Louis Valbray NV Cuvee Reserve Saumur - Printable Version

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- hotwine - 11-17-2004 09:20 PM

Looks like Champagne and made in that style but from the Loire. Fine, tight bubbles that quickly fade, giving a pleasant nose of faint lemon zest and perhaps orange blossoms (what do I know, only have cactus and mesquite around here). Sprightly touch of lemon oil on the palate but not tart. More like Champagne than are the CA bubblers that claim that name. Pleasing finish, nothing offensive there at all. 12% alc/vol and all of $7.99 at Costco. If you're looking for a cheapo alternative to the real stuff for the holidays, you could do a lot worse. With grilled sliced turkey covered with shredded rabbit food and Provolone on whole wheat.

- wondersofwine - 11-18-2004 12:05 PM

Looks like you've found another good QPR.

- hotwine - 08-22-2011 01:11 AM

Pulled one to take to a friend's 81st b-day party; big hit, everyone thought it was Champagne..... no, no, but made in that style. From magnum, very nice.

- TheEngineer - 08-22-2011 01:58 PM

Was this from the same purchase back in 2004?

- hotwine - 08-22-2011 08:11 PM

Yes indeed, from the same '04 batch. Could have been bottled last month.... still fresh and lively as ever. Some partiers were quaffing like it was 7-Up. Have only one mag left.