Crémant de Bourgogne – it’s the the designation for the sparkling wines of Burgundy, which is primarily known for single-varietal, still wines only. Here, in this self-proclaimed bubbly “oasis” winemakers can, shall we say, “break the rules,” and combine various varietals to create sparkling wines. Bonus points: because these sparkles aren’t technically Champagne (though most are, indeed, made in the methode champenoise), these come at a much more affordable price point (typically between $15 and $30). So pop the cork in celebration of — what day of the week is it that you’re reading this? Yes, cheers to a random day of the week!
About the Wine: The Louis Bouillot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc de Blanc is made from a combination of Chardonnay and Aligoté grapes harvested from the Mâconnais, Yonne and, Chatillonnais regions of Burgundy, France. The grapes went through gentle pressing prior to a cold soak, and then moved on to primary fermentation in stainless steel vats. Once the separate still base wines completed primary fermentation, the blended wine then completed second fermentation in bottle, resting sur lies for just over 18 months. (Read more about the traditional Champagne method: Pop the Cork on Sparkling Wine.)
Flavor Profile: Pop the cork and breathe in the light aromatics of a watery-floral perfume. On the pour the Louis Bouillot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc de Blanc is a perfect golden-yellow champagne color, settling into the glass just a shade warmer — the shade of the rising sun. Initial aromas are quite floral, with a background of crisp apples and pears, a hint of agave and — if you swirl it around a bit and re-engage the bubbles — you’ll find just the slightest hint of nuttines. (I’m thinking raw cashews here.)
The palate of this Blanc de Blanc is, indeed, quite dry. Dominant flavors are of (you guessed it) flowers, as well as citrus zest, grapefruit juice, tart or under-ripe nectarines, with pomme fruits lining the background. Let the wine linger in the mouth just a little “too” long and find a bit of fresh squeezed lemon tingling on the tongue.
The finish is clean, crisp, refreshing. There’s a bit of lingering sourness, but the breath is left almost flavorless — and I mean this in a good way. One feels as if that palate has been cleansed, made new — you’re ready to move on to your main meal (or perhaps another glass of Louis Bouillot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc de Blanc).
More Info: I received Louis Bouillot Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc de Blanc the as a sample for review. (Cheers!) Retail: varies. For more information about Louis Bouillot, their sparkling wines, and to find local retailers, please visit the Boisset Collection website.
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