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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 DU CLOS DU FIEF


JULIENAS
The Winegrowing extends on 6 ha from Juliénas, 1 ha of Saint-Amour and 5 ha of Beaujolais-Villages located on the commune of Jullié, the whole coming from type of vine Gamay black to white juice. The estate comprises 1/2 ha of Beaujolais wine-Villages white resulting from the Chardonnay type of vine on the commune of Saint-Veran in Saône-et-Loire with in parallel the development of Crémant de Bourgogne. Different wine making according to the vines and the appellations. Traditional, semi-carbonic for Juliénas, hat immersed for Saint-Amour. Francis Tête, wet cooper, manager of cellar, created the estate to then transmit it to her son Raymond, pioneer of the direct sales in bottles to the property. Since 1980, Michel (3rd generation) and Francoise developed the company and founded, in 1988, the “Domaine du Clos du Fief”. Superb Juliénas cuvée Prestige 2010 (argilo-siliceous ground), very representative of what must be a wine of this appellation, where the spices, the morello cherry and the undergrowth intermingle, a wine melted, powerful with the nose as in mouth, firm and silky tannins at the same time, of excellent evolution. Saint-Amour Les Capitans 2010 is a reference. The grapes come from a small piece to the place says Les Capitans, located on the mountain of Bessay, with an exposure south-south-east. Installed on a ground argilo-limestone, the vine of Gamay, 35 years old, is led out of goblet, with rows enherbés for a reasoned culture. A whole grape wine making, with hat immersed (the grape is maintained under its juice with a device of grid in the tank) for a long maceration makes it possible to obtain this single vintage. Juliénas 2011 is traditional and elegant as we like them, cordial, with the intense robe ruby, with this nose of blackberry and morello cherry. Remarkable Juliénas Tête de Cuvée 2006, wine making with Burgundian, de-stalking at 100% of the vintage, maceration of about ten days, with punching of the cap (manual pressing) regular in a traditional tank out of wooden, 18 months including 6 month out of barrels, of a beautiful dark garnet, with the raspberry and blackcurrant nose with notes of violet and spices, a cordial wine. Taste the Beaujolais-Villages rosé Fleur de Gamay 2011, sharp and fruity like the Beaujolais-Villages 2011, traditional and regularly succeeded. The Beaujolais-Villages blanc Fleur de Chardonnay 2011, with the notes of citrus fruits and lily, allured by a little allied acidity with a nice roundness.

DOMAINE GERARD TREMBLAY


CHABLIS
A remarkable owner who manages, with his wife Hélène, and his son Vincent, a beautiful vineyard built up patiently over the years and which now covers 37 hectares, including about 10 in Premiers Crus aand others in Chablis, Petit Chablis and Grand Cru, including a fantastic Valmur, one of the greats in Chablis. Gérard Tremblay is meticulous, hard-working and devoted to quality. This tenacious chap makes his wines using all the modern techniques in the name furthering traditional know-how. His strength is that he takes just as much care with the maturing of his Grands Crus as of his Chablis. In blind tasting, many would get quite a surprise at the quality of these wines. The Petit Chablis is rounded and flowery with very expressive primary aromas, whereas the Chablis is more fleshy, full-bodied and long with very strong character. Chablis 1er Cru "Beauroy" has great finesse and good harmony, the Chablis 1er Cru "Côte de Léchet" has a complex nose in which dried fruits dominate. Fresh, very rich aromas in the mouth. The 1er Cru "Montmain" has a fine, complex nose, very long in the mouth. The Chablis 1er Cru "Fourchaume" is the must of the winery - the nose and mouth are charmed by all those aromas of honey and white flowers, as well as the great length in the mouth. The Chablis Cru "Valmur", often splendid, has a very typical nose with a blend of power and distinction. In the mouth, it is fleshy and suave with gentle aromas of honey and good length.

CHATEAU MACQUIN


SAINT-GEORGES-SAINT-EMILION
The Château Macquin extends on a surface from 30 hectares planted to 80% from Merlots, 10% of Cabernets-sauvignon and 10% of Cabernets-francs. Its grounds are argilo-limestones and its remarkable soil by its exposure and its composition enabling him to produce wines more estimated often than much of grand crus of Saint-Emilion. The vineyard counts 5500 vines to the hectare whose Middle Age varies from 15 to 60 years. It is enherbé in the middle of the row to decrease the production and to increase the quality of the grounds by developing the natural humus. The vat which goes back to 1885 was entirely refitted in the Eighties. While preserving the tanks in oak, doubled stainless, Denis Corre-Macquin made build a fermenting room half stainless steel, half concrete. The temperatures of fermentation are controlled by a system of automated thermoregulation and the wine making supervised by two famous oenologists. Denis Corre-Macquin grants an interest very particular to the culture of the vine; an ecological and constant interest which is the first and essential link, in its eyes, for the development of a grand cru. Today, it is too often forgotten that the excellence of a wine starts with a healthy and opened out vine. In order to still improve quality of our production, the grape harvest is carried out with the machine since 1980. Because while precisely choosing the start date of the grape harvest of each piece and while adapting the collecting to pluviometry, the grape arrives at the vat as soon as possible, in a perfect state of maturity. It is then sorted on two sort tables before being put out of tank. After a long maceration, the wine past and is put out of tank then out of barrels. The wine storehouse shelters 246 barrels of oak replaced per third every year. The wine rests from twelve to ten eight months out of barrels before being bottled where it will wait at least ten years to be tasted with its apogee.

