The Wine Guy
So, if you’ve gone to the greeting card section of the drug store and all that’s left are valentines to your great-Aunt or your cat, it means you need a better gift than you were going to get, so read along and don’t skimp!
Ruinart Brut Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France, ($90.00). Ruinart is a Chardonnay house, so this wine can be considered one of its signature cuvées. With some bottle age, it can be crisp while also toasty, with secondary flavors balancing the apple and citrus fruits. The wine is really well- balanced, with a soft aftertaste that really complements its crisper, textured flavors.
Louis Roederer Brut Premier, NV, Champagne, France, ($59.99). Louis Roederer has been synonymous with the world’s great Champagnes since 1776. Brut Premier is the House’s flagship multi-vintage Champagne and its most popular and best-selling wine. It’s the Champagne that sets the house style for this esteemed producer. Brut Premier characterizes the timeless Louis Roederer style with the combination of fresh, youthful fruitiness and the vinous qualities of a fully matured wine. It is a structured wine with a lively attack and a smooth palate.
Dom Perignon, 2009, Champagne, France, ($159.99). The thing that makes Dom Perignon unique is that it only creates vintage wines; it is an absolute commitment. Only the best grapes of the most exceptional years are used, making each vintage distinct. It is the perfect embodiment of the Power of Creation – an act of creation that elevates the mind and enlightens the world.
The icon of the house, it showcases perfect balance, revealing the harmony that is so characteristic of Dom Perignon. The wine is complete, rhythmic and tactile. Dom Perignon Vintage 2009 is exotic: its tactile thickness, its roundness, and the utterly unique depth of flavor, combine to make it one of a kind.
Champagne Delamotte,Blanc de Blancs, NV, Champagne, France, ($59.99), First and foremost a mineral wine, Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV has textbook chalkiness; with time in the glass showing its complexity from the lees and white flesh fruit.
On its own, with fresh oysters, elegant saltwater fish or simply with fresh radishes with a touch of fleur de sel, Delamotte Blanc de Blancs is a versatile wine as an aperitif or at the table.
Pol Roger Brut Rose, 2008, Champagne, France, ($125.99), comes from the favorite Champagne house of my favorite person of the twentieth century, Sir Winston Churchill. He started off many days with a glass and while I don’t recommend that, I do recommend more than a glass tonight!
Wine Enthusiast describes it this way: ”This ripe wine with its red fruits and well-balanced texture is beautifully ready to drink, with just the right crisp acidity to balance the soft richness. There is no sign yet of maturity, the fruit from this great vintage showing at its perfumed best.”.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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