“I drink Champagne 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.” – Lily Bollinger
Since 1829, Bollinger has been producing great Chamapanges with a powerful, sophisticated and complex style. Known for their uncompromising ethos, the majority of Bollinger’s production is made using their own grapes, and most of these are fermented in barrel to help create the rich house style.
La Grande Année is the embodiment of the carefully pre-served traditional expertise of the Bollinger Champagne House. The wine is exclusively vinified in small aged oak barrels, and is cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation. Champagne Bollinger has never abandoned this traditional craft method, which helps develop aromas of great finesse. After a prolonged ageing on its lees under a natural cork and staple, even today every bottle of La Grande Année is riddled and disgorged by hand.
To the eye, the delicate colour and golden hues reflect the wine’s maturity and reflective of Bollinger’s wine-making methods. The nose displays precise and fruity notes with a hint of sea-air. Aromas of cherry and lemon intertwine with quince and bergamot, followed by notes of hazelnut and almond, peach and mirabelle plum. On the palate, the initial sensation is a delicate effervescence followed by wonderful vinosity balanced with delicate acidity. Its very fine texture and saline finish bring excellent length to the palate, accompanied by delicate minerality and complex flavours of orchard fruit and citrus. The wine unfurls gradually, revealing its full potential and wonderful intensity.