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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 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.

DOMAINE PICHARD


MADIRAN
A winegrowing of 12 ha (11 in red and one in white Pacherenc), on a ground thin, silico-argillaceous, very stony, where the southern exposure full to mid--slope makes it possible to obtain wines of very great quality. The vines are planted at the top of a slope, and it is the only winegrowing of madirannais to have the vines of only one holding. The thirty years planted grape varieties of average age are composed of 50% Tannat and 50% Cabernet franc, and for Blanc, primarily of Petit Manseng. One matures wines of tradition here, proposing a range of vintages over 10 years and more, which is very rare. Thus excite your papillae with Madiran Tradition 2009, combining aromatic concentration, roundness of tannins and persistence in mouth, with these notes of violet, leather and very characteristic blackcurrants, wine of a garnet-red, firm and typified color. The 2008 are complex and harmonious, with nuances being defined by raspberry aromas, of strawberry of wood, a wine of deep color to the purplished reflections, with full tannins, all in mouth, a fleshy wine, to open on lamb, for example. The cuvée Aimé 2009, very representative of this great vintage, with the nose present with notes of violet, liquorice and prune, a wine rich color, traditional and concentrated, combining smoothness and structure, full in mouth, of beautiful evolution. The 2008 very powerful and very aromatic, are still closed, fleshy, rich in bouquet as out of matter, all in mouth, with very well-balanced tannins, firm and very full. It there has still Madiran cuvée René 2007, rich color as out of matter, is fleshy, intense with the nose as in mouth, the overripe fruit scents, with very well-balanced tannins, a typified and quite fleshy wine, with the nuances of leather and blackberry finally, very promising. Beautiful 2006, matured very well out of barrels, a very tasty wine, of beautiful robe the steady, with pepper and blackcurrant nose, loose thanks to silky and powerful tannins at the same time, of excellent evolution. The 2005, with a strong color, of good base tannic, rich, with the connotations characteristic of prune and violet, are all in mouth, fleshy, quite fullbodied, with these quite attractive nuances of macerated fruits and humus. Pacherenc-of-Vic-Bilh the 2010 is delicious, of robe but pale, with scents floral and roasted with the nose, dense, very aromatic, all of structure and perfumes, harmonious.

DOMAINE TROTEREAU


QUINCY
Winegrowing estate TROTEREAU is a family property which was born in 1804 when Etienne Augustin TROTEREAU, resulting from a family of vine growers vierzonnais, settled in Quincy. Since, five generations followed one another. Pierre RAGON who took again the exploitation in 1973 is currently the 6th vine grower of this long line. He exploits 13 ha which he cultivates in the respect of nature as a practitioner a reasoned fight, the control of the outputs and the impassioned ageing of the wine. Very traditional of his name, this Quincy Tradition 2012 is all in smoothness, of fine mouth, with the fresh fruit and dried fruit, of a long final. The 2011 are a very harmonious wine, with the dried fruit notes and flowers, of a long final with pleasant citrus fruits notes, to lead to shellfish. Winegrowing estate TROTEREAU proposes also a vintage to you Vieilles Vignes, resulting from 3 ha vines centenaries, but whose production is limited and nonannual.

CHATEAU DES PEYREGRANDES


FAUGERES
Family winegrowing of 25 ha since 5 generations, Marie-Geneviève Boudal-Benezech and her sons perpetuates the tradition and the destiny of the Winegrowing since 1995. Quality orders the control of our vines, our estate is qualified under l' Agriculture raisonnée. The wines are very typified “Faugères”: a great richness aromatic, much of structure, large smoothnesses of tannins. Our goal is to transmit to the consumer the typicity of this appellation, by working out wines resulting from assembly and in constant research from balance between the powerfull and the smoothness. In fact, as in a work of art, we try to transmit through our products, the love and the passion which we have for our area, our vines and our wine. The winegrowing estate is an exploitation qualified with the title of the agriculture reasoned, according to the step Terra Vitis and in biological conversion. “2013: cold time, from where later grape harvest which finished on October 15th, tells us Marie-Genevieve Boudal-Benezech. There was run-out on Grenaches but of very good Syrahs. They are concentrated, fruity, for ageing wines. 2014: early maturity, the white and the rosé are aromatic, fresh, elegant, the reds have a little more freshness. ” It is the occasion to enjoy this superb Faugères cuvée Marie Laurencie 2011, Grenache 40%, Syrah 40%, Mourvèdre 10%, Carignan 10%, output of 25 hl/ha… That gives this wine of beautiful intensity, with the flavors of cooked black fruits, pepper and leather, with velvety but powerful tannins, of complex, for ageing mouth. Faugères Prestige 2011 (40% Syrah, 40% Carignan and 20% Mourvèdre, on the slopes of Serre, arid slope on the heights of the southern full exposed village vis-a-vis the sea), partly high out of barrels, is faithful to itself, the blackcurrant and spice nose ripe, fleshy, of color supported, intense crimson in mouth, with silky tannins. Faugères cuvée Charlotte 2011, 80% Syrah, 10% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre, with the nose dominated by the cooked red small fruits (currant, strawberry) and of the notes of underwood, is slightly peppered with the palate, firm and silky tannins at the same time, of cordial mouth. Also taste Faugères blanc 2013, Roussane 60%, Marsanne 30%, Grenache white 10%, of a beautiful floral intensity, charmer, with the nose from vervain, which associates smoothness and structure, complex, with a finale all in smoothness and fruity, and Faugères red 2012, 50% Syrah and 50% Grenache, coloured and quite constructed, with the nose dominated by the red small fruits with core, of tasty mouth.

LA BASTIDE BLANCHE


BANDOL
The restructuring of the estate by the Bronzo family was started in the early 70s. The Mourvèdre variety accounts for more than half the vines, giving the wine great aromatic depth. The 28-hectare vineyard is planted on hillsides, arranaged into parcels, on very deep gravelly, stony soils of the clay-limestone type. Vine-growing methods are very traditional, with regular ploughing, organic fertilisation and no chemical weedkiller used. The grapes are all hand-picked and put into small containers to ensure they reach the winery intact. The very fractured land produces low yields, resulting in very concentrated wines with strong personality and exceptional aromatic power. The wine is rich, combining structure and finesse, fleshy and racy in the mouth, with a long aromatic finish. It will age very well.



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