Richly-flavoured Champagne rose that continues Bollinger's tradition for powerful, savoury wines. There's a terrific breadth of flavour that comes from oak fermentation and extensive ageing on the lees. You'll find cherry fruits, sweet bakery spices and toasted brioche. Definitely a Champagne to serve with food and it'll carry reasonably well-flavoured foods.
, Jan 2015, 91
Lightly hued. The elegant and ultra-pure nose speaks of discreet yeast, cherry, raspberry and strawberry hints that are trimmed in an almost invisible touch of rose petal. The refinement displayed by the nose is reinforced by the palate impression of the delicious flavors that are underpinned by a firm but not aggressive mousse where the bead is quite fine, all wrapped in a moderately complex but solidly persistent finish. As it usually is this is quite an understated rosé that is drier than most without crossing the line into austerity. If one wanted to find fault it's that this lacks just a touch of overall depth but the style is drop dead gorgeous.
, Dec 2014, 89
Fresh citrus,berries and minerals.Clean and soft finish.
, Jul 2008,
A real treat. Red cherries and raspberries mingle on the deep, inviting nose. The palate displays vibrancy and further red fruit notes but with a dark twist. Highly polished Champagne, and with admirable complexity for a rosé. Drink 2008-12.
Stephen Tanzer's IWC
, Jan 2013, 90
(60% pinot noir, 25% chardonnay and 15% pinot meunier; L1316802): Vivid pink. High-pitched red berry and blood orange scents are complicated by a floral pastille element and a hint of smoky lees. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant citrus fruit and raspberry flavors and a touch of toastiness. Shows serious power on the finish, which echoes the red fruit and toast notes. This Champagne has the depth to handle rich foods and the energy and cut to provide pleasure on its own.
From magnum. Pale apricot colour. Served with a strawberries and a creamy millefeuilles, prompting the oft-rehearsed discussion as to why the French insist on serving dryish champagne with dessert. It might have been OK with the strawberries alone but not with the sweet, rich creaminess of the pastry. However, it still showed a good dose of red fruit though the acidity was accentuated, to the detriment of the wine, by the creamy sweetness. Coming back to it later, the fruit is very fine. (JH)
, Nov 2011, 89
The NV Brut Rose comes across as delicate and even a touch frail. Sweet berries, crushed flowers and spices waft from the glass in this feminine Champagne. The NV Brut Rose is best enjoyed as aperitif wine over the next few years. This is Lot L109004. Disgorged December 13, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2013.
Bollinger is of course one of the great names in Champagne. The Special Cuvee is typically one of my favorite wines in its price range, but it is the 2004 Rose La Grande Annee that steals the show this year. Bollinger is unique among Champagne houses in that the reserve wines are all bottled in magnum and with natural cork, a huge, labor-intensive effort.
, Nov 2013, 93
This refined rosé shows verve, offering finely meshed flavors of dried black cherry and pomegranate fruit, with notes of almond skin, gingerbread, honey and candied orange zest. A vein of smoky minerality gains momentum on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases imported. –AN
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