Great Wines of the World Box

The Box Selection

Nothing better than a world tour to broaden your oenological horizons!

In this box, we have selected four wines which represent the best from around the world. Classic grape varieties imported into atypical regions, the blend promises to spark!

Château Musar Young White

  • Estate and name of the wine: Château Musar, Young White

  • Appellation: Bekaa Valley

  • Region: Lebanon, Jounieh, Bekaa Valley

  • Grape varieties: Viognier, Vermentino, Chardonnay

  • Vintage: 2020
  • Coat color: White - A golden yellow color, characteristic of Lebanese dry white wines

  • Intensity of color: Clear and limpid color, quite brilliant.

The nose is lively and sharp, with notes of pineapple, citrus and a mineral background. It also expresses complex fruity notes of apricot, white peach and pear, elderberry and white flowers, with nuances of plants.

  • Body: 2/6 - Soft

  • Tannins: 0/6 - Absent

  • Sugar: 2/6 - Semi-dry

  • Acidity: 3/6 - Fresh

  • Alcohol: 3/6 - Generous (13%)

  • Length in the mouth: 4/6 - Rather long (7-8 sec)

It is structured and balanced, we find fruity and sweetness with a finish of great aromatic persistence. Vibrant and fresh, and a lingering finish.

Accompanied by grilled fish, roast chicken flavored with herbs, seafood salads and spicy oriental dishes.

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon blanc

  • Estate and wine name: Villa Maria Estate, Private Bin Sauvignon blanc

  • Appellation: Marlborough

  • Region: New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough, Wairau and Awatere Valleys

  • Grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc

  • Vintage: 2021
  • Color of the dress: White - A beautiful straw yellow dress.

  • Color intensity: Beautiful, vibrant reflections.

The aromas of Awatere's cool climate hit your nostrils: lemongrass, jalapeño and fresh herbs. Young and fresh notes, almost vibrant.

  • Body: 2/6 - Soft

  • Tannins: 0/6 - Absent

  • Sugar: 2/6 - Semi-dry

  • Acidity: 5/6 - Pointed

  • Alcohol: 2/6 - Discreet (12.5%)

  • Length in the mouth: 2/6 - Rather short (3-4 sec)

Juicy on the palate, with notes of invigorating grapefruit, notes of lime zest and kaffir lime (citrus family). A nice length in the mouth. A perfect aperitif wine, to be served chilled on hot summer days.

Fresh herb flavors pair well with most salads, while riper tropical flavors pair well with many fish recipes. Chef's tip: this wine will subtly enhance steamed mussels with lemongrass and chili...

Ernst Gouws & Co Pinotage

  • Estate and name of the wine: Ernst Gouws & Co Pinotage

  • Appellation: Stellenbosch

  • Region: South Africa, Western Cape, Coastal Region, Stellenbosch

  • Grape varieties: Pinotage (cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault Hermitage)

  • Vintage: 2020
  • Color of the coat: Red - The color is a bright ruby ​​red, a sparkling color with purple highlights.

  • Color intensity: Intense and brilliant color.

It reveals complementary aromas of wild brambles, ripe plums, exotic spices, baked Christmas cake and dried pears. The exotic spice profile is reminiscent of a trip to a North African open-air market.

  • Body: 4/6 - Full-framed

  • Tannins: 4/6 - Firm

  • Sugar: 0/6 - Very dry

  • Acidity: 3/6 - Fresh

  • Alcohol: 3/6 - Warm (14.3%)

  • Length in the mouth: 5/6 - Long (9-10 sec)

Robust tannins reinforce the structure without adding roughness. True to the typical character of Pinotage, the palate ends with lingering flavors of sweet red berry compote.

The typical fruity sweetness of Pinotage on the finish makes it an ideal partner for spicy Asian-style dishes – think aromatic curries, biryani or peppery squid served with wasabi. Red fruit flavors go well with bobotie, ratatouille and oxtail. Ideal with a smoked and braised game steak for a classic South African combination.

Clo by Lolol Tinto

  • Estate and name of the wine: Hacienda Araucano, Clo de Lolol Tinto

  • Appellation: Colchagua

  • Region: Chile, Central Valley, Rapel Valley, Colchagua Valley

  • Grape varieties: Syrah, Carménère, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet, Petit Verdot

  • Vintage: 2018
  • Coat color: Red - The coat is a deep, shiny red with purple highlights.

  • Color intensity: Deep color, quite intense.

The nose is fresh and elegant with notes of black fruit jam and tobacco, but also spices such as cinnamon or cloves.

  • Body: 4/6 - Full-framed

  • Tannins: 4/6 - Firm

  • Sugar: 0/6 - Very dry

  • Acidity: 3/6 - Fresh

  • Alcohol: 4/6 - Warm (14.5%)

  • Length in the mouth: 6/6 - Very long (>10 sec)

It is a wine that reveals itself in stages, highlighting the complexity of this blend, with background notes of leather, white pepper and liquorice. The whole is balanced by an aromatic power which testifies to the elegance of the Lolol valley.

It is a well-balanced wine that can be accompanied by game in wine sauce or barbecued red meat...

Calculate your score:

You like wine but wine doesn't like you. No matter how much you smell the corks to detect possible defects, you only smell the smell of cork. You observe but see nothing, you smell but smell nothing, you chew but taste nothing… Is rosé a mixture of red and white? There is still a long way to go but you will get there with practice and tasting!

It's not the desire to become a true tasting master that you lack, but the training. You aspire to be a sommelier, there is no doubt about it, but your senses are not yet sharp enough and all wines have a similar taste. But don't despair: if Bach was able to become a musical virtuoso while being deaf, there is hope that you will one day be able to tell a chardonnay from a champagne. Train your nostrils and your taste buds, that's the only thing!

You may be spending too much time deciphering the label and not enough analyzing the contents of your INAO glass. But you have a taste for adventure: you are curious about everything and you explore the vine jungle with a machete without fear. You mess up, you get lost, you fall but you always get back up. You have the enthusiasm of a future oenologist: don't despair, you are on the right wine route!

You are an initiate of the order of good bottles. If you are not yet a great master of taste-vinage, you have the discipline and curiosity necessary to achieve it. If you can't yet distinguish the subtle notes of yuzu at the end of the second nose of a small, obscure wine with heightened minerality, you know with certainty what you like and what you don't like, and that's already a lot !

The precision of your tasting is almost witchcraft. It’s like you fell into an oak barrel when you were little! You simply excel in the art of oenology, you are familiar with the most advanced techniques and your senses are as sharp as those of a professional sommelier. You're pretty good, to say the least... The path to absolute grace is not far away!

You are the Mozart of tasting, the Picasso of the Pommerol cellars, the Einstein of the Savagnin old and Comté accord 36 months of maturing with grains of salt! At a glance, you can distinguish Mourvèdre from Tannat. The subtlety of your senses has risen to the rank of divinity: you discern the most incongruous aromas in a few seconds in any bottle. You have passed to the other side of the barrier: you no longer taste the wine, you write its destiny.

The connoisseurs' corner

In oenology, we speak of Old World wines when they are produced in traditional wine regions such as Europe and the Middle East.

While in the New World, wine-growing activity is more recent, as in America and Africa. Can you recognize the category to which the 4 wines in this box belong?