La Grande Année
    Bollinger

    La Grande Année,

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    Bollinger, La Grande Année, 1996

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Bollinger, La Grande Année, 1996

    A classic vintage from a great Champagne House, Bollinger 1996 shows real pedigree with its deep,cool structured red berry fruit flavours, smokey complexity and biscuity richness.

    ABV:
    12%
    94/100
    Antonio Galloni, Vinous
    The 2002 Brut La Grande Année is marvelous. The 2002 is an understated Grande Année that caresses the palate with layers of effortless, weightless fruit. The mousse is exceptionally fine, which adds to the impression of total elegance. This is a relatively bright, floral Grande Année with plenty of aromatic lift, inner perfume and no sense of heaviness at all. A rich, creamy finish adds the final note of complexity and pedigree. The 2002 is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, 71% from Grand Cru villages and 29% from Premier Crus. Disgorged February 2011.
    Date Reviewed:
    12/2011
    Drinking Window:
    2013 - 2022

    specifications

    country:
    France
    region:
    Champagne
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    Producer:
    Bollinger
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    Allergen Information:
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    Bollinger

    Bollinger

    There are seldom few who are not familiar with the Champagne house, Bollinger. Firmly positioned as a Grande Marques, Bollinger dates back to 1829, when Jacques Bollinger and Paul Renaudin began creating these exquisite and highly traditional wines. The house flourished under the leadership of Madame Lily Bollinger, who often rode her bicycle around the vineyard and was known for remarking when asked about her 1955 Vintage, “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.”

    Now, her great-nephew, Ghislain de Montgolfier is at the helm. Fermentation takes place in used oak barrels and extended ageing sur lies last between 6 and 9 years prior to disgorging. Doseage is low to ensure balance and finesse, with many wines being riddled by hand, including the simply stunning Grande Annee.

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