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2005 Bollinger La Grande Annee Rose Champagne Sparkling Rose

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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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