2006 was a stellar vintage in Champagne and Bollinger released a once-off vintage roséencased in the most spectacular metal cage. More importantly, the fruit comes from 84% Grand Cru and 16% Premier Cru vineyards and it was aged on the lees, on cork rather than crown cap, for 10 years! It’s a startlingly pure and fine Champagne with a sumptuous balance of red fruit and savoury length. Typical of Bollinger, it’s both powerful and elegant with the structure to mature for a decade. This is simply a phenomenal Champagne deal. There are just 8 cases of this Decanter 94-pointer available.
We are also offering a 15% discount on our regular favourites – Drappier Carte d’Or NVand Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs. The former is Pinot Noir-based from the south of Champagne and, of course, family-owned and known for their low sulphur addition and low dosage. Le Mesnil is already brilliant value. All Grand Cru Chardonnay, it is from the famous town of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.
Finally, stemming from the famous Gosset family, we have the grower house of Gosset-Brabant which similarly offers fine value. Produced from Grand Cru grapes in Aÿ and Chouilly, it offers a more rounded, but rich Pinot Noir style. It was aged on the lees for 3 years and has a dosage of 6g/l.
Bollinger, Limited Edition Rosé 2006 (Gift Cage)
The excellent 2006 vintage encouraged Bollinger to create a vintage rosé to reflect the quality of the grapes, especially the Pinot Noir. The wine was barrel fermented before spending over 10 years maturing in the bottle. It has a delicious Pinot character, with mulchy red fruits, accompanied by a soft Chardonnay note of delicate bruised apple and some woody breadth. It has a delicious streak of raspberry acidity, and comes across as a finessed and structured Champagne that is only at the start of its life. – Decanter, 94/100
Drappier, Carte d’Or Brut NV
75% Pinot Noir with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, there is no filtering and minimal use of sulphur. The dosage of just 7g/l and 5% of the wine is matured in barrels for 1 year to enrich the cuvée. Granny Smith apple, toasted almond, currant and whole-grain toast flavours are fresh and well-meshed, structured by bright acidity and a lively bead. Offers a creamy finish, with hints of smoke and honeycomb. – Wine Spectator, 91/100
Le Mesnil, Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV
Lightly chalky, with hints of pastry, poached pear and candied lemon zest running through. Offers a firm bead and a mouthwatering finish. – Wine Spectator, 90/100
Gossett-Brabant, Réserve Grand Cru Brut NV
Golden colour with a light and regular bubbles. The nose has the typical aromas of the ‘house style’; pear, anise, butter and chalk. The mouth is powerful. A round wine with body and a perfect richness. – Champagne Gossett-Brabant