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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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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.

DOMAINE DE LA RENAUDIE


TOURAINE
They have been vine-growers for three generations; the great-grandfather, Albert Denis, set up the Domaine de la Renaudie in 1928. Since 1982, Bruno Denis has been running the estate. He is a perfectionist, thoroughly committed to his profession, and since he started making the wines, they have progressed steadily in quality. His wife, Patricia Denis, is a trained oenologist, but mainly deals with sales. The age of the vines (35 years on average) and the poor, shallow soils result in wines for laying down. The winery is a complex of buildings, each with its own specific role in the various stages of winemaking. The main, recently-built vinification winery is set apart and is equipped with stainless-steel vats and all the equipment required to turn grapes into wine and to control temperatures. The storage and ageing cellar has a capacity of 120,000 bottles and is also used to prepare orders, while a former cellar, which has been turned into a client reception, can hold up to 50 people. Several wines are most successful, such as the very fruity Touraine-les-Guinetières, the Touraine-Cabernet, a colourful, rich wine with silky tannins, aromas of raspberry and underwood, and the Tradition, rich and aromatic, with a powerful, lasting nose in which red fruit and spices stand out, a round, well-structured wine which is mellow in the mouth and which has excellent ageing capacity. The Touraine white, very typical of the Sauvignon, is fresh and fruity with characteristic notes of lime and dried fruit, combining roundness and aromatic freshness in the mouth - as does the rosé, Perle de Rosée.

DOMAINE ALARY


COTES-DU-RHONE-VILLAGE CAIRANNE
A family winegrowing of wire father since 1692, 25 ha, composed of stony grounds argilo-limestones. It is today Denis Alary who directs this winegrowing to prunes human, whose vine grower spirit was always the base. The property is entirely on the commune of Cairanne, with 3 different soils which allow a subtlety in the assemblies according to the vintages. The wines are matured in the respect of the soil and the environment with cultivation methods very appropriate to nature, in conversion bio since 2009. Manual, tri grape harvest of the vintage to the vine and the cellar, de-stemming, punching of the cap. Maturing a part out of tanks and a part in the oval and puncheon… Excellent Cairanne Brunotte 2010, with the nose of morello cherry and ripe blackcurrants, dense and complex, is very scented stops some with a peppered final. Cairanne rouge La Font d’Estevenas 2009, with the aromas of violet and liquorice, with tannins present and silky at the same time, a firm and generous wine. The Cairanne blanc La Font d’Estevenas 2009, which has this complex nose where prevail the currants and the humus, a wine firm and fruity like their CDR-Villages La Jean de Verde 2009, fullbodied, of beautiful steady robe, with the notes of undergrowth and strawberry, combining structure and suppleness, of excellent evolution as proves it this 2007, of a beautiful garnet-red crimson, rich and scented color, with the discrete connotations of macerated fruits and humus, harmonious. There is also the CDR blanc sec La Chèvre d’Or 2011, of fresh and supple mouth at the same time, with the notes of honeysuckle. Taste the l’IGP Principauté d’Orange blanc sec La Grange Daniel Roussane 2011, of delicate robe, which feels the pink, combining nervousness and roundness.

SCEA DU DOMAINE DU CHATEAU CHARLES BLONDEAU-DANNE


SAINT-AUBIN
Denis and Alexandra Blondeau-Danne put all their talent and their passion in the maturing of their great wines, associating the rigorous tradition of large the Bourgogne with carefully controlled wine makings. They are very applied with the quality of the raw material without which a great wine cannot be expressed and let age the wines out of barrels 2 winters for the white and 3 winters for the reds so that the aromas are based harmoniously. The wines remarkable, are very typified, all in charm and smoothness. To ensure itself some, there is this Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2010, the smallest piece of the grand crus of Montrachets, Criots, diminutive of Crais: white ground, in a not very deep ground, which gives a wine full, unctuous, combining nervousness and fleshy, where one finds notes of fresh flowers and hazel nut, with much the mellow one and of persistence, typified. The 2009 are a great wine with the superb nose (flowers, hazel nut, fern), of a quite persistent final where are detected toast, of tasty mouth to the nuances of citrus fruits, a very expressive wine. Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru La Garenne 2009 is elegant, with the complex and powerful nose (acacia, fern, apple), associates smoothness and structure, fullness and distinction, a wine all in aromatic persistence, all in mouth. Rare and beautiful Meursault Premier Cru La Pièce sous le Bois rouge 2009, scented with the nose as in mouth (strawberry of wood, violet, humus), of color intense crimson, with rich tannins, combining powerfull and smoothness, of guard of course. Taste Volnay 2007, scented well with notes of liquorice and ripe strawberry, with firm and supple tannins at the same time, dense, a beautiful length, of powerful and fullbodied mouth, and Puligny-Montrachet, with the nuances of hawthorn, all in mouth, a wine of nice dyed, intense, scented. Saint-Aubin Le Village 2010, coloured, with the undergrowth connotations, of vanilla and macerated fruits, a full wine, concentrate with the nose as in mouth, very well-balanced, is very succeeded. Beautiful Meursault Premier Cru La Pièce sous le Bois blanc 2010, matured very well, of ripe and harmonious mouth, a wine with the connotations of fresh white flowers and fruits, tasty and unctuous like the 2009, of a great aromatic, suave complexity as it should be, which feels the white hazel nuts and flowers, all finally, of beautiful brilliant robe. Excellent Saint-Aubin Premier Cru Les Combes rouge 2010, round in mouth, a fullbodied wine, of intense robe ruby, with the black pepper and overripe fruit aromas, fleshy and complex. The 2009, well-balanced, very scented (fresh red small fruits, humus…), full, is very charmer.

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, because, after having acquired vines in 100% Grand cru, the surface of production of Gosset Champagne extended by repurchasing a ground being next to the traditional site. 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. Exceptional Champagne Celebris Gosset Blanc de blancs Extra Pure, selection of best Chardonnay, by carrying out the four years assembly, and of eleven vintages, several methods of wine making, the natural malic acid was preserved in order to restore freshness and aromatic powerfull of Chardonnay, with light foam, rich in aromas (ripe fruits, brioche bread…), an intense and tasty great champagne, of a final scented and dense, ripe and creamy, ideal on a lobster. You will like also L’Extra rosé 2003, 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 1998, 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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