Champagne Bollinger

La Grande Année Rosé 2005

Champagne, France

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A rosé version of La Grande Année is also made in certain vintages. Lily 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 subtle blend between a great vintage champagne and a a small percentage of red wine from one of the House’s emblematic vineyards, La Côte Aux Enfants, located in the village of Aÿ. This plot of Grand Cru is only used for red wine when the grapes are perfectly ripe. To produce a red wine of such high quality in the Champagne region is a challenge: a rare treat, a testament to the House’s expertise in Pinot Noir.

Reflecting its land and its traditional wine making methods, La Grande Année Rosé is famous for its promise of exceptional ageing qualities which makes it a great wine for cellaring. The richness of this wine is expressed by a deep color, perfectly balanced aromas and a lovely vinosity.

 

Vineyard

La Grande Année Rosé is another expression of La Grande Année, Champagne Bollinger’s prestige cuvée, made exclusively from Grand and Premier crus. Red wine for blending comes from one of the House’s emblematic vineyards, La Côte Aux Enfants, located in the village of Aÿ. This plot of Grand cru is only used for red when the grapes are perfectly ripe. To produce a red wine of such high quality in the Champagne region is a challenge: a rare treat, a testament to the House’s expertise in Pinot Noir. For the whole blend, 95% of the fruit was sourced from Grand Cru villages and 5% from Premier Cru villages. The Pinot Noir comes predominantly from Äy and Verzenay, the Chardonnay from Avize, Chouilly and Mesnil-sur-Oger.

Winemaking

Reflecting its land and its traditional wine making methods, La Grande Année Rosé is famous for its promise of exceptional aging qualities which makes it a great wine for cellaring. The richness of this wine is expressed by a deep color, perfectly balanced aromas and a lovely vinosity.

La Grande Année Rosé is the unique blend between a great vintage Champagne and a red wine from a unique plot, the legendary Côte aux Enfants. The 2005 is a blend of 72% Pinot Noir and 28% Chardonnay, from a total of 13 crus.

The blend is vinified entirely in older oak barrels, and undergoes its second fermentation under cork, rather than on crown capsule. 6% of still red wine from the Côte aux Enfants vineyard is added. The wine spent approximately 6 years on the lees, and has a dosage of 7 grams per liter.

Vintage

2005 was a warmer than usual season. Like 2004, it was a dry year, with annual rainfall well below average. There were many hot days, particularly in June and July. September began with rain, but ended dry and sunny, promising a high-quality harvest.

Tasting Note

“Wonderfully aromatic and finely detailed, with a layered profile of dried apricot, raw almond, honey, ground coffee, nutmeg and orange bergamot. Shows power and focus, yet this is set in a sleek, finely knit frame. The chalky minerality firms the long, smoky finish. Disgorged July 2015. Drink now through 2026.” – 94 Points, Wine Spectator

Food Pairing

Bollinger is often considered the ultimate food pairing Champagne, and La Grande Année Rosé 2005 is no exception. This wine pairs beautifully with duck breasts, quail, guinea fowl or foie gras. It serves as a great enhancement to oriental cuisines, and complements rhubarb or red berry crumble beautifully.

Color

Rose

Grape Varieties

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Appellation

Champagne, France

Farming

Champagne Bollinger supports sustainable wine growing by grassing over the ground, using biological pest control, reducing the use of herbicides, recycling pruning waste, and planting hedges and orchards to encourage biodiversity. The Côte aux Enfants vineyard is managed organically.

Suggested Retail Price

$205.00

Reviews

James Suckling - “A good rest on lees in the cellar through to May 2015 has seen this salmon-colored rosé develop a wealth of dried porcini mushroom aromas that really make a savory statement. It’s gently smoky and shows some dried cherry fruits too – a gastronomic dream! The palate’s smoothly cut with creamy red-cherry-fruit flavors and hints of pink grapefruit. It freshens into the finish. Thanks especially to a complex layered structure, this really is a brilliant rosé.”

Trade Materials

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