The NV Brut Rose is a gorgeous wine laced with berries, flowers and chalk, all of which are woven together in a fabric of unusual class. The NV naturally doesn't have the weight and gravitas of the 2002 Rose La Grande Annee tasted alongside it, but it nevertheless shows striking purity and class in a more accessible, fresh style. It is another terrific effort from Bollinger.
This is an exceptional set of new wines from Bollinger, one of Champagne's historic houses. From top to bottom, there isn't anything Bollinger isn't doing well these days. I recently sat down with Chef de Caves Matthieu Kaufmann to taste through a range of the house's 2009s. Readers will find notes on that tasting on www.erobertparker.com One of the distinguishing features of the Bollinger style is the aging of reserve wines in magnum under cork (not crown seal), a painstaking labor of love. Bollinger also has some of the most informative back labels among the region's larger producers. It would be great to see Krug, Moet Chandon, Roederer, Taittinger, Veuve Cliquot and a number of the region's big houses follow suit.