Louise d’Estrée Brut is a perfect example of why Trader Joe’s sparkling wines are so divisive. At $8, it is a very reasonably priced bottle and very comparable to a large swatch of other generic Trader Joe’s proseccos and cavas. There is very little aroma, a very mild taste, and little to no finish.
To sparkling wine connoisseurs, this, of course, means that Louise d’Estrée Brut is the most bland wine in the universe. They recommend staying as far away from this bottle as possible. On the other hand, to the majority of Trader Joe’s shoppers who are average folks looking to drink a lot and spend a little, this is a great bottle of sparkling wine that is mellow, inoffensive, cheap, and crowd pleasing.
I find something comfortable about this juxtaposition of opion regarding Louise d’Estrée Brut. It really gets to the heart of Trader Joe’s wine. Some people really want to think that the wines there are just as great as at a top tier wine store. They can satisfy their inner wine snob even at Trader Joe’s. On the other hand, there are the masses of people who don’t really care that much and see Trader Joe’s as an easy place to get decent wine cheaply. Whichever category you find yourself in will probably determine how you feel about Louise d’Estrée Brut.
Louise d’Estrée Brut: The Verdict
Which side of the fence do I come down on? Does it really matter? If you want bubbles and want them cheap, buy Louise d’Estrée Brut. It’s drinkable. If you want something exquisite, don’t buy it. Seriously, it’s $8. It’s not like you’re buying a Maserati. Don’t think so hard. It is bubbly that is only $8. For $8, you can get a burrito at Chipotle (with guac!) or a bottle of Louise d’Estrée Brut. I recommend you spend the $16, buy both, and have yourself a damn satisfying evening.