I have historically not been a great fan of the house style here due to experiences with a heavy ginger and oxidized character. This bottle was big and powerful with complex aromas already of the usual brioche and yeast notes. Palate is, as expected, youthfully coarse and bold with some early oxidative hints of toffee. Stoppered up and kept extremely cold the remaining half bottle til 2nd day: airing out has tamed this beast considerably. Oxidative hints have subsided and this shows promise for greatness in 7 to 10 years.
Consistency, consistency, consistency! Micro bubble stream down center of glass Almost clear color with hint of yellow amber. Brioche, lemon, apricot, typical classic aged champagne taste, creamy mouth feel with GREAT acidity and minerality on the mid palate with a spicy somewhat astringent lingering finish. Simply OUTSTANDING.
This needs more time, all the quality materials are here. That said, it's still quite good right now, even on PnP. If you crave big, in your face wood/toast/super ripe and uber rich fruits, this is not your wine. This is the wine that you slip into your rotation of $50- $75 Champers - it'll take you up another full level of sophistication and purity. I would let this understated wine rest another 3-5 years. Satiny fruits that run the white, not yellow spectrum. Long finish, insulated complexity. HOLD. recommended
PnP, served non-blind, at Les Nomades, Chicago (bases loaded home run).
At 50th. Paleish yellow, faint yellow rim, good mousse. A little dough and apples up front, flinty, quince and hint of citrus, background notes of green tea. Good month feel, rich but very controlled, apples and citrus, good acidity, very good length of creamy green fruit. Excellent champagne, drinks well now, but will be better in 5 years I suspect.
Appealing bouquet of citrus, apple, brioche, chalk, and oxidative notes. Layered and smooth on the palate. The back, and especially the finish, showed an intense, bitters element, reminiscent of galvanized metal. A rounded and complete wine...other than the astringent finish.
Dinner at home. Sons about to leave for UK to study. So splurge on Oscietra cavier on raw salmon, with chives and olive oil and a touch of lemon. Champagne is the natural companion to such dish and this Bollinger did not disappont. Decanted and poured, with the nose full of fresh brioche, and palate of mirabelles (one cannot dislike a wine when it tastes mirabellish) and Williams pear, it had a smooth and long finish. The boys and I felt like Mr. Bond.
Monopole Wine: Probably my WOTN. Not rich and toasty, but still powerful and intense, without being heavy. I like this style. Lightly toasted fresh bread, biscuit, caramelized orchard fruits, super long in the mouth. Still very young and fresh. Needs another 5.
Magnum. Lots of apple and lots of bread in a fairly mature style. I don't quite see this evolving into the same exciting/ evolved place as other fine vintages (like the 1996 tasted earlier tonight). But i understand how others will appreciate this more.
Fantastic power, yeasty, biscuity, but clean and persistent, long, this has got it all. Previous versions were a bit less interesting. I think we bought an off lot previously. Wonderful. Shouldn't have started with this one. B&J's
Tuscany BYO (Valby): Lovely and rich nose filled with plenty of sweet apple fruit, smoke and hazelnuts. The palate is equally impressive with lot of red and yellow sweet apple flavor with a touch of hazelnut and vanilla. Plenty of oak and sweetness but very true to the house style. A great wine. Consistent with previous note!
Bright yellow color, at first on the nose very primary- all citrus, on the palate full bodied and quite ripe leading into a firm and long finish, after about an hour it blossomed beautifully and was in full cry, primary mousse on the nose, assertive notes of blood orange, hints of pear and marzipan, on the palate far more open and very ripe with a substantial- yet elegant- mousse, decadent blood orange, brioche notes, racy and refined finish of exceptional length. A marvelous champagne, I think it will reach a really good point in another 5 years at which point I believe it will have developed a creamier mousse but still retain much of its youthful vibrance. **(**), 2020-2030+
On flight (Eva business class). Tasted several times and likely the best Champagne I have had on a flight. Great balance. Touch of yeast and nuttiness, citrus, peaches, and sweetish white fruit. Long finish. Excellent.
Drinking well now. I tasted this champagne twice this year (once in September and once this week), and one time served by Bollinger at an industry event. Both times I thought it was peaking. If you have some, I'd say that now's the time; even 8 months from now I think a decline will be evident.
This packs a punch with rich woody notes, underbrush, good powerful intensity in the mouth, long finish but honestly kind of brutish and lacks elegance. Not that Bollinger is know for elegance, but this is sort of a block of wood. I think with time this will improve. Give it 5 years. 66%PN, fermented in oak, aged 6 yrs under cork, 8 g/l.