HENRY NATTER


SANCERRE
Winegrowing of 23 ha, where one cultivates human heat with the same care that one brings to the vines, privileging fauna and the flora, “brooding them” to extract their quintessence and to let them from it express itself as well as possible, during a perfectly controlled and traditional maturing. These impassioned owners have indeed in heart to make discover subtleties of their environment, their soil and their work, so that each one of their bottle is a source of user-friendliness. Their daughter, Mathilde, work with them, her brother, Auguste, occupy more cellar. Since nearly 25 years, the Natter family is vivid by an Hmong team - originating in the mountains of the Laos - integrated into the culture of the wine. She impregnated single relation that these women and men maintain with the vegetable world. Together, they engage and take part in the installation of a protection of the local biodiversity. In 2005, the winegrowing gained the Trophy of the Best Very Small Exporter, at the time of the fiftieth anniversary of the club of the exporters of France. The agricultural regional Meeting decreed in Cécile and Henry the price of Honor for “atypical Vine growers”. The family has in heart to make discover subtleties of their soil, their environment, their work so that their bottles are this discrete bond between nature and themselves: source of marvellous user-friendliness. Exceptional Sancerre blanc L’Expression de Cécile “L’Essence des Terres Blanches” 2007, available only out of magnum in order to polish its ageing, of a large smoothness with much of expression, suave, with the complex bouquet where intermingle with the notes of almond, fresh apricot and heather, is a harmonious, rich and delicate wine at the same time, ideal on scallops. The Sancerre cuvée François de la Grange 2010, all in subtlety of aromas (fresh fruits, hawthorn), dryness, typified and scented, of powerful mouth and a long final, with delicate nuances of broom and quince. The 2009, powerful and very frankly in mouth, with the subtle nose, full and persistent, are elegant and distinguished, with the complex connotations where the flowers (hawthorn, broom) prevail, is all in persistence. The 2008, where intermingle with the notes of almond and white flowers, are all in roundness, with a note of freshness which is characteristic for him. Very beautiful red Sancerre the Enchantment 2009 (wine making and maturing out of barrels of oak), typified, with aromas of fern and fruits fresh, of a large smoothness, a wine with a quite persistent and powerful final, like this Expression de Cécile 2007, with the nuances of almond, mixing freshness and roundness with the palate. Their Sancerre rosé 2011, is always the best of the appellation, of beautiful color, with notes of orange and flowers white, full, fleshy, ideal on spiced mets. Excellent Sancerre blanc 2011, resulting from the soil of the white grounds, with the nose complex and powerful, very harmonious, with the connotations of small dried fruits and pear to the palate, distinguished mouth.

DOMAINE PIERRE MAREY ET FILS


CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE
Éric Marey stays up with love its attractive vineyard of 10 ha. The wines are maturing in oak barrels and are followed by a laboratory during all their evolution. The wines are mainly sold with the winegrowing near faithful customers of private individuals, and the remainder is dispatched with the restoration, at cellars with wine, in France like abroad. The winegrowing proposes to you out of white wines: Aligoté, Pernand-Vergelesses, Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru “Sous Frétille”, et Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru. En vins rouges: Savigny-Lès-Beaune "Les Rouvrettes" Premier Cru, Bourgogne, Pernand-Vergelesses “Les Belles Filles”, Les Fichots Premier Cru et Corton Grand Cru. Splendid Corton-Charlemagne Grand cru 2010, of a beautiful harmony, very elegant, with the subtle nuances of apple and dried fruits, suave, rich in mouth (pear, hawthorn, toast…), of a great fullness, a very promising wine. The 2009 are fleshy, with the connotations of flowers, spices and cooked fruits, a wine of suave, full, cordial mouth and of a very long final, beautiful evolution. Corton Grand cru 2010, remarkable, intense and cordial, quite robust, is coloured and scented, with the connotations of truffle and morello cherry blackberry, all in mouth. Beautiful 2008, with the nose prevailed by spices and the red small fruits with core, melted in mouth, with connotations of morello cherry, of violet and musk, a rich wine, typified, full, silky. Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru Sous Frétille blanc 2010, harmonious, releases from the almond and white fruit aromas, a wine of a beautiful elegance and a great aromatic richness finally. Beautiful Pernand-Vergelesses Premier Cru Les Fichots rouge 2010, typified, of steady color, of a beautiful structure, rich and structured, with the connotations characteristic of liquorice, undergrowth and of ripe cherry. The 2009, of a beautiful dark red shining, are of intense mouth where the prune and pepper, rich and distinguished prevail. Also taste Savigny-Les-Beaune 2010, of intense robe, with the nose prevailed by the cooked fruits, and Pernand-Vergelesses Les Belles Filles rouge 2010, scented, dense, all in distinction, with the very traditional notes of blackcurrant and undergrowth, with firm tannins.



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