the 1900 by Mr. Besson, grandfather of Dominique, the winery was transmitted through generations. Ini-tially of 2 hectares, the winery is now large of 18 hectares and produces 12 appellations. It is thanks to the talent and skills of Dominique Morel than we can taste this wonderful cru of Beaujolais./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The appellation of Fleurie is famous for its unique terroir made of pink granite. This soil provides an exceptional colour to the wine and powerful aromas of red fruits such as strawberries and blackberries. This terroir gives a delicate style to the wine so you can drink it alone or during a meal.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, November. 2018 / bouteille

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

    Here we can feel splendid aromas of strawberries and blackberries with a lot of freshness.

    £32.50 Public price £27.63 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  6. Eden 2010, Bordeaux Supérieur

    Eden 2010, 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. »

    Feuille

    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.

    £37.20 Public price £31.50 Subscribers' price

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  7. Pinotage 2013, Afrique du Sud

    Pinotage 2013, 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. »

    £31.20 Public price £26.40 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  8. Château Puynard 2011, Blaye, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Château Puynard 2011, 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.

    Feuille

    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>

    £25.72 Public price £21.86 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  9. Château Le Thys 2012, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Château Le Thys 2012, Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Cadillac is a small unknown appellation of Bordeaux, which is a shame as there are magnificent wines elaborated there! Château Le Thys is a good example. Even if it was acquired a few years ago by its neighbour Château Birot, grapes are still vinified separately so as to reveal the whole potential of this specific terroir along the Garonne River.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    If you like merlot, this wine is for you. Château Le Thys is the perfect example of what can give well grown merlot. Indeed, it displays seductive aromas and a silky texture with thin and refined tannins. This explains why merlot can be found all over the world! Chile, Australia, Hungary... it is everywhere!

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Garnet color in the smooth tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose, in the aromas of spices.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and silky mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Service 16°C  Open just before serving. until 2020.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Hare terrine
    Peppercorn steak
    Camembert cheese
    Chocolate pie

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    If on a trip in the Bordeaux region you feel like tasting Château Le Thys’ wines, you’ll be welcomed in Chateau Birot, an astonishing 18th century castle. It was entirely renovated in 1989 by Eric and Helene Fournier-Casteja. Nowadays, two out of their five sons rule the Family Estate.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Château le Thys’ vines cover around 40 hectares and their specificity is that they are surrounded by tree hedges. It’s a great perk as it protects the grapes from strong winds in their youth (when they are too fragile to stand it) and the soil from erosion. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, October. 2015 / bouteille

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

    Cadillac is a small unknown appellation of Bordeaux, which is a shame as there are magnificent wines elaborated there!

    £27.46 Public price £23.34 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  10. Domaine du Silène 2006, Grès de Montpellier

    Domaine du Silène 2006, Grès de Montpellier

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This wine is already ten years old and starts offering nice aromas of evolution. However, it still has a lot of freshness and ripe blackberries aromas, great Languedoc’s wines hallmark. At the nose step, you can already smell the nice evolved aromas of leather. At the mouth step, we feel a nice balance between ripe fruits and spices, typical flavours of syrah. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Originally, syrah is Rhône Valley’s emblematic variety. But syrah is a strong variety that can thrive on a wide variety of terroirs on which it gives quite different wines. Syrah is especially adapted to Languedoc’s dry weather where it gets particularly ripe and gives more fruity aromas than elsewhere. The result is spicy and smooth wines like this amazing Grès de Montpellier.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautifull purple dress in tears thick..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Open nose to the aromas of tertiary and herbaceous.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth fresh and rich in alcohol.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 15°C et 17° Open just before serving. until 2021.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Herb saucisson
    Bull steak
    Manchego
    Raspberry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The 57 hectares of Domaine de Silène used to belong to Jacques and Laurent Pourcel, two twin brothers, famous for their three stars restaurant “Le jardin des sens” in Montpellier. In 2000, the estate was bought by Robert Skalli, a major Languedoc wine producer famous for having built an empire thanks to his outstanding ability to detect the potential of wine estates. Domaine de Silène was one of his great successes: he turned a great estate into an amazing one./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Domaine de Silène’s vines develop on a poor limestone soil in the warm and dry mountains around Montpellier. As a consequence, the vine stocks have to grow very deep roots in order to find what it needs to thrive. The relief comes from the fresh high winds coming from the sea that bring coolness and a little humidity. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, May. 2016 / bouteille

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

    At the mouth step, we feel a nice balance between ripe fruits and spices, typical flavours of syrah.

