The 2002 Brut Rose La Grande Annee is a beautifully detailed, subtle wine. A noble, intriguing bouquet leads dried roses, berries, minerals all of which come together with gorgeous articulation. There is a wonderful balance between the vinosity of the Pinot and the more chalky, minerally elements that preserve freshness. The finish is totally impeccable and classy. In a word: Sublime. This is Lot L001831. Disgorged November 10, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015.
|Score: 94||Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate (192), December 2010|
The 2002 Brut Rose La Grande Annee is rather delicate and subdued at first, but then emerges beautifully in the glass, turning richer and weightier with air. The wine possesses gorgeous inner perfume, superb length and great overall balance. The 2002 Brut Rose La Grande Annee is 62% Pinot Noir and 38% Chardonnay, with the addition of 7% still Pinot from Ay. The vineyard blend in 2002 is 73% Grand Cru, 27% Premier Cru. This bottle was disgorged in May, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2019. This is a beautiful set of new releases from Bollinger, one of Champagne's reference-point houses. The wines are aged in neutral oak barrels, while all of the reserve wines are aged in magnums, a painstaking procedure that must be seen to be truly appreciated.
|Score: 93||Antonio Galloni, RobertParker.com (186), December 2009|
one of my favorite Champagnes is Bollinger's 2002 Grande Année Rosé. I love its light salmon color, exquisite minerality and berry fruit, and medium to full-bodied character. It is a serious, somewhat austere rosé that is loaded with flavor.
|Score: 94||Robert Parker, Hedonists Gazette, July 2010|
A powerful rosé, this is a pedal-to-the-metal version, evoking cherry, black currant and spice aromas and flavors. It's all backed by a vivid structure and a refined texture. There's fine length and a spicy aftertaste. Drink now through 2023. 200 cases imported.
|Score: 93||Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, November 2009|
I was totally floored when I first tasted this stellar wine. I find it hard to put into words just how perfect the nose, palate and finish are. The cavalcade of flavours is frankly hilarious - I laughed for a day after experiencing this wine. The colour alone is a feast for your optical nerves. Deep, velvety, Regency glamour in a glass, pleads with you to sprint down to the nearest costumier for a doublet and hoes. You see fireworks (it's OK) and Rachmaninov doodles on a Steinway in your earhole. You haven't even tasted it yet. Then things move fast - sensual nuances of wild, pagan, red fruits rush at you from all angles primping, prodding, stroking and soothing every flavour receptor in your being. Swallow, and the world is a better place, but not as good as it is after another sip. This is as close to heaven on earth as you are going to get with a Rosé Champagne. The problem is that you like it too much. I am still in therapy (but typing this makes me feel better). I adore this wine.
| ||Matthew Jukes, June 2009|