This “Ivory Pearl” is a sparkler from Burgundy produced by Louis Bouillot a specialist in the Methode Traditionelle for more than 130 years. The wine is 95% Chardonnay with 5% Aligote.
While our party of friends enjoyed Super Bowl XVLI on the big screen, this gem was chilling down in the wine cooler. I had to ask Green Dragon to put the Champagne flutes out of sight to avoid jinxing my favorite football team.
There is nothing sadder than unopened Champagne in the losing team’s locker room! We weren’t about to experience that scenario.
Luckily, justice and superior football skills prevailed and the New York Giants won the title – but not before putting me through the emotional wringer. When the final Hail Mary pass from Tom Brady bounced harmlessly to the turf in the end zone, it was time to pop the cork and celebrate with the Ivory Pearl.
The Louis Bouillot is the color of pale moonlight and treats the eye to tight streams of tiny bubbles after the froth subsides. The bouquet is fresh with slight citrus and nuttiness. On the palate this is crisp with bright acidity and a steely quality. There is a hint of grapefruit and a refreshing finish.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable sparkler by a well-respected French producer. It was the perfect exclamation point to a Super evening.
Rating: 4 of 5