Dave Desimone of Dave’s Wine Cellar included Champagne Bollinger Rosé NV in a story about celebrating Bastille Day and the “widespread reopening of society” with French bubbles. Desimone speaks in great detail about the estate’s history and the wine’s interesting origins – a snapshot of the write up is below and the full story can be found HERE.
He begins by stating that the wine comes from one of Champagne’s leading houses and offers historical context on the legendary Lily Bollinger. He explains that after losing her husband, Madame Bollinger “guided the firm through the Nazi occupation and then greatly expanded Bollinger’s brand after the War.” The full story also includes her famous quote about drinking Champagne, which is definitely worth reading if you are unfamiliar!
Madame Bollinger’s legacy and her “insistence on producing top quality Champagnes” shines brightly in this wine. “It comes primarily from Pinot Noir (62%) with lesser proportions of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Over 85% of the fruit comes from Champagne’s top Grand Cru and Premiers Crus vineyards.
The wine’s lovely deep salmon color has very fines sparkling bubbles offering aromas of strawberries, black cherries and currants with a touch of spiciness. On the palate, the wine has ample richness with ripe red fruits and a touch of subtle oak. The texture balances tremendous freshness with creaminess and understated oak notes through the soft, dry finish. A well made, delicious sparkler. Highly Recommended.”
In the same way that Special Cuvée stands apart from non-vintage Champagnes, Bollinger Rosé is an exception for Rosé Champagnes. What is more, it is a relative secret, as Bollinger did not release a non-vintage Rosé until 2008 and the quantity produced is quite limited. The wine begins as Special Cuvée and then Bollinger's specialty as the Pinot Noir producer in Champagne takes center stage, as 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.
Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marques that’s still family owned. Known for its rich, elegant and polished style of Champagne, their outstanding wines are the result of rigorous attention to detail and incredibly labor-intensive practices that few houses are willing to undertake. Underscoring its excellence, Bollinger has remained British secret agent James Bond's Champagne of choice since 1973.