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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. 

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CHAMPAGNE ELLNER SAS


EPERNAY
Founded at the beginning of 1900, The House Charles Ellner, is managed today by the 3rd generation whereas the 4th has already taken a very active part in it since several years. The family moved forward very fast and developed the company in a significant way, but was always very concerned about preserving the same family identity and know-how. For memory, at the beginning of the last century, Charles Emile Ellner founded the house. He was then assisted by is only son Pierre, with whom the adventure started. Pierre transmitted to his sons his passion for the vineyard and for wine. Michel more involved in the vineyard was very often standing by his father’s side building together today’s properties. He was followed by his two sons, Arnaud, the actual cellars master and Frederic, director of the vineyard. Jean-Pierre is now the President of the company. The vineyard covers a total surface of 54 hectares spread over 15 different locations providing us with a wide variety of grapes. The diversity, the richness; the smoothness of our cuvees, attest of our will to bring our Champagne to the top of the quality scale. The fidelity and confidence our customers grant us with , testify of the steadiness and the constancy of our champagne through out the years. Always in search of new opportunities, our company succeeded in developing its export markets representing today nearly 60 % of its sales. One can only enjoy this Champagne Prestige Millésime 2002, attractive by this aromatic complexity where nuances of lemon are detected, of brioche and of dry apricot, of a quite nice robe clear gold, is of mouth very structured and persistent. Séduction Millésime 2002, resulting from a very particular selection joining together grapes coming from their vineyards of Chouilly in majority, out-of-date in tuns and of Venteuil, Vaucienne and Épernay, aged in half-muids, is a robust vintage, but where Chardonnay brings smoothness and mellow, a good beautiful Champagne which feels the dried fruits (almond), dense and distinguished at the same time, harmonious. Very tasty vintage of brut Réserve, full and very fruity mouth, nice golden robe, with the complex nose (apricot), all in aromatic smoothness.

DOMAINE PIERRE GELIN


FIXIN
The GELIN winegrowing is a family property of a dozen hectares on the communes of Fixin and Gevrey-Chambertin. The property created in 1925 by Pierre Gelin is now exploited by Stéphen GELIN and his wife assisted by their Pierre-Emmanuel son who integrated the company in September 2000. Types of wines: Bourgogne Passetoutgrain, Bourgogne aligoté, Bourgogne red, Fixin 1ers crus Les Hervelets, Les Arvelets and the Clos Napoléon (Monopole), Gevrey Chambertin “Clos de Meixvelles” (monopole), Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru Clos Prieur et Chambertin Clos de Bèze. The methods of culture are traditional, the limited outputs and the manual grape harvest. After a maturing out of barrels of 22/24 month old oak, the wines are bottled at the property. One is obviously at the top with this Fixin Premier Cru Clos Napoleon 2009, 50 year old vines, manual grape harvest, matured 22 month out of barrels of oak, very full, of robe crimson, which associates structure and distinction, to the characteristic nose where are guessed the ripe fruits, the humus and the spices (grooves, pepper), all stops some, fleshy, of beautiful evolution. The 2008 are of a great complexity, with the characteristic nose prevailed by the cooked fruits and liquorice, of powerful structure, with these tannins quite present, of rich mouth (morello cherry, humus, spices). Superb 2007, an intense wine with the nose, which associates structure and distinction, with these notes of smoked quite specific, one of best tasted this year. Tasty 2006, garnet-red robe and reflections crimsons. Nose complexes where mix with the notes of soft spices (vanilla and grooves) and of stone-fruits, beautiful fresh attack stops some, tannins is unctuous, molten and delicately underlines the powerful and persistent kirsch aromas. Beautiful minerality continuing on vanilla finally. The 2005, are a great wine where intermingle with the notes of red small fruits with core quite ripe, of pepper and liquorice, of cordial and powerful mouth, a wine obviously still very young. Fixin 2009, scented, with the typical undergrowth and blackberry connotations, is of beautiful structure, a wine which fills up the mouth well. There are also this attractive and rare white Fixin, an elegant and suave wine, very traditional, of intense robe, rich with the nose as in mouth, all in aromatic nuances (lime, hazel nut).

