Bollinger Rosé – #LifeCanBePerfect

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With our seemingly endless summer in full swing, the city at its finest and everyone in great spirits, we at ely winebar in Ely Place felt we should do our bit to share in the celebration of this wonderful weather.
And how do we celebrate? We celebrate with Champagne. But not just any Champagne……..

A summer this special deserves a Champagne of equal stature, and when we speak of stature one Champagne House instantly comes to mind, one whose commitment to quality is as individual and unique as the outstanding wines it produces.

Bollinger first produced their Rosé in 2008, which, in keeping with the House style, is a blend of 62% Pinot Noir, 14% Chardonnay and the balance of Pinot Meunier. Over 85% of the grapes were from Grand or Premier Cru vineyards, ensuring absolute quality from the base wine up.

That was the serious bit. Now for the fun.

On pouring, this member of the Bollinger family shows itself to be a deep hue somewhere between pink and bronze (like many of us!) and brimming with hundreds of the tiniest bubbles. It smells fresh- red currants, cherries and strawberry – with just a touch of the toastiness that is characteristic of this great Champagne House. On the palate there is strawberry, raspberry and biscuit, with the vibrant flavours enhanced by the velvety-fine bubbles. And the finish just goes on and on.

Bollinger recommend this Rosé for a summer afternoon – and who are we to argue- but we’d happily drink it through the evening and beyond. Lots of wines claim to taste like “summer in a glass”, this tastes like the BEST SUMMER EVER!

Bollinger Rosé is on special offer in ely winebar, reduced from €145 to €95 by bottle, or €19 by the glass. While summer lasts. Treat yourself.

Book now at www.elywinebar.com

elys’ favourite wines for summertime enjoyment.

With summer in full swing and the sun shining (?) we have selected a few of our favourite wines for summertime enjoyment!

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Two fantastic whites from Italy and Languedoc for those who like their wines crisp and refreshing, a Burgundian chardonnay with a little bottle age for those who like a more serious white, and a wonderful Rosé from a little known grape called Egoidola that will make you wonder why you don’t drink rosé more often.
We’ve also chosen two reds that work wonderfully in the sun – A beautiful Beaujolais villages that is especially good served cool, and a Montepulciano that will see you through the evening. Enjoy!!

Domaine Felines Jourdan Picpoul de Pinet 2012 Languedoc, France €31 / €7.75
Picpoul is almost certainly going to be this summer’s ‘must drink’ white wine, and with good reason. Described by some as this generations Muscadet, but in the best possible sense – Crisp, bone-dry, and lemon scented, there are also grapefruit and green apple touches on the palate. Perfect with almost all seafood and shellfish dishes, but goes down a treat as an aperitif too.

 

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Balestri Valda Soave Classico 2011 Veneto, Italy €33 / €8.25
Soave is leading the new wave of Italian white, and this a perfect example of why. Whereas some wines try to overpower the senses with an attack of flavours, quality Soave is beautifully understated. Subtle aromas of apple and pear followed by a delicate nuttiness – think fresh almonds – and lovely dry finish.

Jean Phillipe Fichet Bourgogne Blanc 2007 Burgundy, France €39 / €9.75
ifsc bourgogneMonsieur Fichet is a winemaker based in Meursault, and probably best known for the outstanding wines he produces there. But he also owns vineyards in the surrounding areas, and uses those grapes to make his Bourgogne Blanc. The same skill and experience goes into the crafting of this wine. Ripe Chardonnay flavours of tropical melon and toasty oak have combined over a few years bottle age to produce something special – rich and creamy textured with a lovely nutty finish.

Domaine de Millet Rosé VdP des Côtes de Gascogne 2011 France €28/ €7.00
This is what we call proper rosé. Why? Try it and see….. It is produced from the little known Egiodola grape in the Côtes de Gascogne region of south west of France. Wonderful ripe red fruit- fresh strawberry, raspberry and cranberry – lovely freshness on the palate and a dry finish with just a touch of grip. Perfect for sipping, even better with food.

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Domaine des Nugues Beaujolais Villages 2010 €33 / €8.25
We have seen the fortunes of the Gamay grape rise and fall over the years- it was once more highly prized than Pinot -but on the strength of recent Beaujolais tastings it’s definitely on the up again. This Domaine shows how modern winemaking techniques can combine with traditional wine styles to great effect. 100% Gamay, from vines averaging almost 50 years- the wine is bright ruby in colour, with redcurrant and red cherry flavours, and a long clean finish.

Gran Sasso Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2012 €28 / €7.00
ifsc MontepulcianoThe Montepulciano grape is often confused with the town of the same name, and as a result, the wines from that town. So let’s clear it up – Montepulciano (Vino Nobile de) is the town, and the grape is Sangiovese. Montepulciano (d’) is the grape, and a wonderful grape it is too! Ripe and bursting with fruit, especially dark cherry and plum, and just a touch of chocolate. Yes, chocolate! This wine is medium bodied but very full flavoured , and definitely a score for Montepulciano the grape!

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Enjoy the best in organic Irish food. Amazing dry-aged Irish beef, fantastic fish, local seasonal vegetables and great Irish cooking at ely bar & brasserie. Knowing that the team in ely bar & brasserie will look after you and guest extremely well.

ely bar & brasserie has sourced the 28 day dry-aged rib-eye from Danny Coogan, a fifth generation farmer in Trim Co.Meath and their vegetables are grown for them “less than an hours drive up the road”, north Dublin to be precise. The organic beef carpaccio and organic lamb hails from the Burren, Co.Clare and their fresh Irish chicken is from Mayo.
The oysters, scallops, crab and fresh Irish Sea Bass are all landed by Irish boats and their executive chef Ryan Stringer is from Tyrone. The Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2012 said “Executive chef Ryan Stringer devises and cooks wonderfully smart, clean food, with ingredients that are sourced as carefully as they source their benchmark wines”.

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