A Mix of Champagne; 12/5/2015-12/6/2015 (Ray and Teresa's): Had a small glass at a tasting. As my friend said, this is a metrosexual wine. It is a little masculine but well-balanced with some feminine characteristics. This bottle was not as good as the 2 times I've had it before. Everything was muted. Spending more time with it may have helped it open up, but that wasn't possible tonight.
den här champagnen börjar på att komma i fas nu. kan nog bli ändå bättre med mer tid. näsan är grym och smaken är riktigt härligt fyllig och dominreas av kola, äpplen, toner av gummi. egentligen bara jälvigt god, svårt att sätta ord på den.
(Disgorged Jun '14) I had this at Hawksmoor after the Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millenaires 1995 and it wasn't a flattering comparison. I think this is worthy of 92 points but the nutty richness came across like old socks after the refinement of the BdM.
This was a lot more fun to drink than the Sep '12 disgorgement of a few nights ago. This had a lovely creamy texture with all the white chocolate and nutty notes that just scream "Bollinger Grande Annee". This is more classic than the 2002 and the above flavours didn't really emerge in my Sep 2012 disgorgement until the wine had been open for quite some time.
2012 disgorgements: leave for now.
2014: Just dive in and enjoy. It's not so much the complexity that appeals but the sheer richness of the wine that make sit stand apart from so much other fizz.
Golden crystal robe enlightened by tiny bubbles. The nose is very fresh, mineral and fruity. The palate adds to the nose the complexity of brioche, buttered and honeyed green apple slowly pan-fried, pastries and fresh almonds. Such great structure can last much longer in the cellar.
Impresses for its power, persistence, character, complexity, and refined sensibility with an aromatic and flavor profile of toast, yeast, green apple, citrus, and minerals. Shows a subtle mature note. Approximately 2/3 pinot noir, 1/3 chardonnay. Nov, 2013 disgorgement date. Dinner at Piccolo.
Leo's Blind Tasting Group - Oct '15 edition (Ben's): Liked this a lot, but it was outclassed by the Taittinger CDC. It's a bigger, rounder wine than the Comtes - the doughy and yeasty flavours are more prominent here, though there's again a faint herbal/green apple skin aspect to the nose. The fruit again comes across with a remarkable sense of freshness on the palate, and there's a vein of stony mineral flavours beneath. Really nice.
Coming around nicely, but still on the youngish side showing some rather intense structure and texture. Tons of rich minerals, the typical oyster like freshness and lots of citrus zest. After a while golden semi-dark toast appears together with sweet brioche and roasted chestnuts. As written many times before for this and other vintages: the wine certainly shows both power and elegance. There is plenty of texture and structure to allow for further ageing. Yet another solid "Bravo!"
I had this with Neil and Jordan after seeing Spectre at the cinema. Bolly seemed an appropriate choice. After the Bolly NV, this showed a great deal more complexity and it was very hard to go back. The last few sips were the best and I should note that this bottle was disgorged in Sep 2012 (one of the earliest releases). It seemed a lot younger than the bottle I had more recently (Jun '14 disgorgement) and this batch will benefit from another year or two of cellaring.
I really think that it's important to note the disgorgement dates of these wines. The bottles of BGA '04 that I have vary by nearly two years and the effect of those two years shouldn't be underestimated. I should however mention that my Jun '14 bottles have spent a lot of that time on a shop shelf. (see my other note).
Overall, very good but I'd get some air to it or leave these for a few years.
Yeasty, biscuity nose, slight saline, canned tuna aspect with pronounced minerality, low fruit; fine bubbles but not creamy, good intensity, a bit austere, but packs a punch; not too user friendly at the moment--I would give this another 3 years minimum before retrying. Focused, precise, very young, some tart underripe pear, and orchard fruit but very subtle. 91, with potential for 92 or 93 in future.
I have 2 disgorgement dates for these Champagnes floating around my cellar. I have drank the May '13, and the Nov'13 bottles about a month apart. Both are ready to drink. There is something distinct between the 2 disgorgement dates and I have to say the Nov '13 bottle is many notches above the May '13 bottles. The Nov '13 bottle - the nose reminds me of a '90 Dom Oenotheque I had back in June for my 5 yr Wedding Anniversary.
This tasting note is for the May '13 disgorgement bottle. It will be quite brief - think top notch Chevalier Montrachet from a top producer. Incredible champagne. wow!
