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24 May 2016 News

During this intense week of focus on Bollinger, we’re thrilled to share a Forbes piece just released titled, “Women In Wine: The Grand Dames Of Champagne”. The piece highlights women in the wine world following Mother’s Day. Dame Lily Bollinger is featured first and her famous quote is the star of the story! See below for an excerpt.

“Dame Lily—also known as Bolly—was more than just a well-traveled ambassador for this prestigious brand. In 1941, after her husband Jacques Bollinger passed away, Dame Lily assumed control of the company. She was often seen cycling through the vineyards checking on the vines, quizzing growers about their families, and checking on the health of the vintage. She left little to chance as a businesswoman but she never forgot the essential truth of Champagne—enjoyment. She is famously quoted as saying: “I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—-unless I’m thirsty.”

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24 May 2016 News

Marie Claire highlights Guigal’s Cotes du Rhone Rosé in the June issue of the magazine. The author of the article “Swig Wine like a Pro” speaks to wine director Katie Delaney Owen of Club W, and features a sidebar with rose wines from a Marie Claire panel tasting. The Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé was selected because of its “full bodied, red wine-y.”

 
24 May 2016 News

The Chicago Tribune features the 2015 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé in a recent article “Still resisting the rosé wave? Why you need to jump in.” Wine columnist Michael Austin describes the wine as having a “strong minerality along with strawberry, tangy cherry and spice.” See below for an excerpt!

“It’s hard to be precise, but some time in the relatively recent past — let’s call it seven to nine years ago — somebody proclaimed rosé not only safe to drink but cool to drink, and word spread.

However safe it was to drink rosé, or whatever drinking it said about us, more pink wine started showing up in restaurants and on store shelves, and scads of people were overheard saying, “It’s not like it used to be — it’s better now.”

Wine people were defending and promoting rosé, promising skeptical drinkers that it was worth investigating again. The reputation of rosé had preceded it. Even people who had never tried it thought of it as cheap, sickly sweet and unsophisticated — adult pink lemonade that was lightweight in every way. What kind of serious, formidable or delicately complex wine could look like that?”

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24 May 2016 News

Florida Weekly wine columnist Jerry Greenfield shares the family story of E. Guigal, some background about the wines that Guigal produces, and reviews the Cotes du Rhone Blanc and Rosé, and the Brune et Blonde. Below is an excerpt.

“In many ways, winemaking can be very much of a family business. A lot of people get born into it, like Piero Antinori in Italy, whose family has been making wine for over 700 years, and who owns an impressive chunk of downtown Florence. The Mondavis are another good example.

We might not be that familiar with family dynasties in other countries, but in France, the Guigals should certainly come to mind.

In a recent interview, Phillipe Guigal told me a bit about his family’s (fairly recent) history. But because they have their name on a hilltop in the Northern Rhône, and they produce wines at prices that run from great values to you gotta be kidding me, the wines, and the people who make them, deserve our attention.”

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24 May 2016 News

Tommasi’s Pinot Grigio Le Rosse appears in this week’s Palm Beach Illustrated! See below for the mention.

“Intense and attractive aromas of peaches and stone fruit…the wine is just as vibrant in the mouth, highlighted by sparkling acidity and notes of minerals, white pepper, melon and citrus. It has a rich and persistent presence on the palate, along with a lingering finish.”

“Starting as a mutant clone of Pinot Noir in the vineyards of Burgundy, Pinot Gris was planted all over the world. It probably achieved its greatest heights in Alsace, where the rich, spicy style of wine attained Grand Cru status. The Italian version was always different: lighter, crisper, higher in acidity, a wine for casual meals rather than great occasions.”

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24 May 2016 News

The Arizona Foothills published some lovely notes about Bollinger Rose: “With notes of wild berry, red currant and cherry with velvety fine bubbles, this pinot noir-focused wine offers a festive, celebratory spring sip.” See attached for the clip!

 

 
11 May 2016 News

The Houston Chronicle inaugurates a new column, Drink Pink, and the wine that they can’t stop gushing about: Bollinger Rosé.  They write: “A unanimous recommendation with a high score of 9.4 and seven scores of 9 or higher.  ‘Incredibly rich on the nose.  Tart cranberries, raspberries and citrus with a whiff of brioche.’

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11 May 2016 News

An article in Parade’s Community Table, entitled “10 Wines to Make This Mother’s Day One to Remember,” includes a prominent bottle shot of the Chateau d’Ampuis, and the writer expresses her appreciation for this wine – “I know I’m not alone in my obsession with Rhône Valley wines, but sometimes I come across a really special one and this is one of them.” She describes the wine as “beautifully balanced and elegant, this wine has great personality and texture, and an appropriate level of complexity to make it interesting yet drinkable.”

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11 May 2016 News

Vinepair features the 2015 Cotes du Rhone Rosé in a roundup – “As Rosé season arrives, these 10 Wines are a Cut Above.” Wine writer Ed Deitch describes the wine as “a richer style with ample mouthfeel, concentrated red fruit tastes, cream and a floral note.” He also states that the 2015 is “one of the best vintages of this wine.”

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11 May 2016 News

Haute Living has a terrific piece featuring Cyril Delarue, commercial director for Champagne Bollinger in North America, in a Mother’s Day roundup that includes quotes from seven “Power Players” and the advice their mothers gave them.  The article is titled, “Mom Knows Best: 7 Power Players Share the Best Advice Their Mothers Ever Gave Them,” and includes an image of Cyril holding a bottle of Bollinger.  See below for a quote from Cyril and a link to the full article.

“I could name some of the great values my mother taught me, they are all helpful today, but one thing I am very thankful for is the fact that she originally advised me not to work for the family business…her own family business! She wanted me to be free in my choices, without pressure to live out some already determined “destiny” and it has been always very helpful. Doing things my way allowed me to make my own route. In my twenties I decided to study wine and winemaking and the business and being able to do it on my own terms led me to fall in love with it organically. I would soon realize how special Champagne Bollinger and our family business really is and was drawn back to it but I’ll never have to wonder if it was the right choice.”

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