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Les Vins du Siècle est un grand site fédérateur, bilingue et mondial. Dans toute la France, « triés sur le volet », les meilleurs producteurs (la très grande majorité ayant l’exclusivité de leur appellation) sont retenus pour la typicité des vins, leur rapport qualité-prix-plaisir, l'expression de leur terroir et leur passion de vignerons. 

Pas de vins à la mode, surcôtés ou de "jus de bois" dans Les Vins du Siècle. La typicité d’un vin, ce n’est rien d’autre que l’association d’un sol, d’un micro-climat, d’une plante et d’un homme.  On ne peut aimer un vin qu’en appréciant celui qui le fait. Derrière une étiquette, il y a un viticulteur (ou une viticultrice) et c’est fondamental de ne pas les dissocier. Bien sûr, les sols ont une influence considérable et, dans chaque territoire, dans chaque commune, le vigneron fait la différence avec son voisin.

Il ne s’agit donc pas seulement de faire du bon vin, ce que tout le monde peut faire, mais surtout d’élever de vrais vins racés, reconnaissables entre mille, qui sentent ce “fumé” bourguignon, déploient ce “velours” libournais, ces senteurs alsaciennes, cette “chair” en Médoc ou à Châteauneuf, cette “minéralité” à Pouilly ou à Meursault, cette fraîcheur en Champagne comme dans nos grands liquoreux. 


HALL OF FAME

DOMAINE GOURON


CHINON
Founded in 1946 by René Gouron, the DOMAINE will develop with the support of his Jacky son until in the Eighties. From now on, they are the little children LAURENT and STEPHANE which vinify and market together the 28 hectares which account the family property. Classified in Appellation CHINON Contrôlée le DOMAINE GOURON is parcelled out in many pieces: argilo-limestone and argilo-siliceous, on the slopes and gravels interfered sands, in plain. This diversity of grounds made it possible to create various vintages emphasizing the expression, fruity in plain and robust on the slopes. All the year an important work is granted to the vine in order to obtain the best fruits: the requirement of one prunes short, of the enherbés grounds and of polishing direct themselves towards controlled outputs, a better concentration and the respect of our environment. Our wines are matured in the micaceous chalk cellars with ideal conditions then bottled at the property. Laurent Gouron will base his sales in 2017 for red with the Cuvée du Domaine 2015 then 2016, the Cuvée du Terroir 2011, the Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2011 2011, the Cuvée Croix Boissée 2010, and the Cuvée Croix Boissée blanc 2014, then 2015. He tells us that, "in spite of a small harvest (60 % less), 2016 is a beautiful vintage wine thanks to the clement weather report of September, the wine acquired a beautiful maturity." This Chinon rouge cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2011, generous and firm, in dominant of plum, raspberry and cinnamon, is a colored wine, with silky and rich tannins, fleshy, which involves power and distinction and pursues an excellent evolution. We pursue with this Chinon rouge La Croix Boissée 2010, colored, strong as needs one, in the nose dominated by red berries (blackberry, wild strawberry), a very well raised vintage, of complex mouth (plum, licorice), of a big intensity, with velvety but rich tannins. The Chinon rouge 2015 is intensified, very perfumed, a wine which feels well the morello cherry and undergrowth, to uncork in a roast pork. Remarquable Chinon La Croix Boissée blanc 2014, pure Chenin, raised into wine in barrels without exogenous yeasts at room temperature, of mouth lively as their Chinon rosé 2015, flattering, frank and supple at the same time.

CHATEAU HAUT-SAINT-CLAIR


PUISSEGUIN-SAINT-EMILION
These likeable owners brood their vineyard of 6 ha crashed on croups and tray of argilo-calcareous structure and whose vines are 35 years old. The type of vines Merlot (65%), Cabernet franc (25%) and Cabernet-Sauvignon (10%) are associated with this soil argilo-limestone and meticulous care (stripping, grapes sorted before picking off, long macerations, breeding out of barrels, of which 1/3 is renewed each year…). One is well at the top with their Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion 2014, a reference, very balanced, of full mouth where dominate the ripe fruits (plum, raspberry), of nice color crimson, a wine which combines flexibility and structure, to wait a little to benefit from all its potential. Very beautiful 2012, fleshy, very tasty, with the notes of currant and humuses characteristic, which mingle a tannic smoothness with a roundness in mouth persistent, of a final with these notes of smoked and wild strawberry surmûrie. The 2011 develop spiced notes, with the complex nose where dominate the ripe small fruits (blackcurrant, currant), rich and flexible at the same time, quite representative of this very pretty vintage year, perfect with a braised pigeon or a string beef. The 2008 of color garnet-red, rich, with the intense nose, is complex, of a beautiful final where the ripe black cherry and the underwoods dominate, wine of a flattering and rich mouth at the same time. The 2007 are very successful, a balanced and flexible wine, with melted tannins, very pleasant with this nose of violet and ripe red small fruits, which associates distinction and richness, full and fatty, and is tasted very well. Structure and roundness, characterize this excellent 2006, all in mouth, fine and fat, quite fleshy, a very scented wine (violet, black cherry) which continues its beautiful evolution. Taste their Moulin Saint-Clair 2015, which reveals notes of violet and blackberry, rich color, traditional, combining smoothness and structure, of very good evolution. Tasty 2014, with the nose of red small fruits, with tannins molten but quite present, a rich and very aromatic wine, of a beautiful harmony.

