Hot on the heels of one Champagne launch, we are very pleased to announce the new release of 2012 La Grande Année Rosé.
We believe this to be one of the best vintages of Grande Année Rosé ever made by Bollinger, but like many prestige rosés it is in very short supply.
This is a wonderful example of the ‘Burgundy-vinosity’ character at Bollinger. La Grande Année Rosé has been a part of the Bollinger stable since the beginning, it is a unique blend between a great vintage champagne and the still red wine from the legendary 4 hectare monopole of Côte aux Enfants.
The 2012 is a gorgeous Pinot-focused blend of 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay: The majority of the fruit is from Grand Cru vineyards (with the remainder from Premier Crus) – the Pinot is predominantly from Ay and Verzenay, and the Chardonnay from Cramant and Oger. Fermentation takes place in 100% small old oak barrels, aged for 7.5 years on its lees en magnum and still riddled by hand…
21 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for Pinot Noir; Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oiry for Chardonnay. 5% red Côte aux Enfants wine. Exclusive use of the cuvee. Fermented entirely in barrels. At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become a vintage: the exceptional 2012 vintage led to Bollinger creating expressive wines that were simultaneously full, fresh and complex. Maturation: Sealed with a natural cork and cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the Appellation.
To the eye: A delicate rose derived from La Côte aux Enfants Pinot Noir. To the nose: aromas of redcurrant and black fruits accompany lovely notes of citrus. On the palate: a great deal of delicacy. The freshness and creamy texture are prolonged by a racy finish.
FOOD PAIRINGS La Grande Année Rosé is best enjoyed with savoury dishes. Duck breast filets, quail, pigeon or guinea fowl. Venison sauce Grand Veneur. Exotic or oriental cuisine.
La Grande Année Rosé 2012 is a powerful and complex champagne which enhances and complements perfectly the subtlest gourmet experiences. To fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, this wine is best served between 8 and 10°C. You can enjoy La Grande Année Rosé 2012 right away, or choose to age it in your cellar.
La Grande Année Rosé is an alternative expression of La Grande Année, transformed by the addition, at blending, of the unique red wine from La Côte aux Enfants. The emblematic single plot of the House, located in Aÿ, produces still red wine only when the grapes reach perfect ripeness. After vinification in small aged oak barrels and a prolonged ageing on its lees, even today every bottle of La Grande Année is riddled and disgorged by hand. This reflects all the expertise of the House, able to create a cuvée whose quality is matched only by its rarity.
“For the first time ever, I enjoyed the rosé edition of La Grande Année in January 2020. Mostly, LGAR has felt a little heavier than the white version. This time there is an extremely charming uplifting juiciness and fruit that makes the wine a winner. My thoughts and comparisons guides me towards historical bottles with their wonderful notes of orange fudge, nougat and white chocolate. The color is also slightly brighter than before and the added wine from one of the foremost parcels in Aÿ, Côte aux Enfants, gives a delicious elegance and silky texture. Although the base wine is identical to LGA and only 5% red wine has been added, they are as different as night and day. The Rosé has a creaminess and charm that appeals at the moment. It is also exciting to see that the rosé has a strong element of red citrus, with blood orange and red grapefruit as clear components of the harmonic symphony. It will be an exciting journey to follow both LGA and LGAR into the future, but if I recommend a storage of at least five years in my own cellar for LGA, I will start drinking my rosé bottles with great pleasure next weekend.” 95 pts Richard Juhlin
ESSI AVELLAN MW – 96 points with a potential for 98
“At this point of youthfulness the pink colour is rather rich and bright. Lovely clean and fruit-forward nose with fresh red berry aromas mixing with spice and orange notes. Quite shyly evolved with much more to surface on the complexity front. Today there is attractive exuberant fruitiness and perfect creamy freshness. Promising palate with power and persistence where an overall harmony enhances the feeling of sophistication.” – Essiavellan.com, February 2020
JANCIS ROBINSON – 17.5
“Emphatic medium (not pale) orangey pink. That mildly oxidative Bollinger style on the nose – this could be a nice wine to have to guess blind. Although there's a little strawberry fruit underneath. Excellent vitality and crisp refreshment on the palate. Dry finish – a wine for a main or first course. Very long. Very nice structure, balance and composition.” – JancisRobinson.com, April 2020
SIMON FIELD MW – 96
“5% of red wine has been added by assemblage from the legendary La Cote Aux Enfants vineyard in Aÿ. The resulting power is subtle, gastronomic and bewitching: as a corollary to a lighter, onion-skin colour, there's an intensity and length on the palate allied to perfect integration of the 8g/l of sugar and the legacy of both oak fermentation and long yeast maturation, the latter under cork. The vinous power is such that this will match rich, savoury dishes such as quail, venison, pigeon and guinea fowl. A triumph!” – Decanter, February 2020
SIMON FIELD MW – 96
“Still dark and vinous, but with a leaner profile; sinewy and silky at the same time; a paradox of power and latent potential, whole bunches employed in the red wine to great effect. There has been a somewhat idiosyncratic set of leitmotifs running down the years, scents from both the orange grove and the tea plantation key among them. Buttressing red fruit and soft tannins thereafter underwrite both a sensual appeal and a gastronomic potential, the powerful legacy from oak aging resilient and supremely versatile. Let us not overlook, however, that this is a tale of elegance and balance above all, harmonious precursors both to a long life and happiness to all those who encounter her.” – World of Fine Wine, May 2020