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  • B in SC - Columbia, SC (read all my reviews)

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    (12/16/2010)
    Segura Viudas Brut Cava
    $8.99
    • bubbly, sparkling & champagne
    • W&S89
    It's important to remember when tasting wine that a Cava; 6 bucks at my local wine shop; can't be compared to, say, 1996 Bollinger R.D. Yes, they both have bubbles and are made in similar manners, but two cases of this and a bottle of the '96 Bolly will set you back around the same amount. And, if you go through bubbles like I do, the top flight stuff can't come out that often. So, what is the Segura Viudas? Solid. Very tight on the nose, though it opens up as it warms, the nose is never really gets there for me. Which is disappointing, because a sparkler should have a great nose. I find the palate one-dimensional, and a little sweet for a Brut. Tastes of lemons, fading to apples. More apples on the finish, though it fades quickly. Good price point for everyday bubbles you don't have to age, worlds better than the Andre crud that inhabit the same price point, and compares favourably to the California "champagne" that starts with K. Wine and Spirits got little carried away, but 87 would be a fair score. (Not a 90 point wine at all) Good value and consistent from bottle to bottle.
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  • B in SC - Columbia, SC (read all my reviews)

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    (12/16/2010)
    Saint Hilaire Limoux Blanc de Blanc Brut 2007
    Sold Out $15.29
    2012 vintage available for $12.99
    This is a decent sparkler from an under-appreciated region. Not much happening on the nose, vaguely fruity but very weak. The palate is fairly weak- mostly apples and honey, with a short finish. I have a self-admitted fondness towards bubbles that leads me to not be as critical on them as other wines, but this is a thoroughly average effort on all respects. Definitely not a banner year for Limoux, which can be so much more than this 2007 is. That all said, it still compares favourably to some of the lower NV Champagnes at half the price, though there are Cavas out there that blow this year away for a few bucks less. All things considered, give this a pass. 84 points.
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