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A One-of-a-Kind, New Bollinger Vintage Rosé Release - 11/14/2017 - Champagne

Fan of Bollinger are going to want to queue up for the unique, one-of-a-kind offering. All of the previous vintages of the Bolli Rosé have been under the Grande Annee, this time around they decide to release a standard version, for a very sharp price. Sourced from the very same plots and produced according to the same exacting standards as its big brother bottling, it is every bit the superlative effort we’ve come to expect from this illustrious house. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it highlights the best characteristics of both varietals delivering a potpourri of cherry, orchard, and wild berry flavors. Complementing the fruit are delicious accents of freshly baked bread and toast. A top vintage Rosé from a well respected house like Bollinger routinely approaches $200 on release, making the price here all the more attractive. A truly unique opportunity, this 2006 is a must-have for fans of Bollinger or anyone who enjoys an impeccably crafted bottle of bubbles.

2006 Bollinger Rosé Champagne ($119.00)

94 points Decanter: "The excellent 2006 vintage encouraged Bollinger to create a vintage rosé to reflect the quality of the grapes, especially the Pinot Noir. The fruit comes from 84% grand cru vineyards and 16% premiers cru vineyards. The wine was barrel fermented before spending over 10 years maturing in the bottle. It has a delicious Pinot character, with mulchy red fruits, accompanied by a soft Chardonnay note of delicate bruised apple and some woody breadth. It has a delicious streak of raspberry acidity, and comes across as a finessed and structured champagne that is only at the start of its life. (JB)" (10/2017)

92 points John Gilman: "The 2006 vintage in Champagne is quite a forward year and the wines are generally drinking at or close to their apogees today, and this is certainly true of the 2006 Bollinger Rosé. The wine offers up a wide open and complex nose of desiccated cherries, tangerine, a complex base of soil, a touch of clove, rye bread and a gentle topnote of smokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and ready, with a good core, fine focus and balance, elegant mousse and a long, classy finish. I like this wine very much for current drinking, but I kept wondering if it were just a bit too easy-going for an eleven year-old vintage-dated bottling of Rosé from a top flight Grande Marque such as Bollinger. Should I have been hoping for just a bit more structural integrity at this point in the wines evolution? This is mostly of academic interest, as the wine is drinking very well right now and delivers all one could ask for, but part of me would love to have the option of tucking this away for another decade or so in the cellar and see where it might lead, but the structural chassis here is not built for such exploration. That said, it is very, very tasty at the present time! 2018-2026." (12/2017)

K&L Notes: This is a blend of 72% Pinot Noir and 28% Chardonnay, exclusively from Bollinger's estate vineyards. The color comes from 7% Ay Pinot Noir that is vinified red. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

Staff ImageDiana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2017

Not to be confused with the pricier Grand Annee rosé, this limited edition release sourced entirely from the stellar 2006 vintage is special. Aged on the cork and 100% barrel-fermented, its leesy and subtly oxidative, with toasty richness, yet also precise with linear minerality. Pinot Noir-driven, it showcases serious berry fruit, a hit of racier orange, and a luxuriously long finish. This powerful Champagne is ready to drink now, and will work beautifully with food.

Staff ImageGary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 07, 2017

This super rich, all barrel fermented Champagne from Bollinger is usually sold as "La Grande Année" Rosé for $60 more a bottle. Since the team at Bollinger does not feel that this ripe 2006 will last a generation, they decided to sell it as regular vintage- a first for them. Since it was originally made as "La Grande Année" Rosé, this wine it has been aged all the time on the lees on a cork rather than a crown cap. This is a full, toasty, powerful dry style that will thrill fans of this house, at a price that is too good to miss!

Staff ImageRachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 14, 2017

It was such a treat to try the '06 rose from Bollinger. Aged on cork, not crown cap, the aromatics fill the nose with gentle spice and saltine cracker. Tart raspberry and that nice toasted spice dance on the palate. And while the wine was barrel fermented for elegance, a soft note of sweet lemon keeps palate elongated and making you go back for more!

Staff ImageAlex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 09, 2017

When youre on the market for a rich rosé, how can you go wrong with a barrel fermented gem from the decadent 2006 vintage? This one from Bollinger is superbly executed, with notes of roses and strawberries, and oxidative richness and toast from the barrel. Spectacular stuff.

Staff ImageScott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: August 08, 2017

This superb Rose from Bollinger will not be arriving until this Fall but, I had the opportunity to preview it today, 8 August. It has a super interesting nose of bright strawberry, orange peel and Fino sherry. On the palate, follow-up strawberry, blood orange and almond flavors. Very dry, with fine acidity and very elegant balance. Very bright for a 2006 vintage. Not to highlight the price too much but, this one is exceptional at this level of pricing!