Bollinger

La Grande Année Brut Champagne Blend

9.318 ratings
9.53 pro ratings
Aÿ, Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France
Champagne Blend
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Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.2

Bollinger finally has its mojo back. Not too oxidative!

Bollinger finally has its mojo back. Not too oxidative!

Oct 3rd, 2019
Vinni Capra

Impressed

Impressed

1 person found it helpfulAug 30th, 2019
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9.7

Bollinger's 2008 Grande Année is rich, ample and full-bodied, with all of the pedigree of the vintage on display. Dried pear, dried flowers, chamomile, red plum and mint develop as the 2008 shows the breadth and creaminess that are such signatures of the Bollinger house style. A whole range of brighter, more floral and chalky notes appear later, adding translucence and energy. The 2008 is 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay taken across 18 crus, and it is the Pinot that very much informs the wine in both flavor and texture. More importantly, the 2008 is one of the best Grande Années I can remember tasting. Bollinger fans won't want to miss it. Disgorged November 2018. Dosage is 8 grams per liter. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2019)

Bollinger's 2008 Grande Année is rich, ample and full-bodied, with all of the pedigree of the vintage on display. Dried pear, dried flowers, chamomile, red plum and mint develop as the 2008 shows the breadth and creaminess that are such signatures of the Bollinger house style. A whole range of brighter, more floral and chalky notes appear later, adding translucence and energy. The 2008 is 71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay taken across 18 crus, and it is the Pinot that very much informs the wine in both flavor and texture. More importantly, the 2008 is one of the best Grande Années I can remember tasting. Bollinger fans won't want to miss it. Disgorged November 2018. Dosage is 8 grams per liter. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, July 2019)

1 person found it helpfulJul 25th, 2019
Amaryllis Knight

@Vespertine
Drank it with over ripe plantain taco with woodruff

@Vespertine
Drank it with over ripe plantain taco with woodruff

Sep 11th, 2019
Jeroen Koenen

Deg. 07-2018

Deg. 07-2018

May 11th, 2019
James Webb

My 700th wine on Delectable!🤙🏼 And what a beautiful wine it is! The 08’ LGA is big and bold with traditional house style with the great core of acid that 08s reveal. Crisp lemon nose, definitely citrus forward but with some underlying sweetness, like sugar and baking spice but only slight. Solid acid and the full body reveals a nice limestone core with buttered toast. Finish is medium + in length. An excellent bottle that will continue and develop. Looking forward to drinking this more over the years!

My 700th wine on Delectable!🤙🏼 And what a beautiful wine it is! The 08’ LGA is big and bold with traditional house style with the great core of acid that 08s reveal. Crisp lemon nose, definitely citrus forward but with some underlying sweetness, like sugar and baking spice but only slight. Solid acid and the full body reveals a nice limestone core with buttered toast. Finish is medium + in length. An excellent bottle that will continue and develop. Looking forward to drinking this more over the years!

May 8th, 2019
Mark Flesher

Compared to a Selosse, this one was a clear second. Still in oxidative style, which my palate definitely tends to lean towards, yet in my opinion less apparent than the Selosse. Small bubbles, citrus, lemon and lime. Seemed a little creamier and mouth coating towards the front and dried to a zesty mineral-rich finish. I honestly think this one needs to lay down for 5 years before attempting it again. But very nice right now as well. Definitely would not kick it out of bed for eating crackers, but if I had an extensive cellar of Champagne including this one, I would leave this one right where it was!

Compared to a Selosse, this one was a clear second. Still in oxidative style, which my palate definitely tends to lean towards, yet in my opinion less apparent than the Selosse. Small bubbles, citrus, lemon and lime. Seemed a little creamier and mouth coating towards the front and dried to a zesty mineral-rich finish. I honestly think this one needs to lay down for 5 years before attempting it again. But very nice right now as well. Definitely would not kick it out of bed for eating crackers, but if I had an extensive cellar of Champagne including this one, I would leave this one right where it was!

Apr 27th, 2019
Jenny Winbom

Gott nyårsbubbel! 🎉

Gott nyårsbubbel! 🎉

Dec 31st, 2017
Allie Hersch

Allie had this a month ago

Allie had this a month ago

Sep 7th, 2019
Alec Nedelman

Alec had this 4 months ago

Alec had this 4 months ago

Jun 16th, 2019