Le Petit Ballon : Review


I love France. I love Paris. I love their amazing food.

I love Amelie, Parisian traffic jams, macaroons, Run Lola Run, Zinedine Zidane, Montmartre, the stunning architecture, Yann Tiersen, DJ Zebra, and the French national strikes. And the wine. Oh, do the French know about wine! Bordeaux! Burgundy! Côtes du Rhone! Loire Valley! Have you seen A Good Year?

So it’s with great delight that I see another French company bringing their wine choice, subscription and delivery service to our humble shores. Welcome, Le Petit Ballon!

Le Petit Ballon

Le Petit Ballon started in 2009 when Martin Ohannessian, already an entrepreneur in the music industry, decided to change course and jump into the world of monthly wine subscriptions. . Their Head sommelier is Jean-Michel Deluc, former Sommelier Chef at The Ritz. He knows his stuff. And now he’s picking out some premium choices for the likes of us in the UK!

Le Petit BallonThere are two subscription types available – Grape Expectations (unknown vineyards and great value wines, £24.90 per month) and Age of Raisin (prestigious labels for connoisseurs, £39.90 per month).

Le Petit Ballon also have their online shop so if you discover a wine you love, or fancy the look of something, you can pick up some more of the good stuff!

It’s not expensive either. They have sales, low priced wines, but also a large selection of the more exclusive vino.

I received the Le Petit Ballon welcome pack which consisted of Fleur de Chardonnay (a popular choice) and the Château Le Chêne, a fruity red blend from Bordeaux.

You get information about your wine in both the pack and on the Le Petit Ballon website. In fact, you get loads of info about the history of the wine, the flavour & tasting notes and also suggested pairings.

Le Petit Ballon

The wine itself is, naturally, delicious. One of the things I liked about the website is that if you like a particular wine then they’ll highlight other wines that people liked like that one!

They also have a brilliant Youtube channel where they discuss the wines they send out. (You could learn from this and then reel it off to your friends and family like you’re a wine expert!)

If you know someone who likes their wine and wants to learn more, this would be a great Christmas present. There are a few wine subscription boxes on the market now, all slightly different. This isn’t the cheapest, so it’s just a matter of comparing them and figuring out which one offers the angle that suits you best.

Le Petit Ballon links – website, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

110 Comments

  1. Amy Fidler
    4 December 2016
    Reply

    im a film Boff

  2. Helen Moulden
    4 December 2016
    Reply

    Ha, probably shopping!

  3. Sarah Corbett
    4 December 2016
    Reply

    Excellent post – I am a *huge* fan of red wine, although I’m no expert!

  4. Julie T
    4 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m not much of an expert in anything, but let’s think about this carefully. Since we moved I light the fire every morning (successfully) – had never done that before! My tangy lemon cake is wonderful, as is my cheesecake, we couldn’t eat a bought one again… I’m pretty good with words and just wrote a lovely poem for my husbands birthday yesterday and he was delighted. OK, maybe I’m not an expert, but I’m not too bad either!

    • 4 December 2016
      Reply

      The fire-starting thing is admirable. I did it during an Easter holiday to a cottage in East Fife last year. Great fun!

  5. iain maciver
    4 December 2016
    Reply

    car repairs

  6. kEVIN000
    4 December 2016
    Reply

    Nothing at all!

  7. mick proctor
    4 December 2016
    Reply

    dwarves

  8. Caroline Hunter
    4 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m very good at managing the household finances, getting good deals on insurance, banking, mortgages etc. 🙂

  9. Graham Ross
    4 December 2016
    Reply

    playing games

  10. Peter Watson
    4 December 2016
    Reply

    Sleeping

  11. Tracy Nixon
    4 December 2016
    Reply

    In calorie counting!

  12. Emma Ferguson
    4 December 2016
    Reply

    I love baking cakes!

  13. Keri brooks
    4 December 2016
    Reply

    Am an expert being a referee for the kids lol

  14. Gillian Brewster
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    Ice hockey I’m a huge fan and have travelled across the miles and different countries to watch my beloved sport and the GB mens national team.

  15. Sharon H
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    Employment Law

  16. Joanne Beale
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    Nothing at all

  17. Phyllis Ellett
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    Housework, not through choice.

  18. cheryl hadfield
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    at entering competitions..although I don’t always have achieve my goals

  19. Ruth Harwood
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    kinda an expert in history, tho please don’t ask me anything i don’t actually know!!!!

