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First released in 2008, Bollinger Rosé is a relatively new addition to the range. This Champagne puts on spectacular display Bollinger's approach with and expertise in Pinot Noir, and showcases the play between power and refinement that defines Bollinger. The wine starts with a base Special Cuvée: complex and full bodied, perfectly balanced with fresh acidity and a texture that only time can lend, creating a harmony of richness and elegance. 30% of the wine is vinified in used oak barrels of 228 liter barrels, with some 400 liter casks up to 40 years old. This commitment to traditional vinification is at the heart of Bollinger, and they are the only remaining Champagne producer with a cooper on staff. The wine will have matured for 30-36 months on the lees, with a final blend of 40-50% reseve wines, and 5-10% of the blend consisting of reserve wines 5-15 years of age kept in magnum under cork - utterly unique in Champagne, and all together responsible for the vast spectrum of aromas and flavors, and signature creamy texture.
Then, because of the quality, density and power of Bollinger's still red Pinot, only 5-6% of red wine is added to make the Rosé, less than half (or even a third) what you find in typical Rosé Champagnes. This lesser addition means the red fruits that join the conversation dance vibrantly, the finish has just a hint of perfectly ripe tannin, and the deep complexity of the wine shines through transparently. Dosage is 7-8 grams per liter. We like to say: "Fresh as a Rosé, balanced as a Bollinger".
Champagne: The 1983 vintage was one of the decade’s most mature vintages and is at its best today.
This vintage was not born without pain, either. If the 1982 winter was cold and the spring cool, then this year it was many more times so. The damp and flowering. When it finally took place, the weather conditions were excellent. The summer was warm and sunny. As in the previous year, fall rains saved the grapes from drying up. Along with the rains of early September, temperatures fell and the maturing slowed down. The weather improved toward the end of September, and the harvest was reaped in early October. The vintage grew to be even bigger than the 1982 one. The wines have matured noticeably faster than the 1982 vintage. Stylistically, the wines are robust, lush and at a really enjoyable age right now.