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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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DOMAINE DE GRANDMAISON EARL


PESSAC-LEOGNAN
A winegrowing of 19 ha resulting from an exceptional siliceous low register soil and the gravelly clays strewn with hardcores calcareous (65% Sauvignon, 15% Sauvignon gray and 20% Sémillon for the white wines; 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet franc for the red wines). Manual grape harvest, maturing of the white 30% out of new barrels for 6 months on the lees delicate and 70% out of tanks on the lees also; red: wine of drop 80% of harvest out of barrels for 12 months and wine of press 20%. The wine produced on the winegrowing is characterized by a mineral expression as much in red that in white reflecting the type of ground argilo-limestone. Beautiful sure value with this Pessac-Léognan rouge 2010, rich color, dense, where the morello cherry and the humus mix, a wine fleshy, robust, of guard. Tasty 2009, with spice and the macerated, fleshy fruit notes, with very well-balanced tannins, fleshy the characteristic, full taste in mouth, of beautiful evolution. The 2008, of deep color, structured, full, with rich tannins and which are based well, of the aromas of quite ripe fruits (blackcurrant, morello cherry…), all finally, also promising. The 2007, of garnet-red color to the reflections violine, it is all in mouth, with much of structure, quite well-balanced, with the nose of cherry and humus, very elegant structure. The 2006, dense, where the morello cherry, the currant and the humus mix, with tannins silky, quite fleshy, full and are structured, of guard. The 2005, combining a tannic smoothness with a roundness in persistent mouth, are cordial, of very good evolution. Beautiful Pessac-Léognan blanc 2010, round, with prevailing of white flowers and small dried fruits, powerful but very delicate, a wine all finally. The 2009, with these aromas of fresh fruits, roasted and flowers, mix nervousness and fleshy with the palate, a wine all in nuances and distinction. The 2008, with scents of hazel nut and honeysuckle, are firm and suave, all harmonizes some, really very pleasant. Excellent 2007, with this key of allied acidity to a pleasant roundness, where intermingle with the notes of almond, ripe fruits and heather, of powerful mouth.

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.

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 LE SOULEY-SAINTE-CROIX


HAUT-MEDOC
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. Remarkable Haut-Médoc 2010, of purple uby robe, fleshy, delicious, a wine which allies power and flexibility, of melted mouth where dominates the crystallized prune, of excellent evolution.

CHATEAU SAINT-MARTIN-DES-CHAMPS


SAINT-CHINIAN
Located in the middle of Languedoc at a few kilometers of Mer the Mediterranean and on the first slopes of the Cevennes, Château Saint Martin of Champs, was built in XVIIe century near Hermitage of VIIe century, where halt the pilgrims made who went to Saint-Jacob de Compostelle. The splendid buildings are integrated since their origin in the vineyard. Witnesses of the history, the immense stables and the tanks with wines built out of stone of size, go back to 1752 and are always in services in the wine storehouses. The owners, Pierre and Michel Birot, are vine growers of father as son since 1675. They cultivate in a way reasoned and with love, their vineyard of 98 ha, established on grounds argilo-limestones ideally southern talks full. They mature with passion and rigor these high-class wines, thus satisfying the love which they carry to their trade. One gives pleasure with these Saint-Chinian “family spirit”: first of all with the vintage Mathieu (first name of the son of Pierre), resulting from a selection to the decorated stock of an integral wine making out of barrel half-muid, really vintage of Château an extraordinary voyage. But also the vintage rosé Camille 2015 (first name of the girl of Pierre), always in the leading bunch of the best rosé wines of the area, a full wine in mouth, expenses, balanced well, with currant flavors and spices, of a beautiful persistence. Remarkable compartmental selection, Saint-Chinian Rouge Les Terrasses de Fontenille 2012 (dominant Syrah), all color and out of matter, with the nose of morello cherry and of smoked, with tannins present and ripe at the same time, an intense wine which mixes power and width, where dominate the fruits cooked finally. Saint-Chinian Sélection Rouge 2013, quite expressive of his schistous soil, is intense with the nose like in mouth, of color cherry supported, with the powerful flavors of cooked fruits and underwood, balanced very well, with tannins firm and melted at the same time. Saint-Chinian Rouge Vieilles Vignes 2013 is red fruit a nectar, surmounted by a light ageing on barrels of oaks, a full and greedy wine. Very favorite for the duet “red & white, only high Hermitage” out of barrels of oak during 12 months for the red and on barrels of oak and acacias for the white. A rich, powerful wine in mouth, with tannins present and tasty at the same time, of a persistent final. The 2013 red, of garnet-red color, is of a beautiful concentration, with the notes of ripe red fruits and spices, combining distinction and richness, very representative of this great year.   The white 2014 exit of an assembly of Chardonnay & Viognier is surprising by its freshness and its elegance, a white worked with a beautiful ageing as one likes them in Languedoc. Very favorite also for rosé Saint-Chinian 2013, resulting from bleeding, quite high 5 months out of tanks on dregs with a frequency of bâtonnages according to tasting, with the notes of apricot and small flowers, all finally, with these nuances of fresh flowers and ripe raspberry. Very favorite also for the new vintage of the domain which is born on this new vintage wine 2015. It is about the vintage CRI des Hirondelles, stemming from an assembly of Colombard and from Ugni-Blanc can common in Languedoc. It is a very bright soft white wine with golden reflections. In the nose we are transported by this complexity of exotic fruit, in mouth we keep fresh notes very pleasant surmounted by this greed that wanted to clear Pierre and Michel very attractive white wine which will please certainly the fair sex. Profit to take time to make the free visit of the wine storehouses with tasting, strolls pedestrian, circuit VTT, exposures of painting… and to benefit from their lists, remarkably located.



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