A real discovery as an alternative to Champagne - ‘Perle Noire’ is a Blanc de Noirs (white wine produced from red grapes) sparkling wine. It is made by the 'méthode traditionnelle', the same method as in Champagne.The Pinot Noir and Gamay fruit for the ‘Perle Noire’ comes from vineyards in northern Burgundy, close to Champagne.
Louis Bouillot is the largest producer of Crémant de Bourgogne and also one of the oldest. The wines are made using the ‘traditional method’ (as for Champagne), with extended lees ageing, and have the sort of weight and complexity that is usually missing at this price.
The wine is a distinctive pale pink in colour with a fine, elegant mousse and red fruit aromas on the nose, has excellent weight, balance and complexity, and represents superb value for money.
A wonderful aperitif - and discussion point!
Louis Bouillot was founded in 1877 in Nuits-Saint-Georges by Jean Bouillot, a wine and spirits merchant who was one of the few in his day to specialise in Crémant de Bourgogne. Today, the house is owned by the Boisset family, but overseen by specialist Crémant winemaker Olivier Medigue.