CLOS TRIMOULET


SAINT-EMILION Grand Cru
Located to the north of Saint-Emilion, "Clos Trimoulet" is a family estate on which the ancestral skills have been handed down over five generations now. Guy Appollot and his two sons, Alain et Joël, have managed to preseve this heritage, whilst combining it with the most modern of techniques. The estate is divided into several plots of vines with clay and sandy soils which give the wine structure, longevity and finesse. The grapes are picked when they are perfectly ripe and undergo a long vatting process which extracts as many tannins as possible. The result is that "Clos Trimoulet" is an excellent wine for laying down. All the production is bottled on the estate after 18 months of maturing in oak barrels. Discover Saint-Émilion GC 2009, silver medal in Challenge international of the wine 2011, with the red fruit scents, of leather and undergrowth, full taste in mouth, powerful, tasty, rich color as out of structure, of guard. Beautiful 2008, silver medal with the competition of Vignerons Indépendants, the subtle bouquet where the prune and the spices prevail, mixing suppleness and structure. The 2007, of molten and scented mouth, are quite traditional, all in roundness, of intense color ruby, with the nose marked by currant and the undergrowth, with round tannins, associating richness and harmony, fullbodied and spiced as it is needed. “The 2007 are one vintage miraculous, explain Alain Appollot, nature was generous with us. Thanks to our work upstream, with the care which we had taken to the vine during all of summer, the grapes were very nice, the analyzes were very good besides, surprising even, revealing pH completely correct. That gives very fruity wines, of a beautiful balance, rather traditional wines finally. For the maturing, we did not use too much of new wood, we do not make a point of masking the wines. I respect the vintage and his characteristics, I do not seek to gum them but on the contrary to underline the best.”

SCEV CHAMPAGNE MICHEL ARNOULD ET FILS


VERZENAY
The origins vigneronnes of the Arnould family go up at the end of last century. At the time, the Lefevre grandfathers exploit vines located on the soil Great wine of Verzenay, the grapes being sold at the large Country cottages. The first bottles were marketed in the Thirties. With beginning of the year 60, the little girl of the family Lefevre get maried with Michel Arnould and create together their own brand “Michel Arnould”. In 1972, they begin export in England. Today, their son Patrick and their son-in-law develops the mark in a large number of countries. The vineyard of 12 ha is led in reasoned fight, in the respect of the environment. Maison proposes to you this superb Champagne Grand Cru millésime 2010, where the ripe fruits and the small dried fruits dominate, all in aromatic persistence, of fine foam, an intense vintage, of beautiful yellow color scented with amber, with the ripe apple and hazel nut notes in mouth. The cuvée Mémoire de Vignes Grand Cru 2011 does not have anything to envy to him, mixing richness aromatic and persistence in mouth, complete, with connotations of flowers and toast, fine and fruity foam, a beautiful width to the palate, to lead to a fish pâté or a lemon-flavoured trout in curlpaper. The Tradition Grand Cru Blanc de noirs, is particularly typified, of fine and persistent foam, of a beautiful complexity in mouth, all into fruity and smoothness, Champagne proportioned very well, full, which feels good the toast, apricot and the fresh flowers. The B 50 Grand cru Millésime 2007, delicate but rich, with hazel nut and pear scents, combines smoothness and fruity, with this balanced nervousness, of good mouth, with the notes of lime and quince finally. The cuvée Extra Brut Grand Cru, a pure only one year black Pinot with wine 20% of reserve, not of liquor of discharging, is all in aromatic persistence (almond, fishing, lemon, Narcisse…), Champagne all in nervousness, very balanced, harmonious in mouth, distinguished, all in subtlety, of gilded color. One continues with this brut Réserve Grand Cru, assembly with equal shares of black Pinot and of Chardonnay, which has a ripe apple nose and a suave mouth, powerful and complex, where enters itself mix with the palate the fruits, the heather and the flowers fresh, brut Carte d' Or, of fine and persistent bubbles, beautiful color, of good structure, dense and is scented, with the floral notes (lily, broom) subtle, of a very pretty final, and the brut rosé Grand Cru, which has a nose where the rose and the quince dominate, subtle, of a great persistence with nuances of raspberry.

DOMAINE GERARD TREMBLAY


CHABLIS
A remarkable owner who manages, with his wife Hélène, and his son Vincent, a beautiful vineyard built up patiently over the years and which now covers 37 hectares, including about 10 in Premiers Crus aand others in Chablis, Petit Chablis and Grand Cru, including a fantastic Valmur, one of the greats in Chablis. Gérard Tremblay is meticulous, hard-working and devoted to quality. This tenacious chap makes his wines using all the modern techniques in the name furthering traditional know-how. His strength is that he takes just as much care with the maturing of his Grands Crus as of his Chablis. In blind tasting, many would get quite a surprise at the quality of these wines. The Petit Chablis is rounded and flowery with very expressive primary aromas, whereas the Chablis is more fleshy, full-bodied and long with very strong character. Chablis 1er Cru "Beauroy" has great finesse and good harmony, the Chablis 1er Cru "Côte de Léchet" has a complex nose in which dried fruits dominate. Fresh, very rich aromas in the mouth. The 1er Cru "Montmain" has a fine, complex nose, very long in the mouth. The Chablis 1er Cru "Fourchaume" is the must of the winery - the nose and mouth are charmed by all those aromas of honey and white flowers, as well as the great length in the mouth. The Chablis Cru "Valmur", often splendid, has a very typical nose with a blend of power and distinction. In the mouth, it is fleshy and suave with gentle aromas of honey and good length.



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