Saint Hilaire 'Brut' Brut 2010
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"Similar to top quality nonvintage champagne at one third the price."
"Dry, toasty, smooth and clean Saint Hilaire truly captivates with an attractive yeasty aroma and luscious creamy texture. The palate is light and crisp with citrus and apple flavors and the body is just hefty enough."
3/5 starsRated by Mark on 6/3/2012
If it walks like a duck...I have spent a fair amount of time plumbing the depths of the drinkable sparkling wines.In America that means the Gruet, the Gloria Ferrer, and the Mumms Presige. All are more expensive that the St. Hilaire. But not by much.I can buy the Gloria for under $12 a bottle between Thanksgiving and New Years. It is a far superior bottle to the St. Hilaire.The St. Hilaire fruit is subdued, even muddied in comparison to any of the other bubblies that I mentioned.If you've got to buy several cases for a party, your guests won't be able to tell the difference.But if it's for personal consumption, buy your cases between Thanksgiving and New Years which is what I do every year. Usually 3-4 cases.Is the St. Hilaire drinkable? Yes. But there are better options at this price point.
4/5 starsRated by Eric on 10/26/2011
Great alternative to ChampagneChampagne can be pretty pricey, so I usually opt for this... the oldest sparkling wine in the world! Much more complex and rewarding than most Cava or Prosecco at the same price point, it shows great balance and offers a ton of those small fizzy bubbles that many of the Californian "Champagnes" lack.