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2005 Bollinger La Grande Annee Rose

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Cracka Review

Grand Année translates to mean good year and that’s what you’ll have if you drink this fabulous Champagne from one of the world’s most famous brands. You can see why the English Royal family decided to make this their bubbly of choice back in the day, as it’s a decadently regal drop. This is complex stuff with yeasty aromas, lifted citrus and just baked bread characters. The palate is intense and gently spiced before finishing with cleansing acidity. It’s special occasion drinking but it will offer an occasion to remember.

Winemaker's Notes

At Bollinger, only very high quality harvests become vintage: 2005 revealed a restrained and elegant champagne with a notable presence of floral aromas.

To the eye
Salmon coloured with orange hues

To the nose
Aromas of fresh bread, gingerbread and cinnamon with woody and floral notes

To the palate
Range blossom and citrus zest with gentle notes of redcurrant

Blend of the 2005 vintage
72% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay 13 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir; Avize, Chouilly and Mesnil-sur-Oger for the Chardonnay - 95% Grands crus and 5% Premier crus. 5% red Côte aux Enfants wine

Maturation
Cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation

Dosage
Moderate, 7 grams per litre

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2005 Bollinger La Grande Annee Rose

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Tyson Stelzer (2002 Vintage) says
This year, Bolly trumps Krug, Dom Pérignon and Billecart as the finest rosé on the shelves. Thanks, in no small measure, to the greatest Champagne vintage of the past decade, showcased in monumental power and breathtaking precision. True to Bollinger, pinot noir leads with tremendous concentration and exotic complexity, lingering at full throttle through the finish, all the while holding its focus thanks to the support of fine, mineral structure.
2012
97
Tyson Stelzer (1999 Vintage) says
In the world of prestige Rosé Champagne, its refreshing to find a wine that isnt priced stratospherically above its white counterpart. Coalesces all the complexity of Bollinger with gorgeous elegance and minerality, keeping tight restraint on flavours of red berries, ginger, brioche and crème brulee.
97
Nick Stock (1999 Vintage) says
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.
96
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (1999 Vintage) says
I (Matthew) was totally floored when I first tasted this stellar wine. I find it hard to put into words just how perfect the nose, palate and finish of La Grande Année 1999 are. The cavalcade of flavours is frankly hilarious – I laughed for a day after the experience. The colour alone is a feast for your optic nerves. Deep, velvety, Regency glamour in a glass, pleads with you to sprint down to the nearest costumier for a doublet.You see fireworks (it’s OK) and Rachmaninov doodles on a Steinway in your earhole.You haven’t even tasted it yet. Then things move fast – sensual nuances of wild, pagan, red fruits rush at you from all angles primping, prodding, stroking and soothing every flavour receptor in your being. Swallow, and the world is a better place, but not as good as it is after another sip. This is as close to heaven on earth as you are going to get with a Rosé Champagne. The problem is that you like it too much. I am still in therapy (but typing this makes me feel better). I adore this wine.
Taste Food and Wine Guide - 2007 2007

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