This is showing beautifully at the moment. It has a great depth and complexity to it. It is smooth, textured and with a beautifully long finish and a fabulous mousse that bursts out of the bottle when poured. Gorgeous! We all loved it! However, I sense that the 2004 would benefit from more time in the cellar to help it reach its full exciting potential. It will be fun to see how this develops.
A bunch of wines at dinner with Friends (Taste): Whoa. This is good. From a WTSO shipment a couple of months back. Medium gold in color. The nose is nice with pears, smoke and hazelnuts. On the palate, this is seriously good. Flavors of smoked nuts and pears. Complex. Fresh and vibrant. Perhaps a bit more mature than I might have expected but drinking beautifully now. Nothing oxidized or anything like that. Great acidity. Long finish.
Served this beside the 2005 at an island day-time summer party. Gorgeous Champagne - dry, minerally, bright and totally smooth. To my taste a tiny edge over the 2005, but this may just be the consequence of an additional bottle year...
It's hard for me to review champagne because I've never had a champagne I don't like. They all taste great and they're typically pretty complex.
I recently had the 2004 Dom Perignon so I can use that as a reference. The Dom Perignon was heavier, richer, and more powerful.
This Bollinger is softer, brighter, and more elegant. It offers flavors of brioche, apple, lemon, and honey. I think it is more enjoyable now than the Dom Perignon. But my instinct is that the Dom Perignon is a much better wine.
That said, I feel like the Bollinger too would benefit from several years of aging, as the flavor profile has jagged edges. In particular, the toasty brioche seems out of whack.
This is the 9/14 disgorgement. Toast and brioche on the nose. Toasty yellow fruit and Pinot flavors on the palate, finishing a bit vegetal, some caraway, some bitterness? Off bottle? Very different from the 3/14 disgorgement recently tasted, which was zippy, fruit-driven, and just plain fun in a glass.
I'm a big fan of this wine and have followed it in several vintages. Unfortunately my drinking all of my 97s and 99s quite some time ago and my dislike of the 2000 vintage have lead to me being stuck with painfully young bottles of '02 and '04.
However I snapped a few days ago and grabbed a bottle of the 2004 off the shelf at Majestic to see how this was getting on and I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't take notes at the time, but from the first whiff, you could tell that this was something special. (Nuts and smoke etc.) Over the next couple of days, this didn't really improve so I suspect that I might be drinking my bottles before I open my 2002s. Still I'm going to hold this a little longer and see how it turns out.
Yellow gold colour with fine bead. Lovely nose of pear, apple, stone fruit, almond and fresh bread. Fine intense palate emphasising the fruit character rather than the yeast of past Bollinger styles. Great length and drive that sat well as both aperitif and first seafood course accompaniment. Delicious.
Bollinger: entirely fermented in barrel. 100% GC and 1er Cru. Only using the cuvee (first press), not the taille. Disgorged Sept 2014, 66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay. 8g/l dosage. now this has more of the oxidative elements to the nose. toasted walnut. red apple skin. palate has a softness and a roundness. not too oxidative, but also maybe a bit more maturity to the palate, some sandalwood.
Pale gold, clear. Light nose, with a bit of burnt caramel. Light tannin, bright acidity. Very heavy mousse, a decent sweetness (but still sec), with some funk on the palate. Short finish. Delicious, but a tad pricey.
This vintage across the board seems to be consistent among the best producers and even the grower champagnes. This Bolli Grande Anee is no different. We had the Dom 04 last week for my wife's birthday and had the Bolli 04 last night again for her birthday. Fantastic nose, balance, mouth feel. Great citrus notes with brioche and lemon curd. Outstanding.
wow, this is great juice. there's this coy chocolate and berry thing on the nose, followed by soft, sensual raspberry, subtle toast, and some orchard fruit on the palate. this just coats the tongue and palate and lingers and lingers and lingers. the bead on this is ridiculously fine. while not as complex as the '02, this is a sexy and deceptively glutinous sparkler. drinking well now, i plan on buying more. This bottle was disgorged March of 2014.
Kan bara instämma med tidigare noteringar. En bra champagne med helt underbar doft med päron, röda äpplen, hasselnötter och massor av steniga mineraltoner. Efter någon timme utvecklades också dofter av bakade äpplen. Otroligt bra balans, fin fräsch syra och lite oxiderade toner. Väldigt bra längd.
(Disgorged September 2014) Nice yellow colour with very nice small bubbles. On the nose there's nice mature red apples and brown sugar. Nice and refined with a creamy lemon and apple palate. Typical Aÿ Pinot noir filled taste and with a long calvados like finish with a hint of liquorice root. Very nice 'mature' taste despite it's age.
