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"Fragrant, with notes of chalk and spring blossom on the nose, this fresh and focused version offers a finely detailed, lacy palate of white raspberry, peach skin, toast and candied ginger flavors. Long and creamy on the spice- and smoke-laced finish. Disgorged November 2016. Drink now through 2030."
95 Points Wine Spectator
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.
La Grande Année Rosé 2007 enhances and complements perfectly the subtlest gourmet experiences. This powerful and complex champagne is perfect for a romantic dinner, adding a touch of in nite seduction. To fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, La Grande Année Rosé 2007 is best served between 8 and 10°C. You can enjoy La Grande Année Rosé 2007 right away, or choose to age it in your cellar.
Blend of the 2007 vintage: 72% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay.
14 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir; Cramant and Oger for the Chardonnay - 92% Grands crus and 8% Premiers crus.
6% red Côte aux Enfants wine.
Exclusive use of the cuvee. Fermented entirely in barrels.
At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become a vintage: The year 2007 was an exceptional one, revealing a very refreshing champagne that brings out the full impact of the fruit.
Maturation: Cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation. Sealed with a natural cork whilst ageing.
Dosage: Low, 7 grams per liter.
An unusually warm spring led to early flowering and initial optimism, which soon gave way to disappointment following one of the murkiest summers on record. Overall, 2007 was a difficult vintage saved by last-minute sunshine in late-August. Mildew and rot were the main culprits of the harvest, and the level of gluconic acid rocketed. The harvest began early, on August 24th, and was abundant in volume averaging 14,242 kg/ha. Pinot Meunier posed the biggest problems and Chardonnay clearly outperformed the rest. Many of the iconic prestige cuvée blanc de blancs were successfully produced, such as Taittinger Comtes de Champagne, Ruinart Dom Ruinart, Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Louis and Salon Le Mesnil. Some blended prestige cuvées such as Louis Roederer Cristal and Philipponnat Clos des Goisses were also made. Champagnes from 2007 are typically high in acidity and restrainedly classic in style, but lack the spine and strength of the greatest harvest years. Even if the vintage only receives three stars, its best Chardonnays are well worth seeking and storing.