UPROXX featured Champagne Bollinger Rosé in a story highlighting top sparkling recommendations for late summer sipping. Writer Zach Johnston specifies that Bollinger’s flagship NV Rosé is “THAT Champagne you should be drinking right now” and that he is a “ride or die Bollinger fella.”
The write up offers nice background on the estate and its presence throughout James Bond’s adventures, before delving into the wine specifications. He shares details about Bollinger’s winemaking and blend that help this bottle stand out before elaborating on the tasting experience. “There’s a distinct subtly at play that’s damn near divine as notes of wild strawberry mingle with mild woody and savory berries, sour cherries, tart black currants, and seedy blackberries as minor notes of red peppercorn and fern leaves sneak in.” Continuing, he adds, “the palate has a hint of soft oak that’s dipped in a tart blackberry cordial before a thin line of cherrywood drives the taste toward more salal and huckleberry with a dash of allspice lurking in the background. The end is pure silk with a tart brightness, a whisper of dryness, and a twinge of that woody and savory forest berry.” Read the full story and more details on Bollinger HEREBollinger_UPROXX_8.5.22 (002)
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 repeat 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.