Developing nose with a medium+ intensity. Initially lots of toasted oak, vanilla, coffee beans and cap gun smoke. It also shows some deeper layers of baked apples, fresh red apples, stone fruit, baked lemon, butterscotch and browned butter.
Dry on the palate with a medium+ acidity and body. The mousse is lively and a little bit aggressive. The flavor intensity is medium+. Loads of super ripe lemons, apple core, bruised red apples, toasted oak, coffee beans and butterscotch. The finish is medium++ with gap gun smoke, chalk dust and baked lemons.
I'm a fan of the style of Bollinger and this is a hell of a tasty champagne, but it needs more time to shows it's full potential.
Very surprised by this bottle! I do not drink a lot of champagne, especially at this price point. This wine has so much going on. It's soft on the palate with a variety of flavors. The sweetness is toned down, which is what made this a wine I will buy over and again.
New years eve at home: Great wine, had energy and body and some maturity - great with our lobster in vanilla infused cream sauce. A lot of the white non sparklers poured this evening paled in comparison.
Perhaps still a bit young, but with time there is no doubt the Bollinger typical tones are there and that they will be developing with further ageing. At first the taster is exposed to abundant minerals, an oyster like freshness and a lovely tone of lime zest. There is a second layer emerging with some time in the glass. Dark toast, almonds, sweet brioche and a subtle whiff of the Bollinger typical roasted chestnuts. This wine certainly shows both power and elegance. A lovely powerful elegance will most likely reveal itself given some further time in the cellar. There is plenty of texture and structure to allow for a graceful development in the cellar. Even if this wine will show even more class with some time in the cellar, it provides prime drinking tonight too. As written many times before, Bollinger's vintage Champagnes are always good. This 2004 is no exception to the rule. Bravo!
En bra champagne med helt underbar doft med päron, röda äpplen, hasselnötter och massor av steniga mineraltoner. Efter någon timme utvecklades också dofter av bakade äpplen. Otroligt bra balans, fin fräsch syra och lite oxiderade toner. Väldigt bra längd.
The search for a champagne for New Years Eve 2014: Tasted alongside the 04 Grande Année Rosé. This was classical Bollinger with plenty of muscle and pinot-notes. Was still very young but very enjoyable. though objectively of the same quality as the rosé, then the rosé was just slightly more charming today. Bollinger reconfirmed it's place as one of my favorite champagne Grande Margues (with Pol Roger), and I still think that the Grande Année is of the same quality as most prestige cuvees.
Still on the 'youngish' side, but certainly developing the Bolly typical tones of maturity. In just a few years the stiff, closed impression will most likely totally have disappeared. The first sniff reveals classy minerals, oysters and a lovely citrus tone. There is asecond layer emerging with some air: dark toast, brioche and roasted chestnuts. Taken together, this effort has both power and elegance. With some age these elements will most likely integrate and provide the classy powerful elegance which I totally adore. There is plenty of texture and structure to allow for a graceful development in the cellar. This vintage may still need some time but please do not be mistaken, it certainly provides prime drinking tonight too - even more so if given a soft decant. Bollinger's vintage Champagnes are always good. This 2004 is no exception to the rule. Bravo!
Bollinger Tasting (Sunfish Cellars, St. Paul, MN): Light-medium gold color. 3oz pour. 66%PN, 34%C. Great nose, fine bead, wonderfully toasted - much more so than the '02 RD - with lemon, pear, liqueured fruit, mineral, bold. The palate also has excellent depth, great toast, yeast, liqueured fruit, a subtle nuttiness, very good minerality. I love the energy and the length overall. Sleek and gorgeous, this will benefit from a few more years in the cellar.
Nuts and nougat and by now well integrated. A rather complex champagne, and not for the beginner, I do not think. My fifth time drinking this vintage and I always found it very good, however this is not quite top notch.
Full, Deep, toasty nose. Ripe apple, bread, almost perfume-like. Hints of flowers. Quite develped palate. Fullish with pure acid grip. Marzipan, ripe apple and hints of flowers. Very tasty and inviting.
Champagne Dinner (L'Apicio): A huge, broad, powerful champagne, more pinoty than the others with some red berry flavors to go along with the more famiilar apple/pear notes, and quite a bit of spice. The richness and density works nicely with the big 04 acid, and this was the only champagne in the lineup where I noticed significant dry extract. Excellent, even if I slightly preferred the 04 DP in style, and needs time.
