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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

SCE DU CLOS BELLEFOND


SANTENAY
Resulting from an old vigneronne family originating in Santenay, Louis NIE acquired, in 1889, the Domaine du CLOS BELLEFOND, which remains still a family winegrowing today. Located at the South of the Côte de Beaune, Santenay , cité wine, tourist and… thermal, the Field exclusively exploits appellations villages and Premiers Crus on finings of SANTENAY, CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET, VOLNAY and POMMARD. On these grounds geologically varied of the Côte de Beaune, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, used out of mono-type of vine, allow the vinificator to express perfectly the typicity of the wines. Faithful to the Burgundian traditions and without worrying about the phenomena of mode, after a manual harvest with the rigorous sorting, the wine makings take place out of tanks of oak, opened and under trays, during ten days. The wines are then matured out of barrels, during one period from 18 to 20 months according to the powerfull of the vintage; bottled then preserved in our cellars until their forwarding. Superb Santenay Clos Bellefond 2009, coloured, cordial, with the nose of overripe red fruits and violet, very robust, rich with the nose as in mouth, which continues its excellent evolution. The 2008, resulting from poor grounds of an old career, powerful and coloured, very typified, very well-balanced, with firm but silky tannins, of mouth prevailed by the red fruits and the humus, of good guard. Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Premier Cru 2009, very aromatic, quite well-balanced, with the subtle nose, is a wine of a nice concentration in mouth. You will like also Santenay Premier Cru Passetemps 2009, where overripe fruit and spices savors intermingle, closes in mouth, of a great classicism, hardly starts to open. Santenay Premier Cru La Comme 2009, with silky and rich tannins at the same time, the intense blackcurrant bouquet, of musk, is a great wine firm, solid, of beautiful structure, guard. Remarkable Pommard Premier Cru Platière 2009, resulting from grounds stony, very harmonious, very scented (fresh red fruits, humus…), with these nuances of blackberry and spices characteristic of its soil, of guard like the 2008, very full, scented with the nose as in mouth (strawberry of wood, violet, humus), is of color intense crimson, with rich tannins, a wine associating powerfull and smoothness, of guard, of course. Older vintages, of 2005 to 2001, are still available, the 2000 and 2001, being currently with their apogee.

CHATEAU MACQUIN


SAINT-GEORGES-SAINT-EMILION
The Château Macquin extends on a surface from 30 hectares planted to 80% from Merlots, 10% of Cabernets-sauvignon and 10% of Cabernets-francs. Its grounds are argilo-limestones and its remarkable soil by its exposure and its composition enabling him to produce wines more estimated often than much of grand crus of Saint-Emilion. The vineyard counts 5500 vines to the hectare whose Middle Age varies from 15 to 60 years. It is enherbé in the middle of the row to decrease the production and to increase the quality of the grounds by developing the natural humus. The vat which goes back to 1885 was entirely refitted in the Eighties. While preserving the tanks in oak, doubled stainless, Denis Corre-Macquin made build a fermenting room half stainless steel, half concrete. The temperatures of fermentation are controlled by a system of automated thermoregulation and the wine making supervised by two famous oenologists. Denis Corre-Macquin grants an interest very particular to the culture of the vine; an ecological and constant interest which is the first and essential link, in its eyes, for the development of a grand cru. Today, it is too often forgotten that the excellence of a wine starts with a healthy and opened out vine. In order to still improve quality of our production, the grape harvest is carried out with the machine since 1980. Because while precisely choosing the start date of the grape harvest of each piece and while adapting the collecting to pluviometry, the grape arrives at the vat as soon as possible, in a perfect state of maturity. It is then sorted on two sort tables before being put out of tank. After a long maceration, the wine past and is put out of tank then out of barrels. The wine storehouse shelters 246 barrels of oak replaced per third every year. The wine rests from twelve to ten eight months out of barrels before being bottled where it will wait at least ten years to be tasted with its apogee.

CHATEAU LOUPIAC-GAUDIET


LOUPIAC
The 28-hectare vineyard lies around the Château and faces due south. The vines are very old, some as much as 40 years old, and are planted on clay-limestone soils on hillsides looking down onto the Garonne river. The vine varieties are classical for the appellation: 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon. The estate lies next to the magnificent Romanesque church of Loupiac dating from the XIIth century. The climate here is ideal for the growth of the Botrytis Cinéréa rot, with its morning mists and sunny autumn afternoons. As soon as the rot appears, the harvesting is done by hand in the traditional way: the grapes are picked exclusively by hand in a series of selection processes which go on from October through to mid-November. The wine-making process involves all the skills accumulated over 4 generations, combined with modern techniques to produce a fine, elegant wine with a beautiful golden colour. It is unctuous and very fruity with complex aromas of acacia and toast. Smooth in the mouth with a lot of freshness. A wine which ages well and is matured for two years before being bottled. These fresh, delicate wines are a perfect aperitif. They leave a nice, fresh impression in the mouth, which is ideal if you are going to taste other wines afterwards. Perfect with foie gras, poultry, white meat, cheese and fruit desserts.

