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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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The choice of the biological culture was obvious for this veterinary artisanal osteopath, creator and organizer of Foire Biologique and of Libourne since 1999. It launched out in the wine adventure in 2004 with 2.53 ha of vines, installed on two North-South slopes directed for the Merlots (70%) and East-West for the Cabernet-Sauvignons (30%). The pieces are different ages: 15.30 and 50 years. Manual and convivial grape harvest, sorting on feet and table at the entrance of wine storehouse, wine making without yeast contribution, maturing out of tanks and barrels… Beautiful Bordeaux Supérieur cuvée Azur 2009, silver medal with Expression the organic competition of the vine growers of Aquitaine, special vintage of Merlot, very scented, harmonious, a wine where the suppleness prevails, all in nuances, with molten tannins. Bordeaux Supérieur 2009 (80% Merlot, the remainder in Cabernet-Sauvignon), with the notes of ripe red fruits (morello cherry, raspberry) and of spices, rich mouth, all in savors, a fleshy and robust wine, already charmer but of good guard. The 2008 (70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet-Sauvignon, resulting from a maturing measured out of barrels, a wine produced in all minor amount (only 2000 bottles), received silver medal with the competition of the wines Bio Amphore 2011, a harmonious wine, with the notes of undergrowth and morello cherry blackberry, of full and melted mouth, very good evolution. One also enjoys this Bordeaux Supérieur 2006, powerful and complex, very harmonious, fleshy, with the nuances of blackberry, of clove and humus, all in distinction, which continues its beautiful evolution, and Bordeaux Supérieur cuvée des Mille et Une Nuits 2005, traditional of this great cordial vintage, a rich wine, with the intense nose, of deep color, complex with the nose as in mouth (prune, spices), with ripe tannins and well farms at the same time.


At the 17th century, it was of good tone that a noble, notable or easy family has a winegrowing into of Bordeaux and makes there plant a vineyard. François de Chadirac creates his winegrowing with Vertheuil, it is famous for his Uranie novel and Lucidor, his son Jean, Conseiller with the marble table of Louis XV, succeeds to him after a tumultuous youth, and is withdrawn in Souley. The Castle knew a brilliant period at the XIXe century, because its planted vineyard of stocks centenaries and moussus, caused curiosity. The modern history of the Château Le Souley Sainte Croix, merges with that of the Riffaud family. In 1959 whereas the winegrowing is with the abandonment, its vineyard sold with pulling up, Denise and Paul Riffaud buy it and decide to return its gloss of antan to him, because since the XVIIe century, and the first plantation, with approximately of 1616, the winegrowing knew periods of large prosperity, but also of the moments of lapse of memory. For now 50 years the very whole Riffaud family, has devoted her time, the property incomes and especially her passion inébranlable, for first of all making reappear, then to protect the winegrowing. Paul and his Jean son replanted the vineyard on a territory of 25 ha. Today, Paul and Denise died, but the vineyard constitutes a powerful bond between all; Jean and his Marie-Jose wife manage the winegrowing, Frederic the oldest son occupies the function of Master of wine storehouse, Vincent, the junior has in load the material and the maintenance of the buildings, Jean-Baptiste the small last reigns as a Master on the vines. You will find this family osmosis in their wines. Souley strikes with your door. Open the all large one and let enter it, it will bead you of his vine and its wine. Do not deny that the wine is the product of a magic plant, known of the men since highest antiquity, containing substances with the unknown virtues. We are only vine growers, we know only to look after vine and wine. And their Haut-Médoc 2009 is generous and persistent, matured very well, of beautiful steady robe, loose and fleshy stops some, very well-balanced, a fleshy wine, really very successful, with tannins present and tasty, slightly spiced as it should be. The 2008, traditional, rich and elegant, of intense color, full and scented, are at the same time typified and firm, that it is necessary to know to wait to measure its potential.


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.


For nearly 30 years, Serge PLAYA has undertaken his masterpiece: to restore an old property, already known in the 17th century, and give it back its prestigious past image. Actually the Château d’ESTEAU was already there when Pierre de BELLEYME, the king’s geographer, drew the first map of Médoc in 1766. Ever since, successions, urbanization and sadly wine crises have shrunk its area, but the main basis stays: 4 hectares of a soil where the garonnaise gravel prevails, grouped together around the buildings, which give the wines a unique and typical character. The plantation, of high density, makes the good share with the Cabernet-Sauvignon. One have banned weed killers. All soil works are mechanical. The grapes are obviously picked by hand, which guarantees an uttermost selection of the best grapes. The wine making is done in a traditional way with a long fermenting which enables the extraction of the aromas, and the maturing lasts for 22 months in average, out of barrels of delicate oak of Allier area, 30% of these being replaced every year. The bottling, always on the castle premises, takes generally place the following summer, and the bottles settle for another year before being ready for marketing. Since 2009, Château d’ESTEAU produces a second wine, cuvee 7 & +, resulting mainly from its young grapes and in which Cabernet Sauvignon and wooden aromas are less marked. It results a true wine-pleasure, very appreciated in the Parisian restaurants where it is represented, but also in the new countries consuming wine. You will be able to discovery this Haut-Médoc 2008, a wine of beautiful sunk color, scented (blackcurrant), where the suppleness prevails, with tannins molten but quite present, traditional of this vintage, for ageing, of course. The 2006, fleshy, with currant and undergrowth aromas, are rich and persistent stops some, fleshy, with ripe tannins, of deep color, mixing structure and elegance, for good ageing. The 2005, with the nose of black cherry and humus, are traditional, a wine where the structure is combined with the smoothness, of garnet-red color to the purplished reflections, firm and velvety tannins, all in mouth, for ageing.


SAINT-EMILION Grand Cru Classé
The Château has belonged to the Beaumartin family for over forty years. This superb feudal castle of the 12th century was rebuilt under Louis XIV, thus earning it the nickname of "Petit Versailles". The vineyard covres 58 hectares of vines planted on a wonderful terroir of clay-limestone slopes on the heights of Saint-Emilion with excellent exposure to the sun. The harvesting is carried out by hand when the grapes are perfectly ripe, one plot of vines at a time. The wine is made in small vats so that each batch of grapes can be kept separate and the balance between the terroirs can be worked out to perfection. Vatting is long and closely supervised before transferring the wines into barrels for 12 months. The greatest of care is taken at each stage of the wine-making process to obtain the very best levels of quality. The wine has a lovely robe, deep colour and we can note aromas of spices and black fruit. In the mouth, the attack is powerful and full. This is a most elegant wine with ripe, fine tannins, a long finish and excellent ageing potential.


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