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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (Bollinger La Grande Année) Wow - if you need a good example of the Bollinger style, or of what an oxidative style of winemaking produces in Champagne, then track some of this down. In the glass it doesn't have anything too remarkable to show, a fairly pale golden hue, quite clean and fresh, although the bead is perhaps more notable, being incredibly fine and very persistent. But on the nose this wine shows its true colours, all papery nut and dried-out driftwood, a strong oxidative seam bringing to mind the salty sea breezes that wash over Manzanilla and its environs. Later on it becomes a little broader with balancing aromas, with notes of orange zest, fresher cashew nut and mushroom. The palate has a very fine juxtaposition of bright and correct texture with crisp acidity and a very fine, tingling mousse alongside the rather expansive flavours that match the nose, although they are very firmly packaged in by the beautiful, laser-precision structure of the wine. This is gorgeous, fresh, very typical of the Bollinger style and also very long. Wonderful stuff.
  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (Bollinger La Grande Année) It is not that long since my last bottle from this vintage, and this one is just as delightful. A pale golden hue in the glass, with a fine and fading bead, although it is only fading to the eye and not to the palate. The nose is bright and defined, although it shows the same oxidative seam that it did a few months ago, with brazil nut, salty wood and a slightly savoury funk to it that I find hugely appealing. And on the palate there is a vibrant but very fine central mousse, with beautifully evolved and yet tautly defined flavours, all mushroom and nuts, backed up by some superb acidity. This is really cutting and defined in the finish, so despite the rich evolution displayed here this wine remains long and well composed. Fabulous.
  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Bollinger Grande Année) A rich lemon-gold in the glass, with a strong bead, this is an appealing wine to the eye. On the nose the wine just sings its Bollinger heritage, starting with notes of Brazil nut, also caramel, and adding complexity on top there are some rather calciferous suggestions, rather like crushed sea shells or even oyster shells. There is a certain saline minerality to it on the nose, adding to this latter impression. The palate is creamy, well endowed but certainly not fat or over the top, rather it is imbued with all the oxidative style that we should expect from Bollinger, along with more of that salty minerality. Nutty, caramelly, polished, with a lingering finish, this is absolutely classic and rather robust Bollinger which is certainly approachable now, although I can't help feeling it will be better with another 5-10 years in the cellar.
  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Bollinger Grande Année) A fine, lemon gold hue, and a very tight and sparse bead. Wonderful nose, brimming with potential. Very well defined and taut and clean, just a little nutty character. Fresh, limpid, gentle but very persistent mousse couples very nicely with firm acidity and a very broad palate showing some very early mature character. Delicious potential. The most indrawn, most tightly coiled of these wines, but so lovely, and just brimming with great potential.

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/28/2004, (See more on 94 points

    (Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année) Reticent wheaty, yeasty nose; elegant, rich, tangerine, citrus, minerals palate with great acidity; long finish

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