Champagne Bollinger, Rosé, Ay, France
The superb Bollinger House was established in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and to this day is still family-owned. Benefitting from ownership of 180 hectares of vineyards in the finest Premier and Grand Champagne Bollinger wines are deﬁned as much by the vines the grapes come from, as by the blending process, or the House’s century-old barrels in which the wines mature. The Rosé demonstrates unique blending and red-winemaking skills: a true alchemy and a very technical wine. Since Bollinger created this Rosé in 2008, the Poirier Saint-Pierre and Montboeuf plots, in Verzenay, are worked in the same style as the Côte aux Enfants plot to complete the production. A small amount (between 5 and 6%) of Pinot Noir is vinified as red wine, helping to add a powerful element to the finished wine. A wonderful rose that is generous, rich, filled with red berry flavours while still having the core backbone of minerality and tension. A beautiful rose with a lingering finish.