    £78.65 Public price £66.85 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  11. Vignes du Prieuré 2014, Côtes du Rhône

    Vignes du Prieuré 2014, Côtes du Rhône

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The white version of “ Vignes du Prieuré ” was one of the first one ever to be in a VitiBox a few years ago. That’s why I’m so happy to present you this month its red version in an amazing vintage ! The colour changes, but pleasure is still there. The first nose smells orignal : it’s not that common to find aromas of fresh herbs and strawberry together. However, it’s enchanting ! Silky, fruity and powerful, it feels like biting in a ripe fruit just picked up from the tree. It’s intense and refreshing ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The blend of grenache, syrah and carignan is very typical from the southern Rhône Valley. Genache gives fruity aromas and sweetness, syrah brings some spicy flavours and carignan gives structure thanks to its high level in tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple and bright dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh and pleasant mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Duck livers
    Tripe sausage
    Saint-Nectaire
    Red berry crumble

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Vines were planted in Château Gigognan when Gaule was a province of the Roman Empire. Later, the Archbishops of Avignon made this area their land along with neighbouring Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Then, various aristocratic families owned successively the vineyard, which is always good as they obviously wanted to have good wine at their table. Nowadays, Jacques and Sophie Callet perpetuate the grandeur of Château Gigognan by making wines worthy of being on the best tables./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Planted on a sunny terroir, Château Gigognan’s vines are also in a place where strong winds blow, notably the warm and powerful mistral. Thus, berries ripen but keep their freshness thanks to the wind. This kind of terroir gives amazing wines : the high level of sugar and alcohol given by the sun is balanced by wind’s freshness, and the result is a powerful wine with a great length. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, December. 2016 / bouteille

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

    Silky, fruity and powerful, it feels like biting in a ripe fruit just picked up from the tree.

    £28.88 Public price £24.55 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  12. Cuvée G 2011, Corbières

    Cuvée G 2011, Corbières

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I have already drunk nice Corbières but this one is quite exceptional ! Really full-bodied and creamy, it displays magnificent ripe blackberry jam aromas of and has a peppery finish that lingers on the palate. A powerful and complex wine, perfect for summer : garrigue and sweetness of the Mediterranean put in a bottle ! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    With this blend, the winemaker put the South in a bottle. Indeed, we find in this wine all the qualities of the great southern wines. Grenache gives the wine its unctuous touch and its amplitude in the mouth and Syrah displays beautiful spicy flavours and carries all by its refined tannic structure. Caliente !

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful garnet dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Venison terrine
    Lamb tajine
    Blue cheese
    Chocolate cake

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    At the gateway to the Massif de la Clape, the Château le Bouïs welcomes you and has of course the best wines in the area but also and handful of beautiful surprises. The owners imagined an enchanting journey into the mysterious world of vineyards where, through an original staging, you will discover the Arts, Heritage and the 300 years of History of the Castle./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The appellation Corbières surprises by its hillsides where nights stay rather cool. This atypical freshness gives the wines a good ageing potential. Indeed, a fresh climate will allow the grapes to maintain a good acidity. And acidity is one of the key factors in the ability to keep a wine. Scientifically proven ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2017 / bouteille

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

    Really full-bodied and creamy, it displays magnificent ripe blackberry jam aromas of and has a peppery finish that lingers on the palate.

    £70.88 Public price £60.25 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  13. Château Puy-Razac, 2015, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

    Château Puy-Razac, 2015, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    Tasting this Saint-Émilion Grand Cru was a shot of pleasure! The deep ruby colour comes along thick and promising tears. The nose is complex, displaying at the same time fruity aromas and flavours of spices and roasting. On the palate, the wine is rich, the tannins are refined yet very present, and you will definitely appreciate its astonishing length.  

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Cabernet Franc is a black grape variety mainly grown in the region of Bordeaux and in the Loire Valley. This grape variety produces supple wines with red berries and spicy flavours. Merlot is nowadays the main grape variety on the vineyard of Bordeaux, and is the signature of great Saint-Émilion wines.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful ruby dress with viscous tears..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    An expressive and pleasant nose to the aromas of black fruits, cooked fruits, spices, vegetable and empyreumatic.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Pleasant and fresh mouth.

