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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 CRET DES GARANCHES


COTE-DE-BROUILLY
In the south of Mont Brouilly, Sylvie Dufaitre-Genin, viticultrice, produced of Brouilly and Côte-de-Brouilly and cultivate with conviction her 11.60 ha of vines, type of vine Gamay black with white juice. It patiently matures its wine to obtain vintages worthy of its grandfathers vine growers, present at Odenas since 1752. The wine then takes its robe ruby and its aromas of red fruits and flowers in the cellar. The permanent attention and the passion of Sylvie Dufaitre-Genin make the remainder. “For several years, she specifies, the Crêt des Garanches has engaged in a respectful step of nature by removing the use of insecticides on its estate. In order to guarantee the good development of the vines of Gamay black to white juice which produces the wine of the winegrowing, it is the natural regulation of fauna and the local flora which fills its work. Every year, the vines, of a 40 years average of age, is gathered the grapes with the hand. Then these grapes are vinified according to the traditional method beaujolaise, which confers on Brouilly and Côte-de-Brouilly their so particular characters.” Here is a good beautiful Brouilly 2011, coming from 40 year old vines gathered the grapes manually, it is matured 7 months out of tanks, of steady color, well-balanced, scented, with blackcurrant the nose and spices, an opulent wine with silky tannins. The 2010 are excellent, of deep color, full, with the nose where prevail the cooked fruits, with ripe tannins, all in persistence, a beautiful traditional, intense wine and charmer with the palate. Excellent Côte-de-Brouilly 2009, with the subtle aromas where the ripe fruits and the violet prevail, all of structure, very typified, combining smoothness and structure, a wine of powerful mouth, excellent evolution as attests of them the 2006, a wine of very beautiful robe steady crimson, with the notes of blackberry and of leather, slightly spiced, a fort beautiful evolution continues. Brouilly 2009, Sélection of Tastevinage d' Automne 2010, with the nose prevailed by the strawberry and blackberry, rich, are structured, of a nice final, a traditional wine, with tannins ripe but quite present. Taste also Brouilly 2009, production limited to 500 bottles, matured 18 months out of barrels of French (new), not filtered oak, natural degree 14,4°, a wine of steady color, fullbodied and powerful mouth, beautiful matter, with the cherry connotations, undergrowth and spices, with ample tannins, which deserves patience.

BESTHEIM


GEWURZTRAMINER
It is in 1765, in Westhalten, small village of Haut-Rhin blotti in the middle of Vallée Noble, which is born Maison Heim. Always carried by the love of the trade and the soil, the successors of Alfred Heim put themselves in search of new grounds and were installed on the slopes of Bennwihr. Heim thus became Bestheim, associating in the name of origin the contraction of the names of the villages where the company vinifies and matures its various vintages. Bestheim exploits today a splendid mosaic of soils. It became unavoidable within the Alsatian vineyard. Bestheim is a company particularly committed in the safeguarding of the environment and is invested with the daily newspaper in this step at the same time in the vineyard as within the company (reasoned fight, recycling, valorization of waste…). Bestheim produces all the range of the wines of Alsace going from Crémants to seven Alsaciens type of vines. One finds in the range not less than 6 places known as (of which Klevener de Heiligenstein) and 6 Grand crus (Rosacker, Wiebelsberg, Mambourg, Marckrain, Vorbourg and Zinnkoepflé).

CHAMPAGNE CHARPENTIER


CHARLY-SUR-MARNE
It is today the eighth generation of vine growers which directs this house founded in 1855.Le vineyard counts 20 ha under reasoned fight. The planted grape varieties are single and atypical for the area of the valley of the Marne: 45% of Chardonnay, 40% of Pinot meunier and 15% of Pinot noir. The barouche, emblem of the house represented on the label of the vintage Terre d' Emotion, symbolizes the duty to perpetuate know-how and the values received in heritage. The pieces of old vines intended for the development of the vintages Terre d' Émotion, are cultivated in biodynamy. The house proposes to you to discover this Champagne brut Terre d’Émotion rosé, assembly only of old vines with prevailing of Chardonnay, with the subtle aromas of strawberry of wood, quite well-balanced mouth where one finds notes of brioche and almond, a wine as one likes them, frankly, of beautiful color, typified, of abundant foam, very charmer on a white meat with the cream as on a cake with the fruits. Their Champagne Terre d’Émotion Blanc de noirs (Pinot noir majority, and Pinot meunier, resulting from old vines), robust, releases a fruity complex, generous and charmer, a very round but very delicate wine also, of persistent foam. The Terre d' Émotion Blanc de blancs (pure Chardonnay compartmental old women vines and wine makings) is of light and intense foam, of powerful mouth, rich in aromas (almond, white flowers…), of beautiful structure. The brut rosé, of round mouth, of a very beautiful expression, developing elegance and vinosity, slightly is with a strong color spiced. You will appreciate also the brut rosé one, all in aromatic persistence (ripe, pink, grooves…) to uncork as well with aperitif as on a roast bass. Beautiful brut Millésime 2006, powerful and delicate at the same time, quite well-balanced in mouth, with persistent floral notes then nuances of quince and fresh almond, full and charmer, a vintage all in aromatic freshness, with fresh fruit notes to the palate. There are also this Champagne Brut Tradition, Champagne assembly of three type of vines, with prevailing of Pinot meunier, rich and well structured mouth, a nice smoothness, in creamy and distinguished foam, really very pleasant, and brut Terre d' Émotion, of a beautiful color but, with aromas quite present and notes of lime and honey, finely having a nice bouquet and robust, of a great fullness finally. The brut Réserve, assembly of three type of vines with prevailing Pinot meunier with wines of reserve in greater proportion, at the same time robust and distinguished, of a beautiful nervousness, of a great elegance, a vintage with the ripe citrus fruits scents and nut, very harmonious in mouth.

