Bollinger

La Grande Année Brut Champagne Blend

9.31419 ratings
9.3355 pro ratings
Aÿ, Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces, Exotic Spices, Soft Cheese, Salads & Greens, Potato, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Herbs, Nuts & Seeds, Stew, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Salmon, Quinoa
Top Notes For
Martin Bergo

Nuts, almonds, chocolate, bakery, butter-fried chantrelles; but with a distinct mousse and all the apples, citrus and oompf from the youth: close to my preferred peak.

Nuts, almonds, chocolate, bakery, butter-fried chantrelles; but with a distinct mousse and all the apples, citrus and oompf from the youth: close to my preferred peak.

Nov 28th, 2020
Roy Goble

And so it begins...

And so it begins...

Nov 26th, 2020
Dr. Owen Bargreen

The 2012 ‘La Grand Annee’ is a seriously good wine that has massive cellaring potential. Marzipan with hints of nutmeg and brioche offer their place on the bouquet. The silky mousse really entices as layers of kumquat zest and Challah bread collide with minerals, smoke and lovely green apple tones on the palate. The length and elegance of this wine is really great, as is the lovely sense of texture. Long and generous, this has the richness and laser-like minerality to cellar well for decades to come. Drink 2020-2035- 94

The 2012 ‘La Grand Annee’ is a seriously good wine that has massive cellaring potential. Marzipan with hints of nutmeg and brioche offer their place on the bouquet. The silky mousse really entices as layers of kumquat zest and Challah bread collide with minerals, smoke and lovely green apple tones on the palate. The length and elegance of this wine is really great, as is the lovely sense of texture. Long and generous, this has the richness and laser-like minerality to cellar well for decades to come. Drink 2020-2035- 94

Aug 1st, 2020
Trevor Maskell

Top vintage, top wine. Lovely freshness and acidity. Great weight. The flavours go on forever. Just such a pleasure to drink

Top vintage, top wine. Lovely freshness and acidity. Great weight. The flavours go on forever. Just such a pleasure to drink

Apr 14th, 2020
Shay A
9.5

Wednesday Wine Committee from this past week. A fantastic hosting by @joe leatherwood . 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds, 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind as usual.

Sporting a classic Bollinger style, I have to admit that this has changed/evolved since I first had this vintage a year ago. A good bit of ginger is present in a rich and giving profile, with chalk, limestone, orange blossom and caramel dipped golden delicious apple. What made this different is I got a lot less yeast than expected. Truly delicious champagne now, it’s evolving and will be getting better. I called this NV champagne from a high end producer.

Wednesday Wine Committee from this past week. A fantastic hosting by @joe leatherwood . 1 sparkler, 2 whites, 5 reds, 1 dessert wine. All tasted blind as usual.

Sporting a classic Bollinger style, I have to admit that this has changed/evolved since I first had this vintage a year ago. A good bit of ginger is present in a rich and giving profile, with chalk, limestone, orange blossom and caramel dipped golden delicious apple. What made this different is I got a lot less yeast than expected. Truly delicious champagne now, it’s evolving and will be getting better. I called this NV champagne from a high end producer.

Mar 15th, 2020
David Lusby

Pleasant lemon meringue core...supported by toasted brioche, pear and really nice mineral/acidity. A great bottle for 5th anniversary dinner.

Pleasant lemon meringue core...supported by toasted brioche, pear and really nice mineral/acidity. A great bottle for 5th anniversary dinner.

Jan 1st, 2020
Shengli Hu

Jammy apricot, prune, fig, desiccated fruits, French toast, cinnamon, and toffee.

Jammy apricot, prune, fig, desiccated fruits, French toast, cinnamon, and toffee.

Nov 11th, 2019
Chris McClellan

Baked apple and brioche, toast, lemon, fresh with great acidity...nice treat..

Baked apple and brioche, toast, lemon, fresh with great acidity...nice treat..

Nov 10th, 2019
Gregory Fulchiero

Ripe fruit and beautiful development

Ripe fruit and beautiful development

Nov 10th, 2019
Bob McDonald

Popped this in anticipation of an Australian victory over England in the Rugby World Cup quarter final when we trailed 17-16 in the 2nd half. However we ended up getting trounced 40-16. This Champers was mid Lemon Gold with an ultra fine bead. Funky lemon mineral notes with apple pie pastry. Even at 17 years good tension with possibly another 10 years of cellaring. Although pretty irresistible right now. As Churchill said You deserve Champagne in victory and you need it in defeat!

Popped this in anticipation of an Australian victory over England in the Rugby World Cup quarter final when we trailed 17-16 in the 2nd half. However we ended up getting trounced 40-16. This Champers was mid Lemon Gold with an ultra fine bead. Funky lemon mineral notes with apple pie pastry. Even at 17 years good tension with possibly another 10 years of cellaring. Although pretty irresistible right now. As Churchill said You deserve Champagne in victory and you need it in defeat!

Oct 19th, 2019