I'll start off this post by saying 1 thing- I have never been a fan of Rose, and I rarely drink sparkling wine...until now.
A few weeks ago I went to a French restaurant near my house. The kitchen was running behind, and as a result, our reservation was 45 minutes late. To make up for it, the maitre-de gave us glasses of a Rose sparkling wine. Given past experiences, I was not very excited, but of course I couldn't pass up a free glass. It was fantastic!! Called "Louis Bouillot Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé "Perle d'Aurore"", this sparkling rose was dry, mellow in flavor, and perfect in balance.
Returning home that night, I looked it up online. While the restaurant charged $7 a glass, turns out a local wine store had available bottles for $13.99- an incredible bargain for the quality of the bottle.
As 2011 wraps up and we enter the Christmas-New Years corridor, I have decided that the Louis Bouillot will be the bottle I bring to every brunch, dinner, and party I attend until 2012 (and probably deep into the year). Give it a try. It's unique, delicious, and at $13.99 is a reasonably priced crowd pleaser.