Bollinger La Grande Annee Rosé 2005 Champagne Gift Boxed 75cl

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Country France
Champagne Type Vintage Brut and Rose
Region Champagne
Brand Bollinger
Grape Variety Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
Size 75cl
ABV 12.0%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2005
Maturity Drink or Keep, good ageing potential
Style Rich and Full bodied
Food Match Duck Breast, Venison, Oriental Cuisine, Rhubarb and Red Berry Crumble

A very lively yet balanced Wine-like Champagne. Classic and refined with all the finesse and elegance one expects from the house of Bollinger. Pinot Noir wine from 'La Côte aux Enfants' in Aÿ is added to the Grand Année to give this beautifully structured, complex, mature, biscuity rosé.

A salmon-pink colour with delicate orange hues, La Grande Année Rosé 2005 is extremely aromatic (thanks to the 5% addition of the concentrated and complex Côte aux Enfants red.)  There are strong red fruit and peachy notes along with aromas of fresh bread, gingerbread and cinnamon with woody and floral notes. The delicious red berry and redcurrant flavours continue on the palate and combine with fresh blossom and a subtle citrus zest, to leave a lasting long finish. This is a wonderfully complex rosé from a tough vintage and a wine that will certainly age well.

In 1976, Bollinger Vintage was re-named Grande Année. Then in 1997, it became La Grande Année - 'The Great Year' - a name simple enough to illustrate its exceptional status, because only truly extraordinary years become vintage at Bollinger.

Madame Bollinger agreed to a Bollinger rosé under one condition: it had to be extraordinary. Thus, La Grande Année Rosé was born - the distinctive blend between a great vintage champagne and a red wine from an exclusive plot - the legendary Côte aux Enfants. This unique vineyard is one of the few to contain extremely rare ungrafted vines, which produce more intense and flavourful wines with better ageing potential. To produce a red wine of such high quality in the champagne region is a challenge. The resultant La Grande Année Rosé is a rare treat and a true Bollinger.

Madame Bollinger famously quoted: “I drink it when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty."

In 1829, Champagne Bollinger introduced an instantly recognizable, dry, toasty style that connoisseurs around the globe have coveted ever since. Six generations of the Bollinger family have maintained that trademark style, and Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marque houses to be owned, controlled and managed by the same family since it was founded.

With 399 acres of vineyards situated in the best Grands Crus and Premiers Crus villages, Bollinger relies on its own estate for nearly two-thirds of its grape requirements, including the Pinot Noir from La Côte Aux Enfants in the heart of Ay. It is this that gives its Champagne its distinctive roundness and elegance, Bollinger is one of a select few houses that can control the quality of its grape supply so carefully.

Bollinger is renowned for its stringent quality standards. It adheres to traditional methods, including individual vinification of each marc and cru, barrel fermentation (it is the last Champagne house to employ a full-time cooper) and extra-aging on the lees prior to disgorgement.

Cellar Master Gilles Descôtes is the grandson of a Champagne grower who has been amongst the vines from an early age. He is custodian of the five labyrinthine kilometres of cellars that run under Ay, permeated by the scent of fermented fruit, old wood and earth. These house the treasured Bollinger wines, including a matchless collection of over 700,000 magnums of reserve wines.

Country Of Origin: France

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