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France: Louis Bouillot wins Vinalies Internationales trophy for best sparkling wine.

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.
 
The competition is judged by 135 international oenologists who make up panels of between five and seven judges, who tasted blind and scored the 3,327 different wines entered this year, according to criteria set by the union. The wines in competition come from all around the world and the winners of gold and silver medals are published in Hachette Pratique’s Guide to 1,000 Wines of the World, with tasting notes on the first 1,000.
 
Once determined, the gold medal-winning wines are then judged a second time to discern the seven “Trophée” winners, the crème de la crème of each of the seven categories (red wine, white wine, rosé wine, sweet wine, liqueur wine, sparkling wine and spirits).
 
La Cuvée Perle Rare 2007 was singled out as a “Trophée” wine because it encapsulates all the qualities of an exceptional sparkling wine. A powerful and sophisticated cuvée, it offers a perfect balance that highlights the outstanding work of our team of sparkling winemakers and their painstaking dedication throughout the whole process from grape growing to vinification.
 
Its equilibrium 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.
 
Louis Bouillot’s La Cuvée Perle Rare 2007 came first among the 409 sparkling wines tasted, 185 of which were French. Of the 122 gold and silver medals awarded in the sparkling wine category, 91 were French, for the most part Champagnes or Limoux wines with a price per bottle ranging from €5-€80.
 
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!
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