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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 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

CHATEAU LAROQUE


SAINT-EMILION Grand Cru Classé
The Château has belonged to the Beaumartin family for over forty years. This superb feudal castle of the 12th century was rebuilt under Louis XIV, thus earning it the nickname of "Petit Versailles". The vineyard covres 58 hectares of vines planted on a wonderful terroir of clay-limestone slopes on the heights of Saint-Emilion with excellent exposure to the sun. The harvesting is carried out by hand when the grapes are perfectly ripe, one plot of vines at a time. The wine is made in small vats so that each batch of grapes can be kept separate and the balance between the terroirs can be worked out to perfection. Vatting is long and closely supervised before transferring the wines into barrels for 12 months. The greatest of care is taken at each stage of the wine-making process to obtain the very best levels of quality. The wine has a lovely robe, deep colour and we can note aromas of spices and black fruit. In the mouth, the attack is powerful and full. This is a most elegant wine with ripe, fine tannins, a long finish and excellent ageing potential.

CHAMPAGNE PIERRE MIGNON


LE BREUIL
Pierre and Yveline Mignon direct the family winegrowing and their two children take part in the development: Celine, in charge with the commercial relations and export, Jean-Charles, person in charge of the vineyard and the wines. The typicity and the diversity of the soils make it possible to work out Great champagnes of Caractère. The vineyard of 14 hectares is distributed in all Champagne: Valley of the Marne, Côte des Blancs and area of Epernay. The planted grape varieties with majority of Pinot meunier (60%) are supplemented by Chardonnay present on 30% of the pieces and the Pinot black which covers 10% of the estate. This harmonious distribution enables us to work out Champagnes of Exception. The experience, gained generations in generations, is one of the important components which contribute to famous of our Maison. Thanks to its dynamism since the years 1970, the houseof Champagne Pierre Mignon developed considerably to reach 390.000 bottles today. We also knew to make known to us and to appreciate on the best tables of France and abroad. We invite you to discover the range of our Cuvées Classiques like our Cuvées Originales. Remarkable Champagne cuvée de Madame Millésimée 2005, intense, which combines structure and distinction, fruity with the nose as in mouth, of nice golden robe, scented, very harmonious in mouth, with the complex nuances (apricot, toast, musk). The cuvée Cœur d’Or, presented in a very beautiful red bottle metallized with strasses incorporated in the stopper, is in the line, all in aromas, associating elegance and structure, expenses and persistent, harmonious stop some, complex and fruity, of a very nice final, with dry apricot and hazel nut connotations. Their brut Prestige rosé de Saignée is all in charm, with its fresh fruit notes (cherry), of delicate foam, mixing savor and distinction, of a nice aromatic complexity and a very beautiful persistence. The cuvée Grande Réserve brut (80% Pinot meunier, 10% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot noir), where prevail of the yellow fruit and toast notes, is a wine dense with the palate, with nut notes, generous and harmonious, of creamy foam, of a beautiful complexity, all into fruity and smoothness. The cuvée Pure (zero proportioning) is particularly charming, releasing a great freshness in mouth, with scents of lily and apple, a success, perfect with aperitif or of the Saint-Jacques. You still give pleasure with the Champagne Harmonie de Blancs Millésime 2004 of beautiful aromatic complexity where nuances of lemon grass, brioche and apricot are detected, of very structured mouth, all in elegance.

