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La Grande Annee is Bollinger’s prestige blend, produced only when a harvest reaches a perfect balance.
For Champagne Bollinger the 2008 harvest resulted in a wine of infinite depth. The remarkable maturity of the grapes combined with exceptional acidity resulted in the creation of a cuvée that exalts the House’s style. La Grande Année is the embodiment of the carefully preserved traditional expertise of the Bollinger Champagne House. The wine is therefore exclusively vinified in small aged oak barrels. Champagne Bollinger has never abandoned this traditional craft method, which helps develop aromas of great finesse. After a prolonged ageing on its lees, even today every bottle of La Grande Année is riddled and disgorged by hand. In 2008, the remarkable maturity of the grapes combined with a phenomenal acidity have produced a wine of infinite depth and allowed an exceptional vintage to be created.
Predominantly from Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs, the Pinots Noirs and Chardonnays complement each other to offer a blend with a rare balance, one that perfectly combines the concentration and freshness of this vintage. It has taken more than ten years to reveal the full quality of the vintage and perfect the unique expression of La Grande Année 2008 in an intense, complex and harmonious wine. The intensity, a sign of the great aromatic richness of this wine, is expressed and lingers through the aromas of citrus and soft fruits, berries and spices, floral and mineral notes...
Its long finish, structure and density are hallmarks of the great Pinots Noirs of Aÿ and Verzenay, the true backbone of the wine. Reflections of the unique characteristics of 2008, its complexity and it’s extremely fresh texture bestow a remarkable depth and vitality on this wine. Its chalky, precise finish prolongs the tasting experience for several minutes.
La Grande Année 2008 is Bollinger’s first prestige cuvée to have been aged in the “1846” Bollinger bottle, with its unique and identifying shape that offers beneficial properties for the quality of the wine. This bottle has been completely redesigned, inspired by a 19th-century bottle discovered in the Bollinger cellars which dates back to 1846. The idea in using the curved shape of the bottle is to aim for the perfect balance of a “small magnum” with a narrower neck and a wider base, to very slightly slow down the oxygen exchange and therefore give a better quality wine with longer ageing potential.
The delicate colour and golden hues are a sign of the wine’s maturity and reflective of Bollinger’s wine-making methods.
A wonderful aromatic depth. The wine’s fruity, spicy and floral notes intertwine to reveal a highly complex nose; wild peach, plum and orange peel precede saffron and tonka bean, complemented by a fresh, mineral aspect.
Dense and harmonious in the mouth. A creamy effervescence and fresh structure, with a gentle saline finish.
La Grande Année 2008 is the perfect champagne for gourmet food. To fully appreciate its unique style and aromas, La Grande Année 2008 is best served
between 8 and 10°C. You can enjoy La Grande Année 2008 now or choose to age it in your cellar.
Pair with cured ham, seared scallops or scallops tartare. Perfect with grilled lobster or chicken in a light creamy sauce.
“La Grande Année embodies the artisanal expertise that Bollinger has always upheld. Producing every bottle of La Grande Année requires patience and precision, and is only possible thanks to the work of the men and women of Bollinger, whose artisanal methods have been passed down from generation to generation.”
Gilles Descôtes, Cellar Master
“Of the three bottles I so devotedly enjoyed before the rest of the journalism world had time to pounce on this rare treasure, two were somewhat tied up initially in the scent while the third showed off the impressive peacock's tail in its full glory at once. Regardless of the development phase, this is a regal and heroic Bollinger characterized by restrained power and energetic energy. I love meeting this untouched force and carefully analysing its sublime elements, but at the same time I have to admit that we are dealing with a real "vin de garde" that will not reach its maximum capacity before its 25th birthday. The structure is impressive, based of course on the high acidity of the vintage in the first place. This very high acidity means that the other building blocks can appear as subordinate, but they have a great wealth of both oak embossed secondary aromas and flaunted dark fruit. At present, the aromatic spectrum is characterized by fresh hazelnuts from Piedmont, green apples, chalky minerals and perfumed orange blossom. Buy a case of 12 and follow its aromatic journey to heaven if you get the chance.”
98 Points – Richard Juhlin
14 cru's make up the La Grande Annee 2007 vintage with 91% Grand Crus and 1% Premier Crus. The blend of the La Grande Annee 2007 is made up of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.
A delicate colour and golden reflections are a sign of the wine’s maturity and Bollinger’s wine-making methods. The nose shows great complexity; honey, gingerbread and cinnamon aromas; subtle notes of dried fruits (hazelnut) and dried flowers (lime blossom). The palate gives a mature, supple and full wine with a long finish. Pastry, candied orange and ripe fruit flavours with subtle notes of woodland and vanilla. A creamy effervescence; the subtle acidity of the finish adds freshness.
The structure of La Grande Année compliments richer foods such as Foie Gras, Sweetbreads, Game and aromatic Cheeses.
La Grande Année 2007 is a must-have for gourmet restaurants and good hotels alike: it is the perfect champagne to serve with a fine meal. To fully appreciate its unique style, bouquet and aromas, La Grande Année 2007 is best served between 8 and 10°C. You can enjoy La Grande Année 2007 right away, or choose to age it in your cellar.
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