    Verre

     Service

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

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Tomato gazpacho with chives
    Braised beef with carrots
    Manchego
    Chocolate gingerbread

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    By taking over in 1997 her grandfather’s personal vineyard (he used to also be the manager of Chateau Monbousquet) Catherine Thoilliez attempted to increase the wine’s quality by making research using different vine growing techniques to only keep the ones that were giving the best grapes. /p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     Located next to the famous hillside of Pavie, in the South of the village of Saint-Émilion, the 6 hectares of Château Puy-Razac benefits from a soil of great quality that it shares with the famous neighbouring Château Pavie. The name of the property is a derived of the name of the locality where stands the castle: "Puits-Razat". Note as well that Catherine Thoilliez claims the choice to make no other wine as this one to focus on it.  

     

     

    My VitiBox, January. 2018 / bouteille

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

    The nose is complex, displaying at the same time fruity aromas and flavours of spices and roasting.

    £60.70 Public price £51.60 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  14. Rosé de la Chevalière 2017, Mas la Chevalière, Pays d'Oc

    Rosé de la Chevalière 2017, Mas la Chevalière, Pays d'Oc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    The cuvée de la Chevalière is my favourite rosé wine of the year ! I’m not surprised to discover that this wine comes from the renowned winery Mas la Chevalière with this gourmet aromas of currant and raspberry, enhanced by a subtle peppery touch. The freshness on the palate as well as the texture are amazing. It makes me want to spend a nice time with family or friends to enjoy this good rosé! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This vintage is a blend of grenache, cinsault and syrah which are the main grape varieties of the Languedoc rosés. Grenache brings opulence and roundness, syrah its spices and aromas of red fruit, and cinsault the suppleness of tannins.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful salmon dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

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

    Bouche

    Mouth

    The freshness on the palate as well as the texture are amazing.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between7°C et 9° just before serving. until 2019.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Trout rillettes
    Nicoise salad
    Tome of goat cheese
    Strawberry cream

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    The story of Mas la Chevalière began in the 80s when Michel Laroche, winemaker in Chablis in Burgundy, discovered the great potential of the terroirs of Languedoc. The altitude, the diversity of the soil, the exhibition, everything was brought together to elaborate great wines ! Then, few years later, he decided to buy Mas la Chevalière, this beautiful property of character, and its 40 hectares of vines. Ever since, the winery has become known for the quality of its wines./p>

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The clay-limestone and sometimes marl soils of Mas la Chevalière are very deep and thanks to this particularity, the roots of the vine can sink on several meters to reach a source of water that they do not find on the surface. This difficulty for the vine to go in deep soils, gives to the wines a lot of freshness ! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, July. 2018 / bouteille

    Sold by cases of 6 or 12 bottles. Delivery within 7 days. 

    The freshness on the palate as well as the texture are amazing.

    £56.00 Public price £47.60 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  15. L'Expression 2012, Côte Roannaise

    L'Expression 2012, 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! 

    Feuille

     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.

    £34.20 Public price £29.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  16. Piloums 2011, Collioure

    Piloums 2011, 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.

    £31.80 Public price £27.00 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  17. Viognier, 2013, Côteaux de Béziers

    Viognier, 2013, 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.

    £31.00 Public price £26.35 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  18. Garrigue 2012, AOC Languedoc

    Garrigue 2012, AOC Languedoc

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    What I love about this wine is that when you smell it, you instantly land in the south of France during a sunny summer listening at the cicadas singing. Each of the three grape varieties perfectly play their part bringing together spicy flavours, red berries aromas and a long and fresh finish. This gourmet wine will perfectly pair with mixed salads with sliced ham and olives. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    The blending of these three varieties is fairly typical of wines from the Languedoc appellation, and gives birth to balanced wines. Syrah brings colour to the wine and a framed structure, when the grenache shines through its generosity with its silky texture and its aromas of red and black fruits. Mourvèdre enriches the aromas with flavours of more complex spices, especially pepper.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     Deep garnet colour with purple reflections..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Spicy nose with aromas of peppers and cherry.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    Silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Between12°C et 14°C.  Open juste before serving. now and until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Saucisson
    Bacon wrapped monkfish tournedos
    Camembert cheese
    Cherry yoghurt

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Through its wines, Jean-Benoît Cavalier wants to demonstrate all the generosity of the Languedoc terroirs. To reach this goal, he had to take risks by modernizing his winemaking facility during the 1990s. This bet was a success as Château Lascaux is one of the most famous names in the area.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Languedoc-Roussillon vineyard is the oldest and largest vineyard in the world, spanning more than 200 000 hectares. The terroir of Château Lascaux is distinguished by its very hard limestone soils covered with garrigue. This vegetation made of juniper, thyme, rosemary, lavender and sage is typical of the south of France. Its scents remind heat, cicadas and relaxation. Close to the garrigue, grapes impregnate its flavours and then take it all the way through the bottle onto your palate. Well done! 

