expert reviews about
2005 Bollinger La Grande Annee Rose
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
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.
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.
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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