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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

CHATEAU PONT LES MOINES


BLAYE COTES-DE-BORDEAUX
Family property since four generations, Château Pont Les Moines is located at the north of Bordeaux, in the area of Blayais, and extends on the commune of Civrac de Blaye. Vineyard of a surface of 29 ha, on ground argilo-limestone, where the vines have an average age 15 years. Traditional planted grape varieties of this area (70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet-Sauvignon), which produces coloured wines, robust and rounds in mouth. The wine making is traditional, with long fermentings and a maturing out of tanks during 14 month. One gives really pleasure with Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux rouge 2009, full, scented, with these notes of undergrowth, violet and currant, with firm and round tannins at the same time, melted in mouth, of very tannic good base. Beautiful 2008, which at the same time has a powerful and subtle nose, with the ripe fruit notes (blackcurrant, morello cherry), a wine which hardly starts to be melted and deserves a rich kitchen. The 2007 are a success, of intense robe, with the nose persistent, fullbodied and dense, very well-balanced in mouth. The 2006, of intense color, with the black fruit nose (blackcurrant, blackberry), with very well-balanced tannins, are a wine which continues its evolution. Very nice Bordeaux blanc Sauvignon 2011, floral, quite dry as it should be, all in distinction. Also discover the wines of their other property, Château Bran de Compostelle with this superb Bordeaux Supérieur cuvée Louisa 2009, maturing in oak barrel 12 months, including 1/3 of new barrels, traditional wine making with long fermenting, robust, with the nose of overripe red fruits, powerful and fullbodied mouth, slightly spiced finally, of intense garnet-red robe, all in nuances, ideal on a salmi of wood pigeons.

CHATEAU LA VARIERE


BONNEZEAUX
Château la Varière is located close to historical Château of Brissac in Anjou. Old family property of origin of XVème century, Château la Varière produces the whole of names of its area so much in AOP Anjou Villages Brissac, Anjou rouge, Anjou blanc, Coteaux de l’Aubance, Coteaux du Layon, Bonnezeaux, Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru. Exceptional Bonnezeaux Château La Varière 2014, dense and velvety with wish, of a large aromatic pallet, of consistent and persistent mouth, quite fatty, with these nuances of flowers and quince, sublime on Bleu of Auvergne or foie gras with the jam of fig, beautiful evolution like this Quarts de Chaume Grand Cru Les Guerches, race, with the flavors of white flowers and honey, with this consistent mouth with the sharp and dense finale. Tasty Saumur-Champigny 2015, of a beautiful color, which releases much body while preserving a great flexibility, a beautiful generous wine, with notes of underwood and wild strawberry, that one can associate with a veal chop breaded with the Milanese woman. The Anjou-Villages-Brissac Chevalerie rouge 2014, traditional and powerful, fine, elegant, with matter, of beautiful supported color, with flavors of red and black fruits intense (blackberry, currant…), of a quite pretty final. Excel Coteaux-du-Layon 2015, the flowered bouquet, with these notes characteristic of hazel nut and pear, combining flexibility and structure like Coteaux-de-l'Aubance Clos La Division 2015, with the subtle nose, of a pretty persistence, a wine scented with nuances of rose, brioche bread and cooked apple.

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.”

CHATEAU VALGUY


SAUTERNES
This property taken in tenant farming in 2000 and bought in 2010, is located at Fargues-de--Langon in the middle of 1st Crus Classés. Beautiful Sauternes Château Valguy, resulting from a vineyard of 4.16 ha, marked by its very majority Sémillon (85%, 10% Sauvignon and 5% Muscadelle)… The gathering is done by sort successive in order to collect grapes reached by the noble rot and entirely crystallized, the maturing is done out of barrels of oak for 24 months. The 2009 are particularly tasty, with the intense and fresh nose, where prevail the fruits, the flowers and the gingerbread, a wine which continues its beautiful evolution. Excellent Graves rouge Cailloux de Valguy 2009, 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet-Sauvignon, manual grape harvest, with the subtle nose, with these persistent notes of smoked, ripe cherry and spices, with tannins powerful but very delicate, very full and promising. Graves blanc Cailloux de Valguy 2009 (cask fermentation of oak, maturing during 10 months out of barrels, including 25% of new, on the lees delicate with bâtonnages, 70% Sémillon, 30% Sauvignon), frankly and scented, of a beautiful promptness with a beautiful balance maturity-acidity, is a wine as they are liked, suave, where intermingle the fruits, the spices and the flowers fresh, all in mouth.

CHARLES SCHLERET


PINOT GRIS
With his scientific mind and his avant-gardist temperament, Charles Schléret seeks to apply his knowledge of modern techniques to the vines grown on the excellent terroir of Turckeim. This highly experienced wine-maker puts the emphasis on state-of-the art equipment in his constant search for quality improvements. Charles Schleret is a forerunner in modern vinification with temperature control, and knows how to use this approach to preserve the intense, fresh aromas of his wines. This is how he has built the reputation of his products. His efforts have earned him many awards and medals in prestigious wine competitions. This recognition is thoroughly deserved, as is confirmed by his faithful clients who are only too keen to benefit from the excellent value for money of his prestigious Cuvées made with grapes from vines which are over 35 years old -wines with strong local character and exactly the sort of wine we like. This is the perfect example of quality obtained thanks to the constant efforts of a devoted wine-grower who respects the great traditions of Alsace wines. He has regularly featured among the winners of the great wine competitions in France and abroad: Grand Prix d'Excellence of the Union Française des Oenologues. Gold medals in the Sélections Mondiales de Montréal. Several awards at the Brussels Concours Mondial and the Paris Vinalies Internationales. Grand Prix d'honneur at the the International Wine and Arts Challenge. Gold medals at the Paris Concours Général…



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