2015 Champagne Bollinger, La Grande Année, Rosé, Brut

2015 Champagne Bollinger, La Grande Année, Rosé, Brut

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2015 Champagne Bollinger, La Grande Année, Rosé, Brut

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62% Pinot Noir, 38% Chardonnay. 7 g/l dosage.

This is made by adding 5% Pinot Noir vinified as red wine from the renowned Cote Aux Enfants plot in Ay. It has a delicate pale salmon hue, an enticing nose of fresh sugar-dusted almonds, a mouth-watering citrus lift and hints of deeper savoury complexity. It's suave and opulent on the attack, with a mouth-filling sensual mid-palate, beautifully balanced by bright acidity and a fine mousse. It's utterly irresistible now but will also age effortlessly. This is the first vintage made with 30% of the fruit fermented in whole bunches to accentuate the energy and purity of the fruit. Layered yet vibrant, this has the depth and verve to pair beautifully with duck and venison. 

Disgorged May 2023

Adrian Brice, Fine Wine Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd

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Critics reviews

Antonio Galloni, Vinous94/100

Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged: July 2023.

The 2015 Brut Grand Année Rosé is quite open in its aromatics but much more reticent on the palate. It's a Champagne that will need some time to be at its finest. Chalk, white pepper, grapefruit, blood orange and mint lend a notable presence to the bouquet. Today, the 2015 comes across as a touch ethereal and quite different overall feel than the Blanc.

Managing Director Charles-Armand de Belenet and Chef de Caves Denis Bunner have brought a renewed sense of energy at Bollinger that is palpable. Bollinger is among the maisons that are giving greater focus to vineyards and farming these days, as mentioned in the introduction to this report. The 2015 Grand Année and Grand Année Rosé are the latest releases, but plenty is in store for the near future.

Drink 2027 - 2034

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (March 2024)

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Wine Advocate96/100

Bollinger's 2015 Brut La Grande Année Rosé was disgorged last May with seven grams per litre dosage. Offering up deep aromas of orchard fruits, blood orange, mandarin rind, and peach mingled with nuances of coffee, praline and fino sherry, it's medium to full-bodied, pillowy and layered, with a broad attack that segues into a vinous palate framed by high levels of structuring dry extract that makes its presence felt on the sapid, nutty and penetrating finish. Given the year's skin maturity and inherent structure, the Bollinger team elected to include only 4.5% of still red wine in the blend, a comparatively low percentage.

Drink 2024 - 2045

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (March 2024)

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Jancis Robinson MW18.5/20

Base wine, the same as the white Grande Année 2015 tinted by 5% still red wine from the famous Côte aux Enfants vineyard, was all aged in oak. A blend of 11 crus, 62% Pinot Noir predominantly from Verzenay, Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and 38% Chardonnay from Chouilly and Avize. Disgorged July 2023.

Pale, slightly gris salmon pink (a little paler than the Billecart 2012 Elisabeth Salmon rosé tasted alongside). Heady, mushroomy, off-dry, sumptuous Bollinger gloriousness on the palate. I wonder what the dosage is, and whether the richness comes mainly from the fruit and oak? It finishes dry but has a wonderfully soothing impact on the palate—a relatively gentle mousse. It really gets to the deepest part of the throat. Sensational!

Drink 2024 - 2038

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (April 2024)

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James Suckling95/100

This elegant, medium-bodied rosé includes select plots of pinot noir from the Cote Aux Enfants vineyard. It has a medium orange-amber colour, dark cherry skin, candied-plum aromas, and vivid strawberry and blood-orange flavours. Marked by finesse, it is light but very flavourful, complex, and layered.

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James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (March 2024)

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60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay from the Montagne de Reims, Grande Vallée de la Marne, and Côte des Blancs, with a 5% red Pinot Noir addition, were fermented in small oak barrels and disgorged in May 2023 after seven years on lees.

This rosé has much in common with the forward, bold release of La Grande Année blanc, as the wines share 95% of their blend. The 5% red wine from La Côte aux Enfants that goes into this rosé, though, adds a light touch of red apple, strawberry and rosehip, playing on some of the bay leaf spice in the blend while adding an extra dose of structure and apple skin bite on the palate. This is a structured but engaging rosé that could promise its best – and reveal a little more of its creamy, nougat richness - with further ageing.

Drink 2025 - 2034

Tom Hewson, Decanter.com (March 2024)

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About this WINE



The Champagne House of Bollinger was established in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger and Paul Renaudin. Over the years the vineyard holdings have been steadily increased with the largest expansion taking place under the stewardship of the legendary Mme Lily Bollinger. She ran the company between 1941 and 1977 and today it is managed by her great-nephew, Ghislain de Montgolfier.

Bollinger has a reputation for producing muscular champagnes with body, depth and power, and is today considered one of the "Great" Champagne houses.

70% of the grapes come from the firm's own vineyards. 80% of the harvest is barrel-fermented with the wines being kept on their yeast lees for an extended period of time (in the case of the RD, around 10 years).

Bollinger produces classic, complex, Pinot-Noir dominated champagnes with the ability to age gracefully for many years.

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Rosé Champagne

Rosé Champagne

Rosé wines are produced by leaving the juice of red grapes to macerate on their skins for a brief time to extract pigments (natural colourings). However, Rosé Champagne is notable in that it is produced by the addition of a small percentage of red wine – usually Pinot Noir from the village of Bouzy – during blending.

Recommended Producers : Billecart Salmon (Elizabeth Salmon Rose), Ruinart

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Champagne blend

Champagne blend

Which grapes are included in the blend, and their proportion, is one of the key factors determining the style of most Champagnes. Three grapes are used - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

26% of vineyards in Champagne are planted with Chardonnay and it performs best on the Côtes des Blancs and on the chalk slopes south of Epernay. It is relatively simple to grow, although it buds early and thus is susceptible to spring frosts. It produces lighter, fresher wines than those from Burgundy and gives finesse, fruit and elegance to the final blend. It is the sole grape in Blancs de Blancs, which are some of the richest long-lived Champagnes produced.

Pinot Noir accounts for nearly 40% of the plantings in Champagne and lies at the heart of most blends - it gives Champagne its body, structure, strength and grip. It is planted across Champagne and particularly so in the southern Aube district.

The final component is Pinot Meunier and this constitutes nearly 35% of the plantings. Its durability and resistance to spring frosts make the Marne Valley, a notorious frost pocket, its natural home. It ripens well in poor years and produces a soft, fruity style of wine that is ideal for blending with the more assertive flavours of Pinot Noir. Producers allege that Pinot Meunier lacks ageing potential, but this does not deter Krug from including around 15% of it in their final blends.

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