|Grapes||Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir|
|Origin||France, Non Vintage Rosé|
In the meticulous House style, Bollinger Rosé is modelled on the Special Cuvée blend, combining the fruits of previous harvests plus the addition of reserve wines from their cellars in Ay. The final component, which provides colour and delicate aromas of ripe red fruits, is a proportion of still red wine coming exclusively from Bollinger's Grand Cru Vineyards in the Cote d'Ay and Verzenay.
Very Bollinger in style, and yet with freshness and elegance that is almost surprising for a wine from this house.
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The recently introduced Rosé non-vintage is made very much in the creamy soft style of Special Cuvée and is particularly good for summer drinking
Very very pale golden salmon. Only just pink. Complex and well knit on the nose – so much better than the Clicquot and Ruinart rosés tasted alongside! Dry finish after a strawberry fruity explosion on the palate. Long. A distinctive style and no excess of acidity. Good for now.
17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
(62% pinot noir, 24% chardonnay, 14% pinot meunier, 5-10% of the blend comes from reserve wines aged from 5-15 years in magnums under natural cork.). An overtly fruity nose speaks of high-toned aromas of raspberry, strawberry and spicy cherry nuances. The effervescence is quite prominent, indeed this is borderline foamy though the mousse falls away rather quickly to reveal delicious and generous flavors that are easy-to-like but not quite as complex as one might like. Still this is very pretty and I like the dry, cool and clean finish.
89 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com
a very good pink champagne, with the hallmark Bollinger breadth and savoury notes allied here to lush, red berry fruit, touches of apple and spice and fine acidity.
There's a briny, mineral-tinged waft of seashore adding complexity to flavors of black cherry, grilled plum, pastry, graphite and almond cream in this vibrant rosé, which offers mouthwatering acidity and finely detailed texture.
93 The Wine Spectator
Champagne Bollinger: Full Wine List and Profile
Jacques Bollinger, who was born at Ellwanger in the Kingdom of Wurtemberg, came to Champagne in 1822. In 1829, together with Hennequin de Villermont and Paul Levieux Renaudin, he founded the Champagne House of Bollinger Renaudin at Ay. The Bollinger family have managed the House ever since. Despite Paul Renaudin dying without issue, his name remained on the label until the 1960's. Pehaps the most famous member of the Bollinger family was "Lilly" Bollinger who married Jacques' great grandson and took over the Company when he died in 1941. She is responsible for the famous quote "I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—unless I’m thirsty" Except in the very best vintages, only the first pressings are used (the rest being sold off) and Bollinger still carry out first fermentations in oak. Bollinger own around 160ha of vineyard which account for about 60% of their requirements. They are planted to about 60% Pinot Noir.
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