Forbes wine columnist Brian Freedman shared some of his favorite bottles to reach for this Valentine’s Day, including Champagne Bollinger Rosé NV. His description of the wine jumps off the page and makes us very thirsty for a glass or bottle ourselves. “What a bright, fresh nose of fresh raspberries and red cherries that jump from the glass and are joined by pink grapefruit, dried apricot, and oranges.” Continuing, he adds, “Classic Bollinger bass-notes of pastry dough—like phyllo just taken from the oven—are joined by sweet biscotti with golden raisins, yellow and pink grapefruit, red apples, and wild strawberries. Vibrant minerality shimmers through the finish, as well as flowers, lemon-blossom honey, and pistachios.” Read his full story HERE
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.