For still wines, Burgundy is the most beguiling and frustrating region on earth. But for bubbly, it's a source of great values.
Think about it -- they grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay there. Why wouldn't they make good bubbly?
I've been loving this wine on a regular basis ever since seeing it for under $20 on a Vietnamese restaurant's wine list. My dates with it feel like a clandestine affair, passionate and foamy and I guess I better stop there.
What's not to love about an affordable pink bubbly made from quality Pinot Noir grapes? Even shipped halfway across the globe, it still undercuts domestic pink bubblies on price. Why pay $75 for pink Champagne when you can have this?
Louis Bouillot Perle d'Aurore Cremant de Bourgogne Rose NV ($14)
I keep coming back to this wine and marveling at the quality-price ratio. Made from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Gamay Noir, it's a rich, fruity pink bubbly with a hint of Burgundian earthiness. Sophisticated and delicious, it could fool your friends into thinking it's a pricey Champagne. 90