Louis Bouillot – Cremant de Bourgogne Perle d’Aurore Brut Rose

Louis Bouillot Perle d'Aurore Rose

Every New Year celebration demands a delightful bottle of bubbly, and this sparkling wine is just that!  This pale salmon sparkling rose makes the perfect start to the New Year, and any other celebration.  Made from Pinot Noir and Gamay, the aromas of light red fruit abound – cherry, strawberry, and just a bit of red raspberry, dancing with the slightest hint of green apple.  The taste is crisp and refreshing, with extra fine bubbles that make this wine especially nice.  Balanced acidity, but still creamy.  The finish expresses a light minerality, and lasts for some time.  It pairs elegantly with champagne cheese and dried fruit.  I’ll be picking up more of this delicious sparkling rose for the fun times this New Year will undoubtedly bring.  Cheers!

Domaine Joseph Drouhin – 2010 Laforêt Bourgogne Chardonnay

Spring is the perfect time to begin enjoying dry, crisp, fruity white wines, and this one certainly fits the bill.  Clear, clean and light lemon yellow, the color alone is inviting.  The aromas are very nice, with lemon dancing in the air with stone fruit, and just a hint of flowers.  The flavors held true to citrus and stone fruit, softened with the tiniest bit of oak, The acidity was well balanced, and the finish was modest and clean.  This wine is such a great value, and makes a great accompaniment to light fare.

Bouchard Aine & Fils – 2006 Bourgogne Pinot Noir

There are no hard and fast rules about when to decant a wine, and my tasting experience this time taught me a valuable lesson about that.  I opened this Pinot Noir with expectations about that “typical” pinot noir experience.  The aromas of red fruits were everywhere – cherry and currants mostly, and yet there were noticeable bursts of herb and eucalyptus.  I swirled the jewel red wine a few times and took a sip, and found the wine to be spicy and even “hot”, despite modest alcohol.  I was a bit surprised by the flavors, and decided that perhaps decanting would help.  I was so glad I did.  After an hour of so, I tasted the wine again, and to my delight I discovered beautiful smoothness in the wine.  The spiciness toned down, and I was able to enjoy the fruits and fairly long finish.  No heat, no edge.  This wine paired very well with a juicy burger.