CRU LAMOUROUX


JURANCON
The Cru Lamouroux was bought in 1895 by the great-grandfather of the current owner, Mme Ziemek-Chigé. This very nice vineyard is located on rather deep slopes of argilo-siliceous ground with exposed slopes south-south-west, sheltered well wind by timbered thalwegs, at an altitude of 300 Mr. Certaines vines are planted on terraces laid out in amphitheater. The planted grape varieties consist of 3,50 ha of Petit Manseng and 1,77 ha Gros Manseng, 0,51 ha of Cabernets franc and Sauvignon. The grape harvest is done by successive sorting. The grapes, for the development of the Jurançon sec, are collected with perfect maturity about on October 30th, whereas the overripe grape harvest for the Jurançon begins after November 15th until Christmas. The grape harvest of grape red begins about the 2nd week from October. The wine making is the very attentive care object (in a hurry one is done with low pressure, great control temperatures…). The wines are then matured out of tanks stainless for the dry wines or out of barrels of oak for the others. Certain vintages remain between 1 year (cuvée Amélie-Jean) and 2 years (cuvée Nathalie) in old barrels. Formidable Jurançon moelleux cuvée Amélie-Jean 2005, in tribute to their parents, pure Petit Manseng, resulting from vines without weeding, without pressing, matured during 1 year in old barrels of oak, a wine superb, with the notes of pink and small candied fruits, a wine of a very beautiful balance, rich and delicate at the same time, tasty, dense and quite velvety, prevailed stops some by nuances of brioche, of great evolution. One gives as much pleasure with this mellow Jurançon 2006, (80% Petit Manseng and 20% Gros Manseng), a suave wine, very scented, of flattering and persistent mouth, all in bouquet, mixing powerfull and really remarkable distinction. Superb Jurançon cuvée Nathalie 2004, pure Petit Manseng, with the melted mouth, a full wine, with the discrete notes of lemon and white flowers, all stops some, all in smoothness, of nice golden robe, prevailed by emanations of small candied fruits and hazel nut finally, of guard. The 2003, of a beautiful persistence and aromatic complexity with the palate, subtle with the nose as in mouth, is a wine of nice brilliant robe, very attractive with these nuances of acacia, candied fruits and white flowers. Jurançon Tradition sec is a success, of nice dyes steady, very fresh, with almond and white fruit notes, to open on a roasted lobster.

DOMAINE DU CLOS DE L'EPINAY


VOUVRAY
Beautiful XVIII th century estate for the oldest part. The vineyard is composed by fields, an orchard, and a garden with hundred-year-old trees called “Le Clos”, located on the heights of Vouvray. The property is in the middle of the vines, which is rare on the appellation since most of the other winegrowers are close to their cellar in the valley, dug in micaceous chalk. On the whole, the vineyard counts a bit more than 16,72 hectares of 30 average age vines. There is a total respect for the environment in the vineyard which is run on the principles of sustainable agriculture. The harvest is manual for the still wines. The underground wine warehouse was built in 2008 to store the Traditional Method near the Clos. Superb Vouvray moelleux 2009, gold medal with the competition of Journées Gastronomiques de Romorantin 2010, mixing aromatic richness and persistence in mouth, a wine which releases from subtle aromas of almond and lime, all in harmony. Very charmer, soft Vouvray 2009, of a beautiful golden color, elegant, with nuances of honey of acacia, of ripe orange and white flowers, fleshy and is typified. Beautiful Vouvray cuvée Marcus 2009, of a very beautiful color, with the scents of white fruits and broom, with in mouth of pink and the subtle gingerbread notes, of a great persistence. Vouvray demi-sec Classique 2010 is of suave mouth, all in subtlety of aromas, is of beautiful golden color, with the nuances of quite ripe fruits, of a beautiful fullness, to discover on a blue cheese. Superb 2009, silver medal with the competition of Journées Gastronomiques de Romorantin 2010, all in subtlety of aromas (cooked fruits, hawthorn), of a soft consistency, all in smoothness. Excellent Vouvray cuvée Le Clos de L’Épinay brut Millésime 2006, gold medal with the competition of the vine growers Indépendants 2012. Vouvray Tête de Cuvée Brut, silver medal with the competition of the Mâcon great wines, is of beautiful robe, with the nut and fruit perfumes fresh, dense, of beautiful light foam like Vouvray brut Classique, all in harmony, with these notes of fresh fruits and acacia, a really attractive wine, very fresh with a finale all in suppleness.



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