Having enjoyed last month’s My Vitibox so much, I was really looking forward to April’s box and I couldn’t wait for it to arrive. For those who are new to My Vitibox, it’s a monthly wine subscription box that’s aimed at those who want to expand their taste and knowledge of wine, and also anyone who simply enjoys trying out new wines or thinks of themselves as a wine connoisseur.
April’s My Vitibox is themed around Fine Wines and as always, the wines have been specially selected by the famed sommelier Alain Gousse (former head sommelier to many Michelin-starred restaurants including La Tour d’Argent and Le Crillon). The bottles of wine arrived well packaged in their sturdy thick cardboard box, and they were accompanied by My Vitibox‘s monthly brochure which offers a handy step-by-step tasting guide and notes to help you to fully explore and appreciate the wines that you’re trying.
I received two bottles of wine from My Vitibox– one white and one red:-Les Griottes 2015 – House Denuzière – Côtes du Rhône (13%)
This is an easy to drink red wine from the northern Rhone Valley that’s composed of a blend of Syrah (60%) and Grenache (40%) grapes. I’m particularly fond of Grenache in Rosé wines as they have a such a nice fruity and yet mellow flavour, and I immediately picked up on these balancing notes in this red wine as they perfectly complimented the more fresh and spicy notes that were coming from the Syrah grapes.
Les Griottes (translated as the ‘morello cherries’ in French), has a beautiful cherry red colour in the glass, and to the nose, you can detect that rich cherry flavour with hints of coffee and chocolate. But the real pleasure is of course in the drinking, and this red wine is dry and medium bodied with a strong but pleasant aftertaste. I loved this one – it goes well with anything sweet and makes for an excellent after-dinner / dessert wine. Cuvée l’Obéra 2014 – Domaine du Crampilh – County Tolosan (13%)
Opening up the bottle of this fine white French wine from the family winemakers Domaine du Crampilh (who have been making wines from their vineyards since the 1800s), I was surprised by the bright clarity in colour – it looks like someone has bottled the sunshine straight from France! It’s made from a blend of Petit-Manseng (60%) and Courbu (40%) grapes and comes from the County Tolosan region.
This wine is very aromatic – once poured into the glass, you can instantly smell a delightfully sweet aroma with delicate floral notes. Taste-wise, it’s medium-bodied with a strong semi-sweet flavour. There’s a lot of freshness to it which adds to the overall summery quality of this wine and it pairs well with the likes of cheese and desserts such as crème brûlée. This is the kind of wine to enjoy on a hot summer’s day whilst you’re dining al fresco!
Subscribers to My Vitibox can also receive a generous 15% discount off any cases of the wines that are featured in the monthly subscription boxes, so this is the ideal way to ‘try before you buy’ if you’re a wine lover.