Champagne Bollinger

La Grande Année Rosé 2007

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, 92% of the fruit was sourced from Grand Cru villages and 8% from Premier Cru villages. The Pinot Noir comes predominantly from Äy and Verzenay, the Chardonnay from Cremant and 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 2007 is a blend of 72% Pinot Noir and 28% Chardonnay, from a total of 14 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

2007 was an exceptional year. After a mild winter, the vegetation started growing unusually early; there were many hot days, particularly in April and July. Cooler, rainier temperatures in August slowed down the maturation of the grapes. In the last days of August the sun returned, together with a cold, dry wind which contributed to a healthy, high-quality harvest.

Tasting Note

“Very fresh and elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, complex and structured rosé with a long, intense and well-structured finish that reveals the youthful soul of this fresh and chalky 2007. This is a long-distance runner and surely a wine to have with poultry dishes such as duck or pigeon. It will strongly benefit from further bottle aging.” – 96 Points Wine Advocate

Food Pairing

Bollinger is often considered the ultimate food pairing Champagne, and La Grande Année Rosé 2007 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.

Alcohol

12%

Suggested Retail Price

$205.00

Reviews

Wine & Spirits - "This gains its light pink color from six percent of still pinot noir wine from Bollinger’s Côte aux Enfants vineyard. It’s tight, austere and tannic, still youthfully inaccessible at more than ten years of age. The scents of red apple skin, hibiscus and sage complement the red fruit, adding spicy intensity that lasts on the breath. Built to cellar."

"full-bodied, dense, complex"

Wine Advocate - “Very fresh and elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, dense, complex and structured rosé with a long, intense and well-structured finish that reveals the youthful soul of this fresh and chalky 2007. This is a long-distance runner and surely a wine to have with poultry dishes such as duck or pigeon. It will strongly benefit from further bottle aging.”

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