(From 1999 Vintage) Pale straw. Vibrant, exotically perfumed bouquet evokes fresh pear and nectarine, with a wild spicecake quality adding complexity. Cinnamon-accented orchard fruit flavors are strikingly precise and palate-coating. Delivers outstanding concentration and finesse and finishes with superb persistence.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines63% Pinot Noir; 37% Chardonnay. Clearly in the camp of the bolder, intensely yeasty cuvees, Bollinger's opus has the depth appropriate to a high-priced tete de cuvee and is shot through with the toasty, burnt-nut qualities of a wine that has received extra time en tirage . It wavers a just a bit in the latter going, however, as a scant edge of tangy acidity makes itself apparent, and, like several of its older cousins, it will show best if drunk up sooner rather than later.
DecanterRating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. This rosé was full of wonderful, heady raspberry and white chocolate aromas, making it quite decadent in its fullness. The colour was very pink, a full expression of its Pinot content. It was lighter on depth than expected, but had plenty of chewy fruitand lots of acidity. It was fruity rather than creamy on the palate. Sadly it did not quite stand up to the full-flavoured dessert of apple tart and blackberry ice-cream.