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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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DOMAINE PICHARD


MADIRAN
A winegrowing of 12 ha (11 in red and one in white Pacherenc), on a ground thin, silico-argillaceous, very stony, where the southern exposure full to mid--slope makes it possible to obtain wines of very great quality. The vines are planted at the top of a slope, and it is the only winegrowing of madirannais to have the vines of only one holding. The thirty years planted grape varieties of average age are composed of 50% Tannat and 50% Cabernet franc, and for Blanc, primarily of Petit Manseng. One matures wines of tradition here, proposing a range of vintages over 10 years and more, which is very rare. Thus excite your papillae with Madiran Tradition 2009, combining aromatic concentration, roundness of tannins and persistence in mouth, with these notes of violet, leather and very characteristic blackcurrants, wine of a garnet-red, firm and typified color. The 2008 are complex and harmonious, with nuances being defined by raspberry aromas, of strawberry of wood, a wine of deep color to the purplished reflections, with full tannins, all in mouth, a fleshy wine, to open on lamb, for example. The cuvée Aimé 2009, very representative of this great vintage, with the nose present with notes of violet, liquorice and prune, a wine rich color, traditional and concentrated, combining smoothness and structure, full in mouth, of beautiful evolution. The 2008 very powerful and very aromatic, are still closed, fleshy, rich in bouquet as out of matter, all in mouth, with very well-balanced tannins, firm and very full. It there has still Madiran cuvée René 2007, rich color as out of matter, is fleshy, intense with the nose as in mouth, the overripe fruit scents, with very well-balanced tannins, a typified and quite fleshy wine, with the nuances of leather and blackberry finally, very promising. Beautiful 2006, matured very well out of barrels, a very tasty wine, of beautiful robe the steady, with pepper and blackcurrant nose, loose thanks to silky and powerful tannins at the same time, of excellent evolution. The 2005, with a strong color, of good base tannic, rich, with the connotations characteristic of prune and violet, are all in mouth, fleshy, quite fullbodied, with these quite attractive nuances of macerated fruits and humus. Pacherenc-of-Vic-Bilh the 2010 is delicious, of robe but pale, with scents floral and roasted with the nose, dense, very aromatic, all of structure and perfumes, harmonious.

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 Champagne Tradition Grand Cru, Blanc De Noirs, particularly typified, of fine and persistent foam, of a beautiful complexity in mouth, all into fruity and smoothness, Champagne very well proportioned, full and framed, which feels the toast, apricot and the fresh flowers. The B 50 Grand Cru Millésimes 2007, delicate but rich at the same time, with hazel nut and pear scents, combines smoothness and fruity, at the same time constructed and flexible, with this balanced nervousness, of good mouth, with the notes of lime and quince finally. Beautiful Champagne cuvée Mémoire de Vignes 2007 (pure Pinot noir resulting only from Vignes old women), of elegant and intense mouth, with these black grape notes, of fresh fruits and cookies, full and refined Champagne, which deserves an elaborate kitchen. The vintage Extra Brut Grand Cru a pure Pinot noir only one year with wine 20% of reserve, not of liquor of discharging, where power, smoothness and flavors of fruits intermingle, is Champagne of brilliant color, with fine and persistent bubbles. Brut Réserve Grand Cru, assembly with equal shares of Pinot noir and Chardonnay, has a ripe apple nose and a suave, powerful and complex mouth, where intermingle in mouth the fruits, the heather and the flowers fresh.   Excels Champagne Brut La Grande Cuvée de Michel Arnould (70% Pinot noir, 30% Chardonnay), full, of complex and delicate mouth at the same time. Alluring Brut rosé Grand Cru, a pure Pinot noir, addition of elaborate red slopes Champagne was of oak and resulting from old women Vignes, ageing minimum 24 months out of bottles, liquor of proportioning containing cane sugar, which feels raspberry always good, harmonious, powerful, of a pretty roundness finally.

DOMAINE COMTE PERALDI


VIN DE CORSE
Beautiful winegrowing of 50 ha vines, broods on the slopes of Mezzavia, floret of the insular vine growing. This old winegrowing (the first vines were planted there in XVIème century) was completely restructured in 1965 by Count of Poix-Peraldi. It is currently the most important vineyard of the controlled appellation “Ajaccio”, and the type of vines are more traditional there (Sciaccarello, Cinsault, Carignan, Niellucciu, Vermentino). Superb Ajaccio Comte Peraldi rouge 2009, of beautiful steady robe, with the spice and blackberry notes, combining structure and suppleness in mouth, with rich tannins, for which it is necessary to leave time to be melted, to open with a leg with the string, of excellent evolution. Remarkable Comte Peraldi rosé 2011, of beautiful color, full, fond of delicacies, rich, with this nose of pink and lily, and this characteristic spice point. Comte Peraldi blanc 2011, with the peach notes with finally a grapefruit point, sharp and round at the same time, is full, all in aromas. Very beautiful blanc cuvée Clémence 2010, one of my best gustatory memories of the year in this appellation, of nice robe, with this characteristic nervousness well-balanced, sharp and delicate, all in sweetness, of good mouth, with the ripe fruit notes, really very charmer. There is also this cuvée Clos du Cardinal rouge 2009, matured out of barrels, marked by its soil, a wine of a beautiful ruby deep, full and firm, bulky stops some with connotations of blackcurrant, liquorice, spices, fleshy, rich, concentrated, with silky but powerful tannins, of guard.

