Bollinger

La Grande Année Brut Champagne Blend

9.366 ratings
9.411 pro ratings
Aÿ, Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France
Champagne Blend
Squash & Root Vegetables, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cake & Cream, Soft Cheese, Hard Cheese, Salads & Greens, Salami & Prosciutto, Pork, Fish, Chicken, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Nuts & Seeds, Fruit & Berries, Beans & Peas, Exotic Spices, Turkey, Pungent Cheese, Shellfish, Oyster
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Happy National Champagne Day in France. My wife tells me I would give up my US status for French as I love & drink more French wines than any other, which is true. So, why not a little 2007 Bollinger La Grande Année?

On the nose; perfectly ripe red & green apple, pineapple, lemon, lime, quince, touch of ginger, caramel, cream soda, grapefruit with pith, sea spray, beautiful soft chalkiness, some white peach, spring flowers, jasmine and yellow lilies.

The body is rich, creamy, beautiful and heavenly over the palate. The micro bubbles are tiny and delicate. Length is just how one would like it. The acidity is near perfect. perfectly ripe red & green apple, pineapple, lemon, lime, some white peach, quince, touch of ginger, caramel, cream soda, grapefruit with pith, green melon, guava, sea spray, beautiful soft chalkiness, deep palate penetrating grey volcanic minerals, spring flowers, jasmine and yellow lilies.

Photos of; House of Bollinger, their oak barrel room; which I believe this cuvee sees. Slumbering cellar bottles and one of their Grand Cru Vineyards.

Happy National Champagne Day in France. My wife tells me I would give up my US status for French as I love & drink more French wines than any other, which is true. So, why not a little 2007 Bollinger La Grande Année?

On the nose; perfectly ripe red & green apple, pineapple, lemon, lime, quince, touch of ginger, caramel, cream soda, grapefruit with pith, sea spray, beautiful soft chalkiness, some white peach, spring flowers, jasmine and yellow lilies.

The body is rich, creamy, beautiful and heavenly over the palate. The micro bubbles are tiny and delicate. Length is just how one would like it. The acidity is near perfect. perfectly ripe red & green apple, pineapple, lemon, lime, some white peach, quince, touch of ginger, caramel, cream soda, grapefruit with pith, green melon, guava, sea spray, beautiful soft chalkiness, deep palate penetrating grey volcanic minerals, spring flowers, jasmine and yellow lilies.

Photos of; House of Bollinger, their oak barrel room; which I believe this cuvee sees. Slumbering cellar bottles and one of their Grand Cru Vineyards.

Oct 20th, 2018
Jeff D
9.3

From mag, 70% PN, 9 years on lees

From mag, 70% PN, 9 years on lees

Oct 19th, 2018
Hermes Cuello

This champagne continues being my favorite over any champagne, including Krug, DPG, Chrystal. This champagne is really special. 2007 is not as great as 2004 and 2005 but I think I should give it another year or 2 to this bottles.

This champagne continues being my favorite over any champagne, including Krug, DPG, Chrystal. This champagne is really special. 2007 is not as great as 2004 and 2005 but I think I should give it another year or 2 to this bottles.

Aug 12th, 2018
Ellen Clifford

This was from class last Thursday. It was heaviest of the beverages that day. More of a charred toast character. But I like things dark. Beyond toast there are pears, lime zest, and big bold stones and yet all this weaves together seamlessly. I also need more.

This was from class last Thursday. It was heaviest of the beverages that day. More of a charred toast character. But I like things dark. Beyond toast there are pears, lime zest, and big bold stones and yet all this weaves together seamlessly. I also need more.

May 7th, 2018
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9.3

Bollinger's 2007 Brut La Grande Année is quite pretty. Elegant, restrained and understated in style, the 2007 is one of the more delicate young Grande Années I can remember tasting. Mid-weight structure and silky texture only reinforce that impression. Lemon oil, red berry, dried flowers and chamomile open up nicely, but it is the wine's overall feel that stands out most. Best of all, the 2007 will drink well with no cellaring. Disgorged: September 2016. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2017)

Bollinger's 2007 Brut La Grande Année is quite pretty. Elegant, restrained and understated in style, the 2007 is one of the more delicate young Grande Années I can remember tasting. Mid-weight structure and silky texture only reinforce that impression. Lemon oil, red berry, dried flowers and chamomile open up nicely, but it is the wine's overall feel that stands out most. Best of all, the 2007 will drink well with no cellaring. Disgorged: September 2016. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, December 2017)

May 1st, 2018
Sean Genn

Classic. Bruised apple, mineral and brioche with a nutty finish.

Classic. Bruised apple, mineral and brioche with a nutty finish.

Apr 21st, 2018
Brian Szluk

Baked apple and pineapple, quince, pear, toast, butter scotch, baking spices, slight creme fraiche.

Baked apple and pineapple, quince, pear, toast, butter scotch, baking spices, slight creme fraiche.

Nov 26th, 2017
Gary Westby

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

9.5

A preview of the almost released 2007 with Dennis Bruner in San Francisco. A return to the more mineral style of the 2004, but still loaded with lovely brioche and dark cherry fruit.

A preview of the almost released 2007 with Dennis Bruner in San Francisco. A return to the more mineral style of the 2004, but still loaded with lovely brioche and dark cherry fruit.

May 4th, 2017
Serge Raffard

Rich, vinous and starting to taste like an old champagne

Rich, vinous and starting to taste like an old champagne

Feb 15th, 2019
Shea Coulson

Excellent young champagne that needs another 3-4 years to start its road to releasing its nascent complexity. Right now it is still expressive but also a bit more linear than is ideal and a little hard edged. Delicious flavours but I expect it to get really exciting with more time.

Excellent young champagne that needs another 3-4 years to start its road to releasing its nascent complexity. Right now it is still expressive but also a bit more linear than is ideal and a little hard edged. Delicious flavours but I expect it to get really exciting with more time.

Jan 1st, 2019