Bollinger Brut Rosé Champagne
This is a rosé of complexity and sophistication. It is essentially a finessed version of Special Cuvée and has all the brightness and nicely caught complexity of that Champagne with a layer of redder fruit aromas as well as a thread of raspberry and cherry on the palate; some blueberry too. Very long, even and thrilling on the finish.
Wine & Spirits
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.
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.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(L1403805): Bright orange-pink. Fresh red berries and tangerine on the spice- and smoke-accented nose and in the mouth. Sappy and expansive, offering juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of toasty lees. Tightens up on the long, mineral-driven finish, which leaves a chalky mineral nuance behind.
Seductively light in color, this is based on Pinot Noir. It has a fine balance and a touch of toast. The fresh red-fruit and citrus flavors harmonize into a complex whole. Like many Bollinger Champagnes, it’s a delicious, full-bodied selection that’s best suited for food.
From K&L's Champagne Buyer, Gary Westby: "This is spectacular rosé - perhaps the best non-vintage rosé that I have ever had, and a great argument for the blenders' art. Concentrated yet completely effortless, this barrel-fermented gem has everything one could want from a rosé Champagne. The power is in the wine, but always takes a back seat to balance. It is dosed very lightly at 10 grams per liter."