Bollinger's La Grand Annee 2008

Bollinger's La Grand Annee 2008
Today sees the release of Bollinger’s La Grande Année 2008, a benchmark bottling from the much beloved Ay house of Bollinger.

Champagne’s 2008 vintage has produced some truly scintillating wines and today’s Bollinger release is up there with the best of them. In keeping with the vintage style, this has great nerve and tension, a steely power that will take some years to soften, meaning patient buyers can look forward to decades of enjoyment as this tightly coiled spring unwinds itself. We are told that a large percentage of the release has been held back for the RD programme, meaning stocks of the regular release are tighter than usual this year.

"This is a regal and heroic Bollinger characterized by restrained power and energetic energy. I love meeting this untouched force and carefully analysing its sublime elements, but at the same time I have to admit that we are dealing with a real "vin de garde" that will not reach its maximum capacity before its 25th birthday. The structure is impressive, based of course on the high acidity of the vintage in the first place. This very high acid means that the other building blocks can appear as subordinate, but they have a great wealth of both oak embossed secondary aromas and flaunted dark fruit. At present, the aromatic spectrum is characterized by fresh hazelnuts from Piedmont, green apples, critical minerals and perfumed orange blossoms. Buy a box and follow its aromatic journey to heaven."
98 points, Richard Juhlin, 2019