Champagne Bollinger 2002 La Grande Annee Rose -- Wine Review
Our Selection for Wine of the Week December 27, 2010
2002 La Grande Année Rosé France
Bollinger is not only considered one of the finest houses of Champagne, but thanks to James Bond, is one of the most iconic brands in popular culture. When he isn't sipping martinis, the spy traditionally quaffs this esteemed brand. The winery is also an official supplier to the British Royal Court. Bollinger produces two non-vintage bottlings, which are both Pinot Noir-driven, as well as their world-famous vintage La Grande Année and La Grande Année Rosé. The 2002 Grande Année Rosé is made from the wine used in the regular Grande Année combined with 5% red wine from a very special vineyard in Champagne's Aÿ region. The result is a rich and full-bodied rosé with subtle bubbles and a complex array of flavors. On the nose, there are hints of strawberry, cherry, bread dough and spice. In the mouth there are the typical berry flavors up front, but toward the back it evolves to offer baked apples, almonds and the tartness of pomegranate and citrus. A voluptuous wine worthy of a decadent meal, try it with seared duck breast in cherry sauce, standing rib roast or a truffle risotto. Its fruit flavors and hint of spice also make it a welcome partner to holiday desserts from berry torte to shortbread.