Bollinger does not seek to produce vintage cuvées at all costs. It is only done when a grape harvest turns out to be absolutely exceptional: grapes must be perfectly ripe and present an ideal balance between sugar and acids. The House’s uncompromising commitment to according vintage status to only the very best of years has given rise to the name of this outstanding cuvée.
La Grande Année and La Grande Année Rosé, the House’s prestige cuvees, are cogent demonstrations of a vintage year’s extraordinary qualities. Vinified exclusively in casks, they illustrate Bollinger’s interpretation of a grape harvest. The outstanding Bollinger R.D. cuvée takes these vintages to an even higher level with a remarkably long period of aging on lees. This is a champagne that truly demonstrates the advantages of the passing years.
- FRA - Champagne
The 2004 Brut Rose La Grande Annee is a beautifully focused, vibrant wine endowed with striking minerality and fabulous overall balance. Clean veins of chalkiness run through the fruit in this energetic, taut Rose, while seductive floral notes linger on the finish. The 2004 is 68% Pinot Noir (including 5% still Pinot) and 32% Chardonnay, 89% from Grand Cru villages and 11% from Premier Crus. The 2004 is very young, but it is going to be nearly impossible to resist. It is a dazzling effort from Bollinger. Disgorged September 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.
Bollinger is of course one of the great names in Champagne. The Special Cuvee is typically one of my favorite wines in its price range, but it is the 2004 Rose La Grande Annee that steals the show this year. Bollinger is unique among Champagne houses in that the reserve wines are all bottled in magnum and with natural cork, a huge, labor-intensive effort.
Ratig 96 - Drink: 2014 - 2029 Antonio Galloni Wine Advocate (NOV/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
No rosé for Bollinger unless it is exceptional. Such was the decision made by Mrs Bollinger, who relentlessly tracked down inelegance. And so La Grande Année Rosé was born: a vintage champagne as outstanding as La Grande Année, Bollinger's historic and prestigious cuvée, crafted solely from Grand and Premier Cru wines, all aged in small old oak casts. Its delicate pink hue is procured by adding to the blend 5 to 7% of red wine from Côte aux Enfants, Bollinger's legendary plot in its vineyards in Aÿ.
La Grande Année Rosé 2004 is composed of 68% Pinot Noir and 32% Chardonnay. Following a relatively dry winter and spring but a cold, rainy summer, the 2004 wine harvest took place late, during a glorious Indian summer from 25 September to 8 October! La Grande Année Rosé is aged on the lees for "an (almost) infinite length of time": six years for this 2004 vintage, more when necessary, for other years… After manual riddling and disgorging and the addition of a small quantity of dosage – just some of the features that fashion the "Bollinger style" –, the wine rests in the cellar for at least another three months to ensure its balance and the subtlety of its aromatic complexity are intact.
And now, at last, La Grande Année Rosé 2004 is ready! Ready to be tasted like a fine wine, and above all, not over-chilled, at no lower than 10°C, or above. Or to be laid down so it can continue to age, and then create a surprise later, when time has worked its magic.