Monthly Archives: December 2009

Sparkling Wines and Champagne Picks for the 2009 Winter Holiday Season – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

This year and as in years past I do look for the non-usual suspects for sparkling wines and Champagnes.  There are plenty of good choices and there is no need to rely on Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin and Moët & Chandon … Continue reading

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé – N.V. – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine has delicate notes of violet and earthly truffle; and nicely balanced brambled fruit and honeysuckle.  This wine is a bit expensive; I do think there are other Rosé that are equally nice for a lower price point. ¡Salud! … Continue reading

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve – NV – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Very dry with an evocation of Lilies and honeysuckle; this wine has notes of dried tropical fruit, fresh Brioche, and almonds. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com … Continue reading

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Jacquesson Cuvee 733 Brut – NV – 8.7 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine is 52% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Meunier, and 24% Pinot Noir and is a classic Brut with blissful touches of tropical fruit (papaya and passionfruit), citrus peel, crushed almonds and bread and evocation of white flowers. ¡Salud! *** A … Continue reading

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Larmandier-Bernier Terre Vertus – N.V. – 8.9 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Natural yeast, zero dosage–aptly dry; easily approachable.  This wine has an abundant balance of green apple, mixed citrus zest, and freshly baked bread. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my … Continue reading

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Alfred Gratien Cuvee Brut Classique – N.V. – 9.0 – James Meléndez /James the Wine Guy

A unique Brut mainly with Chardonnay and a significant quantity of Pinot Meunier which gives a considerable brightness and lightness to the wine; also pleasant notes of Brioche, Meyer lemon zest, and toasted Marcona almond. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of … Continue reading

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Agrapart & Fils Les Sept Crus – N.V. – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A very earthy Champagne; a yeast that balances out the earthy qualities of the wine; notes of hibiscus, Abalone mushroom, and cashew nut. ¡Salud! *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my … Continue reading

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