Following on from the hugely popular release of Bollinger’s La Grande Année 2014 last month, we are delighted to bring you the La Grande Année Rosé 2014.
Only produced during very high-quality harvests, this alternative expression of the La Grande Année is transformed by the addition, at blending, of red wine from La Côte aux Enfantsis. 63% Pinot Noir and 37% Chardonnay, the fruit comes exclusively from Grand and Premier Crus; mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir, Chouilly and Oiry for the Chardonnay. The wine offers freshness and intensity due to its recent disgorgement, as well as the aromas of an old vintage having been aged for more than 7 years in oak at the Bollinger cellars in Aÿ. Click HERE to take an interactive virtual tour of these historic cellars.
Every bottle of La Grande Année Rosé is riddled and disgorged by hand, reflecting the care and expertise for which Bollinger is famed.
Scoring a fantastic 97 points from Antonio Galloni, he describes a wine that is “airy, gracious and full of energy” with “striking aromatic intensity and presence”. The Wine Advocate’s William Kelley is also a fan stating that this 2014 iteration is “full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, it’s a broad, vinous Champagne, with a deep core of fruit and racy acids, complemented by a delicate pinpoint mousse”, 96 points.
With booming global demand on champagne, on release is currently the best time to buy vintages from top producers.
The Bollinger La Grande Année Rosé 2014 is due in next month so do let me know if you would like to order and I can confirm, subject to remaining unsold.
97 Points | Antonio Galloni
The 2014 Rosé La Grande Année is airy, gracious and full of energy. Crushed rocks, white pepper, red berry, mint and blood orange lend striking aromatic intensity and presence. Finely cut and taut, the Rosé is a nervy Champagne that needs time to come together. The Rosé is blended from a base of the Blanc plus 5% still red Pinot from Bollinger’s Coteaux des Enfants vineyard in Aÿ. Perhaps because of its later disgorgement vis-à-vis the Blanc, the Rosé is a bit tight today.
96 Points |William Kelley, Wine Advocate
Disgorged with eight grams per liter dosage, Bollinger’s 2014 Brut La Grande Année Rosé wafts from the glass with aromas of tangerine oil, red berries, warm biscuits and English walnuts. Full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, it’s a broad, vinous Champagne, with a deep core of fruit and racy acids, complemented by a delicate pinpoint mousse and concluding with delicate and enlivening phenolic grip on the finish.
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