2012 Grande Année Brut Champagne Bollinger
|Grapes||Chardonnay, Pinot Noir|
Aromatic, rich pastry and brioche nose, touch of almond, citrus and some stone fruits, touch of creme anglaise. Palate has great lift and intensity, undoubted ripeness, rich citrus and peach, juicy and bright, creamy and a touch nutty, with that note of brioche bringing richness to the finish. An open and immediately attractive style. L&S (Feb 2020)
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I love the magical moment when I get the chance, as the first journalist, to lighten the cork of the latest vintage of Bollinger La Grande Année…….The wine is made from 21 villages with Aÿ and Verzenay in the driver's seat backed by elegance from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oiry. The wine is characterized by vitality and energy more than depth at present. The color has a brilliant golden glow and the mousse is almost panting in its resilient youthfulness. The scent is beautifully house typical, dominated by apricot, almond, hazelnut and a smoky sophisticated intensity as from a newly lit outdoor fire. The attack is stunningly intense and the weight in the mouth leaves nothing left to wish for. Resilient energy and fullness are combined with greatness. Anyone who has patience will be rewarded with truffled flavor layers, chocolate saturated complexity and added exoticism of honeysuckle in the wine's bouquet. Rating: 95 Richard Juhlin(Feb 2020)
65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, from 21 crus, but mainly Aÿ and Verzeney for the Pinot Noir and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oiry for the Chardonnay. Entirely fermented in oak barrels and aged for twice the time required by the AOC rules, it was finished with a moderate dosage of 8gr/l.Winemaker's notes(Feb 2020)
Jacques Bollinger, who was born at Ellwanger in the Kingdom of Wurtemberg, came to Champagne in 1822. In 1829, together with Hennequin de Villermont and Paul Levieux Renaudin, he founded the Champagne House of Bollinger Renaudin at Ay. The Bollinger family have managed the House ever since. Despite Paul Renaudin dying without issue, his name remained on the label until the 1960's. Pehaps the most famous member of the Bollinger family was "Lilly" Bollinger who married Jacques' great grandson and took over the Company when he died in 1941. She is responsible for the famous quote "I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it—unless I’m thirsty" Except in the very best vintages, only the first pressings are used (the rest being sold off) and Bollinger still carry out first fermentations in oak. Bollinger own around 160ha of vineyard which account for about 60% of their requirements. They are planted to about 60% Pinot Noir.
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