Salmon coloured with orange hues.
Red currant and almonds aromas followed by spicy and grilled notes. Flavours of great Burgundy Pinot Noirs. Surprisingly wine-like but also very lively. Aromas of cherries, or kirsch, and toasted bread.
The first fermentation was done in small oak casks (205, 225 and 410 litres), lot by lot, cru by cru, grape variety by grape variety. This allows Bollinger to use a very strict selection process. Bollinger only uses old casks (5 years old or older) to ensure that neither tannin or oak flavours are imparted to the wines. This method increases both the aromatic complexity and the ageing capacity of such wines.
La Grande Année Rosé ages in the cellars under natural cork.
After bottling, the second fermentation and the ageing in the cellars, is done using a real cork stopper, which ensures a better barrier against oxidisation than the crown cap. This process, quite unique in Champagne, is a guarantee of freshness and allows the aromas to keep their bouquet and clarity.
After disgorgement by hand, the La Grande Année Rosé will rest for a minimum of 3 months before shipment. This is necessary for the wine to assimilate the “liqueur d’expédition” and to settle following disgorgement.
The structure of La Grande Année Rosé compliments richer foods such as duck breast and spring lamb, as well as pairing well with red fruit based desserts.
68% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay (The addition of 5% of Pinot Noir from La Côte Aux Enfants and vinified as red wine)
Disgorged Sep 2011. 68% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay.Grands Crus 89%, Premiers Crus 11%.Includes 5% of Pinot vinified as red. Very pale pink. Very Pinot indeed - almost strawberry flavoured. Quite soft. I'd love to know the dosage. It is certainly very wine-y, with lovely bead and an appetising dry finish. Less assertive at this point than earlier vintages of their rosé, though this may come. Great peacock's tail on the finish. Still developing
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