La Grande Année
Bollinger

La Grande Année, 2004


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2004
3x1.5L
DP
£859.22


Bollinger, La Grande Année, 2004

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Tasting Notes


ABV:
12 %

Notes

A blend of 66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay from 16 crus including 88% Grands Crus and 12% Premiers Crus. In line with traditional Bollinger practice the wine has undergone its first fermentation in used oak barrels. A beauty. A particularly stylish and refined Grande Annee with that classic, gripping Bollinger red fruit and steeliness. Fresh seamless elegant but with plenty of substance. Exquisite.

Critics score


Score:
94

100

Source:
Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Date:
11/2013

Notes
(disgorged January, 2013): Light, bright gold. Powerful orchard and pit fruit aromas are complemented by smoky lees, iodine, chamomile and buttered toast. At once fleshy and energetic, offering deeply pitched poached pear, peach pit and brioche flavors and a suave floral element. Finishes smoky and very long, with mounting spiciness and lingering floral and vanilla notes.

specifications

country:
France

region:
Champagne

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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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