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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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CHATEAU REDORTIER


BEAUMES-DE-VENISE
Château Redortier, with 35 hectares of vines in virtually one single stretch, is particularly well placed, standing opposite the prestigious Dentelles de Montmirail. The estate is in the Côtes du Rhône Villages, Beaumes de Venise and Gigondas appellations all at the same time. The land is exceptional: the vines are planted at an altitude of 400m on south-facing hillsides which benefit from clay-limestone soils and a very dry summer season. The estate has kept its family character, with Etienne de Menthon working alongside his wife and their daughter Sabine. Château Redortier used to be a very important fortified castle which defended the principality of Orange. In 1956 Etienne de Menthon, an agronomist, restored the estate to its former condition. To respect the environment and to favour the natural character of the wine, the treatment of vine diseases is subject to reasonable methods. Yields are intentionally controlled at 30 to 35 hl/ha, resulting in quality wines. Harvesting is performed by hand so as not to alter the vines and bunches of grapes, enabling strict sorting procedures. Vinification is traditional, with the white obtained by pressing and the rosé by bleeding. For the reds, vatting varies from 8 to 10 days for the Beaumes de Venise and 15 days for the Gigondas. Pressing is light for all the wines and temperatures are controlled throughout fermentation. The reds spend two winters in vats before being bottled and the wines undergo very little physical treatment, in order to conserve all their aromas and their intrinsic quality. The wines do not mature in wood barrels, as the quality of the soils and vines is sufficient to give them a naturally woody character.

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 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).

EARL CHAMPAGNE P. LANCELOT-ROYER


CRAMANT
Estate created in 1960 per Pierre Lancelot, and taken again in 1996 by his/her daughter Sylvie and her son-in-law Michel Chauvet. The cellars are dug in the hillock of chalk right behind the house. The press is at the top of the hillock, must is conveyed in the tanks by gravity. You will like this Champagne brut cuvée des Chevaliers Grand Cru, base of 2010 with 32% of the wines of reserve aged in the lightnings, 100% Great wines, with the nose dominated by the ripe fruits and the small dried fruits, slightly miellé, all in aromatic smoothness, a beautiful length, Champagne which associates frame and distinction, of a long final, and profit from a tasty and racée mouth, which enables him to join a rich kitchen like a cordon bleu calf.   Champagne Millésime 2006 100% Which is on fire, traditional of this very beautiful year, which feels almond, the rose and apple, dense and distinguished at the same time, complex, a generous wine, very fine, very floral with the palate. Blanc De Blancs cuvée de Réserve R.R, bases of 2011 with 37% of the wines of reserve aged in the lightnings, a pure Great wine Chardonnay, of which freshness proposes the fruit, a wine distinguished, with the nose of rose, very fine, suave and dry at the same time, where the fresh spices and flowers with the palate intermingle, an unquestionable success.

HENRY NATTER


SANCERRE
Winegrowing of 23 ha, where one cultivates human heat with the same care that one brings to the vines, privileging fauna and the flora, “brooding them” to extract their quintessence and to let them from it express itself as well as possible, during a perfectly controlled and traditional maturing. These impassioned owners have indeed in heart to make discover subtleties of their environment, their soil and their work, so that each one of their bottle is a source of user-friendliness. Their daughter, Mathilde, work with them, her brother, Auguste, occupy more cellar. Since nearly 25 years, the Natter family is vivid by an Hmong team - originating in the mountains of the Laos - integrated into the culture of the wine. She impregnated single relation that these women and men maintain with the vegetable world. Together, they engage and take part in the installation of a protection of the local biodiversity. In 2005, the winegrowing gained the Trophy of the Best Very Small Exporter, at the time of the fiftieth anniversary of the club of the exporters of France. The agricultural regional Meeting decreed in Cécile and Henry the price of Honor for “atypical Vine growers”. The family has in heart to make discover subtleties of their soil, their environment, their work so that their bottles are this discrete bond between nature and themselves: source of marvellous user-friendliness. Exceptional Sancerre blanc L’Expression de Cécile “L’Essence des Terres Blanches” 2007, available only out of magnum in order to polish its ageing, of a large smoothness with much of expression, suave, with the complex bouquet where intermingle with the notes of almond, fresh apricot and heather, is a harmonious, rich and delicate wine at the same time, ideal on scallops. The Sancerre cuvée François de la Grange 2010, all in subtlety of aromas (fresh fruits, hawthorn), dryness, typified and scented, of powerful mouth and a long final, with delicate nuances of broom and quince. The 2009, powerful and very frankly in mouth, with the subtle nose, full and persistent, are elegant and distinguished, with the complex connotations where the flowers (hawthorn, broom) prevail, is all in persistence. The 2008, where intermingle with the notes of almond and white flowers, are all in roundness, with a note of freshness which is characteristic for him. Very beautiful red Sancerre the Enchantment 2009 (wine making and maturing out of barrels of oak), typified, with aromas of fern and fruits fresh, of a large smoothness, a wine with a quite persistent and powerful final, like this Expression de Cécile 2007, with the nuances of almond, mixing freshness and roundness with the palate. Their Sancerre rosé 2011, is always the best of the appellation, of beautiful color, with notes of orange and flowers white, full, fleshy, ideal on spiced mets. Excellent Sancerre blanc 2011, resulting from the soil of the white grounds, with the nose complex and powerful, very harmonious, with the connotations of small dried fruits and pear to the palate, distinguished mouth.

CHATEAU CANTENAC


SAINT-EMILION Grand Cru
Nicole Roskam-Brunot, after studies of right and regional saving at the university in Bordeaux, decided to devote herself entirely to her vineyard and to take the care most attentive with the wine making and the soil by taking care that the ground has all trace elements necessary to its prosperity. Today, Nicole Roskam-Brunot is helped of her sons. Frans deals of the technical part and part of marketing. It also manages in Haut-Médoc the Château La Lauzette Declercq (a Cru Bourgeois) and Johan deals of the marketing and management of Château Cantenac. “It is one period hinge where I carry out the transfer of power with my sons. I do not forget Frederic who even if he does not work on the property, remains an enthusiastic support. Thus everyone feels implied!” The 15 hectares extend in the prolongation from the slope saint-émilionnais, prevailing the valley of the Dordogne. He is composed of 80% from black Merlot, 15% of Cabernet-franc and 5% of Cabernet-Sauvignon. The gravel-sand and argillaceous ground allows an excellent maturation of the grape. The wine is very elegant, marvelously having a nice bouquet and fruity, a beautiful complexity and length in mouth. Since 2000, they also propose you the vintage “Sélection Madame”, a nice selection of Merlot, a wine charmer and very fruity. The œnotourism takes an increasingly significant part with traditional visit-tastings or personalized lunches. And the charter “Vignobles and wine storehouses in Bordelais” came to validate the quality of our reception. There is also Les Open doors the first weekend of May, in concert-tasting and May, which is always the occasion to present our vineyard with an event cultural and ludic, within the framework of "Grandes Heures de Saint-Emilion" we organize a concert tasting in our wine storehouses at the end of the year.



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