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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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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.

CHATEAU HOURBANON


MEDOC
Officially appeared in 1893, it is into 1974 that Remi DELAYAT repurchased and rehabilitated this estate of 13 ha. After her disappearance, his Nicole wife, always continued this rehabilitation in the search of the quality and the respect of the soil. It is Hugues, their son today who, since 1997, continues this search in the respect of these values and these traditions, as attest our cultivation methods of them (strong body of plantation, ploughings exclusive of the grounds, fights reasoned then Bio conversion, grape harvest manual and, control sort table of the yields). You will be able to discover this Médoc 2009, which collected the rewards (gold medals with the competition of Vignerons Indépendants, of Argent to Mondial of the wine, Argent to International competition of Brussels, Bronze to International Wine Challenge), a wine marked by black fruit notes and finely spiced keys, of full mouth, with firm tannins, combining structure and melted. The 2008 is an good example of the typicity of the wines of this winegrowing, a great traditional vintage of Médoc, powerful and dense mouth, which releases from the nuances of raspberry, humus and liquorice, a steady structure, a fleshy wine, with ripe but rich tannins, of a complex final, of guard, of course. Excellent 2007, gold medal with the competition of Vignerons Indépendants and Argent to Interntional Wine Challenge, dense and powerful with the nose as in mouth, with its tasty tannins, with the cooked fruit nose (blackcurrant, bilberry), of a nice delicately spiced final.

CHATEAU HAUT-SAINT-CLAIR


PUISSEGUIN-SAINT-EMILION
These likeable owners brood their vineyard whose vines are 35 years old. The type of vines Merlot (65%), Cabernet franc (25%) and Cabernet-Sauvignon (10%) are associated with this soil argilo-limestone and meticulous care (stripping, grapes sorted before picking off, long macerations, breeding out of barrels, of which 1/3 is renewed each year…). One gives pleasure with their Puisseguin-Saint-Émilion 2010, of beautiful color, with the nose of characteristic red small fruits (currant, strawberry), of a beautiful balance, full and rich, a quite fleshy wine as they are liked, promising. In the line, the 2009, silver medal with Competition with Lyon, one of the most beautiful bottles of the appellation in this vintage, a typified, scented wine (morello cherry), melted, of a great harmony in mouth, with its fume and réglissées notes, of ripe and suave tannins, all in charm. “This 2009 are one vintage media, tells us Yannick Menn, which will make much shade at the other vintages! Harmonious, very well-balanced, with fruit aromas red, spices, fleshy, persistent stops some like the 2005 at its age. Delicately timbered, he asks for the moment a structured gastronomy.” The 2008, of robe garnet-red, rich, with the intense nose, are a complex wine, of a beautiful final where the ripe black cherry and the undergrowth prevail, wine of a flattering and rich mouth at the same time. The 2007 are very successful, a well-balanced and supple wine, with melted tannins, very pleasant with this nose of violet and ripe red small fruits, which associates distinction and richness, full and fleshy, and is tasted very well. Structure and roundness, characterize this excellent 2006, all stops some, delicate and fleshy, quite fleshy, a very scented wine (violet, black cherry) which continues its beautiful evolution.

CHAMPAGNE ANDRE DELAUNOIS


RILLY-LA-MONTAGNE
Initially vine grower, the Edmond great-grandfather chooses to become handling in the years 1920. His/her daughter Anne-Marie, then its André grandson (who did important work out of buildings, fermenting room, cellars in the years 1970) assisted today by, his two daughters, his sons-in-law modernized the work tools (press, the lightnings, tiling…) and its grandson, perpetuates the family tradition. You will be able to discover this Champagne Dame Palmyre Blanc de noirs Millésime 2006, a vintage combining subtlety and complexity, intense with the nose, all in aromas where prevail the ripe pink and fruits, of elegant and powerful mouth at the same time. Very beautiful Champagne cuvée du Fondateur, composed of old wines of reserve of Chardonnay, a great success, a vintage which associates richness aromatic and persistence, dense in mouth, with nuances of hazel nut and dry apricot, all in charm, ideal with aperitif as on smoked salmon. The vintage of the 21e Siècle combines intensity and powerfull, a wine of a beautiful fullness, very good mouth, where one finds notes of lemon grass and honey, a suave, vinous and delicate Champagne at the same time, of golden robe. Beautiful Champagne cuvée Transparence, assembly of Pinot noir and Pinot meunier, with the mineral nose prevailed by citrus fruits fresh, full and having a nice bouquet, of abundant foam, all in roundness, of fruity and persistent mouth, ideal during a meal, all in harmony. Rich and complex, the cuvée Royale, resulting from an assembly with equal shares from Pinot noir, Pinot meunier, and Chardonnay, associates freshness and structure with a persistent final, a Champagne of table, powerful mouth. The cuvée Royale rosée feels the ripe strawberry of wood, a vinous and delicate Champagne at the same time. And then, there is also this cuvée Sublime (30% Pinot noir, 30% Pinot meunier, 15% Chardonnay, wine 25% of reserve), where one finds nuances of peach, nut and of honey, very abundant foam, all of structure, well-balanced, complex, a generous and harmonious wine, very delicate, of a beautiful final.

CHAMPAGNE GOSSET


AY
Family continuity precedes here. Today, Jean-Pierre Cointreau, in addition president of the National union of the liquor producers, take up his duties within the various entities of family Groupe and intend to undertake a perennial development of these two companies, Champagne Gosset and Cognac Frapin. For the history, the Gosset Champagne, oldest Wine House in Champagne: Ay 1584, was acquired by the family group Renaud-Cointreau (Frapin Winegrowing, in Cognac) in 1993. Side anecdote, let us stress that the traditional practice of stopping cork and fastening is maintained on certain large bottles, during ageing on slats. The “Gosset style” is thus specific to an art of living which, for more than 4 centuries, has been transmitted from generation to generation, combining a solid good sense with the elegance of the heart and spirit. It is a style resulting from an exceptional friable limestone soil supporting the optimal development of the vine and from a know-how to no one another similar. Jean-Pierre Mareigner, cellar master with the same production line team since years, thus perennializes the know-how and the style of Gosset. Dynamic house, resolutely turned towards the future. Creation, in 1995, of the prestige cuvée Gosset Celebris will have been the point of organ of this will to improve the spectacular quality of way. Regarded as one returned with the history and the various generations of the Gosset family and composed exclusively of Grand crus of Chardonnay of the Côte des Blancs and Pinot noir of the Montagne de Reims, and the Grande vallée de la Marne (Aÿ), this vintage is the floret of the house. Superb range “Extra”, which reveals the truth of the wine in all its splendor thanks to proportioning Extra Brut, the perfect interpretation of the ancestral know-how of the house. You will like also L’Extra rosé 2007, of a pink limpid and luminous, very aromatic with notes of strawberry of wood, raspberry and wild blackberry, delicately frays with the rose and the violet, of structure sharp of a large smoothness, full and persistent stops some, splendid rosé, a beautiful expression of this beautiful vintage. There is this Gosset Celebris Vintage Extra Brut 2002, with these nuances of fruits compotes, undergrowth and of yellow peach, very harmonious, robust, is prevailed by slightly spiced notes, of a long aromatic persistence.



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