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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 DE TOASC


BELLET
A property of 15 ha, including 8 ha of vines and 2 ha olive-trees. Here, the wind of ground, sea and the tramontana maintain the medical condition of the vines. On the slopes where the uneven one reaches 180 m, work is often practiced manually and put rhythm into by one prunes short, a stripping and green grape harvest limiting the yield to 35 hl/ha. The grounds resulting from the alluvia of Var to tertiary are made up by the “poudinfue”, clay agglomerate, sand and rolled rollers, rich in biogenic salts. Since 2012, wines of the Domain are approved Ecocert in biological culture. Superb Bellet red 2015.70% Folle noire and 40% Grenache, high 15 months out of barrels, very typified of course by its original type of vines, wine of a full and rich mouth, of beautiful color garnet-red, with the nose of crystallized cherry and humus, perfect on a guinea fowl with the paste of olives, mashed potatoes of chick-peas or rolled of nice of pig to the basil. Very beautiful white Bellet cuvée du Père 2016, pure Rolle, vinified out of barrels with this key of allied acidity to a pleasant roundness, where intermingle with the notes of almond, ripe fruits (pear, mango) and of heather. Bellet white 2017, very majority Rolle with a suspicion of Chardonnay (5%), where intermingle with the almond notes, of ripe fruits and of heather, harmonious mouth, is a suave and dry wine at the same time. As for rosé Bellet 2017, of slightly salmon color, with the subtle connotations of small flowers and quince, with this characteristic spice point, it is quite suave finally, and asks a kitchen refined like tagliatelle the basil and pinions or an ox carpaccio.

CHATEAU FABAS


MINERVOIS
To the North-East of Carcassonne, in the central zone of Minervois, soil “Balcons of Aude”, this medieval strengthened farm is a winegrowing of only one holding of 158 ha with 58 ha of vines including 45 planted in Minervois. It is on this winegrowing with the multiple Mediterranean scents that Roland Augustin, helped of his two sons Yann and Loïc, mature with a care meticulous person of the intense, complex and expressive wines. For better understanding the specificity of each vintage of Château Fabas, it is necessary to know of it the origins, type of vines and the type of maturing. The Winegrowing is pressed on a decoration of hillocks exposed to full midday, witness of the old relief to the very strong slopes where no culture is possible, only the pines of Alep and the Mediterranean vegetation is clutched on the red grounds of the hills. The vines are spread out over two levels over a reversed relief, the high terraces with the oldest grounds and the low terraces with the youngest grounds. The grounds are argilo-limestones, in the tops, the flint levels on the terraces, and the sandstone on the slopes. Superb Minervois Serbolles rouge 2008, vinified after one day a cold maceration, before alcoholic fermentation begins, all this care gives a structured great wine, of a great complexity of aromas (musk, leather…), with these notes of smoked and spices, with tannins powerful but delicate, harmonious, of guard. Remarkable 2007, fleshy, finely spiced, full and structured, with harmonious tannins, with this mouth of blackberry and violet, délicieusement molten and powerful at the same time. Minervois Serbolles blanc 2011 (bases of white Vermentino and Grenache), all in charm, with the green reflections with aromas of nut and citrus fruits, a wine which combines elegance and powerfull, of a great persistence, where roundness and distinction join. The 2010 are finely having a nice bouquet, complex, which associates freshness and structure, with the lemon-flavoured nose, refined, all in mouth. Minervois Le Mourral 2008, is a wine fleshy, with the nose of violet and blackberry, fleshy, with prune and pepper notes. Taste also the IGP Syrah/Petit Verdot 2011, dense, all in aromas, ideal on an hare terrine, very succeeded like Sauvignon 2011, marked by its type of vine, where freshness prevails.

CHATEAU LOUPIAC-GAUDIET


LOUPIAC
The 28-hectare vineyard lies around the Château and faces due south. The vines are very old, some as much as 40 years old, and are planted on clay-limestone soils on hillsides looking down onto the Garonne river. The vine varieties are classical for the appellation: 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon. The estate lies next to the magnificent Romanesque church of Loupiac dating from the XIIth century. The climate here is ideal for the growth of the Botrytis Cinéréa rot, with its morning mists and sunny autumn afternoons. As soon as the rot appears, the harvesting is done by hand in the traditional way: the grapes are picked exclusively by hand in a series of selection processes which go on from October through to mid-November. The wine-making process involves all the skills accumulated over 4 generations, combined with modern techniques to produce a fine, elegant wine with a beautiful golden colour. It is unctuous and very fruity with complex aromas of acacia and toast. Smooth in the mouth with a lot of freshness. A wine which ages well and is matured for two years before being bottled. These fresh, delicate wines are a perfect aperitif. They leave a nice, fresh impression in the mouth, which is ideal if you are going to taste other wines afterwards. Perfect with foie gras, poultry, white meat, cheese and fruit desserts.

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 Group and intend to undertake a perennial development of these two companies, Champagne Gosset and Cognac Frapin. For the history, Champagne Gosset, the oldest Wine House in Champagne: Aÿ 1584, was acquired by the family group Renaud-Cointreau (Domaine Frapin, 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 four 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. Odilon de Varine, cellar master with the same production line team since years, thus perpetuate the know-how and the Gosset style. Dynamic house, resolutely turned towards the future. The creation, in 1995, of the prestige cuvée Gosset Celebris will have been the highlight of this will to improve the quality dramatically. Regarded as one returned with the history and the various generations of the Gosset family and mainly composed of Grand and Premiers crus of Chardonnay of the Côte des Blancs, Pinot noir of the Montagne de Reims, and the Grande vallée de la Marne (Aÿ), this cuvée is the floret of the House. Superb range “Celebris”, which reveals the truth of the wine in all its splendor thanks to its extra-brut dosage, the perfect interpretation of the ancestral know-how of the House. You will thus like the Celebris Rosé 2007, with a limpid and luminous pink reflection, very aromatic with notes of wild strawberry, raspberry and wild blackberry, delicately associated to rose and violet, with a fresh and very elegant structure, full and long lasting, a splendid rosé, a gorgeous expression of this beautiful vintage. There is also the Gosset Celebris Vintage Extra-Brut 2007, with its minty notes, slightly spicy on the nose. The mouth is long lasting and end on the beautiful bitterness of the chardonnay with grape-fruit notes.

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.



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