Certain years give an exceptionally high quality harvest which has the quality to express a particular style of the house. These years are marked by the seal of the vintage and give birth to the rare bottles of Bollinger La Grande Année that have the potential to age exceptionally.
- FRA - Champagne
This is comprehensively the best vintage since 1996, and a substantial quantity has been earmarked for Bollingers RD program. Over the course of several days, I tasted, nay drank it on three occasions, each time awed by its intense purity and focus. It has the highest percentage of chardonnay (40%) in any Grande Année, and you barely see the 8.5 g/l of dosage. Grapefruit pith, cherry and lemon intermingle with notes of toast and forest floor, and the wine has incredible line and length. Rating 97 - James Halliday, Weekend Australian (13/AUG/2011)
Champagne’s finest season of the past decade has given birth to a remarkable LGA. The strength of pinot noir in 2002 is offset by a higher proportion of chardonnay than usual (40%). As always, the two varieties are sourced exclusively from Bollinger vineyards, fermented entirely in old barrels, aged on lees for eight years and given a low dosage of 7-9g/L of sweetness. 2002 is a vintage that captures driving energy, structure and linearity without sacrificing a single iota of Bollinger complexity and presence. The interplay of power and poise is magnificent, riding a razor-edge of lemon over a mountain of fig, red berries, ginger, roast almonds and brioche. It lingers very long with tremendous, seamless precision, highlighting deep undercurrents of fine minerality. Oak is impeccably gauged to propel fruit upwards and outwards, instilling great longevity. Rating 97 - Drink to 2022 Tyson Stelzer, www.tysonstelzer.com
"60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. Pale gold. Very sumptuous nose. Inspirationally serious. Layers and dry with enormous tightness and very tiny bead. Something almost beery about the yeast element. You could definitely enjoy this already but there is also massive potential. Very dry finish. Uncompromising. You wouldn’t give this to a beginner. Long, peacock’s tail finish.and citrusy. Long and penetrating with a mineral component."
19/20 - Julia Harding MW, www.jancisrobinson.com (28/NOV/2012)
"La Grande Annee is a prestige vintage blend of Bolly and is produced only when exceptional quality harvests occur, with 2002 regarded as one of the great vintages. Fermented entirely in old oak barrels, aged on lees for eight years and given a low dosage of sugar, this has wonderful unrelenting effervescence and seamless baked bread, crème caramel, citrus and stone fruit and ultra-fine minerality through to a laser-like finish."
19/20 - Rod Properjohn, Subiaco Post (DEC/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
Blend and scale of crus
- 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay.
- 23 crus, including 71% Grands crus and 29% Premiers crus.
Slightly pinkish, or old gold, which witnesses of the maturity of the wine and also of the wine making methods at Bollinger.
Rhubarb, stone fruits, toasty, fruits in alcohol (depending on the vintage), proof of a long ageing period in the barrel. Notes of exotic spices.
The bubble is very present but silky (proof of the lengthy ageing on lees). Body and length.
- Foie gras, fresh or sauteed.
- Fish, grilled or cooked in sauce (white butter, Hollandaise, etc.)
- Roast lamb or veal
- Parmesan and Comté cheese