La Grande Année Vintage Champagne 2014
98 points, “The 2014 La Grande Année is stunning. In fact, it is one of the best recent editions I can remember tasting. What comes through most is the wine’s sizzling energy and tension, qualities that aren’t often associated with Bollinger, where the Champagnes tend to show more breadth and volume… a truly magical Grande Année that will delight Champagne fans for several decades. I can’t recommend the 2014 highly enough. It’s a total knock-out.” – Antonio Galloni’s Vinous
94-96 points, “I belong to the group of people that believes that Bollinger above all shows its greatness in lighter and more elegant vintages as the inherent Pinot-driven masculine power they possess is always sufficient. In the grand generous vintages, one must fight hard to hold back the rumbling force and maintain freshness and sublime details. 2014 is a textbook example in the lighter category. Many champagnes from 2014 are simply too light, vague, and floral in nature, but this does not apply in any way to Bollinger La Grande Année… Overall, this is an extremely beautiful and complex Bollinger on the finer and more elegant half of the whole. I love how you find new little details in a harmonious simplicity with each new sip. Fascinating and beautiful already, grand as R.D. in 10 years or more and without a doubt one of the vintage’s rare hits.” – Richard Juhlin
95 points, “This is a charming but precise Grande Année that's more giving and demonstrative than its immediate predecessor, the 2012, but which attains a very similar level of quality in a more challenging vintage – testimony to the serious viticulture that underpins Bollinger's contemporary excellence.” – Wine Advocate
2014 was a challenging rollercoaster of a vintage that there wasn’t much enthusiasm for. However, those opinions are beginning to change, especially following the release of the showstopping Bollinger La Grande Année.
Hailing from 19 Grand and Premier Cru sites, this is a blend of 61% Pinot Noir (mainly from Aÿ and Verzenay) and 39% Chardonnay (mainly from Chouilly and Oiry) that was fermented entirely in oak, aged more than twice as long as required by the appellation, riddled by hand and disgorged manually. Pouring it, you’ll discover all the fruits of the orchard (peach, plum, apple, pear); orange zest, lemon meringue pie and blossom from the Chouilly and Oiry fruit; and notes of cherry bakewell, quince jelly, roasted hazelnuts, almond biscotti, walnut baklava, leather, chalk, vanilla, dried mushroom and smoke. And that’s just tasting it now. This will continue to develop and improve for decades and decades to come. Rich and savoury, but still remarkably fresh. This is the kind of Champagne you can sip throughout a meal, especially if you’re serving wild mushrooms, truffle mash, crustaceans, creamy curries (think Thai and Vietnamese), and anything lightly smoked.
Champagne Bollinger was founded in 1829 by Jacques Bollinger, and soon earned a reputation for quality. Under subsequent generations, its reputation has gone from strength to strength, and today it’s one of the most prestigious of all Champagne brands. Stylistically, Bollinger is renowned for its rich and savoury style.
£18 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3826373
Style No.: 900470
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