Bollinger La Grande Année Rosé 2012 Bottle size: 750ml

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The newly released Bollinger La Grande Année 2012 is the third vintage in the trio of superb vintages from this century – 2002, 2008 and 2012. Bollinger Chef du Cave Gilles Descôtes described 2012 as ‘the best harvest of my life’. Bollinger bottled no other Grand Année between 2008 and 2012.

From the epitome of extremes (frost, hail, rain and drought), the exceptional 2012 has widely been described as a ‘miraculous’ vintage. For Bollinger, 2012 was ‘one of the ultimate statements of Pinot Noir’. So much so, in fact, that both a Brut and Rosé were made. As with all Grande Année wines, both 2012s were fully fermented in oak, aged under cork and agrafe, hand-riddled and hand-disgorged in May 2019 after 7 years on the lees.

Tasting notes:
'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. Drink 2020-2030.' – Antonio Galloni, Vinous, 96/100 (Aug 2020)

‘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! Drink 2020 - 2035.’ – Simon Field MW, Decanter, 96/100

'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 texture, with an overall grace that belies the powerful tension and focus throughout, driving the lasting finish. Drink now through 2035.' – Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, 96/100 (Dec 2020)

'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. Drink 2020-2040.' – William Kelley, Wine Advocate, 95/100 (Sep 2020)

'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.' – Jancis Robinson,, 17.5/20
More Information
Condition New
Blend information 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Blend
Rating AG 96
Producer information Created in 1829, this wine estate has always pushed its visionary projects. From the beginning, the owners have had a constant desire to grow their estate while extending the influence of the Bollinger brand. The house took an historic turn when Elisabeth Bollinger took charge of the company. At first, she acquired new vines in Aÿ, Mutigny, Grauves and Bisseuil. Furthermore, in 1961 she created the ‘Recently Disgorged’ R.D. style which is a Champagne that has been aged on its lees for longer than usual. Lily, as she is affectionately known, raised the Bollinger brand to its legendary status. History will remember her silhouette crossing the vineyards by bicycle and her famous quote: ‘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.’.
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