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.
Radiant, star-bright ruby with vermilion highlights. Burgundian scents of the forest, with fraises des bois, undergrowth and even redcurrant. A silky, captivating mouthfeel, the palate cloaking without being heavy. The expression of a warm, later harvest, and the rosé is more distinguished and elegant than the blanc in 2005. Drinking Window 2017 - 2025. (ME)
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 cuvée first introduced in 1983, the 2005 La Grande Année Rosé comes from a single parcel and is more savory, tertiary, and mineral-laced than the la Grande Année cuvée. Aged 10 years in bottle on lees, this medium to full-bodied, complex, incredibly pretty 2005 has classic notes of dried cherries, toasted spice, chalky minerality, and dried flowers. It’s a singular beauty that blossoms with time in the glass and should shine for another 10-15 years.
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)
72% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay from 13 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir; Avize, Chouilly and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger for the Chardonnay - 95% grands crus and 5% premiers crus. 5% red Côte aux Enfants wine. Cuvée only. Fermented entirely in oak (225-400 litre, at least four years old). Aged under cork. Dosage 7 g/l. Pale apricot gold. Gentle red fruit flavours and impressive intensity on the palate, becoming more wine-like with the mature Comté (but not as good a match as the 1992 had been). It definitely did not go with the baked cheesecake with berry compote served for dessert. Super-fine mousse and a sour-cherry freshness on the finish. Aftertaste of cranberry. 17/20 points (JH)
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