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    6 352
  • Producer ranking ?

    88
  • Decanting time

    15min
  • When to drink

    now - 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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The Story

The latest gift from Madame Bollinger, La Grande Année Rosé has been the expression of unique know-how from its origin. It is an extension of La Grande Année, through the addition of a very emblematic red wine coming from a unique plot of land in the Champagne region: The mythical “La Côte aux Enfants,” a vineyard of less than 1.5 acres, specifically dedicated to the making of La Grande Année Rosé. This wine is not produced every year, as perfect maturity is required at the date of harvest. Thus, La Grande Année Rosé remains an exception; it is a beautifully structured and full-bodied wine, with a deep color and intense aroma.

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Wine Information

La Grande Année Rosé 2005 enhances and complements perfectly the subtlest gourmet experiences. This powerful and complex champagne is perfect for a romantic dinner, adding a touch of infinite seduction. To fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, La Grande Année Rosé 2005 is best served between 8 and 10°C. You can enjoy La Grande Année Rosé 2005 right away, or choose to age it in your cellar.

 

Blend of the 2005 vintage 

72% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay 13 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir; Avize, Chouilly and Mesnil-sur-Oger for the Chardonnay - 95% Grands crus and 5% Premier crus. 5% red Côte aux Enfants wine 

At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become vintage: 2005 revealed a restrained and elegant champagne with a notable presence of floral aromas 

Maturation 

Cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation 

Dosage 

Moderate, 7 grams per liter

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Vintage 2005

 The 2005 vintage was a year of marked contrasts between seasons and regions. Following a fairly harsh winter, 2005 had a mild spring with relatively warm temperatures all year long. There was above average sunshine and a slight water deficit, as had been the case throughout the dry cycle of 2005/2004 and 2003. The heat and humidity in July produced larger grapes and bunches, rather unusually for the Champagne region, while the cooler weather in August, followed by a very sunny month of September, led to favourable ripening in spite of heavy parasite pressure. The harvest dates were “typical” of those of the decade: September 12th for Chardonnays and the following day for Pinots Noirs.

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‘7-8 percent still red wine of Pinot Noir from the vineyard La Côte aux Enfants was added before the second fermentation took place before bottlling. The wine was matured on its lees for at least six years, which is significantly longer than the minimum of three years for a vintage Champagne. During this process, real stoppers was used in the bottles, in contrast to the practice of “crown caps”. This is considered giving greater protection against oxidation. After disgorgement, which happens manually a very scarce dosage (the conventional addition of sugar) of 7-9 g / l, which perhaps gives the driest and most powerful rosé Champagne on the market.  Aÿ and Verzenay also confide the note in the pink version. I love when Bollinger let the Pinot Noir be so heavily dominant. Also here, we are dealing with a great vintage for the traditional boutique house in Ay. The scent is perhaps a bit more closed than it is in the white twin, but on the other hand, seasoned with new seductive elements reminiscent of Marie Antoinette. A puff box note and dried rose petals romanticize risqué over the classic nutty depth. The length and the structural grandeur is extremely impressive.’

  • 92p

A cuvée first introduced in 1983, the 2005 La Grande Année Rosé comes from a single parcel and is more savory, tertiary, and mineral-laced than the la Grande Année cuvée. Aged 10 years in bottle on lees, this medium to full-bodied, complex, incredibly pretty 2005 has classic notes of dried cherries, toasted spice, chalky minerality, and dried flowers. It’s a singular beauty that blossoms with time in the glass and should shine for another 10-15 years. Drink through 2033

  • 93p

Salmon coloured with orange hues . Aromas of fresh bread, gingerbread and cinnamon with woody and floral notes . Range blossom and citrus zest with gentle notes of redcurrant.

  • 92p

Fine persistent bead, the nose is quite reserved but there is a strong deep seated Pinot character underneath, red fruits, quite perfumed, slightly earthy, the palate is suitably tight for a relatively young wine, the quality is all on the finish, really fine long and complex. It needs to relax a touch for me, a couple of years at least further bottle development. An admirable wine with a potentially excellent future.  92-94p

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Origin

Ay, Champagne

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Inside Information

Madame Bollinger agreed to a Bollinger rosé under one condition, it had to be extraordinary, and that is how La Grande Année Rosé was born: The unique blend between a great vintage champagne and a red wine from a unique plot, the legendary Côte aux Enfants. To produce a red wine of such high quality in the champagne region is a challenge: a rare treat, a true Bollinger.

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