Bollinger La Grande Annee Rose 2005

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Description & Technical Information
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In 1976, Bollinger Vintage was re-named Grande Année. Then in 1997, it became La Grande Année - 'The Great Year' - a name simple enough to illustrate its exceptional status, because only truly extraordinary years become vintage at Bollinger. La Grande Année made its screen débuts two years later in James Bond's Casino Royale. Madame Bollinger agreed to a Bollinger rosé under one condition: it had to be extraordinary. Thus, La Grande Année Rosé was born: the distinctive blend between a great vintage champagne and a red wine from an exclusive plot - the legendary Côte aux Enfants. This unique vineyard is one of the few to contain extremely rare ungrafted vines, which produce more intense and flavourful wines with better ageing potential. To produce a red wine of such high quality in the champagne region is a challenge. The resultant La Grande Année Rosé is a rare treat and a true Bollinger.

Weather: In general, 2005 was warm and dry. After a winter which was hard but mostly dry, spring was characterised as being very mild with a few warm periods. After a period of concentrated rainfall towards the end of June and beginning of July, the rest of July was dominated by hot weather, and August by cool weather.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 95% Grand & 5% Premier Cru
Grape Varieties: 72% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay | inc. 5% Red Wine
Ageing: 6 years on the lees
Disgorged: September 2014
Dosage: 7 g/l
Drink: Now to 2028

Tasting Note: A salmon-pink colour, La Grande Année Rosé 2005 is extremely aromatic with strong red fruit and peachy notes. This strength on the nose is produced by the addition of 5% of the concentrated and complex Pinot Noir from the superb Côte aux Enfants vineyard. The delicious red berry flavours continue on the palate and combines with zesty citrus fruits, leave a lasting long finish. This is a wonderfully complex rosé from a tough vintage and a wine that will certainly age well.
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Expert Reviews
90/100
Essi Avellan MW
“Medium-deep cherry colour with emerging onionskin tones. Stylish, spicy-fruity nose with a degree of restraint. The oaky note comes more prominent on the palate with an oxidative notion. Strong, winey and structured with a long, weighty finish. Muscular and masculine.”
17.5/20
Jancis Robinson MW
“Almonds, just off dry. Deep flavour.”
18.5/20
Matthew Jukes
“This is a thrilling wine with a beautiful nose, marked by extremely sensual and forward wild red berry notes. This scent is amazing – so clean, pure and direct. The red wine element was down to 30hl/ha and they had to green harvest hard to get to this concentration. This was a critical decision because it gives a stunning character to the wine. The nose leads with bright, pristine, strawberry notes and a buoyant palate follows hot on its heels. The texture is very smooth, silky and ethereal and it seems forward and flattering already. Having said this it will still manage to age well such is the tension on the finish. There is a touch of the honey that I also spotted in the ’05 LGA white – which serves to make its precocity even more pronounced. Interestingly, no La Côtes Aux Enfants red was made in this vintage because they needed all of it for their rosé.”
93.5/100
Richard Juhlin
“I love when Bollinger let the Pinot Noir be so heavily dominant. Also here, we are dealing with a great vintage for the traditional boutique house in Ay. The scent is perhaps a bit more closed than it is in the white twin, but on the other hand, seasoned with new seductive elements reminiscent of Marie Antoinette. A puff box note and dried rose petals romanticize risqué over the classic nutty depth. The length and the structural grandeur is extremely impressive.”
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