My partner in crime and I recently headed over to Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur for the Bollinger champagne afternoon at the Lobby Lounge. The Lobby Lounge is located on the first floor, and is a luxurious and elegant venue with plush sofas amidst marble floors.
The lounge itself has a long layout, with comfy sofas and their tables well spaced from each other so you won’t eavesdrop on the next table’s conversation. The centre-piece of the lounge is the large chandelier, with a four piece string and piano band at the side playing classics as well as modern day songs.
Afternoon tea at the Lobby Lounge runs daily from 2.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (reservations are highly recommended on weekends). We opted to have the champagne afternoon tea which is priced at MYR300 for two, and includes two glasses of Bollinger rosé champagne, alongside freshly baked scones with clotted cream and preserves, pies, quiches, assorted finger sandwiches and handcrafted desserts. and choice of loose leaf tea from the wide selection.
She went with some fruity tea while I selected the Irish Whiskey Cream tea which has an extravagant aroma of Irish whiskey with a hint of cocoa blended with a malty assam tea.
Bollinger Rosé Champagne is a blend of 62% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay, 14% Meunier. Only 5 to 6% red wine added due to its power. Over 85% Grands and Premiers crus. It is cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation.
Colour wise, you’ll see bronze tones combined with the intense depth of a great red wine. On the nose, you’ll discover the nobility of red berries: hints of red currant, cherry and wild strawberry; a spicy touch, not unlike Special Cuvée.
On the palate is a subtle combination of structure, length and vivacity, with a tannic finish due to the adjunction of red wine ; bubbles as fine as velvet ; flavours of wild berries.
Bollinger ‘Brut Rose’ Champagne can be paired with crayfish, lobster, one-side cooked salmon, Japanese cuisine or not-so-spicy Asian cuisine and fruit based dessert like fruit soup, strawberry tart, raspberries.
Bollinger Rosé can be served for afternoon tea, or a picnic on a summer afternoon, as a predinner drink or served with a fruity and tart dessert. To fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, Bollinger Rosé is best served between 10 and 12°C.
Bollinger is distributed in Malaysia by Albert Wines. To purchase, head over to https://albertwines2u.com.my/Bollinger-Brut-Rose-Champagne-p149390028
The Lobby Lounge is located at:
First Floor, The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur,
168, Jalan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Telephone: +60 3 2142 8000
Dresscode: Sophisticated casual attire