CHAMPAGNE CHARPENTIER


CHARLY-SUR-MARNE
It is today the eighth generation of vine growers which directs this house founded in 1855.Le vineyard counts 20 ha under reasoned fight. The planted grape varieties are single and atypical for the area of the valley of the Marne: 45% of Chardonnay, 40% of Pinot meunier and 15% of Pinot noir. The barouche, emblem of the house represented on the label of the vintage Terre d' Emotion, symbolizes the duty to perpetuate know-how and the values received in heritage. The pieces of old vines intended for the development of the vintages Terre d' Émotion, are cultivated in biodynamy. The house proposes to you to discover this Champagne brut Terre d’Émotion rosé, assembly only of old vines with prevailing of Chardonnay, with the subtle aromas of strawberry of wood, quite well-balanced mouth where one finds notes of brioche and almond, a wine as one likes them, frankly, of beautiful color, typified, of abundant foam, very charmer on a white meat with the cream as on a cake with the fruits. Their Champagne Terre d’Émotion Blanc de noirs (Pinot noir majority, and Pinot meunier, resulting from old vines), robust, releases a fruity complex, generous and charmer, a very round but very delicate wine also, of persistent foam. The Terre d' Émotion Blanc de blancs (pure Chardonnay compartmental old women vines and wine makings) is of light and intense foam, of powerful mouth, rich in aromas (almond, white flowers…), of beautiful structure. The brut rosé, of round mouth, of a very beautiful expression, developing elegance and vinosity, slightly is with a strong color spiced. You will appreciate also the brut rosé one, all in aromatic persistence (ripe, pink, grooves…) to uncork as well with aperitif as on a roast bass. Beautiful brut Millésime 2006, powerful and delicate at the same time, quite well-balanced in mouth, with persistent floral notes then nuances of quince and fresh almond, full and charmer, a vintage all in aromatic freshness, with fresh fruit notes to the palate. There are also this Champagne Brut Tradition, Champagne assembly of three type of vines, with prevailing of Pinot meunier, rich and well structured mouth, a nice smoothness, in creamy and distinguished foam, really very pleasant, and brut Terre d' Émotion, of a beautiful color but, with aromas quite present and notes of lime and honey, finely having a nice bouquet and robust, of a great fullness finally. The brut Réserve, assembly of three type of vines with prevailing Pinot meunier with wines of reserve in greater proportion, at the same time robust and distinguished, of a beautiful nervousness, of a great elegance, a vintage with the ripe citrus fruits scents and nut, very harmonious in mouth.

DOMAINE DU CHALET POUILLY


POUILLY-FUISSE
Since more than one century already, the Plumet family lives in the village of Solutré-Pouilly located in the area of Mâconnais in Burgogne, France. The first vines were planted in 1850 - although it would seem that the origin of the family property goes back to 1774. Since wine knowledge as well as family know-how were transmitted from generation to generation. The Domaine du Chalet Pouilly is located at hillside and prevails the small hamlet of Pouilly in the middle of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. The 8.5 hectares are divided between 5 ha of “Pouilly-Fuisse”, 3 ha of “Saint-Véran” and 0.5 ha of “Mâcon-Solutré”. The average age of vines is of about forty years for Pouilly-Fuissé and about fifty years for Saint-Véran. Some are centenaries. Mâcon-Solutré was planted in 2010. The grounds are with prevalent argilo-limestone for Pouilly-Fuissé and limestone for Saint-Véran. In 1983, Henri Plumet transmitted his property to his daughter Marie-Agnès Plumet and her husband Bernard Leger. The Winegrowing proposes this Pouilly-Fuissé 2009, maturing in oak barrel for 18 months in the Bourguignonne tradition, presents a robe clear gold, with the nose delicate, heady, wooded, delicate, with the almond perfumes, white fruits, of lime, of mouth dense, full, which allures by its balance and its aromatic richness (wood, fruits, flowers) the whole carried by a generous matter. A success. It is necessary to know to be patient in order to benefit fully from the beneficial evolution of time. Pouilly-Fuissé 2005, maturing 18 months out of traditional barrels, is a wine with the complex nuances where the flowers prevail and smoked, harmonious, a full and fleshy wine in mouth. Pouilly-Fuissé, with the flowered bouquet, with notes of hazelnut and white peach, all in smoothness, regularly is successful.



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