CHATEAU DES PEYREGRANDES


FAUGERES
Family winegrowing of 25 ha since 5 generations, Marie-Geneviève Boudal-Benezech perpetuates the tradition and the destiny of the Winegrowing since 1995. Quality orders the control of our vines, our estate is qualified under l' Agriculture raisonnée. The wines are very typified “Faugères”: a great richness aromatic, much of structure, large smoothnesses of tannins. Our goal is to transmit to the consumer the typicity of this appellation, by working out wines resulting from assembly and in constant research from balance between the powerfull and the smoothness. In fact, as in a work of art, we try to transmit through our products, the love and the passion which we have for our area, our vines and our wine. Superb Faugères Prestige 2009 (40% Syrah, 40% Carignan and 20% Mourvèdre, on the slopes of Serre, arid slope on the heights of the southern full exposed village vis-a-vis the sea), partly matured out of barrels, a velvety wine, very scented, with these nuances of leather, undergrowth and of fruits surmûtis (strawberry, bilberry), of a beautiful fullness in mouth, very good evolution. Faugères fermented Marie Laurencie 2007, a compartmental selection of Syrah 40%, Grenache 30%, Carignan 20% and Mouvèdre 10%, with a very small yield of 20 hl/ha, vinified together with a very long maceration then a maturing out of barrel for 20% from Syrah and 20% of Carignan which are then assembled with type of vines matured out of tanks. The wine is coloured, with the expressive nose with notes of violet and liquorice, combining smoothness and structure, of silky mouth. Taste Faugères Tradition 2009, of powerful mouth, with this intense spice and blackcurrant nose to the accents of scrub, coated tannins, of very good evolution. Excellent rosé Faugères, of a beautiful balance, with the scents of pink and strawberry, complex and delicate mouth.

DOMAINE DE LA RENAUDIE


TOURAINE
They have been vine-growers for three generations; the great-grandfather, Albert Denis, set up the Domaine de la Renaudie in 1928. Since 1982, Bruno Denis has been running the estate. He is a perfectionist, thoroughly committed to his profession, and since he started making the wines, they have progressed steadily in quality. His wife, Patricia Denis, is a trained oenologist, but mainly deals with sales. The age of the vines (35 years on average) and the poor, shallow soils result in wines for laying down. The winery is a complex of buildings, each with its own specific role in the various stages of winemaking. The main, recently-built vinification winery is set apart and is equipped with stainless-steel vats and all the equipment required to turn grapes into wine and to control temperatures. The storage and ageing cellar has a capacity of 120,000 bottles and is also used to prepare orders, while a former cellar, which has been turned into a client reception, can hold up to 50 people. Several wines are most successful, such as the very fruity Touraine-les-Guinetières, the Touraine-Cabernet, a colourful, rich wine with silky tannins, aromas of raspberry and underwood, and the Tradition, rich and aromatic, with a powerful, lasting nose in which red fruit and spices stand out, a round, well-structured wine which is mellow in the mouth and which has excellent ageing capacity. The Touraine white, very typical of the Sauvignon, is fresh and fruity with characteristic notes of lime and dried fruit, combining roundness and aromatic freshness in the mouth - as does the rosé, Perle de Rosée.

CHAMPAGNE NATHALIE FALMET


ROUVRES-LES-VIGNES
After studies of Chimie to Paris XI and one diploma for the occupation of oenologist in 1993, Nathalie Falmet takes again the family estate and becomes vigneronne, in the Côte des Bar. It is the first woman to have the titles of vigneronne and oenologist, and to exert these two trades simultaneously. The vineyard is carried out in reasoned culture, the type of vines and the soils are expressed naturally, no discoloration of the juices to the vintage, the whole explaining the many rewards obtained (and deserved). There is its Champagne cuvée Le Val Cornet, equal shares of Pinot noir and Meunier of Val Cornet only, vintage 2007, with ripe apricot connotations, of toast and fresh nut, of delicate foam, a vintage intense and typified, which combines structure and distinction, very tasty on curlpapers of lobster to the basil as on a vacherin with frozen chestnuts. The Champagne Rosé Tentation, rosé of bleeding (50% Pinot noir and 50% Pinot meunier, vintage 2010), whose label is particularly elegant, is of beautiful color, of abundant foam, complex and subtle at the same time, very scented finally, very charmer on a white meat with the cream as on a cake with the fruits. Beautiful vintage brut Nature, a pure Pinot noir, vintage 2010, coming only from Val Cornet, a not proportioned vintage, therefore, all stops some, where one find nuances of lemon and narcissus, a Champagne very elegant, all in smoothness, scented, perfect on sushis, for example. The Brut, majority Pinot noir with 30% of Chardonnay, powerful with the nose, with floral mouth, associates aromatic richness and sweetness, and feels good pear and spices finally.



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