Le Petit Ballon Wine Subscription Box Review: November 2017

Over the summer I introduced you to Le Petit Ballon, a wine subscription box from Paris, France. Just like beauty boxes, when you sign up to Le Petit Ballon, you will receive a box-full of goodies every month to your door.

I was blown away by the quality of my first box, so I was incredibly excited to find the November 2017 box on my doorstep this month! Each month is themed, and this month is Truffles – those rare yet delicious mushrooms that many of us have heard of, but not tried. In this month’s Gazette (the magazine that comes with the box) Le Petit Ballon introduces us to the world of truffles: the history, some anecdotes and recipes to make at home including Croque-Monsieur A La Truffe and Truffle Risotto – both of which match perfectly with your wines.

I love the facts and recipes that come with the box; I keep them all so I can come back to them at a later date. As truffles are quite a delicacy, I haven’t cooked with them myself yet, but I know that I have some recipes to use if I do decide to use some for a special occasion.

Along with the truffles feature, this month’s magazine includes interviews, pairing ideas and even music to match your wine selection! A lot of thought goes into The Gazette and it’s a great addition to the subscription.

But onto the wine!

When you sign up to Le Petit Ballon you can choose between two subscriptions, Grape Expectations, or the more expensive Age of Raisin. I always get the Grape Expectations box and this month received Mas du Soleilla Bringairet 2012 – a complex and elegant red from La Clape and Domaine Berenas Insolite blanc 2015 – a fruity, honeyed and fresh white wine made from three famous grapes: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier.

Both wines come with background details of where and how they were made, the perfect temperature to drink them, the ideal meals to match and incredibly detailed tasting notes so you can carry out a professional wine tasting in your own home! The Le Petit Ballon boxes are so fun; if you’re interested in wine at all, they make learning about it really fun and easy to understand.

One of my favourite aspects of the box is the food and wine pairings – it even informs you of the very best cheese to enjoy with your wine. Is there any better treat than cheese and wine?! (No).

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The November 2017 Le Petit Ballon box has been absolutely superb and I’ve enjoyed it even more than the June 2017 box – both wines were some of the best I have ever tried; you cannot beat wine chosen for you by the in-house sommelier. You can purchase all of the wines featured from the Le Petit Ballon online shop for a subscriber price, so I’m very tempted to pick some of these up for Christmas.

Le Petit Ballon also makes a fantastic gift for food and drink lovers – choose from 3, 6 or 12 month subscription. I’ll be reviewing next month’s box so make sure you check back in December for the CHRISTMAS BOX – so excited!!

*I was gifted the November box for a review but all thoughts and wine love my own*