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    1 389
  • Producer ranking ?

    80
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now to 2030
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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The Story

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".

 

 

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Wine Information

In total the wine  is based on Pinot Noir (62%), and also contains 24% Chardonnay and 14% Meunier.  Over 85% of the wine comes from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards.  The still wine comes from two plots in Verzenay (Poirier Saint-Pierre and Montboeuf), which are farmed just like the famed Cote aux Enfants plot that produces Bollinger's singular still red wine, and is the red wine addition for La Grande Année Rosé. The 5-6% red wine is made in a Burgundian fashion, with minimal handling with a pure structure and fruit the objective. It sees 8 months in barrel.  Bollinger’s vineyards are the source for over 60% of their production, and they have been the first Champagne House to achieve the certification of “Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne”, the new set of standards established by the Champagne governing body to encourage stronger viticulture practices, as well as “High Environmental Value” accreditation in 2012.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

23 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Light, Salmon and Clear

ending

Medium, Round and Flavorful

nose

Open, Fresh and Seductive

taste

Average in Acidity, Low alcohol content, Balanced, Youthful and Light

Written Notes

Yet again, one of my absolute favorites among nonvintage Champagnes. Since the beginning of the 1990s the wine has only been four years old when it enters the market and is vinified in steel vats. Even so, it’s fascinating to see how much 12 percent old reserve wines, vinified in oak barrels and stored in magnums, do to lift the product. The oakish, smoky, and deep Bollinger style develops after a couple of years in the bottle.’

  • 91p
Pale colour. This was launched about six weeks before the Lehmann Brothers went belly-up but one can legitimately expect this wine to avoid the same fate. Lovely strawberry notes. A minerally background. Bright acidity. A cleansing and refreshing style. Elegant, yet very long and intense. Exuberant fruit, rather than complex subtleties. Good acidity. This an absolute star for the rose ranks (and I preferred it to the Bolly vintage, '99). 60% pinot noir, 25% chardonnay, 15% pinot meunier. The amount of pinot added as red wine is 5 to 6%. 93
  • 92p

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+

  • 92p
Bollinger Rosé Toasty nose with very pretty, bright red berry fruit, wild strawberries and red currants, blood orange, peaches and toasted bread. Completely youthful and fresh palate with bright red fruits and stone fruits. Long, bright and fresh with an almost tannic edge and fine minerality. Juicy but needs a little time to flesh out. Now-2017 90p.
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Origin

Ay, Champagne

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