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2012 Bollinger "La Grande Année" Rosé Champagne

SKU #1496323 96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark 5% of red wine has been added by assemblage from the legendary La Cote Aux Enfants vineyard in Aÿ. The resulting power is subtle, gastronomic and bewitching: as a corollary to a lighter, onion-skin colour, there's an intensity and length on the palate allied to perfect integration of the 8g/l of sugar and the legacy of both oak fermentation and long yeast maturation, the latter under cork. The vinous power is such that this will match rich, savoury dishes such as quail, venison, pigeon and guinea fowl. A triumph! (AG) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2012 La Grande Année Rosé is airy, gracious and so wonderfully inviting. Crushed flowers, mint, white pepper and red berry fruit are all gracefully woven together. Today, the 2012 is naturally quite young and still shows the tension of a Champagne that was disgorged just a few months ago. Readers who prefer Champagnes with softer edges and a bit more flavor complexity will want to cellar the 2012. I have to admit, I very much like the wine today, in its youthful state, where its energy and focus are front and center. The 2012 is a blend of 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay taken from 21 villages built around a core of Aÿ and Verzenay Pinot Noir and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oiry Chardonnay, crus that are quite complementary. Disgorged January 2020. Dosage is 8 grams per liter. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Enticing aromas and flavors of wild strawberry, apricot and Macadamia nut are woven with accents of saffron, ground ginger, honey and orange peel in this seamlessly knit rosé in a vinous style. Satiny in texure, with an overall grace that belies the powerful tension and focus throughout, driving the lasting finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Disgorged with eight grams per liter dosage, Bollinger's 2012 Brut La Grande Année Rosé is showing beautifully, wafting from the glass with aromas of raspberries, plums, orange rind, walnuts and fresh bread that only hint of the complexity to come. Full-bodied, broad and vinous, with fine depth at the core, a pinpoint mousse and racy acids, it concludes with a long and perfumed finish. The blend includes 5% red wine exclusively from Bollinger's La Côte Aux Enfants vineyard—which imparts delicate phenolic grip. (WK) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark As a rich dense Champagne that manages to bring in so many complex flavors, this is impressive. It has tense acidity, along with fresh red fruits that are just beginning to deepen and concentrate. They are balanced with the minerality and acidity as well as the weight of the Pinot Noir. Begin to drink this beautiful wine now although it has many years ahead of it. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2012 Bollinger “la Grande Année” Rosé is a blend of two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay. Five percent of the Pinot Noir is added as still red wine to provide the wine’s beautiful salmon color. The vins clairs are all barrel-fermented and the wine was aged sur latte under cork, rather than crown cap, for more than six and a half years prior to its disgorgement in January of 2020. The finishing dosage for the 2012 vintage is eight grams per liter. The wine offers up a beautifully refined aromatic constellation of strawberries, tangerine, a hint of watermelon, chalky soil tones, wheat toast and a topnote of rose petals. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and stunningly balanced, with a superb core, great mineral drive and focus, very elegant mousse and a long, vibrant and very, very complex finish. This is the epitome of refinement and is absolutely stunning this year! Inner quote mark (9/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Emphatic medium (not pale) orangey pink. That mildly oxidative Bollinger style on the nose – this could be a nice wine to have to guess blind. Although there's a little strawberry fruit underneath. Excellent vitality and crisp refreshment on the palate. Dry finish – a wine for a main or first course. Very long. Very nice structure, balance and composition. (JR) 17.5/20 points Inner quote mark (4/2020)

K&L Notes

This exceptional rosé is produced in tiny quantites, as the red wine is entirely sourced from the legendary Coteaux d'Enfants vineyard in Ay. It is 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay, all barrel fermented and entirely estate-grown. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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