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Behind The Scenes With Denis Bunner

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We learned about Champagne Bollinger La Grande Année Rosé 2012 in the third installment of Bollinger’s Behind the Scenes video series with Deputy Chef de Cave Denis Bunner. The informative session provides a great overview of this beautiful wine, and offers great context about why Bollinger only adds 5% still red wine to the base white wine whereas most other producers add 10-20%.

Many people do not know that Bollinger actually produces a still red wine, La Côte aux Enfant. This wine, produced from Grand Crus fruit in the village of Ay, is what goes into La Grande Année Rosé. It produces extremely intense ripe grapes with high concentration due to the South/South east facing vineyard, with a finished product that borders on the quality of Burgundian Grand Crus. Denis explains that using any more than 5% of this wine would be overpowering, as they are looking to preserve the style of La Grande Année while adding a touch of extra structure and fruit. 

Watch the video to learn more about the winemaking and taste profile of this standout.  


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