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Bollinger releases new cuvee
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A new cuvee from Bollinger is always an event and a story that is long in the making.
A multi-vintage Rose is Bollinger’s latest tale, reflecting the family’s singular passion for red wine and their personal bond with neighbouring Burgundy. Like the Burgundians, Bollinger’s ownership in vineyards gives them unique control of ‘terroir’ and their new wine certainly embodies all that is wonderful in some of the best villages of Champagne.
The blend — 62% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay, 14% Meunier — is an assemblage of current harvests and reserve wines from Grands and Premiers Crus of La Montagne de Reims and La Côte des Blancs. This is completed with a tiny proportion of Pinot Noir vinified as red wine from Bollinger’s Grand Cru vineyards in the Cote d’Ay and Verzenay.
The main component of Bollinger Rose is in fact the Special Cuvée blend that has always embodied Bollinger’s style and high standards. Special Cuvée combines the last two years’ grape harvests in equal parts. The addition of reserve wines from a wide variety of origins and years, stored in corked magnum bottles, gives the blend’s style its continuity. It is a powerfully structured wine but has a clear, crisp expression through an ample mouth that delicately releases a complex palette of flavours over a long time.
The addition of 5% of red wine rocks the tidy order of the Special Cuvée, giving it a power of aromatic affirmation as well as a freedom of tone and spirit, a sparkle and a particular presence.
Bollinger Rosé is a painstakingly, thoroughly, passionately made wine. Produced in the true Bollinger style; to be first and foremost a great wine.
FLORAL (well it is rosé) TASTING NOTES
It’s all Bollinger: presence, modesty, power and delicacy.
And yet other notes come to the fore: small wild berries in the countryside on hot summer afternoons…
Lively fruit is contained by the wine’s precise structure, which gains in fullness and ends with mellow notes that stay on the palate and resound in the memory for a long time.