Everyone knows the still wines of Bourgogne, but the region also makes sparkling ones.
Burgundy is well known for its still wines, but it also knows how to sparkle in style! The Boisset Family ‘s sparkling brand Louis Bouillot‘s (“The Bubble Maker” of Nuits-Saint-Georges) Crémant de Bourgogne style “Cuvée de l’Imagineur” was created in 2009, the fruit of an assemblage of six varietals planted in 2005 and it is ideal for an aperitif, very aromatic in a floral, fruity style, and its vivacity and freshness in the mouth is invigorating. The delicacy of its bubbles is enough to stimulate the most jaded taste buds.
You’ll be surprised by the power packed in these tiny bubbles. The varietals in the Cuvée de l’Imagineur are all Burgundian, originally planted for educational purposes: Chardonnay, Auxerrois, Aligoté, Pinot Gris or Beurrot, Pinot Blanc and the surprising Chardonnay Muscaté. Made according to the traditional method, which is used for the best sparkling wines like Crémant de Bourgogne and Champagne, this wine cannot go under the Crémant de Bourgogne appellation because the vines are planted outside the designated zone and some of the varieties are not authorized by the specifications. It benefits from 12 months ageing on laths.
Recently, Louis Bouillot’s Crémant de Bourgogne Perle Rare 2007 beat more than 400 challengers to win the Vinalies Internationales Trophée for Best Sparkling Wine, the only Crémant de Bourgogne to win a prize at these prestigious awards organized by the Oenologists’ Union of France. Its balance stems from Perle Rare’s origins in Burgundy, with its varied yet highly complementary terroirs. (From north to south: Yonne, Chatillonnais, Côte d’Or, Couchois, Mâconnais).
It also comes from the blend of varietals used, dominated by the powerful Pinot Noir at 60%, softened by the freshness of Chardonnay with 35% and the fruitiness of Gamay, which makes up the remaining 5%. Lengthy ageing sur lattes for two and a half years and a medium dosage of 10g of sugar/liter help bring out the nobility of these terroirs and grapes over time.
The bright and golden color of Perle Rare 2007 goes on to reveal lightly toasted spicy notes which in turn open onto the delicate aromas of apricot, white acacia and peony blossom, ending up with a zesty citrus finish. In the mouth, the attack is fresh thanks to an ideally cool vintage. It offers tension, yet breadth and is a full wine with an interesting flavor profile and a long and powerful finish.
In addition to being an excellent aperitif, Perle Rare is ideally suited to luxurious dishes such as fresh asparagus, grilled sea bass and white meats. And it also stands out thanks to its very reasonable price tag of just €8!
In other Boisset family news in California, Buena Vista in Carneros, the oldest premium winery in California, has become part of the Boisset Family Estates. This historical winery and producer of organic AND biodynamic Pinot Noir, fits in with the Boisset family philosophy of taking on the responsibility of shepherding exceptional estates with deep history in their respective terroirs.
In France you can purchase Louis Bouillot’s Cuvée Perle Rare 2007 at: At the Imaginarium – Tel: +33 (0)3 80 62 61 40 – http://www.imaginarium-bourgogne.com/