  20. ABIGAIL HAMILTON
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    Common sense

  21. Chris Andrews
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    What are you an expert in? . . . . .languages . . . . l am bilingual as l speak fluent Gibberish

  22. Christine Lockley
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    Procrastinating –

  23. Diana Maxwell
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    Spotting the millions of unnecessary apostrophes that seem to adorn every noptice in the land…………

  24. Rebecca Smith
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    Not much haha!

  25. Gaynor Lewis
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    Multi tasking – though there’s lots of us (parents) in my expert field !!!

  26. Sharon Jackson
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    does being a mum to 2 daughters count lol, I believe they couldn’t cope without me. 🙂

  27. Stuart Robinson
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m an expert in Championship Manager 00/01

  28. John Tingay
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m an expert in absolutely everything – especially modesty.

  29. Laura Kevlin
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m an expert wine-taster and cheese-eater 😉

  30. kelly wheelhouse
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m a bit of a tech geek 🙂

  31. Andrea Storey
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    Im an expert at drinking fine ales as my little beer belly will testify.

  32. Laura Pritchard
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    In quoting Friends!

  33. lyla
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    Listening

  34. Amy Ripley
    5 December 2016
    Reply

    in shopping!

  35. William Gould
    6 December 2016
    Reply

    I am an expert Civil/Structural Engineering Draughtsman, one of the best in the country. However my wife would say I’m an expert in procrastination…. 😉

  36. Margaret Gallagher
    6 December 2016
    Reply

    Juggling ten things at once -metaphorically speaking

  37. Kim Styles
    6 December 2016
    Reply

    I am no real expert on Wine but I know what I like!

  38. Lynsey Buchanan
    6 December 2016
    Reply

    I am an expert in the Time Keeping

  39. Paul von der Fecht
    6 December 2016
    Reply

    Not very much, really.

  40. Harline
    7 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m a cleaning freak

  41. Hannah Ingham
    7 December 2016
    Reply

    Books! I’d like to think so anyway!

  42. Jennifer Toal
    7 December 2016
    Reply

    Sleeping

  43. ADEINNE TONNER
    7 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m an expert in drawing!! I love doing it as i find it so relaxing

  44. judy parslow
    9 December 2016
    Reply

    multi tasking

  45. Janet HUMPHREY
    9 December 2016
    Reply

    procrastinating 🙂

  46. judy kennedy
    9 December 2016
    Reply

    Expert on chocolate ranging from kitkats to Green & Black

  47. Gemma Massey
    10 December 2016
    Reply

    Sleeping, Lovely giveaway thanks for the chance xx

  48. Nikki Hayes
    11 December 2016
    Reply

    Medication dispensing – my husband is taking a ton of different medication and its muggins here who sorts out the 7 day pill boxes every week 😀

  49. Kelly Hirst
    13 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m an expert in making sandwiches!

  50. Samantha O'D
    13 December 2016
    Reply

    Silly dancing

  51. aj
    14 December 2016
    Reply

    been a gobbie so and so

  52. Jo Hutchinson
    15 December 2016
    Reply

    Im an expert in tidying up after others

  53. Angie McDonald
    15 December 2016
    Reply

    The Nintendo NES console – Super Mario Bros 1-3

  54. hannah wood
    15 December 2016
    Reply

    Dental Nursing

  55. Solange
    16 December 2016
    Reply

    Sleeping

  56. Michaela Hannah
    17 December 2016
    Reply

    I’d like to think i’m good at sniffing out bargains

  57. Jennifer Clyde
    18 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m an expert at sleeping

  58. Charlie Brunton
    19 December 2016
    Reply

    I’d like to say I’m an expert in cats purely because I’m a crazy cat lady and I’m not much good at anything else!

  59. Judith Allen
    21 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m not bad at 4 minute a side scrabble. See you on isc.ro, I’m JudeVFR400, play me!

  60. Stevie
    21 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m an expert with the children in the family. It’s always fun.

  61. Andrew Petrie
    21 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m an expert fisherman.

  62. Jodie A Harvey
    21 December 2016
    Reply

    cleaning!! Having 6 children irs a good job!

  63. JULIE WARD
    22 December 2016
    Reply

    Most probably opening my gob when I shouldn’t

  64. kate kathurima
    23 December 2016
    Reply

    drinking coffee

  65. Rachael Ashmore
    23 December 2016
    Reply

    Housework according to my children xx

  66. Sheri Darby
    23 December 2016
    Reply

    Making a mess! – sad isn’t it

  67. barbara daniels
    25 December 2016
    Reply

    im an artist

  68. michelle o'neill
    25 December 2016
    Reply

    putting on weight!