Champagne dinner (L'Apicio, NYC.): Drokk! Look ... this is a big Champagne. The austerity and acidity of the 04's have combined with the Bolly house style to create a monster. Nose of eau-de-vie, huge lemon, pear, nutty, spicy. Wait, this smells like Madeira. WTF? Huge. Spicy, brown, broad, lemon, spice-ginger, big. Lemon spice finish. This is good, but I prefer the 2002 overall. I'm not sure how to rate this. How do you rate the Hulk?
Innsmigrende nese av gulfrukt, røde epler. Silkemyk i munnen med medium konsentrasjon. Elegant. Fin friskhet og meget godt balansert. Følger opp med epler på smak også. Lang finish med lette mineraler. Ungdommelig. 91-92p
Yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout with tiny, steady beading. Nose of dough, lychee, a tiny splash of sherry and mixed yellow fruits. Flavors of lemon, cherry and mixed yellow fruits. Bright acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold.
Rich, smoky, spicy, this is really composed, broad but with authority and tension. Really excellent and/but with a hefty dose of that oxidation...I don't have enough experience with these to know whether that's going to protect it in a long life or kill it early. I guess we'll see.
Second time tasted with consistent notes. Such a gorgeous, rich, but still so young Grand Annee. Nose opens up nicely after 30 minutes to reveal fresh ginger, candied lemon peel, caramel apple, salted toffee, butterscotch, saline, lime zest and apple strudel. Palate still has screaming acid with very well measured dosage (feels like 8 g/l). Drinking well today, but optimal drinking is still a few years down the line. Definitely has the potential to be classic. 94 points today. 95 - 96 is in it's future.
Deg. May 2013: This bottle was quite youthful and does not have the oxidative notes the Oct. 2012 degorged bottles have. Golden in color. Nose of white flowers, yeast, and toasted bread. Very nice balance and complex flavors. For a Brut, the dosage does not seem too high. All in all a great Champagne at a very early drinking phase. Overall a good PVR.
The color is hay gold, brilliant, with miniscule bubbles. The smells are apple, ginger, almond, honey, and sweet exotic spices. The tastes are apple, apricot, ginger, buttered toast, and almonds. The spicy and zingy finish is delicious and would be nearly perfect for any food.
Hmmmm, not all it should be. Dreary, excessively yeasty/biscuity, with no zip, no lift, and just not all that pleasurable. Wasn't quite corked... Though it would have been better if it was... Then no doubts... As it is, I have a dozen more. Fingers crossed for the next bottle.
This is the 3rd time we had this wine in the last year and definitely this has now settled down into a rich, ripe very expressive champagne. Vibrant and with good acidity and starting to show a rounder side to it. pretty solid. 92-93 for now but will definitely improve
Beuatiful, intense, complex nose of hazel nuts, cream, butter, red apple and lime, with herbal notes. The palate is dry and crisp showing an elegant wine, with medium body, medium alcohol with fairly intense flavours of nut, lime, red and yellow apple, and a long finish. The complexity is budding, the wine is elegant and stylish and has a long life a head of it, but already drinks very well. Will easily improve until 2020, probably a good deal longer.
Bottle Deg. October 2012. Light golden in color. Wonderful nose of flowers, nuts and toasted bread. Highly elegant and complex. It starts developing wonderfully with air. Having recently been a 'victim' of growers Champagne (which I truly love), it was a confirmation to see how great the Cuvees from the large houses can be. A true beauty 94pts. Drink now - 2022
This bottle was a bit off compared to my last. Very good still, but less of the nuttiness and nougat in mid-palate, with slightly too much tartness from the green apple. The finish was still great. My guess is that this was a little off, but it's also clear that this is still quite tight and (like I said in an earlier review) needs to spend a fair number of years in the cellar to be really great. 93+
A Friday evening at Marea (Marea, NYC): In the glass, clear pale gold with a very slight pink tint, and relatively few bubbles. On the nose, a mix of citrus and baked bread. On the palate, somewhere between sweet red apple and slightly sour green apple, and a faint hint of oak, with very little of the yeasty/bread notes one might expect after the aromatics, and a moderately creamy texture.
Bollinger (and Krug) has a much wider palate than most other producers from this district, with nuts and nougat, mixed with apples. And a marvelous nose. A great champagne from an important producer. Needs 2-3 hours for the cream to really show.
