Live Virtual Auction, 25 July 2021

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Sold for

R 5 628
Lot 10
Bollinger; La Grande Année Rosé; 2004; 2 (1 x 2); 750ml

Lot Estimate
R 5 000 - 7 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium and VAT
R 5 628

About this Item

La Grande Année Rosé, 2004
2 (1 x 2) 750ml
Created in 1829, this wine estate has always pushed its visionary projects. From the beginning, the owners have had a constant desire to grow their estate while extending the influence of the Bollinger brand. The house took an historic turn when Elisabeth Bollinger took charge of the company. At first, she acquired new vines in Aÿ, Mutigny, Grauves and Bisseuil. Furthermore, in 1961 she created the ‘Recently Disgorged’ R.D. style which is a Champagne that has been aged on its lees for longer than usual. Lily, as she is affectionately known, raised the Bollinger brand to its legendary status. History will remember her silhouette crossing the vineyards by bicycle and her famous quote: ‘I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.’

Critics Ratings

‘Framed by firm acidity and a minerally character, this harmonious rosé Champagne offers expressive flavors of raspberry pâte de fruit, ripe black cherry, brioche and lemon curd. Chalky in texture, with an elegant finish of ripe spice, graphite and ground coffee. Drink now through 2024.’ -  Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, 93/100 (Dec 2015)

‘The 2004 La Grande Année Rosé is based on 68% Pinot Noir and 32% Chardonnay, 89% from Grand Cru villages and 11% from Premier Crus. Disgorged in July 2013, this salmon colored rosé champagne displays fine red berry and floral flavors on the nose, whereas the palate is vibrant, taut and linear; it is full of tension, power and minerality, and extremely refreshing.’ - Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, 91/100 (Oct 2015)

Provenance

Private Client


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