  69. Deborah Clarke
    26 December 2016
    Reply

    Im.pretty good at vegetarian cooking. Can pretty much make a veg version of any meal

  70. Alix Smith
    26 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m an expert in pointless list-making. I have lists for everything!!

  71. Mary Baldwin
    26 December 2016
    Reply

    Procrastinating, especially if it’s a difficult decision – I can put it off longer than anyone I know.

  72. Rebecca Nisbet
    26 December 2016
    Reply

    i think im good at computers, i have trained quite a few staff at my work.

  73. Margaret Abram
    27 December 2016
    Reply

    Eating chocolate!

  74. Jayne Townson
    27 December 2016
    Reply

    Being a peacemaker and keeping everything in the household running like clockwork.

  75. Sarah prescott
    27 December 2016
    Reply

    Crafting

  76. Ann Skamarauskas
    27 December 2016
    Reply

    afternoon naps

  77. Victoria Prince
    28 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m an expert in the art of making a mess :-\

  78. Christine Caple
    28 December 2016
    Reply

    Proof reading

  79. Pam Francis Gregory
    28 December 2016
    Reply

    Cutting hair!

  80. Allan Wilson
    29 December 2016
    Reply

    Moaning

  81. Andrew Loades
    29 December 2016
    Reply

    Making turkey sandwiches

  82. Anthea Holloway
    29 December 2016
    Reply

    Drinking wine!

  83. olivia kirby
    29 December 2016
    Reply

    Accounting and Hannibal

  84. Kim Lam
    30 December 2016
    Reply

    Finding excuses not to do the housework!!

  85. Lauren Old
    30 December 2016
    Reply

    Untidiness!

  86. Susan Williams
    30 December 2016
    Reply

    General Knowledge and Genealogy.

  87. Rebecca Beesley
    30 December 2016
    Reply

    erm…tidying up after the kids.

  88. Natalie Gillham
    30 December 2016
    Reply

    child care!

  89. Caroline Mcgovern
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    Hanging wallpaper

  90. Rachel Craig
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    Not sure that anyone can be an Expert. I suppose it depends on how one defines Expert, or perceives to be Expert. I did aim to do my Best at my job /paid Employment. Because I cared and also due to being brought up with a strong work ethic. Now I’d like to have some Leisure and Recreation time, which was very limited throughout my working life. Due to long hours, also travelling to work etc.

    I do love food, so I’d like to be Expert if that’s possible :- At evaluating delicious meals. I don’t say Food Critic, as I believe it’s important to find the Value, Benefits etc. Then can consider, suggest, recommend what may improve the food experience even more. As enjoying a mel can be about the whole experience. Oh! If only I were offered such Opportunities.

  91. Amanda tanner
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    Drinking too much

  92. Carol Boffey
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    Sleeping

  93. Erin S
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    As a trained cook, I am an expert in food.
    However, I hope courses included more wine-pairing knowledge.

  94. Kim Neville
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    Eating chocolate and being on time 🙂

  95. Hayley Todd
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    I am an expert in many things – drinking wine, G&T and eating crisps! But on more serious note, I am an expert on the poetry of Percy Shelley

  96. Colin Gault
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    Absloutely zilch

  97. natalee gosiewski
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    talking to my self partner and kids never seem to listen

  98. 31 December 2016
    Reply

    Watchint speedway and football

  99. Beryl drake
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    Im expert at putting my foot in it

  100. liz ferguson
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    PEOPLE FALL NATURALLY INTO VARIOUS ROLES IN A FAMILY – MY SISTER IS THE JOKER MY BROTHER IS A PROVIDER AND PROTECTOR – MY MOTHER IS THE RULE MAKER – MY FATHER IS A MAGICIAN (SPECIALITY, DISAPPEARING ACTS),
    I AM GOOD IN THE ROLE OF PEACEMAKER – I TEND TO BE THE ONE SMOOTHING THINGS OVER xx

  101. Chris Fletcher
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m an expert in procrastination

  102. antonia richardson
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    80s and 90s toys

  103. Katie Skeoch
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    My job! I’m pretty good at it 🙂

  104. 31 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m an expert at shopping!

  105. Tammy Neal
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    I’m a expert in making people happy x

  106. Tom Morrison
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    An expert in playing the guitar

  107. caroline tokes
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    books

  108. Justine Meyer
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    Changing the toilet roll when empty x

  109. Tee simpson
    31 December 2016
    Reply

    Raising kids

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