12.5% | FRANCE

To the eye, the delicate colour and golden hues reflect the wine’s maturity and reflective of Bollinger’s wine-making methods. The nose displays precise and fruity notes with a hint of...
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To the eye, the delicate colour and golden hues reflect the wine’s maturity and reflective of Bollinger’s wine-making methods. The nose displays precise and fruity notes with a hint of sea-air. Aromas of cherry and lemon intertwine with quince and bergamot, followed by notes of hazelnut and almond, peach and mirabelle plum. On the palate, the initial sensation is a delicate effervescence followed by wonderful vinosity balanced with delicate acidity. Its very fine texture and saline finish bring excellent length to the palate, accompanied by delicate minerality and complex flavours of orchard fruit and citrus. The wine unfurls gradually, revealing its full potential and wonderful intensity.

In 1976, Bollinger Vintage was re-named Grande Année. Then in 1997, it became La Grande Année - 'The Great Year' - a name simple enough to illustrate its exceptional status, because only truly extraordinary years become vintage at Bollinger. La Grande Année made its screen débuts two years later in James Bond's Casino Royale. This vintage is entirely fermented in oak barrel and is produced from fourteen crus: 91% Grand Cru and 9% Premier Cru. 2008 is the first vintage of La Grande Année to be bottled in the new '1846' bottle which is to replicate a small magnum. 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.

At Bollinger, only very high-quality harvests become vintage champagnes: the 2014 vintage gave rise to a wine that is simultaneously structured, rich and complex, in terms of both its minerality and exceptional intensity. La Grande Année is the embodiment of the carefully pre-served traditional expertise of the Bollinger Champagne House. The wine is exclusively vinified in small aged oak barrels, and is cellar aged for more than twice the time required by the appellation. Champagne Bollinger has never abandoned this traditional craft method, which helps develop aromas of great finesse. After a prolonged ageing on its lees under a natural cork and staple, even today every bottle of La Grande Année is riddled and disgorged by hand. The grapes for the 2014 La Grande Année come from 19 crus: mainly Aÿ and Verzenay for the Pinot Noir and Chouilly and Oiry for the Chardonnay.

La Grande Année 2014 is the perfect champagne for gourmet food such as Flame-cooked Pyrenees milk-fed lamb, Langoustine ravioli or foie gras. Also delicious with Mediterranean Sea Bass, Grenailles potatoes, myrtle, and lemongrass. Best served between 8 and 10°C. Ready to enjoy now but will age well in the cellar for up to 15 years.

61% Pinot Noir 39% Chardonnay 100% Grands and Premiers Crus

“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.” 98/100 - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, 7th March 2022

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Country
France
Region
Champagne
Vintage
2014
ABV %
12.5%
Organic
No
Vegan
No

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