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This is NOT Champagne. Good prosecco should be fresh, fruity, bubbly and fun. This one is one of my favorites; tends to be cleaner and more refreshing than some sweeter-style proseccos, with really tight bubbles, which is uncommon amongst the majority of proseccos. Best enjoyed before dinner, on a warm day with friends, or during a picnic lunch.
Obviously wine is subjective...but if you have an opportunity to sit through a blind tasting of similarly priced NV champagnes (whether from small growers or big negociants that buy their grapes from god-knows-where like this particular one) you may be surprised to find that this champagne is always ranked the least favorite. This house makes lots and lots of champagne--reminds me of similarly mass produced bubbly from Spain, the US, Australia, other parts of France. There is not the clean elegance that champagne's should have, nor is there the rich toastyness. Instead it smells of sulfur and is a bit dirty tasting with bubbles that are so-so. While i've certainly had worst sparkling, I'm giving this such a poor review because there are SOO many other good sparklings out there in a similar price range...and I've had $15 cava's that taste more like what a true champagne should taste like than this...but, oh, marketing. It wins people's hearts. If you read the other reviews people had this for a special reason--because it is a $40-$60 bottle of wine; to celebrate an engagement, a birth, an anniversary. I'm sure it was great for that...but it doesn't make it good wine.
I was literally blown away by the '03 Greysac. One of the best values to come out of Bordeaux in a very long time. 2004 was not a great growing year, but it wasn't poor either (just not as grand as 03 & 05). The 04 seems to have a touch more than one would want of Brettanomyces; leaving the nose meaty, mushroomy and lacking of fruit. The finish is off, the wine very tight up front and falling apart on the tail end (I suspect due to the Brett). We tasted through two of the '04, seems to be an overall flaw. Nevertheless, I'm biased in my love of the '03 Greysac. This wine is not completely flawed and if one is looking for an example of a left bank bordeaux, that's affordable in price with some unique Medoc qualities--it can be found here.
Some of the other reviewers are disappointed in the screw cap factor (you need to get over it). I think others are so used to oak, than when a wine lacks that quality, it's a disappointment. This wine is clean, slightly spicy, very soft and WONDERFUL with a variety of foods. Just taught a class with this wine and it was the favorite for many, edging out Cabs from more traditional regions, because of it's softer side. I have many vegetarian and vegan friends who try and find a cab that will pair with their lighter-style dinners. This is a perfect for that.
This is bubbly at its best. Beautiful soft salmon color matched with a lovely strawberry/raspberry nose, tight bubbles and a dry, clean finish. A darling of a wine and wine.com has a great price on it!
Nothing fancy here; just a nice standard, dry bubbly. Very good with cheeses and lighter dishes.