Bollinger / 2012 La Grande Annee Rose.

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95 Points / The Wine Advocate.
Bollinger / 2012 La Grande Annee Rose

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COUNTRY/REGION: France/Champagne.

ABV: 12%

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 Rosé 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.

GRAPES: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay.

21 CRUS: Mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oiry for the Chardonnay. 5% red Côte aux Enfants wine.

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.

DOSAGE: Moderate, 8 grammes per litre.

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.

Disgorged with eight grams per liter dosage, Bollinger's 2012 Brut La Grande Année Rosé is showing beautifully, wafting from the glass with aromas of raspberries, plums, orange rind, walnuts and fresh bread that only hint of the complexity to come. Full-bodied, broad and vinous, with fine depth at the core, a pinpoint mousse and racy acids, it concludes with a long and perfumed finish. The blend includes 5% red wine exclusively from Bollinger's La Côte Aux Enfants vineyard—which imparts delicate phenolic grip. - The Wine Advocate, 2020 Week 3.

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 - Essi Avellan MW.