Champagne Bollinger La Grande Année 2012
- Rich, complex
This is the pinnacle of luxury, vintage Champagne by Bollinger. From its founding in 1829, this house has been in the hands of one family, passing on the tradition of producing world class Champagne from generation to generation. La Grande Année is an expression of the exceptional 2012 vintage, a 2/3 pinot noir and 1/3 chardonnay blend sourced from 21 different crus. The wine was vinified in small seasoned oak barrels and cellar aged in bottle for far longer than required. With 8 g/L dosage, this is clearly a Brut, with the sugar balanced magnificently by a vast array of flavours and aromas including almond, hazelnut, apricot, honey, brioche and lemon. Critics throughout the world have recognised La Grand Année as one of the greatest Champagnes. Check out the write-up from Wine Spectator below.
“This goes from zero to 60 right out of the gate, with an intense spine of acidity driving tightly meshed flavours of crushed black currant, ground coffee, candied grapefruit peel and toasted almond. The profile expands on the palate, carried by the fine, raw silk–like mousse. Richly aromatic and expressive from start to lasting, spiced finish. Disgorged July 2019. Drink now through 2037.”
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- 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay
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"It's another world at Bollinger. Take everything you know about large Champagne houses, the way Champagne tastes, the way it's fermented, the way it's aged even the ownership of the vineyards and the companies, and brace yourself for a very different story at Bollinger." - Tyson Stelzer
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