CHATEAU FABAS


MINERVOIS
To the North-East of Carcassonne, in the central zone of Minervois, soil “Balcons of Aude”, this medieval strengthened farm is a winegrowing of only one holding of 158 ha with 58 ha of vines including 45 planted in Minervois. It is on this winegrowing with the multiple Mediterranean scents that Roland Augustin, helped of his two sons Yann and Loïc, mature with a care meticulous person of the intense, complex and expressive wines. For better understanding the specificity of each vintage of Château Fabas, it is necessary to know of it the origins, type of vines and the type of maturing. The Winegrowing is pressed on a decoration of hillocks exposed to full midday, witness of the old relief to the very strong slopes where no culture is possible, only the pines of Alep and the Mediterranean vegetation is clutched on the red grounds of the hills. The vines are spread out over two levels over a reversed relief, the high terraces with the oldest grounds and the low terraces with the youngest grounds. The grounds are argilo-limestones, in the tops, the flint levels on the terraces, and the sandstone on the slopes. Superb Minervois Serbolles rouge 2008, vinified after one day a cold maceration, before alcoholic fermentation begins, all this care gives a structured great wine, of a great complexity of aromas (musk, leather…), with these notes of smoked and spices, with tannins powerful but delicate, harmonious, of guard. Remarkable 2007, fleshy, finely spiced, full and structured, with harmonious tannins, with this mouth of blackberry and violet, délicieusement molten and powerful at the same time. Minervois Serbolles blanc 2011 (bases of white Vermentino and Grenache), all in charm, with the green reflections with aromas of nut and citrus fruits, a wine which combines elegance and powerfull, of a great persistence, where roundness and distinction join. The 2010 are finely having a nice bouquet, complex, which associates freshness and structure, with the lemon-flavoured nose, refined, all in mouth. Minervois Le Mourral 2008, is a wine fleshy, with the nose of violet and blackberry, fleshy, with prune and pepper notes. Taste also the IGP Syrah/Petit Verdot 2011, dense, all in aromas, ideal on an hare terrine, very succeeded like Sauvignon 2011, marked by its type of vine, where freshness prevails.

CHAMPAGNE PIERRE MIGNON


LE BREUIL
Pierre and Yveline Mignon direct the family winegrowing and their two children take part in the development: Celine, in charge with the commercial relations and export, Jean-Charles, person in charge of the vineyard and the wines. The typicity and the diversity of the soils make it possible to work out Great champagnes of Caractère. The vineyard of 14 hectares is distributed in all Champagne: Valley of the Marne, Côte des Blancs and area of Epernay. The planted grape varieties with majority of Pinot meunier (60%) are supplemented by Chardonnay present on 30% of the pieces and the Pinot black which covers 10% of the estate. This harmonious distribution enables us to work out Champagnes of Exception. The experience, gained generations in generations, is one of the important components which contribute to famous of our Maison. Thanks to its dynamism since the years 1970, the houseof Champagne Pierre Mignon developed considerably to reach 390.000 bottles today. We also knew to make known to us and to appreciate on the best tables of France and abroad. We invite you to discover the range of our Cuvées Classiques like our Cuvées Originales. Remarkable Champagne cuvée de Madame Millésimée 2005, intense, which combines structure and distinction, fruity with the nose as in mouth, of nice golden robe, scented, very harmonious in mouth, with the complex nuances (apricot, toast, musk). The cuvée Cœur d’Or, presented in a very beautiful red bottle metallized with strasses incorporated in the stopper, is in the line, all in aromas, associating elegance and structure, expenses and persistent, harmonious stop some, complex and fruity, of a very nice final, with dry apricot and hazel nut connotations. Their brut Prestige rosé de Saignée is all in charm, with its fresh fruit notes (cherry), of delicate foam, mixing savor and distinction, of a nice aromatic complexity and a very beautiful persistence. The cuvée Grande Réserve brut (80% Pinot meunier, 10% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot noir), where prevail of the yellow fruit and toast notes, is a wine dense with the palate, with nut notes, generous and harmonious, of creamy foam, of a beautiful complexity, all into fruity and smoothness. The cuvée Pure (zero proportioning) is particularly charming, releasing a great freshness in mouth, with scents of lily and apple, a success, perfect with aperitif or of the Saint-Jacques. You still give pleasure with the Champagne Harmonie de Blancs Millésime 2004 of beautiful aromatic complexity where nuances of lemon grass, brioche and apricot are detected, of very structured mouth, all in elegance.



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