     

     

    My VitiBox, March. 2015 / bouteille

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

    What I love about this wine is that when you smell it, you instantly land in the south of France during a sunny summer listening at the cicadas singing.

    £31.00 Public price £26.35 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  19. Terres Blanches 2014, Côtes de Gascogne

    Terres Blanches 2014, Côtes de Gascogne

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    I found this blend of gros manseng and sauvignon very well done. This is an interesting balance between the opulent texture of gros manseng and the freshness of sauvignon. This harmonious wine will be perfect for the warm afternoons of spring paired with barbecued sardines... Summer is just around the corner! 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    This blend is typical of Gascogne and mixes on the one hand the creamy texture of gros manseng and on the other hand the fresh aromas of citrus fruits given by sauvignon, especially grapefruit and lime. The ugni blanc, provided by 50-year-old vines, complete this blend with refinement.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     White gold colour, crystal clear and bright..

     

    Nez

     Nez

    Nose of citrus fruits (grapefruit and lime).

    Bouche

     Bouche

    Fresh and well-balanced mouth.

    Verre

     Service

    Between 10°C et 12°C.  open just before serving. until 2018.

     

    Service

    Food and wine pairings

    Grapefruit salad
    Barbecued sardines
    Ossau-Iraty cheese
    Pineapple

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family/p>

    The Fezas family has been in charge of the estate for more than 150 years. Six generations succeeded one to another sharing the same goal of enhancing the wines from this marvellous terroir of Gascogne. The name of the vineyard, Chiroulet, comes from “chiroula”, a specific wind that blows in the area almost all the time. This wind is a really good thing as it keeps the grapes fresh and healthy!

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The Domaine Chiroulet is located on the highest hills of Gascogne and therefore benefits from a southern exposure and strong winds that ensure grapes’ healthiness. The name “Les Terres Blanches” means “The White Soils” in French and refers to the limestone the vines are planted on. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, June. 2015 / bouteille

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

    This harmonious wine will be perfect for the warm afternoons of spring paired with barbecued sardines... Summer is just around the corner!

    £29.23 Public price £24.84 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

  20. Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon

    Prestige 2012, Clos Moléon

    Sommelier

    The opinion of the sommelier

    This month, let’s go to Bordeaux to discover this magnificent batch by Château de Teste. This wine perfectly reveals the richness of its terroir during the tasting. The colour is purple with dark pink reflection. At the nose I smelled surprising aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus. The wine is also characterized by a good length and it ends on a nice touch of acidity. 

    Feuille

    Grape variety

    Merlot is the most grown variety in Bordeaux. It is known for giving warm wines with sweet flavours, a silky texture and soft and discrete tannins. To give more structure to the wines, merlot is really often blended with cabernet-sauvignon, which used to be the main grape in the Bordeaux area until the 20th century and is known to have a stronger structure.

    Oeil

    Appearance

     A beautiful purple dress..

     

    Nez

    Nose

    Sensitive and pleasant nose to the aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus.

    Bouche

    Mouth

    A fresh mouth with a silky texture.

    Verre

     Service

    Service between 12°C et 14°C.  Open just before serving. until 2021

     

    Service

     Food and wine pairings

    Mushroom pie
    Roasted duck breast
    Saint-Nectaire cheese
    Roasted chestnuts

     

     Anecdote

    A winemaker, a family

    Located in the bank of the Gironde River, Château de Teste overlooks the vines of the small village of Montprimpblanc which was before named Monte Primulus which means in Latin the daisies’ mountain. The vines did not always reign on the hills of the region! Nowadays, the daisies are gone and the estate belongs to Laurent Réglat, passionate winemaker who produces wines in several appellations: Sainte-Croix-du-Mont and Cadillac.

     Terroir

    Terroir

     The specificity of the Graves appellation is that it got its name from its soil. In French, “graves” are round hard pebbles that are really appreciated by winemakers. Indeed, those retain the warmth provided by the sun during the day and give it back to the grapes at night. Therefore, the berries never stop ripening. 

     

     

    My VitiBox, February. 2016 / bouteille

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

    At the nose I smelled surprising aromas of cinnamon and hibiscus.

    £64.54 Public price £54.86 Subscribers' price

    Out of stock

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