Lovely and rich nose filled with plenty of sweet apple fruit, smoke and hazelnuts. The palate is equally impressive with lot of red and yellow sweet apple flavor with a touch of hazelnut and vanilla. Plenty of oak and sweetness but very true to the house style. A great wine.
A stunningly beautiful but also very young LGA. This 2004 expresses tons of green apple, toast, lightly roasted walnuts, sweet brioche and a citrus perfume which is just adorable. The palate is perfectly balanced and offers a lovely structure and texture embraced by a lovely and expressive mousse. The length on the finish is quite impressive and it seems to last for over a minute. This is stunning example of the house style: elegance combined with power and structure. It is of course brutally young right now and it needs a couple of years to come around. Still it is without the slightest doubt a treat tonight too.
One of my very favorite 2004s. This should really appeal to those who enjoy the Bollinger style. Green apple and freshly baked bread on the nose. The palate matches with unreal freshness. The Pinot certainly dominates at the beginning, giving off creamy apples and nougat, but the Chardonnay gives an almost endless slightly smokey mineral finish. So much structure here. This should be unbelievable in 5 years or so, and extraordinary in a decade or more, but it's hard not to want it all now.
From a bottle that must have been open at least 24 hours. Someone wrote nougat, and that is a very fitting description. Perfect integration with the red and green apples very elegantly appearant, however short on mousse and bubbles.
Light color with slight mousse and tiny bubbles; Red apple flavors with a touch of toast. 2/3 Pinot/1/3 Chardonnay; 8 years in barrels. Complex and a slightly lighter bodied example of this Cuvee. Should improve with age. A personal favorite wine. Tasted at Bollinger in Ay.
Disgorged October 2012. Very seductive already with notes of very luxurious multi-dimensional apple sauce with hints of oak treatment. Same on the palate with a very refreshing acidity. Feels very low dosage, lower than the displayed Brut. Compared to the 2002 this is more extrovert but less intellectual. Should provide excellent drinking now-2025. The fruit was particularly reminiscent of a small grower I hold dear in Aÿ.
This was spot on. a bit sweet but so silky smooth with not a rough edge on it. apple, brioche,and honey. heavy mousse that lead to a creamy mid palate. This was really good and I will get my hands on more
Pnp. My fourth time drinking this vintage, and this time the LGA is singing. Finally the red and green apples, have found their place, in the forefront, but well integrated, supported by a slight touch of bred and citrus. 17 euro by the glass, which is quite a treat.
Lovely Champagne from a really good and likable vintage, and of course, producer. The Grand Année 2004 is a classical Bollinger, toasted nose with red apples, some yest and nuts. Lovely taste of red and yellow apples, some pears, minerals and some subtle and enriching oak spice. Has a touch of nice oxidized apples on the finish, giving it a somewhat early maturity taste. Drinks really good now, and will continue to do so for years ahead. Lovely Champagne, indeed.
A private dinner (Restaurant Ciel Bleu **, Amsterdam, NL): Rich but not deep colour; lovely nose, candied fruit, noticeable oak influence, 2004-freshness, distinctive note of five spice; medium weight, quite evolved flavours, not as tightly wound or energetic as the 2002, attractive and well-balanced; very good length. Drinking well, not for the very long term.
For whatever reason this showed better than a bottle a week ago, despite the fact that it was poured while we were eating a sweet ice cream/berry/merringue dessert. This drinks great now but tastes a little young and I suspect it will come together in a couple years. Not a bruiser, full of finesse. Looking forward to trying it with more age.
Memorable Grand Champagne Tasting (St. Paul, MN): Light gold color. Drank 1 glass over 45 minutes. Beautifully toasted on the nose, nice streak of minerals, pastry cream, yeast, heady mousse, pear, bread. The palate is younger, yeasty, brioche, intense and powerful, but remains elegant and finessed, pear, apple, white peach, a touch chalky on the finish. Lovely. This was drinking a bit younger than the '04 Vilmart.
Epic Champagne Tasting (St. Paul, MN): Probably better but after the heavy hitters before just lacks in comparison. Not Vilmart, Krug or Tattinger level. Apple, spice, dough and minerals. Decant acidity but just not in the league of the best.
Pnp. My third time drinking this vintage. More mature than the 2002 and seems to be ready for drinking. Probably not for the long term. Brioche and nuttiness, that may show better with some more bottle age. Reminds me of Krug, but does not have quite the same complexity and elegance. 92+.
