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Bronze tones are found within the lovely and consistent red/pink depth. On the nose, noble red berries such as red currant, cherry and wild strawberry come to the front, along with a spicy touch, not unlike Special Cuvée. On the palate a subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity, with a tannic fiish due to the addition of red wine. The flavors of wild berries glide along bubbles as fine as velvet.
"If you could whip together cream and snowflakes, you’d approximate the rich, airy texture of this phenomenal rosé Champagne. I would love it for that reason alone. But then comes the flavor—powerful and immaculate. A kaleidoscope of things earthy, minerally, floral, spicy, and savory, all swirled together. It’s deep, profound, and more than a little bit thrilling to drink. In a time when some Champagnes have grown dully commercial, family-owned Bollinger remains true to its own exquisite artisanal standards. Don’t miss this."
95 Points Karen Macneil
"Bollinger's rosé has a very attractive pinot-esque thread to the nose with bright ripe red cherry fruit aromas, dried roses and gently toasty nuances. The palate adds yellow peach to the equation. Extremely luscious and exuberant style. Drink now."
93 Points James Suckling
"The NV Brut Rosé, which was first introduced in 2008, offers classic, slightly tertiary notes of spiced cherries, dried strawberries, and rose petals. Clean, crisp, and chiseled on the palate, it’s much more firm and tight than the Special Cuvée, yet has a great finish, impeccable balance, and bright acidity. A blend of 62% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay and the rest Pinot Meunier, with 30% vinified in barrel, it spent 30 to 36 months on lees. Give it a year or so."
92 Points Jeb Dunnuck
"Lacy in texture, with bright, well-knit acidity and a streak of chalky minerality underscoring the subtle flavors of strawberry, white peach, fresh ginger and crystallized honey. A hint of salted almond lingers on the finish."
92 Points Wine Spectator
"The pink color comes from the addition of six percent red wine, while the red fruit flavors are inherent in the blend (62 percent pinot noir, 14 percent meunier and 24 percent chardonnay). This feels cool and generous in its ripe red berry flavors, then extremely dry in its red spice finish. Notes of honey and leather add complexity, focusing the wine on roast squab stuffed with wild mushrooms."
92 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine
"The current release of non-vintage Bollinger Brut Rosé is a blend of sixty-two percent pinot noir, twenty-four percent chardonnay and fourteen percent pinot meunier. Five percent of the reds are added as still wines, and though it is not mentioned in the literature from the maison, I assume that all of the still wine is pinot noir, as we are in Aÿ after all. The wine was finished with a dosage of seven grams per liter and offers up a lovely and quite spicy nose of strawberries, blood orange, rye bread, cloves and cinnamon, chalky minerality, dried flowers and a suavely smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and nicely complex, with a lovely core, elegant mousse, crisp acids and excellent length and grip on the focused finish. Lovely juice that will only get better with bottle age. 2015-2030."
91 Points John Gilman
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".
62% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay, 14% Meunier
Only 5% red wine added due to its power
Over 85% Grands and Premiers Crus
Cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the Appellation
Moderate, 8 to 9 grams
Crayfish, lobster, one-side cooked salmon
Japanese cuisine or not-so-spicy Asian cuisine
Fruit based dessert: fruit soup, strawberry tart, raspberries