La Grande Année Rosé is a beautifully structured and powerful Rosé, with a deep colour and rich aromas.
The Champagne is a derivation from the blend of La Grande Année, which is only produced when exceptional quality harvests occur. To this fine blend is incorporated some red wine from Champagne, in particular some wine produced from the “La Côte aux Enfants” grapes, an exceptional little piece of land worth less than 1 hectare (2,5 acres), situated in the heart of the village of Aÿ.
Not only is “La Côte aux Enfants” red wine not produced every year, but it is also not necessarily produced in the same vintages as that of La Grande Année… Consequently, the production of La Grande Année Rosé remains a true exception.
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"A statuesque Champagne of great depth and power. Properly dry yet balanced and magisterial. Firm, youthful, vivid; great length in the mouth. "Rating 95 - Huon Hooke, Australian gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (01/Nov/10)
"... was fabulously complex, with great weight and strawberry flavours, yet very fresh and alive, a real treat." Nick Bulleid MW, WBM (01/May/2010)
"Bollinger really is the grandaddy of champagne - a must for any big moment." Kerry Parkin, Marie Claire (01/Dec/2009)
"Bollinger has another winner with its 1999 vintage rose. This is exciting. It is beautifully textured, balanced and round and it is just beginning to mellow into a very long, low keyed and relaxed lingering mouthful of satisfying and complex flavours, with an almost perfect finish." Rating 19/20 - John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly (07/Apr/2009)
"This rosé has all the freshness of summer with flavours of strawberry and raspberry with hints of their leaves. It reminds me of Debussy, as one audience member says." Decanter Fine Wine Encounter Maserclass (Feb/2009)
"Close your eyes and take in the glorious aromas of sour cherry and light cream plus the distinctive lees-influenced nuttiness of the Bollinger style. This is sophistication and class rolled into a marvellous blend of intoxicating hedonism." Rating 97 - Ray Jordan, Western Australian (25/Oct/2008)
"Forget the price - some occasions demand the best, and this is it. A surreal juxtaposition between refined finesse and rich complexity, this is a wine to propose to." Tyson Stelzer, Style (Apr/2008)
"A fullsome flavoursome and undeniably Bollinger take on the massively popular rose style of Champagne, this has plenty of ripe red fruit aromas and some gently savoury notes behind. Majestic palate, impressive power and balance, perfect for Peking duck." Rating 96 - Nick Stock, WBM (Jan/2008)
Winery Tasting Notes
An exclusive blend of Grands Crus and Premiers Crus
65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. The grapes come exclusively from Grands and Premiers Crus.
La Grande Année is exclusively produced with the wines from the “cuvée” juice. The first fermentation is always 100% carried out in oak barrels, which has become quite unique in Champagne. The Crus are fermented in small oak barrels, which enables a rigorous selection. Bollinger only uses old barrels (5 years and more), in order to generate neither an oaky taste nor tannins.This method reinforces the aromatic complexity and the ageing potential of the wines.
At this stage, the red wine from “La Côte aux Enfants” is blended with the Grande Année base wine in a proportion of 7 to 8%, which gives birth to La Grande Année Rosé.
La Grande Année Rosé ages in the cellars for at least 6 years and more. After manual disgorgement, La Grande Année Rosé benefits from a low dosage (7 to 9 G/L) and then rests for a minimum of 3 months prior to shipment. This is the necessary time for the wine to digest completely the “liqueur d’expédition” (dosage) and to recover for a perfect balance.