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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

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).

BESTHEIM


GEWURZTRAMINER
It is in 1765, in Westhalten, small village of Haut-Rhin blotti in the middle of Vallée Noble, which is born Maison Heim. Always carried by the love of the trade and the soil, the successors of Alfred Heim put themselves in search of new grounds and were installed on the slopes of Bennwihr. Heim thus became Bestheim, associating in the name of origin the contraction of the names of the villages where the company vinifies and matures its various vintages. Bestheim exploits today a splendid mosaic of soils. It became unavoidable within the Alsatian vineyard. Bestheim is a company particularly committed in the safeguarding of the environment and is invested with the daily newspaper in this step at the same time in the vineyard as within the company (reasoned fight, recycling, valorization of waste…). Bestheim produces all the range of the wines of Alsace going from Crémants to seven Alsaciens type of vines. One finds in the range not less than 6 places known as (of which Klevener de Heiligenstein) and 6 Grand crus (Rosacker, Wiebelsberg, Mambourg, Marckrain, Vorbourg and Zinnkoepflé).

DOMAINE ALARY


COTES-DU-RHONE-VILLAGE CAIRANNE
A family winegrowing of wire father since 1692, 25 ha, composed of stony grounds argilo-limestones. It is today Denis Alary who directs this winegrowing to prunes human, whose vine grower spirit was always the base. The property is entirely on the commune of Cairanne, with 3 different soils which allow a subtlety in the assemblies according to the vintages. The wines are matured in the respect of the soil and the environment with cultivation methods very appropriate to nature, in conversion bio since 2009. Manual, tri grape harvest of the vintage to the vine and the cellar, de-stemming, punching of the cap. Maturing a part out of tanks and a part in the oval and puncheon… Excellent Cairanne Brunotte 2010, with the nose of morello cherry and ripe blackcurrants, dense and complex, is very scented stops some with a peppered final. Cairanne rouge La Font d’Estevenas 2009, with the aromas of violet and liquorice, with tannins present and silky at the same time, a firm and generous wine. The Cairanne blanc La Font d’Estevenas 2009, which has this complex nose where prevail the currants and the humus, a wine firm and fruity like their CDR-Villages La Jean de Verde 2009, fullbodied, of beautiful steady robe, with the notes of undergrowth and strawberry, combining structure and suppleness, of excellent evolution as proves it this 2007, of a beautiful garnet-red crimson, rich and scented color, with the discrete connotations of macerated fruits and humus, harmonious. There is also the CDR blanc sec La Chèvre d’Or 2011, of fresh and supple mouth at the same time, with the notes of honeysuckle. Taste the l’IGP Principauté d’Orange blanc sec La Grange Daniel Roussane 2011, of delicate robe, which feels the pink, combining nervousness and roundness.

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.

CLOS TRIMOULET


SAINT-EMILION Grand Cru
Located to the north of Saint-Emilion, "Clos Trimoulet" is a family estate on which the ancestral skills have been handed down over five generations now. Guy Appollot and his two sons, Alain et Joël, have managed to preseve this heritage, whilst combining it with the most modern of techniques. The estate is divided into several plots of vines with clay and sandy soils which give the wine structure, longevity and finesse. The grapes are picked when they are perfectly ripe and undergo a long vatting process which extracts as many tannins as possible. The result is that "Clos Trimoulet" is an excellent wine for laying down. All the production is bottled on the estate after 18 months of maturing in oak barrels. Discover Saint-Émilion GC 2009, silver medal in Challenge international of the wine 2011, with the red fruit scents, of leather and undergrowth, full taste in mouth, powerful, tasty, rich color as out of structure, of guard. Beautiful 2008, silver medal with the competition of Vignerons Indépendants, the subtle bouquet where the prune and the spices prevail, mixing suppleness and structure. The 2007, of molten and scented mouth, are quite traditional, all in roundness, of intense color ruby, with the nose marked by currant and the undergrowth, with round tannins, associating richness and harmony, fullbodied and spiced as it is needed. “The 2007 are one vintage miraculous, explain Alain Appollot, nature was generous with us. Thanks to our work upstream, with the care which we had taken to the vine during all of summer, the grapes were very nice, the analyzes were very good besides, surprising even, revealing pH completely correct. That gives very fruity wines, of a beautiful balance, rather traditional wines finally. For the maturing, we did not use too much of new wood, we do not make a point of masking the wines. I respect the vintage and his characteristics, I do not seek to gum them but on the contrary to underline the best.”



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