EARL FREY CHARLES ET DOMINIQUE


PINOT NOIR
Our family winegrowing cultivates 13 ha of vines on 3 communes (Dambach la Ville, Scherwiller and Châtenois). Our ancestors, coming from Switzerland, settled in Dambach la Ville at the 17th century and practiced the mixed-farming like very many Alsatian families. It is with my grandfather Joseph FREY and my Charles father that the sale out of bottle started. Nathalie and Dominique give a new commercial dash to Winegrowing FREY Charles and Dominique with the first exports in the European countries or to Japan, Canada, the United States. In 1997, we decided to pass the estate in biological culture under Ecocert control. Since 2001, we practice the biodynamy with much happiness. We try to transmit to the wine energy and the life which we give to the grapes so that this one is more digeste and most alive possible. Above all, the culture biodynamics is a work of care of the ground. It is a question of ensuring balance and of creating harmonious living conditions of it between ground, plant and environment. The various treatments of the vine are systematically accompanied by herb teas of plants (nettle, prêle, willow). The compost and the work of the ground are fundamental. The grapes are gathered manually. The grape is versed in entirety on the press without pressing nor picking off in order not to damage it. Pressing is done slowly and carefully. After fermentation, the wines are matured on lees until spring. Remarkable Pinot gris Quintessence 2009, with the aromas of grilled almond, yellow robe to the reflections of gold, a wine powerful and distinguished at the same time, rich with the nose as in mouth, very harmonious, all stops some like Gewurztraminer Clos Saint-Sébastien 2009, all of structure and perfumes, with notes of hazel nut and rose, a powerful, dry and supple wine at the same time, all in smoothness. Always taste their brut Crémant d’Alsace brut Plaisir Perlant Millésimé, which releases from the nuances of white flowers and honey, of a beautiful color but, a full and scented vintage, of fruity, light and round mouth at the same time, of persistent foam, really charmer. Gewurztraminer Collines de Granit 2011 is elegant, delicate and air, a fruity wine, where freshness prevails, while Riesling Vieilles Vignes 2010 is all of structure and perfumes, of very subtle mouth with almond notes, at the same time mineral and smoked.

DOMAINE DE LA CASA BLANCA


BANYULS
Founded about 1870 in Banyuls-sur-Mer, the winegrowing of Casa Blanca is one of oldest vintages Banyuls and Collioure, located on the Vermilion Coast, in the Eastern Pyrenees (Roussillon). On 8 hectares of plantations and old vines in terraces, Laurent Escapa and Herve Levano give rise to generous wines, expressing these schist soils fully: Collioure (still wine) and Banyuls (sweet aperitif wine). Since 2001, abandonment of the plant health products of synthesis for the treatments of the vine. The artificial fertilizers were replaced by composts since 1989. The ground is worked by animal haulage (ploughing with the mule) on one the third of the estate. The remainder is weeded chemically. Tests of putting under grass are in hand to be freed completely from weeding. Here best Collioure rouge 2009, resulting from plantations of about fifteen years of Grenache black and Syrah, maturing out of barrels of occasion during 12 months with ullaging weekly, a beautiful wine, rich, with the complex nose, of silky and powerful mouth, quite fleshy, with these quite persistent crystallized cherry aromas, of excellent evolution, to enjoy on a spiced kitchen, a wine of fort beautiful evolution as proves it the 2007, of beautiful robe crimson, with the complex nose associating black spices, fruits (ripe, blackcurrant) and red fruits (cherry) on a light point of scrub and smoked, but of beautiful freshness in mouth, in which one finds the cooked fruits. Collioure blanc 2010, with a complex and persistent nose, is prevailed by the dried fruits and the pink, of ripe mouth, very beautiful color. Superb Banyuls 2009, two years of maturing out of barrels of 400 L, suave and distinguished, with the floral aromas where one finds the acacia, the cooked peach and it lily, a full wine with the nose as in mouth, of a long finale to the palate. If you find some, their Banyuls 2006 is exceptional, of Rimage type (fruity), robe ruby tile, with this brandy nose of raspberry, intense, and, in mouth, an attack kirschée, with connotations raspberry with brandy on peppered key



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