Monthly Tasting Group: CDP's and Southern Rhones (Cafe Lurcat, Mpls, MN): Light gold color. Drank 1 glass over 30 minutes. This was very pretty and elegant. The nose is a bit reticent now, minerals, floral, pear. The palate is energetic with good intensity yet delicate, very fine bead, pear, subtle red apple, minerals and a medium plus finish. There was something else I couldn't quite put my finger on in the flavor profile that was appealing. I'm looking forward to tasting this again in about 10 days and having a longer examination.
Last minute dinner with Len: Earthy, toast, peach and a touch floral. More rich than the 02 and the acidity is more folded in. Opened quickly in the glass and showed even more richness. Not as driven as the 02 but still a very good wine.
Light yellow colour with a stream of fine tiny bubbles. On the nose there's brazil nut, citrus, elder flowers, hazelnuts and liquorice. And everything tied up with minerals and flint. The palate is youthful, but already showing incipient softness. The finish is round and long.
The soft and round finish makes it available from the start, but the nice acidity hiding behind it should make it good for cellaring.
LCBO Tasting Bar Sample. Drinking nicely though a bit young at this point. Nose blasts caramel apples, salted toffee, smoked salt, fresh baked brioche drizzled in honey, sugar soaked lemon peel, shortbread. Massively complex and rich. Palate as expected is more linear and acidic while also replaying rich notes and just right dosage. Excellent balance and long finish. Will age nicely and I anticipate it to peak in 6-8 years, though no harm in checking in on a bottle now. 94 today with upside potential.
Quite different from my previous tasting. Fully integrated and the red apples are not as appearant anymore. Apples, toast and quite a lot of citrus as with the LGA rosé 2004. Nice bubbles but a bit weak mousse. The 2002 seems to harbour much more complexity than the 2004 vintage and the 2004 is probably better to drink now than the previous release.
Servi en magnum, dégorgé en mars 2013. Assemblage de 66% de Pinot noir et 34% de Chardonnay. Robe d'or pâle. Ne pas servir trop frais surtout, plutôt à température de cave, c'est le conseil de la maison. C'est finement beurré au nez, on sent une structure s'avancer et la bouche le confirme, par son opulence, sa rondeur, ses fines touches de noix et de beurre, c'est encore tout jeune et une preuve supplémentaire, s'il en fallait, que le Champagne est un grand vin de garde
Crush's Champagne Gala 2013 (Crush Wine & Spirits, Midtown Manhattan): Straw. Huge, yeasty, sauvage nose -- like wild yeast; savage and wild; really primary -- lemon is all I got as to detail. Palate is ginormous, intense acidity but with good, sweet fruit, too: think rock candy mountain. Firm mousse and terrific length. Fantastic Champagne. The best BGA I've tried in a long while as the '02 was closed for business the last time(s) I had it.
Crush's Annual Champagne Gala 2013 (Crush Wine & Spirits, Midtown Manhattan.): Whoa. This is a beast: not just rich in the Bolly style, but huge and burly on the nose with really broad shoulders. Matt says "sauvage": brown, gnarly and stinky with yeast, creamy, malty, spicy with lemon and pear. Palate is just as huge: burly and structured - really a mouthful. like a dense sculpture: lemon, vanilla, brown, spice, rough. This has a lot of potential - but I don't think it will ever be a subtle and elegant wine. Nose - 5+/6, Palate - 5+/6, Finish - 5+/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1-1.5/2 = 16-16.5+/20.
Golden yellow in colour. Ripe, sweet fruit, tropical notes, baked apple, brioche, a hint of honey. Fine and gentle bubbles, rich and off-dry on the palate, apples, stone fruit, lime, yeast, good freshness, young and bold. Slightly oxidised. Complex and rich, excellent. Good future. 93+
The nose here is all exotic, tropical fruit, particularly pineapple. Also an obvious lactic element reminiscent of clotted cream or thickly buttered toast. The palate is very rich, for me a bit overdone, tending brioche or creme brûlée, a little cloying. The oxidative style here seemed a little old fashioned and one dimensional, lacking sufficient focus or precision. 90.
This was a real disappointment after the remarkable 1996 Grande Année we enjoyed last week and the excellent 2002 Grande Année I had a year ago.
Clear and bright, medium gold colour with small bubbles. The nose is clean and developing with pronounced intensity aromas of yeast, biscuit, dried figs, yellow apple, lemon peel and cream. It's off-dry in the mouth, with high acidity, medium- alcohol, light body, creamy mousse and pronounced intensity flavours of dried figs, yellow apples, lemon peel, biscuits and cream. The finish is long. It's a very good quality wine with a good balance between fruit and autolytic aromas, with an integrated acidity and some complexity, but the aromas are slightly oxidized. Drink now, not suitable for ageing.
