A good rest on lees in the cellar through to May 2015 has seen this salmon-colored rosé develop a wealth of dried porcini mushroom aromas that really make a savory statement. It's gently smoky and shows some dried cherry fruits too – a gastronomic dream! The palate's smoothly cut with creamy red-cherry-fruit flavors and hints of pink grapefruit. It freshens into the finish. Thanks especially to a complex layered structure, this really is a brilliant rosé.
Wonderfully aromatic and finely detailed, with a layered profile of dried apricot, raw almond, honey, ground coffee, nutmeg and orange bergamot. Shows power and focus, yet this is set in a sleek, finely knit frame. The chalky minerality firms the long, smoky finish. Disgorged July 2015. Drink now through 2026. (AN)
A pretty, delicate wine, the 2005 Brut Rosé La Grande Année is also a bit more intriguing than the Grande Année, as it has more mid-palate pliancy and greater overall depth. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, cinnamon and rose petal notes inform the effortless, gracious finish. Disgorged: May 2015. (AG)
Includes 5-6% Coteaux Champenois red wine. They have produced a vintage rosé since the days of Mme Bollinger but did not start producing a rosé NV until 2007. Pretty apricot pink, the colour of Victoria plums. Plenty of fruit here - both red fruits and apricot, the fine tannins creating an impression that this is pretty dry (though it is not bone-dry) and adding length. Still quite tightly wound. Fine-boned and very much a food wine - almost more of a wine than a fizz, though it does not lack bubbles. (JH)
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