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Date Printed: 4/18/2014
Bollinger Grande Annee Brut Rose 2004
Bollinger Grande Annee Brut Rose 2004
(search item no. 114027)
collectible wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 96 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 4/18/2014: $209.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 97 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
1999 The Wine News rating: 97 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Grande Annee Brut Rose is salmon pink with copper highlights. Notes of red currant and almonds, then a spicy toasty aroma. Surprisingly vinous, but also very fresh. Cherry, or even kirsch, slightly toasty. All Bollinger is there: presence and modesty, power and delicacy. This wine is not produced every year, as perfect maturity is required at the date of harvest. Thus, La Grande Année Rosé remains an exception; it is a beautifully structured and full-bodied wine, with a deep color and intense aroma.
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About Champagne Bollinger:

In 1829, Champagne Bollinger introduced an instantly recognizable, dry, toasty style that connoisseurs around the globe have coveted ever since. Six generations of the Bollinger family have maintained that trademark style, and Bollinger is one of the rare Grande Marque houses to be owned, controlled and managed by the same family since it was founded.

With 399 acres of vineyards situated in the best Grands Crus and Premiers Crus villages, Bollinger relies on its own estate for nearly two-thirds of its grape requirements, including the Pinot Noir that gives its Champagne its distinctive roundness and elegance. Bollinger is one of a select few houses that can control the quality of its grape supply so carefully.

Bollinger is renowned for its stringent quality standards. It adheres to traditional methods, including individual vinification of each marc and cru, barrel fermentation (it is the last Champagne house to employ a full-time cooper) and extra-aging on the lees prior to disgorgement.

Members of the British Royal Court were among the first to embrace Bollinger’s unmistakable quality, and Queen Victoria made Bollinger the exclusive purveyor to the Court by Royal Warrant in 1884. Besides royalty, loyal devotees have included heads of state, celebrities and even famous fictional characters: Agent 007, James Bond, demands the exclusive Champagne Bollinger.