Cellier Wine Fair (Intercontinental Hotel): 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay Clear mid lemon color. The nose is clean, complexity of med+ intensity, lemon at first and then tropical fruits emerge, oak and yeast derived aromas come after that with butter, almonds and walnuts, youthful. Dry, med+ body, intensity and acidity, med alcohol, excellent balance and structure, dried exotic fruits with pear, green apple and pineapple on the med+ finish. Outstanding quality, ultra premium price, drinking now but could age.
Poped and pour. Great, red, apples and with a touch of toast, but due to its youth this champagne does not show much more than this. Wait 2-3 years and it will probably burst into something special. As of now, the NV is actually to prefer.
Institute of Masters of Wine 9th Annual Champagne Tasting (San Francisco): nose: after the Roederer 2006, this was super shy and soft in aroma. I got faint peach, but it was really not very aromatic in general. palate: I found this lean for a typical Bollinger, but I think something more magical lies in wait. Some chalk was evident, but the wine was hard to evaluate behind whatever stone wall it is hiding right now. I'm disappointed I wasn't able to make a more complete evaluation in the setting.
Kul att prova direkt en RD 1988 efter då släktskapet är så tydligt. 2004 GA är en av de bättre 04orna jag druckit. Balanserat, fylligt och krämig mousse. Klart ett vin för lagring, om det överlever så länge
More evolved nose than I expected, oxidative(not oxidized), baking spices, rich autolytic character. Somewhat primary and unresolved on the palate, of course as it's so young. Rich and quite wide, a promising young GA. We'll meet again.
Peach to golden apple nose with some rhubarb bite, mushroomy earth, vanilla, smoke, peat and something almost malty. Dry, full bodied and rich on the round palate with gentle smooth moussé. Fruit is peachy but not very intense at all. Oak treatment and autolysis are way more prominent. Hazelnuts, vanilla and again something malty rich. Long finish. Not that balanced performance at the moment. Rich, open and approachable for sure, but the fruit isn't keeping up with the other components. Needs time to find balance. Good stuff anyway.
This has evolved nicely since last year. Full on rich champagne, lots of honey notes on the nose. Honey dominates actually. Citrus, ripe citrus full of body and depth. Still on the young side with a sharp side to it at this stage but as time goes by this should become a magnificent wine. 92 now but full of promise.
At the Bordeaux Index Champagne Tasting. From Magnum. Quite developed already and much like the other 2004s we tried on the night ( Dom, Comte de champagne) it felt a lot more approachable than the sharp 2002s at the same age. Well round lush but with lot of life ahead of it. Light toasty on the nose. To be honest at this stage the Special Cuvee NV is probably a better proposition. 91
Subtle aromas of orange blossom, apricots, violets, honey, touch of oak, but still very shy On the palate little edgy, honey, poached pear with creamy mouse and full body. As on the nose feels very shy with fairly shallow finish. Will be interesting to see how it will develop. Tasted from Magnum. Once after it was just open and 2 hours after. Disgorged October 2012
Pale to medium gold colour, very steady stream of fine bubbles; quite a tight nose but has lovely defined floral and blossom notes alongside the more typical autolytic character; good energy on the palate, complex already, lovely flavour. Quit long and spreads out nicely across the palate. Very good length actually, one of the most approachable and enjoyable young Grand Annee vintages I have tasted. 94-96
Very fine bubbles...light yellow color...moderate volume...not as fruity and rich as the nv bollinger, but more elegant...still young, but already accessible...i doubt this will have a very long life...will probably be best in 2 to 5 years...not as impressive as the grande année rosé 2004...
primarily of Pinot Noir and from the typical house style of using 100% old oak barrels, this is aged for 5 years on its lees and provides an abundance of full on flavor with nice balance, crisp acidity and lots of nice stone fruit to make for a real treat.
Nose - wonderful! Apples and pears; soft and all in balance. Palate - sadly the promise of the nose does not follow through to the palate. A little watery. Pear juice, grapefruit, lychees, Granny Smith green apples. Long finish. I think this is way too young to drink - I hope it will improve with age, but I would always choose the 2002 over the 2004. 89 pts.
Disgorged September 2012. Very young, of course, but compared to the 2002 this is much more accessible. Toast, citrus fruits and toffee. Quite complex and long. Good acidity, but lower than the 2002. This is a very good champagne that will improve, but I don't think it needs many years to reach its peak as it dies a bit after an hour in the glass.